This ‘n’ That

Ventura Locals Share Passion for Pickleball

by Tracy Marcynzsyn With more than 36 million pickleball players in the U.S., most everybody knows at least one person who has caught the pickleball bug. “A cross between tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, pickleball is a sport for all ages. Anyone from age 5 to 95 can play and have fun,” said Brandon Mackie, cofounder […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens Summer Tastings

Image by Botanical Gardens Celebrate Our Garden Regions Enjoy an evening of alfresco tastings inspired by the distinctive cultures of two climate regions represented in the gardens. At each hosted, adults-only event, you’ll be guided through the unique characteristics of two wines, three cheeses, and a specialty food sampling unique to each region. Surrounded by […] Read More »

24th Annual Pooch Parade!

Fun, Sun, Sand, and Supporting Rescue Dogs! Mark Your Calendars for the 2024 CARL Pooch Parade! Sunday, August 18, 2024 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Pacific Time) Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA 93001 Gather your family and furry best friends and head to beautiful Ventura for the 24th Annual Pooch Parade! Canine […] Read More »

Island Packers Offers Summer Adventures to Channel Islands National Park

With summer in full swing, visitors can now board an Island Packers vessel to experience cruises and specialty trips as part of the company’s full transportation schedule to the Channel Islands National Park, in addition to popular summer whale watching. Here’s a preview of what’s planned for the warmer months ahead: Anacapa Shoreline Cruise: This […] Read More »

14th Annual Throwdown Cornhole Festival

Photo courtesy of The Throw Down Cornhole Festival New features include a World Axe Throwing League Tournament and an Expansive Food Court The Throwdown Cornhole Festival returns to beachside Ventura County Fairgrounds on August 23 – 25.  Celebrating its 14th year, the tournament draws the sport’s best players from the lower 48 plus Hawaii as […] Read More »

A Pivotal Election - 1860

by Richard Senate As we approach a pivotal presidential election today, it’s a fitting moment to reflect on another monumental election in American history: the election of 1860. At that time, the political landscape was fractured, with the Whig party disintegrated and the dominant Democratic party split into northern and southern factions. The newly formed […] Read More »

Business Profile: Family-Owned C.D. Lyon, Inc. Embraces Green Energy with Innovative Solar Installation

Celebrating their Chamber ribbon cutting ceremony on July 11, 2024. C.D. Lyon, Inc. was founded in January 2011 by siblings Jeff and Kiki Lyon. At that time, they were working for their parents’ company, C.D. Lyon Construction, Inc., established in 1985. Seeking to stay in the industry, they started their own company. Their parents have […] Read More »

Business Profile: The Willows Apartment Community Celebrates Grand Opening in Ventura, CA

The Willows Apartment community proudly announces its grand opening, marking a significant addition to Ventura’s vibrant residential landscape. The highly anticipated event, held on Wednesday, July 26, 2024, showcased the community’s modern amenities, sustainable features, and unique lifestyle offerings, drawing an enthusiastic crowd of prospective residents, local dignitaries, and community leaders. Nestled in the heart […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 22 – July 24 – Aug 6, 2024 - On Vacation

Visiting Ventura The Breeze has articles for all ages. Aviana and Lucia reading The Breeze while visiting the Ventura Harbor Village. Read More »

Julia Tamai Named Head Coach for Pirate Softball

Ventura College Pirate Athletics is pleased to announce Julia Tamai has been named the Pirates’ new head softball coach. Tamai most recently was the head coach at Oxnard’s new Del Sol High School, directing formation of the Jaguars’ new program for the past year. Tamai previously spent 11 years as an assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara […] Read More »

Meiners Oaks Library Opens in Ojai

Ventura County Library (VC Library) announced the grand opening of the new Meiners Oaks Library. The new facility is located at 400 S. Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023. The new library is a partnership between the Ventura County Library and the Ojai Unified School District. It was made possible by a Building Forward grant from […] Read More »

Jurassic Genius: Water Tanks Transformed by Renowned Local Artist

Just off Highway 33, between Ventura and Ojai, two enormous water tanks are being transformed from basic functional vessels into magnificent works of Jurassic art. Since April, the two 24-foot-high, 125,000-gallon freshwater tanks have been the focus of renowned local artist MB Hanrahan, a multimedia artist who works with paint, installation, collage, photography, film, books, […] Read More »

Local Legends: Stories of Service and Impact

This issue’s Local Legend is Clarey Rudd, a beloved local business owner and founder of the Ventura Downtown Organization, which advocated for the responsible growth, beautification, and development of downtown Ventura. Clarey was born in Oxnard in 1952 but has spent most of his life in Ventura. He grew up working in his parents’ bookstore in […] Read More »

The About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson The Summer Reading Program: Read, Renew, Repeat at Ventura County Library is coming to a close. See final dates below. Christoper T. Magician performing magical feats inspired by and based upon popular children’s books, bringing each book to life with wacky, interactive, and hysterical magic at Hill Road Library: Friday, August 2, […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 22 – July 24 – Aug 6, 2024 - Community Events

Ventura VC Caregivers Medicare Mingle, Bingo & Brews: Tuesday, July 30, 12-4pm, The Shores Bar & Restaurant, Oxnard Aetna and The Shores Bar & Restaurant are hosting Medicare Mingle, Bingo & Brews at Bill Kracht’s Shores Restaurant located on Harbor Boulevard at Fifth Street in Oxnard. “Think of this event as Edutainment and an opportunity […] Read More »

Exploring the Depths: Local Photographer Captures a Hidden World Beneath LA

Ken Karagozian’s mesmerizing tunnel photographs reveal the captivating essence of underground construction’s unique subculture. by Patricia Schallert Ventura resident Ken Karagozian was born and raised in Woodland Hills. He studied photography in high school and worked at ABC/Disney Studios in Hollywood. When Ken first ventured into fine art photography, he initially focused on capturing the […] Read More »

Ventura Yacht Club Sends Sailors to 2024 CFJ Nationals

Front L to R: Kei Glavovic, Skyler Chaffey, Jackson Wallace, Brett Stein–filling in for Sophia Flosi. Back Row L to R in the Coach boat: Brookelyn Roelling, Braedon Baum, Logan Nordahl. Image by Janie Tran. by Janie Tran Ventura Yacht Club, located in Ventura Harbor, is making history for the county by sending four of […] Read More »

A Forgotten Ventura Founder

by Richard Senate Angel Escandon, born in Spain and a resident of Peru before arriving in California in 1854, settled in what was then a cluster of adobe buildings around the Old Mission Church. Trained as a lawyer, he quickly became a prominent figure in the burgeoning community of Ventura. He married Francesca Sanchez, and […] Read More »

Bill Hahn’s Automotive: Service Since 1974

At the end of Transport Street, behind the old Target near the DMV, sits Bill Hahn’s Automotive. For decades, Bill Hahn could be found there six days a week in his signature smock, hand-writing invoices, talking to customers, and pacing around the packed parking lot with a phone to his ear. His customers truly meant […] Read More »

America Celebrates its 248th Birthday! Ventura College 2024

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The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Award-winning author Ivor Davis visits E.P. Foster Library to discuss his latest book, The Devil in My Friend: The Inside Story of a Malibu Murder. This book, written with his late wife, Sally Ogle Davis, chronicles their long investigation and the shocking revelation about a friend and neighbor who committed an unthinkable […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 21 – July 10 – July 23, 2024 - On Vacation

David Young in Ward visiting family in Boulder, CO. Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 21 – July 10 – July 23, 2024 - Community Events

Ventura Rubicon Theatre – William Shakespeare’s Richard III: July 12 – 14. Dive into the dark and twisted tale of ambition and power. www.rubicontheatre.org/events/richard-iii. Ventura County Museum Saturday, July 13, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Museum of Ventura County – McCartney Tea Fundraiser – Join us for a Museum of Ventura County fundraiser that offers an […] Read More »

CAPS Media's Busy June: X Games Forums, Graduation Coverage, and Awards

by Elizabeth Rodeno June was a demanding month for CAPS Media, with crews tackling a wide range of projects. Activities included recording and editing ten 30-minute X Games Panel Forums in a single day before the event began, providing live coverage and streaming for all VUSD high school graduations, and celebrating two Hometown Media Awards […] Read More »

KB Home offers personalized new townhomes in a prime Ventura location

KB Home recently announced the opening of Seaview at Midtown, a new community of personalized townhomes in a desirable Ventura location. These new homes are designed for the way people live today, with popular interior features like modern kitchens overlooking great rooms, bedroom suites with walk-in closets, and ample storage space. Additionally, homebuyers can personalize […] Read More »

NAWBO® Installs Two Local Women Business Owners to 2024-2025 Board of Directors

Dr. Janis Shinkawa, Medical Director and Founding Partner of Ventura-based Ohana Pet Hospital, has been installed as Chair of the 2024-2025 NAWBO National Board of Directors by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Amber Wallace, President and CEO of Santa Barbara-based Dowitcher Designs Inc., was also installed as a Director. NAWBO represents 13 […] Read More »

Digital Storytelling Returns in July  

CAPS Media’s popular Digital Storytelling program returns this summer with two, week-long sessions July 15-19 and July 29-August 2. The engaging and fun program is available for young video storytellers, ages 10-14 and is directed by experienced and talented videographers and film makers. In the program the young CAPS Crews work in teams of four […] Read More »

X Games Ignites Adventure: Local Elementary School Scores Learn-to-Ride Bicycle Program 

All Kids Bike is on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class.  All Kids Bike, the national nonprofit teaching kindergarten students how to ride bikes in PE class, is activating their All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Learn-to-Ride Program at Lincoln Elementary School, thanks to a generous donation […] Read More »

Get Your Red, White & Blue Ready!

Image by Freepix. Fourth of July Street Fair and Pushem-Pullem Parade Ventura’s 47th annual 4th of July Street Fair & Pushem-Pullem Parade, presented by the Rotary Club of East Ventura, begins at 10:00 a.m. on Main Street in front of Cemetery Memorial Park and continues into Downtown Ventura, leading into the Street Fair. The road […] Read More »

Women Brewing Change: Jessica Alten's Journey with Pink Boots Collaborative

by Patricia Schallert Jessica Alten’s journey into the world of brewing began at Island Brewing Company in Carpinteria, where she started working. It was during a visit from her parents, particularly her father who had years of experience at Nestlé Purina, that she became intrigued by the manufacturing side of beer. With a newfound interest […] Read More »

Rotary Club of Ventura Grants Awarded to Local Organizations

by Shirley Lorraine On Wednesday, June 5, the Rotary Club of Ventura presented grants to 19 nonprofit and service organizations for their contributions to Ventura. The grants were awarded from the Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation. Mr. Gius was a long-time active member of Rotary and editor of the Ventura County Star Free Press for […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 20 – June 26 – July 9, 2024 - On Vacation

The attached picture shows (from left to right) Robert Berkovitz, Suzette Berkovitz, Lisa Gordon, and Martin Feeney enjoying the Ventura Breeze during a breezy spring day in Kinderdijk, Netherlands. Read More »

Business Profile: Welcome to Hummus Republic!

