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City of Thousand Oaks sign now greets drivers headed west on 101 Freeway

$200,000 gateway sign was paid for with private funds

Local residents and visitors to Thousand Oaks may notice a new $200,000 city landmark nestled in a green hillside near the northbound Westlake Boulevard off-ramp.  The final touches are being placed on landscaping around the completed City of Th More...

Health & Wellness

Visiting speaker will share breakthrough treatment

Doctor to talk about brachytherapy

Dr. Gordon Grado will give a talk on “Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer” at 6:30 p.m. Wed., Sept. 18 at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 385 E. More...

Learn about weight loss strategies

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will present an opportunity to learn more about the latest advances in weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, at two free events.  Two bariatric surgery specialists will discuss the full rang More...

Caregiver classes offered in September

Senior Concerns has expanded its caregiver educational series to include a variety of programs on the concerns faced by family/ unpaid caregivers.  All programs are offered free of charge and will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. More...

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THURS., SEPT. 12  Independent Writers Of Southern California  10 a.m. to noon at offices of Supervisor Linda Parks, 625 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Writers can network, receive feedback on their writing. More...

Schools

Teacher, students present clarinet concert

California Lutheran University faculty and students will present a clarinet concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 20 in Samuelson Chapel, south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks.  More...

Band members get cars squeaky clean

TEAM EFFORT—Thousand Oaks High School students make washing a car a group effort during a fundraiser for the school’s freshman marching band on the high school campus on Sept. 7. More...

NPHS dance contest steps up for third year

Newbury Park High School will host its third annual “Dancing with the Star Panthers” fundraiser at 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 27 in the school gymnasium, 456 Reino Road.  More...

Business

Dos Vientos pizzeria says ‘Buona sera’

Italian eatery tosses in the towel after two years

It’s another setback for the beleaguered Dos Vientos shopping center.  La Cucina di Venti shut its doors this week, about two years after the Italian restaurant began serving pizza and pasta at The Village shopping center.  More...

Chamber’s Taste of Conejo returns Sept. 19

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will present its fifth annual Taste of Conejo from 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Sept. More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Police arrest local man for sneaking into women’s locker room

Perpetrator was caught on university camera in May, June

A Thousand Oaks man suspected of watching women bathe in a California Lutheran University locker room will face misdemeanor charges in court next month, according to authorities. More...

Local man accused of selling drugs

A Thousand Oaks resident was arrested last week in Newbury Park on felony drug charges.  According to a police report, James Herring, 44, was seen driving in the 2300 block of Borchard Road about 2:45 p.m. Sept. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park   Aug. 28  A 72-year-old woman was cited for hit and run in the 600 block of Doe Creek Circle.  Aug. More...

Family

Inaugural India fest a cultural treat

SIMPLE STEPS—Above, from left, Mohit Singh, 13; Anmol Singh, 14; Sanchit Singh, 11; Sirtaj Singh, 12; and Nihit Bajaj demonstrate traditional Indian dance steps during an interactive performanc More...

Hollywood power couple chair annual Ride On fall fundraiser

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship will have its fall fundraiser on Sat., Sept. 21. It will be hosted by Bren Simon at Rancho de Caballos in Hidden Valley.  The fundraiser starts at 4 p.m. More...

Retirement home hosts barbecue bonanza

Belmont Village Thousand Oaks will host a Join us for a western-themed barbecue based on the TV series “Bonanza” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 17 at Belmont Village Senior Living, 3680 N. More...

Gross vehicular manslaughter charges brought against driver in Potrero Road crash

D.A. alleges 23-year-old had blood alcohol content greater than .15 at the time of accident

The 23-year-old driver involved in a car crash that left two passengers dead Monday night near Newbury Park has been charged with two felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, according to Ventura County Superior Court records. More...

CVUSD scores stand out from the pack

Only school district in county to see improvement

Conejo Valley Unified School District is the only K-12 district in the county to see an overall increase in academic performance in 2013, according to the recently released California standardized test results. More...

