Under the care, protection of a loving shepherd

Roots of Faith

In a Monty Python sketch, a city gent observes a flock of sheep. When the urbanite asks why the animals are attempting to fly, a farmer replies, “Sheep are very dim,” adding they are merely following a clever sheep named Harold, who was attempting to escape a sheep’s fate of being eaten. Contrary to myth, sheep are smart. They can […]

‘It was a dark and stormy night,’ or something like that

This is the age of fast content—short and sweet, quick and dirty, in and out. If you can’t make an impact in 140 characters you’re just not in the groove, try again. But seriously, there’s still a place in this world for good creative writing. The Acorn’s ninth annual Fiction in a Nutshell challenge returns this fall and pays homage […]

Summer concert tribute to U2

Reyes Adobe Days names animator as parade grand marshal

Kids can take photos with Noog toy

Butch Hartman, creator of the award-winning Nickelodeon series “Fairly Oddparents” and “Tuff Puppy,” and a new cartoon series, “Bunsen is a Beast,” that will air on Nickelodeon in 2017, has been named this year’s grand marshal for the annual four-day Reyes Adobe Days festival in Agoura Hills. Reyes Adobe Days, in its 12th year, will take place Oct. 6 to […]

50 golden years for St. Matthew’s congregation

Celebration on Sun., Sept. 18

Like several of their neighbors, Norma and Bob Rich were just starting out when they came to Newbury Park about 50 years ago. “We were all young families with young kids,” Norma said. “We were all anxious to join something.” That something turned out to be what now is St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church on Wendy Drive and Lynn Road. […]


Yoga pants make for a happy derriere

Hot Flashes

Back in the Middle Ages, somewhere between the Playtex Living Bra and Twitter, Mom bought household goods from a door-to-door salesman. The guy always looked a little ratty. Like he hung his clothes up under the bed, my dad would joke. Still, his disheveled demeanor was secondary to his flirtatious enthusiasm, which captivated Mom, who signed up for a boatload […]

Galleon to make maiden voyage to Channel Islands Harbor

A full-scale replica of the San Salvador galleon, the first European vessel to explore California’s coast, will make Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard the first stop on its maiden voyage. The ship will dock Sept. 15 through 18 and be open for public tours. In addition, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum will host an interactive exhibit, which will recreate a […]

Career Education Center in Moorpark ready for students

More than a dozen classes offered

After sitting empty for just over a year, the former Community High School campus on Condor Drive in Moorpark opened its doors last month as the Career Education Center Moorpark. Officials from the Ventura County Office of Education and Moorpark Unified School District celebrated the opening of the center with a ribbon-cutting Aug. 22. In April, nearly one year after […]

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