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Storm causes power outage

A pair of power outages Sunday affected nearly 2,000 Edison customers in Agoura Hills and Calabasas. The incidents occurred when strong winds coupled with rain caused trees to fall on power lines. More...

Health & Wellness

Chest pain—is it always a heart attack?

COMMENTARY /// Heart health

February is American Heart Month, so expect to see a slew of messages about taking care of your heart. If you consider yourself relatively healthy, you may be tempted to let this information just pass by without paying a lot of attention to it. More...

Los Robles Hospital earns approval

This year Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks became the first Ventura County hospital to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its total joint replacement program for hips and knees. More...

Business

Western Fairs Association selects president

Quaid also serves on Ventura Chamber

Barbara Quaid, chief executive officer and general manager of the Ventura County Fairgrounds, was elected president of the Western Fairs Association’s board of directors. More...

Chamber names board member

David Kirken, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Westlake, has been named to the board of directors for the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Kirken will also serve on the Conejo Valley Tourism Improvement District board of directors. More...

Strong growth at Montecito Bank

Montecito Bank & Trust reported 2015 net income of $15.9 million, compared to $13.1 million in December 2014, a 21 percent increase. Total gross loans grew 17 percent year-over-year, ending the year at $711 million. More...

Sports

Girls team catchesfire

TEAM FUEGOS SPARKLES—The AYSO Region 4 girls’ U-14 All-Star team went undefeated to take first place in the Area 10E Invitational Tournament Jan. 24. Team Fuegos advanced to compete for sectional title in Bakersfield. More...

Spread their wings

Adler, Bradbury and Gilliam of Oak Park girls’ soccer team will continue playing in college

The end looms for three pillars of the Oak Park High girls’ soccer team. Jordyn Bradbury, Julia Gilliam and Hannah Adler can see the finish line to their prep careers. The captains will play their last regular season home game at 6 p.m. More...

What a Lovely day for a game of basketball

HOP FOR HOOPS—Kevin Lovely and the Agoura High boys’ basketball team play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Oaks Christian. More...

Police

SHERIFF’S BLOTTER

Agoura Hills A vandal caused $ 150 in damage to the tire of a car parked on Via Amistosa Jan. 16. Calabasas Someone caused $ 700 in damage prying into several mailboxes on Mulholland Highway Jan. 20. More...

Family

County fair poster contest opens

The Ventura County Fair is having its annual poster contest for Ventura County youth in grades five to 12. More...

Meals for orphans

FEED THE HUNDRY—Above, 16-year-old Joran Jones, center, of Thousand Oaks helps pack meals at Oak Christian School in Westlake Village on Jan. 30. More...

Wilderness survival class for city slickers

Before taking a wilderness basics course offered through the Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club last year, Simi Valley resident Shailaja Rao considered herself “a city girl” with little experience in the great outdoors. More...

On the Town

Fine film honors the U.S. Coast Guard

The Movie Nut

This is a movie that finally rescues itself. It begins slowly, with awkward dialogue and corny sequences setting up a love story. More...

Spontaneous fun happens in musical

A funny thing has come to the Scherr Forum in Thousand Oaks with the arrival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1962 musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The show runs through Sun., Feb. 14. More...

Ladyface Ale looks back on first year

The Conejo Valley’s first brewery, Ladyface Ale Companie, celebrated its sixth year in business last month by serving food and artisanal craft beer made at the Agoura Road restaurant. From Jan. More...

Columns

Columnist seeks perfect partner, tech wiz

Single Files

There’s not much worse for a writer than sitting down to compose the perfect piece and the computer acts up, the system is down, a program needs updating or something equally annoying occurs. More...

Should we put a price tag on love?

COMMENTARY /// Valentine’s Day

It’s February, so guess what that means: President’s Day? Groundhog Day? Nope. Super Bowl Sunday or Chinese New Year? Try again. More...

Point made about the proliferation of native cacti

On the Trail

Only four members of the cactus family occur naturally in the Santa Monica Mountains, and that’s certainly enough for anyone who has ever encountered coast cholla. More...

