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Channel Islands Park Junior Ranger Day April 15

Junior rangers can also view the remains of a pygmy mammoth.

Channel Islands National Park invites the public to celebrate the annual Junior Ranger Day at an event on April 15, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the park visitor center in the Ventura Harbor. This free event will feature family-friendly activities, ranger-led talks, and the park’s junior ranger programs.

Children will have the opportunity to participate in three different junior ranger programs at the event, allowing them to earn badges as a Channel Islands National Park Junior Ranger, an Underwater Explorer, or a Junior Paleontologist.

The event will also feature family-friendly activities that children of all ages can participate in, including fish prints, buttons, dolphin masks, and more. At 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, a park ranger will discuss marine adaptations and ocean stewardship at the center’s marine life exhibit. At 1:00 pm, there will be an interactive children’s program about adaptations of seals and sea lions and at 2:00 pm, a ranger will lead a children’s program on bird beak adaptations.

Information about the national initiative, Every Kid in a Park, which invites all fourth graders to visit their public lands and waters for free, will also be available for parents and children.

The Every Kid in a Park program was created so that fourth graders and their families could discover our nation’s wildlife, resources, and history, for free. All fourth graders can get their pass online, at Every Kid in a Park, after they complete a fun, educational activity. They can trade the paper pass for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide.

This past year 342,209 people visited Channel Islands National Park. Additional day visitors and overnight campers to Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands increased island visitation by about 10 percent.

There was a 20 percent increase in visitation to the mainland visitor center in the Ventura Harbor, due in part to the many fourth grade students that participated in the Every Kid in a Park program. The park had a corresponding 75 percent increase in the Junior Ranger program, with over 4,000 kids participating.

“We are particularly excited about the increase in visitation from fourth grade students to the park. This year we expect over 5,000 fourth graders will visit, thanks to the Every Kid in a Park grants we received from the National Park Foundation, National Park Trust, and National Marine Sanctuary Foundation,” said Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau.


Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 – April 11, 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.

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. Email, visit 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.

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   Life is Better with Bridge.

April 1: You are invited to a Lenten Evensong on Saturday at 5 p.m.  Haydn’s glorious Harmnonie-messe, will be presented. Helen Farson conducts our chamber ensemble and chorus from the keyboard.  Admission is always free.  Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Church.  6300 Telephone Rd. Please call 641-9646 if more information is desired.

April 1: Ventura Improv Company at NAMBA!8pm NAMBA Performing Arts Space, 47 South Oak St.Tickets: $10 | Available at venue the night of the show. Shows are a fast-paced mix of scenes, improv games and music. If you like Whose Line Is It, Anyway?, you’ll love improv! Shows last approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes. They welcome the whole family, but generally recommended for 12 and over.

April 2: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Association presents free music concert on the first Sunday of every month at the Poinsettia Pavilion from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Next concert session features the ever popular “Old Grass Band”.  Call 517-1131 for more information.

April 2: Dudley Historic House Museum. Timeline Photo Display of Ventura’s History Beginning in 1866, featuring over 100 period photographs assembled by Dudley docents in celebration of the City’s 150th anniversary last year.  The museum is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood.  For further information please call 642-3345 or visit the website at www/

April 4:  Mended Hearts of Ventura. Come share if you have had heart surgery or stent implant.
Group meets the first Tuesday each month at the Community Memorial Hospital – 8th floor, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. They have excellent speakers, leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, Dietitians, etc. from our area who give excellent information. Contact: Richard Hatcher 644-2733

April 5: The Beach Cities Neighbors and Newcomers Club, (BCNN ) is a group of active women of all ages who live in Ventura, Oxnard, or Port Hueneme. Please come to our monthly meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meeting will be held at the Knights of Columbus.  Enter the parking lot from Santa Clara Street.   No charge for meeting and no reservation is required.  April is Poetry Month and our BCNN Poetry Group will present their Annual Reading to the membership. For additional information, please visit our Website at: or call 988-0795.

