Hotel takes home spa award

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village has earned two titles from the World Luxury Spa Awards: Best Luxury Hotel Spa in the United States and Best Luxury Destination Spa in the United States. The awards were announced after a yearlong nomination, entry and voting period conducted by the World Luxury Spa Awards. Competing spas in 2013 included […]

Battle over Jesus

In the April 11 issue of The Acorn, there’s a letter by a William Felsman that entertains us with the fantasy that Jesus armed his followers, and that if he were here today he would tell us all to get guns. In the March 14 Acorn, the same Mr. Felsman informed us that the “well regulated” militia clause of the […]

Empowering youth

Kids’ concert got game

The Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras and music therapist Tomiko Hamada Taylor will present “A First Classic Children’s Concert” at 2 p.m. Sun., April 28 at the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic Recital Hall, Paseo Market Place Shopping Center, 3753 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village. This annual concert, geared toward young kids and special needs children, will feature video game music. Special […]

Wacky link of classical, pop, draws crowds

CONCERT REVIEW Areté Vocal Ensemble

Classical music aficionados know that “The Three B’s” refers to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but how many would link them with two other famous musical “B’s”: Benjamin Britten and the Beatles? Wyant Morton, director of California Lutheran University’s Areté Vocal Ensemble, thought the idea was just wacky and eclectic enough to draw a crowd, and from the looks of the […]

Calabasas Chamber wine event

The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce will present its 18th annual wine tasting and silent auction from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fri., May 10 at the Calabasas Civic Center Plaza, 100-200 Civic Center Way. The event will feature fine wines from California and around the world. Restaurants will serve gourmet cuisine. Live jazz music will be provided. The silent auction will […]

Sword fight

Jesus did indeed tell his disciples to buy a sword. He told them to sell their garments if necessary to buy one, not to defend him from arrest or to start a rebellion though. He wanted them to be able to defend themselves against the thieves and wild animals that they would encounter on their missions. All of the attempts […]

Cancer Support Group heroes to be honored at Celebration of Life gala

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara announced the honorees for its upcoming Celebration of Life awards ceremony, the main attraction for the organization’s upcoming “Evening of Hope” gala on May 3 at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Those being honored have contributed to the well-being of cancer patients and their families through their work with the Cancer Support Community. […]

Reading pays dividends

It’s a busy time of year for the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks. Some of you may recall that I’m now president of the club. Time literally flies, and the older you get, it seems to pass at the speed of light. I’m already halfway through my one-year term of office. Kiwanis of T.O. recently collected more than 500 children’s […]


This is a story about racism and restraint—and about two extraordinary men during three formative years in American Major League Baseball. But “42” is not just a baseball story; it’s a human story that’s often touching, funny and entertaining. And tough. In 1945, Bible-quoting Branch Rickey (Ford) was general manager and president of the Brooklyn Dodgers. He decided the time […]

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