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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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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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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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Monte Vista graduation 2015

Photos from Monte Vista School in Simi Valley on June 1, 2015. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Hailey Tielman, left, Olivia Thomas and Selena Mergendahl look out at family and friends following graduation for Monte Vista School at the Apollo High School campus in Simi Valley on June 1.

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Hailey Tielman, left, Olivia Thomas and Selena Mergendahl look out at family and friends following graduation for Monte Vista School at the Apollo High School campus in Simi Valley on June 1.

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Fire burns abandoned buildings in Simi Valley

A fire burned abandoned buildings in the 100 block of Mahogany Lane in Simi Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 30. The fire destroyed two buildings that used to belong to Simi Valley Unified School District. Another fire in August destroyed a two-story building on the same lot. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Engineer Clint Hull of the Ventura County Fire Department works to put out a structure fire at an abandoned building on the 100 block of Mahogany Lane in Simi Valley on Dec. 30. The fire destroyed two buildings that used to belong to Simi Valley Unified School District. Another fire in August destroyed a two-story building on the same lot. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Engineer Clint Hull of the Ventura County Fire Department works to put out a structure fire at an abandoned building on the 100 block of Mahogany Lane in Simi Valley on Dec. 30. The fire destroyed two buildings that used to belong to Simi Valley Unified School District. Another fire in August destroyed a two-story building on the same lot. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Simi Valley vs Camarillo football

Camarillo defeated Simi Valley 22-20 during their non-league game at Adolfo Camarillo High School on Fri., Sept. 19. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Camarillo's Frankie Tostado, right, intercepts a pass meant for Simi Valley's James Cuillard (84) late in the fourth quarter during Friday's game at Adolfo Camarillo High School.

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Camarillo’s Frankie Tostado, right, intercepts a pass meant for Simi Valley’s James Cuillard (84) late in the fourth quarter during Friday’s game at Adolfo Camarillo High School.

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Graduation in Simi Valley

Here is a collection of photos from the high school’s in Simi Valley. The school’s include Simi Valley, Royal, Santa Susana and Grace Brethren. Photos by Michael Coons and Iris Smoot/Acorn Newspapers

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Simi’s “Christmas House” Founder Passes Away

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers END OF AN ERA - Local residents gather for a vigil at the home of John Becker, whose wife Phyllis passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their Sycamore Drive home for Christmas 49 years ago and as the decorations became more elaborate, taking over the yard and driveway, it became a community landmark.

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END OF AN ERA – Local residents gather for a vigil at the home of John Becker, whose wife Phyllis passed away on Sunday, March 16. Phyllis Becker started decorating their Sycamore Drive home for Christmas 49 years ago and as the decorations became more elaborate, taking over the yard and driveway, it became a community landmark.

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Reality Party for Parents



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers REALITY PLAY - Youth actors hoist 15-year-old Sam Hernandez on top of a keg in a simulated keg stand scene for an audience of local parents during “Reality Party for Parents,” an annual event hosted by Straight Up Ventura County on Saturday, March 8 to portray the current trends in teen alcohol and drug use.

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REALITY PLAY – Youth actors hoist 15-year-old Sam Hernandez on top of a keg in a simulated keg stand scene for an audience of local parents during “Reality Party for Parents,” an annual event hosted by Straight Up Ventura County on Saturday, March 8 to portray the current trends in teen alcohol and drug use.

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Simi Elementary School’s Final Bell



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers FINAL FAREWELL - A staff member waves out the window to Simi Elementary School parents as the buses pull away from the front of the school, taking their children to Mountain View Elementary for the first full day of classes there on Tuesday, February 18. Simi Elementary will be closing.

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FINAL FAREWELL – A staff member waves out the window to Simi Elementary School parents as the buses pull away from the front of the school, taking their children to Mountain View Elementary for the first full day of classes there on Tuesday, February 18. Simi Elementary will be closing.

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Sinaloa Middle School Talent Show

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IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers TEEN TALENT - Sinaloa Middle School dean of students Nikki Perryman, left, and English teacher Jennifer Healy dance together during a staff performance in the annual PTSA Variety Show on Friday, February 7.

