This ‘n’ That

A vacant lot has been transformed into a beautiful garden

The large lot behind the Museum of Ventura County, on Santa Clara, is now a permanent and temporary garden of sculptures and metal tee-pees. It opened on September 22 and included live music and a food truck. The project, “Echoes of a Recent Past.” was created by Ventura artist Paul Lindhard from Art City Studios […] Read More »

County Supervisor Carmen Ramirez in CAPS Media studio

Recently CAPS Media produced a set of informative videos with Ventura County Supervisor Carmen Ramirez in the CAPS Media studio directed to renters throughout the county that have been impacted by COVID-19. Recorded in English and Spanish the informational videos provide renters facing eviction with clear direction on how to obtain assistance from the County […] Read More »

Ventura Boys & Girls Club nearing teen center reopening

VCCAR members present check to Peter McClintock with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura was forced to close its facility in West Ventura in June over a dispute with the Ventura Unified School District over state grant requirements. Since then, club officials have been scrambling […] Read More »

St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo earn national recognition

Sherri Greif, Nurse Practitioner, Stroke Program Manager and Nicole Schumacher, Neuro Nurse Practitioner are proud of the recognition. Dignity Health—St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo (SJHC) have received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the […] Read More »

Namba presents The Honey Whiskey Trio

“Prepare to be stunned by The Honey Whiskey Trio. They create moving vocal music but you will also see and hear elements of dance and theatre in their performance. They draw deeply from the well of American musical tradition. We are thrilled to have them as part of our series of Americana-themed shows this Fall” […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust Presents OAKtober celebrating our community’s oak trees

Through the month of October, Ventura Land Trust will celebrate its first annual OAKtober with a series of events that acknowledge and celebrate Ventura County’s oak trees and ecosystems. Oaks are the foundation of several major ecosystems in Ventura County. Each oak is central to home to a hundred interdependent plant and animal species. Trees […] Read More »

Lenny and Susan LaCroix Trio

On Saturday, October 2, the Lenny and Susan LaCroix Trio entertained visitors to the Ventura Harbor playing by the carousel building. Susan is the President of the Channel Cities Jazz Club that presents monthly concerts at The House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave. The next concert will be on Sunday, October 17th, from 1-4 pm, […] Read More »

Fundraising event for Nasarenko’s campaign District Attorney

Photos by Richard Lieberman On Sunday, September 26, a fundraising event for Eric Nasarenko’s campaign for Ventura County District Attorney was held at Café Ficelle in Ventura. A crowd of well wishers and Ventura officials gathered at the café to show their support for Nasarenko’s current campaign for District Attorney. Among those attending were ex- […] Read More »

City Council Member Jim Friedman on proposed opening of area behind Ventura Auto Center:

We asked City Council Member Jim Friedman (District 5)to comment on the proposed opening of the area behind the Ventura Auto Center: After years of discussion, planning and deliberation going back to 2004, the Ventura City Council unanimously approved terms for a development agreement that would open up the area behind the Ventura Auto Center […] Read More »

Ventura County FEAR GROUNDS

Ventura County FEAR GROUNDS is being held at the fairgrounds. Three Open Air Horrifying Haunts on Oct. 7-10, 14-17 and 21-31. Ana Baker was sure scared. Read More »

Board Chair, Vice-Chair and Board Members announced by Ventura College Foundation

The new foundation board chair is Ellyn Dembowski, a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway in Ventura. She has been on the foundation board for 12 years. “As we get closer to Ventura College’s 100th anniversary in 2025, I’d like to see us take the opportunity to educate the community about what the foundation does,” says Dembowski. […] Read More »

The finished canoe measures 28 1/2 feet in length and weighs 100 pounds.

Just prior to maiden voyage at Harbor Cove Beach. Ventura resident Jon Huber is no stranger to Hawaiian outrigger canoes. The seventy-four-year-old is a senior member and past president of the Ventura Outrigger Canoe Club (VOCC). Paddling the club’s outrigger canoes several days a week has been a routine part of his schedule for years. […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Update from Dolly Knight, Ventura Senior City Librarian As of the end of September, the majority of events are still virtual. Some are transitioning to outdoor venues at the libraries. The Foster Ukulele Jam is meeting out in front of the library, to the great joy of passers-by. Storytimes at Hill Road […] Read More »

Ventura has had some strange holidays over the years

by Richard Senate HUTASH . Perhaps the first holiday was celebrated by the Chumash people, perhaps well over a thousand years ago. The Chumash had a very accurate calendar, and this harvest festival was celebrated on the 29th of September. It was the most important holiday of the Native Chumash people. It was a time of […] Read More »

Shipping companies receive awards for slowing to protect blue whales

The Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies program recognized 16 global shipping companies for reducing speeds to 10 knots or less in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Southern California Region in 2020. The voluntary program is an initiative to cut air pollution, protect endangered whales, and reduce underwater noise. The 2020 program ran […] Read More »

October events are scheduled for Betsy Blanchard Chess and “Daughter of the Land.”

Betsy Blanchard Chess will speak about the history of agriculture in Ventura County and her new book, “Daughter of the Land.” Ms. Chess is fourth generation farming and ranching in the county. Her family started and still operates Limoneira, one of the leading distributors of lemons, avocados, and other produce throughout America and internationally. Ms. […] Read More »

Tree Town

Celebrate “Oaktober”! On October 28, ten new oak trees will be planted along the bike path at the Ventura Community Park to shade five benches. This is the beginning of a project to add an oak grove of 50 trees to the west side of the park. There will be a fun volunteer opportunity to […] Read More »

Credit union’s philanthropic organization offers financial support to local nonprofits

The Foundation of VCCU, a philanthropic nonprofit organization established by Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU), gave a total of $40,000 in grants to 10 local nonprofit organizations to support their efforts on behalf of the community. “Each of these nonprofits is doing incredible work to support the Ventura County community,” said The Foundation’s board president, […] Read More »

Workshops help students access funds for college

To help students overcome the challenge of paying for college, Moorpark College, Oxnard College, Ventura College and Ventura College East Campus are holding free Cash 4 College workshops. Workshops are scheduled for Oct. 9 and Oct. 23, and will be in-person or by Zoom, depending on the campus. Students can drop in anytime during the […] Read More »

Happy Birthday CAPS Media

I am the Executive Director of CAPS Media, or as we are officially known: Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura. 2021 marks the 21st anniversary of CAPS Media serving the city and public throughout Ventura. In honor of this momentous occasion I thought it would be appropriate and informative to share A Brief History of […] Read More »

Mustang Marketing looks to the future with new brand identity

Mustang Marketing, Ventura County’s premier full-service marketing agency, has unveiled a new brand identity. The updated logo embodies the qualities that have made the company successful over the past three decades while also capturing its future. “Since 1986, our clients have come to depend on our ability to infuse the right combination of seriousness, fun, […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County installs 2021-2022 Board

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC), along with Gold Corporate Sponsor CHASE Bank is pleased to announce the installation of its new Board of Directors on August 17th virtually, via Zoom as part of its Summer Celebration. The Honorable Sofia Rubalcava, Mayor of Ventura, installed the new […] Read More »

Olivas Adobe during Days On The Rancho

Fiddling away at the Olivas Adobe during a Sunday of celebrating this charming property during Days On The Rancho. Read More »

The Mystery of the Ortega Adobe

This was the birthplace of the modern Ortega Chili Company that exists today.  by Richard Senate She stands at 215 W. Main St., Ventura. Forlorn and almost forgotten. She is perhaps the least visited of Ventura’s many historic sites. The Ortega Adobe is the last of the simple adobes that once made up the row […] Read More »

Tree Town

The Red Flowering Gum tree (Eucalyptus Ficifolia) is the Official Tree of the City of Ventura. It is native to Australia, first introduced to California in 1873. It became popular as a drought-tolerant evergreen street tree decades ago. There are many mature Red Flowering Gums on Thompson Blvd and Seaward Avenue. The bright red or pink blooms […] Read More »

United Way welcomes new team members to support United to End Homelessness

United Way of Ventura County has hired two new team members to support its United to End Homelessness Ventura County initiative. Carie Bristow is now serving as housing navigation and retention case manager for the nonprofit, and Stefany Gonzalez has joined the team as housing navigator. In her new role as housing navigation and retention […] Read More »

Robotics Team 4414: HighTide presents Tidal Tumble Competition

Student participants range from grades 9 – 12. Local Robotics Team 4414: HighTide was recently showcased as a part of SessaMfg’s celebration of 42 years in business. Guests got a close look at the HighTide Robotics Lab, talked with team members and learned about this STEM program. Michael Sessa addressed the crowd and congratulated the […] Read More »

VCLA connects and cultivates a diverse network of passionate capable leaders.

VCLA hosted a welcome mixer. The Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) hosted a welcome mixer for their 27th cohort, kicking off their upcoming year that begins this month and ends in May of 2022. Special thanks went out to the VCLA board and featured speakers: Brad “Brick” Conners, VCLA Board President Dr. Steve Elson, VCLA […] Read More »

Opera SB opens season with company premiere and innovative approach to ticket pricing.

Opera Santa Barbara opens its ambitious 21|22 Season with the company premiere of the celebrated Mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (“To Cross the Face of the Moon”). Performances will be held Friday, October 1, at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 3, at 2:30pm at the Granada Theatre. This production marks the company’s first […] Read More »

Ventura Jogger’s Club was founded in January of 2019

How do you get to join Ventura joggers? A safe space to get your body moving with fun activities and involvement in local events and charities – welcome to Ventura Jogger’s Club. Upon hearing the name of our community group, people often ask, “Do I have to jog?”. The short answer is no – but […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 26 – Sept 22 – Oct 5, 2021 - Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Storytelling Festival (October 28-31, 2021) will present acclaimed storyteller Donald Davis at this year’s 20 Ojai Storytelling Festival. In addition to his performances, he will also be conduction a workshop on the “Art of Storytelling”. Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. While he heard many traditional […] Read More »

ALDI grocery opens newest store

ALDI grocery has opened its newest store at 4717 Telephone Rd. ALDI operates more than 2,000 stores in 37 states and is on track to become the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022. Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Note from Online Bookstore manager Leslie Bellmore Did you know our Friends Online Bookstore offers you the ease of browsing and ordering online, then quick and easy pick up at the Foster Bookstore?  Volunteers with backgrounds in teaching and library administration carefully select these books to be not only engaging, worthwhile reading material but in […] Read More »

Giving back to the community

Looking for a way to give back to the community? The Auxiliary at Community Memorial Hospital is looking for volunteers. This group provides many services throughout the hospital and there are openings in most areas for new recruits. Though the time requirements are minimal, the contribution made by volunteers is great. Interested in joining us? […] Read More »

Happenings at the Dudley House

October 3: Richard Senate, long known as Ventura County’s “Ghost Hunter” and other docents will lead tours of the 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Senate will be signing his books including the booklet, “Are There Ghosts at the Dudley House?” for sale in the gift shop. Tour group […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting ceremony grand opening for Juice Swell

Photo by Richard Lieberman A ribbon cutting ceremony grand opening was held for Juice Swell a new fully organic, vegan restaurant serving healthy fast eat-in and take out dishes located at 1052 South Seaward Ave. Cutting the ribbon was Stephanie Caldwell, President & CEO of Ventura Chamber of Commerce, Chef James Quandt, and owner Keith […] Read More »

A community reading program

The Ventura County Library is proud to announce its fourth annual One County, One Book community reading program. One County, One Book aims to unite the Ventura County community around a common narrative, spreading interest in and facilitating discussions about the selected book. One County, One Book 2021 is truly a countywide initiative, and aims […] Read More »

Channel Islands Maritime Museum announces indigenous film showcase

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) is happy to announce its first film showcase event “Home Waters: Coastal Communities and Maritime Traditions,” a selection of four short films. Through animation, cinema verite, and classic documentary formats, four directors take us across North America and Canada to explore coastal indigenous lifeways. In “Now Is the Time” […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 26 – Sept 22 – Oct 5, 2021 - On Vacation

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Vol. 14, No. 26 – Sept 22 – Oct 5, 2021 - On Vacation

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Echoes of a Recent Past

Echoes of a Recent Past at the Museum of Ventura County September 22 @ 5-8pm Join us for a special evening celebrating the opening of our new Sculpture Garden and the space’s first installation by artist Paul Lindhard. Enjoy live music by Jason Brock’s rock band, post-Celtic music by Maya Lumen, aerial performances by Fly […] Read More »

The Women’s Club in Action

Volunteer members Mary Harrison, Anita Hensley, Ariel Cottrell, and Sandi Brown prepare books for the upcoming book sale/fundraiser. by Shirley Lorraine The San Buenaventura Women’s Club continues to find ways to contribute to the community. For over 80 years, the Club has been committed to fulfilling its mission of giving back to Ventura County. The […] Read More »

Local lady will be driving in an all Women's Demolition Derby for Cancer

A truly inspirational lady. Bekkah Doyle is a Ventura County local living in Ventura. She used a personal tragedy to inspire her to help people in need. She told us how she got into demo derbies as a way to raise money. “I was actually involved in a bad car accident in 2019. A car […] Read More »

40,000 pounds of donated food arrives in Ventura

The food will go to families struggling with food needs from Ventura County. Last week, a truck carrying over 40,000 pounds of food – from cases of canned salsa, peaches, peanut butter, and more – arrived at Project Understanding in Ventura to help with the organization’s efforts to feed hundreds of families in Ventura County […] Read More »

Each target is sponsored by a local business

Raising funds for Pier Into The Future. Chip in for Charity is a non-competitive golfing event where participants chip their balls towards sponsored targets located within the driving range to raise funds and support local non-profit efforts. This year we are raising funds for Pier Into The Future, that is preserving and maintaining the Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 25 – Sept 8 – Sept 21, 2021 - On Vacation

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Buena High 50th coming up soon

It’s been 50 years since the class of ’71 roamed the concrete halls of Buena High. How many friends’ names can you remember? If you join us on October 15-17, 2021, for our 50th reunion, you can test your memory and maybe win a prize. A ticket will get you a T-shirt, food, reminiscing and […] Read More »

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation celebrates anniversary

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (Cabrillo EDC) is the largest developer of affordable homes in Ventura County. With 24 properties, 1,159 homes and future projects in development, the organization is celebrating 40 years of home. Founded in 1981, Cabrillo EDC’s early roots were in response to a farmworker community’s demand for secure housing. Rooted in […] Read More »

CAPS Media 2020 – 2021

The 2020 CAPS Media Annual Report is available on the CAPS Media website for those who want to take a quick trip down memory lane. Go to capsmedia.org and click on the documents link. The COVID-19 pandemic presented considerable challenges for the CAPS Media team throughout the year and a half, however despite the obstacles […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program certified by industry leader

Community Memorial Health System is proud to announce the certification of its Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification recognizes Community Memorial Health System’s (CMHS) commitment to improving patients’ quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs that include exercise, education, counseling and support […] Read More »

Middle and high school teachers needed for new grant-funded program.

Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) has been awarded a three year NOAA Bay-Watershed and Training Grant Award for the implementation of a new and exciting environmental science program titled ‘Ventura River Action Network (V-RAN) in partnership with the MERITO Foundation and with additional support from the U.C. Davis Center for Community and Citizen Science and […] Read More »

Seaside Highland Games cancelled

It is with deep regret the Board of Directors for the Seaside Highland Games is compelled to announce that the 2021 Games will not take place.​ Although the Board worked diligently with the Ventura County Fairgrounds to seek ways to hold the 2021 Games, the options presented by the Fairgrounds eliminated our access to major […] Read More »

Home Energy Savings Toolkits

Javier Saucedo of Ventura County’s Green Business Program will visit the Hill Road Library at 1pm on Thursday, September 23, to explain and demonstrate the contents of the DIY Home Energy Savings Toolkits currently available for lending from Ventura County Library locations. 3C-REN and the Ventura County Library have partnered to create the DIY Home […] Read More »

11th Annual Backpack Gift~Away was huge success!

This year’s theme was Pirates & Mermaids! Kids & Families Together (K&FT), Heart 2 Heart, along with River Community Church, hosted the 11th Annual Backpack Gift~Away Drive-Thru event on Saturday, August 14th. The event served 182 foster/resource, kinship, adopted and bio children from 72 families, who are currently working in programs with Kids & Families […] Read More »

Dear Wild & Scenic Film Festival guests

Thank you for joining us on August 28th for Ventura Land Trust’s 12th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on the campus of Ventura County Credit Union. Your support through Wild & Scenic makes its possible for Ventura Land Trust to permanently protect the land, water, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for […] Read More »

Cute Kids

Ventura Breeze Senior Advertising Exec. Breezy Gledhill is sure that her niece, 4-year-old Louvelle Gledhill is the cutest in the whole universe. Maybe she is right. Read More »

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast Introduces “Infant at Work” Program

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast launched an “Infant at Work” program today allowing parents to bring their infant to work for up to six months. “I believe it is imperative that we do our best to support newborn parents and guardians,” says CEO, Tammie Helmuth. An infant’s first few months are crucial to their […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County Announces Special September Event

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC), along with Gold Corporate Sponsor Chase Bank is pleased to announce this month’s event: “Get a Seat at the Table”. This event will be an expert panel discussion and will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 4:30 to […] Read More »

Thank You BBQ at Olivas Adobe

On Saturday, August 28, a BBQ was held at the Olivas Adobe as a thank you to all of the docents, volunteers, helpers, and future Olivas docents. Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Changes, changes …Mask Rules As the pandemic ebbs and flows, the mask rules change before they are even published! Masks must now be worn indoors by everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Hill Road book group met in person outdoors on their patio. Foster book group plans a hybrid in-person/Zoom meeting. Contact your […] Read More »

Visit Ventura finishes in the top three in U.S. Travel Association National Award 

Marlyss Auster Visit Ventura CEO & President and Cheryl Shallanberger Vice President of Sales & Marketing accepting the National Award. Visit Ventura was chosen as a finalist for a prestigious ESTO Award, finishing in the top three in a nationwide competition between destination marketing organizations across the country in a contest sponsored by the United […] Read More »

Assess your cancer risk at an online seminar on Aug. 26

Community Memorial Health System is hosting a free online seminar that can help you assess your risk for developing cancer. The free seminar, titled, “Genetic Testing: What it Can Tell You About Your Risk & Prevention of Cancer,” will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26. While there is no sure way to […] Read More »

Petanque anyone?

Patty Berry, Kerry Leiman, Steve Mac, Bob Berry and Sheila Leiman jouer Petanque. The women’s club, BCNN (the Beachcities Neighbors & Newcomer’s Club for Women in Ventura, Oxnard and Pt. Hueneme- they also have activities with men) play Petanque. It  is one of our many activities (we have over 30 different types of activities in the Club). […] Read More »

Are there ghosts at the Dudley House?

This is a question the guides at the historic house museum are sometimes asked during the first Sunday open house tours. Well, now there is an answer! Published authors and tour guides Lynn Weitzel and Richard Senate–known nationally as Ventura County’s “Ghost Hunter”–have dipped into their “ghost files” and written a compilation of reports dating […] Read More »

VCCCD Chancellor Greg Gillespie announces retirement in 2022

Since joining the Ventura County Community College District, Greg Gillespie, Ph.D., has continually strived to provide students with access to high-quality, relevant educational programs and support services, first as president of Ventura College, and currently as VCCCD chancellor. After eight years of service to the District, Gillespie has announced his retirement, effective the end of […] Read More »

Ventura street names have interesting origins

by Richard Senate The Street names in Ventura reflect her long and colorful past. Each one  has its own story to tell. The Street we call today “Main Street” was once known as “El Camino Real”  the famed royal road that linked all the Missions in Spanish Times. With the coming of the Yankees they […] Read More »

The celebration of Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. Jewish Year 5782 starts at sunset on Sept.6 (The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin at sundown on the secular dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of the holiday. According […] Read More »

TREE TOWN

These striking yellow blossoms adorn Ventura every summer. The Cassia leptophylla (Gold Medallion Tree) is a broad semi-evergreen tree that grows to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide and is drought tolerant. In early to mid-summer, the clusters of 3- to 5-inch wide deep yellow flowers appear. This is the most common and reliable […] Read More »

Announcing Melissa Baffa as Ventura Land Trust Executive Director

The Ventura Land Trust is pleased to announce that Melissa Baffa has been selected by the Board of Trustees as its new Executive Director. Her appointment comes at a time of historic expansion for Ventura Land Trust, which in the past year has grown to hold nearly 4,000 acres of land designated for conservation and […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Question: What is that huge building going up across from the WAV? Viv Brown Answer: It is the Mar Y Cel development located at 24 East Santa Clara Street (District 1). A mixed-use development with 140 apartment units with 14 affordable units (6 low, 8 very low), 6,500 square feet of commercial space, and a […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County Research Library digitizes early 20th Century footage

Made possible by a Schwemm Family Foundation grant, the Museum of Ventura County’s (MVC) Research Library has successfully digitized the Herman Keene film collection. It is now available for viewing in an online exhibit titled, “Out And Back: Ventura County Backcountry Adventures,” venturamuseum.org/virtual-exhibits. Out And Back: Ventura County Backcountry Adventures follows Herman Balden Keene (1879-1965), […] Read More »

Behavioral Health Services offered at Community Memorial Hospital

by Carol Leish Maureen Hodge, LCSW, Program Manager of High-Risk Program at Community Memorial Health Systems says, “There are many outpatient programs provided by the hospital. And, we hope that the expansion of ambulatory behavioral health programs will enable our team to be able to better serve our community.” There are three types of ambulatory […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Summer is ending, but the libraries are busier than ever. Library book groups Just a reminder – book groups are meeting in person in August and September, as of now. Here are the selections for the next meetings: Hill Road Library – I’ll Be Gone In the Dark by MacNamara. Copies are […] Read More »

Working Together to ‘Stuff the Bus’

Kayli Bates, Kylee Brown and Tiler de Long pitched in to help assemble and fill backpacks during Stuff the Bus. by Amy Nielsen A group of volunteers that included teens and family members from Aera Energy worked together recently with the United Way of Ventura County to assemble backpacks full of school supplies for homeless […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust announces 12th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The 2021 film festival will feature two hours of films. Photo by Dan Holmes Ventura Land Trust is pleased to bring back a live experience for its 12th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour on Saturday, August 28th on the campus of Ventura County Credit Union headquarters from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. This […] Read More »

Westside Community Council

In our last issue we had this photo of the Westside Community Council but it was so small you couldn’t see their lovely faces. Read More »

International Day of Friendship

The guest speaker was Pastor Michael McCurtis of the Total Life Christian Center of Ventura. On August 7th, from 1pm – 3pm, the Church of Scientology Ventura held an open house special presentation to Commemorate the International Day of Friendship. The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed by the United Nations in 2011 with the […] Read More »

The wreck of the SS Winfield Scott

 The ship was slowly sinking. by Richard Senate An event happened on Anacapa Island that was the cause of the construction of a light house on the Island.  It was a dark foggy night, December 4th, 1853, when the steamship ” Winfield Scott” went into the rocks off Frenchies Cove, Anacapa Island. The three-year-old 1,291 ton paddle […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

The Ventura Friends of the Library had a sale at the Dudley House. by Jill Forman Thanks for a successful book sale! On July 31 and August 1, the Ventura Friends of the Library had a sale at the Dudley House. The weather was perfect, the local plant society was there with plants for sale, […] Read More »

Caissons being delivered to the Ventura Harbor for new docks being constructed.

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Channel Islands Choral Association is pleased to announce the 2021 Fall Choral Concert Season.

Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) in partnership with CSU Channel Islands, Pleasant Valley School District and Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra is pleased to announce our 2021 Fall Choral Concert Season. Excerpts from two joyful and uplifting choral works will help herald a much-needed celebratory tone as our community launches their holiday celebrations: Morten Laurdisen’s Lux […] Read More »

Coverly Professional Services, Inc. CEO Lynnette Coverly, is honored with three awards

Coverly Professional Services (CoverlyPro) CEO, Lynnette Coverly and her company are having a banner year. In the first six months of 2021 Coverly has been awarded the 2021 BRAVA Adaptability Award by the National Association of Women Business Owner Ventura County (NAWBO-VC), is the Women’s Economic Venture’s 2021 Media and Communications Spirit of Entrepreneurship award […] Read More »

Covid-19 Pandemic Hurts Girl Scout Cookie Sales

It is a commonly accepted belief that Girl Scout Cookies are the most delicious cookies, but they also provide opportunities for millions of girls across the country to learn skills that are essential to leadership, success, and life. Unfortunately, this year 250,000 boxes of the coveted Girl Scout cookies have been left unsold in stores […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 23 – Aug 11 – Aug 24, 2021 - On Vacation

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Local SCORE Chapter receives Platinum Award

SCORE’s Ventura County Chapter was awarded 2020 Platinum Status, SCORE’s highest rating. The award recognizes the Ventura County Chapter for outstanding leadership, commitment and exemplary services in maintaining chapter standards of operation. This recognition is client centered and given to the top performing SCORE chapters out of 300 nationally. SCORE Ventura County’s mission is to […] Read More »

TREE TOWN

Foto: Jim Ackerman filling his water tank for landscape irrigation. Ventura Water is offering a Recycled Water Mobile Reuse Program to our residents. Recycled water may be used for landscape irrigation and dust control. (The City currently uses it for watering young street trees and the municipal golf courses.)  Ventura Water customers may take advantage of the […] Read More »

Ventura County Library announces a new mobile app, MyVCLibrary, allowing users access to print and digital collections

Saticoy Library is one of four Ventura libraries. The MyVCLibrary app helps library customers continue to access Ventura County Library collections and services in a user-friendly way. Users may access a digital library card, search for materials, place or cancel holds, manage their account, renew items, and even self-check, all from their mobile device. Other […] Read More »

Main St. in the old days

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Answer In a Breeze

Question: I often see Coast Guard boats going into the Ventura Harbor. What are they doing in the Harbor? Diane Brown Answer: We asked Tim Burrows from the Ventura Harbor Patrol to answer this. The US coast guard serves many functions, one of which is boarding vessels for safety inspections and or suspicious activity. They […] Read More »

Where happiness comes in waves at the Ventura Harbor

Celebrate seaside entertainment all summer long. The sights and sounds of Summer continue weekly at Ventura Harbor Village through Labor Day with a stellar line up of live seaside entertainment and an array of after dark experiences. Set sail into the weekend with harborside entertainment at Ventura Harbor Village where a menagerie of summer seaside […] Read More »

Adopt a bright and caring and personable teenage boy from Kidsave Summer Miracles Program

Weston is a smart and caring 14-year-old foster child from Columbia. by Carol Leish Sueanne Chadbourne is a lawyer who does personal injury, governmental defense and social services work. Her husband, Stephen, does operations/distributions for a medical device company. William (Weston) is staying with their family here in Ventura. They also have their own 16-year-old […] Read More »

TREE TOWN

Ventura has many empty tree wells along our city streets. If you have one in your neighborhood, you can contact the City of Ventura Urban Forestry department and request that a street tree be planted. The city crew takes care of 30,000 trees, and new trees need watering for the first two years, so it […] Read More »

Most residential property did not suffer adverse market value conditions

County Assessor Dan Goodwin announced the certification and delivery of Ventura County’s annual assessment roll to Auditor-Controller Jeff Burgh Monday, June 28, on time and includes adjustments for impacts of the pandemic. “My office has been following the economic impact of the pandemic closely. Restricted access to workplaces and other virus-related effects have taken their […] Read More »

Sensory kits were presented to every ambulance in the county

Sensory kits are designed to comfort those with disabilities. Photo by Richard Lieberman On Monday, July 26, at 3:30 pm, at Gold Coast Ambulance, 200 Bernoulli Circle, Oxnard the Autism Society Ventura County presented sensory kits to every ambulance in the county The sensory kits are designed to comfort those with disabilities when in an emergency […] Read More »

11th Annual Backpack Gift~Away Event!

Kids & Families Together (K&FT) along with Heart 2 Heart will be hosting the 11th Annual Backpack Gift~Away Drive-Thru event on Saturday, August 14th, in Ventura for foster/resource, kinship, adopted and bio-families currently working in programs with Kids & Families Together. This will be a fun family event that will provide backpacks filled with age […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Ventura Friends of the Library book sale and community event There will be a giant book sale on Saturday July 31 and Sunday August 1 at the lovely Dudley House Historical Museum, 197 North Ashwood Avenue (corner of Loma Vista.) Quality used books will be arranged by genre/category and will be displayed […] Read More »

Volunteer Opportunity!

The CMH Auxiliary is in need of volunteers and there are openings in most departments for those who are looking for an opportunity to serve the community in a volunteer capacity. After the pandemic shut down so many activities, many of us are seeking ways to become more involved and to reconnect with other people. […] Read More »

CMHS among the leading American internal medicine programs awarded grants

Community Memorial Health System will work to enhance equity and inclusion in healthcare with the help of a $5,000 grant that will fund new workshops about diversity within its Internal Medicine residency program. “Reducing any kind of bias and building trust with each other and with our patients is critical to ensuring our healthcare system […] Read More »

Cuban Exiles/Cuban Americans meet in Ventura to protest economic conditions in Cuba

They met at the Ventura Comedy Club. by Richard Lieberman In 1959 the Cuban revolution declared victory against the government of Juan Bautista and, according to a group of Cuban exiles and Cuban Americans things on the island nation have gotten worse with time leaving millions in severe poverty, availability of common goods and necessities […] Read More »

Tri-county regional launch of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project

Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (APCD), Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) and their partner, Clean Power Alliance (CPA) are excited to announce the upcoming tri-county regional launch of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) on July 27. The tri-county CALeVIP Project seeks to rapidly expand the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in […] Read More »

Person To Person

by Amy Brown Question: How did the more than year-long need to sequester affect you? Fred Yasukochi Retired The year of Covid forced cancellation of trips to Africa and Yellowstone. It gave me situational depression, and gained weight! New skills included how to make bacon at home. How did things change once the shutdown was […] Read More »

DIY Home Energy Savings Toolkit available

You can check out a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Savings Toolkit at participating Ventura County libraries. Ventura County Library is partnering with Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA), and 3C-REN (Tri-County Regional Energy Network) to launch the DIY Energy Savings Toolkits. The DIY toolkits include instruction guidebooks in both English and Spanish and will help provide […] Read More »

A Monument to a Disaster

by Richard Senate On the night of March 12, 1928, at exactly 11:57pm, the newly constructed St. Francis Dam failed. The six-hundred-foot-long concrete structure was filled to the top with the runoff of a great rain storm. The dam had been leaking hours before it burst. No witnesses survived the dam break that sent twelve billion […] Read More »

Mayor Sofia Rubalcava supported the Ventura Really Really Free Market

Mayor Sofia Rubalcava reading a story to young West Ventura resident, Cosmo, while Shannon López looks on. City of Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava participated in the Ventura Really Really Free Market (RRFM) on the 4th of July, 9 am-1 pm at Kellogg Park in West Ventura.  Organized by the Ventura County chapter of the Democratic […] Read More »

VMF’s live July 25th concert presents Guitar Competition Gold Medalist Andrea Roberto

This wunderkind’s fingers have been on a guitar since age 4. by Richard Newsham, VMF consultant 25-year-old guitar prodigy Andrea Roberto from Foggia (in Southern Italy’s Apulia)—the Gold Medalist at the fifth quadrennial Parkening International Guitar Competition in 2019—returns to California to demonstrate the musicianship that won him this coveted title for the world’s preeminent […] Read More »

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Walk on July 24

Please join Ventura locals Staci Brown and Angelique Suddock as we do our mini fundraising walk for Mothers Against Drunk Driving to take place on July 24th at 11:00 am in front of Aloha’s Steakhouse on the Ventura promenade. We have invited the Ventura Sheriff’s offices and expect to have some guests. We will be […] Read More »

CAPS Media Productions for Mayor’s State of the City Message

Welcome to Summer. Here’s a roubust CAPS congratulations to all 2021 elementary, middle, high school and college graduates and their families throughout Ventura. CAPS Media was thrilled to be part of the celebrations by covering and livestreaming the ceremonies from Buena High, Ventura High, El Camino High, Foothill High, Pacific High and VACE. The extensive […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation distributes over $640,000 in scholarships 

Scholarship recipient Jimena Pérez Arroyo came to the U.S. from Mexico. The Ventura College Foundation awarded 400 scholarships to 228 students totaling $642,758 for the 2020/21 academic year.  Students were notified this month of their scholarship awards. Scholarship amounts range from an average of nearly $2,400 for continuing students to an average of nearly $4,000 […] Read More »

Supporting those working with Kids & Families Together

Do you remember learning how to ride a bike for the first time? The struggles, the frustrations suddenly turning into exhilaration, pride and joy as one achieves this childhood milestone! On Saturday, June 19th, at least 12 of the Ventura County foster, adopted and kinship children attending this Kids & Families Together and Heart 2 […] Read More »

Second annual Lemon Grove Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade

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Visit Olivas Adobe

When visiting Olivas Adobe, Docent Mary Thompson can show you the wonderful living quarters and provide a historical overview of the families who lived there. Enjoy an afternoon filled with California history, art, and see Ventura County’s only remaining Monterey style adobe home from the Rancho-era. Olivas Adobe will open to visitors the second Sunday […] Read More »

Movie Stars in Ventura, a long tradition

by Richard Senate I was working giving tours at the Albinger Archaeological Museum that summer in the 1980s. It was a fun job and enabled me to meet people from all over the world and tell them the history of our city, as interpreted in the archaeological finds at the small museum. It was a […] Read More »

Sugar Junkie celebrates ribbon cutting

Sugar Junkie celebrates their move to Downtown Ventura with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. Sugar Junkie is a boutique style sugaring studio. Sugaring hair removal is an all natural alternative to waxing. Call to book an appointment (805)275-9000.   Read More »

Tree Town

Many of Ventura’s trees are drought-stressed. If you have a young tree in your yard or a city street tree in front of your house, a few buckets of water each week will help it survive. There are over 30,000 street trees in the City of Ventura, so the city’s urban forestry crew appreciates each resident who can […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Apology and Correction The Barbecue for the July 31 book sale will be provided by the Ventura Downtown Lions. The Lions have been so helpful to the Ventura Friends of the Library at book sales for years, providing “person power” when we need it most. My apologies to the Lions for misstating […] Read More »

The club is being rebuilt as the Ventura Canoe & Kayak Club

Class for introduction to sprint canoe and kayaking held at the Harbor. The club was originally known as the “Ventura Olympic Canoe Club” and had many National titles in the late 1970s and 80s. After a dormant period, the club is being rebuilt as the Ventura Canoe & Kayak Club. Club membership can be for […] Read More »

Scholarship awards presented by CMH Auxiliary Junior Volunteer program.

These young people have contributed thousands of hours of volunteer service to CMH. On June 14, scholarships were awarded to nine deserving young people who have been part of the CMH Auxiliary Junior Volunteer program. At an outdoor ceremony in front of Community Memorial Hospital, Auxiliary president Linda Pettit, Junior chairperson Marilyn Beal, and hospital […] Read More »

NAWBO celebrates BRAVA 2021 awards

Photo by Deena Gledhill NAWBO celebrated their BRAVA 2021 awards online on Friday, June 18th, and a luncheon held at Peirano’s on June 17. This year’s theme “Diversity, Resilience, Transformation: Bold Women Creating Her-story” showcased how these six exemplary women in business and leadership are breaking barriers, forging new ground, and pursuing their goals with fearless fortitude. […] Read More »

Enroll your child in an amazing learning and exploration summer experience

The MERITO Foundation’s Marine Science Beach Camp is a program that engages children in hands-on ocean science and stewardship activities. Children will learn and experience a variety of marine science concepts, explore the coastal environment, and play with ocean-themed games. They will be introduced to scientific monitoring, and marine art and poetry in a safe and healthy […] Read More »

Visit Ventura is awarded “Best Place to Work” for the fourth year in a row

Visit visitventuraca.com/contact/staff to learn more about the Visit Ventura team. The Pacific Coast Business Times has once again honored Visit Ventura with their “Central Coast Best Place to Work” award. This marks the fourth year in a row that Visit Ventura has been selected as a “Best Place to Work,” but, suffice to say, 2020 […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation receives nearly $185,000 gift from Aurora Loss Estate

Aurora Loss with scholarship winner Vanessa Apodaca. Ventura College Foundation, which provides financial support to students and programs of Ventura College, received $184,105 from the estate of long-time Ventura College supporter Aurora Loss who passed away in April 2020 at age 102. Loss has a 20-year history of giving to Ventura College Foundation to fund […] Read More »

Third graders at Ventura Charter School hold month long school-supply-drive

Kids & Families Together on the campus of Ventura Charter School June 7, 2021, was the culmination of a year-long project by the 3rd grade classes at Ventura Charter School of Arts & Global Education (VCS). Teachers, Flow Hansmeier and Emily Noel worked with their students on a year-long “Peace Project”. During the first half […] Read More »

Master classes offered for dancers and dance teachers at NAMBA Performing Arts Space

“Modern dance is an investigation of movement from the inside out.” On Saturday, July 10, and Tuesday, July 13, danah bella (it’s spelled this way), Director of the BFA Dance program at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University will teach master classes for both dancers and dance teachers at NAMBA Performing Arts Space. “Modern […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman So much library news! All branches are open. Hours are mainly the same as before COVID, with minor alterations. Check the website or your branch. Staff and volunteers will continue to mask. Masking is optional for vaccinated patrons. New library website – Vencolibrary.org  has an updated, bright look. All the features you […] Read More »

There is a familiar sight at CMH these days

Those Auxiliary volunteers in their navy and white uniforms are back after more than a year’s absence! A measured return of volunteer activities began with the easing of COVID protocols and Ventura’s entry into less-restrictive tiers. While not all services have returned, pending safety review, most areas of the hospital are now accessible to volunteer […] Read More »

Alicia Doyle will discuss her autobiography

Alicia Doyle, an award-winning journalist and author of Fighting Chance, will discuss her award-winning autobiography as part of the Museum of Ventura County’s Local History Happy Hour series on July 27 at 5 p.m. This event is free. Alicia’s first book, Fighting Chance, has won three awards since it was published on Valentine’s Day in […] Read More »

Eight O Five Detail Shop celebrates ribbon cutting

Eight O Five Detail Shop celebrates their move with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. Eight O Five Detail Shop is award winning and veteran owned. Book your detail by calling 805-746 Read More »

The Riddle of the Cindy Lee Mellin

by Richard Senate A saleswoman at Macy’s at the Pacific View Mall told me that the department store was haunted. Footsteps were heard when there was no one there, someone humming, and clothes moved on the rack. Not only did she say it was haunted but she even knew the name of the ghost. It […] Read More »

VMF’s live July 24th concert presents Time for Three: a string trio who sings

by Richard Newsham, VMF consultant It’s “time” for “three of a perfect pair”—three musicians who flawlessly “pair” their impeccable voices to astonishing bow techniques on strings (two violins and one double bass)—in other words, a string trio who sings! Charles Yang, Nicolas Kendall and Ranaan Meyer bring their sensationally uncommon blend of vocals and instruments […] Read More »

Tree Town

The Jacaranda Mimosifolia tree is native to Argentina and Brazil and has been planted extensively in California coastal communities beginning in the 1890s. Its fern-like foliage makes it an excellent shade tree, and its striking purple blossoms adorn Ventura each June and July. Once established, Jacaranda trees can grow to 50′ and are moderately drought-tolerant, requiring watering only during […] Read More »

United Way welcomes new chair and members to Board of Directors including Ashley Bautista, Public Information Officer, County of Ventura

Dr. Greg Gillespie, Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District will assume the duties as Chair of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Ventura County on July 1, 2021. Dr. Gillespie will serve in this capacity through June 30, 2022. Dr. Gillespie succeeds Midge Campbell-Thomas, Market President of Santa Barbara and […] Read More »

Ventura County Ballet has been waiting for the darkness of Covid to lift to again share their art

Like the flower in this haiku by Frances Spencer, Ventura County Ballet and performers everywhere have been waiting for the darkness of Covid to lift to again share their art. Ventura County Ballet has joined with a diverse selection of local artists to create two free streaming programs – one classical and one contemporary – […] Read More »

Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation announces new chairman and new board members

The Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation (VCMRF) Board of Directors is proud to announce a new Chairman of the Board and 4 new members. Founded in 1956, the role of the Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation is to provide service to low-income and underserved families throughout Ventura County, and to connect people to resources that […] Read More »

VUSD Board of Education hires new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education, in their April 27 regularly scheduled Board meeting, voted in favor of Superintendent Rice’s appointee, Mr. Brett Taylor, as the new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Mr. Taylor will begin his new role on June 7, 2021. Mr. Taylor will be replacing Dr. Jeff Davis, who […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 20 – June 30 – July 13, 2021 - On Vaction

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VMF’s live July 23rd concert presents Aubrey Logan: Voice of the trombone

Lovers of Jazz, R&B and Pop—don’t miss this global star Aubrey Logan. by Richard Newsham, VMF consultant Lovers of Jazz, R&B and Pop—don’t miss this global star of stage and stream with her transfixing voice and slide-in-your-tracks trombone technique during her 2021 Ventura Music Festival concert on Friday, July 23, at 8 pm, at the […] Read More »

A Purr-fect Place to Relax

Jennifer Thompson cuddles with Michael, one of the cats available for affection and adoption, at Cassie’s Cats. by Jill Forman “I’m here to hang out with kitties!” says the excited visitor as she comes into Cassie’s Cats Lounge and Adoption Center. Four friendly felines stroll around, doze, and occasionally jump unexpectedly into waiting laps. Comfortable […] Read More »

CAPS broadcasts and live streams high school graduations

Everyone at CAPS Media congratulates every 2021 high school graduate in Ventura! After a year of COVID lock down and isolation, the students, families and friends recently shared a week of joyous graduation celebrations. CAPS Media crews recorded and live-streamed the commencement ceremonies for all six Ventura high schools: Buena, Ventura, Foothill, El Camino, Pacific […] Read More »

Aera Energy challenge was a huge success

Earlier this year, Aera Energy challenged our community to support health and wellness programs in VUSD schools by matching donations totaling $5,000 to VEP for teacher grants. The challenge was a success and combined with funding from Mountains 2 Beach Marathon, Ventura Education Partnership made grants totaling $21,000 for 7 individual grants and 7 group […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Bookstore and Book Sale News! The Ventura Friends of the Library is very excited to announce that all our venues will be back within a month. Foster Library Our Ventura Friends of the Library bookstore will be reopening on July 1st.  The bookstore is moving to the front left corner of the library’s […] Read More »

Marginalized groups share histories of systemic oppression

An opinion by Mary Haffner HAFFNER LAW GROUP Ventura The Civil Rights Movement was led by advocates courageously confronting the erroneous belief that some of us are more valuable and important than others.  They marched in protest to challenge the racial segregation that had been eloquently defended by politicians and enforced by police. The neglect […] Read More »

Hotel framing finally started

In a previous issue Marsha Moreland inquired about the status of the hotel being built behind the shuttered Golden China. Happy to report that framing has finally started. Read More »

The Weed Project: Outlaws of the Super Bloom & Crimes

On June 12, at the Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion at the Museum of Ventura County the opening reception of The Weed Project: Outlaws of the Super Bloom & Crimes was held. This new exhibit, by the comical and brave Charlene Spiller features thirteen botanical paintings with an ecological message. There were refreshments […] Read More »

Ventura's urban forest

Parking lots provide excellent opportunities for expanding Ventura’s urban forest. This city-owned lot off Loma Vista, next to the Community Memorial Hospital parking structure, had no trees for decades. As part of a paving project, the city recently installed eight new Australian Willow (Geijera parviflora) trees, which will provide shade as their canopies spread. They […] Read More »

Jack Lawrence White, A.I.A.

