Teens needed as advisors

The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations has launched a public education campaign for young people to combat the roots of hate and hate crimes in the schools and cities of Los Angeles County. The first step of the new program is the creation of Youth ACT, a group ideally composed of 15 to 20 youths who will represent […]

Westlake Baseball pitches good sportsmanship


PLAY BALL—Mason Thibo, 11, throws the first pitch of the season during opening day ceremonies for the Westlake Baseball Association last week at Westlake Elementary School. Below, former Kansas City Royals pitcher Mark Gubicza speaks to parents and players about the importance of having good, clean fun.

CHS hosts Australian teen musicians

The award-winning Brisbane All-Star Youth Big Band comprised of teen musicians from Australia recently concluded a cross-continental tour with week-long homestays with the families of Calabasas High School (CHS) jazz and vocal students. Their time in Southern California was spent in jam sessions, concerts at Disneyland and CHS, sightseeing and forging friendships with their Calabasas hosts. "We’ve had a wonderful […]

Here’s how everyone can help create wildlife habitat

There’s good news for those who want to bring a touch of the country to the city. A new program can help people transform a city property into a wildlife habitat. While space is a consideration, even an apartment balcony can hold a birdfeeder or butterfly garden. Called the Urban Wildlife Sanctuary Program––and sponsored by The Humane Society of the […]

Give teens the Driver’s Edge

Acorn Automotive Editor

My daughter Jilliann passed her driver’s test over six months ago and despite what I might say to her, she’s a good driver. A little fast at times, but then she’s a typical teenager. And like most teenagers she wouldn’t believe me when I told her that passing the driver’s test is just the start of learning to drive. That’s […]

Responsibilities begin after election

Responsibilities begin after election Congratulations to the newly elected members of the Oak Park Recreation and Park Planning Committee. I hope they realize that in order to protect the best interests of Oak Park they need to be represented at all of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors meetings. Those meetings are held on the first […]

ArtWalk applications due

Deadline for artists is March 15

The deadline for submission of applications by artists wishing to participate in ArtWalk, a two-day juried art exhibition presented by the Conejo Valley Art Museum, is March 15. Artists wishing to participate in the event should submit their applications to the Conejo Valley Art Museum, P.O. Box 1616, Thousand Oaks, CA 91358. Applications may be obtained by calling the Conejo […]

CSUN undergrads rank in top 5

The National Science Foundation has ranked Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) as one of the top five colleges and universities in the nation for producing undergraduates who go on to obtain doctoral degrees in science and engineering. Of 611 masters’ colleges and universities in the U.S., CSUN ranked fifth overall in the number of graduates, 138, who went on to […]

Heschel West Day School students raise money to help victims of terrorist attacks in Israel

Students of Heschel West Day School in Agoura, under the guidance of Heschel educator Rivka Ben Daniel, raised a phenomenal $20,000 through a Jog-a-Thon last spring intended to help sponsor an Israeli family reeling from the after-effects of losing family members to acts of terrorism. The sum raised enabled the school to assist two additional families struggling to cope in […]

Ashley Biersach’s story is tragic, but her initiatives are heroic

A survivor of a horrific automobile accident, Biersach, only 17 years old, has already experienced more than most people ever will. Last May in Las Vegas, Ashley barely survived a horrible automobile accident. The young driver, a friend of Ashley’s, was taking a car full of students back to school from lunch. A distraction made the driver lose control of […]