About 700 Ventura fourth-graders attended the Fire Safety Day offered by the Ventura Fire Department. The event was held at the fire department training site located on Alessandro Dr. just off of Seaward.
In leading the day Ventura Fire Chief David Endaya stated” The event helps instill in children the importance of having emergency exits in homes. And they take the information home with them to share with their parents.”
The students, who take it very seriously, write essays based upon what they learned and one student will receive the Hydrant Award for the best essay.
On Read Across America Day, March 2, the Friends started celebrating 50 years of serving Ventura libraries. Events will continue throughout the year.
At the Ventura Avenue Adult Center, a short block from the Avenue Library, there was a band, goodies, crafts, speakers, and a special appearance by an award-winning local author of children’s books.
The Inlakech Cultural Arts Mariachi Band, consisting of children and teens, played and sang. They are amazing musicians and had everyone dancing in place.
Mary Olson, President of the Friends, gave a short speech: “The Friends of the Library mission is the same today as it was 50 years ago — to let everyone know about all the great things available to them at the library and to support the library through funds raised in large part through sales of donated books. The proceeds from our first book sale in 1969 were used to buy large print books and children’s books in Spanish and English, and today we are celebrating bilingual children’s’ books with author Amada Irma Perez.”
Jim Monahan, Ventura icon, was present and gracious enough to say a few words. He has lived in the city, and the Avenue area, for 80-plus years, and believes strongly that the city’s libraries are a valuable asset.
Sofia Rubalcava, one of the new City Council members, represents the Avenue region. She is also a lifelong city resident; in fact she still lives on the street on the Westside where she was born and raised. She spoke about pride in the city, our library system and the Friends.
The Librarian of the Avenue Library, Mary Birch, expressed her appreciation of the celebration and the role the Friends play in her programs. Then she introduced the Featured Author, Amada Irma Perez.
Perez, also a Ventura resident and local bilingual educator, has written several books for children based on her own life. Her first book, “My Very Own Room,” won many awards including won numerous awards including the prestigious Tomas Rivera Children’s Book Award and was inducted into the Latino Literature Archives at the University of Southwest Texas. Her second bilingual picture book, “My Diary From Here to There,” won an award from the American Library Association. The books are illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzales with bright colors and warm family scenes.
Perez read from her book “Nana’s Big Surprise (Nana, Que Sorpresa!,)” a story from her family, in English and Spanish to a group of rapt children who were encouraged to sit around her on the floor. Then she signed and gave away copies of the book to attendees. Children could also make folk art dolls from wooden clothespins, fabric scraps, and yarn set up and assisted by Judee Hauer. (Adults made quite a few of these also.) Pastries, coffee, punch and a raffle completed the festivities.
The Ventura Friends of the Library want to thank Harrison Industries for sponsoring the event. Donors included Lee and Low Books, Panaderia Lala’s, Red Barn Market, Starbucks at Vons on the Avenue, and the City of Ventura Parks and Recreation.
Future celebrations will take place at Foster Library in July, Saticoy Library in August, and Hill Road Library in October.
According to the Soroptimists website, “every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of Human Trafficking.”
On Thursday, March 7th the Soroptimists, an organization that “helps women and girls live out their dreams,” held their 12th annual community walk and forum to raise awareness about human trafficking and sexual slavery.
The walk began at 5:30 p.m. and about 80 women, men and children walked from the Ventura Museum and continued down Main Street with signs while chanting, “Stop human trafficking, stop.”
Following the walk there was a forum at the Ventura Museum with three guest speakers.
Karie Rothchild, a survivor and advocate for those affected by human trafficking began the forum by sharing her story as a survivor. At 13 Rothchild’s mother sold her into sex trafficking in order to support her drug addiction.
Rothchild refuted the misconception that sex trafficking is all done through physical force in foreign countries
“You don’t really need to be chained. It’s a mental thing. There’s someone whose job is entirely to get you psychologically into a place and once that’s done its done. You don’t have to have anything on you,” Rothchild said.
According to Rothchild in 2016, 5,788 more girls went missing than boys. In 2017 that number increased to 6,942 and in 2018, 7,982 more girls than boys went missing. Rothchild encouraged everyone to pay attention to warning signs in order to help these young girls.
“Be the best you that you could be and listen to your gut and those instincts when you can,” Rothchild said. “We all can make a difference, wherever we are and pay that forward.”
Following Rothchild’s speech Kris Hart, founder and CEO of 4Kids2Kids spoke about her experiences providing aid to kids who are victims of human trafficking.
According to the Soroptimist website 4Kids2Kids “provides safe homes for sex trafficking survivors.”
According to Hart, 43 girls have enrolled in 4Kids2Kids. After being in this program three girls returned to their families, ten girls went into foster care, five girls graduated high school, three went to college/trade school, three rented their own apartment and three testified against their traffickers.
Hart emphasized that these victims are just children and the need to educate ourselves on the issue.
“If we don’t educate ourselves then we just don’t know,” Hart said. “If you see something you have to say something and that is how we promote change, and that is how we make a difference.”
