Dress rehearsal for ‘Dracula’

Just in time for Halloween, Moorpark College’s production of “Dracula” opens tonight, Oct. 16, at the college’s Main Stage Theater. The cast and crew are chomping at the bit to show off what promises to be one of the theater arts department’s most ambitious productions ever. “This isn’t going to be the black-and-white Bela Lugosi creature of your youth,” promised […]

Fresh fare at local farmers markets

Fall has arrived and the Ventura County Certifi ed Farmers’ Market Association is offering a wide variety of offerings. Shoppers can find Asian pears and persimmons from Ken Lee of Top Notch Produce. Persimmons are good to eat by themselves or in recipes such as cakes, cookies, jams and puddings. An array of juicy citrus will arrive in early November. […]

Distinguished persons set for speaker series

Jane Pauley, Magic Johnson, Fabien Cousteau at the CAP

The 14th annual Distinguished Speakers Series of Thousand Oaks announces its line-up of presenters for the upcoming 2014- 2015 season at the Kavli Theater at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Each program begins at 8 p.m. The series will host: Undersea explorer and environmentalist Fabien Cousteau on Tues., Oct. 21. Visionary and bestselling author […]

Strawberry festival opens poster contest

The California Strawberry Festival is accepting entries for the official poster contest of the 32nd annual celebration with a prize of $2,000 and four VIP event passes awarded to the winner. All entries must be submitted by Mon., Jan. 5. The winning poster will be available for purchase during the event and the design will also adorn collectible T-shirts and […]

Pop vocal groups to sing in fundraiser

Proceeds of concert to benefit Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra

Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra will present its inaugural CVYO Goes Pops!, a benefit concert, at 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 2 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Bill Benson will conduct the orchestra. Pop artists The Four Preps and The New Chordettes will perform. The program will contain both pop and classical genres. […]

Auditions open for Cabrillo’s ‘Company’

Cabrillo Music Theatre announces auditions for the Tony Award-winning musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim, “Company,” the first-ever “concept” musical. “Company” revolves around Bobby, a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship; five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Equity call for principal roles will be from 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon., […]

School bands get in step for competition

Six high school marching bands from across Southern California will perform in the Marching Band Open Series at 6 p.m. Sat., Oct. 18 field show competition at Thousand Oaks High School Stadium, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. Gates open at 5 p.m. The TOHS Lancer Band will host the competition. El Camino Real, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Westlake and William S. Hart […]

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Westlake Warriors (4-2) vs. Newbury Park Panthers (5-1) Friday, 7 p.m. Westlake High

The Panthers hammered the “Solomon” bag with a little extra oomph this week. Newbury Park High’s football team releases its aggression at practice on a blue standing bag, which sports a No. 62 Westlake jersey with the last name Solomon. Newbury Park defensive line coach Chris Soury found the Westlake uniform, which resembles an old New York Giants jersey, in […]

Other local football matchups

Calabasas (3-3) at Camarillo (4-2) Outlook: Calabasas has lost three straight games, and the Coyotes have a tough test against Camarillo. The Scorpions won five straight Pacific View League titles before joining the Camino League. RB Chris Brooks, RB Erik Hillman, WR Emmanuel Osuchukwu and QB Tristan Gebbia lead Calabasas. Viewpoint (6-0) at Brentwood (5-1) Outlook: Viewpoint kicks off the […]

Countdown to math contest

Students in Oak Park and neighboring cities will test their math skills while raising funds for local schools in the Mathnasium’s Tri- Mathlon contest that will take place Sun., Oct. 19 at the Oak Park Mathnasium Learning Center, 630 Lindero Canyon Road, Oak Park. The competition is open to second- and fifth-grade students at all levels. In addition to winning […]