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.
There will be a regular Ventura Discussion Group meeting at Main Street Restaurant 3159 Main St., Wednesday from 4 p.m.to 5:45 p.m. Several people usually stay for a drink and a bite to eat afterward. Bring an interesting topic to discuss if you can.
Nov.25: Like to play acoustic music? 4th Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Songmakers.org welcomes all lovers of acoustic music, instrumentalists, singers, and singer/songwriters of all levels to join in a free song circle at the Bell Arts Factory Community Room, 432 N. Ventura Ave. Listeners welcome. Info: Mike Wittlin, 750-8281
Nov.25, 26, 27 Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11: Come celebrate the spirit of holidays past at the historic Dudley House. The 23rd year of this annual fundraiser for the museum features quality crafts, home décor, antiques and a tearoom with refreshments, silent auction and bargain items. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a flea market added on Sundays. On Saturday, December 3rd, “Mrs. Claus” will visit the tea room at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to share the history of our favorite Christmas traditions and her life with the famous Mr. Claus. Dudley House is on the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood, admission is free. Call 642-3345 for information.
Dec.1: Interactive Workshop on Grief and Loss, Thursday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A time of strategizing on ways to enjoy the holidays while journeying through grief and loss, regardless of the cause or length of time. Led by Turning Point Counseling Therapist Barbara Suggs, M.A., MFT Intern #82444, at The River Community Church in the Fellowship Hall, 859 E. Santa Clara Street. Register by calling 766-4150 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. The workshop is free, light refreshments will be served.
Dec.3: On Saturday, at 4pm the First United Methodist Church of Ventura will have an early Christmas concert (free to all) ,“The Light of Christmas”. It will be followed by a soup supper in the fellowship hall. 1338 East Santa Clara Ave. Come get in the Christmas spirit with classic Christmas anthems, some spirituals, and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”.
Dec.4: Temple Beth Torah is hosting a Hanukkah Boutique on Sunday. Jewish items for Hanukkah and secular gifts for anyone wishing to celebrate the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and more. Vendors showing wood work items, jewelry, one of a kind gifts, Glassware, paintings, clothing, craft like items, cookie gift jars and more. Latkes for lunch provided by the Men’s group. Free and is open to the community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 7620 Foothill Rd. If you would like more information please call the school at 647-3798.
Dec.4: On Sunday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions will be holding their Annual Season of Peace Meeting at E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room, A Common Word: Facing the Future Together. Join Marianne Farina, CSC, Ph.D. in an exploration of dialogue to help us to think critically and engage with the realities of others holistically. Admission Free.
For more information on Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions and how you can get involved: www.c-p-r.net, Contact: Mary Olson 223-1187
Dec.4: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Association presents free music concerts on the first Sunday of every month at the Poinsettia Pavilion from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The next concert session features the very lively, versatile and talented “Old Country Grass Band”. This will be the annual Christmas Music Show. All are welcome. Call 517-1131 for more information.
Dec.10: Amnesty International USA Local Group #452 is holding its annual Write-a-thon at College United Methodist Church, 4300 Telegraph Road from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This event is part of Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign, the world’s largest letter writing event, which engages people to speak out on behalf of prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders and communities at risk from around the world. Drop in between 1 and 4 pm to write letters. Your hand-written letters, combined with hundreds of thousands of others from around the world, can change the lives of this year’s 12 cases. They furnish paper, pens, stamps, snacks and good company.
Jan.7: Day of Mindfulness: Renewal for the New Year 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A day to quiet the mind and open the heart. A day of healing, with the Venerable Kusala, an American born Buddhist monk, ordained in the Zen tradition of Vietnam.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura Sanctuary (UUCV), 5654 Ralston St., A gratitude offering will be gratefully accepted, but is not required, $35 suggested.
Sponsored by the Friendship Sangha of the Heart, a program of the UUCV.
More information and registration at FriendshipSangha.org/register.