July 20, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

No arrest yet in early a.m. attack in Wildwood

Nearly a week after a woman was attacked while jogging early in the morning through Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks, police are still searching for her assailant. More...

Health & Wellness

Oak Creek Canyon loop caters to people of all capabilities

THE TRAIL LESS TRAVELED This summer series will seek to shed a light on some of the Conejo Valley’s lesser-known trails/hikes. Looking for an easy hike to take with the kids? Or Grandma? Or both? More...

Inside Ventura County’s newest ER

A matter of minutes can be the difference between life and death when it comes to emergency medical care.  The new emergency department in Ventura County Medical Center’s just-completed north tower will provide doctors and nurses at the co More...

Urologist provides up-to-date treatment

For over 20 years, Dr. Gary Bellman, founder of the Southern California Urology Institute, has treated Southern Californians suffering from myriad urological disorders. More...

Calendar

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THURS., JULY 20  Thousand Oaks Tea Party  6:45 to 9 p.m. at Calvary Church, 2697 Lavery Court, Ste. 9, Newbury Park. More...

Schools

Junior Fire Academy offered to teens

The Ventura County Fire Department will host a Junior Firefighter Academy this summer for teens ages 13 to 16.  The camp meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More...

Learn to swim at the Y

Southeast Ventura County YMCA branches are offering opportunities for adults and kids to learn to swim and become water safe during the summer.  One-week sessions run through Aug. More...

Music camp still has spots available

Openings remain in all age groups for the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village’s annual Pizazz Music Camp, July 31 to Aug. 4 at the church, 1049 S. More...

Business

Mix, Match at Pacific Patio

Business Spotlight is a special promotional section reserved for Acorn advertisers only. To advertise, call (805) 367-8232.   More...

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

Are reverse mortgages the loan of last resort or the safer route to retirement planning? More...

The Upside of Downsizing for Seniors

When does it make sense to move to a smaller home? More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Newbury Park  July 6  Someone broke into a car in the 1700 block of W. Hillcrest Drive.  July 8  A thief stole a car in the 600 block of Paseo La Perla.  July 11   More...

Faith

Obon Festival offers glimpse of Buddhist traditions

Dressed in a colorful yukata, Helen Takanabe, a member of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple, makes her way to the dance circle.  As traditional Japanese music begins to play in the background, Takanabe and others slowly circle a large wooden tower, or More...

Family

Neil Young tribute set to rock the park

The Conejo Recreation and Park District’s 2017 Summer Concerts in the Park Series will host its third show of the season with The Neil Deal at 5 p.m. More...

Stuff the Bus needs donations

United Way of Ventura County’s annual Stuff the Bus drive helps dozens of children. More...

Time to release the brake—kid will be driving soon

We were on one of those family walks—the kind we used to take all the time when our kid was younger and had more time for us—when a shiny new driver’s ed car came slowly around the corner, passed by and then disappeared into the dis More...

Columns

Where white is the new black

It’s pretty clear. More...

Why, yes, you can visit the ‘Downton Abbey’ estate

Ever been to Skellig Michael? Stepped foot in Dubrovnik? Have you been inside the Carnarvon family home? Wondering where these places are? Let me frame it this way: More...

Military plane crash takes life of local Marine

Thousand Oaks native decorated for actions during War on Terror

Just two weeks shy of his 10th anniversary in the Marine Corps, Staff Sgt. Robert Cox’s troop transport plane disappeared from radar in the skies over Mississippi. More...

WHAT STIRS IN THE WILD

Citizen scientist uses remote cameras to reveal secret lives of mountain wildlife

Scouting for track marks, droppings and other signs of animal activity, Kiefo Nilsson pays attention to minute details as he walks up a narrow, rocky trail in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. More...

