2016-09-15 E-Edition

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Supergirl Graff makes ‘Ninja Warrior’ history

But falls just short in finals

Jessie Graff is a real-life superhero who can defy gravity and leap tall obstacles in a single bound. The professional stunt-woman from Calabasas became the first female ever to complete Stage 1 of the “American Ninja Warrior” national finals course. The popular television show requires competitors to navigate punishing obstacles in the hopes of completing all stages and winning a […]

War on drugs

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with statistics showing 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014.5 With that number—47,055 deaths per year—in mind, let’s recall some other historical events and their […]

Free water-wise gardening workshops in Oak Park

County residents can learn how to transform their gardens into drought-resilient landscapes by attending the following watershed friendly garden workshops offered by the Watershed Protection District. The free, five-part, interactive series will take place at 9 a.m. Saturdays at Oak Park High School, 899 Kanan Road. Workshop One: Get the Basics on Sept. 24. Workshop Two: Site Evaluation on Oct. […]


THURS., SEPT. 15 San Salvador Galleon Docking 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase tickets at Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. Full-scale replica of galleon docked in harbor, open for tours. Museum has interactive exhibit on the ship. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 children ages 6 to 17, free for kids under age 6. Phone: 805.984.6260. Web: […]

Get pumped up

Girls’ volleyball teams grace the court, delivering spikes, sets and digs

Girls’ volleyball action is heating up in Acorn country. Teams at Westlake and Calabasas high schools are off to hot starts. Oaks Christian, Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks are building momentum heading into Marmonte League action, which starts Sept. 20. La Reina is swinging for a third straight Tri-Valley League title and Oak Park is looking to claim its first […]

No Olympics at Paramount Ranch

Homeowners opposed to bike racing in the Santa Monica Mountains

The possibility of an Olympic biking event being held at Paramount Ranch was nixed by Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area officials after residents voiced concerns. The Los Angeles Olympic Committee thought Paramount Ranch would be a good location to host its mountain biking competition in the 2024 games. David Szymanski, SMNRA superintendent, pitched the idea to the Las Virgenes […]

Vote for Acorn vacation photo winners

Online voting is underway in the 2016 Take Your Acorn on Vacation photo contest, a tradition that dates back nearly two decades. Pick your three favorites from the finalists in all five Acorn newspapers at www.theacornonline.com/2016photocontest. Just one round of voting is allowed per URL. The online judging will determine the winner of this year’s contest. First-, second- and third-place […]

A day of remembrance

SOLEMN DAY—Kay Branson of Los Angeles and her nephew, 1-year-old Finn Branson, rest among the 2,997 flags placed on the lawn of Pepperdine University in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11. It was the ninth annual Waves of Flags commemoration at the Malibu campus.

In dad’s footsteps: Nelson sons at The Canyon

Nelson, the triple-platinum twin sons of the late Ricky Nelson, will play at 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 16 at The Canyon club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson will perform their hit songs such as “(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” “More Than Ever,” “Only Time Will Tell” and “After the Rain.” Nelson was the […]