Youth

Ventura kids get ready for summer thanks to YMCA swim programs

Summer is just around the corner and the Ventura Family YMCA encourages children and parents in our community to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In Y swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning […] Read More »

"Spring On" student exhibition at Ventura College Santa Paula through June 1

Ventura College Santa Paula and Santa Paula High School are proud to announce their partnership in curating a spring semester student exhibition, Spring On. The student exhibition opened earlier this month at the Ventura College Santa Paula site (957 Faulkner Road 106, Santa Paula). Created to celebrate and showcase art work created by students, faculty, […] Read More »

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

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

City of Ventura names 2016-2017 Green School Award winners

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

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

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

Girl Scout Camporee 2017

Camporee is a Girl Scout event where more than 6,000 girls Southern California get together to sing, dance, perform live stage performances, participate in outdoor programming, and do fun teambuilding exercises. Girls learn skills such as Stargazing, fire building, safety, how to use a compass, and knot tying. Some girls go for the day while […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA wants kids to “Charge into Summer”

On Saturday, April 29, the Ventura Family YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. The event features activities to motivate and teach families how […] Read More »

High school seniors win college scholarships from Edison

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

Boys & Girls Club making news

March is always an exciting month for the Club.  Not only is spring fast approaching, but it also marks Boys & Girls Club week and the time we come together for their kids during this year’s Power of One/Youth of the Year Celebration.  The event which has evolved over time, has taken on a life […] Read More »

Casitas Rowing makes finals in 27th annual Long Beach Invitational

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

Robots descend on Ventura

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

Kids' Arts Ventura celebrate 25 years with Spring Art Show and Auction April 29

Kids’ Arts Ventura is celebrating 25 years of service with a Spring Art Show and Auction on Saturday, April 29th from 4-7pm at the WAV Theater Gallery located at 175 S. Ventura Avenue at Thompson Blvd. Since 1992 Kids’ Arts has been growing young artists and our mission remains: to provide a creative hands-on experience […] Read More »

The Lester Tong Visualization Center

On March 23 a dedication of the Lester Tong Visualization Center at Ventura College Applied Science Center was held.  This 75-seat classroom utilizes a state-of-the-art 3-D dual rear projector system onto an 8′ tall glass “touch screen” where the viewing audience wear powered 3-D glasses.  A 3-D demonstration was held. Lester Tong worked at the […] Read More »

Twelve young women are presented at 60th Annual Debutante Ball

Twelve local young women made their debut as debutantes at the 60th Annual Las Patronas Presentation Ball at the Ventura Beach Marriott.  The Debutantes were presented by their fathers and celebrated with family and friends at the white-tie fundraiser gala.  The guests were welcomed by Las Patronas Chairman, Marila Cook and Ball Chairman, Michele Borchard. […] Read More »

Eagle Scouts honored by Mayor Nasarenko

On March 20 at a packed City Council meeting scout leaders, scouts and family members were all there to honor the scouts who received the highest rank of Eagle Scout that only a very small percentage of scouts achieve. Mayor Nasarenko and scout leaders honored each Eagle Scout. Proud mother Ana Baker (Assistant to the […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department teaches local teens online safety

The Ventura Police Department is teaching local teens, school administrators and others how to stay safe online by providing tools and information to help them use the Internet safely.  According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project study, 95% of teens (ages 12 – 17) are online.  With access to almost unlimited information and […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award

The Ventura Police Officers Association (VPOA) is accepting applications for the 14th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships will be presented in May to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer in Ventura’s history to die in the line of duty. […] Read More »

Buena High student was the Irish Belle

Amber Nozzi  served as this year’s Irish Belle for the 2017 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade.. Amber is a senior at Buena High School. She is a scholar-athlete who played volleyball at Buena all four years and will be graduating in June with summa cum laude honors. Nozzi is involved in her school’s Renaissance […] Read More »

Fair accepting entries from artists for poster contest

The 8th annual Ventura County Fair poster contest is now open and accepting entries from artists in grades 5 – 12 who reside in Ventura County. The theme of the 2017 Fair is “Rooted in Tradition” and will serve as the guideline to the imagery. Artwork may be created in any medium but may not […] Read More »

In one day flat they  produced a remarkable music video

Guitarist Laurence Juber, Harmony Project young musicians and Jordan Laby at the sleek blue bus. Photo by Bernie Goldstein The Lennon Bus has provided hundreds of thousands of students and educators with opportunities to tour the bus and get hands on experience with the equipment found on board.  Tours give students an overview of what really […] Read More »

Festival of Talent

Ventura Education Partnership invites members of the community to the 16th annual Festival of Talent to be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7pm at the Ventura High School auditorium.  The theme for the annual All-VUSD talent showcase will be “Rock the World”.  “This year’s theme will celebrate our community’s incredible diversity, as well as […] Read More »

Time to get yourself and/or your kids signed up for a fun, exciting learning experience  

Rubicon offers process-oriented acting classes for kids (beginning at age five) and adults. These programs focus on developing skills and technique, basic theatre terminology, building confidence and stage presence, learning proper voice techniques and developing an awareness of body language through character work, and other fundamental techniques through improvisation, scene study and theatre games. Participants are […] Read More »

The YMCA helping the community in many ways

Volunteers and supporters with the Ventura Family YMCA support local people in need through a variety of charitable drives. About 600 people attended Breakfast with Santa in December, which collected hundreds of toy donations for local low-income families through the ACTION Foundation of Ventura. The YMCA Adventure Guides, a program designed to strengthen the relationship […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District Female Student of the Year

Aaliyah is planning to become a doctor. by Victoria Usher Many people gathered together to help celebrate the 20th Annual Poinsettia Awards luncheon on Thursday, December 8 which is presented by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. It was a wonderful time for everyone involved that took place at the Marriott Ventura Beach. It was an […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival Student Jazz Competition

High school jazz musicians performed for the judges and audience. On Jan. 22, in the Pavilion of the Pierpont Inn judges awarded cash prizes to outstanding Southern California’s best high school jazz musicians as the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) kicks off their new year. This was 11th annual competition for students and was attended by […] Read More »

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast Provides Girls with STEM Activities Focusing on Conservation

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC), with the support of a $15,000 grant from the Amgen Foundation, has announced the launch of the 2017 Imagine Your STEM Future program, which will provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities to approximately 325 low-income girls, ages 5-18 in Ventura County. “We are very excited to […] Read More »

Twenty-four teens with the Ventura Family YMCA were part of the team

The Channel Islands YMCA Youth & Government delegation joined more than 3,500 youth from across the state in Fresno for their second Training & Elections conference held Jan. 14-16 at the Fresno Convention Center. The Youth & Government program offered at YMCAs — including the Santa Barbara, Lompoc, Stuart C. Gildred, and Ventura branches of […] Read More »

