Cartoonist’s impression of the world good for work, life

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com A funny person is often not humorous to himself but is to others. He’s an observer who relates what he sees to his audience. By that rationale, it’s an amusing person’s perspective on life that’s laughable to others. Cartoonist Dave Boatman, 50, who draws the editorial cartoons for The Acorn and the Moorpark Acorn, translates what […]

Fire safety expo planned for Saturday

Michelle Knight

Michelle Knight knight@theacorn.com On Sat., May 22, the Ventura County Fire Department will host its third annual Wildland Fire and Safety Expo at the Camarillo Airport. Residents throughout the county are invited to attend the event and learn about the steps they can take to prepare for fire disasters—from weed abatement and fire-safe home construction to landscaping that prevents fire […]

Volunteers needed to cheer elderly patients

Friends to the Elderly, a program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, is seeking volunteers to visit lonely seniors living in Conejo Valley nursing homes and board-and-care facilities. According to program coordinator Ellen Weisman, "These seniors would welcome a friendly visitor/advocate." The program serves seniors of all faiths by recruiting volunteers and training and matching them with a resident […]

Engineering students help needy countries

When you think of volunteering, you probably think of canned food drives, nursing homes and home building. But a group called Engineers Without Borders-USA is taking volunteering to a new high. With projects like improving drinking water for citizens and building irrigation systems for crops, Engineers Without Borders-USA makes a difference in people’s lives. Made up of student chapters based […]

Westlake advances in volleyball playoffs

By Kyle Jorrey Acorn Sports Writer Playing in front of an extraordinarily electrified home crowd Tuesday night, the Westlake Warriors volleyball team responded to the audience’s energy with a dominant second-round win over Crespi High School. Shrugging off an early letdown, Westlake went on to win the match in four games 25-8, 23-25, 25-14, and 25-17, driving themselves deeper into […]

Songfest workshop coming to Pepperdine

Some of the best and most promising singers, pianists and composers from across the country will come to Pepperdine University in Malibu from June 1 to 20 to participate in the ninth annual Songfest, described as the premiere summer art song workshop in the nation. This year’s theme is "Breaking the Song Barrier." Under the tutelage of a world-class artist […]

Students invited to realize dreams

Ventura County middle and high school students and their parents are invited to attend a "Realizing the Dream" workshop, where the Youth Council of Ventura County and the Superintendent of Schools office have partnered to help each student determine a unique career path. The next workshop is planned for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tues., May 25 at Moorpark College, 7075 […]

Foods can contribute to immune-system suppression

Many people, including health professionals, think Americans have the safest food in the world. The truth is that Americans are the most overfed and undernourished people on the earth today. There are very few foods in the supermarkets that don’t have added sugar, preservatives, artificial colors or artificial sweeteners. Americans have processed the goodness out of their foods, increased their […]

Guidelines for neuropathic pain sufferers

Almost everyone is familiar with the sensation of physical pain. However, did you know that there are different types of pain? One type, known as acute pain, results from injury or surgery and typically goes away when normal healing occurs. Another type, chronic pain, is persistent, can last beyond the typical healing time, and often interferes with a person’s quality […]

Singer coming to Sumac in fundraising event for arts

Concert will at
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Singer coming to Sumac in fundraising event for arts Concert will at 7 p.m. Friday night Children’s musical artist Joanie Bartels will perform at 7 p.m. Fri., May 21 in the new multipurpose room at Sumac Elementary School, 6050 Calmfield Ave., Agoura Hills, in celebration of the opening of the new room. Bartels combines world music beats and fun to […]

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