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VCCCD Chancellor Appoints New Leadership at Moorpark and Oxnard Colleges

April 19, 2019

OXNARD — Ventura County Community College District Chancellor Greg Gillespie has appointed Moorpark College President Luis Sanchez to serve as Oxnard College Acting President. With an immediate vacancy created by this appointment, Chancellor Gillespie has appointed Dr. Julius Sokenu as Moorpark College Acting President. Both assignments are effective April 15, 2019. President Sanchez will be working to support the success of the students and all of the employees at Oxnard College. “I wish to thank Dr. Julius Sokenu for his steadfast leadership and know that Moorpark College will continue to thrive under his watch,” shares Luis Sanchez. “Military, immigrant, and...
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CSUCI to award honorary doctorates to four individuals who have shattered barriers and forged pathways to higher education

April 19, 2019
CSUCI to award honorary doctorates to four individuals who have shattered barriers and forged pathways to higher education

CAMARILLO — Four individuals who have distinguished themselves with their support for CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) will be awarded honorary doctorates at CSUCI’s 2019 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18. At the 9 a.m. ceremony, Founding President of Excelencia in Education, Sarita E. Brown and Excelencia co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Deborah A. Santiago will each receive a Doctor of Humane Letters from CSUCI President Erika D. Beck, Ph.D. At the 3 p.m. ceremony, Beck will present a Doctor of Laws to Los Angeles attorney and former Trustee of the CSU system Laurence K. Gould Jr. She will also present...
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20 PVHS and SMHS students recently attended the Los Danzantes De Atzlan Folklorico Workshop

April 19, 2019

SANTA MARIA —About 20 PVHS and SMHS students recently attended the Los Danzantes De Atzlan Folklorico Workshop with world famous Ballet Folklorico National of Mexico Director Silvia Lozano at Fresno State University. The environment allowed the dancers to learn more about folkorico and its history of Mexican traditions through dance from world experts, according to Panther and Saint Beginning Mexican Dance/Folklorico Teacher Angel Hoyos. “Going to the Danzantes De Atzlan Conference was such a great experience,’’ said student Juan Antonio Martinez. “I had the opportunity to meet Silvia Lozazno as well as Victor Torres who are beyond great folklorico...
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Ventura College Foundation Announces Recipients of First Allied Health Scholarships

April 19, 2019

VENTURA — Ventura College students interested in careers in the medical and health fields received the first annual Allied Health Scholarship awards from the Ventura College Foundation at an April 13 ceremony at the college. A total of $93,300 in scholarships were awarded to 42 students who are currently taking or plan on taking courses in the college’s Holistic Health Studies, Kinesiology Program, Paramedic Studies, Nursing Science, Certified Nursing Assistant or Emergency Medical Technology programs. “Medical careers are always in the top 25 most needed careers in California,” says Debbie Newcomb, Ventura College Career Education I Dean overseeing the...
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Community Input Needed Regarding Next Oxnard School District Superintendent

April 19, 2019
Community Input Needed Regarding Next Oxnard School District Superintendent

OXNARD — The Board of Trustees of the Oxnard School District is in the process of conducting a search for the purposes of hiring the District’s next Superintendent. Dr. Cesar Morales, Superintendent of the Oxnard School District, has accepted the position of Associate Superintendent with the Ventura County Office of Education and will start on July 1, 2019. The executive search firm Leadership Associates was selected to advise the Board in the search process. On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 4 p.m., there will be an Open Forum to gather input from the community. This meeting will take place at the...
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Register for SBCC Summer Sessions

April 19, 2019
Register for SBCC Summer Sessions

SANTA BARBARA — Santa Barbara City College is offering two six-week sessions this summer. Summer Session 1 begins May 20, and Summer Session 2 begins June 29. Current students seeking to transfer or earn an associate degree can fast-track progress toward their goals. Graduating high school students can enroll in order to jumpstart their academic careers. Those looking to gain valuable skills for the workplace, learn a new skill, or enrich their summer with a fun class or two can do so with courses offered through the School of Extended Learning. Many of those classes are free! Classes are...
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Bilingual commentary: Teachers’ Dilemma: Pay vs. the Cost of Living

April 18, 2019

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 Hundreds of thousands of teachers in our country “moonlight” in at least second jobs* in order to “make ends meet,” to afford a roof over their heads, to survive in this economy and in the current political environment, where school teachers and college professors are regularly vilified because of their “elitist” views that clash with...
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Guest commentary: The Unconstitutional Oxnard Civil Gang Injunctions are a Fear Mongering Fraud and must be Rescinded!

April 18, 2019

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 Around 2004 in the ill-conceived and secretive development and eventual rollout of The Oxnard Civil Gang Injunctions, we know now, that there was massive, abusive, and illegal overreach by the Ventura County Districts Attorney’s Office and the Oxnard Police Department. Today, like cornered rats awaiting the inevitable death blow, the Ventura County Districts Attorney’s Office and the Oxnard Police Department...
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Vote Now To Select Oxnard Salsa Festival’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ Fan Favorite

April 18, 2019

OXNARD — Community members get to vote for their favorite band in the Oxnard Salsa Festival’s first “Battle of the Bands” contest. The band with the most votes will perform at this year’s festival. The 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival takes place July 27 and 28 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” streets in historic downtown Oxnard. Festival hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both days. The public can choose from four bands. Information about the bands and links to performances can be found by going to https://oxnardsalsafestival.com/battle. Decide on your favorite band and vote online. Those who...
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Nearly 160 Final Inspection Reports for Properties Affected by Woolsey Fire Submitted to Counties

April 18, 2019
Nearly 160 Final Inspection Reports for Properties Affected by Woolsey Fire Submitted to Counties

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — State officials at the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) in Calabasas have submitted final inspection reports to local officials in Los Angeles and Ventura counties for nearly 160 properties affected by the Woolsey Fire that have completed the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program. Submission of the reports to Los Angeles County Public Works and Ventura County Environmental Health Division, respectively, clears the way for rebuilding to begin for 144 property owners in Los Angeles County and 15 in Ventura County. Earlier state contractors conducted site assessments; asbestos surveys and abatements, where required on each site.  Crews...
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Carnegie Art Museum update for April 18 — Museum closed in observance of Easter Sunday, April 21

