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July cover story: Cultural events heating up summer in 805 region

July 1, 2015
July cover story: Cultural events heating up summer in 805 region

From performances by Teatro de las Américas to the Oxnard Salsa Festival and Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, events filling up summer season By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 From theatrical performances to moving to the salsa beat and tasting the salsa heat, and preparations for one of the largest multi-day fiestas in the region, event organizers are gearing up for a variety of cultural activities in the next few weeks as summer moves into high gear.  On the stage One of the first cultural events on the calendar will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, July 10 when...
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Local news briefs

July 1, 2015
Local news briefs

VENTURA COUNTY — The United Way of Ventura County has launched its “Stuff the Bus” campaign to collect new school supplies through July 23. The supplies will be “stuffed” into backpacks for children from low-income families, the organization reported in a media release. Backpacks will be distributed before the end of summer break to community-based organizations in Ventura County, just in time to get children ready for the new school year. New school supplies needed include: binders, calculators, colored pencils, compasses, construction paper, crayon boxes, dictionaries, dividers, erasers, folders, glue sticks, highlighters, index cards, markers, mechanical pencils, notebooks, paper...
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Commentary: Peoples’ Self-Help Housing helps to fight summer brain drain

July 1, 2015
Commentary: Peoples’ Self-Help Housing helps to fight summer brain drain

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 With statistics showing that children lose one to three months of learning during the summer when they are out of school, it’s vital that parents find alternatives to keep those young minds active and prepared for the school year ahead. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, a developer of affordable housing, is helping parents in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties do just that by continuing its Youth Education Enhancement Program (YEEP) at learning centers at eight of its affordable rental complexes throughout the summer. The program serves 240 students. “A strong education is key...
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Bilingual commentary: Americans—Not A Lazy People

July 1, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Americans—Not A Lazy People

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. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Sometimes we American workers may feel that we are approaching “karoshi,” a Japanese word meaning “death by overwork.”  We are called many things by people throughout the world, but no one can legitimately claim that we are “lazy.”  Quite the contrary.  According to a Chicago Tribune article*, the workday for American men has increased to an average 8.12 hours—beyond the...
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Bilingual report: Women’s Economic Ventures celebrates Spring 2015 WEV en Espanol’s Self Employment Training graduates

July 1, 2015
Bilingual report: Women’s Economic Ventures celebrates Spring 2015 WEV en Espanol’s Self Employment Training graduates

Next Spanish orientation to be held July 1 in Port Hueneme On Wednesday, June 17th, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) celebrated the accomplishments of twelve men and women from WEV en Español’s Advanced Self-Employment Training (SET) program during a graduation ceremony held at Ventura Adult & Continuing Education. After months of training on topics including finances, marketing and sales, public relations and advertising, legal and insurance issues, record keeping, and how to write a business plan, the graduates gained the tools and support needed to grow or start their own business.  Some businesses and business concepts include a hair salon,...
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Local business information

July 1, 2015
Local business information

> Ventura SCORE will present the small business workshop “How to manage your time and become more effective” at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1 at the SCORE Office Thousand Oaks, 516 Pennsfield Place, Suite 206. Learn how you can free yourself from the day-to-day hassles and manage your time better. Determine what are your “Time Bandits.” Learn the difference between urgent and important, how to prioritize your day, get organized, say “NO,” and the easy steps to control your day and be more efficient. How to identify your time bandits How to manage your time at work How to...
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Health: ‘Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo’ set for Ventura

July 1, 2015
Health: ‘Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo’ set for Ventura

The “Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo, Southern California’s Premier LIfestyle, Health & Active Aging Expo” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, in the San Miguel Expo Hall, organizers reported in a media release. The free event, which includes free parking, will feature information on products, services and resources for SoCal Baby Boomers & Seniors. The expo includes: Health and wellness screenings Job and volunteer fair, resume review Door prizes, giveaways and samples An opportunity to socialize, network & make new friends A variety...
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Local health information

July 1, 2015
Local health information

> Clinicas del Camino Real Inc. will provide information on Covered California and free health screenings at selected locations throughout the month of July in Ventura County. Click here to find times, dates and locations.   > The Ventura County Health Care Agency provides a calendar of upcoming health events, including breast feeding education and support classes during July, at http://www.vchca.org/events   > Gold Coast Health Plan will present “Baby Steps Program by Santa Paula Hospital” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at 825 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. Information will be provided on Medi-Cal Managed Care,...
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‘Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery’ screening to be held July 1 in Santa Paula

June 30, 2015
‘Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery’ screening to be held July 1 in Santa Paula

VENTURA — The Museum of Ventura County will present the next screening of “Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery,” an award-winning documentary by Santa Paula-born filmmaker Walter Dominguez at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 at the Regency Santa Paula 7 theater in Santa Paula. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with filmmaker Walter Dominguez and Executive Producer Shelley Morrison, who also starred as “Rosario” in the groundbreaking television comedy series, Will & Grace. “The Museum of Ventura County is excited and honored to present Weaving the Past to the public and our museum members. We are dedicated to...
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BGCOP appoints new members to its board of directors

