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Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival

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Jordan Bush, left, of Santa Clarita plays his banjo while Dave Mc Possum of Valley Village plays his mandolin with a group of musicians during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

The 55th annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills was held on May 17. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Melanie Curran of Los Angeles tunes her banjo while playing with other musicians during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

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Melanie Curran of Los Angeles tunes her banjo while playing with other musicians during the 55th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on May 16.

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Oak Park Boys’ Volleyball wins CIF Championship

William Cook, #11, a senior, leads the victory run carrying the plaque declaring them the CIF Championships for Division 2 at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championship game held at Cerritos College on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Oak Park High School’s Boys’ Volleyball team won the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championship game that was held at Cerritos College on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

William Cook, #11, a senior, leads the victory run carrying the plaque declaring them the CIF Championships for Division 2 at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championship game held at Cerritos College on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

William Cook, #11, a senior, leads the victory run carrying the plaque declaring them the CIF Championships for Division 2 at the CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championship game held at Cerritos College on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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La Reina’s graduation ceremony

The graduating senior girls toss their hats in the air after the ceremony ended at the La Reina High School graduation held on Friday, May 22, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Hundreds of family and friends carpeted the front lawn of La Reina High for it’s 2015 graduation ceremony held on Friday, May 22, 2015. Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

Hundreds of family and friends carpeted the front lawn of La Reina High for it’s 2015 graduation ceremony held on Friday, May 22, 2015. Photos by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Hundreds of family and friends carpeted the front lawn of La Reina High for it’s 2015 graduation ceremony held on Friday, May 22, 2015. Photos by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Ventura County track and field championships

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Runners compete in the 1600-meter race during the Ventura County Track and Field Championships at Moorpark High School on May 1.

The Ventura County track and field championships were held last Friday at Moorpark High School. Here is our gallery from the event. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Simi Valley's Alex Billing screams as he crosses the finish line for a first place win in the 110-meter hurdles during the Ventura County Track and Field Championships at Moorpark High School on May 1. Billing won with a time of 13.97 seconds.

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Simi Valley’s Alex Billing screams as he crosses the finish line for a first place win in the 110-meter hurdles during the Ventura County Track and Field Championships at Moorpark High School on May 1. Billing won with a time of 13.97 seconds.

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Women’s Lacrosse

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Westlake’s Jayda Richardson and Simi Valley’s Paige Negrete both go for the ball during their game on Wednesday, April 29.

A group of photos from a couple of high school games. Photos/Richard Gillard

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Newbury Park’s Devin Sercu scoops the ball during their game against Agoura on Friday, April 24.


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Newbury Park’s Devin Sercu scoops the ball during their game against Agoura on Friday, April 24.

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Thousand Oak vs Calabasas Lacrosse

Read No reLAXin’

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 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Calabasas’ Jack Korchek breaks between Thousand Oaks’ Connor Koeritz and Brady Finigan during their game on Friday, April 17.


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Calabasas’ Jack Korchek breaks between Thousand Oaks’ Connor Koeritz and Brady Finigan during their game on Friday, April 17.

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Oak Park Teen CERT Final Drill and Graduation

Maddy Watson, 16, and Arman Badiei, 15, are front and center carrying a dummy on the stretcher during their CERT Training before graduation at Oak Park High School on Monday, March 30, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

A final drill highlighting the skills participants from Oak Park High School have gained and practiced over a two month period have been completed and students ranging in ages 14-18 were honored in a graduation ceremony that followed at Oak Park High on Monday, March 30, 2015. This is a free program offered by the Ventura County Fire Department Disaster where classes include simulated search and rescue, disaster medical, fire extinguisher/utility, disaster preparedness, terrorism and disaster psychology.

Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

Maddy Watson, 16, and Arman Badiei, 15, are front and center carrying a dummy on the stretcher during their CERT Training before graduation at Oak Park High School on Monday, March 30, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Maddy Watson, 16, and Arman Badiei, 15, are front and center carrying a dummy on the stretcher during their CERT Training before graduation at Oak Park High School on Monday, March 30, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Gold Rush at White Oak

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CLAIMING A STAKE- Fourth grader Aviv Stabinsky leads a pack of gold miners looking to claim their stake during Gold Rush Experience 2015 at White Oak Elementary School on Thursday, March 26.

