July 21, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Hooters T.O. still a reality

Hooters, the international restaurant chain famous for its waitresses’ signature attire, is getting closer to opening an eatery in the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks.  More...

Health & Wellness

A hiking plan: don’t leave home without it

The Santa Monica Mountains and Ventura County back country are known for their natural beauty and proximity to civilization, but the rugged terrain can become a dangerous place for outdoors enthusiasts who aren’t properly prepared for their adv More...

Free self-defense class at Miller Y

The Miller Family YMCA offers all 2011 high school graduates free self-defense classes every Friday in August from noon to 2 p.m. at the Y, 320 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park. No YMCA membership is required. More...

Glimpsing old age

STANDING IN THEIR SHOES—Belmont Village Senior Living employee Cat Stevens of Thousand Oaks participates in sensitivity training by experiencing how it feels to put together a puzzle with limit More...

Dining & Entertainment

Tribute band captures the soul of Billy Joel

Joel the Band, which performed last Sunday at Conejo Community Park, tours the West Coast paying tribute to musician/composer Billy Joel. It is one of many groups that exclusively play songs written and popularized by Billy Joel. More...

Wine, food festival helps Many Mansions

The Conejo Food and Wine Fest will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sun., July 24 on the school grounds of St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. More...

National punk rock tour stops at teen center

The Thousand Oaks Teen Center will host a leg of “The Young And Useless Tour” featuring the bands This Century, Austin Gibbs, Carter Hulsey and local act Shark Of The Year on Thurs., Aug. 4 at the Thousand Oaks Teen Center, 1375 E. More...

Sports

Conejo Valley All-Stars soar in sectional round

Little League 11/12 team takes the next step

Seven years after they sent an All-Star baseball team to the World Series, the magic is back at Conejo Valley Little League.  On Tuesday in Moorpark, Conejo Valley’s 11- and 12-yearold All- Stars toppled Orcutt National 12-2 in five inning More...

Tyler’s troubles continue to mount at Southern Cal

Marc Tyler can’t keep himself out of the spotlight—for all the wrong reasons.  More...

Facility of dreams

T.O. resident working to build a baseball academy in Nicaragua

Bob Oettinger is the man behind the International Baseball Academy of Central America.  The Thousand Oaks resident has a dream to make the academy a reality.  He’s not sitting back watching the clouds drift along—he’s roll More...

Pets

Humane Society opens visitor’s center

The Humane Society of Ventura County will host the grand opening of its new Harry Valentine Visitors Center from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More...

Pet of the Week

RESCUE ME— Sid is a 12-year-old domestic short hair tabby. If you would like to adopt Sid, ask for animal ID number A4023795 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. More...

Faith

Christmas in July at St. Julie

Helping Hands Ministry of St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church will host a “Christmas in July” sale this weekend in the parish hall, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  More...

Kids get Wacky on Wednesdays

BREAK FROM THE NORM— Above, Thousand Oaks resident Marcus Yoshiwara, 8, doesn’t mind getting wet while his partner uses a sponge to fill up a cup on his belly during a Sponge Race July 13 More...

American Heritage Girls group forming

A new American Heritage Girls troop is forming for the next school year in Newbury Park.  The troop will meet at 1 p.m. More...

Letters

Diversity is what make us beautiful

Jennie Costello’s letter regarding “T.O. doesn’t need lowincome housing” (Acorn, July 14) mentions “our beautiful city” of Thousand Oaks.  Among the many things that make T.O. More...

Judge by size of heart, not paycheck

I am writing in response to Jennie Costello’s letter regarding affordable housing in Thousand Oaks.  At first read, I was angry over what appeared to be a mean-spirited and elitist view. More...

A diverse populace make city vibrant

I fully agree with Jennie Costello’s position on apartment housing in Thousand Oaks.  They are not very well-designed for the most part and are an eyesore in our beautiful, tileroofed community. More...

Council rejects committee’s request for flat water rate

Opts to maintain three-tiered system

Volunteers who spent five months crafting a new water rate plan to recommend to the City Council saw their efforts go down the drain Tuesday after the council rejected their proposal. More...