Jack Lawrence White, long time Los Angeles and Ventura County Architect and resident, passed away at the fine age of 89, on Monday, May 24th. Surrounded in love by his family, he took his last breath with his son Rick, holding his hand. Jack, born in Phoenix, in the coat closet of the Kit Kat […] Read More »

Villanova Prep celebrates 2021 graduates

The class of 2021 hails from eight different countries. Villanova Preparatory School graduated the 94th class in the school’s history on Saturday, May 29 at 4 p.m at the Grotto of Our Mother of Good Counsel on Villanova’s campus. The 55 young men and women of the class of 2021 were joined by the Villanova […] Read More »

Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges’ students honored

A Ventura College graduation like no other. Not even a pandemic could stop this year’s graduates of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges from pursuing—and achieving—their educational goals. In recognition of what these resilient students have accomplished, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) leadership collaborated with its three colleges to celebrate the 5,370 students in […] Read More »

Marine Science Beach Camps are back this Summer!

During the camps, children learn about a variety of marine science concepts. Summer is almost here! Ensure your children or grandchildren get the outdoor exposure they need for proper development through educational and enriching hands-on activities in marine science that follow strict COVID-19 prevention measures. Registration to MERITO Foundation’s Marine Science Beach Camps – Summer […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Garden announces winners in Spring Bloom Contest

Winners of the 2021 Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) In Bloom Photo Contest highlight the variety of colors, textures, wild visitors, views and other delights found in the continually expanding gardens above City Hall. Ten winners, “Judges’ Choice” were chosen by a panel of local photography professionals and three winners, “Peoples’ Choice” were chosen by open […] Read More »

The Weed Project: Outlaws of the Super Bloom & Crimes at Museum of Ventura County

In the Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion at the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 3—5PM for the opening reception of The Weed Project: Outlaws of the Super Bloom & Crimes We Commit in the Garden. This new exhibit by the comical and brave Charlene Spiller features thirteen botanical paintings […] Read More »

Kid Notes

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Ventura Rotary Reads at Boys and Girls Club

Ventura Rotary Club members visited the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura with a donation of $1,000 in new books and to read stories with children. After over a year with drastically limited opportunities to connect with students in person, Rotary Club members were excited to read with kids. The Boys & Girls Club […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 18 – June 2 – June 15, 2021 - On Vacation

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Who robbed the Olivas Adobe?

by Richard Senate Over the years the great robbery at the Olivas Adobe was believed to be the handiwork of notorious California Bandit Joaquin Murietta. Legends say he got away with an estimated $75,000 in gold and that he buried the loot somewhere on Red Mountain, near Casitas Springs. Local Historian Charles Outland discovered this […] Read More »

TREE TOWN

Eight new Honeylocust trees (thornless variety) have been planted in empty tree wells on Main Street in midtown Ventura. When you see a new street tree with a Gator bag, it is being watered with recycled water. Honeylocust canopy trees line Main Street from downtown to Five Points, providing summer shade and yellow Autumn foliage. […] Read More »

Meet the Makers Seaside at Ventura Harbor Village

Some of the incredibly inspiring local creatives who share their work with the community. Living in Ventura, residents appreciate that a large part of what makes Ventura so unique are the incredibly inspiring local creatives who share their work with the community. Ventura Harbor Village has launched a DIY Meet the Makers Tour – taking […] Read More »

Opera SB first to return to Lobero Theatre with Wagner epic Das Rheingold

Opera Santa Barbara is thrilled to close its unexpected 20|21 Season with the company premiere of its first Richard Wagner opera, Das Rheingold. The only performance will be Sunday, June 27 at 2:30PM at the Lobero Theatre. This production marks the first for the company inside a theatre in more than a year. Graham Vick […] Read More »

Feraud General Merchandise Store

Feraud General Merchandise Store, also known as the 1903 Building, was built in 1903 on Main. Jules Feraud opened the Feraud Bakery and Grocery Store and the bakery stayed in the family until 1944. It is now Paddy’s Bar+Lounge. Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Welcome Back to Your Library! Events are changing too fast to keep up with. Check the library website, talk to your local librarian in person or by phone to find out the latest updates. Summer Reading Program Launching June 1 (from library press release) Ventura County Library urges families to get ready, get […] Read More »

Ten local business owners receive the 2021 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award

On Friday, May 21, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) announced the 10 winners of the 2021 Spirit of Entrepreneurship (SOE) Awards at a virtual event celebrating outstanding women business owners from Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. “The SOE Awards are a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and honor these amazing women for the hard work they have […] Read More »

Seeing sites in the city of angels

Linda Burroughs, Staci Brown and Susie Tucker enjoyed a walking tour of downtown Los Angeles. After visiting California’s largest used and new bookstore called “The Last Bookstore” they stopped at Angel’s Flight to read the Ventura Breeze. Read More »

Celebrating black 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 June 4th – 20th. Into the Light: Celebrating Black Composers in Choral Music features the CSU Channel Islands University Chorus and the Pleasant Valley School District Chorus. The program is hosted by CICA […] Read More »

Cute Grandkids

Richard Senate thinks his 6-year-old grandson Rigby Best is as cute (and smart) as they can be. Read More »

Paris has the Eiffel Tower. Ventura has trees

Photos by Michael Gordon by Visit Ventura If you live in Ventura you know the Trees. Many still call them Two Trees, no matter that Trees come and go. They are simply called Two Trees because we are a town without pretension. Paris has The Eiffel Tower. New York has the Statue of Liberty. Sydney, […] Read More »

CAPS Media ECTV crew interviews Councilmember Lorrie Brown

ECTV in the studio with Lorie Brown. Recently students at El Camino High School, known as the ECTV crew, produced an engaging and informative discussion with Ventura City Councilmember Lorrie Brown and Dr. Raquel Baker, Assistant Professor at Cal State Channel Islands.  The program is part of an ongoing series on Black Culture.  ECTV crew members attend […] Read More »

Free Summer Rowing Camps for Kids

Casitas Rowing is offering free Summer Rowing Camps this summer for all kids 6th-12th grade from the Ojai and Ventura area. To register go to https://www.casitasrowing.org/2021-junior-rowing-camps and send in your information. Read More »

First Responders for Mental Health during Mental Health Awareness month of May

Vista del Mar Hospital raise awareness in honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month. by Carol Leish Vista del Mar Hospital, in collaboration with the City of Port Hueneme and the Port Hueneme Police Department, have presented a countywide campaign to educate, fundraise, and raise awareness in honor of May being Mental Health Awareness […] Read More »

Coverly Professional Services, Inc. records double-digit growth, expands team with Social Media Specialist and full-time Account Strategist

Coverly Professional Services (CoverlyPro) continues its growth trajectory that began in 2020, recording almost 50% revenue growth in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same quarter last year. With this growth, the company announces the hiring of Social Media Specialist, Bobak Tarighi and the promotion of Ikia Velazquez to Account Strategist. Bobak Tarighi […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 17 – May 19 – June 1, 2021 - On Vacation

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The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Thanks to Sheldon… Somehow, the Bookmark for April 21 was left out of the Breeze; Sheldon was kind enough to print it and the current one in the May 5 issue. Unfortunately, some of the information was out of date by then. I encourage you to sign up for the emailed newsletter […] Read More »

Grief support for children and young teens 

by Livingston staff Livingston Memorial’s Grief and Bereavement Program is committed to providing free bereavement services to the community. Our highly skilled grief counselors and volunteer support group facilitators are providing tele-therapy via Zoom to those grieving the death of a loved one.   We have just added a young teen grief support group (ages 11-14) […] Read More »

Youth present their solutions to our changing climate during EECCOA Virtual Challenge 2021

On April 30, twenty 6-12 grade students from five public schools in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties competed during MERITO Foundation’s EECCOA Virtual Challenge 2021 with their authored environmental business proposals focused on water conservation, energy efficiency, or waste reduction for their homes, or to educate a community about ocean acidification. 83 students of the 650 participants in […] Read More »

TREE TOWN

Young Ventura students helped with the planting. Brought to you by the Ventura Tree Alliance On Arbor Day, the city crew had help planting a new Swan Hill Fruitless Olive tree (Oleo Europaea) in Cemetery Park. Olive trees do well in Ventura’s Mediterranean climate, but make sure you get the fruitless variety for your yard […] Read More »

$500,000 Grant Awarded to Local Non-Profits WEV and MICOP Entrepreneurs

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV), in partnership with the Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), has been awarded a $500,000 Grant for the 2021 Social Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) Entrepreneurship Program from the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Employment Training Panel (ETP).  WEV and MICOP will use the SEED Initiative funding to support […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital partners Celebrate Donate Life Month at Flag Raising Ceremony

“Our team sees firsthand the lives saved by the willingness of others to give life.” Community Memorial Hospital joined thousands of hospitals and community organizations nationwide in April to celebrate National Donate Life Month, including hosting a flag raising ceremony at the hospital on Tuesday, April 20th. The celebrations are designed to help encourage Americans […] Read More »

Earth Day 2021: New Oak Grove at Harmon Canyon Preserve

The undertaking involved the planting of many trees by volunteers. Photo by Richard Lieberman by Mira Reverente To commemorate Earth Day, Ventura Land Trust (VLT) launched its first reforestation project at Harmon Canyon Preserve. The undertaking involved the planting of 50 live oak trees and 150 native plants, around 40 volunteers and a longtime partnership […] Read More »

CAPS Media KPPQ Radio continues to rock the house

by Patrick Davidson CAPS Media’s award-winning radio station, KPPQ-LP, hasn’t missed a beat during the past year’s pandemic. Launched in 2017 the station is still going strong delivering engaging, locally focused programming every day 24/7. Despite the fact that the KPPQ Radio studio in the CAPS Media Center is still closed to the public during […] Read More »

Haley Point Demonstration puts local residents at odds with state law

Demonstration by residents held in opposition to development. Photo by Richard Lieberman by: Richard Lieberman A recent demonstration by residents who live around and near the proposed Haley Point housing project marched from California and Main to City Hall. The protesters have organized, set up a GoFundMe page and are asking the city to hear […] Read More »

Local women business owners honored as 2021 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award finalists by WEV

WEV will present the 2021 Rock Star: Lifetime Achievement Award to Lupe Anguiano. Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is proud to announce the 30 finalists for the 11th annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards (SOE) to be held virtually on May 21, from 12noon -1:30pm. The SOE Awards celebrate outstanding women business owners from Santa Barbara and […] Read More »

VUSD needed to maximize classroom space as much as possible

In order to accommodate the large number of families who wanted to return in-person instruction and to abide by the State’s requirement to bring students back to the classroom to the “fullest extent possible,” VUSD needed to maximize classroom space as much as possible in order to comply with the recently changed public health guidelines […] Read More »

Vol. 14, No. 16 – May 5 – May 18, 2021 - On Vacation

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Answer In A Breeze

Q: Do you know why construction stopped on the hotel next to the Golden China restaurant? Weeds are growing up around the concrete slab and no construction equipment is there. Did they abandon the job?   Marsha Moreland  A: Marsha: According to Charlie the construction superintendent construction stopped for a myriad of reasons that came up during […] Read More »

Hero helps injured seal

Photo by Susan Lang Sgt. Casey Sutherland told the seal “I’m sorry but you were jay-walking so I will need to write you a ticket!” Only kidding of course, Casey is a hero for trying to help this injured seal.   Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends - Book sale

by Jill Forman Note: This Bookmark was supposed to be in last issue but inadvertently, of course, was left out so you have the pleasure of reading 2 Bookmark articles in this issue. By the time this comes out, the Ventura Friends of the Library will have had their first outdoor, hands-on sale of the […] Read More »

A youthful expression of gratitude

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The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends - Book sale report

by Jill Forman The Ventura Friends of the Library had its first in-person book sale of the year on April 17, in the E.P. Foster Library parking lot. Volunteers filled their cars and trucks, and displayed the books on tables and in their trunks and hatchbacks, sorted by genre. COVID protocols were observed. There was […] Read More »

Learn about the ROSA robotic knee replacement at a free webinar

Getting a precise knee implant fit is important for both comfort and functionality but achieving the perfect fit is a challenge because each person’s anatomy is unique. The ROSA Knee System brings together robotic technology and industry-leading knee implants to help surgeons personalize surgical procedures, achieve greater precision, and carefully tailor the knee implant’s placement. […] Read More »

8th Annual Ventura County Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Kids & Families Together

Now in its ninth year, the goal of the Ventura County Charity Golf Tournament (VCCGT) remains the same, to be… “Fun, Affordable & For a Good Cause”. This annual event was founded by two Ventura County professionals, RJ Cutting and Robert Clark, both assisting Ventura County residents through the various stages of the home buying […] Read More »

Returning to the Classroom (Part Two)

Conor Barry works on his truck, in an out of the virtual classroom. Aryanna Miles has been on campus for cheer practices since November and is happy to return to the classroom. Bram Pagliano is comfortable with distance learning, but misses arc welding classes in person. by Amy Brown Many students now have the opportunity […] Read More »

Boyko and Reardon secures grant for Boys & Girls Club of Ventura

Michael Boyko, Funeral Director presents grant check to Peter McClintock of the Ventura Boys & Girls Club Michael Boyko, owner and funeral director of the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service and Boyko & Reardon Telegraph Road Mortuary & Cremation, both of Ventura has secured a grant from the Matthews Children’s Foundation for […] Read More »

SEEAG kicks off second "Let's Grow A Garden" at-home student learning program

SEEAG teaches kids how to grow vegetables while learning healthy eating habits. For the second year, Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) is hosting its “Let’s Grow A Garden”–an at-home garden program for students in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties that teaches kids how to grow vegetables while learning healthy eating habits and proper nutrition. […] Read More »

Ventura College custodian selected as VCCCD 2021 Classified Employee of the Year

“Our classified employees often work behind the scenes” With his trademark “Ask Me” button showcasing his helpful attitude, Ventura College’s Alwin Sauers Jr. has been named the 2021 Ventura County Community College District Classified Employee of the Year. The VCCCD bestows this honor in accordance with the California Community Colleges (CCC) Board of Governors, who […] Read More »

Player’s Casino files for bankruptcy

The owners are looking to reopen in a nearby location. by Richard Lieberman Player’s Casino in Ventura has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 6th. Player’s Poker Club Inc. announced the firm has debts amounting to 3.5 million dollars, but cash on-hand and investments only total 3 million dollars according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court […] Read More »

Assistance League of Ventura County Bargain Box announces grand re-opening May 1

by Pam Eichele, Assistance League Public Relations Chairman Assistance League of Ventura County is excited to announce the Grand Re-opening of the Bargain Box, located at 3351 Telegraph Road in Ventura, on Saturday, May 1, from 10 am to 4 pm! Members have been busy refurbishing, refreshing and restocking the store. Please stop by and […] Read More »

CAREGIVERS Faith in Action® Vision for Ventura County

by Carol Leish According to, Tammy Glenn MBA, Executive Director of CAREGIVERS: “In 1984, from the Robert Wood Johnson’s Faith in Action ®, is what is at the heart of the Volunteer Caregiving Movement. This helped to fuel the early volunteer force behind our communities, which has evolved. Now volunteers are recruited from faith communities, […] Read More »

California Connections Academy accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year

Equipped with expertise in full-time online learning, TK-12 families across California now welcome to apply for enrollment in trusted online public school. California Connections Academy, a network of tuition-free, online public schools serving students in grades TK-12 across 32 counties, is now accepting applications for new students for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. First established […] Read More »

California Connections Academy accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year

Equipped with expertise in full-time online learning, TK-12 families across California now welcome to apply for enrollment in trusted online public school. California Connections Academy, a network of tuition-free, online public schools serving students in grades TK-12 across 32 counties, is now accepting applications for new students for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. First established […] Read More »

From an earlier issue of the Ventura Breeze regarding the book Fighting Chance by Alicia Doyle.

“Boxing is more than just an escape from the chaos of the streets or the baggage of what’s behind to those who find their way into the gym, and ultimately, the ring. Boxing can be the road – and has been for many over the generations in hard scrabble America – to the way in life. “ “That’s […] Read More »

Community support urgently needed for additional shelter homes and resource families in Ventura County   

Homes with Heart VC encourages experienced families to come forward as resource families and emergency shelter homes for children and youth in care. While Ventura County is helping families stay together whenever possible, a child or children may still need to be temporarily placed in out of home care at any time, day or night, to ensure […] Read More »

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Submitted by Richard Senate 1860–all nine  eligible voters cast their votes for Abraham Lincoln at the Valdez Adobe. (One had to own land to vote–that would have included Raymundo Olivas). San Buenaventura liked Old Abe. No votes for Bell or Douglas. In The 1860 township of San Buenaventura were the following: Total Population      […] Read More »

St. John’s Regional Medical Center earns clean facility certificate

St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), a member of Dignity Health, is proud to announce it has earned the Clean Facility Certificate from the Association for the Health Care Environment (AHE), the recognized authority in health care environmental services, and professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. AHE released the Pathways to Clean Certificate Program […] Read More »

Returning to the Classroom

9th grader Sierra Golden has enjoyed her time at home, but is ready for in person learning. Katie Gordon is a senior and plays softball for Foothill, posing here at a recent game in Thousand Oaks. by Amy Brown Part 1 of 2 When local schools closed down in March of 2020, it happened fast, and […] Read More »

Visit Ventura welcomes new team member Briana Diamond

Briana is a happy person who has melded work with joy. Visit Ventura welcomes their new, talented, light-up-the-room Digital Marketing Assistant, Briana Diamond to the Visit Ventura team. Yes, Diamond has a resume — but she isn’t confined by one. She graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography and Film with a bachelor’s in Visual Journalism […] Read More »

Harmon Canyon is Ventura’s newest hiking and mountain biking gem

With over 2,100 acres, the ever-evolving Harmon Canyon is Ventura’s newest hiking and mountain biking gem because of the selfless and diligent work of the Ventura Land Trust. The nonprofit organization acquired the land and maintains it. The hillside nature preserve is a pastoral heaven to be enjoyed. To visit and hike Harmon Canyon you […] Read More »

El Camino High School students interview Mayor Sofia Rubalcava

Mayor Sofia Rubalcava shared with the team that she is a native Venturan. ECTV Students in the award-winning El Camino High School media program recently interviewed Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava in the CAPS Media studio. The discussion covered a variety of topics with particular emphasis on racism. Ms. Rubalcava shared with the team that she […] Read More »

The Life & Times of Doug Halter

This is a book about Doug Halter’s fight to live with HIV, his family and his love for Ventura. by Staci Brown “You’d be expected to survive around 6 months, maybe a little longer if luck is on your side.” This was what Doug heard in 1987. Miraculously, with the help of Dr. Scott Hitt, […] Read More »

The roads were out and Ventura was isolated

Once our Mission served as a rescue center. by Richard Senate In the months of December 1861 and January and February of 1862 a chain of rainstorms devastated Ventura County and all of southern California. It rained both day and night with one claim that it rained one hundred inches! Some reported the hillsides and […] Read More »

VW Vintage car show held in Ventura

Photo by David Komatz A VW Vintage car show was held recently in Ventura. Featuring everything from bugs to campers. Read More »

Austin Muhleka named CFO of Vista del Mar Hospital

Austin Muhleka has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Vista del Mar Hospital. Located in Ventura, the hospital provides inpatient treatment for stabilization from an immediate mental health or chemical dependency crisis and outpatient programs to address long-term mental health recovery. “Austin is a natural fit for Vista del Mar’s culture and we are […] Read More »

Ventura County Community Foundation announces matching fund for Covid-19 Response Fund

by Richard Lieberman Jeffery Lambert, Chief Operating Officer for Ventura County Community Foundation wants to remind Ventura County residents that “Covid is not over, the impact is still there” said Lambert. “It’s not going away simply because everyone is vaccinated,” he added. The current health and economic challenges since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Book sale! Book sale! Book sale! The Friends of the Library have been able to schedule a book sale, hooray! Our warehouse is overflowing and our coffers are not, so we are delighted to resume the practice of in-person used book sales. April 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Foster Library […] Read More »

CAREGIVERS: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly during the Pandemic

by Carol Leish “Requests have doubled this last year during the pandemic, which has required the organization to automate volunteer coordination,” according to, Tammy Glen, who has been the Executive Director for 10 years. “A volunteer coordinator was hired to help to set the stage for future growth. CAREGIVERS has welcomed as many volunteers in […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital welcomes new Chief of Staff

Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) welcomed a new Chief of Staff, Dr. Deborah Carlson of Ventura, a longtime leader at CMH who has focused on improving policies and helping to adopt best practices for patients and the medical staff. “It’s a difficult time right now for physicians and healthcare workers due to the stresses of the pandemic. I’m […] Read More »

St. John’s among top hospitals nationally recognized for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades

St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), a member of Dignity Health, is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ and Coronary Intervention™, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. “We are honored to be recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust seeks new executive director

The Ventura Land Trust is searching for a new executive director as Derek Poultney, the current director, is stepping into the Conservation Director role. Poultney recently recommended this change to the Board of Directors as a way to build and optimize organizational capacity during this phase of tremendous organizational growth. During Poultney’s 11 years of […] Read More »

New leadership at Salvation Army

Captains Patricia and Juan Torres of the Salvation Army Ventura Corps in the facility’s food pantry. by Amy Brown When Captains Patricia and Juan Torres came to lead the Ventura Salvation Army Corp, the married couple had their work cut out for them. It was July of 2020, and the pandemic was in full swing, […] Read More »

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast extends the Cookie Program

Help support the next generation of female entrepreneurs. There is even more time to get your Girl Scout Cookie fix before they’re gone! Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast has officially extended this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program from March 14, 2021, until April 18, 2021. After reviewing the latest research and CDC guidelines, council […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman The good news continues for Ventura’s libraries. Ventura County entered the Red Tier on the 15th, which means computer access returning at the branches. Contact your local branch for hours, and to make reservations. Also, the Friends of the Library can plan a book sale next month. We have so many quality […] Read More »

The Changing Faces of Ventura County: Women Taking the Lead

This special Zoom program is free with registration! Join us for The Changing Faces of Ventura County: Women Taking the Lead, a special Museum of Ventura County Zoom program on Wednesday, March 31st from 6:30-8:00 PM. This online program is free but requires advanced registration. In honor of National Women’s History month, the Museum of […] Read More »

Opera Santa Barbara is back for a live drive-in opera of Don Pasquale

Opera Santa Barbara is excited to return to live productions with Don Pasquale, A Live Drive-In Opera, as the season opener for Concerts In Your Car at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The only performance will be Saturday, April 10, at 7:30PM. This production marks the company’s second live stage performance after the successful live drive-in […] Read More »

The shipwreck that destroyed the Pier

The SS Coos Bay cut the pier in half. by Richard Senate One hundred and seven years ago, on December 19th, 1914, the small steamship SS Coos Bay was forced by surging tides into the Ventura Pier, cutting the structure in half. In these early years the wharf was a working pier where coastal steamers […] 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 »

Mission Basilica San Buenaventura installs new lighting and sound systems

The lighting project was envisioned five years ago. by Fr. Tom Elewaut With gratitude to our parishioners who continue to support our Called to Renew capital campaign, the Basilica lighting is now a reality! As Lent began, an extensive new lighting upgrade that highlights the sacred art and liturgical appointments for parishioners, pilgrims, and tourists […] Read More »

Forensic handwriting expert Sheila Lowe establishes Write Choice Ink

Sheila Lowe announces the formation of Write Choice Ink, a publishing imprint, to produce and distribute the complete catalog of her non-fiction and fiction work. Lowe will re-issue her backlist, totaling 14 of her titles over the next few months, starting with Poison Pen on February 23, 2021, and leading up to Dead Letters, a […] Read More »

Island Packers Cruises now offering trips to Scorpion Anchorage

Scorpion offers a beautiful backdrop for picnics, hiking or camping. Island Packer Cruises, established in 1968, has recently begun to operate daily scheduled trips for day visitors and campers from Ventura Harbor Village to Scorpion Anchorage in Channel Islands National Park – The Galapagos of North America. The new pier at Scorpion Anchorage now allows […] Read More »

VW Vintage car show in Ventura

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The shipwreck that destroyed the Pier

The SS Coos Bay cut the pier in half. by Richard Senate One hundred and seven years ago, on December 19th, 1914, the small steamship SS Coos Bay was forced by surging tides into the Ventura Pier, cutting the structure in half. In these early years the wharf was a working pier where coastal steamers […] Read More »

One year of self care in the wake of the pandemic

During the pandemic self care businesses (like other businesses) have been struggling to stay alive. By carefully following the guidelines to serve their clients these 3 Ventura Harbor self care businesses have managed to still serve their customers and stay open. Just another reason to visit the Harbor. Silhouettes By The Beach We are a […] Read More »

Bike MS: Los Angeles Coastal Challenge 2021 returns to Ventura

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Activists and nurses host car caravan demanding guaranteed health care in California

City of Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava joined the car caravan. Local health care advocates working with the California Nurses Association hosted a local car caravan recently urging state legislators to pass California Guaranteed Health Care for All (CalCare), similar to Medicare for All on the national level. Activists and nurses hosted car caravans in 23 […] Read More »

The Canine Adoption & Rescue League (C.A.R.L.) during the Pandemic

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Ventura County Leadership Academy announces 2021 honorees

Monica White is the Non-Profit Leader of the Year. Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) is pleased to announce the 2021 Journey to Leadership Awards honorees, recognizing five outstanding community leaders for their contributions to Ventura County. Save the date – Thursday, April 29th the community will join together to honor these local leaders through an […] Read More »

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast announces the Bauerle Family Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship Fund

Foto: The Bauerle Family supports Gold Award Girl Scouts in their pursuit of higher education. While there are a variety of scholarships that Girl Scouts can pursue, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast is excited to announce a new, local opportunity just for girls within the Central Coast region. Each spring, Girl Scouts of California’s […] Read More »

Answer In A Breeze

Question: Do you know who owns the land where this magnificent eucalyptus tree is located? I walk past it regularly when walking to the cross or after I have walked through the botanical gardens. There is also a beautiful grove of eucalyptus trees across the street. If they are both owned by the City of […] Read More »

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by Jill Forman Since this is February, it occurs to me that this column is basically a Valentine to libraries and the Ventura Friends of the Library. In case you’re not sure about the organization and function of the Friends groups, here’s some background: From Wikipedia: Friends of Libraries are non-profit, charitable groups formed to […] Read More »

Stop Human Trafficking

Soroptimist International – a global volunteer organization which advocates for human rights and gender equality has been involved in projects and advocacy surrounding the issue of Human Trafficking since 1995.  Our local Soroptimist International clubs (Oxnard, Ventura and Camarillo) are hosting a free STOP Human Trafficking Virtual Event on Saturday March 6th from 1 – […] Read More »

Student “4-Way Test” essay contest open, with cash prizes

Rotary Club of Ventura is calling on middle and high school students to consider how “The 4-Way Test” can influence everyday decision-making in their lives. “When faced with hard choices, I find that the “4-Way Test” makes it much simpler to make a decision. If we take the time to answer each of the question […] Read More »

Optimist Essay Contest winners announced

The Sunrise Optimist Club has promoted optimism in our community for over 50 years. The Optimist Essay Contest was started 25 years ago by club member Marie Atmore for students from Ventura area secondary schools. This year, 2020-21, we were faced with new challenges: how to distribute contest materials, how to structure the judging of […] Read More »

Gastroenterologist to appear on “The Doctors”

Dr. Sabine Hazan’s COVID video segment will be on “The Doctors” television show on February 24 (Air date is subject to change. Go to https:/www.thedoctors.com/videos.) Dr. Hazan is the founder of Ventura Clinical Trials and Progenabiome. She is also a co-author of Let’s Talk Shit: Disease. Digestion and fecal transplants. Hazan has recently been researching […] Read More »

Talk as if your children live here... On this planet, share your best ideas

by Firman Brown Ventura is known as the home of the original Centre for Art & Talk…a social business. We are a forum for Art & Music and growing social connections in our society today. The joy of learning can also be found in “the joy of learning from other’s experiences.” Always having a place […] Read More »

Up close and personal… with the multi talented Miriam Arichea

Miriam and Ivor enjoy some time at our wonderful beach. by Ivor Davis I have lived in Ventura County for 40 years and am delighted to report that, as most already know, our community is rich and overflowing with creative talent. Ventura has become a Valhalla of culture, music and literature: Ventura Music Festival, The […] Read More »

Share your thoughts with the Museum

The Children’s Garden at the Museum of Ventura County. The Museum of Ventura County seeks your help by sharing your thoughts about how we, and museums broadly, can better support and engage you in 2021. Why this survey? We at the Museum of Ventura County care deeply about creating meaningful connections between you and our […] 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 »

KPPQ-LP 104.1 CAPS Radio Rockin’ and Rollin’ in Year 4

CAPS radio personalities informing Ventura. KPPQ-LP, the vibrant radio division of CAPS Media launched in 2017 has grown steadily in a few short years to become one of the most engaging and go-to sites in Ventura. The station broadcasts 2/47 everyday at 104.1 FM, and streams worldwide on capsmedia.org and myTuner. Week in and week out […] Read More »

This decision is disturbing on several levels

by Venturans for Efficient & Responsible Government (VERG) No one makes a lifetime commitment based on a single moment in time. Yet, the Ventura City Council made just such a commitment. In November 2020, they awarded step and merit raises to city employees based on revised sales tax figures. This decision is disturbing on several […] Read More »

Month of awareness serves as a reminder to make heart health a priority

St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), members of Dignity Health Central Coast, recognize American Heart Month and the importance of cardiac health, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and the medical experts at St. John’s urge […] Read More »

Island Packer Cruises now running trips to Scorpion Anchorage

Island Packer Cruises, established in 1968 will begin to run regular trips for day visitors and campers to Scorpion Anchorage in Channel Islands National Park. During construction of the new pier at Scorpion Anchorage, the park boat concessioner, Island Packers, offered alternative destinations for visitors to experience the Park resources. Now that construction is complete, […] Read More »

How should a new council member be selected for District 4?

With Ventura councilman Erik Nasarenko being appointed as Ventura County’s District Attorney is became necessary for the city council to decide how to select a new council member. During its City Council meeting on February 1, 2021, the Ventura City Council approved an appointment process to fill the District 4 vacancy. The Council voted to […] Read More »

THE BOOKMARK About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Upcoming Event – Zoom program on Law and Race, in association the Glendale Public Library – Feb 4 at 6:30-8:00. Information at vencolibrary.org, under Events tab Reading Challenge – “WinterRead.” Log books read and activities, write reviews, earn badges…who knows, maybe there will be prizes! Sign up at Vencolibrary/beanstack.org. Change in Hours […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust believes in equitable access to open space

Volunteers planted 25 trees. The Ventura Land Trust celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with the MLK National Day of Service. Ventura Land Trust staff and a small group of volunteers spent the morning at Harmon Canyon Preserve planting 25 coast live oak and sycamore trees at the trailhead and around the parking area. […] Read More »

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces new board member

Ventura County Leadership Academy recently announced the addition of Darren Kettle to its board of directors.  “Our board is comprised of a dedicated team of community leaders committed to strengthening our county. We’re excited to have Darren join the board, bringing his knowledge, passion, and expertise to further our mission.” said Brad “Brick” Conners, Ventura County Leadership Academy’s […] 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 »

Ventura Audubon Society Program Speaker Event

February 9th, at 7pm, via Zoom – Brent Paull’s California Wildlife Collection Free to the public, join us through the Zoom link that can be found on our website under Chapter Programs/Monthly Speakers. The link to our website is also provided here, https://www.venturaaudubon.org/monthly-speakers. Brent Paull was born in California and has since traveled across the […] Read More »

Author/journalist Ivor Davis launches Zoom interview series for Ventura County Museum

After the wildly successful, members-only Zoom series Behind the Scenes with Ivor Davis wrapped up this past fall, the Museum of Ventura County is thrilled to present Ivor Davis: Up Close and Personal, a new Zoom series featuring a rotating guest list of notable and celebrated Ventura County residents, including Chris Hillman, Malcolm McDowell, Miriam […] Read More »

Coverly Professional Services, Inc. announces newly hired Communications Specialist

Closing out its 10th Anniversary year, Coverly Professional Services, Inc. (CoverlyPro) announced that Maaeah Howell has joined the team as a Communications Specialist. In this capacity, Howell will be responsible for strategizing and implementing editorial opportunities for clients, delivering SEO empowered copywriting, and supporting social media efforts with analytics, engagement, and developmental growth. The forward-thinking, marketing project management firm welcomed Howell in […] 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 »

Once Ventura had an opera house

by Richard Senate It opened its doors in December of 1904. It once stood in two-story magnificence at 461 E. Santa Clara Street, built by Banker John Lagomarsino. The wooden theater served the cultural needs of the community for well over thirty years. It opened with the musical comedy “Showgirl” performed by a company brought […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Cool things going on at your virtual library! Brainfuse HelpNow eLearning for all ages and levels Homework Help – Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests. Personalized eLearning Tools – My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more! […] Read More »

Welcome to the new CEO of Vista del Mar Hospital, Dan Powell

Powell was the former supervisor of impatient mental health services for Ventura County. by Carol Leish Dan Powell became the new CEO of Vista del Mar Hospital, a private psychiatric facility in Ventura, in December of 2020. He says, “My focus is to continue the exceptional patient care to the communities that we serve. This […] Read More »

“There's No Place Like Hope” for children with cancer and their families

When Jasmin was diagnosed with cancer, she was only one year old. Every year, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) provides guidance and companionship, as well financial and emotional support to families in the Tri-County areas who have a child facing pediatric cancer. Last year and now, due to the pandemic, life has become tougher on […] Read More »

A timeless piece of architectural and Pierpont history

Starkly beautiful geometric lines make this award-winning home unique. by Amy Brown It was the 1960s, and Bud and Eunice Koch of Arcadia owned a modest family summer beach bungalow on a lane in Pierpont. The Ventura Freeway had only recently been expanded, further putting Ventura literally and figuratively on the map in new ways. […] Read More »

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces new board members and leadership

The Ventura County Leadership Academy recently announced the addition of Bob Harrell and Flossie Hall to its board of directors and named new officers of the board. “These leaders bring unique insight and a passion for our community that will be beneficial to VCLA,” said Brad “Brick” Conners, Ventura County Leadership Academy’s board president. Bob […] Read More »

It’s a family affair! Three generations at the Pierpont Racquet Club

“My biggest dream was to play tennis with my daughter.” It all started with a mother’s desire that she and her daughter could some day play and compete in tennis matches together. PRC member Danyiel Callahan and daughter Katie Diaz are both avid tennis players! Mom Danyiel, played tennis as a young girl and played […] Read More »

Justice For All Ventura County hosts virtual Town Hall Rally

“The Work Continues – Pick Your Passion” will be the theme of a virtual town hall to take place Saturday, January 23rd, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The virtual town hall will feature speakers from various organizations including Planned Parenthood, Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network, Climate Hub 350 and the Black Lawyers Association who will […] Read More »

Church of Scientology Ventura Women’s Auxiliary teams up with Friends of Fieldworkers

With the pandemic creating hardships for families across the Southland, the Church of Scientology helped make the holidays special for children who would otherwise have gone without. In Ventura County, where COVID-19 cases are surging, the Friends of Fieldworkers, a nonprofit and the Church of Scientology provided toys and gifts to underserved youngsters. The Women’s […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Just for fun, and to honor more of the volunteers behind the scenes who keep things running, I decided to rerun my first-ever article for the Breeze. The Wizards of the Warehouse (originally run August 2015) They don’t look like wizards, this group of mostly-older people quietly moving around among piles and […] Read More »

Five students from Cabrillo Middle School named as Part of the All-State Honor Ensembles

by Rebecca Wicks The Cabrillo Middle School is proud to announce five of its students have been selected through audition to be participants in the 2021 California All-State Honor Band, part of the annual California All- State Music Education Conference (CASMEC). Students chosen include Bea Barnes (Horn), Lucca Boccali (Tuba) Emily Gonzalez (Trumpet), Brynn Gray […] Read More »

January online classes and support groups

Presented by Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center 1. What to Know About Stroke (FREE Zoom Class) Saturday, January 23, 2021, 11 a.m. to noon Presenters: Sr. Suzanne Soppe Class Description: In this class, you will learn what a stroke is, signs and symptoms, what to do, treatments, […] Read More »

River Community Church, Spark of Love and Water’s Edge Restaurant distribute toys to needy Ventura families.

Pastor Jim Duran and volunteers brought joy to the needy. by Richard Lieberman On Sunday, December 20, the River Community Church along with partners Spark of Love and Water’s Edge Restaurant distributed over 2,000 toys to Ventura families in need. Water’s Edge Restaurant supplied a pre-packaged meal for each recipient and the church also supplied […] Read More »

Ventura 2020 Year In Review

by Sheli Ellsworth, Jill Forman, Richard Lieberman and Shirley Lorraine In January, the City of Ventura announced the promotion of Building Inspection Supervisor, Ian Livingston to the position of Chief Building Official for the Community Development Department. Livingston was serving as the City’s Interim Building Official and has spent over 20 years in the construction […] Read More »

Harbor donates over 1,000 food items for CAN-Tree Food Drive 

Cans of food were festively stacked to look like decorated holiday trees Tis the season for giving, and part of the holiday magic was evident as Ventura Harbor Village hosted a Holiday CAN-Tree Food Drive for Food Share Ventura County this past weekend. The seaside activity was an example of sharing with others who will […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze Photo Contest 2020 Winners

First place went to Michael Hoffman. Two of his photos were tied for first. Second place went to Karen Ruff Third place went to Dr. Mark Babbitt. For black and white only first place went to Aubrey Jenson. Read More »

New Years Eve online celebration and end of the year wrap-up

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends by Jill Forman “Noon Year’s Eve” – Special online Storytime and party for those who can’t stay up until midnight. There will be party kits available at Foster and Hill Road, the week of New Year’s, during normal book pick-up times. For information check it out at: https://vencolibrary.org/events/noon-years-eve-celebration Speaking […] Read More »

Hawaiian Village apartment struggle with construction permits

During the Thomas Fire the Hawaiian Village apartment structure burned to the ground. The owner’s are still trying to obtain permits and start construction. Plans submitted to the Design Review Committee have been rejected. This rendering is the design that was turned down. The owner’s will be submitting revised drawings for approval. Read More »

Turning Point Foundation establishes mental wellness hotline

The Turning Point Foundation proudly announced the establishment of its Wellness Line program to support the mental health of all those in need in Ventura County. Anyone can call the Wellness Line at (805) 653-5045 to speak with trained staff who can offer support, coping strategies and other tools to support the well-being of the […] Read More »

January 15, 1945: The night the Japanese Empire attacked Ventura County!

by Richard Senate As hard as it is to believe, once a 33-pound high explosive bomb fell on the sleeping hamlet of Saticoy just east of Ventura. The bomb wasn’t dropped by an airplane or rocket but it was delivered by an ingenious Japanese weapon—a paper balloon! Once the bomb fell, the balloon flew on […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital launches ROSA Total Knee Replacement Surgery program

Featured is Dr. Robert Mazurek and members of the CMH ROSA surgical team. Community Memorial Health System is expanding its successful year-old ROSA Total Knee Replacement System program, bringing knee replacement surgery with the ROSA robots to Community Memorial Hospital. CMH and Ojai Valley Community Hospital remain the only hospitals in the Tri-Counties offering this […] Read More »

Ventura River settlement agreement and monitoring of flow in the Ventura River

“This is a meaningful commitment to preserve river flows.” The City of San Buenaventura and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, a local environmental group, have announced an amendment to their settlement agreement in the lawsuit regarding the pumping and diversion of water from the Ventura River Watershed. Both Channelkeeper and the City remain committed to ensuring the […] Read More »

Quilt Project hosts World AIDS Day Vigil at Ventura City Hall

The City classified the gathering as a free speech event. Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, was declared by the Ventura City Council as “World AIDS Day” in Ventura, with Quilt Project Gold Coast volunteers receiving the proclamation read by Mayor Matt LaVere at their November 26th Zoom council meeting. And on World AIDS Day, Quilt Project […] Read More »

The annual Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive!

