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First annual Oak Park Halloween Baseball Scrimmage

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Oak Park junior Jack Levine, junior varsity pitcher, pitches in a banana costume during the first annual Halloween Scrimmage Game at Oak Park high School on Wednesday, October 23.

For the first time the Oak Park varsity, junior varsity and freshmen baseball teams geared up into costumes and played in the first annual Oak Park Halloween baseball scrimmage

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Oak Park’s varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen baseball teams warms- up dressed in costumes before participating in the first annual Halloween Scrimmage Game at Oak Park high School on Wednesday, October 23.

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Oak Park’s varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen baseball teams warms- up dressed in costumes before participating in the first annual Halloween Scrimmage Game at Oak Park high School on Wednesday, October 23.

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Reyes Adobe Days 2013

Boy Scouts from Troop 127 carry the Reyes Adobe Days banner along the parade route during the ninth annual Reyes Adobe Days parade and festival on Oct. 5.

Here is a collection of photos from last weekends Reyes Adobe Days in Agoura Hills. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers


Balloon Twist Workshop

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TWIST HERE AND THERE- Westlake Village Library Community Library Manager Katharine Schartz gets creative with her balloons and see a pair of classes from the shape during the Teen Balloon Twisting Workshop at the Westlake Village Library on Wednesday, September 18.

Annie Banannie With ACME Balloon Company shares her joy of creating balloon sculptures at a Balloon Twisting Workshop at the Westlake Village Library

RG 408 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers TWIST HERE AND THERE- Oxane Mc Govern (CQ)of Calabasas adjusts her son, Alex, 15, balloon hat that they made during the Teen Balloon Twisting Workshop at the Westlake Village Library on Wednesday, September 18.

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PERFECT FIT- Oxane Mc Govern of Calabasas adjusts her son, Alex, 15, balloon hat that they made during the Teen Balloon Twisting Workshop at the Westlake Village Library on Wednesday, September 18.

 

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Chargers still in Charge

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Agoura’s Tristan Conway takes a shot during practice on Monday, September 16. RG 312

Agoura boy’s water polo team is ranked first in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 coaches’ poll. Photos by RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers  Click to read Gilberto Manzano complete story

RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Agoura’s goalie Dominick Beaudine blocks a shot during practice on Monday, September 16. RG 309

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Agoura’s goalie Dominick Beaudine blocks a shot during practice on Monday, September 16. RG 309

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A friend till the end

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HOT DOG AND SODA - 96 year-old Hilda Salz, left, and Betty Heron, a volunteer with Hospice of the Conejo, enjoy lunch at Costco during an outing together on Sept. 1.

Betty Heron of Westlake Village is a volunteer with Hospice of the Conejo. Heron has been partnered up with 96 year-old Hilda Salz for two months and a steady friendship has grown from their time together. On September 1, 2013 Heron and Salz went on their first outing together to Costco. This audio slideshow is about their outing and what a few hours a week can mean to someone near the end. Audio slideshow produced by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

Read the full story by Anna Bitong here: A friend till the end

 

 

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Betty Heron of Westlake Village is a volunteer with Hospice of the Conejo. Heron has been partnered up with 96 year-old Hilda Salz for two months and a steady friendship has grown from their time together. On September 1, 2013 Heron and Salz went on their first outing together to Costco. This audio slideshow is about their outing and what a few hours a week can mean to someone near the end.


Women’s Council of Realtors 4th Annual Wine Festival

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THAT IS FUNNY- Al Lavorato of Thousand Oaks tell a joke to his wife Mary, center, and Chole Yates with Paul Martins American Grill during the Women’s Council of Realtors 4th Annual Wine Festival held at O’Gara Coach Rolls Royce Dealership on Thursday, August 29.