April 6: The Ladies Luncheon  same great menu and fantastic view at new location the Poinsettia Pavilion. Sit-down Luncheon Buffet (Limited Seating) 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. $27 Pre-register, $30 at the door. Table space available for vendor products only.

Vendor tables are $5 for 3′ of space and $10 for 6′ of space and available for selling products only. Register at

April 8: San Buenaventura Women’s Club will hold the 6th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser at Poinsettia Pavilion on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Come for a chance to win a Door Prize, or bid on Opportunity Baskets, Silent Auction and Wine Pull.  Fashions will be provided by The Dress barn.  Help support local charities in Ventura County.  Tickets are $35 paid in advance.  Contact for more details.

April 8: The Ventura Beginning PC Users Group will meet at Cypress Place, 1220 Cypress Point Lane,  on Saturday, April 8 at 9:15-12:00 for “Spring Cleaning the Computer” and “Reliable Medical Web Sites”.  All beginning and intermediate computer users are welcome.  Phone 648-1368 for more information.

April 10: “Relive the Passover Exodus” with Rabbi Yakov & Sarah Latowicz. Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Bringing the warmth and tradition of this festival to the Ventura Community, Chabad of Ventura is inviting all residents to participate in community Seders to be held on Monday night at 7:30 pm, at the Pierpont Racquet Club. 500 Sanjon Rd.

All are welcome to join the community Seder, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Suggested donations are $54 per adult and $26 per child. No one will be turned away for lack of finances. For reservations or to sponsor someone in need at the Seder please visit

April 12: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a critique meeting on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. A professional photographer from the area will critique member’s prints and digital images. Each month a special topic is chosen which features some interesting aspect of photography. This month’s topic is “Abstracts” and Bill Hendricks will judge. Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome and admission is free. For more information about the club visit

April 13:  The Ventura County Professional Women’s Network (VCPWN) monthly dinner meeting. A wonderful way to network with local business owners. Register for dinner online at  Guest speaker Kim Pagano, host of the Kim Pagano Show on 1590 KVTA radio. Founded in 1982, VCPWN has enjoyed a long tenure of promoting the professional and personal growth of Ventura County women through education, mutual support and sharing of resources.  For more information about the event

April 14: Good Friday Service,  7 pm First United Methodist Church
1338 E. Santa Clara Ave. Easter Cantata, with full choir and chamber music ensemble.


Ventura County’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Ventura County’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held on March 11 on Main St.

The large crowd lining the street enjoyed a gorgeous Ventura day. The Parade is sponsored by Elks Lodge No. 1430 and featured marching bands, horses, music, wonderful cars and much more.

Judges for the parade were Connie Stahl, Elks Lodge #1430; Richard Rush, California State University Channel Islands; Erika Beck, California State University Channel Islands; Sue Georgino, Georgino Development and James Lockwood, Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Ventura County’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

Michael Feinstein to headline the 23rd Ventura Music Festival

At a free and public presentation held in the Ventura City Hall city council chambers on Feb.21, Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta revealed the lineup for the 23rd season of the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) to be held July 13-16 & 21-23. This year’s nine-concert festival theme is “An American Season” featuring great classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed by world-class artists. Concerts are held at the intimate 400-seat Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Rd in Ventura, unless noted otherwise. For tickets (on sale April 3) and for more information call 648.3146 or visit

The musical performers:

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
“American roots music at its finest”
Thursday, July 13 @7:30pm
The Festival opens under the stars at the historic Olivas Adobe with incomparable songwriting and harmony vocals by “the best string players in the world” and  is joined by fellow music legends Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain and Patrick Sauber.

Roger Kellaway “A giant of jazz piano”
Friday, July 14 @8pm. This master pianist, who’s worked with Ellington and Joni Mitchell, is a protean composer and his Festival program includes an adaptation of the landmark multimedia portrait of democracy, Visions of America, featuring jazz singer-violinist Calabria Foti.

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo “The most dynamic piano duo of this generation”
Saturday, July 15 @8pm. Last year’s Festival sensation returns with another transcendental program featuring Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Schoenfield’s “Boogie” and several surprises!

