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PULL SHARK, PULL- The Ocean Adventure Dentist mascot helps Devin Panayotov, 6 3/4 of Agoura Hills, pull during tug-a-war at  the Triunfo YMCA Healthy Kids Day  on Sunday, May 4.

Here are some of my pictures from last week. They are not necessarily related, they are just ones I like.

 RG 201 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Beverly Schlechter , who published her memoir, “ A Life Exposed” poses in her Thousand Oaks’ home on Sunday, May 4.


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Beverly Schlechter , who published her memoir, “ A Life Exposed” poses in her Thousand Oaks’ home on Sunday, May 4.

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Ventura County Track and Field Championships

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Westlake’s Andy Baccellia, Camarillo’s Ahmed Obed, and Oaks Christian’s Michael Seaton approach the finish line for the boys 100 meter dash during the Ventura County Track and Field Championships held at Moorpark High School on Friday, May 1. Camarillo’s Ahmed Obed won the race.

High school athletes from Ventura County competed in the Ventura County Track and Field Championships at Moorpark High School on Friday, May 2. Photos by Iris Smooth and Richard Gillard

 


Pee Wee Deputies

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DIMINUTIVE DEPUTIES - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department volunteer Sam Poursaleh helps 3-year-old Jonathan Kenworthy of Westlake warn a "bad guy" to stop running as he checks out the inside of a patrol car as part of the Pee Wee Deputy Program on Saturday, April 26. The program lets local 3-5 year olds "train" to be a deputy and see what their day-to-day duties would be like.

Local 3-5 year olds “train” to be a deputy and see Los Angeles County Sheriffs Deputy day-to-day duties

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers DIMINUTIVE DEPUTIES - 5-year-old Maximilian Jensen of Westlake Village, center, finds a good spot for a nap on the bed of a Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriffs Station jail cell as fellow visiting kids explore around him, during a tour of the station as part of the Pee Wee Deputy Program on Saturday, April 26. The program lets local 3-5 year olds "train" to be a deputy and see what their day-to-day duties would be like.

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DIMINUTIVE DEPUTIES – 5-year-old Maximilian Jensen of Westlake Village, center, finds a good spot for a nap on the bed of a Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriffs Station jail cell as fellow visiting kids explore around him, during a tour of the station as part of the Pee Wee Deputy Program on Saturday, April 26. The program lets local 3-5 year olds “train” to be a deputy and see what their day-to-day duties would be like.

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Science Fest at Paramount Ranch

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UPCLOSE - Nancy Burdick of the National Parks Service mounted volunteer patrol lets kids pet her horse, Ginger, during Science Fest at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on Apr. 26.

The National Park Service hosted their annual Science Fest at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on April 26. Over 3,000 people took part in the event which featured science demonstrations, hands-on animal exhibits, guided hiking tours and crafts. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WILDLIFE - Sebastian Hernandez, 8, takes an up close look at Jessica the boa constrictor that is being held by Wes Pollock of the Southwestern Herpetologist Society during Science Fest at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on Apr. 26.

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WILDLIFE – Sebastian Hernandez, 8, takes an up close look at Jessica the boa constrictor that is being held by Wes Pollock of the Southwestern Herpetologist Society during Science Fest at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on Apr. 26.

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Canine Classic Dog Walk and Festival

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TAKING THE DOG FOR A WALK- Participants start the walk of the Canine Classic Dog Walk and Festival at Juan Bautista de Anza Park on Sunday, April 27.

Dogs and owners came out in force to enjoy the  Canine Classic Dog Walk and Festival

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers STRUTTING COWBOY-  Kelly struts his stuff in his cowboy custom during Project Dogway at  the Canine Classic Dog Walk and Festival at Juan Bautista de Anza Park on Sunday, April 27.


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STRUTTING COWBOY- Kelly struts his stuff in his cowboy custom during Project Dogway at the Canine Classic Dog Walk and Festival at Juan Bautista de Anza Park on Sunday, April 27.

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American Folk Music Fest at Leonis Adobe

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SINGING THEIR TUNES - T.J. Zeiler of Camarillo sings folk songs with the group Songmakers during the second annual American Folk Music Festival at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas on Apr. 27.

The Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas hosted the second annual American Folk Music Fest on April 26-27. Various country, bluegrass, blues and folk music bands performed during the event which raised money for the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers A DAY OF MUSIC - Willie Nelson impersonator Roger Hegyi of the band True Willie performs during the second annual American Folk Music Festival at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas on Apr. 27.

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A DAY OF MUSIC – Willie Nelson impersonator Roger Hegyi of the band True Willie performs during the second annual American Folk Music Festival at the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas on Apr. 27.

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California Wildlife Center spring open house

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"ARE YOU GONNA FEED ME?" - A baby crow tells visitors to the hospital he his hungry during the spring open house at the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas on Apr. 27.

