School districts may lose revenue with ban on soft drinks

By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer It seems that 1893’s "ideal brain tonic" isn’t so ideal for today’s developing brains. Senate Bill 19 (SB-19), a state law that will take effect in January 2004 banning the sale of soft drinks and candy during certain hours at middle schools in California, is already in practical effect at schools in Oak Park […]

Local artists put their works on public display

Local artists put their works on public display

Workshop set for Westlake Village

Workshop set for Westlake Village The Alzheimer’s Association and Chantra-Hamilton Associates will sponsor a free workshop, "When a Loved One Becomes Ill—Multiple Solutions for Long Term Care," from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 21 at 1040 Evenstar Ave., Westlake Village. Local experts in custodial, residential and skilled care will provide information for families and caregivers faced with providing ongoing […]

High schoolers should head off to college with confidence

As high schoolers head off to college for the first time, there’s a mix of nerves and excitement in the air. Lua Hancock, director of residential life at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, offers this list of 10 things that new college students can do to have a successful first year: 1. Get involved. Studies show that students who are […]

Arab-Israeli comedy duo to perform

Comedians attempt to diffuse tension between Jews and Arabs

Temple Kol Tikvah will host an unusual comedy duo this weekend. At 7:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 31 as a prelude to their Selichot service, the temple will present a Jewish-Arab comedy duo, Bob Alper—an ordained Reform rabbi turned stand-up comedian—and Ahmed Ahmed, an actor turned stand-up comic who was born in Egypt and raised in Riverside, Calif. Alper and Ahmed […]

And a final rebuttal from the other side

And a final rebuttal from the other side And a final rebuttal from the other side While Yerba Buena (YB) parents have no intention of embarking on continuing dialogue through The Acorn with the residents of Blackbird Avenue who oppose the new YB, since they quite clearly are against the school whatever the details, some corrections should be made to […]

Intersection closure creates hardship for Westlake businesses

By Gregory Koteles Acorn Staff Writer A battle is brewing in Westlake Village and Lindero Canyon Road will be the battleground. Earlier this year, the city made a temporary modification to the median near Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks Memorial Park, which eliminated left turns, both northbound and southbound, at the entrance to Village Green Office Park, just north of Via […]

Therapeutic horsemanship needs helping hands

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children and adults with disabilities. Volunteers aged 14 and older and needed to help during lessons—grooming and tacking horses, walking beside riders with poor balance or leading horses. Many riders need the help of three volunteers. Lessons in Thousand Oaks are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The fall session runs from […]

Skin cancer an undeclared epidemic across the U.S.

Skin cancer an undeclared epidemic across the U.S. Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers. Estimates vary on its occurrence, but it is estimated that about 700,000 Americans develop skin cancer every year. Sun avoidance is the best defense against skin cancer. The major cause of skin cancer is almost universally accepted by dermatologists to be overexposure to […]

Follow simple rules to stay safe on school buses


As children prepare to return to school, Durham School Services, a local school transportation provider, is launching its annual back-to-school campaign to promote school bus safety. "Boost Your Brainpower—Know the Rules for a Safe Ride to School" is this year’s theme. According to Durham, while school buses are 172 times safer than other vehicles used to take children to and […]

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