Hummus Republic in Ventura celebrated its grand opening with prizes, music, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 18. Enthusiastic community members and members of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce attended the much-anticipated event, which was enjoyed by all. Hummus Republic is a Mediterranean restaurant that offers a build-yourown style of bowls, pitas, and wraps, […] Read More »

Correction

In our June 12 issue, this second image was omitted from the Stych Inc. Business Profile. Visit www.CustomStyches.com to learn more about Stych Inc. Read More »

Business Profile: American Flags & Cutlery

Bryan Miller’s journey is a testament to his resilience and passion for entrepreneurship. Despite facing challenges due to dyslexia during his school years, he pursued a degree in business administration. With admirable determination, he navigated the educational obstacles that came his way. Bryan’s professional path led him into the realm of restaurant management, where he […] Read More »

Ventura's Historic Street Names Tell Many Stories

by Richard Senate Main Street today was originally the Spanish highway that linked all the Missions and settlements. It was California’s first thoroughfare, “El Camino Real” (The Royal Highway), extending from La Paz, Baja California to Sonoma. Why was the name changed? The early American settlers wanted nothing to do with Spanish after the Mexican-American […] Read More »

Officiate high-school volleyball in the Ventura area

The Channel Coast Volleyball Association will have their first meeting for those wishing to officiate high-school girls’ matches during the upcoming fall season which begins in early August. The Association referees matches in all cities in Ventura County. New officials are welcome including college students. This meeting will be held Monday, July 8 and July 15, […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 20 – June 26 – July 9, 2024 - Community Events

Ventura: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Assoc: Sunday July 7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Poinsettia Pavilion. 3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura, CA 93003 Live Music on stage. Jamming in the Canada Room. Free Admission. Free parking. Open to the Public. For more information, call 805-517-1131 or visit Facebook: OTCBGM Surf Rodeo Festival: July 5th and 6th. […] Read More »

Business Profile: Safe Travels RV Services Company LLC,

Welcome to Safe Travels RV Services Company LLC, where our motto is “Wishing You Safe Travels.” Located in Ventura, California, Safe Travels RV Services provides mobile services dedicated to ensuring your RV adventures are as smooth and as safe as possible. This husband and wife team, Bill Meyer and Lisa Edwards, are passionate outdoor enthusiasts. […] Read More »

Business Profile: Moby’s On Main Now Open

Remember Thrifty ice cream? Looking for something fun to do that’s family-friendly? Look no further. Moby’s On Main may just be the place to be! It’s a concept from local entrepreneurs Mitch & Mary Masoner that provides a curated collection of video and merchandiser games for all ages and abilities. Nestled amongst downtown Main Street’s […] Read More »

Museum Celebrates New Exhibition Openings

Maria Adela Diaz. Image by Sheldon Brown The Exhibition Opening event on June 8 was a celebratory evening unveiling the Museum of Ventura County’s two new exhibitions: Masters from the Museum of Ventura County Collection and InnoVision: Ventura County Artists to Watch! These unique and innovative art exhibitions showcase the past, present, and future of art in Ventura County.  […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 20 – June 26 – July 9, 2024 - The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Time for another large book sale – Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Vons grocery at Telegraph and Victoria, Ventura. Saturday, July 13, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s books, Puzzles DVDs and CDs $1.00 each; Books on CD $1.50-$2.00 each We have a nice collection of […] Read More »

Blue Whales and Dolphins Thrill Guests on Island Packers' Summer Whale Watching Tour

Image by Bob Forbes by Janie Tran With warmer weather and the sun finally shining, it’s the perfect time for a summer whale-watching expedition. Island Packers’ Summer Whale Watching season spans from June through September, coinciding with ocean upwelling that brings abundant plankton for these majestic creatures. On Wednesday, June 19, 2024, our whale-watching adventure […] Read More »

Chamber celebrates Stych’s Grand Opening.

Images by Janie Tran Business Profile – Stych Inc. Jim Stych, a seasoned professional haberdasher, has been designing wardrobes and providing custom-made clothing to a prestigious clientele, including stars, dignitaries, Olympic gold medalists, and professional athletes. Jim’s expertise is highly regarded by his valued in-store clients. Jim’s career as a custom clothier began in 1990. […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District Offers Students Environmental Challenge

“Watts Up!” – Kelly Cooke and Sasha Benitez won $900 as first-place winners in the Energy Tier. Images courtesy of the MERITO Foundation. Students will present proposals to reduce schools’ environmental footprint and receive cash prizes In May, the MERITO Foundation and Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) hosted the 9th annual EECCOA Challenge Awards Ceremony. […] Read More »

Circus Vargas - Old Fashioned Fun for All

Circus Vargas, a critically acclaimed family show, voted best circus in San Diego by Sandiego.com, just completed a three week run in Ventura. Billed as “An Epic World Celebration,” Circus Vargas describes the show as, “a celebration of different cultures and nationalities, joining hand in hand, coming together to entertain, laugh, live, love and celebrate […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 19 – June 12 – June 25, 2024 - Community Events

Ventura Events: “Arbol de la Vida”: Saturday, June 15th, 1, 1:25, 3 and 3:25 pm. Downtown Ventura. Follow dancers through new pathways and engage with the rich history of Ventura. This traveling performance will take the audience on a short walk through several iconic landmarks of Ventura. Free all-ages event. Donations are strongly encouraged to […] Read More »

Joe Parisi, Residential Loan Officer

After more than two decades of commuting from the San Fernando Valley to C Street for surf sessions, Joe Parisi, alongside his wife Tammy of 46 years, decided to permanently relocate to Ventura. Eight years ago, they invested in a weekend home in the Ventura Keys, savoring the local vibe, surf spots, and fulfilling Joe’s […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 19 – June 12 – June 25, 2024 - On Vacation

In Lisbon, Portugal, Priscilla Holmes and Rob Schleef of Ventura display The Breeze to the Monument of the Discoveries, a UNESCO world heritage site commemorated in 1960 that celebrates 500 years (1460-1960) of the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. Read More »

KB Home announces a rare opportunity to own a new townhome in a prime Ventura, California location

Ventura Chamber Helped Celebrate the Grand Opening of Seaview at Midtown with a Ribbon Cutting on 4/26 . KB Home recently announced the opening of Seaview at Midtown, a new community in a desirable Ventura location walking distance to the beach. These new homes are designed for the way people live today, with popular interior […] Read More »

Correction

In our last issue, we featured an article about a “Dream Flight” adventure experienced by some of the residents of The Palms at Bonaventure, however, we did not attribute the photographs correctly. All photographs were by Brandy McCauley, LVN. Back Row – Left to Right: Andrea Maclean, Don Renner (87), David Hanson (85), Les McCormick […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library invites kids, teens and adults to register  for the Summer Reading Program:  Read, Renew, Repeat  at vencolibrary.beanstack.org.  All may record their reading  with opportunities to win prizes for reaching reading goals.  Youth may visit their local branch to choose a free new book to add to their personal collection […] Read More »

The Ventura Raceway hosts the Progressive American Flat Track Association

First place winner, Briar Bauman (#3 battles it out with 3rd Place Finisher, Jared Mees).  Photo by Joseph Seemeyer by Joe Seemeyer On Saturday, May 11th, the 2024 Progressive American Flat Track season, founded and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), continued with the Memphis Shades Ventura Short Track at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, California. For […] Read More »

CAPS Media Congratulates Sheldon and Summer Activities

Everyone at CAPS Media joins in congratulating and thanking Sheldon Brown for creating and publishing the Ventura Breeze for nearly two decades. The legendary, ever present and always smiling Sheldon, has been entertaining and informing our community with Ventura’s true Hometown Newspaper since October 24, 2007. “Neither snow (in Ventura … surf) nor rain nor heat nor gloom of […] Read More »

Ventura Skate Jam Ramp fabricated by local Buena High School Students

Skate Jam ramp will transform into community art piece once X Games have ended. In an exciting collaboration with Visit Ventura, students from Buena High School are building a skate ramp for the Ventura Skate Jam, a free all-ages community event to celebrate X Games Ventura on Thursday, June 27, 2024. This ramp, commissioned by […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 18 – May 29 – June 11, 2024 - On Vacation

While visiting family in Scotland, Nancy Brace-Thompson treated grandson Lukas to a birthday trip by train to Whitby, England.  She read the Breeze while Lukas played among the ruins of St. Hilda’s Whitby Abbey, where Bram Stoker drew inspiration to write Dracula. Let’s hope young Lukas enjoyed more light-hearted inspiration (and reading the Breeze), especially when […] Read More »

Strawberry Festival

Photos by Patricia Shallert and Yana Khiyod On Saturday the 18th and 19th of May, the Strawberry Festival came to the Ventura Fairgrounds. It was an exciting and vibrant event that showcased the area’s rich agricultural heritage as it celebrated the delicious and juicy fruit that has become synonymous with this beautiful coastal city. This festival, which […] Read More »

Rotary Presents Awards for Peace Perspectives

by Shirley Lorraine Showcasing extraordinary works of art by high school seniors, the Downtown Rotary Club of Ventura awarded the 6th annual Perspectives on Peace Scholarship Awards on May 22. A full house of Rotarians, awardees and family members, and guests attended the Poinsettia Pavilion to laud the stunning accomplishments of six Artists of Distinction. […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 18 – May 29 – June 11, 2024 - Community Events

Ventura Events: Spring 2024 Patchwork Show: Saturday, June 1, 11am- 5pm. Downtown. The palm tree-lined downtown streets of Ventura features over 50 vendors at California and Main. https://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/ventura/ Mental Wellness Festival Ventura Event: Saturday: June 1, 10:30am – 4:30pm, Ventura Harbor Village Lawn. 2nd Annual Mental Wellness Festival Event. Art Show, Native Plant Exhibit, Live Music, […] Read More »

How the bats saved Mission San Buenaventura

by Richard Senate Fr. Rubio was the rector of the old Mission in Ventura in the mid 19th Century. He saw it as his goal to modernize the church and make it up to date. There was even talk of demolishing the Mission Church and replacing it with a wooden Gothic monstrosity so beloved by Victorians. […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library launched its Read, Renew, Repeat summer reading program on May 15. Participants — kids, teens and adults – may register at vencolibrary.beanstack.org and record their reading with opportunities to win prizes for reaching reading goals. Each branch has a set of 4 Disneyland tickets to give away as a […] Read More »

Oceana and Blancpain Launch Ocean Expedition to Explore and Document Ocean Biodiversity

California Aglaja (Navanax inermis) – a predatory sea slug we found in Santa Barbara Island State Marine Reserve. Photo by Oceana/Blancpain. Beginning April 29, Oceana – in partnership with prestigious Swiss watchmaker, Blancpain – embarked on a five-day ocean expedition around the Northern Channel Islands off California to explore and document biodiversity that makes ocean […] Read More »

A Majestic Sight To See, Tall Ship Mystic Whaler Sails Into Ventura Harbor Village

Adventure, Lore & More Await Visitors  Make your Memorial Day plans to venture seaside to Ventura Harbor Village as the majestic Tall Ship Mystic Whaler makes its voyage into Ventura. Made possible by Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation (CCOAF), the 110-foot schooner will make its journey up the Santa Barbara Channel along the California coast. […] Read More »

California Strawberry Festival Parking: Saturday and Sunday, May 18 & 19, Ventura County Fairgrounds.

