January 3, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Enjoying the outdoors

A WINTER WALK--The late afternoon sun casts long shadows as Connie Highberg of Thousand Oaks walks with Macky and Paige at Thousand Oaks Community Park on a recent Sunday. The threesome completed four laps around the park. More...

Health & Wellness

Ventura County YMCAs to host open houses

Branches of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA will host a "Discover the Y" open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Jan. 5. The free events will feature games and activities for the kids. More...

Now is the time to prevent bone fractures

Eight million women have osteoporosis, and some may not even know they have it. This notoriously "silent disease" often goes unnoticed until a simple bump or fall causes a bone to break or fracture. More...

Stretch dollars to pay for medication

$1 out of every $10 in monthly retirement income goes to pay for prescription drugs

Planning for retirement is no easy task. In fact, most households on the verge of retirement have saved no more than $88,000. What many retirees are learning is that prescription drugs can be a big retirement expense. More...

On the Town

Recitals planned for T.O. Philharmonic

The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic (formerly The Concertos with Orchestra, Thousand Oaks) starts its 2008 season with a series of fundraising performances called The Solo Recital Project II, which will feature alumni Philharmonic soloists in re More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JAN 3 Candidate Forum Democratic Club of Camarillo meets 7 p.m., UFCW Hall, 816 Camarillo Springs Road. Forum on presidential candidates in preparation for February primary. Public invited. Jack Phillips, (805) 5043749. More...

Schools

Teens bring in the New Year

IN THE SPIRIT- La Reina School students, from left, Keilani Garcia, Hailey Barab, Alyssa Kogel, Gabriella Brignardello, Cristina Checa and Janelle Garza wait to enter the Thousand Oaks Teen Center for the New Year's Eve dance party on Monday. More...

Redwood Middle School Band's winter concert entertaining

Concert review

Redwood Middle School presented its annual winter concert last month at the Performing Arts Center of Thousand Oaks High School, and, like its high school counterparts, four musical groups put on an entertaining evening of performances. More...

Website helps parents carpool kids to school

For millions of American parents who carpool their children to and from school, activities and points in between, creating car pool schedules can be a daunting task. More...

Business

Local man promoted by nutrition firm

Richard Palmer, a Thousand Oaks resident and independent distributor for Waiora, was recently promoted to the Gold level. The company awarded Palmer with a certificate of achievement with the embossed Waiora seal. 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 On suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, a male, 35, was arrested at 1:36 a.m. Dec. 25 on W. Potrero Road, about one mile west of Rancho Dos Vientos. More...

Arrests are up for immigrant fugitives

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently announced that its teams of officers who track down criminal aliens and immigration fugitives arrested almost twice as many in 2007 than in the previous year. More...

Family

Good vocabulary a powerful tool for life

Read all about it. A powerful vocabulary can often add to a person's employment potential and help make lifelong learning possible. More...

Quality time beats watching football

FUN WITH BOOKS- Jenna Hitchcock, 4, shares a dinosaur pop-up book with her dad, Steve. The twosome was at a bookstore in The Promenade on Jan. 1. The Hitchcocks live in Westlake. More...

Volunteer Opportunities

Residents are invited to participate in any of the following volunteer opportunities in the area. For more information or to sign up, call the phone number listed for the event. More...

Officeholders at city and state level often disagree

State Sen. Tom McClintock frequently opposes bills sought by T.O. council

State and city governments may be married, but they don't always like each other. More...

New laws go into effect for drivers throughout California

California drivers face a variety of new road rules in 2008, including a requirement in July for hands-free cellphones and a ban on products that obscure license plates. More...

Ventura County Red Cross to expand

Donning hard hats and swinging sledgehammers, county officials knocked holes in the symbolic Wall of Disaster at the new headquarters of the American Red Cross of Ventura County last week to begin the agency's 2008 expansion campaign. More...

Community

Consumers must read sale signs carefully before they claim deception

Everyone knows the excitement of seeing a banner sign with a good price over a desired item, as well as the disappointment when a higher price rings up at the cash register. More...

Registration begins for adult softball league

The Conejo Recreation and Park District is accepting registration for the 2008 Adult Spring/Summer Softball League. Games are played Sunday through Friday evenings from March 2 to July. The league is open to ages 16 and up. More...

Brott conducts in Italy

Boris Brott, music director of the New West Symphony, recently conducted the world-famous Arena di Verona orchestra and choir in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, "Choral" in D minor, opus 125, at an Italian concert hall. More...

Dining & Entertainment

"Charlie Wilson's War"

Directed by: Mike Nichols Starring: Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts MPAA rating: R (for adult language, brief nudity, drug use) Running time: 98 minutes Best suited for: Tom Hanks' and Julia Roberts' More...

Game menu to feature bison short ribs, rabbit

Eric's Restaurant & Bar will host a Winter Game Dinner that will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Fri., Jan. 18 in the restaurant's enclosed and heated patio at 495 N. Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Janss Marketplace has open mike night

Janss Marketplace is hosting monthly open mike nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at its community fountain plaza near Mervyns in the shopping center at Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive in T.O. More...

Sports

Head coach Tom Donohue says: Intensity will determine how far the Warriors go

For Tom Donohue, the formula for success is simple. "If we play hard and we shoot well, then we are very, very tough," said Donohue, Westlake High School boys' basketball coach. More...

Golfers benefit from conditioning

Golfers must stay in shape to compete at any level. Local physical therapist and certified golf fitness specialist Matt Smalling believes all golfers can benefit from a golfspecific exercise program. More...

Oaks Christian's Tyler McGrath earns his stripes as a 'gym rat'

OCHS head coach describes McGrath as a 'throwback kid,' the kind of player from an earlier era when athletes would practice many hours on their own

At the same time most people are hitting the snooze button on their alarm clocks, Oaks Christian junior guard Tyler McGrath is hitting his first jump shot of the day. Unfortunately for Lion opponents, it's not his last. More...

Pets

Acorn Soundoff

Not all dogs can be the Pet of the Week, but they still need good homes. So, this week's question was, "What are you in for?"

BRADY, Chow mix "I love to play ball, and I don't believe in taking steroids. I've been told I have an engaging personality. I have no idea why nobody's taken me home yet." More...

Pet of the Week

HE'S A CLOWN- Charlie,a 4-year-old male English pointer mix, can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Charlie home, ask about identification No. A3169665. More...

Faith

Muslim and Jew to discuss how to build interfaith relationships

Aziza Hasan, a Muslim, and Malka Fenyvesi, a Jew, will discuss efforts toward building meaningful and constructive interfaith relationships from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 30 at the Grant Brimhall/Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. More...

Yearlong seminar series designed to activate spirituality

The OneSpirit Center for Conscious Living will conduct a yearlong program with monthly themes and weekly lessons with daily exercises designed to foster spiritual practices in every area of living. More...

Letters

It's time for action against absurd policies in public education

Every once in a while we're all confronted with an episode that we know should never have occurred and requires our attention to ensure it doesn't occur again. More...

Doesn't want generator near WHS campus

I am very dismayed by a public notice letter dated Dec. 3 that was recently sent from the Ventura County Pollution Control Board directed to all parents of Westlake High School students. More...

Defender of Christmas should lighten up

A local middle school put on a "Winterfeast" (i.e., a nonreligious year-end school party with a winter theme- - hence the name). More...