Malibu Riders get back in the saddle

Laura Toston didn’t lose any property to the Woolsey fire in November 2018, but the blaze still had a marked effect on her life. Toston is the owner and operator of Malibu Riders, a company that offers horse-riding tours of the Santa Monica Mountains, which were burned and blackened by the flames. In the months that followed the fire, the […]

Hospice receives its largest single bequest

Hospice of the Conejo, a nonprofit with a 43-year history of service to the community, has received its largest single donation to date. On Jan. 11, Elizabeth Rice Grossman, representing the Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation, presented a $100,000 check to the Thousand Oaks-based volunteer hospice and grief support center. The check represents nearly a third of the organization’s annual […]

Another Eagle flies high

SCIENTIST IN TRAINING—Ajay Bhargava is a new Eagle Scout. His Eagle project took place at the Chumash Center in Thousand Oaks. He cleared brush, rebuilt a trellis on the property, installed small plants, and placed river rocks throughout the area. Ajay is a junior at Westlake High School and works part-time with the Kumon tutoring network. He also tutors other […]

‘Better with age’ Senior Congress topic

Annual event includes lunch, booths from local businesses

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation will convene its 16th annual Senior Congress from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 5 in St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church’s O’Riley Hall, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village. Presenters will discuss the topic “Better With Age: The Gift of Years!”about the positive consequences of becoming a senior. The keynote speaker will be Alan Castel, […]


The Agoura Hills Library will offer the following free programs at 29901 Ladyface Court. Book donations to the Book Cellar help fund these and other activities. For details, call (818) 584-7219. For more information on the listed programs, call (818) 889- 2278 or go to agoura-hills-library. Sat., Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. Mako for kids ages 5 to 12. […]

Film to examine modern teen culture

Discussion to follow screening

Valley Outreach Synagogue and Insight to Teen Culture will cohost a screening of the documentary “Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” at 6:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 28 at VOS, 26670 Agoura Road, Calabasas. The film examines the science behind teens’ emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and what can be done in schools and homes to help […]

Math adds up to a trip to Shanghai

Math is the universal language, and fourth-grade teacher Iris Van Dyke knows how to crunch the numbers. Van Dyke, who teaches at White Oak Elementary School in Westlake Village, returned from a December teaching conference in Shanghai where she spoke to Chinese educators on a series of topics, including math. She was asked to make a presentation by the conference’s […]

New Conejo Cottontail supports the arts

BOATING BUNNY—Art Trek’s Janice Wise, left, hugs Thousand Oaks artist Shannon Celia during last month’s dedication ceremony for CottonSail, the newest Conejo Cottontail. The nautical-themed piece, which Celia painted, was purchased by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village and the Binsley family. Conejo Cottontails are brought to the community by the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley and Art Trek. […]

Residents can check for unclaimed propertie$

$751 million is waiting in 27th District alone

In areas represented by state Sen. Henry Stern (D-Calabasas), about $751 million in property— mostly money in bank accounts, uncashed cashier’s checks and stocks—is waiting to be claimed from the State Controller’s office. California’s Unclaimed Property Law safeguards lost and abandoned property until it can be reunited with the rightful owner or heirs, officials say. Sometimes, the owner forgets the […]

Club Hub

The Acorn’s guide to club meetings

THURS., JAN. 9 Woodland Hills Republican Women Fed. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Guest speaker is state Sen. Mike Morrell. Lunch cost is $30 for members and $33 for guest. RSVP required. Contact: Jane Leisure. Phone: 818.225. 0843. S.V. Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Best Western Posada […]

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