January 20, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Commission approves $62-a-month increase at Thunderbird

Seniors living at Thunderbird Oaks Mobile Home Park in Thousand Oaks will pay $62 more a month for their spaces, the rent commission ruled Tuesday. More...

Health & Wellness

Hospice of Conejo hosts annual meeting

Hospice of the Conejo will host its 33rd annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 26 in the Marvin E. Smith Community Room at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. More...

Organize medical needs before taking a trip

Senior travelers can make their next trip abroad delightful instead of disastrous by following these tips.  Make multiple copies of passports and any visas needed for the trip. Keep one set in a separate location from the original. More...

Online Medicare application fast, easy

Nation’s first baby boomers are turning 65

This January marks a historic moment: The nation’s first baby boomers are turning 65.  For many baby boomers, it’s time to hit the computer.  Even if you’ve decided to wait until after you are age 65 to apply for retiremen More...

Dining & Entertainment

The MOVIE Nut

Seth Rogen as a capeless crusader? More...

Guest conductor debuting for New West

Peformance is for one weekend only

Shi-Yeon Sung will make her New West Symphony debut leading the orchestra in the third Masterpiece Series concert of the season. Sung is the first woman to conduct the orchestra.  More...

Film tells story of Billy Warsoldier

The National Park Service will screen a short documentary film about the art of Cahuilla Apache artist Billy Warsoldier at 10 a.m. Sun., Jan. More...

Sports

Panthers claw their way into playoff picture

Girls’ water polo team making a splash and having a blast

The Newbury Park High girls’ water polo team wants to rule the pool.  With only three returning varsity members, the Panthers have meshed well together in a short time. More...

Lancers lean on young nucleus

The Thousand Oaks High girls’ basketball team doesn’t win pretty.  There are no superstars on this underclassmen- laden Lancer roster.  The squad’s leading scorers, sophomore guard Kendall Frisoli and sophomore forward Kat More...

Showdown Sunday: Who’s going to the Super Bowl?

Sportswriters Eliav Appelbaum and Stephen Dorman debate the NFL conference title games

In a time when the United States military fights in two countries for my freedom to write this column, analogies comparing sports to war seem bogus.  But not this week.  It’s Armageddon at Soldier Field. More...

Pets

‘WHAD’YA GOT FOR ME?’—

Avery Willis of Thousand Oaks snapped this picture of a handoutseeking squirrel while on the boardwalk at Moonstone Cove near Cambria, Calif. More...

Pet of the Week

SMART LADY—Sabrina, an 8-year-old German shepherd mix, is alert, friendly and has excellent manners. She does not jump or bark at other dogs. She would love a new home for the new year. More...

Family

Pool fun builds endurance, self-confidence for ‘group of four’

Joe Stewart had a grin on his face as he watched his friends swimming laps.  The 42-year-old man with autism goes to ARC Skyway, an adult day care facility in Camarillo.  And every Friday, an ARC staff member drives Joe and three other indi More...

Miller Family YMCA offers a variety of youth fitness classes

Beginning water polo on tap

The Miller Family YMCA in Newbury Park is offering new fitness classes for children and teens. Enrollment is on a monthly basis.  More...

Parent Project

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will offer Parent Project classes at 6 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 24 through April 4 at the Thousand Oaks Police Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks.  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? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. More...

The Acorn Epicurean

Cookie cook-off

To kick off the first Girl Scout cookie sale of the new year, a highspirited 2011 Cookie Rally and Bake-Off took place at California Lutheran University on Jan. 15. It was sponsored by the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast.  More...

THE OTHER Side of 50

Conversation is often the best medicine

Imagine you’ve lived a rich, rewarding life. What would be most important to you in your dying days? 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...

Size, safety matter in debate over freeway sign

Both are major issues heading into public forum

Is the 35-foot-high LED sign proposed for the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall safe and effective, as proponents say it is?  Susan Murata, president of the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall Association, told the Acorn this week that “lies” are circulat More...

