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California Wildlife Center spring open house

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"ARE YOU GONNA FEED ME?" - A baby crow tells visitors to the hospital he his hungry during the spring open house at the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas on Apr. 27.

The California Wildlife Center in Calabasas held their spring open house on Sunday, Apr. 27. Visitors were able to look at the center’s hospital, baby care unit, and surgery center along with the various animals they care for. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SHOWING OFF - Lancelot, a 25-year-old red-tailed hawk, is held up by his owner, Cynthia Maxwell, for visitors to look at during the spring open house at the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas on Apr. 27. Various birds, animals and sea life were on display at the event. The center also opened up their hospital, baby care unit, and surgery center for visitors to look at.

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SHOWING OFF – Lancelot, a 25-year-old red-tailed hawk, is held up by his owner, Cynthia Maxwell, for visitors to look at during the spring open house at the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas on Apr. 27. Various birds, animals and sea life were on display at the event. The center also opened up their hospital, baby care unit, and surgery center for visitors to look at.

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Sports portrait

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Kelise Garrison is a four-sport athlete at Agoura High School.

As staff photographers, we often photograph local high school athletes for feature sports stories in The Acorn. Here is a collection of sports portraits I have taken from the past few weeks. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Greg Vann is a long jumper and sprinter for the Rio Mesa High boys' track team.

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Greg Vann is a long jumper and sprinter for the Rio Mesa High boys’ track team.

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Richard’s pictures

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HAVING FUN- Kids play on the hills above at Juan Bautista de Anza Park during the Spring Extreme on Friday, April 11.

Just a few of my pictures from this week’s Acorns that I want to share.

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers FUN SCIENCE – Gabi Prusinski, 7, of Camarillo, expresses her excitement as her Elephant Toothpaste erupts while trying the experiment with her brother, Zac, 5, during Science Night at Tierra Linda Elementary School on Wednesday, April 9.  The Elephant  Toothpaste is a mixture of yeast and hydrogen peroxide.


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FUN SCIENCE – Gabi Prusinski, 7, of Camarillo, expresses her excitement as her Elephant Toothpaste erupts while trying the experiment with her brother, Zac, 5, during Science Night at Tierra Linda Elementary School on Wednesday, April 9. The Elephant Toothpaste is a mixture of yeast and hydrogen peroxide.

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Thousand Oaks vs Calabasas boys’ volleyball

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Calabasas' Brad Luther bumps the ball against Thousand Oaks during their match at Calabasas High School on Apr. 1.

Thousand Oaks played Calabasas in a Marmonte league match on April 1. Thousand Oaks won, 3-0. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Thousand Oaks' Kyle Jones, left, and Jake De La Garza block a shot by Calabasas during Tuesday's match at Calabasas High School.

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Thousand Oaks’ Kyle Jones, left, and Jake De La Garza block a shot by Calabasas during Tuesday’s match at Calabasas High School.

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Agoura Girls’ Lacrosse

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Agoura High School lacrosse player Cat Daly tries to slip past teammate Alix Davies on her way to the goal during practice on Tuesday, March 25.
IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers Agoura High School lacrosse player Alix Davies, right, tries to block teammate Kelsie Garrison from shooting during practice on Tuesday, March 25.

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Agoura High School lacrosse player Alix Davies, right, tries to block teammate Kelsie Garrison from shooting during practice on Tuesday, March 25.

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Saying farewell to a fallen comrade

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FULL HONORS - Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

A memorial service was held last week for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village. Clarke, 79, who was homeless, served in the Army from 1956-59. The military funeral for the homeless veteran was provided by the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, which is dedicated to honoring homeless and indigent veterans with proper burials. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FULL HONORS - Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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FULL HONORS – Army Spc. Steven An, left, and Lt. Kyle Woodhouse fold the flag during a funeral for U.S. military veteran Richard Clarke at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village on March 20.

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Trees planted in Calabasas for Arbor Day

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A freshly planted Oak tree soaks up the morning sun in Gates Canyon Park during the City of Calabasas' Arbor Day Celebration on March 22.

Dozens of people participated in Arbor Day Celebration in Calabasas by planting Walnut and Oak trees at Gates Canyon Park on March 22. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers ONE TREE AT A TIME - Michele Khateri and her daughter, Aria, 9, of Calabasas plant a tree during the City of Calabasas' Arbor Day Celebration at Gates Canyon Park on March 22. Dozens of Oak and Walnut trees were planted in the park along with a demonstration of how to make your own compost.

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ONE TREE AT A TIME – Michele Khateri and her daughter, Aria, 9, of Calabasas plant a tree during the City of Calabasas’ Arbor Day Celebration at Gates Canyon Park on March 22. Dozens of Oak and Walnut trees were planted in the park along with a demonstration of how to make your own compost.

