Category Archives: Community Events

Vol. 10, No. 25 – Sept 13 – Sept 26, 2017 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets every Monday from 7:30 – 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.

There will be a regular Ventura Discussion Group meeting at Main Street Restaurant 3159 Main St., Wednesday from 4 – 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 – 9 p.m. Instruction every night. Located at the Moose lodge, 10269 Telephone Road. More information at countrylovers.com.

Ventura County Philatelic Society meets the first and third Mondays each month. Do you collect stamps? Come spend the evening with us. We are a fun group. 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd. Admission and parking free. Contact Bill Garner 320-1601

Mended Hearts of Ventura meet the first Tuesday each month at the Community Memorial Hospital – 8th floor. We have excellent speakers – leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, Dietitians, etc. from our area. Come share with us if you have had heart surgery or stent implant. Contact: Bill Garner 320-1601

Assistance League of Ventura County creating “A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Children” will hold its regular monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Chapter House, 913 East Santa Clara St. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. meeting begins at 10 a.m., guests and new members welcome.

Find more information at assistanceleagueventuracounty.org or Email alvconline@hotmail.com.

Telephone: Monday thru Friday 8 – 2 p.m. 643-2458

DBSA Ventura County support group for depression and bipolar disorder meets Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. A free weekly peer-led support group meeting at the Encounter Bible Fellowship Church campus, upstairs, Room 426/428, 6950 Ralston St. 633-0736 for recorded information or visit www.DBSAlliance.org.

Sept. 13: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion. The first part of the meeting will be an instructional workshop on the techniques of image processing such as using Photoshop or the aesthetics of composition. Followed by the showing of member images. For more information about the club 908-5663 or WWW.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com

Sept. 17: The Ventura and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) will meet Sunday, in the Campus Student Center of Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road. The regular meeting starts at noon and at 11 a.m. This month’s program will be presented by chapter members on their ‘Secret’ Tech Tips. $3 admission charge. Lunch is available for $5 more. More information can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.

Sept. 18: CA Zeta Chi parliamentarians will meet at 7 p.m. and will feature a lesson by Sally LaMacchia entitled “Motions That Bring a Question Again before the Assembly.” Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St. Those wishing to eat should arrive at 6 p.m. Non-members are welcome. For information, contact Sharon Hillbrant 479-6738, or zetachi.webstarts.com.

Sept. 19: The Ventura Retired Men’s Group will be having their meeting at the Elks lodge in Ventura. Enjoy a healthy lunch ($15), a speaker from the Port of Hueneme, raffles, and a couple of pleasant social hours. Call Steve at 642-1359 for details.

Sept. 21: East Ventura Community Council will have a representative of the Ventura Police Department update the Council on crime and safety in the area. The Council represents those who live east of Victoria Avenue. Books in good condition are always accepted by San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road.

Sept. 21,29,30: Chabad Services for both days Rosh Hashanah will be held at the Wyndham Garden Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Rd in the Camulos Room. The program is directed in English with Hebrew / English texts. Suggested donations for High Holiday seat reservations are at www.ChabadVentura.com. No one will be turned away. September 21 there will be a community Tashlich ceremony & Shofar blowing at 6 p.m. at Ventura beach, directly across from the hotel.

For more information www.ChabadVentura.com or 895.658.7441.

Sept. 23: Faith Calvary Chapel presents a free Christian music event featuring Paula Kee, David Glass, Michael Patrick Blues and Joe Tourist. 6 p.m. at 405 Jordan Ave. Refreshments will be available.

Sept. 23: The 3rd annual Lucky Duck Race and Plucktacular event benefitting Special Olympics Ventura County will take place at the Lazy River at the Lake Casitas Water Adventure at 10 a.m. to noon. Nearly 3,000 numbered rubber ducks adopted by the public will be tossed into the Lazy River. To adopt a duck and for more information contact Peggi Preston, SOVC Regional Director Ventura County Chapter at 650-7717 Email Ppreston@sosc.org. Tickets are available at www.socc.org/ventura.

Sept. 28: Portuguese Fraternal Society of America. The local chapter of PFSA (Council #128) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday. This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent, or interested in the Portuguese culture. Located at Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 East Main St. 11:30 a.m. for a 12 p.m., no host luncheon / meeting. For more information and reservation, please call Cora Corella at 483-4168.