June 24, 2015
Veronica Quintana

Strategic business developer and bookkeeping/tax manager join the club’s leadership team   OXNARD — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme announces the addition of Gregory Siuta and Veronica Quintana to its board of directors. Siuta, a strategic business development professional with Booz Allen Hamilton in Camarillo, brings a unique blend of professional, academic and personal experience to the BGCOP board. Quintana specializes in providing services to companies in the agricultural, construction, manufacturing, restaurant, and professional service industries, as well as government contractors. “Both Greg and Veronica have proven track records for identifying and solving...
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Bilingual commentary: The Bat Mitzvah

June 23, 2015
Bilingual commentary: The Bat Mitzvah

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. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending a Jewish bat mitzvah, a celebration that marks a girl’s transition into womanhood.  Leah, a happy, radiant teen, age 13, seemed to understand the joy as well as the gravity of the expectations thrust upon her by her family, her rabbi and her congregation, all of whom had a shared interest...
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New LULAC Council in Paso Robles to serve San Luis Obispo

June 22, 2015
New LULAC Council in Paso Robles to serve San Luis Obispo

By Dave Rodriguez / State President California LULAC Last Thursday it was my pleasure to swear in our officers for the new council in Paso Robles. President Steve Orduno and his team organized opening ceremonies with a crowd of about 75 elected officials, community leaders, and members on hand. This was an ideal launch for a new council with the introductory film about LULAC shown to all. Keynoting the event was Anna Caballero, Governor Brown’s Secretary for Business, Consumer Services, and Housing. We are excited over the opening of another council in the central coast and look forward to assisting members...
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Bilingual report: ‘Movement, Balance and Health!’ conference for older adults to be held in Oxnard on June 27

June 22, 2015
Bilingual report: ‘Movement, Balance and Health!’ conference for older adults to be held in Oxnard on June 27

OXNARD — A “Movement, Balance and Health!” conference for older adults will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27 at the Oxnard Family Circle ADHC at “The Palms” Outlet Center, 2100 Outlet Center Drive, Unit 280, Oxnard. The event will feature a welcome by Supervisor John C. Zaragoza, presentations by Dr. Thomas Duncan, Trauma co-director for the Ventura County Medical Center; Rigoberto Vargas, director of  Ventura County Public Health; Dr. Miguel Cervantes, director of Las Islas Family Medical Group, nutrition presentation, Zumba and Tai Chi demonstrations, raffles and prizes, lunch and refreshments. Presented by the...
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Women’s Economic Ventures to present free Spanish self-employment training orientation in Ventura County on July 1

June 22, 2015
Women’s Economic Ventures to present free Spanish self-employment training orientation in Ventura County on July 1

VENTURA COUNTY — Women’s Economic Ventures will present free Spanish self-employment training orientation in Ventura County. Have you wanted to run your own business, but don’t know where to start? Or do you already own a business and want to expand? Learn how to make those dreams a reality with Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). WEV is holding a free, 1-hour informational session facilitated by Spanish Program Coordinator Leticia Sandoval in Ventura County to help determine your readiness for one of WEV’s business courses. Orientation is required to enroll in select courses such as the Spanish Self-Employment Training (SSET) program. The...
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Javier Read de Alaniz named UCSB’s 2015-16 Plous Award Winner

June 19, 2015
Javier Read de Alaniz named UCSB’s 2015-16 Plous Award Winner

Read de Alaniz will showcase his research in chemistry when he delivers the annual Plous Lecture next spring By Andrea Estrada / UCSB Javier Read de Alaniz, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC Santa Barbara, has received the 2015-16 Harold J. Plous Award. Presented by the College of Letters and Science, the Plous award is one of the university’s most prestigious faculty honors. It is given annually to an assistant professor in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences for exceptional achievement in research, teaching, and service to the university. The award was...
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Bilingual commentary: The plight of Middle Eastern women

June 16, 2015
Bilingual commentary: The plight of Middle Eastern women

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. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Recently, a young woman who had been born in Pakistan loaned me a book (actually, she pushed it into my hands): Khaled Hosseini’s  A Thousand Splendid Suns, a novel about life in Afghanistan from the perspective of two girls, Laila and Mariam, who became women and married the same man.  The lender of the book wanted me to learn about...
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Guest commentary: The blessing of fatherhood

June 15, 2015
Guest commentary: The blessing of fatherhood

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. By Armando Vazquez / Guest contributor My father, Pedro Serratos Vazquez, was by any standard a great man, a caring loving father, a devoted husband and a loyal servant to relatives and countless extended village friends from Mexico that depended on him for his unwavering help, gringo dollars and assistance to get them all to El Norte. My father was a quiet, pensive and unassuming man;...
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Santa Paula Art Museum to present ‘John Nava: Selected Paintings and Tapestries’ starting June 20

