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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis the CAPS Media Center is closed to Members and the public until further notice. CAPS Member/Producers can submit programming via the online portal at capsmedia.org for broadcast and streaming on CAPS public access television Channel 6 and on CAPS Radio KPPQ 104.1FM. Even though the CAPS Media Center is […] Read More »

What can I do?

by Jill Forman Most of us want to help. Heck, most of us just want to do something. If you’re like me, retired and in “that” age group, you’re not even supposed to leave the house. Everyone I know is busy. They work, they do volunteer stuff, they take care of grandchildren and help out […] Read More »

Little free libraries (LFL)

by Jill Forman Your intrepid walker/reporter/photographer has found 13 LFL’s in the Lemon Grove neighborhood: Arcade to Mills, Thompson to Channel. One of them is currently serving as a food pantry, and one of them is actually two – one for adults, one for kids. Neighbor giving to neighbor and the community. We are all […] Read More »

Library Foundation receives grant and new board members

The Ventura County Library Foundation has received a $3,000 grant from the California Library Association in support of this year’s Lunch at the Library program at the Avenue Library in Ventura.  The Avenue Library, one of the twelve library branches of Ventura County Library, began offering the program in summer 2019 in partnership with Ventura Unified School District and Ventura […] Read More »

Dear Venturans

by President/CEO of Visit Ventura Marlyss Auster Once again, we are up against hard times and facing many unknowns. But here’s what we already know. We’ve been here before — and not only survived, but thrived. Because here by the sea we carry something very unique in our hearts and minds. The will to see […] Read More »

Local eco-friendly race turns 10

Ten years ago, Mountains 2 Beach was just a 1,000-person race showcasing great places to run in and around Ventura and West Ventura County. by Mira Reverente A decade ago, local runner Ben DeWitt envisioned creating a 1,000-person race that showcased his favorite places to run in and around Ventura and West Ventura County, while […] Read More »

Pueblo water rights

by Joseph Richardson The city of Ventura acquired the water rights to the Ventura River by virtue of an unbroken chain purchases and agreements extending from the original 12 ranchos water rights established by the catholic church at the Mission san Buenaventura. In the long ago past a project was started by the city mayor […] Read More »

Lyrics written to the first verse of Alan Sherman’s song “Hello Mother, Hello Father”

by Carol Teitelbaum Hello, Trump; hello, Pence. What’s the matter; you’re making us tense?  Life’s not very entertaining.  Folks are dying left and right at your expense. Get more masks and more gel. Do it quick before life’s hell. We need tests and some shots, before we’re overrun by smart robots. Life’s not very entertaining.  […] Read More »

Fire Safety event held with forth graders

The Ventura City Fire Department, in a collaborative effort with the Ventura Unified School District, hosted a two-day Fire Safety event on March 3rd and 4th at the Ventura City Fire Training Grounds, located at 765 S. Seaward Ave. Since 2011 together they have educated approximately 10,200 children on fire safety. Their first few classes […] Read More »

Harbor salutes sirens of the sea and new signage

“Mermaid Parade” gives lovers of the sea a chance to dress up. Channel your inner mermaid and rub fins with fellow merfolk – mermaids and mermen – as these mystical aquatic creatures take center stage at Ventura Harbor Village’s 5th Annual Mermaid Month spanning throughout the month of March with something for the entire family […] Read More »

Meet County Ventura’s 2020 Irish Belle, Annabella Nemo Page

In a fun twist, the Irish Belle of this year’s County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade actually is named Belle. To her friends and family, Annabella Nemo Page of Ventura is known as Belle – and from now on, she also can be known more formally as the 2020 Irish Belle of the Ventura Elks […] Read More »

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces 2020 honorees

Johanna Spinks with David Friedlander from The Face of Ventura portrait series. The Journey to Leadership Awards Luncheon, hosted by Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA), recognizes outstanding community leaders for their contributions to Ventura County. On Thursday, April 16, 2020, from 11:30am – 1:30pm, at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo, the community will […] Read More »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from CAPS Media!

If you can’t make it to the parade you can watch on CAPS. CAPS Media Crew Members will be “wearing the green” to capture the 32nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 14. The festivities start at 10am in front of the San Buenaventura Mission and continue up East Main […] Read More »

 Gary K. Wilde Elected Chair of the California Hospital Association

Gary K. Wilde, Community Memorial Health System’s president and CEO, has been elected chair of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees for 2020. In his new role, Wilde, of Somis, will help guide the association in advancing policies that ensure California hospitals can continue to provide vital health care services to their communities. The […] Read More »

Foster Library events

Foster – Open Mic Night Ongoing Thursdays – 7:30pm to 9:00pm Free and open to the public! Open Mic night hosted by Phil Taggart. Enjoy a featured poet, then share your own work with the group. All are welcome to just sit and listen as well. Foster – Ukulele Jam Ongoing Mondays – 7:00pm to 10:00pm Join folks of all ages […] Read More »

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

“Is there a doctor in the house?” Photo by Bernie Goldstein Students at Pierpont School celebrated the 116th birthday of the author of children’s books with a program called Read Across America. Read Across America was launched by the National Education Association in 1998 and coincides with the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Educators and students […] Read More »

A Ventura hoops hero

by Tom Marshall (originally published on parentdugout.com) The day to day heroes in our society are volunteers who make things happen. They step up and coach our children in youth sports. John Cardoza is a volunteer superhero. I met John Cardoza in late 2019. My son attends Anacapa Middle School and was excited to finish his […] Read More »

A conversation with Perla Batalla

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla earns critical acclaim for her distinctive voice, emotional honesty and culture-merging compositions. She was born into a family immersed in music. Her father, a Mexican mariachi and an Argentine mom, who ran the family record shop, Discoteca Batalla, is where Perla received a music education cutting across genre and language. After […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens 2020 Photography Tours

Ventura Botanical Gardens is announcing two photography tours, both Saturday mornings on March 28 and April 12, limited to the first 10 people aged 18 or older who sign up. A digital SLR or mirrorless camera and tripod required. The tour is geared towards the intermediate to advanced level enthusiast. The cost will be $20.00 […] Read More »

The Newest cycling event coming to Ventura

Broken Spoke Challenge is on March 28th. It starts and ends at MadeWest Brewery off of Donlon st. Neutral roll out is at 7am. Packet Pick Up is the day before. Friday March 27th. 5pm to 8pm also at MadeWest. Let me know any other specifics you might want to know. Thanks Sheldon. It started with […] Read More »

Ventura loses another contributor to the arts

Ben Bunji Namba, founder and benefactor of the NAMBA Performing Arts Space, passed away on February 26, 2020 at his Ventura residence with his wife Julia Campbell Namba by his side. Born April 6, 1930 in Manchuria, China, Ben lived and was educated in Japan, earning his university degree there. Ben later moved to the […] Read More »

Festival presents Austria’s great Mnozil Brass

“Their repertoire is all over the place and their genius is unmistakable.” by Richard Newsham Mark the date! On Sunday, March 22n at 3pm, the Ventura Music Festival will present Mnozil Brass in “Cirque” – the musical flea circus” delighting audiences worldwide. The venue is the Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center in Camarillo. “It’s a […] Read More »

Ventura Wildlife Trackers

Have you noticed animal tracks while visiting Ventura Botanical Gardens or in your own backyard and wondered what animal made those tracks? Explore the world of animal tracking with Wyatt Harris, President of Ventura Wildlife Trackers. Ventura Wildlife Trackers monitors animal tracks and signs to inform research and conservation planning efforts and promote public appreciation […] Read More »

Writers group seeks members

The Ventura County Writers Club critique group is looking for fiction writers to join their semimonthly workshop. The group currently has three novelists but is open to other fiction genres. “We meet at my house in Ventura at 11:30 AM on second and fourth Thursdays but are open to other dates/times. Our procedure is to […] Read More »

Hometown book-signing event for debut novelist Dallas Woodburn

What was the best week of your life? Was it an amazing trip you took? The week you met your partner or best friend? When your kids or grandchildren were born? When you graduated college… or retired… or accomplished a big milestone? Dallas Woodburn started The Best Week Project because she believes that reflecting on […] Read More »

Ventura Water in annual Water: Take 1 Film Festival

Take 1 Film Festival will take place on March 12, 2020, at the Museum of Ventura County. The MERITO Foundation, a local environmental non-profit organization, is being recognized with the Community Foundation Award for their efforts to build ocean stewardship and environmental literacy among 4th through 12th grade students. Through a partnership between the MERITO […] Read More »

Growing Works…Growing partnerships as well as plants

Jen Rodriguez, Nursery Manager and employee Laurie Cash were hard at work at the nursery. by Jill Forman Growing Works is a non-profit wholesale nursery in Camarillo, and much more. It is a training ground for Behavioral Health clients, a partnership with Turning Point Foundation, an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to be involved, […] Read More »

CAPS Media crews win W.A.V.E. Awards at ACM

ECTV Crew Front row Ruby Intner, Jessica Llamas, and Sarah Enriquez. Back row – Hector Guerrero (El Camino Principal), Phil Taggart (ECTV Mentor), Lily Abbitt, Jacob Summer, Patrick Davidson (CAPS Media Executive Director), Olivia Roth, Matthew Bragulla, Anna Berezouskiy and Tera Shrum (El Camino Admin Assistant). CAPS Media and ECTV crews were big winners at […] Read More »

New Church of Scientology opens in Ventura 

The dedication crests an ambitious period of growth through the past decade. Riding a never-ending swell of expansion for the religion, the Church of Scientology cut the ribbon on a new Ideal Organization (Org), Saturday, February 22, along this slice of surfing paradise. The first Ideal Org devoted to Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties opened before […] Read More »

Festival of Talent celebrates Ventura talent

This live musical performance celebrates the arts. The public is invited to join the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) and the Kiwanis Club as they move “Full Steam Ahead” with this year’s Festival of Talent event. This live musical performance celebrates the arts and benefits, VUSD students. The event will take place in the auditorium […] Read More »

The parade theme is “Music Makes the World Go Round.”

2020 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for March 14 Parade entries are now being accepted for the Ventura Elks Club’s 32nd annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will commence at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, along Main Street in downtown Ventura. Among the county’s most popular annual community events, the parade […] Read More »

CMH Grows Robotic Surgery Program with more trained surgeons, top-of-the-line robots

Community Memorial Hospital continues to grow and enhance its robotic surgery program with two da Vinci XI robots – the most advanced medical robot in use today – and an increasing list of surgeons trained to use da Vinci robots on more patients than ever before. Combined with the state-of-the-art technology in our surgical suites […] Read More »

E. P. Foster Library events

Tuesday Mar 3 3:30 – 5:30 pmVirtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up. Thursday Mar 5 7:30 – 9:00 pm Open Mic Night […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival starts soon!

by Shirley Lorraine It’s almost here! The 26th annual Ventura Music Festival has announced it’s 2020 line-up. And, as always, it looks to be spectacular. A free preview event was held Sunday, February 16 at the Ventura County Museum for the “unveiling.” Susan Scott, Executive Director of the Festival, noted that this year promises “a […] Read More »

Mega Tax Day at the Cal Lutheran University Oxnard Campus

Trained volunteers came together to help individuals and families for Mega Tax Day at the Cal Lutheran University Oxnard Campus. United Way of Ventura County prepared just over 70 tax returns for free through their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) for Mega Tax Day. With the new Young Child Tax Credit, eligible families can […] Read More »

“Tri-Anything Retreat” for women business owners

The first annual “Tri-Anything Retreat” is being held on Friday, March 27th from 10:30am to 4:00pm at the picturesque Brick Barn Wine Estate in Buellton, California. Tickets are just $70 for a full day that includes lunch and wine. A post-retreat wine and cheese party is available for those attendees and their guests who are […] Read More »

Bus transportation offered to attend performance of Opera Santa Barbara

In a pilot program to make opera more accessible to Ventura County residents, Opera SB will be offering bus transportation through the Ventura County Parks & Recreation Department to the Sunday Matinee performance of its first opera sung in Spanish, Il Postino (The Postman) by Mexian-American composer, Daniel Catán, on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at […] Read More »

Vista del Mar Hospital’s first medical director returns

Dr. Richard Deamer, Vista del Mar Hospital’s (VDMH) first medical director, has returned to the same position. He was first hired in 1985 and stayed in the position for approximately 13 years. He officially begins as medical director in January 2020. “I am looking forward to another term as medical director,” said Deamer. “I was […] Read More »

Will robotics replace technicians?

by Kevin O’Connor It seems lately that people everywhere are talking about robots.  The Japanese are really into making them as lifelike as possible. They look very much like people.  We have been on a robot craze for a long time in the movies, but don’t ask me what the difference is between robots and […] Read More »

Audubon events

Mar 8, 8:00 a.m.  Hedrick Ranch Nature Area – Work Day –  Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478. 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 & sun protection. Mar 10, 8:30 a.m.  Ventura Water Treatment Plant […] Read More »

Rotary Club to host Mardi Gras Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Ventura South will host its 5th annual Mardi Gras fundraiser in support of Turning Point Foundation on Sunday, March 1. The gala event begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard, and will feature traditional New Orleans jazz and food, silent and live auctions of […] Read More »

Sustainability through soil health

The Thelma Hansen Fund along with University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) will host a morning of research updates and speakers focusing on soil health and agricultural sustainability. The Symposium will take place on Thursday February 27 from 8 am until 12 noon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 450 E Harbor […] Read More »

CMH 2020 Auxiliary installation and awards luncheon

Trudy Cook, Auxiliary President presented a $100,000 check to the hospital from the Auxiliary. Gary Wilde, President and CEO, and David Glyer, VP of Finance accepted the check. Community Memorial Health System held their Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at the Four Points Sheraton on February 7. Awards for both Hours of Service and Years […] Read More »

Opening day for Ventura Girls Fast Pitch Softball League

Members of the Umpire Program introduced at opening day ceremonies were Danica Dykstra, Ashlyn Flores, Hallie Barlow, Tessa Denger, Olivia Bossoletti and Lily Bossoletti by Chris Denger manager. Photo and story by Richard Lieberman Saturday, February 22nd, marked the opening day ceremonies of the Ventura Softball Rec League. Over 250 girls participated in the opening […] Read More »

Ken Winter

Ken Winter November 4, 1926 to February 17, 2020 His shirt is his epitaph! Thank you to the Ventura Y for their embracing of “The Whistler”to keep him healthy so long, Thank you to all our friends who took time to visit, Friends at The Winery for a wonderful time, Victoria Care for all their care […] Read More »

Sculpture memorializes Miriam Schwab’s love of music

Photo by Bernie Goldstein In our last issue we had an article (and photos) regarding the bronze sculpture by Ventura artist Michael O’Kelly located in the courtyard of the Ventura College’s Performing Arts Center. The 12-foot high sculpture memorializes Miriam Schwab’s love of music and her strong belief in the import role music plays in […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze Photo Contest

Two categories open to all: Color and Black and White Email up to 3 photos to editor@venturabreeze.com. Include name, phone and address. Read More »

2019 Fair Poster receives accolades from Fair Industry Leaders

Local teen’s poster art lauded for excellence. The Ventura County Fair has announced that the 2019 Fair poster, illustrated by 18 year old Daríana Vásquez of Santa Paula, has won first place in the Western Fairs Association (WFA) annual communications awards competition. The award was among a number of honors presented to the Ventura County […] Read More »

CAPS Media open house, Oscar party & KPPQ celebration

Lance Korthals, Toni Jannotta, Patrick Davidson and Susanne Lammot celebrate at CAPS. Thanks to everyone who joined us at the CAPS Media Center on Sunday evening for the 2020 Open House, Oscar Party and 3-year Birthday Bash for KPPQ 104.1 FM. Dozens of folks were on hand to meet new friends, re-connect with existing friends, […] Read More »

2020 Student Jazz Competition results are in!

The competition’s finalists are selected from dozens of high school musicians. Serving as competition judges, renowned musicians Bevan Manson, Eddie Arkin, Tom Buckner and Tom Scott selected the winners of the Ventura Music Festival 2020 Student Jazz Competition. Each year the winners receive $500, $250 and $100 cash prizes for first, second and third place, […] Read More »

Humorous Speech Contest

Toastmasters X-L invites you to their Annual Humorous Speech Contest. It will be held at their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 18, at Ventura City Hall , 12 to 1 pm in the Santa Cruz Room. Take a break from work and join us for laughs and fun at our Humorous Speech Contest. Who will […] Read More »

Tuqan Man: The return to San Miguel Island

On Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 pm. Nakia Zavalla with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians will share the Santa Ynez Band’s experience on the discovery and return of Tuqan Man, a Native American man who died 10,000 years ago on San Miguel Island. Tuqan Man’s remains were discovered during an archaeological survey […] Read More »

Barbara Meister and Jordan Laby honored for lifetime contributions to the arts & community

The Board of the Ventura Music Festival is pleased to announce its 2020 Honorees for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts and Community. Speaking for the Board, its president Richard Reisman said: “These two prominent individuals – Barbara Meister and Jordan Laby, together with their late spouses – have made culture- and community-changing contributions that literally […] Read More »

 Ventura County Children and Family Services’ is changing their name   

Ventura County Children and Family Services’ is changing their name to Homes with Heart VC. The change is due to the outpouring of support from the community, who graciously open their homes to youth and children in care and speaks more genuinely to the mission behind recruitment, to find loving homes with heart to mentor and […] Read More »

Harmon Canyon is currently closed to the public

Ventura Land Trust welcomed 100 volunteers to Harmon Canyon on January 20, 2020 for a work day to help build a new hiking trail and remove invasive plant species. The event marked the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service that celebrates King’s legacy and encourages volunteerism to improve communities. Ventura […] Read More »

Wilderness Basics Course

by John Hankins The local Sierra Club’s Wilderness Basics Course begins Feb. 19, the popular and premiere hands-on course that will make you savvy and safe in the backcountry on an overnight or day hike, sponsored by experts of the Los Padres Chapter and friends. Those friends include people from the Ojai Search and Rescue […] Read More »

Industry leaders laud local woman’s lifetime contributions

The Ventura County Fair has announced  the induction of Fair CEO Barbara Quaid into the Western Fairs Association (WFA) Hall of Fame during the awards celebration at the WFA Convention and Trade Show held January 20-24 in Reno, Nevada. The prestigious award is presented annually to individuals whose dedicated efforts have enriched the tradition of fairs […] Read More »

Harmon Canyon is currently closed to the public

Ventura Land Trust welcomed 100 volunteers to Harmon Canyon on January 20, 2020 for a work day to help build a new hiking trail and remove invasive plant species. The event marked the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service that celebrates King’s legacy and encourages volunteerism to improve communities. Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 10 – Feb 12 – Feb 25, 2020 - On Vacation

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Bronze sculpture is by Ventura artist Michael O’Kelly

Statue honors Miriam Schwab. A memorial statue honoring local philanthropist and long-time Ventura College patron Miriam Schwab was unveiled at a ceremony on Saturday, January 25, in the courtyard of the Ventura College’s Performing Arts Center. The large crowd enjoyed music, food and sharing stories about Miriam. The 12-foot high bronze sculpture is by Ventura […] Read More »

CAPS Radio – KPPQ celebrates its third anniversary

Happy D-Jays at KPPQ training with Lyn Fairly. KPPQ-LP, CAPS Media Center’s local community radio station is celebrating its third birthday. KPPQ-LP has been serving the Ventura community for three years bringing local programming to over 100,000 residents. Our community producers are creating engaging and professional programs. Elizabeth Rodeno and Evan Carpenter built the station […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair announces poster contest for county youth

The Ventura County Fair has announced that the 11th annual Fair poster contest for the 2020 Ventura County Fair is under way. The contest is open to young artists in grades 5 – 12 who reside in Ventura County. The theme of the 2020 Fair is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” and will serve as the familiar […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 9 – Jan 29 – Feb 11, 2020 - On Vacation

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EDC welcomes 2020 Executive Board Leadership

Nan Drake of E.J. Harrison & Sons was recently installed as 2020 chair of the Economic Development Collaborative’s board of directors at the organization’s 23rd Annual Meeting. She is joined by newly elected officer Ventura County Supervisor Kelly Long as vice chair and Peter Zierhut of Haas Automation, Inc., who is continuing as secretary/treasurer. “Nan […] Read More »

Ventura Film Society screenings

The Ventura Film Society has recently announced three screenings, new for 2020: February 1, the VFS will screen On the Basis of Sex (2018) directed by Mimi Leder. The film focuses on the early years of the career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the numerous obstacles she would overcome in her fight […] Read More »

Ventura County Library received national grant from the American Library Association

Ventura County Library was named one of 59 libraries nationwide to receive a $2,000 Library Census Equity Fund grant from the American Library Association (ALA), which awarded the grants to bolster library services to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. “We are thrilled to be selected to receive these […] Read More »

Marching for Unity

The organization was thrilled with the turnout and successful march. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Amy Brown In a sea of pink knit hats and creative signs with humorous and pointed political and social messaging, a crowd of approximately 1,500 attended a rally in Plaza Park in Ventura on January 18th and then marched through downtown […] Read More »

Stephen “Steve” Cummings mural memorial

Edison has covered up one side of the Ventura mural memorial for Stephen “Steve” Cummings located at Loma Vista and Mills located on a utility box that now had a battery backup. Battery packs are needed for motorists’ safety when Edison shuts off power to avoid fires. Cummings was a community activist and local preservationist […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County hosts “How to be a Socially Conscious Business”

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) announces an impactful panel discussion for business owners looking to be more socially aware in how they operate their business. The panelists also promise to provide tips for all of us as consumers on how we can be more socially conscious […] Read More »

The marchers walked alongside the float titled, “Years of Hope”.

Ventura County Outwalkers at the 131st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade Eight women from Ventura County, including two from the local National Association of Women Business Owners Ventura County (NAWBO VC) chapter, joined 100 outwalkers in the 131st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The marchers walked alongside the Pasadena Celebrates 2020 float titled, “Years of Hope. […] Read More »

Audubon events

Feb 1, 8:00 a.m., Restoration Work Day, Hedrick Ranch Nature Area, Leader: Sandy Hedrick (805) 340-0478 Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Restoration work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. Feb 8, 8:30 a.m., Soule Park, […] Read More »

Visit Ventura wins an Adrian gold, four years running

The VVCB staff is proud to be winners again. Continuing a four-year streak, the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB/Visit Ventura) was honored with another prestigious gold award from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) at the 63rd annual Adrian Awards, the world’s largest global travel marketing competition. At the awards gala, held at […] Read More »

Radiant You

by Carol Leish “Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world”—Lucille Ball Since happiness is essential for you, as women, for your lives, come to Radiant You, which is an upcoming 1-day retreat for women in Ventura. It is being sponsored […] Read More »

Never Not Once at the Rubicon

Rubicon Theatre Company of Ventura begins the new year with the West Coast Premiere of Never Not Once, a powerful, compelling and timely new drama by Carey Crim. Never Not Once is about the families we choose, and the secrets that can pull them apart. The production is helmed by Brit Katharine Farmer, who has […] Read More »

New tennis courts

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Ventura County Leadership Academy

You’re invited! VCLA’s Cohort XXVI Recruitment & Reconnection Mixer – West County Join us for our once a year recruitment mixer! Learn more about VCLA and how the program can connect you to other leaders throughout the county Meet community leaders and speakers who are a part of the program Meet or reconnect with alumni […] Read More »

Workshops help students access funds for college

To help students overcome the challenge of paying for college, the Ventura County Community College District is holding free Cash 4 College workshops at its four campuses. Workshops will be held on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. Financial aid staff will assist students in completing applications for the 2020-2021 school year FAFSA and the California […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors has added two new board members: Harald Wulff and Abra Flores.

Harald Wulff and Abra Flores Wulff is a retired chemical industry executive. He served on the management board of Henkel KGaA headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany. As the business was spun off into a self-standing entity called Cognis GmbH, he served as CEO of the new company, and became chairman of the board after it was […] Read More »

The Ventura County Family Justice Center is a welcoming community

Ribbon cutting held for Family Justice Center. Photo by Michael Gordon A Ventura Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held for the Ventura County Family Justice Center, located at 3170 Loma Vista Rd. in Ventura. All too often, those facing violence or abuse suffer in silence as fear, confusion and lack of access discourage them […] Read More »

CAPS Media Oscar Party and open house

CAPS Member/Producers and staff are vying for top honors in multiple categories. Join us on Sunday, February 9 at the CAPS Media Center for a Special Event: Oscar Party, Open House and Anniversary Celebration celebrating CAPS Radio KPPQ’s 3-Year Anniversary of delivering outstanding local radio production to Ventura. The Open House provides an opportunity for […] Read More »

Become a guest on Our Ventura TV.

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 […] Read More »

To provide a safe and supervised after-school education

Congratulations to Spelling Bee winners. 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 […] Read More »

On January 20 we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement. A Baptist minister by training, King became a civil rights activist early in his career, leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, raising […] Read More »

A walk in Ventura

A poem by Shakti Dutt Walking under the big bright ball where little black ants march like soldiers making their way through the burnt maple leaves yellow, red and green. The swift wind takes away all my worries fills my lungs with joy The freshness clears my mind giving me chills, leaving behind a smile. […] Read More »

R. Scott Bolton’s latest novel is Knife Point

The writing career of Venturan R. Scott Bolton got off to a solid start thanks to Mrs. Molitz, his fifth-grade teacher, who encouraged his continuing series of Godzilla stories. Since then, he has written film and screen reviews and dozens of short stories, screenplays and novels. He was also a main contributor of reviews for […] Read More »

To engage the Ventura County community in advocating equal rights for all

The Justice for All VC’s March, “Speak Up, Act & Vote for What Unites Us” is a sister event to the national Women’s March planned across the U.S. that same day. With our county, country and planet in peril, they are gathering to activate voters and to send a message to our legislators at the […] Read More »

2019 People’s Choice winner

This beautiful long exposure of Ventura Pier at sunset was the 2019 People’s Choice winner in the “Beach Life” category in the Ventura City photo contest (this also appears on the cover of MY VENTURA). Photo by Brallan Perez Favela. Read More »

Free ESL tutor training workshop offered

Laubach Literacy of Ventura County is offering a free ESL tutor training workshop on Saturday, February 1, from 9am to 4pm at 1500 Palma Dr. Various methods and materials will be demonstrated and taught during the workshop enabling the new tutor to begin right away. Neither prior teaching experience nor knowledge of a foreign language […] Read More »

E. P. Foster Library events

Tuesday Feb 4 3:30 – 5:30 pm Virtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up. Thursday Feb 6 7:30 – 9:00 pm Open Mic […] Read More »

Happenings at our museums

The Museum of Ventura County and the City of Ventura are collaborating to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Albinger Archaeological Museum and 3,500 years of cultural diversity at the archaeological site with “Dig Into History!” This three-day celebration will include special exhibits, activities for all ages, educational opportunities and much more to celebrate the […] Read More »

Music therapy in death

by Jill Forman The dying man was restless. His wife soothed him with gentle touch and words. “Thank you,” she said, “for giving me such a great life. I love you so much.” Harold and Dorothy had been together for 45 years and been on voyages of all kinds: travelling, raising a family, exploring varied […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 8 – Jan 15 – Jan 28, 2020 - On Vacation

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Namba Performing Arts Space names new executive director

The Namba Performing Arts Space is very pleased to announce that it has chosen Lorenzo DeStefano as its new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2020. DeStefano, a Ventura-based writer/director/producer for Film, Theater, and the Performing Arts, founded the highly regarded and still-thriving Ventura Film Society in 2008 (www.venturafilmsociety.com). He was the recipient of the 2012 […] Read More »

Is poetry your passion?

