2009-12-24 E-Edition

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CSUCI Choir holds auditions

The California State University Channel Islands Choir will have open auditions for community members on Sat. and Mon., Jan. 9 and 11 on the campus in Camarillo. The first concert of the 2010 season will be a performance with the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra singing J. Brahms’ “Nänie,” Op. 82 and Schicksalslied, Op. 54 and Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna.” To […]

Court advocates to speak to women’s club

Westlake Women’s Club will meet for a luncheon at 10 a.m. Tues., Jan. 12 at the Westlake Inn, 31943 Agoura Road. After lunch, representatives of the Court Appointed Special Advocate system will discuss how it relates with United Women’s Leadership Council and the California Youth Connection, which helps female foster children prepare for emancipation at age 18. Claudia Salfen, a […]


I have seen the future of cinema, and it is “Avatar.” Brace yourself, people, The Movie Nut is about to gush. Director James Cameron (“Aliens,” “Terminator 2,” “Titanic”) has spent much of the last decade focused on this secrecyshrouded epic. For 10 years the clock ticked as the notoriously fussy Cameron awaited technology to catch up with his visualization of […]

Shanghai circus coming to T.O.

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation will present the New Shanghai Circus at 8 p.m. Fri., Jan. 8 at the Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. The company comprises 30 gymnasts and acrobats from China. The show is an orchestrated presentation of Chinese circus acts dating back to harvest festivals of 2,000 […]

Cabrillo Theater dreaming of Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’

Cabrillo Music Theatre will present the Irving Berlin musical “White Christmas” for seven performances from Dec. 26 through 29 in the Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Showtimes are 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 26; 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 27; 2 p.m. Mon., Dec. 28, and 2 and 7 […]

Am I nuts?

At a recent meeting with my publishers at the Acorn , a column on acorn recipes was suggested. With the utmost confidence, I said, “Oh, for sure, that would be fun!” I even tossed my head back just a little, adding to the aura of my culinary competence. When I got home, I jumped online and googled “acorn recipes.” Bingo! […]


Program prepares children for kindergarten

Students in Sumac Elementary School’s pilot “Journeys: A First Step Kindergarten Program” are more likely to begin their public school experience on a positive note due to the efforts of program coordinator and kindergarten teacher Cindy Simmons. Journeys is designed for, but not restricted to, children who will turn 5 between July 1 and Dec. 2 and who may not […]

Did rain fall on the first nativity?