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Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals and Irish Belle announced

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

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Read Across America Day

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

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

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

Upcoming community events with CAPS

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

Design in the Making: Ventura County Architecture

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

Our Ventura TV surpassed 900 video/tv productions

Veronica Slavin, Dan Feliz, George Alger, Sandra Siepak and Michelle Hoover are all part of the Our Ventura TV team. In-studio interview productions are done in association with CAPS Media Center Our Ventura TV is an award-winning, weekly talk-show television series broadcast on Ventura cable channel 6 TV and also published on as well […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting held for Riverside Apartments

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

Rotary Club of Ventura South to host Mardi Gras Fundraiser

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

Oxnard Salsa Festival accepting applications for Community Stage

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

Ventura Libraries March Events

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

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

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

Ventura Audubon Society March Events

March 3, 8:00 am Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area, Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478. Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. March 10 2019, 8:30 am Port Hueneme Exploration/Bubbling Springs, […] Read More »

Gold Coast Concert Chorus and Ventura College Chorus premiers words

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

Membership event held for VBG

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

You’ve been challenged Ventura!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteers replace community dome cover at River Haven

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

A Contest for Animal Lovers

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

CAPS Media and ECTV win ACM Wave awards

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

Ventura Music Festival announces Silver Anniversary lineup

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

We made the mural to spread kindness

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

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

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The Eye Clinic is looking for optometrists

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

Answer in a Breeze

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

Creativity, service inspire local “Banjo Gal”

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

CMH Auxiliary Volunteer’s department new uniforms

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

Join the Hokuloa Feb. 23

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

River Community Church honors Ventura’s best.

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

Ventura writers win awards

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

Local high school teacher learns new lessons from foster student

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

A Golden Year for Ventura Friends of the Library

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Hillman performs at The Museum of Ventura County

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

Third year for March for Justice in Ventura

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

Adventure, lore and more await visitors at Ventura Harbor

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

Meet Ventura’s future city leaders

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

Wilderness course now in its eleventh year

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

First Annual Charity Kickball Tournament

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

2018 by Venturans for Efficient & Responsible Government (VERG)

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

Ventura Audubon Society February events

February 2, 2019 8:00 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478 Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. February 9, 2019 8:30 a.m. Arroyo Verde Park […] Read More »

Who doesn’t want to be an author?

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

Casa Pacifica welcomes new member to board of directors

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

Board Chair, Shannon Hillygus shared his vision for the year

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

Volleyball players at San Pedro

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

The future of neurosurgery explored at CMHS Seminar

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

Workforce Development Board of Ventura County names new executive director

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

Always wanted to learn about fly fishing?

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

Previous Harbor Community Church lot to be sold

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

YMCA to kick off its Annual Campaign

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

Immerse in verse

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

Astronomical high-rough tide

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

Robbery prevention tips for convenience store owners/employees

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

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

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

New Olivas Adobe “docent” board officers sworn in

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

The Perfect Firestorm

Friends of CAPS Media, In late December CAPS Media premiered The Perfect Firestorm – The Thomas Fire Story, a documentary film based on the first-person stories of fire fighters, first responders and members of the public impacted by the Thomas Fire. The film features very personal memories of an extraordinary community coming together to support, […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust to host volunteer community gardening day on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Day of Service”

Ventura Land Trust volunteers celebrate their success after a 2018 Ocean Friendly Garden work day. On Monday, January 21, Ventura Land Trust (VLT) will host a volunteer community gardening event at their ocean friendly garden in Ventura. VLT invites volunteers of all ages to join them from 9 a.m. – 12 noon to plant native […] Read More »

Troop 111 has performed over 4,500 hours of service

Arroyo Verde Park’s unsung heroes. Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships would like to thank Boy Scout Troop 111. In its three years of existence, Troop 111 has performed over 4,500 hours of service, much of it in the outdoors. The Los Padres Forest has been the recipient of most of their efforts, however, in the […] Read More »

Primrose Excursions

Primrose Excursions, along with Premier World Discovery and Mayflower Tours, packed the house for a Travel Prelude Event on January 10th. This event showcased in detail, many upcoming travel destinations such as Italy, Newfoundland, Catalina Island and Zion National Park. If you’re interested in finding out more about these and other travel destinations please contact […] Read More »

Heisenberg is sexy and full of surprises

Rubicon Theatre Company opens the 2019 Season with the quirky romance Heisenberg. Sweet, sexy and full of surprises, the story follows two strangers whose lives intersect in a bustling London train station when free-spirited Georgie, a 40-something American, unexpectedly plants a kiss on the neck of Alex, an older Irish butcher, as he sits on […] Read More »

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

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Have you ever been out to dinner and had your friend, family member or partner answer their cell phone and talk for a few minutes, leaving you out of the conversation? Maybe you’ve been involved in a heart-to-heart, and just at the moment you were going to […] Read More »

Pier damaged by winter storm bringing 15 foot waves

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

Namba upcoming events

January programming focuses on local talent. “Discover wonderful new local talent, meet new artists and begin new friendships at Namba!” Tickets at January 18, 8pm, “A Celebration of Joni Mitchell” features Kimberly Ford. This is a rocking tribute to the most iconic singer-songwriter of the Woodstock generation. Mitchell touched millions with her nearly 40-year […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Mini STEAM Fair 2/25 Wednesday @4-5 Visit the Ventura Region libraries during the last week of February for a Mini STEAM Fair. All ages! Bilingual Early Literacy Class 2/4, 11, & 25 Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm Join us for storytelling, nursery rhymes, flannel board fun and more! Adult Classes & […] Read More »

Arroyo Verde Park Playground design community outreach meeting

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

Do you have overdue books?

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

Dear friends of the Museum

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

CAPS Media membership has its privileges

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

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

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

Answer in a Breeze

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

The program features well-loved children's songs

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

Circle of Friends seeking new members

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

“Are we sure there is a fire here?”

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Gardens break records

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

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

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

Hospice distributed over 140 Christmas Blankets

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

Ventura Music Festival 25th Season expands

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

The Channel Cities Jazz Club moving to Ventura

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

The teen and Foster VC Kids are sharing her story

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

Ventura Pier damaged by recent storm

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

Signs of the times...

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

New 120-unit Marriott Residential Inn begin grading

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

Chillin' with the Breeze

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

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

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The joys and benefits of bicycle travel

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

As gorgeous as it gets by Michael Gordon

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Sustainable Body-Mind-Spirit Tips for 2019

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

2018 – A year to remember

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

Author announces the publication of new online fiction magazine.

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

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson mourns passing of partner

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

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

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

2018 Annual Poinsettia Awards

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


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

End of an era for Vagabond not what you thought!

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

Library events

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

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

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Mountain lion sightings in hillside neighborhoods 

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

The Little Girl by Ariel Rahder-Ventura College

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

Ventura Holiday Candlelight Tours of the Historic Olivas Adobe

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

CMH is now open

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

Are you an aspiring cartoonist?

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CAPS in our community

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

Holidays at the Plaza

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

Kaye Mand selected as County Chief Financial Officer

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

Collecting donations for the Salvation Army

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

Anne Paul King Named Ventura College Foundation Executive Director

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

Ventura Breeze New Years Issue on the streets January 3rd

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

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

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

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

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

Coats for kids can be left at numerous locations

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

42nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks

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

Audubon events January 2019

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

People of many faiths come together for SOS!

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

We are healthcare advocates

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

MERITO Foundation: Inspiring our youth to become environmental stewards

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

Cabrillo Middle School brings home robotics honors

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

Museum of Ventura County names new Library and Archives Director

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

The Ventura Film Society is about to be reborn.

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

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

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

The joys and benefits of bicycle travel

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

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

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Helpful Honda Holiday Treats Truck

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

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

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

The gift of giving

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

Annual memorial service for our homeless neighbors

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

Catch the “ELF on the GO” Holiday Bus

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

REMEMBERING ~ Thomas Fire took their home but not their spirit

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

Ventura Land Trust replaces hawk nest felled during Thomas Fire

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

REMEMBERING ~ FOOD Share’s Annual CAN-tree Drive

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

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

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


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

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

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

Thomas Fire documentary premieres at Museum of Ventura County

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

Residents Anxious to Return to Ventura

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

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

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

Thomas Fire one year later

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

Protect what you love: Surfrider engages and salutes community volunteers

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

New discovery in the story of the Lone Woman

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

REMEMBERING ~ Flames of Compassion

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


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

REMEMBERING ~ Serra Cross Park

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

Ventura Audubon Society December Program and Field Trips

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

REMEMBERING ~ Thomas Fire One Year Later

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

REMEMBERING ~ Ojai Thomas Fire Reflections

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REMEMBERING ~ City Memorial Ceremony

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

Thomas Fire homeowners have understandable anxiety

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

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

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

How one Ventura family lost their home to the Thomas Fire

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

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

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

Misconceptions about the Ventura Botanical Gardens

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


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

NALA to help Toys for Tots fulfill its mission

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

What is Mixteco: Tu’un Savi?

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

Museum of Ventura County begins documentation of recent tragedies

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

Ventura City Councilmember Erik Nasarenko to serve another term

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

Rubicon Theatre Company concludes 20th anniversary season

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

Santa Clara Street around 1900 maybe earlier

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Tips for a more sustainable Thanksgiving

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

Ventura County Medical Center receives national recognition

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

Ventura County Strong

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

YMCA annual Community Prayer Breakfast

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

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

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Legal victory secures protection for Santa Clara River Steelhead

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

Mat Almaraz School Board

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

Lorrie Brown the first representative of District 6

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

CAPS Chat - Generosity and Spirit

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

CSUCI students and teachers exploration of Santa Rosa Island

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

I hope that I can help the district address the issues

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

Casa de Soria

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

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

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

The campaign is behind us and now the hard work begins

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

Top 5 holiday celebrations in Ventura Harbor Village

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

Island Packers announces holiday cruises

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

First, I would like to thank the voters

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

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

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

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

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

Ten bed shelter provides a safe place to live

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

Research on an ancient Sea Cow

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

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

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

November Audubon events

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

Dedicated athlete Ross Hoffman writes rapid recovery book

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

Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Hate

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

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

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

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

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

Extra instruction now available for students grades K-5

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

Community Stories

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

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

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

Haunted Housing Run raises $10,000 for scholarship program

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

Extra instruction now available for students grades K-5

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

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

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

Paso Pacifico responds to viral turtle poaching video

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

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

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

Haunted Housing Run raises $10,000 for scholarship program

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

What is Mixteco: Tu’un Savi?

