Vol. 17, No. 17 – May 15 – May 28, 2024 – Community Events

Ventura Events

Mental Wellness Festival Ventura Event: Saturday, June, 1st, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm – Ventura Harbor Village
2nd Annual Mental Wellness Festival Event. Art Show, Native Plant Exhibit, Live Music, Yoga & Meditation, Vendors & Info Booths. mentalwellnessfest.com

Seaside Marathon. Sunday: May 19, 7 am
Course starts at Solimar Beach at 7AM. 29808 Pacific Coast Highway, Ventura.Full & Half Marathon, www.seasidemarathon.com.

Ventura Senior Men’s Group – First and Third Tuesdays each month: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m – Poinsettia Pavilion.

Any man who considers himself in the “senior” category (and many who don’t) might benefit from a visit to the Ventura Senior Men’s Group.  Buffet luncheon with interesting speakers and good friends. Your first lunch is free. We talk about everything except religion and politics. Eligible to all men 50 plus. Call Tom at 805-657-1071 for more information or visit VSMG.net to find out who our speakers will be.

Play Bridge: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – 12:30 pm

ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games. All levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Tuesday, Wed and Thursday games are held at Temple Beth Torah, Foothill & Kimball Rd, Ventura. Every Saturday at the Ventura Townhouse.  For additional info visit our website at www.vcbridge.org. Contact Rose at [email protected].

Ventura County Philatelic Society: First and third Monday’s each month – 7:30 pm
Church of the Foothills, Ventura. For more information, visit https://venturacountyphilatelicsoc.org.

Beach Cleanup: First Saturday of every month – 8:30-10:30 am
Meet your neighbors and help keep our beach looking fresh. Hosted by Pierpont Beach Community Council in partnership with Surfrider. Meet up at the end of Seward near the beach. (1140 S Seward St). Arrive any time during the timeframe. Fun for the whole family! Supplies provided – BYO water.

Paws for Reading
Brings together young readers and affectionate canine listeners to help boost the confidence of beginning readers. Hill Road Library, Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m. and E.P. Foster Library, Thursdays, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Join PAWS dogs for one-on-one reading sessions. Arrive at the library early to choose a book and get in line to read to a special pooch. Children of all ages are welcome.

Ventura County Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors : May 19, 11 am
Anyone interested in timepieces, both antique and modern, can join for a watch/clock marketplace, lunch, and a presentation on a horological topic. Bring a watch or clock for a free evaluation. 11am at the Campus Student Center of Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. nawcc-ch190.com. For Details contact, Bob McClelland, Director, Public Information. (818) 225-8212. [email protected].

Other Events Around Town

2024 Point Mugu Surf Contest: Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 – 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
NBVC Point Mugu (Naval Base Point Magu), Surfer’s Beach. The contest will feature four categories including: Military, Open, Women’s, and Juniors. Free Admission & Parking.

Ventura Audubon Society’s free beach naturalist training workshop: Saturday, May 25th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Interested in helping nesting shorebirds and participating in community science in Ventura County? Please join Ventura Audubon for a free Beach Naturalist workshop. With a combination of classroom and field training, you will learn how to become a volunteer Beach Naturalist for the Shorebird Recovery Program.

Our biologists will give you valuable information about the snowy plover and least tern life history, survival challenges, beach ecology, how to engage with beach goers about shorebird conservation, and the effects of climate change on our local birds. After completing the training, you will be able to share your new knowledge and skills by signing up for two 2-hour outreach opportunities per month from June through September. Refreshments and lunch will be provided for the workshop.

Space is limited. So, register by May 21st. For more information, including location and to sign-up, go to www.venturaaudubon.org/beach-naturalists or email [email protected]. Funding for this workshop is provided by the State of California “Whale Tail” and Federal National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants.

Ojai Events 

Celebrate our region’s wildlife and wild places at the 16th Annual Ojai WILD! The event is a benefit for Los Padres ForestWatch and raises critical funds for the protection of wild lands and wildlife in the Los Padres National Forest. The event will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Los Padres ForestWatch.

Ojai WILD! is Ventura County’s longest-running fundraiser for land and wildlife conservation. It is open to the public and takes place at The Thacher School’s beautiful Pavilion Lawn, with panoramic views of the Ojai Valley and the Topatopa Mountains. More than 300 conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, and community leaders will enjoy a fun afternoon with local wines, craft brews, delicious dinner and dessert, and exciting silent and live auctions.

Tickets for the afternoon are $200, and tables for eight can be reserved for $1,600. Reservations may be made at OjaiWild.org, or call Camden at 805-617-4610 ext 4.

Method Machine Lab’s Witch by Jenn Silverman May 17- May 26
Friday-Sunday at 7:00P $10, $15 & $20 In Witch, a charming devil arrives in the quiet village of Edmonton to bargain for the souls of its residents in exchange for their darkest wishes. Method Machine Lab @Kim Maxwell Studio 226 W Ojai Ave Suite 201 Ojai, CA 93023 www.methodmachinelab.org for more information and tickets.

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