Program helps COVID-impacted veterans become employed in high-demand industries

Veterans experiencing unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic are among the country’s hardest-hit populations. To help veterans who have been impacted, Ventura College’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is now offering the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP). Eligible veterans will receive up to one year of U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs-paid training for high-demand occupations […] Read More »

Getting Back to Normal: Helping Your Family Through COVID-19 Transitions

Many people struggled with mental health challenges during this last year, often exacerbated by lockdowns, isolation, new stresses, and societal turmoil. As American society now slowly transitions to more “normal times,” Community Memorial Health System is helping families find ways to cope and move forward. The public is invited to join CMHS psychologists at a free online seminar […] Read More »

City of Ventura launches online tool to support local businesses in recovering from COVID-19

The City of Ventura’s Economic Development Division is launching a new online business intelligence tool called “SizeUp Ventura” to provide access to market research information. “The City of Ventura is committed to helping our local businesses succeed and recover from the pandemic,” stated Mayor Sofia Rubalcava. “They are the foundation of our local economy, employ our residents, create new jobs, and make […] Read More »

Fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Scammers are using telemarketing calls, […] Read More »

Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Older Adults

You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting the vaccine when it is available. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19. You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine. Depending on the kind of COVID-19 vaccine you get, you might need a second shot […] Read More »

During a global pandemic, education and community thrive online

The Oasis Institute, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults ages 50+, has announced the launch of Oasis Everywhere, a virtual lifelong learning platform with an expansive menu of online classes aimed to provide seniors with social connections and enrichment as they continue to shelter in their homes during the COVID-19 […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation's Weekend Marketplace returns to East Parking Lot

The community has relied on the Marketplace for wonderful things to purchase. Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace, which temporarily moved to the West Parking Lot on the Ventura College campus while solar panels were installed at its home on the East Parking Lot, has returned to its permanent location.  The East Parking Lot is able […] Read More »

St patrick’s day parade years gone by

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Ventura! This year everyone’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day Parade is sadly, yet understandably cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. However the clever CAPS Crews and the Ventura Elks Elves have conjured up something special to fill the Saturday morning celebration. Ventura County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Years Gone By is a fun-filled, […] Read More »

The Homeless Coronavirus Outreach

Eric Moseley, Erica Moseley and George Alger on Our Ventura TV. Homelessness has been a problem in Ventura County for many years before the pandemic. But the coronavirus has exacerbated the matter. One of the challenges for those attempting to aid the homeless — or even for those who are trying to better understand it […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens in the time of COVID

Enjoy a free day at the Gardens. by Barbara Brown As fascinating as sitting in front of our computer screens is, sometimes we just have to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the day. If you are looking for a place to go where you can socially distance comfortably, the Ventura Botanical Gardens […] Read More »

Humane Society of Ventura County during the Pandemic

Adoption Counselor Josephine Maxson with some wonderful dogs to adopt. by Carol Leish Greg Cooper, Director of Community Outreach, of the Humane Society of Ventura County, said: “I think that the most important thing that I would like to educate the community about is our shelter is Ojai is ‘OPEN’ for most of our services. […] Read More »

Cypress Place Senior Living partners with Vons Pharmacy to administer COVID vaccines

Lily Duarte, Director of Wellness for Cypress receives a dose of the vaccine from Vi Nguyn, Pharmacy Manager. by Richard Lieberman Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura has partnered with Vons Pharmacy to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and staff at the senior living center. The vaccine clinic took place at the center on […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 10 – Feb 10 – Feb 23, 2021 - Ojai News & Events

2021 is a new beginning for the Ojai Studio Artists by Veronica Johnson 2020 was a challenging time for the Ojai Studio Artists. The annual tour was cancelled for the first time since 1984. Planned exhibitions of many individual artists, art fairs, artist talks, and individual endeavors were cancelled as well. However, 2021 may be […] Read More »

Current Ventura Unified School District situation due to the Pandemic

“With the global pandemic, this past year has been a real struggle for all of our employees.” by Carol Leish Ventura Unified School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Richard Rice, who was appointed in January, 2019, and started working in March, 2019, said, “I love the community of Ventura and am extremely proud to serve its residents.” […] Read More »

Girl Scouts has kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season

The Girl Scout Cookie Program has long taught girls how to run a business. Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season nationally, during a challenging time when many Girl Scouts are selling in creative, socially distant, and contact-free ways to […] Read More »

VCAAA Voice: COVID-19 Continuum of Person-Centered Service

Maria hugged the robotic dog and kissed its nose. by Jannette Jauregui The smile on Maria’s face said it all. The Santa Paula woman is among the more than 200,000 older adults currently living in Ventura County. Like many of her peers, Maria has been isolating at home for nearly a year now as part […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation provides record support in 2019-20 despite pandemic challenges

The Ventura College Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides resources and financial support to Ventura College students and to school programs, distributed $824,548 in financial support during the 2019-2020 academic year–$699,971 in scholarships, $84,577 in VC Promise tuition assistance and $40,000 in textbook support. The annual scholarship distribution was the largest in the foundation’s history […] Read More »

From everyone at Diversity Collective Ventura County – Thank you!

It’s almost trite to use the word “unprecedented” at this point, but that was 2020. We have all been hit by the pandemic in some way. But with your support, DCVC has prevailed and we are looking forward to a bright and healthy 2021. In 2020, we were challenged early on and without warning to […] Read More »

Escape for a whale watch trip or island excursion to the Channel Island National park soon!

Because of the spike in Covid-19 cases in Ventura County, Island Packers, boat concessionaire to Channel Islands National Park, public boat transportation has been closed since December 21st. For the sake of all those affected by the pandemic they hope the numbers soon drop significantly. Once hospital capacities exceed 15%, they expect to be given […] Read More »

Workforce Development Board secures programs to address barriers to employment and the COVID-19 Pandemic's impact

The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDB) was awarded a $315,000 grant by the State of California Employment Development Department to implement a National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) to address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the Ventura County workforce. The funding will aid Ventura County’s response to COVID-19 by providing opportunities for employment and […] Read More »

Hospital frontline health care staff among first to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Health care workers at St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), members of Dignity Health Central Coast, are among the first to receive the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine. St. John’s will administer the first dose of the two-dose vaccine to several hundred essential health care workers and physicians. Two doses […] Read More »

Ventura County now offering on-site COVID testing

The Testing Trailer can come to your business. Mobile testing team onsite testing requirements Business or organization must have at least 100 people that would like to get tested for the COVID-19 virus. Outdoor location must include 100′ x 50′ open space suitable for parking a truck and 28′ trailer for our testing team. Host […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 06 – Dec 16 – Dec 29, 2020 - The Pet Page

∙After four years of no first pet at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Biden and his wife will move in with a pair of German shepherds, Champ and Major. The Bidens got Champ as a puppy in 2008, shortly before they moved into the vice president’s official residence at the Naval Observatory. ∙Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center […] Read More »

Visit Ventura produces video series to inform in changing times

“We rise by lifting others.” Robert Ingersoll COVID-19 alters our landscape daily. So much to keep up with. Hoping to make things a little easier for everyone, Visit Ventura has launched “Ventura NOW,” a series of videos and blogs whose aim is simple — to keep everyone up to date on what’s happening in Ventura […] Read More »

Seasons Catering serves up a healthy portion of Good2Go

Gaby preparing Good2Go heat and serve meals. In the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, Gabrielle Moes demonstrates how to succeed in business Seasons Catering began 2020 celebrating its 20th year in business. It was to be a big year with many caterings booked for weddings, corporate events, premieres, and more. Then COVID hit and changed […] Read More »

