July 23, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Sharpen your pencils for 'Fiction in a Nutshell'

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@the More...

City quits subsidizing trips to Kaiser

Thousand Oaks will no longer subsidize $100 one-way trips between the city and Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Woodland Hills. More...

Health & Wellness

Wellness Community to have comedy night for cancer victims

A free Comedy Night for people affected by cancer will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Mon., Aug. 10 at the Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. More...

Learn how to massage infants

Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning will host a free threepart infant massage class for parents of children under 6 months of age from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tues., July 28 and Aug. 4 and 11 at the Crowley House, 2522 Pleasant Way, Thousand Oaks. More...

ACLU to present discussion on healthcare reform

The Ventura County Chapter of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) will present Judith Glass, an ACLU affiliate representative, to speak about the nature of the current healthcare crisis from 10 a.m. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JULY 23 La Monica Ballroom Redux 7 to 10 p.m. at Santa Monica Pier. Original experience of historic La Monica Ballroom, largest ballroom in the world built 85 years ago, recreated with dance floor and stage. More...

Schools

Veterans' program helps make college affordable

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. More...

Amgen honors local students as scholars

Three local students and 25 others from Southern California are spending their summer doing hands-on science research projects at top universities as part of the Amgen Scholars program. More...

Sports

Preparing for baseball tourney in T.O.

HEARING FROM A PRO— Baseball legend and former Dodger Steve Garvey gives instruction and inspiration to Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Diamond Dawgs baseball team. More...

Time to join curling club

The SoCal Curling Club will host an open house and learntocurl session for anyone interested in the sport from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. Sat., Aug. 1 at the Easy Street Iceoplex, 131 W. Easy St., Simi Valley. More...

A hero's welcome

Fans, media flock to greet Sunderland as he returns from worldwide sailing adventure

Brad Dobin perfectly summarized Zac Sunderland's 13-month journey sailing alone around the world in a small boat. "I think it's one-half crazy and onehalf really cool," said the 14yearold spectator from Simi Valley. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Assailants battered and severely injured someone between 1 and 1:16 a.m. July 13 in the 100 block of N. Reino Road. More...

Faith

Local composer to present two recitals

Music for voice, strings, piano and wind to be included in concerts; composer served at local church

Internationally acclaimed local composer Frederick Bayani Mabalot will conduct two recitals of his composition "Heart Pours," featuring two of his most recent original song cycles, "Songs of Love" and "Songs of Rumi," at 8 p.m. More...

Church to host movie in park, night of fun

Church in the Canyon in Calabasas will host the second annual Community Movie in the Park from 6 to 10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 1 at the church campus, 4235 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. The event is free and open to the public. More...

Singer will share message of love

Inspirational singersongwriter Daniel Nahmod will perform a concert of his music and share a message of peace, love and compassion at 1 p.m. Sun., July 26 at Unity of the Oaks Church, 1414 E. More...

Family

Kids with computers can get in risky situations

Online activity must be monitored or bad things can happen to children. "Parents need to know what their child is doing online. Teens are smarter than adults when it comes to computers," said Sgt. More...

'Angelic' Thousand Oaks boy has rare genetic condition

In a house that looks from the outside much like any other home in Dos Vientos, a mother struggles every minute of every day to keep her son alive. More...

Children need court advocates

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is hosting a Court Appointed Special Advocate informational presentation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tues., Aug. 4 at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Editorials

Someday, school district consolidation may be a necessity

We're disappointed that school district officials throughout the county weren't interested in consolidating with other districts, a suggestion put forth by the Ventura County grand jury. It seems ironic. More...

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Plan to save water has an incentive: Conserve together- - or pay more

By law, Thousand Oaks residents may water their lawns no more than three times a week, and water leaks must be repaired within 72 hours. These new restrictions will be enforced through education and by residents reporting violators. More...

School districts resist call for consolidation

Officials cite local control as a more important priority

Area school districts have turned a cold shoulder to the recent Ventura County grand jury recommendation that some of the districts consolidate their facilities and services in order to save taxpayer dollars. More...