You can drop off new unwrapped toys. In partnership with Ventura County Fire Dept the Local Love Project will be taking part in the annual Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive! With so many impacted this year we need your help more than ever. The Local Love Project is honored to be partnering up with our […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Question: I’ve noticed bright yellow lights on the front of the police motorcycles. What are the for? Carl Kennedy Answer from the Ventura Police Department: The lights that may be perceived as “new” have actually been on our VPD motorcycles for over two years now. The vehicle code requires they be a white or yellow spectrum […] Read More »

About Libraries and Friends

The Bookmark by Jill Forman As I am writing this, we have been placed on a “Stay at Home” order again. The good news for us is: the libraries will be open for pickup, and the Friends’ Online Bookstore can continue its pickups on Tuesdays and Saturdays. As we all know, everything is changeable so […] Read More »

Ways to celebrate the holiday season seaside

Ventura Harbor Village tops the list of magical outdoor shopping centers you’ll want to visit with loved ones this holiday season. Not only does this seaside enclave have your safety and comfort in mind, but there is an array of activities and SEAsonal experiences the entire family can enjoy. The picturesque Village shines even brighter […] Read More »

No memorial service this year for our homeless neighbors

by Unitarian Universalist Church For the first time in 14 years, the interfaith community will not hold a memorial service at which we remember, by name, all of our neighbors in the county who died without a home in the past year. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura coordinates the Memorial. This service is traditionally […] Read More »

Opinions from residents of Ventura regarding the upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine

by Carol Leish Tina Bolton said that she and her husband, Butch, who are both age 73, will be getting the upcoming vaccine. Tina is a retired assistant to an occupation therapist who worked in the pediatric and neonatal unit of a local hospital, for 10 years. Butch worked locally in the metal fabrication business. […] Read More »

Ventura keepsake for the holidays from the Rotary Club

Celebrate our beautiful city and give a gorgeous gift all while supporting Rotary Club of Ventura’s service projects. Internationally acclaimed photographer and Rotarian, Dan Holmes lent his talents to curate the piece. He said “San Buenaventura – A Story in Photographs is a compilation of landscape, cityscape, and nature photographs from 17 local Ventura photographers. […] Read More »

Seasons Catering serves up a healthy portion of Good2Go

Note: We ran this article in last issue but part of it got cut off. Sorry Seasons Catering. 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 […] Read More »

Funny things that happened at the Olivas Adobe years ago.

by Richard Senate Years ago, when I was managing the Olivas Adobe historic site, one wintry afternoon. The house was open but we had few people visiting that day. Besides that I was working on the budget and very busy because I had put off this important paperwork and now the deadline was staring me […] Read More »

Toys for Tots at the Pacific View Mall

Marines with Recruiting Station Los Angeles will be collecting toys for the local Ventura community at the Pacific View Mall as part of their Toys for Tots Toy Drive.  All toys should remain unwrapped for donation and gifts are accepted for children up to 16 years of age. Drive-up service is available to keep everyone […] Read More »

Affordable Online Degree for Transfer Program at Ventura College

Ventura College is on the forefront of providing students in California access to education with its fully online associate degree for transfer (ADT) program. Though California community colleges have transitioned to online learning due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Ventura College offers approximately 35 programs fully online. The college also provides Promise program grants ($0 tuition) […] 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 »

SEEAG launches $15,000 "Give The Gift of Agriculture Challenge"

Teaching a class at Petty Ranch to elementary school students. An anonymous donor has stepped forward and will match all donations up to $15,000 for every dollar donated to Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG). The “Give the Gift of Agriculture – Double Your Impact Challenge” runs through December 31 with a total fundraising goal […] Read More »

SEAson’s greetings from Ventura Harbor

Foto: Santa gave the reindeers the day off. Ventura Harbor tops the list of magical, coastal destinations you’ll want to visit with your loved ones this holiday season. Not only are the seaside views stunning, but also there is an array of safe activities and SEAsonal experiences the whole family will enjoy.  Dine along the waterfront on […] Read More »

California based bike and business service launched

Ventura resident and bicycle enthusiast, John Darling, has launched a fledgling website called Bike Rack Locations (www.bikeracklocations.com) which will assist the growing bicycle riding population find bike-friendly businesses. His website’s goal is to help cyclists all across America locate firms that have bike racks on or very near their property. Darling stated, “People who ride […] Read More »

Audubon featuring David L. Sherer

Florida Scrub-Jays are non-migratory, cooperatively breeding birds endemic to fire-maintained Florida scrub habitat. Lifetime reproductive success is highest among individuals breeding in habitat that has burned within the last 10 years. However, such habitat is scarce and competition for it as breeding space is likely intense. David L. Sherer holds a BS in Wildlife and […] 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 »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Bad news first; let’s get it out of the way. Due to the pandemic level rising again to Purple, computer access at the libraries has been temporarily suspended. The computers were in great demand, per Karen Cruze of Adult Services, especially the ones at Foster and Hill Road. They will be available […] Read More »

A Chumash Monument for Ventura

by Richard Senate We have few markers or monuments to recognize the many contributions of the Chumash people on Ventura.  I have been thinking that the city should mark important sites linked to our early residents. They need not be large, perhaps no more than a plaque to list the accomplishments of the Native People, […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre presents the world premiere of Estella Scrooge

Just in time for the holidays, Rubicon Theatre presents the World Premiere of Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist, a magical new holiday musical which originated and was developed at Rubicon over two seasons in the company’s Plays-in-Progress program (under the title Little Miss Scrooge). Estella Scrooge was recently filmed in New York […] Read More »

Annual “Cozy Holiday” gift-away event

Supporting Ventura County Foster/Resource Families, Kinship Families, Adoptive Families, and Bio-families currently working with Kids & Families Together Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. […] Read More »

Gift Certificates for Whale Watching and Excursions to the Channel Islands National Park

Island Packers Whale Watch gift certificates can now be purchased over the phone through the holiday season. Customers have the option to have gift certificates mailed or emailed to you or your special someone. Make shopping for the nature enthusiast on your list easier by purchasing a half-day Whale Watch or an all-day trip that […] Read More »

Rotary's Coats for Kids collection happening now

In its 17th year of helping provide clean warm coats to those in need, Ventura Rotary’s “Coats For Kids” project is seeking donations of used coats, jackets and heavy sweatshirts of all sizes. Donations can be made at more than 25 area business and office locations, including Trader Joes and Green Thumb Nursery. For an […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital completes 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery

The CMH Cardiac Cath Lab team featured are Drs. Omid Fatemi, Jennifer Wan and Lamar Bushnell. Physicians at Community Memorial Hospital have completed 100 Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) surgeries at CMH’s Ocean Tower and are pleased to report that the patients have experienced shorter hospital stays than the national average. Dr. Fatemi, CMHS’s Medical […] Read More »

Chanukah

Every year Jewish people around the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, but the starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year. This year it started on sundown on Dec.10 and ends on Dec.18. In the […] Read More »

CAPS serving Ventura

The CAPS crew are lending media support to the Ventura Unified School District as they prepare to reopen various schools following the county and state guidelines. Along with Ventura Unified’s Superintendent Dr. Rice, Marieanne Quiroz, students and faculty, we are producing a series of videos to walk parent’s through what to expect and how to […] 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 »

The City of Ventura Fire Department joins the Keep the Spark of Love alive for local children

The Ventura City Fire Department is proud to join fire departments of Ventura County, ABC7, and Toys for Tots for the 28th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive to Ventura County. Now through December 24, 2020, Ventura community members can bring new, unwrapped toys, books, sports equipment, or gift cards to participating drop-off locations to […] Read More »

Ventura’s independent bookstores

Megan and Kyle Murai just opened Timbre Books. Photo by Kerri Ducote by Jill Forman The demise of the book has been predicted for over a hundred years: first with the popularity of radio, then the prevalence of television, and lastly with the widespread usage of electronic devices. So far, the book has proved to be […] Read More »

Ventura awards community beautification grants

Founder of Midtown Merchants Christine Burke, Ventura business owner Cherie Egbert and Councilwoman Christy Weir receiving beautification grant. Photo by Bernie Goldstein The City of Ventura has awarded community beautification grants to seven local groups and nonprofit organizations. These grants support projects designed to enhance neighborhoods and public areas. Project examples include mulching events, median plantings, […] Read More »

New Virtual Shop Local Market makes it easy to support women-owned and minority-owned small businesses

Local businesswoman Caleigh Hernandez is participating in WEV’s Virtual Shop Local Market. Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) annual Celebration of Small Business is launching a Virtual Shop Local Market to safely bring shoppers to local small businesses this holiday season. The marketplace will feature more than 50 local, women-owned and minority-owned small businesses who are part […] Read More »

Happy one-year anniversary to the female owned businesses at the Ventura Harbor

by Carol Leish The topping choices are endless at Top This Chocolate! Start by choosing luscious dark, milk or white chocolate. Then, pick the nuts, fruit, candy, cookies and salty snacks that you want on your custom creation. Have your unique combination made into a bar, snacking squares or hearts. Fair Trade Certified non-GMO, glutton […] Read More »

About Libraries and Friends

The Bookmark by Jill Forman As always, the Ventura libraries and Friends of the Library have been working hard to keep our community vibrant and supplied with reading material and online programs. Librarians are handing out books and helping people once again with in-person computer access. The Friends are out at the warehouse accepting donations, […] Read More »

Terror on the high seas

by Constance Hood Storm clouds floated by – either clearing away or threatening more to come. We strolled on the wet sand with our two golden retrievers. Perhaps a dozen people and a few dogs were out between the rains. Ten–month old Clifford leaps and dives like a dolphin, snapping at the seafoam, and chasing […] Read More »

Robert has lost his battle with Parkinson’s

Robert and Patty at a Michael J. Fox Foundation fundraiser. Robert Jenkins (born 3/29/1948) passed away on Nov. 2, 2020 after a courageous 14- year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. The beloved husband, brother, uncle, great uncle, and larger than life co-worker and friend to many from the east coast to the west coast, has completed […] Read More »

Coverly Professional Services, Inc. announces two new hires

Despite a challenging year, Coverly Professional Services, Inc. (CoverlyPro) celebrated its 10th year in business in 2020 by expanding its team to support a growing client portfolio. The company welcomed two new team members. Aylin Alvarez joined the company in August as its Marketing Communications Coordinator and Ikia Velazquez was added to the team as its Digital […] Read More »

A sendoff for Haole Boy

by Amy Brown In an afternoon full of smiles, tears and flowered leis, a bouquet of colorful surfboards forms a ring beyond the breaking waves—a vibrant, floating tribute to a four-legged native son of Ventura at his favorite surf spot. Haole’s Memorial Paddle Out was held at The Cove, near the pier in Ventura, and […] Read More »

Ventura City Hall lights up in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Photo by Richard Lieberman Ventura City Hall was lighted in pink every night through October to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month. City spokesperson Heather Sumagaysay said “The city of Ventura proudly recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness month. Although this year COVID-19 prevents us from holding outreach events, by lighting up City Hall, we want to continue to support […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival’s “Virtually Yours” celebrates the composer’s 250th birthday

Beethoven’s electric guitar by Richard Newsham, VMF consultant Beethoven unleashed a musical revolution when he began creating music tailored to the piano rather than the harpsichord. Like Bob Dylan’s shocking move from acoustic to electric guitar, Beethoven—over a lifetime of composing 32 ground-breaking piano sonatas—totally remade the form for the modern instrument. His imagination was […] Read More »

No tricks, just treats at Cypress Place Senior Living

Lilly Duarte and Gina Salman of Cypress Place Senior Living present a Halloween banner thanking the staff at Victoria Care Center for all they do. Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura has been providing a vibrant, caring environment for their residents since 2003 in a unique, home-like environment. The beautiful senior living campus features an […] 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 welcomes two new trustees 

Community Memorial Healthcare System is proud to welcome two new members to the Board of Trustees, Celina L. Zacarias and Miranda Margetts. Both women bring extensive professional experience in healthcare, business, and the law to the CMHS Board. Zacarias, of Oxnard, is the Senior Director of Community and Government Relations for California State University Channel […] Read More »

Ghost Dogs of California

by Richard Senate The historic Olivas Adobe is now a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Latino pioneers who first established Ventura in the 19th Century. The two-story hacienda was the main house of the Rancho San Miguel, one of the richest in Ventura County. The old adobe home is also one of […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County receives NEH Grant

The Museum of Ventura County has received a Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will allow the museum to create a collections risk assessment, a fire suppression assessment report, and a disaster response plan for the entire organization. The Museum of Ventura County serves county residents, […] Read More »

Let’s Talk Sh!t

Let’s Talk Sh!t is a humorous, easy to digest explanation of gastrointestinal disorders, their current treatments, as well as next generation hope for heart disease, obesity, autism, Alzheimer’s, and more. From constipation to cancer, research indicates that our unique microbiomes may be the basis for future advances in health and wellness. Let’s Talk Sh!t examines […] Read More »

The Bookmark - About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Computer access at the libraries is back! Many people count on the libraries for computers for job and benefit applications, email, research and so on. That access has been unavailable for over six months and is now open, with limitations and safety restrictions, of course. You can call any branch of the […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Question: “If Ventura has a water shortage why is it allowing so many apartments, condos and a hotel to be built?” Tony Jankowski Answer by Ventura Water The State of California requires the all cities and counties within the State, including the City of Ventura,  to plan for and to allow construction of new housing.  […] Read More »

Kids & Families Together

by K&FT staff Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. K&FT also works with caregivers who need specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise […] Read More »

“Wall of People” demonstration for justice in Downtown Ventura

by Richard Lieberman An estimated 200 people showed up to participate in the silent Wall of People demonstration, sponsored by Justice For All Ventura County, Veterans For Peace Ventura County and Indivisible Ventura, on Saturday October 17. The protesters were there to raise awareness and advocate for “the health of our planet, the health of […] Read More »

Helping out people through Angel Flight West

Initially, Moorhouse had wanted to join the Air Force. by Carol Leish Jeff Moorhouse said that he learned how to fly since he had a lot of business across the western states that he needed to get to, along with many different conferences in various areas to go to. And, at first, he had to […] Read More »

Email Political Hell—A Survivor’s Story

By Ivor Davis I will be glad—no make that—overjoyed—when The Election is over. I have been buried alive—and I’m not exaggerating– by a daily avalanche of beseeching political emails. Others may be familiar with this particular nightmare? Overwhelming is the daily bombardments of emails about leaky guts, toenail fungus, and now  assorted messages calling me “Dear […] Read More »

Sheila Lowe has testified as an expert witness in dozens of cases.

And yes, she has analyzed the Beatles’ handwriting. by James Gray When Sheila Lowe arrived from England at the end of 1963 she was a fourteen-year-old Beatlemaniac, writing stories about the Fab Four. Her school friends loved to read them, but they were a long way from the Forensic Handwriting suspense series she writes today. […] Read More »

Local talk show Our Ventura TV expands during pandemic

.As soon as the pandemic started shutting things down, Our Ventura TV countered the challenge by going online and opening up more opportunities for local voices to be heard. A record number of talk-show guests have joined the program via video conferencing from their own home or office in support of the show’s theme, “People […] Read More »

Did You Know….?

Why are there different colors of pumpkins? by Shirley Lorraine Have you ever wondered about the different colors of pumpkins available in stores? There are numerous colors provided by nature, and then there are some that have been designated to serve as communication for a special cause or purpose. Standard orange is the traditional favorite […] Read More »

SEEAG and Ventura County Farm Day's "The Biggest Little Farm" screening

As part of this year’s activities for its 8th Annual Ventura County Farm Day, Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) is hosting a drive-in movie night on Sunday, November 1 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds featuring the award-winning, family-friendly documentary “The Biggest Little Farm.” The evening includes a question and answer session with John Chester, […] Read More »

Hamsters from Hell!

by Richard Senate Not long ago the Svengoolie program that shows old horror films ran the classic failure of a film titled “The Night of the Lepus.”  Lepus is Latin for rabbits and the plot is about a heard of giant rabbits attacking a small town in Arizona.  Still, with all the special effects it […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Two important events to cover this issue: One – The Friends of the Library book sales are back! (Have to say here, the next sale is approved and happening, but as always any Public Health ruling could intervene.) The Friends are having a book sale on Saturday, October 24, in the H.P. […] Read More »

Whisenhunt Communications launches new website

Whisenhunt Communications, a Ventura-based marketing and public relations firm, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has launched its new website, www.whizcomm.biz. Founded in 1990, Whisenhunt Communications specializes in helping businesses, school districts, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations reach targeted audiences to spread their news and get their messages out. “We value the contributions our clients […] Read More »

WEV hosting Empowerment is Priceless

WEV Trailblazer Award recipient Brenda Allison of Coast General Insurance Brokers Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is hosting the 15th annual Empowerment is Priceless fundraising event (virtually) on Thursday, October 15th from 9 – 10 a.m. This year’s spotlight is on business owners facing the challenges of COVID-19 and the public is invited to attend the […] Read More »

VOTE!!!!

It’s Election Season and as always, CAPS Media is actively engaged. Recently, CAPS crews produced a series of Video Voter 2020 information segments with candidates for the Ventura City Council and the Ventura Unified School District Board. Each candidate was given 2 minutes to present a general statement and then asked to respond to three […] Read More »

Dean Drive residents implore City to install speed humps to mitigate speeding traffic

Aaron Gaston candidate for City Council in District 3 joined the gathered residents. by Richard Lieberman “We are here to make our street safer,” stated John Coffman. Speaking to a crowd of Dean Drive residents who have been concerned about speeding cars, accidents and what they believe to be unsafe conditions on their street. The […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Question: I don’t know what council district that I live in for the coming city council election? How do I find out? Randy Flores Answer: Randy: You can go to https://map.cityofventura.net/java/ccvd/ (A little complex) and type in your address to find your district. To be placed on the ballot a candidate must circulate a nomination […] Read More »

Have a safe Halloween by Tony Jankowski

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19th Annual Caregivers Sailathon

All Watercraft Welcome! Pre-register by Oct. 15 for $45 per entry or register at the Caregivers Office at 8:30am on Oct. 18 for $75 per entry Lap pledges from friends and family are needed for them to support senior services. Sunday October 18, 2020 12pm-2pm Off the Ventura Pier in Pierpont Bay Call (805) 658-8530 […] Read More »

The Bookmark - About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Ventura’s libraries are alive and well! Their doors may be closed, but their community access is wide open, with ongoing outreach and services to the citizens of Ventura. Welcome to the first column of “The Bookmark,” dedicated to informing Breeze readers about the activities and offerings of the libraries and the Friends […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust announces livestream Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Ventura Land Trust is pleased to present its 9th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour on Friday, October 16th via an exciting new digital livestream format. This signature fundraising event supports Ventura Land Trust’s mission to permanently protect the land, water, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future […] 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 »

Outdoor sculpture exhibit at Ventura Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Ventura

“The Where and the Why” – Wrona Gall by Richard Lieberman While the worldwide pandemic continues to alter the way we live, work and play the Museum of Ventura and Ventura Botanical Gardens have taken things outdoors. Dining, music, movies and haircuts have taken themselves outdoors. The Museum and the Botanical Gardens have taken art […] Read More »

You can purchase books at the online store

Ventura Friends of the Library invite you to visit their newly launched online store for local sales. You can purchase books at the online store and pick them up at Hill Road Library! They are also accepting donations of books at those times. Purchase Friday through Sunday – pick up Tuesday 1 pm to 3 […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Question: I don’t know what council district that I live in for the coming city council election? How do I find out? Randy Vita Answer: Randy: You can go to https://map.cityofventura.net/java/ccvd/ (A little complex) and type in your address to find your district. To expand on your question this is the make up of our […] Read More »

Ghostly Tales of the Old Mission

by Richard Senate As Fall approaches, inching its way into Ventura, It is natural to turn to stories of the supernatural and ghosts. The Old Spanish Mission of San Buenaventura is the oldest building in town and as such, it has a bevy of ghostly stories that date back to the 19th Century. All of […] Read More »

Ventura County Farm Day seeks sponsors for "Biggest Little Farm" Screening at Ventura County Fairgrounds

As part of this year’s activities for its all-virtual Ventura County Farm Day, Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) is hosting a drive-in movie night on Sunday, November 1 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds featuring the award-winning, family-friendly documentary “Biggest Little Farm.” The evening includes a question and answer session with John Chester, farmer, cinematographer […] Read More »

The Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year, when we are closest to God and to the essence of our souls. Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement,” as the verse states, “For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before God.” Yom […] Read More »

CAPS Media producing voter info for city and county residents

CAPS Media returns with its long running video voter series. Every election season for over a decade caps produces and broadcasts informative videos about state and local propositions, informative videos and our video voter series to inform the public and help get out the vote for the upcoming election. Our video voter 2020 series features […] Read More »

Back to school at the library

It’s back to school and Ventura County Library now offers Brainfuse HelpNow eLearning for all ages and levels. Homework Help – Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests. Personalized eLearning Tools – My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, 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 »

Ventura's first hero

by Richard Senate No marker graces his grave. A school rests over his burial site but the man should be remembered.  His name was Ramon “Natcho” Rodriguez. He was the owner of the Rancho Canada de San Miguel, an 8887 acre spread granted to him in 1846 by Mexican Governor Pio Pico. The ranch encompassed much […] Read More »

Cassie’s Cats-Fostering, Love and Forever Homes for Cats and Kittens

by Jill Forman When Jennifer Thompson was 10 years old, she got her first cat, Cassie. Cassie was loved for 19 years, and now she lives on in Cassie’s Cats. Fast forward a few years to 2006, a friend of Thompson’s found an abandoned litter of kittens and brought them to her. “I had no […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 25 – Sept 9 – Sept 22, 2020 - Social Justice

Social Justice By M. Scott Black Owned Businesses to Be Identified by Yelp Yelp is launching a new feature allowing black-owned companies to identify themselves. The function will ultimately make it easier for users to find and support black-owned businesses. Businesses will have the choice to label themselves as black-owned on Yelp. The label will […] Read More »

Joe Brown, President of Channel Cities Jazz Club, passes

It is with deepest regret and great sorrow that on Friday, August 28, Joe Brown, President of Channel Cities Jazz Club, passed away due to complications from surgery. Joe, an active member of CCJC for many years was in charge of their newsletter and served as President of the club for two years. He was […] Read More »

Sunflowers for Izzy

The Ventura Breeze mourns the loss of one of our family. “Izzy” was the daughter of Ana Baker and stepdaughter of Jaimie Baker both part of our wonderful staff. The following was written by her parents. It is with the greatest sorrow that we announce the passing of Isabella Mercedes Kress, our beloved daughter, sister, […] Read More »

Your MC21 Note - Nicole Cabell

Nicole Cabell from the 2012 Face Of Ventura series by Johanna Spinks. by Susan Scott Executive Director “Nicole Cabell is an American soprano.” So begins her formal bio, but I have a sense Venturans would write it differently – something like: “Nicole Cabell is a ‘hometown hero,” a local girl from a modest family who […] 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 »

Victims tried to raise public awareness of the plight of their loved ones

Brandishing homemade signs they asked passers-by to honk their horns in support. Photo by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman Relatives of unsolved murder cases in Ventura held a demonstration and vigil on the lawn of Ventura Government Center. Among the demonstrators unsolved cases one dates to 1974. Brandishing homemade signs asking passers-by to honk their […] Read More »

Ventura resident to be featured in National Down Syndrome Society video

Estelle will appear in the bright lights. Estelle Collinge of Ventura, will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 12, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about […] 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 »

Olivas Adobe workers and volunteers take advantage of Corona Virus shutdown

Gina Reyes (City of Ventura), Mary Thompson (Vice President Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters-AKA docents) with Glenda the doggie, Frank Shugart (Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreter) and Kathryn Dippong Lawson (City of Ventura) sprucing up Olivas. Photo by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman The Olivas Adobe, an adobe structure, was built in 1841 by Raymundo Olivas on […] Read More »

Girl Scout Troop 65060 gives back with "Diversity" art box

Local Girl Scout Troop 65060 wanted to give back to the community, so they decided to brighten up a corner they passed every day on their way to school. The artistically painted utility box the troop calls “Diversity” which they funded and designed themselves through the City of Ventura’s think outside the box program is […] 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 »

“Summer of Ohana Love” gift-away event

Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster/resource, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements and also works with caregivers. In collaboration with many community partners, K&FT hosted a Gift-Away event called, Summer […] Read More »

Updates from the Ojai Art Center

Dear Theatrical Community We wrote a while back promising to update you all on our plans to re-open the Ojai Art Center Theater as public safety guidance evolved. Sadly, with the approval of public health guidelines still pending, it does not appear that we will be able to gather as artists in the same space […] Read More »

A Munchkin rests at Ivy Lawn

by Richard Senate A stroll though Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura will show the final resting place of many of our great persons who once made this place home. If you should take such a walk you may come across a unique tombstone with a rainbow and the words; “somewhere over the rainbow.” It is […] Read More »

Social Justice

New President Named of Nashville Superspeedway Erik Moses has been named president of Nashville Superspeedway, becoming the first Black man to hold that title at any NASCAR track. Moses said he was welcomed to the industry this week by NASCAR President Steve Phelps and takes control in a year where the series has been swept […] 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 »

Historic Ventura Coca-Cola building

Yes, this was taken in Ventura. Read More »

Perched - A Little Bird Zine

by Jill Forman Midtown resident Summer Rogers Langille loves birds. As an educator and a parent, she uses her backyard birds to teach about nature. She also loves “zines,” a small self-published work of texts and images. Perched is her bi-monthly compilation of art, poetry and projects aimed at kids. Now in its third year […] Read More »

Ventura’s Proactive Outreach Worker hits the streets to take on homelessness Part 1 of 2

by Kacie Goff In a year when most people are trying to create more distance between themselves and others, Christina Cabral is on the frontline helping individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Cabral was hired as the City and County’s new Proactive Outreach Worker in December, 2019 and had to pivot immediately […] Read More »

Channel Islands National Park volunteers receive national recognition

A volunteer team that maintains the native plant garden at Channel Islands National Park has received national recognition as the winners of the prestigious National Park Service (NPS) Hartzog Volunteer Group Award. The team of 15 volunteers contributed over 1,300 hours caring for the park’s native plant garden and nursery this past year. Collectively, they […] 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 »

Give the gift of diverse books

In talking with educators, parents and students, Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) realized there is a need for new, diverse books for VUSD students. With your support, we are bringing beautiful books to VUSD. Diverse books give students the opportunity to build empathy, learn about others, find themselves and so much more. “We are very excited […] Read More »

Laura Lizaola Barroso selected as Vice Chancellor of Human Resources

Laura has more than 28 years of experience within higher education and public agency. Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Chancellor Greg Gillespie has announced the appointment of Laura Lizaola Barroso as Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. Barroso has more than 28 years of experience in California within higher education and public agency. Since joining […] Read More »

Celebrating 100 years of the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters continues its mission of civic engagement. by Betsy Patterson, President, League of Women Voters of Ventura County The League of Women Voters is celebrating its 100th anniversary, having been founded after the passage of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, granting women their right to vote.  Tennessee was the […] Read More »

Etiquette on the Waves--Preserving the Vibe

Leaving plenty of room on a wave at C Street in Ventura. by Amy Brown Years ago in the Bay Area I remember just learning to surf, paddling back out to the lineup with an ice cream headache and what little strength I had left after yet another humiliating wipeout, when a surfer rode a […] Read More »

New ways to visit Channel Islands National Park

Take a virtual visit. Channel Islands National Park has developed a new digital app to enhance the visitor experience in the park that can also be used to take a virtual visit. The new mobile app is free and available at the App Store or on Google Play. Features in the app include exploring the […] Read More »

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

Vision 2020 has an inspiring vision for the nation’s future. August 26, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution acknowledging women’s right to vote. Vision 2020 Ventura County invites community members to celebrate, participate and learn about the centennial at a family-friendly, non-partisan virtual event on National Women’s Equality […] Read More »

24 new badges prepare girl scouts to be ambitious and decisive leaders

Badges are designed to help girls practice ambitious leadership in new fields. Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) have announced 24 new badges designed to help girls practice ambitious leadership in the crucial areas of automotive engineering, STEM career exploration, entrepreneurship, and civics, many of which remain male-dominated. […] Read More »

CAPS Media collaborates with county on community forum

The CAPS Media crews are staying very busy and socially distanced during the current COVID-19 crisis producing educational and information videos for the City and County. As one example, CAPS crews facilitated an informative countywide community forum with government, law enforcement and agency officials with the topic “The intersection of race and law enforcement in […] Read More »

Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation welcomes two new board members

The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is proud to announce two new members elected to the Board of Directors in 2020. Roy Schneider, of Schneider & Associates, LLP, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors in January 2020 and will share his expertise in estate planning, intellectual property, and real estate, family and non-profit […] Read More »

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) is celebrating 50 years of service through youth mentoring in 2020! The organization serves all of Ventura County and because of that there are nearly 100 youth waiting for a mentor. BBSVC is asking the community to imagine the impact they can make as a friend and […] Read More »

County of Ventura agencies recognized for excellence in communications

Agencies from across the County of Ventura have been recognized by the California Association of Public Information Officers (CAPIO) with Excellence in Public Information and Communications (EPIC) Awards. The County Executive Office, Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, and the Ventura County Fire Department received awards recognizing outstanding communications publications and campaigns.  The County of […] Read More »

Chris Butler appointed new Associate Artistic Director at Rubicon

The Board of Directors of Rubicon Theatre of Ventura has appointed Ovation, NAACP and Garland Award-Winner Chris Butler as the company’s new Associate Artistic Director. Butler returns to Rubicon having previously received acclaim for his portrayals of Caesar Wilkes in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean and Randle P. McMurphy in Dale Wasserman’s adaptation of […] Read More »

County residents asked to turn in seed shipments from China to Agricultural Commissioner’s Office

Residents across the country have been receiving unsolicited and mysterious seeds shipped from China. The seeds are arriving in small mailer envelopes labeled with descriptions such as “stud earrings”, “jewelry”, “handmade flowers”, and “wire connectors”. Since it is illegal to ship seeds unless they meet the import requirements of the United States – including proper […] Read More »

Candalaria; a Statue for Ventura?

by Richard Senate Will the removal of Fr. Junipero Serra from the pedestal in front of City Hall the debate is now who or what should replace him. It should be someone with links to our city, someone who deserves the recognition of a statue. I would like to suggest a Native American woman, a […] Read More »

United Way achieves Amgen Foundation Challenge Grant

United Way of Ventura County has successfully met the Amgen Foundation $100,000 challenge grant to launch a Landlord Engagement Program thanks to the generosity of six founding local funders. The goal of the program is to increase housing stock and utilize existing housing vouchers and housing subsidies provided by local jurisdictions and community partners to […] Read More »

Social Justice Column

by M. Scott Racism: Defined by Mirriam-Webster: 1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race 2a: a doctrine or political program based on the assumption of racism and designed to execute its principles b: a political or social […] Read More »

Our Ventura TV surpasses 1,000,000 views

Juan Mancera, George Alger, Michelle Hoover and May Christine Ballestero have helped pass one million. Our Ventura TV recently surpassed a million online views, all in addition to multiple millions of television views on Ventura cable channel 6 TV. Our Ventura TV is an award-winning weekly talk-show television series broadcast on Ventura cable channel 6 […] Read More »

A New Sculpture for Ventura City Hall

A replica of the Tomol, might grace the front of our City Hall. Text and photo ©Robert Chianese RLChianese@gmail.com Native Chumash representatives, the City of San Buenaventura, and the Ventura Mission Church have reached agreement to move the large statue of Father Junipero Serra that fronts the Ventura City Hall to the nearby Mission grounds. […] 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 »

Family dynamics and your estate

The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is proud to invite you to a free online seminar for those looking to navigate the challenges of family interests when organizing an estate plan. CMHF Board member Roy Schneider, of Schneider & Associates, LLP, will present this virtual seminar entitled Family Dynamics and Your Estate: When Planned Giving Doesn’t […] 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 »

What’s happening at Ventura County Library this summer?

Ventura County Library invites everyone to join the Summer Reading Challenge. Residents of all ages and from all across the county have the opportunity to read, participate in live streaming programs, win prizes, collect badges, and have fun! Sign up at: http://vclreads.readsquared.com. Remaining programs: July 31 – “Wizard Academy” by Christopher T. Magician – 4pm […] Read More »

Livingston Memorial has earned the “Superior Performer” Caregiver Satisfaction Award

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall caregiver and family satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20% of all eligible SHP clients for the 2019 calendar year. Livingston was the only hospice in Ventura County to receive this […] Read More »

Ventura's Own wounded in World War One

by Richard Senate Philip de la Riva was born in 1892 at the Olivas Adobe. His mother was Rebecca Olivas de la Riva, the youngest of the twenty-one children of Raymundo and Teodora Olivas.The builders of the Olivas Adobe, now a museum. When the United States declared war on Imperial Germany in 1917, Philip answered […] 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 »

Thank You for Your Support of CAPS Media

The following is a letter from Patrick Davidson, Executive Director of CAPS Media. Friends of CAPS Media, On Monday evening, June 29th the Ventura City Council voted unanimously to continue funding CAPS Media for the near term and foreseeable future. In light of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic and resulting reduced city revenue, by mutual agreement […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber “Together we will overcome”

by Carol Leish “First, when all of this (closures due to the pandemic), started in mid-March, we reached out to all our members,” according to Ventura Chamber President and CEO, Stephanie Caldwell. “We wanted to find out: How members were doing What members needed If members businesses were open or closed. She said that, “As […] Read More »

Board of Trustees is committed to diversity and inclusion

The Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees is committed to diversity and inclusion as key priorities in the organization’s values. At its June 23 meeting, the Board adopted a Resolution Affirming a Commitment to Student Success for Black and African American Students. Action items to remove systemic barriers for Black and African American […] Read More »

Coverly Professional Services celebrates 10 years in business

The full-service marketing project management firm achieves 10-year milestone helping local businesses grow with strategic marketing and public relations Founded in July 2010, Coverly Professional Services (www.coverlypro.com) celebrates 10 years leading small and mid-size businesses in formulating effective marketing and public relations communications strategies. Known for its tagline, “creative ideas implemented daily,” CoverlyPro stands true […] Read More »

William Edward Burghardt

W. E. B. Du Bois (Feb. 23, 1868 to August 27, 1963 aged 95) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. He was the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard. His thesis was “The Suppression […] 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 »

Visit Ventura’s Cheryl Bagby is chosen to lead the Central Coast Tourism Council

Visit Ventura is proud to announce that our very own Cheryl Bagby has been chosen to serve as President of the Central Coast Tourism Council. The Central Coast Tourism Council (CCTC) is a non-profit organization comprised of hospitality businesses (from Convention and Visitors Bureaus to hotels and attractions) throughout California’s Central Coast. Their task is […] 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 »

Black Lives Matter marches through the streets of Ventura

Demonstrators supporting Black Lives Matter marched through the streets of Ventura on Saturday, July 4, as a way of expressing their Fourth of July grievances. Hundreds of marchers gathered at Cemetery Memorial Park prior to heading to Harbor Boulevard up California Street to Main and returning to the park. Read More »

Social Justice Column

by M. Scott This is our first Social Justice column. As the consensus continues to grow regarding the stark reality of systemic racism in American life, the Ventura Breeze recognizes the important role played by the press in helping to increase awareness and foster conversation around this very important issue. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) […] Read More »

WEV celebrating 10-years

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship awards by announcing this year’s winners in 10 categories. In addition to the 10 category winners, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards has also recognized Lynne Tahmisian, President of La Arcada Investment Corporation as the 2020 Rock Star: Life Achievement Award recipient. The […] Read More »

Serra Statue

by Maria Loveday I recently received my B.A. degree in art history/art studio from CSUCI. My final capstone project was a research paper analyzing the history, controversy, and vandalism of Junipero Serra and his commemorative statues in California with a focus on the bronze Serra statue in front of Ventura City Hall. Some interesting research […] Read More »

Ventura High School Celebrates At-Risk Graduates

Graduating students were all smiles. by Sheli Ellsworth Before COVID-19, the term “at-risk” was used to identify students that were having difficulty in school and at risk for dropping out. One out of ten California students will drop out of high school before graduating. “Out of around 2000 students, we had about 60 students who […] Read More »

CAPS Media and the Power of Information

Hello fellow Venturans. Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis the CAPS Media Center has been closed, however CAPS crews have continuously provided extensive communication services to the City and County to help inform the public. For example, every week CAPS produces updates by City officials and CAPS continues to direct the broadcast and streaming […] Read More »

Historical Research Internship at the MVC

The Museum of Ventura County is launching an initiative aimed at supporting history students and the writing of diverse historical research articles about Ventura County. The Museum is partnering with local colleges to request submissions for paid internships for the Fall 2020 semester. Applications will be evaluated by museum staff and a panel of 3 […] 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 »

Our dear students, tomorrow’s leaders

by 42 local high school teachers, counselors, and para-educators Because we cannot see you and speak to you face-to-face we, your teachers and counselors, hope to reach you now. We feel we cannot remain silent. If you have been paying attention, you may have learned more in the last twelve weeks than you would have […] Read More »

Walk for Tender Life Maternity Home

The annual Walk for Tender Life Maternity Home will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at The River Community Church located at 889 E. Santa Clara St. Registration begins at 8:30 am, and each walker or family of walkers will be released after they register to begin their walk allowing for social distancing between […] Read More »

Maybe it’s an evolving day in the neighborhood

by Visit Ventura Of late you may have noticed a strange and wonderful thing. People are out walking in our neighborhoods. We are talking about Ventura, because those are the neighborhoods we see, but if you’re not from Ventura, you might be seeing the very same thing in your town too. After recent decades characterized […] Read More »

Ventura Water

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t (VREG)-Part 1 of 2 Eight years ago, Ventura Water, faced with a City Council decision to settle a federal lawsuit seeking to halt putting wastewater into the Santa Clara River estuary, started a pilot project to use our wastewater for drinking. The project was called VenturaWaterPure—the purest and […] Read More »

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band at the Fairgrounds

Seatbelts are advisable. by Richard Newsham, VMF consultant John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band (J2B2) plays “America’s Music” on July 16 for a Ventura County Fairgrounds’ drive-in concert Seatbelts are advisable as Desert Rose Band and Hellecasters’ guitar genius John Jorgenson brings “the best string players in the world” to his hometown at the Ventura Music Festival’s […] Read More »

We in Ventura have traveled down this road before. 