April 18, 2019

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   GUIDED MEDITATION Wednesday, April  24 6-7 pm  |  ages 13 to adult     $5 donation / members $3 Buddhist Meditation is an ancient set of teachings, which enables the practitioner to connect body and mind in the moment with utmost loving-kindness to oneself and to the rest of the world  Mindful and light physical movements are used to bring oneself to present moment. Bhante (Reverend) Sutadhara, a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk whose training is based on Insight Meditation, will guide sessions with quiet time to practice the techniques individually in a relaxing setting surrounded...
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SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center Announces New Get REAL Accelerator for Startup Support

April 18, 2019

Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge winners to receive customized support for the launch of their ventures and entrepreneurial development SANTA BARBARA — The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at SBCC is pleased to announce its launch of the Get REAL Accelerator for startups. The Get REAL Accelerator is designed to provide upcoming and past SBCC collegiate winners of the Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge competition extra support for entrepreneurial development and the launch of their ventures. The Get REAL Accelerator will launch in May 2019 and provide an inclusive learning environment that welcomes diversity among teams and business concepts. Entrepreneurs...
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Bilingual report: Ventura County Public Works Agency study to save millions by improving storm basin efficiency

April 17, 2019
Bilingual report: Ventura County Public Works Agency study to save millions by improving storm basin efficiency

Over the next 10 years, Ventura County Public Works Agency has projected that it will save more than $6.7 million by eliminating the removal of 330,000 cubic yards of excess sediment generated during Ventura County storm events. VENTURA COUNTY — The detailed, innovative study conducted by the Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) using Lean Six Sigma (LSS), a program for continuous process improvements, looked at the size and maintenance procedures for the flood control and sediment collection basins. When optimized correctly, VCPWA will effectively “right-size” the basins to the current design and protection standards for much greater efficiency. “The...
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Cheesecake Factory opens Oxnard location

April 17, 2019
Cheesecake Factory opens Oxnard location

CALABASAS HILLS — The Cheesecake Factory®, (NASDAQ: CAKE) has opened its newest restaurant in Oxnard. With more than 200 menu selections including SkinnyLicious® dishes with 590 calories or less and Saturday and Sunday Brunch – handmade, in-house with fresh ingredients – and more than 50 signature cheesecakes and desserts, The Cheesecake Factory’s opening provides exciting new choices for shoppers and area residents. Featuring imported limestone floors, custom wood columns, hand painted murals and modern lighting, the new restaurant includes the distinctive and contemporary décor that is as creative and imaginative as The Cheesecake Factory’s extensive menu. The Cheesecake Factory...
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SBCC team wins International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition

April 17, 2019

SANTA BARBARA —The SBCC ethics debate team won first place in its division at the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition held at the Hilton Center for Business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, April 10-12. The team is comprised of SBCC students—Jorge Caballero Naranjo, Zongchan Chen, Seine Ham, Anna Sophia Love, and Myrth Tan—and coached by Professor Marc Bobro. Of the 35 teams from colleges and universities from around the world, SBCC was the only two-year college.  The aim of the competition is to help students explore the moral imperatives of sustainable development. Teams are asked...
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Santa Paula Art Museum update for April 16 — Here are the Museum’s top 3 moments from the past week

April 16, 2019

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM JEANETTE COLE ART CENTER & COLE CREATIVITY CENTER Here are the Museum’s top 3 moments from the past week: Museum staff took a field trip to Blanchard Community Library to show their support for the 82nd annual Santa Paula Art Show. Jurors selected 41 artworks from 133 entries for the Museum’s upcoming Face of California exhibit opening May 18. Artist Kasia Lisowska taught a Ukrainian Egg Decorating class at the Cole Creativity Center over the weekend. It was so much fun! This Week Conversations in Art History: Artist Talk and Reception Thursday, April 18, 2019:...
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Jackson, Educators Call for More Sunshine, Accountability for billions in corporate, other tax incentives

April 16, 2019

Senate Bill 468 creates a process to evaluate effectiveness of tax credits and exemptions SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) joined educators April 16 to unveil her Senate Bill 468, which requires evaluation of certain California tax credits and exemptions for their effectiveness as well as economic, social or any other benefits to the state. Many of California’s nearly 80 tax expenditures have sat on the books for decades without any scrutiny or data to demonstrate they are achieving their public policy goals. According to the Department of Finance, by 2020-21, there will be a $506.4 billion loss in...
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United Way of Ventura County update for April 16 — Taking Care of Our Mother

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   President’s Message  Dear Friends, On May 10, the Friday before Mother’s Day, we will have our third annual Women United luncheon. Did you know that in order for a single mother to support one child in Ventura County, she needs to earn $23.96 per hour? And with...

Earth Day Organizers to Honor 2019 Environmental Heroes Acting on the Climate Crisis

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson to present awards to celebrity environmentalist and student activist SANTA BARBARA — The Community Environmental Council (CEC) proudly announces the recipients of its 2019 Environmental Hero Award: Author Suzy Amis Cameron, and Sunrise Movement UCSB student activist Rose Strauss. State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, a strong advocate...

Food for Fines is a success at the Ventura County Libraries

Ventura County Library, in partnership with FOOD Share Ventura County, held a Food for Fines week February 10 – 16, 2019. The Food for Fines fine amnesty program collected 3,477 pounds of food for the needy and forgave $3,935 in library fines and fees. VENTURA COUNTY — The Food for Fines program encouraged customers...

Oxnard College President Cynthia Azari to Retire

Oxnard College President Cynthia Azari to Retire

CAMARILLO — Oxnard College President Cynthia Azari announced this week that she plans to retire June 30, 2019, to spend more time with family in New York and Southern California. Dr. Azari led Oxnard College beginning in March 2016 and has made an indelible mark on the campus. Dr. Azari worked to increase dual enrollment,...

