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55th annual festival a high-octane affair

Conejo Valley Days

Flying motorcycles, fancy rope tricks and fast-paced horse races are just a few of the highlights of next week’s 55th annual Conejo Valley Days. More...

Health & Wellness

Quitting cold turkey not out of the question, study finds

For many smokers, attempting to quit may seem like a daunting process that requires a wellthought out plan. Yet, according to research published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, many quit attempts in the U. S. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Comedy for moms, by moms

In time for Mother’s Day weekend, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation will present “3 Blonde Moms” at 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 7 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. More...

Master chorale presents final show of the season

Los Robles Master Chorale’s final concert of the season, “Reminiscence,” will be at 8 p.m. Sat., May 7 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. More...

Strawberry Festival sets entertainment lineup

Event starts May 21

The 28th annual California Strawberry Festival has announced its entertainment lineup. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun., May 21 and 22 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. More...

Sports

Warrior golfers on the warpath

Westlake boys take lead in Marmonte finals

These Warriors take no prisoners. They plunder from the weak and ravage the countryside. If this sounds like a summer blockbuster featuring international superstar Nicolas Cage, it’s not. This is about golf— big-time golf. More...

Tennis teams finishing strong

The Coyotes and Lions are howling in joy. Varsity boys’ tennis teams at Calabasas and Oaks Christian high schools have devoured the competition in memorable regular seasons. More...

Lions are dangerous

Oaks Christian softball squad devours foes

They pitch like the Phillies and hit like the Yankees. Beating the Oaks Christian softball team is a long- odds proposition this season. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park A vehicle was vandalized between April 12 and 13 in the 1300 block of Newbury Road. A man, 40, was cited April 13 for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive his vehicle at Reino and Borchard roads. More...

Faith

Day of Remembrance event will bring together many faiths

Religious leaders from many local faith communities will participate in the National Days of Remembrance ceremony at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village on Sun., May 1 from 3 to 4 p.m. More...

Temple Etz Chaim hosts bestselling author Harold Kushner

Temple Etz Chaim will host Harold Kushner, scholar, rabbi and best-selling author of “ When Bad Things Happen To Good People,” at 6:30 p.m. Sun., May 15 at the temple, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Conejo Valley Unitarians select next leader

Members of the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship have called the Rev. Lora Brandis as their new minister. More...

Letters

Don’t drive a stake in local democracy

The Joe Carbo lazy man’s way to politics. Term limits has been one of the worst initiatives passed in California and throughout the country over the past years. More...

Council has been deaf to sign outcry

I find the language in the editorial “Time to find a compromise” quite revealing (Acorn, April 14). More...

Auto mall can expect backlash

What’s with the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall anyhow? Don’t they know they’re shooting themselves in the foot by continuing to foist this LED freeway sign on a resistant public? 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...

Auto mall sign with LED board OK’d by council

Midnight vote puts months of debate to rest

Despite being rejected by a large, vocal group of residents, the decorative new sign for the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall will have an LED component, the City Council decided Tuesday in a 4-1 vote. More...

Sheriff’s new breath analyzers may be busted

Ventura County law enforcement agencies that began using new high-tech breath analyzers in January to better detect blood alcohol levels in people suspected of driving under the influence have sent the gadgets back to the manufacturer due to malfunct More...

Committee may recommend five-tier water rate structure

A committee is drawing closer to a decision regarding a new rate structure for consumers who get their water from the city of Thousand Oaks. More...

Community

Bike path will be dedicated today

Today, Thousand Oaks will unveil a $1.2-million bike path that runs around the city’s busiest park. More...

National recreation area gains 160 acres in L.A. County

The National Park Service recently purchased 160 acres of land in Los Angeles County, bringing the total public parkland within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to almost 79,500 acres. More...

Trio accused of operating pot grow house

Three Thousand Oaks residents were arrested earlier this month in connection with a marijuana-growing operation Ventura County sheriff’s detectives found at a home in La Conchita in February. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., APRIL 28 Thousand Oaks Personal Computer Club Meets at Goebel Senior Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Judy Taylour, president of Santa Clarita Valley Computer Club, discusses free PC software programs. More...

Schools

Mock trial team preparing for nationals

It’s the first day of spring break and La Reina High School’s mock trial state champions are on campus memorizing their lines. More...

High School Highlights

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., April 29: Spring dance concert/ performing arts center/5 p.m. Sat., April 30: Spring dance concert/ performing arts center More...

Business

City recognizes local businesses for environmentally friendly practices

Companies are first recipients of award

The city of Thousand Oaks designated four Conejo Valley businesses as certified Green Businesses for their approaches to reducing their environmental impact at the April 12 City Council meeting. More...

Janss Marketplace welcomes 3 new tenants

NewMark Merrill Companies announced that Janss Marketplace recently added three new tenants, giving the Thousand Oaks shopping center 90 percent occupancy. The tenants are Qdoba Mexican Grille, the Conejo Valley Art Museum and Karma Indian Cuisine. More...

Homeowners warned of arborist scam

Homeowners throughout California have experienced damage to trees due to harsh winter weather. More...

Family

Kids can learn to swim at the Y

The four branches of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA— Conejo Valley YMCA, Triunfo YMCA, Miller Family YMCA and Simi Family YMCA—are taking sign-ups for summer swim lessons, swim teams and junior lifeguard training. More...

Exhibit tells tale of California shipwreck

Steamship ran aground in 1853

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum will soon unveil its newest permanent exhibit, Shipwreck of the California Gold Rush Steamship Winfield Scott. More...

Alzheimer interventions

Gil Rishton, Ph.D. is in a race against time. His enemy is Alzheimer’s disease. Why the race? An estimated 10 million American baby boomers, who are now between the ages of 47 and 65, will develop the disease in their lifetime. More...

Columns

Senior Concerns says ‘thanks’

You’re lucky if you retire in Conejo Valley because of a resource called Senior Concerns. And Senior Concerns is lucky because of its volunteers. The volunteers were recently honored during a reception at Los Robles Greens. More...

Editorials

Congratulations, you’re one of the Acorn’s Top 25 People

People make the world go ’round, and in the Conejo Valley there are many folks who stand out. Our community includes educators and actors, scientists and thinkers. There are small-business owners, large- business owners, CEOs and billionaires. More...

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