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Community Invited to Cybersecurity Presentations and Awards Reception

February 20, 2019
Community Invited to Cybersecurity Presentations and Awards Reception

MOORPARK — The community is invited to attend a cybersecurity briefing, a career and education showcase, and to celebrate more than 160 local middle and high school students who are competing in this region’s first California Mayors Cyber Cup competition on Feb. 23, at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark. The community program will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and student awards will be given from 3 to 3:30 p.m. At 1:30, a cybersecurity briefing will be delivered by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, chair of the Select Committee on Cybersecurity, and there will be presentations from college officials on...
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63rd Conejo Valley Days Seeks Sponsors and Exhibitors

February 20, 2019
63rd Conejo Valley Days Seeks Sponsors and Exhibitors

THOUSAND OAKS — Sponsor and exhibitor slots are now available for the 63rd annual Conejo Valley Days (CVD), May 9 through 12 at Conejo Creek Park South (Janss Rd./23 Freeway) in Thousand Oaks. Sponsorship opportunities range from onsite banners to title sponsor. Local businesses and craftspeople can show off their products or services in booths along CVD’s Main Street. Exhibitors are required to decorate their booths in a western theme and wear western attire. “We want to keep the western history of the Conejo Valley alive at CVD,” says Frank Akrey, CVD president. “Many residents don’t realize that the...
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Bilingual report: Sen. Jackson, Assemblymember Limón join campaign to combat poverty among young adults

February 20, 2019
Bilingual report: Sen. Jackson, Assemblymember Limón join campaign to combat poverty among young adults

Workers 18 and older now eligible for Cal EITC tax refund SANTA BARBARA — Poverty amongst college students is a growing problem. Studies suggest that food insecurity affects as many as 1 in 2 college students. To address this, CalEITC4Me, the statewide outreach campaign on the California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC) is teaming up with State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Monique Limón, Santa Barbara Community College Superintendent/President Anthony E. Beebe and the United Way to inform working students that they could get several hundred, even thousands, of dollars back at tax time. The Cal EITC is one of...
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LV Fire Relief Joins Forces with Mama Haven

February 20, 2019
LV Fire Relief Joins Forces with Mama Haven

CONEJO VALLEY — Las Virgenes Fire Relief (LV Fire Relief) has partnered with Mama Haven, a Conejo Valley non-profit organization, to provide long-term recovery assistance to local residents displaced by the Woolsey Fire. Immediately following the fire, LV Fire Relief gathered hundreds of volunteers to create and staff a temporary donation center in Agoura Hills. “I knew the affected residents of our community would need help right away,” said Jenn Kurtz, founder of LV Fire Relief, “so we had to take swift action.” At the center, fire-affected residents could collect new clothing, toys, and basic household items donated by...
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Bilingual report: Oxnard residents encouraged to apply to serve on Citizen Advisory Group. Deadline extended to March 15

February 19, 2019
Bilingual report: Oxnard residents encouraged to apply to serve on Citizen Advisory Group. Deadline extended to March 15

Residents seeking to help shape the future of Oxnard are encouraged to apply to serve on a Citizen Advisory Group for the upcoming new term, expected to begin in April.
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Bilingual report: Ventura County budget presentation wins national award

February 15, 2019
Bilingual report: Ventura County budget presentation wins national award

VENTURA — The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the County of Ventura with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. This is the first time the County has received the award. According to the GFOA, the award reflects the commitment of the County financial staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. To receive the award, the County had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines assess how well the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. “There is a lot of complexity in a budget of more than...
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32 Properties Affected by Woolsey, Hill Fires Cleared of Structural Debris by State Contactors

February 15, 2019
32 Properties Affected by Woolsey, Hill Fires Cleared of Structural Debris by State Contactors

VENTURA COUNTY — Even though steady rains in Southern California today are preventing state contractors from conducting debris removal operations on properties in the Woolsey and Hill burn areas, officials with the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) in Calabasas report that debris generated by the fires has been cleared from 32 properties in Los Angeles and Ventura counties since debris removal operations began last week. The removal of debris from properties whose owners opted into the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program follows site assessments and asbestos surveys conducted earlier on those properties in preparation for the actual debris removal....
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Ventura County Civic Alliance update for Feb. 15 — Welcome to Our Winter 2019 Livable Communities Newsletter!

February 15, 2019
Ventura County Civic Alliance update for Feb. 15 — Welcome to Our Winter 2019 Livable Communities Newsletter!

