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by Mary Olson

Artwalk Ventura September 23 & 24, 11 am to 7 pm

ArtWalk is back! This family-friendly event will feature hundreds of artists in local galleries and creative collaboratives in businesses and other unique spaces. The route starts near Cemetery Park, travels down Main Street and up Ventura Avenue,

The Topping Room in E.P. Foster library will be a stop on the ArtWalk.
Ventura Friends of the Library will be participating. In 2019, the Friends received a generous donation of original watercolors and photographs from the family of Hank and Susan Stoutz. A selection of these works will be offered for sale at the Art Walk, along with a selection of Art, Architecture and Photography books.

Other exhibitors in the Topping Room will be:
Mohammad Iqbal – Oils
Adonna Ebirahim – Mixed Media
Charles Levin – Photography
Adonna Ebrahimi will conduct workshops ( 1.5-2 hours ) in fingerpainting and using recylced items such as shelf liner, bubble wrap, feather, fork. etc.
For more information, see

The Ventura County Celebration of Books will be held on the campus of CSU Channel Islands from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, September 30. The event is a celebration of the literary world and everything about books. All ages are welcome with events for the whole family. Both the event and event parking are free and open to the public.    The event is presented by the Ventura County Library Foundation, CSU Channel Islands, the CSU Channel Islands John Spoor Broome Library, the Ventura County Library, and the Ventura County Star.

Story Times for kids will be presented in English and Spanish by CSUCI Early Childhood Center.

All are invited to bring a blanket and share a family picnic on the lawn! Bring your own lunch or enjoy food from a local food truck.

40 exhibitors, including local authors, government and nonprofit agencies, and local businesses, will be on hand to chat and share information.

Two CSUCI professors will present educational lectures. Dr. Frank Barajas will present “Oxnard Farm Laborers” and Dr. Raul Moreno Campos will present “Salvadorean Politics.”

The Ventura County Library’s 2023 One County One Book author presentation featuring a conversation with Javier Zamora, author Solito: A Memoir, will conclude the day from 2 to 3 pm in the Grand Salon. The author event is free and open to the public and will be moderated by the VC Star.

“A Taste of Central America”, a special limited capacity ticketed luncheon and author reception with Javier Zamora will be held prior to the author event from Noon to 1:45 pm in the Grand Salon. Attendees enjoy lunch, entertainment and dance, a paperback copy of Solito, and book signing with the author. Tickets are required for the author reception. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at

The Ventura County Celebration of Books is generously sponsored for the community by Premier America Credit Union, Montecito Bank & Trust, Ventura County Community College District, Mustang Marketing, and First 5 of Ventura County.

CSU Channel Islands is located at 1 University Drive in Camarillo, CA.

For more information contact Nancy Schram, Library Director, at (805) 677-7158.

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