by Ana Baker
May 10: The Ventura County Writers Club will be hosting memoirist Lari Newton at the Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 Burnley Street in Camarillo. Newton’s 7 p.m. talk will expand on the importance of theme in writing. Her talk: It’s My Theme and I’m Sticking to It, explains that theme is the “stick’um” that holds the other story essentials together. Contact Breeze contributing writer Sheli Ellsworth at 499-3490 for more information.
May 12: Local author Ken McAlpine will compare the experience of solitude on the Channel Islands to the bustle of life on the mainland as he shares excerpts from his book, Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge
of Civilization, during the May From Shore to Sea lecture. Thursday, at 7p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, January through December, at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center.
May 13: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution May luncheon meeting will feature the program “The Magna Charta”, presented by Louis Kreuzer, Esq. at 11:30am. Friday, in the Garden Room, Marie Callender’s Restaurant, 1295 S. Victoria Ave. Lunch is $20 per person. For information call Bill Bays 650-3036 or Robert Taylor 216-7992 or http://pattonpatriots.org.
May 14: Audubon BBQ and Annual Meeting at Hedrick Ranch Nature Area. Sandy Hedrick 340-0478, birding along the recently dedicated Reed Smith Memorial Trail, along with some additional trails that lead to new birding locations. Bring water, hats, field guides and sun protection. Arrive at 8:30 a.m. for birding, and the BBQ and annual meeting will follow.
May 14: “Creating a Power Point Presentation” will be presented to the Ventura Beginners PC Users Group by Martha Navarrete on Saturday in the Cypress Place Independent Living third floor lounge. The workshop is on more Microsoft Word features. The group meets 9:15-12:00. All beginners and intermediates are welcome. Call 648-1368 for further information.
May 14: Bank of Books, 748 East Main St. Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lida Sideris Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Philip Brown Light Runner
5p.m. to 7 p.m. Mike Casper, The Sing Son Child, a love story
Lida Sideris like her heroine, Corrie Locke worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio.
Philip Brown, A contemporary fantasy author, is motivated by the power of words to change lives.
May 14: Coastal Housing Partnership’s 5th Annual Home Buying Fair at the Ventura Beach Marriott 2055 Harbor. The Home Buying Fair is a one-stop shop for potential home buyers to access valuable tools, resources and information on how to navigate the home buying process and get on their path to home ownership. This event is designed for first time home buyers, move-up buyers, buyers interested in getting back into the market or for anyone just thinking about buying a home.
May 15: 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.
The regular meeting starts at noon and at 11 a.m. there will be an informal. There will be a mart where items will be for sale followed by lunch and an informational meeting and a program. Program will be “Master Clocks that Henry Warren used to solve the Alternating Current power dilemma” presented by Alan Bloore. There is a $3 admission charge. Lunch is available for $5 more. www.nawcc.org. Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Ventura College. www.nawcc-ch190.com.
May 16: CA Zeta Chi parliamentarians will meet at 7 p.m. and will feature a lesson by Sharon Hillbrant titled “What’s New?” Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St. Those wishing to eat should arrive at 6 p.m. Non-members are welcome. Membership is $25 per year. Sharon Hillbrant, 479-6738.
May 17: Audubon 8:30 a.m. Ventura Settling Ponds. Adele Fergusson 415-4304. The Settling Ponds at the Ventura Harbor is a reliable place to find summer gulls and terns, as well as songbirds and raptors. The water treatment plant is on Angler, a left turn before Spinnaker curves to the right.
May 19: Ventura Water’s Assistant General Manager, Joe McDermott, will discuss new water policies and updates during the meeting of the East Ventura Community Council. Patrick Davidson of CAPS TV will show a PowerPoint presentation telling about CAPS’ role in producing programming and information. Adrienne Stephens, Development Coordinator, and Derek Poultney, Executive Director, of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC), will discuss the local land trust’s mission, projects and progress.
First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road at 7 p.m. For more information call 804-7558.
May 19: Plant In A Shoe, a free event for children and their parents on Saturday at 2 p.m. Learn the needs of a plant to grow and thrive. Please bring 1 shoe or boot for each child to plant in and take home. Plants and potting soil generously donated by Green Thumb Nursery. Sponsored by Ventura Botanical Gardens Education Committee. Meet at Green Thumb Nursery, 1899 S. Victoria Ave. Drive to the rear of the building park and enter at the gate.
May 21: Audubon Canada Larga 8:30 a.m. Leader: Adele Fergusson 415-4304. Meet near the beginning of the road off Hwy 33 under the bridge. We will carpool from that location as we walk and drive this long county road.