Two local high schoolers leap hurdle in the arts

The Music Center Spotlight Awards program is a recognition and scholarship competition for Southern California’s most gifted young people who plan performing and visual arts careers. The Music Center has announced the names of 73 talented young performers who have been chosen as semifinalists in the 13th annual Spotlight Awards competition. These young people competed among more than 800 students. […]

Popular artist Thomas Kinkade postpones a Conejo Valley visit

Acorn Staff Writer

Famous artist Thomas Kinkade has postponed his visit to Thousand Oaks this month. The new date of arrival will be sometime this summer. Kinkade is the most collected living artist in the world today. Three hundred galleries across the United States display his work. Before Kinkade arrives this summer, a gallery on wheels that travels the country, complete with docents, […]

There are consequences when parents don’t know where their kids are

As a teenager, 30-some years ago, I resented a public service announcement that came on television at the beginning of the 11 p.m. news. It said simply, "It’s 11 o’clock, do you know where your children are?" I was reminded of the above when I read about the North Ranch fire that occurred on the day following Christmas. Four teenagers––16 […]

On About 1 Acre in Old Agoura

On about 1 acre in the desirable neighborhood of Old Agoura is this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath custom pool estate that has been listed for sale by Tom Geiser of Young Realtors for $1,625,000. The 2-story residence spans about 5,070 sq.ft. and is highlighted by a grand family room with a walk-in wet bar plus a raised hearth fireplace, library, […]

Great Race of Agoura gears up again

Acorn Staff Writer

For the 16th consecutive year, elementary schools from Oak Park and Agoura Hills are preparing for a running event that generates money for the schools; it’s called the Great Race of Agoura. Brookside Elementary, Oak Hills Elementary and Red Oak Elementary are three from Oak Park Unified School District involved in the Great Race. Willow Elementary and Yerba Buena Elementary […]

Propagate the species at Botanic Gardens LISA ADAMS/The Acorn

Propagate the species at Botanic Gardens LISA ADAMS/The Acorn MAKING NEW PLANTS––Pierce College retired botany and horticulture professor Nolan Kiner holds the origin of a new plant. With wife Judith, left, a retired science teacher with a geology background, Kiner conducts a free plant propagation workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. every Friday morning at the Thousand Oaks Botanic Gardens. […]

Low cost chickenpox vaccinations available

Conejo Free Clinic has advised that all children entering kindergarten next September will be required to have a chickenpox vaccination or proof that they had the disease. Chickenpox is a serious disease which is contagious and can be spread by coming in contact with others who are infected or when they cough or sneeze. Since it takes about two to […]

Spanish literacy contest open to students in grades 3-12

The ninth annual "Escribo en Espanol" writing contest is for California students in grades 3-12 who are in Spanish/English Dual Immersion Programs or studying Spanish as a foreign language. This year’s essay topic is "Los mejores dias de mi vida" or "The best days in my life." Teachers may submit up to five student literary works per class with original […]

Teens ready to ‘Rock the Oaks’

Acorn Staff Writer

On Sat., Jan. 20, the Civic Arts Plaza will offer an unprecedented concert geared toward teenagers of Conejo Valley-Las Virgenes areas. "Rock the Oaks," sponsored by the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation (CAP) in conjunction with the city of Thousand Oaks Youth Commission, will feature four bands. Many believe this concert could be the start of something great for […]

Thank you for helping ‘Santa Comes to Agoura’

It was another successful year for "Santa Comes to Agoura." Many thanks to all who donated time, food, grocery store scrip, monetary donations, gifts for the less fortunate, laundry detergents, toiletry items, etc. All were delivered to local families. The money was used to purchase grocery store scrip from our schools to accompany the bags of groceries and industrial-size cans […]