Community saddened over tragedy

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Helping children cope in the emotional and psychological aftermath following the suicide death of Chanelle Villalobos, a 15-year-old student at A.E. Wright Middle School, was the focus of a parent meeting last Friday at the Las Virgenes Unified School District office. Mary Schillenger, director of school district pupil services, invited the middle school parents to discuss […]

Pitch, Hit, Run contest offered to area youth

Pitch, Hit, Run contest offered to area youth Children ages 7 to 14 years old can participate in the eighth annual Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run Contest Competition from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun., May 1 at Chumash Park, Agoura Hills. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the contest starts at 1:30 p.m. The contest will test youth baseball and […]


Oak Park Garden Party Oak Park Community Garden celebrates its one-year anniversary with a Spring Fling from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on northwest corner of Sunnycrest and Kanan Road. The fundraiser includes a silent auction and sale of unique plants. (818) 889-3518

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Chicago blues at Strauss Ranch

Chicago blues at Strauss Ranch The National Park Service will present a free concert at 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day, Sun., May 8 on the picturesque grounds of Peter Strauss Ranch, a unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) at 30000 Mulholland Hwy., Agoura. The guest performer is the Melvin Eddy Blues Band, which carries on the […]

Depression, suicide inexorably linked

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com The statistics are startling. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults from the ages of 14 to 24 years. One in 33 children suffers from depression. David Miller, executive director of Regenerate, an organization that focuses on educating youth about teen issues such as suicide prevention, driving safety and drug abuse, said […]

Find out story behind famous kids’ author

Niels Christian Larsen, a Danish scholar, will offer "A Danish View of Hans-Christian Andersen" at 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 6 in the Nelson Room at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Among the topics Larsen will explore are: Who was the person who created the 168 fairytales including "The Ugly Duckling," "The Emperor’s New Suit," "The Little […]

Conejo Valley cities join forces to capture tourism dollars

By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com Residents of the Conejo Valley know firsthand what the area has to offer. Now others will get the message, too. A joint tourism effort by the cities of Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks has begun, and the idea is to attract visitors to the area to stay in local hotels, dine in local restaurants […]

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Ralph’s World benefits preschool