2018-07-12

Distant flight survival tips to make travel more entertaining

Flying Squirrel

Imagine you’ve just boarded an Airbus A350 in Newark, N.J., for a 9,000-mile flight to Singapore. You’ll be spending 19 hours on the plane, a very long time—especially in the cheap seats (economy). This particular trip will be the world’s longest flight route when it relaunches this October. Most of us will never have to endure a 19-hour flight, but […]

New board members to lead Cancer Fit nonprofit

Cancer Fit, a nonprofit that offers free exercise and wellness programs for cancer survivors in Southern California, recently welcomed the following new board members. •Roya Alt. Alt serves as communications director of Children Mending Hearts, a Los Angeles-based arts education nonprofit. She is the former executive director of public relations for the City of Hope Cancer Center. •Susan Corti. A […]

About gas prices

Ahh, summer. Time again for whining about gas prices. I was surprised to see the sentiment expressed in a chaotic official editorial by The Acorn itself. One would hope the newspaper might bother to leaven its work with a few facts and context. Unfortunately, no. Let’s start with the fiction of high gas prices. Gas prices today, even with taxes, […]

Fourth of July pets make good companions

For women on the go

My Ladies Travel Club is for solo women travelers and will have its first meeting at 2 p.m. Wed., July 18 at Wood Ranch Golf Club, 301 N. Wood Ranch Pkwy, Simi Valley. The group is for women travelers who want to visit new destinations, meet new friends, and travel with a group of like-minded women. To make a reservation […]

Lunch, friends at memory cafe

Senior Concerns will offer a Memory Café for seniors with dementia and their family caregivers from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., July 14 at 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. Memory Cafés can help reduce social isolation and can also unite people facing similar challenges. The cafes take place quarterly. Lunch will be provide for all attendees. Reservations are required. […]

New pump station crucial to Calleguas and Las Virgenes

GUEST Opinion /// Protecting California’s water


At recent board meetings by the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, the proposal to construct a new pump and pressure-reducing station on Lindero Canyon Road just north of the county line was discussed. The station will connect the water distribution systems between the two major regional water wholesalers—the Calleguas and Las Virgenes municipal […]

Pet of the Week

SAD EYES—Cinnamon, who has short legs and gorgeous eyes, likes lots of attention, is high energy and walks well on leash. To adopt Cinnamon ask for ID No. A4945218 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control before visiting the shelter.

Low-tech dude brings high-energy laughs to T.O.

Stand-up comic Carlos Oscar is a low-tech dude living in a high-tech world. Sometimes that results in hilarious conversations with his son. There was the time he handed the boy a broom and ordered him to sweep the back porch. The kid looked up at him, down at the broom, and said, “How do you turn it on?” On the […]

Softball star in Cuba for tournament

Catcher is expected to be one of top freshmen in region in 2019



Whether it’s hitting off a tee, taking grounders or playing a simple game of catch, Maddy Mekari never lets a day go by without some softball in her life. Not even when she’s on vacation. “I even brought my glove to New York,” Mekari said during a recent phone call from East Northport, Long Island. “We’ve been playing catch here.” […]