New survey finds pandemic major contributor to half of older adults giving up hope  

Independa, innovators of the award-winning TV-based social engagement, education and care platform, announced the results of a commissioned U.S. consumer survey, finding COVID-19 has had a critical impact on older adults’ mental health and physical health. The results detail alarming new statistics about older adults abusing prescription drugs and alcohol, feeling despondent and being at […] Read More »

Time is running out: 3 key items to consider before the Dec. 7 Medicare enrollment deadline

by Rick Beavin, Desert Pacific Medicare President, Humana In a year filled with unforeseen challenges and important decisions, people with Medicare have through Monday, Dec. 7 to select their Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan coverage for 2021. To ensure you have the right Medicare plan for you in place come January 1 of next […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 05 – Dec 2 – Dec 15, 2020 - Opinion/Editorial

∙ The Ventura City Council has delayed adopting the ordinance allowing commercial cannabis businesses in Ventura due to concerns about the proximity of such establishments to residences, libraries, parks and schools. The council also delayed adopting a resolution that would have established the maximum number of cannabis businesses in the city. The resolution would have […] Read More »

Visit Ventura Creates “Shop Ventura, Save Ventura”

The hard truth? Recent forecasts predict one in six Ventura retailers, and one out of two Ventura restaurants, won’t make it through the pandemic. But forecasts aren’t written in stone. And difficulties can be overcome. Ventura knows this firsthand. After the Thomas Fire in December of 2017, locals helped locals literally emerge from the ashes. […] Read More »

Enjoy the holidays by celebrating safely

As we near the holiday season, St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), members of Dignity Health Central Coast, want to remind our community to stay safe and protected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises individuals to celebrate virtually or with household members to reduce exposure […] Read More »

Celebrating women composers in choral music

by Molly Kohler Pei, Channel Islands Choral Association Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) presents a Virtual Choral experience, streaming On Demand from December 11th – 20th. Into the Light: Celebrating Women Composers in Choral Music features the CSU Channel Islands University Chorus and the Pleasant Valley School District Chorus. CICA Artistic Director Dr. KuanFen Liu […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation's weekend marketplace temporarily moves to new location

The Weekend Marketplace has hosted vendors and patrons for more than three decades. Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace will temporarily move to a new location on the Ventura College campus while solar panels are installed at its current site (East Parking Lot). The Marketplace will open at the campus’ West Parking Lot on November 28. […] Read More »

CAPS Media continues to produce informative programming

The CAPS team covers a County COVID 19 Update. The COVID crisis has not slowed down CAPS Media from continuing to produce informative programming for the City and County. Every week CAPS crews record the County’s COVID-19 updates and following the press conference, edit and distribute the valuable information in English and Spanish. The updates […] Read More »

Our Ventura TV

MB Hanrahan, Sandra Siepak, Monique Nowlin, Juan Mancera, Michelle Hoover, Mary Christine Ballestero and George Alger Our Ventura TV team. The award-winning weekly talk show, “Our Ventura TV” continues producing its weekly programming via the zoom platform during Covid 19. The entire team at “Our Ventura TV” is bringing interesting stories to the local Ventura […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System Hosts presentations

Cancer doesn’t stop for COVID-19. It’s still important to maintain healthy habits to reduce your risk of cancer even if you spend more time at home to prevent transmitting or catching the coronavirus. Whether or not you’ve previously faced a cancer diagnosis, it’s important to pay attention to changes in your body and symptoms that […] Read More »

Board of Supervisors approves $10 Million COVID-19 Hospitals Assistance Program

The County of Ventura Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a COVID-19 Hospitals Assistance Program for local not-for-profit hospitals, in the amount of $10 million to be funded by the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, to provide financial support to local hospitals for COVID-19 costs.  “During this extraordinary event, local hospitals have experienced economic hardships and […] Read More »

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Gold Ribbon Campaign honors locals

Summaer Cole encouraged the police department to be a community “hub” for donations of Easter baskets and toys. This year, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) will be honoring The Lilley Family and Summaer Cole and Susie Perry from Ventura. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the annual in-person Gold Ribbon Campaign Luncheon has been cancelled. This year, […] Read More »

Food Share in the news

Food Share of Ventura County is honored to have been selected as a 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin. Food Share, the largest hunger relief organization in the county, is one of over a hundred nonprofits that will be honored by their state senators and assembly members for their outstanding contributions […] Read More »

NAMI VC launches program aimed at wellness in a challenging world

NAMI Ventura County has launched a new pilot program designed to empower and encourage participants to actively address mental health using skills based in awareness, self-care and communication. Like all the non-profit’s program offerings, the Community Cares program is free to participants and available exclusively in webinar format through Zoom. The Ventura County affiliate of […] Read More »

Aegis Assisted Living COVID safe, drive-by experience down memory lane

On October 12th, Aegis Assisted Living and Memory Care of Ventura provided their residents a wonderful, COVID safe, drive-by experience down memory lane!  Local car club members generously took time out of their schedules to give the residents a wonderful treat!   Chingon Bakery, owned by George Lopez, also participated, and brought all the residents and […] Read More »

Getting ready for 2021 Medicare open enrollment in a virtual world

by Rick Beavin, Desert Pacific Medicare President, Humana The annual Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plan open enrollment period is traditionally a time for educational events, classes and one on one meetings, but this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are some new and different ways to learn about Medicare. October 15 to […] Read More »

City of Ventura Playgrounds Open

On September 28, 2020, the State announced that all outdoor playgrounds operated by a city or county are approved to reopen with safety guidelines. The City of Ventura has opened 25 of our 26 City playgrounds for the community to enjoy. Please note that the Marina Park playground will remain closed for cleaning and repair. […] Read More »

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Gold Ribbon Campaign raises awareness for pediatric cancer

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Gold Ribbon Honoree, Susie Perry, helped host a special birthday for the Ortiz Family as their daughter, Ximena, battled cancer. Just imagine having a child with cancer during this COVID-19 crisis–a pandemic that is leading to job loss and insecurity, financial hardship, mounting health concerns, and an overworked and exhausted health […] Read More »

Physicians for Progress: Healing the healthcare system

Dr. Leslie-Lynn Pawson at the Ventura March for Science. by Amy Brown Most people are familiar with the Hippocratic Oath for physicians, which—paraphrased—binds them to treat the sick, preserve confidentiality, and pass on medical knowledge to the doctors coming after them. Physicians for Progress, a group of about 50 doctors in Ventura County, are committed […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library reaches out to the community

Leslie Bellmore and Sandy Greenberg at Hill Road Library. by Jill Forman The Friends of the Library bookstore at Foster Library, and the sale shelves at Hill Road Library, have been closed down for months due to COVID. This has been a loss to the community in several ways. People loved coming in, browsing, and […] Read More »

Eric and Janet Baucom recognized for continued impact in local community despite pandemic-induced challenges

The National Association of Realtors® has selected 10 Realtors®, including Ventura-area Realtors® Eric & Janet Baucom, as finalists for its 2020 Good Neighbor Awards. This award recognizes Realtors® who have donated time, money and passion to enrich the lives of people in their communities through impactful volunteer work. Cofounders of Project Bicycle Love, the Baucoms […] Read More »

MERITO Foundation launches the new Marine Science After School Beach Camps

MERITO Foundation’s students learn about wetland habitat restoration at the Kalorama Wetland. We now know the risk of contracting coronavirus diminishes when masked gatherings occur outside (The New York Times). We also know children learn more science, care more for their environment, and are happier when learning outdoors. We are launching the Marine Science After […] Read More »

Concerts in cars at the Ventura Fairgrounds

On August 17,18 and 19 the Rubicon Theatre Company presented Ventura’s own Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Ventura Fairgrounds at a live drive-in concert. The 9-member band had the audience blowing their horn in appreciation of the great music that they heard from their cars. Some attendees put chairs in front of their vehicles […] Read More »

Food Share partners with Gas Co.

