2011-07-14 E-Edition

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Busy summer for kids in Acorn country

Summer comes alive at Peter Strauss Ranch

“Larry Crowne”

With Hanks and Roberts, ‘Think old shoe, comfy pillow’

Directed by: Tom Hanks Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Roxana Ortega MPAA rating: PG-13 (for brief adult language, brief sexual innuendo) Running time: 98 min. Best suited for: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, romcom-lite fans Least suited for: sophisticated romcom lovers Acorn Rating: Tom Hanks, the quintessentially likable actor, has directed “Larry Crowne,” a marshmallow-light, feather-heavy, shamelessly traditional romantic comedy that […]

Roger E. Jones

Team sports keep teen girls healthy

Teen girls are embracing being active, and athletics is the leading activity they participate in at school. Today, 65 percent of high school girls participate in a school sport. The top 10 are track and field, soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, softball, cross country, swimming, cheerleading and dance team. A recent survey conducted by Varsity Brands found that a majority of […]

Don’t stop the DUI checkpoints

Nobody wants drunk drivers on the road, but is everybody willing to make sacrifices to keep them away? The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, for one, is asking motorists to endure monthly DUI checkpoints in various local communities— an inconvenience for the innocent, a nightmare for the guilty. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even […]

Time again for those decline-in-value appeals

The filing period to appeal what could be incorrect property tax assessments opened July 2. The tax bill that property owners will receive in October will be based on the assessed values. The taxes are at least 1 percent of the assessed value. For example, if an incorrect assessed value is reduced through the assessment appeal process by $100,000, then […]

T.O. is alive with ‘Sound of Music’

Cabrillo Music Theatre will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” Fri. through Sun., July 22 through July 31 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The musical marked the final collaboration between songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, with a book written by playwrights Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. This production features […]

Dorothy “Pauline” Perna

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