Pastor says passage from John inspires his ministry

Nearly 25 years ago the Rev. Bruce Zachary was preparing for a home Bible study group when he realized his approach to Scripture read more like a legal brief than a homily. The attorney-turned-pastor knew he needed to let go of his analytical nature and find his spirituality if he wanted to help bring his Bible study group closer to […]

PLAY REVIEW ‘Almost, Maine’

Production explores love in small-town setting

Love is the theme of John Cariani’s multi-segmented play “Almost, Maine,” which is on stage through Oct. 25 at Moorpark College’s performing arts center. Cariani’s work has become hugely popular with high school, college and community theaters since its debut about a decade ago; it recently surpassed Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as the most performed play in nonprofessional theaters. […]

Quarterback renaissance

Local football players thrive in era of the pass

Part one of two The Dark Ages lasted for a thousand years. Progress sputtered to a halt. Ideas, invention and intellectual curiosity tumbled into hibernation like the Chicago Bears’ clinically and spiritually depressed offense. The forward pass, needless to say, was not around. In a flash, we went from the Immaculate Conception to the Immaculate Reception. Ricky Bobby’s 8-pound, 6-ounce […]

Weekend schedule

The Acorn’s High School Football Game of the Week

Newbury Park Panthers (5-2) vs. Camarillo Scorpions (7-0)

Tonight, 7 p.m. Camarillo High The Panthers and Scorpions are combatants. They will blitz, tackle, sack, hound, harass, chase and beat the snot out of each other for two and a half hours tonight. These football teams, among the best in Ventura County, are also united. Daniel Morales, a senior fullback and defensive lineman for Newbury Park High, died Sept. […]

Waiting for a call back

Bless the Silent Generation. They’re some of the kindest, most patient people. But how is that patience faring in today’s complex healthcare environment? My father, you may remember, has Parkinson’s and is in a wheelchair. He also has sleep apnea, which can cause interrupted breathing and lack of oxygen. He uses a CPAP machine to increase air pressure so that […]

Commentary Christian Living

Follow some simple steps for stress-free holidays

Even though pumpkins and fall decorations are just now making their annual appearance, now is the perfect time to prepare our hearts for the holiday season ahead. For some, the thought of family gatherings, perhaps strained relationships, limited finances and the pressure to shop until you drop can make Thanksgiving and Christmas an exhausting time of year both physically and […]

YMCA launches clothing drive

The Southeast Ventura County YMCA has launched an ongoing clothing drive to provide new and gently used clothing, bedding and other items to children in foster care through the Ventura County Foster Parent Association. The drop-off sites are four of the Y’s local branches: Conejo Valley YMCA (serving Thousand Oaks and Moorpark), Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park, Simi Valley […]

Author’s newest book shares soldiers’ stories

2 local vets included

Volume three of “Ventura County Veterans’ Stories” was released recently. This volume continues the original goal of the first two books, to capture the personal experiences of veterans and help people understand what it means to serve America as a member of the armed forces. The book was designed to highlight the average G.I. experience from World War II to […]

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