This ‘n’ That

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 purchase. However, exposure to harsh chemicals can not only potentially irritate our skin and burn our eyes, but research now indicates that the 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 at […] 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 »

Clean Eating for sustainable health and community

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer Consuming an abundance of processed, preserved and refined foods loaded with sugar such as store-bought cookies, cakes and candy or foods and soft drinks laden with chemicals names that can barely be pronounced may cause momentary bliss. However, indulging in excess over time can ultimately wreak havoc on […] Read More »

Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to Ventura

Movies, Music and So Much More! The 9th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival is coming to Ventura on Saturday, August 18. Nature lovers and film buffs can join with the Ventura Land Trust (VLT) at this popular annual community event to enjoy a line-up of beautiful and inspirational award-winning short films outdoors under the […] Read More »

Vista del Mar where every day matters

Carol Ramirez, Jenifer Nyhuis, Jetta Zellner and Debbie English are all smiles at the opening of the outpatient facility. by Jennifer Tipton Before that fateful night when the Thomas Fire destroyed most of the Behavioral Health Hospital located at the top of the hill on Seneca Street, Vista del Mar provided ¾ of the total […] Read More »

Surfrider’s strawless challenge: no single use plastic straws

Plastic items littering Ventura beaches must go. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer This year on Earth Day (April 22), Surfrider launched Ventura’s Plastic Free Beaches campaign as a proactive response to the increasing amounts of plastic straws, expanded polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam), and other plastic items littering Ventura beaches. With that ongoing mission […] Read More »

Island packers’ summer schedule to include special trips and summer whale watching

Island Packers is expanding its Summer Whale Watching excursions. With summer upon us, Island Packers is proud to announce the addition of specialty trips on selective dates to their already full schedule of summer excursions. Visitors to Ventura and locals alike can now explore select, seldom-visited destinations. In addition to these landing excursions, Island Packers […] Read More »

This is not a restaurant review

by Sheldon Brown This is not a restaurant review, because I don’t write those. But this is a restaurant comment. What was once Romano’s Macaroni Grill in the Ventura Gateway shopping center (4880 Telephone Road) is now StoneFire Grill. If you were blindfolded and shown the outside – or inside – of the restaurant, you […] Read More »

The fire was like an unpredictable assailant

by Pilar Sumalpong, Ph. D., Licensed Psychologist CA PSY 27891, NRHSP #55927 Anyone exposed to the Thomas Fire could have strong and lasting emotional reactions. We all experience fear, danger, loss and grief at some point in our lives but residents of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are describing classic symptoms of traumatic stress and […] Read More »

Life Coaching – is it for you?

by Dr. Bunny Vreeland Do you know what a Life Coach is? Who uses a Life Coach? How can Life Coaching be beneficial? You might consider Life Coaching if: You are Stuck – If you have a big decision to make, for example, whether to get married, leave your unsatisfying relationship, change careers, move to […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department hosts Coffee with a Cop at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Photo by Bernie Goldstein The Ventura Police Department hosted Coffee with a Cop at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at 4360 E. Main St. on June 26 in a friendly, informal environment to discuss community issues and build relationships. Engaging the community in public safety efforts is a top priority of the Ventura Police Department. […] Read More »

CAPS Media members create original TV and radio programs

Summer is a great time to join the CAPS Media creative community. Aspiring (or experienced) videographers, journalists, photographers, radio DJs, and storytellers are encouraged to get involved at the CAPS Media Center. The highly skilled and experienced CAPS Media staff helps members master the tools they need to craft the stories they want to tell […] Read More »

“Think Big” was theme at Chamber breakfast

The speakers gave inspiring and motivational talks. Photo by Richard Lieberman On June 28, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce presented their Economic Outlook Breakfast “Think Big” at the Four Points Sheraton hotel. After eating a buffet breakfast the packed room was welcomed by Stephanie Caldwell, CEO & President of the Chamber. Opening remarks were made by […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 20 - July 4 - July 17, 2018 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton What’s your fondest 4th of July memory in Ventura? Karson Fish age 18 works at The Wharf “Probably when I was little, going to the college and watching fireworks with my family. We picnicked and barbequed, and I especially liked the barbequed burgers because burgers always taste better on the 4th of […] Read More »

Kids ages 4 -10 years old to immerse themselves in new sea themed activities

Leading the pack in what’s hot for kids summertime fun in Ventura, Ventura Harbor Village is a sure bet for children with the announcement of the return of its 3rd Annual seasonal Seaside Kids Club to be held Thursdays from July 5 – August 9, from 11 a.m. – noon on the waterfront. Keep children […] Read More »

Michael O’Kelly the man behind the mural / part 2

by Jennifer Tipton Michael O’Kelly’s artistic vision turned to ceramics sometime around the year 2000 when he became interested in architectural design. “That’s the oldest archeological art you can dig up, you’re gonna find bones and you’re gonna find clay!”, he laughed. Starting with “a little mural here and a little fountain there”, it went […] Read More »

“You are not forgotten”

The Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County is proud to announce the hosting of the Moving Wall. Two memorials honoring fallen members of the U.S. military branches will be on display at the Ventura County Government Center. The Remembering Our Fallen photo display will be located on the Main Plaza inside the Hall of Administration, and […] Read More »

Michael O’Kelly-the man behind the mural / part 1

Michael O’ Kelly in his studio with tile of son Devin. by Jennifer Tipton Michael O’Kelly has been making art for nearly 5 decades. Growing up in South Ireland and Wales, he is half Irish and half Welsh – “pure Celtic”, he says. He comes from a family of artists, his father, great uncle and […] Read More »

CONTEST

Where did this Ventura baseball team play their games? The first correct answer wins 2 tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library. Answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Beverage and food vendors for Pier Under the Stars

Diane Brown, Staci Brown and Pam Baumgardner enjoying a previous Pier Under the Stars. Beverage and food vendors for Pier Under the Stars—the 25th annual benefit for the historic Ventura Pier on Saturday, October 6th, from 5-8pm are needed. Each year more than 800 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair adjacent to the […] Read More »

YMCA will host the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

The YMCA has always been America’s Number One Swim Instructor. On June 21, at 2pm, Ventura Family YMCA will host the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an event that seeks to break the record for largest Swim Lesson Worldwide. The 2017 WLSL event included 41,068 participants from 26 countries. Tens of thousands of kids and adults […] Read More »

Water saving tips for your smart garden

Toro’s Scott Donoho teaches a free City Gardening Class at A Smart Garden in Downtown Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer Every year, one Saturday morning a month except for December, the City of Ventura and Ventura Water hold free Gardening Classes offering informative lectures and Q&As, practical water-wise tips, and fun, hands-on experience. […] Read More »

Spencer Makenzie’s Fish Co. celebrates summer with world’s largest cornhole tournament

The nation’s largest cash cornhole tournament will take place in beautiful beachside Ventura as part of Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Block Party. This California-classic multi-day party will feature the coast’s best food, cold drinks & craft beer, and a free concert with the best local bands on Saturday evening, as well as […] Read More »

Save the dates: Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series at California and Main

Downtown Ventura and Darvik Productions are presenting the new Summer Movie Series on every last Friday in June, July, August and September to enjoy a free outdoor movie screening at 7pm right at California and Main streets. The first film is Back to the Future on Friday, June 29 at 7pm. July 27 is Home […] Read More »

A Bizarre Tale of an Adventurous Bug

by Kevin O’Connor One of the strangest “pest control” stories I ever heard happened recently. I think this is a pretty weird tale. Let’s see what you think. Here it is, mostly in the lady’s own words. A Florida woman, Katie Holley, lived through a real-life nightmare and described the gruesome tale of removing a […] Read More »

Ventura Operation Splash

As the school year ends, another group of elementary school children has once again completed free swim lessons at the Kimball Aquatic Center in Ventura, thanks to an annual grant that funds Kaiser Permanente’s regional Operation Splash program. Kaiser Permanente’s Operation Splash program’s mission is to support aquatic facilities and swim programs that help increase […] Read More »

Community members were there to cheer on the runners!

This is an international public awareness campaign for the Special Olympics. Photo by Bernie Goldstein On Thursday, June 7, the Ventura Police Department (VPD) participated in the annual Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) benefiting Ventura County Special Olympics. This will be the twenty-ninth year the Ventura Police Department has supported this effort. Over 40 […] Read More »

Ventura Outrigger Challenge 2018

Ventura Outrigger Challenge 2018 was held at the Harbor Cove Beach on June 9. This year has been challenging for Ventura and the surrounding area. “The Thomas Fire, the subsequent mudslides in Montecito and their collective effects deeply affected our ohana and aina, our land. In the sky, we have hokuloa, the north star, as […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Pirate Days

Mermaids, pirates and a lady with wings with cute little girl all enjoyed Ventura Harbor Pirate Days by reading the Ventura Breeze. Several of the mermaids took the Breeze back in the water with them when the sun went down and couldn’t understand why it fell apart. We are working on waterproof issues for next […] Read More »

Aloha Ranch Day

On June 3, Aloha Ranch Day was presented by Aloha Dog Grooming at the AB Ranch in Santa Paula on Wheeler Canyon. At the event, Diane Brown got to brush Sheldon the pig (yes, there are at least two Sheldon’s in the world). Read More »

Rubicon Theatre Company kicks off sixteenth year of summer programs

Rubicon Theatre Company kicks off its 16th year of summer education programs with four family friendly production performed by kids for kids: The Grunch :Madagascar; Julius Caesar and Grease . Rubicon’s new Education and Outreach Directors, Broadway veterans Beverly and Kirby Ward, will oversee the administration of the four productions and their respective camps: Stinky […] Read More »

Austen’s Restaurant at the Pierpont Inn - where the food is as good as the view

by Jennifer Tipton Located at 550 Sanjon Road in Ventura, Austen’s sits at the top of the hill beside the Pierpont Inn and offers an enclosed outdoor dining area along with tables inside. We had lunch in the outdoor area where the view began with lush green gardens and ended with the vast blue waters […] Read More »

Neighborhood Watch

Does (did) this bike belong to any of you? If stolen, maybe this photo would help the police identify the thief. If this was a homeless guy, likely the police know who he is. Read More »

Cabrillo welcomes Naomi Ontiveros and Victor Rodriguez to its Board of Directors

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is pleased to welcome the addition of Naomi Ontiveros and Victor Rodriguez to its Board of Directors. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are delighted to have new board members with professional and life experiences like Naomi and Victor”, said Cabrillo CEO Margarita H. de Escontrias. Ontiveros, […] Read More »

Free summer camp

by Silvia Benetti Simoes, Lieutenant Ventura Corps Officer The Salvation Army is proving a free summer camp experience for the kids affected by the Thomas fire. Our camp is Located in the heart of Malibu Canyon, Camp Lawrence Daley at Mt. Crags, Gilmore and Wilderness . We have been providing life changing Christian summer camp […] Read More »

CAPS Media’s mission is to create an engaged and informed community

CAPS Media extends congratulations to graduates throughout Ventura. CAPS crews recorded and streamed the Ventura College ceremony on May 18, and record and broadcast commencement ceremonies for El Camino High School on June 8 and Foothill Technical High School on June 14. CAPS Media’s Thomas Fire Stories project premiered on Friday, June 1 with a […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 19 - June 20 - July 3, 2018 - On Vacation

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The healing power of music

by Karen Leslie, writer with heart Ventura’s best kept secret isn’t a secret anymore! The Ventura Choraliers, a choir with heart, sings their souls out to inspire and give musical pleasure to retirement communities. These second half of lifers from 40 to 90 + years young are a unique blend of savvy, gumption and talent! […] Read More »

Memorial Day Parade in Washington D. C.

Late in May Arthur O. Spaulding of Ojai received an invitation to participate in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington D. C., along with a dozen other former members of World War II armed forces. The purpose of their presence in the Parade was to remind onlookers and those watching on TV that these men […] Read More »

The Night Bobby Kennedy died is recounted at the Museum of Ventura County

by Ivor Davis The Museum of Ventura County, is a gem in downtown Ventura. And happily more and more (still not enough) people are discovering the diverse pleasures of what the Museum has to offer. Under the energetic guidance of executive director Elena Brokaw, program director Denise Sindelar, curator Anna Bermudez and a lively staff, […] Read More »

United Way adds 4th phase to Thomas Fire and Flood Fund distribution

by Jennifer Tipton Phase I / Immediate Response: Within the first 30 days after the Thomas Fire erupted, United Way partnered with the Red Cross to identify those whose residences were damaged beyond habitability. There was no registration needed and eligibility was not income specific, 750 households were given a $500 pre-paid debit card. The […] Read More »

Ventura Fireworks discounted family packs available online

Rotary Club of Ventura proudly presents the 24th Ventura Fireworks Show celebrating family, community and country on the 4th of July at the Ventura College fields. Gates open at 5 pm with a spectacular fireworks show at 9 pm. The evening also includes live music, robotics demonstration, giveaways, food vendors, and a Kids Fun Zone […] Read More »

Harrison Industries remains a sustainability leader

Harrison Industries retains its Climate Registered™ status for the ninth consecutive year, by successfully measuring its carbon footprint according to The Climate Registry’s best-in-class program, then having it third-party verified and reporting the data on The Registry’s website. Harrison is among a diverse group of about 300 leading organizations across North America that have adopted […] Read More »

County to host job and career fair

The County of Ventura Human Resources Department will be hosting a job and career fair on Thursday, June 21, 2018. The event is open to the public and there is no charge for entrance or parking. The career fair will be held in the main courtyard of the Ventura County Government Center, between the Hall […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries July Events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Summer Reading Events 7/3 Bi-lingual Music with Nathalia 7/10 TBA 7/17 Shawn McMaster Magician! 7/24 Caterpillar Puppets 7/31 Jessica Vang Tuesdays @ 3pm All ages! Bilingual Early Literacy Class 7/ 2, 9, 16 , 23, & 30 Mondays @ 6– 6:45pm Join us every week for stories, poems, music, […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival to present “Bernstein At 100”

Each year, the Ventura Music Festival fills venues across the city with top-tier music for two weekends of multi-genre music, dance performances and world-class culture. This time, the festival is getting a head start on the summer with a special multi-media presentation at the Museum of Ventura County to celebrate the life and works of […] Read More »

Ventura author teaching Eleventh Annual Youth Summer Writing Camp

For the eleventh consecutive year, author and writing coach Dallas Woodburn is teaching a Ventura writing camp for youth ages 8 to 18. The camp consists of four two-hour workshops held on July 28 and 29, and August 4 and 5. There are two time slots available: 10 a.m. to noon, or 1-3 p.m. The […] Read More »

Ventura Downtown Lions Club celebrated 95 years of community service

by Randy Jewell The Ventura Downtown Lions Club is a diverse group of men and women varying in ages, dedicated to providing assistance to individuals and the community. The club was chartered on April 27th 1923. The Club celebrated 95 years of community service on June 16. It all started with 51 outstanding local business and […] Read More »

NAWBO VC hosts "Clear the Smoke Around Marijuana in the Marketplace" June 19

NAWBO Ventura County hosts “Clear the Smoke Around Marijuana in the Marketplace” ~ an informative evening for employers and business owners Join NAWBO Ventura County (NAWBO VC) on Tuesday, June 19th at the Wedgewood Center, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo from 5:30pm-8:00pm for a must-attend presentation about Proposition 64, the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award Winners

Winner Philip Drescher accepting his check from VPOA board members Schuyler Heard, Mike Hibdon and Bill Griffin. The Ventura Police Officers’ Association (VPOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 15th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. […] Read More »

Happenings at the Museum

Proceeds from this concert will go toward the purchase of a bookmobile. Live Performance Benefit and Fundraiser was a big success on Saturday May 19 at the Museum of Ventura County. The concert featured two-time Grammy Winner Laurence Juber, lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings and Fingerstyle Guitarist of the Year. Juber displayed his acoustic […] Read More »

Torch Run benefits the Ventura County Special Olympics

You might get to see some of the Ventura Police Officers, K9 Officers, police volunteers and Chief Corney who gathered for this photo taken at the St. Pats Parade. On Thursday, June 7, at 8:00 am, the Ventura Police Department (VPD) will participate in the annual Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) benefiting Ventura […] Read More »

First Thomas Fire rebuild in Ventura is underway

The Fuller’s are number one. by Richard Lieberman Six months ago, the Thomas Fire raged through communities in Ventura County. Burning nearly 282,000 acres and destroying 1,063 homes and buildings. Today in our on-going series we examine the re-building process of one homeowner in the Scenic Way Dr., community. Homeowners Ed and Sandy Fuller are […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village celebrates Pirates Day

Hold onto your valuables when you see the pirates. Ahoy all you landlubbers and buccaneers – head to Ventura Harbor Village for a newly designed pop-up pirate experience at the 13th Annual Pirates Day on Sunday, June 10th from 11:00am – 4:00pm. Pirates Day 2018 offers guests an unforgettable voyage around the Village as the […] Read More »

Non-profit affordable housing developer has opened a new office in Ventura

One of Peoples’ Self-Help Housing properties, the El Patio Hotel in Ventura provides affordable and safe housing for County residents. To better serve the Ventura County community, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH), the largest nonprofit affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, has opened a new office in Ventura. Although the office is new, the organization […] Read More »

John Calvin Brewster (1841-1909), professional photographer

John Calvin Brewster (1841-1909), professional photographer who moved to Ventura in March 1874 where he first established a gallery in a run-down adobe on Main Street near Mission San Buenaventura. He moved to several temporary locations, until 1880 when he built a custom, studio and attached residence on Oak St. Brewster’s photographs were often published […] Read More »

Two Trees bloom recovery

The hills around Two Trees (and elsewhere) are coming back to life – green and beautiful. It will be a while before we actually have two fully mature trees again. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

Community Day at Westpark Community Center

Westpark Director Anita Diaz proudly showing off the day’s activities at Community Day at Westpark Community Center, 450 W. Harrison. Booths by Aera Energy and Careers in Energy were among the displays. Aera Energy booth featured a hunt for oil and many giveaways. Many activities and demonstrations were held, including face painting, free health screening, […] Read More »

Marostica announces run for Ventura City Council’s 4th District

East Ventura resident Mike Marostica has announced his candidacy for Ventura City Council in the November 6th, 2018 election. The election will be the first in the newly drawn 4th district. Marostica, 47, has significant roots in East Ventura and wants to make sure that his community’s needs are addressed while maintaining the sense of […] Read More »

Linda Freeny has two new novels out

Linda Freeny, a long time successful Realtor with California Oaks Realtors has another life and passion, writing . She has two new novels out Déjà Vu and Nobody’s Angel , both mysteries that have terrific reviews that can be seen on Amazon. One of them, Déjà Vu , was awarded Book of Excellent Merit by […] Read More »

Susanne Lammot – still shining

by Jennifer Tipton Recognized as one of the Faces of Ventura in 2013 (as featured in the Ventura Breeze), there is little this remarkable woman can’t do. Susanne is a pediatrician, licensed pilot, sailor, scuba diver and has served on the Board of Directors with the Boys and Girls Club in Ventura for over twenty […] Read More »

Holistic Chamber of Commerce welcomes new chapter

With a vision of healthy people on a healthy planet, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) is weaving together an international movement promoting holistic, natural and sustainable products, services and solutions. To that end, the HCC has announced that holistic leaders in Ventura have a local chapter. “Ventura is the perfect place for the Holistic […] Read More »

CMH Palliative Care Department celebrates 10 years of service

The Community Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Department is proud to announce it is celebrating 10 years of service to the community this year, offering a much-needed service to patients in the hospital and local outpatients as well. CMH began Palliative Care services in 2008 with the goal of improving patient and family participation in decisions […] Read More »

KHAY 100.7 receives national recognition from The Academy of Country Music

Coming from a long history of providing Ventura County with the best country music for more than 40 years, KHAY is excited to announce their nomination from the Academy of Country Music for Best Country Radio Station in a small market and winning Best On-Air Personality in a small market for morning host Dave Daniels. […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival announces 2018 lineup

Each year, the Ventura Music Festival fills venues across the city with top-tier music for two weekends of multi-genre music, dance performances and world-class culture. This summer, the festival is returning with a lineup that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Headlined by genre-defying “little orchestra” Pink Martini and supported by world class […] Read More »

Fifth Annual Owl Festival

The fifth annual Owl Festival, a free family event, was held on Sunday, April 23, at the historic Olivas Adobe . Baby owls were seen in their nest.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, presented costumed docent-led […] Read More »

Why the city should get out of the property rental business

by Venturans for Efficient & Responsible Government The 505 Poli building adjacent to City Hall exemplifies why the City of Ventura should not be in the property rental business. When public money is used to buy rental income property, citizens have a right to expect the city will manage the investment wisely. The City Council […] Read More »

The theme of this year’s ISD is “Protect & Enjoy”. Every day, the Surfrider Foundation and the volunteer activist network, work hard to protect our coasts. This year on, International Surfing Day (ISD), we pause to celebrate and enjoy the beaches we all love. While we band together to enjoy the stoke of surfing, we […] Read More »

The 21st Annual PAL Golf Tournament

The Ventura Police Community Foundation and Aera Energy, LLC proudly presented the 21st Annual Police Activities League Golf Tournament on June 1, at Olivas Links Golf Course. Proceeds raised at the tournament help to support afterschool programs for local youth. “Aera has been a huge supporter of PAL since it started in Ventura more than […] Read More »

Event to encourage people to get involved with the issue that is gun violence

On June 9, at noon, members of the community will peacefully gather at Plaza Park to commemorate the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting and to discuss how gun violence affects people of minorities such as the LGBTQ+ community. The intent is to bring people together and encourage people to get educated and involved with […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 18 - Jun 6 - June 19, 2018 - Tech Today with Ken May

FBI warning people to reset routers The FBI is warning that a new malware threat has rapidly infected more than a half-million consumer devices. To help arrest the spread of the malware, the FBI and security firms are urging home Internet users to reboot routers and network-attached storage devices made by a range of technology […] Read More »

CAPS Media summer digital storytelling program

CAPS Media’s Digital Storytelling Summer Program kicks off on June 26 at the CAPS Media Center. Designed for students ages 10-15 the program provides young videographers and storytellers hands-on training with cameras, audio, and editing equipment plus teamwork and production skills needed to produce commercials, documentaries, news reporting, comedy shows and more. Crew members collaborate […] Read More »

West Coast Board Riders

When you put the city club aspect together it supports the community. The West Coast Board Riders are a community united through city surf clubs and competition. The top two teams from the Northern Division earn a spot to compete against the top two teams from the Southern Division for the West Coast Board Riders […] Read More »

Volunteers plant 21 trees along Ventura Avenue

On Sunday April 29th a group of volunteers gathered at Restore Ventura for a quick meeting and then out into the community to plant a total of 21 trees along Ventura Avenue. After a few months of planning and meetings with the city of Ventura, Restore Ventura was able to fundraise all the money needed […] Read More »

2018 Amgen Tour of California

On Monday morning, May 14, thousands waited anxiously for the start of Stage 2 of the 2018 Amgen Tour of California at the Ventura Pier. According to Amgen, 117 riders representing 30 countries are competing in the race. The field includes seven world champions and two current national champions. The athletes will have gone 645 […] Read More »

Summertime is Ventura County Fair time

The Ventura County Fair is Ventura County’s original Social Network, come out and connect with your neighbors, friends and families as we gather for a celebration of our great County. The Fair runs from August 1 through 12 and will feature unique exhibits, exciting contests, and entertainment, free with Fair admission. The Ventura County Fair […] Read More »

Thomas Fire Stories Project premieres on CAPSTV

ECTV interviewed Ventura Fire Chief Endaya at CAPS studio. The Thomas Fire Stories project will premiere on Friday, June 1 at 6pm on CAPS Media TV Channel 6. Every Friday evening a new story will début and repeat throughout the week on channel 6 and on CAPS Radio (104.1FM). The ongoing series features personal stories […] Read More »

Circus Vargas – The Big One Is Back!

Preserving an American Tradition Like No Other, Circus Vargas Delivers the Ultimate Entertainment Extravaganza for 2018! Debuting their latest, new and crowd-pleaser production in Ventura, the much-anticipated tour runs May 24th through 28th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, returning to the area next month in Santa Barbara at the Earl Warren Show Grounds, June 21st […] Read More »

Wine in the Pines

by Mark & Debbie Bailey Owners, The Wine Room Gallery, PMC Fine wine lovers; mark your calendars for Saturday, June 9th, for the annual Pine Mountain Club “Wine in the Pines” in the Pine Mountain Village Center, an easy and scenic 90-minute drive from Ventura. From 1-4pm (noon to 4pm with a VIP ticket) you’ll […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries June Events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Summer Reading Events Tuesdays @ 3pm all ages Nifty Balloons 6/19 Kealoha & Co 6/26 Summer STEAM Boxes Lava Lamps 6/18 Rube Goldberg Art 6/25 Mondays @ 3pm Create, design, and discover with our STEAM boxes aimed at kids 8+. Bilingual Early Literacy Class 6/4, 11, 18, & 25 […] Read More »

It was and will most definitely be a night to remember

A “Night to Remember” lived up to its name on May 19. The event is a special prom sponsored by the Mission Church in Ventura for special teens and young adults at the Ventura Fairgrounds. My name is Kelli McLaughlin and I recently moved to Ventura from San Francisco. My son Zane has physical and […] Read More »

Upcoming events for the Museum of Ventura County

The Museum of Ventura County has multiple exciting events coming up including: • An Evening with Yunte Huang. Noted author and acclaimed biographer Yunte Huang will be reading from, discussing and signing his book, “INSEPARABLE: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History,” on May 24. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. […] Read More »

Students of Rubicon’s Education & Outreach Summer Program in need of scholarships

This summer at Rubicon, Broadway performers and husband-and-wife duo Kirby and Beverly Ward step into a new role as the Directors of Education and Outreach. Over the last decade, audiences have seen them in main stage productions of She Loves Me, King Lear and Return to the Forbidden Planet, but now they’ll be teaching performing […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 17 - May 23 - June 5, 2018 - On Vacation

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Shawn McCarthy

On May 18th, Shawn McCarthy lost his long battle with cancer. He and wife Linda are franchise owners BNI Business Network. He would have been 64 in December. Shawn never stopped smiling and reaching out to all that were in his presence. Being with him was a joy. He will be sorely missed by all […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust’s 9th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Tickets are on sale for Ventura Land Trust’s 9th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival (WSFF) coming to Ventura on August 18, 2018. The popular festival offers audiences the chance to enjoy a series of award-winning short films that celebrate the beauty and bounty of our natural world. For the first time, this year’s festival […] Read More »

Put your phone down. Just drive!

Drivers are using their cell phones less often while driving, 10 years after “hands-free” became the law, but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in California. Observing April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the first week in April as California Teen Safe Driving Week, safety advocates will focus on education and enforcement efforts […] Read More »

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County annual fund-raiser golf classic

On Monday, May 7, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County presented their annual fund-raiser golf classic. The event was held at the Saticoy Country Club and featured a sit down dinner, golf, auctions and former LA Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo as the event’s celebrated host and keynote speaker. By grossing over $250,000 it […] Read More »

Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet delights with dance

With Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet, students and audiences alike get to experience the utmost in classical ballet repertoire. Students fill lead roles whenever possible in productions like The Nutcracker every December, or Cinderella, Snow White, Swan Lake, and others every spring. “Our overall goal is to share the experience of quality classical ballet through the […] Read More »

Families must feel safe in their neighborhoods

by City Council Member Christy Weir The recent killing of Anthony Mele was a tragic event that has left many of us struggling to find ways to more effectively prevent acts of violence. We have heard ideas from residents by email, social media and at City Council meetings. Our community has expressed their sadness and […] Read More »

Fox Fine Jewelry presents check to United Way

George and Debbie Fox presenting “big” check to Eric Harrison. by Jennifer Tipton Thursday May 3rd, George and Debbie Fox presented United Way of Ventura County a check for $60,900. When asked how this project came about, Debbie Fox explained, “the Thomas Fires occurred on Monday and by Thursday we decided we had to do […] Read More »

Local teacher explores homelessness through poetry

Many people think they know the reasons for homelessness. by Jill Forman Mental illness. Drugs. Laziness. High rents. Underemployment. Many people think they know the reasons for homelessness. And others know the solutions: treatment, jail, more jobs, subsidized housing, more services, fewer services. But as local teacher Brian Galetto knows, it is “Not So Simple.” […] Read More »

National Superhero Day

Black Panther, Wonder Woman and Captain America were at the Harbor on April 28 in celebration of the National Superhero Day. Superheroes come in all shapes and forms, but the one thing they all have in common is their commitment to saving lives and improving the way we live. They were joined by real life local […] Read More »

Any former Ventura Writers Club alumnus in Ventura?

The Ventura County Writers Club is looking for former members. The club, established in 1933, will be celebrating its 85th anniversary in September 2018. VCWC Vice President Judith Mathison says, “This is a big celebration for our organization. We want to include people who have been a part of the club’s long and varied history.” […] Read More »

Do you want to write a book?

Librarian Molly Krill introduced Maryann Ridini Spencer, James Francis Gray, Sheila Lowe and Mike Kennedy at the seminar. On Sat., April 28, four local authors presented a seminar about book writing at the new Hill St. Library. The enthusiastic crowd learned about writing techniques, editing, self-publishing and other secrets to writing and merchandising books. They also […] Read More »

Valdez Alley/Eastwood Park

Walking downtown it is easy to pass by Valdez Alley/Eastwood Park and to just keep walking but you are missing a wonderful experience by not entering it. It is right next to the Albinger Museum. Valdez is beautiful as you traverse its many stairs(difficult for some). Surprises await you as you take the walk to […] Read More »

CEO of the Boys & Girls Club receives recognition

On April 19, the Pacific Coast Business Times presented Boys & Girls Club Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Patti Birmingham with a “Top 50 Women in Business” award before a full house at its awards ceremony in the Decker’s Outdoor Corporation Goleta location. Patti was selected for her unwavering commitment to providing local youth with resources […] Read More »

Cabrillo offers free financial counseling services

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation’s Homebuyer and Financial Services offers free financial education services to Ventura County residents. “Clients benefit by receiving free guidance on financial and housing goals and end up with better control of spending and savings. They will receive a personalized action plan so that they may achieve their goals quicker. They also […] Read More »

Wonderful tree carvings at Camino Real Park

This (and other) wonderful tree carvings can be seen at Camino (there in no El) Real Park back by the doggy park. And maybe you can play with some dogs while there. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

Open House at CAPS Media Center

Thanks to everyone who joined in the CAPS Media Open House on May 3rd. at the CAPS Media Center. Member/Producers, students, board members and the public joined in to tour the facility, recognize award-winning producers, sit-in as DJ of the Day in the KPPQ radio control room, screen previews of Thomas Fire Stories, and learn […] Read More »

Preserving an American tradition like no other

Flying trapeze artists thrill the audience at Circus Vargas. The big one is back! Circus Vargas delivers the ultimate entertainment extravaganza for 2018! Debuting their latest, new and amazing production in Ventura, the much-anticipated tour runs May 24th through 28th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, returning to the area next month in Santa Barbara June […] Read More »

A Night to Remember: A prom for students with special needs

Mission Church is set to sponsor the seventh annual A Night to Remember, a free prom for students with special needs, to be held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds Friday, May 18th beginning at 6:30 p.m. “There is nothing quite like this night and experience for both our guests and volunteers. It’s like a picture […] Read More »

Diversity and promise at Ventura College

Ventura College held the 3rd Annual Diversity in Culture Festival on Wednesday and Thursday, April 11&12. The Diversity in Culture Festival is a free, two-day public event that has been designated by the Ventura College Executive Team as, “Alternative Education Days.” The festival featured a variety of educational opportunities including guest speakers, panel discussions, visual […] Read More »

Girl Scout Troop 61135 assist Ventura Land Trust (VLT) and SoCal Gas in planting in the Big Rock Preserve area

Scout Troop Leader Michelle Oberle and scouts Mia Earley, Carlyn Begalla, Kylie Nelson and Scarlett Oberle had a wonderful time as part of Girl Scout Troop 61135 who had the pleasure of assisting the Ventura Land Trust (VLT) and SoCal Gas in planting milkweed and other pollinator friendly plants in the Big Rock Preserve area. […] Read More »

Breeze VERY UNOFFICIAL naming of the green pig & the winner is... HAMLET

The final results of the Breeze VERY UNOFFICIAL naming of the green pig are in. The long list of funny names sent to us by readers were submitted to a panel of Breeze staffers for review and selection. Of the names submitted over 15 received at least one vote. The winning name is HAMLET, which […] Read More »

Island Packers celebrates 50 years of connecting people to the Channel Islands

Island Packers, a Ventura institution and longtime concessioner to Channel Islands National Park, is currently celebrating its 50th year of providing transportation, education and research support for California’s Channel Islands. Plans to mark the momentous occasion are currently underway. Fifty years ago Bill Connally, founder of Island Packers, was inspired with a vision to share […] Read More »

Application process now open at Ventura County Leadership Academy

Applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming 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 facing Ventura County. […] Read More »

Lilac Festival in Pine Mountain Club

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 Mt. Pinos and San Emigdio Mountain, Pine Mountain Club is remarkably easy […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County events

The Rubicon Harmonix and the Museum of Ventura County together will present a unique program, May 11, that honors the shared losses of our community from the Thomas Fire, through spoken word and song. The event will begin with a pre-concert wine reception at 5:15 pm and the 75-minute program will start at 6:00 p.m. […] Read More »

Karyl Lynn Burns and Jane Anderson discussed her career and new play

by Jennifer Tipton Writer Jane Anderson sat down for a Q & A with Karyl Lynn Burns (Rubicon’s Co-Founder / Producing Artistic Director) on Monday, April 30th before a group of Rubicon supporters, contributors and fans to discuss her career and The Baby Dance: Mixed now playing at the Rubicon. Jane said she dropped out […] Read More »

The 21st Annual PAL Golf Tournament

The Ventura Police Community Foundation and Aera Energy, LLC proudly present the 21st Annual Police Activities League Golf Tournament June 1, at 8:00 am at Olivas Links Golf Course located at 3750 Olivas Park Dr. Proceeds raised at the tournament help to support afterschool programs for local youth. The $135 donation per player includes: green […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Question: Perhaps I missed it, but has the Breeze found out or reported anything about the work being done on the building behind Staples and behind bus depot? It’s been vacant for probably 10 years. Not sure what it used to be, but probably a department store. Would love to know if there are plans […] Read More »

Olivas Adobe Rose Garden

The Rose Garden located at the Olivas Adobe is abloom with gorgeous mulita-colored roses. Be sure to visit before they go away. Read More »

Chamber presented educators at annual luncheon

On Thursday, April 26, the Ventura Chamber of commerce presented their Annual State of Education Luncheon “Safety Today Security Tomorrow: Adapting to Societal and Economic Change” at the Wright Event Center at Ventura College. Opening remarks were made by Stephanie Caldwell, Ventura Chamber President & CEO and John Silva, Ventura Chamber Chair Board of Directors. […] Read More »

6th Annual Water Take 1 Film Festival

Craig Jones Management Analyst and Susan Rungren Resource Manager for Ventura Water enjoying the films. by Jennifer Tipton Originally scheduled for March 22nd, Water Take 1 was postponed to April 12th due to the forecasted rain, an amusing paradox if you ask me, but Ventura Water thoughtfully stated it was “in consideration of our community’s […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze “un-official” Name The Green Pig Contest

The Ventura Breeze is holding an “un-official” Name The Green Pig Contest for the new pig that was in the St. Pats Parade to replace the one that died last year. Send you suggestions to editor@venturabreeze.com. They will be submitted to the pig committee for their consideration. The Breeze will select our winner and the […] Read More »

Public invited to 3rd Annual “Monarch Madness” pollinator planting party

Juliana Danaus, will demonstrate how to make milkweed seed balls. On Sat., April 28, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, the Ventura Land Trust (VLT) will host “Monarch Madness” – a family-friendly pollinator planting event at the Big Rock Nature Preserve along the Ventura River. This 3rd annual free, open-to-the-public event is made possible by […] Read More »

A Grateful Dead Music Oriented Festival

Breeze staffer John Murchison, Front of House Engineer. The front of house engineer focuses on mixing audio. by John Murchison The Skull and Roses Festival Produced by Deluxe with DJE Sound and Lighting, at the Ventura Raceway was attended by thousands who were able to camp and enjoy the music as they did when the […] Read More »

11th Annual Eco Fest held on Earth Day

On Saturday, March 21 Ventura celebrated Earth Day at the 11th annual Eco Fest held in Plaza Park. The event is presented by the Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education (located off of Ventura Ave.) in cooperation with the city of Ventura. The celebration included entertainment, food trucks, over one-hundred exhibitors, the Ventura […] Read More »

Dietary supplements

by the National Institute on Aging Dietary supplements are substances you might use to add nutrients to your diet. They might contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, herbs or other plants, or enzymes. Most of the time eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way to get the nutrients you need. However, some […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 15 - Apr 25 - May 8, 2018 - Cute Grandkid

Logan Dawson is celebrating his first birthday in a couple days!! (April 29th – the same day as Sheldon’s grandson’s 13th). He loves to play with his toys with a smile on his face, as he dances to music while watching his favorite show. He’s also single and ready to mingle (watch out ladies)! Read More »

Amgen Tour of California Bicycle Race to have a Stage Start in Ventura

For the first time, the City of Ventura will host a Stage Start for the Amgen Tour of California on Monday, May 14. This is the 13th edition of the “Tour”. This bicycle race is the largest annual cycling race in the United States and the only U.S. race that is sanctioned by the Union […] Read More »

Bank of Books to give 10,000 books away

Bank of Books and Abednego Book Shoppe made a commitment after the damaging fires that destroyed so many homes in Ventura and neighboring communities during California largest fire to give over 10,000 books away free to those who lost their homes. The Community Book Support was developed at both bookstores to help with the distribution […] Read More »

Engaging the Community

We have captured some fascinating Thomas Fire interviews from our sessions in Ojai and in Ventura as well as in some powerful in-studio sessions. We are planning several more events as the stories are plentiful, important and fascinating. The next audio recordings will take place on May 8 from 11am-3pm at the CAPS Media Center, […] Read More »

Happenings at CMH

Evaluating and managing recurrent urinary tract infections in women will be the focus of a free seminar being held on Wednesday, May 9, in Ventura. Anyone at any age can have a urinary tract infection, but they are most commonly diagnosed in women. It’s estimated that half of all women will have a UTI in […] Read More »

Double Trouble: A Warning

by Kevin O’Connor Remember Anacapa! To rid Anacapa of Rattus rattus(rats), officials had a helicopter shower one-square-mile of the island with poisonous green pellets.  A 25-ppm brodifacoum bait was aerially applied to East Anacapa in December 2001, and to Middle and West Anacapa Island in November 2002.  No rats have been detected anywhere on Anacapa since […] Read More »

Longtime resident and nonprofit president Marie Lakin running for City Council

Marie Lakin, an active community volunteer and 32-year resident of east Ventura, is seeking a seat in Ventura’s new District 5 this fall. Lakin recently retired from the State Legislature where she worked for Assemblymember Pedro Nava and State Senators Fran Pavley and Henry Stern. She has been involved with important statewide public policy, as […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries May events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 5/ 7, 14, & 21 Mondays @ 6– 6:45 pm Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun! Crafternoon 5/12 & 26 Saturdays @ 12:30– 1:30pm Get your craft on in the afternoon! Adult Literacy Classes Laubach Literacy English […] Read More »

Mossy Foot and the Ventura kinship with Ethiopia

by Karen Helen Szatkowski Podoconiosis is the common medical name of Mossy Foot which is found in the highland areas of Eastern Africa, India and Latin America. It is debilitating to the individual and the community and sadly is one of the few diseases that could potentially be eliminated in one generation. It is caused […] Read More »

The Rockstars of the Emma Wood Beach Pathway

by Jill Forman “Look at this wonderful rock pathway!” A group of us were at Emma Wood State Beach, walking towards the river mouth. We found ourselves on a cleared path with rock borders. Also rock piles, happy faces, and groupings of reddish rocks; an easy route through the dune area while staying off the […] Read More »

Superheroes Seaside

A family-friendly event, on Saturday, April 28th from 1- 3pm in celebration of the National Superhero Day. Superheroes come in all shapes and forms, but the one thing they all have in common is their commitment to saving lives and improving the way we live. Snap a photo and a Meet & Greet with fictional […] Read More »

There will be the Relay For Life of Ventura and Ojai

On March 15th the American Cancer Society held a survivor dinner at the Wyndham Garden Pierpont Inn. On this night they honored cancer survivors and caregivers for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. The survivor dinner was a fun night that consisted of music, speakers, raffles, and a tasty meal. American Cancer Society […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Promises

by Victoria Usher The Ventura College Foundation is accepting applications for its Ventura College Promise Grant Program, which will give nearly 1,000 Ventura County high school graduates their entire first year of Ventura College free of charge. The Ventura College Promise Grant Program encourages students to further their education and reach their academic goals. For […] Read More »

Villanova Preparatory presenting annual golf tournament

Villanova Preparatory School is celebrating their annual Wildcat Classic Golf Tournament and Dinner at Soule Park Golf Course in Ojai on Friday, May 4. Registration 10:00 a.m. Tee Time 12:00 p.m. Feast Time 5:00 p.m. Come join over 100 players in the annual golf tournament with a foursome, support the event as a sponsor, or […] Read More »

Fair eliminating Fair Parade and reducing the number of fireworks shows

Fair fireworks to be on weekends only. Photo by Bernie Goldstein “A Country Fair with Ocean Air,” the Ventura County Fairgrounds is well known as a great place for 12 days of fun every August, it is known for the host of events throughout the year from dog shows and car shows to swap meets and […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust hosts environmental lecture April 19

Jim Danza will lead discussion on protecting Ventura County’s rivers, creeks and streams. On the evening of Thurs., April 19, Ventura Land Trust (VLT) will host a community environmental lecture entitled “A River Runs Through It – the Beauty, Benefits and Importance of Ventura County’s Waterways,” at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. Beginning at […] Read More »

Renaissance of Railroading

Vintage passenger and dining cars date back as far as 1914. On April 28th-29th prepare to be entertained and amazed by what can only be imagined as the “Renaissance of Railroading.” Steam Railfest 2018 is a celebration of the steam engine, railroading, antique tractors, vehicles and engines, vintage wares and oddities, unique performances, early transportation […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze “un-official” Name The Green Pig Contest

The Ventura Breeze is holding an “un-official” Name The Green Pig Contest for the pig that was back in the St. Pats Parade. Send you suggestions to editor@venturabreeze.com. They will be submitted to the pig committee for consideration. The Breeze will select our winner and the lucky person will win ham and eggs at their […] Read More »

Family Justice Center coming to Ventura

by Jennifer Tipton The Family Justice Center is a program of Alliance for Hope International that serves more than 150,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the United States each year. Hope International was contracted by Ventura County in 2016 to assist in the development process for the creation of a Family Justice […] Read More »

Focus on the Masters is on the move and needs the community’s help to find a permanent home

FOTM’s collection of artist biographies is a living time capsule, they need a new home. Focus on the Masters (FOTM) Archive & Library is about to embark on one of the most challenging chapters in their 24-year history and needs the community’s support. FOTM is looking for a new home. They are asking for your […] Read More »

Cute Grandkid Easter Fun

Louvelle enjoying her first Easter amongst fields of poppies at her gramma and grampa’s home. Although she can’t hunt for Easter eggs yet she managed to find a few eggs that were almost as big as she is! Read More »

Mitz-Khan-A-Khan DAR Chapter unveils California Historical Landmark No. 310 at Mission San Buenaventura

The Mitz-Khan-A-Khan Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) unveiled a 24”x 24” bronze marker of California Historical Landmark No. 310 that was placed on the front of Mission San Buenaventura on March 31. Present were the Daughters of the American Revolution Ventura Chapter Mitz-Khan-A-Khan, along with other statewide California DAR […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 14 - Apr 11 - Apr 24, 2018 - Tech Today with Ken May

Stingrays in DC? The federal government has formally acknowledged for the first time that it has located suspected and unauthorized cell-site simulators in various parts of Washington, DC. The revelation, which was reported for the first time by the Associated Press, was described in a letter recently released from the Department of Homeland Security to […] Read More »

Volunteers hand out over 80 donated sleeping bags to homeless

Before sunrise on a cold Easter Sunday, good Samaritans Roy Foster and Kathy Powell, along with a few other dedicated volunteers, handed out over 80 donated sleeping bags to the homeless at the Armory in Ventura. These bags have been donated by neighbors and friends and collected by Roy and Kathy. The Armory, which is […] Read More »

State of the City summary

by Marie Lakin The Thomas Fire hangs heavy over city events these days. And while green is returning to our hills, we are still healing. So it went with Ventura’s State of the City Address March 26. In a change from previous years, staff gave the department reports, ever cognizant that our budget will need […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 14 - Apr 11 - Apr 24, 2018 - On Vacation

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Attend the CAPS Media Open House

CAPS Media is hosting an Open House on Thursday, May 3 from 5-7pm. Everyone is invited to tour the television studio, KPPQ radio station and mobile production truck, celebrate member/producer awards, preview Thomas Fire Stories, enjoy refreshments, and learn more about membership, programs and future plans for CAPS Media. The center is located at 65 […] Read More »

March Mermaid Month at Ventura Harbor

A large throng gathered to enjoy, and participate in Mermaid Month in the Ventura Harbor held from March 1 – 31. From décor to artwork, to mermaid fashions, pottery and gifts, Mermaid Month was packed with the joys of being a mermaid at heart! Visitors enjoyed the mermaids, mermaid crafts and a Mermaid Parade . Read More »

Tears of pride flowed in the audience

On Tuesday, March 20, family and friends gathered to celebrate the first class to graduate from Ventura County Library’s Career Online High School. Tears of pride flowed in the audience as four of the six graduates shared their stories and their plans for the future. Cheers arose from the group as each graduate, in cap […] Read More »

What does home mean to you?

