Agoura Hills Screenwriters Film Festival 2015

There are a lot of people who live in and around Agoura Hills with artistic talent and considerable accomplishments already behind them. It’s so wonderful when they collaborate with our city’s programs to bring enjoyable events to everyone who lives here.

Next weekend, the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council, in conjunction with the Regency Theater, is hosting a screenwriters’ film festival:

filmFest2015Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio are leading a day and a half of events that will celebrate the art of screenwriting, starting with a VIP reception on Friday, September 25. As screenwriters themselves, they will host a Q&A after a Saturday morning screening of their film “Despicable Me” on the 26th.

So grab your budding screenwriter children (or your actual screenwriter children, I’m sure there are plenty of those around here!) and make a weekend of it! See the Cultural Arts Council website for tickets and more information.

The Greatest Movies Ever Written
Film Festival
Agoura Regency Theater
29045 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Kids’ Acting Classes at Gray Studios

Master Teacher David Gray
Back in June I was invited to bring my children to a commercial audition workshop to get a taste of the services that Gray Studios, an acting coaching and teaching business that operates all over Los Angeles, provides in our area. My younger son, who had just starred as “third paperboy from the left” in a musical production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, was eager to try it out.

Parents are not required to stay during the workshop, so I went to Trader Joe’s. Naturally. The problem is that my son barely gave me any information about the class! Just like with regular school, all I got out of him was a series of one word answers. How was it? “Good.” What did you do? “Games.” Do you want to audition for commercials now? “Sure.” Don’t get me wrong – he liked it. But he was done performing, so he wouldn’t even describe it to me. I know he had fun, because the teachers told me he was hamming it up with the rest of them.


gray studios workshoipMy kid: back row far left


So even though I can’t tell you exactly what happened, I can tell you more about Gray Studios. They are a group of working actors who have over 100 years combined experience working in film and television. Their classes include Audition Technique for film and television, and they partner with entertainment industry leaders for classes in Commercial, Voice Over, and Improv.


David ccoaching the On-Tape week
Some of the Gray Studios Alumni include:
Ariel Winter – Modern Family
Tyler Posey – Teen Wolf
Matt Moy – 2 Broke Girls
Cody Saintgnue – Teen Wolf
Hayley McFarland – Sons of Anarchy
Brant Dougherty – Pretty Little Liars


Gray Studios offers classes in Thousand Oaks on Tuesdays, and they are adding Saturday classes this fall. Their age breakdowns are 4-6, 7-11, and 12-17. Students from their classes often get signed by top industry agents. Check out their website for more information!


Our family enjoyed one complimentary workshop to facilitate this feature. I hope this helps you with a resource for your budding star!

See Click Fix For That Annoying Thing


chumash park

A few weeks ago our family was at Chumash Park for flag football. I walked over to the play structure and in the distance I saw my younger boy playing with what looked like a big skateboard. I wondered where he got a skateboard. And then as I got closer I realized two things:

1. My eyesight, despite being LASIK-ed to perfection, is already getting worse because I’m getting old
2. My son was playing with a skateboard-sized chunk of metal bench.

Upon closer inspection, I realized that yes indeed, it was a giant chunk of the metal bench from the picnic table/bench combo that is standard to Agoura Hills parks. The kids were playing with these enormous tetanus risks. I told my son to put it down, and then resolved to Tell Somebody.

If you have children who play sports, chances are you have a lot of Sideline Time. You know, when you are just there, at the football/soccer/baseball field, or the basketball/tennis court, or the stands near the pool. Just there, not doing anything, maybe watching the game, maybe chatting with the other parents. I have packed my Sideline Bag with work, books, snacks, etc. to kill the time. On this day, I used some of that time to report the offending broken bench.

And I found this amazing thing: See Click Fix! I had heard that Agoura Hills introduced an app that you could use to report things that go wrong, and a little bit of Googling led me right to it!

seeclickfixBoop-beep-boop: I reported the broken bench. Someone responded right away “We’re looking into it.” Then a week later, boom, bench was gone. I created a free account and signed up to get emails from SCF, and now I get little messages every few days. Someone reports a broken streetlight BAM! Fixed. Someone sees a pile of trash illegally dumped on the side of the road BOOM! Hauled away.

It’s …like a miracle, really. I encourage you to check it out. Keep it classy, Agoura. Keep it classy.

See, Click, Fix

Agoura Hills, everybody!