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The Movie Nut

At one point in “Hot Pursuit,” Agent Cooper (Witherspoon) is being searched at a party. As she’s being patted down, she echoes the searcher’s words upon coming up empty. “No,” she repeats, “nothing there.” She could be describing this movie. Part chase film, part buddy comedy, with shades of the “odd couple,” there’s nothing there you haven’t seen before. And […]

Pet of the week

Workshops will show residents how to reuse greywater

Necessity is the mother of invention, and residents worried about the drought are being forced to rethink how they dispose of their greywater. They can capture rinse water from the laundry room, for example, and put it back into the yard. All it takes is a little know-how. The Ventura County Building and Safety Division will host a series of […]


I read the recent article and follow-up letters regarding the Common Core exams with dismay. I must say Mr. Mitten, whom The Acorn described as “instigating” the call for students to opt out of the test, is misguided. The assertion that this is “federalization” of schools or some “date-mining scheme” is not true. Common Core State Standards were developed nationally […]

CHS grad in Nepal’s 7.8 quake

When the earth shook shortly before noon on April 25, Alyse Speyer knew something terribly bad had happened. Speyer, a Calabasas High alumna, and her traveling companion, Tiago Pereira, had been in Nepal for four days when the disastrous earthquake struck. They are now working with monks, a Dutch woman and several Nepali locals to fund and organize a relief […]

Wags winners – WOW!

This ‘Graduate’ flunks out

If it does nothing else, Terry Johnson’s stage play version of “The Graduate,” at the Conejo Players Theatre through May 30, will make you appreciate the genius of the film’s late director, Mike Nichols. Johnson’s 2000 play was a hit in London (mainly due to a highly publicized nude scene by Kathleen Turner) before coming to the U.S. two years […]

Party for a therapy dog

While guests ate cake, mingled and had a good time, Archibald RazzMaTazz was content to just lie down and let the party go on around him. Of course, when you’re the birthday boy—Archie celebrated turning 10—it’s OK to take a snooze during the party. The 185-pound Newfoundland, one of four resident therapy dogs serving Camarillo-based Casa Pacifica Centers for Children […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A thief stole two pairs of sunglasses worth $300 each from a car parked on Triunfo Drive April 29. Another car was burglarized at the same time and place and a $500 purse and a wallet with $150 in cash and various bank and credit cards were stolen. A burglar caused $1,300 in damage breaking into a storage […]