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Second Annual ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Giving event at the Ventura Pottery Gallery

One gift per customer per day while supplies last.

The Ventura Pottery Gallery is pleased to announce their second annual ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Giving event. Not only is the gallery a great place to purchase your holiday gifts (no supply chain issues here), but they have a free gift for you when you spend $25.

Potters always accumulate extra pieces in their studios, and we love to clean our shelves. Our forty potters are donating  bowls, vases, mugs,  ornaments or ? as gifts to our cherished customers. We continue to have strong sales during the pandemic and we want to thank those who support our handmade, from our studios to your home, ceramic creations.

We invite you to stop by the Ventura Pottery Gallery to view work from local artists and potters. The gallery is located at 1567 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105 in Ventura Harbor Village. The gallery is open from 11 – 6 seven days a week. We also have an online store at  www.venturapotteryonline.com and for more information please visit www.venturapottersguild.org.

County CEO and PIO drop in on ECTV team at CAPS Media Center

Recently Mike Powers, Ventura County CEO and Ashley Bautista were at CAPS.

Recently Mike Powers, Ventura County CEO and Ashley Bautista, County PIO held an impromptu workshop with El Camino High in the ECTV program at the CAPS Media Center. Mr. Powers and Ms. Bautista were in the CAPS Media studio to record a cross-country interview, which was observed by the ECTV students. Afterwards the pair took the time for an informal meeting with the ECTV team discussing journalism, social media, marketing, career paths and more. The students will follow up with a more formal on camera studio interview with Mr. Powers.

ECTV (El Camino Television) is part of the Ventura Unified School District’s Visual and Performing Arts career pathways initiative. In weekly immersive workshops students explore all aspects of media, journalism and storytelling production including television, radio, social media, podcasting and more. The students utilize all of the resources of the CAPS Media Center including cameras, editing computers, the studio soundstage and radio control room. The ECTV program is mentored by Phil Taggart (electronic journalism and storytelling) and Elizabeth Rodeno (radio and podcasting).

Out in the community CAPS Media crews continue to support the County’s efforts to spread the word on the vital necessity of COVID vaccinations. Most recently CAPS produced a series special videos featuring doctors and other media professionals encouraging families to have young children vaccinated in compliance with recent guidelines. The COVID Vaccinations for Kids videos are distributed on the County website and multiple social media outlets in English, Spanish, and Hindi.

The CAPS Media Board of Directors meet in November and reviewed a staff presentation that included a brief summary of the multiple projects produced and managed by CAPS Media staff between July and October of this year. The report referenced more than 70 separate video productions for the City of Ventura, County of Ventura and other agencies. The government agencies distribute the media on various platforms including websites and multiple social media outlets. In addition CAPS Media airs the information on channel 6 and/or 15 as well as streaming on the CAPS website and social media sites. The report also highlighted more than 200 hours of originally produced radio programs for CAPS Radio KPPQ.

In addition the staff report included information on a facet of CAPS Media efforts that are often overlooked or taken for granted. During the 4 month window (July – October) CAPS Media staff provided the ongoing responsibility and oversight to manage, record and distribute multiple meetings held in Ventura City Hall chambers. The diversity of meetings included City Council meetings, administrative public hearings, arts and culture commission, design review committee, historic preservation committee, parks and recreation committee and more. In total CAPS Media staff managed 36 separate meetings during the four months totaling more than 88 hours of community information.

As the COVID 19 emergency continues to shadow the Ventura community, the CAPS Media Center will continue to remain closed to Member/Producers and the public until further notice. CAPS Member/Producers can submit programming via the online portal at capsmedia.org for broadcast and streaming on CAPS public access television Channel 6 and on CAPS Radio KPPQ 104.1FM.
All of us at CAPS Media encourage everyone to get vaccinated. The sooner we are all vaccinated the sooner we can fully enjoy our very special community. We hope you all Stay Safe and Stay Strong during these challenging times.

Writers and readers to connect at Writers’ Festival

WRITERS | Ventura is pleased to announce the first bi-annual Writers’ Festival, to be held at the E.P. Foster Library on Main St. This free community event will be on Saturday, December 11, 2021 and Sunday, December 12, 2021, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.

“Our goal at WRITERS | Ventura is to provide a platform for writers to connect with readers,” said Pamela Zero, founding member of WRITERS | Ventura. “There are so few ways that our vibrant community can interact. It’s time to get readers and writers together.”

The Writers’ Festival will bring together local writers with local readers, creating and reinforcing a community that loves books.

Local readers and writers will be able to:

Meet local authors, Discover new books to read, Enter on-the-spot giveaways and get swag,

Play word games, Attend workshops and be a part of the local literary scene

WRITERS | Ventura offers readers a chance to talk directly to writers. Find out how their favorite characters came to be born. Find out how all those wonderful scenarios of danger, intrigue, romance, challenges developed in the mind of a skilled storyteller,” said Robina Kerr, founding member of WRITERS | Ventura.

