April 8, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Soap bubbles always an attraction for kids

BUBBLING UP—A group of children, including Emily Flores, 4, of Simi Valley, center, reach for bubbles before the start of an Easter Egg hunt. More...

Health & Wellness

Addressing senior driving skills

Older motorists learn how to hang on and when to let go

Senior Concerns will present an informational seminar titled “Age well, drive well—Your driver’s license: How to hold on and when to let go” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. More...

Avoiding hazards of stress overload

Exercise, diet, aromatherapy, fresh air all can help you

Relax. While you may have a lot to worry about, there are a few easy ways to reduce the stress of demanding, hectic schedules, work and family responsibilities. Taking the right steps can reduce stress overload and improve health.   More...

Chew on this: The truth about healthy teeth

The American Academy of Periodontology estimates that three out of four Americans suffer from some form of gum disease. Research links gum disease to such serious conditions as diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., APR. 8   Gem & Mineral Club Meets at Hillcrest Art Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Sal scarpacto presents program on “Antarctica.” Youth program during meeting. Public welcome, free. More...

Schools

Teachers visit Baja to understand students’ backgrounds

When Larry Jones met 8year-old Jose at an orphanage in Baja Mexico early in March, he immediately fell in love with the clever little boy. More...

Free horse class

The public is invited to a free horse conformation clinic hosted by the Thoroughbred Owners of California at 10 a.m. Sat., April 10 at The Top o’ the Stretch, Santa Anita Racetrack, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. More...

High School Hi-lights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., April 9: No school Mon., April 12: Cheer clinic/3 p.m.   Girls’ aquatic booster meeting/ T-2/6 p.m.   All-District Choral Festival/ Civic Arts Plaza/7:30 p.m. More...

Business

Simi Landfill marks second anniversary

The Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center will commemorate the second anniversary of its Construction and Demolition Recycling Facility, which has recycled more than 81,800 tons of materials since its opening.   More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   A 22-year-old female was arrested for prostitution, pimping a minor and child endangerment at 6:15 p.m. March 29 in the 1300 block of Newbury Road.   More...

Faith

Nuns in Thousand Oaks to host an open house, rare tour of center

The Sisters of Notre Dame will celebrate 30 years of service by hosting an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun., April 11 at the Notre Dame Center, behind La Reina High School, 1776 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. More...

Catholic Church opens Shroud of Turin to the public

The Catholic Church in Turin, Italy, will exhibit the Shroud of Turin, a linen relic millions have believed to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ, from April 10 through May 23, the fifth public exposition since 1898 and the longest in the sh More...

Letters

The new director for public schools: Leadership Magnet

Here are my thoughts after reading your March 25 editorial (“The result doesn’t always justify the means”):   For eight years my family has been part of the Conejo Open Classroom. More...

Bridges Charter School deserved a better outcome

You’re right, pure unadulterated greed is the reason for Bridges Charter wanting the University campus––to utilize a campus so their children can be educated under the best possible circumstances. How criminal!   More...

Charter schools could be the future in public education

When the March 25 editorial in the Acorn equated Bridges’request for a building to a moral endeavor, the paper hit a new low. That’s a tad bit extreme, don’t you think?   More...

Editorials

Safety comes first for owners of swimming pools

Reporter Nancy Needham on page 8 tells about April Pools Day last Thursday at Los Robles Hospital, and no, that’s not a misprint. More...

Cartoon

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Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

EMPEROR’S VALENTINE—Oaks Christian students visit the Taj Mahal in India as part of a school trip in February. More...

School district keeps cutting as budget slashes continue

The Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education approved the first round of cuts needed to balance the 2010- 2011 budget amid objections about adult school and school site reductions.   More...

Firefighter is hurt from shrapnel

Explosions during a house fire in Thousand Oaks sent shrapnel flying through the air and injured a Ventura County firefighter.   More...

