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 […]

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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 […]

Bestselling author to speak

The Agoura Hills Cultural Art Council is introducing to the community a new literary arts program, Meet the Author, with the first program of the year featuring New York Times bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly. The city-sponsored author night will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wed., Jan. 15 at the Agoura Hills Event and Recreation Center, 29900 Ladyface Court. […]

Blood transfusion gives relief to bird afflicted by rodenticide

Medical procedure is a first in the center’s history

The California Wildlife Center in Calabasas recently received an adult female red-tailed hawk with evidence that she had been poisoned by anticoagulant rodenticide, which prevents blood from clotting. The bird likely became exposed to the rodenticide by eating rats or mice that had ingested the toxin, the center said. The hawk also had multiple bruises on her body, was bleeding […]

Conejo Valley loses one of its longest pro-business voices in Lederer

In the Conejo Valley, Jill Lederer is known as the Chamber of Commerce lady. But she’s more than that. For the past decade, Lederer has led the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce as its president and CEO. For 25 years before that she’d been a Chamber member, serving on the board of directors and as chair. The longtime business […]

Take a bus, see kids’ art

Artwork created by kids ages 10 to 13 is now displayed on five intercity buses. The Ventura County Transportation Commission had partnered with all seven Boys & Girls Clubs in Ventura County for a youth art contest to encourage young people to think about the role of transportation in their lives and communities. Using small grants from VCTC to cover […]

Make a resolution to save a shelter dog

The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center recently received a giant delivery. The small nonprofit rescue organization took in 18 stray dogs, including seven puppies, that were left in the parking lot of a Santa Paula restaurant in the rain. Some were in crates, others were running free. A restaurant employee rounded them all up and took them to the shelter, […]

Local pooch is on the cover of 2020 calendar to support guide dogs

Every dog has its day, the saying goes. For Apollo, an English Labrador, that day is Jan. 18—when he and his owner Donna Narvaez from Agoura Hills will be selling calendars featuring the 3-year-old black Lab on the cover. Apollo, who’s been trained as a seeing eye dog, wil l grace the cover of the 2020 Guide Dogs of the […]

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