Neighbors

Community Center celebrates 20 years



A community center can be a focal point in town. For parents, it’s a safe place for their kids to hang out. For fitness seekers, there are basketball courts and workout classes. In times of emergency, it can be a place to seek shelter. The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center has been providing all that and more for not one, but […]

For Mayflower descendants, Thanksgiving carries special meaning



When Lorraine Kocen’s Pilgrim ancestors celebrated “the first Thanksgiving” in 1621 after surviving the Mayflower’s voyage to North America and the brutal first year as settlers, they commemorated the fall harvest with a feast of venison, fish and a variety of fruits and vegetables. When Kocen arrived at her family Thanksgiving celebration this year, the Thousand Oaks resident didn’t bring […]

Club Hub

The Acorn’s guide to club meetings

THURS., DEC. 5 Thousand Oaks Toastmasters At Lunch Noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday at Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Oak Room, third floor, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Improve your public speaking skills, increase self-confidence and develop leadership skills. Interact with goal-oriented people. Web: 1934.toastmastersclubs.org. SAT., DEC. 7 AAUW Thousand Oaks 9 a.m. at Stella’s Gourmet Restaurant, 2385 […]

Perfect holiday tree needs the proper care



The holiday tree is the center of many family celebrations. Ornaments collected over the years decorate the boughs, while brightly wrapped gifts are carefully placed underneath. Load the family into the car or walk to the corner Christmas tree lot and let the hunt begin. Size and shape are important. The tree needs to fit, but finding a fresh tree […]

Painter’s demo to depict vibrant, vivid art

The Westlake Village Art Guild will host a dinner and art demonstration by John Galan on Tues., Jan. 7 at Los Robles Greens, West Banquet Room, 299 S. Moorpark, Thousand Oaks. Check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. The buffet dinner will take place at 6 p.m., followed by the art demonstration. Galan, grew up and resides in Ventura County. He […]

Residents gather to sing holiday favorites

The City of Westlake Village will host its fourth annual Holiday Sing-along from 3 to 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8 at The Shoppes at Westlake Village, in the Fountain Courtyard next to Tifa. The event will also have an unwrapped toy drive for Casa Pacifica along with a canned food drive for Manna Food Bank. Drop-offs are welcome throughout the […]

Proactive gym expands space, services



It’s no secret that owning a small business is a challenge— restaurants are notoriously difficult to run successfully, and a gym could be a close second. With a plethora of exercise regimens for fitness-seekers to choose from, a gym has to offer a special mix of fitness and attention to stand out from the competition. Proactive Sports Performance in Westlake […]

Get a jump on holiday shopping, support a school

Chaparral Elementary School PFC will hold its annual holiday boutique from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 5 in the multipurpose room at 22601 Liberty Bell Road, Calabasas. The community can come and shop, eat and socialize all day long to support the school and get a jump on their holiday shopping. Attendees will be entered in an hourly […]

Director leaves 5-Star after 18 months



Five-Star Theatricals in Thousand Oaks is using last week’s departure of Artistic Director Patrick Cassidy as an opportunity to re-examine its organizational structure. This is the third creative shake-up in four years at 5-Star, the resident theater company at Bank of America Performing Arts Center, and board members are carefully weighing their options about how to proceed. They may opt […]

AT THE LIBRARY

The Calabasas Library at 200 Civic Center Way will present the following free programs in December. For more information, call 818) 225-7616 or go to www.calabasaslibrary.org. The library will be closed Sat., Dec. 21 as well as Tues. and Wed., Dec. 24 and 25. The library will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues., Dec. 31 and be […]


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