May 13, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Last phase of bike race to be staged here May 23

An increase in local hotel reservations might be a sign that the 2010 Amgen Tour of California is delivering on a dream.   More...

Health & Wellness

Bicyclists will ride for a cause

The Conejo Valley Cyclists and the city of Thousand Oaks invite all concerned cyclists to participate in the third annual memorial “Ride of Silence” on Wed., May 19.   Preparation begins at 6:30 p.m. More...

New healthcare tax credit offers benefits

The Internal Revenue Service has mailed postcards to more than 4 million small businesses and taxexempt organizations hoping to make them aware of the benefits of the recently enacted federal small business healthcare tax credit.   More...

NPHS to host charity fashion show

A charity fashion show and silent auction, Threads for Red, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Sat., May 22 at the Newbury Park High School gym, 456 Reino Road, Newbury Park. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., MAY 13 Calabasas Chamber   More...

Schools

Conejo Valley Adult School gets grant from Ventura County

Despite recent cuts to the Conejo Valley Adult School’s budget, students and staff have received some good news. More...

Giving it all she has as a soloist

IN THE SPOTLIGHT— Jade Elliott performs a saxophone solo while playing with Los Cerritos Middle School Jazz Band I directed by David Blake. More...

Robotics camp offered

The sixth annual Robotics Camp/Workshop will offer four weekly, three-day sessions at Heschel West School in Agoura Hills.   The camp meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the weeks starting July 5, July 12, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.   More...

Business

Theater earns outstanding award

For the second consecutive year, Cabrillo Music Theatre has been selected for the 2010 Best of Business, Westlake Village Award in the Theatrical Production Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association.   More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Family jewelry business creates exclusive designs

Platinni Jewelry is a family-run business with more than 20 years experience with professional designers from all over the world creating exclusive designs. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Villains stole pizza and threatened to shoot a delivery person if he didn’t give it to them. One assailant carried a knife. The crime occurred around 1:15 p.m. May 2 in the 1800 block of W. Hillcrest Drive.   More...

Faith

Enjoying a lighthearted moment

COMMUNITY FAITH—Temple Beth Haverim Cantor Kenny Ellis, left, and Thousand Oaks Mayor Dennis Gillette recognize the Rev. Joe Scerbo of St. More...

Church to host open house

Calvary Christian Toastmasters will have an open house at 6:30 p.m. tonight, May 13, in room 2114 of Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village. More...

Women volunteers needed to create blankets and dolls

Women are needed who would like to spend a few hours working on a project to bring comfort to children in a faraway country. More...

Letters

Agrees with T.O. Acorn editorial

Regarding your May 6 editorial, you said it right–‘‘Negative campaigning hits new lows.”   I have a hard time putting faith into candidates who cannot find enough worthwhile things to say about themselves. More...

Parks isn’t all she’s made out to be

I’ve been reading the letters to the editor section of your newspaper about the legacy and accomplishments of Linda Parks. I’d like to add a few that her supporters haven’t mentioned.   More...

Strickland has gone too negative

Quite frankly I’m aghast at the nasty attacks by Audra Strickland toward her fellow Republican, Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks.   More...

Editorials

Election on June 8 will be more fun than usual for citizens interested in politics

Several political races in Ventura County will be decided on Tues., June 8.   If you’re a political junkie, this is the first primary election in years—maybe forever—that’s really interesting on a local level.   More...

Cartoon

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Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

FAMILY FUN—Ryan, Eva, Greg and Brandon Cote take a nature walk in Zion National Park in Utah. More...

Race for county clerkrecorder heats up

The two candidates for Ventura County clerk and recorder traded barbs last week over personal finances. More...

Only 9 percent of voters give job approval to state legislators

California’s elected officials are highly paid and have incredible benefits

A sagging economy, doubledigit unemployment and budget cutbacks have Golden State voters pointing their fingers at those who serve in the capital— from the governor down to legislative aides. More...

Bees cause a buzz in T.O.

There’s buzz about a new development on a hill above city hall.   It seems more than a dozen bee boxes were placed about a month ago on privately owned property on a Thousand Oaks hillside that includes a protected ridgeline.   More...

Community

May 24 is the deadline to register for primary election

The last day to register to vote in the June 8 primary election is Mon, May 24. The completed voter registration form must be postmarked by May 24 for the applicant to vote.   More...

Wilderness wheelers push their limits

Sand, rocks and hills didn’t slow down a troupe of intrepid travelers—hikers and wheelchair users—from making the fivemile Wheel to the Sea hike this past Saturday. More...

Man receives NPS Outstanding Volunteer award

Tony Valois, a volunteer at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, won the national George B. Hartzog Jr. award for Outstanding Volunteer Service by an Individual, presented by the National Park Service. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Comedy Club brings national TV comedians to town

Headliner’s Comedy Club @Fiamme, together with JR’s Comedy Club, brings nationally known television and club comedians to an intimate live stand-up comedy showroom at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights at 3731 E. More...

Strawberry Fest contest to benefit various local charities

Kate Linder of the daytime TV series “The Young and the Restless” and Dedria Brunett, Miss Teen California International 2010, will be the celebrity judges of the California Strawberry Festival “Berry Blast Off” recipe contes More...

Classic rock band to perform at sports bar

Gunner will perform its classic rock ’n’ roll sounds at 8:30 p.m. Sat., May 15 at Famous Sports Bar and Grill, 821 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Sports

Free hit, pitch and run event for kids to be held in T.O.

Winners of CRPD-sponsored event can move on to the sectional competition

A Pitch, Hit and Run competition will take place Sat., May 15 at Rancho Conejo Playfield No. 1, 950 N. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. Registration is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The competition will begin at 10 a.m. More...

Marmonte baseball coaches looking to send composite bats out of the park

Matt La Belle wants to put an end to the use of composite baseball bats in the Marmonte League and, perhaps, the entire CIF-Southern Section.   The Simi Valley High head varsity coach cites safety concerns as his No. More...

Lancers’ first-round victory leaves much to be desired

Volleyball match moved to Redwood Middle School

There’s no place like home, or at least a place close to home. More...

Pets

‘SQUIRRELS NEED VITAMIN C, TOO’—

‘SQUIRRELS NEED VITAMIN C, TOO’—So says Christine Stuehler of Thousand Oaks, who is obviously a licensed dietician for members of the rodent family. Christine says Mr. More...

ROSY DISPOSITION—

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Family

Dick Van Dyke packs ’em in

Concert review

On Sunday night, a packed house at the Fred Kavli Theatre was watching a DVD and having the time of their lives. More...

Eating hearty at the Special Olympics

MADE TO ORDER—Thousand Oaks Kiwanian Tom Pizza prepares a hamburger for a guest at a Special Olympics event at Agoura High School. About 350 people participated or attended as spectators. More...

Video festival open to teens

Entries are being accepted for the 2010 Conejo Teen Video Festival. Deadline is Fri., May 28.   The festival is open to teens living in and around Conejo Valley. More...

Columns

Ask the Arborist

Q: This question comes from Tom in Agoura. He wrote, “I have three camphor trees in my rear yard, and one of them has started to bear black berries in very large quantities.   More...

Words to swing by

It’s a springtime ritual as familiar as discovering another rabbit chewing on your begonias.   At the Lancer or Panther or Warrior ball field, it’s the prelude to the kiss. More...

Be the dog

“Be alert as you watch a dog at play or at rest. Let the animal teach you to feel at home in the now, to celebrate life by being completely present. You just watch the tail . . . More...