South L.A. gang suspected in series of local burglaries

Group targeted homes in Moorpark, T.O., sheriff says

Using online real estate database Zillow to scout their targets, members of a South Los Angeles gang committed as many as 20 home burglaries in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Moorpark in Ventura County as well as other areas of the Southland in the pas More...

Community

Council votes to increase pay, perks of city execs

Decision comes just before summer recess

Department heads and other executives for the City of Thousand Oaks are receiving an increase in their pay and benefits.  The group of 10 positions, plus the city manager and city attorney, is the only one at City Hall not represented by a union More...

Irwin absent for vote on cap and trade

Local rep decided to honor long-standing family commitment

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin’s (D-Camarillo) decision to attend a long-standing family engagement rather than vote on a major climatechange policy made news in the state Capitol this week. More...

2017-18 budget funds Banyan

Park left unfinished for over 50 years

The Conejo Recreation and Park District has pledged $11.4 million toward improving local parks in the next year. More...

On the Town

After director’s death, Kingsmen carries on with ‘Caesar’

Tragedy strikes CLU theater company

“Creating is the essence of life,” Julius Caesar says in William Shakespeare’s celebrated tragedy named for the ancient Roman ruler. More...

Summer heat, boy and girl meet

Romance starts to roar in ‘Grease’

Greased lighting will strike next week and spark a summer romance when Young Artists Ensemble opens its 37th annual teen summer musical.  “Grease” will be performed July 28 through Aug. More...

Cabrillo unveils new show, new name

Production soars, but moniker falls flat with some

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Peter Pan’ Like its impetuous namesake, the venerable 1954 Broadway fantasy “Peter Pan” refuses to grow up. More...

Sports

Liu captures Wimbledon title

Young Thousand Oaks tennis star gains global attention

GIRLS’ TENNIS /// Wimbledon The world must pay attention to Claire Liu. Liu, the 17-year-old tennis wunderkind from Thousand Oaks, captured the Wimbledon junior singles tournament last weekend. More...

Welcome to the show

Yelich, Bandy, Lambo and other locals carve careers in pro baseball circuits

BASEBALL   Jett Bandy remembers where it all started.  Bandy, a 2008 Thousand Oaks High graduate, said clashes against talented local players prepared him for his future in Major League Baseball.  More...

Aviator takes flight for pro team

Brandon Severson is a defensive star in burgeoning sport

ULTIMATE FRISBEE /// Los Angeles Aviators Brandon Severson is a pro. More...

Pets

Hopping into patients’ hearts

Flemish Giant provides therapy at Los Robles Hospital

Pushing a blue stroller up and down the hallways of Los Robles Hospital, volunteer Candy Apple brings smiles to each patient she visits.  But her little bundle of joy is no baby—it’s a 20-pound Flemish Giant rabbit named Henry, the T More...

Pet of the Week

TAKE A CHANCE—Chance is an altered male black-and-brown terrier-schnauzer mix about 4 years old. He walks well on a leash and is crate trained. He should be in an adult-only home. If you would like to adopt Chance, ask for ID No. More...

Obituaries

Gwen Wagner Huffer

Gwen Ellen (Wagner) Huffer, age 68, of Thousand Oaks passed away July 12, 2017 surrounded by family at UPMCHamot Hospital in Erie, Pa. More...

Letters

Keep antennas off telephone and light posts

A refrigerator on your light pole? More...

Drive-thru at Carl’s Jr. is the last straw

Thousand Oaks City Planner Matt Chang’s laughable statement about Carl’s Jr.’s new addition of a 10-car drive-thru not having a significant impact on traffic at that already congested intersection is completely ridiculous and insult More...

Pride of ownership has gone missing

I couldn’t agree more with Susan Sandlin’s July 13 letter, “Thousand Oaks not keeping up appearances.”  I’ve nearly written that exact letter at least a dozen times in the last few months.  More...

Editorials

Artists’ greatest act was as teachers

EDITORIAL

The loss of two creative titans just a day apart has left Ventura County’s arts community reeling. More...