Powerful winter storm hits So Cal with heavy rains

By Michelle Knight knight@theacorn.com An intense storm moved through Southern California earlier this week causing traffic accidents and power outages—and a very close call for one local resident—but no major injuries or property damage, officials said. Locally, 7 inches of rain fell on Tuesday alone, said Betty-Jeanne Farmer, a rainfall-reporting volunteer for the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. "We’ve […]

Nominees sought for ‘hero’ award

Do you know a young hero—a child or teenager seeking to improve the quality of life, safety or environment of others? If so, consider nominating your hero for the inaugural "Alexandra Scott Butterfly Award" to celebrate young everyday heroes. The award is named in honor of Alexandra Scott, an 8-year-old cancer patient who gained national attention for her efforts to […]

Young California artists honored

The most promising young artistic talents in California have been selected to participate in 2005 ARTS Week, sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, from Jan. 1 to 16 in Miami, Fla. At stake are individual cash awards of up to $10,000 and the opportunity to share in a $3-million college scholarship package. Participating are young actors, […]

House concert to feature singer/songwriter twosome

Singer-songwriters Kathrin Shorr and Crosby Loggins will be the featured performers at the next acoustic Concert at the Bodie House in Agoura Hills at 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 8. Shorr is an award-winning songwriter and guitarist noted for her "warm soulful voice and deeply resonating songs." Drawing inspiration from artists such as The Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Joni Mitchell and […]

Conservancy officials say Soka purchase is imminent

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy officials said a deal to buy Soka University of America in Calabasas has been signed, despite a Soka spokesperson’s unwillingness to confirm it. Joe Edmiston, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy executive director, said a purchase deal is, in fact, underway between the Conservancy and Soka officials in Japan. Soka is asking for $35 million for the […]

Remembering Kimberly Thorne

Kimberly Thorne, 17, may have lost her battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma one year ago, but memories of the Westlake High School student live on via good deeds from her family and friends. For the second consecutive year, group members calling themselves "Kimmy’s Angels" dressed up as elves and visited Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Their mission: deliver toys to children […]

School district focused on student achievement in study session

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Student achievement was the focus of a recent study session conducted at the Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) office. Principals, teachers, district administrators and members of the LVUSD Board of Education participated in the third annual "Single Plan for Student Achievement" session at the district office on Dec. 8. LVUSD Assistant Superintendent of Education Joe […]

Singles can mingle at

One Again, Inc. The Thousand Oaks Chapter of One Again, Inc. is a support and social organization for anyone divorced, widowed, separated or alone. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the United Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. For more information, call Jean at (805) 526-2551.

Young rider gets affection from her noble steed

Art teacher retires

By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com Local art students said goodbye to longtime teacher Michael Ward as he retired from the oil painting program he’s taught in the Conejo Valley for more than 40 years. His Agoura Hills studio will now be run by his granddaughter, Celeste Frederickson of Thousand Oaks. "I figured after 40 years it was time to pass it […]