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Fundraiser breaks school record

By Melissa Stephan Special to The Acorn Yerba Buena Elementary School’s "Seeds for Success" Spring Dinner Dance and Auction at the Westlake Village Inn on Friday night raised more than $30,000 for the school, the most raised in a single Yerba Buena social event in recent years, according to Leslie Petersil, president of the Parent Faculty Association. "Every dollar raised […]

Take a fitness walk at Soka University

Personal fitness consultant Gail Holloway will lead an outdoor fitness and exercise walk from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fri., May 7 on the campus of Soka University, 26800 W. Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. Admission is free but reservations are required and can be made by calling (818) 878-3741. The fitness walk features a moderate hike, which precedes a 60-minute exercise session. […]

New singing classes offered to youngsters

The Actors & Singers Studio is offering a new singing class for children ages 4 and up from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Thurs., May 6 at a Thousand Oaks location. Tuition is $80 per month. This new children’s class is designed to teach kids the basics of good singing technique "while having fun, learning about music and developing self-confidence." […]

Viewpoint to host fundraiser at the zoo

Viewpoint School’s annual benefit and auction will be this Sat., May 1 at the Los Angeles Zoo in the Treetops Terrace area. Benefit co-chairs include Holly Bernstein of Calabasas. A team of 100 volunteers is working to stage this year’s event, titled "Destination Adventure 2004." The money raised by this philanthropic event directly supplements the school’s programs, scholarships and teacher-student […]

Of Mice and Women

Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Times had not only a story headlined "Minnies Didn’t Need Mickey to Be Moms"on page A-11 but also an editorial "A Mouse for the Ages." And, lo and behold, I was researching a column on rats and mice. Great minds do scurry through the dark together, no? It seems the editorial dealt with Michigan researchers […]

Pavley bill advances

A bill to help low-income senior and disabled homeowners keep their homes recently passed the state Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee. AB-1886, authored by state Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills) would allow low-income seniors and residents with disabilities to defer property taxes, special assessments, fees and other charges due on a home. For claimants this year, household income may not […]

Benefit will showcase women book authors

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Thousand Oaks Branch, will host a Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) Book and Dessert Party featuring local women book authors from 2 to 5 p.m. Sun., May 2 at the home of LAF vice president Marsha Rosenblum at 1512 Feather Ave., Thousand Oaks. The cost is $25 per person. The fund fights sex discrimination […]

Westlake to host park workshops

The city of Westlake Village has scheduled a series of four park workshops to help identify any needed improvements or enhancements of the city’s neighborhood parks. The first neighborhood park workshop will be at 6:30 p.m., Wed., May 5 at Berniece Bennett Park. It’s designed to inform residents about upcoming improvements and solicit input on potential upgrades to the park. […]

‘Danceworks’ coming to Westlake

The Westlake High School Dance Team will present "Danceworks 2004" at 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 1 in the gymnasium at Westlake High School, 100 N. Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The event features competitive dancing among local and outside-the-area high school dance teams. Admission is $5 students, $10 adults. For more information, call the school at (805) 497-6711.