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Inlakech Cultural Arts Center to present free Saturday Día de los Muertos workshops starting Sept. 27 in Oxnard

September 22, 2014
Inlakech Cultural Arts Center to present free Saturday Día de los Muertos workshops starting Sept. 27 in Oxnard

OXNARD — The Inlakech Cultural Arts Center will present free Saturday Día de los Muertos workshops starting Sept. 27 in Oxnard. The workshops are in preparation for the 7th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in Camarillo. Workshops include: Sept. 27 — Lecture: History of Día de los Muertos featuring indigenous elder-maestro Benjamin Aparicio, papel picado and flower making, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center, 126 Amelia Court, Oxnard. Oct. 4 — Lecture: Maestra Socorro Gamboa Muerto, painting and designing techniques, mask making...
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Guest commentary: Civility or Social Control

September 22, 2014
Guest commentary: Civility or Social Control

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 Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor There has been a lot of talk as of late about “civility.” Indeed there are academicians who are doing a thriving business conducting workshops with the full support of administration and its cheerleaders who equate the lack of civility to school yard bullying, mixing the proverbial apples and oranges. However, the meaning of civility is much deeper; it involves much...
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iFoster event on Sept. 27 to connect foster, adoptive, kinship communities in Ventura County to valuable resources

September 19, 2014
iFoster event on Sept. 27 to connect foster, adoptive, kinship communities in Ventura County to valuable resources

OXNARD — iFoster, in partnership with the Ventura County Human Services Agency (VCHSA), will host a Ventura County iFoster Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 27 at All Saints Episcopal Church,  144 So. C St., Oxnard, VCHSA reported in a media release. Foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers (both formal and informal) in Ventura County will gain additional knowledge, support and connection to free and discounted services available to them through the launch of a new online, self-service resource portal called the iFoster Resource Portal, http://www.ifoster.org/Registration.aspx, agency officials reported. “Our goal is to help provide critical resources and support to foster and...
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Guest commentary: The Domestic War

September 17, 2014
Guest commentary: The Domestic War

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 Last Saturday, Todo Poder al Pueblo, our friends in the local struggles for community social, democratic and economic justice held a community forum at our Café on A to provide an update on the developments of the Oxnard March for Justice held on October, 2012, that was organized by Todo Poder to commemorate the then-recent killings (and police misconduct and brutality)...
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Ventura County Housing Trust Fund issues $900,000 notice of funding availability for farm worker housing

September 16, 2014
Ventura County Housing Trust Fund issues $900,000 notice of funding availability for farm worker housing

VENTURA COUNTY — The Ventura County Housing Trust Fund (VCHTF) has announce the issuance of its third Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the development of affordable housing in Ventura County, the organization reported in a media release. Linda Braunschweiger, chief executive office of the Ventura County Housing Trust Fund, on behalf of the VCHTF Board of Directors, issued a $900,000 NOFA to help finance residential and mixed use developments that include affordable housing units. Loans from VCHTF may be used for development planning and predevelopment expenses, acquisition/conversion, site development, construction, rehabilitation or to bridge other financing gaps for...
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Bilingual commentary: Hercules: A very strong—and very troubled—man

September 16, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Hercules: A very strong—and very troubled—man

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor As a boy, I would look up into the sky after the summer sun had dipped below the horizon.  As the eternal stars made their presence known, I could discern the collection of stars known as the constellation Hercules.  The mythological Hercules was the greatest hero, the “Arnold Schwarzenegger” of most of ancient Greece. He was said to be so...
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Traditional ‘Cry for Independence’ to be held Sept. 15 at Plaza Park, Oxnard

September 15, 2014
Traditional ‘Cry for Independence’ to be held Sept. 15 at Plaza Park, Oxnard

OXNARD — The 2014 Fiestas Patrias will conclude with the traditional Cry for Independence (“Grito de Independencia“) at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 at Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard, the Comité Cultural reported in a media release. Sponsors this year include Lazer Broadcasting: KOXR 910 AM, La Mejor 96.7, Radio Lazer 102.9 FM; the Comité Cultural Mexicano; Vida Newspaper; El Consulado de México en Oxnard; and Amigos805. Call 805-217-0005 for more information.
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Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation to present ‘Hotel Mariachi’ lecture on Sept. 18

September 15, 2014
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation to present ‘Hotel Mariachi’ lecture on Sept. 18

SANTA BARBARA — The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) will present “Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles,” a lecture by Catherine L. Kurland and Evangeline Ordaz-Molina on Sept. 18 in the Presidio Chapel at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, 123 E. Canon Perdidio St., Santa Barbara. A special guest appearance by Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar co-presented with ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! will be presented at 5 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 5:30 p.m. Hotel Mariachi is a book of photographs and essays depicting the mariachi musicians of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, and the eighty-year-old mariachi...
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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to present Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar in free concerts from Sept. 19 through 21

September 15, 2014
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to present Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar in free concerts from Sept. 19 through 21