Next, Darryl Evey, Executive Director of Family Assistance Program in San Bernardino spoke and explained different legislations that help victims of human trafficking.
These bills have and will treat survivors as victims rather than criminals which in turn gives them the opportunity to prosper in life. Without such policies survivors are not given the chance to fully recover and the only way to have policies that protect these women is to have the community promote and support such bills.
“Your legislatures need to hear from you. If they get 10 phone calls or emails on a bill, they ‘think wow that’s interesting,’ if they get 20 they stop what they’re doing and look at it. So, if every one of you contact all of your legislatures these bills will absolutely pass,” said Evey
For more information on the Soroptimists you can visit their website at http://oxnardsoroptimist.org/. If you would like to get involved and learn more about the bills that would help these young women you can visit http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/.
If we bite our nails or watch too much TV for long enough, changing our habit may seem too hard. We can suffer – or look for help. Life coaches, religions, meetups and recreational sports: any and all might bring encouragement and direction for change.
But what if that doesn’t work? What if our mind is wounded?
In medicine, that’s a familiar fear. When I had back pain, I worried that I might need surgery. To my relief, I healed through yoga. Stretching and strengthening solved the problem!
With the mind, we have the same options. Psychologists and psychotherapists are licensed to treat wounded minds – minds that are missing parts or overly sensitive. They are the surgeons of mental health. By law, hypnotherapists offer “vocational and avocational self-improvement.” We are the yoga instructors of mental health. We help clients change themselves.
As with our bodies, we need to control mental stress to avoid serious injury. A TV addiction can lead to a job layoff or divorce. Then we have plenty of cause to be depressed.
But why hypnotherapy as opposed to buying a friend? The psychologist Irving Yalom described psychotherapy as teaching relationship skills – a kind of friendship. How is hypnotherapy different?
Hypnosis is not a technique, but a way of learning. In hypnosis, the subconscious immediately adopts welcome suggestions as behaviors. Those changes affect the connections between our neurons and the flow of blood – a natural surgery. This happens efficiently because the critical part of our mind is comfortable and doesn’t protest, “Well, that’s not going to work!”
When in hypnosis you learn like you did before you started to doubt yourself.
Let’s compare this to psychology, which uses drugs to modify thinking. Two chemical systems control our basic emotions: dopamine creates euphoria and norepinephrine creates fear. Imbalance between euphoria and fear is the cause of several psychological disorders. The two are kept in balance by the reasoning part of our brain.
Where a hypnotherapist would strengthen reason and balance euphoria and fear, the psychologist prescribes drugs that amplify the weaker emotion. This is like using a brace to straighten someone’s back, rather than using exercise to balance their muscles
Just as in maintaining our bodies, adjusting the operation of our minds prevents serious breakdowns. Hypnotherapists help you make minor adjustments before they become major problems. And as hypnosis is a learning process, several approaches can be tried until the right one is found.
Let’s think of hypnotherapy as “mental hygiene.” Just as with dental hygiene, we should not be ashamed to clean up our behavior. In fact, it’s the best way to avoid more serious problems.
Many psychological and physical problems are driven by anxiety. Even if you don’t have a behavior challenge, every hypnotist will help you to remember what it feels like to be relaxed. It’s an experience worth trying and might be the first step in bringing your whole self to life.
Welcoming a new baby to the family is exciting, but it can be tough for first time parents if finances are tight and your service member is deployed. Operation Homefront’s Star-Spangled Babies program provides these new and expectant parents with early childhood education tips, baby supplies, and a support system when loved ones are far away, making it easier for service members and their growing families to welcome their newest addition.
Sister companies, the NALA and STARKART and their respective offices in Encino and Ventura are hosting donation drives for the program from now until March 15. Donated items can be dropped off at 1891 Goodyear Ave, Suite 620, Ventura.
Items needed include diapers (any size), wipes, toys 0-12 months, teethers, rattlers, stroller toys, push and pull toys, onesies, blankets and towels, and hygiene products, such as diaper cream, lotion, and baby shampoo. Bigger items are always welcome, such as gyms, jumpers, soothers or sound machines, baby monitors, and baby carriers/wraps.
“We are honored to help this altruistic organization help our nation’s military families,” said Tiffani Tendell, Vice President – Communications and Business Development at the NALA, which has introduced a multitude of diverse small businesses to one of its many top-rated charity partners via its collective cause marketing program.
Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.
Ninety-two percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year.
To donate directly to Operation Homefront, please visit www.operationhomefront.org/donate.
School Resource Officer Matt Thompson spent time reading to local students in honor of Read Across America Day! The national effort kicked off 21 years ago. The day celebrates reading and the birthday of author Dr. Suess who published over 60 children’s books including classics like Green Eggs and Ham and Go Dog Go.
When the owners of Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura decided to create a scholarship fund for local high school students wanting to pursue a college degree, the Cypress Place Senior Living “Senior to Senior Legacy Scholarship” was created.
Cypress Place Senior Living is an independent, assisted, and memory care community for seniors. By awarding two $2500 scholarships to local high school seniors, residents at Cypress Place are attempting to pass on opportunities for young people in the community, according to Steve Spira, executive director at Cypress Place.
