Rate hike for trash collection angers residents

HOA fee jumps
79 percent

HOA fee jumps 79 percent By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com A group of Shadow Ridge homeowners expressed their frustration over a 79 percent trash-hauling rate increase imposed on their 440-unit townhome complex at last week’s Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meeting in Oak Park. Dick Bennett, who assumed the position of association treasurer last month, said the fee went up from $5,960 […]

Agoura Hills man creates fun tunes

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Children’s music has taken a turn from the sappy to the scrappy with the release of "Uncle Moondog," a rollicking 10-song collection from the perspective of a beachcombing, scruffy terrier. Borne out of the imagination of Agoura Hills songwriter/musician Mike McManus, "Uncle Moondog" is a soulful pup who croons about his life on the beach, his […]

Lupus group to host party

A family holiday party for the Conejo Valley Lupus Support Group will begin at 6 p.m. Tues., Dec. 7 at the home of JoAnne and John Chaffeur at 111 Giant Oak Ave., Newbury Park. Supported by Lupus International, the Conejo Valley Lupus Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month; for details and directions, please call (888) 532-2322 or […]

CSUN helps find jobs for disabled

Cal State University North-ridge’s Center on Disabilities has teamed with the state’s Department of Rehabilitation to implement an innovative program that finds jobs for the university’s disabled students. In the past two years, job placement specialists in CSUN’s WorkAbility IV (WAIV) program have been able to find full-time positions for 28 students with an 80 percent success rate in all […]

Tickets on sale for seniors’ New Year’s party

Tickets are currently on sale for the New Year’s Eve Dance sponsored by the Conejo Recreation & Park District from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fri., Dec. 31 at Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The event is open to adults ages 50 and up. Festivities will include live music performed by Windsors, a New Year’s […]

Parks and rec committee needs applicants in Oak Park

Parks and rec committee needs applicants in Oak Park By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com The Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District (RSRPD) is currently looking for candidates to serve on the Oak Park Parks and Recreation Committee, an advisory committee to the RSRPD. The group, which meets quarterly at the Oak Park Community Center, is made up of both residents and […]

‘Las Posadas’ celebration coming to

CLU in T.O. California Lutheran University will present a reenactment of "Las Posadas" at 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 5 in CLU’s Student Union Building, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. "Las Posadas," an age-old reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter and a place for the birth of the baby Jesus, is celebrated in many Mexican-American communities. Its history […]

Assessing the needs of aging parents

Now—or at some point in the future—your parents may need you to take care of them. Caring for your aging parents is one of the most important challenges you may ever face. If you don’t live nearby, occasional visits can give you an opportunity to evaluate your parents’ changing needs. Keep this checklist from Easter Seals in mind on your […]

Students with scientific minds win prizes

Research projects about smallpox vaccination policies and indoor tanning by teenagers took top honors at the inaugural Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition. High school students Benjamin Eidelson of Merion Station, Pa. and Robert Levine of Lincolnshire, Ill. each earned $50,000 scholarships as first-place winners in the contest, which is supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and administered by […]

Borders to host youth choir concert

The Camerata Youth Choir from the Los Robles Children’s Choir will perform a concert of traditional and holiday music at 2:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 5 at Borders Books, 125 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The choir, a mixed-voices choral group that sings a wide range of musical styles and languages, is comprised of area high school students. Members of […]