Musical takes a walk on the wild side

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Heathers’

High school angst has been examined by a number of stage musicals, but none are as dark as “Heathers: The Musical,” the 2014 off-Broadway cult hit based on a 1988 cult film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Frothier shows such as “Legally Blonde” and “Grease” have achieved greater worldwide success, but “Heathers”—as a product of the post-Columbine world—treads where […]

High School Highlights

Agoura Chargers Fri., Jan. 12: Student-directed musical/black box/7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 13: Student-directed musical/black box/2 and 7 p.m. Mon., Jan. 15: MLK Jr. Day-no school Wed., Jan. 17: BLAX parent meeting/A1/7 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 18: Winter jazz concert/main stage/7 p.m. Calabasas Coyotes Fri., Jan. 12: Last day of Spirit Week Doughnut sale/7:30 a.m. Pep rally/11:50 a.m. Mon., Jan. 15: MLK […]

Bed, crash and beyond

Jan. 3 started off as a routine day for the staff of Thousand Oaks’ Bed Bath & Beyond. But things soon took a dramatic turn when the driver of a tractor-trailer making a delivery to the store had a heart attack behind the wheel. Andrea Gallagher, Acorn columnist and president of nonprofit Senior Concerns, noticed the big rig parked at […]

Salvation Army offers help and hope

Silvia Simoes took her seat in an office overflowing with donations. Toys, clothes and first-aid supplies filled every shelf, corner and chair. She apologized for the mess: The community had flooded the Salvation Army with so many donations in response to the Thomas Fire that headquarters in Ventura had run out of storage space and Simeos’ office became another storage […]

Having adventures with ‘My Father’s Dragon’

Armed with chewing gum, two dozen lollipops, seven hair ribbons and a box of rubber bands, a courageous boy embarks on a wild adventure to rescue a baby dragon in Enchantment Theatre Company’s new touring production. The show, “My Father’s Dragon,” will start at 2 p.m. Sat., Jan. 20 in the Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 […]

Library card opens new worlds

The Los Angeles County Library is rolling out a new student card as part of the Library Card Challenge, a national effort to ensure that every child enrolled in school has access to the books and resources of public libraries. The new L.A. County Library student card is for students age 17 and under. The card will allow students to […]

Agoura firefighter copes with hazards of the job

Steve Wallace serves asfire chief in San Gabriel

The Thomas Fire is now the single largest wildfire in California history. Following its start on Dec. 4, it burned 281,900 acres, destroyed 1,063 structures and claimed the life of one firefighter. Crews from surrounding communities poured into the area to help fight the blaze. Among them was Agoura Hills resident Steve Wallace, who serves as the division chief of […]

Retailer generous to Boys & Girls Clubs

BIG MONEY—The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley receive a giant $2,500 check from American Eagle Outfitters. In addition to the donation, team members at the AEO clothing and accessories retailer will be working with club members to help prepare youth for their future careers, including job readiness and leadership skills.

A Dickens of a play

CONGRATS—Cast members from the Young Actors Academy of Performing Arts receive applause following last month’s performance of “Bah Humbug,”an adaptation of Dickens’“A Christmas Carol,”at A.C. Stelle Middle School in Calabasas. The Agoura Hills academy trains kids ages 4 to 16 in all facets of acting, singing and acting.

Scholarships available

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation has opened the 19th year of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program. A total of $50,000 in college scholarships will be given to students for tuition, books, and room and board. The award is presented to seniors graduating from Ventura County high schools who have demonstrated leadership, character, communication skills, academic achievement and commitment […]

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