The versatile avocado tickles the taste buds in many recipes

Farmer specializes in 20 varieties

Recently at the Thousand Oaks farmers market I talked to vendor Frank Wells, who was manning the Westfield Farms stand. Westfield Farms has been in operation since 1992, and Wells has been running the farm since 1996. Westfield Farms specializes in avocados, growing more than 20 varieties including the Fuerte and the Pinkerton, but their mainstay is the Hass avocado. […]

Understanding ‘Distressed’ Property Transactions

There are many confusing terms out there today regarding “distressed properties.” This article will discuss the different terms used in real estate, such as short sale, and foreclosure to help you understand what you are seeing. Short sale With the declining real estate market, many owners have found themselves “upside down” in their home, meaning they owe more than it’s […]

Imaginative writers wanted

If you think you have a knack for writing, put your creative juices to work this summer in The Acorn contest, “Fiction in a Nutshell.” Here’s how it works: In 100 words or less, write a fiction story and e-mail it to newstip@theacorn.com. You may also send it by mail to the address on page 4. Include your name, address, […]


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Ventura County Fair accepting entries

The Ventura County Fair Entry Weekend will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri., July 18 to Sun., July 20 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Departments accepting entries include amateur fine arts; hobbies, models and collections; arts and crafts; clothing and textiles; preserved foods; professional arts; Uncle Leo’s Barn Ag Contest and Youth Expo and 4-H/Grange. Trophies, ribbons […]

Master Suite Features A Master Bath With A Customized Walk-In Closet

This home has more than 4,300 square feet and features five bedrooms and four and one half bathrooms. The floor plan includes a formal living room with fireplace, formal dining room, family room with fireplace adjacent to the kitchen, downstairs office, upstairs office and bonus room. The kitchen features a breakfast area, center island and stainless appliances. The master suite […]

Two seats open on MAC

Applications are being accepted to fill two fouryear positions on the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council. Longtime incumbents Todd Haines and Deena Parry have announced that they will not seek reelection for the volunteer positions. Voters will choose new members in the November election. If Haines and Parry do file papers to run, the application deadline will be 5 p.m. […]

Brownley heads schools committee

PROMOTED- California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass has named 41st District legislator Julia Brownley chair of the Assembly’s Education Committee. “As a 12-year school board member, I came to the Legislature to try and restore California’s schools back to being the model of educational excellence for the nation,” said Brownley, whose district includes Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Lake Sherwood, Oak […]

Sluice box helps save stranded duck family in Westlake Village

It was a warm summer evening in Westlake Village when one of our neighbors called and asked if we had any ideas how to help a family of ducks out of their swimming pool. It was a mother and her nine chicks. They had been in the pool for about an hour and it was obvious mom was not happy. […]

This Home Features A Front Porch With Views Of The Mountains

This home is move-in ready and includes a front porch with views of the mountains, natural light from sky tubes in laundry room and hallway, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, central air, central heat and plush new carpet. All new GE appliances in kitchen and dining room light included. Kitchen cabinets have adjustable shelves and easyroll drawers. There is a […]

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