Simi Valley Acorn

Justin Turner Youth Baseball Camp

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner cheers as Christian Vasquez, 6 of La Habra, Ca. knocks down a stack of bottles on his first try during the Justin Turner Youth Baseball Camp on Thursday, July 27 at Royal High School.

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Stars and Stripes Fireworks Festival in Simi Valley

Photos from the Stars and Stripes Fireworks Festival in Simi Valley on July 4 in Simi Valley. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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FOURTH OF JULY – Fireworks explode as riders on the Ferris wheel receive a prime view to the show during the Stars and Stripes Fireworks Festival at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park July 4 in Simi Valley. The two-day event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Simi Valley, the City of Simi Valley and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.

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Monte Vista School graduation 2017

Monte Vista School graduation on June 7, 2017. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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CLASS OF 2017 – Hayley Feldman smiles after receiving her diploma during Monte Vista School’s graduation ceremony June 7 in Simi Valley.

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Santa Susana High graduation 2017

Santa Susana High School graduation on June 8, 2017. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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Graduates gather for commencement at Santa Susana High School on June 8.

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Simi Valley High School Graduation

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CHEESE- Graduate Sydney Archibald takes a selfie with classmate David Esqueda before Simi Valley High School Commencement on Thursday, June 8.


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LET ME FIX THAT FOR YOU- Graduate Hakela Kamaka, right, fixes classmate Lily Gaydos tassel before walking into the Simi Valley High School Commencement on Thursday, June 8.


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HI FIVE- Graduate Cassidy Jones and Amy Megowan give hi fives to classmates as they pass before walking into the Simi Valley High School Commencement on Thursday, June 8.


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HELLO- Graduate Stephen Gomez waves to the crowd during the Simi Valley High School Commencement on Thursday, June 8.


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HELLO- Graduate Kailey Pugh waves to the crowd during the Simi Valley High School Commencement on Thursday, June 8.


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HELLO- Graduate Jessica Diaz reacts surprised to seeing her brother, who she hadn’t seen in three years, in the crowd during the Simi Valley High School Commencement on Thursday, June 8. Samuel Diaz drove from Houston, TX to surprise his sister at her graduation.


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BIG SMILES- Graduates Samantha Francisco and Kristan Taylor share smiles with classmates during the Simi Valley High School Commencement on Thursday, June 8.


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I DID IT- Graduates Matthew Sandoval throws his arms into the air after receiving his diploma during the Simi Valley High School Commencement on Thursday, June 8.


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I DID IT- Graduate Connor Jordan shakes Principal Dean May’s hand after receiving his diploma during the Simi Valley High School Commencement on Thursday, June 8.


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ADD A TASSEL- Graduate Deap Dhandal watches as fellow graduates pass before the Simi Valley High School Commencement on Thursday, June 8.Simi

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Grace Brethren Graduation

These are photos from the annual Commencement ceremony at Grace Brethren in Simi Valley Friday, May 26.


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Drew Brown looks at her diploma during the annual Grace Brethren Commencement ceremony in Simi Valley Friday, May 26.

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Royal’s JROTC passes first inspection with flying colors

Royal High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held their annual pass in review and change of command ceremony April 7 in Simi Valley. To read Hector Gonzalez’s story, click here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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Delta Flight commander Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Uday Khattar, 14, stands at attention as members of Delta Flight celebrate winning flight of the year during the Pass in Review for the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Royal High School April 7 in Simi Valley.

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Wild flowers and green hillsides in Simi Valley

The hills around Ventura County are still green and filled with wild flowers. If you haven’t journeyed out on a hike, there is still time to view the scenery. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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Ashley Azzopardi, left, and Sandra Hurd enjoy the view along the Long Canyon Trail March 25 in Simi Valley.

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Grace Brethren in First round of State Playoffs

Grace Brethren beat Rosamond 6-0 in first round of state playoffs. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers


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Grace Brethren’s Sammi Fisher stops the ball during their first round of state playoffs against Rosamond on Tuesday, March 7 at California Lutheran University. Grace Brethren beat Rosamond 6-0.

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Pics from Last Week I Like

Here is a collection of images I like from last week. Photo Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers


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DINNER AND DANCING- Simi Valley residents Sandra Salamone and Loren Ledin dance during the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart’s Dinner and Dance on Tuesday, February 14 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

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Portraits from Simi Valley’s Civil War Days

Here are some portraits of Civil War re-enactors from Simi Valley’s Civil War Days at Strathearn Historical Park Saturday, February 11.

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CIVIL WAR DAYS – Confederate soldier re-enactor Jim Ellingson poses for his portrait during the Civil War Days at Strathearn Historical Park Saturday, February 11.

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2016 Year in Review – Michael Coons

Here is a collection of photos from 2016. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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AFTERNOON PLAY – Friends Tucker Peel, 16, left, and Julia Alexander, 17, play on the swings at Arroyo Vista Community Park on Jan. 2 in Moorpark.

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Brush fire burns 60 acres in Simi Valley

A brush fire on Tuesday burned 61 acres in the Wood Ranch area of Simi Valley. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

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The Sage Fire burns along Sycamore Grove Street at Wood Ranch Parkway on Dec. 20 in Simi Valley.

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Grace Brethren sweeps Katella to earn Div. 8 title

The Grace Brethren girls’ volleyball team defeated Katella 3-0 to win the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship on Nov. 11 at Cerritos College. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The Grace Brethren girls' volleyball team celebrates their win over Katella during Friday's CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

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The Grace Brethren girls’ volleyball team celebrates their win over Katella during Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship at Cerritos College in Norwalk.