Brian Miller, Office of Ventura County Supervisor Kelly Long, Chief of Staff ; John Marquez, Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director; Maria Ventura, Public Affairs Manager; Monica White President & CEO of Food Share of Ventura County and Manuel Minjares, Office of Ventura County Supervisor, District Representative attend the drive-thru distribution . Food Share, […] Read More »

Girl Scouts present a new cookie

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) kicked off a countdown to the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season with the announcement of a new cookie in the Central Coast and other select areas: Toast-Yay!™, a French toast–inspired cookie dipped in delicious icing and full of flavor in every bite. […] Read More »

Tower of Power and Los Lobos to co-headline special Labor Day Car-Show

All summer, CBF Productions has worked to bring top notch entertainment to the scenic Ventura County Fairgrounds, where audiences can watch comfortably from their parked cars. Since the inaugural show in June, the Concerts in Your Car calendar has ranged from live music to drive-in movies to the circus to comedy and back again, and […] Read More »

All students learning remotely until January 2021

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) began school on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 in a distance learning model. All students will be a part of the WEAVE model that allows for a mix of learning tools and techniques to allow for more teacher interaction, greater support, and an enhanced off-campus education. All Ventura County Districts […] Read More »

Summer reflections on staying safe

by Dorothea Vafiadis The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly. Here is the latest advice from public health experts about the best way to protect yourself and to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Some of these tips will be familiar to you and some are new. It’s still […] Read More »

Doctor visits and getting medicines

Talk to your doctor online, by phone, or e-mail Use telemedicine, if available, or communicate with your doctor or nurse by phone or e-mail. Talk to your doctor about rescheduling procedures that are not urgently needed. If you must visit in-person, protect yourself and others If you think you have COVID-19, notify the doctor or […] Read More »

Financial hardships created by the COVID-19

The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure that every person can age well, is warning that the financial hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic will be much worse for older adults living alone, and this could force nearly 3 million older Americans in single households into possible poverty and […] Read More »

Getting Through the Day

Senior News Line by Matilda Charles Some random thoughts for getting through the day … Have you heard of custom puzzles? They’re available at a number of places online. (Read the reviews before you order and look for U.S. companies.) Select a favorite vacation or family photo, decide on the size of the puzzle and […] Read More »

Ventura County Area Agency on Aging is a valuable resource in our community

by Carol Leish The Ventura County Area on Aging (VCAAA), has been/continues to be helping people over the age of 60 since 1980. “Within the past 10 years it has expanded to be able to also help people of all ages with disabilities, which includes those with low vision or who are hard of hearing […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Health school waivers allows for in person instruction when approved

Ventura County Public Health has announced today that public and private elementary schools in Ventura County can submit school waiver applications to allow in-person instruction at their campuses. The waivers cover Tk through 6th grades. In accordance with state guidelines, waivers may be granted “when requested by a local superintendent (or equivalent for charter or […] Read More »

Bringing laughs to the Ventura County Fairgrounds

All summer long, CBF Productions have brought stellar musical (and more) entertainment to the seaside Ventura County Fairgrounds, where audiences watch comfortably (and safely) from their parked cars. Since June, the Concerts in Your Car calendar has ranged from stellar live concerts to drive-in movies to the circus and back again, and now comedy is […] Read More »

Colorful travels with safety in mind

Members of Buenaventura Art Association are brightening lives and outlooks during the COVID-19 pandemic with safe, socially distant shows at two Ventura locations, Bell Arts Factory on Ventura Avenue and Ventura Harbor Village. Face masks are required and operating hours have changed at both galleries. At Buenaventura Gallery in Bell Arts, solo exhibitions by featured […] Read More »

The State of California requires face coverings to be worn on public transit

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), has promptly adhered to recent state requirements released by Governor Gavin Newsom. The mandate requires face coverings to be worn state-wide in public settings, including public transportation. If a VCTC Intercity bus rider doesn’t have a mask, one will be provided. “VCTC is committed to keeping both our riders […] Read More »

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation receives grant funds

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation has received grants totaling $117,143 to support residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. Grants include the following: Wells Fargo, $50,000 in funds for rent and utility assistance, non-food essentials, educational laptops, and children’s activity bags for residents Bank of America, $20,000 in funds for rent and utility assistance and non-food essentials for […] Read More »

All students will learn remotely until January 2021

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously on Friday, July 17, to move to a full distance learning model for the entire Fall 2020 semester citing stability and safety as their main reasons. The Board considered input from staff, parents, and local and state officials when making this decision. This week […] Read More »

CAPS Media crews producing coronavirus updates for City and County

CAPS Media crews are working closely with Ventura City and County officials to provide accurate and updated information on the coronavirus emergency. For the City, CAPS produces weekly videos with City officials in the CAPS studio and out in the community. Recent videos include an update with Estelle Bussa, the city’s economic development manager in […] Read More »

Good News!! Buenaventura Gallery is open!!

Fridays & Saturdays: Noon-4 pm Current Exhibit thru July 25 New exhibit begins JULY 31 For the time being, open hours will be Fridays and Saturdays only, noon to 4 pm, and by appointment. As we figure out what is needed for staffing (and with more volunteer help!) open days and hours could increase. Harbor […] Read More »

Estate Planning in a Pandemic

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted life in countless ways. The health crisis has led many people to examine their own mortality and realize that they are not prepared for the end of life situations. As the crisis continues to rage on, it is more important than ever […] Read More »

Steampunk Dada Electric Carnival Saturday, August 22, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

An Online Gala Streamed Free on Zoom! Online Auction August 8 – 23 The Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library (FOTM) together with Cumulus Media is pleased to announce Steampunk Dada Electric Carnival. This annual Benefit for Arts Education supports community art enrichment programs, including our award-winning Learning to See Outreach that brings […] Read More »

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band Car Concert

On Thursday, July 16th, I attended the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band with my girlfriend Sue Maxfield at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This was the first time I had ever been to a concert in my truck. We made sure we had enough snacks and batteries for our radio. It was easy to enter and park. […] Read More »

How local parents and students will cope with remote learning in the fall

by Carol Leish Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Stan Mantooth, with the approval of Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Leven, decided on July 16, 2020, “That nearly all public and charter schools will not reopen for the 2020-21 school year due to the concerns of coronavirus cases in California. Even though we want […] Read More »

Four-sided stage brings fun and excellent viewing for the whole family to Ventura

In a summer unlike any in recent memory, Southern Californians and their families are hungry for safe entertainment options – and CBF Productions is here to help. After a wildly successful June and July run with live concerts and movie nights, the founders of crowd-pleasing “Concerts in Your Car™” are ready to ring in August […] Read More »

Local Dignity Health pediatrician discusses back to school safety

As school districts consider how to reopen, Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals want community members to stay informed of precautionary measures to minimize exposure of COVID-19. Pediatrician Imelda De Forest, MD, shares steps parents can take to help protect children, teachers, and administrators as they prepare to head back to school. “Parents are concerned for […] Read More »

East Ventura Community Council

July 16: Ventura’s new Police Chief, Darin Schindler, and Ventura County’s new Public Information Officer, Ashley Bautista, will be featured on the agenda of the East Ventura Community Council. Each has started in their new positions in the middle of a pandemic and social upheaval, and will discuss what that has been like and what […] Read More »

