Rabbi from Israel finds a home at Lutheran university

The rabbi at Cal Lutheran University is doing her part to spread religious acceptance by hosting weekly interfaith chapel services on campus. Rabbi Belle Michael, an Oak Park resident who immigrated to the United States from Israel after her country’s war with Lebanon 10 years ago, exudes gratitude, universal spirituality, intellect and grace in her role as adviser for the […]

Ross wins Golden Acorn


Derek Ross, an active volunteer in Oak Park schools and in the community, received the Golden Acorn Award in a presentation Oct. 6 at Oak Park High School. Given by the Community Foundation for Oak Park, the award is a 25-year tradition presented to an Oak Park resident who has demonstrated a deep love of the community through multifaceted volunteerism […]

Bravery Uncorked fundraiser gives wounded warriors chance to heal

FOR A GOOD CAUSE–Above, John Pernin of Oak Park examines the art being auctioned at the fifth annual Bravery Uncorked charity benefit Oct. 8 at The Landing in Westlake Village. The more than $20,000 that was raised will go toward Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, which is building the National Wounded Warrior Center in Mammoth. Left, event hosts Jen Roberts and […]

Goldilocks goes on trial

The Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players will present “The Trial of Goldilocks” Sat., Oct. 15 and 22 at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive. Written by Joseph Robinette and directed by Victoria Sayeg, the classic fairytale will be retold from three funny perspectives. Tickets are $12 at the box office, or […]

Sacred dance workshop open to public

The Fall Sacred Dance Celebration and a free sacred dance workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., Oct. 15 in the dance studio inside Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center on the Thousand Oaks campus of Cal Lutheran University. The public is invited to participate. Alleluia Dance Theater, a nonprofit corporation that has spent nearly four decades […]

Owner of Oak Park restaurant killed, son taken into custody

‘We lost one of our own.’

An arrest has been made in the killing of Maria Lucatero Acevedo, owner of Margaritas Mexican Grill in Oak Park and Valencia. Acevedo, 56, was stabbed to death in her Saugus home Oct. 3. The woman’s 24-year-old son, Jesse Lucatero, was arraigned Oct. 5 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Valley branch, said Lt. Joe Mendoza of the […]

Agoura Hills won’t contest new radio tower

The installation of communication equipment designed to improve contact between police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency responders in Agoura Hills will move ahead even though the City Council has reservations about use of a 70-foot monopole that will emit radio-frequency waves. The pole will be installed on Kimberly Peak west of Grey Rock Road in the Morrison Ranch area of […]

Melanie recalls a rainy day at Woodstock


On a rainy Friday night in August 1969, 22-year-old Melanie Safka inspired some 400,000 people to light candles at the historic Woodstock Music Festival in upstate New York. Then an unknown singer-songwriter, Melanie was the quintessential hippie earth mama. She had wispy, long hair, wore floor-length caftans, and sang songs like “Beautiful People” and “Birthday of the Sun” in a […]

Program on Israeli- Palestinian relationships

Shira Efron of the Rand Corporation will speak to Temple Adat Elohim Brotherhood members and guests on “The Israeli-Palestinian Situation, a Unique Perspective” at 9:15 a.m. Sun., Oct. 16 in the temple social hall, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. As part of her presentation, Efron will discuss how the Arab Spring has affected Israel’s relationships with its neighbors. Efron […]

Drone policy at LVUSD

The Las Virgenes Unified School District dialed in a new drone policy at a recent board of education meeting. The new guidelines will give teachers and other individuals the right to use drones on school property under certain conditions and with proper licensing. Drones currently aren’t permitted for educational purposes in California public schools, but Las Virgenes officials believe the […]

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