Ida Lauper Smith

(1927 – 2014)

Ida Lauper Smith, 87, of Westlake Village passed away on Friday, December 26, 2014, surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Ida was born August 1, 1927 in Los Angeles, California to Albert Lauper and Ida Pfister Lauper. Ida grew up in Los Angeles and worked at the Shell Oil Company where she met her life partner, John Carter […]

Debate program open for high schoolers

The Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series, sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, will award $50,000 in scholarship funds to high school debate students from across the nation. Six regional competitions will take place between February and May at high schools in California, Texas, Missouri, Washington D.C. and New York as well as an online competition. Two finalists from […]

MELT workshop shows how to relieve pain

Ilene Berke, RYT and certified Pilates instructor, will host a MELT introduction workshop to show how to stay pain free from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sat., Jan. 17 at the new Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. A Conejo Valley resident for 43 years, Berke will demonstrate a self-treatment system invented by Sue Hitzmann called the MELT […]

Support for wildlife crossing

Because of the recent death of a mountain lion in addition to deer, coyotes and other wildlife trying unsuccessfully to cross the 101 Freeway in the Liberty Canyon area of Agoura Hills, an exciting new wildlife freeway crossing is now being planned. The 101 Freeway creates an impenetrable barrier for wildlife that is essentially trapped on one side of the […]

Mountain bikers brush up on skills

Oaks Christian students support kids in Congo

Many U.S. school children have no idea where Goma, Congo, is located. Oaks Christian Middle School sixth-grade student Lexi Johnston became acquainted with Camille and Esther Ntoto—an Orange County-based, Congolese missionary couple—who are the founders of Africa New Day. Lexi was inspired to make a difference in the lives of the Congolese school children. She started Global Friends for Change, […]

Take Your Acorn on Vacation

Shoot to kill?

I had to read Mr. Hicks’ Jan. 8 letter “Is cougar eating your pets?” several times to make sure I understood his position. Assuming I’m right, it would appear that Mr. Hicks thinks that the 14-month-old cougar should be killed simply because it is doing what cougars do. As with coyotes, we are living in their neighborhood. This ongoing argument […]

Study the sap in your family tree

Learn about genealogy at open house in Thousand Oaks

The Conejo Valley Genealogical Society will host an open house for the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Tues., Jan. 20 at the Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The club is open to those interested learning more about genealogy. The event will feature special areas that will spotlight the CVGS Computer Interest Group, the Beginner’s Tools […]

Skinks, pigs and spiders, oh my!

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