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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 5, 2017 – On Vacation

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Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 - July 5, 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’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 »

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

The Ventura Breeze own Fred Kastel when he, and the horses were just a few years younger Read More »

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 »

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 »

VVCB in the news

Earthscape art project led by sand artist, Andres Amador. Photo by John Ferritto The Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) is excited to announce that they have been named finalists for the ‘Commitment to Community’ award in Visit California’s 2016 Poppy Awards. This special project is being recognized by Visit California at the Poppy Awards and […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 9 – February 3 – February 16, 2016 - 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 is proposed on the triangle lot where the closed Joes Crabshack is located ? Walt Mattace A.   The proposed project, at 567 Sanjon (or is it San Jon?) […] Read More »

Minion moment

“I didn’t know that Scamp wrote for the Ventura Breeze. I will get his pawtograph next time that I see him?” Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 - Tech Today

Tech Today with Ken May How to sell your electronic devices Happy new year! With a new year comes new electronics, be tablets, phones, laptops or what have you. There is a much better solution than to just let those device sit around and gather dust! The more adventurous and technically inclined may wish to […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 - CAPS Chat

Crooked Eye Tommy appearing on Ventura Rocks at CAPS. Your Media Center By Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS Media Center has a dedicated staff, Board, volunteers and members. This is something most non-profit organizations would love to have. This year we have committed to sharing our knowledge and experience with the community. The projects in the pipeline […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 - 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 is proposed on the triangle lot where the closed Joes Crabshack is located ? ~ Walt Mattace A.   The proposed project, at 567 Sanjon (or is it San […] Read More »

Health Care Agency announces new Chief Deputy Director

Ventura County Health Care Agency Director Barry Fisher has announced the appointment of Timothy R. Patten as Chief Deputy Director; he assumes the position following the retirement of Meloney Roy in July 2015. Patten comes to the Health Care Agency from HealthSouth Corporation, where he has been Regional President in the North East Region, overseeing 17 hospitals in six […] Read More »

Even turtles read the Ventura Breeze, especially the comics

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Ventura College expands schedule, offers Saturday Classes

This January, Saturday classes return to the Ventura College schedule, as the college continues to give students new options to access learning conveniently, as increasing student access and attracting working adult students are priorities for the college. “We are here to serve students and the community, so we’re delighted to offer Saturday classes as a […] Read More »

Harvest Festival huge success

First United Methodist Church of Ventura hosted and co-sponsored a Harvest Festival with Happy Ventures Pre School, which is co-located on church grounds and was held on Oct.30.  A complementary spaghetti supper, activities, face painting and games with prizes, set up in Trotter Hall were a big hit. A Trunk or Treat passing out mountains […] 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. 26. 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 »

How to pick the right printer

Tech Today with Ken May Hopefully November is treating you all well! One item that folks often purchase during Black Friday is a new printer. Printers are often deeply discounted as a loss leader to get people in the store, but it may not be worth it, even at a heavy discount. Finding the right […] Read More »

Graduation of Leadership Ventura 2015

By Carol Leish On November 18, at the Ventura city Hall, the graduation of the 2015 Ventura Leadership, through the Ventura Commerce & Education Foundation of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce, took place. “Participants have gained responsibility in order to lead by example; to pass it on to others; and, to develop relationships,” according to […] Read More »

Chanukah

Every year between the end of November and the end of December, 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 […] Read More »

More comments on the proposed Regent’s 55-unit   development

Gathered by Richard Lieberman I am an outspoken opponent of the proposed Regent Properties development on the Ventura hillside. If you visit our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/VenturaHillsideNeighbors you will see more than 8,400 followers. It is the largest community Facebook page in the City indicating widespread community concern for this issue. There you will find thousands […] Read More »

Submersible dive expedition in the Channel Islands

This boat has been seen in the Ventura Harbor, we asked John Higgins to explain what it is. “Deep Sub LLC (the cat owner) and the Undersea Voyager Project (owner of a two man submersible) have partnered with The Nature Conservancy and the University of Oregon to accomplish a submersible dive expedition in the Channel Islands. The […] Read More »