“We are extending that very writerly practice of having writing partners into having publishing partners,” said Danielle Ste. Just, founding member of WRITERS | Ventura. “We see ourselves and other writers as allies, not as competition.”

Admission to the Writers’ Festival is free of charge for all readers. The event will include writers, librarians, book cover artists, and local booksellers. This event would not be possible without the support of the E.P. Foster Library and Hayes Graphics.

Founded in 2021, WRITERS | Ventura is dedicated to bridging the gap between writers and readers.

“This is just the beginning”

Great food and friendship was shared at Thanksgiving lunch. Photos by Patricia Schallert

The Salvation Army held a food distribution and Thanksgiving lunch for the community at the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura located at 1153 Village Way, Ventura.

The holidays were off to a wonderful start with a Thanksgiving lunch for the Housing Authority residence on the Westside of Ventura. Over 250 plates were served with a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies and all the fixings. The Salvation Army, Ventura is so grateful to the Housing Authority staff for the wonderful collaboration. Volunteers from Ventura Downtown Lions, EPIC, Ventura Downtown Rotary, Ventura Rotaract served the lunch and helped distribute over 100 turkeys and pantry items to make a Thanksgiving meal at home.

This is just the beginning. This pandemic forced us to isolate, but we wanted to create an opportunity to, once again, sit at a table with friends and family to share a meal” stated Captain Juan Torres.

The Dab Art Co. presents Major Tom at H Gallery in Ventura

Rodrique Benson on display at H Gallery.

The Dab Art Co. is please to present Major Tom. Taken from the lyrics of David Bowie’s Space Oddity; the latest group exhibition opening at H Gallery in Ventura has been affectionately named after the song’s main character and features the works of some very experimental artists.

Just as the title character in Space Oddity is prepared to face the unknown, the artists on display have navigated their latest endeavors with courage and artistic conviction. Major Tom is a visual adventure of contemporary art exploration; artworks utilizing unconventional materials, innovative processes and highly unusual subject matters.

H Gallery 1793 Main in Ventura 805-293-1616 for hours

City of Ventura launches Winter Weather Response Plan for unhoused individuals

As temperatures get colder, the City of Ventura is preparing to launch its winter response plan for homeless persons and asking for community donations for stay warm packs.

The Winter Weather Response Plan is co-sponsored by the City and the River Community Church and provides stay warm packs and temporary shelter to homeless persons during severe weather events, such as severe rain, wind or low temperatures. The program starts December 1 and runs through March 31, 2022.

This is the second year the City’s Safe & Clean Program has partnered with local social service providers and nonprofits to provide outreach and support to our most vulnerable population,” said Rebecca Kofman, the Interim Safe & Clean Program Manager. “I’m excited to continue with another successful year.”

The City is accepting community donations to create ‘stay warm packs’ for Ventura’s unhoused individuals during harsh weather events. Needed donations include rain ponchos, blankets, jackets, hand-warmers, socks, toiletries, soft snacks, tarps, and carrying bags for items.

People interested in donating can bring materials to the River Community Church, located at 859 E. Santa Clara Street.

Monetary donations are also being accepted by mail. Checks should be labeled “Foul Weather” and mailed to 859 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA, 93001.

The City’s Winter Weather Response Plan also includes an emergency temporary shelter that can accommodate motel rooms for up to 20 individuals. Shelters will be activated at least 48 hours in advance when temperatures are projected to fall below 40 degrees or if weather projections show more than half an inch of rain overnight. 

Priority will be given to homeless individuals who are 65 and older or live with chronic health conditions. All remaining motel rooms will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Individuals who receive a room must arrive at the River Community Church between 5p.m. and 6p.m. on the day of the weather event. Those who are unable to secure a room will receive stay warm packs.

To learn more about the Winter Weather Response Plan, please visit the City of Ventura’s Safe and Clean Program website at www.CityofVentura.ca.gov/SafeandClean or contact Rebecca Kofman, Interim Safe and Clean Program Manager, at rkofman@cityofventura.ca.gov.

‘A Country Fair with Ocean Air’ is set to return in 2022

Fair will feature rides, games, food, exhibits, animals, entertainment and more. Photo by Richard Lieberman

The Board of Directors of the Ventura County Fair has announced that the dates of the 2022 Fair will be Wednesday, August 3 to Sunday, August 14. The announcement marks the anticipated return of the County’s premiere Summer Event after the forced closure due to COVID-19. It was the second closure of that duration in the Fair’s 146-year history, the first having been World War II.

“We are looking forward to bringing the Fair back after two years of unprecedented delays brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Fair CEO Barbara Quaid, adding “The Fair’s board of directors and staff are grateful to our beloved community for patiently standing by us during these difficult times and we hope the return of the Fair will mark a turning point for us all.”

The award-winning Ventura County Fair represents a celebration of our community’s talent, interests, innovations, and rich agricultural and artistic heritage. The annual 12-day event will feature rides, games, food, exhibits, animals, entertainment and more.