Covid testing at Ventura College

Covid testing at Ventura College is taking up to 3-hours. In some locations it is taking up to 8-hours (or people being turned away). Read More »

Vagabond Inn and Best Western Motel have ended their participation as homeless shelters

by Richard Lieberman The Vagabond and Best Western Hotel recently turned into homeless shelter for the vulnerable homeless population has ended its lease with Ventura County. Citing difficulty with insurance coverage, and a desire by the insurance company to end coverage of the program. Ventura County Department of Public Health took steps to slow the […] Read More »

City Council will require masks

Father Serra was wearing a face mask before it was the law. On a 4-3 vote the City Council will require masks to be worn inside businesses and government offices, on public transit and in most indoor venues that are open to the public. This order will go into effect once the City Council approves […] Read More »

High school students will be treated to a Zoom MacBeth

On July 18, 2020, 100 high school students from the Ventura Unified School district will be treated to a Zoom MacBeth, courtesy of the Rubicon Theatre Company’s Fearless Shakespeare program. The teens are participating in the Library’s Youth Services summer reading program and this partnership with Rubicon is the first of it’s kind. Working to […] Read More »

Senior Medicare Patrol warns of COVID-19 fraud

by The Senior Medicare Patrol National Resource Center The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has been receiving complaints of unsolicited callers using the fear and uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic to prey on Medicare beneficiaries. SMPs, who operate in every state, help beneficiaries prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse. How to spot a […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 20 – July 1 – July 14, 2020 - Ventura Music Scene

PLAYING THE GAME I’ve spoken to a number of venue owners the past couple of weeks as they tread lightly doing their best to follow the guidelines in place to operate safely in this time of COVID-19. And without naming names, I know several have had to stop the music (literally) to remind patrons that […] Read More »

We would like to share with you some of the actions that we are initiating

by the National Institute on Aging As we join our nation in grief during this turbulent and challenging time, we are outraged and heartbroken. As we together strive for justice and meaningful change, NIA continues our work to promote health equity, eliminate health disparities, and enhance the diversity of the scientific workforce. We will build […] Read More »

Ventura County Public Health Department awarded National Reaccreditation Status

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has announced that the Ventura County Public Health Department is among the first 25 local public health departments in the nation and the first in the State of California to be awarded reaccreditation status. The accreditation demonstrates a consistent and continued commitment to collaborative efforts to keep communities throughout […] Read More »

COVID-19 is still with us so caution is still very important.

Running essential errands like grocery shopping, take-out, banking, getting gas, and doctor visits What you need to know Stay home if sick. Use online services when available. Wear a cloth face covering when running errands. Use social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others). Use hand sanitizer after leaving stores. Wash your hands […] Read More »

What do COVID-19 scams look like in your state?

by Paul Witt Lead Data Analyst, FTC We’ve been telling you about the scams related to COVID-19. But now we can tell you even more about the scams happening in your neck of the woods. Just today, the FTC released state-specific data on COVID-19-related issues, which you can check out with just a few clicks […] Read More »

Ventura high schools hold graduation event at historic city hall

by Richard Lieberman Graduation season is here, and Ventura city schools celebrated graduating seniors from local high schools, Buena High School, El Camino High School, Ventura High School, Pacific High School and Foothill Technology High School. Graduating seniors were invited to join their principal and staff at City Hall to have their names read, receive […] Read More »

Growers were quick to respond when SEEAG put out the call for produce donations

SEEAG and growers provide over 4,000 bags of fresh produce to local farm workers. Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) organized produce donations from 13 different growers to fill over 4,000 bags of fresh produce for farm workers in need. The produce was distributed weekly in April and May. Participating growers were Gill’s Onions, Houweling’s Group, […] Read More »

“Feeding the Frontline” organizers expand local food distribution events

And even Mariachi music to workers in the fields. Ventura County Latino and immigrant rights activists are taking action to support the region’s farm working families who continue to provide California residents with safe and healthy food options throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign, known as “Feeding the Frontline: Feeding our Farmworkers,” has launched a […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens announces re-opening with new hours

With the re-opening, new COVID protocols are in play. The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) recently announced the COVID reopening date of Saturday, June 6. The Gardens have been closed due to both the pandemic and subsequent new construction including sponsorship sites and entrance development. With the re-opening, new COVID protocols are in play. The Merewether […] Read More »

We stand and kneel together

Ethan Messecar and Phil Taggart getting ready to roll camera at the VUSD graduation. Citizens all across the nation are letting their voices be heard in peaceful protest, condemning the reprehensible actions of police officers in Minneapolis that resulted in the horrific death of George Floyd.  All of us at CAPS Media were sickened and saddened by […] Read More »

City of Ventura eases restrictions at local parks and beaches

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Ventura City Council unanimously voted to ease limited closure restrictions of Ventura’s beaches and parks. The City’s decision provides access to its parks, beaches, the Promenade, Pier, public restrooms, and select parking lots. For the last several weeks Ventura’s parks and beaches have been open for active recreational use, […] Read More »

Do not let life-threatening ailments go unchecked during the pandemic

by Kathleen A. Cameron, BSPharm, MPH Hospitals across the country report that emergency department (ED) visits have declined significantly for illnesses not related to COVID-19. In particular, heart attacks and strokes appear to be going unchecked. Some hospitals also observe a decline in fall-related ED visits. Doctors believe that people are so scared of contracting […] Read More »

Car graduation guidance issued by Ventura County

The Public Health Department has issued guidance to Ventura County education leaders regarding high school graduation ceremonies amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance, created in collaboration with the Ventura County Office of Education, was issued at the request of superintendents and other school leaders who are making extremely difficult decisions about graduation ceremonies, as the […] Read More »

Hair salons and barbershops permitted to reopen

The Governor announced that hair salons and barbershops in most California counties can reopen as the state moves forward on the path to reopening. The County of Ventura was approved for a state variance last week allowing the County to move faster through California’s reopening phases. This allows for local hair salons and barbershops to […] Read More »

Island Packer Cruises opens for public transportation

Island Packers, authorized transportation concessioner to Channel Islands National Park, is pleased to announce resumption of limited public transportation to the Channel Islands effective June 1, 2020 of all landing and non- landing trips. On June 1st, Island Packers plans resumed limited service to Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and Anacapa Islands for both day visitors […] Read More »

Ventura County Library offering services

Ventura County Library is excited to announce the launch of Brainfuse – on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning for all ages and levels. Brainfuse HelpNow offers a personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies). Brainfuse will be made available to all library patrons from the public computers at their local […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Weekend Marketplace is open

The Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace has reopened and will continue to be open every weekend. The Marketplace has been closed since March 14 when social distancing restrictions took effect because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Marketplace will initially have 39 vendor booths and will safely limit customer attendance. Prior to the shutdown, the Marketplace […] Read More »

Rubicon offers new and expanded education programs

Broadway’s biggest and brightest stars join a new interview series. Live Theatre. It’s an art form that, by its very nature, requires people to gather together to share an experience — a communal fear or a common hope. When you go to a theatre and sit in the dark with a few hundred fellow patrons, […] Read More »

Local students shift gears to help restart our economy

As our economy reopens, business owners and their employees are going back to work and need to protect themselves from exposure to coronavirus. STEMbassadors, a student-run nonprofit organization in Ventura, wants to help. STEMbassadors has been 3D-printing and assembling face shields to help their local medical community since quarantine began. To date, STEMbassadors has provided […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor public launch ramp opens

