Old shoes will help fundraiser for toe-tapping musicians

Your 14-year-old son has outgrown his pricey athletic shoes—again. And the sparkly, funky shoes piled in your daughter’s closet aren’t getting much use since they’ve already fallen out of fashion. Even moms and dads have a surplus of shoes that do nothing more than rest in shoe racks, pile up in a basket or just take up space in an […]


I am absolutely outraged to read in The Acorn that a permit was granted to kill one of the few remaining magnificent mountain lions that we are fortunate to have here in the Santa Monica Mountains. Should the death of this cougar occur, it will be the result once again of irresponsible human behavior. Jack Gill took no preventative steps […]

Robert Harris McGalliard

10/19/1925 - 12/17/2014

The world lost a wonderful man when Robert Harris McGalliard, age 89, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Bob was born in Los Angeles, California on October 29,1925, to James and Gertrude McGalliard.They made their home in North Hollywood and some of Bob’s fondest memories were playing sports at North Hollywood Park. […]

New board members for clinic

The Conejo Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks has named three new members to its board of directors: Thousand Oaks resident Patrick Cahalan, partner at KPMG LLP; Simi Valley resident Carol Richards, vice president and branch manager of Union Bank, Thousand Oaks/Westlake; and Simi Valley resident Mara Romezi, senior manager of contracts and pricing for Amgen. As a nonprofit agency serving […]


THURS., JAN. 22 Toastmasters TOTAL Noon to 1 p.m. in Oak Room, third level, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Newly-installed president Al Brown conducts meeting. Guests welcome at no charge. Contact: Richard Gaz. Phone: 805.498. 3393. Ventura County Rose Society 6:30 p.m. at Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. Refreshments at […]


Your Jan. 15 article regarding the mountain lion that killed the pygmy goats was misleading. It states: “Fish and Wildlife granted Gill a ‘depredation’ permit, which allows him to kill the animal if it enters his property again. The permit is rare and rarely results in the death of an animal.” Actually, over 1,600 lions have been killed with these […]

Author offers wisdom on ‘pro-aging’

Inspired by her own aging crisis, Marcia Newman, 56, and a licensed psychotherapist, wrote “Five Gifts of Pro-Aging: Honoring Maturity in a Culture That Could Use It.” Newman will sign copies of her book from 2 to 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 24 at Barnes & Noble in the Westlake Promenade at 160 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks. “It is a […]

On the Trail

Vanquishing the unvanquishable

There is a bench outside the Luigi Basile men’s clothing store on Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks that is a perfect place to view a row of eucalyptus trees high above. One of the tallest eucalypts has a split trunk. The dual trunks then merge their foliage—mint green with a silver sheen—to form the tree’s shaggy yet airy crown. […]

Community band seeks musicians

The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services and the City of Westlake Village will present the spring performance of the Community Concert and Jazz Band at 4 p.m. Sun., March 8 at Oaks Christian High School, 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village. Matt McKagan will be returning as the director of both bands. Rehearsals will be at 7 […]

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