Scholarships available for community youth arts programs

Community youth program: free student art scholarships are available for youth 9- 12 years old. The scholarships are at no cost to needy families. The program is for visual arts, music, theatrical, dance, etc. call  479-4000 or nominate a student at www.MusicAndArtForYouth.org. They are non-profit 501 (c) 3 for public benefit and education. Despite school […] Read More »

Public invited to free 11th annual Ventura Music Festival Student Jazz Competition

Judges will award cash prizes to three of Southern California’s best high school jazz musicians as the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) kicks off the new year with free competition performances open to the public on Sunday, January 22, from 2 to 3:30 pm, in the Pavilion of the Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Road. No RSVP […] Read More »

Winter league flag football

Ventura’s growing youth sports league called FuturePro Flag Football is back again. Players of all kinds, including beginner, intermediate and advanced, boys and girls from kindergarten to 8th grade are welcome to join us again in our Winter season. If you are curious about the game of football, then flag football is a safe, exciting […] Read More »

Teen Voice to collect essential items for homeless families

During the month of January the Teen Voice Leadership Club through its “Project Humankindness” is seeking community support to collect essential items for homeless adults and families. Such winter accessories as new socks, scarves, gloves and beanies; such grooming items as nail clippers, disposable razors, combs and hair brushes; and such hygiene items as bars […] Read More »

Kids free 1-week rowing trial with Casitas Rowing Jan. 3

Casitas Rowing will be offering a free 1-week trial for all kids 8th-12th grade to try rowing starting Tuesday January 3rd. Contact www.Casitasrowing.org or 642.2288 to get signed up. There is still time to try a few days. Read More »

Joymaker challenge brings toys to local kids in need

The  Boys & Girls Club provides a positive place for all youth. As a part of their Santa’s Workshop Holiday Party teens at the Boys and Girls Club taught younger club members about giving back. Teens helped younger members wrap gifts which were given to children at Casa Pacifica. The teens have been working with […] Read More »

Fun and Fitness for the Holidays at Skating Plus

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Art classes for kids ages 7 to 12 while their parents shop at the Mall

Fridays & Saturdays 6:00 – 8:00pm. We will help everyone enjoy their shopping experience even more. Kids can come to the Arts Collective Studio for wonderful, busy creative time. Several options will be available for them to choose from.  Parents just need to sign the children in. More information and reservations required  676-1540 or vcartscollective@gmail.com […] Read More »

An Hour of Code with DATA Students

by Roxana Llano and Tomas Gaeta Students at DeAnza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA) recently had a unique opportunity to collaborate with a nearby elementary school. A group of 35 middle schoolers enrolled in a Computer Science elective were able to teach coding lessons at EP Foster STEM Academy.  Students in grades K-5, […] Read More »

Winner of  “Fire Hydrant Award” Essay Contest is Brody Daw

The Ventura City Fire Department announced the winner of the 4th Grade “Fire Hydrant Award” essay contest in a surprise presentation, Monday, Dec. 12 at Mound Elementary School. Brody Daw whose winning essay was selected received the “Fire Hydrant Award” presented by Fire Chief David Endaya and firefighters from Ventura City Fire.  The Fire Hydrant […] Read More »

Brownie Troop 61135 stopped by the Ventura Police Department to donate toys

Daisy and Brownie Troop 61135 stopped by the Ventura Police Department on Nov.28 to donate toys for The Castro Family and Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive.  They were also treated to a tour of the station during which they were able to meet a number of women officers, dispatchers, and civilian staff  including Sgt. […] Read More »

Teen volunteers and women head of households

Soroptimist International of Ventura, a local service club for business and professional women with the goal of making a difference in the lives of women and girls, announces that applications are now available for two scholarships. Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek assistance to go back to school […] Read More »

Step Up Ventura helps homeless youngsters thrive

Step Up Ventura is a non-profit organization that changes the lives of homeless children by providing resources needed for family stability and early childhood educational success. This month, Step Up Ventura launched their new Outreach Program, focused on helping displaced families address the challenges of raising young children in crisis by positively affecting parent-child relationships […] Read More »

Young women introduced as 2017 Debutantes

Thirteen local young women were introduced at the 60th Annual Las Patronas Tea.  The Tea was held November 19 at the home of Mrs. Jeffrey Douglas in Camarillo. The girls were presented to the members of Las Patronas, an auxiliary of Assistance League of Ventura County and their guests. The Tea is a first in […] Read More »

Veterans shared their lives with high school students

Pacific High School students spent time with veterans learning about history and military life. Which they turned into a school project called “Voices of Veterans”.  The students created a display of the stories including black and white photos. The project was organized by  Pacific High School English teacher Alyssa Soles and teacher Ann Griffin. Several […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA Youth & Government Delegates host bill hearing night

The Ventura Family YMCA Youth & Government team introduced and debated three mock bills on Nov. 28 at the California Court of Appeals. The bill hearing night is part of their preparation for the 69th Model Legislature & Court conference held in February in Sacramento, which brings together more than 3,500 youth from across the […] Read More »

USCIS to Present Citizenship Certificates to 60 Young People

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) on Nov. 10 by presenting 60 local kids their citizenship certificates at Channel Islands National Park. This ceremony is representational of the partnership between USCIS and the NPS, and is a step towards our goal of holding at […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department hosts event for fourth grade students

More than 1,300 students observed live demonstrations by Ventura City Firefighters performing multiple tasks. Photos by Richard Lieberman On Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Ventura  City Fire Department held a two-day Fire Safety Days event hosted by the Ventura City Fire Department in collaboration with the Ventura […] Read More »

Catholic Charities of Ventura County holds open house to unveil new food pantry

On Monday, September 19 Catholic Charities of Ventura County had an open house to unveil their new food pantry.  The design and building of the pantry was a collaborative effort with many local businesses and volunteers helping out, including the Seabees of Port Hueneme.  The Seabees volunteers dedicated 500 hours to demolishing the old pantry […] Read More »

 Ian McKeever crowned Homecoming King at Buena High

Mia Mumford, Buena senior and member of the homecoming court, Ian’s teacher Robin Fenstermacher, Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) Special Education Teacher and Ian McKeever are as happy as can be. Ian McKeever and his family dad Terry, mom Robin and sisters Sydnee and Kaia live in Ventura. Ian has been a Ventura County […] Read More »

Students must apply by Sept. 30 for the YMCA Youth and Government program

High school students interested in a six-month hands-on experience in democracy are encouraged to apply to the Ventura Family YMCA Youth and Government program. Registration closes on Sept. 30. Participants experience first-hand how state government works; fine-tune public speaking, conflict resolution and debating skills; become a leader in the democratic process and increase civic literacy […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 25 – September 14 – September 27, 2016 - City Classes