People have asked what should replace it? Photo by Bernie Goldstein by Richard Senate Many see Fr. Serra as a controversial lightning rod figure who is blamed for all of the outrages of the Spanish Mission system. They ignore the good and focus on those things that are negative in our Spanish Past and wish to […] Read More »

Food Share appoints new COO

Food Share has appointed Kevin Drabinski as its new Chief Operating Officer. Drabinski replaces Susan Haverland who retired on June 12 after seven years with the organization. Prior to his appointment at Food Share, Drabinski served as CEO of the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County where he oversaw fiscal and operational growth […] Read More »

Hollywood’s love affair---with Ventura

by Ivor Davis Hollywood’s love affair with Ventura continues unabashed. Always has and probably always will. Over the years tinsel town movie crews have raced up to our shores to shoot a wide ranging assortment of movies for almost as long as Hollywood has been in business. The list is endless and city coffers over […] Read More »

Ventura’s city hall history

Photo submitted by Ivor Davis Before it became Ventura’s city hall this building was the headquarters of Ventura County. It was our luck that the County opened up new facilities and sold the building to Ventura. Still remaining behind the building is the small structure that was the jail. It has remained empty for many […] Read More »

For five months, Sophia taught approximately 25 different individuals how to crochet

Sophia Pelaez is an Ambassador Girl Scout from Troop 60001 in Ventura. A high school senior this year, Sophia has, “personally seen some of her strongest and smartest peers break down and crumble under the stress and pressure that comes from academics, sports, extracurricular activities, and the college application process.” She is also the daughter […] Read More »

Dorinda Clinton has been named Chief Nursing Officer of Vista del Mar Hospital.

Dorinda Clinton has worked in healthcare field for 18 years, in many nursing roles. She has served on the California Quality Care Collaborative team since 2009, and assisted in the development of patient care standards. During that time, Dorinda received four awards for her accomplishments during various patient care initiatives from the State Collaboration. “I […] Read More »

Visit Ventura named Central Coast Best Place To Work

Visit Ventura was recently recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times as the “Central Coast Best Place to Work” for the third year running. The May 22nd announcement by the Pacific Coast Business Times continues an ongoing awards string for Visit Ventura. Along with the three consecutive (2018, 2019, 2020) Pacific Coast Business Times “Best […] Read More »

Hollywood’s Long Love Affair with Ventura County

Join the Museum of Ventura County for a Zoom Conversation with Ivor Davis. Thursday, June 25th @ 6:30 PM Renowned journalist Ivor Davis will discuss numerous behind the scene stories around films partially filmed on location in Ventura County. The first 40 people to RSVP by June 19th to Denise Sindelar at dsindelar@venturamuseum.org will be […] Read More »

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast announces virtual summer camp

Bringing what you know and love from camp straight to your home. Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast is hosting our first ever GSCCC Virtual Summer Camp 2020! Starting Monday, June 22nd until Friday, June 26th, we’re bringing what you know and love from camp straight to your home. We hope that this virtual summer […] Read More »

The Golden Triangle-The spooner trail 

By Richard Senate Long ago, in Ventura, before the oil wells and traffic, before paved roads and telephones a tradition existed here of the “Golden Triangle,” a triangle formed by the cities of Ventura, Ojai and Santa Paula. Young people who were serious about their relationship would announce to the friends and family that they […] Read More »

Ventura County Library is pleased to announce the Summer Reading Program

With the county’s public library branches still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Reading Program (SRP2020) is taking place in the virtual environment. Children have the opportunity to read, participate in live streaming programs, win prizes, collect badges, and have fun! “The benefits of library summer reading programs are clear,” states Ventura […] Read More »

MVC announces The 19th: Votes for Women Exhibit

Made possible by the California Humanities for All Grant from California Humanities, MVC is looking to the community for memories, artifacts, and photographs to create this exhibit. Marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the Museum of Ventura County has begun developing a new exhibit, The 19th: Votes for Women, featuring stories of Ventura County suffragists […] 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 »

2020 CMH Auxiliary Junior Volunteer Scholarship Awards

Trudy Cook-President, Mary Hajjar, Natalie Ortiz, Marilyn Beal the Junior Chair, Tom Bartel and Tyler Castro in front of CMH (Esmeralda Saucedo not shown). On June 11, five Junior Volunteers received scholarship in the park in front of CMH. Each of the following Junior Volunteers received a scholarship in the amount of $1,500. Tom Bartel: Tom […] Read More »

Angel Escandon, unsung hero of our community.

by Richard Senate He was born in Spain in 1833 and settled in Peru where he earned a degree in Law.  He came to what is today Ventura in 1854 where he married Francesca Sanchez receiving as part of her dowry a large building on Main Street and Valdez Alley. This large adobe he used as […] 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 »

Five local high school students earn scholarships for their artistic “Perspectives on Peace”

The Rotary Club of Ventura, which last year celebrated 100 years of service to the Ventura community, has announced the winners of the second year of its Perspectives on Peace Scholarship program. Five high school seniors are being awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships, based on their outstanding original art submissions around the theme […] 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award

On August 7, 2018 a ceremony was held at Ivy Lawn in honor of Sergeant Dowell’s life. The Ventura Police Officers’ Association (VPOA) is accepting applications for the 17th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships will be presented in July 2020 to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August […] 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 »

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 »

CAPS Media Radio KPPQ hits 150th show

Recently the CAPS Media board of directors held its first zoom board meeting. The COVID 19 crisis hasn’t slowed down the valiant KPPQ djs and hosts from continuing to produce and deliver outstanding original shows to air on KPPQ at 104.1FM and on mytuner-radio. KPPQ DJ Mark Levitt recently produced his 150th episode of his Pure […] Read More »

Crocheting to make people happy

by Trish Davis This Is Finn, a local 6th grader who crochets all the local street polls. I asked him about it and here’s what he said. “I started yarnbombing, which is when you take knitting or crochet and hang it up as art, with little hearts all over my neighborhood. These were very small, […] 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 »

Venturans who deserve to have a statue put up to their memory

by Richard Senate A famed major league baseball player Charlie “Sea Lion” Hall  now rests at Ventura’s Ivy Lawn Cemetery.  He was born in Ventura in 1885, his mother Elvira Hall was a decedent of one of the early Spanish families of Santa Barbara. He was baptized at the Mission San Buenaventura as Carlos Luis […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Question: We received the following request (in a much longer form) but this is a summation of what Rob was requesting. “Regarding the low-flying personal aircraft hazards and the creation of constant noise pollution in Ventura I am kindly requesting you to find out what our legal rights are for low-flying aircraft. It seems the […] 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 »

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

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Staci Brown is the latest member of MADD

Staci needs no introduction to readers of the Breeze. MADD would like to introduce Staci Brown; she is the latest member of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving team. Her role is that of a Program Specialist. As a Program Specialist, Staci presents three programs. One is called “The Power of Youth”. This is to speak […] 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 »

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 »

Ventura Pier provides meaningful memories

Wouldn’t you like your name here? Photo by Bernie Goldstein Pier into the Future, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the historic Ventura Pier is offering permanent engravings on the granite panels at the entrance to the Pier for $175 through May 31, 2020. Beginning June1st the price will increase to $200. The engravings provide a […] 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 »

NAWBO Ventura County hosts “Speaking Up for Change”

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC), knowing that maintaining and growing your business is now more than important than ever, continues to bring our community informative and educational programming in a virtual environment. On May 12th from 6pm to 8pm, NAWBO VC with support from Chase Bank […] Read More »

Once Ventura had its own broadcast TV station  KKOG

by Richard Senate The station had its studio on South California Street, broadcasting on Channel 16. It began transmitting on December 14th, 1968 and lasted only nine months.  The whole thing was the brainchild of Hollywood talent scout Julian F. Myers, who lived in the Ventura Keys. It took him two years to get the […] Read More »

May 4-8, 2020 is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.

by Madhu Bajaj President, Ventura Education Partnership A friend recently reminded me that research shows that having one connection to a caring stable adult builds resilience in children.  School provides the opportunity to have not just one connection but many. As I think about who I am today and memorable childhood experiences a number of them […] 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 »

VMF Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta presents his Music in the Schools

VMF Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta began presenting his Music in the Schools curriculum to children in Ventura Unified more than ten years ago. Today the program is still going strong, supported in Ventura by grants from Aera Energy, the Julius Gius Foundation and individual contributions. Starting Fall 2020, it will also be available to elementary […] 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 »

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 »

VPD helps with birthday celebration

No, these kids aren’t being arrested for being too cute. Logan Dawson accompanied by his cousin Aria Dawson, celebrated his third birthday and the Ventura Police Department happily drove down his street wishing him a Happy Birthday over their loudspeaker to help him celebrate. Read More »

Lemon Grove neighbors gather

Lemon Grove neighbors came together on Saturday, April 25, with a treat for everybody. Since families can’t go to the zoo, a zoo was created in the neighborhood. Not your average zoo, this one had no roars or animals running around. In fact, the animals were all still and quiet. That’s because they were toys! […] Read More »

Ventura County Earth Day Awards

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors honored five recipients for Earth Day Awards in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In District 1 of Supervisor Steve Bennett it was the Ventura Land Trust. Ventura Land Trust (VLT) is an accredited land trust and 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been protecting and preserving open space […] Read More »

Girl Scouts welcome new board member

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast welcomes their newest board member, Maria Ventra. In her role, as the local SoCalGas representative of Ventura County, she serves on several community boards, BGCGV, El Concilio, American Red Cross of Central California, United Way of Ventura County and the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA). She is deeply […] Read More »

We were all 'Home Schooled' whether we realized it at the time or not...

Submitted by Mike Tracy Most of us over 65 were Home Schooled in many ways… My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.” My mother taught me RELIGION. “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.” My […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze Photo Contest Winners

First place went to Michael Hoffman. The Ventura Breeze photo contest has been completed. Thanks to all who submitted their wonderful photographs. The six Breeze staff members who selected the winners had an extremely hard time with their selections because of the high quality of the submissions In the color category: Michael HoffmanTwo of his […] 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 »

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 vcemergency.com/videos. CAPS is also creating Spanish language translations of the […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze Honor Roll

Thank you so much to the following (and anonymous folks) who contributed to keep the Breeze alive. You are very special to all of us. Adela Trainor Alison Carlson Anne Reisinger Anonymous Antonio Figureida Bob & Cheryl Wheeler Carol Spector Catterall Ceramics Cheryl & Dennis Heitmann Cheryl Serr Christian McCusker Connie Perez Dan Osborn Deborah […] 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 »

Bartering Ventura-Style (second of two parts)

by Mira Reverente For some, the sense of belonging and community was a draw. Guinevere Heath just moved to Ojai from Ventura, and was looking for some furniture so she composed her first post. In a short amount of time, she received a dresser, shelves, tables and other small furnishings. “I knew I needed to […] 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 »

John D. Kim named Chief Operating Officer for Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente announced that John D. Kim has been appointed chief operating officer for the Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills and West Ventura service areas. John will be responsible for day-to-day hospital operations, continuing care, capital projects, quality/regulatory services and operations support, as well as provide oversight of the West Ventura market. Previous to this position, […] Read More »

Petty” Theft Is Never Petty

by Jake Dodge victim of burglary One year ago I had my bike stolen at work. I know exactly who stole my bike as it’s all on video. I see the guy on a somewhat regular basis, and every time I see him, it taunts me like it was yesterday. I filed a police report, […] Read More »

If Trump were captain of the Titanic

by Paul Swanson • There isn’t any iceberg. • There was an iceberg but it’s in a totally different ocean. • The iceberg is in this ocean but it will melt very soon. • There is an iceberg but we didn’t hit it. • We hit the iceberg but the damage will be repaired very […] Read More »

Ventura Church and 1918 flu Hospital should be honored.

by Richard Senate 1918 flu swept the world and with it took between 60 and 100 million souls, no one knows for sure.  It hit America hard, taking 450 Thousand Americans. It hit in three waves, each one terrible in its own right but in the first two Ventura County seemed spared with few infections […] 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 »

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 »

Ventura Breeze photo contest winners

Michael Hoffman The Ventura Breeze photo contest has been completed. Thanks to all who submitted their wonderful photographs. The six Breeze staff members who selected the winners had an extremely hard time with their selections because of the high quality of the submissions In the color category: First place went to Michael Hoffman. Two of […] 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….PatriceKarst1111@gmail.com” Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County announces appointment of Cesar Hernandez to Board of Directors

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (Housing Trust Fund VC) has elected Cesar Hernandez to its 19-member Board of Directors. In this capacity, Hernandez will help guide Housing Trust Fund VC as the local trusted leader helping to increase affordable housing options throughout Ventura County by leveraging public-private partnerships to provide low-cost, flexible loans early in […] Read More »

Request the generic version

by Krisna Garcia Looking to save money on your prescriptions at your local Rx pharmacy? With prices constantly rising and insurance coverage seemingly getting worse and more expensive by the day, the better question might be, who isn’t? Whether you’ve just been prescribed a new medication and you’re not sure of the costs or you […] Read More »

The time is now for introspection

by Shakti Dutt Foothill High School I have accepted everything that life has thrown at me without making much sense of it. It’s like a train that does not stop to unload its passengers but only to load more and more. Recently, I came across this quote by Dave Hollis – “In the rush to […] 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 »

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

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CommUNITY of everyday people

Oceana by Karen Leslie, writer with heart Necessity is the mother of invention! The close sign may be hanging on the doorknob of our everyday lives, yet another door is open for business, the door of discovery and windows of transformative creativity and invention. These thresholds of thought have sprung open worldwide, inviting us to […] 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, www.wevonline.org) primarily serves micro-businesses, defined as those with fewer than […] Read More »

Second international win for Tesla radio theatre broadcast

Every Now and Then Theatre in Ventura has won an International Communitas Award for excellence in community service volunteerism and social responsibility for their radio theatre broadcast of “Nikola Tesla: Mysterious Genius.” Co-presented with Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks, NewsTalk 1590 KVTA Radio aired the one-hour production on Halloween night 2019. Every Now and […] Read More »

SEEAG in the news

Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) was selected to receive a $55,000 grant from St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH) and St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), members of Dignity Health. The grant funds will go towards expanding SEEAG’s “Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative.” The program educates and inspires children to eat healthy by adding […] Read More »

When and what is Passover?

Passover 2020 begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 8, and ends Thursday evening, April 16. The first Passover seder is on the evening of April 8, and the second Passover seder takes place on the evening of April 9. Passover is a festival of freedom. It commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, and their transition […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 13 – Mar 25 – Apr 7, 2020 - A View from House Seats

by Shirley Lorraine County theaters suffer another loss – You! Entertainment has reached crisis point as a result of the current health situation unprecedented in our lifetime (mine anyway). Broadway theaters are closed. Las Vegas is shutting down. Ventura County theaters are shuttering up. Now there are just empty seats in dark theaters. A great […] Read More »

VC Women’s Day Festival

Festival committee members, representatives of Link, Incorporated and Vision 2020 promote awareness of the women’s suffrage movement in history. by Amy Brown The recent VC Women’s Day Festival, held on International Women’s Day, was a celebration of women’s social, political and economic contributions in Ventura County and the world, according to Junemarie Justus, founder of […] Read More »

Become a guest on Our Ventura TV

Joining Sheldon Brown, Publisher of The Ventura Breeze (holding the first and latest Ventura Breeze) on the set are the show’s production team Juan Macera, Robin Sanford, Michelle Hoover, Christine Mary Bellestero and Host Sandra Siepak. Our Ventura TV is an award-winning weekly talk show series broadcast on Ventura cable channel 6 TV and also […] 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 »

The runaway hit music of Ventura’s Olivia Willhite

Her success has been thrilling and fairly sudden. by Amy Brown 16-year-old Olivia Willhite has been surfing most of her life and has been making music since age six. This petite blonde powerhouse is a sophomore at Ventura High, and is now getting international attention for her song Runaway Man, which has over 2.5 million […] Read More »

Fighting Chance is based on a true story

For an autographed copy, email alicia@aliciadoyle.com. Boxing is more than just an escape from the chaos of the streets or the baggage of what’s behind to those who find their way into the gym, and ultimately, the ring. Boxing can be the road – and has been for many over the generations in hard scrabble America […] Read More »

Fourth Annual Ventura County Ag Week honored the importance of farmers and ranchers

The six Excellence in Agriculture honorees. Photo courtesy of Totally Local VC and Viktor Budnik Food Photography From March 9th through March 15th Totally Local VC Agricultural Foundation presented its fourth annual Ventura County Ag Week, a celebration of all that our county’s local farmers and ranchers do. Despite the challenges facing the world, many of the […] Read More »

PRSA Gold Coast Chapter offers scholarships for local students

The California Gold Coast chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is offering two scholarships to recognize outstanding individual college students who are committed to studying communication or public relations in the Tri-Counties area. The group will award two $500 scholarships in mid 2020. “We believe that academic endeavors are essential for individuals to […] Read More »

Channel Islands National Park is modifying operations to implement latest health guidance

Channel Islands National Park is announcing modifications in operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 16, 2020, the park’s mainland visitor center in the Ventura Harbor is closed until further notice. The five […] Read More »

Coalition For Family Harmony modifies services due to Coronavirus

The Coalition for Family Harmony, which provides victims of family violence in Ventura County with the means to help escape from abuse, will continue to offer services to the community using modified communication and counseling techniques during the coronavirus crisis. “We our following the guidelines outlined by Ventura County Public Health and the CDC,” says […] 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 »

Manson Exposed: A Reporter's 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder

A leading expert on the Manson Family, Ivor Davis’s latest book, “Manson Exposed: A Reporter’s 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder,” has been released in an audio version. A bestseller, the book is a gripping eyewitness account from a reporter who was there, and in the trenches through the mayhem that followed the murders and […] 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 »

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 capsmedia.org 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 »

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 »

Little free libraries (LFL)

by Jill Forman Your intrepid walker/reporter/photographer has found 13 LFL’s in the Lemon Grove neighborhood: Arcade to Mills, Thompson to Channel. One of them is currently serving as a food pantry, and one of them is actually two – one for adults, one for kids. Neighbor giving to neighbor and the community. We are all […] Read More »

Library Foundation receives grant and new board members

The Ventura County Library Foundation has received a $3,000 grant from the California Library Association in support of this year’s Lunch at the Library program at the Avenue Library in Ventura.  The Avenue Library, one of the twelve library branches of Ventura County Library, began offering the program in summer 2019 in partnership with Ventura Unified School District and Ventura […] 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 »

Local eco-friendly race turns 10

Ten years ago, Mountains 2 Beach was just a 1,000-person race showcasing great places to run in and around Ventura and West Ventura County. by Mira Reverente A decade ago, local runner Ben DeWitt envisioned creating a 1,000-person race that showcased his favorite places to run in and around Ventura and West Ventura County, while […] Read More »

Pueblo water rights

by Joseph Richardson The city of Ventura acquired the water rights to the Ventura River by virtue of an unbroken chain purchases and agreements extending from the original 12 ranchos water rights established by the catholic church at the Mission san Buenaventura. In the long ago past a project was started by the city mayor […] Read More »

Lyrics written to the first verse of Alan Sherman’s song “Hello Mother, Hello Father”

by Carol Teitelbaum Hello, Trump; hello, Pence. What’s the matter; you’re making us tense?  Life’s not very entertaining.  Folks are dying left and right at your expense. Get more masks and more gel. Do it quick before life’s hell. We need tests and some shots, before we’re overrun by smart robots. Life’s not very entertaining.  […] Read More »

Fire Safety event held with forth graders

The Ventura City Fire Department, in a collaborative effort with the Ventura Unified School District, hosted a two-day Fire Safety event on March 3rd and 4th at the Ventura City Fire Training Grounds, located at 765 S. Seaward Ave. Since 2011 together they have educated approximately 10,200 children on fire safety. Their first few classes […] Read More »

Harbor salutes sirens of the sea and new signage

“Mermaid Parade” gives lovers of the sea a chance to dress up. Channel your inner mermaid and rub fins with fellow merfolk – mermaids and mermen – as these mystical aquatic creatures take center stage at Ventura Harbor Village’s 5th Annual Mermaid Month spanning throughout the month of March with something for the entire family […] Read More »

Meet County Ventura’s 2020 Irish Belle, Annabella Nemo Page

In a fun twist, the Irish Belle of this year’s County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade actually is named Belle. To her friends and family, Annabella Nemo Page of Ventura is known as Belle – and from now on, she also can be known more formally as the 2020 Irish Belle of the Ventura Elks […] Read More »

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces 2020 honorees

Johanna Spinks with David Friedlander from The Face of Ventura portrait series. The Journey to Leadership Awards Luncheon, hosted by Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA), recognizes outstanding community leaders for their contributions to Ventura County. On Thursday, April 16, 2020, from 11:30am – 1:30pm, at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo, the community will […] Read More »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from CAPS Media!

If you can’t make it to the parade you can watch on CAPS. CAPS Media Crew Members will be “wearing the green” to capture the 32nd Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 14. The festivities start at 10am in front of the San Buenaventura Mission and continue up East Main […] Read More »

 Gary K. Wilde Elected Chair of the California Hospital Association

Gary K. Wilde, Community Memorial Health System’s president and CEO, has been elected chair of the California Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees for 2020. In his new role, Wilde, of Somis, will help guide the association in advancing policies that ensure California hospitals can continue to provide vital health care services to their communities. The […] Read More »

Foster Library events

Foster – Open Mic Night Ongoing Thursdays – 7:30pm to 9:00pm Free and open to the public! Open Mic night hosted by Phil Taggart. Enjoy a featured poet, then share your own work with the group. All are welcome to just sit and listen as well. Foster – Ukulele Jam Ongoing Mondays – 7:00pm to 10:00pm Join folks of all ages […] Read More »

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

“Is there a doctor in the house?” Photo by Bernie Goldstein Students at Pierpont School celebrated the 116th birthday of the author of children’s books with a program called Read Across America. Read Across America was launched by the National Education Association in 1998 and coincides with the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Educators and students […] Read More »

A Ventura hoops hero

by Tom Marshall (originally published on parentdugout.com) The day to day heroes in our society are volunteers who make things happen. They step up and coach our children in youth sports. John Cardoza is a volunteer superhero. I met John Cardoza in late 2019. My son attends Anacapa Middle School and was excited to finish his […] Read More »

A conversation with Perla Batalla

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla earns critical acclaim for her distinctive voice, emotional honesty and culture-merging compositions. She was born into a family immersed in music. Her father, a Mexican mariachi and an Argentine mom, who ran the family record shop, Discoteca Batalla, is where Perla received a music education cutting across genre and language. After […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens 2020 Photography Tours

Ventura Botanical Gardens is announcing two photography tours, both Saturday mornings on March 28 and April 12, limited to the first 10 people aged 18 or older who sign up. A digital SLR or mirrorless camera and tripod required. The tour is geared towards the intermediate to advanced level enthusiast. The cost will be $20.00 […] Read More »

The Newest cycling event coming to Ventura

Broken Spoke Challenge is on March 28th. It starts and ends at MadeWest Brewery off of Donlon st. Neutral roll out is at 7am. Packet Pick Up is the day before. Friday March 27th. 5pm to 8pm also at MadeWest. Let me know any other specifics you might want to know. Thanks Sheldon. It started with […] Read More »

Ventura loses another contributor to the arts

Ben Bunji Namba, founder and benefactor of the NAMBA Performing Arts Space, passed away on February 26, 2020 at his Ventura residence with his wife Julia Campbell Namba by his side. Born April 6, 1930 in Manchuria, China, Ben lived and was educated in Japan, earning his university degree there. Ben later moved to the […] Read More »

Festival presents Austria’s great Mnozil Brass

“Their repertoire is all over the place and their genius is unmistakable.” by Richard Newsham Mark the date! On Sunday, March 22n at 3pm, the Ventura Music Festival will present Mnozil Brass in “Cirque” – the musical flea circus” delighting audiences worldwide. The venue is the Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center in Camarillo. “It’s a […] Read More »

Ventura Wildlife Trackers

Have you noticed animal tracks while visiting Ventura Botanical Gardens or in your own backyard and wondered what animal made those tracks? Explore the world of animal tracking with Wyatt Harris, President of Ventura Wildlife Trackers. Ventura Wildlife Trackers monitors animal tracks and signs to inform research and conservation planning efforts and promote public appreciation […] Read More »

Writers group seeks members

The Ventura County Writers Club critique group is looking for fiction writers to join their semimonthly workshop. The group currently has three novelists but is open to other fiction genres. “We meet at my house in Ventura at 11:30 AM on second and fourth Thursdays but are open to other dates/times. Our procedure is to […] Read More »

Hometown book-signing event for debut novelist Dallas Woodburn

What was the best week of your life? Was it an amazing trip you took? The week you met your partner or best friend? When your kids or grandchildren were born? When you graduated college… or retired… or accomplished a big milestone? Dallas Woodburn started The Best Week Project because she believes that reflecting on […] Read More »

Ventura Water in annual Water: Take 1 Film Festival

Take 1 Film Festival will take place on March 12, 2020, at the Museum of Ventura County. The MERITO Foundation, a local environmental non-profit organization, is being recognized with the Community Foundation Award for their efforts to build ocean stewardship and environmental literacy among 4th through 12th grade students. Through a partnership between the MERITO […] Read More »

Growing Works…Growing partnerships as well as plants

Jen Rodriguez, Nursery Manager and employee Laurie Cash were hard at work at the nursery. by Jill Forman Growing Works is a non-profit wholesale nursery in Camarillo, and much more. It is a training ground for Behavioral Health clients, a partnership with Turning Point Foundation, an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to be involved, […] Read More »

CAPS Media crews win W.A.V.E. Awards at ACM

ECTV Crew Front row Ruby Intner, Jessica Llamas, and Sarah Enriquez. Back row – Hector Guerrero (El Camino Principal), Phil Taggart (ECTV Mentor), Lily Abbitt, Jacob Summer, Patrick Davidson (CAPS Media Executive Director), Olivia Roth, Matthew Bragulla, Anna Berezouskiy and Tera Shrum (El Camino Admin Assistant). CAPS Media and ECTV crews were big winners at […] Read More »

New Church of Scientology opens in Ventura 

The dedication crests an ambitious period of growth through the past decade. Riding a never-ending swell of expansion for the religion, the Church of Scientology cut the ribbon on a new Ideal Organization (Org), Saturday, February 22, along this slice of surfing paradise. The first Ideal Org devoted to Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties opened before […] Read More »

Festival of Talent celebrates Ventura talent

This live musical performance celebrates the arts. The public is invited to join the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) and the Kiwanis Club as they move “Full Steam Ahead” with this year’s Festival of Talent event. This live musical performance celebrates the arts and benefits, VUSD students. The event will take place in the auditorium […] Read More »

The parade theme is “Music Makes the World Go Round.”

2020 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for March 14 Parade entries are now being accepted for the Ventura Elks Club’s 32nd annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will commence at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, along Main Street in downtown Ventura. Among the county’s most popular annual community events, the parade […] Read More »

CMH Grows Robotic Surgery Program with more trained surgeons, top-of-the-line robots

Community Memorial Hospital continues to grow and enhance its robotic surgery program with two da Vinci XI robots – the most advanced medical robot in use today – and an increasing list of surgeons trained to use da Vinci robots on more patients than ever before. Combined with the state-of-the-art technology in our surgical suites […] Read More »

E. P. Foster Library events

Tuesday Mar 3 3:30 – 5:30 pmVirtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up. Thursday Mar 5 7:30 – 9:00 pm Open Mic Night […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival starts soon!

by Shirley Lorraine It’s almost here! The 26th annual Ventura Music Festival has announced it’s 2020 line-up. And, as always, it looks to be spectacular. A free preview event was held Sunday, February 16 at the Ventura County Museum for the “unveiling.” Susan Scott, Executive Director of the Festival, noted that this year promises “a […] Read More »

Mega Tax Day at the Cal Lutheran University Oxnard Campus

Trained volunteers came together to help individuals and families for Mega Tax Day at the Cal Lutheran University Oxnard Campus. United Way of Ventura County prepared just over 70 tax returns for free through their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) for Mega Tax Day. With the new Young Child Tax Credit, eligible families can […] Read More »

“Tri-Anything Retreat” for women business owners

The first annual “Tri-Anything Retreat” is being held on Friday, March 27th from 10:30am to 4:00pm at the picturesque Brick Barn Wine Estate in Buellton, California. Tickets are just $70 for a full day that includes lunch and wine. A post-retreat wine and cheese party is available for those attendees and their guests who are […] Read More »

Bus transportation offered to attend performance of Opera Santa Barbara

In a pilot program to make opera more accessible to Ventura County residents, Opera SB will be offering bus transportation through the Ventura County Parks & Recreation Department to the Sunday Matinee performance of its first opera sung in Spanish, Il Postino (The Postman) by Mexian-American composer, Daniel Catán, on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at […] Read More »

Vista del Mar Hospital’s first medical director returns

Dr. Richard Deamer, Vista del Mar Hospital’s (VDMH) first medical director, has returned to the same position. He was first hired in 1985 and stayed in the position for approximately 13 years. He officially begins as medical director in January 2020. “I am looking forward to another term as medical director,” said Deamer. “I was […] Read More »

Will robotics replace technicians?

by Kevin O’Connor It seems lately that people everywhere are talking about robots.  The Japanese are really into making them as lifelike as possible. They look very much like people.  We have been on a robot craze for a long time in the movies, but don’t ask me what the difference is between robots and […] Read More »

Audubon events

Mar 8, 8:00 a.m.  Hedrick Ranch Nature Area – Work Day –  Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478. Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. Mar 10, 8:30 a.m.  Ventura Water Treatment Plant […] Read More »

Rotary Club to host Mardi Gras Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Ventura South will host its 5th annual Mardi Gras fundraiser in support of Turning Point Foundation on Sunday, March 1. The gala event begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard, and will feature traditional New Orleans jazz and food, silent and live auctions of […] Read More »

Sustainability through soil health

The Thelma Hansen Fund along with University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) will host a morning of research updates and speakers focusing on soil health and agricultural sustainability. The Symposium will take place on Thursday February 27 from 8 am until 12 noon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 450 E Harbor […] Read More »

CMH 2020 Auxiliary installation and awards luncheon

Trudy Cook, Auxiliary President presented a $100,000 check to the hospital from the Auxiliary. Gary Wilde, President and CEO, and David Glyer, VP of Finance accepted the check. Community Memorial Health System held their Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at the Four Points Sheraton on February 7. Awards for both Hours of Service and Years […] Read More »

Opening day for Ventura Girls Fast Pitch Softball League

Members of the Umpire Program introduced at opening day ceremonies were Danica Dykstra, Ashlyn Flores, Hallie Barlow, Tessa Denger, Olivia Bossoletti and Lily Bossoletti by Chris Denger manager. Photo and story by Richard Lieberman Saturday, February 22nd, marked the opening day ceremonies of the Ventura Softball Rec League. Over 250 girls participated in the opening […] Read More »

Ken Winter

Ken Winter November 4, 1926 to February 17, 2020 His shirt is his epitaph! Thank you to the Ventura Y for their embracing of “The Whistler”to keep him healthy so long, Thank you to all our friends who took time to visit, Friends at The Winery for a wonderful time, Victoria Care for all their care […] Read More »

Sculpture memorializes Miriam Schwab’s love of music

Photo by Bernie Goldstein In our last issue we had an article (and photos) regarding the bronze sculpture by Ventura artist Michael O’Kelly located in the courtyard of the Ventura College’s Performing Arts Center. The 12-foot high sculpture memorializes Miriam Schwab’s love of music and her strong belief in the import role music plays in […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze Photo Contest

Two categories open to all: Color and Black and White Email up to 3 photos to editor@venturabreeze.com. Include name, phone and address. Read More »

2019 Fair Poster receives accolades from Fair Industry Leaders

Local teen’s poster art lauded for excellence. The Ventura County Fair has announced that the 2019 Fair poster, illustrated by 18 year old Daríana Vásquez of Santa Paula, has won first place in the Western Fairs Association (WFA) annual communications awards competition. The award was among a number of honors presented to the Ventura County […] Read More »

CAPS Media open house, Oscar party & KPPQ celebration

Lance Korthals, Toni Jannotta, Patrick Davidson and Susanne Lammot celebrate at CAPS. Thanks to everyone who joined us at the CAPS Media Center on Sunday evening for the 2020 Open House, Oscar Party and 3-year Birthday Bash for KPPQ 104.1 FM. Dozens of folks were on hand to meet new friends, re-connect with existing friends, […] Read More »

2020 Student Jazz Competition results are in!

The competition’s finalists are selected from dozens of high school musicians. Serving as competition judges, renowned musicians Bevan Manson, Eddie Arkin, Tom Buckner and Tom Scott selected the winners of the Ventura Music Festival 2020 Student Jazz Competition. Each year the winners receive $500, $250 and $100 cash prizes for first, second and third place, […] Read More »

Humorous Speech Contest

Toastmasters X-L invites you to their Annual Humorous Speech Contest. It will be held at their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 18, at Ventura City Hall , 12 to 1 pm in the Santa Cruz Room. Take a break from work and join us for laughs and fun at our Humorous Speech Contest. Who will […] Read More »

Tuqan Man: The return to San Miguel Island

On Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 pm. Nakia Zavalla with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians will share the Santa Ynez Band’s experience on the discovery and return of Tuqan Man, a Native American man who died 10,000 years ago on San Miguel Island. Tuqan Man’s remains were discovered during an archaeological survey […] Read More »

Barbara Meister and Jordan Laby honored for lifetime contributions to the arts & community

The Board of the Ventura Music Festival is pleased to announce its 2020 Honorees for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts and Community. Speaking for the Board, its president Richard Reisman said: “These two prominent individuals – Barbara Meister and Jordan Laby, together with their late spouses – have made culture- and community-changing contributions that literally […] Read More »

 Ventura County Children and Family Services’ is changing their name   

Ventura County Children and Family Services’ is changing their name to Homes with Heart VC. The change is due to the outpouring of support from the community, who graciously open their homes to youth and children in care and speaks more genuinely to the mission behind recruitment, to find loving homes with heart to mentor and […] Read More »

Harmon Canyon is currently closed to the public

Ventura Land Trust welcomed 100 volunteers to Harmon Canyon on January 20, 2020 for a work day to help build a new hiking trail and remove invasive plant species. The event marked the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service that celebrates King’s legacy and encourages volunteerism to improve communities. Ventura […] Read More »

Wilderness Basics Course

by John Hankins The local Sierra Club’s Wilderness Basics Course begins Feb. 19, the popular and premiere hands-on course that will make you savvy and safe in the backcountry on an overnight or day hike, sponsored by experts of the Los Padres Chapter and friends. Those friends include people from the Ojai Search and Rescue […] Read More »

Industry leaders laud local woman’s lifetime contributions

The Ventura County Fair has announced  the induction of Fair CEO Barbara Quaid into the Western Fairs Association (WFA) Hall of Fame during the awards celebration at the WFA Convention and Trade Show held January 20-24 in Reno, Nevada. The prestigious award is presented annually to individuals whose dedicated efforts have enriched the tradition of fairs […] Read More »

Harmon Canyon is currently closed to the public

Ventura Land Trust welcomed 100 volunteers to Harmon Canyon on January 20, 2020 for a work day to help build a new hiking trail and remove invasive plant species. The event marked the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service that celebrates King’s legacy and encourages volunteerism to improve communities. Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 10 – Feb 12 – Feb 25, 2020 - On Vacation

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Kwanzaa the holiday

Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from December 26 thru January 1, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili, a […] Read More »

Bronze sculpture is by Ventura artist Michael O’Kelly

Statue honors Miriam Schwab. A memorial statue honoring local philanthropist and long-time Ventura College patron Miriam Schwab was unveiled at a ceremony on Saturday, January 25, in the courtyard of the Ventura College’s Performing Arts Center. The large crowd enjoyed music, food and sharing stories about Miriam. The 12-foot high bronze sculpture is by Ventura […] Read More »

CAPS Radio – KPPQ celebrates its third anniversary

Happy D-Jays at KPPQ training with Lyn Fairly. KPPQ-LP, CAPS Media Center’s local community radio station is celebrating its third birthday. KPPQ-LP has been serving the Ventura community for three years bringing local programming to over 100,000 residents. Our community producers are creating engaging and professional programs. Elizabeth Rodeno and Evan Carpenter built the station […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair announces poster contest for county youth

The Ventura County Fair has announced that the 11th annual Fair poster contest for the 2020 Ventura County Fair is under way. The contest is open to young artists in grades 5 – 12 who reside in Ventura County. The theme of the 2020 Fair is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” and will serve as the familiar […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 9 – Jan 29 – Feb 11, 2020 - On Vacation

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EDC welcomes 2020 Executive Board Leadership

Nan Drake of E.J. Harrison & Sons was recently installed as 2020 chair of the Economic Development Collaborative’s board of directors at the organization’s 23rd Annual Meeting. She is joined by newly elected officer Ventura County Supervisor Kelly Long as vice chair and Peter Zierhut of Haas Automation, Inc., who is continuing as secretary/treasurer. “Nan […] Read More »

Ventura Film Society screenings

The Ventura Film Society has recently announced three screenings, new for 2020: February 1, the VFS will screen On the Basis of Sex (2018) directed by Mimi Leder. The film focuses on the early years of the career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the numerous obstacles she would overcome in her fight […] Read More »

Ventura County Library received national grant from the American Library Association

Ventura County Library was named one of 59 libraries nationwide to receive a $2,000 Library Census Equity Fund grant from the American Library Association (ALA), which awarded the grants to bolster library services to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. “We are thrilled to be selected to receive these […] Read More »

Marching for Unity

The organization was thrilled with the turnout and successful march. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Amy Brown In a sea of pink knit hats and creative signs with humorous and pointed political and social messaging, a crowd of approximately 1,500 attended a rally in Plaza Park in Ventura on January 18th and then marched through downtown […] Read More »

Stephen “Steve” Cummings mural memorial

Edison has covered up one side of the Ventura mural memorial for Stephen “Steve” Cummings located at Loma Vista and Mills located on a utility box that now had a battery backup. Battery packs are needed for motorists’ safety when Edison shuts off power to avoid fires. Cummings was a community activist and local preservationist […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County hosts “How to be a Socially Conscious Business”

The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) announces an impactful panel discussion for business owners looking to be more socially aware in how they operate their business. The panelists also promise to provide tips for all of us as consumers on how we can be more socially conscious […] Read More »

The marchers walked alongside the float titled, “Years of Hope”.

Ventura County Outwalkers at the 131st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade Eight women from Ventura County, including two from the local National Association of Women Business Owners Ventura County (NAWBO VC) chapter, joined 100 outwalkers in the 131st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The marchers walked alongside the Pasadena Celebrates 2020 float titled, “Years of Hope. […] Read More »

Audubon events

Feb 1, 8:00 a.m., Restoration Work Day, Hedrick Ranch Nature Area, Leader: Sandy Hedrick (805) 340-0478 Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Restoration work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. Feb 8, 8:30 a.m., Soule Park, […] Read More »

Visit Ventura wins an Adrian gold, four years running

The VVCB staff is proud to be winners again. Continuing a four-year streak, the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB/Visit Ventura) was honored with another prestigious gold award from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) at the 63rd annual Adrian Awards, the world’s largest global travel marketing competition. At the awards gala, held at […] Read More »

Radiant You

by Carol Leish “Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world”—Lucille Ball Since happiness is essential for you, as women, for your lives, come to Radiant You, which is an upcoming 1-day retreat for women in Ventura. It is being sponsored […] Read More »

Never Not Once at the Rubicon

Rubicon Theatre Company of Ventura begins the new year with the West Coast Premiere of Never Not Once, a powerful, compelling and timely new drama by Carey Crim. Never Not Once is about the families we choose, and the secrets that can pull them apart. The production is helmed by Brit Katharine Farmer, who has […] Read More »

New tennis courts

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Ventura County Leadership Academy

You’re invited! VCLA’s Cohort XXVI Recruitment & Reconnection Mixer – West County Join us for our once a year recruitment mixer! Learn more about VCLA and how the program can connect you to other leaders throughout the county Meet community leaders and speakers who are a part of the program Meet or reconnect with alumni […] Read More »

Workshops help students access funds for college

To help students overcome the challenge of paying for college, the Ventura County Community College District is holding free Cash 4 College workshops at its four campuses. Workshops will be held on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22. Financial aid staff will assist students in completing applications for the 2020-2021 school year FAFSA and the California […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors has added two new board members: Harald Wulff and Abra Flores.

Harald Wulff and Abra Flores Wulff is a retired chemical industry executive. He served on the management board of Henkel KGaA headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany. As the business was spun off into a self-standing entity called Cognis GmbH, he served as CEO of the new company, and became chairman of the board after it was […] Read More »

The Ventura County Family Justice Center is a welcoming community

Ribbon cutting held for Family Justice Center. Photo by Michael Gordon A Ventura Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held for the Ventura County Family Justice Center, located at 3170 Loma Vista Rd. in Ventura. All too often, those facing violence or abuse suffer in silence as fear, confusion and lack of access discourage them […] Read More »

CAPS Media Oscar Party and open house

CAPS Member/Producers and staff are vying for top honors in multiple categories. Join us on Sunday, February 9 at the CAPS Media Center for a Special Event: Oscar Party, Open House and Anniversary Celebration celebrating CAPS Radio KPPQ’s 3-Year Anniversary of delivering outstanding local radio production to Ventura. The Open House provides an opportunity for […] Read More »

Become a guest on Our Ventura TV.