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Simi Valley vs Royal football

The annual Simi Valley vs Royal football game was on Nov. 4 at Royal High School. Simi Valley won, 24-10. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The Simi Valley High football team holds up the James Tutino Memorial Trophy following their 24-10 win over cross-town rival Royal on Nov. 4.

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The Simi Valley High football team holds up the James Tutino Memorial Trophy following their 24-10 win over cross-town rival Royal on Nov. 4.

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Webelos learn scout skills at campout

Webelos scouts camped out with Boy Scouts at Corriganville Park in Simi Valley on Oct. 29 learning some of the skills that are taught in Boy Scouts. Webelos had a chance to learn knot tying, fire starting, archery and cooking. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers KNOT TYING - Griffin Traxler, 10, left, of Pack 3642 learns how to tie various knots from Eagle Scout Hayden Miner, 15, of Troop 698 during the annual Webelos Woods campout at Corriganville Park on Oct. 29 in Simi Valley. The event featured activities like knot tying, fire building and first aid for Webelos Scouts to learn before graduating to Boy Scouts.

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KNOT TYING – Griffin Traxler, 10, left, of Pack 3642 learns how to tie various knots from Eagle Scout Hayden Miner, 15, of Troop 698 during the annual Webelos Woods campout at Corriganville Park on Oct. 29 in Simi Valley. The event featured activities like knot tying, fire building and first aid for Webelos Scouts to learn before graduating to Boy Scouts.

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Seahawks vs Rams football

The NFL returned to Los Angeles on Sept. 18 at the Coliseum. Read Eliav Appelbaum commentary about the return here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson (10) is unable to pull in the ball as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (32) provides defense during Sunday's game at the Coliseum.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson (10) is unable to pull in the ball as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Troy Hill (32) provides defense during Sunday’s game at the Coliseum.

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2016 Simi Valley Days Parade and Carnival

The 2016 Simi Valley Days took place Saturday, September 17 at the Simi Valley Town Center.

H:EDITORIALPhotos�9-September 2016bc 09-22-16 BOBBY CURTIS/Acorn Newspapers SIMI VALLEY DAYS - Royal High School's marching band performs during the Simi Valley Days' Parade on Saturday, September 17.

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Royal High School’s marching band performs during the Simi Valley Days’ Parade on Saturday, September 17.

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Remembrance for 9/11 at Grace Brethren Elementary

Grace Brethren Elementary in Simi Valley held a remembrance for 9/11 on Friday, Sept. 9. First responders and members of the military were honored during the ceremony. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING - Jason Lawrence, a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles Fire Department, and his 12-year-old son, Cody, set up a memorial for firefighters during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Grace Brethren Elementary on Sept. 9 in Simi Valley.

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REMEMBERING – Jason Lawrence, a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles Fire Department, and his 12-year-old son, Cody, set up a memorial for firefighters during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Grace Brethren Elementary on Sept. 9 in Simi Valley.

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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence at Reagan Library

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence delivered a speech to a full house at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sept. 8 in Simi Valley. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers NATIONAL POLITICS - Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence delivers his speech to a full house at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sept. 8 in Simi Valley.

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NATIONAL POLITICS – Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence delivers his speech to a full house at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Sept. 8 in Simi Valley.

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Rally for Simi Valley Police

A rally for local law enforcement was held on July 29 at the Simi Valley Police station. Around 200 residents walked from Lemon Park to the station in support of SVPD.  Similar rally’s were held in Camarillo, Ventura and Moorpark. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers BLUE FOR YOU - Children hold a banner supporting law enforcement as they walk to the Simi Valley Police Station from Lemon Park on July 29 in Simi Valley. A couple hundred residents wore blue shirts and held signs to support local law enforcement.

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BLUE FOR YOU – Children hold a banner supporting law enforcement as they walk to the Simi Valley Police Station from Lemon Park on July 29 in Simi Valley. A couple hundred residents wore blue shirts and held signs to support local law enforcement.

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Dance brings back moves of Victorian era

Wearing a reproduction of a striped day dress from the year 1867, Laura Beraha channeled a lady from the Victorian era during a calico ball put on by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society.

“What I like about the time period is people dressed prettily and they knew how to behave; they had nice manners,” the 68-year-old West Hills resident said. “Everybody’s so polite . . . people dress to the teeth in period clothing and they are all very, very nice.” Read the rest of the story here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LEARNING NEW STEPS - Dance instructor Tom Willson, right, helps Nya Cain, 11, of Chatsworth learn to dance during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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LEARNING NEW STEPS – Dance instructor Tom Willson, right, helps Nya Cain, 11, of Chatsworth learn to dance during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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Coppers and Choppers at Camarillo Airport

The annual Coppers and Choppers was held on July 16 at the Camarillo Airport. The event brings a variety of sheriff’s equipment for kids (and adults) to look up close and raises funds for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FUTURE PILOT? - William Rowley, 3, of Moorpark talks with Dep. Lee Chapman, a crew chief with the Ventura County Sheriff's aviation unit, as he sits in one of the department's helicopters during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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FUTURE PILOT? – William Rowley, 3, of Moorpark talks with Dep. Lee Chapman, a crew chief with the Ventura County Sheriff’s aviation unit, as he sits in one of the department’s helicopters during the annual Coppers and Choppers event at the Camarillo Airport on July 16 in Camarillo.

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Royal High School Graduation

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 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers ROYAL GRAD- Graduates ASB President Morgan Sciumbato and Elizabeth Sharp walk in hand and hand during Royal High School’s 47th annual Commencement on Thursday, June 2 at Royal High School.


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ROYAL GRAD- Graduates ASB President Morgan Sciumbato and Elizabeth Sharp walk in hand and hand during Royal High School’s 47th annual Commencement on Thursday, June 2 at Royal High School.

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