Housing conference addresses affordability

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Housing officials from throughout Ventura County met at the fifth annual Ventura County Housing Conference last month to address the county’s growing need for affordable homes. The event was sponsored by a number of housing agencies in the area, including Housing Opportunities Made Easier, the Ventura County Economic Development Association and the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation. The conference, which was […]

Support UNICEF through greeting cards, gifts

Crystal snowflakes, topaz pendants and music CDs all support the cause

Many have made sending UNICEF greeting cards, which benefit children the world over, part of their family’s holiday tradition since 1949. The greeting cards have helped to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work of providing medicine, vaccination, food, education and emergency relief for millions of children around the world. Now, thanks to the efforts of several dedicated companies, there are even more […]

New technology revolutionizing the classroom

In the form of technology, new life is taking hold in classrooms in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Greg Bostrom’s seventh-grade science class at A.E. Wright Middle School is a model of how technology is changing education. Bostrom’s students have the ability to see video clips of an actual beating heart with a new multimedia projection system that broadcasts […]

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OUT OF TOWNER—Lourise Hodges of Thousand Oaks photographed this critter in Bryce Canyon, Utah. “This beautiful little squirrel came up to my boys and I, and just sat there and posed for the longest time as if to say ‘Hi and welcome to my home. Isn’t the view great?’”

Sock hoppin’

DANCING WITH DADDY— Frank Triplett and his daughter Lizzie, a student at White Oak Elementary School, take a spin on the dance floor at the school’s recent father/daughter sock hop in Westlake Village.

Wise owl gets a bad rap

In response to your article, “Predators target small animals” in last week’s Acorn, I would like to clarify something. I do not know of any documented cases of a barn owl preying on people’s pets. They are one of the most studied birds in the world as far as diet. On the contrary, people’s pets prey on the poor barn […]

Coldwell Banker Donates to Local Charities During “Day Of Giving” Food Drive

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Southern California helped local charities and families in need get into the holiday spirit this year by collecting and donating an estimated 15,000 pounds of food and more than $6,000 following the “Day Of Giving: From Our Hearts To Their Homes” Thanksgiving food drive. Offices in Ventura County donated 158 pounds of food to charities in […]

Make movies in Calabasas

The Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center will host a winter break movie-making workshop, “Lights, Camera, Action,” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues. through Sat., Dec. 26 to 30 at 23400 Park Sorrento. The cost is $260 plus a $25 lab fee. For more information, call the center at (818) 2222782 or Movies by Kids at (818) 702-6000, or visit www.moviesbykids.com.

A blanket solution helps children in crisis

FLUFF STUFF—Members of Brownie Troop 433 show off the fleece blankets they will donate to My Stuff Bags. Based in Westlake Village, My Stuff Bags provides duffel bags filled with personal comfort items to children and teens who are removed from abusive living situations and placed in crisis care. The Brownies are all second-grade students at Yerba Buena Elementary School […]

Local teacher trades places with Irish counterpart

A local elementary school teacher and her Irish counterpart traded places for a semester to experience life and education in another country. Cerene Hanika, a secondgrade teacher at Round Meadow Elementary School in Calabasas, exchanged fall semester classes with Deborah Pollock, a secondgrade teacher at Downey House School, a preparatory school in Belfast, Ireland. For Hanika, life in Ireland has […]

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