Sheriff’s ride honors fallen hero

Special Porsche for Sgt. Ron Helus

Area car enthusiasts hopped inside cool rides and hit the road Nov. 14 for a 112-mile auto rally that raised funds for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Ron Helus Training Facility in Camarillo. The drive from Thousand Oaks to Camarillo welcomed more than 100 private vehicle owners who paid $500 each to participate in the Ron Helus Memorial Car Rally, a […]

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays

Inside scoop on ‘Outlander’ series

Movies have had their day, and it’s widely agreed the next wave of entertainment will be on the small screens: televisions and computer monitors. Devoted fandoms have sprung up around numerous shows that give their viewers a chance to escape from real-world worries and enter a life of fantasy. For Thousand Oaks resident Cynthia Dawn, the show “Outlander” is more […]

Fiction in a Nutshell

Once again we asked our readers—those with an active imagination and a knack for writing—to put their creative juices to work in The Acorn’s annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest. The response was gratifying as more than 50 entries were submitted. The stories, limited to 100 words, covered a wide range of topics: science fiction, romance, comedy and adventure. We […]

Borderline two years later

Survivors mark another milestone

Two years after they smashed windows, pushed through fences and fled out of doorways to escape the deadliest shooting in Ventura County history, dozens of survivors who lived through the incident at Borderline Bar and Grill turned their exit routes into places to gather. Saturday marked two years since 12 lives were lost at Borderline, but it also marked two […]

Community remembers its shared tragedy

Sitting on the porch of the closed Borderline bar and grill Nov. 7, Newbury Park resident Dylan McNey said milestones are hard. He lost eight friends in the 2018 Borderline shooting and one in the Las Vegas Harvest Musical Festival massacre of 2017. “It’s tough at times, but any day I get to wake up and take a deep breath […]


A new look at an historical holiday The Conejo Valley Genealogical Society will meet from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tues., Nov. 17 via Zoom. Cal Lutheran University History Department chair Michaela Reaves will present “So Much More Than Thanksgiving,” a different accounting of New England and the first observance of the cherished holiday. For Zoom link and pass- send an […]

New perspective on Old Agoura

Deep-rooted in a love for horses and life on the ranch, Agoura Hills’ iconic community celebrates its timeless beauty

In its earliest days, Agoura Hills was a mere stagecoach stop referred to to as “Vejar Junction.” In the early 1920s, after Paramount Studios purchased a ranch in the neighborhood, the community became known briefly as “Picture City.” But the name that stuck was based on one of the area’s more colorful early landowners, Pierre Agoure. Also what remained was […]

Memories come alive through others’ eyes

There’s an art to sharing a memory—the painting of a picture so audiences can relate to the moment and connect to the experience. It’s tricky. New York-based artist Christine Shannon Aaron’s Memory Project is an effort to explore memories and how they unite people, whether they be triumphant, sorrowful or uncertain. The show soon will be open to the public […]

Scaring up Halllloweeeen fun

Masquerade parade in Oak Park

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