Signing up for ‘Relay for Life’

A TEAM EVENT TO FIGHT CANCER––Sue Benvenuto and Bill Casey, co-chairs of the Conejo Valley American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life, enroll Jennifer McCallister, Hyatt Westlake’s director of catering, to participate in the fundraiser. The 24-hour event is planned for 10 a.m. to 10 a.m., Sept. 29 and 30, in Newbury Park High School’s Panther Stadium. For further information, […]

Brookside Elementary donates books

Students at Brookside Elementary School in Oak Park recently donated more than 3,700 books to the libraries of Weigand Avenue Elementary School in Watts as part of the PTA’s dedication to community outreach programs, according to Esther Winkelman, Brookside principal. Brookside parents delivered the books. The book drive was spearheaded by Brookside PTA chair Lois Kalbfeld and held in conjunction […]

Church fundraiser helps various programs

CHURCH OF TREASURES–– Brenda Vasquez, left, has church treasurer Susan Ambrose tally up her newfound treasures during a "Trash and Treasures Swap Meet" at United Methodist Church in Thousand Oaks. Members brought gently used items to be sold during the fundraiser for church programs. For more information about United Methodist, please call (805) 495-7215.

The story’s source exaggerated about Sumac

Please don’t think for one minute that Sue Siegel speaks for the majority of parents at Sumac. Sue Siegel is part of the problem. Is safety at our schools important? Of course! Do we need tougher punishments? Possibly. Is the school solely responsible? Absolutely not! Where are the parents of these "problem" children? Are they taking their children to anger […]

Kids learn hotel business

Acorn Staff Writer

How do you get your 10-year-old child to make beds, clear dishes from the table, sweep floors and deliver breakfast in bed? Simple; just call it "working" in the hotel industry and provide a costume. Twenty fifth-grade students from Westlake Elementary School learned firsthand about the hospitality industry during Camp Hyatt Career Day last week at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. […]

Group helps with pregnancy loss

Acorn Staff Writer

Expectant parents suddenly faced with the unexpected loss of a child at or near birth don’t have to suffer the pain and doubt that accompanies such a time alone. Through a bereavement support group offered in conjunction by Los Robles Regional Medical Center and Hospice of the Conejo, men and woman have a place to share the burden of this […]

Volunteers needed as counselors for camp

The Southern California Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation is looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to serve as camp counselors at their juvenile arthritis camp this summer. They are especially in need of male counselors. Camp Esperanza is an overnight camp for kids 8 to 17 with juvenile arthritis and related diseases. It provides an opportunity for the children to […]

AHS student to learn leadership

Agoura High School sophomore Brooke Hawkins has been selected to represent her school at the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) seminar held from June 1 to 3 at Pepperdine University in Malibu. She is one of 500 student leaders from 500 California high schools chosen to attend. Established by actor Hugh O’Brien, the seminars bring together a select group of […]

Salvation Army asks for help

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Carpinteria, serving communities of the central California coast, is seeking donations to help keep the doors to its 100-bed men’s residential facility open. Donations will help men and their families in their battle with addiction. Items accepted include vehicles, household items and clothing. For pickup, please call (800) 95-TRUCK or (800) 234-5839.

Pastor distorts the truth about reincarnation

Pastor distorts the truth about reincarnation Dr. Jon Wilson’s opinion stated in The Acorn (May 10 "Words of Hope" column) attempts to "teach" your readers about the belief in reincarnation. He begins with an absurd story about someone blowing their brains out to "prove their belief in reincarnation." Sorry, but that story has already been passed around with the exception […]