Local Ventura author teaches self-acceptance and courage in new children's picture book

  A recently released new children’s picture book from Tate Publishing is titled, ‘Rory The Little ‘Dragon’ Lizard’, by a local Ventura author L.D. Lewis.  It is a fun children’s story with guiding and teaching morals.  The book also teaches our young children to be careful with slang in their speech, to accept who they […] Read More »

Trolley offers residents and visitors the chance to win prizes

Celebrating the kick off month for the City of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary, the complimentary Downtown-Harbor Trolley offers residents and visitors the chance to win prizes for riding in November.  Every 150th rider wins a $20, $25, or $30 gift certificate to Ventura Harbor restaurants, shops or Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, or a chance to win […] Read More »

Tech Today with Ken May - What to Look for when buying a computer-Part 2

by Ken May RAM isn’t just a type of goat Just like the number of processor cores in a computer affects its speed and ability to multitask, the amount of Random Access Memory, or RAM, in a computer can affect just how much multitasking can go on. RAM is basically a small, extra-fast form of […] Read More »

Fundraiser held for Ventura Botanical Gardens

On Sunday, October 5, the Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) annual “Grow Your Garden” fundraiser brunch was held in Grant Park. The nearly 500 guests who attended the brunch, prepared by Seasons Catering, were given the option of either hiking the trail up to the lunch area or riding shuttles from the City Hall parking lot […] Read More »

Club celebrating 38 years in the Racquet Sports & Fitness Industry

What do you say about the couple that works out together?  The Pierpont Racquet Club (PRC)is celebrating 38 years in the Racquet Sports & Fitness Industry this October.  All these years the Club has been a second home to so many in our community!  As a matter of fact, many of their current members who […] 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 »

Oxnard Monday Club presents City Center with $7,500 for the "PURPLE ROOM"

The Oxnard Monday Club presented The City Center with a $7,500 check to sponsor the “PURPLE ROOM.”  A room designated at The City Center Transitional Living specifically for Domestic Violence victims.  The Oxnard Monday Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community through volunteerism and partnerships with other […] Read More »

Not your typical fishing year

By Kevin Brannon Host It’s definitely not your typical fishing year and that’s an understatement no one could have predicted. Although, following a strong fishing season last year El Nino brings warmer waters into our area. Exotics are the topic matched with plenty of bait fish-Sardines, anchovies, mackerel squid and even the tuna crab (AKA […] Read More »

Chuck and the “Secret Garden Dozen” had much to reminisce about

Jazz radio legend Chuck Cecil calls Ventura his home Chuck and Edna Cecil recently sat in with the “Secret Garden Dozen” a group of local professional musicians, who meet weekly in midtown Ventura  at A Secret Garden Florist Cafe on Main Street to talk music and life. The group has been playing music for over […] Read More »

Happy Halloween

A Happy Halloween to all of our scary readers from our even scarier staff. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

Celebrating a successful summer for tourism in Ventura!

  Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) is proud to announce another successful summer for tourism in Ventura and more and more people discover our little piece of paradise on the Central Coast. This summer, VVCB’s Visitors Center staff and volunteers welcomed over 8,000 visitors from 35 different countries and five different continents -an exciting […] Read More »

Paragon Academy Jiu-Jitsu wins big at 2015 World Masters

By Veronica Johnson Paragon Academy Jiu-Jitsu registered to the 2015 World Masters Jiu-Jitsu championship with over 30 competitors, reaching full capacity more than a month before the deadline. The World Masters is one of the biggest jiu-jitsu championships in the world and is held on September 25-26 in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring over 2,300 athletes. […] Read More »

Pier Under the Stars annual benefit for historic Ventura Pier

Breeze music writer Pam Baumgardner (venturarocks.com), Breeze co-founder Staci Brown and Diane who lives with the Breeze publisher (poor lady) enjoying Pier Under the Stars—the annual benefit for the historic Ventura Pier that was held on Saturday, October 3 under an absolutely beautiful Ventura evening. Restaurants, cafes, wineries and breweries served their signature dishes and […] Read More »