Nuvi Mehta & Friends “An evening of great American classical music”
Sunday, July 16 @7pm. VMF’s Artistic Director gathers his virtuosi friends for a memorable classical program of Barber, Copland and Ojai-based composer John Biggs who will celebrate his 85th birthday at the Festival.

Perla Batalla  “In tribute to her great friend Leonard Cohen”
Friday, July 21 @8pm. This extraordinary Grammy©-nominated vocalist brings her singular style to the visionary music of legendary poet, songwriter and artist Leonard Cohen.

Simply Three “A fresh genesis for string playing”
Saturday, July 22 @8pm. This bass/cello/violin trio has reshaped chamber music, genre-hopping from Puccini, Gershwin and original works .

Michael Feinstein  “Stories and Songs from the Great American Songbook”
Sunday, July 23 @7pm. This Grammy©-nominated singer, pianist and educator has become a PBS star with his Great American Songbook series, dazzling world stages as an unparalleled interpreter of American music – from saloon singers and Broadway hits to Berlin. Called a “national treasure,” Feinstein is an all-star force in American music today.

Festival Brass Quintet “Tea & Trumpets”
Fridays, July 14 & 21 3pm @ Pierpont Inn.Enjoy the legendary inn’s splendid four-course English tea with the quintet’s hallmark wit, humor and fanfare.

Special concerts:
Billy Valentine April 20 Ventura Music Festival Cabaret
At the  Four Points by Sheraton for the legendary soul singer Billy Valentine, a benefit for the VMF Young Artists Fund. Purchase tickets now.

Angelo Velasquez  2017 VMF Student Jazz Competition winner May 12 . Rising Stars Concert
Experience outstanding young choral, classical and jazz performers at this free concert at First United Methodist Church.
Tickets on sale April 3 at 648-3146 or

Audubon field trips and events

March 4     8:30 a.m.   Hill Canyon at Santa Rosa County Park, Camarillo
Linda Easter  482-7537.
Hill Canyon has several habitats including chaparral, oak woodland, and riparian.  We will look for woodpeckers, towhees, sparrows, hawks, swifts, and as many as five species of wrens.  Park in the Santa Rosa County Park area where the charge is $2 per vehicle.

March 5     8:00 a.m.  Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area.   Sandy Hedrick  340-0478.
Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves and sun protection.

March 11   8:30 a.m.   The Nature Conservancy Hanson Property.
Karl Krause,,    415-0188
This walk will be limited to 15 people. Participants will need to complete a TNC Liability Release and Waiver form prior to the trip. Please contact Karl Krause to reserve a space and obtain a blank release form.

This is an opportunity to visit the TNC Hanson Property along the Santa Clara River and see the habitat restoration work being done by the Nature Conservancy.

March 14 at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road at 7:30 an informative presentation of two essential restoration and conservation projects that serve to protect and develop habitat in our area.  Scientists from the Riparian Invasion Research Lab (RIVRLab) at UCSB are conducting a large scale restoration on over 200 acres of riparian habitat in the Santa Clara River in Santa Paula and Fillmore.  The goals of this project are to remove the invasive giant reed Arundo and reestablish native woodland and scrub habitat to benefit wildlife, including the Least Bell’s Vireo and the Southwest Willow Flycatcher.

March 18   8:30 a.m.     Foster Park   David Lee 451-3504
Meet inside the entrance to the. There will be a good opportunity to see riparian species such as great blue and other herons, forest accipiters, neotropical migrants and various sparrows.

March 19    8:30 a.m.    Wheeler Canyon  Raeanne Koerner   701-1919
This canyon provides good birding opportunities. Looking for raptors, ground doves, Western Bluebirds and maybe a Lewis’ Woodpecker.

March 21   8:30 a.m.   Krotona   Adele Fergusson   415-4304
Krotona Institute is a theosophical study center, with acres of beautiful grounds, including grasslands, pines, oaks, and ornamental plants with lot of water features.  Field Sparrow was seen here last winter a good place to discover raptors flying over.