Handmade bears bring comfort to others

Woman sews the seeds of solace

With a compassionate heart and skilled hands, Harlene Roen of Agoura Hills transforms worn clothing into huggable stuffed bears that carry special meaning. More...

Agoura Hills City Council approves L.A. Fitness club

Irvine-based health club L.A. Fitness received permission Jan. 27 to open a franchise in Agoura Hills. More...

Community

Hawk sculpture comes in for a landing

An 18-foot sculpture featuring a red-tail hawk inside the letter C will grace the Calabasas Civic Center plaza in the near future. More...

Story poles tell tale of development

The Calabasas Planning Commission has approved a plan to use poles to outline the height and width of some of the structures proposed for the Canyon Oaks development on Las Virgenes Road. More...

Calabasas schooled on Klubhouse shortfall

Preschool and senior center pose financial challenges

A city-run preschool in Calabasas can’t make financial ends meet, prompting government leaders to explore new fees and payment options for users. More...

Schools

Students receive hands-on lesson in politics and history

History came alive at Oak Hills Elementary School last month when the fifth grade became a township, with Principal Erik Warren as the self-appointed governor and Oak Park Unified School District Superintendent Tony Knight portraying an unfair king. More...

Artistic pursuit

MODERN MICHELANGELO—Chase Carter of Agoura Hills works on a mural designed by Gabe Gault at Conejo Valley High School in Newbury Park Jan. 29. More...

Student knows his way around

Wins geography bee

Billy Davis IV, an Academy V student at Oaks Christian School, won the middle school competition of the National Geographic Bee, and a chance at a 50,000 college scholarship from National Geographic. More...

Pets

With skunks,first impressions may stink

Beastly mamas with the wildest lifestyles may make the most devoted mothers. In the animal world, at least. Yet for all the lessons and precautions she provides, her little ones often have minds of their own. More...

Pet of the week

LOVES TO PLAY—Gracie is a female white and gray tabby domestic shorthair mix about 4 years old. She gets along well with other cats, dogs and children. She has a heart condition that requires inexpensive medicine. More...

Faith

Jewish holiday of Tu B’shvat celebrates gift of nature

COMMENTARY /// Tree hugging, the Jewish way

Long before Earth Day or Arbor Day, Jews observed an ecological holiday that we still celebrate today: Tu B’shvat, the New Year of the Trees. Observed this year on the eve of Jan. More...

Hollywood funny guy shares insights

Emmy Award-nominated writer David N. More...

Valentine poker run with your honey

Skyline Church in Thousand Oaks will host its annual Valentine’s Day Conejo Valley Poker Run at 6:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 12 at the church, 101 N. Skyline Drive. More...

Obituaries

Bonnie Jean Laird

1925 2016

Bonnie Jean Laird, 90, of San Diego, CA passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 30th of natural causes. She is now able to join her predeceased husband of 65 years, Alan Laird, for eternity. More...

Belinda Lee Jesse-Carr

Belinda Lee Jesse-Carr, 54 of Agoura Hills passed away on December 26, 2015 with her family by her side. She was born on November 4, 1961 in San Diego, the daughter of Marsha L. Stoughton and Larry L. Jesse. More...

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THURS., FEB. 4 Marines, FMF Corpsmen More...

Letters

Storm assistance

During last Sunday’s storm a tree was blown down from the median onto Lindero Canyon Road in Oak Park. The tree was lying across two lanes and was a danger to motorists who happened by. More...

Rid of rat poison

The time has come to ban rat poison in California, at least in Calabasas and surrounding areas. There is no need to endanger other wildlife in order to eliminate rats. Baiting and trapping rats is every bit as effective. More...

Fewer guns, fewer deaths

In a letter to The Acorn Jan. 28, Craig Kunesh made some comments about gun control that have no basis in fact. Mr. More...

Editorials

What you need to know when love comes knocking

editorial

It’s doubtful that Saint Valentine, for whom the upcoming special day of love was named, could ever have imagined the extent to which the early liturgical celebration has grown over the centuries. More...

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