STRAWBERRY EXPRESS SHUTTLE SERVICE Avoid traffic delays and parking fees by utilizing the free park ‘n’ ride Strawberry Express Shuttle Service from convenient locations throughout Ventura and Oxnard. Shuttles run on surface streets and have direct access to get you to the Festival fast and help you save on parking. Pick-up and drop-offs run approximately […] Read More »

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

Ventura Events Mental Wellness Festival Ventura Event: Saturday, June, 1st, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm – Ventura Harbor Village 2nd Annual Mental Wellness Festival Event. Art Show, Native Plant Exhibit, Live Music, Yoga & Meditation, Vendors & Info Booths. mentalwellnessfest.com Seaside Marathon. Sunday: May 19, 7 am Course starts at Solimar Beach at 7AM. 29808 […] Read More »

Happy 15th Anniversary to The Ventura Ladies Luncheon 

by Carol Leish, MA Founder, Laurie Ann Meyer said, “I saw a need for a venue where women could gather at lunch time without interrupting their evening or morning schedules to come relax for a nice meal and be served.” That is why I started the group in June 2009 in which ladies’ network and […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County Announces New Events and Museum Closure in May

Wednesday, May 29th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 6 for beer and wine bar), The Museum of Ventura County – Ivor Davis: Up Close and Personal on The Devil in My Friend – Ivor Davis will be in the “hot seat,” facing probing questions from Paul Bishop, a top interrogator from the […] Read More »

Take 5 and Read to Kids! campaign kicking-off

Ventura Conty District Attorney Eric Nasarenko reading to Take5 and Read to Kids children. The eighth annual Take 5 and Read to Kids! campaign will kick-off May 3rd at preschools and various locations throughout Ventura County. More than 50 local celebrity readers will be reading to young children. First 5 Ventura County hosts the free […] Read More »

CAPS digital storytelling summer program 2024

ECTV Students in Control room. The CAPS Digital Storytelling summer program returns this year with week-long sessions July 15-19 and July 29-August 2 for students ages 10-14. Guided by experienced videographers and storytellers, the summer camp crews collaborate in teams of four or five to create their own video productions. The fast paced and engaging […] Read More »

Eco Fest offered a variety of engaging activities

Vendors and advocates for plugging oil and gas wells Hayley Ehlers, Abrah Steward and Brooke Balthasar. by Patricia Schallert On April 28th, 2024, The Ventura Charter School  held their 13th annual Eco Fest. It  was an exciting and educational event that celebrated environmental conservation and sustainability. Held annually, this free festival welcomed the community and aimed to promote […] Read More »

Olivas Adobe Events

Music Under The Stars at the Adobe start on July 13. Sunday, May 5- Olivas Adobe House Tours 11-3pm The Olivas Adobe historic site features the original two-story adobe home of Don Raymundo Olivas built in 1847. Celebrating Ventura’s Rancho and Latino heritage. Located at 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. House tours are $5 for […] Read More »

Earth Day

Yana and a friend enjoying Earth Day. Photos by Yana Khiyod and Patricia Schallert The Earth Day celebration in the City of Ventura held on April 20th at Plaza Park was an exceptional display of community spirit and environmental consciousness. Attendees were treated to an array of attractions, including electric cars, eco-friendly activities, live music, […] Read More »

150 Artisans Will Display Their Designs At 38th Annual California Strawberry Festival

Nicole Dembowich of NZ Designs Studio is creating mugs for the festival. Artisans from California and beyond will display their creations at the 38th Annual California Strawberry Festival, May 18 and 19 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura (10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001). Known for its array of strawberry-themed food and beverages, […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson California State University, Channel Islands Broome Library Lecture Series Faculty from disciplines across the CSUCI campus participate in these unique and informal lectures at local libraries throughout the county as a way to engage with the broader public and participate in community outreach. Events are free and open to the public. Who […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 16 – May 1 – May 14, 2024 - Ojai News & Events

Local Ojai Author Catherine Ann Jones will visit the Ojai Library at 2pm on Saturday, May 25, to give a talk on her book East & West: Stories of India. East & West is a captivating book, in which contrasting and complementary aspects of Indian culture are explored through stories of seekers, stories of ordinary […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 16 – May 1 – May 14, 2024 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Ventura Senior Men’s Group meets from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Any man who considers himself in the “senior” category (and many who don’t) might benefit from a visit to the Ventura Senior Men’s Group.  Buffet luncheon with interesting speakers and good […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 16 – May 1 – May 14, 2024 - On Vacation

Matt and Lark Stevens visited Sydney Australia before taking a cruise to New Zealand. That’s the Sydney Opera House in the background. Read More »

A fresco by Yana Khiyod

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"The doubles sweep was huge"

Ventura College men’s tennis team had a picture-perfect ending. Photo by Larry Gleeson  On a picture-perfect day for tennis, the Ventura College men’s tennis team had a picture-perfect ending to their 2024 season with a 5-0 sweep over American River College from Sacramento in the 3C2A State Championship at the VC Tennis Center. Julian Tellez clinched […] Read More »

The Pigs of the SS Kalorama

The smell of barbecues filled ventura. by Richard Senate In the days before the coming of the railroad, and paved roads, the only dependable means of transportation in Ventura was by sea. The Ventura Pier was built in 1872 so ships could land here to take on cargo and passengers.  But, the plan was to […] Read More »

The Hollywood Jazz Orchestra is coming

The Hollywood Jazz Orchestra (HJO), which has performed in premier L.A. Jazz venues like Catalina’s and LACMA, is bringing their eclectic mix of new and relevant music to Ventura for the first time. The 18-piece Orchestra is led by conductor, composer, arranger Charley Harrison, who has also directed UCLA Jazz Orchestra since 2004. Over the […] Read More »

Ventura Sunrise Optimist Club’s Most Optimistic Community Member

Do you know someone who has inspired you by their optimism? Do you know someone who encourages you to be your best self? Do you know someone who makes a positive difference in the lives of others?  The third annual Most Optimistic Community Member nominations are now being accepted by the Sunrise Optimist Club until […] Read More »

Wild & Scenic Film Festival, is making its return

Ventura Land Trust’s annual flagship event, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, is making its return on Saturday, August 24th! The festival is entering its 15th year and will be held on the lawn of the Ventura County Credit Union headquarters, in Ventura. In addition to nearly two hours of inspiring environmental and activism-focused films, […] Read More »

Caregiver Spotlight

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The MERITO and Hokuloa Outrigger Canoe Club Combined Their Efforts

Nearly sixty 8th-grade students from DATA Middle School navigated the Hokuloa and learned about ocean stewardship.  by Rocío Lozano-Knowlton Executive Director, MERITO Foundation The MERITO Foundation and the Hokuloa Outrigger Canoe Club amplified their impact by combining efforts, expertise, and resources. They worked together to provide meaningful experiences to close to sixty 8th-grade students from […] Read More »

Ventura Police partners with Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

Ventura Police recently partnered with the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation to collect Easter basket donations for local children receiving cancer treatment. Officers Aric Almaguer and Justin Gil made personal deliveries to over 30 families at Ventura County Medical Center. VPD extends its heartfelt appreciation for the generous community support in making this possible! Read More »

SEEAG Hosts Earth Day Plantopia “U-Pick Your Garden” Fundraiser

A perfect opportunity to plant a garden and celebrate Earth Day. Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) will host its 2nd annual Plantopia “U-Pick Your Garden” fundraiser to celebrate Earth Day. The event, held on Saturday, April 27, will raise funds to support SEEAG’s agricultural education programs where students learn about the farm origins of […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 15 – April 17 – April 30, 2024 - Ojai News & Events

Dance Ojai, a newly established dance arts organization, proudly announces the inaugural Ojai World Dance Festival, celebrating cultural diversity and artistic creativity. The festival will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, from 7-9 PM at the iconic Libbey Bowl in Ojai. The Ojai World Dance Festival promises to be a mesmerizing evening of vibrant […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 15 – April 17 – April 30, 2024 - On Vacation

While vacationing in Puerto Vallarta John and Royce took time out from golf to read the Breeze. Read More »

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Vol. 17, No. 15 – April 17 – April 30, 2024 - Community Events

by Ana Baker Ventura Senior Men’s Group meets at the Poinsettia Pavilion from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Any man in the “senior” category (and many who don’t) might benefit from a visit to the Ventura Senior Men’s Group.  Buffet luncheon with interesting speakers and good friends. […] Read More »

Marina Park undergoing reconstruction

by Patricia Schallert Exciting news from Steve Mimiga, Project Manager for the Ventura Water Pure project. “Marina Park is currently undergoing reconstruction to restore its original beauty and functionality, states Mimiga. The sod and mounds are being meticulously reconstructed. With the aim of completing these efforts by Memorial Day weekend. Marina Park is expected to […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson The Ventura County Library Foundation is bringing its Rising from the Ashes Home Tour back for a third year, on Saturday, April 20, 12:00 to 4:00 pm. The “Rising from the Ashes” Home Tour celebrates the strength and solidarity of the Ventura County community following the devastating Thomas Fire. Attendees can look […] Read More »

Buena High School is all shook up

Buena High School is thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited spring musical, “All Shook Up School Edition,” inspired by the timeless tunes of Elvis Presley and featuring a book by Joe DiPietro. Theatre Director Karen Rodrigues expresses her excitement, stating, “We are elated to bring you this lip-curling, hip-swiveling musical.  It is a hilarious comedy […] Read More »

Ventura Charter School hosts 13th annual EcoFest!

Ventura Charter School is excited to once again present Ventura EcoFest, an Earth Day celebration of our planet for the community of Ventura. This family-friendly free event welcomes the community to enjoy good green fun in the form of live performances, a silent auction, a raffle, local vendors and nonprofits, food trucks, eco arts and […] Read More »

Kathy Odell to step down as WEV CEO

Kathy Odell, CEO of Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV), announced her retirement and resignation, effective May 1st, 2024. After five years of dedicated service, Kathy will transition to the role of CEO Emerita, marking the end of a transformative chapter in her career. Under Kathy’s leadership the WEV team has achieved significant milestones and made lasting […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre Company Launches New Special Event Series

Rubicon Theatre Company, celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, is proud to announce the launch of its exciting new special event series, “Ventura Live: Music, Laughter And Comedy,” featuring one-night and short-run concerts, jam sessions, new play readings, magic nights, comedy, and much more. The series runs from May 11 – June 15, 2024. From a […] Read More »

VCCCD and VCOE collaborate in second Dual Enrollment Community of Practice

The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) and the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) recently organized the second Dual Enrollment Community of Practice, emphasizing the importance of designing college pathways for high school students in Ventura County. Held on March 4, 2024, the workshop brought together educators and leaders from both school systems in […] Read More »

Wedding Dress colors and ghostly attire at the Olivas Adobe.

When did white wedding dresses become fashionable? Photo by Michael Gordon by Richard Senate In looking at the photographs of the family in the parlor of the old Olivas Adobe one is struck that many are wedding pictures that depict the brides that are many times not wearing white dresses. That was a tradition that […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society Presents: Wings of Hope: Ventura Audubon's Snowy Plover Awareness Month and Fundraising Drive

Nesting season arrives for the Western snowy plover along Ventura County’s shores, marking a critical time for awareness and conservation efforts. Responding to the challenges posed by habitat changes and human activity, the Ventura Audubon Society introduces a month of awareness events and ‘Raise the Roost,’ an April fundraiser aimed at supporting the protection of […] Read More »

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Mystic Whaler and Central Coast Ocean Adventures join the Southern California Plankton Watch

Awareness of plankton and blooms brought together scientists and informal educators. Central Coast Ocean Adventures Foundation (CCOAF) and the schooner Mystic Whaler are now partners with the Southern California Plankton Watch. Interest and awareness of plankton and blooms brought together scientists and informal educators in the Southern California Bight region to form a volunteer plankton […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Chili Basil Thai Cuisine

A ribbon cutting was held at Chili Basil Thai Cuisine with Ventura Chamber on April 11. They are located in the Victoria Plaza at 6100 Telegraph Rd Ste F. (805) 676-0000 Read More »

Celebrating Excellence: Boys and Girls Club Winners Shine

As each winner took the stage, they shared their personal journeys. by Ross Williams In a heartwarming ceremony that captured the essence of community spirit, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura honored their winners of the 2024 Youth of the Year. The event, held at the Bill LeFevre Center on Johnson Dr, served […] Read More »

Elmhurst Elementary gets ReLeaf

It took a group effort to plant the trees at Elmhurst Elementary School. Photos by Audrey Bancroft by Shirley Lorraine A gathering of local dignitaries, school personnel and others took place on March 28 at Elmhurst Elementary School. They were there to celebrate, with the students, the planting of 15 trees in the school yard. […] Read More »

Foothill Technology High School wins three prestigious journalism awards

Everyone in the publication puts in an equal amount of work. Foothill Technology High School (FTHS), part of the Ventura Unified School District, has achieved a remarkable feat by winning three major national high school journalism awards. The FTHS journalism program stands out as the sole High School program in California to accomplish this achievement […] Read More »

