2014-03-20

Ready, set, head for the hills

Great Race is Saturday, runners come from afar


The Dole Great Race of Agoura slated for Sat., March 22 is promising its biggest international field ever. Thousands of runners will descend upon Agoura Hills this weekend to participate in the 29th annual race. A portion of the funds raised from registration fees will support local schools in Agoura Hill and Oak Park. According to Justin Simon, an organizer […]

Service inspires volunteer to travel the world




“Inspiring Change” was the theme for International Women’s Day on March 8 this year. How appropriate then, that we are celebrating 25 years of women in Rotary. In 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that women could not be excluded from organizations such as Rotary. Although many men were still reluctant to allow them entry, women slowly began to join. […]

On the Trail



Lessons from the seafaring tiger After watching director Ang Lee’s visually stunning screen version of “Life of Pi” for the nth time, I still find it hard to accept that the Bengal tiger named Richard Parker is only a computer-generated phantom. The tiger is portrayed so realistically that I cower each time the big cat takes a menacing swipe at […]

Students learn about colonial life



Glass half full



Ask people what California’s most precious resource is and not all will say water. Under-loved and under-appreciated until there isn’t any, water is often taken for granted. We know there’s an epic drought going on but still trust that when the tap turns on, the wet stuff will come out. And it always does. It’s an absolute marvel of planning […]

Authors share their writings at luncheon

Event a fundraiser for medical research

The San Fernando Valley Chapter of Brandeis National Committee will present “Words, Wit and Wisdom” book and authors luncheon at 10 a.m. Tues., March 25 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Television talk show host Connie Martinson will moderate the writers panel. The featured authors are actress and singer Shirley Jones, author and L. A. Times book […]

Hot Flashes

The Tin Can Plan

Watching the hoards of gimpy grandparents schlepping to Fiore Fields to see our little ballers pitch, slide and scratch, I realized I have a responsibility to report more than just the joys of Little League. First, a little setup before the pitch. Are you a tweener? I’m a tweener. That means I’m somewhere between menopause and Medicare, in the old-bat […]

Slow, but steady—The armor-plated nomad of rural Agoura trudges along




During my early years at Seminole Springs in rural Agoura, a tortoise mysteriously appeared in our cul-de-sac one spring day. We knew it could not have taken a detour from our community’s lake, because only aquatic, red-eared slider turtles live up there. Tortoises are land dwellers, and while they enjoy some shallow-water contact for bathing, they cannot swim and so […]

High School Hi Lights



Agoura ChargersSat., March 22: VICE/gym/8p.m.Sun., March 23: WASC visitthrough Wed., March 26 Calabasas CoyotesTues., March 25: Grad nighttickets on saleCheer workshops/4 to 6 p.m.Thurs., March 27: Grad nighttickets on saleCheer workshops/4 to 6 p.m. Oak Park EaglesFri., March 21: ComedySportz/pavilion/7 p.m.Sat., March 22: Mock ACT/G9/9 a.m.Sun., March 23: English APreview workshop/G9/1 to 3 p.m.Thurs., March 27: Spring musical/ pavilion/7 p.m. […]

Use common sense in spending



Ten million dollars or common sense? From time to time, I read in The Acorn about wild animals getting ear tags or radio collars. Wouldn’t it make sense that, when tagging young mountain lions, to transport some of them south of the freeway so they could populate the Santa Monica Mountains? I think there are $10-million ideas more beneficial to […]


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