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It's that time of year again: We're on patrol for the best-decorated local houses for Halloween. If you know an address ...
10/25/2021

It's that time of year again: We're on patrol for the best-decorated local houses for Halloween. If you know an address worth seeing, please post below or email [email protected] so we can include in listing in Thursday's edition.

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It's that time of year again: We're on patrol for the best-decorated local houses for Halloween. If you know an address worth seeing, please post below or email [email protected] so we can include in listing in Thursday's edition.

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The program will roll out in the 2022-23 school year with two kindergarten classes. The kindergartners will be taught in...
10/24/2021
Bilingual approach | Thousand Oaks Acorn

The program will roll out in the 2022-23 school year with two kindergarten classes. The kindergartners will be taught in English for half of the day and in Spanish for the other half.

Conejo Elementary School will launch Conejo Valley Unified's first dual-language immersion program next fall. The program will roll out in the 2022-23 school year with two kindergarten classes. T

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the effort to save women from breast cancer is a year-round affair at Cone...
10/24/2021
October is all about breast health at Conejo Free Clinic | Thousand Oaks Acorn

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the effort to save women from breast cancer is a year-round affair at Conejo Free Clinic. Every year, the clinic helps 400 women undergo breast cancer screening services.

Early in Teresa Seeley's career, a 42-year-old woman came into her office with a lump in her breast. She told Seeley she had been ignoring it for a while. When Seeley asked the woman why she had

EDITORIAL: "Businesses must eventually decide for themselves whether they want to require masks of vaccinated people, or...
10/23/2021
Mask mandate has run its course | Thousand Oaks Acorn

EDITORIAL: "Businesses must eventually decide for themselves whether they want to require masks of vaccinated people, or anyone for that matter. A few will, most won’t. The same goes for individuals who are always free to wear their mask wherever they go."

To some, Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin's decision to extend his mask mandate through at least mid-December was an early Christmas gift. To others, it was a Halloween prank

“I want my dad’s life to be a testimony, a lesson to everybody.”
10/23/2021
COVID takes a 'gentle giant' | Thousand Oaks Acorn

“I want my dad’s life to be a testimony, a lesson to everybody.”

Fred Bukowski didn't die, as he'd quip to friends he might, in a fall from his motorcycle. He didn't succumb to the french fries and onion rings and pizza he so enjoyed. And the 65-year

TODAY! Stop by our new space and help us celebrate our grand opening!  We will have stuff for the kids, great prizes and...
10/23/2021

TODAY! Stop by our new space and help us celebrate our grand opening! We will have stuff for the kids, great prizes and the first 30 visitors get a FREE LUNCH at CJ’s Urban Cafe! Saturday 10/23 from Noon-5pm. See you there! For more information, visit https://hareassociates.com/grand-opening-color-contest/
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Police are seeking the person responsible for an after-hours attack in the parking lot of Wildwood Regional Park that se...
10/23/2021
Parking lot beatdown sends man to ICU | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Police are seeking the person responsible for an after-hours attack in the parking lot of Wildwood Regional Park that sent a 23-year-old Simi Valley man to the intensive care unit.

Police are seeking the person responsible for an after-hours attack in the parking lot of Wildwood Regional Park that sent a 23-year-old Simi Valley man to the intensive care unit. Sgt. Tim Lohman of

“The cause is under investigation, but it is deemed suspicious since there was no wind to speak of. To have two separate...
10/22/2021
Spot fires contained in Rancho Potrero | Thousand Oaks Acorn

“The cause is under investigation, but it is deemed suspicious since there was no wind to speak of. To have two separate starts that close together with no wind is a little bit suspicious for us.”

Fire officials are investigating two spot fires that ignited along a popular open space trail the night of Oct. 11. The fires were reported shortly before midnight in the Rancho Potrero open space pre

Can you spin a tale in 100 words or less? Just one more week to enter the Acorn's Fiction in a Nutshell contest.
10/22/2021
Time to send in that great American story | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Can you spin a tale in 100 words or less? Just one more week to enter the Acorn's Fiction in a Nutshell contest.

Attention all storytellers: Entries are being accepted in the Acorn's 2021 Fiction in a Nutshell competition, which calls for complete stories of 100 words or fewer (title not included). All topi

“All this concern with making housing more dense and relaxing standards—it looks to me like they’re trying to undo a lot...
10/22/2021
State tightening grip on local housing policy, legislative analyst says | Thousand Oaks Acorn

“All this concern with making housing more dense and relaxing standards—it looks to me like they’re trying to undo a lot of the things we’ve done to make this a lovely community.”