There are urgent needs for homes for children and teens, especially in the cities of Oxnard and Ventura. In Ventura County there are nearly 800 children and teens in foster care, many of whom are in immediate need of a stable and loving home environment. Foster VC Kids, a program of Ventura County’s Children and […] Read More »

King Lear at the Rubicon until April 1

Michael Matthys (Duke of Albany), Tom Mueller (Oswald), George McDaniel (Earl of Gloucester),George Ball and Beverly Ward (Goneril) in King Lear at the Rubicon until April 1. Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest masterpiece, King Lear is a haunting and epic saga of love, greed, family strife, and civil war. Rubicon Theatre Company 1006 […] Read More »

ECTV crew wins WAVE awards in Sacramento

Phil Taggart, Ethan Messecar and Annabelle Augustine, representing the ECTV student producers proudly show off their 3 WAVE awards. Congratulations to the El Camino High School ECTV Crew for winning a series of WAVE Awards at the Alliance for Community Media Western States Regional Conference in Sacramento. Annabelle Augustine and Ethan Messecar represented the ECTV crew […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 13 - Mar 28 - Apr 10, 2018 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked 6 Ventura teachers and administrators: “Do you think teachers should be armed in the classroom?” David C. Creswell Superintendent Ventura Unified School District “I am in favor of more security personnel for schools, but I don’t believe that arming teachers is the solution. Would we arm the sales people at […] Read More »

World Central Kitchen back to Ventura

Chef Jose Andres returned to Ventura. by Jennifer Tipton Due to the recent heavy rains, many were required once again to evacuate their homes and on March 21st Chef Jose Andres of World Central Kitchen returned to Ventura. Our very own Chef Jason Collis said, “Chef Andres said he wouldn’t stop until the last person […] Read More »

CARL, and Ventura loses one of their best

Phyllis was animal advocate of the first order. For the past 2 1/2 years, and 5 years prior to that, Phyllis managed the CARL and Cat’s Cradle thrift store for no compensation, with all sales money donated to the above animal rescues. She was well known and respected in the rescue community and by store […] Read More »

Bald Eagle breeding in full swing on the Channel Islands

Webcam viewers have been captivated watching tiny bald eagle chicks that hatched in a nest at Sauces Canyon on Santa Cruz Island. There are 13 active bald eagle nests, with at least 22 known eggs laid thus far in the breeding season. The nests includes two on Santa Rosa Island, five on Santa Cruz Island, […] Read More »

Large enthusiastic Ventura crowd joined the March for Our Lives

A large enthusiastic Ventura crowd joined the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24 at Plaza Park. Many in the crowd held handmade signs high over their heads as they marched from the park through downtown Ventura greeted by many honking horns. In recognizing what the youth have started one sign read “I’m Joining […] Read More »

Dedicated to historic preservation, education, and patriotism since 1890

The Mitz-Khan-A-Khan Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)will be unveiling a 24”x 24” bronze marker of California Historical Landmark No. 310 placed on the front of Mission San Buenaventura on March 31, at 9:30 a.m. This historical marker will be visible and photographed by many visitors from around the world. […] Read More »

Free Family Spring Fling at the Museum of Ventura County

Hop into Spring with a fun community celebration, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 31, as the Museum of Ventura County hosts free family activities on the Museum Plaza in conjunction with the City of Ventura egg hunt and street fair. Stop by the Museum’s plaza to decorate a bag with ribbons and frills for […] Read More »

Groundbreaking of Rancho Verde Apartments

On Wednesday, Mar. 28, ground was broken on the Rancho Verde Apartments, the first USDA Section 514 rental housing property to be developed by the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB). It will be the first net zero energy multifamily residential property in the City of Ventura. In this new development, 24 […] Read More »

25th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival seeks vendors

Vendor applications are now being accepted for the 25th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, July 28-29, at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets in downtown Oxnard. The festival celebrates everything salsa…the food, music and dance. An estimated 40,000 people attend the two-day event. Festival organizers look for vendors who can provide quality, fun and interesting items. […] Read More »

Reagan Library

The Ventura Breeze sent our contributing photographer Michael Gordon to the Reagan Library to take photos of Ronald and Nancy. He stated “ I tried to raise Ronnie from the concrete slab, but Nancy kept him in place. I was able to capture the Khan and a few other artifacts around the library including the […] Read More »

Is glyphosate a carcinogen?

Environmental Storytellers, a new speaker series from Resource Conservation Partners, starts March 28, from 6pm to 8pm at MadeWest Brewing Co. Resource Conservation Partners, a non-profit organization formed in 2009 to focus on habitat restoration and enhancement of open spaces and critically degraded eco systems throughout Ventura County, has launched a new speaker series called […] Read More »

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation in the news

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest affordable housing development, Phase II of Snapdragon Place Apartments, at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 5, at Snapdragon Place Apartments, 11094 Snapdragon Street, Ventura. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a reception in the Community Room at Snapdragon Place Apartments. The program […] Read More »

Seven young women are presented at 61st Annual Debutante Ball

Sophie Buffo, Maddie Kelly, Lauren Powell, Anna Casillas, Hannah George, Jackie King and Sadie McCormic are new debutantes. Seven local young women made their debut as debutantes at the 61st Annual Las Patronas Presentation Ball held at the Ventura Beach Marriott. The Debutantes were presented by their fathers and grandfathers, and celebrated with family and friends […] Read More »

Free workshop for ESL volunteer tutors

Laubach Literacy of Ventura County is offering a free workshop to help volunteers learn to become English as Second Language (ESL) tutors of adults. The next workshop will be held Saturday, April 14 (from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM); lunch will be provided. The workshop will be held at Barrister Executive Suites in Ventura; directions […] Read More »

They painted the town green for the 30th year in a row

The parade Grand Marshal was the Thomas Fire First Responders. Photos by Michael Gordon and Bill Green On March 17, starting at the San Buenaventura Mission on Main St. the St. Pat’s Parade was held under a beautiful Ventura sky. Over 80 “floats” participated in this year’s parade featuring many first responders. The winners of the […] Read More »

Win Genghis Kahn Exhibit passes and discounts at your local library

Enter for a chance to win free passes to the Genghis Kahn exhibition at any of the 12 Ventura County Libraries, or use promotional code “VCLIBRARY” for $3 off admission from now until August, 2018. What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, baklava and “hooray!” have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan […] Read More »

Passover

Passover or Pesach is an important, biblically derived Jewish holiday. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. […] Read More »

Visit Ventura honored

Visit Ventura has been awarded gold and silver. Visit Ventura is honored to receive gold and silver awards from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) in the 61st annual Adrian Awards, the largest and most prestigious global travel marketing competition. Visit Ventura has been awarded gold for their “Pit-Stop Serenades to Celebrate Awesome Moms” […] Read More »

To date 7 countries and 49 states responded by providing quilts

Volunteer Staci Brown and Kat Merrick proudly display one of the quilts available for those affected by recent tragedies. On December 4, 2017 the Thomas Fire and mudslides devastated Ventura and Montecito. Watching this devastation unfold the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild(MQG) and “superbuzzy” Fabrics & Craft Supplies Store decided to help by creating quilts for […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA gives to employees who lost homes

Dana is one of the staff who received $1,000.00. At the YMCA Campaign Report Night on Feb. 23, four employees who lost their home from the Thomas Fire received $1000 from the Ventura Family YMCA. The $4000 was donated from San Francisco YMCA’s emergency relief fund. Every year, the San Francisco Y donates to a […] Read More »

“Pig with no name” to return for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When the Ventura Elks Lodge’s 30th annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade makes its march up Main St., it will feature a new green pig. As Ventura history can report, Shamhock – the giant inflatable green pig who’d been a mainstay of the parade for 26 of its 29 years – collapsed last year […] Read More »

Amgen Tour auction benefitting American Red Cross Disaster Relief

Amgen Tour of California fans around the world look forward to the race in part to see California’s natural landscapes and breathtaking vistas in person or via the worldwide race broadcast. Over the past year, parts of beautiful California suffered massive devastation due to the wildfires that engulfed parts of Northern and Southern California, and […] Read More »

VCCCD partners with NAVFAC to train Ventura County STEM Students

The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) and the Naval Base of Ventura County, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC), are collaborating to strengthen skills training and local employment outcomes in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The agreement, signed February 27, focuses on four key pillars designed to ensure […] Read More »

A buggy story

by Kevin O’Connor Once upon a time, a college student from a good family packed her suitcase one weekend in her apartment in Isla Vista and went home to her parents for a holiday. Little did she know that a small uninvited guest had crept into her suitcase from her apartment and emerged later at […] Read More »

The power of purpose

by Karen Leslie, writer with heart Venturian, Jeri Bendot has found purpose in her life. She possesses an innate compassionate heart in making a difference for what she terms, the ‘Houseless”, giving people without homes a kind of dignity for those struggling in life to have a roof over their heads. She has become “Relational” […] Read More »

How did World Central Kitchen come to help Ventura during the Thomas Fires?

by Jennifer Tipton The nonprofit organization, World Central Kitchen was launched by Chef Jose Andres (born Jose Andres Ramon Puerta), a Spanish American chef credited for bringing the small plates dining concept to America. The celebrity chef owns 27 restaurants that spread from Las Vegas to Miami and has been recognized by Time Magazine as […] Read More »

Maria Ventura Named Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura Board President

SoCalGas Public Affairs Manager Maria Ventura has been selected by her peers on the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura (BGCGV) Board of Directors to serve as its Board President. Ventura has been a member of the BGCGV Board of Directors since Fall 2014, she will serve a two-year term as the board president […] Read More »

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has received a $10,000 Edison International grant to help fund the 2018 Rodney Fernandez Leadership Fund STEM Scholarship Program.

The Rodney Fernandez Leadership Fund STEM Scholarship Program, created in 2011, honors the legacy of 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 […] Read More »

Cabaret coming to Ventura

The next major event of the Ventura Music Festival’s 2018 season will take place on Thursday, April 19th with the 3rd annual VMF Cabaret. A celebration of music and culture, the Cabaret will take place at the Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn, honoring Spencer & Nancy Garrett and the Pierpont Racquet Club for their outstanding […] Read More »

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

Find out how at the next CASA(Court Appointed Special Advocates) Informational Session: Monday, March 19 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm . 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 […] Read More »

SafeTalk

Family Caregiver Resource Center Catholic Charities/OASIS by Connie Perez Those who are thinking about suicide will often invite help whether it is directly or indirectly. SafeTalk is “Suicide alertness for everyone” which brings awareness in recognizing someone with such thoughts to be open, direct and have an honest talk about suicide. Training is offered for […] Read More »

Applications available for Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship

The Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship Program, created in 2011, honors the legacy of 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 […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 12 - Mar 14 - Mar 27, 2018 - Cute Grandkid

Three year old Cayden asked grandma City Council Member Cheryl Heitmann for a new car at Kirby Kia but mean grandma said he was too young so she bought him an ice cream instead. Read More »

Job well done

All that is left at the Fairgrounds of the dirt that was being cleaned from the Montecito mudslides is the equipment and gravel. The private firm American Integrated Services brought the dirt to the Fairgrounds where it was tested and separated to remove toxic elements. The Fairgrounds were being used for this purpose because it […] Read More »

Festival of Talent

Ventura Education Partnership will present the 17th Annual Festival of Talent: “Walking on Sunshine” on Saturday March 24, at 7:00 p.m. The performance is open to the public and showcases the amazing talent of Ventura Unified School District students, staff and family members. Brian McDonald, Rubicon Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director, will direct the show. […] Read More »

Jeffrey Allan "Jeff" Suggs

Jeffrey Alan Suggs, 53, of Ventura, passed away on Friday, March 2 after a long struggle with cancer. Jeff was born in Los, Angeles, on March 24, 1964 to Russell L. Suggs and Barbara J. Suggs. He attended elementary and jr. high school in South Pasadena, CA and finished his education in Ventura, earning his […] Read More »

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes

Check out hundreds more on web-site. Call 658-4726 or 654-7553 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston St. unless otherwise noted Billy Clower Parent & Me Movement 18 months-2 years with adult 3/16-5/11 F 9-9:45 am $80 #10551 […] Read More »

EDC-VC welcomes Executive Board Leadership

Chris Meissner, president and CEO, Meissner Filtration Products was installed as 2018 chair of the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County’s board of directors at the organization’s 21st Annual Meeting. He is joined on the executive board by Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez as vice chair and Peter Zierhut of Haas Automation, Inc., who is continuing […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 12 - Mar 14 - Mar 27, 2018 - On Vacation

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Vol. 11, No. 12 - Mar 14 - Mar 27, 2018 - Tech Today with Ken May

Top Tips to Securely Using Social Media Overview Social media sites, such as Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, are amazing resources, allowing you to meet, interact, and share with people around the world. However, with all this power comes risks–not just for you, but your family, friends, and employer. In this newsletter, we cover […] Read More »

Help patients rebound by giving blood

In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure that […] Read More »

CAPS and your stories

CAPS and your stories CAPS Media is recording Thomas Fire Stories with the public, fire fighters, first responders and others who want to share their story. The extensive documentary project is a collaboration with Ventura City Fire and Police, Ventura County Fire, Sheriff, Office of Emergency Response and the Museum of Ventura County. The year-long, […] Read More »

The River Community Church hosted a launch day

A big question for many today is, “How relevant is the church?” and what are they doing to serve the community. On Sunday, March 4, after a year of strategic planning The River Community Church hosted a launch day for its 2018 Strategic Initiative. They have partnered with the Downtown Ventura Partners as a support […] Read More »

A Country Fair with Springtime Flair

Ventura County Fairgrounds Spring Fair is coming to town March 30 – April 1. The fun starts Friday night at the Carnival and keeps hopping until Easter Sunday. Visit the Spring Fair Bunny House. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take a selfie with the Easter Bunny. He is waiting for you and your […] Read More »

Auxiliary Awards Luncheon

by Marilyn Beal / Auxiliary Publication’s Chair On February 2, Community Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary held their annual awards luncheon at the Four Points Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort. The theme of the luncheon was “Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place.” Linda McNutt and her committee selected a perfect theme which was evident as volunteers received […] Read More »

Home Upgrade Program rebates are once again available

Utility rebates that have assisted many homeowners in replacing old, inefficient heaters, install proper insulation and other overlooked, home energy efficiency projects are once again available for 2018. Ventura County’s emPower program is partnering with local utility companies to offer the Home Upgrade Program rebates, along with access to qualified local contractors, free home energy […] Read More »

A Contest

What was this building used for (hint it was the first one in Ventura County)? The first correct answer wins 2 tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library. Answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Thomas Fire stories

Do you have a story to share? CAPS Media is recording Thomas Fire Stories with the public, fire fighters, first responders and others who want to share their story. The extensive documentary project is a collaboration with Ventura City Fire and Police, Ventura County Fire, Sheriff, Office of Emergency Response and the Museum of Ventura […] Read More »

United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund grows to more than $3.7 million

Eric Harrison, President & CEO of United Way of Ventura County was a recent guest on the radio show Face of Ventura on FM station KPPQLP hosted by Publisher Brown. Disaster victims can apply for the next phase of relief funding through the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund, which has grown to more […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award

Joshua Rance was a previous $5,000 scholorship recipient The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is accepting applications for the 15th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships will be presented in May, 2018 to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer in […] Read More »

Ventura Boy Scouts and Land Trust Volunteers and preserve Arroyo Verde Park

Volunteers from Ventura Boy Scout Troop 111 and the Ventura Land Trust took action to preserve Arroyo Verde Park after the fire by removing rocks, sticks, and trash from the trails to make them accessible for the public. Read More »

The beauty of nature returns

Nature is coming back already, showing us that we can, and will, be as beautiful as ever.   Read More »

Resource Conservation Partners - Restoration

by Jessica West Beginning in 2009, RCP has been working with community members and organizations such as conservancy groups, state parks and local public agencies to protect and conserve our natural resources. They have several active restoration projects in Ventura County. These benefit the public in numerous ways such as improving water quality, increasing water […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village revitalization celebration and ribbon cutting

On February 15 a ribbon cutting (in this case seaweed) was held at the Ventura Harbor Village in celebration of the Village’s revitalized spaces that includes new hardscape and landscaping. The event included appetizers, lattes and more provided by Village restaurants and live music. It was presented by the Ventura Port District and the Ventura […] Read More »

Perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest masterpiece

Rubicon Theatre Company presents King Lear, the centerpiece of the company’s 20th Anniversary Season. Timely and trenchant, Lear is the story of a narcissistic ruler who craves adulation, casts out those who doubt his decisions, and neglects those on the fringes of society. Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest masterpiece, King Lear is a […] Read More »

Classes provide opportunities for participants to think creatively

Enrollment is now open for spring acting classes at Rubicon Theatre Company for adults and children ages 5 and older. Classes will be taught by Rubicon Associate Artistic Director Brian McDonald, an award-winning professional actor and director and graduate of Boston Conservatory, whose credits include national tours and work with prestigious regional theatre companies. McDonald […] Read More »

March against human trafficking and sexual slavery

Join on Thursday, March 8, for a Community Walk and Speakers Forum to further the fight against human trafficking and sexual slavery. Did you know that every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking? Help put an end to suffering through education, advocacy and involvement by joining the event at the Museum Of […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 11 - Feb 28 - Mar 13, 2018 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton What have the Thomas Fires taught us? Do you have an evacuation plan and what would be the top 3 items you’d grab? Barbara Bean age 88 retired teacher “Oh yes, I have an evacuation plan and a little bag packed because I was evacuated at 2:30 that night and was I […] Read More »

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation is looking for some great women entrepreneurs

Nominations are open for the eighth annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards, the most prestigious awards for women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. This year’s winners will be announced at the annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner on Friday, May 4, at the newly renovated Hilton Santa Barbara Seaside Resort. Outstanding women entrepreneurs will […] Read More »

Resource Conservation Partners announces new Director and Board Members

Resource Conservation Partners (RCP), a non-profit organization formed in 2009 to focus on habitat restoration and enhancement of open spaces throughout Ventura County, has hired Jessica Morrison as the agency’s new Executive Director. RCP projects improve water quality and reduce wildfire hazards through the removal of invasive, non-native plants in collaboration with organizations such as […] Read More »

Water-themed short films

The 6th 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. Through the medium of film, Water: Take 1 brings together a community of difference makers to put a focus on educating and activating sustainable water solutions! […] Read More »

John Masterson (1935-2018)

John spent 18 years as a Trustee of the Community Memorial Hospital. He was Chairman of the Community Memorial Hospital Benefactors and an Executive Board member Community Memorial Health Care Foundation. John joined the staff of Community Memorial Hospital in 1992 as Vice President Community Relations. He remained for 25 years retiring at the age […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 11 - Feb 28 - Mar 13, 2018 - On Vacation

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Answer In A Breeze

Q. Could you tell me what is going on at the Community Park, if anything? Since the Edison vehicles left after the fire, there has been a fence erected and mulch spread out on the land and curbs installed on Telephone Road at Ramilli. Is the city planning on installing a much needed new parking […] Read More »

Ventura College named one of the nation’s top community colleges

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Ventura College one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The prize includes $1 million in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships, highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in […] Read More »

VVCB launches new partnership with Utrip

The Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) is excited to announce the launch of a new partnership with Utrip, the travel planning platform that combines the best of artificial intelligence and human experience. Utrip’s state-of-the-art technology will enable Ventura visitors to create highly personalized itineraries for their trips to the region. By combining advanced artificial […] Read More »

Lawsuit filed against Socal Edison

Southern California based Wildfire Legal Group filed a lawsuit against SoCal Edison on behalf of 287 victims of the Thomas Fire. The lawsuit alleges that Edison is liable for negligently starting the fire, due to poor maintenance of electrical infrastructure and the surrounding vegetation. It further seeks to hold Edison responsible for the resulting mudslides […] Read More »

The Age of Consequences

Following the devastation of the Thomas Fires and the Montecito mud slides, many locals seek to educate themselves further about the present day status of climate change from trust-worthy sources. This effort presents such an opportunity. On Sunday, March 4th at 3:00 – 5:30pm, The Age of Consequences written and directed by Jared P. Scott […] Read More »

Annual Ventura Harbor dredging

In order to assure that vessel traffic can safely access the Harbor the annual Harbor dredging is taking place. The Ventura Port District works to secure adequate funds for dredging to make sure it is safe for commercial and recreational uses.   Read More »

Art festival supported fire-flood victims

The Ventura Unified School District Office was the site of the Thomas Arts Festival, an art auction and benefit featuring music and performing arts created to assist those rebuilding their lives as a result of the Thomas fires and flood. The event took place on Saturday, February 17. The event showcased the creative work of […] Read More »

Special Ventura Botanical Garden event

On Feb.11 Fox Fine Jewelry presented a special Ventura Botanical Garden event celebrating the Ventura Botanical Gardens. Joe Cahill, Executive Director of VBG and Debbie Fox proudly displayed the Ventura Botanical Gardens’ new Welcome Center design that uses containers in a series of elevated pavilions. The design is not only green, it is a beautiful […] Read More »

Tall Ships returning to Ventura Harbor March 5

Tall Ships, Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington will be in the Ventura Harbor until Monday, March 5. Photo of Hawaiian Chieftain by Michael Gordon. Read More »

Museum of Ventura County in the news

The Museum announces the return of its Wearable Art Fashion Show. The Museum of Ventura County and CAPS Media are coordinating with the Ventura City fire and police departments, county fire and sheriff departments, other agencies and most importantly the Ventura County public to create an historical archive of the most devastating natural tragedy in […] Read More »

“Our Ventura TV”

Hosts, George Alger and Sandra Siepak, Michelle Hoover, Petrina Sharp and Bill O’Connor will make you a star. Photo by Our Ventura TV/George Alger TV viewers in Ventura County are invited to tune into “Our Ventura TV” the weekly talk-show television series airing on Ventura CAPS TV Channel 6. The insightful program spotlights local newsworthy guests […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 10 - Feb 14 - Feb 27, 2018 - On Vacation

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Vol. 11, No. 10 – Feb 14 – Feb 27, 2018 – Person to Person

Person to (Little) Person by Jennifer Tipton I asked 6 of our younger Venturans ages 6-9, “What do you like about Valentine’s Day? (and are there any secret crushes we should know about?) Jayson Rivera age 7 “I really do like to play with my toys and make Valentines, well I really actually buy the […] Read More »

“Break the Chain” film to be shown in Ventura

Learn what you can do to break the chain of human trafficking at a special movie screening and question-and-answer session with the maker of “Break the Chain,” winner of the best documentary feature at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival. The movie, “Break the Chain,” will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Museum of Ventura […] Read More »

CAPS media ECTV crew are stars

The talented ECTV crew from El Camino High School recently interviewed City Fire Chief David Endaya , City Police Chief Ken Corney and Councilmember Erik Nasarenko in the CAPS Media Studio. The production was profiled in an extensive weekend feature article in the VC Star. The interviews are part of ECTV’s ongoing series of programs […] Read More »

Treatment of back pain the subject of a free CMHS Seminar

Diagnosing and treating back pain, along with the causes, will be the focus of a free seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 21, “Ouch! My Aching Back.” Community Memorial Health System is hosting the seminar as part of its 2018 Speaker Series. The guest speaker will be Dr. Antulio Aroche, an orthopedic spinal surgeon. Dr. Aroche will […] Read More »

Cantil-Sakauye is the 28th chief justice of the State of California

by Rosie Ornelas On Saturday, January 27th, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye was the guest of honor at the Ventura County Women’s Political Council Annual Meeting and Breakfast at Ventura’s Pierpont Inn.  Speaking to a sold-out crowd of elected officials, judges, lawyers, students, and members of the organization, the Chief Justice described her journey […] Read More »

Be a chowderhead for a day in the Harbor

To coincide with the Historic Tall Ship Dockside Tours of Lady Washington on February 25 from 10 AM – 1 PM, Ventura Harbor Village restaurants are saluting both National Clam Chowder Day and beautiful Tall Ships by offering a Chowder Taste on Sunday, February 25 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Select Harbor waterfront restaurants […] Read More »

Thomas Fire Benefit Festival

Photos by Bill Green and Pam Baumgardner On Feb.3 over 5,000 people filled Plaza Park for the sold-out Thomas Fire Benefit Festival, with performances by Grammy Award-winning singer Olivia Newton-John, actor Kevin Costner and his band Modern West, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, three-time platinum hip-hop rap artist Super Duper KYLE […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Board of Directors elects new President, Vice President

The Ventura County Fairgrounds has announced the 2018 Board of Directors elections. Leslie Cornejo will serve a 2 year term as president of the Board and Leah Lacayo has been elected to the position of Vice President. The 2 year terms will include the annual Ventura County Fair and Ventura County Spring Fair. Cornejo has […] Read More »

City struggles with fire and water recovery costs

by Burris DeBenning Disasters are a curve ball for governments, and the Thomas Fire was no exception for the City of Ventura. Plans set before the emergency get shelved and funds must be rearranged to meet immediate expenses until federal relief arrives. Still growing, the cost of the Thomas Fire is estimated to be $60 […] Read More »

Giving a face to the homeless

by Karen Leslie, writer with heart The heart behind the sign What is in the mind and hearts of the homeless and why the choices to live day to day off the grid of society? A fascinating story of the road less traveled told by, homeless by choice Stuart W. Smeltzer known as “Bear” will […] Read More »

Eye on the Environment

Avoid weed waste: Native regrowth is best, not planted rye by David Goldstein, PWA, IWMD and Jessica Craven Goldstein, Master Gardener, UC Cooperative Extension The brief, hard rain two weeks ago caused calamities to the north, but local hillsides are now sprouting hopeful shoots of green. You may be tempted to help nature’s process by spreading […] Read More »

“Puttin on the Ritz”

On March 10th, the National Charity League, Inc., (NCL) Ventura County Chapter Juniors, will host “Puttin on the Ritz,” a 20’s-inspired gala featuring both a silent and live auction offering a wide variety of desired experiences, travel adventures, and original works by local artists. For 14 consecutive years, NCLJ Ventura Chapter has devoted their philanthropic […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 10 - Feb 14 - Feb 27, 2018 - Cute Grandkid

Gramma Denise thinks her first grand baby, Louvelle Dawn Gledhill, 4 months old 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. Read More »

Firefighters receive awards from dignitaries

Photo by Michael Gordon At the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa St. our firefighters received awards from a group of dignitaries including City Council Member Matt LaVere who thanked them for their service to Ventura. The event also included the swearing in of the Board of Directors for the Democratic Party of Ventura.   Read More »

Women's March in California's capitol

Leslie Wilde, Dena Marlatt, Ann Powers and Breeze staffer Cindy Summers all traveled from Siskiyou County, CA (at the Oregon Border) to Sacramento to take part in the 2018 Women’s March. And still took the time to read the Breeze. Read More »

A writing contest inspired by art

Cheryl Heitmann honored, and introduced writing contest winners at a previous Art Tales. The City of Ventura is please to sponsor the 10th Annual Art Tales Creative Writing Contest. Open to writers worldwide, Art Tales invites imaginative writers of all ages to compose a short story or poem (500 words maximum) inspired by one of […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 10 – Feb 14 – Feb 27, 2018 – Tech Today with Ken May

Securing the home Several years ago, creating a cybersecure home was simple. Today, technology has become far more complex and is integrated into every part of our lives, from mobile devices and gaming consoles to your home thermostat and your refrigerator. Here are simple steps for creating a cybersecure home. Almost every home network starts […] Read More »

Focus on the Masters mourns Dorothy Hunter

Dorothy Hunter October 20, 1929 – January 30, 2018 Focus on the Masters mourns the death of extensively documented painter Dorothy Hunter. Often referred to as an abstract artist, Dorothy felt her work should more accurately be called abstract impressionism because the ideas and inspiration came from what she had seen and experienced. Dorothy had […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 10 - Feb 14 - Feb 27, 2018 - Restaurant Review

The Sushi House by Jennifer Tipton Living here in our little seaside town we have many sushi restaurants accessible to us, but at this location The Sushi House brings more to the table than just great food. Located at 1127 S. Seaward Avenue, this modest little eatery is just a short walk to the beach. […] Read More »

The 101st year of Girl Scouts selling cookies begins

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) enters the next century of Girl Scouts selling cookies with the Cookie Program through March 11. GSCCC is kicking off this season with the return of Girl Scout S’mores™, the most popular flavor to launch in the 101 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. During Girl Scout Cookie […] Read More »

The 2018 Music Festival is on its way

Nuvi gave a short violin recital prior to speaking about this year’s VMF. On Tuesday, January 23 Nuvi Mehta, the VMF Janet & Mark L. Goldenson Artistic Director, introduced the large audience gathered at the Museum of Ventura County to the artists appearing at the 2018 Ventura Music Festival. He was assisted by Executive Director […] Read More »

Ventura Women’s March one year anniversary

Marchers came from all over the county. Article and photos by Richard Lieberman Over 1,500 people gathered in downtown Ventura’s Plaza Park to participate in Ventura County Rising, the second annual Women’s March. A chilly Saturday morning in Ventura, marchers were bundled up in winter coats, scarves and hats. Marchers came from all over the county […] Read More »

A Seaside Delight – Tall Ships sail into Ventura Harbor

Tours of the Tall Ships are a chance to meet the ship’s crew. Tall Ships, Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, commence their annual voyage along the California coast and sail into Ventura Harbor on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at noon until Monday, March 5, 2018. The historical vessels will dock in front of the Ventura […] Read More »

Male student of the year

Stephanie Caldwell, Chamber President & CEO, Kiernan Rickard, Nan Drake, Citizen of the Year and David Creswell, VUSD Superintendent celebrating Kiernan’s award. Photo by Richard Lieberman. by Amber Hansen The 20th Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon, presented by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, was held on January 19th of this year at the Ventura Beach Marriott. Kiernan […] Read More »

(Some) Fundraisers Raising Eyebrows

Be on the lookout for fraud. by Jennifer Tipton There has been an overwhelming response to raise funds for the Thomas Fire Victims. Organizations and individuals alike have come forward to help Ventura recover and although most have good intent, they are not the same. Much about these fundraisers is unclear … where do the […] Read More »

Green grass after rains sprout environmental recovery and hope

Among the sadness of destruction and loss of property caused by from the Thomas Fire and the latest rains, we can see some positive changes if we look up to the East. The burn scar did not reach the top of the hills and there is a faint hint of green sprouting from the dried […] Read More »

John Lunsford “Buck Fifty” 1954 – 2018

John Lunsford “Buck Fifty”, an iconic local musician, passed away this month. John was the owner of Realizations Recording Studio and Rising Force Sound as well as a talented blues/jazz musician and gospel singer. Playing flute and harmonica while wailing the blues with local musicians was his passion. His studio was open to all and […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 9 - Jan 31 - Feb 13, 2018 - On Vacation

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The journey back begins-Part one

In an on-going effort to help victims of the recent Thomas Fire navigate the road to rebuilding and recovery, the Ventura Breeze will be conducting a series of in depth interviews with victims of the fires. This series of articles will cover topics such as : Insurance, where victims are currently living, how they are […] Read More »

Southern California Edison restoring service as quickly as possible

Shortly after the Thomas Fire destroyed homes and power lines in Ventura, Southern California Edison was on the job restoring service as quickly as possible. Read More »

21st Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon

On Friday, Jan.19 the 21st Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon was held at the Ventura Beach Marriott. The Ventura Chamber of Commerce recognized outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals who make a difference in our community at the Poinsettia Awards Luncheon. The flag salute was presented by Fire Chief David Endaya, Police Chief Ken Corney and […] Read More »

Mentoring matters

by Karen Leslie, writer with heart Celebrating National Mentoring Month brought Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, a nonprofit with big hearts to the Vagabond Coffee Shop on Sunday January 21st. “Bigs” and “Littles” along with their mentors gathered to share a meal and with glee presented handmade cards and thank you notes to […] Read More »

Share your Thomas Fire story at CAPS Media

CAPS Media is launching the Thomas Fire Stories Project on Thursday, February 15 with an initial set of interviews recorded at the CAPS Media Center. Everyone in the community impacted by the fire is invited to share their story and contribute to the archive of our common experience. The individual interviews will be conducted by […] Read More »

Six women’s epic swim around Santa Cruz Island

by Mira ReverentePicture this. Six women swimmers. Fifty-four miles. Almost 40 hours in open water. It happened. An epic swim around Santa Cruz Island took place back in late September. “As far as we know, it’s the first time it’s ever been done,” says team captain Claudia Rose, 53, of San Diego. “Most of us […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 9 - Jan 31 - Feb 13, 2018 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked 6 Ventura business owners – “How did the Thomas Fires affect your business?” Michelle Rein owner of passion flowers 920 East Main Street “December was cancelled, everything cancelled, there was no December business. We were without power on this section of Main for four days; for some businesses, food was […] Read More »

Tennis clinics for kids and adults at the Camino Real Park Tennis Center

On Saturday, Feb. 3, join the Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships Department for a day on the court with tennis clinics for kids and adults at the Camino Real Park Tennis Center. Children ages 4-16 are invited to learn from 1-2 pm, and people who are 17+ from 2-3 pm. This clinic is an excellent […] Read More »

The forgotten ones

by Jennifer Tipton The victims of the Thomas Fires are not limited to those that lost their homes, as was pointed out to me by a dear friend who described it as “the trickle-down effect”. (If you read through today’s issue of the Breeze, you will see who this very perceptive Venturan is…) Honestly, it […] Read More »

Through rain or snow or sleet or MUD…

by Jennifer Tipton It’s astounding how many Venturans work in Santa Barbara or the surrounding areas and with the closing of Highway 101 were unable to get to work. The alternate route to take Interstate 5 over the Grapevine took hours and became treacherous! Some chose to do this and stay in Santa Barbara until […] Read More »

Kevin Costner to help support community at Thomas Fire Benefit Festival

Kevin’s love, care and concern for this town soon became evident. Photo and article by Pam Baumgardner I admit, I was nervous to be speaking with three-time Golden Globe and Academy Award winning actor, producer, director and musician, Kevin Costner. I’ve been a long-time fan of his work and have seen him twice in concert with […] Read More »

We all mourn with the families who lost their homes

by City Council Member Christy Weir The sudden and fierce Thomas Fire has left a lasting impact on our community. We are proud of our residents and our fire and police departments for facilitating the evacuation of one-fourth of our city within two hectic hours, with no injuries. The fire destroyed over 500 homes in […] Read More »

CAPS Media, Ventura Police and the community

Ventura Police Officer Judson Welfringer shares the latest crime statistics on VPDTV. The Ventura Police Department is partnering with CAPS Media to produce the Ventura Police Department’s weekly crime and safety update. Tune in every week to TV Channels 6 & 15, on CAPS Radio at 104.1fm and on social media to get some helpful […] Read More »

Monster firestorm

by James Francis Gray One tentacle of the Thomas fire started in the Koenstein Road neighborhood in upper Ojai with a blown transformer just after 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 4th, 2017. Gusts of fifty mile-an-hour winds whipped the sparks across the landscape destroying many homes, outbuildings and cars. Only a few homes could be saved. […] Read More »

Continue the healing through music

At a time when the fires have left so many in need, we are reminded that music is also an important healing tool after a disaster because of its ability to help people process emotions and because in many ways music is a community activity. In an effort to continue the healing through music, to […] Read More »

The Alliance has raised the bar

by John Hankins Nobody does theater like Ventura County, thanks to the six theaters which are part of the Four-Star Theater Alliance, including Ojai ACT … and the thousands of patrons who benefit from a wide diversity of live and lively theater every year. The Alliance has raised the bar in quality, variety, camaraderie and […] Read More »

Help an adult to improve their reading and writing skills

Ventura County Library’s READ Adult Literacy Program is looking for adult volunteers who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. Tutoring sites are located throughout Ventura County. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The READ program trains adult volunteers to provide free one-to-one tutoring for English […] Read More »

Local security company donates safety solution to neighborhood theatre

Boyd & Associates (a.k.a. “Draganchuk” or “Boyd”), a Ventura-based security services company, recently donated an extensive alarm system and other security solutions to the Rubicon Theatre Company. Recently, Rubicon has had increased issues with vagrants and vandalism . Rubicon Board President Diane Goldenring turned to Dan Boyd, President of Boyd & Associates who immediately presented […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation announces two new staff members

The Ventura College Foundation recently announced it has expanded its team with two new staff members. Gerardo Pantoja has joined as director of major and planned giving, and Julie Harvey has joined as development manager. Together, Pantoja and Harvey will help the Foundation manage its fundraising program, expand its donor base to support student scholarships, […] Read More »

Nurse Debra Lawry Daisy Award winner

Every day Debra holds the hands of patients who have just been diagnosed with cancer. Community Memorial Health System is proud to announce that Registered Nurse Debra Lawry is the health system’s most recent DAISY Award winner. Created in 1999, the DAISY Award is a special recognition that honors extraordinary nurses internationally who demonstrate clinical […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 8 - Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2018 - On Vacation

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Water is life

Westside residents voiced their concerns with erosion and how to better prepare for yet another evacuation. by Karen Leslie, writer with heart Hoping for just a sprinkle and not a down pour, was just one of the main topics open for discussion for the 100 plus Westsider’s who attended the Ventura Westside Community Council Meeting […] Read More »

Thirteen young women are 2018 Debutantes!

All of the young women are high school seniors. Seven local young women were introduced at the 61st Annual Las Patronas Tea. The Tea was held at the home of Mrs. Stephen Resnik in Camarillo.The girls were presented to the members of Las Patronas, an auxiliary of Assistance League of Ventura County and their guests. […] Read More »

Appreciation through contrast

How wonderful that we now have blue skies and can see the ocean and islands compared to this. Read More »

Christopher Beck joins Ventura Family YMCA Board of Directors

The Ventura Family YMCA is proud to announce that Christopher Beck has joined the Board of Directors. Chris is a community leader who concurrently serves as General Counsel for the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura and as Counsel for the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara. Public agency attorney versed […] Read More »

The need to continue to support each other

Michael White has been a long-term member of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team. Going Forward by Jennifer Tipton Filling in as the acting Disaster Services Coordinator for Ventura County Behavioral Health for just several months, Michael White had already been a lead in Behavioral Health’s Disaster Response Team for several years and a long-term […] Read More »

Local national disaster recovery company assisting fire victims

BMSCAT is a national disaster recovery company. Their disaster response team from Oxnard was assisting with our air quality by setting up cleaning and filtration systems where needed, including Patagonia. Read More »

Re-designing our Urban Landscape

Opinion by Bob Chianese Monster hurricanes, floods, rising sea levels, and frozen cities and our own drought-fueled mega-fires and debris flows tell us things are out of balance on planet Earth. Our human-made shroud of carbon dioxide warms the atmosphere to the point of disturbing global weather patterns, wind circulation, temperatures, and of course rainfall. […] Read More »

Do you want to cuddle?

