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Santa Paula Art Museum update for Jan. 20 — Our Top 5 Moments of the Week + Upcoming Events and Classes

January 20, 2019

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM JEANETTE COLE ART CENTER & COLE CREATIVITY CENTER Sam Grasso Moved Us This past Monday, local artist Sam Grasso donated a gorgeous mobile to hang from the ceiling of the Cole Creativity Center. The kinetic sculpture includes elements of copper and gold leaf. Getting Down to Business This week we learned that the Museum’s new Cole Creativity Center has received the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 “Business Beautification Award!” #MuseumSelfieDay Wednesday was #MuseumSelfieDay, an international social media event that happens once a year. Staff members Jennifer, Jamie and Julie happily represented the Santa Paula...
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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 21, 2019 Events and Closures in Oxnard

January 18, 2019
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 21, 2019 Events and Closures in Oxnard

OXNARD — Below is a list of events in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as well as information regarding City of Oxnard closures on Jan. 21, 2019, for the holiday. January 21: Freedom March and Celebration The MLK Committee of Ventura County will hold the 33rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The day will begin with a freedom march from Plaza Park at Fifth and C Streets. Community members, spiritual leaders and elected officials will assemble at the park for prayer at 8 a.m. The march...
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Bilingual report: California Disaster Recovery Centers to open on MLK Jr. holiday on Jan. 21

January 18, 2019
Bilingual report: California Disaster Recovery Centers to open on MLK Jr. holiday on Jan. 21

SACRAMENTO — All Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in California will be open normal hours of operation on Monday, Jan. 21, the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The DRCs are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are located at: Butte County Chico Mall – Former Sears 1982 E. 20th St. Chico, CA 95928 Butte County Oroville Store Front Location 2140 Feather River Blvd. Oroville, CA 95965 Los Angeles County Conrad N. Hilton Foundation 30440 Agoura Rd. Agoura Hills, CA 91301   ***
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SoCalGas ‘Dial It Down’ Alert Has Ended

January 18, 2019
SoCalGas ‘Dial It Down’ Alert Has Ended

LOS ANGELES — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced that effective as of 8 a.m., the “Dial It Down” Alert, urging customers to conserve natural gas, has ended. The “Dial It Down” Alert was initiated on Monday, January 14 in response to extended rain and cold weather conditions throughout the SoCalGas service territory. Winter Conservation Tips SoCalGas encourages customers to continue to reduce their natural gas use this winter to help conserve energy and to save money on utility bills. Customers can take simple steps, likesetting their thermostat to 68 degrees when home and 55 degrees when not home....
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Carnegie Art Museum update for Jan. 17 — Upcoming Programs

January 17, 2019
Carnegie Art Museum update for Jan. 17 — Upcoming Programs

Click here for the entire e-newsletter UPCOMING PROGRAMS Building Blocks of Art Saturday  – January  19 10:30 am-12noon              ages 7-11 Express and create while exploring the tools artists use to build works of art from line to texture and everything in between!  Each session offers a unique art lesson in which young artists are introduced to a different element of art, technique and medium inspired by the artwork currently on display of Luther Gerlach and Karen Kitchel. Saturday, January 19 – Cyanotypes Students get a lesson in composition and an antique photo printing process. Children utilize natural objects to...
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36th Annual California Strawberry Festival Seeks Artists, Crafters and Specialty Pre-Packaged Food Vendors

January 17, 2019
36th Annual California Strawberry Festival Seeks Artists, Crafters and Specialty Pre-Packaged Food Vendors

OXNARD — The 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival is accepting applications from individual makers of quality, handcrafted works by artists, crafters and specialty pre-packaged food vendors for this year’s festival taking place May 18 and 19 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard. The deadline to submit an application is February 1. The festival, which attracts nearly 60,000 visitors, features dozens of different kinds of foods and beverages made from fresh strawberries, but it is also known for its eclectic mix of quality artwork, crafts and unique pre-packaged food items. Applications can be downloaded by going to https://castrawberryfestival.org,...
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Ventura County Public Works Agency announces Derrick Wilson as the new Strategic Operations Manager for the Central Services Department

January 17, 2019
Ventura County Public Works Agency announces Derrick Wilson as the new Strategic Operations Manager for the Central Services Department

VENTURA COUNTY — The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) has named Derrick Wilson as Strategic Operations Manager to lead the newly formed division within the Central Services Department (CSD) concentrated on planning, execution, analysis and knowledge (PEAK) management for VCPWA. Prior to serving as VCPWA’s Strategic Operations Manager, Wilson began his career with VCPWA’s Water and Sanitation Department managing staff and services in the Integrated Waste Management Division. Wilson’s new role will focus on agency-wide organizational excellence and continuous process improvement.  He will oversee a variety of agency-wide activities which include implementation of the agency’s strategic plan, tracking and...
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Workforce Development Board of Ventura County Names New Executive Director

January 17, 2019
Workforce Development Board of Ventura County Names New Executive Director

VENTURA COUNTY — The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Ventura County has named Rebecca Evans as its executive director. Before joining the WDB, Evans was a senior manager for the Human Services Agency within the County of Ventura. While with the Human Services Agency, Evans oversaw programs including Homeless Services, the Homeless Management Information System, RAIN Transitional Living Center, Veterans Services and programs involving the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Previous positions include vice president of services and resources for Many Mansions, workforce education, development and policy manager for Ventura County Health Care Agency and executive director of Ventura...
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Museum of Ventura County update of Jan. 17 — New Exhibit Sneak Peek, Free First Sunday, Museum Survey, and more!

January 17, 2019
Museum of Ventura County update of Jan. 17 — New Exhibit Sneak Peek, Free First Sunday, Museum Survey, and more!

Major funding for these programs is made possible by the City of San Buenaventura, the County of Ventura and private and community donors. As the government shutdown continues, the Museum is offering free admission to all affected government employees and their families at both the Museum of Ventura County and the Ag Museum with proof of employment for the duration of the shutdown. The Museum is in the process of gathering information to shape the Museum’s priorities for the next five years. We would really appreciate your taking the time to envision the future with us. Please share your thoughts by completing this...
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Bilingual commentary: Realizing That Our Life Has Purpose

January 17, 2019
Bilingual commentary: Realizing That Our Life Has Purpose

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes • Guest contributor David Magallanes Every cell in our body has a purpose.  Every star, moon and planet in the incomprehensibly vast cosmic ocean plays a part in declaring the greatness of creation.  Likewise, we as individuals are called to fulfill some aspiration of a universe that longs to express itself through each of us. Some of us find our...
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Standard & Poor’s gives highest rating to Ventura County’s Treasury Pool

January 17, 2019
Standard & Poor’s gives highest rating to Ventura County’s Treasury Pool

