Blum forced to end longtime bicycle philanthropy

Eleven years from the day his project started, philanthropist Mark Blum of Agoura Hills is now too ill to continue operating Mission With Bikes. Through Blum’s efforts, 3,600 bikes have been repaired and donated to people in need and to organizations from the Conejo Valley to the far reaches of the world. Blum launched his Mission With Bikes on May […]

Depression support group to meet in Oak Park

A confidential depression support group affiliated with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance began meeting this week at the Oak Park Library. According to studies, clinical depression affects about 16 percent of the population at some time in their lives. The average age of onset in the late 20s and the trend is for it to strike at ever younger […]

Pretending to attend

The recent case of the 18yearold woman from Orange County who spent eight months passing as a Stanford undergraduate is intriguing, if hard to fathom. Posing as a human biology major, she bought textbooks and studied with friends for tests she would never take. She talked several students into letting her stay in their residence hall room and, without a […]

Three claim state titles

Three area athletes won individual titles during last weekend’s CIF State Track and Field Championships at Sacramento City College. Cory Primm of Westlake High defended his 800 meter state championship in convincing fashion. By finishing in 1:50.95, Primm, who entered the event as the national leader in the 800 and will attend UCLA, bested his nearest competitor, Ryan Martin of […]

Hungry for victory

DOGGONE WINNERS- The Hungry Dogs AYSO All Star soccer team from Agoura/ Westlake Village bring home second place from the Memorial Day Top Gun Tournament in San Diego. Front row, Conrad Wahl, Myles Engelhart, Sam Rios and Lucas Higgins. Middle row, Tate Allan, J. J. Sanani, Derrick Matsunaga and Brennan Naylor. Back row, coaches Lee Wahl and Bart Allan.

. . . or are they?

Chris Coleman of Moorpark in a May 31 letter asserts that The Acorn was less than truthful in its coverage of a local appearance by former ambassador Joseph Wilson when it characterized his wife, Valerie Plame, as a covert CIA agent. Then he, ironically, goes on to repeat several right wing lies about Ms. Plame and Mr. Wilson. Ms. Plame […]

Tour art studios

The sixth annual Topanga Canyon Artists’ Studio Tour will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., June 9 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., June 10. The self-guided tour will begin at Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., No. 109, Topanga. Visitors will explore more than 20 art studios. Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, photography, […]

Former stuntwoman to speak on addiction

Author and former Hollywood stuntwoman Desiree Ayres will lead a discussion on breaking addictions at 1 p.m. x Sat., June 9 at Barnes and Nobles Bookstore in The Commons, 4735 Commons Way, Calabasas. In her book “God Hunger,” Ayres offers a solution to the anxiety, depression and physical challenges facing those who suffer from addictions. Ayres draws on her own […]

Medea Creek recognizes school volunteers

PARENTS WHO PITCH IN- Parent volunteers are presented with flowers at a brunch in their honor at Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park. From left, Anne Berner, Cheryl Green, Principal Laurel Ford, Assistant Principal Amanda Bagheri, Nancy Gastwirth and Lena Tucker.

Oak Park runner wins Future Track scholarship

Lisa Rotenstein of Oak Park High has won the Future Track Running Club of Agoura Hills 2007 Scholarship Competition. Rotenstein participated in four years of track at Oak Park and three summers of cross country. During her senior year, she was the captain of the OPHS track team. “Running has taught me that my abilities do not have limits,” she […]