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Vol. 12, No. 1 – Oct 10 – Oct 23, 2018 – Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner

Every now and then an event is planned where a special milestone is celebrated; and so it goes with Army of Freshmen’s 20th anniversary hometown show at Discovery on Saturday, October 13. Earlier this year, they played dates in Europe to commemorate the occasion by touring with Bowling for Soup and Lit, but when they returned, they kept getting hit up with “What about your hometown?!!” This is a big deal, so get out and support. And if by chance you’ve never ventured out to see them live, do yourself a favor and don’t miss this one. Advance tickets are only $10, night of the show, $15 at the door.

You may have noticed on social media a new venue called Oak and Main, and while the location is a few doors down from Oak, it’s definitely on Main Street having taken over where Rookees used to be. The great news is that they plan on offering live music, case in point, they’ll have D.on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers on Friday, October 12. I’m so looking forward to having more live music downtown, especially since losing Zoey’s, The Watermark, Amigos and The Good Bar the past few years.

Vintura at the Wine Rack will host a Breast Cancer Fund-raiser with breast cancer survivor, Karyn 805 on Friday, October 12 from 8-11 pm. They’ll donate 25% of net proceeds to the Ventura Cancer Resource Center as well as all of Karyn’s tips for local women who need assistance with treatment.

All ye men and women: get out the kilts and head over for fun, games and Celtic music at the Seaside Highland Games over the weekend of October 13 and 14 at Seaside Park. The music will abound throughout both days on multiple stages with such acts as The Angry Brians, Ploughboys, Hidden Fifth, The Brown Sisters, LA Fife and Drum, Three for Joy as well as many more acts. The event runs 9 to 5, but Saturday night, you’ll want to continue the fun and stop in at Grapes and Hops for a special performance from The Angry Brians.

Quick notes: Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser out of Florida has a date at the Hong Kong Inn on Wednesday, October 10; Plan B Winery celebrates their 6th anniversary with Native Vibe on Sunday, October 14; new punk bands on the scene will play The Garage including Soul Wring, Section 5, and Ran Aground on Wednesday, October 17; Necrodancer from France will be at Red Cove on Friday, October 19; The Spazmatics will be at Discovery, Friday, October 19; Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians at Ventura Theater on Friday, October 19; and 50 Sticks of Dynamite will play a benefit concert for Step Up Ventura at Ventura Center for Spiritual Living on Saturday, October 20.

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Vol. 12, No. 1 – Oct 10 – Oct 23, 2018 – Music Calendar

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Boatyard Pub
Ventura Harbor Village
Monday-Thursday 6 pm, Friday & Saturday 7 pm
Mondays: Milo
Tuesdays: Jason Ho
Wednesday: Mark David McKinnis
Thursdays: Bluegrass Jam
Fri 10/12: Teresa Russell
Sat 10/13: Two’s Company
Fri 10/19: Corsican Bros.
Sat 10/20: Karen Eden & Bill Macpherson

Bombay Bar & Grill
143 S. California Street
Friday & Saturdays: DJs
Sat 10/13: Brothers Fortune

Café Fiore
66 S. California Street
Wed 10/10: Donna Butler
Thurs 10/11: Rick Whitfield
Fri 10/12: Instone
Sat 10/13: Self Righteous Bros.
Tues 10/16: Edgar Thatcher
Wed 10/17: Big Adventure
Thurs 10/18: Self Righteous Bros.
Fri 10/19: David Princes Party Crashers
Sat 10/20: Otis Hayes
Tues 10/23: Donna Greene

The Cave
4435 McGrath Street
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Weds & Saturdays: Varon Thomas
Thurs & Fridays: Warren Takahashi

Copa Cubana
Ventura Harbor Village
Week nights 6 pm; Weekends 7 pm; Sundays 4 pm
Sat & Suns: Al Macias (11-2 pm)
Tuesdays: Jerry McWorter Trio
Fri 10/12: House Arrest
Sat 10/13: Havana Cinco
Sun 10/14: Jerry McWorter Trio
Fri 10/19: Amistad
Sat 10/20: Amistad
Sun 10/21: Brandon Ragan Project

Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
593 E. Main Street
Sun 10/21: Sunday Drivers (4 pm)