Livable Communities Newsletter Vol. 13, No. 49 February 2019 Quick Links – See the Current State of the Region Report – Last Quarter’s Newsletter   Join us at the Ventura County Civic Alliance! Welcome to Our Winter 2019 Livable Communities Newsletter!  In this edition of our Livable Communities Newsletter we offer three updates that share visions of livable communities with 3 levels of focus from the very high statewide level through the countywide level to the very personal level. In the first article, Vanessa Rausschenberger starts by describing the potential huge changes driven by Governor Newsom that could redefine how California builds...
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Righetti High School Counselors help incoming Guadalupe students

February 15, 2019
Righetti High School Counselors help incoming Guadalupe students

SANTA MARIA — Righetti High School Counselors recently made the future a littler clearer for incoming Guadalupe students. Counselors traveled west to Kermit McKenzie Intermediate School to meet with about 150 Bobcats, create four-year academic plans and input it into school management software, according to Warrior Assistant Principal Gene Rickman. “The plan will be their guide and revised each year,’’ Rickman added. “Eventually, we will do this with all incoming freshman at their registration nights.’’ The idea is aimed to establish a relationship with the counselor and the family. It’s also designed to encourage students and their families to look at...
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Bilingual commentary: Daughters and Patriarchy

February 14, 2019
Bilingual commentary: Daughters and Patriarchy

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 primitive forces that govern our lives are the impetus behind our rules and etiquette for activities as disparate as eating, participating in religious services, marrying, dancing, electing government officials, holding contests that select the finest specimen of a breed of plants or animals, and presenting our daughters to society. Daughters have been celebrated and...
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Jackson Introduces Bill to Protect Older and Disabled Adults From Falling

February 14, 2019
Jackson Introduces Bill to Protect Older and Disabled Adults From Falling

SACRAMENTO –Recognizing that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced legislation today to assist older and disabled adults with home modifications to help reduce the risk of falling and allow more Californians to age independently in their homes as long as possible. Senate Bill 280 requires the Department of Aging to work with Area Agencies of Aging to provide fall prevention information, education, and services to adults who are at risk of falling and could not otherwise afford to make the changes on their own. Under SB 280, the Area...
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2019 California Strawberry Festival Seeks Submissions for Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

February 14, 2019
2019 California Strawberry Festival Seeks Submissions for Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest

OXNARD — Entry applications are now available for the 36th Annual California Strawberry Festival‘s “Berry Blast Off Recipe Contest.” Strawberry-themed recipes that show exceptional creativity and culinary flair will be selected to compete in the contest. Submissions must be original, non-baked, sweet or savory-tasting strawberry dishes. Entries can include sauces, desserts, entrées, dips, drinks, jams, and spreads–any food or drink creation that includes plenty of strawberries and fresh ingredients. The deadline to submit a recipe is April 5. Those who have already won the contest two or more times are not eligible to enter. Submit recipes by going to...
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Valentine’s Day Challenge for Families; A Plan for the Other 364 Days of the Year

February 14, 2019
Valentine’s Day Challenge for Families; A Plan for the Other 364 Days of the Year

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY — Every February, red roses and heart-shaped boxes of sweets everywhere are a constant reminder that we should be showing our love for our spouse or partner – on just one day each year. With Valentine’s Week in full swing, Family Service Agency (FSA) is sharing some simple tips to help local couples and families make time for one another all year long; even with full days of work and caring for children of all ages. “It’s no surprise that after a few years into a relationship, our busy lives take over and partners have less...
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Santa Paula Art Museum update for Feb. 14 — Happy Valentine’s Day to You, and Happy Birthday to the Santa Paula Art Museum!

February 14, 2019

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM JEANETTE COLE ART CENTER & COLE CREATIVITY CENTER A guest at our most recent Valentine-themed Free Family Day. Happy Valentine’s Day to You, and Happy Birthday to the Santa Paula Art Museum! The Santa Paula Art Museum opened its doors on February 14, 2010, and turns 9-years-old today. It has been a very exciting and meaningful 9 years, and we are so grateful for everything that our supporters have helped us to accomplish. We’re sending you, our #SPAMFam, major museum love today! During the past 9 years, your support has allowed us to produce 60 original exhibitions...
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Pioneer Valley FFA dominate at Regional Speaking Finals

February 14, 2019
Pioneer Valley FFA dominate at Regional Speaking Finals

SANTA MARIA — Thirteen representatives of the Pioneer Valley FFA will move on to the Regional Speaking Finals on March 22, 2019 to compete and qualify for the State Finals competition after another dominant and successful showing at the Sectional Public Speaking Competition in Arroyo Grande. Junior Marina Cuevas was the Regional Qualifier of the Job Interview Competition.  Marina filled out an application, submitted her resume and cover letter for a mock job in the field of administrative assistance and finally interviewed with a panel of judges where she exceled and came out victorious.  Marina is an active FFA member,...
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Museum of Ventura County update of Feb. 13 — Design in the Making: Opening Reception on Feb. 16

February 13, 2019
Museum of Ventura County update of Feb. 13 —  Design in the Making: Opening Reception on Feb. 16

Major funding for these programs is made possible by the City of San Buenaventura, the County of Ventura and private and community donors. There is plenty to see and experience at your Museum! This weekend marks the opening of Design in the Making: Ventura County Architectureand The Dragon Awakes: Qing Dynasty, an exhibit of George Stuart Historical Figures® spanning centuries of key personalities from Chinese history. Featuring magnificent miniature embroidery from artisans in China and Great Britain, Exhibit Designer and George Stuart Historical Figures® Curator Eric Howes contends that “These are perhaps the most important in the collection in that they...
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Ventura College Foundation Hosts Campus Tours

February 12, 2019
Ventura College Foundation Hosts Campus Tours

VENTURA — The Ventura College Foundation (VC Foundation) is hosting tours of the Ventura College campus on the last Monday of the month through April. The “A Pirate’s Life for Me” one-hour walking tour is for community members, service club representatives, community partners, business owners, alumni and donors who are interested in learning about current foundation and college programs. The tour highlights how the VC Foundation and college support students as they prepare for careers or continue with their education at a four-year university. Guests hear from a VC Foundation board member and a current Ventura College student as...
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Free English classes at Moorpark College

Free English classes at Moorpark College

MOORPARK — Do you want to speak with others in English? Do you want to advance in your career or go to college? Come to Moorpark College! We’re offering free English as a Second Language classes. Please contact Daniela Guevara at dguevara@vcccd.edu or 805-553-4694 for more information. Click here for more information.  

