2015-12-30 E-Edition

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Best reader photos of 2015

EYES ON THE COMMUNITY— Photo submissions are a big part of The Acorn’s content each week. Pictured here is our choice for top reader photos of the past year. In 2016, keep those cards and letters coming! TOP TO BOTTOM—The drought and El Nino were major stories this year, and Acorn reader Daniel Park captured an October moment in Agoura […]

Thoughts about the Left versus the Right

In response to those who frequently blather about “the liberal media,” I offer this: The National Institute of Health spent $76 million on research using fetal tissue in 2014, awarding grants to more than 50 universities, including Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Yale. But in the GOP world, we get dummies babbling only about baby parts. […]

Books for good

LITERALLY SPEAKING—Actor Jerry O’Connell, above, was one of the celebrity readers at the Calabasas Cares Reading Festival Dec. 2. At left, Chaparral kindergarten teacher Ms. Van to the students at the event, which supported the Literally Healing program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


SAT., JAN. 2 Thousand Oaks AAUW 9 a.m. at Stella’s gourmet restaurant, 2385 Michael Drive, Newbury Park. Informal small group coffee and chat. For prospective members. Web: www.aauwto.org. SUN., JAN. 3 Jewish Genealogical Society 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Marion Werler discusses “Never give up: Strategies for taking your genealogy research […]

CALABASAS Year in Review

People, places and events that shaped 2015

With Calabasas preparing to celebrate 25 years of cityhood in 2016, the question of whether or not the community is being overdeveloped continues to dominate the civic conversation. In the past year, a pair of new hotels proposed for Las Virgenes Road and other residential and commercial developments in the city caused some residents to fret. But the discord took […]

Man barricaded with gun

A man armed with a handgun barricaded himself inside an Agoura Hills apartment Dec. 23 before surrendering to sheriff’s deputies. The incident began with a 3 p.m. call to the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station about a man with a gun threatening a neighbor at a home in the 28700 block of Roadside Drive. When deputies arrived, 57-year-old William Hatten had […]

Cancer support programs offered in Westlake Village

In addition to its ongoing programs of support and education, the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will offer the following free classes for people with cancer, cancer survivors and their loved ones at 530 Hampshire Road, Thousand Oaks, unless noted otherwise. For more information or to register, call (805) 379-4777 or visit www.CancerSupportVvsb.org, unless noted otherwise. Explore Personal Peace— Discover […]

‘Wizard of Oz’ auditions

Conejo Players Theatre will hold auditions for “The Wizard of Oz,” a stage adaptation of the 1939 MGM movie musical based on the book by L. Frank Baum, at 7 p.m. Sun. to Tues., Jan. 10 through 12 at 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The director of the G-rated show is Devery Holmes. The music directors are Jim Holmes […]


2015 Year in Review

Agoura Hills ushered in 2015 with the January opening of its new $13.4-million recreation and event center. First-time mayor Illece Buckley Weber hailed the new facility as she delivered her State of the City address later in the year. A major Agoura Road widening project also got underway during the past year. The project will add an additional lane in […]