December 10, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Holiday season a perfect time to remember

STARRY NIGHT—Thousand Oaks resident Jamie Feinstein honors a loved one with a star for the Hospice of the Conejo tree in Gardens of the World. More...

Health & Wellness

Spa helps breast cancer fund with $4,500 donation

In Touch Massage and Day Spa recently donated $4,500 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. More...

Ventura County food program expands to include fruits, vegetables

As of Oct. More...

Consult-a-nurse service is offered at Los Robles

Residents of the Conejo Valley and its surrounding communities can access free real-time health information from registered nurses anytime day or night through Consult-A-Nurse, available through Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center More...

Schools

CVUSD deletes health policy which enabled students to leave campus without parents’ consent

The Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously last week to delete a policy that stated the district could allow high school students to leave school for medical reasons without the notification of a parent More...

Gleeful fun with the Westlake High School choir

Show choirs have been around for several hundred years but only recently have they become mainstream successes, thanks in part to films like the “High School Musical” series and Fox’s hit television show &ldq More...

Jazz students to compete in Ventura Music Festival

The Ventura Music Festival is sponsoring the third annual Student Jazz Competition, open to all high school students in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties. More...

Business

Woman earns a design certificate

Linda Senn of Thousand Oaks has been granted a certificate for completing the course of study in the professional interior design offered by the Sheffield School of Interior Design in New York City. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Pets

Pet of the Week

STUNNING—Colli, a female 8-year-old calico longhair, can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Colli home, ask about identification No. A4061392. More...

Faith

Christmas presented in prose and poem

The Arts at St. Patrick’s Performing Arts Ministry presents “Christmas in Prose and Poem” as a fundraiser for Manna of the Conejo Valley from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 20 at St. More...

Choosing Dad’s gift

WISH LIST SHOPPER—St. More...

Concert to celebrate holiday

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church Music Ministry presents its eight annual Christmas concert “Let There Be Light” in the church sanctuary at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 13 at 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village. More...

Letters

Bridges got a raw deal from the board of education

In voting down Bridges Charter School, the Conejo Valley Unified School District board seemed to be influenced by a wide range of false assumptions, unchallenged assertions and mistruths. I’d like to address six of them.   1. More...

Stop pouring cash into The Lakes

In this time of economic hardship, I can’t believe the Acorn has posted an article about the more than $95,000 the taxpayers have forked over for a “study” to make The Lakes a more profitable center. Are you kidding me? More...

Global warming is based on politics and bogus science

Regarding: Sherry Jensen’s Dec. More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

HAIR OF THE DOG—Jan Smith and Linda Lawrence are ready to wet their whistles at the Red Dog Saloon in Juneau, Alaska, during a cruise. More...

State of the City address not exactly sugarcoated this time

The 2010 budget isn’t expected to show any improvement, the mayor says

At his State of the City address on Tuesday, Mayor Tom Glancy said 97 percent of those asked in a city survey rated the quality of life in Thousand Oaks very high, but the city has challenges ahead.   More...

Hospice helps many with bereavement counseling

For loved ones of victims of last year’s Metrolink train collision, a weekly Saturday morning support group has become a second family. More...

Offices to close at noon on Friday, early deadlines start next week

Both Acorn offices in Agoura Hills and Camarillo will close at noon on Fri., Dec. 11 because of our holiday party.   Deadlines for the Acorn editions of Dec. 24 and 25 will advance 24 hours. More...

Community

Anchors at The Oaks have mixed results in sales

Two anchor stores at The Oaks mall are reporting opposite holiday sales trends this year. The figures are up at Nordstrom but down at Macy’s. More...

Newbury Park bank inside Albertsons is robbed

A thief robbed a branch of U.S. Bank inside the Albertsons supermarket at 2:35 p.m. last Saturday at 541 S. Reino Road in Newbury Park.   No employees or customers were injured during the robbery. More...

New technology gives Ventura County deputies more capability in the fight against drunk driving

Law enforcement’s needs regarding DUI infractions have changed due to increased emphasis on the use of portable breath-testing devices.   More...

Dining & Entertainment

La Reina’s Regent Performers bring ‘Hello, Dolly!’ to stage

The Regent Performers of La Reina High School will present the musical “Hello Dolly!” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 11, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 13 at the school, 106 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Brian Wilson delivers old Beach Boys tunes

“Is this place called Agoura?” Brian Wilson deadpanned at the outset of his 90-minute set last Thursday night at The Canyon, some 15 miles inland from his beloved California beach.   More...

Pops will play

The Conejo Pops Orchestra will present “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” with the Sherwood Singers at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 16 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Sports

Marmonte heavyweights meet again

Warriors face Musketeers with section football title on the line

This isn’t just the game of the year.   It’s the biggest high school football game in the history of the Marmonte League.   Moorpark and Westlake will play Friday at 7 p.m. More...

OCHS faces Serra in clash of unbeaten powers

As far as championship rematches go, this one ranks near the top.   The undefeated football teams from Oaks Christian and Serra high schools will do battle Friday night for the CIFSouthern Section Northwest Division crown. More...

Tri-Valley girls’ soccer squads stocked with talent

Some of the best girls’ soccer teams in Division 5 will have to claw their way into the playoffs.   How can that be?   Three Tri-Valley League squads are ranked in the CIFSouthern Section Division 5 preseason top-10 poll. More...

Family

Fly the friendly skies

The Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing has a special program to let the public experience flight in an authentic warbird, a North American SNJ-5 (AT-6) Texan and a Fairchild PT-19A Cornell. More...

Soda, candy shop opens in Westlake

The Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop will open a new store today, Dec. 10, at 30823 Thousand Oaks Blvd., the TJ Maxx/North Ranch shopping center, Westlake Village.   More...

Toddler tries photography

EYE ON THE PRIZE—One of the world’s youngest photographers, Nicholas Dean, 3, gets a helping hand from his dad, Randy, a Thousand Oaks resident, while taking a photograph during the Chevro More...

Columns

Dire wolves

Not long ago I was working with a group of children outdoors. As usual, stories of wilderness adventures began to fly around the circle. More...

Aesthetic, but worthless

As part of a homeowners association, I’ve come to expect home exterior upkeep in the area, corresponding colors throughout the neighborhood and a lack of rogue vehicles on the street, front lawns and porches for months at a tim More...

All polished up

It’s called “Hopelessly in Love.” And there’s no question I’m hopeless.   I’m hopelessly talking about nail polish, gang. More...