Righetti High School FFA Fruit Tree Pruning Team win honors recent Mid-Winter State Finals

Righetti High School FFA Fruit Tree Pruning Team win honors recent Mid-Winter State Finals

SANTA MARIA — The 4-person RHS FFA Fruit Tree Pruning Team won individual and team title honors at the recent Mid-Winter State Finals at Fresno State University. Member Maximus Guerra placed third high individual, with Nicole Plude sixth high. The team finished with the title of state champion. The other team members, Carolina Lemus and Jazzlynn...

California Strawberry Festival Wins 1st Place In CalFest Poster Contest

California Strawberry Festival Wins 1st Place In CalFest Poster Contest

OXNARD — The 2018 California Strawberry Festival poster took first place in this year’s CalFest commemorative poster contest. The winner was announced at the CalFest annual conference in Reno, Nevada in January. Entries were judged on substance, originality, style, concept, graphics and production of the idea. The California Strawberry Festival’s poster won in the...

Carnegie Art Museum update for Feb. 12 — Last Look with photographer Luther Gerlach

Click here for the entire e-newsletter LAST LOOK with Photographer LUTHER GERLACH Sunday, February 17      1-3pm   (exhibit closing day) Grab the last chance to view the work and ask questions of the creator of  the exhibit “Catalyst of Change”,  Luther Gerlach, before it closes. A superb photographer, Luther’s keen knowledge of classic print development,...

Ventura County Public Health reports on influenza-related deaths this flu season

Ventura County Public Health reports on influenza-related deaths this flu season

VENTURA COUNTY — As of February 7, 2019, Ventura County has seen 5 influenza-related deaths this flu season, which started in October 2018, the Ventura County Public Health, a department of Ventura County Health Care Agency reported Feb. 11. Click here for more information.

Family Service Agency Names New Board Members

Family Service Agency Names New Board Members

SANTA BARBARA — Family Service Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. Joining its Board and representing communities throughout Santa Barbara County are Marisol Alarcon (Carpinteria), Robert Janeway (Santa Barbara), Sandra Underwood (Santa Maria), and Patricia E. Brady (Lompoc). “Family Service Agency will benefit greatly from...

CSUCI Nursing faculty member one of four nurse educators nationwide to receive ‘Nurse’s Touch’ award

CSUCI Nursing faculty member one of four nurse educators nationwide to receive ‘Nurse’s Touch’ award

CAMARILLO — Her imagination and compassion in the classroom are among the characteristics that prompted a national nursing education company to choose CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Assistant Professor of Nursing Colleen Nevins to receive the 2018 “Nurse’s Touch” nurse educator award. Since 2012, Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) has been awarding a handful of nurse educators...

Cheesecake Factory now hiring for new Oxnard location at The Collection

Cheesecake Factory now hiring for new Oxnard location at The Collection

OXNARD — The Cheesecake Factory® is opening a new restaurant this April in The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard, and is looking to hire nearly 250staff members to join the team. Hospitality-minded individuals who take pride in their work and thrive in an energetic, fun environment are encouraged to apply online now for exciting...

City of Oxnard to Honor Community Relations Commission Award Recipients for Outstanding Accomplishments on Feb. 19

City of Oxnard to Honor Community Relations Commission Award Recipients for Outstanding Accomplishments on Feb. 19

OXNARD — The City of Oxnard Community Relations Commission (CRC) will honor all five recipients of the commission’s Community Recognition Awards program for accomplishments made during 2018. The awards will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, as part of the ceremonial calendar item of the City Council meeting.  Council meetings are held at the...

Bilingual report: Free Naturalization and DACA Renewal Legal Clinic to be held March 1 in Oxnard

Bilingual report: Free Naturalization and DACA Renewal Legal Clinic to be held March 1 in Oxnard

OXNARD — OneJustice, UFW Foundation and Oxnard Adult School are partnering to hold a free legal clinic! During the clinic, individuals will receive free legal advice from licensed attorneys and representatives regarding naturalization and DACA renewal eligibility and, when possible, application assistance. Space is limited so call and make your appointment ASAP!   CLINIC SCHEDULE Friday,March 1, 2019 11:00a.m.–3:00p.m....

Works of author/poet Michele Serros donated to CSUCI

Works of author/poet Michele Serros donated to CSUCI

“It’s ‘the three Bs.’ It was always about barrios, borders and bodegas, and I wanted to present a different type of life, a life that truly goes on that we don’t always see in the mainstream media.” —2006 NPR interview with Chicana/o writer Michele Serros (1966-2015). CAMARILLO  — Chicana/o writer, poet and social commentator...

