Glad grads finally rejoice

YES, IT’S OVER!—At top, the audience applauds during commencement at Agoura High School on June 15. At right, graduate Kelsey Hopkins is pleased tofinally have her diploma in hand. See more Acorn graduation coverage on pages 20-22.

Senior Concerns named top nonprofit

Senior Concerns was selected as a 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and was honored by her on California Nonprofits Day, June 6. Martha Shapiro, director of program services; Lisa Weaver, director of nutrition services; and board member Patricia Jones traveled to Sacramento, where they joined 100 other nonprofit leaders to be honored by their state […]

Student careers capped off at Calabasas High School

Program sets these seniors apart

At Calabasas High School last Friday night, Matthew Anderson, Vidish Gupta, Nathan White and Shiva Yagobian draped blue and white cords over their graduation gowns— something a little special for this group of seniors. Among their many high school accomplishments, the students were the first to complete all course requirements in the school’s new AP Capstone Diploma program. Calabasas High […]

Concert has change of venue

The City of Thousand Oaks and Thousand Oaks Alliance for the Arts have switched venues for a June 29 concert presented by New West Symphony. The concert is part of the inaugural Thousand Oaks Pop-Up Arts and Music Festival. Titled “Classical Music Re- Imagined: From Gershwin to Chet Baker,” the show with award-winning trumpeter and singer Ilya Serov will now […]

Gated North Ranch estate with park-like setting

Master suite includes fireplace and two closets as well as oversize tub in bathroom

This North Ranch gated estate is a single-story home in a park-like setting. The house has four bedrooms and three baths. The lot is approximately 1.6 acres of privacy and seclusion. The living room has a fireplace and French doors. The formal dining room has vaulted ceilings. The gourmet kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances, a family eating area […]

Little enthusiasm for new Agoura Village development

Shops, homes in the works at intersection of Kanan, Agoura roads

The Ave, a mixed-use development approved for Agoura Village, received a less than enthusiastic reception during a June 12 community forum in the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, the latest in a series of attempts to convince residents about the need for new commercial and residential growth in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, just south of the city. The […]

Puma kittens

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area announced Tuesday morning that biologists have seen a litter of four mountain lion kittens in the Simi Hills. The kittens were born to P-62 whom researchers have been tracking since January. The four kittens, all females, are now known as P-66, P-67, P-68 and P-69 (the P stands for puma). A statement from […]



Editor’s note: Senior standouts are selected by their respective schools and profiles are compiled from questionnaires filled out by the students. Lucas Bartok Lucas Bartok, 18, has taken part in a variety of extracurricular activities. The future UCLA student was a member of the National Honor Society and the lacrosse team, worked as a swim coach for the Special Olympics, […]

Pink Martini is toast of Ventura Music Festival

The annual Ventura Music Festival has whipped up another eclectic two-week program featuring everything from gypsy jazz to a Frida Kahlo tribute. Adding extra fizz will be the stirring sounds of Pink Martini. The 24th annual festival, held at various venues, will be led by conductor and festival artistic director Nuvi Mehta. Here’s a look at the 2018 lineup: July […]

Entertainer’s backyard has pool, spa, fire pit, in-ground trampoline

This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has one bedroom, bath and powder room downstairs. The house has total privacy. There is a large backyard that backs to open space. The outside has a pool/spa, fire pit, barbecue, in-ground trampoline and views. The huge gourmet kitchen has granite counters and opens to the family room with fireplace. The living room has a fireplace. […]