2017-11-30

Christmas topper

CUT AND RUN—Thanksgiving is over and Christmas trees are on sale everywhere. Above, Daniel Passios of Tarzana loads up a tree for a buyer at Bennett’s Best Christmas Trees lot in Agoura Hills Nov. 26. Left, 10-year-old Addie Vandenhengel of Oak Park makes her selection. More than 24 million farm-grown Christmas trees are purchased in the United States each year […]

Westlake Meals on Wheels is oldest in the region

Local group has been delivering food for 35 years


Jon Tamiyasu has volunteered his time with several charitable groups. He used to work with inner city kids in South Central Los Angeles, but decided he wanted to do something closer to his home in Westlake Village so he could teach his own children about how to be charitable. Tamiyasu makes his living as a day trader on the futures […]

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. […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., Dec. 1: Winter pep rally/10 a.m. Sat., Dec. 2: Grad Nite garage sale drop-off/10 a.m. to noon Mon., Dec. 4: Dance team meeting/ faculty dining room/6 p.m. Tues., Dec. 5: Cross country banquet/G building/6:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 6: Blood drive/ gym/7:30 a.m. to noon Thurs., Dec. 7: Yoga Day/G building/12:30 to 1 p.m. Showcase/6 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes […]

Cities take dim view of legal pot

Many have decided toflout new state law


Marijuana proponents in the state rejoiced when California voters legalized recreational pot usage in 2016. The new law gave municipalities the leeway to implement legalization within their borders, but just as they did in their opposition medicinal marijuana back in 1996, local cities are telling sellers they’ll have to hawk their wares somewhere else. Westlake Village City Council recently passed […]

Dos Vientos hike offers stunning views

Trail ascends Conejo Mountain



To grab a bird’s-eye view of the western Conejo Valley and beyond, take the Vista Del Mar Trail to climb Conejo Mountain. A short 3-mile hike connects to the Powerline Trail as it rises above the western-most reaches of Thousand Oaks to reveal the fertile green fields of the Oxnard Plain below, as well as the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home […]

Your Acorn youth champions

See’s sweet on Calabasas

CONFECTION INFECTION—Above, the Calabasas City Council gathers with employees of See’s Candies to cut the ribbon Nov. 18 at their new location in The Commons shopping center. Below, Maxton Altmann, 2, samples a lollypop during the grand opening.

Deputy earns state lifesaving medal



Scott Sand, 52, runs a home security and audiovisual company in Calabasas. He’s also a reserve deputy with Malibu Search and Rescue through the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, and on Dec. 6 Sand will be given a medal by the state for saving a man’s life in his off-duty hours. Last April , Sand and his partner in the sheriff’s […]

Bringing the hotel home

Flying Squirrel

With the holidays fast approaching, you might be shopping for the traveler in your life. Allow me to give you some advice on how to obtain the perfect gift and have a good time doing it. Make a reservation at the nicest hotel you can find. Check in with an empty suitcase. Once in your room, unzip the suitcase. Now […]


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