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes check out hundreds more on web-site Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street unless otherwise noted Art classes Critters 7-12 years 9/19-10/17 M 4-5:30 pm […] Read More »

Kids in need can get eyeglasses for free from the Eyeglass Factory

The Eyeglass Factory is  very excited to announce that the “Kids Right to Sight” Program, which has been in existence in Santa Barbara for over twenty years, is now also available in both Ventura and Camarillo. This means that school-aged kids in need of eyeglasses, that are 18 years old and under, can now get free […] Read More »

Season 2 of popular, local flag football league starting

Ventura has a new flag football league called FuturePro Flag Football. The first season for FuturePro Flag Football had overwhelming success with 200 players from all over Ventura County that played in all co-ed youth divisions. Players of all kinds, including beginner, intermediate and advanced are welcome to join again in the Fall season. If […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital's Auxiliary Presents their Annual Maria Cavallow Scholarship  Awards

On June 13, two $2000.00 Maria Cavallo Scholarship awards were presented.  This awards one or more graduating high school seniors who has served at least 100 hours in the auxiliary, has maintained a 3.50 GPA or better, and who will be attending an accredited college or university and taking courses in the healthcare field. Delyla […] Read More »

Jason Romero strikes twice and local product Ben Silva once to seal the deal for Fusion

by Polo Ascencio Last year the inaugural Ventura County Cup presented by the Ventura County Star, had a lot of drama from minute the first kick until the end in overtime with Fusion coming from behind and taking the inaugural VC Cup. This year the only real drama happened when the lights when out as […] Read More »

Another summer of digital storytelling 

by Elizabeth Rodeno Our summer program, Lights, Camera, Action, a digital storytelling program in conjunction with the city has wrapped. A dozen students worked so hard, explored not just camera, directing and editing but concerned themselves with the finer details of art direction, costume design, hair and make-up. They are leaving the program with a […] Read More »

New West Symphony Harmony Project receives California Arts Council “Artists in Schools” Grant

The New West Symphony announced that it has received a $7,500 grant from the California Arts Council to help underwrite the costs for the Symphony’s Harmony Project for incoming elementary school students. The funding will help defray the costs of salaries for the professional musicians who teach in the program as well as of instruments […] Read More »

Kids’ Art offers a free art program for children ages 5-14 taught by local artists

This surf board was painted by the young artists from “Kids’ Art (Growing Young Artists Since 1992). Kids’ Art offers a free, comprehensive art program for children ages 5-14 taught by local artists. Located in the Arc of Ventura’s Art Room. 295 S. Arcade Dr., Ventura. 628-9150. This surfboard was raffled off at Surf Rodeo […] Read More »

Kudos to the ECTV crew

by Elizabeth Rodeno Congratulations to the ECTV Crew from El Camino High School and their mentor/guru Phil Taggart and Assistant Manny Reynoso, whose program ECTV has won a national award for Best Informational Talk Show Series in the Student Category at the Alliance for Community Media National Conference.  The award will be presented at the […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners

A formal presentation was made to the Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners at the Fair offices. The contest was open to County youth in grades 5 – 12. Pictured are first place winner Madison Lomis, 16 years old  Ventura,  Barbara Quaid  CEO Ventura County Fairgrounds, second place winner Anna Sorensen, 12 years old  Simi […] Read More »

Ventura nonprofit happy to find new home on the avenue with Catholic Charities

Members of the Seabees, Catherine Meek, Executive Director, Lisa Olmstead, Office Manager and Bookkeeper and Sinead Chilton, Marketing Director helped to move School on Wheels. School on Wheels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1993 by a retired teacher, who saw firsthand how homeless children struggled to stay focused in school. In 2008, School […] Read More »

Foster kids received their own laptop computer and printer

On July 15 and 16 twenty local transitional-aged foster youth participated in a digital literacy computer training seminar, held at the County of Ventura Human Services Agency. A powerful collaboration between the Ventura County Office of Education, Children’s Services Auxiliary, and Foster VC Kids made this once in a lifetime opportunity available for foster youth […] Read More »

 HACSB celebrates second annual scholarship program recipients

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) is pleased to announce the award of scholarships to Section 8 tenants or tenants of rental properties owned or affiliated with the Housing Authority through its second Annual Scholarship Program competition. The HACSB Annual Scholarship Program is the result of a partnership with Pacific Western […] Read More »

The CAPS Media Center

by Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is seeking nominees for CAPS Media Board of Directors. This year there are three–at large seats available; two seats for two (2) year terms and one seat for a one (1) year term. Elections will be held in October 2016. We encourage the community at-large and […] Read More »

Knowledge Bowl 2016

Creator of the Knowledge Bowl Suz Montgomery coaches her senior team Clint Jacobs, Don Haskell, Terry McCoy and Mary Ayers. Photo by John Hankins. The seventh annual Knowledge Bowl between seniors versus teens was truly a “Battle of the Ages” on June 6, but they proved to be so evenly sharp that the end was a […] Read More »

$10,000 in Ojai Studio Artist Art Scholarships awarded in city hall reception

Scholarship recipients Hugo Castillo, Marissa Gonzales, Lizbeth Zamora, Logan Werner, Leah Kopp, Ashley Konzmann, Jonathan Weiser, Bailey Huerta, Amber Talbot, and Kayla Petrucci.  Not pictured are Reiko Heartland and Audrey Hernandez. Audrey Hernandez of Nordhoff High School was presented the top Ojai Studio Artists’ 2016 art scholarship at a celebratory reception at the Ojai City […] Read More »

Caitlyn Rose Fastenau receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Caitlyn Rose Fastenau, Girl Scouts Gold Award recipient and senior at Ventura High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The […] Read More »

Golf team members honored

Following a long standing tradition, five local men’s golf clubs have once again presented six high school graduating seniors, who were school golf team members, with a $2000 or $1000 college scholarship. Adam Franc, Adolfo Camarillo HS, and Niella McWeeney, Ventura HS, each received a $2000 Darrell Downey Memorial Scholarship from the Saticoy Senior Men’s […] Read More »

Ventura High School’s Global Warming Action Team (GWAT) participate in Mountains 2 Beach Marathon cheering competition

On Sunday, May 31 fourteen members of Ventura High School’s Global Warming Action Team (GWAT) and three adult volunteers represented the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) in a cheering competition hosted by the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon.  The GWAT members arrived at 5:30 a.m. and danced, sang and cheered for 6.5 hours straight! Thanks to the […] Read More »