The Ventura County Writers Club is accepting submissions for their 19th annual poetry contest until February 28, 2020 11:59 PM PST. Cash prizes for winning poems. Winning poems are eligible for publication by the VCWC Press, in the Ventura Breeze and are invited to read at the award ceremony April 14th 7:00 PM, 1605 Burnley […] Read More »

Read a book save a dog’s life

Local writer Paulette Mahurin feels very lucky. Stricken with Lyme Disease after moving to Ojai in 1997, she took to writing. Battling chronic fatigue and an array of other symptoms, there wasn’t much else she could do to occupy her time. Prior to a tick bite, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the […] Read More »

Community invited to VUSD Information Night

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Roger Rice, has announced that most of the VUSD schools will have Schools of Choice lottery spots available for the 2020-2021 school year. VUSD is also increasing the number of interdistrict transfer spots open to residents in surrounding communities. The public is invited […] Read More »

Island Packers Winter Whale Watching Cruises at Ventura Harbor Village

With Winter in full swing, visitors to Ventura Harbor Village can board an Island Packers whale watching vessel and travel from Ventura Harbor through the Southern California waters off Santa Barbara Channel, known for its marine mammal diversity, to see breathtaking mammals that cavort in waters off of the Channel Islands. The 3-3.5 hour half […] Read More »

Residency at the Ventura Veterans Home Part 2 of 2

by Carol Leish “The Veterans home has been here in Ventura for 10 years,” according to, Julian Bond, Administrator. “It is a residential care facility for the elderly, which provides medical care; a licensed clinical social worker; has an activities department; offers rehabilitative services; and, offers physical therapy. All of this helps to maintain and […] Read More »

Helping Hands for Humans engages and inspires

The Ventura event was a huge success, creating individual care packages for the homeless. by Amy Brown A little kindness can go a long way in changing someone’s life, and the holidays are a perfect time for gratitude for what one has, and for giving back to those who aren’t as fortunate. A wonderful example […] Read More »

Looking Back at 2019

Ed and Sandy Fuller celebrated the completion of their home rebuild (first of two) after the Thomas fire devastated their neighborhood and reduced their beloved home to ashes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ventura city officials was held in front of the new home and another across the street at the newly completed residence of Michael […] Read More »

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation pairs families in the Tri-County area who have a child with cancer

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, […] Read More »

Happy New Year from everyone at CAPS Media

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 […] Read More »

Spreading holiday cheer one bike at a time

Kassandra Ramirez by Mira Reverente 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 […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 7 – Jan 1 – Jan 14, 2020 - On Vacation

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Attendees enjoyed music, food, friends and family

It was cold and it was wet, but Saturday, Dec, 7, was a perfect day to be reminded how wonderful David Stork was and how much he meant to all of those associated with the Brain Injury Center. When their 17-year old daughter Su Stork was involved in a near fatal auto accident in 1985, […] Read More »

Cocina Sin Fronteras Annual Run/Walk raises funds for scholarships

This year’s event had more than 200 participants, from little to big. Cocina Sin Fronteras, a nonprofit affiliate of the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB), released results from the 2019 Haunted Housing Run/Walk, held Oct. 26, at San Buenaventura State Beach, Ventura. An annual favorite, this year’s event had more than […] Read More »

Jenifer Nyhuis receives distinguished service award

Jenifer Nyhuis, CEO of Vista del Mar Hospital in Ventura, has received the 2019 Šimanek Distinguished Service Award from the California Hospital Association Center for Behavioral Health. The award, named after its first recipient attorney Joe Šimanek, recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in the behavioral health setting. Nyhuis was just six months into her tenure […] Read More »

The Ventura Veterans Home History Part 1 of 2

The home provides everything from a library, a dining room a computer room and Bocce ball. by Carol Leish The Ventura Veteran’s Home celebrated it’s 10-year anniversary in Ventura. Former Governor Pete Wilson (1991-1999), was looking into building three veteran’s homes within California. Lancaster, West Los Angeles, and Ventura were all in the plan for […] Read More »

Ventura Pier generously supported by the community

”2019 was a great year for our beloved Ventura Pier.” Pier into the Future, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the historic Ventura Pier is happy to share they recently presented the City of Ventura with a check for $20,000 to fund the replacement of the interpretive panels on the Pier. This generous gift was made […] Read More »

Happy Holidays from CAPS Media

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 […] Read More »

Catch the “ELF on the GO” Holiday Bus at a stop near you

GCTD Board Chair City Council member Cheryl Heitmann cuts the ribbon to officially launch “Elf on the GO” for the 2019 Holiday season. Ride Gold Coast Transit District’s decorated holiday bus until January 4. Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD), with support from Montecito Bank and Trust and Rubberneck Signs, is excited to announce the fourth […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 6 – Dec 18 – Dec 31, 2019 - On Vacation

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Ventura Audubon Society Events in January

Jan 4, 8 a.m. Ventura Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count – Organizer/Compiler: Frank DeMartino 856-906-8733 or (frank@colynx.com) The CBC is the longest running citizen science effort in existence. Bird counts take place all over North America with a few in the Caribbean and Latin America as well. This will be the 120th Christmas Bird Count conducted […] Read More »

Buena High School choir releases brand new holiday album

Students at Buena High School have been learning the ins and outs of the music recording industry with their Not-So-Silent Night, Volume 4 project. Utilizing their on-campus recording studio, the Buena High School Choir has selected various secular, holiday, and winter-themed songs to record and release for digital download, available across the world. This past […] Read More »

E. P. Foster Library events

Thursday Jan 2 7:30 – 9:00 pm Open Mic Night – Free and open to the public! Open Mic night hosted by Phil Taggart. Enjoy a featured poet, then share your own work with the group. All are welcome to just sit and listen as well. Tuesday Jan 7 3:30 – 5:30 pm Virtual Reality […] Read More »

In this New Year, taking measure Ventura-style

by Visit Ventura Every New Year we take measure. This is a good thing. It sees us slow down, think things through, see beyond the daily blur that sometimes constitutes our days. The underlying question is both simple and grand. What do we want to do with the time we have? This is an important […] Read More »

43rd Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks

Ventura Harbor started celebrating the season with its 43rd Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks held on Dec.13&14. The 2019 theme paid homage to all things imaginary and magical – SEAing is Believing. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

Volunteers needed to assist in annual homeless count in Ventura County

Community volunteers are needed for the annual count and survey of homeless persons in Ventura County. The 2020 Ventura County Homeless Count has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 29. The annual Homeless Count is coordinated by the Ventura County Continuum of Care and County of Ventura, in partnership with community partners and cities.  The survey […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District embracing its families this holiday season

The Cheers for Children campaign, which is entering its 67th year, is designed to help children and families of the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). Cheers for Children began in 1952 when teachers and an administrator identified a student and his family in need of food over the holidays. Cheers for Children has grown to a community campaign to assist 350 […] Read More »

Answer In A Breeze

Q: There has been an extremely long freight train sitting for weeks on the track next to Vista Del Mar. Do you know why? Charles Moore A: Charles: We asked Ventura City Manager Alex McIntyre to help with this. This is his response. Odd though that this has never happened before. By the way these […] Read More »

Ninth Annual Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner

by Jill Forman It started as a family dinner… Jeri and Joe Bendot, the residential caretakers of Community Presbyterian Church, had a Thanksgiving dinner for their family in the Fellowship Hall ten years ago. The following year, they asked their friends from the park to join them. The next year, the park folks asked their […] Read More »

Aera Energy employees team up with Ventura City staff and students to feed hungry families

VUSD students help to feed hungry families. Aera Energy teamed up with staff from the City of Ventura to put the “giving” in Thanksgiving by providing 140 families from the  City of Ventura a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. For years the staff at the City of Ventura and students from the Ventura […] Read More »

Visit Ventura is giving away a host of generous gifts

Foto: The Elf Giveaway is something bigger than the holidays. nby Visit Ventura Tis the season to think Elf! As in Visit Ventura’s Elf Giveaway, yes. But also as in mischievous fun, lips-sealed secrets, and the magical Big Picture too. Now through Christmas Day, Visit Ventura is giving away a host of generous gifts, kindly […] Read More »

Ventura County Ballet brings Nutcracker Ballet to local elementary students

Emma Steiner, 14, as Clara is menaced by Rat Queen Alyssia Troutman, 16 during a rehearsal. Nearly 400 students from local elementary schools will get a lesson in music, dance and history all rolled into one when they attend a special performance of “The Nutcracker” by Ventura County Ballet on Friday, December 13, at Ventura […] Read More »

CAPS media covers preview tour of county homeless shelter

CAPS Media was on hand for a preview tour of Ventura County’s first year-round homeless shelter. The tour was conducted by Meredith Hart, Safe and Clean Manager for the City of Ventura. The 24/7 shelter located on Knoll Drive in Ventura, is a collaboration between the City of Ventura, the County and other agencies. The […] Read More »

Report to highlight impacted renters in working-class immigrant neighborhoods

Social justice advocacy group Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) will be releasing a report on the housing crisis affecting renters in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties at a press conference to be held on Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00am. The report highlights the results of hundreds of surveys collected from the most […] Read More »

Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet presents its 16th performance of the Tchaikovsky classic, The Nutcracker

On December 14th and 15th, in two full-length performances, they will perform with the Footworks Community Orchestra and singers from the Carpe Diem Chorus at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Family-friendly matinees on both days begin at 2 p.m. While Tchaikovsky’s score remains the same, artistic director Kirsten Oakley’s twists to the story add freshness […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 5 – Dec 4 – Dec 17, 2019 - On Vacation

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Island Packers Cruises open during pier construction at Scorpion Cove & San Cruz Island

Island Packer Cruises, established in 1968, will continue to operate its regular trips for day visitors and campers to the Channel Islands National Park. Visit www.islandpackers.com. During construction, the park boat concessioner, Island Packers, will be offering alternative destinations for visitors to experience. The company will offer daily trips to Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz […] Read More »

Original Plaid Creator Stuart Ross Helms Custom-Made Plaid Tidings for Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre

Rubicon Theatre audiences are invited to “rejoice and be plaid” this holiday season as Ventura’s non-profit professional theatre company presents the hilarious and heartwarming musical comedy Plaid Tidings, which begins previews December 11 and continues through December 29 at the theatre’s home in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. The production is directed by the original creator […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust earns national accreditation

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) has achieved national accreditation recognition, joining an esteemed network of more than 400 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation to Ventura Land Trust on November 6, 2019, […] Read More »

Women of Jewelia: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Necklace

Lily Tomlin (wearing the Jewelia diamond necklace), Jonell McLain, Patti Channer and Jane Fonda sharing the love. Photograph provided by Patti Channer by Maryssa Rillo When living in a culture that defines a person by what they have and what they don’t, how do we spread and share our luxuries? Jonell McLain, Ventura resident, pondered […] Read More »

CAPS Media records and airs Ventura Community Council Meetings

Community Council meetings are a great way to interact with City services. by CAPS Media CAPS Media has added coverage of the College Area Community Council meetings to the schedule on ongoing recordings. The College Area joins the East Ventura Community Council, MidTown Community Council and Westside Community Council, allowing community members throughout the city […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 4 – Nov 20 – Dec 3, 2019 - On Vacation

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E. P. Foster Library December Events

Tuesday Dec 3 3:30 – 5:30 pm Virtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up. Thursday Dec 5 7:30 – 9:00 pm Open Mic […] Read More »

Local engineer joins MERITO Foundation board.

Mohammed A. Hasan, a veteran environmental leader in Ventura county with 45 years of experience dealing with various environmental issues and projects, has joined the MERITO Foundation board. MERITO Foundation is a 501c (3) organization dedicated to protecting the ocean by facilitating education, conservation, and scientific research opportunities to multicultural youth and their communities.   Hasan is […] Read More »

Remembering the good times and food at the Vagabond Coffee Shop

On November 7, friends and ex-employees gathered at the Main Street Restaurant & Steakhouse to spend a few hours visiting with Jolene McBee and remembering the good times and food they had with her at the now closed Vagabond Coffee Shop. Breeze publisher Sheldon was there to honor his good friend Jolene. The restaurant is […] Read More »

A season of remembrance

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association’s “Light Up a Life” event provides comfort, solace and an opportunity for those who have lost someone to honor their loved one’s memory. For those we’ve lost near or far, recently departed or long gone, “Light Up a Life” is a thoughtful and heartfelt way to honor their memories and […] Read More »

Todd Mitchell named new business operations manager for port district

The Ventura Port District is pleased to announce the recent addition of Todd Mitchell as Business Operations Manager.  Mitchell comes to the Port District with a Bachelor of Science degree, a diploma in surveying, 18 years of project management, and 12 in business development. Mitchell’s extensive experience is anticipated to facilitate key project growth in the […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County announces new board members

The Museum of Ventura County announces the appointment of three new members of its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of board members for 2019-2020. Joining the Board of Directors are Jessica Arciniega, Oxnard, David Fukutomi, Camarillo, and Tom Pecht, Oxnard. “We feel incredibly fortunate that Tom, Jessica, and David have chosen […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society December events

Dec 7, 8:30 a.m. Ojai Meadows Field Trip.Leader: Linda Easter 818-519-2833 This beautiful preserve is a birding hotspot and includes a restored wetland and native plantings. Target birds will include: Western Bluebirds, Sora, White tailed Kites, Western Meadowlark, Merlin, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrows. Dec 9, 8:30 a.m. Lake Casitas Field Trip.Leader: Adele […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County gives you the gift of time this holiday season

Does the thought of overbooking your December calendar with holiday parties make you feel a bit stressed? The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) is giving you the gift of time this holiday season! No NAWBO VC holiday party to add to your already overflowing December calendar Instead, […] Read More »

Buena’s Dia de los Muertos brilliantly honors the departed

Members of Buena’s football and baseball teams made an altar in honor of late teammate Patrick Graham. by Amy Brown It’s 7:00pm, on October 23 at Buena High, and a young girl with skeleton and flowered face paint runs through the crowd with her parents. They race past a giant tree—vivid with colored paper flowers […] Read More »

Ventura High School football takes W in hometown rivalry game for tenth year in a row

Ventura High players celebrating their rivalry win. by Maryssa Rillo The Ventura High School Cougars took on the Buena High School Bulldogs on Friday, October 25th at Larrabee Stadium in their annual rivalry football game. The cougars have consistently defeated the bulldogs the past nine years. After Friday night’s win with a 49-28 score, Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library celebrates 50 years of service

The Rubicon’s Broadway Juniors entertained at the library. by Jill Forman “Libraries were my salvation!” That statement was made by local author and speaker Ivor Davis. In that spirit, knowing that a flourishing library system is vital to so many in the community, in 1969 a small group of Ventura citizens formed what they then […] Read More »

$200,000 raised by WEV to support local entrepreneurs

Kathy Odell, WEV CEO Elect; Andy Winchester; Caleigh Hernandez, Marianne Partridge, and Marsha Bailey, WEV Founder and CEO at fundraiser event. Photo by Sarita Relis Photography Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) raised more than $220,000 to support local entrepreneurs at their Empowerment is Priceless event held October 25th at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The […] Read More »

Our local heroes

Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney with hero Sal Flores at Westside Park. The 2nd Annual Heroes Among Us event hosted by the Ventura Police Community Foundation was supported by CAPS Media. We not only produced heartwarming presentations about the nominees and why they were nominated for such a prestigious award. Our camera crew was there […] Read More »

Spend better on conferences

by Venturans for Responsible and Efficient Government (VREG) The cost and benefit of every spending decision by Ventura’s City Council is magnified as the city faces budgetary losses for the next five years. The city is projecting to have a $10-$25 million shortfall, so the City Council should be more careful how it spends tax […] Read More »

YMCA presenting prayer breakfast

A free community breakfast where members of Ventura County come together with religious leaders to listen to George Vincent, writer, director, actor. Ventura Family YMCA collaborating with the following churches for their prayer breakfast Two Trees, Community Presbyterian, Encounter, Grace, New Harvest, The River Community, New Seasons, Fortress, Cross Point, Anthem, Arise, Coastline Bible, Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 3 – Nov 6 – Nov 19, 2019 - On Vacation

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With a cast of about 60 children and teens the Nutcracker will dazzle audiences

Footworks Youth Ballet presents two full-length performances of the Christmas classical ballet The Nutcracker, performed with The Footworks Community Orchestra and singers from the Carpe Diem Chorus. Come join Footworks Youth Ballet for their performance of The Nutcracker, the all-time family classic and holiday treat. A traditional holiday party and a very typical sibling rivalry […] Read More »

Ventura County Library receives grant award from California Humanities

California Humanities has announced the recent round of Humanities For All Quick Grant awards, and the Ventura County Library has been awarded $5,000.00 for its One County, One Book Community Reading Program. The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society November Events

Nov 9, 8:30 a.m. Canada Larga.  Leader:  Linda Easter 818-519-2833 We will drive and walk as we bird this beautiful canyon road and one of our best birding hotspots. Target birds will include: Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Nuttall’s Woodpecker and White-breasted Nuthatch. Nov 12, 7:30 p.m.  VAS Monthly Program –  Exploring the Chaparral and Rediscovering Ourselves […] Read More »

Survey from 13th annual Young Readers’ StoryFest kids

At the recent 13th annual Young Readers’ StoryFest held at the Ventura Unified School District’s Education Service Center James Francis Gray and Mary Thompson had the kid’s attending fill out these forms. These are the results of this informal survey. Favorite dessert? Ice cream the big winner. Cake a distance second. Favorite animal? A basic […] Read More »

A home for the holidays celebrating adoption in Ventura County

Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. Also, working with caregivers who need specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise safe, healthy, nurtured children […] Read More »

The 13th annual Young Readers’ StoryFest

The 13th annual Young Readers’ StoryFest took place on Saturday, October 13, from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m, at Ventura Unified School District’s Education Service Center, located at 255 W. Stanley Avenue.  This free event featured story-telling, book giveaways and plenty of fun celebrating the joy of reading with activities for the whole family, food, […] Read More »

Local Love at its Best!

The Guy Martin Band and John Baffa will be at the CD release party. Local musicians in partnership with Totally Local VC’s Local Love Project to produce a holiday album to help California wildfire survivors. The album will feature top Ventura County musicians coming together to re-­‐imagine classic carols such as “Angels We Have Heard […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital needs volunteers and honors one

Wonderful CMH volunteers. In the inset is Trudy Cook, Gary Wilde and Mary Cathcart. Volunteer Mary Cathcart was awarded Volunteer of the Quarter at the monthly Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board meeting on October 14. Mary was honored for her dedicated service and most recently began a new service opportunity with the hospital’s GI Lab […] Read More »

Riding and doing good things together

The club attracts a mix of avid cyclists, newbies, retirees, working folks and social cyclists from all over Ventura County. by Mira Reverente The allure of cycling and fitness brought members of the Channel Islands Bicycle Club together. Over 300-members strong, the club meets for rides every Saturday, usually at the Mission Park in Ventura. […] Read More »

Ojai Film Festival Features 81 Films from Around the World,

A Day in The Park from Spain to be shown Ojai Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary introduces an award for Best Locally Produced Film, alongside 81 film contenders from around the world in competition for top prizes. This year’s World Premiere films include: (t)here After Parkland, Healing a Community and a Nation In The Campfire Light […] Read More »

The calming effect of horses is good for children

Unlike other horse rescues, their work doesn’t just benefit horses.  A Lotte Opportunity Foundation is a local nonprofit horse rescue, located in Santa Paula (it seems like Ventura), unlike other horse rescues, their work doesn’t just benefit horses.  Begun in 2016, with the belief that horses and children do better together, ALOF works to provide […] Read More »

Queen Adela Trainor was shocked by what she read in the Ventura Breeze about USA politics.

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Winter Wonderland Holiday Luncheon & Holiday Raffles

Presented by Oxnard Altrusa International Club all will enjoy a scrumptious lunch and gifts that are raffled for one and all. Make this your first place to begin the holiday shopping. There will be 15 themed decorated Christmas Trees and gifts for sale. There are trees for family’s children, men, and women. Besides the trees […] Read More »

Pam and Kathy join an outstanding group of dedicated volunteers on the board

The CAPS Media membership has elected two creative and outstanding volunteers to join the organizations Board of Directors. Pam Baumgardner and Kathy Good join the board for four-year terms. Pam has been an active member at CAPS Media for the past few years. She created and hosted Ventura Rocks @ CAPS a monthly studio and […] Read More »

Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association announces holiday hours

The Midtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market held on Wednesdays at the Pacific View Mall in Ventura will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The market is reopening on January 8th, 2020 from 9am to 1pm. The Thousand Oaks Certified Farmers’ Market, located at the Oaks Shopping Center, will close on Thursday, November […] Read More »

E. P. Foster Library November events

Tuesday Nov 5 3:30 – 5:30 pm Virtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up. Thursday Nov 7 7:30 – 9:00 pm Open Mic […] Read More »

Housing Authority Scholarship Program awards scholarships at ceremony

Housing Authority 2019 Scholarship recipients included Justin Arbaiza, Karen Torre and Daisy Sumaya The Housing Authority City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) Scholarship Program awarded a total of $9,000 in scholarships at its annual awards ceremony held Sept. 26 at the Museum of Ventura County. The scholarships are awarded to low-income students currently living in HACSB […] Read More »

Big River: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Rubicon Theatre opens the company’s 22nd Season with the Tony Award-winning musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Big River is a rollicking river adventure based on Mark Twain’s timeless 1884 novel. In the story, the irrepressible, rebellious young Huck resists polite society and takes off on a raft with Jim, a runaway slave. […] Read More »

The Ventura We Love

by Jeffrey Russell It runs between Carpinteria and the Sun, Breathes ocean air that stuns, Seafood and Tacos delicious to the tongue, Ventura’s a moon over the mission flung, Tranquil sky’s that drop foggy tears, Her moon is full of passion that appears, With many hikes to new frontiers, Meditate on the Cross it’s Hill […] Read More »

Ventura Unified seeking applicants for surplus property

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education is establishing a 7-11 Advisory Committee to advise the District and Board on the development of policies and procedures relating to the sale or lease of surplus property owned by the District. The Board of Education invites all interested community members to apply for membership on […] Read More »

When they say someone "walks the walk" not just "talks the talk" they might have programs like "Walk with a Doc" in mind

by Rosanne Falcone Doctors — a profession not known for the abundance of free time in their lives — generously donates a Saturday every month to gather with people and encourage them to get moving. This program is truly a gift to all who attend. We met, as we do the first Saturday of the […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 2 – Oct 23 – Nov 5, 2019 - On Vacation

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Ventura Police Community Foundation Recognizes Community Heroes at 2nd Annual Event

The Board of Directors of the Ventura Police Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Heroes Among Us Award Recipients: Ken Sharp, Art Pillado, Jackie Pearce, Jim Duran, Alex Wulff and Sal Flores. These community heroes have displayed selflessness, dedication and compassion, making a positive impact in Ventura and beyond. Jackie Pearce is the […] Read More »

Cliff Walker: Firefighter on a Mission

Cliff Walker will once again push his personal limits by donning full firefighter gear at the Ventura Half-Marathon. by Mira Reverente Crossing the finish line of any race is considered a feat by many. Add some bulky gear and it’s double the challenge. Federal firefighter Cliff Walker is not new to challenges. He will once […] Read More »

The Ojai Film Festival celebrates twenty years

Sergio Aragones will present the newly christened Sergio Aragones Award. Opening weekend features a throwback tribute to the days of big studios and contract players. The Ojai Film Festival celebrates twenty years of bringing film to Ojai. This year the festival runs October 31 through November 10 and pays tribute to vintage Hollywood with Lifetime […] Read More »

Seaside Highland Games at Ventura Fairgrounds Oct. 12-13

Dance to the music at the Highland Games. Highland Festival must have a good representation of Scottish Clans and Societies The Seaside Highland Games, Ventura’s very own Scottish/Celtic Festival, will return to their home on California’s Central Coast October 12 & 13. The Ventura County Fairgrounds is the ideal spot for this many-faceted Festival. Every […] Read More »

Fun in the Sun at the 34th Annual C Street Classic Surf Contest

Melina Seider is all smiles after competing in her heat. by Amy Brown Ventura is known for its beautiful beaches, its active lifestyle, and its sense of community. These attributes were wonderfully combined in the recent 34th Annual C Street Classic surf contest. The weather was perfect, the waves were good, and 146 competitors participated […] Read More »

Joshua Bell and “The Huberman Violin”

Joshua Bell’s violin is believed to be one of very few made in 1713 by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy. While it has belonged to many, its connection to Bronislaw Huberman is what Bell finds fascinating. Huberman was a Jewish Polish violinist who lived from 1882-1947: a child prodigy who by 11 was already touring […] Read More »

CAPS Media’s Perfect Firestorm selected for Ojai Film Festival

The Perfect Firestorm – The Thomas Fire Story will be screened at the Ojai Film Festival on Sunday November 3rd at 1pm and Friday November 8th at 1pm at the Sane Living Center at 316 E Matilija St, Ojai, CA 93023. CAPS Media’s documentary chronicles the extraordinary personal stories of survival and healing during and following […] Read More »

Keep On Recycling!

Mixed messages about the tumultuous recycling industry may have confused people, but the folks at Harrison’s partner Gold Coast Recycling want everyone to get the message: Do not change the outstanding recycling habits you’ve formed over the past several decades. Gold Coast continues to accept all curbside and commercial recycling – and the company has […] Read More »

Harvest Fest Gift Away for Foster/Resource, Kinship & Adopted Children

Kids & Families Together in partnership with Heart 2 Heart are hosting their 9th Annual Harvest Fest Gift Away event on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10am – 12pm at a park in Oxnard. They will be serving 125 children in the Ventura County community with a family fun event. Each child will be able […] Read More »

Fall Festival at Mound

Mound Elementary School’s Outdoor Ed Committee will be hosting their first annual, Fall Festival on Saturday, October 19th, from 4pm -7pm geared towards primary school children and families. Tickets in advance for $10 per person until 10/16 or at the door for $12. Children 2 years of age and under are free and there are […] Read More »

Paradise Chevrolet is celebrating its 40th year of business in Ventura County

In the late 70s, Bob and Nancy Gregory were in search of a location for their first GM dealership when they came across Ventura County. While driving up Victoria Ave. towards the mountains for the first time, Nancy exclaimed, “This place is Paradise!” to which Bob replied, “Paradise Chevrolet,” and the rest is history. In […] Read More »

George Vincent to speak at Prayer Breakfast

On Wednesday, November 13, at 7:30am, writer, director, actor, George Vincent to give keynote speech at the Ventura Family YMCA Annual Prayer Breakfast. A free morning of music, prayer, and breakfast as you hear the powerful stories from writer and producer George Vincent. As a precious faithless man, Vincent finds himself carrying the weight of […] Read More »

Pierpont Racquet Club celebrating 42 years in sports, health & fitness in the community!  

With both indoor and outdoor pools and a whirlpool there is always room for a refreshing swim and dip! The Pierpont Racquet Club has been busy with remodeling and improvements to their beautiful sports and fitness facility.  Nestled on 5.5 acres of lushly landscaped grounds just a 1/2 block from Ventura’s beach front promenade and the […] Read More »

California Travel Association kindly recognizes Visit Ventura

Leslie Snipes, Michele Foster, Marlyss Auster, Mike Laan and Michele Gilmour are proud of Ventura. California Travel Association kindly recognizes what Visit Ventura knows: we’re a special place to work Visit Ventura was kindly honored once again as a great place to work, this time by the California Travel Association (CalTravel). The California Travel Association is the united […] Read More »

"Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom," is visiting schools throughout Ventura County

Kids at Mound Elementary participated with enthusiasm in learning about many of the foods grown in the community. Photos by Bernie Goldstein As part of its new Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative, Students for Eco-Education & Agriculture (SEEAG) is hitting the road in its new “Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom,” visiting schools throughout Ventura County this […] Read More »

Ventura College unveils new two-year agricultural business program

Pictured are Keith Barnard, VP of Sourcing at Mission Produce & Ventura College Foundation Board Member; Dr. Kim Hoffmans, President of Ventura College & Ventura College Foundation Board Member; Matt LaVere, Mayor of Ventura & Ventura College Foundation Board Member; Dorothy Farias, Faculty & Program Director, Ventura College Agriculture; Anne Paul King, Executive Director, Ventura […] Read More »

Cocina Sin Fronteras hosts annual haunted housing run/walk

These ladies will be running in the Haunted Housing Run/Walk. Cocina Sin Fronteras, a nonprofit affiliate of the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB), will host its fourth annual Haunted Housing Run/Walk, Saturday, Oct. 26, at San Buenaventura State Beach, 901 San Pedro St. The Haunted Housing Run/Walk offers both a 5K […] Read More »

CAPS Media Produces City Police & Fire Dispatch Stories

Public Safety Dispatcher Erin Burden, shares her story with the CAPS crew. As part of the continuing expanded services for the City, CAPS Media produced a set of behind-the-scenes productions exploring the extensive and fascinating emergency response systems utilized by Ventura City Police and Ventura City Fire departments. The videos are added to CAPS’ ongoing […] Read More »

Holiday Train Adventures on a train

Ventura County’s Fillmore & Western Railway is running several exciting Holiday Train Adventures this year!  Beginning Oct 5th are weekend departures on the PumpkinLiner & Zombie Hunter Trains. Then on Oct 26th a one time “Fright Night” Murder Mystery Dinner Train.  During November & December the railroad will offer the Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village & Tree Train […] Read More »

Things along the way in a day...

Recently a Breeze staff member saw this in a local building. It’s not known what it is but the rumor is that it is a device for contacting aliens. Read More »

The Ventura Breeze crew slaving away to get the next copy of the Breeze out in time.

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Bankers Investment Counseling announces Andrew H. Killion as firm Vice President.

Bankers Investment Counseling is pleased to announce that Andrew H. Killion (that’s him on the left with Philip Caruso) of Ventura has joined the firm as Vice President. Mr. Killion started his career in financial securities as an account executive with Dean Witter in 1992 and will be working alongside Philip Caruso, President of Bankers […] Read More »

Advocating to eradicate stereotyping and stigma

by Carol Leish The Diversity Collective of Ventura County’s (www.diversitycollective.org) mission statement, according to program manager, Joseph Fummers, is: “To advocate and celebrate those in the LGBT community and those affected by AIDS.” The Diversity Collective is the organization of these annual events: Ventura County Pride; AIDS Walk Ventura; and, The Diversity Gala. According to, […] Read More »

The celebration of Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. Jewish Year 5780 at sunset on Sept.29 (The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin at sundown on the secular dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of the holiday.) In Hebrew, […] Read More »

Stage is Set for a Feud Between Bowers and McGonigle

Museum of Ventura County Library & Archives collection. by Andy Ludlum, Museum of Ventura County Volunteer McGonigle was editor of the Democrat for 32 years and his feud with Bowers was legendary. McGonigle, a party-line Democrat, could not stand Bowers who he said, “swells and struts about like a pugnacious turkey gobbler, a man who […] Read More »

Rotary Club Of Ventura South to host Trivia Challenge

The Rotary Club of Ventura South will host its 31st annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser in support of the Ventura County Library’s Adult Literacy Program on Wednesday, November 6. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard. The popular event features a “Jeopardy-like” game in which teams of three […] Read More »

StoryFest to celebrate kids and books

Young children and their families are invited to celebrate the joy of reading at the 13th annual StoryFest, planned for Saturday, October 12, from 9 am to 2 pm. This free event features storytelling, book giveaways, hands-on activities, Truckfest (opportunity for children to get up close and touch trucks and a fire engine), food for […] Read More »

Music Under the Stars, is over for this year

“The last concert of the 32nd summer concert series, Music Under the Stars, is over. Held at the Olivas Adobe, all of the 2019 concerts sold out quickly. Next year promises to be another great season, so when tickets become available, be sure to buy them early, www.cityofventura.ca.gov/957/Music-Under-the-Stars. Next up, the Olivas Adobe’s Historical Interpreters (OAHI), […] Read More »

Retirement Pension Funds are Underfunded

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t (VREG) America’s significant retirement pension funds are underfunded by an unfathomable $4.2 Trillion. Ventura mirrors this phenomenon. Ventura workers participate in the state pension fund, CalPERS. CalPERS is only 71% funded as of June 30, 2018, despite a 10-year bull market and a growing economy. Because of the […] Read More »

Ventura Police Community Outreach Specialist recognized at state and international level

Ashley Bautista selected by the International Association of Police Chiefs for the 40 Under 40 Award. Ashley Bautista has been recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the California Peace Officers’ Association for her community outreach efforts with the Ventura Police Department. Ashley is a Senior Community Outreach Specialist with the department. […] Read More »

The goal of this year's ride is to raise $1 million, with $821,945 raised so far

California Coast Classic coming to Ventura. The Arthritis Foundation’s largest fundraising ride, the 19th Annual California Coast Classic presented by Amgen, a 525-mile eight-day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles will be rolling into Ventura on September 27. One in every four Americans is living with arthritis — that’s more than breast cancer, […] Read More »

Direct Relief Organization donates emergency vehicles to Ventura City Fire

Ventura City Fire Department receives a pickup and a sports utility vehicle. Santa Barbara based Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by emergencies, is equipping many of California’s first responder agencies to help save lives. After the devastation of the Thomas Fire and […] Read More »

Students partner with City of Ventura to improve hillside

On Tuesday, September 3rd, the City of Ventura, Councilmember Lorrie Brown, the Ventura Botanical Gardens, the Serra Cross Conservancy and California Lutheran University partnered with more than 500 college students to improve the hillside area of Grant Park which was damaged during the Thomas Fire. Steven De Fratus, Community Partnerships Supervisor coordinated the project with […] Read More »

NBA star James Ennis encourages students to aim high

Ennis graduated from Ventura High and Sheridan Way. by Amy Brown Homegrown NBA superstar James Ennis III recently returned to his former elementary school, Sheridan Way Elementary in Ventura, to visit with students and inspire them to reach high—literally and figuratively. He brought school supplies, sports equipment, and gave the kids a pep talk for […] Read More »

EV electric shows Ventura County

Kent and Cathy Bullard have been living the future since 2011 when they first bought an electric vehicle. Photo by John Hankins by John Hankins The public and free markets are now strongly favoring all-electric vehicles, and local residents who already have them and/or hybrids are anxious to share their experiences and answer questions face-to-face. […] Read More »

First 5 Ventura County offers classes and family support services

First 5 Ventura County held a celebration ribbon cutting. Photos by Michael Gordon On Sept., 5 First 5 Ventura County (F5VC) had their official ribbon cutting for the First 5 Neighborhood for Learning, Powered by Interface (NfL) at Will Rogers Elementary. The NfL is an early education hub and resource center for Ventura’s children and […] Read More »

Two new members join Ventura College Foundation Board

The Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors has added two new board members. The new members are and Michael Schouten. Bojorquez is vice president of business and administrative services at Ventura College. She has worked in education for over 19 years, providing oversight in the areas of finance, technology, facilities, maintenance, transportation and food services. “Education […] Read More »

Can you tell a story in 2,500 words?

