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Home improvement store gets go-ahead

Plans to construct a Lowe’s home improvement store in Newbury Park were hammered out this week by the City Council.  More...

Forum for mobile home park residents will be presented

A forum for mobile home park residents concerning possible rent increases will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sat., Feb. More...

Health & Wellness

Praising the power of the pole

Woman seeks to end stigma behind dance form

With her toes pointed down and her body perfectly straight, Caterina Gennaro spins carefully around a vertical pole with grace and precision.  The Thousand Oaks resident considers pole dancing a performance art, a sport, a legitimate form of fit More...

Dining & Entertainment

Locals love making island music

STRUMMING ALONG—Above, Steve Wasco of Newbury Park plays a tune with the Happy Little Ukulele Club at the Greenhouse Cafe in Thousand Oaks. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. More...

Chassidic vocalist coming to Civic Arts Plaza

Performance will be all acoustic

Chabad of Conejo will present Chassidic/reggae musician Matisyahu in an acoustic performance titled “Matisyahu: Up Close and Personal” at 7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 15 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theatre, 2100 E. More...

The art of tiny trees

TAKING SHAPE—Roy Nagatoshi of Sylmar demonstrates grafting techniques on junipers at the Conejo Valley Bonsai Society meeting last Thursday. More...

Sports

Sophomore surprise

Westlake duo has girls’ water polo squad playing beyond expectations

One can only imagine the ceiling for Maddie Lyon and Emily Kerchner.  The Westlake High girls’ water polo standouts are only sophomores, yet the two leading scorers propel the Warriors in a tough Marmonte League.  “They’re More...

Westlake tennis team serves up a win

LOVE IT—The USTA Junior Team Tennis Southern California Sectional was held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. More...

Local surfers score sick waves at Rincon Classic

TUBE TIME—Eleven-year-old Sean Woods, left, and his classmate at Los Cerritos Middle School, Steffi Kerson, 13, both put on a show during last weekend’s Quiksilver Rincon Classic presente More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

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Critter Tails

Beagle named Snoop loves to howl

My husband and I are the proud owners of this beagle, Snoopy (see photo at right).  His full name is Snoop Dogg Baltzer.  He was born in beautiful Thousand Oaks in 2000.  It wasn’t until he was about 7 months old that he began to More...

Need animal control?

Ventura Animal Control officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to animal-related emergencies. They can be reached at (805) 388-4341 or (888) 223-PETS (7387). More...

Faith

The Art of Being

“The longer I live, the more I am certain that the difference between the great and the insignificant is energy—invincible determination— a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.”  — Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton More...

Letters

Business, citizens must compromise

I have read the letters to the editor concerning the auto sign and other similar concerns, like the use of the old Kmart property, with some incredulity.  Where do you people want to live? Detroit, Texas or Los Angeles? More...

Nar-Anon helps addict’s loved ones

I read Sylvie Belmond’s excellent article in the Jan. 20 edition of the Thousand Oaks Acorn on the rise of heroin use in our county.  More...

Backing landlords

All landlords are not evil. A fair and just return on an investment that has a considerable risk should be determined by the property owner solely.  More...

Editorials

Adam deserves an explanation

To those who wondered if the end of election season would quell the political posturing on the Thousand Oaks City Council, the answer came Tuesday.  It’s not happening.  More...

Political Cartoon

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State must end biz-exodus

Guest opinion

We’re back for a new legislative session and with it an evergrowing list of tasks to accomplish.  We ended 2010 on a low point, with a rising unemployment rate and a looming budget deficit.  Now is the time to buckle down and get Cal More...

Adam won’t return to planning board

Council votes 3-2 against reappointment

Al Adam is out as a Thousand Oaks planning commissioner. More...

Gunman robs T.O. pharmacy

A man wearing a ski mask and brandishing a handgun robbed Lynn Oaks Pharmacy at 2220 N. Lynn Road, Thousand Oaks, at 3:45 p.m. Jan. More...

Vandal causes $25,000 in damage to CLU facility

Several pieces of art destroyed

The normally quiet California Lutheran University campus was buzzing this week after its humanities building was broken into and vandalized. More...

Community

Sweet touch

T.O. native proclaims herself the ‘Cupcake Princess’

It was a sweet victory in every way when Dorothy Tong won “Cupcake Wars.” For years, friends and family had raved about the Thousand Oaks native’s cupcakes. More...

Ball benefits Under One Roof

Mardi Gras Ball is Feb. 19 at Hyatt Westlake

Community Conscience/Under One Roof will present the annual Mardi Gras Ball at 6 p.m. Sat., Feb. 19 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.  More...

Volunteer program needs seniors

The Conejo Valley Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Conejo Recreation and Park District, invites adults age 55 and older to use their life experience and skills to help their neighbors in need. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JAN. 27  Sons of Norway  Monthly Social 6 to 9 p.m. at First Neighborhood Clubhouse, 31830 Village Center Drive, Westlake Village. Celebration of Norwegian culture. First-timers eat for free. Contact: Aleta Buckelew Time: 6:00 p.m. More...

Schools

Parents pitch in by painting lockers

The sixth-graders at Los Cerritos Middle School returned from winter break this year to find a fresh coat of paint on their lockers.  The much-needed facelift was courtesy not of state funding but of a group of 36 parent volunteers who spent fou More...

Fundraiser will benefit T.O. charter school

MATES Foundation will host a poker tournament from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 5 at Sunset Hills Country Club, 4155 Erbes Road, Thousand Oaks.   Participants do not have to know how to play. A beginning tutorial will be offered. More...

Discover Academy opens at Sequoia Middle School

OPEN TO DISCOVERY—School district members playfully celebrate the opening of Sequoia Middle School’s Discover Academy of Engineering and Applied Sciences during a ribbon-cutting Jan. 13. More...

Business

New home construction is building momentum

Association reports modest recovery

California homebuilders put up the second-lowest number of homes on record in 2010, posting a modest improvement over the purported bottom that was set in 2009, the California Building Industry Association reported.  New permits for single- and More...

Panel to discuss reverse mortgages

The Thousand Oaks Council on Aging will present a panel of speakers discussing reverse mortgages at 1 p.m. Wed., Feb. 2 in the boardroom on the third level of city hall, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  More...

Jeweler still shining despite recession

Fine jewelry is sometimes seen as a hedge against inflation, but it can help owners in times of recession, too.  Customers in need of cash—or those who want both cash and trade—often visit Estate Diamond Exchange in Agoura Hills wher More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Between Jan. 6 and 13 mail was taken out of a mail box in the 3800 block of San Nicolas Court.  A man, 30, was arrested Jan. 12 for receiving stolen property from a Jan. 4 incident in the 4000 block of Greendale Circle. More...

Family

Stagecoach Inn Museum receives $7,800 to publish book

The Heritage Fund recently awarded five local nonprofits a total of $30,000 for programs dedicated to preserving the history of Ventura County and sharing that history with the next generation.  The nonprofits will be recognized at an awards pre More...

Westernstyle event raising funds for preschool

Kolbe’s Korner Preschool of St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church will host a benefit poker tournament, chili cook-off and basket raffle from 7 to 10 p.m. Sat., Feb. 5 at O’Reilly Hall at St. More...

New dinosaur exhibit opens this summer

Centerpiece is TRex Growth Series

The new Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, will open in July.  The large-scale permanent exhibition will be presented in two light-filled galleries, twice the size of the museum& More...

Columns

Eye on the Conejo

A secret no longer

Some people will be unhappy that I’m writing this column.  They know something that they prefer to conceal from others.  But keeping secrets isn’t the job of a columnist. 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...