The Mary Kay Foundation? Awards RISE $20,000 Grant

The Mary Kay Foundation? Awards RISE $20,000 Grant

The Mary Kay Foundation Supports Victims of Domestic Violence by Issuing $3 Million in Grants to 150 Domestic Violence Shelters Across the Country SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — In support of survivors of domestic violence, The Mary Kay FoundationSM announced it is awarding $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters across the...

Retired Firefighter Creates Fire-hose Flags to Support Ventura and Santa Barbara Veterans and First Responders

Retired Firefighter Creates Fire-hose Flags to Support Ventura and Santa Barbara Veterans and First Responders

SANTA BARBARA — John Carrillo, a retired Santa Barbara City firefighter turned artist, recently stumbled across some items online that were created from fire hoses. That’s when he was inspired to create his first American flag using the same equipment he had used throughout his career as a firefighter. Carrillo originally made one fire...

Free United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Makes Tax Season Accessible for All

Free United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Makes Tax Season Accessible for All

SANTA BARBARA — With the clock now ticking toward the April 15 deadline, United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) is now offering free, bi-lingual tax preparation centers for families and individuals who earned less than $66,000 in 2018. UWSBC’s United for Financial Empowerment Partnership is offering assistance centers during evening, day and weekend...

Bilingual commentary: When Diet Is Our Religion

Bilingual commentary: When Diet Is Our Religion

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 When we adhere to the dictates and beliefs of a...

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria Welcome Elaine K. Mah Best as New Executive Director

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria Welcome Elaine K. Mah Best as New Executive Director

CARPINTERIA — Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is pleased to welcome Elaine K. Mah Best as the organization’s new executive director. She will begin serving in her new role on February 11. Best brings 14 years of executive leadership experience and nearly two decades of development experience, including donor cultivation, major and capital gift campaigns,...

Assemblymember Limón Introduces New Legislation for Agricultural Climate Change Adaptation Tools

Assemblymember Limón Introduces New Legislation for Agricultural Climate Change Adaptation Tools

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Bill 409 by Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) which seeks to make climate change adaptation tools more readily available to farmers and agricultural businesses was introduced. California is home to just over 77,000 farms and ranches and as a result is heavily impacted by the effects of climate change. Increased frequency of extreme...

Former Redwood Boys & Girls Club is Transformed …Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Takes Place to Welcome the New John L. Notter Family Boys & Girls Club

Former Redwood Boys & Girls Club is Transformed …Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Takes Place to Welcome the New John L. Notter Family Boys & Girls Club

THOUSAND OAKS — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) will officially introduce the John L. Notter Family Boys & Girls Club in Thousand Oaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 20 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the club located on the campus of Redwood Middle School, 233 W....

Jackson Calls for Master Plan on Aging Californians

Jackson Calls for Master Plan on Aging Californians

Introduces legislation to develop senior master plan and appoint an “Aging Czar” SACRAMENTO — As California’s aging population continues to grow with significant numbers struggling to access essential care, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)  introduced legislation Feb. 7 to develop a master plan for aging Californians. The bill calls for an “Aging Czar” appointed by the...

United Way of Ventura County update for Feb. 7 — February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   President’s Message  Dear Friends, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and United Way is proud to advocate for increased services on behalf of the 100,000 children in Ventura County who qualify for Dent-Cal and do not have access to a dental home. Tooth decay affects more...

Dr. Melissa V. Moreno selected as Vice President of SBCC School of Extended Learning

Dr. Melissa V. Moreno selected as Vice President of SBCC School of Extended Learning

SANTA BARBARA — On February 1, 2019, Dr. Melissa Moreno assumed the role of Vice President of SBCC’s School of Extended Learning. Dr. Moreno has been with Santa Barbara City College for more than 10 years, beginning in 2008 when she began full-time at the college, founding the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She...

Allied Van Lines announces Scholarship 2019

Allied Van Lines announces Scholarship 2019

Allied Van Lines, one of the leading moving companies in America, is excited to offer a 2019 scholarship program aimed at students whose area of study focuses on logistics and moving-related fields. We are committed to growing our industry and supporting the brightest students in logistics and moving. Award Criteria: 3 individual scholarships will be...

VCCDC Community Matters Newsletter – February 2019

VCCDC Community Matters Newsletter – February 2019

Greetings! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! For 18 years, VCCDC has operated with the belief that a home is the cornerstone of any individual and family’s economic, environmental and social well-being. This year, we promise to continue to help build the path to homeownership and financial stability for families and...

Santa Paula Art Museum update for Feb. 5 — ‘Art About Agriculture’ exhibit through Feb. 24

Santa Paula Art Museum update for Feb. 5 — ‘Art About Agriculture’ exhibit through Feb. 24

SANTA PAULA — The Santa Paula Art Museum is proud to announce the award-winning artworks featured in its eleventh annual “Art About Agriculture” exhibition, now on view through February 24, 2019. The exhibit includes 72 works of art in a variety of media by 64 different artists. The artworks portray the beauty and bounty...

Bilingual report: County Fire receives grant funding for Child Passenger Safety Education and Training Program

Bilingual report: County Fire receives grant funding for Child Passenger Safety Education and Training Program

CAMARILLO — The Ventura County Fire Protection District has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to expand the department’s Child Passenger Safety Program. Together with Safe Kids Ventura County and Ventura County Public Health, the fire department works to provide hands-on training to parents and caregivers aimed at...

