by Ana Baker
Free Adult Grief & Bereavement Support Groups
Every Wednesday, from 6:30-8 p.m. Free for anyone who has lost a loved one.
Receive emotional and educational support.
Contact [email protected]
Free Joint Replacement Classes
2nd Monday of the Month (November 11), 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 (November 5), from 1-2:30 p.m. Free informational class that teaches you how to manage your life with diabetes.
All held at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., Ste. 109. Call (805) 642-0239 for more information.
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 Poinsettia 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. 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. Topics cover current events that affect stocks, funds, real estate, and interest-bearing investments. 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.
Support Groups for brain injury/ stroke survivors and their family/caregivers
Learn more about brain injury/stroke and available services. Meet others who are facing or have faced similar challenges. Meet new friends and connections, give and receive support.
Ventura – Encounter Church 6950 Ralston St., Bldg. #300 (805) 482-1312
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 4-5:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: The College Area Community Council will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tips for deterring burglars, the 2020 census, and the Ventura senior strategic plan will all be discussed. Representatives from Ventura College and the police department will give brief updates. Wright Event Center at 57 Day Rd. Free parking is available adjacent to the Event Center. collegeareacouncil.com/map Call (805) 644-8695 for more information.”
Oct. 25: Like to play acoustic music? 4th Friday of each month, 7- 10 p.m.
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. Listeners welcome! Info: Mike Wittlin, (805) 750-8281.
Oct. 30: The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) of the E.P. Foster Library invites kids and teens of all ages to a free, haunted library experience Horror in the Stacks: Soul Carnival on Wednesday, from 7:30- 9 p.m. 2nd floor of the E.P. Foster Library. Children under the age of 9 years old, must be accompanied by a parent, older sibling, or guardian. For additional information, contact Phillip Yocham, Youth Librarian, at (805) 648-2716.
Nov.2: On the “First Saturday” of each month the Sespe Flyfishers of Ventura conduct 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 we want to help you learn and enjoy this great sport. If you don’t have a fly rod, don’t worry, just come and use one of ours. Please join us at Chumash Park, Petit and Waco, 9- 11a.m., in East Ventura (off Telephone Rd). For more information: Bob Smith (805) 647-3522
Nov.16: Holiday Boutique & Back Yard Sale. Handmade items, jewelry and baked goods. Back yard, good household items. Saturday, 9-3 p.m. 8224 Hollister St. Presented by East Ventura Knitting Group.
Dec.8: A Family Christmas Spectacular! Christmas Celebration of Music and the Arts. Featuring live entertainment, special musical guests, Christmas Cookies and hot chocolate to follow. All ages, 4:30p.m. Community Presbyterian Church 1555 Poli St. Free.