The Ventura County Writers Club announces the opening of its 19th annual short story contest. “The short story challenges writers to be succinct, dramatic and original—all before turning the page,” says Rhonda Noda, VCWC President. “Shorter reading passages are more compatible with technology and modern time restraints. We’re all doing several things at once trying […] Read More »

Ventura County Garden Club

The Ventura County Garden Club will tour the Japanese Garden in Sherman Oaks Park, Van Nuys (San Fernando Valley), on Wednesday, October 2nd. The Journal of Japanese Gardening has ranked this number 10 for authenticity out of 300 Japanese gardens in the United States. This will be a self-guided tour; where members will arrive and […] Read More »

Rick Halsey, to present Exploring the Chaparral and Rediscovering Yourself Through Nature

On Thursday, Sept. 19, Rick Halsey, director of the California Chaparral Institute, will present “Exploring the Chaparral and Rediscovering Yourself through Nature,” a community lecture beginning at 7 PM at the Museum of Ventura County. A part of Ventura Land Trust’s ongoing Environmental Speaker Series, Halsey will discuss how connecting with nature through local native […] Read More »

Ventura’s lost Mission Hospital

by Richard Senate The Native American population declined when California came under Spanish control. This is a historical fact. An estimated 75% of the Native People perished in the time of the Missions leading some to classify them as “death camps.” This distinction is misleading because the last thing the Spanish wanted was the death […] Read More »

Participate in the Ventura Port District’s Goal Setting Workshop 

The Ventura Port District will hold a Goal Setting Workshop at the Marriott Ventura Beach Salon III on September 14 from 1-5PM. Open to the public, the workshop will focus on the District’s development of its two-to-five-year goals, which includes improving communications between the Board, staff and stakeholders. The full agenda will be posted on […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County Library & Archives collection

Museum of Ventura County Library & Archives collection. A controversial preacher took over by Andy Ludlum, Museum of Ventura County Volunteer In October 1883, one of the most controversial Ventura newspaper publishers bought the Free Press. Dr. Stephen DeMoss Bowers was a Methodist preacher and self-taught archaeological collector who also pursued a career as a […] Read More »

I Dig Rock And Roll Music

Rubicon Theatre Company presents an encore run of I Dig Rock And Roll Music with an all new group of singer/songwriters September 11 through September 29 at Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. A sequel to Lonesome Traveler, which premiered at Rubicon in 2013 and transferred Off-Broadway, earning Outer Critics […] Read More »

Harriet h. Samuelsson foundation awards $580,000 to local non-profits

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded a total of $580,000 in grants to 14 local non-profit organizations providing services to youth and adolescents. Grants ranged from $20,000 to $75,000, and were allocated to fund children’s services in the coming year, including: ● Health education; nutrition counseling; physical fitness activities; drug and […] Read More »

Seabird breeds for the first time at Channel Islands

On August 24, 2019, Channel Islands National Park seabird biologists confirmed the first record of a brown booby chick from an active nest on Sutil Rock off Santa Barbara Island. This successful nest signifies a northward expansion of their known breeding range in the Gulf of California and along the Pacific coast of Mexico. The […] Read More »

CAPS Media creative collaboration

CAPS Media continues to expand the collaborative creative partnership with the City of Ventura by producing a series of informational and educational videos. The comprehensive outreach program is being developed and directed by the City Manager’s office and includes a wide variety of stories and subjects with information and insight into the expansive services provided […] Read More »

Is Ventura open for business? An opinion.

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t When the city needs money, they go to the old trope, “We’ll attract new business.” After all, Ventura is open for business, according to this Council. Actions speak louder than words, however. The recent incident with Seaward Sushi illustrates the confusion and shortsightedness in City Hall. In June […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 25 – Sept 11 – Sept 24, 2019 - On Vacation

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California Connections Academy Central Coast students log in for inaugural school year

California Connections Academy Central Coast, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades TK-12 throughout the Central Coast, began its 2019-2020 school year on September 3rd. Students across San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties logged on for the first day of school, joining thousands of students who have found success via the […] Read More »

Organic recycling company and other Ventura County organizations receive research grant

Agromin, along with several other local agricultural stakeholders, is participating in study funded by a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture to demonstrate the benefits of soil health and “carbon farming” practices in Ventura County. Agromin will use the grant to work alongside the Ventura County Resource Conservation District, Limoneira Company, Community […] Read More »

Three notable authors will be speaking and sharing stories

Assistance League® of Ventura County is delighted to announce the authors that will be featured at the 25th Annual Authors Luncheon Celebration, which will be held on October 5, at Four Points by Sheraton in the Ventura Harbor. This annual fundraiser is held to raise money for the philanthropic programs B.U.F.F.Y. Bear, Operation School Bell®, Girls Club/Teen […] Read More »

Deputy Public Works Director elected as the President-Elect of the APWA

Ivers has been involved in public works for over 27 years. Mary Joyce Ivers, Deputy Public Works Director with the City of Ventura has been elected as the President-Elect of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Ivers will lead a 17-member Board of Directors who serve more than 30,000 public works professionals throughout North America. […] Read More »

Former VUSD teacher and assistant principal honored five years after death

Chris Prewitt, husband, and father was out training for a marathon. On the morning of April 7, 2014, Chris Prewitt, husband, and father was out training for a marathon when he was hit by a driver under the influence and passed away. Chris’ students described him as inspiring, with an ever-present smile and welcoming attitude. […] Read More »

“A Country Fair with Ocean Air” brings thousands to their happy place

Attendance for 2019 Fair was up from last year. The Ventura County Fair closed after another successful Fair. Celebrating the best of the best from throughout Ventura County, the 144th year closed with success. Visitors came from near and far to enjoy the 12-day Fair, July 31 through August 11. The Ventura County Fair’s mission is […] Read More »

Ventura County Mobile Library visited the Midtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market

A book giveaway was also available. The Midtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market welcomed the Ventura County Mobile Library on Wednesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Pacific View Mall. The mobile library will be offering many of the main services offered at a small branch library. The Ventura County Mobile Library […] Read More »

Ocean enthusiasts are all ages

Senior Shirley does it all, even paddles. by Shirley Lorraine The Ventura Outrigger Canoe Club is one of several outrigger clubs that launch from Harbor Cove beach at the end of Spinnaker Drive. Their Halau (clubhouse) serves as a meeting place and storage area for their equipment. Their colorful red and yellow canoes render them […] Read More »

CAPS Media Center internship opportunities

Meet Alexander Blomquist, the newest enthusiastic student intern at the CAPS Media Center. 12 year old Alexander is helping out CAPS Media staff and local DJs in the radio station while learning the ins and outs of media production. Alexander is mastering the studio while producing his own series Cultural Capture. He has produced several […] Read More »

Jamaal Brown returns to Ventura 

Former Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) student-athlete, Jamaal Brown has been hired by VUSD to serve as the Athletic Director of Foothill Technology High School. A former varsity football, basketball, and baseball player, who attended Buena High School and graduated in 1987, returns to Ventura after more than 30 years. Mr. Brown most recently served as […] Read More »

2019 Fall League registration for United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL)

The United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2019 Fall Leagues. These signature programs provide a fun, safe, and supervised environment for boys and girls to learn and play volleyball. The Ventura USYVL runs from Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Saturday, November 2, 2019 on Wednesdays: […] Read More »

Early Ventura County’s newspaper wars

by Andy Ludlum, Museum of Ventura County Volunteer Read more Ventura County History in the Museum of Ventura County Blog at www.venturamuseum.org/research-library-blog. Early Ventura County newspapers offered one of the few ways to connect pioneer communities with stories, opinions, and news of the day. The first newspapers in Ventura County were all closely identified with […] Read More »

Shirley Lorraine wins second place in County Fair Cowboy Poetry contest

Ventura Breeze contributor and theater reviewer Shirley Lorraine won second place in this year’s County Fair Cowboy Poetry contest. The annual contest features performances of original works depicting aspects of western life and heritage. This year’s contest was sponsored by The Wharf of Ventura.  Shirley has been writing and reciting cowboy poetry for over a decade. Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 24 – Aug 28 – Sept 10, 2019 - On Vacation

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We at Project Understanding are grateful for Annabelle’s support.

by Jann Huling Program Director Project Understanding Annabelle Slaughterbeck decided to make a difference in the lives of children that can’t afford back to school supplies.  She picked Project Understanding as her charity of choice. We at Project Understanding are grateful for her support. Annabelle Slaughterbeck is an incoming 8th grader at Monte Vista Middle […] Read More »

Free art resiliency program for kids’ grades k - 5

HOPE worldwide is an international 501c3 nonprofit organization that aims at changing lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services. Their Disaster Recovery team has collaborated with the American Red Cross to bring a Thomas Fire and Debris Flow Recovery Program to Ventura County, called SPARK Academy […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation adds two board members

The new members are Stephen Kipp and Nuris Dante. The Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors approved two new board members at its June 26 meeting. The new members are Stephen Kipp and Nuris Dante. Kipp, president and CEO of Kipp Financial Group before retiring last year, previously served on the foundation board. His firm […] Read More »

Old Ventura High School

The old Ventura High School that was got torn down in 1959.  It is rumored that the bulldozer that was supposed to knock it down was severely damaged before the building finally yielded. Read More »

25 dancers performed the Argentinian tango

Yazmin Carrera and Panos Kontakos (that’s them in the center) perform Argentinian tango with their fellow dancers at the Tango in the Park event. by Amy Brown It can take more than two to tango. At least, that was the idea with the recent Tango in the Park event held recently by members of House […] Read More »

Ventura County Homeless Veterans Stand Down

On the last day, all of the Veterans gathered in a circle. The Ventura County Homeless Veterans Stand Down was held on July 28th. Approximately 200 homeless Veterans were bused into the Ventura National Guard Armory. The Sea Bees from Camp Point Hueneme set up tents for them to sleep. They were not only provided […] Read More »

Softball All Stars represent Ventura

There were formidable local foes like Moorpark, Westlake-Agoura, and Goleta. by Tom Marshall Realistic expectations were impossible. The Ventura Girls Fastpitch 12u All Stars had previously played a handful of the 33 teams in the USA Softball Western National tournament. There were formidable local foes like Moorpark, Westlake-Agoura, and Goleta. There were also teams from […] Read More »

Cabrillo honors Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship recipients

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation recognized its 2019 Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarships recipients on Thursday, July 30, during a meeting of the Board of Directors at Cabrillo’s Snapdragon Place Apartments in Ventura. Cabrillo Chief Executive Officer, Margarita H. De Escontrias welcomed the recipients, introduced the board members and thanked the members of the scholarship review […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze staff member Mary Thompson wins first place honors

Ventura Breeze staff member Mary Thompson won first place honors for her booth at the Fair celebrating the Olivas Adobe. Mary can be found at most events held at Olivas as a docent dressed up in the clothes depicting the early times at the Adobe. Read More »

Local brain aneurysm survivor turns injury to influence through dance

For most, August is an ordinary month like any other. But for Tarja Huuskonen, August marks a new beginning of her life; one filled with challenges and disadvantages, but also hope and newfound gratitude for everything precious this life has to offer. Three years ago, on a beautiful August morning, Tarja suffered a ruptured brain […] Read More »

Lucky and Smart: Apollo 11 at 50

Author and historian Dr. Michael H. Gorn, who specializes in the field of aeronautics and spaceflight, will present a special talk, “Lucky and Smart: Apollo 11 @ 50” at the Hill Road Library at noon on Sunday, September 8. At this free event, Gorn will discuss how the Apollo program got started and the many […] Read More »

Ventura County Mobile Library Visits the Midtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market at the Pacific View Mall on Wednesday, August 28

The Midtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market will welcome the Ventura County Mobile Library on Wednesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Pacific View Mall. The mobile library will be offering many of the main services offered at a small branch library. The community will be able to obtain information about library […] Read More »

River Haven is the path out of homelessness

by Victoria Usher Turning Point Foundation and River Haven have given an incredible and special opportunity to so many people, the type of opportunity that not everyone will get the chance to have. They have given people the opportunity and the tools to start truly living happier and healthier lives. It does not matter who […] Read More »

A visit to Ventura’s Certified Farmers’ Markets

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Luscious berries, organic veggies, tantalizing baked treats, and colorful blooms are just a few of the items that can be found in abundance at Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Markets. In the Ventura, certified markets are Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Pacific View Mall. […] Read More »

Ventura Rotaract Club tours CAPS Media Center

Members of the Ventura Rotaract Club held a meeting in the community conference room and toured the CAPS Media Center. Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take […] Read More »

Ventura County’s first newspaper supported breaking up Santa Barbara County

by Andy Ludlum, Museum Volunteer The county’s first newspaper, The Ventura Signal, was established by John Harden Bradley and began publishing in April 1871. It had 200 readers. Bradley had done many things in his short life. He’d been a miner, surveyor, schoolteacher, justice of the peace and real estate salesman. In 1869 Bradley worked […] Read More »

Remarkable Bald Eagle breeding season at the Channel Islands

24 bald eagle chicks have fledged from nests on the Channel Islands, making for the most successful breeding season since recovery effort began over 35 years ago. This year there were 19 breeding bald eagle pairs on the Channel Islands producing 24 chicks, including 10 on Santa Cruz Island, 9 on Santa Catalina Island, two […] Read More »

Lucas Zucker, CAUSE’S Policy and Communication Director set to speak at Surfrider Ventura’s August 6th Chapter Meeting at the Pierpont Racquet Club

Paul Jenkin, Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter Campaign Coordinator addressing a Chapter meeting.  Photo by Surfrider Foundation Sustainabilty Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) On Tuesday, August 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Surfrider Ventura’s August Chapter Meeting will host Lucas Zucker, Policy and Communications Director for CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance United for A Sustainable […] Read More »

Mirth, Merriment and Memory Making at the 144th Ventura County Fair

Thrill-seekers will enjoy this ride at the Fair. Photo by Richard Lieberman The Ventura County Fair returns July 31 – August 11 with twelve days of fun, excitement and entertainment. This year’s fair, themed “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” is a celebration of one of Ventura County’s oldest and most beloved traditions. The Fair will […] Read More »

NBA superstar James Ennis III gives back to Ventura Youth

Before Ennis was drafted to the NBA he played for Ventura High and Ventura College. by Maryssa Rillo On Saturday, July 27th, NBA superstar and Ventura local, James Ennis III, returned to his old stomping grounds and organized a basketball camp for the westside Ventura youth at the Westpark Community Center. “One of the biggest […] Read More »

CAPS Media In The Game

James’ father and family helped him present his clinic at Westpark. CAPS Media was part of the enthusiastic fans welcoming hometown hero and NBA superstar James Ennis III to the Westpark Community Center for a free basketball clinic for Westside youth. Ennis grew up on the Westside of Ventura and played at Westpark before attending […] Read More »

Ventura Housing Authority celebrates Take Your Dog to Work Day

Maria Paniagua and Kopdak, Will Sholy and Buba and Dash, Chris Beck and Charlie, Carmen Ramirez and Ginger, Susan Everett and Darby, Krystalin Bullicer and Evey, Cheryl Tabbi and Snickers enjoying being at work together. Recently the Ventura Housing Authority celebrated a very special day for employees and their dogs Take Your Dog to Work […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 22 – July 31 – Aug 13, 2019 - On Vacation

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“Walk with a Doc”

Ventura County physician Dr. Megan Mescher-Cox, a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine and a Lifestyle Medicine specialist, is inviting the public to join her and her guest, dermatologist Larissa Larsen MD, on a leisurely “Walk with a Doc” to give people a chance to exercise and enjoy some free health tips. Dr. Mescher-Cox is leading […] Read More »

Thirteen-year-old to share her life with autism

Thirteen-year-old author Micaela Ellis will visit Hill Road Library at 12 p.m. on Sunday. August 18, to speak about her book, Autism over the Years: A Twelve Year Old’s Memoir. During this talk Micaela will share her perspectives on life as a kid with autism. While expanding perceptions of autism, Micaela hopes to educate others […] Read More »

“Positive Rocks”

The team is there to play winning softball. First published at Parentdugout.com “We try to throw positive rocks at them during games and practices to keep them up. Just a little encouragement or positive reinforcement.” Ruben Segovia is a modern-day coach. He’s been coaching baseball and softball for decades yet retains his trademark high levels of […] Read More »

Marketplace looks to expand number of Saturdays

The Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, which operates every Saturday and Sunday on the Ventura College campus, is looking to expand the number of Saturday produce and pre-packaged food vendors. The Marketplace attracts between 2,000 and 5,000 visitors each weekend. “The Marketplace sells all types of fruits and vegetables,” says Esmeralda Juarez, Marketplace supervisor. “Some vendors […] Read More »

Congratulations to newlyweds Cori Steele and Keili Marble

Congratulations to Cori Steele and Keili Marble, newlyweds in Portland, Oregon They were joined by their friends Travis and Sierra Marble Wilson. They were sure to take the Breeze on their honeymoon. Read More »

Non-profit offers several programs for boys and girls to learn and play volleyball

The United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2019 Fall Leagues. These signature programs provide a fun, safe, and supervised environment for boys and girls to learn and play volleyball. The Ventura USYVL runs from Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Saturday, November 2, 2019 on Wednesdays: […] Read More »

Isolated and struggling, some seniors are turning to suicide

by Jovelle Tamayo for NPR Sheri Adler at an American Behavioral Health Systems office in Wenatchee, Wash. At age 72, Adler attempted to take her own life. Dr. Julie Rickard thought her visit to Wisconsin over the Christmas holiday would bring a break from her day job working in suicide prevention in Wenatchee, Wash. The […] Read More »

Answer In A Breeze (Almost)

What will the building under construction at the former Elks Lodge at corner of Main and Ash be used for? Margaret Toal Margaret: We have asked the developer to answer this question, but they haven’t yet. Will have the answer this once we hear back from them. Read More »

CMH Auxiliary honors junior volunteer scholarship recipients

Presenting Alyssa Mendoza with the Audrey Woodburn Scholarship were CMHS Senior VP of Operations Adam Thunell, Dr. James Woodburn II, and Junior Volunteer Chair Marilyn Beal. Each year in June, the Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary honors its graduating Junior Volunteers as they finish their high school careers and prepare for their futures. On June 10, […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair poster contest winners

The winners of the Ventura County Fair poster contest were unveiled by James Lockwood on July 8 at a presentation at the fairgrounds. The theme of the fair is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air.” The design by Daríanna Vásquez, 18, of Santa Paula, earned her first place. Her work will appear on the fair’s poster […] Read More »

Community Leaders dance for their favorite charities at the 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival.

Victor Rodriguez, Yesenia Peña, Dr. Marlene Batista, Marco Aguilar, Sommer Frisk, Erika Martin, Jesus Garcia, Diana Terre and Ben Escobar. Ernesto Martinez, Salena Bracamontes, Veronica De La Cruz and Adan De La Torre are ready to dance. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) In the vein of the hit television series, “Dancing with […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens dedicates Schwab Entrance Plaza to honor Miriam Schwab

On Wednesday, July 10th, the Ventura Botanical Gardens dedicated the Schwab Entrance Plaza to honor the memory of the late Miriam Schwab and her longstanding support and philanthropy for the Garden and the Arts in Ventura. Music was performed by the Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy of Music, Ventura College. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

New group invites the community to participate

Laura Covault and Layla Perez are dedicated to reworking traditional theater. by Jill Forman Laura Covault and Layla Perez are the founders and co-owners of this new theater company, Unity Theatre Collective and hope to inspire Ventura to support, attend and take part in their productions. “We are looking for people to join our merry […] Read More »

Ventura’s Safe and Clean team

Ventura’s Safe and Clean team, in collaboration with the Lift Up Your Voice to End Homelessness Project, are conducting clean ups on a regular basis in partnership with the Ventura Police Patrol Task Force, Police Cadets, and homeless individuals. Homeless individuals have been encouraged to pick up their trash and put the bags on the […] Read More »

USYVL fall registration open… register now!

The USYVL volleyball league operates in a coed format for boys and girls. Registration for the USYVL’s Fall Season is currently in open. Don’t miss out on the exciting Fall 2019 season. Register before September 1 deadline! Once again, the USYVL is bringing another fun-filled season of volleyball to your community. All kids and parents […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District making news

The District is pleased to announce that Karin Just and Mike Wise will be serving in new roles as Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Principals for the 2019-2010 school year. Mr. Wise will take over as the Principal of Loma Vista Elementary School and Mrs. Just will assume stewardship of Citrus Glen Elementary. “After a […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 21 – July 17 – July 30, 2019 - On Vacation

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Termites and Trees

by Kevin O’Connor California is a long way from Florida, but it was a study in Florida that gave me some insights about the destructive reach of termites on California trees.  According to researchers, Asian subterranean termites can kill pine trees and hollow out the trunk of many other trees, including oaks, making them structurally […] Read More »

Ventura libraries events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Summer Reading Event – Kona Ice 8/1 Thursday @ 3-4pm Join us for FREE Kona Ice to celebrate the end of summer reading and all the fun we had this summer at the library! Bilingual Early Literacy Class 8/5, 12, 19, & 26 Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm Join us every […] Read More »

Cabrillo announces Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship recipients

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarships. This year, Cabrillo received 24 applications, and $12,500 has been awarded to 14 recipients. Edison International provided a $10,000 grant to be divided among STEM recipients, and another $2,500 was distributed among recipients of all majors. Recipients received their […] Read More »

Summer at CAPS

CAPS Media was there on the street for the 44th annual 4th of July Street Fair and Pushem Pullem Parade. The kids, families and pets paraded down Main Street in their Independence Day best. It always fun to be a part of Ventura’s festivals and parades. The Ventura Police and Fire as well as California […] Read More »

Circus Vargas

While enjoying Circus Vargas’ 50th anniversary extravaganza in Camarillo Michael Gordon took this photo of a flying daredevil. Read More »

Assess your lung cancer risk

One in 16 people will develop lung cancer in their lifetime. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer – higher than breast, colon or prostate cancer. The good news is that lung cancer can now be found earlier and treated with less invasive methods. By finding and treating lung cancer earlier, patients […] Read More »

Dudley House Speaker's Bureau

The Dudley House Speaker’s Bureau, along with historic presenter Connie Korenstein and the Talespinners of History, now offer over twenty living history talks for school classes and community groups in need of outside speakers.  Topics include twentieth-century games and toys, Victorian courting customs, the confessions of a displaced southern belle and the women’s suffrage movement.  […] Read More »

Girl Scouts love state parks

by Kaylie Luedke Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast encourages girls to have outdoor experiences along the Central Coast along with thousands of girls in hundreds of state parks across the United States. The Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced their first-ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks […] Read More »

Discover the best of Ventura Harbor Village’s Sea-Sational Leisure Activities

As if the stunning backdrop of majestic yachts and idyllic sunsets were not enough to entice you when shopping and dining seaside, add to the mix live weekend entertainment, summertime fun of Seaside Kids Club and water sports. The Ventura Harbor Village is the ideal midweek or weekend summer sojourn. On tap for summer, is […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award winners

2019 Scholarship Award Winners Annika Kinnaman, Bryce Weinell and Labiba Sardar. The Ventura Police Officers’ Association (VPOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 16th 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 […] Read More »

Activism and action on International Surfing Day

Surf instructor Anthony Corral shares a wave with Natalie Fruit at the International Surf Day event. Photo by Joshua Berman by Amy Brown The Surfrider Foundation Ventura County recently hosted a day on the beach at Surfer’s Point for the 15th annual International Surfing Day event. The focus was raising awareness of the importance of […] Read More »

Ventura Moments: We Are All So Very (Very) Lucky

Ventura is an almost implausible mix of the magical and the mundane. Photo by Bernie Goldstein by Visit Ventura. Imagine a town tousled by sea breezes, a town that drifts, well, sea breeze easy under the radar, a place where the days end with the sun slipping behind purpling islands, a place where play matters (greatly), […] Read More »

School is in session with innovation

Alex Wulff is passionate about teaching advancements in media and fabrication technologies. by Amy Brown The Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) recently held its first annual LAUNCH event at the Ventura Masonic Center. The program celebrated Ventura school district educators who have spearheaded a range of successful, innovative learning opportunities for students. “With the exponential rate […] Read More »

Goats clear invasive brush by the ocean in Ventura

Brook, Michael and Lavender with their hard-working non-union goats. Photos by Bill Green Ventura Brush Goats recently delivered 70 weed eating goats to the vacant lot behind the Golden China Restaurant next to Highway 101 at Seaward to remove fire-fuel brush and invasive plant species. The herd arrived on Friday, June 28th and will remain […] Read More »

Education is a family calling

The Williamson family, Trisha, Matt and John has created a legacy of learning . by Shirley Lorraine Educating the young is a passion for the John Williamson family. Their commitment to teaching has enriched the Ventura Unified School District in many ways. Meeting with Trisha and son Matt, it was clear their eyes shone brightly […] Read More »

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Photos by Michael Gordon Once again, the Ventura Family YMCA hosted the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an event that seeks to break the record for largest Swim Lesson Worldwide. The 2018 WLSL event included almost 45,000 participants from 26 countries. Tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world united for […] Read More »

Channel Cities Jazz Club

The Channel Cities Jazz Club presents for your dancing and listening pleasure the Groovin Easy Swing Band at the Golden China Restaurant, 760 S. Seaward. The third Sunday of every month starting on July 21, from 1-4:30. All are welcome. Members $10, Non-members $15. Great dance floor. No host bar. Food and drinks available. Ample […] Read More »

Danny’s Deli & Grill celebrates 20 years of business

Photos by Bernie Goldstein To help celebrate 20-years of business Danny’s Deli & Grill commissioned award-winning local artist, MB Hanrahan to paint a beautiful mural on the exterior wall of the restaurant. After 8 days, M.B. Hanrahan’s friend, Jerry, helped finish the mural which, at 85 feet long is the longest in the city of […] Read More »

CAPS media crew on location

CAPS Media’s is continuing to expand production services with the City of Ventura to share information about what’s happening in the community and at City Hall. Working in collaboration with Ashley Bautista, Interim Communications Manager for the City, CAPS crews recorded informative messages for the public with Ventura Police and California State Parks Lifeguards relaying […] Read More »

Students earn diplomas through Career Online High School at Ventura County Library

Michael Diaz, Natalia Moreno, Everardo Moreno, Virginia Ruiz and JuanCarlos Gonzalez-Hernandez are now high school graduates. Photo by Bernie Goldstein Family, friends, and the community attended as graduates from Ventura County Library’s Career Online High School received their diplomas. During the graduation ceremony, held on Wednesday, June 26, in the Topping Room of the E.P. Foster […] Read More »

Don’t miss Ranky Tanky’s “get funky” Jazz and Soul

by Richard Newsham Ranky Tanky—which means “get funky” in Gullah—will bring their Jazzy pollination of Gospel, Folk, R&B and Afrobeat music from the Carolina Coast to the Ventura College Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 20, at 8 pm for the final weekend of the 25th anniversary of the Ventura Music Festival. Hailed for their […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre Company offers its Fearless Shakespeare Camp

Rebecca Graham as Prospero works her Tempestuous magic while daughter Miranda (Lauren Sherman) and spritely servant Ariel (Jonny Sinklier) look on in wonder. Once again, Rubicon Theatre Company offers its Fearless Shakespeare Camp, marking the tenth season the organization has presented a youth production by the Bard. The 2019 production of The Tempest will be […] Read More »

Essay awards presented at Sunset Elementary

Dad Ryan Bernardi reading Brandon’s essay to the assembly at Sunset school. Photos by Bernie Goldstein On Tuesday, June 4, Ventura City Fire Chief David Endaya visited Sunset School to present a fire safety essay award to the winning students at an assembly at the school. He brought with him fire-fighting gear and a fire […] Read More »

Derek Pekar: A Born Competitor

There’s a great deal of respect and tough love between head coach Kory Anderson and his protege Derek Pekar. by Mira Reverente High school senior Derek Pekar had some memorable parting gifts for his alma mater, Ventura High School – two impressive finishes at the recent CIF State Championship Finals. The 18-year-old finished 8th in […] Read More »

Operation Splash celebrated completion of 11th year with Family Float Night

The aim of the program is to teach children how to become water-safe. The Ventura Aquatic Center hosted a fun event on Friday, May 31, to celebrate the completion of another successful year of Kaiser Permanente’s Operation Splash program which provides free swimming lessons for underserved youth in our community. For the past 11 years, […] Read More »

Calling all photographers for the 2019 Ventura Land Trust Nature Photography Contest and Exhibit

A solitary Giant Lupine stands over the southern end of California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument. Photo by Dan Holmes Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Ventura Land Trust is inviting all amateur and professional photographers to submit original nature photographs for consideration in the 2019 Ventura Land Trust Nature Photography Contest and Exhibit. […] Read More »

The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival to burst forth in bloom

The festival draws thousands annually to Ojai. Lavender magic returns for the 16th year as Ojai festoons herself in fragrant, purple glory to celebrate an especially bountiful and breathtakingly beautiful season of local lavender. While drought and fire affected last year’s crop, Mother Nature has been most tender with temps and generous with rain in […] Read More »

Tattooing For Change

Local tattoo artist preps Nichole Franklin for a tattoo for the SNAFI fundraiser. by Amy Brown It’s 9:30am on a Sunday and there’s already a long line out the door at Roses and Rivets Gallery and Body Art studio in Santa Paula. Folks had been queued up for some time, waiting to be tattooed by […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 19 – June 19 – July 2, 2019 - On Vacation

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Calidore brings the “California Gold” standard of chamber music to Ventura!

by Richard Newsham Find out for yourself why the young Calidore String Quartet, from L.A.’s Colburn School of Music, has won the decade’s most prestigious honors for chamber music as it’s traversed the globe’s top venues, delighting audiences at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BBC Proms, Berlin Konzerthaus—and now the Ventura College Performing Arts Center on […] Read More »

CAPS Media Records Community Council Meetings

CAPS Medias’ ever-expanding community wide services include ongoing collaborations with Community Councils throughout Ventura. CAPS records, broadcasts and streams the local meetings, and provides the councils with the recorded event for their use. CAPS recorded the East Ventura Community Council meetings in April and May and will cover the EVCC meeting in June. CAPS also […] Read More »

Ionic deli celebrating 25-years

On July 1, 2019, Ventura County’s iconic Danny’s Deli & Grill located in mid-town Ventura will be celebrating 20 years of serving our community. Owners’ Wendy Collings and son Alex Everhart will be hosting a celebration at the restaurant on Sunday, June 30th and Monday, July 1st, 2019. To both commemorate this wonderful milestone and […] Read More »

What started as only one poem for a creative writing class became the 1st place winner.

