2017-10-26

Write creatively, win a prize

The Acorn’s 10th annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest, the popular storytelling challenge in which writers submit a complete fiction story in 100 words or less, is underway. The stories must have a beginning, middle and end as well as characters, conflict and preferably a plot twist. Writers in two categories, 18-and-over and under-18, can submit stories in any genre, […]

Lone tree defies odds

On the Trail

For some of us, as autumn settles in, our spirits slide downhill. For me the gloom button is activated by trees changing color then shedding their incandescent leaf load to create stark spidery profiles against the sky. That and the need for a sweater and socks once again. There’s one particular native tree I encounter this time of year that […]

Open house for services

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will hold an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Guests can meet the organization’s psychosocial staff, advisory oncology doctors, board members, nutritionists and mind-body instructors. Information will be available about the free programs offered to people affected by cancer. Appetizers and drinks will be served. This […]

Talk on girls’ development

Michael Gurian will present a free talk titled “The Minds of Girls: Understanding the Nature, Nurture, and Culture of Girls’ Development” from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon., Nov. 6 at La Reina School gymnasium, 106 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Gurian is the author of over 28 books including “The Wonder of Girls” and “Boys and Girls Learn Differently.” With […]

Luxury living at Big Sky in Simi Valley

Spacious master bath offers jetted oval tub, walk-in closet

This “Residence 8” plan in the The Highlands at Big Sky features five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms with an en suite guest bedroom and bath downstairs. The two-story entry has a chandelier. The house includes tile flooring with granite accents, distressed wood flooring, custom wall treatments, ceiling fans and a courtyard. The house has formal living and dining rooms. The […]

Biden delivers partisan message to CAP

Distinguished speaker series


Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke passionately about his life in politics and the nation’s current state of affairs to a full house Oct. 23 at the kickoff event for the 2017 Distinguished Speaker Series at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks. Biden’s folksy but decidedly partisan talk about the political climate in Washington, D.C. was aimed squarely at […]

Go down the street to get out of town

Flying Squirrel

I recently enjoyed dinner at a restaurant that is on-property at one of our local hotels. While waiting for our table, I noticed a promotional piece for the hotel. They touted the amenities of the hotel as being perfect for a weekend getaway. This got me thinking. Often when we consider a weekend getaway, we feel compelled to get out […]

Every cloud has a PINK lining

COLORFUL BENEFIT—Top, cancer survivor Jennifer Leyva and her sister Melissa Parizek accept some sweet treats from Godiva Chocolate’s Paris Vasser during the Paint the Town Pink event Oct. 2 at The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks. Above, cancer survivor Sherri Rosenthal shows off her creation during the event in the JC Penney courtyard that raised funds for Cancer Support Community […]

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Oak Park Eagles (3-4) vs. Royal Highlanders (4-4)
Friday, 7 p.m. at Royal High School


Some football players have tree trunks for legs. Max Bruell’s got sequoias. Some of the celestialbound objects he’s kicked are still orbiting Saturn—NASA’s Cassini spacecraft transmitted the visual proof. Bruell, an Oak Park sophomore and foreign exchange student from Cologne, Germany, never played football before arriving in the U.S. this fall. The 15-year-old is a goalkeeper for Germany’s national youth […]

Coldwell Banker agents team up to offer superior service

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage sales associates Donna Benevento and Sally Brown have teamed up to offer superior service to their clients. Both have earned their certification as relocation specialists, which allows them to work with corporate employees moving into the community. They are also certified to manage corporate inventory on behalf of relocation companies. In addition, both are members of […]