St. Vincent de Paul in Santa Paula have been donating cuddle blankets and pillow cases that are made by volunteers. It is geared for infants up to 18 years of age and they can also do adult blankets. These are for people who have lost their homes due to the Thomas Fire. They have covered Santa […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 8 - Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2018 - Answer in a Breeze

Question: What is this excavation? Is it part of the Botanical Gardens? Chuck Goodman Answer: This is a City project to excavate the debris basin within Grant Park to increase capacity in anticipation of rain and debris flow from the Thomas Fire which it recently did. The City’s contractor is Shaw Contracting. Do you have […] Read More »

Do you want to write a book?

On Sat., Feb. 10 four local authors will be speaking about writing and will be presenting their new works. From 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the E.P. Foster Public Library in Downtown Ventura. Featured Authors: James Francis Gray A contributing writer for the Ventura Breeze he is a published writer with four books to […] Read More »

Formerly a dilapidated motel

The City Center is now a successful transitional living community in Ventura. First opened in 2010, The City Center gives homeless men, women and children a safe place to live while getting their lives stabilized. During the Holiday Home Improvement day in December, several local businesses, organizations and volunteers spent the day painting, cleaning, repairing, […] Read More »

Kat Merrick local Leader on the Thomas Fire

by Randal Beeman Growing up in hurricane country in South Florida, Kat Merrick learned from her parents that the best response to a natural disaster is to immediately get to work helping others. Naturally, when the Thomas Fire broke out in Santa Paula Merrick was on the phone offering assistance to her extensive network of […] Read More »

Amtrak helps close the transportation gap

People still need to get to work, and appointments, in Santa Barbara. And Amtrak is one of the only ways to get there (also by Island Packer’s boats). This large crowd all managed to fit in the Amtrak train with most of them needing to stand. Read More »

Wilderness Basics Course at Poinsettia Pavilion

The local Sierra Club’s annual Wilderness Basics Course promises adventure, friendships, confidence, beauty, weather, inspiration, knowledge, tasty food and hardy health. It’s all about the Club’s ethic of showing people the forests, open spaces, mountains and rivers in a safe and comfortable manner, and you don’t have to be a member. Now in its 9th […] Read More »

Seminar on Local Investment in Energy Generation Jan. 11

The Ventura County Climate Hub invites the public to a panel discussion about localizing sources of energy for our region. Topics will include the progress for cities joining Los Angeles Community Choice Energy, the challenge from the CPUC that may delay participation, So Cal Edison’s plans for a 4th power line into our region, and […] Read More »

Annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights

Due to the fire, there were fewer boats participating in this year’s Annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights. However, it still produced a host of wonderfully decorated boats. and winners for their spectacular, decorated boats. At the subsequent Boaters Award Brunch held on Sunday, December 17, awardees offered a portion of their winnings to the victims of […] Read More »

We Are Ventura Part 2

by Jennifer Tipton It came without warning, on Monday, December 4th, late into the evening, sudden panic shattered our sleepy little seaside town, we’ve seen many tragedies across the country, but never here…not in our hometown! That’s not entirely true, on March 12, 1928 the man-made St. Francis Dam in Northern Los Angeles County burst […] Read More »

Top stories of 2017

by Rebecca Wicks Looking back through 2017, the year was marked by news events common to others. There were new developments, openings, closings, fresh faces making their entrance onto our City’s scene, and recognized faces bowing out. All were eclipsed by the biggest headline of the year – the Thomas Fire. Follows are some of […] Read More »

“As long as my family is together, we’re going to be good!”

Alexander and Olivia and Valentino and Teddy will return to Ventura. by Jennifer Tipton That’s what 10 ½ year old Alexander said. He and his twin sister Olivia were baking holiday cookies with their mom on the evening of December 4th at their home in Ondulando when “we heard the fire was coming”, said Alexander. […] Read More »

Voices of children

16 year old son Corey, 14 year old daughter Page and dad Danny Castro at toy drive. Photos by Bernie Goldstein by Karen Leslie writer with heart In unison, the voices of children were lifted up in a giddy melody sweet and true on December 20th at the 8th annual Castro Family and Ventura Police Community […] Read More »

Back home to appreciate view

A few days after the house of Ron & Barbara D’Incau had burnt down, Ron went to Goodwill and bought two chairs and an umbrella so that they could sit and enjoy the beautiful Ventura sunset. He said, “That is one of the main reasons that we bought the house.” You will learn more about […] Read More »

Revisiting family memories lost in the fire

Alan Neuman (from www.gamesmedic.com) grew up in this house on Via Ondulando. His mom still owns it. In the 1970’s, his father passed away in the home’s kitchen. He was not there to look for mementos, but just to remember the wonderful times spent in the home. Read More »

CAPS Media documenting Thomas Fire stories

Everyone in our community celebrates the extraordinarily courageous efforts of thousands of fire fighters, law enforcement personnel and other first responders who have tirelessly battled the devastating Thomas Fire for weeks. At CAPS Media we are planning to document this once-in-a-lifetime tragedy by working with Ventura City Fire and Police departments, County Fire and Sheriff […] Read More »

Friends set up their own distribution center

Friends and business owners, Camilo Stinson, Sky Sunner and Jon Ochoa wanted to volunteer at the Fairgrounds, but their assistance wasn’t needed, so they put together their own distribution center at the corner of Victoria and Telegraph Road in East Ventura. Music was playing, donations piled high and these generous guys were barbecuing around the […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 7 - Jan 3 - Jan 16, 2018 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Sara Omanovic age 25 Owner of Ema’s Herbs “Usually I try to focus on specific traits, 2017 was courage so I think 2018 should be resilience, resilience to overcome difficulties.”   Alton Gebhart age 61 Crew Member at Trader Joes “I made a resolution to do […] Read More »

Dr. Sean Anderson to discuss impacts of Thomas Fire on wilderness and wildlife

On the evening of Thurs., Jan. 18, Ventura Land Trust (VLT) will host a community lecture entitled “No Doubting Thomas: The Impacts, Management, and World after the Thomas Fire” at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. Beginning at 7 p.m., this first in VLT’s 2018 Environmental Speaker Series, will he led by Dr. Sean Anderson, […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Poetry Contest Reading 1/4 Thursday 7:30 pm Join us for a reception and reading by the winners of our Poetry Contest. E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room Paul’s Prehistoric Storytime 1/20 Saturday @ 12pm Meet Kevin the T-Rex & Paul from paulsprehistoricpark.com Bilingual Early Literacy Class 1/8, 22, 29 Mondays […] Read More »

Another dynamic community event at Plaza Park

by Kathleen Shore, D.O.. Co-Founder of Justice for All VC On Jan.20, at 10am Justice For All VC is hosting another dynamic community event at Plaza Park in Downtown Ventura. “Ventura County Rising” will bring us back together once the smoke has cleared and the ashes have settled. It will be a celebration of the […] Read More »

In January 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 »

Vol. 11, No. 7 - Jan 3 - Jan 16, 2018 - Tech Today with Ken May

What is Cryptocurrency? Part 1: Blockchain There’s so much talk about Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and other cryptocurrency in the news right now, it might seem overwhelming. Everyone is proclaiming it’s the future and we should all be invested in it, but what the heck even is a Bitcoin? To understand Bitcoin, and Cryptocurrency as a […] Read More »

City responds to fire crisis

by Burris DeBenning Evacuate immediately!” With barely any time to snatch up valuables, several thousand Venturans heard this mandatory evacuation order on the evening of December 4 blaring from police and fire megaphones, because of the horror that was rapidly approaching Ventura’s hillside communities and had already consumed thousands of acres in Santa Paula. Santa […] Read More »

Let’s Rebuild Regeneratively

by Ron Whitehurst The author is co-owner of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries and Chair of the Board of Ventura Food Coop Fire is a natural primal element, but the devastation was man made. Our First Peoples burned brush every couple of years to manage nutrients, soil microbes, and improve the ecology for deer and acorns. How do […] Read More »

THE GRAY

BY TODD BLOCK FOR EVERYONE AND EVERYPLACE AFFECTED BY THE FIRE THE GRAY THAT YOU SEE, BLANKETING OUR SKY, IS NOT OUR MORNING SEA FOG, IT’S NOT WET IT’S DRY. ANIMALS FLEE THE FOREST, AND BIRDS FORCED TO FLY, GRAYS SOURCE NOT DISCRIMINATE, SOME MAY LIVE, SOME MAY DIE. IT SEEPS IN YOUR SKIN, BURNS […] Read More »

CAPS Media will continue to update fire-related information throughout the holidays

Full house attentive crowd at community meeting at Buena High School. by Elizabeth Rodeno Our heartfelt thoughts and best wishes go out to the citizens of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties especially those who have suffered personal tragedies caused by the devastating fires. We celebrate the extraordinarily courageous efforts of thousands of fire fighters, law […] Read More »

Ventura firestorm

by James Francis Gray Driving home from Camarillo after my writer’s group meeting Monday evening, I heard about the Thomas Fire on the 9:00 p.m. radio news. A fast-moving fire that started in Santa Paula’s Steckel Park area at 6:30 p.m. was headed west toward the city of Ventura, racing to the hills above the […] Read More »

What is the truck commonly seen around town with the Cal-Fire logo?

by Staci Brown Cal Fire is the acronym for the “California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection” They provide fire protection and stewardship for over 31 million acres of California’s privately-owned wildlands. They also provide various emergency services in 36 of the State’s 58 counties via contracts with local governments. Because of the Department’s size […] Read More »

Coping with Loss

by Jennifer Tipton During this difficult time, there is a need to know how to cope with loss. The 5 stages of grieving that occur with any loss: denial anger bargaining depression acceptance. Feelings of “this isn’t real” to “how could this happen” to “if only…” It is not uncommon to bounce back and forth […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County to gather and connect

The Thomas Fire covers a span of more than 250,000 acres — larger than all of New York City. Over 1,000 homes and other structures have been either damaged or destroyed. The cost of the fire is more than $47 million, according to news reports, and will inevitably increase. Officials say it could take weeks […] Read More »

Visit Ventura is sharing crisis messaging

by your friends at Visit Ventura: Marlyss Auster, Cheryl Bagby, Michele Gilmour, Mike Laan, Fiorella Calderoni, Chelsea Soto, Lucas Suarez, and Michele Foster It can be hard to find the right words in moments of crisis and we want to do whatever we can to help. Visit Ventura is continuously providing updates at visitventuraca.com/thomasfire. The […] Read More »

Glowing Embers

How fired up are you about life? by Writer With Heart Karen Leslie This question came to me when the hills that reign gloriously over our charming community and miles of the surrounding areas were a flame. In the dark of night, fires were eating up vegetation, homes and lives were at stake. Winds of […] Read More »

Rubicon reaching out to theatre communities across the nation

The artists of Rubicon Theatre were in final dress rehearsals for the first show of the company’s 20th Anniversary Season – an original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas. The large two-story set was in place; the period costumes were pressed and ready; lights were designed and focused; stockings were hung by the chimney in […] Read More »

Fires and families: what to tell your child, how to cope

by Rebecca Wicks On the night of December 4th Jamie Lewis had to ask her daughter Jenna, 11, and her son Jackson, 9, to choose. “I told them there is a fire, and we were going to evacuate and they needed to fill up their suitcase with their most favorite possessions,” said Lewis. “I told […] Read More »

From the inside

aka: My three days in an evacuation shelter by Frances Spencer- Artist, Playwright The Thomas Fire was burning on the hill above Ventura City Hall. My apartment building, two miles downwind, was in the path of the flames. Despite being warned to evacuate, I couldn’t bring myself to leave. My personal wealth was in my […] Read More »

Insurance understanding is key to recovery

by Sheli Ellsworth Longtime Ventura resident Susan Lang was prepared for disaster. “We prided ourselves that we had a ‘go bag’ ready in the garage in case of an earthquake plus having scanned our important documents, installed various back-up systems, and housed several external drives at other locations.” The hungry Thomas fire destroyed her home […] Read More »

Protect your health during the California fires

by Dr. Brent Caplan and Dr. Tiffany Caplan-Central Coast Center for Integrative Health The Thomas fire has caused tragic loss in our community. However, it is inspiring to see the community come together to support each other through this difficult time. One important thing to keep in mind is the health impact of the wildfires. […] Read More »

Jim’s Closet travels to Ventura to help fire victims

When Jim passed away, instead of giving his clothes away, Cheri Jo Weissenbuger decided to form her own non-profit called Jim’s Closet. She travels to disasters from her home in Lompoc with her free stuff for people in need. Jim’s Closet is in the parking lot at the Museum. Email her at jimscloset@gmail.com to find out the […] Read More »

"Thomas" by John Sanders Jones

this week the surreal and the unreal met the real the real came out ahead for the real is the community support and love for one another through this I know the uplifting has just begun Read More »

Ventura Land Trust was very lucky

by staff One week ago, Ventura was forever changed by the Thomas Fire. Ventura Land Trust was very lucky. No one on our staff or Board of Trustees lost their home, our office at the Poinsettia Pavilion still stands and many people have stepped up with offers of love, support, and assistance. Please know, that […] Read More »

Ventura barber Jossy Carbajal gives free haircuts to evacuees and firemen

Jossy Carbajal is a barber at Ventura Barber Company. Immediately after she heard that the fairgrounds opened up to the displaced she went there and set up free haircuts for all evacuees. She also was giving the firemen quick haircuts as they were fueling up their trucks at State Beach. She is just a giving […] Read More »

Just a very few Ventura Heroes

by Victoria Usher Battling the fires in Ventura has been tough to say the least and one of those neighborhoods just south of Arroyo Verde was no different. The reason that the entire neighborhood didn’t burn was because of all the efforts of everyday citizens who were out there for more than 10-12 hours fighting […] Read More »

The alarm

by writer with heart, Karen Leslie For many Venturians, the morning wake up alarm in the wee hours on Monday wasn’t with a yawn at dawn and the smell of coffee. Instead, in a state of shock and disbelief, they were yanked out of their dream state into a nightmare. With eyes burning, lungs filled […] Read More »

We are Ventura - Part I

“No volunteers needed today.” by Jennifer Tipton On Thursday, Dec. 7th I visited the Ventura County Fairgrounds, one of three shelters set up by the American Red Cross. The billboard at the entrance read “Thomas Fire Evacuees Proceed to Garden Street Gate”. At the main parking lot were firetrucks from our neighbors in Los Angeles, […] Read More »

The housing crisis just got worse

by Judy Alexandre, Chair Ventura Social Service Task force As the Thomas fire continues to spread in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, the number of those without a home has also grown. Many of these citizens have insurance, a positive support system, and the backing of the community both public and private. These resources will […] Read More »

I am so grateful that my house is standing

by Adela Trainor There are neighbors all around me that lost their homes, including Dennis and Claire, my next door neighbors. I don’t really feel guilty, just sorrow for all those that lost their homes, and it will feel very lonely going back. I miss Claire already! What I really felt badly about was that […] Read More »

Loss of Home can be difficult

by Sheli Ellsworth Losing a home by fire is not only the destruction of personal possessions, heirlooms and important documents, it is the loss of comfort and safety. Suddenly, small things—once taken for granted—become time-sucking inconveniences. Tweezers, can-openers and medicines can be replaced, but it takes time, energy, lists and attention to the million thoughts […] Read More »

A Helping Hand

The public can get incident information at https://t.co/F8csSX6ytV or call 465-6650. Needed items for those affected by fire in Ventura can come to Community Presbyterian Church to pick up clothing, blankets, shoes etc. Requirements are you must be from Ventura or those fire areas off of the 33. We ask to only take what you […] Read More »

A Message of Hope: Ventura Botanical Gardens will rise again

“Many plants in the VBG collection have evolved with fire and are adapted to survive fire events.” by Mary Kay Doubek VBG volunteer One look at the charred hillside above our still-standing City Hall tells one that Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) did not escape the destruction of the Thomas Fire as it swept through town […] Read More »

It was odd for her to call that late

by Barbara Brown On Monday around ten, my neighbor Lauren called. It was odd for her to call that late… her voice was tense. She relayed news from her husband Tom Lanski, a Ventura County Fire Captain— the fire in Wheeler Canyon was moving toward Ondulando and she should, precautionarily, pack. Alerting our neighbors, we […] Read More »

Thomas Fire incident community meeting at Buena High School

Over one thousand attended the public meeting. by Richard Lieberman Saturday, Dec. 9 a public meeting to discuss the on-going Thomas Fire was held at Buena High School auditorium. The meeting was called to alert residents of the latest developments of the Thomas Fire. Following the meeting the cafeteria was utilized to present several city, […] Read More »

Cabrillo's fire response: Supporting our residents and neighbors

by Margarita H. de Escontrias, Chief Executive Officer The Thomas Fire has spread quickly across Ventura County. Our Property Management Department, including our maintenance technicians, have been involved with evacuations and safety checks on our affordable housing communities. We will remain on “HIGH ALERT” to assist. Our residents to ensure their health and safety, which […] Read More »

Downtown Ventura's new Candy Cane Forest winter tradition

In spite of threatening fire and awful air Downtown Ventura is starting a new winter tradition the Candy Cane Forest in Ventura’s Plaza Park. Fresh cut trees were sponsored and decorated by local businesses, nonprofits, and families around Ventura for the holidays. This completely free, family-friendly, all-faiths festival will last until January 2nd. Sadly, due […] Read More »

"A Rising Up" by writer with heart, Karen Leslie

There is a blanketed hush of humbleness that is spreading like wild fire, soothing away the raw edges of destruction in the residents of Ventura County. It is a thankfulness that goes beyond monetary things. A united force and breath of relief are now threaded in the tapestry of our lives. From lovingly handmade signs […] Read More »

Instructions for dealing with ash

If your home was impacted by the Thomas Fire, here are some health precautions to take after you return home and before you begin the clean- up process. If a structure on your property was destroyed during the recent fire, then you must wait for the proper authorities to approve and direct your clean-up. However, […] Read More »

"ANIMALS FLEE THE FOREST" by James Francis Gray

THE GRAY THAT YOU SEE, BLANKETING OUR SKY IS NOT OUR MORNING SEA FOG, IT’S NOT WET IT’S DRY ANIMALS FLEE THE FOREST, AND BIRDS FORCED TO FLY GRAYS SOURCE NOT DISCRIMINATE, SOME MAY LIVE, SOME MAY DIE IT SEEPS IN YOUR SKIN, BURNS YOUR THROAT, WATERS YOUR EYE BENEATH THE GRAY BLANKET, NORMALCY AWRY […] Read More »

52nd Annual Parade of Lights to continue as planned Dec. 9th

The 52nd Annual Parade of Lights, “Fairy Tales Afloat,” and daytime activities are planned to be held as scheduled on December 9th, the Ventura County Harbor Department announced today. “After consulting with weather and public safety officials regarding potential impacts from the Thomas Fire, we have determined that we can proceed with this much-loved community tradition,” […] 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 starts on sundown on Dec.12 and ends on Dec.20. In the […] Read More »

Help BBSVC "Save The Bigs" in Ventura County!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) is putting out a special call for BIGS – mentors who can benefit from the friendship of a Little Brother or Little Sister. There are 150 youth in Ventura County, “Littles,” who are anxiously waiting to meet their BBSVC program role model and friend. BBSVC intends to […] Read More »

Kellogg Park in first phase of construction

The newest addition to the City of Ventura’s Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships division, Kellogg Park, is currently in its first phase of construction. Kellogg Park began as a community driven project to increase park area on the Westside of Ventura, and although there were no available funds to build the park, the City and […] Read More »

Santa Barbara Island is now open to public access.

Landings at the island will be restricted to the rocky ledge adjacent to the dock. In order to ensure a safe landing, boaters will need to carefully assess the weather conditions, particularly the tide and swell heights, prior to landing in this area. The dock remains closed and is not expected to be repaired in […] Read More »

Sierra Club Ventura educational series presents Ken McAlpine Jan 9

He wrote the book after purposefully spending weeks alone on the Channel Islands On Jan 9, 2018, from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Topping Room, EP Foster Library the Sierra Club Ventura educational series is presenting Ken McAlpine speaking of a time to rethink our place in the environment and why we need nature. Ken McAlpine […] Read More »

Joshua S. Hopstone elevated to partner at Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP (FCOP) law firm, is pleased to announce that Joshua S. Hopstone has been elevated to partner, beginning Jan. 1, 2018. In his seven years at FCOP, Hopstone has built a strong practice focused primarily on complex business and real estate related matters. He is also an accomplished appellate advocate. Hopstone’s […] Read More »

How to prevent and reduce the risk for diabetes

The Ventura Family YMCA is encouraging residents of Ventura to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that more than one in three Americans (84 million people) has […] Read More »

Dozens of veterans received goods from more than 12 boxes

In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11, the Simi Valley & Ventura Two Men and a Truck locations partnered with Ventura County businesses in Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura and Simi Valley – First Bank, Yolanda’s Mexican Grills, Sharkey’s, American Legion Post #741 in Camarillo, and Montecito Bank, to collect donations from the community to deliver […] Read More »

Make a difference in our community

This is an invitation to come out and make a difference and have fun. Every 3 or 4 months, the Ventura Act of Kindness team gets together to go out and do good deeds in the Ventura area and neighboring cities. On Saturday, Dec.16 they will go out and make a difference in our community. […] Read More »

Answer In A Breeze

Question. What ever happened to the fancy lights proposed on the new C-Street pedestrian overpass? I take the overpass every day and have to laugh remembering that it was delayed because the barrier color was not “right”. It’s design (small holes acting as a filter) capture so much dirt you can’t tell what color it […] Read More »

Restaurant Review - Casa Bella

by Jennifer Tipton Located on the corner of Oak and Main (where American Apparel used to be), Casa Bella opened her doors in June 2017. I first visited the new establishment on July 4th when friends wanted to meet for cocktails, I was very impressed with the beautiful and spacious interior, a large open bar, […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System congratulates inaugural nursing resident class graduates

Community Memorial Health System’s inaugural Nurse Resident graduating nurses back row Jennifer Wise, Taylor Edsel, Camille Finnerty, Marika Schipper, Kierstyn Polte and Jocelyn Briggs, and front row Annel Lupian, Sara Maffet, Lauren Barnett, Darcy Young, Rachel Alan and Riley Friedl. Photo courtesy of Community Memorial Health System Community Memorial Health System is proud to congratulate the […] Read More »

Color Run event held in Ventura

The Color Run, the world’s first Color 5K™ and Color Dash event was recently held in Ventura. Founded in 2011, their mission is to bring people together and make the world a happier, healthier place by creating an experience that’s more about the memories you make than your mile per minute. Read More »

City Center Board Member Jann Huling

Jann Huling was born and raised in Ventura County. Graduating from Ventura High and UCLA. She is with ServiceMaster by Integrity in Oxnard as the business development manager . Jann has one grown son Ian and has adopted his childhood best – friend Bobby. Bobby also works for ServiceMaster by Integrity. She has one granddaughter […] Read More »

Nancy Schram named as new County Library Director

New County Library Director at the opening of the new Hill St. Library. Photo by Michael Gordon By a unanimous vote the Board of Supervisors concurred with the recommendation of County Executive Officer Mike Powers to name Nancy Schram as Director of the Ventura County Library System. “Nancy was selected after a nationwide search that […] Read More »

Today there are 325,000 Toastmasters in the world

It has been said that many people have more fear of public speaking than the fear of death In 1924 Dr. Ralph Smedley created Toastmasters. The purpose was to provide a positive and mutual learning experience where people could practice and improve their communication and leadership skills. The basic format of a Toastmaster meeting presents 5 […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) and Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation host 1st Annual Ventura River to the Sea Coastal Cleanup

A previous year’s trash and debris cleanup. A recent report states that by 2050, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish On Sunday, Nov. 19, the Ventura Land Trust (VLT) and Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation teamed up to host the 1st Annual Ventura River to the Sea Coastal Cleanup. Both organizations […] Read More »

Wish granters provide special tomato collapsible wheelchair for 6 year-old Yuleima Manriquez

After working with 6 year-old Yuleima Manriquez of Ventura, her family and Wish granters determined her true wish was to have a special tomato collapsible wheelchair. In having her own wheelchair, she would be able to go on family outings. Yuleima’s father explained how the tomato chair was a real blessing. Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties collaborated with […] Read More »

“When You Wish Upon A Star”

Ventura Keys holiday lights as seen during the Parade of Lights. Photo by Dan Harding Experience the holidays seaside as Ventura Harbor presents the 41st Annual Ventura Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks, Friday & Saturday, December 15 & 16, at 6:30 p.m. and Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace on Saturday, December 16 from […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Question: Why is the pedestrian bridge over the freeway closed? Shelby Young Answer: Being remodeled to meet standards of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). The over $750,000 budget will include new handrails and landings as necessary to meet the regulations for people with disabilities. It should be noted that ADA requirements have made life […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 - Nov 22 - Dec 5, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton Thanksgiving 2017! What are you thankful for? Kelsey Burkan age 70 Owner of Kelsey’s Vegan Bakery & Fudge “I’m thankful that we’re all still here on earth and to have the opportunity to do the best we can, to be kind and loving to everyone.” She adds, “and always thankful for friends […] Read More »

New signs on Pierpont Lanes

We asked Jeff Hereford, City of Ventura Transportation Engineer how the new signs on the Pierpont Lanes came to be “The story is very simple….a couple residents asked the City’s Transportation Division if we could install street name signs at the end of each of the lanes facing the beach. The reason for the signs […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society December field trips and the Christmas bird count

December 2, 2017 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. December 9, 2017. 8:30 Camp Bartlett (Santa […] Read More »

Ventura libraries December events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 12/4, 11, 18 Mondays 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun! Adult Classes & Events SuperBrain Yoga 12/16 Saturday 10:00 — 12:00 pm Facilitated by Ellen E. Morano Attend this hands-on workshop to […] Read More »

Annual Light Up A Life to benefit Livingston Hospice Kicks-off

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association has begun its 33rd Annual Light Up A Life campaign. The beginning of the campaign coincides with National Hospice and Palliative Care month, November, and runs through the holiday season. The campaign goal is to raise $110,000 to benefit Livingston Hospice, the first Medicare Certified hospice in Ventura County. This […] Read More »

Public Invited to opening of Native Plant Demonstration Garden

The National Park Service, California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI), and the Ventura Master Gardeners welcome the public to attend the opening of a native plant demonstration garden on Saturday, December 2 at 10:30 am at Channel Islands National Park in Ventura Harbor. The Channel Islands Park Foundation will also be hosting a native plant […] Read More »

Coffee Connections Wednesday morning networking meetings

The Coffee Connections Wednesday morning networking meetings are held every week, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at Spice-Topia, 576 E. Main St. in downtown Ventura. They start the meeting right after reading the Breeze. Sitting front row center is Debbie Echevarria of Your Business Support, the founding leader of the Coffee Connections networking group with the […] Read More »

Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar

Employment Development Department (EDD)invites you to attend aNo Charge an Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar on December 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDD Tax Office Training Room 4820 McGrath Street, Suite 200 To make reservations, visit the EDD website at www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ or call 866-873-6083. The EDD is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids […] Read More »

Bestselling author to launch sequel

by Sheli Ellsworth Local author, Patrice Karst, is planning the sequels to her bestselling (2000) children’s book, The Invisible String. Karst describes the book, that has sold more than 250,000 copies, as a heart-warming and reassuring story that addresses the issue of separation anxiety for children of all ages. Karst’s “string” is the love that […] Read More »

First United Macethodist Church celebrates 150 Years

by Jennifer Tipton It all started with a Bible study group in 1867, before that Ventura had only one church, the historic Mission of San Buenaventura, founded in 1782 by Padre Junipero Serra. The location for First United Methodist church has changed several times with the first built in 1874 on Oak Street and then […] Read More »

Ventura Squid Fleet returns to Ventura Harbor Village

Cooler water temperatures and other favorable sea conditions have returned the Ventura Squid Fleet to the Ventura Harbor Village. In late October and early November squid landings are increasing. They are currently averaging over 500 tons per day. All of the squid seiner* slips are occupied with some vessels even rotating in a shared slip arrangement. All […] Read More »

Opening of the restored Meister Hall

A gala event celebrating the opening of the newly restored Meister Hall will take place at Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road at 6 p.m. on Saturday December 2. “I am delighted that Meister Hall has been given such a magnificent makeover,” said long time Temple member Barbara Meister, “and I am happy that we […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County and California Resources Corp. host “Moment of Gratitude”

Elena Brokaw and Board Chair Kate McLean accepting a donation Amy Fonzo. The Museum of Ventura County and California Resources Corporation (CRC) hosted a “Moment of Gratitude,” on Thursday, Nov. 9, to thank city and county officials and community members for their support throughout the Museum’s fiscal challenge. In a special presentation, CRC’s Amy Fonzo, manager, […] Read More »

Ventura resident Sheila Lowe pens new psychological thriller, “Written Off”

“In the dead of winter, handwriting expert Claudia Rose journeys to Maine to retrieve a manuscript about convicted female serial killer, Roxanne Becker, written by Professor Madeleine Maynard, who was, herself, brutally murdered. While searching for the manuscript Claudia uncovers Madeleine’s explosive research, which exposes the shocking truth about a group of mentally unstable grad […] Read More »

Information and education at CAPS Media

Students from Pacific High School on CAPS set. Pacific High School students are getting involved at the CAPS Media Center by producing a series for their AIM program exploring Ancestry, Immigration and Memories. CAPS Media staff will provide the training and support for the Pacific teams of six conducting interviews with family members. The CAPS […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA Annual Prayer Breakfast

The Ventura Family YMCA hosted its Annual Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, November 15 at the Ventura Family YMCA. The popular annual gathering of local religious and community leaders featured keynote speaker, Chelsea Shaw, a two time national champion with the University of Oregon’s Acrobatic and Tumbling team and motivational speaker. Along with Shaw’s appearance(shown addressing […] Read More »

Be kind to one another

by Jann Hurling Can you make a difference in someone’s life today? It’s not money that is required, it’s a simple smile and actually listening to a story . Say hello, ask them their name, where are they from……..everyone has a story, embrace them and listen. Most of all don’t judge. I saw a man […] Read More »

Island Packers has cruises for all occasions

Island Packers offers a special holiday gathering. Schedule a Ventura Harbor holiday cruise or whale watching trip aboard the 64-foot catamaran. These cruises offer a fun, unique way to bring relatives and friends together for an outdoor activity. View the decorated boats in Ventura Harbor as well as the decorated lighted homes in the Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 – Nov 22 – Dec 5, 2017 – On Vacation

Carl Morehouse and Janna Minsk sharing the Breeze with Prince Henry the Navigator in Lagos, Portugal. Being a navigator Prince Henry especially enjoyed the Harbor Patrol reports.     Diana Murphy-Roberts, James Francis Gray, Mary Carr and Marcia Gray enjoying a surprise birthday party for Marcia in Fort Myers, Florida. Her best present was receiving […] Read More »

Ventura High annual Cardboard Boat Race

On Thursday November 16th Ventura High School had their totally awesome, annual Cardboard Boat Race. It is a long-standing, student run, lunchtime activity. Each team is given a refrigerator box-size piece of cardboard, a roll of duct tape, a yardstick, and a box cutter. They are not allowed to leave their 10‘ x 10‘ area […] Read More »

Kids & Families Together celebrates new center

On Thursday, Nov.9 Kids & Families Together and the Ventura Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of their new center with a ribbon cutting and open house at 864 Santa Clara St. In addition to the headquarters for Kids & Families Together operations the new center houses children’s therapy rooms, training facilities and room to […] Read More »

Celebrating the Life of an Irish Pig

Gone but not forgotten. Photo by Michael Gordon He’d grown a little frail in his old age. Still, when he finally went to hog heaven, he broke a lot of hearts. And so it is that, eight months after his sad public demise along the 2017 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade route, the Great Inflatable […] Read More »

Fabio and Sylvia Simoes a dedicated family

Sophia and Raphael enjoy the ministry with their parents. “People need a friend…it is priceless to see the transformation, to see someone who is destroyed and without hope, able to live a normal life.” Silvia Simoes by Jill Forman The Simoes are a charismatic couple: gracious, attractive, and hospitable. Yours truly showed up for the […] Read More »

In 2008, Corey Castro was seven years old and was treated for Gorham’s Disease

Ventura Police Officers joined the Castro family in 2016. The Ventura Police Department announces the 8th Annual Castro Family & Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive. The community is invited to donate unwrapped toys or gift cards for the patients and siblings of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at the Ventura County […] Read More »

Conservancy adds members to Board of Trustees

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) recently added four new members to the nonprofit land trust’s board of trustees. They are: Dennis Kulzer, Susan LeFevre, Scott Weiss and Don Wood, bringing total board membership to 11. Each of them bring a diverse and professional background that adds expertise and personal qualities that fit well with VHC’s […] Read More »

Couple honors Ventura Music Festival

“Mark and I are proud and happy to underwrite the artistic director position” The Ventura Music Festival is pleased to announce that a distinguished philanthropic couple has agreed to “name” the position long held by Nuvi Mehta. Henceforth the director and the position will be known as: “Nuvi Mehta, the Janet and Mark L. Goldenson […] Read More »

"Teaming Up Against Domestic Violence"

A powerful evening was held at the City Center’s domestic violence event. It was an amazing night at The City Center’s 3rd Annual Domestic Violence event – “Teaming Up Against Domestic Violence” held in The River Community’s main auditorium. The evening was filled with heartfelt music by Kris Simeon, Jermarie Dizon, Monse Casmiro, Charleen Morla […] Read More »

Over 100 military veterans ride San Francisco to Los Angeles to benefit veterans and first responders

Photo by Murray Robertson More than 100 military veterans road from San Francisco to Los Angeles during the 2017 United Healthcare California Challenge, benefiting veterans and first responders with PTSD and other injuries. Veterans, community leaders, supporters cheered cyclists during the sixth-day ride features including a 72-mile route from Solvang to Ventura. The California Challenge […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District high school countdown!

by Jennifer Tipton El Camino High School Located on the Ventura College campus at 61 Day Rd., El Camino high school is an alternative school for college bound students. This campus opened in 2008 and is quite different from the conventional high schools because attendance is based on work completion, not being physically present in […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village hosts seaside Thrill the World celebration

Ventura Harbor Village hosted a seaside Thrill the World celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29. The dancers learned the dance from Molly Hill, executive training director at FitZone in Ventura, and proceeds from the dancer registration fees benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation First time dancer Rosemary Lieberman stated “I watched the Thriller dance last year and thought […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA to hold Prayer Breakfast

The Ventura Family YMCA is hosting its Annual Prayer Breakfast. The popular annual gathering of local religious and community leaders will feature keynote speaker, Chelsea Shaw. Shaw is a two time national champion with the University of Oregon’s Acrobatic and Tumbling team and is currently a coach, athletic recruiter and motivational speaker. As the daughter […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 - Nov 8 - Nov 21, 2017 - Audubon events

Nov. 5: 8:00 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch. Leader: Sandy Hedrick 340-0478. Arrive at 8:00 for birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9a.m. – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. Nov. 12: 8:30 a.m. Ormond Beach .Leader: David Torfeh 794-5334 Join us […] Read More »

Founders’ Society inductees announced

Local civic leaders came together on Oct.26 for their induction into the Founders’ Society of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura. To recognize the civic leaders who over the past 80 years have had a role in realizing the vision of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, the organization in 2015 […] Read More »

Cabrillo receives Bank of America Foundation Grant

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation a $12,000 grant to support Cabrillo’s HomeOwnership Center’s financial literacy and homeownership programs. Omar Madrigal, CEDC HomeOwnership Center Director; Heidi Reyes Education and Counseling Services Manager and Margarita H. De Escontrias, Chief Executive Officer, received the grant check from Midge Campbell-Thomas, Bank of […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 - Nov 8 - Nov 21, 2017 - Tech Today with Ken May

What’s new in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update After a little more than two years, Microsoft has finally settled into a rhythm with its new, fast-paced development for Windows 10. What Microsoft’s marketers are calling the Fall Creators Update (officially version 1709) began arriving on desktop PCs on 10/18 via Windows Update and will soon […] Read More »

CAPS Media covering civic events

The CAPS Media crew recorded the City of Ventura Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Museum of Ventura County. The annual program honors outstanding contributions to the cultural community by city residents, artists, educators, organizations and business leaders. Mayor Erik Nasarenko recognized the 2017 recipients. The Mayor’s Arts Awards gala is airing on CAPS Media throughout […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Works Agency Disaster Simulation

The annual Storm Day training conducted by the Ventura Public Works Agency took place on November 1 to prepare for a major disaster in Ventura County. The eighth annual Storm Day training was conducted at two sites, one in Ventura: The Dent Basin and in Simi Valley at Las Liajas Dam. More than 200 personnel […] Read More »

School on Wheels staff member Ian Chan running 52 marathons in 2017 to raise awareness about homeless children

School on Wheels staff member Ian Chan is running 52 marathons in 2017 to raise awareness about homeless children. The Ventura Marathon was his 49th of the year and he came 55th out of 1008 runners with a personal best time of 3:15:18! “Why am I running 52 marathons this year? Over 500,000 children experience […] Read More »

CMH presenting tingling seminar and “A Thanksgiving Program”.

Tingling and burning sensations in the hands and feet will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System seminar. This condition, known as peripheral neuropathy, affects an estimated 20 million people in the United States. Symptoms can range from numbness and tingling to burning, pricking and even muscle weakness. At the seminar, […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 - Nov 8 - Nov 21, 2017 - Some Ventura library events

Avenue Library Bilingual Early Literacy Class 11/ 13, 20, 27 Mondays 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun! Crafternoon 11/11, 25 Saturdays 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Get your craft on in the afternoon for these special crafternoons. SuperBrain Yoga 11/18 Saturday 10:00 […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County and California Resources Corporation host a “Moment of Gratitude”

The Museum of Ventura County and California Resources Corporation will host a “Moment of Gratitude,” 8:30–9:30 a.m., Nov. 9, at the Museum’s Smith Pavilion. The event is an opportunity for Executive Director Elena Brokaw to thank city and county officials and the community for their support throughout the Museum’s fiscal challenge, and to provide an […] Read More »

Rotary Club to host 29th Annual Trivia Challenge

The Rotary Club of Ventura South will host its 29th annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser in support of the Ventura County Library’s Adult Literacy Program on Wednesday, November 15. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5882 Olivas Park Dr. The popular event features a “Jeopardy-like” game in which teams of three […] Read More »

VMF Children's Concert for VUSD

VMF brings the joy of music through unique education offerings. Photo by Michael Gordon The Ventura Music Festival 2017 Children’s Concert for VUSD featured two wonderful programs: Sneetches, with playful music and the delightful Dr. Seuss text, and Saint-Saens’ fabulous Carnival of the Animals, accompanied by Ogden Nash’s much- loved text. It was presented on Oct.19 […] Read More »

Ventura College helping our veterans

Ventura County Community College District Vice Chancellor of Educational Services Rick Post, VCCCD Chancellor Greg Gillespie, 26th District of California Congressmember Julia Brownley, and VCCCD Vice Chair Arturo Hernández at Student Veteran Expo. Twenty-sixth District of California Congressmember Julia Brownley, member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and ranking member of the House Veterans’ […] Read More »

Interface works to prevent the effects of child abuse, neglect and abandonment

Interface board members Terri McGray, Spencer Garrett, Tom Pecht and Kathy Hartley, and Interface Director of Fund Development and Marketing Catherine Kort are “Painting it Purple.” Interface Children & Family Services’ volunteers armed with purple nail polish, are participating in dozens of scheduled and pop-up events in every major city of Ventura County and adjacent […] Read More »

It’s always the right time to join the CAPS family

ECTV, the El Camino High School media program is in full swing with a slew of shows featuring artists, historians and local figures talking about important events and issues. Ventura’s Mayor for A Moment series where outstanding 5th graders are recognized by the City and the Ventura Unified School District launched this month with video […] Read More »

Court of Honor held at Museum of Ventura County for Devin Kress and Joseph Emmerich

On Oct.14 a Court of Honor was held at the Museum of Ventura County for Devin Kress and Joseph Emmerich both six year Boy Scouts with Troop 119. They were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at the ceremony. Each boy completed the required amount of merit badges and in addition to merit badges, both […] Read More »

Second Annual Haunted Housing Run/Walk to raise funds for Scholarship Program

Cocina Sin Fronteras, the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura’s (HACSB) associated resident services non-profit, is hosting its Second 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 fourth year of providing support […] Read More »

School on Wheels provides for homeless children

Maggie Wells is a volunteer tutor for School on Wheels. School on Wheels is a non-profit organization based in Southern California. Whose mission is to enhance the educational opportunities for homeless children living in shelters, motels, group foster homes, cars, or on the street. They do this by providing homeless children with one-on-one volunteer tutors, […] Read More »

County Museum in the news

The Museum of Ventura County has elected a new board of directors who will direct the museum’s fundraising, exhibits and programming, connecting the community with the history and culture of Ventura County. “We have a past, present and future that make us a celebrated place to live or visit,” said Elena Brokaw, interim executive director […] Read More »

Coles named Board Chair of Channel Islands YMCA

The Channel Islands YMCA is proud to announce that Robert J. Coles has joined its Board of Directors as the Board Chair. His term began in June, 2017 and runs through May, 2019. Mr. Coles is the President of RJC, Inc., an architectural design and construction management company. Coles has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from […] Read More »

Ventura High graduate Nadine Jenson becomes full time professional ballet dancer with New Mexico Ballet Company

Ventura High graduate 24-year old Nadine Jenson recently became a full time professional ballet dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company. She stated “They offered me my first professional contract, and I was excited beyond words given it has been my life’s ambition to become a professional ballerina.” After Ventura High she attended Loyola Marymount […] Read More »

Breeze painted rock hunt continues in Ventura Harbor

Ted Rose and his dog Lincoln found this painted rock at Arroyo Verde Park on Saturday October 14. They hid the rock at the Ventura Harbor. Go to https://www.facebook.com/venturabreeze/ to follow along. Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 - Oct 25 - Nov 7, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked six influential members of our community: “Do you feel Ventura should elect our mayor rather than having one selected from an existing council member by the city council?” Suz Montgomery Senior Advocate Yes, we do need to elect a Mayor, but with the caveat that we also have a strong […] Read More »

Wilhelm Furtwängler was Hitler’s favorite conductor

The year is 1946, Hitler has been defeated and the Third Reich has fallen. In the American Zone of occupied Berlin, Major Steve Arnold (Patrick Vest) interviews Wilhelm Furtwängler (Peter Van Norden), a conductor at the pinnacle of his career, (and Hitler’s favorite conductor) in preparation for his de-Nazification tribunal. Furtwängler had become increasingly controversial […] Read More »

Breast cancer survivor tells her story

Ellen Johnson (lower right) is joined in solidarity with colleagues Stephanie Montenegro, Marc Wilde, Lynda Frank, and Katie Furlong. by Lori Harasta Asked how Ellen Johnson felt when she first found out she had breast cancer, she said, “Numb. Later that night, I asked my husband, ‘Did he say I have cancer?!’” It started with […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village hosts Kids Seaside Trick or Treat and “Thriller”

Zombies will roam the promenade. Photo by Richard Lieberman Ventura Harbor Village is getting into the spooky spirit with lots of Halloween happenings this month and there is no better place to be than seaside on Saturday, October 28, from 1-3pm for Kid Seaside Trick or Treat and Thrill the World. Dress up the kids and […] Read More »

Tree carving artist John Mahoney

This wonderful tree carving is the work of artist John Mahoney, with the assistance of Jason Rose. The tree is an American Redwood, and was a part of a grove of Redwoods planted in Arroyo Verde Park many years ago. Our Southern California drought took its toll on the trees, and the grove of redwoods […] Read More »

The happiest 5k on the planet will make your dreams come true

The Baker and Kress families never looked so colorful. The Color Run®, the largest 5k event series in the world, is bringing its 2017 tour theme, The Color Run Dream Tour, Presented by Lay’s®, to Ventura on Saturday, Nov. 18, kicking off at 8:00 a.m. The Ventura run benefits Doing Good in Ventura – the […] Read More »

CAPS TV and radio are streaming on the web

CAPS Radio, KPPQ 104.1 FM has joined CAPS Television (Channel 6 & 15) by streaming programming on the web 24×7. Now everyone in and outside of Ventura can enjoy the diversified programming from CAPS Media on cable, on the radio airwaves and streaming on the web. What’s on? Programming schedules are on the CAPS Media […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District high school countdown!

by Jennifer Tipton Foothill Technology High Located at 100 Day Rd, Foothill Technology High School opened in 2000 to alleviate the overcrowding of our city’s two existing high schools, Ventura and Buena. A California Distinguished School since 2005, Foothill is also a magnet school, which is a public school offering special instruction and programs not […] Read More »

Media Day for PowerShares QQQ golf Championship

On Sept. 25, Breeze Publisher, Sheldon Brown, and Richard Lieberman attended the annual Media Day of the PowerShares QQQ golf Championship at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks (mostly for the free lunch). Defending champion Tom Pernice, Jr. spoke with the media about his win last year at the inaugural event, as well as how […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No.1 – Oct 11 - Oct 24, 2017 - Tech Today with Ken May

News about the massive Equifax data breach has been unrelenting since the credit bureau publicly disclosed its lapse at the beginning of September. It’s difficult to keep up with all the company’s blunders, not to mention the complicated fiscal policy and regulatory debates the incident has fueled. But weeks later, most consumers in the United […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze Painted Rocks

The Ventura Breeze has a new Facebook page for hiding and finding painted rocks: “Ventura Breeze Painted Rocks” can be found at www.facebook.com/venturabreeze/. There are many people taking part in this unique outdoor treasure hunt around the world. Ventura Breeze Painted Rocks wants to help spread this activity, and help share it with as many […] Read More »

Hawk wedding soars!

