New life can’t wait, no matter what

Amid the chaos and tragedy of recent weeks, it wouldn’t seem possible for life to get more complicated. But life finds a way. For Joshua and Nikki Paris, that’s almost too true. The couple, who live in Thousand Oaks, are the proud parents of a newborn son, Ryan Joseph Paris, who entered the world while his parents were evacuated from […]

Senior dog charges ahead


There’s a popular expression “Follow your heart.” As for me, I follow my dog. She’s past 10, but when she has her “walking paws” on, I just tag after this little old four-legged dynamo known as “Mij.” Problem is, only one of us is clocking the distance from our starting point. I’ve been around other dogs with a similar linear […]


Melissa S. Reinhardt

Melissa S. Reinhardt an Agoura Hills resident since 1987, passed away peacefully on November 9, 2018 after an 11- year battle with cancer. A career marketing and advertising executive, she served clients in many disciplines including electronics, manufacturing, the legal profession, sporting goods and financial services. Throughout her career, she won several national and regional awards for advertising and creative […]

55 years, thousands of patrons, great food

Acorn Epicurean

Chester’s Asia is celebrating its 55th anniversary throughout November—a grand testament to its continued popularity in the community and its staunch commitment to serving fine, authentic Chinese food. Camarillo’s oldest restaurant, Chester’s offers a huge menu of Cantonese, Szechuan and Mandarin dishes that keep people from all over the region coming back time and time again. Co-owner Keith Kwan says […]

Stories that hit close to home

I have no doubt that thousands of readers like myself across the Conejo Valley are finally breaking down and crying their hearts out, for the first time, upon reading the Nov. 15 issue of The Acorn that greeted us on our driveways last Thursday evening. Thank you, because we needed this cry. We’ve been lost, bewildered, unable to fathom how […]

Author-sleuth Michael Connelly comes to town

Talk on Nov. 29 at Agoura High

Bestselling crime fiction author Michael Connelly will include an appearance in Agoura Hills on the book tour of his new release, “Dark Sacred Night.” A reception, including refreshments, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 29, followed by Connelly’s talk at 6 p.m. at the Agoura High School performing arts education center, 28545 Driver Ave. Connelly will discuss his […]


THURS., NOV. 22 Turkey Day Dash 6:30 a.m. registration opens at Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Costume contest at 7:15 a.m. 1K family fun run/ walk starts 7:30 a.m. 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. No pets. Jogging strollers OK. Proceeds benefit Conejo Valley YMCA programs. Race-day registration: $60 individuals and $125 family of up to five […]