January 11, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Local high schools rank high in challenging their students

All three Conejo Valley high schools were included in The Washington Post's Challenge Index, a formula that measures a school's effort to challenge its students. More...

Health & Wellness

Women can slim down to fit tight jeans

Ladies Workout Express of Agoura Hills will present a 12week program designed to help women lose weight the safe way- with regular exercise and healthy eating. The program, Skinny Jeans, is open to all new members in January. More...

Addiction help is available

More than 22 million Americans struggle with drug/alcohol addiction. Narconon can help. Start the New Year right by calling Narconon at (800) 4686933 for free counseling, assessments and referrals to centers nationwide. More...

People with vision problems have new choices to make

With more than a million people signing up for Lasik surgery in the United States every year, it's clear people are tired of toting their glasses or popping in their contacts every morning. More...

Calendar

FRI., JAN. 12 Hakuna Matata Dance students of Rio Mesa High School present "The Circle of Life: A Lion King Story," 7 p.m., Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. (805) 278-5500. More...

Schools

Conejo Valley Adult School launches a new distance learning program

Conejo Valley Adult School this week added a distance learning program to its inventory of courses and programs. More...

Leaving California

One of my students recently visited several colleges in Texas, where other high school students on the college tours asked her why she would want to leave California. It's a good question. More...

All events (subject to change) are listed by name, location and time if provided. If calendars are modified, school sources are asked to contact us with updated information at this e-mail address: steve@theacorn.com. More...

Business

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

Prices are updated weekly from the Internet Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. PST. For accuracy check prices with your stock broker. More...

Police

Newbury Park A fight occurred Jan. 1 in the 1200 block of Calle Las Casas. Thousand Oaks Police responded to an act of battery Jan. 1 in the 1700 block of Calle Zafiro. An act of battery occurred Jan. 1 at the intersection of E. More...

Faith

Instructors invited to attend Holocaust education workshop

The 24th annual teacher training workshop "The Relevance of Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century" will be offered for educators and residents on four consecutive Thursdays from 4:15 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. More...

CLU to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

California Lutheran University will pay tribute to civil rights leader and activist Martin Luther King Jr. during a special service at 10 a.m. Wed., Jan. 17 in Samuelson Chapel on the main campus in Thousand Oaks. More...

Letters

Real estate firm gets more praise

I have followed with interest your recent articles about the imminent demise of the Conejo Valley Days Parade due to a lack of funding. The small town parade is a uniquely American experience and an important part of our local culture. More...

Real estate firm gets more praise

I have followed with interest your recent articles about the imminent demise of the Conejo Valley Days Parade due to a lack of funding. The small town parade is a uniquely American experience and an important part of our local culture. More...

Given time, horse manure will just blow away

I want to sympathize a little about Jacqueline Slutske More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

A RIVER RUNS BY THEM- Kalen and Justin do some good reading on the bank of the Virgin River in Zion National Park, Utah. Their dad, Carlo van Staden, submitted the photo. More...

Unusual fitness strategy

BALANCING ACT--Tom Bennett of Thousand Oaks enjoys a unique exercise device in Wildwood Park on the weekends--a unicycle. During the week, he's the law enforcement officer in charge of traffic for T.O. More...

Destruction of residential mailboxes continues

Parents might want to be on the lookout for teenagers who carry around baseball bats but don't play the sport--or children ages 10 and older who have a particular interest in dry ice. More...

Patients need patience in hospital ERs

It's safe to say that no one is hoping for a reason to rush himself or a loved one to an emergency room. Bad things do, however, happen. Cars crash. Children fall off swings. Soccer players sometimes kick other players instead of the ball. More...

Community

Acorn Bits

When to call 911 to report a suspected drunk driver

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following clues can help motorists detect a drunk driver: +Appears to be drunk or drinking in the car. More...

DUI arrests may have saved lives during the holidays

There is no way to know whose loved ones are still alive because of the hard work of Thousand Oaks police officers, Ventura County deputies and California Highway Patrol officers who kept drivers impaired with drugs or alcohol from driving More...

Police want to know if former school employee had sex with juveniles

Former Conejo Valley Unified School District tutor Stephen Ridley, 33, of Beverly Hills was arrested Jan. 4 on a felony warrant on suspicion of engaging in illegal sexual acts with a juvenile. More...

On the Town

Is our future really so bleak? The year is 2027. The last child was conceived 18 years ago, and Mankind is slowly stagnating. More...

Concertos with Orchestra presents Opus 17 concerts

The CWOTO Orchestra will present its Opus 17 concerts this weekend, Fri., Jan. 12 and Sun., Jan. 14. The event is sponsored by the Concertos with Orchestra, Thousand Oaks, a nonprofit educational group. More...

Conejo Players Theatre to hold auditions for 'Angel Street'

Conejo Players Theatre will have auditions for "Angel Street" Sun. through Tues., Jan. 21 to 23 at 7:30 p.m. Callbacks will be Wed., Jan. 24. The theater is at 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Sports

Soccer Academy accepting signups for new soccer league

X-League Soccer Academy is offering a developmental spring youth soccer league, for players in the U6, U7 and U8 divisions, that will begin March 11. Players must be born after Aug. 1, 1998. More...

New basketball courts to be unveiled tomorrow night

Westlake High School will unveil newly resurfaced outdoor basketball courts starting at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. varsity game against Calabasas tomorrow, Fri., Jan. 12. More...

La Reina's leader

Senior guard Lauren Carson does it all for Regents girls' basketball team

The girls' basketball team at La Reina High hasn't been in the playoffs for the last three seasons. Because of players like Lauren Carson, though, the Regents are hoping they can finally make it to the postseason in 2007. More...

Pets

BUSHY-TAILED HEAVEN IN 2007--Meet "Sammy Squirrel," who's always looking for a peanut (or a whole Tupperware container of them) from Carol Long of Thousand Oaks. More...

NEEDS A NEW MASTER- Graham, a 4-year-old male golden retriever/border collie mix, is a friendly, fluffy and fun dog whose owner is going to college. Graham can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills. More...

Family

Mobile pet groomer will work at your home

Bath, Brush 'n Bear Hugs will celebrate its first anniversary in February. The company offers dog grooming as well as overnight pet sitting for all types of pets. More...

CRPD accepting registration for adult softball

The Conejo Recreation and Park District sports office is accepting registration for the 2007 Adult Spring/Summer Softball League. Register weekdays in person from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hillcrest Center, 403 W. More...

Editorials

Unless you're dying to get in, expect to wait at the ER

We're again doing a story on the emergency room at Los Robles Regional Medical Center. The reason, by the way, was a letter from an outraged family. More...

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Real Estate

Freshly Painted And Move-In Ready

This single-story home in Thousand Oaks features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It has been upgraded with true maple hardwood floors, base and crown molding, and recessed lighting. It is freshly painted and is in move-in condition. More...

Howard Schuster and Helen Borland

The Howard Schuster and Helen Borland team provides service to home buyers and sellers. With experience that spans all phases of residential real estate, Schuster and Borland assist clients through each step of their transaction. More...

Maria Quiles

Maria Quiles received the award as top selling agent for October 2006 at Prudential California Realty's Oxnard/ Channel Islands office. Born and raised in Buenaventura, Quiles has been a Ventura County resident for nearly 30 years. More...