Tech Today with Ken May

Ken May What to look for when buying a computer – Part 1 Buying a computer is no easy task, and with the cost of many of the machines out on the market today, you want to make sure you’re making the right purchase so you don’t blow your money on something that stops meeting […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze has a new editor

The Ventura Breeze has a new editor 10-year old Evin Brown. Even though he is very young because of his relationship with the Breeze publisher he has been reading the Breeze since he was 2. As his first change to the paper he has decided that classified ads can be on the cover. Read More »

Breeze caps at Reagan Library

While visiting the Reagan Library you can purchase a Breeze cap for $29.95 or you can order one at advertising@venturabreeze.com for only $12.00. Read More »

Breeze Reader Poetry

The Universe Joshua Henry Jones Jr. Count o’er the million leagues from here to yonder star. On then. On to the next count of a million more. Sum up the myriad gleams that light the night; Add too, the orbit where the cold bright moon doth soar. That done, return to earth and with thy […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – Answer In A Breeze

Q. The Time Warner Co. is digging Telegraph and Dunning to connect St. Bonaventure High to fiber optic networks. They say they already serve the church and presumably the hospital. The presence and absence of the fiber optics in various neighborhoods can affect the decision by an employer to locate there.  It would be an […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – While on Vacation

Enjoying the tropical breezes while vacationing in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii.  Marylin A. Galbreath was sure to bring the Ventura Breeze to read when she wasn’t drinking mai tai’s Read More »

Nikos Valance appointed to Ventura Port District Board

Valance is also a board member of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy Photo by Kyle Sallee The Ventura City Council has appointed Nikos Valance, a local attorney, economist and lecturer at California State University Channel Islands, to his first four-year term on the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners. Valance, a New York native, also […] Read More »

City of Ventura’s Laura Pfeifer recognized in National Safety Council's sixth class of NSC Rising Stars of Safety

On August 27,  the National Safety Council announced its sixth class of NSC Rising Stars of Safety – a group of future leaders dedicated to making workplaces safer.  The 40 honorees have promoted a cycle of continuous improvement within their organizations and created initiatives focused on measurable outcomes of the NSC’s Journey to Safety Excellence. […] Read More »

Book Nook

The Panaro Brothers Winery located at 4517 Market Street, 654-1577 features a Book Nook. Stop by, have a cool glass of wine and visit the Book Nook that has books for sale by local Ventura County authors, including James Francis Gray, Sheila Lowe, Sheli Ellsworth, Sheldon Brown, Libby J. Atwater, Karin Lehmann, Robin Sanford, Elaine […] Read More »

Vicki Graves receives Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Community Memorial Health System nurse, Vicki Graves, is a recent recipient of the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a peer-elected awards program the hospital participates in each quarter. Nurses are nominated for the DAISY awards by patients, family members and colleagues. Graves, a registered nurse in the CMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is known at […] Read More »

Ventura County Firefighters of the Year and Citizen Heroes honored

By Karen Helen Szatkowski The Kiwanis International of Ventura, co-hosted by Oxnard and Thousand Oaks clubs, put on their 13th Annual Event to honor many of the local firefighters and several citizen heroes at the Crown Plaza Hotel on the Ventura Beach on September 11th. The evening ceremonies were opened by the Ventura City Firefighters […] Read More »

Breeze on vacation around the world

Breeze staff writer Mira Reverente made it to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, bringing with her the latest issue of the Breeze to read at new heights . Read More »

Monster statue from last issue... was a joke ; )

This joke was included in a recent issue. We just couldn’t wait until April Fool’s Day. We apologize for our warped sense of humor. Not only will the statue of Father Juniper Serra remain there forever, but he is now a Saint having been recently elevated to Sainthood by Pope Francis. Read More »

