The Perfect Firestorm

Friends of CAPS Media,

In late December CAPS Media premiered The Perfect Firestorm – The Thomas Fire Story, a documentary film based on the first-person stories of fire fighters, first responders and members of the public impacted by the Thomas Fire. The film features very personal memories of an extraordinary community coming together to support, survive and recover during and after the tragedy.

I want to thank Ventura City Fire and Police, Ventura County Fire, Sheriffs, Office of Emergency Services and other agencies, the Museum of Ventura County and the extraordinary citizens of Ventura county who shared their very personal stories.

I also want to thank everyone who attended screenings of the film at the Museum of Ventura County in December. Producing the documentary was an honor and a privilege for all of us at CAPS Media and the overwhelmingly positive response is deeply appreciated.

The film is airing and streaming on CAPS Media Channel 6. Days and times are posted at

The Perfect Firestorm is a tribute to the entire community of heroes who, in the face of a devastating crisis responded with astonishing calm and then opened their hearts, hands, and homes to rescue neighbors and strangers, and together begin rebuilding lives.

Thank you all,

Patrick Davidson Executive Director CAPS Media


Ventura Land Trust to host volunteer community gardening day on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Day of Service”

Ventura Land Trust volunteers celebrate their success after a 2018 Ocean Friendly Garden work day.

On Monday, January 21, Ventura Land Trust (VLT) will host a volunteer community gardening event at their ocean friendly garden in Ventura. VLT invites volunteers of all ages to join them from 9 a.m. – 12 noon to plant native plants on property owned and managed by VLT near the “Welcome to Ventura” sign along the Ventura-Ojai bike path.

“On the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service holiday, we will honor his legacy through volunteerism and community service,” said Kate Furlong, VLT Conservation Director.

Ventura Land Trust has teamed up with the Ventura County Chapter of Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens team to re-landscape and reinvigorate the garden near the entrance to their Willoughby Preserve. This event is one of thousands happening across the country on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Volunteers should meet VLT staff at 9 a.m. next to the informational kiosk at the Main St. Bridge near downtown Ventura. For more information and to RSVP, go to:

About Ventura Land Trust:

Ventura Land Trust (formerly 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. Ventura Land Trust’s offices are located in the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura, CA 93003. For more information, visit

Troop 111 has performed over 4,500 hours of service

Arroyo Verde Park’s unsung heroes.

Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships would like to thank Boy Scout Troop 111. In its three years of existence, Troop 111 has performed over 4,500 hours of service, much of it in the outdoors. The Los Padres Forest has been the recipient of most of their efforts, however, in the last year, they chose to perform similar work in their local community.

Their work in Ventura began when they assisted in the Arroyo Verde Park trail clean up after the Thomas Fire. With the exposed hillsides came the urgency to protect the park from extreme water flow. This led to their first implementation of water bars, channels that allow for the diversion of rainwater, where “canyonization” of the trails during the rains was a potential threat in the Thomas Fire burn areas.

Troop 111 has implemented or improved 49 water bars in Arroyo Verde Park. They worked with Ventura Land Trust who provided them with specialized trail tools to use during the project. For more information about Troop 111’s activities visit their website. Thank you Troop 111!

Primrose Excursions

Primrose Excursions, along with Premier World Discovery and Mayflower Tours, packed the house for a Travel Prelude Event on January 10th. This event showcased in detail, many upcoming travel destinations such as Italy, Newfoundland, Catalina Island and Zion National Park. If you’re interested in finding out more about these and other travel destinations please contact Bonnie Wiley at Primrose Excursions. 805-535-5170 or

Heisenberg is sexy and full of surprises

Award-winner Joe Spano to star at the Rubicon.

Rubicon Theatre Company opens the 2019 Season with the quirky romance Heisenberg. Sweet, sexy and full of surprises, the story follows two strangers whose lives intersect in a bustling London train station when free-spirited Georgie, a 40-something American, unexpectedly plants a kiss on the neck of Alex, an older Irish butcher, as he sits on a bench at St Pancras Station.

