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Rehab home worries Old Agoura residents

Luxury drug rehabilitation facilities are common in Malibu and other upscale cities throughout California, but residents in the rural equestrian community of Old Agoura never imagined that a large house on Lapworth Drive would become a home to rehab More...

Health & Wellness

Home fundraiser supports cancer programs

HOSTS WITH THE MOST—Mona and Sam Hoss, left, host a casino night fundraiser at their Santa Rosa Valley home for the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara on July 18. More...

Free programs at Cancer Support Community •

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will present at no charge a reiki workshop with Ziona Friedlander and Steven and Ingrid Boehm from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fri., Aug. More...

The OTHER Side of 50

Going mainstream

My 40-something-year-old friend received a call from her husband while she was at work.  “Your yoga pants arrived,” he said, referring to a package that came that day in the mail.  “I didn’t order any yoga pants,&rdq More...

Schools

Preparing children to make wise choices in college

Your child is leaving for college and you can’t quite wrap your head around it.  For years you have planned for this moment, yet you find yourself struggling with the transition. More...

Schools are accepting applications for new year

Registration is open for Kinder Prep, an academic program for 4-year-olds that prepares children for kindergarten in a competitive school district.  Class runs 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday with one-to-nine teacher/student ratio. More...

Academy to launch new career tech program

River Oaks Academy, a Thousand Oaks home-school charter, has been awarded a grant from Career Technical Education to develop and launch a new program to assist students in learning the components required for establishing a career in today’s co More...

Pets

Native little frog loves lives large in rural Agoura

In the nursery rhyme, there was an old woman who lived in a shoe.  In the wild world of my rural Agoura backyard, there is an ittybitty frog that lives in a teensyweensy clay pot in the shape of a fanciful hen.  More...

Pet of the week

LOVABLE KITTY—Carl is a male black and white domestic longhair about 2 years old. He is very affectionate and lovable. If you would like to adopt Carl ask for ID No. More...

Squirrel of the Month

MEAL MOOCHER—Julie Paris of Oak Park says, “Our office in Chatsworth has pet squirrels whom we name, feed and talk to. More...

Family

Pastor Larry retires from Ascension Lutheran

The Rev. Larry Wagner says he fell in love with Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks when he first visited in 1978. More...

Transportation offered for after school kids clubs

Starting in late August the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley will offer van transportation for children in Agoura, Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks from their schools to the various B&G Clubs for afterschool activities.  The cos More...

WLV Junior Women’s Club welcomes new members

The Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club will host two new member events this fall.  The new member social will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tues., Aug. More...

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THURS., AUG. 6  TOTAL Toastmasters Club  Noon to 1 p.m. in Oak Room, third level, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Newly elected president Andrew Dragotto presides. Open to public at no charge. Contact: Richard Gaz. More...

Letters

Far-reaching rodenticides

This is a case against using rat poison.  Sometime in May we noticed a pair of scrub jays building a nest in our backyard. More...

Faith restored

We’ve been bombarded lately with all sorts of disturbing and depressing news: horrific acts of random violence, unabashed and blatant racism, graphic abuses by those who are supposed to protect and serve, nasty and inappropriate rhetoric by pol More...

Market wars

In that meaningless corporatetalk gibberish so brilliantly skewered in “Dilbert,” a spokesman for Haggen assures us that they perform regular competitive checks to assure that their prices are “fair and reasonable.”  More...

Editorials

Drug rehab house not the best idea for Old Agoura

Home-based addiction and recovery centers are common in Malibu, but there have been no such facilities in Agoura Hills—until now.  More...

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Breaking News - 8/10/2015 2:14 PM

Man arrested for lewd comments on beach bus

A 33-year-old transient was arrested Aug. 7 for allegedly making lewd gestures and comments to children on a public beach bus that travels from Calabasas to Malibu. More...

County stems discord among grape growers

Vineyard moratorium is shortened

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors reached a compromise with local grape growers that will shorten a moratorium on new or expanded vineyards from 10 months to four months.  More...

Man killed after car struck by fire vehicle

A Los Angeles County Department crew bus on its way to fight a fire July 31 struck a vehicle near Kanan Road south of Agoura and killed the driver. More...

Community

Mae Boyar being replaced, not renovated

Old building will be torn down

The nearly 50-year-old community center at Mae Boyar Park in Oak Park will be replaced instead of refurbished, but differences of opinion on what the new building should look like are surfacing.  More...

Enter Acorn’s fiction contest

The Acorn’s popular annual fiction writing contest, Fiction in a Nutshell, is now accepting entries in the under-18-year-old and 18-and-over categories.  Send your 100-word fiction composition to newstip@theacorn.com; include name, age, ad More...

Probation check leads to police scuffle

A routine probation check at a home on Dovetail Drive July 22 in Agoura Hills led to the injury of a married couple and an officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Unit.  More...

Business

Lamia Financial Group names new vice president

Juan C. Ros of Simi Valley has been named vice president for financial planning and philanthropy for Lamia Financial Group Inc.  Ros, who holds the certified financial planner designation, joined the Thousand Oaksbased firm in 2012.  More...

Cabrillo Corporation selects new CEO

The board of directors of the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has chosen Margarita H. de Escontrias as its new chief executive officer. More...

NAWBO meets Aug. 18

The National Association of Women Business Owners Ventura County will meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tues., Aug. More...

Sports

Conejo Oaks savor baseball revival

High-powered offense propels college wood-bat team this summer

The Conejo Oaks’ batting lineup supplied offensive fireworks this summer.  “We had a great team this season compared to last year,” said Jack Kruger, the former Oaks Christian High catcher. More...

Police

Sheriff's Blotter

Agoura Hills   A burglar stole two catalytic converters valued at $800 from a vehicle parked near a repair shop in the 2800 block of Roadside Drive July 16.  A thief stole $900 in cash, a $250 computer tablet and a $50 cellphone from a taxi More...

Faith

Reagan Library to host Vatican exhibit

The Reagan Library will be the exclusive West Coast destination of “Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art,” a special exhibit that will run March 6 through Aug. More...

Shabbat in park

A Shabbat In The Park event will take place Fri., Aug. 14 at Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. More...

On the Town

OMG! The girls are back

Productions of “ Legally Blonde,” the hyperactive musical based on the hit 2001 motion picture, are getting to be an annual affair with school and youth groups in Ventura County. And no wonder. More...

Fresh, refreshing

The Salad Gourmet in Thousand Oaks, an establishment that thrives on offering fresh and healthy choices that are also delicious, perfectly meets the needs of today’s health-conscious consumers.  More...

Auditions loud and clear

PICK ME—Above, Alex Lastort of West Hollywood gives it her all at the July 27 audition for the upcoming musical “Nine” at the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse. More...

Columns

Hot Flashes

Just a kid

Spring is the season for it.  It’s the season when a kid burns through cleats because his feet grow so fast. It’s the season when he learns that Batman underwear and sliders don’t mix. More...

Flying Squirrel

Sixty hours in California

I often write about relaxing ways to vacation—places where you can kick back, perhaps near a pool or beach, with a good book and a tropical drink in hand.  For many of us, our hectic lives necessitate we take time to unplug and recharge.&n More...