Ventura County's Graduating Seniors Impress and Inspire

From the “Ventura County Office of Education” IrieAnn Harris – Buena High School-Unstable home life motivated her to build a better future IrieAnn Harris had no choice but to grow up fast. Due to family problems, she says the responsibility of caring for her three youngest siblings fell primarily to her. “I would get up, […] Read More »

New West Symphony Harmony Project to expand annual summer music camp

The New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County’s Summer Music Camp is expanding to include third through ninth grade students throughout Ventura County. Two two-week sessions will be offered. Students entering grades 3-5 are eligible to participate in the first session taking place Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 15. It will provide instruction […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Poster Contest winners announced

2016 winning poster by 16-year-old Madison Lomis of Ventura All of the Poster Contest entries will be displayed in the Youth Expo The 2016 Ventura County Fair has announced the winners of the 2016 Poster Contest. The contest was open to County youth in grades 5 – 12. 16-year-old Madison Lomis of Ventura rendered the […] Read More »

Ventura County Fusion offers dynamic soccer camps

Ventura County Fusion offers dynamic soccer camps designed for youth players to have fun and develop their soccer skills. The focus is on the fundamentals of soccer with ball familiarity, unopposed activities progressing to small sided games. Fusion soccer camps empower each child to reach his or her maximum potential through customized, one-on-one instruction. Beyond […] Read More »

Casitas Rowing Junior Team honored

The Casitas Rowing Junior Team was honored to receive the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award at their Youth Regional Championships this month. US Rowing awarded these athletes at the regatta that had 39 teams from 6 states and over 1500 competitors. They are now signing up for summer classes 6th-12th grade www.casitasrowing.org. Read More »

Lunch at no charge

Each summer, Ventura Unified School District provides a nutrition program. This program provides lunch at no charge to children 1-18 years of age. Summer Nutrition is not based on income qualification. It is available for all community children regardless of their school year qualification for free and reduced price meals. Lunch will be served June 13th through August […] Read More »

Henry Schwab Violin/Viola Competition

The Ventura College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Lawson, will present the finalists of the 8th annual Henry Schwab Violin/Viola Competition on June 18. Three talented young violinists, selected March 19th, at the preliminary audition, will each perform by memory, a complete classical Violin Concerto with the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra. The competition honors the memory of Henry Schwab, […] Read More »

Hands-on fun and enriching classes offered this summer for K-12

Wilderness Survival! Green Engineering!  Rocketry!  SAT Prep! Broadway Buddy Camp! Deep Sea Explorations! Learn coding, geography, clay-mation, singing, sewing, chemistry, photography, art, cooking, track and field skills, and paper Mache! Keep your kiddos busy and engaged this summer with these hands-on classes offered by Ventura Education Partnership’s 10th annual Summer Enrichment Academy!  These fee-based classes are open to […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA providing scholarships for swim instruction and water safety to underserved community children

As part of the Y’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the Ventura Family YMCA will provide scholarships for swim instruction and water safety to children from underserved communities in and around Ventura. In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity […] Read More »

Cypress Place awards scholarships

When the owners of Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura decided to create a scholarship fund for local high school students wanting to pursue a college degree, the Cypress Place Senior Living “Senior to Senior” Legacy Scholarship was created. Cypress Place Senior Living is an independent, assisted, and memory care community for seniors.  By awarding […] Read More »

Can you sing?

The Master Chorale Children’s Choir is auditioning now for the fall session.  Classical children’s concert choir. Rehearsal groups graded for ages 6 -18. Award winning choir with concerts at the historic San Buenaventura Mission, tours, and competition festivals, and much more.  Please call for an audition held in Somis, 796-1951 and check their website at […] Read More »

Vista Real Charter High School Class of 2016

by Sheri Long – Vista Real Charter High School Community Liaison Vista Real Charter High School held its 11th annual graduation on May 24. Eighty-three graduates took to the stage in full cap and gown to receive their hard earned diploma. Many of these students accepted their diploma as the first in their family to graduate […] Read More »

Rubicon announces upcoming 2016 summer programs

Director Brian McDonald works with the students from Rubicon’s Theatre Camp. Photo courtesy of Rubicon Theatre Company by Richard Lieberman Brian McDonald Director, and acting instructor at the Rubicon Theatre Company has announced a new season of performance camps and intensives, master classes and workshops. McDonald founder and program director of Rubicon’s Summer Youth Program has […] Read More »

Wheel Fun Rentals renews partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big sister Ashley Bryant and little sister Roselith enjoying a ride at Wheel Fun Rentals. Wheel Fun Rentals, the number one recreational rental company in the country, announced it is renewing a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a program called “Biking Buddies.”  For the tenth consecutive year, the Biking Buddies program will provide […] Read More »

2016 Youth Of The Year - Sarah Ruiz

Sarah Ruiz presented an art piece to the Mayor at the City Council meeting where she was honored. At the City Council Meeting on May 9, 2016 – Sarah Ruiz, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura’s 2016 Youth of the Year, was recognized by Mayor Nasarenko and the other council members for her outstanding achievements. […] Read More »

Honoring our foster youth

In  June, 80-90 Ventura County foster youth, ages 17 and older, will be honored at the annual Milestones event held at Cal State University, Channel Islands.  The Milestones event recognizes the achievements that these youth have accomplished throughout the past year. Many of the honorees will be graduating high school, and others will have completed […] Read More »

Girl Scout Troop 61135 from Ventura makes donation to Humane Society in Ojai

Girl Scout Troop 61135 from Ventura (Daisy and Brownie Troop), recently made a donation to the Humane Society in Ojai.  They collected pet food, towels, blankets, and other supplies for the lucky dogs.  They also purchased first aid kits and made blankets for the animals’ cages with some of their cookie earnings. Read More »

Ventura’s Climate Report Card presented by iMatter Youth

Tatum Becker, El Camino High School (ECHS); Joe Yahner, Environmental Services Supervisor City of Ventura; Zayan Reza, ECHS; Sophie Nguyen ECHS; Ventura City Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann; Summeya Islam,ECHS; Olivia Loorz,ECHS and  Sierra Manske,ECHS. by Karen Helen Szatkowski Recently six young women from El Camino High School presented to the Ventura City Council what was a […] Read More »

Local senior wins Lions Club student speaker contest

Miranda Mize will compete in state finals in June. Miranda Mize, a senior at El Camino high school, has won this year’s Lions Club Student Speaker semi-final contest. She will now compete at the state finals on June 4 in Redding, California where she will be competing for the grand prize of $11,000. This year’s […] Read More »

6th Annual Pride Prom of Ventura May 21st at Poinsettia Pavilion

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Free community event held at YMCA

Event held to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Photos by Michael Gordon On Saturday, April 30 the Ventura Family YMCA held a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to […] Read More »