Our Ventura TV recently surpassed 1000 productions Have a message you want to get out to the community? Our Ventura TV is an award-winning, weekly talk-show television series broadcast on Ventura Cable channel 6 TV and also published on OurVentura.com, as well as on social media networks. For over ten years the programs have features […] Read More »

To provide a safe and supervised after-school education

Congratulations to Spelling Bee winners. PEAK & ASES are after-school partnerships that include the City of Ventura Department of Parks & Recreation, Ventura Unified School District and Ventura Police Activities League (PAL). PEAK was formed in 2002 to develop and implement an inclusive after-school program for elementary and middle school children serving 630 kids per […] Read More »

On January 20 we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement. A Baptist minister by training, King became a civil rights activist early in his career, leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, raising […] Read More »

A walk in Ventura

A poem by Shakti Dutt Walking under the big bright ball where little black ants march like soldiers making their way through the burnt maple leaves yellow, red and green. The swift wind takes away all my worries fills my lungs with joy The freshness clears my mind giving me chills, leaving behind a smile. […] Read More »

R. Scott Bolton’s latest novel is Knife Point

The writing career of Venturan R. Scott Bolton got off to a solid start thanks to Mrs. Molitz, his fifth-grade teacher, who encouraged his continuing series of Godzilla stories. Since then, he has written film and screen reviews and dozens of short stories, screenplays and novels. He was also a main contributor of reviews for […] Read More »

To engage the Ventura County community in advocating equal rights for all

The Justice for All VC’s March, “Speak Up, Act & Vote for What Unites Us” is a sister event to the national Women’s March planned across the U.S. that same day. With our county, country and planet in peril, they are gathering to activate voters and to send a message to our legislators at the […] Read More »

2019 People’s Choice winner

This beautiful long exposure of Ventura Pier at sunset was the 2019 People’s Choice winner in the “Beach Life” category in the Ventura City photo contest (this also appears on the cover of MY VENTURA). Photo by Brallan Perez Favela. Read More »

Free ESL tutor training workshop offered

Laubach Literacy of Ventura County is offering a free ESL tutor training workshop on Saturday, February 1, from 9am to 4pm at 1500 Palma Dr. Various methods and materials will be demonstrated and taught during the workshop enabling the new tutor to begin right away. Neither prior teaching experience nor knowledge of a foreign language […] Read More »

E. P. Foster Library events

Tuesday Feb 4 3:30 – 5:30 pm Virtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up. Thursday Feb 6 7:30 – 9:00 pm Open Mic […] Read More »

Happenings at our museums

The Museum of Ventura County and the City of Ventura are collaborating to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Albinger Archaeological Museum and 3,500 years of cultural diversity at the archaeological site with “Dig Into History!” This three-day celebration will include special exhibits, activities for all ages, educational opportunities and much more to celebrate the […] Read More »

Music therapy in death

by Jill Forman The dying man was restless. His wife soothed him with gentle touch and words. “Thank you,” she said, “for giving me such a great life. I love you so much.” Harold and Dorothy had been together for 45 years and been on voyages of all kinds: travelling, raising a family, exploring varied […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 8 – Jan 15 – Jan 28, 2020 - On Vacation

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Namba Performing Arts Space names new executive director

The Namba Performing Arts Space is very pleased to announce that it has chosen Lorenzo DeStefano as its new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2020. DeStefano, a Ventura-based writer/director/producer for Film, Theater, and the Performing Arts, founded the highly regarded and still-thriving Ventura Film Society in 2008 (www.venturafilmsociety.com). He was the recipient of the 2012 […] Read More »

Is poetry your passion?

The Ventura County Writers Club is accepting submissions for their 19th annual poetry contest until February 28, 2020 11:59 PM PST. Cash prizes for winning poems. Winning poems are eligible for publication by the VCWC Press, in the Ventura Breeze and are invited to read at the award ceremony April 14th 7:00 PM, 1605 Burnley […] Read More »

Read a book save a dog’s life

Local writer Paulette Mahurin feels very lucky. Stricken with Lyme Disease after moving to Ojai in 1997, she took to writing. Battling chronic fatigue and an array of other symptoms, there wasn’t much else she could do to occupy her time. Prior to a tick bite, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the […] Read More »

Community invited to VUSD Information Night

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Roger Rice, has announced that most of the VUSD schools will have Schools of Choice lottery spots available for the 2020-2021 school year. VUSD is also increasing the number of interdistrict transfer spots open to residents in surrounding communities. The public is invited […] Read More »

Island Packers Winter Whale Watching Cruises at Ventura Harbor Village

With Winter in full swing, visitors to Ventura Harbor Village can board an Island Packers whale watching vessel and travel from Ventura Harbor through the Southern California waters off Santa Barbara Channel, known for its marine mammal diversity, to see breathtaking mammals that cavort in waters off of the Channel Islands. The 3-3.5 hour half […] Read More »

Residency at the Ventura Veterans Home Part 2 of 2

by Carol Leish “The Veterans home has been here in Ventura for 10 years,” according to, Julian Bond, Administrator. “It is a residential care facility for the elderly, which provides medical care; a licensed clinical social worker; has an activities department; offers rehabilitative services; and, offers physical therapy. All of this helps to maintain and […] Read More »

Helping Hands for Humans engages and inspires

The Ventura event was a huge success, creating individual care packages for the homeless. by Amy Brown A little kindness can go a long way in changing someone’s life, and the holidays are a perfect time for gratitude for what one has, and for giving back to those who aren’t as fortunate. A wonderful example […] Read More »

Looking Back at 2019

Ed and Sandy Fuller celebrated the completion of their home rebuild (first of two) after the Thomas fire devastated their neighborhood and reduced their beloved home to ashes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony by Ventura city officials was held in front of the new home and another across the street at the newly completed residence of Michael […] Read More »

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation pairs families in the Tri-County area who have a child with cancer

5-year-old Emmanuel Sandoval with 10-month-old brother Sammy after receiving a Christmas tree through Teddy Bear. Each year, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) pairs families in the Tri-County area who have a child with cancer with supporters to help make their Christmas dreams come true through their holiday program Project Christmas. Through the Project Christmas program, […] Read More »

Happy New Year from everyone at CAPS Media

Welcome to a New Decade.  All of us at CAPS Media want to express our sincere thanks for the tremendous support demonstrated by Friends of CAPS who created videos, sent letters, emails and made calls to City Council Members and City staff expressing your appreciation for CAPS.  Your continuous support has been extremely helpful in […] Read More »

Spreading holiday cheer one bike at a time

Kassandra Ramirez by Mira Reverente Some families started showing up early, eager and excited for what lays ahead, undeterred by the heavy downpour and gloom on that last Sunday before Christmas. Hot cider and cookies greeted all the families who came in for the first annual bike give-away for kids at Bike Hub, a one-of-its-kind […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 7 – Jan 1 – Jan 14, 2020 - On Vacation

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Attendees enjoyed music, food, friends and family

It was cold and it was wet, but Saturday, Dec, 7, was a perfect day to be reminded how wonderful David Stork was and how much he meant to all of those associated with the Brain Injury Center. When their 17-year old daughter Su Stork was involved in a near fatal auto accident in 1985, […] Read More »

Cocina Sin Fronteras Annual Run/Walk raises funds for scholarships

This year’s event had more than 200 participants, from little to big. Cocina Sin Fronteras, a nonprofit affiliate of the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB), released results from the 2019 Haunted Housing Run/Walk, held Oct. 26, at San Buenaventura State Beach, Ventura. An annual favorite, this year’s event had more than […] Read More »

Jenifer Nyhuis receives distinguished service award

Jenifer Nyhuis, CEO of Vista del Mar Hospital in Ventura, has received the 2019 Šimanek Distinguished Service Award from the California Hospital Association Center for Behavioral Health. The award, named after its first recipient attorney Joe Šimanek, recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in the behavioral health setting. Nyhuis was just six months into her tenure […] Read More »

The Ventura Veterans Home History Part 1 of 2

The home provides everything from a library, a dining room a computer room and Bocce ball. by Carol Leish The Ventura Veteran’s Home celebrated it’s 10-year anniversary in Ventura. Former Governor Pete Wilson (1991-1999), was looking into building three veteran’s homes within California. Lancaster, West Los Angeles, and Ventura were all in the plan for […] Read More »

Ventura Pier generously supported by the community

”2019 was a great year for our beloved Ventura Pier.” Pier into the Future, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the historic Ventura Pier is happy to share they recently presented the City of Ventura with a check for $20,000 to fund the replacement of the interpretive panels on the Pier. This generous gift was made […] Read More »

Happy Holidays from CAPS Media

Standing Caps staff Jamie Cawelti, Jorge Godinez, Elizabeth Rodeno, Patrick Davidson, Evan Carpenter, Gary Roll and Alex Uvari. Seated Cliff Rodrigues, Donald McConnell, Manny Reynoso and Phil Taggart. Best wishes for a Joyous Holiday Season and Festive New Year from your CAPS crew. 2019 has been a terrific year at CAPS and we look forward […] Read More »

Catch the “ELF on the GO” Holiday Bus at a stop near you

GCTD Board Chair City Council member Cheryl Heitmann cuts the ribbon to officially launch “Elf on the GO” for the 2019 Holiday season. Ride Gold Coast Transit District’s decorated holiday bus until January 4. Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD), with support from Montecito Bank and Trust and Rubberneck Signs, is excited to announce the fourth […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 6 – Dec 18 – Dec 31, 2019 - On Vacation

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Ventura Audubon Society Events in January

Jan 4, 8 a.m. Ventura Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count – Organizer/Compiler: Frank DeMartino 856-906-8733 or (frank@colynx.com) The CBC is the longest running citizen science effort in existence. Bird counts take place all over North America with a few in the Caribbean and Latin America as well. This will be the 120th Christmas Bird Count conducted […] Read More »

Buena High School choir releases brand new holiday album

Students at Buena High School have been learning the ins and outs of the music recording industry with their Not-So-Silent Night, Volume 4 project. Utilizing their on-campus recording studio, the Buena High School Choir has selected various secular, holiday, and winter-themed songs to record and release for digital download, available across the world. This past […] Read More »

E. P. Foster Library events

Thursday Jan 2 7:30 – 9:00 pm Open Mic Night – Free and open to the public! Open Mic night hosted by Phil Taggart. Enjoy a featured poet, then share your own work with the group. All are welcome to just sit and listen as well. Tuesday Jan 7 3:30 – 5:30 pm Virtual Reality […] Read More »

In this New Year, taking measure Ventura-style

by Visit Ventura Every New Year we take measure. This is a good thing. It sees us slow down, think things through, see beyond the daily blur that sometimes constitutes our days. The underlying question is both simple and grand. What do we want to do with the time we have? This is an important […] Read More »

43rd Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks

Ventura Harbor started celebrating the season with its 43rd Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks held on Dec.13&14. The 2019 theme paid homage to all things imaginary and magical – SEAing is Believing. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

Volunteers needed to assist in annual homeless count in Ventura County

Community volunteers are needed for the annual count and survey of homeless persons in Ventura County. The 2020 Ventura County Homeless Count has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 29. The annual Homeless Count is coordinated by the Ventura County Continuum of Care and County of Ventura, in partnership with community partners and cities.  The survey […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District embracing its families this holiday season

The Cheers for Children campaign, which is entering its 67th year, is designed to help children and families of the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD). Cheers for Children began in 1952 when teachers and an administrator identified a student and his family in need of food over the holidays. Cheers for Children has grown to a community campaign to assist 350 […] Read More »

Answer In A Breeze

Q: There has been an extremely long freight train sitting for weeks on the track next to Vista Del Mar. Do you know why? Charles Moore A: Charles: We asked Ventura City Manager Alex McIntyre to help with this. This is his response. Odd though that this has never happened before. By the way these […] Read More »

Ninth Annual Thanksgiving Outreach Dinner

by Jill Forman It started as a family dinner… Jeri and Joe Bendot, the residential caretakers of Community Presbyterian Church, had a Thanksgiving dinner for their family in the Fellowship Hall ten years ago. The following year, they asked their friends from the park to join them. The next year, the park folks asked their […] Read More »

Aera Energy employees team up with Ventura City staff and students to feed hungry families

VUSD students help to feed hungry families. Aera Energy teamed up with staff from the City of Ventura to put the “giving” in Thanksgiving by providing 140 families from the  City of Ventura a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. For years the staff at the City of Ventura and students from the Ventura […] Read More »

Visit Ventura is giving away a host of generous gifts

Foto: The Elf Giveaway is something bigger than the holidays. nby Visit Ventura Tis the season to think Elf! As in Visit Ventura’s Elf Giveaway, yes. But also as in mischievous fun, lips-sealed secrets, and the magical Big Picture too. Now through Christmas Day, Visit Ventura is giving away a host of generous gifts, kindly […] Read More »

Ventura County Ballet brings Nutcracker Ballet to local elementary students

Emma Steiner, 14, as Clara is menaced by Rat Queen Alyssia Troutman, 16 during a rehearsal. Nearly 400 students from local elementary schools will get a lesson in music, dance and history all rolled into one when they attend a special performance of “The Nutcracker” by Ventura County Ballet on Friday, December 13, at Ventura […] Read More »

CAPS media covers preview tour of county homeless shelter

CAPS Media was on hand for a preview tour of Ventura County’s first year-round homeless shelter. The tour was conducted by Meredith Hart, Safe and Clean Manager for the City of Ventura. The 24/7 shelter located on Knoll Drive in Ventura, is a collaboration between the City of Ventura, the County and other agencies. The […] Read More »

Report to highlight impacted renters in working-class immigrant neighborhoods

Social justice advocacy group Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CA– USE) will be releasing a report on the housing crisis affecting renters in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties at a press conference to be held on Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00am. The report highlights the results of hundreds of surveys collected from the […] Read More »

Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet presents its 16th performance of the Tchaikovsky classic, The Nutcracker

On December 14th and 15th, in two full-length performances, they will perform with the Footworks Community Orchestra and singers from the Carpe Diem Chorus at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Family-friendly matinees on both days begin at 2 p.m. While Tchaikovsky’s score remains the same, artistic director Kirsten Oakley’s twists to the story add freshness […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 5 – Dec 4 – Dec 17, 2019 - On Vacation

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Island Packers Cruises open during pier construction at Scorpion Cove & San Cruz Island

Island Packer Cruises, established in 1968, will continue to operate its regular trips for day visitors and campers to the Channel Islands National Park. Visit www.islandpackers.com. During construction, the park boat concessioner, Island Packers, will be offering alternative destinations for visitors to experience. The company will offer daily trips to Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz […] Read More »

Original Plaid Creator Stuart Ross Helms Custom-Made Plaid Tidings for Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre

Rubicon Theatre audiences are invited to “rejoice and be plaid” this holiday season as Ventura’s non-profit professional theatre company presents the hilarious and heartwarming musical comedy Plaid Tidings, which begins previews December 11 and continues through December 29 at the theatre’s home in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. The production is directed by the original creator […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust earns national accreditation

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) has achieved national accreditation recognition, joining an esteemed network of more than 400 accredited land trusts across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in their work. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation to Ventura Land Trust on November 6, 2019, […] Read More »

Women of Jewelia: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Necklace

Lily Tomlin (wearing the Jewelia diamond necklace), Jonell McLain, Patti Channer and Jane Fonda sharing the love. Photograph provided by Patti Channer by Maryssa Rillo When living in a culture that defines a person by what they have and what they don’t, how do we spread and share our luxuries? Jonell McLain, Ventura resident, pondered […] Read More »

CAPS Media records and airs Ventura Community Council Meetings

Community Council meetings are a great way to interact with City services. by CAPS Media CAPS Media has added coverage of the College Area Community Council meetings to the schedule on ongoing recordings. The College Area joins the East Ventura Community Council, MidTown Community Council and Westside Community Council, allowing community members throughout the city […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 4 – Nov 20 – Dec 3, 2019 - On Vacation

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E. P. Foster Library December Events

Tuesday Dec 3 3:30 – 5:30 pm Virtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up. Thursday Dec 5 7:30 – 9:00 pm Open Mic […] Read More »

Local engineer joins MERITO Foundation board.

Mohammed A. Hasan, a veteran environmental leader in Ventura county with 45 years of experience dealing with various environmental issues and projects, has joined the MERITO Foundation board. MERITO Foundation is a 501c (3) organization dedicated to protecting the ocean by facilitating education, conservation, and scientific research opportunities to multicultural youth and their communities.   Hasan is […] Read More »

Remembering the good times and food at the Vagabond Coffee Shop

On November 7, friends and ex-employees gathered at the Main Street Restaurant & Steakhouse to spend a few hours visiting with Jolene McBee and remembering the good times and food they had with her at the now closed Vagabond Coffee Shop. Breeze publisher Sheldon was there to honor his good friend Jolene. The restaurant is […] Read More »

A season of remembrance

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association’s “Light Up a Life” event provides comfort, solace and an opportunity for those who have lost someone to honor their loved one’s memory. For those we’ve lost near or far, recently departed or long gone, “Light Up a Life” is a thoughtful and heartfelt way to honor their memories and […] Read More »

Todd Mitchell named new business operations manager for port district

The Ventura Port District is pleased to announce the recent addition of Todd Mitchell as Business Operations Manager.  Mitchell comes to the Port District with a Bachelor of Science degree, a diploma in surveying, 18 years of project management, and 12 in business development. Mitchell’s extensive experience is anticipated to facilitate key project growth in the […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County announces new board members

The Museum of Ventura County announces the appointment of three new members of its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of board members for 2019-2020. Joining the Board of Directors are Jessica Arciniega, Oxnard, David Fukutomi, Camarillo, and Tom Pecht, Oxnard. “We feel incredibly fortunate that Tom, Jessica, and David have chosen […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society December events

Dec 7, 8:30 a.m. Ojai Meadows Field Trip.Leader: Linda Easter 818-519-2833 This beautiful preserve is a birding hotspot and includes a restored wetland and native plantings. Target birds will include: Western Bluebirds, Sora, White tailed Kites, Western Meadowlark, Merlin, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrows. Dec 9, 8:30 a.m. Lake Casitas Field Trip.Leader: Adele […] Read More »

NAWBO Ventura County gives you the gift of time this holiday season

Does the thought of overbooking your December calendar with holiday parties make you feel a bit stressed? The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) is giving you the gift of time this holiday season! No NAWBO VC holiday party to add to your already overflowing December calendar Instead, […] Read More »

Buena’s Dia de los Muertos brilliantly honors the departed

Members of Buena’s football and baseball teams made an altar in honor of late teammate Patrick Graham. by Amy Brown It’s 7:00pm, on October 23 at Buena High, and a young girl with skeleton and flowered face paint runs through the crowd with her parents. They race past a giant tree—vivid with colored paper flowers […] Read More »

Ventura High School football takes W in hometown rivalry game for tenth year in a row

Ventura High players celebrating their rivalry win. by Maryssa Rillo The Ventura High School Cougars took on the Buena High School Bulldogs on Friday, October 25th at Larrabee Stadium in their annual rivalry football game. The cougars have consistently defeated the bulldogs the past nine years. After Friday night’s win with a 49-28 score, Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library celebrates 50 years of service

The Rubicon’s Broadway Juniors entertained at the library. by Jill Forman “Libraries were my salvation!” That statement was made by local author and speaker Ivor Davis. In that spirit, knowing that a flourishing library system is vital to so many in the community, in 1969 a small group of Ventura citizens formed what they then […] Read More »

$200,000 raised by WEV to support local entrepreneurs

Kathy Odell, WEV CEO Elect; Andy Winchester; Caleigh Hernandez, Marianne Partridge, and Marsha Bailey, WEV Founder and CEO at fundraiser event. Photo by Sarita Relis Photography Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) raised more than $220,000 to support local entrepreneurs at their Empowerment is Priceless event held October 25th at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The […] Read More »

Our local heroes

Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney with hero Sal Flores at Westside Park. The 2nd Annual Heroes Among Us event hosted by the Ventura Police Community Foundation was supported by CAPS Media. We not only produced heartwarming presentations about the nominees and why they were nominated for such a prestigious award. Our camera crew was there […] Read More »

Spend better on conferences

by Venturans for Responsible and Efficient Government (VREG) The cost and benefit of every spending decision by Ventura’s City Council is magnified as the city faces budgetary losses for the next five years. The city is projecting to have a $10-$25 million shortfall, so the City Council should be more careful how it spends tax […] Read More »

YMCA presenting prayer breakfast

A free community breakfast where members of Ventura County come together with religious leaders to listen to George Vincent, writer, director, actor. Ventura Family YMCA collaborating with the following churches for their prayer breakfast Two Trees, Community Presbyterian, Encounter, Grace, New Harvest, The River Community, New Seasons, Fortress, Cross Point, Anthem, Arise, Coastline Bible, Ventura […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 3 – Nov 6 – Nov 19, 2019 - On Vacation

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With a cast of about 60 children and teens the Nutcracker will dazzle audiences

Footworks Youth Ballet presents two full-length performances of the Christmas classical ballet The Nutcracker, performed with The Footworks Community Orchestra and singers from the Carpe Diem Chorus. Come join Footworks Youth Ballet for their performance of The Nutcracker, the all-time family classic and holiday treat. A traditional holiday party and a very typical sibling rivalry […] Read More »

Ventura County Library receives grant award from California Humanities

California Humanities has announced the recent round of Humanities For All Quick Grant awards, and the Ventura County Library has been awarded $5,000.00 for its One County, One Book Community Reading Program. The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society November Events

Nov 9, 8:30 a.m. Canada Larga.  Leader:  Linda Easter 818-519-2833 We will drive and walk as we bird this beautiful canyon road and one of our best birding hotspots. Target birds will include: Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Nuttall’s Woodpecker and White-breasted Nuthatch. Nov 12, 7:30 p.m.  VAS Monthly Program –  Exploring the Chaparral and Rediscovering Ourselves […] Read More »

Survey from 13th annual Young Readers’ StoryFest kids

At the recent 13th annual Young Readers’ StoryFest held at the Ventura Unified School District’s Education Service Center James Francis Gray and Mary Thompson had the kid’s attending fill out these forms. These are the results of this informal survey. Favorite dessert? Ice cream the big winner. Cake a distance second. Favorite animal? A basic […] Read More »

A home for the holidays celebrating adoption in Ventura County

Kids & Families Together (K&FT) is a nonprofit that has been serving foster, adoptive, kinship, and birth families throughout Ventura County since 2000. K&FT works with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, loss, and multiple placements. Also, working with caregivers who need specialized education, support, and strategies to help raise safe, healthy, nurtured children […] Read More »

The 13th annual Young Readers’ StoryFest

The 13th annual Young Readers’ StoryFest took place on Saturday, October 13, from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m, at Ventura Unified School District’s Education Service Center, located at 255 W. Stanley Avenue.  This free event featured story-telling, book giveaways and plenty of fun celebrating the joy of reading with activities for the whole family, food, […] Read More »

Local Love at its Best!

The Guy Martin Band and John Baffa will be at the CD release party. Local musicians in partnership with Totally Local VC’s Local Love Project to produce a holiday album to help California wildfire survivors. The album will feature top Ventura County musicians coming together to re-­‐imagine classic carols such as “Angels We Have Heard […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital needs volunteers and honors one

Wonderful CMH volunteers. In the inset is Trudy Cook, Gary Wilde and Mary Cathcart. Volunteer Mary Cathcart was awarded Volunteer of the Quarter at the monthly Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board meeting on October 14. Mary was honored for her dedicated service and most recently began a new service opportunity with the hospital’s GI Lab […] Read More »

Riding and doing good things together

The club attracts a mix of avid cyclists, newbies, retirees, working folks and social cyclists from all over Ventura County. by Mira Reverente The allure of cycling and fitness brought members of the Channel Islands Bicycle Club together. Over 300-members strong, the club meets for rides every Saturday, usually at the Mission Park in Ventura. […] Read More »

Ojai Film Festival Features 81 Films from Around the World,

A Day in The Park from Spain to be shown Ojai Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary introduces an award for Best Locally Produced Film, alongside 81 film contenders from around the world in competition for top prizes. This year’s World Premiere films include: (t)here After Parkland, Healing a Community and a Nation In The Campfire Light […] Read More »

The calming effect of horses is good for children

Unlike other horse rescues, their work doesn’t just benefit horses.  A Lotte Opportunity Foundation is a local nonprofit horse rescue, located in Santa Paula (it seems like Ventura), unlike other horse rescues, their work doesn’t just benefit horses.  Begun in 2016, with the belief that horses and children do better together, ALOF works to provide […] Read More »

Queen Adela Trainor was shocked by what she read in the Ventura Breeze about USA politics.

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Winter Wonderland Holiday Luncheon & Holiday Raffles

Presented by Oxnard Altrusa International Club all will enjoy a scrumptious lunch and gifts that are raffled for one and all. Make this your first place to begin the holiday shopping. There will be 15 themed decorated Christmas Trees and gifts for sale. There are trees for family’s children, men, and women. Besides the trees […] Read More »

Pam and Kathy join an outstanding group of dedicated volunteers on the board

The CAPS Media membership has elected two creative and outstanding volunteers to join the organizations Board of Directors. Pam Baumgardner and Kathy Good join the board for four-year terms. Pam has been an active member at CAPS Media for the past few years. She created and hosted Ventura Rocks @ CAPS a monthly studio and […] Read More »

Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market Association announces holiday hours

The Midtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market held on Wednesdays at the Pacific View Mall in Ventura will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The market is reopening on January 8th, 2020 from 9am to 1pm. The Thousand Oaks Certified Farmers’ Market, located at the Oaks Shopping Center, will close on Thursday, November […] Read More »

E. P. Foster Library November events

Tuesday Nov 5 3:30 – 5:30 pm Virtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up. Thursday Nov 7 7:30 – 9:00 pm Open Mic […] Read More »

Housing Authority Scholarship Program awards scholarships at ceremony

Housing Authority 2019 Scholarship recipients included Justin Arbaiza, Karen Torre and Daisy Sumaya The Housing Authority City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) Scholarship Program awarded a total of $9,000 in scholarships at its annual awards ceremony held Sept. 26 at the Museum of Ventura County. The scholarships are awarded to low-income students currently living in HACSB […] Read More »

Big River: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Rubicon Theatre opens the company’s 22nd Season with the Tony Award-winning musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Big River is a rollicking river adventure based on Mark Twain’s timeless 1884 novel. In the story, the irrepressible, rebellious young Huck resists polite society and takes off on a raft with Jim, a runaway slave. […] Read More »

The Ventura We Love

by Jeffrey Russell It runs between Carpinteria and the Sun, Breathes ocean air that stuns, Seafood and Tacos delicious to the tongue, Ventura’s a moon over the mission flung, Tranquil sky’s that drop foggy tears, Her moon is full of passion that appears, With many hikes to new frontiers, Meditate on the Cross it’s Hill […] Read More »

Ventura Unified seeking applicants for surplus property

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education is establishing a 7-11 Advisory Committee to advise the District and Board on the development of policies and procedures relating to the sale or lease of surplus property owned by the District. The Board of Education invites all interested community members to apply for membership on […] Read More »

When they say someone "walks the walk" not just "talks the talk" they might have programs like "Walk with a Doc" in mind

by Rosanne Falcone Doctors — a profession not known for the abundance of free time in their lives — generously donates a Saturday every month to gather with people and encourage them to get moving. This program is truly a gift to all who attend. We met, as we do the first Saturday of the […] Read More »

Vol. 13, No. 2 – Oct 23 – Nov 5, 2019 - On Vacation

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Ventura Police Community Foundation Recognizes Community Heroes at 2nd Annual Event

The Board of Directors of the Ventura Police Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Heroes Among Us Award Recipients: Ken Sharp, Art Pillado, Jackie Pearce, Jim Duran, Alex Wulff and Sal Flores. These community heroes have displayed selflessness, dedication and compassion, making a positive impact in Ventura and beyond. Jackie Pearce is the […] Read More »

Cliff Walker: Firefighter on a Mission

Cliff Walker will once again push his personal limits by donning full firefighter gear at the Ventura Half-Marathon. by Mira Reverente Crossing the finish line of any race is considered a feat by many. Add some bulky gear and it’s double the challenge. Federal firefighter Cliff Walker is not new to challenges. He will once […] Read More »

The Ojai Film Festival celebrates twenty years

Sergio Aragones will present the newly christened Sergio Aragones Award. Opening weekend features a throwback tribute to the days of big studios and contract players. The Ojai Film Festival celebrates twenty years of bringing film to Ojai. This year the festival runs October 31 through November 10 and pays tribute to vintage Hollywood with Lifetime […] Read More »

Seaside Highland Games at Ventura Fairgrounds Oct. 12-13

Dance to the music at the Highland Games. Highland Festival must have a good representation of Scottish Clans and Societies The Seaside Highland Games, Ventura’s very own Scottish/Celtic Festival, will return to their home on California’s Central Coast October 12 & 13. The Ventura County Fairgrounds is the ideal spot for this many-faceted Festival. Every […] Read More »

Fun in the Sun at the 34th Annual C Street Classic Surf Contest

Melina Seider is all smiles after competing in her heat. by Amy Brown Ventura is known for its beautiful beaches, its active lifestyle, and its sense of community. These attributes were wonderfully combined in the recent 34th Annual C Street Classic surf contest. The weather was perfect, the waves were good, and 146 competitors participated […] Read More »

Joshua Bell and “The Huberman Violin”

Joshua Bell’s violin is believed to be one of very few made in 1713 by Antonio Stradivari in Cremona, Italy. While it has belonged to many, its connection to Bronislaw Huberman is what Bell finds fascinating. Huberman was a Jewish Polish violinist who lived from 1882-1947: a child prodigy who by 11 was already touring […] Read More »

CAPS Media’s Perfect Firestorm selected for Ojai Film Festival

The Perfect Firestorm – The Thomas Fire Story will be screened at the Ojai Film Festival on Sunday November 3rd at 1pm and Friday November 8th at 1pm at the Sane Living Center at 316 E Matilija St, Ojai, CA 93023. CAPS Media’s documentary chronicles the extraordinary personal stories of survival and healing during and following […] Read More »

Keep On Recycling!

Mixed messages about the tumultuous recycling industry may have confused people, but the folks at Harrison’s partner Gold Coast Recycling want everyone to get the message: Do not change the outstanding recycling habits you’ve formed over the past several decades. Gold Coast continues to accept all curbside and commercial recycling – and the company has […] Read More »

Harvest Fest Gift Away for Foster/Resource, Kinship & Adopted Children

Kids & Families Together in partnership with Heart 2 Heart are hosting their 9th Annual Harvest Fest Gift Away event on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10am – 12pm at a park in Oxnard. They will be serving 125 children in the Ventura County community with a family fun event. Each child will be able […] Read More »

Fall Festival at Mound

Mound Elementary School’s Outdoor Ed Committee will be hosting their first annual, Fall Festival on Saturday, October 19th, from 4pm -7pm geared towards primary school children and families. Tickets in advance for $10 per person until 10/16 or at the door for $12. Children 2 years of age and under are free and there are […] Read More »

Paradise Chevrolet is celebrating its 40th year of business in Ventura County

In the late 70s, Bob and Nancy Gregory were in search of a location for their first GM dealership when they came across Ventura County. While driving up Victoria Ave. towards the mountains for the first time, Nancy exclaimed, “This place is Paradise!” to which Bob replied, “Paradise Chevrolet,” and the rest is history. In […] Read More »

George Vincent to speak at Prayer Breakfast

On Wednesday, November 13, at 7:30am, writer, director, actor, George Vincent to give keynote speech at the Ventura Family YMCA Annual Prayer Breakfast. A free morning of music, prayer, and breakfast as you hear the powerful stories from writer and producer George Vincent. As a precious faithless man, Vincent finds himself carrying the weight of […] Read More »

Pierpont Racquet Club celebrating 42 years in sports, health & fitness in the community!  

With both indoor and outdoor pools and a whirlpool there is always room for a refreshing swim and dip! The Pierpont Racquet Club has been busy with remodeling and improvements to their beautiful sports and fitness facility.  Nestled on 5.5 acres of lushly landscaped grounds just a 1/2 block from Ventura’s beach front promenade and the […] Read More »

California Travel Association kindly recognizes Visit Ventura

Leslie Snipes, Michele Foster, Marlyss Auster, Mike Laan and Michele Gilmour are proud of Ventura. California Travel Association kindly recognizes what Visit Ventura knows: we’re a special place to work Visit Ventura was kindly honored once again as a great place to work, this time by the California Travel Association (CalTravel). The California Travel Association is the united […] Read More »

"Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom," is visiting schools throughout Ventura County

Kids at Mound Elementary participated with enthusiasm in learning about many of the foods grown in the community. Photos by Bernie Goldstein As part of its new Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative, Students for Eco-Education & Agriculture (SEEAG) is hitting the road in its new “Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom,” visiting schools throughout Ventura County this […] Read More »

Ventura College unveils new two-year agricultural business program

Pictured are Keith Barnard, VP of Sourcing at Mission Produce & Ventura College Foundation Board Member; Dr. Kim Hoffmans, President of Ventura College & Ventura College Foundation Board Member; Matt LaVere, Mayor of Ventura & Ventura College Foundation Board Member; Dorothy Farias, Faculty & Program Director, Ventura College Agriculture; Anne Paul King, Executive Director, Ventura […] Read More »

Cocina Sin Fronteras hosts annual haunted housing run/walk

These ladies will be running in the Haunted Housing Run/Walk. Cocina Sin Fronteras, a nonprofit affiliate of the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB), will host its fourth annual Haunted Housing Run/Walk, Saturday, Oct. 26, at San Buenaventura State Beach, 901 San Pedro St. The Haunted Housing Run/Walk offers both a 5K […] Read More »

CAPS Media Produces City Police & Fire Dispatch Stories

Public Safety Dispatcher Erin Burden, shares her story with the CAPS crew. As part of the continuing expanded services for the City, CAPS Media produced a set of behind-the-scenes productions exploring the extensive and fascinating emergency response systems utilized by Ventura City Police and Ventura City Fire departments. The videos are added to CAPS’ ongoing […] Read More »

Holiday Train Adventures on a train

Ventura County’s Fillmore & Western Railway is running several exciting Holiday Train Adventures this year!  Beginning Oct 5th are weekend departures on the PumpkinLiner & Zombie Hunter Trains. Then on Oct 26th a one time “Fright Night” Murder Mystery Dinner Train.  During November & December the railroad will offer the Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village & Tree Train […] Read More »

Things along the way in a day...

Recently a Breeze staff member saw this in a local building. It’s not known what it is but the rumor is that it is a device for contacting aliens. Read More »

The Ventura Breeze crew slaving away to get the next copy of the Breeze out in time.

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Bankers Investment Counseling announces Andrew H. Killion as firm Vice President.

Bankers Investment Counseling is pleased to announce that Andrew H. Killion (that’s him on the left with Philip Caruso) of Ventura has joined the firm as Vice President. Mr. Killion started his career in financial securities as an account executive with Dean Witter in 1992 and will be working alongside Philip Caruso, President of Bankers […] Read More »

Advocating to eradicate stereotyping and stigma

by Carol Leish The Diversity Collective of Ventura County’s (www.diversitycollective.org) mission statement, according to program manager, Joseph Fummers, is: “To advocate and celebrate those in the LGBT community and those affected by AIDS.” The Diversity Collective is the organization of these annual events: Ventura County Pride; AIDS Walk Ventura; and, The Diversity Gala. According to, […] Read More »

The celebration of Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. Jewish Year 5780 at sunset on Sept.29 (The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin at sundown on the secular dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of the holiday.) In Hebrew, […] Read More »

Stage is Set for a Feud Between Bowers and McGonigle

Museum of Ventura County Library & Archives collection. by Andy Ludlum, Museum of Ventura County Volunteer McGonigle was editor of the Democrat for 32 years and his feud with Bowers was legendary. McGonigle, a party-line Democrat, could not stand Bowers who he said, “swells and struts about like a pugnacious turkey gobbler, a man who […] Read More »

Rotary Club Of Ventura South to host Trivia Challenge

The Rotary Club of Ventura South will host its 31st annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser in support of the Ventura County Library’s Adult Literacy Program on Wednesday, November 6. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard. The popular event features a “Jeopardy-like” game in which teams of three […] Read More »

StoryFest to celebrate kids and books

Young children and their families are invited to celebrate the joy of reading at the 13th annual StoryFest, planned for Saturday, October 12, from 9 am to 2 pm. This free event features storytelling, book giveaways, hands-on activities, Truckfest (opportunity for children to get up close and touch trucks and a fire engine), food for […] Read More »

Music Under the Stars, is over for this year

“The last concert of the 32nd summer concert series, Music Under the Stars, is over. Held at the Olivas Adobe, all of the 2019 concerts sold out quickly. Next year promises to be another great season, so when tickets become available, be sure to buy them early, www.cityofventura.ca.gov/957/Music-Under-the-Stars. Next up, the Olivas Adobe’s Historical Interpreters (OAHI), […] Read More »

Retirement Pension Funds are Underfunded

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t (VREG) America’s significant retirement pension funds are underfunded by an unfathomable $4.2 Trillion. Thousands of Americans each year find themselves with a mis-sold pension and finding themselves out of pocket. Ventura mirrors this phenomenon. Ventura workers participate in the state pension fund, CalPERS. CalPERS is only 71% funded […] Read More »

Ventura Police Community Outreach Specialist recognized at state and international level

Ashley Bautista selected by the International Association of Police Chiefs for the 40 Under 40 Award. Ashley Bautista has been recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the California Peace Officers’ Association for her community outreach efforts with the Ventura Police Department. Ashley is a Senior Community Outreach Specialist with the department. […] Read More »

The goal of this year's ride is to raise $1 million, with $821,945 raised so far

California Coast Classic coming to Ventura. The Arthritis Foundation’s largest fundraising ride, the 19th Annual California Coast Classic presented by Amgen, a 525-mile eight-day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles will be rolling into Ventura on September 27. One in every four Americans is living with arthritis — that’s more than breast cancer, […] Read More »

Direct Relief Organization donates emergency vehicles to Ventura City Fire

Ventura City Fire Department receives a pickup and a sports utility vehicle. Santa Barbara based Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by emergencies, is equipping many of California’s first responder agencies to help save lives. After the devastation of the Thomas Fire and […] Read More »

Students partner with City of Ventura to improve hillside

On Tuesday, September 3rd, the City of Ventura, Councilmember Lorrie Brown, the Ventura Botanical Gardens, the Serra Cross Conservancy and California Lutheran University partnered with more than 500 college students to improve the hillside area of Grant Park which was damaged during the Thomas Fire. Steven De Fratus, Community Partnerships Supervisor coordinated the project with […] Read More »

NBA star James Ennis encourages students to aim high

Ennis graduated from Ventura High and Sheridan Way. by Amy Brown Homegrown NBA superstar James Ennis III recently returned to his former elementary school, Sheridan Way Elementary in Ventura, to visit with students and inspire them to reach high—literally and figuratively. He brought school supplies, sports equipment, and gave the kids a pep talk for […] Read More »

EV electric shows Ventura County

Kent and Cathy Bullard have been living the future since 2011 when they first bought an electric vehicle. Photo by John Hankins by John Hankins The public and free markets are now strongly favoring all-electric vehicles, and local residents who already have them and/or hybrids are anxious to share their experiences and answer questions face-to-face. […] Read More »

First 5 Ventura County offers classes and family support services

First 5 Ventura County held a celebration ribbon cutting. Photos by Michael Gordon On Sept., 5 First 5 Ventura County (F5VC) had their official ribbon cutting for the First 5 Neighborhood for Learning, Powered by Interface (NfL) at Will Rogers Elementary. The NfL is an early education hub and resource center for Ventura’s children and […] Read More »

Two new members join Ventura College Foundation Board

The Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors has added two new board members. The new members are and Michael Schouten. Bojorquez is vice president of business and administrative services at Ventura College. She has worked in education for over 19 years, providing oversight in the areas of finance, technology, facilities, maintenance, transportation and food services. “Education […] Read More »

Can you tell a story in 2,500 words?

