Vol. 9, No. 4 – November 25 – December 8, 2015 – Events

Events 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.


Nov. 27: Treacy Villa Residential Care Facility is accepting new, unwrapped Toys for Tots this holiday season from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at 3842 Loma Vista Road. Please bring them to the front reception desk. Nov. 27, thru Dec. 16. For more information, call 644.1292.


Nov.27: Wandering Ghosts a Talk and Tour 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring  Richard Senate, author, and ghost expert. $5 .  The Bank of Books in Downtown Ventura.

Many ghosts haunt homes and buildings. Ventura has many of them in her downtown. But, some ghosts wander the streets and parks. These wandering ghosts are the subject of this discussion.   An interesting look at the supernatural side of Ventura as the holidays approach.

Mr. Senate will be signing his books Nov.27, 28, & 29; December 4,5,6,11,12, & 13.


Nov.28: Come celebrate the spirit of holidays past at the historic Dudley House. The 22nd year of this annual fundraiser for the museum features quality crafts, home décor, antiques and collectibles and a tearoom with refreshments, silent auction and bargain items. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a flea market added on Sundays. On Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., well-known local history expert and tour guide, Glenda Jackson, will talk about and sign her Ventura pictorial history books. The Dudley House is located on the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood, admission is free. Call 642-3345 for information.


Nov. 28:  Audubon New Trip – Ocean Beach County Park, Lompoc 9:30 a.m.   Alexis Frangis 217-4833.  Join a day trip to a beautiful coastal location in northern Santa Barbara County. Ocean Beach, reminiscent of Bolsa Chica, sits in pristine isolation just steps from some of our most engaging and beautiful shoreline. Snowy Plovers nest on the beaches. Bring food, water and a lunch.


Dec. 2, 10:  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. Dec 2: Holiday Cookies and Bars features toasted almond and cranberry cookies plus lots of other good stuff. Dec 10: Morning After Brunches features Korean Chicken and Waffles plus lots of other good stuff. 6:30pm to 8:30pm, 576 E. Main St. 628.3267 spice-topia.com


Dec.3, 4, 5: “Clara Cries Nuts”: Aloft Dance Theater brings back this local holiday favorite with its humorous and inspiring message about the holidays. Nocturnal Episode #8 features lead character Clara, former American Ballet Theater ballerina, Colleen O’Callighan, as she twists her way through a post-holiday, stress induced, dream state. Written and directed by Pamela Pilkenton with Associate Director and Choreographer Cathy Jean Butter, ‘Clara Cries Nuts’ searches for the true meaning of the holidays.  8 p.m. December 3, 4, 5. NAMBA Performing Arts Space, 47 S. Oak Street, Ventura. $25. Tickets: http://claracriesnuts.brownpapertickets.com  Information: 628-9250.


Dec.4: The Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club and The Ventura Jazz Orchestra invites you to a Holiday Big Band Dance/Concert from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. featuring headliner vocalist Donna Greene with special guest vocalist Julija Zonic. Special appearance by vocalist/pianist Smitty West. Nineteen musicians at their best performing the great American song book. Along with Christmas music you can dance to.

Poinsettia Pavilion Ball Room, 3451 Foothill Road. $15 admission at the door. Free refreshments and parking.


Dec.5: Day of Authors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. located at the Bank of Books, 748 East Main Street.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Marie-Ange Faugerolas Angels:  The Definitive Guide to angels from Around the World. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mandy Jackson-Beverly: A Secret Muse. 3 p.m. to 5p.m. Edna Esfeld Brainwashed: Fighting for the Enemy: An American Soldier’s WWII Memoir as a Hitler Youth and German Soldier. 5p.m. to 7 p.m.  Marion Scherer Hello, 31.


Dec.5: The local chapter of Portuguese Fraternal Society of America (PFSA Council #128) will hold its annual Christmas Luncheon on Saturday. This holiday luncheon is open to any person of Portuguese descent or interested in the Portuguese culture.  It will be held at the Four Points Sheraton, Windjammer Room.  The cost for the luncheon is $30 per adult and $20 for children (including tax & gratuity).  The festivities will begin at 12 p.m.  Anyone interested in attending should make a reservation and meal request with Cora Corella at 483-6285 or Yvonne Westervelt at 483-4168.


Dec.6: “Elvis” will entertain at the Christmas Charity Ball hosted by the Ventura Elks Lodge #1430, 2126 Knoll Dr. The event is open to the public with cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m. and entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. Music will be by  Raymond Michael (aka Elvis) with Master of ceremonies Jim Mc Croay. The menu is chicken cordon bleu, mash red potatoes and gravy, green salad and New York Cheesecake. Dinner will be served by Lions Boys and Girls Club of Ventura.  An opportunity drawing will be held by Malcolm Cornett for Pre-paid ticket at $15 are available, prepay and reserve your table of 10 by contacting June 647-5338,  Loretta 643 1512,  January 642-1518. Additional information is available calling the Ventura Elks #1430 office at 639-0303.


Dec. 7, 8, 15, 16: CMH Auxiliary Gift Shop will have 2 final sales this year.  December 7th and 8th, show will be held in the Lobby 7a.m. to 5 p.m.  Wonderful gifts and stocking stuffers will be available.

December 15,16, “Accessory Mania” in Lobby as well.  Come and complete your holiday shopping lists.

Please keep in mind that the Auxiliary continues to seek new volunteers.  Openings in many of the services are available.  For information please call CMH Auxiliary front desk 652-5043, visit web site, or stop by and pick up an application.


Dec.11&12: Friday Dec. 11, at 8:00 pm, Sat. Dec. 12, at 2:00 pm Gold Coast Concert Chorus presents Mystery and Wonder a celebration of the holiday season with ancient carols reimagined and new songs of rejoicing from around the world, as well as holiday favorites and beautiful songs of the season.St. John’s Lutheran Church – 1500 North C St., Oxnard. Adults $15.00, Sr./Student $12.00, Child under 12 $5.00.  616-7269 or tickets@goldcoastchorus.org.

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