November 19, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Wally World Music makes an encore

Music is playing again at Wally World. Forced to move Oct. 31 from his location of 33 years on the Carlson Building Materials property, Wally World Music owner Wally Stoltz is singing a new tune at 1459 E. More...

Health & Wellness

West Nile virus claims second life in county in a month

Victim is 63-year-old Camarillo man

The West Nile virus has claimed a second Ventura County life. Jack Lloyd Norville, 63, of Camarillo died Oct. 30 at Pleasant Valley Hospital after contracting the disease. More...

Briefs

Conejo Free Clinic offers assessments The Conejo Free Clinic provides access free of charge to assessment for individuals with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and other co-occurring developmental or psychiatric disorders. More...

On the Town

Seeking the recipe for success

Restaurant experts talk shop in Westlake

Local foodies have good news to salivate over.  Area restaurants continue to show solid gains, fueled by a sector called “fast casual” that is growing three times more quickly than the rest of the industry, a group of experts said at More...

A ballroom dancing bash

New West Symphony members will put on their dancing shoes for the organization’s annual Poinsettia Ball fundraising gala Fri., Dec. 4 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza.  More...

‘Elf’ star having time of her life

Show opens four-night run

The musical version of “Elf,” the popular 2003 film starring Will Farrell, arrives in town this week, courtesy of Theater League’s national tour, with the costumes, sets and props no doubt carried by a festive sleigh accompanied by More...

Sports

‘The real deal’

Hayden Galvin thrives at free safety, wide receiver for Oaks Christian’s 11-0 football team

Hayden Galvin lives, eats and breathes football—unless he’s playing video games.  The Oaks Christian High senior would rather pick up the sticks and play as soccer star Lionel Messi for Argentina when he’s dishing out beatings More...

Warriors go 28-0 on volleyball court

A PERFECT SEASON—The Westlake High junior varsity girls’ volleyball team finished this season with a 28-0 record. More...

Cookus is a starving dog in a meat house

Defensive end savors breakout senior season with Thousand Oaks football team

A couple years ago, Thousand Oaks High football head coach Mike Leibin described Wade Cookus, then a feisty sophomore linebacker, as a “blind dog in a meat house.”  Leibin chuckles upon hearing the metaphor again.  “He&rsq More...

Faith

Pastor, wife pen book on X-country trek

A Newbury Park minister who walked across the continental United States in 2013 has penned a book with his wife about his 3,000-mile adventure.  Co-authors Jim and Glenda Buckley will sign copies of “Walking Across America: One Step at a T More...

We’re called to be strong

All too often, it’s the thin and narrow ledge we’re forced to walk that grows us the most.  More...

Hanukkah festivities planned at Janss

18-foot menorah will be lit, hot latkes served

Janss Marketplace will host the Family Hanukkah Festivals to celebrate the Jewish holiday traditions in December at the shopping center at Moorpark Road and Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.  The annual Hanukkah celebration draws hundreds of peo More...

Family

Branches of Friendship

Proceeds from Bethany Trees Boutique go to children in need around the world

In August 2007, Simi Valley resident Laurie Steinfeld returned from a Cornerstone Community Church mission trip to Uganda, where she spent time painting walls at Bethany Children’s Village, an orphanage on a small island 45 minutes from Ggaba, More...

Discovering the true meaning of ‘Movember’

I don’t think I’m capable of taking a compliment.  “What is that thing on your face?” people said right away.  My wife and 12-year-old son told me they liked the mustache I was growing for Movember.  More...

Promenade tree lighting is tomorrow

The Promenade at Westlake will have its annual holiday lighting of a 65-foot Christmas tree at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. More...

Columns

So many turkeys, so little time

It was all so simple on Adair Street. More...

Thankful for friends and flowers

A holiday such as Thanksgiving prods us to tally the many things we have to be thankful for, some of which touch us in a special way. And so it was for me with a potted plant and a good-hearted fellow gardener. More...

NOT IF, BUT WHEN

Residents urged to prepare before El Niño makes landfall

By all accounts, El Niño storms are coming this winter and they’re going to be strong. While this comes as good news in terms of helping tame California’s severe drought conditions, it could bring trouble for residents. More...

City experiencing rash of burglaries

Thieves are entering homes and businesses through unlocked doors

Thousand Oaks is experiencing a rash of burglaries, both residential and commercial, and in many instances, those responsible have entered through unlocked doors and windows.  “The most recent set of burglaries has been non-force entries,& More...

Community

Mall gets OK for free-standing sign

Commissioners not in agreement

A large sign—nearly 10 times larger than municipal code standards— will eventually welcome visitors to the east end of one of the city’s premier shopping destinations. At its Nov. More...

Acorn arrives early next week

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Thousand Oaks Acorn will be delivered a day early.  Residents will receive the paper Wed., Nov. 25 as opposed to on Thursday.  The holiday also brings early deadlines.  More...

County finds replacement for departed medical examiner

A career forensic pathologist who’s worked under contract for the county for the past two years is the region’s new chief medical examiner. Dr. More...

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THURS., NOV. 19 Pleasant Valley Garden Club 10:15 a.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3975 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Jim Mangis from Good Tilth Organic Nursery discusses organic and small container gardening. Contact: Teri McDaniel. Phone: 805. More...

Schools

RETURNING THE FAVOR

Westlake High student-athletes serve breakfast to veterans

MINGLING WITH VETERANS—At right, Bryce Howard, 14, and Bobby Hariri, 17, of the Westlake High School basketball team chat with Margo and Douglas Kerby of Westlake Village while WHS basketball p More...

District adding privacy stalls with help from bond measure

HS locker rooms will get themfirst

Funds from last year’s voter-approved school bond measure will be used to pay for the installation of private changing stalls in Conejo Valley Unified School District locker rooms in a move to comply with state and federal anti-discrimination l More...

Baseball team puts down bats, picks up trees

The Newbury Park High School Baseball Boosters will open its 21st annual Christmas tree lot Sat., Nov. More...

Business

Burning debate: Biz leaders discuss marijuana legalization

Potential California ‘Green Rush’ looming

Business leaders and community members got a crash course in the current status of the marijuana legalization movement in California at a lecture organized by Cal Lutheran University last week. More...

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Pets

Ventura County Animal Shelter focused on pet retention

Anonymous donor gives $100K to support efforts

When the Ventura County Animal Shelter switched to a no-kill policy in January 2014, the facility went from being a temporary holding facility to a full-service “animal care resource center,” Director Tara Diller said.  “It was More...

LUXURY KITTY—

Versace is an altered female gray-and-white tabby mix about a year old. She is playful with small children and gets along with other cats and small dogs. More...

Let us hear your ‘tails’

The Thousand Oaks Acorn invites you to send your favorite pet story for publication on the Critter Corner page.  We love our pets and want to give them the recognition they deserve.  More...

Letters

Thank child for her kindness

Every so often another human being steps out of their comfort zone to try to add a touch of goodness in a harsh and unforgiving world. When we witness this we should not only recognize it, we should aspire to do similar things. More...

Notes to vets appreciated

I attended the Veterans Day ceremony at Conejo Creek Park on Nov. 11. There was a pile of notes on a chair that sat there for the first 15 minutes. More...

Trustees voted for privacy rights

“No student shall enter a bathroom or shower occupied by another student of the opposite biological sex.”  Trustee John Andersen and I introduced this amendment to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender policy to protect the privacy ri More...

Editorials

SOAR supporters can’t have it both ways

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? The question has been a point of debate since ancient times. More...

Political Cartoon

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