CAPS Media Crew Covers St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival of Talent

The CAPS Media Crew will be “wearing the green” on Saturday, March 16th broadcasting and live streaming Ventura’s 31st annual St Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 10 AM on channel 6. The festive event, sponsored by Ventura Elks Lodge #1430, is a community wide celebration with dancers, classic vehicles, music performances, and much more. Former City Mayor and longest serving councilmember Jim Monahan will be honored as this year’s Grand Marshal along with other grand marshals of yesteryear. The parade will be live on Saturday morning and repeat throughout the following week. Check to find the specific days and times.

The following Saturday, March 23rd, the CAPS Media Crew will record the Festival of Talent for Ventura Education Partnership. Under this year’s theme, We’ve Got The Beat, the annual talent show showcases the wide range of talented students in the Ventura Unified School District. Now in its 18th year, Festival of Talent is the largest fundraising event for Ventura Education Partnership. Proceeds support innovative classroom grants through the VEP Grants program. The majority of the crew members for both productions are students in the El Camino High School media program at CAPS (ECTV). All volunteer their time and expertise for these worthwhile and entertaining events.

The award-winning El Camino High School at Ventura College production team (ECTV) is in the midst of producing an extensive media series on a topic of great importance to the students: immigration. The crew has conducted personal interviews and recorded life histories with multiple émigrés from Mexico including Gabino Aguirre, the former mayor of Santa Paula, and a woman who fled Europe as was part of the WW2 Jewish diaspora that, turned away by the US, took refuge in Uruguay. The series also includes immigrants from Germany, Belgium, Canada and Franco Spain. All of the stories are part of the ECTV series of programs that air on CAPS Channel 6. Go to for specific days and times.

Also, all of the ECTV programs are archived on the CAPS Media website under

CAPS Media continues the important collaboration with Ventura Police Department by producing an ongoing series of community awareness and information projects. Coordinated by Ashley Bautista, VPD Community Outreach Specialist, the series includes regular community updates, crime prevention tips for the public and engaging profiles on officers on the force.

On Wednesday March 27 join DJs, producers and engineers of CAPS Radio KPPQ at our open house and community meeting at 6pm at the CAPS Media Center. Learn about Ventura’s community radio station and let us know what you think.

If you have an interest in community television or are just curious, drop by the CAPS Media Center on the first Thursday of the month and learn how to become a member of CAPS and join our community of enthusiastic and engaged member/producers. For a low membership fee of $25 you will receive hands-on instruction in videography, video editing, radio production (additional fee required) and more. You will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities including our fully equipped studio and will receive invites to special events including our Producers Caucus. Don’t miss out. Go to for information or call 805-658-0500.

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