54 Santa Maria FFA Students Earn State FFA Degrees and SMHS ASB

54 Santa Maria FFA Students Earn State FFA Degrees and SMHS ASB

SANTA MARIA — A record-setting 54 Santa Maria FFA students were awarded their State FFA Degree at the annual awards banquet held inside the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande last weekend. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree a member can receive by the California State FFA Association. In order to qualify, members must...

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market in Simi Valley hold Job Fair on April 18, 19

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market in Simi Valley hold Job Fair on April 18, 19

SIMI VALLEY — Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, the extreme-value grocery retailer, is opening its latest store in SIMI VALLEY this coming May. The store owner-operators, David and Heather Rodriguez, will be hiring up to 30 positions, focusing on local hiring at a job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 18 and...

SMHS ASB holds ‘Pennies for Patients’ community service project

SMHS ASB holds ‘Pennies for Patients’ community service project

SANTA MARIA — One penny piled upon another added up to a nice donation for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, thanks to the Santa Maria High School Associated Student Body (ASB). The leadership students raised $3,943 during their “Pennies for Patients” community service project, according to Saint Activity Director Adrian Salazar. To accomplish their goal,...

VCCDC update for April 12 — Take advantage of VCCDC’s FREE upcoming workshops ranging from Estate Planning to Homebuyer Education!

VCCDC update for April 12 — Take advantage of VCCDC’s FREE upcoming workshops ranging from Estate Planning to Homebuyer Education!

Upcoming Workshops Take advantage of VCCDC’s FREE upcoming workshops ranging from Estate Planning to Homebuyer Education! REGISTER NOW Know Your Rights – Fair Housing Speaker: Gabriela Muñoz, Homeownership Specialist Cost: Free Date: Tuesday, April 30 Time: 6pm – 7pm Where: Online Live Webinar REGISTER NOW Eating Well -Connecting health and housing Guest Speaker: Gabriel...

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson to retire at end of school year

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson to retire at end of school year

SANTA MARIA — Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson will retire at the end of the school year after seven years of commitment to students, staff and community. Dr. Richardson officially notified staff on Friday. A special SMJUHSD Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at the district office....

Bilingual commentary: What? Me? A Television Producer?

Bilingual commentary: What? Me? A Television Producer?

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 We who are the older “digital immigrants” are still finding...

Santa Maria High School ASB students participate in Day of Hope campaign

Santa Maria High School ASB students participate in Day of Hope campaign

SANTA MARIA — Santa Maria High School ASB students joined the fight against cancer by participating in the Day of Hope campaign for the fifth year in a row. The students jump-started their efforts by pre-selling Santa Maria Times newspapers to staff. Then, on the day of the event, the students spent the morning waving...

Carnegie Art Museum update for April 11 — The Children’s Workshop

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   THE CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP FREE ART WORKSHOPS        Ages 8-10 Tuesdays      3:30-5:00 p.m. Imagine, create and spark lifelong connections with art at the CAM! Join Ojai Artist and educator Heidi Bradbury and experienced CAM educators as they provide hands-on, dynamic, and creative art lessons.  Workshops are open...

26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival Seeks Vendors

26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival Seeks Vendors

OXNARD — Vendor applications are now being accepted for the 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, July 27 and 28, at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets in downtown Oxnard. The festival celebrates all things salsa…the food, music and dance. An estimated 35,000 people attend the two-day event. Festival organizers look for vendors who can...

Artisans From Around The West Show Their Creations At 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival

Artisans From Around The West Show Their Creations At 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival

OXNARD — More than 200 artisans from throughout the West will be displaying their goods at the 36th annual California Strawberry Festival, May 18 and 19 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard. The festival, which attracts nearly 60,000 visitors, features dozens of different kinds of foods and beverages made from fresh strawberries,...

A chance to learn what it takes to become a certified “B Corp” at CSUCI event on April 15

A chance to learn what it takes to become a certified “B Corp” at CSUCI event on April 15

CAMARILLO — Employees at Patagonia Ventura can visit their young children during work at an on-site child care facility. They get a stipend for carpooling, biking or walking to work. Since the company was founded, it has given away more than $100 million to environmental causes around the world. These are just some of the...

Economic Development Collaborative update for April 11 — ‘It was truly a historic day for Limonera’

Economic Development Collaborative update for April 11 — ‘It was truly a historic day for Limonera’

“IT WAS TRULY A HISTORIC DAY FOR LIMONEIRA” -HAROLD EDWARDS EDC BOARD MEMBER CONGRATULATIONS LIMONEIRA AND HAROLD FROM THE EDC! Limoneira Rings NASDAQ Bell and Goes Solar By Kayla Webb NEW YORK CITY, NY – Limoneira is having a fantastic week. Not only was the citrus and avocado provider invited to the New York stock...

Pioneer Valley High School Boys’ Basketball Camp seek youth basketball hoopsters April 25, 26

Pioneer Valley High School Boys’ Basketball Camp seek youth basketball hoopsters April 25, 26

SANTA MARIA — Youth basketball hoopsters wanted April 25thand 26th. The Pioneer Valley High School Boys’ Basketball Camp will host two clinics for youngsters (5thgrade and older) who are interested in learning the solid fundamentals of the game. The sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon inside the Panther gym. The fun instruction will...

Visit Oxnard is Recognized as “One of the Central Coast Best Places to Work”  by Pacific Coast Business Times

Visit Oxnard is Recognized as “One of the Central Coast Best Places to Work” by Pacific Coast Business Times

OXNARD — Oxnard is not only a great place to visit, but it’s also a great place to work according to the Pacific Coast Business Times which recently honored the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Oxnard) with the “One of the Central Coast Best Places to Work” award.  Visit Oxnard was recognized in the...

Nearly 200,000 Tons of Debris from Woolsey and Hill Fires Removed by State Contractors

Nearly 200,000 Tons of Debris from Woolsey and Hill Fires Removed by State Contractors

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — State contractors have removed nearly 200,000 tons of debris generated by the Woolsey and Hill fires from private properties in Los Angeles and Ventura counties since debris removal operations began on February 6, officials with the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) in Calabasas reported today. From the 96,949-acre Woolsey Fire, 177,505.79 tons...

