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“King Kong” Directed by: Peter Jackson Starring: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Jamie Bell, Kyle Chandler and Andy Serkis (as both Kong and Seaman “Lumpy”) MPRA rating: PG-13 (action violence including a few gruesome deaths) Running time: 181 minutes Best suited for: Although I abhor this expression, here goes: for kids of all ages Least suited for: […]

Teen twins skip high school, go to college

While some high school students gripe about the demands of honors or advanced placement classes in local Conejo Valley schools, and others bemoan the boring “busy work,” Anita and Sonja Dhanvanthari, 15-year-old identical twins from Agoura Hills, have no complaints about school. The girls skipped most of high school and now attend the Early Entrance Program at California State University, […]

Whooping cough cases triple in Los Angeles County this year

Los Angeles County recently revealed a large increase in reported cases of pertussis (whooping cough). The outbreak is similar throughout California and the United States, according to health officials.  By the end of August, over 178 pertussis cases were reported to the L.A. County Immunization Program this year, nearly a three-fold increase in the number of cases reported in the […]

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Agoura Hills A thief stole $100 in cash from the pro shop of the Lake Lindero Country Club on Dec. 2. More than 200 football jerseys valued at $3,300 were stolen from a vehicle parked on Ridgebrook Drive on Dec. 2. Vandals tagged a building under construction on Dorothy Drive on Nov. 11 and caused $3,000 in damages. Calabasas A […]

Music lovers invited to join L.A. Philharmonic group

The Valley Committee for the Philharmonic Orchestra-Los Angeles meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana. On Sun., Jan. 8 the group will host a benefit salon open to the public featuring members of the L.A. Philharmonic performing. For more information or reservations, please call (818) 709-0865.

Agoura High alumna gets her big break

Adrianna Heber, a 24-year-old Agoura Hills native, recently achieved her dream of working as a national entertainment reporter. Under the moniker Adrianna Costa, Heber was hired as the new entertainment correspondent for “Robin & Company” on CNN Headline News. A member of the Agoura High School class of 1999, Heber majored in broadcast journalism and minored in film studies at […]

Free lecture on t’ai chi offered at Soka University

David Chang, founder of the Fuewei T’ai Chi Research Center in Newbury Park, will offer a free lecture and demonstration on how to incorporate the nonconfrontational, healing and peaceful principles, philosophy and physical exercises of t’ai chi into one’s life. The demonstration will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wed., Jan. 11 at the Calabasas campus of Soka University of […]

Church of Epiphany to begin New Year with music

The Church of the Epiphany will present two concerts in January. At 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 8, Frank Garvey will play 20th-century works by Terry Riley, Charles Griffes and others in a free piano recital. The event will begin with Choral Evensong by the parish choir. A reception will follow. The Definiens Project will perform at 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. […]

Hootie is a hit

JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers HOOTIN’ TOOTIN’—South Carolina rockers Hootie and the Blowfish performed recently at The Canyon in Agoura Hills. The sell-out crowd, which included Hootie-fan Tiger Woods, was treated to hit songs “I Go Blind” and “Hold My Hand.”