Isabella Kress is a recent Culinary Arts and English Education graduate from Cerritos College. She will be continuing her educational journey as an English Education major with emphasis in Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach Fall 2019. She recently placed as the 1st place winner of Cerritos College’s 15th Annual “Falcons Out Loud” […] Read More »

The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival to burst forth in bloom

Lavender magic returns for the 16th year as Ojai festoons herself in fragrant, purple glory to celebrate an especially bountiful and breathtakingly beautiful season of local lavender. While drought and fire affected last year’s crop, Mother Nature has been most tender with temps and generous with rain in 2019 to produce a banner year for […] Read More »

Rallies protesting bans and restrictions on abortion

Rallies protesting bans and restrictions on abortion in Alabama and other states were held recently at the Ventura County Government Center The event was organized by the Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund. Read More »

A short restaurant review (my first)

by Sheldon Brown Recently I had lunch with Breezy Gledhill at the Mad Rose Italian Mediterranean Restaurant located in Downtown. We were served by owner Kelly Tyburski who was very pleasant and accommodating. It has a very nicely designed interior with an enclosed patio facing Main and a small sit down bar. We were first […] Read More »

Ventura libraries events

Avenue Library Summer Reading Events Christopher T. Magician 7/3 Wednesday @ 3-4pm Children love him! His audiences are as much a part of the show as he is, shouting, helping, and participating. Joe Gandelman – Ventriloquist 7/10 Wednesday @ 3-4pm Each show features a variety of puppets in comedic skits that children and family audiences […] Read More »

Villanova graduates are moved to create change

Villanova Preparatory School held its ninety-second commencement on June 1, 2019 at the campus grotto. The ceremony hosted parents, alumni, and other specials guests, and was live streamed on the school website. Head of School Nancy O’Sullivan, along with Very Reverend Gary E. Sanders, O.S.A., Prior Provincial, Province of St. Augustine in California, conferred diplomas to […] Read More »

Siblings are heading out on their college adventures

On Thursday, June 13, at Foothill Technology High School Principal Joe Bova graduated its senior class including his quintuplets. Abby (Abigail), Emiline, Katie (Kathryn), Nate (Nathaniel) and Sam (Samuel) Ventura residents first learned of the “Bova Clan” when a kindergarten teacher at Junipero Serra Elementary, Lynn Bova, gave birth to quintuplets in March of 2001 […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust welcomes three new members to Board of Trustees

The Ventura Land Trust recently announced the induction of three new members to their board of trustees Jane Montague, Sunjay Moorthy and Mark Watkins. Jane Montague, a Ventura native and graduate of Loyola Marymount University, is a registered California Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager who specializes in land, earth and water. For 30+ […] Read More »

Riding the waves with Ventura’s Surfing Ambassadog, Haole Boy

Haole Boy shares a wave with athlete Jacob, during a recent AWOW event in Huntington Beach. Photo by Lynn Beeler by Amy Brown They say every dog has its day, and there was one day in particular that was pivotal for local pup Haole Boy, and his owners Kim and John Murphy. Haole was almost […] Read More »

Local charter school offers different place of learning

Evin Brown has been at the school since second grade. by Rebecca Wicks Ventura Charter School for Arts and Global Education is a progressive school. It’s the kind of school where students call teachers by their first name. It’s the kind of school that doesn’t just worry about how students learn, but about their emotional, […] Read More »

Kids & Families Together and Bike Ventura

Every child was so excited and enthused about their experience. n celebration of National Bicycle Month and Foster/Resource Family awareness month, two local nonprofits came together for a special day! Kids & Families Together and Bike Ventura. Kids & Families Together is a local nonprofit who provides therapy and support services to kinship, adoption, foster, […] Read More »

Botanic Gardens open for First Post Fire Community Gathering

“We rolled out our mats and settled into a meditation.” by Chris Roberts In its first community event since the Thomas fire, Jo Ann Wedding led a small group of yogis through the impressive new Ventura Botanical Garden gateway to the base of the trail. The view was astonishing. The trail is fully restored between […] Read More »

Preserving an American tradition like no other

Circus Vargas – the big one is back! The Big One is Back with “The Greatest of Ease’ bringing acrobats, daredevils and flying trapeze! Join us in celebrating, Circus Vargas’ 50th anniversary extravaganza, an homage to the golden era of circus in America, in Camarillo at the Camarillo Premium Outlets June 13th through 17th, and […] Read More »

The new course is the first step towards improving the city

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t staff Ventura voters paid little attention to the City Council’s revamped process for committees and commissions. That’s too bad because the new course is the first step towards improving the city. Voters elected a new City Council in 2018 seeking bold changes in the way Ventura operates. Because […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 18 – June 5 – June 18, 2019 - On Vacation

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The CAPS Media board of directors is very pleased to welcome three new members

Alexander Blomquist, Liliana Cagnacci, Kelly Quinn, Olivia Blomquist, Sean Quinn, Livia Vertucci and Adeline Vertucci of the Loma Vista 4-H in the KPPQ studio. by CAPS staff The Loma Vista 4-H club of Ventura, part of the University of California’s outreach program, spent 4 weeks at the CAPS Media’s KPPQ-LP Ventura Radio Station. Actively engaged […] Read More »

Performances added to VC Fair Grandstand Entertainment lineup

The VC Fair has added 3 performances to the 2019 Grandstand Entertainment Series, rounding out the diverse schedule of concerts to the fair. Adding a concert on opening night, July 31, the 2019 VC Fair will now present 11 free concerts. This year’s list of Fair entertainers will satisfy Ventura County music lovers with every […] Read More »

Take to the sea with Island Packers new dinner cruises

With summer fast approaching, visitors to Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura’s top seaside attraction, can now enjoy the warmer days ahead on a two-hour Island Packers boat dinner cruise where they will experience delicious cuisine paired to live entertainment from June through September, 2019. Beginning in June, and operating on selected Saturdays through September cruise the […] Read More »

Opera Santa Barbara embarks on First Youth Opera Summer Program

Opera Santa Barbara is excited to embark on its first Santa Barbara Youth Opera summer camp. From June 10-23, the talented group of young singers will be producing, rehearsing, and then performing Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke’s Odyssey (commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival) at the Alhecama Theatre. The Santa Barbara Youth Opera provides young singers […] Read More »

Ventura’s Salvation Army helps homeless man reconnect with his daughter after 27 years

Lt. Fabio Simoes snaps a selfie with the men in Ventura’s Salvation Army Program. Kc, David, Kent Spurlock, Joseph, Adam, Leo, Jerry, Gabriel and Brendan. Photo courtesy of Lt. Fabio Simoes by Maryssa Rillo Kent Spurlock, a Ventura native and transient homeless man returned to his hometown of Ventura, in November 2018. After having a stent operation, […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust's Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2019: Bigger, bolder, better and under the stars

Enjoy an array of award-winning short films. Photo by Dan Holmes Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Ventura Land Trust’s 10th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival featuring an array of award-winning short films that educate, entertain and inspire, will take place Saturday, August 17, 2019, under the stars on the picturesque grounds of […] Read More »

The Ventura College-California promise

by Esther Cole Neighborhood Community Colleges were operable before I graduated from high school, in 1942. They extended the educational opportunities for anyone enrolling. The only requirement was being 18 years of age, or a high school graduate. Without Los Angeles City College, I would never have gotten into U.C., Berkeley.  Berkeley changed my life. But this article is not […] Read More »

Ventura Education Partnership awards $18,000 to VUSD teachers

The VEP Board is proud to announce the Partnership has awarded Think Big Grants of $6000 each to three innovative teachers. Think Big Grants range over a two-year span. They are collaborative and bring together teachers, community members and students. They cross grade levels and subjects. VEP had 22 applications for three grants. The process involved […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village celebrates Pirates Day

Be sure to protect your jewels from these pirates. Yo ho, yo ho all ye landlubbers and buccaneers! Ventura Harbor Village is ready to hoist the flag for the 14th annual Pirates Day on Saturday, June 1, from 11:00am – 4:00pm around the theme Ahoy Me Hearties! Yo Ho! Pirates Day 2019 offers guests an […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) announces founder’s retirement and names successor

Kathy Odell is a well known Santa Barbara entrepreneur and business leader. WEV has announced that its founder and CEO, Marsha Bailey, will retire next year after 30 years at the helm. Her successor will be Kathy Odell, an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader in the region. Launched under Bailey’s leadership in 1991, WEV has […] Read More »

Bingo Night at the Rubicon Theatre

Penny Barnds and Andy Contarino have got your number. Bingo Night at the Rubicon Theatre hosted by the Grandes Dames will take place on Jun. 11, 2019 at 7 pm in the Rubicon Theatre Rehearsal Hall 1006 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001. BINGO numbers will be called out by two local celebrities. Guests will be […] Read More »

A Night to Remember, a free prom for students with special needs

Dancing it up at last year’s prom. Over 450 students with special needs, 700 students from local high schools and over 1,000 volunteers are expected to celebrate together on this special night the eighth annual Night to Remember. A free prom for students with special needs (ages 12-25) at Ventura County Fairgrounds The night includes […] Read More »

Ventura Family returns after four-year sailing adventure

In 2010 the Rigneys bought a boat. by Richard Lieberman On Saturday, May 19, the Kandu a forty-two-foot sailing vessel returned to the Ventura Yacht Club at Ventura Harbor after a four-year journey around the world. The trip for the Rigney family began at the Yacht Club and ended on Saturday at the place where […] Read More »

Ventura local unites with family through 23andMe

Carrie and Betty were united though saliva test. by Maryssa Rillo Ventura local, Carrie Adams and her family tried 23andme and were not only informed of their heritage, but they were united with family they never knew they had. According to 23andMe.com, 23andMe is a company that gives people the opportunity to test their DNA […] Read More »

22nd annual Pooch Parade at Ventura Beach Promenade Park

On May 5,dogs (and people) of all colors, shapes and sizes attended the 22nd annual Pooch Parade held at the Ventura Beach Promenade Park. The event featured food trucks, dog adoptions, the dog parade, live music by Kelli’s Lot, contests, many vendors (including the Ventura Breeze) and a silent auction was held to benefit Canine Adoption […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Breeze: I would like yourself and your readers to urge the Ventura City Management to do something effective about the old Union Bank building at 250 S. Mills. It has become possibly the most shameful building in Ventura. Not because it is defaced, virtually all the windows broken and boarded up, covered with graffiti and […] Read More »

Boys & Girls Club celebrates new ten passenger van

  Photo by Bernie Goldstein On Wednesday, May 15, at the Robert Addison Clubhouse a celebration was held for the unveiling of the Boys & Girls Club new ten passenger van. Generously matched by Aera Energy, this van will provide a safe path from school to the Club. Robert Addison Boys & Girls Club, 1440 […] Read More »

Congratulations 2019 Grads!

Believe it or not, it’s graduation season and CAPS Media recorded and facilitated live-streaming of the Ventura College graduation ceremony on Friday, May 17. Next up are El Camino High School on Friday, June 7 and Foothill High School on Thursday, June 13. All of the graduation ceremonies will be recorded and broadcast on CAPS […] Read More »

Celebrating 15 Years of Footworks Youth Ballet Performances

Coppélia is where brilliant classical dance meets a delightfully comic narrative. Photo by Todd Lechtick This year marks the 15th year of full-scale, live ballet stage productions by Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet, where students and audiences alike experience the utmost in classical ballet. Students fill lead roles whenever possible in productions like The Nutcracker every […] Read More »

Happy 10 Year Anniversary to The Ladies Luncheon, Ventura!

by Carol Leish How does ten years go by so quickly for The Ladies Luncheon, Ventura? The Ladies Luncheon, Ventura, was started in June, 2009 by, Laurie Ann Meyer. She said, “I’ve always had a passion for mentoring and bringing women together because of the energy that’s created, and the ability that the women have […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries Event Listing 

Avenue Library Summer Reading Events Juggler David Cousins 6/17 Monday @ 5-6pm David Cousin, holder of five juggling world records, will amaze you! Rockets 6/25 Tuesday @ 3-4pm Learn about rockets and aerodynamics by launching paper rockets. Jim Cogan Storyteller 6/26 Wednesday @ 3-4pm For 25 years Jim Cogan has been inspiring and motivating children […] Read More »

Primrose Excursions,celebrates five-year anniversary

Bonnie Wiley, owner of Primrose Excursions, celebrated the company’s five-year anniversary on May 15th. Current travelers and interested community members gathered to celebrate where they’ve been and where they will be going. Primrose Excursions and reps from their travel partners put on a presentation highlighting upcoming group travel options from single day trips to extended […] Read More »

MERITO Foundation’s EECCOA Challenge Awards: bringing environmental sustainability to the forefront

EECCOA Awards winners from 2017. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer The MERITO Foundation and partners host the 4th Annual 2018-2019 EECCOA Challenge & Awards Ceremony from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Museum of Ventura County May 31, 2019. The event, open to the public, is the culmination of a 9-month climate, […] Read More »

Studio C Band performs in Santa Paula

The Santa Paula Theater Center will present Studio C in concert June 1 at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30. All tickets are $20 reserved seating and available on line at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or by calling 805-525-4645. Any unsold seats will be available the evening […] Read More »

A Walk for Tender Life Maternity Home

Walk had twice as many walkers than last year. Project Understanding of San Buenaventura in great partnership with The River Community Church held their annual Tender Life Maternity Walk on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Close to 160 participants enjoyed a brisk walk on a route around Ventura covering Thompson Blvd to Ventura Beach Promenade, up […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 17 – May 22 – June 4, 2019 - On Vacation

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Amgen Tour of California returns to Ventura

Stage 2 of the tour last year was just a prelude to this year’s bigger and better cycling spectacle. by Mira Reverente Expect to see a lot of fast bikes in the next few days when the 2019 Amgen Tour of California makes a comeback to our sunny, coastal city. In 2018, the tour started […] Read More »

Oscar Pena has retired

During his career at the Port District, Peña has been extremely active in the community. After serving a distinguished career with the Ventura Port District General Manager Oscar F. Peña officially retired on April 30, 2019.  Peña has been at the helm of Ventura Harbor for 20 years. The Ventura Port District employs 35 full-time employees […] Read More »

Chuck Cecil Host of the “Swinging Years” radio show has passed on at 97

Chuck Cecil at his home studio in Ventura. by Richard Lieberman Chuck Ceci,l whose radio show “The Swinging Years” had run for more than 50 years has died at age 97. He died on April 30th still broadcasting his syndicated radio show. In 1942 he briefly hosted his first radio show for a small radio […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation announces recipients of 20th Annual Phoenix Scholarship Awards

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Ventura College Foundation’s Phoenix Scholarship program awarded scholarships to 29 students at a ceremony held Thursday, April 18 at the college’s Wright Event Center. Scholarships were given to re-entry students based on their applications, essays, and recommendations from counselors, faculty and employers. Over $68,000 was handed out to students at the […] Read More »

Celebrate local agriculture at the “2019 Farm-to-Fork Dinner Series”

The dinner events also involve Ag students from Ventura High School. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Thursday, May 16th kicks off the 11th annual Totally Local VC’s “2019 Farm-to-Fork Dinner Series.” The celebrated, always sold-out dining event, takes place at unique Ventura County locations combine culinary creations featuring in-season produce from some […] Read More »

Ventura High School shines at Grand Nationals

The Ventura High Wind Honors Ensemble will be performing their last free public concert of the year on May 23. The Ventura High School (VHS) Honors Wind Ensemble returned from the Dixie Classic Grand Nationals in Atlanta, GA as winners. The VSH group, made up of 52 students, was selected to perform in the prestigious […] Read More »

Weapons of Mass Percussion

The Buena Drumline performs its championship-winning piece ‘The Web We Weave.’ Photo by Damien Masterson. by Amy Brown Summer Elliott joined Buena High School’s Winter Drumline in 2017 as a freshman, and today he is one of its four Captains, playing the marimba, and serving as Front Ensemble Captain. “Even at the beginning of my […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 16 – May 8 – May 21, 2019 - On Vacation

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Students from the Ventura County’s Straight Up created and produced Public Service Announcements.

Recently middle and high school students from the Ventura County’s Straight Up program collaborated in the CAPS Media Center studio to create and produce Public Service Announcements. The Straight Up program engages and educates students and their parents about smoking, alcohol and drug abuse through media. The students learned their way around the cameras, lights […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society events

May 11 8:30 a.m. Arroyo Verde Park. Leaders: Adele Fergusson 805-415-4304 and Linda Easter 818-519-2833 Enjoy birding the oak woodland, grassy areas, and chaparral in this long, broad canyon. We should see Towhees, Juncos, Acorn Woodpeckers, possibly California Quail and California Thrashers and possibly Hooded Oriole ,Bullocks Orioles, and the Western Tanager. May 18 8:00 […] Read More »

Ventura sixth-grade students learn bike safety

by Maryssa Rillo According to a press release by Ventura Unified School District, the sixth-grade bicycle education program is teaching approximately 900 sixth-grade students from Anacapa, Balboa and Cabrillo middle school about road safety on and off the bike. The sixth-grade bicycle education program is grant-funded and is ran by the City of Ventura, VUSD, […] Read More »

Lilac Festival in Pine Mountain Club

The Villagers of PMC are already busy preparing for their Lilac Festival. by Mark Bailey President, PMCCPOA One of the best kept secrets in California, remains the quaint “Aspen like” village of Pine Mountain Club (PMC). Located in the Los Padres National Forest at a little over one mile above sea level and nestled between […] Read More »

Rubicon Noel Paul Stookey

While appearing at the Rubicon Noel Paul Stookey told his friend Tony Jankowski that he is now even more famous because he has been on the cover of the Ventura Breeze. Read More »

Ventura College campus tour – a pirate’s life for me

by Maryssa Rillo Ventura College offers a higher education that is accessible to all and paves the way for students to succeed in the future through many ways of support. On Monday, April 29th, I took the Pirate’s Life for Me Campus Tour and had the opportunity to learn what it was like to be […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair announces 2019 Grandstand Entertainment Lineup

The VC Fair has announced the 2019 Grandstand Entertainment Series, Fair visitors can see their favorite musical acts and rodeos free with paid admission to the fair. Adding a concert on opening night, July 31, the 2019 VC Fair will now present 11 free concerts. This year’s list of Fair entertainers will satisfy Ventura County […] Read More »

AN OPINION

by VREG Editors Mayor Matt LaVere filled his 2019 State-of-the-City address with images of a better Ventura. Unfortunately, it lacked specifics on addressing Ventura’s most pressing issues, budgets, water, staff and retirement costs. Ventura’s Homeless Center The first goal was opening a permanent, full-service homeless shelter by December 31, 2019. Opening the center doesn’t begin […] Read More »

Love with a Capital “L”

Stookey has played at the Rubicon many times. His new show is “In These Times” by Amy Brown Noel Paul Stookey has been changing the world, one song and one key social concept at a time since his world-famous band Peter, Paul and Mary burst onto the folk music scene in the 1960s. The platinum-selling […] Read More »

NICO is coming to the U.S.A!

The musicians play from memory. by Richard Newsham Think music that takes classical masterpieces “off the beaten track” to reveal beauty with a new edge as the Lithuanian string ensemble known as NICO (for New Ideas Chamber Orchestra) turns 13 under the baton of its charismatic young composer Gediminas Gelgotas. The players–solo and group award […] Read More »

Family Treasures Video Workshop @ CAPS Media

Do you have a family treasure to share? Community members are invited to learn how to create their very own personalized and professional Family Treasures video – using family member stories, interviews, photos and memorabilia. Come to the FREE workshop on Thursday, May 30, 4pm at the CAPS Media Center, 65 Day Road in Ventura. […] Read More »

Women Beyond Borders

Zilah Mendoza is one of the stars of Women Beyond Borders. Rubicon Theatre Company continues the 2019 “Coming of Age” season with the World Premiere of Women Beyond Borders, a play inspired by and loosely based on the remarkable journey of Lorraine Serena and a dynamic group of California-based artists who founded the non-profit Women […] Read More »

A packed room celebrated this year’s theme Women Elevated

Outstanding women in business honored. Photo by Nicole Wise Photography On a beautiful Spring day in mid-April, The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) honored nine outstanding women in business and leadership at its 20th Annual BRAVO Awards luncheon. With Camarillo’s picturesque Serra Center serving as the backdrop, […] Read More »

First 5 encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read, and sing with young children

2019 marks First 5 Ventura County’s 20th Anniversary of helping young children and families in our local community. On Friday, On May 3 at 10 a.m., more than 55 celebrity readers will be reading to young children throughout Ventura County to kick off the fourth annual Take 5 and Read to Kids campaign, a partnership […] Read More »

Ventura author featured at EP Foster Library

Local author, John Darling, had two books added recently to the shelves of the E.P. Foster Library in downtown Ventura. The first book, entitled In A Million Years, is a science fiction novella told in three interweaving parts where each show the results of what can happen when man meddles with time. The second book, […] Read More »

6th Annual Owl Festival

The sixth annual Owl Festival, a free family event, was held on Sunday, April 14, at the historic Olivas Adobe. The Ojai Raptor Society brought live owls and hawks for visitors to see and learn about. Olivas Adobe Historic Interpreters, who present the Owl Festival, lead costumed docent-led tours during the event, as they do […] Read More »

Blanche Reynolds’ Carnival May 10th in Rainbow Bridge Park

Everyone is invited to Blanche Reynolds’ biggest and most exciting Carnival yet! On May 10th in the Rainbow Bridge Park (located behind Blanche Reynolds School). From inflatable slides and obstacle course ,to free crafts, and more than 10 games at just $1 each! Karaoke, Face Paint, Hair Chalk, Photo Booth, Cake Walk, Silent Auction, Raffle, Food […] Read More »

Have you always wanted to tip a cop?

The Ventura Police Department will be sponsoring the Special Olympics “Tip-A-Cop” event on Thursday, May 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at California Pizza Kitchen at 3301 E. Main St. in Ventura (805) 477-9925. The restaurant is located at the Pacific View Mall. Tip-A-Cop is a law enforcement fundraising event in which police officers […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries May events

Avenue Library  Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class  5/6, 13, & 20 Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm  Join us for storytelling, nursery rhymes, flannel board fun and more!             Lego Play  5/2, 9, 16, 23, 23, & 30 Thursdays @ 3 –5pm  Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs.    Adult Classes & Events      Pumarosa Drop-in ESL  5/1, […] Read More »

2nd Annual VUSD Art Show

Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) has announced the 2nd Annual VUSD Art Show, highlighting its incredibly talented K-12 student artists. The exhibit opened on Thursday, April 18, and will be on display until May 5. A VUSD Artists Opening and Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) Reception took place on April 18, at the Museum of Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura Jazz Orchestra

Many of you know that the Ventura Jazz Orchestra has been the pride of Ventura County for many years, offering those swinging big band grooves we all enjoy.  They are now playing in downtown Ventura in a new venue – the Historic Knights of Columbus Ballroom. Spring Swing Big Band Dance on Friday, May 10th, […] Read More »

Walk for Kids

Ventura County Medical Center CEO Kim Milstein and Ventura County CEO Mike Powers joined 950 attendees from the Ventura community who supported critically ill children and their families at the first-ever Ventura Walk for Kids. Mike Powers was one of the speakers at the Ventura Walk for Kids. The Walk took place at San Buenaventura State Beach […] Read More »

U.S. stamps show murals in post offices

The release of five coming U.S. stamps that show murals in post offices was celebrated on April 12 in the main Ventura post office, 675 E Santa Clara St. The stamps do not show the wonderful Ventura murals, by Gordon K. Grant but they are being issued to honor murals throughout the country. The administration […] Read More »

Twice the Fun at Studio Channel Islands Arts Alive Festival

Both dates will include live entertainment throughout the day. This year visitors will have two opportunities to enjoy fine art, live music, fun activities, food and craft beers at Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s popular art festival, Arts Alive, presented May 4 and June 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the SCIAC campus at […] Read More »

Ventura’s historic Ortega Adobe receives much-needed repairs

The City of Ventura’s historic Ortega Adobe recently received some much-needed repairs and improvements thanks to an anonymous donor. The recent enhancements included adobe wall and beam repairs, exterior painting, installation of safety lighting and electrical wiring, directional signs on Main Street, and drought tolerant native landscaping. The generous donation also supported the addition of […] Read More »

Arbor Day 2019

by City Council Member Christy Weir I grew up in a house between two huge walnut trees. Those old trees fed, shaded and entertained us. Many evenings were spent cracking walnuts, our fingers turning black. Summer days we enjoyed climbing, creating rope swings and building forts in our tall, sturdy trees. Fortunately, the developer who […] Read More »

18th Annual Festival of Talent showcases Ventura students, teachers and staff

Madhu Bajaj and Dr. Rice enjoyed the talents of Serena Ropersmith, Kelsa Ropersmith and Kamille Kada. by Amy Brown Talent is one of the Ventura Unified School District’s natural resources, as evidenced by this year’s much anticipated Festival of Talent event, “We Got The Beat”, on March 23rd. The show featured a range of dynamic […] Read More »

CAPS Media producer caucus held

CAPS Media is hitting the streets. The CAPS Media Crew captured the annual Ventura Unified School District Festival of Talent extravaganza at Ventura High School. The entertaining evening featured more than twenty acts including two hold-your-breath aerial acrobats suspended from the ceiling. The core of the CAPS crew are student interns in the CAPS/El Camino […] Read More »

Golf to support afterschool programs for local youth

A pretty place even if you don’t golf. The Ventura Police Community Foundation and Aera Energy, LLC proudly present the 22nd Annual PAL Golf Tournament, June 7, at 8:00 am at Olivas Links Golf Course located at 3750 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Proceeds raised at the tournament help to support afterschool programs for local […] Read More »

The Renaissance of Railroading

Mark your calendars for one of the biggest events in Ventura County. On April 27th -28th prepare to be entertained and amazed by what can only be imagined as the “Renaissance of Railroading.”  Experience Steam Railfest 2019.  Free admission and only 30 minutes from Ventura!  This festival is a celebration of steam power, railroading, antique tractors, vehicles […] Read More »

Robots battle at Ventura College

The competing team’s robots were required to enter deep space. See end of article for photo descriptions. Article and photos by Richard Lieberman The FIRST Robotics competition held in Ventura commenced to a sizeable crowd cheering the competitors to win the championship and head for the FIRST Robotics Championship held in Houston, Texas, April 17 […] Read More »

The Stoke of Nereid Spirit in Ventura

The women, Nancy Cairns, Ashley Tindall, Kylee Brown, Lindsay Griffin and Meg Boyle ripping at the breaks in Ventura range in ages and levels of experience. by Amy Brown When Lindsay Griffin first started surfing back at age 12, there were far more men than women in the lineup when she paddled out at County Line, […] Read More »

Medication Doesn't Stop Vertigo's Spinning

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH by Keith Roach, M.D. — Dear Dr. Roach: I have a terrible case of vertigo. I’m not sure what causes it or what I can do to prevent it from happening to me again. I was given two medications, promethazine for nausea and meclizine for vertigo, but still the problem persists. […] Read More »

Noel Paul Stookey “In These Times” at Rubicon Theatre

Back by popular demand, singer, songwriter and activist Noel Paul Stookey, a four-time Grammy Award-winner, returns to his “home theatre” Rubicon Theatre for two concerts, Sunday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Stookey has been altering both the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades—both as the […] Read More »

Applications are now available for the 2019 Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship.

The Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship Program, created in 2011, honors Rodney Fernandez, Cabrillo’s founder and Executive Director for 30 years (1981–2011). The Scholarship continues Fernandez’s legacy of community building by cultivating the leadership of residents to attain their goals, empower themselves and to take action and improve the quality of life in their communities. The […] Read More »

Celebrity Extra

by Dana Jackson The juicy new tell-all book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View'” has brought a lot of attention past and present co-hosts of the hit talk show. It’s hard to believe the all-female talk show debuted way back in 1997. It seems like just yesterday when the original panel […] Read More »

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Genesis Programs

On April 4th, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Genesis Programs Inc. welcoming Athena Naranjo as Genesis’s new owner and to hear more about what Genesis Programs has planned for the future of Ventura County! Cutting the ribbon at the Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting is Athena Naranjo aided by Genesis staff, Chamber members and […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County hosts “Broken: A Holocaust History in Fused Glass” exhibit and talk by local artist Fran Elson

Fran’s family photo from the DP camp. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@maryannridinispencer) “My parents and I are survivors of the Holocaust,” said Frances Elson, fused glass artist. “My mother and her mother, father and sister were forced out of their homes after Germany invaded Poland in 1939. My father, who hadn’t met […] Read More »

Heather Baker and CLEAN International

by Jill Forman We all know water is life, right? But did you know that thousands of people world-wide have to walk over 4 miles a day to get it? And that so much of it is contaminated, that over 2000 people die daily due to unclean water? Heather Baker and her Ventura-based organization CLEAN […] Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of greater Ventura honors Youth of the year

The Boys & Girls Club of greater Ventura each year honors an elementary, middle school and high school club member to be honored as Youth of the year. A ceremony celebrating the winning youths was held at the Tower Club in Oxnard. Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere was a featured guest speaker at the event. Speakers […] Read More »

Free CMHS event on advance directives

The public is invited to learn about the importance of advance directives for future healthcare while sampling local gourmet food at a free event hosted by Community Memorial Healthcare System. The event, called “Advance Care Planning for Foodies,” takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 17, at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 14 – Apr 10 – Apr 23, 2019 - On Vacation

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Leaders from throughout Ventura County to be selected for 2019-20 program

Applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming cohort of the Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA). New and emerging leaders who either live or work in Ventura County are encouraged to apply. The Ventura County Leadership Academy is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership training through an intensive program that delves into the critical issues […] Read More »

Have you had a memorable event?

