Category Archives: Youth

Biotech summer experience

Four students learning the basics of Biotech are Gwen Armstrong, Akaysha Brunker, Mia Rodriques, and Nikolai MollmannFrom. John Daly a volunteer student from CSUCI is instructing them. Photo by Bernie Goldstein

From June 26 through June 29th Ventura College hosted selected Buena High School students for the Amgen Foundation’s “Biotech Summer Experience” workshop.

The Amgen Biotech Experience is an innovative four-day science education program that provides research-grade equipment, supplies, curriculum, and professional development to middle and high schools. The program features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce students to the excitement of scientific discovery. Ventura College Vice President of Business Services David Keebler said, “Ventura College is proud to participate and host this enriching Biotech Summer Experience for our community’s high school students.”

After submitting applications, 24 Buena High students were chosen to participate in the workshop which will took place in the Applied Science Center at Ventura College. Participating students learned the practice skills used in advanced biotechnology laboratories, including working with DNA and bacteria.

Ventura College Biology Instructor, Jennifer Garner facilitated the program providing the local high school students with campus tours during the students’ time on the college campus. Ventura College offers an Associate of Science degree and a Certificate of Achievement in Biotechnology. The Biotechnology Program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of industries that increasingly use biotechnology techniques. These industries include pharmaceutical discovery and manufacturing companies such as Amgen, as well as, agricultural technology, and food safety and processing.

For more information on the Amgen Biotech Summer Experience and Biotechnology programs at Ventura College contact Jennifer Garner, at 289-6530 or jgarner@vcccd.edu.

“Rooted in Tradition” expressed in winning poster designs

Anna Sorensen, James Lockwood and Jorja Garcia at poster award presentation.

James Lockwood, Publicity-Marketing introduced the 2017 Ventura County Fair poster winners on June 29 in the Fair offices at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The contest was open to Ventura County youth in grades 5-12. The theme of this year’s fair is “Rooted in Tradition” and we are sure that you will agree that the 2017 posters illustrates the theme beautifully. The contest was held in the spring and selected from 42 student’s submitted works.

All of the Poster Contest entries will be displayed in the Youth Expo at the Fair.

Two of the talented ladies were there:

First Place: Anna Sorensen, 13 years old, Simi Valley. Her painting will be uses as the featured art for the 2017 Fair poster and in marketing materials.

Third Place: Jorja Garcia, 12 years old, Oxnard .

Second Place winner Carys Garvey, 14 years old, Ventura was on vacation with her family.

Proud mom Edith told the Breeze “Anna Sorensen is 13 years old and lives in Simi Valley. She attends Hillside STEAM Academy, and emerged herself fully in the arts with her love for drawing and ceramics. Her other favorite subjects are math and science, and Anna is a member of the National Juniors Honors Society. Anna was also honored by the Rotary Club as Student of the Year. The inspiration for her Fair Poster came from her love of horses, and after doing a little research she found that horses also have been a tradition at the Fair since 1874. “

“Besides her passion for art, Anna, a future Veterinarian in the making, is an accomplished swimmer, loves to write stories, owns dairy goats, always looks forward to riding her horse, and loves educating her community about solitary and social bees. She is a 4-H County Officer for the Consumer Science Development Committee and President of the Conejo Simi 4-H Club. Anna is looking forward to beginning her next school year in the Honors Program, and cannot wait to bring her animals to this year’s Fair.”

Kids N’ Canvas classes at VC Arts Collective Studio Pacific View Mall

Kids N’ Canvas classes scheduled for July 21, 4pm to 5:30pm and August 13, 3pm to 4:30pm at the VC Arts Collective Studio Pacific View Mall second floor, next to Sears.Taught by Lorrie Milton.

Enjoy summer fun with a Kid’s sized step by step “Painting Party”. Class price includes all instruction by an experienced artist and Kids get to take home their 16 x 20 Painting.

Ages 6 – 16. Cost is $25 per student.

Every Saturday at 11am to 12pm, there is a kid’s class for 6 years old to 8 years old brings something different. It can be color theory, drawing techniques, collaging, painting, doing pastels, watercolors or acrylics.

Pastel class scheduled for July 16th 1pm-4pm. Tasia Erickson is a great teacher too. Cost is $57.00 including materials. Email vcartscollective@gmail.com or call 676-1540 to reserve a spot.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson sets eighth consecutive Guinness World Record™

On Thursday, June 22nd, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world met for the eighth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record™. The global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) took place locally at the Ventura Family YMCA.

Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ is the primary message for this global event. Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended injury related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14.

Since its inception, more than 195,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons generating more than half a billion media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim.

