Friendship Circle banquet to honor volunteers

State Sen. Tony Strickland and Assemblymember Audra Strickland will receive the Hearts and Arts Award at the Conejo Valley Friendship Circle’s annual banquet at 6 p.m. Mon., May 31 at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. The Stricklands will be honored for their support of the special needs community. The award will be presented by special […]


THURS., MAY 27 Malibu Food, Wine Tasting 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Malibu Wines Estate Outdoor Tasting Room, 31800 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu. Wines from Malibu vineyards. Silent auction, grand prize gift basket of variety wines. Reservations requested. Sponsored by Malibu Chamber of Commerce. Contact: Malibu Chamber Web: www.malibu.org Time: 5:30 p.m. Date: 5/27/2010 Primary Election Event At Calabasas Library, 200 […]

Political Cartoon

Local candidate on the move

Voters go to the polls next month to decide a number of races, including who the Democratic candidate will be in the November election against Republican Elton Gallegly of the 24th Congressional District. The June 8 primary pits three candidates—Marie Panec, Tim Allison and Shawn Stern—in a battle of similar ideologies, but not experiences. The Acorn believes Oak Park’s Marie […]

Hillcrest Center scares up Agatha Christie thriller

Sleuth and Gothic Productions will present Agatha Christie’s mystery “And Then There Were None” June 4 through 20 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The production is directed by Theresa Secor. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. General admission is $20; students and seniors are $15. […]

Mellow out and groove at Topanga Days

The 37th annual three-day bohemian Topanga Days Country Fair will take place Sat. to Mon., May 29 through 31 in the Santa Monica Mountains just north of Malibu. Patrons can park along Topanga Canyon Boulevard and ride a free shuttle bus to the site. Gates open each day at 10 a.m. with music running until 7 p.m. The event will […]

Play Review

‘Stalag 17’ an edgy World War II drama

“Stalag 17” is best known for the 1953 motion picture version starring William Holden, who won an Academy Award for his performance. The Conejo Players Theatre recently concluded a twoweek run of the original play, written by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski, a taut, well-directed effort by James Cluster. The story takes place in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World […]

What’s new on DVD

Film and television author Randy Williams reviews the latest movies, television shows, documentaries and music programs now available for purchase online and at retail stores. Avatar-Two-Disc Blu-ray Combo (Fox)—James Cameron’s Oscar-winning (Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects) sci-fiadventure, now the highest grossing film of all-time (more than $700 million, breaking the record also held by Cameron for “Titanic”) arrives for […]

A strong back and a weak mind

It’s Father’s Day in just a few weeks. Although my Dad has been in that great piano bar in the sky for almost 30 years, keeping time with his left foot while playing “Someone to Watch Over Me,” I’m the lucky one who’s being watched. By Big Neil. And warmed by musical memories. On Father’s Day, I’ll wave at his […]

Bella Vita Italian Club hosts columnist

Betty Barry, senior advocate and columnist, will be the guest speaker at the dinner meeting of the Bella Vita Italian Social Club at 6 p.m. tomorrow, May 28, in the St. Jude Catholic Church Parish Hall, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for guests. For more information, call (805) 497-7098.