2018-01-11

Open house at Manzanita School

Manzanita School will host a Family Open House from 10 a.m. to noon Sun., Jan. 21 at 1717 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga. The independent school in Topanga serves children in grades four through 12. For more information or reservations, email admissions@manzanitaschool.org.

Teen robbers nabbed in OP



Two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, were arrested Jan. 2 in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred on Conifer Street in Oak Park. Around 2 a.m. last Tuesday, deputies answered a call of a residential burglary in progress. The caller said someone was trying to enter his home through a rear slider door. Several patrol deputies searched the […]

Ode to a California rain storm

Hot Flashes

I am so grateful. We the people of parched, wind-swept, cracking and downright fried Southern California, our moment has at last arrived. Pull out your greasy pots, your slow cookers, Julia’s beef bourguignon recipe, your best chain saw Texas chili powder, and don your fuzzy slippers because, hey baby, it’s time to get your rainy day groove on. Hello, Barry […]

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 […]


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