Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program is now recruiting adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults in Ventura County improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The next five-week tutor training series will be starting in February in Ventura and Simi Valley.
The READ program trains adult volunteers to provide free one-to-one reading instruction for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. Ventura County Library is encouraging residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program.
After completion of the five-week training, tutors will meet with their adult learners at one of the assigned tutoring sites. Tutoring is scheduled by the availability of the tutors and the learners.
Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market.
For more information about how you can support literacy and make a difference in someone’s life, call (805) 677-7160.
Our Ventura TV recently surpassed 1000 productions
Have a message you want to get out to the community?
Our Ventura TV is an award-winning, weekly talk-show television series broadcast on Ventura Cable channel 6 TV and also published on OurVentura.com, as well as on social media networks. For over ten years the programs have features stories from nonprofits, community advocates, leaders, artists and organizations who contribute in some way to the Ventura County community. In fact, anyone who contributes to the theme of “People doing good things in Ventura County” is welcome to be interviewed as a guest.
The show’s executive producer, George Alger stated, “In the past decade we’ve posted over 1000 segments online and broadcast programs on Ventura cable channel 6.”
The show director, Michelle Hoover, said, “We have a fantastic crew who are all about keeping things running efficiently.” The weekly cable TV series is sponsored by Nonprofit Fire, Skyworks Marketing and GWC Productions.
Additionally, the production team also creates video and TV productions for commercial messages and businesses in the community.
Our team of television hosts help guests share their stories. Our Ventura TV Host, Sandra Siepak, stated, “It’s an honor to present discussions about all kinds of people doing good things in Ventura County on our program.”
Our Ventura TV shows are broadcast on Ventura Cable channel 6 on Sundays at 2:00 pm, Tuesdays at 9:00 pm and Saturdays at noon, as well as additional floating times. Every week there is a new show and each program is broadcast 5 times per week.
For more information and to become a guest on Our Ventura TV, just visit OurVentura.com and click “Contact.”
PEAK & ASES are after-school partnerships that include the City of Ventura Department of Parks & Recreation, Ventura Unified School District and Ventura Police Activities League (PAL). PEAK was formed in 2002 to develop and implement an inclusive after-school program for elementary and middle school children serving 630 kids per year. ASES programs began in schools in the fall of 2011. To enroll, please contact your school principal for site-specific guidelines.
To provide a safe and supervised after-school education, enrichment and recreation programs for students. After-school is a partnership including the City of Ventura, the Ventura Unified School District and the Ventura Police Activities League.
Keep kids safe
Improve academic achievement
Give students choices and provide opportunities
Provide recreational, cultural and enrichment activities
Improve social development and self-esteem
Provide leadership and character development opportunities
The Annual PEAK/ASES Afterschool Program Spelling Bee program is one of many enrichment activities sponsored by the Ventura Police Community Foundation.
Students came from Montalvo, Portola, Elmhurst, Lincoln, Sheridan Way, EP Foster and Westpark.
Congratulations to Spelling Bee winners:
1st- Zoey Batten- Montalvo
2nd- Nick Feltner- Lincoln
3rd- Leah Mayoral – Sheridan Way
Judges included past Board Member Suzannah Underwood and Detective Misti Henderson. Emcee was Dave Daniels from KHAY.
For more information about either program please contact Mario Robinson, Youth Programs Supervisor, at 805-654-7807 or by email, Jamie Gill, After-School Programs Coordinator, at 805-658-4748 or by email or Anita Diaz, Westpark Coordinator at 805-648-1895 or by email.
5-year-old Emmanuel Sandoval with 10-month-old brother Sammy after receiving a Christmas tree through Teddy Bear.
Each year, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) pairs families in the Tri-County area who have a child with cancer with supporters to help make their Christmas dreams come true through their holiday program Project Christmas.
