Agoura Hills A thief stole two raincoats valued at $250 and a Home Depot credit card from an unlocked car parked on Oakvista Court March 18. A shoplifter stole $240 worth of merchandise from the Vons store in the 5200 block of Kanan Road March 18. A $75 pair of shoes and a wallet containing $30 in cash and a […]


Book signing Author Sharon Insul will have a book signing for the first of a trilogy titled “I am Sooo Lucky!!!” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., April 8 at the Barnes & Noble store in Thousand Oaks. Insul wrote and hand illustrated the book, which she will read at the event. The story is about two young sisters […]

Film actor reflects back and looks forward

Two of the most memorable moments in film history involve a character in peril hanging from the hands of a clock on the side of a building. Coincidentally, the surname of both actors playing those roles is Lloyd. The first actor was Harold Lloyd, who starred in the 1923 silent comedy “Safety Last.” The other is Christopher Lloyd, who played […]

New school accountability system to go into effect statewide for 2017/2018

Dashboard goes beyond test scores

Oak Park and Las Virgenes unified school districts are preparing for a new accountability system by the state that reportedly measures student success more accurately. The California School Dashboard, a website that will use multiple sources to present information on how well students, schools and school districts are performing, will replace the Academic Performance Index (API), which gave a numerical […]

We love our teachers, but . . .


One teacher, one child can change the world, and if that’s true, then the value of an educator is priceless. And because it’s your child’s future that’s at stake, wouldn’t you agree? Teachers function as educators, scholars, mentors and substitute parents—and the compensation they receive should be commensurate with the service they provide. The Acorn has long supported the teachers […]

When you suspect a friend’s parent needs help

Other Side of 50

A few weeks ago my husband and I were invited to a small dinner party. My friend wanted us to visit with his 90-year-old father, who was in town for a brief stay. It had been a long time since I’d seen his father, maybe 20 years. Since then, his wife had passed away and he was living alone in […]


THURS., MARCH 30 Thousand Oaks Toastmasters At Lunch Noon to 1 p.m. in Oak Room, third floor, Thousand Oaks City Hall, 2100 E. T.O. Blvd. Free open house. Talk by Nan Young, executive director of nonprofit Art Trek. Web: 1934.toastmastersclubs.org. FRI., MARCH 31 Spring Used Book Sale 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road. Friends of […]


Agoura Chargers Fri., March 31: End of third quarter CBI class performance/main stage/10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Dance marathon/G building/5 to 10 p.m. Tues., April 4: Dance meeting/ faculty dining room/6 p.m. Wed., April 5: TAB meeting/ faculty dining room/6:30 p.m. Grad Nite/A1/7 p.m. Thurs., April 6: Spring pep rally/10:05 a.m. Ninth through 11th grade parent drop-ins/3 to 6 p.m. […]


Easter celebration with pasta

The Italian Catholic Federation Branch 380 will host an International Easter Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Sat., April 8 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. The doors will open at 5 p.m. The event is open free to the community and will feature a dinner of pasta fagioli. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert […]