Vol. 8, No. 25 – September 16 – September 29, 2015 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Would you like to meet new friends? Whatever the reason, Ventura’s Conversation Group is the right place for you. This eclectic group meets Wednesdays from 4p.m. to 5:45p.m. Located at the Yolanda’s Mexican Restaurant at 2753 Main St. Several people usually stay for a drink and a bite to eat afterward. Be sure to bring an interesting topic to discuss.

Free admission stage show, 2p.m. to 4p.m. First Sunday of every month.  Old Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Assoc. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. For more Information call 517-1131.

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45p.m. Located at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill. Ballroom, swing, Latin, mixers and line dancing. Members $9, non-members $11. Call 407-9971 for more information.

Sept 17: Ventura City Councilmen Carl Morehouse will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the East Ventura Community Council. Councilmen Morehouse will address issues of concern to residents, including water and traffic, especially pertaining to new residential developments planned for the area. The council represents those who live east of Victoria Avenue. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. Books in good condition are always accepted by San Buenaventura Friends of the Library, and are very much appreciated. Check our Facebook page for updated agenda items. For more information call 804-7558.

Sept.19: Want to do something about the garbage patch in the ocean? Here’s your  chance! Stop plastic in its tracks before it gets out to the sea! Come down to the Santa Clara River Gateway inland site for Coastal Clean Up Day.  Here in our neighborhoods, plastic and other trash flows into the storm drains, into the Santa Clara River, onto the beach and out to the ocean making the Great Pacific Garbage patch bigger. You can change that!

Coastal Clean Up Day at Santa Clara River Gateway Puente Site  (Johnson/Hwy 101)

Saturday Sept 19, 9am – noon

Park in the lot at Mission Church (Johnson/N. Bank Rd. and walk to the sign in table)

[email protected]

Wear long pants and closed shoes, they provide gloves and containers. High school community service eligible (check with your school). All ages welcome! Perfect for company green teams and scouts. Freeebies courtesy of Coastal Clean Up Day, The Nature Conservancy and Cal-Trout. Personal satisfaction awaits you!

Sept 19: Ventura Audubon Society’s Field Trip starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Surfer’s Knoll/Santa Clara River Estuary. Leader: Neil Ziegler 982-7207. Hope to see a variety of shorebirds including Snowy Plovers, grebes, turnstones, Whimbrels, godwits, cormorants and sandpipers, as well as many ducks and gulls.

Sept 19: International Folk Dance Festival. If you love dancing, join folk dancers from Southern California in the picturesque village of Somis on Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. There is an $8 per person donation fee. Proceeds will be used to help fund introductory folk dance festivals in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County regions. The sponsors of this festival are The Officers of the Folk Dance Federation of California, South in conjunction with the Ventura International Folk Dancers. Festival will be located at the lovely Thursday Club in Somis, 5380 Bell Street For more info, 647-1634 or [email protected]

Sept.22:  PFLAG provides support, education, and advocacy to the families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.  PFLAG’s goal is to strengthen families and help them through the often difficult adjustment when a family member comes-out.  The Ventura chapter of PFLAG has a core group of parents who are active in the community and committed to promoting the civil rights of the LGBT family members they love.

PFLAG meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St.  Free to the community.  Please spread the word.

Contact Gary Zinik, 650-3327, [email protected]

Sept. 23 &29: Spice-Topia will be hosting cooking classes by Chef Amy Tyrrell of Morsels as You Wish. Each class fee is $35 and includes a complete recipe book and sampling of all dishes on that evening’s menu.

Wednesday, September 23rd – Gleefully Gluten Free, Parmesan Walnut Red Hummus, Caraway Pork & Potato Braise, Apple Pie Brussels, Sweet Potato Biscuits with Orange Butter, Polenta Cake with Spiced Plums and Whip Cream. Tuesday, September 29th – Slow Cooker Supper, Muffalata Dip with Focaccia Toast, Sweet & Slow Briscuit, Slow Cooker Ratatouille, Slow Cooker German Potato Salad, and Slow Cooker Chocolate Orange Cake. Classes start 6:30 p.m. to 8:30p.m. Located at 576 E. Main St.

More info 628.3267 or spice-topia.com

Sept. 24:  “How to get sued by your employees” 7:30-9am. Koinonia Business Network (KBN)   meets weekly. Alma Via Assisted Living – 2nd floor, 2500 Ponderosa Dr. North, Camarillo

Alonzo Garcia, President of Employer Services Group (ESG) will be sharing his personal insight and knowledge on current workplace challenges (including new laws)we must pay attention to, in order to avoid costly litigation, etc. Free admission

Sept. 25: 1-2 pm “Book Publishing 1-2-3”.Packed with stories and practical tips, this popular program will empower and inspire writers of fiction and nonfiction alike. Join us for a quick glimpse at the book business (including traditional, electronic, and self-publishing), then hear some ideas for connecting with editors and literary agents, and explore the craft of writing and promoting books.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (4360 E. Main, Ventura) $20 plus drink purchase. RSVP not needed.


Laurie Gibson has served more than 150 independent authors as well as proofreading classic novels such as “The Color Purple” and the writing of musician Jimmy Buffett and success guru Brian Tracy. For several years, Laurie also taught editing for the Extension programs at UCSD and UCLA.


Contact (858) 635-1233 or [email protected] for more information


Sept 26: Ventura Audubon Society’s Field Trip starts at 8:30 am.  Laguna Tams & Arnold Rd.  Leader: Kay Regester 258-1025. The tamarisk trees at Laguna Rd are a migrant hot spot. Migrating birds are attracted to the insects in the trees and a number of uncommon to rare birds often show up at this location.


Sept. 26: Garden of Innocence full memorial service in the newly renovated section of Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, for abandoned babies Junior, Alice and Cindy — to be held on Saturday at 10 a.m.  The community is invited and volunteers/donations are welcome and needed.


Founder Elissa Davies and Director Lori Sanchez of Garden of Innocence by the Sea are holding the memorial service.  Each baby has a new name, a handmade carved urn, poem — written just for them, their own new Beanie Baby and quilt. There will be a full color guard display by The of Knights of Columbus, a personalized non-denominational service, music and release of doves.


Sept 30: The Ventura and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) will meet Sunday, in the Campus Student Center of Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road. The regular meeting starts at noon and at 11 a.m. there will be an informal workshop where a topic on clocks or watches will be demonstrated and discussed. There will be a mart where items will be for sale followed by an informational meeting and a program.

This month’s program will be a presentation by Ray Marsolek on Making Your Own Tools. Anyone interested in watches and clocks. There is a $3 admission charge. You can learn more about the NAWCC at www.nawcc.org.


Oct 4: Ventura Crop Walk to fight hunger 5km and 10km walks. Walk Begins at 2 p.m. Check-in From 1p.m. to 1:45p.m. at 1338 E. Santa Clara Street. Contact: 658-7446 or [email protected]

For more details:  https://www.facebook.com/VenturaCROPWalk


Oct 10: The Tortilla Flats Legacy Committee is sponsoring a fundraiser dance on Saturday, at 7pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 S. Figueroa Plaza. The David Diaz Band will provide music for dancing and listening enjoyment. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For advance tickets call 509-7309 or 889-7414 or send a $35 check to the Tortilla Flats Committee at P.O. Box 6064, Ventura, Ca 93006. Make checks payable to Tortilla Flats. More information call 509-7309.


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