The California Wildlife Center in Calabasas held their spring open house on Sunday, Apr. 27. Visitors were able to look at the center’s hospital, baby care unit, and surgery center along with the various animals they care for. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SHOWING OFF - Lancelot, a 25-year-old red-tailed hawk, is held up by his owner, Cynthia Maxwell, for visitors to look at during the spring open house at the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas on Apr. 27. Various birds, animals and sea life were on display at the event. The center also opened up their hospital, baby care unit, and surgery center for visitors to look at.

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SHOWING OFF – Lancelot, a 25-year-old red-tailed hawk, is held up by his owner, Cynthia Maxwell, for visitors to look at during the spring open house at the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas on Apr. 27. Various birds, animals and sea life were on display at the event. The center also opened up their hospital, baby care unit, and surgery center for visitors to look at.

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Sports portrait

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Kelise Garrison is a four-sport athlete at Agoura High School.

As staff photographers, we often photograph local high school athletes for feature sports stories in The Acorn. Here is a collection of sports portraits I have taken from the past few weeks. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Greg Vann is a long jumper and sprinter for the Rio Mesa High boys' track team.

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Greg Vann is a long jumper and sprinter for the Rio Mesa High boys’ track team.

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Richard’s pictures

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HAVING FUN- Kids play on the hills above at Juan Bautista de Anza Park during the Spring Extreme on Friday, April 11.

Just a few of my pictures from this week’s Acorns that I want to share.

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers FUN SCIENCE – Gabi Prusinski, 7, of Camarillo, expresses her excitement as her Elephant Toothpaste erupts while trying the experiment with her brother, Zac, 5, during Science Night at Tierra Linda Elementary School on Wednesday, April 9.  The Elephant  Toothpaste is a mixture of yeast and hydrogen peroxide.


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FUN SCIENCE – Gabi Prusinski, 7, of Camarillo, expresses her excitement as her Elephant Toothpaste erupts while trying the experiment with her brother, Zac, 5, during Science Night at Tierra Linda Elementary School on Wednesday, April 9. The Elephant Toothpaste is a mixture of yeast and hydrogen peroxide.

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Thousand Oaks vs Calabasas boys’ volleyball

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Calabasas' Brad Luther bumps the ball against Thousand Oaks during their match at Calabasas High School on Apr. 1.

Thousand Oaks played Calabasas in a Marmonte league match on April 1. Thousand Oaks won, 3-0. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Thousand Oaks' Kyle Jones, left, and Jake De La Garza block a shot by Calabasas during Tuesday's match at Calabasas High School.

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Thousand Oaks’ Kyle Jones, left, and Jake De La Garza block a shot by Calabasas during Tuesday’s match at Calabasas High School.

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Agoura Girls’ Lacrosse

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Agoura High School lacrosse player Cat Daly tries to slip past teammate Alix Davies on her way to the goal during practice on Tuesday, March 25.
IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers Agoura High School lacrosse player Alix Davies, right, tries to block teammate Kelsie Garrison from shooting during practice on Tuesday, March 25.

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Agoura High School lacrosse player Alix Davies, right, tries to block teammate Kelsie Garrison from shooting during practice on Tuesday, March 25.

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Saying farewell to a fallen comrade

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FULL HONORS - Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

A memorial service was held last week for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. Clarke, 79, who was homeless, served in the Army from 1956-59. The military funeral for the homeless veteran was provided by the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, which is dedicated to honoring homeless and indigent veterans with proper burials. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FULL HONORS - Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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FULL HONORS – Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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Trees planted in Calabasas for Arbor Day

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A freshly planted Oak tree soaks up the morning sun in Gates Canyon Park during the City of Calabasas' Arbor Day Celebration on March 22.

Dozens of people participated in Arbor Day Celebration in Calabasas by planting Walnut and Oak trees at Gates Canyon Park on March 22. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers ONE TREE AT A TIME - Michele Khateri and her daughter, Aria, 9, of Calabasas plant a tree during the City of Calabasas' Arbor Day Celebration at Gates Canyon Park on March 22. Dozens of Oak and Walnut trees were planted in the park along with a demonstration of how to make your own compost.

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ONE TREE AT A TIME – Michele Khateri and her daughter, Aria, 9, of Calabasas plant a tree during the City of Calabasas’ Arbor Day Celebration at Gates Canyon Park on March 22. Dozens of Oak and Walnut trees were planted in the park along with a demonstration of how to make your own compost.

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Weathersfield Elementary Tea Party

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers TIME FOR TEA - Weathersfield Elementary School student Christopher Hull, 9, waits patiently as parent Suzan Grazier pours him another cup of tea during the school's annual third grade tea party on Friday, March 21.

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TIME FOR TEA – Weathersfield Elementary School student Christopher Hull, 9, waits patiently as parent Suzan Grazier pours him another cup of tea during the school’s annual third grade tea party on Friday, March 21.

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Norooz Bazaar Persian New Year Celebration

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers OCCASION FOR CELEBRATION - As fellow guests clap along to the tambourine beat, Westlake residents Sherry Hafizi, left, and Kian Kayari dance to traditional Iranian melodies at Norooz Bazaar, a marketplace and celebration of Norooz, the Persian New Year, on Saturday, March 15.