VENTURA — Ventura County Treasurer/Tax Collector Steven Hintz has announced that Standard & Poor’s has reaffirmed its “AAAf” and “S1+” ratings of the Ventura County Treasury Pool.  Ventura County is one of only three pools in California to be awarded this highest rating. “Standard & Poor’s conducts a careful examination and analysis of the portfolio. The process is almost like an audit,” said Hintz. “I am extremely pleased and proud to receive this affirmation of the hard work, dedication, and due diligence displayed by the Investment Work Group of my Office. It is a privilege to manage the investment...
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Jackson Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Paid Family Leave

January 16, 2019
Jackson Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Paid Family Leave

Legislation follows Governor Newsom’s promise to expand paid family leave SACRAMENTO –Following Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that he is committed to expanding paid family leave, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)  introduced legislation today to strengthen California’s family leave laws and create more equitable access to the program. Senate Bill 135 sets out a number of priorities for the Legislature on family leave: Ensuring that workers can’t be fired when they take Paid Family Leave; Extending the time period workers can take to bond with their child for the first six months of a newborn’s life or to care for a...
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Consulado de México en Oxnard announces Calendario 2019 de Consulado Moviles Jornadas Sabatinas y Dominicales

January 16, 2019
Consulado de México en Oxnard announces Calendario 2019 de Consulado Moviles Jornadas Sabatinas y Dominicales

OXNARD — El Consulado de México en Oxnard has announced its Calendario 2019 de Consulado Moviles Jornadas Sabatinas y Dominicales. Click on images for more information.      
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Two Banking Professionals Join the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors

January 15, 2019
Two Banking Professionals Join the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors

VENTURA COUNTY — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme announces the addition of Dee Dee Beltran and Sean Morreale to its board of directors. Beltran is the assistant vice president of consumer lending and collections at CBC Federal Credit Union in Oxnard. Morreale is the executive vice president and regional manager at Pacific Western Bank in Ventura. “Dee Dee and Sean are both experienced banking professionals; with their combined leadership and team building skills, they will be a great addition to our board,” said Erin Antrim, chief executive officer, BGCOP. “Both their backgrounds in...
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Come, Sit, and Stay Awhile at The Collection at RiverPark’s Pet Friendly Stores and Restaurants

January 15, 2019
Come, Sit, and Stay Awhile at The Collection at RiverPark’s Pet Friendly Stores and Restaurants

OXNARD — Pet owners and their playful companions are invited all year round to enjoy the fun and welcoming atmosphere of The Collection’s pet friendly stores and restaurants. For those looking for a furry addition to the family, sponsor Pet Food Express will be hosting multiple adoption events throughout the year. Visit https://www.petfoodexpress.com/news/events/calendar/2019/01 for additional details. Pet parents can head over to Pet Food Express to pick up a tasty treat for furry companions or take a load off at Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar’s outdoor patio for their featured “Dog Menu” or More pet friendly locations include Whole...
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SoCalGas Issues ‘Dial It Down’ Alert Through Friday Night

January 14, 2019
SoCalGas Issues ‘Dial It Down’ Alert Through Friday Night

Customers are urged to immediately reduce their natural gas use to help conserve energy  LOS ANGELES — Due to cold weather and rain predicted for parts of the Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) service territory, SoCalGas has issued a “Dial It Down” Alert through Friday, January 18, urging Southern Californians to conserve natural gas. Customers are asked to conserve energy by reducing their natural gas use, specifically in the evenings when natural gas is typically at peak use. During periods of cold weather, local demand for natural gas for home heating, hot water, and cooking can increase rapidly and put...
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Whale Watching Season Has Begun at Channel Islands Harbor

January 14, 2019
Whale Watching Season Has Begun at Channel Islands Harbor

OXNARD — Channel Islands Harbor celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale with its Annual Celebration of the Whales. Each winter, these enchanting whales migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel on their way to the lagoons of Mexico, where the females will give birth. Whale watching excursions to the Channel Islands National Park are offered daily from Channel Islands Harbor and provide sightseers the best opportunities for viewing the whales, which are up to 50 feet long and weigh approximately 36 tons, as they travel south. Excursions run through mid-April 2019. Businesses at Channel Islands Harbor offering these...
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Bilingual report: Deadline Extended to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Bilingual report: Deadline Extended to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

SACRAMENTO — The deadline for California wildfire survivors to register for federal assistance has been extended to Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Disaster grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are available to eligible homeowners and renters impacted by the mid-November wildfires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Nearly 26,000 applications from survivors of...

First Responders Honored at Fire Hose Flag Ceremony on Anniversary of Debris Flow

First Responders Honored at Fire Hose Flag Ceremony on Anniversary of Debris Flow

SANTA BARBARA — A flag dedication ceremony was held at the Santa Barbara Courthouse the morning of January 9th, 2019, the one-year anniversary of the Montecito Debris Flow. Elected officials and first responders joined the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) and representatives from Montecito Bank & Trust as an American flag made of fire...

Carnegie Art Museum update for Jan. 11 — Upcoming programs

Carnegie Art Museum update for Jan. 11 — Upcoming programs

Click here for the entire e-newsletter Upcoming Programs Building Blocks of Art Saturdays  – January  12 & 19 10:30 am-12noon              ages 7-11 Express and create while exploring the tools artists use to build works of art from line to texture and everything in between!  Each session offers a unique art lesson in which young...

Marjorie Luke Theatre update for Jan. 11 — Mariachi Los Camperos

Marjorie Luke Theatre update for Jan. 11 — Mariachi Los Camperos

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   Please click here to visit the newly designed LukeTheatre.org! Michael Andrews shares why Boxtales Theatre Company calls The Luke home for their summer youth theater camps. Upcoming Events Mariachi Los Camperos Sunday, January 13th, 2019 4:00pm & 7:00pm The Marjorie Luke Theatre and UCSB Arts & Lectures...

Guest commentary: Oxnard’s Civil Gang Injunctions: A Personal Inquisition

Guest commentary: Oxnard’s Civil Gang Injunctions: A Personal Inquisition

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. Frank P. Barajas. Courtesy photo. By Frank P. Barajas / Guest contributor Prompted by a spike in homicides, in March of...

Bilingual commentary: One’s Own Internet Business

Bilingual commentary: One’s Own Internet Business

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes • Guest contributor David Magallanes The major Internet search engines at our disposal are, to...

CenCal Health Recognizes Top Physicians, Health Centers for Quality Care, Cost Management

CenCal Health Recognizes Top Physicians, Health Centers for Quality Care, Cost Management

SANTA BARBARA — CenCal Health, the regional health plan for Medi-Cal, recognized the work of local network physicians and healthcare centers through their Primary Care Providers (PCP) Incentive Top Performer awards. The awards acknowledge PCPs across San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties who administer high quality healthcare while managing costs. There are four...

