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We asked a few of our writers and staff to tell us their favorite thing at the Fair:

Breezy Gledhill, Kiley White and Ashley Pope enjoying the Fair.

Breezy Gledhill

One of my favorite things at the fair this year was the Autism Society Ventura County booth. Besides the amazing people that I met at the booth this year – I’m talking about you Ashley Pope!, this nonprofit organization is mostly made up of individuals with Autism and their families. One in fifty-nine children have Autism, and early intervention can make a huge difference. It’s important to have patience with people that you meet because you do not know their reasons for staying quiet or not making eye contact, for example. Autism Society Ventura County aims to educate our community, so we can then educate others. Just remember to always be kind and exude love first.

I also found out that the Autism Society of VC puts on an annual fundraising event every April called the Aut2Run – a fun 5K and resource fair!

What a super fun way to bring the community together, get in shape and support a wonderful group of people.

I’m already looking forward to next year.

Evin Brown-13

Every kid knows, the summer holidays aren’t complete without a visit to the Ventura County Fair. And the fair didn’t disappoint this year! There were so many awesome rides and attractions – there was something for everyone. From farm animals, agricultural exhibits and fine art, to awesome rides, carnival games, and a huge selection of foods and drinks, there was plenty to do for the whole family.

Uncle Leo’s Barn had so many wonderful animals! There were chickens, pigs, cows, goats, and more. Some of my favorites were the pig and its babies, the chickens, and the cows. The art pieces made by the children and seniors were so cool to look at! I really enjoyed how one of the kids drew a picture that looked just like Sponge Bob and Mr. Krabs. I loved looking at the paintings that professional artists had made, too.

Out of all the roller coasters there, I would recommend the Olympic Bobsled as a great ride to start with. It was a lot of fun to speed up and down and jolt around the corners at a breathtaking speed and immediately feel energized and exhilarated. When you get off you just want to get back on again and again. I also really enjoyed going on the Ferris wheel – you could see the whole city from up there! At the end of the fair, I went on the Fast Trax ride and then visited the Gems and Minerals exhibit, which was very interesting to look at. I was also very happy and surprised to see an old diving suit helmet at the Agriculture Hall! Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at the fair this year and I’m already looking forward to the next. I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Jill Forman

The county of Ventura wants to do the best for the environment. So says the knowledgeable and enthusiastic young woman at the Public Works booth, in the Ag building.

Earth levees, important for channeling water, are easily undermined by rodents. Traditionally, they have been controlled by rodenticides, also known as poisons. The problem is, the dead animals can be eaten by other critters who then ingest the poison; this includes hawks, coyotes, owls, foxes, pretty much any carnivore you can think of.

The county is doing a pilot program on one creek using raptors (hawks and owls) instead to control the rodents. They are installing perches and putting up owl boxes, to encourage these birds to live and hunt in the area of the levees. This has been effective, equal to or better than using rodenticides. They will be expanding to other areas.

Bernie Goldstein

What I love  about the Ventura County Fair is watching interaction of people,  big or small in a variety  of sizes ,shapes and dress,  hungry  people waiting patiently by the food vendors, Kids having their faces painted while proud parents are watching close by; the bubble blowing machines filling  bubbles into the crowds, the circus barkers , the pig race contests, the colorful rides and the hobby contests. I enjoy the wonderful display of photos and spend time and love the hobby contests.   I have a special fascination with the 4 H animal auction and marvel at the talents of the auctioneers.  I enjoy watching the facial expressions & excitement of the kids & others enjoying the attention grabbing rides & games, the people with huge oversized  stuffed animal prizes won at the dart throwing  or bean bag concession.   I’m thrilled and enjoy too, the golden hour when the sun hides behind the edge of the sea , and the sky produces awesome colors. This is when the glittering & vivid colorful lights at the fairgrounds really come to life.

I enjoy photographing what I see at the fair

Michael Gordon

My favorite things at the Fair are the children and their parent interacting.
Watching the children cheer for their favorite piglet race around the sawdust track, the elation with parent in hand as their pig wins the race; and the comfort the parent provides when the piglet comes in last.

