Mentor program promotes forward thinking

College grads and new business owners ready to climb the corporate ladder or position their business for growth can get a leg up on the competition with a mentor. Mentor Matchmakers is the brainchild of Brian Frankel, a 26-year-old Calabasas man who decided that helping others reach their dreams was a worthy goal for himself. On the company’s website, www.mentormatchmaker.com, […]


Take a hike The Japanese call it “Shinrinyoku.” In the Western world, we refer to it as “forest bathing.” A walk in the woods is what some Japanese scientists are prescribing for weary, burned-out executives as well as the general, overly stressed population. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, director of the Center for Environmental Health and Field Sciences at Chiba University, believes that […]

A new model of student teaching

Las Virgenes Unified School District has partnered with California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks as a professional development school for student teaching opportunities. According to Superintendent Dan Stepenosky, the district maintains many agreements with local universities, including Cal State Northridge, UCLA and others, but the partnership with CLU is expected to provide a model after the one-year pilot program is […]

Shopping center’s new look

The North Ranch Gateway shopping center on the northeast corner of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village is about to undergo a major renovation. Built in the late 1980s, the 86,600-square-foot center comprises five buildings of various sizes. It is anchored by T. J. Maxx and has about two-dozen retail shops, restaurants and service providers. The […]

On the Trail

Grumpy Gus and a burro named Edgar My brother’s crabby commentary about the rustic country life of rural Agoura, where I happen to live, used to flow freely. When he made his rare pilgrimage to the country, I got “Grumpy Gus” out on a bicycle to tour local canyon roads, crisscrossed by a sycamore-lined stream and edged with oakshaded hobby […]

Fit 4 The Cause names new board member

Fit 4 The Cause has appointed Brian Sullivan to its board of directors. Fit 4 The Cause is a nonprofit organization raising funds for health-related causes through group fitness programs and wellness education in the Conejo Valley. The board consists of 13 members and eight advisory members. Sullivan is the vice president for Humana’s Employer Group segment in Southern California. […]

Show brings dancing queens and kings

The rock tribute band phenomenon has grown rapidly due to the aging rock ’n’ roll generation. The latest tribute show, part of the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s free Summer Concerts in the Park, came from AbbaFab, which honors the music of Swedish super group ABBA. In its publicity AbbaFab promises “the premiere ABBA experience.” But everyone knows that publicity […]

Send us your best fiction tale

Deadline Aug. 29

The Acorn’s popular annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest is underway, and it’s easy to enter. In 100 words or fewer, write a fiction story and send it to newstip@theacorn.com. Only one entry please, and you must include your name, home address, age and phone number. No poems, only tall tales. The fiction genre holds no bounds. You can choose […]

How to train your dragon . . . and frog

Making strides against breast cancer

HATS OFF—Above, Tina Brewer of Simi Valley removes her hat to announce her eightmonth survivor status at the third annual Making Strides 5K on Aug. 9 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Center Plaza. In photo left, from left, Joanie Prince of Westlake Village, Susan Malone of Thousand Oaks, Shirley Dragicevich of Westlake Village, and Bonnie Adamick of Westlake Village show […]

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