Ventura youth running boom

by Matt Hammel, Summerfest 3K/1Mile Youth Co-Race Director It’s common knowledge that physical activity is important for young people.  Regular exercise has been found to reduce the risk of many diseases, including childhood obesity, and has also been linked to higher academic performance.  There isn’t much of a debate regarding the importance of our youth […] Read More »

Film viewing opens discussion about reinventing education

Darcy Duffy and Melissa Watz led the discussion after the film. by Ana K. Gonzalez A viewing of the award winning documentary film Most Likely to Succeed was held at the Poinsettia Pavilion on April 7th. KiteStream, a new online community helped organize the presentation of the film. KiteStream was initiated by Venturan Melissa Wantz, […] Read More »

Robotics stronghold competition held at Ventura College

Ventura High School team members getting ready to defeat all. by Richard Lieberman More than 1000 students from high schools in Southern California participated in a competition utilizing robotic technology to breach moats, shoot large balls, and capture castles during the Robotics Stronghold Competition held at Ventura College in March. Forty-two teams from Southern California […] Read More »

Buena High School Studio A Jazz Band showcases talents

Photo by Michael Gordon On Sunday afternoon, April 17th,  Buena High School Studio A Jazz Band showcased their talents in a performance for Channel Islands Jazz Club at the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club. This 17 member ensemble was accompanied by local vocalist Jade. Admission and donations benefited a student scholarship to a summer jazz camp […] Read More »

Celebrating “Farm to School”

By Alise Echele, RDN Healthy Schools Project Coordinator Food and Nutrition Services, Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Locally grown broccoli, purple cauliflower, and cheddar orange cauliflower flooded 250 classrooms in thirteen Ventura Unified schools this March.  As 4,300 students used their five senses to explore these colorful brassica plants, produced by Deardorff Family Farm, hands […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - City of Ventura classes

City of Ventura Imagination classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Art and Architecture using LEGO®  5-10 years 4/16     Saturday           10 am-12 pm […] Read More »

Soroptimist  announces 85th Anniversary & Scholarship Awards Event

Soroptimist International (SI) of Ventura, a local service club for business and professional women with the goal of making a difference in the lives of women and girls, is celebrating its 85th year of serving the community of Ventura. The celebration will be held in conjunction with its annual scholarship awards. April 16, from 11:30 […] Read More »

YMCA Healthy Kids Day April 30th

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Ventura County – 15 More Beds Needed for Summer Program

Volunteer families are asked to host international exchange students, ages 14-17, who are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. in June/July for a four-week program. Little kids, big kids, no kids…our host families come in all shapes and sizes and include single persons and senior citizens, as well as married couples who are with or without children. Host […] Read More »

Become a Junior Ranger at Channel Islands National Park

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Channel Islands National Park is hosting a special Junior Ranger event on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the park visitor center in the Ventura Harbor. Children will have the opportunity to participate in four different Junior Ranger programs at the event, allowing them to earn badges […] Read More »

E. P. Foster STEM Academy recorded A Million Acts of Kindness

The E. P. Foster STEM Academy recorded A Million Acts of Kindness in honor of the 150th birthday of the city of Ventura. Each classroom had their own red heart, with papers to fill the heart with acts of kindness between January 19th and February 19th. The month-long event started with PeaceMakers’ week in January […] Read More »

Vista Real Charter High School

Ventura Chamber President and CEO Stephanie Caldwell holds the ribbon while Councilwoman Cheryl Heitmann cuts it at open house. By Sheri Long-Vista Real Community Liaison Although Vista Real’s downtown Ventura location opened in July, we officially celebrated with an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, March 10th. Students, staff, and community members were […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA has many different classes and sports offerings

Registration is now open for youth of all ages to participate in the Ventura Family YMCA’s Spring II Session. This spring the Ventura Family YMCA has many different classes and sports offerings for their local youth including, swimming, ballet, baseball, football, tennis, basketball, and many other sports. This is a great way to give children […] Read More »

Student musicians impressed the judges with their musical skills and maturity

  Five finalists playing as a band at VMF jazz competition after the judging. Ventura Music Festival held their 10th annual Student Jazz Competition at the Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn filling the Ventura coastal air with groove and swing. The five finalists (many talented students entered the competition) gathered and showed off their best […] Read More »

Community College Volleyball Tournament in the Harbor

Community College Volleyball Tournament in the Harbor – Ventura, Bakersfield and Pierce College Girls Teams Photo by George Robertson Read More »

Ventura schools held mock city council meetings

To help celebrate Ventura’s 150th anniversary students from Lincoln Elementary and De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts schools held mock city council meetings on March 11 at city hall. It was nice to have young city council members with fresh ideas. They were able to make 2 major decisions in less than an […] Read More »

Newly groomed volleyball courts in the Ventura Harbor

By George Robertson Glad to see that the community colleges are taking advantage of the newly groomed volleyball courts in the Ventura Harbor.  Can’t wait to see the high school beach volleyball teams playing there. Read More »

Students from  El Camino High School

By Phil Taggart Ventura County Poet Laureate Starting this last September, I started working with students from El Camino High School at Ventura College through the CAPS Media program.  The high school students were to produce a news/magazine show.  They were responsible for all the technical aspects and the content. The attack in Paris followed […] Read More »

VC to help anyone apply for college financial aid at all levels

Ventura College will hold an open house available to all those interested in learning more about the college and its programs and services, as well as those who would like assistance in applying for admission and financial aid. The Ventura College Extravaganza will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 12, at Ventura […] Read More »

Annual engineering challenge event for local middle schools developing interest in STEM

Story and photos by Richard Lieberman The challenge for students from 15 different middle schools in Ventura County was to design a miniature launcher, using only ordinary office and household items. Students then use their designs to launch ping-pong balls at a target. Judged by a panel of Navy and civilian engineers, the students were […] Read More »

Boys & Girls Club fine art members shine

Sharon Fleur, Susie Lawson and Samuel Navarro (crouched down) are proud of the art of the members of the Boys & Girls Club. The National fine arts exhibit program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through nine different categories of visual arts including monochromatic and multi-colored drawing, oil painting and watercolor, printmaking, collage, […] Read More »

Rotary hosts Bake Sale lunch at the Derby Club

Bake sale by VHS Interact raises $2,635 On Feb.10,  the Rotary Club of Ventura Club#691 held their  Annual Ventura High School Rotary Interact Bake Sale lunch at the Derby Club. The baked goods were prepared by members of the Ventura High School Interact Club, 42 strong and auctioned off at the event to raise money […] Read More »

Kids Garden Brigade goes organic

Gerardo Gallegos and Chris Massa show the Brigade how to  grow their own vegetables organically. By Gail Field Under a sunny afternoon sky, seven children crouch between the kale and Swiss chard, looking for aphids on the green leaves.  Gerardo Gallegos smiles as his eyes scan the community garden, seeing everything.  Nearby, white bunnies prick […] Read More »

I really enjoyed the city, mainly because of its cleanness and people.

