July 17, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Longtime CVUSD trustee won’t run for fifth term

After 16 years on the Conejo Valley Unified school board, Tim Stephens told the Acorn this week he won’t seek reelection come November. “It’s just time to step down,” said Stephens, a former principal. More...

Health & Wellness

Road Runner Sports sponsoring race for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The inaugural 805 Dash 4 A Cure 5K/10K fun run will take place Sat., Aug. 2 at Road Runner Sports, 1714 Newbury Road, Newbury Park. Proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fund cancer research and patient services. More...

Church hosts blood drive

St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sun., July 20 at 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  Drop-ins are welcome.  For more information, call (805) 484-0660.   More...

On the Town

T.O.'s next 'breastaurant'

Tilted Kilt moving into boulevard location formerly occupied by Mermaid Tavern

A national chain is hoping to enjoy some Irish luck on the boulevard. More...

Summer concerts continue in the park

Chicago Experience pays tribute to classic rock band

Kenny Cetera’s “Chicago Experience” is next to take the stage in the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s ongoing 2014 Summer Concerts in the Park Series. More...

Local chefs will bring food from Field to Fork

The From Field to Fork fundraising dinner will take place at 4 p.m. Thurs., July 24 in the Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Ranch, 3370 Sunset Road, Moorpark.  The event will raise money to build homes for Ventura County farmworkers. More...

Sports

Blue line special

Thousand Oaks hockey star earns invite to L.A. Kings development camp

In a quiet suburban community, a hockey puck sails from a backyard into a neighbor’s front lawn across the street.  It’s a familiar scene in the Conejo Valley, eh?  The California dream has transformed from prospecting gold in 1 More...

This team is the Real deal

SOCCER STARS—The Real So Cal U-8 girls’ soccer North Ranch White Team went undefeated and won the Irvine Memorial Soccer Classic. More...

All-Stars win first tournament together

EYE OF THE TIGER—The Adam Kennedy Baseball L.A. U-13 team won its veryfirst competitive USSSA tournament by securing the championship at the Global NIT at Steed Park in San Clemente. More...

Pets

Billowing mist cloaks lake’s mysterious visitor

A spooky, ethereal mist occasionally creates a floating shroud that levitates above Seminole Lake in the rural Agoura community of Seminole Springs.  More...

Squirrel of the Month

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Pet of the week

SWEET DOG—Louie is an altered male white and tan shorthaired Chihuahua mix who is about 4 years old. He starts out shy but warms up quickly and is quiet and calm. More...

Family

Training for parents is available, if you know where to look

I’ve heard many people exclaim, “Why isn’t there a class for parents? More...

Saluting our Scouts

KUDOS—Two members of Girl Scout Troop 60447 in Newbury Park recently received Girl Scout Gold Awards. More...

YAE teens tackle ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Rock opera will be performed at TOHS

Young Artists Ensemble will present its 34th annual teen summer musical production, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” from Aug. 1 through 10 at the Thousand Oaks High School performing arts center, 2323 N. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Belly up to the barre   Dear Fat Fairy,  Seems we’ve been on a chubby trek through summer. To add calories to catastrophes, my gym threw me under the Weber.  Barbecue, that is.  More...

The OTHER Side of 50

The last taste to go   I come from a family who loves great food. My maternal grandmother made the most magnifi cent pasta sauces, handmade meat tortellini and mouthwatering veal parmesan.  More...

Giving the gift of life

Thousand Oaks couple await liver transplant for infant with rare genetic disorder

Sarah and Tony Vargas watched helplessly as their week-old daughter, Rosie, lay near death on a pediatric ICU bed while a UCLA medical team worked to save her life. More...

Marathon, music fest among ideas to boost tourism

A Thousand Oaks marathon, a music festival and a downtown arts district were among the ideas suggested to draw tourists to the area at a meeting earlier this month at City Hall.  More...

Community

CRPD gives grants to local sports groups

Basketball association receives $25,000

The Conejo Recreation and Park District is teaming up with local sports and community organizations to improve park properties. More...