Yarrow Family YMCA—Final Fundraising Push Before Spring Opening

Yarrow Family YMCA—Final Fundraising Push Before Spring Opening

THOUSAND OAKS — The Yarrow Family YMCA is $375,000 away from reaching its $12 million fundraising goal needed to complete construction before its opening this spring. Construction recently resumed in May 2018 with the building slated to open very soon. “We’re so close,” says Ronnie Stone, Southeast Ventura County YMCA’s CEO. “We’re hoping donors,...

45th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show Seeks Vendors

45th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show Seeks Vendors

THOUSAND OAKS — Dates for the 45th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show will be Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at the Hyatt Regency Westlake (880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village). The show is accepting vendor applications from builders, interior designers, manufacturers, contractors, landscapers and other trades seeking to reach homeowners in the...

Kimberly Prillhart selected as Ventura County Resource Management Agency Director

Kimberly Prillhart selected as Ventura County Resource Management Agency Director

VENTURA — Kimberly Prillhart has been selected as the new director of the Resource Management Agency. The appointment was made by County Executive Officer Mike Powers following a search which included strong internal and external candidates. Prillhart replaces Chris Stephens who retired in January after 13 years as the agency’s director. Prillhart started with...

Calabasas High School Wins 2019 Ventura County Academic Decathlon

Calabasas High School Wins 2019 Ventura County Academic Decathlon

VENTURA COUNTY — The Ventura County Office of Education is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 Ventura County Academic Decathlon is Calabasas High School. Coming in second place is La Reina High School, followed by Westlake High School, which came in third. Calabasas High School is also the winner of the “Super...

Santa Paula Art Museum update for Feb. 3 — Student Show Opens

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM JEANETTE COLE ART CENTER & COLE CREATIVITY CENTER iSpy Joy During school tours, we supply young visitors with iPads and close-up images from our exhibits, and they search for the matching artwork. Their joy in finding the matching artwork is incredibly contagious. See Art, Make Art Inside our new self-portrait...

Marjorie Luke Theatre update for Feb. 1 — Community Conversations with Rod Lathim

Marjorie Luke Theatre update for Feb. 1 — Community Conversations with Rod Lathim

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   Community Conversations with Rod Lathim Marjorie Luke Theatre Board President Rod Lathim Rod Lathim has a long-time passion for the arts, and as a playwright/director/producer since 1979, he enjoys sharing that passion with Santa Barbara. An alumnus of Santa Barbara Junior High School and past student of...

Friendship Center adult day services in Montecito update for Feb. 1 — Festival of Hearts — The Emerald City on Feb. 9

Friendship Center adult day services in Montecito update for Feb. 1 — Festival of Hearts — The Emerald City on Feb. 9

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   Click here to purchase tickets   And here’s a sneak peek at our auction packages:   Emerald City trip–Change of plan! Instead of being limited to the Emerald City of Seattle, chart your own course down the yellow brick road! Choose your destination from a whole list...

Assemblymember Irwin introduces bill package addressing gun violence

Assemblymember Irwin introduces bill package addressing gun violence

SACRAMENTO – On the same week that the State Assembly adjourned in the memory of the Borderline shooting victims, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D – Thousand Oaks) introduced a package of bills that will help keep firearms out of the hands of people who pose a threat to themselves or others. “Far too many people...

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara update for Feb. 1 — Opening Reception for Lara Favaretto on Feb. 12

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara update for Feb. 1 — Opening Reception for Lara Favaretto on Feb. 12

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   UPCOMING EVENTS OPENING FEBRUARY 12 Lara Favaretto On view February 12 – April 28, 2019Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, 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,...

Senator Jackson Speaks Out Against Proposed Title IX Changes

Senator Jackson Speaks Out Against Proposed Title IX Changes

SACRAMENTO –In the final week to submit formal comments to Trump Administration Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s proposed changes to Title IX, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) ,released the following statement condemning the proposed regulations as dangerous and backward. Her formal letter, submitted to the U.S. Department of Education this week, warns that the proposed regulations...

Woolsey Fire Survivors in Los Angeles County Late Submission Period for Right-of-Entry Forms Open Until Feb. 15

Woolsey Fire Survivors in Los Angeles County Late Submission Period for Right-of-Entry Forms Open Until Feb. 15

SACRAMENTO — The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in conjunction with Los Angeles County and participating state and federal agencies, announced today that they would be extending the date and accepting Woolsey Fire survivor’s Right-of-Entry (ROE) forms for the Consolidated Debris Removal Program until Feb. 15, 2019.  Although the initial submission deadline was...

Student artwork mentored by internationally-known artist Celia Herrera Rodriguez part of the first CSUCI art show of 2019

Student artwork mentored by internationally-known artist Celia Herrera Rodriguez part of the first CSUCI art show of 2019

CAMARILLO — Long before the Spanish explorers arrived, the indigenous people of Mesoamerica chronicled their lives using a delicate type of paper called “amatl.” “Cuentos in Amatl,” student renderings in the medium used by ancient indigenous people of Mexico and Latin America, is one of five on display through Feb. 21 at the Napa Hall...