Unemployment rate remains cause for concern

46,800 in Ventura County not working

While Ventura County’s unemployment rate remains in double digits, the region seems to be faring better than the state as a whole, experts say.  More...

Come fly with him

TRIBUTE—Actor Robert Davi, accompanied by a 55-piece orchestra, sings a variety of Frank Sinatra favorites to an audience at the Fred Kavli Theatre in T.O. last Saturday. More...

Community

Sound of music

Local woman, born legally deaf, turned to music for healing

Allison Anderson didn’t learn how to speak until she was 5 years old.  Because of her slow language development, several doctors initially diagnosed the now-53-yearold Thousand Oaks resident with a severe mental handicap.  More...

T.O. man has ride of his life

Mark Clementson, 41, is still riding a wave of enthusiasm after traveling on a float at this year’s Rose Parade.  “It’s fun, man, waving at everyone,” he said. More...

Resident spins story of classic record shop

Little did Cary Ginell realize as a teen in the 1970s the influence a small record store would have on his life.  Growing up in Encino, Ginell began collecting 78, 45 and 33 rpm records at the age of 10. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JAN. 20 Pleasant Valley Garden Club Meets at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3975 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. More...

Schools

District will add buildings at Bridges

Charter school is sharing campus with Glenwood

On Tuesday the Conejo Valley school board unanimously approved a proposal to provide Bridges Charter School with additional facilities to help accommodate the school’s plans for expansion.  More...

High School HI*LIGHTS

Newbury Park Panthers Mon., Jan. 24: Term two begins Tues., Jan. 25: Dick Van Dyke benefit show rehearsals/choir room/6 p.m.  More...

Panel will discuss teens and body image

The Newbury Park High School PFA will host a panel discussion titled “Pressure for Perfection: Teens and Body Image” at 7 p.m. Tues., Jan. More...

Business

Income tax preparation free to seniors, others

No appointment needed

In cooperation with the IRS, trained and certified volunteers will provide free income tax preparation from Feb. 2 through April 14 for seniors age 60 and up as well as anyone, regardless of age, who has an income of $50,000 or less.  More...

Anchor Blue stores closing

After more than 30 years as a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories for the teenage and young adult markets, Anchor Blue is closing all 117 stores. Store closing sales started on Jan. More...

Is retirement affordable?

Guest speakers from the Social Security Administration and HICAP Ventura County will headline an event called “Can I Afford To Retire” from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sat., Jan. 22 at Monte Vista Presbyterian Church, 3797 W. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A burglary and petty theft occurred Jan. 3 at the Target store.  A gun was discharged Jan. 4 in an occupied building in the 1000 block of Via Palermo.  Vandalism causing more than $400 in damage occurred Jan. More...

Faith

Senior Congress to convene in February

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation will convene its seventh annual Senior Congress on Wed., Feb. 2 at St. More...

Organist to play at WLV church

The Westlake Village Music Society will host organist Ron McBain in a concert at 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 23 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. More...

Son of Hamas leader, author to speak

Mosab Hassan Yousef risks life to expose secrets

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the author of “Son of Hamas” who was disowned by his family and has put his life in danger by exposing the ways of Hamas, will share his story at 8 p.m. Mon., Feb. 21 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. More...

Letters

The Acorn wants to hear your love story

Readers get involved

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the Thousand Oaks Acorn is offering a special opportunity to share your story of love.  For this Feb. More...

Visit us on Facebook!

If you’re a fan of the Acorn Letters section, you should check out the Thousand Oaks Acorn Facebook page. It’s a great forum to share your thoughts and feelings on all things Conejo Valley.  More...

Lifetime benefits are out of line

I agree with the Acorn editorial (“Death to lifetime benefits, Jan. 7) that the Thousand Oaks City Council and their spouses should not be eligible for lifetime medical benefits after five years of service at age 50.  More...

Editorials

Our mind-set must change

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  Today marks 50 years since John F. Kennedy said those memorable words in his 1961 inaugural address. More...

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