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> The Economic Development Collaborative — Ventura County has launched its “Virtual Business Advisor,” a web-based economic development tool at http://www.qlbs.com/Qonline/EDC/  The free assessment and business assistance program is for businesses of any size, in any industry. EDC-VC is hosting the pilot program through September, with the goal of making it a permanent offering....
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Health: Snack foods that promote better sleep

Health: Snack foods that promote better sleep

By Metro Editorial Services (MS) According to the National Sleep Foundation, changes in sleep patterns are a part of the aging process. Many people experience difficulty falling asleep and then staying asleep as they age, and that difficulty can make men and women over 50 feel more tired during the day. But even though...
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Local health information

Local health information

  > Clinicas del Camino Real Inc. will provide information on Covered California and free health screenings at selected locations throughout the month of April in Ventura County. Visit http://www.clinicas.org/outreach/calendar/2015-04 to find times, dates and locations.   > The Ventura County Health Care Agency provides a calendar of upcoming health events, including breast feeding...
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Bilingual commentary: The Big Band Dance

Bilingual commentary: The Big Band Dance

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 Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the Ventura Jazz Orchestra’s Spring Swing “Big”...
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Bilingual report: State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson — On César Chávez Day, let us remember his call for justice, service

Bilingual report: State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson — On César Chávez Day, let us remember his call for justice, service

SACRAMENTO – The life of civil rights leader and labor organizer César Chávez will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 31. In honor of that day, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released this statement: “As we approach what would have been his 88th birthday, we celebrate the extraordinary life of César Chávez. As president of the United Farm...
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Historian, author Vicki L. Ruiz to speak on ‘The Right to Remember: Latina Labor Leaders in California Agriculture’ at CSUCI on April 1

Historian, author Vicki L. Ruiz to speak on ‘The Right to Remember: Latina Labor Leaders in California Agriculture’ at CSUCI on April 1

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host Latina scholar, historian and author Vicki L. Ruiz for “The Right to Remember: Latina Labor Leaders in California Agriculture, 1939-1961,” Wednesday, April 1, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the John Spoor Broome Library, Room 1320. The presentation is free and open to the public and light refreshments...
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Oxnard College to present César Chávez Celebration on March 31

Oxnard College to present César Chávez Celebration on March 31

OXNARD — Oxnard College will present a free César Chávez Day Celebration and documentary screening from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. Part of the Latinologues / Rick Najera series, the event will feature a historic gathering of friends and family of the...
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Hancock graduate selected as ‘One of Top 30 Students in California Community Colleges’

Hancock graduate selected as ‘One of Top 30 Students in California Community Colleges’

SANTA MARIA — A recent Allan Hancock College graduate has been recognized as one of the top 30 students enrolled in California’s 112 community colleges. Daniela Calderon was one of 30 students from 24 community colleges selected to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2015 All-California Academic Team, college officials reported in a media...
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Guest commentary: The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health (OMMH) Coalition is established

Guest commentary: The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health (OMMH) Coalition is established

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 I have written extensively about my precarious mental health state and my many battles that I...
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Bilingual commentary: Wellness Center provides help for those struggling with mental health conditions

Bilingual commentary: Wellness Center provides help for those struggling with mental health conditions

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 the Wellness Center Depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions affect many local members of Ventura County.  You...
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Bilingual commentary: Attachment vs. Passion

Bilingual commentary: Attachment vs. Passion

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 Most of us, every day, navigate the tension between attachment and passion. Like the Greek...
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CSU Channel Islands panel explores local Latina women baseball teams around WWII during presentation on March 25

CSU Channel Islands panel explores local Latina women baseball teams around WWII during presentation on March 25

CAMARILLO — With the men off fighting World War II, women were left to take over jobs and in some cases, baseball diamonds. The 1992 Movie “A League of Their Own” dramatized the creation of the wartime All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, but CSU Channel Islands (CI) Professor of Chicana/o Studies Jose Alamillo, Ph.D., said there...
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‘Oxnard Caravana (43) — Todos somas Ayotzinapa’ el 26 de marzo en Oxnard

‘Oxnard Caravana (43) — Todos somas Ayotzinapa’ el 26 de marzo en Oxnard

OXNARD — “Oxnard Caravana (43) — Todos somas Ayotzinapa — ¡Su dolor es nuestro dolor!” comienza a las 5:30 pm el 26 de marzo in la Placita de Oxnard, 500 S. C St. Caminaremos a Café on A, 438 S. A St., para un foro comunitario. “Invitamos a todos los colectivos, organizaciones y la...
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Frank Barajas to speak on the ‘Rise of the Chicano Movement in Southern California, 1960-1975′ starting March 27

