Community digs out and dries off

Large sewage spill in Calabasas

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com Multiple Pacific storms hit the area hard earlier in the week, and although Las Virgenes and Medea creeks overflowed their banks and caused some adjacent flooding, the thousands of homes and businesses from Calabasas to Thousand Oaks remained mostly safe. Wednesday, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District crews worked to repair a broken sewer main on Las […]

Notre Dame sisters invite crafters to donate items

The Sisters of Notre Dame are inviting crafters to donate handmade items of all types for their annual "Swing into Spring" boutique and silent auction scheduled for Sun., March 13. Donations of auction items will also be appreciated as well as smaller items for a variety of gift baskets. This event is a benefit for a pre-school/daycare center planned for […]

Bridal show coming to Hyatt Westlake Plaza

Bridal show coming to Hyatt Westlake Plaza Bridal Premiere, a Thousand Oaks bridal boutique, is presenting its annual spring show 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 16 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. The spring bride can see an array of vendors as well as two fashion shows at 12:30 and 3 p.m. By visiting the […]


THURS., JAN. 13 Chamber Mixer Agoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce: New Year’s networking mixer at 5:30 p.m. will be hosted by Troop Real Estate at 5875 Kanan Road in the Agoura Hills City Mall. Food, door prizes. (818) 889-3150

Widow offers tips for embracing life

By Connie Payton Five years ago my husband Walter, a devoted father and legendary Chicago Bears running back, succumbed to cancer. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss him. But since his passing, I’ve realized there are many ways to embrace life before and after the unthinkable happens.  Preparing for death is not something we’re instinctively ready to […]

Volunteers thanked for

Santa Food Drive

In December 1979, the Agoura Santa food drive helped three local families in need. As of December 2004, thru monetary donations and contributed turkeys, nonperishable groceries, grocery store scrip, toiletry items and other gifts, the annual Santa Comes to Agoura and Beyond event has helped over 20,000 families. The recipients of everyone’s generosity were families in Agoura, Agoura Hills, Oak […]

Vandalism has local officials worried

By Lori Porter porter@theacorn.com The Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Station are working to solve the rash of recent vandalism in the community. "Back in 1994, Oak Park was a very quiet community with no crime. But the families that moved in 10 years ago with young children now have teenagers, said Sgt. Patrick Macauley […]

Ventura County Rose Society plans January events

The Ventura County Rose Society (VCRS) will host its annual auction at 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 22 at the Cowan Conference Center, 550 Airport Way, Camarillo. More than 200 roses will be offered at auction and for sale, including many rare and hard-to-find varieties unavailable in regular commerce. Varieties from hybrid teas to old garden roses suited to the Ventura […]

Elks honor cops, firefighters

The Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge will honor outstanding local law enforcement officers and firefighters at a dinner ceremony Wed., Jan. 26 at the lodge, 158 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. Awards will be presented by the Elks Lodge, the mayor of Thousand Oaks and the Ventura County supervisors. Among the officers to be honored are: Dep. Scott Fuquay of the […]

Local guitar retailer ‘rocks on,’ reverberating success

By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com When Bruce Ross joined Guitar Center in 1994, the company owned 17 stores and had 350 employees. Annual sales amounted to $169 million. Today, the music instrument retailer operates 155 stores nationwide with 7,000 employees and sales of $1.5 billion. "The company has grown 10 fold in 10 years," said Ross, Guitar Center’s chief financial officer. […]