The Ventura County Writers Club has opened their 4th Annual Memoir Contest for submissions to adults 18 and over. Submit your first-person account of a memorable event or experience, filtered through the mind and heart of the storyteller. A stand-alone section of a larger work or a vignette is acceptable. Entries must be original and […] Read More »

Annual Monarch Madness pollinator planting

On Saturday, March 30, more than 200 children, adults, birds and butterflies flited about the Big Rock Nature Preserve at Ventura Land Trust’s (VLT) annual Monarch Madness pollinator planting party. For the 4th year running, VLT partnered with SoCalGas to provide the community with a fun family-friendly morning centered on the importance of preserving local […] Read More »

National Park Service awarded for Island of the Blue Dolphins Web Resource

The Organization of American Historians awarded Channel Islands National Park the prestigious 2019 Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History at its annual conference this week in Philadelphia for the Island of the Blue Dolphins web resource. Channel Islands National Park, in collaboration with the University of South Carolina and numerous other partners, […] Read More »

Ojai Art Center presents an intimate evening with Nick Mancini Trio

A concert for jazz lovers featuring Nick Mancini Trio with Brad Dutz on percussion, Bruce Lett on bass and the legendary Nick Mancini on vibraphone. One night only. Friday, May 10, at 7:00 pm at the Ojai Art Center at 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. Advance tickets are $20 or at the door for $25 […] Read More »

Coffee with a Cop

Photo by Michael Gordon The community came together with Ventura Police Officers in a friendly, informal environment to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a good cup of coffee for Coffee with a Cop which was held at the new Starbucks located at 4722 Telephone Road, on March 14.   Read More »

YMCA Summer Camp is more than just child care

Leadership abilities that last a lifetime. The Ventura Family YMCA is gearing up for another summer filled with adventure, laughter, and enriching the lives of the Y campers, parents and staff. Summer Camp is more than just child care, Y camp creates a world of good where children find a sense of belonging, and parents […] Read More »

Surfrider volunteers: Making a wave of difference in our community

Surfrider volunteers cleaning up Ormand Beach. Photo by Vince Kinsch. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer The Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches, organizes activities, champions for policy change, and fights legal battles for our coasts. Tuesday, April 2, Surfrider’s Ventura County Chapter will be holding […] Read More »

Ventura to host 1st Annual Walk For Kids

Hundreds of supporters are anticipated to come together in support of critically ill children and their families to help raise funds and awareness at the first-ever Ventura Walk for Kids. The fun, family-friendly 5k event aims to raise $125,000 for programs supporting families who are caring for a child with a serious injury or illness. […] Read More »

Las Patronas Auxiliary Assistance League® of Ventura County

Las Patronas Board Members Leslie O’Brien, Michele Borchard, Lori Swanson, Wendy Eales and Rebecca Pecsok celebrated at the ball. A family tradition for 62 years, the Las Patronas Ball celebrated a masquerade theme this year. The guests were welcomed by Las Patronas Chairman, Michele Borchard who presided as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. It […] Read More »

Festivities with CAPS Media

Evan Carpenter, Jerry Breiner and Tim O’Neil at the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The CAPS Media Crew captured the St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities, broadcasting and live streaming Ventura’s 31st annual celebration on channel 6 and on capsmedia.org. More than seventy groups and performers joined in the fun and entertained thousands of parade watchers […] Read More »

Wish Kid cares for zoo animals

Payton and her new Koala friend. Payton Davis loves animals and wants to become a veterinarian when she grows up. She loves the San Diego Zoo, and always wanted a behind the scenes tour of how it operates. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, heard about Payton’s […] Read More »

Easter Basket Drive for children being held at the Ventura County Medical Center

Join the Ventura Police Department in bringing joy to local children battling cancer at the Ventura County Medical Center. The community is invited to help Ventura Police Officers and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation create Easter baskets for these special children. Donations are accepted until April 5. Community members can donate completed baskets or items […] Read More »

Lions Club members work on Habitat for Humanity home in Santa Paula

On March 9, Ventura Downtown Lions Club members worked on a home in Santa Paula through the Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. Read More »

Mosquitoes can transmit diseases

With warmer weather, longer days, and increased outdoor activities, a higher risk of exposure to mosquitoes is to be expected. Since mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV), St. Louis Encephalitis Virus or Western Equine Encephalitis Virus, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division (Division) is advising the public to take precautions to […] Read More »

Fuddy Meers – Really?

Rubicon Theatre Company continues the 2019 season with the dark and zany comedy Fuddy Meers. Amnesiac Claire awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. One morning, Claire is abducted by a limping, lisping man who claims her husband wants to kill […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 13 – Mar 27 – Apr 9, 2019 - On Vacation

Barbara Quaid, CEO, Ventura County Fairgrounds and longtime family friend Larry Starling from Prescott, AZ with their favorite newspaper the Breeze on a recent trip to Puerto Vallarta.      Read More »

Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation awards $551,000 to local non-profits

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded a total of $551,000 in grants to 15 local non-profit organizations providing services to youth and adolescents. Grants ranged from $10,000 to $100,000, and were allocated to fund children’s services in the coming year, including: Local recipients were: Academic assistance in math, reading, and language […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 47th Benefactors’ Ball

Three physicians in Ventura’s Woodburn family, along with Community Memorial Health System Board Member Jeffrey D. Paul, will be honored at the Community Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 47th Benefactors’ Ball, which takes place on Saturday, April 13 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. The public is welcome to attend and tickets are available online at www.benefactorsball.org or […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze self-publishing seminar at Mimi’s Café

On March 24, the Ventura Breeze presented a self-publishing seminar at Mimi’s Café. It featured presentations by four Breeze contributing writers Mira Reverente, Maryann Ridini Spencer, James Francis Gray and Sheli Ellsworth. It was moderated by Breeze publisher-editor Sheldon Brown. After the presentations the crowd of over 30 asked many important questions that were answered […] Read More »

The winners of the County Ventura St. Patrick’s day parade have been announced

There were 76 parade entries. The parade theme was “Memories of the Past.”  The Grand Marshal was a nod to the past honoring the Grand Marshals of all the past parades, led by Jim Monahan. The winners are: Color Guard: Oxnard High School Air Force Junior ROTC Bands High School Band: (Tie) Marching Swarm of […] Read More »

United Way of Ventura County introduces New Vice President of Resource Development & Marketing

United Way of Ventura County (UWVC) is proud to announce it has appointed Mitchel Sloan as Vice President of Resource Development & Marketing. He brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing and fundraising. Sloan most recently served as Vice President of Development & Communications at the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter, where […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation seeks sponsors for student scholarship events

The Ventura College Foundation is seeking sponsors for several Ventura College student scholarship award events scheduled for April and May. The inaugural Allied Health Scholarship Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, April 13 at Ventura College’s Wright Event Center. This new scholarship event will honor Ventura College students interested in paramedic, nursing and other medical […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries April events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 4/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 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 4/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Mondays @ 10:30-11:30am 4/2, 9, 16, 23, […] Read More »

Audubon events

April 6, 9 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area (HRNA) Spring Clean Up Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478 Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. This will be our Spring Clean Up we will work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, […] Read More »

Wild Winter Worries

by Kevin O’Connor Meteorologists say much of this strange weather moving south was the result of a polar vortex.  Despite the many negative impacts typically associated with this recent polar vortex, the record-breaking cold may have killed some harmful, invasive species, according to a press release by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). “While most […] Read More »

Ethan McKinley selected as Channel Islands National Park Superintendent

McKinley has more than 12 years’ experience with the National Park Service. The National Park Service has selected Ethan McKinley to serve as the next superintendent of Channel Islands National Park. McKinley has been serving as the park’s acting superintendent since July, following the June retirement of Superintendent Russell Galipeau. “Ethan is one of the […] Read More »

Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals and Irish Belle announced

Kaylie Pendleton, this year’s Irish Belle for the County Ventura St. Patrick’s with Councilmember Erik Nasarenko. Grand marshals of yesteryear will return to lead the 31st annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on Saturday, March 16, in downtown Ventura. The parade theme is “Memories of the Past.” The contingent of grand marshals will be […] Read More »

Blast off and fly deep into space with Robotics!

Students from a previous competition in heated battle. Photo by Richard Lieberman Get your game on this spring at Ventura College for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Watch 42 high school teams as they form alliances and do battle in order to secure a place at the National Competition in Texas. In its fifth year, this […] Read More »

New research on Chumash settlement of Santa Rosa Island

In one of the first studies of settlement of the vast interior region of Santa Rosa Island, Christopher Jazwa, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), has found a pattern of the Chumash moving seasonally to use resources beyond the island coastline. Jazwa has been surveying for archaeological sites in the […] Read More »

Olivas Adobe says goodbye to Historical Interpreters Rosey and Ernie Calvillo

At the general meeting of the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters, held at the Adobe on March 6, Rosey and Ernie Calvillo said goodbye to their many years of volunteering and goodbye to Ventura. They are moving to San Diego to be with family. At the meeting they spoke of their love for the Adobe and […] Read More »

Ventura Water Presents the 7th Annual Water: Take 1 Film Festival

Thursday, March 21, at 6:00 pm, at the Buenaventura Banquet Center-5882 Olivas Park Dr. The 7th Annual Water: Take 1 Film Festival presents water-themed short films that showcase critical water issues as well as community efforts in water conservation, resource management, and sustainability. Space is limited at this free event. Please RSVP at www.watertake1.com to […] Read More »

“An Indefinite Duration” Contemporary Dance Event

by Amy Brown Ventura choreographer Devin Fulton has been dancing since age three, and is now bringing her decades of experience to the fore in a new contemporary dance show she directs, featuring talented choreographers and dancers from both Ventura County and Los Angeles. “An Indefinite Duration” has nine pieces, each exploring the human obsession […] Read More »

Tony the Vet

by Alison Oatman Everyone knows Tony the Vet. For fifteen years, this disabled 72-year-old veteran has been hawking his wares—a combination of baseball caps, decals, flags and other assorted patriotic tchotchkes—on a side road next to the Target on Main Street. Tony is a warm, spirited man who presides over his collection of carefully lettered […] Read More »

Ockert has joined the board of directors of the Ventura College Foundation.

Kristin Ockert worked with community colleges for 21 years, mostly in state level policy and program development. She currently is on the foundation’s Strategic Planning Committee, which is developing a new multi-year plan that is incorporating input from community stakeholders and reflecting on new data and projected needs. She also serves on the Scholarship Review […] Read More »

Empowering lives through music in Ventura

by Alison Oatman JAB gets his toddlers to wiggle with excitement to the rousing nursery rhymes he sings as he strums his guitar. To the pleasure of their mothers, the colony of two-year-olds in the room hops ecstatically from lily pad to lily pad, inspired by the colorful mats and the music. This is fun […] Read More »

Fire Safety Day by Ventura Fire Department

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 […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library kick off 50th Birthday Year

by Jill Forman 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 […] Read More »

Soroptimists 12th annual ‘Stop Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery’ event

by Maryssa Rillo 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 […] Read More »

Hypnotherapy vs. Psychotherapy

by Brian Balke Hypnosis Rising 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 […] Read More »

Businesses nationwide help military families through Operation Homefront

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 […] Read More »

Read Across America Day

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. Ventura […] Read More »

Cypress Place accepting scholarship applications

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 […] Read More »

SEEAG seeks business/organization supporters for new mobile classroom

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 […] Read More »

Richard Senate leads Ventura tours

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 […] Read More »

CAPS Media Crew Covers St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival of Talent

The CAPS Media Crew will be “wearing the green” on Saturday, March 16th broadcasting and live streaming Ventura’s 31st annual St Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 10 AM on channel 6. The festive event, sponsored by Ventura Elks Lodge #1430, is a community wide celebration with dancers, classic vehicles, music performances, and much more. Former […] Read More »

Totally Local VC’s Ventura County AG Week

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation presents its third annual “Ventura County Ag Week,” a celebration of Ventura County Agriculture from March 25 through March 31, 2019. “Hundreds of locals and visitors alike turn out for this week-long event, and the crowds get larger every year,” said […] Read More »

“Spread Peace and Love” mural by VCS students on display

Students had the opportunity to chat with Ventura’s Mayor Matt LaVere (he’s the bigger one). Photo by VCS parent Manjula Perera On Thursday, February 21st, 50 third graders from Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education (VCS) walked two miles to Ventura City Hall for a highly anticipated field trip. This journey was a […] Read More »

Upcoming community events with CAPS

Annabelle Augustine interviews Allison Villas and Grace Johnston-Glick about their Thomas Fire experiences. CAPS Media continues to broadcast great member programming including a fascinating travel show and one covering environmental topics, current event programming and even short form dramatic films. Our members also cover many local events and performances. We continue to broadcast our award winning […] Read More »

Design in the Making: Ventura County Architecture

Cayetano School Wilson, Stroh, Wilson, AIA. The Museum of Ventura County and the American Institute of Architects Ventura County (AIAVC) present Design in the Making, a community Architectural Exhibit exploring the dynamic role of architects and designers in affecting positive change in our community through the creative design process. Admission is Free for museum and […] Read More »

Our Ventura TV surpassed 900 video/tv productions

Veronica Slavin, Dan Feliz, George Alger, Sandra Siepak and Michelle Hoover are all part of the Our Ventura TV team. In-studio interview productions are done in association with CAPS Media Center 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 […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting held for Riverside Apartments

Cutting the ribbon is City of Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere surrounded by people that made it happen. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday, February 20 , for Riverside Street Apartments, a new 23-unit affordable housing community located at 791 Riverside Drive, Ventura. The project was developed by W & J Investments, LLC and built […] Read More »

Rotary Club of Ventura South to host Mardi Gras Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Ventura South will host its 4th annual Mardi Gras fundraiser in support of Turning Point Foundation on Sunday, March 3. The gala event begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard, and will feature traditional New Orleans jazz and food, silent and live auctions of […] Read More »

Oxnard Salsa Festival accepting applications for Community Stage

Dates for the 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival are July 27 and 28, 2019. Attracting visitors from throughout southern California, the festival is a celebration of everything salsa – the food, music and dance. It takes place at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” streets in historic downtown Oxnard from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries March Events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 3/4, 11, 18, & 25 Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm Join us for storytelling, nursery rhymes, and more! Lego Play 3/7, 14, 21, & 28 Thursdays @ 3 –5pm Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Adult Classes & Events Laubach Literacy English Classes 3/4, 11, […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 11 – Feb 27 – Mar 12, 2019 - On Vacation

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AIDS Walk

Diversity Collective Ventura County will host the 5th Annual AIDS Walk Ventura on March 2, from 9:00am-1:00pm in Park Plaza, in Downtown Ventura.  Ongina, HIV activist and contestant in Ru Paul’s Drag Race, will host the event for over 2,000 participants. There is no entry fee, and registration for AIDS Walk 2019 is now open. […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society March Events

March 3, 8:00 am Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area, Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478. 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 & sun protection. March 10 2019, 8:30 am Port Hueneme Exploration/Bubbling Springs, […] Read More »

Gold Coast Concert Chorus and Ventura College Chorus premiers words

The Gold Coast Concert Chorus (GCCC) combined with Ventura College Chorus, under the direction of Elizabeth Helms, will present their second concert of the 2018/2019 season on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Camarillo. The concert will feature three remarkable choral works by renowned American composers. Frostiana: Seven Country Songs, a […] Read More »

Membership event held for VBG

Dr. Joseph Cahill poses next to artists rendering of improvements to Ventura Botanical Gardens. On a recent Saturday, at Spice Topia in Ventura, Ventura’s Botanical Gardens held a membership event from 11 am to 3 pm. “There are many aspects to the botanical gardens. It’s a place to explore, it’s a place of rejuvenation and […] Read More »

You’ve been challenged Ventura!

by Sergio Coppa, MBA Marketing Manager Ventura small businesses and organizations have been challenged to unleash the power of their community. Joining forces with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, is a winning formula for patients in our community. Together, we transform lives each and every day, right here at home. Opportunities to be an agent […] Read More »

Project Understanding: Serving People in Need in Ventura County-Part 2

A group of volunteers is sorting Thanksgiving baskets Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Project Understanding, founded with the support of the community and many faith-based congregations has been serving Ventura County for over 40 years. Their goal of moving clients out of homelessness providing support, food, housing, and educational programs, has been […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair announces 10th annual poster contest for county youth

James Lockwood Fair Public Relations and Marketing Director congratulating the 2018 winners. The 2019 Ventura County Fair has announced the Call for Entries for the 10th annual poster contest.  The contest is open to young artists in grades 5 – 12 who reside in Ventura County. The theme of the 2019 Fair is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” and […] Read More »

Entry Into the 2019 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade just got easier

Last year’s parade drew a record crowd in the thousands. Parade entries are now being accepted for the 31st annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled on Saturday, March 16, along Main Street in downtown Ventura. It will please prospective entrants to know that the entry process has become much easier this year. Just […] Read More »

Volunteers replace community dome cover at River Haven

The dome is a gathering place at River Haven. by Jill Forman Young adults swarmed over the skeleton of the large geodesic dome in the center of River Haven. A lift was lowering a giant canvas covering. Outside and inside the dome Turning Point staff, volunteers, reporters, residents (and dogs) gave advice, took pictures and […] Read More »

A Contest for Animal Lovers

What corner in Ventura is this (hint it’s on the west side)? The winner wins 2 tickets to RESCUECON, a convention like no other, where the human-animal bond takes center stage on February 23-24, 2019. See the Pet Page this issue for all of the details. Answer to edittor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

CAPS Media and ECTV win ACM Wave awards

ECTV students Sienna Shaifer, Bella Welch, Mohamad Abdulah, Josh Brook, Eleana Newton, Gina Favazzo, Claire Villegas, Jessica Llamas, Keegan Pancretz and Jacob. Congratulations to CAPS Media producers and students from El Camino High School for winning WAVE Awards at the recent ACM conference in Long Beach. The WAVE Awards (Western Alliance Video Excellence) were presented at […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival announces Silver Anniversary lineup

Nuvi Mehta introduced the artists for the Silver Anniversary. On Monday, January 28, a presentation was held at the Museum of Ventura County for the “Silver Anniversary Festival Preview” for the Ventura Music Festival new season. The program included artist previews of the Festival’s July line-up along with live music and refreshments. Always informative and […] Read More »

We made the mural to spread kindness

Third graders working on their mural “Spread Peace and Love.” Third graders of Ventura Charter School of Global Arts and Education (VCS) have been taking part in a project created by their teachers called, “Moment of Peace.” Days start with a read-aloud story or hands-on activity in the theme of teaching peace. Sometimes students greet […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 10 – Feb 13 – Feb 26, 2019 - On Vacation

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The Eye Clinic is looking for optometrists

The Eye Clinic is currently looking for an optometrist that would like to help others in our community by performing eye exams and vision test. This is a paid position for once a week at about 4 hours. The Ventura Rotary Club, Ventura Downtown Lions Club and the Salvation Army of Ventura have partnered to […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Breeze Wondering why City Hall seems to have added three super-bright spotlights facing directly behind on to the hillsides. Most County regulations discourage all but down-facing lights to reduce disturbance to wildlife. Debra Barringer Debra We have spot lights to illuminate our parking lot for our visitors and employee safety at night to get to […] Read More »

Creativity, service inspire local “Banjo Gal”

by Jill Forman Banjo player, songwriter and singer Donna Lynn Caskey isn’t sure where the nickname “Banjo Gal” came from, but it suits her. “It just kind of stuck,” she says; “people forget my name.” Growing up in Virginia, and at college in the Blue Ridge Mountains, she dreamed about banjos and got “weepy” when […] Read More »

CMH Auxiliary Volunteer’s department new uniforms

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue describes the CMH Auxiliary Volunteer’s department new uniforms. Out with the old color of pink tops. Please visit the new hospital to see the hospital and the new uniforms. The volunteers are always looking for new male and female volunteers so talk to them about that when […] Read More »

Join the Hokuloa Feb. 23

Join the Hokuloa on Feb.23, 10am-2pm for an Open House on the Beach. An introduction for youth and adult Outrigger Paddling in a 6-man canoe. Provided will be a paddle, a short lesson and practice on the water at Ventura Harbor at the end of Spinnaker Dr. For more information Hokuloaoutrigger.com. Hokuloa is celebrating 30 […] Read More »

River Community Church honors Ventura’s best.

Resee Jones -Ladies Ministry Team Leader, Troy Jones – Worship Pastor, Jim Duran – Lead Pastor, Don Knisley – Associate Pastor, Margaret Rosenberger (86 years old) – Associate Pastor, James Gonzales – Associate Pastor, Terry Long – Associate Pastor and Doug Long -Associate Pastor receiving their recognition from Duran. Photo by Richard Lieberman On Feb. 6 The […] Read More »

Ventura writers win awards

The Ventura County Writers Club is proud to announce the winners of its 18th annual short story contest. “We received some of the best stories in the youth category we have ever had,” says VCWC President Rhonda Noda. First place winner, in the high school category, Lauryn Trimmer (17) won $100 for her story Shooting […] Read More »

Local high school teacher learns new lessons from foster student

In the last year of her 40-year teaching career, Karen Blackwell shares what a Foster VC Kids student taught her and encourages other community members to help at-risk youth. Karen Blackwell has dedicated 40 years of her life to teaching middle school and high school students. For the last 25 years she taught at Ventura […] Read More »

A Golden Year for Ventura Friends of the Library

This is a Golden Year for Ventura Friends of the Library, the dedicated volunteers who help support Ventura’s four branch libraries, (Avenue Library, E.P. Foster Library, Hill Road Library and Saticoy Library), manage the bookshop in E.P. Foster Library and organize regular book sales to raise funds for the libraries’ various requirements, from books, to […] Read More »

For the first time both young women and young men celebrated together

From twilight hikes, to festive launch parties and campouts, thousands of Scouts, parents, and volunteers celebrated nationwide as the Boy Scouts of America welcomed for the first time both young women and young men ages 11-17 into its most iconic program. Members of Troop 1176 from Ventura were on hand at the Scout Service Center […] Read More »

Visitors savor handcrafted clam chowder in celebration of National Clam Chowder Day

Do you like your chowders creamy and rich or with a tangy tomato-base? Chowder is a common food staple among seaside communities, with 10 varieties of this heartwarming dish served seaside at Ventura Harbor Village restaurants. Discover your favorite rendition of Clam Chowder at the 2nd Annual Chowder Taste in Ventura Harbor Village on Sunday, […] Read More »

Chris Hillman performs at The Museum of Ventura County

by Mark Stienecker In correlation with his Museum of Ventura County historical exhibit, “Chris Hillman: Time Between”, Chris Hillman, along with his longtime musical collaborator, Herb Pedersen, performed before a standing room only crowd in the Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion. The longtime Ventura resident has written and performed his songs with some […] Read More »

Third year for March for Justice in Ventura

Ventura City Council members Cheryl Heitmann and Christy Weir and ex-council member Carl Morehouse were there showing support for the March for Justice. Photos by Bernie Goldstein Even though the location changed because Plaza Park was saturated with rainfall an enthusiastic crowed celebrated the women’s march. The starting point for the women’s march through downtown was […] Read More »

Adventure, lore and more await visitors at Ventura Harbor

A Majestic sight – tall ships sail into Ventura Harbor. It’s time to plan an adventure to Ventura Harbor Village as the majestic Tall Ships are voyaging back into town just in time for Valentine’s Day and the Presidential Weekends! Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington will commence their annual journey along the California coast to […] Read More »

Meet Ventura’s future city leaders

Mayor for a Moment, season 4, is in full swing. The student recognition program is a collaboration with the City of Ventura, the Ventura Unified School District and CAPS Media. Each month an outstanding 5th grader is selected by the individual elementary schools. The “young mayor” is invited to gavel the start of a City […] Read More »

Wilderness course now in its eleventh year

WBC students resting at Sheep Camp monument in the snow. Photo by Michael Kuredjian The local Sierra Club’s annual Wilderness Basics Course begins Feb 6, gathering local outdoor experts to teach and share tips on how to be safe and comfortable outdoors, enhancing day hikes to backpacking adventures. Considering the number of people that do […] Read More »

First Annual Charity Kickball Tournament

The Barracks Project West Coast is 100% volunteer run non-profit 501c3 supporting our honorably discharged veterans create stable living environments through service projects, financial assistance for housing, and coordination with career assistance. They are hosting their First Annual Charity Kickball Tournament March 16 at Camino Real Park in Ventura. It’s set to be their largest […] Read More »

2018 by Venturans for Efficient & Responsible Government (VERG)

Last year was a most transformational year in Ventura’s history. Every aspect of life in Ventura was affected. The city was in the national spotlight, twice. Leadership changed but at a high price. Old ways of doing business didn’t change, though. Overall, it was a year to remember. December 2017-To understand 2018, you must appreciate […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society February events

February 2, 2019 8:00 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478 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 & sun protection. February 9, 2019 8:30 a.m. Arroyo Verde Park […] Read More »

Who doesn’t want to be an author?

That lifelong dream can now become a reality. Award -winning journalist, author and publisher Beverly Russell will give you all the answers about how to go about publishing your own book on a budget. Classes for the six-week course will be at the Senior Center, 550 N. Ventura Avenue, and will take place every Thursday from 2-3 […] Read More »

Casa Pacifica welcomes new member to board of directors

Casa Pacifica is proud to welcome Daniel Friedlander, Esq. to its Board of Directors this year. Comprised of 24 individuals, Casa Pacifica’s board members offer a wealth of experience and expertise in a wide range of areas, such as the legal field with several lawyers; in financial services with representatives from a number of banks, […] Read More »

Board Chair, Shannon Hillygus shared his vision for the year

Chamber welcomed the 2019 Board of Directors at annual meeting. Photo by Dan Holmes The Ventura Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Meeting and Board Installation at the Pierpont Inn Thursday, January 16, 2019. Not only does this membership gathering serve as the annual meeting to officially elect the Board and Officers for the year, but […] Read More »

Volleyball players at San Pedro

Volleyball players at the end of San Pedro didn’t let high surf and big waves keep them from enjoying a play day at the beach. Read More »

The future of neurosurgery explored at CMHS Seminar

Neurosurgery dates back to prehistoric times, when ancient civilizations first began the practice of drilling holes into skulls for medical reasons. Centuries later, in the early 1900s, a pioneering doctor named Harvey Cushing transformed the science of neurosurgery with discoveries that dramatically increased brain surgery survival rates. Since then, the medical community has continued to […] Read More »

Workforce Development Board of Ventura County names new executive director

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Ventura County has named Rebecca Evans as its executive director. Before joining the WDB, Evans was a senior manager for the Human Services Agency within the County of Ventura. While with the Human Services Agency, Evans oversaw programs including Homeless Services, the Homeless Management Information System, RAIN Transitional Living […] Read More »

Always wanted to learn about fly fishing?

The Sespe Flyfishers of Ventura will be conducting an introductory class on fly fishing and casting the fly rod on Saturday, Feb. 2nd, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, and you are invited to join in at Chumash Park, Petit and Waco, in East Ventura (off Telephone Rd). There is no charge and all are welcome. […] Read More »

Previous Harbor Community Church lot to be sold

In a very controversial agreement, the City agreed to pay $2.3 million to buy this property. Quoting, in part from a previous article in the Ventura Breeze written by Rebecca Wicks: “Harbor Community Church has filed a lawsuit against the City of Ventura signaling the start of the next round in the fight over the […] Read More »

YMCA to kick off its Annual Campaign

The Ventura Family YMCA is gaining momentum to kick off Annual Campaign, a volunteer-lead effort that raises funds for programs that membership fees do not cover. Life enriching programs like LIVESTRONG® and Third Grade Learn to Swim are supported solely by donations. Annual Campaign Chair Pattie Braga understands the deep and meaningful impact the Y […] Read More »

Immerse in verse

The Ventura County Writers Club invites poets of all ages to enter its 19th Annual Poetry Contest. The contest welcomes all genres of poetry into two youth divisions and one adult division. Entries will be accepted through February 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST online via submittables.com. Winners receive cash prizes and opportunities to read their […] Read More »

Astronomical high-rough tide

An astronomical high-rough tide brought seawater well above its usual path unto our beaches and some homes. Photo by Mark Stienecker (stairs by Richard Lieberman) Read More »

Robbery prevention tips for convenience store owners/employees

by Ashley Bautista Community Outreach Specialist There has been an increase in robberies at local convenience stores in the City of Ventura. Persons, who own, operate or are employed by convenience store type businesses, may be susceptible to persons committing robberies. The Ventura Police Department urges store owners, operators and employees to use caution and […] Read More »

Project Understanding: Serving People in Need in Ventura County-Part one

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “Giving a hand up, not a handout,” is Project Understanding’s slogan. For over 40 years with the support of the community and many faith-based congregations, Project Understanding has been able to carry on a mission to provide hope to individuals and transform lives by developing and directing […] Read More »

New Olivas Adobe “docent” board officers sworn in

Being installed by Marie Lakin (on the right) are Mary Thompson, Chuck Albert and Marsha Brumana On Thursday, January 10, the new Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters (referred to as docents) board officers were sworn in by Marie Lakin, City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Commissioner at Mimi’s Café at the Pacific View Mall. Attending the swearing-in […] Read More »

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, […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

Heisenberg is sexy and full of surprises

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 […] Read More »

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

Sustainability Now News 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 […] Read More »

Pier damaged by winter storm bringing 15 foot waves

Photo by Mark Stienecker On Wednesday, January 9, high waves pounded our coastline and the pier forcing, once again the closure of the pier. A high surf warning went into effect for the Ventura County coast, where breakers of up to 15-feet were seen. Read More »

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 NambaArts.com. 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 […] Read More »

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 & […] Read More »

Arroyo Verde Park Playground design community outreach meeting

The City of Ventura invites residents of all ages to help design the new playground at Arroyo Verde Park. The park’s previous play structure was destroyed in the Thomas Fire, and the City plans to build a brand-new inclusive playground where children of all abilities can play. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January […] Read More »

Do you have overdue books?

Food for Fines week at Ventura County Library is February 10 – 16. Ventura County Library, in partnership with FOOD Share Ventura County, is offering customers the ability to return overdue items along with canned food donations to have overdue fines reduced or eliminated. Customers with existing overdue charges can also pay down fines with […] Read More »

Dear friends of the Museum

We are in the process of gathering information to shape the Museum’s priorities for the next five years. We would really appreciate your taking the time to envision the future with us. Please share your thoughts by completing this brief survey. It is simple and should take less than five minutes overall. The information gathered […] Read More »

CAPS Media membership has its privileges

The New Year is a great time to join CAPS Media, where Member/Producers can explore any subject that interests them and CAPS will broadcast the story on television and stream it online. CAPS Media is a public access television and radio center that fulfills a fundamental right guaranteed by the First Amendment. As a free […] Read More »

Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you?

Find out how at the next Informational Session at court appointed special advocates (“CASA”) for foster children. Today, there are nearly 1,000 children in the Ventura County Dependency Court System who are victims of abuse and neglect. With a string of people, often including their own parents, in and out of their lives, these children […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

What are those large blue pipes in the empty lot at Seaward and Harbor? Veronica Usher As always (When possible) we ask the experts. Veronica: These are 36” PVC sewer pipes that will go in Harbor Blvd. from the Arundell Barranca (near the Harbor) to San Pedro. The existing lines will be abandoned and these […] Read More »

The program features well-loved children's songs

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Performances support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development. Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children’s Choir) works in the African […] Read More »

Circle of Friends seeking new members

Circle of Friends, a non-profit social organization for active retired women, is welcoming new members. Please join them for lunch on Wednesday, February 6 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 600 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard to see what they are all about. The monthly luncheons feature a program and there are special interest groups that meet monthly. […] Read More »

“Are we sure there is a fire here?”

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Gardens break records

The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) broke visitor records recently, with over 1400 visitors on New Year’s Day, and over 600 on Christmas Day. After being closed for nearly a year after the Thomas Fire, visitors were enthusiastic about revisiting the Gardens to see how the fire affected it, as well as the dramatic physical changes […] Read More »

Ventura County’s Channel Islands Gulls celebrates banner year of fundraising

The Channel Islands Gulls are pleased to announce another record year of fundraising for 11 Ventura County nonprofit organizations: California Coastal Horse Rescue; Camarillo Hospice; Caregivers, Volunteers Assisting the Elderly; The Lighthouse for Women and Children; Many Meals of Camarillo; National Alliance on Mental Illness; Project Understanding; Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation; St. Vincent […] Read More »

Hospice distributed over 140 Christmas Blankets

Assisted Hospice, in Ventura, was fortunate again this year to distribute approximately 145 Christmas Blankets to their Hospice Patients. The timing was perfect as the temperatures are hitting an all-time low. Assisted started this campaign approximately five years ago, thanks to one of the wonderful volunteers who visited a local facility where there were no […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival 25th Season expands

“The most exciting piano duo on the planet.” At a recent sponsor preview, the iconic Ventura Music Festival announced plans for an expanded silver anniversary celebration next year by bringing renowned artists year-round in addition to its regular two- week season in July. Leading off the celebration on February 9th are Anderson & Roe, lauded […] Read More »

The Channel Cities Jazz Club moving to Ventura

Jimmy McConnell’s Super Big Band will be the opening act. Photo by Michael Gordon The Channel Cities Jazz Club is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to supporting live jazz music performance. For over 30 years, it has presented monthly meetings which featured bands presenting their repertoire of traditional, swing, and other jazz forms, all available for dancing. […] Read More »

The teen and Foster VC Kids are sharing her story

Keanna and Jaci Johnson from Foster VC Kids love the organization. Keanna, age 18, is sharing the story of her life-long foster experience with the hope of encouraging caring adults to welcome a youth into their home as well as inspiring other foster children. She tells prospective foster/resource parents about the positive impact they could […] Read More »

Ventura Pier damaged by recent storm

The powerful waves that hit the coast recently battered the Ventura Pier breaking several pilings. The Pier was closed temporarily but is now open after repairs have been done. Read More »

Signs of the times...

