Events by Ana Baker
Free Adult Grief & Bereavement Support Groups held at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., Ste. 109. Call (805) 642-0239 for more information. Every Wednesday, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Free for anyone who has lost someone within the last 2 years. Receive emotional and educational support.
Free Joint Replacement Classes 2nd Monday of the Month (October 12), held from 4- 5 p.m. Free informational class that teaches you what to expect pre and post-surgery.
Living with Type 2 and Pre-Diabetes Classes 1st Tuesday of the Month (October 1), from 1-2:30 p.m. Free informational class that teaches you how to manage your life with diabetes.
The Compassionate Friends of West Ventura County is a support group for those who have experienced the loss of a child. Parents, grandparents, and siblings (over age 14) are all welcome. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 at the Pointsettia Pavilion, Canada Larga room, 3451 Foothill Road. For more information, contact Laura Lindsay at (805) 836-9100.
Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club Monday nights 7:30 – 9:45 p.m. Poinsettia Pavilion. Ballroom, swing, Latin and line dancing. $10 members, $12 non-members. Free dance lessons 6:45 – 7:15 p.m. Call Rick (805) 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. 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. 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.
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 or (805) 407-6717
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 A.Friend.In.Deed.Ventura@gmail.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Ventura County Cribbage Association Grass Roots Local Club meets weekly. Located at Pizzaman Dan’s 444 E. Santa Clara on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. More information at Kerry 805-643-7683
Oct. 9: Kathryn Padgett will visit the Hill Road Library at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, to deliver a talk entitled “Monsters: The Dark Side of Human Imagination.” This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Linda Cherry, Librarian, at (805) 677-7180. Hill Road Library is located at 1070 South Hill Road. Hours of service are 10 -6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 2 – 6 p.m. Thursday, and 10 – 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Oct. 11: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
October luncheon meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m., Friday in the Poinsettia Pavilion.
A program by chapter member Eric Stassforth. All SAR & DAR Compatriots, friends, and visitors are welcome to attend. If you choose to join us for lunch, cost is $20. For additional information or for assistance in determining your possible Revolutionary War genealogical
roots, call Bill Bays (805) 650-3036 or Robert Taylor (805)216-7992.
For information regarding SAR membership and chapter activities, http://pattonpatriots.org.
Oct. 12: The Sespe Flyfishers of Ventura will be conducting an introductory class on Fly Fishing and Casting the Fly Rod. There is no charge, and all are welcome. Whether you an experienced fly fisher or a complete novice learn and enjoy this great sport. If you don’t have a fly rod just come and use one of ours. Chumash Park, Petit and Waco, 9 – 11a.m. For more information: Bob Smith (805) 647-3522 www.sespeflyfishers.org
Oct. 12: Join for a Yoga Pop Up to sample the enticing new styles of yoga that will be offered this Fall at the Ventura Family YMCA! From gentle Yin to fiery Power Yoga, two hours of mini classes so you can get a taste of our brand-new specialty yoga program. This is a free event, so grab a friend and come on down. All you need is photo ID and comfortable clothes,
in Studio 2 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. 3760 Telegraph Road. ciymca.org
Oct. 15: The Retired Men’s Group will meet next on October 15 and November 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Those interested in some informal social time are invited to stop in to enjoy a sip at the bar and our program of the day as we provide a complimentary introductory buffet lunch. Call Bob Likins at 805-587-1233 to hear more.
Oct 15: Women’s Bible Study from 9 – 11:15 a.m. Community Presbyterian Church 1555 Poli St. Every Tuesday morning following the school calendar. Study of Genesis 1-11 for women of all ages and beliefs. Tuesday mornings from 9 – 11:15 am. Registration at 8:15a.m., cost is $35 for the entire study. Childcare and scholarships are available. Please call the Church office at 805-648-2737 if you have any questions or are going to bring a child so they can be prepared. cpcventura.org
Oct. 17: The regular monthly meeting of Assistance League of Ventura County will be on Thursday, at the Chapter House, 913 East Santa Clara St. The meeting begins at 10 a.m., men and women are welcome, and there is no age requirement. Assistance League is “Transforming Lives, Strengthening Community” through several philanthropic programs. Find more information assistanceleagueventuracounty.org Telephone: 805-643-2458 (Monday – Thursday, 8 – 2 p.m.)
Oct. 17: The East Ventura Community Council will host a Town Hall event on Thursday. Councilmembers Erik Nasarenko and Jim Friedman will be the featured speakers and will take all questions. A representative from Ventura’s Police Department will present an update on crime and safety in the area. Books in good condition are solicited on behalf of Ventura Friends of the Library. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Connect Church, 346 N. Kimball Road.
Oct. 19: October is the best time to plant California Native Plants. Please join renowned California Native Plant Educator- Lanny Kaufer as he talks all about native plants. Learn how to identify these natural wonders, use them in your landscape, and daily life. Saturday, from 10 – 12 p.m. at Green Thumb Nursery- 1899 S. Victoria Ave. (805)642-8517. This event is free.
Oct. 20: 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 11a.m. The program this month will be a presentation on Timepieces from the House of Faberge. Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at Ventura College. More information about chapter 190 can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.
Oct. 25: Harvest Festival, Costume parade, carnival games, crafts, haunted house, cake walk, bingo, dinner and more! Ventura First United Methodist Church, 1338 East Santa Clara St. 5- 7:30 p.m. All ages. Some activities are specially designed for preschoolers, but there will be plenty of fun for all. Drop in at any time for a Spooktacular fun time. Wear your costume. All free. For more information (805) 643-8621.
Oct. 12: Ventura Friends of the Library will hold a Book Sale from 10 – 3 p.m.
at the Vons at Telegraph and Victoria 6040 Telegraph Rd. Quality used books at bargain prices.
Nov.3: Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura presents “What ‘Never Again’ Means in a Country that Cages Children,” a talk by Adam Schwartz of Never Again Action, on Sunday, from 11:30-1 p.m. at 5654 Ralston St. Never Again Action is a mass national mobilization of Jewish people and allies who see parallels between current events and the history of the Jewish people in Nazi Germany. For more information refer to the church website, uuventura.org. For more information about this event, contact Susan Franzblau at 805 276-6359.
Nov.6: BCNN is a women’s social club open to ladies who reside in Ventura, Oxnard and Pt Hueneme. Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 9:30 – 11a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa St. Parking is on Santa Clara Avenue. Guests are welcome a couple times before becoming a member; dues are $30/year. Jodie Okun, interior design & decorating company, will do an interactive presentation – a discussion of bookshelves, furniture arrangement, colors, etc
Learn more at http://www.bcnnwomensclub.org/.
Oct 14: 8:30 a.m. Laguna Tams – Leader: Adele Fergusson (805) 415-4304
The tamarisk trees at Laguna Rd are a migrant hot spot. Migrating birds mostly warblers are attracted to the insects in the trees and several uncommon to rare birds often show up at this location.
Oct 19: 8 a.m. Ojai Meadows – Leader: Tevin Schmitt (661) 904-1563
This beautiful preserve is a birding hotspot and includes a restored wetland and native plantings. Target birds will include: Western Bluebirds, Sora, White tailed Kites, Western Meadowlark, Merlin, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrows.
Oct 26: 8:30 a.m. Lake Casitas – Leader: Kay Regester (805) 258-1025
There will be lots of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and bring snacks and water. Bring scopes if you have them! Target birds will include: the resident Bald Eagles, Green Heron, Chipping and Lark Sparrows, Common Merganser and Spotted Sandpiper. We hope to see a lot of Hawks.