December 2, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

Amgen drug approved to help cancer patients

An Amgen-created drug received the green light last month for use by cancer patients to reduce the risk of bone complications.   Denosumab, brand name XGEVA, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 18.   More...

Health & Wellness

Therapy dog brings patients joy

Sophie is a pooch with a mission, as is her owner, Sandy Pedeflous. More...

Staying healthy a family effort

FAMILY FUN RUN— Newbury Park resident, Susie Strong, left, runs alongside Eille Strong, 6, right, while Stephan Strong, 1, enjoys the ride during the Turkey Day Dash 1K Family Fun Run/Walk hoste More...

THE OTHER Side of 50

Be observant when visiting the elderly this holiday

The holidays are a wonderful time to visit family and friends— bringing the kids to see Grandma, visiting Aunt Betty or taking some homemade cookies to an elderly neighbor. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., DEC. 2 Westfield Holiday   More...

Schools

Cheers for Newbury Park High’s new Sparkle Club

A new student club at Newbury Park High School is adding some cheerleading “sparkle” to its step.   More...

Students re-create Ellis Island

JOURNEY TO AMERICA—Aspen Elementary School third-graders, from left, Danielle Figueroa, Stefano Caporaso, Jacob Aguilar, Cristina Serrano-Long and Marina Zernik, culminate their social studies u More...

Lancer band blows away the competition

TOPPING THE CHARTS—Huge headdresses, draped neckwear and rattling ethnic bracelets didn’t stop Thousand Oaks High School from putting on an impressive field show at the 15th annual Battle More...

Business

Realtors make big push for Toys for Tots campaign

The Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Reserve, is sponsoring its annual Toys for Tots charity drive throughout the Conejo Valley, Simi Valley and Moorpark.   More...

Veggies get cover from chilly weather

GARDEN BLANKETS—Thousand Oaks residents Barbara Morse, left, and Sook Park work together to bundle up Morse’s garden beds at sunset on Sun., Nov. 28. More...

Nonprofit home builder seeking new executive director

Head of Cabrillo Economic Development steps down

The board of directors of the nonprofit Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation recently announced that Rodney Fernandez will retire as the organization’s executive director at the end of 2011 after 30 years of service to the community. More...

Family

FAMILY MEN Don't Wear Name Brands

Working it out   I’ve hit a dead end in this maze called life. I’m broke and it’s my fault.   I work on a job-by-job basis— freelance. I’ve worked really hard and many years to get where I am. More...

Encourage early childhood literacy

Parents can do much to develop a child’s reading skills and set the stage for a lifelong love of books and learning. During the school year, parents can create a reading routine with their schoolaged child, toddler or infant. More...

Chorus to host Holiday Magic Festival in Newbury Park

Agoura Hills Harmony Chorus will present its Holiday Magic Festival and Show on Sun., Dec. 12 at the Newbury Park First Christian Church, 801 Knollwood Drive. The festival will start at 1:30 p.m., followed by the show at 3 p.m.   More...

Letters

Auto dealers sign is wrong for T.O.

Thousand Oaks does not need a new auto mall sign like the one currently proposed, with its towering height and gigantic animated video screen. More...

Solar user likes library proposal

There is a typo in the article about the proposed solar array at the Newbury Park Library. The claim of 220,000 kilowatts would require a 0.7-by-0.7-mile array, which is way beyond the size of the array in the picture.   More...

Statement about war was ‘absurd’

Your statement that “generals want more war because that’s the business they’re in” is absurd, could not be further from the truth and exposes your ignorance of the purpose of the military (editorial, Thousand Oaks Acorn, N More...

Residents gearing up for rent increase hearing

The landlord of a Thousand Oaks mobile home park wants to raise tenants’ rent 459 percent, and on Monday he will argue his case before the city’s rent-control commission.   More...

Tiger back in T.O.

There’s a Tiger on the loose in Thousand Oaks.   Tiger Woods, the world’s second-ranked golfer, headlines a strong 18-man field during this week’s Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club. More...

Man kidnapped at gunpoint

A Newbury Park man was kidnapped at gunpoint last week as he parked his car outside a market in Thousand Oaks.   The victim, 44-year-old Aurelio Olvera, told police that on Wed., Nov. 24 around 7:30 p.m. More...

Community

Who decides on rent increases

Commission appointed by City Council

What is the Rent Adjustment Commission and what do they base their decision on? More...

Spots opening on planning commission

The city of Thousand Oaks is recruiting for four vacancies on the planning commission—three scheduled vacancies and one unscheduled— and three scheduled vacancies on the traffic and transportation advisory commission. More...

Turkey Day Dash is a T.O. tradition

READY, SET, DASH—Above, people of all ages come out on Thanksgiving morning to participate in the sixth annual Turkey Day Dash 5K Run/Walk at The Oaks mall. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Theater company creating show at CLU

‘Once, a Traveler’ will be presented Dec. 10 and 11

The Lit Moon Theatre Company will spend three weeks at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks working with students to create a new show.   The Santa Barbara-based company will take up residency at CLU through Dec. More...

Get to know WLV Art Guild

The Westlake Village Art Guild will host an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 4 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park. More...

CSUCI students to exhibit their art

Jamie Danielson won’t graduate until May, but today the 34- year-old art student at California State University Channel Islands will get her first real-world opportunity to display her art in a public gallery.   More...

Sports

Racket play at sunset

BUNDLED UP FOR FUN—Arlene Moya, 12, and Naomi, 7, of Thousand Oaks play a sisterly game of badminton on the tennis courts at Thousand Oaks Community Park last Sunday. More...

Westlake lacrosse teams holding sign-ups

Westlake High School Lacrosse and the Westlake Lacrosse Boys Youth Program for grades three through eight will have registration for the spring 2011 season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 4 at the Westlake High School mezzanine, 100 N. More...

La Reina cross country team nabs second at state meet

The Regents showed the heart of a champion.   La Reina’s cross country team secured second place at the CIF-State Championships Division 4 race last weekend at Woodward Park in Fresno. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

STATELY—Celeste is a 2-year-old domestic longhair. She is friendly, playful and gets along well with other cats. Celeste can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   The following were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: a male, 23, at 1:38 a.m. Nov. 23 in the 600 block of Avenida de la Plata; a female, 47, at 1:47 a.m. Nov. More...

Faith

The Art of Being

“When we prayed together we were somehow a greater opening than we would have been praying alone. That we did it together made it all the more empowering: we became spiritual witness for each other’s successes and growth. More...

500 nativity scenes to be displayed

Twenty years ago at a Christmas party, Nora and Huw Howells and their friend Judy Crenshaw began chatting about their large collections of nativity scenes. More...

Christmas play coming to Simi

Centerpoint Performing Arts Vision Players, a nonprofit community theater group in Simi Valley, will present its ninth production, “Hope for Christmas at the Silent Night Cafe,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. More...

Columns

Ask The DMV

Do you have questions about general driving-related requirements like registration and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving?  More...

Editorials

An assault on the heart

Tiger Woods is back in the Conejo Valley this week for his annual golf event at Lake Sherwood Country Club (see story on page 1), a tournament that benefits his foundation for children but which he hasn’t played in since 2007.   More...

Vacation Photos

Take Your Thousand Oaks Acorn on Vacation

How to submit: E-mail your vacation photo as a .jpg attachment only to vacation@theacorn.com. Include name, address, phone number and a brief description of the scene. More...