Local PODS® Moving and Storage Offers Declutter Tips for the New Year

Local PODS® Moving and Storage Offers Declutter Tips for the New Year

VENTURA COUNTY — As we enter 2019, New Year’s resolutions are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. While gyms start to reach capacity and homes receive fresh face lifts, local PODS moving and storage is stepping in to help local residents declutter their homes and start the New Year clutter free with a few...

State Sen. Jackson Applauds Governor’s Bold First Budget Proposal

State Sen. Jackson Applauds Governor’s Bold First Budget Proposal

Budget commits to robust emergency preparedness and paid family leave SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s January budget proposal released today. “I applaud Governor Newsom’s visionary yet prudent approach to addressing some of the major challenges facing California working families and our communities today. With this...

State Leaders Representing Woolsey Fire Impacted Communities: We Need Partnership, Not Politics, on Emergency Response

State Leaders Representing Woolsey Fire Impacted Communities: We Need Partnership, Not Politics, on Emergency Response

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), Assemblymember Christy Smith, Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, Assemblymember Richard Bloom and Senator Henry Stern today issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s comments regarding FEMA emergency aid: “It is unacceptable to use victims of the fires in California as a bargaining chip in the negotiations to...

CSUCI awarded $1.1 million grant for Early Childhood Dual Language Learning

CSUCI awarded $1.1 million grant for Early Childhood Dual Language Learning

CAMARILLO — For children whose families don’t speak English at home, research has shown there are numerous advantages to educating young children in English and their native language simultaneously. These young students are called Dual Language Learners or DLLs. Developing strategies for dual language teaching for early childhood educators is a passion for CSU Channel...

Museum of Ventura County update for Jan. 9 — Help Shape the Future of Our Museum

Museum of Ventura County update for Jan. 9 — Help Shape the Future of Our Museum

Dear Friend of the Museum, We are in the process of gathering information to shape the Museum’s priorities for the next five years. We would really appreciate your taking the time to envision the future with us. Please share your thoughts by completing this brief survey. It is simple and should take less than five...

Bilingual report: Ventura County Health Care Agency Vaccine and Medication Ineffectiveness Update

Bilingual report: Ventura County Health Care Agency Vaccine and Medication Ineffectiveness Update

VENTURA COUNTY — Ventura County Health Care Agency provides Vaccine and Medication Ineffectiveness Update. Click here for information in English Click here for information in español

Cottage Health Employees, United Way Spread Joy to Elementary Students

Cottage Health Employees, United Way Spread Joy to Elementary Students

SANTA BARBARA — United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) and Cottage Health employees teamed up to ensure 30 elementary age students all had gifts to unwrap for the holidays. Cottage Health employees contacted UWSBC in the fall to arrange an Adopt a Family collection for the holiday season. UWSBC worked with the schools...

State Sen. Jackson Issues Statement In Advance of One-Year Anniversary of Montecito Debris Flow Anniversary

State Sen. Jackson Issues Statement In Advance of One-Year Anniversary of Montecito Debris Flow Anniversary

SACRAMENTO – In advance of the one-year anniversary of the January 9 Montecito debris flow, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement: “The Montecito debris flow was a devastating tragedy that claimed 23 lives, destroyed dozens of homes, and forever changed our community. We will never forget the neighbors we lost and the...

FEMA Offers Free Advice on Repair, Rebuilding at Woodland Hills Home Depot through 12

FEMA Offers Free Advice on Repair, Rebuilding at Woodland Hills Home Depot through 12

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Thousands of homes and businesses were burned to the ground in mid-November, as wildfires spread through portions of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Countless other structures were damaged — many so severely as to make them uninhabitable. As recovery efforts continue throughout the damaged areas, free advice is available to...

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County treating Ventura County volunteers to free coffee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County treating Ventura County volunteers to free coffee

VENTURA COUNTY — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) is kicking off National Mentoring Month by taking over Ventura County’s favorite coffee shops! Through the month of January, anyone interested in becoming a volunteer mentor to a young person who is facing adversity in their community is invited to connect with BBSVC:...

Santa Paula Art Museum update for Jan. 7 — Tell Us About Yourself and You Could Win $25 Toward a Class

Santa Paula Art Museum update for Jan. 7 — Tell Us About Yourself and You Could Win $25 Toward a Class

As the Santa Paula Art Museum approaches its ninth birthday (on February 14), we’d like to know how the Museum can better serve you and our entire community. We would be so grateful if you would participate in our audience survey. Just click on the image below or click here to access the survey....

Bilingual report: VCAAA, Alzheimer’s Association Challenge Local Businesses to Become Dementia Friendly

Bilingual report: VCAAA, Alzheimer’s Association Challenge Local Businesses to Become Dementia Friendly

VENTURA — A new movement was introduced to Ventura County this summer as the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other partnering agencies rolled out Dementia Friendly Ventura County to provide better service to local residents living with dementia and to their caregivers. Initial efforts are targeting local businesses with a...

Bilingual report — Fire-Damaged Septic Systems and Wells May Be Eligible for Assistance

Bilingual report — Fire-Damaged Septic Systems and Wells May Be Eligible for Assistance

SACRAMENTO —  California residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the November wildfires in Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties, may be able to get help paying for some household repairs not usually covered by insurance. Repair or replacement of fire-damaged septic systems and wells may be eligible for grants from the Individual and...

Carnegie Art Museum update for Jan. 4 — Exhibitions on view through Feb. 17

Carnegie Art Museum update for Jan. 4 — Exhibitions on view through Feb. 17

Click here for the entire e-newsletter EXHIBITIONS on view through – February 17, 2019 recent landscape paintings by Karen Kitchel This work re-frames traditional landscape imagery. Mischieviously beautiful, the paintings are made of asphalt emulsion, tar, wax, shellac, and powdered mineral pigments on canvas.  They are dirty, seductive, and imperfect.  ARTIST’S GALLERY TALK   –...

Bilingual report: Volunteers needed for annual homeless count in Ventura County

Bilingual report: Volunteers needed for annual homeless count in Ventura County

VENTURA — Community volunteers are needed for the annual count and survey of homeless persons in Ventura County. The 2019 Ventura County Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 22, 2019. The annual Homeless Count is coordinated by the Ventura County Continuum of Care and County of Ventura, in partnership...

Guest commentary: Department of Pesticide Regulation finds illegal pesticides on our food at a rate equivalent to once a week in a Californian’s diet

Guest commentary: Department of Pesticide Regulation finds illegal pesticides on our food at a rate equivalent to once a week in a Californian’s diet

Claims that rate is “low” By Californians for Pesticide Reform Once again, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has released its annual study of pesticide residues on food (2017 data); once again it found illegal pesticide amounts on more than 4% of tested produce; and once again, DPR says that is a “low”...