March 25   8:30 a.m.   Ventura Hillsides   Jackie Worden
Audubon members only are invited to visit a private ranch which Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) is working to purchase and preserve for hiking, biking, and nature loving. Coastal sage scrub, oak woodland and riparian corridors are found within the annual grasslands of this beautiful parcel. To reserve your spot and receive additional event details, RSVP to the Jackie Worden on or before March 15th.  Space is limited to 25 participants and reservations are on a first come, first served basis.

Vol. 10, No. 11 – March 1 – March 14, 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.

The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum (USNSM) will be hosting a Seabee Celebration Day in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Seabee history.   All programs are free, and there is no museum entrance fee.  There will be two “Behind the Scenes Tours,” at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Discover the hidden work of the Museum Professionals. Due to limited space the Tour is by reservation only. To reserve a spot 982-6189.  An “Old Salt – Family Fun Day” program at noon for children ages 6-12, along with hands on activities.  Seabee Cinema Night at 5 p.m.  The film is the “Fighting Seabees. The USNSM is free to the public, located between Channel Island Boulevard, and Pleasant Valley Road on Ventura Road at Sunkist Street.  The Museum is off-base and is easily accessible from the street, so no base entry is required.

March 4,5: The 55th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Lapidary Arts Show of the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society (VGMS) takes place at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  The show is open to the public, and admission is free.  With a focus on kids and education, lapidary arts and jewelry-making, and California rocks and fossils, the Ventura Gem & Lapidary Arts Show has been a fun family event for 55 years.  During the pre-show dinner on Friday, March 3, we will present a $1,000 Scholarship Award to geology student Anna Hilliard of Santa Barbara City College.

March 5: The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum will be open for docent led tours from 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 call 642-3345 or visit the website at

March 5: Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions is holding their monthly meeting at E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room, On Sunday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. “Creating World Peace” Author and activist Sanderson Beck discusses his new book, Uniting Humanity by Spiritual Evolution & Democratic Revolution:  Solutions to the mega crisis of climate, poverty and war.

March 5: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Association presents free music concerts on the first Sunday of every month at the Poinsettia Pavilion from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Featuring the authentic “Old Grass Band”.  Call 517-1131 for more information.

March 7: Ventura County Archery Club is a group of Traditional archers (only longbows and recurves) who foster and promote traditional archery with organized 3D shoots, field archery, and roving archery shoots in Ventura county with organized field outings to archery events throughout southern and northern California. They have dozens of shoots and outings throughout the year along with monthly scheduled shoots in Ventura. If you’re interested in joining  attend one of their meetings, the first Tuesday of every month at Barnes and Noble at 6 p.m.

March 7:  Heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer yet is rarely discussed. Heart disease is usually thought of as a man’s disease but it is an equal opportunity problem. The public is invited to the Ventura County Mended Hearts Chapter program.  Andrea Ricketts will discuss the symptoms of heart disease specific to women and what can be done to minimize the risk of heart attack.  Ms. Ricketts is a Cardiac Surgery Nurse and Director of Community Memorial Health Systems Health Aware. Located on the 8th floor of Community Memorial Hospital, Tuesday, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

March 7:  Quail Forever Ventura will meet Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at Auto Masters, 4533 Telephone Road.

Quail Forever is a non-profit service organization dedicated to preservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat in Ventura County.  Much of QF’s work involves the maintenance and restoration of wildlife water sources, frequently called guzzlers.  Membership is open to all ages and interests.  Come to a meeting to see if QF is an organization of which you’d like to be a part.  Please call Brian Smith at 661.302.0582 or send an email to  You may also email Ventura QF at

March 8: Project Understanding – Charity Cafe Fundraiser at Red Brick Pizza (4990 Telephone Rd.), from 11:30am – 9pm. Enjoy healthy food ingredients are prepared fresh daily! At the time of ordering  mention Project Understanding. Red Brick Pizza will donate a healthy portion of that order to Project Understanding.

March 9: Westmont College Assistant Professor of Biology Amanda Sparkman will discuss new research on the evolution of dwarfism in Channel Islands reptiles, during the March From Shore to Sea lecture.

