Plan would try to preserve Soka campus in Calabasas

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com The California Legislature has earmarked $22 million of Proposition 50 funds for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to purchase and preserve the 600-acre Soka University of America campus in Calabasas, according to a recent letter from the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation (LVHF). But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may slash the Conservancy’s budget, and the LVHF and other […]

Westlake High School friends to marry

Tony Perrin and Tracee Manuel have known each other since their student days at Westlake High School but didn’t become a couple until attending New York University and Boston University. On Sun., Sept. 5 at Hartley’s Botanica, they’ll exchange wedding vows. Perrin is the son of Mike and Sandy Perrin of Agoura Hills. Manuel hails from Chatsworth. The prospective groom […]


Ride Pegasus to Here The "World Famous" Lipizzaner "Dancing White Stallions" will perform their celebrated equine ballet full of grace and majesty at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow in Pacific Arena at Ventura County Fairgrounds, Seaside Park, Ventura. $16.50-$18.50. (805) 648-3376 Melodic French Treat The Little Singers of Aix-en-Provence, a choral group of 45 boys and young men on tour […]

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The Hollywood Stars

Story of the Week The Hollywood Stars This is specifically dedicated to Marilyn and Phil Bailey of Westlake Village. They sent me the material for this article. Thanks to Marilyn, once a bona-fide cheerleader of the Hollywood Stars. When I was 13, my parents and I moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles. We lived in West Hollywood for three […]

Local residents talent behind ‘The Wildest!!!’

Local residents talent behind ‘The Wildest!!!’ Randy Johnson and Thomas Porras, two Westlake Village residents, are the talent behind "The Wildest!!!" a world premiere musical inspired by the Louis Prima and Keely Smith songbook. The show will begin performances on Fri., July 23 at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts of Allan Hancock College’s Theaterfest’s Marian Theatre in Santa […]

Resident hopes that Liberty Canyon dog messes will go away after city installs ‘Mutt Mitt’ dispensers

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com "Mutt Mitt" dispensers and waste baskets will be installed on both sides of Liberty Canyon in the Country Glen area of Agoura Hills. Mutt Mitts are a euphemism for "doggy-dropping gloves" that city employees and residents hope will be used by canine owners to clean up (after their dogs deposit dung along streets). The city of […]

Oak Park man gets married in Montecito

Scott Brahmer of Oak Park married Brittany Paull of Vancouver, Wash. on May 21 in the gardens of Westmont College, Montecito. The groom is the son of Mark and Kathy Brahmer of Oak Park. He is a 2000 graduate of Hillcrest Christian School in Thousand Oaks and a 2004 graduate of Westmont College. His brother, Christopher, and sister, Elise, were […]


SAT., JULY 17 Rover vs. Rattler Teach that darn dog to avoid rattlesnakes and to warn you when one is in the area at Patrick Callaghan’s Rattlesnake Avoidance Workshop for Canines from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at Headwaters Corner, Calabasas; park at 23075 Mulholland Hwy. Nominal fee. Reservations: (818) 225-9025

A sweet summer of success for WAGS softball

By Steve Ames Special to The Acorn It’s been a great year for Westlake Agoura Girls Softball (WAGS). It had teams with innovative names like Purple Rain, Howdy Hotties, Blue Waves and Xplosion. WAGS had six divisions of more than 750 players. WAGS, one of the largest recreational fast pitch softball leagues in Southern California for players from 6 years […]

Firefighters have a blast at Doo-Wop fundraiser concert

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com It was a blast from the past at the Doo-Wop & Rock ’n’ Roll Flashback Red, White and Blue concert last Saturday at The Canyon in Agoura Hills. The concert benefited the California State Firefighters Association training programs for paramedics and firefighters. About $20,000 was raised for the cause. The all-star concert was anchored by the […]