June 2, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Health & Wellness

Moving with attitude

FUN WORKOUT—Sierra Paige, center, and other teens learn hip-hop dance steps from Renata Retter of Retter’s Academy of Dance in Agoura Hills during a free workshop at the Grant Brimhall Li More...

Day of events dedicated to wellness

Vendors will sell health-related wares

The city of Thousand Oaks and Conejo Recreation and Park District invite residents to the annual Community Safety and Wellness Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed., June 8 on the front lawn of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Learn to spot a scam

The Ventura County Adult Abuse Prevention Council will sponsor a free program titled “Senior Savvy: Recognizing and Protecting Yourself From the Latest Scams” from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., JUNE 2  Business & Professional Women’s Club  Meets in lower lounge near bar, Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Guest speakers Tudy Sun of New York Life and Lalaine Braime, CPA. More...

Schools

Oaks Christian’s new online school getting global attention

Building on the best practices of its main campus in Westlake Village, Oaks Christian School is launching an online program that offers summer classes as well as part- and full-time courses for college-bound students seeking expanded coursework and a More...

High School HI*LIGHTS

Newbury Park Panthers Fri., June 3: Senior finals/8 a.m. to noon  Career choice/college and career center/8:15 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.  PFA appreciation/faculty cafeteria/ 8:15 to 10 a.m.  More...

Sophomores attend Hugh O’Brian Leadership Seminar

Program encourages critical thinking

Select sophomores from high schools in the Conejo Valley and teens from around the state will attend the annual Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar at California Lutheran University June 3 to 5.  HOBY, based in Westlake Village, is a not More...

Business

Founder of health institute highlights Chamber breakfast

Event at Sunset Hills Country Club

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Jump- Start Networking Breakfast of Champions will be from 6:45 to 9 a.m. Fri., June 3 at Sunset Hills Country Club, 4155 Erbes Road North, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Nurse Gives The Facts On HCG And How It Helps Weight Loss

The hot topic on “Dr. Oz,” “Good Morning America” and in magazines is the HCG Diet. The diet has produced results of up to a pound a day in patients doing a 40-day treatment plan. More...

Equipment Leasing A Good Option

Elite Financial Leasing is helping businesses grow even during these trying economic times. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  A vandal caused $ 300 in damage between May 16 and 17 by spray painting trees in the 1700 block of Calle Diamonte.  A dumpster was set on fire May 17 in the 800 block of Fowler Avenue. More...

Faith

Satirist does one-man show

Satirist Roy Zimmerman will present “Live From the Starving Ear,” his one-man show of songs and humorous commentary on such topics as the Tea Party, creationism, guns, taxes and Barack Obama, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. More...

Faith Briefs

Living Oaks hosts PandaMania   More...

Columns

The Acorn Epicurean

Margarita Mix-off

The 10th annual Margarita Mix-off brought tequila lovers from across the region to the Conejo Valley last week. More...

THE OTHER Side of 50

A father’s memories to last a lifetime

My friend and workmate Greg has always been there for his kids. More...

Committee recommends return to flat water rate

Pressure from large-lot owners leads to change

The committee charged with devising a new rate structure for customers who purchase their water from the city of Thousand Oaks has changed course.  More...

CVUSD rescinds class size increase

Despite continued budget uncertainty, class size caps will stay in place at Conejo Valley schools for the 2011-12 school year. More...

Park Oaks is packing its things

Years of uncertainty and debate will end on June 10 with the closure of Park Oaks Elementary School in Thousand Oaks.  The Conejo Valley Unified Board of Education voted unanimously in March to shutter the 52-year-old elementary school with decl More...

Community

‘Thousand Oaks was at its best’

Race finish went according to plan

The sixth annual Amgen Tour of California, which brought worldwide attention to Thousand Oaks on May 22, went off without a hitch, city officials said this week.  More...

Landscaping tools the target of thieves

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department reports that there has been an increase in the theft of landscaping equipment in the past month.  Equipment taken includes lawn mowers, edgers, chain saws, leaf blowers and a stump grinder. More...

Council upholds rent increase at Ranch Mobile Home Park

Neither side was happy with last week’s City Council decision regarding a rent increase at Thousand Oaks’ Ranch Mobile Home Park. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Roller derby daredevils

Women drawn to adrenaline rush of full-contact sport

A high school counselor by day and a tough girl on quad roller skates by night, Darcy Demmon has quite the alter ego.  For the past five years, the Port Hueneme resident has spent her days providing Moorpark High School students with advice and More...

Bright young musicians impress at all-district band festival

Conejo Valley Unified School District’s 29th annual All District Band Festival took place at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza last week with three concerts representing the district’s school band programs.  More...

National recreation area has plenty planned for the public

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will offer six free outdoor events this summer. More...

Sports

Amazing Ally

Oaks Christian senior putting finishing touches on exceptional high school athletic career

There are many special athletes at Oaks Christian.  At a school of champions, Ally Courtnall is queen.  The unassuming Courtnall would politely decline the tiara for a chance to battle on the soccer pitch or fill the lane sprinting to anoth More...

Late rally sends OCHS to softball final

Cardiac Kids, take two.  Or score two.  The Oaks Christian softball team plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat visiting Chino Hills 2-1 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff semifinal Tuesday.  More...

Elusive 21st out dooms Lions

The Lions were one out away from a trip to Dodger Stadium.  It was an out that would never come.  Oaks Christian’s baseball team dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 semifinals Tuesday at Palm Desert High. More...

Pets

Squirrel of the Month

DON’T WORRY, THEY’RE ONLY PLAYING—Thousand Oaks resident Pat Farris sent us this photo of two squirrels roughhousing in the backyard. More...

Pet of the Week

TAKE ME HOME— Bailey is a 5-year-old domestic shorthair mix. Bailey is friendly and mellow and would like to find a home where he can hang out indoors. More...

Family

Scouts plant flags to honor country’s war dead

HONORING OUR VETS—Above, Thousand Oaks resident Oliver Cook, 8, of Cub Scout Pack 3704 poses for a moment before placing a flag on the gravesite of a United States veteran at Pierce Brothers Va More...

FAMILY MEN Don't Wear Name Brands

Pulling teeth

My 7-year-old son’s teeth were loose. More...

Letters

Volunteer wants to preserve RSVP

I am a retired registered nurse. More...

Editorial cartoon was offensive

It was interesting that your photo of the week was of Chris Horner winning the Tour of California but then you chose to run a cartoon depicting two cyclists being run over on Lynn Road.  More...

Warns of dangers of vaccines

In your recent article about the pertussis vaccine (“ With number of cases rising, residents urged to get whooping cough vaccine,” May 19), Dr.  More...

Editorials

Think before you act

Graduation season is a busy time for The Acorn Newspapers as our reporters reach out to teachers and administrators at nearly 25 area high schools for tips on the most compelling stories and interesting students from the Class of 2011. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

For the record

A letter last week in support of continuing funding for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program ( RSVP) was incorrectly attributed to Cindy Powers, president of the Conejo Valley RSVP Advisory Council. More...