Ventura Audubon Society field trips for September

September 3, 8:30 am. Camino Real Park.
Raeann Koerner 701-1919.
Camino Real is a grassy park surrounded by pines and eucalyptus and is an excellent fall migrant hotspot. Target birds will include Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Western Tanager and Black-headed Grosbeak, but any number of cool warblers show up at this park during migration!

September 9, 8:30 a.m. Arroyo Verde Park.
Linda Easter 482-7537.
Enjoy birding the oak woodland, grassy areas, and chaparral in this long, broad canyon. Early fall migrants may include Western Tanager, Rufous Hummingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Phainopepla.

September 17, 8:00 a.m. Santa Clara River Estuary/Surfers Knoll.
Tevin Schmitt 661 904-1563
We hope to see a variety of shorebirds including Western Snowy Plovers, Ruddy and Black Turnstones and hopefully Surfbirds which are always an exciting treat. We will also tackle some gull and tern identification, so bring your field guides!

September 19, 8:30 a.m. Emma Wood State Beach/Ventura River Estuary
Adele Fergusson 415-4304
We will meet at the entrance to Emma Wood State Beach and begin searching the scrub for sparrows and warblers. Then follow the path that leads through the willow forest (often finding wrentits and other secretive birds) and finally across the sand dunes to the Ventura River Estuary. The estuary is always an exciting place to bird, and target birds will include: Western Snowy Plover, Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plover, Willet, Whimbrel, Black Turnstone, Red-necked Phalarope and Forster’s Tern. There will be a fair amount of walking, so please dress appropriately in layers and comfortable shoes.

September 23, 8:00 a.m. Ventura Settling Ponds.
Frank DeMartino 906-8733.
The Settling Ponds at the Ventura Harbor is a reliable place to find ducks, summer gulls and terns, as well as songbirds and raptors. We should hear Yellow Warblers and maybe some fall migrants!

Ventura libraries September events

Avenue Library
Children & Family Events
Bilingual Early Literacy Class
9/11, 18, 25 Mondays 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Adult Classes & Events
Rethink the Drink
Saturday 9/2 10:30-11:30
Facilitated by Liz Hoffman , MS, RDN
What you drink is as important as what you eat! Experts believe sugary drinks add to obesity, which increases the risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Join us for this bilingual presentation.

SuperBrain Yoga
Saturday 9/9 10:00 am—12:00 pm
Facilitated by Ellen E. Morano
Attend this hands-on workshop to improve memory, achieve mental clarity, and gain emotional calmness.

Adult Literacy Classes
Laubach Literacy English Classes
9/7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Mondays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Pumarosa English Classes
In the Meeting Room
9/5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Tuesdays 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 7:00pm
Learn English in a fun environment that combines conversation, singing, and technology.

E.P. Foster
Adult Programs & Special Events
E.P. Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club
9/14 & 28 Thursdays @ 10:30am
Get together with makers from all across the fiber-arts world. Meet, teach, connect, share.

Ongoing Events
Makerspace Open Workshop
9/ 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, & 27
Mondays & Wednesdays @ 4-6 pm
Come by the Makerspace to learn, create, and share STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

Chess Around the Corner
9/2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Saturdays @ 11am-4pm
Calling all chess players! Keep your skills sharp with this one-hour, drop-in session of free play.

Children’s Events
Early Literacy Class
9/5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, & 27
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am
A great way to introduce your child to early literacy and the library. Join us for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!

Teen Happenings
TAG Teen Advisory Group
9/5 & 19 Tuesdays @ 5-6pm
TAG meets every month on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Now is the time to join TAG, if you want to share ideas, meet new people and have a great time shaping the library teen program.

Saticoy
Children & Family Events
Early Literacy Class
9/7, 14, 21, 28 Thursdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am
9/7, 14, 21, 28 Thursdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Adult Classes & Events
English Classes
9/11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 Monday & Wednesday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ESL Conversation Groups hosted by Laubach Literacy of Ventura County

SuperBrain Yoga
Monday 9/25 10:00 am—12:00 pm
Facilitated by Ellen E. Morano
Attend this hands-on workshop to improve memory, achieve mental clarity, and gain emotional calmness.

Holidays—Closed 4th Labor Day
28th all Libraries will open @ 2pm

Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 – Sept 12, 2017 – Ojai News and Events

The Ojai Art Center will present a new exhibit, “Ojai Portraits,” by Ojai artist Sandy Treadwell, from Sept. 2 through Sept. 27 in the Main Gallery. An opening reception will be on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The reception and exhibit are both free.

The solo exhibit will showcase Treadwell’s portraits featuring a spectrum of local residents, including many familiar faces as well as children and pets.

