Las Virgenes Creek restoration in Calabasas nears completion

Workers are close to completing the $1.24-million restoration of Las Virgenes Creek near the Albertsons Shopping Center on Agoura Road in Calabasas. When the 400-foot portion of the creek is liberated from its concrete shell- installed more than three decades ago as a flood control measure- passersby will see green plants and wildlife instead of graffiti and trash. Starting in […]

Nature hikes in January

Mountains Restoration Trust offers two hikes this month. •Cold Creek Meanderings, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20. Milk maids and other signs of early spring bloom along the trail. Easy three-mile walk. Meet at the Lower Stunt High Trailhead. Reservations required. •Cold Creek Preserve Moonrise/Sunset Stroll, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sun., Jan. 20. Views of distant mountain ranges, […]

How to fit into those skinny jeans

Monika Klein, local clinical nutritionist and lifestyle coach, is launching Coaching For Health’s Skinny Jeans Jumpstart Program through the end of January. This program is a deprivationfree approach to eating that will get dieters back into their skinny jeans. There are various reasons that dieters fail at one-size-fits-all diet plans, according to Klein. They’re left to fend on their own; […]

La Reina entrance exam is Feb. 2

La Reina High School will hold an entrance placement test on Sat., Feb. 2 at the school, 106 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Applicants may also choose to spend a day at the school to visit classes and meet students and faculty. Applications, which are due on Feb. 2, are available by calling Karen Moore at (805) 4956494, ext. 307, […]

Radio talk show host to speak

Prager to tackle current mood on college campuses

Radio talk show host Dennis Prager will speak at 8 p.m. Mon., Jan. 28 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd. The subject of the lecture will be “Warning: American College Campuses Today.” According to event organizers, the talk will focus on the surge in antiSemitism, anti-Americanism and anti-religion found on college campuses throughout the United States. The […]

Shelter’s gotta have more heart

This letter is in response to Lois Koch’s article (“Shelter has lots of heart,” Dec. 20, The Acorn). I wish to disclose that I was fired as a volunteer in July of last year, after having volunteered since the summer of 2004. While I could begin my letter with effusions on how Ms. Koch’s article is work more suited for […]

State budget cutbacks will target local public schools

Declining enrollment seen as culprit

By Stephanie Bertholdo  bertholdo@theacorn.com A weak state economy and a projected $8-billion shortfall in California’s 2008-09 budget could have “dire” consequences for the financial health of the Las Virgenes Unified School District, officials said during budget hearings. LVUSD chief budget officer Karen Kimmel said the district may face midyear funding cutbacks similar to those seen by California schools in 2003 […]


Save Open Space is the only organization named as the plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Triangle Ranch development in Agoura. Cornell Preservation Organization is not a coplaintiff in the lawsuit.

Artists can apply for fellowships

The California Community Foundation invites residents of Los Angeles County to apply for the 2008 Fellowships for Visual Artists. The foundation will award $260,000 in fellowships to 14 Los Angeles County artists working in the visual arts. Ten fellowships of $20,000 each be given to mid-career artists and four fellowships of $15,000 each will go to emerging artists. “This is […]

Healthy Living Today

Plastic surgery for the uterus- that’s the way some coyly describe endometrial ablation, but for the potential halfmillion women who are mostly aged 40 to 55 for whom this 10minute procedure could lessen the need for a hysterectomy, this is no laughing matter. Minimally invasive procedures which have a recovery time measured in hours to days are increasingly taking the […]

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