February 16, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Westlake calls for improved cell coverage

The Westlake Village City Council has taken steps to address the lack of wireless coverage in three of its important communities: First Neighborhood, Oak Forest and Three Springs.  More...

A song for Valentine

KEY PERFORMANCE—From left: baritone Doug Van Bogelen, bass Jim Serdahley, lead Bernie Sentianin and tenor Walter Rugh deliver a vocal Valentine’s Day greeting at an Agoura Hills home Feb. More...

Health & Wellness

Local bands will rock for dental clinic

The Free Clinic of Simi Valley’s dental clinic is the latest beneficiary of a benefit concert by Rock for a Cause, a monthly charity event organization that raises funds and awareness to local causes through music.  The benefit concert is More...

The Breast Center earns distinction

The Breast Center at Community Memorial Hospital was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the first medical facility in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to achieve the distinction by the American College of Radiology.  More...

Boy to relate autism experiences

Biomedical and play therapies help child to improve

Calvary Community Church will host a free informational forum for families, physicians and providers of children with special needs from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun., Feb. More...

Schools

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., Feb. 17: Club rush/extended nutrition Mon., Feb. 20: Presidents Day-no school Tues., Feb.  More...

Art scholarships available

The Buenaventura Art Association announces is fifth annual scholarship competition titled The Buenaventura Art Association Emerging Artist Cup. The competition is open to students attending college in Ventura County.  More...

Calabasas High’s a cappella group wins big at festival

Unstrumental, Calabasas High School’s a cappella singing group, bested many college groups at the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival at UCLA on Jan. More...

Pets

Fighting for unloved canines

BULLDOG DEFENDER—American Kennel Club judge Betty Michl displays a WWI poster showing the bulldog being depicted as a symbol of American strength and patriotism. More...

Pet of the Week

GENTLE TOUCH—Raven, a petite 4-year-old black shorthair, would shine in a quiet, easygoing household. She is very shy at first but playful and cuddly once she gets to know you. More...

Let us hear your ‘tails’

The Acorn invites you to send your favorite pet story for publication on the Critter Corner page. Send your story to: The Acorn, 30423 Canwood St., Ste. 108, Agoura Hills, CA 91301; or e-mail newstip@theacorn.com.   More...

Family

Bedcrime story

My 8-year-old son has to make his bed every morning. There’s a problem, though. Let me explain.  More...

New cirque show is magical

The new stage show “Cirque: Illusions of Grandeur: Dare to Dream,” which features aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, fire dancers and magicians, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. More...

A clean comedy show

Clean Up Comedy is Ventura County’s newest improv group for adults, presenting familyfriendly comedy with no foul language or crude jokes.  Clean Up Comedy is a 90-minute improv show based around audience suggestions, and the actors make u More...

Calendar

Calendar

THURS., FEB. 16  Pleasant Valley  Garden Club 10:30 a.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3965 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Donna Kashola of Tea Liteful speaks on “All Things About Tea.” Contact: Sandy. Phone: 805.484.5484.  More...

Letters

People still driving while talking on cellphones, really?

We as adults are supposed to be the example setters, the ones that the youth of tomorrow look up to help guide them to making good decisions.  You people that are still talking on your phones while driving are really something. More...

Sad day had a silver lining

We didn’t exchange names and I’m not even sure how many of you there were, but I’ll never forget the day that our lives touched.  More...

Cell tower blues

Residents have for years been fighting to keep cell towers from coming into our neighborhoods. We don’t want them here.  I was involved in the Paul Revere Drive proposed installation. More...

Editorials

Debit cards: blessing and curse

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being robbed.  It’s a blend of anger, disbelief, confusion, anxiety and fear—but mostly anger.  Those unfortunate enough to experience the theft of their personal property— w More...

Cartoon

Full Story

Mayor recaps active year for Calabasas city government

“Trust, transparency and accountability” should be the hallmarks of Calabasas government, Mayor James Bozajian said during the 14th annual State of the City address last week at the Calabasas Library Founders Hall.  More...

Bennett won’t run for Congress

He was considered thefield’s leading Democrat

Steve Bennett has bowed out of the race for the 26th Congressional District, a last-minute move that left the Ventura County Democratic Central Committee unable to endorse a candidate and opened the possibility that another Democrat may step into the More...

Community

Las Virgenes compost facility being closed for maintenance

The Rancho Las Virgenes Compost Facility at Lost Hills and Las Virgenes roads in Calabasas will shut down operations for scheduled maintenance that will take several months to complete.  More...

Calabasas opposes commercialization of parks

The Calabasas City Council rejected an offer by a private company to install and service 25 new dog waste stations in eight local parks.  More...

Survey underway

The Las Virgenes- Malibu Council of Governments is conducting a survey to determine the level of disaster preparedness in the community and, in turn, identify potential local area risks.  The data provided will educate residents and help them pl More...

Business

Job seekers can brush up employment skills at workshops

The East County and West Oxnard Job & Career Centers will present workshops throughout March. Career Shops are free for job seekers. More...

Group names Westlake attorney

Adopt-A-Future, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning, has named Kevin Dorhout to its board of directors for a two-year term.  Dorhout is a family law, estate planning, probate, business and real More...

Sports

Tragedy, triumph define Westlake’s season

The Westlake High girls’ water polo team has pieced together one of the finest regular seasons in program history.  It’s also been one of the toughest.  Westlake has embraced and comforted sophomore attacker Lacey Anderson, whos More...

Boys’ soccer playoff action about to heat up

It pays to stay hot in the middle of winter.  Area high school boys’ soccer teams will try to ride positive late-season momentum into the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.  More...

Infinity has a million reasons to smile

GOING TO STATE—The Infinity girls’ soccer club captured the League Cup in Camarillo and will advance to the State Cup Finals in March. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Agoura   Someone stole a $1,000 watch and caused $400 in damage to a door of a home in the 5300 block of Sailboat Circle Feb. More...

Faith

The power of silence

“The Pause; that impressive silence, that eloquent silence, that geometrically progressive silence which often achieves a desired effect where no combination of words, however so felicitous, could accomplish it.”  — Mark Twain More...

LDS recording artist to perform

Alex Boye, who made a successful leap from rock band artist to gospel singer, will perform a show geared for youths at 7 p.m. Sat., Feb. More...

Shalom House celebrates 40 years

Shalom House Fine Judaica will celebrate 40 years of providing handcrafted and artfully made Judaica from the United States, Israel and around the world with a tribute to its customers and community from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Young artists share the stage with professional philharmonic musicians

Concert review

The Thousand Oaks Philharmonic presented the first concert of the new year, Opus 32, on Sunday at the Scherr Forum. More...

CLU presents play at theater festival

California Lutheran University was invited to stage one of its productions at the Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for the second year in a row.  The Theatre Arts Department presented Tennessee Williams’ “ More...

“The Vow”

Directed by: Michael Sucsy Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange, Sam Neill MPAA rating: PG-13 for an accident scene, partial nudity, sexual content and some language Running time: 104 minutes More...

Columns

Senior Concerns

Older residents of the Conejo Valley can get information and assistance at Senior Concerns in Thousand Oaks.  Andrea Gallagher, the new president of Senior Concerns, and Carol Freeman, former president, presented an hourlong seminar on the nonpr More...

Does playing chess prevent Alzheimer’s?

How many of us know what we can do to reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s disease?  When I ask groups of seniors that question, some of the more common answers include games such as crossword puzzles, chess, or sudoku.  Each one of these a More...