Enjoy his web link: http://www.sandytreadwellportraits.com

The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St. For further information call 646-0117.

On Friday, September 15, 7 to 9 p.m., join the Ojai Valley Green Coalition for a SKYGLOW Project screening and book signing. SKYGLOW explores the history and mythology of celestial observation, the proliferation of electrical outdoor lighting that spurred the rise of the phenomena known as “skyglow” and the Dark Sky Movement that’s fighting to reclaim the night skies.

Held at the Thacher School Milligan Center for the Performing Arts, at 5025 Thacher Rd., suggested donation is $10 (students are free). Information on the SkyGlow event can be found at ojaivalleygreencoalition.org. To learn more about the SkyGlow project go to skyglowproject.com.

CI Professor of Psychology Dr. Christy Teranishi Martinez will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, to deliver a presentation titled “There’s No Time Like Now: Cultivating Mindfulness to Enhance Overall Well-Being.”

The Ojai Storytelling Festival will take place Sept. 7-10 at Libbey Bowl and the Ojai Art Center. The event presents storytellers from around the world in a celebration of the spoken word.

A complete schedule is available online at www.ojaistoryfest.org.

The festival also will present musical concerts with Samite of Uganda and Alan Thornhill. Tickets for individual performances are available at the website: www.ojaistoryfest.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Libby Bowl box office during the festival. For more information ojaistorytellers@gmail.com.

Villanova Preparatory School is honored to host fire crews from Ventura County and City Fire Departments to join in the morning memorial prayer service sponsored by the Brock and Morehart families of Ojai on September 7.

Cameron Brock ‘18 has continued the 9-11 flag memorial that his sister, Madeline Brock ’15, initiated with the help of students and family. The public is welcome to drive by and appreciate the memorial put up by the students and athletic team members as part of the Campus Ministry service programs.

Acclaimed Zydeco blues band Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas will headline the 24th Ojai Bowlful of Blues in Ojai’s Libbey Bowl on Saturday, September 16. Ojai’s hometown American roots music festival, founded in 1983, will take place from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. with gates opening at 3:00 p.m.

Also featured at the locally produced, nonprofit benefit concert are Morganfield Burnett & Da Blues, Raw Silk, the Gypsy Blues Band with special guest Bill Flores, Cody LePow, and guest emcee, comedian Denise Carter.

General admission tickets for festival seating are $40 in advance and $45 at the gate and can be purchased online at bowlfulofblues.org. A limited number of $100 VIP tickets are also available. Children 6 and under are free and youth prices (ages 7-15) are $20 at the gate only.

For more information, see event website, bowlfofblues.org, email info@bowlfulofblues.org or 836-4665.

Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 – Sept 12, 2017 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets every Monday from 7:30 – 9:45 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Ballroom, swing, Latin, mixers and line dancing. Members $10, non-members $12. Call Rick 415-8842 for more information.

DBSA Ventura, the local chapter of the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) confidential, peer-led, self-help support groups. Tuesday from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Bible Fellowship Church at 6950 Ralston St. Email DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com, visit facebook.com/DBSA.Ventura or call 253-3289 for more information. 1-3p.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.

There will be a regular Ventura Discussion Group meeting at Main Street Restaurant 3159 Main St., Wednesday from 4 – 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.

The Ventura Retired Men’s Group welcomes interested men to their semi-monthly Tuesday lunch ($15) meetings at the Ventura Elks lodge. This regular congenial social event is a welcome atmosphere to talk and joke, hear a speaker on a variety of relevant topics. Steve at 642-1359

Country Western Line Dancing every Tuesday 7 – 9 p.m. Instruction every night. Moose lodge, 10269 Telephone Road. More information at countrylovers.com.

Ventura County Philatelic Society meets the first and third Mondays each month. Do you collect stamps? Come spend the evening with us. 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd. Admission and parking free. Contact Bill Garner 320-1601

Mended Hearts of Ventura meet the first Tuesday each month at the Community Memorial Hospital – 8th floor. Excellent speakers – leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, Dietitians, etc. Come share with us if you have had heart surgery or stent implant. Bill Garner 320-1601

Assistance League of Ventura County creating “A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Children” will hold its regular monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Chapter House, 913 East Santa Clara St. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., meeting begins at 10 a.m., guests and new members welcome.

Find more information assistanceleagueventuracounty.org or email alvconline@hotmail.com.