Strawberry Festival winning poster design

Eleven-year-old engineering wiz Gio Basile created the winning poster design for the 38th Annual California Strawberry Festival. This is the first California Strawberry Festival poster design contest since 2020 when the festival was canceled due to the pandemic. Gio’s generative art design was one of 154 entries from around the country. He takes home the […] Read More »

WEV hosted an Award Ceremony

Marisa Aj-Tobar delivering her acceptance speech. On March 20th Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV, pronounced “weave”) hosted an Award Ceremony at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum to grant $412,500 to 55 Hispanic business owners from across Santa Barbara County. 83 entrepreneurs recently completed WEV’s “Emprendimiento” program, an eight-week business skills course taught entirely in Spanish.  […] Read More »

Ivor has lived in Ventura for the past 44 years

Ivor Davis shared his remarkable career. On March 23, the Ventura Breeze presented Ivor Davis at Portside Ventura Harbor where he introduced his latest book 60th anniversary Beatles and Me On Tour. Breeze publisher Sheldon was the moderator for the event. Ivor, who has lived in Ventura for the past 44 years entertained the approximately […] Read More »

Valdez Alley

Photos by Patricia Schallert Walking downtown it is easy to pass by Valdez Alley/Eastwood Park and to just keep walking but you are missing a wonderful experience by not entering it. It is right next to the Albinger Museum on Main St. and across from the County Museum. Valdez is beautiful as you traverse its […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson It’s time for another Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale Saturday, April 6, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Vons at Telegraph & Victoria Children’s books – buy one get one Free (except graphic novels) Puzzles; DVDs and CDs $1.00 each; Books on CD $1.50-$2.00 each California State University, Channel […] Read More »

UFO at Marina Park

The truth of what this wall was covering in Marina Park had finally been revealed. On April 1, while vacationing on Earth this UFO landed at the Park. They wanted to get an “on vacation” photo in the Breeze while vacationing in America so landed here. Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 14 – April 3 – April 16, 2024 - Ojai News & Events

Chamber On The Mountain, a chamber music concert series in Ojai, CA, presents the brilliant young pianist, Dominic Cheli, for a beautiful solo piano performance on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 3:00 pm. The performance takes place in Logan House, located at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Upper Ojai. Tickets $35.00 at […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 14 – April 3 – April 16, 2024 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. There are all levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Contact Richard 805-850-8011, Rose 805-659-9223, or [email protected]. All are Welcome. […] Read More »

Join Us at NAMBA: Where We Unite the Community Through the Power of Performance

Discover the heart of creativity at Namba Performing Arts Space, where the vibrancy of the performing arts comes alive in our community! At NAMBA, we’re more than just a venue; we’re a dynamic space where artists and audiences connect through collaboration, rehearsal, education, and the magic of live performance. This April, immerse yourself in dance […] Read More »

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A Night to Remember: Ventura Prom 2024

The night was also filled with dazzling attire, hairstyling and makeup. by Patricia Schallert On March 8th, 2024, Mission Church hosted an unforgettable prom for students (aged 12 to 25) with disabilities from all over Ventura County. The aim was to create a stress-free and enjoyable experience in a safe and inclusive space for students […] Read More »

New Art City Theatre Welcomes Sally Struthers

Bev and Kirby Ward are co-founders of Art City. New Art City Theatre, Ventura County’s newest professional theatre, is pleased to announce Festival ’24, the company’s inaugural festival of new works. Festival ’24 runs April 25th through 28th at The Museum of Ventura County. Beverly Ward and Kirby Ward, the founders and Co-Producing Artistic Directors, […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson It’s time for another Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale Saturday, April 6, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Vons at Telegraph & Victoria Children’s books – buy one get one Free (except graphic novels) Puzzles; DVDs and CDs $1.00 each; Books on CD $1.50-$2.00 each BUNNY BONANZA HUNT at […] Read More »

Taking down the sound wall

All of this will be removed shortly. by Patricia Schallert Exciting news! The time has come to bid farewell to the sound wall at Marina Park. In a momentous decision, the authorities have decided to take down the sound wall to bring back the natural beauty of the park and to restore it to its […] Read More »

Ventura Botanical Gardens Hosts Inaugural Plein Air Event

Spring Walkway Among the Trees by Barbara Brown “Cross Pollination” is the first annual Plein Air Invitational paint out hosted by the Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG). Over the weekend of April 6th & 7th, thirteen gifted regional artists will create original artworks depicting the flora, fauna, landforms, and panoramic vistas of the gardens. From the […] Read More »

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Neuroboxing at Portside Ventura Harbor

In our last issue this photo was too small to really see these folks. They are Mike Christie working out with Patty Harrison at Neuroboxing located at Portside Ventura Harbor. Read More »

VenturaRocks.com’s 15th Anniversary Party

I got to celebrate Pam Baumgardner’s VenturaRocks.com’s 15th anniversary party and even got a hug out of it (lucky me). Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 13 – Mar 20 – April 2, 2024 - On Vacation

Candy and Tom Curly reading the Breeze in Rancho Cucamonga, California Read More »

Parkinson’s support group bingo and talent show to Ventura

Attendees enjoyed the thrill of bingo and talented performances. by Patricia Schallert Calendars were marked and the crowd arrived. The Parkinson’s Foundation and the Ventura County Neuro-fitness Center Bingo/Talent Show aimed at supporting the mission to improve care and advance research for Parkinson’s disease and to support fundraising efforts for the Parkinson’s Foundation. On Friday, […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 13 – Mar 20 – April 2, 2024 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. There are all levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Contact Richard 805-850-8011, Rose 805-659-9223, or [email protected]. All are Welcome. […] Read More »

Pier Closure Update

Pier remains closed. Photos by Patricia Schallert The iconic Ventura Pier, a cherished local landmark, has faced unprecedented challenges in the last year, leading to its closure to the public in January 2023. The closure was necessitated by significant storm damage that raised serious safety concerns. Despite setbacks, the City of Ventura has been unwavering […] Read More »

The celebration of Purim

Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from annihilation at the hands of an official of the Achaemenid Empire named Haman, as it is recounted in the Book of Esther (usually dated to the 5th century BCE). It will be held on March 23 this year. Haman was the […] Read More »

CAPS premieres ReCaps – a special series of Ventura storytelling

On Monday, April 1 CAPS is launching ReCAPS On Monday, April 1 CAPS is launching ReCAPS, a very special weekly series of original programs featuring storytellers throughout Ventura County. Every Monday night at 7pm a new edition of ReCAPS will premiere on CAPS Channel 6 and stream online, with stories and histories by a variety […] Read More »

The Lore of the Olivas Owls

Olivas Adobe have been for decades the home of a family of Great Horned Owls. by Richard Senate The large eucalyptus trees that grow near the Olivas Adobe have been, for decades the home of a family of Great Horned Owls. They are the largest of the owl family and they are called “great horned” […] Read More »

Car drivers can learn green driving from ship captains

Ships greatly decrease the likelihood of striking whales with their ships. by David Goldstein Ship captains are reducing the speed of large vessels passing through the channel off our coast, providing three environmental benefits. They cut fuel consumption, reduce air pollution, and. This program expanded last year, despite the end of financial incentives for participation. […] Read More »

Shamrocks & Shenanigans St. Pats Parade

Photos by Michael Gordon This year’s theme for the St. Pats Parade was “Shamrocks & Shenanigans,” giving parade participants an invitation to embrace their inner leprechaun with whimsy and mischief in the creation of their parade entries. The Grand Marshal was Elena Brokaw, Executive Director of the Museum of Ventura County. Elena is a perennial […] Read More »

Pacifica High School earned college scholarships

Over 250 students from across California showcased their skills, Talented teens from Pacifica High School earned college scholarships at the California Restaurant Foundation’s 2024 ProStart Cup presented by Wienerschnitzel, a culinary arts and restaurant entrepreneurship competition held on February 21 and 22 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Over 250 students from across California showcased […] Read More »

Art Based Scholarship for VUSD 12th Graders Due March 27

Rotary Club of Ventura is excited to offer the Staci Johnson Ingram Memorial Perspectives on Peace Scholarship for Ventura Unified 12th graders who will be pursuing higher education and/or career training. In the 6th year, the scholarship asks students to provide an artistic response for their thoughts on peace. The Perspectives on Peace Scholarship embraces […] Read More »

SEEAG’s “Bus Bucks” Fundraiser For Student Farm Field Trips

For each Farm Lab field trip, SEEAG gives schools $300 for bus expenses. Each year, elementary school students travel by bus to Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture’s (SEEAG) free Farm Lab program at Petty Ranch in Ventura and Allan Hancock College’s Demonstration Orchard in Santa Maria. While at the farms, students learn about the farm […] Read More »

St. Bonaventure football team recognized by City Council Meeting

The St. Bonaventure football team was recognized at the February 13 City Council Meeting for their recent season, where they secured a 12-4 overall record for 2023. This past September, the Seraphs took home the CIF Division 3 Champions title in a dramatic win for the first time in 15 years. Read More »

Golden China demo completed

After being shuttered for many years the Golden China restaurant if finally gone. The 120-unit Marriott Residential Inn next to it is in the final construction phase. Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 12 – Mar 6 – Mar 19, 2024 - Ojai News & Events

Ojai Events Dance Ojai, a newly established dance arts organization, proudly announces the inaugural Ojai World Dance Festival, celebrating cultural diversity and artistic creativity. The festival will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, from 7-9 PM at the iconic Libbey Bowl in Ojai, California. The Ojai World Dance Festival promises to be a mesmerizing evening of […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 12 – Mar 6 – Mar 19, 2024 - On Vacation

Terry and Taylor Brelsford reading the Breeze in the Knoxville, Tennessee airport waiting to board. Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 12 – Mar 6 – Mar 19, 2024 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The “Ventura High School Class of 71 Turns 71” Reunion will be held on June 22,2024, at the Pierpont Raquet Club (500 Sanjon Rd. Vta) from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and light appetizers will be served. Please RSVP by June 1st to: [email protected] $50 per person-payment information to follow your […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura author P. Scott Corbett will visit the Ojai Library at 2 pm on Saturday, March 23, to talk about his new trilogy of books: Harvest of Hunger, Fortune’s Retrieval, and Pursuing Shadows. Meet the author who turned a lifelong passion for writing, China, and Asia into compelling historical fiction. Hear him […] Read More »

“The British are coming! The British are coming!"

On March 23, at 1pm, Ventura “historian” and author Ivor Davis will introduce his new 60th anniversary “Beatles and Me On Tour” book—and promises to reveal all– despite the consequences. The true story behind the story. The presentation will be at the Portside Ventura Harbor located at 1196 Portside and Schooner Dr. His presentation is […] Read More »

New Art City Theatre: Pioneering Theatre Company Announces Inaugural Festival

New Art City Theatre’s (NACT) inaugural playwrights’ festival will be held April 25 – 28, 2024 at the Museum of Ventura County. NACT is dedicated to the development of new theatrical works. Festival ’24 is free to the community. “Too often, professional theatre is out of reach of people who’d love to see it. Keeping […] Read More »

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Mike Christie: Searching for sea glass and simplicity

by Mira Reverente Friendly and upbeat, Mike Christie can easily put strangers and acquaintances at ease with his ready smile and his repertoire of jokes. He readily talks about his day and what brought him to Neuroboxing Fight Camp at Portside Ventura Harbor. “A friend told me about these no-contact boxing classes for people with […] Read More »

Bingo Night Fundraiser for The Parkinson’s Foundation

It’s time to mark your calendars! The Parkinson’s Foundation and the Ventura County Neurofitness Center are hosting a Bingo/Talent Show to support fundraising efforts for the Parkinson’s Foundation. The event will be held Friday, March 15th from 7-9pm at the Ventura Marina Community Clubhouse located at 1215 Anchors Way in Ventura. The event will include 5 […] Read More »

Ventura Pier repairs after storm damage

Photo by Michael Gordon The Ventura Pier is being repaired from large wave damage.   Read More »

The Red Box on Anchors Way

by Patricia Schallert If you drive, walk or bike down Anchors Way, you might happen to see a big red box and no, it’s not for old DVD’s or CD’s. It’s called a Baker tank and it is commonly used in construction  for the purpose of holding groundwater. It is large and durable red container designed to store […] Read More »

Valdez Alley echoes Ventura's history

by Richard Senate Perhaps a simple instructive sign should be installed on Main Street to let visitors and local residents know the importance of this small walkway, Just down from the Old Mission, it dates back long before the coming of the Spanish Padres. It was used by the Chumash people. It is named for […] Read More »

Soft limits for soft back book recycling, hard limits for hard cover: Reuse is best

by David Goldstein Book reuse, rather than book recycling, should be our first resort for discarded books. Books free of mold, mildew or water stains may be donated to thrift stores; sold on sites such as eBay, Craigslist, or OfferUp; given away to a Friends of the Library organization or through sites such as Freecycle […] Read More »

The streets in Ventura are very confusing.