When she turns up in his shop a few days later, she sets the suspicious man’s world reeling. As Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchical world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain and undeniably richer. Written by Tony-Award winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog…), Rubicon Theatre Company’s production stars Emmy and LADCC Award-winner Joe Spano as Alex (“NCIS,” RTC’s A Christmas Carol, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Ovation-winner Faline England (RTC’s Gulf View Drive, All My Sons) as Georgie. Directed by Indy-Award Winner Katharine Farmer.

Wednesday January 30, 2019 at 7 p.m. ($25-$35)

Thursday January 31 at 7 p.m. ($25-$35)

Friday February 1 at 8 p.m. ($25-$40)

Regular Performance Times and Prices

Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($25-$55) (Talkbacks follow all Wednesday evening shows except the January 30 preview)

Thursdays at 7 p.m. ($25-$55)

Fridays at 8 p.m. ($25-$55)

Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ($25-$55)

Sundays at 2 p.m. ($25-$55)

Rubicon Theatre Company

1006 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001

Prices above do not include a $4 ticket service fee

Discounts Available for Groups of 10+

Discounts for Seniors 65 and over, Students, Teachers and active Military available

Box Office (for single and group tickets) 805.667.2900.

Do you live in a TMT (Too Much Technology) Zone?

Turn off your cell phone before you get to the dining table.

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by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer)

Have you ever been out to dinner and had your friend, family member or partner answer their cell phone and talk for a few minutes, leaving you out of the conversation? Maybe you’ve been involved in a heart-to-heart, and just at the moment you were going to divulge the most important detail, you were told to “hold that thought” while your friend or family member answered their cell phone? Do you often find your partner or friend mysteriously glued to their iPad or computer keyboard much to your chagrin? Without the risk of being too crass, sometimes technology bites. If you’ve ever been in any one of the above situations, you’ve experienced, first hand, the frustration of being upstaged by modern technology, or as my old boss jokingly used to tell his victims, “by a bigger name.”

Connecting with the people in our lives – our friends, family, and our special someone – is vital to our health and wellbeing. Being kind and generous with our undivided attention can go a long way. Connecting on a face-to-face, technology-free, personal basis is paramount. Especially in this fast-paced, stressful era of job downsizing, mergers & acquisitions and where digital technology rules, it can be easy for the ones you love (or for you) to become alienated living in the TMT (Too Much Technology) Zone.

How to live TMT Free

  • Turn off your cell phone before you get to the dining table.
  • Enjoy a Sunday meal with the entire family – create time together to talk and interact minus the electronics.
  • On a date or at a business meeting? Power your phone OFF (or ask the person you’re with to do the same). You can pick up your messages later. You might also select your “alternate” greeting, letting folks know you are in a meeting and will return their call later.
  • Let your weekends or vacation truly be “time off.” Use your email “vacation message” or select your alternate voicemail message to tell clients, friends, and associates you’ll call on Monday when you’re back at the office. If you find that you have to be available to respond, try to designate a specific time of day that won’t interfere with your dedicated activities.

Great Examples of How to Use Technology

  • In the mood to share an expression of love? Go for it. Just don’t text or send images of anything you don’t want to appear on the front page of the Sunday papers (you never know with technology!). LOL.
  • A quick “thank you,” to share an expression of gratitude.
  • A reminder for an important appointment, service, task, or time sensitive task.

Keeping in mind the importance of in-person sharing of essential feelings, thoughts and ideas, talk to those in your life about technology abuse and set up some ground rules. Connecting on a personal level and nurturing your important relationships by being TMT Free, or at least controlling your impulses to reach for your iPhone or tablet, can have extremely pleasing results. Enjoying the warmth of loving, appreciative and attentive arms around you can warm up the day or night and fill the heart more than any text or chat on Facebook or Twitter.

Namba upcoming events

January programming focuses on local talent. “Discover wonderful new local talent,

meet new artists and begin new friendships at Namba!” Tickets at

January 18, 8pm, “A Celebration of Joni Mitchell” features Kimberly Ford. This is a rocking tribute to the most iconic singer-songwriter of the Woodstock generation. Mitchell touched millions with her nearly 40-year career spanning genres from contemporary folk to jazz to full-throated pop-rock.

January 20, 7pm, “New Blood Comedy” Niki Marinis and Eric Crispin have been putting on great comedy open mics and shows in the 805 for years and now Local and SoCal comedians flock to New Blood Ventura bringing their wildly successful comedy to NAMBA.

