Happy New Year, from The Acorn

On Saturday night, calendars will turn another page and launch the beginning of the new year. The arrow of time always points forward, leaving doors open and possibilities unlimited. Many are saying good riddance to 2016— with its divisive election and so many important lives lost. But let’s not spend too much time thumbing our noses at the year gone […]

What to do with holiday waste

commentary /// Eye on the Environment

’Twas the week after Christmas and in curbside carts Were trees of Christmas past, cut up in parts. If you miss the free day of collection from your street You may end up with pine needles in your car’s back seat As you go to a drop-off to dispose a tree whole But you can also pick up some mulch […]

A sparkling, magical holiday treat

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical’

The stop-motion animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” from Rankin/Bass Productions quickly became a holiday perennial after it premiered on NBC in 1964. In 2013, a stage version was developed by Milwaukee’s First Stage theater company and, by the following year, it was touring the country, just in time to mark the TV special’s 50th anniversary. The production, featuring […]


Join the drum circle

Master drummer and Ifa priest Ayo Adeyemi will lead a drum circle at 7 p.m. Wed., Jan. 4 at the Center for Spiritual Living Westlake Village, 880 Hampshire Road. The program is free, and the public is invited. Adeyemi was initiated into the craft of devotional drumming in 1955. Taught by Yoruban Master Drummer Oliuidigo, he later toured with African […]

The Jimmy V3 plays Janss concert

BrogdenBay Presents and Larry Janss’ Four Friends Gallery will host the second concert in a series featuring The Jimmy V3 at 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 14 at the gallery, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The show will have Jimmy Vivino on guitar, Mike Merritt on bass and James Wormworth on drums. Vivino is the music director on the […]

Same old song

In the Dec. 22 edition of The Acorn, the bold headline on the front page was, “Board of Supervisors ushers in a new era.” Then we read that the supervisors’ very first act was to place a tax hike on the next ballot. Seems very much like the same old era to me. Bart ListickAgoura Hills

Sankta Lucia festival at Cal Lutheran

In Europe, Dec. 13 is celebrated as the Festival of Sankta Lucia, named for a young woman from Sicily who was martyred for her faith around A.D. 400. “As her name, Lucia, means light, this festival became a celebration of light, particularly welcomed because in the old Julian calendar, Dec. 13 was the shortest and darkest day of the year,” […]

In fine form

Local athletes, teams captured imaginations, titles

Another year has come and gone. Where did all the time go? Local athletes and teams made the most of their time in and out of the spotlight. Jacob Lund, Lola Mormino, Kiley Gallant and Alex Graden inspired us. Agoura High’s girls’ basketball team—which surged to a CIF-Southern Section title game appearance under the guidance of first-year head coach Jason […]

Diversity always appreciated

The recent edition of The Acorn gave tribute to Hanukkah, while it also ran an editorial glorifying “The Magic of the Christmas Tree.” By intent or coincidence, The Acorn underscored the strength and essence of America—it’s our diversity, not homogeneity that makes the United States a unique nation. Let us, now and forever, recognize and honor the democratic process of […]

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