Bring Your Appetite and Head to Oxnard …. Oxnard Restaurant Week 2019 “Tacos, Treats & Tastings” Takes Place Jan. 18-27

Bring Your Appetite and Head to Oxnard …. Oxnard Restaurant Week 2019 “Tacos, Treats & Tastings” Takes Place Jan. 18-27

OXNARD — Put the diet aside and treat yourself to a culinary feast during Oxnard Restaurant Week 2019, “Tacos, Treats & Tastings”. The week-long celebration spotlights Oxnard’s culinary culture taking place Friday, January 18, 2019 through Sunday, January 27, 2019. Many of Oxnard’s unique restaurants will offer foodies the opportunity to savor scrumptious cuisine and play...

CSUCI Entrepreneurship & Small Business Institute gets a new director

CSUCI Entrepreneurship & Small Business Institute gets a new director

CAMARILLO — A unique CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) institute designed to help launch student entrepreneurs is getting a new director. Beginning with the spring semester, Assistant Professor of Management, Cynthia Sherman, Ph.D., will head the Entrepreneurship & Small Business Institute (ESBI), which is part of the Martin V. Smith (MVS) School of Business & Economics....

Five Board of Governors Members with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) Receive High Honors from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Five Board of Governors Members with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) Receive High Honors from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

AGOURA HILLS — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) are pleased to announce that five members of the BGCGCV Board of the Governors were recently recognized with prestigious national awards by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) National Service Awards were presented...

Bilingual report: Deadlines for fire victims (Jan. 11) to apply for Individual Assistance or debris removal approaching

Bilingual report: Deadlines for fire victims (Jan. 11) to apply for Individual Assistance or debris removal approaching

THOUSAND OAKS — The deadline for residents affected by the Woolsey or Hill fires to apply for Individual Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is January 11, 2019. Ventura County residents can apply online or at the Disaster Recovery Centers FEMA is operating at: Malibu Courthouse 23525 Civic Center Way Malibu, CA 90265...

Museum of Contemporary Arts Santa Barbara update for Jan 2 — Happy New Year from all of us at MCASB!

Museum of Contemporary Arts Santa Barbara update for Jan 2 — Happy New Year from all of us at MCASB!

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   Happy New Year from all of us at MCASB! We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead, beginning with the opening of our upcoming February exhibition featuring Lara Favaretto. Thank you to everyone who purchased items from the MCASB shop over the last two months and helped...

Museum of Ventura County update for Jan. 2 — Opening Reception! Chris Hillman: Time Between on Jan. 11

Museum of Ventura County update for Jan. 2 — Opening Reception! Chris Hillman: Time Between on Jan. 11

Major funding for these programs is made possible by the City of San Buenaventura, the County of Ventura and private and community donors. Happy New Year! There is plenty to be excited about to start the New Year at the Museum of Ventura County. The Museum is privileged to present the new exhibit Chris Hillman: Time...

Carnegie Art Museum update for Jan. 1 — Art Classes for Kids

Carnegie Art Museum update for Jan. 1 — Art Classes for Kids

Click here for the entire e-newsletter Art Classes for Kids Jump into the New Year with art classes for kids ages 7 – 11, a perfect gift for your creatives! Building Blocks of Art Saturdays  – January 5, 12, 19 10:30 am-12noon              ages 7-11 Express and create while exploring the tools artists use to...

Friendship Center of Santa Barbara update for Jan. 1 — Self-Care: New Year’s Resolution for Caregivers

Friendship Center of Santa Barbara update for Jan. 1 — Self-Care: New Year’s Resolution for Caregivers

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   About Us Programs For Caregivers Calendar of Activities Events Donate Contact Us Train Your Brain! CONNECTIONS Now Mondays & Wednesdays in Montecito: GOLETA 805-845-7442 Persons w/Memory Loss & Their Caregivers  2nd & 4th Wednesdays 1:30 – 3 pm w/Joe Wheatley __________________ MONTECITO  805-969-0859   Veterans Group 3rd...

Santa Paula Museum of Art update for Jan. 1 — Watch Our Video: A Year in Images

Santa Paula Museum of Art update for Jan. 1 — Watch Our Video: A Year in Images

2018 was a year of big and wonderful changes at the Santa Paula Art Museum, particularly with the renovation and opening of our second building, the Cole Creativity Center. And it is all thanks to the support, encouragement, and inspiration that donors, members, and visitors like you offer. We wish you a very happy...

United Way Seeks Volunteers for Income Tax Assistance Program

United Way Seeks Volunteers for Income Tax Assistance Program

SANTA BARBARA — United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) is recruiting volunteers to help local families and individuals prepare their tax returns and practice financial responsibility as part of its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Volunteer training will include the opportunity to become an IRS Certified tax preparer. No prior experience...

Ongoing — Camarillo Hospice offers Grief Support in Spanish

Ongoing — Camarillo Hospice offers Grief Support in Spanish

CAMARILLO — Camarillo Hospice, a Program of Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, is now offering individual, couple, and family counseling in Spanish for those grieving the death of a loved one, Camarillo Hospice offers a Spanish General Bereavement Groups for the community: 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am All Saints Episcopal Church...

Ongoing — Parents Explore, Create Alongside Kids at SBCC Tuition-Free Classes

Ongoing — Parents Explore, Create Alongside Kids at SBCC Tuition-Free Classes

SANTA BARBARA — Parents can join their kids hand in hand to explore nature and their own creative sides during the popular SBCC School of Extended Learning parenting classes Nature Walk and Music Times, among many more Parenting Classes coming in 2019. These tuition-free offerings allow parents to spend quality time with their child...

January — Family Service Agency Relationship Classes

January — Family Service Agency Relationship Classes

SANTA BARBARA — While we all know that spending time together as a couple is key to having a successful relationship, for working parents with young children, it often feels impossible to find that “couple” time. Parents attending Family Service Agency’s (FSA) free Healthy Relationships Classes, however, sometimes find that they have more free...

January — Plenty of Planting and Garden Maintenance To Do

January — Plenty of Planting and Garden Maintenance To Do

OXNARD — The start of the New Year is the time to turn attention back to gardening. There is a surprisingly large number of activities for serious gardeners in January, says Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly compost products made from organic material collected from more than 200 California cities. Maintain A Healthy Rosemary...

January — Art Trek announces upcoming events

January — Art Trek announces upcoming events

NEWBURY PARK — Art Trek, at 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd. Newbury Park, will present the following events: Paint Night for Teens Ages 13-19 Thursday, January 10 6:00p-8:30p $10 Per Teen Art Trek, 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd. Newbury Park, CA 91320 Register Online at arttrek.org/teens/ $5 Friday: Community Art Night All Ages, children under 12 must be accompanied...

January through May — Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents Ceramic Studio Saturdays

January through May — Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents Ceramic Studio Saturdays

First two Saturdays of the Month, January – May, 10 am – 1 pm Ceramic Studio Saturdays Studio Saturdays are an informal opportunity for students of all ages* and skill levels to create ceramics without the long-term commitment. Come on the first Saturday to develop or refine both sculptural and functional techniques of ceramics...

Through Jan. 22 — CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to hold Information Session

Through Jan. 22 — CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to hold Information Session

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — CASA Information Sessions for January 2019 January 3, 1 pm – CASA Office, 75 Higuera Street, Suite 180, San Luis Obispo January 9, 6:30 pm – Starbucks, 1076 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos January 22, 1 pm – CASA Office, 75 Higuera Street, Suite 180, San Luis Obispo Learn...

Hasta el 25 de enero — Talleres de Carrera Enero 2019

Hasta el 25 de enero — Talleres de Carrera Enero 2019

Location: West County America’s Job Center 2901 N. Ventura Rd., 3rd Floor, Oxnard 805-204-5171 Enero 4 & 18 – Tecnicas para la Busqueda de Trabajo – 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Esta diseñada para personas que estan buscando empleo. Los temas incluyen donde y como buscar empleo, como crear una red de comunicacion, tecnicas de...

Through Jan. 25 — Free Job & Career Workshops in January

Through Jan. 25 — Free Job & Career Workshops in January

Location: West County America’s Job Center 2901 N. Ventura Rd., 3rd Floor, Oxnard 805-204-5171 January 4 – Veterans Orientation, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – This collaborative meeting provides our veterans with information on local services and programs that are available to the veteran. January 9, 16, 23 and 30 – Social Media, 10:00...

Jan. 26 — Documentary ‘Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature’ to be presented at Ojai Library

Jan. 26 — Documentary ‘Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature’ to be presented at Ojai Library

OJAI — At 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will visit the Ojai Library to host a viewing of a 1997 documentary titled “Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature.” Cadillac Desert explores the means through which the American Southwest was transformed in the...

Bilingual report: Jan. 26 — Fresh, Fun and Fit: The PACC Hosts a Zumba + Craft-A-Thon

Bilingual report: Jan. 26 — Fresh, Fun and Fit: The PACC Hosts a Zumba + Craft-A-Thon

OXNARD – As part of its 50th anniversary season, the PACC is excited to present its first-ever Zumba + Craft-a-thon on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Oxnard Ballroom. Ventura County’s best Zumba instructors are teaming up to present an afternoon dancing and crafting party! With New Year...

Jan. 26 — Ojai Library to present A Man and a Woman – A reading of poetry by Jeff Kustal, featuring Lucy Roadarmel

Jan. 26 — Ojai Library to present A Man and a Woman – A reading of poetry by Jeff Kustal, featuring Lucy Roadarmel

OJAI — Local poet Jeff Kustal will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019, to deliver a reading of selected poems including the featured title “A Man and a Woman.” Mr. Kustal will be accompanied in his reading by Lucy Roadarmel. An avid writer and longtime runner, Kustal has used...

Jan. 26 — ‘Personal Bookmaking’ Class to be Taught at the Santa Paula Art Museum

Jan. 26 — ‘Personal Bookmaking’ Class to be Taught at the Santa Paula Art Museum

SANTA PAULA —  Join paper specialist Gail Hercher and indulge in the joy of hand-crafted, personal bookmaking at the Santa Paula Art Museum! Hercher’s January 26 “Personal Bookmaking (Ages 16+)” class will focus on the Japanese Binding technique, with endless potential for personalization and artistic variations – from small, personal books to large format wall...

Jan. 27 — Reflections on a Watery World: Tony de los Reyes and Sameer Pandya at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Jan. 27 — Reflections on a Watery World: Tony de los Reyes and Sameer Pandya at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

SANTA BARBARA — Sunday, January 27, 2:30 pm Reflections on a Watery World: Tony de los Reyes and Sameer Pandya Parallel Stories Lecture Series Inspired by the site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based artist April Street, The Mariners’ Grand Staircase (Armoured Stars, Flying Clouds), currently installed in the Museum’s Park Lobby, this conversation between artist...

Jan. 27 — Call to Climate Action at Community Commemoration of 50th Anniversary of Santa Barbara Oil Spill

National and Local Leaders Unite to Mobilize in Face of Current Climate and Environmental Crises  SANTA BARBARA – Community Environmental Council (CEC), Environmental Defense Center (EDC), Get Oil Out! (GOO!), and UCSB’s Department of Environmental Studies are proud to present “50 Years After the Santa Barbara Oil Spill: A Call to Action,” a FREE community event...

Through Jan. 27 — ‘The Wall: Boundaries Between and Within Us’ to Premiere Oct. 20 at the Santa Paula Art Museum

Through Jan. 27 — ‘The Wall: Boundaries Between and Within Us’ to Premiere Oct. 20 at the Santa Paula Art Museum

A premiere party will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The cost of admission to the premiere is $10.00 for museum members and $15.00 for non-members. SANTA PAULA — With the idea of a wall being built along the U.S.-Mexico border occupying much of American political discourse today, the...

Through Jan. 31 — CSUCI’s “Oxnard Plain” interactive exhibit celebrates a city teeming with diversity

Through Jan. 31 — CSUCI’s “Oxnard Plain” interactive exhibit celebrates a city teeming with diversity

CAMARILLO — With the busy, diverse city of Oxnard as their muse, a team of artists called the “Oxnard Plain” will display examples of their work at an exhibit now open in the John Spoor Broome Library Gallery. The show opened this week and will run until Jan. 31, 2019. A closing reception will be...

Jan. 31 — Workforce Development Board of Ventura County Regional and Local Plan Update to be Discussed at Town Hall Event

Jan. 31 — Workforce Development Board of Ventura County Regional and Local Plan Update to be Discussed at Town Hall Event

VENTURA COUNTY — Plans to increase workforce development in Ventura County through 2021 will be discussed at a Town Hall meeting on January 31, 2019. The plans, one regional and one local, were originally created in 2017 by the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDB) as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity...

Through Jan. 31 — Vexed: The East L.A. Chicanx Punk Scene

Through Jan. 31 — Vexed: The East L.A. Chicanx Punk Scene

SANTA BARBARA — Sal Guerena, UCSB Library Special Research Collections Exhibit/MCC Lounge: Through Jan 31st In the mid-1970s, Chicanx youth in East LA began adopting the DIY punk aesthetic. They expressed their anger and feelings of marginalization through a frenzied musical style and biting social commentary. Early Chicano punk bands, or punkeros, embraced the punk...

Jan. 31 — Oxnard Union High Schools Career Education Showcase

Jan. 31 — Oxnard Union High Schools Career Education Showcase

OXNARD — The Oxnard Union High School District is hosting its 2019 Career Education Showcase Thursday, January 31 at the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard (600 E. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard). The community event is open to middle schoolers, high schoolers and their parents who are interested in exploring the academic and career path opportunities offered...

