Francis “Nana” Bailey

Cabrillo makes a comeback, again

For the second time in two years, Cabrillo Music Theatre has survived the chopping block. On April 6—just 16 days after its then-board of directors announced plans to suspend operations at the end of the current season because of financial difficulties—the resident arts company changed course, saying it would proceed with its 2016-17 season at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts […]

Gala to honor dedicated volunteers

Proceeds will support families’fight against cancer

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will recognize several area residents at a gala fundraiser next month for the support they provide to patients and families affected by the disease. The “Leave it to Laughter: Celebration of Life Gala” coincides with the organization’s 25th anniversary. It will take place Fri., May 6 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. […]

Council members make nice again

Past Calabasas leaders are reunited for a day

Past and present Calabasas council members gathered last week to celebrate their community and share poignant memories of how it was shaped. “What we leave behind is our legacy,” former Calabasas Councilmember Janice Lee told with The Acorn last week at the April 5 luncheon to commemorate the 25th anniversary of cityhood for Calabasas. Lee, who lives in Northern California, […]

Living the American dream

Manny Casanova gives his family a better life in the U.S.

Manuel “Manny” Casanova first stepped foot in America in 1972 as a 22-year-old, leaving behind the hard life he had known growing up in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula with his mother, father and eight siblings. Today he is proud to call himself an American. When Casanova was 18, his father died and the young man needed to find work. Jobs […]

Oak Park students get creative in contest

Oak Park students embarked on a creative odyssey over the past several months which culminated in a fun and riveting display of innovation, problem-solving and a little philosophical thought at the Odyssey of the Mind state competition April 2 at UC Riverside. It all started with nine teams in Oak Park Unified School District: two teams from Brookside Elementary School, […]

Wild egret’s visit enlivens misplaced tree

CRITTER TAIL /// A feathered friend

The great egret deserves a great tree such as a deodar cedar to roost in. One would not really expect to find this matchup of avian and arboreal grandeur on a claustrophobic cul-de-sac in a rural Agoura trailer park. Many of the community’s hefty trees were here before the erstwhile hot springs resort was razed and reinvented. These include pine, […]