As soon as marijuana is legal in Ventura there will be a place to park for users. Read More »

New 120-unit Marriott Residential Inn begin grading

The construction behind the Golden China Restaurant, at 760 S. Seaward, for the 120-unit Marriott Residential Inn has started with the beginning of grading. The hotel will be 2 to 5 stories, the 5th story is just a small portion of it. It should be completed in about 12-15 months. Read More »

Chillin' with the Breeze

Friday Gretchen, Patti Channer and John White always like to read the Breeze while eating ice cream. They said that it was on short notice so they didn’t have time to invite Sheldon who was still nice enough to run this photo. Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 7 – Jan 3 – Jan 15, 2019 - On Vacation

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The joys and benefits of bicycle travel

The Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), Jim Sayer, will speak about bicycle travel and tourism; the why, what, where, and how of getting on a bike and exploring. He will share how communities coast-to-coast are attracting more bike tourists and how those bike tourists are revitalizing small town America. Jim Sayer will discuss […] Read More »

As gorgeous as it gets by Michael Gordon

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Sustainable Body-Mind-Spirit Tips for 2019

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) One: Go meatless at least once a week Eating less meat, even just one day a week is good for your health according to the Mayo Clinic. Lowering meat intake can be beneficial in lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Meatless meals also benefit […] Read More »

2018 – A year to remember

2018 is a Year to Remember for everyone in Ventura including everyone at CAPS Media. The first few months of the year we dominated by reaction and recovery from the Thomas Fire. CAPS Media covered, broadcast and livestreamed numerous City, County and State events providing the public with valuable updates and recovery information. In February, […] Read More »

Author announces the publication of new online fiction magazine.

Ventura author, John Darling, is proud to announce the launch of his new quarterly online periodical, Strictly Fiction Magazine (http://strictlyfictionmagazine.com) The site will feature fiction, science fiction, romance and mystery selections. There will also be a section for short, pet-based fiction, called Buddy’s Storybook. While the initial installment of the magazine will not be available […] Read More »

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson mourns passing of partner

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP (FCOP), recently announced the passing of long-time partner, Theodore J. England, who joined the firm in 2001. Outside of his work, England was committed to volunteering, serving as a board member at Interface Children Family Services, the Salvation Army and St. John’s Healthcare Foundation. Together with his wife Annette, he […] Read More »

Wear your old clothes and come join in the fun at the Temporary Emergency Shelter

On Saturday, January 5, at 9am help prepare the Oxnard armory for a winter homeless shelter. There is lots to do but the main task is interior painting. Paint will be provided they just need bodies and some supplies. They need the following because everything that is donated ends up saving us money, and allowing […] Read More »

2018 Annual Poinsettia Awards

Photo by Richard Lieberman The 2018 Annual Poinsettia Awards were held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel at the Ventura Harbor. Held on December 6 the program is sponsored by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. The awards program honors those who make a difference in the community. Pictured above the honorees are (by category) Small […] Read More »

WE HAD A CONTEST

On our Facebook we asked readers to name this photo. Our selection committee chose “I know I’m not supposed to ask for a straw in CA but I just can’t drink without one!” submitted by Barb Holden from Ventura as the funniest. She received 2 tickets to the Pompeii exhibit at the Reagan Library. Read More »

End of an era for Vagabond not what you thought!

Ventura will miss the iconic Vagabond. Might it return? by Richard Lieberman The Vagabond Coffee Shop will close January 1st after 52 years of continuous operations. The announcement of the closing was made by Jolene McBee 74, owner of the coffee shop in early December. Owner Albert McBee died 15 years ago and longtime customers […] Read More »

Library events

We are pleased to announce another exciting partnership between the Ventura County Library and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. On October 6, 2018, Pompeii: The Exhibition opened at the Reagan Library, featuring over 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. As with past Reagan Library exhibitions, […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 6 – Dec 19, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019 – On Vacation

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Mountain lion sightings in hillside neighborhoods 

Residents have reported mountain lion sightings in residential hillside neighborhoods in Ventura. This alert is for information only and has been issued as a precaution to our community. Mountain lion attacks are very rare but the Ventura Police Department would like to remind residents of a few simple tips to protect you and your loved […] Read More »

The Little Girl by Ariel Rahder-Ventura College

            The little girl you find under the cardboard box,             Is hungry for basic needs,             Dirty from countless days,             And shivering from the holes in her socks.             This little girl doesn’t ask for much,             But she has wants and needs.             But you wouldn’t know, would you?             Because no one ever asks the little girl on the […] Read More »

Ventura Holiday Candlelight Tours of the Historic Olivas Adobe

The City of Ventura Holiday Candlelight Tours of the Historic Olivas Adobe was held on Sunday, December 9. Attendees of all ages, looking to get into the holiday spirit enjoyed this event while learning about life in the late 1800s. Tours experience what life was like long ago at this expansive adobe home and courtyard […] Read More »

CMH is now open

Community Memorial Health System has successfully completed the State of California inspection of the new Ocean Tower at Community Memorial Hospital. The hospital received an exemplary report that noted no deficiencies and has moved into the new building on Sunday, Dec. 16. “Our staff should be commended for this extraordinary accomplishment. This commitment to excellence […] Read More »

Are you an aspiring cartoonist?

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CAPS in our community

The Perfect Firestorm, our documentary film that chronicles these personal stories of survival and healing during and following the devastating Thomas Fire had a series of successful screenings last week. Comments included “Emotional, heartbreaking and yet so much heroism and community pride” posted Kat Merrick and another told us “I learned so much and realized […] Read More »

Holidays at the Plaza

More than 100 elaborately decorated trees are on display for “Holidays at the Plaza” at Plaza Park running through Jan. 2. Families, businesses and nonprofits decorated the trees in their own unique way. The purpose of the Holidays at the Plaza is to bring holiday cheer to the community. Holidays at the Plaza also had […] Read More »

Kaye Mand selected as County Chief Financial Officer

Kaye Mand has been selected as the new County Chief Financial Officer. The appointment was made by County Executive Officer Mike Powers following a thorough, nationwide search which resulted in more than 150 applicants, including numerous strong internal and external candidates. Mand has more than 28 years of fiscal analysis, accounting and management experience in […] Read More »

Collecting donations for the Salvation Army

If you are near Von’s on Harbor by Seaward at the right time you can be entertained by Lori and John Redding with 91-year old dad Robert Hamilton collecting your needed donations for the Salvation Army. They have been entertaining at a Kettle for over 5-years. The Bellringer program is collecting donations for the Salvation […] Read More »

Anne Paul King Named Ventura College Foundation Executive Director

At its September 26 meeting, the Ventura College Foundation board of directors named Anne Paul King executive director of the foundation. King had been interim executive since July 2017 when she assumed the post vacated by Norbert Tan. King previously served as the foundation’s director of development. “There are no words to describe how incredible […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze New Years Issue on the streets January 3rd

Because of the new year happenings the next issue of the Ventura Breeze will be available on Thursday, January 3 instead of Wednesday, January 2. We know it will be difficult for you to wait an extra day but well worth the wait. Read More »

NAVFAC has announced its selection for the 2019 Civilian Engineer of the Year Award

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named NAVFAC EXWC’s Civilian Engineer of the Year.” Tami Relph, a Ventura resident and environmental sustainability lead at NAVFAC EXWC, was selected as Civilian Engineer of the Year for her leadership capabilities and dedication to the U.S. Navy’s Environmental Security Program and the NAVFAC enterprise. “This […] Read More »

All proceeds support and ensure the continuation of hospice and bereavement programs

by Lee Sherman Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association’s “Light Up a Life” event provides comfort, solace and an opportunity for those who have lost someone to honor their loved one’s memory. And the acts of remembrance extend far beyond Ventura County. I first became aware of Livingston in 2013 when I attended one of their […] Read More »

Coats for kids can be left at numerous locations

Four Seasons Cleaners and the Rotary Club of Ventura collaborate to implement The Coats for Kids Project. November 2018 marked the fifteenth year of this project and again this year the Rotary Club of Ventura South joins the effort. The clubs initiate the collection of coats at numerous locations. Four Seasons Cleaners cleans the coats […] Read More »

42nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks

On Dec. 14&15, the Ventura Harbor celebrated the season with its 42nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks.The 2018 theme paid homage to all things 70’s. It featured a very colorful Boat Parade and Harbor Village festivities! Read More »

Audubon events January 2019

January 5: Ventura Audubon Christmas Bird Count – Leader: Frank DeMartino 856-906-8733 or you may call one of the Section Leaders listed on website. Birders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. The more participants we have, the more areas we can cover and we can cover them more thoroughly. Sector Leaders usually start […] Read More »

People of many faiths come together for SOS!

“First we pray, then we act for justice.” So the Rev. Dr. Betty Stapleford opened the Interfaith Prayer Vigil at the “Sunday of Solidarity with Refugee Families” in Ventura on December 9th. It was held at the corner of Victoria and Telephone at the Ventura County Government Center. Dr. Stapleford is a Unitarian Universalist minister […] Read More »

We are healthcare advocates

by Jolene Bibian I’m part of a committee planning a local 5k in Ventura scheduled for January 12th, 2019. This event is our first attempt at our goal of raising $10k to get a Children’s Dream Racer Car built for VCMC Pediatrics unit. These cars are built by Mark ‘Smitty’ Smith who worked on NASCARs […] Read More »

MERITO Foundation: Inspiring our youth to become environmental stewards

Volunteers sorting the debris they picked up…some is trash and some are recyclables. Photo courtesy of MERITO Foundation Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “We all deserve to live in a world with clean air, clean water, and abundant, healthy food sources and it’s all our responsibility for the care of our planet,” said […] Read More »

Cabrillo Middle School brings home robotics honors

The Riptide Robotics team from Cabrillo Middle School in Ventura recently participated in the First LEGO League Los Angeles Area Championship Tournament, after winning the Champion’s Award at the Ventura Regionals. They came home with the coveted First LEGO League Research Project Award for the work they did on their project, the “Veggie-Sphere.” This year’s […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County names new Library and Archives Director

The Museum of Ventura County has announced Deya Terrafranca as its new library and archives director. Terrafranca will be responsible for managing all aspects of the regional special collection and historical research library, including collection development and supervision of more than 20 volunteers. Terrafranca’s appointment follows the retirement of Charles Johnson, who came to Ventura […] Read More »

The Ventura Film Society is about to be reborn.

The Ventura Film Society 2.0 hosted a reception at the Museum of Ventura County on December 7th to preview its 2019 season. Commentary from past VFS members and introductions from past VFS director Lorenzo Destefano, along with new Executive Director Mike Miller were presented. The Ventura Film Society is about to be reborn. Founded by […] Read More »

Each year, during the holiday season, Vitalant experiences the “perfect storm”

Most hospitals in Ventura County have one thing in common, they receive blood from Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services. Who donates this much needed blood? Citizens of Ventura County just like you, who have realized the importance of keeping a healthy blood supply in our community. Ready at a moment’s notice, many units of blood […] Read More »

The joys and benefits of bicycle travel

The Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), Jim Sayer, will speak about bicycle travel and tourism; the why, what, where, and how of getting on a bike and exploring. He will share how communities coast-to-coast are attracting more bike tourists and how those bike tourists are revitalizing small town America. Jim Sayer will discuss […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 6 – Dec 19, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019 - On Vacation

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Helpful Honda Holiday Treats Truck

The Helpful Honda guys dispatched their iconic Helpful Honda Holiday Treats Truck to surprise kids of all ages with free treats! The Free Treats Truck visited the Kids & Families Together Holiday Party at 864 E. Santa Clara on Saturday, December 8th to bring extra joy to the kids. Over 280 Kinship, Adoption, and Foster kids came […] Read More »

7-Day river cruise to raise funds to support those affected by disaster

Hathaway Dream Vacations in Carpinteria has partnered with The Local Love Project and Chocolats du CaliBressan in Santa Barbara to host the Local Love Project River Cruise, which will raise funds to support those affected by disaster or in time of need. The unique fundraising cruise aboard AmaWaterways’ AmaCello departs Lyon, France on September 5, […] Read More »

The gift of giving

by Karen Leslie, writer with heart A winter wonderland in Ventura you ask? Yes indeed! On December 9th, 2018 Santa Claus arrived, HO HO HO-ING to the 2nd annual open house Fundraiser Benefit for The Ventura County Ombudsman Program. Visitors journeyed back in time to the 1950’s at Christmastime, to the small Minnesota town of […] Read More »

Annual memorial service for our homeless neighbors

Contribute to the Homeless Prevention Fund at www.vhpf.net. Photo by Michael Gordon On Saturday, Dec. 15, at Plaza Park a memorial was held to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. All were remembered by the names of the men and women who have died homeless, in Ventura, this year. Consider these facts: On […] Read More »

Catch the “ELF on the GO” Holiday Bus

Catch the “ELF on the GO” Holiday Bus at a stop near you. Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) is excited to announce the third annual appearance of its popular “Elf on the GO” holiday bus. This year’s “Elf on the GO” is merry and bright with its colorful red design. With a highly visible full […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Thomas Fire took their home but not their spirit

It was important that Elmer, Gracie Mae and Bandito accompany them.  REMEMBERING ~ Thomas Fire took their home but not their spirit by James F. Gray  Thomas Fire victims, Christopher Means (52) and his wife, Gail (54) lost their Ondulando home, but are planning to rebuild. Their first priority after the fire was to find […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust replaces hawk nest felled during Thomas Fire

VLT rented a crane and lifted Dan into a tree. Photo by Adrienne Stephens REMEMBERING ~ Ventura Land Trust replaces hawk nest felled during Thomas Fire Ventura Land Trust (VLT) recently replaced a Red-tailed Hawk nest that was knocked out of a eucalyptus tree after the Thomas Fire. Knowing that Red-tailed Hawks have nested in the same […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ FOOD Share’s Annual CAN-tree Drive

For three days, Figueroa Plaza in Downtown Ventura was filled with hundreds of CAN-tree’s at FOOD Share’s 7th annual CAN-tree Drive. The 7th Annual CAN-tree Drive, held November 30th – December 2nd, is the most critical and largest food drive of the year. The highly unique and visual event drew crowds from all over Southern California to witness the […] Read More »

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

On a beautiful Ventura evening the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony returned on Friday, Novemberthe 30th with the largest light display in Ventura history. Over 20,000 bulbs lit up Mission Park and the Mission’s historical twin Norfolk Pines. Millions (fake news) filled Mission Park, Figueroa Plaza and Main as far as the eye could see. The celebration included […] Read More »

Chanukah

Every year Jewish people around the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, but the starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year. This year it started on sundown on Dec.2 and ends on Dec.10. In the […] Read More »

Plaza Park gets sculpture from John Mahoney self-taught chainsaw sculptor

A dead tree turns into a beautiful bird. Photos by Michael Gordon by Richard Lieberman In August 2018, a very large pine tree in Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson Blvd. (across from post office)had to be almost completely removed due to disease. John Mahoney from West Coast Arborist transformed the 20-foot high remaining tree into a […] Read More »

Thomas Fire documentary premieres at Museum of Ventura County

by CAPS Media Over the past year, CAPS Media in collaboration with the Museum of Ventura County went into the community and spoke to many who were affected by the Thomas Fire. We interviewed over 70 people and let them share their stories. Neighbors, friends and First Responders were invited to various locations throughout the […] Read More »

Residents Anxious to Return to Ventura

REMEMBERING by Sheli Ellsworth Michael O’Brien and his adult son were asleep at midnight on December 4, 2017. Thirty minutes later, Mr. O’Brien’s son woke him after hearing the blare of police sirens. The two fled the home on Hillcrest Drive they had lived in since 1982. They left with the family dog and nothing […] Read More »

“When You’re Singing, Everything Else Goes Away” (Ellen, GCCC member)

GCCC is as much a community as it is a group of singers. by Jill Forman They enter the room gradually, a group of 80-90 everyday men and women, and take their places in a U-shaped arrangements of seats. Their leader steps on a podium, a few announcements, some preliminary chords from the pianist, they […] Read More »

Thomas Fire one year later

REMEMBERING by Doug Halter Halter-Encinas Enterprises and Landscape As a professional landscaper, hillside resident and passionate Ventura resident, the Thomas Fire will always be major heartbreaking and unbelievable experience in my lifetime. To see the fire come over the hill and into mine and our neighbors’ yards, then spread from house to house until it […] Read More »

Protect what you love: Surfrider engages and salutes community volunteers

Surfrider engages community volunteers to participate in beach cleanups.Photo provided by Surfrider Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “Protect what you love,” is one of Surfrider Foundation’s mottos underscoring the need for every individual to take a proactive stance to preserve and protect our ocean, waves, and beaches. Putting that motto into action, […] Read More »

New discovery in the story of the Lone Woman

During a special lecture on Thursday, December 13, a panel of researchers will reveal new information about why the Lone Woman remained on San Nicolas Island after others in her community left for the mainland. Depicted in the best-selling children’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins, the story of the Lone Woman is based on […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Flames of Compassion

Remember the Fire ~ Flames of Compassion by Karen Leslie, writer with heart The fire and brimstone atmosphere that raged through California scorched not only land but has wreaked havoc with our psyches and emotional state of being. The aftermath and collective mourning of precious lives lost, houses and earthscapes are palatable. Venturian’s memories not […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~

The Thomas Fire by Patrick J. Treacy The Thomas Fire started on the Fourth of December two thousand seventeen. It became the largest Venturans ever had seen. The Santa Ana winds were hot and strong, and swiftly moved the fire along. Soon the canyons roared as trees buckled and swayed, houses were burning and crashing […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Serra Cross Park

On a beautiful Sunday, Dec.2 a dedication was held at Serra Cross Park located in Grant Park to celebrate the repairs made after the Thomas Fire destroyed the area. It featured great jazz by the Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band and welcomes by Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere, Chief of Police Ken Corney, Fire Chief David […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society December Program and Field Trips

December 11, 2018 Program 7:30 p.m. Tuesday – Poinsettia Pavillion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. Sea of Grass, Sea of Ice: How Will 2 Iconic Arctic Birds Navigate a Warming Climate…. with Karen Laing We will explore the natural history and conservation status of the emperor goose and spectacled eider, two birds that live year-round in […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Thomas Fire One Year Later

by  Responsible and Efficient Government (VREG) In the weeks that followed the devastating Thomas Fire, several community meetings were held throughout Ventura. These meetings showed a united front of total cooperation and support of all City departments, County of Ventura, State of California, Cal Fire and every other state and local agency present. They committed to […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Ojai Thomas Fire Reflections

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REMEMBERING ~ City Memorial Ceremony

On Monday, December 3, the City of Ventura held a ceremony in observance of the one-year anniversary of the Thomas Fire. The ceremony was held on the front steps of Ventura City Hall proceeding the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Comments were made by Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere and Fire Chief David Endaya, followed by a moment of […] Read More »

Thomas Fire homeowners have understandable anxiety

REMEMBERING by Bruce Labins Architect We have a deep admiration for our Thomas Fire clients’ strength, patience, and positivity throughout the design, permitting, and rebuild process. They have had the hardest of years, but in every instance have embraced the ‘new vision’ of their home and are looking forward. Thomas Fire homeowners have understandable anxiety […] Read More »

Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet Celebrates its 15th Year!

Join Footworks Youth Ballet for their Family Educational Hour Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet presents its 15th anniversary performance of the Tchaikovsky classic, The Nutcracker. On December 8th and 9th, in two full-length performances, they will perform with the Footworks Community Orchestra and singers from the Carpe Diem Chorus at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Family-friendly […] Read More »

How one Ventura family lost their home to the Thomas Fire

REMEMBERING by Richard Lieberman “We had ten minutes to get out of there, we got out with our animals our family and our birth certificates and that was it” said Susan Bell. Susan and her family including husband John Bell her two children and grandchild safely evacuated their home in the Ondulando neighborhood in Ventura […] Read More »

The evening included good food, good people, and good conversation

On Nov. 10, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura held 51st Annual Great Futures Gala & Auction “Havana Nights”, at the Four Points Sheraton celebrating 80 years of serving local youth. The evening included good food, good people, and good conversation, all for a good cause! Supporting your community’s youth! A cocktail reception of champagne, […] Read More »

Misconceptions about the Ventura Botanical Gardens

One day the Ventura Botanical Gardens will again look like this. by Barbara Brown Ventura Botanical Gardens, President www.venturabotanicalgardens.com Over the last few weeks since the Merewether Welcome Center opened, we’ve heard some misconceptions about the Gardens. Most of them come in the form of questions, so we thought we’d share them here: Isn’t this […] Read More »

WE’RE HAVING A CONTEST

Who is this a photo of (hint, he has something to do with the Ventura Breeze)? First (maybe even second) correct answer receives 2 tickets to the Pompeii exhibit at the Reagan Library. Answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

NALA to help Toys for Tots fulfill its mission

Toys for Tots will be collected until December 12. The NALA, a boutique marketing agency headquartered in Ventura has teamed up with a plethora of clients this holiday season to help Toys for Tots fulfill its mission, which is to collect new, unwrapped toys each holiday season and distribute them as Christmas gifts to children […] Read More »

What is Mixteco: Tu’un Savi?

Join in as Ventura County Library presents “Mixteco: Tu’un Savi, The Language of the Rain,” presented by Silvia Ventura Luna, M.A., at E.P. Foster Library on Saturday, December 1, at 3pm.. The Mixteco language, Tu’un Savi, is an oral language with numerous variants. Mixteco is an indigenous language predominantly from Oaxaca, Mexico; yet, the language has a […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County begins documentation of recent tragedies

As curator and repository for Ventura County’s history, the Museum of Ventura County is reaching out to Ventura County fire and sheriff departments, other agencies and, most importantly, the Ventura County public to create a historical archive and personal documentation of the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on Nov. 7, […] Read More »

Ventura City Councilmember Erik Nasarenko to serve another term

Ventura City Councilmember Erik Nasarenko was re-elected to the seven-member city council, finishing first among six candidates with 44 percent of the vote. His closest challenger received 24 percent of the vote in a contest that, for the first time in Ventura history, was decided by voters casting ballots in districts rather than at-large. The […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre Company concludes 20th anniversary season

Rubicon Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season culminates with a two-piano version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s soaring epic South Pacific, helmed by award-winning director Katharine Farmer and featuring a cast of 28 led by Tony honoree Ben Davis (Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème) and Madison Claire Parks (Luisa in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway). Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning […] Read More »

Santa Clara Street around 1900 maybe earlier

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Tips for a more sustainable Thanksgiving

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “I generally go to a friend’s for Thanksgiving, and one of my favorite tricks for keeping it sustainable is to bring my contribution dish in a container that doubles as a leftover box. This saves a dish from being washed and the host from loaning one of […] Read More »

Ventura County Medical Center receives national recognition

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Ventura County Medical Center as one of 83 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Ventura County Medical Center is required to track the outcomes of inpatient […] Read More »

Ventura County Strong

by Vitalant Our hearts go out to those impacted by the tragic shooting in the late hours of November 7th in Thousand Oaks. Vitalant was able to support the blood needs of patients early Thursday morning. There was a tremendous outpouring of support from the local community with potential donors lining up to give blood […] Read More »

YMCA annual Community Prayer Breakfast

The power of prayer fills the Ventura Family YMCA community room. IBF International Welterweight Champion, Chris Van Heerden, shared his stories of overcoming obstacles with the help of divine intervention and prayers answered. The Ventura family YMCA began their annual Community Prayer Breakfast with songs of praise from Swoop Brown with Armed and Faithful, energizing […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 4 – Nov 21 – Dec 4, 2018 - On Vacation

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Legal victory secures protection for Santa Clara River Steelhead

Conservation groups have scored a key courtroom victory for endangered Southern California steelhead harmed by operation of the Vern Freeman Dam on the Santa Clara River. In a 152-page decision issued by Honorable Judge David O. Carter, the court found United Water Conservation District violated the federal Endangered Species Act by clearly causing past, ongoing, and future […] Read More »

Mat Almaraz School Board

by Mat Almaraz School Board As a parent volunteer for the past 14 years, and as a 20-year volunteer for American Youth Soccer Organization in this community, I am invested in this School District. My 2 brothers and 4 sisters had my same experience going thru the same schools I did. I have had the amazing […] Read More »

Lorrie Brown the first representative of District 6

This election cycle has brought an unprecedented number of firsts, not only was this the first district election, the winners represent the first city council female majority. In addition, Lorrie is the very first African American council member elected. These are statistics worth celebrating, however, this is not what got her elected. Lorrie was elected […] Read More »

CAPS Chat - Generosity and Spirit

by Elizabeth Rodeno The holiday season is here. Sharing food with friends and family is an important community event and Ventura proved how important it is. Endless food, essentials and support have been generously provided to all in need this past year. A One Year Thomas Fire Remembrance Event will be held Dec. 1st at […] Read More »

CSUCI students and teachers exploration of Santa Rosa Island

A group of CSUCI students and teachers participated on an exciting exploration of Santa Rosa Island on October 20th. One of the students brought the Breeze along in case they got stranded and needed to pass the time and be informed. Photo by Denise Wenger Obviously a brilliant straight A student, move her to the […] Read More »

I hope that I can help the district address the issues

by Jerry Dannenberg I am Jerry Dannenberg and I have recently been elected to the Ventura Unified Board of Education, Area 4. First and foremost I would like to thank my family, friends and supporters who made it possible for me to run for the Ventura Unified Board of Education. I would also like to […] Read More »

Casa de Soria

by Jennifer Tipton Located at 1961 East Thompson Blvd., Casa de Soria has been spicing up Ventura since 1958, that’s 60 years of traditional Mexican cuisine! Originally owned by the Soria family, the restaurant has since changed hands, but the location remains the same. Until four years ago, the restaurant was quite small, but likely […] Read More »

If You Like The Beatles—You Will Love The Penguins!

What does Ventura County author Ivor Davis and ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney have in common? 1. They are both worth $1.2 billon? 2. They both like baked beans on toast? Or, 3. They both have written children’s books? If you chose answer number three you are right. Although Davis does like baked beans on toast, […] Read More »

The campaign is behind us and now the hard work begins

by Jim Freidman I am thrilled and honored to have been elected to the Ventura City Council after a 15-year hiatus. Having previously served as mayor and council member from 1995-2003, I can say that this campaign was very different from previous ones where candidates ran for city council seats “at large.” I found that […] Read More »

Top 5 holiday celebrations in Ventura Harbor Village

This year Ventura Harbor Village has a dazzling array of holiday events, shopping and dining by the sea. Ventura Harbor is a one-stop destination for all things sparkling on the water: Kids eyes are guaranteed to light up when they spot Santa cruising by on a paddle board! Old Saint Nick is temporarily trading in […] Read More »

Island Packers announces holiday cruises

This holiday season, Island Packers in Ventura will be offering seasonal cruises for family and friends, as well as group functions. Ventura Harbor Holiday Cruises and Whale Watching trips are splendid ways to celebrate the winter season. · One-hour Holiday Caroling Cruise in Ventura Harbor on select dates between 12/11 – 12/23. Cruises are December […] Read More »

First, I would like to thank the voters

by Velma Lomax, Trustee Ventura Unified School District Your vote counts and I take the responsibility of voting and the responsibility of representing my constituents very seriously. And, thank you for placing your continued confidence in me as a Board Member. Having served as a Board Member for the past 25 years, it is exciting […] Read More »

“We are so excited about re-opening the Gardens”

A large gathering attended the grand opening for the Botanical Gardens. The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) held its grand reopening on Saturday, November 3. The Gardens have been closed nearly one year since the Thomas Fire. The fire swept through the entire 109 acres of the park; very few plants were spared. Now many of […] Read More »

People are dismayed at the racism, gun violence and hate speech becoming prevalent

Many hundreds remembered the many victims of hate and re-affirmed their belief at Temple Beth Torah. Photos by Bernie Goldstein by Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller On Friday, Nov. 2, at Temple Beth Torah, prayers, songs, words of healing, and unity in response to the violence in a Pittsburgh synagogue were expressed. Ventura clergy, civic leaders and people […] Read More »

Ten bed shelter provides a safe place to live

Typically a ribbon cutting ceremony is to announce the opening of a new business. Photos by Michael Gordon On Nov. 25, a ribbon cutting was held at the Turning Point Foundation Our Place Safe Haven located at 536 E. Thompson. Safe Haven is the first stop on the road to recovery for mental health issues and homelessness. […] Read More »

Research on an ancient Sea Cow

During a lecture on Thursday, November 8, Dr. Jonathan Hoffman with the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (SBNMH) will discuss the research plans for a significant sea cow fossil discovered on Santa Rosa Island in 2017. The sea cow fossil is one of the oldest of its kind found on the west coast of […] Read More »

FIRST 5 Ventura County selects Interface Children & Family Services as new place-based service provider

First 5 , provides early childhood education, health and family support services. First 5 Ventura County (F5VC) is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with Interface Children & Family Services, to provide essential programs and services for Ventura County’s nearly 60,000 children prenatal – 5 and their families. Families seeking resources and more information […] Read More »

November Audubon events

November 11:  8:30 a.m. Ormond Beach Adele Fergusson (805) 415-4304 and Cynthia Hartley Join us at this excellent coastal location, where we will look for a variety of waterfowl, such as Willets, Whimbrels, Black necked Stilts, Black bellied Plovers and other interesting birds. We will also look for Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Peregrine Falcon, and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers […] Read More »

Dedicated athlete Ross Hoffman writes rapid recovery book

“One of my main reasons for staying in shape is to keep up with my grandchildren.” Ross Hoffman, president and CEO of Hoffman & Associates, has released his book “Back and Better, 37 Rapid Recovery Exercises I Use When Injured or Bedridden.” The print copies are available at $29.95 on Amazon. The book is printed spiral […] Read More »

Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Hate

Photos by Bernie Goldstein On Nov, 3, from 5-7 pm a Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Hate was held at Mission Park. The Vigil was held by Indivisible Ventura, one of 6,000 grassroots Indivisible groups across the country. Music and speeches calling for understanding and peace were presented to the very enthusiastic crowd. Those attending […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village zombies break World Record flash mob to “Thriller”

On Saturday,October 27, at the Ventura Harbor Village zombies roamed the promenade and came together for a World Record breaking flash mob to “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Dancers around the globe convene to try and beat the World Record of dancers at one time to Thriller. Photo by Deena Gledhill Read More »

The selection committee sought a person who needed a little help to “shine”

JR Luna, Rita Luna and this year’s Wheels to Shine Recipient Cheyanne Dominguez. Photo by Journey Zephyr-Wade Hak. Concours Motors’ owner Gerardo “JR” Luna created “Wheels To Shine” in 2017. His team purchased a 2000 Volkswagen Golf and restored and rebuilt it to donate to a deserving person . The selection committee sought an outstanding person who […] Read More »

Extra instruction now available for students grades K-5

Ventura Deputy Mayor Matt La Vere spoke on behalf of the City Council. Photos by Michael Gordon A ribbon cutting was held for Project Understanding Tutoring Center located at Portola Elementary School, 6700 Eagle St. The Tutoring Centers at Project Understanding provide extra instruction for students grades K-5 with volunteer tutors in one-to-one interaction.  Students are recommended by […] Read More »

Community Stories

by Elizabeth Rodeno El Camino High School students are continuing their weekly program with a host of stories covering issues that mean so much to them. Their bi-lingual show is covering many issues important to the Spanish speaking community and sharing culture and history. Other shows the young producers are lining up include an arts […] Read More »

Roice Bassett (the “hot dog dude”) marks 25th years doing Halloween hot dogs

Roice Bassett (the “hot dog dude”) is also the metal shop teacher at Buena High School, this marked the 25th year he’s been doing hot dogs for Halloween! His students make most of the eerie, assorted decorations displayed each year in front of his home in East Ventura and crowds line up halfway across the street […] Read More »

Haunted Housing Run raises $10,000 for scholarship program

Children participating in Kid’s Dash at Annual Haunted Housing Run. Triad Properties, an affiliated nonprofit management company of the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) hosted their 3rd Annual Haunted Housing Run on Saturday, October 27, at Ventura State Beach. 150 people attended this community event which consisted of a 5k, 10k, […] Read More »

Extra instruction now available for students grades K-5

Ventura Deputy Mayor Matt La Vere spoke on behalf of the City Council. Photos by Michael Gordon A ribbon cutting was held for Project Understanding Tutoring Center located at Portola Elementary School, 6700 Eagle St. The Tutoring Centers at Project Understanding provide extra instruction for students grades K-5 with volunteer tutors in one-to-one interaction.  Students are recommended by their […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 3 – Nov 7 – Nov 20, 2018 - Person to (Little) Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked some younger Venturans, “What is the spookiest part of Halloween?” Eden Felder (Harry Potter) age 6 ½ / 1st grade “People dress up and go trick or treating, they put scary things out and make it spooky, like Jack ‘O Lanterns and sometimes graveyards!” Eden’s favorite candy is Jolly Ranchers, […] Read More »

Paso Pacifico responds to viral turtle poaching video

A Paso Pacifico ranger patrols the beach near Ostional, Nicaragua, on the lookout for illegal poaching. Photo by Hal Brindley Turtle poaching in Central America is not a new issue, but some poachers have recently become even more emboldened to carry out this illegal activity. The current political unrest in Nicaragua has only made the situation […] Read More »

2018 Bell Ringing season starts November 12, and runs through Christmas Eve

The Salvation Army of Ventura is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as Bell Ringers this holiday season! Shifts are 2 hours long and anyone can participate! We love to have families, kids, groups…anyone at all…volunteer for this program. It takes a lot of people to make this effort a success, so please join us! Volunteers […] Read More »

Haunted Housing Run raises $10,000 for scholarship program

Children participating in Kid’s Dash at Annual Haunted Housing Run. Triad Properties, an affiliated nonprofit management company of the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) hosted their 3rd Annual Haunted Housing Run on Saturday, October 27, at Ventura State Beach. 150 people attended this community event which consisted of a 5k, 10k, […] Read More »

What is Mixteco: Tu’un Savi?

