Oak Park boy stars in ‘Wimpy Kid’ film

Oak Park middle school student Zachary Gordon is starring in an upcoming film about the trials and tribulations of middle school. On the road in Massachusetts for the publicity tour for “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” which opens March 19, Zachary discussed his role in the comedy with The Acorn . Zachary and his mother, Linda Gordon, were on their […]

The hills of Oak Park High are alive wth ‘The Sound of Music’

The local hills will be alive as the Oak Park High School Performing Arts Program presents the musical “The Sound of Music” March 11 to 13 at the school Pavilion, 899 N. Kanan Road. The director is veteran television/stage actor and director Allan Hunt. This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is based on the 1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, “The True […]

Weight Loss Challenge pays

The Weight Loss Challenge teaches residents how to lose weight in a stress-free, fun environment. Participants receive nutrition lessons, their own personal coach and group support. The class costs $39 and of that, $25 goes into the winner’s pot and $10 is donated to an organization called the Fit Kids Foundation. Participants weigh in each week for a total of […]

Unitarians to discuss Middle East conflict

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater will discuss “Dancing on the Head of a Pin: Trying to Make Peace in the Middle East” at 3 p.m. Sun., March 14 at the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Community Forum, 3327 Old Conejo Road in the Songbird Office Park, Newbury Park. Grater is the spiritual leader of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center. He […]

Ventura County Sheriff candidates square off

The two candidates running for Ventura County sheriff met in a forum last month in Camarillo that covered a number of issues, from pension reform to the early release of inmates. The dinner event hosted by the Camarillo Republican Women Federated Club left little doubt that neither Chief Dep. Dennis Carpenter nor Cmdr. Geoff Dean plans to pull any punches […]

Dialing up music for parents and kids

Parents know that music and entertainment are a big part of youth culture. But many are also under the impression that today’s kid tunes aren’t exactly music to mom’s and dad’s ears. There are plenty of ways to find common ground when it comes to tuning in to favorite songs. Radio personality Ernest “Ernie D” Martinez urges parents to “be […]

Help for navigating the road to college

Stuart Selter, the president of the Las Virgenes Educational Foundation, discussed the College Application and Acceptance Program with members of the school board on Feb. 23. The program offers workshops, teleseminars, an online library of webcasts and other planning tools to students and their parents to help them “navigate the difficult process of applying to colleges,” said Selter, whose fundraising […]

Support group for Parkinson’s

The American Parkinson’s Disease Association will have a monthly support group for people with young onset Parkinson’s disease at 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs., March 25 in the small conference room at Los Robles Hospital Rehab Center, 150 Via Merida, Westlake Village. The featured guest will be tai chi and functional fitness instructor Christine Netto. For more information, call Jessica […]

Bluegrass music at Shabbat

Singer/songwriter/actress Mare Winningham will join Rabbi Stewart Vogel and Hazzan Mike Stein for Down Home Shabbat: A Celebration of Jewish Bluegrass at 8:15 p.m. Fri., March 19 at Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. The community is invited. The service was composed by Grammy-Award nominee Stein. Stein and Winningham will be accompanied by Pat Cloud, banjo player of […]

Spring forward

Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward an hour on Sunday at 2 a.m. when daylight saving time returns. Some people make the adjustment easier, they say, by changing their clocks on Saturday night and going to bed earlier than usual. The adjustment seems easier in the fall, when clocks go backward. The purpose of daylight saving is twofold. It […]