Fourth graders at White Oak learn about life during the California gold rush with hands-on learning during Gold Rush Experience 2015.

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 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers PANNING FOR GOLD- Fourth grader Grant Phillips pans for gold during Gold Rush Experience 2015 at White Oak Elementary School on Thursday, March 26.


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PANNING FOR GOLD- Fourth grader Grant Phillips pans for gold during Gold Rush Experience 2015 at White Oak Elementary School on Thursday, March 26.

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Ventura County Science Fair

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Ethan McGregor, 13, left, from Mesa Verde Middle School in Moorpark, talks to Medea Creek Middle School students Spencer Driggs, 12, Samantha Dickman, 12, and Ross Gelick, 13, about his project on a wind powered car during the Ventura County Science Fair in Ventura on April 1.

Hundreds of students from all over Ventura County participated in the annual Ventura County Science Fair at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on April 1. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers TESTING - Naleah Ray, 12, right, a sixth grader at Mountain View Elementary in Simi Valley, tests her project on the voltage of produce while Athena Cruz-Albrecht, 12, a student at Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park, watches during the Ventura County Science Fair in Ventura on April 1.

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Naleah Ray, 12, right, a sixth grader at Mountain View Elementary in Simi Valley, tests her project on the voltage of produce while Athena Cruz-Albrecht, 12, a student at Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park, watches during the Ventura County Science Fair in Ventura on April 1.

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Ventura County Wolfpack: first women’s tackle football in county

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The Ventura County Wolfpack will be playing their first game of the season on April 11 in Arizona.

The Ventura County Wolfpack is vicious. Players run hard, hit harder and never call it quits. They leave practice with bruises and black eyes but come back the next day with the same enthusiasm they’ve had since joining the squad earlier this year. Continue reading Jonathan Andrade’s story here: The Wolfpack: ‘It’s not the lingerie league’ Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Kimberly Lawson, left, of Port Hueneme and Sonia Deputee of Camarillo practice wrapping up an opponent during the Wolfpack's practice at Rio Lindo Park in Oxnard on March 21.

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Kimberly Lawson, left, of Port Hueneme and Sonia Deputee of Camarillo practice wrapping up an opponent during the Wolfpack’s practice at Rio Lindo Park in Oxnard on March 21.

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Let it snow in Oak Park!

Oaks Hills Elementary hosted a Let it Snow, Snow Carnival & Silent Auction on Saturday February 28, 2015. There was tons of snow for sledding and for playing, bouncers, carnival games, the Snow Queen from Fairy Tales Entertainment, Face-painting, DJ, food and other fun activities.

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Ella Broms, 7, and Savannah Fulcher, 7, both of Oak Park get a thrill coming down the snow on a sled together at a “Let It Snow” snow carnival and silent auction held at Oak Park Neighborhood School in Oak Park on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Ella Broms, 7, and Savannah Fulcher, 7, both of Oak Park get a thrill coming down the snow on a sled together at a “Let It Snow” snow carnival and silent auction held at Oak Park Neighborhood School in Oak Park on Saturday, February 28, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Ellis Island @ Willow Elementary

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BECOMING AN AMERICAN- Third graders Marlo Zago and Mitchell Patout wait to be allowed to enter the mock Ellis Island at Willow Elementary on Tuesday, March 10. The reenactment was put on by the third graders giving the experience of turn of the century immigration on Ellis Island.

Third grade student at Willow Elementary experienced what it may have been like as an immigrant at Ellis Island. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers WELCOME TO AMERICA- Parent volunteer Amy Johnston welcomes the immigrants as the Statue of Liberty at the mock Ellis Island at Willow Elementary on Tuesday, March 10. The reenactment was put on by the third graders giving the experience of turn of the century immigration on Ellis Island.


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WELCOME TO AMERICA- Parent volunteer Amy Johnston welcomes the immigrants as the Statue of Liberty at the mock Ellis Island at Willow Elementary on Tuesday, March 10. The reenactment was put on by the third graders giving the experience of turn of the century immigration on Ellis Island.

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History revisited at A.E. Wright Middle School

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KNIGHT - Julian Masjedi, 12, portraying a knight, carries his swords while walking around the 41st annual Medieval Market at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas on March 12.

