This year, I promise . . .

“New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” — Mark Twain Just as Mark Twain said, people make and break their New Year’s resolutions with regularity. But whether a resolution is proscriptive (no more cigarettes) or prescriptive (a promise to get healthy), […]

Winter fun at The Lakes

Arthritis group to hear from yoga instructor

The Conejo Valley Arthritis Support Group will meet from 12:15 to 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 11 at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Vicki Wilson, a registered yoga instructor, will be the guest speaker. The group meets the second Saturday of the month from September through June, and features speakers from the medical community discussing […]

Not happy about church vs. state

Oh great, another right-wing clergymember running for political office. The Acorn mentioned that the Rev. McCoy has appeared at tea party events, conferred with Govs. Huckabee and Perry, and has Sen. Rand Paul speak at his parish. Aren’t these some of the same people who supported shutting down the government; are against help for the poor and children (what did […]

Brewery takes a funky turn

Recreation for all ages in Agoura Hills

The City of Agoura Hills has increased its recreational offerings for 2014 with new classes, events and excursions. Being offered are new courses such as mosaic and watercolor for adults and acting classes. The theater program is hosted by Curtain Call Youth Theater. A production of “The Pirates of Penzance” is already underway, with performances scheduled from Feb. 21 through […]

Chargers remain team to beat

Agoura High girls’ water polo has dominated the Marmonte League for a decade. No Marmonte squad is at the Chargers’ level, but the gap is closing. Royal and Newbury Park want to dethrone the Chargers, who have won nine straight league championships. “ Agoura is the top dog,” Moorpark head coach Peter Daland said. “Everyone is chasing them. It will […]

Federation to host forum on water

The Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation will host a forum that will offer alternative solutions for California’s complex water issues at 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 15 at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. The forum will discuss how Californians can work together to improve wildlife habitat and stabilize water supplies from the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta—the source of water for 25 million […]

Kids can learn the craft of cartooning

Free class to meet at Westlake Village Library

Larry Scott will lead a cartooning class at 4 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month starting Jan. 29 at the Westlake Village Library, 31220 Oak Crest Drive. The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Westlake Village Library, is open to kids ages 6 through 12. Kids can learn how small, simple strokes of the pencil can come […]

Spotlight on extraordinary casts, crews

Community theaters name their top productions of 2013

The county’s six non-union theaters put on 34 productions in 2013, drawing thousands of patrons to delights such as “Les Miserables,” “Cabaret” and “Forever Plaid,” along with dramatic shows “The Diviners,” “Second Samuel” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Awards for the productions were announced by the Four Star Theater Alliance. Three independent judges from the other theaters in the alliance […]