Through the Project Christmas program, TBCF staff collect each child’s specific wish lists and shop for the items they want and need. Then, TBCF staff finds supporters to “adopt” a family for the holidays. Adopting a family entails purchasing a gift for not only the child undergoing cancer treatment, but also their brothers and sisters. The value of each gift is $100. Additionally, each family that is adopted is provided a Christmas trees, Christmas lights, a $50 grocery gift card for a holiday meal, stockings, hot chocolate and candy canes. Lastly, the trees and gifts are delivered by TBCF to the family’s home in time for Christmas!
The goal of Project Holiday is to alleviate the financial stress of shopping as well as the time and energy associated to it. Often, it is simply not possible for parents to go shopping due to the fact that they are under financial duress or can’t leave their sick child.
“The holidays can be a difficult time for these families whose sole focus is on the health of their sick child,” said Lindsey Leonard, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Executive Director. “Through Project Christmas, our hope is to provide some joy to these children and families while bringing some needed relief for the parents/caregivers. Being able to help families and see children’s faces light up is what the holiday season is really all about,” said Leonard.
To make these efforts happen, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation has relied heavily on the support of our generous community in the Tri-County area.
“Getting to deliver Project Christmas gifts and trees has been such a highlight of our holiday season for the past six years. Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation treats each family they serve as if they are their own family. It is such a blessing to work with them.” stated Susie Perry, a long-time supporter and volunteer with TBCF.
“This has been an eye-opening experience being able to help these families, while they are going through so much. I hold these families near to my heart, even though I don’t know them personally. Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is such a wonderful organization with the most amazing people that are so dedicated to these families. I feel truly lucky to be able to be involved in the efforts.” exclaimed Summaer Cole,
“We really appreciate everything you (TBCF) have done for us since the very beginning. You are always so attentive and always thinking about us said the Sandoval Family.
The Sandoval family received Project Christmas as well as a Project Turkey delivery of Thanksgiving food last month through the Project Holiday Program.
This year, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation projects they will help 190 families in the Tri-Counties.
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization providing financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. Services are providing to families that have a child diagnosed with cancer up to age 18 and continue until they reach 21 years of age. To learn more about Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and how you can support families that have a child with cancer please visit www.teddybearcancerfoundation.org, 805-962-7466 or www.teddybearcancerfoundation.org.
Welcome to a New Decade. All of us at CAPS Media want to express our sincere thanks for the tremendous support demonstrated by Friends of CAPS who created videos, sent letters, emails and made calls to City Council Members and City staff expressing your appreciation for CAPS. Your continuous support has been extremely helpful in giving our city officials a better understanding of the depth of services provided by CAPS throughout the community.
This remarkable and effective CAPS’ member based, grass roots campaign is what democracy is all about and exactly what CAPS and public access television is all about. The First Amendment guarantees every citizen freedom of speech, and thanks to all of you, the public has spoken loud and clear.
Everyone at CAPS is looking forward to 2020 and working with Member/Producers, colleagues and partners to expand our services throughout the community. All year long the CAPS staff trains new members and mentors existing members in the use of media and storytelling tools to help them create their own programs and projects to air on television and radio and stream online. CAPS provides a place for Member/Producers to share local news and regional history, in-depth interviews, faith-based programming, community messages, educational information and more. CAPS Radio – KPPQ, 104.1FM, continues to grow with new local voices and programs developed and broadcast on the airwaves.
For the city, CAPS Media crews record, broadcast and live stream City Council meetings, City Planning, Design Review and other city public meetings as well as create informative and educational segments for the public with the Ventura Police and numerous other departments. These services are expected to expand in 2020.
CAPS’ community support includes collaboration with the Ventura Unified School District to record, broadcast and stream VUSD Board meetings throughout the year. In 2019 CAPS’ coverage of Community Council meetings increased to include East Ventura, Ventura College area, MidTown and Westside Community Councils. The local Community Council meetings are a great way for Ventura citizens to interact with and receive first-hand reports on City services and plans from City Councilmembers, Ventura Police Department officers, and other officials and leaders in the community. In addition, numerous faith-based and community organizations recorded and broadcast services and informative programs for the community on Channel 6.