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Join the parade, on March 16!

Surf Rodeo float riders waving to the crowd. Photo by Brendan Daly/WhizCom Marketing If you’d like to roll down Main Street in the 2024 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the time to sign up is now. Entry deadline is Thursday, March 7. Presented annually by Ventura Elks Lodge No. 1430, the parade will commence […] Read More »

Home Improvement & Outdoor Living Expo: Free Admission at Ventura County Fairgrounds

Cazita Backyard Cabana on display at the Fairgrounds Looking for a tiny house, kitchen remodel or total home makeover? Find these and much more at the Ventura Home Improvement & Outdoor Living Expo, taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 23, 24 and 25 at Ventura Fairgrounds. Admission is free for this fun and informative […] Read More »

Portside Ventura Harbor Celebrates Milestones and Memorable Events

Portside Ventura Harbor celebrated a remarkable year in 2023, marked by significant milestones, community engagement, and memorable events that solidified its position as a vibrant hub in the Ventura area. Portside Ventura Harbor celebrated their ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce, symbolizing the dawn of a new era for Portside Ventura Harbor. Two […] Read More »

The Ventura Gem Show is the society’s major fund-raising event

The Ventura Gem Show has been a fun family event for six decades. The Ventura Gem Show is taking place March 2 & 3 (10am–5pm, Saturday; 10am–4pm, Sunday) at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura). The show is open to the public and admission is free (note: the Fairgrounds charges a parking […] Read More »

“The British are coming! The British are coming!"

On March 23, at 1pm, Ventura “historian” and author Ivor Davis will introduce his new 60th anniversary “Beatles and Me On Tour” book—and promises to reveal all– despite the consequences. The true story behind the story. Sixty years ago an unlikely quartet from England—Liverpool to be precise—invaded America—and conquered the nation in what turned out […] Read More »

A Night to Remember

Mission Church is hosting the ninth annual A Night to Remember, a free prom for students with disabilities, to be held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds Friday, March 8th beginning at 6:30 p.m. Night to Remember was started in 2012 and after a brief pause during the Covid pandemic is finally back! “There is nothing […] Read More »

Vern Stewart: Living Life On His Own Terms

“A diagnosis is not the end,” says Stewart. by Mira Reverente Vern Stewart is used to the dizzying twists and turns of life. He majored in art but ended up working as a fund manager, catering to over 400 investors and making multi-million dollar deals. He spent a majority of his career working in the […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 11 – Feb 21 – Mar 5, 2024 - On Vacation

Jill Forman is in Sierra Vista Arizona for her granddaughter Jocelyn’s graduation from Army Tech School while sharing the Breeze with the Army.  Read More »

Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre Company Presents Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground

As part of its 25th Anniversary Season, Rubicon Theatre, the region’s award-winning not-for-profit professional theatre company, announces Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground, a riveting, one-person play starring Tony Award-winner John Rubinstein (Pippin, Children of a Lesser God). The production is set to open the week of President’s Day and runs from February 21 through March […] Read More »

A Valentine’s Card

Jeffrey Russell  Dearest Ventura…. You’re our coastal beloved, Romantic Pacific view, A Valentine’s Hug. where….. Sand crabs applaud, Starfish embrace with a squeeze, Seals giggle and clap, Your love is deeper than the ocean. for…. Between the tides…. There’s a beachfront city, Natures holiday hug A Happy Valentine’s Day. Your secret Admirer…. I have found […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 11 – Feb 21 – Mar 5, 2024 - Ojai News & Events

Ojai Happenings Author J. Andre Boles will visit the Ojai Library at 2pm on Saturday, March 2, 2024, to talk about his books Monster on Gypsy Hill and Piercing the Lion Heart. Monster on Gypsy Hill is the true crime tale of the search for the killer or killers of six pretty, young, middle-class women […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 11 – Feb 21 – Mar 5, 2024 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. All levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Contact: Richard 805-850-8011, Rose 805-659-9223, or [email protected]. All Welcome. The Ventura County […] Read More »

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Launched in 2017 the vibrant radio division of CAPS Media has grown steadily

Happy 7th Birthday KPPQ Radio! CAPS Media’s KPPQ-LP Radio station celebrated a major milestone in February: 7 years of delivering non-stop, award-winning original and specially curated programming and entertainment to local Ventura and worldwide listeners. KPPQ-LP FM 104.1 is Ventura’s only non-commercial, community radio station. The CAPS Media station belongs to the public and reaches […] Read More »

When Squid Season Is Upon Us

Why are squid such an important pursuit? by Nella Nelson The chugging and clanging of massive metallic vessels loaded with heavy equipment and lights are making a presence in our harbor. You may recognize that they are squid boats, making their annual voyage, some from as far as Alaska, and returning with bounteous catches of […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair asks the community to determine this year’s fair theme

The fair is celebrating 150 years of heritage, history, and community. The Ventura County Fairgrounds is excited to announce the 2024 Ventura County Fair 150th Theme Contest . The Ventura County Fair is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2024, including a series of events and contests leading up to the annual Ventura County Fair July […] Read More »

MVC Adds Three New Members to its Esteemed Board of Directors

The Museum of Ventura County is pleased to announce the appointment of three distinguished individuals to its Board of Directors, each bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to contribute to the cultural enrichment and growth of the Museum and our county.   Dr. Sevet Johnson, the County Executive Officer of Ventura County, brings extensive […] Read More »

Ventura once had a vibrant Chinese community

A colorful mural, just a block south of the old Mission San Buenaventura. by Richard Senate On February 10, is the Chinese New Year according to the lunar calendar. This year the animal, of the twelve sacred animals, used to define the year is the dragon, a symbol of great change and dramatic events. Few […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 10 – Feb 7 – Feb 20, 2024 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. All levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Contact: Richard 805-850-8011, Rose 805-659-9223, or [email protected]. All Welcome. The Ventura County […] Read More »

Business Profile: Joe Parisi, Residential Loan Officer

After more than two decades of commuting from the San Fernando Valley to C Street for surf sessions, Joe Parisi, alongside his wife Tammy of 46 years, decided to permanently relocate to Ventura. Eight years ago, they invested in a weekend home in the Ventura Keys, savoring the local vibe, surf spots, and fulfilling Joe’s […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson The Ventura Friends of the Library Bookstore in E.P. Foster Library 2nd Look Books will be open 7 days a week, beginning in February Monday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. If you are visiting E.P. Foster Library for storytime on Monday mornings (10:30 am), we invite you to […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 10 – Feb 7 – Feb 20, 2024 - On Vacation

Jim, Emily and Janet Mcglaughlin reading the Breeze at the Pierpont Yacht Club on their visit to Ventura  from Anchorage, Alaska.  Read More »

Bill Kelley, a retired senior is nine years post cancer

by Patricia Schallert Bill is a retired 67-year-old gentleman, originally from the San Fernando Valley. He used to vacation in Ventura with his sons and fell in love with Ventura and the cool weather. While living in Northridge, he operated a successful food truck called Smokin’ Willies BBQ. He also worked for Warner Bros. for […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County announces changes in admission policy

The Museum of Ventura County extends heartfelt gratitude to our vibrant community for its unwavering generosity, allowing us to offer free admission throughout 2023. As we look ahead to the new year, the Museum of Ventura County, Downtown Ventura location, will undergo a transition in its admission policy beginning February 1, 2024. The grant that […] Read More »

Supporting the Ventura Downtown Lions Club's

Over $1300 was raised. On Friday, February 2, the Ventura Downtown Lions hosted a Friday Night Social at the Portside Ventura Harbor community that realized their vision for an enjoyable evening, evolving into a larger community gathering with a noble cause – supporting the Ventura Downtown Lions Club’s Admin Account. The event featured dance lessons […] Read More »

Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters held their annual celebration

DA Erik Nasarenko installed the new officers. On January 20, the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters held their annual celebration and installation of officers dinner at the Ventura Marina Park Clubhouse. Appetizers, drinks and dinner prepared by the docents was served. Prior to the installation A Steal That Gift Game and an auction for fine art […] Read More »

A new sign was erected at the entrance to the Skyline Community

Barbara Brown and Doug Halter pose in front of the newly erected sign. Photos by Richard Lieberman by Richard Lieberman Barbara Brown, a neighbor in the Skyline community and Chair of the College Area Community Council led the effort to replace a sign at the entrance of the Skyline community. A prior attempt started in […] Read More »

Spiking to success in the sand

Beach volleyball at Portside Ventura Harbor courts top row Greg, Holly, Chi, Eli, Josh, Kelly, Jason. Bottom row Jeanine, Kristen, Ashley, Andrew. And the dog is Drake! by Patricia Schallert Volleyball is an exciting sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages. It requires teamwork, coordination, and skill. The object of the game is […] Read More »

Congratulating the Success of New Ventures at Portside Ventura Harbor

The arrival of Crave Gelato Kofi Bar last year enchanted locals with delicious drinks, gelato, pastries, and focaccia bread. Harbor Mart also became a local favorite with their extensive wine collection, impressive deli, and diverse snacks from around the world. Upcoming Community Events: As we step into the new year, Portside Ventura Harbor embraces a […] Read More »

CoverlyPro unveils fresh new looks

CoverlyPro has lent its voice to elevate brands throughout Ventura County and the region since 2010, and today unveils a fresh new look and revitalized website for itself. The project was completed with collaboration from the entire CoverlyPro team, resulting in a new logo, vibrant color palette, refreshed website, and guiding philosophy, “It’s not what […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 09 – Jan 24 – Feb 6, 2024 - On Vacation

John and Bebe Johnston enjoying the Breeze at the  Barcelona Riviera Maya resort on the Yucatán peninsula.  Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library has initiated a new phone system. To reach any branch, dial 805 626-READ. The friendly person who answers the phone can assist you with many basic services, including helping you renew a book or place a book on hold, updating your library account, providing operating locations and hours, and […] Read More »

“The Path to Girl Scouts”

by Juliette Nasarenko Girl Scouts have been thriving since 1924! The Girl Scout program in Ventura County fall under the Girl Scouts of the California Central Coast (GSCCC) which is comprised of Ventura County, Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, San Benito County, San Luis Obispo County, and Santa Barbara County. The Central Coast has a […] Read More »

Dance social at Portside to support Downtown Lions Clubs

“When there’s a need, there’s a Lion,” echoing the spirit of the Lions Club where individuals unite for a shared passion in community service, guided by the mantra “We Serve.” So, when a group of friends in the close-knit Portside community set out to plan a simple dance social for a night of fun, their […] Read More »

Business Profile: Expert in Accounting and Business Advisory Transforming Enterprises

In the dynamic world of business, having an expert who not only understands the numbers but also the unique needs of each company is invaluable. In this context, we highlight Rosi Barragan, a Certified Public Accountant with an impressive track record in creating and advising small businesses. With studies in International Business and Marketing, Rosi […] Read More »

Business Profile: CRAVE introduces "ROAST & AROMA"

The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting at CRAVE. The development of Gelato Kofi Bar’s captivating design unfolded serendipitously, marked by meaningful encounters with skilled artisans that blossomed into cherished friendships and mentorships. This unique connection shaped the foundation of CRAVE’s distinct approach. They celebrated the New Year with a Ribbon Cutting on January 12th, […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 09 – Jan 24 – Feb 6, 2024 - Community Events

The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcomed to stop in to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL sanctioned duplicate […] Read More »

Landmarks of Midtown Ventura

“Atoms for Peace” reflects the dream that atomic power would solve all of our energy problems. by Richard Senate The city of Ventura is really three cities, The largest section is called midtown. Most of our history is found in the West End, or Old Town, but Mid-town has a great many overlooked historic sites […] Read More »

Business Profile: Portside Ventura Harbor 2023 Recap: A Year of Community and Growth

In the vibrant heart of Portside Ventura Harbor, 2023 was a year filled with growth, community engagement, and exciting new developments. New Addition: Crave Gelato Kofi Bar: A standout introduction to our vibrant community was the addition of Crave Gelato Kofi Bar. Offering a delightful array of organic drinks, gelato, pastries, and focaccia bread, Crave […] Read More »

Join the Creative Team at CAPS

Happy New Year from CAPS. We are looking forward to another entertaining, educational, and productive year serving the Ventura community. We encourage everyone in Ventura to join us and take advantage of the limitless creative opportunities and resources available at the CAPS Media Center. To see and experience what CAPS has to offer we invite […] Read More »

“The British are coming! The British are coming!"

