Foundation recognizes volunteers

Fiftythree residents recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Awards for volunteering a minimum of 100 hours in 2008 with the Hogan Family Foundation at the foundation’s Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks and at Rancho St. Francis in Hidden Hills and Camarillo. The volunteers each received a certificate which features the United States presidential seal. “We are very proud […]

Four for the Month

Still trying to figure out how to spend those holiday gift cards from Uncle Edward and Aunt Irene? The Acorn sports department suggests picking up one of these fine books. “Kelly Slater: For the Love” Authors: Kelly Slater and Phil Jarratt Amazon.com price: $23.06 Is there any doubt that Kelly Slater’s life is better than yours? Probably not, and now […]

Dancing at the Dorothy Chandler

FANCY FOOTWORK—The Rhythm Machine Dancers from Retter’s Academy of Dance take a break prior to their Dec. 24 performance at the 49th annual Los Angeles Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The performers included Nicole Jones, Nina Fisher, Shalynne Armstrong, Dylan Ptacek, Jessie Gold, Khristina Shad and Mckenzie Taguchi, Tessa Gidish, Chloe Martin, Nikki Malinoff, Renata Retter and Billi […]

Boy donates birthday presents to local Wellness Community

12-year-old gives to Kids Circle

For the Clarks, giving back is a family affair. As his parents, Roger and Kathy, were busy preparing their Agoura Hills home for the Holiday Homes Tour to benefit The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, a local cancer support organization, their son James decided he wanted to help in his own way. James’ 12th birthday party was coming up, but he knew […]

Westlake Braves complete perfect season

The Westlake Braves defeated the Santa Barbara Chargers in a United Bowl championship Senior Division game. Westlake is from the Gold Coast Youth Football League, while Santa Barbara competes in the Tri-Valley Youth Football League. The Santa Barbara Chargers took an early 8-0 lead on their first possession with a long drive that started on their own 45-yard line. Following […]

Author’s visit is out of this world

BEAM ME UP—Author Jennifer Anne Kogler attempts to teleport Lindero Canyon Middle School sixth-grade student Cody Franke, 12, to Burger King during an assembly at the school on Dec. 12. Kogler talked to students about her popular teen novel, “The Otherworldlies.”


Datebook SUN., JAN. 4 Jewish Genealogical Society Meets 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Ron Arons tells true story of Belva Gaertner, who inspired musical "Chicago," and how to conduct family research. Free to attend. Phone: 818.889.6616 Contact: Jan Time: 1:30 p.m. Date: 1/4/2009 MON., JAN. 5 Daughters of American Revolution Meets […]

Dog poisoned on trail

Someone laced raw meat with poisoned grain and put it on a Thousand Oaks open space trail, killing at least one dog, said Glen Kinney, a ranger for the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency. The dog died from the poison last month. “People need to keep their dogs on a leash so they don’t get into poison,” Kinney said. He […]

Musicians invited to compete

As part of its ongoing student outreach mission, the Ventura Music Festival will host the second annual Student Music Competition. One high school student from Ventura, Los Angeles or Santa Barbara county will be selected to play a number on stage with Latin-jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera, a ninetime Grammy award winner, on Feb. 14 at Ventura High School. To enter […]

Restaurant serves the community

PLAY BALL—Representatives of The Grill on the Alley in Westlake Village present Richard Isaacs, left, and Eric Fulton, right, of Agoura Pony Baseball with a $5,000 donation. The money will go toward Pony Baseball’s VIP program, which is geared toward special needs players.