2011-12-01 E-Edition

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Gay lesson plan coming to school

New state law will require attention to diversity

Local school districts are starting to pay attention to a new state law that requires certain textbooks to highlight the achievements of the gay and lesbian population in California and the United States. How Senate Bill 48— an amendment to the state Education Code signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in July—will play out in local classrooms remains uncertain. Although the […]

Gone shopping

Did you do any midnight-madness holiday shopping on Black Friday? I didn’t. The family gift lists don’t include any big-ticket items this year, and sleep is more important than getting up and standing in line to buy a Blu-ray copy of “Pulp Fiction” for $3.99. Besides, we’re out of pepper spray. My wife, bless her heart, was a midnight-madness participant. […]

Gardens of the World seeks artists to exhibit

Each year, the Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks hosts local artist exhibits in the Resource Center. Dates for 2012 are now available to artists on a first come, first served basis. Viewing hours on reserved dates at the Resource Center are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Each artist receives display time of five to six […]

Runners hit the road with Turkey Trot

‘All My Sons’ at AHS

D.A. may not pursue charges against Van Dyke

  By Michelle Knight knight@theacorn.com A charge of child endangerment against Carey Van Dyke, grandson of iconic actor Dick Van Dyke, could be dropped by police. Tony Wold, an attorney with the Ventura County district attorney’s office, said Monday that Van Dyke’s arraignment set for Tues., Nov. 29 had been cancelled pending further investigation. On Nov. 10, Ventura County sheriff’s […]

Heroin a new drug of choice

Users chronicle path to addiction

Part one of a three-part series It took David Johnston 30 minutes to destroy the future he’d been trying to build for 18 years. Strung out on cocaine, heroin and an assortment of other drugs, David and a fellow user hatched a plan to rob the home of an acquaintance. The plan was simple. Call to make sure no one […]

Local author to discuss, sign her book

Westlake Village resident Jackie Lapin, a life coach and author of “Practical Conscious Creation: Daily Techniques to Manifest Your Desires,” will have a presentation, questionand answer time and book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10 at The Hummingbird and Honey Bee, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. 103, Thousand Oaks. Her book has won a Pinnacle Award. […]

Academy promotes creativity

Sometimes, it starts with a dream. The Academy for Salon Professionals, a L’Oreal affiliated Cosmetology and Esthetics school in Canoga Park, began that way. Jill Murphy, the founder of the academy, decided in 2005 to create a different kind of school. Murphy’s goal was to use her 14 years of experience as an educator with Redken to change and improve […]