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Oxnard resident wins Ventura Music Festival’s Student Jazz Competition

Oxnard resident wins Ventura Music Festival’s Student Jazz Competition

Oxnard resident Rachel Flowers, 17, earned top honors at the Ventura Music Festival’s annual Student Jazz Competition held Jan. 16 at Ventura’s Laurel Theatre, the festival reported in a media release. Flowers was awarded both the opportunity to play on stage with Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and his 18-piece band at the Ventura Music Festival’s upcoming Latin...
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Hundreds march in Oxnard in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hundreds march in Oxnard in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Jess Gutierrez Hundreds marched from Oxnard’s Plaza Park to the Oxnard Performing Arts Center on Monday, Jan. 17 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Under sunny warm weather, families, individuals, elected officials from throughout the county, and community organizations carried signs and banners promoting...
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1,300 children celebrate Reyes Magos in Santa Barbara

1,300 children celebrate Reyes Magos in Santa Barbara

Nearly 1,300 children were able to receive gifts thanks to donations made for “El Día de los Reyes Magos” celebration held Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Santa Barbara. The event was organized by the consulate, Clubes de Oriundos “Amigos Universal” y “Valtierra,“ el grupo de Jóvenes y...
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Immigration, financial information forum set for Jan. 19

Immigration, financial information forum set for Jan. 19

The Mexican Consulate in Oxnard reported that an immigration and financial information forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19, 26 and Feb. 2 in Ventura County. An informational forum on immigration will be held Jan. 19 at the Mexican Consulate, 3151 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. A forum on credit information...
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Student jazz finalists to compete Jan. 16 in Ventura

Student jazz finalists to compete Jan. 16 in Ventura

Five finalists of the Ventura Music Festival’s Student Jazz Competition will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16 at the Laurel Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. The students are competing to win scholarships and the opportunity to perform with Latin jazz trumpet master Arturo Sandoval on Feb. 12 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds....
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AIDS partnership seeks dancers

AIDS partnership seeks dancers

The Ventura County AIDS partnership is seeking dancers for the “Rhythms of Life: Dance for AIDS”  celebration on May 21. More than 300 guests were entertained by a cast of 100 performers and volunteers last year during an event designed to inspire and educate the community about the impacts of HIV around the world, the...
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El Concilio names award winners

El Concilio names award winners

Carmen Guerrero, Javier Gomez and Art Hernandez are among a group of educators selected as winners of El Concilio de Condado de Ventura’s 2011 Latino Leadership Awards to be presented March 26 in Oxnard The awards focus this year on educators who make a difference in the community. The award winners include Guerrero, dean...
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Promotoras y Promotores holding Zumba health event Jan. 8

Promotoras y Promotores holding Zumba health event Jan. 8

The Promotoras y Promotores Foundation is inviting the public to participate in its first Zumba Health event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at Casa del Mexicano, 218 So. 11th St., Santa Paula. The exercise event is designed to be a fun fundraiser for the next promotor class in February. Includes...
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Mexican Consulate organizing S.B. Reyes Magos celebration Jan. 8

Mexican Consulate organizing S.B. Reyes Magos celebration Jan.  8

The Mexican Consulate  in Oxnard and the Unity Shoppe Organization are among several groups organzing the annual Reyes Magos celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, 227 N. Nopal, Santa Barbara. in Santa Barbara Donations of toys are being accepted through Jan. 6 for the...
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Mariachi Mujer 2000 performing Jan. 7-9 in S.B.

Mariachi Mujer 2000 performing Jan. 7-9 in S.B.

Mariachi Mujer 2000, composed of 11 musicians hand picked from three states and led by founder Marisa Ordoño and music director Laura Sobrino, comes to Santa Barbara Jan. 7-9. Mariachi Mujer 2000 was one of five bands representing the U.S. at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and played at the Santa Barbara Bowl in 2010’s...
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Commentary: Getting a Mexican passport, the painful and complicated way

Commentary: Getting a Mexican passport, the painful and complicated way

By Mariana Llamas-Cendon / Amigos805 Thinking about going to Mexico for the Holidays? If you are a Mexican citizen, whether by naturalization or birth, I recommend you first check to see when your Mexican passport expires. Otherwise, based on my experience, it won’t be as pleasant and hassle free to renew it at the...
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Toy donations sought for S.B.’s Reyes Magos celebration

Toy donations sought for S.B.’s Reyes Magos celebration

Donations of toys are being accepted  for the Reyes Magos celebration that will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Santa Barbara, the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard reported this week. The celebration is organized by the Mexican Consulate, the Unity Shoppe Organization...
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De Colores holding closing reception Dec. 30

De Colores holding closing reception Dec. 30

Andrea Vargas-Mendoza will be one of the guest artists attending the closing reception for the De Colores Art Exhibit from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 No. 10th St., Santa Paula. The exhibit highlights the narrative paintings and cultural story telling of 40 Latino visual artists...
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Children benefit from Posada Book Drive

Children benefit from Posada Book Drive

CSU Channel Islands professor Kathleen Contreras reads from her book, “Braids/Trencitas,” during the annual Posada Holiday Book Drive held Dec. 9, 2010 at Ruby’s Cafe in Oxnard. Books collected before and during the event will be donated to Mercy Ministries, an organization that serves more than 150 families in the Oxnard area. The event...
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Ventura Music Festival announces 2011 performers, artists

Ventura Music Festival announces 2011 performers, artists

Artists and admirers gathered during the preview reception for the 2011 Ventura Music Festival held Dec. 8 at the Museum of Ventura County, Ventura. The event featured the introduction of the festival’s 17th season performers and artists by Nuvi Mehta, artistic director for the festival, and the introduction of the 2011 festival art by...
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