With new guidelines in place Ventura Port District General Manager Brian Pendleton said the public boat launch ramp is open under the following conditions and protocols: 24/7 hours of operation Each vehicle/vessel is limited to members of the same household No fishing will be allowed at the public launch ramp No loitering at or around […] Read More »

Annual Ventura Unified Art Show goes online

The Ventura Unified School District and Museum of Ventura County are proud to announce the premiere of the 3rd Annual VUSD Student Online Art Show. In the face of the pandemic, these partners are committed to the belief that the arts will survive, and young artists will be celebrated in Ventura. The show can now […] Read More »

Visit Ventura is working to help Ventura’s economy

Tourism has long played a critical role in Ventura’s economy. For the last nine years, burgeoning tourism has generated over $300 million in visitor spending in Ventura each year. And tourism’s beneficial spinoffs are myriad and sometimes hidden. Yes, tourism creates roughly 2,600 Ventura jobs, and tourism’s dollars help fund the city’s fire and police […] Read More »

VMF moves July 2020 Music Festival to 2021

With regret, the Ventura Music Festival announces the postponement of its 26th music festival, set for the last two weekends in July 2020.  “We’re disappointed virus-related conditions necessitated this decision,” said VMF board President Richard Reisman. “We want supporters to know, however, that the 26th festival is deferred, not cancelled.  It has been moved to […] Read More »

 Older youth in care

ILP provides support to foster youth between the ages of 16 to 21. As the county adjusts to the new normal, it is important to ensure the safety and wellbeing of one of our most vulnerable populations – older youth in care.  Homes with Heart VC believes it is essential to provide a network of support for older youth transitioning out of foster care. Recently, […] Read More »

Partial closing of Main St. approved by city council, but when?

The Ventura City Council has approved a package of measures designed to help businesses recover from the coronavirus pandemic, including closing part of Main Street to allow restaurants and stores to expand into the street and streamlining the process for approving development permits. Both were part of an “emergency economic development policy,” approved by a […] Read More »

Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic

Going the Distance (Part 2) by Amy Brown Austin Schliecher is focused on using his time wisely during this highly unusual academic schedule. A junior at Buena High, and a Captain of the varsity basketball team, he said while adjusting to the new online learning system was rough at first, once he got into a […] Read More »

Socially distanced event held to support the virtual NAMI walk

NAMI dancing in the street. by Jill Forman NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The classes, support groups and educational outreach it does benefits those with mental illness, their families and friends, and society at large. All classes and groups are free to the participant. NAMI relies on donations and grants to supply […] Read More »

Free summer rowing camps

One-person boats for social distancing. Thanks to a generous grant from Ventura and Ojai kids get to row for free this summer! Learn to Row for Beginners and Advanced camp for Racing Team Students from outside areas welcome at a regular rate of $150 per week. Casitas Rowing is excited to offer this to our […] Read More »

Seventh week of meal distribution and delivery

Over 8,000 healthy, nutritious meals have been distributed. Rincon Brewery Ventura joins forces with two non-profits to help feed Ventura County Foster/Resource Families, Kinship Families, Adoptive Families, and Bio-families currently working with Children and Family Services Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout […] Read More »

Las Patronas makes the most of canceled 63rd Annual Ball

Several honorees were still able to dress up and take professional photos to mark the occasion. A family tradition for 63 years, the Las Patronas Charity Ball was scheduled for March 17th. The day before the event, based on state guidelines and in the interest of public health, the decision was sadly made to cancel […] Read More »

Teaching and learning in a pandemic

Anna Guerra of Ventura High takes a break from distance learning with her ukulele. Kindergarten teacher Sherry Smith finds fun activities to engage her young students online. Going the Distance- Part one of two by Amy Brown On Friday March 13th, it was announced that Ventura County schools would be closing, and just like that, […] Read More »

NAMI Ventura County event goes virtual but purpose more real than ever

In years past the Ventura County NAMIWalks drew upwards of 1,500 Ventura County residents to the Promenade. Mental illness doesn’t take a time out so neither does NAMI Ventura County. That’s why the show must go on. In this case, the show is NAMIWalks Ventura County. The 15th annual NAMIWalks is getting a big makeover […] Read More »

Reopening businesses 

by Ashley Bautista The County of Ventura has reached an important turning point for our community, County and our local economy. We have moved into Stage 2 of California’s roadmap to reopening where some lower-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations. This allows retail businesses to use curbside pickup or delivery to sell their goods and related manufacturing and […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System has reopened inpatient and outpatient non-emergent surgical procedures

After suspending such procedures at the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in mid-March, Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) has followed guidance from the CDC, US Surgeon General, American College of Surgeons, the State of California and the California Hospital Association, as well as expert surgeons, anesthesiologists, infection control specialists and nurses in establishing safety […] Read More »

It takes a village

The River appreciates those who support them. The River Community Church is certainly flowing through the City of Ventura these past six weeks during the Covid-19 pandemic. They have been the recipient of numerous donations from many local businesses, and just like a river, they are a channel to help those who are in need, […] Read More »

Help feed Ventura County foster/resource, kinship, adoptive families

After the first week, over 1,500 meals had been distributed. Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that serves foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. Caregivers are supported with specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise […] Read More »

 LAUNCH Videos Premiere Online Week May 26, 27, 28 at 4:30 PM

See Kristie Steinlicht of Anacapa Middle School on her video. Curated by Ventura Education Partnership (VEP), LAUNCH engages business, community and school leaders to come together during fast-paced, inspiring presentations from highly innovative Ventura Unified School District educators. During this unique gathering, public education supporters hear first-hand from passionate educators about how they connect with […] Read More »

Giving back to the local community

Denise Tyner, facility liaison at Ventura Post Acute receives the “Thank you VPA HEROES” sign from Cypress Place Senior Living. Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura has a long history of giving back to the local community: whether it be collecting suitcases for kids in the foster care program, hosting an annual “Health & Wealth” […] Read More »

Rumor Alert

There is a rumor that the County of Ventura is removing positive covid patients from their homes. That is not true. If a person cannot safely isolate at home and they would like an alternative location, then a different location is offered. Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin stated “What I would like to say to […] Read More »

Shared Streets for Health and Safety During COVID-19

The City’s Public Works Department have launched a Shared Streets for Health and Safety During COVID-19 initiative to help make neighborhood streets safer to walk and bike through the creation of wider spaces using current traffic lanes and sidewalks. This effort in intended to help pedestrians and cyclists practice physical distancing while enjoying healthy outdoor […] Read More »

New version of walking the dog

by Ivor Davis Bicycling on Ventura path by the Pier recently I ran across this brave lady who gave new meaning to the phrase “walking your dog.” She was actually as you can see– walking with the dog on her shoulders—and it was a pretty large pooch. And a warm day! I took her photo–said […] Read More »

Ventura the Ventura Townehouse (VTH) donated some resources to local nurses and foundations

Doing good at COVID time for Ventura the Ventura Townehouse (VTH) donated some of their resources to local nurses and their foundations showing support for the people on the front lines at Community Memorial Hospital and Ventura County Medical Center. VTH donated thousands of masks, hundreds of gowns and meal and coffee cards. And supplied […] Read More »

When the City says something is closed they are not kidding.

