December 20, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

The harsh reality of homelessness is no surprise to volunteers

Part III of four parts Cub Scouts from Pack No. 3753 donned plastic gloves way too big for their small hands as they lined up to serve dinner to the homeless in Thousand Oaks on the opening night of the Winter Shelter program. More...

Health & Wellness

Help people with Alzheimer's to enjoy the holiday festivities

Traditional outings and gettogethers weigh heavily on those whose aging parents are beginning to show signs of dementia and becoming increasingly confused. More...

Vendors needed for YMCA open house

The Conejo Valley YMCA's Healthy Families Day and Open House, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Jan. 5, 2008, needs healthrelated vendors for the health fair portion of the event. More...

Free wheelchairs for Medicare patients

Medicare recipients may be eligible to receive a power wheelchair or scooter paid for with the assistance of Medicare, if they suffer from such conditions as respiratory disorders, arthritis, More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., DEC. 20 Bonsai Potluck Conejo Valley Bonsai Society hosts annual potluck holiday gathering, 7:30 p.m., Westlake Village Community Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. (805) 374-9668. More...

Sports

Lancers get an early taste of what it takes to win Marmonte

Boys' soccer team opens league schedule with impressive win, followed by blowout loss

The postseason may be a few months away, but the Thousand Oaks High boys' soccer team has already played a pair of playoffworthy opponents to open its Marmonte League schedule. More...

Tiger on target in T.O.

Woods wins Target World Challenge at Sherwood; donates $1.35million purse to his foundation

Tiger Woods began to get a little hot under the collar after his six-shot lead had been whittled down to two strokes during Sunday's final round of the Target World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. More...

Williams takes the checkered flag

PEDAL TO THE METAL- Local racer Jeff Williams drove his SinFuel Choppers, Spectre Performance, Rare Parts.com Ford powered F-150 to another win and his second West Coast Pro Truck championship at Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

'TAKE ME HOME'- Nikki, a 7-year-old male black domestic shorthair, needs a home. Nikki can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Nikki home, ask about identification No. A3750736. More...

Faith

Christmas Cantata, children's pageant to be presented

United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks at 1000 E. Janss Road, near the 23 Freeway, will host a 10 a.m. Christmas Cantata on Sun., Dec. 23. The church will also hold three Christmas Eve events: a 4 p.m. children's pageant; a 7 p.m. More...

Baptist church raises $1 million for Hurricane Katrina relief

Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, N.J., recently reached the goal of raising $1 million for Hurricane Katrina relief, six months before the scheduled two-year deadline. More...

OneSpirit center to hold seminar

Acorn columnist Dennis Merritt Jones will present "The Journey of Your Soul," an eightweek class inspired by the book "Soul to Soul" by Gary Zukav, beginning Wed., Jan. 9 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. More...

Letters

Outrage over traffic won't go away

The people of Thousand Oaks have spoken. Intelligent residents are tired of the city taking a turn for the worse under the leadership of the current council majority. More...

Democracy alive and well in T.O.

I want to congratulate Thousand Oaks residents Nino DeFranco and Mojtaba Sedihgi on their efforts in collecting enough signatures for the traffic ballot initiative. I'm glad to see that democracy is alive and well in our fair city. More...

Compromise on Rancho Potrero should have included restrooms

I'd like to show my kids the newly "saved" Rancho Potrero, but they'll eventually need to go to the potty, and it looks as though they will be out of luck. More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

DREAM VACATION- Dolores Mendez and Nate Pellegrino of Newbury Park fulfill their wish of visiting the Great Wall of China and the terra cotta soldiers of Xian. More...

Council commits again to preserve mobile home parks

Heartfelt e-mails, letters and about 25 pleading speakers seemed to touch the hearts of City Council members Tuesday night. It was as if three Christmas ghosts had visited the panel during the cold night. More...

Holiday schedule has arrived

The Acorn Newspapers have early deadlines for the next two editions because of Christmas and New Year's Day. Real estate ads must be reserved by 11 a.m. today, Dec. 20, for the Dec. 27 edition. More...

Community

For the record

Rabbi Chaim Bryski, who was pictured on the front page of last week's edition, is from Chabad of Thousand Oaks, not Chabad of the Conejo. More...

KCLU-FM launches website that provides access to news

KCLU-FM, the National Public Radio station for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, has launched a new website that gives its 70,000 listeners better access to news. More...

Mystery man still missing after a year

Family members of the missing Jeffrey Scott Howard are hoping for this Christmas miracle: Their loved one shows up somewhere, remembering who he is after suffering from amnesia for the past year. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Movie Nut

"I Am Legend" is the third attempt by filmmakers to translate Richard Matheson's 50-year-old novel of apocalyptic terror. More...

Schools

Some local high schools again nationally ranked

Several local high schools have been recognized as the best in the country, according to the latest ranking by U.S. News and World Repor t. More...

Colina first in 'We The People' competition

The Colina Middle School social studies honors class, taught by Kris Olson with adviser Cathy Hinson, won the annual competition of "We The People" held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Dec. 11. More...

Special education teacher has seen a lot of change

When Joyce Silberberger was a teen in Montana, she worked after class in the local school district office. A special education class was held there in the room next to hers. More...

Business

Four Seasons Hotel keeps eyes focused on future

The Four Seasons Hotel marked its first anniversary in the city of Westlake Village with a recent luncheon and media briefing that included words of cautious optimism about the future of the city's newest hospitality gem from David Murdoc More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

Company Name AMGEN BAXTER BEVERLY HILLS BANCORP CAMINOSOFT CORP. CHEESECAKE FACTORY COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL CORP. DIODES, INC DTS, INC. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park A male, 35, was reportedly in possession of a smoking device at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 6 in the 2100 block of Lavery Court. Christmas decorations, a water fountain and a parked vehicle were damaged on Dec. More...

Cops will be watching for drivers under the influence

"Avoid the 14," the 19day Ventura County holiday crackdown on drunk and drugged drivers, began Dec. 15 and will continue until New Year's Day. It's named for the county's 14 police agencies. More...

Family

Squirrel of the Month

NOT EXACTLY IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT- -

You can try all you want to convince a squirrel that it's better to give than receive and he'll STILL STEAL from the birds. Eagle-eye photographer Michelle Thiesen of Newbury Park caught this thief committing larceny at her bird feeder. More...

TOHS band presents its winter concert

Concert review

The Thousand Oaks High School bands, under the direction of Marty Martone, last week capped off an eventful semester with an impressive Winter Concert at the school's Performing Arts Center. Only weeks before the Dec. More...

January events set for Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County presents the following events for January. Most programs are free with paid museum admission. The museum is at 900 Exposition Blvd. More...

Editorials

It must be Christmas

Almost anytime you drive, the traffic looks like rush hour, the shopping mall parking lots are packed and the stores are crowded. It must be Christmas. More...

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Real Estate

Buyers Find Homes To Treasure

Cherry Hill at Moorpark Highlands from Pardee Homes

Home shoppers seeking top value in a new home and the established ambience of a master-planned community can find hidden treasures with Pardee Homes' exclusive, limited time offers at Moorpark Highlands. More...

Former Model

This Twin Oaks home in Newbury Park was a 4 bedroom model and now has 3 bedrooms plus a bonus room with custom built-in cabinets and a granite counter. More...

Teri Pacitto

Teri Pacitto with the Westlake Village Office of Rodeo Realty, who was top in sales for 2007, realized the changes in the 2007 real estate market early and will end her year successfully for both herself and her clients. More...