August 21, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Drought is on—you’re being watched

New steps taken to promote conservation

Messages everywhere remind residents about the ongoing drought, but voluntary conservation measures won’t be enough to save California’s declining supply, water officials say. More...

Health & Wellness

The benefits of raw apple cider vinegar

Regardless of what it’s made from, any alcoholic beverage will turn into vinegar over time as it becomes exposed to the bacteria in the air. Most vinegars are made by mashing grain, apples or grapes, adding alcohol and then letting it ferment. More...

Workshop on advance care directives

The Cancer Support Community Valley/ Ventura/ Santa Barbara will host a free workshop on Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment and Advanced Care Directives from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 28 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. More...

Business

Take Your Pick at Home Consignment Center

It started quietly 20 years ago—it’s now a $50 million per year business. The Home Consignment Center in Calabasas opened its first store in Danville, Calif., in June 1994. More...

Chasse Will Help Promote Worthy Causes With Parties

Next event will be Sept. 7

Looking for something different to do while joining forces to make a difference in the community? For those who are interested in trying new things while doing something truly different to benefit others, then look no further. More...

Classes In Many Styles Starting at Agoura Hills Dance

Betsy Melber is the founder and artistic director of Agoura Hills Dance and Performing Arts Center. A local presence since 1998, her studio is home to top awardwinning competition teams. The center is offering open fall registration at 10 a.m. More...

Sports

Ten questions with Mr. Baseball

Mike Scioscia takes time from Los Angeles Angels’ pennant race to talk with The Acorn

Tom Selleck is Hollywood’s Mr. Baseball. Mike Scioscia is The Acorn’s Mr. Baseball. The venerable Los Angeles Angels skipper and a Westlake Village resident, Scioscia has the Halos in the thick of a pennant race after a rocky 2013 season. More...

Getting ready for kickoff

JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers FIRST AND GOAL—Quarterback Lewis Goodman throws a pass during a recent Calabasas High football practice. More...

Faith

Little synagogue in Simi Valley displays big spirit

Rabbi Michele Paskow said she loves being part of Congregation B’nai Emet, a small Jewish synagogue in Simi Valley. More...

Lutheran church celebrates 50 years of ministry

King of Glory Lutheran Church at 2500 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the church will have a special worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sun., Sept. 21. More...

Program on Ignatian spirituality

The Rev. Randall Roche, SJ, director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will speak on Wed., Sept. 10 at the Serra Center at Padre Serra Catholic Church, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. More...

On the Town

Classical musicians also into rock ‘n roll

The Section Quartet will present a free rock ’n’ roll concert at 6 p.m. Sun., Aug. 24 on the Greenbelt at Calabasas Lake, 23400 Park Sorrento. More...

Fundraiser is a big win for shelter pets

FOR PETOPIA—Guest Jillian Clare tries her luck at the craps table during the Aug. 9 Petopia Animal Rescue fundraiser in Woodland Hills. More...

Columns

On the Trail

If art’s in your heart . . . Originally I trained to be a fine artist, then switched to literary mode when it proved easier to write art criticism than create great art. More...

The Other Side of 50

Some like it hot Last week I hosted an earlymorning meeting of care professionals at Senior Concerns. As we sailed into the second hour of our meeting and the early-morning coolness gave way to summer heat, many of us in the room were sweating. More...

Life in the Single Lane

Time for a little romance In case you weren’t aware, August is National Romance Awareness Month. But before you say, “Bah humbug” to the whole thing, let’s see what this occasion might hold for singles. More...

B of A settlement hits $16.65 billion

Former lender Countrywide at the eye of the storm

Bank of America announced Aug. 21 that it reached a nearly $17-billion settlement with a federal and state group investigating the bank’s role in the 2008 mortgage lending crisis. More...

Send us your best fiction story

The dog days of summer are almost over, and if minds must wander, why not take advantage and turn those thoughts into creative forces?  More...

Rindge Dam off limits

Rindge Dam on Malibu Creek will be closed to the public starting today, Aug. 21. California State Parks officials say the 88-year-old dam is being closed for a variety of reasons related to public safety and protection of the environment. More...

Community

Animal abuse case back in court

Activists seek ‘justice for Indy’

For the fourth time in three months, groups of people gathered in front of the Van Nuys Courthouse on Aug. 14 to demand justice for Indy, a pit bull that was burned and left to die in a Los Angeles alley last summer. More...

Ross sees school board as next challenge

Three seats on the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education are up for election in November, and four people have filed candidate papers for the job. Community volunteer Derek Ross, 40, is one of the four. More...

Westlake says pine trees should remain

The Westlake Village City Council denied a homeowner’s request to chop down three pine trees at the end of Hedgewall Drive. The resident was appealing an earlier decision by city staff to keep the trees. More...

Schools

Short cartoons teach life lessons

Terry Thoren, the production manager for popular cartoons on the Nickelodeon Channel in the 1990s through the early 2000s, including “Rugrats,” “The Wild Thornberrys” and “Rocket Power,” has turned his sights on ed More...

4-H kids win ribbons at horse fair

SADDLE UP—The Agoura Hills 4-H Horse Project wins big at the Ventura County 4-H Youth Horse Fair after competing in Western and English disciplines and gymkhana from July 17 to 20 at the Ventur More...

High School Hi Lights

Agoura ChargersFri., Aug. 22: Movie night/mainquad/7:30 to 9:30 p.m. More...

Pets

Shelter dog receives a new leash on life

My friend and I were grooving to the music at a free concert at Westlake Village’s Bennett Park recently when a strange thing happened—but not onstage. More...

Pet of the Week

HORSE SENSE—Margo is a female white Arabian horse about 16 years old. She came in as a stray and is available for an approved home. To adopt Margo, ask for ID No. More...

Owners can learn how cats think

The Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital will host a free cat- centric seminar with Dr. Stephanie Lipp and Dr. Christopher Schneider tonight at 7 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 21 in the hospital’s all-purpose room, 3580 Willow Lane, Thousand Oaks. More...

Family

2014 Reyes Adobe Days gets animated

Ten years have passed since the City of Agoura Hills started its Reyes Adobe Days festival. This year’s anniversary event, scheduled for Oct. More...

County fair seeks new members for junior board

The Ventura County Fair Junior Fair Board was established in the 1970s to provide young adults with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, perform community service, and become aware of the business and operations of district agricultural fairs More...

New buildings provide space for more programs

Kids clubs expanding in Agoura, Calabasas

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley is expanding its facilities at Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills and Chaparral Elementary School in Calabasas. More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., AUG. 21 Jewelry Sale And Luncheon More...

Letters

Trigger happy?

Is there something wrong here? On page 8 of the Aug. 14 issue about the Pepperdine University emergency training session, there is a photograph of a deputy escorting several firefighters. More...

Rabbits make wonderful pets

Ventura County Animal Services is bursting at the seams with bunnies. More...

School dress code revisited

Every school day I spend a minimum of 20 minutes planning an outfit that will pass as schoolappropriate. However, I often ask myself, why is it that I waste so much time puzzling over something as petty as a single apparent strap? More...

Editorials

Nothing entertaining about losing our big cats

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There’s a fun TV show currently running on the National Geographic channel called “Urban Jungle,” in which an intrepid host takes viewers to cities around the world and shows them wild scenes where animals have run amok. More...