Orca Youth Rugby is on a collision course

Local teams gear up for upcoming season on the pitch

It’s not a fad. Orca Youth Rugby Club is here for the long haul. More than 100 young athletes from Acorn country have been bitten by the rugby bug. Paul Cooke, who moved to Westlake two years ago from Cambridge, England, knows how easy it is to fall in love with the sport. The Orca Rugby coach knew about the […]

Chesebro Meadow deal ready

The Acorn has learned that Chesebro Meadow—a 71-acre property just east of Agoura Hills that has been a decades-long target for developers—will likely be saved as open space. Speaking Wednesday at the National Wildlife Federation’s Urban Wildlife Week kickoff in Liberty Canyon, Joe Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, said a deal is in the works that […]

Think tank event peers into the future

Foundation to present 10 pros talking on different topics for 10 minutes each

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation will present its second annual “10×10: The Future of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Region” event at 10 a.m. Sat., Nov. 5 at the Grant Brimhall Library in Thousand Oaks. The free community event will present 10 experts, each speaking on a different topic for 10 minutes. “The objective of the 10×10 is to focus on important […]

Shop and share, a day of fundraising and giving

GOOD TASTE—Above, Cathy Ginsburg of Oak Park; Kerry Rider, president of the National Charity League Inc. Conejo Valley, and Stephanie Hermelee of Westlake Village examine a dress during the National Charity League’s annual Shop and Share, a Day of Giving fundraiser. Top left, Sunni Duncan of Camarillo receives a sample of Gourmet Blends olive oil from Cynthia Calderon. The event […]

Spooktacular is spectacular

MACABE MUSIC—Above, Calabasas High School students, from left, Emily Ford, Ian Bowers and Lauren Bobrow appear in“Halloween Candy” during The Revue Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 7 in the school’s Black Box Theater. At left, CHS student Josh Mastalski sings “Cruella DeVil”during the show. Right, CHS choreographer Jennifer Sanett belts the song “Screw Loose.” She also hosted the night of musical […]

Blessed be the fish, turtles, dogs and guinea pigs

Pets of all species and their owners turn out for a St. Francis Day celebration

As a foster mom for the last four years to a pug named Otis, Karen Schaefer brought the dog to an Oct. 4 blessing of the animals in Westlake Village with the hope that the cuddly canine would find a permanent family. “Otis is a rescue and he’s up for adoption,” said Schaefer, a Westlake resident who found the dog […]

Write fiction!

The Acorn’s Fiction in a Nutshell contest has returned for its ninth season, and if you have a knack for good storytelling, you’re invited to take part. Here’s how the newspaper’s popular storytelling competition works: Write a 100-word fiction tale using sci-fi, drama, adventure, romance or any other genre and email it to newstip@theacorn.com. Only one entry per person please, […]

Champagne and shopping

The Westlake Village Juniors will kick off their 35th annual Gingerbread Boutique with a VIP shopping event from 6 to 10 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 3 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village. Admission is free. Champagne and desserts will be available while guests shop. A variety of vendors will sell their wares. In addition, shoppers will have […]

Write on! Writers club hosts short story contest

Less than a month to the deadline

The Ventura County Writers Club is taking submissions for its 17th annual short story contest. The fiction contest is open to all writers. Winners will receive cash prizes. The adult first place prize award is $500, second place is $250 and third place is $125. In the high school category, first place award is $100, second place is $75 and […]

Batalla to sing Cohen songs

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theatre will feature Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger Perla Batalla at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 22 at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Batalla will be performing songs from her latest CD, “Bird on the Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen” The Los Angelesborn singer-songwriter joined Cohen as a backup singer for his […]