Photographer Karey Cottrell climbed a ladder onto the roof to get all guests into the photo! by Jennifer Tipton We’ve all had that invite to a wedding when it feels more like an obligation than an opportunity to attend, not this one! A little history… at 59, Jim Hawk had married before, he and his […] Read More »

40 years old and still going strong

Pierpont Racquet Club is excited about the planned renovations. When the PRC first opened its clubhouse doors 40 years ago this October 1st it was one of the first multi-purpose clubs in the United States. Tennis and swim clubs were common and racquetball was growing in popularity throughout the country. Yet the Garrett brothers were […] Read More »

The G.I.F.T. Garden in Ventura

Besides teaching gardening techniques Marco would like to build a stage and see community events happen there. by Jill Forman “The givers of life grow food from the Earth.” Those words are from Marco Arroyo, a native Venturan with a dream. Several of them, actually. A musician, founding member of the local band Herbal Rootz, […] Read More »

Rubicon stimulates Ventura County economy

Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre Company generates an impact of over $5 million to the economy of Ventura County each year according to a comprehensive economic analysis. This impact is equivalent to 160 full time jobs. The study was conducted by a team of top graduating economics students from California State University Channel Islands led by Tom […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District high school countdown!

by Jennifer Tipton Ventura High Located at Two North Catalina Street, Ventura High School is Ventura’s pioneer high school – it’s been around since 1889! Just think students that went here fought in WW1! Currently about 2,155 students in grades 9 – 12 are enrolled and Ventura High is recognized as a California Distinguished School. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 26 – Sept 27 - Oct 10, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked 6 Ventura Unified School District grads and students about their favorite high school subject and future plans. Andrew Bergum age 19 works at Play It Again Sports Andrew just graduated from Buena High School June 2017. His favorite high school subject was anatomy and physiology, “I loved it so much! […] Read More »

Harvest Festival celebrates 28th Annual Fall Showcase

Shopping gets personal when the Ventura Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show comes to the Ventura County Fairgrounds October 6-8 featuring over 24,000 handmade original creations. Close to three hundred artisans join in the 28th annual Ventura showcase that combines shopping and entertainment for limitless fun with live entertainment, contests, strolling performers, demonstrations, and […] Read More »

Seaside Highland Games begins with a grand Single Malt Scotch Tasting

A Scottish/Celtic Festival called the Seaside Highland Games is about to invade the Ventura County Fairgrounds once again as they have done for each of the past fourteen years! On one magical weekend—this year on October 14 & 15—the entire seaside Fairgrounds becomes the re-creation of a giant Scottish village with all the activities going […] Read More »

Audubon bird watching

October 1, 8:30 a.m. Laguna Tams – Linda Easter 818-519-2833 The tamarisk trees at Laguna Rd are a migrant hot spot. Migrating birds mostly warblers are attracted to the insects in the trees and a number of uncommon to rare birds often show up at this location. Call Linda Easter if this location is unknown […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 26 – Sept 27 – Oct 10, 2017 – On Vacation

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Attend CAPS media open house and tours

CAPS Media is offering a series of great opportunities to get a first-hand look inside CAPS Media with special tours, open houses and on site demonstrations over the next few weeks. The opportunities start on Wednesday, October 4 at 6pm when CAPS Radio (KPPQ, FM 104.1) hosts a community wide Open House at the CAPS […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre conducts search for executive director

Company moves into 20th anniversary season. Rubicon Theatre seeks to hire an experienced and energetic, hands-on Executive Director (ED) to take the organization to the next level. According to the Chair of the Search Committee Walt Wood, “We are especially looking for someone with a proven record of success in board and committee development, fundraising, […] Read More »

Help to clean up our beaches

Bring your own bag, bucket and gloves. Be one of the 60,000 people across all of California in the upcoming 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, on September 16! Volunteer to remove debris from beaches, creeks, rivers, and lakes all around California to protect wildlife from harm while taking care of our environment. Last year, […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 25 – Sept 13 - Sept 26, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked 6 Ventura surfers “Where’s your favorite surf spot in Ventura?” … and it was unanimous because these are all the same spot! Lilly Givner age 26 works at Ventura Surf Shop “The Cove – probably because I grew up surfing there, it’s my number 1 go to.” Lilly learned to […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 25 – Sept 13 - Sept 26, 2017 - Tech Today with Ken May

What Are Password Managers? One of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself online is to use a unique, strong password for every one of your accounts and apps. Unfortunately, it is most likely impossible for you to remember all your different passwords for all your different accounts. Reusing the same password […] Read More »

The celebration of Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. Jewish Year 5777 at sunset on Sept.21. 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 between Rosh […] Read More »

A mysterious and beautiful new play

Rubicon Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of Incognito, a mysterious and beautiful new play that has dazzled audiences in London and New York. Written by award-winning playwright Nick Payne (Constellations), Incognito speaks to our yearning to know ourselves and our desire to be known by others. Four actors play 21 characters in interwoven […] Read More »

Wine – Brew & Chews!

The 3rd annual Taste of Local Festival announces its new workshops, music and more. What better way to learn about local food and drinks than to experience it firsthand? The Taste of Local Festival is about bringing together farmers, chefs, purveyors and community to celebrate our local harvest and the diversity of great food we […] Read More »

Ventura College in the news

by Veronica Johnson Ventura College Foundation is pleased to announce the appointments of Mike Orman, Patty Wendt and Leslie Herrera to its board of directors. Orman embarked on a career in banking following his graduation from the University of Southern California. Orman is currently EVP and COO of Ojai Community Bank, and will become Market […] Read More »

McGrath State Beach campground reopened

McGrath State Beach campground recently reopened after nearly three years of being closed because of flooding. 40 of the old 150 sites were opened. Normally the berm that allows the water to drain to the ocean breaks on its own during the rainy season. During a drought it does not break on its own and […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 25 – Sept 13 - Sept 26, 2017 - On Vacation

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The Annual California Coast Classic (CCC) Bike Tour

The Annual California Coast Classic Bike Tour is one of the Arthritis Foundation’s top fundraising events, whose goal is to raise over $1.2 million. Funds raised support the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to conquer the disease by spreading awareness and raising money for research. Arthritis affects over 50 million adults, or one out of five, and […] Read More »

Ventura Jazz Orchestra and the Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club present Annual September Swing Big Band Dance

The Ventura Jazz Orchestra and the Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club presents the Annual September Swing Big Band Dance featuring vocalist Lisa Pardini. Friday Sept. 22 8 to 10:30pm. Come early for a free rumba lesson at 7pm taught by Paul Sulzman. Poinsettia Pavilion Ball Room 3451 Foothill Road $15 at door Free refreshments and parking. […] Read More »

Cooling off and gearing up

Every month CAPS Media offers new member orientation meetings on the first Thursday at 6pm. The orientation includes a tour of the CAPS Media Center, a presentation by a CAPS Media staff member and an open Q&A. For CAPS Media Member/Producers instructional classes are scheduled every month. The HD videography/camera classes are held on 2nd […] Read More »

CMHS hosts free Ethics in Healthcare Seminar

The tough choices and tradeoffs the United States may have to make to find a workable solution in healthcare will be the focus of a free Ethics in Healthcare event that Community Memorial Health System is holding as part of its 2017 Speaker Series. The seminar starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the […] Read More »

What kind of community do you want to live in? Why is that important to you?

These are some of the questions that Ventura’s residents will explore during three Community Conversations hosted by the Ventura County Library System. The first “Conversation” will take place at the E. P. Foster Library- Topping Assembly Room (9/13), followed by gatherings at the Bell Arts Factory – Community Room (9/27), and the Jose Flores Community […] Read More »

“From the Peace Corps to the Port” at Museum of Ventura County Sept. 12

“From the Peace Corps to the Port” is topic of September speaker series hosted by the Museum of Ventura County Keynote speaker Will Berg, Port Hueneme City Council member, will present “From the Peace Corps to the Port” at the Sept. 12 “Speaking Of Ventura County” lecture series, 1–2:30 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County, […] Read More »

Remembering Scamp by Ana Baker

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More excitement coming to the Harbor!

Two exciting new development projects are underway at Ventura Harbor that will offer Ventura visitors and residents additional opportunities to stay ocean side. The Board of Port Commissioners has approved a proposal from H. Parker Hospitality that will bring two new hotels to Ventura. The “Harbor Cove Inn,” was approved for the 2.07-acre site next […] Read More »

In memoriam John Cressy

John Cressy with his dogs Baron, Dog and Whiddle near the mouth of “the raging Ventura River,” as John joked on Facebook. The Ventura Breeze would like to honor the memory of John Cressy, who died recently after a courageous battle with metastatic cancer of the esophagus. Cressy was a longtime friend of the Breeze. […] Read More »

The Annual California Coast Classic (CCC) Bike Tour

Join the riders at San Buenaventura State Beach. Photo by Murray Robertson from 2016 Theresa Brees has participated in the CCC multiple times with her husband and sister as “Team Sluggy”. She’s riding again this year, in honor of her 14 year-old daughter Mia, who was diagnosed with arthritis when she was 6, and has been […] Read More »

World renowned chalk artists to create sidewalk masterpieces at Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival

Seaside backdrop for Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival to benefit FOOD Share of Ventura County and Kids Arts Inc. At Ventura County’s only chalk art event, more than 40 talented chalk artists will transform Ventura Harbor Village sidewalks into beautiful works of art during the family-friendly Festival, Sept. 9th and 10th from 10 a.m.-5 […] Read More »

City of Ventura classes and programs

Explore, discover and create this fall; registration for City of Ventura classes and programs now open Fall is a great time of the year to explore, discover and create through the programs and classes offered in My Ventura, the City of Ventura’s comprehensive recreation guide. Registration for classes is now open. Browse the new recreation […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society field trips for September

September 3, 8:30 am. Camino Real Park. Raeann Koerner 701-1919. Camino Real is a grassy park surrounded by pines and eucalyptus and is an excellent fall migrant hotspot. Target birds will include Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Western Tanager and Black-headed Grosbeak, but any number of cool warblers show up at this park during […] Read More »

Ventura libraries September events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 9/11, 18, 25 Mondays 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun! Adult Classes & Events Rethink the Drink Saturday 9/2 10:30-11:30 Facilitated by Liz Hoffman , MS, RDN What you drink is as […] Read More »

Back to school – back to the CAPS Media Center

The new school year presents media opportunities for students of all ages to get engaged at the CAPS Media Center. ECTV is back for a third season. Every week El Camino High School students take over the CAPS Media Center to produce their own television series under the ECTV banner. Students in the CAPS Media/El […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair ends 12 days of fun

The Ventura County Fair is proud to report another successful Fair. Celebrating the diverse traditions of Ventura County, the 142nd edition, “Rooted in Tradition” closed with success in all categories. Visitors came from near and far to enjoy the 12-day run, August 2 through August 13. The Ventura County Fair’s mission is to preserve, promote, […] Read More »

Gardens of magic at the Fair

Bilbo’s hobbit hole from the fantasy novel The Hobbit. by Karen Helen Szatkowski Often a favorite venue of fairgoers, the 2017 Ventura County Fair Floriculture Display met the challenge of prior years and has been an educational powerhouse as well. Propagating, growing and maintaining the huge variety of decorative plants that we, here in paradise, […] Read More »

Chorus begins rehearsals

Gold Coast Concert Chorus under the direction of Elizabeth Helms invites you to sing for the 2017-2018 30th Anniversary Season. Rehearsals for their holiday concert, Cheers! A Holiday Celebration, begin Monday September 11th at 7pm. Registration begins at 5:45 pm. Rehearsals will take place at Ventura Continuing Education Center, 5200 Valentine Road, in the Ron […] Read More »

Enrollment now open for fall classes at Rubicon Theatre Company

Enrollment is now open for fall acting classes at Rubicon Theatre Company for adults and children ages 5 and older. Classes will be taught by Rubicon Associate Artistic Director Brian McDonald, an award-winning professional actor and director and graduate of Boston Conservatory, whose credits include national tours and work with prestigious regional theatre companies including […] Read More »

3rd Annual Santa Barbara Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival at the Earl Warren Showgrounds

Save the dates!! September 9th and 10th from 10am-5pm. It is the only festival of its kind in Southern California – and one of three on the west coast. With handmade sea glass jewelry and ocean-themed art, the Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival features work created by dozens of talented artists from […] Read More »

We must stand, we dare not be silent

A vigil was held in Ventura’s Mission Park Sunday evening, August 13th, in memory of three people who died and the 19 others who were injured during recent White Supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The vigil also condemned the violence and intolerance expressed by the”Unite The Right” activists. John Golson, who swiftly organized the demonstration […] Read More »

Confidence expressed for achieving Ventura County Museum goals

by Paul Peterson On August 7th, 2017 the City Council authorized $125,000 in funding for the Museum of Ventura County. The county also approved another $125,000 in funding as well. There were a number of contingencies that were attached to the funding, requiring hiring of key personnel to develop museum goals, fundraising and plans for […] Read More »

Ventura Swim Around the Pier event

Rick Jeffery and Brie Young completed the Swim Around the Pier event that took place Friday, August 18th at the pier. This well attended event was sponsored by the Junior Lifeguards of Ventura. Rick Jeffrey, a member of the YMCA Board of Managers learned to swim just a year ago at the Y. This was […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 - Sept 12, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked 6 Ventura residents familiar with the old Harbor Village entrance what they think of the new design … Holly Hancock age 61 retired manager at Target “I don’t like it! I loved the stage and the grassy area, it was a good avenue to welcome people into the harbor. This […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 - Sept 12, 2017 - Contest

How many students can one bus transport? The first correct entry will receive two tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library (value $58.00). Send your answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Spencer Makenzie’s 8th annual End of Summer Throw Down

Spencer Makenzie’s 8th annual End of Summer Throw Down took place from Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27. Friday’s activities included live music provided by popular local band Rey Fresco. Now in its 8th year, the Cornhole Throw Down has continued to grow into a national event, hosting incredibly skilled players of all ages […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber members compete for a great cause

“Hand me a towel” The Ventura Chamber’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Ambassadors recently participated in the 4th annual YPG Challenge – a contest in which members compete to collect donations for local non-profits. This year’s “Pillow Fight” challenge directed thousands of linen donations to temporary and transitional housing organizations and crowned YPG as the […] Read More »

A benefit for Notes for Notes™

A benefit for Notes for Notes™ (N4N™) – Music Making for our Youth – this coming Friday at the Squashed Grapes: Support a remarkable organization that brings music making to youth: Notes for Notes™ (N4N™) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs offering youth the opportunity […] Read More »

Kick off Step Up

A ribbon cutting ceremony by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce will kick off Step Up Ventura’s open house on Saturday, August 26 from 3pm-5 pm at 1767 E. Main St. In collaboration with Magic Carousel Preschool and Academy, Step Up Ventura’s program will offer supportive serves to homeless children 18 months to five years who […] Read More »

Environmental activists groups Stand Together to save our national heritage

Activists in Ventura County are standing together to support the end of the current administration’s policies on National Monuments, the environment, and climate change. The demonstration will take place at the Ventura County Government Center located at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Telephone Road on Friday, August 18, at 6pm. The Stand Together has […] Read More »

The Democratic Club of Ventura’s first "KEEP IT BLUE" fundraiser a success

Diane Underhill, Carol Lindberg and Steve Bennett accepting Social Justice Award. The Democratic Club of Ventura’s inaugural summer fundraiser Sunday, July 30, sold out with more than 200 guests in attendance. The fundraiser will support Democratic candidates and causes now and leading up to the 2018 election. Club campaign funds increased by thousands of dollars […] Read More »

Ventura County welcomes new community resource center for the LGTBQ community

Steve Somann, President of DCVC is cutting the ribbon assisted by supporters. Photo by Bernie Goldstein Diversity Collective Ventura County was proud to hold the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Community Resource Center on Thursday, August 3rd at their new location at 2471 Portola Road, Suite 100 in Ventura. The LGTBQ Community in Ventura […] Read More »

Tickets on Sale for “Pier Under the Stars”

Pam Baumgardner, Staci Brown and Diane Brown enjoying a previous Pier Under the Stars. Tickets are now on sale for Pier Under the Stars—the 24th annual benefit for the historic Ventura Pier on Saturday, October 7th, from 5-8 PM. Each year more than 800 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair adjacent to the […] Read More »

Eatery celebrates anniversary with block party and massive Cornhole Tournament

The nation’s largest cash cornhole tournament will take place as part of Spencer Makenzie’s 8th annual End of Summer Block Party. This California-classic multi-day party will feature the eatery’s award-winning food, ice cold drinks and craft beer, and a free concert with rockin’ local bands on Saturday evening, as well as DJs spinning great music […] Read More »

News Survey

by Jennifer Tipton I asked 20 Venturans that read the Ventura Breeze: What are your other sources for news? And -do you think the Breeze should have a column for international news, state or government? Lucy Maddux age 55 also reads the VC Reporter. I don’t think that’s why people pick up the Breeze, they […] Read More »

Constant creativity at the CAPS Media Center

You can view the Fair Parade online at capsmedia.org/videos. The CAPS Media Crew captured all of the festivities in the 2017 Ventura County Fair Parade. Grand Marshal Edgar Terry of Terry Farms led a dazzling display of marching bands, floats, horses, vintage cars, tractors, clowns, city and county representatives, queens, princesses, celebrities, and other fair […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 - Aug 29, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton What’s Your Favorite Thing at the Fair? Irene Vagi age 52 with daughter Tatiana Vagi age 28 “The art and the animals, it’s different every year. You get to look at what people in your community are capable of, and of course those baby pigs!”     Alexa Garner age 30 “The […] Read More »

Update on Oak Street

The ongoing dispute between Ventura Realty & Investment Company and the City of Ventura continues regarding the commercial building located at 51 Oak Street. The reasons include a writ of mandate, a demolition permit , appeals, Ventura Building Official , the Historic Preservation Committee, the San Buenaventura Conservancy, City Community Developments Director Jeff lambert and […] Read More »

The healing power of books

by Maryann Ridini Spencer In October 2014 I learned the devastating news that my mother was suffering from a massive brain tumor. Doctors gave her six to eight months to live. As it turned out, we celebrated for six weeks with family and friends, enjoying dinners and the most beautiful moments together. She died on […] Read More »

Spectacular views and a special sunset celebration

Join the Ventura Botanical Gardens Beer Tasting on Friday, September 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Beer, wine and spirit tastings, snacks, games, a DJ, spectacular views and a special sunset celebration make this an event not to miss. Three local breweries; Casa Agria Specialty Ales, Topa Topa Brewing Company, and Ventura Coast Brewing Company, […] Read More »

2017 begins with spike in number of renters shopping for homes

Realty Watch by Patricia Fasen In a sign that consumers may be shifting preferences from renting to homeownership, an analysis by TransUnion found that 55 percent of those who shopped for a mortgage in Q1 2017 were non-homeowners – most of whom are renters. This is a significant rise from Q1 2016 (50 percent) and […] Read More »

Ventura’s bicycle gateway to get ocean-friendly makeover

A high-profile section along the Ventura River bike path will soon become Ventura’s newest ocean-friendly garden. The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) and the Ocean Friendly Gardens team of the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation have teamed up to re-landscape and reinvigorate land at the entrance to the Willoughby Nature Preserve. The two organizations […] Read More »

Wheel Fun Rentals to support Big Brothers Big Sisters

Wheel Fun Rentals, the number one recreational rental company in the country, announced it is renewing a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a program called “Biking & Boating Buddies.” For the eleventh consecutive year, “Biking & Boating Buddies” provides free rentals to underprivileged children and their mentors around the nation. To date, $1,280,000 […] Read More »

Surf Rodeo roundup

Pam Baumgardner, VenturaRocks.com, Staci Brown and Jaime Baker from the Ventura Breeze were there at the their booth enjoying the large throng that attended the recent Surf Rodeo. Held at Ventura’s Pierpont Beach it was a 2-day surf and music festival for all to enjoy. It featured surfing competitions, rodeo games and a full-on music […] Read More »

4H youth affected by Tetrasomy 18p brings market goat to auction

Her summer memories will include her exciting day at the Ventura County Fair. Photo by Amanda Peacock Amelia Gallardo is a special child. She has a rare chromosome 18 abnormality known as Tetrasomy 18p, born with 47 chromosomes instead of 46, which is the typical number. The 14 year old, about to enter Moorpark High School, […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 - Aug 29, 2017 - Tech Today

Tech Today with Ken May Backup and recovery If you use a computer or mobile device long enough, sooner or later something will go wrong, resulting in you losing your personal files, documents, or photos. For example, you may accidently delete the wrong files, have a hardware failure, lose a device, or become infected with […] Read More »

The Origin and Art of Chinese Characters presented by Hiroko Yoshimoto

Her presentation included the written history of China. What began on a single day with a single march has since evolved into a full-fledged coalition consisting of nine distinct task forces, each with a particular issue at its focal point. The grassroots organization Justice for All was formed after the resounding success of January’s March […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 23 – Aug 16 – Aug 29, 2017 – On Vacation

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New school superintendent hired

David C. Creswell has been a teacher, principal and district administrator at all school levels for 35-years. The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board has selected David C. Creswell, 59 as the new school superintendent. He is the fifth superintendent in the past 30 years. His salary is $222,000 per year. Creswell has an extensive […] Read More »

The Fair is coming

Huey Lewis and the News will be on the grandstand stage at the Fair on Friday, August 4. Everyone knows kids 12 and under are admitted completely free on Kid’s day at the Ventura County Fair. But this year on Friday, August 4, even grown-ups become kids again because everyone 13 and older is admitted […] Read More »

Focus Area One: Ventura Business is Growing!

Focus Area One will bring business, jobs and revenue to the City. Photo courtesy of City of Ventura by Gail Field Action has begun on a project slated to bring business, jobs and revenue to the City of Ventura. The project, called “Focus Area One,” will expand the Auto Center and create space for additional commercial […] Read More »

The ‘C’ Street / Surfrider’s Point Beach Cleanup August 26

by James Francis Gray Mark your calendars. The next Surfrider Foundation, Ventura County Chapter cleanup is August 26th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meet in Ventura on the beach promenade at the end of California Street. They are breaking their previous year records each month. Using 124 volunteers, last month alone, the total collection was 396 […] Read More »

Contest

To be found in this issue when is Fairytales in the Park ? The first correct entry will receive one ticket to the Ronald Reagan Library (value $29.00) Send your answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA making news

The Ventura Family YMCA has received a grant from Autism Speaks which will provide funding for Water Safety & Swim Lessons for children and adults with Autism. “Learning to swim and safety around water are necessary life skills. We are grateful to Autism Speaks for their financial support and are pleased to partner with them […] Read More »

Top notch happy hour at Rhumb Line

by Jennifer Tipton A Rhumb Line is the course of a ship that keeps a constant compass direction, good name for a restaurant that delivers consistently great food and service! Also called “The Sunset Restaurant”, Rhumb Line is located where the old Scotch and Sirloin used to be in the Ventura Harbor. If you haven’t […] Read More »

Andi Girl

by James Francis Gray World traveler Andi Epstein, also known as Andi Girl, is the creator of Hoop Habit Teacher Training. Her mission is to instruct practitioners of energy and therapy. This movement brings the fun of hooping to a new level, offering a bio spiritual life tool that helps you guide your own path. […] Read More »

A parade of productions at CAPS Media

The CAPS Media Crew will record, broadcast and stream the 2017 Ventura County Fair Parade on Saturday, August 5th on Channel 6 live at 10AM. This year’s theme is Rooted in Tradition and the annual parade festivities including marching bands, floats, horses, vintage cars, tractors and more. The CAPS Media crew of staff members and […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 22 – Aug 2 - Aug 15, 2017 - City classes

Check out more camps and classes on web-site. Call (805) 658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Camp held at the Barranca Vista Center, 7050 E Ralston St in Ventura unless noted. Fairytales in the Park for Families 8/12 Saturday 4pm FREE Fairytales in the Park is celebrating its […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 22 – Aug 2 - Aug 15, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton Do you think medical marijuana businesses should be allowed in the City of Ventura? William “Bill” Moran age 54 Real Estate Sales and Finance “That’s such a hot topic – in general, I’m opposed to the legalization of marijuana, it’s an intoxicating drug that we don’t need. We’re lowering our standards and […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary presents annual scholarship awards

Audrey L. Carman has been presented with the Maria Cavallo Scholarship by the Hospital’s Auxiliary for $2,000 and the Audrey Woodburn Scholarship for $2,000. These awards are given to a graduating Junior Volunteer who has served at least 100 hours in the CMH Auxiliary, has maintained a 3.50 GPA or better, and will be attending […] Read More »

Lice and "super lice"

What’s the risk of my child getting infected with “super lice,” and what’s the best way to treat them? by James M. Steckelberg, M.D.The Mayo Clinic Treatment-resistant head lice aren’t a new problem. Dubbed “super lice,” these lice are simply head lice that are becoming more resistant to the active ingredients in many common head […] Read More »

Run to the Pines Auto Show in Pine Mountain Club

by Mark Bailey 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 well above […] Read More »

Youth Surfari

Twelve teens ages 12-14 visited Ventura for Mary Osborne’s teen overnight “Surfari”. A six day week of surf, adventure, education, motivational celebrity speakers and friendships. The girls were from San Francisco, Orange County, Valencia, Nevada and other cities. Mary stated “ After teaching all ages of youth and adult programs, I realized we are lacking […] Read More »

Tender Life Maternity Home reopens

by Jennifer Tipton Tender Life, a program of Project Understanding never really closed, but has been empty with the program “on hold” for the last few months. After extensive restructuring, Tender Life has reopened its doors to continue to provide services to expectant young mothers who might otherwise be without a home. Located at 871 […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 21 – July 19 - Aug 1, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked vacationers “why are you vacationing in Ventura?” Asked at the Crowne Plaza. Renuka Narayan age 56 from San Francisco vacationing with her sister Karen Ratlen age 50 (originally from the Fiji Islands) “My sister hasn’t been to Ventura and Ventura’s really nice, especially the surf today. There are picturesque sunsets, […] Read More »

Consortium Media + Public Relations announces delicious new client

Consortium Media + Public Relations (CM+PR) announces its new client, Churro Stix, will debut in Ventura County as the first franchise site, and second location, in the company’s plan to expand as “the go-to dessert place in every mall.” Churro Stix opened in 2014 in Canoga Park, California and will host their Ventura grand opening […] Read More »

CAPS Media wants your story

There’s more than video happening at the CAPS Media Center. Everyone has a great story to tell and CAPS Media is the place for you to share it. All types of storytellers are invited to get into the fun: videographers, documentarians, radio DJs, journalists, musicians, photographers and more are all encouraged, trained and supported at […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary presents annual scholarship awards

On June 12, Audrey L. Carman was presented with the Maria Cavallo Scholarship for $2,000 and the Audrey Woodburn Scholarship for $2,000. These awards are given to a graduating Junior Volunteer who has served at least 100 hours in the CMH Auxiliary, has maintained a 3.50 GPA or better, and will be attending an accredited […] Read More »

Top notch happy hour at Rhumb Line

by Jennifer Tipton A Rhumb Line is the course of a ship that keeps a constant compass direction, good name for a restaurant that delivers consistently great food and service! Also called “The Sunset Restaurant”, Rhumb Line is located where the old Scotch and Sirloin used to be in the Ventura Harbor. If you haven’t […] Read More »

Foundation delivers adventures for kids with special needs

Seth Shinden with a volunteer buddy of the Best Day Foundation. by Rebecca Wicks Seth Shinden, 13, is like other Balboa Middle School students. He enjoys live music, bowling, gymnastics, and just being outside. He has always loved the beach and ocean. Seth is however, autistic and epileptic, which at times makes some activities less […] Read More »

Hillsides Conservancy serves up “Nature on Tap”

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) is teaming up with Topa Topa Brewing Company to host a series of environmental lectures entitled “Nature on Tap” this summer. The public is invited to join VHC staff once a month in July, August and September to learn about local environmental topics and VHC’s mission, projects and programs. Monday, […] Read More »

National Night Out

The Ventura Police Department invites the community to participate in National Night Out! The national event, now in its 33rd year, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1 in neighborhoods throughout the community. National Night Out is designed to: Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. Generate support for, and […] Read More »

Democratic Club of Ventura’s "Keep It Blue" fundraiser

The Democratic Club of Ventura will provide a chance for members of the community to meet face to face with elected representatives during the “Keep It Blue” fundraising luncheon. On July 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Congressional Representatives, local elected officials, the Democratic Party State Chair, members of the Democratic Club of Ventura […] Read More »

A Contest

To be found in this issue what are the ages of YPG members ? The first correct entry will receive two tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library (value $58.00). Send your answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Home sales expected to soar through 2018

Realty Watch: by Patricia Fasen, Realtor By now just about every would-be buyer out there knows there simply aren’t enough homes for sale these days to appease the hordes of competition. But despite the shortages, rising prices, and bidding wars, more homes are expected to be sold this year than in more than a decade. […] Read More »

Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards

Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation (VCMRF) has announced the recipients of the 2017 Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards. They will be honored on Thursday, August 17 at Ancient Creek at Petersen Ranch, in Somis. Hospital Physician of the Year: Deborah Carlson, MD Community Memorial Health System-Pacific Inpatient Physicians Community Physician of the Year: Richard Rothschild, MD Cabrillo […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 21 – July 19 – Aug 1, 2017 – On Vacation

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“Wet Wednesdays” are drenched with fun for the entire family

Ventura Harbor Village packs in a rousing good time every Wednesday in July and August, when locals and visitors can take off midweek and enjoy great dining discounts and specials along with one-of-a-kind retail shopping offering everything for a perfect day seaside on the waterfront. Entertainment abounds with live steel drum entertainment from noon to noon […] Read More »

City Center celebrates eight new rooms

by Jennifer Tipton Thursday, July 13th was a cool and breezy evening, nonetheless, about 150 folks showed up to support the ribbon cutting for the new rooms at the City Center. Including our City Councilmember Matt LaVere who addressed the crowd “I am so honored to be here tonight. We’re all here to recognize Jim […] Read More »

Tickets on Sale for “Pier Under the Stars”

Pam Baumgardner, Staci Brown and Diane Brown enjoying a previous Pier Under the Stars. Tickets are now on sale for Pier Under the Stars—the 24th annual benefit for the historic Ventura Pier on Saturday, October 7th, from 5-8 PM. Each year more than 800 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary fair adjacent to the […] Read More »

Ventura libraries August events

Avenue Library Children’s Special Events Summer Reading 2017 “Reading by Design” 8/7 3:00 pm Pulse Drumming @ Avenue Library 8/14 4:00 pm Kona Ice Party @ Avenue Library STEAM Boxes Wednesdays 8/2 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Build Machines Create and build! Use your imagination and engineering skills with these fun STEAM activities! children ages […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA making news

The Ventura Family YMCA has received a grant from Autism Speaks which will provide funding for Water Safety & Swim Lessons for Children and Adults in our community with Autism. The announcement was made by Nicole Eads, Support Services and Development Director of the Ventura Family YMCA. “Learning to swim and safety around water are […] Read More »

Not all repellent methods are equal

by Kevin O’Connor Mosquitoes and ticks have started biting again. In the Eastern USA you can expect to start seeing mosquitoes as early as April and ticks by May. In California in warmer areas, the pest season can be much longer. In the next few months you can also expect to be hearing a bit […] Read More »

City of Ventura classes and camps.

City of Ventura classes and camps. Check out hundreds more on web-site.Call 658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net  Eureka! The Inventors Camp with Mad Science 6-11 years 7/24-7/28 M-F 9 am-12 pm $179+$35 materials fee #8503 Create catapults, forts, light sticks, light bulbs and circuits with batteries to […] Read More »

Junior lifeguard training as captured by George Robertson

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Coffee with a Cop fosters fellowship, discourse between VPD and community members

VPD Officers and residents enjoy coffee, conversation at Sandbox Coffeehouse. by Jared Brewer On Thursday, June 29, the Ventura Police Department hosted Coffee with a Cop at Sandbox Coffeehouse from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. in an effort to create a friendly, informal environment for officers and residents alike to discuss community issues, forge relationships, and […] Read More »

CAPS Media is all about sharing stories

CAPS Radio’s Open House with Evan Carpenter sharing the KPPQ studio with the crowd. CAPS Radio brought together producers, disc jockeys and those interested in radio together last week for an open house. It was a pleasure to visit with over two dozen people passionate about radio. Thanks to all those who shared their stories. […] Read More »

Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo at Fairgrounds July 8

Golden Future Expos is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo to be held on Saturday, July 8 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds inside the San Miguel Expo Hall from 10:00am – 2:30pm. The event to be held in conjunction with the following sponsors: Not Born Yesterday Monthly Newspaper, New Lifestyles […] Read More »

Cooking classes at Spice-Topia

Chef Amy inspires you with new recipes at downtown spice store. Photo by Michael Gordon by Jennifer Tipton Spice-Topia is the quaint little shop downtown on Main Street where fresh spices from all over the world, a variety of teas, infused olive oils, tasty balsamic and many other items tempt your culinary curiosity. One cannot walk […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 20 – July 5 - July 18, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton What type of housing do you think Ventura needs – affordable or executive? Connie Colloizo age 51 Office manager for Dr. Faulstich D.D.S. “Affordable housing! Prices are going up and that way everyone can afford their own home.”     Sally Campbell age 68 Business owner at Spa Warehouse “I think we […] Read More »

A Contest

To be found in this issue what does “CAH” stand for ? The first correct entry will receive two tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library (value $58.00). Send your answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Ventura County Concert Band to open Ventura Music Festival’s 23rd season

The Ventura County Concert Band, conducted by Miss Julie Judd, will open the Ventura Music Festival’s 23rd season with a free public concert on Tuesday, July 11th, from 6 to 7pm at the Mini-Park on Main Street, between Oak and Palm. “Julie tells me the Band is excited about playing, and I know they’ll give […] Read More »

Project Understanding’s 40th anniversary celebration

by Jennifer Tipton Project Understanding, founded in July 1977 is Ventura’s own nonprofit organization providing food, housing and tutoring to our less fortunate neighbors. This Friday July 7, Project Understanding will be celebrating their 40th anniversary at The Poinsettia Pavilion from 6-10pm. The event will highlight testimonies from some of the individuals served by Project […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre Company goes on a magical flying carpet ride

‘A Whole New World’ kicks off the summer youth program with Aladdin JR., based on the iconic animated film and featuring an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Soar to new heights on a magical, flying carpet ride filled with romance, adventure and hilarious hijinks. When street urchin Aladdin vies […] Read More »

LGBTQ community resource center

The dream of a community resource center here in Ventura County serving the LGBTQ community is no longer a dream but a reality. After years of hard work, DCVC (Diversity Collective Ventura County) with community partners found a 4200 square foot location in the industrial area of Ventura at 2471 Portola Road. The facility is […] Read More »

Make love at the Museum and not war

In the summer of 1967, nearly 100,000 people including artists, activists, writers and musicians from across the country, converged on San Francisco, igniting a cultural revolution; the season became known as the Summer of Love. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this historical movement, the Museum of Ventura County is presenting a summer series of […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 20 – July 5 - July 18, 2017 - On Vacation

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Ventura Harbor Laser Regatta, Outrigger Challenge by George Robertson

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June 10th Ventura Outrigger Event Sketches by George Robertson

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over

They also held their annual Candlelight Vigil. Photos by Pacific Eagle Air Cam Thousands of cyclists and volunteer “roadies” will embark on a 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, from June 4 through 10, united by a common cause: fighting to end HIV/AIDS. Over 2,200 cyclists camped overnight at San Buenaventura State Beach in […] Read More »

Fair announces 2017 grandstand entertainment

The Fair will also feature nightly fireworks. Photo by John Ferritto The Ventura County Fair, “Rooted in Tradition,” proudly presents the 2017 Grandstand Entertainment Series, including motor sports, music, comedy and rodeos. The fair opens Wednesday, August 2 with Motor Sports, which requires a $5 admission in addition to paid Fair admission. (Children under 12 are […] Read More »

Award winners

The ECTV Class of 2017 with Phil Taggart Great news. Once again CAPS and ECTV were honored by the National Alliance for Community Media’s Hometown Awards. CAPS was awarded for its video Featuring Ventura- Counting the Vote for the Ventura County News Channel. The ECTV students from El Camino High School were awarded for the […] Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy to host free community lecture, “Matilija Dam: Breaking the Barrier,”

On Thurs., July 20, at 7 p.m., the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host a free community lecture entitled “Matilija Dam: Breaking the Barrier. Paul Jenkin, founder of the Matilija Coalition and campaign coordinator for Ventura Surfrider Foundation, will discuss ongoing efforts to remove the obsolete Matilija Dam from the Ventura River. The goal of […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 – July 4, 2017 – On Vacation

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Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 - July 4, 2017 - Tech Today

We all WannaCry by Ken May On Friday, May 12, a new ransomware, called WannaCry, began circulating throughout the United Kingdom and Spain, rapidly infecting over 400,000 exposed workstations and servers at healthcare, financial, and other business sectors. This ransomware stood out for several reasons, including being the largest ransomware attack in history, and the […] Read More »

Ventura County Medical Center’s new over $300 million North Tower wing

The Ventura County Medical Center’s new over $300 million North Tower wing became a reality on Friday, June 9 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by over 150 employees, county employees and others. The facility is located at 300 Hillmont Ave. off of Loma Vista. Twelve speakers were on hand including Ventura County Supervisor Steve […] Read More »

Lynn Creighton Deceit at the Core of the Shared Dream

Ventura artist new work Lynn Creighton Deceit at the Core of the Shared Dream, part of a series called Love, What’s it to Ya, will be exhibited at the Art Center of Morro Bay (835 Main in Morro Bay). An opening reception was held on Sunday June 18. Read More »

Ventura’s female veterinary innovators

Dr. Amy Vlazny of Ohana Pet Hospital reviewing a patient’s barium radiograph study. Our beautiful beachside community is home to thousands of pets and dog walking-cat snuggling-bird smooching pet parents. Fortunately, it is also home to outstanding veterinary care—including almost thirty female veterinarians. Nationwide, veterinary schools report as much as 75 % of all veterinary […] Read More »

New cycling lanes on Seaward

No these new green areas on Seaward won’t grow if you water them they are new cycling lanes. These are just some of the lanes that you are seeing in Ventura. The City started “installing” them in other parts of Ventura in April. The Breeze cautions bike riders that you must still stay very alert […] Read More »

Consortium Media + Public Relations announces two new team members

Consortium Media + Public Relations (CM+PR), a brand development agency in Ventura, has added two professionals to its team. CM+PR combines advertising, public relations, creative, web, social media and promotions in its services to a wide range of local, statewide, national and international clients. Katherine Carlton joins the agency as its new multi-media specialist. Carlton […] Read More »

Realty Watch

by Patricia Fasen, Realtor Housing readies for first-time buyer shift Get ready to see more first-time home buyers in real estate. In the first quarter of 2017, the number of new-owner households was double the number of new-renter households. About 854,000 new-owner households were formed during the first three months of this year, more than […] Read More »

Kudos for the Ventura Friends of the Library

by Jill Forman, member of the Board of the Ventura Friends of the Library The County Board of Supervisors gave the Friends of the Library a round of applause recently. The Friends had just pledged to give over $200,000 to help establish a new branch library. Why the applause? As Nancy Schram, Deputy Library Director, […] Read More »