1888 Thompson Blvd
Thurs 10/11: Kyle Smith w/ Joey Harkum
Fri 10/12: Mark Farina
Sat 10/13: Army of Freshmen 20th Anniversary Hometown show
Sun 10/14: E.N Young w/ Bombafiya, Dr. Sucio
Thurs 10/18: the Late Ones w/ Dr. Sucio
Fri 10/19: The Spazmatics

Duke’s Griddle n Grill
1124 S. Seaward
Wednesdays: Karaoke

El Rey Cantina
294 E. Main Street
Fridays: Xoco Moraza & Friends (6-8 pm), DJ
Saturdays: DJ

Four Brix Winery
2290 Eastman Avenue
Music 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Fri 10/12: Fish Fry
Fri 10/19: Midlife Crisis

1091 Scandia Avenue
Wed 10/10: The Heartlights, Grapevine, Moonily
Fri 10/12: Six Pack of Doom, Disrupted Euphoria, Asylum, T.S.R.
Sat 10/13: Doom, Phobia, No Divide
Wed 10/17: Soul Wring, Section 5, Ran Aground
Sat 10/20; The Hell Toupees, Dead End Drive In, The Downsides

Gigi’s Cocktails
2493 Grand Avenue
(805) 642-2411
Thurs, Fri & Sat: Karaoke

Golden China
760 S. Seaward
(805) 652-0688
Karaoke seven nights a week 9 pm
Tuesdays 7 pm: Open Mic

Grapes and Hops
454 E. Main Street
Wed & Thurs 6 pm; Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun 4 pm
Wed 10/10: Bluegrass
Fri 10/12: RJ Mischo & His Red Hot Blues Band
Sat 10/13: The Angry Brians
Sun 10/14: Brandon Ragan
Wed 10/17: The Swillys
Fri 10/19: Crooked Eye Tommy
Sat 10/20: Dive Bar Messiahs
Sun 10/21: Salty Suites

Hong Kong Inn
435 E. Thompson Blvd
Wed 10/10: Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser
Thursdays: Gypsy Blues Band
Fri 10/12: Hi Hat Entertainment presents James Intveld
Wed 10/18: Bluegrass open mic
Fri 10/18: Hi Hat Entertainment presents Coco Montoya
Sat 10/19: Tech805 Fright

Keynote Lounge
10245 E. Telephone Road
Tues, Wed and Sun: Karaoke
Thursdays: Open mic night
Fri 10/12: Vital Itch
Sat 10/13: Black Canyon Band
Fri 10/19: CRV
Sat 10/20: Reign

Leashless Brewing
585 E. Thompson Blvd.
Fri 9/28: BeJaminmington
Tues 10/2: Beers Brothers Open Mic
Fri 10/12: Boom Duo

Limon y Sal
598 E. Main Street
Fridays: DJ
Saturdays: DJ
Sundays: Instone (1-4 pm)

Made West Brewing
1744 Donlon Street
Thurs 6 pm; Sat 4 pm; Sun 3 pm
Thurs 10/11: Sam Kulchin
Sat 10/13: Lee Koch
Sun 10/14: RJ Mischo & his Red Hot Blues Band
Thurs 10/18: RJ Bloke

Majestic Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut Street
Fri 10/19: Eddie Brickell & the New Bohemians
Sat 10/20: Vaughan Mason, Trinere, O’Bryan

Margarita Villa
Ventura Harbor
Fri and Sat 6 pm; Sundays 4 pm
Fri 10/12: Operation 90s
Sat 10/13: Cross Cut 805
Sun 10/14: Doc Rogers
Fri 10/19: James Broz
Sat 10/20: Misunderstood
Sun 10/21: Colette Lovejoy Band

47 S. Oak Street
Fri 10/12: Mood Swing

Oak and Main
419 E. Main Street
Fri 10/12: D.on Darox & the Melody Joy Bakers

6555 Telephone Road
Wed: Karaoke

2 W. Main Street
Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fri & Sat: DJs

Plan B Wine Cellars
3520 Arundell Circle
4:30 – 7 pm
Sun 10/14: Native Vibe

2209 E. Thompson Blvd
Tuesdays: Danny D
Fridays: Mike Moody
Saturdays: Jessica Ash

Red Cove
1809 E. Main Street
Thursdays: Music Club Open Jam Night
Wed 10/10: False Confession, Detoxi, The Rouse, Tung
Fri 10/19: Sol, Necrodancer