FEMA Extends Disaster Registration Deadline to Feb. 15

FEMA Extends Disaster Registration Deadline to Feb. 15

SACRAMENTO — Residents in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties who suffered damages from the Camp, Hill or Woolsey wildfires have 15 more days to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 is now the last day to register.  The State of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services...

Carnegie Art Museum update for Feb. 1 — Free Family Day on Feb. 9

Click here for the entire e-newsletter   COLOR FLOW February 1 -March 3, 2019 ANDY LEPE’s recent geometric abstract paintings created during his guest artist studioship on exhibit along with other of  his works. Reception @ CAM Studio Gallery (adjacent to the museum) Friday, February 1          5:30-7:30 pm      free admission Click here...

Save the Date: El Concilio Family Services to present 30th annual ‘Latino Leadership Awards’

Save the Date: El Concilio Family Services to present 30th annual ‘Latino Leadership Awards’

OXNARD — El Concilio Family Services will present its 30th annual “Latino Leadership Awards: Making a Difference — Together We Thrive,” with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. Honorees will be posted in February 2019 at www.elconciliofs.org For more information on El Concilio’s programs and services...

February — Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara ‘Grief Walk and Talk’

February — 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.

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...

February — Art Trek announces upcoming events

February — Art Trek announces upcoming events

NEWBURY PARK — Art Trek, at 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd. Newbury Park, will present the following events: Family Paint Night All Ages Friday, February 1 6:00p-8:30p $12.50 per person Art Trek, 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd. Newbury Park, CA 91320 Sign-up Online at arttrek.org/fampaint/ Paint Night for Teens Ages 13-19 Thursday, February 14 6:00p-8:30p $10 Per Teen Art...

Feb. 20 — Channel Islands Maritime Museum Speaker Series to present Richard Senate discussion on: ‘Oxnard’s Literary Gift to the world, Mystery writer, lawyer, defender of the underdog,  Erle Stanley Gardner’

Feb. 20 — Channel Islands Maritime Museum Speaker Series to present Richard Senate discussion on: ‘Oxnard’s Literary Gift to the world, Mystery writer, lawyer, defender of the underdog,  Erle Stanley Gardner’

OXNARD — The Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s Speaker Series will present “Oxnard’s Literary Gift to the world, Mystery writer, lawyer, defender of the underdog,  Erle Stanley Gardner” with Richard Senate at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. Entry is free with CIMM membership, $7 for non-members, $5 for seniors. Gardner passed the California Bar...

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. 22 — Ojai Library to present ‘Walking on Eggshells and Communicating with Adult Kids – A presentation by Judy Devore’

Feb. 22 — Ojai Library to present ‘Walking on Eggshells and Communicating with Adult Kids – A presentation by Judy Devore’

OJAI — Communications consultant, attorney, and senior peer counselor Judy Devore will visit the Ojai Library at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019, to deliver a presentation titled “Walking on Eggshells and Communicating with Adult Kids.” Senior parents often feel uncomfortable talking with their adult kids. Describing their discomfort, they say it’s like “walking...

Feb. 23 — Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present ‘California Dreaming:  A Lecture by Dylan Turk on Frank Lloyd Wright and the Architecture of Southern California’

Feb. 23 — Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present ‘California Dreaming: A Lecture by Dylan Turk on Frank Lloyd Wright and the Architecture of Southern California’

SANTA BARBARA — The Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present “California Dreaming: A Lecture by Dylan Turk on Frank Lloyd Wright and the Architecture of Southern California,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Dylan Turk is an architectural historian and curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas....

Feb. 23 — Ojai Library to present ‘Monsters: The Dark Side of Human Imagination – A presentation by Kathryn Padgett’

Feb. 23 — Ojai Library to present ‘Monsters: The Dark Side of Human Imagination – A presentation by Kathryn Padgett’

OJAI — Kathryn Padgett will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019, to deliver a talk entitled “Monsters: The Dark Side of Human Imagination.” Ms. Padgett comes to us via the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Community Speakers Program. Human imagination moved to the dark side in an attempt to...

Feb. 23 — Moorpark College to Host Region in Statewide Cybersecurity Contest

Feb. 23 — Moorpark College to Host Region in Statewide Cybersecurity Contest

MOORPARK — Moorpark College was named as one of 12 regional sites to host the California Mayors Cyber Cup, (CMCC) a statewide cybersecurity contest for middle and high school students. Simultaneous regional competitions around the state create one virtual statewide event on Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Statewide, the CMCC is...

Feb. 23 — League of Women Voters ‘Love the League’ Event

Feb. 23 — League of Women Voters ‘Love the League’ Event

VENTURA — The League of Women Voters of Ventura County (LWVVC), a nonpartisan political organization, invites all public-spirited citizens and community members to join us in a Celebration of Empowered Women and the 60 Year anniversary of the LWV in Ventura County at their upcoming “Love the League” brunch, Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:30 AM...

Bilingual report: Feb. 23-24 — The PACC proudly presents RESCUECON

Bilingual report: Feb. 23-24 — The PACC proudly presents RESCUECON

OXNARD — The Oxnard Performing Arts Center (The PACC) presents RESCUECON, a convention like no other, where the human-animal bond takes center stage. Through visual and performing arts, hands-on workshops, talks by inspiring individuals, an artisan marketplace, and so much more, attendees will learn, play, explore, and, above all, refresh their relationship with animals…and each...

