August 23, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Issues get brewing at Coffee with the Chief

In a world where so much information is shared via text message and email, Thousand Oaks Police Chief Randy Pentis likes to do things the oldfashioned way: talking over a cup of coffee.  “For me personally, nothing replaces face-to-face co More...

Health & Wellness

Local search and rescue team seeking adventurous men, women

Ever wanted to experience excitement and challenge, and do a good deed helping someone out of a dangerous situation?  The Malibu Search and Rescue Team is looking for new recruits to expand its ranks.  More...

B&G Club catches gymnastics fever

STRENGTH AND BALANCE—Emily Bernstein, an advanced gymnast, performs on the pommel horse for summer campers at the Sequoia Boys & Girls Club in Newbury Park. More...

Annual walk raises funds, awareness

Each year, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Two 5K walks are scheduled this year for Ventura County: Sat., Sept. 15 at Channel Islands Harbor and Sat., Sept. More...

Calendar

Bulletin Board

THURS., AUG. 23 Toastmasters Evaluation Contest Noon in Oak Room, Thousand Oaks City Hall, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Members of Toastmaster Club 1934 evaluate the guest speaker. Public invited at no charge. Contact: Richard Gaz. Phone: 805. More...

Schools

Teacher leading fight for tech ed

In his last semester of teaching, Thousand Oaks resident Don Runyan administered 92 final exams—in a single class.  More...

Archaeological dig through life brings college-bound student home

A DASH OF ADULTHOOD

I’m only 18, but I grew up in prehistoric times. I lived along a riverbed, just past the mouth of a waterfall where small dinosaurs drank. A stegosaurus family lived next to me, and I loved their kind nature but was wary of their spiky tails. More...

Kits provide quick way to ID child

A free child ID event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 25 during the Kids Fun Zone at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks, at Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive.  The event is sponsored by Sen. More...

Business

Pro Bono dentistry brings smiles to T.O.

Thousand Oaks Dental Group and Orthodontics participated in the second annual Smile Gen Serve Day on Aug. More...

Navy SEAL to speak on leadership, excellence

Local real estate office hosting talk

Re/Max Olson & Associates, with real estate offices in Simi, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, North Ranch and Woodland Hills, is sponsoring an evening with a highly decorated active duty Navy SEAL as part of an ongoing series on leadership and ex More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Aug. 4  A man, 18, was arrested for burglary in the 5000 block of Via Patricia.  Aug. 8  A home in the 1000 block of W. Hillcrest Drive was burglarized.  Aug. 10  More...

Faith

Former Thousand Oaks ward bishop and wife celebrate 70 years together

LASTING LOVE—Former Thousand Oaks residents Blaine and Carrie Hall, now of St. George, Utah, celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this month. More...

Seminar on planning funerals

The Padre Serra Parish will host a free end-of-life and funeral planning workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Wed., Sept. 12 in the Serra Center at 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo.  The session will begin with refreshments at 7 p.m. More...

Jewish families can learn about their faith in home study classes

Bar/bat mitzvah and confirmation lessons also offered

Jewish Studies with Jodi Spindel will kick off its third year of classes, providing a foundation of Jewish education to unaffiliated Jewish families throughout the Conejo Valley and the surrounding areas of Camarillo and Moorpark.  More...

Letters

Literature can offer life lessons

I was shocked and disheartened to hear of school board candidate Tony Dolz’s opposition to allowing “The Kite Runner” as an option for 12th-grade reading lists.  Dolz points to a scene that depicts the rape of a child as his ju More...

Fast-food boycott a moral decision

I have joined in the boycott against Chick-fil-A not because I disagree with Dan Cathy’s views on marriage but because I cannot purchase a product whose profits are used to cause harm.  More...

Candidate can’t have it both ways

In the Aug. 16 edition of the Thousand Oaks Acorn there was a letter from Al Adam who is running for one of the two seats on the City Council. More...

Early Acorn deadlines due to holiday

   Mon., Sept, 3 is Labor Day, and because the Thousand Oaks Acorn office will be closed, the deadline for real estate, editorial and advertising submissions has been moved up. More...

Human trafficking at home in Ventura County

SPECIAL REPORT

Hidden among long stretches of remote terrain in the Los Padres National Forest in northern Ventura County are marijuana groves protected by armed guards.  While some of the watchmen are willing participants in the dangerous criminal operation, More...

Community

VCFD wants to bolster air support

Shortcomings could put county at risk, fire officials say

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Bus riders will see changes

Beginning Aug. 27, Thousand Oaks Transit (TOT) will implement changes to stops and times on all four bus routes. The new changes are in response to rider requests and continued efforts to improve on-time performance and regional connection services. More...

Victims of Agoura Hills Ponzi schemer speak out

Man admits to fraud in plea agreement

An Agoura Hills man, once an active volunteer with youth soccer and basketball leagues in the area, will face up to 20 years in prison for his involvement in a $20-million Ponzi scheme that snared investors across the country, including many in the C More...

On the Town

Guitar, dance troupe heats up stage

Benise: En Fuego! coming to Kavli Theatre on Sept. 11

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation will present Benise: En Fuego! at 8 p.m. Tues., Sept. 11 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. More...

Ensemble raises voices for fall season

The Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer will kick off its 35th season with a free concert titled “An Orchestra of Voices: Chanticleer in Concert” at 8 p.m. Thurs., Sept. More...

“The Odd Life of Timothy Green”

Here we go again.  More...

Sports

Bodybuilder wins gold at state games

Josue Cano wraps his chalk-covered hands around the barbell. His palms grind into the steel like he’s revving a motorcycle. His eyes focus straight down.  His head snaps up and his eyes shoot forward. More...

CLU athletes return for fall

Members of Cal Lutheran sports teams are back on campus for preseason training.  “After a successful 2011-12 academic year, the anticipation and promise of a new year of competition is upon us,” said Dan Kuntz, director of athletics. More...

New-look Marmonte may be short-lived

Ever-evolving league splits into East and West, but when will the shuffling end?

Football is back, baby. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

ON THE MEND—Nick is a 3-year-old Rottweiler mix. Nick recently had a benign tumor removed and has some tendonitis, but he is basically a healthy young dog. Nick is curious, friendly and sweet. More...

Day of the Horse rides again at Conejo Creek Park

Equestrian event back for eighth year

The eighth annual Day of the Horse, sponsored by ETI Corral 37, will start at 10 a.m. Sat., Sept. More...

‘Hooters 4 Neuters’ benefits Shelter Hope

This weekend the Thousand Oaks Hooters restaurant will host the inaugural Hooters 4 Neuters Fundraising and Awareness Event to raise money for Shelter Hope Pet Shop and awareness for spaying, neutering and pet adoption.  More...

Family

Buckles & Bows, anything but square

HOEDOWN—Ken Bower of Palm Springs, at right, was the guest caller for the Buckles & Bows Square Dance Club at its Aug. 12 dance at the Goebel Senior Adult Center in Thousand Oaks. More...

The good, the babies and the manly

My son was about to start fourth grade and that meant one thing to me: Would I let him go trick-ortreating with just his friends this Halloween?  I went trick-or-treating without parents when I was in fourth grade. But my son doing it? More...

Columns

Buggy adventures

The study of nature doesn’t always need to be validated by some rarefied destination. More...