The Women’s Council of Realtors 4th Annual Wine Festival was held on Thursday, August 29 among Bentleys and Rolls Royces at O’Gara Coach Rolls Royce Dealership. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers

RG 106 RICARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers BE CAREFUL- Dave McLaughlin helps Demi Fox from bumping into a Bentley on display under the watchful eye of Al Dejesus  during the Women’s Council of Realtors 4th Annual Wine Festival held at O’Gara Coach Rolls Royce Dealership on Thursday, August 29.

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BE CAREFUL- Dave McLaughlin helps Demi Fox from bumping into a Bentley on display under the watchful eye of Al Dejesus during the Women’s Council of Realtors 4th Annual Wine Festival held at O’Gara Coach Rolls Royce Dealership on Thursday, August 29.

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Westlake host Canyon in first Friday Night Football game of the season

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Westlake’s fans cheer on the team during their game against Canyon on Friday, August 31.

Westlake takes on Canyon during the first game of the season. Westlake loses to Canyon 23- 16. Photos by Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers Read Acorn story

RG 117 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Westlake’s Cole Hair tries to hold onto the ball during their game against Canyon on Friday, August 31.

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Westlake’s Cole Hair tries to hold onto the ball during their game against Canyon on Friday, August 31.

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Battle of Kanan at Oak Park High

Agoura's Max Sieling tries to escape a tackle by Oak Park's Eric Corsello during Friday's game at Oak Park High School.

Agoura High faced off with Oak Park in the Battle of Kanan on Aug. 30. Agoura won, 41-35. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers


Football season prep at Royal and Oaks Christian

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers Royal High School football player Mitchell Spinneberg keeps his eye on an opening between players while carrying the ball at practice on Thursday, August 15.

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Royal High School football player Mitchell Spinneberg keeps his eye on an opening between players while carrying the ball at practice on Thursday, August 15.

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First day of class at Oak Hills Elementary

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Jackson Taylor, 6, left, and his mother, Beth, walk to his first grade classroom on the first day of school at Oak Hills Elementary in Oak Park on Aug. 28.

Kids are back in school in Oak Park, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo today. Here is a collection of photos from Oak Hills Elementary’s first day in Oak Park. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers GREETINGS - Kindergarten aide Lisa Solny, left, welcomes back Lal Besir, 6, on her first day of first grade at Oak Hills Elementary in Oak Park on Aug. 28.

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GREETINGS – Kindergarten aide Lisa Solny, left, welcomes back Lal Besir, 6, on her first day of first grade at Oak Hills Elementary in Oak Park on Aug. 28.

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Sailing Program

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RACE YOU – Students sail down the lake during the Westlake Yacht Club Summer Sailing Program on Thursday, August 1. The sailing classes are a week long. Sign-ups for next summer start April 1 at www.westlakeyc.org
RG 205 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers CRUZN” – Lee Ann Sisson, 9, sail down the lake during the Westlake Yacht Club Summer Sailing Program on Thursday, August 1. The sailing classes are a week long. Sign-ups for next summer start April 1 at www.westlakeyc.org

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CRUZN” – Lee Ann Sisson, 9, sail down the lake during the Westlake Yacht Club Summer Sailing Program on Thursday, August 1. The sailing classes are a week long. Sign-ups for next summer start April 1 at www.westlakeyc.org

 

 

 

 

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Old Fire burns 170 acres in Calabasas

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VANTAGE POINT - Los Angeles County Firefighter Ernesto Romero sprays a hillside with water from atop Engine 70 while fighting the Old Fire in Calabasas on Sun., Aug. 18.

A car fire that spread to brush along the 101 freeway in Calabasas has been contained to 170 acres by Los Angeles County firefighters. Multiple helicopters including two super scoopers assisted in fighting the Old Fire. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SMOKE - Firefighter Nick Dennison of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority sprays down a hillside with water in Calabasas while fighting the Old Fire on Sun., Aug. 18.

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SMOKE – Firefighter Nick Dennison of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority sprays down a hillside with water in Calabasas while fighting the Old Fire on Sun., Aug. 18.