Museum of Ventura County update for April 10 — 2nd Annual VUSD Art Show Opening Reception

Museum of Ventura County update for April 10 — 2nd Annual VUSD Art Show Opening Reception

TOMORROW! Please join the Museum of Ventura County’s Latino Advisory Committee for an after work mixer on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn more about the Museum’s reinvention plan, the role of this important advisory group and how the community can get involved. The mixer is open to the...

Santa Barbara Bowl Hosts 3000 Santa Barbara Students at Kids at the Bowl

Santa Barbara Bowl Hosts 3000 Santa Barbara Students at Kids at the Bowl

The April 8 event featured The Alley Cats and UCSB Dance Company in two high-energy performances SANTA BARBARA — Santa Barbara Bowl announced today that, in collaboration with the Children’s Creative Project, they presented The Alley Cats, a cappella group from Los Angeles, performing with the UCSB Dance Company in two free shows for Santa Barbara area public school children....

Santa Paula Art Museum update for April 8 — We’ve Got a Kiln!

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM JEANETTE COLE ART CENTER & COLE CREATIVITY CENTER Here are the Museum’s top 5 moments from the past week: We’ve Got a Kiln! This week the Museum was gifted a kiln from an absolutely wonderful donor who prefers to remain anonymous. Having our own kiln opens up so many opportunities...

Paloma Arnold named SBCC Outstanding Administrator of the Year

Paloma Arnold named SBCC Outstanding Administrator of the Year

SANTA BARBARA — At the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees meeting on March 28, the SBCC Advancing Leadership Association recognized Paloma Arnold, Director of Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), as the Outstanding Administrator of the Year 2019. The primary purpose of this award is to honor colleagues who demonstrate excellence in their...

Dr. Cesar Morales Named New VCOE Associate Superintendent

Dr. Cesar Morales Named New VCOE Associate Superintendent

Morales to Join VCOE from Oxnard School District After an extensive search, the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) is pleased to announce that Dr. Cesar Morales has been named the new Associate Superintendent of Student Services. Dr. Morales will be joining VCOE from the Oxnard School District, where he has served as Superintendent...

Ventura County Community College District Announces Ventura College President Finalists

Ventura County Community College District Announces Ventura College President Finalists

Finalist forum on April 15 CAMARILLO — Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Chancellor Greg Gillespie is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, five finalists will move forward in the Ventura College President search process. Listed below are candidate biographies and campus forums information. College faculty, staff, administration, and community members are invited to attend....

Carnegie Art Museum update for April 4 — HOME is where the heART is

Carnegie Art Museum update for April 4 — HOME is where the heART is

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   HOME is where the heART is Carnegie Art Museum Cornerstones FUNDRAISER Sunday, May 5, 2019   3-5pm at the Ventura home of Virginia Beale for museum members & their guests. Adults only please.  (ages 13+) Virginia Beale, award winning painter of landscapes showing the beauty of our planet...

Hospice of Santa Barbara Seeking New ‘I Have a Friend’ Program Mentors

Hospice of Santa Barbara Seeking New ‘I Have a Friend’ Program Mentors

SANTA BARBARA — “Will I ever be normal again?” Those words, spoken almost 20 years ago by a 12-year-old boy whose father had recently died, sparked the creation of Hospice of Santa Barbara’s innovative “I Have a Friend®” mentor program. I Have a Friend matches trained adults who experienced the loss of a parent...

April Happenings in Downtown Oxnard

April Happenings in Downtown Oxnard

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   HOME FOOD SHOPS EVENTS First Thursdays Food Fest Tonight The 805’s first monthly food truck festival brings in more than a dozen gourmet trucks featuring international savory and sweet choices including Okamoto Kitchen, the Crazy Greek and Epic Tacos. Musical entertainment, free parking, pets on leash welcome....

Graduating students of the Resident Leadership Academy celebrate spirit of community through local change

Graduating students of the Resident Leadership Academy celebrate spirit of community through local change

VENTURA COUNTY — Sponsored by Ventura County Public Health (VCPH), the Ventura County RLA is a 10-session comprehensive curriculum that encourages community residents to reduce health disparities and inequities by encouraging healthy eating, physical activity and public safety through policy and environmental change. It provides tools and strategies to create healthier neighborhood environments and...

Bilingual commentary: And Our Words Becomes Flesh

Bilingual commentary: And Our Words Becomes Flesh

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 I and many others believe that there is a master...

CenCal Health Announces New Medical Director: Pediatrics Specialist “Dr. Patty” Joins Regional Health Plan

CenCal Health Announces New Medical Director: Pediatrics Specialist “Dr. Patty” Joins Regional Health Plan

CENTRAL COAST — CenCal Health, the publicly-sponsored health plan for Medi-Cal in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, recently welcomed pediatrics specialist Dr. Patricia Auchard to its organization as CenCal Health Medical Director. Reporting to Dr. Takashi Michael Wada, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer at CenCal Health, Auchard will be working on expanded...

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) Accepting Registrations for the 2019 Co-ed Basketball League

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) Accepting Registrations for the 2019 Co-ed Basketball League

THOUSAND OAKS — Registration is now underway for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) 2019 Co-ed Basketball League. The league takes place from April 21 through May 26 and is open to youth ages 3-12. Practice and games are held at the Los Cerritos Middle School Gym, 2100 E. Avenida De...

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation has recognized the abilities of two Santa Maria High School AVID students with $20,000 scholarships

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation has recognized the abilities of two Santa Maria High School AVID students with $20,000 scholarships

SANTA MARIA — The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation has recognized the abilities of two Santa Maria High School AVID students with $20,000 scholarships. Erika Cerna Arroyo and Isabel Alfaro will receive the funds to help them next year at four-year colleges or universities, according to Saint College and Career Center Specialist Kimberley Washington....

