Registration for Corporate Games can start now

by Eric Burton, Ventura Corporate Games Director

Registration officially opens on January 11 for the 2016 Ventura Corporate Games, but you can reserve your spot now! The registration and event selection form — easy to fill, save and send — plus all the essential information for 2016 are now online at

I look forward to welcoming back our family of agencies, businesses and companies that return to “The Games” year after year. These organizations already know the value of Corporate Games to their employees.

But if your organization has never taken part, this is my personal “pitch” and invitation to you to consider joining us for the 2016 Corporate Games to be held from March 19 to May 7.

There are so many reasons why you should make this investment, but here are my top three: participation in Corporate Games will increase employee (1) productivity, (2) teamwork and (3) fitness within your organization.

Over the past 26 years of its existence, I’ve seen 80 to 90 companies come to include participation in Corporate Games as an essential part of their wellness culture each year. And I’ve seen this culture grow from the simple “let’s go out and have fun” to a more profound “let’s get healthy and break down barriers that prevent us from reaching our full potential.”

But, make no mistake, Corporate Games remains the fun way to build your team and provide your employees with the benefits of improved health, efficiency and unity. What better “bottom line” investment can you make in the single most important resource in your company?

I invite you to call me at 658.4738 or contact me at to make your commitment early or discuss your possible participation in Corporate Games next year. I look forward to hearing from you.

National Family Volunteer Day celebration in Ventura Nov. 21

When: Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9am – 11am
Where: Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli, front steps

National Family Volunteer Day will be celebrated in the city of Ventura with local families performing Acts of Kindness. As part of the City of Ventura’s 150th anniversary events, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann is asking community members to perform A Million Acts of Kindness.

Volunteer Ventura! is hosting Family Volunteer Day to celebrate the power of families working together, and to help teach children valuable real-life lessons about compassion and caring.

Families will participate in “Kindness Stations” such as:
~  Donating canned/boxed food for FOOD Share, stuffed animals for the Ventura Police Department outreach, or a new, unwrapped toy for Ventura City Fire Department’s Spark of Love Toy Drive
~  Decorating a pebble in our Kindness Rocks station
~  Making a holiday letter/card for one of our deployed servicemen/women
~  Participating in a service scavenger hunt
~  Offering a free cup of coffee to a stranger or to a favorite downtown merchant (thanks to donations provided by Starbucks)

Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation recognizes local teacher

On Oct. 28, the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Mrs. Patricia “Trisha” Lewis, third-grade teacher at Portola Elementary School in Ventura, October’s Teacher of the Month. VCEF board member, Pattie Braga, along with elected representatives and members of the business community, presented Lewis with a plaque to commemorate the award.

Lewis has 30 years of teaching experience and has played an integral role in the development of several key on-campus programs, including the school’s PTA and peer mediation group. Committed to helping her students flourish in the area of technology, Lewis also helped establish a technology committee at Portola Elementary. To supplement her involvement and experience, she attends training workshops on both technology and peer mediation.

“Trisha is a highly experienced teacher, and throughout her career she has maintained an unwavering dedication to providing the best possible education for her students,” said Portola Elementary School’s principal, Robert Ruiz. “She consistently find ways to go above and beyond, and her leadership and innovation make her a tremendous asset to our team.”

All principals and parent-teacher organizations from schools within the Ventura Unified School District are eligible to submit nominations. For more information about the Teacher of the Month program, please contact Pattie Braga, chair of the Teacher Appreciation Committee with the VCEF, at or 477-4052.

Ventura City Fire Department responds to structure fire at Sunset and Briarwood

On Nov.15, at 6:30am the Ventura City Fire Department received a report of a structure fire in the area of Sunset and Briarwood. Upon arrival firefighters found a single family residential home with the garage fully involved in fire.

IMG_6083 (1)Firefighters were able to hold the fire to the garage while extinguishing the fire. Firefighters remained on scene after the fire was extinguished overhauling the burned areas of the home insuring the fire was completely out.IMG_6085 (1)

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


A recently released new children’s picture book from Tate Publishing is titled, ‘Rory The Little ‘Dragon’ Lizard’, by a local Ventura author L.D. Lewis.  It is a fun children’s story with guiding and teaching morals.  The book also teaches our young children to be careful with slang in their speech, to accept who they are, and to tell the truth even if they are scared.  More importantly, Rory The Little ‘Dragon’ Lizard teaches children to find courage in themselves.

Lewis believes that learning should be fun and has created lesson filled stories for her own child, who dearly loved them and always begged for more.

Lewis who has already done several book signings is once again extending a personal invitation for a ‘special story time’ reading and book signing event on Saturday, Nov.21 at the Bank of Books Bookstore located downtown Ventura at 748 E. Main street.  The event will start at 3p.m., so put it on your calendar.