2014-11-06 E-Edition

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Peterson, Renger prevail in water board race—Steinhardt defeated

Six candidates ran for three seats on the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors in Tuesday’s election. Two incumbents won but a third did not. The five-member board oversees sewer services and potable and recycled water delivery for Agoura Hills, Hidden Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village and surrounding unincorporated areas. During the campaign, the candidates debated the pros and […]

On the Trail

Native trees are as as good as gold

Okay, I can hear the snickering already. But it’s a long way to New England from here, and with just slightly lowered expectations, there’s a pretty show of color coming. Some of the best color is produced by deciduous native trees that grow near water: cottonwood, willow and sycamore. Willows massed by a lake’s edge or lining a creek bank […]

Fifth-graders try out real world Chinese

Authentic learning, a Common Core State Standards component, was in full swing at Red Oak Elementary School last month as fifth-grade students received a real-world lesson in Chinese culture, cuisine and language. Helen Yap, who teaches Chinese language and culture at all three Oak Park Elementary schools and at Medea Creek Middle School, was joined by Jon Duim, principal of […]

CLU to screen Italian movie

The second season of CLU’s International Film Festival continues with the Italian film “Cesare deve morire” (“Caesar Must Die”), directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, screening at 7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 12 at Carmike Thousand Oaks 14 (formerly Muvico) at The Oaks mall, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. A drama-within-a-drama, the film was made in Rome’s Rebibbia Prison, where […]

Credit union awards

The Ventura County Credit Union as well as its president and CEO Joe Schroeder received awards from the California Credit Union League at its annual meeting and conference on Oct. 21. VCCU won the Credit Union Advocate of the Year Award. Schroeder received the Distinguished Service Award. The advocate award goes to credit unions that demonstrate outstanding political leadership and […]

Out-of-district transfers: the good and the bad

It may not be a trend, but it’s a troubling series of events, to be sure. Last week The Acorn reported that a player was kicked off the Agoura High School football team following an alleged display of obscene behavior during an Oct. 17 bus ride to a game in Los Angeles. In addition, a second player and three coaches […]

University students get a lift

Little Free Library is a hit with kids

Children are flocking to a big birdhouse in front of Bay Laurel Elementary School in Calabasas, and it’s not to get a glimpse of a bird’s nest. The “birdhouse” is not for birds at all; instead, it’s used as a house for books. It was built as part of the school’s Little Free Library that allows students to take any […]

Fractured fairy tale delights

Continuing in Moorpark’s grand tradition of melodrama, the High Street Arts Center serves up its annual concoction of music and zaniness with “Cinderella­Drama,” a fractured fairy tale reboot of the old rags-to-riches tale that in this version includes not only a fairy godmother but tree witches, karaoke bars and an armless ogre. HSAC’s recent melodramas have featured a western backdrop, […]