Telephone Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 643-2458

Support group for depression and bipolar disorder 6:30-8 p.m. DBSA Ventura County is a free weekly peer-led support group meeting on the Encounter Bible Fellowship Church campus, upstairs, 6950 Ralston St. 633-0736 for recorded information or visit www.DBSAlliance.org.

Sept.2: The Ventura Tennis Club, in partnership with the Ventura Recreation and Community Services, is hosting a Ventura Tennis Day on Saturday, from 10- 3 p.m. at the Camino Real Tennis Park. Events will include clinics for adults and kids from 10 – 11:30 a.m. along with racquet demos. After the clinics, food and refreshments for club members and their guests. Information: http://www.venturatennisclub.com

Sept. 3: Poinsettia Pavilion 3451 Foothill Blvd, Sunday from 2- 4 p.m., “Old Country Grass Band”.

Sept.3: Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions monthly meeting Sunday 3 – 5 p.m. Ron Whitehurst will discuss the Ventura Food Co-op which is seeking 1250 members in order to open a grocery store. The co-op’s focus would be on good food for the value with the farmer, and employees getting a fair price or wage, stimulating the local economy and promoting resiliency vs cheap food. E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room. More information: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=ventura%20food%20co-op

Sept. 6: The Beach Cities Neighbors and Newcomers Club, (BCNN ) is a group of active women of all ages who enjoy activities such as hiking, bridge, dining, wine outings, etc. Held at the Knights of Columbus from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Enter the parking lot from Santa Clara Street. No charge for meeting and no reservations are required. Fashion Show with clothes provided by Chicos.

Sept.8: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution September luncheon meeting will feature annual awards program to honor members of the chapter, with a special award of the SAR War Service medal to Col. Martin Spann. At 11:30 a.m., Garden Room, Marie Callender’s Restaurant, 1295 S. Victoria Ave. All SAR & DAR Compatriots, friends and visitors are welcome to join. Lunch is $20 per person. For additional information or for assistance in determining your possible Revolutionary War genealogical roots, call Bill Bays 650-3036 or Robert Taylor 216-7992. For information regarding SAR membership http://pattonpatriots.org

Sept. 9: The workshop for the Beginners PC Users Group will be on Manipulating Images at 9:15 a.m. and the 11 a.m. main program on DNA for Genealogy by Teri Reynolds. In the third floor lounge of Cypress Place Independent Living, 1220 Cypress Point. All beginning and intermediate computer users are welcome to attend. Call 648-1368 for future information.

Sept. 9&10: Free Community Weekend Theatrical Acting Workshops.The WAV, 175 S. Ventura Ave.

Saturday & Sunday 7pm- 9pm.

Be inspired to learn artistic spontaneous acting in our Theater Gallery. Instructor Kytriena Payseno teaches theatrical structure and acting elements to create, collaborate, and build community “For The Fun Of It”. Props and scripts provided in a relaxing atmosphere. This amazing presentation is for kids and family. Everyone welcome, donations are welcomed to help our needy kid artists . WAVart.org

Sept. 13: Come discover how exercise can help you keep living, laughing and moving with the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group on Wednesday from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Lexington Assisted. For more details see article in Senior Section of this issue or call Patty at 766-6070.

Sept. 14: The Ventura County Professional Women’s Network (VCPWN), is hosting their monthly dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. at Wedgewood Banquet Center 5880 Olivas Park Dr. A wonderful way to network with local business owners, artisans & crafters, and the members of VCPWN. Register for dinner online at www.vcpwn.org. Kimya Waddell, will be sharing with us the Power of Affirmations.

For more information www.vcpwn.org.

Sept. 16: Laubach Literacy of Ventura County is offering a free workshop to help volunteers learn to become English as Second Language (ESL) tutors of adults. The workshop will be held at Barrister Executive Suites in Ventura Saturday from 9 – 4 p.m. lunch will be provide. Directions will be given upon registration. Various methods and materials for teaching English to adults will be demonstrated and taught during the workshop.

For more information call 385-9584 or www.laubachventura.org.

Sept. 23: The Bookkeepers Association of Ventura County will present a seminar from 9 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, at the Ventura Adult Education Center, 5200 Valentine Road. This seminar will consist of Preparing Quick books for Taxes, Quick books Online Set Up, and Transactions and Bank Fees. The seminar costs $65 for members, $85 for non-members, $95 for the seminar and a 6-month membership, or $95 at the door, space permitting. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Visit http://www.bavc-online.org or call Donna Gordon at 218-1425 for more information.

