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2014 OC Fall Literature & Arts Lecture Series to present poet Jimmy Santiago Baca on Oct. 1

2014 OC Fall Literature & Arts Lecture Series to present poet Jimmy Santiago Baca on Oct. 1

OXNARD — The 2014 OC Fall Literature & Arts Lecture Series will present award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca in the program “Singing at the Gates: Poems from Prison and other Lives” from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Building, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. Baca will read...
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‘Cuento Cups: Because Our Stories Matter’ exhibit seeks submissions by Oct. 2

‘Cuento Cups: Because Our Stories Matter’ exhibit seeks submissions by Oct. 2

VENTURA — Submissions are being sought for the “Cuento Cups: Because Our Stories Matter” exhibit to be presented through the month of October in the Tool Room Gallery at the Bell Arts Center, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. The exhibit is in response to Chipotle Mexican Grill’s “Cultivating Thought Author Series.” In May of...
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Guest commentary: Helping a Dreamer achieve his goal

Guest commentary: Helping a Dreamer achieve his goal

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 Gilbert Cuevas / Guest contributor Miguel Rodriguez has contributed more to the Ventura County Latino community in the...
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Bilingual report: SCORE to present Hispano Mixer on Sept. 26 in Oxnard

Bilingual report: SCORE to present Hispano Mixer on Sept. 26 in Oxnard

OXNARD — SCORE will present a Hispano Mixer from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at the Heritage Cultural Center, 141 W. 5th St., Suite E, Oxnard. Learn networking techniques in order to better your business and personal life, organizers reported.  The event features Dr. Robert Vargas of New World Associates, who will...
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Manuel Liñán to perform on Sept. 27 at Flamenco Arts Festival 2014 in Santa Barbara.

Manuel Liñán to perform on Sept. 27 at Flamenco Arts Festival 2014 in Santa Barbara.

SANTA BARBARA — The 14th annual Flamenco Arts Festival will feature prominent Spanish artist Manuel Liñán and his production of Nómada (Nomad), with a pre-concert talk from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at The Granada Theatre, 214 State St., Santa Barbara. Liñán, a highly celebrated virtuoso of flamenco, and his ten member company...
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Panel discussion on ‘Beisbol: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues’ to be held Sept. 28 in Ventura

Panel discussion on ‘Beisbol: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues’ to be held Sept. 28 in Ventura

VENTURA — A panel discussion on “Beisbol: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues,” will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. There will also be a book signing for “Mexican American Baseball in the Central Coast.” Anna Rios Bermudez, curator of...
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Guest commentary: Civility or Social Control

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

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...
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Guest commentary: The Domestic War

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...
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Bilingual commentary: Hercules: A very strong—and very troubled—man

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

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...
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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

¡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....
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CSU Channel Islands sophomore Teresa Castillo wins 2014 CSU Trustees’ Award

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...
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Bilingual commentary: Flight from the nest

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...
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Museum of Ventura County to present ‘Celebracion de Familia’ on Sept. 13

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

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

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...
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Emergency Preparedness Fair to be held in Ventura on Sept. 6

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...
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La Colonia Community Walk / Run and Health Fair to be held Sept. 6

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)...
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California EDD to present ‘Farmworker Fair — Faria Campesino’ on Sept. 7

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...
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September cover story: Hispanic Heritage Month comes to the 805 region

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...
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Commentary: Wellness Center seeks to serve Spanish-speaking members

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...
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Local news briefs

Local news briefs

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....
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Business: Start a recession-resistant business

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...
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Local business news

Local business news

> The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County has announced a free listing in 805CONNECT. 805connect is a comprehensive database created to provide an official directory and networking platform to connect all businesses in the 805 area code. More than a simple business directory, 805connect provides a single place for businesses, private organizations, public entities, entrepreneurs...
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