Local woman’s new book tells inspiring true story of immigration

By Lori Porter Acorn Staff Writer Many people come to the United States to discover the American dream. One such person is Geela, who goes by her first name only, and who immigrated here 25 years ago from Israel to pursue her dream of a musical career. She had no idea that her journey would lead to finding the truth […]

Calabasas synagogue plants trees for mitzvah

For the fifth year, families from Congregation Or Ami met at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas to plant oak trees at their Mitzvah Grove near the intersection of Crags and Motts roads in the Torpin Plain. Rabbi Paul Kipnes explained that their tree-planting mitzvah ("good deed") is literally a religious obligation to be shomray adamah, or guardians of the […]

Give them a chance

This past year saw rancorous debate develop over the proposal to build six Boys & Girls Clubs in the Conejo/Las Virgenes area. This month, the first of those 10,000-square-foot clubs opens on the campus of Los Cerritos Middle School in Thousand Oaks. This initial test will be crucial. The pros and cons of the clubs aren’t hard to follow. On […]

Education concerns addressed at forum

By Stephanie Bertholdo Acorn Staff Writer Officials from Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) and Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) recently attended an "Education Forum" hosted by state Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Woodland Hills). State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell was the keynote speaker. The forum was held at Pierce College in Woodland Hills and included a panel of […]

‘God’ to be topic

"God" is the subject of this week’s Bible Lesson-Sermon at the 10 a.m. service on Sun., Jan. 4 at the Christian Science Church, 305 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. The keynote text is from Jeremiah 24:7: "I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people, and I will be […]

Hero to be honored

Thousands of television viewers recently witnessed a disgruntled client repeatedly shoot his lawyer at point blank range outside the Van Nuys Courthouse. David Katz, the sheriff’s deputy who tackled the gunman, will be honored at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Westlake Village Inn. The Agoura/Oak Park/Las Virgenes Chamber invites the community to see special guest District Attorney […]

Infant massage class nurtures bonding

By Heather Milo Acorn Staff Writer Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning (NFL) is a program funded by Ventura County that is dedicated to building strong families and students. As part of the NFL’s pregnancy and early parent education program, instructors recently offered classes on infant massage for the benefit of new and expectant mothers. The course was taught by Jessica […]

“Cold Mountain”

"Cold Mountain" Directed by: Anthony Minghella Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Brendan Gleeson, Ray Winstone, Donald Sutherland Rated: R (for graphic violence and nudity, adult situations) Running Time: 154 minutes Best Suited For: War buffs who don’t mind a little desperate romance on the side Least Suited For: Romance buffs expecting a distant thunder of battle. "Cold Mountain" […]

Interface seeks volunteers

Interface Children Family Services is seeking volunteers to support women and children victims of domestic violence. Volunteers will be provided with a comprehensive 40-hour training course. The next scheduled training will begin on Tues., Jan. 20 at Interface offices located at 1305 Del Norte Road, Suite 130 in the city of Camarillo. According to Interface Children Family Services, the time […]

Local music theater to host ‘Ragtime’ auditions

Cabrillo Music Theatre will host auditions for "Ragtime," based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 17 and 18. The Saturday audition, open to Equity actors only, is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Screenland II, 10501 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. The Sunday audition, open to non-Equity actors, is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. […]