The Channel Islands are home to three reptile species that exhibit dwarfism, or have evolved into smaller forms than their mainland relatives. Two of these reptile species, the southern alligator lizard and western yellow-bellied racer, have only recently been identified as dwarf species.

Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. The programs are free and open to the public.

This lecture can also be viewed live online, at: Shore to Sea lecture series.

March 10: Women Bringing the World Together Through Music. Free concert benefitting women and musical arts, Friday at 7 p.m. Located at the First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara Ave.

Arias, duets, choral and classical piano music, all by women composers. Donations accepted. Contact – Millie Schofield 650-1422

March 10: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution March luncheon meeting will be a special presentation “Japanese Internment Camps of WW II”.  11:30 AM, in the Garden Room, Marie Callender’s Restaurant.  All SAR & DAR Compatriots, friends,  and visitors are welcome to join us.  The cost for lunch is $20.  For additional information or for assistance in determining your possible Revolutionary War genealogical roots, please call Bill Bays  650-3036 or Robert Taylor 216-7992.  For information regarding S R

March 11: The Gold Coast Concert Chorus and Ventura College Choir under the direction of Elizabeth Helms will perform Gospel Mass by Robert Ray and Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez. Both are modern versions of the Latin Mass but are musically worlds apart. Ramirez’ Misa features rhythms, melodies and instruments of South America and Ray’s Mass is a jubilant and soulful gospel celebration.

2:00 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church – 1500 North C St., Oxnard
Adults $15.00, Sr./Student $12.00, Child under 12 $5.00
616-7269 or

March 12: The Nature Conservancy Spring Migratory Bird walk from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Located at West Santa Paula at the end of Mission rock Rd.  Join in as they look for birds as they return north at the beginning of spring.  We will be along the Santa Clara River so bring durable shoes and binoculars (optional).  For more information please contact Amy Davis at or 770-853-4715.

March 16: The City Center – Purple Room Ribbon Cutting & Reception , 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Join The City Center Transitional Living on Thursday at 5:30pm at  837 E. Thompson Blvd. in a ribbon cutting as they open up the second “The Purple Room” a space dedicated to residents at The City Center who have survived domestic violence. Come tour the facility, meet residents, meet staff, board and dignitaries. Food and refreshments will be served. To RSVP, please visit

Vol. 10, No. 11 – March 1 – March 14, 2017 – City Classes

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes. Check out hundreds more on web-site
Call 658-4726 or 654-7553 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted

Mad Science-Nasa Space Academy 5-12 years
3/7-4/18 Tu 4:30-5:30 $115+ $35 supply fee #8190
Explore our solar system and experience an astronaut’s life as you build a space station, compare the Earth’s atmosphere to other planets, follow stellar life cycles, find hidden objects with laser technology and build your own Skyblazer II Rocket to take home! No class 4/4.

Courage in the Kitchen 16 year-adult
3/7 & 3/21 Tu 6-8 pm $80+$20 monthly supply fee #8053
Get processed foods out of the pantry and learn to cook with fresh, seasonal and budget-friendly ingredients. We’ll meet to study recipes, learn new techniques and create meals that include vegan and vegetarian options. For view each month’s menus visit The $20 supply fee is due to instructor at first class.

Pottery and Ceramic Hand Building 16 years-adult
3/8-4/19 W 6-8 pm $110+$15 materials fee #7969
Pinch, coil, use slab construction, glaze and decorate to create your own ceramic masterpieces. Instructor Kim Clarke. No class 3/22.

Beginning Argentine Tango 18 years-adult
3/8-4/12 W 6:30-7:30 pm $69/person #8031
Tango in no time with our “true basics in six weeks” class. Classes held at The House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen #E.

Flamenco Dance 18 years-adult
3/8-3/29 W 7:30-8:30 pm $75 #8193
Learn Spain’s passionate gypsy dance form and its cultural significance as you build up your flexibility, grace, fitness and confidence. Instructor Wendy Castellanos. Classes held at Namba, 47 S Oak St.

