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Guest commentary: Vestal Virgins

Guest commentary: Vestal Virgins

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 Ancient Rome’s Vestal Virgins were chosen at a ceremony known as a “captio.”  They were...
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Panel discussion examines plight of ‘Out of Status’ students throughout history on Oct. 15 at UCSB

Panel discussion examines plight of ‘Out of Status’ students throughout history on Oct. 15 at UCSB

SANTA BARBARA — They are among California’s highest achievers. High school graduates — in many cases their class valedictorians — community volunteers and now university students. They are hardworking seekers of their own version of the American Dream. They are also undocumented — or “out of status” — a circumstance that every single day threatens...
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Guest commentary: El Día La Raza. What happened to the indigenous race?

Guest commentary: El Día La Raza. What happened to the indigenous race?

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 When César Chávez was asked what he thought about the term la raza, he answered...
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Mexican American Bar Association to present annual scholarship dinner on Oct. 18

Mexican American Bar Association to present annual scholarship dinner on Oct. 18

OXNARD – The Ventura County Mexican American Bar Association and the Education Foundation of MABA will present their annual scholarship dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. Luis J. Rodriguez, newly appointed president of the California State Bar and the first Latino to attain...
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Binational Health Week Conference (Oct. 18), health fair (Oct. 19) to be presented in region

Binational Health Week Conference (Oct. 18), health fair (Oct. 19) to be presented in region

The Binational Health Week Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the Westside Neighborhood Center, 423 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara. Access to Health Care and Health Care Systems will be the focus of the conference. For details, call 805-984-1372 or send an email to  IvanA.Rodriguez@ventura.org The...
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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! to present Los Vega in free concerts from Oct. 18-20

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! to present Los Vega in free concerts from Oct. 18-20

SANTA BARBARA — ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! will present Los Vega performing at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road, Goleta, (805-893-5037); 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Guadalupe City Hall Auditorium, 918 Obispo St., Guadalupe, (805-343-2939); and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Marjorie...
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Photographer to discuss how ‘The Migrant Project’ cultivated food forward on Oct. 19

Photographer to discuss how ‘The Migrant Project’ cultivated food forward on Oct. 19

SANTA PAULA — Photographer Rick Nahmias will speak at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 about the creative journey behind his featured exhibition, “The Migrant Project,” the Museum of Ventura County reported in a media release. He will explain how creating the exhibition led to him founding...
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Día de los Muertos workshops to be held Oct. 19, 26 in Oxnard

Día de los Muertos workshops to be held Oct. 19, 26 in Oxnard

OXNARD — Día de los Muertos workshops will be presented Oct. 19 and 26 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Inlakech Cultural Arts Center, 250 E. Fifth St., Oxnard. The Oct. 19 workshop will focus on muerto necklace, painting an design, with the Oct. 26 workshop featuring altar design and construction. The annual...
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Government shutdown, debt ceiling talk set for Oct. 12 at Oxnard Public Library

Government shutdown, debt ceiling talk set for Oct. 12 at Oxnard Public Library

OXNARD — LULAC Youth — Ventura County and “The David Cruz Show” will present “What You Want to Know About the Government Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling” from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Oxnard Main Library, 251 So. A St., Oxnard. Limited seating. RSVP to mecruz.lulac@gmail.com or by texting 818-631-4557.
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De Colores Art Show to celebrate 20th anniversary

De Colores Art Show to celebrate 20th anniversary

SANTA PAULA — The 20th De Colores Art Show, an annual group art exhibit showcasing Latino art and culture, will premiere at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Sunday, Oct. 27 with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m., organizers reported this week in a media release. The purpose of the long-running De Colores...
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Bilingual commentary: Cultural Jews … But Cultural Catholics?

Bilingual commentary: Cultural Jews … But Cultural Catholics?

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 Articles in the Religion section of the Ventura County Star often get my attention, as...
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UCSB Early Academic Outreach to hold ‘Higher Education Week’ starting Oct. 8

UCSB Early Academic Outreach to hold ‘Higher Education Week’ starting Oct. 8

SANTA BARBARA — The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) at UC Santa Barbara will hold its fall Higher Education Week, a four-day series of events beginning Oct. 8, the university reported in a media release. Representatives from universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education will visit high school campuses in the Santa Maria,...
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Guest commentary: Role Models — They could have been contenders

Guest commentary: Role Models — They could have been contenders

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 Last July salsa singer Marc Anthony, responding to a question on television’s stereotyping of Latinos,...
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CLU to present ‘Un cuento chino (Chinese Take-away)’ on Oct. 9

CLU to present ‘Un cuento chino (Chinese Take-away)’ on Oct. 9

THOUSAND OAKS — California Lutheran University will present “Un cuento chino (Chinese Take-away)” as part of its International Film Festival/Reel Justice Film Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Muvico Thousand Oaks 14, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. “Chinese Take-away” (2011) is an Argentine comedy that deals with cultural differences through two individuals:...
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Susan Zamudio-Gurrola to speak on Ventura County farmworker housing on Oct. 10 in Santa Paula