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OCCASION FOR CELEBRATION – As fellow guests clap along to the tambourine beat, Westlake residents Sherry Hafizi, left, and Kian Kayari dance to traditional Iranian melodies at Norooz Bazaar, a marketplace and celebration of Norooz, the Persian New Year, on Saturday, March 15.

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CIF-Southern Section basketball championships

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Westlake's Michael Hayon drives the ball to the basket against Canyon of Anaheim during the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA championship at the Honda Center on March 8.

Here is our collection of photos from the boys’ basketball championships for Calabasas, Oak Park, Oaks Christian and Westlake High Schools. Photos by Iris Smoot and Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers Oak Park High School player Cole Micek holds up the team’s CIF champion plaque as his teammates cheer for their victory over St. Francis High School in Azusa on Friday, March 7.

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Oak Park High School player Cole Micek holds up the team’s CIF champion plaque as his teammates cheer for their victory over St. Francis High School in Azusa on Friday, March 7.

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Oak Park CIF Final Game

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Santa Barbara defender Jack Baker tries to take control of the ball from Oak Park player Matt Byer during a closely matched semifinal game on Friday, February 28.

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Let’s Bake A Difference!



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers SWEETS SUPPORT SURVIVORS - Agoura resident Summer Holl and daughter Esme, 6, who dressed in cupcake attire for the occasion, choose another treat from The Cupcake Garden booth at “Let’s Bake A Difference,” an annual cupcake and dessert tasting event to benefit the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara on Sunday, March 9.

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SWEETS SUPPORT SURVIVORS – Agoura resident Summer Holl and daughter Esme, 6, who dressed in cupcake attire for the occasion, choose another treat from The Cupcake Garden booth at “Let’s Bake A Difference,” an annual cupcake and dessert tasting event to benefit the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara on Sunday, March 9.

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Calabasas advances to CIF-Southern Section Division 2A championship game

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Calabasas’ Larry Bush is congratulated after Calabasas beat Tustin in their CIF semifinal game on Tuesday, March 4.

Calabasas defeats Tustin 56-49 at home on Tuesday. Read Gilberto Manzano’s story

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Calabasas’ Amin Ismael bocks a shot during their CIF semifinal game against Tustin on Tuesday, March 4.


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Calabasas’ Amin Ismael bocks a shot during their CIF semifinal game against Tustin on Tuesday, March 4.

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President’s Day Weekend Baseball



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers PLAYING HARD - SoCal Adrenaline 13u pitcher Cole Kitchen sends the ball flying toward home plate during the final championship game against LA Bombsquad in the President’s Day Weekend Tournament, hosted by Agoura Pony Baseball, at Lupin Hill Elementary on Monday, February 17.

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PLAYING HARD – SoCal Adrenaline 13u pitcher Cole Kitchen sends the ball flying toward home plate during the final championship game against LA Bombsquad in the President’s Day Weekend Tournament, hosted by Agoura Pony Baseball, at Lupin Hill Elementary on Monday, February 17.

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Chinese New Year at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers NEW YEAR CELEBRATION - Thousand Oaks Chinese School students and parents perform “Butterflies Wings,” an all-ages ballet piece, for attendees at the Conejo Chinese Cultural Association’s “Chinese New Year - Year of the Horse” presentation, held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Sunday, February 16.

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NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – Thousand Oaks Chinese School students and parents perform “Butterflies Wings,” an all-ages ballet piece, for attendees at the Conejo Chinese Cultural Association’s “Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse” presentation, held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Sunday, February 16.

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West Coast Elite Dance Championship



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers PASSIONATE MOVEMENT - Calabasas High School student dancers perform in the Elite group category at the West Coast Elite Dance regional dance competition at Westlake High School on Saturday, February 8. Over 300 dancers from 12 schools competed in groups and solos throughout the day, with the hopes of making it to the state championship.

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PASSIONATE MOVEMENT – Calabasas High School student dancers perform in the Elite group category at the West Coast Elite Dance regional dance competition at Westlake High School on Saturday, February 8. Over 300 dancers from 12 schools competed in groups and solos throughout the day, with the hopes of making it to the state championship.

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Agoura High School’s Celebrity Jazz Concert

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Agoura High School’s Celebrity Jazz Concert on January 31, 2014.

Featuring AHS Alumni saxophonist Danny Janklow

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Agoura High School alumni saxophonist Danny Janklow performs a solo while playing with the AHS Jazz A during the Agoura High School’s Celebrity Jazz Concert on Friday, January 31.


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Agoura High School alumni saxophonist Danny Janklow performs a solo while playing with the AHS Jazz A during the Agoura High School’s Celebrity Jazz Concert on Friday, January 31.

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Sports Photos of the Week Jan. 31

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Agoura’s Aley Vilches, left, reaches to block the ball during their game against Westlake on Jan. 28.

Our weekly collection of sports photos from our staff photographers.