Latest voting maps keep Thousand Oaks “whole”

The city of Thousand Oaks is whole again. That is the current status of revised voting maps for county, state and federal offices which are still being fine tuned by a 14-member citizen commission. More...

Ranch wants out of mobile home deal

Most everyone is praising what’s been called a landmark deal between all Thousand Oaks mobile home park owners and their tenants—everyone but the residents of Ranch. More...

Community

Spinning his wheels for Make-A-Wish

When Thousand Oaks resident Mark Goldstein was a child, his cousin was stricken with polio. He vividly remembers visiting his young relative at the clinic where he had to spend his days.  More...

Woman helped put end to Rotary’s men-only policy

Pioneer tells inspirational story to local Rotarians

The year was 1982 and Sylvia Whitlock wasn’t looking to blaze new trails for women.  The elementary school principal in Duarte, Calif. and mother of three college-aged children had her hands full. More...

Ed Lawrence to share photo collection

Ed Lawrence, noted photographer of the Conejo Valley, will present “From Ranches to Residents,” at noon Sat., July 23 in the Overton Room, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

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THURS., JULY 21  Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club  7:30 p.m. at East County Sheriff’s Station, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Guest speaker Thousand Oaks Mayor Andrew Fox. Contact : Bill Hughes. Phone: 805.750.8480. More...

Schools

Digital camp prepares kids for jobs of the future

Kids learn to create video games, apps

At a time when most teens are still exploring a variety of paths, Joshua Lipstone, 17, has chosen his future career. More...

Middle school student meets her lifesavers

LOCAL HEROES—Sequoia Middle School student Hayley McLean, who went into cardiac arrest at school two months ago, stands with those who helped save her life. From left, Los Robles ER Dr. More...

A Dash of Youth

Don’t fear looking out of state for college

Southern California and New England. The Southwest and the Northeast. More...

Business

Some eateries report spike in business from 405 closure

Some chose to dine locally during Carmageddon

The dreaded weekend closure of 10 miles of the 405 Freeway has passed, and while most local businesses reported no change in foot traffic, others are tallying their gains.  Jill Lederer, president/CEO of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Comm More...

Credit union opens first East County branch

CBC Federal Credit Union opened its first office east of the Conjeo Grade in nearly 60 years of operation, celebrating the event in a June 29 ribbon cutting at its new Thousand Oaks branch location in the Civic Arts Plaza.  More...

Police

Jewel thieves avoid capture following midday robbery

Men came into store armed with guns

Police are looking for two men who robbed a Thousand Oaks jewelry store this week at gunpoint then escaped on foot. The robbery occurred Mon., July 18 around 1:15 p.m. at Kirk Jewelers, 960 S. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  An unauthorized entry into a dwelling in the 400 block of Jenny Drive occurred June 29 and was reported July 6.  A residential burglary occurred in the 3100 block of Michael Drive between June 30 and July 8. More...

Family

Kids get hooked at Fishing Frenzy

The Conejo Recreation and Park District in conjunction with the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club will present the annual Kids Fishing Frenzy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Aug. 6 at Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.  More...

Music, stories for infants

Shows held at Dos Vientos coffee shop

Kindermusik will present Story Time with “Miss” Mary and Friends, a free 20 to 30 minute program of stories, songs, music and movement for infants up to 5 years at 10 a.m. More...

Buy a brick, help county fair

The Ventura County Fair Foundation has launched a fundraising project—the sale of 8-by-8-inch personalized bricks to be placed in the redesigned Main Entry Plaza at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. More...

Columns

At The Library

The Thousand Oaks Library system presents these free events open to the public.  The Grant Brimhall Library is at 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. More...

Editorials

Progressive water rate structure the right choice

It’s hard not to feel pity for the 13 members of the city’s Community Water Rate Structure Committee.  These civic-minded folks spent countless volunteer hours poring over pages of information and sitting in long meetings in order to More...

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