Seniors tap in to new resources

The Other Side of 50

There are new resources available in our community for adults age 55 and older who are struggling financially. Surprisingly, the current federal poverty guideline (an individual making $29,425 or less or a couple earning less than $39,825) does not reflect healthcare costs. If it did, the older adult poverty rate would be considerably higher. Increased medical costs for older adults […]

Family play

Gold Coast Plays will present the musical “Gift Rap” at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 18 and 1 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Dec. 19 and 20 in the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The production features professional adult actors. Written by Richard Hellesen with music by Michael Silversher, the play will be directed by Stephanie Wilson […]

Cars stall

Acura 101 West in Calabasas, one of the city’s oldest businesses, closed Monday. It will become a Galpin Audi dealership, a source told The Acorn. Acura 101 West was owned by Charlotte, N.C.-based Sonic Automotive group. No reason for the departure was given. Calabasas Road west of Calabasas Parkway now has three empty businesses that were longtime fixtures in the […]

Community steps up

When a community steps up for something real it can leave you speechless, yet it would be unfortunate if thanks were not mentioned. To the youth of Westlake and Agoura Hills: a tip of the visor for your support of Santa Comes to Westlake Village/Agoura and Beyond. To the businesses: your donations are incredible. To the community: Yes, this wonderful […]

Outdoor therapy

Judd still carries ‘powerful pipes’

CONCERT REVIEW /// Wynona Judd

It’s been 25 years since the Judds, one of the leading acts in the 1980s’ neo-traditionalist country music movement, broke up after Naomi Judd announced she’d been diagnosed with hepatitis C and was retiring. Since then, Naomi’s daughter Wynonna has had a career that’s sputtered like an engine with clogged spark plugs. As a solo artist, she’s released only seven […]

Credit union receives kudos

Ventura County Credit Union recently received the Corporate Award from the Ventura County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The award was presented to Al Duff, an emeritus VCCU board member, at the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet in October. The award honors organizations that demonstrate a willingness to practice diversity in the workplace. The annual […]

Didn’t like political cartoon

The cartoon you chose to run in the Nov. 25 Acorn showing a worried turkey holding a “Turkey Lives Matter!” sign was insensitive and ill-advised. After events in Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago and elsewhere, the parallels to “Black Lives Matter,” whether intended or not, render this cartoon anything but funny and in very poor taste. Your Acorn readers are far removed […]

Recycling saves resources, but does it save trees?

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the Environment

Slogans to motivate recycling sometimes count conservation by comparing accomplishments to “trees saved.” For example, the question, “Recycling a ton of paper saves how many trees?” yielded over 347,000 results on Google. The typical answer is 17 trees. The recycling page on the University of Southern Indiana website specifies 17 trees, along with helpfully noting the weight of a ton […]


THURS., DEC. 3 School Holiday Boutique 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. in multipurpose room, Red Oak Elementary School, 4857 Rockfield St., Oak Park. Handmade gifts for sale from over 20 vendors. Homemade jams and baked goods. Portion of total sales donated back to Red Oak PFA. Simi Community Christmas 5 to 9 p.m. today through Dec. 6 at The Church […]

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