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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.

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 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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Oaks Christian Girls Basketball

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Oak Christian’s Katie Campbell drives the ball the court during their game against Newbury Park on Friday, January 30.

The Lions defeat the Panthers in their match up on January 30. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Oak Christian’s Milana Kazmer put the ball up during their game against Newbury Park on Friday, January 30.


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Oak Christian’s Milana Kazmer put the ball up during their game against Newbury Park on Friday, January 30.

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Girl Scouts donate toys to help victims

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Girl Scouts Jessica Baumann, 10, left, her sister, Caroline, 13, and Maddy Barney-Gibbs, 12, carry bags of stuffed animals to a Ventura County Fire truck at Red Oak Elementary in Oak Park on Jan. 18. Around 700 stuffed animals were collected by 17 Girl Scout troops in Oak Park and Westlake Village. The toys were donated to the Ventura County Fire Department and will be handed out to kids to comfort them during a crisis or injury.

Girls Scouts in Westlake Village and Oak Park gathered last week at Red Oak Elementary in Oak Park to donate almost 700 stuffed animals to the Ventura County Fire Department, which will give the items to children to comfort them during crisis or injury. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Girl Scouts Alexis LoBianco, 6, left, Kate Pipkins, 6, Lily Radick, 7, and Sofia Flores, 7, attach notes to stuffed animals at Red Oak Elementary School in Oak Park on Jan. 18. Around 700 stuffed animals were collected by 17 Girl Scout troops in Oak Park and Westlake Village. The toys were donated to the Ventura County Fire Department and will be handed out to kids to comfort them during a crisis or injury.

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Girl Scouts Alexis LoBianco, 6, left, Kate Pipkins, 6, Lily Radick, 7, and Sofia Flores, 7, attach notes to stuffed animals at Red Oak Elementary School in Oak Park on Jan. 18. Around 700 stuffed animals were collected by 17 Girl Scout troops in Oak Park and Westlake Village. The toys were donated to the Ventura County Fire Department and will be handed out to kids to comfort them during a crisis or injury.

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Newbury Park Varsity Girl’s Soccer against Oaks Christian

Newbury Park junior Kristina Krehbiel, #13, and Oaks Christian’s Mia Jordan, #2, keep their eyes on the ball during a girl’s varsity soccer game held at Newbury Park High School on Friday, January 9, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Lauren Starkey, #20, from Oaks Christian, collides with NPHS sophomore Kate Manzione, #8, at a girl’s Varsity soccer game held at Newbury Park High School on Friday, January 9, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Lauren Starkey, #20, from Oaks Christian, collides with NPHS sophomore Kate Manzione, #8, at a girl’s Varsity soccer game held at Newbury Park High School on Friday, January 9, 2015. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Agoura Varsity Girls’ Water Polo 122nd Win

Jessica Speicher, a senior at AHS and goal tender for Agoura Hill’s Varsity Girl’s Water Polo team, prepares to block the pass from Thousand Oaks during a game held at AHS on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. The girl’s varsity water polo team broke the CIF-Southern Section record for the most wins from any girl or boy’s water polo team with their 122nd straight win. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Jessica Speicher, a senior at AHS and goal tender for Agoura Hill’s Varsity Girl’s Water Polo team, prepares to block the pass from Thousand Oaks during a game held at AHS on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. The girl’s varsity water polo team broke the CIF-Southern Section record for the most wins from any girl or boy’s water polo team with their 122nd straight win. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Jessica Speicher, a senior at AHS and goal tender for Agoura Varsity Girl’s Water Polo team, prepares to block the pass from Thousand Oaks during a game held at AHS on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. The girl’s varsity water polo team broke the CIF-Southern Section record for the most wins from any girl or boy’s water polo team with their 122nd straight win. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Rick’s Pics

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SAVE ABRAHAM LINCOLN ELEMENTARY- Dr. Mario Rivera speaks about not closing Abraham Lincoln Elementary during a public hearing at the school on Thursday, January 8.

A collection of a few events I photographer last week. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING A GOOD FRIEND- Westlake water polo coach Stephanie Barlev gets a hug after speaking about her teammate during a ceremony retiring Veronike Weiss’s water polo number on Thursday, January 8.


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REMEMBERING A GOOD FRIEND- Westlake water polo coach Stephanie Barlev gets a hug after speaking about her teammate during a ceremony retiring Veronike Weiss’s water polo number on Thursday, January 8.

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Calabasas vs Thousand Oaks boys’ basketball

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Thousand Oaks' Trent Atkinson, right, puts up a basket over Calabasas' Justin Bessard during Friday's game at Thousand Oaks High School.

Photos are from the Calabasas vs Thousand Oaks boys basketball game on Jan. 9. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Calabasas' Tal Gweta, left, has his shot blocked by Thousand Oaks' Matt Hauser during Friday's game at Thousand Oaks High School.

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Calabasas’ Tal Gweta, left, has his shot blocked by Thousand Oaks’ Matt Hauser during Friday’s game at Thousand Oaks High School.

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End of the Year 2014

Agoura Hills Mayor Illece Buckley Weber gets a sticker and signs the poster for Eden Reese, 10, of Oxnard, at the lighting of the Menorah during the Menorah Kindling and Ceremony held at Agoura Hills City Hall on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Photos capturing the end of the year 2014. Photos by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Agoura Hills Mayor Illece Buckley Weber gets a sticker and signs the poster for Eden Reese, 10, of Oxnard, at the lighting of the Menorah during the Menorah Kindling and Ceremony held at Agoura Hills City Hall on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

Agoura Hills Mayor Illece Buckley Weber gets a sticker and signs the poster for Eden Reese, 10, of Oxnard, at the lighting of the Menorah during the Menorah Kindling and Ceremony held at Agoura Hills City Hall on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Photo by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

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Oak Park Boy’s Basketball

Oak Park beats Rio Mesa 63-39. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers  Read the story

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Oak Park’s Michael Alvarez tries to steal the ball from Rio Mesa’s Joe Diaz during their game against on Monday, December 8.


