Optimism abounds

DONATION—Dan Rieder, right, president of the Optimist Club of Conejo Valley, and Fletcher Friedman present a check for $500 to Michele Garcia, regional coordinator with the Get on the Bus program. The money will be used to provide bus trips so that children can visit their incarcerated parents. The Conejo Valley Optimists help give back to the community to enhance […]

Phil Norman Tentet concert

The Great Music at Ascension series will present the Phil Norman Tentet at 4 p.m. Sun., April 30 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The Los Cerritos Middle School Band will participate. Guests can meet the performers at a reception following the concert. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be taken. The program will […]

Setting a high bar

Oak Park senior slugger is bound for Williams College softball team

Gabi Medvene-Cirigliano is used to battling on the diamond and on the hardwood. After the Oak Park High softball standout, who played basketball for three seasons, graduates this spring, she’ll focus on another kind of court: the courtroom. The senior, who committed to play Division III softball at Williams College in Massachusetts, wants to be a lawyer like her late […]

Canine care

Such a great, but sad article about animal cruelty by Sylvie Belmond in last week’s Acorn. Humans should all have the hearts of canines. My wife, Sandy, is part of an organization, www.operationblanketsoflove.org. This group delivers new blankets and sheets to sheltered animals, and it’s a wonderful cause. Fred WallinWestlake Village

Media to speak at Brandeis luncheon event

Brandeis, Conejo Valley chapter, will present its spring speakers event and brunch at 10 a.m. Thurs., May 11 at North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Drive, Thousand Oaks. Speakers are Los Angeles Times columnists Sandy Banks and Michael Hiltzik, and ABC political director Elex Michaelson. Brandeis raises money for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS medical research. Admission is $65. Reservations […]

Agave Maria’s serving breakfast on patio

Acorn Epicurean

This is a perfect time of year to enjoy a tasty breakfast or brunch outdoors on a festive patio with bright, cheerful umbrellas, lots of greenery, the sound of a tinkling fountain and the taste of great Mexican and American favorites. And in case you haven’t yet discovered a lovely local al fresco dining experience, Agave Maria’s in Camarillo could […]

Transfers boost Agoura

Softball squad ranked No. 4 in CIF Division 2 poll

The Chargers felt like they were one or two pieces away from being great. They were humming with solid pitching and defense. But they just needed a little extra oomph in the lineup. Since transfers Jess Puk and Sam Demyon became eligible April 4, Agoura High’s softball team has won seven of 10 games. Puk, a catcher who also patrols […]

Water rates not based on supply and demand

Eric Bergh of the Calleguas Municipal Water District made a great presentation at the Calvary Church in Newbury Park and explained in detail what is going on with water supply rates. He explained the hundreds of billions of gallons of wasted runoff water up north going directly into the ocean with no collection, no storage tanks, nothing. This is performed […]

Democratic women to give scholarships

The Democratic Women’s Council will give scholarships and awards at an program from 2 to 5 p.m. Sun., May 7 at a lakeside home on the island in Westlake Village. The event will celebrate the 2017 recipients of the Fran Pavley Scholarships for Empowering Young Women along with a special presentation of DWCCV’s third annual Woman of the Year Award […]

Final curtain for late actor

The Conejo Valley may seem big and impersonal, but in times of adversity residents often band together in a show of close-knit unity worthy of a small town. Members of the local theater community did just that recently, raising their voices and opening their hearts to honor the memory of Aaron Strange, an actor and husband of Newbury Park High […]

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