by Ana Baker
Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club Monday nights 7:30 – 9:45p.m. Poinsettia Pavilion. Ballroom, swing, Latin and line dancing. $10 members, $12 non-members. Dance lessons 6:45 – 7:15 $5 for couple $3 for single. Call Rick 415-8842 for more information.
There will be a regular Ventura Discussion Group meeting at Main Street Restaurant 3159 Main St., Wednesday from 4 – 5:45 p.m. Several people usually stay for a drink and a bite to eat afterward. Bring an interesting topic to discuss if you can.
Ventura’s ACBL Duplicate Bridge Club offers games for all levels of play. Learn the game, play with your peers, and earn master points while you are having fun. There is a game every day of the week. Check out their website at www.vcbridge.org
Country Western Line Dancing every Tuesday 7 – 9 p.m. Instruction every night. Located at the Moose lodge, 10269 Telephone Road. More information at countrylovers.com.
Cross Town Hikers join in on Wednesday nights for a moderate-paced hike that includes views of Ventura from the cross, a walk out to the end of the pier, and a stroll along the Promenade back to the Museum. Four miles with an 800-foot elevation gain. Meet at 7 p.m. sharp at the fountain across the street from the Mission. Join Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/800215670039426/
The members of the Ventura Investment Group meet on Mondays for an informal discussion of recent economic events. The meeting is from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Telephone Road and Main Street. Visitors and potential members are welcomed. There are no dues or requirements to participate, and all levels of experience are welcomed.
First Wednesday, of each month, 6 – 10 p.m., Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club meets at the Murphy Auto Museum, Oxnard. Now exhibiting Saturdays and Sundays, 10 – 4 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. Member initiation fee $10, monthly dues $20, $10 for Juniors. Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. www.gcmrc.com. For more information, call (805)229-7429.
Retired men might enjoy a visit to a meeting of the Ventura Retired Men’s Group at the Ventura Elks lodge at 11:30 a.m. on the first or third Tuesday of the month. Stop in and introduce yourself for a complimentary lunch, interesting program, and a relaxing good time with your peers. Give Bob Likins a call at (805) 587-1233 for details.
Musicians’ Sober Support Meetup @ FIND (A Friend in Deed) every Monday night 7-9 p.m. Bring acoustic instrument(s) for jamming after sharing support for sobriety.
Bell Arts-Studio 39-432 Ventura Ave. For further information [email protected].
Mended Hearts of Ventura.Come share if you have had heart surgery or stent implant.Group meets the first Tuesday each month at Lemon Wood Mobile Park,
850 Johnson Dr. They have excellent speakers, leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, Dietitians etc. from our area. Contact Richard Hatcher at (805) 644-2733.
When a child dies, The Compassionate Friends (TCF) can help a family move forward through the grief journey. The Compassionate Friends provides a safe and supportive place where grieving parents, grandparents and siblings over age 16 can come speak openly about their child, express feelings about loss, be listened to by others, and celebrate milestones. Meeting twice a month, on the first and third Wednesday from 7-9 pm at the Poinsettia Pavilion. For more information, contact Laura Lindsay, [email protected]
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDa) is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependence in the development and maintenance of healthy relationships. Every Friday at 6 PM at Kaiser Health, 1000 Hill Rd. 2ndfloor lobby. Further information Deva (805) 814-5650
The Ventura County Philatelic Society meet on the first and third Mondays each month at 7:30pm at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd, Ventura. Admission and parking are free. Come for a great evening. They are a fun group. Contact: Bill Garner / (805) 320-1601 or [email protected]
Dec. 22: Christmas Organ Concert. The mighty pipe organ at First United Methodist Church and Music Director, Tyler Carlisle, will again be featured, embellished by the piano, choir and a decorated sanctuary to gently nudge us into the Christmas spirit. Saturday at 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 1338 East Santa Clara Street. Free! No tickets sold. Donations appreciated.
Dec. 28: Like to play acoustic music? Songmakers.org welcomes instrumentalists, singers, and singer/songwriters at all levels to join in a free song circle at the Bell Arts Factory Community Room, 432 N. Ventura Ave. 4th Friday of each month, 7 – 10 p.m. Listeners welcome! Mike Wittlin, (805) 750-8281.
Dec. 30: Get outside and explore the Santa Clara River hosted by The Nature Conservancy. This is one of the more beautiful properties and least visited of The Nature Conservancy in Ventura County. Join a naturalist on an adventure exploring the Santa Clara River corridor with no real established trails. Be prepared to get dirty or muddy. Durable hiking shoes, long pants and water are recommended. There are no facilities at this location. 250 S. Hallock Dr. Santa Paula. 9-11am.
Jan. 5: Kim Simons, “Dance of Deception” Author Signing Event. “She blasts music as she backs out of the driveway and then peels rubber as she drives away, leaving Lance standing in the driveway. Her hair flies out of the window as she blasts off. Lance is mesmerized; he wants her in the worst way. He hates himself for it.” Bank of Books 748 E Main St. Saturday 5-7 p.m. (805) 643-3154
Jan. 6: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Assoc.
Sunday 2-4 p.m. new location. Back to Poinsettia Pavilion 3451 Foothill Rd. Free admission, music on stage. Free parking. Open to Public. For more information call,805-517-1131 or visit Facebook: OTCBGMA
Jan. 12: Wendy Dale Young Author Signing Event, “Behind the Eyes of Liberty Pearl” By Wendy Dale Young. Wendy is a first-time author, but a published song writer. Wendy began her career at age 10, as a ballerina with The Bolshoi Ballet and later performed on Broadway and in London, England. She taught the performing arts to special-needs children and adults for 18 years. Saturday 1 -3 p.m. at the Bank of Books 748 E Main St. (805) 643-3154