Take a hike to battle breast cancer

Celebrities including model Cindy Crawford, actors Tea Leoni and Richard Roundtree and fitness guru Kathy Smith will host the sixth annual Expedition Inspiration Take-A-Hike on Sat., Oct. 13 at Paramount Ranch on Cornell Road in Agoura. Registration begins 7:30 a.m., opening ceremonies 8:30 a.m. and hikes begin 9 a.m. The event benefits the Expedition Inspiration fund for Breast Cancer Research […]

Writing is on the wall

Los Angeles Pierce College Extension is offering a class that will teach participants the skills required to use the "Copperplate Script" technique, the handwriting of the 17th and 18th centuries frequently seen on historic documents of that time. Instructor Shirley Frankel is a master of calligraphy with more than 16 years of experience. "Calligraphy—Copperplate Script" is offered from 7 to […]

Good ideas begin at home MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn

Good ideas begin at home MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn PIECES–April Nickserson of Imagine Nations Mosaics works on a bench with an American flag on the top during the Home Show at the Hyatt Westlake last Sunday. Around 160 vendors showcased their merchandise.

Native plant popularity is growing MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn

Native plant popularity is growing MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn HERE’S ONE––Jay Donnellan of Woodland Hills looks at the flora for sale on Saturday at Soka University during a native plant sale. For information on the next plant sale, please call (818) 878-3763.

This year’s winner of ‘Take Your Acorn on Vacation’

$100 RICHER––Karl Olson of Westlake Village took the photograph above of Riley Olson, right, watching his sisters, Renee and Natalie Olson, as they whitewash Tom Sawyer’s fence in Hannibal, Mo. If you look closely, you’ll notice that Natalie has a copy of her hometown newspaper, The Acorn, in her hip pocket. See page 31 for second and third place and […]

Soccer parents urged to improve sports

Youth sports coaches across America have a similar problem brewing: Many parents can be harder to manage than the young athletes who play the sport. Across the country, there has been an increase of incidents and inappropriate behavior among parents at youth sporting events. Although the extreme cases—parents, athletes, coaches or officials seriously injured by enraged parents—are rare, other incidents […]

More women make strides

According to the U.S. Census, between 1992 and 1997 the number of businesses owned by women rose by 16 percent. Research also indicates women comprise the fastest growing population of entrepreneurs, many of whom open small businesses. However, small business start-ups can find it difficult to get the funding they need. Often, one of the best sources of funding for […]

Good businesses help others MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn

Good businesses help others MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn SOMETHING GOOD–Above, Nadine Sing, left, of Agoura Hills checks out the patriotic merchandise being sold to raise money for the American Red Cross. Taylor, 13, and Samantha Block, 12, came up with the idea to sell retail items to generate funds with the help of their friends Allison Tercher and Julie Pinchak. In […]

Countrywide posts record quarter

Countrywide Credit Industries Inc., the Calabasas-based mortgage lending company, reported fiscal second quarter earnings rose 64 percent as homeowners rushed to take advantage of low interest rates and refinance their homes. Countrywide (NYSE: CCR) is a holding company that uses its subsidiary, Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., to buy, sell and refinance mortgage loans. For the period ending Aug. 31, Countrywide […]

‘Pathways to Business Success’ is topic

SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives, presents "Pathways to Business Success," a series of seminars for small businesses from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. Seminars are $25 each with the exception of the event on Nov. 17, which is presented free on a space available basis. For information or reservations, […]