Shimmy to Bollywood for a taste explosion

Acorn Epicurean

Here’s an opportunity for your palate and tummy to dance their way into the vibrant, fresh tastes of the new Bollywood Indian Kitchen in Simi Valley. Indian food lovers will be thrilled that there’s such a fab place nearby that promises a “little bit of India in every bite.” I would even go a step further and say that there’s […]

Wise words from the street lamp owl


It’s good advice to watch your back, even if you’re in a well-lit deserted Westlake Village shopping plaza after hours. You never know what may emerge from the shadows or drop out of the sky. My little dog and I were ambling back to the car after a late night grocery run when a large winged being was spied atop […]

Pet of the week

ONE-EYED POOCH—Joker is an male black and tan miniature Pinscher about 3 years old. He is full of energy and very engaging. He is also good with kids. If you would like to adopt Joker ask for ID No. A5114245 at the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check animalcare.lacounty.gov before visiting […]

Workshop looks at housing needs

A homelessness interfaith community action event will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 3 at congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Ste. B, Calabasas. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Baha’i and other faith groups will gather to learn what can be done about homelessness in Los Angeles County. The event will also provide an opportunity to build interfaith relationships. […]

Church comes clean and puts a new ‘spin’ on homeless ministry

After Salvador “Indio” Florez became homeless, he spent a lot of time in the Launderland Laundromat on Avenida de Los Arboles. The 55-year-old died in March of natural causes, but for members of Thousand Oaks’ Anthem Church, his memory lives on in the Laundry Love ministry he helped bring to the Conejo Valley three years ago. Laundry Love is a […]

Prediction: heavy laughter

Live Standup Comedy on the Hill will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 9 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. December’s lineup, produced by local comedian Jason Love, is comprised of Fritz Coleman, Danny Jolles and Jackie Fabulous. Doors will open at 7:30. The show is for ages 18 and […]

CHS actors get ‘curious’

SEEKING ASYLUM— At right, Brianna Rauchman plays Mrs. Ethel P. Savage, seated, and Mady Glave portrays Fairy May in “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick, described as “a heartwarming family comedy.” Show times are 7 p.m. Dec. 5 through 9 with one matinee at 1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 9 at Calabasas High School performing arts education center, 22855 W. Mulholland […]

A young girl trying out her wings

The Movie Nut

It’s hard to turn a familiar theme into a fresh movie, but director Greta Gerwig has done it here. For 93 minutes, we step into the life of a teenage girl struggling to find her herself under the judgmental eyes of an overly critical mom and a family that doesn’t know how to say, “I love you.” Sound familiar? You’ve […]

Exploitation prevention program offered

Human trafficking—the crime of turning a person into a piece of property—is happening in Ventura County. To learn how to help keep kids safe, interested individuals can attend a free, one-day training about exploitation prevention. The program will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fri., Dec. 1 and repeat Thurs., Dec. 7 at Cornerstone Community Church’s multipurpose room, […]

Fiction in a Nutshell

Once again we asked our readers—those with an active imagination and a knack for writing—to put their creative juices to work in The Acorn’s 10th annual Fiction in a Nutshell contest. The response was gratifying as more than 50 entries were submitted. The stories, limited to 100 words, covered a wide range of topics: science fiction, romance, comedy and adventure. […]