Boy-meets-girl story has a twist

Musical’s plot plays tricks with time

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘The Last Five Years’ Boy meets girl, boy gets girl, boy marries girl, boy and girl break up. There’s nothing unusual about this sequence of events, which is almost as common onstage as it is in real life. But in the 2001 musical “The Last Five Years,” playwright-composer Jason Robert Brown decided to bend and pervert time, […]

Pleasant Valley district ushers in a year offirsts

Strategic plan, website update among highlights

Call it a year of firsts at the 149-year-old Pleasant Valley School District, which will welcome nearly 6,500 new and returning students on Wednesday. Two new principals, a new assistant superintendent of business services and PVSD’s first bilingual director of special education start their jobs this school year. Last week, PVSD officials held several preregistration sessions at the district’s headquarters […]

Superintendent focuses on students’ career pathways

OUHSD offering more college and vocation options as school year begins

It may sound odd that the leader of a high school district serving 17,500 students should be laser-focused on the day after graduation. But to Oxnard Union High School District Superintendent Penelope DeLeon, it makes perfect sense. “Traditionally, the focus has always been on graduation day in high school, right? What I’m doing is asking everyone in our community, all […]


FRI., AUG. 25 Bella Vita Italian American Club 5:30 p.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church hall, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. Picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, chips and watermelon. Entertainment is games. RSVP required. Contact: Kathi. Phone: 805.910.5737. SAT., AUG. 26 Antique Tractor Plowing Demo 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday at McGrath […]

Silva is sensational in lead role

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Billy Elliot’ Musicals starring children in the lead role is an interesting topic to examine. Kid-driven shows such as “Oliver!” and “Annie” are sturdy and familiar classics, but in recent years the trend has added “The Secret Garden,” “Matilda” and “The Lion King” to the ranks of kid-dominated casts. None of those shows approaches the demands required […]

Song circles to be hosted throughout Ventura County

Musicians can bring instruments to free gatherings

Songmakers song circles are for lovers of acoustic music, instrumentalists, songwriters, musicians and singers of all abilities as well as listeners. All events are free. For more information or driving directions, go to Songmakers.org or call the respective group leader. Simi Valley Song Circle meets from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Wed., Sept. 6 in a private home in Simi Valley. […]


T.O. hospital earns 5-star rating

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has been named a five-star recipient for Labor and Delivery and Gynecologic Surgery by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. The rating indicates that the hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. To help consumers evaluate and compare […]

Pet of the Week

NEW FRIEND—Chacho is about 4 years old. He is well-trained and very friendly. If you would like to adopt Chacho, ask for ID No. A612115 at the Ventura County Animal Services in Camarillo, 600 Aviation Drive. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check www.vcas.us before visiting the shelter.

KB Home’s Arroyo Vista community offers premium location, choice

Home shoppers can tour KB Home’s collection of one- and two-story residences at Arroyo Vista within the Woodlands master plan in Simi Valley. The Woodlands is surrounded by 1,595 acres of open space. Connected to this preserve is a 5-acre neighborhood park, which includes a playground, sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, an open grass area and picnic facilities with […]