Courtesy photo SANTA BARBARA —¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! will present Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar in free concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road, Goleta (805-893-5037); 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Guadalupe City Hall Auditorium, 918 Obispo St., Guadalupe (805-343-2939); and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara (805-884-4087, ext. 7). A mariachi workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at Franklin Elementary School, 1111 E. Mason St., Santa Barbara...
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Free Mariachi Summer Concert to be held Sept. 21 in Oxnard

September 15, 2014
Free Mariachi Summer Concert to be held Sept. 21 in Oxnard

OXNARD — A free “Mariachi Summer Concert” will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at Heritage Square, 715 So. A St., Oxnard. The event features Orgullo de Mexico, Camarillo; Inlakech; El Guero & CSUCITLAN; Big X and Angels on Harps; Ballet Folk; Alma de Mexico, with guest singers Maria Teresa Chavez and Felipe Magdaleno. The event is sponsored by the Inlakech Cultural Arts Center in Oxnard and is part of the City of Oxnard’s Cultural Arts Legacy Grant. Click here or visit https://www.facebook.com/oxnardheritagesquare for more information.
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CSU Channel Islands sophomore Teresa Castillo wins 2014 CSU Trustees’ Award

September 11, 2014
CSU Channel Islands sophomore Teresa Castillo wins 2014 CSU Trustees’ Award

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands sophomore Teresa Castillo is the winner of a prestigious 2014 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, the university reported in a media release. The annual awards are the CSU system’s highest student distinction, providing scholarships to one student at each of the 23 CSU campuses who has conquered hardships to become a distinguished scholar, the university reported. Castillo’s $6,000 scholarship is a gift from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, awarded for the first time to two exemplary students recommended by the CSU Foundation selection committee. Castillo and the 22 other recipients were honored on Sept. 9 at...
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Bilingual commentary: Flight from the nest

September 9, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Flight from the nest

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Some parents can’t wait for the children to leave the house so that they can enjoy some peace in their lives — or, alternatively, party like they wouldn’t dare while the kids were around. Poetic justice, of course, dictates that those children boomerang back for, oh, say another six to twelve years. But others dread the impending departure as their...
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Museum of Ventura County to present ‘Celebracion de Familia’ on Sept. 13

September 8, 2014
Museum of Ventura County to present ‘Celebracion de Familia’ on Sept. 13

VENTURA — The Museum of Ventura County will present “Celebracion de Salsa: Celebracion de Familia,” featuring art, apparel and museum exhibits including “Beisbol: From the Barrio to the Big League” in the galleries, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at 100 E. Main St., Ventura. $5 general admission, free for children 12 years of age and younger. Visit http://venturamuseum.org/event/celebracion-de-salsa/for more information.
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Museum of Ventura County to present ‘Celebracion de Salsa’ on Sept. 13

September 8, 2014
Museum of Ventura County to present ‘Celebracion de Salsa’ on Sept. 13

VENTURA – The Museum of Ventura County will present “Celebracion de Salsa” featuring the sounds of Ricardo Lemvo y Makina Loca – Afro-Cuban Salsa Orchestra from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at 100 E. Main St., Ventura. The event includes tequila tasting, a taco stand, mercado, exhibits, salsa lessons with La Maestra, dancing under the stars. $25 general admission, $35 seated VIP admission. Visit http://venturamuseum.org/event/celebracion-de-salsa/for more information.
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2014 Fiestas Patrias to feature ‘Fiesta in the Plaza’ (Sept. 13-14), ‘Fiestas Patrias 2014 Parade’ (Sept. 14) and traditional ‘Cry for Independence’ (Sept. 15) in Oxnard

September 8, 2014
2014 Fiestas Patrias to feature ‘Fiesta in the Plaza’ (Sept. 13-14), ‘Fiestas Patrias 2014 Parade’ (Sept. 14) and traditional ‘Cry for Independence’ (Sept. 15) in Oxnard

OXNARD — The 2014 Fiestas Patrias will featuring the Fiesta in the Plaza, Fiesta Patrias 2014 parade concluding with the traditional Cry for Independence on Sept. 15, the Comité Cultural reported in a media release. The Fiesta in the Plaza (“Fiesta en la Placita de Oxnard”) will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13; from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 and from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 at Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard. The Fiestas Patrias 2014 parade (“Desfile Commemorativo“) will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 on C Street in downtown...
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CLU to present ‘Grito de Dolores’ program on Sept. 16. RSVP by Sept. 8

September 8, 2014
CLU to present ‘Grito de Dolores’ program on Sept. 16. RSVP by Sept. 8

THOUSAND OAKS — California Lutheran University will present “Grito de Dolores: Celebrating Mexico’s Independence and Indigenous Roots,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. To celebrate Grito de Dolores, or Mexico’s Independence Day, and in conjunction with a Mexican-American themed mural currently on exhibition at the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, expert Xóchitl Flores-Marcial will lecture about the indigenous roots of Mexico’s history as they pertain to several key political individuals represented in the mural. Emiliano Zapata spoke Nahuatl and President Benito Juaréz was an indigenous Zapotec, the university reported...
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2014 Fiestas Patrias to hold gala dinner, crowning of Fiestas Patrias queen on Sept. 6