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

Ten bed shelter provides a safe place to live

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

What the heck are pianos doing downtown?

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

Altrusa supports our community in many, many ways

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

2018 NAMI Walk

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

NCL presents annual fundraiser Nov. 11

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

Ventura Botanical Gardens announces grand re-opening

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

Vista Del Mar reopens

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

Ventura Music Festival receives $10,000

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

What are Ventura’s pressing issues?

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

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura Havana Nights

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

80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht Commemorated at Congregation Am HaYam

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brownley announces $250,000 in federal funds

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

CAPS Community News

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

Triad Properties hosts 3rd Annual Haunted Housing Run/Walk

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

VLT awarded $10,000

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

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

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

Did you know Ventura has a sister city?

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

Sneaky little scary enemy in the house!

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

Answer in a Breeze

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

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

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

The Rocknockers are coming!

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

Pier Under The Stars

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

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

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

Eye clinic has official ribbon-cutting

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

Kevin Clerici, Candidate for City Council Dist 1

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

Answer in a Breeze

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

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

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

Seaside BOO-tacular happenings at Ventura Harbor Village

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

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

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

Tree watering best practices

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

Voting and your community

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

Majestic hired as new Director of Place-Based Initiatives

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

Welcome to Ventura on the Amtrak

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Harvest Festival

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

Haunted Housing Run/Walk

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

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces new board members and officers

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

How one woman shed 73 pounds and kept it off

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

Rotary Club to host Trivia Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

Knowledge is power

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

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

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

Nurturing adoption, kinship and foster/resource families

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

A Contest

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

Ortega Adobe

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

A guzzler installed at Botanical Gardens

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

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

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

Remember when they used to read books?

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Celebrity Extra

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

Miriam Schwab Estate donates to Ventura College Foundation

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

Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival

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

From a broken family to a solid foundation

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

New book about Ojai Valley Ghosts by Local Ghost Hunter

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

Learn how to maintain a healthy microbiome in your body

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

Coastal Cleanup Day

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

Finney’s Crafthouse and Kitchen coming to Ventura

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

Ventura Shellfish Enterprise site selection

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

The Dogs Of Lenin

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

California's coast is full of important resources

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

Which trash cans which days?

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

Groundwork begin on 231-unit apartment project

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

Make sure your children ride as safely as possible

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

Things left undone

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

View from Two Trees

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

Tickets on sale for “Pier Under the Stars”

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

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

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

Two Trees Recovery

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

Havana Nights in Ventura

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura presents their 51st Annual Great Futures Gala & Auction Havana Nights on Saturday, November 10, from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm at the Four Points by Sheraton, Ventura Harbor Resort. Please join us for an evening of good food, good people, and good conversation, all for a good cause! Supporting your […] Read More »

Get ready to share your voice

by Elizabeth Rodeno In preparation for the elections in November CAPS Media will be producing a series of programs and forums. The events will feature the voices and positions of the candidates for City Council, Ventura Unified School District and the Ventura Community College District Trustee candidates through our long running Video Voter program. CAPS […] Read More »

CMH Auxiliary Shout Out Corner

The Auxiliary of CMH enjoys bringing good news and updates about the wonderful volunteers in the auxiliary department. There have been many past and present volunteers who have given of their time and talents that made them successful volunteers. Many are no longer alive and others have retired. They may be gone but not forgotten. […] Read More »

Have coffee with cop and break down barriers

The community is invited to come together with Ventura Police Officers in a friendly, informal environment to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a good cup of coffee for National Coffee with a Cop which will be held at Palermo, located at 321 E. Main Street in Ventura, on October 3 from 8:30 a.m. to […] Read More »

Ventura Shellfish Enterprise site selection

by Oscar Peña, General Manager On September 12, at 7:00PM the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners will convene in Open Session at the Four Point Sheraton Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Drive, for its Regular Meeting. One of the items on the agenda of special interest to the public is the Ventura Shellfish Enterprise (VSE) […] Read More »

Ventura County Watershed Protection District announces community meeting

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection District will hold a community meeting to share the latest developments and anticipated path for the Ventura River Levee (VR-1) Rehabilitation Project. The Ventura River Levee (VCWPD VR-1, FEMA ID No. 53) consists of bank protection and other improvements intended to provide flood protection for […] Read More »

Keeping our flags looking good on Main St.

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Harvest Festival showcases more than 24,000 original works

Showcasing a colossal collection of handmade creations, the Harvest Festival® Original Art & Craft Show, comes to the Ventura County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday October 5-7 with more than 24,000 original works from hundreds of exhibitors nationwide. As an “all you can eat” gourmet buffet for the senses, the artful celebration boasts live entertainment, strolling performers, a Kidzone with pumpkin patch, […] Read More »

Local entrepreneur, volunteer and activist announces candidacy for Ventura City Council

Irene V. Henry has announced her candidacy for Ventura City Council – District 1. Ventura’s Westside resident and civic volunteer since 1990, Irene Henry vows to be the voice for her District. Irene Henry is a hardworking citizen with a proven track record.  She has volunteered extensively as President of Ventura Downtown Rotary; two-year President […] Read More »

Ventura’s East End Eateries - Part 2: Hill Street Cafe

by Jennifer Tipton Serving as a family restaurant since the 1980s, the Hill Street Cafe is located at 1050 South Hill Road. The ambience is festive; the staff wears Hawaiian print shirts, there is garland strung with lights and foil birds and pineapples hang from the ceiling. The booths are private with a little lace […] Read More »

New Stewardship Manager joins VLT team

Dan Hulst recently joined the VLT(Ventura Land Trust) team as the new Stewardship Manager. He will work closely with Kate Furlong, VLT’s Stewardship Director, on open space restoration and stewardship projects, VLT’s outdoor environmental education program and social media outreach. Dan, the youngest of 9 siblings, grew up in Northern California, in the small town of Waterford. […] Read More »

Craig R. Carey and Bryan Conant, to present community lecture

Craig R. Carey and Bryan Conant, two wanderers of our local hills, valleys and forests are teaming up with the Ventura Land Trust for a fast-paced, informative and often hilarious lecture “Amazing Backcountry Adventures” highlighting their outdoor adventures at 7pm Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. “Amazing Backcountry Adventures” features outdoor author Craig R. Carey and […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 25 - Sept 12 - Sept 25, 2018 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton What is your favorite park in Ventura? Ron Root age 71 retired from Honda Motor Co. “Probably the Aquatic Water Park on Kimball because it’s really well laid out. It’s large and great for walking the dog, you just have to go when everyone else isn’t there, it gets pretty busy.”   […] Read More »

Olivas Adobe can still be enjoyed after the end of the concert series

The last concert of the 31st summer concert season Music Under the Stars, held at the Olivas Adobe featured Janeen Puente and her Latin Orchestra. The concert was sold out as were 6 of the 8 presented. Next year promises to be another great season so when tickets become available you had better buy them […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries October events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events   Bilingual Early Literacy Class   10/1, 8 , 15, 22, & 29  Mondays @ 6– 6:45pm   Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!   One County One Book Event: Foil Boat Challenge STEAM Box 10/11 Tuesday @ 3-4pm Explore & discover concepts related to Science, Technology, […] Read More »

3rd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival

On September 8th an overcast day didn’t stop thousands of music fans from enjoying the 3rd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival (OJF) held at Oxnard Beach Park. The OJF is a cultural music celebration offering a diverse mix of Jazz, Latin, Soul, Blues and R&B. The 2018 star studded lineup featured Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, […] Read More »

Pedestrian safety

by Ashley Bautista, Community Outreach Ventura Police Thousands of people each year are killed on America’s roadways, and many of those deaths could have been prevented. In fact, in 2016, 16 percent (5,987) of all roadway-related deaths were pedestrian fatalities. Tragically, in a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is far more […] Read More »

Friends of the Santa Clara River celebrates 25 years with Silver Streams Gala Celebration

by Candice Meneghin, Friends of the Santa Clara River Board Member Friends of the Santa Clara was formed in 1993 with the mission of protecting and preserving the biological and cultural resources of the Santa Clara River Watershed, which spans Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. The Friends have promoted all aspects of river health, including […] Read More »

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Ventura Shellfish Enterprise site selection

by Oscar Peña, General Manager On September 12, at 7:00PM the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners will convene in Open Session at the Four Point Sheraton Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Drive, for its Regular Meeting. One of the items on the agenda of special interest to the public is the Ventura Shellfish Enterprise (VSE) […] Read More »

Ventura County Watershed Protection District announces community meeting

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection District will hold a community meeting to share the latest developments and anticipated path for the Ventura River Levee (VR-1) Rehabilitation Project. The Ventura River Levee (VCWPD VR-1, FEMA ID No. 53) consists of bank protection and other improvements intended to provide flood protection for […] Read More »

Could boosting lymphatic function combat age-related cognitive decline?

by National Institute on Aging Scientists only recently discovered lymphatic vessels in the brain that remove cellular debris and other waste. Now, new NIA-supported research published in Nature on July 25 suggests these vessels could play a role in age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, studied the performance of lymphatic vessels in […] Read More »

Friends of the Santa Clara River celebrates 25 years with Silver Streams Gala Celebration

by Candice Meneghin, Friends of the Santa Clara River Board Member Friends of the Santa Clara was formed in 1993 with the mission of protecting and preserving the biological and cultural resources of the Santa Clara River Watershed, which spans Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. The Friends have promoted all aspects of river health, including […] Read More »

Cute Grandkid

Grandma Joan Dodge thinks her 6-year old Granddaughter Reese Springhorn (on the left), who is visiting from Sacramento with friend Rowan Guzman is the cutest grandkid in the entire universe. Do you have one that you think is even cuter? If so send photo to This photo was taken at The Pierpont Racquet Club. Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 24 – Aug 29 – Sept 11, 2018 – On Vacation

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Ventura Unified School District announces new brand

District develops brand promising rich and varied academic programs. The Ventura Unified School District has announced its new brand and a district promise to maintain excellent schools and learning environments where all children can explore, grow, and thrive as students in a modern world and be well prepared for the future ahead of them. “’For […] Read More »

Thousands beat the heat at the Annual Ventura County Fair

Fireworks was limited to weekends this year. Some liked it some didn’t. The Ventura County Fair is proud and happy to report another successful Fair. Celebrating the diverse traditions of Ventura County, the 143rd edition, “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” closed with thousands having come out to enjoy the 12-day event, many returning for the […] Read More »

Elections, Education and Art

Councilmember Christy Weir enjoying the CAPS and Ventura Breeze tiles on Michael O’Kelly’s mural. by Elizabeth Rodeno Over the next few weeks CAPS Media will work with city officials and election organizations throughout the community to encourage voter participation, provide voter information on ballot initiatives and help explain the district election process for electing City […] Read More »

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Of Ventura kicks off 2018 Campaign

Paul Hardy, Josh Damigo, and Dr. Ron Atanay  attended the kickoff event and will be at the walk at Harbor Cove Beach. An open house reception was held at the Four Points Sheraton Ventura on Thursday, August 9th for this year’s Kickoff Celebration “Younited For a Cure”. The evening’s festivities included pink themed appetizers, raffle […] Read More »

Funds raised will enable TBCF to serve all eligible families without turning anyone away.

