Topanga wildlife center to host upcoming benefit

Wild animals including reptiles, birds and mammals including a mountain lion and wolf, plus music, clowns and magic will take over the stage from noon to 4 p.m. on Sat., June 2 at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, to benefit The Nature of Wildworks Inc., a nonprofit wildlife care center. The program, titled "The […]

Sumac is safe

This is hopefully going to be a quick letter in reference to an article that was written about "Bad student behaviors at Sumac school." First of all, in order to keep this letter short I will not go into all of the wonderful things that Sumac Elementary School has to offer. I won’t say how hard and long these teachers […]

Here are tips to avoid, treat rattlesnake bites

Acorn Staff Writer

The young girl who was bitten by the snake had put her hand in a dark or unfamiliar spot, too young to know that she was breaking one of the key rules of avoiding rattlesnakes. Now that summer is almost here, it’s time to renew our knowledge of rattlesnake etiquette; how to avoid them and what to do if a […]

Westlake Village woman pursues canine rescue

Acorn Staff Writer

Westlake Village resident and animal lover SaraLynn Mandel recently rescued two dogs that were about to be put to sleep at a local animal shelter. The dogs were recently featured in The Acorn’s "Pet of the Week" photograph. "They were going to put these two down, Mariah and Joey," said Mandel. The dogs, thought to be mother and son, were […]

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 […]