April 10, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Superintendents ponder doomsday predictions

Chuck Weis, superintendent of Ventura County schools, kicked off a fivedistrict meeting addressing Gov. More...

Health & Wellness

Tips for caring for older family members

Most people don't plan on becoming caregivers for older or disabled family members or friends. It just happens. More...

Happy marriages mean lower blood pressure

A happy marriage can be good for one's blood pressure, according to new research. More...

Free women's health screening

The Conejo Free Clinic in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Thousand Oaks is sponsoring a free women's health screening for underinsured and uninsured women from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., April 19 at Kaiser Permanente, 365 E. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., APRIL 10 Learn About State Gem Conejo Gem & Mineral Club meets 7.30 p.m., Hillcrest Arts Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Schools

Dance school wins award

The Academy of Dance and School of Performing Arts students brought back 11 gold awards, two silver awards and green cash awards totaling $1,300 for excellence in several dance categories from the L.A.DanceForce competition held More...

Honor roll

California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo announced that Eric Liebowitz, a 2007 graduate of Hillcrest Christian school in Thousand Oaks, was named to the school's dean's list for his academic achievement in the Cal Poly Coll More...

Los Cerritos kids enjoy instruments

LISTEN TO THE BAND- Thousand Oaks resident Phoebe Dorval, 7, above, tries her hand at percussion last week at the Los Cerritos Middle School Instrumental Petting Zoo. T.O. More...

Business

Zonta Club awards scholarship

Zonta Club of Conejo Valley has selected Daniela Kim as the 2008 Klausman Women in Business award winner. The club presented Kim with a $400 check. She's eligible to compete for district and international awards. More...

The living trust alternative

The document, similar in intent to traditional wills, offers some advantages

With a living trust, you can completely avoid the need for a conservatorship if you become incapacitated, a guardianship if minor children are involved, and probate when you die. More...

Local business gets new operations director

Ozzie Garcia has been hired as vice president of operations for The Natural Caf More...

Police

Cops warn parents of new, legal hallucinogenic drug

A hallucinogenic herb called Salvia divinorum is growing in popularity among teens and young adults across the U.S. More...

Quilt show coming to T.O.

A quilt show and author visit will be held Sun., April 13 at the Grant Brimhall/Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The Conejo Quilters will present a quilt show beginning at 1 p.m. More...

Sheriff forms task force to target burglaries

In response to the large number of burglaries and thefts from vehicles in eastern Ventura County, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department has formed a task force consisting of patrol deputies, detectives and members of the Thousand Oaks Police D More...

Family

We want to hear about your mom

Mother's Day is May 11, and the Thousand Oaks Acorn wants your mom to receive the recognition she deserves. In 100 words or less, please write and tell us why your mother is special. More...

County Science Fair ready to launch

"Science in Our Lives" is the theme of the 54th annual Ventura County Science Fair, which runs Tues., April 22 to Thurs., April 24 at Seaside Park in Ventura. More...

Book drive needs donations

The seventh annual César E. Chávez Children's Book Drive will continue through May 5. More...

School board gives parcel tax no chance

'Not in this town,' Beaubien says

After many Meadows and University parents left school closure meetings with the hope that a par cel tax could keep the elementary schools open, the school board all but shot down the idea in a discussion on the matter last week. More...

Newbury Park High School junior dies in car crash on PCH in Malibu

Sheriff's investigators suspect teen drinking and unsafe speed were factors in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday night that killed the teenage male driver and left a teen female passenger with critical head injuries. More...

Community

The show goes on for Conejo Valley Days

This year's carnival begins April 30

Conejo Valley Days has new tents, a new look and lots of surprises this year. "It seems like everything is pulling together," volunteer CVD chair Marty Campbell said. More...

Getting a grip on the goals of the city's redevelopment agency

Council members wear two hats at every meeting of the City Council. No, not boxing helmets and cowboy hats- though sometimes it seems like they should. More...

City Calendar

The city of Thousand Oaks will be conducting the following meetings this month, according to the city manager's office. All contact phone numbers are in the 805 area code. Thurs., April 10: 7 p.m. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Scandinavian Fest headed for CLU

The Scandinavian Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., April 19 and Sun., April 20 at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Big musical acts on board for Strawberry Festival in May

The sweetest weekend event in Ventura County will be held next month

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the E Family featuring Sheila E are among the many musical acts playing at the 25th anniversary California Strawberry Festival open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sat. More...

New West Symphony receives $25,000

New West Symphony has received a $25,000 grant from the Alliance for the Arts, the official fundraising arm of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. More...

Sports

La Reina wins Mock Trial championship

La Reina High School captured the recent California Mock Trial Championship when their defense team won the final round against Piedmont High School from Alameda County. More...

Duckett dominates for Thousand Oaks

Senior standout has TOHS girls' swim squad on the brink of a Marmonte title

With a 113-57 home victory over Agoura High last week, the Thousand Oaks girls' swim team is now firmly planted in the driver's seat in the race for a Marmonte League championship. More...

Warrior golfers confident they can overtake Royal

Consistency is the key for Westlake

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Westlake High boys' golf team is in a familiar position- battling Royal for a Marmonte League title. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

EAGER - Charlie, a 9-year-old male beagle, can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Charlie home, ask for ID No. A374680. More...

Acts of kindness to pets recognized

The Hogan Family Foundation announces the creation of the Lifeline 4 Paws Award that will recognize Southern California residents who had demonstrated extraordinary acts of kindness toward dogs during the year. More...

Faith

Guest speaker to address Unitarians

The Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host Mark Robert Waldman as a guest speaker at the 10 a.m. service Sun., April 27 at the Goebel Senior Center, 13895 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Church to host 'Catch the Spirit'

The music ministry at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village will host a "Catch the Spirit!" concert of traditional African American spirituals at 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 19 in the church sanctuary, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd. More...

'The inviting guy' brings people into the fold

Ben Scharfstein is bubbly. He's full of stories and smiles and warm affirmation that immediately put you at ease. "OK, darlin'," he says, when informed that his noon appointment is running a few minutes late. More...

Letters

Traffic Initiative proposes flawed methodology

As a registered voter and Thousand Oaks resident, I'm committed to thoughtful development and the welfare of this community. More...

It's not all about the money

Has anyone else noticed that the reps from the city of T.O. only talk about the money they will lose if this initiative passes? Never do they mention "quality of life," which is one of the reasons this initiative is on the ballot. More...

History doesn't change significance of our country's Bill of Rights

This letter is a response to the opinions expressed by Mr. Rosen in last week's Opinion section relative to the upcoming interpre tation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution by the Supreme Court. Mr. More...