Jan. 31 — OC Live to present an evening of classical music by members of piano quartet CENTRAL4

Jan. 31 — OC Live to present an evening of classical music by members of piano quartet CENTRAL4

WELCOME BACK! OC LIVE returns to the Performing Arts Building stage on Thursday, January 31, with an evening of classical music by members of piano quartet CENTRAL4. Leave your umbrellas at the door and get cozy with the intricate, romantic melodies of the beautiful C Major Piano Trio by Johannes Brahms. And that’s just the beginning of a great Spring Season! Look out...

February — Livingston’s Camarillo Hospice Announces New Group

February — Livingston’s Camarillo Hospice Announces New Group

Understanding Your Grief, a 10 Week Grief Support Group for Widow and Widowers Starting Wednesday February 6thfrom 5:00 to 6:30 pm Understanding Your Grief, written by author, educator and grief counselor, Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD is intended to companion the griever on their own unique grief journey. This session will be devoted to those...

Starting Feb. 1 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara ‘Grief Walk and Talk’

Starting Feb. 1 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara ‘Grief Walk and Talk’

SANTA BARBARA — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara will present a ‘Grief Walk and Talk.’ Join this easy-paced walking group that provides informal support as we walk together through grief. Facilitated by Dairine Pearson, LCSW Every Friday starting February 1st, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Contact (805) 690 6201 or dpearson@vnhcsb.org for location and details.

Feb. 1 — Las Cafeteras Bring it Home. Oxnard/Ventura Natives Headline their First 805 Concert, Work to Move the Arts Forward in VC

Feb. 1 — Las Cafeteras Bring it Home. Oxnard/Ventura Natives Headline their First 805 Concert, Work to Move the Arts Forward in VC

OXNARD — As part of its 50th anniversary season, The PACC is excited to present Las Cafeteras in concert with special guests The Villalobos Brothers on February 1, 2019 starting at 7PM. Las Cafeteras remix roots music and tell modern day stories. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories...

Feb. 2 — ‘I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits’ Exhibition to Open at the Santa Paula Art Museum

Feb. 2 — ‘I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits’ Exhibition to Open at the Santa Paula Art Museum

Premiere Party: Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Admission to the premiere is $10.00 for museum members and $15.00 for non-members. “I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits” will be on view February 2, 2019 through May 12, 2019. SANTA PAULA —  Who are you? That’s the question that artists were asked to consider...

Feb. 8 — 2019 Santa Barbara Go Red For Women Luncheon to feature local resident and passion speaker Thomas Johansen

Feb. 8 — 2019 Santa Barbara Go Red For Women Luncheon to feature local resident and passion speaker Thomas Johansen

SANTA BARBARA — The American Heart Association wants women on the Central Coast to know that our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are at risk. Heart disease and stroke kills about one woman every 80 seconds – more than all cancers combined. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented...

Feb. 8 — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! presenting Grupo Bella in Free Family Concert

Feb. 8 — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! presenting Grupo Bella in Free Family Concert

Presented by ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! Friday, February 8, 7:00 pm, FREE Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road, Isla Vista Doors open at 6:30pm. Reception follows concert. More info: facebook.com/vivaelartesb Coming to Santa Barbara County February 8 – 10, Grupo Bella is a multi-faceted ensemble from the Los Angeles area that...

Feb. 9 — Friendship Center to Hold 20th Annual ?Festival of Hearts–The Emerald City!

Feb. 9 — Friendship Center to Hold 20th Annual ?Festival of Hearts–The Emerald City!

MONTECITO —Friendship Center is hosting its 20th Annual Festival of Hearts on Saturday, February 9th from 11:30am–2:30pm at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. This festive pre-Valentine’s Day event features an elegant sit-down lunch and local wines, with live music by Montecito Jazz Project. “Emerald is the traditional gem for a twentieth anniversary,” said...

Feb. 9 — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! presenting Grupo Bella in Free Family Concert

Feb. 9 — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! presenting Grupo Bella in Free Family Concert

Presented by ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! Saturday, February 9, 7:00 pm, FREE Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo Street, Guadalupe Doors open at 6:30pm. Reception follows concert. More info: facebook.com/vivaelartesb Coming to Santa Barbara County February 8 – 10, Grupo Bella is a multi-faceted ensemble from the Los Angeles area that uses mariachi...

Feb. 9 — Friendship Center’s 20th Annual Festival of Hearts

Feb. 9 — Friendship Center’s 20th Annual Festival of Hearts

SANTA BARBARA — Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11:30am to 2:30pm at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, 633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara. Join Friendship Center for our 20th Annual Festival of Hearts… emerald is the 20th anniversary gem, so the theme is The Emerald City! Dust off your Dorothy duds, or just wear something...

Through Feb. 10 — SBMA to present ‘Paths of Gold: Japanese Landscape and Narrative  Paintings from the Collection’

Through Feb. 10 — SBMA to present ‘Paths of Gold: Japanese Landscape and Narrative Paintings from the Collection’

SANTA BARBARA — The Santa Barbara Museum of Art will present “Paths of Gold: Japanese Landscape and Narrative Paintings from the Collection” on view through Feb. 10 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1140 State St., Santa Barbara. This exhibition examines the aesthetics of Japanese art within both private and public interiors by showcasing nine folding screens, two...

Bilingual report: Feb. 10-16 — Food for Fines week at Ventura County Library

Bilingual report: Feb. 10-16 — Food for Fines week at Ventura County Library

VENTURA COUNTY — Food for Fines week at Ventura County Library is February 10 – 16, 2019:Ventura County Library, in partnership with FOOD Share Ventura County, is offering customers the ability to return overdue items along with canned food donations to have overdue fines reduced or eliminated. Customers with existing overdue charges can also pay...

Feb. 10 — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! presenting Grupo Bella in Free Family Concert

Feb. 10 — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! presenting Grupo Bella in Free Family Concert

Presented by ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! Sunday, February 10, 7:00 pm, FREE Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E. Cota St, Santa Barbara Doors open at 6:30pm. Reception follows concert. More info: facebook.com/vivaelartesb Coming to Santa Barbara County February 8 – 10, Grupo Bella is a multi-faceted ensemble from the Los Angeles area that...

Through Feb. 12 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara present ‘Loss of a Spouse or Partner’

Through Feb. 12 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara present ‘Loss of a Spouse or Partner’

SANTA BARBARA — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara  presenting “Loss of a Spouse or Partner session,” facilitated by Mara Petrick, MSW, LCSW, Six Tuesdays, 1/8/19 to 2/12/19, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Contact (805) 690 6296 or mara.petrick@vnhcsb.org for more details.

