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. Ballroom, swing, Latin, mixers and line dancing. Members $10, non-members $12. Call Rick at 415-8842 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. Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bible Fellowship Church 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. 1p.m. to 3p.m. at the New Visions Center on the first and third Saturdays of the month. At 1065 E. Main. Email DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com, visit facebook.com/DBSA.Ventura or 746-3106 for more information.
Ventura’s ACBL Duplicate Bridge Club offers games for all levels of play. Learn the game, play with your peers, and earn master points while you are having fun. There is a game every day of the week. Check out their website at www.vcbridge.org Life is Better with Bridge.
Country Western Line Dancing every Tuesday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Instruction every night. Located at the Mooselodge, 10269 Telephone Road. More information at countrylovers.com.
Find out the answers to tantalizing questions at the Ventura Discussion Group. Located at the 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. You are invited to bring an interesting topic to discuss.
Tuesday semi-monthly meetings of the Ventura Retired Men’s Group will resume in August on the first and fifteenth at the Ventura Elks Lodge. Men in or near retirement are encouraged to gather after 11 AM for a social good time, lunch($15) at noon, and a program to follow. Steve Carroll has details at 642-1359.
July 20: The Community Environmental Council’s Solarize Program offers discounted, top quality solar electric systems for homeowners in Ventura County. The non-profit organization has negotiated limited-time discounts with vetted solar installers until September 8, 2017. The Solarize workshop will explore the ins and outs of going solar. Learn how going solar can save you money. For more information, please visit solarizeventura.org or call the Community Environmental Council 963-0583 x101. At the Ventura City Hall, Community Meeting Room at 6 p.m.
July 20: The East Ventura Community Council, Nancy Schramm, Deputy Director of Ventura County Library System, will report on the status of the new Hill Road Library. John McNally, Chairperson of East Ventura Community Council will provide an update on new construction. Ventura Police Department will report on crime and safety issues. Books in good condition are always accepted by San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information contact John McNally, 804-7558.
July 26: The College Area Community Council will meet on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. A member of the Surfrider Foundation will make a presentation on the Coastal Protection projects in the Ventura area and a Public Works Department representative will discuss the long-awaited road repairs to the Loma Vista Hospital area. VPD will be there to discuss issues of community concern. The Council meets in the Wright Event Center at 57 Day Rd. on the Ventura College campus. CACC represents citizens between Mills and Victoria bordered by Foothill and Hwy. 126. Call 644-8695 for more information.
July 29: Ventura Family YMCA 18th Annual 5K & One-Mile Survivors Walk for Livestrong. All proceeds benefit the community through the Y’s Open Doors scholarship program. Saturday, 7 a.m. check-in, 5K starts at 8a.m. Registration/Race Start Location: Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Rd. Cost: Regular – $40 individual, $80 family One-Mile Survivors Walk – $15 individual. For more information, contact Sherry Gutsch at 805.642.2131 x 20 or Sherry.Gutsch@ciymca.org
July 29: City of Ventura Residents, get your free Smart Sprinkler Controller at the City’s Public Works maintenance yard, 10a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 336 Sanjon Road. Just bring your most recent water bill and a photo of your existing controller(s). You’ll be required to fill out an application on site and then schedule a time to replace your sprinkler/drip controller. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. For more information or inquiries 866-983-9232.
July 30: The SoCal Chapter of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, AHAF President Sheila Lowe and chapter Vice-President Lena Rivkin will lead the two hour-long discussions. Handwriting of business leaders – what does it say about their leadership style? Introduction to questioned document examination – learn about forgers and forgery. Guests are welcome to bring a handwriting sample to add to the discussion. EP Foster Library, Topping Room from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
August 6: The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum will be open for docent-led tours 1 p.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.
August 8: Blessing of the Marriages at the Ventura County Fair at 11 a.m. located at the Sea breeze Stage. Celebrate long-term marriages on the free Senior Day (65+) at the fair. Renew your vows, share some wedding cake, and honor a life well-lived with your mate. Then enjoy the fair together.
August 9: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a meeting on Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion. An instructional workshop on the techniques of image processing such as using Photoshop or the aesthetics of composition. This will be followed by the showing of member images. A professional photographer from the area will critique member’s prints and digital images. Only members may submit images for critique. For more information about the club and examples of member’s work or call 908-5663. WWW.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com
August 12: The Bank of Books will host a book release event with author Diane Mautner and keyboardist, Ray Mautner. Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at. 748 E. Main Street. A fun event filled with books, music, and art. Presenting the adventures of Prisoner #147. Diane Mautner will read her book, featuring exquisite illustrations by Nazar Horokhivski. Adding to the presentation is music by Ray Mautner, keyboardist and educator, who will also be performing in the show, “Music from the Gilded Age to the Broadway Stage” at the Maritime Museum on August 30th. The program is a fundraiser on behalf of The New West Symphony. “Prisoner #147” by Diane Mautner is a picture book that encourages participation. A raccoon has been stealing food from backyards by jumping over walls and fences. Then something goes wrong! The event will wrap up with a raccoon-themed craft time.
August 13: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Association presents special free music concert at the Poinsettia Pavilion from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.oldcountry-grassband.com or call 517-1131.