As the City of Thousand Oaks ratifies and puts into practice its new general plan, its long-term blueprint for development, it will be doing so in a changing landscape of ever more state control. &quo

The investment group behind plans to convert the old Timber School property and school district maintenance yard at Newb...
10/22/2021
Commission will vote on Timber School redevelopment | Thousand Oaks Acorn

The investment group behind plans to convert the old Timber School property and school district maintenance yard at Newbury and Kelley roads into apartments and a hotel have a fresh date with the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission: Oct. 25.

The investment group behind plans to convert the old Timber School property and school district maintenance yard at Newbury and Kelley roads into apartments and a hotel have a fresh date with the Thou

Grab those leashes and tennis balls: Renovations at Conejo Creek Dog Park are complete and the park has reopened.
10/22/2021
Dog park is back in action | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Grab those leashes and tennis balls: Renovations at Conejo Creek Dog Park are complete and the park has reopened.

Grab those leashes and tennis balls: Renovations at Conejo Creek Dog Park are complete and the park has reopened. Scores of four-legged friends and their companions returned Monday, the first day the

A new study indicates that radioactive material migrated off an old nuclear energy and rocket engine test site in the hi...
10/21/2021
Study: Fire, wind carried radioactive materials from lab to Thousand Oaks | Thousand Oaks Acorn

A new study indicates that radioactive material migrated off an old nuclear energy and rocket engine test site in the hills above Simi Valley during the 2018 Woolsey fire and into surrounding communities like Thousand Oaks.

A new study indicates that radioactive material migrated off an old nuclear energy and rocket engine test site in the hills above Simi Valley during the 2018 Woolsey fire and into surrounding communit

Ventura County has extended its indoor masking order, this time to an unspecified date.
10/21/2021
Levin sets benchmarks to end mask mandate | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Ventura County has extended its indoor masking order, this time to an unspecified date.

Ventura County has extended its indoor masking order, this time to an unspecified date. Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin said on Oct. 18 the order would remain in place until three conditions ar

“If you’re going to have two majority-minority districts . . . you’re going to have city splits. There’s no way around i...
10/21/2021
T.O. facing supervisor split | Thousand Oaks Acorn

“If you’re going to have two majority-minority districts . . . you’re going to have city splits. There’s no way around it. It’s determining which ones you don’t want to split, like an ordering of cities; picking your favorite child, to an extent on this, unfortunately.”

Ventura County is redrawing lines for supervisor districts and T.O. may be split into multiple districts in order to maximize the influence of minority voters.

Lines have been drawn in the sand . . . and in the hills, valleys and agricultural farming plains of Ventura County. As is the case every 10 years, the county, per the U.S. Constitution, must redraw l

Go Telemetry 2 associates! This fall, they started a softball team through Simi Valley Recreation and Park District. The...
10/20/2021

Go Telemetry 2 associates! This fall, they started a softball team through Simi Valley Recreation and Park District. The Adventist Health PureWiks practiced hard and won their first game last night against the Sisypheans 18 – 17. Congrats! For more information, visit https://www.adventisthealth.org/simi-valley/ #sponsor #paidad

Go Telemetry 2 associates! This fall, they started a softball team through Simi Valley Recreation and Park District. The Adventist Health PureWiks practiced hard and won their first game last night against the Sisypheans 18 – 17. Congrats! For more information, visit https://www.adventisthealth.org/simi-valley/ #sponsor #paidad

In August, Moorpark's Amanda Longan took home gold at the Tokyo Olympics. In this week's episode of Branching Out, the U...
10/20/2021

In August, Moorpark's Amanda Longan took home gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

In this week's episode of Branching Out, the U.S. women's national water polo team goalie shares her mental health experiences, love of faith and family and her journey to Olympic gold.

Listen to the podcast here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/396817/9380253-golden-touch-local-olympian-visits-with-branching-out

In August, Moorpark's Amanda Longan took home gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

In this week's episode of Branching Out, the U.S. women's national water polo team goalie shares her mental health experiences, love of faith and family and her journey to Olympic gold.