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Supporting food assistance to Ventura County farm working families

A month ago, a group of Latino and immigrant rights activists in Ventura County identified the need to take action against the lack of support and recognition for the farmworker community during COVID-19. Feeding the Frontline  was initially created as a one time event to provide food for those who feed us, however as the […] Read More »

Vagabond and Best Western turned into homeless shelters during Covid-19 crisis

One client per room, no visitors permitted. Article and photos by Richard Lieberman The iconic Vagabond Motel has been transformed into a high risk shelter for the homeless population, and it’s next door neighbor Best Western Motel have been contracted by Ventura County to serve as homeless shelter during the duration of the outbreak of […] Read More »

Mural honors frontline heroes

Ventura artist Andrew Rodriguez (who has been featured in the Ventura Breeze) has painted this mural in downtown Ventura. It honors frontline heroes. Photo by Bernie Goldstein Read More »

City of Ventura to allow limited access to parks and beaches

A limited amount of people and horses have beach access. On Monday, April 20, 2020, the Ventura City Council unanimously voted to institute limited closures of Ventura’s beaches and parks. The City’s decision provides restricted access to its parks, beaches, the Promenade, and Pier in support of balancing residents’ physical and mental health while restricting […] Read More »

CAPS Media producing updates on COVID-19

Student Jacob Sommer from El Camino High School is part of the team. CAPS Media Crews are working with Ventura City and County officials to produce ongoing COVID-19 updates for the community. In addition to helping facilitate coverage and streaming of City Council meetings from Ventura City Hall, CAPS crews are producing weekly updates by […] Read More »

MVC offering new virtual exhibits and virtual learning modules

Enjoy museum events and learning from home. Originally scheduled to open in early March, but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Huelga! Photographs from the Frontlines by Jorge Corralejo and Legacy: Seven Decades of Ventura College Art are now available as virtual exhibits! Visitors can now virtually step directly into the Museum of Ventura County’s […] Read More »

How do ventilators work?

In some COVID-19 cases, the virus can attack a patient’s respiratory system, wreaking havoc on the lungs.The question many are left seeking an answer for is how exactly ventilators help severely ill patients diagnosed with the virus. Dr. Jonathan Richards with Our Lady of the Lake works in the Pulmonary Care Unit says the virus […] Read More »

Painful decisions ahead

by Venturans for Responsible and Efficient Government  We’re living through unprecedented times. No one knows how events will develop as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. Yet there are specific unmistakable trends to watch. We want you to be aware of the trends and to look out for the critical choices that will shape our future. […] Read More »

FASTSIGNS of Ventura makes Heroes signs

FASTSIGNS of Ventura made the Heroes signs pictured and placed them at our local hospitals- CMHS, VCMC and Kaiser as well as FoodShare, Project Understanding and VUSD meal distribution sites. Owner Saurabh Bajaj is at Community Memorial Hospital with a health care worker having just placed the Heroes Work sign. Saurabh “We must come together […] Read More »

Ventura County Board of Supervisors votes to contribute up to $855,000 to Food Share

Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted to contribute up to $855,000 to Food Share over a three-month period. The money will come from county property tax dollars but that they expect to receive some reimbursement from the state and federal governments. The money cannot be used to replace Food Share’s own spending on food. The […] Read More »

Ventura Townehouse supports front lines

Doing good things during these difficult times for Ventura the Ventura Townehouse donated some of their resources by showing their support for the people on the front lines at Community Memorial Hospital. VTH donated thousands of masks, hundreds of gowns and donated gift cards of meals and coffee from local coffee shops and diners. They […] Read More »

Beware of scams and fraud schemes

The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance […] Read More »

The pandemic’s threat to older workers

by Marci Phillips NCOA’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a staggering loss of jobs. At the end of March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 7.1 million Americans were unemployed, with numbers projected to rise further throughout April. In 2019, roughly 1 in 5 older adults aged 65+ […] Read More »

COVID-19 Was Your Retirement Plan Test

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions Countless Americans are worried about the impact that Covid-19 will have on the health of their families and friends, and indeed their own well-being. However, there is another concern that could impact you. In preparing for retirement, investors should prepare for all sorts of investment environments, and that includes downturns like Covid-19. […] Read More »

Great Plates Meal Program kicks off in Ventura County

On April 24, 2020, Governor Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults. The program helps seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and also provides essential economic stimulus […] Read More »

Coping with stress

Older people and people of any age who have serious underlying health conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. People who may have issues getting assistance if they become ill, like those experiencing homelessness or people with disabilities are also at increased risk from COVID-19. These conditions and situations may result in […] Read More »

Music from last summer's Ventura County Fair

George Thorogood performing at last summer’s Ventura County Fair. The Fair Board unanimously voted to cancel this year’s Fair because of COVID-19 restrictions. photo credit: Pam Baumgardner Breeze music scene columnist with members of Collective Soul before their performance last year at the Ventura County Fair. Read More »

Ventura Breeze and Jaime Baker congratulate all grads

The Ventura Breeze and Jaime Baker congratulate all of the grads who won’t have a ceremony. Read More »

CMHS emergency departments are open and they have clean laundries

Community Memorial Health System is grateful to everyone in the community for doing their part to stop the spread of the Coronavirus by staying home during this time, but now more than ever, CMHS wants people to know that it’s safe to seek care at Community Memorial Hospital and Ojai Valley Community Hospital. If you […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair Board votes to cancel 2020 Fair

The Ventura County Fairgrounds Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Ventura County Fair. The action comes amid unprecedented community stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines and was made to protect guests, vendors, staff and others during the COVID-19 crisis. The Board considered ongoing guidance and updated information from State and County health […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County collecting history today

The Central Coast of California offered an obvious appeal to followers of modernism. As Ventura County residents react to new policies and recommendations aimed to restrict the virus’ spread, the Museum is working to document and preserve the materials and stories that demonstrate how our county is continuing to communicate, work, commute, learn, teach, create, pray, celebrate, […] Read More »

Junipero Serra statue wearing a mask

Just as it was during the Thomas Fire the Junipero Serra statue is wearing a face mask. The statue is located across from the Ventura City Hall Father Junipero Serra was the founder of nine missions including the San Buenaventura Mission in 1782. The first statue was created by John Palo-Kangas in 1936. It was […] Read More »

Beyond video calls, helping seniors battle loneliness, boredom during social isolation

“I’m sure our grandkids will enjoy using our recipe books.” by Maura Horton There are more than 52 million Americans who are age 65 and older, and many of them are currently staying at home isolated to help reduce their exposure to coronavirus. Not being able to engage in normal activities like going to the […] Read More »

Serenading those from balconies

Steve has played keyboard and accordion with a variety of bands in Ventura. Steve likes to perform for seniors. The Ventura Townehouse entertains their residents by presenting live musicians several times a week. Because of the virus they can’t play inside as always so they have Steve Ormond, and others serenading them from outside. They […] Read More »

CAPS Media crews producing coronavirus updates

Are you ready for your television premiere? CAPS Media crews are working closely with Ventura City and Ventura County officials to provide accurate and updated information on the coronavirus emergency. CAPS Crews are covering all County updates at the Government Center with videos posted at CAPS is also creating Spanish language translations of the […] Read More »

Answer In A Breeze

Q. I know that some restaurants are selling mixed drinks to go. Are bars allowed to sell alcoholic beverages to-go? I thought that was illegal. Charles Gavin Charles: For once a government agency has acted logically and quickly in order to help restaurants to survive. We asked the ABC that governs this to respond. This […] Read More »

Aera Energy aids Ventura County nonprofits amid pandemic’s economic toll

As the nation reels from the economic crash of the COVID-19 lockdown, Aera Energy is supporting local communities in significant ways. Since late March, Aera has donated $355,000 to mid-California nonprofits hit hard by increased calls for community help. These have come as California’s coronavirus restrictions close businesses and schools and force major job losses. […] Read More »

