2014-12-11 E-Edition

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Domestic violence up in Ventura

Ventura County has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in California, and the number of reported cases keeps rising. According to social workers and law enforcement officials, there are many reasons for the county’s high rate of domestic violence. Erik Sternad, director of Camarillo based nonprofit Interface Children and Family Services, said money woes, substance abuse and emotional […]

Rummaging around for a good buy

Photos by SUSAN WEININGER/Acorn Newspapers


THURS., DEC. 11 A World Of Nativities 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday at Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331A Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Manger scenes on display; collections from around the world and a variety of media and styles. No sales. Admission: free. Contact: Anna Gaz. Phone: 805.498. 3393. Simi Valley/Moorpark Republican Women 5:30 p.m. at Wood Ranch […]

Las Posadas event rides into T.O.

United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks will present a Las Posadas Celebration, open to the community, at 3:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13 at the church, 1000 Janss Road. Children and adults from the church will reenact the Biblical journey of Mary and Joseph as they search for shelter in Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus. This Latino Christmas tradition translates […]

New sidewalks being planned for busy Westlake boulevard

Construction of sidewalks along two busy stretches of Westlake Boulevard between the 101 Freeway and Triunfo Canyon Road is tentatively slated to begin next summer. The Thousand Oaks City Council on Nov. 25 approved a $99,000 agreement with T.O.-based MNS Engineering, Inc. for the engineering and design of the sidewalks, which are expected to make things safer for pedestrians who […]

Flying Squirrel

December travel

The lights on the house are up (check). The tree is up (check). The lights on the tree are up—and they work (check, check). With my holiday decorating responsibilities completed, I can relax and finally start thinking about the holidays ahead—next year’s holidays, that is. December 2015? As in, not two weeks from now, but a whole year from now? […]

Music served Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser, a male a cappella group, will perform at 8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 29 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 T.O. Blvd. The group originally formed over a dozen years ago while the members were students together at Indiana University. Now Straight No Chaser has a massive fan base, with over 20 million views […]

Prickly pear cacti: good for what’s ailing you

Prickly pear cacti have been used for thousands of years for food and medicinal purposes, mostly by Native Americans. The cacti and fruit are still staple foods in parts of Mexico and Latin America and are raised commercially around the world. There are approximately 350 varieties of prickly pear. The fruit is sold under the name “tuna.” The pads are […]

Cindy Iser takes over as new school board pres.