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Weathersfield Elementary Tea Party

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers TIME FOR TEA - Weathersfield Elementary School student Christopher Hull, 9, waits patiently as parent Suzan Grazier pours him another cup of tea during the school's annual third grade tea party on Friday, March 21.

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TIME FOR TEA – Weathersfield Elementary School student Christopher Hull, 9, waits patiently as parent Suzan Grazier pours him another cup of tea during the school’s annual third grade tea party on Friday, March 21.

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Norooz Bazaar Persian New Year Celebration

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers OCCASION FOR CELEBRATION - As fellow guests clap along to the tambourine beat, Westlake residents Sherry Hafizi, left, and Kian Kayari dance to traditional Iranian melodies at Norooz Bazaar, a marketplace and celebration of Norooz, the Persian New Year, on Saturday, March 15.

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OCCASION FOR CELEBRATION – As fellow guests clap along to the tambourine beat, Westlake residents Sherry Hafizi, left, and Kian Kayari dance to traditional Iranian melodies at Norooz Bazaar, a marketplace and celebration of Norooz, the Persian New Year, on Saturday, March 15.

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CIF-Southern Section basketball championships

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Westlake's Michael Hayon drives the ball to the basket against Canyon of Anaheim during the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA championship at the Honda Center on March 8.

Here is our collection of photos from the boys’ basketball championships for Calabasas, Oak Park, Oaks Christian and Westlake High Schools. Photos by Iris Smoot and Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers Oak Park High School player Cole Micek holds up the team’s CIF champion plaque as his teammates cheer for their victory over St. Francis High School in Azusa on Friday, March 7.

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Oak Park High School player Cole Micek holds up the team’s CIF champion plaque as his teammates cheer for their victory over St. Francis High School in Azusa on Friday, March 7.

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Oak Park CIF Final Game

IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers Santa Barbara defender Jack Baker tries to take control of the ball from Oak Park player Matt Byer during a closely matched semifinal game on Friday, February 28.

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Santa Barbara defender Jack Baker tries to take control of the ball from Oak Park player Matt Byer during a closely matched semifinal game on Friday, February 28.

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Let’s Bake A Difference!



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers SWEETS SUPPORT SURVIVORS - Agoura resident Summer Holl and daughter Esme, 6, who dressed in cupcake attire for the occasion, choose another treat from The Cupcake Garden booth at “Let’s Bake A Difference,” an annual cupcake and dessert tasting event to benefit the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara on Sunday, March 9.

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SWEETS SUPPORT SURVIVORS – Agoura resident Summer Holl and daughter Esme, 6, who dressed in cupcake attire for the occasion, choose another treat from The Cupcake Garden booth at “Let’s Bake A Difference,” an annual cupcake and dessert tasting event to benefit the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara on Sunday, March 9.

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Calabasas advances to CIF-Southern Section Division 2A championship game

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Calabasas’ Larry Bush is congratulated after Calabasas beat Tustin in their CIF semifinal game on Tuesday, March 4.

Calabasas defeats Tustin 56-49 at home on Tuesday. Read Gilberto Manzano’s story

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Calabasas’ Amin Ismael bocks a shot during their CIF semifinal game against Tustin on Tuesday, March 4.


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Calabasas’ Amin Ismael bocks a shot during their CIF semifinal game against Tustin on Tuesday, March 4.

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President’s Day Weekend Baseball



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers PLAYING HARD - SoCal Adrenaline 13u pitcher Cole Kitchen sends the ball flying toward home plate during the final championship game against LA Bombsquad in the President’s Day Weekend Tournament, hosted by Agoura Pony Baseball, at Lupin Hill Elementary on Monday, February 17.

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PLAYING HARD – SoCal Adrenaline 13u pitcher Cole Kitchen sends the ball flying toward home plate during the final championship game against LA Bombsquad in the President’s Day Weekend Tournament, hosted by Agoura Pony Baseball, at Lupin Hill Elementary on Monday, February 17.

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Chinese New Year at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers NEW YEAR CELEBRATION - Thousand Oaks Chinese School students and parents perform “Butterflies Wings,” an all-ages ballet piece, for attendees at the Conejo Chinese Cultural Association’s “Chinese New Year - Year of the Horse” presentation, held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Sunday, February 16.

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NEW YEAR CELEBRATION – Thousand Oaks Chinese School students and parents perform “Butterflies Wings,” an all-ages ballet piece, for attendees at the Conejo Chinese Cultural Association’s “Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse” presentation, held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Sunday, February 16.

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West Coast Elite Dance Championship



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers PASSIONATE MOVEMENT - Calabasas High School student dancers perform in the Elite group category at the West Coast Elite Dance regional dance competition at Westlake High School on Saturday, February 8. Over 300 dancers from 12 schools competed in groups and solos throughout the day, with the hopes of making it to the state championship.

