May 20, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Almost time for children to draw a face for dad

Father’s Day is Sun., June 20, and the Thousand Oaks Acorn is inviting young people to take out pen, pencil or crayon and draw a picture of dear old dad.   More...

Whatever the weather, it’s spring in the Conejo Valley

IT’S STILL NESTING SEASON—A hummingbird returns to her nest as she incubates two jellybean-sized eggs late last week in Thousand Oaks. More...

Health & Wellness

Red Cross first-aid classes planned for Sat., June 5

The American Red Cross of Ventura County will offer discounts of more than 60 percent on first-aid classes at various locations across the county on Sat., June 5. More...

Go to sleep

Not only is less sleep linked to increased likelihood of getting a cold, the more efficiently a person sleeps the healthier they will be, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. More...

Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital earns medicare accreditation

Thousand Oaks Surgical Hospital recently announced that it has achieved full accreditation from DNV Healthcare using a program that integrates the Medicare Conditions of Participation with ISO 9001 quality standards.   More...

Schools

Young engineer has bright future

A young man from Newbury Park could one day work on a spaceship destined for another world, considering what he’s already achieved in the aerospace industry and through his internships at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More...

Westlake High graduate studies plants in space

Not everyone can send a first love into orbit. Growing up in Thousand Oaks with two dozen fruit trees in her backyard, Christina Johnson developed a particular fondness for plants. More...

Host families needed for foreign students

Cultural Homestay International, a 30-year-old nonprofit educational exchange program, is seeking volunteer host families for a group of high school students from Italy, Belgium and France who will be visiting the Conejo Valley from June 28 through More...

Business

New grocery store opens in Thousand Oaks

Sprouts Farmers Market has opened a 31,326-square-foot store in Thousand Oaks at the former site of Circuit City, 600 W. Hillcrest Drive.   It’s on the southwest corner of Lynn Road and Hillcrest Drive, not far from The Oaks. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   A male, 43, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at 1:25 p.m. May 10 in the 70 block of Boxthorn Avenue.   More...

Faith

New synagogue opening in Conejo

More than 100 families from the Conejo Valley are forming a new Jewish congregation, The New Shul of the Conejo, which will host an informational meeting for those interested in membership at noon Mon., May 24 at 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. More...

Church to offer bike tour parking

Gateway Church will offer free parking for those wishing to see the local leg of the 2010 Amgen Bicycle Tour finale at the Family Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., May 23 on the tree-shaded campus, 29646 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. More...

Are you committed or just interested?

“There is no area of our lives that is not radically affected by our ability to be 100 percent committed; this includes our health, relationships, careers, beliefs and goals.  More...

Letters

Campaign for Strickland a model for negativity

Why does Audra Strickland continue thrusting her negative campaign on us? More...

Tired of lies about Supervisor Parks

Could it be that Audra Strickland doesn’t realize she’s running for a nonpartisan position? Somebody should tell her! And please tell her to stop mailing the daily barrage of slick, negative lies against Linda Parks. More...

If morals and ethics matter, Parks is the choice

Money and power have preempted morals and ethics. That’s why I’m happily surprised when I find someone like Linda Parks running for office.   More...

Amgen Tour will affect Sunday traffic

Just a reminder: Some streets of T.O. will be filled with bicyclists on Sun., May 23 because Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills are hosting the Amgen Tour of California. More...

Angled parking coming to The Lakes center

Paving paradise to put in a parking lot makes no sense to Thousand Oaks resident Garrett Wong. More...

Candidates for county treasurer discuss money

A recent forum presented by the League of Women Voters Ventura County drew all seven candidates running for treasurertax collector in the June 8 election, filling the dais in the council chambers at Simi Valley City Hall. More...

Our deadlines will move forward

Memorial Day on Mon., May 31 will create early deadlines for the issue of Thurs., June 3. More...

Community

Disc golf course to open

Conejo Recreation and Park District will host the grand opening of its Rabbit Flats Disc Golf Course at 11:30 a.m. Sat., May 22 at Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

T.O. women to host Musicale fundraiser

The Thousand Oaks Branch of AAUW (formerly the American Association of University Women) will host its second annual Spring Musicale fundraiser at 4:30 p.m. Sat., May 22 at a private residence in Thousand Oaks. More...

Insurance firm offers help with changing laws

The world of insurance is constantly changing. Policy language change, laws and regulations change and, most importantly, individual needs change. More...

Dining & Entertainment

The Movie Nut

When I think of Robin Hood, the mischievous outlaw of Nottingham, I usually think of Errol Flynn. He was a jolly, swashbuckling sort, taking from the rich with a smile and a swagger, giving to the poor with a wink and a nod. More...

Musical summer camp for kids opens registration

Applications are being accepted for the 18th annual Pizazz Music Camp scheduled for Aug. 9 through 13 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.   More...

Thousand Oaks Arts festival seeking entries

Visual artists in Ventura County are invited to submit work for the seventh annual Thousand Oaks Arts Festival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Sept. More...

Sports

Field hockey athletes to compete

The Field Hockey Federation of Southern California will host the 39th Cal-Cup Tournament from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day weekend, May 28 to 31, at Moorpark College and at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. More...

Only the strong survive in baseball playoffs

Postseason baseball preview

This is where high school legends are made.   The CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs are in full swing this week as local ballclubs begin the tedious trek toward hardball immortality.   More...

T.O.’s Joerger honored

Kevin Joerger, a senior distance runner at Thousand Oaks High, has been named a CIF/Farmers Scholar Athlete Section Winner.   Joerger and Carley A. Gross from Foothill High of Santa Anna were the two CIFSouthern Section honorees.   More...

Pets

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICANTS—

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICANTS—Abbie is a male 9-year-old gray-and-white domestic shorthair who can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills. More...

Family

Toddler finds a friendly dog

A FOUR-LEGGED FRIEND—Toddler Samantha Davenport, 3, delights in the playfulness of Brando, a 19-month-old St. Bernard owned by Monica Kjarval of T.O. More...

‘Alice’ leaves Wonderland, arrives in T.O.

Full-length ballet will be presented

The Conejo Civic Ballet Company will present the fulllength ballet “Alice In Wonderland” at 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 28 and 2:30 p.m. Sat., May 29 in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. More...

Isabella, Jacob most popular baby names of 2009

There’s a new queen of baby names. Isabella took the crown from last year’s winner, Emma, to claim the top girl baby name of 2009. More...

Editorials

No election-related letters after next week

Next week’s May 27 Thousand Oaks Acorn will include the last letters we’ll print concerning the June 8 primary election.   There won’t be any election-related letters in the June 3 edition.   The reason is fairness. More...

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