On Equal Pay Day, Jackson’s Bill to Close the Wage Gap with Data to be Voted on Key Committee

On Equal Pay Day, Jackson’s Bill to Close the Wage Gap with Data to be Voted on Key Committee

SACRAMENTO — On Equal Pay Day April 2, the day that represents how far into the next year women must work to earn what men did in the prior year, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s legislation to require California’s larger employers to report salary data to the state will be heard in the Senate Judiciary...

Santa Paula Art Museum update for April 1 — Free Family Day on April 7

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM JEANETTE COLE ART CENTER & COLE CREATIVITY CENTER Here are the Museum’s top 5 moments from the past week: Lunch with Rotary Club The Museum hosted Rotary Club of Santa Paula for its lunchtime meeting on Monday. Curator of Creativity Meg Phelps gave a fun presentation on the importance of...

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) Dedicates the New  John L. Notter Family Boys & Girls Club during Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) Dedicates the New John L. Notter Family Boys & Girls Club during Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

THOUSAND OAKS — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) introduced the John L. Notter Family Boys & Girls Club in Thousand Oaks to the community during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 20 at the club located on the campus of Redwood Middle School, 233 W. Gainsborough Road in Thousand...

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara update for April 1 — Lara Favaretto through April 28

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara update for April 1 — Lara Favaretto through April 28

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   UPCOMING EVENTS NOW ON VIEW Lara Favaretto On view February 12 – April 28, 2019 Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is pleased to present Lara Favaretto, featuring works spanning Turin, Italy-based artist Lara Favaretto’s more than twenty-year career, and presented in collaboration with Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada. The...

Friendship Center of Santa Barbara update for April 1 — Celebrating National Volunteer Month

Friendship Center of Santa Barbara update for April 1 — Celebrating National Volunteer Month

Click here for the entire e-newsletter     We Love Volunteers!   Celebrating National Volunteer Month Today’s blog post, celebrating National Volunteer Month, comes from Montecito Program Manager, Kathryn Cherkas, MIPH. People often ask me about volunteer opportunities at Friendship Center, quickly following with ‘But I don’t play an instrument’ or ‘I might be...

Bilingual report: Comfort by the pair for Ventura County homeless residents

Bilingual report: Comfort by the pair for Ventura County homeless residents

VENTURA — Sometimes the small things make a big difference. For many people without a permanent home, a pair of clean, warm socks brings comfort that the more fortunate take for granted. The Ventura County Continuum of Care recently applied for a grant and was rewarded with 2,500 pairs of socks for homeless residents....

Charles Genkel named as new County Environmental Health Director

Charles Genkel named as new County Environmental Health Director

VENTURA — The Resource Management Agency has selected Charles Genkel to serve as the County Environmental Health Director. He is filling the position left open by the retirement of Bill Stratton in January. Genkel has been the Environmental Health Manager for the Technical Services and Vector Control sections since 2015. “The Environmental Health Division...

Jackie Rose selected to run County’s Animal Services Department

Jackie Rose selected to run County’s Animal Services Department

VENTURA — Jackie Rose has been selected as the new director of the Animal Services Department. The appointment was made by County Executive Officer Mike Powers following a search which included strong internal and external candidates. Rose will be relocating from the state of Washington to assume her duties. Rose has 12 years of...

April — Free Job & Career Workshops

April — Free Job & Career Workshops

April 2019 Career Shops Location: West County America’s Job Center 2901 N. Ventura Rd., 3rd Floor, Oxnard 805-204-5171 April 12 – Veterans Orientation, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – This collaborative meeting provides our veterans with information on local services and programs that are available to the veteran. April 12 – The Power of...

April 19 — Job Fair for 30 Positions for New Simi Valley Grocery Outlet

SIMI VALLEY — Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, the extreme-value grocery retailer, is opening its latest store in Simi Valley this coming May. The store owner-operators, David and Heather Rodriguez, will be hiring up to 30 positions, focusing on local hiring at the following job fair. Details: Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19, 2019...

Through April 20 — Friends and family invited to ‘hop’ on over to The Collection at RiverPark for bunny photos and fun presented by St. John’s Hospitals

Through April 20 — Friends and family invited to ‘hop’ on over to The Collection at RiverPark for bunny photos and fun presented by St. John’s Hospitals

OXNARD — Through April 20, hop on the bunny trail and celebrate the arrival of spring with exciting happenings at The Collection at RiverPark with the annual Bunny Hop event and photos with the Easter Bunny inside The Annex Food Hall on Park View Court. For more springtime excitement, bring the little ones to...

Through April 20 — Museum Week at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

Through April 20 — Museum Week at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum

OXNARD — Scheduled activities of family-oriented nautically themed events are planned to celebrate Museum Week at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum.  In addition to the Museum’s regular exhibits and tours, the special events will include story-telling, themed presentations, knot-tying and ship-in-a-bottle classes, Movie Night, meet the Rock Fairy and more.  Participation fees for adults vary...

April 23 — EDC VC to present Building Resilient Communities Forum: Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties Panel including EDC’s President & CEO Bruce Stenslie

Building Resilient Communities Forum: Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties Panel including EDC’s President & CEO Bruce Stenslie Free Registration Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at 9 a.m. Child Development Resources 221 E. Ventura Boulevard Oxnard, CA 93036 Register The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Office of the...

25 de abril — Orientación de Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

VENTURA – – ¿Estás lista(o) para manejar tu pequeño negocio como un(a) profesional? ¿Tienes miedo de hacerlo a solas o no sabes por donde empezar? WEV ofrece cursos de capacitación para darte la confianza e información para que aprendas que es lo que se requiere para tener un negocio exitoso. Incluso, tendrás la oportunidad...

26 de abril — El Consejo Ambiental Comunitario Anuncia el Festival del Día de la Tierra SB 2019 Concierto de viernes por la noche con evento agregado para extender la celebración

26 de abril — El Consejo Ambiental Comunitario Anuncia el Festival del Día de la Tierra SB 2019 Concierto de viernes por la noche con evento agregado para extender la celebración

SANTA BARBARA — El Consejo Ambiental Comunitario (Community Environmental Council-CEC) celebrará su Festival del Día de la Tierra de Santa Bárbara 2019 en Alameda Park el sábado 27 de abril de 11 a.m. a 8 p.m. y el domingo 28 de abril, de 11 a.m. a 6 p.m., con un concierto nocturno gratuito que incluye...