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) held its sixth annual Gold Ribbon Campaign in recognition of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September with a private event for its Tri-County recipients, volunteers, sponsors and siblings on Aug. 21 at the Gordic Grove in Elings Park in Santa Barbara. This uplifting event treated guests to a picnic dinner in […] Read More »

Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Throw Down

Spencer Makenzie’s 9th annual End of Summer Throw Down took place from Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26. The well attended event included fierce competition, music and food. The end of Summer Block Party and Throw Down took place on the closed street at the corner of Makenzie’s at 806 East Thompson. Read More »

14th Annual Spirit Awards

Dear Friends Eric Harrison, President & CEO United Way of Ventura County On Sept.13, we’ll be celebrating our 14th Annual Spirit Awards at the Serra Padre Center in Camarillo. This will be a special evening recognizing the community and foundation leaders who partnered with us throughout the year and when Ventura County needed us most. […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District announces new brand

The Ventura Unified School District has announced its new brand and a district promise to maintain excellent schools and learning environments where all children can explore, grow, and thrive as students in a modern world and be well prepared for the future ahead of them. “’For the future of every student’ is our promise emphasizing […] Read More »

This year’s Wild & Scenic® Film Festival hosted by the Ventura Land Trust gets a new home and new friends

by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “This is the greatest venue no one’s ever been to,” said Gary Bednorz, chairman of the Ventura Land Trust’s popular SYRCL Wild & Scenic® Film Festival now in its ninth year in Ventura. The festival, which serves as a fundraiser for the Ventura Land Trust (formerly Ventura Hillsides Conservancy), celebrated […] Read More »

 Club welcomes writers of all genres and abilities

The Ventura County Writers Club is celebrating its 85th anniversary. The club, founded in 1933 by authors in Ojai, has thrived while many clubs and organizations are folding. President Connie Mukherjee says, “The VCWC has survived because we welcome writers of all genres and abilities. We have also kept dues low. A new member pays only […] Read More »

What homeowners should know about air conditioning

As this summer’s record-breaking heat wave sent many residents reaching for their thermostats, a new air conditioning unit may have felt like a smart buy. But before homeowners take the plunge, there are a number of items to consider that will help an A/C unit work even better, save energy and make their living spaces […] Read More »

New Cal Lutheran students will aid fire recovery in Grant Park

On Tuesday, August 28, approximately 650 incoming California Lutheran University students worked to help the hills above Ventura recover from the Thomas Fire as part of a partnership with the City of Ventura that began over 10 years ago. The incoming freshmen class will remove bottles and other trash exposed by the fire and spread mulch […] Read More »

Elections, Education and Art

by Elizabeth Rodeno Over the next few weeks CAPS Media will work with city officials and election organizations throughout the community to encourage voter participation, provide voter information on ballot initiatives and help explain the district election process for electing City Council members and Ventura Unified School board members. CAPS will offer candidates the chance […] Read More »

From recent retirement to the school board

Early in his career, when Jerry Dannenberg presided as President of the Escondido Teacher’s Association, he never imagined he would someday rise through the ranks to become a school district superintendent. He would like to take it a step further now by announcing his candidacy for the Ventura USD Board of Education, Area 4. When […] Read More »

Ventura Community Partners Foundation hosts inaugural golf tournament and dinner fundraiser

The Ventura Community Partners Foundation announced it will host its inaugural “Fairways & Fiesta” event on Saturday, September 8. The event, which is expected to raise thousands for Ventura’s youth, will begin with a golf tournament at 3:30 pm at the Olivas Links Golf Course, located at 3750 Olivas Park Dr. The tournament will be […] Read More »

The celebration of Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. Jewish Year 5777 this year at sunset on Sept.9. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity […] Read More »

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Of Ventura kicks off 2018 Campaign

An open house reception was held at the Four Points Sheraton Ventura on Thursday, August 9th for this year’s Kickoff Celebration “Younited For a Cure”. The evening’s festivities included pink themed appetizers, raffle prizes, socializing, and informational speakers. Event Chair Brenda Dearborn opened with the event overview, followed by Kickoff Chair Kerri Berntsen with sponsor […] Read More »

Upcoming events for the Museum of Ventura County

The Museum of Ventura County has multiple events coming up, including: Opening Reception for “At Table: The Business of Food and Community” –Celebrate and explore Ventura County’s rich history of cultural diversity, agricultural bounty and how the influx of immigrants has shaped our recipes, food traditions and eating experiences at the opening reception, 5:30 to […] Read More »

A great way to spend a Night Out

Ventura neighborhoods were invited to participate with many other neighborhoods across the country in celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday, August 14. National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Ventura Police Department. This is the […] Read More »

Join the Native Daughters of the Golden West Poinsettia Parlor

Join the Native Daughters of the Golden West Poinsettia Parlor number 318 and The City of San Buenaventura Parks And Recreation for an Open house at the Ortega Adobe 215 w. Main St. Sunday, September 9th – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hear a presentation on the history of the Adobe by Ernie Calvillo and […] Read More »

Even though painting was not in the contract for almost $400,000 they could have taken a day painting it.

In previous issues the Breeze has commented on the horrible workmanship performed on the pedestrian crossing bridge that runs over the freeway to the promenade. We also commented on the horrible handrail. “This is what the work consisted of per the Department of Transportation (DOT): ‘The department is working with the City of Ventura to […] Read More »

Brian Pendleton promoted to Deputy GM of Port District

The Ventura Port District announces the promotion of Brian Pendleton to Deputy General Manager. Hired in June 2015 as Business Operations Manager for the District ─ home to Ventura Harbor and Channel Islands National Park ─ Pendleton has led the District’s economic development strategy and supervised various department managers. In his new position, Pendleton serves […] Read More »

End of Life Doula

by Jennifer Tipton Just as birth doulas help mothers bring their newborns into the world, end of life doulas ease the transition of individuals leaving this world by bringing comfort and support to those that are dying. Born in New Jersey, Dina Pielaet is one of thirteen children. In 1973, Dina’s mother and father informed […] Read More »

Aloha Beach Festival to benefit the Thomas Fire Families and the Surf Rider Foundation.

The return of the Aloha Beach Festival is on Sept 1st and 2nd at Surfer’s Point/Promenade Park. This year’s benefit will be for the Thomas Fire Families and the Surf Rider Foundation. Title sponsor this year is Trade Desk and Patagonia Provisions. “The purpose of the Aloha Beach festival is to support our local social and environmental nonprofits” […] Read More »

Sad passing of local icon, Helen Yunker

Always a lady of class and distinction. Helen had a simple philosophy: “In helping and sharing with others, you multiply your own blessings many times.” Her blessings were multiplied over and over again. One of Ventura’s premier philanthropists, arts supporters and political activists, Helen died at age 97 peacefully on July 28. Born in Chicago […] Read More »

VACE has 50-year celebration.

More than 400 attended the reunion. On Saturday, August 11th, Ventura Adult and Continuing Education (VACE) celebrated its 50th Anniversary of providing Lifelong Learning to the community at the main campus on Valentine Road. In the past fifty years, VACE has offered adult education and training in over 150 locations throughout Ventura. More than 400 […] Read More »

Visit Fillmore and Santa Paula while riding on vintage “movie trains!”

Fillmore & Western’s mission is to preserve and offer a unique part of American heritage. Photo by Nicholas Martinez Fillmore & Western Railway has announced two new train excursions this summer.  Enjoy the “Hot August Nights – Beer, Wine & Blues Train” departing from Fillmore’s Train Depot.  Then on Labor Day weekend enjoy Fillmore & Western’s […] Read More »

Well-known restaurant owner dies

A nice memorial has been set-up outside the site of the restaurant. Chingchai “Chang” Liampetchakul, former owner of Tipps Thai Cuisine has passed on at age 60. Chang’s life has taken a turn for the worse the last several years. In Feb., 2017 Chang Liampetchakul suffered a stroke while at the restaurant. He was cooking […] Read More »

Kat Merrick, John McNeil and Trevor Quirk share Thomas Fire stories

CAPS Media’s Thomas Fire Stories project continues to record captivating first-person personal accounts with the public and first responders. This month Kat Merrick, Captain John McNeil and Trevor Quirk add their experiences to the series. On Friday, August 17 Kat Merrick shares a remarkably moving story of her fight to save her Wicked Wire Ranch, […] Read More »

Panhandling Alternatives

Catholic Charities 805-643-4784 Homeless One Stop Center Every Tuesday 10am-1pm 3147 Loma Vista Project Understanding 805-652-1320 Salvation Army 805-648-5032 Turning Point foundation 805-652-0596 Ventura Social Services Task Force Homeless Prevention Fund 805-654-7701 Read More »

We asked a few of our writers and staff to tell us their favorite thing at the Fair:

Breezy Gledhill One of my favorite things at the fair this year was the Autism Society Ventura County booth. Besides the amazing people that I met at the booth this year – I’m talking about you Ashley Pope!, this nonprofit organization is mostly made up of individuals with Autism and their families. One in fifty-nine […] Read More »

