Barbecue benefits NYC firefighters, cops MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn

Barbecue benefits NYC firefighters, cops MICHAEL COONS/The Acorn FEELING A SURGE OF PATRIOTISM—Pearl Fleming of Westlake Village listens to her sister, Norma Johnson, sing the national anthem at a benefit picnic for New York City firefighters and police. The fundraiser was last Sunday at Calamigos Ranch. See related photo on page 14.

Decorate on a budget

Deck the halls this holiday season—and don’t let a tight holiday decorating budget turn you into a Scrooge. It can be easy and affordable to decorate a lot, without spending a lot. Heeding these hints from the experts may help you save money and have some holiday fun: Decorate your own wreath: Craft wreaths come in many varieties, from realistic […]

Lucia Pageant coming

LUCIA 2001––Lianna Babauta, 14, of Thousand Oaks is the Oak Leaf Lodge 685 Lucia this year. The 33rd annual Lucia Pageant will take place at 3 p.m., Sun., Dec. 9 at the First Neighborhood Community Center at 31830 Village Center Road in Westlake Village. The program will consist of traditional Christmas songs sung in Swedish and English. A craft boutique […]

Sports Junkie

Story of the Week

Elgin Baylor was the first basketball-playing acrobat I ever saw. He was a phenomenal player and very exciting to watch. Had Baylor been born 25 years later, his acrobatic moves would have been captured on video, his name emblazoned on sneakers and his face plastered on cereal boxes. But he played before the days of widespread television exposure, so among […]

Parents dropped the soccer ball

Our family has been involved with AYSO teams for a number of years in various volunteer positions. We know what a struggle it is to get parents to do any share (let alone their fair share) of the volunteer work involved. We felt it was a real shame that our local AYSO had to strong-arm teams into providing referees this […]

Calabasas to keep utility tax

Acorn Staff Writer

Calabasas won’t abolish or lower its utility user’s tax for now, as some councilmembers had previously proposed. The city council made its decision at a recent meeting. Citing a down-turned economy and possible loss of income from the state, council-members said that utility taxes are needed to pay part of the costs of running the city. "We are facing uncertain […]

Food drive picks up the holiday spirit

GIVING—Agoura Hills resident Marc Bouffard donates food during the Truinfo YMCA food drive at Chumash Park in Agoura Hills on Saturday. All food went to the Manna food bank in Thousand Oaks. Volunteers for the holiday season are needed at Manna; for information or to help out, please call (805) 497-4959.

Families get closer, experts say, after 9-11

Families get closer, experts say, after 9-11 The tragic attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were designed to tear America apart. What they did instead was bring the country closer together. Families are planning to keep this closeness alive in the coming months, according to Dole Salads’ Healthy Family Advisory Board, a team of family relations professionals. Here […]

OCHS advances

Oaks Christian’s first-ever varsity football team advanced to the CIF semifinals when it defeated Capistrano Valley Christian (CVC), 28-14, in a Southern Section Division XIII quarterfinals matchup last Friday night at Laguna Beach. Oaks Christian (OCHS), will travel again tomorrow night to face Arrowhead Christian and attempt to make it to a CIF championship game in the school’s second year. […]

Fair play takes a backseat in AYSO

Fair play and sportsmanship has taken a back seat in Agoura. The controversy of AYSO referees has not been avoided but only deferred due to an edict from the national and area AYSO representatives. As with most youth sports programs, AYSO can only function successfully if parents step up and participate along with their children. Unfortunately, the 80/20 rule in […]

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