June 26, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

July Fourth affects deadlines

Independence Day, Fri., July 4, requires two early deadlines for the Acorn issue dates of Thurs., July 10 and Fri., July 11. All editorial items for those editions, including letters to the editor, must be received by 11 a.m. More...

State of California to test its readiness for a major earthquake

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a scientific research center on natural disasters, there is a 46 percent chance that a magnitude 7.2 quake or larger will strike Southern California in the next 30 years. More...

Health & Wellness

Avoid medication errors

Knowing more about the medications you take could save your life. That's because medication errors cause at least one death every day and harm approximately 1.5 million people annually in the United States, according to the Institute of Medicine. More...

Red Cross honors local woman

The American Red Cross of Ventura County recently honored Thousand Oaks resident Irma Kackert, 92, who received a 65-year service pin. More...

Health workshop comes to Westlake

The Foundation of Wellness Professionals at the Conejo Valley Lupus Support Group will host a free workshop at 6:30 p.m. Tues., July 1 at the Baxter Bioscience Building, 1 Baxter Way, Westlake Village. Guest speaker Dr. More...

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THURS., JUNE 26 Pest-Free Gardens Ventura County Rose Society meets at Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Rose Celebration 7 p.m. Program 7:30 p.m. More...

4th of July CELEBRATIONS

CALABASAS City of Calabasas hosts annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, Calabasas High School, 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy. Gates open 5 p.m. Fireworks 9 p.m. Fast Times live band. Free children's play zone. Food, beverages for sale. More...

Sports

Westlake grad lands in hockey heaven

Ever since Thousand Oaks resident Max Nicastro began playing hockey at age 5, his favorite player has been Detroit Red Wings star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. More...

USA Water Polo teams set to announce final rosters

With less than two months until the start of the 2008 Olympic Games, USA Water Polo will announce the final rosters for the men's and women's Olympic teams at 10 a.m. Mon., June 30 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. More...

CIF State Track and Field Championships to relocate

Veterans Memorial Stadium, on the campus of Buchanan High School in Clovis, will serve as the home for the CIF State Track and Field Championships for the next three years, 2009-2011, the CIF Executive Committee has announced. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

'ADOPT ME SOON BECAUSE I'M ADORABLE'- Cally is a 6-year-old female calico who's waiting for you at the Agoura Animal Shelter, but she doesn't expect to wait for long. More...

Vet clinic spays cats for free

A free cat spay day will be offered on Sun., July 13 at the Valley Veterinary Clinic, 845 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Citizens may bring in pet cats or stray/feral cats for free spaying or neutering. More...

Faith

Southwest Baptists assist with flood relief

Southern Baptisttrained disaster relief volunteers are serving round-the-clock in areas devastated by recent flooding in the Midwest. More...

Church supports police with prayer card ministry

From her kitchen table in Peoria, Ill., Cathie Wilton writes a personal note on a purple card. More...

Letters

Let's not give up the fight to save Meadows school

We won't save money closing Meadows elementary school. It will immediately reopen as a charter school. Dr. More...

Officials in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., have huge impact on water bills

Some people think that drinking water just comes from some river, lake or well, and all that's done is to put in a little chlorine and pipe it to everybody's home. More...

Residents should lobby strongly for Lang Ranch Park safety necessities

Park plans for Lang Ranch are moving ahead. Residents should be concerned. The traffic problems will worsen. I live near the dog park located in the Conejo Creek Equestrian Center. The dog park brings lots of traffic. More...

Decline of enrollment is expected to continue

After losing 900 students in the last four years, the Conejo Valley Unified School District may lose an additional 1,000 in the next five years, according to updated enrollment projections. More...

For now, water conservation is voluntary, but that may change

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced that emergency water rationing is imminent because the state's water supplies are running low. More...

Deputy finds new, old way to save money on gasoline

Anyone who is down because of high gas prices might want to take a look at Thousand Oaks Dep. Jody Desjardins' energy-saving method for getting to work without having to stop and fill up. Well, okay, she does have to fill up on oats. More...

Community

Trash pickup delayed July 4

In observance of Independence Day, employees of Newbury Disposal will be taking the day off on Fri., July 4. More...

Ridership expected to increase on T.O. Transit buses

New shuttlesized buses rolling through the streets of Thousand Oaks are air-conditioned, economical and ready to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere along the bus route. More...

Cupboards are bare at the Manna food bank

Santa Claus came early to the Manna Food Bank in Thousand Oaks this year. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Jackie Lomax to play Ojai Rock Fest

The fourth annual Ojai Rock Fest '08, featuring Liverpool artist Jackie Lomax, the first musician to sign with Apple Records, is scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Sat., July 12 at downtown Ojai's Libbey Bowl. More...

Lipizzaner Stallions to perform

The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions will present the 38th anniversary show of the "dancing white stallions" for one performance only at 7:30 p.m. Thurs., July 10 at the Pacific Arena, Ventura County Fairgrounds/Seaside Park, 10 W. More...

Walkin' the dog around the world

OLD TOY IS STILL FUN- Wendy Bernard works on her yo-yo skills at the Thousand Oaks Community Center. She joined more than a hundred residents at the Bank of America-sponsored event. More...

Schools

What Makes A Good College?

As high school seniors prepare to apply to college, they would be wise to look beyond rankings when evaluating the quality of the schools they're considering. More...

Local schools may win fitness battle

Jake Steinfeld, chair of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, has announced that Apollo High School in Simi Valley, Balboa Middle School in Ventura and University Preparation School in Camarillo are three of the More...

Summer learning tips to keep children sharp

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell has offered his top 10 suggestions to help parents keep their children active and productive during summer vacation. More...

Business

Silverado Senior Living a Leader That's Expanding its Market

Silverado Senior Living Inc. has opened the doors to its newest memory care community at 9410 E. Thunderbird, Scottsdale, Ariz. Silverado has purchased Stratford Square and has renamed the community Silverado Senior Living- Scottsdale. More...

New Firm Offers Solutions for All Computer Users

Help U Learn Micros is a local personal computer expert that can solve today's frustrating problems. More...

At Sheldon's, Young People Learn the Ins and Outs of Fashion Design

This summer, get the chance to glimpse the creative world of fashion design at Sheldon's Art Academy. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park A female, 28, was arrested and charged with identity theft, allegedly using someone's information to get a job, at 6:50 p.m. June 17 in the 500 block of N. Ventu Park Road. More...

Family

Band members beautify the city

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers COMMUNITY SERVICE- Members of the Thousand Oaks High School Band and volunteers, along with staff of the city of Thousand Oaks Municipal Service Center plant new trees on Teasdale Street in Thousand Oaks. More...

'Puck' stars in his own fairy tale

An unhappy couple, misguided parents and an arranged marriage make for confusion in the forest. More...

Smooth jazz comes to Westlake

Hyatt Westlake Plaza will kick off the second annual Westlake Jazz Series with triple Grammynominated British group, Acoustic Alchemy, on Sat., June 28 at the hotel, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. More...