Every month CAPS crews produce Mayor for a Moment profiles featuring outstanding 5th grade students throughout VUSD for recognition at City Council and school board meetings. And ECTV, the outstanding media education/mentorship program at El Camino High School at Ventura College, continues to produce award winning programs in the CAPS Media studio and in the community.
The start of the New Decade is a great time to become a Member/Producer at CAPS Media. If you have an interest in community television or radio production, or are just curious, drop by the CAPS Media Center and learn how to become a member of CAPS and join our community of enthusiastic and engaged community of videographers, editors, radio DJs, storytellers and more. Go to capsmedia.org for more information.
2019 has been a very productive year at CAPS Media. The entire staff eagerly looks forward to a New Year of community Engagement, Education and Entertainment in 2020.
Some families started showing up early, eager and excited for what lays ahead, undeterred by the heavy downpour and gloom on that last Sunday before Christmas.
Hot cider and cookies greeted all the families who came in for the first annual bike give-away for kids at Bike Hub, a one-of-its-kind community bike shop along Ventura Avenue. Raffle tickets were given out to all the kids upon arrival.
Michelle Gerardi of Ojai brought her daughters. The youngest of the three, two-year-old Brighton, immediately had her sights set on a pink Minnie Mouse bike with training wheels, which she won.
It will be the first bike for Brighton, but not for nine-year-old Nani, who has always shared a bike with her 10-year-old sister. “Now we each have a bike and don’t have to wait for our turns,” she says.
Volunteers were on hand to assist and help contain the excitement during the give-away. Ventura resident and avid cyclist Mike Steinbaum was one of them. “It’s nice to help people who need bikes or depend on bikes as their primary mode of transportation,” says Steinbaum, a long-time volunteer.
For $5 an hour, anyone can come in and use the equipment and tools at the shop. Volunteers can get credit for pitching in at the shop, from sweeping the floor to assisting customers. Steinbaum explains, “It’s a collaborative effort vs. a drop-off type of repair shop. There’s always something that we could use help with even for those who are not gandy with bikes.”
Bike Ventura is the parent organization of Bike Hub, a non-profit and grassroots group that actively promotes and advocates for bike safety and education all throughout Ventura County.
“We help fix bikes and provide instruction to people who bring in their bikes for repairs,” says Joey Juhasz-Lukomski, executive director of Bike Ventura. The Bike Hub is open most afternoons except Mondays, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, with longer hours on Sundays. Says Juhasz-Lukomski, “There’s always someone available to help, whether it’s one of our staff or the countless volunteers we have.”
Deputy Mayor Sofia Rubalcava, donning a Santa hat, also graced the event and mingled with the families.
Leading up to the event, volunteers put in countless hours working on used and donated bikes and ensuring all are safe and road-worthy. Through word-of-mouth, social media and community partnerships, families learned of the local holiday event.
Girardi found out about the event through Facebook but managed to keep it a secret from her daughters until the day of. “I really wanted it to be a surprise,” she says.
Brighton’s big sisters Christabella, 12 and Jazzlyn, 10, also got their first picks. Says Christabella, “We can’t wait till it’s not cold anymore so we can ride our bikes to school.”
Over 30 bikes were up for grabs for the almost 20 kids that were in attendance. Everyone went home with bikes and big smiles.
VENTURA BIKE HUB 490 N. Ventura Avenue
(805) 641-2665. For more information, go to bikeventura.org.
It’s the new year! Let’s improve our balance together and kick off a year of wellness by enrolling in one of five free senior Tai Chi classes starting in January or February.
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is a 12-week program offered by Oxnard RSVP focusing on improved mobility and balance among older adults. Classes are free, designed for those age 50 and older, and taught by certified senior volunteers. The evidence-based program consists of a simplified eight-form routine of Yang-style Tai Chi. Intended for beginners who can walk easily with or without assistive devices, it teaches participants balance skills and good body alignment by using coordinated and flowing movements. Studies have shown the classes reduce repeated falls by 55% among those who attend at least 75% of a session.