Distinguished songbirds stage benefit

Soprano Patricia Lathrop-McPherson and baritone Steven Z. Perren will sing for a good cause on Sunday, June 25th, at 4pm at Temple Beth Torah. The duo is raising their voices with an American Songbook Sampling to benefit the Young Artists Fund of the Ventura Music Festival and to whet the appetite for the Festival’s big […] Read More »

Norbert will be based at the Santa Barbara campus

Norbert Tan has accepted a new position at Antioch University. He will serve as their new Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement. Norbert will be based at the Santa Barbara campus and also oversee fundraising for Antioch’s Seattle and Los Angeles campuses. Norbert’s last day as Executive Director of the Ventura College Foundation will be […] Read More »

Fun at the Super Run

Photo by George Robertson Almost 600 attended the Super Run 5K Run in San Buenaventura State Beach Park and on the bike path up to the pier held on Saturday, April 22. The Super Run 5k is a superhero themed run where you become a real life superhero! The Super Run included music, festivities and […] Read More »

Breeze Trivia Contest

What business is now located in this building in Downtown Ventura? The first correct entry will receive two tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library (value $58.00). Send your answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Lifeguards return to Ventura Harbor Beaches for summer

Keeping its commitment to public safety, the Ventura Port District will once again fund lifeguard services from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at Ventura Harbor beaches off Spinnaker Drive. Ventura Port District commissioners have decided to contract again with California State Parks for lifeguards to cover Harbor Cove and Surfer’s Knoll beaches. Harbor Cove […] Read More »

Ventura County Bird Club presents "Birds and Wildlife Around the World"

Ventura County Bird Club presents, with the Havasi Wilderness Foundation “Birds and Wildlife Around the World.” Join in this exciting adventure as they explore plants, birds, mammals, and environmental “breaking news” from 11 countries and visits to 10 World Heritage sites. Thursday, June 29 at 7pm at the  Ventura Moose Lodge 1394 at 10269 Telephone Rd. […] Read More »

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

Southern California Edison awarded Ventura High School graduating senior Michael Hanson- Morrissey $40,000 to help pay for 4 years of college. He will be attending San Diego State. The scholarship is  for students who are planning to study in the field of mathematics, engineering, computer and information systems, natural resources and conservation of physical sciences […] Read More »

Rockhounds host “Super Bowl” of gem shows at Ventura Fairgrounds

Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko will cut the ribbon to welcome 3,000 rockhounds converging on the Ventura County Fairgrounds June 9-11 for Ventura Rocks the Nation!, the national show and convention of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, a nonprofit, educational organization.  The show is hosted  by the local Ventura Gem & Mineral Society, and proceeds […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 18 – June 7 - June 20, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked 6 Ventura resident dads: What’s your favorite way to spend Father’s Day? Scott Brown age 59 Navy engineer “Hanging with my son Adam, we’ll probably go fly Adam’s drone.” Scott is dad to 17-year-old Adam.   Alan Nelson age 43 Environmental consultant “I love starting off with breakfast with my […] Read More »

Rally for equality and justice planned for Ventura

The Justice for All Coalition and its LGBTQ Task Force together with the Diversity Collective are sponsoring a public rally on Sunday, June 11. The event will take place 1-3pm at the Ventura County Government Center located at the corner of  Victoria Avenue and Telephone Road. Anthony Hamilton, one of the organizers of the Ventura […] Read More »

20th Annual PAL Golf Tournament held at Olivas Links Golf Course

On Friday, June 2, the 20th Annual PAL (Police Activity League)  Golf Tournament was held at the Olivas Links Golf Course which included a lovely lunch. Presented by Aera Energy the proceeds from this tournament help support our city youth programs including the Westpark Community Center, the REC mobile, climbing wall, PAL and the PEAK/ASES […] Read More »

Make a difference with CMH

Are you looking for a way to get involved and make a difference in your community? If you are, then a wonderful opportunity awaits you at Community Memorial Hospital. For decades the CMH Auxiliary has been a vibrant organization that provides comfort and assistance to patients and their families as well as assistance to the […] Read More »

Assistance League is creating “A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Children”

June 15 will be the regular monthly meeting of Assistance League of Ventura County at the Chapter House, 913 East Santa Clara St.  Doors open at 9:30 am., meeting begins at 10:00, with guests and new members welcome. Assistance League is creating “A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Children” through several philanthropic programs: B.U.F.F.Y. Bear, Operation […] Read More »

Saint Bonaventure Summer Tee-Off Golf Tournament

Saint Bonaventure High School will host its 1st Summer Tee-Off Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 22 at Moorpark Country Club. All proceeds from the event will support efforts to renovate and upgrade classrooms and educational facilities. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. with a Texas Scramble shotgun start at noon. Individual entry fee is $125 […] Read More »

Olivas Links & Buenaventura Golf Courses celebrate Fourth Annual Player Development Month

Golf and beautiful scenery all in one. Olivas Links, Buenaventura Golf Course, and KemperSports announced today that they will host their fourth annual Player Development Month during the month of June. The month-long celebration of golf is built to introduce and re-introduce golfers as they share their passion for the sport. To commemorate the month-long […] Read More »

Laurel Riverpark announces management team

Laurel Riverpark, a new, refined senior community under development in Oxnard, is pleased to announce the appointment of two key members of its executive team. Troy Byington has been hired as the community’s Executive Director and Molla Rosenberg as its Director of Sales and Marketing. Both Troy and Molla join the team as the preleasing […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 18 – June 7 - June 20, 2017 - Restaurant Review

Kibo Sushi – Who knew? by Jennifer Tipton Located in midtown on Thompson Blvd. lies a modest little sushi restaurant called Kibo Sushi whose appearance is not especially extraordinary, so it would be easy to drive by without giving it a second thought. However, once you walk into Kibo Sushi this humble little establishment becomes […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 18 – June 7 - June 20, 2017 - Answer in a  Breeze

If you have a question you would like answered send it to editor@venturabreeze.com and we will try to get an answer for you. Q. What happened to the cute trolley? Evin Brown A. Don’t get alarmed the old trolley finally broke down. This bus is temporary, a brand new trolley is on the horizon. Read More »

A dream in the making

by Jennifer Tipton Stuart Goldman’s love of photography was greatly influenced by his grandfather when he was still quite young. Stuart’s grandfather spent greater than 20 years teaching in China and Japan pre-war era and was later taken prisoner of war in Japan during the war, he was in the first exchange of prisoners. The […] Read More »

Local activists promote diversity, equality at Sunset Coffee event

by Jared Brewer What began on a single day with a single march has since evolved into a full-fledged coalition consisting of nine distinct task forces, each with a particular issue at its focal point. The grassroots organization Justice for All was formed after the resounding success of January’s March for Justice, which assembled an […] Read More »

Leo Robbins Sailing Center summer Sailing and Kayaking Camp

Attend the City of Ventura’s Parks Recreation and Community Partnerships (PRCP) Department, Leo Robbins Sailing Center summer Sailing and Kayaking Camp.  Each day holds a new adventure and different water activities: sailing, kayaking, SUP, beach trips, swimming and much more. Returning campers improve skill levels and take on more advanced sailing challenges. The Leo Robbins […] Read More »

Gold Coast Transit District public input sessions June 7

Gold Coast Transit District has planned two information sessions to gather public input on the service changes planned for July 31st. Through several interactive stations and activities, the public will also have an opportunity to share their own transit needs and ideas for future transit improvements, and provide feedback on the design of new bus stop signs. “Through […] Read More »

Fire Department Ocean Drills by George Robertson

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Sistership Crew goes for a new record

Stephanie York, Capt. Michelle Boroski, Johanna Gabbard and Stephanie (Scout) Maheu taking up this year’s challenge. by Gail Field Setting a world record isn’t for the faint of heart. Michelle Boroski can attest to that, as she is the Captain of Team Sistership, an all-woman crew that finished the Race2Alaska boating contest last year as […] Read More »

Family-friendly event held at the Aquatic Center

Board President Ed Wehan addressing the crowd at the launch of VCPF. Photo by Bernie Goldstein. On May 17 a celebration was held for  the launching of the Ventura Community Partners Foundation (VCPF) at Ventura Community Park and Aquatic Center, 901 S. Kimball Road.  The family-friendly event will be held at the entrance to the Aquatic […] Read More »

A Beatles tribute in song and story

Harmonix kids:  Nico Wicklin, Gus Graham, Daniel Brackett, Riley Conrad, Cassidy Craig, Jesse Graham, (concert-master:) Miriam Arichea , Maddie Gambon. The kid on the lower row left is Ivor Davis. Rubicon Theatre’s much acclaimed Harmonix singers are teaming up with local author Ivor Davis for the first ever concert of its kind in America. The […] Read More »

Three Ventura Rotary Clubs invest in the Ventura Botanical Gardens for today and tomorrow

It was the first visit to the site for many Rotarians by Mary Kay Doubek Saturday, April 29 was Rotarians at Work Day for 1.2 million members globally.  In Ventura, the Downtown, East, and South clubs joined forces on a single project so they could make a bigger impact in the community they love. “Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 - June 6, 2017 - CAPS

Caps Media Summer Digital Storytelling Program In July the popular CAPS Media Digital Storytelling program kicks off at the CAPS Media Center for students, ages 10-15.  Young videographers, film makers and video storytellers get hands-on training with video cameras, audio recording equipment and computer editing software to create the stories the crew wants to tell.  […] Read More »

Mehta at the Museum: the story of American classical music

Join spellbinding Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta for music and stories. The community is invited to join the Ventura Music Festival’s spellbinding Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta on Sunday, June 4th, at 3pm, where he will spin music and stories about the people and developments leading up to what is recognized today as authentically American Classical Music. The event […] Read More »

Wine in the Pines

Great live music and wine-themed vendors completes this wonderful heavenly mountain setting. by Mark & Debbie Bailey  Owners, The Wine Room Gallery, PMC Fine wine lovers; mark your calendars for Saturday, June 10th, for the annual Pine Mountain Club “Wine in the Pines” in the Pine Mountain Village Center, an easy and scenic 90-minute drive […] Read More »

Ramos promises to perform her role as student Trustee with pride and integrity

The Associated Students of the Ventura County Community College District have announced that Kimberly Ramos was elected student trustee of the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees. Ramos received 1,521 votes from a total of 3,417 votes cast.  “Ramos demonstrates a passion for serving, having held positions as president for the Latina/o Leadership […] Read More »

Summerfest quickly approaching

Summerfest, the free, family-friendly, healthy living event, is returning for its twelfth season on Saturday, June 3rd, from 9am to 2pm at Ventura Unified School District’s Education Service Center. Presented by Ventura Education Partnership and Ventura Unified School District in alliance with the City of Ventura, Summerfest begins with a 3K Middle School Race and […] Read More »

The Other Mozart

The name Nannerl Mozart has long been a footnote in classical music history, but Sylvia Milo’s award-winning The Other Mozart reveals the extraordinary talent and rich inner thoughts of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sister in the acclaimed Off-Broadway drama the N.Y. Times describes as “strikingly beautiful.” A prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, Nannerl performed alongside her […] Read More »

See the garden grow

by Gail Field It doesn’t have silver bells an cockle shells, but it has plenty of vegetables tended with care by Ventura children.  The Kids Garden  Brigade, with the under the guidance of Gerardo Gallegos is giving kids a chance to learn and practice caring for plants and harvesting fruits and vegetables for their families […] Read More »

Island descendent shares illustrated history of Santa Cruz Island

John Gherini, great-great-grandson of Santa Cruz Island ranch owner Justinian Caire, will share images and stories of Santa Cruz Island during the June From Shore to Sea lecture. Gherini recently published the two-volume Santa Cruz Island: An Illustrated History, the most comprehensive illustrated history of the island ever to be released. Together, both volumes contain […] Read More »

“Small-dollar” expenditure

GUEST COLUMNIST by  Bob Alviani, Chairman, Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government’ Complaining about how Ventura spends tax money is like complaining about the weather. Everyone talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. You trust city officials would spend it as though it comes out of their own pockets. However, many believe that […] Read More »

Gold Coast Transit District breaks ground on new Operations and Maintenance Facility

Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD), Ventura County’s largest provider of public transit, broke ground recently on the future home of its new Operations and Maintenance facility that will support future transit needs for thousands of riders in Ventura County. “This facility is an investment in both the future of transit serving Ventura County and the […] Read More »

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the City of Ventura with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFCSM) award.

With the May 11, 2017 announcement, Ventura joins a group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming their neighborhoods. There are now 416 communities nationwide currently recognized with a BFC award for their efforts to make biking better. This is the first time that the City of Ventura has qualified as a Bicycle […] Read More »

I'm a new author from Ventura! 

by Terri Stober. My book entitled  A Road to Barcelona, A Mother’s Account has been recently published.  My e-book or paperback is listed on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and other online retailers.  Bank of Books in Ventura, also, has my book in paperback. My book is a mother’s story of her two daughters leaving home at young […] Read More »

Cell tower?

GUEST COLUMNIST by Rob Petrin Pierpont residents in Ventura took a stand as a community, in an effort to reject a proposal by Verizon wireless to erect an RF ( Radio Frequency) cell transmission tower at the Marina Village shopping center directly behind Vons market. This is only 70ft from the nearest residence. The hearing […] Read More »

Come and dress the part! Don your pearls, lace, hats and gloves.

A delightful way to spend time with friends!  Grandes Dames High Tea Fundraiser & Auction on Tuesday, May 30, 11:30 am – 2 pm. Check-In  11 am. At the beautiful Las Posas Country Club, 955 Fairway Drive,   Camarillo. $75/person  includes luncheon, live entertainment, silent auction and prizes RSVP to Lee Ann Luongo at 667.2912, ext. […] Read More »

Golfing to support afterschool programs for local youth

The Ventura Police Community Foundation and Aera Energy LLC proudly present the 20th Annual Police Activities League Golf Tournament June 2,  at 8am at Olivas Links Golf. Proceeds raised at the tournament help to support afterschool programs for local youth. The $135 donation per player includes: green fees and cart, gift bag, awards ceremony and […] Read More »

Harrison Industries celebrates 85th, unveils CNG Station

Federal, state, city  and county officials were on hand as Harrison Industries celebrated its 85th anniversary. Harrison unveiled its state-of-the art compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station with 26 pumps at the company’s Saticoy yard. Keynote speaker Bill Camarillo, CEO of Agromin, one of Harrison’s strategic partners, lauded the Harrisons for their efforts toward cleaner […] Read More »

The CIT Program

by Jennifer Tipton CIT, founded in the year 2000 is the Crisis Intervention Team for Ventura County Law Enforcement. CIT provides training to officers and communication operators who are often the first point of contact for the mentally ill on how to deal with people in crisis, how to recognize different types of mental illnesses […] Read More »

Climate Hub considers renewable energy plan

Craig Whan and Robert Perry of the World Business Academy were guest presenters at the Ventura County Climate Hub on Thursday May 11 at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ventura. They spoke about Community Choice Energy and the status of the technical study being done to prepare Ventura County and its ten cities to join.  They […] Read More »

1 in 5 people have a mental illness or an addiction

by Jennifer Tipton Mental Health First Aid is funded through the Mental Health Services Act and Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH), it is part of the “Early Intervention and Prevention” promoted by VCBH.  Classes are at no cost to participants (a $170 value) and are taught by certified trainers that teach how to help someone […] Read More »

Project Understanding undergoes changes, continues serving community

Although Project Understanding has recently undergone several organizational changes, including reducing staffing and program reevaluation, the 40-year-old nonprofit remains committed to serving the underserved and at-risk in the Ventura County community. “We want to assure our donors as well as the community as a whole that all of our programs are still viable and actively serving local needs,” […] Read More »

John Baker garners 2017 Norm Weitzel Award

Reaching back into the archives, CAREGIVERS (Volunteers Assisting the Elderly) team stumbled upon an interesting fact.  Volunteer John Baker, thought to have begun volunteering in 2007 after his retirement, actually came to CAREGIVERS as early as 1986.  Baker’s volunteer service to seniors spans more than 30 years, and that’s one of the first criteria CAREGIVERS […] Read More »

Memorial Day tribute to Face of Ventura

For two years artist Johanna Spinks painted the Face of Ventura with her wonderful portraits that appeared in the Ventura Breeze. As a Memorial Day tribute these are 6 of the sitters that we know of who have passed away.  When presented in the Breeze we asked each one what they loved about Ventura.   […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 - June 6, 2017 - Library Events

E.P. Foster Library A California Native Plant Society Lecture 6/20 Tuesday @ 7-9pm .Tarja Sader “Studies of a National Park Botanist” presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter. E.P. Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club 6/8 & 22 Thursdays @ 10:30am Get together with makers from all across the fiber-arts world. Children’s Events […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 - June 6, 2017 - Restaurant Review

Spencer Makenzie’s – A family affair by Jennifer Tipton John and Jennifer Karayan started out as a fairground concession stand in May 2007 with their giant fish tacos and have now seen their dream come true to own a successful family business. Located at 806 E. Thompson Blvd.  Spencer Makenzie Fish Co. is named for […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 17 – May 24 - June 6, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton How long have you lived in Ventura and why did you move here? Dorrie Aguino age 58 Retired from an accounting firm “We moved here after the Northridge earthquake and it’s the best thing that ever happened to us! Ventura is the best town and has good schools too!”   Mike McBain […] Read More »

State of Education

Ms. Nan Drake E.J. Harrison & Sons Inc., Joseph Richards Jr.  Interim Superintendent VUSD, Dr. Erika D. Beck President, CSUCI, Dr. Greg Gillespie  newly appointed Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District,  Stephanie Caldwell President and CEO, Ventura Chamber of Commerce. by Jennifer Tipton On Thursday, April 27 the Ventura Chamber of Commerce hosted […] Read More »

Oopsies! We were all wrong

by Jennifer Tipton In our last issue, we reported that Kevin Costner was a graduate of Ventura High – oops! Kevin attended Cabrillo Junior High and although that would have put him attending Ventura High, his family moved to the east end of Ventura so he attended Buena High instead. However, he did not graduate […] Read More »

Circus Vargas unveils original new production - SteamCirque!

Circus embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for Circus Vargas’ 2017’s retro-futuristic production, SteamCirque! Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science-fiction […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 16 – May 10 - May 23, 2017 - CAPS

  CAPS is prepping for Digital Storytelling programs and more CAPS Media is busy with City, school and community productions, prepping for the Digital Storytelling programs and more.  Recently CAPS Media collaborated with the City’s Economic Development Department and the Chamber of Commerce to launch a new video series called “Spotlight on Local Business,” that […] Read More »

Jazz vocalist helping community

Local Ventura jazz vocalist and social activist Toni Jannotta is on a mission.  As the recipient of two Ventura arts grants, Toni now believes that music is for the benefit of society in ways she hadn’t realized before. With her 2007 Cultural Arts Fellowship Grant from the City of Ventura, Toni merely finished her 3rd […] Read More »

Lilac Festival in Pine Mountain Club May 20-21

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 Mt. Pinos and San Emegdio Mountain, Pine Mountain Club is remarkably easy […] Read More »

Catch some "Rising Stars"

“Rising Stars” is the Ventura Music Festival’s most popular free concert every year! Experience a mix of extraordinary young choral, classical and jazz performers at this free event open to everyone, thanks to generous underwriting by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Donations are welcome but no RSVP is required, just show up at the First United […] Read More »

Volunteers gathered for lunch at Aloha Steakhouse

School on Wheels has been celebrating with its volunteers throughout Southern California April was National Volunteer Appreciation Month and local nonprofit School on Wheels has been celebrating with its volunteers throughout Southern California.  Recently 30+ volunteers from Ventura County gathered for a late lunch at Aloha Steakhouse on California Street where several volunteers received Presidential […] Read More »

May is Motorcycle Safety Month

The Ventura Police Department and law enforcement through the country will be conducting special motorcycle safety enforcement operations throughout the month of May for Motorcycle Safety Month. In addition, the California Motorcyclist Safety Program is offering special, low cost rider training classes during the month of May. Ventura PD will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle […] Read More »

A Night to Remember: A prom for students with special needs

Mission Church is set to sponsor the sixth annual A Night to Remember, a free prom for students with special needs, to be held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Friday, May 19th  beginning at 6:30 p.m. “Right now, there are over 400 special needs guests (ages 12-25) registered for the night, and each will […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 16 – May 10 - May 23, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked 6 Ventura resident moms: What’s your favorite way to spend Mother’s Day? Joy Matthews age 67 Homemaker “With my family, we have nurses, fireman and cops so their schedules are all different and some are out of state. It’s just so nice to get everyone together.” Joy is mom to […] Read More »

City of Ventura names 2016-2017 Green School Award winners

Juanamaria Elementary School honored by Ventura City Council. Photo by Michael Gordon. In celebration of Earth Day, the Ventura City Council presented the annual Green School Award for achievement in environmental excellence to students and staff from Juanamaria Elementary School and ATLAS Elementary School. 2017 Watershed Hero Award Winner! These prestigious Green School Awards) were presented […] Read More »

Kevin Costner from The Face Of Ventura portrait series by Johanna Spinks

Recently approximately 200 people visited three locations in Ventura where three mothers were treated to a performance of their favorite songs. The mothers were nominated by their families to be honored for Mother’s Day by Visit Ventura. A surprise appearance  by Kevin Costner(graduate of Ventura High)  at Ventura City Hall thrilled those in attendance. Read More »

Organization is dedicated to helping families who are battling all forms of cancer

Emanuel Franco and Cory Harper (musicians), Nathaniel Curran and Matt Coulter (Co-Founders of The Young and Brave Foundation), and Mike Morrison and Seth Gibson (Co-Founders of MadeWest Brewery) are supporters of The Young and Brave Foundation. The Young and Brave Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping families who are battling all forms […] Read More »

A Tale of Two Trees

Everyone present had the opportunity to grab a shovel and be a part of history.   Which Staci Brown and the writer did but Staci thought that she was going to a dance. by Jennifer Tipton One of the most recognizable landmarks in Ventura are the two trees standing together on top of the hillside, they […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA Raises $186,382 in Annual Campaign

The Ventura Family YMCA concluded its 2017 Annual Campaign by victoriously reaching their fundraising goal. The Ventura Family YMCA set a goal of $185,000 for this year’s Annual Campaign, and raised $186,382 to date with donations still streaming in to the Y. Due to an ever increasing need for the services the YMCA provides to the […] Read More »

VCCCD Board of Trustees promotes

Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. Greg Gillespie as chancellor.  Gillespie, now president of Ventura College for nearly four years, brings more than 23 years of higher education experience to the position, including his current role in the District. Prior to joining the District in 2013, Gillespie was […] Read More »

Juan Aleman

by James F.  Gray Juan Aleman, mid-twenties, plays guard for the Ventura Special Olympics ten member, SLAM, basketball team. He and teammates took the gold at the recent Santa Barbara Special Olympics Regional Tournament. He’s a force to be reckoned with on the court, using superior strength and agility. He has a good work ethic, […] Read More »

Fifth Annual Ventura County Farm Day seeks sponsors, mascot

The 5th Annual Ventura Farm Day, set for Saturday, November 4, is seeking sponsors. During Farm Day, more than 20 Ventura County farms open their doors and invite the public to learn how their food is grown. “We are looking for sponsors who want to be part of this free, fun and informative event that […] Read More »

League of Women Voters holding forum on climate change

League of Women Voters of Ventura County (LWVVC), a nonpartisan political organization, is joining with Ventura College in sponsoring a public forum on climate change. The Forum is on Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 am to 12:00 at Ventura College, Applied Science Center Building theater, 4667 Telegraph Rd. Panelists will include: David Lea: Professor of […] Read More »

Public Invited to Plant Milkweed, Create Butterfly Habitat at “Monarch Madness”

On Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy will host “Monarch Madness” – a family-friendly milkweed planting event at the Big Rock Nature Preserve along the Ventura River. This 2nd annual free, open-to-the-public event is made possible by funding from SoCalGas. VHC will provide attendees with gardening gloves, shovels, […] Read More »

Music for changing times

Rubicon Theatre Company, in association with Music2Life, presents a weeklong series of events bringing together three generations of artists from different genres to celebrate the power of music to effect positive change. The festival is curated by five-time Grammy Award-winner Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary, who lives part-time in Ojai and has […] Read More »

A sampling of library events at E.P. Foster Library

May 6: The Ventura County Writers Club will be hosting Authors at the Library at the E. P. Foster Library. The event will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The club invites interested writers to a panel discussion by local authors who have found success. Learn the secrets of what it takes to lift […] Read More »

Stamp club to offer classes, evaluation of collections

Many people who have inherited a stamp collection, bought one in a garage sale or run across one they started as a child and wonder what, if anything, it’s worth.  They’ll have a chance to find out and learn more about stamp collecting at an by the Ventura County Philatelic Society on May 6. The […] Read More »

High school seniors win college scholarships from Edison

Five high school seniors from Ventura County have each won a $40,000 college scholarship from Edison International in their pursuit of a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) degree. The students are among 30 students from throughout Southern California Edison’s service territory who were chosen for their academic success and demonstrated financial need as part […] Read More »

The VC Fusion the season starts at home

The Player Developmental League (PDL) has released the 2017 regular season schedule and despite sixteen new franchises and league wide realignments VC Fusion remains in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. The 2017 PDL season will see 72 teams from United States and Canada compete for the championship. With PDL regular season kicking off […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 15 – April 26 - May 9, 2017 - On Vacation

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Volunteers needed to give reflexology to cancer patients

The Cancer Program at Community Memorial Hospital is seeking trained and Certified Reflexologist interested in volunteering at their Cancer Center. The Cancer Resource Center in conjunction with Community Memorial Hospital offers a variety of free services to individuals faced with a diagnosis of cancer as well as providing programs for family members and friends. These […] Read More »

ACCJC reaffirmed accreditation to Ventura County Community College District colleges

Following the accreditation visits from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC), in September 2016, Chancellor Bernard Luskin, is pleased to announce the commission reaffirmed accreditation for 18 months for Moorpark College, Oxnard College and Ventura College.  After careful review of the Institutional Self-Evaluation Reports and evidentiary […] Read More »

VCCCD Classified Professional Development Committee receives Innovative Activity Award

Ventura County Community College District Classified Professional Development Committee was recently awarded the 2017 Innovative Activity Award from the California Community College Council for Staff and Organizational Development (4C/SD).  Ashley Chelonis, instructional technologies designer at Oxnard College, accepted the award on behalf of the committee during a conference held in Claremont, California. The Innovative Activity […] Read More »

Casitas Rowing makes finals in 27th annual Long Beach Invitational

Recently Casitas Rowing made finals with every squad at the 27th annual Long Beach Invitational. The race that brought in over 24 different rowing teams from 4 different states is a challenging three day event. The Casitas Rowing kids also medaled in 3 events including a Varsity Girls boat seen here with their bronze medals. […] Read More »

Master Falconer Paulie Corry uses falcons and hawks as non-lethal nesting deterrents

Local onshore oil producer Aera Energy is taking a hint from Mother Nature to discourage birds from building nests on idle equipment during pipeline integrity testing. The company contracted with licensed Master Falconer Paulie Corry to use a variety of falcons and hawks as non-lethal deterrents for birds frequenting the area. This unique approach uses […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 15 – April 26 - May 9, 2017 - CAPS

Shekinah Franco and Annabelle Augusta working on ECTV’s latest show and the crew is at work producing the latest episode of ECTV. ECTV Season 2 CAPS media and El Camino high school The second season of ECTV is on a roll.  The talented videographers and storytellers at El Camino high school are creating another year […] Read More »

Breeze crew at Earth Day

This is the Ventura Breeze gang Ana and Jaime Baker, Staci Brown and James Gray at the 10th Annual Earth Day Eco Fest presented by the Ventura Charter School  on Saturday April 22 at Plaza Park. They greeted the large crowds all day at the Ventura Breeze booth. It was the first time at Plaza […] Read More »

Ben Unseth leaves Project Understanding

In a surprise to all Benjamin Unseth announced on Friday, March 31 that he is leaving as Executive Director of Project Understanding, effective immediately. Unseth has served as Executive Director of the Ventura-based non-profit since August of 2014. During his tenure Project Understanding has taken a significant role in addressing social issues in the Ventura […] Read More »

Change a Life: Help an Adult Learn to Read

Ventura County Library’s READ Adult Literacy Program is looking for adult volunteers who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. Tutoring sites are located throughout Ventura County. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The next training series starts May 1st in Simi Valley. Future trainings will […] Read More »

Foundation partners with The City Center and Smile Generation-Trusted Clinicians to provide free dental care

On April 15, the Pacific Dental Services Foundation, with support from Smile Generation-trusted volunteer clinicians and their dental care teams, provided free dental care to residents of The City Center Dental  care teams set up an onsite dental clinic and, in a matter of hours, treated 29 patients and provided over $20,000 of donated dentistry. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 15 – April 26 - May 9, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton What is your favorite season in Ventura? Colleen Brubaker age 90 Retired from Ventura County Schools “Spring because I like green, I’m Irish and I like to see the green hills.”   Della Dowler age 49 Business owner at The Growing Company “Spring just because I get to put up pretty flowers.” […] Read More »

Women of the Year

Women of the Year  Alicia Flores, Kim Evans, State Sen Hannah-Beth Jackson, Suz Montgomery and Dr. Cynthia Herrera celebrating their awards. Photo by Heather Lacayo While the mood in Washington was bitter, contrary and partisan on March 23, down home in Ventura County a warm and friendly event celebrated four women who make a difference […] Read More »

Robots descend on Ventura

The future of the world is in the hands of these kids. Article and photos by Richard Lieberman Teams faced off at FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics regional competition at Ventura College. Teams from Ventura County, Chile and Hawaii compete in the FIRST Robotics competition. The local team is Team […] Read More »

Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day Eco Fest has moved from the promenade to Plaza Park. The 10th Annual Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest, is happening Saturday, April 22 at Plaza Park in Ventura. This free event is the perfect way to spend a day with the whole family – Now in its 10th year, the festival has grown […] Read More »

Concours Motors has found a new way to give back to Ventura

Concours Motors will be giving away a 2000  Volkswagen Golf to one Ventura County Resident on May 2. The Volkswagen is completely refinished for optimum safety, and it will be given away with one completely free year of service. The team at Concours Motors created “Wheels to Shine” to substantially change someone’s life in the […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 14 – April 12 – April 25, 2017 – Tech Today

Tech Today with Ken May How the ISP Law Change Affects Your Privacy On Tuesday, March 28th, Congress sent proposed legislation to President Donald Trump that wipes away landmark online privacy protections, the first salvo in what is likely to become a significant reworking of the rules governing Internet access. The legislation would kill a […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 14 – April 12 – April 25, 2017 – City Classes

City of Ventura classes and camps.  Check out hundreds more on web-site. Call 658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes held at the Barranca Vista Center, 7050 E Ralston. Beautiful Ballerinas  3-9 years $72 4/13-5/18            Th           3:15-4 pm            5-6 years with Marni King             #7979 4/13-5/18            Th           4-5 […] Read More »

Ventura marketing agency collects Easter Baskets for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

by Dale Myers The NALA, a boutique marketing agency headquartered in Ventura recently collected numerous Easter baskets for the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) to assist families with children fighting cancer. TBCF is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization providing financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer living in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San […] Read More »

TSUNAMI meeting leaves questions unanswered

by Randal Beeman In 1812 an epic tsunami inundated the Ventura area. The surge of water deposited a large sailing vessel floating in the harbor all the way inland to Santa Paula and residents of the Mission San Buenaventura spent the next two years living on the hillside in fear of another calamity. Representatives of […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 14 – April 12 – April 25, 2017 – CAPS

Chief of Police Ken Corney visited with Sheldon on KPPQ radio. CAPS Radio (KPPQ-LP) is on the dial at FM104.1 all day by Elizabeth Rodeno Legendary Ventura Breeze publisher-editor Sheldon Brown is on the airwaves, hosting a series of informative interviews on CAPS Radio 104.1 (KPPQ-LP).  The weekly program features engaging conversations with City officials, […] Read More »

A Country Fair with Springtime Flair

​The Spring Fair is coming to town April 14-16 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The fun starts Friday night at the Carnival and keeps hopping til the big Sunday Rodeo and Concert. Presale carnival ride tickets will be  available until Friday, April 14 at noon. Visit the Spring Fair Bunny House, presented by Union Bank. […] Read More »

Free workshop for ESL volunteer tutors    

Laubach Literacy of Ventura County is offering a free workshop to help volunteers learn to become English as Second Language (ESL) tutors of adults. The workshop will be on Sat., April 29 (from 9am to 4pm); lunch will be provided.  At Barrister Executive Suites directions will be given upon registration. Various methods and materials for […] Read More »

Working together to stop distracted driving and save you money

April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), Ventura Police Department, California Highway Patrol and community partners throughout the state are working together to make the roads safer by highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving, especially by cell phones. “Police officers would rather see […] Read More »

The Audubon Society will share bird watching tips

The sixth annual Owl Festival will occur at Olivas Adobe Historical Park on Sunday, April 23, 11 – 3 p.m.  This free afternoon of family-friendly fun will include kids’ arts and crafts, an owl info table, and photos of Olivia, the Adobe’s frequent visitor owl who has nested in the eucalyptus tree bordering the courtyard.  […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 14 – April 12 - April 25, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton What is your favorite free thing to do in Ventura? Nicole Olgy age 22 Employee at Alejandro’s Salon “Honestly, my favorite thing has always been the Ventura Pier and the whole promenade – it’s my happy place.”   Cija Cadiente age 36 Caregiver “Hiking at Arroyo Verde Park, we just had all […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 14 – April 12 - April 25, 2017 - On Vacation

Hi: This was a fun town. We took an island hopper to St Thomas and then explored the US and British Virgin Islands. The paper was with us on every island. 😉 Hugs, Christine Cardoso Moore Read More »

The Lester Tong Visualization Center

On March 23 a dedication of the Lester Tong Visualization Center at Ventura College Applied Science Center was held.  This 75-seat classroom utilizes a state-of-the-art 3-D dual rear projector system onto an 8′ tall glass “touch screen” where the viewing audience wear powered 3-D glasses.  A 3-D demonstration was held. Lester Tong worked at the […] Read More »

CMHS to hold advance directive awareness event

Community Memorial Health System is holding its “Great Advance Directive Awareness Event” on Wednesday, April 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County. An advance directive, also known as living will, personal directive, medical directive or advance decision, is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken […] Read More »

Water: Take 1

by Jennifer Tipton March 22nd marked the 5th annual Water: Take1 Online Short Film Awards Ceremony presented by Ventura Water. Presented at The Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center in Ventura Harbor Village, the event draws attention to the challenges facing our water supply on a local, national and global level. More specifically: how we […] Read More »

Will the pig be replaced with a different mascot?

Foto: County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Green Pig succumbs to split seam. Photo by Michael Gordon Sham Hock, a.k.a. Pig O’ My Heart, has hogged the spotlight at County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the last time. The giant inflatable pig, which has delighted parade-goers for nearly three decades, abruptly collapsed upon splitting a […] Read More »

CAPS Media wins WAVE Award

Winning the award at the 2017 Community Media West’s WAVE Awards in Fresno. by Elizabeth Rodeno In March, the Alliance for Community Media West convened in Fresno for their yearly Western Access Video Excellence Award. This year, CAPS Media Center took home the WAVE Award for Best Government Access program! The winning program, the Ventura […] Read More »

New research assesses human impacts on our ocean

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology Douglas McCauley will discuss new research on how human activities may be impacting the resilience of our oceans, during the April From Shore to Sea lecture. McCauley and his colleagues have compiled an unprecedented collection of data, including global comparisons of […] Read More »

Grand opening at the M J Block Historical Library

Lexington resident, Merle Block has created his own Historical Library commemorating the children of the greatest generation. His vision is to restore the past through books, videos, photos, music, movies and memorabilia.  M J Block Historical Library will have it’s grand opening on Thursday, April 13th from 9 -11 AM and 1-3 PM in room […] Read More »

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Solana Heights

On March 22 a ground breaking was held for Solana Heights, the master-planned community developed by CalAtlantic Homes that will bring 147 new homes to Ventura’s housing market including 116 single-family homes as well as 31 townhomes. Several of the homes will have coastal views. Solana Heights’ family-friendly amenities will also feature three new neighborhood […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire responds to vehicle in structure

On March 17, at 1pm  Ventura City Fire was dispatched to a reported vehicle into a structure at Walker and Moon Dr. Upon arrival firefighters discovered a full size pickup truck in inside a two story commercial building well involved in fire.  Firefighters treated one adult male who was in the vehicle at the time […] Read More »

Signs of the times

Perhaps the time has come for the Brooks Institute banner on our trolley car to be removed! Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 - April 11, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton Do you think Ventura needs more or less development? All of those interviewed opposed most development. If you have a different opinion we would love to hear from you at editor@venturabreeze.com. Jessica Levenson age 44 Employee at Ventura County Schools Credit Union “No, I don’t think that Ventura needs to be developed. I […] Read More »

Ventura College expands diesel mechanic advisory committee

The Ventura College Diesel Mechanic program has added Keith Barnard to its Advisory Committee. Barnard is director of global grower relations for Mission Produce which rely heavily on medium- to heavy-duty diesel equipment. The Ventura College Diesel Mechanic program was created in response to the growing need for qualified diesel technicians. The program was brought […] Read More »

CMHS making news

Dr. Richard R. Rush, former president of California State University Channel Islands, has been named the new chair of the Board for Community Memorial Health System. He succeeds Jeffrey Paul, who has served as board chairman since 2015. Dr. Rush became the first president of CSU Channel Islands in June 2001. As head of the […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 - April 11, 2017 -

Grandpa Harold Kennedy thinks that his 3 month old grandson Joshua (and daughter- in-law Caroline) are as cute as they get. Do you have a grandkid that you think is even cuter? If so send their photo to editor@venturabreeze.com Read More »

Passover

Passover or Pesach is an important, biblically derived Jewish holiday. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 – April 11, 2017 – Book review

by Randal Beeman Exile on Front Street: My Life As A Hells Angel by George Christie After World War II California became the wealthiest and most populated state in the nation, soaked with Cold War defense money, endowed with a world class educational system, and celebrated as a place where “the new, new thing” seemed […] Read More »

Twelve young women are presented at 60th Annual Debutante Ball

Twelve local young women made their debut as debutantes at the 60th Annual Las Patronas Presentation Ball at the Ventura Beach Marriott.  The Debutantes were presented by their fathers and celebrated with family and friends at the white-tie fundraiser gala.  The guests were welcomed by Las Patronas Chairman, Marila Cook and Ball Chairman, Michele Borchard. […] Read More »

Eagle Scouts honored by Mayor Nasarenko

On March 20 at a packed City Council meeting scout leaders, scouts and family members were all there to honor the scouts who received the highest rank of Eagle Scout that only a very small percentage of scouts achieve. Mayor Nasarenko and scout leaders honored each Eagle Scout. Proud mother Ana Baker (Assistant to the […] Read More »

First Annual Ventura County Ag Weeks Awards Luncheon

by Randal Beeman Representatives of the Ventura County agricultural community gathered on March 21st at the headquarters of the Limoneira Company in Santa Paula to celebrate the significance of agriculture in the life of Ventura County and the nation. Held in conjunction with National Agriculture Day, the event was hosted by Kat Merrick, founder and […] Read More »

Ventura County Ag Week March 20-26

Take a morning trip through the farmers market with Kat Merrick of Totally LocalVC. From the Face Of Ventura by Johanna Spinks. Ventura County Ag Week is a time to reflect on the importance of Ventura County farmers and ranchers and the county’s agriculture industry. It will take place March 20th -26. Ventura County farmers […] Read More »

Ventura College state champions inducted into hall of fame

Fifteen of the original alumnae attended the event The Ventura College 1996 and 1997 women’s basketball state champions were formally inducted into the Ventura College Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony recently held at the Athletic Event Center at Ventura College. As part of their 20th anniversary reunion, the teams were the first in […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award

The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is accepting applications for the 14th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships will be presented in May to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer in Ventura’s history to die in the line of duty. […] Read More »

Ventura County’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Ventura County’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held on March 11 on Main St. The large crowd lining the street enjoyed a gorgeous Ventura day. The Parade is sponsored by Elks Lodge No. 1430 and featured marching bands, horses, music, wonderful cars and much more. Judges for the parade were Connie Stahl, Elks Lodge #1430; Richard […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 12 – March 15 – March 28, 2017 – On Vacation

While cruising to Ensenada and enjoying Christmas Caryl Cantrell took the Breeze with her. She wondered if the  seagull followed her from Ventura? Read More »

What is Altrusa International? 

