April 5, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

School district trims child nutrition staff

In an effort to balance dwindling revenue and higher expenses, Conejo Valley Unified School District’s child nutrition department plans to cut jobs while expanding healthy food options.  More...

Health & Wellness

Psychologist to discuss social learning as a solution for global problems

California Lutheran University will host a free public lecture followed by a question-and-answer session with psychologist Albert Bandura at 4 p.m. Wed., April 11 on campus at Samuelson Chapel, south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive.  More...

Conejo Free Clinic offers no-cost vaccinations

Vaccines for hepatitis, tetanus and whooping cough available

The Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, in partnership with Rotary International and the Conejo Free Clinic will offer free vaccines from 9 to 11 a.m. Wed., April 11 at the clinic, 80 E. More...

Run to aid fight for global water supply

The 18th annual Street Community Festival and Warner Pacific Westlake 5K/10K Runs for Global Water will take place Sun., April 22 on Lakeview Canyon Road between Agoura and Watergate roads.  Run registration will start at 7 a.m. More...

Dining & Entertainment

From the heart

’80s pop star Taylor Dayne coming to Thousand Oaks

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation and Chris Isaacson will present “Tell It to My Heart: Up Close and Personal with Taylor Dayne” at 8 p.m. Sat., April 14 at the Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. More...

Raindrops keep falling

TOE-TAPPING GOOD TIME—Stephen Giboney (Cosmo Brown), Randi Saxer (Kathy Seldon) and Arryck Adams (Don Lockwood) perform in the musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” playing through A More...

Broadway stars shine on Kavli stage

Play review

“An Evening with Patti Lu- Pone and Mandy Patinkin,” which had a five-day run at the Fred Kavli Theatre late last month, was promoted as a “once in a lifetime theatrical event.”  More...

Sports

Lancers bank on late-season push

Boys’ tennis squad chasing Calabasas, Westlake in league standings

The Lancers are at a crossroads.  At midseason, the Thousand Oaks High’s boys’ tennis team enters today’s match at Newbury Park 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the Marmonte League.  A longtime powerhouse under the guidance of head More...

Westlake golfers let loose at Los Robles

CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK—Westlake High golfer Michael Dansy chips onto the putting surface during Tuesday’s Marmonte League match against Royal at Los Robles Greens Golf Course. More...

Eubank spins second no-hitter

This is getting ridiculous.  Newbury Park High senior right-handed pitcher Luke Eubank no-hit the Calabasas Coyotes during a 6-0 Panther victory on the road March 28. More...

Police

Business deal gone bad ends in stabbing

A man was arrested in Thousand Oaks last week after another man was stabbed while sitting in his car.  According to a police report, Cass Alan Paley, 64, was still in his car parked in the driveway of his home in the 3000 block of Apache Circle More...

Simi cops seize 5 pounds of heroin in drug bust

Ring believed to have supplied much of Ventura County

Months of investigation by the Simi Valley Police Department culminated last week in the arrest of three Los Angeles-based narcotics dealers and the removal of more than 5 pounds of heroin from the streets.  More...

Police Blotter

Newbury Park  Property was taken from a home in the first block of N. Madrid Avenue between Jan. 1 and March 19.  Someone shoplifted from the Target store in the 2000 block of Teller Road on March 21.  More...

Family

Brownies clean up beach

HELPING OUT—Brownie Troop 61243 from St. More...

Science can solve historical mysteries

As part of its Science Speaker Series lectures, the Discovery Center for Science and Technology will present “Using Science to Discover and Preserve Cultural Heritage” at 7:30 p.m. More...

Contest seeks ‘berry’ good recipes

Organizers of the 29th annual California Strawberry Festival are searching for the tastiest no-bake strawberry dish for the Berry Blast Off challenge on Sat., May 19, when two finalists will battle for the grand prize.  More...

Columns

Heaven on earth?

A great thing about living in Southern California is that people like to visit, and when they do, you get to take them places, and while you’re doing it, you’re reminded of why people love to visit. It also reinforces why we live here. More...

The big Easter Bunny heist

You’ve seen it in movies: Teacher sits the parents down, says their kid is running a business out of an empty office on campus, a room the school staff had presumed was used for storage.  The kid’s business—a secret operation t More...

HCA, Anthem Blue Cross end dispute

Hospital, insurance provider reach a deal

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the parent company of Los Robles and West Hills hospitals, and Anthem Blue Cross health insurance company have tentatively agreed on a new contract effective April 1.  “We have a verbal agreement and More...

