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Plans for a new Simi Valley BMX facility will be back on the agenda during Wednesday’s Rancho Simi Recreation and Park D...
05/31/2022
Discussion back on track for BMX facility

Plans for a new Simi Valley BMX facility will be back on the agenda during Wednesday’s Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board of directors meeting.
Directors will resume discussion regarding a new motocross bicycle race track on June 1 at the district’s headquarters, 4201 Guardian St. The public can attend the 6:30 p.m. meeting in person or virtually via Zoom.

UP AND DOWN—BMX riders practice at the former Sycamore BMX Raceway. Plans for a new Simi Valley BMX facility will be back on the agenda during Wednesday’s Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board of directors meeting. Directors will resume discussion regarding a new motocross bicycle race ...

Local Memorial Day services open to the public
05/30/2022
A solemn reminder of freedom’s cost

Local Memorial Day services open to the public

HONORING THE FALLEN— Boy Scouts from Troop 622 in Simi Valley place crosses and flags on the gravesites of U.S. military personnel before the Memori a l Day observance at El Rancho Simi Pioneer Cemetery last year. JOSEPH A. GARCIA/ Acorn Newspapers Established in 1868 to recognize the more than 60...

“They worked really hard and stayed the course. And with the glory of God, they were able to pursue their academics thro...
05/29/2022
Perseverance, gratitude are hallmarks uniting Grace’s Class of 2022

“They worked really hard and stayed the course. And with the glory of God, they were able to pursue their academics through their desire to please him."

PICTURE-PERFECT MOMENT—Emily Oceguera takes a selfie with fellow graduates Johannah Markrud, Allie Reiman, and Terra Sandoval before Grace Brethren’s commencement ceremony May 21. RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers For the 61 seniors who graduated from Grace Brethren High last weekend, their schoo...

Lew Roth, who formed the Simi Valley Education Foundation in 1989, dedicated his professional life to promoting scholast...
05/28/2022
Foundation honors six outstanding individuals

Lew Roth, who formed the Simi Valley Education Foundation in 1989, dedicated his professional life to promoting scholastic achievement, impacting the lives of countless students. For 30 years, an award given in his honor has celebrated the employees and volunteers of the Simi Valley Unified School District who share that devotion. Six individuals were recently recognized for extraordinary service to the students of the SVUSD.

ROTH AWARDS— From left, Lew Roth award winners Michelle Scharf, Peggi Garcia, Carolyn Lantos and Casey Drummond. Also pictured are John Downey, receiving the awa rd on behalf of Kari Lev, and Daniel Bednar, receiving the award on behalf of Tim Bednar. Lev and Tim Bednar were not able to attend the...

Over $300,000 has been raised in the race to decide who will represent Moorpark and Simi Valley on the Board of Supervis...
05/28/2022
Following the money on the campaign trail

Over $300,000 has been raised in the race to decide who will represent Moorpark and Simi Valley on the Board of Supervisors, with candidates saying they will continue campaigning strong up until Election Day on June 7.
Four candidates are vying for the District 4 seat: Ed Abele, Dean Kunicki, Janice Parvin and Bernardo Perez.

Over $300,000 has been raised in the race to decide who will represent Moorpark and Simi Valley on the Board of Supervisors, with candidates saying they will continue campaigning strong up until Election Day on June 7. Four candidates are vying for the District 4 seat: Ed Abele, Dean Kunicki, Janice...

Two political newcomers— Lori Mills and Ted Nordblum— are challenging veteran Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to represent t...
05/27/2022
Challengers seek to change majority rule in Sacramento

Two political newcomers— Lori Mills and Ted Nordblum— are challenging veteran Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to represent the newly drawn 42nd Assembly District in California.
The June 7 primary will be the first election held since redistricting redrew assembly district lines.

Two political newcomers— Lori Mills and Ted Nordblum— are challenging veteran Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to represent the newly drawn 42nd Assembly District in California. The June 7 primary will be the first election held since redistricting redrew assembly district lines. The new Assembly Dis...

For the first time in a long time, the national GOP has its eye on California’s 26th Congressional District.The National...
05/27/2022
PRIMARY 2022 /// Final stretch

For the first time in a long time, the national GOP has its eye on California’s 26th Congressional District.
The National Republican Congressional Committee recently added the district to its target list, making any Republican who emerges from the primary the potential recipient of millions in funding.

For the first time in a long time, the national GOP has its eye on California’s 26th Congressional District. The National Republican Congressional Committee recently added the district to its target list, making any Republican who emerges from the primary the potential recipient of millions in fun...