Altrusa is an acronym.  Amity – Loyalty – Talent – Reciprocity – Unity – Service – Achievement. Altrusa is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization where all their services, scholarships and fund-raising projects go to the local community. Fundraising efforts include an annual luncheon and entertainment function; annual member brunch and donations from local businesses. Altrusa’s primary […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 12 – March 15 – March 28, 2017 – CAPS

Radio classes commence by Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS Media held a successful Radio KPPQ Membership Training earlier this month! It was a full studio and an excited group of 12 new radio members on March 1st and 2nd. Staff helped folks find their footing and their radio voice. The first session covers Membership Program Information and […] Read More »

Benefactors’ Ball announces 2017 Cephas Bard Award Honorees

The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is holding its 44th Benefactors’ Ball on Saturday, April 22, with proceeds benefiting the new Community Memorial Hospital. At this event, four notable individuals will be recognized with the prestigious Cephas Bard Award, named after the founder of the first Community Memorial Hospital. The Cephas Bard award honors those who […] Read More »

Market Match and Cal-Fresh (SNAP) programs prove successful

Both shoppers and California farmers are benefitting from the Market Match and the Cal-Fresh (SNAP) food programs offered by the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFM).  Market Match is California’s healthy food incentive program, which uses grant dollars to match or double a portion of the customers’ federal nutrition assistance benefits, like Cal-Fresh (SNAP), […] Read More »

County Grand Jury has commended VCMC

The Ventura County 2016-2017 Grand Jury has issued a report on the accreditation status of the Ventura County Medical Center.  At the Joint Commission’s last full survey in June, 2014 the hospital was approved for 3 years, the maximum allowed. Subsequent follow-up reports have demonstrated satisfactory performance. The Grand Jury report commended the Ventura County […] Read More »

Ventura County Jewish Film Festival

Ventura County Jewish Film Festival wound up its 14th annual  season this month with a screening of the award winning short  film “A Children’s Song” a  heartwarming story that delved into the history of Jews fleeing from Nazis at the outbreak of World War II, and settling in Shanghai. Stars of the film showed up […] Read More »

Celebrating my hubbies birthday in the Ventura Harbor

by Jennifer Tipton The Ventura Harbor has several top picks for dining out for my husband’s birthday we chose Brophy Bros. one of his favorites. Sunday, March 5th was my husband’s 60th birthday. Part of the charm of Brophy’s is certainly the ambiance. You can choose to sit inside in a cozy booth or the  […] Read More »

State-wide initiative to serve student veterans

The Ventura County Community College District Veterans Resource Center Coordinators from Moorpark College, Oxnard College and Ventura College met with managers from California Lutheran University, California State University, Channel Islands, and National University to discuss best practices for helping student veterans achieve success.  Leading the discussion was VCCCD Trustee Larry Kennedy, Chancellor Bernard Luskin and […] Read More »

Whale watch season is now underway

Winter whale watching off the beautiful Central Coast of California runs from December to mid-April. An Island Packers whale watch is a perfect way to gather with family and friends to view the Pacific Gray Whales as they migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel on the way between their feeding grounds in Alaska and their […] Read More »

Two deserving young women received scholarships

Recently Ventura-based YCE, Inc. a woman-owned engineering and surveying firm, hosted the local premiere of Dream Big – Engineering Our World at the Collection’s Century Riverpark 16 theater. Over 400 enthusiastic guests were greeted by YCE, Inc. owner Marta Alvarez who then viewed Dream Big, a larger-than-life movie celebrating engineering wonders of the world through […] Read More »

Diane Elizabeth Huntington Loring has left Ventura (and America)

by Diane Loring Related to one of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Huntington and in protest of the recent election of a president not being qualified or fit to be representative of what the Declaration stood for, Diane Elizabeth Huntington Loring has left America.   Samuel Huntington was Diane’s uncle four generations removed […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 12 – March 15 – March 28, 2017 – Tech Today

Tech Today with Ken May How did Amazon take down the internet? On Tuesday, February 28th, an Amazon cloud server, specifically an AWS cluster of servers in the US-EAST-1 region, stopped responding. Sites and web apps like Mashable, Trello, Giphy, Quora, Netflix, Spotify, Slack, Pinterest and Buzzfeed, as well as tens of thousands of smaller […] Read More »

147 new homes coming to Ventura’s Westside

On March 22, at 11:30 a.m. a groundbreaking ceremony for Solana Heights – 147 new homes in Ventura’s Westside neighborhood will be held. Solana Heights, the master-planned community developed by CalAtlantic Homes, will bring 147 new homes to Ventura’s housing market including 116 single-family homes with two story floor plans and 3-5 bedrooms, as well […] Read More »

Equinox Ensemble Latin jazz blues band at Squashed Grapes

Enjoying the sounds of  the Equinox Ensemble Latin jazz blues band at Squashed Grapes were Staci Brown, Breezy Gledhill, Johanna Spinks and Alfred Lewis. Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy events

River Restoration Saturday. On Sat., March 18, VHC staff, volunteers and members of the California Conservation Corps. will join forces from 9 a.m.-12 noon to clean up trash and clear paths at the Willoughby Nature Preserve.  River Restoration Saturdays are a part of VHC’s ongoing efforts to bring the Ventura River back to its natural […] Read More »

Blooms abound at Arroyo Verdi

While at  Arroyo Verdi Park Michael Gordon took this lovely photo of a Calandrinia Spectabilis in bloom. At least that is what he called it. Next month he thinks that maybe the Prickly Pear Cactus will bloom. Read More »

Project Understanding announces 2017 Shining Star Award Winners

Matt and Dawn Bianchini of Richard H. Bejune Memorial Foundation, Janine Dykstra and Sheldon who presented their Shining Star Award. Project Understanding of San Buenaventura held their annual “Shining Star Awards” on Thursday, February 9, at the Poinsettia Pavilion. The evening event was a celebration where they honored their outstanding community volunteers and partners and […] Read More »

Temple Beth Torah

Temple Beth Torah presents, “The Magic of Purim Carnival.” The theme for this year’s carnival is magic; those who attend are encouraged to dress in costume (not a requirement). The location for the carnival is at Temple Beth Torah – 7620 Foothill Rd. The date is Sunday, March 12th, from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. […] Read More »

Volunteers to be Honored at Wish Night 2017 Gala

Two volunteers will be honored by Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties at the 8th Annual Wish Night gala on March 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Westlake Village. Meredith Garofalo/KEYT News Channel 3 has been named community partner of the year for her dedicated community outreach efforts.  Francisco Bracho, M.D., will receive the honor of healthcare professional of […] Read More »

Audubon field trips and events

March 4     8:30 a.m.   Hill Canyon at Santa Rosa County Park, Camarillo Linda Easter  482-7537. Hill Canyon has several habitats including chaparral, oak woodland, and riparian.  We will look for woodpeckers, towhees, sparrows, hawks, swifts, and as many as five species of wrens.  Park in the Santa Rosa County Park area where the charge is […] Read More »

BikeVentura is having a launch party

VCCOOL, a grassroots climate change organization is launching a new initiative, BikeVentura. A launch party is planned at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., on Saturday, March 4th from 7-10pm. Entertainment will be provided by The Salty Suites and there will be hors d’oeuvres provided by Scratch Ventura. There will be a cash […] Read More »

Roasted chicken with vegetables is on the menu

Having grown up in the restaurant business in Ventura Judy Gilliard pursued her love of the hospitality business and obtained a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Santa Barbara Community College, and received her teaching credentials in food and food technology from the University of California. Judy wrote a column “Simply Entertaining” for Emeril Lagasse […] Read More »

Blues with the Breeze

On Feb.24 the Ventura Breeze presented the Equinox Ensemble Latin jazz blues band at Squashed Grapes (2351 E. Main). The evening was a great success as the standing room only crowd enjoyed the great music and  fine Italian food from Cordello’s. Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury to hold open house

On Thursday, March 9  the Grand Jury will host an open house for prospective jurors and interested members of the Ventura County community.  Join the current Grand Jury along with public officials 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Chambers at 646 County Square Dr. An all-volunteer group, the Grand Jury investigates selected complaints that have been initiated […] Read More »

Tender Life Maternity Home Walk-A-Thon

Project Understanding of San Buenaventura is pleased to announce its annual Tender Life Maternity Walk-A-Thon. The walk will be held on Saturday, March 4 at The River Community Church located at 889 Santa Clara St. Registration begins at 9:00am, and the walk starts at 9:30am. This two-mile walk will take participants on a route around […] Read More »

Joe's Crab Shack demolition

No ghosts were found during the demolition of Joe’s Crab Shack which was  previously the Chart House Restaurant at 567 Sanjon Road. The demolition is part of the proposed “triangle site,” development as it is referred to. Read More »

Happenings at the Museum

The Museum of Ventura County(MVC)  presents a Scandinavian-themed Festival for its Free First Sunday Activity on Sunday, March 5, from 11 am to 5 pm, that highlights Scandinavian culture. The Monthly Series brings families to the Museum, offering free admission, museum experiences and craft-making sessions MVC has partnered with the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical […] Read More »

Soroptimist helping the community

In the fall of 2015 the Soroptimist Club of Ventura (SI Ventura) decided to commit funds to donate quality stethoscopes to nursing students at Ventura College. Stethoscopes are an important, necessary and expensive part of a nurse’s arsenal of equipment. Since that first fall semester in 2015, SI Ventura has handed out more than 30 […] Read More »

New 7-Eleven to open in Ventura

The property located at 505 N. Ventura Ave. that now contains a grocery store is being planned to become a 7-Eleven and a laundromat. The 7-Eleven would allow sale of beer, wine, and distilled spirits. It would be open 24-hours each day and alcohol sale hours would be-limited to 6am to 10pm. Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 11 – March 1 - March 14, 2017 - CAPS

Manny Reynoso (Ventura Breeze movie reviewer) recording his latest show on CAPS Radio KPPQ.01 What does CAPS Media do? by Elizabeth Rodeno “What does CAPS Media do?” It’s a question that we sometimes get asked and the answer is… A lot! CAPS Media is your local, public access television station and, most recently, Low Power […] Read More »

Poinsettia Pavilion has new Business Manager

The Board of Directors of the Ventura Women’s Center, better known as the Poinsettia Pavilion, has announced that  Margarida Eidson as the new Business Manager of the non-profit event center. Margarida will be responsible for restructuring the Center’s operations, adding to the client base, and pursuing new avenues for the Center to serve our community. […] Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy expands Board of Trustees

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) recently announced the induction of a new president and three new members to their board of trustees.  Paul Meehan was elected as VHC president and Steve Doll, John Hankins (VHC secretary) and Ed Wehan, were voted in as new trustees. “Our new president and board members bring an invaluable depth […] Read More »

In one day flat they  produced a remarkable music video

Guitarist Laurence Juber, Harmony Project young musicians and Jordan Laby at the sleek blue bus. Photo by Bernie Goldstein The Lennon Bus has provided hundreds of thousands of students and educators with opportunities to tour the bus and get hands on experience with the equipment found on board.  Tours give students an overview of what really […] Read More »

Rodie Award Breast Fest

Suz Montgomery told the story of Rodie the Wonder Dog at the monthly “Breast Fest”. by John Hankins A local cancer survivors’ group has literally gone to the dogs – and cats – in honoring the animals who give their ‘owners’ emotional support during the life-threatening disease. It happened during Ribbons of Life’s monthly “Breast […] Read More »

Apply now for Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Residents of the city of Ventura are encouraged to apply for volunteer positions on the Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Committee’s responsibilities include review of the projected revenues and recommended expenditures for the funds generated by Measure O and to make recommendations to the City Council as part of the City’s budget process.  After […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair wins top awards

Fair was honored at Convention & Trade Show. Photo by Bernie Goldstein The Ventura County Fair was honored at the Western Fairs Association’s Convention & Trade Show, in which roughly 125 fairs from throughout the Western United States attend to gather new ideas, attend seminars and participate in the annual Achievement Awards. The Achievement Awards recognize […] Read More »

“The Comeback of the California Condor” proves popular with public

On the evening of Thursday, Jan. 26, more than 40 people joined the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) for free community lecture entitled “The Comeback of the California Condor.” Experts from Friends of the California Condor Wild and Free discussed how in the early 1980’s this majestic bird was almost wiped off the face of the […] Read More »

Changes in leadership at Gold Coast Transit District

Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD), Ventura County’s largest provider of public transit, has announced several changes in its Board of Directors and senior management team. The City of Port Hueneme has appointed Councilmember Jim Hensley and the City of Ventura has appointed Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann to the Gold Coast Transit District Board of Directors. Cheryl Heitmann replaces Ventura Councilmember […] Read More »

Time to get yourself and/or your kids signed up for a fun, exciting learning experience  

Rubicon offers process-oriented acting classes for kids (beginning at age five) and adults. These programs focus on developing skills and technique, basic theatre terminology, building confidence and stage presence, learning proper voice techniques and developing an awareness of body language through character work, and other fundamental techniques through improvisation, scene study and theatre games. Participants are […] Read More »

Tickets on sale now for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s Film Festival

Tickets are on sale now for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s (VHC) 8th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival (WSFF). Held high on the hill at Ventura’s Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd., on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, the WSFF offers audiences the chance to enjoy a series of award-winning short films that celebrate […] Read More »

Mammoth skull to be studied

Scientists have begun their research and preservation of the mammoth skull that was excavated in September on Santa Rosa Island. The public is invited to attend, and will also have opportunities to observe researchers who will be working on the mammoth skull every Saturday and Monday afternoon, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, throughout the month […] Read More »

Antiquarians discuss history at Ventura County Museum

by Randal Beeman On Wednesday, February 1st the Ventura County Museum hosted the first installment of its “Speaking of Ventura County” series, an 8 week program featuring local scholars discussing matters related to the county’s past. Among the future lectures are presentations on agricultural water use, travel writing, Ventura County’s Mexican-American community in the 1920s, […] Read More »

Mental health first aid classes

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that can help individuals across the community understand mental illnesses, support timely intervention and save lives. The two part 8-hour course, hosted by the Ventura Police Department and Ventura County Behavioral Health, will be held March 7 & 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at […] Read More »

Ventura surfing champion Mary Osborne to serve as Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Champion long boarder and professional surfer Mary Osborne will serve as Grand Marshal when the annual Ventura County St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches up Street for the 29th time in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 11. The theme of this year’s parade, which begins in front of Mission San Buenaventura at 10 a.m., is “The […] Read More »

Ventura Shellfish Enterprise announces public workshop

The Ventura Shellfish Enterprise (VSE), a collaborative group seeking to grow sustainably-cultivated mussels in the Santa Barbara Channel  will hold the first of a series of public information workshops at 7 p.m. on February 16. The workshop, in coordination with the Ventura Port District, will provide an introduction to the benefits of shellfish aquaculture; how […] Read More »

“Roll with Me”

After over-coming drug addiction and a near death accident that left him a paraplegic, Gabriel Cordell, a Palestinian, became the first person to travel across the United States using a manual wheelchair.  “Roll with Me”, a new documentary film, recounts Gabriel’s 99-day journey across America. The public is invited to attend a special screening and […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 10 – February 15 - February 28, 2017 - GUEST COLUMN

by Debra Reeves I am a volunteer with Buddy Nation, a registered non-profit organization in Ventura whose mission is to work with the county’s homeless people and their pets. Our goal is to give practical help to those who need it – both 2 and 4 footed. We provide pet food and bedding, spaying/neutering, vaccinations […] Read More »

The Cannery: Downtown Ventura’s evolution continues

by Randal Beeman [Note: The author owns a home and lives at the Cannery] Is it occupied? Are they condos? Can I rent there? For residents of the Cannery condo development in downtown Ventura these questions accompany the acknowledgement that you indeed live in the 78- unit collection of studio to three bedroom condos. Conceived […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 10 – February 15 - February 28, 2017 - Tech Today

Cybersecurity While Traveling by Ken May While your network at home or at work may be secure, you should assume that any network you connect to when traveling cannot be trusted. You never know who else is on it and what they may be doing. Here are some simple steps that go a long way to […] Read More »

Buddy Nation was formed in Ventura

On Monday, Jan. 30 a group of more than twenty concerned citizens held a luncheon at the Spaghetti Factory on Loma Vista to discuss how to best serve the homeless and their pets. It was organized by Cappi Patterson and Debi Reeves on behalf of Buddy Nation. Buddy Nation was formed by Debi Reeves to […] Read More »

A dream for a Ventura food co-op and grocery store

by Jill Forman An interview with Ally Gialketsis, co-founder and Board Chair, Ventura Food Co-Op Tell us about yourself. I work for a non-profit called Food Forward which rescues produce that would otherwise go to waste and donating 100% to people in need. I grew up in Santa Paula but have lived in the city […] Read More »

Racism Riles Residents: One OPINION  

A recent meeting was held at school district headquarters to discuss racism concerns. by Sheli Ellsworth Since the January 13 tweet by two Buena High School students containing altered images of themselves holding nooses around two black men, the community has erupted in protest. The school district is fielding phone calls, the students are facing […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 10 – February 15 - February 28, 2017 - CAPS

It’s here at CAPS Media by Elizabeth Rodeno Lots of things are springing anew at CAPS Media this month! Out with the old and in with the shiny new HD cameras! At CAPS Media we’re saying goodbye to the old SD cameras that have long served CAPS members in our studio and bringing in HD […] Read More »

Happy Valentines Day!!!

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The Hidden Gospels and the Twelve Steps

A Christian group using  scriptures and  the 12 steps which ministers to individuals, their families and loved ones who suffer from the consequences of any addictive behavior. We recover together as we meet to study and grow with open discussions.  The ministry is all welcoming, regardless of age, race, lifestyle, background.  They meet weekly on […] Read More »

The history of Chinese abalone Fishing in California

San Diego State University Associate Professor of Anthropology Todd Braje will use the northern Channel Islands as a case study to explore the history of Chinese abalone fishing in Southern California during the February From Shore to Sea lecture. In nineteenth-century California, a small group of Chinese immigrants, who came from a traditional fishing province […] Read More »

Ventura County Grand Jury announces 2017/2018 applications

Ventura County residents have an opportunity to provide a valuable community service while learning about local government by serving on the Ventura County Grand Jury.  Applications are now available for the 2017/2018 Grand Jury at: www.ventura.org/grand-jury. The Grand Jury is a civil, investigative panel of 19 volunteers.  The watchdog group investigates issues and citizen complaints […] Read More »

Violin and viola competition

Applications are now being accepted for the 9th annual Henry Schwab Violin/Viola Competition. This exciting competition is open to Ventura County residents up to the age of 22.  Sponsored by a grant  from the Henry Schwab Charitable Fund, this competition encourages young musicians and also furthers their musical education. A total of  $3,000 in prize money: 1st […] Read More »

March for Justice a huge success

The march began by the gazebo in Plaza Park. Photos by Breezy Gledhill. Thousands gathered in downtown Ventura on Saturday, Jan.21 for the March for Justice, a protest organized to coincide with the Women’s March on Washington and hundreds of similar marches around the world. According to the Ventura Police Department, an estimated 2,500 people attended […] Read More »

Public comment solicited for crane replacement project on Anacapa Island

Should the Anacapa crane be replaced? Photo by Doug Mangum. The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input on a project to replace the existing crane on Anacapa Island within Channel Islands National Park. The existing crane was determined to be structurally unsafe, as a result of prolonged exposure to the harsh marine conditions on […] Read More »

Hundreds attend "Chill with VPD" event

Local students loved meeting VPD police officers and K9’s at the second annual community event “Chill with VPD”. It was held on Saturday, Jan. 21  at the Pacific View Mall.  The Ventura Police Department, Ventura Police Community Foundation and McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream sponsored the event. The rain cooperated by stopping for one day as […] Read More »

New Regional Coordinator for School on Wheels

Angie Allmendinger has joined the team. by Sinead Chilton-Marketing Director  School on Wheels, Inc. School on Wheels is happy to announce that after a long search we have a new Regional Coordinator for Ventura County.  Angie Allmendinger has joined the team and will be working from our Resource Center in Ventura.  Before joining School on […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 9 – February 1 - February 14, 2017 - CAPS

New and improved CAPSTV By Elizabeth Rodeno Peoples’ voices are never more important than today. Our manadate is to support the first amendment and ensure everyone can have a voice. Our voices are varied and many. Watch channel 6 to hear what the public has to say and watch channel 15 to experience the city’s […] Read More »

EDD Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar

Employment Development Department (EDD) invites you to attend at no charge an Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar March 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the EDD Tax OfficeTraining Room 4820 McGrath Street, Suite 200 To make reservations, visit the EDD website at www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Tax_Seminars/ or call 866-873-6083. The EDD is an equal opportunity employer/program.  Auxiliary […] Read More »

Harmony Project celebration to raise funds for music education

The New West Symphony will present its second annual Harmony Project of Ventura County Celebration Brunch on Feb. 12 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Perla Batalla will headline the event which will raise funds to support the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County, a youth development program that uses music education […] Read More »

National Park Service selects new guided sea kayak tour concessioner

Santa Barbara Adventure Company has been selected to receive a new 10-year concessions contract to operate guided sea kayak tours, limited convenience item sales, snorkel equipment rentals, and guided snorkel tours at Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island. Santa Barbara Adventure Company, doing business as Channel Islands Adventure Company, has provided guided sea kayak services […] Read More »

Kim Pagano teams up with Hometown Buffet to give back

Kim Pagano Host of the Kim Pagano Show “the brighter side of life in the 805” on 1590 KVTA teamed up with Hometown Buffet Restaurants, to share the brighter side of the 805 by giving back to The City Center Transitional Living by providing an incredible Christmas Dinner for 50. Another special thank you to […] Read More »

Fairground elects Daniel Long to the office of President

The Board of Directors of the 31st District Agricultural Association, better known as the Ventura County Fairgrounds, has elected Daniel Long to the office of President for the 2017 term. The Board elected Director Leslie Cornejo to the office of Vice-President. Their term will include the Fairgrounds’ annual signature events: the Ventura County Spring Fair […] Read More »

Meet the cyclists who rode across Africa

Pat traces his first inkling of an African Dream back to a darkened theater when at age 12 he watched Hemmingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”. The African Dream is the true story of the Patterson’s unassisted bicycle tour of Africa. They pedaled 265 days, 4,918 miles, through 17 African countries. Dangers, yes. Trepidation, yes. Run […] Read More »

“Speaking of Ventura County”

Annual Lecture Series at the Museum of Ventura County an 8-week series features educators and experts who share the rich stories of Ventura County All presentations are at the Museum of Ventura County on Wednesdays. Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm “Making the Garden Bloom: A History of Agricultural Water Use in Ventura County” […] Read More »

Ventura County Concert Band “International Harmony”

On Sunday , January 29th the Ventura County Concert Band presented “International Harmony” at Ventura high school. The free concert featured the 60 member orchestra under the direction of Dr. Julie Judd. They played a variety of music from the Star Spangled Banner, Sainit-Saens to Fiddler On The Roof to the cheering audience. Featured soloists […] Read More »

Non-profit dedicated to enhancing the historic Ventura Pier elects officers

Pier into the Future, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the historic Ventura Pier has elected their 2017 slate of officers David Fukutomi – President, Kathy McAden – Vice President, Doug McAden- Chief Financial Officer and Ronda Holden – Secretary. “With the wonderful support from the community and the leadership on the board of directors, 2017 […] Read More »

Park Outreach Team

The Team does more than hand out donations.  by Jill Forman Every Tuesday, rain or shine, they are at Plaza and Mission Parks.  The Park Outreach Team is there to make life a little better for those who often have no home, who spend their days in the parks and their nights…who knows where?  A […] Read More »

Shining Star Awards

Project Understanding requests the honor of your presence at the Shining Star Awards: Volunteer Appreciation Event at 6pm Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Poinsettia Pavilion. The Master of Ceremonies will be Ventura City Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann. Community transformation occurs through great volunteers and community partners. Individuals and organizations will be honored for their community service, […] Read More »

Aboard the USS San Diego

Photos by Richard Lieberman The USS San Diego, is a US Navy amphibious transport dock ship. It was open to the press on media day at Naval Base Ventura County. This 684-foot-long ship can accommodate four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, and two LCAC’s (air cushioned landing boats), it can also carry two MV-22 Ospreys that […] Read More »

Ventura County Community College District sets 2017 goals

The Ventura County Community College District held its first Chancellor’s Cabinet meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, January 3. It also marked the first meeting of his term for newly-elected Board Chair Bernardo Perez.  Perez used the opportunity to share his vision for working with administration and staff to increase efficiencies across the District […] Read More »

"Favorite teachers” honors given by Ventura college women’s basketball

68 instructors have been honored since the program was created. The Ventura College women’s basketball team joined by Ventura College President Greg Gillespie and Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustee Stephen Blum presented the 2017 Favorite Teachers Awards on Saturday, Jan. 21, with a ceremony at Ventura College. This is the 12th year […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department is hiring

The Ventura Police Department is hiring Police Officer Trainees for the October, 2017 Academy and Lateral or Academy Trained Police Officers on an on-going basis. The department prides itself on hiring and retaining the most qualified individuals. The position of Ventura Police Officer is not only challenging but also extremely rewarding. As a police officer […] Read More »

Where does our water come from?

GUEST COLUMN by Mike Anderson What do citizens of Ventura need to know about their water?   The first important item to note is that our water comes from Lake Casitas, Ventura River (when flowing) and groundwater aquifers.  Currently, with all of the rain we have seen this winter Lake Casitas has not increased yet. It […] Read More »

Harbor Village beautification project

“The improvements will create an exciting and unique new entryway into Harbor Village” The Ventura Port District the third phase of the ongoing Harbor Village beautification project. The large entry area to Ventura Harbor Village will be transformed into a people-friendly pedestrian area with new seating, new planter areas with palm trees, and artwork, including […] Read More »

Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington

The Tall Ships sail into Ventura and open for tours. Photo by john Ferritto The Tall Ships, Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, commence their annual voyage along the California coast and sail into Ventura Harbor on Tuesday, January 25 and sails out early on Thursday, February 14. The historical vessels will dock in front of scenic […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County celebrates grand reopening

On Sunday, Jan. 8 the grand reopening of the Museum of Ventura County was held under sunny beautiful skies. While hundreds waited to enter they were welcomed by interim Executive Director Elena Brokaw, county Supervisor Steve Bennett and Susan Van Abel, Chair Board of Directors while being entertained by The Barrelhouse Wailers. Julie Tumamait offered […] Read More »

The presence of the homeless is a normal part of daily life

by Randal Beeman It’s only 10:30 AM but “Steve” and “Carol,” a couple in their early 40s, have finished off the better part of a 12 pack of beer just off the corner of Main Street and Ventura Avenue. They toss their empty cans into the flower beds of Mission Plaza townhomes and yell at […] Read More »

New Opportunities for VenturaHarbor

by Brian Pendleton, Business Operations Manager Ventura Port District RE: Letter to editor in December 29, 2016 Ventura Breeze “Ventura Harbor should slow down” It is with great excitement that after 16 years of planning effort, the Sondermann Ring Project, which is now known as Portside, is under construction. This project will provide much needed […] Read More »

CA State Controller Betty Yee to Speak at VCWPC Event

The Ventura County Women’s Political Council is honored to have California State Controller Betty Yee as keynote speaker at its Annual Luncheon on Saturday, January 28, 10:30 – 1:30 pm at the historic Pierpont Inn, Ventura. Tickets are $35/members; $50/non-members. Sponsor opportunities are available. Seating is limited.  RSVP and reservations at vcwpc.org. For more information […] Read More »

Ventura Restaurant Week

Ventura Restaurant Week returns on Jan. 22-29, and it’s a great time to visit Downtown and Midtown and explore a diverse mix of tastes and plates, all for $20 or less. Downtown Ventura Partners, in conjunction with California Restaurant Month, is heading efforts to return the ever-popular Restaurant Week to town. Find a complete listing […] Read More »

Gabion walls guard CMH

by CMH As part of the exterior landscaping for the new CMH, our gabion walls are creating considerable conversation as people keep asking why the retaining walls have been left unfinished. The answer is quite simple – they haven’t been. The word “gabion” comes from the Italian word gabbionee, meaning “bird cage,” and that is […] Read More »

The shaping of our future is up for grabs

Activism is on the horizon and for many the shaping of our future is up for grabs. Our local community is joining millions around the world and marching for justice, equality, civil and environmental rights. On January 21 at 10am at Plaza Park activist are coming together in solidarity to make their voices heard. Justice […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber will install new board on January 19

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Meeting and Board Installation on Thursday, January 19 at The Pierpont Inn from 5:30-7:30pm. The 2017 Ventura Chamber Board will be installed, overview and highlights of the past year will be shared, and long-term Chamber members will be honored. Networking, hors d’oeuvres and a signature cocktail […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 8 – January 18 - January 31, 2017 - CAPS

Welcome 2017 by Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS had quite a year in 2016. The staff and volunteers worked hard and had a lot of fun creating and producing programming for the community. As always we will continue our commitment to the City of Ventura with not only coverage of meetings but video support in other areas. […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 8 – January 18 - January 31, 2017 - Tech Today

with Ken May What is social engineering? A common misconception most people have about cyber attackers is that they use only highly advanced tools and techniques to hack into people’s computers or accounts. This is simply not true. Cyber attackers have learned that often the easiest way to steal your information, hack your accounts, or […] Read More »

Help stop domestic violence

by James Francis Gray “Our goal is to strengthen children, families and communities to be safe, healthy and thriving.” Since 1973, Interface Children & Family Services, a non-profit organization has served Ventura County as a grassroots response to struggling youth and families. Now, Interface is the region’s most comprehensive provider of safety net services, addressing […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 8 – January 18 - January 31, 2017 - On Vacation

Ken and Adela Trainor, catching up on their hometown news while staying at Dromoland Castle in Ireland while on an Ireland tour through the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. Read More »

Plant trees at Big Rock Nature Preserve

On Sat., Jan. 28, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host a community tree planting party at the Big Rock Nature Preserve near Foster Park. VHC invites volunteers of all ages to join them from 9 a.m. –  noon along the Ventura River Parkway to help plant 75 trees and beautify the trail head on […] Read More »

Greetings Ventura County wildlife advocates

The first of its kind planning zone in Ventura county to protect wildlife habitat will be considered by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors at a public hearing: January 26 2017, 3 PM Ventura County Government Center 800 S. Victoria Avenue Ventura The proposed ‘Wildlife Corridor Protection’ Zone if adopted would place into the Ventura […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County opens its doors for Grand Re-opening

Ryan Carr is adding the final touches to his mural, HISTORY THROUGH THE TREES. A Community Celebration—free and open to all—welcomes County residents back to their “new” museum. The Museum of Ventura County is preparing for the Grand Re-Opening of its galleries after being closed since September 1. The Ventura community is invited to their […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award

The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is accepting applications for the 14th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships will be presented in May 2017 to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer in Ventura’s history to die in the line of […] Read More »

Revisiting the California mission experience in Ventura

Thousands of people come to Ventura each year and end up visiting the Mission. by Randal Beeman In 1816, Mission San Buenaventura appeared to be a thriving entity, with nearly 40,000 head of livestock, ample stocks of grain, and a population of over 1,300 mostly native people. Mission San Buenaventura had already survived fires, earthquakes, […] Read More »

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy to host volunteer river restoration event

The Ventura River winds its way through Willoughby Preserve. On Monday, January 16, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host a volunteer river restoration event at the Willoughby Nature Preserve in Ventura. VHC invites volunteers of all ages to join them from 9 a.m. –  noon to help remove invasive plants on property owned and […] Read More »

A Quiz

What current leader made this statement? (See answer below) I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human […] Read More »

Why every Venturan needs a 2017 Inspiration Guide

by Fiorella Calderoni, Communications Manager Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau Our beaches are beautiful, our downtown is charming, and our fish tacos are to die for, but our community has always been our greatest asset. Endless summers and friendly folks -that’s what you find in Ventura and it’s the message in Visit Ventura’s latest inspiration […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor’s 40th Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks

Ventura Harbor’s 40th Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks celebrated 100 years of our National Parks with the theme “Parks on Parade.” Planned to be held on Dec.16 &17 the Dec.16 date was cancelled because of the high winds but the fireworks still went on both nights. Spectators  arrived early to enjoy Ventura Harbor Village’s […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Board expands with Elena Brokaw

Ventura College Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Elena Brokaw to its board of directors. As lead consultant at Brokaw Jackson Consulting, Brokaw has extensive experience providing strategic planning, fundraising, board training and facilitation to non-profits, government agencies and for-profit businesses going through transition. “We are excited to have Elena join our board. […] Read More »

Signs of the times

No parking is allowed except when it is allowed. Have you seen a funny sign that you would like to share? Send to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Want to know about the Ventura County Civil Grand Jury?

Is your organization interested in learning about the local civil Grand Jury?  There is a Speakers Bureau available to educate the public on what the Grand Jury does and how to become a member. Foreperson Pam Riss is also available to give radio or television interviews. To learn more, or to book a speaker, please […] Read More »

Helpful Ventura Police Department contacts and others

Public safety information and alerts Venturapd.org facebook.com/venturapd nextdoor.com vcalert.org 911 emergency 24 hour non-emergency 650-8010 General information 339-4400 Abandoned vehicles 339-4432 General numbers City hall 805-654-7800 Code enforcement 805-658-4711 Graffiti hotline 805-654-7805 Pothole hotline 805-652-4590 Street light out SCE 800-655-4555 Read More »

Seaside Emergency Associates turn holiday party into benefit

Funds raised for several non-profits by medical professionals at holiday party. Seaside Emergency Associates, a leading provider of emergency room services for Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) and Santa Paula Hospital, turned their holiday party into a benefit for Make-A-Wish, Toys for Tots, Health Care Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Paula. […] Read More »

The Ventura Family YMCA is proud to announce Danielle Brinkman-Vera as Chair of the 2017 Annual Campaign.

Brinkman-Vera is Partner in Charge of Tax Services-Oxnard at Farber Hass Hurley LLP.  She is an expert in her field and has more than 18 years of experience in providing tax and accounting services. Brinkman-Vera is passionate about her community and has served on the YMCA Board since 2004. She serves on the YMCA’s Finance […] Read More »

First selected in 2000 Sondermann and Ring were chosen to develop the site

City and Harbor dignitaries finally got to celebrated the groundbreaking of large project. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman Portside Ventura Harbor a project sixteen years in the making has  held its groundbreaking ceremony. The project initiated by developers Michael Sondermann and Doug Ring who spent nine years ushering Portside Ventura Harbor through many city […] Read More »

20th Annual Poinsettia Awards

Chamber honors those who make a difference in Ventura. Photo by Sharon Uhlig www.sharonmaephotography.com On Friday, December 8, nearly 300 people turned out to celebrate the 20th Annual Poinsettia Awards luncheon hosted by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. The event honored and recognized individuals and organizations that have truly stood out in our community as exemplary […] Read More »

Joymaker challenge brings toys to local kids in need

The  Boys & Girls Club provides a positive place for all youth. As a part of their Santa’s Workshop Holiday Party teens at the Boys and Girls Club taught younger club members about giving back. Teens helped younger members wrap gifts which were given to children at Casa Pacifica. The teens have been working with […] Read More »

Rotarians help local children find the spirit of the holidays

Students enbjoyed a morning of shopping and lunch with Santa Clau The Rotary Club of Ventura hosted  local elementary school students for a morning of shopping and lunch with Santa Claus during the club’s annual Christmas party on Dec.14. About 60 children from Ventura Schools attended a shopping trip with Rotarians and Interact students.  Each student was […] Read More »

Fun and Fitness for the Holidays at Skating Plus

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Tom Spence named Chamber Citizen of the Year

At the 20th Annual Poinsettia Awards luncheon publisher Sheldon posed with his buddy Tom Spence who was selected by the Chamber as the Citizen of the Year. Photo by Richard Lieberman Read More »

Ventura Improv Company will take laughs elsewhere

The Ventura Improv Company (VIC), Ventura’s longest-running improv comedy theater troupe, will pull up stakes at its long-time home on Palm Street in mid-January 2017. Special shows, including an annual New Year’s Eve blowout, are planned. Several factors went into the decision to give up the lease to the VIC’s space, its home since 1994. […] Read More »

Surfrider Foundation and Ventura County Fair  team up to prevent plastic pollution

by Surfrider Foundation Surfrider is fed up with plastic pollution. It’s ugly and can impact wildlife that we love. Plastic pollution in the ocean typically starts as litter on the beach, streets or sidewalk. Sometimes there are more direct sources. After discovering a new type of plastic litter on the beach last year, Surfrider volunteers […] Read More »

Clearing the way for new CMH driveway

A new entrance driveway is taking shape off of Main Street that will serve the new Community Memorial Hospital. To create this driveway the Midtown building, which has housed several businesses over the years, was demolished.   Read More »

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint held on Dec. 17 at Thompson Blvd at California St

The Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Dec.17. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when […] Read More »

This holiday season the Ventura Police Department Is looking for impaired drivers

“I don’t drink when I drive so all the good boys and girls get their presents.” The Ventura police will be out looking for drunk and drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. “Beginning on December 16 and continuing into the New Year, you will see […] Read More »

Warm, fuzzy Christmas blankets and Christmas Teddy Bears

Christmas joy is once again happening at Assisted Hospice, Ventura.  Thanks to a generous donation from Michael Boyko, Reardon’s Ventura, Hospice Patients will be warm and cozy again this winter.  Assisted started their “Will Anyone Remember Me Campaign” four years ago for their Hospice Patients during the Christmas Holiday.  Many of their patients are in […] Read More »

A new wreath for an old Bell Tower

by  Fr. Tom Elewaut, Pastor Mission San Buenaventura Just in time for the annual tree lighting ceremony in Downtown Ventura, Mission San Buenaventura is displaying a new wreath (nine foot in diameter) with clear large and mini LED lights and a jumbo red bow! Weighing 100 lbs. the energy efficient lit wreath is made in […] Read More »

Festival announces 2017 board leadership

The Ventura Music Festival (VMF) is pleased to announce its new Board leadership team for 2017.  At the helm is Doug Halter as President, Larry Velasquez as Treasurer, and Timothy Smith as Secretary. Doug Halter is a well-known community leader, long associated with the VMF and one of the prime developers of the Botanical Gardens. […] Read More »

VCCCD hosts appreciation luncheon for veterans

The Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees Chair Larry Kennedy, Chancellor Bernard Luskin and Vice Chancellor of Educational Services Rick Post, all United States Navy veterans, recently hosted a luncheon at the District Administration Center to express appreciation for the Veterans Resource Centers staff at Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura Colleges. Board Chair Larry […] Read More »

Winner of  “Fire Hydrant Award” Essay Contest is Brody Daw

The Ventura City Fire Department announced the winner of the 4th Grade “Fire Hydrant Award” essay contest in a surprise presentation, Monday, Dec. 12 at Mound Elementary School. Brody Daw whose winning essay was selected received the “Fire Hydrant Award” presented by Fire Chief David Endaya and firefighters from Ventura City Fire.  The Fire Hydrant […] Read More »

The NALA goes global with charity partners

CEO Jeffrey Rosenthal traveled to Hawaii with veterans who were at Pearl Harbor. By Dale Myers There is an adage that says “Think locally, act globally,” which the NALA, a Ventura-based boutique marketing agency, takes to heart. On the business side, the goal of the NALA is to help businesses flourish in their local community. […] Read More »

Ventura Surf Club donates over $10,000 to local groups

The Ventura Surf Club makes annual donations to local groups that meet their club credo; “To preserve, promote and perpetuate the values, beliefs and essence of surfing”.  The donations are funded primarily from the annual California Street Classic surf contest, which runs in conjunction with the Aloha Beach Festival in Ventura every September. This year’s […] Read More »

Brennan has been on the forefront of coastal and wetland protection policy

Former Ventura Mayor Brian Brennan is the newest member of the Ventura Port District Board of Commissioners and is a welcome addition to the team. Brennan served as a Ventura city councilman from 1998-2013 and mayor from 2003-2005. Born and raised in Galway, Ireland, Brennan became a United States citizen in 1966 and is an […] Read More »

Gold Coast Transit District announces partnership with the Department of Homeland Security

Gold Coast Transit District, Ventura County’s largest public transit provider announced their partnership with the public awareness campaign of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “If You See Something, Say Something™.” “If You See Something, Say Something™” posters and signs will now be visible on buses, transit centers and public spaces in the Gold Coast […] Read More »

Ventura County Leadership Academy names new board leaders

Mike Paule is the new president and a 30 year resident of Ventura County.  He owns a video production and marketing consulting firm and is an elected director of Triunfo Sanitation District.  Mr. Paule also serves as president of Ventura County Special Districts Association and as trustee on the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation. Melissa Baffa […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 6 – December 21, 2016 - January 3, 2017 - Tech Today

How to securely dispose of your mobile device by Ken May Mobile devices, such as smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets, continue to advance and innovate at an astonishing rate. As a result, some people replace their mobile devices as often as every year. Unfortunately, too many people dispose of their devices with little thought on just […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 6 – December 21, 2016 - January 3, 2017 - CAPS

Holiday Wishes by Elizabeth Rodeno It is in the spirit of the season, that we share our good fortune with the community at large. Every year, our channels are full of holiday and spiritual programs. We also get to enjoy some of the victories and accomplishments that the City of Ventura and the Ventura Unified […] Read More »

A Christmas village at 2674 E. Main

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Routine oil spill training held in Ventura Harbor

Recently a routine oil spill training was held in the Ventura Harbor.  It was performed by the company Clean Seas. They are one of the regions oil and pollution containment and recovery assets.  This day they were deploying containment boom from their trucks.  This containment boom could be used to contain spills in the ocean […] Read More »

Premier America Credit Union donates to Library Foundation

On Dec. 14 Premier America Credit Union presented a $50,000 check to the Ventura County Library Foundation (VCLF) at the Saticoy branch located in Ventura. Premier America, the Founding and a primary sponsor, is pleased to kick-off the fundraising initiative for the bookmobile, which will provide mobile library service to approximately 70 communities in two-week […] Read More »

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme is open to the public

Andrew Pyler volunteered to clean the pieces as part of his Eagle Scout project. by Richard Lieberman After sorting through more than 14,000 artifacts to find 75 that best represented the history of the Seabees, the curator for exhibits at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme needed to get them ship-shape for display. […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens appoints board leadership

Barbara Brown appointed VBG President. Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) announced recently the appointment of its 2017 slate of officers. Beginning on January 1, Barbara Brown will assume the post of President. Dr. Tracy Long will assume the post of Vice President. Terry Sommers will remain as Treasurer with Sandy Ross as Recording Secretary and Jonell […] Read More »

Volunteers help Ventura Hillsides Conservancy at Big Rock Preserve

Unveiling the bike rack are Christy Weir Ventura City Council, Jay Licata Aera Energy, Matt Wyatt Aera Energy, Derek Poultney Ventura Hillsides Conservancy, Michelle Newell Aera Energy and Ron Henry  Aera Energy. On Saturday, Nov. 19, more than 20 volunteers joined the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) at their Big Rock Nature Preserve near Foster Park […] Read More »

Local program receives $10,000 donation to enhance watershed education program

The funding will help the program extend its reach and continue its mission . Once Upon a Watershed, an Ojai-based education program providing hands-on watershed education, restoration and stewardship experience to 4-6 grade students in Ventura County received their second installment of a $30,000 commitment from Aera Energy, an oil exploration and production company located […] Read More »

Gold Coast Transit District announces partnership with the Department of Homeland Security

Gold Coast Transit District, Ventura County’s largest public transit provider announced their partnership with the public awareness campaign of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “If You See Something, Say Something™.” “If You See Something, Say Something™” posters and signs will now be visible on buses, transit centers and public spaces in the Gold Coast […] Read More »

Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) "ELF on the GO" holiday bus is on the road

Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) is excited to announce that a specially decorated holiday bus will be traveling the streets of Oxnard, Ventura, Port Hueneme and Ojai this holiday season! The 40-foot “ELF on the GO” bus will be decorated inside and out with hundreds of lights — will feature music — and will include District […] Read More »

Volunteers help Ventura Hillsides Conservancy at Big Rock Preserve

On Saturday, Nov. 19, more than 20 volunteers joined the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) at their Big Rock Nature Preserve near Foster Park to plant willow tree cuttings and unveil a bike rack that was recently installed on the property. Donated by Aera Energy, the bike rack is just one of many improvements VHC has […] Read More »

New discovery of native peoples of San Nicolas Island in 19th Century Los Angeles

During the December From Shore to Sea Lecture, Susan Morris, a local researcher and writer, will discuss new research into the 1835 removal of native peoples from San Nicolas Island (the Nicoleños) and give details about their lives in the growing city of Los Angeles. The story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island […] Read More »

Scorpion Pier is open for use

Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau announced that the damaged pier at Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island has been replaced and is open for visitor landings. The pier was closed last December due to damages caused by high surf. It was a flatbed railcar that was installed as a temporary pier in 2000 […] Read More »

Mobile recycling center

As soon as this homeless man can gather two more bags of cans he will have enough to rent an apartment. Read More »

Teen volunteers and women head of households

Soroptimist International of Ventura, a local service club for business and professional women with the goal of making a difference in the lives of women and girls, announces that applications are now available for two scholarships. Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek assistance to go back to school […] Read More »

Breeze Recipes - Savory cheese and onion pie

Savory cheese and onion pie by Randy Graham-Writer, author and private chef Ingredients: 1 frozen pastry crust (pre-bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes) 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic (minced) 28-ounce can diced tomatoes ¾ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped) 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves (torn into pieces) Fresh ground black pepper to taste […] Read More »

Foster VC Kids, CSA, KVTA Radio Collaborate for “Holidays with Heart” Drive

For 25 years, CSA and radio station 1590 AM KVTA Local News Talk, have collaborated to collect toys and raise funds for the more than 1,000 foster children and youth in Ventura County, as well as growing numbers of additional low-income children and their families.  Last year’s partnership helped generated 34,000 toys and the KVTA […] Read More »

Light Up A Life benefits Livingston Memorial Hospice Services

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association’s 32nd Light Up A Life campaign is underway as families throughout Ventura County prepare to honor departed loved ones at the annual holiday Light Up a Life events. The campaign runs through the holiday season with the goal to raise $100,000 to support Livingston Memorial Hospice services throughout the County. […] Read More »

Step Up Ventura helps homeless youngsters thrive

Step Up Ventura is a non-profit organization that changes the lives of homeless children by providing resources needed for family stability and early childhood educational success. This month, Step Up Ventura launched their new Outreach Program, focused on helping displaced families address the challenges of raising young children in crisis by positively affecting parent-child relationships […] Read More »

Filmmakers, act fast!

