August 28, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Off they go!

The lazy days of summer are over for the nearly 20,000 students in Conejo Valley Unified School District, whose school year began yesterday, and Josh Eby has found himself back in high school with some of them.  More...

BID looking to ID lots for potential redevelopment

A $12,000 study commissioned by the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Improvement District is expected to identify underutilized properties on the roadway that could one day be converted into multilevel mixed use, with retail on the bottom and apartments on to More...

Health & Wellness

What Medicare does and doesn’t cover

Medicare helps pay for a variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices and other healthcare settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, so it’s useful to know what is and isn’t included.  More...

Church hosts suicide prevention seminar

Ascension Lutheran Church will host a suicide prevention seminar in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 14 at the church, 1600 E. More...

Cancer support group to host free events

The Cancer Support Community will offer the following free events for people with cancer, cancer survivors and their loved ones at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village.  For more information or to register for events, call (805) 379- 4777 unless More...

On the Town

Have a brew . . . or two

Kiwanis beer festival is tonight

The women have their margaritas, the men have their beer. More...

Worth the cost of ‘Rent’

Strong cast leads 1990s rock musical

When the musical “Rent” made its debut on Broadway in 1996, its storyline, which dealt with AIDS, drug abuse, transvestism and gay relationships, attracted much controversy throughout the theater world.  More...

Legends of rock return to close out Summer Concerts in the Park series

Conejo Recreation and Park District’s final Summer Concert in the Park, presented by the Thousand Oaks Acorn, features Led Zepagain, a tribute to Led Zeppelin, on Labor Day at 5 p.m. Mon., Sept. More...

Sports

Local squads endsummer in style

Trophies pile up as baseball, soccer and basketball seasons wind down

This special section is reserved only for teams who win first place during a tournament or regular season.   More...

Pets

Saddle up for 10th annual Day of the Horse

Proceeds benefit Ride On Therapeutic

ETI Corral 37 will host the 10th annual Day of the Horse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Sept. 13 at Conejo Creek Equestrian Park, 1375 E. More...

Pet of the Week

RAISE YOUR PAW IF YOU WANT TO FIND A HOME—Rune is an altered female white-and-tan pit bull mix about 3 years old. If you would like to adopt Rune, ask for ID No. More...

Faith

Jews, gentiles find common worship ground in Westlake

New Shul moves location, changes name

A leasing agreement that will allow two distinct religious organizations to share the same worship space appears to be a match made in heaven. More...

Presbyterian church names new worship director

Edward Rouse, artistic director for the Los Robles Children’s Choir, will join Emmanuel Presbyterian Church as the new interim worship director in September.  Rehearsals for the fall 2014 season will begin at 7 p.m. Thurs., Sept. More...

Speaker talks spirituality

The Rev. Randall Roche, director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will speak on Wed., Sept. More...

Letters

Which Dolz would serve?

I just finished reading Tony Dolz’s campaign letter (Acorn, Aug. More...

Candidate should check facts

I’m writing as a longtime friend of Pat Phelps, Conejo Valley school board member, and to answer some questions posed by Tony Dolz, school board candidate.  I met Pat when we were both in PTA. More...

Leadership first, then money

Concerning reader Ellissa Francis’s degrading criticism of reader Barry Gabrielson’s letter in the Aug. 21 Acorn, it’s too bad that people with opposing views are maligned just for disagreeing.  More...

Editorials

A banner day for bag supporters

The California Legislature this week narrowly defeated a bill that called for a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.  Monday, lawmakers voted 37-33 against the ban, just four votes shy of the majority needed in the 80-member Assembly.  More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Burned body discovered outside Thousand Oaks home

Authorities believe it could be case of suicide

Ventura County Fire Department personnel discovered a burned body Friday afternoon while responding to a report of a possible structure fire at a Thousand Oaks home. More...

Tree trouble returns to Regency Centers

Plaza owner docked $1,000 after mishap causes loss of oak

Regency Centers, owner of the Westlake Plaza shopping center, has been fined $1,000 and will be required to buy two costly replacement trees as a penalty for violating the city’s oak tree ordinance and felling a protected oak during constructio More...

Task force takes bite out of Mexican cartel

Law enforcement infiltrates giant drug distribution network

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office seized more than $4 million in cash and $5 million worth of drugs during a yearlong investigation that has thus far led to the arrests of seven people allegedly connected with the Mexican Mafia. More...

Community

Cabrillo Music Theatre hopes new hire will get ticket sales humming

CLU grad asked to help right the ship

After raising more than $200,000 in an urgent bid to keep its doors open, Cabrillo Music Theatre has tapped a former board member to lead year-round fundraising and subscription sales.  Cabrillo hired Julie Prince to serve as managing and develo More...

Songs from the Heart

High school students bring music to hospice patients

Ed Troupe sits close to his wife, Ursula, on a small bench in his backyard in Newbury Park, humming the tune of “You Are My Sunshine” as five smiling, harmonizing teens serenade him.  They sing, “You make me happy when skies ar More...

Grab yer partner!

Buckles and Bows square dance classes starting back up

This is not your grandparent’s square dancing.  The 40-year-old Buckles and Bows Square Dance Club is moving with the times as it undergoes a resurgence in popularity.  Founded in 1975, Buckles and Bows comprises more than 100 members More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., AUG. 28  Kiwanis T.O. Brew Fest   More...

Schools

Water-free car wash a win for La Reina

Seniors at La Reina High School were worried their annual prom fundraiser would be all washed up this year, but some creative thinking allowed them to keep the tradition afloat.  More...

Briefs

Teen center to host practice SAT More...

Students can get info on military academies

Service Academy Night will take place at 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 3 in the Thousand Oaks High School multipurpose room, 2323 N. More...

Police

WLV woman charged with selling heroin

A 23-year-old Westlake Village woman is facing serious charges after she was allegedly caught selling heroin out of her car in Simi Valley. Kathleen Weglarz pleaded not guilty Aug. More...

Sheriff's Blotter

Newbury Park Aug. 15 Two men, 28 and 38, were cited for drinking alcohol in public in the 1700 block of Calle Zafiro. Aug. 16 A 46-year-old man was cited in the 900 block of N. Ventu Park Road for drinking in public. More...

Family

Shred Kids’ Cancer run returns

Proceeds go toward pediatric cancer research

Shred Kids’ Cancer will host Rock the Run Volume III 10K, 5K and Kids’ 1K Fun Run on Sun., Sept. More...

B&G Clubs hosting track meet

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will hold its third annual track meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. More...

Squirrel of the Month

CHOW DOWN—This hungry fellow was captured in the act of helping himself to bird food by Jane Curtis of Thousand Oaks. More...

Columns

Ask the Arborist

Is it lack of water or . . . ?   A homeowner once asked me if I could save her formerly beautiful pine trees, which were brown with bark popping off the upper trunks.  I had to tell the woman that they were dead and beyond hope.  More...

Life in the Single Lane

Georgia on my mind   I work in an office building where I sometimes encounter this cool gal named Georgia. She’s one those magnanimous personalities who seems to attract attention wherever she goes.  More...

On the Trail

King of trees rules in Oak Park  There is a coast live oak beside a stream course at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park that is the stuff of legend. More...