Democratic party chair offers an apology after tweets enrage local GOP

Republicans call on David Atkins to quit post

The chair of the Ventura County Democratic Party has apologized for a series of tweets he sent out over the Fourth of July weekend that infuriated local Republicans and brought calls for his resignation. More...

More tree removal in Westlake area

Workers are removing 13 trees on Lindero Canyon Road near the 101 Freeway overpass in Westlake Village.  The tree removal is necessary to complete the road widening and bridge improvement project, officials say.  The carrotwood trees along More...

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THURS., JULY 17  Charity Bingo Luncheon  11 a.m. at Alexander’s restaurant, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura Harbor. Luncheon at noon. Play bingo for prizes. Proceeds go to charities. Admission: $25 prepaid. RSVP requested. More...

Schools

TOHS grad wins scholarship

Cassidy Anderson, a graduate of Thousand Oaks High School, was awarded a $500 scholarship as the 2014 winner of the annual Charlotte Mousel scholarship from the Conejo Valley Republican Women Federated.  Anderson founded the TOHS Patriot Club an More...

CLU to increase study abroad

California Lutheran University has pledged to increase the number of undergraduate students who study abroad by 50 percent before the end of the decade as part of an international initiative.  More...

Families needed to host students

International Student Placements LLC is seeking host families for Chinese exchange students for two weeks, from Tues., July 22 to Tues., Aug. 5.  The students, ages 15 to 17, will study for two weeks at Cal State Channel Islands. More...

Business

Kastle Kare Offers Pest Control Services

Back in 1988, third-generation Ventura County native Ty Brann had the idea of starting a company that aimed to eradicate plant disease from landscapes. More...

New Venture Caters to Home-Schoolers

Work Smart Inc., the umbrella corporation for Camp Helping Hands, a summer day camp for children, announces another venture: Community SchoolHouse.  Launched in September 2013, Community SchoolHouse teaches and serves home-schooling families thr More...

Agoura Meadows Health Foods a Pioneer in Supplements

With public awareness on an upswing regarding the importance of sound nutrition, consumers are becoming more selective about where they obtain their vitamins and supplements.  Agoura Meadows Health Foods has been an advocate for consumer health More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park  June 23 A 19-year-old man was arrested in the 2400 block of W. Hillcrest Drive on two counts of committing a sexual act with a minor and for committing a sexual act on an unconscious person.   More...

Faith

Church, Y team up to offer series on family

Monte Vista Presbyterian Church in Newbury Park, along with the Miller Family YMCA, is presenting a free summer speaker series focusing on strengthening families and marriages.  The series began July 13 and will continue the next five Sundays&md More...

Spiritual teacher to sign books

Dennis Merritt Jones, Acorn columnist, will host a signing for his new book, “Your (Re) Defining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sat., July 26 at Barnes & Noble, 160 S. More...

‘Square pegs’ welcomed at Live Ride

Congregation welcomes all who want to worship, not just bikers

When he was younger, Rick Fish never thought he’d become a reverend, let alone create his own church.  In 1996, while serving as a deacon at Christian Church of Thousand Oaks, he was sponsored by the church elders to become ordained as a m More...

Letters

Pay cops to put a stop to TWD

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting is six times more dangerous than drunk driving.  More...

We can’t afford Civic Arts Plaza

It’s time for my every- 10-year letter to remind my friends that the Civic Arts Plaza was not built for the local community.  So, having said that, why should the local community pay for it? They should not.  More...

Glad to attend homecoming

I’d like to respond to two recent letters published in the Acorn.  First, I would like to thank Linda Northrup for her July 3 letter. More...

Editorials

Let’s keep the keepers of history going

The City of Thousand Oaks isn’t the only organization celebrating its 50th birthday in 2014. The Conejo Valley Historical Society, formed on Oct. 9, 1964, just two days after the city incorporated, is also turning 50 this year.  More...

Political Cartoon

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FOR THE RECORD

Last week’s Calendar had the wrong date listed for the screening of “Wings of Life” at Horizon Hills School. The film, a closeup look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers, will be shown at 7 p.m. More...