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TEEN TALENT – Sinaloa Middle School dean of students Nikki Perryman, left, and English teacher Jennifer Healy dance together during a staff performance in the annual PTSA Variety Show on Friday, February 7.

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New Years at the Reagan Library

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers READY TO CELEBRATE - Pam Lipp of Chatsworth and Tommy Allison of Agoura test out their noisemakers as the clock runs down toward midnight at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library 5th annual New Years Eve celebration.

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READY TO CELEBRATE – Pam Lipp of Chatsworth and Tommy Allison of Agoura test out their noisemakers as the clock runs down toward midnight at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library 5th annual New Years Eve celebration.

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Bikes for the Holidays



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers COMING TOGETHER - Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise member Rick Vogel, left, and his brother Brian Vogel tighten the parts on a girl’s bike in a team effort at the 2013 Holiday Children’s Bike Assembly Party on Wednesday, December 12. The effort is coordinated by three rotary clubs in Simi - Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, Simi Valley and Simi Sunset - and the bicycles will go to children whose families could not afford them.

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COMING TOGETHER – Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise member Rick Vogel, left, and his brother Brian Vogel tighten the parts on a girl’s bike in a team effort at the 2013 Holiday Children’s Bike Assembly Party on Wednesday, December 12. The effort is coordinated by three rotary clubs in Simi – Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, Simi Valley and Simi Sunset – and the bicycles will go to children whose families could not afford them.

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Pearl Harbor Commemoration Ceremony



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING THE BATTLES - Local veterans and their families carry candles through the Simi Valley Town Center during a VFW Post 10049 Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony and procession from the military museum to the center courtyard, where they stood to hear the playing of taps, on Saturday, December 7.

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REMEMBERING THE BATTLES – Local veterans and their families carry candles through the Simi Valley Town Center during a VFW Post 10049 Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony and procession from the military museum to the center courtyard, where they stood to hear the playing of taps, on Saturday, December 7.

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K9 Retirement Ceremony in Simi Valley



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers FRIENDLY OFFICERS - Simi Valley resident Timothy Munz, left, watches as his daughter Desirae, 3, meets Simi Valley Police Department K9 officer Vince Allegra and retiring police dog Rocco, 9, after a Simi Valley Police Foundation retirement ceremony for three SVPD police dogs on Friday, November 15.

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FRIENDLY OFFICERS – Simi Valley resident Timothy Munz, left, watches as his daughter Desirae, 3, meets Simi Valley Police Department K9 officer Vince Allegra and retiring police dog Rocco, 9, after a Simi Valley Police Foundation retirement ceremony for three SVPD police dogs on Friday, November 15.

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Memorial service for dancer and choreographer Patsy Swayze

Dancer, choreographer and longtime Simi Valley resident Patsy Swayze, mother of actor Patrick Swayze, passed away on September 18 at age 86. A memorial service for friends and family was held at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, November 9. See the full story in the Simi Valley Acorn.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers STUDENT AND FRIEND - Dancer Zetta Alderman of Houston, Texas performs the Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language at a memorial service on Saturday, November 9 for the dancer and choreographer Patsy Swayze, who owned The Dancer’s Studio in Simi Valley for more than 20 years. Alderman began studying dance with Swayze starting at age 8 in Houston, and has taught dance for over 30 years.

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STUDENT AND FRIEND – Dancer Zetta Alderman of Houston, Texas performs the Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language at a memorial service on Saturday, November 9 for the dancer and choreographer Patsy Swayze, who owned The Dancer’s Studio in Simi Valley for more than 20 years. Alderman began studying dance with Swayze starting at age 8 in Houston, and has taught dance for over 30 years.

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Halloween Happenings in Simi Valley & Moorpark

Zombies, witches and ghouls have been haunting the local schools in preparation for the Halloween holiday! Here’s a sampling of the festivities from around Simi Valley and Moorpark over the past week.