Feb. 23 — Ojai Library to present ‘Cadillac Desert: Part II’

Feb. 23 — Ojai Library to present ‘Cadillac Desert: Part II’

OJAI — At 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will visit the Ojai Library to host an encore viewing and discussion of the 1997 documentary Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature. This event will continue the discussion from January’s screening. Cadillac Desert...

Feb. 24 — Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present ‘The Erotic Art of Japan’s Ukiyo?e Masters in a Comparative Context Lecture by Ellis Tinios’

Feb. 24 — Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present ‘The Erotic Art of Japan’s Ukiyo?e Masters in a Comparative Context Lecture by Ellis Tinios’

SANTA BARBARA — The Santa Barbara Museum of Art to present “The Erotic Art of Japan’s Ukiyo?e Masters in a Comparative Context Lecture by Ellis Tinios,” 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. All of Japan’s great “floating world” (ukiyo-e) print artists—Moronobu, Sukenobu, Masanobu, Harunobu, Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Hokusai, Eisen, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi and Hiroshige—openly engaged in the...

Feb. 24 — Oceanview Pavilion presents the LIVE television taping of the PP3 CUP FINALS!

Feb. 24 — Oceanview Pavilion presents the LIVE television taping of the PP3 CUP FINALS!

PORT HUENEME — On February 24th, at Port Hueneme’s Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Championship Wrestling from Hollywood presents a blockbuster event with the FINALS of the annual Percy Pringle III Memorial Cup Tournament! Former Television Champion Bateman has qualified, but who will oppose “The Main Man” for the prestigious trophy and a shot at ANY...

Feb. 24 — Hill Road Library in Ventura to present ‘I’m a Little Brain Dead – A book presentation by Kimberly Davis Basso’

Feb. 24 — Hill Road Library in Ventura to present ‘I’m a Little Brain Dead – A book presentation by Kimberly Davis Basso’

VENTURA — Acclaimed author Kimberly Davis Basso will visit the Hill Road Library at 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019, to present her inspirational book, I’m a Little Brain Dead. Basso’s book is a thoughtful and humorous take on her experience as a stroke survivor. Four years ago Kimberly Davis Basso had a stroke....

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...

Feb. 27 through April 10 — National touring exhibit on Native American healing practices to visit CSUCI

Feb. 27 through April 10 — National touring exhibit on Native American healing practices to visit CSUCI

CAMARILLO — When the Chumash people lived on the land now occupied by CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI), healers routinely collected native plants such as sage, mugwort and yerba santa to treat various ailments. Beyond administering herbs, healing an individual was considered a community practice, requiring spiritual and family support. Native American healing practices such as...

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 1 — Learn about Summer Camp Options during STEAM Family Night Hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCCGV)

March 1 — Learn about Summer Camp Options during STEAM Family Night Hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCCGV)

THOUSAND OAKS — Families are invited to learn all about the programs and experiences the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCCGV) will offer this summer during STEAM Family Night held on Friday, March 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marion & John E. Anderson Boys & Girls Club located on...

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 7 — Dr. Sean Anderson returns to Ventura to present free environmental lecture ‘California’s Year-Round Wildfire Season – The New Abnormal’

March 7 — Dr. Sean Anderson returns to Ventura to present free environmental lecture ‘California’s Year-Round Wildfire Season – The New Abnormal’

VENTURA — On Thursday, March 7, Ventura Land Trust will kick off its 2019 Environmental Speaker Series with the return of the ever-popular Dr. Sean Anderson. Dr. Anderson, Departmental Chair of the Environmental Science and Resource Management Program at California State University Channel Islands, will present a lecture entitled “California’s Year-Round Wildfire Season – 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...

March 16 — Ray D. Prueter Library to present ‘Sleep, Dreams, and Change’

March 16 — Ray D. Prueter Library to present ‘Sleep, Dreams, and Change’

PORT HUENEME — The Ray D. Prueter Library will present “Sleep, Dreams, and Change” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at 510 Park Avenue, Port Hueneme. Brian Balke, a certified hypnotherapist, will visit the Ray D. Prueter Library on Saturday, March 16, at 1:00 pm to deliver a presentation entitled Sleep, Dreams, and Change.  The presentation...

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.

March 17 — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) Recognize Outstanding Youth at the 16th Annual Superstars of the Year Celebration

March 17 — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) Recognize Outstanding Youth at the 16th Annual Superstars of the Year Celebration

AGOURA — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCGCV) will celebrate inspirational youth for their outstanding achievements during the 16thAnnual Superstars of the Year Celebrationon Sunday, March 17, 2019. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the show runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The event, free and open to the public, will...

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.

March 30 through May 18 — Studio Channel Islands presents The Illusionists Exhibition

March 30 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...

April 6 — Studio Channel Islands The Illusionists Exhibition Reception

April 6 — Studio Channel Islands The Illusionists Exhibition Reception

CAMARILLO — 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...

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...