That was the warning the brave and legendary Paul Revere announced as he galloped through the streets of Concord over three hundred years ago warning the populace about the threat of a British invasion. Now the Brits have had their sweet revenge. Sixty years ago an unlikely quartet from England—Liverpool to be precise—invaded America—and conquered […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson It’s time for another Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale Saturday, January 27 , 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Vons at Telegraph & Victoria Fiction, Non-fiction, Children’s, Manga, Comic Books, Graphic Novels Puzzles, Audiobooks, DVDs & CDs Local Authors visit Ojai Library (111 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai) Therese Marie Duncan will visit […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 08 – Jan 10 – Jan 23, 2024 - Ojai News & Events

Ojai events Local Ojai author Joseph M. Puglia will visit the Ojai Library at 2pm on Saturday, January 27, 2 to talk about his books Girl with the Purple Ribbon, Always Return, Redemption, and Campfires with Dr. Joe. In his novels, Puglia’s characters find the things that matter, hold on to them, fight for them, […] Read More »

Young readers enjoy the Breeze

Photo by Patricia Schallert 10 year old Lila Lindgren- Busch and Daisey Willis are reading the Breeze at the Harbor Cove Cafe while drinking some hot chocolate. Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 08 – Jan 10 – Jan 23, 2024 - Community Events

by Ana Baker Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. All levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Contact: Richard 805-850-8011, Rose 805-659-9223, or [email protected]. All Welcome. The Ventura County Philatelic […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 08 – Jan 10 – Jan 23, 2024 - On Vacation

Breeze journalist Sheli Ellsworth even reads the Breeze at the Thurston lava tube Kilauea, Hawaii in the rain. Read More »

The Power of Love

An 80’s themed FUN-raising dance supporting Kids & Families Together We are thrilled to invite you to join us for our fifth annual fundraising event for Kids & Families Together! This year’s event, The Power of Love ~ an 80’s themed FUN-raising dance, will carry you back-in-time to the decade of the boom box, the […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 08 – Jan 10 – Jan 23, 2024 - On Vacation

She wouldn’t exactly call this a vacation but for a minimally invasive Achilles tendon repair, Dulce Setterfield went to LA County, and brought the Breeze with her to read while she was waiting to see the doctor. Read More »

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces 2024 honorees

Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) is pleased to announce the 2024 Journey to Leadership Awards honorees, recognizing five outstanding community leaders for their contributions to Ventura County. Save the date – Thursday, April 25th the community will join together to honor these local leaders at the Serra Center in Camarillo. Business of the Year – […] Read More »

Our Ventura TV announces 2024 special series on "Optimal Aging"

“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” – Andy Rooney For 2024, Our Ventura TV will be featuring a special series of interviews highlighting Optimal Aging and exploring the art of overcoming challenges while embracing a vibrant and fulfilling […] Read More »

Saintly Padre once served at Mission San Buenaventura

by Richard Senate New England writer Helen Hunt Jackson visited this area in the late 19th century collecting information for her classic romance Ramona. In her travels she met a Franciscan Padre who was seen by all as a living saint for his pious ways and kindness to all. His name was Fr. Francisco de […] Read More »

Free tutor training for adults (18 and over)

Tutoring adults who want to learn or improve their English and learn about American culture. Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. 1500 Palma Drive, Ventura. Make a difference in one person’s life. Become a tutor.  Laubach Literacy of Ventura County provides free tutoring and tutor training to adults for English as a […] Read More »

Business Profile: Strategic Path Financial Group

Tom A. Tyo, MBA, expertly intertwines his lifelong passion for sports, notably soccer, with a distinguished role as an advanced referee with the United States Soccer Federation. Beyond his professional pursuits, Tom is committed to instilling the vital importance of financial planning within his family. Navigating the complexities of financial management, he underscores the necessity […] Read More »

Event held for retiring Executive Director Susan Scott

Ventura Music Festival has new Executive Director Laĺe Welsh. by Shirley Lorraine The Ventura Music Festival is now entering its 29th season of providing high quality concerts of all types to the Ventura community. Following a rousing holiday concert by We Four Kings, held at the Ventura Missionary Church on December 10, a heartfelt thank […] Read More »

Participants put on Santa Claus or elf costumes

Santa Paddle is a whimsical tradition of the holiday season. by Patricia Schallert Santa Paddle in Ventura Harbor is a yearly whimsical tradition that brings a unique twist to the holiday season. In this charming event, participants put on Santa Claus or elf costumes and take to the waters of Ventura Harbor on stand-up paddle […] Read More »

An event to remember

Boats, carnival rides, snow and fireworks. Photos by Patrcia Schallert and others Ventura Harbor’s 46th Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks was an event to remember and boasted 56 boats in total that participated in the parade – the most in recent history! Each night, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 & 16, more than 42 […] Read More »

Zoppe’ Circus at The Fairgrounds

If you haven’t witnessed the magic of Zoppé, there’s still time. Embark on a captivating journey into the enchanting world of Zoppé, a family circus that promises an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the joy and warmth of Italian hospitality as Zoppé Circus unfolds before you, bringing together a dazzling array of talents from around […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson The Ventura County Library has announced that they have been awarded a Building Forward Library Facilities Improvement Grant in the amount of $1,5400,001 from the California State Library for the Ray D. Prueter Library in Port Hueneme. These grants are intended to address critical maintenance needs, improve energy efficiency and sustainability, and […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 07 – Dec 27, 2023 – Jan 9, 2024 - On Vacation

While vacationing in Cancun John and Bebe caught up with the Ventura news. Read More »

A very busy 2023 for Caps Media

The entire CAPS Media Crew offer our thanks to everyone in Ventura and Ventura County for their tremendous support throughout 2023. All year long CAPS Media crews provided production services for the entire community and created informative, educational, and engaging productions with Ventura City staff and agencies throughout the county. For the City, CAPS operations […] Read More »

A Message from Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura CEO, Patti Birmingham:

The holiday season brings thoughts of loved ones and those who mean the most to us. At the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, this includes all the incredible community supporters that help make dreams for our kids come true!  For those of you who have shared your time, talents, and treasure with us in […] Read More »

Some remarkable people rest at Ventura's Ivy Lawn

by Richard Senate A visit to the Ivy Lawn Cemetery is a a journey back to the very roots of our history because many unique and special people rest here. As the fall Season is here cemeteries and graveyards are highlighted in advertisings and media at this time of year so a look at who […] Read More »

The Rotary Club of Ventura fourth annual holiday event

Approximately 500 children attended with their families. The Rotary Club of Ventura co-hosted its fourth annual Holiday Event for Ventura Westside Families on Saturday, December 16, 2023.  Approximately 500 children attended with their families and received free coats, toys, earrings for mom, a food box, a hot lunch, and a photo opportunity with Santa and […] Read More »

Christmas Came Early!

Volunteers gathered to help decorate, sort toys and be personal shoppers. Christmas came a little early this holiday season as Mission Church partnered with James Storehouse, an organization that supports children in foster care from the crib to college, to host a free holiday shopping experience for families who have been assigned a social worker […] Read More »

Breeze staff enjoy Santa Paddle

During the Santa Paddle Breeze staff members Patricia Schallert and Yana Khiyod were invited on this private boat to be part of the fun. Read More »

Museum relaunches its 100% tax deductible membership program

The Museum of Ventura County (MVC) is thrilled to announce the relaunch of its Membership Program. MVC’s updated Membership Program features accessible payment options, two new membership levels, and an expanded selection of member events and benefits. As admission fees are reinstated at MVC’s Downtown Ventura campus in 2024, the relaunched Membership Program affords visitors […] Read More »

The funds were announced to cheers from Rubicon’s opening night audience

Ventura County Supervisor Matt LaVere, Ventura City Councilmember and Rubicon Board President Doug Halter, State Senator Monique Limón, Rubicon Co-Founder and Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and State Assemblymember Steve Bennett with a big check. Photo by Lauren Haar. On Saturday, December 9, California State Senator Monique Limón and Assemblymember Steve Bennett presented a check for […] Read More »

Ventura County's Total Futbol Academy Youth Soccer Team: A force to be reckoned with

These young athletes demonstrate unwavering dedication to their sport. In the heart of Ventura County, an unassuming youth soccer team is quietly making waves on the national stage. These young athletes, representing the club team TFA (Total Futbol Academy), are between the ages of 9 and 10 years old, yet they have already demonstrated exceptional […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 06 – Dec 13 – Dec 26, 2023 - On Vacation

While waiting on 34th St, NYC for the Macy’s parade Eugene Peck found time to read the Breeze. Read More »

Mission Church's Christmas Party Extravaganza Illuminates Hearts and Sparks Holiday Giving

Nearly a thousand people gathered to revel in the festivities. On December 1, as festivities adorned Downtown Ventura with the annual tree lighting event, an enchanting celebration unfolded on the opposite side of town – Mission Church’s Christmas Party Extravaganza! This heartwarming spectacle left hearts aglow amid the magic of the season. Nearly a thousand […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County presents “Winter”

The Museum of Ventura County is excited to present a new exhibit, “Winter,” featuring figures from the popular George Stuart Historical Figures® Collection. The exhibit includes miniature depictions of life through six cultures from around the world and throughout time including Russia, Norse Scandinavia, Qing Dynasty China, Winter at Valley Forge, Victorian England, and the […] Read More »

The main house and small adobe still exists

What was the Olivas Adobe like long ago? by Richard Senate The main house and small adobe still exists, as does the wall but little more still stands. Letters and news stories give some hints as do census reports of what it was like. It was clearly a complex of structures, as were most ranches […] Read More »

Business Profile: ABC Rugs Kilims: Weaving Stories of Tradition and Elegance in Oxnard

ABC Rugs Kilims is more than just rugs. Located in Oxnard, ABC Rugs Kilims is not just a store but a testament to the rich tapestry of life, culture, and art. Founded by Mano Zandi in 1975, the journey began in Spain, where his love for art and rugs took root. Since then, ABC Rugs […] Read More »

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

Photo by Patricia Schallert The annual Holiday Tree Lighting returned to Downtown Ventura on Friday, December 1. The festive night included: Choir performances Visit from Santa Snow in Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting Read More »

Local entrepreneur transforms passion into thriving beauty business

The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting at Ambitious Beauty on December 9. In 2019, Kimberly Ramos embarked on a journey that transformed her passion into a successful beauty business. Initially working a 9-5 job, Kimberly’s pivotal moment occurred during a trip to Mexico, where a less experienced beautician sparked her interest in nail art. […] Read More »

