Kids can learn to enjoy healthy eating

Like oil and vinegar, fire and water, it seems that children and healthy foods don’t mix. Picky eaters who hate vegetables have been the subject of advertising campaigns for years. When moms meet, the conversation will eventually gravitate toward their children’s eating habits. Children—as well as adults—can learn to love fresh fruits and vegetables, even if it seems they are […]

The lesson she learned from cancer

Dear Cancer, It’s me, and I wanted to ask if you remember me because I remember everything about you. You came into my life like a tornado and left a lot of damage. Lucky for me, in the darkest days I was able to find the sunlight. If you forgot what you did to my family and me, I am […]

Powerful prose

Students write about their experiences with cancer for essay contest

Cancer doesn’t have to be faced by individuals alone; there’s a whole community willing to help. That was the message at the March 13 “Dear Cancer, It’s Me” student essay contest hosted by the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara in Thousand Oaks. The organization invited 100 schools in the region to participate and received written entries in two categories: Personal, […]

Judged art show opens Sunday

The Camarillo Art Center will present its free “Members and Friends” judged show March 30 through May 4 at 3150 Ponderosa Drive. Works in watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic and mixed media will be exhibited. Some pieces will be available for purchase. Winners will receive ribbons and cash prizes at 2 p.m. during an artists’ reception from 1 to 4 p.m. […]

Two exhibits at gallery

The Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands Art Center will host two exhibits at 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. The gallery and offices are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, go to www.studiochannelislands.org or call (805) 383-1368. •“Bits & […]

‘Dog whisperer’ Cesar Millan at Kavli Theatre

“Dog whisperer” Cesar Millan, author, public speaker and television host, will speak at 8 p.m. Sat., April 12 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Millan is a recognized authority working in the field of dog care and rehabilitation. In addition to co-authoring six books, Millan has created instructional DVDs and hosts seminars […]

Take Your Camarillo Acorn on Vacation

How to submit: Email your vacation photo as a .jpg attachment to vacation@theacorn.com. Include name, address, phone number and a brief description of the scene. Remaining entries from the 2013 contest will be published in upcoming editions. Future entries will be published after the 2014 winners are announced this fall.

Eggstravaganza raises funds, awareness

Ventura County Animal Services will host its fourth annual Easter Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., April 19 at the VCAS Camarillo Animal Adoption Center, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. The free, family-friendly event will feature half-price adoptions of dogs and cats, an egg hunt, photo booth pictures, crafts, music, prizes, a Jolly Jumper, a visit from the Easter […]

Easter lunch at senior center

The Pleasant Valley Senior Center will serve seniors 55 and over an Easter lunch at noon Thurs., April 3 at 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. The cost for lunch is $5. Advance payment is required by March 31. Space is limited. In addition, a free movie, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,” will follow at 1 p.m. No reservations are required to […]