Agoura girls enjoy a nite out

Don’t break up the band yet

Simpkins propel Lion swim squad

Rachel Kilpatrick and Sean Simpkins cherish every moment on the Oaks Christian High pool deck. The good times are just beginning to roll for Simpkins, a freshman star on the boys’ team. Kilpatrick, a senior captain on the girls’ squad, spent time reflecting on her memorable swim career with the Acorn. She can look back and appreciate the years of […]


Diaper debate: reusables versus disposables

The major companies that provide reusable diaper services in Ventura County are based outside the area—in Pasadena, Montrose and Santa Clarita—so consumers have to weigh the options of reusables versus disposables. Does the resource conservation of using reusables instead of disposable diapers exceed the environmental costs of transportation? Alternatively, does home laundering of reusable diapers reduce transportation but use too […]

Street fair

The annual Simi Valley Street Fair returns Saturday, with nearly 400 vendors setting up tents at its new location, the Simi Valley Town Center. The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 at the mall, between Erringer Road and First Street. This marks the fair’s first change of venue in 14 years. Hosted by the […]

Home has views, guest house, barbecue area and waterfall

Also an entertainer’s kitchen with
granite counters and large pantry

This view home has a casita/ guest house with full bath. The main house has five bedrooms and six baths in 5,765 square feet. The home has soaring ceilings and warm desert-tone slate floors. The entertainer’s kitchen has granite counters, maple-colored cabinets and a large pantry. The grand family room has a fireplace and views of the backyard. The formal […]

The last straw

With plastic bags gone,
Calabasas now seeks to get rid of harmful straws

The City of Calabasas continues its push to minimize the harmful environmental impact of certain consumer products. City officials prohibited restaurants from using polystyrene containers in 2007, and in 2011 banned the use of disposable plastic shopping bags. Now, the City Council has its sights set on getting rid of another source of pollution—straws. The council ordered a study on […]

Super student wanted for Beyond magazine

Beyond the Acorn magazine is searching for an exceptional high school student who embodies the traits of a true leader. The winner will be photographed for the cover of Beyond the Acorn magazine and will receive a $500 contribution to their college fund. This remarkable young person is someone who goes above and beyond. Someone who’s committed to community service, […]

Do we really need all those pills that we’re taking?

Other Side of 50

I recently assisted in moderating a local research study of individuals who took six or more prescription medications a day. Some participants spoke of needing to take pills with food, while others needed to take their medication on an empty stomach. Some were required to split their pills and some needed to modify their dosage daily depending on their health […]


THURS., MAY 10 Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rancho Susana Community Center, room A, 5005 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Dawnel DeRubeis discusses the warning signs and risk factors of suicide. Lunch cost: $18 payable by cash or check. Web: svcommunitycouncil.org. Conejo Valley Days 5 to 10 p.m. today at Conejo Creek Park South, […]

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