Film submissions are being accepted through Dec. 16 for the 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival, which will celebrate winners at an Awards Celebration in March of 2017 at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center located in the Ventura Harbor. Water: Take 1 aims to create a greater […] Read More »

Ventucky?

by Dr. Randal “Randy” Beeman “You do know that outsiders call this ‘Ventucky,’” said the branch manager as my wife and I opened a new bank account here in town. We began to realize that Ventura has an image problem ever since we arrived for our semi-retirement last month. I shrugged off the comments until […] Read More »

National Family Volunteer Day

On National Family Volunteer Day (Nov. 19) the South Seaward Merchants Association and neighbors spent a morning sprucing up our gateway to the beach. They met  the Social Tap parking lot and were provided the supplies and refreshments! The merchants provided volunteers with gift certificates for their appreciation.   Read More »

Rotary Clubs helping the community in many ways

It will be a warm cozy winter for local children and families in need thanks to the Rotary Club of Ventura (downtown), Rotary Club of Ventura South and Four Seasons Cleaners who will collect, clean and distribute 6,000 new or gently used coats and heavy sweatshirts of all sizes to local families. The drive began Nov. 1 and lasts through Dec. 31. This […] Read More »

Local rally held in support of Dakota Access Pipeline protests

More than six months after the establishment of Sacred Stone Camp at Standing Rock Reservation, protesters are continuing to resist the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The oil pipeline was originally routed through Bismarck, North Dakota—a city that is over 90 percent white—but was rerouted through sacred Sioux land when Bismarck residents complained that […] Read More »

Ventura County Food Forward Branch Out Event brings community together

Rick Namhais, Executive Director, Carol Goldstein, Board Member, Ally Gialketsis, Ventura Branch Coordinator, Jill Sarick Santos Ventura Branch Manager and Emily Parker Fundraising Manager at ‘friend-raising’ event. Food Forward has been connecting those most vulnerable to food insecurity in our community with abundant fresh produce gleaned from farms, orchards, backyards and farmers markets since 2012 […] Read More »

Land Rover Jaguar Ventura hosts a law enforcement appreciation reception

Bella Donnelly making friends with police dog “Yankee” and officer Metz. On Nov. 15 Land Rover Jaguar Ventura hosted a law enforcement appreciation reception honoring K9 Jag, the Ventura Police K9 Unit and law enforcement county-wide. In March of 2016 Officer Hrynyk was selected as the Ventura Police Department’s next K9 handler. He was paired […] Read More »

Farm Day Heroes

Chris Massa brings nobility to farming at Balboa Middle School. by Sheli Ellsworth Most of us take food for granted. We shop in grocery stores bursting with choices. Food delivered to our doorstep is a click away. Roadside and farmer’s markets offer fresh and organic options. Food can be purchased anytime on any day. Scholar […] Read More »

Ventura College rally following Nov. 8 election results

Students expressed concern for the well-being of individuals targeted by large political campaigns. by Andres Tovar-Ventura College Students gathered the evening after the November 8th election to discuss the future of this great nation. Under the hot sun and heavy air that filled the end of a grueling campaign season, many expressed concern for the […] Read More »

Attendees were offered a  guided tour of the Ventura Police department

Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney spoke to members of The Ventura Police Community Foundation about the accomplishments and goals of the Foundation as well as the Department’s Strategic Plan and public safety at the first annual Chief’s Luncheon on November 16 held at police headquarters on Dowell Dr. Attendees had lunch provided by the Ventura […] Read More »

Principal for a Day -- connecting schools and the business community

26 schools in the Ventura Unified School District, as well as Vista Real Charter High School, participated in Principal for a Day last week. Volunteers from the business community spent the morning in an elementary, middle or high school, then shared their experiences at a lunch at Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE.) The volunteers […] Read More »

Local author  wins coveted Royal Dragonfly Book Award

The judges of the 2016 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature, have spoken. The Spirit of Villarosa: A Father’s Extraordinary Adventures; A Son’s Challenge by Horace Dade Ashton, Marc Ashton, and Ventura’s Libby J. Atwater won first place in two categories: biography and memoir and historical nonfiction. “Winning […] Read More »

Aloha Steakhouse chooses the City Center Transitional Living

Black-and-Blue Flat-Iron Steak is steak blackened and grilled over lava rocks, topped with Danish blue cheese, and served with a choice of soup or salad and fresh steamed vegetables or baked potato, mashed potatoes, or wild rice For every order of this dish sold through December 31, 2016, Aloha Steakhouse will donate $2 to The […] Read More »

Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market

The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association has announced its holiday schedule for its Ventura locations.  The Downtown Ventura Market, held on the corners of East Santa Clara and Palm Streets from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon., will be open both Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016 and New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 3, 2016 […] Read More »

Harrison’s trash collection delayed one day for Thanksgiving

In observance of Thanksgiving Day, the employees of Harrison Industries are taking the day off on Thursday, Nov. 24. As a result, customers who normally have their trash and recyclables or green waste collected on Thursday or Friday will have it collected one day later than usual. The Thanksgiving holiday will not affect customers who […] Read More »

Interface Children & Family Services’ Youth Advisory Board honored at National Philanthropy Day

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara and Ventura County Chapter announced this year’s National Philanthropy Day honorees including Keets and Hugh Cassar for Philanthropists of the Year, Ventura County; Tina and Andy Killion for Volunteers of the Year, Ventura County; and Interface Children & Family Services’ Youth Advisory Board for Youth in Philanthropy at […] Read More »

Take a hungry person to lunch day

Part of National Hunger and Homelessness Week by Jill Forman “The days are long and the nights are cold.”  ~ Christine Chalquist, formerly homeless Jamie didn’t want to leave the Vagabond Coffee Shop.  “It’s nice to be inside,” he said. “Thank you very much.  It’s like going on a trip and looking out the window, […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 – November 23 - December 6, 2016 - CAPS

Engage and inform by Elizabeth Rodeno Time is flying by here at CAPS Media Center. Members are busily producing shows, some aiming for the holiday season, which is coming up quickly. As a preview of the season of giving, it is always heartwarming to hear the stories from the homeless and helpless to the sheltered […] Read More »

The winners of the First Annual Ventura Breeze Photo Contest

First place:  James Hart “Eye on Ventura”    Second place: Mike Abbrusco “Train Bridge”   Third place:  Sean Green “Busy Bee Café” Amateur non-professional photographers of all ages were invited to enter their best images celebrating our life in Ventura County. The Ventura County Camera Club judged the entries. Images were judged on artistic merit, originality, composition […] Read More »

The winners of the First Annual Ventura Breeze Photo Contest

The winners of the First Annual Ventura Breeze Photo Contest (in conjunction with The Ventura County Camera Club) have been announced. First place:  James Hart “Eye on Ventura” Second place: Mike Abbrusco “Train Bridge”  Third place:  Sean Green “Busy Bee Café” Amateur non-professional photographers of all ages were invited to enter their best images celebrating our […] Read More »

Hear from a woman who taught school before becoming homeless

Take a hungry person to lunch at a participating downtown Ventura restaurant Thursday, Nov 17 10:30 am – 2 pm in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: November 12-20. Meet Thursday., Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston. Hear from a woman who taught school before […] Read More »

Scores of dancing un-dead performed at Ventura Harbor Village as part of a worldwide record attempt

Photo by Richard Lieberman This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” album and video. On Oct. 26, thousands of dancing zombies across the globe took to the streets in unison in an attempt to break simultaneous worldwide Thriller dance records and gather donations for charity. In Ventura, scores […] Read More »

2nd Annual Breast Cancer Spa Night

Guests were having fun with photo props and champagne while waiting for their spa treatments at the 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Spa Night  October 26th The event was held at Jessica’s Nail and Spa in Ventura Over 60 women who are breast cancer survivors and current fighters came out to receive a free manicure or […] Read More »

Grand Jury Speakers Bureau

The County of Ventura Grand Jury is an all-volunteer group serving as an independent agent of the public to investigate complaints from the public pertaining to government agencies in our community.    Is your organization interested in hearing about these investigative duties and procedures?  The Grand Jury Speakers Bureau is available to educate the public in […] Read More »

Rare mammoth fossil excavated on Santa Rosa Island

A team of scientists recently unearthed an exceptionally well preserved fossil of a complete mammoth skull from an eroding stream bank on Santa Rosa Island. The team, consisted of retired National Park Service archaeologist Don Morris,  Mammoth Site paleontologist Justin Wilkins and Monica Bugbee. “This mammoth find is extremely rare and of high scientific importance. […] Read More »

Local bug business wins honor

by Sheli Ellsworth On October 18, Rincon-Vitova Insectaries won the international 2016 Regenerative Business Prize at the Regenerative Business Summit in Seattle Washington. Founded in 1959 by entomologist Everett Dietrick who passed away in 2008, the company is located at 108 Orchard Drive, just outside the Ventura city limits. RVI pioneered the commercial production of […] Read More »

Submit your film now

Attention film enthusiasts and filmmakers: If you haven’t started working on your short film yet for the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival, it’s not too late! Awards include the Audience Choice Award, voted on by the general public with the winner receiving a brand new iPad; the award for Best Student Short Film, […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 – November 9 - November 22, 2016 - On Vacation

Alyana Morales took the Breeze with her to Mammoth (last winter) ! Got a foot of snow while she was there, such a beautiful place. Read More »

USCIS to Present Citizenship Certificates to 60 Young People

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) on Nov. 10 by presenting 60 local kids their citizenship certificates at Channel Islands National Park. This ceremony is representational of the partnership between USCIS and the NPS, and is a step towards our goal of holding at […] Read More »

Funny signs of the times

No parking allowed anytime except when it is allowed? Have you seen a funny sign that you would like to share? This one is from Breezy Gledhill. Send yours to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

Gold Coast Transit District provides free bus rides to veterans

Gold Coast Transit District is participating in the countywide “Veteran’s Ride free on Veteran’s Day” promotion offering free bus rides to U.S. military veterans on Friday, November 11. In appreciation for the contributions of the 40,000+ men and women currently living in Ventura County who have served in our Nation’s armed forces, Gold Coast Transit […] Read More »

Ventura Downtown Lions Club serves Ventura County veterans

Lions Clubs International’s motto “We Serve” was definitely exemplified by members of the Ventura Downtown Lions Club. Following a full day of deep-sea fishing sponsored by Anglers Anonymous Ventura Coast, Ventura Downtown Lions Club members Kathy Shurtleff, Ken Cozzens, Adam Casillas, Rick Robinett, Tim Brown, Mike Vaseth, Ed Rogoff, Joel Crawley, Charlie Burnham and Robin […] Read More »

Where was this photo taken? Contest

Where was this photo taken? The first correct answer wins a $25 gift certificate to any advertiser in this issue. Send your answer to editor@venturabreeze.com.     Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 3 – November 9 - November 22, 2016 - Answer in a Breeze

Breeze What will be behind  the Ventura Auto Center after all the grading ? Thanks Ely M Enriquez Ely: A Volkswagen dealership. Read More »

The San Salvador has a new paint job (and flags to come) .

The legacy of Sam Povar lives on through his family and the community. Photo by George Robertson Sam Povar was a man who loved Ventura and who spent his time and resources in creating, preserving and protecting the beauty of the city that he loved.  Sam passed away in 2015, but he sparked a commitment to […] Read More »

Free Business Resource Seminar and Expo comes to Ventura Nov. 9

Strategies for success in today’s economy will be one of the featured topics at a free business resource seminar and expo at the Ventura College Wright Event Center on Wednesday, November 9. The seminar will highlight a variety of approaches and techniques that can help local businesses position themselves for success, capitalize on billions of dollars in tax […] Read More »

Open space usage debate - Part 2

What’s a voter to do? by Sheli Ellsworth Environmentalist Winthrop Staples has also studied the SOAR/Measure F issue. Staples feels that, in general, the open space issues are really a bi-product of over population. The idea of an ever-expanding economy dependent upon immigration and the misconception of infinite resources is always going to be a […] Read More »

Prior to Herzog, Guy served as director of communications for Mustang Marketing

Wine producer Herzog Wines Cellars has announced that Jenny Guy as its new director of marketing and public relations. In this role, Guy will manage the winery’s marketing department, overseeing paid, owned and earned media strategy, community and trade relations, branding and creative output, as well as the ideation and execution of marketing campaigns for […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 – October 26 - November 8, 2016 - Answer in a Breeze

Hi Sheldon, I recently noticed that my trash bill went up and I inquired about it.  Harrison Rubbish told me that the city is now charging them $15.61 a barrel for recycle goods, both yard wastes and cans/plastics and bottles.  So the city is now charging us to separate for Harrison to make money on […] Read More »

Annual Zumbathon® fundraiser supports fitness training and nutrition education

Ventura based obstetrician and gynecologist Rosalind Warner M.D. chaired this year’s annual Zumbathon® fundraiser produced by Fit 4 The Cause a nonprofit that provides fitness training and nutrition education for special populations who cannot afford or attend traditional gyms under usual circumstances. Zumbathon® took place on Oct. 22 at Constitution Park Drive in Camarillo. One […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze celebrates nine year anniversary

by Richard Lieberman October 24th 2007 the first issue of the Ventura Breeze made its debut on the Ventura scene. Today we take a look back and offer a compilation of articles from the past nine years. With 240 issues under our belt, we have lived up to our original philosophy of being the only […] Read More »

Land & Sea Food Truck Feast

On Tuesday, Sept. 27 the Leo Robbins Sailing Center presented a food-truck fare with afternoon sailing (with very little help from the wind) at the Land & Sea Food Truck Feast that took  place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Sailing Center in Marina Park. The Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center is a national […] Read More »

Local food co-op sponsors discussion

by Sheli Ellsworth October 5, Ventura Food Co-op hosted a panel discussion about locally grown food at MadeWest Brewing. Panel members included father and daughter, Jose and Maria Alcantar of Alcantar Organics; Phil McGrath of McGrath Family Farm; Sarah Nolan of the Abundant Table; and Alley Gialketis of Ventura Food Co-op. What is a co-op? […] Read More »

Writers Club sponsors contest

For more information contact Sheli, she’s the one on the right. The Ventura County Writers Club is proud to announce the opening of their 17th annual short story contest. The fiction contest is open to all writers and winners receive cash prizes. Adult first place prize award is $500, second place is $250 and third […] Read More »

Casitas Crew-zers offer adult rowing workouts

Casitas Rowing has started a new group of rowers because of popular demand! The Casitas Crew-zers will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30am allowing adults who cannot make the usual early morning workouts a chance to get out on amazing Lake Casitas in a sculling boat. This group has long been needed and requested […] Read More »

Turning Point Counseling comes to Ventura

Turning Point Counseling, headquartered in Orange County, has opened one of its 24 satellite offices in Ventura.  Pastor Jim Duran and The River Community Church has partnered with Turning Point Counseling to provide space for local resident, Barbara Suggs, M.A., MFT Intern, who provides services to the community in both Spanish and English under the […] Read More »

Try on the Breeze at Trystology

At Trystology (451 E. Main) they understand the stylish and fashionable nature of the Ventura Breeze. When you are finished reading the Breeze try it on for size. Read More »

Ventura College Foundation provides financial support to students

The Ventura College Foundation recently announced the addition of three new employees. Sean Donnelly has been brought on as database coordinator, Jaimee Hanna as programs and events coordinator and Susan O’Connell as administration and operations coordinator. “We’re excited to have Sean, Jaimee and Suzie join our core staff, as they each show such enthusiasm and […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 2 – October 26 - November 8, 2016 - CAPS

Inform our community by Elizabeth Rodeno October brings in our new board of directors who support the vision of CAPS , Patrick Davidson, our executive director and the staff. The non-profit CAPS Media Center has as our mission to create an engaged and informed community through participation in electronic media. We are here every day […] Read More »

Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards

Leo Tauber, MD and his family at the David Fainer, MD Awards Dinner In 1992, the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation (VCMRF) presented the First Annual Fainer Awards and the health care community came together to commemorate the life of the late David Fainer, MD who served as role model and mentor for many in […] Read More »

Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at Island Creations

An official Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony was recently held at Island Creations in the Ventura Harbor Village. Owners  Jo Hawthorne and Alioune Diouck cut the ribbon as Chamber members, City Councilmember Christy Weir, Harbor merchants welcomed them to Ventura.  Island Creations is a laid-back seaside boutique offering a collection of stylish, hard to […] Read More »

Bill Green’s first cartoon

Bill Green’s first cartoon that appeared in the first Ventura Breeze issue. Read More »

Sandra Laby laid to rest

On Wednesday, September 28 a funeral service was held at Temple Beth Torah for Sandra Laby. It was attended by hundreds of her friends, relatives and admirers of this most remarkable woman. Photos by John Ferritto Read More »

Lloyd Properties donates 860 acres to local land trust

  The Lloyd Ranch has been a part of the Ventura community for over a century, providing stewardship of a large section of the Ventura hillsides since the early 1900’s and contributing to Ventura’s economic vitality for decades. On Sept. 29, 2016, The Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust accepted the donation of 860 acres of […] Read More »

Randolph Siple's passing sentiments

Randolph Edward Siple, born June 5, 1933 in Glendale, California left this world on September 20, 2016. It is with some regret that I tell you I have died, but with no regret that I have joined so many of my friends on the other side. Let me tell you a little about my life. […] Read More »

Open space usage debate - Part one

What’s a voter to do? by Sheli Ellsworth In November, Ventura County voters will decide how they want to promulgate their open space kingdom. Is NIMBY-ism a bad thing? Should Ventura County become an extension of the San Fernando Valley? Depends on whom you ask. In the VC Star, Columnist Joe Mathews espouses that the […] Read More »

Zizic’s birthday at Pete’s Breakfast House

Pierpont Racquet Club old guy (except for the one under 70) tennis players Tony Jankowski, Dick Zizic, Dick Baldewin, Harold Kennedy, Harry Finney, Jim Minas and an unidentified person in a funny shirt celebrating Zizic’s birthday at Pete’s Breakfast House. Read More »

Toastmasters club

On Wednesday, Oct.26, at 6pm the Ventura PowerPoint Toastmasters will present an Open House and Halloween celebration at Cypress Place (1220 Cypress). Featured will be learning PowePoint skills to enhance your publications. Yummy snacks and prizes and ghoulishly fun. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization that promotes public speaking and reaches out to […] Read More »

Arthritis Foundation's California Coast Classic Bike Tour

Darren Gonser is a 16 year veteran of the Arthritis foundation California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour. This is the 16th year and he has participated in all of them. The Arthritis Foundation’s California Coast Classic Bike Tour is a scenic bike ride that takes place over 8 days and covers 525 miles along the coast […] Read More »

Almost election time

by Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS Media Channel Six’s schedule is brimming with election programming. From several forums to a featured program on the ballot propositions to our Video Voter program, you can get informed and meet the candidates who will serve Ventura’s community. Video Voter is our unique program that features both the candidate’s platform, shared […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 1 – October 12 - October 25, 2016 - Two On the Aisle

Jim’s interest in magic began at age 14. R.I.P. Jim Spencer by Shirley Lorraine The seat on the aisle is now empty.  James (Jim) L. Spencer passed away at the age of 74 from a swiftly-moving inoperable brain tumor on Friday, September 30 with me, his wife of 26 years, Shirley Lorraine Spencer, at his […] Read More »

2016 VCWC Short Story Contest deadline Nov. 15

Go to venturacountywriters.com for more information. Read More »

Please help get a cherished instrument back to its owner

On Sept. 17 a friend of mine Dianne Ippel and I stopped at Jack In The Box on Victoria Blvd. to have a late lunch. She had brought her musical instrument inside with her, a Hammered Dulcimer which was in a soft vinyl black colored carry case because she was worried about it getting too […] Read More »

Ground breaking ceremony held for new Kaiser Permanente medical building

On Sept.23 a ground breaking ceremony was held for the new Kaiser Permanente medical building to be located at 4949 Market St. just off of the 101 freeway. The 57,000 square foot building will house obstetrics-gynecology, orthopedics, podiatry, plastics, gastroenterology; hematology/oncology, an infusion center; ophthalmology, optometry with optical dispensing, urgent care, as well as blood […] Read More »

Catholic Charities of Ventura County holds open house to unveil new food pantry

On Monday, September 19 Catholic Charities of Ventura County had an open house to unveil their new food pantry.  The design and building of the pantry was a collaborative effort with many local businesses and volunteers helping out, including the Seabees of Port Hueneme.  The Seabees volunteers dedicated 500 hours to demolishing the old pantry […] Read More »

Lou Cunningham running for Ventura School Board

Lou wants to be a voice for all of the community . Lou Cunningham is well acquainted with the challenges of school districts after being in school business management for over 20 years. For over eight years, Lou was Operations Manager for Ventura Unified School District, overseeing over 100 grounds and custodial employees. After that, […] Read More »

Why do the women volunteer?

Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) has many wonderful volunteers but four stand out because of their long term commitments to helping at CMH. They are part of the CMH Auxiliary. Doris Sprague (32 years) works the Gift Shop, and Ginny Basso (48 years) and Judy Miller (37 years) as Flyers and Desk Receptionists and Pat Utter […] Read More »

Ventura Jazz Orchestra groups are seeking quality musicians

Dear fellow musicians by Dean Adams Director/Trombonist Here we all are, another fall/winter season to make music. The need for quality musicians continues. The Ventura Jazz Orchestra groups has a saxophone, trumpet and trombone chair open. We are coming to our busy time of year with 10 events already booked. Interested musicians need to read at an advanced […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 26 – September 28 – October 11, 2016 - CAPS

Community by Elizabeth Rodeno All of us at CAPS Media love this time of year. Organizations are lining up their events, school programs are in progress and elections are on their way. This year, for the first time, local elections are happening concurrently with the national elections. This will be great for voter turnout and […] Read More »

Improve your life: Dance!

The Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets every Monday. by Jeanne Hoffman-Weisel For the past several decades, Monday night has been known for the time to dance and the place has been the Poinsettia Pavilion.  Dancing With the Stars and Monday Night Football can be recorded for later viewing –without the commercials! We have come to […] Read More »

A conversation with local farmers

The Ventura Food Co-op celebrates the farmers that work hard to produce our food. A century ago, half of Americans were farmers, now they number only 2 percent. This night of drinks and discussion will bring to light issues that farmers struggle with in Ventura County, the future of farming, and ways that community can […] Read More »

The celebration of Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. Jewish Year 5777 this year from sunset October 2, 2016 – nightfall October 4, 2016. 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 […] Read More »

The National Rescue Dog Training Center is the first facility of its kind in the nation

Search dog training center prepares dogs and handlers for major disasters. In August guests, Seabees and staff were invited to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation’s National Training Center located at 6800 Wheeler Canyon Rd, Santa Paula (it feels like Ventura). They were there to review the work completed in the past year by Navy […] Read More »

Arthritis Foundation bike tour coming to Ventura

On September 24th, 250 riders will begin their 525-mile journey down the California Coast raising money for The Arthritis Foundation. The California Coast Classic Bike Tour will be coming through Ventura and you’re invited to come meet the riders, volunteers and staff as they embark on this journey of a lifetime. Join the riders at […] Read More »

Grand opening of newest Bargain Box Thrift Store

The Assistance League of Ventura County celebrated the grand opening of its newest Bargain Box Thrift Store at 3351 Telegraph Rd. The new location offers additional space for the many vintage items and collections for sale. Kay Rich, President of the Ventura chapter led the ceremonies. Helping Kay Rich cut the ribbon were   Suz Howell, […] Read More »

Steve Cummings was a true renaissance man

Friends of the late Steve Cummings gathered briefly on September 2 to dedicate a public art project that is a memorial to his life. Mr. Cummings died suddenly in August 2015. The memorial is a pair of painted traffic signal utility boxes at the southwest corner of Mills and Loma Vista next to the Treacy […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County to temporarily close galleries

The Museum of Ventura County will still hold some special programs. Photo by Bernie Goldstein The Museum of Ventura County, which houses the region’s oldest and most comprehensive collection of documents, maps, and historical artifacts, will briefly close its downtown Ventura galleries (at 100 E. Main St.) in order to design and install a new exhibition […] Read More »

Paul Vaksvik is our set up man

by James Francis Gray Have you ever been to the Music Under the Stars concerts at Olivas Adobe in Ventura and noticed white chalk markings in the Olivas parking lot and the outside parking areas and wonder who makes this happen? Or the table and chair setups for these events?  Well, wonder no more. Paul […] Read More »

Spencer Makenzie's 7th Annual End of Summer Block Party

On August 27-28 Spencer Makenzie’s 7th Annual End of Summer Block Party the Throw Down was held at the closed street next to 806 Thompson. The 2 day event featured a free live concert on Saturday night, fine food and  one of the world’s largest cornhole tournaments. This has become an end of summer event […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 25 – September 14 – September 27, 2016 - Answer In A Breeze

Answer In A Breeze I see grading being done behind the Golden China Restaurant off of Seward. What is going there? Nate Samuel Nate: This will be a 120-unit Marriott Residential Inn. 2-5 stories, the 5th story is a small portion of it. Should be completed in about 6-months. If you have a question you […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 25 – September 14 – September 27, 2016 - On Vacation

From one of the stops on Vella Buchanan’s Danube River Cruise in Durnstein, Austria Vella took the time to read the latest Breeze. Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 24 – August 31 – September 13, 2016 - Ask the Chief

What are today’s challenges in keeping Ventura safe? by Police Chief Ken Corney Ventura Police Department In these times of “instant communication” we are often aware in real time of criminal acts that occur around the country.  In my experience, however, people are most concerned about their sense of safety and security impacted by crime that […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 24 – August 31 – September 13, 2016 - CAPS

Surf’s up by Elizabeth Rodeno It’s election time. This is the very important opportunity to share your voice with the community. CAPS Media will be featuring our own Video Voter 2016 which gives the community the opportunity to learn more about the candidates, their platforms and views. We want to provide the community with as […] Read More »

A royal book signing event by local authors

Breeze writers will sign your books and keep you laughing. Keep Calm and Read On Crown Books presents “Keep Calm and Read On,” a royal book signing event featuring local author Xina Marie Uhl and Ventura Breeze contributing writers Sheli Ellsworth and Mira Reverente. Uhl, an educational writer will be signing copies of her books […] Read More »

Are you an exceptional individual?

School on Wheels is looking for an exceptional individual who believes in the power of education and the potential of children.  The full job description is posted on their website and can be found at www.schoolonwheels.org/careers/ School on Wheels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Ventura that provides educational assistance to homeless children throughout Southern […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 24 – August 31 – September 13, 2016 - Tech Today

Four Leaders in the Ransomeware Game by Kenneth May-Swift Chip You’ve heard of CryptoLocker, right? Sure, it’s the media favorite, but there are a lot of other players these days that are worth more than an honorable mention. As an MSP, you know how important it is to stay current on the sheer breadth and […] Read More »

The Be the DD and Win campaign had its final night on July 15, 2016 in Ventura

  In July 2011, Ventura County Behavioral Health, Project Safer and the Ventura Police Department collaborated to develop and implement a campaign to recognize and reward designated drivers. The campaign was known as, “Be the DD and Win”. The “DD” acronym is short for Designated Driver. During the campaign, local alcohol establishments in Downtown Ventura […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting to be held to celebrate opening of new graduate housing for the homeless

Graduates of The City Center’s transitional housing program now have a new place to call home. To celebrate and unveil the newly retrofitted graduate housing, a ribbon cutting event will be held on Friday, Sept. 9 from 5:30 to 7pm at The City Center, 837 East Thompson Boulevard. “After months of construction and generous contributions […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital's Auxiliary Presents their Annual Maria Cavallow Scholarship  Awards

On June 13, two $2000.00 Maria Cavallo Scholarship awards were presented.  This awards one or more graduating high school seniors who has served at least 100 hours in the auxiliary, has maintained a 3.50 GPA or better, and who will be attending an accredited college or university and taking courses in the healthcare field. Delyla […] Read More »

Media gather for good news

Channel Island foxes are no longer endangered. Photos by Richard Lieberman (for more photos visit www.venturabreeze.com) by Sheli Ellsworth On a pristine Southern California morning, August 11, blue skies and calm waters welcomed dozens of invited guests to the Channel Islands National Park to celebrate. Joining the press conference were members of the National Park Service, […] Read More »

2016 Fair closed with record numbers of attendees in all categories

2016 Ventura County Fair closes with brilliance. Photo by John Ferritto The Ventura County Fair’s Board of Directors, management, and staff are proud to report that the 2016 Fair was a success. Celebrating the finest from throughout Ventura County, the 141st edition closed with record numbers in all categories. Visitors came from near and far to […] Read More »

Randall Richman is running for Ventura Council

I will eliminate wasteful and wrongful spending. Photo by Dina Pielaet Ventura City Council candidates-first in a series “written” by the candidates Randall RichmanTwenty-five year Ventura resident and record producer Randall Richman is running for Ventura Council on the November 8th ballot. Randall is probably best known for his fight against the downtown parking meters in […] Read More »

Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

No parking is allowed on one side of Vista Del Mar at any time especially on Sunday July 13. If you parked there on July 13 you got towed away 2 times. Have you seen a funny sign that you would like to share? Read More »

Refuse collection delayed one day for Labor Day

  In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, employees of Harrison Industries will be taking the day off on Monday, Sept. 5. As a result, Harrison will collect trash and recycling or green waste in Ventura and Ojai one day later than usual during the week of Sept. 4-10. The regular schedule will resume the […] Read More »

Steve Offerman announces candidacy for the Ventura Unified School Board

  Steve Offerman is well known in the community for being County Supervisor Steve Bennett’s assistant for the past 16 years. Supervisor Steve Bennett said: “Steve Offerman has been instrumental to the success of our office, He knows our community and knows how to get things done in government.  I regularly rely on his knowledge […] Read More »

Breeze's Brown booted for juicing

In another embarrassment for the United States the Summer Olympics kicked Breeze publisher Brown out of the Olympics because of the suspected use of steroids even though there was no proof that he has ever used them. Read More »

A pipeline I did not know existed

by Mary Haffner GUEST COLUMNIST On June 23, at 5:30 a.m., my family was awakened by a sickening smell.  A pipeline I did not know existed next to our back yard spilled 45,000 gallons of crude oil into the Prince Barranca.  Since that morning, our neighborhood has learned that much of the oil cannot be […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens hires Fundraising Administrator

The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) announced the hiring of Ginny Claborn, who joins the staff as Fundraising Administrator. Her role will be to coordinate and manage a full range of fundraising elements for the Gardens including events and donor cultivation. Prior to this, Ginny worked for nearly fifteen years for Habitat for Humanity in both […] Read More »

Debate to be held on two competing open space measures

Voters can learn about two competing countywide land-use measures on the ballot in November—Save Open-Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) and SUSTAIN VC. One representative from each measure will explain how each will affect Ventura County’s General Plan land use designations, goals and policies for open space, and agricultural and rural lands in unincorporated areas. The […] Read More »

Philanthropist Howard Boroughs will always be remembered

Just a few weeks shy of his 103rd birthday former biochemist, Howard Boroughs passed away. Howard Boroughs, came to Ventura in 1979 with his beloved wife Evelyn and their canine companion, Daisy. Thanks to their generosity, we have The Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Library at Ventura College and the dog park at Camino Real Park […] Read More »

Congregation Am HaYam announces services for September

Congregation Am HaYam, led by Rabbi J.B. Sacks, takes pride in its haimish (warm) “people person” reputation where everyone’s voice is heard.  Services are relevant, accessible and participatory in English and Hebrew, with transliterations provided for people who don’t read Hebrew.  Services begin on Friday nights at 8 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. […] Read More »

Impressions of Ventura

by Arijit Basu Lecturer-CSU-Bakersfield GUEST COLUMNIST When you think of Ventura, California, picture a poetic coast, and a wide 70 mm cinemascope vision of flora and fauna that sweeps up on you when you drive into town. One of the most sought after vacation spots in Southern California, Ventura has the charm, striking looks and […] Read More »

Melissa Baffa selected as Lead Science Communication Fellow for 2016

Melissa is a former science educator and research associate. As part of her fellowship, Baffa returned to the E/V Nautilus. Melissa Baffa, Vice President of Program and Volunteer Services for Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC), has been selected as Lead Science Communication Fellow for 2016 for the second consecutive year. As part of […] Read More »

Breeze photographers win best of show at county fair

Once again Ventura Breeze contributing photographers John Ferritto and Michael Gordon have won best of show at the Ventura County Fair in their categories. Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 23 – August 17 – August 30, 2016 - CAPS

End of summer by Elizabeth Rodeno The CAPS Media staff and volunteers completed live coverage of the 2016 Ventura County Fair Parade with style. Thanks to the Elks for running a great parade and to Tim O’Neil and Jerry Breiner for their excellent play by play. See you next year. Our Business of the Month […] Read More »

Are you a trained and certified Reflexologist?

Volunteers are needed to give Reflexology to cancer patients . The Cancer Program at Community Memorial Hospital is seeking trained and certified Reflexologist interested in volunteering at our Cancer Center. The Cancer Resource Center in conjunction with Community Memorial Hospital offers a variety of free services to individuals faced with a diagnosis of cancer as […] Read More »

Linda Elder of Ventura, esteemed sculptor and educator, has died

Linda Elder in her Studio by Donna Granata FOTM Portrait Series 2000 Linda Elder (1942 – 2016) Throughout her life, Linda exemplified strength and courage. Much of her work expressed an appreciation of woman’s strength and triumphant qualities, traits Linda displayed in her own life.  She conquered debilitating injuries sustained in an auto accident and […] Read More »

Learn about acting at adult center this fall

by Jill Forman Rosemary Molloy is amused at her encounters with death.  “I’ve been murdered three times: shot, stabbed, and suffocated.”  Her drama “career” started when she was over 70, and she wants to spread the joy she gets from acting to other adults. She considers being on stage “the thrill of a lifetime” and […] Read More »

Jason Romero strikes twice and local product Ben Silva once to seal the deal for Fusion

by Polo Ascencio Last year the inaugural Ventura County Cup presented by the Ventura County Star, had a lot of drama from minute the first kick until the end in overtime with Fusion coming from behind and taking the inaugural VC Cup. This year the only real drama happened when the lights when out as […] Read More »

Another summer of digital storytelling 

by Elizabeth Rodeno Our summer program, Lights, Camera, Action, a digital storytelling program in conjunction with the city has wrapped. A dozen students worked so hard, explored not just camera, directing and editing but concerned themselves with the finer details of art direction, costume design, hair and make-up. They are leaving the program with a […] Read More »

Edie Lanphar appointed Principal at Holy Cross School, Mission San Buenaventura

Edie Lanphar succeeds interim principal Fred Cruz effective July 1, 2016. Formerly she taught at Good Shepherd Catholic School in Santa Cruz as a middle school teacher and administrative intervention specialist. “I am really looking forward to minister with Ms. Lanphar,” stated Fr. Tom Elewaut, pastor of Mission San Buenaventura. “Her strengths include creating, building […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 22 – August 3 – August 16, 2016 - Tech Today

Safe Email Practices-part two by Ken May-Swift Chip 3. Handle Attachments Safely. Don’t open attachments unless you are absolutely sure about what they are and who they came from. Even attachments that were sent directly to you by a known sender might contain malicious code. Be especially careful with MS Word & Excel files. When […] Read More »

Great surfer and friend Mike Smith's ocean memorial

Mike Smith great surfer and friend to many passed away peacefully on April 11, 2016. A Mike Smith Memorial was recently held at Promenade Park.  Mike was an avid surfer and sometimes referred to as the Mayor of C Street.  He died of Alzheimer’s at age 68 which he had had for 5 years.  Approximately […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze and Ventura Rocks at Surf Rodeo

On July 16 and 17 the Ventura Breeze and Ventura Rocks was  at the Surf Rodeo held at Pierpont Beach. Ventura Rock’s Pam Baumgardner, author James Gray and Breeze staff member (and caricaturist) Jaime Baker were “manning” the booth. The  Surf Rodeo helped the following organizations: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, A Walk […] Read More »

Soroptimist International of Ventura officers and directors for 2016-2017 Club Year

In our last issue we had a photo that got cut off so here it is again. Soroptimist International of Ventura installs officers and directors for 2016-2017 Club Year.   Read More »

New West Symphony Harmony Project receives California Arts Council “Artists in Schools” Grant

The New West Symphony announced that it has received a $7,500 grant from the California Arts Council to help underwrite the costs for the Symphony’s Harmony Project for incoming elementary school students. The funding will help defray the costs of salaries for the professional musicians who teach in the program as well as of instruments […] Read More »

Breeze team out and about town

Breeze Senior Account Executive Breezy Gledhill, Alfred J. Lewis (from Studio Nothing) who makes the Breeze look pretty and Professor Scamp enjoying lunch at the pet friendly Traveler Café on Front Street Read More »

County Board of Supervisors honors Ventura County Lions Clubs

Lions Clubs honored for their contribution and support toward the establishment of Pediatric Eye Center. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors presented members of the Ventura County Lions Clubs with a resolution in honor of their contribution and support toward the establishment of the Pediatric Eye Center at Ventura County Medical Center. Ventura Downtown Lions […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 22 – August 3 – August 16, 2016 - Cute Grandkids

We have had a problem with our grandkids file and all of the text vanished (maybe hacked by jealous grandpaprents).    So all we know about these grandkids is that they are all adorable.   Do you have an adorable grandkid? If so send their photo to editor@venturabreeze.com Read More »

Farm Day Sneak Peek

The historic Faulkner House, built in 1894, is part of Hansen Research Center by Sheli Ellsworth On July 21, Ventura County farmers and Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture hosted a media preview of the November 5, Fourth Annual Ventura County Farm Day. Over a dozen journalist and other interested parties braved the sweltering July heat […] Read More »

Ed Summers announces candidacy for Ventura School Board

Former Ventura City Councilmember, Ed Summers announces candidacy for Ventura School Board Longtime resident and active community member, Ed Summers announced that he is running for a seat on the Ventura Unified School District Board of Trustees. Having served this community for the past 26 years, including as a former City of Ventura Councilmember and […] Read More »

Lynn Jacobs passes on

Lynn Jacobs, 69, passed away recently at Community Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for several weeks. Her husband Gary and kids were at her side. The amazing Ventura affordable housing advocate resident had been diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. Her career started in international banking and evolved into building farmworker and […] Read More »

Project Understanding functions primarily on donations and volunteers

Project Understanding is a nonprofit social service center serving clients in the Ventura County area. With a variety of programs they are able to serve a wide range of community needs. They firmly stand behind the “A Hand up Not a Handout” model. On July 7 a ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the opening […] Read More »

Brooks Institute moving to Downtown Ventura

From their current campus location on Ventura Ave. Brooks Institute is becoming an integral part of Ventura with several planned locations in the downtown area. Brooks has several  locations that are now being renovated spread out Downtown that will be their classrooms, studios and offices. In  February the City Council approved a five-year lease for […] Read More »

Kudos to the ECTV crew

by Elizabeth Rodeno Congratulations to the ECTV Crew from El Camino High School and their mentor/guru Phil Taggart and Assistant Manny Reynoso, whose program ECTV has won a national award for Best Informational Talk Show Series in the Student Category at the Alliance for Community Media National Conference.  The award will be presented at the […] Read More »

The Bargain Box is moving---up!

by Karen Helen Szatkowski Ventura’s Assistance League’s Bargain Box thrift store that supports many programs benefiting Ventura County’s children will be moving into the Goodwill and old post office building at 3351 Telegraph Rd.  Their last day on Main Street will be in late July and opening at the new store is estimated for early […] Read More »

Explore nature with the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy at Family Fun Day

Paul Meehan, gives his kids Claire and John a lift at the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s Big Rock Nature Preserve. Photo by Kyle Sparks. On Saturday, August 6, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host Family Fun Day at their Big Rock Nature Preserve from 10 a.m. – 12. This free, family-friendly, open-to-the-public outdoor event will […] Read More »

Safe email practices-part one

by Ken May-Swift Chip Why? Unsafe computing can corrupt your files, expose the contents of your internal drive to strangers, cause other computers to become compromised, and even allow your computer to be used by spammers to send millions of unsolicited emails. Using safe email practices helps you: Protect your inbox Protect your computer Protect […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners

A formal presentation was made to the Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners at the Fair offices. The contest was open to County youth in grades 5 – 12. Pictured are first place winner Madison Lomis, 16 years old  Ventura,  Barbara Quaid  CEO Ventura County Fairgrounds, second place winner Anna Sorensen, 12 years old  Simi […] Read More »

