Squirrel of the Month

‘THE TWO LEGGED CREATURES ARE SO TIDY’ – That’s what this guy is saying. Nancy Thomas of Thousand Oaks reports, "My squirrel spends his days in our apricot tree, eating the apricots and tossing his rejects and pits on the ground below.’’ Nancy probably cleans up the yard after Mr. Bushy Tail finishes his gourmet meals of apricots (only eating […]

Top Sellers

Barry Howard, associate vice president of Young Realtors, and Sonia Howard, consistent top producing sales associate, and four-time Diamond Sales Award winners, recently were congratulated by Joan Young, president, for being named the firm’s top sellers during the month of May. The Howard team sold seven properties for a sales production in excess of $2.4 million and also listed two […]

Local school district reorganizes its personnel

Acorn Staff Writer

Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) is reorganizing its administrative staff for the coming year, with most of the new job titles going to current front office veterans. Joe Nardo, the district’s director of pupil services, takes on new responsibilities as director of secondary education. Madge Lamb, director of curriculum and instruction, will be LVUSD’s new director of elementary education. […]

Gates Canyon Park approved

GOOD NEWS FOR THE CITY–L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky recently announced the county board’s approval for Los Angeles County to convey Gates Canyon Park to the city of Calabasas. Situated on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, east of Las Virgenes Road, the park will continue to be maintained by Calabasas as it has since a lease agreement in September 1993. The park […]

Curtiss Carson joins Edward Jones firm

Curtis H. Carson has joined the financial services firm Edward Jones as the new investment representative for the Westlake Village branch office at 3055 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. 2, in the Hampshire Village complex. Prior to joining Edward Jones, Carson was a vice president at Superior National Insurance Company. He’s a 1982 graduate of Illinois State University with a […]

Parents must pay for some summer school classes

Acorn Staff Writer

While some students think they’re paying with precious summer vacation time, most do not pay tuition for summer school, with the exception of two programs in the Conejo Valley-Las Virgenes areas. More than 2,000 students attend summer schools in Las Virgenes, Oak Park and Conejo Valley unified school districts. All three districts offer remedial classes and classes for advancement. Some […]

Trying to force foods on picky eaters isn’t worth the effort

The term "picky eater" conjures up images of stubborn children refusing to eat meals placed before them —languishing at the table, enduring parental lectures, and forgoing dessert and playtime until their plates are clean. Instead of engaging in a mealtime battle of wills, Dr. Mark Gilger, a gastroenterologist and nutrition specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, suggests taking a […]

Datebook THURS., JULY 20 It’s On Again

Datebook THURS., JULY 20 It’s On Again One Again: Divorced, widowed, separated men/women meet at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday at United Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 991-3810 FRI., JULY 21 ‘Grease’ Young Artists Ensemble: "Grease" teen summer musical begins 7:30 p.m. tonight and July 29 at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. $15. (805) 381-2747 Skip To M’ […]

On the Trail

A Passport to Paradise

Once again vacation time is upon us. For me, my ideal vacation would be for the construction crew pulverizing a wild canyon into rubble across the road to go on hiatus — or better yet, be swallowed up whole by an avenging Earth Mother deity, never to be heard from again. For when peace and quiet reigns supreme in my […]

Anytime is the Right Time for Tackling Home Improvement Projects

Almost any time of year can be a season of renewal for homeowners. And taking a fresh look at your property usually leads to a list of home improvement projects. Fortunately, thanks to new online resources, homeowners have nothing to fear from seasonal home improvement projects. Web sites such as Handymanonline.com have become popular by offering free, quick and easy […]