Seventh-graders spent six weeks studying the Middle Ages, its history and customs for the 41st annual Medieval Market at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas on March 12.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FORTUNE TELLER - Shiran Erlich, 12, tells fortunes as an Astrologer during the 41st annual Medieval Market at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas on March 12. Seventh graders spend six weeks learning about the Middle Ages by developing a trade such as baker or armorer; students then barter for items at the medieval marketplace.

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FORTUNE TELLER – Shiran Erlich, 12, tells fortunes as an Astrologer during the 41st annual Medieval Market at A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas on March 12. Seventh graders spend six weeks learning about the Middle Ages by developing a trade such as baker or armorer; students then barter for items at the medieval marketplace.

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Oaks Christian girls’ soccer, CIF Div. 2 championship

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Oaks Christian vs Santiago girls' soccer. CIF-SS Division 2 championship, Corona High School.

Oaks Christian played Santiago on March 7 for the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship at Corona High School. Oaks Christian lost, 2-0. Our full story on the Lion’s is here: Close, but no cigar Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Santiago's Mikayla Schachtell, left, and Oaks Christian's Allison Pantuso both try to head the ball during the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship in Corona on March 7.

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Santiago’s Mikayla Schachtell, left, and Oaks Christian’s Allison Pantuso both try to head the ball during the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship in Corona on March 7.

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23rd Annual President’s Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Johanna Fortier, 3, her Dad Johnny and brother Jameson, 5, of Agoura Hills take a moment to listen to the music of the USAF Band of the Golden West on President’s Day at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on Monday, February 16, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Hundreds flocked to celebrate the 23rd Annual Presidents Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Monday, February 16th. It included fun for the whole family, including musical entertainment, storytelling, arts and crafts, and presidential and first lady look-alikes. Photos by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Johanna Fortier, 3, her Dad Johnny and brother Jameson, 5, of Agoura Hills take a moment to listen to the music of the USAF Band of the Golden West on President’s Day at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on Monday, February 16, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Johanna Fortier, 3, her Dad Johnny and brother Jameson, 5, of Agoura Hills take a moment to listen to the music of the USAF Band of the Golden West on President’s Day at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on Monday, February 16, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Walk Through the American Revolution

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LET”S HEAR IT FOR THEM- Presenter Betsy Weaver classes for the three captains for each team during the Walk Through The American Revolution at White Oak Elementary school on Tuesday, February 17. The captains are Rebecca Shumway, Natalie Schwartz, and Ariyah Cohn. Walk Through The American Revolution is an interactive history lesson.

Fifth grade students at White Oak Elementary participate in Walk Through The American Revolution. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers PICK ME- Fifth graders Julianna Haness, Miles Anderson, and Amanda Woodruff raise their hand to answer a question during the Walk Through The American Revolution at White Oak Elementary school on Tuesday, February 17. Walk Through The American Revolution is an interactive history lesson.

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PICK ME- Fifth graders Julianna Haness, Miles Anderson, and Amanda Woodruff raise their hand to answer a question during the Walk Through The American Revolution at White Oak Elementary school on Tuesday, February 17. Walk Through The American Revolution is an interactive history lesson.

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A roundup of CIF playoff action

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Royal's Jenna Hurst, right, is defended by Abby Fricker of Trabuco Hills during Saturday's CIF-Southern Section quarterfinal match at California Lutheran University.

Winter sports teams have been playing all week in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. Here is a collection of photos from the various games I have photographed from the past week. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Royal goalie Shaleigh Russell is unable to stop a goal by Trabuco Hills during Saturday's CIF-Southern Section quarterfinal match at California Lutheran University.

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Royal goalie Shaleigh Russell is unable to stop a goal by Trabuco Hills during Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section quarterfinal match at California Lutheran University.

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Kids with special needs become the stars for MVP game

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Agoura High student Francisco Chinchilla hits the ball of the tee during the 6th annual Agoura High MVP baseball game on Feb. 24. The game pairs varsity baseball players with students with special needs and shows them how to play baseball.

