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List your event in Datebook

The Acorn invites community members to submit brief blurbs for free inclusion in our weekly Datebook calendar. Datebook is devoted to announcements of local events that are offered free of charge to the public or require a minimal fee; exceptions are made. The types of items we welcome would include club meeting notices, garage/bake sales which benefit a worthy cause, […]

New Ventura County superintendent of schools starts Sept. 1

Stan Mantooth is the new Ventura County superintendent of schools. The county board of education appointed Mantooth on Aug. 16. He takes office Sept. 1. “I’m looking forward to it. I think I provide good continuity for our office,” Mantooth, 57, said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to bring the knowledge and skills that will keep us from missing a beat.” […]

Doodle dogs romp for charity

The Southern California seventh annual doodle romp and picnic is scheduled at 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 6 at a private setting in the Malibu mountains. Owners of Labradoodles and Goldendoodles and their dogs are invited. The event includes buffet picnic, food, wine, music, competitions, raffles, auctions, vendors and dog photographer. The romp is a fundraiser for the Pasadena Humane Society. […]

The fastest boats in town

SPEED SAILORS—Winners of the 2008 Vrooman Memorial Regatta, U.S. Sabot Highpoint No. 1, show off their trophies after the Aug. 17 race hosted by the Westlake Yacht Club. All of the sailors raced in seven consecutive races to finish. From left: third place winner Michael Miller, first place winner Riley Magadon and second place winner Will Dorosk.

Signage code enforcement

On Aug. 16 about 7:45 a.m. a code enforcement officer for the city of Calabasas driving his own personal car pulled up in front of my house and proceeded to write a warning for a car because it had magnetic signs advertising the business where the owner of the car works. After reading the ordinance I surmised that any sign […]

Banking on food donors

MANNA FROM HEAVEN—George Annino, left, head of the Santa Comes to Agoura charity, and Caryn Seely of Trader Joe’s in Westlake Village present food donations to John Gorham, executive director of the Manna food bank of Thousand Oaks. The Agoura Optimist Club also contributed to the donation.

Parents of Agoura High freshmen learn system

Parents of incoming ninthgrade students at Agoura High School—or parents of new students at any grade level—will find out how to navigate the various Las Virgenes educational services at the high school’s second annual, “Parent Town Hall Meeting” next month. The meeting will be at 7 p.m., Wed., Sept. 10 in the Agoura High G-building. Parents will find out who […]

Cats need foster homes

Southern California Siamese Rescue, a nonprofit corporation, is seeking foster homes for abandoned and rescued Siamese cats. Foster families provide a spare room, food, litter and care. Any resident cats in the foster home should be indoor only and negative for feline HIV and feline leukemia. The rescue agency will pay for approved medical costs. For more information or to […]

Trimming household expenses without sacrificing comfort

There are some simple ways to limit monthly spending without drastically changing one’s lifestyle. More Americans say they’re tightening their belts and feeling the squeeze. A new poll shows that 30 percent of people in the U.S. have cut back on food, medicine and other daily necessities. So what are some relatively painless ways to cut back on spending? Try […]

Ticket to ride

After reading the three complaints regarding the Kanan interchange and traffic signal, I would like to inform the residents about the parking violation agent patrolling the Park and Ride located at the interchange. My wife’s car was ticketed at the Park and Ride for, of all things, having a clear Plexiglas cover over the front license plate. The ticket was […]

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