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Agoura Hills Concert in the Park

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DANCING - Sadie Stolper, 12, left, and Francesca Harper, 13, dance to the music of Knight Fever during the Agoura Hills Summer Concert in the Park at Chumash Park on July 7.

The band Knight Fever performed for residents on July 7 during the Agoura Hills Summer Concert in the Park at Chumash Park. The next concert is July 21 with the Billy Joel and Elton John tribute band, Face to Face. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SUMMER SPECTACLE - Fireworks explode in the air over Chumash Park following the Agoura Hills Summer Concert in the Park on July 7.

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SUMMER SPECTACLE – Fireworks explode in the air over Chumash Park following the Agoura Hills Summer Concert in the Park on July 7.

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Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center 2nd Anniversary

The Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center celebrates its two year anniversary in Westlake Village on Saturday, March 23. The Acorn staff is beginning to experiment with audio slideshows. Enjoy!


Journey Tribute Concert in Oak Park

ENJOYING THE EVENING - Camarillo resident Blake Dougherty hugs his wife Dominique as he sings along to DSB, a Journey tribute band, at a Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District summer concert in Oak Park on Saturday, June 22.

ENJOYING THE EVENING – Camarillo resident Blake Dougherty hugs his wife Dominique as he sings along to DSB, a Journey tribute band, at a Rancho Simi Recreation & Park District summer concert in Oak Park on Saturday, June 22.

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Agoura High School Graduation

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WARM WLCOME  - George Sohrabian blows kisses to the stands during the Agoura High School graduation on Thursday, June 13.

Agoura High School graduation on Thursday, June 13

RG 311 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers EVERYBODY WAVE  - Wyatt Carnel leads his classmates in the wave as they wait to walk into the ceremony during the Agoura High School graduation on Thursday, June 13.

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EVERYBODY WAVE – Wyatt Carnel leads his classmates in the wave as they wait to walk into the ceremony during the Agoura High School graduation on Thursday, June 13.

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Football Passing Tournament

Rio Mesa player Brad Borodaty snags the pass out of the air just as Thousand Oaks player Spencer Hicks reaches him during the Conejo Classic 7-on-7 football passing tournament on Friday, June 21.

Rio Mesa player Brad Borodaty snags the pass out of the air just as Thousand Oaks player Spencer Hicks reaches him during the Conejo Classic 7-on-7 football passing tournament on Friday, June 21.

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Alternative High Schools graduate

MOTHER’S LOVE - Her cheeks wet with tears of pride, Maria Salomon embraces her son Jamie following the Apollo High School commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

MOTHER’S LOVE – Her cheeks wet with tears of pride, Maria Salomon embraces her son Jamie following the Apollo High School commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 13.

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Calabasas High School Graduation 2013

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The 2013 Calabasas High School commencement ceremony at Keith Ritchie Stadium on June 13, 2013.

Calabasas High School held their commencement ceremony on Thurs., June 13 at Keith Ritchie Stadium.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers BIG MOMENT IN LIFE - Peter DiCosimo holds up his diploma to the crowd during Calabasas High School's commencement ceremony at Keith Ritchie Stadium on Thurs., June 13. MC 311

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BIG MOMENT IN LIFE – Peter DiCosimo holds up his diploma to the crowd during Calabasas High School’s commencement ceremony at Keith Ritchie Stadium on Thurs., June 13. MC 311

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LASD’s Malibu Search and Rescue practice their skills

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The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has three new Super Puma rescue copters that will replace the aging Sikorsky H-3 Sea Kings.

On Sunday, June 9 at Malibu Creek State Park, the Malibu Search and Rescue team performed their annual helicopter recertification training. All team members practiced being hoisted into Air Rescue 5 and rappelling out of the hovering helicopter. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers TRAINING FOR A RESCUE - Malibu Search and Rescue team members watch as rescuers are hoisted into Los Angeles County Sheriff's Air Rescue 5 during the Malibu Search and Rescue team's annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

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TRAINING FOR A RESCUE – Malibu Search and Rescue team members watch as rescuers are hoisted into Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 during the Malibu Search and Rescue team’s annual helicopter recertification at Malibu Creek State Park on Sun., June 9.