The Ventura County Writers Club announces the opening of its 19th annual short story contest. “The short story challenges writers to be succinct, dramatic and original—all before turning the page,” says Rhonda Noda, VCWC President. “Shorter reading passages are more compatible with technology and modern time restraints. We’re all doing several things at once trying […] Read More »

Ventura County Garden Club

The Ventura County Garden Club will tour the Japanese Garden in Sherman Oaks Park, Van Nuys (San Fernando Valley), on Wednesday, October 2nd. The Journal of Japanese Gardening has ranked this number 10 for authenticity out of 300 Japanese gardens in the United States. This will be a self-guided tour; where members will arrive and […] Read More »

Rick Halsey, to present Exploring the Chaparral and Rediscovering Yourself Through Nature

On Thursday, Sept. 19, Rick Halsey, director of the California Chaparral Institute, will present “Exploring the Chaparral and Rediscovering Yourself through Nature,” a community lecture beginning at 7 PM at the Museum of Ventura County. A part of Ventura Land Trust’s ongoing Environmental Speaker Series, Halsey will discuss how connecting with nature through local native […] Read More »

Ventura’s lost Mission Hospital

by Richard Senate The Native American population declined when California came under Spanish control. This is a historical fact. An estimated 75% of the Native People perished in the time of the Missions leading some to classify them as “death camps.” This distinction is misleading because the last thing the Spanish wanted was the death […] Read More »

Participate in the Ventura Port District’s Goal Setting Workshop 

The Ventura Port District will hold a Goal Setting Workshop at the Marriott Ventura Beach Salon III on September 14 from 1-5PM. Open to the public, the workshop will focus on the District’s development of its two-to-five-year goals, which includes improving communications between the Board, staff and stakeholders. The full agenda will be posted on […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County Library & Archives collection

Museum of Ventura County Library & Archives collection. A controversial preacher took over by Andy Ludlum, Museum of Ventura County Volunteer In October 1883, one of the most controversial Ventura newspaper publishers bought the Free Press. Dr. Stephen DeMoss Bowers was a Methodist preacher and self-taught archaeological collector who also pursued a career as a […] Read More »

I Dig Rock And Roll Music

Rubicon Theatre Company presents an encore run of I Dig Rock And Roll Music with an all new group of singer/songwriters September 11 through September 29 at Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. A sequel to Lonesome Traveler, which premiered at Rubicon in 2013 and transferred Off-Broadway, earning Outer Critics […] Read More »

Harriet h. Samuelsson foundation awards $580,000 to local non-profits

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded a total of $580,000 in grants to 14 local non-profit organizations providing services to youth and adolescents. Grants ranged from $20,000 to $75,000, and were allocated to fund children’s services in the coming year, including: ● Health education; nutrition counseling; physical fitness activities; drug and […] Read More »

Seabird breeds for the first time at Channel Islands

On August 24, 2019, Channel Islands National Park seabird biologists confirmed the first record of a brown booby chick from an active nest on Sutil Rock off Santa Barbara Island. This successful nest signifies a northward expansion of their known breeding range in the Gulf of California and along the Pacific coast of Mexico. The […] Read More »

CAPS Media creative collaboration

CAPS Media continues to expand the collaborative creative partnership with the City of Ventura by producing a series of informational and educational videos. The comprehensive outreach program is being developed and directed by the City Manager’s office and includes a wide variety of stories and subjects with information and insight into the expansive services provided […] Read More »

Is Ventura open for business? An opinion.

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t When the city needs money, they go to the old trope, “We’ll attract new business.” After all, Ventura is open for business, according to this Council. Actions speak louder than words, however. The recent incident with Seaward Sushi illustrates the confusion and shortsightedness in City Hall. In June […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 25 – Sept 11 – Sept 24, 2019 - On Vacation

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California Connections Academy Central Coast students log in for inaugural school year

California Connections Academy Central Coast, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades TK-12 throughout the Central Coast, began its 2019-2020 school year on September 3rd. Students across San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties logged on for the first day of school, joining thousands of students who have found success via the […] Read More »

Organic recycling company and other Ventura County organizations receive research grant

Agromin, along with several other local agricultural stakeholders, is participating in study funded by a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture to demonstrate the benefits of soil health and “carbon farming” practices in Ventura County. Agromin will use the grant to work alongside the Ventura County Resource Conservation District, Limoneira Company, Community […] Read More »

Three notable authors will be speaking and sharing stories

Assistance League® of Ventura County is delighted to announce the authors that will be featured at the 25th Annual Authors Luncheon Celebration, which will be held on October 5, at Four Points by Sheraton in the Ventura Harbor. This annual fundraiser is held to raise money for the philanthropic programs B.U.F.F.Y. Bear, Operation School Bell®, Girls Club/Teen […] Read More »

Deputy Public Works Director elected as the President-Elect of the APWA

Ivers has been involved in public works for over 27 years. Mary Joyce Ivers, Deputy Public Works Director with the City of Ventura has been elected as the President-Elect of the American Public Works Association (APWA). Ivers will lead a 17-member Board of Directors who serve more than 30,000 public works professionals throughout North America. […] Read More »

Former VUSD teacher and assistant principal honored five years after death

Chris Prewitt, husband, and father was out training for a marathon. On the morning of April 7, 2014, Chris Prewitt, husband, and father was out training for a marathon when he was hit by a driver under the influence and passed away. Chris’ students described him as inspiring, with an ever-present smile and welcoming attitude. […] Read More »

“A Country Fair with Ocean Air” brings thousands to their happy place

Attendance for 2019 Fair was up from last year. The Ventura County Fair closed after another successful Fair. Celebrating the best of the best from throughout Ventura County, the 144th year closed with success. Visitors came from near and far to enjoy the 12-day Fair, July 31 through August 11. The Ventura County Fair’s mission is […] Read More »

Ventura County Mobile Library visited the Midtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market

A book giveaway was also available. The Midtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market welcomed the Ventura County Mobile Library on Wednesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Pacific View Mall. The mobile library will be offering many of the main services offered at a small branch library. The Ventura County Mobile Library […] Read More »

Ocean enthusiasts are all ages

Senior Shirley does it all, even paddles. by Shirley Lorraine The Ventura Outrigger Canoe Club is one of several outrigger clubs that launch from Harbor Cove beach at the end of Spinnaker Drive. Their Halau (clubhouse) serves as a meeting place and storage area for their equipment. Their colorful red and yellow canoes render them […] Read More »

CAPS Media Center internship opportunities

Meet Alexander Blomquist, the newest enthusiastic student intern at the CAPS Media Center. 12 year old Alexander is helping out CAPS Media staff and local DJs in the radio station while learning the ins and outs of media production. Alexander is mastering the studio while producing his own series Cultural Capture. He has produced several […] Read More »

Jamaal Brown returns to Ventura 

Former Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) student-athlete, Jamaal Brown has been hired by VUSD to serve as the Athletic Director of Foothill Technology High School. A former varsity football, basketball, and baseball player, who attended Buena High School and graduated in 1987, returns to Ventura after more than 30 years. Mr. Brown most recently served as […] Read More »

2019 Fall League registration for United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL)

The United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2019 Fall Leagues. These signature programs provide a fun, safe, and supervised environment for boys and girls to learn and play volleyball. The Ventura USYVL runs from Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Saturday, November 2, 2019 on Wednesdays: […] Read More »

Early Ventura County’s newspaper wars

by Andy Ludlum, Museum of Ventura County Volunteer Read more Ventura County History in the Museum of Ventura County Blog at www.venturamuseum.org/research-library-blog. Early Ventura County newspapers offered one of the few ways to connect pioneer communities with stories, opinions, and news of the day. The first newspapers in Ventura County were all closely identified with […] Read More »

Shirley Lorraine wins second place in County Fair Cowboy Poetry contest

Ventura Breeze contributor and theater reviewer Shirley Lorraine won second place in this year’s County Fair Cowboy Poetry contest. The annual contest features performances of original works depicting aspects of western life and heritage. This year’s contest was sponsored by The Wharf of Ventura.  Shirley has been writing and reciting cowboy poetry for over a decade. Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 24 – Aug 28 – Sept 10, 2019 - On Vacation

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We at Project Understanding are grateful for Annabelle’s support.

by Jann Huling Program Director Project Understanding Annabelle Slaughterbeck decided to make a difference in the lives of children that can’t afford back to school supplies.  She picked Project Understanding as her charity of choice. We at Project Understanding are grateful for her support. Annabelle Slaughterbeck is an incoming 8th grader at Monte Vista Middle […] Read More »

Free art resiliency program for kids’ grades k - 5

HOPE worldwide is an international 501c3 nonprofit organization that aims at changing lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services. Their Disaster Recovery team has collaborated with the American Red Cross to bring a Thomas Fire and Debris Flow Recovery Program to Ventura County, called SPARK Academy […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation adds two board members

The new members are Stephen Kipp and Nuris Dante. The Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors approved two new board members at its June 26 meeting. The new members are Stephen Kipp and Nuris Dante. Kipp, president and CEO of Kipp Financial Group before retiring last year, previously served on the foundation board. His firm […] Read More »

Old Ventura High School

The old Ventura High School that was got torn down in 1959.  It is rumored that the bulldozer that was supposed to knock it down was severely damaged before the building finally yielded. Read More »

25 dancers performed the Argentinian tango

Yazmin Carrera and Panos Kontakos (that’s them in the center) perform Argentinian tango with their fellow dancers at the Tango in the Park event. by Amy Brown It can take more than two to tango. At least, that was the idea with the recent Tango in the Park event held recently by members of House […] Read More »

Ventura County Homeless Veterans Stand Down

On the last day, all of the Veterans gathered in a circle. The Ventura County Homeless Veterans Stand Down was held on July 28th. Approximately 200 homeless Veterans were bused into the Ventura National Guard Armory. The Sea Bees from Camp Point Hueneme set up tents for them to sleep. They were not only provided […] Read More »

Softball All Stars represent Ventura

There were formidable local foes like Moorpark, Westlake-Agoura, and Goleta. by Tom Marshall Realistic expectations were impossible. The Ventura Girls Fastpitch 12u All Stars had previously played a handful of the 33 teams in the USA Softball Western National tournament. There were formidable local foes like Moorpark, Westlake-Agoura, and Goleta. There were also teams from […] Read More »

Cabrillo honors Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship recipients

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation recognized its 2019 Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarships recipients on Thursday, July 30, during a meeting of the Board of Directors at Cabrillo’s Snapdragon Place Apartments in Ventura. Cabrillo Chief Executive Officer, Margarita H. De Escontrias welcomed the recipients, introduced the board members and thanked the members of the scholarship review […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze staff member Mary Thompson wins first place honors

Ventura Breeze staff member Mary Thompson won first place honors for her booth at the Fair celebrating the Olivas Adobe. Mary can be found at most events held at Olivas as a docent dressed up in the clothes depicting the early times at the Adobe. Read More »

Local brain aneurysm survivor turns injury to influence through dance

For most, August is an ordinary month like any other. But for Tarja Huuskonen, August marks a new beginning of her life; one filled with challenges and disadvantages, but also hope and newfound gratitude for everything precious this life has to offer. Three years ago, on a beautiful August morning, Tarja suffered a ruptured brain […] Read More »

Lucky and Smart: Apollo 11 at 50

Author and historian Dr. Michael H. Gorn, who specializes in the field of aeronautics and spaceflight, will present a special talk, “Lucky and Smart: Apollo 11 @ 50” at the Hill Road Library at noon on Sunday, September 8. At this free event, Gorn will discuss how the Apollo program got started and the many […] Read More »

Ventura County Mobile Library Visits the Midtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market at the Pacific View Mall on Wednesday, August 28

The Midtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market will welcome the Ventura County Mobile Library on Wednesday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Pacific View Mall. The mobile library will be offering many of the main services offered at a small branch library. The community will be able to obtain information about library […] Read More »

River Haven is the path out of homelessness

by Victoria Usher Turning Point Foundation and River Haven have given an incredible and special opportunity to so many people, the type of opportunity that not everyone will get the chance to have. They have given people the opportunity and the tools to start truly living happier and healthier lives. It does not matter who […] Read More »

A visit to Ventura’s Certified Farmers’ Markets

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Luscious berries, organic veggies, tantalizing baked treats, and colorful blooms are just a few of the items that can be found in abundance at Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Markets. In the Ventura, certified markets are Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Pacific View Mall. […] Read More »

Ventura Rotaract Club tours CAPS Media Center

Members of the Ventura Rotaract Club held a meeting in the community conference room and toured the CAPS Media Center. Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take […] Read More »

Ventura County’s first newspaper supported breaking up Santa Barbara County

by Andy Ludlum, Museum Volunteer The county’s first newspaper, The Ventura Signal, was established by John Harden Bradley and began publishing in April 1871. It had 200 readers. Bradley had done many things in his short life. He’d been a miner, surveyor, schoolteacher, justice of the peace and real estate salesman. In 1869 Bradley worked […] Read More »

Remarkable Bald Eagle breeding season at the Channel Islands

24 bald eagle chicks have fledged from nests on the Channel Islands, making for the most successful breeding season since recovery effort began over 35 years ago. This year there were 19 breeding bald eagle pairs on the Channel Islands producing 24 chicks, including 10 on Santa Cruz Island, 9 on Santa Catalina Island, two […] Read More »

Lucas Zucker, CA-- USE’S Policy and Communication Director set to speak at Surfrider Ventura’s August 6th Chapter Meeting at the Pierpont Racquet Club

Paul Jenkin, Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter Campaign Coordinator addressing a Chapter meeting.  Photo by Surfrider Foundation Sustainabilty Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) On Tuesday, August 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Surfrider Ventura’s August Chapter Meeting will host Lucas Zucker, Policy and Communications Director for CA– USE (Central Coast Alliance United for A […] Read More »

Mirth, Merriment and Memory Making at the 144th Ventura County Fair

Thrill-seekers will enjoy this ride at the Fair. Photo by Richard Lieberman The Ventura County Fair returns July 31 – August 11 with twelve days of fun, excitement and entertainment. This year’s fair, themed “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” is a celebration of one of Ventura County’s oldest and most beloved traditions. The Fair will […] Read More »

NBA superstar James Ennis III gives back to Ventura Youth

Before Ennis was drafted to the NBA he played for Ventura High and Ventura College. by Maryssa Rillo On Saturday, July 27th, NBA superstar and Ventura local, James Ennis III, returned to his old stomping grounds and organized a basketball camp for the westside Ventura youth at the Westpark Community Center. “One of the biggest […] Read More »

CAPS Media In The Game

James’ father and family helped him present his clinic at Westpark. CAPS Media was part of the enthusiastic fans welcoming hometown hero and NBA superstar James Ennis III to the Westpark Community Center for a free basketball clinic for Westside youth. Ennis grew up on the Westside of Ventura and played at Westpark before attending […] Read More »

Ventura Housing Authority celebrates Take Your Dog to Work Day

Maria Paniagua and Kopdak, Will Sholy and Buba and Dash, Chris Beck and Charlie, Carmen Ramirez and Ginger, Susan Everett and Darby, Krystalin Bullicer and Evey, Cheryl Tabbi and Snickers enjoying being at work together. Recently the Ventura Housing Authority celebrated a very special day for employees and their dogs Take Your Dog to Work […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 22 – July 31 – Aug 13, 2019 - On Vacation

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“Walk with a Doc”

Ventura County physician Dr. Megan Mescher-Cox, a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine and a Lifestyle Medicine specialist, is inviting the public to join her and her guest, dermatologist Larissa Larsen MD, on a leisurely “Walk with a Doc” to give people a chance to exercise and enjoy some free health tips. Dr. Mescher-Cox is leading […] Read More »

Thirteen-year-old to share her life with autism

Thirteen-year-old author Micaela Ellis will visit Hill Road Library at 12 p.m. on Sunday. August 18, to speak about her book, Autism over the Years: A Twelve Year Old’s Memoir. During this talk Micaela will share her perspectives on life as a kid with autism. While expanding perceptions of autism, Micaela hopes to educate others […] Read More »

“Positive Rocks”

The team is there to play winning softball. First published at Parentdugout.com “We try to throw positive rocks at them during games and practices to keep them up. Just a little encouragement or positive reinforcement.” Ruben Segovia is a modern-day coach. He’s been coaching baseball and softball for decades yet retains his trademark high levels of […] Read More »

Marketplace looks to expand number of Saturdays

The Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, which operates every Saturday and Sunday on the Ventura College campus, is looking to expand the number of Saturday produce and pre-packaged food vendors. The Marketplace attracts between 2,000 and 5,000 visitors each weekend. “The Marketplace sells all types of fruits and vegetables,” says Esmeralda Juarez, Marketplace supervisor. “Some vendors […] Read More »

Congratulations to newlyweds Cori Steele and Keili Marble

Congratulations to Cori Steele and Keili Marble, newlyweds in Portland, Oregon They were joined by their friends Travis and Sierra Marble Wilson. They were sure to take the Breeze on their honeymoon. Read More »

Non-profit offers several programs for boys and girls to learn and play volleyball

The United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2019 Fall Leagues. These signature programs provide a fun, safe, and supervised environment for boys and girls to learn and play volleyball. The Ventura USYVL runs from Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Saturday, November 2, 2019 on Wednesdays: […] Read More »

Isolated and struggling, some seniors are turning to suicide

by Jovelle Tamayo for NPR Sheri Adler at an American Behavioral Health Systems office in Wenatchee, Wash. At age 72, Adler attempted to take her own life. Dr. Julie Rickard thought her visit to Wisconsin over the Christmas holiday would bring a break from her day job working in suicide prevention in Wenatchee, Wash. The […] Read More »

Answer In A Breeze (Almost)

What will the building under construction at the former Elks Lodge at corner of Main and Ash be used for? Margaret Toal Margaret: We have asked the developer to answer this question, but they haven’t yet. Will have the answer this once we hear back from them. Read More »

CMH Auxiliary honors junior volunteer scholarship recipients

Presenting Alyssa Mendoza with the Audrey Woodburn Scholarship were CMHS Senior VP of Operations Adam Thunell, Dr. James Woodburn II, and Junior Volunteer Chair Marilyn Beal. Each year in June, the Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary honors its graduating Junior Volunteers as they finish their high school careers and prepare for their futures. On June 10, […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair poster contest winners

The winners of the Ventura County Fair poster contest were unveiled by James Lockwood on July 8 at a presentation at the fairgrounds. The theme of the fair is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air.” The design by Daríanna Vásquez, 18, of Santa Paula, earned her first place. Her work will appear on the fair’s poster […] Read More »

Community Leaders dance for their favorite charities at the 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival.

Victor Rodriguez, Yesenia Peña, Dr. Marlene Batista, Marco Aguilar, Sommer Frisk, Erika Martin, Jesus Garcia, Diana Terre and Ben Escobar. Ernesto Martinez, Salena Bracamontes, Veronica De La Cruz and Adan De La Torre are ready to dance. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) In the vein of the hit television series, “Dancing with […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens dedicates Schwab Entrance Plaza to honor Miriam Schwab

On Wednesday, July 10th, the Ventura Botanical Gardens dedicated the Schwab Entrance Plaza to honor the memory of the late Miriam Schwab and her longstanding support and philanthropy for the Garden and the Arts in Ventura. Music was performed by the Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy of Music, Ventura College. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

New group invites the community to participate

Laura Covault and Layla Perez are dedicated to reworking traditional theater. by Jill Forman Laura Covault and Layla Perez are the founders and co-owners of this new theater company, Unity Theatre Collective and hope to inspire Ventura to support, attend and take part in their productions. “We are looking for people to join our merry […] Read More »

Ventura’s Safe and Clean team

Ventura’s Safe and Clean team, in collaboration with the Lift Up Your Voice to End Homelessness Project, are conducting clean ups on a regular basis in partnership with the Ventura Police Patrol Task Force, Police Cadets, and homeless individuals. Homeless individuals have been encouraged to pick up their trash and put the bags on the […] Read More »

USYVL fall registration open… register now!

The USYVL volleyball league operates in a coed format for boys and girls. Registration for the USYVL’s Fall Season is currently in open. Don’t miss out on the exciting Fall 2019 season. Register before September 1 deadline! Once again, the USYVL is bringing another fun-filled season of volleyball to your community. All kids and parents […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District making news

The District is pleased to announce that Karin Just and Mike Wise will be serving in new roles as Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Principals for the 2019-2010 school year. Mr. Wise will take over as the Principal of Loma Vista Elementary School and Mrs. Just will assume stewardship of Citrus Glen Elementary. “After a […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 21 – July 17 – July 30, 2019 - On Vacation

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Termites and Trees

by Kevin O’Connor Termites are usually the biggest pest issue a household will have to deal with. They can take Pest Control Phoenix measures to exterminate the bugs but they might not be found until a lot of damage is done to the wood in a home. Termite damage can destroy furniture and weaken a […] Read More »

Ventura libraries events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Summer Reading Event – Kona Ice 8/1 Thursday @ 3-4pm Join us for FREE Kona Ice to celebrate the end of summer reading and all the fun we had this summer at the library! Bilingual Early Literacy Class 8/5, 12, 19, & 26 Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm Join us every […] Read More »

Cabrillo announces Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship recipients

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarships. This year, Cabrillo received 24 applications, and $12,500 has been awarded to 14 recipients. Edison International provided a $10,000 grant to be divided among STEM recipients, and another $2,500 was distributed among recipients of all majors. Recipients received their […] Read More »

Summer at CAPS

CAPS Media was there on the street for the 44th annual 4th of July Street Fair and Pushem Pullem Parade. The kids, families and pets paraded down Main Street in their Independence Day best. It always fun to be a part of Ventura’s festivals and parades. The Ventura Police and Fire as well as California […] Read More »

Circus Vargas

While enjoying Circus Vargas’ 50th anniversary extravaganza in Camarillo Michael Gordon took this photo of a flying daredevil. Read More »

Assess your lung cancer risk

One in 16 people will develop lung cancer in their lifetime. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer – higher than breast, colon or prostate cancer. The good news is that lung cancer can now be found earlier and treated with less invasive methods. By finding and treating lung cancer earlier, patients […] Read More »

Dudley House Speaker's Bureau

The Dudley House Speaker’s Bureau, along with historic presenter Connie Korenstein and the Talespinners of History, now offer over twenty living history talks for school classes and community groups in need of outside speakers.  Topics include twentieth-century games and toys, Victorian courting customs, the confessions of a displaced southern belle and the women’s suffrage movement.  […] Read More »

Girl Scouts love state parks

by Kaylie Luedke Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast encourages girls to have outdoor experiences along the Central Coast along with thousands of girls in hundreds of state parks across the United States. The Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced their first-ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks […] Read More »

Discover the best of Ventura Harbor Village’s Sea-Sational Leisure Activities

As if the stunning backdrop of majestic yachts and idyllic sunsets were not enough to entice you when shopping and dining seaside, add to the mix live weekend entertainment, summertime fun of Seaside Kids Club and water sports. The Ventura Harbor Village is the ideal midweek or weekend summer sojourn. On tap for summer, is […] Read More »

Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship Award winners

2019 Scholarship Award Winners Annika Kinnaman, Bryce Weinell and Labiba Sardar. The Ventura Police Officers’ Association (VPOA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 16th annual Dee Dowell Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are to honor Sergeant Darlon “Dee” Dowell, who was shot and killed on August 7, 1978. Sergeant Dowell is the only officer […] Read More »

Activism and action on International Surfing Day

Surf instructor Anthony Corral shares a wave with Natalie Fruit at the International Surf Day event. Photo by Joshua Berman by Amy Brown The Surfrider Foundation Ventura County recently hosted a day on the beach at Surfer’s Point for the 15th annual International Surfing Day event. The focus was raising awareness of the importance of […] Read More »

Ventura Moments: We Are All So Very (Very) Lucky

Ventura is an almost implausible mix of the magical and the mundane. Photo by Bernie Goldstein by Visit Ventura. Imagine a town tousled by sea breezes, a town that drifts, well, sea breeze easy under the radar, a place where the days end with the sun slipping behind purpling islands, a place where play matters […] Read More »

School is in session with innovation

Alex Wulff is passionate about teaching advancements in media and fabrication technologies. by Amy Brown The Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) recently held its first annual LAUNCH event at the Ventura Masonic Center. The program celebrated Ventura school district educators who have spearheaded a range of successful, innovative learning opportunities for students. “With the exponential rate […] Read More »

Goats clear invasive brush by the ocean in Ventura

Brook, Michael and Lavender with their hard-working non-union goats. Photos by Bill Green Ventura Brush Goats recently delivered 70 weed eating goats to the vacant lot behind the Golden China Restaurant next to Highway 101 at Seaward to remove fire-fuel brush and invasive plant species. The herd arrived on Friday, June 28th and will remain […] Read More »

Education is a family calling

The Williamson family, Trisha, Matt and John has created a legacy of learning . by Shirley Lorraine Educating the young is a passion for the John Williamson family. Their commitment to teaching has enriched the Ventura Unified School District in many ways. Meeting with Trisha and son Matt, it was clear their eyes shone brightly […] Read More »

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Photos by Michael Gordon Once again, the Ventura Family YMCA hosted the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an event that seeks to break the record for largest Swim Lesson Worldwide. The 2018 WLSL event included almost 45,000 participants from 26 countries. Tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world united for […] Read More »

Channel Cities Jazz Club

The Channel Cities Jazz Club presents for your dancing and listening pleasure the Groovin Easy Swing Band at the Golden China Restaurant, 760 S. Seaward. The third Sunday of every month starting on July 21, from 1-4:30. All are welcome. Members $10, Non-members $15. Great dance floor. No host bar. Food and drinks available. Ample […] Read More »

Danny’s Deli & Grill celebrates 20 years of business

Photos by Bernie Goldstein To help celebrate 20-years of business Danny’s Deli & Grill commissioned award-winning local artist, MB Hanrahan to paint a beautiful mural on the exterior wall of the restaurant. After 8 days, M.B. Hanrahan’s friend, Jerry, helped finish the mural which, at 85 feet long is the longest in the city of […] Read More »

CAPS media crew on location

CAPS Media’s is continuing to expand production services with the City of Ventura to share information about what’s happening in the community and at City Hall. Working in collaboration with Ashley Bautista, Interim Communications Manager for the City, CAPS crews recorded informative messages for the public with Ventura Police and California State Parks Lifeguards relaying […] Read More »

Students earn diplomas through Career Online High School at Ventura County Library

Michael Diaz, Natalia Moreno, Everardo Moreno, Virginia Ruiz and JuanCarlos Gonzalez-Hernandez are now high school graduates. Photo by Bernie Goldstein Family, friends, and the community attended as graduates from Ventura County Library’s Career Online High School received their diplomas. During the graduation ceremony, held on Wednesday, June 26, in the Topping Room of the E.P. Foster […] Read More »

Don’t miss Ranky Tanky’s “get funky” Jazz and Soul

by Richard Newsham Ranky Tanky—which means “get funky” in Gullah—will bring their Jazzy pollination of Gospel, Folk, R&B and Afrobeat music from the Carolina Coast to the Ventura College Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 20, at 8 pm for the final weekend of the 25th anniversary of the Ventura Music Festival. Hailed for their […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre Company offers its Fearless Shakespeare Camp

Rebecca Graham as Prospero works her Tempestuous magic while daughter Miranda (Lauren Sherman) and spritely servant Ariel (Jonny Sinklier) look on in wonder. Once again, Rubicon Theatre Company offers its Fearless Shakespeare Camp, marking the tenth season the organization has presented a youth production by the Bard. The 2019 production of The Tempest will be […] Read More »

Essay awards presented at Sunset Elementary

Dad Ryan Bernardi reading Brandon’s essay to the assembly at Sunset school. Photos by Bernie Goldstein On Tuesday, June 4, Ventura City Fire Chief David Endaya visited Sunset School to present a fire safety essay award to the winning students at an assembly at the school. He brought with him fire-fighting gear and a fire […] Read More »

Derek Pekar: A Born Competitor

There’s a great deal of respect and tough love between head coach Kory Anderson and his protege Derek Pekar. by Mira Reverente High school senior Derek Pekar had some memorable parting gifts for his alma mater, Ventura High School – two impressive finishes at the recent CIF State Championship Finals. The 18-year-old finished 8th in […] Read More »

Operation Splash celebrated completion of 11th year with Family Float Night

The aim of the program is to teach children how to become water-safe. The Ventura Aquatic Center hosted a fun event on Friday, May 31, to celebrate the completion of another successful year of Kaiser Permanente’s Operation Splash program which provides free swimming lessons for underserved youth in our community. For the past 11 years, […] Read More »

Calling all photographers for the 2019 Ventura Land Trust Nature Photography Contest and Exhibit

A solitary Giant Lupine stands over the southern end of California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument. Photo by Dan Holmes Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Ventura Land Trust is inviting all amateur and professional photographers to submit original nature photographs for consideration in the 2019 Ventura Land Trust Nature Photography Contest and Exhibit. […] Read More »

The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival to burst forth in bloom

The festival draws thousands annually to Ojai. Lavender magic returns for the 16th year as Ojai festoons herself in fragrant, purple glory to celebrate an especially bountiful and breathtakingly beautiful season of local lavender. While drought and fire affected last year’s crop, Mother Nature has been most tender with temps and generous with rain in […] Read More »

Tattooing For Change

Local tattoo artist preps Nichole Franklin for a tattoo for the SNAFI fundraiser. by Amy Brown It’s 9:30am on a Sunday and there’s already a long line out the door at Roses and Rivets Gallery and Body Art studio in Santa Paula. Folks had been queued up for some time, waiting to be tattooed by […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 19 – June 19 – July 2, 2019 - On Vacation

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Calidore brings the “California Gold” standard of chamber music to Ventura!

by Richard Newsham Find out for yourself why the young Calidore String Quartet, from L.A.’s Colburn School of Music, has won the decade’s most prestigious honors for chamber music as it’s traversed the globe’s top venues, delighting audiences at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BBC Proms, Berlin Konzerthaus—and now the Ventura College Performing Arts Center on […] Read More »

CAPS Media Records Community Council Meetings

CAPS Medias’ ever-expanding community wide services include ongoing collaborations with Community Councils throughout Ventura. CAPS records, broadcasts and streams the local meetings, and provides the councils with the recorded event for their use. CAPS recorded the East Ventura Community Council meetings in April and May and will cover the EVCC meeting in June. CAPS also […] Read More »

Ionic deli celebrating 25-years

On July 1, 2019, Ventura County’s iconic Danny’s Deli & Grill located in mid-town Ventura will be celebrating 20 years of serving our community. Owners’ Wendy Collings and son Alex Everhart will be hosting a celebration at the restaurant on Sunday, June 30th and Monday, July 1st, 2019. To both commemorate this wonderful milestone and […] Read More »

What started as only one poem for a creative writing class became the 1st place winner.

Isabella Kress is a recent Culinary Arts and English Education graduate from Cerritos College. She will be continuing her educational journey as an English Education major with emphasis in Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach Fall 2019. She recently placed as the 1st place winner of Cerritos College’s 15th Annual “Falcons Out Loud” […] Read More »

The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival to burst forth in bloom

Lavender magic returns for the 16th year as Ojai festoons herself in fragrant, purple glory to celebrate an especially bountiful and breathtakingly beautiful season of local lavender. While drought and fire affected last year’s crop, Mother Nature has been most tender with temps and generous with rain in 2019 to produce a banner year for […] Read More »

Rallies protesting bans and restrictions on abortion

Rallies protesting bans and restrictions on abortion in Alabama and other states were held recently at the Ventura County Government Center The event was organized by the Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund. Read More »

A short restaurant review (my first)

by Sheldon Brown Recently I had lunch with Breezy Gledhill at the Mad Rose Italian Mediterranean Restaurant located in Downtown. We were served by owner Kelly Tyburski who was very pleasant and accommodating. It has a very nicely designed interior with an enclosed patio facing Main and a small sit down bar. We were first […] Read More »

Ventura libraries events

Avenue Library Summer Reading Events Christopher T. Magician 7/3 Wednesday @ 3-4pm Children love him! His audiences are as much a part of the show as he is, shouting, helping, and participating. Joe Gandelman – Ventriloquist 7/10 Wednesday @ 3-4pm Each show features a variety of puppets in comedic skits that children and family audiences […] Read More »

Villanova graduates are moved to create change

Villanova Preparatory School held its ninety-second commencement on June 1, 2019 at the campus grotto. The ceremony hosted parents, alumni, and other specials guests, and was live streamed on the school website. Head of School Nancy O’Sullivan, along with Very Reverend Gary E. Sanders, O.S.A., Prior Provincial, Province of St. Augustine in California, conferred diplomas to […] Read More »

Siblings are heading out on their college adventures

On Thursday, June 13, at Foothill Technology High School Principal Joe Bova graduated its senior class including his quintuplets. Abby (Abigail), Emiline, Katie (Kathryn), Nate (Nathaniel) and Sam (Samuel) Ventura residents first learned of the “Bova Clan” when a kindergarten teacher at Junipero Serra Elementary, Lynn Bova, gave birth to quintuplets in March of 2001 […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust welcomes three new members to Board of Trustees

The Ventura Land Trust recently announced the induction of three new members to their board of trustees Jane Montague, Sunjay Moorthy and Mark Watkins. Jane Montague, a Ventura native and graduate of Loyola Marymount University, is a registered California Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager who specializes in land, earth and water. For 30+ […] Read More »

Riding the waves with Ventura’s Surfing Ambassadog, Haole Boy

Haole Boy shares a wave with athlete Jacob, during a recent AWOW event in Huntington Beach. Photo by Lynn Beeler by Amy Brown They say every dog has its day, and there was one day in particular that was pivotal for local pup Haole Boy, and his owners Kim and John Murphy. Haole was almost […] Read More »

Local charter school offers different place of learning

Evin Brown has been at the school since second grade. by Rebecca Wicks Ventura Charter School for Arts and Global Education is a progressive school. It’s the kind of school where students call teachers by their first name. It’s the kind of school that doesn’t just worry about how students learn, but about their emotional, […] Read More »

Kids & Families Together and Bike Ventura

Every child was so excited and enthused about their experience. n celebration of National Bicycle Month and Foster/Resource Family awareness month, two local nonprofits came together for a special day! Kids & Families Together and Bike Ventura. Kids & Families Together is a local nonprofit who provides therapy and support services to kinship, adoption, foster, […] Read More »

Botanic Gardens open for First Post Fire Community Gathering

“We rolled out our mats and settled into a meditation.” by Chris Roberts In its first community event since the Thomas fire, Jo Ann Wedding led a small group of yogis through the impressive new Ventura Botanical Garden gateway to the base of the trail. The view was astonishing. The trail is fully restored between […] Read More »

Preserving an American tradition like no other

Circus Vargas – the big one is back! The Big One is Back with “The Greatest of Ease’ bringing acrobats, daredevils and flying trapeze! Join us in celebrating, Circus Vargas’ 50th anniversary extravaganza, an homage to the golden era of circus in America, in Camarillo at the Camarillo Premium Outlets June 13th through 17th, and […] Read More »

The new course is the first step towards improving the city

by Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Gov’t staff Ventura voters paid little attention to the City Council’s revamped process for committees and commissions. That’s too bad because the new course is the first step towards improving the city. Voters elected a new City Council in 2018 seeking bold changes in the way Ventura operates. Because […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 18 – June 5 – June 18, 2019 - On Vacation

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The CAPS Media board of directors is very pleased to welcome three new members

Alexander Blomquist, Liliana Cagnacci, Kelly Quinn, Olivia Blomquist, Sean Quinn, Livia Vertucci and Adeline Vertucci of the Loma Vista 4-H in the KPPQ studio. by CAPS staff The Loma Vista 4-H club of Ventura, part of the University of California’s outreach program, spent 4 weeks at the CAPS Media’s KPPQ-LP Ventura Radio Station. Actively engaged […] Read More »

Performances added to VC Fair Grandstand Entertainment lineup

The VC Fair has added 3 performances to the 2019 Grandstand Entertainment Series, rounding out the diverse schedule of concerts to the fair. Adding a concert on opening night, July 31, the 2019 VC Fair will now present 11 free concerts. This year’s list of Fair entertainers will satisfy Ventura County music lovers with every […] Read More »

Take to the sea with Island Packers new dinner cruises

With summer fast approaching, visitors to Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura’s top seaside attraction, can now enjoy the warmer days ahead on a two-hour Island Packers boat dinner cruise where they will experience delicious cuisine paired to live entertainment from June through September, 2019. Beginning in June, and operating on selected Saturdays through September cruise the […] Read More »

Opera Santa Barbara embarks on First Youth Opera Summer Program

Opera Santa Barbara is excited to embark on its first Santa Barbara Youth Opera summer camp. From June 10-23, the talented group of young singers will be producing, rehearsing, and then performing Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke’s Odyssey (commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival) at the Alhecama Theatre. The Santa Barbara Youth Opera provides young singers […] Read More »

Ventura’s Salvation Army helps homeless man reconnect with his daughter after 27 years

Lt. Fabio Simoes snaps a selfie with the men in Ventura’s Salvation Army Program. Kc, David, Kent Spurlock, Joseph, Adam, Leo, Jerry, Gabriel and Brendan. Photo courtesy of Lt. Fabio Simoes by Maryssa Rillo Kent Spurlock, a Ventura native and transient homeless man returned to his hometown of Ventura, in November 2018. After having a stent operation, […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust's Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2019: Bigger, bolder, better and under the stars

Enjoy an array of award-winning short films. Photo by Dan Holmes Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Ventura Land Trust’s 10th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival featuring an array of award-winning short films that educate, entertain and inspire, will take place Saturday, August 17, 2019, under the stars on the picturesque grounds of […] Read More »

The Ventura College-California promise

by Esther Cole Neighborhood Community Colleges were operable before I graduated from high school, in 1942. They extended the educational opportunities for anyone enrolling. The only requirement was being 18 years of age, or a high school graduate. Without Los Angeles City College, I would never have gotten into U.C., Berkeley.  Berkeley changed my life. But this article is not […] Read More »

Ventura Education Partnership awards $18,000 to VUSD teachers

The VEP Board is proud to announce the Partnership has awarded Think Big Grants of $6000 each to three innovative teachers. Think Big Grants range over a two-year span. They are collaborative and bring together teachers, community members and students. They cross grade levels and subjects. VEP had 22 applications for three grants. The process involved […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village celebrates Pirates Day

Be sure to protect your jewels from these pirates. Yo ho, yo ho all ye landlubbers and buccaneers! Ventura Harbor Village is ready to hoist the flag for the 14th annual Pirates Day on Saturday, June 1, from 11:00am – 4:00pm around the theme Ahoy Me Hearties! Yo Ho! Pirates Day 2019 offers guests an […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) announces founder’s retirement and names successor

Kathy Odell is a well known Santa Barbara entrepreneur and business leader. WEV has announced that its founder and CEO, Marsha Bailey, will retire next year after 30 years at the helm. Her successor will be Kathy Odell, an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader in the region. Launched under Bailey’s leadership in 1991, WEV has […] Read More »

Bingo Night at the Rubicon Theatre

Penny Barnds and Andy Contarino have got your number. Bingo Night at the Rubicon Theatre hosted by the Grandes Dames will take place on Jun. 11, 2019 at 7 pm in the Rubicon Theatre Rehearsal Hall 1006 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001. BINGO numbers will be called out by two local celebrities. Guests will be […] Read More »

A Night to Remember, a free prom for students with special needs

Dancing it up at last year’s prom. Over 450 students with special needs, 700 students from local high schools and over 1,000 volunteers are expected to celebrate together on this special night the eighth annual Night to Remember. A free prom for students with special needs (ages 12-25) at Ventura County Fairgrounds The night includes […] Read More »

Ventura Family returns after four-year sailing adventure

In 2010 the Rigneys bought a boat. by Richard Lieberman On Saturday, May 19, the Kandu a forty-two-foot sailing vessel returned to the Ventura Yacht Club at Ventura Harbor after a four-year journey around the world. The trip for the Rigney family began at the Yacht Club and ended on Saturday at the place where […] Read More »

Ventura local unites with family through 23andMe

Carrie and Betty were united though saliva test. by Maryssa Rillo Ventura local, Carrie Adams and her family tried 23andme and were not only informed of their heritage, but they were united with family they never knew they had. According to 23andMe.com, 23andMe is a company that gives people the opportunity to test their DNA […] Read More »

22nd annual Pooch Parade at Ventura Beach Promenade Park

On May 5,dogs (and people) of all colors, shapes and sizes attended the 22nd annual Pooch Parade held at the Ventura Beach Promenade Park. The event featured food trucks, dog adoptions, the dog parade, live music by Kelli’s Lot, contests, many vendors (including the Ventura Breeze) and a silent auction was held to benefit Canine Adoption […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Breeze: I would like yourself and your readers to urge the Ventura City Management to do something effective about the old Union Bank building at 250 S. Mills. It has become possibly the most shameful building in Ventura. Not because it is defaced, virtually all the windows broken and boarded up, covered with graffiti and […] Read More »

Boys & Girls Club celebrates new ten passenger van

  Photo by Bernie Goldstein On Wednesday, May 15, at the Robert Addison Clubhouse a celebration was held for the unveiling of the Boys & Girls Club new ten passenger van. Generously matched by Aera Energy, this van will provide a safe path from school to the Club. Robert Addison Boys & Girls Club, 1440 […] Read More »

Congratulations 2019 Grads!