Applicants need to have a verified 3.2 or higher GPA and to have applied for fall 2019 admission to a college or university with the intention of obtaining a degree. Applicants are also asked to submit an essay about their reason for pursuing higher education along with a personal account of how a senior or seniors has affected their life, including specific examples of intergenerational experiences of the applicant.
Residents on the Resident Scholarship Committee at Cypress Place will read the essays, then hold oral interviews with the semi-finalists to determine the two award winners.
The scholarships are open to all City of Ventura high school students. The deadline for submitting a completed application packet is Friday, April 19, 2019 at 5:00pm. Qualified applicants will be invited to a mandatory oral interview on May 9, 2019. The presentation of the two scholarships will be held Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 6:00p.m. at Cypress Place Senior Living. The recipients must be available to attend the presentation event to receive an award.
For more information or to receive an application packet please contact Pam Staniland, Director of Sales and Marketing at Cypress Place Senior Living, 805-656-9500 x 201,or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cypress Place Senior Living is at 1200/1220 Cypress Point Lane, Ventura. To learn m
As part of its new Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative, Students for Eco-Education & Agriculture (SEEAG) is bringing its message of healthy eating, proper nutrition and daily exercise to classrooms throughout Ventura County using its new 30-foot-long cargo van—the “Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom.”
Over the next three years, the mobile classroom van will visit over 120 schools, reaching 10,000 Ventura County second through fourth graders, many who are Title 1 low-income children. SEEAG will introduce hands-on activities to increase children’s knowledge and preference for fresh Ventura County fruits and vegetables. As part of the program, students will get a chance to prepare healthy snacks using locally grown crops. They will also learn how to incorporate healthy living practices, good nutrition and exercise into their daily activities.
The colorful van will carry free educational supplies, Ventura County-grown farm fresh produce and recipe cards and nutrition information that students can share with their families. In addition, SEEAG will be promoting oral health by supplying free toothbrushes and dental floss.
To help cover van and transportation costs, SEEAG is making available 11 positions on the vehicle for business/organization logo placement—four on each side and three on the back.
“We want kids to get excited whenever they see our van pull up at their school,” says Mary Maranville, SEEAG founder and CEO. “Our goal is to cultivate a deeper appreciation for our local agriculture, and healthy eating and wellness practices that will stay with these young students throughout their life,”
For more about how to add a logo to SEEAG’s Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom, visit www.SEEAG.org and click on “Support Us” (www.seeag.org/vccwi) or email SEEAG’s Emily Hidalgo at email@example.com.
Founded in 2008, Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) is a nonprofit organization that aims to help young students understand the origins of their food by bridging the gap between agriculture and consumption through its agricultural education programming. SEEAG’s “The Farm Lab” program based in Ventura County teaches schoolchildren about the origins of their food and the importance of local farmland by providing schools with classroom agricultural education and free field trips to farms. Through this program, over 25,000 elementary school students in Southern California have increased their understanding of the food journey. SEEAG also hosts annual Farm Days—Santa Barbara County Farm Day, September 28, 2019 and Ventura County Farm Day, November 9, 2019 For more information, visit www.seeag.org or email Mary Maranville at firstname.lastname@example.org
Perry Mason is perhaps the best known legal attorney on the planet today, but few know he was created in Ventura by lawyer, Erle Stanley Gardner. This special tour will focus on his fifteen years in Ventura, the cases he tried and the people he influenced and how the city and events influenced his many mystery novels of Perry Mason. He would go on to write over 150 books, 86 of them about his popular Perry Mason character. It was in Ventura that won his best cases and made a mark as a formidable lawyer known for breaking down witnesses on the stand, a skill he transferred over to his fictional Perry Mason.
Richard Senate who will lead the tour is a long time Ventura Historian, managing both the Olivas Adobe Historic Park and the Albinger Archaeological Museum in Ventura. Mr. Senate wrote a biography of Gardner titled Erle Stanley Gardner’s Ventura: the birthplace of Perry Mason. This tour will focus on Gardner’s Ventura Years and how he came to write his first books.
March 23, 1-3pm The tour starts at the steps of City Hall, 501 Poli Street at 1 pm.
For tickets call the Recreation Department at 805-658-4726
For questions on Mr. Gardner and this tour e-mail Richard Senate; email@example.com.
On March 30th, Mr. Senate will offer a unique walking tour and talk about a horror film made in Ventura in 1961. The brain child of B-Picture director William Castle it was a film loosely based on Hitchcock’s Psycho. It was filmed in downtown Ventura and Solvang. A rather grim film of madness and murder–it turned out rather good. The tour will discuss the movie, and show some clips that depict Ventura as it was in the 1960s. After the talk a short walking tour will be offered to view locations used in the movie. Tour starts at the Bank of Books on 748 E. Main Street in Downtown Ventura. Tickets are a modest $6 per person. Talk starts at 7 pm. For an interview or questions e-mail Mr. Senate at firstname.lastname@example.org.