Keep Ventura’s City Council out of the real estate business

by Venturans for Efficient & Responsible Government (VREG) When it comes to real estate, Ventura’s City Council is, at best, inconsistent. At worst, they are reckless with our money. Their latest decision costs taxpayers over $1,000,000. On June 16th, the Council accepted the city staff’s recommendations for the Harbor Church. Like some other real estate […] Read More »

The Ladder of Life

by Karen Leslie, writer with heart Adventure, meeting people from all walks of life, thrilling experiences, weaves a tapestry of memories that last a lifetime and when held in the mind and heart, become priceless beyond monetary value. From Oklahoma, Sedona to California, Richard Keller and Elaine Keller, enthusiastic spirited travelers, humanitarians and dream catchers […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust applies for National Accreditation, invites public comment

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) is pleased to announce that it is currently applying for accreditation and invites the public to comment as part of the application process. The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, […] Read More »

Libraries September events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 9/10, 17, & 24 Mondays @ 6– 6:45pm Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun! Lego Play 9/6, 13, 20, & 27 Thursdays @ 3 –5pm Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Adult Classes & Events […] Read More »

Museum exhibit explores cultural diversity of food in Ventura County

How history, culture and immigration shape our dining habits, menus and food traditions The Museum of Ventura County will host an opening reception, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aug. 30, for “At Table: The Business of Food and Community,” an exhibit that explores and celebrates the cultural impact of immigration through a shared love of food. […] Read More »

Music Under The Stars bachlorette party

Jenna Selvey is getting married to Max Rooney on August 18. She chose the Music Under The Stars concert on August 11, at the Olivas Adobe to hold her bachlorette party. Celebrating with her were her great friends who whooped it up and listened to and danced to the music of the high-energy, premier country rock […] Read More »

Jazz Festival to be held at Oxnard Beach Park

On September 8th, the 3rd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival (OJF) will take place at Oxnard Beach Park. The OJF is a cultural music celebration offering a diverse mix of Jazz, Latin, Soul, Blues and R&B. The 2018 star studded lineup includes: Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, Pete Escovedo and his Latin Big Band, Greg Adam’s […] Read More »

Jeffry George hired as Rubicon’s Executive Director

Jeffry George recently served as Executive Director of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT), on Cape Cod, a post he held for six years, guiding the organization through significant financial and organizational realignment. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, Jeffry was responsible for administration, development, marketing, education, and community outreach. He managed a seasonal staff […] Read More »

How to keep safe and green at home

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer “Caution,” “Toxic,” “Danger,” “Keep out of reach of children,” are common words found on traditional cleaning product labels sitting on store shelves waiting for purchase. However, exposure to harsh chemicals can not only potentially irritate our skin and burn our eyes, but research now indicates that the long-term […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 23 - Aug 15 - Aug 28, 2018 - Person to Person

Person to (Little) Person by Jennifer Tipton I asked several of our younger Venturans, ages 3–9, “What is your favorite thing at the fair?” Annabelle Eckert age 5 “I like the carnival games, especially the Balloon Water Race and I like every ride! My favorite fair food is a hotdog!”     Tom Eckert age […] Read More »

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces Cohort XXIV

The Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA), founded in 1994, delivers on its mission of connecting people and issues to strengthen our county by developing, educating and inspiring a diverse group of leaders who aspire to enhance the quality of life in Ventura County. The curriculum of the year-long Academy is delivered through ten full-day interactive […] Read More »

Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network

The Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network (VCRRN ) is hosting its signature Write For Your Rights event to bring together our community’s collective voice during a time when threats to reproductive rights are at an all time high. Attempts to block Planned Parenthood’s funding on the federal level continue in Congress, while women’s health still […] Read More »

Prepare for sticker shock on your water bills

by Venturans for Efficient & Responsible Government (VREG) The Ventura City Council stated building a pipeline for state water was Ventura Water’s number one priority. We’re pleased with the result. VREG promoted and encouraged state water over Direct Potable Reuse (DPR). Water is a regional problem. Ventura should be a leader in working with all […] Read More »

Channel Islands YMCA welcomes two to the Board of Directors

The Channel Islands YMCA is proud to announce the election of Lucy Thoms-Harrington and Daxter Gulje to its Board of Directors. Mrs. Thoms-Harrington has been on the Board of Managers for the Lompoc Family YMCA for over 15 years where she has served as past Board Chair, Campaign Chair and Board Development Chair. Thoms-Harrington is an […] Read More »

Cabrillo hires Soto as Director of Property Management & Resident Services

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation announces the addition of Luz Soto as its Director of Property Management and Resident Services. Soto returns to Cabrillo, where she previously served as Director of Property and Asset Management from 2005 to 2013. Soto oversees Cabrillo’s residential portfolio, which includes 26 affordable communities that serve nearly 1,200 low-income families. “With […] Read More »

Paul Hunt remembered at the cross

Standing at the fire engine is Firefighter Josh Bethea, son Scott Hunt, daughter Erin Wise, Firefighter Ron Ramirez, Firefighter Brian Muluchille and Firefighter and bagpipe player David Mendoza . On September 25, 1936, Paul Richard ‘Dick’ Hunt was born at home 180 Palm Street to Robert and Nettybelle Hunt. He was the last of eight […] Read More »

Storytelling and advocacy training for the homeless

Jules Plumadore and Terri Byrne, facilitators of the homeless speaker program. They are from the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. by Jill Forman An innovative speaker training event took place July 16 and 17 in our town. Homeless and previously-homeless persons attended, learning how to speak in public and advocate for themselves. These future […] Read More »

Help to raise more than $35 million for charitable causes

Enjoy the photographic exhibit of David Mirisch. Hollywood publicist David Mirisch will share stories about his five decades of working with celebrities, helping to raise more than $35 million for charitable causes, 11 a.m., Aug. 8 at the Museum of Ventura County, located at 100 E. Main. Enjoy the photographic exhibit of David and many […] Read More »

Ventura Water celebrates a New Water Wise Landscape Project

Approximately 1,100 square feet of turf replaced with water wise landscape. Ventura Water, in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Garden Group (OFG) and Ventura High School’s Greener World Action Team (GWAT), replaced approximately 1,100 square feet of turf with a water wise landscape at the corner of Main and Catalina streets. This student-led […] Read More »

Warped Tour gives back to Ventura via River Beautification Project

“They cleared out 8 tons of garbage” by Adrienne Stephens After twenty-four years of bringing punk and alternative bands plus thousands of enthusiastic music fans to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, the Warped Tour wrapped up its final stop in Ventura by undertaking a huge community service project working in collaboration with the Ventura Land Trust, […] Read More »

STEMbassador Kids Kick off STEM Workshop Series with Ventura teachers

Teachers, STEMbassadors students and Alex Wulff love what they are doing. Beginning Monday, June 18, 2018 STEMbassadors taught a 3-day workshop to train 16 teachers from several Ventura County schools ( De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA), Junipero Serra elementary school, Rio and Elmhurst elementary, along with Oxnard elementary school ) in […] Read More »

Ventura angel store closing- Over 34,000 prayers need a home

Do you have space for 34,000 prayers? For nearly a quarter of a century Heaven’s Gallery has been a destination store for people vising downtown Ventura. According to store owners Keith and Francesca Richardson the store is now scheduled to close September 30, 2018. One of the main features of the Richardson’s store has been […] Read More »

Couple kick-scooting to help build a school in Africa

Bex and Gil stopped in Ventura on the way to Tijuana. UK based couple, Bex Band and Gil Dori, will be bravely attempting a 1500+ mile journey travelling the full length of the USA west coast using kick scooters – stand up non-motorized scooters that are powered by leg muscles alone. The expedition, named ‘Kicking […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 22 - Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2018 - On Vacation

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Music Under the Stars

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Prof. David Pellow to connect social justice and environmental sustainability

Sharing highlights from his 2018 book, “What is Critical Environmental Justice?,” Dr. David Naguib Pellow will speak at the Ventura Unitarian Universalist Church at 5654 Ralston St. on Sunday August 26, 2018 from 11:30am to 12:30pm on the compelling case that social movements to benefit vulnerable people and environmental activism must be integrated, as the […] Read More »

Ventura Police out on the course

Ventura Police Commander Rick Murray, Commander Darrick Brunk, Assistant Police Chief Darin Schindler and Commander Sam Arroyo became police officers because they couldn’t make a living as professional golfers. Read More »

How to grow a lush, low-water use landscape with Mediterranean and California native plants

by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “When most people think of a stunning landscape, they tend to think of expansive, sprawling green lawns. However, these types of landscapes also consume a lot of water, negatively impacting our low reserves during the ongoing drought,” said Cari Vega, owner of A Smart Garden in Downtown Ventura. Vega taught […] Read More »

Rabbi Akiva to be discussed at Congregation Am HaYam

As a reminder that there have been times when modesty, humility and the idea that the power of the patriarch must be limited both by the written and the oral law, Congregation Am HaYam has selected for its Book Club discussion Rabbi Akiva, Sage of the Talmud, by Barry W. Holtz The book recounts the […] Read More »

Vista Del Mar thanks the City for the tremendous tree trimming

The residents living on Vista Del Mar wish to thank the City for the tremendous tree trimming that has been done. Trees hanging over the street and dead ones have been removed by WCA contracted by the City. Read More »

Author to share stories from her new book

Marla Daily, President of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, will share images and stories of the history of Anacapa Island from her new book, Images of America: Anacapa Island, during a special lecture on Thursday, August 23. Beginning in the mid-1800s, the island served as a home for transient otter and seal hunters, Chinese and […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

To editor: With regard to the fire dept. response to the fire, the local fire trucks have no mechanism ie. pumps to replenish their trucks with water other than to fill the trucks from fire hydrants. Multiple trucks left the fire when their water tanks were empty, driving by multiple swimming pools that they could […] Read More »

TV, Radio and More

Did you know that CAPS Media Center has a radio station – KPPQ-LP, now just a bit over a year old. KPPQ broadcasts at 104.1 FM, streams online at and on the myTuner app. KPPQ is a community run radio station broadcasting throughout the city of Ventura, into Port Hueneme, parts of Oxnard and […] Read More »