Knights and Castles of the Middle Ages 6-12 years
3/13-3/27 M 4-5 pm $40 #7909
Discover the “knight life” of castles, combat, art and cathedrals as you learn how to make catapults and other crafts.

Belly Dance-4-Fitness 18 years-adult
3/13-4/10 M 6-7 pm $55 #7673
Dress comfortably to shimmy, twist and tone in this fun cardio class that includes a warmup, belly dance workout, choreography and cool down. Instructor Anja Christy.

Basic Guitar 9 years-adult
3/14-4/25 Tu 7-8:30 pm $55 #8040
Bring your own acoustic or electric guitar to learn folk and pop strums, patterns and chord progressions. No class 4/4. At Dudley House, 197 N Ashwood St. Instructor Randy Covington.

Happenings at the Museum

The Museum of Ventura County(MVC)  presents a Scandinavian-themed Festival for its Free First Sunday Activity on Sunday, March 5, from 11 am to 5 pm, that highlights Scandinavian culture. The Monthly Series brings families to the Museum, offering free admission, museum experiences and craft-making sessions

MVC has partnered with the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation (SACHF) at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks to create a mini-festival for children and families.

Activities for the day include:

  • Cultural performances
  • A demonstration of the nyckelharpa, a traditional, stringed Swedish instrument
  • Storytelling of fairy tales by written by famed Danish children’s author Hans Christian Andersen
  • Hands-on Crafts (1-3 pm)

“This program is about accessibility, and helping families develop a tradition of culture with their kids,” said director of education and outreach Megan Gately, “Admission is free, and from 1:00-3:00 pm, docents guide art-making sessions for children to create something to take home.”

An exhibition of artifacts and multi-media imagery chronicles the Women’s March on Washington by Ventura County women at the Museum of Ventura County from March 11 through March 25.

An exhibit that pays tribute to Ventura County participants in January’s Women’s March on Washington called “A Woman’s Place: the March on Washington.”  Comprising signs, posters, ephemera and multi-media presentations, the exhibition commemorates the efforts of women in Ventura County who took to the streets across the country to affirm their place in society.

According to curator Anna Bermudez, “It was immediately apparent to me that the women’s march was history in the making. In my role at the museum, I felt that my participation could take the form of an exhibit that pays tribute to the women who marched, and to all women.  My call for items was answered quickly and decisively.”

Executive Director Elena Brokaw said, “This is what we’re all about; telling the collective stories of our lives and times. Museums, and especially our museum, are a site where ideas converge. We are not always looking to the past; we reflect the times as they are happening.”

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, will feature women who participated in the event across the country, representing multiple generations. Admission is $10 per person; $5 per member. There will be live music and refreshments.

Vol. 10, No. 11 – March 1 – March 14, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

Dan Maher will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 to deliver a talk titled “Thinking Like a Mountain Lion: Learning to Live with Wild Neighbors.” Maher is from CSU Channel Islands (CI), and is the second speaker in this season’s CI Library Lecture Series.

Recent human-wildlife conflicts in the Santa Monica Mountains highlight definite changes in the way “fringe dwellers” relate to shared space. This talk provides a brief summary of the conflicts mentioned, their historical context, and findings from an ongoing study of related issues.

CSU Channel Islands hosts dozens of free public lectures at libraries throughout Ventura. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 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.

Opera Santa Barbara will present two performances in its series of Free Noontime Concerts at the Ojai Library on the second Thursdays of March and May. Each concert will begin at noon in the main room of the library and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Spend your lunch hour listening to members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program, who will perform a selection of popular opera arias and duets as well as some musical theatre pieces, all accompanied by piano.

Calling all photographers: share images of the Ojai Valley! The Ojai Valley Museum and the Ojai Art Center Photography Branch are jointly promoting a photo contest, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the transformation from Nordhoff to Ojai, and the 50th anniversary of the museum. Photographers of all ages are encouraged to submit photo that highlight the diversity of life in the valley, especially the people, places and events that make the valley a special place to live and visit. There is also a historic category for vintage images take by you or a family member.