Sept. 30: Channel Islands Carvers CCG Chapter 15 “One Great Day of Carving”. Wood Carving Show at the Ventura Masonic Lodge 482 E. Santa Clara St. from 10 – 4 p.m. Free admission. Family friendly event

Mary 758-3156 or Mike (818)314-4134

Oct.14: CSU Channel Islands Foundation and Rabobank presents the President’s Dinner & Concert featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. For their annual fundraising event that promotes the importance of higher education and raises funds to create opportunities for CSU Channel Islands’ students. Saturday, at the Libbey Bowl, Ojai. Tickets: VIP- $250, General Reserved- $40. Purchase tickets at GO.CSUCI.EDU/PC17

A benefit for Notes for Notes™

A benefit for Notes for Notes™ (N4N™) – Music Making for our Youth – this coming Friday at the Squashed Grapes:

Support a remarkable organization that brings music making to youth: Notes for Notes™ (N4N™) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for FREE. N4N Studios are packed with professional instruments – guitars, basses, drums, keyboards/synths – and equipment – DJ gear, digital music workstations – and full recording facilities. Beyond providing access to equipment and resources, N4N educates youth about careers both on the stage and behind the scenes and is expanding throughout the country.

And we now have a Notes for Notes studio right here in Ventura as we continue to position ourselves in the forefront of music making! As they have done for years now – Adam Randall and Josh McNutt at the Squashed Grapes are making it happen. This time it’s partnering with Notes for Notes to bring this concept to Ventura and making a Notes for Notes studio a reality here.

So, join us at the Squashed Grapes for a benefit ($20 cover and more if you feel moved to do so) for a fun evening of good music to support this marvelous cause: It’s  Friday, August 25 at 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Music by Jazz Villains and Hans Ottsen Quartet.

Squashed Grapes 2351 E Main St. 643-7300

Spectacular views and a special sunset celebration

Join the Ventura Botanical Gardens Beer Tasting on Friday, September 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Beer, wine and spirit tastings, snacks, games, a DJ, spectacular views and a special sunset celebration make this an event not to miss.

Three local breweries; Casa Agria Specialty Ales, Topa Topa Brewing Company, and Ventura Coast Brewing Company, will be joined by Labryinth Winery and Ventura Spirits Company to provide samples for everyone.

Play games including Cornhole and Ringtoss to win prizes. Have your picture taken at the photo booth. Dance to great music. Enter the raffle for your choice of great prizes. Enjoy a special sunset celebration featuring Pulse Drumming (audience participation invited) and a bubble machine.

“We’re so excited to have this first-ever public event at Summit Plateau—the community has been asking for something like this for a very long time.” said Peggy Dolan, Event Coordinator. “It’s going to be a really fun event.”

Tickets are $35 and are available through venturabotanicalgardens.com or by calling 232-3113, ext. 4. No one under 21 will be admitted and no pets are allowed.

The event will be held at Summit Plateau (formerly known as the barbecue area). Park in the upper parking lot behind City Hall. Shuttle busses will run to the location as there is no parking at the celebration site, or you are invited to walk up the trail.

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 – Aug 29, 2017 – Events

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.

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.

The Ventura Retired Men’s Group welcomes interested men to their semi-monthly Tuesday lunch ($15) meetings at the Ventura Elks lodge. This regular congenial social event, besides a healthy, satisfying meal, supplies a welcome atmosphere to talk and joke, hear a speaker on a variety of relevant topics and brighten your week. Hear more from Steve at 642-1359

Country Western Line Dancing every Tuesday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Instruction every night. Located at the Moose lodge, 10269 Telephone Road. More information at countrylovers.com.

Ventura County Philatelic Society meets the first and third Mondays each month. Do you collect stamps? Come spend the evening with us. We are a fun group. 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd. Admission and parking free. Contact Bill Garner 320-1601

Assistance League of Ventura County creating “A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Children” will hold its regular monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Chapter House, 913 East Santa Clara St. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m. more information at assistanceleagueventuracounty.org or alvconline@hotmail.com.

Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 643-2458

August 17: East Ventura Community Council: A member of the Surfrider Foundation will present an overview of Surf rider’s various campaigns and talk about opportunities to become involved. Ventura Police Dept. will update the Council on crime and safety in the area. John McNally will present a brief overview of east Ventura development. Books in good condition are 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, Chairperson, EVCC 804-7558

August 20: The Ventura and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) will meet Sunday, in the Campus Student Center of Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road. The regular meeting starts at noon and at 11 a.m. There will be an informal workshop where a topic on clocks or watches will be demonstrated and discussed. Program by Dave Coatsworth on collecting private label watches. There is a $3 admission charge. Lunch is available for $5 more.. More information can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.