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Grace Brethren & Oaks Christian Graduations

MAKING MEMORIES - Oaks Christian High School graduates embrace each other and sway in unison as they sing the alma mater at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30.

MAKING MEMORIES – Oaks Christian High School graduates embrace each other and sway in unison as they sing the alma mater at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30.

FEELING ACCOMPLISHED - Oaks Christian High School graduate Austin Haldeman smiles at his classmates as he strides down the aisle, diploma in hand, during the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30.

FEELING ACCOMPLISHED – Oaks Christian High School graduate Austin Haldeman smiles at his classmates as he strides down the aisle, diploma in hand, during the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30.

READY TO GRADUATE - Oaks Christian High School graduate Justin Matthews and his grandfather Don Matthews jokingly adjust his graduation cap on his 11-year-old brother Joe’s head following the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30.

READY TO GRADUATE – Oaks Christian High School graduate Justin Matthews and his grandfather Don Matthews jokingly adjust his graduation cap on his 11-year-old brother Joe’s head following the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30.

INSPIRING WORDS - Grace Brethren High School salutatorian Emily Patrick addresses her classmates, school faculty and family members with words of inspiration for their future endeavors at the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 31.

INSPIRING WORDS – Grace Brethren High School salutatorian Emily Patrick addresses her classmates, school faculty and family members with words of inspiration for their future endeavors at the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 31.

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers SLIGHTLY EXCITED - Grace Brethren High School graduate Brendan Perry hams it up as he poses for a photo with principal John Hynes at the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 31.

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SLIGHTLY EXCITED – Grace Brethren High School graduate Brendan Perry hams it up as he poses for a photo with principal John Hynes at the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 31.

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers PROUD FAMILY - Grace Brethren High School graduate Samir Hawit greets his cousin Mahriam Gorlick, 1, following the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 31.

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PROUD FAMILY – Grace Brethren High School graduate Samir Hawit greets his cousin Mahriam Gorlick, 1, following the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 31.


Early graduations at local Christian schools

MAKING MEMORIES - Oaks Christian High School graduates embrace each other and sway in unison as they sing the alma mater at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30.

MAKING MEMORIES – Oaks Christian High School graduates embrace each other and sway in unison as they sing the alma mater at the conclusion of the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30.

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Oaks Christian baseball wins division 4 championship

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Oaks Christian players celebrate their 4-0 win over El Rancho of Pico Rivera in the CIF-SS division 4 championship at UC Riverside on Saturday. MC 123

The Oaks Christian baseball team defeated El Rancho of Pico Rivera 4-0 to win the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 title at UC Riverside on Sat., June 1. This is the first CIF section championship for Oaks Christian baseball. Oaks Christian ended their season 29-3-1. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Oaks Christian players celebrate their 4-0 win over El Rancho of Pico Rivera in the CIF-SS division 4 championship at UC Riverside on Saturday. MC 122

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Oaks Christian players celebrate their 4-0 win over El Rancho of Pico Rivera in the CIF-SS division 4 championship at UC Riverside on Saturday. MC 122

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TAN ( Then and Now) Festival –

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AIMING FOR THE GRADE – Zander Zemliak and Sergio Sol take aim with a model of a mounted cross bow during the TAN Festival at  A.E. Wright Middle School on Friday, May 17.

Sixth graders at A.E. Wright Middle School focuses on different aspects of three civilizations: China, Greece, and Rome during the TAN Festival.

RG 400 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers COMBINED STUDIES- David Shoats plays “Ming Court”, an ancient Chinese folk song, while dressed like a Roman soldier during the TAN Festival at  A.E. Wright Middle School on Friday, May 17.

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COMBINED STUDIES- David Shoats plays “Ming Court”, an ancient Chinese folk song, while dressed like a Roman soldier during the TAN Festival at A.E. Wright Middle School on Friday, May 17.

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