Budget crunch forces city of Calabasas to cut funding to Pumpkin Festival, Chamber renames the annual event

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer The 12th annual Calabasas Pumpkin Festival has been renamed the California Pumpkin Festival. It’s scheduled for Sat. and Sun., Oct. 18 and 19 at Paramount Ranch off Kanan Road, south of the 101 Freeway in the Santa Monica Mountains. The city of Calabasas has withdrawn its usual contribution to the Pumpkin Festival due to […]

Filmmaker looks for answers about his brother’s death through motion picture

By Michael Picarella Acorn Staff Writer John Altobello III, 26, has written, produced and directed a short movie called "Brothers" that’s based on the passing of his older brother, Jeff, who died of an accidental drug overdose. The movie will premiere at the Breckinridge Festival of Film from Sept 11 to 14. For more information about the screening, visit the […]

Stop singing in the shower— it’s time to go on stage

The Village Voices Chorale is inviting men and women who would like to make that segue from singing in the shower to singing on stage to attend open auditions beginning Mon., Aug. 18. The 60-voice group of men and women from throughout Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley will begin rehearsals in August for the festive "Season of Light" […]

Basketball league for special players now forming

Basketball league for special players now forming The city of Calabasas has announced a sports program, "All Starz Basketball League," that’s open to children and adults between the ages of 7-21 who have a cognitive and/or physical challenge. Participants will be taught basketball handling skills, basic game rules and how to compete on a team. The goal is for each […]

Little girls get chance to be ‘Princess for a Day’

Girl Scouts will host a special celebration for girls ages 5 through 9 from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Sept. 13 at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Anyone who knows a little princess is invited to bring her to be treated as "Princess for a Day." The event will include a fun tea party, making a […]

Sales tax revenue down slightly in Agoura Hills

Agoura Hills officials have released a list of the top sales-tax producing businesses in the city. As expected, hardware, furniture and groceries are among the leading big ticket items. "We take a look at (the store) numbers on a regular basis," said Dave Adams, city manager. "If they do well, we do well." The city receives 1 percent of the […]

Participants of sailing fundraiser keep cool while helping the needy

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff writer On what was possibly the hottest day of the year, there was no better place to be Saturday than at the lake in Westlake Village where the Westlake Yacht Club presented its 10th annual charity Sail-A-Thon to benefit Casa Pacifica, the Santa Monica Bay Sailing Foundation and Create-A-Smile. The event, designed as a sailing […]

Discount Internet service provider gets Best deal

By John Loesing Acorn Staff Writer Discount Internet service provider United Online Inc. will start selling its dial-up software at all Best Buy stores under a three-year deal reached last week between the two companies. United Online, which is based in Westlake Village, said its Juno and NetZero brands would be available in the stores and on the Best Buy […]

Sign up now for adult softball

The Agoura Hills Department of Community Services has announced that space is available for the fall season of Adult Coed Softball and Men’s Softball Leagues. The Adult Coed Softball League plays Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chumash and Forest Cove parks in Agoura Hills. League play is scheduled to begin Sept. 7. The Men’s Softball League plays […]

“Whale Rider”

"Whale Rider" Directed by: Niki Caro Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis Rated: PG-13 (for very mild language, very mild drug insinuation) Running Time: 104 minutes Best Suited For: Intellectual and story-smart film fans, families wanting a great "chat about" film Least Suited For: The hopeless frenetic looking for comic-book heroes In good films—exceedingly good films—there comes […]

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