An oasis found on Moorpark Road

SHOWERS OF FUN- The fountain at Janss Marketplace is a great place to beat the heat. Recent temperatures have hit the high 90s and low 100s. The kids here were playing on Monday. See related photographs on pages 20 and 22. More...

Community

Man, 27, allegedly exchanged photos with T.O. girl, 13

An arrest warrant is out for a registered sex offender from Connecticut for allegedly exchanging explicit photos with a 13-year-old Thousand Oaks girl and engaging in lewd acts using a webcam. More...

New youth commission appointees are named to serve the city of T.O.

Seven young people were named to serve on the Thousand Oaks Youth Commission. More...

Sting operation seeks teens to prove the ease of buying cigarettes

The American Lung Association of California is conducting a sting program with teen volunteers to demonstrate how easily available tobacco products are to minors. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Music inspires dancing at The Oaks

SWINGTIME AT THE MALL— Calabasas couple Shelly and Marilyn Weiner, right, swing dance to the music of the Campus Five at The Oaks Summer Night's Music Series. They were enjoying the entertainment last Thursday, which will continue at 6 p.m. More...

Enjoying the ball

TAMING THE WILD ONES— Fred and Marge Wilson are dressed as a lion and a lion tamer at the Jungleland-themed Triunfo Ball at Stagecoach Inn Museum in Newbury Park. The annual event occurred last Saturday. More...

They walk the line

CASHING IN AT THE PARK— The Mighty Cash Cats, a musical tribute group to Johnny Cash, perform at the Summer Concert in the Park at Conejo Community Park. They played in Thousand Oaks last Sunday. The next free concert is planned for 5 p.m. More...

Business

Lazy Dog Cafe opens at The Oaks

Undaunted by recent store closings throughout Conejo Valley, one restaurant has decided to open a freestanding, 7,500square-foot location at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks. More...

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 MOVE, INC. More...

Pets

Your household pets also need dental care

According to American Veterinary Medical Association, periodontal disease is the most common health issue in pets. It's also estimated that almost 80 percent of U.S. pets suffer from periodontal disease by age 3. More...

Here are tips to help you have a healthier cat

Whether a pet cat enjoys the outdoors or prefers the inside, it's important to protect it from what may be a surprising risk. A number of fragrant flowers can be deadly for cats. More...

Pet of the Week

BIG AND BOLD— Cocoa, a female brown-and-brindle 2-year-old bull mastiff, can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Cocoa home, ask about identification No. A4008740. More...

Obituaries

J. Brooks Gunderson

J. Brooks Gunderson, 77, of Westlake Village, CA passed away July 11, 2009 after a eight month battle with bladder cancer. More...

Marie Castle Robings

Marie (Castle) Robings passed away on Tuesday July 14 at Los Robles Hospital with her family at her side, following a massive brain hemorrhage that occurred on Sunday. More...

Letters

On pension plans, elected officials are totally spineless

Regarding the statement by Jere Robings in a letter last week, "It's been a contest between public employee unions and taxpayers, and sadly for taxpayers, the unions have won." I couldn't agree more, Jere, and I've also been a fan More...

Unhappy with budget decisions in Thousand Oaks

After reading about the budget and city salaries, I'm a bit confused by the following items: 1. The city staff is getting a 3 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) in January. More...

Lang Ranch Park deserved to go down in flames

My hat's off to the so called NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard) who banded together to successfully win against the old Lang Ranch Community Park. I was proud to work with them. More...

Real Estate

Cul-de-sac Home In Wood Ranch

This Wood Ranch property is on a builder's premium lot with more than 25,000 square feet on the top of a cul-de-sac. The home has four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms with more than 3,200 interior square feet. More...

Article

Prudential California Realty's Moorpark office has announced its award winners for April and May. Bill Schuldt was named top listing agent for April. He can be reached at (805) 657 0454. B.J. More...

Immaculate Westlake Village Home

This immaculate Westlake Village home is in movein condition. On a culde-sac in Village Homes, this home features four bedrooms, three baths and a spacious floor plan encompassed in approximately 2,200 square feet. More...