Believe it or not, it’s graduation season and CAPS Media recorded and facilitated live-streaming of the Ventura College graduation ceremony on Friday, May 17. Next up are El Camino High School on Friday, June 7 and Foothill High School on Thursday, June 13. All of the graduation ceremonies will be recorded and broadcast on CAPS […] Read More »

Celebrating 15 Years of Footworks Youth Ballet Performances

Coppélia is where brilliant classical dance meets a delightfully comic narrative. Photo by Todd Lechtick This year marks the 15th year of full-scale, live ballet stage productions by Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet, where students and audiences alike experience the utmost in classical ballet. Students fill lead roles whenever possible in productions like The Nutcracker every […] Read More »

Happy 10 Year Anniversary to The Ladies Luncheon, Ventura!

by Carol Leish How does ten years go by so quickly for The Ladies Luncheon, Ventura? The Ladies Luncheon, Ventura, was started in June, 2009 by, Laurie Ann Meyer. She said, “I’ve always had a passion for mentoring and bringing women together because of the energy that’s created, and the ability that the women have […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries Event Listing 

Avenue Library Summer Reading Events Juggler David Cousins 6/17 Monday @ 5-6pm David Cousin, holder of five juggling world records, will amaze you! Rockets 6/25 Tuesday @ 3-4pm Learn about rockets and aerodynamics by launching paper rockets. Jim Cogan Storyteller 6/26 Wednesday @ 3-4pm For 25 years Jim Cogan has been inspiring and motivating children […] Read More »

Primrose Excursions,celebrates five-year anniversary

Bonnie Wiley, owner of Primrose Excursions, celebrated the company’s five-year anniversary on May 15th. Current travelers and interested community members gathered to celebrate where they’ve been and where they will be going. Primrose Excursions and reps from their travel partners put on a presentation highlighting upcoming group travel options from single day trips to extended […] Read More »

MERITO Foundation’s EECCOA Challenge Awards: bringing environmental sustainability to the forefront

EECCOA Awards winners from 2017. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer The MERITO Foundation and partners host the 4th Annual 2018-2019 EECCOA Challenge & Awards Ceremony from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Museum of Ventura County May 31, 2019. The event, open to the public, is the culmination of a 9-month climate, […] Read More »

Studio C Band performs in Santa Paula

The Santa Paula Theater Center will present Studio C in concert June 1 at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30. All tickets are $20 reserved seating and available on line at www.santapaulatheatercenter.org or by calling 805-525-4645. Any unsold seats will be available the evening […] Read More »

A Walk for Tender Life Maternity Home

Walk had twice as many walkers than last year. Project Understanding of San Buenaventura in great partnership with The River Community Church held their annual Tender Life Maternity Walk on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Close to 160 participants enjoyed a brisk walk on a route around Ventura covering Thompson Blvd to Ventura Beach Promenade, up […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 17 – May 22 – June 4, 2019 - On Vacation

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Amgen Tour of California returns to Ventura

Stage 2 of the tour last year was just a prelude to this year’s bigger and better cycling spectacle. by Mira Reverente Expect to see a lot of fast bikes in the next few days when the 2019 Amgen Tour of California makes a comeback to our sunny, coastal city. In 2018, the tour started […] Read More »

Oscar Pena has retired

During his career at the Port District, Peña has been extremely active in the community. After serving a distinguished career with the Ventura Port District General Manager Oscar F. Peña officially retired on April 30, 2019.  Peña has been at the helm of Ventura Harbor for 20 years. The Ventura Port District employs 35 full-time employees […] Read More »

Chuck Cecil Host of the “Swinging Years” radio show has passed on at 97

Chuck Cecil at his home studio in Ventura. by Richard Lieberman Chuck Ceci,l whose radio show “The Swinging Years” had run for more than 50 years has died at age 97. He died on April 30th still broadcasting his syndicated radio show. In 1942 he briefly hosted his first radio show for a small radio […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation announces recipients of 20th Annual Phoenix Scholarship Awards

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Ventura College Foundation’s Phoenix Scholarship program awarded scholarships to 29 students at a ceremony held Thursday, April 18 at the college’s Wright Event Center. Scholarships were given to re-entry students based on their applications, essays, and recommendations from counselors, faculty and employers. Over $68,000 was handed out to students at the […] Read More »

Celebrate local agriculture at the “2019 Farm-to-Fork Dinner Series”

The dinner events also involve Ag students from Ventura High School. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Thursday, May 16th kicks off the 11th annual Totally Local VC’s “2019 Farm-to-Fork Dinner Series.” The celebrated, always sold-out dining event, takes place at unique Ventura County locations combine culinary creations featuring in-season produce from some […] Read More »

Ventura High School shines at Grand Nationals

The Ventura High Wind Honors Ensemble will be performing their last free public concert of the year on May 23. The Ventura High School (VHS) Honors Wind Ensemble returned from the Dixie Classic Grand Nationals in Atlanta, GA as winners. The VSH group, made up of 52 students, was selected to perform in the prestigious […] Read More »

Weapons of Mass Percussion

The Buena Drumline performs its championship-winning piece ‘The Web We Weave.’ Photo by Damien Masterson. by Amy Brown Summer Elliott joined Buena High School’s Winter Drumline in 2017 as a freshman, and today he is one of its four Captains, playing the marimba, and serving as Front Ensemble Captain. “Even at the beginning of my […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 16 – May 8 – May 21, 2019 - On Vacation

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Students from the Ventura County’s Straight Up created and produced Public Service Announcements.

Recently middle and high school students from the Ventura County’s Straight Up program collaborated in the CAPS Media Center studio to create and produce Public Service Announcements. The Straight Up program engages and educates students and their parents about smoking, alcohol and drug abuse through media. The students learned their way around the cameras, lights […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society events

May 11 8:30 a.m. Arroyo Verde Park. Leaders: Adele Fergusson 805-415-4304 and Linda Easter 818-519-2833 Enjoy birding the oak woodland, grassy areas, and chaparral in this long, broad canyon. We should see Towhees, Juncos, Acorn Woodpeckers, possibly California Quail and California Thrashers and possibly Hooded Oriole ,Bullocks Orioles, and the Western Tanager. May 18 8:00 […] Read More »

Ventura sixth-grade students learn bike safety

by Maryssa Rillo According to a press release by Ventura Unified School District, the sixth-grade bicycle education program is teaching approximately 900 sixth-grade students from Anacapa, Balboa and Cabrillo middle school about road safety on and off the bike. The sixth-grade bicycle education program is grant-funded and is ran by the City of Ventura, VUSD, […] Read More »

Lilac Festival in Pine Mountain Club

The Villagers of PMC are already busy preparing for their Lilac Festival. by Mark Bailey President, PMCCPOA One of the best kept secrets in California, remains the quaint “Aspen like” village of Pine Mountain Club (PMC). Located in the Los Padres National Forest at a little over one mile above sea level and nestled between […] Read More »

Rubicon Noel Paul Stookey

While appearing at the Rubicon Noel Paul Stookey told his friend Tony Jankowski that he is now even more famous because he has been on the cover of the Ventura Breeze. Read More »

Ventura College campus tour – a pirate’s life for me

by Maryssa Rillo Ventura College offers a higher education that is accessible to all and paves the way for students to succeed in the future through many ways of support. On Monday, April 29th, I took the Pirate’s Life for Me Campus Tour and had the opportunity to learn what it was like to be […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair announces 2019 Grandstand Entertainment Lineup

The VC Fair has announced the 2019 Grandstand Entertainment Series, Fair visitors can see their favorite musical acts and rodeos free with paid admission to the fair. Adding a concert on opening night, July 31, the 2019 VC Fair will now present 11 free concerts. This year’s list of Fair entertainers will satisfy Ventura County […] Read More »

AN OPINION

by VREG Editors Mayor Matt LaVere filled his 2019 State-of-the-City address with images of a better Ventura. Unfortunately, it lacked specifics on addressing Ventura’s most pressing issues, budgets, water, staff and retirement costs. Ventura’s Homeless Center The first goal was opening a permanent, full-service homeless shelter by December 31, 2019. Opening the center doesn’t begin […] Read More »

Love with a Capital “L”

Stookey has played at the Rubicon many times. His new show is “In These Times” by Amy Brown Noel Paul Stookey has been changing the world, one song and one key social concept at a time since his world-famous band Peter, Paul and Mary burst onto the folk music scene in the 1960s. The platinum-selling […] Read More »

NICO is coming to the U.S.A!

The musicians play from memory. by Richard Newsham Think music that takes classical masterpieces “off the beaten track” to reveal beauty with a new edge as the Lithuanian string ensemble known as NICO (for New Ideas Chamber Orchestra) turns 13 under the baton of its charismatic young composer Gediminas Gelgotas. The players–solo and group award […] Read More »

Family Treasures Video Workshop @ CAPS Media

Do you have a family treasure to share? Community members are invited to learn how to create their very own personalized and professional Family Treasures video – using family member stories, interviews, photos and memorabilia. Come to the FREE workshop on Thursday, May 30, 4pm at the CAPS Media Center, 65 Day Road in Ventura. […] Read More »

Women Beyond Borders

Zilah Mendoza is one of the stars of Women Beyond Borders. Rubicon Theatre Company continues the 2019 “Coming of Age” season with the World Premiere of Women Beyond Borders, a play inspired by and loosely based on the remarkable journey of Lorraine Serena and a dynamic group of California-based artists who founded the non-profit Women […] Read More »

A packed room celebrated this year’s theme Women Elevated

Outstanding women in business honored. Photo by Nicole Wise Photography On a beautiful Spring day in mid-April, The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) honored nine outstanding women in business and leadership at its 20th Annual BRAVO Awards luncheon. With Camarillo’s picturesque Serra Center serving as the backdrop, […] Read More »

First 5 encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read, and sing with young children

2019 marks First 5 Ventura County’s 20th Anniversary of helping young children and families in our local community. On Friday, On May 3 at 10 a.m., more than 55 celebrity readers will be reading to young children throughout Ventura County to kick off the fourth annual Take 5 and Read to Kids campaign, a partnership […] Read More »

Ventura author featured at EP Foster Library

Local author, John Darling, had two books added recently to the shelves of the E.P. Foster Library in downtown Ventura. The first book, entitled In A Million Years, is a science fiction novella told in three interweaving parts where each show the results of what can happen when man meddles with time. The second book, […] Read More »

6th Annual Owl Festival

The sixth annual Owl Festival, a free family event, was held on Sunday, April 14, at the historic Olivas Adobe. The Ojai Raptor Society brought live owls and hawks for visitors to see and learn about. Olivas Adobe Historic Interpreters, who present the Owl Festival, lead costumed docent-led tours during the event, as they do […] Read More »

Blanche Reynolds’ Carnival May 10th in Rainbow Bridge Park

Everyone is invited to Blanche Reynolds’ biggest and most exciting Carnival yet! On May 10th in the Rainbow Bridge Park (located behind Blanche Reynolds School). From inflatable slides and obstacle course ,to free crafts, and more than 10 games at just $1 each! Karaoke, Face Paint, Hair Chalk, Photo Booth, Cake Walk, Silent Auction, Raffle, Food […] Read More »

Have you always wanted to tip a cop?

The Ventura Police Department will be sponsoring the Special Olympics “Tip-A-Cop” event on Thursday, May 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at California Pizza Kitchen at 3301 E. Main St. in Ventura (805) 477-9925. The restaurant is located at the Pacific View Mall. Tip-A-Cop is a law enforcement fundraising event in which police officers […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries May events

Avenue Library  Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class  5/6, 13, & 20 Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm  Join us for storytelling, nursery rhymes, flannel board fun and more!             Lego Play  5/2, 9, 16, 23, 23, & 30 Thursdays @ 3 –5pm  Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs.    Adult Classes & Events      Pumarosa Drop-in ESL  5/1, […] Read More »

2nd Annual VUSD Art Show

Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) has announced the 2nd Annual VUSD Art Show, highlighting its incredibly talented K-12 student artists. The exhibit opened on Thursday, April 18, and will be on display until May 5. A VUSD Artists Opening and Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) Reception took place on April 18, at the Museum of Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura Jazz Orchestra

Many of you know that the Ventura Jazz Orchestra has been the pride of Ventura County for many years, offering those swinging big band grooves we all enjoy.  They are now playing in downtown Ventura in a new venue – the Historic Knights of Columbus Ballroom. Spring Swing Big Band Dance on Friday, May 10th, […] Read More »

Walk for Kids

Ventura County Medical Center CEO Kim Milstein and Ventura County CEO Mike Powers joined 950 attendees from the Ventura community who supported critically ill children and their families at the first-ever Ventura Walk for Kids. Mike Powers was one of the speakers at the Ventura Walk for Kids. The Walk took place at San Buenaventura State Beach […] Read More »

U.S. stamps show murals in post offices

The release of five coming U.S. stamps that show murals in post offices was celebrated on April 12 in the main Ventura post office, 675 E Santa Clara St. The stamps do not show the wonderful Ventura murals, by Gordon K. Grant but they are being issued to honor murals throughout the country. The administration […] Read More »

Twice the Fun at Studio Channel Islands Arts Alive Festival

Both dates will include live entertainment throughout the day. This year visitors will have two opportunities to enjoy fine art, live music, fun activities, food and craft beers at Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s popular art festival, Arts Alive, presented May 4 and June 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the SCIAC campus at […] Read More »

Ventura’s historic Ortega Adobe receives much-needed repairs

The City of Ventura’s historic Ortega Adobe recently received some much-needed repairs and improvements thanks to an anonymous donor. The recent enhancements included adobe wall and beam repairs, exterior painting, installation of safety lighting and electrical wiring, directional signs on Main Street, and drought tolerant native landscaping. The generous donation also supported the addition of […] Read More »

Arbor Day 2019

by City Council Member Christy Weir I grew up in a house between two huge walnut trees. Those old trees fed, shaded and entertained us. Many evenings were spent cracking walnuts, our fingers turning black. Summer days we enjoyed climbing, creating rope swings and building forts in our tall, sturdy trees. Fortunately, the developer who […] Read More »

18th Annual Festival of Talent showcases Ventura students, teachers and staff

Madhu Bajaj and Dr. Rice enjoyed the talents of Serena Ropersmith, Kelsa Ropersmith and Kamille Kada. by Amy Brown Talent is one of the Ventura Unified School District’s natural resources, as evidenced by this year’s much anticipated Festival of Talent event, “We Got The Beat”, on March 23rd. The show featured a range of dynamic […] Read More »

CAPS Media producer caucus held

CAPS Media is hitting the streets. The CAPS Media Crew captured the annual Ventura Unified School District Festival of Talent extravaganza at Ventura High School. The entertaining evening featured more than twenty acts including two hold-your-breath aerial acrobats suspended from the ceiling. The core of the CAPS crew are student interns in the CAPS/El Camino […] Read More »

Golf to support afterschool programs for local youth

A pretty place even if you don’t golf. The Ventura Police Community Foundation and Aera Energy, LLC proudly present the 22nd Annual PAL Golf Tournament, June 7, at 8:00 am at Olivas Links Golf Course located at 3750 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Proceeds raised at the tournament help to support afterschool programs for local […] Read More »

The Renaissance of Railroading

Mark your calendars for one of the biggest events in Ventura County. On April 27th -28th prepare to be entertained and amazed by what can only be imagined as the “Renaissance of Railroading.”  Experience Steam Railfest 2019.  Free admission and only 30 minutes from Ventura!  This festival is a celebration of steam power, railroading, antique tractors, vehicles […] Read More »

Robots battle at Ventura College

The competing team’s robots were required to enter deep space. See end of article for photo descriptions. Article and photos by Richard Lieberman The FIRST Robotics competition held in Ventura commenced to a sizeable crowd cheering the competitors to win the championship and head for the FIRST Robotics Championship held in Houston, Texas, April 17 […] Read More »

The Stoke of Nereid Spirit in Ventura

The women, Nancy Cairns, Ashley Tindall, Kylee Brown, Lindsay Griffin and Meg Boyle ripping at the breaks in Ventura range in ages and levels of experience. by Amy Brown When Lindsay Griffin first started surfing back at age 12, there were far more men than women in the lineup when she paddled out at County Line, […] Read More »

Medication Doesn't Stop Vertigo's Spinning

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH by Keith Roach, M.D. — Dear Dr. Roach: I have a terrible case of vertigo. I’m not sure what causes it or what I can do to prevent it from happening to me again. I was given two medications, promethazine for nausea and meclizine for vertigo, but still the problem persists. […] Read More »

Noel Paul Stookey “In These Times” at Rubicon Theatre

Back by popular demand, singer, songwriter and activist Noel Paul Stookey, a four-time Grammy Award-winner, returns to his “home theatre” Rubicon Theatre for two concerts, Sunday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. and Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Stookey has been altering both the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades—both as the […] Read More »

Applications are now available for the 2019 Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship.

The Rodney Fernandez Leadership Scholarship Program, created in 2011, honors Rodney Fernandez, Cabrillo’s founder and Executive Director for 30 years (1981–2011). The Scholarship continues Fernandez’s legacy of community building by cultivating the leadership of residents to attain their goals, empower themselves and to take action and improve the quality of life in their communities. The […] Read More »

Celebrity Extra

by Dana Jackson The juicy new tell-all book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View'” has brought a lot of attention past and present co-hosts of the hit talk show. It’s hard to believe the all-female talk show debuted way back in 1997. It seems like just yesterday when the original panel […] Read More »

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held at Genesis Programs

On April 4th, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at Genesis Programs Inc. welcoming Athena Naranjo as Genesis’s new owner and to hear more about what Genesis Programs has planned for the future of Ventura County! Cutting the ribbon at the Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting is Athena Naranjo aided by Genesis staff, Chamber members and […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County hosts “Broken: A Holocaust History in Fused Glass” exhibit and talk by local artist Fran Elson

Fran’s family photo from the DP camp. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@maryannridinispencer) “My parents and I are survivors of the Holocaust,” said Frances Elson, fused glass artist. “My mother and her mother, father and sister were forced out of their homes after Germany invaded Poland in 1939. My father, who hadn’t met […] Read More »

Heather Baker and CLEAN International

by Jill Forman We all know water is life, right? But did you know that thousands of people world-wide have to walk over 4 miles a day to get it? And that so much of it is contaminated, that over 2000 people die daily due to unclean water? Heather Baker and her Ventura-based organization CLEAN […] Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of greater Ventura honors Youth of the year

The Boys & Girls Club of greater Ventura each year honors an elementary, middle school and high school club member to be honored as Youth of the year. A ceremony celebrating the winning youths was held at the Tower Club in Oxnard. Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere was a featured guest speaker at the event. Speakers […] Read More »

Free CMHS event on advance directives

The public is invited to learn about the importance of advance directives for future healthcare while sampling local gourmet food at a free event hosted by Community Memorial Healthcare System. The event, called “Advance Care Planning for Foodies,” takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 17, at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 14 – Apr 10 – Apr 23, 2019 - On Vacation

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Leaders from throughout Ventura County to be selected for 2019-20 program

Applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming cohort of the Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA). New and emerging leaders who either live or work in Ventura County are encouraged to apply. The Ventura County Leadership Academy is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership training through an intensive program that delves into the critical issues […] Read More »

Have you had a memorable event?

The Ventura County Writers Club has opened their 4th Annual Memoir Contest for submissions to adults 18 and over. Submit your first-person account of a memorable event or experience, filtered through the mind and heart of the storyteller. A stand-alone section of a larger work or a vignette is acceptable. Entries must be original and […] Read More »

Annual Monarch Madness pollinator planting

On Saturday, March 30, more than 200 children, adults, birds and butterflies flited about the Big Rock Nature Preserve at Ventura Land Trust’s (VLT) annual Monarch Madness pollinator planting party. For the 4th year running, VLT partnered with SoCalGas to provide the community with a fun family-friendly morning centered on the importance of preserving local […] Read More »

National Park Service awarded for Island of the Blue Dolphins Web Resource

The Organization of American Historians awarded Channel Islands National Park the prestigious 2019 Stanton-Horton Award for Excellence in National Park Service History at its annual conference this week in Philadelphia for the Island of the Blue Dolphins web resource. Channel Islands National Park, in collaboration with the University of South Carolina and numerous other partners, […] Read More »

Ojai Art Center presents an intimate evening with Nick Mancini Trio

A concert for jazz lovers featuring Nick Mancini Trio with Brad Dutz on percussion, Bruce Lett on bass and the legendary Nick Mancini on vibraphone. One night only. Friday, May 10, at 7:00 pm at the Ojai Art Center at 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. Advance tickets are $20 or at the door for $25 […] Read More »

Coffee with a Cop

Photo by Michael Gordon The community came together with Ventura Police Officers in a friendly, informal environment to discuss community issues, build relationships and enjoy a good cup of coffee for Coffee with a Cop which was held at the new Starbucks located at 4722 Telephone Road, on March 14.   Read More »

YMCA Summer Camp is more than just child care

Leadership abilities that last a lifetime. The Ventura Family YMCA is gearing up for another summer filled with adventure, laughter, and enriching the lives of the Y campers, parents and staff. Summer Camp is more than just child care, Y camp creates a world of good where children find a sense of belonging, and parents […] Read More »

Surfrider volunteers: Making a wave of difference in our community

Surfrider volunteers cleaning up Ormand Beach. Photo by Vince Kinsch. Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer The Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches, organizes activities, champions for policy change, and fights legal battles for our coasts. Tuesday, April 2, Surfrider’s Ventura County Chapter will be holding […] Read More »

Ventura to host 1st Annual Walk For Kids

Hundreds of supporters are anticipated to come together in support of critically ill children and their families to help raise funds and awareness at the first-ever Ventura Walk for Kids. The fun, family-friendly 5k event aims to raise $125,000 for programs supporting families who are caring for a child with a serious injury or illness. […] Read More »

Las Patronas Auxiliary Assistance League® of Ventura County

Las Patronas Board Members Leslie O’Brien, Michele Borchard, Lori Swanson, Wendy Eales and Rebecca Pecsok celebrated at the ball. A family tradition for 62 years, the Las Patronas Ball celebrated a masquerade theme this year. The guests were welcomed by Las Patronas Chairman, Michele Borchard who presided as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. It […] Read More »

Festivities with CAPS Media

Evan Carpenter, Jerry Breiner and Tim O’Neil at the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The CAPS Media Crew captured the St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities, broadcasting and live streaming Ventura’s 31st annual celebration on channel 6 and on capsmedia.org. More than seventy groups and performers joined in the fun and entertained thousands of parade watchers […] Read More »

Wish Kid cares for zoo animals

Payton and her new Koala friend. Payton Davis loves animals and wants to become a veterinarian when she grows up. She loves the San Diego Zoo, and always wanted a behind the scenes tour of how it operates. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, heard about Payton’s […] Read More »

Easter Basket Drive for children being held at the Ventura County Medical Center

Join the Ventura Police Department in bringing joy to local children battling cancer at the Ventura County Medical Center. The community is invited to help Ventura Police Officers and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation create Easter baskets for these special children. Donations are accepted until April 5. Community members can donate completed baskets or items […] Read More »

Lions Club members work on Habitat for Humanity home in Santa Paula

On March 9, Ventura Downtown Lions Club members worked on a home in Santa Paula through the Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. Read More »

Mosquitoes can transmit diseases

With warmer weather, longer days, and increased outdoor activities, a higher risk of exposure to mosquitoes is to be expected. Since mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV), St. Louis Encephalitis Virus or Western Equine Encephalitis Virus, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division (Division) is advising the public to take precautions to […] Read More »

Fuddy Meers – Really?

Rubicon Theatre Company continues the 2019 season with the dark and zany comedy Fuddy Meers. Amnesiac Claire awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. One morning, Claire is abducted by a limping, lisping man who claims her husband wants to kill […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 13 – Mar 27 – Apr 9, 2019 - On Vacation

Barbara Quaid, CEO, Ventura County Fairgrounds and longtime family friend Larry Starling from Prescott, AZ with their favorite newspaper the Breeze on a recent trip to Puerto Vallarta.      Read More »

Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation awards $551,000 to local non-profits

The trustees of the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation recently awarded a total of $551,000 in grants to 15 local non-profit organizations providing services to youth and adolescents. Grants ranged from $10,000 to $100,000, and were allocated to fund children’s services in the coming year, including: Local recipients were: Academic assistance in math, reading, and language […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 47th Benefactors’ Ball

Three physicians in Ventura’s Woodburn family, along with Community Memorial Health System Board Member Jeffrey D. Paul, will be honored at the Community Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 47th Benefactors’ Ball, which takes place on Saturday, April 13 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. The public is welcome to attend and tickets are available online at www.benefactorsball.org or […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze self-publishing seminar at Mimi’s Café

On March 24, the Ventura Breeze presented a self-publishing seminar at Mimi’s Café. It featured presentations by four Breeze contributing writers Mira Reverente, Maryann Ridini Spencer, James Francis Gray and Sheli Ellsworth. It was moderated by Breeze publisher-editor Sheldon Brown. After the presentations the crowd of over 30 asked many important questions that were answered […] Read More »

The winners of the County Ventura St. Patrick’s day parade have been announced

There were 76 parade entries. The parade theme was “Memories of the Past.”  The Grand Marshal was a nod to the past honoring the Grand Marshals of all the past parades, led by Jim Monahan. The winners are: Color Guard: Oxnard High School Air Force Junior ROTC Bands High School Band: (Tie) Marching Swarm of […] Read More »

United Way of Ventura County introduces New Vice President of Resource Development & Marketing

United Way of Ventura County (UWVC) is proud to announce it has appointed Mitchel Sloan as Vice President of Resource Development & Marketing. He brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing and fundraising. Sloan most recently served as Vice President of Development & Communications at the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Coast Chapter, where […] Read More »

Ventura College Foundation seeks sponsors for student scholarship events

The Ventura College Foundation is seeking sponsors for several Ventura College student scholarship award events scheduled for April and May. The inaugural Allied Health Scholarship Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, April 13 at Ventura College’s Wright Event Center. This new scholarship event will honor Ventura College students interested in paramedic, nursing and other medical […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries April events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 4/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm Join us for storytelling, nursery rhymes, flannel board fun and more! Adult Classes & Events Laubach Literacy English Classes in the Meeting Room 4/1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Mondays @ 10:30-11:30am 4/2, 9, 16, 23, […] Read More »

Audubon events

April 6, 9 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area (HRNA) Spring Clean Up Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478 Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. This will be our Spring Clean Up we will work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, […] Read More »

Wild Winter Worries

by Kevin O’Connor Meteorologists say much of this strange weather moving south was the result of a polar vortex.  Despite the many negative impacts typically associated with this recent polar vortex, the record-breaking cold may have killed some harmful, invasive species, according to a press release by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). “While most […] Read More »

Ethan McKinley selected as Channel Islands National Park Superintendent

McKinley has more than 12 years’ experience with the National Park Service. The National Park Service has selected Ethan McKinley to serve as the next superintendent of Channel Islands National Park. McKinley has been serving as the park’s acting superintendent since July, following the June retirement of Superintendent Russell Galipeau. “Ethan is one of the […] Read More »

Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals and Irish Belle announced

Kaylie Pendleton, this year’s Irish Belle for the County Ventura St. Patrick’s with Councilmember Erik Nasarenko. Grand marshals of yesteryear will return to lead the 31st annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on Saturday, March 16, in downtown Ventura. The parade theme is “Memories of the Past.” The contingent of grand marshals will be […] Read More »

Blast off and fly deep into space with Robotics!

Students from a previous competition in heated battle. Photo by Richard Lieberman Get your game on this spring at Ventura College for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Watch 42 high school teams as they form alliances and do battle in order to secure a place at the National Competition in Texas. In its fifth year, this […] Read More »

New research on Chumash settlement of Santa Rosa Island

In one of the first studies of settlement of the vast interior region of Santa Rosa Island, Christopher Jazwa, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), has found a pattern of the Chumash moving seasonally to use resources beyond the island coastline. Jazwa has been surveying for archaeological sites in the […] Read More »

Olivas Adobe says goodbye to Historical Interpreters Rosey and Ernie Calvillo

At the general meeting of the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters, held at the Adobe on March 6, Rosey and Ernie Calvillo said goodbye to their many years of volunteering and goodbye to Ventura. They are moving to San Diego to be with family. At the meeting they spoke of their love for the Adobe and […] Read More »

Ventura Water Presents the 7th Annual Water: Take 1 Film Festival

Thursday, March 21, at 6:00 pm, at the Buenaventura Banquet Center-5882 Olivas Park Dr. The 7th Annual Water: Take 1 Film Festival presents water-themed short films that showcase critical water issues as well as community efforts in water conservation, resource management, and sustainability. Space is limited at this free event. Please RSVP at www.watertake1.com to […] Read More »

“An Indefinite Duration” Contemporary Dance Event

by Amy Brown Ventura choreographer Devin Fulton has been dancing since age three, and is now bringing her decades of experience to the fore in a new contemporary dance show she directs, featuring talented choreographers and dancers from both Ventura County and Los Angeles. “An Indefinite Duration” has nine pieces, each exploring the human obsession […] Read More »

Tony the Vet

by Alison Oatman Everyone knows Tony the Vet. For fifteen years, this disabled 72-year-old veteran has been hawking his wares—a combination of baseball caps, decals, flags and other assorted patriotic tchotchkes—on a side road next to the Target on Main Street. Tony is a warm, spirited man who presides over his collection of carefully lettered […] Read More »

Ockert has joined the board of directors of the Ventura College Foundation.

Kristin Ockert worked with community colleges for 21 years, mostly in state level policy and program development. She currently is on the foundation’s Strategic Planning Committee, which is developing a new multi-year plan that is incorporating input from community stakeholders and reflecting on new data and projected needs. She also serves on the Scholarship Review […] Read More »

Empowering lives through music in Ventura

by Alison Oatman JAB gets his toddlers to wiggle with excitement to the rousing nursery rhymes he sings as he strums his guitar. To the pleasure of their mothers, the colony of two-year-olds in the room hops ecstatically from lily pad to lily pad, inspired by the colorful mats and the music. This is fun […] Read More »

Fire Safety Day by Ventura Fire Department

About 700 Ventura fourth-graders attended the Fire Safety Day offered by the Ventura Fire Department. The event was held at the fire department training site located on Alessandro Dr. just off of Seaward. In leading the day Ventura Fire Chief David Endaya stated” The event helps instill in children the importance of having emergency exits […] Read More »

Ventura Friends of the Library kick off 50th Birthday Year

by Jill Forman On Read Across America Day, March 2, the Friends started celebrating 50 years of serving Ventura libraries. Events will continue throughout the year. At the Ventura Avenue Adult Center, a short block from the Avenue Library, there was a band, goodies, crafts, speakers, and a special appearance by an award-winning local author […] Read More »

Soroptimists 12th annual ‘Stop Human Trafficking and Sexual Slavery’ event

by Maryssa Rillo According to the Soroptimists website, “every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of Human Trafficking.” On Thursday, March 7th the Soroptimists, an organization that “helps women and girls live out their dreams,” held their 12th annual community walk and forum to raise awareness about human trafficking and sexual slavery. The walk […] Read More »

Hypnotherapy vs. Psychotherapy

by Brian Balke Hypnosis Rising If we bite our nails or watch too much TV for long enough, changing our habit may seem too hard. We can suffer – or look for help. Life coaches, religions, meetups and recreational sports: any and all might bring encouragement and direction for change. But what if that doesn’t […] Read More »

Businesses nationwide help military families through Operation Homefront

Welcoming a new baby to the family is exciting, but it can be tough for first time parents if finances are tight and your service member is deployed. Operation Homefront’s Star-Spangled Babies program provides these new and expectant parents with early childhood education tips, baby supplies, and a support system when loved ones are far […] Read More »

Read Across America Day

School Resource Officer Matt Thompson spent time reading to local students in honor of Read Across America Day! The national effort kicked off 21 years ago. The day celebrates reading and the birthday of author Dr. Suess who published over 60 children’s books including classics like Green Eggs and Ham and Go Dog Go. Ventura […] Read More »

Cypress Place accepting scholarship applications

When the owners of Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura decided to create a scholarship fund for local high school students wanting to pursue a college degree, the Cypress Place Senior Living “Senior to Senior Legacy Scholarship” was created. Cypress Place Senior Living is an independent, assisted, and memory care community for seniors. By awarding […] Read More »

SEEAG seeks business/organization supporters for new mobile classroom

As part of its new Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative, Students for Eco-Education & Agriculture (SEEAG) is bringing its message of healthy eating, proper nutrition and daily exercise to classrooms throughout Ventura County using its new 30-foot-long cargo van—the “Farm Fresh Mobile Classroom.” Over the next three years, the mobile classroom van will visit over […] Read More »

Richard Senate leads Ventura tours

Perry Mason is perhaps the best known legal attorney on the planet today, but few know he was created in Ventura by lawyer, Erle Stanley Gardner. This special tour will focus on his fifteen years in Ventura, the cases he tried and the people he influenced and how the city and events influenced his many […] Read More »

CAPS Media Crew Covers St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival of Talent

The CAPS Media Crew will be “wearing the green” on Saturday, March 16th broadcasting and live streaming Ventura’s 31st annual St Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 10 AM on channel 6. The festive event, sponsored by Ventura Elks Lodge #1430, is a community wide celebration with dancers, classic vehicles, music performances, and much more. Former […] Read More »

Totally Local VC’s Ventura County AG Week

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Totally Local VC Agricultural Education Foundation presents its third annual “Ventura County Ag Week,” a celebration of Ventura County Agriculture from March 25 through March 31, 2019. “Hundreds of locals and visitors alike turn out for this week-long event, and the crowds get larger every year,” said […] Read More »

“Spread Peace and Love” mural by VCS students on display

Students had the opportunity to chat with Ventura’s Mayor Matt LaVere (he’s the bigger one). Photo by VCS parent Manjula Perera On Thursday, February 21st, 50 third graders from Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education (VCS) walked two miles to Ventura City Hall for a highly anticipated field trip. This journey was a […] Read More »

Upcoming community events with CAPS

Annabelle Augustine interviews Allison Villas and Grace Johnston-Glick about their Thomas Fire experiences. CAPS Media continues to broadcast great member programming including a fascinating travel show and one covering environmental topics, current event programming and even short form dramatic films. Our members also cover many local events and performances. We continue to broadcast our award winning […] Read More »

Design in the Making: Ventura County Architecture

Cayetano School Wilson, Stroh, Wilson, AIA. The Museum of Ventura County and the American Institute of Architects Ventura County (AIAVC) present Design in the Making, a community Architectural Exhibit exploring the dynamic role of architects and designers in affecting positive change in our community through the creative design process. Admission is Free for museum and […] Read More »

Our Ventura TV surpassed 900 video/tv productions

Veronica Slavin, Dan Feliz, George Alger, Sandra Siepak and Michelle Hoover are all part of the Our Ventura TV team. In-studio interview productions are done in association with CAPS Media Center Our Ventura TV is an award-winning, weekly talk-show television series broadcast on Ventura cable channel 6 TV and also published on OurVentura.com as well […] Read More »

Ribbon cutting held for Riverside Apartments

Cutting the ribbon is City of Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere surrounded by people that made it happen. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday, February 20 , for Riverside Street Apartments, a new 23-unit affordable housing community located at 791 Riverside Drive, Ventura. The project was developed by W & J Investments, LLC and built […] Read More »

Rotary Club of Ventura South to host Mardi Gras Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Ventura South will host its 4th annual Mardi Gras fundraiser in support of Turning Point Foundation on Sunday, March 3. The gala event begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard, and will feature traditional New Orleans jazz and food, silent and live auctions of […] Read More »

Oxnard Salsa Festival accepting applications for Community Stage

Dates for the 26th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival are July 27 and 28, 2019. Attracting visitors from throughout southern California, the festival is a celebration of everything salsa – the food, music and dance. It takes place at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” streets in historic downtown Oxnard from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. both […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries March Events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Bilingual Early Literacy Class 3/4, 11, 18, & 25 Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm Join us for storytelling, nursery rhymes, and more! Lego Play 3/7, 14, 21, & 28 Thursdays @ 3 –5pm Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Adult Classes & Events Laubach Literacy English Classes 3/4, 11, […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 11 – Feb 27 – Mar 12, 2019 - On Vacation

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AIDS Walk

Diversity Collective Ventura County will host the 5th Annual AIDS Walk Ventura on March 2, from 9:00am-1:00pm in Park Plaza, in Downtown Ventura.  Ongina, HIV activist and contestant in Ru Paul’s Drag Race, will host the event for over 2,000 participants. There is no entry fee, and registration for AIDS Walk 2019 is now open. […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society March Events

March 3, 8:00 am Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area, Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478. Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. March 10 2019, 8:30 am Port Hueneme Exploration/Bubbling Springs, […] Read More »

Gold Coast Concert Chorus and Ventura College Chorus premiers words

The Gold Coast Concert Chorus (GCCC) combined with Ventura College Chorus, under the direction of Elizabeth Helms, will present their second concert of the 2018/2019 season on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Camarillo. The concert will feature three remarkable choral works by renowned American composers. Frostiana: Seven Country Songs, a […] Read More »

Membership event held for VBG

Dr. Joseph Cahill poses next to artists rendering of improvements to Ventura Botanical Gardens. On a recent Saturday, at Spice Topia in Ventura, Ventura’s Botanical Gardens held a membership event from 11 am to 3 pm. “There are many aspects to the botanical gardens. It’s a place to explore, it’s a place of rejuvenation and […] Read More »

You’ve been challenged Ventura!

by Sergio Coppa, MBA Marketing Manager Ventura small businesses and organizations have been challenged to unleash the power of their community. Joining forces with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, is a winning formula for patients in our community. Together, we transform lives each and every day, right here at home. Opportunities to be an agent […] Read More »

Project Understanding: Serving People in Need in Ventura County-Part 2

A group of volunteers is sorting Thanksgiving baskets Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Project Understanding, founded with the support of the community and many faith-based congregations has been serving Ventura County for over 40 years. Their goal of moving clients out of homelessness providing support, food, housing, and educational programs, has been […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair announces 10th annual poster contest for county youth

James Lockwood Fair Public Relations and Marketing Director congratulating the 2018 winners. The 2019 Ventura County Fair has announced the Call for Entries for the 10th annual poster contest.  The contest is open to young artists in grades 5 – 12 who reside in Ventura County. The theme of the 2019 Fair is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” and […] Read More »

Entry Into the 2019 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade just got easier

Last year’s parade drew a record crowd in the thousands. Parade entries are now being accepted for the 31st annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled on Saturday, March 16, along Main Street in downtown Ventura. It will please prospective entrants to know that the entry process has become much easier this year. Just […] Read More »

Volunteers replace community dome cover at River Haven

The dome is a gathering place at River Haven. by Jill Forman Young adults swarmed over the skeleton of the large geodesic dome in the center of River Haven. A lift was lowering a giant canvas covering. Outside and inside the dome Turning Point staff, volunteers, reporters, residents (and dogs) gave advice, took pictures and […] Read More »

A Contest for Animal Lovers

What corner in Ventura is this (hint it’s on the west side)? The winner wins 2 tickets to RESCUECON, a convention like no other, where the human-animal bond takes center stage on February 23-24, 2019. See the Pet Page this issue for all of the details. Answer to edittor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

CAPS Media and ECTV win ACM Wave awards

ECTV students Sienna Shaifer, Bella Welch, Mohamad Abdulah, Josh Brook, Eleana Newton, Gina Favazzo, Claire Villegas, Jessica Llamas, Keegan Pancretz and Jacob. Congratulations to CAPS Media producers and students from El Camino High School for winning WAVE Awards at the recent ACM conference in Long Beach. The WAVE Awards (Western Alliance Video Excellence) were presented at […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival announces Silver Anniversary lineup

Nuvi Mehta introduced the artists for the Silver Anniversary. On Monday, January 28, a presentation was held at the Museum of Ventura County for the “Silver Anniversary Festival Preview” for the Ventura Music Festival new season. The program included artist previews of the Festival’s July line-up along with live music and refreshments. Always informative and […] Read More »

We made the mural to spread kindness

Third graders working on their mural “Spread Peace and Love.” Third graders of Ventura Charter School of Global Arts and Education (VCS) have been taking part in a project created by their teachers called, “Moment of Peace.” Days start with a read-aloud story or hands-on activity in the theme of teaching peace. Sometimes students greet […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 10 – Feb 13 – Feb 26, 2019 - On Vacation

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The Eye Clinic is looking for optometrists

The Eye Clinic is currently looking for an optometrist that would like to help others in our community by performing eye exams and vision test. This is a paid position for once a week at about 4 hours. The Ventura Rotary Club, Ventura Downtown Lions Club and the Salvation Army of Ventura have partnered to […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

Breeze Wondering why City Hall seems to have added three super-bright spotlights facing directly behind on to the hillsides. Most County regulations discourage all but down-facing lights to reduce disturbance to wildlife. Debra Barringer Debra We have spot lights to illuminate our parking lot for our visitors and employee safety at night to get to […] Read More »

Creativity, service inspire local “Banjo Gal”

by Jill Forman Banjo player, songwriter and singer Donna Lynn Caskey isn’t sure where the nickname “Banjo Gal” came from, but it suits her. “It just kind of stuck,” she says; “people forget my name.” Growing up in Virginia, and at college in the Blue Ridge Mountains, she dreamed about banjos and got “weepy” when […] Read More »

CMH Auxiliary Volunteer’s department new uniforms

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue describes the CMH Auxiliary Volunteer’s department new uniforms. Out with the old color of pink tops. Please visit the new hospital to see the hospital and the new uniforms. The volunteers are always looking for new male and female volunteers so talk to them about that when […] Read More »

Join the Hokuloa Feb. 23

Join the Hokuloa on Feb.23, 10am-2pm for an Open House on the Beach. An introduction for youth and adult Outrigger Paddling in a 6-man canoe. Provided will be a paddle, a short lesson and practice on the water at Ventura Harbor at the end of Spinnaker Dr. For more information Hokuloaoutrigger.com. Hokuloa is celebrating 30 […] Read More »

River Community Church honors Ventura’s best.

