Conejo man survives shark bite in Maui

“Shark bait,” a slang term for a person swimming or surfing alone in the ocean, became more than an idiom to a 73-year-old Thousand Oaks resident last month. Jerry Weisbecker is recovering from a shark attack that happened off the coast of Maui. Speaking from the Hawaiian island, Weisbecker told the Acorn he was snorkeling 100 to 200 yards from […]

Treat your sweetie to a Valentine’s candy gram

The City of Agoura Hills is offering residents the following two Valentine’s Day-related opportunities. Patrons can send Valentine’s Day Candy Grams in the name of a recipient, who will be mailed a personalized note along with some Valentine’s Day goodies. The cost is $5 per gram. Orders must be received by Sun., Feb. 7. The city is also holding a […]


The Agoura Hills Library is open for sidewalk service from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 29901 Ladyface Court. . Patrons can place a hold on an item by phone at (818) 889-2278 or online at agoura-hills-library. Once patrons have received a notice that the item is available, they should call the library to let them know when […]

Community colleges plan to bring back some students for fall

Thousands of students could be returning to Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura college campuses this fall. Although there’s no way to know yet if COVID case numbers will have significantly tapered off by then thanks to the vaccine rollout, the Ventura County Community College District is making plans to bring 50% of its classes back to campus. The remaining courses will […]


Guild seeking work for juried event The Westlake Village Art Guild will host its annual Open Juried Art Show from April 1 through May 31. The show is open to all adult artists and offers cash prizes. The show typically attracts over 300 entries from more than 100 artists. This is a competitive juried show. Acceptance is not guaranteed, and […]

Oaks sophomore wins Congressional Art Competition

Maranda Jordahl, a sophomore at Oaks Christian High School, is the winner of the 2020 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 26th Congressional District. Started in 1982, the nationwide competition is sponsored by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives and is an opportunity to recognize student artistic talent across the country. The competition is open to all students in […]

New Smash RX room is all the rage

Patrons can safely vent frustrations

Over the past year, a certain building off Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Westlake Village has seen a huge increase in people smashing bottles, breaking computers and destroying all kinds of furniture—but the police aren’t investigating. In fact, the destruction is sanctioned, and it isn’t just for fun. Smash RX is what’s known as a rage room. Participants sign up for […]

Student cracks the code to win computer hackathon

Agoura youth is a whiz at coding

While many people may see a computer as nothing more than access to the internet, a means to send emails, play video games, blog and converse, Jordan Shin sees it as a tool kit. The 15-year-old sophomore at Agoura High School is an accomplished coder able to work in nine coding languages and create engaging video games in a matter […]

National League lunch bunch strikes again

Lockdown spurs creative minds

When the coronavirus pandemic hit last March, the internet buzzed with art projects and other creative things people did to pass time during lockdown. Agoura High School junior Stella Carr became inspired by the flurry of creative art pieces that began appearing online and, in July, launched an eclectic arts magazine called Ink & Stitch. She’s released four issues virtually […]

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