Danger posed to citrus trees

Officials from the Farm Bureau of Ventura County are asking residents to be vigilant in checking their citrus trees for a fatal disease-carrying pest that could decimate their backyard trees and wreak havoc on the local citrus-growing industry. More...

Oak tree faces fateful date with a chainsaw

When a huge branch fell off his centuries-old oak tree last summer, smashing property in a neighbor’s yard, a Thousand Oaks resident became concerned about the tree’s other large, looming limbs.   More...

Community

Consumers can save on electricity bills

REC Solar has released TED 5000, the next-generation in home energy monitors that measures the power consumption of an entire household and makes the power metering information available to consumers through a computer, wireless display or a smart ph More...

WLV Junior Women’s Club sips in spring

The Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club will host Sipping in Springtime 2010 from 2 to 6 p.m. Sun., April 25 at the Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. More...

Garden Club to host 37th annual patio tour

The Westlake Village Garden Club will host the 37th annual Garden and Patio Tour from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., April 25, showcasing five home gardens in Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Strawberry Festival wants recipes for contest

The 27th annual California Strawberry Festival is hosting a “Berry Blast Off” recipe contest for the best non-baked strawberry dish. More...

Daughters of the American Revolution makes donation to libraries

The Conejo Valley Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has donated copies of “Condor: Spirit of the Canyon” by American Indian author Robert Mesta to libraries in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, More...

‘Irma La Douce’ to charm audiences at T.O.’s Civic Arts Plaza

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation will present Musical Theatre Guild’s “Irma La Douce” at 3 p.m. More...

Sports

Lions have all hands on deck

O.C. baseball team battling through injuries

Injuries can derail any team’s season.   Since losing three starters with various physical ailments, the Oaks Christian baseball squad has had to mix and match younger players at a multitude of positions. More...

Newbury Park distance runner makes her move

Byrne believes in hard work, perseverance

At every practice and race, Shannon Byrne strives to get faster and faster.   The Newbury Park High track and field standout knows that there will be pain along the way. But adrenaline and perseverance keep her going. More...

Carlisle named All-American

University of California San Diego sophomore point guard Chelsea Carlisle was named to the NCAA Division II State Farm Coaches’ All-American Team. More...

Pets

ABOUT TO BE KICKED OUT OF THE HOUSE—

ABOUT TO BE KICKED OUT OF THE HOUSE—Kelley Fox of Thousand Oaks writes, “My boyfriend, Jim Marzec and I took in this little 8-week-old baby squirrel whose mother was evidently killed, and More...

GENTLE COMPANION–

GENTLE COMPANION–Daisy is an 18-month-old boxer/mastiff mix. She’s sweet and mellow. Daisy can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Family

Teachers can work as national park rangers for the summer

Program applications being accepted

The National Park Service is accepting applications from classroom teachers for its Teacher to Ranger to Teacher program at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. More...

Learning about fire prevention

FIRE TRACKERS—Calabasas resident Howard Schwartz, left, collects information from Flamesniffer chief operations officer Cameron McKenna of Oak Park, right, Flamesniffer reps Bill Islava, of West More...

Travel to Africa for evening with Church of the Epiphany

The Church of the Epiphany will present “About Africa,” a family concert by Paul Tracey that showcases the music and culture of African peoples, at 3 p.m. Sat., April 17 at the church, 5450 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park. More...

Columns

We don’t want your money

My aunt and uncle told my wife and me that they were putting us in their will. In the unfortunate case of their deaths, we’d get their entire estate.   “You guys will be set for life,” my uncle said.   More...

League offers kitchen and cooks tour of homes

Assistance League of Conejo Valley will offer an insider’s view into six homes in Westlake Village on its Kitchens and Cooks tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., May 16. More...

Invasive roots

Q: Which has the deepest, most invasive roots, a 30-foot maple tree or 7-foot cedar hedges? We had tree roots in our sewer lines and were told they’ll continue to grow. More...