A very special concert for kids

The Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra, along with Bill Benson and Tomiko Hamada Taylor, music therapist, will present the 14th annual First Classic Concert for Children and Families at 3 p.m. Sat., April 25 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The concert is for young and special needs children. Special guest, actor Austin Robert […]

Only three legs, but a lot of heart

I thought it was a usual Wednesday. As I like to do, I went to the Agoura Animal Shelter to give a needed pat to the head of a homeless dog or a long scratch under the neck of a lonely cat, all hoping for their forever homes. As a volunteer for a wildlife advocacy group, I am more than […]

It’s ‘Play Ball’ at new Westlake Village Sports Park

LET THE GAMES BEGIN—Kids and family members enjoy the first ever baseball game played at the scenic new City of Westlake Village and YMCA sports park during an April 11 dedication. Left, Drew Spar of the PONY Baseball Yankees tries out the new pitcher’s mound. While supporters look on, Mayor Ned Davis (below center) and YMCA executive director Ronnie Stone […]

Oakridge Estate trip

The Calabasas Historical Society will host a shuttle trip at 10:30 a.m. Sat., April 18 to the Oakridge Estate in Northridge, from Calabasas City Hall. Guests will view the interior and exterior of the 6,000-square-foot estate. The two-story residence was built for Barbara Stanwyck in 1937 and then owned by Jack Oakie for nearly 70 years. The Stanwyck house is […]

Discussion of drought issues at wine mixer

The Clean Technology Council will present “Can California’s Economy Survive a Mega Drought?” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wed., April 22 in the Total Wine tasting room, 394 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The event will include a wine tasting mixer, refreshments and free parking. The keynote speaker will be Anthony Hepton, past vice president of quality assurance at Dole […]

The Movie Nut

This is a movie that will restore your faith in the power of film. The story is true, the dialogue is often witty, the plot moves effortlessly between the past and the present. The staging is impressive; the lighting adds texture; the editing builds tension. And there is a sense of balance here—between small moments in private and large events […]

Pet of the week

Human trafficking hits home

Part one of a three-part series

Ventura County law enforcement is battling a burgeoning crime whose victims are often hidden, unable or afraid to report their abusers, and thus forgotten: human trafficking. “We know it exists; we’ve found human trafficking victims in the county,” Cpl. David Ruggiero, a detective with the Ventura Police Department, said in an interview with The Acorn. “(But) right now there are […]

What happens when canines are clad in Elizabethan attire

My new dog used to garner all sorts of adulation as we paraded through neighborhoods far and wide. He came from the Agoura Shelter as a handsome blue-eyed fellow with unusual speckled markings in black, white and copper. This week, however, people spot him and race inside and lock the doors behind them, as the creature whose head appears to […]

The Art of Being

What do little children know that you don’t?

Except ye become as littlechildren, except you can wakeon your fiftieth birthday with thesame forward-looking excitement and interest in life thatyou enjoyed when you were five,“ye cannot enter the kingdomof God.” One must not only diedaily, but every day we must beborn again.— Dorothy L. Sayers Recently, I flew to Las Vegas to conduct a seminar. As the airplane approached […]

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