April 26 — Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents ‘Body Disco!’

April 26 — Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents ‘Body Disco!’

SANTA BARBARA — Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents “Body Disco!,” 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 26. Come one, come all to the most fashion-forward dance art experience of the season! For one night only, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara will host an intersectional disco experience alongside current exhibition Lara Favaretto. Enjoy disco sets...

April 27 — New Artist Talk Series Presents Artists and Authors with Unique Perspectives

April 27 — New Artist Talk Series Presents Artists and Authors with Unique Perspectives

CAMARILLO — Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIAC) is launching a new Artist Talk series beginning April 27, featuring neuroscience expert and best-selling author Mark Waldman, one of the world’s leading experts on communication, spirituality and the brain. Waldman will present his talk on neuroaesthetics and how art stimulates the brain, sharing the latest...

April 27 — Conejo Valley YMCA Hosts Free Annual Healthy Kids Day

CONEJO VALLEY — On Saturday, April 27, the Conejo Valley YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at its annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day will feature activities...

April 27 — Yarrow Family YMCA Grand Opening in Westlake Village

April 27 — Yarrow Family YMCA Grand Opening in Westlake Village

WESTLAKE VILLAGE — The official grand opening of the Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village is set for Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The afternoon will be filled with facility tours, raffles and games. The public is invited. “The idea for a YMCA in Westlake Village began 20 years ago,”...

Through April 28 — Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara to present Lara Favaretto

Through April 28 — Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara to present Lara Favaretto

SANTA BARBARA — The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara will present Lara Favaretto through April 28 at 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara Lara Favaretto, in collaboration with Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada, features works spanning Lara Favaretto’s more than 20-year career and marks the artist’s solo U.S. West Coast institutional debut. Lara Favaretto (b.1973, Treviso, Italy) lives...

April 28 — Pro-Wrestling Show LIVE at Oceanview Pavilion

April 28 — Pro-Wrestling Show LIVE at Oceanview Pavilion

PORT HUENEME — On Sunday, April 28, at Port Hueneme’s Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Championship Wrestling from Hollywood will return to Oceanview Pavilion located at 575 E Surfside Drive. This incredible television production and one of a kind event . Doors open at 3 pm. Arrive early! This is just a taste of the action that’s...

Through April 29 — Channel Islands Maritime Museum hosts Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit

Through April 29 — Channel Islands Maritime Museum hosts Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit

OXNARD — Continuing a tradition that is now in its 29th year, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum is proud to celebrate its long history hosting The Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit. Celebrate the creative talent on display, original works in all media—from painting and drawing to photography, ceramics, three-dimensional assemblage, and digital art—will...

April 29 — LA Kings Team Ambassador Bob Miller to Host Big Brother Big Sisters of Ventura County Golf Classic 2019

April 29 — LA Kings Team Ambassador Bob Miller to Host Big Brother Big Sisters of Ventura County Golf Classic 2019

VENTURA COUNTY — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) is excited to welcome hockey Hall of Famer and “Voice of the Kings” announcer Bob Miller as the celebrated host and keynote speaker for its 46thannual Golf Classic, presented by Select Workforce Specialists. The event, to be held Monday, April 29, 2019, at The...

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

Through April 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...

April 29 — Oxnard College to host ‘Climate Action Now — Environmental Justice Summit’

April 29 — Oxnard College to host ‘Climate Action Now — Environmental Justice Summit’

OXNARD — Oxnard College will host the Environmental Justice Summit: Climate Action Now on Monday, April 29, at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Building (4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard). Exhibits with local environmental groups open at 5:30 p.m. Presentations, beginning at 6 p.m., will be followed by workshops at 7:30 p.m. The event is free...

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 — Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents Ceramic Studio Saturdays

Through May — Santa Barbara Museum of Art presents Ceramic Studio Saturdays

First two Saturdays of the Month, through 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...

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

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 through May 1, 11:00 to 12:15 PM Contact (805) 690 6201 or dpearson@vnhcsb.org for more information.

May 2 — Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band Performs Free Community Concert

VENTURA — Enjoy an evening of music featuring the talented youth musicians of the award-winning Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band. Hosted by Ferguson Case Orr Paterson in the FCOP Courtyard, May 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 1050 South Kimball Rd., Ventura. Light food and refreshments will be served. Free to attend. RSVP...

May 2 — SBMApresents ‘1st Thursday at SBMA, Pop-Up Opera’

SANTA BARBARA — Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present: “1st Thursday at SBMAa,” 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 1130 State St., Santa Barbara.   5 – 6 pm Pop-Up Opera Opera Santa Barbara returns to present crowd-pleasing pop-up performances in the Museum galleries. Location: Museum galleries   5:30 – 7:30 pm Family 1st Thursday Bring the...

May 3 — Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCCGV) Hold Summer Camp Open House

May 3 — Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCCGV) Hold Summer Camp Open House

THOUSAND OAKS — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCCGV) offers a variety of summer camp options to empower and engage youth in their development in a fun and safe atmosphere. The community is invited to learn about all the great programs offered by BGCCGV during a free Summer Open House held...

May 4 — Artist Studios Open to Public on First Saturdays at Studio Channel Islands Art Center

May 4 — Artist Studios Open to Public on First Saturdays at Studio Channel Islands Art Center

CAMARILLO — Every first Saturday of the month, Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s artist studios, at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, are open to the public, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. As many as 40 of the area’s very best artists welcome visitors into their studios to watch them create sculptures, paintings and multimedia pieces...

May 4; June 1 — Twice the Fun at Studio Channel Islands Arts Alive Festival

CAMARILLO — This year visitors will have two opportunities to enjoy fine art, live music, fun activities, food and craft beers at Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s popular art festival, Arts Alive, presented May 4 and June 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the SCIAC campus at 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Now in...

