Helping to feed the world’s hungry

TEAMING UP—Above, youths and adults from the United Methodist churches of Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley assemble nutritious meals to help feed needy communities Nov. 5 at the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village. The group packaged 10,000 meals in two hours for the international nonprofit Rise Against Hunger. Right, the meals are ready for shipment to Cambodia.

Government programs available for first-time buyers

Pros share info on special loans and grants

Do you want to buy a home but do not have enough money for the down payment and closing costs? There are numerous programs to help home buyers come up with the needed funds for down payment. Buying now will let you take advantage of low-interest rates and an improving housing market. “It is a good time to take advantage […]

Thanksgiving schedule

The Acorn’s Thanksgiving issue will be delivered a day early next week, on Wed., Nov. 22. Real estate advertisements and editorial submissions are due by the end of today, Thurs., Nov. 16. Retail advertisements are due Fri., Nov. 17. Happy holiday to all of our Acorn readers.

Stephen Craig Morales

1950 - 2017

All faiths gather to give thanks during holiday

The 41st annual Interfaith Conejo Valley Thanksgiving Service will be at 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 22 in Gilbert Arena on the Cal Lutheran University campus in Thousand Oaks. The service is a long-standing tradition of the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association. Members of different faith communities will celebrate with songs and words of inspiration, and give thanks for the richness of […]

Amgen to lay off another 200

Ventura County’s largest private employer, biopharmaceutical giant Amgen, is going through another round of layoffs. While the Thousand Oaksbased company has not formally announced new cuts, an Amgen spokesperson confirmed that about 200 people across the research and development department are being affected, and the majority of them are based at Amgen’s headquarters in T.O. and offices in South San […]

The battle against opioid addiction a long, difficult fight

It was the spring of 1980 when 13-year-old Cari Lightner was killed by a drunk driver in a suburb outside Sacramento. Her mother, Candy Lightner, would go on to found Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the campaign to raise awareness about the many people of all ages who are killed daily in DUI-related accidents. Over the ensuing decade, MADD put […]

Veterans Day 2017

Canine murmurs delight


Leave it to the movies to tackle subjects like the communication between species, as done in the 2016 film “Arrival.” I have a dog whose language skills are rather intriguing to me. She’s a “murmurer,” kind of a tongue-twisting title. Well, actually she’s a beagle- Jack Russell cross, and she murmurs. Not in her sleep, and not in expressing a […]


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