Better learning through chemistry, and poetry?

ODE TO A BEAKER–Calabasas High School teacher Larry Walker believes chemistry class should be more than just a mishmash of numbers and equations. Walker incorporates poetry into his lessons to keep the interest level percolating. For related story, please see page 16A.

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Following are a number of volunteer opportunities available in the area. To learn more about these programs, call the phone number provided for each item. •Conejo Valley Adult School Literacy Program in Thousand Oaks will offer a free literacy tutor workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Jan. 27 at the Conejo Valley Adult School, Room A, 1025 Old […]

Westlake’s goal: Win with what you’ve got

Warriors look for victories despite missing key players

After three consecutive seasons with 10 wins or more, the Westlake boys’ soccer team will look to continue its winning ways this season, no matter who starts. The Warriors have started the year at 4-4-1 and 1-2 in league play, but they expect to improve. The team has lost some players due to eligibility, injury or transfer. Others aren’t eligible […]

Out with the old, in with the new

An optimist, the old saying goes, stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. Both will analyze the situation Sunday as the clock strikes midnight. Looking back at 2006, some of the stories that appeared in The Acorn leave us concerned about what’s in store for the […]

Oak Park Council prepares for new year

There were grateful goodbyes and excited welcomes during the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council’s Dec. 19 meeting as current members stepped down and new personnel stepped up. Longtime member Ron Stark, who served on the MAC for more than 30 years, and Bonnie Biddison, appointed by Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks in 2005 to fill a vacated seat, were replaced […]

Plan ahead for a stress-free moving day

The U.S. Census Bureau reports Americans move an average of 11.7 times in their lifetimes, with more than 20 percent of those moves ending in a different state. A survey commissioned by the UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. franchise network revealed Americans’ worst moving fears: broken or lost items, moving company surcharges or late delivery, watching movers mishandle fragile […]

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SPOTS OF LOVE—Buddy, 7, a male Dalmatian, is a very friendly dog who loves attention. Buddy can be adopted from the Agoura Animal Shelter at 29525 Agoura Road. To take Buddy home, ask for ID No. A3512363. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so please call (818) 991-0071 first or visit www.animalcontrol.co.la.ca.us.

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Westlake agrees to further park upgrades

Additional improvements will be made to Canyon Oaks Park in Westlake Village after residents made an appeal to the City Council. Swings and two separate play areas will be designed for younger and older children; walking/jogging paths, benches and exercise stations will be established around the park perimeter; and a halfcourt basketball facility will be built. Park boundaries will be […]

Check children for hearing difficulty

At 21, Steven Miller couldn’t hold down a job. On some days, he couldn’t even get out of bed. Anna Marie Miller, Steven’s mother, was frantic to help her son, who had been diagnosed at a young age with severe attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression and other difficult syndromes. Miller’s life had become defined by what he couldn’t do. He had […]