By Lucia Salemme Vicente I´m a high school student from Mar del Plata, a coastal city in central Argentina. As I am in my summer break I´ve been visiting Ventura for the last week and I have had a great time! I really enjoyed the city, mainly because of its cleanness and people. Every person […] Read More »

YMCA hopes to raise $170,000 in one-month

The Ventura Family YMCA launched its Annual Campaign on Friday, February 5 at the Y, which included over 60 campaign volunteers tasked with raising $170,000 in one-month. Board Chair, Danielle Brinkman-Vera, gave a speech about the importance of campaign and raising funds to support the disadvantaged in the community.  Speaking from her personal experience as […] Read More »

Opera Santa Barbara announces ‘Opera Lab’ Tour of local elementary schools

The Opera Lab, Opera Santa Barbara’s innovative outreach program for children, will tour area elementary schools beginning next month, company officials have announced. Opera Lab sessions will take place in February and March. Additional sessions will be added in late March and early May as needed. The Opera Lab is an interactive program designed to […] Read More »

Ventura College Women’s Basketball honors “Favorite Teachers”

“This honor is particularly special, because the instructors were selected by the students,” said Larry Kennedy, Chair of the Board of Trustees. Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Board Trustee Stephen Blum and Chancellor Bernard Luskin joined Ventura College President Greg Gillespie to present the 2016 Favorite Teachers Awards on Saturday, January 16, with a […] Read More »

19th Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon for youth of the year

At the 19th Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon, presented by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and held in December the Male Student Of The Year was Justin Lucio who attends Ventura High School. Justin challenges himself by taking a rigorous amount of classwork every semester, earning high marks while also taking classes at the community college […] Read More »

Dear students, parents, teachers, and musicians

By Dean Adams  Lead Trombonist  Director It is time for our second annual Mentor/Protégé program with the Ventura Jazz Orchestra. The Mentor/Protégé Programs purpose is to incorporate students into a professional working and to perform with the Ventura Jazz Orchestra at the Poinsettia Pavilion Ballroom.The idea is to give the protégé real world experience by […] Read More »

YMCA serves all ages and needs

The Channel Islands YMCA Youth & Government delegation joined more than 3,500 youth from across the state in Fresno this weekend for a Training & Elections conference held Jan. 16-18 at the Fresno Convention Center. Twenty-two teens with the Ventura Family YMCA were part of the team. The Youth & Government program offered at YMCAs […] Read More »

Join us for Day 2 of the STEAM + ASPIRE3 event at Foothill Technology High School Sat. Jan. 30th

Join us for Day 2 of the STEAM + ASPIRE3 event this Saturday, January 30th from 1:30-3:00 at Foothill Technology High School in Spirito Hall. Ventura Unified Middle School students from Ancapa, Balboa, Cabrillo, DeAnza (DATA) and Sunset have teamed up with mentors from Foothill Technology High School to design a website and video where students use STEAM to […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation to award scholarships

Students who receive financial support from VCF tend to have higher completion rates. With its scholarship application deadline on Jan. 24, the Ventura College Foundation (VCF) is welcoming a final flood of applications from Ventura College students who have completed at least 12 units. Foundation officials expect to award more than $400,000 to some 280 […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year Awards

At the 19th Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon, presented by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and held in December the Male Student Of The Year was Justin Lucio who attends Ventura High School. Justin challenges himself by taking a rigorous amount of classwork every semester, earning high marks while also taking classes at the community college […] Read More »

Ventura Key Club Sock Drive for homeless

Photo by Ranferi Perea Ventura Key Club is a dedicated and passionate community service club at Ventura High School. Club members have been working for several weeks on collecting socks for their latest service project -a Sock Drive to donate socks to the homeless in Ventura to help them stay warm during the winter. Group […] Read More »

Town Hall Meeting  for Our County, Our Kids

As a foster parent, families can become a link in a lifelong chain. Loving homes can provide the unconditional healing, support and guidance that can help a child and siblings thrive and grow as every child needs. With over 1,000 youth still in need in Ventura County, foster youth from birth to teens especially need […] Read More »

New West Symphony Harmony Project provides music instruction

Music students performed at Bell Arts and Sheridan Way School. Students from the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County recently presented two concerts in Ventura. On Dec. 10 they performed at Sheridan Way School, to a standing room only crowd. One-hundred students performed. The second concert was on Dec. 12 at the Bell […] Read More »

Lincoln's orchard was started more than 14 years ago

Fourth and fifth graders working on “Gardens of the Dragons” Ventura’s Lincoln Elementary School is a Title 1 school serving a diverse community including one of the largest homeless and home-insecure populations in the county. Its school garden, “Gardens of the Dragons,” is especially important, teaching fourth and fifth graders how to grow food. Agromin […] Read More »

Opera welcomes promising young vocalists

Opera Santa Barbara will welcome four promising young vocalists for 17 weeks of performances, training, and community events under an expansion of its artist residency program early next year. The company’s new Mosher Studio Artist Program will enable four singers and an apprentice vocal coach to take part in Opera Santa Barbara productions, outreach activities […] Read More »

Wish Kid Sarai Celebrates National Believe Day at Macy’s

Katie from Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Sarai’s family member, Wish Kid Sarai, and Hannah from Alpha Xi Delta made posters to congratulate Sarai on her wish! On Friday, Dec.11, Macy’s and Make-A-Wish celebrated the seventh annual National Believe Day, the cornerstone of the retailer’s annual Believe campaign which helps Make-A-Wish grant wishes to children with […] Read More »

Holiday Toy Drive for local Ventura County children

Currently there are 1,000 children in foster care and thousands of additional low-income kids in Ventura County, and these youth are in need of toys and other gifts this holiday season. In an effort to bring some holiday cheer to these children in need, there are programs that help coordinate through Children and Family Services […] Read More »

Santa Stops by the Ventura Family YMCA

The Y teams up with the ACTION Foundation and the Community Christmas Shoppe to Help Families in Need This Holiday Season The Ventura Family YMCA presents their annual Santa Stops by the Y event on December 12th from 8AM-10AM.  This morning is a community event for children to have their photo taken with Santa and […] Read More »

New West Symphony Harmony Project celebrates the season with free community concert Dec. 12th

Young members of the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County will present a free concert for the community on Saturday, December 12 at 6:00 pm at Bell Arts Factory, located at 432 N. Ventura Avenue in Ventura. The concert will include classical pieces, jazz tunes and holiday songs performed by 40 students from […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 5 – December 9 - December 22, 2015 – CAPS Chat

