Director talks about upcoming play

When I met Joshua Finkel, director of Panic! Productions’ new staging of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at a restaurant recently, he was poring over complex blocking diagrams for the show, the first solo effort by composer Stephen Sondheim. “Forum” is one of Sondheim’s most successful and accessible musicals, winning Tony Awards for Best Musical […]

Fire raises new questions about gas barbecue safety

Propane tank explosion destroyed Agoura Hills home

Sorting through the charred remains of their home on May 16, Rob and Becky Rubin were trying to come to terms with what had transpired the previous day when a fast-burning fire engulfed their condominium in Agoura Hills. Most of the couple’s possessions were burned beyond recognition, but they did find a few mementos and family photos worth saving. “You […]

Appreciation shown for firefighters

OUR THANKS—Below left, U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks) talks with firefighters from California Conservation Corps, Camarillo Crew 21, during a May 10 news conference at Ventura County Fire Department’s Station 50 in Camarillo. Brownley thanked the men and women of the department for their work in containing the Springs Fire. Left, Chief Mark Lorenzen of the Ventura County Fire […]

Miller YMCA to host car show in July

The Miller YMCA is taking sign-ups for its third annual Independence Day Classic Car Show and family festival event that will take place Thurs., July 4 at The Village at Dos Vientos Ranch, 320 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park. Car collectors can display their vintage and restored automobiles at the event, which will also feature 5K and 10K run and […]

Golf tourney benefits kids

Golfers are invited to tee off with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley during the fourth annual golf tournament on Mon., June 17 at the North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Drive, Westlake Village. Registration is underway for the event, which includes breakfast, lunch, contests, prizes, a live auction and buffet dinner. Proceeds will help provide […]

Ragtime comes to Hillcrest

The Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 31 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The group specializes in music from the ragtime era and will play a repertoire of rags, marches, waltzes, show tunes, vaudeville songs, novelties, spirituals and dance numbers. The ragtime era begin in 1897 […]

It’s time to Draw Dad

Sun., June 16 is Father’s Day, and The Acorn is inviting all kids to take out pen, pencil or crayon and draw a picture of dear old Dad. Using the template in the ad on page 20, draw a picture of what your father looks like and mail it to the address on page 4. You can also scan your […]

Citizens recognized for their contributions

Westlake Village city officials recognized the accomplishments and contributions of residents young and old in a presentation at city hall on May 22. “Tonight is when we honor those who make a difference,” said Mayor Philippa Klessig, who pointed out that the community relies on the services of its volunteers. Honorees included two high school students, five local Rotary clubs […]

Steve Forrest

1925-2013 Actor Steve Forrest, whose leading role as Lt. Hondo Harrelson of ABC-TV’s “S.W.A.T.” made him a household name in the 1970’s, died peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 inThousand Oaks, California. He was 87. Born William Forrest Andrews on September 25th, 1925 in Huntsville, Texas to Annis and Charles Andrews (a Baptist minister), Forrest was the […]

Battle of the machines

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