Awkward landing

PANCAKED—Ventura County firefighters respond to the scene of an accident on Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park on March 29. More...

CVUSD employees will be trained to identify abuse

Conejo Valley Unified School District employees will learn to identify and report sexual molestation and abuse happening at school and at home.  More...

Community

Hillcrest solar project back on track

City says it should meet deadline with new contractor

Installation of more than 600 solar panels on top of the Hillcrest Center will be completed on schedule despite construction delays that threatened to cost the City of Thousand Oaks about $446,000 in state rebates.  More...

Ticket-paying procrastinators can settle old citations for half the price

State amnesty program ends in three months

With less than three months remaining before the state’s traffic amnesty program ends, Ventura County Superior Court officials are encouraging local residents to pay off their eligible traffic tickets now at a 50 percent discount.  Citizen More...

Civic center property going on the market

City hopes future buyer will build regional art museum on site

The City of Thousand Oaks hopes to be a step closer to bringing a regional art museum to the civic center.  On March 26, the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission unanimously recommended amendments to three city planning documents, including the gen More...

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THURS., APRIL 5  Business & Professional Women Of Conejo Valley  7 p.m. in banquet room, Cisco’s restaurant, 925 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Giuliana Avalos, financial adviser, speaks on investment opportunities. More...

Schools

Muralist brings social studies to life in Colina Middle School walkway

Painting places school mascot at different points in history

Colina Middle School student Tristan Bowman likes a little color in his life.  “It’s more fun,” said the sixthgrader.  So naturally Tristan was thrilled last Monday when a professional artist began transforming the oncebl More...

Resident’s composition part of New West’s educational outreach

As a child, Thousand Oaks resident Craig Zobelein found it difficult to talk to his parents, so he found solace in the piano.  While sitting at the keyboard and experimenting, he discovered that making music made him feel better.  More...

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month

Nina Vahadi, a seventhgrader at Colina Middle School, was selected as Youth of the Month at the Colina Boys & Girls Club in Thousand Oaks.  Nina was recognized for her hard work and volunteer efforts at the club. More...

Business

Developer wants to build assisted living facility at site of old WLV hospital

A plan to build a senior housing complex on a vacant site that formerly housed the Westlake Medical Center in Westlake Village got a lukewarm reception by city officials at a meeting last week.  One Eighty, the parent company of Leisure Care Ret More...

Eye On Local Area Stocks

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Pets

Bunnies make great pets, bad presents

Pets are not an impulse buy, officials say

Ventura County Animal Shelter has 40 rabbits ready for adoption, but the shelter will not be offering those animals for adoption this week.  Shelter officials want to remind the public that rabbits are not disposable Easter toys or gifts. More...

Pet of the Week

READY TO BE LOVED— Minnie is a 4-year-old terrier mix. Minnie loves people and loves to cuddle. She is quiet and sweet but interactive and gets along with other dogs. More...

Faith

T.O. native growing congregation at Camarillo Church of Christ

Preacher shares Bible’s solutions to modern-day problems

It may be more than Alan Beard’s a cappella singing that has doubled the congregation at Camarillo Church of Christ.  The energetic preacher also has an innate ability to connect the teachings of the Bible to daily life, said the church&rs More...

The view from the freeway isn’t that good

“The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   More...

Seminar focuses on building faith at home

The Living Oaks Community Church will present Extreme Family Makeover, an interactive parenting seminar led by Mark A. Holmen, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., April 15 in the Kids and Students building at 1033 Business Center Circle, Newbury Park.  More...

Letters

Disapproves of undercover story

An undercover Hooters applicant, really?  It is so sad that the most exciting topic in this somewhat boring town is the opening of a Hooters restaurant. More...

Former Hooters girl hopes to be rehired

I am writing in response to Carissa Marsh’s account of “applying” at Hooters (Acorn, March 29). I, too, applied at Hooters during their hiring fair. I was there at 9:50 in the morning that Thursday.   More...

Editorials

We see the glass half full

I t’s not time to break out the balloons and party favors just yet. The recession, while clearly approaching its midnight hour, isn’t quite over. But at least the local economists are no longer seeing the glass half empty. More...

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FOR THE RECORD

The caption was inadvertently left off of last week’s Thousand Oaks Acorn editorial cartoon. See original cartoon below.   More...