2011-09-08

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Pot washes up



California State Parks rangers and the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department recovered an estimated 250 pounds of marijuana from a damaged boat that was seen in the water near Deer Creek Road and Point Mugu Sept. 1. The majority of the packaged marijuana was found on the beach near a stairway leading up to the highway, abandoned following an apparent […]

The truth of military culture goes on trial in ‘A Few Good Men’

Play Review


The military fights its most brutal battles not in the field but in a courtroom in Aaron Sorkin’s gripping drama “A Few Good Men,” playing at the High Street Arts Center in Moorpark. R. Shane Bingham and James Cluster co- direct this tightly woven three- hour play. The labyrinthine script is almost too complex to follow: Either a second viewing […]

Workshop to prep students for college admission



The Guidance Department at La Reina High school will offer a Highly Selective College Admissions Night at 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 14 in the school cafeteria, 106 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Boys and girls in grades seven through 12 and their parents are invited. The speakers’ panel will have Kirk Brennan, director of undergraduate admissions at USC; Arun Ponnusamy, […]

J. Hamilton Wines



Passionate about wine and eager to share his knowledge of wine blending with the public, John Hamilton opened J. Hamilton Wines in Thousand Oaks last June. The business has taken root. The small winery at 741 Lakefield Road has a crushing, aging and bottling facility as well as a tasting room. It is in the tasting room where- Hamilton said […]

Another pot farm busted in Santa Monica Mountains



Nearly 4,000 marijuana plants were removed from National Park Service land off Kanan Dume Road north of Malibu on Sept. 2 in yet another local Santa Monica Mountains pot farm bust. Park Rangers and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies hauled away two tons of mature plants and assorted trash. In July, rangers seized more than 3,500 marijuana plants over […]

Lepisto announces candidacy for Agoura council

Election 2011


Sue Lepisto has thrown her hat in the race for the Agoura Hills City Council, saying she wants to “serve and contribute” to her community. Lepisto is one of four candidates running for two seats on the council. Three challengers and one incumbent will face off at the polls in the November election. One seat is open. After 16 years […]

New mystery takes on Beatlemania



What happens when a former teen idol—now a recovering alcoholic looking for a comeback—is accused of murder? That’s the question Moorpark resident and Acorn employee Sally Carpenter was looking to answer when she wrote the first book in her Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol mystery series. In “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,” from Oak Tree Press, the protagonist is Sandy Fairfax, a […]

Back to School in Oak Park



Brillig Manor tour slated



A studio and garden tour of the Brillig Manor is set from noon to 5 p.m. Sun., Sept. 18 at 1591 E. Dorado Drive, Thousand Oaks. The event will offer a tour of the home and workplace of artist Darlene Graeser, light refreshments and a raffle. The cost is $12. The event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura […]


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