YMCA starts new youth programs

The local branches of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA are accepting sign-ups for fall sports leagues and other youth activities. Youth sports teams are forming for flag football, basketball, wetball and swim. Adventure Guides for parents and their child as well as Youth and Government for middle through high school students are available through the branches as well as classes […]

In play, D.C. politics override ethics

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Farragut North’

The title of Beau Willimon’s play, “Farragut North,” refers to a Metro stop in Washington, D.C., that represents the end of the line for failed political operatives, a case study in this taut, exciting play onstage now at Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks. Willimon wrote the piece in 2008 while he was in the American Playwrights Program at New […]

Registration open for D.C. trip

Registration has begun for the annual spring vacation student tour to the nation’s capital. The trip, which is open to area middle and high school students in grades eight and above, will celebrate its 40th year of operation next year. The non-school activity is sponsored by teachers and has involved more than 16,000 students over the years, including a “second […]

A life of art filled with color

Late artist’s works at Conejo Valley art museum

The late Eugene “Gene” Tkachenko of Westlake Village was always painting. As a young Yugoslavian World War II refugee in Austria. Upon embarking on a new life in New York. During his aerospace career and retirement, and after a stroke that took his speech and forced him to paint with his left hand. A retrospective of his artwork, “A Stroke […]

Moorpark College forming alumni group

Anyone who ever attended Moorpark College is invited to join the newly formed Moorpark College Alumni Association. The college foundation is sponsoring a number of activities this school year including a talk by Emmy-winning director Steve Binder on Sept. 27; a private screening of the James Bond flick “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” at the Studio Movie Grill with star […]

Comic brings in the laughs

Comedian Craig Shoemaker, veteran of the comedy club circuit for more than 30 years, brings his new show, A Stand Up Guy, to the Scherr Forum at 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 17 at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Shoemaker has shot multiple stand-up specials for TV and appeared in numerous films. Recently he taped an hour […]

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Newbury Park Panthers (2-0) vs. Westlake Warriors (1-1) Friday, 7 p.m. Westlake High School

Westlake High’s football team feels USC’s pain. After the Warriors were run out of Texas by Aledo, 65-7, Westlake watched the USC Trojans get pummeled by Alabama, 52-6, last weekend. “USC got killed, so we know how they feel,” said Eddie Leonard, a Westlake linebacker. “We’re ready to come back this week.” Westlake head coach Tony Henney said he and […]

Ready, set, jump

Fearless seniors thirst for adventures

Three local women may be retired and, chronologically, members of the senior citizen set, but their young-at-heart spirits have spurred them to take part in myriad adventures, the latest being tandem skydiving. Last week, Agoura Hills residents Judy Watson and Sylvia Duitz, and their mahjong partner Bobbe Newman from Woodland Hills, jumped from planes and landed in an empty field […]

Four-day Calabasas Film Festival returns

Community can view diverse films and documentaries

The Calabasas Film Festival is set to return later this month with major movie premieres, student films, documentaries and short films. The four-day event is directed by Kelley Fries and Nicole Fries, with help from their father, Joe Fries, and his business partner, Natalie Khoury. Joe Fries and Khoury run the Calabasas-based production company Pelagius Entertainment. The film festival will […]

Thrift store to walk on the wild side

The Assistance League Conejo Valley will present a Walk on the Wild Side shopping event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues. to Sat., Sept. 13 to 17 at its thrift shop at 2853 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. In addition, the store will remain open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. The event will feature animal-themed merchandise. All proceeds […]

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