Shouldn’t stop the executions

Now that the governor has stopped executions, can he please stop murders from happening? Oh, and what about the victims and those who were murdered— what will he do for them? Richard RobinsonCalabasas

Director returns to helm musical

PLAY PREVIEW /// ‘Matilda: the Musical’

A familiar face from the not-too-distant past has returned. 5-Star Theatricals welcomes back Lewis Wilkenfeld, who was the company’s artistic director back when it was known as Cabrillo Music Theater. From 2005 to 2016, Wilkenfeld led the troupe during some of its most rewarding as well as challenging years as the Conejo Valley’s resident professional theater company. Wilkenfeld was asked […]

Agoura High students win Spotlight semis

The Music Center recently named 110 Southern California high school students as semifinalists in its 31st annual Spotlight program, a free scholarship and arts training program for teens. The local semifinalists are: Benjamin Conn, jazz instrumental, and Jackson Lewis, acting, both of Agoura Hills and Agoura High School students. The program provides students the opportunity to acquire the skills they […]


Free program on dementia Senior Concerns will present a community seminar titled “Understanding Dementia: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tues., March 26 at Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. The seminar, led by James Sutton, M.D., medical director of the Pacific Neuroscience Medical Group, will help attendees learn how to recognize the symptoms of dementia; […]

Gave misguided right-wing rant

I must take issue with Chris Ashoff’s misguided letter in the March 14 issue of The Acorn. To begin with, he blames California’s current woeful education rankings on “liberal leadership creating teachers who can’t be fired.” The actual villain here is not liberals or teachers—it’s the longstanding effect of Proposition 13, that incredibly misguided 1978 law that reduced California property […]

Performance makes a racket at Kavli

play review /// ‘Stomp’

“Stomp,” that jubilation of rhythm which has intoxicated theater audiences since 1991, swept (literally) into Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Kavli Theatre on March 12 for a single performance. Possibly the most unusual show ever staged on Broadway, “Stomp” includes no music, no story and no dialogue, just an irreverent crew of eight virtuoso percussionists who create a symphony of […]

Trinity aces Mock Trial Championships

Oaks and Oak Park in top eight

They’re small, but they’re mighty. Trinity Pacific Christian is a religious private school with an enrollment of about 500. But students from the Thousand Oaks academy bested powerhouses like La Reina and Westlake and, for the second year in a row, to nabbed the 2019 Ventura County Mock Trial Championship this month. Next up for the team is the March […]

Pet of the week

A MELLOW FELLOW—Robin is a 5-year-old handsome male. He is very happy to hang with humans, and takes treats nicely. He’s an easy-going kind of guy that waits to do his potty business after he exits his kennel. Meet Robin, ID No. 4996583 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so […]

Residents can learn turf removal

Triunfo Sanitation District is hosting a turf removal class from 9 to noon Sat., March 30 at Mae Boyar Park, 130 Kanan Road in Oak Park. An instructor from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will conduct the training session. The class will provide a solid foundation of knowledge in how to convert a lawn into a sustainable, drought-tolerant […]

Chalk it up to a fun day

Cal Lutheran University will host a Chalk Festival Mon. and Tues., April 1 and 2 on its campus sidewalks. The public can watch the artists and view their work. Professional artists will create art on the theme of imagination, Artists Lori Escalera of Vista and Dawn Morrison Wagner of Thousand Oaks will teach chalk drawing to CLU art students, who […]