All Religions Are

Not Created Equal

Are all religions equally valid? I was in a bookstore a few years ago, browsing in the religious section, when I got into a discussion with another customer. Somehow we began to talk about comparative religions and he told me (rather authoritatively), "All religions are equally true." I said, "Oh. Well then, how do you explain the obvious points of […]

Monks welcome visitors to ranch

The Benedictine monks of St. Andrew’s Abbey in the Antelope Valley near Palmdale will welcome visitors to their 47th annual fall festival on Sat. and Sun., Sept. 25 and 26. There will be more than 42 attractions for all members of the family on their 800-acre ranch in the hamlet of Valyermo in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. […]

Watershed tour educational

First in a series
on environmental issues

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com First in a series on environmental issues "From the Headwaters to the Lagoon: the Malibu Creek Watershed Tour," conducted earlier this month, provided a broad environmental education on the region in an all-day adult field trip. The tour began at Malibu City Hall, where members of the Malibu Creek Watershed Advisory Council discussed the interconnected ecosystems […]

Donated furs may comfort wildlife

Your old furs collecting dust in the closet or attic can help in the recovery of orphaned or injured wildlife. Wildlife rehabilitators use fur items as bedding and nesting material for the animals in their care. The furry blanket becomes a "surrogate mother" to the orphaned or injured animal, reducing stress and giving comfort. The Humane Society of the United […]

Mothers rate the fun quotient in being pregnant

Feeling the baby kick ranks high

What’s the most memorable moment of a woman’s pregnancy? It might not be what you’d expect. A recent survey found that giving birth ranked lowest among first-time mothers, when they were asked for their most memorable experience while pregnant. The No. 1 answer? Feeling the baby kick or move for the first time (37 percent). Twenty-one percent said it was […]

CADIE reports compares school funding

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Donald Zimring, deputy superintendent of Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD), recently presented to the board of education a Comparative Analysis of District Income and Expenditure (CADIE) report. The report is compiled yearly by the state School Services of California to identify trends and patterns. The report compares LVUSD with 17 other similar school districts, including […]

Yom Kippur services offered to special needs children

In anticipation of the upcoming Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement service on Sept. 25, Chabad will open its doors to the Friendship Circle and provide Yom Kippur services for children with special needs. The services will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Westlake Village. The Friendship Circle was established more than a […]

Stiffer penalties for attacks on guide dogs

A bill to increase penalties for attacks on guide and service dogs was recently signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. AB-1801, authored by state Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills) and sponsored by the California Council for the Blind, will go into effect on Jan. 1. "My family has raised guide dog puppies," said Pavley. "Several of them have come […]

Algae smothering Malibu Lagoon

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com The Malibu Lagoon is choking. Participants of the Malibu Creek Watershed Tour saw firsthand how algae is smothering the bay. Malibu Lagoon spans 13 acres at the end of the Malibu Creek Watershed. The lagoon empties into the ocean at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach, which has been named among the most polluted beaches in the region. Craig […]

Attorney to explain many propositions on Nov. 2 ballot

Attorney to explain many propositions on Nov. 2 ballot Attorney Kelly Hayes-Raitt will go over the numerous propositions that will be on the Tues., Nov. 2 ballot to give voters a clearer understanding of the measures at the 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 29 meeting of the Democratic Club of Conejo Valley. The meeting will be in Overton Hall on the […]

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