An epic battle with slick messy sycamore leaves

‘Bag babe’ must clean up storm mess

There is a mound of damp sycamore leaves the size of a beached whale—Ahab’s mighty mega-sized Moby Dick no less— looming on my horizon. In gangster movies there’s always a “bag man” to pick up or drop stolen loot. In my life I’m the “bag babe,” the little person stuck unfurling a black plastic trash bag twice as tall and […]

Could there be danger lurking inside that mole on my skin?

COMMENTARY /// Skin disease

Nearly all of us have some sort of mole or brown spot on our skin. In fact, the average adult has anywhere from 10 to 40 moles. Most of the time we don’t give much thought to our moles; we see them as simply a part of the landscape of our skin. It is, however, a good idea to keep […]

We are the champions — again!

A+ FOR AHS—The Agoura High School Spirit Team wins the CHEERPros California state title for the second year in a row in the Sideline Cheer category Jan. 29 in Ontario, Calif. For their accomplishment the team also received a bid to the Best of the West competition, which will be held at the Pyramid at Long Beach State University in […]

Oroville Dam has local importance

Conejo Valley residents have a direct connection with the Lake Oroville Dam because it is the origin of most of our imported potable water. Our water starts as snow melt and rain from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which drains into Lake Oroville. From the lake, the water moves down the Feather River about 75 miles and flows through the Sacramento […]

For the good of the community

THANK YOU FROM THE CITY—Calabasas Mayor Pro Tem Fred Gaines, right, drops by Salon Nuuvo’s five-year celebration and donation drive Feb. 11. He thanked the Calabasas salon’s founder, Raychel Harrison, for the good work the business does for the community. During the event, the salon at 26777 Agoura Road collected donations of unique clothing and antiques to benefit the Pennies […]

Healthy eating on a budget

Senior Concerns will host a community seminar titled “Healthy Eating on a Budget” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 28 at 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. The presentation will discuss the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables, how to incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables into recipes, and how to prepare simple and healthy recipes. The program is for […]

District going off the grid

Schools to get solar panels

In its ongoing commitment to environmental issues, Oak Park Unified School District said it will install solar panels at all schools, a program that will take the district 80 percent “off the grid,” or free from electrical consumption. The project is being funded by the district’s newly passed Measure S bond. The system installation and cost of maintenance over 25 […]

Poor survey

I hope the City Council did not pay a lot for such a superficial and vague survey as printed in the Feb. 16 issue of The Acorn. The demographics are basically hidden, and to base any viable results from 400 respondents in a town of nearly 29,000 is laughable. I do not think residents bemoan the lack of Costco, Target […]

Volunteers sought to lead tours at Gardens of the World

Gardens of the World, a Thousand Oaks visitor attraction owned and operated by the Hogan Family Foundation, seeks more volunteer docents to serve guests visiting the cultural gardens. The gardens host about 30,000 visitors from around the world annually. Docents receive six to eight weeks of training, including shadowing experienced docents and conducting mock tours with staff members. No previous […]

They beat the clock in fight against cancer

DEVOTED FOLLOWERS— It a cool, wet start to the 5K race at the ninth-annual Westlake Village Pancreatic Cancer Research Run/ Walk Feb. 18. But that didn’t curb the enthusiasm of the many participants who came out in support of pancreatic cancer research. Left, a 10K runner makes a dog-gone strong finish. The event is held each year to honor Pam […]