by Ana Baker
Would you like to meet new friends? Whatever the reason, Ventura’s Conversation Group is the right place for you. This eclectic group meets Wednesdays from 4p.m. to 5:45p.m. Located at the Yolanda’s Mexican Restaurant at 2753 Main St. Several people usually stay for a drink and a bite to eat afterward. Be sure to bring an interesting topic to discuss.
Free admission stage show, 2p.m. to 4p.m. First Sunday of every month. Old Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Assoc. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. For more Information call 517-1131.
Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45p.m. Located at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill. Ballroom, swing, Latin, mixers and line dancing. Members $9, non-members $11. Call 407-9971 for more information.
DBSA Ventura, the local chapter of the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) hosts two regular, confidential, peer-led, self-help support groups in the County. The evening meeting takes place every Tuesday from 6:30p.m. to 8p.m. at Bible Fellowship Church located at 6950 Ralston Street in Room 301 of Building 300. Email DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com, visit facebook.com/DBSA.Ventura or call 253-3289 for more information.
The daytime meeting is held from 1p.m. to 3p.m. at the New Visions Center in Ventura on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Turning Point Foundation’s New Vision Center is located at 1065 E. Main Street. Email DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com, visit facebook.com/DBSA.Ventura or call 746-3106 for more information.
Oct. 29: Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, Northern Lights to WAV in Ventura at 175 South Ventura Ave. Savannah will be joined by cantaor (male flamenco singer), direct from Spain, Juañarito, and guitarist Bobby de Sofia. The 8p.m. performance is the 27th stop on a 35-date tour of the Western U.S.
Oct. 31: Ventura Audubon Society’s Field Trip starts at 8:30 a.m. at Calleguas Creek/ Round Mountain. Leaders: Karin Kersteter 901-2203 and Adele Fergusson 415-4304. Round Mountain is a small lake at the base of a scrubby hillside. Birds such as Hooded Mergansers, Lesser Yellowlegs and White-faced Ibis feed in the lake. In the nearby hills, wrens and gnatcatcher forage for insects.
Oct. 31: Ghouls, ghosts and games will be available at the Ventura Elks Lodge #1430 6th Annual Halloween Pre-Teen Carnival from Noon to 3p.m. Located at the Elks Lodge, 2126 Knoll Dr. Hot dogs, chips, punch are provided for kids 12 and under. Age appropriate games will be played and prizes. Come in costume or not, prizes will be awarded and activities are open to children 12 and under.
This highly successful event is supported and participated in by Elks sponsored members Girls Scout Troop and Cub Scout Troop, Ventura Boys and Girls Club is and other youth organizations
Nov. 1: On Sunday, Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions monthly meeting will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Land-Use in Ventura County: should we SOAR? County Supervisor Steve Bennett, one of the co-authors of SOAR, will speak to the history, value and future of SOAR at E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room 651 E. Main St. Admission is free.
Nov. 1: Ventura Audubon Society’s Work Day – Hedrick Ranch. Leader: Sandy Hedrick 340-0478. Arrive at 8a.m. for birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9a.m. to noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves and sun protection.
Nov. 2, 16: The Ventura County Philatelic Society will meet on Monday from 7:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. Stamp trading and camaraderie located at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road.
Admission and parking are free. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-1601
Nov. 3: Mended Hearts of Ventura Group meets on the 8th floor of the Community Memorial Hospital.
Tuesday from 7p.m. to 9p.m. Come share if you have had heart surgery or stent implant.
Call if more information needed Richard Hatcher 644-2733
Nov.4: The Beach Cities Neighbors and Newcomers Club, (BCNN ) is a group of active women of all ages who live in Ventura, Oxnard, or Port Hueneme and enjoy activities such as hiking, bridge, dining, wine outings, reading, cooking and more. No charge for meeting and no reservation is required.
Located at the Ventura Museum Pavilion from 9:30a.m. to 11a.m. Coffee or Tea is available at a nominal charge of $1.00. Speaker: Amy Tyrel Chef & Owner, Morsels as you Wish, will be the speaker
For additional information, please visit bcnnwomensclub.org for more info call 647-8105 or 985-8085.
Nov.4: Join the Urbane Cafe, 4960 Telephone Rd on Wednesday, from 4p.m. to 9 p.m. for a Fundraising Event for the Ventura Soroptimist Club. Come and check out the salads and sandwiches that Urbane Cafe has to offer. Just download the flier from website at www.soroptimistventura.org/fundraising.html and bring it with you when you order. Urbane Cafe will donate 20% of the sales to the Ventura Soroptimist Club for their scholarships. For questions please call Cyndi Damron at 216-4728 or email@example.com.
Nov.5, 11: Spice-Topia will be hosting cooking classes by Chef Amy Tyrrell of Morsels as You Wish. Each class fee is $35 and includes a complete recipe book and sampling of all dishes on that evening’s menu. Nov.5: Holiday Appetizers & Desserts features Pear, Pecan and Blue Cheese Canapes plus lots of other good stuff. Nov.11: Holiday Sides features Pistachio Risotto with Saffron plus lots of other good stuff.