Listen to the podcast here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/396817/9380253-golden-touch-local-olympian-visits-with-branching-out

Winter Sports Savings at Sports Academy!  Save 10% with coupon code ACORN when you register for Basketball League, Holid...
10/19/2021

Winter Sports Savings at Sports Academy! Save 10% with coupon code ACORN when you register for Basketball League, Holiday Basketball Camps or Basketball and Volleyball Memberships! Limited time savings! Visit https://sportsacademy.us/programs/ for more information. #sponsored

Waving signs, pumping fists and vowing to oust school board members who turn a blind eye to their concerns, some 200 par...
10/18/2021
Local parents push back against vaccine mandates | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Waving signs, pumping fists and vowing to oust school board members who turn a blind eye to their concerns, some 200 parents and children rallied at Westlake Village’s Foxfield Park Oct. 18 against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent order requiring all K-12 students receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Waving signs, pumping fists and vowing to oust school board members who turn a blind eye to their concerns, some 200 parents and children rallied at Westlake Village's Foxfield Park Oct. 18 again

Welcome fall into your home with these autumn-inspired looks. (via Beyond the Acorn magazine)
10/18/2021
Shop these fall decor finds | Beyond The Acorn

Welcome fall into your home with these autumn-inspired looks.

(via Beyond the Acorn magazine)

Beyond the Acorn is the digital lifestyle publication of the Acorn Newspapers. Its mission is to celebrate the spirit of local living in Conejo Valley, Ventura County, Calabasas and Malibu.

After taking a pandemic hiatus like so many other popular community gatherings, the Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair ret...
10/15/2021
'One of the few true family events' | Thousand Oaks Acorn

After taking a pandemic hiatus like so many other popular community gatherings, the Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair returns this weekend.

After taking a pandemic hiatus like so many other popular community gatherings, the Thousand Oaks Rotary Street Fair returns this weekend. The sight of thousands of shoppers making their way up and do

Rides, games, entertainment, shopping and yummy treats!  Come spend the day with family and friends, old and new, at the...
10/15/2021
Thousand Oaks Street Fair

Rides, games, entertainment, shopping and yummy treats! Come spend the day with family and friends, old and new, at the 29th Annual Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Street Fair! Sunday 10/17/2021, from 9am-4pm. On Moorpark Rd. between Hillcrest & Wilbur. For more information, visit https://tostreetfair.com/ #sponsored #paidad

Free AdmissionDate: Sunday, October 17th, 2021Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pmLocation: Moorpark Road (between Hillcrest & Wilber)

Amid a wave of fentanyl-related deaths, law enforcement arrested two people this month who they say sold the powerful sy...
10/14/2021
Task force: Drug deals ended in death | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Amid a wave of fentanyl-related deaths, law enforcement arrested two people this month who they say sold the powerful synthetic op**te to local residents who later died.

Amid a wave of fentanyl-related deaths, law enforcement arrested two people this month who they say sold the powerful synthetic op**te to local residents who later died. On Oct. 1, the Ventura County

Complaint against Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control alleges Agoura shelter euthanized 64% of its ...
10/14/2021
Complaint says animal shelter has 'egregious' kill rate | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Complaint against Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control alleges Agoura shelter euthanized 64% of its impounded animals over the last 12 months while adopting out just 21%.

The impound kill rate at the Agoura animal shelter has been targeted in a new lawsuit that says Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, the Agoura shelter's umbrella agency, sta

Billionaire Rick Caruso’s plan to build a seven-story apartment complex behind The Lakes shopping center has a date with...
10/14/2021
Lakes apartments get hearing date | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Billionaire Rick Caruso’s plan to build a seven-story apartment complex behind The Lakes shopping center has a date with the planning commission.

Billionaire Rick Caruso's plan to build a seven-story apartment complex behind The Lakes shopping center has a date with the planning commission. The land-use body is scheduled to hear the propos

Conejo Valley Unified has made public what it says are all of its handouts, presentations and materials that will be use...
10/14/2021
For all eyes to see | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Conejo Valley Unified has made public what it says are all of its handouts, presentations and materials that will be used to teach its new ninth-grade sex-ed curriculum starting as early as this semester.

The ABCs of the birds and the bees have been posted to the school district website. Conejo Valley Unified has made public what it says are all of its handouts, presentations and materials that will be

Officials have been exploring what it would mean if Conejo Rec and Park District changed its boundaries to align with th...
10/14/2021
Hidden Valley can be found on CRPD wish list | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Officials have been exploring what it would mean if Conejo Rec and Park District changed its boundaries to align with those of the Conejo Valley Unified School District given that both organizations serve the same populations.