Feb. 16-17 —  Life Celebrates Art as Art Comes Alive at Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Feb. 16-17 — Life Celebrates Art as Art Comes Alive at Channel Islands Maritime Museum

OXNARD — Did you know that when “Art Comes Alive,” life is so much more interesting? Join the Channel Islands Maritime Museum on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, 12-4PM as friends of the museum dress up in costume and activate the spirit of various paintings, ship models, and time periods featured in the...

Through Feb. 17 — Carnegie Art Museum announces upcoming exhibits

Through Feb. 17 — Carnegie Art Museum announces upcoming exhibits

Click here for the entire e-newsletter OPENING EXHIBITIONS December 9, 2018 – February 17, 2019 In the aftermath of the 2017 Thomas Fire, Luther Gerlach turned his camera on the destruction and regeneration spanning Ventura county, using chemical elements gathered from the landscape to bring the power of these natural forces to life. image:...

Feb. 21 through March 28 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara presenting ‘Mindfulness in Grief’

Feb. 21 through March 28 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara presenting ‘Mindfulness in Grief’

SANTA BARBARA — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara. presenting ‘Mindfulness in Grief.’ Open to both new and experienced meditators. Group includes time for instruction in meditation and processing one’s grief. Facilitated by Mara Petrick, MSW, LCSW Six Thursdays, 2/21/19 to 3/28/19, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Contact (805) 690 6296 or mara.petrick@vnhcsb.org for more...

Feb. 26 through April 2 — Hospice Volunteer Training at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara

Feb. 26 through April 2 — Hospice Volunteer Training at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara  has announced spring 2019 training will be held on six consecutive Tuesdays, Feb. 26, March 5, 12,19,26, and April 2, from 1 – 5 p.m. at 512 East Gutierrez Street in Santa Barbara. Application Deadline is February 20, 2019. Our hospice volunteers are...

Feb. 27 — Courage, Love, and Compassion: An evening with Joan Halifax

Feb. 27 — Courage, Love, and Compassion: An evening with Joan Halifax

SANTA BARBARA — Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Community Education and Engagement Series is pleased to present “Courage, Love, and Compassion: An Evening with Joan Halifax”. On Wednesday, February 27th, Roshi Joan Halifax, a renowned Buddhist teacher, author, Zen priest, and anthropologist, will give a presentation on “Courage, Love, and Compassion” at the Marjorie Luke...

Through Feb. 28 — Tuition-Free Career Skills Classes Begin Soon at SBCC School of Extended Learning

Through Feb. 28 — Tuition-Free Career Skills Classes Begin Soon at SBCC School of Extended Learning

SANTA BARBARA — As the season cools, SBCC School of Extended Learning is giving working professionals and job-seekers tuition-free options to heat up their career paths with skills in Business, Design and Technology. Short courses and series in digital design and customer relations are beginning soon and will give students the opportunity increase their...

March 4 — Channel Islands Maritime Museum begins new docent class

March 4 — Channel Islands Maritime Museum begins new docent class

OXNARD — Nestled on the coast of Southern California, in Ventura County, supported by a vibrant community of art aficionados, a steady, year-round influx of art seekers from the area, and tourists from around the world, Channel Islands Maritime Museum is perfectly poised to bring vibrant and innovative art to the forefront of the...

March 10 — Camarillo Old Town Association’s 4th Annual Beer March Pairs Over 20 Craft Breweries with Downtown Businesses on March 10th for a Fun Community Day

March 10 — Camarillo Old Town Association’s 4th Annual Beer March Pairs Over 20 Craft Breweries with Downtown Businesses on March 10th for a Fun Community Day

CAMARILLO — Camarillo Old Town Association’s 4th Annual Beer March Pairs Over 20 Craft Breweries with Downtown Businesses on March 10th for a Fun Community Day WHAT: The Camarillo Old Town Association’s (COTA) 4th Annual Beer March will feature over 20 craft breweries that will partner with local downtown businesses and also offer a...

Through March 16 — Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Comes To Santa Barbara

Through March 16 — Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Comes To Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA — Youth Mental Health First Aid Training will be held Santa Barbara through March 16. Presented by the Family Services Agency, the Mental Wellness Center and Youthwell. Click on flyer for more information.

Through March 2019 — Oxnard Performing Arts Center announces upcoming events

Through March 2019 — Oxnard Performing Arts Center announces upcoming events

LEVEL UP FRIDAY – https://www.oxnardperformingarts.com/game-on.html January 18, 2019 | 4 pm | $3-5 Entry Fee Players, are you ready?! We’re transforming our campus into a gamer’s paradise! PACC’s ultimate gaming experience features a classic arcade, multiple gaming opportunities and board games*! On the menu: a cereal bar, pop tarts, snacks, and much more. Starting...

March 21 — Spring Heritage Potluck at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara

March 21 — Spring Heritage Potluck at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA — Prepare your loved one’s favorite dish at home and join us for a special Spring potluck to welcome the new season and in remembrance of those we have loved and lost at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara. Thursday, 3/21/19, 12:30 to 1:30 PM RSVP to Marsha Goldman, MSW,...

March 27 through May 1 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara presenting ‘Writing to Heal’

March 27 through May 1 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara presenting ‘Writing to Heal’

SANTA BARBARA — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara presenting ‘Writing to Heal,’ a group using writing to heal the heart. No writing experience required. Facilitated by Dairine Pearson, LCSW Six Wednesdays, 3/27/19 to 5/1/19, 11:00 to 12:15 PM Contact (805) 690 6201 or dpearson@vnhcsb.org for more information.

April 8 through 29 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara to present ‘Healing Loss Through Collage’

April 8 through 29 — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara to present ‘Healing Loss Through Collage’

SANTA BARBARA — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara. to present ‘Healing Loss Through Collage.’ Come together with others for a guided experience, using images from magazines that reflect where you are in the grief process. Be surprised by what the images have to say to you! Four sessions will provide continuity and...

Through April 14 — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! announces 14th Season of Free Family Events for Santa Barbara County

Through April 14 — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! announces 14th Season of Free Family Events for Santa Barbara County

SANTA BARBARA —  Two-time Grammy winners, Mariachi Los Camperos, kick off ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! 2019 season with free family concerts on January 11,12, and 13, including extra 4 pm matinee concerts in Guadalupe and at The Luke. Mariachi Los Camperos is one of the most renowned mariachi ensembles in the world and is...

Through late April — Whale Watching Season Begins in Oxnard!

Through late April — Whale Watching Season Begins in Oxnard!

OXNARD — It’s that time of year to catch a glimpse of nature during Whale Watching Season taking place off the coast of Oxnard.  The season officially begins the day after Christmas, December 26 and continues through mid to late April 2019. Both Island Packers, Ventura County’s official concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park,...