Join Sage Mountain Senior Living for our Veterans Benefits Seminar on Tuesday, June 14th 4pm - 5pm.  Presented by Jim Mc...
05/26/2022

Join Sage Mountain Senior Living for our Veterans Benefits Seminar on Tuesday, June 14th 4pm - 5pm. Presented by Jim McHugh - Ventura County Veteran Services Officer, CAPT, USN (Ret.). Please RSVP with Griselda Arguellez (805)368-0602 or [email protected] #sponsored

What, in your opinion, is the best ice cream shop in town?🍦Snap a picture at your favorite store and send to readers@the...
05/25/2022

What, in your opinion, is the best ice cream shop in town?🍦

Snap a picture at your favorite store and send to [email protected] photo could win your ice cream shop of choice a free advertisement in Beyond the Acorn, in your honor!

Photos must be submitted by June 6th and include name, city and a brief description.

It was dark and the climb was tough, but Courtney Kanagi forged on. She eventually reached a group of stranded hikers an...
05/22/2022
Rancho Simi ranger honored for professionalism, compassion

It was dark and the climb was tough, but Courtney Kanagi forged on. She eventually reached a group of stranded hikers and helped lead them down to safety.
Rescue missions like this are what first responders are trained for and Kanagi—a Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District ranger—has developed a reputation for doing everything she can to serve the community.
Her efforts have not gone unnoticed.

It was dark and the climb was tough, but Courtney Kanagi forged on. She eventually reached a group of stranded hikers and helped lead them down to safety. Rescu

Last night was the Simi Valley Talent Show, presented by the Simi Valley Youth Council at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts ...
05/21/2022

Last night was the Simi Valley Talent Show, presented by the Simi Valley Youth Council at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center!
The event featured music, dance, and singing from performers, and attendees also enjoyed food, raffle prizes, and an auction.
Eleven performers/act vied for top awards. (All the participants were fantastic in our opinion!)

The winners in each category (and pictured):
Judge’s Choice—Alpha Omega Dance Crew
People’s Choice (tie)
--Indian dancers (featuring Divya Bhathe, Suneet Plaha, Agni Geejo, and Uma Akundi)
--Mylee Calistro
Vocalist (Age 14)—Sasha Rios Lorkowski
Vocalist (Age 16)—Micky Yerusha
Vocalist (Age 17+)—Mylee Calistro
Solo Dance—Brilana Bae
Group Dance—Alpha Omega Dance Crew

(Judges: Anthony Angelini, Lyndon Apostol, and Candace Gray)

After three years of extreme drought, Ventura County Waterworks District No. 8 is implementing drastic measures to conse...
05/21/2022
Get ready to turn off your sprinklers

After three years of extreme drought, Ventura County Waterworks District No. 8 is implementing drastic measures to conserve dwindling water resources. Starting June 1, outdoor watering in Simi Valley will be limited to one day per week. Pools were spared though, with the Simi Valley City Council majority allowing new pools and spas to be filled, but they can't be re-filled more than one foot per month, and must be covered when not in use.

After three years of extreme drought, Ventura County Waterworks District No. 8 is implementing drastic measures to conserve dwindling water resources. Starting

The Salon at Simi Institute recently reopened to the general public after months of renovation.
05/20/2022
Teaching salon reopens to community

The Salon at Simi Institute recently reopened to the general public after months of renovation.

STYLING—Roman Morales, a student at The Salon at Simi Institute, gives a haircut to Javier Robles, another student at the school. Courtesy of Ann-Marie Espinoza The Salon at Simi Institute recently reopened to the general public after months of renovation. The salon at 3340 Los Angeles Ave. has be...

B if by land, A if by sea.Two June ballot initiatives will ask voters to decide whether new and renewed oil and gas deve...
05/20/2022
Drill initiatives deciphered

B if by land, A if by sea.
Two June ballot initiatives will ask voters to decide whether new and renewed oil and gas development should have to attain Ventura County Board of Supervisor approval.

ENERGY— A drilling rig sits idle near Pacific Coast Highway between Ventura and La Conchita. SYLVIE BELMOND/ Acorn Newspapers B if by land, A if by sea. Two June ballot initiatives will ask voters to decide whether new and renewed oil and gas development should have to attain Ventura County Board ...

The Acorn invites you to share the success of your high school or college graduate with the whole community, in 35 words...
05/18/2022

The Acorn invites you to share the success of your high school or college graduate with the whole community, in 35 words or less, for only $40.
Visit www.theacornonline.com/grads/ to submit your ad today!