Girl on a Bicycle

by Patty Jenkins I inhale deeply, the beautiful fresh sea air, Eyes closed now I can almost smell it Remember it with every breath inhaled Now inside. The waves sooth my mind as they flow into my senses, Pulsing, soothing, reaching the depths of my soul. Sea mist sprinkles like fairy dust upon my thirsty […] Read More »

Gold Coast Recycling to reopen its Buy-Back Facility

The Buy-Back Center at Gold Coast Recycling reopened on Monday April 20; hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Located at 5275 Colt St. in Ventura, the Buy-Back Center has been closed for the past month, to protect the safety of customers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. All residential […] Read More »

Ventura County Library continues to provide services

Ventura County Library continues to provide services during the COVID-19 emergency while staff and customers are sheltering at home. Many library services continue to be available. eBooks and eAudiobooks are available in our CloudLibrary collection at: Ventura County Library has recently dedicated extra funds to this collection to aid our customers during the County’s Stay Well at […] Read More »

Vagabond and Best Western Turned into Homeless Shelters During Covid-19 Crisis

by Richard Lieberman The iconic Vagabond Motel has been transformed into a high risk shelter for the homeless population, and it’s next door neighbor Best Western motel have been contracted by the city to serve as homeless shelter during the duration of the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Chain-link fencing surrounds the sites and entrances […] Read More »

A message from the Ventura County Area Agency On Aging

The County of Ventura remains in a health emergency. Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended that all individuals 65 and older isolate themselves from the public in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This order makes VCAAA services and the services of our partnering agencies even more critical. Efforts have been heavily […] Read More »

Increase funding for services and programs older adults

by National council On Aging (NCOA) Congress is trying to agree on the content of more legislation to relieve the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. That means your voice matters more than ever. To save lives and support older adults in crisis, Congress must include significant increases in funding for services and programs older adults […] Read More »

Grief Support during the Coronavirus Stay in Place Order

During this challenging time of COVID 19, Livingston Memorial’s Camarillo Hospice is committed to providing bereavement services to the community. Their highly skilled grief counselors and volunteer support group facilitators are providing tele-therapy during the stay in place order to those grieving the death of a loved one. If you, or someone you know is […] Read More »

Outbreaks can be stressful

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include Fear and worry […] Read More »

Older Adults

Older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness. We are learning more about COVID-19 every day. What you can do If you have a serious underlying medical condition: Stay home if possible. Wash your hands often. Avoid close contact (6 feet, which is about two arm lengths) with people who […] Read More »

Student run non-profit, STEMbassadors, unites with community to make face shields

Maia Wulff and Alex Wulff working on face shields. by Thea Wulff- Foothill Technology High School Through STEMbassadors, middle and high school students from the Ventura Unified School District have been working closely with the community to manufacture and donate hundreds of 3D printed face shields to local hospitals. Under the guidance of Alex Wulff, […] Read More »

From Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett “The outpouring of generosity in our community has been inspiring.” Dear fellow Ventura County residents Today, we stand on the verge of a monumental challenge. Will we as a community effectively implement the Stay Well at Home order? Will we keep our local hospitals from becoming overloaded? Will our collective efforts be relentless […] Read More »

City of Ventura closes parks and beaches in response to COVID-19

In support of the “Stay Well at Home” order, issued by the Ventura County Public Health Officer, all parks and beaches in the City of Ventura will be closed until further notice in order to support the urgent need for physical distancing during the COVID-19 emergency period. This includes the Promenade, Pier, and Wastewater Treatment Plant wildlife ponds. […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System seeks donations of COVID-19 medical supplies

As Community Memorial Health System prepares for the challenges treating a growing number of patients with Coronavirus (COVID-19), increasing demands on the health system may eventually lead to shortages of supplies and important personal protective equipment needed to protect patients, physicians, and staff. Based on current supply, projected usage, and market demand and supply availability, Community […] Read More »

Vista del Mar Hospital is serving the community

Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings to all hospital visitors and staff. Vista del Mar Hospital is using technology to support its Outpatient Services (OPS) programming during the stay-at-home restrictions to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Since Governor Newsom mandated California residents to stay home, followed by a similar order from the County of Ventura, Vista del Mar’s OPS […] Read More »

CAPS Media launches #Ventura stories

Do you have a great Story to share? Something clever, funny or inspirational of your family, friends, kids, pets, neighbors or something else? CAPS Media has a place for Venturans to share – #VenturaStories. Every week CAPS Media will air and stream locally produced videos sent in by the public. CAPS Media is looking for […] Read More »

How seniors can protect their health and finances during the pandemic

Social distancing and staying in place have become important. by Chris Orestis, President of LifeCare Xchange Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, health officials have been clear and consistent in their message to seniors: While anyone can fall victim to COVID-19, those who are 65 and older are in an especially high-risk group. That’s why older Americans […] Read More »

Food Share offering pop-up pantries to meet growing demand

The military is helping Food Share. Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank, is coordinating a county-wide effort to provide pop-up pantries in the wake of multiple food pantry closures. More than 20 existing pantries in the county have been forced to close their doors as the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to grow. “We […] Read More »

Bartering is alive and well in Ventura (first of two parts)

The Calhoun girls modeling the homemade masks they’ve received through the group. by Mira Reverente When a friend recently added me to a new group on Facebook, I thought, “Oh no. Another group.” I couldn’t bear the thought of contributing to another toxic taxidermists’ tribe, peachy pandemic-related pack or lonely-during-lockdown singles group. But my initial […] Read More »

Local assistance offered by local author

“ My name is Patrice Karst and I live here in the hills of Ventura. I would like to volunteer in anyways that I can be service. If you need any help at all with errands, picking up supplies, grocery shopping and delivering etc. Please let me know…[email protected] Read More »

What is being done to assist the homeless in the county?

The County of Ventura, with guidance from the California Department of Public Health, has been taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable populations in the community. The County has secured housing options at local motels in the cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Newbury Park. County agencies are coordinating to provide transportation, medical […] Read More »

Ventura businesses open to serve the community

805 Bar & Grilled Cheese | (661) 312-7155 Takeout * Ask about Your Neighborhood Kitchen Andria’s Seafood Restaurant and Market | (805) 654-0546 Takeout Art’s Corner Cafe | (805) 653-5011 Takeout Banzai Marina | (805) 643-5200 Delivery Beach House Tacos | (805) 643-4783 Curbside Blenders In The Grass Main St | (805) 683-5858 Curbside Busy […] Read More »

Are coronavirus worries keeping you awake?

Anxiety about the spread of the coronavirus is leading to sleepless nights for some people – and that can result in even more health problems. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep weakens the immune system, the last thing anyone needs when a potentially deadly virus is making the rounds. The question many bleary-eyed […] Read More »

Aera Energy donates $355,000 for emergency COVID-19

by the VCCF As COVID-19 continues to impact our community in ways we could never have imagined, we at Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) are pleased to announce local oil and gas producer Aera Energy, is stepping in with emergency funding and a challenge to the community to help us address some of the most […] Read More »

A safe space to share updates and receive support

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the risk to the aging population and people with existing health conditions, Americans are being asked to practice sheltering at home and social distancing. Unfortunately, some individuals are taking advantage of this situation by targeting the elderly and vulnerable with scams using fear and concerns about the […] Read More »

Venturan’s united to help each other as we always do

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AARP helping during the coronavirus outbreak

Find local volunteer groups to help with chores. As the largest interest group dedicated to assist Americans 50 and older, AARP is quickly rolling out a number of initiatives to help during the coronavirus outbreak. One initiative we would like to share from AARP Innovations Labs is helping facilitate the national “mutual aid” group movement […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 14 – Apr 8 – Apr 21, 2020 - The Pet Page

∙Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 and until further notice, all nonessential services at Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) will be discontinued and some ancillary services will be reduced. The goal is to keep people in their homes and carefully limit the number of animals housed on-site. Please know that VCAS will never turn away a […] Read More »

What are you doing while being sequestered?