May 5 through Sept. 1 — Fairy Tales Come Alive at Channel Islands Harbor – First Performance May 5: Rapunzel Meets Spider-Man

OXNARD — Channel Islands Harbor presents Gypsies in a Trunk, the all-volunteer troupe of actors who perform free fairy tales for the young and the young at heart. They will be performing “Rapunzel Meets Spider-Man” at 2 p.m., May 5, at the north end of Harbor View Park located south of Marine Emporium Landing...

May 7 — Ventura County Mobile Library Launch and Ribbon Cutting

May 7 — Ventura County Mobile Library Launch and Ribbon Cutting

VENTURA — You are invited to Ventura County Library’s Mobile Library launch and ribbon cutting event on Tuesday, May 7 at 1:30pm at the Ventura County Government Center outside courtyard (between the Hall of Administration and Hall of Justice buildings). The Mobile Library funding was possible by a $100,000 donation from the Ventura County Library...

May 9 through 20 — 2019 Artist Studio Tour

May 9 through 20 — 2019 Artist Studio Tour

CARPINTERIA — Free event hosted by the Arts Center every Mother’s Day weekend. This year, we have 31 artists who will open their doors to visitors to savor a glimpse behind the scenes where the creative process unfolds. We promote and support our local artists with this opportunity for the public to meet them,...

May 9 through 20 —  2019 Artists Studio Tour Group Show

May 9 through 20 — 2019 Artists Studio Tour Group Show

CARPINTERIA — Group Show – 2019 Artists Studio Tour: 5/9 – 5/20 Participating artists will be part of an exciting exhibit at the brand-new Arts Center gallery. The public will be able to preview artwork from the incredible array of artists, as well as enjoy an opportunity to purchase. Our gallery is open from...

May 9 through 12 — 63rd Annual Conejo Valley Days

May 9 through 12 — 63rd Annual Conejo Valley Days

THOUSAND OAKS — The 63rd Annual Conejo Valley Days, May 9-12 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks, celebrates the area’s western roots and community spirit. The four-day event features entertainment for kids, teens and the whole family including carnival rides, games, live music and kids’ arts and crafts....

May 10 — Women United Luncheon Co-Chairs Leanne Neilson, Erin Simqu Planning Powerful Event Benefiting Independent Women

VENTURA COUNTY — United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) Women United will recognize some unsung local heroes during its 3rd Annual Luncheon May 10, featuring acclaimed social psychologist and author Dr. Aida Hurtado. Event co-chairs Leanne Neilson and Erin Simqu are busy putting the final touches on the 2019 luncheon, but they aren’t the...

May 10 — ‘The Power of the Purse’; Women United Comes Together for 3rd Annual Luncheon

May 10 — ‘The Power of the Purse’; Women United Comes Together for 3rd Annual Luncheon

VENTURA COUNTY — United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) Women United will explore the “Power of the Purse” during its 3rd Annual Luncheon May 10, featuring acclaimed social psychologist and author Dr. Aida Hurtado. The luncheon will be held at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the California Lutheran University, Gilbert Sports &...

May 10 — 2019 Artists Studio Tour Reception

May 10 — 2019 Artists Studio Tour Reception

CARPINTERIA — Reception – 2019 Artists Studio Tour: May 10, 5-7PM Join us in our brand-new gallery for a reception to kick off the 2019 Artists Studio Tour (5/11-12) and its companion Group Show (5/9-20). For 2019, we have 31 participating artists! They will be the featured guests, and their work will be exhibited...

May 10 — Country Rockers Rebel Heart and Line Dance Lessons With Kristal Lynn Headline Friday night at Conejo Valley Days

THOUSAND OAKS — Country music fans can put on their best western gear and head to the 63rd annual Conejo Valley Days on Friday night, May 10 (Conejo Creek Parks South, Janss Rd./23 Freeway exit, Thousand Oaks). The night will feature county music from Rebel Heart and line dance lessons with Kristal Lynn Konzen....

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 11 — SB Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo – Science, Healing and Hope

May 11 — SB Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo – Science, Healing and Hope

SANTA BARBARA — This all-day conference (for adults 18 and over) includes sessions from expert speakers, Q&A, documentary presentation and book signings. This event also includes an Expo with many exhibitors offering free (non-THC) giveaways, music and food vendors. The primary theme is all about the life-saving benefits of including cannabinoids and derivatives to...

May 11 — Artist and Curator Michael Pearce to Speak on Representational Art at SCIAC

CAMARILLO — Artist, curator and California Lutheran University art professor, Michael Pearce, will be the featured speaker on May 11, presenting an overview of The Illusionists exhibition which he curated for Studio Channel Islands Art Center as a companion to the internationally recognized TRAC 2019 conference which CLU recently hosted. The talk is part...

May 15 — Channel Islands Maritime Museum to present Marine Megatropolis (1974-1981) Photographs by Bob Evans

May 15 — Channel Islands Maritime Museum to present Marine Megatropolis (1974-1981) Photographs by Bob Evans

OXNARD — Mark your calendar: May 15, 6:30 pm for the opening of Marine Megatropolis (1974-1981) Photographs by Bob Evans Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, California, 93035 On Exhibit May 15, 2019 – August 26, 2019 The exhibit is on loan from the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and includes photographs from and the...

May 18 — Ventura County Potters’ Guild Gallery to present Marvelous Mug Marketplace

May 18 — Ventura County Potters’ Guild Gallery to present Marvelous Mug Marketplace

VENTURA — The Ceramic spotlight will shine on mugs at the Ventura County Potters’ Guild Gallery (VCPG) in Ventura Harbor. Mugs from over 20 gallery members will be available for purchase on Saturday, May 18 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. We invite our stalwart collectors and newcomers to join us for a coffee and tea...

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.,...

Through May 18 — Studio Channel Islands presents The Illusionists Exhibition

Through May 18 — Studio Channel Islands presents The Illusionists Exhibition

OXNARD — Studio Channel Islands Arts Center (SCI) will present a unique exhibition, The Illusionists, March 30 through May 18 in the SCI Blackboard Gallery located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. The exhibit is curated by accomplished artist and California Lutheran University art professor Michael Pearce as part of The Representational Art Conference...

