A walk of faith

  Insert Caption Here WENDY PIERRO/Acorn Newspapers OBSERVING ROSH HASHANAH—Left, Jewish congregants head towards Westlake Lake during a Sept. 30 Tashlich walk. Tashlich, which occurs during Rosh Hashanah, calls for Jews to arrive at a body of water and symbolically cast off and wash away their sins.      

Recycling art contest launched

The Calabasas Environmental Commission is taking entries for the annual environmentally themed drawing contest, “Benefits of Paper Recycling,” open to students in elementary and middle schools. Drawings must be handcreated on 8½-by-11-inch format in landscape (horizontal) orientation. Submissions are due by Nov. 3. Thirteen winners will be chosen based on creativity and theme. The winning drawings will be printed in […]

Public works scholarships available

Scholarships are now available for college students who participated as interns or part-time employees at any public works agency or engineering consulting firm in Ventura County during any part of 2008. The deadline for the scholarship, administered by the Ventura County chapter of the American Public Works Association, is Oct. 31, 2008. A committee will choose scholarship winners based on […]

Hadassah to hold reception

Thousand Oaks Chapter of Hadassah will host a new member dessert reception from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 15 at Bellavino Wine Bar, 3709 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village. Interested persons are invited to meet the members and learn about Hadassah’s works. Prepayment is due Oct. 9. For information and registration, call Julie at (818) 6341263.

Close encounter

OH, DEER—Karma Salvato of Oak Park saw this healthy animal roaming the hills behind her house one recent afternoon.

Jorgensen will protect parks

I received a letter from Rep. Elton Gallegly on July 30 which included various oil drilling legislation he supports or has cosponsored. After having just returned from Mt. Rushmore I began to wonder if the new proposed legislation protects specifically our national parks and monuments. After numerous calls and letters to the congressman’s office in Thousand Oaks, which provided no […]


The National Archives DVD set “WWII: A Filmed History” was produced in partnership with Topics Entertainment, not Discovery.

Leukemia survivor races to help others

Just over a year ago, ultracyclist and professional trainer Vinnie Tortorich faced the toughest endurance challenge of all—the race to save his own life from a rare form of leukemia. A competitive athlete all his life, Tortorich found himself strapped to a chemotherapy pump receiving hours of treatment each day. Now in remission less than a year after finishing treatment, […]

Delgado and Armstrong catch on fast at bass tournament

MASTER FISHERMEN—Doug Delgado, left, and Jeff Armstrong, both of Westlake Village, relax after winning first place in a bass fishing tournament at Lake Piru on Sept. 20. The pair caught five largemouth bass with a total weight of 19.08 pounds. Their biggest catch was 5.72 pounds. All fish were released.

CROP hunger walks to begin

Humanitarian agency Church World Service has announced the opening of its 2008-09 CROP Hunger Walk season, during which hunger activists in some 2,000 communities across the nation will begin walking to raise money for the agency’s domestic and global anti-hunger programs. “As the United States and the world come to grips with a food crisis that has seen supplies dwindle […]

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