Where I’m From

I’m from going to Church every Sunday even if I didn’t want to. I’m from having family dinners whenever my dad was home. I’m from a Christian home and a mother who collects Noah’s Ark. I’m from chasing the ice cream truck for blocks just so I could get a fudge bar. I’m from playing with Barbies and dressing up […]

Celebrating Hanukkah at The Commons


Thank you for mentioning the Oaks Christian Lions and the Westlake Warriors for their respective football championships. I would also like to congratulate the Oak Park Eagles football team for their outstanding year. They did a terrific job representing their school and our wonderful community. Vicki McNamara Oak Park

Interface seeks new volunteers

Interface Children Family Services will host an orientation at 6 p.m. Tues., Jan. 6 at 1305 Del Norte Road, Camarillo, to introduce prospective volunteers to the many opportunities available at Interface. Volunteers are needed to assist in providing: Information and Referral; Outreach Crisis Counseling Intervention to runaway and troubled youth and their families and battered women and their children; youth […]

United Methodist takes on New Year

"New Beginnings and a New Year" is the title of Dr. Gary Alan Dickey’s message at the 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. services on Sun., Jan. 4 at United Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Special music will be provided at each service; Nick Newkirk and Jeff Dokken will sing a duet at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School […]

Bush was right

Now that the U.S. Army has captured Saddam Hussein and announced $18 billion in prime contracts to rebuild Iraq, everybody wants in. Germany, France and Canada’s new prime minister, Paul Martin, have expressed an interest in working with the U.S. Congratulations, George Bush, you were right to go after Saddam, and, as Alberta Premier Ralph Klein has said, Albertans are […]

Local woman’s new book tells inspiring true story of immigration

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer Many people come to the United States to discover the American dream. One such person is Geela, who goes by her first name only, and who immigrated here 25 years ago from Israel to pursue her dream of a musical career. She had no idea that her journey would lead to finding the truth […]

Calabasas synagogue plants trees for mitzvah

For the fifth year, families from Congregation Or Ami met at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas to plant oak trees at their Mitzvah Grove near the intersection of Crags and Motts roads in the Torpin Plain. Rabbi Paul Kipnes explained that their tree-planting mitzvah ("good deed") is literally a religious obligation to be shomray adamah, or guardians of the […]

Give them a chance

This past year saw rancorous debate develop over the proposal to build six Boys & Girls Clubs in the Conejo/Las Virgenes area. This month, the first of those 10,000-square-foot clubs opens on the campus of Los Cerritos Middle School in Thousand Oaks. This initial test will be crucial. The pros and cons of the clubs aren’t hard to follow. On […]

Education concerns addressed at forum

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Officials from Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) and Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) recently attended an "Education Forum" hosted by state Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills). State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell was the keynote speaker. The forum was held at Pierce College in Woodland Hills and included a panel of […]

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