There are seven categories, each with a $100 first prize. Up to seven images in each category will be exhibited at the Ojai Valley Museum. Photographs will be added to the permanent collection of the museum.

Categories include people, youth, places, nature, events, architecture and historic.

Images should be submitted online at  Or see link and flyer on the museum’s website,

Photo contest winners will be announced Saturday, April 8th at the free Centennial Jubilee Picnic in Libbey Park, from 10am-2pm.

Ventura County Library’s READ Adult Literacy Program is proud to announce a new program location opening March 1st at the Ojai Library. The READ program provides free help with reading and writing for English speaking adults. Tutors will be available for free one-to-one tutoring from 5pm to 7:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. New students are always welcome.

The READ program is also looking for adult volunteers who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. At the conclusion of training, tutors will meet one-to-one with an English speaking adult learner for a few hours each week.

The READ program has tutoring sites throughout Ventura County. For additional information visit the library’s website: or call the READ office at 805-677-7160.

The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at

Channel Islands National Park Celebrates 37th Anniversary

Channel Islands National Park invites the public to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the park’s establishment at an event on March 5, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the visitor center in Ventura Harbor. This free event will feature film showings, family-friendly activities, ranger-led talks, dock tours, and a special junior ranger program.

Throughout the day, segments from the 2016 documentary, West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands, will be shown. Produced by Sam Tyler and written and directed by Peter Seaman and Brent Sumner, the documentary provides an in-depth look into intriguing stories of island inhabitants and history.

The short film, Offshore, created by Compass Coalition Films and featuring professional surfer Mary Osborne, will also be shown throughout the day, highlighting the many recreational opportunities available within the park.

At 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, a park ranger will discuss marine adaptations and ocean stewardship at the center’s marine life exhibit, which features species found in the prolific waters that surround the Channel Islands.

Dock tours will be available for the public to have an up-close look at the National Park Service (NPS) vessels. Biologists with the park’s kelp forest monitoring team will demonstrate the long-term monitoring techniques they use to better understand the health of the marine environment.

During the event, biologists and rangers will provide opportunities for children to learn about different careers in the NPS. Children’s activities will be available throughout the day, including a button-maker station and fox origami. A junior ranger station will allow children to complete activity booklets and a NPS career scavenger hunt, and earn a special junior ranger prize.

About Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park, America’s 40th national park, was established by Congress on March 5, 1980. The park is made up of five islands — Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara — and the  waters within one nautical mile of each island. The park bridges two major biogeographical provinces within 250,000 acres of land and sea, protecting a rich array of natural and cultural resources. The park offers the public with unparalleled opportunities for solitude, tranquility, wildlife viewing, outdoor recreation, and education.

Speaking of Ventura County presents “California vs. the Nation: Gov. Brown’s Democratic California Competes with President Trump’s Republican Federal Government”

by Cal Lutheran professor Herbert E. Gooch III, Ph.D.

On Wednesday, March 8, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, the Museum presents a thought-provoking and powerful talk that outlines the inevitable ideology clash between the largest state in the union, known for its progressive politics, and a rapidly-acting national chief executive whose orders run afoul of local laws and philosophies.  It’s “Goliath vs. Goliath” once each side asserts their power.  This talk is part of the museum’s “Speaking of Ventura County” speaker series, which brings current events and historical topics to its audience.  Admission is free for members, $7 per person for non-members.

In this talk, Dr. Gooch explains the current struggles between California and the nation. defining the differences in political composition and public policy issues as Gov. Brown’s Democrat California contends with President Trump’s Republican Federal government – speculating on the potential impact specifically on Ventura County.

Dr. Herbert Gooch is Professor of Political Science at California Lutheran University. He formerly served as Director of the Masters in Public Policy and Administration program and Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies at Cal Lutheran. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley in History, he holds a M.B.A in Management and both masters and doctoral degrees in Political Science from U.C.L.A. He has written extensively and is a frequent commentator on political affairs locally and statewide. He has been at Cal Lutheran since 1987 and lives in Newbury Park with his wife and son who attends Cal Lutheran. His interests include politics, film and travel.