Saloon BBQ
456 E. Main Street
10 pm
Fri 10/12: DJ
Sat 10/13: Wild Coast
Fri 10/19: Lady Freaq
Sat 10/20: Last Resort Club

Sandbox Coffeehouse
204 E. Thompson Blvd
Thurs 6 pm, Weekends noon
Thursdays Open Mic
Sat 10/13: Thadeus Gonzalez
Sat 10/20: Ruby Skye
Sun 10/21: Eaton Young, Henry Stewart & Friends

Sans Souci
21 S. Chestnut
Sundays: DJ Darko
Mondays: Karaoke
Tuesdays: DJ Nick Dean
Wednesdays: Open mic
Thursdays: DJ Spinobi
Fri 10/12: Seaside Band
Sat 10/13: Kevin
Fri 10/19: Bombafiya
Sat 10/20: Astraeus, KC Mobley

Star Lounge
343 E. Main Street
Sunday music 3 -6 pm
Tues: Karaoke
Thurs: DJ Trovlbe
Fri 10/12: Brandon Ragan Project
Sat 10/13: Vanise Terry Band
Sat 10/20: Mini Driver Band

The Tavern
211 E. Santa Clara Street
(805) 643-3264
Sundays: DJ Steezy Steve
Tuesdays: Karaoke
Thursdays: Get Right DJ

Topa Mountain Winery
821 W. Ojai Avenue
Saturdays 5 pm; Sundays 3 pm
Sat 10/13: Omar Velasco
Sun 10/14: Sam Kulchin
Sat 10/20: Shaky Feelin’
Sun 10/21: Alan Thornhill & Friends

Ventura Center for Spiritual Living
101 S. Laurel Street
Sat 10/20: 50 Sticks of Dynamite

Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W. Harbor Blvd
Sat 10/13: Seaside Highland Games w/ Angry Brians, Ploughboys, Dulcimer, and more…
Sun 10/14: Seaside Highland Games w/ Angry Brians, Ploughboys, Dulcimer, and more…

Vintura at the Wine Rack
14 S. California Street
(805) 653-9463
Sundays music at 3 pm
Thurs 10/11: Don Stewart
Fri 10/12: Karyn 805
Sat 10/13: Kevin Longden & Friends
Sun 10/14: The Swillys
Thurs 10/18: Victoria Leon
Fri 10/19: Mark Masson
Sat 10/20: Déjà vu Too
Sun 10/21: Epitome of Dreams

632 E. Main Street
(805) 653-7446
Music at 8:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm
Fri 10/12: Dave Rea
Sat 10/13: The Swillys
Sun 10/14: Tommy Marsh & Smokey
Fri 10/19: Will Breman
Sat 10/20: Natalie Wattre
Sun 10/21: Two’s Company

The 805 Bar
Ventura Harbor
Fridays: Troy Edwards (8-11)
Saturdays: Kenny Devoe (2-7)
Sundays: Kenny Devoe (2-6)

Eye clinic has official ribbon-cutting

A $3,000 check was presented by the Rotary Club of Ventura for the eye clinic.

Even though open for several months the community free Eye Clinic held a Chamber ribbon-cutting on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Salvation Army living center located at 155 S Oak St.

In attendance were Ventura Chamber members, friends, members of the Ventura Rotary Club, Ventura Downtown Lions Club and the Salvation Army of Ventura, the 3 groups that have partnered to bring the community a free Eye Clinic. Their goal and vision is to provide free eye glasses for those in need. Patients are seen each Thursday from 7:30- 9:30 except holidays. Walk-Ins are welcomed as well, just arrive early and ring the bell!

Photos by Michael Gordon

County launches webpage for unclaimed property tax refunds

The Ventura County Auditor-Controller is pleased to announce a new webpage for Unclaimed Property Tax Refunds: . Taxpayers can access a listing of unclaimed property tax refunds and instructions on how to file a claim for a refund.

Property tax refunds generally result from reassessment of property. Unclaimed property tax refunds consist of checks that remain un-cashed for a period of more than six months.  Reasonable and diligent efforts have been made to notify taxpayers of their refund.