Primary elections are fast approaching: are you prepared to make an informed vote? Tune in to this week's episode of Bra...
05/18/2022

Primary elections are fast approaching: are you prepared to make an informed vote?

Tune in to this week's episode of Branching Out as managing editor John Loesing and Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey break down the May 11th 2022 Candidates Forum where we heard from candidates for two local races: Ventura County Sheriff and Ventura County Supervisor.

Listen to the podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/396817/10615489-candidates-for-sheriff-and-supervisor-debate

The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District will host a number of family-friendly events this summer.New this year, an ...
05/17/2022
Park district offers summer movies, music and events

The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District will host a number of family-friendly events this summer.
New this year, an arts fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., May 21 at Rancho Tapo Community Park.
The festival will include a fine art exhibit by the Simi Valley Art Association, vendor booths, balloon art, chalk art, stage performances and hands-on activities.

The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District will host a number of family-friendly events this summer. New this year, an arts fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., May 21 at Rancho Tapo Community Park. The festival will include a fine art exhibit by the Simi Valley Art Association, vendor b...

The Simi Valley Youth Council will present its fourth annual talent show at 7 p.m. Fri., May 20 at the Simi Valley Cultu...
05/17/2022
Youth Council hosts annual talent show

The Simi Valley Youth Council will present its fourth annual talent show at 7 p.m. Fri., May 20 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave.

The show will spotlight the talents and abilities of select local teen and adult artists as they perform on the arts center’s main stage.

The Simi Valley Youth Council will present its fourth annual talent show at 7 p.m. Fri., May 20 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave. The show will spotlight the talents and abilities of select local teen and adult artists as they perform on the arts center’s main stage. T...

The planning commission postponed a decision on a large solar power array located at Simi Country Estates mobile home pa...
05/16/2022
Solar project still stalled

The planning commission postponed a decision on a large solar power array located at Simi Country Estates mobile home park until issues such as tree compatibility, fire risk and impacts on neighboring homeowners can better be addressed.

TOO CLOSE?— The frame for Pacific Coast Civil’s solar panel project in proximity to a mobile home at Crest Mobile Home Village in Simi Valley. Acorn file photo The planning commission postponed a decision on a large solar power array located at Simi Country Estates mobile home park until issues ...

All four candidates vying to represent District 4 on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors say they would work to brin...
05/14/2022
Contenders share views on safety, housing, diversity

All four candidates vying to represent District 4 on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors say they would work to bring more county services to Simi Valley and Moorpark. They also agree that public safety is a top priority. But their views differ on the role of government and how the county should address homelessness, climate change and matters of equity, diversity and inclusion.

FORUM—Supervisorial candidates Ed Abele, center left, Janice Parvin, Bernardo Perez and Dean Kunicki, bottom, discuss local issues during a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Ventura County. Screenshot from the League of Women Voters forum All four candidates vying to represent District...

The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center has played many important roles in the community, beginning with its construction i...
05/13/2022
Simi Valley’s true community center

The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center has played many important roles in the community, beginning with its construction in 1924 by a Methodist congregation.

Courtesy of Simi Valley Historical Society and Museum The stately historic landmark pictured at right in 1930 and enjoyed today as the vibrant Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center has played many important roles in the community, beginning with its construction in 1924 by a Methodist congregation. The n...

A murder suspect turned and fired shots at two Simi police officers while running before he was killed by return fire in...
05/13/2022
A matter of seconds

A murder suspect turned and fired shots at two Simi police officers while running before he was killed by return fire in an empty parking lot on First Street, surveillance camera footage of the April 28 incident shows.
“As soon as he saw the officers, he opened fire,” SVPD Chief David Livingstone said.

Padilla, courtesy of SVPD A murder suspect turned and fired shots at two Simi police officers while running before he was killed by return fire in an empty parking lot on First Street, surveillance camera footage of the April 28 incident shows. “As soon as he saw the officers, he opened fire,” S...

The Acorn invites you to share the success of your high school or college graduate with the whole community, in 35 words...
05/13/2022

The Acorn invites you to share the success of your high school or college graduate with the whole community, in 35 words or less, for only $40.

Visit www.theacornonline.com/grads/ to submit your ad today!

Curious about the ongoing battle for local cannabis use sales?In this week's episode of Branching Out, Westlake Village ...
05/11/2022

Curious about the ongoing battle for local cannabis use sales?

In this week's episode of Branching Out, Westlake Village council member and Legendary Organics dispensary co-owner Ned Davis sits down with host and Thousand Oaks Acorn editor Kyle Jorrey to talk cannabis and the journey to legalizing local dispensaries in the city of Thousand Oaks.