Resee Jones -Ladies Ministry Team Leader, Troy Jones – Worship Pastor, Jim Duran – Lead Pastor, Don Knisley – Associate Pastor, Margaret Rosenberger (86 years old) – Associate Pastor, James Gonzales – Associate Pastor, Terry Long – Associate Pastor and Doug Long -Associate Pastor receiving their recognition from Duran. Photo by Richard Lieberman On Feb. 6 The […] Read More »

Ventura writers win awards

The Ventura County Writers Club is proud to announce the winners of its 18th annual short story contest. “We received some of the best stories in the youth category we have ever had,” says VCWC President Rhonda Noda. First place winner, in the high school category, Lauryn Trimmer (17) won $100 for her story Shooting […] Read More »

Local high school teacher learns new lessons from foster student

In the last year of her 40-year teaching career, Karen Blackwell shares what a Foster VC Kids student taught her and encourages other community members to help at-risk youth. Karen Blackwell has dedicated 40 years of her life to teaching middle school and high school students. For the last 25 years she taught at Ventura […] Read More »

A Golden Year for Ventura Friends of the Library

This is a Golden Year for Ventura Friends of the Library, the dedicated volunteers who help support Ventura’s four branch libraries, (Avenue Library, E.P. Foster Library, Hill Road Library and Saticoy Library), manage the bookshop in E.P. Foster Library and organize regular book sales to raise funds for the libraries’ various requirements, from books, to […] Read More »

For the first time both young women and young men celebrated together

From twilight hikes, to festive launch parties and campouts, thousands of Scouts, parents, and volunteers celebrated nationwide as the Boy Scouts of America welcomed for the first time both young women and young men ages 11-17 into its most iconic program. Members of Troop 1176 from Ventura were on hand at the Scout Service Center […] Read More »

Visitors savor handcrafted clam chowder in celebration of National Clam Chowder Day

Do you like your chowders creamy and rich or with a tangy tomato-base? Chowder is a common food staple among seaside communities, with 10 varieties of this heartwarming dish served seaside at Ventura Harbor Village restaurants. Discover your favorite rendition of Clam Chowder at the 2nd Annual Chowder Taste in Ventura Harbor Village on Sunday, […] Read More »

Chris Hillman performs at The Museum of Ventura County

by Mark Stienecker In correlation with his Museum of Ventura County historical exhibit, “Chris Hillman: Time Between”, Chris Hillman, along with his longtime musical collaborator, Herb Pedersen, performed before a standing room only crowd in the Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Pavilion. The longtime Ventura resident has written and performed his songs with some […] Read More »

Third year for March for Justice in Ventura

Ventura City Council members Cheryl Heitmann and Christy Weir and ex-council member Carl Morehouse were there showing support for the March for Justice. Photos by Bernie Goldstein Even though the location changed because Plaza Park was saturated with rainfall an enthusiastic crowed celebrated the women’s march. The starting point for the women’s march through downtown was […] Read More »

Adventure, lore and more await visitors at Ventura Harbor

A Majestic sight – tall ships sail into Ventura Harbor. It’s time to plan an adventure to Ventura Harbor Village as the majestic Tall Ships are voyaging back into town just in time for Valentine’s Day and the Presidential Weekends! Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington will commence their annual journey along the California coast to […] Read More »

Meet Ventura’s future city leaders

Mayor for a Moment, season 4, is in full swing. The student recognition program is a collaboration with the City of Ventura, the Ventura Unified School District and CAPS Media. Each month an outstanding 5th grader is selected by the individual elementary schools. The “young mayor” is invited to gavel the start of a City […] Read More »

Wilderness course now in its eleventh year

WBC students resting at Sheep Camp monument in the snow. Photo by Michael Kuredjian The local Sierra Club’s annual Wilderness Basics Course begins Feb 6, gathering local outdoor experts to teach and share tips on how to be safe and comfortable outdoors, enhancing day hikes to backpacking adventures. Considering the number of people that do […] Read More »

First Annual Charity Kickball Tournament

The Barracks Project West Coast is 100% volunteer run non-profit 501c3 supporting our honorably discharged veterans create stable living environments through service projects, financial assistance for housing, and coordination with career assistance. They are hosting their First Annual Charity Kickball Tournament March 16 at Camino Real Park in Ventura. It’s set to be their largest […] Read More »

2018 by Venturans for Efficient & Responsible Government (VERG)

Last year was a most transformational year in Ventura’s history. Every aspect of life in Ventura was affected. The city was in the national spotlight, twice. Leadership changed but at a high price. Old ways of doing business didn’t change, though. Overall, it was a year to remember. December 2017-To understand 2018, you must appreciate […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society February events

February 2, 2019 8:00 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Leader: Sandy Hedrick 805-340-0478 Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9am – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection. February 9, 2019 8:30 a.m. Arroyo Verde Park […] Read More »

Who doesn’t want to be an author?

That lifelong dream can now become a reality. Award -winning journalist, author and publisher Beverly Russell will give you all the answers about how to go about publishing your own book on a budget. Classes for the six-week course will be at the Senior Center, 550 N. Ventura Avenue, and will take place every Thursday from 2-3 […] Read More »

Casa Pacifica welcomes new member to board of directors

Casa Pacifica is proud to welcome Daniel Friedlander, Esq. to its Board of Directors this year. Comprised of 24 individuals, Casa Pacifica’s board members offer a wealth of experience and expertise in a wide range of areas, such as the legal field with several lawyers; in financial services with representatives from a number of banks, […] Read More »

Board Chair, Shannon Hillygus shared his vision for the year

Chamber welcomed the 2019 Board of Directors at annual meeting. Photo by Dan Holmes The Ventura Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Meeting and Board Installation at the Pierpont Inn Thursday, January 16, 2019. Not only does this membership gathering serve as the annual meeting to officially elect the Board and Officers for the year, but […] Read More »

Volleyball players at San Pedro

Volleyball players at the end of San Pedro didn’t let high surf and big waves keep them from enjoying a play day at the beach. Read More »

The future of neurosurgery explored at CMHS Seminar

Neurosurgery dates back to prehistoric times, when ancient civilizations first began the practice of drilling holes into skulls for medical reasons. Centuries later, in the early 1900s, a pioneering doctor named Harvey Cushing transformed the science of neurosurgery with discoveries that dramatically increased brain surgery survival rates. Since then, the medical community has continued to […] Read More »

Workforce Development Board of Ventura County names new executive director

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) of Ventura County has named Rebecca Evans as its executive director. Before joining the WDB, Evans was a senior manager for the Human Services Agency within the County of Ventura. While with the Human Services Agency, Evans oversaw programs including Homeless Services, the Homeless Management Information System, RAIN Transitional Living […] Read More »

Always wanted to learn about fly fishing?

The Sespe Flyfishers of Ventura will be conducting an introductory class on fly fishing and casting the fly rod on Saturday, Feb. 2nd, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, and you are invited to join in at Chumash Park, Petit and Waco, in East Ventura (off Telephone Rd). There is no charge and all are welcome. […] Read More »

Previous Harbor Community Church lot to be sold

In a very controversial agreement, the City agreed to pay $2.3 million to buy this property. Quoting, in part from a previous article in the Ventura Breeze written by Rebecca Wicks: “Harbor Community Church has filed a lawsuit against the City of Ventura signaling the start of the next round in the fight over the […] Read More »

YMCA to kick off its Annual Campaign

The Ventura Family YMCA is gaining momentum to kick off Annual Campaign, a volunteer-lead effort that raises funds for programs that membership fees do not cover. Life enriching programs like LIVESTRONG® and Third Grade Learn to Swim are supported solely by donations. Annual Campaign Chair Pattie Braga understands the deep and meaningful impact the Y […] Read More »

Immerse in verse

The Ventura County Writers Club invites poets of all ages to enter its 19th Annual Poetry Contest. The contest welcomes all genres of poetry into two youth divisions and one adult division. Entries will be accepted through February 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST online via submittables.com. Winners receive cash prizes and opportunities to read their […] Read More »

Astronomical high-rough tide

An astronomical high-rough tide brought seawater well above its usual path unto our beaches and some homes. Photo by Mark Stienecker (stairs by Richard Lieberman) Read More »

Robbery prevention tips for convenience store owners/employees

by Ashley Bautista Community Outreach Specialist There has been an increase in robberies at local convenience stores in the City of Ventura. Persons, who own, operate or are employed by convenience store type businesses, may be susceptible to persons committing robberies. The Ventura Police Department urges store owners, operators and employees to use caution and […] Read More »

Project Understanding: Serving People in Need in Ventura County-Part one

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “Giving a hand up, not a handout,” is Project Understanding’s slogan. For over 40 years with the support of the community and many faith-based congregations, Project Understanding has been able to carry on a mission to provide hope to individuals and transform lives by developing and directing […] Read More »

New Olivas Adobe “docent” board officers sworn in

Being installed by Marie Lakin (on the right) are Mary Thompson, Chuck Albert and Marsha Brumana On Thursday, January 10, the new Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters (referred to as docents) board officers were sworn in by Marie Lakin, City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Commissioner at Mimi’s Café at the Pacific View Mall. Attending the swearing-in […] Read More »

The Perfect Firestorm

Friends of CAPS Media, In late December CAPS Media premiered The Perfect Firestorm – The Thomas Fire Story, a documentary film based on the first-person stories of fire fighters, first responders and members of the public impacted by the Thomas Fire. The film features very personal memories of an extraordinary community coming together to support, […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust to host volunteer community gardening day on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Day of Service”

Ventura Land Trust volunteers celebrate their success after a 2018 Ocean Friendly Garden work day. On Monday, January 21, Ventura Land Trust (VLT) will host a volunteer community gardening event at their ocean friendly garden in Ventura. VLT invites volunteers of all ages to join them from 9 a.m. – 12 noon to plant native […] Read More »

Troop 111 has performed over 4,500 hours of service

Arroyo Verde Park’s unsung heroes. Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships would like to thank Boy Scout Troop 111. In its three years of existence, Troop 111 has performed over 4,500 hours of service, much of it in the outdoors. The Los Padres Forest has been the recipient of most of their efforts, however, in the […] Read More »

Primrose Excursions

Primrose Excursions, along with Premier World Discovery and Mayflower Tours, packed the house for a Travel Prelude Event on January 10th. This event showcased in detail, many upcoming travel destinations such as Italy, Newfoundland, Catalina Island and Zion National Park. If you’re interested in finding out more about these and other travel destinations please contact […] Read More »

Heisenberg is sexy and full of surprises

Rubicon Theatre Company opens the 2019 Season with the quirky romance Heisenberg. Sweet, sexy and full of surprises, the story follows two strangers whose lives intersect in a bustling London train station when free-spirited Georgie, a 40-something American, unexpectedly plants a kiss on the neck of Alex, an older Irish butcher, as he sits on […] Read More »

Do you live in a TMT (Too Much Technology) Zone?

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) Have you ever been out to dinner and had your friend, family member or partner answer their cell phone and talk for a few minutes, leaving you out of the conversation? Maybe you’ve been involved in a heart-to-heart, and just at the moment you were going to […] Read More »

Pier damaged by winter storm bringing 15 foot waves

Photo by Mark Stienecker On Wednesday, January 9, high waves pounded our coastline and the pier forcing, once again the closure of the pier. A high surf warning went into effect for the Ventura County coast, where breakers of up to 15-feet were seen. Read More »

Namba upcoming events

January programming focuses on local talent. “Discover wonderful new local talent, meet new artists and begin new friendships at Namba!” Tickets at NambaArts.com. January 18, 8pm, “A Celebration of Joni Mitchell” features Kimberly Ford. This is a rocking tribute to the most iconic singer-songwriter of the Woodstock generation. Mitchell touched millions with her nearly 40-year […] Read More »

Ventura Libraries events

Avenue Library Children & Family Events Mini STEAM Fair 2/25 Wednesday @4-5 Visit the Ventura Region libraries during the last week of February for a Mini STEAM Fair. All ages! Bilingual Early Literacy Class 2/4, 11, & 25 Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm Join us for storytelling, nursery rhymes, flannel board fun and more! Adult Classes & […] Read More »

Arroyo Verde Park Playground design community outreach meeting

The City of Ventura invites residents of all ages to help design the new playground at Arroyo Verde Park. The park’s previous play structure was destroyed in the Thomas Fire, and the City plans to build a brand-new inclusive playground where children of all abilities can play. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January […] Read More »

Do you have overdue books?

Food for Fines week at Ventura County Library is February 10 – 16. Ventura County Library, in partnership with FOOD Share Ventura County, is offering customers the ability to return overdue items along with canned food donations to have overdue fines reduced or eliminated. Customers with existing overdue charges can also pay down fines with […] Read More »

Dear friends of the Museum

We are in the process of gathering information to shape the Museum’s priorities for the next five years. We would really appreciate your taking the time to envision the future with us. Please share your thoughts by completing this brief survey. It is simple and should take less than five minutes overall. The information gathered […] Read More »

CAPS Media membership has its privileges

The New Year is a great time to join CAPS Media, where Member/Producers can explore any subject that interests them and CAPS will broadcast the story on television and stream it online. CAPS Media is a public access television and radio center that fulfills a fundamental right guaranteed by the First Amendment. As a free […] Read More »

Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you?

Find out how at the next Informational Session at court appointed special advocates (“CASA”) for foster children. Today, there are nearly 1,000 children in the Ventura County Dependency Court System who are victims of abuse and neglect. With a string of people, often including their own parents, in and out of their lives, these children […] Read More »

Answer in a Breeze

What are those large blue pipes in the empty lot at Seaward and Harbor? Veronica Usher As always (When possible) we ask the experts. Veronica: These are 36” PVC sewer pipes that will go in Harbor Blvd. from the Arundell Barranca (near the Harbor) to San Pedro. The existing lines will be abandoned and these […] Read More »

The program features well-loved children's songs

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Performances support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development. Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children’s Choir) works in the African […] Read More »

Circle of Friends seeking new members

Circle of Friends, a non-profit social organization for active retired women, is welcoming new members. Please join them for lunch on Wednesday, February 6 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 600 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard to see what they are all about. The monthly luncheons feature a program and there are special interest groups that meet monthly. […] Read More »

“Are we sure there is a fire here?”

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Gardens break records

The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) broke visitor records recently, with over 1400 visitors on New Year’s Day, and over 600 on Christmas Day. After being closed for nearly a year after the Thomas Fire, visitors were enthusiastic about revisiting the Gardens to see how the fire affected it, as well as the dramatic physical changes […] Read More »

Ventura County’s Channel Islands Gulls celebrates banner year of fundraising

The Channel Islands Gulls are pleased to announce another record year of fundraising for 11 Ventura County nonprofit organizations: California Coastal Horse Rescue; Camarillo Hospice; Caregivers, Volunteers Assisting the Elderly; The Lighthouse for Women and Children; Many Meals of Camarillo; National Alliance on Mental Illness; Project Understanding; Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation; St. Vincent […] Read More »

Hospice distributed over 140 Christmas Blankets

Assisted Hospice, in Ventura, was fortunate again this year to distribute approximately 145 Christmas Blankets to their Hospice Patients. The timing was perfect as the temperatures are hitting an all-time low. Assisted started this campaign approximately five years ago, thanks to one of the wonderful volunteers who visited a local facility where there were no […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival 25th Season expands

“The most exciting piano duo on the planet.” At a recent sponsor preview, the iconic Ventura Music Festival announced plans for an expanded silver anniversary celebration next year by bringing renowned artists year-round in addition to its regular two- week season in July. Leading off the celebration on February 9th are Anderson & Roe, lauded […] Read More »

The Channel Cities Jazz Club moving to Ventura

Jimmy McConnell’s Super Big Band will be the opening act. Photo by Michael Gordon The Channel Cities Jazz Club is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to supporting live jazz music performance. For over 30 years, it has presented monthly meetings which featured bands presenting their repertoire of traditional, swing, and other jazz forms, all available for dancing. […] Read More »

The teen and Foster VC Kids are sharing her story

Keanna and Jaci Johnson from Foster VC Kids love the organization. Keanna, age 18, is sharing the story of her life-long foster experience with the hope of encouraging caring adults to welcome a youth into their home as well as inspiring other foster children. She tells prospective foster/resource parents about the positive impact they could […] Read More »

Ventura Pier damaged by recent storm

The powerful waves that hit the coast recently battered the Ventura Pier breaking several pilings. The Pier was closed temporarily but is now open after repairs have been done. Read More »

Signs of the times...

As soon as marijuana is legal in Ventura there will be a place to park for users. Read More »

New 120-unit Marriott Residential Inn begin grading

The construction behind the Golden China Restaurant, at 760 S. Seaward, for the 120-unit Marriott Residential Inn has started with the beginning of grading. The hotel will be 2 to 5 stories, the 5th story is just a small portion of it. It should be completed in about 12-15 months. Read More »

Chillin' with the Breeze

Friday Gretchen, Patti Channer and John White always like to read the Breeze while eating ice cream. They said that it was on short notice so they didn’t have time to invite Sheldon who was still nice enough to run this photo. Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 7 – Jan 3 – Jan 15, 2019 - On Vacation

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The joys and benefits of bicycle travel

The Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), Jim Sayer, will speak about bicycle travel and tourism; the why, what, where, and how of getting on a bike and exploring. He will share how communities coast-to-coast are attracting more bike tourists and how those bike tourists are revitalizing small town America. Jim Sayer will discuss […] Read More »

As gorgeous as it gets by Michael Gordon

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Sustainable Body-Mind-Spirit Tips for 2019

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) One: Go meatless at least once a week Eating less meat, even just one day a week is good for your health according to the Mayo Clinic. Lowering meat intake can be beneficial in lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Meatless meals also benefit […] Read More »

2018 – A year to remember

2018 is a Year to Remember for everyone in Ventura including everyone at CAPS Media. The first few months of the year we dominated by reaction and recovery from the Thomas Fire. CAPS Media covered, broadcast and livestreamed numerous City, County and State events providing the public with valuable updates and recovery information. In February, […] Read More »

Author announces the publication of new online fiction magazine.

Ventura author, John Darling, is proud to announce the launch of his new quarterly online periodical, Strictly Fiction Magazine (http://strictlyfictionmagazine.com) The site will feature fiction, science fiction, romance and mystery selections. There will also be a section for short, pet-based fiction, called Buddy’s Storybook. While the initial installment of the magazine will not be available […] Read More »

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson mourns passing of partner

Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP (FCOP), recently announced the passing of long-time partner, Theodore J. England, who joined the firm in 2001. Outside of his work, England was committed to volunteering, serving as a board member at Interface Children Family Services, the Salvation Army and St. John’s Healthcare Foundation. Together with his wife Annette, he […] Read More »

Wear your old clothes and come join in the fun at the Temporary Emergency Shelter

On Saturday, January 5, at 9am help prepare the Oxnard armory for a winter homeless shelter. There is lots to do but the main task is interior painting. Paint will be provided they just need bodies and some supplies. They need the following because everything that is donated ends up saving us money, and allowing […] Read More »

2018 Annual Poinsettia Awards

Photo by Richard Lieberman The 2018 Annual Poinsettia Awards were held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel at the Ventura Harbor. Held on December 6 the program is sponsored by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. The awards program honors those who make a difference in the community. Pictured above the honorees are (by category) Small […] Read More »

WE HAD A CONTEST

On our Facebook we asked readers to name this photo. Our selection committee chose “I know I’m not supposed to ask for a straw in CA but I just can’t drink without one!” submitted by Barb Holden from Ventura as the funniest. She received 2 tickets to the Pompeii exhibit at the Reagan Library. Read More »

End of an era for Vagabond not what you thought!

Ventura will miss the iconic Vagabond. Might it return? by Richard Lieberman The Vagabond Coffee Shop will close January 1st after 52 years of continuous operations. The announcement of the closing was made by Jolene McBee 74, owner of the coffee shop in early December. Owner Albert McBee died 15 years ago and longtime customers […] Read More »

Library events

We are pleased to announce another exciting partnership between the Ventura County Library and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. On October 6, 2018, Pompeii: The Exhibition opened at the Reagan Library, featuring over 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. As with past Reagan Library exhibitions, […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 6 – Dec 19, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019 – On Vacation

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Mountain lion sightings in hillside neighborhoods 

Residents have reported mountain lion sightings in residential hillside neighborhoods in Ventura. This alert is for information only and has been issued as a precaution to our community. Mountain lion attacks are very rare but the Ventura Police Department would like to remind residents of a few simple tips to protect you and your loved […] Read More »

The Little Girl by Ariel Rahder-Ventura College

            The little girl you find under the cardboard box,             Is hungry for basic needs,             Dirty from countless days,             And shivering from the holes in her socks.             This little girl doesn’t ask for much,             But she has wants and needs.             But you wouldn’t know, would you?             Because no one ever asks the little girl on the […] Read More »

Ventura Holiday Candlelight Tours of the Historic Olivas Adobe

The City of Ventura Holiday Candlelight Tours of the Historic Olivas Adobe was held on Sunday, December 9. Attendees of all ages, looking to get into the holiday spirit enjoyed this event while learning about life in the late 1800s. Tours experience what life was like long ago at this expansive adobe home and courtyard […] Read More »

CMH is now open

Community Memorial Health System has successfully completed the State of California inspection of the new Ocean Tower at Community Memorial Hospital. The hospital received an exemplary report that noted no deficiencies and has moved into the new building on Sunday, Dec. 16. “Our staff should be commended for this extraordinary accomplishment. This commitment to excellence […] Read More »

Are you an aspiring cartoonist?

Send you cartoon(s) to editor@venturabreeze.com for consideration to be in a future issue. Read More »

CAPS in our community

The Perfect Firestorm, our documentary film that chronicles these personal stories of survival and healing during and following the devastating Thomas Fire had a series of successful screenings last week. Comments included “Emotional, heartbreaking and yet so much heroism and community pride” posted Kat Merrick and another told us “I learned so much and realized […] Read More »

Holidays at the Plaza

More than 100 elaborately decorated trees are on display for “Holidays at the Plaza” at Plaza Park running through Jan. 2. Families, businesses and nonprofits decorated the trees in their own unique way. The purpose of the Holidays at the Plaza is to bring holiday cheer to the community. Holidays at the Plaza also had […] Read More »

Kaye Mand selected as County Chief Financial Officer

Kaye Mand has been selected as the new County Chief Financial Officer. The appointment was made by County Executive Officer Mike Powers following a thorough, nationwide search which resulted in more than 150 applicants, including numerous strong internal and external candidates. Mand has more than 28 years of fiscal analysis, accounting and management experience in […] Read More »

Collecting donations for the Salvation Army

If you are near Von’s on Harbor by Seaward at the right time you can be entertained by Lori and John Redding with 91-year old dad Robert Hamilton collecting your needed donations for the Salvation Army. They have been entertaining at a Kettle for over 5-years. The Bellringer program is collecting donations for the Salvation […] Read More »

Anne Paul King Named Ventura College Foundation Executive Director

At its September 26 meeting, the Ventura College Foundation board of directors named Anne Paul King executive director of the foundation. King had been interim executive since July 2017 when she assumed the post vacated by Norbert Tan. King previously served as the foundation’s director of development. “There are no words to describe how incredible […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze New Years Issue on the streets January 3rd

Because of the new year happenings the next issue of the Ventura Breeze will be available on Thursday, January 3 instead of Wednesday, January 2. We know it will be difficult for you to wait an extra day but well worth the wait. Read More »

NAVFAC has announced its selection for the 2019 Civilian Engineer of the Year Award

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named NAVFAC EXWC’s Civilian Engineer of the Year.” Tami Relph, a Ventura resident and environmental sustainability lead at NAVFAC EXWC, was selected as Civilian Engineer of the Year for her leadership capabilities and dedication to the U.S. Navy’s Environmental Security Program and the NAVFAC enterprise. “This […] Read More »

All proceeds support and ensure the continuation of hospice and bereavement programs

by Lee Sherman Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association’s “Light Up a Life” event provides comfort, solace and an opportunity for those who have lost someone to honor their loved one’s memory. And the acts of remembrance extend far beyond Ventura County. I first became aware of Livingston in 2013 when I attended one of their […] Read More »

Coats for kids can be left at numerous locations

Four Seasons Cleaners and the Rotary Club of Ventura collaborate to implement The Coats for Kids Project. November 2018 marked the fifteenth year of this project and again this year the Rotary Club of Ventura South joins the effort. The clubs initiate the collection of coats at numerous locations. Four Seasons Cleaners cleans the coats […] Read More »

42nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks

On Dec. 14&15, the Ventura Harbor celebrated the season with its 42nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights & Fireworks.The 2018 theme paid homage to all things 70’s. It featured a very colorful Boat Parade and Harbor Village festivities! Read More »

Audubon events January 2019

January 5: Ventura Audubon Christmas Bird Count – Leader: Frank DeMartino 856-906-8733 or you may call one of the Section Leaders listed on website. Birders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. The more participants we have, the more areas we can cover and we can cover them more thoroughly. Sector Leaders usually start […] Read More »

People of many faiths come together for SOS!

“First we pray, then we act for justice.” So the Rev. Dr. Betty Stapleford opened the Interfaith Prayer Vigil at the “Sunday of Solidarity with Refugee Families” in Ventura on December 9th. It was held at the corner of Victoria and Telephone at the Ventura County Government Center. Dr. Stapleford is a Unitarian Universalist minister […] Read More »

We are healthcare advocates

by Jolene Bibian I’m part of a committee planning a local 5k in Ventura scheduled for January 12th, 2019. This event is our first attempt at our goal of raising $10k to get a Children’s Dream Racer Car built for VCMC Pediatrics unit. These cars are built by Mark ‘Smitty’ Smith who worked on NASCARs […] Read More »

MERITO Foundation: Inspiring our youth to become environmental stewards

Volunteers sorting the debris they picked up…some is trash and some are recyclables. Photo courtesy of MERITO Foundation Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “We all deserve to live in a world with clean air, clean water, and abundant, healthy food sources and it’s all our responsibility for the care of our planet,” said […] Read More »

Cabrillo Middle School brings home robotics honors

The Riptide Robotics team from Cabrillo Middle School in Ventura recently participated in the First LEGO League Los Angeles Area Championship Tournament, after winning the Champion’s Award at the Ventura Regionals. They came home with the coveted First LEGO League Research Project Award for the work they did on their project, the “Veggie-Sphere.” This year’s […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County names new Library and Archives Director

The Museum of Ventura County has announced Deya Terrafranca as its new library and archives director. Terrafranca will be responsible for managing all aspects of the regional special collection and historical research library, including collection development and supervision of more than 20 volunteers. Terrafranca’s appointment follows the retirement of Charles Johnson, who came to Ventura […] Read More »

The Ventura Film Society is about to be reborn.

The Ventura Film Society 2.0 hosted a reception at the Museum of Ventura County on December 7th to preview its 2019 season. Commentary from past VFS members and introductions from past VFS director Lorenzo Destefano, along with new Executive Director Mike Miller were presented. The Ventura Film Society is about to be reborn. Founded by […] Read More »

Each year, during the holiday season, Vitalant experiences the “perfect storm”

Most hospitals in Ventura County have one thing in common, they receive blood from Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services. Who donates this much needed blood? Citizens of Ventura County just like you, who have realized the importance of keeping a healthy blood supply in our community. Ready at a moment’s notice, many units of blood […] Read More »

The joys and benefits of bicycle travel

The Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), Jim Sayer, will speak about bicycle travel and tourism; the why, what, where, and how of getting on a bike and exploring. He will share how communities coast-to-coast are attracting more bike tourists and how those bike tourists are revitalizing small town America. Jim Sayer will discuss […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 6 – Dec 19, 2018 – Jan 2, 2019 - On Vacation

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Helpful Honda Holiday Treats Truck

The Helpful Honda guys dispatched their iconic Helpful Honda Holiday Treats Truck to surprise kids of all ages with free treats! The Free Treats Truck visited the Kids & Families Together Holiday Party at 864 E. Santa Clara on Saturday, December 8th to bring extra joy to the kids. Over 280 Kinship, Adoption, and Foster kids came […] Read More »

7-Day river cruise to raise funds to support those affected by disaster

Hathaway Dream Vacations in Carpinteria has partnered with The Local Love Project and Chocolats du CaliBressan in Santa Barbara to host the Local Love Project River Cruise, which will raise funds to support those affected by disaster or in time of need. The unique fundraising cruise aboard AmaWaterways’ AmaCello departs Lyon, France on September 5, […] Read More »

The gift of giving

by Karen Leslie, writer with heart A winter wonderland in Ventura you ask? Yes indeed! On December 9th, 2018 Santa Claus arrived, HO HO HO-ING to the 2nd annual open house Fundraiser Benefit for The Ventura County Ombudsman Program. Visitors journeyed back in time to the 1950’s at Christmastime, to the small Minnesota town of […] Read More »

Annual memorial service for our homeless neighbors

Contribute to the Homeless Prevention Fund at www.vhpf.net. Photo by Michael Gordon On Saturday, Dec. 15, at Plaza Park a memorial was held to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. All were remembered by the names of the men and women who have died homeless, in Ventura, this year. Consider these facts: On […] Read More »

Catch the “ELF on the GO” Holiday Bus

Catch the “ELF on the GO” Holiday Bus at a stop near you. Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) is excited to announce the third annual appearance of its popular “Elf on the GO” holiday bus. This year’s “Elf on the GO” is merry and bright with its colorful red design. With a highly visible full […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Thomas Fire took their home but not their spirit

It was important that Elmer, Gracie Mae and Bandito accompany them.  REMEMBERING ~ Thomas Fire took their home but not their spirit by James F. Gray  Thomas Fire victims, Christopher Means (52) and his wife, Gail (54) lost their Ondulando home, but are planning to rebuild. Their first priority after the fire was to find […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust replaces hawk nest felled during Thomas Fire

VLT rented a crane and lifted Dan into a tree. Photo by Adrienne Stephens REMEMBERING ~ Ventura Land Trust replaces hawk nest felled during Thomas Fire Ventura Land Trust (VLT) recently replaced a Red-tailed Hawk nest that was knocked out of a eucalyptus tree after the Thomas Fire. Knowing that Red-tailed Hawks have nested in the same […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ FOOD Share’s Annual CAN-tree Drive

For three days, Figueroa Plaza in Downtown Ventura was filled with hundreds of CAN-tree’s at FOOD Share’s 7th annual CAN-tree Drive. The 7th Annual CAN-tree Drive, held November 30th – December 2nd, is the most critical and largest food drive of the year. The highly unique and visual event drew crowds from all over Southern California to witness the […] Read More »

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

On a beautiful Ventura evening the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony returned on Friday, Novemberthe 30th with the largest light display in Ventura history. Over 20,000 bulbs lit up Mission Park and the Mission’s historical twin Norfolk Pines. Millions (fake news) filled Mission Park, Figueroa Plaza and Main as far as the eye could see. The celebration included […] Read More »

Chanukah

Every year Jewish people around the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, but the starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year. This year it started on sundown on Dec.2 and ends on Dec.10. In the […] Read More »

Plaza Park gets sculpture from John Mahoney self-taught chainsaw sculptor

A dead tree turns into a beautiful bird. Photos by Michael Gordon by Richard Lieberman In August 2018, a very large pine tree in Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson Blvd. (across from post office)had to be almost completely removed due to disease. John Mahoney from West Coast Arborist transformed the 20-foot high remaining tree into […] Read More »

Thomas Fire documentary premieres at Museum of Ventura County

by CAPS Media Over the past year, CAPS Media in collaboration with the Museum of Ventura County went into the community and spoke to many who were affected by the Thomas Fire. We interviewed over 70 people and let them share their stories. Neighbors, friends and First Responders were invited to various locations throughout the […] Read More »

Residents Anxious to Return to Ventura

REMEMBERING by Sheli Ellsworth Michael O’Brien and his adult son were asleep at midnight on December 4, 2017. Thirty minutes later, Mr. O’Brien’s son woke him after hearing the blare of police sirens. The two fled the home on Hillcrest Drive they had lived in since 1982. They left with the family dog and nothing […] Read More »

“When You’re Singing, Everything Else Goes Away” (Ellen, GCCC member)

GCCC is as much a community as it is a group of singers. by Jill Forman They enter the room gradually, a group of 80-90 everyday men and women, and take their places in a U-shaped arrangements of seats. Their leader steps on a podium, a few announcements, some preliminary chords from the pianist, they […] Read More »

Thomas Fire one year later

REMEMBERING by Doug Halter Halter-Encinas Enterprises and Landscape As a professional landscaper, hillside resident and passionate Ventura resident, the Thomas Fire will always be major heartbreaking and unbelievable experience in my lifetime. To see the fire come over the hill and into mine and our neighbors’ yards, then spread from house to house until it […] Read More »

Protect what you love: Surfrider engages and salutes community volunteers

Surfrider engages community volunteers to participate in beach cleanups.Photo provided by Surfrider Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “Protect what you love,” is one of Surfrider Foundation’s mottos underscoring the need for every individual to take a proactive stance to preserve and protect our ocean, waves, and beaches. Putting that motto into action, […] Read More »

New discovery in the story of the Lone Woman

During a special lecture on Thursday, December 13, a panel of researchers will reveal new information about why the Lone Woman remained on San Nicolas Island after others in her community left for the mainland. Depicted in the best-selling children’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins, the story of the Lone Woman is based on […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Flames of Compassion

Remember the Fire ~ Flames of Compassion by Karen Leslie, writer with heart The fire and brimstone atmosphere that raged through California scorched not only land but has wreaked havoc with our psyches and emotional state of being. The aftermath and collective mourning of precious lives lost, houses and earthscapes are palatable. Venturian’s memories not […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~

The Thomas Fire by Patrick J. Treacy The Thomas Fire started on the Fourth of December two thousand seventeen. It became the largest Venturans ever had seen. The Santa Ana winds were hot and strong, and swiftly moved the fire along. Soon the canyons roared as trees buckled and swayed, houses were burning and crashing […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Serra Cross Park

On a beautiful Sunday, Dec.2 a dedication was held at Serra Cross Park located in Grant Park to celebrate the repairs made after the Thomas Fire destroyed the area. It featured great jazz by the Cabrillo Middle School Jazz Band and welcomes by Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere, Chief of Police Ken Corney, Fire Chief David […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society December Program and Field Trips

December 11, 2018 Program 7:30 p.m. Tuesday – Poinsettia Pavillion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. Sea of Grass, Sea of Ice: How Will 2 Iconic Arctic Birds Navigate a Warming Climate…. with Karen Laing We will explore the natural history and conservation status of the emperor goose and spectacled eider, two birds that live year-round in […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Thomas Fire One Year Later

by  Responsible and Efficient Government (VREG) In the weeks that followed the devastating Thomas Fire, several community meetings were held throughout Ventura. These meetings showed a united front of total cooperation and support of all City departments, County of Ventura, State of California, Cal Fire and every other state and local agency present. They committed to […] Read More »

REMEMBERING ~ Ojai Thomas Fire Reflections

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REMEMBERING ~ City Memorial Ceremony

On Monday, December 3, the City of Ventura held a ceremony in observance of the one-year anniversary of the Thomas Fire. The ceremony was held on the front steps of Ventura City Hall proceeding the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Comments were made by Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere and Fire Chief David Endaya, followed by a moment of […] Read More »

Thomas Fire homeowners have understandable anxiety

REMEMBERING by Bruce Labins Architect We have a deep admiration for our Thomas Fire clients’ strength, patience, and positivity throughout the design, permitting, and rebuild process. They have had the hardest of years, but in every instance have embraced the ‘new vision’ of their home and are looking forward. Thomas Fire homeowners have understandable anxiety […] Read More »

Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet Celebrates its 15th Year!

Join Footworks Youth Ballet for their Family Educational Hour Ventura’s Footworks Youth Ballet presents its 15th anniversary performance of the Tchaikovsky classic, The Nutcracker. On December 8th and 9th, in two full-length performances, they will perform with the Footworks Community Orchestra and singers from the Carpe Diem Chorus at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Family-friendly […] Read More »

How one Ventura family lost their home to the Thomas Fire

REMEMBERING by Richard Lieberman “We had ten minutes to get out of there, we got out with our animals our family and our birth certificates and that was it” said Susan Bell. Susan and her family including husband John Bell her two children and grandchild safely evacuated their home in the Ondulando neighborhood in Ventura […] Read More »

The evening included good food, good people, and good conversation

On Nov. 10, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura held 51st Annual Great Futures Gala & Auction “Havana Nights”, at the Four Points Sheraton celebrating 80 years of serving local youth. The evening included good food, good people, and good conversation, all for a good cause! Supporting your community’s youth! A cocktail reception of champagne, […] Read More »

Misconceptions about the Ventura Botanical Gardens

One day the Ventura Botanical Gardens will again look like this. by Barbara Brown Ventura Botanical Gardens, President www.venturabotanicalgardens.com Over the last few weeks since the Merewether Welcome Center opened, we’ve heard some misconceptions about the Gardens. Most of them come in the form of questions, so we thought we’d share them here: Isn’t this […] Read More »

WE’RE HAVING A CONTEST

Who is this a photo of (hint, he has something to do with the Ventura Breeze)? First (maybe even second) correct answer receives 2 tickets to the Pompeii exhibit at the Reagan Library. Answer to editor@venturabreeze.com. Read More »

NALA to help Toys for Tots fulfill its mission

Toys for Tots will be collected until December 12. The NALA, a boutique marketing agency headquartered in Ventura has teamed up with a plethora of clients this holiday season to help Toys for Tots fulfill its mission, which is to collect new, unwrapped toys each holiday season and distribute them as Christmas gifts to children […] Read More »

What is Mixteco: Tu’un Savi?

Join in as Ventura County Library presents “Mixteco: Tu’un Savi, The Language of the Rain,” presented by Silvia Ventura Luna, M.A., at E.P. Foster Library on Saturday, December 1, at 3pm.. The Mixteco language, Tu’un Savi, is an oral language with numerous variants. Mixteco is an indigenous language predominantly from Oaxaca, Mexico; yet, the language has a […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County begins documentation of recent tragedies

As curator and repository for Ventura County’s history, the Museum of Ventura County is reaching out to Ventura County fire and sheriff departments, other agencies and, most importantly, the Ventura County public to create a historical archive and personal documentation of the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on Nov. 7, […] Read More »

Ventura City Councilmember Erik Nasarenko to serve another term

Ventura City Councilmember Erik Nasarenko was re-elected to the seven-member city council, finishing first among six candidates with 44 percent of the vote. His closest challenger received 24 percent of the vote in a contest that, for the first time in Ventura history, was decided by voters casting ballots in districts rather than at-large. The […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre Company concludes 20th anniversary season

Rubicon Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Season culminates with a two-piano version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s soaring epic South Pacific, helmed by award-winning director Katharine Farmer and featuring a cast of 28 led by Tony honoree Ben Davis (Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème) and Madison Claire Parks (Luisa in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway). Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning […] Read More »

Santa Clara Street around 1900 maybe earlier

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Tips for a more sustainable Thanksgiving

Sustainability Now News by Maryann Ridini Spencer (@MaryannRidiniSpencer) “I generally go to a friend’s for Thanksgiving, and one of my favorite tricks for keeping it sustainable is to bring my contribution dish in a container that doubles as a leftover box. This saves a dish from being washed and the host from loaning one of […] Read More »

Ventura County Medical Center receives national recognition

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized Ventura County Medical Center as one of 83 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017. As a participant in ACS NSQIP, Ventura County Medical Center is required to track the outcomes of inpatient […] Read More »

Ventura County Strong

by Vitalant Our hearts go out to those impacted by the tragic shooting in the late hours of November 7th in Thousand Oaks. Vitalant was able to support the blood needs of patients early Thursday morning. There was a tremendous outpouring of support from the local community with potential donors lining up to give blood […] Read More »

YMCA annual Community Prayer Breakfast

The power of prayer fills the Ventura Family YMCA community room. IBF International Welterweight Champion, Chris Van Heerden, shared his stories of overcoming obstacles with the help of divine intervention and prayers answered. The Ventura family YMCA began their annual Community Prayer Breakfast with songs of praise from Swoop Brown with Armed and Faithful, energizing […] Read More »

Vol. 12, No. 4 – Nov 21 – Dec 4, 2018 - On Vacation

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Legal victory secures protection for Santa Clara River Steelhead

Conservation groups have scored a key courtroom victory for endangered Southern California steelhead harmed by operation of the Vern Freeman Dam on the Santa Clara River. In a 152-page decision issued by Honorable Judge David O. Carter, the court found United Water Conservation District violated the federal Endangered Species Act by clearly causing past, ongoing, and future […] Read More »

Mat Almaraz School Board

by Mat Almaraz School Board As a parent volunteer for the past 14 years, and as a 20-year volunteer for American Youth Soccer Organization in this community, I am invested in this School District. My 2 brothers and 4 sisters had my same experience going thru the same schools I did. I have had the amazing […] Read More »

Lorrie Brown the first repr