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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to present Plena Libre in free concerts March 21-23

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to present Plena Libre in free concerts March 21-23

SANTA BARBARA — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! will present Plena Libre in free concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21 at Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road, Goleta (805-893-5037); 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Guadalupe City Hall Auditorium, 918 Obispo St., Guadalupe (805-343-2939); and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23 at...
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Acuña Art Gallery @ The Café on A to present ‘Our Town Our Children’ on March 22

Acuña Art Gallery @ The Café on A to present ‘Our Town Our Children’ on March 22

OXNARD — The Acuña Art Gallery @ The Café on A will present “Our Town Our Children,” a social awareness art project, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at 438 So. A St., Oxnard. The program features award-winning author Amada Irma Pérez, the opening performance by Mariachi Inlakech and a free children’s...
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Bilingual report: UFW founder Dolores Huerta partners with Covered California to promote Latino enrollment

Bilingual report: UFW founder Dolores Huerta partners with Covered California to promote Latino enrollment

Human Rights Activist Featured in Radio Ads and Video Urging Californians to Sign Up for Health Insurance Coverage SACRAMENTO — Covered California™ announced that Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers and a longtime civil rights leader, will appeal to Californians, especially Latinos, to get health care coverage before the end of open enrollment,...
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Oxnard College to present ‘Latinologues’ on March 12

Oxnard College to present ‘Latinologues’ on March 12

OXNARD — The Oxnard College Literature, Arts and Lecture Series will present “Latinologues” from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 So. Rose Ave., Oxnard. Award-winning actor-writer-director-producer-comedian Rick Najera will entertain the audience with monologues from his book, “Latinologues,” and will discuss the image that Latinos...
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Guest commentary: Access — Coming Home

Guest commentary: Access — Coming Home

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 I would like to thank the Cal State LA history department especially Enrique Ochoa for...
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‘From Hell to Healing — The Art of Vietnam Vets’ opening reception to be held at Bell Arts Factory on March 7

‘From Hell to Healing — The Art of Vietnam Vets’ opening reception to be held at Bell Arts Factory on March 7

VENTURA — The City of Ventura, the Big Read and Bell Arts Factory will present “From Hell to Healing — The Art of Vietnam Vets” featuring the works of Vietnam veterans Jess Gutierrez, Orlando Menchaca, James Graca and Michael Arndt from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7 at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 No. Ventura...
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Las Contemporañeas at the Museum of Ventura County to present inaugural Latina Short-Film Festival on March 8

Las Contemporañeas at the Museum of Ventura County to present inaugural Latina Short-Film Festival on March 8

VENTURA — Las Contemporañeas at the Museum of Ventura County will present the inaugural Latina Short-Film Festival (LSFF) on Saturday, March 8. The LSFF begins with a dessert and champagne reception from 6:30-7:15 p.m. followed by an award to keynote speaker, Michele Serros, author, poet, and social commentator. The LSFF opens with Lucy Rodriguez Hanley,...
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‘Beyond the Latino Sports Hero: The Role of Sports in Creating Communities, Networks and Identities’ to be presented in Simi Valley on March 8

‘Beyond the Latino Sports Hero: The Role of Sports in Creating Communities, Networks and Identities’ to be presented in Simi Valley on March 8

SIMI VALLEY — CSU Channel Islands will present the Spring Lecture Series talk “Beyond the Latino Sports Hero: The Role of Sports in Creating Communities, Networks and Identities” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. To reduce or simplify the history of Latino...
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Latin Grammy Nominee QUATTRO to perform at Oxnard High School Band fundraiser on March 9

Latin Grammy Nominee QUATTRO to perform at Oxnard High School Band fundraiser on March 9

OXNARD — 14th Annual Latin Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist QUATTRO will partner with OMAG (Oxnard Music Advocacy Group) and the Oxnard High School Band in a fundraiser to support getting music programs back into local schools at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Oxnard High School, 3400 W. Gonzalez Road, Oxnard. The program...
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‘Latinologues’ to be held at Oxnard College on March 12

‘Latinologues’ to be held at Oxnard College on March 12

 OXNARD — The Oxnard College Literature, Arts and Lecture Series will present “Latinologues” from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 So. Rose Ave., Oxnard. Award-winning actor-writer-director-producer-comedian Rick Najera will entertain the audience with monologues from his book, “Latinologues,” and will discuss the image that Latinos have in Hollywood...
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Bilingual commentary: Desiderata — Part VII Achievements and Plans

Bilingual commentary: Desiderata — Part VII Achievements and Plans

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 American writer and poet Max Ehrmann (1872 – 1945) wisely advises us succinctly in his...
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Institute for Latino Performing Arts to present CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase on Feb. 22 at Oxnard College

Institute for Latino Performing Arts to present CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase on Feb. 22 at Oxnard College

OXNARD — The Oxnard College Institute for Latino Performing Arts presents ”CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase” on Saturday, Feb. 22  in the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center Auditorium, 4000 So. Rose Ave., Oxnard. There is a 6 p.m. reception, followed by the main event at 7 p.m. This special evening of comedy and discussion on the state...
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‘Love, Hate and Everything in Between’ to be presented Feb. 14 at Café on A