The children, with parent in tow, tossing the ping pong ball over milk bottles, holding their breath as the ball bounces from rim to rim, hands over mouth as if the slightest squeal would cause the ball to bounce onto the ground. Taking a deep breath trying the suck the ball down into the bottle. The joy and wonderment as the child cuddles with the newly won Teddy Bear, with parent in tow.

Shirley Lorraine

Attending the Ventura County Fair has been a tradition for me for over 50 years. My favorite things are seeing the hand-made entries in the Home Arts Building, the collections in the Gem and Mineral Building and the creativity in the Youth Building. The personal entries are what bring me back year after year.

Jill Forman

The county of Ventura wants to do the best for the environment. So says the knowledgeable and enthusiastic young woman at the Public Works booth, in the Ag building.

Earth levees, important for channeling water, are easily undermined by rodents. Traditionally, they have been controlled by rodenticides, also known as poisons. The problem is, the dead animals can be eaten by other critters who then ingest the poison; this includes hawks, coyotes, owls, foxes, pretty much any carnivore you can think of.

The county is doing a pilot program on one creek using raptors (hawks and owls) instead to control the rodents. They are installing perches and putting up owl boxes, to encourage these birds to live and hunt in the area of the levees. This has been effective, equal to or better than using rodenticides. They will be expanding to other areas.

Michael Gordon

My favorite things at the Fair are the children and their parent interacting.

Watching the children cheer for their favorite piglet race around the sawdust track, the elation with parent in hand as their pig wins the race; and the comfort the parent provides when the piglet comes in last.

The children, with parent in tow, tossing the ping pong ball over milk bottles, holding their breath as the ball bounces from rim to rim, hands over mouth as if the slightest squeal would cause the ball to bounce onto the ground. Taking a deep breath trying the suck the ball down into the bottle. The joy and wonderment as the child cuddles with the newly won Teddy Bear, with parent in tow.

These are just a few of my favorite things at the fair.

Bernie Goldstein

What I love about the Ventura County Fair is watching interaction of people, big or small in a variety of sizes ,shapes and dress, hungry people waiting patiently by the food vendors, Kids having their faces painted while proud parents are watching close by; the bubble blowing machines filling bubbles into the crowds, the circus barkers , the pig race contests, the colorful rides and the hobby contests. I enjoy the wonderful display of photos and spend time and love the hobby contests. I have a special fascination with the 4 H animal auction and marvel at the talents of the auctioneers. I enjoy watching the facial expressions & excitement of the kids & others enjoying the attention grabbing rides & games, the people with huge oversized stuffed animal prizes won at the dart throwing or bean bag concession. I’m thrilled and enjoy too, the golden hour when the sun hides behind the edge of the sea , and the sky produces awesome colors. This is when the glittering & vivid colorful lights at the fairgrounds really come to life.

I enjoy photographing what I see at the fair.

Keep Ventura’s City Council out of the real estate business

The city paid church officials $2,300,000 to buy this property.

by Venturans for Efficient & Responsible Government (VREG)

When it comes to real estate, Ventura’s City Council is, at best, inconsistent. At worst, they are reckless with our money. Their latest decision costs taxpayers over $1,000,000.

On June 16th, the Council accepted the city staff’s recommendations for the Harbor Church. Like some other real estate recommendations, it loses money.

Nothing About This Deal Adds Up

The city paid church officials $2,300,000 to buy the Harbor Church property in 2016. City Hall and Harbor Church agreed the value of both the land and the church building was $1.6 million. The actual sales price included an additional $700,000 to pay the Church to move. By any measure, Ventura overpaid for the property.

City staff proposes to demolish the church, subdivide the property and sell the lots. Total cost to the taxpayers to clear the lot will be $2,670,000.

Purchase Harbor Church Building $1,600,000

Moving Expense $700,000

Demolish Church Building $350,000

Remove Hazardous Material $20,000

Total $2,670,000

The city staff enthusiastically reported the value of the property on which the Harbor Church sits increased by 66% since 2016. They believe we can get four lots on the existing site. They estimate each lot will sell for between $250,000 and $375,000.

