Plants can be body-piercing brutes

On the Trail

In exchange for a rustic rental on a small parcel of private land in the Santa Monica Mountains of rural Agoura, my friend Tiller is required to keep the brush-choked acreage cleared. He dislikes noisy, fumy gas-powered devices, and there’s no electricity on the raw acreage. So he hosts “annual manual weed-whacking” parties, kind of like a Pennsylvania Dutch barn-raising […]

Library to showcase young artists

Oak Park Library is holding an art show for student artists under age 18. The show will run from 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 23 though 5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 29 at the library, 899 N. Kanan Road. The library is accepting art from all students to show of their masterpieces. Youths can turn in their artwork to the library today, […]

Open house takes flight at raptor center

See birds, hear stories from Chumash elder

The Ojai Raptor Center will have an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sun., Oct. 23 at 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. The center is a nonprofit dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of birds of prey and other wildlife, and to providing educational programs to teach communities about wildlife. Guests can see birds of prey like hawks, falcons and […]

Tax will help fix traffic woes

During the past two decades, the congestion on the 101 Freeway from Thousand Oaks to Ventura has gotten worse by the year. Bottlenecks that never used to be when I moved here 20 years ago have popped up and continue to get worse. And since there’s really no alternate route, we’re getting our own version of the valley’s 405 grinding […]

Teens go on red alert in simulated crisis

Reagan Library’s new Situation Room challenges players

News of an attempt on the president’s life has thrown the nation into chaos. The stock market is crashing. Allegations abound as to who fired the shot and countries are threatening to invade each other. How should the U.S. respond? Rather than the Obama administration making the decisions, a class of 33 high school seniors was tasked with determining what […]


Agoura Chargers Fri., Oct. 14: Dancing with the Star Chargers/gym/7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15: PSAT Sun., Oct. 16: Youth cheer clinic/G building/9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mon., Oct. 17: Late start day Wed., Oct. 19: PFC meeting/ public library/9 a.m. Scholarship workshop/A1/6 p.m. TAB meeting/faculty dining room/7 p.m. “Every 15 Minutes”/G building/ 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 20: Softball meeting/ A1/7 […]

A girl’s best friend

FLUFFY LOVE—Calabasas High School junior Sophie Helfend, 16, adopted Milo from an old and badly kept shelter in Lancaster that is no longer in operation. She has started a club at CHS to raise funds through bake sales and donation drives for Animal Hope and Wellness, a nonprofit foundation in Van Nuys that rescues dogs such as Milo.

Resident not in favor of Oak Park school tax

As an active community member of Oak Park and engaging in our school district processes, I have to sadly recommend a “no”’ vote for our school bond on the ballot unless our school district becomes more accountable as revealed by the Local Control Accountability Plans, which requires extensive input from parents, teachers and other community stakeholders. I also do not […]

Archaeology Day a history lesson

At Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center this Saturday

Lovers of cultural history can take part in the second annual Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15 at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center on the grounds of King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. The purpose of the event is to introduce park visitors to the archaeology of the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding […]

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Oak Park Eagles (5-1) vs. Grace Brethren Lancers (5-1) Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Moorpark College

Casey Webb is still floating. The head coach of Oak Park High’s football team led the Eagles to a 28-0 win at Nordhoff on Oct. 7. The next day, he got married. That’s the equivalent of throwing a Hail Mary touchdown in the Super Bowl. Mike McCormick, Webb’s uncle-in-law who officiated the wedding, drew up a trick play dubbed “Raider” […]

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