School officials give state budget makers failing grade

Local rally protests delays

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers RALLY FOR EDUCATION—Oak Park Superintendent of Schools Tony Knight, center, joins about 60 other school teachers, administrators and parents at a Sept. 5 protest in Westlake Village. School officials are demanding that a budget be approved—one that spares public education. School district officials say they are fed up with California lawmakers’ inability to agree on a state […]

Musicians needed

The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura is seeking musicians and vocalists to perform in homes and boutique areas during the 17th annual Holiday Homes Tour on Dec. 6 and 7. For more information, call Thelma Starr at (818) 591-0619.

NAACP Saturday school to begin

The NAACP Saturday School will begin fall semester registration from 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Sept. 27 in Peters Hall, room 101, at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. The semester begins on Oct. 4 and ends with a graduation and Kwanzaa celebration on Dec. 6. The NAACP Saturday School offers cultural and academic enrichment classes to […]

Clowns, workshops at family festival

Lutheran churches from Ventura County are jointly sponsoring a Faith Family Festival Fri. and Sat, Sept. 26 and 27 at various sites in Thousand Oaks. All events are open to the public and free of charge except where noted. •”The Healing Power of Laughter and Play,” an interactive presentation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Fri., Sept. 26 at […]

Tickets available for Reyes Adobe Days

Tickets and entry forms are available for events during Reyes Adobe Days, Oct. 3 through 5. •Fiesta at the Adobe, a senior luncheon, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Fri., Oct. 3 at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site. The fiesta will feature Mexican buffet lunch, Spanish music, dancing and museum tours. Cost is $8. Seating is limited, and advance purchase […]

‘Annie Get Your Gun’ worth seeing

Play Review

The Conejo Players’ new production of Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” doesn’t squarely hit the bull’s eye, but the show has sufficient merit to make it an enjoyable experience. Now celebrating its 50th season entertaining Conejo Valley audiences, the Conejo Players Theatre rounds up local amateur performers and volunteers in presenting classics as well as rarely seen gems of […]

Friendly theater

In agreement with Loris Lorback and Margott Rifenbark, I have enjoyed the Stage Door Theatre for more than 20 years. There are no more friendly people like Mike and Gale who greet you with friendly kindness and seat you to your requested seat. Their kindness to the young actors who use their theater will always be appreciated. I hope Ms. […]

Oak Park wins battle of the API scores

Las Virgenes second in student testing

With a 25-point increase over last year—all the way up to 891—Oak Park Unified School District reported the highest combined API score in Ventura County, according to California Department of Education figures released last week. Among the highlights: Medea Creek had the top middle school score in the county with an 878, 26 higher than last year; Oak Park High […]

City offers weight loss challenge

The city of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services will offer a new Weight Loss Challenge and Nutrition Program at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The Weight Loss Challenge is a nine- or 12-week program that teaches proper nutrition, improved eating habits and how to lose weight. Ten dollars of each registration fee will be donated […]

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Grace Brethren Lancers (0-1) at Oak Park Eagles (0-0) Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Physical vs. finesse. At one end of the spectrum is the Oak Park High football team, which, under the leadership of longtime head coach Dick Billingsley, has always played a smash-mouth brand of ball predicated on an inyourface option running attack and tough-as-nails defense. Flip the script and you’ve got Grace Brethren, a program that’s gone pass-happy since qualifying for […]