Tune in to the podcast: https://buzzsprout.com/396817/10574463-convo-about-cannabis

NEW EPISODE! Craig Griffin, newly hired head coach of the Simi Valley High boys’ basketball team, talks to sports editor...
05/11/2022

NEW EPISODE!

Craig Griffin, newly hired head coach of the Simi Valley High boys’ basketball team, talks to sports editor Eliav Appelbaum and producer David Lopez about returning to his alma mater after leading crosstown rival Royal for the past 20 seasons. Don’t miss this special episode of Branching Out Sports.

Full episode >>> www.buzzsprout.com/1965055/10589350-homecoming

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FAMILY SHABBAT Friday Night, January 7 Kaballat Shabbat: 6:00 PM Shabbat dinner: 6:45 PM Four course catered meal - by prior reservation* Enjoy an elegant Shabbat dinner in a beautiful setting. Dine on traditional Shabbat delicacies with modern flavors. Sing heart-warming Jewish melodies while delighting in the company of loved ones… and save room for an optional L’chaim! * Reservations must be in by noon on Wednesday, January 5 RSVP: www.chabadsimi.org or call: 805-577-0573
Over the weekend, CHP Moorpark met some amazing young athletes and their families at another softball tournament in Simi Valley. This tournament, run by David DeMaio, the coach of So Cal Choppers-Ashley, was a girls 12u through 18u tournament that also asked for a toy donation at entry into the tournament. Checkout all these smiling faces and the amount of toys these girls collected for our community. These toys will be going to hundreds of underserved kids throughout Simi Valley and eastern Ventura County and will help make their holidays a little brighter. Thank you ladies for your amazing donations and support for OUR community! #DavidDeMaio #SoCalChoppers/Ashley @SoCalChoppers/Ashley #softballlife #community #communitysupport #chipsforkids #simivalley #californiahighwaypatrol #chpcoastaldivision Simi Valley Acorn Ventura County Star
Wow! The Logix #12DaysofGiving for the Simi Valley Unified School District was featured in the Simi Valley Acorn! Check out the article here: https://hubs.li/Q010SDZL0
Join us on December 4 for a family style Native American gathering at Simi Valley Library. Everyone welcome!
Who is the true King of Faeryland? Join us in on this musical quest with the faeries to find out the answer. When: Saturday, November 20, 2021 Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Where: Corriganville Park, 7001 Smith Road, Simi Valley, 93063 Cost: $15 per person Purchase Tickets: https://stores.afaeryhunt.com/store-catalog/ All Covid precautions will apply. #faery #musicaltheater #theaterforyoungaudiences #fairies #fairy #happilyeverafter #funforkids #birthday #afaeryhunt #kidshows #inperson #familyentertainment #kidfriendly #music #musicaltheater #theaterforyoungaudiences #fairies #fairy #happilyeverafter #funforkids #birthday #afaeryhunt #kidshows #inperson #familyentertainment #kidfriendly #musicals
What restaurants are open and serving Thanksgiving meals?
This morning could have ended a lot differently…but we’re glad it didn’t! During the morning commute on SR-118 W/B @ Sycamore Dr, two full size dump trucks found each other in the midst of a demolition derby. As one truck pulled to the right shoulder to check on a noise (which does NOT qualify as an emergency to stop on a freeway), the second truck drifted onto the shoulder and sheered off the right side of his semi cab. By all accounts, the driver should NOT have walked away from this like he did. Thankfully, there were only minor injuries as a result of this crash. Paying attention to the road and what’s ahead of you will help prevent crashes like this. Keep a high visual horizon to see potential hazards ahead. Simi Valley, California CHP - Ventura Communications Center #dumptruck #stayinyourlane Ventura County Fire Department Caltrans District 7 Ventura County Star Simi Valley Acorn
The Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold a drive-thru document shredding event Friday, March 12, 2021 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Chamber office, 40 W. Cochran St., across from Costco. Cost for the service is $10 per box, payable by cash or check. Boxes cannot be bigger than 12-by-15 inches. Limit of five boxes per person/ company. Old documents and paper records will be disposed of in a safe, secure and environmentally safe manner while customers wait. Social distancing protocols will be followed. Customers are asked to put their papers to be shredded into boxes, label each box with the word “shred” and place them in the trunk of their car, along with an envelope containing payment. Customers should stay in their cars. Assistance will be provided. Masks are recommended. For more information, call the Chamber at (805) 526-3900.