The Conejo Recreation and Park District has floated the idea of extending its boundaries to include Hidden Valley as well as a portion of the Tierra Rejada Valley. General Manager Jim Friedl presented

In this week's episode of Branching Out, recorded in front of live audience, host Kyle Jorrey speaks to Thousand Oaks en...
10/14/2021

In this week's episode of Branching Out, recorded in front of live audience, host Kyle Jorrey speaks to Thousand Oaks entrepreneurs Drew Pletcher of Oak & Iron, Amber and Sean McCarthy of Five 07 Coffee Bar and Eatery and Brittany Brouhard of Naughty Pine Brewery about what can be done to improve nightlife in the city and boost efforts to make Thousand Oaks Blvd. a shopping, dining and drinking destination.

Tune in: https://www.buzzsprout.com/396817/9344457-t-o-after-dark

In this week's episode of Branching Out, recorded in front of live audience, host Kyle Jorrey speaks to Thousand Oaks entrepreneurs Drew Pletcher of Oak & Iron, Amber and Sean McCarthy of Five 07 Coffee Bar and Eatery and Brittany Brouhard of Naughty Pine Brewery about what can be done to improve nightlife in the city and boost efforts to make Thousand Oaks Blvd. a shopping, dining and drinking destination.

Tune in: https://www.buzzsprout.com/396817/9344457-t-o-after-dark

In 2020, many women put off their mammogram screening. Here are four important reasons you should not delay your mammogr...
10/13/2021

In 2020, many women put off their mammogram screening. Here are four important reasons you should not delay your mammogram this year: bit.ly/2Z4zQV7 #BCAM Adventist Health Simi Valley #Sponsored #paidad

In 2020, many women put off their mammogram screening. Here are four important reasons you should not delay your mammogram this year: bit.ly/2Z4zQV7 #BCAM Adventist Health Simi Valley #Sponsored #paidad

“The Chumash have inhabited this land for thousands of years, and there are super sensitive sites that are being activel...
10/11/2021
Protecting history | Thousand Oaks Acorn

“The Chumash have inhabited this land for thousands of years, and there are super sensitive sites that are being actively destroyed."

As the sun was beginning to crest a rocky sandstone ridgeline above Hummingbird Trail, a group of people holding paint buckets and sprayers invoked the name of the indigenous people who have walked th

The newest member of the City Council has opposed pay increases for the city’s top two officials.
10/08/2021
Council not unanimous on pay hikes | Thousand Oaks Acorn

The newest member of the City Council has opposed pay increases for the city’s top two officials.

The newest member of the City Council has opposed pay increases for the city's top two officials. Councilmember Kevin McNamee said he could not join his fellow council members in approving salary

Conejo Valley school board appointee Rocky Capobianco will keep his seat through November 2022 after an attempt to force...
10/08/2021
School board special election petition fails | Thousand Oaks Acorn

Conejo Valley school board appointee Rocky Capobianco will keep his seat through November 2022 after an attempt to force a special election failed.

Conejo Valley school board appointee Rocky Capobianco will keep his seat through November 2022 after an attempt to force a special election failed. The Ventura County Office of Education contacted the

