Get involved in Ventura’s 150th anniversary celebrations

city anniversaryThe Breeze photographer almost got there too late for a piece of cake at the City Council meeting.

The City of Ventura is excited to celebrate Ventura’s 150th anniversary on April 2, 2016 and would love your help in making this celebration a success! There are many ways to participate and we encourage you to connect and get involved. Learn more at VisitVenturaCA.com/Ventura150. The celebration had its send off at the Nov.2 City Council meeting.

Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann is asking residents to give our beautiful city a gift by spreading kindness — one million acts of kindness — over the next few months as we prepare to celebrate our city’s birthday.

“If every city resident performs ten acts of kindness by then we will reach our goal,” said the Mayor. “Please spread the kindness and ‘pass it on’ by posting pictures, words and videos of your acts of kindness — big or small — or any that you see performed by others on our various #VenturaKindness social media platforms.”

  • www.facebook.com/venturakindness
  • twitter.com/VenturaKindness
  • instagram.com/venturakindness
  • venturakindness.tumblr.com/
  • www.pinterest.com/venturakindness/

To observe this milestone the city is working with community partners to present a series of special events, programs and activities over five months (150 days) celebrating the amazing span of Ventura history and culture reaching before and after the California State Senate approved “An Act to Incorporate the Town of San Buenaventura” on March 10, 1866 that took effect on April 2 – from the indigenous Chumash to the waves of Spanish, Mexican, Chinese, European, Yankee and today’s international immigrants who have enriched our city over the years.

On Nov.8 a special reception officially launched the city’s 150th anniversary celebration at the Museum of Ventura County.

Attendees  enjoyed refreshments and special limited edition 150th anniversary souvenirs as they enjoyed stories by a panel of descendants of historic families (Chaffee, Harrison, Smith-Hobson, and Tumamait), a presentation on our local history and performances courtesy of the Ventura Music Festival.

A video created by (CAPS-TV) Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura introduced the Ventura Legacy project. Also on display were simulations of the 1860 census, finalists in the poster contest presented by the Boys and Girls Club, Friends of the Library and the Ventura Unified School District and the museum’s current “Portraits” exhibit featuring local historic photos.

The sesquicentennial finale on April 2 will be a free community fair and picnic in downtown Ventura, followed by a concert in Mission Park by “hometown boys made good,” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a partnership between the City and the Ventura Education Partnership to benefit arts in our schools.

The City’s 150th anniversary is made possible by the generous donations of the Ventura Auto Center Dealers and Ventura Townehouse; and this inaugural event is supported by EJ Harrison and Sons.

To observe this milestone the city is working with community partners to present a series of special events, programs and activities over five months (150 days) celebrating the amazing span of Ventura history and culture reaching before and after the California State Senate approved “An Act to Incorporate the Town of San Buenaventura” on March 10, 1866 that took effect on April 2 – from the indigenous Chumash to the waves of Spanish, Mexican, Chinese, European, Yankee and today’s international immigrants who have enriched our city over the years.

Volunteer on November 21 for National Family Volunteer Day — Spend a morning performing acts of kindness with your family and post them online.

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