New play equipment to be installed in various city parks this summer

This summer will see new play equipment in many of our city parks. Many of our city play structures are very old (up to 30 years) and even dangerous for kids to play on, or don’t meet new State requirements that require soft rubberized areas under some equipment (monkey bars and jungle gyms for instance).  […] Read More »

Roy Brown's H2O Repurpose utilizes wasted water from soft-water systems

Local Ventura resident Roy Brown has designed a system that saves water from private soft-water systems and sinks that can be stored and used for outdoor chores and filling of toilets. He stated “With a soft water unit you are literally flushing water down the drain. We have figured out a way to repurpose this […] Read More »

Solarize Ventura pricing extended

The 100th household in Ventura “solarized” through The Solarize Ventura program this week. The discounted solar installation program offered in partnership with the City of Ventura and The Community Environmental Council has been extended through August 7th, providing the opportunity for more Ventura home owners to save money on their electric bills, and generate clean […] Read More »

Soroptimist International of Ventura installs officers and directors for 2016-2017 Club Year

Sherri Tarpchinoff Bennett, President Elect; Trevor Summerlin, 1 year Director; Kellye Edwards Patterson, Recording Secretary; Shirley Lorraine, Vice President (And Breeze contributing writer); Ann Hewitt, President; Kay Armstrong, Corresponding Secretary; Pamela Pecarich, Treasurer; Cindy Daly, 1 year Director. Not shown Cyndi Damron, 2 Year Director and Sandra Masiel, 2 Year Director. The Soroptimist Club of […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 21 – July 20 – August 2, 2016 - Cute Grandkid

Grandma Jane Taylor thinks that her grandson Alex Gomez  is as as cute as they get.  He loves to come to Ventura (It’s real hot where he lives). He likes the beach, the train and his “special” restaurant! He is such a cutie! Just turned 5 . Do you have a grandkid that you think […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 21 – July 20 – August 2, 2016 - On Vacation

Mike and Cindy Daly celebrated Ventura’s anniversary by taking  Ventura Breeze along with them on their 29th anniversary cruise on the Paul Gauguin. They cruised around the breathtaking Tahitian and Society Islands with their friends Jeff and Begonia Patch. Read More »

Safeguard the Central Coast

by Jack Dyer, Steve Dunwoody, and Graciela Cabellos The Central Coast is one of the most treasured landscapes in California, and for good reason. Three distinct ecosystems— grassland, semi-desert, and redwood forest—join together here to host more than 470 animal species, including more than 90 that are at risk of extinction.  It’s one of the […] Read More »

 HACSB celebrates second annual scholarship program recipients

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) is pleased to announce the award of scholarships to Section 8 tenants or tenants of rental properties owned or affiliated with the Housing Authority through its second Annual Scholarship Program competition. The HACSB Annual Scholarship Program is the result of a partnership with Pacific Western […] Read More »

Packed house at The City Center’s Champions of Change

Photos and article by Charllen Morla On Tuesday, June 28, The City Center Transitional Living (TCC) held an informational meeting “Champions of Change” at The River Community Church in Ventura. The evening program included various special guests including Lisa Higginbotham of Thrivent Financial – Event Sponsor. Also among the line up was Ventura Deputy Mayor […] Read More »

 Oil industry and the agricultural industry was focus at Chamber breakfast

On Thursday, June 23rd at the Ventura Beach Marriott, the Economic Outlook Breakfast  “Our Past, Present and Future” for was held. This year’s breakfast primarily focused on two of the most vital industries to the City of Ventura: the oil industry and the agricultural industry. Representing the oil industry at the breakfast was Bob Poole, […] Read More »

The CAPS Media Center

by Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is seeking nominees for CAPS Media Board of Directors. This year there are three–at large seats available; two seats for two (2) year terms and one seat for a one (1) year term. Elections will be held in October 2016. We encourage the community at-large and […] Read More »

Brooks Institute moving to Downtown Ventura

From their current campus location on Ventura Ave. Brooks Institute is becoming an integral part of Ventura with several planned locations in the downtown area. Brooks has several  locations that are now being renovated spread out Downtown that will be their classrooms, studios and offices. In  February the City Council approved a five-year lease for […] Read More »

Restoring Bird Habitat on the Channel Islands

On Thursday, July 14 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist Annie Little will describe the work that has been done since 2002 to help populations of birds on the Channel Islands recover from loss of habitat and the adverse effects of the pesticide DDT, during the July From Shore to Sea lecture. DDT was a pesticide discharged into […] Read More »

CMHS seminar and other health news

The effects of sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint disorder – TMJ – on chronic headaches will be focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, July 19. Brigitte Lovell, D.M.D., who specializes in headache and orofacial pain, will lead the seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols […] Read More »

Orientation being held July 7th to learn about visiting Ventura's sister city - Loreto, Mexico

Loreto was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. For the first time since former Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann officially exchanged keys to the city with Loreto, Mexico, in 2015, the Ventura/Loreto Sister City Committee is inviting Venturans to travel with them to explore their sister city. Planning is underway for biannual visits to Loreto […] Read More »

Keep your 4 paw family members safe on July 4th

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Marine Sightings - June 2016

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How safe are Ventura County’s Special Education Schools?

by the Grand Jury When parents send their children to school in the morning, they trust their children will have a productive day of learning in a safe environment. Similarly, when teachers report to work they hope to focus their efforts on teaching without fear for their safety and that of their students. Unfortunately, with the increase in […] Read More »

Local National Parks Benefit our Economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2015 shows the economic benefit of Channel Islands National Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to our local economy in supporting 761 jobs with a cumulative benefit to the local economy of nearly 74 million dollars. 324,815 visitors to Channel Islands National Park in 2015 spent over $19 million and […] Read More »

Knowledge is power

by Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is seeking nominees for CAPS Media Board of Directors. This year there are three–at large seats available; two seats for two (2) year terms and one seat for a one (1) year term. Elections will be held in October 2016. We encourage the community at-large and […] Read More »

$10,000 in Ojai Studio Artist Art Scholarships awarded in city hall reception

Scholarship recipients Hugo Castillo, Marissa Gonzales, Lizbeth Zamora, Logan Werner, Leah Kopp, Ashley Konzmann, Jonathan Weiser, Bailey Huerta, Amber Talbot, and Kayla Petrucci.  Not pictured are Reiko Heartland and Audrey Hernandez. Audrey Hernandez of Nordhoff High School was presented the top Ojai Studio Artists’ 2016 art scholarship at a celebratory reception at the Ojai City […] Read More »

Donations needed for City of Ventura American flag program

Keep the flags waving in Ventura. Photo by George Robertson The City of Ventura is asking the community and local businesses to support the longstanding tradition of displaying American flags across the city by helping to fund the purchase of new flags. Contributions of any size will help the city continue to fly the stars and […] Read More »

Celebrating 30 years of farm fresh goodness

Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko welcomes the attendees to the anniversary celebration. The Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market celebrated its 30th Birthday on Saturday, June 4. The Downtown Ventura Farmers’ Market marks its 30th year with a birthday bash!  The celebration included a wide variety of entertainment including a chef demonstration, customer appreciation booths, children’s booth with free […] Read More »

Lifeguards return to Ventura Harbor beaches for summer

Daily lifeguard services began Memorial Day weekend at all Ventura Harbor beaches off of Spinnaker Drive. These services are funded by the Ventura Port District, which contracts with California State Parks, and services are provided through Labor Day weekend.  Harbor Cove will have a daily lifeguard from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the South […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 19 – June 22 – July 5, 2016 - Cute Grandkids

Grandma  Sarah Stein thought that her Great Grand Daughter Evie was as cute as they get when she was born and thinks that she is even more adorable now. Grandpa Charlie said this about Chance “Here is a picture of my Grandson Chance. You can obviously see why I didn’t submit it earlier as he […] Read More »

Heroes to the rescue

On April 5 Pierpont Racquet Club (PRC)member and Ventura Community Development Director Jeff Lambert was working out at the Club when he suffered a heart attack, fell and broke his ankle in the process PRC members and staff rushed to the rescue and immediately activated the Emergency Medical System (EMS) located at the Club. Their […] Read More »

Riverbed hazardous invasive vegetation

by the Grand Jury Are our bridges, levies and personal property at risk? The 2015-2016 Ventura County Grand Jury noted an increasing level of vegetation growing in the Ventura and Santa Clara riverbeds. Investigation also revealed that smaller tributaries are similarly overgrown. The Grand Jury expressed concern that overgrowth could cause damage to bridges, as […] Read More »

Water out of thin air

Drought resistant plants and collecting water from the air are ways the VBG is helping conserve water. It’s not news to say that California is currently experiencing an unprecedented drought. What is news is the way that the Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) has decided to approach the problem. Using emerging technologies designed to provide greater […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival welcomes new Board member Richard Reisman

The Ventura Music Festival is welcoming a new Board member: Richard Reisman, MD, Vice President of Ambulatory Medicine for Community Memorial Health System. Dr. Reisman was hired by CMHS twenty-one years ago to develop a series of ambulatory care clinics throughout Western Ventura County and became the first Medical Director of the Centers for Family […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners announced

2016 winning poster by 16-year-old Madison Lomis of Ventura All of the Poster Contest entries will be displayed in the Youth Expo The 2016 Ventura County Fair has announced the winners of the 2016 Poster Contest. The contest was open to County youth in grades 5 – 12. 16-year-old Madison Lomis of Ventura rendered the […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 19 – June 22 – July 5, 2016 - On Vacation

Susan Czajkowski and Bill Sheweloff took a break from enjoying time in Strausbourg, France while on a Viking River Cruise from Amsterdam to Switzerland on the Rhine River to read the Breeze. Read More »

“Tip-A- Cop” Fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics of Ventura County

The Ventura Police Department (VPD) will again be sponsoring the Special Olympics “Tip-A- Cop” event on Tuesday, June 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Romano’s Macaroni Grill located at 4880 Telephone Rd. in Ventura (805) 477-9925. Tip-A- Cop is a law enforcement fundraising event in which law enforcement officers assist with waiting tables at a local […] Read More »

Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees Strategic Planning Meeting open to the public, June 21

The Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees invites the public to attend its Strategic Planning Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at 3:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the District Administrative Center located at 255 West Stanley Avenue, Suite 150, Ventura, CA. The invitation is extended to members of the Citizens Advisory Council, students, college […] Read More »

Scientists, Conservation Professionals Honored on Endangered Species Day for Role in Recovery of Island Fox on Northern Channel Islands

Ventura – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today recognized eight individuals from the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Institute for Wildlife Studies as 2015 Recovery Champions for their exceptional efforts to conserve and protect three subspecies of fox on the northern Channel Islands, which are currently proposed for delisting under the Endangered Species Act. […] Read More »

Lunch at no charge

Each summer, Ventura Unified School District provides a nutrition program. This program provides lunch at no charge to children 1-18 years of age. Summer Nutrition is not based on income qualification. It is available for all community children regardless of their school year qualification for free and reduced price meals. Lunch will be served June 13th through August […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze own Fred Kastel

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Simple Steps to Good Health - June 2016, Food Tips

by Elisabeth Mondragon Start Your Day off Right One of the best ways to start your day with energy and nutrition is with a healthy breakfast. We know it can be easy to just grab a donut on your way to work or simply skip this meal altogether, but both can grind your weight loss plan […] Read More »

AIDS Lifecycle Event Friday - Saturday Jun 10th & 11th

Photos by George Robertson 2400-2500 cyclists spent the night in the San Buenaventura State Beach Park on Friday night leaving at 6:15am on Saturday bound for Los Angeles. Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 18 – June 8 – June 21, 2016 - E.P. Foster Library events

Not all events  listed 6/8 & 22 Wednesdays @ 6:30pm This poetry performance and writing workshop with an open mic is geared towards high school and college students but all are welcome. Specific emphasis is on SLAM Poetry. Presented by Phil Taggart and Aaron Gardner. 6/9 Thursday @ 7pm Our Haiku Contest was a stellar […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 18 – June 8 – June 21, 2016 - CAPS

by Elizabeth Rodeno School is almost out and summer is almost here.  The ECTV students have wrapped up a very productive season and we are so proud of the work they have done.  During the past year, the 8 students have learned studio production, journalism techniques, the art of the interview and post production all […] Read More »

The Chasing Tail Fishing Crew

by Amber Hansen The Ventura Pier is a popular spot for local fishermen and women. It’s not uncommon to see a group of people fishing together, joined by their mutual love for the sport. One man decided to create a more professional crew for serious fishermen. Three years later the crew has over 120 members. […] Read More »

Outrigger canoe clubs compete in Ventura race

A leading race of competing outrigger canoe clubs from San Diego to San Francisco occurs on Saturday, June 11,  from 8:00 am to 3:00 p.m. This annual event is sponsored by Hokuloa, a well-established Ventura based Outrigger Canoe Club. The Saturday race will be held at Harbor Cove Beach in Ventura . Hundreds of athletic […] Read More »

Museum educates 3rd and 4th graders and is seeking volunteers for new exhibit

The Museum of Ventura County is now accepting registration for its 2016 Chumash Youth Program, which gives children hands-on learning about Ventura County’s indigenous Native American culture. The program will be held at the museum from June 20-24 (Mon. through Fri.), 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All students currently in 3rd and 4th grades are […] Read More »

Open auditions

From June 21 – 25 , 12pm – 5pm you can create a 1-hour radio show and present it live on KVTA, Coast Broadcasting with Radio Host Lyn Fairly. Expand your portfolio by adding to it a live, in-studio radio broadcast. This is not a podcast over the internet. Radio personality Lyn Fairly will teach […] Read More »

Wheel Fun Rentals renews partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big sister Ashley Bryant and little sister Roselith enjoying a ride at Wheel Fun Rentals. Wheel Fun Rentals, the number one recreational rental company in the country, announced it is renewing a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a program called “Biking Buddies.”  For the tenth consecutive year, the Biking Buddies program will provide […] Read More »

Project Understanding Expands services

by Benjamin Unseth, Executive Director of Project Understanding Where is Project Understanding? For 39 years, Project Understanding served needy neighbors in downtown Ventura or along Ventura Avenue. On May 23, Project Understanding re-opened First Step Center and Food Pantry at 2734 Johnson Drive, Suite E, in East Ventura. We have moved for the sake of […] Read More »

Memorial Day observed

Photos by Bernie Goldstein On Monday, May 30 a Memorial Day service was held at St. Mary’s Cemetery honoring the 76 American veterans and the one 1869 Medal of Honor recipient that are buried there. This 1862 historical 7 acre cemetery contains 3,000 American Ventura Pioneers. After the prayer and pledge the Port Hueneme Naval […] Read More »

Memorial Day Program

Ivy Lawn Memorial Park honored those who served our nation. Photos by John Ferritto On Monday, May 30 a Memorial Day Program was held at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park. Proudly displaying the  Avenue of Flags that tells the stories not only of veterans interred at Ivy Lawn, but also of many other veterans. Their stories help […] Read More »

Community members invited to attend Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Forums

Community members invited to attend Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Forums, June 14 and June 16, 2016 What: STAKEHOLDER FORUM – Upper Ventura River (UVRB) Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Formation Forum When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6pm to 8:30pm Where: Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View CA 93022 To learn more visit: www.uvrgroundwater.org […] Read More »

Boketto by Susan Rich

Outside my window it’s never the same- some mornings jasmine slaps the house, some mornings sorrow. There is a word I overheard today, meaning lost not on a career path or across a floating bridge: Boketto-to stare out windows without purpose. Don’t laugh; it’s been too long since we leaned into the morning: bird friendly […] Read More »

Rev. Dana Worsnop new minister

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura has voted overwhelmingly to call the Rev. Dana Worsnop as its new settled minister. Rev. Worsnop led services on April 24 and May 1, and met with numerous groups and committees, in order to begin to get to know members of the congregation. Rev. Worsnop stated “Together, we will […] Read More »

Elks Lodge in the news

Ventura Elks Lodge #1430 was awarded the outstanding public relations trophy stated Connie Stahl Public Relations Chairperson for having the most effective public relations program 2015-2016 at the annual Western Central Coast District (WCCD) annual meeting in Santa Barbara. The WCCD includes 12 Lodges from Thousand Oaks to Paso Robles with approximately 5,000 members. “The […] Read More »

Exploring the Channel Islands by kayak

Local freelance writer and photographer Chuck Graham will describe his favorite kayaking trips and wildlife encounters around the Channel Islands, during the June From Shore to Sea lecture. The isolation of the Channel Islands and conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel can make access challenging – areas where it is hard to sail or kayak, due to high […] Read More »

Turning Point’s Veterans Transitional Housing facility commemorated

On Monday, May 23 the Rotary Club of Ventura South met at the Veterans Transitional Housing , 43 E. Vince Stat to  commemorate Turning Point’s Veterans Transitional Housing facility, the first in the Central Coast, which received its first 10 Vets in October. Rotary brings together neighbors, friends and community leaders to create a positive, […] Read More »

County Veteran Services Office moves to new Ventura location

The County of Ventura Veteran Services Office located at 855 Partridge  will be relocated to 5740 Ralston Street, Suite 304  on Thursday, May 26th. The office’s fully accredited Veteran Claims Officers provide information, referrals, claims preparation and submission, and follow-up service to ensure that Veterans, their dependents, and survivors receive the benefits to which they […] Read More »

Answer In A Breeze

In a previous issue of “Answer In A Breeze” we answered the following question. “ I have always used the “Allesandro shortcut” to go from Seaward to Sanjon (Or is it San Jon?)and recently it has been blocked off. How can the city just block off a street?” Our answer:” Allesandro was always meant to […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze looking for architectural reviews writer

The Ventura Breeze is looking for a person to write architectural reviews of buildings in Ventura. Does not need to be a licensed architect but should have a degree in architecture or a related field. You would not get paid but would become world famous. Contact editor@venturabreeze.com  if interested. Read More »

Grand Jury reports on Ventura’s  Freedom of Information Act

Is the City of San Buenaventura responding to public requests for information? The Freedom of Information Act, established in 1967, is a law that gives every citizen the right to obtain information from the federal government. This law allows for the full or partial disclosure of information from the federal government. The California Public Record […] Read More »

HACSB completes $28.8 million acquisition and rehabilitation for 101 units

Homecomings, Inc., the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura’s (HACSB) associated non-profit, is announcing the completion of the comprehensive $28.8 million acquisition and rehabilitation project that fully renovated 101 existing apartment units for extremely low income seniors and disabled persons in the City of Ventura. Through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program implemented […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 17 – May 25 – June 7, 2016 - Tech Today with Ken May

Tesla Unveils new Model 3 On April 1st, when Global Equities Research projected more than 300,000 reservations for the Tesla Model 3 electric car by the start of this week, that number seemed outlandish. Well, by the end of that weekend, the global total had reached 276,000, according to a tweet by Tesla CEO Elon […] Read More »

Local author releases new book

Back again with a new book, author Tim Pompey has delved this time into the genres of war and magical realism. How these two fit together makes up the story for his new novel “Dream-scape.” “The medic part of the story came to me as I read an article about a wounded Army medic and […] Read More »

San Miguel Island re-opened  to the public

The U.S. Navy (Navy) and National Park Service (NPS) announced that San Miguel Island is now open to the public. In April 2014, the Navy closed the island in the interest of public safety due to concerns of possible unexploded ordnance. San Miguel Island was an active bombing range during WWII through the 1970s. Over the past two […] Read More »

Serving and training with solar energy

by Gail Field “I couldn’t wait to get up on that roof.” Angela Carradine laughs as she recalls her first glimpse into the world of solar panels on a roof–a fact that would change her career and feed her desire to do good work for the environment. “This is my dream job,” says Angela.  “I […] Read More »

Soroptimist International (SI) of Ventura celebrated their 85th anniversary

On April 16 Soroptimist International honored longtime members and announced this year’s scholarship award winners at a luncheon  attended by 84 members and guests. Its members raise funds throughout the year to provide two awards each spring and to provide additional grants to local community organizations serving women and girls. At the event nine long-time […] Read More »

Teachers honored as Teacher of the Month for April and May

The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) recognized Linda Bergfeld, educator at Ventura High School (VHS), as April’s Teacher of the Month. On April 27 VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, joined elected representatives and members of the business community to present Bergfeld with a plaque commemorating the award. The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) […] Read More »

Monarchs helped by planting milkweed

On Sat., May 14, from 9 a.m. – noon, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) hosted “Monarch Madness” – a free family-friendly milkweed planting event at their Willoughby Preserve in the Ventura River estuary. This open-to-the-public event was made possible by funding provided by the Southern California Gas Company. Monarch butterflies need milkweed plants to survive. […] Read More »

May 11 "Where Was This Picture Taken?" winner

In the May 11 Ventura Breeze we asked Where Was This Picture Taken? The first correct answer was from Susan Anderson who correctly identified the photo as an art project located at the Ventura Water Reclamation Facility ponds. It is being installed by Ventura artist Noel Diotte.   Read More »

Lady bowlers entertained at banquet

Elvis is alive and well in Ventura. Photo by Michael Gordon On Thursday, May 12 The PinPoppers Ladies Bowling League celebrated their end of the bowling season with a banquet and awards ceremony held at the Wedgewood Banquet facility. The ladies were surprised by a most unexpected appearance by “Elvis” who was played by Buena Lanes […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 - Guest Columnist

Ventura’s proposed “Net Zero” water policy does not solve our water shortages By Dan Cormode The San Buenaventura City Council is considering the adoption of a Water Resource Net Zero Fee Ordinance which would supposedly help prevent further strain on the City’s existing water supplies while still allowing development projects to move forward. Future developments […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 - Conscious Living in Ventura

Celebrating Earth Day, every day by Laura Oergel Sustainable gardens create perfect little eco-systems that benefit our biggest eco- system, planet Earth. Beneficial insects, bugs, bacteria and fungus all work together to create a healthy environment. Swales (contours) and mulch provide moisture retention and drainage, while captured rainwater from your roof, directed passively into the […] Read More »

Students receiving awards were from all areas in and around Ventura County

On Thursday, March 31 at Ventura College Wright Event Center Ventura College re-entry students received scholarships to help achieve their goals. The 17th Annual Phoenix Scholarship Ceremony offered larger scholarships, helping students overcome financial hardships 21 adult re-entry students, who have overcome difficult circumstances in order to pursue their studies at Ventura College, each received a […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 - Tech Today

Tech Today with Ken May What is the Internet of Things, and what does it mean for me? Have you heard anything about the Internet of Things, AKA IoT? It’s been in and out of the news quite a bit, for both good and bad reasons. Forbes says The Internet of Things is becoming an […] Read More »

Irish struggle for independence remembered

Several prominent local Irish Americans gathered at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park to commemorate the centenary of the Irish Easter Rising, the rebellion that kick-started the Irish struggle for independence.  Organized by John McNally, this special event started at noon, exactly 100 years from the start of the insurgency. Other participants included Brian Brennan, Maire O’Connell […] Read More »

The California Dental Association Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic serviced 1,884 people during April 16-17 at Ventura County Fairgrounds

The California Dental Association Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.5 million in charitable dental services to 1,884 people during the April 16-17 event at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals provided 11,583 dental procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education. Volunteer technicians in the clinic’s […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 - CAPS Chat

by Elizabeth Rodeno Digital Storytelling is one of our greatly anticipated programs. These classes provide the opportunity for kids ages 10 through 15 to learn to tell their story in a week long program.  One of our classes is already sold out with the others filling up. Get your applications in soon. These classes begin […] Read More »

Where Was This Picture Taken?

The first correct answer to editor@venturabreeze.com wins a one-hour rental for Wheel Fun Rentals on the promenade and a genuine Ventura Breeze T-shirt. Read More »

Under the Pier

A short story by Breeze contributing writer Sheli Ellsworth It’s dawn. The streetlights have ceased their eerie glow. Since daylight savings stopped, the sun is up sooner, the days are longer, so I feel safer. I sleep better lying down, but here on my cement Posturepedic, propped up against the rough stucco wall next to […] Read More »

New flag football league forming in Ventura

There is a new flag football league in Ventura the FuturePro Flag Football. The first season begins on May 15th and games will be played every Sunday at the St. Bonaventure High School. From kindergarten to various age groups and divisions including adults. Businesses are encouraged to play to help build a friendly rivalry through […] Read More »

Ventura County Fusion to kick off 2016 season at home

The PDL (Premier Development League) has released the 2016 regular season schedule and the VC Fusion will stay in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. The 2016 PDL season will see 67 teams from United States and Canada, compete for the championship. A grand total of 469 PDL regular season scheduled games with kick […] Read More »

Celebrating “Farm to School”

By Alise Echele, RDN Healthy Schools Project Coordinator Food and Nutrition Services, Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Locally grown broccoli, purple cauliflower, and cheddar orange cauliflower flooded 250 classrooms in thirteen Ventura Unified schools this March.  As 4,300 students used their five senses to explore these colorful brassica plants, produced by Deardorff Family Farm, hands […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - Conscious living in Ventura

By Laura Oergel Many of us know that Men’s Journal Magazine’s March 2015 issue voted the city of Ventura the best place to live in the United States. (Still gloating) The article cites that Ventura’s draw is that it remains “refreshingly unpolished”. The one constant in between the ever changing weather and eclectic Main Street […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - CAPS Chat

  Celebrate! By Elizabeth Rodeno The CAPS crew spent a busy Saturday celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the city of Ventura at Plaza Park. We brought in the CAPS Media mobile truck, built our own outdoor studio and invited our friend Suz Montgomery and friends to share their stories about Ventura. We had some great […] Read More »

Ventura Oil Field 100 year anniversary event gives public opportunity for meaningful dialogue

Rain didn’t detour the nearly 200 attendees from visiting Aera Energy’s Ventura Oil Field to meet Aera and community leaders and learn about state-of-the-art technologies in the industry from engineers and geologists. Aera opened its doors for the first time to community members, offering a platform for critical dialog between Aera and community members about […] Read More »

"A Country Fair with Ocean Air" gets ready to rock

Ventura County’s favorite 12 days of summer are coming August 3-14. The Ventura County Fair returns with contests, exhibits, animals, carnival rides and more fair favorites. The Grandstand Arena Entertainment Series promises to be a crowd pleaser, with 10 free concerts and 4 free PRCA rodeos. This is the schedule so far: Motor Sports  (Wednesday, […] Read More »

Passover April 22-30

The eight-day Jewish festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan (April 22-30). It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And, by following the rituals of Passover Jews experience the true freedom that their ancestors gained. The […] Read More »

VPD to host drug awareness meetings

Drug use can negatively affect all aspects of a person’s life, impact their family, friends and community, and place an enormous burden on society. One of the most significant areas of risk with drug use is the connection between drugs and crime. Every day, the nation’s law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal […] Read More »

Free VA benefits and clean slate legal clinic for veterans

OneJustice’s Justice Bus® Project is partnering with the Public Counsel Law Center and Ventura County Library to provide a free VA benefits and clean slate legal clinic for veterans in Ventura. During the clinic, individuals with appointments will meet one-on-one with volunteer attorneys one-hundred percent free of charge. Appointments are required! This clinic is being […] Read More »

17th Annual Phoenix Scholarship Ceremony award 21 adult re-entry students a Phoenix Scholarship

21 adult re-entry students each received a Phoenix Scholarship. Students receiving awards were from all areas in and around Ventura County On Thursday, March 31 at the Ventura College Wright Event Center Ventura College re-entry students received scholarships to help achieve their goals. The 17th Annual Phoenix Scholarship Ceremony offered larger scholarships, helping students overcome financial […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - Cute Grandkids

Grandma  Shelly (of Shell’s Petals Florist) thinks that her grandsons Colton (2) and Conner (1) are as cute as they get.  Sometimes Colton calls her “captain grandma” because he thinks that he is a pirate. Do you have a grandkid that you think is even cuter? If so send their photo to editor@venturabreeze.com Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - On Vacation

While on vacation all of these Breeze readers were sure to take the paper with them to read all of the local news.   Bryan, Christine, Carter and Sedona Moore enjoying  Tahiti. Hilton Moorea Lagoon and Spa. Moorea is one of the islands of Tahiti. We stayed in an overwater bungalow and had black tip […] Read More »

The Peddler of Flowers by Amy Lowell

The Peddler of Flowers Amy Lowell I came from the country With flowers, Larkspur and roses, Fretted lilies In their leaves, And long, cool lavender. I carried them From house to house, And cried them Down hot streets. The sun fell Upon my flowers, And the dust of the streets Blew over my basket. That […] Read More »

Marine Mammal Sightings

Marine Mammal Sightings Totals for March 2016: Blue Whales: 3 Fin Whales: 11 Gray Whales: 190 Humpback Whales: 185 Minke Whales: 2 Orca Whales: 1 Sei Whales: 1 Bottlenose Dolphin: 250 Common Dolphin: 32,816 Northern Right Whale Dolphin: 2 Pacific White Sided Dolphin: 50 Thresher Sharks:  6 Read More »

Conscious living in Ventura

By Laura Oergel Ventura’s Councilwoman (and previous mayor)Cheryl Heitmann is asking us to give our beautiful city a gift on its 150th birthday, April 2, 2016. The gift is 1 million acts of kindness. That seems like a big goal. But if you think about it, it’s only 10 acts per person. Let’s look at […] Read More »

Church hosts grand opening at new location

On Sunday, March 13 Community Bible Church of Ventura held a Grand Opening for all the community at their  new home located at 5040 Telegraph Road, across from Ventura College. There was delicious food provided by local business partnerships, hosting tours and free raffle prizes and a welcoming speech by  Mayor Erik Nasarenko welcoming the […] Read More »

1886 examination or exhuming 1886

by Sheli Ellsworth Andrew Johnson was president of the United States in 1866 after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Johnson, later acquitted by the Senate, was the first American president to be impeached. Johnson, who was pro-slavery, was also pro-union and the only sitting senator from a Confederate state who did not resign his seat […] Read More »

Volunteers make a difference at the Ventura Botanical Garden

Ventura Botanical Garden volunteers have been doing cleanup and rock work all along the Demonstration Trail along with erosion control; seeding and transplanting; and heavy brush clean up at the top of Summit Drive.  All of this effort makes a walk in the Gardens a new and renewing experience. Welcoming folks to the trail over […] Read More »

Winners of the 2016 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Photo by Michael Gordon Trophies were awarded to the winners at the Ventura City Council Meeting held on Monday, March 14. The Parade theme was “Celebrating 150 Years of Ventura’s History.” The parade Grand Marshal was the descendants of Ventura’s historic families the Chumash, E.P. Foster, Olivas, Smith Hobson and Petit and Harrison Moraga families. For […] Read More »

CAPSTV hosts Legacy families

Photo by John Ferritto CAPSTV and crew, along with Suz Montgomery, invited several of the Legacy families including the Foster and Dudley families into their newly refurbished studio. They enjoyed learning about the history of Ventura through the eyes and ears of those who were there or from stories told to them. Richard Abbey Docent […] Read More »

Famous Venturan on commemorative bill

To commemorate Ventura’s 150th Anniversary the US mint has printed a new fifty dollar bill with the face of a famous Venturan on it who preferred that his name is not on the bill to protect his children from ridicule Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 13 – March 30 – April 12, 2016 - CAPS Media

Happy birthday Ventura By Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS Media, otherwise known as Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura, has been around since the early 2000s. Initially we had one channel, channel six on your local cable network. Back then we provided live broadcasts of various Ventura city meetings, including the City Council meetings. These broadcasts brought […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 13 – March 30 – April 12, 2016 - Person to Person

To celebrate Ventura’s 150th Amber Hansen asked a few Venturan’s why they like living here. Matt LaVere I was born and raised in Ventura, and I’m blessed to be able to raise my own family here as well. Ventura has great beaches, parks, schools and is truly a family-friendly city. And not only does Ventura […] Read More »

Changes in the Breeze

In major news in the newspaper industry it has been announced that the Ventura Breeze has purchased the VC Star for $10,500,000 cash. Respecting the history of the Star Free Press the paper will be renamed the Star Breeze Press. Sheldon Brown will be publisher, president, CEO and CIA and Savana Brown has been named […] Read More »

Pierpont Elementary Instructor Recognized as March's Teacher of the Month

The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Mary Louise Newburn, first grade instructor at Pierpont Elementary School in Ventura, California, as March’s Teacher of the Month. VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, joined elected representatives and members of the business community on March 2, 2016, to present Newburn with a plaque commemorating the award. Newburn, […] Read More »

Hop into Spring with Foot By Foot

This Easter, give the most unique gift to your loved ones. Sponsor a Ventura Botanical Gardens Trail Foot, maybe even two or three. For our dog-loving contributors and their trail-loving pets, get four! This is perfect for the people in your life who don’t need more junk food!   Each foot is $50. So far, […] Read More »

“Celebrating our Public Health Care System”

The Ventura County Health Care Agency, promotes a philosophy of well-being and providing care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. The benefits to our community provided by the Health Care Agency are far reaching – from the hospital replacement wing project at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) to the […] Read More »

What’s new in Virtual Reality?

Tech Today with Ken May 2016 just might be the year that Virtual Reality finally makes it into the mainstream gaming audience. Right now, there are several strong contenders in the VR arena. Oculus, with its flagship Rift, is owned by Facebook. Samsung has its Gear VR, Sony, its PlayStation VR, and HTC recently launched […] Read More »

“I shoot dead people”

Photos of military heroes shot by local photographer at Arlington National Cemetery. By Richard Lieberman Don Harper a local photographer has been quietly shooting the last photos of our nation’s military heroes. Don, a military veteran has been shooting the funerals at Arlington National Cemetery since the 1980’s. Starting in 1985 while attending a series […] Read More »

Castillo Del Sol creates 39 efficiency apartment units

Photo by John Ferritto The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) has announced the completion of a comprehensive $11.6 million construction project that will create 39 new efficiency apartment units for extremely low income individuals with special needs. Through its high performing Housing Choice Voucher program, the HACSB provided long-term project-based voucher […] Read More »

Conscious Living in Ventura

By Laura Oergel The Diversity Collective is a local, non-profit and volunteer run, organization that was established April 1, 2014 with the intention to advocate and promote diversity, education, mental and physical wellbeing via community outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender population, as well as the general public. It’s the proud parent of […] Read More »

GOCARE opens new learning centers with help from Rotary Grant

GOCARE, Inc. a nonprofit headquartered in Ventura County, has delivered needed education in Nicaragua for the last 15 years. In 2014, GOCARE received a $219,000 Rotary Foundation Grant to furnish and equip three new learning centers that were set to open in 2015 and this year. GOCARE’s local and California based management team met with […] Read More »

Lions Club members provide service to the community

The Ventura Downtown Lions Club recently hosted the East-West All Star Football Game at Cal Lutheran University’s new football stadium.  The Ventura Downtown Lions Club, chartered in 1923, has donated to many worthy causes and charities and its members have been involved in a multitude of projects over the past 93 years. While Lions may […] Read More »

Sierra Club to honor Jan Dietrick of Ventura

The Ventura Sierra Club will honor the work of Jan Dietrick of Ventura with its 2016 Environmental Hero Award to be given during the Women’s Empowerment Day Conference on March 5th in Oxnard, from 9am-3pm. Jan, who has a Master’s Degree in Public Health is President of Rincon-Vitova Insectaries of Ventura ( a company that […] Read More »

Ventura Gem & Mineral Society awards two 2016 scholarships

Ventura Gem & Mineral Society (VGMS) is pleased to award Sean Curran the 2016 VGMS Annual Scholarship and Theodore “Ted” Brown the VGMS Marie Haake Memorial Scholarship.  Each award consists of a $500 grant, a Scholarship Certificate, and one-year honorary VGMS membership.  They are presented on the basis of academic excellence and intent to continue […] Read More »

Descendants of historic Ventura families to serve as grand marshals  

Members of some of Ventura’s historic families will serve as Grand Marshals when the annual Ventura County St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches down Main Street for the 28th time in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 12. The theme of this year’s parade, which begins in front of Mission San Buenaventura at 10 a.m., is “Celebrating […] Read More »

SPAN:  A thrift store with a heart for animals

Val Bereman, SPAN Manager is always happy to help you select something to buy. By Gail Field Inside the clean and tidy thrift store on North Olive Street, the all-volunteer staff happily sells clothing, household goods, tools and more, for a cause they believe in:  saving lives of cats and dogs in Ventura County. The […] Read More »

Celebrating our healthy schools

By Nancy Maxson, Coordinator, Health and Prevention Programs, Ventura Unified School District What does “health” look like in our school district?  If you are a child or parent of a child in Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), you are in good hands indeed.  With a strong Wellness Policy and support from our governing board members […] Read More »

Breeze Believe It or Not

For the first time since 1943 the latest rain brought snow with it! Read More »

Get involved at CAPS

Manny Reynoso and Jairo Brito on location at the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day parade. By Elizabeth Rodeno Our new board president, Cliff Rodrigues is a long time resident of Ventura who has taken the mantle of board chair of CAPS Media. Along with the rest of the board, he is devoted to CAPS Media and […] Read More »

Tickets going fast to Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s 7th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival

On Friday and Saturday, March 4 & 5, 2016, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will present the 2016 Wild and Scenic Film Festival (WSFF) at Ventura’s Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road. Now in its 7th year, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival offers audiences the chance to enjoy a series of inspirational award-winning short films […] Read More »

Do you know the way to San Jon?  Ask a librarian.

By Gail Field You probably already know the street named San Jon, but if you needed a map or any other information about Ventura, you could very well find it in the Research Library of the Museum of Ventura County. Charles Johnson, the library director since 1989, makes the case for the library’s uniqueness.  “With […] Read More »

Breeze publisher Sheldon appeared on “Girls On The Air”

On a recent Saturday Breeze publisher Sheldon appeared on “Girls On The Air”, a live community radio show every Saturday, heard at 1pm on local station KVTA AM1590. The show’s hosts are Traci Mahone, Liz Selleck, Karen Campbell and Deborah Delaney. They discuss all kinds of topics in a conversational style. Among other topics Sheldon […] Read More »

Tech Today with Ken May

What is Linux? Sheldon sent in this request to me, and I think it might be useful for some of you out there that may have heard of Linux, and were wondering what it was all about. There are essentially two things needed to have a functioning computer: hardware and software. Hardware comprises all the […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival appoints Susan Scott as Executive Director

The Board of the Ventura Music Festival has announced the appointment of Susan Scott as Executive Director. Scott served as consultant to the Festival last year and is well known to the arts and general nonprofit communities in Ventura County. Among her other accomplishments, Scott directed the three-year ArtsLIVE project of the Ventura County Community […] Read More »

Hector Cristena-Cruz Hector Cristena-Cruz accepts position as Commercial Fleet Account Manager at Paradise Chevrolet

With 23 years in the auto industry, 18 of those in the commercial truck and fleet end Hector Cristena-Cruz has decided to take on a new Location and has accepted a position as Commercial Fleet Account Manager at Paradise Chevrolet in Ventura.  Hector will be working with the same companies, cities, county agencies, school districts […] Read More »

Magical Night at the Poinsettia Pavilion

Treat your Valentine, or your entire family, to an evening of magical entertainment on Saturday, February 13. That’s the date of the Poinsettia Pavilion’s second annual Evening of Magical Enchantment.  The event includes a stage show with three world class professional magicians.  In addition, there will be close up magicians performing in the audience. The […] Read More »

Opera Santa Barbara announces ‘Opera Lab’ Tour of local elementary schools

The Opera Lab, Opera Santa Barbara’s innovative outreach program for children, will tour area elementary schools beginning next month, company officials have announced. Opera Lab sessions will take place in February and March. Additional sessions will be added in late March and early May as needed. The Opera Lab is an interactive program designed to […] Read More »

Ventura College Women’s Basketball honors “Favorite Teachers”

“This honor is particularly special, because the instructors were selected by the students,” said Larry Kennedy, Chair of the Board of Trustees. Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Board Trustee Stephen Blum and Chancellor Bernard Luskin joined Ventura College President Greg Gillespie to present the 2016 Favorite Teachers Awards on Saturday, January 16, with a […] Read More »

The Ventura County Library celebrated 100 years of service to the county on January 1

“The libraries of today are all about literacy, and that comes in many forms,” said Library Director Jackie Griffin. “We will always have books, but many of our services are now online as well. We have music, video, computer stations and even 3-D printers for the public to use.” The County Library now has 11 […] Read More »

Ventura’s Earth Day Eco Fest April 23rd - Vendor / Sponsor registration open

Preparations have begun for Ventura’s 9th Annual Earth Day Eco Fest, to be held Saturday, April 23rd from 10am to 5pm at Promenade Park.  Exhibitor booths are available for organizations and businesses to spread their green and sustainable messages with a public that cares. “We are focused on making a positive change locally and globally. […] Read More »

April Davis: gifted and giving

by Victoria Usher I think we can all agree that music is something very special that can change people’s lives in so many indescribable ways. It can turn strangers into friends or even bring happiness and comfort during times of sadness. When someone has a voice that has the ability to bring that type of […] Read More »

​Barbara Quaid elected 2016 President of Western Fairs Association

Barbara Quaid, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Ventura County Fairgrounds, has been elected as President of the Western Fairs Association’s (WFA) Board of Directors. She was inaugurated at the Association’s annual conference in Anaheim. Quaid will serve a one-year term as WFA President. She has served as 2015 Vice President and 2014 […] Read More »

Startup book clubs forming at Bank of Books

Seven new book clubs are starting  at Book Club Headquarters in Bank of Books in Ventura.  Join one of the startup book clubs and receive your first book for free! Owner Clarey Rudd states “this is a great way to meet new people, which often in a book club, can lead to long-time friendships.  This […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 9 – February 3 – February 16, 2016 - News at CAPS

By Elizabeth Rodeno Ventura’s public channel 6 is the place for the citizens of Ventura to share their news.  Our bulletin boards feature information about upcoming events, classes and programs. We broadcast public service announcements about newsworthy issues and events, including useful tips on preparation for El Nino and motorcycle safety.   Shows from our members […] Read More »

The City Center: A place for second chances

by Mira Reverente When it rains, it pours. Blessings, that is. That pretty much sums up the past year for Meghan Long, a single mom of twin young boys. Divorced, broke and in treatment for substance abuse, the 32-year-old’s future was uncertain for a while. One step at a time, she tackled her issues, starting […] Read More »

Violin and viola competition

Applications are now being accepted for the 8th annual Henry Schwab Ventura County Violin/Viola Competition. The contest is open to Ventura County residents up to the age of 22.  This competition is sponsored by a grant from the Henry Schwab Charitable Fund and encourages young musicians and also furthers their musical education. The preliminary audition […] Read More »