Although some aspects of the Fair will be different as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2022 Fair will strive to provide a diverse experience with many of the traditional Fair favorite features. For the sake of our visitors The VC Fair will follow all state and county health and safety guidelines.

The anticipated 300,000 returning visitors will benefit the community in many ways including significant economic contributions to restaurants, hotels, stores, service stations and more. The Fair brings temporary employment to hundreds of local residents and offers opportunities for the community to showcase their talents, hobbies, interests and passions as well as the opportunity to educate, inspire and entertain.

The VC Fairgrounds and Event Center had been unable to host many of the usual interim events in 2020 and 2021, but played a vital role in protecting our community by serving as a COVID-19 testing site and vaccination center.

“We are proud that the VC Fairgrounds and Event Center has been here for our community during this time of crisis,” said CEO Quaid, “We are now overjoyed that we can be here for you with the return of celebration.”

Anonymous donor willing to provide up to $50,000 match funding to support local homeless families

Olga Hamra (Assistant On-Site Manager TCC), Jim Duran (Executive Director TCC) and Brandi Brown (Assistant Case Manager TCC) are all smiles

The City Center announced today that they have received a $50,000 matching donation from an anonymous donor. This gift will match donations made to The City Center now through December 25th, 2021.

The City Center is asking Ventura County to support their work in helping local homeless families become self-sufficient. “Many people complain about the problem with homelessness in our county, but now is the time to be proactive, to realize you can make a difference,” said Cheryl Heitmann, former mayor of Ventura City, “Now is a particularly good time to support The City Center, as every $1 raised will be matched, up to $50,000, and don’t forget there are also tax benefits for donations before year-end. Our community needs to push together to help our most vulnerable population. No child should be homeless. Ever.”

“We are so incredibly grateful to the anonymous donor for their generous offer – however, we must now raise $50,000. I believe our local community can do this,” said Jim Duran, Executive Director. “There were over 5,964 students identified as homeless last year. We need to own our transitional living center at 837 E Thompson Ave, Ventura. Historically, 53% of our funding went to rent, but if we own our home, we will be able to help more homeless children and families,”.

The City Center provides homeless families (with children under 12) shelter for up to two years, in addition to training, mentorship, counseling, and assistance. It has a 100% success rate, not one of the 83 families (representing 272 graduates) of the City Center has ever returned to homelessness. In the future, The City Center plans to add additional facilities to support more unhoused people living in the County of Ventura and beyond. Donation should be made atwww.gofundme.com/thecitycenter.

I am not just a rock, I am a memory

A simple tribute to our memories. Photos by Patricia Schallert 

If one walks down the promenade between C street and the Fairgrounds, you will see a memorial that has been created using some simple beach rocks and river stones. These rocks are in a planter box in front of the Beach Fronter townhouse complex. This simple memorial garden has grown into an amazing way to honor those in our lives that we have loved and lost. Everyone is welcome to bring a personalized rock or small river stone that pays tribute to a loved one, be it your favorite pet, family member or friend. 

You are invited to find and paint a stone or rock, then bring it to the garden. You can also take a rock if you want but replace it with a personalized design or color and or message and dedication to your loved one. 

This rock garden is a simple tribute to the memories of those we have cared about and loved in addition to creating simple artwork for our environment.

Aegis Living Ventura hosts Aegis Games

Aegis Living had more than 30 residents participating in the Games.

The entire world watched as the Summer Olympics finally commenced following coronavirus pandemic delays. The crowds were smaller than usual, but the energy and enthusiasm were hard to beat.

A similar energy was felt just this last week at Aegis Living Ventura, an assisted living and memory care community, as it hosted the first ever Aegis Games for residents and staff. The Olympic-style Games kicked off with opening ceremonies October 11 and concluded on October 25. The Games were designed to have something for every resident, including more than 25 events – from twice-weekly trivia with former Olympians (Janet Evans, Shannon Miller, John Naber to name a few) to a daily walkathon, Giant Jenga, Discus Throw, Relays, Word Unscramble, and much more.

“We are always looking for new ways to stimulate the mind, body, and spirit of our residents and staff,” said Chris Corrigall, Vice President of Life Enrichment at Aegis Living. “Aegis Games started as a fun idea with the Summer Olympics taking place and transformed into a full two weeks of lively programming for our 5,000 residents and staff. We couldn’t be happier to see everyone together and celebrating just like old times.”

Aegis Living Ventura had more than 30 residents participating in the Games. While each day was fun filled, the residents especially enjoyed coming together across assisted living and memory care and celebrating their accomplishments during the closing ceremonies, where every resident received a medal. Residents also received a special visit from Dwayne Clark, the company’s Founder and CEO, who came to celebrate as the Games carried on.

“Here at Aegis, we are part of creating memories,” said Mary Sawyer, an Aegis Ventura team member. “Our lives are enriched every day by our residents and giving back to them is truly amazing. Here, we believe growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional.”

The Games were such a hit there is talk of it being an annual tradition.