Join in as Ventura County Library presents “Mixteco: Tu’un Savi, The Language of the Rain,” presented by Silvia Ventura Luna, M.A., at E.P. Foster Library on Saturday, December 1, at 3pm.. The Mixteco language, Tu’un Savi, is an oral language with numerous variants. Mixteco is an indigenous language predominantly from Oaxaca, Mexico; yet, the language has a […] Read More »

Ten bed shelter provides a safe place to live

Typically a ribbon cutting ceremony is to announce the opening of a new business. Photos by Michael Gordon On Nov. 25, a ribbon cutting was held at the Turning Point Foundation Our Place Safe Haven located at 536 E. Thompson. Safe Haven is the first stop on the road to recovery for mental health issues and homelessness. […] Read More »

What the heck are pianos doing downtown?

Cast members from Rubicon’s production of Return To The Forbidden Planet and piano artists singing at a Downtown piano. The idea of putting the pianos downtown was that of Kirby Ward, Rubicon’s new Education and Outreach Director. The “Keys to Rubicon” piano project was inspired by a similar installation in Denver, CO. That installation has […] Read More »

Altrusa supports our community in many, many ways

From Altrusa Beverly Mueller, Treasurer; Sharon Knapp, President; Angel Golesorkhi, Member and Susan Leonard, Secretary (past President). Altrusa International of San Buenaventura, Inc. has been a service organization here in Ventura since 1948.  It was founded in 1917 and just celebrated 100 years. The focus of their founder, Mamie L. Bass, was literacy; however, Altrusa […] Read More »

2018 NAMI Walk

by Jill Forman First, there was the rain Friday night. Not something you plan for in Southern California for outdoor events. The NAMI Walk, the group’s biggest fundraiser and celebration of determination and hope, was the next day… 6:30 a.m., Ventura Pier parking lot. There are puddles but the rain has stopped. Trucks, boxes, tables, […] Read More »

NCL presents annual fundraiser Nov. 11

The women and their daughters volunteer as a team. National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) Ventura County Chapter’s Annual Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, November 11th, from 12 -4pm.  There is just one detail that is missing…the location! The NCL Inc. Ventura County Chapter’s 2018-19  President, Soraya Thenoz, who grew up in the Provence region […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens announces grand re-opening

At long last… the wait is over. The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) recently announced its grand reopening date scheduled for Saturday, November 3. The Gardens have been closed nearly one year, since December 5, 2017, due to the widespread damage caused by the Thomas Fire. The fire swept through the entire 109 acres of the […] Read More »

Vista Del Mar reopens

by Jennifer Tipton While the official grand reopening date remains to be announced, as of October 16th, Vista Del Mar began admitting patients. 55 of the previous 87 beds are now available after much hard work from the dedicated staff, the fire department and Armstrong Construction who I’m told, worked so well with other community […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival receives $10,000

Ventura’s Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service has secured a $10,000 grant from the Crescent Memorial Foundation to benefit the non-profit Ventura Music Festival. Says Michael Boyko, president of the funeral home:  “We are honored to present this grant to the Ventura Music Festival, a great organization that not only benefits our community with […] Read More »

What are Ventura’s pressing issues?

by VREG Editors Ask anyone what the pressing issues are facing Ventura; you’ll get a variety of answers. We interviewed the retiring Councilmembers and some former Council candidates to get their perspectives. Each pointed to several significant issues facing Ventura in the next few years. Governing By Districts As Citizens expect their elected officials to […] Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura Havana Nights

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura will be hosting its 51st Great Futures Gala and Auction honoring J.D. and Amber Drury on Nov 10, at the Four Points Sheraton by the Harbor from 5 – 9 pm. Themed Havana Nights it will include everything Cubano! So skip the plane flight and tricky entry […] Read More »

80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht Commemorated at Congregation Am HaYam

Congregation Am HaYam will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, during services on Friday, November 2nd. On November 9-10, 1938, Nazi sympathizers torched hundreds of Jewish synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, destroyed Jewish businesses and killed over 100 Jews before sending another 30,000 to Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachsenhauser concentration camps. The […] Read More »

VUSD recently completed a brand strategy effort that will create for our students many positive memories

by David Creswell Superintendent of Ventura Unified School District Whenever people learn I am a school superintendent, they want to tell me about their school experience. Some tell me about their favorite teacher, others tell me about a class or program that changed their lives in a meaningful way. Ventura Unified School District recently completed […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 2 – Oct 24 – Nov 6, 2018 – On Vacation

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Wounded Veterans and First Responders to cycled from Santa Cruz to Ventura 

More than 50 wounded veterans and supporters entered Ventura as part of the UnitedHealthcare California Challenge. The ride benefits Project Hero, a nonprofit that helps veterans and first responders affected by injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury achieve rehabilitation, recovery and resilience in their daily lives. The riders began the fifth day of […] Read More »

Brownley announces $250,000 in federal funds

Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that The Abundant Table, a nonprofit based in Camarillo, will receive nearly $250,000 in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand access to locally grown fruits and vegetables for low-income families throughout Ventura County. The grant, part of USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), […] Read More »

CAPS Community News

by Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS Media has been supporting Ventura’s county clerk and registrar to inform you of the upcoming elections. The latest award-winning Ventura County News Channel’s production explains the voting process. Go to their website: www.vcnewschannel.com for helpful information. Your mail-in ballot should be in your post box. Don’t forget you may need extra […] Read More »

Triad Properties hosts 3rd Annual Haunted Housing Run/Walk

Triad Properties, an affiliated nonprofit management company of the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB), is hosting their 3rd Annual Haunted Housing Run/Walk on Saturday, October 27, at Ventura State Beach (901 San Pedro Street). The event consists of a 5k, 10k, and a free Kids Dash. This event raises vital funds […] Read More »

VLT awarded $10,000

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) was recently awarded $10,000 from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) for Thomas Fire recovery activities at the Big Rock Preserve in Ventura.  VLT’s Big Rock Preserve, located off Highway 33 in the Ventura River watershed, was hard hit by the Thomas Fire, losing 85% of the more than 1,000 trees […] Read More »

Les Petits Chanteurs France gives young boys a special experience of life

Les Petits Chanteurs France Boys Choir a singing and traveling 19 member choral group from France will offer an afternoon concert on Sunday, November 4, at 2:30 PM at Mission San Buenaventura.  Open to the public, there is no admission fee; a free-will offering will be taken. This choir, made up of 19 boys age 9 to 17 years, is conducted by Véronique Thomassin-Olivier, and accompanied by François […] Read More »

Did you know Ventura has a sister city?

The 3rd annual Loreto Half Marathon starts at 7 am on November 11th in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Ventura’s Sister City! Caryl Cantrell, Chair of Ventura/Loreto Sister Cities Committee will be at the starting line as she has been training for the past few months to run 13.1 miles to raise funds for Ventura/Loreto Sister […] Read More »

Sneaky little scary enemy in the house!

by Kevin O’Connor Several months ago, one of my neighbors told me a scary story. She and her husband did not know that her very young daughter had made a “friend” of a sneaky little enemy that had invaded their house. The little girl had been feeding a mouse. The mother said, “I told her, […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

The grass at Montalvo park is always brown but grass at other parks is green and looks so much better. Why is that? Michelle As always we ask those who know. Michelle: The turf at Montalvo Hill, planted before the drought, is Marathon grass which requires more water than some more drought tolerant turf types […] Read More »

Opera Santa Barbara’s new class of artists in residence has arrived!

Opera Santa Barbara welcomed the arriving singers who have been selected as the 2018-19 Chrisman Studio Artists: Ashley Armstrong, Michael Killmorgen, Jennifer Lindsay and Yazid Gray. They will be in residence from October-November and then January-May 2019. The singers will perform small roles and cover principal artists in the opera’s three mainstage productions this season, La Bohème (Nov. 9-11), Eugene Onegin (March 1-3) […] Read More »

The Rocknockers are coming!

The Stone Foundation, an international organization of stonemasons and stone artists who built the Japanese Castle Ramparts and the International Dry Stone Wall in Grant Park is returning to Ventura for Stonework Symposium 2018. This annual gathering of the Stone Foundation is being organized in collaboration with Art City Studios of Ventura. The Symposium will […] Read More »

Pier Under The Stars

Enjoying the great food, drinks, music and friendship at Pier Under The Stars were Diane Brown, Diane’s husband, Pam Baumgardner, Mark Brown and Richard and Rosemary Lieberman. The 25th annual benefit for the historic Ventura Pier was held on Saturday, October 7th. Each year more than 600 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair […] Read More »

Farm to table — what’s in season for winter?

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer The popular phrase “farm to table” literally refers to fresh produce — fruits and vegetables — that are picked straight from the field (or farm) and delivered to your table vs. having to be preserved or frozen and shipped long distances to reach your grocer and ultimately your […] Read More »

Eye clinic has official ribbon-cutting

A $3,000 check was presented by the Rotary Club of Ventura for the eye clinic. Even though open for several months the community free Eye Clinic held a Chamber ribbon-cutting on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Salvation Army living center located at 155 S Oak St. In attendance were Ventura Chamber members, friends, members of […] Read More »

Kevin Clerici, Candidate for City Council Dist 1

Candidate statement Kevin Clerici, Candidate for City Council Dist 1 Ventura Firefighters, Police Officers, local labor leaders and small business owners all agree that Kevin Clerici is the experienced choice for Ventura City Council District 1. “I’m running for City Council to ensure we have safer neighborhoods, protect our environment, address our homeless/vagrancy challenges, improve […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Hi Sheldon; I am not sure of the name of this mall other than Burlington Coat Factory is located there at the corner of Main and Telephone Roads.  Do you know what construction is going on there and what they have planned to build there? Thank you. Marsha Moreland Marsha: We reached out to Dave […] Read More »

Walk with NAMI Ventura County in the 14th Annual NAMI Ventura County Walk

The Walk is a tradition that provides an opportunity to raise awareness about mental illness. The 14th Annual NAMI Ventura County Walk – NAMI Ventura County Mental Health Hero’s Remaining Strong benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be on Saturday October 13, at the San Buenaventura State Beach Parking (near the Pier). Check […] Read More »

Seaside BOO-tacular happenings at Ventura Harbor Village

If you want to participate, it takes some preparation! Photo by Bernie Goldstein Ventura Harbor Village welcomes wee pirates and costumed mermaids (along with spooktacular parents) waterfront for a Seaside Trick or Treat on Saturday ,October 27, from 1pm-3pm. Dress up and navigate through the waterfront Village with over 20 treat stops at participating Harbor boutiques […] Read More »

Fairground is transformed into a virtual Scottish village of this or any age

Participants in the Seaside Games travel from all the western states. Southern California’s Seaside Highland Games – the premier Scottish festival on the Pacific Coast – will launch their 16th outing on October 13 & 14. Staged on the Ventura County Fairgrounds the venue is transformed into a virtual Scottish village of this or any […] Read More »

Tree watering best practices

City of Ventura provides free gardening classes. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer During times of drought, there are water efficient tips you can employ to keep the trees in your landscape healthy and thriving. At Ventura Water’s September 8th free gardening class held at Green Thumb Nursery, Certified Nursery Professional Richard Flowers shared […] Read More »

Voting and your community

Don’t forget the dates of Vote by Mail are October 8-October 30. There are Ballot drop boxes at County Government Center, City Clerk offices during their regular business hours, Clerk-Recorder East County Office at the Civic Arts Plaza, or any polling place on Election Day. You don’t even have to get out of your car. […] Read More »

Majestic hired as new Director of Place-Based Initiatives

First 5 Ventura County announces new Pritzker Fellow Elizabeth Majestic of First 5 Ventura County selected for prestigious national fellowship program, hired as new Director of Place-Based Initiatives The program aims to build a network of strong leaders nationwide who will lead community-based efforts focused on the first three years of life, when rapid periods of […] Read More »

Welcome to Ventura on the Amtrak

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Harvest Festival

Did you want to start holiday shopping early? Try some new and delicious foods? Or just buy someone (yourself?) a special treat, the Holiday Festival held at Seaside Park was a good place to be. Arts and crafts, household items, candy, jewelry, you name it. Finding signs that said “New Artist” and seeing what they […] Read More »

Haunted Housing Run/Walk

Triad Properties, an affiliated non-profit management company of the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura’s (HACSB), is hosting the 3rd Annual Haunted Housing Run/Walk to raise funds for the HACSB’s Scholarship Program. One hundred percent of the race proceeds will benefit the HACSB Scholarship Program, which is entering its fifth year of providing […] Read More »

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces new board members and officers

The Ventura County Leadership Academy has elected new board officers. Serving for two year terms, the newly elected officers are: President: Melissa Baffa (Cohort XVII) – Development Officer, Foundation & Corporate Relations, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Melissa is also an instructor with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Channel Islands […] Read More »

How one woman shed 73 pounds and kept it off

Patricia Rodriguez was born and raised in Ventura a graduate of Ventura High School. At 51, she felt her life was heading in the wrong direction. She, stranded in an unhappy relationship knew that she needed to make some big changes. Thanks to out-of-control eating habits that included fast food, sweet drinks and candy, her […] Read More »

Rotary Club to host Trivia Challenge

The Rotary Club of Ventura South will host its 30th annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser in support of the Ventura County Library’s Adult Literacy Program on Wednesday, November 7. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard. The popular event features a “Jeopardy-like” game in which teams of three […] Read More »

Hikianalia and her crew sailed into Ventura County Coast on October 6

After a 2,800-mile voyage from Hawaii to California using traditional non-instrument navigation, solar and wind-powered Polynesian voyaging canoe Hikianalia and her crew sailed into Ventura County Coast on Oct. 6, and made stops in Ventura Harbor(Oct. 6-10), Channel Islands Harbor (Oct. 10-14) and the Channel Islands National Park – Santa Cruz Island (Oct. 14-16). During the stops in Ventura […] Read More »

Mary Galbraith, a 15-year volunteer with Focus On The Masters, retires

It will take at least 3 people to replace Mary. Photo by  Donna Granata, FOTM by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “Volunteering allows me to do meaningful work that feeds my soul as well as helps the community,” said Mary Galbraith, a 15-year volunteer with Focus on the Masters (FOTM), a Ventura based non-profit that documents, preserves […] Read More »

Knowledge is power

ECTV kids share their knowledge. by Elizabeth Rodeno Local election coverage is in full swing with the first of the election forums featuring candidates for Ventura City Council, Ventura Unified School District and the Ventura County Community College District. The League of Women Voters is hosting two comprehensive forums with CAPS Media providing media coverage. […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre celebrates two decades of theatre magic with an Enchanted Night

On Sept. 22, more than 200 supporters of Rubicon Theatre celebrated the company’s 20th anniversary with “A Night of Enchantment,” a sold-out gala event at the theatre and in a magical tent on Laurel Street. Presented in association with Visionary Sponsors Janet and Mark L. Goldenson and Barbara Meister guests were welcomed by forest fairies and woodland […] Read More »

Nurturing adoption, kinship and foster/resource families

Elizabeth Kimball, Board Member and past Board President presenting a proclamation from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to David and Faith Friedlander. by Jennifer Tipton Kids & Families Together is one of the county’s leading contractors providing services to children and families within Ventura County’s child welfare system. The not-for-profit organization was founded in […] Read More »

A Contest

What event was this booth at with Jaime Baker, Ana Baker, some guy with a grey beard and James Francis Gray greeting visitors? First 2 correct answers win 2 tickets to the Harvest Festival on Oct. 5-7 at the Fairgrounds. Answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Ortega Adobe

A presentation was given on the true history of the adobe. Photo by Michael Gordon On Sunday, September 9th, the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Poinsettia Parlor, 318 Ventura, held an open house at the Ortega Adobe, 215 W. Main St. A presentation was given on the true history of the adobe by Mr. Ernie Cabrillo.  […] Read More »

A guzzler installed at Botanical Gardens

Hopefully as many quail show up as volunteers did. On Friday, September 21, the Ventura chapter of the national organization Quail Forever installed a wildlife water source, commonly called a guzzler, at the Ventura Botanical Gardens. Guzzlers are devices that capture and store rainwater underground so that wildlife has water available throughout the year.  In our dry Southern […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 26 – Sept 26 – Oct 9, 2018 – Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton But first, a little history … “Top Hat Palace” is a little burger joint located at 2050 East Main Street that closed its doors in 2010 after 63 years of peddling hamburgers and hotdogs to our fair city. It has remained there, boarded up ever since … Do you think Top Hat […] Read More »

Remember when they used to read books?

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Celebrity Extra

by Dana Jackson Q: Is Hollywood seriously remaking the classic film “Mary Poppins”? Why must they remake everything? Leave well enough alone. — Aimee G., via email A: You have about three months to prepare for the premiere of “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt, but based on the trailer, it looks surprisingly good! This […] Read More »

Miriam Schwab Estate donates to Ventura College Foundation

Ventura College Foundation, which provides financial support to students and programs of Ventura College, received $12 million from the estate of Miriam Schwab. It is the largest gift ever to a community college in Southern California according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy Gift Database. Schwab, who passed away December 24, 2017 at age 89, was a local […] Read More »

Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival

The Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival took place Sept.8th and 9th at the Ventura Harbor Village this year. The skies were gray, but the sidewalks became a quilt of color as forty street painters got busy applying layers of chalk pastel to the ground. Many of the street painters traveled from various cities in […] Read More »

From a broken family to a solid foundation

Being from homes fueled by drugs, alcohol and abuse makes it easy to believe that’s how people live normally. Juan and Harley both come from broken families filled with many types of abuse. They both fell down those dark roads that their families made them think were normal. They always knew they wanted better but […] Read More »

New book about Ojai Valley Ghosts by Local Ghost Hunter

Mr. Richard Senate Ventura Counties premiere ghost hunter for forty years has released a new book about ghosts in the Ojai Valley. Titled; “Char-Man and other ghosts of the Ojai Valley” it give a clear description of the many legends of the Char-Man phantom. “Char-Man is the best known ghost in the Ojai Valley,”recalls Mr. […] Read More »

Learn how to maintain a healthy microbiome in your body

Not all bacteria are bad. In fact, the human body is home to a variety of microbes that help keep people healthy. The types, quantity and balance of microbes in an individual’s unique microbiome can affect a person’s susceptibility or resistance to a variety of health issues, including acne, allergies, autoimmune diseases, intestinal conditions and […] Read More »

Coastal Cleanup Day

On Saturday, Sept. 15 over 270 volunteers picked up over 60 pounds of recyclables and over 230 pounds of trash across 1 mile of beach in the Ventura Harbor during Coastal Cleanup Day. These volunteers included organized groups from Amgen, WorkCompCentral, Derma-E, REI, Girl Scout Troop #61105, Ojai Valley School, Coca Cola, CSUCI and Pacifica High […] Read More »

Finney’s Crafthouse and Kitchen coming to Ventura

OFI Management has just signed a lease with Finney’s Crafthouse and Kitchen opening in the summer of 2019. The restaurant will be taking over the first floor of the Stanley Gardner Building located at the corner of California and Main Street.  Jim DeArkland, a local developer and owner of the Stanley Gardner building, purchased the building […] Read More »

Ventura Shellfish Enterprise site selection

by Oscar Peña, General Manager On September 26, 2018 at 7pm the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners will convene in Open Session at the Four Point Sheraton Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Drive, for its Regular Meeting. The Board of Port Commissioners will authorize the General Manager to: Prepare and submit a permit application to […] Read More »

The Dogs Of Lenin

Ventura resident Linda Freeny, who has two very well reviewed crime mysteries, changes course in this story of a third unnamed arm of the political system, too blind or biased, to recognize a plot to take over the USA from within by Russians planted here a long time ago. She researched the material to make […] Read More »

California's coast is full of important resources

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management Dan Reineman will visit the Ojai Library at1 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, and the E.P. Foster Library at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, to deliver a presentation “Managing (the Waves on) Our Coasts.” Reineman comes from CSU Channel Islands (CI) and is presenting as part of the Ventura County Library’s One County, […] Read More »

Which trash cans which days?

Can’t remember which trash cans to put out? A good way to remember which trash cans go out on trash day is to simply always move the next two that go out either on the left or right. Read More »

Groundwork begin on 231-unit apartment project

The grading for the 231-unit apartment project on the “triangle lot” (off Sanjon) is proceeding and palm trees have already been planted. Read More »

Make sure your children ride as safely as possible

The Ventura Police Department is supporting efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to help parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible every time they get in the car. If you feel your car is not safe for yourself to drive […] Read More »

Things left undone

Having been the longest serving Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board Member has been a privilege for John Walker. During those 29 years he has seen many changes to the district. For the most part, he says, “I think I have met my mother’s admonition to leave things better than when you found them.” During […] Read More »

View from Two Trees

Hikers enjoying the view at the hilltop of Two Trees. Many volunteers hike with you at different intervals for safety. The hike is difficult but you can take as much time as you need. It’s a fun way to be involved in our wonderful community, get exercise and have fun!  If you’re interested in hiking […] Read More »

Tickets on sale for “Pier Under the Stars”

Restaurants, cafes, wineries and breweries serve their signature dishes. Tickets are now on sale for Pier Under the Stars—the 25th annual benefit for the historic Ventura Pier on Saturday, October 7th, from 5-8pm. Each year more than 600 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair adjacent to the pier to sample the county’s best […] Read More »

A generous increase in its mini-grant educational program for schools

The Ventura County Arts Council is pleased to announce a generous increase in its mini-grant educational program for schools in the upcoming year 2019. Grants of $500 to $1000 will be available to bring standards-based arts programs into k-6 classrooms in Ventura County. New this year, applications are online at www.vcarts.org and are due by October 25. […] Read More »

Two Trees Recovery

Hikers enjoying the view at the hilltop of Two Trees. Many volunteers hike with you at different intervals for safety. The hike is difficult but you can take as much time as you need. It’s a fun way to be involved in our wonderful community, get exercise and have fun!  If you’re interested in hiking […] Read More »

Havana Nights in Ventura

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura presents their 51st Annual Great Futures Gala & Auction Havana Nights on Saturday, November 10, from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm at the Four Points by Sheraton, Ventura Harbor Resort. Please join us for an evening of good food, good people, and good conversation, all for a good cause! Supporting your […] Read More »

Get ready to share your voice

by Elizabeth Rodeno In preparation for the elections in November CAPS Media will be producing a series of programs and forums. The events will feature the voices and positions of the candidates for City Council, Ventura Unified School District and the Ventura Community College District Trustee candidates through our long running Video Voter program. CAPS […] Read More »

CMH Auxiliary Shout Out Corner

The Auxiliary of CMH enjoys bringing good news and updates about the wonderful volunteers in the auxiliary department. There have been many past and present volunteers who have given of their time and talents that made them successful volunteers. Many are no longer alive and others have retired. They may be gone but not forgotten. […] Read More »

Have coffee with cop and break down barriers

The community is invited to come together with Ventura Police Officers in a friendly, informal environment to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a good cup of coffee for National Coffee with a Cop which will be held at Palermo, located at 321 E. Main Street in Ventura, on October 3 from 8:30 a.m. to […] Read More »

Ventura Shellfish Enterprise site selection

by Oscar Peña, General Manager On September 12, at 7:00PM the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners will convene in Open Session at the Four Point Sheraton Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Drive, for its Regular Meeting. One of the items on the agenda of special interest to the public is the Ventura Shellfish Enterprise (VSE) […] Read More »

Ventura County Watershed Protection District announces community meeting

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection District will hold a community meeting to share the latest developments and anticipated path for the Ventura River Levee (VR-1) Rehabilitation Project. The Ventura River Levee (VCWPD VR-1, FEMA ID No. 53) consists of bank protection and other improvements intended to provide flood protection for […] Read More »

Keeping our flags looking good on Main St.

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Harvest Festival showcases more than 24,000 original works

Showcasing a colossal collection of handmade creations, the Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show, comes to the Ventura County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday October 5-7 with more than 24,000 original works from hundreds of exhibitors nationwide. As an “all you can eat” gourmet buffet for the senses, the artful celebration boasts live entertainment, strolling performers, a Kidzone with pumpkin patch, […] Read More »

Local entrepreneur, volunteer and activist announces candidacy for Ventura City Council

Irene V. Henry has announced her candidacy for Ventura City Council – District 1. Ventura’s Westside resident and civic volunteer since 1990, Irene Henry vows to be the voice for her District. Irene Henry is a hardworking citizen with a proven track record.  She has volunteered extensively as President of Ventura Downtown Rotary; two-year President […] Read More »

Ventura’s East End Eateries - Part 2: Hill Street Cafe

by Jennifer Tipton Serving as a family restaurant since the 1980s, the Hill Street Cafe is located at 1050 South Hill Road. The ambience is festive; the staff wears Hawaiian print shirts, there is garland strung with lights and foil birds and pineapples hang from the ceiling. The booths are private with a little lace […] Read More »

New Stewardship Manager joins VLT team

Dan Hulst recently joined the VLT(Ventura Land Trust) team as the new Stewardship Manager. He will work closely with Kate Furlong, VLT’s Stewardship Director, on open space restoration and stewardship projects, VLT’s outdoor environmental education program and social media outreach. Dan, the youngest of 9 siblings, grew up in Northern California, in the small town of Waterford. […] Read More »

Craig R. Carey and Bryan Conant, to present community lecture

Craig R. Carey and Bryan Conant, two wanderers of our local hills, valleys and forests are teaming up with the Ventura Land Trust for a fast-paced, informative and often hilarious lecture “Amazing Backcountry Adventures” highlighting their outdoor adventures at 7pm Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. “Amazing Backcountry Adventures” features outdoor author Craig R. Carey and […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 25 - Sept 12 - Sept 25, 2018 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton What is your favorite park in Ventura? Ron Root age 71 retired from Honda Motor Co. “Probably the Aquatic Water Park on Kimball because it’s really well laid out. It’s large and great for walking the dog, you just have to go when everyone else isn’t there, it gets pretty busy.”   […] Read More »

Olivas Adobe can still be enjoyed after the end of the concert series

The last concert of the 31st summer concert season Music Under the Stars, held at the Olivas Adobe featured Janeen Puente and her Latin Orchestra. The concert was sold out as were 6 of the 8 presented. Next year promises to be another great season so when tickets become available you had better buy them […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries October events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events   Bilingual Early Literacy Class   10/1, 8 , 15, 22, & 29  Mondays @ 6– 6:45pm   Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!   One County One Book Event: Foil Boat Challenge STEAM Box 10/11 Tuesday @ 3-4pm Explore & discover concepts related to Science, Technology, […] Read More »

3rd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival

On September 8th an overcast day didn’t stop thousands of music fans from enjoying the 3rd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival (OJF) held at Oxnard Beach Park. The OJF is a cultural music celebration offering a diverse mix of Jazz, Latin, Soul, Blues and R&B. The 2018 star studded lineup featured Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, […] Read More »

Pedestrian safety

by Ashley Bautista, Community Outreach Ventura Police Thousands of people each year are killed on America’s roadways, and many of those deaths could have been prevented. In fact, in 2016, 16 percent (5,987) of all roadway-related deaths were pedestrian fatalities. Tragically, in a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is far more […] Read More »

Friends of the Santa Clara River celebrates 25 years with Silver Streams Gala Celebration

by Candice Meneghin, Friends of the Santa Clara River Board Member Friends of the Santa Clara was formed in 1993 with the mission of protecting and preserving the biological and cultural resources of the Santa Clara River Watershed, which spans Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. The Friends have promoted all aspects of river health, including […] Read More »

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Ventura Shellfish Enterprise site selection

by Oscar Peña, General Manager On September 12, at 7:00PM the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners will convene in Open Session at the Four Point Sheraton Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Drive, for its Regular Meeting. One of the items on the agenda of special interest to the public is the Ventura Shellfish Enterprise (VSE) […] Read More »

Ventura County Watershed Protection District announces community meeting

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection District will hold a community meeting to share the latest developments and anticipated path for the Ventura River Levee (VR-1) Rehabilitation Project. The Ventura River Levee (VCWPD VR-1, FEMA ID No. 53) consists of bank protection and other improvements intended to provide flood protection for […] Read More »

Could boosting lymphatic function combat age-related cognitive decline?

by National Institute on Aging Scientists only recently discovered lymphatic vessels in the brain that remove cellular debris and other waste. Now, new NIA-supported research published in Nature on July 25 suggests these vessels could play a role in age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, studied the performance of lymphatic vessels in […] Read More »

Friends of the Santa Clara River celebrates 25 years with Silver Streams Gala Celebration

by Candice Meneghin, Friends of the Santa Clara River Board Member Friends of the Santa Clara was formed in 1993 with the mission of protecting and preserving the biological and cultural resources of the Santa Clara River Watershed, which spans Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. The Friends have promoted all aspects of river health, including […] Read More »

Cute Grandkid

Grandma Joan Dodge thinks her 6-year old Granddaughter Reese Springhorn (on the left), who is visiting from Sacramento with friend Rowan Guzman is the cutest grandkid in the entire universe. Do you have one that you think is even cuter? If so send photo to editor@venturabreeze.com. This photo was taken at The Pierpont Racquet Club. Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 24 – Aug 29 – Sept 11, 2018 – On Vacation

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Ventura Unified School District announces new brand

District develops brand promising rich and varied academic programs. The Ventura Unified School District has announced its new brand and a district promise to maintain excellent schools and learning environments where all children can explore, grow, and thrive as students in a modern world and be well prepared for the future ahead of them. “’For […] Read More »

Thousands beat the heat at the Annual Ventura County Fair

Fireworks was limited to weekends this year. Some liked it some didn’t. The Ventura County Fair is proud and happy to report another successful Fair. Celebrating the diverse traditions of Ventura County, the 143rd edition, “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” closed with thousands having come out to enjoy the 12-day event, many returning for the […] Read More »

Elections, Education and Art

Councilmember Christy Weir enjoying the CAPS and Ventura Breeze tiles on Michael O’Kelly’s mural. by Elizabeth Rodeno Over the next few weeks CAPS Media will work with city officials and election organizations throughout the community to encourage voter participation, provide voter information on ballot initiatives and help explain the district election process for electing City […] Read More »

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Of Ventura kicks off 2018 Campaign

Paul Hardy, Josh Damigo, and Dr. Ron Atanay  attended the kickoff event and will be at the walk at Harbor Cove Beach. An open house reception was held at the Four Points Sheraton Ventura on Thursday, August 9th for this year’s Kickoff Celebration “Younited For a Cure”. The evening’s festivities included pink themed appetizers, raffle […] Read More »

Funds raised will enable TBCF to serve all eligible families without turning anyone away.