“Often checks are returned undeliverable by the postal service because the payee has moved and does not leave a forwarding address, or the forwarding order has expired,” said Auditor-Controller Jeff Burgh. “If property tax refunds remain unclaimed for more than four years, they may be transferred to the county general fund on order of the Board of Supervisors.”

The transfer of funds is called escheatment and, while escheatment is the legal alternative, the Auditor-Controller’s primary goal is to return refunds to their rightful owner.

All property tax payers are encouraged to search the lists to determine whether they may be entitled to a refund. Claims for funds must be postmarked by November 29, 2018, in order to avoid escheatment to the county general fund. After this date, refunds left unclaimed will become property of the County and can no longer be claimed.

In addition to the webpage, people seeking a refund for unclaimed property taxes can visit the Auditor-Controller’s office in the Hall of Administration at the County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, or call (805) 654-3182.

Kevin Clerici, Candidate for City Council Dist 1

Clerici is the executive director of Downtown’s nonprofit improvement district.

Candidate statement
Kevin Clerici, Candidate for City Council Dist 1

Ventura Firefighters, Police Officers, local labor leaders and small business owners all agree that Kevin Clerici is the experienced choice for Ventura City Council District 1.

“I’m running for City Council to ensure we have safer neighborhoods, protect our environment, address our homeless/vagrancy challenges, improve traffic infrastructure and expand our parks and open spaces so our children, seniors and working families can thrive,” said Kevin, 41, an Avenue homeowner.

Since 2011, Kevin, a former local journalist, has served as executive director of Downtown’s nonprofit improvement district, which is independent of the City. He is the only candidate who lives and works in District 1.

During his time downtown, Kevin has forged a reputation as an informed and accessible leader who is quick to help others and is known for getting things done. Kevin is on the front lines of addressing the City’s homeless and housing challenges and sits on the countywide Mental Health Advisory Board and city’s homeless task force, among others. He’s endorsed by Ventura’s Police & Firefighters Associations.

“I have spent 20 years in public service and believe in bringing people together to solve problems,” he said, noting that the Westside has not had an elected local resident in decades. “No candidate will be more devoted, accessible or prepared. District 1 deserves an experienced, trusted leader. A real champion to make sure the Westside and Downtown get the attention and resources it deserves.”
Website is

Direct losses to trees, bushes, and vines might be covered by WHIP

California growers who experienced production losses or direct losses to trees, bushes, and vines due to 2017 California wildfires, mudslides,

or heavy smoke caused as a direct result of a 2017 wildfire are encouraged to sign up for WHIP at their local Farm Service Agency.

Sign-up period lasts until November 16, 2018. To sign up, contact the Santa Barbara/Ventura County Office at 805-928-9269 Ext. 2

WHIP payments will be determined based on:

Individual’s expected value of the lost crop,

Value of crop harvest,

Insurance coverage and insurance payments received.

Covers the production loss of crops and the physical trees, bushes, and vines.

Producers are limited to a $125,000 payment, unless it is verified, 75% or more of their adjusted gross income is derived from an agricultural-based

business, at which point payment limit is $900,000.

Adjusted gross income limits are not applicable to WHIP.

Both growers with or without crop insurance may apply.

All producers receiving 2017 WHIP payments will be required to purchase risk management coverage for the next two crop years at a

minimum of 60 percent coverage level.

Producers with crop losses will need to provide production records unless production information is already on file with FSA.

For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs, please contact the  Santa Barbara/Ventura County Office at

805-928-9269 Ext. 2 or visit


Application period now open for Edison Scholarship Program

High school seniors who dream of making a difference in the world through STEM studies are invited to apply to Edison International’s $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program.

Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, is awarding $40,000 scholarships, paid over four years, to 30 high school students planning to major in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

Applicants must live in SCE’s service territory and plan to be a full-time undergraduate college freshman majoring in a STEM field in fall 2019. Eligible students must be a high school senior, have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Students from underserved communities and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply. Dependents of Edison International and SCE employees and retirees are not eligible for the Edison Scholars Program.

“I’m the beneficiary of a STEM education, and I know it changes lives,” said Pedro Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International. “At Edison, we are proud to play a role in helping local students realize their academic dreams.”

