Events by Ana Baker
Nov 15: Audubon New Birders – Ventura Settling Ponds at 8:30 a.m. Frank DeMartino 906-8733. Both new and experienced birders will benefit Frank’s knowledge of the birds in the ponds and surrounding scrub habitat. Frank will help you determine the difference between blue-winged and green-winged teal, help find gallinules lurking in the reeds, and sort out the various sandpipers, dowitchers and other shore birds.
Nov. 15: The Ventura and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) will meet Sunday, in the Campus Student Center of Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road. The regular meeting starts at noon and at 11 a.m. there will be an informal workshop where a topic on clocks or watches will be demonstrated and discussed. There will be a mart where items will be for sale followed by an informational meeting and a program.
This month’s program will be a presentation by David Weisbart on his unique musical clock which was an award winner in the Crafts Competition at the 2015 National Convention. There is a $3 admission charge. Lunch is available for $5. More information about chapter 190 can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.
Nov.15: On Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., the Assistance League of Ventura County will hold a Holiday Craft Boutique at their headquarters at 913 E. Santa Clara St. The event will feature handmade items created by chapter members, the Girls/Teen Club, and Assistance Auxiliary. Proceeds will benefit the Assistance League School, the Girls/Teen Club, Operations School Bell, Teens Helping Teens, B.U.F.F.Y. the Bear, and Assault Survivor Kits. Assistance League of Ventura County is a chapter of Assistance League, a national non-profit organization formed in 1935. For more information on the organization, visit www.assistanceleague.org
Nov. 15: Jazz on the Lane House Concert will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. with a wonderful incarnation of HO4/Hans Ottsen Quartet featuring Karl Hunter (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy) on saxophone, Hans Ottsen on guitar, Danny Connell on contrabass, and Tyler Hammond on drums. So put it on your calendar and plan on enjoying a cozy Sunday afternoon at the house listening to some of the finest jazz this town is producing and having some snacks, wine, soft drinks. All proceeds go to the musicians: $15/person. Reservations to JazzOnTheLane@gmail.com are encouraged. Directions will be provided in the confirmation of your reservation.
Nov.16: Channel Islands Parliamentarians will feature a lesson, “Nominations,” presented by Gerry Olsen, PRP. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m.at the Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St. Those wishing to order food should arrive at 6 p.m. Non-members are welcome. Membership is $25 per year. For information: call Peggy O’Brien Brown, RSVP at 390-4518.
Nov.17: Ventura Retired Men’s Group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ventura Elks Lodge, 2126 Knoll Drive. Program by Pam Brady of the American Cancer Society will talk about those forms of cancer that afflict men. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Great lunch $15.
For more information call Gene Wink at 647-2513.
Nov.18: Community Environmental Council is holding a special community workshop on alternative fuel vehicles. Drive Clean Ventura: Workshop + Ride & Drive 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. City of Ventura’s Maintenance Yard Meeting Room located at 336 Sanjon Road. Workshop presentation and Q&A session will be from 6 p.m. to 6:45p.m. Rides and test drives will be from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Electric vehicles and other alternative fuel vehicles can save drivers money on fuel, improve local air quality, and cut down on climate warming greenhouse gas emissions. Come learn more about these exciting technologies at this special workshop presented by Community Environmental Council and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District.
Nov.19: Two guest speakers at the East Ventura Community Council: Karen Schmidt, of SOAR (Save Our Agricultural Resources), will explain plans to extend the current time limits of the SOAR legislation, and Elena Brokaw, Director of the City of Ventura’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships will describe plans for the city’s 150th Anniversary celebration, and answer questions relating to the department she leads. Other issues of concern to residents may also be addressed.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information call 804-7558.
Nov.19: Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, established in 1990 to help local cities and the County of Ventura meet state mandates to cut the amount of trash they send to landfills in half, is holding a 25th anniversary celebration.
Gold Coast Recycling and business partner Harrison Industries will honor the cities they serve – Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ojai and Carpinteria – as well the County of Ventura with Certificates of Appreciation during the event beginning at 11 a.m. Gold Coast Recycling is located at 5275 Colt St. in Ventura.
Nov 19: 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. Holiday Mains: Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce, Brined Cornish Game Hens with Cranberry Chutney, Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Sauce, Winter Vegetable Pot Pie & Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 576 E. Main St. 628.3267 spice-topia.com.
Nov.19: The Ventura County Bird Club will be entertained by Elaine Ibarra from Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. Her subject will be “The Refugio Incident”, referring to the oil spill, and the animals impacted. The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1988.
Come and visit with the club members and bring a friend for the evening. A raffle and refreshments will follow the presentation. The presentation will start at 7 p.m. Located at the Ventura Moose Lodge #1394, 10267 Telephone Rd. Attendance is free and all are welcome. For further information call 643-0333 or 488-6244.
Nov. 20: On Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Museum of Ventura County will screen an episode of Bordertown, a new animated comedy about two families living in a Southwest desert town on the U.S. – Mexico border which debuts on Fox Network in January 2016. The series is produced by Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane and takes a satirical look at the cultural shifts occurring in America.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner provided for sale by Aron’s Tacos, and a no-host bar. The episode preview will start at 6:30 p.m. with an introduction by consulting producer Gustavo Arellano, the screening of Episode 6 of the new series, followed by a Q & A with Mr. Arellano.
Nov 21: Audubon, 8:30 a.m. Soule Park. Neil Ziegler 208-3149. Fall mornings are spectacular at this beautiful Ojai Park. The Topa Topas rise above the yellow trees and brisk fall mornings bring out winter feeding flocks of sparrows, bluebirds, and warblers. We all hope to hear the call of the Red-breasted Nuthatch! Join in for an easy, flat walk around one of our most scenic birding spots.
Nov.21: Join Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a plant sale benefiting the California Native Plant Society and trail tours of the Ventura Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a day at the VBG trails and purchase a drought-tolerant California native plant which is the perfect way to start or expand your sustainable landscape. Learn about monarch butterfly habitats, get tips on starting a native pollinator garden and have fun at our special activities for kids.