Oak Park boys’ golf team will spend year draining birdies for nonprofit

The Oak Park High boys’ golf team recently launched “Birdies to Benefit,” a program designed to reinforce for its players the concept of philanthropy and community service. “We have developed a successful golf program over the past 13 years without ever stressing winning,” said Eagle head coach Bruce Beck. “At the foundation of our coaching is that hard work and […]

Says water tank ill-conceived

During the Nov. 13 Las VIrgenes water board meeting, the LVMWD acted as arrogant dictatorial politburo members voting their own personal whim as they funded $500,000 to design the Westlake water tank. This despite a large group of attending citizens urging the board to at least delay this decision for further review until the new general manager and new board […]

New park superintendent comes with global experience

Open spaces should be accessible to everyone, said David Szymanski, the new superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The recreation area is an urban national park encompassing 154,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. About 35 million visitors a year use the network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private […]

VolunTeens mindful of animals

CLU gives the gift of music

California Lutheran University will present its annual holiday gift to the community with the free Christmas festival concerts, “Let Heaven and Nature Sing,” at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, and 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 in Samuelson Chapel, south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. The university’s longestrunning annual event […]

Oaks Christian volleyball star signs with Hawaii

Jennings Franciskovic, a 6-foot-5 senior setter/outside hitter for Oaks Christian High boys’ volleyball, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the University of Hawaii. Franciskovic is a team captain and four-year starter for the Lions. He earned All-Tri-Valley League first team honors in 2011 and 2012. An honors student, Franciskovic will study business at Hawaii. Volleyball magazine […]

Explaining Proposition 30

In the Nov. 8 editorial section, The Acorn expressed concern over the recent passage of Proposition 30. This proposition merely prevents further cuts to California’s educational budget, but it does not add any additional money. It’s important that our local media acknowledge the inextricable link between a successful and fully-funded school district and the value of our homes, the success […]

Interactive history lesson

First employee of CLU dies

The first employee of California Lutheran University, Ethel Beyer of Camarillo, died Wed., Nov. 14 at the age of 104. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Fri., Nov. 30 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 W. Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks. Born Sept. 1, 1908 in Buffalo, N.Y., Beyer moved to California in the 1920s. She […]

Sit on Spot Says Use Good Training Tactics

Amir Litovich, owner and head trainer of Sit on Spot canine training service, says convincing your dog to act on command is not as hard as it seems. Litovich, who serves customers in Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Simi Valley, offers these top 10 training tips: 1. Use at most one or two words […]

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