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Oak Park’s Michael Alvarez tries to steal the ball from Rio Mesa’s Joe Diaz during their game against on Monday, December 8.

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Oak Park Turkey Bowl

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TURKEY BOWL 2014- Geo Martin, Oak Park class of '02, reaches for an interception in one of their games during the Turkey Bowl 2014 held at Oak Park High School on Thursday, November 27. The games where held to raise money for NAMI Alliance on Mental Illness in memory of Shawn Rishko  who lost his life to Bipolar Depression.

Sixteen teams fight to win the Shawn Rishko Memorial True-phy awarded to the winning team of the Oak Park Turkey Bowl 2014. The Oak Park Turkey Bowl raised money for NAMI on Mental Illness in memory of Shawn Rishko who lost his life to Bipolar Depression. The Oak Park Turkey Bowl has been played by Oak Park alumnus since 2002.

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers TURKEY BOWL 2014- Harry Wong, Agoura High class of '15, runs the ball as Max Fahn, Oak Park Class of '09, dives after his flag in one of their games during the Turkey Bowl 2014 held at Oak Park High School on Thursday, November 27. The games where held to raise money for NAMI Alliance on Mental Illness in memory of Shawn Rishko  who lost his life to Bipolar Depression.

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TURKEY BOWL 2014- Harry Wong, Agoura High class of ’15, runs the ball as Max Fahn, Oak Park Class of ’09, dives after his flag in one of their games during the Turkey Bowl 2014 held at Oak Park High School on Thursday, November 27. The games where held to raise money for NAMI Alliance on Mental Illness in memory of Shawn Rishko who lost his life to Bipolar Depression.

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Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

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Justin Rusty, 4, runs up to give a hug to an inflatable pumpkin during the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 18.

Here are our gallery of photos from the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 18. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Abby and Jay Dinkins of Agoura Hills help their 15-month-old daughter, Charlotte, paint a pumpkin during the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 18.

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Abby and Jay Dinkins of Agoura Hills help their 15-month-old daughter, Charlotte, paint a pumpkin during the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 18.

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Calabasas vs Agoura football, Oct. 24, 2014

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Agoura's Tommy Woodruff is unable to pull in a catch during Friday's game at Agoura High School.

Calabasas vs Agoura football at Agoura High School. Calabasas won, 38-28. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Agoura's Brenner Marsh, left, prevents Calabasas' Emmanuel Osuchukwu from catching the pass during Friday's game at Agoura High School.

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Agoura’s Brenner Marsh, left, prevents Calabasas’ Emmanuel Osuchukwu from catching the pass during Friday’s game at Agoura High School.

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Sounds of Conejo

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Royal’s Lety Ortiz, center, cheers with her bandmates during  Sounds of Conejo on Saturday, September 27. Nine schools; Oak Park, Simi Valley, Buena, Camarillo, Royal, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Westlake, Thousand Oaks were represented. During the grande finale, all nine high schools' bands playing together.

Marching bands from Oak Park, Simi Valley, Camarillo, Royal, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Westlake, and Thousand Oaks were represented at the Sounds of Conejo. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

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Oaks Christian football

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Oaks Christian’s quarterback Matt Corral runs the ball during their game against Birmingham on Friday, September 26.

Oaks Christian beats Birmingham 55-6. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Oaks Christian’s defensive end Reese Binnette brakes through Birmingham’s Juan Godinez during their game on Friday, September 26.


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Oaks Christian’s defensive end Reese Binnette brakes through Birmingham’s Juan Godinez during their game on Friday, September 26.

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Rio Mesa vs Calabasas football

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Rio Mesa's Jaysean Lee runs the ball down field during Friday's game at Calabasas High School.

Rio Mesa defeated Calabasas 38-23 during their game at Calabasas High School on Fri., Sept. 26. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers A throw is just out of reach for Rio Mesa's Bryan Penny during Friday's game at Calabasas High School.

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A throw is just out of reach for Rio Mesa’s Bryan Penny during Friday’s game at Calabasas High School.

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A different look

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Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers, and Super visor Zev Yaroslavsky talk during the ground breaking for the Probation Department’s new Camp Vernon Kilpatrick Replacement Project on Friday, September 12.  The old-fashioned 1962 institutions will be demolished and replaced with state-of-the-art facility.

A collection of a few different photos taken in several Acorn regions that have a unique feel. Photos by Richard Gillard

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers CONSTITUTION DAY- Eighth graders Daniel McGreevy, 13, and Samantha Feig, 13, take a selfie with Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber and members Simi Valley Chamber along with members of Daughters of the American Revolution (Rancho Simi Chapter) of the Simi Valley during an assembly at Hillside Middle School on Wednesday, September 17. Members of Daughters of the American Revolution (Rancho Simi Chapter), members of the Rotary Club of Simi Valley, along with Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber passed out copies of the U.S. Constitution.


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CONSTITUTION DAY- Eighth graders Daniel McGreevy, 13, and Samantha Feig, 13, take a selfie with Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber and members Simi Valley Chamber along with members of Daughters of the American Revolution (Rancho Simi Chapter) of the Simi Valley during an assembly at Hillside Middle School on Wednesday, September 17. Members of Daughters of the American Revolution (Rancho Simi Chapter), members of the Rotary Club of Simi Valley, along with Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber passed out copies of the U.S. Constitution.

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