CAPS Chat – In your community By Elizabeth Rodeno Things are busy at City Hall. Part of CAPS’ mission is to bring local government to the citizens and provide a place for them to share their views and stories. Do you have something to say? Our members do. Whether it be an announcement of an […] Read More »

Kids excel at new German school

Kindergarten students at the German Saturday School show their gratitude for the earth, sky, mountains and trees. By Gail Field Children in Ventura have a new place for learning German, thanks to a new language school serving the area. The German Saturday School, just opened in September, provides classes for children from ages 4 to […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 4 – November 25 – December 8, 2015 – Cute Grandkid

Grandma Jill  thinks that her grandson Nathan Young is as cute as they get.  He’s almost 2 and smiling as always even on his first visit to the dentist. His brother was in a previous Breeze. Do you have a grandkid that you think is even cuter? If so send their photo to editor@venturabreeze.com Read More »

Boy Scout Troop 102 wins first prize in Trunk or Treat

Boy Scout Troop 102 participated in a community Trunk or Treat held in conjunction with a Harvest Festival on Oct. 30. On the left Won Jong, Life Scout, Henry Dalton, Tenderfoot Scout and Brandon Peay, Scout.  On the right is Cory Friend, Charter Rep, Gloria Friend, Advancement Chair and Trainer and Zachary Leppaluoto, Scout who […] Read More »

Poster contest winners honored

Photo by Bernie Goldstein The winners of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary poster contest were honored at a special presentation at the beginning of the City Council meeting held on November 16. Upon presentation, the Mayor stated, “It is my pleasure to welcome and provide awards to eight local schoolchildren – the winners of the 150th Anniversary […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

Girl Scout Troop 60385 make surprise visit to Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura

Members of local Girl Scout Troop 60385 make a surprise visit to Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura to drop off suitcases they collected for “Suitcases For Kids”, a fundraiser the senior community is holding for local foster children.  Also pictured are Cypress Place residents Pat Weaver (far left) and Neal McKaye (far right). Read More »

Ventura County Ballet Company (VCB) will be presenting “The Nutcracker” this holiday season.

Photo by Michael Gordon Prior to the winter performances, VCB, in partnership with the Ventura County Medical Center Pediatric Oncology Clinic performed excerpts of its annual production of the holiday classic on Nov.9. The dancers were in full costumes. The performance brought smiles and a little holiday magic to local Ventura County children battling and […] Read More »

Poster Contest winners from city's 150th Anniversary Poster Contest by Ventura Friends of the Library

This is the Grand Prize winning poster.  The artist is Sachi Tan.  She is 16, and a Senior at Foothill Technology High School.  The Poster Contest winners from the city’s 150th Anniversary Poster Contest sponsored by the Ventura Friends of the Library have been announced.  They were judged by   Mayor Heitmann, Dr. Michael Babb, Patti […] Read More »

Rotary offering youth leadership opportunity

Are you a Junior or Senior at Ventura High School who would like to be selected as a local ambassador for a 4 day all expenses paid retreat in the beautiful hills of Ojai at Camp Ramah from April 14th – April 17th? The event offers courses not often found in the regular curriculum, including […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting held at YMCA

Photos by John Ferritto On November 6, The Ventura Family YMCA celebrated the grand opening of their 4,000 sq. ft. full-size outdoor basketball court, 1,700 sq. ft. outdoor workout space, and a 1,000 sq. ft. play area for their Children’s Corner with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Members had asked for more outdoor workout spaces and […] Read More »

School students clean up Ventura in Trash-A-Thon Nov. 10th

SCHOOL STUDENTS CLEAN UP VENTURA IN TRASH-A-THON Environmental Fundraiser to be held November 10, 2015 Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education will hold its eighth annual Trash-a-Thon on November 10th. Kindergarten through eighth grade students will collect pledges, and in cooperation with the City of Ventura’s Environmental Services division, work to clean up several litter […] Read More »

Soroptimist’s applications available for scholarships

Soroptimist International of Ventura, California, a local service club for business and professional women  announces that applications are now available for two scholarships. Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek assistance to go back to school or receive special training can apply for the Live your Dream Award to […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA Sportsplex grand opening event and spooky Halloween

Get ready for 3 on 3 when Sportsplex is ready for play after grand opening The Ventura Family YMCA is inviting the entire community to the grand opening of their outdoor Sportsplex and Children’s Corner area on Friday, November 6, from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  The celebration kick-off begins with a ribbon cutting by the Ventura […] Read More »

Fire Department hosts National Fire Prevention Week

Fourth Graders taught fire safety at training grounds On, October 13, and, October 14, as part of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10), the Ventura City Fire Department and the Ventura Unified School District hosted two days of hands-on demonstrations, fire science and fire safety lessons for about 1,500 fourth-grade students, their parents and school […] Read More »

Reel Anglers Guppy Outdoor Program Launch

Reel Anglers Fishing Show invites to all to attend the launch of their “Reel Guppy Outdoor Program” launch and program presentation on Thursday, October 29 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Pizza Man Dan’s located at 1601 Victoria Ave. in Oxnard. Throughout the evening, an informational presentation about the new and upcoming program will be given […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze has a new editor

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

Día de los Muertos at Buena High

The third annual Día de los Muertos event is going to take place on Wednesday, October 28, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the hallways of Buena High School.  Día de los Muertos is a holiday that celebrates the lives of those who have passed in many countries in Latin America.  In Mexico, it is […] Read More »

Fall City of Ventura Classes & Camps

Fall City of Ventura Classes & Camps – check out hundreds more on  web-site. Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston St unless otherwise noted. Fridays with Friends: Beach Hike Plein Air  18 years-adult 10/16   F          9:30 […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA Youth & Government Program gives insight into the skills gap

Ventura YMCA Youth & Government teens posing in front of the California State Capitol Building. The Ventura Family YMCA is paving the way for the leaders of tomorrow through its Youth & Government program.  Since 1948 this nationwide initiative has been the top youth leadership and development program for 9th through 12th grade high school […] Read More »

How local students have given themselves the best chance to succeed in the new school year

Straight Up staff member Roland Roberts leads an interactive activity/discussion abo with students at El Camino High School. For the past few weeks, we’ve watched as Ventura students, from middle school to college, have been returning to their studies. With the new academic year, young people face new challenges. Some have found ways to find […] Read More »

Ventura County 4-H  launches "Trick Or Treat So Others Can Eat"

Ventura County 4-H Club and FOOD Share, the non-profit organization devoted to feeding those in need in our community, are inviting all youth in Ventura County to join their annual October Youth-Led Food Drive for the month of October through November 13th.   “Trick Or Treat So Others Can Eat” (TOTSOCE) is returning for its 18th […] Read More »

