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. We will take a holiday vacation until January 6. On January 6 we will have Tony Morgan as a speaker.
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 7:30p.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.
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Worship Events: Ventura First United Methodist Church is open to all for a 4:30 p.m. candlelight service featuring their Children’s Choir and a Soloist. The community is also invited to a 7 p.m. candlelight service with special music presented by the church’s Chancel Choir, Dr. KuanFen Liu, Director. A message titled “Good News of Great JOY for ALL people” will be given by Rev. Jane Hetherington Rauth. 643-8621.
Dec. 27: Rev. Karen S. Wylie, an Agape-licensed minister and spiritual counselor as well as a nationally known speaker and writer, will be the guest at Unity of Ventura on Sunday. Her topic will be “When the river is rising.” The service begins at 10 a.m. at the Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main Street. Rev. Karen will sign copies of her book, Into Me See: A Book for Daily Inspiration, immediately following the service.
Unity of Ventura is a spiritual center led by Rev. Cathy Jean Norman and based on the universal spiritual principles taught by Unity and its founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. For more information, contact Unity of Ventura at 653-1059 or Rev. Karen at 310-968-8928, or through her website: www.karenswylie.com.
Dec.31: Ventura Improv Company (VIC), will be at the Rubicon Theatre on Thursday. The gala will include a comedy improv show, snacks, desserts, sparkling wine and soft drinks, not to mention a raffle and door prizes to help bring in additional income to the VIC, a non-profit. The event’s growing popularity will be well-suited to the spaciousness of the Rubicon. Many local individuals and companies donated their goods, gifts and services for this important fundraising effort for the VIC.
The cost of the event is $50 per person; $40 for military and for seniors 55+; and $25 for ages 15 and under. The event runs from 7p.m. to 10:30 p.m., so that guest may ring in 2015 elsewhere or beat the crowds’ home. More information and online ticket purchase: www.venturaimprov.com/newyears.
Jan. 2: Join the Ventura Family YMCA on Community Open House Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the entire month of January is free. At the Y, you belong to more than a gym. You can feel comfortable just being you. Tons of group exercise classes, free weights, cardio equipment, youth classes, and a staff that will help you reach your goal to become an even better you. The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Financial Assistance is available to individuals and families who cannot afford membership. More information: Call 642-2131 or visit the website at www.ciymca.org/ventura
Jan 3: The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum will be open for docent-led tours from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. accompanied by period music in the parlor and upstairs library landing. Admission is free. The museum is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood streets. For information please call 642-3345 or visit the website at www.dudleyhouse.org.
Jan. 4, 18: The Ventura County Philatelic Society meets on Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road. Admission and parking are free. Come for a great evening of stamp trading and camaraderie. They are a fun group. Contact: email@example.com or 320-1601
Jan.5: Mended Hearts of Ventura Group meets the first Tuesday each month at the
Community Memorial Hospital on the 8th floor from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come share if you have had heart surgery or stent implant. They have excellent speakers, leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, Dietitians from our area who give excellent information. Contact: Richard Hatcher 644-2733
Jan. 13: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a critique meeting on Wednesday at 7p.m. located at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. A professional photographer from the area will critique member’s prints and digital images. Each month a special topic is chosen which features some interesting aspect of photography. This month’s topic is “Texture”. Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome and admission is free. Only members may submit images for critique. See the club’s web site for more information about the club and examples of member’s work or call 908-5663. WWW.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com
Jan.17: 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 lunch and an informational meeting and program.
This month’s program will be a presentation by Rodney Baker on the Santa Barbara County Court House Clock Tower. Anyone interested in watches and clocks, (modern & antique) is invited to visit and join our chapter. There is a $3 admission charge. Lunch is available for $5 more. Watches and clocks will be on display. More information about chapter 190 can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.