County takes a look into the future—wants your help

What will Ventura County—and the L.A. County border communities of Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, for that matter—look like in 2040? Will they have autonomous cars, high-rise apartment buildings or perhaps a whole new job sector in an industry that hasn’t even been created? To say the least, foretelling the future is a difficult task, but one that has […]

Thanks, Acorn

Please pass on my huge thanks to Joel Goldes for the work he is doing to clean up Lindero Creek and also getting rid of the crayfish. Aren’t we fortunate to have him and his commitment to our environment. And a big thank you to you for covering this kind of a story. I love The Acorn. We have Westlake […]

Paying attention

Last week’s Critter Corner article was excellent (“Dogs give unconditional love and deserve undivided attention”). Carla Ondrasik has a beautiful soul. I, too, have seen people walking their dogs in my lovely treelined neighborhood without a thought regarding the experience that the dog is having. The dog walkers have their heads down, totally involved with their little machines and far […]

Caretaker stole from elderly, police say

A caretaker at a Thousand Oaks assisted-living home has been accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the facility’s elderly residents. Jose Manuel Orozco, 21, worked at Sunrise Senior Living on Townsgate Road in the Westlake portion of T.O. In a statement issued July 28, the Thousand Oaks Police Department said it identified Orozco as the person responsible for the […]

No jet freeway over the Conejo Valley, FAA says

Despite the concerns of some residents about noise and overhead flight frequency, the Federal Aviation Administration told The Acorn this week that a recent change in Southern California flight paths did not result in more commercial airlines passing over the Conejo Valley. The flight-path change is part of a larger project—dubbed Metroplex—that aims to make it possible for airlines to […]

Arts company explains name change

What’s in a name? For one of Civic Arts Plaza’s resident companies, it’s opportunities. Since 1994, Cabrillo Music Theatre has offered Conejo Valley audiences the opportunity to see Broadway musicals in their own backyard. While the company plans to continue doing just that—and more—it will be doing it under a different name. Cabrillo is changing its name to 5-Star Theatricals. […]

Good will is just a stone’s throw away

Inspirational painted rocks turn up all over Newbury Park and Westlake

Step aside, Pokémon Go players and geocaching treasure hunters, a new game is sweeping the town, getting people outdoors where they can play hide-andseek and spread kindness with painted rocks. No GPS or smartphone app is needed. In the game, kids and adults paint smooth garden rocks with colorful designs and uplifting messages, then place them around the community in […]


Love Run winners recognized

Senior Concerns and Ladin Subaru, title sponsor of the 2017 Love Run, recently co-hosted an awards ceremony to celebrate the following top teams and fundraisers from this year’s race, which netted a record $100,000 for the Meals on Wheels program. Tuesday Tribe Training earned top fundraising honors for a team. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center won as the business […]

Midsummer wine festival

Admission prices to this Rotary fundraiser go up Wednesday

The Thousand Oaks Rotary Club Foundation will celebrate its 16th annual Midsummer Eve Wine Festival from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 19 at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. Since its inception, the age- 21-and-over festival has raised more than $600,000 to benefit the Ventura County Special Olympics and the Rotary foundation, which supports local charities and provides scholarships to students. […]