February 25, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

A presidential directive

POINTING THE WAY—Frederick Alexander, portraying George Washington, gives Bruce Miller directions during a Presidents Day celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Mon., Feb. More...

Health & Wellness

Children’s diets missing key nutrients

Tips to get kids eating right

“While a shocking 17 percent of our nation’s children are obese, most children are also lacking critical nutrients in their diets, leaving them in a state of malnourishment. More...

Dine and mingle with Red Cross leaders

Fine wine, hors d’oeuvres to be served

The American Red Cross Ventura County will host an InfoDine event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tues., March 1 on the patio of Wesley Thomas offices, 250 Lombard St., Thousand Oaks. More...

New plan offered for people with pre-existing conditions

Do you find it hard to obtain health insurance due to pre-existing conditions? More...

Schools

College Corner

After you’ve submitted college applications

Even if you’ve finished your college applications and are enjoying that wonderful feeling of relief that comes with the last submission, don’t put away those user names and passwords. More...

Researcher to discuss efforts to save humpback whales

The Discovery Center for Science and Technology will present “What Whales Tell Us About Our Oceans” by Brent Nixon from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thurs., March 3 at Baxter BioSciences, 1 Baxter Way, Westlake Village. More...

Jazz singers to perform at Santa Susana

Royal High School Vocal Music Department and Santa Susana High School Vocal Ensemble welcome Audio Radiance from Southwestern College in Iowa to perform a vocal jazz concert at 7 p.m. More...

Pets

Out for a stroll

TAKING THE HORSE FOR A WALK— Simi Valley resident Bob Brown walks his wife’s miniature horse, Sundance, around the Bridle Path Homes on Sun., Feb. 20. More...

Pet of the Week

ROYALTY—Duke is a neutered male Labrador/beagle about a year old. He’s friendly and good with kids and other dogs. More...

Faith

Unity offers guidance for people facing change, loss

Unity of the Oaks Church will host “Finding Yourself in Transition,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 3 to 31 at the church, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste. 113, Thousand Oaks. More...

Discovery hosts photo exhibit

Discovery Church will present the Discovery Photo Project third photography exhibit opening, “ Love God Love People,” a multi-photographer exhibit at 7:30 p.m. Mon., Feb. 28 at Discovery Church, 580 E. Easy St., Simi Valley. More...

Dining & Entertainment

Volunteers make sweet music for seniors

Dedicated volunteers from Assistance League of the Conejo Valley are giving local seniors a taste of “homemade jam.” It’s not in a bottle, but rather a musical mix with equal parts nostalgia and toe-tappin,’ handclappin’ More...

Drop in to play Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee is offered from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, soccer fields two and three, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. The sport is for ages 16 and up. More...

Students perform ‘Les Misérables’

Play review

“Les Misérables,” the Broadway musical stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s celebrated novel, comes as an all-student performance at the High Street Arts Center in Moorpark, but don’t let the youthful cast fool you. More...

Editorials

Your turn to sound off on taxes

The recent battle between Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Sacramento over the proposed tax extension is borne of a long and downright ugly past. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Guest opinion

Town halls are democracy in action

My motivation for having monthly town hall meetings is born out of the frustration that I know we all feel from time to time—that our elected leaders at all levels don’t hear us. More...

Landfill annexation off the table for now

After analyzing the issue from every angle and considering all available avenues, the City Council decided a pre-expansion annexation of the Simi Valley Landfill is just not possible. More...

SVUSD favors tax extension in wake of budget woes

In an attempt to shield schools and students from deeper cuts, the Simi Valley board of education unanimously voted last week to support placing a measure on the June ballot calling for a fiveyear tax extension. More...

Community

Sales tax revenue sees slight uptick

The city’s third-quarter 2010 sales tax revenue is in and the numbers seem to indicate the local economy is growing. More...

Former mayoral candidate arrested on sex charge

Simi Valley businessman and one-time mayoral candidate Bruce Witkin was arrested this week on charges of statutory rape and other sexual offenses with a minor. More...

T.O. woman pleads guilty to defrauding businesses

A Thousand Oaks woman who passed numerous fraudulent checks at Simi Valley businesses pleaded guilty to more than a dozen counts of identity theft last week. More...

Business

Tax tips for Social Security beneficiaries

Benefit statement forms mailed in January

Millions of taxpayers are busy gathering the forms and documents they need to file their federal, state and local tax returns. If you receive Social Security benefits, one of those items may be your SSA-1099 from Social Security. More...

Recruitment services available to local business

The Ventura County Job and Career Centers offer free employee recruitment and other professional services to employers in Ventura County. Services are designed to make the challenge of finding and retaining the right employees easier. More...

Sports

Pair of Pioneers head to Masters with hardware in tow

Braddock, Gockel-Figge are Eastern Division champs

It’s time for the Masters. No, this Masters doesn’t involve broadcaster Jim Nantz mugging at the camera with dudes in goofy green jackets. This is about wrestling. More...

Arrow pointed up for Highlander hoopsters

Nineteen victories, a rejuvenated fan base, two thrilling regular-season wins over rival Simi Valley, the deepest run of any Marmonte League boys’ basketball team and a recordsetting performance from beyond the 3-point line. More...

Olympic star to speak at Opening Day ceremonies

Olympic softball gold and silver medalist Jessica Mendoza will highlight Sunday’s Opening Day ceremonies for the spring season of Simi Valley Girls Softball, a nonprofit organization serving more than 500 girls ages 4 to 18. More...

Police

Police Blotter

Feb. 11 At First Street and E. Los Angeles Avenue, a 39-year-old man was arrested for driving recklessly while evading a police officer. At Fuji Restaurant in the 2800 block of E. More...

Family

FAMILY MEN Don't Wear Name Brands

The shoes are on other feet How do kids go through shoes so quickly? My 7-year-old son went through two pairs in two months. “More shoes?” my wife and I asked each other when we saw the shredded rubber our boy was wearing on his feet. More...

Calendar

Datebook

FRI., FEB. 25 Woodland Hills Library Book Sale More...

Letters

Writer needs to get facts straight

As someone who went through public education (LAUSD) close to the time the writer of “Education troubles promote religion” (Acorn, Feb. 18) did, and who is now a high school teacher, I have another perspective on this issue. More...

Columns

THE OTHER Side of 50

Ronald Reagan shares traits with baby boomers

It’s hard to generalize about 78 million people, but boomers do share some distinctive traits. More...

Ask the Arborist

Messy olives More...

On the Trail

The stoical Mr. Stumptail

One Sunday while sweeping I came upon a lizard freshly nailed by a neighbor’s hubbahubba hotrod. Western fence lizards are low riders to begin with but this one was seriously scraping asphalt. More...

Neighbors

FOOD Share partners with county

FOOD Share has entered into a partnership with the Ventura County Human Services Agency to expand access to CalFresh for low-income Ventura County residents. More...

Ranger, rescued woman meet

Simi diner thanks man who saved her life

Last month, Simi Valley resident Tresa Kassan was reading her weekly community newspaper when she came across a story that sounded eerily familiar. More...