Varsity baseball players at Agoura High School partnered up with special needs students for the 6th annual Agoura High MVP game on Feb. 24. The students were taught how to hit the ball and run the bases as a crowd of students cheered them on. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Agoura High student Francisco Chinchilla raises his arms in the air after hitting the ball during the 6th annual Agoura High MVP baseball game on Feb. 24. The game pairs varsity baseball players with students with special needs and shows them how to play baseball.

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Agoura High student Francisco Chinchilla raises his arms in the air after hitting the ball during the 6th annual Agoura High MVP baseball game on Feb. 24. The game pairs varsity baseball players with students with special needs and shows them how to play baseball.

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Oak Park Girls Basketball playoff game

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Oak Park’s Emily Burnison and Atascadero's Sarah Wulff fight for the ball during their play off game on Thursday, February 19.

Eagles loss to the Greyhounds 56-41 in first round of the 2015 CIF Southern Section Girls Basketball Playoff Bracket Division 3A. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Oak Park’s Taylor Kariya holds back her emotion as the Eagles loss their play off game against Atascadero on Thursday, February 19.

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Oak Park’s Taylor Kariya holds back her emotion as the Eagles loss their play off game against Atascadero on Thursday, February 19.

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Daddy’s Little Valentine

Tigerlily Roy, 6, and her dad Gino of Westlake Village, react to the moment to freeze in place at the 4th Annual Valentines Father/Daughter dance held on Friday, February 13, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Carden Conejo School held it’s 4th Annual Father/Daughter Valentine’s Dance at the ball room (auditorium) on Friday, February 13th. Photos by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

David Lesser of Westlake Village dances with his daughter Mia, 9, at the 4th Annual Valentines Father/Daughter dance held at Carden Conejo School in Westlake Village on Friday, February 13, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

David Lesser of Westlake Village dances with his daughter Mia, 9, at the 4th Annual Valentines Father/Daughter dance held at Carden Conejo School in Westlake Village on Friday, February 13, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Rick’s Sports Pics

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La Reina’s goalie Anjali Biswas dives to stop the ball during practice on Monday, February 2.

A nice thing about working at the Acorn is photographing high school sports. Enjoy a collecting of pictures from different high school sports practices and games.

Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Westlake’s Kelsey Kimball kicks the ball at Westlake High School on Monday, December 29.


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Westlake’s Kelsey Kimball kicks the ball at Westlake High School on Monday, December 29.

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Boys’ basketball: Thousand Oaks defeats Oaks Christian, 60-56

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Thousand Oaks' Josh Hauser, left, goes for the layup over Oaks Christian's Ryan Hiepler during Tuesday's game at Thousand Oaks High School.

Thousand Oaks boys’ basketball team clinches share of Marmonte League title with 60-56 win over Oaks Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Thousand Oaks players and fans celebrate their 60-56 win over Oaks Christian on Tuesday.

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Thousand Oaks players and fans celebrate their 60-56 win over Oaks Christian on Tuesday.

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Local Community Moments

Here are my picks on some of the many local community events The Acorn covers for our area.

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Ira, Lion King at Moorpark College, gives his trainer Christy Johnson a kiss for his present at his one year birthday at Moorpark College which was hosted by EATM (Exotic Animal Training and Management) on Sunday, February 8th. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Ira, Lion King at Moorpark College, gives his trainer Christy Johnson a kiss for his present at his one year birthday at Moorpark College which was hosted by EATM (Exotic Animal Training and Management) on Sunday, February 8th. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Local Sports Moments

Titans 18AAA Nathan Margeson #9 of Camarillo, Titans 16AAA Jonathon Johnson #3 and Titans 18AAA Connor Meaney #61 (normally wears the #66) of Camarillo race to get the puck during a scrimmage held at the Iceoplex in Simi Valley on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Here are a compilation of sports moments captured from the beginning of the new year 2015. Photos by JOAN PAHOYO/Acorn Newspapers

Jianna Zeolla #31, a senior at Oak Park, fights to get the ball from Hannah Hernandez #3, a junior at Simi Valley High, at the girl’s varsity soccer game at SVH on Friday, January 16, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Jianna Zeolla #31, a senior at Oak Park, fights to get the ball from Hannah Hernandez #3, a junior at Simi Valley High, at the girl’s varsity soccer game at SVH on Friday, January 16, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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