September 2, 2014
2014 Fiestas Patrias to hold gala dinner, crowning of Fiestas Patrias queen on Sept. 6

OXNARD — The 2014 Fiestas Patrias  gala dinner and crowning of the Fiestas Patrias queen (“Cena-Gala de Coronación“) will be held from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, the Comité Cultural reported in a media release. There is a suggested donation of $60. Participants competing this year who are representing various states of México include: Stephanie Gamboa — Yucatán Bianca Hernández — Colima Rebecca Fausto — Jalico Yonelida Alamillo — Chiapas Jazmine Mauricio — Districto Federal Nallely Miranda — Zacatecas Itandehui Moralez — Puebla María Elena Cisneros — Durango María...
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Emergency Preparedness Fair to be held in Ventura on Sept. 6

September 2, 2014
Emergency Preparedness Fair to be held in Ventura on Sept. 6

VENTURA — An “Emergency Preparedness Fair” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura, Assemblymember Das Williams reported in a media release. “With the recent Napa earthquake, it’s vital that the public get access to free information on how to better prepare for natural disasters and any kind of emergency,” Williams’ office reported. “We have partnered with several city and county agencies who will be there on Saturday providing free demonstrations and handing out valuable information.” The fair will feature free educational materials and training programs with...
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La Colonia Community Walk / Run and Health Fair to be held Sept. 6

September 2, 2014
La Colonia Community Walk / Run and Health Fair to be held Sept. 6

OXNARD — The Sixth annual La Colonia Community Walk/Run and Health Fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Cesar Chavez K-8 School, 301 N. Marquita St., Oxnard, organizers reported in a media release. The free, open-to-the-public event, hosted by Ventura County Public Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention (CDP) and Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) programs, brings hundreds of residents, community leaders and local organizations together to celebrate their shared commitment to becoming more physically active and eating better in an effort to improve the overall health of individuals, families and entire communities....
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California EDD to present ‘Farmworker Fair — Faria Campesino’ on Sept. 7

September 2, 2014
California EDD to present ‘Farmworker Fair — Faria Campesino’ on Sept. 7

OXNARD — The California Employment Development Department will present a “Farmworker Fair — Faria Campesino” from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at the EDD’s West Oxnard Job & Career Center, 636 S. Ventura Road, Oxnard, the organization reported. More than 30 agencies with information and resources to assist farm workers are scheduled to participate. Sponsored by the EDD, the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County and the Center for Employment Training.
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September cover story: Hispanic Heritage Month comes to the 805 region

September 1, 2014
September cover story: Hispanic Heritage Month comes to the 805 region

Fiestas Patrias, ‘Celebracion de Salsa,’ beisbol in the Central Coast among events this month By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 From the traditional “Grito de Dolores” to local beisbol history, salsa dance lessons, free mariachi concerts, classical Flamenco dance performances and a play focusing on the lives of three powerful Latinas — the 805 region has a number of events scheduled to honor Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15). Events actually begin early in the month when the Comité Cultural Mexicano presents the crowning of the Fiestas Patrias queen (“Cena-Gala de Coronación“) at a gala dinner...
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Commentary: Wellness Center seeks to serve Spanish-speaking members

September 1, 2014
Commentary: Wellness Center seeks to serve Spanish-speaking members

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 While in theory the idea of a smaller, more financially accountable government sounds like a good thing, often those government cutbacks adversely affect those most in need — the poor, the disabled, the un- and underemployed. As a result, the private and nonprofit sectors often have to step in or partner with government agencies to fill those growing needs for services in the community. For those affected by mental health issues, one option is the Wellness Center in Oxnard operated by the nonprofit Turning Point Foundation, which has a contract with Ventura County...
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Bilingual commentary: Pacifism and war

September 1, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Pacifism and war

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor It would seem reasonable to assume that most of us prefer a world at peace to a world at war.  As John Lennon of the Beatles so eloquently challenged us in his song, “Imagine,” let us imagine a world with nothing to kill or die for. Furthermore, he posited, let us imagine that there was no religion. This may sound...
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Local

September 1, 2014
Local

SANTA BARBARA — The United Way of Santa Barbara County is seeking volunteers for its 23rd annual Day of Caring to be held Saturday, Sept. 20, the organization reported in a media release. Throughout the day volunteers will help more than 50 local nonprofit organizations throughout Santa Barbara County, including schools, parks and churches. Day of Caring will start with a breakfast rally at 8 a.m. at the Page Youth Center in Goleta. Volunteers of all ages will proceed from the breakfast to community service assignments in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta and Santa Maria for a wide range of...
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Business: Start a recession-resistant business

September 1, 2014
Business: Start a recession-resistant business

By Metro Editorial Services (MS) The latest statistics from the Small Business Administration indicate that two-thirds of new businesses survive two years, while about 45 percent survive four years. Such odds inspire curiosity as to how entrepreneurs have the gumption to open new businesses. As challenging as it can be to turn an idea into a successful business, opening a new business in an industry with a track record for stability is one way to reduce the risk of a new business venture. Although there is no such thing as a guarantee in the business world, certain industries seem...
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