The arithmetic didn’t add up from the beginning. A staff report lists the property and building appraisal at $1,350,000 in July 2017. A year earlier, the city paid $1,600,000 for the church and the lot—$250,000 more than the appraised value. This transaction lost money from the very start and doesn’t begin to realize the gains from the purported 66% increase in land value.

Something Else Doesn’t Add Up Either

The city staff used an optimistically over-valued selling price for the lots.

We pulled data from a local title company for homes sold in zip code 93003 for the past two years. What we discovered was shocking.

  Average Median Avg SF $/SF # Sales
2016 $         628,321  $         595,000 1619 388 184
2017 $         633,269  $         599,000 1700 372 322
2018 $         593,415  $         594,000 1747 340 179

According to the data, lots on Harbor Church’s corner should sell for between $215,000 and $233,000. The market values the lots are well below the $250,000 to $375,000 the city staff believes they’re worth.

A More Realistic Calculation Of The Transaction

Using this realistic data from the title company and giving the city the higher anticipated value, the sale of the property would actually look something like this:

  • Sell Four Lots ($233,000 each) $932,000
  • Lease Payments From Harbor
  • Church For 12 months $36,000
  • Realtor’s Fee (6%) ($55,920)
  • Total Revenue $912,080
  • Total Costs (from above) ($2,670,000)
  • Total Loss on Transaction ($1,757,920)

Is The City Looking Out For Your Money In These Real Estate Transactions?

The City Council’s inconsistent real estate decisions should concern citizens. It causes taxpayers to doubt their financial acumen. The Council trusted the city staff again, with the same disastrous, money-losing results. One wonders whether they are good custodians of our tax money.

VREG’s Conclusions

We believe the city should get out of the real estate business. The litany of poor decisions grows—the WAV Building, Brooks Institute lease, 505 Poli and the Harbor Church property.

At the very least, the city should seek advice from licensed realtors and experts whenever making a real estate decision.

Large financial decisions deserve scrutiny. It’s best to proceed with caution and with thought. It’s too easy for city staff to recommend spending taxpayer money on losing projects. We urge the City Council to approach each real estate transaction with skepticism. Treat the money as if it was coming out of their own pockets.

The Ladder of Life

The Keller’s standing in front of their Ventura Private Museum of Collectibles from the 20th Century and a 1965 Ford pick up with 74,000 original miles, owned since 1965. Photo by Michael Gordon

by Karen Leslie, writer with heart

Adventure, meeting people from all walks of life, thrilling experiences, weaves a tapestry of memories that last a lifetime and when held in the mind and heart, become priceless beyond monetary value.

From Oklahoma, Sedona to California, Richard Keller and Elaine Keller, enthusiastic spirited travelers, humanitarians and dream catchers walked the-red-path as generous souls. From a one room school house to collectible cars, these land rovers and skydiving enthusiast, engineered their way across the country, leaving their footprints and love onto the world. These lives well lived in a century with all its spurts of growth, from the dust bowl to route 66, solo flights and with outstanding achievements, these second half of lifers left no cliff hangers!

The first 21 years of Richard Keller’s life was spent on a farm in the 20th century which modestly boasted kerosene wick lights, a wood coal burning heater, rain water pumped by hand out of a cistern and a two stall wood out-house. The one room wood structure school house was 2 miles away. Richard shares, “To get to school I walked, took a horse and buggy or rode a horse. There were no sports or special classes only three basic academic fields; Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Grades 9-11, I drove a $10.00 model-T and in 12th grade drove a 6 cylinder rumble seat Chevrolet Roaster and tractor gasoline was .05/gal.”

A world away, a half Cherokee Indian girl, born on a reservation in Oklahoma, Elaine’s life path was of a different nature. She shares, “As a child I would lie on my back in the grass and watch the clouds change, the birds soar and dive in an ethereal ballet. We lived totally off the land, hung out in the wild and medicine was made up of berries, roots and leaves. My mother and grandmother made clothes out of beautifully patterned sugar and flour sacks. I had a wonderful childhood!” While Elaine made her first solo flight in a Piper Cub at 17, companion to Jane Russell, member US Power and Sail Squadron’s and first female Squadron and District Commander, fearlessly skydiving on her 70thbirthday, little did she know her adventures and achievements would lead to Richard, “Her Miracle Man!”

