August 16, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Final count in council race: 9

The race for two open seats on the Thousand Oaks City Council has officially started with nine candidates certified for the Nov. 6 election.  The candidates are:  Jacqui Irwin, who is serving her second term on the council.  More...

Health & Wellness

Make sure returning students get shots

Immunization schedules available online for parents

It’s back-to-school time. In all the hubbub and preparation, don’t forget one of the most important tasks: immunization.  The state of California requires that school-age children and young adults receive certain immunizations.  More...

T.O. breast cancer walk raises $26,000

More than 300 participants raised $26,000 for the American Cancer Society Research and Patient Services at the recent Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Thousand Oaks.  Since 1993, participants nationwide have raised more than $400 mil More...

Cancer seminar at mall

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will host a free seminar about cancer from 9 to 10 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 16 at The Oaks mall near Macy’s Home and Men’s store on the lower level at 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.  More...

On the Town

Artist shows Venice-inspired paintings

California Lutheran University’s Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture will host the exhibit “Imagining Venice: Watercolors by Terry Spehar-Fahey” from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday from Aug. 20 to Sept. More...

Race is on to rule the airwaves

‘The Farnsworth Invention’at Camarillo Skyway Playhouse

Turn off the boob tube and head to the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse for “The Farnsworth Invention,” a play about the invention of television that’s more entertaining than a reality show. More...

Renaissance festival returns to Moorpark next year

Get ready to step back in time and return to the Renaissance.  A 25-acre field just outside Moorpark city limits will be transformed into an Elizabethan village next year, when a local team of modern-day Renaissance lovers brings the inaugural N More...

Sports

Conejo Oaks run out season

Local collegiate baseball squad reaches NBC World Series

Former Camarillo High standout Taylor Hansen received a golden opportunity to play Division I baseball.  There was just one catch—put down the bat and turn into an everyday pitcher.  “I’ve always preferred to be a hitter,& More...

Venom strikes San Diego

SOFTBALL STARS—The VC Venom 97 excelled at the U-14 girls’ Triple Crown World Series Softball Tournament in San Diego. More...

Stars light up Santa Barbara

BOYS OF SUMMER—The U-12 Westlake Village Stars won the Elings Park, Santa Barbara Mid-Summer Classic Baseball Tournament. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

HEADS UP—Roco is an 8-yearold year- short hair pointer mix. He was surrendered to the shelter because his owner became sick and could no longer care for him. More...

Family

Duo sets out to rewrite storytelling in the digital age

To reinvent story time and create interactive children’s stories for the iPad, Tracy Hopcus Jordan and Shelly Bowen needed to think like 2-year-olds.  More...

Letters

Other reasons to boycott eatery

I was very disappointed by the attitudes expressed on both sides of the debate surrounding Chick-fil-A’s impending opening on Thousand Oaks Blvd.  Neither governments nor advocacy groups nor individuals have a right under our Constitution More...

No way to win with meter fees

I’m highly alarmed with Southern California Edison forcing smart meters on us in Thousand Oaks and surrounding areas.  Yes, I know we can opt out, but I cannot understand why opting out should be punished with an initial $75 penalty fee an More...

Never opted for smart meters

I’m confused. Today I received a critical mail letter that had four pieces of paper, information that outlines Edison SmartConnect Opt-Out program. I don’t get it: am I opting in or opting out?  More...

Breaking News - 8/20/2012 9:38 AM

Send us your best fiction story!

If you think you have a knack for writing, we invite you to put your creative juices to work and take part in our upcoming "Fiction in a Nutshell" contest. Here’s how the Acorn’s popular annual competition works: More...

Three will vie for two seats on school board

Challenger says he decided to run after trustees approved ‘Kite Runner’

A local parent upset with the school board over a 12th-grade reading selection will look to unseat one of two incumbents in the race for the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education this fall.  More...

City bolsters signal lights at crosswalk where family was struck in May

New lights were installed at two crosswalks on Thousand Oaks Boulevard last week, including the intersection where a mother and three young girls were hit by a van in May.  Rectangular rapid flashing beacon lights were placed at T.O. More...

Community

Luxury movie theater to lift curtain next month

When the Mann Theatre closed at The Promenade at Westlake last December, it left a void in the hearts of local moviegoers.  “I was devastated,” said Westlake Village resident Jody Recor. More...

Blaze at tip of grade is Conejo’s first scare of young fire season

The 27-acre brush fire that erupted on a hillside at the tip of the Conejo Grade in Newbury Park last Friday was most likely caused by a spark from a truck that had pulled over on the southbound 101 Freeway, fire offi cials said. More...

Crowded Calleguas race set for November

Four residents who are competing for one open seat on the Calleguas Municipal Water District’s board of directors say they value water greatly and want to make sure the resource remains readily available for years to come.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., AUG. 16 Conejo Valley Cloggers 6:45 to 9 p.m. at Old Meadows Center, 1600 Marview Drive, Thousand Oaks. Clogging and white elephant sale. $6 dancers, free for non-dancers. Phone: 805.796.0616. Web: www.conejocloggers.com. More...

Schools

New choir director joins TOHS

Thousand Oaks High School has hired newly credentialed teacher Janna Wilhelm to direct the choral program at the school. More...

Make transition back to classes easy on children

If children need help getting back into the school swing of things, there are a number of simple things parents can do to make the transition easier. More...

B&G Club offers ride to school for fifth-graders

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will offer transportation to fifth-grade students at several elementary schools in Thousand Oaks. More...

Business

Belmont Village celebrates one year in T.O.

READY TO PARTY—Thousand Oaks resident Terry Krug, left, celebrates Belmont Village’s first anniversary with the facility’s executive director Heidi Charette, community relations ass More...

Local woman to head VC chapter of National Human Resources Association

Group will meet on Aug. 22

Jean Gojkovich, director of human resources at Sherwood Country Club, has been named president of the National Human Resources Association Ventura County Affiliate.  More...

Free workshop to discuss social networking

SCORE Ventura County will present a free social networking workshop for future and veteran business owners from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 23 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.   More...

Faith

Thrift shop benefits Lutheran schools

Luther’s Attic Thrift Store offers a little bit of everything.  Its shelves are stocked with books, snorkeling equipment, printers, televisions and clothes, to name but a few of the items that crowd the store on High Street in downtown Moo More...

Living Oaks to show off new student center in Newbury Park

16,000-square-foot facility will house activities for kids of all ages

Living Oaks Community Church will present an open house for its new kids and students center from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wed., Sept. 5 at the church campus, 1033 Business Center Circle, Newbury Park. The evening will feature free ice cream and door prizes. More...

Clean Up Comedy offering free tickets to single parents, unemployed

Clean Up Comedy, an improvisational group based in Newbury Park, is offering free tickets to people who need the laughs most, such as single parents and the unempoyed, starting with the Aug. More...

Columns

Making a difference

Some people see a need and do nothing.  Others, like Rachel Shur, do something.  After beating cancer—not once, but twice—Shur saw a need for a new cancer counseling organization, so she created UCAAN, the United Cancer Advocacy More...

Whose tree is it anyway?

I’ve been asked dozens of times about trees that are in the front yard of someone’s house that are considered city street trees but are still on private property.  People have asked if it’s okay for the owner of the property to More...

The epidemic among us

Jessica and her husband are worried about their elderly neighbors, Bill and Rachel.  Living alone and in their 80s, Bill and Rachel have been staples in the neighborhood for years.  More...