Community Garden at Westpark

The Community Garden at Westpark (450 W. Harrison) provides a wonderful opportunity to grow your own plants and vegetables and to learn about environmental sustainability. You can also find information about rain water collection and composting. To learn more, and become a community gardner, contact Anita Diaz at Read More »

WEV can make you an entrepreneur

Are you ready to become an entrepreneur, or expand your existing small business? Afraid to “go it alone,” or unsure how to proceed? WEV’s training programs guide you in taking the next step. Attend a free 1-hour orientation, where you’ll meet a WEV representative that will help you determine if SET, EXPLORE, or another WEV […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival presented a free concert in the park with Jarabe Mexicano

The Ventura Music Festival presented a free, open-to-all concert in the park with Jarabe Mexicano on July 18 at Mission Park. Folks brought, low chairs, blankets and picnics to enjoy the great event. It was preceded by the presentation of an award of recognition from Consul Jonathan Alvarez of the Consulate of Mexico in Oxnard […] Read More »

Vol. 11, No. 22 - Aug 1 - Aug 14, 2018 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton On July 24th, during another heat wave, I asked 6 Venturans – “What do you like to do when the weather warms up in Ventura?” Lisa Hawk age 54 works at Salon Panache “I like to go to work where it’s air-conditioned and hope for a little ocean breeze when I’m at […] Read More »

“Houdini” radio broadcast wins national awards

Adding to recent international awards, the radio drama broadcast “Houdini’s Secret Life” has now picked up national awards. Every Now and Then Theatre and Conejo Players Theatre’s joint presentation, celebrity hosted by actor-producer-writer Joe Mantegna, aired over Halloween 2017 on Ventura County’s NewsTalk 1590 KVTA. “Houdini” dramatized lesser known aspects of America’s first super hero, including WWI spy, fraud […] Read More »

Tuff Sheds replace domes at River Haven

Jason Meek, Turning Point Executive Director cutting the ribbon at Tuff Shed celebration. Photos by Michael Gordon Twelve years ago, Turning Point Foundation took a group of people living along in the river bottom in tents and started them on the path to hope and the promise of better things to come: A new beginning […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners announced

James Lockwood Fair Public Relations and Marketing Director congratulating the winners. Ventura County children in grades 5-12 competed in the ninth Ventura County Fair Poster Contest with entries that illustrated the Fair’s 2018 Theme: “A Country Fair with Ocean Air.” Of 59 entries, three were chosen by a panel of judges as the winners of […] Read More »

$26,250 donation set a Stonefire record

Monica White, FOODShare President & CEO accepting a large check from Stonefire Grill. On June 12 Stonefire Grill Ventura presented a check for $26,250 to FOODShare. A record amount from all of their opening donations. Stonefire Grill collects money for all of their new restaurants partnering with a local non-profit whose values and core mission […] Read More »

Contest from June 20 Issue

In our June 20 issue we had a contest that we thought would be difficult but our readers are too smart (of course). This minor league baseball team played at Seaside Park (the fairgrounds). Pro baseball in Ventura lasted from 1947 to 1955. The New York Yankees were the first sponsoring the Ventura Yankees from […] Read More »

25th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival—A Weekend of Sizzling Music, Dance & Food

The festival is a celebration of all things salsa. Hot Latin sounds, exotic dancing and spicy culinary flavors are all part of the 25th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. The festival, July 28 and 29, is a celebration of all things salsa–the food, music and dance. Festivities take place at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” streets […] Read More »

Soak in summer fun with Waterfront Wednesdays

Join us for Colorful Cocktails after our swim. Escape the heat this summer from dawn to dusk for a midweek seaside sojourn to Ventura Harbor Village as it kicks off its annual Waterfront Wednesdays every Wednesday in July and August, 2018. Find fabulous seaside dining, one-of-a-kind boutique coastal shopping, and play by the sea! Sway […] Read More »

Ventura Aquatic Center Dive-In Movie Friday, July 20

It’s time to dive into summer! Join the staff at the Ventura Aquatic Center for a dive-in movie! Attendees are invited to order pizza or bring a picnic dinner and float the night away under the stars while watching Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. For more information, visit the Aquatic Center website or call […] Read More »

A few Ventura County Fair 2018 entry days still open

Whether it’s a hobby or your profession, showcase your talents by entering in the Ventura County Fair. The online entry guide includes a complete list of departments, entry divisions & classes, and entry dates. The complete entry guide can be found at under the “Entry Guide” tab. From July 20-22, the Amateur Fine Arts, […] Read More »

The Albinger Museum

The Albinger Museum, located next to Mission San Buenaventura, was once the home to five different cultures spanning 3,500 years of history. Learn about the Chumash Indians, Chinese immigrants and others who resided on the site by viewing displays, and archaeological digs uncovered in 1974. During the summer, until Sept. 3 the Museum is open […] Read More »

Amgen Foundation’s “Biotech Summer Experience” workshop

Ventura College hosted students from Oxnard’s Santa Clara High School for the Amgen Foundation’s “Biotech Summer Experience” workshop. Students, mostly seniors at Santa Clara High School, were exposed to skills of advanced biotechnology including working with DNA and bacteria. Andrea Ocampo, Alyna Zarate and Sabrina Ramirez are shown performing lab testing. The Amgen Biotech Experience […] Read More »

Madhu Bajaj announces school board candidacy

Local business owner and nonprofit professional Madhu Bajaj announced that she is running for VUSD School Board, District 4 citing priorities in community engagement, innovative learning and enhanced communication. “As a mom of a VUSD student and a volunteer with Ventura Education Partnership I have had the great pleasure of working with many of our […] Read More »

Damon Bell selected as interim president for Ventura College

Ventura County Community College District Chancellor Greg Gillespie is pleased to announce that Dr. Damon Bell has been selected as interim president for Ventura College, effective July 23, 2018. Bell has 25 years of experience that includes Washington and California college systems. He has held senior leadership positions at San Diego Mesa College; Long Beach […] Read More »

Even belly dancers slow down long enough to read the Ventura Breeze

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Ventura Police updates produced at CAPS Media Center

Multiple times a month the Ventura Police Department creates community updates and informational videos in the CAPS Media Studio. Hosted by Ashley Bautista, VPD Civic Engagement Specialist, and VPD officers the segments provide the community with important facts, crime statistics and additional valuable information. The segments air and stream on CAPS Media and on multiple […] Read More »

CMH will finish the 250-bed project in Ventura and turn it over in August

General Contractor Fred Kummer, of HBE Corp. in St. Louis, has informed CMH that he will finish the 250-bed project in Ventura and turn it over in August, some 3 years after the promised completion date. After that, training on new state-of-the-art equipment and more approvals could take another four 4 months so the hospital […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Garden’s fundraiser at Dexter's Camera

The Ventura Botanical Garden’s held a fundraiser at Dexter’s Camera on July 7. Guests such as Ginny Claborn, Maggie McKinney, Randy Encinas, Doug Halter, Mary Kay Doubek and Jeanne-Marie Olmo enjoyed tacos, wine, music and nature through the lenses of some of our most talented local photographers. Guests also learned how to help the VBG […] Read More »

County fair is in the air

Vendors have started to arrive for the Ventura County Fair which opens on August 1. Read More »

Vera (Castanon) Hirrel

Vera (Castanon) Hirrel, 62, passed away peacefully in her home in Oxnard, California on July 3, 2018 with loving family by her side. Born on September 30, 1955 in Riverdale, California to the late Nellie Castanon and Nick Castanon, Vera spent most of her adult life living in Ventura County. Vera was known for her […] Read More »

Sevet Johnson named to head County Behavioral Health Department

Sevet Johnson has been named as the Director of the County’s Behavioral Health Department. On the recommendations of the Health Care Agency Director and County Executive Officer, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her appointment. Johnson will also serve as the Local Mental Health Director. The appointment follows a nationwide recruitment that attracted more than […] Read More »

Mission San Buenaventura dedicated Michelangelo Pieta Statue

A Vatican licensed copy of Michelangelo’s masterpiece Pieta is gifted to Mission San Buenaventura. A dedication and unveiling service was held Sunday, July 8. Forty-one years ago, May 21, 1972, the Renaissance statue was damaged at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The incident, and what subsequently became one of the most delicate and controversial art […] Read More »

Mud and boulders from the Montecito mudslide disaster

Much of the mud and boulders from the Montecito mudslide disaster was taken to the Fairgrounds to be cleaned up and distributed. The State is in the process of repairing and paving the parking lot that was destroyed by this. Read More »

California Rising Stars

Jacquelyn Ruffin and James Perero, attorneys from the Ventura’s Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold law firm have been selected to the California Rising Stars list for the second year in a row. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor. […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County launches mentor program

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners has announced a new mentoring program for college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals who are in their first five years of business. “This valuable program is designed to connect aspiring young women entrepreneurs with successful and inspiring women business owners throughout the […] Read More »

One Stop does it all

Ventura County’s hidden gem is the One Stop program for homeless people. It is a lifesaver for those most in need … especially for the newly homeless who are often overwhelmed by the many agencies they must apply to for help. One Stop, under the leadership of Health Care for the Homeless, provides comprehensive care […] Read More »

Run to the PinesAuto Show in Pine Mountain Club

by Mark Bailey President PMCCPOA From the coast to the mountains in just 90 scenic minutes. Come and visit us in the beautiful, picturesque village of Pine Mountain Club; an area surrounded with pine trees, unique shops, a general store, gas station, hotels and restaurants. The valley lies between two mountain ranges, with peaks soaring […] Read More »

Clean Eating for sustainable health and community

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

Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to Ventura

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

Vista del Mar where every day matters

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

Surfrider’s strawless challenge: no single use plastic straws

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

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

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

This is not a restaurant review

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

The fire was like an unpredictable assailant

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

Life Coaching – is it for you?

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

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

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

CAPS Media members create original TV and radio programs

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

“Think Big” was theme at Chamber breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You are not forgotten”

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

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

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


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

Beverage and food vendors for Pier Under the Stars

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

YMCA will host the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

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

Water saving tips for your smart garden

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

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

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

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

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

A Bizarre Tale of an Adventurous Bug

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

Ventura Operation Splash

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

Community members were there to cheer on the runners!

