December 25, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Getting a late wish list before a big night

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers GOING OVER A WISH LIST— Andrew Banaszkiewicz, 8, of Newbury Park snuggles up with Santa at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks. Dec. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Movie Nut

I find separating "Milk" the film from today's gayrights politics an impossible dilemma. As I write this review, California Attorney General Jerry Brown is asking the state Supreme Court to invalidate the gay marriage ban. More...

'Common Threads' art exhibit coming to T.O.

The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley will present "Common Threads" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Fri., Jan. 9 to Sun., March 22 in the Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. More...

Sports

Changing of the guard in Marmonte?

Bottom-dwelling girls' basketball programs on the upswing

Girls' basketball action this season in the Marmonte League is a lot like the famous Bob Dylan song—"The Times They Are AChangin'. More...

Singh finishes strong

Veteran golfer wins Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood

Longtime PGA Tour star Vijay Singh knows all the tricks of the trade, which is why come Christmas morning, you can bet he'll be out knocking it around somewhere on the links. "It's the best time to hit balls," the 45-year-old said. More...

Senior sluggers hit the jackpot in Vegas

PROUD MOMENT—The Goldcoast 75's, a senior softball team with players from Ventura County, went undefeated at the Men's Winter World Championships in Las Vegas. The 75's defeated the Minnesota Legends 19-12 in the title game. More...

Faith

Belief can come from nature's beauty

A COLORFUL MOMENT— A finch goes to its wings in Moorpark. Sometimes faith is reinforced by witnessing a sunset, the stars on a crystal clear night, a rainbow or even the flight of a bird. More...

Importing peace for Christmas

As the Christmas season approaches, Peter Mann hopes his fellow Presbyterians will think about the land of Jesus' birth when they consider gift ideas. More...

It was a 'roller coaster' year

Thousand Oaks experienced many ups and downs this year. The city may have seen its last Conejo Valley Days in 2008. Organizers canceled the 2009 event, with its carnival, games of chance and skill, shows, petting zoo and other activities. More...

Stress, turmoil are buzzwords of 2008 for Conejo schools

It's been a long year for Conejo Valley Unified School District, full of school closures, budget cuts and new faces on the school board. More...

Multiple burglaries prompt warning from police

After multiple burglaries in Newbury Park earlier this month, police have warned residents to be alert, watch for door-to-door solicitors, and teach children who are home alone when it's okay to dial 911. Between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. More...

Reduced time for emergency response doesn't halt speed humps

The City Council was split, with council members Jacqui Irwin and Dennis Gillette dissenting as Claudia Bill-de la Peña, Andy Fox and Tom Glancy approved a request to install speed humps to slow traffic on Upper Ranch Road More...

Community

Apply for food, shelter grants

Ventura County has been selected to receive funds for supplementary emergency food and shelter programs in the county. Last year's local funding was $439,273, and 2009 funding should be a similar amount. More...

Gala supports symphony's music

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers POINSETTIA PLAYERS—Stan and Marilyn Sutton, left, and Pat and Harry Croner, right, stand with Harry Selvin, center, whose Harry Selvin Orchestra performed at the 21st annual Poinsettia Ball. More...

Art Guild to host January show

The Westlake Village Art Guild's annual membership show will run from Jan. 3 through 29 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Take-in for artwork is Sat., Jan. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. More...

Calendar

Datebook

SAT., DEC. 27 Conejo Valley Archers Shoot 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tapo Canyon Park, 4651 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. Rain or shine. All equipment, instructors provided. All ages. $3 for four hours shooting. Phone: 805.530. More...

Business

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

Company Name AMGEN BAXTER BEVERLY HILLS BANCORP CAMINOSOFT CORP. CHEESECAKE FACTORY DIODES, INC DTS, INC. ELECTRONIC SENSOR TECHNOLOGY TECH INC. ESNR HOMESTORE. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers BRIGHT EYES AND BEAUTIFUL—Lilly, a 4-year-old female black and white cat, hopes you'll take her home for the holidays. Ask about identification No.3210809. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park A male, 51, allegedly battered his spouse and was arrested at 2:20 a.m. Dec. 14 in the 3800 block of Calle Loma Vista. More...

Family

Four girls who help the community

OUTSTANDING YOUNG PEOPLE—From left are Ava Jensen, Emily Dinino, Marie Mitchell and Elly Shao, Girl Scouts from Troop No. 63023. More...

Whale watching at Channel Islands Harbor

Channel Islands Harbor celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale with the 13th annual Celebration of the Whales as the animals migrate through the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel on their way to the lagoons of Mexico. More...

IHOP to help worthy causes

IHOP, world-renowned for its signature buttermilk pancakes, has set a goal to raise $1 million for local children's hospitals and charities with its celebration of National Pancake Day on Feb. 24. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. More...