Events 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.
The members of the Ventura Investment Group meet on Mondays for an informal discussion of recent economic events. Topics cover current events that affect stocks, funds, real estate, and interest-bearing investments. 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.
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].
The Ventura County Philatelic Society meet on the first and third Mondays each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd. Admission and parking are free. Come for a great evening. Contact: Bill Garner (805) 320-1601 or [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 from our area. Contact Richard Hatcher at (805) 644-2733.
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 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston (enter through side door off parking lot). Further information Deva (805) 814-5650 or Maryann (805)509-4813.
Jan.17: Derek Poultney, Executive Director of the Ventura Land Trust, will present an update on the acquisition of Harmon Canyon, 2100 acres in the hills of East Ventura. East Ventura Community Council starts at 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road. Karen Schmidt, Regional Affairs Manager for the Clean Power Alliance, will explain the new choices available to residents in the sourcing of electricity. A representative from Ventura’s Police Department will present an update on crime in the area. Books in good condition are solicited on behalf of Ventura Friends of the Library.
Jan.17: The regular monthly meeting of Assistance League of Ventura County will be on Thursday at the Chapter House, 913 East Santa Clara St. at 10 a.m. Men and women are welcome. There is no age requirement. Assistance League is creating “A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Children” through several philanthropic programs: B.U.F.F.Y. Bear, Operation School Bell®, Girls Club/Teen Club, and Assistance League School for young children with learning disabilities. The Bargain Box Thrift Shop helps fund these programs.
Jan.19: Children’s Book Reading: Ladies & Gentlemen…the Penguins! featuring Ivor Davis with musical entertainment by Alan Shapiro from 1pm-2pm.
Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery – 540 E. Main Street
Appropriate for kids ages 5 thru 10 and Beatles fans of all ages!
RSVP 805-628-3540 or thru Facebook Event Page @very-ventura.
Jan. 19 & 20: Ventura Friends of the Library will hold a Book Sale at the Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St. All genres, books individually priced. On January 19, Ventura Friends of the Library members will be admitted at 11 a.m. Open for all 12-3 p.m. On Sunday, January 20, open for all 12-3 p.m.
Jan. 20: The Ventura and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) meet Sunday in the Campus Student Center of Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road. The regular meeting starts at noon and at 11a.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 lunch and an informational meeting and a program at 1:00 p.m.
The program this month will be by Jerry Treiman on “Staying Alive – How the E. Howard watch survived for almost 100 years”. There is a $5 admission charge. Lunch will be available for $5.
More information about chapter 190 can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.
Jan. 20: 9-11am. The Nature Conservancy is hosting a walk (1 1/2miles) along the Santa Clara River which is flowing due to recent rains. Search for signs of wildlife as we explore the restoration and wetland area. Please wear comfortable walking shoes , water, layers, binoculars. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before scheduled start. There are no facilities at this location. 1368 Mission Rock Rd. Santa Paula. Amy Davis at 770-853-4715 or [email protected].
Jan. 21: The 33rd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., birthday celebration will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. in the Oxnard Room of the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. This year’s event theme is, “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly: injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The day will begin with a Freedom March from Plaza Park at Fifth and “C” Streets. with prayer at 8 a.m. Tickets for the program are $7 and are available from any member of the MLK, Jr., Committee. For information or vendor booth applications, please call Willie Claytor at (805) 985-3387.
Jan. 23: “The College Area Community Council will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Council meetings include speakers and discussion on topics of neighborhood and community interest, including public safety and economic development. The Council meets in the Wright Event Center at 57 Day Rd. Free parking is available adjacent to the Event Center. Call (805) 644-8695 for more information.”
Jan.24: Portuguese Fraternal Society of America – The local chapter of P.F.S.A. (Council #128) monthly meeting on Thursday. This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent, or, interested in the Portuguese culture. Marie Callendar’s Restaurant, 1295 South Victoria Ave. at 11:30 a.m. for a 12 p.m. no host luncheon/meeting. For more information and a reservation please call Cora Corella at (805) 483-4168, or, Yvonne Westervelt at (805) 483-4168.
Jan. 25: 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. 7-10 p.m. Listeners welcome! Info: Mike Wittlin, (805) 750-8281.
Jan. 26: Saturday 7- 9 p.m. Once Ventura was a wild and woolly Cattle Town where gunfighters, sailors, hookers and cowboys walked the boardwalk streets and violence was no stranger. This era left many ghosts behind in the downtown of our community. Mr. Richard Senate will explore these colorful phantoms and their stories. Fee $6 Bank of Books748 E Main St. (805) 643-3154
January 26: 9-11am. Come visit Ormond beach with a naturalist and discover the flora and fauna of the wetland and beach habitat. See the endangered Snowy Plovers and beach comb on one of the least visited beaches in Ventura County. The walk is 1 1/2 to 2 miles. Wear durable walking shoes. Meet at the end of Arnold Rd, Ormond beach, Oxnard. Questions contact Amy Davis at 770-853-4715 or [email protected].
Jan. 27: The Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, Dr. KuanFen Liu Artistic Director celebrates its 16th Season with Young Artists featuring young artists with guest conductor Daniel Newman-Lesser. Donations of $20 are appreciated. Youth 18 and under are free. For more information call 805-484-8000 or visit website www.CHICOVC.org. Sunday at 3p.m. First United Methodist Church 1338 E. Santa Clara St.
Feb. 5,19: Ventura Retired Men’s Group meetings at the Ventura Elks lodge will be held at 11:30 a.m. Social activities and a program and complimentary lunch for your first visit. Call Bob Likins at 805-587-1233 if you have any question and spend a couple of enjoyable hours.