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

Ventura Outrigger Challenge 2018

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

Ventura Harbor Pirate Days

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

Aloha Ranch Day

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

Rubicon Theatre Company kicks off sixteenth year of summer programs

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

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

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

Neighborhood Watch

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

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

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

Free summer camp

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

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

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

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

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The healing power of music

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

Memorial Day Parade in Washington D. C.

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

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

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

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

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

Ventura Fireworks discounted family packs available online

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

Harrison Industries remains a sustainability leader

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

County to host job and career fair

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

Ventura Libraries July Events

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

Ventura Music Festival to present “Bernstein At 100”

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

Ventura author teaching Eleventh Annual Youth Summer Writing Camp

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

Ventura Downtown Lions Club celebrated 95 years of community service

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

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

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

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award Winners

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

Happenings at the Museum

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

Torch Run benefits the Ventura County Special Olympics

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

First Thomas Fire rebuild in Ventura is underway

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

Ventura Harbor Village celebrates Pirates Day

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

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

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

John Calvin Brewster (1841-1909), professional photographer

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

Two Trees bloom recovery

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

Community Day at Westpark Community Center

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

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

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

Linda Freeny has two new novels out

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

Susanne Lammot – still shining

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

Holistic Chamber of Commerce welcomes new chapter

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

CMH Palliative Care Department celebrates 10 years of service

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

KHAY 100.7 receives national recognition from The Academy of Country Music

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

Ventura Music Festival announces 2018 lineup

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

Fifth Annual Owl Festival

The fifth annual Owl Festival, a free family event, was held on Sunday, April 23, at the historic Olivas Adobe . Baby owls were seen in their nest.The Ojai Raptor Society brought live owls and hawks for visitors to see and learn about. Olivas Adobe Historic Interpreters, who present the Owl Festival, presented costumed docent-led […] Read More »

Why the city should get out of the property rental business

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

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

The 21st Annual PAL Golf Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

CAPS Media summer digital storytelling program

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

West Coast Board Riders

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

Volunteers plant 21 trees along Ventura Avenue

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

2018 Amgen Tour of California

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

Summertime is Ventura County Fair time

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

Thomas Fire Stories Project premieres on CAPSTV

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

Circus Vargas – The Big One Is Back!

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

Wine in the Pines

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

Ventura Libraries June Events

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

It was and will most definitely be a night to remember

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

Upcoming events for the Museum of Ventura County

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

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

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

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

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Shawn McCarthy

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

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

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

Put your phone down. Just drive!

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

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

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

Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet delights with dance

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

Families must feel safe in their neighborhoods

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

Fox Fine Jewelry presents check to United Way

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

Local teacher explores homelessness through poetry

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

National Superhero Day

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

Any former Ventura Writers Club alumnus in Ventura?

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

Do you want to write a book?

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

Valdez Alley/Eastwood Park

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

CEO of the Boys & Girls Club receives recognition

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

Cabrillo offers free financial counseling services

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

Wonderful tree carvings at Camino Real Park

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

Open House at CAPS Media Center

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

Preserving an American tradition like no other

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

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

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

Diversity and promise at Ventura College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Application process now open at Ventura County Leadership Academy

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

Lilac Festival in Pine Mountain Club

by Mark Bailey President PMCCPOA One of the best kept secrets in California remains the quaint “Aspen like” village of Pine Mountain Club (PMC). Located in the Los Padres National Forest at a little over one mile above sea level and nestled between Mt. Pinos and San Emigdio Mountain, Pine Mountain Club is remarkably easy […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County events

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

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

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

The 21st Annual PAL Golf Tournament

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

Answer in a Breeze

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

Olivas Adobe Rose Garden

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

Chamber presented educators at annual luncheon

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

6th Annual Water Take 1 Film Festival

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

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

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

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

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

A Grateful Dead Music Oriented Festival

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

11th Annual Eco Fest held on Earth Day

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

Dietary supplements

by the National Institute on Aging Dietary supplements are substances you might use to add nutrients to your diet. There are a large number of different dietary supplements out there such as cat’s claw, and typically they might contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids, herbs or other plants, or enzymes. Most of the time eating […] Read More »

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

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

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

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

Bank of Books to give 10,000 books away

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

Engaging the Community

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

Happenings at CMH

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

Double Trouble: A Warning

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

Longtime resident and nonprofit president Marie Lakin running for City Council

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

Ventura Libraries May events

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

Mossy Foot and the Ventura kinship with Ethiopia

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

The Rockstars of the Emma Wood Beach Pathway

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

Superheroes Seaside

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

There will be the Relay For Life of Ventura and Ojai

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

Ventura College Foundation Promises

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

Villanova Preparatory presenting annual golf tournament

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

Fair eliminating Fair Parade and reducing the number of fireworks shows

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

Ventura Land Trust hosts environmental lecture April 19

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

Renaissance of Railroading

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

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

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

Family Justice Center coming to Ventura

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

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

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

Cute Grandkid Easter Fun

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteers hand out over 80 donated sleeping bags to homeless

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

State of the City summary

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

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

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Attend the CAPS Media Open House

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

March Mermaid Month at Ventura Harbor

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

Tears of pride flowed in the audience

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

What does home mean to you?

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

King Lear at the Rubicon until April 1

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

ECTV crew wins WAVE awards in Sacramento

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

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

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

World Central Kitchen back to Ventura

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

CARL, and Ventura loses one of their best

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

Bald Eagle breeding in full swing on the Channel Islands

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

Large enthusiastic Ventura crowd joined the March for Our Lives

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

Dedicated to historic preservation, education, and patriotism since 1890

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

Free Family Spring Fling at the Museum of Ventura County

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

Groundbreaking of Rancho Verde Apartments

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

25th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival seeks vendors

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

Reagan Library

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

Is glyphosate a carcinogen?

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

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation in the news

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

Seven young women are presented at 61st Annual Debutante Ball

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

Free workshop for ESL volunteer tutors

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

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

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

Win Genghis Kahn Exhibit passes and discounts at your local library

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


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

Visit Ventura honored

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

To date 7 countries and 49 states responded by providing quilts

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

Ventura Family YMCA gives to employees who lost homes

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

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

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

Amgen Tour auction benefitting American Red Cross Disaster Relief

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

VCCCD partners with NAVFAC to train Ventura County STEM Students

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

A buggy story

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

The power of purpose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cabaret coming to Ventura

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

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

Find out how at the next CASA(Court Appointed Special Advocates) Informational Session: Monday, March 19 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm . Today, there are nearly 1,000 children in the Ventura County Dependency Court System who are victims of abuse and neglect. With a string of people, often including their own parents, in and out of […] Read More »


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

Applications available for Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship

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

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

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

Job well done

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

Festival of Talent

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

Jeffrey Allan "Jeff" Suggs

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

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes

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

EDC-VC welcomes Executive Board Leadership

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

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

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

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

Help patients rebound by giving blood

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

CAPS and your stories

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

The River Community Church hosted a launch day

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

A Country Fair with Springtime Flair

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

Auxiliary Awards Luncheon

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

Home Upgrade Program rebates are once again available

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

A Contest

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

Thomas Fire stories

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

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

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

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award

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

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

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

The beauty of nature returns

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

Resource Conservation Partners - Restoration

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

Ventura Harbor Village revitalization celebration and ribbon cutting

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

Perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest masterpiece

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

Classes provide opportunities for participants to think creatively

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

March against human trafficking and sexual slavery

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

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

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

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation is looking for some great women entrepreneurs

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

Resource Conservation Partners announces new Director and Board Members

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

Water-themed short films

The 6th Annual Water: Take 1 Film Festival presents water-themed short films that showcase critical water issues as well as community efforts in water conservation, resource management, and sustainability. Through the medium of film, Water: Take 1 brings together a community of difference makers to put a focus on educating and activating sustainable water solutions! […] Read More »

John Masterson (1935-2018)

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

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

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Answer In A Breeze

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

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

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

VVCB launches new partnership with Utrip

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

Lawsuit filed against Socal Edison

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

The Age of Consequences

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

Annual Ventura Harbor dredging

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

Art festival supported fire-flood victims

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

Special Ventura Botanical Garden event

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

Tall Ships returning to Ventura Harbor March 5

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

Museum of Ventura County in the news

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

“Our Ventura TV”

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

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

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

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

“Break the Chain” film to be shown in Ventura

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

CAPS media ECTV crew are stars

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

Treatment of back pain the subject of a free CMHS Seminar

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

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

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

Be a chowderhead for a day in the Harbor

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

Thomas Fire Benefit Festival

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

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

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

City struggles with fire and water recovery costs

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

Giving a face to the homeless

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

Eye on the Environment

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

“Puttin on the Ritz”

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

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

Gramma Denise thinks her first grand baby, Louvelle Dawn Gledhill, 4 months old is the cutest grandkid in the entire universe. Do you have one that you think is even cuter? If so send photo to Read More »

Firefighters receive awards from dignitaries

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

Women's March in California's capitol

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

A writing contest inspired by art

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

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

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

Focus on the Masters mourns Dorothy Hunter

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

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

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

The 101st year of Girl Scouts selling cookies begins

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

The 2018 Music Festival is on its way

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

Ventura Women’s March one year anniversary

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

A Seaside Delight – Tall Ships sail into Ventura Harbor

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

Male student of the year

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

(Some) Fundraisers Raising Eyebrows

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

Green grass after rains sprout environmental recovery and hope

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

John Lunsford “Buck Fifty” 1954 – 2018

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

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

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The journey back begins-Part one

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

Southern California Edison restoring service as quickly as possible

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

21st Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon

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

Mentoring matters

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

Share your Thomas Fire story at CAPS Media

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

Six women’s epic swim around Santa Cruz Island

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

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

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

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

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

The forgotten ones

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

Through rain or snow or sleet or MUD…

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

Kevin Costner to help support community at Thomas Fire Benefit Festival

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

We all mourn with the families who lost their homes

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

CAPS Media, Ventura Police and the community

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

Monster firestorm

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

Continue the healing through music

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

The Alliance has raised the bar

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

Help an adult to improve their reading and writing skills

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

Local security company donates safety solution to neighborhood theatre

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

Ventura College Foundation announces two new staff members

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

Nurse Debra Lawry Daisy Award winner

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

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

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Water is life

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

Thirteen young women are 2018 Debutantes!