Frank Barajas to speak on the ‘Rise of the Chicano Movement in Southern California, 1960-1975′ starting March 27

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands Professor Frank Barajas will present the program “Curious Uprisings: The Rise of the Chicano Movement in Southern California, 1960 to 1975″ starting March 27 as part of the six-week Osher Lifelearning Institute (OLLI) course at CSUCI. The program will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the university’s Broom...
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Ventura College to host 28th annual Latina Leadership Network Conference through March 28

Ventura College to host 28th annual Latina Leadership Network Conference through March 28

VENTURA — Ventura College will host the Latina Leadership Network’s (LLN) 28th Annual Conference, “Latina Leadership: Pursuing Equity in the 21st Century”  from March 26 through 28, college officials reported in a media release. The conference will focus on the impact that student equity funding will have on Latina students, how Latinas are represented at...
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Video Watch Party for the ‘Arriba Con Hillary’ video to be held in Oxnard on March 27

Video Watch Party for the ‘Arriba Con Hillary’ video to be held in Oxnard on March 27

OXNARD — A video watch party for “¡Arriba Con Hillary!” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 at Downtown Sol, 328 W. Third St., in the Lopez building in downtown Oxnard, organizers reported in a media release. The song and video “Arriba Con Hillary” was produced in Ventura County. Mariachi Aguilas de...
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Guest commentary: No, it is not wrong to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day!

Guest commentary: No, it is not wrong to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day!

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 In my last blog I made the point that it is becoming routine and even...
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Trudy Arriaga selected as ‘Woman of the Year’ by Assemblymember Williams

Trudy Arriaga selected as ‘Woman of the Year’ by Assemblymember Williams

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) has selected Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Arriaga to represent the 37th Assembly District as the 2015 Woman of the Year. “It has been a privilege to work with Dr. Arriaga during my time in the Assembly,” Williams stated in the release. “She has been...
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Bilingual commentary: When failing math really hurts

Bilingual commentary: When failing math really hurts

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 goes without saying that many people in this country struggle with mathematics. Unfortunately, being...
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Guest commentary: St. Patrick’s Day also a time to remember strong Irish-Mexican connection

Guest commentary: St. Patrick’s Day also a time to remember strong Irish-Mexican connection

Editor’s note: A timely re-posting of a 2013 column by Mona AlvaradoFrazier. Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editors 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 Mona AlvaradoFrazier / Guest contributor In my family we have...
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Café on A to present ‘La Cosecha / The Harvest’ photo exhibit, film screening on March 21

Café on A to present ‘La Cosecha / The Harvest’ photo exhibit, film screening on March 21

OXNARD — The Dr. Rodolfo F. Acuña Art Gallery & Cultural Center at Café on A will present “La Cosecha / The Harvest” photo exhibit and film screening from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at 438 S. A St., Oxnard. Every year more than 400,000 American children pick the food we all eat. In...
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Guest commentary: History is important but beware of warped historical memories

Guest commentary: History is important but beware of warped historical memories

La llorona and el cucuy 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 History is distorted in many ways and it is not...
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Former Allan Hancock College ESL instructor to walk nearly 500 miles to fundraise for scholarship in memory of Fidel Herrera

Former Allan Hancock College ESL instructor to walk nearly 500 miles to fundraise for scholarship in memory of Fidel Herrera

  Michael McMahon plans to help his former mentor fulfill a lifelong dream of creating a scholarship at Hancock for ESL students SANTA MARIA — For more than 20 years, Fidel Herrera taught English as a second language (ESL) classes at Allan Hancock College. He led the charge to develop the college’s ESL credit...
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Bilingual commentary: Banning the American Flag?

Bilingual commentary: Banning the American Flag?

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 I’m a mix of conservative and liberal proclivities, but when it comes to respect for...
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12th annual Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval ‘Cultural’ to begin March 14

12th annual Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval ‘Cultural’ to begin March 14

SANTA BARBARA — The 12th Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval “Cultural” will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14 with the “Feijoada Sabor Carnaval” and the open house at the Brazil Arts Café, 1230 State St, Santa Barbara, event organizers reported in a media release. The biggest and only country south of the border...
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