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A last look back

No. 10: Celebrating 50 years of CRPD The Conejo Recreation and Park District reached a major milestone this year, turning 50 in January, just one year before the City of Thousand Oaks does the same. More...

Health & Wellness

Miller Y offers Fit Beyond 50

The Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park is introducing a new program designed for those age 50 and older.  Fit Beyond 50 includes exercise and nutrition classes, screenings and other healthy activities.  More...

Wood smoke can contribute to lung disease, asthma

With cooler temperatures, the American Lung Association in California is urging the public to avoid using wood-burning heating devices in favor of cleaner burning alternatives such as electric, natural gas, propane and pellet stoves.  Burning wo More...

On the Town

Choir shines with seasonal music

CONCERT REVIEW TOHS Choir Holiday Concert

The Thousand Oaks High School Choir program, under the direction of Janna Wilhelm, gave its annual holiday concert last week. An eclectic array of traditional and modern favorites was performed by the various ensembles. More...

The Movie Nut

What we have here are two small-time dreamers trying to reinvent themselves. Because everybody hustles.  More...

Museum opens doors for the holidays

LEARNING ABOUT CHUMASH LIFE—Visitors browse the Chumash Indian Museum displays during an open house on Dec. 21. More...

Sports

Remember the finest moments

YEAR IN REVIEW The best stories of 2013

Conejo Valley teams, stars and clutch role players made 2013 memorable in the world of sports. More...

Redell returns to Lions

Bill Redell is back.  The first football coach at Oaks Christian High, Redell will return to the Lions’ sideline in 2014. More...

Pets

County animal control names new director

Diller hired following nationwide search

The Ventura County Health Care Agency has hired Tara Diller as the new director of Ventura County Animal Services.  Diller, who was selected after a nationwide search, will begin her new position in February.  She comes to Ventura County fr More...

Pet of the week

HANK, THE SWEETEST THING—Hank is an altered male brown brindle and white pit bull about 5 years old. He is sweet, loving, and very genial. If you would like to adopt Hank, ask for ID No. More...

Squirrel of the Month

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Family

Family gets surprise gift

  WHERE’S LEO?—Lauren Creger, 20, and her brothers Luke, 14, and Quinn, 16, pose for a photo with Santa at The Oaks mall as their father, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Leo Creger, hops in for a photobomb during a surprise on Dec. 21. More...

Columns

Ask The DMV

Q: I want to order a personalized license plate for my sister. How do I know if the sequence of letters and words that I want is available?  More...

Hot Flashes

Reach out   My sister is so talented.  Just the other day, her derriere called me three times, and gosh, it’s nice to be remembered by such clever gestures. More...

Local pastor intends to seek office in 44th District

Calvary Chapel’s Rob McCoy wants to fill Assembly seat left by departing Jeff Gorell

A Thousand Oaks pastor with ties to national names in the Republican Party says he plans to file the paperwork necessary to seek office in California’s 44th Assembly District. More...

T.O. bank robbers plead guilty

Shortly after 11 a.m. on July 2, two men with bandanna-covered faces entered a Thousand Oaks Citibank, jumped over the counter and stole cash from the money drawers. More...

Community

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW

A month-by-month rundown of local news-making events

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Police say they have the men responsible for robbing Taco Bell

Just one day after surveillance camera images were released to the public, two arrests were made in connection with the armed robbery of two Taco Bell restaurants in Thousand Oaks this month.  More...

New Target center to get In-N-Out

Fast-food chain In-N-Out Burger is coming to the new Shoppes at Westlake Village shopping center on Russell Ranch Road.  After a Dec. 11 hearing, the Westlake Village City Council approved the drive-thru restaurant with a 4-1 vote.  More...

Calendar

Calendar

SAT., DEC. 28  Tour Of Rancho Sierra Vista  9 to 11 a.m. Meet at Via Goleta and Potrero Road, Newbury Park. Easy one-mile hike. Meet National Park Service patrol horses, horse demo. Free, open to public. Web: www.nps.gov/samo. More...

Schools

Parent Project classes to be offered for first time in Spanish

For the first time, Thousand Oaks Parent Project Program classes will be offered in Spanish. More...

Honor roll

Westlake Village resident Emily Gosnell graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts in English on Dec. More...

Business

BUSINESS BITS

Vitamin store Nutrition Fix vitamin store opened recently at 3900 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, No. 202.  Cellphone repair Specializing in smartphone, iPhone and iPad repairs, A Cell Repair is now in business at 1169 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard. More...

Many Mansions resident receives makeover

Teaming up to support the community, several merchants in The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch retail center in Newbury Park have combined their products and services to help struggling women get back on their feet.  The merchants launched a monthly More...

EYE ON LOCAL AREA STOCKS

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Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  Dec. 10 A man, 19 was arrested for robbery on Calle Turquesa west of Avenida del Platino.  Dec. 14 A man, 34, was arrested in the 1500 block of Newbury Road for being under the influence of a controlled substance.   More...

Faith

Briefs

Quilt history to be discussed at lunch   The Thousand Oaks Christian Women’s Connection invites all women to attend the “Stitches From the Heart” luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 8 at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. More...

Letters

Wendy Bridge project gets a D+

As someone who lives near the Wendy Bridge, I would have to give the work a D+ for effort.  While it’s commendable that some money was saved, it was done on the shoulders of the area merchants and the citizens, tax payers, who use the brid More...

Passing on the acts of kindness

I wanted to say Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and thank you to the Acorn editor for suggesting that we in the community perform a random act of kindness “for no other reason than to make (someone’s) life a little merrier.”  More...

Sandy Hook remembered

I joined a group of demonstrators at the intersection of Thousand Oaks and Westlake boulevards on Sat., Dec. 14 to remind motorists and pedestrians that the day marked the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook (Conn.) Elementary School massacre.  More...

Editorials

Young drivers must know risks

It’s highly likely that somewhere in the Conejo Valley yesterday a young person received the keys to his or her first automobile. We pray they don’t take their newfound freedom lightly. More...

Political Cartoon

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Don’t complain, step up and volunteer

I’d like to shed some light on the inner workings of most youth sports programs. The main focus of any program is for the kids to have fun, learn something, build friendships and want to come back the next year.  More...