Vol. 9, No. 11 – March 2 – March 15, 2016 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill. Ballroom, swing, Latin, mixers and line dancing. Members $10, non-members $12, first time dancers are free. Call Rick at 415-8842 for more information.

March 6: Audubon 8:00 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Preserve. Leader: Sandy Hedrick 340-0478.  Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required.

March 6: Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions will be holding their monthly meeting at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Miguel Rodriguez, Community Organizer for the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, will speak on different issues that he has worked on in West Ventura.

March 6: Free stage show, Old Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Association.

Show will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. More Info call

517-1131. First Sunday of Every Month.

March 8:   Mary and Nick Freeman will provide an overview of the owl species that can be found in southern California, and will discuss the behavior of each species, illustrated with photos Mary has taken over many years.  Program will be held at the Poinsettia Pavilion beginning at 7:30 p.m.

March 8: The Ventura County Writers Club invites interested writers to hear mystery writer Mar Preston at 7 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center at 1605 E. Burnley Street in Camarillo. The event is free of charge. In this final session of Power Tools for Writers, Ms. Preston will look at finishing from two aspects: how to bring our stories to a satisfying narrative close, and how to polish our work. “You can start your writing life at any age,” says Mar Preston. Hers began after the death of her husband, Howard, in 2005, just four days after they moved into their retirement dream home in the Southern California Mountains. Contact Sheli Ellsworth at 499-3490 for more information.

March 10: Town Hall on Green Transportation Sales Tax. Ventura County Climate Hub and partner organizations with featured speaker Darren Kettle, Executive Director, Ventura County Transportation Commission on Thursday from  7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, Fellowship Hall, 5654 Ralston.  Hear Darren Kettle pitch the half-cent sales tax for transportation projects and answer questions.

March 10: Vista Real Charter High School will have an open house and official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, with the Ventura Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, from 4p.m to 6 p.m. Including a free Scratch Food Truck, as well as displays of student generated work and art pieces. Games, prizes, raffles, and giveaways along with school site tours. 300 E. Santa Clara-Downtown Ventura. 804-5929

March 10: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a critique meeting on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. 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 “Macro”. 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 or call 908-5663. WWW.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com

March 11: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution February luncheon meeting will feature the program “The Winter Patriots”, presented by Mr. Ward White at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Located in the Garden Room, Marie Callender’s Restaurant.    The cost for lunch is $20 per person.  For information Bill Bays 650-3036 or Robert Taylor 216-7992 or http://pattonpatriots.org.

March 12: Gold Coast Concert Chorus, joined by the Ventura College Chorus, presents “Poetry in Song”, featuring rising soloists Bradley Pupa on guitar and Jessica Helms on piano in works inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman.  Works include “A Jubilant Song” by Norman Dello Joio, and “A Procession Winding Around Me for one performance only, Saturday at 2 p.m. Located at the St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1500 North C Street, Oxnard, Tickets: Adults $15, Sr., Student $12, Child under 5 $5

Contact: Sandy 616-7269 or tickets@goldcoastchorus.org

March 12: Audubon 8:30 a.m. Soule Park. Leader: Neil Ziegler  208-3149. Situated under the Topa Topa mountain range, this large park offers grasslands that bring out winter feeding flocks: sparrows, bluebirds, warblers and large shade trees which provide cover for woodpeckers and raptors. Shady bushes hide thrushes and thrashers.

March 12: “The joys of computer image editing” will be discussed by Robert Crum for the Ventura Beginners PC Users Group on the Sat . The workshop will be on Word features.  The group meets 9:15-12:00 at Cypress Place Independent Living, 1220 Cypress Point Lane.  All beginners and intermediates are welcome.  Call 648-1368 for further information.

March 13: Sunday, at Ventura First United Methodist Church, 1338 East Santa Clara , the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra will present a program of opera favorites, featuring a fabulous line-up of singers from Ventura County and beyond.    $20 Donation appreciated, youth are free.  Information is available at 643-8621 or check website, CHICOVC.org.

March 15: Audubon 8:30 a.m. Arroyo Verde Park. Leader: Adele Fergusson 415-4304. Enjoy a nice hike while birding the oak woodland, grassy areas, and chaparral in this long, broad canyon

March 19: The Lions Eyes across California will be a one day event held on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montalvo Square Shopping Center on Victoria Avenue.  Lions are asking the community to give the gift of sight by recycling your eyeglasses.  Also accepting hearing aids, cell phones and food donations for FOOD Share.

March 14:  Adult Education Stamp Collecting Seminar and Stamp Collection Review & Evaluation, sponsored by the Ventura County Philatelic Society. At Bonaventure Community Building, 10949 Telegraph from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. $10 for morning presentations on how to collect, what to collect and understanding a stamp catalog. Free for the evaluation of collections, which begins at 1 p.m. Reservations may be made by sending a $10 to the Ventura County Philatelic Society to John Weigle, P.O. Box 6536, Ventura 93006

March 19: Easter Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Community Presbyterian Church, 1555 Poli St.  Jolly jumps, crafts, face painting. Food and fun for everyone.cpcventura.org  648-2737

March 19: Meet the authors at Bank of Books, 748 East Main St.  Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Britt Allcroft Mumfie and the Snowbird (author of Thomas the Tank Engine)

1 p.m. to 3p .m.  Ruby Lang Faces in the Windows

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Brent Ayscough, The Visitor

Britt Allcroft is the award-winning creator and writer of a trio of world famous children’s entertainment properties including Thomas & Friends. More info call 643-3154

March 19, Saturday, 3:00.  Children of all ages are invited with their parents for a family Birding Event led by John Borneman (Master Birder).  Meet at the Ventura Botanical Garden trail head behind City Hall to walk as a group to the bird site and learn about the birds of the Ventura Botanic Gardens. Bring a mat to sit on.  This is a free event.

March 19: “Rising Consciousness Triumphs over Big Ag and Big Food”, a Public Talk.

Dr. John Fagan, Professor of Molecular biology at Maharishi University of Management, leading authority and lecturer on biosafety and sustainability in the food and agriculture. Currently, a major shift in the food and agriculture industry is underway, as the public demands more transparency, purity and simplicity in food and its production. Dr. Fagan explains trends that value food produced in harmony with nature that he sees intersecting with a rise in collective human consciousness. Talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at the  E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room.

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