Through May 11 — Students of All Ages Conquer New Challenges at SBCC School of Extended Learning

Through May 11 — Students of All Ages Conquer New Challenges at SBCC School of Extended Learning

SANTA BARBARA — Whether conquering the fear of public speaking or discovering a creative outlet through clay, students of all ages can step out of their comfort zones in 2019, in the welcoming and engaging environment of SBCC School of Extended Learning. Spring semester classes begin each week through May 11, with tuition-free and...

May 18-19 — 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival

May 18-19 — 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival

OXNARD — Kick off summer at the 36th California Strawberry Festival. Indulge in chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry margaritas, strawberry pizza and dozens of other strawberry treats at the two-day festival, Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 at Strawberry Meadows/College Park in Oxnard (3250 South Rose Ave.). Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.,...

Continuing — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care  Bereavement Class – Loss of Loved One

Continuing — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Bereavement Class – Loss of Loved One

SANTA BARBARA — Continuing — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care  Bereavement Class – Loss of Loved One. An ongoing support group held each month. Presented by Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, Santa Barbara. Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 2:00 – 3:00 PM Facilitated by Naala Richards, MSW, ASW Call 805.690.6296 or send an email...

Continuing — Camarillo Hospice Announces Ongoing Support Groups

Continuing — Camarillo Hospice Announces Ongoing Support Groups

CAMARILLO — When a death occurs, we experience a variety of emotions and feelings that can make us feel as though we are navigating unfamiliar and challenging territory. We need support and although family and friends are important, they may not fully “get it”. Support groups can offer compassion and understanding during this difficult...

Teen shows resilience through her life-long foster experience; shares how finally having a home and family impacted her life

Teen shows resilience through her life-long foster experience; shares how finally having a home and family impacted her life

The teen and Foster VC Kids are sharing her story to encourage Ventura County families to help by fostering, mentoring or providing permanency. VENTURA COUNTY — Keanna, age 18, is sharing the story of her life-long foster experience with the hope of encouraging caring adults to welcome a youth into their home as well as...

Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends update for Dec. 21 — U.S. unauthorized immigrant total dips to lowest level in a decade

Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends update for Dec. 21 — U.S. unauthorized immigrant total dips to lowest level in a decade

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   Hispanic Trends December 21, 2018 U.S. unauthorized immigrant total dips to lowest level in a decade The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. fell to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on 2016 government data. The...

Bilingual report: FEMA Eligibility Letter May Not Be Last Word on Disaster Assistance

Bilingual report: FEMA Eligibility Letter May Not Be Last Word on Disaster Assistance

SACRAMENTO — If you applied for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and received a letter or text message saying you were not eligible for disaster aid, you should know that the first communication may not be the last word. There may be an easy-to-resolve reason why some wildfire survivors received a...

Santa Barbara City College update for Dec. 21 — SBCC to offer Evening College

Santa Barbara City College update for Dec. 21 — SBCC to offer Evening College

Santa Barbara City College’s Community Newsletter December 2018 SBCC to offer Evening College Juggling work, school and family prevents many college students from enrolling full time, making it difficult to persist and succeed. In 2017, SBCC was awarded a Federal Title V Grant for $2.7 million to develop a program aimed specifically at serving...

Bilingual commentary: On Christmas Day…

Bilingual commentary: On Christmas Day…

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes local guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes • Guest contributor David Magallanes On the original Christmas Day, whenever that might have come...

MONEY magazine ranks CSUCI 4th best college in the nation for transfer students

MONEY magazine ranks CSUCI 4th best college in the nation for transfer students

CAMARILLO — The journey to a university diploma doesn’t always mean a straight four-year shot through a single college. Finances, family obligations or a number of other reasons compel millions of students to choose two years at a community college first before transferring to a four-year university like CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI). The steps CSUCI...

Santa Maria High School ASB students ring bells for Salvation Army’s ‘Kettle Drive’

Santa Maria High School ASB students ring bells for Salvation Army’s ‘Kettle Drive’

SANTA MARIA — Santa Maria High School ASB students rang bells for the Salvation Army’s “Kettle Drive” and raised more than $1,000 for the needy this holiday season. The bell ringers participated during lunch at the Saint campus from Nov. 26 to Dec. 17. They also took their outreach off campus and involved friends and...

Carnegie Art Museum update for Dec. 20 — Photographic Gifts-The Museum Project

Carnegie Art Museum update for Dec. 20 — Photographic Gifts-The Museum Project

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   Photographic Gifts-The Museum Project During this Season of Giving, Carnegie’s collection is happily being enlarged by gifts from California-based photographers facilitated by The Museum Project, a group of preeminent American artists who express their gratitude for institutional support of photography as an art form by donating select...

Ventura College Foundation Receives $2 Million Donation From Helen Yunker Estate

Ventura College Foundation Receives $2 Million Donation From Helen Yunker Estate

VENTURA — The Ventura College Foundation has received a $2 million donation from the Helen Yunker estate. Honoring Yunker’s request, the donation will establish endowments for the Ventura College Music Department and the Opera and Musical Theatre program. The gift will be split evenly between the two. “Helen has been a fixture in Ventura...

Register Now For A Free California Friendly Landscape Training Class (Jan. 26 through April 13) and Apply For Water and Money Saving Rebates

Register Now For A Free California Friendly Landscape Training Class (Jan. 26 through April 13) and Apply For Water and Money Saving Rebates

OXNARD — To help Oxnard make water conservation a way of life, the City is offering classes to teach residents how to transform lawns into beautiful, water-efficient gardens. All residential water customers are invited to register for one of the following classes to be held at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center: Saturday, Jan....

Bilingual report: After Applying for FEMA Assistance, it’s Important to Keep in Touch

Bilingual report: After Applying for FEMA Assistance, it’s Important to Keep in Touch

SACRAMENTO — Immediately after a disaster, keeping in touch with family is important. It’s also important to keep in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after you have registered for disaster assistance. Many survivors of the November wildfires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties who were displaced are transitioning from damaged...

Museum of Ventura County update for Dec. 19 — Seasons greetings from your friends at the Museum of Ventura County!

Museum of Ventura County update for Dec. 19 — Seasons greetings from your friends at the Museum of Ventura County!

Major funding for these programs is made possible by the City of San Buenaventura, the County of Ventura and private and community donors. Seasons greetings from your friends at the Museum of Ventura County! This is a friendly reminder that during the holidays the Museum of Ventura County and the Ag Museum in Santa Paula will...

Assemblymember Irwin and State Treasurer Chiang host press conference to announce the launch of CalABLE Accounts

Assemblymember Irwin and State Treasurer Chiang host press conference to announce the launch of CalABLE Accounts

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) and California State Treasurer John Chiang announced the roll out of CalABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Accounts. These special accounts, which were created by Assemblymember Irwin’s 2015 bill AB 449, are designed to help those with disability related expenses save for future expenses without losing access...


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