May 18 — 3rd Annual “Be Prepared” Safety Fair

May 18 — 3rd Annual “Be Prepared” Safety Fair

THOUSAND OAKS — Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and the City of Thousand Oaks will be hosting their third annual “Be Prepared” Safety Fair on Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will feature booths covering topics from earthquakes, fires and floods, to CPR, bike safety and much more. Fire...

May 18-19 — Berry Delights at 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival

May 18-19 — Berry Delights at 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival

OXNARD — The California Strawberry Festival is celebrating its 36th anniversary on May 18 and 19 with something for every strawberry lover. The two-day event that attracts visitors from throughout California takes place at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard (3250 South Rose Avenue). Satisfying your taste buds will be easy. Each of...

May 18 — Channel Islands Maritime Museum to Host Maritime Tea Time Featuring Teas from Around the Globe

May 18 — Channel Islands Maritime Museum to Host Maritime Tea Time Featuring Teas from Around the Globe

OXNARD — Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) celebrates the world’s most popular beverage and its relationship with maritime history and commerce on Saturday, May 18th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Maritime Tea Time will take place on the museum’s Upper Deck which features incredible views of scenic Channel Islands Harbor. The afternoon includes tea...

June 1 — Studio Channel Islands Art Center Presents The NEXT Big Thing. Exhibit continues through July 20

June 1 — Studio Channel Islands Art Center Presents The NEXT Big Thing. Exhibit continues through July 20

CAMARILLO — Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIAC) will launch The NEXT Big Thing exhibition with an opening reception 4 to 6 p.m., June 1, at SCIAC’s Blackboard Gallery at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. The exhibition will be juried by artist Mat Gleason, an internationally recognized art critic and curator of contemporary art...

June 9 — Rotary Club of Ojai-West presents The 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival

June 9 — Rotary Club of Ojai-West presents The 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival

OJAI — For 33 years, the Ojai Wine Festival has served as the primary non-profit fundraising effort of the Rotary Club of Ojai-West Foundation and its numerous philanthropic endeavors, from Girl’s Empowerment Workshops to helping aid local communities in Thomas Fire relief. This year, event participants of The 33rd Annual Ojai Wine Festival can...

June 27 through Aug. 22 — Save the Date for The Collection at RiverPark’s 2019 Rocking Summer Concert Series

June 27 through Aug. 22 — Save the Date for The Collection at RiverPark’s 2019 Rocking Summer Concert Series

OXNARD — Rock the Collection is back and better than ever! The Collection at RiverPark invites the community to grab their lounge chairs and blankets, kick back, relax and enjoy a free summer concert series kicking off June 27th. Every other Thursday from June 27th- August 22nd, Collection Park will revel in the sounds...

July 27-28 — 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival

July 27-28 — 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival

OXNARD — Groove to hot Latin sounds and indulge in spicy culinary flavors at the 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. The festival, July 27 and 28, is a celebration of all things salsa–the food, music and dance. Festivities take place at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” streets in historic downtown Oxnard from 11:00 a.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 — Ventura County Genealogical Society presents FREE Mexican American Workshop

Continuing — Ventura County Genealogical Society presents FREE Mexican American Workshop

VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY https://venturacogensoc.org (See website for other free events, current time, date, and place) FREE WORKSHOP: MEXICAN AMERICAN SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG) Meets monthly, every Meets monthly, every 2nd Saturday 10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Camarillo, 2nd-floor computer room. Want to learn Genealogy to research...

Continuing — Camarillo Hospice offers Grief Support in Spanish

Continuing — 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...

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...

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

Continuing — 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...

Elm Street School in Oxnard receives ‘Seal of Excellence’ from the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)

Elm Street School in Oxnard receives ‘Seal of Excellence’ from the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)

OXNARD — Elm Street School in the Oxnard School District was only one of two schools in California to receive the 2019 Seal of Excellence Award from the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE). This award honors exemplary bilingual education programs throughout the state and schools in particular that have established effective programs for...

Bilingual report: State Sen. Jackson honors César Chávez

Bilingual report: State Sen. Jackson honors César Chávez

SACRAMENTO – In advance of what would have been César Chávez’s 92ndbirthday, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released the following statement honoring the labor organizer for his contributions to social justice: “On Sunday, March 31, we honor the life and legacy of César Chávez, the labor leader and civil rights activist whose contributions have left...

Spotlight on over 40 businesses supporting resource families in Ventura County; businesses provide discounts to resource families caring for children and teens

Spotlight on over 40 businesses supporting resource families in Ventura County; businesses provide discounts to resource families caring for children and teens

Foster VC Kids “Businesses With Heart” program shows how local businesses are stepping up to encourage and support youth and the resource families caring for them. VENTURA COUNTY — Ventura County Children and Family Services’ Foster VC Kids Businesses with Heart (BWH) program, has now grown to over 40 Ventura County business locations. The BWH...

La mejora de la calidad del agua para las playas del condado de Ventura conduce a un agua más limpia para los visitantes de la playa

La mejora de la calidad del agua para las playas del condado de Ventura conduce a un agua más limpia para los visitantes de la playa

Varias playas en el Condado de Ventura han sido eliminadas de la Lista Federal de Aguas Perjudicadas VENTURA COUNTY —  27 de marzo de 2019: siete de las playas del Condado de Ventura fueron votadas para ser eliminadas de la lista de cuerpos de agua perjudicada, también conocida como la lista 303 (d) por...

Carnegie Art Museum update for March 28 — Artist  Talk and Demonstration with Nikita Budkov and Zara Monet Feeney

Carnegie Art Museum update for March 28 — Artist Talk and Demonstration with Nikita Budkov and Zara Monet Feeney

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   APRIL  | PROGRAMS Artist  Talk and Demonstration with Nikita Budkov and Zara Monet Feeney Free event for Members only and a guest Sunday, April 7, 2019 11:00 am – 1:00 p.m. Space is limited, reservation required education@carnegieam.org Meet artist Nikita Budkov and Zara Monet Feeney as they...


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