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Ventura Film Festival opens July 8

Ventura Film Festival opens July 8

The 2011 Ventura Film Festival, which features more than 250 films and screenplays from more than 25 countries around the world, takes place over 11 days from July 8-18 in five theaters. The festival includes an opening night dinner with Academy Award winner George Chakiris, a meet and greet of the 2011 Ventura Film Festival...
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Museum of Ventura County open Independence Day

Museum of Ventura County open Independence Day

Reduced admission with active military and families free The Museum of Ventura County will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Independence Day, Monday, July 4, with reduced admission. Enjoy the summer exhibition Splash!, featuring large-scale installations of ocean-inspired art and a look into Ventura’s beach resort past, the museum reported in a...
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A weekend filled with art

A weekend filled with art

Events coming up on July 1 in Oxnard, San Luis Obispo From the artists of tomorrow to established artists in the north 805 region, this Fourth of July weekend will offer visitors a wide variety of works to examine. El Concilio Family Services will present a “Youth Art Exhibit” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday,...
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CSUCI Alumni & Friends to present ‘Through the Grapevine’ on June 30

CSUCI Alumni & Friends to present ‘Through the Grapevine’ on June 30

CSU Channel Islands Alumni & Friends Association invites alumni, friends and the public to join Provost Dawn Neuman, Hank and Leah Lacayo, Wayne and Barbara Davey and Carl and Nancy Wesely for their annual wine event, ‘Through the Grapevine’ from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Magnavino Cellars, 961 N. Rice...
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Commentary: What’s “The Big Deal?”

Commentary: What’s “The Big Deal?”

By Mona AlvaradoFrazier/ Guest contributor Michele Serros fans, mark your calendars. Lulu y Mucha present a Lucy Rodriguez film based on a short story from Serros’ book “How to Be a Chicana Role Model.” It debuts at the Ventura Film Festival, which runs from July 8-18th, 2011. Michele is a well-known author from Oxnard (okay,...
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El Concilio Family Services ‘Youth Art Exhibit’ on July 1

El Concilio Family Services ‘Youth Art Exhibit’ on July 1

El Concilio Family Services will present a “Youth Art Exhibit” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 1 at the Downtown Center for the Arts, 329 N. 5th St., Oxnard. Artwork is from the third session of the Youth Painters Program, which is supported by the City of Oxnard, El Concilio Family Services, the...
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Bilingual update: Teatro concludes its ‘Readers’ Theater’ series June 24-26

Bilingual update: Teatro concludes its ‘Readers’ Theater’ series June 24-26

Teatro de las Américas concludes its Readers’ Theater series with its third production, “The Immigrant Experience.” Written and produced by Ángela Cruz and the Actors’ Workshop, the one-act play is based on stories collected by the Actors’ Workshop about the experiences of immigrants and children of immigrants. The production will be held at 8...
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Film screening of ‘Memories of a Mexican’ on June 23

Film screening of ‘Memories of a Mexican’ on June 23

  The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation will present the film screening for “Memories of a Mexican” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23 at Presido Chapel at El Presido de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, 123 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. “Memories of a Mexican” is composed of Salvador Toscano’s archival film...
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Tortilla art dinner/dance fundraiser set for June 24

Tortilla art dinner/dance fundraiser set for June 24

A dinner/dance fundraiser and exhibition of the tortilla art of Gloria Hidrogo will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 24 at Sugar Beets Restaurant & Bar, 455 So A St., Oxnard. “Gloria was invited to exhibit her tortilla art in Europe but needs our support because she will have to pay for the...
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Commentary: New in downtown Ventura

Commentary: New in downtown Ventura

By Boyd Lemon / Guest contributor I lived in Ventura from 2003 to 2007 and after living in Boston and then Paris for four years, moved back to Ventura three months ago. I wouldn’t give up my adventures in Boston and Paris for anything; living life to the fullest requires adventure, but Ventura is...
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Latino Professional Network event set for June 9 in L.A.

Latino Professional Network event set for June 9 in L.A.

Poet Enedina Castañeda of Santa Maria reports that the Latino Professional Network will present its “Fuego!” networking event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Belasco Theater, 1050 So. Hill St., downtown Los Angeles. “1,200 successful Latino leaders from L.A., Orange County, the Inland Empire and Ventura County converge on the Belasco Theater!,” organizers...
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Guest column: Getaway — The jewell of the Central Coast

Guest column: Getaway — The jewell of the Central Coast

By Boyd Lemon / Guest columnist Last week I suggested downtown Ventura as a getaway for my 805 amigos who need to get away for a couple of days, but didn’t want to get on an airplane or drive for a long time. This week I’m broadening our horizons a bit— still in the...
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art offering free admission to servicemembers, families

Santa Barbara Museum of Art offering free admission to servicemembers, families

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. More than 1,000 museums across the nation are part of the Blue Star Museum initiative, which is a partnership among Blue Star Families and the National...
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Cabrillo celebrates 30th anniversary with Family Festival on June 4

Cabrillo celebrates 30th anniversary with Family Festival on June 4

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a family festival and resource fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4. The event, “Pathways to Peace and Prosperity,” is free to the public and will take place at Plaza Park, 545 So. “A” St., downtown Oxnard. “Pathways to Peace and Prosperity” will celebrate 30 years of...
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Guest column: A perfect weekend in downtown Ventura

Guest column: A perfect weekend in downtown Ventura

By Boyd Lemon / Guest columnist Sometimes after weeks or months of the weekly grind, you just need to get away from your everyday life — to recharge. If you live in the 805 outside downtown Ventura, the perfect weekend getaway is an hour or less away — downtown Ventura. It has everything: beautiful beaches,...
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