New classes are offered at the following locations:
The Bonaventure, 10949 Telegraph Road, T/Th late mornings
Coastal Communities Cancer Center 2900 Loma Vista Road, #105, T/Th mornings
Emerging Spirits Center, 4601 Telephone Road, #113, T/Th mornings
Our Lady of the Assumption, 3175 Telegraph Road, M/W mornings
Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Avenue, T/Th afternoons
New participants are accepted only until the third class of each session, and pre-registration is required. Call 805-385-8019 to learn more or to register.
For those interested in being trained to teach classes, new volunteer instructors will be held in mid- 2020. You must be 55 and older to volunteer. Training is free and new volunteers are asked to commit to teaching at least two full sessions following certification.
RSVP is a volunteer recruitment and placement program, helping people 55 and older find volunteer positions that match their interests, talent and available time. The Oxnard RSVP has almost 575 members and is sponsored by the City of Oxnard. To learn more about being an RSVP member or to discuss other volunteer opportunities, call 805-385-8023.
Started as a grassroots project two years ago the need was so large that Project Bicycle Love incorporated this year to serve more children and has opened a local store. In the past two years they have given away almost 200 brand new bikes and helmets to kids in the Ventura County foster care system.
Project Bicycle Love works with the County of Ventura as well as local group homes, foster agencies, and foster families to get the names of kids/teens who could benefit from a new bike.
More information about the project can be found at www.bicyclelove.org. Pictured in front of the store are the owners, Eric and Janet Baucom.
Project Bicycle Love
4864 Market Street, Suite B
Ventura, CA 93003
Standing Caps staff Jamie Cawelti, Jorge Godinez, Elizabeth Rodeno, Patrick Davidson, Evan Carpenter, Gary Roll and Alex Uvari. Seated Cliff Rodrigues, Donald McConnell, Manny Reynoso and Phil Taggart.
Best wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season and Festive New Year from your CAPS crew. 2019 has been a terrific year at CAPS and we look forward to more great work in 2020.
On Monday, December 9, CAPS Media met with the Ventura City Council to discuss a new contract for 2020 and the future. We thank the Council Members for the thoroughness of their deliberation in reviewing our request. The resolution was to give CAPS a one-month extension, until the end of January, 2020.
Everyone at CAPS greatly appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of support by Friends of CAPS who sent letters, emails and made calls to council members and city staff expressing your support for CAPS and the services we provide to the community. Your support provided the council with a much better appreciation for CAPS’ value and was instrumental in helping us continue.
However, we are asking that the letter writing, emailing and calling continue – keep up the campaign and share our story with others. Also we are adding a companion video and audio component to our efforts.
We offer Friends of CAPS an opportunity to speak directly to City Council Members and staff – on television, radio and through social media, expressing their support of CAPS.
Community supporters can record a message on their smart phone or computer and email it to CAPS at email@example.com. We will air the messages on channel 6, CAPS Radio KPPQ 104.1fm and post them on social media. For those who prefer to record their message at CAPS, we are scheduling production time in the CAPS studio for our friends to come and record a short message. To schedule a time in the studio send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you to schedule a convenient time.
Last week the CAPS crew had the opportunity to record the last in a series of meetings held by the Senior Strategic Ad-Hoc Committee. The Senior Strategic Plan – Community Vision meeting was held at Avenue Adult Senior Center. With a standing room only crowd, the community shared their ideas and concerns about how to enhance senior recreation services to the consultant hired to explore the programing and gather information to assess the needs of the community. Topics included what types of recreation are available, does the city need another senior center and how to promote and provide information on programs available to the community. With this information collected, a draft of the Strategic plan will be presented to city council in January.
All of us at CAPS look forward to continue to collaborate with our members to create engaging and informative programs for Ventura. Again, best wishes this holiday season from your friends at CAPS Media.