Shark meat

I was reading Ela Lindsay’s review of the Golden Panda Buffet and I was stopped in my tracks. In her list of soups offered she included shark fin. While I have since learned that the word “imitation” was accidentally omitted, meaning no actual shark fin is used to make the soup, the letter expressing my outrage had already been written. […]

Program for seniors on downsizing their stuff

The Goebel Adult Community Center will host a seminar on “What to Do with Your Stuff!” at 3 p.m. Fri., July 21 at 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The one-hour seminar will explore options and costs for those ready to downsize and get rid of possessions. The program will cover the tools and services that are available to assist […]


THURS., JULY 13 Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, room A, 5005 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. David Ralphe and Gary Thomas talk about the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center and its foundation. Luncheon cost: $18 cash or check. Web: www.svcommunitycouncil.org. Margarita Mixoff And More 5:30 to 8 p.m. at […]

Optimists help cancer center

GENEROUS—The Conejo Valley Optimist Club awards $1,000 recently to the Westlake-based Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara, whose mission is to help children and families affected by cancer. From left are: volunteer Arthur Connolly, volunteer Jesse Ingalia, program director Kayo Matsumoto and Optimist president Dan Reider.

Health insurance

Health insurance is more than a policy, it’s peace of mind. It’s knowing your family will be cared for and not having to worry about going broke when you get sick. That’s why I strongly oppose the Senate healthcare bill. The more I learn about it, the less I like. Robbing healthcare from millions of Americans to give yet another […]

Driver’s ed is right around the corner

Family Man

We were on one of those family walks— the kind we used to take all the time when our kid was younger and had more time for us—when a shiny new driver’s ed car came slowly around the corner, passed by and then disappeared into the distance forever to pick up dings and damage on roads to come. Our son, […]

Start the day with cars and coffee in Malibu

The City of Malibu and Exclusive Motor Cars will host a free Malibu Cars and Coffee event from 7 to 9 a.m. Sun., July 23 at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Hwy. Car enthusiasts can attend or bring a vehicle to show, including sports, historical and rare cars, trucks and motorcycles. No registration is required. The parking lot will […]

New medical research center in dermatology to soon make its home in Newbury Parks

Grand opening is Thurs., July 20

An advanced state-of-theart dermatology research and comprehensive treatment center, the first facility of its type in the Conejo Valley, will open next week. The official grand opening of the California Institute of Dermatology will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs., July 20 at 3095 Old Conejo Road, Newbury Park. “The focus of our work is to develop and […]

U.S. on short end of immigration

The one group of people, rarely mentioned, who profit immeasurably from illegal im- migration is the elite, wealthy class in Mexico and Central and South American countries. Rather than incur the expenses of healthcare, public education and welfare programs, they “look the other way,” even encourage, their indigent populations to migrate to the United States. It then becomes a burden […]

New column showcases wonderful, weird and lovable pets

PETS AND THEIR PEEPS /// Potbellied pigs

When you think of pigs, perhaps Wilbur from the book “Charlotte’s Web” comes to mind. In the story, Charlotte the spider spins a web that spells out the words “some pig” to let everyone know what a wonderful pig Wilbur is. Because Acorn readers love their pets so much, this new column will showcase the wonderful, sometimes weird but always […]