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‘Bad Bill’ books, written by teachers, good for children

Cindy Simmons has been telling “Bad Bill” stories about her real-life brother to her kindergarten students at Sumac Elementary School for years. Simmons had Bill’s escapades down cold in the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. When she was reunited with her former student-teacher Nanci Powers, an artist-turned-kindergarten teacher at Mariposa School of Global Learning, which shares the Sumac campus, Simmons […]

High School Hi Lights

Agoura ChargersFri., Aug. 24: Back-to-schoolrally/main quad/lunch Calabasas CoyotesMon., Aug. 27: Fall sports parent meeting/6:30 p.m.Wed., Aug. 29: Unstrumentalauditions/12:30 p.m.Club information meeting/ 12:30 p.m.Thurs., Aug. 30: Unstrumentalauditions/12:30 p.m.Freshman election information meeting/12:30 p.m. Oak Park EaglesFri., Aug. 24: Ninth-graderegistration Sun., Aug. 26: ASB car wash/9a.m. to noonMon., Aug. 27: Fall sports parent meeting/7 p.m.Wed., Aug. 29: First day ofschoolTennis and volleyball finalclearance/student […]

The Movie Nut

Here we go again. According to this summer’s movies, there are several ways to create the companion of your dreams: You can wish him to life (“Ted”), you can create her on your Selectric typewriter (“Ruby Sparks”), or, as seen in “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” you can bury a box of “qualities of the perfect kid” in your […]

Art created live in T.O.

The CMT Network will film an episode of its new show, “Chainsaw Gang,” through Fri., Aug. 24 at Janss Marketplace, Thousand Oaks. The show follows Stacy Poitras, a chain saw sculptor, who travels around the country and sculpts figures out of tree trunks. While filming, Poitras will sculpt Michelangelo’s “David,” working from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Families […]


THURS., AUG. 23 Toastmasters Evaluation Contest Noon in Oak Room, Thousand Oaks City Hall, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Members of Toastmaster Club 1934 evaluate the guest speaker. Public invited at no charge. Contact: Richard Gaz. Phone: 805. 498.3393. FRI., AUG. 24 Food Truck Fundraiser 5 to 8 p.m. at playground, Sumac LSTEM Academy, 6050 Calmfield Ave., Agoura Hills. L.A. […]

Classics of the ages graced by flamenco

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation will present Benise: En Fuego! at 8 p.m. Tues., Sept. 11 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Benise, an Emmy-winning Spanish guitar and international dance troupe, returns in an allnew live show after previously selling out four shows at the Civic Arts Plaza. En Fuego […]

Wine festival sweetens the summer

The Acorn Epicurean

Guido’s Calabasas

In January, Antonio Castanos, owner of Guido’s restaurants in Malibu and West Los Angeles, opened a third eatery in Old Town Calabasas. Introduced to the area by a former chef and friend, Castanos was charmed by the quaint ambience of Gaetano’s Restaurant and took it over in December 2011 before reopening the following month as Guido’s. Originally from Malaga, Spain, […]

Scouts set sail during Navy Days