New project seeks to support pastors

Cal Lutheran University has been awarded nearly $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help pastors and church leaders throughout 14 states avoid burnout and thrive in their ministries. The Thousand Oaks-based university and its Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley are receiving over $997,000 to work with 11 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to implement the […]

Special Shabbat services in Nov. at Kol Tikvah

Kol Tikvah will offer the following services and programs in November at 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, except as noted. Free parking is available in the rear. Enter the parking lot on Del Moreno Drive, second driveway on the right. Socializing, coffee and sweet treats will follow all Shabbat services. For more information, call (818) 348-0670 or go to […]

Lutheran gift fair has a charitable purpose

The annual Gifts of Hope Gift Fair returns at Ascension Lutheran Church, Founders Hall, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Fair hours are 6 to 7 p.m. Sat, Nov. 10 and 17, and from 9 a.m. to noon Sun., Nov. 11 and 18. The event will have a selection of edible and artisan products from around the world, such as […]

Scout’s work spruces up church

LOOKING GOOD—For his Eagle Scout project, Haig Boulgourjian of Troop 127 refurbished the landscape at the entrance to his home congregation, Agoura Bible Fellowship in Agoura Hills. The Agoura High School senior and his helpers replaced the old bushes and ivy with native and drought-tolerant plants along with grass seeds. They repaired the sprinkler pipes, put in wood chips and […]

Gold Award shines light on hospice

Caroline Dority from Westlake Village wanted to bring companionship into the lives of the hospice patients she volunteered with. While brainstorming ideas for her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she found inspiration through the elderly community. Committing over 100 hours of her time, Caroline sewed and donated stuffed bears for hospice patients with the intention of improving their quality of […]

A bird that’s both beautiful and beneficial in many ways

A handy solution to ant invasions

Here’s a tongue-twister for you: “Flitting fitfully across the fescue was a flock of flickers.” The flickers are birds, and they were parading about on the lawn at Russell Park in the Westlake area of Thousand Oaks, spearing their favorite delicacy: ants. These are northern flickers, also known as western “red-shafted” flickers. A number of Acorn readers who’d happened upon […]

Squirrel of the Month

HANGIN’ AROUND— An Acorn reader saw this healthy looking squirrel romping through an oak tree at Reyes Adobe Park in Agoura Hills. The squirrel is The Acorn mascot, and your enterprising photo of one in action is always welcome. Send high resolution photos along with information to

Pet of the week

PURR- FECTION— Puss is a wonderful cat that charms everyone she meets. A calm and gentle cat, she thoroughly enjoys sitting on a lap purring the day away. Meet Puss, ID No. 5211216, at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control before visiting […]

Student progress tool sports news look

Little more than a year after its debut, the California School Dashboard—a state Department of Education website that allows parents to track how schools and districts are faring in such key performance areas as test scores and graduation rates—is getting a new look: Pie charts are out, gauges are in. But that’s not all: When the Dashboard is updated in […]

COPD can take your breath away

Simple test can examine lungs

Orange is the color of season and for COPD awareness. While October had us thinking pink, November is all about the orange—pumpkins, basketball, and most importantly the orange ribbon for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. COPD often goes undiagnosed. While 15.7-million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease, it is estimated that another 15-million persons are suffering without […]

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