July 16, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Band members clean up at the car wash

GOOD CLEAN FUN—Thousand Oaks High School Band members Ben Wright (a trombone player), left, scrubs flute player Tim Wao, instead of a vehicle. The boys, both 16 and juniors, were having fun during last Saturday's car wash fundraiser at TOHS. More...

Health & Wellness

Wellness gala a big success

Community supporters came together in June to attend The Wellness Community Valley/ Ventura's 18th anniversary Celebration of Life Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. More...

Transplant group to host speaker

The Ventura County West Valley Chapter of TRIO (Transplant Recipients International Organization) will present Shahryar Ashouri, MD, from 7 to 9 p.m. More...

Learn how to manage pain due to cancer

The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura is offering a pain management workshop for people with cancer and their families, "Finding Your Comfort Zone: What Every Cancer Patient Should Know About Managing Pain," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. More...

Dining & Entertainment

CLU launches professional vocal ensemble for 2009-2010

Auditions are open for a new professional vocal ensemble based at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Areté Vocal Ensemble will be a group of professional artists in residence at CLU. More...

Senior Concerns to host Ultimate Dining event

The 24th annual Senior Concerns' Ultimate Dining fundraiser will be at 5 p.m. Sun., Aug. 2 at Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. More...

The Movie Nut

The war flick's had to reinvent itself over the last half-century. More...

Business

Relax, heal at Massage Center

Massage Center in Thousand Oaks and Chatsworth offers a one-hour massage for $30. The center is a massage therapy school that graduated more than 175 new massage therapists last year. More...

Be bikini-ready at Diane's

Diane's Beachwear at The Commons in Calabasas will host an event to help women keep their bodies looking bikini-ready on Sat., Aug. 1 at the store's new location at 4719 Commons Way, Ste. A. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Faith

A Lutheran's faith remains steadfast after tragic accident

Diana Luscombe spent the past two years being angry with God. "God and I have a rapport where I can yell. More...

Ministry to host parking lot sale

St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church's Helping Hands Ministry will host an indoor parking lot extravaganza from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., July 25 and from 8 a.m. to noon Sun., July 26 at the church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. More...

Church hosts speaker series

LightHouse Church presents Summer Breeze, a speaker series with nationallyrecognized leaders and teachers, at its celebration center at 3533 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park. The speakers will be at the 6 p.m. Saturday session and 9 and 11 a.m. More...

Letters

State, county and city pensions are way out of line

I agree with your editorial concern regarding public employees receiving pensions equal to 100 percent of their salary with a cost of living allowance (COLA) while private companies may provide pensions in the range of 50 percent of More...

Fire stations, too, should save water

Harking back to the request by the city recently to tell on neighbors who waste water by watering their yards during the daytime in the hot sun, I totally agree this is a "no-no," but I do have to report this one: the Ventura County Fire S More...

Everyone must reduce water use

Water districts throughout the Conejo are asking residents to cut back on water use, usually by about 15 percent. If districts don't reduce use for the year from July 2009 through June 2010, they will be heavily fined. How much? More...

Columns

Ask the DMV

Do you have questions about general drivingrelated require ments like registration and insur ance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driv ing? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. More...

Hot Flashes

Free on the Fourth It's a mad world. More...

Stimulus money limited so far for Thousand Oaks

Nobody should be holding their breath waiting for the federal government to show Thousand Oaks residents the money from the stimulus package. More...

Brush clearing season has arrived in Southern California

Wildfire season is here and the Ventura County Fire Department is encouraging property owners to keep vegetation cleared from around their homes to create defensible space for the firefighters and to remove fuel from areas where embers coul More...

Try your hand at writing fiction

If you have a knack for writing, we invite you to put your creative juices to work in our annual Acorn contest, "Fiction in a Nutshell." Here's how it works: In 100 words or less, write a fictional story and e-mail it to steve@theacorn.co More...

Community

Showing their hands—and feet

A DECK FULL OF DANCERS—The Queen of Hearts, portrayed by Carly Melber, at right, sneers at dancers, from left, Hailey Preston, Natalie McGiffert, Amy Zafman and Jacqueline Buckley, during the seventh annual Agoura Hills Dance Youth ballet perfo More...

New drivers or soon-to-be licensed can register for TOPD Start Smart program

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will offer a program to educate newly licensed and future licensed drivers, the Start Smart program, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tues., July 28 at the Thousand Oaks Police Station, East County Community Room, 2101 E. More...

Transient has second thoughts about robbing bank- - but he's still arrested

A local transient allegedly tried to rob a Thousand Oaks Citibank branch at Moorpark Road 12:30 p.m. July 8, but police say he changed his mind and walked out before obtaining any cash. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JULY 16 Oak Park Gardeners Meets at Mae Boyar Park, Kanan and Conifer, Oak Park. Steven Witherly speaks on organic gardening and garden secrets. Free. Public invited. Phone: 818.889. More...

Schools

Help kids with reading habits

Getting a child to read can be challenging, but a recent survey found that 96 percent of U.S. and Canadian parents recognize the importance of having strong reading skills for school and as an adult. "As U.S. More...

Sports

Grand finale at Little League All-Star tourney

Thousand Oaks, Moorpark both blast sixth inning grand slams in 10/11 championship

In the days following last weekend's District 13 Little League AllStars 10 and 11yearold championship between Moorpark and Thousand Oaks, those in attendance were still buzzing about one of the most dramatic finishes they ha More...

Moorpark's pitching too much for T.O. bats in 11/12 title tilt

Trevor Weston tossed 4 2/3 innings of two-hit baseball and also blasted a two-run home run to help lead the Moorpark Little League All-Stars past Thousand Oaks Little League, 9-4, during the 11- and 12-year-old District 13 title g More...

Conejo Valley Juniors claim District 13 flag

The Conejo Valley Little League Junior All-Star team won all three of its games to secure the District 13 tournament banner at Channel Islands High School. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park A female, 18, was arrested on charges of being drunk in public, and possessing alcohol and marijuana at 9:40 p.m. July 2 at Walnut Elementary School. More...

Obituaries

Tammy Lee Snyder

Tammy Lee Snyder of Thousand Oaks, CA, born on March 3, 1972 in Biloxi, MS passed away on July 3, 2009 at the age of 37 from a massive heart attack after fighting heart disease for nine years. More...

Family

Pet of the Week

SERENE—Keaton, a 2-year-old male domestic shorthair who's orange and white, can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Keaton home, ask about identification No. 3995837. More...

Help spark science interest in kids

Children who enjoy science develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills that will serve them well throughout their lives. More...

Family Men Don't Wear Name Brands

Beware of playtime Parents, be advised: Playgrounds are dangerous. I'm the father of a 5-year-old boy who loves playing at the playground. More...

Editorials

Summer is an open book

When it comes to California's four indistinct seasons, a majority of residents might cite summer as their favorite time of year. But to others, summer isn't such a hot time. More...

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Real Estate

Located On A Large Lot With Many Amenities And Valley Views

This property has a nearly 44,000-square-foot lot and backs to open space that includes valley views. The residence has a setback reminiscent of a secluded park with mature trees. More...

Bonnie Kronfeld

Alternative Realty Group broker-owners Chuck Leko and Norm Brust welcome Bonnie Kronfeld to their new real estate company. Kronfeld had been a consistent top producer with her former company. More...

Nestled On A Prime Lot In The Lake Lindero Country Club Area

This home on a prime lot in the Lake Lindero Country Club area has powder room, living room, dining area, kitchen and family room on the ground level. The living room has a brick fireplace and both north and south exposure to light. More...