Students aid tsunami relief

Students at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas are working hard to come up with creative ways to assist South Asia tsunami victims. Shortly after returning from the winter break, students formed a Tsunami Relief Alliance and have already held or established a series of projects and programs. First, the group created collection boxes that depict both the tragedy and […]

Program teaches gardeners about proper composting

Ian Eales, an engineer and avid composter, will share his expert advice on the proper care and feeding of compost in a free program at 1 p.m. Sun., Jan. 30 at Wild Birds Unlimited, 22110 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Eales has been composting for about 50 years. Composting is often referred to as "black gold," especially by gardeners stuck with […]

Medical experts to participate in Roe v. Wade discussion

Event marks 32nd anniversary of court case

To mark the 32nd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, the Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network (VCRRN) is presenting an educational program titled "Protect and Defend: Today the Choice Is Yours" at 2 p.m. Sun., Jan. 23 at Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road in Ventura. Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson is the featured speaker. A panel of […]

Still not ready to hang ‘em up

Driven by their love of the game, local hockey players look for options beyond high school

By Kyle Jorrey jorrey@theacorn.com Seventeen-year-old Matthew Potter has been trying to find the net since he was just 5, starting out like many California youths in a local roller hockey league that offered a summer alternative to baseball. If not for the actions of a pestering best friend, he might have ended up a pitcher or a catcher, but instead […]

Nature lovers can receive training to lead children’s hikes

Share your love of nature with young children, parents and teachers. The Children’s Nature Institute trains volunteers to lead interactive nature walks for infants through 8-year-olds. Trained docents lead family nature walks once a month (weekday or weekend) at 80 pre-approved trails throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Docents choose the date, time and location. Docents also lead outreach walks […]

Awareness turns to India

Young composer to conduct his own work

By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com A gifted musician and composer, Lennon Leppert of Thousand Oaks is only17, but he’s already mastered multiple instruments and written his own compositions. On Jan. 28, the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra (CVYO) will perform one of Leppert’s pieces, with the young composer on the podium making his conducting debut. The concert takes place at 7 p.m. […]

Playing with foot pain is risky

Parents and coaches should think twice before coaxing young children and adolescents to "play through" foot and ankle pain. Playing with pain is risky. It can lead to chronic and painful foot and ankle conditions and future problems with the knees and lower back. To help avoid injuries, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons suggests parents should follow […]

First victory of the season gives Chargers confidence they can win

By Kyle Jorrey jorrey@theacorn.com Though it took them nearly a month to get their first taste of victory, that didn’t mean last Friday’s come-from-behind win over Moorpark was any less sweet for the members of the Agoura boys’ soccer team. After starting out the season with a 0-7-4 record, the Chargers landed two goals in the match’s final minutes against […]

Girl scouts to host special registration event at CLU

The Girl Scouts will host an event for girls ages 5 to 9 interested in joining Girl Scouts. The "Urban Campout" will be staged from 9 to 11 a.m. Sat., Jan. 29 on the campus of California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. All campers will participate in the following activities: make edible fire, trail mix and a […]