Annual Holiday Seasonal Tuba Tunes

Photo by Jill Forman The annual holiday event features tuba and euphonium musicians playing seasonal tunes. Fun for the whole family. Read More »

Business Profile: Crumbl Cookies opens in Ventura

Zins has taken her love and passion for baking and turned it into a career. Crumbl Cookies, a gourmet cookie store, has been serving Oxnard since 2022 and is now open in Ventura! With their iconic pink boxes and unique rotating menu, Crumbl is sure to have a flavor for everyone. Local Crumbl franchise owner […] Read More »

Happy Holidays from Visit Ventura

Visit Ventura Team wishes you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season. 2023 has been our year. Stronger than ever, with our community at the forefront, we have a lot to be proud of. Visitation and economic development through tourism are thriving… and we couldn’t do it without you. This year we did what we […] Read More »

River Community Church in Ventura: A Beacon of Hope in Thanksgiving and Beyond

“We could not do what we do without the support of our dedicated volunteers.” In the heart of Ventura, California, the River Community Church stands as a testament to the power of community and compassion. Led by Pastor Jim Duran, this church has been a steadfast source of support for the under-resourced community for many […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura Friends of the Library Bookstore, 2nd Look Books, in E.P. Foster Library is ready to welcome Christmas shoppers Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays, 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You can find great bargains in gently used children’s books, cooking and craft books, audio books and books with […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 06 – Dec 13 – Dec 26, 2023 - Community Events

The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcomed to stop in to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL sanctioned duplicate […] Read More »

Girl Scouts Presents: Winter Wonderland

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast serves over 8,800 girls across six counties. The Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) welcomes all to experience an enchanting Winter Wonderland this Holiday Season at Camp Arnaz. Immerse yourself in the sights of thousands of twinkling lights and holiday music as Camp Arnaz is transformed into a […] Read More »

Last Natural History Walk of 2023 with Lanny Kaufer

Topa Topa Bluffs as seen from Taft Nature Preserve by Alexandra Nicklin Ojai author-naturalist Lanny Kaufer will lead the last of this year’s monthly Natural History Walks at Taft Gardens and Nature Preserve on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. His group will explore trails through the wild parts of the property, […] Read More »

Lost Olivas cannon ball

by Richard Senate In 1928, when Mayor Max Fleishmann was restoring the Olivas Adobe he had purchased, they found a small iron cannon ball stuck in the wall of the old kitchen thick adobe wall. It was seen as a curious artifact and presented to the mayor. He gave it to the Historical Museum in […] Read More »

Ventura Bike Depot: A Legacy of Passion, Service, and Community Involvement

Ventura Bike Depot, a hidden gem, has been enriching the cycling experience for locals and visitors alike for nearly two decades. Ventura Bike Depot, established in 2003 by Shelley Sund, has become an iconic destination for bicycle enthusiasts and a testament to the power of community involvement. Shelley Sund, originally from Seattle, is not just […] Read More »

Even the birds celebrated Veterans Day

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Vol. 17, No. 05 – Nov 29 – Dec 12, 2023 - On Vacation

Priscilla Holmes and Rob Schleef of Ventura display the Breeze to the unfinished Sagrada Familia, one of the seven wonders of the world in Barcelona, Spain. Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 05 – Nov 29 – Dec 12, 2023 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Men of all descriptions are welcome to stop to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for […] Read More »

Aloha Steakhouse - The Spirit of Thanksgiving

This was not your typical Thanksgiving feeding in a large warehouse . This past Thanksgiving, residents at Tender Life Maternity Home and The City Center Transitional Living, as well as some under-resourced families served by The River Community Church, were extremely blessed with a free Thanksgiving meal. This was not your typical Thanksgiving feeding in […] Read More »

Around Town

A good thing this sign is there or people would be parking on the sidewalk. Read More »

Ojai in the news

Ojai offers an enticing array of outdoor activities including golf, tennis, bicycling, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and hiking in Southern California. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy offers dozens of miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians, all centrally located near downtown. Nearby Los Padres National Forest presents opportunities for hiking, climbing, camping, fishing […] Read More »

The Festival of the Lights, 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 will start on sundown on Dec. 7 and end on Dec.15. […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson On Saturday, December 2, noon to 1:00 pm, Ray D. Preuter Library will host a Living History performance. Connie Korenstein continues her performances of historical figures as part of the 150th anniversary of Ventura County. She portrays Lucy Levy, a Parisian socialite born in 1882. Lucy’s tale is one of love, travel, […] Read More »

Candlelight Remembrance Service

Participants in services included: Dr. Paul Lenderman-Spiritual Counselor, Raquel Jensen-Spiritual Counselor,  Hospice Physicians Dr. Lisa Deihl Rajala, and Dr. William Rajala, Marianne Cody Administrator, Susan Derby-Social Worker, and Michael Boyko On the evening of November 9, greater Ventura again gathered as the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service on Main St. as it […] Read More »

Iconic Downtown Restaurants Close

Three iconic downtown restaurants (all on same Main St. block) have closed. Limon Y Sal, Jimmy’s Slice (Jimmy Wright died in June) and Nature’s Grill. Jimmy’s Slice. The closing on Main to cars didn’t serve all restaurants (or other businesses) well. Hopefully they (or new restaurants will open again soon. The owners of Limon y […] Read More »

“Julie” and four women on an adventure

Hannah, Gabe, Megan , Kaitlyn and “Julie” will be completely unassisted until the finish line. by Patricia Schallert The World’s Toughest Row starts in June each year with up to 20 teams participating from around the world. The annual edition of this race sees teams from all over the world starting from the historic harbor […] Read More »

National Register of Historic Places Nomination

Historic Washington School. Photo courtesy of San Buenaventura Conservancy Archives by San Buenaventura Conservancy for Preservation The San Buenaventura Conservancy for Preservation will hold a public update meeting about progress on the nomination of the Ventura Unified School District Historic Washington School Buildings to the National Register of Historic Places. The meeting will be on Thursday, […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) honored distinguished donors and volunteers

Assemblymember Steve Bennett presented with “Environmental Champion” award. Ventura Land Trust (VLT) honored distinguished donors and volunteers at its annual Supporter Spotlight event on Friday, November 3rd. Ventura Land Trust supporters joined the VLT Board of Trustees and staff members for happy hour and dinner while celebrating the 2023 VLT accomplishments and community impact. The […] Read More »

Original E.P. Foster Library

The original E.P. Foster Library on Main St. It is still there located behind the existing library and part of the library. Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Edward Jones

Photo by Michael Gordon The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting at Edward Jones – Frances Jones 1891 Goodyear Ave.   Read More »

The Place We Call Home – A Community Experience

In honor of the County of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary, the Museum of Ventura County (MVC) is pleased to present “Ventura County, The Place We Call Home – A Community Experience” satellite exhibition, at Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks. Curated by MVC Chief Curator Carlos Ortega, the exhibition celebrates the diversity of our […] Read More »

NAMBA ARTS hosts a fall lineup of multi-award winning, international touring artists

Multi-award-winning musicians will grace the NAMBA stage this fall. Country musician, Rocky Mountain Female Vocalist of the Year and social media phenom, Belles; The “fastest violin player in the world”, Frankie Gavin; and contemporary American rock musician and inductee into the WAMI Hall of Fame and Willy Porter will be featured. November 18th features Belles […] Read More »

The Forgotten Chapel

by Richard Senate November 15th is the fest day of Saint Gertrude the Great. A German Benedictine Nun who was known for her mystic gifts. She had a large following in Spain for her writings. Her name graces a lost chapel, a branch Mission, five miles north of Ventura, that stood on El Camino Real […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson It’s time for another Ventura Friends of the Library Book Sale Saturday, November 18, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Vons at Telegraph & Victoria On Saturday, December 2, noon to 1:00 pm, Ray D. Preuter Library will host a Living History performance. Connie Korenstein continues her performances of historical figures […] Read More »

Lions Club presents a $360 check to art teacher

Second place winner-Teska Raducanu, Balboa Middle School Art Teacher- Ms. Lena Layman, VDLC President- Maya Zumaya, First place winner Gillian Lee and Peace Poster Committee Chair – Janie Tran. by Janie Tran “Ventura Downtown Lions Club kindles the spirit of creativity and peace, presenting a $360 check to Balboa Middle School’s dedicated art teacher, Ms. […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 04 – Nov 15 – Nov 28, 2023 - Community Events

by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion on each month’s first and third Tuesday. Men of all descriptions are welcome to stop to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games. Every Tuesday, […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 04 – Nov 15 – Nov 28, 2023 - On Vacation

J. Helson is holding The Breeze in front of Le Cite du Vin, in Bordeaux, France. The lucky paper gets to travel all over the world. Read More »

Ventura Downtown Lions Club Veterans Day Car Show

Photos by Richard Lieberman A Veterans Day car show sponsored by Ventura Downtown Lions Club was held on Sunday November 12, 2023. The event featured classic cars, hot rods and vintage automobiles. Included for the day was music by “Pull the Trigger”. Also, the day featured awards, food, vendors prizes and more.   Read More »

Celebrating the culinary legacy of Gregorios Kazos: A journey through 57 years of excellence

In the heart of Ventura, a culinary maestro has woven a tapestry of flavors and tradition, enriching the local dining scene for over five decades. Gregorios Kazos, a former chef and the proud owner of multiple award-winning restaurants, has delighted the palates of Ventura residents and visitors alike. With a remarkable career spanning 57 years, […] Read More »

Ventura Charter School students return from school-wide campout with a strong sense of community

With each passing year we have been blessed to watch our child flourish. Ventura Charter School of Arts & Global Education – a tuition-free Ventura County public school – welcomes students’ home as they return from a school-wide campout adventure in October. The expedition spanned three days in the local Ventura County wilderness where students, […] Read More »

Annual Ride of the Ventura Harbor Witches

Photos by Patricia Schallert and Mike Laban Paddlers grabbed their witches hats, stripped socks, dogs and capes and jumped on a paddle board to ride with local witches on the waterfront through beautiful Ventura Harbor in annual Ride of the Ventura Harbor Witches! The perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit!   Read More »

The Inaugural Ventura Women's Conference: A Triumph of Empowerment, Connection, and Giving Back

Shannon Vasquez making opening remarks and introduction of Monica White, CEO of Food Share. by Janie Tran On the memorable day of October 21st, the first annual Ventura Women’s Conference lit a beacon of inspiration and success. In a world where women uplift each other, this event was a testament to the power of unity, […] Read More »

Join Us November 8 – Become A Member of CAPS

CAPS Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Ventura. Are you interested in learning more about CAPS and becoming a member? Join us on Wednesday, November 8 from 4-8 pm for a special Orientation with the CAPS Crew open to anyone who is interested in becoming a CAPS member or […] Read More »

Mountains To Sea Jubilee Family Fair and Music Festival

The Mountains To Sea Jubilee Family Fair and Music Festival in Santa Paula on October 21st was a sensational hit! A whopping 3500 excited guests gathered to continue to commemorate 150 glorious years of Ventura County. This incredible event kicked off at the Agriculture Museum with electrifying live music, a mouthwatering array of foods from […] Read More »

Breeze fans everywhere

This is Angie Keeney from Rancho Cucamonga. She is a retired English teacher and enjoys reading the Breeze and wearing great hats. We don’t know how she gets the paper. Read More »

The Great Olivas Music Box Mystery Inbox

by Richard Senate The Olivas Family is scattered far and wide, with branches all over Southern California, as far north as Seattle, Washington and as far east as San Antonio, Texas. And these are just the ones we know about! One branch of the family even extends to the Hawaiian Islands. In 1920s the US […] Read More »