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

Appreciation through contrast

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

Christopher Beck joins Ventura Family YMCA Board of Directors

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

The need to continue to support each other

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

Local national disaster recovery company assisting fire victims

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

Re-designing our Urban Landscape

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

Do you want to cuddle?

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

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

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

Do you want to write a book?

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

Formerly a dilapidated motel

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

Kat Merrick local Leader on the Thomas Fire

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

Amtrak helps close the transportation gap

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

Wilderness Basics Course at Poinsettia Pavilion

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

Seminar on Local Investment in Energy Generation Jan. 11

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

Annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights

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

We Are Ventura Part 2

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

Top stories of 2017

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

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

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

Voices of children

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

Back home to appreciate view

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

Revisiting family memories lost in the fire

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

CAPS Media documenting Thomas Fire stories

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

Friends set up their own distribution center

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

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

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

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

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

Ventura Libraries events

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

Another dynamic community event at Plaza Park

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

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

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

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

What is Cryptocurrency? Part 1: Blockchain There’s so much talk about Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and other cryptocurrency in the news right now, and plenty of offers to tempt you into investing such as the free Stellar Lumen airdrop, it might seem overwhelming. Everyone is proclaiming it’s the future and we should all be invested in […] Read More »

City responds to fire crisis

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

Let’s Rebuild Regeneratively

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



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

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

Ventura firestorm

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

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

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

Coping with Loss

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

Museum of Ventura County to gather and connect

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

Visit Ventura is sharing crisis messaging

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

Glowing Embers

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

Rubicon reaching out to theatre communities across the nation

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

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

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

From the inside

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

Insurance understanding is key to recovery

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

Protect your health during the California fires

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

Jim’s Closet travels to Ventura to help fire victims

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

"Thomas" by John Sanders Jones

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

Ventura Land Trust was very lucky

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

Ventura barber Jossy Carbajal gives free haircuts to evacuees and firemen

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

Just a very few Ventura Heroes

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

The alarm

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

We are Ventura - Part I

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

The housing crisis just got worse

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

I am so grateful that my house is standing

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

Loss of Home can be difficult

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

A Helping Hand

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

A Message of Hope: Ventura Botanical Gardens will rise again

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

It was odd for her to call that late

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

Thomas Fire incident community meeting at Buena High School

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

Cabrillo's fire response: Supporting our residents and neighbors

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

Downtown Ventura's new Candy Cane Forest winter tradition

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

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

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

Instructions for dealing with ash

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

"ANIMALS FLEE THE FOREST" by James Francis Gray


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

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


Every year Jewish people around the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, but the starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year. This year it starts on sundown on Dec.12 and ends on Dec.20. In the […] Read More »

Help BBSVC "Save The Bigs" in Ventura County!

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

Kellogg Park in first phase of construction

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

Santa Barbara Island is now open to public access.

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

Sierra Club Ventura educational series presents Ken McAlpine Jan 9

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

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

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

How to prevent and reduce the risk for diabetes

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

Dozens of veterans received goods from more than 12 boxes

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

Make a difference in our community

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

Answer In A Breeze

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

Restaurant Review - Casa Bella

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

Community Memorial Health System congratulates inaugural nursing resident class graduates

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

Color Run event held in Ventura

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

City Center Board Member Jann Huling

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

Nancy Schram named as new County Library Director

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

Today there are 325,000 Toastmasters in the world

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

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

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

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

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

“When You Wish Upon A Star”

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

Answer in a Breeze

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

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

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

New signs on Pierpont Lanes

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

Ventura Audubon Society December field trips and the Christmas bird count

December 2, 2017 8:00 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area. Leader: Sandy Hedrick (805) 340-0478. Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. December 9, 2017. 8:30 Camp Bartlett (Santa […] Read More »

Ventura libraries December events

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

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

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

Public Invited to opening of Native Plant Demonstration Garden

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

Coffee Connections Wednesday morning networking meetings

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

Employee or Independent Contractor Seminar

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

Bestselling author to launch sequel

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

First United Macethodist Church celebrates 150 Years

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

Ventura Squid Fleet returns to Ventura Harbor Village

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

Opening of the restored Meister Hall

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

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

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

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

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

Information and education at CAPS Media

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

Ventura Family YMCA Annual Prayer Breakfast

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

Be kind to one another

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

Island Packers has cruises for all occasions

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

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

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

Ventura High annual Cardboard Boat Race

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

Kids & Families Together celebrates new center

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

Celebrating the Life of an Irish Pig

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

Fabio and Sylvia Simoes a dedicated family

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

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

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

Conservancy adds members to Board of Trustees

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

Couple honors Ventura Music Festival

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

"Teaming Up Against Domestic Violence"

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

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

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

Ventura Unified School District high school countdown!

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

Ventura Harbor Village hosts seaside Thrill the World celebration

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

Ventura Family YMCA to hold Prayer Breakfast

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

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

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

Founders’ Society inductees announced

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

Cabrillo receives Bank of America Foundation Grant

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

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

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

CAPS Media covering civic events

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

Ventura County Public Works Agency Disaster Simulation

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

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

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

CMH presenting tingling seminar and “A Thanksgiving Program”.

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

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

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

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

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

Rotary Club to host 29th Annual Trivia Challenge

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

VMF Children's Concert for VUSD

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

Ventura College helping our veterans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cocina Sin Fronteras, the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura’s (HACSB) associated resident services non-profit, is hosting its Second Annual Haunted Housing Run/Walk to raise funds for the HACSB’s Scholarship Program. One hundred percent of the race proceeds will benefit the HACSB Scholarship Program, which is entering its fourth year of providing support […] Read More »

School on Wheels provides for homeless children

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

County Museum in the news

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

Coles named Board Chair of Channel Islands YMCA

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

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

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

Breeze painted rock hunt continues in Ventura Harbor

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

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

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

Wilhelm Furtwängler was Hitler’s favorite conductor

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

Breast cancer survivor tells her story

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

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

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

Tree carving artist John Mahoney

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

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

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

CAPS TV and radio are streaming on the web

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

Ventura Unified School District high school countdown!

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

Media Day for PowerShares QQQ golf Championship

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

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

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

Ventura Breeze Painted Rocks

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

Hawk wedding soars!

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

40 years old and still going strong

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

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

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

Rubicon stimulates Ventura County economy

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

Ventura Unified School District high school countdown!

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

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

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

Harvest Festival celebrates 28th Annual Fall Showcase

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

Seaside Highland Games begins with a grand Single Malt Scotch Tasting

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

Audubon bird watching

October 1, 8:30 a.m. Laguna Tams – Linda Easter 818-519-2833 The tamarisk trees at Laguna Rd are a migrant hot spot. Migrating birds mostly warblers are attracted to the insects in the trees and a number of uncommon to rare birds often show up at this location. Call Linda Easter if this location is unknown […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 26 – Sept 27 – Oct 10, 2017 – On Vacation

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Attend CAPS media open house and tours

CAPS Media is offering a series of great opportunities to get a first-hand look inside CAPS Media with special tours, open houses and on site demonstrations over the next few weeks. The opportunities start on Wednesday, October 4 at 6pm when CAPS Radio (KPPQ, FM 104.1) hosts a community wide Open House at the CAPS […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre conducts search for executive director

Company moves into 20th anniversary season. Rubicon Theatre seeks to hire an experienced and energetic, hands-on Executive Director (ED) to take the organization to the next level. According to the Chair of the Search Committee Walt Wood, “We are especially looking for someone with a proven record of success in board and committee development, fundraising, […] Read More »

Help to clean up our beaches

Bring your own bag, bucket and gloves. Be one of the 60,000 people across all of California in the upcoming 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, on September 16! Volunteer to remove debris from beaches, creeks, rivers, and lakes all around California to protect wildlife from harm while taking care of our environment. Last year, […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 25 – Sept 13 - Sept 26, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked 6 Ventura surfers “Where’s your favorite surf spot in Ventura?” … and it was unanimous because these are all the same spot! Lilly Givner age 26 works at Ventura Surf Shop “The Cove – probably because I grew up surfing there, it’s my number 1 go to.” Lilly learned to […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 25 – Sept 13 - Sept 26, 2017 - Tech Today with Ken May

What Are Password Managers? One of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself online is to use a unique, strong password for every one of your accounts and apps. Unfortunately, it is most likely impossible for you to remember all your different passwords for all your different accounts. Reusing the same password […] Read More »

The celebration of Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. Jewish Year 5777 at sunset on Sept.21. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh […] Read More »

A mysterious and beautiful new play

Rubicon Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of Incognito, a mysterious and beautiful new play that has dazzled audiences in London and New York. Written by award-winning playwright Nick Payne (Constellations), Incognito speaks to our yearning to know ourselves and our desire to be known by others. Four actors play 21 characters in interwoven […] Read More »

Wine – Brew & Chews!

The 3rd annual Taste of Local Festival announces its new workshops, music and more. What better way to learn about local food and drinks than to experience it firsthand? The Taste of Local Festival is about bringing together farmers, chefs, purveyors and community to celebrate our local harvest and the diversity of great food we […] Read More »

Ventura College in the news

by Veronica Johnson Ventura College Foundation is pleased to announce the appointments of Mike Orman, Patty Wendt and Leslie Herrera to its board of directors. Orman embarked on a career in banking following his graduation from the University of Southern California. Orman is currently EVP and COO of Ojai Community Bank, and will become Market […] Read More »

McGrath State Beach campground reopened

McGrath State Beach campground recently reopened after nearly three years of being closed because of flooding. 40 of the old 150 sites were opened. Normally the berm that allows the water to drain to the ocean breaks on its own during the rainy season. During a drought it does not break on its own and […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 25 – Sept 13 - Sept 26, 2017 - On Vacation

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The Annual California Coast Classic (CCC) Bike Tour

The Annual California Coast Classic Bike Tour is one of the Arthritis Foundation’s top fundraising events, whose goal is to raise over $1.2 million. Funds raised support the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to conquer the disease by spreading awareness and raising money for research. Arthritis affects over 50 million adults, or one out of five, and […] Read More »

Ventura Jazz Orchestra and the Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club present Annual September Swing Big Band Dance

The Ventura Jazz Orchestra and the Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club presents the Annual September Swing Big Band Dance featuring vocalist Lisa Pardini. Friday Sept. 22 8 to 10:30pm. Come early for a free rumba lesson at 7pm taught by Paul Sulzman. Poinsettia Pavilion Ball Room 3451 Foothill Road $15 at door Free refreshments and parking. […] Read More »

Cooling off and gearing up

Every month CAPS Media offers new member orientation meetings on the first Thursday at 6pm. The orientation includes a tour of the CAPS Media Center, a presentation by a CAPS Media staff member and an open Q&A. For CAPS Media Member/Producers instructional classes are scheduled every month. The HD videography/camera classes are held on 2nd […] Read More »

CMHS hosts free Ethics in Healthcare Seminar

The tough choices and tradeoffs the United States may have to make to find a workable solution in healthcare will be the focus of a free Ethics in Healthcare event that Community Memorial Health System is holding as part of its 2017 Speaker Series. The seminar starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the […] Read More »

What kind of community do you want to live in? Why is that important to you?