June 15, 2015
Santa Paula Art Museum to present ‘John Nava: Selected Paintings and Tapestries’ starting June 20

SANTA PAULA — The Santa Paula Art Museum will present “John Nava: Selected Paintings and Tapestries,” a survey of works by internationally renowned painter and tapestry designer John Nava from June 20 through Nov. 8 at 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. The exhibit opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m June 20. Nava’s work ranges from commissioned public projects such as his well-known tapestries for the Los Angeles cathedral to portraits to social and politically themed works to images about the coastal experience of life in Ventura County, museum officials reported in a media release. The exhibit will...
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Bilingual report: ‘Saturday Sidewalk Coffee Session’ with Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to be held June 20 in Oxnard

June 15, 2015
Bilingual report: ‘Saturday Sidewalk Coffee Session’ with Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to be held June 20 in Oxnard

OXNARD —A “Saturday Sidewalk Coffee Session” with Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin to be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at Heritage Square, 230 W. 7th St., Oxnard. Constituents of the 44th Assembly District can join  Irwin for coffee and take an opportunity to discuses legislation and local issues. Call 805-482-1904 to RSVP. *** Café con la Asambleísta Jacqui Irwin el 20 de junio en Oxnard Acompañe a la asambleísta Jacqui Irwin a una taza de café y tome la oportunidad de hablar con ella sobre legislación o temas locals e sábado, 20 de junio 12pm a 2...
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UCSB announces winners of top awards

June 10, 2015
UCSB announces winners of top awards

By Andrea Estrada / UCSB Three remarkable graduating seniors at UC Santa Barbara have been named winners of the university’s top awards for their scholastic achievement, their extraordinary service to the university and the community, and their personal courage and persistence. • Gloria M.A. Campos-Calderon, of Los Angeles, is the recipient of the Jeremy D. Friedman Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership, superior scholarship and contributions to undergraduate life on campus. • Stephanie Natalie Grillo, of Northridge, is the recipient of the Alyce Marita Whitted Memorial Award, which recognizes a nontraditional student’s endurance, persistence and courage in the face of extraordinary...
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Bilingual commentary: Is this how Dementia feels?

June 9, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Is this how Dementia feels?

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. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor I had never felt fear and panic during my morning run, until one day about a week ago.  Well, maybe I’ve felt a little fear and panic with the occasional huge, unleashed curious dog, or the speeding bicyclist who apparently felt no need to proceed with caution around the blind corner.  But this, on that morning, was a kind of...
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Bilingual report: Tickets now on sale for 20th annual Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival

June 8, 2015
Bilingual report: Tickets now on sale for 20th annual Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival

SANTA BARBARA — Tickets are now on sale for the Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival, which returns to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday Aug. 8 to celebrate it’s 20th Anniversary. Performing at this year’s milestone Festival will be: Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán Ana Barbara Alicia Villareal Tickets range from $50 to $95 plus applicable service charges. Tickets are available at the Santa Barbara Bowl and on www.ticketmaster.com. The Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting and preserving the tradition of mariachi music...
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CLU student gets national research fellowship

June 4, 2015
CLU student gets national research fellowship

Oxnard resident spending the summer in a Texas lab HOUSTON — A California Lutheran University student is researching muscle and neuronal development at the Baylor College of Medicine this summer as the recipient of a prestigious fellowship, the university reported this week in a media release. CLU senior Salvador Brito of Oxnard received the award from the 2015 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program. It covers his travel and housing and provides him with a $5,000 stipend. The program provides undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds and groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences with significant summer research...
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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! awarded NEA grant for presenting performances, sharing cultures

June 4, 2015
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! awarded NEA grant for presenting performances, sharing cultures

SANTA BARBARA — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! has received a grant of $20,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to further its program of performances and educational outreach in 2015-2016, the organization reported in a media release.  The grant coincides with Viva’s tenth season and will support free family concerts, school visits and community workshops for audiences throughout Santa Barbara County from Carpinteria to New Cuyama. A collaboration between UCSB Arts & Lectures, The Marjorie Luke Theatre, Isla Vista School and the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, Viva presents residences with performing artists from the U.S. and Mexico...
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The UCSB Library acquires major Chicano/Latino graphic art collection from San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

June 3, 2015
The UCSB Library acquires major Chicano/Latino graphic art collection from San Francisco’s Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

By Andrea Estrada / UCSB The UC Santa Barbara Library has acquired two individual art collections from the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) in San Francisco’s Mission District, university officials reported in a media release. Together they consist of thousands of historical silkscreen posters from the Chicano/Latino visual arts movement dating back to the 1970s. The Mission Gráfica and La Raza Graphics collections, which also include organization records from La Raza Graphics, will become part of the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives (CEMA), a division of UCSB Library’s Special Research Collections. The acquisitions will nearly double CEMA’s...
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