Golfers to raise money for basketball players

Ventura High School will host its 13th Annual Cougar Golf Classic to raise money for the boys and girls basketball program.  The proceeds from the fundraiser will give the teams the ability to purchase new uniforms, training equipment, provide transportation and allow for the program to pay for tournament and summer travel expenses for the […] Read More »

Ventura Buccaneers and the Ventura Packers play for the first time in history

History was made!  This is the first time since the inception of the Ventura Buccaneers, 8 years ago, that these two Ventura teams have meet in competition at the senior division level.  On August 23rd, the Ventura Buccaneers, coached by Jim Duran and The Ventura Packers, coached by Dave Winter, faced off in a competitive […] Read More »

Chumash dwelling constructed in the new Children’s Garden in the County Museum

Enjoying Devin’s success was grandmother Lucille Kress, mom Ana Baker, grandmother Carmen Iraola and of course Devin himself .   On August 30 a ribbon cutting-celebration was held at The Museum of Ventura County for the opening of the Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Children’s Garden, the Museum’s new experiential learning environment for children of all […] Read More »

Cute Grandkids

Grandma Jill thinks that her grandson Nathan Young is as cute as they get.  He’s almost 2 smiling as always even on his first visit to the dentist. His brother was in a previous Breeze. Do you have a grandkid that you think is even cuter? If so send their photo to editor@venturabreeze.com Read More »

Youth & Government runs from September through February and includes weekly meetings

Ventura Family YMCA Youth & Government teens in front of the California State Capitol building where they had the opportunity to practice their legislative skills. The Ventura Family YMCA is paving the way for the leaders of tomorrow through its Youth & Government program.  Since 1948 this nationwide initiative has been the top youth leadership […] Read More »

Golfers to raise money for basketball players

Ventura High School will host its 13th Annual Cougar Golf Classic to raise money for the boys and girls basketball program.  The proceeds from the fundraiser will give the teams the ability to purchase new uniforms, training equipment, provide transportation and allow for the program to pay for tournament and summer travel expenses for the […] Read More »

My favorite go to beach

Irene  has surfed multiple beaches but Ventura is her favorite. Photo by Rich Clark My favorite go to beach by Irene Chiang,16 Ventura beach is my absolute favorite go-to beach. I was coming back from a stressful commercial shoot for a collaboration with Citibank one day and decided to stop by Ventura to relax. I […] Read More »

Fall City of Ventura Classes

Fall City of Ventura Classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted. Play-Well TEKnologies Jedi Engineering using LEGO®  5-11 years 9/21-11/2         M         3:30-5 pm        $160 […] Read More »

Local youth to compete in international tournament

Mom is right proud of son Chris Robinson-Reinhold Photo by Bernie Goldstein by Sheli Ellsworth If playing billiards well is a sign of an ill-spent youth, 17-year-old Venturean Chris Robinson-Reinhold’s teen life is doomed, but don’t tell him—not before he goes to China to compete in the World Pool-Billiard Association’s Junior 9-Ball Championship. In November, […] Read More »

The girls constantly cheered, consoled and encouraged each other

Top row Coach Nick Garcia, Coach Mike More, Katelyn Kelley, Sierra Garcia, Jessica Mendoza, Abigail Sourwine, Kalyssa Muniz, Kelly More, Coach Jere Dietz. bottom row Jamie Dietz, Jaymes Howard, Rylee Mcdaniel, Courtney Terrazas, Katherine Tafoya, Coach Patrick Tafoya. Not show Jocelyn Hernandez. Ventura Stealers traveled to Seattle Washington July 15-18 for the NSA Western World […] Read More »

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

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

Local teen completes jungle trek in Costa Rica

“Are you sure this is the way to the Ventura Harbor?” Sienna Romero, a 17-year-old teen Foothill Technology High School student from Ventura, recently completed a Summer Expedition with Outward Bound Costa Rica. On the four-week course, she trekked through the remote rainforest of Costa Rica and traveled to Panama to volunteer in sea turtle […] Read More »

Cute Grandkids

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

Boogie Nite 5k raises $ 7,000 for Buenaventura High School

The recently finished Boogie Nite 5k race series raised $ 7,000 for Buenaventura High School athletes. Coaches, Melissa and Aaron provided enthusiastic student athletes to this 10-week event as volunteers. Runners and walkers came from as far as Somis and Ojai to participate, and the weather was perfect. Jim and Melissa Avrea of Aloha Steak […] Read More »

Cute Grandkids

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

Ventura Friends of the Library poster contest

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

The New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura Back-to-School Fundraiser

The New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura Back-to-School Fundraiser is raising funds to provide support to students from Title I schools in Ventura.  Donations will provide school supplies, music books, instruments, and the ability for the Symphony to enroll more students who are currently on the waiting list for the Harmony Project program. The […] Read More »

QPI conference coming to Ventura

In an effort to provide a greater professional and nurturing environment for youth that are in foster care, Foster VC Kids, a division of Ventura County’s Children & Family Services, is working with a new groundbreaking foster parent training module developed to improve the quality of partnership, care, training and support within the child welfare […] Read More »

Storytelling a great success for enthusiastic kids

CAPS Chat By Elizabeth Rodeno CAPS Digital Storytelling Summer 2015 was a great success. Not only did we have 30 enthusiastic kids, we had a group of happy parents and grandparents, some very tired interns and three instructors who let the kids make their magic. We had three great weeks of edutainment. Our news casters […] Read More »

A summer away from school at YMCA camps

A teen volunteer camp counselor with the YMCA helps a young camper into a rock climbing harness. Hundreds of South and Central Coast children and their families are spending their summer away from school at YMCA camps, including sports, specialty, water, sleepaway, family and traditional camps. They Y Summer Camp Programs create opportunities for hundreds […] Read More »

Youth and  suicide prevention

  A forum where facts and myths about suicide are brought to light. The River Community Church, in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Didi Hirsch, will be hosting a Student-Oriented Suicide Prevention Seminar. This seminar will focus on youth, because suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24. More […] Read More »

City of Ventura end of summer classes for youth

Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Camps held the Barranca Vista Center,7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted. Drawing & Painting for Youth  8-14 years 8/27-9/24            Th            3:15-4:30 pm            $64 Explore relevant artists and their styles to create your own acrylic paintings and pencil and […] Read More »

“Free "Learn to Row” on Saturday Aug. 29th @ 8:30am at Lake Casitas

photo by Dani Thole Casitas Rowing is now signing up Boys and Girls 9th-12th grade for the fall High School Rowing Team and kids 6th-8th grade for the fall Middle School Team. PE credits offered for all local Ventura high schools for the team. Practice begins with a “Free Learn to Row” on Saturday August 29th @ 8:30am at […] Read More »

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