Agoura Chamber of Commerce enjoys a new lease on life

Acorn Staff Writer

The Agoura/Las Virgenes Chamber of Commerce, pushed to the brink of extinction less than two years ago because of financial problems and lagging membership, has a new a name and it might as well be "the comeback kid." Declining morale, a depleted bank account and even accusations of rigged elections on the organization’s board of directors sent the chamber into […]

Women’s club stays active

GENE DOWD/The Acorn A GIVING MOOD––June Smolarski, Philanthrophy chairperson of the Thousand Oaks Women’s Club, at left, presents a $3,000 check to Jane Stoll of Many Mansions and the Auto Stoll Children’s Fund. Participating in the presentation are the club’s Pauline Starke and Kaye Hummel.

Pierce provides magic for teens

Los Angeles Pierce College Extension is offering an initial class in the art of magic for amateurs age 16 and up. The class is also recommended for potential professionals and public speakers. Emphasis will be on cards, coins, ropes and pocket tricks using common items. Participants will learn how to set a routine and will be able to perform an […]

School athletes always risk head injuries

Across the country, high schools and colleges are preparing to start summer camps for football. In addition to perfecting plays for each game, coaches and trainers should be taking extra precautions to protect their players’ heads. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) estimates that brain-related football injuries occur at a rate of one in every 3.5 games. More than […]

Group perfoming free at Peter Strauss

The Rincon Ramblers will present a free concert of acoustic music from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sun., July 8 at Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura. The concert is presented by the National Park Service. Playing together informally over the years, the Rincon Ramblers emerged in 1994 as a loosely-knit super group of local acoustic music players combining four of […]

Adopted children become July 4th citizens LISA ADAMS/The Acorn

Adopted children become July 4th citizens LISA ADAMS/The Acorn WELCOME TO AMERICA––Nicole Wong Franklin, 4, is handed a certificate of recognition from Westlake Village Mayor Mark Rutherford after becoming a citizen of the United States. Thirty internationally adopted children attended ceremonies at the Agoura Hills home of Carrie Rackow (at the podium). Agoura Hills City Councilmember Denis Weber, U.S. Congressman […]

This land is their land

OPEN SPACE DEDICATION––Calabasas City Councilmember Dennis Washburn, left, chats with U.S Representative Brad Sherman; Louise Rishoff, a member of Assemblymember Fran Pavley’s office; and Lori Fernand (center), Congressman Sherman’s field representative, prior to last Saturday’s ceremony dedicating 325 acres of open space between Calabasas and Old Agoura. Shea Homes dedicated the open space as part of the Mont Calabasas luxury […]

Teen video festival awards LISA ADAMS/The Acorn

Teen video festival awards LISA ADAMS/The Acorn A TASTE OF THE HOLLYWOOD LIMELIGHT––Filmmakers Andrew Phillipp, 13, and Vanessa Haney, 14, use a limousine to arrive at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza for the third annual Conejo Teen Video Festival. The festival provides an annual forum to showcase the creative talent of the community’s top young filmmakers. Awards were given […]

How to keep ‘junior’ from turning into a summer couch potato

School’s out and the summer offers endless possibilities for fun. But many parents are worried that with the lure of computers, video games and television, their kids may end up turning into couch potatoes. "There’s a lot of really exciting stuff for kids," said Veda Ward, chair of Cal State Northridge’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. "You just have […]

Classics in the Park bring you Shakespeare

Classics in the Park will present a rarely performed production of William Shakespeare’s "Timon of Athens," described as a "heart-wrenching fable of frivolous self-deception, greed and loyalty." The story centers on Timon, a wealthy and generous Athenian who loses all his riches and finds all who were once his friends have abandoned him. He retreats to a cave in a […]