In 1938 Richard migrated from Oklahoma on a Harley Davidson down route 66 to San Jacinto. Richard shares, “At the California border I needed to prove a destination and sufficient money to obtain a card permitting me to be in California. 1939 I was employed at Lockheed as design engineer when hourly wage was $.45. A USAAF-2nd L.T. B-25 pilot, I trained for the proposed invasion of Japan then attended Chounard Art Institute.” The next rung on the ladder of Richard’s life was in 1953 at William R. Whitaker Corp, Hollywood, California where he designed 24 volt actuators to operate aircraft valves on the Apollo. After 45 years widowed from first wife Lupe Peinado, Richard met Elaine and love graced his path again. Richard retired in 1982 from ABEX Corps, Oxnard. Years later Richard and Elaine married in 1995 in Sedona, Arizona. Residing in Ventura in their 23rd year of marriage, these love birds continue to look to the future! Elaine shares, “I look forward to zip lining the Grand Canyon on my 100th birthday!” Richard, humanitarian quotes, “On the ladder of life, I have climbed a number of feet up, by having successful accomplishments, beautiful memories of my contacts with human beings, fortunate to find love again and my many years of employment that was enjoyable, motivating and most important creative.” Longevity be your!

Ventura Land Trust applies for National Accreditation, invites public comment

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) is pleased to announce that it is currently applying for accreditation and invites the public to comment as part of the application process. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. “The accreditation program is one way to show that Ventura Land Trust strives to meet the highest possible standards and operates in highly professional way,” said Derek Poultney, VLT Executive Director. “Accreditation is important because it ensures that VLT will always utilize the policies, procedures and practices to protect our conservation lands in perpetuity.”

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Ventura Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org.

Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

A public comment period is now open and comments on Ventura Land Trust’s application will be most useful if received by Friday, August 24.

The Ventura Land Trust (formerly the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy) is dedicated to permanently preserving and protecting the land, water, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future generations. Founded in 2003, the 501(C)(3) non-profit organization is supported by over 600 members, local businesses and government partners. The land trust manages 90 acres of land along the Ventura River and is negotiating the purchase of its first hillside property. The Ventura Land Trust’s offices are located in the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura, CA 93003. For more information, visit www.venturalandtrust.org.

Libraries September events

Avenue Library
Children & Family Events
Bilingual Early Literacy Class
9/10, 17, & 24 Mondays @ 6– 6:45pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Lego Play
9/6, 13, 20, & 27 Thursdays @ 3 –5pm
Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs.

Adult Classes & Events
Laubach Literacy English Classes in the Meeting Room
9/10, 17, & 24 Mondays @ 10:30-11:30am & @ 12:45-1:45pm
9/4, 11, 18, & 25 Tuesdays @ 9-10am & @ 10-11am
9/ 5, 12, 19 & 26 Wednesdays @ 11:30am -12:30pm
9/ 6, 13, 20, & 27 Thursdays @ 10–11am
Introductory English classes offered through Laubach Literacy at Avenue Library. Make an appointment today; call 805-643-6393.

E.P. Foster Library
Adult Programs & Special Events
Introduction to Mindfulness
9/5 Wednesday @ 6:30-7:45pm
Find out how Mindfulness Meditation helps you reduce stress, be calmer, and more focused. (And you don’t have to sit on the floor to do it!) Discover the fundamentals of Mindfulness with Audrey Walzer.

Venture (a) Out in the County… a Sierra Club Educational Series
9/11 Tuesday @ 5:30-7pm
Learn about great places to hike, camp, and scenic spots around Ventura County. See you in the Topping Room!

Children’s Events
Early Literacy Class
9/4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am
A great way to introduce your child to early literacy. Join us weekly for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!

