By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com

By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com Thirty Thanksgivings ago in the second edition of the Agoura Shopper News, local homebuyers could purchase a model home with upgraded shag carpeting and "tasteful use of paneling, mirrors and wallpaper" in Agoura Valley for a whopping $48,950. A 2-bedroom, 1½- bathroom condo in Calabasas could be had for $29,500. Sumac, the new elementary school in […]

Wild turkeys differ from domestic

To many people, when the word turkey is mentioned, Thanksgiving or hunting immediately comes to mind. According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word turkey means several things—a theatrical production that has failed, three successive strikes in bowling, a stupid, foolish person and a large North American bird that can be domestic or wild. Even though the wild turkey sometimes gets an […]

Custom quilt to help CHS music students

A handmade quilt—inspired by one Calabasas mother’s gratitude for the "excellent music education enjoyed" by her four children while at Calabasas High School—will now help other students travel to the Heritage Music Festival in New Orleans next April. Tickets are now available for a drawing to win the black-and-white quilt covered with whimsical notes, treble clefs and other musical notations. […]

Noel Coward comedy to be performed at Stage Door

The classic Noel Coward comedy "Blithe Spirit" will bring laughs from Dec. 3 through Jan. 29 to the Stage Door Theatre, 28311 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Directed by John Barker, the play revolves around a writer who is working on a book involving the occult and in the interest of research, he invites a local medium to conduct a séance. […]

Congratulations to The Acorn

Congratulations to The Acorn Congratulations on the The Acorn’s 30th anniversary. Your achievement is both a business story and a community credit. You have long been the major source of local news and, for many of those years, the only source of truly local news. As such, you have played an important role in our area’s local democracy and its […]

Commercial burglaries up in Conejo/Las Virgenes

By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com A problem that’s long been common to the rest of Southern California is spreading into Conejo Valley/Las Virgenes, where many commercial businesses are experiencing repeated burglaries that are both costly and mystifying. "I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s an epidemic," said Russ Goodenough, whose Thousand Oaks business, Cal U-Rents, was burglarized three times in six […]

Community rallies to upgrade track

By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com According to the U.S. Surgeon General, obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable deaths. In Oak Park, they’re doing something about it. For two years there’s been a drive to build a new track so that students—and residents—can have a safe place to shed some pounds. During a recent Oak Park Unified School board meeting, the […]

Help kids overcome fear of riding in school buses

Riding a big yellow school bus when you’re 5 or 6 years old can seem pretty scary, but there’s a lot parents can do to make it fun, not fearsome. John O’Leary, president and CEO of Thomas Built Buses, a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America, offers a few simple suggestions. Before school starts after the holidays, ride […]

‘Cowboy Christmas’ coming to CSUN

Riders in the Sky, a band that’s been making music for nearly 24 years that celebrates the characters and culture of the West, will perform a holiday concert at 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 5 at the Performing Arts Center at Cal State University Northridge (CSUN) in the Student Union on Zelzah Avenue between Prairie and Plummer streets. Band members are […]

Openness in Calabasas politics takes the backseat

When Calabasas Hills became a gated community, the gates, by state requirements, were not allowed to impede access to Bay Laurel Elementary School, a public school. James Bozajian, Lesley Devine, Bob Hill, Bob Sibilia and Dennis Washburn were all a part of the decision to permit the gating of Calabasas Hills and were well aware of the state’s requirements that […]