‘Love, Hate and Everything in Between’ to be presented Feb. 14 at Café on A

OXNARD — The Valentine’s Day event ’Love, Hate and Everything in Between’ will be presented from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Café on A, 438 So. A St., downtown Oxnard. Organized and curated by Gee Gee Ontiveros and S.T.A.C. (Save the Art Culture), the opening night art exhibit includes live music, poetry...
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UCSB Conference on Feb. 21-22 to examine the historiography of the Chicano Movement

UCSB Conference on Feb. 21-22 to examine the historiography of the Chicano Movement

Special guest panel will discuss ‘The Blowout Generation and Sal Castro’ By Andrea Estrada / UCSB In March 1968, thousands of Chicano students walked out of their East Los Angeles high schools to protest decades of inferior or discriminatory education in their so-called “Mexican Schools.” During these historic walkouts — or “blowouts,” as they...
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CSU Channel Islands’ Pilar Pacheco receives statewide award for excellence in community engagement

CSU Channel Islands’ Pilar Pacheco receives statewide award for excellence in community engagement

CAMARILLO — Pilar Pacheco, associate director of the Center for Community Engagement at CSU Channel Islands, has earned a prestigious statewide recognition for her impact on service-learning and campus-community partnerships throughout Ventura County and the CSU system, the university reported Thursday in a media release. Pacheco received California Campus Compact’s 2014 Richard E. Cone Award for...
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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to present Perla Batalla in free concerts Feb. 7-9

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to present Perla Batalla in free concerts Feb. 7-9

SANTA BARBARA — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! presents Grammy-nominated vocalist Perla Batalla and her combo in free family concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road, Goleta (805-893-5037); 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Guadalupe City Hall,  918 Obispo St., Guadalupe (805-343-2939); and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at Marjorie...
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Local briefs

Feb. 15 — Free Income Tax Preparation Fair

VENTURA COUNTY — Low- to moderate-income workers who had a household income of $52,000 or less in 2013 can receive free tax preparation and income tax filing at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site located throughout Ventura County, the United Way of Ventura County reported in a media release. Tax returns are filed...
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More local financial news

More local financial news

> California Lutheran University this summer will open a Westlake Village center to house a new business incubator and provide expanded facilities for its Community Counseling Center and School of Management, the university reported in a media release. At the core of the nearly 18,000-square-foot facility will be a business incubator and coworking space...
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UCSB to honor ‘City of Night’ author John Rechy with Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature

UCSB to honor ‘City of Night’ author John Rechy with Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature

SANTA BARBARA — Novelist John Rechy is this year’s recipient of the UC Santa Barbara’s Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature, university 0fficials reported in a media release. The award will be presented during a ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the University Center’s Corwin Pavilion at UCSB. The event is...
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Guest commentary: Agrarian Year Up program would benefit area youth, restore Ormond Beach

Guest commentary: Agrarian Year Up program would benefit area youth, restore Ormond Beach

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 We at Keys Leadership Academy @ Cafe on A currently have a job placement services contract...
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La Santa Cecilia shout out to Santa Barbara County youth at the 2014 Grammy Awards!

La Santa Cecilia shout out to Santa Barbara County youth at the 2014 Grammy Awards!

SANTA BARBARA — La Santa Cecilia, winners of the the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Grammy for Treinte Días, gave thought in their acceptance speech on Jan. 26 to the incarcerated youth in Santa Barbara County they had visited through ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! earlier this month, the organization reported in a...
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Bilingual commentary: Young Latinos and the New Economy

Bilingual commentary: Young Latinos and the New Economy

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 The other day I was talking with a local high school senior, the son of...
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CSU Channel Islands’ Antonio Jiménez Jiménez named administrator of the American Translators Association’s Educators Division

CSU Channel Islands’ Antonio Jiménez Jiménez named administrator of the American Translators Association’s Educators Division

CAMARILLO — Antonio Jiménez Jiménez, Associate Professor of Spanish at CSU Channel Islands (CI), has been named administrator of the American Translators Association’s (ATA) Educators Division. Based in Alexandria, Va., the ATA is the nation’s largest professional organization for translators and interpreters, with nearly 11,000 members in more than 95 countries. “I feel very excited and honored...
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Jan. 31 nomination deadline approaching for El Concilio’s Latino Leadership Awards

Jan. 31 nomination deadline approaching for El Concilio’s Latino Leadership Awards

OXNARD — The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 to submit nominations for the 25th annual El Concilio Family Services’ Latino Leadership Awards, to be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31 in Oxnard. “Since 1990, El Concilio Family Services has recognized individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life...
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Guest commentary: Chrysler’s follow up to “To the Farmer in All of Us’ Superbowl commercial needs to be more inclusive

Guest commentary: Chrysler’s follow up to “To the Farmer in All of Us’ Superbowl commercial needs to be more inclusive

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 Frank P. Barajas /Guest contributor With the National Football League playoffs decided and the approach of the final championship...
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