Neighborhood anxious for park to reopen

After nearly a year of being closed due to construction, Newbury Gateway Park is scheduled to reopen to visitors next month with some upgraded landscaping and a new underground basin to absorb the water from seasonal rains. More...

Community

City fells 200-year-old oak in name of safety

Tree was at risk of falling, arborist says

A 200-year-old valley oak tree deemed a safety hazard was removed from Thousand Oaks Boulevard last week in front of sad onlookers.  A new tree will be planted in its place.  More...

Park district spends $126,000 to replace aging vehicles

The Conejo Recreation and Park District is getting some new wheels. On Sept. 5, the CRPD Board of Directors awarded a $126,000 purchase bid to San Bernardino-based Fairview Ford for five new vehicles. More...

Community remembers 9/11

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On the Town

Backstage bungles make for funny show

‘Noises Off’

Anyone involved in the theater knows about the goofs, flubs, faulty props and long rehearsals common to all productions. More...

Taking a journey into the past

‘LET ME HEAR YOU!’—Front row from left, Thousand Oaks residents Jordan Jones, Kari Slattum and Caitlin Arndt scream along with“Don’t Stop Believing”by Journey Revi More...

Beer Week gets pouring Sunday

California Beer Festival will present Ventura County Beer Week from Sept. 15 to 22, featuring events at various venues throughout Ventura.  More...

Sports

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Camarillo Scorpions (1-0) at Thousand Oaks Lancers(1-1)

Thursday, 7 p.m. Thousand Oaks High   Something was missing at the Lancers’ practice.  “Where’s my music?” Mike Leibin asked.  More...

Other local football matchups

Hillcrest Christian (0-2) vs. Liberty Chr. (0-1)   More...

Warriors eager to defend state title

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY REPORT

Winning a championship is hard. Repeating is another can of worms.  Westlake High’s boys’ cross country team won a Division 2 state title last year, its first in school history. More...

Pets

Pet of the Week

FURRY GUY— Fluffy is a male tricolor guinea pig. He is a little shy, but could be a greatfirst pet. If you would like to adopt Fluffy ask for ID No. More...

CRPD throws dog owners a bone

Sept. 30 meeting will focus on ways to expand services beyond dog park

Life in Thousand Oaks could soon be even better for man’s best friend.  Local park district officials are seeking input on how they can better serve canines and their owners in the Conejo Valley.  More...

Faith

Halloween harvest supports water project

Neglected plot of land blooms with bountiful crop of pumpkins

David Ross, a member of Bethany Church on the Hill in Thousand Oaks, was walking his dog one day last summer when he stopped on unused church property, struck by an idea that would provide impoverished Indian villages thousands of miles from his comm More...

Jewish community ushers in new year

TRADITION—Above, Rabbi Paul Kipnes with Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas leads the Tashlich at Paradise Cove In Malibu on Sept. More...

Greek orthodox church is moving

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church will host its last Sunday service at its current location on Skyway Avenue in Camarillo on Sun., Sept. More...

Letters

Shadow Run tract waiting on park

My family and I have been residents of the Shadow Run tract in Newbury Park since it was built in 1984.  I wish I could share in the good wishes and praise heaped on the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s 50th anniversary in Jerry Mille More...

When will park reopen?

Thank you and congratulations on the new and improved Newbury Park Library parking lot. More...

Bike ban doesn’t make sense

Ms. Platt’s Sept. 5 letter to the Acorn regarding a bicycle ban on the Norwegian Grade may have good intentions, but is completely the wrong approach.  More...

Editorials

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Cast your vote for top vacation photos

Attention all travelers: Voting begins Fri., Sept. More...

FOR THE RECORD

Last week’s editor’s note meant to clarify the details of the city’s loan to Many Mansions to build lowincome senior apartments on Hillcrest Drive was not completely accurate. More...