Susan Zamudio-Gurrola to speak on Ventura County farmworker housing on Oct. 10 in Santa Paula

SANTA PAULA — Susan Zamudio-Gurrola will speak about the twentieth century history of Ventura County farmworker housing at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. The speaker, who earned a bachelor’s degree in art and architectural history at UCSB and a master’s...
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Del Pueblo Café to present Sagrario Rodriguez’s ‘Morir Viviendo’ on Oct. 10

Del Pueblo Café to present Sagrario Rodriguez’s ‘Morir Viviendo’ on Oct. 10

SANTA BARBARA — Del Pueblo Café presents Dia de Los Muertos art exhibit featuring the works of Sagrario Rodriguez of Las Valentinas at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at 5134 Hollister Ave. (in the Magnolia Shopping Center), Santa Barbara. “Morir Viviendo” is defined as living your life to the fullest. Taking advantage of every...
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Museum of Ventura County to present Day of the Dead altars on Oct. 12

Museum of Ventura County to present Day of the Dead altars on Oct. 12

VENTURA — An exhibit of artistically inspired Day of the Dead altars assembled by local artists will be on display in the courtyard at the Museum of Ventura County beginning Saturday, Oct. 12. Artists participating this year include M.B. Hanrahan, Ricardo Rodriguez, Kay Zetlmaier, Ryan Carr, Sara Thomas, Vivian Luna and James Norwood. The...
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L.A. author, professor to speak on popular music along U.S.-Mexico border on Oct. 13 in Ventura

L.A. author, professor to speak on popular music along U.S.-Mexico border on Oct. 13 in Ventura

VENTURA — L.A. author, academic, and music critic, Josh Kun will present the program “Across Cultural Divides” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, in the Museum’s Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion. Associate professor of communication and journalism at the Annenberg School at USC, ...
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October Cover Story: Providing healthcare services to entire community

October Cover Story: Providing healthcare services to entire community

Binational Health Week puts spotlight on Latino health care issues in the 805 region By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 For Dr. Cheryl Lambing, health care and the upcoming Binational Health Week Conference (Oct. 18) offers a very personal link. “It’s close to my own heart,” said Lambing, who was born in Santa Maria....
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Commentary: Día de los Muertos is not Latin version of Halloween

Commentary: Día de los Muertos is not Latin version of Halloween

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 It’s been a few years since I started setting up my family’s altar / ofrenda. The ritual is always the same year after year. First I find the plastic box stuffed full of tiny Día de los Muertos figures — skeletons dressed as Aztec Jaguars or mariachi performers...
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United Way’s ‘Day of Caring’ volunteers clean up La Colonia Boxing Gym

United Way’s ‘Day  of Caring’ volunteers clean up La Colonia Boxing Gym

Photos by Jess Gutierrez ©2013 New boxing ring, landscaping part of agency’s countywide effort By Jess Gutierrez / Amigos805 contributor More than 40 volunteers from throughout Ventura County painted, landscaped, cleaned and installed a new boxing ring at La Colonia Boxing Gym in Oxnard on Sept. 28. The Colonia gym was one of 27 community organizations helped...
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Guest commentary: The illusion that education is the stairway to whiteness. Waiting for the next Sputnik moment

Guest commentary: The illusion that education is the stairway to whiteness. Waiting for the next Sputnik moment

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 From the beginning, there has been the illusion that America was exceptional; it was not...
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‘Mixtec Indigenous Leaders’ panel talk set for Oct. 2 at Oxnard College

‘Mixtec Indigenous Leaders’ panel talk set for Oct. 2 at Oxnard College

OXNARD — Maricela Morales, Jessica Arciniega, Arcenio Lopez and Israel Vazquez will speak at the panel presentation ‘Mixtec Indigenous Leaders: Models for Mobilizing and Empowering’ from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 So. Rose Ave., Oxnard. They will raise awareness of how the Mixteco Indigenous Community...
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Flamenco Arts Festival 2013 to be held Sept. 28-29

Flamenco Arts Festival 2013 to be held Sept. 28-29

SANTA BARBARA — The “Flamenco Arts Festival 2013” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara, with dance workshops from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at Santa Barbara Dance Arts, 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez, Suite 100, Santa Barbara. The festival...
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Destino awards $72,000 in grants to prepare local Hispanics for college

Destino awards $72,000 in grants to prepare local Hispanics for college

CAMARILLO — Destino: The Hispanic Legacy Fund, an initiative of the Ventura County Community Foundation, awarded a total of $72,000 to five nonprofit organizations at the 2013 Destino Grant Awards Reception earlier this month, the organization reported Wednesday. The Destino Advisory Council has focused its last two grant cycles on college preparation for Latino...
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