Teen Happenings
Steam Monthly
9/12 Wednesday @ 4-6pm
STEAM Monthly will explore concepts related to science, technology, engineering, art, & math in a structured setting. 2nd Wednesdays of the month. This month we will be exploring coding.
Hill Road Library

Discover Science
9/11 Tuesday @ 4pm
Join us for this monthly exploration of science concepts through hands-on experiments. Kids 10+

Computers for Beginners — Part I
9/18 Tuesday @ 11am
Get to know computers. Learn to use a computer, including the mouse and keyboard. No experience needed! RSVP at the library. For adults only.

Early Literacy Class
9/5, 12, 19 & 26 Wednesdays @ 10:30am
A great way to introduce your child to early literacy. Join us weekly for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun! Aimed at ages 0-5.
Saticoy Library
Children & Family Events

Early Literacy Class
9/4, 11, 18, & 25 Tuesdays @ 10am
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Lego Play
9/10, 17, & 24 Tuesdays @ 3-5pm
Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Adult Classes & Events
English Classes
9/10, 17, & 24 Mondays &
9/ 5, 12, 19 & 26 Wednesdays @ 3- 5pm
Introductory English classes offered through Laubach Literacy at Saticoy Library. Make an appointment today, call 805-671-5748.

September Closures
3rd – all libraries will be closed in observance of Labor Day

Mosquito, tick, and flea bite illnesses increasing

by Kevin O’Connor

Illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites have actually tripled in the U.S. over the last 13 years, according to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  There were more than 640,000 cases reported between 2004 and 2016.  In addition, nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered during this time in the U.S.

It is the female mosquitoes bite humans. The females need the nutrients in our blood to produce eggs. After a female mosquito bites you she will go off to lay eggs and eventually will be back for more.

An interesting study showed that consuming just 12 ounces of beer makes a person more likely to be bitten by a mosquito.

According to research, mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide from breath, heat from our bodies and the lactic acid that humans secrete.  That’s why exercising makes you more attractive to mosquitoes.

Because citronella masks the chemicals that humans secrete that are attractive to mosquitoes, many people burn citronella candles.  However, mosquitoes can sense those chemicals in your skin whether or not citronella candles are burning.

The bug sprays proven to be most effective against mosquitoes are those that use diethyltoluamide (DEET), a pesticide geared towards protecting you from all sorts of bugs; use one that contains 50 percent of DEET or less.

Researchers have declared that mosquitoes are most attracted to dark colors, like the large, dark-colored mammals mosquitoes prey upon.  So wear light colors, plus loose-fitting clothing to make it more difficult for biting females to reach your skin through the fabric.

“Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and chikungunya—a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea—have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick…,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D.

“The data show that we’re seeing a steady increase and spread of tickborne diseases, and an accelerating trend of mosquito-borne diseases introduced from other parts of the world,” said Lyle Petersen, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

To protect your family from mosquito, tick, and flea bites, obtain a solid service contract with a quality pest control company, such as O’Connor Pest Control with their professional expertise.

Museum exhibit explores cultural diversity of food in Ventura County

The Aikira Family “At Table” sharing a love of food.

How history, culture and immigration shape our dining habits, menus and food traditions

The Museum of Ventura County will host an opening reception, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aug. 30, for “At Table: The Business of Food and Community,” an exhibit that explores and celebrates the cultural impact of immigration through a shared love of food.

Each wave of immigration brings with it recipes passed down through generations, methods of preparation and styles of presentation that add a rich ethnic diversity to Ventura County’s local food traditions and eating experiences. “At Table: The Business of Food and Community” takes a look at how the influx of immigrants into the region has influenced local recipes, menus and dining habits, as well as food-related businesses and restaurants.

“Not only did immigrants bring their long-standing family recipes with them and share them, but as they arrived they learned to adapt their recipes to use whatever meat, fruit and vegetables were available to them. This exhibit explores adaptation on both sides of the immigration experience,” said Anna Bermudez, Museum of Ventura County curator.

From the museum’s archives, “At Table” pays homage to iconic local restaurants that no longer exist such as The Colonial House and The Lobster Trap in Oxnard, and The King and I and Merle’s in Ventura and examines locally-sourced foods and food movements currently taking place throughout the region.