April 13-14 — 45th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show

April 13-14 — 45th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show

THOUSAND OAKS — Homeowners who are planning spring and summer projects around their house can talk with professionals for ideas and advice at the 45th Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show, Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at the Hyatt Regency Westlake (880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village). More than 170 vendors will be...

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 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 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 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...

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....

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.,...

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...

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...

Santa Barbara First District Supervisor Das Williams: Evacuation Warning issued for Friday evening

Santa Barbara First District Supervisor Das Williams: Evacuation Warning issued for Friday evening

Greetings! , The weather advisory issued for FRIDAY night through SATURDAY morning has been upgraded to an evacuation warning. A storm is coming in that is expected to be exceed thresholds to require evacuation. This means that we are in the “Set” phase of the new evacuation timeline our staff has developed and been educating the...

Carlos Marquez, new manager of the Charles T. Munger Physics Residence, reflects on a long and fruitful career on campus

Carlos Marquez, new manager of the Charles T. Munger Physics Residence, reflects on a long and fruitful career on campus

By Shelly Leachman • UCSB Carlos Marquez wasn’t too long returned from a four-year stint with the U.S. Army and looking for steady work when his brother referred him to his own employer, UC Santa Barbara. It’s a solid job, his brother promised, one he could settle into for a while. Did he ever....

CSUCI Mathematics faculty member chosen as a national 2019 ‘Emerging Scholar’

CSUCI Mathematics faculty member chosen as a national 2019 ‘Emerging Scholar’

CAMARILLO — A CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Mathematics faculty member who got her start counting dollar bills in the family’s swap meet business has just been chosen as a 2019 Emerging Scholar by a national academic publication. “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education” named Assistant Professor of Mathematics Cynthia Flores, Ph.D. as one of 15 outstanding...

KidSTREAM Appoints Three New Directors to its Board

KidSTREAM Appoints Three New Directors to its Board

VENTURA — KidSTREAM, an emerging children’s museum committed to providing hands-on exhibits and programs based on science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math (STREAM), announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors, Holly Cole, David Haas and David Barker. “The diverse professional and personal experience of these insightful people will...

Local high school teacher learns new lessons from foster student

Local high school teacher learns new lessons from foster student

VENTURA COUNTY — Karen Blackwell has dedicated 40 years of her life to teaching middle school and high school students. For the last 25 years she taught at Ventura High School where, in August 2017, she first met Keanna, a senior in her English class. As a high school English teacher, Blackwell explained that...

Bilingual commentary: The Wisdom of the Parables

Bilingual commentary: The Wisdom of the Parables

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 New Testament is not only for those who consider...

SEEAG Seeks Business/Organization Supporters For New Mobile Classroom

SEEAG Seeks Business/Organization Supporters For New Mobile Classroom

VENTURA COUNTY — As part of its new Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative, Students for Eco-Education & Agriculture (SEEAG) is bringing its message of healthy eating, proper nutrition and daily exercise to classrooms throughout Ventura County using its new 30-foot-long cargo van—the “Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom.” Over the next three years, the mobile classroom...

Community Environmental Council Announces  Launch of Electric Drive 805

Community Environmental Council Announces Launch of Electric Drive 805

Regional Coalition Seeks to Increase Access to Electric Vehicles SANTA BARBARA — Community Environmental Council (CEC) is proud to announce the launch of “Electric Drive 805,” a new coalition of local government agencies and nonprofits that will lead local efforts to increase access to affordable electric vehicles. CEC is a leading member of the group,...

Das Williams: Weather Advisory for Friday Evening

Das Williams: Weather Advisory for Friday Evening

Greetings! , Our County Office of Emergency Management has issued a weather advisory for FRIDAY night through SATURDAY morning. A storm is coming in that is expected to be exceed thresholds to require evacuation. This means that we are in the “Ready” phase of the new evacuation timeline our staff has developed and been educating the...

‘Hailing Cesar’ documentary on Cesar Chavez by grandson Eduardo Chavez to be presented Jan. 30 at UCSB Multicultural Center Theatre

‘Hailing Cesar’ documentary on Cesar Chavez by grandson Eduardo Chavez to be presented Jan. 30 at UCSB Multicultural Center Theatre

SANTA BARBARA — “Hailing Cesar,” a documentary on Cesar Chavez by grandson Eduardo Chavez, will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the UCSB Multicultural Center Theatre. The grandson of civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, Eduardo Chavez, embarks on a journey to better understand his grandfather’s legacy. Like his father and grandfather...

Bilingual report: Human Services Agency to Host Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Bilingual report: Human Services Agency to Host Free Tax Preparation Assistance

VENTURA — Concerned about filing your taxes? The Human Services Agency is partnering with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to offer free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with earnings up to $55,000 in 2018. Staffed by a cadre of IRS-trained and certified volunteers, the program helps low and moderate-income households prepare...

Jackson Introduces Bill to Ensure Emergency Plans Address Diverse Population Needs

Jackson Introduces Bill to Ensure Emergency Plans Address Diverse Population Needs

SB 160 directs emergency planners to consider linguistic and cultural needs of all residents SACRAMENTO –Following the deadliest and most destructive fire season in California history, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced legislation today to ensure local governments address the diverse cultural and linguistic needs of all residents in their emergency preparations. Senate Bill 160...


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