2015-12-17 E-Edition

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Uniting head and heart in Bible study

Roots of Faith

In my last column, I discussed the need for regular personal Bible reading (if you missed the article, go to www.theacornonline.com and type “Sally Carpenter” in the search box.) This week we’ll look at why head and heart knowledge are complementary aspects of Bible study. Head knowledge is mastering the facts . It’s understanding a text that was written in […]

YMCA to hold winter camp during school break

Activities include karaoke, polar bear crafts

The Triunfo YMCA—serving Westlake Village, Oak Park and Agoura Hills—will host its annual winter camp from Dec. 21 through 24 and Dec. 28 through 31. The camp coincides with winter school break. The camp will be held at the YMCA facility at Sumac Elementary School, 6050 N. Calmfield, Agoura Hills. Week one will include a robottheme day, sand art, rain […]

Dinner is served at Bethlehem Inn

Church brings in live animals for family Christmas program

Monte Vista Presbyterian Church hosted a Christmas Dinner Theater, In Bethlehem Inn, on Dec. 12 and 13. The cast, consisting of both high school and middle school youth groups, had been rehearsing for the past six weeks under the direction of Carol Benson. The parents and church members of Monte Vista provided the food. Guests included the women and children […]

Take your Acorn on vacation

Pet of the week

HEY BUDDY—Gus is a male gray and tan domestic shorthair cat about 6 years old. He is an indoor cat that gets along with other cats. If you would like to adopt Gus ask for ID No. A4897094 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check http://animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting the shelter.

The case of the curious nighttime coyote in rural Agoura

The perfect stillness of a country night in rural Agoura was abruptly interrupted by a series of disquieting sounds: a high-pitched shriek, low growl, loud thud. It was past midnight, and the dog and I were passing near our community’s dumpster and RV storage lot. The area is well-lit, but that does not seem to deter wildlife. A coyote flitted […]

Kavli performance reminiscent of old Las Vegas showbiz

CONCERT REVIEW /// ‘Rat Pack Christmas’

“Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Christmas,” which played for a single performance Dec. 5 at the Fred Kavli Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, pays tribute to the freewheeling, cigarettes-and-tuxedo glamour of old Las Vegas. Holding court at the Copa showroom at the Sands Hotel in the early 1960s were its central figures: Frank Sinatra, the titular Chairman of […]


THURS., DEC. 17 Channel Islands Gulls 11 a.m. at Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Drive, Camarillo. Annual toy drive and officer installation luncheon at noon. Bring unwrapped toy for infant to 18 years for charity. Cost: $25. RSVP requested. Contact: Shirley. Phone 805.263.6062. Democratic Club Of Moorpark 6:30 p.m. at Meridian Hills Rec Room, 6801 Breezy Glen Drive, Moorpark. […]

Leininger family singers aim to please

When you see the Leininger family of Oak Park perform, you can’t help but make comparisons with the legendary Von Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were memorialized in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music.” The Leiningers brought up their children here in the Conejo Valley, and their talent, attractiveness and sunny dispositions certainly enhance the spirit of […]