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers  DESERT WINDS - Trumpeter Dominic Castro performs with the Wind Symphony at the Moorpark High Instrumental Music Program’s Egypt-themed annual Spooktacular fall performance on Thursday, October 24.

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DESERT WINDS – Trumpeter Dominic Castro performs with the Wind Symphony at the Moorpark High Instrumental Music Program’s Egypt-themed annual Spooktacular fall performance on Thursday, October 24.

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Senior Wii Bowling Tournament in Camarillo

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers BOWL-OFF - Rachel Santiago of the Colonia Ladies Blossom team of Oxnard sends her virtual bowling ball rolling down the lane to successfully win a one-frame tie-breaking bowl-off against another local team, securing a spot in the semi-finals of the 5th annual Ventura County Senior Wii Bowling Tournament, held at the Camarillo Community Center on Thursday, October 10.

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BOWL-OFF – Rachel Santiago of the Colonia Ladies Blossom team of Oxnard sends her virtual bowling ball rolling down the lane to successfully win a one-frame tie-breaking bowl-off against another local team, securing a spot in the semi-finals of the 5th annual Ventura County Senior Wii Bowling Tournament, held at the Camarillo Community Center on Thursday, October 10.

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Hands-on Learning

Students at Mountain View Elementary School learn about nutrition with a project-based hands-on program. Read Rick Hazeltine’s story

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers MELLOW ROLLER – Kindergartner Tinou Liva, 5, rolls a mellow during nutrition day, a project-based hands-on program at Mountain View Elementary School on Thursday, September 26.

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MELLOW ROLLER – Kindergartner Tinou Liva, 5, rolls a mellow during nutrition day, a project-based hands-on program at Mountain View Elementary School on Thursday, September 26.

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Simi Valley host Moorpark in girls tennis

Read Gilberto Manzano stories in the Simi Valley Acorn and in the Moorpark Acorn

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Moorpark’s Angela Reynolds returns the ball during her game against Simi Valley on Tuesday, September 24.

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Moorpark’s Angela Reynolds returns the ball during her game against Simi Valley on Tuesday, September 24.

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The end of summer.

Across the county, local residents enjoyed the final days of summer concerts, playing at the park and finding ways to beat the heat before fall arrives.



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers BEATING THE HEAT - 12-year-old Hunter Pool, right, and sister Heather, 12, center, back up as she sprays 20-year-old retired Elvenstar Riding Academy pony Mickey with a garden hose to cool him off and clean him up on a warm Sunday, September 1.

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BEATING THE HEAT – 12-year-old Hunter Pool, right, and sister Heather, 12, center, back up as she sprays 20-year-old retired Elvenstar Riding Academy pony Mickey with a garden hose to cool him off and clean him up on a warm Sunday, September 1.

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First day of school in Simi Valley

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers NERVOUS NEW STUDENT - Kindergartener Libby Hanks nervously holds tight to her mother, Megan, as they wait to enter her classroom at White Oak Elementary on Monday, August 19, the first day of school for Simi Valley Unified School District.

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NERVOUS NEW STUDENT – Kindergartener Libby Hanks nervously holds tight to her mother, Megan, as they wait to enter her classroom at White Oak Elementary on Monday, August 19, the first day of school for Simi Valley Unified School District.

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Football season prep at Royal and Oaks Christian

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers Royal High School football player Mitchell Spinneberg keeps his eye on an opening between players while carrying the ball at practice on Thursday, August 15.

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Royal High School football player Mitchell Spinneberg keeps his eye on an opening between players while carrying the ball at practice on Thursday, August 15.

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Water Main Break in Simi Valley

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers READY TO REPAIR - Simi Valley Public Works and Innocenti Construction employees slowly pump water out from around the site of a water main break at Madera Rd. and East Los Angeles Ave. on Wednesday, August 14 while they wait for a replacement part to arrive.

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READY TO REPAIR – Simi Valley Public Works and Innocenti Construction employees slowly pump water out from around the site of a water main break at Madera Rd. and East Los Angeles Ave. on Wednesday, August 14 while they wait for a replacement part to arrive.

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