2015-03-26

Warriors trying to stay afloat




Westlake High’s baseball team is on the cusp of greatness. The Warriors’ starting pitchers shut down opposing batters; their defense makes spectacular diving catches, and their hitters consistently make contact. “This team has all the makeup and character to be a great team,” head coach Billy Ashley said. “It’s just a matter of if they can figure it out for […]

Chesebro plan is misleading



The “developer” who has a contract with the City of Agoura Hills to buy Chesebro Meadow— only if they also approve a number of housing lots on the property—published a letter in last week’s Acorn. I put “developer” in quotes since he, as he told me, wishes to get approval of these lots so that he can then sell the […]

Life of Magic Castle piano man celebrated




Like Mark Twain’s characters Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, David E. Bourne would have gotten a hoot out of attending his own memorial service at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills on March 15.  The Agoura Hills resident and 48-year career saloon piano player at the Magic Castle in Hollywood would have been pleased to witness the hundreds of people who […]

Students fly high with new aerial technology



Ventura County middle and high school students will have opportunities to learn about unmanned aerial vehicle technology due to a grant received by the Ventura County Office of Education. The California Department of Education recently awarded $100,000 to VCOE’s Career Education Center to continue its unmanned aerial vehicle program. The grant will allow middle school science teachers and UAV experts […]

‘13’ is the lucky number



Panic Productions continues its third season with the musical “13,” running from April 10 through 19 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The show, with a cast of 19 teens, features music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner […]

Westlake finds its mojo on a sunny beach



Old Agoura granny flats?



Mr. Efraim, the spokesman representing the developers of equine estates near Old Agoura, is either very naive or intentionally trying to mislead the public. The suggestion that the guest houses in his development will be exclusively used by nonpaying guests makes me seriously question his credibility. Look at Airbnb, look at Craigslist— guest houses are either hotel rooms or rental […]

On the Trail

Rock art

The natural landscape typically wows on a grand scale, with plunging waterfalls and erupting volcanoes, bubbling geysers and towering summits, gigantic waves and spectacular canyons. What’s up underfoot, or at ground level, is easy to overlook when faced with such lofty, thrilling distractions. On trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, inquisitive hikers can amend the popular expression “Don’t sweat the […]

Girls get in the groove at robotics competition

Public can watch the tournament

Middle and high school girls from across California will gather at La Reina High School for the All Girls’ Showcase VEX Robotics Competition on Sat., March 28. Twenty- four all- girls teams will compete against each other with robots created from the VEX Robotics Design System. Participants will square off in the game Skyrise, which was developed by VEX Robotics […]

Bad, weird, but beautiful bugs




The explosive vegetation produced by winter rains appears to be a magnet for all things buggy. In the lush hills behind my rural Agoura community, plump caterpillars of the white-lined sphinx moth are blanketing slender stalks of California evening primrose (Camissonia californica). The caterpillars are smooth and sleek with handsome blackand yellow striping and coppery accents. According to entomologists, while […]


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