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. Call Rick at 415-8842 for more information.
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) hosts two regular, confidential, peer-led, self-help support groups. 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 . 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.
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.
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. At the Moose lodge, 10269 Telephone Road. More information at countrylovers.com.
August 9: The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is pleased to bring one of southern California’s top Movement Disorder Specialists & Neurologist, Dr. Robert Hutchman. Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lexington Assisted Living, 5440 Ralston St. For more details see article in Senior Section of this issue. 1p.m. to 3 p.m. every second Wednesday. For more information please call Patty at 766-6070. We are an independent and volunteer-organized group not affiliated with or a part of any other organization or group.
August 10: Legendary drummer, Fito de la Parra, from the band Canned Heat, is the guest speaker for this month’s “Speaking Of” lecture series, 7–9 p.m. with de la Parra sharing highlights from his life in rock ‘n roll. Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members. The Museum of Ventura County. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org or call 653.0323.
August 12: The Ventura Beginners PC Users Group will meet at the Cypress Place Independent Living, 1220 Cypress Point, third floor lounge. 9:15 a.m. workshop will be on creating items with Word and at 11 a.m. Toby Scott of Ventura Computers will discuss the Cloud. All beginners and intermediates are welcome. Call 648-1368 for further information.
August 15: Men (retired or on the brink) can enjoy some time together on August 15th and September 5th at Ventura Elks lodge at noon for the Ventura Retired Men’s Group meeting. There’ll be the usual healthy $15 lunch, an entertaining and enlightening program, raffles, and a good time shooting the breeze with friends old and new. Call Steve Carroll at 642-1359 for the details.
August 17, Ventura County Poet Laureate, Phil Taggart, will perform readings from the works of writer Charles Bukowski, at a special showing of “Born Into This,” the documentary chronicling the life of Bukowski. The reading begins at 6:30. The FBI kept a file on him as a result of his column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man, in the LA underground newspaper Open City. Admission is free to members, $5/non-members. The Museum of Ventura County
August 24, from 7-9 p.m. “The Crime of the Century: An Inside Look at the Manson Murders” with journalist Ivor Davis. Davis visited the Manson family at the Spahn ranch prior to the murder spree of 1969. Not only did he attend every day of the nine-month trial, the District Attorney used Mr. Davis’ book as a blueprint for the prosecution. Joining Davis is Mark Phillips, an Oak Park attorney who with his daughter, Aryn, co-wrote the book “Crimes of the Century: Admission is free for members, $5/non-members. No-host bar. The Museum of Ventura County
August 26: Grateful Dead Tribute Band Cubensis bring the sights, sounds, and fun of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead for the finale event of the museum’s Summer of Love 50th anniversary celebration. Doors open at 5 p.m., the concert begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $10. No-host bar available. The Museum of Ventura County
August 26: Walt Hackman Signing of No Problem, Mr. Walt: A Memoir of Loss, Building a Boat, Rebuilding a Life, and Discovering China. Mr. Walt is a poignant travel memoir written by father, businessman and easy-going voyager, who travels throughout China during his extraordinary quest to build an authentic wooden Chinese Junk boat. Walt’s memoir is an account of personal tragedy and tenacious triumph. Bank of Books, 748 East Main St. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Contact 643-3154.