August 26, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

School district opens new doors for independent study program

Jeff Baarstad says it all the time. He’ll put the three traditional high schools in Conejo Valley Unified School District up against any in the state when it comes to the education they provide for local students. More...

Health & Wellness

It’s always time to dance

DANCING INTO THE NIGHT— Thousand Oaks residents Kathy Baily and Ray Hilden dance to the music of the Rhythm Kings. More...

Direct deposit helps recipients relax

These days, almost everyone gets their benefit payment by direct deposit. Whether you receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, you can depend on your payment arriving in your account on time, every time.   More...

On the Town

Art museum signing up charter members

The Regional Art Museum recently announced that Community West Bank in Westlake Village will handle in-person enrollments for charter memberships of the museum. Membership is open to businesses and the public. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., AUG. 26 Vietnam Veterans   More...

Schools

County libraries encourage all residents to sign up for library cards

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, observed since 1987, and the Ventura County Library wants to make sure all county residents of Ventura County have a library card.   More...

Dance academy announces annual auditions

The Academy of Dance and School of Performing Arts will have the annual auditions for its performance competition team for dancers ages 5 to 18 on Sun., Aug. 29 at the school, 5700 Corsa Ave., Ste. 106, Westlake Village. More...

Bookstores struggling to stay relevant

Conejo Valley residents looking to buy their next good read will have to go elsewhere come Jan. 31 of next year, when Borders’ lease in Thousand Oaks expires. More...

Business

Jersey Mike’s opens its first sub sandwich franchise in T.O.

Jersey Mike’s Subs, a nationwide sub sandwich franchise, has opened its first store in Thousand Oaks at 605 E. Janss Road.   The local owners are Dan Burrell, Angel Velazquez and Artie Maidman.   More...

Early deadlines coming to Acorn Newspapers due to Labor Day holiday

Due to Labor Day on Mon., Sept. 6, there will be early deadlines for the Sept. 9 and 10 editions of the Acorn Newspapers.   Press releases and letters to the editor must be received by 11 a.m. Thurs., Sept. More...

Pets

Squirrel of the Month

LAW BREAKER—Sue Peelle of Westlake Village sent this about two years ago and it immediately went to the editor’s “Deal with this when you have time” file. More...

Charity offer’s low-cost spay/ neuter day

The Herman Bennett Foundation will offer a low-cost spay/neuter day for low-income Ventura County dog owners on Sun., Aug. 29 at the mobile spay/neuter clinic parked in the SPAN Thrift Store parking lot, 110 N. Olive St., Ventura. More...

Family

There’s more to bike safety than helmets

“Sharing the road with bicyclists is very important, especially when commuting on busy city streets,” said Ken Bower, vice president and general manager for AlliedBarton Security Services, a provider of trained security personnel. More...

A preview of the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival continues

ON DISPLAY—Thousand Oaks resident Alex Shahidi and his son, Michael, 9, look at the art of Ron Souza during Prelude to the Festival at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks. More...

Stock up on emergency supplies

The American Red Cross Ventura County Chapter wants families to be safe as they head into fall.   Most back-to-school shopping lists feature items like pencils, notebooks and folders. More...

Columns

THE OTHER Side of 50

It takes a village

An old African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The implication is that raising a child is not only the parents’ responsibility, but also the community’s.   Now dozens of neighborhoods in the U.S. More...

With door to door solicitors in T.O., it’s ‘buyer beware’

It’s that time of year when out-of-state companies hire troubled youths with criminal histories, put them in vans and drop them off to sell door to door for eight hours in local neighborhoods. “It’s a recipe for disaster. More...

Another mobile home park in T.O. plans to hike its rent

Many people already pay as much rent as they can afford. If the cost suddenly doubled, they wouldn’t know how to keep a roof over their heads. More...

Community

Ventura County has openings on three boards and commissions

Openings are available on three county boards and commissions. Qualified citizens are asked to serve on the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, the Air Pollution Control District Advisory Committee and the Aviation Advisory Commission.   More...

Today is special for all Americans

Today is Women’s Equality Day.   The day was first established in 1971 and was instituted by then U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug. The date commemorates the passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave U.S. More...

Norwegian Grade to close for repairs

Be prepared for detours: A narrow, winding, deteriorated road is getting a $1.5-million facelift. Beginning Tues. Sept. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Center offers programs

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center will offer dozens of programs in sports, dance, music, arts and computer science, as well as one-day educational and health and safety workshops this fall. The center is at 1375 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Westlake Women’s Club to host Summer Wine Down

Event set for Sunday

The Westlake Women’s Club will present the fifth annual Summer Wine Down from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 29 at Westlake Village Inn’s Wine Cellar and Lakeside Room, 31943 Agoura Road. More...

Outdoor movies return to marketplace

Janss Marketplace presents Movies under the Stars with free films and popcorn on Wednesdays at the shopping center, Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.   More...

Sports

All-Star team completes awesome season

CHAMPS—The Thousand Oaks 8U Gold All-Star softball team had an unbelievable summer after winning tournaments on Memorial Day, first place in WAGS (Westlake/Agoura Girls Softball) and Northridge. More...

Spike in talent

Youth will be served.   And the youth will do plenty of serving—as well as spiking, digging and passing.   The pursuit for first place in the Marmonte League will be fierce among the eight girls’ volleyball teams. More...

Filling the void

But what about the offensive line? More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   A 33-year-old male was arrested for possessing stolen property, burglary tools and a controlled substance at Target, 2705 Teller Road, at 6:50 p.m. Aug. 14. He was also under the influence of methamphetamine. More...

Faith

Conejo Jewish Outreach offering High Holy Day class

Conejo Jewish Outreach will host a class that offers the Jewish community an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming High Holy Days.   “Yom Kippur: What it Means to Forgive” will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Tues., Aug. More...

Center unveils Holy Day services schedule

The Thousand Oaks Chabad Jewish Center will present the following High Holy Day services at 2060 E. Avenida de Los Arboles, Ste. I, Thousand Oaks.   The Rosh Hashana Eve service will be at 6:15 p.m. Wed., Sept. 8. More...

Chabad of the Conejo to host services

Chabad of the Conejo will host its High Holiday services in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.   Rosh Hashana will be celebrated starting Wednesday evening, Sept. More...

Letters

The time has come for change on the T.O. City Council

This is a precarious time in Thousand Oaks. It’s imperative that change occurs on our City Council. More...

To the 10 candidates running for seats on the T.O. City Council in November, I would like to pose the following questions: 1. Why are you running?

2. Will you continue supporting public transportation in our city?   3. Will you accept stimulus money from the federal government?   4. Will you protect open space in our fair city?   5. More...

Both parties are throwing stones, not just Democrats

I think a combination of Mr. Smight’s tongue having been planted a bit too firmly in his cheek and a virtual lack of a sense of humor on the part of Mr. Meisterling must have resulted in the latter’s Aug. More...

Editorials

Classrooms reopen next week

Classes reopen in Conejo Valley Unified School District Wed., Sept. 1, proving again that time flies. More...