These are some of the questions that Ventura’s residents will explore during three Community Conversations hosted by the Ventura County Library System. The first “Conversation” will take place at the E. P. Foster Library- Topping Assembly Room (9/13), followed by gatherings at the Bell Arts Factory – Community Room (9/27), and the Jose Flores Community […] Read More »

“From the Peace Corps to the Port” at Museum of Ventura County Sept. 12

“From the Peace Corps to the Port” is topic of September speaker series hosted by the Museum of Ventura County Keynote speaker Will Berg, Port Hueneme City Council member, will present “From the Peace Corps to the Port” at the Sept. 12 “Speaking Of Ventura County” lecture series, 1–2:30 p.m., at the Museum of Ventura County, […] Read More »

Remembering Scamp by Ana Baker

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More excitement coming to the Harbor!

Two exciting new development projects are underway at Ventura Harbor that will offer Ventura visitors and residents additional opportunities to stay ocean side. The Board of Port Commissioners has approved a proposal from H. Parker Hospitality that will bring two new hotels to Ventura. The “Harbor Cove Inn,” was approved for the 2.07-acre site next […] Read More »

In memoriam John Cressy

John Cressy with his dogs Baron, Dog and Whiddle near the mouth of “the raging Ventura River,” as John joked on Facebook. The Ventura Breeze would like to honor the memory of John Cressy, who died recently after a courageous battle with metastatic cancer of the esophagus. Cressy was a longtime friend of the Breeze. […] Read More »

The Annual California Coast Classic (CCC) Bike Tour

Join the riders at San Buenaventura State Beach. Photo by Murray Robertson from 2016 Theresa Brees has participated in the CCC multiple times with her husband and sister as “Team Sluggy”. She’s riding again this year, in honor of her 14 year-old daughter Mia, who was diagnosed with arthritis when she was 6, and has been […] Read More »

World renowned chalk artists to create sidewalk masterpieces at Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival

Seaside backdrop for Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival to benefit FOOD Share of Ventura County and Kids Arts Inc. At Ventura County’s only chalk art event, more than 40 talented chalk artists will transform Ventura Harbor Village sidewalks into beautiful works of art during the family-friendly Festival, Sept. 9th and 10th from 10 a.m.-5 […] Read More »

City of Ventura classes and programs

Explore, discover and create this fall; registration for City of Ventura classes and programs now open Fall is a great time of the year to explore, discover and create through the programs and classes offered in My Ventura, the City of Ventura’s comprehensive recreation guide. Registration for classes is now open. Browse the new recreation […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society field trips for September

September 3, 8:30 am. Camino Real Park. Raeann Koerner 701-1919. Camino Real is a grassy park surrounded by pines and eucalyptus and is an excellent fall migrant hotspot. Target birds will include Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Western Tanager and Black-headed Grosbeak, but any number of cool warblers show up at this park during […] Read More »

Ventura libraries September events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 9/11, 18, 25 Mondays 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun! Adult Classes & Events Rethink the Drink Saturday 9/2 10:30-11:30 Facilitated by Liz Hoffman , MS, RDN What you drink is as […] Read More »

Back to school – back to the CAPS Media Center

The new school year presents media opportunities for students of all ages to get engaged at the CAPS Media Center. ECTV is back for a third season. Every week El Camino High School students take over the CAPS Media Center to produce their own television series under the ECTV banner. Students in the CAPS Media/El […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair ends 12 days of fun

The Ventura County Fair is proud to report another successful Fair. Celebrating the diverse traditions of Ventura County, the 142nd edition, “Rooted in Tradition” closed with success in all categories. Visitors came from near and far to enjoy the 12-day run, August 2 through August 13. The Ventura County Fair’s mission is to preserve, promote, […] Read More »

Gardens of magic at the Fair

Bilbo’s hobbit hole from the fantasy novel The Hobbit. by Karen Helen Szatkowski Often a favorite venue of fairgoers, the 2017 Ventura County Fair Floriculture Display met the challenge of prior years and has been an educational powerhouse as well. Propagating, growing and maintaining the huge variety of decorative plants that we, here in paradise, […] Read More »

Chorus begins rehearsals

Gold Coast Concert Chorus under the direction of Elizabeth Helms invites you to sing for the 2017-2018 30th Anniversary Season. Rehearsals for their holiday concert, Cheers! A Holiday Celebration, begin Monday September 11th at 7pm. Registration begins at 5:45 pm. Rehearsals will take place at Ventura Continuing Education Center, 5200 Valentine Road, in the Ron […] Read More »

Enrollment now open for fall classes at Rubicon Theatre Company

Enrollment is now open for fall acting classes at Rubicon Theatre Company for adults and children ages 5 and older. Classes will be taught by Rubicon Associate Artistic Director Brian McDonald, an award-winning professional actor and director and graduate of Boston Conservatory, whose credits include national tours and work with prestigious regional theatre companies including […] Read More »

3rd Annual Santa Barbara Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival at the Earl Warren Showgrounds

Save the dates!! September 9th and 10th from 10am-5pm. It is the only festival of its kind in Southern California – and one of three on the west coast. With handmade sea glass jewelry and ocean-themed art, the Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival features work created by dozens of talented artists from […] Read More »

We must stand, we dare not be silent

A vigil was held in Ventura’s Mission Park Sunday evening, August 13th, in memory of three people who died and the 19 others who were injured during recent White Supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The vigil also condemned the violence and intolerance expressed by the”Unite The Right” activists. John Golson, who swiftly organized the demonstration […] Read More »

Confidence expressed for achieving Ventura County Museum goals

by Paul Peterson On August 7th, 2017 the City Council authorized $125,000 in funding for the Museum of Ventura County. The county also approved another $125,000 in funding as well. There were a number of contingencies that were attached to the funding, requiring hiring of key personnel to develop museum goals, fundraising and plans for […] Read More »

Ventura Swim Around the Pier event

Rick Jeffery and Brie Young completed the Swim Around the Pier event that took place Friday, August 18th at the pier. This well attended event was sponsored by the Junior Lifeguards of Ventura. Rick Jeffrey, a member of the YMCA Board of Managers learned to swim just a year ago at the Y. This was […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 - Sept 12, 2017 - Person to Person

by Jennifer Tipton I asked 6 Ventura residents familiar with the old Harbor Village entrance what they think of the new design … Holly Hancock age 61 retired manager at Target “I don’t like it! I loved the stage and the grassy area, it was a good avenue to welcome people into the harbor. This […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 24 – Aug 30 - Sept 12, 2017 - Contest

How many students can one bus transport? The first correct entry will receive two tickets to the Ronald Reagan Library (value $58.00). Send your answer to Read More »

Spencer Makenzie’s 8th annual End of Summer Throw Down

Spencer Makenzie’s 8th annual End of Summer Throw Down took place from Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27. Friday’s activities included live music provided by popular local band Rey Fresco. Now in its 8th year, the Cornhole Throw Down has continued to grow into a national event, hosting incredibly skilled players of all ages […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber members compete for a great cause

“Hand me a towel” The Ventura Chamber’s Young Professionals Group (YPG) and Ambassadors recently participated in the 4th annual YPG Challenge – a contest in which members compete to collect donations for local non-profits. This year’s “Pillow Fight” challenge directed thousands of linen donations to temporary and transitional housing organizations and crowned YPG as the […] Read More »

A benefit for Notes for Notes™

A benefit for Notes for Notes™ (N4N™) – Music Making for our Youth – this coming Friday at the Squashed Grapes: Support a remarkable organization that brings music making to youth: Notes for Notes™ (N4N™) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs offering youth the opportunity […] Read More »

Kick off Step Up

A ribbon cutting ceremony by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce will kick off Step Up Ventura’s open house on Saturday, August 26 from 3pm-5 pm at 1767 E. Main St. In collaboration with Magic Carousel Preschool and Academy, Step Up Ventura’s program will offer supportive serves to homeless children 18 months to five years who […] Read More »

Environmental activists groups Stand Together to save our national heritage

Activists in Ventura County are standing together to support the end of the current administration’s policies on National Monuments, the environment, and climate change. The demonstration will take place at the Ventura County Government Center located at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Telephone Road on Friday, August 18, at 6pm. The Stand Together has […] Read More »

The Democratic Club of Ventura’s first "KEEP IT BLUE" fundraiser a success

Diane Underhill, Carol Lindberg and Steve Bennett accepting Social Justice Award. The Democratic Club of Ventura’s inaugural summer fundraiser Sunday, July 30, sold out with more than 200 guests in attendance. The fundraiser will support Democratic candidates and causes now and leading up to the 2018 election. Club campaign funds increased by thousands of dollars […] Read More »

Ventura County welcomes new community resource center for the LGTBQ community

Steve Somann, President of DCVC is cutting the ribbon assisted by supporters. Photo by Bernie Goldstein Diversity Collective Ventura County was proud to hold the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Community Resource Center on Thursday, August 3rd at their new location at 2471 Portola Road, Suite 100 in Ventura. The LGTBQ Community in Ventura […] Read More »

Tickets on Sale for “Pier Under the Stars”

Pam Baumgardner, Staci Brown and Diane Brown enjoying a previous Pier Under the Stars. Tickets are now on sale for Pier Under the Stars—the 24th annual benefit for the historic Ventura Pier on Saturday, October 7th, from 5-8 PM. Each year more tha