Grammy-nominated musician performs for his home crowd

When musician Freddie Ravel was 7 years old, he picked up his first instrument- an accordion. “It’s an instrument a lot of people don’t go to right off the bat, but my parents said, ‘Hey, let’s try it,’” said Ravel, a Calabasas resident and Grammynominated artist and producer. Ravel went on to master many instruments, produce several albums and No. […]

Early deadlines for Memorial Day

The May 29 and 30 editions of the Acorn Newspapers will have early deadlines because of Memorial Day on Mon., May 26. Editorial items, including letters to the editor for the May 29 and 30 editions must be received by 11 a.m. Thurs., May 22, the same deadline for real estate advertising. The deadline for display advertising is 11 a.m. […]

Oak Park staff retiring

Six longtime Oak Park Unified School District staff members are retiring. Those leaving are Brookside fifth-grade teacher Mary Jane Weaver and kindergarten teachers Lillie Babrowski and Kathy Rogers; Oak Park High history teacher Jim Johnson; Red Oak Elementary head maintenance worker Dennis Wiley; and district office director of accounting and risk management Donna Ledferd. They, along with Oak Park High […]

Alva Sachs’ new children’s book takes ride to the circus

Jessica, a 9-year-old with a wild imagination, is dying to go to the circus. She dresses up as a clown and dreams of entering the tent as part of the show, jumping from burning houses and becoming the star. During her years as a teacher, Alva Sachs developed the protagonist of her first children’s book, “Circus Fever.” “I wanted to […]

Ode to a walnut tree

This is a song, “Black Walnut,” in memory of the tree taken down by the Hillel developers. Sing to the tune, “Black Water,” by the Doobie Brothers. Well, I drove thru Old Agoura on Driver last weekend O’ missy look what I see will bring shame Workers half a dozen That chainsaw’s a buzzin’ Black Walnut keeps fallin’ on down […]

Jeri Belzer

The award for Top Selling Agent from Prudential California Realty’s Camarillo office for February 2008 was won by Jeri Belzer. Belzer has been a real estate professional for 15 years. She is a Fine Homes Specialist, a Relocation Specialist, and a certified Preview Estate Specialist. She also has expertise with investment buyers. In 2003, Belzer joined forces with three other […]

Make some sweet treats for strawberry season

Wild for strawberries Ventura is strawberry country, and May is strawberry season. You’ll find fresh strawberries at supermarkets, farmers’ markets and roadside stands. Strawberries are so inexpensive right now that you’ll probably be tempted to bring home a flat of berries. Once you get the strawberries home you may be wondering what to do with them. Freezing is an easy […]

Westlake foundation awards grants to local nonprofits

Livingston Memorial Foundation of Westlake Village his presented grants totaling $406,000 to 33 Ventura County nonprofit organizations for medical and health-related issues during its 2007-2008 grant year. A special grant was awarded to the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association in support of the mission of providing subsidized care to Ventura County residents in need. The following agencies are among those […]

Expanding the classroom

Soccer team’s arsenal includes second place