Her new passion is children’s books

Long-time Agoura Hills resident Darlene Ballman is celebrating families this month with the printing of her educational books for toddlers. She is preparing to nationally market her work, a series of three educational, reusable, wipe-clean coloring books that teach sequential early development skills. As the former owner of a childcare center called "Dial Darlene" that operated in the 1980s and […]

Mental Illness Awareness Week starts this Sun., Oct. 7

Mental Illness Awareness Week starts this Sun., Oct. 7 In observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 7 to 13), a candlelight vigil and walk will be held at 6:45 p.m., Sun., Oct. 7 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Road (at Moorpark Road), Thousand Oaks. The goal of the event is to increase public awareness, participate […]

Westlake’s Contos: A thinking man’s standout running back

Acorn Sports Writer

Jonathan Contos ran for 1,253 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior running back at Westlake High School. In all-purpose yards he accumulated 1,917 yards. But those weren’t Contos’ most impressive stats last year. His 800 and 1470 SAT scores and 4.4 GPA—those numbers stand out the most. Now a senior leader, expected to run for 100-plus yards each game […]

Los Robles Master Chorale opens season

Los Robles Master Chorale will open its 24th season with "Resplendent Rutter," a performance featuring John Rutter’s "Requiem," at 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 6 at the Performing Arts Center, Moorpark College and at 4 p.m., Sun., Oct. 7 at Ascension Lutheran Church, Thousand Oaks. The concert also features other secular and sacred music by England’s pre-eminent contemporary composer. The chorale […]

LVUSD teacher likes Rippe in the election for board of education

Bicky Rippe, one of the strongest supporters of our students and teachers, has decided to run for the Las Virgenes Board of Education. Having worked with both students and teachers, Mrs. Rippe, a former teacher herself, is an outstanding candidate as she has seen firsthand and understands the strengths and weaknesses of our district. Her primary focus is what is […]