When my daughter was born 16 years ago in March, I remember thinking, “Great! March is a good month to have a birthday because nothing ever happens in March.” Well, except for St. Patrick’s Day. Then the pandemic hit and an entire birthday weekend went out the window. Or down the sink along with all […] Read More »

Local businesses look to remain open with support from Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

Just as the Thomas Fire, Montecito Debris Flow and Hill/Woolsey Fires pushed Santa Barbara and Ventura county small businesses to the brink of collapse, the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly affecting the economic vitality these businesses bring to the community. Local non-profit Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV, primarily serves micro-businesses, defined as those with fewer than […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 14 – Apr 8 – Apr 21, 2020 - Ventura Music Scene

by Pam Baumgardner As incredible as it may be, Ventura’s music scene is keeping its preverbal blood flowing. I’ve been watching so many live streaming events, where you can purchase to view and some where you can make a donation to the “tip” jar. Our artists and musicians are doing what they can to […] Read More »

Be on the alert for utility scams

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reminded customers to be on alert for potential scams targeting utility customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. One common scam involves telling customers they must pay their gas bill immediately or their natural gas service will be disconnected. SoCalGas does not call customers seeking payment and had suspended service disconnections for […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Marketplace closed until further notice

The Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, which operates every Saturday and Sunday on the Ventura College campus, is closed until further notice. Ventura College is following the March 19 COVID-19 “Shelter In Place” executive order from California Governor Gavin Newsom so classes and public activities are no longer being held on campus. “We know that the […] Read More »

City of Ventura declares local health emergency in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Police Officers are prepared to respond as needed. It is with careful thought and planning that the City has declared a local Health Emergency in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The declaration allows critical services and operations to continue while reinforcing best practices identified by the CDC and County Health Officials. This declaration does not relate […] Read More »

Don’ts and dos on Coronavirus 

by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Some of the views expressed here are controversial. So, do ask your doctor. Don’t panic. That is always good advice. If you, like the world’s economy, operate on just-in-time inventories, and did not take advice to stock up 3 weeks ago, do not join a mob at a big-box store. […] Read More »

“Stay Well at Home” emergency order

To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Ventura County Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin, has issued a “Stay Well at Home” emergency order – ordering all residents of the County of Ventura to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care […] Read More »

A 5-Step Coronavirus Survival Plan for Seniors

Washing your hands often is very important. by Chris Orestis President of LifeCare Xchange As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, and now is becoming more widespread by the day in the United States, it is critical that the most vulnerable population being impacted understands how to be better prepared. Seniors have been […] Read More »

AARP Tax Aide Services suspended at VCAAA 

The AARP Foundation announced that they will be suspending tax preparation services at the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) effective March 16 due to the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ventura County. AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers began the annual partnership with the VCAAA on February 3, offering free tax preparation services to anyone […] Read More »

Five things people can do to help seniors cope with Coronavirus quarantines

by Melissa Negrin-Wiener, partner at Genser Cona Elder Law The CDC recommends that high-risk individuals avoid crowds and social gatherings and that they should stay home as much as possible. While there is no question that this is of the utmost importance, when dealing with our senior population, there is so much more that must […] Read More »

American Red Cross experiencing severe blood shortage

The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage as the coronavirus outbreak threatens availability of the nation’s supply. Nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country due to coronavirus concerns, resulting in some 86,000 fewer blood donations. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need, and […] Read More »

Why do the virus and the disease have different names?

Viruses, and the diseases they cause, often have different names. For example, HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. People often know the name of a disease, such as measles, but not the name of the virus that causes it (rubeola). There are different processes, and purposes, for naming viruses and diseases. Viruses are named […] Read More »

List of resources now available for Ventura County employees and employers

The Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) has published a list of resources now available for Ventura County employees and employers who have been impacted by COVID-19 Following the County of Ventura’s Health Officer Order issued the evening of Tuesday March 17th, 2020, the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) has released a comprehensive Business Resource Guide now available […] Read More »

Deadline for Ventura County Fair Poster Contest is extended

In response to the health crisis, the deadline to submit entries for the 11th annual Fair poster contest is extended to Friday, May 1. There will be no fee to enter this year. The contest is open to young artists in grades 5 – 12 who reside in Ventura County. The theme of the 2020 Fair is […] Read More »

Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center CEO Barbara Quaid issued the following statement

Following the directive from Gov. Gavin Newsome and the California Department of Public Health, the VC Fairgrounds and Event Center is temporarily suspending all events involving attendance of 250 people or more. The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance to us.  In addition to the Governors directive, we will continue […] Read More »

CAPS Media Center responding to community needs

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis the CAPS Media Center is closed to Members and the public until further notice. CAPS Member/Producers can submit programming via the online portal at for broadcast and streaming on CAPS public access television Channel 6 and on CAPS Radio KPPQ 104.1FM. Even though the CAPS Media Center is […] Read More »

Farmers’ Market Association announces status during the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak …

The Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association (VCCFMA) is committed to maintaining its four farmers markets as a vital food facility and local food source during this time of uncertainty with the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the VCCFMA announces that all four markets will remain open for the foreseeable future in Midtown Ventura, […] Read More »

Food Share looking for volunteers and donations to ensure no one goes hungry

Ventura County’s food bank is stepping up its operations to ensure that those in need have access to food. As an essential service, Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank, is not only staying open, it’s stepping up its operations to feed even more people in need. In addition to grocery stores, farmers markets, convenience stores, […] Read More »

What can I do?

by Jill Forman Most of us want to help. Heck, most of us just want to do something. If you’re like me, retired and in “that” age group, you’re not even supposed to leave the house. Everyone I know is busy. They work, they do volunteer stuff, they take care of grandchildren and help out […] Read More »

A Message from City of Ventura’s Economic Development Manager regarding Coronavirus

The recent developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are rapidly evolving. While county, state, and federal agencies take the lead to address the public health-related concerns connected to the virus, our office is also working closely with the County, Ventura Chamber of Commerce, and other key partners to assist our local businesses through the developing economic […] Read More »

Trash, recycling, composting services continue at Harrison, Gold Coast and Agromin,

With the health and safety of employees, customers and communities of utmost importance, E.J. Harrison & Sons and its partners at Gold Coast Recycling and Agromin are closely following the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all relevant federal, state and local agencies to prevent the spread of […] Read More »

Dear Venturans

by President/CEO of Visit Ventura Marlyss Auster Once again, we are up against hard times and facing many unknowns. But here’s what we already know. We’ve been here before — and not only survived, but thrived. Because here by the sea we carry something very unique in our hearts and minds. The will to see […] Read More »

Rapid Response Fund for Ventura County in Response to COVID-19

The Ventura County Community Foundation, in coordination with the County of Ventura, Amgen Foundation, Southeast Ventura County YMCA, Give An Hour, and the Economic Development Collaborative, has launched a Rapid Response Fund for Ventura County to support nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of individuals and families with food and housing support, childcare, wage replacement, mental […] Read More »

VCCCD opts-out of California Community College Association Spring I Season

After careful consideration and in the best interest of our student athletes, coaches and athletic staff of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) has decided to “opt-out” of competition for the upcoming California Community College Association (CCCAA) Spring I season at this time, a decision that affects traditional fall […] Read More »