July 29, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Fiction in a Nutshell returns

The dog days of August shouldn’t zap your creativity.   If you think you have a knack for writing, put your creative juices to work and take part in next month’s “Fiction in a Nutshell” contest. More...

Health & Wellness

UCLA launches first West Coast human hand transplantation program

The UCLA Health System has launched the new UCLA Hand Transplantation Program, the first of its kind on the West Coast and only the fourth such center in the United States.   More...

Film screening fundraiser to take place

YogaWorks will host a benefit movie screening and concert by Los Angeles singers and performance artists to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 18 at YogaWorks, 2475 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. More...

Swimming safety tips for summer

The American Red Cross, Ventura County chapter, offers tips on enjoying the summer in the water and staying safe as well.   •Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.   •Never swim alone. More...

Schools

Holy Trinity offers Bible camp

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will present a weeklong Vacation Bible School day camp for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade from Aug. 2 through 6 at the Honey Tree Early Childhood Center on the church campus, 1 W. More...

Local graduates named to Washington University’s dean’s list

The following students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2010 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. More...

Business

Bridal Premiere coming to Hyatt Westlake

Show will feature more than 60 exhibitors

Carmen Carter, singer from “Dancing with the Stars,” will be featured at the Hyatt Bridal Premiere, a day of wedding exhibits and fashion shows, on Sun., Aug. 8 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. More...

East County Job Center hosting career workshops

The East County Job and Career Center at 980 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley, will host career workshops in August. Free to job seekers. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. More...

Local Stock Update

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Pets

PET OF WEEK—

PET OF WEEK—Rufus is a male, brown Chihuahua mix who wants to protect you and your family. He can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Family

Doing that Tropical Daze hula

A FUN WAY TO EXERCISE—Mia Greenidge, 5, of Thousand Oaks gets a good grip on her hula hoop while her sisters, Cali and Ariana, twirl in the background during the Tropical Daze Summer Music Festi More...

Theater workshop caters to children

Instruction focused on musical ‘Annie’

A workshop on musical theater techniques for children will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Mon. through Fri., Aug. 2 to 6 at Bernadette Nader Music Studio, 229 Via Colinas, Westlake Village.   More...

Children make the most of summertime fun

LOTS TO DO AT TROPICAL DAZE—Thousand Oaks resident Ira Pincus, above, shows his sons, Jason, 2, Brandon, 2, and Matthew, 4, some of the different species from the ocean that were displayed at th More...

Columns

Quaking aspens

Q: I was camping in Utah last year when the aspen trees were just turning colors. Some groups of trees were yellow and others were still green, and it was a beautiful sight. More...

Secret sauce

Nobody’s getting my family’s secret recipe for meat sauce.   Nobody.   My wife and 7-year-old son walked into the kitchen unannounced while I was making the sauce and I about flipped. More...

The Other Side of 50

How much do your day-to-day choices determine your long-term health and well-being?   When it comes to longevity, Sophie, 95, has great genes. Most of her blood relatives have lived well past the age of 80. More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

OUTDOORSMEN—Webelos from Troop 3715 are roughing it at the Three Falls Boy Scout Camp in Lockwood Valley, Calif. The boys are students at Lang Ranch and Ladera elementary schools. More...

Grand jury focuses on school district health plans

Initial reactions are varied among area education officials in the wake of a recently unveiled Ventura County grand jury report that examines healthcare benefits among the county’s 22 school districts.   More...

The season for rattlesnakes has slithered around again

Children and dogs are most vulnerable to rattlesnake attacks due to their curiosity, but injury and death can be prevented if certain precautions are taken, snake wrangler Bo Slyapich told members of the Conejo Valley Rotary Club at their meeting la More...

Community

A new visitor center is slated for King Gillette Ranch

The National Park Service has received a multimillion-dollar grant from federal stimulus money to turn a former stable at King Gillette Ranch into public visitor center. More...

War veterans get assistance in Ventura

Vets get 3 days of help, tomorrow through Aug. 1

Four years ago, Rex Belisle and his wife, April, were addicted to crystal meth and living in bushes behind Wagon Wheel Road in Oxnard. Three of their children had been taken away and adopted by other families. More...

News Briefs

Slurry seal to be applied to some asphalt streets The City Council recently awarded a construction contract for the annual slurry seal program in various neighborhoods throughout Thousand Oaks to Roy Allen Slurry Seal Inc.   More...

Dining & Entertainment

College student relies on friends, favors, talent to create 2-day concert

Musician plans to create DVD of Civic Arts Plaza performance

Justin Ramos never sits still for long. More...

‘Cinderella’ actors humanize two-dimensional characters

Play review

Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is a charmer based on the 1957 television special starring Julie Andrews.   More...

Comic hopes to hit the right note at Kiwanis fundraiser for local charities

Grant Baciocco is a self-confessed dork.   In some lines of work, that might be considered a handicap. For someone who patterns himself after Weird Al Yankovic and Dr. Demento, it’s an asset.   More...

Sports

Cool cages

New hitting facility opens in Newbury Park

The professionals are ready to teach baseball and softball to Newbury Park and the rest of the Conejo Valley.   MVP Baseball and Softball Academy batting cages are now open for business. More...

District 13 back for another shot at Big League World Series crown

Let the good times roll, take two.   District 13, which comprises the Conejo Valley, Moorpark and Simi Valley, earned its second straight trip to the Big League Baseball World Series in Easley, S.C.   More...

Quakes shake things up at T.O. tourney

ON A ROLL—The Conejo Quakes, a seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ basketball squad, won its division at the third annual Thousand Oaks Junior Varsity Girls Summer Tournament. More...

Faith

Local resident named one of ‘50 Most Influential Rabbis’

“The Sisterhood,” the women’s issues blog of the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper, recently compiled a list of the 50 most influential women rabbis in America and included Rebecca Dubowe of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks. More...

T.O. resident needs donations for project

Local resident Evan Dorval is asking for assistance from the community to help him complete his bar mitzvah project. His bar mitzvah is scheduled to take place in October at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks. More...

Letters

Freeway on-ramp from Lindero Canyon is unsafe

I suggest that Caltrans–or whatever organization is responsible for the 101 Freeway and its on-ramp design–please review the way they designed both the on-ramp and the new right lane merger on the northbound 101 from Lindero Canyon Road. More...

No bowling at the clinic

Go figure!   The community has been begging for a bowling alley.   So they take the old bowling alley building and are going to turn it into medical clinics.   Larry, you’re killing me! Ed Garnett Thousand Oaks   More...

The swastica is an attack on all faiths

I was horrified when I read about the elderly couple in Dos Vientos who discovered a swastika painted on the side of their home.   More...

Editorials

A community newspaper would have made a difference in Bell

The news from Bell, Calif., a city of 40,000, has shocked people, including residents of Thousand Oaks.   More...

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American jobs must be reserved for Americans

Guest opinion

Everyone talks about securing the border, but the border is only a symbol of a much larger problem. More...