Scholarship recipients will be announced next spring. They may also be eligible for summer internships at SCE after completing their second year of college.

Since 2006, Edison International has awarded more than $8.7 million in scholarships to 610 students’ higher education through the Edison Scholars Program.

Edison International’s support of charitable causes, including the Edison Scholars Program, is funded entirely by Edison International shareholders. SCE customers’ utility bill payments do not fund company donations.

To apply and get additional eligibility information, visit: Scholarship applications are now being accepted through Dec. 14.

CMH entryway adorned with local art

The soon to be opened CMH is adorned will beautiful local art throughout. When patients and family walk into the ER, they will be greeted by a spectacular mosaic of a kelp forest on all the walls of the entryway. Frank Bauer, the artist, is seen working on it. Be sure to visit the hospital during their open house dates.

Community Open Houses
Come see the new hospital
OCT 11 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
OCT 24 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
NOV 8 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Vol. 12, No. 1 – Oct 10 – Oct 23, 2018 – Harbor Patrol Blotter


10:56am, dispatched to a water rescue at Surfers Point, an unconscious person being assisted out of the water. Officers responded in the fireboat and assisted VFD, State Parks and AMR with the patient.

2:54pm, received a dispatch to a pregnancy at the River Haven encampment. Officers responded and assisted VFD/AMR with the call.


1:12pm, dispatched to a water rescue, 2 swimmers in a rip current at the South jetty. Officers responded with MSO rescue swimmers on board Boat 19. The two victims were pulled from the rip current and taken to Harbor Cove.


5:45pm, patrol marine safety observed a PWC capsized at Surfers Knoll and eject 3 persons in the water. Officers responded by land and sea and assisted the 3 in the water. The PWC was towed to the L/R for the novice operator.


5:35pm, dispatched to a water rescue at the Ventura Pier for two kite surfers in distress. Officers responded and assisted VFD, State Parks and AMR with the call. After a search, the kite surfers were found safely on the beach.


5:25pm, while on patrol, officers were contacted by State Parks and advised of a missing person, 12 year old autistic male last seen at Surfers Knoll. A coordinated search and rescue effort was mutually participated in by: State Parks, Ventura PD and FD, VC Sheriff and Ventura Harbor Patrol. After a few hours of searching, the child was found near Oxnard Shores by State Parks rangers. The child walked approximately 4 miles past 5th street on the beach.


5:17pm, received a dispatch to a medical alert at Ventura Marina Community. Officers responded and found an 87 year old male complaining of difficulty breathing. He was transported to local hospital for further evaluation.


7:53am, received a dispatch to a fire alarm at the Holiday Inn express. While en route officers were notified that it was a false alarm.


6:00am, observed several small vessels heading out or already at the breakwater for 2018/19 lobster season opening day.

7:40pm, officers on patrol and contacting several different vessels for various violations in connection with hoop netting for lobster around the breakwall. 20 different vessels were engaged in hoop netting and diving for lobster.


6:23pm, received a complaint that an individual was harassing a large sea lion on the docks in a private marina. The incident is under investigation.


12:07pm, received a report of an injured sea bird at the launch ramp. Officers responded and assisted wildlife rescue with capturing for rehabilitation.

5:35pm, while on patrol in the vehicle, officers monitoring swimmers and surfers at South Beach due to the hazardous conditions from hurricane Rosa.

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program’s Open Enrollment/One Stop Shops

An important message on Medicare Annual Election Period (AE) or known as Medicare Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2019 Medicare: Open Enrollment/One Stop Shops is from October 15 – December 7, 2018.

Stay with your current plan if it meets your needs. You can look for a new one with better coverage, higher quality and lower cost. Fill-out a Worksheet for a Comparison of Prescription Drug Plan for Medicare, Medi-Cal and Medicare Advantages. Please add name, dosage and how many times a day you take the prescription drug as it needs to be on the back of the form.

You can mail to 646 County Square Drive, #100, Ventura, 93003 or fax the form to HICAP, (805) 477-7341. Registered HICAP volunteers will select the top three plans with the least expensive cost. After the comparison is completed, you will get a phone call saying it is ready for you to walk into a location of your choice if needed. For more information, please call HICAP: 800-434-0222, 805-477-7310 or the Spanish line 805-477-7351.