Photos by Michael Gordon

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship award winners

Scholarship award winners were all smiles when presented their checks.

The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 14th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer in Ventura’s history to die in the line of duty.

In selecting scholarship recipients, the VPOA considered academic achievement, school and community service, financial needs, and other requirements:

Applicants must be entering his/her freshman through senior year in college.
Plan a course of study related to the field of public service;
Ventura resident or have graduated from a high school in Ventura within the past three years and have a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

2017 Scholarship Awards Winners:

1st Place $5,000.00 Taylor Grosenbach
2nd Place $3,500.00 Emily Kinnaman
3rd Place $2,000.00 Reyn Hoffman

Honorable Mention $500.00 Spencer Tilken

The VPOA would like to thank all of the applicants and congratulate the 2017 winners of the Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship!

“Be honest, be safe, and look forward to each day.” –Sgt Dee Dowell

YMCA serving as official host location of The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™

On Thursday, June 22nd, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will meet for the eighth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record™. The global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will take place locally at the Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road at 2:30pm with registration beginning at 2:00pm.

Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ is the primary message for this global event. Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended injury related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14.

Since its inception, more than 195,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons generating more than half a billion media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim. The 2016 WLSL event included 40,298 participants from 24 countries.

For more information about the WLSL or water safety programs, contact Amber Stevens, Director of Aquatics and Youth Programs at the Ventura Family YMCA at 642.2131.

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care.

Knowledge Bowl 2017

Seniors and high school students fought it out in a “Battle of the Ages”.

Can youthful vigor and budding brains overcome the life experience of their elders in a match of wits, wisdom, memory and just plain common sense in a Jeopardy-like contest?

The Knowledge Bowl is a true “Battle of the Ages,” now in its eighth year. This time, four teens from Ventura’s Blue-Ribbon Award winning school, Foothill Technology High, face off against four experienced elders from two Ventura-area senior nursing facilities, the Ventura Townehouse and Coastal View.

The free public contest was held on Monday, June 5 at the Ventura Townehouse’s Vista Room.

“The Knowledge Bowl is an extension of my idea to unite our community by building bridges between the ages,” said Suz Montgomery. She is the founder of the Knowledge Bowl, arising from her work with the school district’s Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE).

The event draws many dignitaries along with the public, most of whom can’t help themselves by answering the questions to each other; in a whisper, of course. It was filmed by CAPS-TV so you may watch it there.

The team of elders included three retired teachers Ethel Johnduff, Clint Jacobs, Mary Ayres and Al Siegel.

The Foothill team is coached by Linda Kapala, the school’s Career/Media Specialist who also crafted most of the questions. She has gathered a team consisting of one senior, Chris Clark; two juniors, Simon Reyes and Angela Zablocki, and Sophomore Mason King.

Cabrillo Middle School Principal Lorelle Dawes is back as the Bowl’s long-time moderator who asks alternating questions to each team. If the team can’t answer or answers incorrectly, it is asked of the other team.

As usual this year’s contest was a squeaker with the seniors barely out-witting the students.

FOTM Learning To See Outreach Art Showcase June 8 – 30

Natural Pigment Still Life, Brennan, Meiners Oaks Elementary, Grade 5

Come to this celebration of vibrant expression, and see how the rich creativity of artists of the Ojai Valley nurtures and inspires our youth, connecting them to community, nature and the world in which they live.  This exhibit features artwork created with Learning To See Outreach in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades at Meiners Oaks Elementary.  This unique 8-week program and exhibition was made possible by a grant from the City of Ojai.

Contact Aimee French for more information 653-2501 Aimee@FocusontheMasters.com

June 8 – 30, 2017 at Meiners Oaks Library
114 N Padre Juan Ave, Ojai
Mon. & Tues.     10am – 1pm & 2pm – 6pm
Wed. & Thurs.   1pm – 6pm
Fri., Sat. & Sun. Closed

July 6 – August 3, 2017 at Downtown Ojai Library
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 8pm
Fri.                    12pm – 5pm
Sat. & Sun.     12pm – 5pm

Southern California Edison awards VHS graduating senior Michael Hanson-Morrissey $40,000 scholarship

Southern California Edison awarded Ventura High School graduating senior Michael Hanson- Morrissey $40,000 to help pay for 4 years of college. He will be attending San Diego State. The scholarship is  for students who are planning to study in the field of mathematics, engineering, computer and information systems, natural resources and conservation of physical sciences (STEM) and prove financial need. Mike Powers, Jeannie Morrissey, Michael Hanson- Morrissey, Joan Dodge, Supervisor Steve Bennett, Carlos Cohen and John  Zaragoza attended the awards.