The Ventura creature

After Pope Francis announced that he would canonize Father Junipero Serra it turned out that Serra is a very controversial person and there are many who object to him becoming a Saint. In order for this not to become a controversy in Ventura the City Council has replaced his statue, located across from City Hall […] Read More »

Harold celebrates 82 with tennis and friends

Dick Zizic, Harold Kennedy, Dick Baldwin, Tony Jankowski and somebody in a Breeze cap celebrating Harold’s birthday at the Vagabond Coffee Shop. Read More »

Ventura Film Society Season 7

Please join the Ventura Film Society on Thursday September 10 @ 7:15pm at the Century 10 Downtown Ventura for “The Salt Of The Earth”. German director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club, Pina, Paris Texas, Wings of Desire) confirms his mastery of the documentary form in this stunning visual ode to the great Brazilian photographer […] Read More »

Refuse collection in Ventura and Ojai delayed one day for Labor Day

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the employees of E.J. Harrison & Sons will be taking the day off on Monday, Sept. 7, As a result, Ventura and Ojai residential customers will have their trash and recyclables or green waste collected one day later than usual during the week of Sept.7-11. The regular schedule […] Read More »

Homeless Prevention Fund Part 2……..What About You?

By Jill Forman Five hundred and thirty-six dollars.  Think about that amount; many folks spend that monthly on the payment for a nice car, or going out to eat every week, or spending a modest weekend away.  Five hundred and thirty-six dollars. For other families, that amount stands between them and homelessness.  That is the […] Read More »

“Cotton” Rosser rides again

Eighty seven year old  “Cotton” Rosser is the production manager for the rodeos held at the Fair Grounds. He is the owner of the Flying U Rodeo, the oldest rodeo company in the world and the major supplier of livestock to the  PRCA Rodeo held as part of The Ventura County Fair.  Cotton actively participates […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA announces outdoor sports court expansion and English as a Second Language classes

The YMCA would like to thank Mike Regan from the Gwendelyn Sexton Foundation, Wood Claeyssens Foundation, David Staples from Staples Construction, Mica Beving of Beving Architecture, Jensen Design & Survey, Inc., and Hampton Fitness for their new facilty. After a year and a half in planning, the Ventura Family YMCA will start building an outdoor […] Read More »

On Vacation

While in  Denmark Marsha Moreland took time out to read the Breeze Read More »

Cute Grandkids

Grandma thinks that her granddaughter Bella Pedevillano is pretty darn cute. She is practicing her surf moves on land.  She is a California surfer girl. Do you have a grandkid that you think is even cuter? If so send their photo to editor@venturabreeze.com Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library poster contest

The Ventura Friends of the Library are sponsoring a poster contest for the City of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, April 2, 2016.  The contest is open to all youths who live or go to school in the city of Ventura ages 6 to 18.  Each child who enters a valid submission will receive a Ventura […] Read More »

Breeze world travels

Enjoying the tropical breezes while vacationing in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii.  Marylin A. Galbreath of Ventura was sure to bring the Ventura Breeze to read. Read More »

Home of America’s Canine Disaster Search Teams

Heroes, both dogs and fire fighters are training right around the corner. On July 9, a milestone event at the National Training Center (Home of America’s Canine Disaster Search Teams) was held when the search teams deployed to Nepal were honored.  The world looked on as TEAM USA joined first responders from around the world […] Read More »

Cute Grandkid

After visiting their son and family in La Pine, Oregon Lynn and Thomas Pratt think that their 6-month old granddaughter, Orianthi Raylynn is as cute as they get. She is adorable, as you can see, with sparkling eyes and an incredible smile.   She is one happy little girl and we are looking forward to our […] Read More »

At-risk students given a second chance

Foto:  Keynote speaker Maureen Shea, with student speaker and graduate Jannini Lopez, shared a moment at the Vista Real ceremony. On Thursday, June 25, Vista Real Charter High School held their Graduation Ceremony at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. This year, Vista Real graduated over 100 students through its independent study program throughout Ventura County. […] Read More »

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