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PASSIONATE MOVEMENT – Calabasas High School student dancers perform in the Elite group category at the West Coast Elite Dance regional dance competition at Westlake High School on Saturday, February 8. Over 300 dancers from 12 schools competed in groups and solos throughout the day, with the hopes of making it to the state championship.

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Agoura High School’s Celebrity Jazz Concert

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Agoura High School’s Celebrity Jazz Concert on January 31, 2014.

Featuring AHS Alumni saxophonist Danny Janklow

 RICHARD GILLARD/Acorn Newspapers Agoura High School alumni saxophonist Danny Janklow performs a solo while playing with the AHS Jazz A during the Agoura High School’s Celebrity Jazz Concert on Friday, January 31.


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Agoura High School alumni saxophonist Danny Janklow performs a solo while playing with the AHS Jazz A during the Agoura High School’s Celebrity Jazz Concert on Friday, January 31.

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Sports Photos of the Week Jan. 31

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Agoura’s Aley Vilches, left, reaches to block the ball during their game against Westlake on Jan. 28.

Our weekly collection of sports photos from our staff photographers.


Sports photos of the week

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Calabasas' Angel Garcia, top, tries to pin Westlake's Kevin Jimenez during a recent Marmonte League match at Westlake High School.

Here is a gallery of sports photos by our staff photographers from the last week.


Lt. Col. Clyde East highlighted in Reagan Library exhibit

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AMERICAN HERO - Lt. Col. Clyde East sits in front of his new exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library featuring his service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery area of the library on Jan. 21.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library opened a new exhibit in their American Heroes Gallery featuring WWII fighter pilot and Oak Park resident Lt. Col. Clyde East. The 92-year-old was honored by the library for his service to country and as a docent at the library. The exhibit will feature photographs, medals and news articles about East. Read the full story on East here: Story fit for a movie Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers AMERICAN HERO - Lt. Col. Clyde East sits in front of his new exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library featuring his service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery area of the library on Jan. 21.

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AMERICAN HERO – Lt. Col. Clyde East sits in front of his new exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library featuring his service medals and portrait in the American Heroes Gallery area of the library on Jan. 21.

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Tiger takes final swing through T.O.

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Graeme McDowell makes his approach shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club on Dec. 6.

The Northwestern Mutual World Challenge was Dec. 5-8 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Featuring some of the best golfers in the world, the tournament entertained over 75,000 fans during the four day event. Read the full story by Gilberto Manzano here: Tiger, Tiger says goodnight  Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Tiger Woods hits his approach shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club on Dec. 7.

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Tiger Woods hits his approach shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club on Dec. 7.

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Calabasas Christmas Tree Lighting



IRIS SMOOT/Acorn Newspapers KEEPSAKE TREES - Calabasas resident Nick Bush, 6, left, and friend Alex Drofman, 6, of West Hills work together on a foam and paper Christmas tree craft, below the massive, real Christmas tree, all lit up following the tree lighting ceremony at The Commons on Tuesday, December 10.

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KEEPSAKE TREES – Calabasas resident Nick Bush, 6, left, and friend Alex Drofman, 6, of West Hills work together on a foam and paper Christmas tree craft, below the massive, real Christmas tree, all lit up following the tree lighting ceremony at The Commons on Tuesday, December 10.

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Agoura boys water polo wins fourth straight CIF title

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Agoura's Cory Laidig gestures to the crowd after scoring a goal in the second period against Foothill during the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 final at William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Nov. 23.

The Agoura High boys water polo team defeated Foothill for their fourth straight CIF-Southern Section Division 2 title at the William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Nov. 23

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Agoura Head Coach Peter Schiavelli, center, is thrown into the pool by Assistant Coach Brandon Gross following their 11-5 victory over Foothill during the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 final at William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Nov. 23. This is the Chargers fourth straight championship.

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Agoura Head Coach Peter Schiavelli, center, is thrown into the pool by Assistant Coach Brandon Gross following their 11-5 victory over Foothill during the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 final at William Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Nov. 23. This is the Chargers fourth straight championship.

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Oaks Christian girls volleyball loses in CIF-SS Division 2AA final

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Oaks Christian's Jackie Berens bumps the ball during the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA final with Santiago at Santiago Canyon College on Nov. 23.

Santiago defeated Oaks Christian for the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA championship at Santiago Canyon College in Orange on Nov. 23. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The Lions watch as Santiago receives the championship plaque following their loss to Santiago in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA final at Santiago Canyon College on Nov. 23.

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The Lions watch as Santiago receives the championship plaque following their loss to Santiago in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA final at Santiago Canyon College on Nov. 23.

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