6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m., 576 E. Main St. 628-3267 spice-topia.com
Nov.6, 8: Opera Santa Barbara will open its 2015-16 season with a uniquely compelling, film noir-inspired production of Mozart’s timeless masterpiece Don Giovanni. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6, and at 2:30 pm on Sunday, November 8, in Santa Barbara’s historic Granada Theatre. Ranging in price from $29 to $204, tickets can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or 899-2222.
Nov.7:The Salvation Army in Ventura invites everyone to enjoy an evening of music and more as part of a free holiday concert on Saturday, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road.
The concert, which kicks off the 2015 Christmas Kettle Season, features one of The Salvation Army’s premier concert bands from Torrance, California. Money received in the Christmas Kettles is used exclusively to provide services and assistance to disadvantaged families in individuals in Ventura.
Lt. Fabio Simoes of The Salvation Army in Ventura explains that, in addition to a special family-oriented event, “it is an opportunity for the community to learn about and perhaps partner with The Salvation Army to do the most good for Ventura.”
For more information call 659-3598.
Nov.7: Starlight Supper Club will host an evening of 1940’s glamour, taste, and sophistication. The 3rd Annual Starlight Supper Club’s fundraising event will benefit Project Understanding. Featuring the Ventura Jazz Orchestra Septet on Saturday at 5:30p.m. located at the Crown Plaza Ventura beach.
Admission $75. Tickets available for purchase at: https://starlightsupperclub2015.eventbrite.com
For more info please contact Charleen Morla 236-1309 or visit www.projectunderstanding.com
Nov. 7: 8:00 a.m. Ventura Audubon Society’s Field Trip Pine Mountain Leader: Karin Kersteter 901-2203. If you have never birded Pine Mountain (not to be confused with Mt Pinos), now is time! Join us as we bird several locations, beginning at Pine Mountain Inn on Hwy 33 and ending at the top of Pine Mountain, at an elevation of 6600 feet. The fields around Pine Mountain Inn are teeming with sparrows and finches, including Lawrence’s Goldfinches and Golden-crowned Sparrows. Glowing golden cottonwoods will add to day. Further up the mountain, we will be seeing and hearing usual montane species, such as Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch and Steller’s Jays. Carpooling is suggested for this trip due to narrow winding roads.
Nov.8, 15: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura annual Fine Art and Crafts Fair will take place on two Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. The fair features a large variety of art, photography, mosaics, jewelry, stained glass, crafts, textile art and more. The fair will be held in Berg Hall at the church, located at 5654 Ralston St. Ample parking is available in the back of the church.
Nov. 10: Ventura Audubon Society’s Field Trip, Emma Wood/Ventura River Estuary, begins at 8 a.m. Leader: Adele Fergusson 415-4304. Begin at the entrance to Emma Wood State Beach, searching the scrub for sparrows and warblers. Follow the path that leads through the willow forest (often finding wrentit and other secretive birds here) and finally across the sand dunes to the Ventura River Estuary. The estuary is always an exciting place to bird, and target birds.
Nov.13: Family Science Night is happening Friday, from 6p.m. to 7:30p.m. in room 114 of Buena High School. Hosted by Science League students, who are organizing an evening of fun participation and demonstration for local families (target audience: ages 8-13). The evening is free, although science themed snacks will be available for purchase. Theme for the evening is “Halloween Leftovers”.
Nov. 13: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution November luncheon meeting will feature the program” The Other 14th Colony – Vermont “, presented by Mr. Fred Dunn. The luncheon event will take place at 11:30 a.m., Friday, in the Garden Room, Marie Callender’s Restaurant, 1295 S. Victoria Ave. All SAR & DAR Compatriots, friends, and visitors are welcome to join us. The cost for lunch is $20 per person, and includes a slice of Marie Callender’s pie. For additional information or for assistance in determining your possible Revolutionary War genealogical roots, please call Bill Bays 650-3036 or Robert Taylor 216-7992. For information regarding SAR membership and chapter activities, please visit the chapter website at http://pattonpatriots.org.
Nov. 14: Paul Bishop book signing will be from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. at Bank of Books, 748 East Main Street. With her special abilities, top LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective Calamity Jane Randall thought she knew all about interrogation until she was partnered with detective Ray Pagan. Wielding a suspect’s vocal intonations, emotions, and physical gestures like a scalpel, Pagan’s empathetic lie catching abilities are legendary. Ripped from the experiences of thirty-five year veteran LAPD detective and nationally recognized interrogator, Paul Bishop, Lie Catchers takes the reader inside the dark and dangerous mind games of the men and women for whom truth is an obsession. More info call 643-3154.
Nov. 14: The Ventura Beginners PC Users Group will meet Saturday, in the third floor lounge of the Cypress Place Active Senior Living building, 1220 Cypress Pl. A review of Ribbon commands will begin at 9:15a.m., followed by Q&A session, and a presentation at 11a.m. by Michael Shalkey on Skype and Internet features. Everyone who would like to know more about their computer is welcome to attend any or all sessions. For more information 648-1368.