Give generously, but always be prudent

More than one half of all charitable donations are made during the holiday season, but even the most generous among us would benefit from learning more about our charities’ business. Do you know that some of America’s best-known charities spend less than 50 percent of donations on their stated causes? And, that some nonprofits spend almost as much on fund […]

‘Cruise of Lights’ scheduled

The city of Calabasas Community Service Department is offering a holiday bus excursion from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 15. The destination is Huntington Harbor and its "Cruise of Lights." Participants will have an opportunity to view waterfront homes decorated with holiday displays and sparkling lights. The excursion will take place rain or shine, so those going are advised […]

DARE program expected to return to Oak Park public schools

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Ventura County officials say the DARE (Drug Abuse and Alcohol Resistance Education) program could be returning to Oak Park schools as soon as January. County budget cuts forced the sheriff’s department to eliminate DARE at the start of the fall semester, causing an uproar among parents and supporters of the nationally recognized drug prevention […]

Hanukkah teaches about faith, miracles

By Rabbi Gershon Johnson This year Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, began on the evening of Fri., Nov. 29. It continues for eight days. Jewish families throughout the world retell the miracle of Hanukah and bring light to the world at this darkest time of the year. Each night of Hanukkah we increase the number of candles by one until […]

Comparisons of a school vs. Home Depot or Ahmanson are grossly unfair

Comparisons of a school vs. Home Depot or Ahmanson are grossly unfair Comparisons of a school vs. Home Depot or Ahmanson are grossly unfair I have read with great interest the cover story article and the letters to the editor in The Acorn concerning the proposed usage of land for the construction of a new school for Heschel West. It […]

Artist award

Westlake Village artist Drew Mayerson’s painting "Hollywood Taxis" received second prize in the fourth annual national juried exhibition of the American Impressionist Society. The show will run through Dec. 15 at the Morro Bay Art Association Gallery, 831 Main St., Morro Bay. A UCLA graduate, Mayerson is a member of the Thousand Oaks Art Association and the Westlake Village Art […]

Future Foundation honors community members with CLvFFies

Future Foundation honors community members with CLvFFies More than 180 attendees gathered at Sherwood Country Club recently as the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation held its second annual CLvFFie Awards to recognize exceptional acts of citizenship in the arts, business, health care, community service, education and public safety. The event included a special award to honor Westlake Village printer Paula Weiser, […]


THURS., DEC. 5 Newcomer Wonderland Agoura Newcomer’s Club hosts Winter Wonderland luncheon preceded by a raffle and fashion show at 11 a.m. at Wood Ranch Golf and Country Club, Simi Valley. Optional cookie exchange. $23. (818) 991-9960 Let’s Get Clogging Conejo Valley Cloggers teaches all levels at 6:45 p.m. tonight, Dec. 12 and 19 at Old Meadows Park, 1600 Marview […]

Nativity displays raise money for homeless

Exhibit continues from
Dec. 6 through 8

Exhibit continues from Dec. 6 through 8 More than 500 Nativity scenes will be on display from Fri., Dec. 6 through Sun., Dec. 8 at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 1 Church Road, Thousand Oaks. The display, titled "No Room at the Inn" by one of its originators, the late Huw Howells, will be mounted for the 10th year and is […]

Old Agoura critics of

Heschel West Dayschool should be ashamed

Old Agoura critics of I am writing in support of the Abraham Joshua Heschel Dayschool’s proposed new campus in Agoura. As president of Agoura Hills’ largest synagogue, we have been observing with utter dismay the attitude and response of Old Agoura’s residents towards this important community project. It is most unfortunate that the residents of Old Agoura have retained outside […]