Tickets for the August 30 opening reception are $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers with tickets available at the door. The opening is in conjunction with the Ventura Chamber’s TASTE event which includes free admission to the Museum opening. TASTE tickets are available by calling 805-643-7222 or visiting venturachamber.com/taste2018. Museum members purchasing tickets for TASTE can use promo code Museum18 to receive the chamber member discount.

“At Table: The Business of Food and Community” will be on display through Nov. 25 with special events occurring throughout the months, including a panel discussion featuring notable food writers, a farm-to-table dinner event and a book talk by a noted local food author. Dates and details will be made available at venturamuseum.org.

Located at 100 East Main Street, the Museum of Ventura County is open Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

John Robertson, Ventura Artist

John Roberson painted a group of his family members He is pointing to his daughter Ashley and grand daughter Charlotte Photos by Bernie Goldstein

by Jill Forman

John Robertson didn’t pick up a paintbrush until he was in his late forties. Today he has super sized sports paintings in 40 major sporting venues all over the country.
How did a middle-aged businessman with a middle-class lifestyle recreate himself so radically? Robertson is willing to tell the tale.

Growing up in L.A., he had “…no interest in art.” He dropped out of high school at 17 and joined the Navy. “I wasn’t going to graduate anyway.” After the Navy, he “…bummed around.” Back in L.A., he drove trucks, married and started CSUN; got his degree in English while working full-time. He wanted to be a novelist and took graduate classes in writing. “I wrote four really bad novels.”

His company was impressed by his industry and work ethic. Over 23 years, he worked his way into senior management. So there we have the businessman, family man, homeowner…

To restate, he had never been interested in art; “I didn’t know a thing about it.” What did interest him was why the Getty Trust paid $50 million for a painting called “Irises” by some guy named Van Gogh. He lived near the Getty Museum in Malibu, so went on over to check it out.

His life changed. He saw the painting, “…burst into tears” and understood. He drove to the paint store to buy house paint – that’s what you paint with, right? They told him, “That’s not the right way” and sent him home with canvases and oils and turpentine. He stopped writing that day and has painted almost every day since, close to 30 years. This “obsession” (his word) cost him his job and marriage.

When that particular dust settled, he was living in a room on the Speedway in Venice (parallel to the Boardwalk,) selling paintings along the beachfront, having shows, promoting himself, “…able to survive.” He got a space in a frame store as a studio. The store faced a busy street in the Palisades and drivers couldn’t see his work so he made his paintings large for passers-by to appreciate. The frame store got a percent of the sales plus the framing. For 3 ½ years, five days a week, he made a living there as an artist.

He painted local musicians and writers; one of them was doing a bookstore poetry reading, and asked to borrow the painting of himself to put in the bookstore window for publicity. Other writers and bookstores followed with orders; at one point five stores displayed his paintings.

About 15 years ago, paintings of musicians in the windows of a nightclub on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica caught the eye of a guy from Fox Sports, who wanted paintings for an NBA commercial. Today his works hang in the 49ers stadium, the Packers’, the Vikings’, the Bucks’ and many others. You can see them at johnrobertsonsportsart.com.

These days John paints at a studio on Front Street, and lives in a guest house in Ventura with his wife, fellow artist Lynn Hanson. His daughter Ashley lives close by and his granddaughter Charlotte is a constant joy in their lives.

His current show, at the Ag Museum in Santa Paula, runs until September 9. He has a Gallery Talk there on August 23.

On August 2 a ribbon cutting was held at Vineyard Health.

Photo by Michael Gordon

Dr. Jennifer Vineyard, DO, is a board-certified Internist. Her interest in nutrition, immune function, and health led her to study microbiology at Arizona State University, where she graduated summa cum laude. At Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (Midwestern University), she studied medicine and treatment of the whole person, including additional training in manual medicine (osteopathic manipulative treatment or OMT). She completed a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at Cedars-Sinai/West Los Angeles VA.

3400 Loma Vista 805-232-3305