Curtain goes up on Method Fest

Calabasas rolls out red carpet

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com The seventh annual Method Fest Film Festival ends a successful eight-day run in Calabasas with a gala celebration tomorrow to announce the top actor and best movie winners. More than 70 short and feature length films were shown at the Edwards Cinema at the Commons and at the Motion Picture and Television Fund’s Louis B. Mayor […]

Porn pops up on elementary and high school websites

Blocking software will be added

By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com Las Virgenes Unified School District officials approved the rebuilding of the district’s technology infrastructure and will immediately install new screening software to prevent the viewing of unwanted Internet websites. Parents upset over students accessing pornography at Willow Elementary School and Agoura High School spoke to the board of education last week and requested the purchase of […]

Environmentalists flex their flower power ‘Failure’ to put plant on endangered list causes animosity

Environmentalists flex their flower power ‘Failure’ to put plant on endangered list causes animosity By Daniel Wolowicz danielw@theacorn.com When it comes to the local environment, the term flower power has taken on a whole new meaning. A federal district court judge recently ruled the United States Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by refusing to list the […]

Death of Los Robles doctor leaves community saddened

By Sylvie Belmond and John Loesing Acorn Newspapers The local medical community is mourning the loss of Dr. Darrell Davey, a founding director of the Los Robles Hospital emergency department who died in a plane crash March 29. According to reports, Davey, 67, was flying his single-engine plane between Orcas Island and Bellingham in northwest Washington state when the plane […]

Putting the brakes on highway racing

By Michael Picarella pic@theacorn.com Reckless driving on Mulholland Highway from Malibu through Calabasas and into the San Fernando Valley has some Calabasas residents upset and is spurring city officials to take action. Fueling matters is a website, www.mulhollandraceway.org, which encourages speeding on that stretch of road, according to the city. The Mulholland Raceway website is a guide to canyon driving, […]

Chamber business expo is Saturday

By Michelle Knight knight@theacorn.com The Agoura/Oak Park/Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and The Acorn newspapers are making final preparations for the 2005 Spring Fest and Business Expo Sat., April 9 at Oak Park Community Center. The event will feature live entertainment, activities for children, food and drink samples from area restaurants, and vendor booths hosted by dozens of local businesses. […]

Las Virgenes water study helps fill knowledge gap

Las Virgenes water study helps fill knowledge gap By Stephanie Bertholdo bertholdo@theacorn.com The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors agreed to help fund a residential water use study they hope will provide vital information to develop conservation programs. The district and other utilities and cities will each pay $20,000 for the project, called the California Single Family Residential […]

Actors for Autism offers unique program

By Daniel Wolowicz Danielw@theacorn.com Alisa Wolf wanted something very simple for her two kids—a chance to participate. Although both her children are autistic, Wolf wanted to get them involved in local activities like basketball, soccer and various other programs offered by the parks and recreations service. But when coaches and counselors were told of her children’s special needs, Wolf was […]

Wellness community seeks helpers for design showcase

The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura seeks volunteers for the House for Hope Design Showcase ’05, April 21 through May 22 in Lake Sherwood. Beginning April 14, volunteers are needed to help with sponsor and VIP tours and receptions. Proceeds will benefit the Wellness Community’s programs of support, education and hope for people fighting cancer. Several hundred volunteers are needed to assist […]

Westlake Village Garden Club to host garden, patio tour

The Westlake Village Garden Club will showcase five gardens at its 32nd annual Garden and Patio tour from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., April 17 at various locations in Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park. Tickets and maps are $15 for adults; children younger than 12 are free. Tickets are available at Armstrong Garden Center and Zenders Patio, […]