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) held its sixth annual Gold Ribbon Campaign in recognition of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September with a private event for its Tri-County recipients, volunteers, sponsors and siblings on Aug. 21 at the Gordic Grove in Elings Park in Santa Barbara. This uplifting event treated guests to a picnic dinner in […] Read More »

Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Throw Down

Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Throw Down took place from Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26. The well attended event included fierce competition, music and food. The end of Summer Block Party and Throw Down took place on the closed street at the corner of Makenzie’s at 806 East Thompson. Read More »

14th Annual Spirit Awards

Dear Friends Eric Harrison, President & CEO United Way of Ventura County On Sept.13, we’ll be celebrating our 14th Annual Spirit Awards at the Serra Padre Center in Camarillo. This will be a special evening recognizing the community and foundation leaders who partnered with us throughout the year and when Ventura County needed us most. […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District announces new brand

The Ventura Unified School District has announced its new brand and a district promise to maintain excellent schools and learning environments where all children can explore, grow, and thrive as students in a modern world and be well prepared for the future ahead of them. “’For the future of every student’ is our promise emphasizing […] Read More »

This year’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival hosted by the Ventura Land Trust gets a new home and new friends

by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “This is the greatest venue no one’s ever been to,” said Gary Bednorz, chairman of the Ventura Land Trust’s popular SYRCL Wild & Scenic® Film Festival now in its ninth year in Ventura. The festival, which serves as a fundraiser for the Ventura Land Trust (formerly Ventura Hillsides Conservancy), celebrated […] Read More »

 Club welcomes writers of all genres and abilities

The Ventura County Writers Club is celebrating its 85th anniversary. The club, founded in 1933 by authors in Ojai, has thrived while many clubs and organizations are folding. President Connie Mukherjee says, “The VCWC has survived because we welcome writers of all genres and abilities. We have also kept dues low. A new member pays only […] Read More »

What homeowners should know about air conditioning

As this summer’s record-breaking heat wave sent many residents reaching for their thermostats, a new air conditioning unit may have felt like a smart buy. But before homeowners take the plunge, there are a number of items to consider that will help an A/C unit work even better, save energy and make their living spaces […] Read More »

New Cal Lutheran students will aid fire recovery in Grant Park

On Tuesday, August 28, approximately 650 incoming California Lutheran University students worked to help the hills above Ventura recover from the Thomas Fire as part of a partnership with the City of Ventura that began over 10 years ago. The incoming freshmen class will remove bottles and other trash exposed by the fire and spread mulch […] Read More »

Elections, Education and Art

by Elizabeth Rodeno Over the next few weeks CAPS Media will work with city officials and election organizations throughout the community to encourage voter participation, provide voter information on ballot initiatives and help explain the district election process for electing City Council members and Ventura Unified School board members. CAPS will offer candidates the chance […] Read More »

From recent retirement to the school board

Early in his career, when Jerry Dannenberg presided as President of the Escondido Teacher’s Association, he never imagined he would someday rise through the ranks to become a school district superintendent. He would like to take it a step further now by announcing his candidacy for the Ventura USD Board of Education, Area 4. When […] Read More »

Ventura Community Partners Foundation hosts inaugural golf tournament and dinner fundraiser

The Ventura Community Partners Foundation announced it will host its inaugural “Fairways & Fiesta” event on Saturday, September 8. The event, which is expected to raise thousands for Ventura’s youth, will begin with a golf tournament at 3:30 pm at the Olivas Links Golf Course, located at 3750 Olivas Park Dr. The tournament will be […] Read More »

The celebration of Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. Jewish Year 5777 this year at sunset on Sept.9. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity […] Read More »

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Of Ventura kicks off 2018 Campaign

An open house reception was held at the Four Points Sheraton Ventura on Thursday, August 9th for this year’s Kickoff Celebration “Younited For a Cure”. The evening’s festivities included pink themed appetizers, raffle prizes, socializing, and informational speakers. Event Chair Brenda Dearborn opened with the event overview, followed by Kickoff Chair Kerri Berntsen with sponsor […] Read More »

Upcoming events for the Museum of Ventura County

The Museum of Ventura County has multiple events coming up, including: Opening Reception for “At Table: The Business of Food and Community” –Celebrate and explore Ventura County’s rich history of cultural diversity, agricultural bounty and how the influx of immigrants has shaped our recipes, food traditions and eating experiences at the opening reception, 5:30 to […] Read More »

A great way to spend a Night Out

Ventura neighborhoods were invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday, August 14. National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Ventura Police Department. This is the […] Read More »

Join the Native Daughters of the Golden West Poinsettia Parlor

Join the Native Daughters of the Golden West Poinsettia Parlor number 318 and The City of San Buenaventura Parks And Recreation for an Open house at the Ortega Adobe 215 w. Main St. Sunday, September 9th – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hear a presentation on the history of the Adobe by Ernie Calvillo and […] Read More »

Even though painting was not in the contract for almost $400,000 they could have taken a day painting it.

In previous issues the Breeze has commented on the horrible workmanship performed on the pedestrian crossing bridge that runs over the freeway to the promenade. We also commented on the horrible handrail. “This is what the work consisted of per the Department of Transportation (DOT): ‘The department is working with the City of Ventura to […] Read More »

Brian Pendleton promoted to Deputy GM of Port District

The Ventura Port District announces the promotion of Brian Pendleton to Deputy General Manager. Hired in June 2015 as Business Operations Manager for the District ─ home to Ventura Harbor and Channel Islands National Park ─ Pendleton has led the District’s economic development strategy and supervised various department managers. In his new position, Pendleton serves […] Read More »

End of Life Doula

by Jennifer Tipton Just as birth doulas help mothers bring their newborns into the world, end of life doulas ease the transition of individuals leaving this world by bringing comfort and support to those that are dying. Born in New Jersey, Dina Pielaet is one of thirteen children. In 1973, Dina’s mother and father informed […] Read More »

Aloha Beach Festival to benefit the Thomas Fire Families and the Surf Rider Foundation.

The return of the Aloha Beach Festival is on Sept 1st and 2nd at Surfer’s Point/Promenade Park. This year’s benefit will be for the Thomas Fire Families and the Surf Rider Foundation. Title sponsor this year is Trade Desk and Patagonia Provisions. “The purpose of the Aloha Beach festival is to support our local social and environmental nonprofits” […] Read More »

Sad passing of local icon, Helen Yunker

Always a lady of class and distinction. Helen had a simple philosophy: “In helping and sharing with others, you multiply your own blessings many times.” Her blessings were multiplied over and over again. One of Ventura’s premier philanthropists, arts supporters and political activists, Helen died at age 97 peacefully on July 28. Born in Chicago […] Read More »

VACE has 50-year celebration.

More than 400 attended the reunion. On Saturday, August 11th, Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE) celebrated its 50th Anniversary of providing Lifelong Learning to the community at the main campus on Valentine Road. In the past fifty years, VACE has offered adult education and training in over 150 locations throughout Ventura. More than 400 […] Read More »

Visit Fillmore and Santa Paula while riding on vintage “movie trains!”

Fillmore & Western’s mission is to preserve and offer a unique part of American heritage. Photo by Nicholas Martinez Fillmore & Western Railway has announced two new train excursions this summer.  Enjoy the “Hot August Nights – Beer, Wine & Blues Train” departing from Fillmore’s Train Depot.  Then on Labor Day weekend enjoy Fillmore & Western’s […] Read More »

Well-known restaurant owner dies

A nice memorial has been set-up outside the site of the restaurant. Chingchai “Chang” Liampetchakul, former owner of Tipps Thai Cuisine has passed on at age 60. Chang’s life has taken a turn for the worse the last several years. In Feb., 2017 Chang Liampetchakul suffered a stroke while at the restaurant. He was cooking […] Read More »

Kat Merrick, John McNeil and Trevor Quirk share Thomas Fire stories

CAPS Media’s Thomas Fire Stories project continues to record captivating first-person personal accounts with the public and first responders. This month Kat Merrick, Captain John McNeil and Trevor Quirk add their experiences to the series. On Friday, August 17 Kat Merrick shares a remarkably moving story of her fight to save her Wicked Wire Ranch, […] Read More »

Panhandling Alternatives

Catholic Charities 805-643-4784 www.catholiccharitiesla.org Homeless One Stop Center Every Tuesday 10am-1pm 3147 Loma Vista Project Understanding 805-652-1320 www.projectunderstanding.org Salvation Army 805-648-5032 www.salvationarmy-ventura.org Turning Point foundation 805-652-0596 www.turningpointfoundation.org Ventura Social Services Task Force Homeless Prevention Fund 805-654-7701 www.vhpf.net Read More »

We asked a few of our writers and staff to tell us their favorite thing at the Fair:

Breezy Gledhill One of my favorite things at the fair this year was the Autism Society Ventura County booth. Besides the amazing people that I met at the booth this year – I’m talking about you Ashley Pope!, this nonprofit organization is mostly made up of individuals with Autism and their families. One in fifty-nine […] Read More »

Keep Ventura’s City Council out of the real estate business

by Venturans for Efficient & Responsible Government (VREG) When it comes to real estate, Ventura’s City Council is, at best, inconsistent. At worst, they are reckless with our money. Their latest decision costs taxpayers over $1,000,000. On June 16th, the Council accepted the city staff’s recommendations for the Harbor Church. Like some other real estate […] Read More »

The Ladder of Life

by Karen Leslie, writer with heart Adventure, meeting people from all walks of life, thrilling experiences, weaves a tapestry of memories that last a lifetime and when held in the mind and heart, become priceless beyond monetary value. From Oklahoma, Sedona to California, Richard Keller and Elaine Keller, enthusiastic spirited travelers, humanitarians and dream catchers […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust applies for National Accreditation, invites public comment

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) is pleased to announce that it is currently applying for accreditation and invites the public to comment as part of the application process. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, […] Read More »

Libraries September events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 9/10, 17, & 24 Mondays @ 6– 6:45pm Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun! Lego Play 9/6, 13, 20, & 27 Thursdays @ 3 –5pm Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Adult Classes & Events […] Read More »

Museum exhibit explores cultural diversity of food in Ventura County

How history, culture and immigration shape our dining habits, menus and food traditions The Museum of Ventura County will host an opening reception, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aug. 30, for “At Table: The Business of Food and Community,” an exhibit that explores and celebrates the cultural impact of immigration through a shared love of food. […] Read More »

Music Under The Stars bachlorette party

Jenna Selvey is getting married to Max Rooney on August 18. She chose the Music Under The Stars concert on August 11, at the Olivas Adobe to hold her bachlorette party. Celebrating with her were her great friends who whooped it up and listened to and danced to the music of the high-energy, premier country rock […] Read More »

Jazz Festival to be held at Oxnard Beach Park

On September 8th, the 3rd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival (OJF) will take place at Oxnard Beach Park. The OJF is a cultural music celebration offering a diverse mix of Jazz, Latin, Soul, Blues and R&B. The 2018 star studded lineup includes: Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, Pete Escovedo and his Latin Big Band, Greg Adam’s […] Read More »

Jeffry George hired as Rubicon’s Executive Director

Jeffry George recently served as Executive Director of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT), on Cape Cod, a post he held for six years, guiding the organization through significant financial and organizational realignment. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, Jeffry was responsible for administration, development, marketing, education, and community outreach. He managed a seasonal staff […] Read More »

How to keep safe and green at home

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer “Caution,” “Toxic,” “Danger,” “Keep out of reach of children,” are common words found on traditional cleaning product labels sitting on store shelves waiting for a purchase. However, exposure to harsh chemicals can not only potentially irritate our skin and burn our eyes, but research now indicates that long-term […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 23 - Aug 15 - Aug 28, 2018 - Person to Person

Person to (Little) Person by Jennifer Tipton I asked several of our younger Venturans, ages 3–9, “What is your favorite thing at the fair?” Annabelle Eckert age 5 “I like the carnival games, especially the Balloon Water Race and I like every ride! My favorite fair food is a hotdog!”     Tom Eckert age […] Read More »

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces Cohort XXIV

The Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA), founded in 1994, delivers on its mission of connecting people and issues to strengthen our county by developing, educating and inspiring a diverse group of leaders who aspire to enhance the quality of life in Ventura County. The curriculum of the year-long Academy is delivered through ten full-day interactive […] Read More »

Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network

The Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network (VCRRN ) is hosting its signature Write For Your Rights event to bring together our community’s collective voice during a time when threats to reproductive rights are at an all time high. Attempts to block Planned Parenthood’s funding on the federal level continue in Congress, while women’s health still […] Read More »

Prepare for sticker shock on your water bills

by Venturans for Efficient & Responsible Government (VREG) The Ventura City Council stated building a pipeline for state water was Ventura Water’s number one priority. We’re pleased with the result. VREG promoted and encouraged state water over Direct Potable Reuse (DPR). Water is a regional problem. Ventura should be a leader in working with all […] Read More »

Channel Islands YMCA welcomes two to the Board of Directors

The Channel Islands YMCA is proud to announce the election of Lucy Thoms-Harrington and Daxter Gulje to its Board of Directors. Mrs. Thoms-Harrington has been on the Board of Managers for the Lompoc Family YMCA for over 15 years where she has served as past Board Chair, Campaign Chair and Board Development Chair. Thoms-Harrington is an […] Read More »

Cabrillo hires Soto as Director of Property Management & Resident Services

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation announces the addition of Luz Soto as its Director of Property Management and Resident Services. Soto returns to Cabrillo, where she previously served as Director of Property and Asset Management from 2005 to 2013. Soto oversees Cabrillo’s residential portfolio, which includes 26 affordable communities that serve nearly 1,200 low-income families. “With […] Read More »

Paul Hunt remembered at the cross

Standing at the fire engine is Firefighter Josh Bethea, son Scott Hunt, daughter Erin Wise, Firefighter Ron Ramirez, Firefighter Brian Muluchille and Firefighter and bagpipe player David Mendoza . On September 25, 1936, Paul Richard ‘Dick’ Hunt was born at home 180 Palm Street to Robert and Nettybelle Hunt. He was the last of eight […] Read More »

Storytelling and advocacy training for the homeless

Jules Plumadore and Terri Byrne, facilitators of the homeless speaker program. They are from the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. by Jill Forman An innovative speaker training event took place July 16 and 17 in our town. Homeless and previously-homeless persons attended, learning how to speak in public and advocate for themselves. These future […] Read More »

Help to raise more than $35 million for charitable causes

Enjoy the photographic exhibit of David Mirisch. Hollywood publicist David Mirisch will share stories about his five decades of working with celebrities, helping to raise more than $35 million for charitable causes, 11 a.m., Aug. 8 at the Museum of Ventura County, located at 100 E. Main. Enjoy the photographic exhibit of David and many […] Read More »

Ventura Water celebrates a New Water Wise Landscape Project

Approximately 1,100 square feet of turf replaced with water wise landscape. Ventura Water, in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Garden Group (OFG) and Ventura High School’s Greener World Action Team (GWAT), replaced approximately 1,100 square feet of turf with a water wise landscape at the corner of Main and Catalina streets. This student-led […] Read More »

Warped Tour gives back to Ventura via River Beautification Project

“They cleared out 8 tons of garbage” by Adrienne Stephens After twenty-four years of bringing punk and alternative bands plus thousands of enthusiastic music fans to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, the Warped Tour wrapped up its final stop in Ventura by undertaking a huge community service project working in collaboration with the Ventura Land Trust, […] Read More »

STEMbassador Kids Kick off STEM Workshop Series with Ventura teachers

Teachers, STEMbassadors students and Alex Wulff love what they are doing. Beginning Monday, June 18, 2018 STEMbassadors taught a 3-day workshop to train 16 teachers from several Ventura County schools ( De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA), Junipero Serra elementary school, Rio and Elmhurst elementary, along with Oxnard elementary school ) in […] Read More »

Ventura angel store closing- Over 34,000 prayers need a home

Do you have space for 34,000 prayers? For nearly a quarter of a century Heaven’s Gallery has been a destination store for people vising downtown Ventura. According to store owners Keith and Francesca Richardson the store is now scheduled to close September 30, 2018. One of the main features of the Richardson’s store has been […] Read More »

Couple kick-scooting to help build a school in Africa

Bex and Gil stopped in Ventura on the way to Tijuana. UK based couple, Bex Band and Gil Dori, will be bravely attempting a 1500+ mile journey travelling the full length of the USA west coast using kick scooters – stand up non-motorized scooters that are powered by leg muscles alone. The expedition, named ‘Kicking […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 22 - Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2018 - On Vacation

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Music Under the Stars

There might still be a few concerts not sold out at our wonderful summer concerts. Find out at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/957/Music-Under-the-Stars Read More »

Prof. David Pellow to connect social justice and environmental sustainability

Sharing highlights from his 2018 book, “What is Critical Environmental Justice?,” Dr. David Naguib Pellow will speak at the Ventura Unitarian Universalist Church at 5654 Ralston St. on Sunday August 26, 2018 from 11:30am to 12:30pm on the compelling case that social movements to benefit vulnerable people and environmental activism must be integrated, as the […] Read More »

Ventura Police out on the course

Ventura Police Commander Rick Murray, Commander Darrick Brunk, Assistant Police Chief Darin Schindler and Commander Sam Arroyo became police officers because they couldn’t make a living as professional golfers. Read More »

How to grow a lush, low-water use landscape with Mediterranean and California native plants

by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “When most people think of a stunning landscape, they tend to think of expansive, sprawling green lawns. However, these types of landscapes also consume a lot of water, negatively impacting our low reserves during the ongoing drought,” said Cari Vega, owner of A Smart Garden in Downtown Ventura. Vega taught […] Read More »

Rabbi Akiva to be discussed at Congregation Am HaYam

As a reminder that there have been times when modesty, humility and the idea that the power of the patriarch must be limited both by the written and the oral law, Congregation Am HaYam has selected for its Book Club discussion Rabbi Akiva, Sage of the Talmud, by Barry W. Holtz The book recounts the […] Read More »

Vista Del Mar thanks the City for the tremendous tree trimming

The residents living on Vista Del Mar wish to thank the City for the tremendous tree trimming that has been done. Trees hanging over the street and dead ones have been removed by WCA contracted by the City. Read More »

Author to share stories from her new book

Marla Daily, President of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, will share images and stories of the history of Anacapa Island from her new book, Images of America: Anacapa Island, during a special lecture on Thursday, August 23. Beginning in the mid-1800s, the island served as a home for transient otter and seal hunters, Chinese and […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

To editor: With regard to the fire dept. response to the fire, the local fire trucks have no mechanism ie. pumps to replenish their trucks with water other than to fill the trucks from fire hydrants. Multiple trucks left the fire when their water tanks were empty, driving by multiple swimming pools that they could […] Read More »

TV, Radio and More

Did you know that CAPS Media Center has a radio station – KPPQ-LP, now just a bit over a year old. KPPQ broadcasts at 104.1 FM, streams online at capsmedia.org and on the myTuner app. KPPQ is a community run radio station broadcasting throughout the city of Ventura, into Port Hueneme, parts of Oxnard and […] Read More »

Community Garden at Westpark

The Community Garden at Westpark (450 W. Harrison) provides a wonderful opportunity to grow your own plants and vegetables and to learn about environmental sustainability. You can also find information about rain water collection and composting. To learn more, and become a community gardner, contact Anita Diaz at adiaz@cityofventura.ca.gov. Read More »

WEV can make you an entrepreneur

Are you ready to become an entrepreneur, or expand your existing small business? Afraid to “go it alone,” or unsure how to proceed? WEV’s training programs guide you in taking the next step. Attend a free 1-hour orientation, where you’ll meet a WEV representative that will help you determine if SET, EXPLORE, or another WEV […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival presented a free concert in the park with Jarabe Mexicano

The Ventura Music Festival presented a free, open-to-all concert in the park with Jarabe Mexicano on July 18 at Mission Park. Folks brought, low chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy the great event. It was preceded by the presentation of an award of recognition from Consul Jonathan Alvarez of the Consulate of Mexico in Oxnard […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 22 - Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2018 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton On July 24th, during another heat wave, I asked 6 Venturans – “What do you like to do when the weather warms up in Ventura?” Lisa Hawk age 54 works at Salon Panache “I like to go to work where it’s air-conditioned and hope for a little ocean breeze when I’m at […] Read More »

“Houdini” radio broadcast wins national awards

Adding to recent international awards, the radio drama broadcast “Houdini’s Secret Life” has now picked up national awards. Every Now and Then Theatre and Conejo Players Theatre’s joint presentation, celebrity hosted by actor-producer-writer Joe Mantegna, aired over Halloween 2017 on Ventura County’s NewsTalk 1590 KVTA. “Houdini” dramatized lesser known aspects of America’s first super hero, including WWI spy, fraud […] Read More »

Tuff Sheds replace domes at River Haven

Jason Meek, Turning Point Executive Director cutting the ribbon at Tuff Shed celebration. Photos by Michael Gordon Twelve years ago, Turning Point Foundation took a group of people living along in the river bottom in tents and started them on the path to hope and the promise of better things to come: A new beginning […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners announced

James Lockwood Fair Public Relations and Marketing Director congratulating the winners. Ventura County children in grades 5-12 competed in the ninth Ventura County Fair Poster Contest with entries that illustrated the Fair’s 2018 Theme: “A Country Fair with Ocean Air.” Of 59 entries, three were chosen by a panel of judges as the winners of […] Read More »

$26,250 donation set a Stonefire record

Monica White, FOODShare President & CEO accepting a large check from Stonefire Grill. On June 12 Stonefire Grill Ventura presented a check for $26,250 to FOODShare. A record amount from all of their opening donations. Stonefire Grill collects money for all of their new restaurants partnering with a local non-profit whose values and core mission […] Read More »

Contest from June 20 Issue

In our June 20 issue we had a contest that we thought would be difficult but our readers are too smart (of course). This minor league baseball team played at Seaside Park (the fairgrounds). Pro baseball in Ventura lasted from 1947 to 1955. The New York Yankees were the first sponsoring the Ventura Yankees from […] Read More »

25th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival—A Weekend of Sizzling Music, Dance & Food

The festival is a celebration of all things salsa. Hot Latin sounds, exotic dancing and spicy culinary flavors are all part of the 25th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. The festival, July 28 and 29, is a celebration of all things salsa–the food, music and dance. Festivities take place at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” streets […] Read More »

Soak in summer fun with Waterfront Wednesdays

Join us for Colorful Cocktails after our swim. Escape the heat this summer from dawn to dusk for a midweek seaside sojourn to Ventura Harbor Village as it kicks off its annual Waterfront Wednesdays every Wednesday in July and August, 2018. Find fabulous seaside dining, one-of-a-kind boutique coastal shopping, and play by the sea! Sway […] Read More »

Ventura Aquatic Center Dive-In Movie Friday, July 20

It’s time to dive into summer! Join the staff at the Ventura Aquatic Center for a dive-in movie! Attendees are invited to order pizza or bring a picnic dinner and float the night away under the stars while watching Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. For more information, visit the Aquatic Center website or call […] Read More »

A few Ventura County Fair 2018 entry days still open

Whether it’s a hobby or your profession, showcase your talents by entering in the Ventura County Fair. The online entry guide includes a complete list of departments, entry divisions & classes, and entry dates. The complete entry guide can be found at www.venturacountyfair.org under the “Entry Guide” tab. From July 20-22, the Amateur Fine Arts, […] Read More »

The Albinger Museum

The Albinger Museum, located next to Mission San Buenaventura, was once the home to five different cultures spanning 3,500 years of history. Learn about the Chumash Indians, Chinese immigrants and others who resided on the site by viewing displays, and archaeological digs uncovered in 1974. During the summer, until Sept. 3 the Museum is open […] Read More »

Amgen Foundation’s “Biotech Summer Experience” workshop

Ventura College hosted students from Oxnard’s Santa Clara High School for the Amgen Foundation’s “Biotech Summer Experience” workshop. Students, mostly seniors at Santa Clara High School, were exposed to skills of advanced biotechnology including working with DNA and bacteria. Andrea Ocampo, Alyna Zarate and Sabrina Ramirez are shown performing lab testing. The Amgen Biotech Experience […] Read More »

Madhu Bajaj announces school board candidacy

Local business owner and nonprofit professional Madhu Bajaj announced that she is running for VUSD School Board, District 4 citing priorities in community engagement, innovative learning and enhanced communication. “As a mom of a VUSD student and a volunteer with Ventura Education Partnership I have had the great pleasure of working with many of our […] Read More »

Damon Bell selected as interim president for Ventura College

Ventura County Community College District Chancellor Greg Gillespie is pleased to announce that Dr. Damon Bell has been selected as interim president for Ventura College, effective July 23, 2018. Bell has 25 years of experience that includes Washington and California college systems. He has held senior leadership positions at San Diego Mesa College; Long Beach […] Read More »

Even belly dancers slow down long enough to read the Ventura Breeze

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Ventura Police updates produced at CAPS Media Center

Multiple times a month the Ventura Police Department creates community updates and informational videos in the CAPS Media Studio. Hosted by Ashley Bautista, VPD Civic Engagement Specialist, and VPD officers the segments provide the community with important facts, crime statistics and additional valuable information. The segments air and stream on CAPS Media and on multiple […] Read More »

CMH will finish the 250-bed project in Ventura and turn it over in August

General Contractor Fred Kummer, of HBE Corp. in St. Louis, has informed CMH that he will finish the 250-bed project in Ventura and turn it over in August, some 3 years after the promised completion date. After that, training on new state-of-the-art equipment and more approvals could take another four 4 months so the hospital […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Garden’s fundraiser at Dexter's Camera

The Ventura Botanical Garden’s held a fundraiser at Dexter’s Camera on July 7. Guests such as Ginny Claborn, Maggie McKinney, Randy Encinas, Doug Halter, Mary Kay Doubek and Jeanne-Marie Olmo enjoyed tacos, wine, music and nature through the lenses of some of our most talented local photographers. Guests also learned how to help the VBG […] Read More »

County fair is in the air

Vendors have started to arrive for the Ventura County Fair which opens on August 1. Read More »

Vera (Castanon) Hirrel

Vera (Castanon) Hirrel, 62, passed away peacefully in her home in Oxnard, California on July 3, 2018 with loving family by her side. Born on September 30, 1955 in Riverdale, California to the late Nellie Castanon and Nick Castanon, Vera spent most of her adult life living in Ventura County. Vera was known for her […] Read More »

Sevet Johnson named to head County Behavioral Health Department

Sevet Johnson has been named as the Director of the County’s Behavioral Health Department. On the recommendations of the Health Care Agency Director and County Executive Officer, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her appointment. Johnson will also serve as the Local Mental Health Director. The appointment follows a nationwide recruitment that attracted more than […] Read More »

Mission San Buenaventura dedicated Michelangelo Pieta Statue

A Vatican licensed copy of Michelangelo’s masterpiece Pieta is gifted to Mission San Buenaventura. A dedication and unveiling service was held Sunday, July 8. Forty-one years ago, May 21, 1972, the Renaissance statue was damaged at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The incident, and what subsequently became one of the most delicate and controversial art […] Read More »

Mud and boulders from the Montecito mudslide disaster

Much of the mud and boulders from the Montecito mudslide disaster was taken to the Fairgrounds to be cleaned up and distributed. The State is in the process of repairing and paving the parking lot that was destroyed by this. Read More »

California Rising Stars

Jacquelyn Ruffin and James Perero, attorneys from the Ventura’s Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold law firm have been selected to the California Rising Stars list for the second year in a row. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor. […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County launches mentor program

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners has announced a new mentoring program for college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals who are in their first five years of business. “This valuable program is designed to connect aspiring young women entrepreneurs with successful and inspiring women business owners throughout the […] Read More »

One Stop does it all

Ventura County’s hidden gem is the One Stop program for homeless people. It is a lifesaver for those most in need … especially for the newly homeless who are often overwhelmed by the many agencies they must apply to for help. One Stop, under the leadership of Health Care for the Homeless, provides comprehensive care […] Read More »

Run to the PinesAuto Show in Pine Mountain Club

by Mark Bailey President PMCCPOA From the coast to the mountains in just 90 scenic minutes. Come and visit us in the beautiful, picturesque village of Pine Mountain Club; an area surrounded with pine trees, unique shops, a general store, gas station, hotels and restaurants. The valley lies between two mountain ranges, with peaks soaring […] Read More »