December 21, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

A time for joy

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers GOOD COMPANY- Simi Valley residents Clea Ambrosini and her boyfriend, Bob Richards, enjoy an evening of music by Denis Lapron and the Swing Dance Trio at the Simi Valley Senior Center on Friday evening, the last dance o More...

Health & Wellness

Kids stay active in flag football league

Photos by WENDY PIERRO/Acorn Newspapers PASSION FOR PIGSKIN- Above, Simi Valley resident Anthony Gonzalez (center), 12, of the Panthers, races by defenders from the Packers as the group competes in the playoffs of the "i9 Sports" Flag Footba More...

Business

Sporting goods store recognized

Play It Again Sports in Simi Valley was recently recognized for achieving a Gold Standard measurement. The Gold Standard is reached when a store achieves a set of standards set forth by the franchiser during the evaluation process. More...

Local business owner attends national conference

Leahastar Schwanauer, owner of Stroller Strides in Simi Valley, recently attended the company's annual conference in San Diego. More...

Sports

Proud program

Royal wrestlers embrace, exceed expectations

A Royal High wrestler can sometimes find it difficult to ignore the Highlanders' recent success. More...

Fundraiser at Skatelab

Skatelab in Simi Valley will host an all-night fundraising event on Saturday, Dec. 29 for the National High School Skateboard Association. More...

Police

Blotter

A 27-year-old man was arrested at the corner of Alta and Ringwood streets on Dec. More...

Faith

Simi Covenant Church focuses on a personal relationship with God

Places of faith

Questions of faith (answered by Bruns) What is the purpose of life? Loving God, following Jesus, serving others. What must humankind do to get into heaven? Have a relationship with God through Jesus. More...

Pray always

"When I pray I feel my heart go deeper into my God. Right here, right now, right where I am, I pray." - Daniel Nahmod "He told them a parable on the necessity of praying always and not losing heart. More...

Houses of Worship

Blessed Hope Chapel, Rev. Joe Schimmel, 23 W. Easy St., No. 204, (805) 520-5882 Bridge Community Church, Rev. More...

Calendar

Datebook

THURS., DEC. 20 Bonsai Potluck Conejo Valley Bonsai Society hosts annual potluck holiday gathering, 7:30 p.m., Westlake Village Community Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. (805) 374-9668. More...

Letters

WM responds to settlement with Air Resources Board

In response to the article that ran on Nov. 30 and a Dec. More...

Time has come for Santa Su to get its new theater

I know that there are schools that need improvement. I understand that. But the students at Santa Susana Magnet School have been waiting patiently for the new theater building and modernization that was promised to them years ago. More...

Concerned about contamination from the field lab

*Editor's Note: The following letters were submitted by seniors from Santa Susana High School as part of an assignment from their government teacher, Matt Long. More...

Neighbors

Woman able to give back goodwill she once received

For Irene Brennick, the season of giving is a year-round occasion. The 48-year-old Simi Valley resident is a board member of the Conejo Hospice. She spends weekends visiting inmates at the Ventura County Jail. More...

Local artist hopes music will inspire compassion

Singer-songwriter Natalie Marie channels her experiences into writing music for the greater good. "A lot of the painful things that I've gone through have really induced my songs," she said. More...

Seniors groove into the New Year

Simi Valley Senior Center enjoys final dance of 2007

DECKED OUT FOR CHRISTMAS- Janet Hendry of Simi Valley, dressed in pearls, dances with a friend during Friday's event. More...

Rising costs threaten to upstage construction of theater

Latest price tag is $3 million more than C4 bond allocation

Pedro Avila will keep working until someone tells him to stop. More...

Park district agrees to revise plans for Sinaloa Golf Course expansion

Water park, arcade removed from design

In an act of compromise with residents neighboring the Madera Road site, Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District's proposal to expand Sinaloa Golf Course will no longer include the addition of an arcade or a water park. More...

Planning commission gives thumbs up to L.A.-Madera Village

Date with City Council awaits

The Simi Valley Planning Commission voted unanimously this week to recommend approval of a project that may be the last new major residential development in the city as Simi nears complete buildout in accordance with the General Plan. More...

Community

Position open on advisory committee

The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Advisory Committee has a seat open for a qualified citizen. The 20 member citizens' advisory board is appointed by the Air Pollution Control Board. More...

Simi gets Supreme visit

WENDY PIERRO/Acorn Newspapers TOP JUDGE- Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas escorts former First Lady Nancy Reagan to her seat before delivering a speech Tuesday evening in the Reagan Library's Presidential Learning Center. More...

The IRS has money for Simi taxpayers

Check to see if you are due a refund check

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 43 Simi Valley taxpayers who are due refund checks totaling more than $33,800 after those checks were returned as undeliverable. More...

Schools

Transferring?

As college students come home for the holiday break, some of them will be convinced they don't want to go back. Freshmen who have had a difficult time adjusting to college may decide they are at the wrong school. More...

Community colleges financial aid practices vary

California's community college system offers a chance at equal opportunity for low-income and first-generation students, but a new report finds that not all of the state's community colleges provide easy access to muchneeded financial More...

School Strings will perform today at mall

Valley View Middle School Strings will present a free performance from 1 to 2 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 21, in Center Court of Simi Valley Town Center, 1555 Simi Town Center Way. More...

Pets

Dino doings at L.A. museum

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County presents the following events for January. Most programs are free with paid museum admission. The museum is at 900 Exposition Blvd. More...

Pet of the Week

WENDY PIERRO/Acorn Newspapers WHAT THE DICKENS, HE'S CUTE- Dickens is a 1½-year-old male golden retriever-Australian shepherd mix. He is very friendly, very sweet; he knows basic commands like "sit," and he walks nicely on a leash. More...

Family

Our first Christmas

The trouble began when my wife and I told our parents that we'd spend Christmas Day alone. More...

On The Town

The Movie Nut's holiday DVD guide

Tips on giving the gift of film

Hollywood Holidays For the last few years, I've been touting "boxed set" DVD releases as perfect stocking stuffers. More...

Ring in the holidays Southern-style with comedy, 'Tuna Christmas'

Final showtimes are tonight and tomorrow

*Editor's Note: Last week the Simi Valley Acorn ran the wrong play review under the heading of 'Tuna Christmas.' Here is the correct play review by Acorn writer Sally Carpenter. We regret the error. More...

"I Am Legend"

"I Am Legend" is the third attempt by filmmakers to translate Richard Matheson's 50-year-old novel of apocalyptic terror. More...

Editorials

It must be Christmas

Almost anytime you drive, the traffic looks like rush hour, the shopping mall parking lots are packed and the stores are crowded. It must be Christmas. More...

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