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THOUSAND OAKS HERE WE COME! AN IRISH CHRISTMAS AT THE ICONIC SCHERR FORUM THEATRE, THOUSAND OAKS OUR ANNUAL TRADITION AS SCHERR Thurs. & Fri. 16 & 17 December 7:30PM Bring the family.... 12/16- Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks, https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005B14D9FC262F 12/17- Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks, https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005B14DA012631 Special guests: Celtic Irish Dance Academy, Los Angeles…. WE CAN'T WAIT!!
DANCE INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH AN IRISH CHRISTMAS AT SCHERR FORUM THEATRE, THOUSAND OAKS....... Thursday and Friday, December 16 and 17 at 7:30pm. A perfect family event! TICKETS ON SALE NOW! “….Genuinely astonishing…electric!” – The Village News “…The capacity crowd nearly brought the house down at the end of the evening.” - The Irish Herald STARRING: WORLD CHAMPION DANCER TYLER SCHWARTZ WHO WILL LEAD A HOST OF DANCERS, SINGERS AND MUSICIANS IN A GREAT IRISH NIGHT THAT SPARKLES WITH JOY! 12/16- Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks, https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005B14D9FC262F 12/17- Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks, https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005B14DA012631
November 13th bicycling event through Ventura Counties. Covid safe protocols in place. Great people, food and entertainment. COME RIDE WITH US and HAVE FUN! Electric bikes welcome What a great way to support the programs that support our Military and Veterans. Please join us in saluting our military and bicyclists supporting military programs. Breakfast and lunch provided. Rest stops with Food, drinks and emergency support. Visualize Tour de France with people on the roads saluting our riders. 100% of the proceeds go to the Service to the Armed Forces programs. Did you know American Red Cross SAF is the only means of communication to deployed military? The event is ran by volunteers and the generous support of our sponsors and in-kind donations. REGISTRATION: https://www.redcross.org/local/california/central-california/about-us/news-and-events/events/operation-ride-for-the-red.html START/STOP: Camarillo ROUTES: Through Ventura Counties $10 for Military & Servicemen/women [email protected] COME PLAY WITH US =) and help us eventually make this a nationwide event. https://www.facebook.com/events/876026772982631/permalink/938757660042875/?notif_id=1633663427559839¬if_t=feedback_reaction_generic_tagged&ref=notif
AN IRISH CHRISTMAS AS SEEN ON PBS Scherr Forum theatre, Thousand Oaks An Irish Christmas Thursday and Friday, December 16 and 17 at 7:30pm. A perfect family event! “…Genuinely astonishing…electric!” – The Village News TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 12/16- Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks, https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005B14D9FC262F 12/17- Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks, https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005B14DA012631
DANCE, DANCE, DANCE! AN IRISH CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO THOUSAND OAKS!! “…Genuinely astonishing…electric!” – The Village News TO SEE THESE INCREDIBLE DANCERS LED BY TYLER SCHWARTZ AND EMILY MACCONNELL AT THE BEAUTIFUL SCHERR FORUM THEATRE, THOUSAND OAKS ON THURSDAY, DEC 16 & FRIDAY DEC 17, BOOK YOUR SEATS EARLY…: WE EXPECT A SELL-OUT!! 12/16- Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks, https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005B14D9FC262F 12/17- Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks, https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B005B14DA012631
Instead of competing against other troops for scout skill supremacy, the 100th year anniversary Camporee at Three Falls in Frazier Park was cancelled. Apparently a semi truck caught fire at the Vista Del Lago exit and caught the hill next to it ablaze which triggered a five alarm fire. 20 Fire trucks, 4 helicopters and two tankers later, traffic was backed up for miles. With the potential fire danger and over 650 coming up from Ventura County, the decision was made to postpone Camporee once again and save everyone the additional hours in traffic. BIG thanks to the members of the Camporee Committee who put SOO much work into this event only to have it canceled by a truck on fire. We hope everyone got the word before heading out to Frazier Park and taking on the task of sitting in traffic. We will try this again in the Spring and hopefully by that time SoCal will have gotten some rain to mitigate these fire dangers. Enjoy the pics from the 5 freeway near Gorman.
Another Saturday morning in the nonprofit space at the Camarillo Farmers' Market giving away Advancing Parenting's bumper stickers. People wander over, start reading the stickers, and make comments. "I like #34!" "I like #51 too!" "When my kids were young I did this." "I was always reading to my kids." "#19 is so important!" "What a great idea this is!" "Here's the one I want." "These are all wonderful!" "Thank you for doing this!" If you know of any individuals, organizations, or businesses that might like to support Advancing Parenting please send them my way. We have requests from across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. for thousands of sets of the stickers, and sadly, no money to print them. The requests come from schools, child abuse prevention councils, family resource centers, children's advocacy groups, CASAs and GALs, and pediatricians. Our website is www.advancingparenting.org. Use a computer. Our site is not optimized for phones.
Ventura County Scouts celebrate 100 years of Scouting in Ventura County. Gearing up for a celebration at Three Falls in Frazier Park September 17.
Hi, would you like to have a free booth at our event November 13th through Ventura Counties. Come ride with us for this fun ride....not a race. Start & Finish are in Camarillo DID YOU KNOW? American Red Cross Central California Region has a division called Service to The Armed Forces? SAF is the only way family and friends can communicate with the deployed military? DID YOU KNOW? SAF provides services to the military being deployed and when they return, financial, medical, mental, etc. services to all military, veterans, and their families. DID YOU KNOW? SAF provides services to the military being deployed and when they return, financial, medical, mental, etc. services to all military, veterans, and their families. https://www.facebook.com/events/876026772982631
MISSING: Anthony Grosso, last seen at Barnes & Noble at The Oaks on 26 Aug. Please reach out if you have seen him...please share, someone you know may have seen something that can help us find Anthony.