Got a couple of hours? Let’s talk DMV

Long lines at the DMV? Yes, really. We’ve all experienced the giant time suck that is the California Department of Motor Vehicles. You could plan your whole day around a visit to the Thousand Oaks DMV. Walk through the front door at the Avenida de Los Arboles office and you immediately cringe at the sight of people stacked in multiple […]

Adventure awaits kids, parents at barbecue

The Southeast Ventura County YMCA will host a free Adventure Guides barbecue for families who live in the greater Conejo Valley and Moorpark from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Aug. 25 at Sumac Park, 6000 Calmfield Ave., Agoura Hills. At the event, parents can learn more about the program and sign up their kids. The afternoon will include obstacle […]

Once upon an audition

Young Artists Ensemble will hold auditions for the musical “Once Upon a Mattress” on Sat. and Sun., Aug. 25 and 26 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive. Auditions are open to youth who are at least 10 years old and not yet 20 by Nov. 18 this year. Audition time slots begin at 9 a.m. […]


Color my world

STROKE OF GENIUS—Members of the Catlin Boys & Girls Club work on a club mural that represents what art means to them. From front to back are Max Solis, Noam Atzmon and Robert Beaird. The Catlin club meets at Lindero Canyon Middle School in Agoura Hills. Go to bgcconejo.org.

A hearty meal with old-time vibe

Acorn Epicurean

In the 35 years that Dorothy’s Chuck Wagon has been a mainstay in Old Town Camarillo, the city has gone through many changes. In fact, restaurant owner Dorothy Johnson remembers when her establishment was one of the only ones in the area, and the old Highway 101 ran right past her place, which now has a Ventura Boulevard address. She […]

Thousands beat the heat at summer coastal bash

GUEST Opinion /// Ventura County Fair

The Ventura County Fair reports another successful summer celebration. Celebrating the diverse traditions of Ventura County, the 143rd edition, “A Country Fair With Ocean Air,” closed with thousands having come out to enjoy the 12-day event. Many returned for the first time since making the fairgrounds their home during the December Thomas fire evacuations. The fair’s mission is to preserve, […]

Mix, match and mosaic: The top interior design trends of 2018


Whether you’re redecorating your home, changing up that old carpet for hardwood flooring, or just longing for a fresh coat of paint and some new accents in the living room, the design trends this year are all about texture, style and surprises. It’s hardwood floors celebrating knots and imperfections or variations in plank sizes and color. It’s wood on the […]

Wine plus community service

Appreciates local art museum

We are fortunate for and appreciate The Acorn for covering local news as we look forward to reading and catching up every Thursday. Thank you! As a longtime fan of art, I am pleased to recommend a visit to the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks to see the newest exhibit, “Power.” Embrace and nurture yourselves as art brings us […]