January 25 & 26, 8pm, “A Mama Mia Sing-Along and Fundraiser” for the Unity Theatre Collective, a new production partner at Namba. Bring your friends and sing along to your favorite ABBA songs! Plus, there’s a ’70s Costume Contest so dress the part!

January 26, 11am-2pm, Namba keeps 2019 focused on local talent in partnership with Jodi Farrell for another “Performance Workshop”! But don’t let the title fool you, this is a Trial by Fire for Ventura’s finest new entertainers. Do they have what it takes to enchant an audience… namely you?

January 27, 4pm, If you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars, singing about how life has treated them poorly, think again. Danika & the Jeb are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a soulful combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.

January 27, 7pm, “New Blood Comedy” Niki Marinis and Eric Crispin have been putting on great comedy open mics and shows in the 805 for years and now Local and SoCal comedians flock to New Blood Ventura bringing their wildly successful comedy to NAMBA.

Namba 47 So. Oak Street, Ventura. Visit regularly for programming updates!

Ventura Libraries events

Avenue Library
Children & Family Events
Mini STEAM Fair
2/25 Wednesday @4-5
Visit the Ventura Region libraries during the last week of February for a Mini STEAM Fair. All ages!
Bilingual Early Literacy Class
2/4, 11, & 25 Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm
Join us for storytelling, nursery rhymes, flannel board fun and more!

Adult Classes & Events
Laubach Literacy English Classes in the Meeting Room
2/4, 11, & 25 Mondays @ 10:30-11:30am
2/5, 12, 19, & 26 Tuesdays @ 9-10am & @ 10-11am
2/6, 13, 20, & 27 Wednesdays @ 11:30am -12:30pm
2/7, 14, 21, & 28 Thursdays @ 10–11am
Introductory English classes offered through Laubach Literacy at Avenue Library. Make an appointment today, call (805) 385-9584
E.P. Foster Library
A California Native Plant Society Lecture
2/19 Tuesday @ 7-9pm
Please join us for an interesting and enlightening lecture series presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter.
Vision of Warriors Documentary
2/9 Saturday@ 1pm
Join us for the showing of Visions of Warriors in the Topping Room.. “Veteran’s battle mental illness with a powerful new weapon——photography.”

Children’s Events
Early Literacy Class
2/5, 12, 19, & 26 Tuesdays &
2/6, 13, 20, & 27 Wednesdays @ 10:30am
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!
Teen Happenings
Mini STEAM Fair
2/27 Wednesday @4-7
Visit the Ventura Region libraries during the last week of February for a Mini STEAM Fair. All ages!
Hill Road Library
Family & Children’s Ongoing Events
Early Literacy Class
2/6, 13, 20, & 27 Wednesdays @ 10:30am
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!
Children’s Special Events
Discover Science
2/12 Tuesday @ 4pm
Join us for this monthly exploration of science concepts through hands-on experiments with Rachel Chang. Ages 8+
Mini-STEAM Fair
2/28 Thursday @ 4pm
Visit all four Ventura libraries (Avenue, Hill, Foster, and Saticoy) during the last week of February for a Mini-Maker Fair. All ages!

Adult Events
Author Talk with Kimberly Basso
2/24 Sunday @ 12pm
Award Winning Finalist for Humor, 2018 International Book Awards. “Panicking never helps.” Tuesday’s breakfast was interrupted by a stroke, and the only available help is the author’s second grader. Kimberly will walk (or rather shuffle) readers through her experience in an honest, hilarious look at the site of the world’s smallest zombie apocalypse – her brain.

Book Club: The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
2/26 Tuesday @ 6pm
Join us for a lively discussion of our book for the month of February. All are welcome who have read the book!
Saticoy Library
Children & Family Events
Mini STEAM Fair
2/23 Wednesday @4-5
Visit the Ventura Region libraries during the last week of February for a Mini STEAM Fair! All ages!
Early Literacy Class
2/5, 12, 19, & 26 Tuesdays @ 10am
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!
Adult Classes & Events
English Classes
2/4, 11, & 25 Mondays &
2/6, 13, 20, & 27 Wednesdays @ 3- 5pm
One on one instruction in English hosted by Laubach Literacy of Ventura County
Closures this Month
18th– Closed in observance of President’s Day