August 21: CA Zeta Chi parliamentarians will meet at 7 p.m. and will feature a lesson by Jill Martinez entitled “Subsidiary Motions.” Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St. Those wishing to eat should arrive at 6 p.m. Non-members are welcome. Membership is $25 per year. For information, contact Sharon Hillbrant, 479-6738, or zetachi.webstarts.com.

August 23: The College Area Community Council will meet on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. Adrienne Stephens from the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy will discuss the 14 year-old nonprofit land trust’s ongoing work in the Ventura region. An officer from the VPD will be there to discuss issues related to crime in the area. Wright Event Center at 57 Day Rd. on the Ventura College campus. Free parking is available adjacent to the Event Center. CACC represents citizens between Mills and Victoria bordered by Foothill and Hwy. 126. Call 644-8695 or 844-4158 for more information.

August 27: The Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network is hosting its signature, “Write for Your Rights”, event to bring together our community’s collective voice during a time when threats to reproductive rights are at an all time high. The event will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street. VCRRN will have letters on a range of reproductive health care topics prepared for the public to sign. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Ample parking is provided in the lot in the rear of the building

Sept. 3: The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum will be open for docent-led tours 1 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. For information 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.

Sept. 5: Cardiologist, Dr. Omid Fatemi, will talk about the latest restorative heart advances at the Tuesday program of Mended Hearts. The presentation will be in the Nichols Auditorium on the 8th floor of Community Memorial Hospital. Dr. Fatemi is a frequently requested speaker due to his easy-to-understand presentations and is very open to questions from the audience. The program, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, is open to the public and is free.

Sept. 13: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a meeting on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. The first part of the meeting will be an instructional workshop on the techniques of image processing followed by the showing of member images. A professional photographer will critique member’s prints and digital images. This is not a competition but rather an anonymous discussion of the images.. Only members may submit images for critique. See the club’s web site for more information about the club and examples of member’s work or call 908-5663. www.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 – Aug 29, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

Events at the Ojai Library

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 21 the Ojai Library will be hosting a live stream viewing of the 2017 Solar Eclipse. A partial solar eclipse will be visible from Southern California, while certain areas of the country will be able to witness a total solar eclipse. We will project a live stream of the eclipse in the library meeting room, and a limited amount of eclipse glasses will be available for those present.

A solar eclipse occurs when the sun is partially or completely obscured by the moon, revealing the solar corona. These events are rare; the next solar eclipse that will be visible from North America will not happen until the year 2024. More information on the eclipse can be found by visiting https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 the Ojai Library will host a screening of the documentary film Seeds of Time. After the screening there will be a discussion facilitated by members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. This film follows Fowler on a passionate and personal journey that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at 218-9146.

The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Ave. Hours of service are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

City of Ventura August dance classes

City dancing classes
Check out more classes on web-site
Call 658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, www.cityofventura.net . Classes held at the Barranca Vista Center, 7050 E Ralston St in Ventura. To register call (805) 658-4726. Unless noted.

Pop Dance with Cassie Lawhead
Mini-Pop Dance 3-4 years (Pre-school)
*8/21-10/30 M 3:15-4 pm $85 #9700
Pop Dance I 5-8 years (K-2nd)
*8/21-10/30 M 4-4:45 pm $85 #9701
Pop Dance II 9-12 years (3rd-5th)
*8/21-10/30 M 4:45-5:30 pm $85 #9702
Energetic boys and girls mix and move to hip hop and jazz! Wear your funky attitude, comfortable attire and rubber soled shoes. Parents may stay for first and last class only. *No class 9/4. Performance for family & friends on Saturday, Nov. 4 at BVC.

Ballroom Dancing 16 years-adult
8/22-9/26 Tu 7:30-8:30 pm $55 #9032
Enjoy the magic of smoothly moving across the floor with the waltz, fox trot, swing and rumba!

Swing and Nightclub Dancing 16 years-adult
8/22-9/26 Tu 8:30-9:30 pm $55 #9035
Swing the night away, East & West Coast style! No partner needed.

Beginning Argentine Tango 18 years-adult
8/23-9/27 W 6:30-7:30 pm $70/person #9063
Tango in no time with our “true basics in six weeks” class. Classes held at The House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen #E in Ventura.