Business Profile: Honey Baked Ham Ventura: A New Beginning with a Family Touch

Ventura, home to a beloved Honey Baked Ham store, has recently undergone a significant change. Formerly a franchise, the Ventura store is now proudly corporate-owned. Along with this shift in ownership comes a fresh and enthusiastic face at the helm: Nicole Cody. Nicole assumed the role of manager earlier this year in July 2023, bringing […] Read More »

Happy Halloween

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Vol. 17, No. 03 – Nov 1 – Nov 14, 2023 - Community Events

by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcome to stop in to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 Do you want to Play Bridge? Join […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 03 – Nov 1 – Nov 14, 2023 - On Vacation

Jill Forman can’t even get away to Lake Tahoe without her Breeze! Read More »

Obituary: Margaret Jolene McBee

Margaret Jolene McBee (January 25,1944 October 3, 2023) Several years ago friends and ex-employees gathered at the Main Street Restaurant & Steakhouse visiting with Jolene and remembering the good times and food they had with her at the closed Vagabond Coffee Shop. “Jolene” It is with a heavy heart, full of treasured memories, to acknowledge […] Read More »

Obituary: Mike McBain

Mike McBain (December 13, 1942 – September 30, 2023) In loving memory of Mike McBain, a distinguished academic, entrepreneur, and community servant. Mike’s journey from philosophy at Cal State University, Los Angeles, to an MBA at Cal State University, Northridge, set the stage for a remarkable career. His entrepreneurial spirit thrived with Central Courier, exemplifying […] Read More »

Hōkūleʻa - Moananuiākea Voyage: Celebrating Culture and Education

The iconic Hokule’a arrived at Ventura Harbor. by Janie Tran With support from the Ventura Yacht Club and Ventura Port District, on the foggy afternoon of October 18, the iconic Hokule’a arrived at Ventura Harbor, welcomed by a diverse and enthusiastic crowd. The indigenous community, local Hālau, and the general public gathered to greet the […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson The celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Ventura County continues this Fall– In the 1950’s, Ventura County had its own version of the Trial of the Century. Ventura Friends of the Library are welcoming Deborah Holt Larkin back to town to speak about her memoir: A Lovely Girl: The Tragedy of Olga […] Read More »

Boots and Brews Country Music Festival Ventura 2023

by Joesph Seemayer Boots and Brews Country Music Festival is back at Surfers Point Live with Country Music Superstar Jon Pardi! Along with Jon Pardi, Michael Ray, Niko Moon & Highway Starr were all featured on October 15, 2023, in Ventura, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. “The Boots and Brews Country Music Festival in Ventura, […] Read More »

Inspiring Women Business Owners and Community Partners

Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce. Photos by Trinity Wheeler Photography Hosted by Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV), the event raised funds to help sustain and support entrepreneurship in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) hosted its annual Empowerment is Priceless fundraiser at Camarillo Ranch on Wednesday, October 18. The event recognizes outstanding women […] Read More »

Family needs your help

Jordan Garcia, 1st grader at Portola Elementary celebrated his 7th birthday on October 14, but it was not the celebration that his mother was hoping to provide.  Jordan was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and has started what will be a long medical journey towards beating cancer including undergoing chemotherapy treatments, bone marrow testing, lumbar punctures, […] Read More »

Food Share elevates Kristy Pollard to Chief Strategy Officer Role

Food Share of Ventura County has announced the promotion of Kristy Pollard to the role of Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). The appointment recognizes Pollard’s pivotal contributions over nearly two decades of dedicated service and underscores the organization’s commitment to thoughtful growth as it tackles increasing levels of food insecurity. Food Share fed 267,000 individuals during […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber Ribbon cutting at Five Points Meat Market

Ribbon cutting was held at Five Points Meat Market. Five Points Meat Market, formerly known as Main Street Meats, is proud to bring you that old school butcher shop tradition. In taking over a centennial business, we fully intend to continue with a tradition of community and excellence in service of the old school butcher. […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, LLP.

Photo by Michael Gordon A Chamber ribbon cutting was held at Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, LLP. A premier, full-service, and trustworthy law firm that specializes in a variety of legal disciplines. 39 N. California St. 805-644-7188. Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting for St. Bonaventure High School Black Box Theatre

Photo by Michael Gordon The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting for St. Bonaventure High School Black Box Theatre. The versatility of the Black Box Theatre gives actors, directors and designers absolute artistic freedom. With flexible seating arrangements, each production can have a customized actor-audience relationship. Combined with a full complement of theatrical lighting, sound and video technologies, […] Read More »

Westside Fiesta held at Kellogg Park

Sarah Abramsf: Love Ventura. Photos by Patricia Schallert On September 16, a Westside Fiesta was held at Kellogg Park located at Ventura Ave. & Kellogg St. The free family event and raffle was a fundraiser for the Westside Community of Ventura. It included food, music by Musica DJ Charlie and fun for all.     […] Read More »

World-Renowned Voyaging Canoe Hōkūleʻa heads to Southern California

The last time Hokulea sailed down the coast of California was 28 years ago. Legendary Hawaiian canoe Hōkūleʻa, revered for reviving the lost art of Polynesian voyaging and navigation, is currently docked in the picturesque coastal city of Monterey, California. The traditional double-hulled canoe has been sailing from Southeast Alaska down the Pacific Coast since […] Read More »

CAPS Open House Is A Big Hit – Become A Member

Are you interested in becoming a CAPS Member? Thanks to everyone who joined us for the CAPS Open House on October 5. Every CAPS Staff and Board Member enjoyed meeting our guests and showing off the CAPS resources with the hands-on demonstrations on videography, studio, radio and podcast production, live streaming, video editing and more. […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 02 – Oct 18 – Oct 31, 2023 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Men of all descriptions are welcome to stop to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 Do you want to Play Bridge? […] Read More »

Victorian Halloween at Olivas Adobe

On October 8, a Victorian Halloween was held at the Olivas Adobe. Tours of the Adobe were held where folks learned about the chilling customs and traditions of the time.   Read More »

Cirith Ungol will be winding down their careers on a high note this next year

Year 2016, Cirith Ungol in front of Ventura City Hall after receiving Proclamation thanking, congratulating and celebrating the band. Cirith Ungol will be winding down their careers on a high note this next year. Ventura is full of musicians who live and breath music. It’s one of the reasons I love this town so much. […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 02 – Oct 18 – Oct 31, 2023 - Ojai News & Events

Ashford Gordon, Blues Guitarist and Vocalist will appear at Feros Ferio Winery, 310 E Ojai Ave, Saturday, October 21, 4-6 PM, featuring Eric Monteith on Bass Guitar for 2 sets of Classic, Standard and Original Blues. No cover charge! California Coastal Horse Rescue (CCHR) in Ojai, will host its Octoberfest Sunday, October 22, 2023 from […] Read More »

Pier Under the Stars

Photos by Patricia Schallert and Yana Khiyod Ventura’s premier food and beverage tasting benefit for the historic Ventura pier, Pier Under the Stars was held on October 7. It was held on the beachfront promenade near the pier. Great food, music and drinks     Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura Friends of the Library are sponsoring 2 events as part of the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Ventura County. In the 1950’s, Ventura County had its own version of the Trial of the Century. We are welcoming Deborah Holt Larkin back to town to speak about her memoir: A Lovely […] Read More »

Pink Party held at Portside Ventura Harbor

Rachel Bazdarich was the keynote speaker. On October 6th, Portside Ventura Harbor held the annual Pink Party hosted by People Helping People in support of the American Cancer Association and Breast Cancer Awareness. It was an evening attended by hundreds featuring a raffle, silent auction, amazing prizes, delectable food, music by the Bobby Hart Band, […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 02 – Oct 18 – Oct 31, 2023 - On Vacation

Long time reader Ariel Cottrell shares her Breeze with her sister in Idaho. Ariel is visiting Shelley, Idaho to see her sister-in-law Lois Dorrell and family. Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County presents The Place We Call Home

The exhibition celebrates the diversity of our County. In honor of the County of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary, the Museum of Ventura County (MVC) is pleased to present Ventura County, The Place We Call Home. Curated by Carlos Ortega, the exhibition celebrates the diversity of our County by exploring different interpretations of home. Mr. Ortega said, “As […] Read More »

Business Profile: Pierpont Racquet Club adds more pickleball courts

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and the PRC has added three more courts to meet the growing demand.  In conjunction with the celebration of its 46th Anniversary, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at a mixer with the Ventura Chamber of Commerce on October 5th. The PRC’s 3 new courts now […] Read More »

Max Pays Attention

This exciting children’s book by Dr. Barbara Gibson Paul, children’s author and child psychotherapist is for ages 4-8 year olds is a great purchase for schools, libraries, holiday gifts and birthday gifts.  $14.95 Hardcover. “Max Pays Attention” is about Max who is a 7-year-old boy who has trouble sitting still and following the rules in […] Read More »

Flags should not be forgotten

by Richard Senate Just down from the old Mission San Buenaventura, at the end of Mission Plaza (formerly Figueroa Street) stands six naked flagpoles, There are three flag poles with the California State Flag, the City Flag and the Stars and Stripes–but no others. What are the six empty flag poles and why were they […] Read More »

Sierra Hwy

They play again at the Pierpont Bay yacht club on November 5 from 2 to 5.  by Patricia Schallert An October gathering of musicians and guests at the Pierpont Bay Yacht Club in Ventura was a great kick off to the fall season in the Ventura Harbor. Sierra Hwy, an Americana music group from Santa […] Read More »

Ventura ArtWalk returns

Exhibits inside Bell Arts Factory. Photos by Richard Lieberman Ventura is known as one of the most creative communities in Southern California. It’s time to focus on the magic that brought many artists and entertainers to our area. ArtWalk is back! This family-friendly event Sept. 23-24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,  featured hundreds of artists in local […] Read More »

Fun for all ages, with fabulous food and drinks

Beachside Bash held at San Buenaventura State Beach Park. Photos by Yana Khiyod The three Rotary clubs of Ventura presented the End of Summer Beachside Bash on September 23, at San Buenaventura State Beach Park. A national ribeye steak cookoff, car show, live bands and food trucks were at San Buenaventura State Beach Park. The event […] Read More »

Young crime victims attended Camp Hope

49 children at Camp Hope summer retreat. To provide hope and foster resilience in childhood victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and physical and sexual abuse, the Ventura County Family Justice Center (VCFJC) hosted 49 children at its annual Camp Hope summer retreat. Since 2015, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and VCFJC have hosted […] Read More »

The tails never stopped wagging

Photos by Patricia Schallert and Yana Khiyod Pooch Parade is back Presented by CARL the Annual Pooch Parade was held on Sept.24, at the Ventura Harbor Village main lawn. Canine Adoption and Rescue League is Ventura County’s largest all-breed, no-kill, non-profit dog rescue and sanctuary. Since 1996, they’ve helped thousands of dogs in need. Their […] Read More »

Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) tour set for Oct. 7-9

Artist Elizabeth White opens her studio as part of this year’s Ojai Studio Artists Tour: The Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) tour, set for Oct 7-9, features a stunning array of art and the opportunity to explore and immerse yourself in the private spaces where it’s made. This year OSA is celebrating its 40th anniversary, making […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County announces free online cooking show “Feast or Flop,” a culinary journey through history

The Museum of Ventura County is excited to announce the launch of “Feast or Flop,” an engaging free online cooking show that combines the world of culinary delights with recipes found in the Museum’s archives. Viewers are invited to join Museum of Ventura County Collections Manager Renee Tallent as she teams up with talented regional […] Read More »

OAKtober tree planting at Community Park

Some of the trees are now producing their very first acorns. Subtle but “big” changes are happening at Community Park. Over the last two years, the Ventura Tree Alliance Ventura Tree Alliance (VTA) in partnership with the City of Ventura’s Urban Forestry division and West Coast Arborists planted 40 oaks to shade the outer walkways […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre kicks off landmark 25th Silver Anniversary Season

Season 25 begins! Rubicon Theatre, Ventura County’s premiere non-profit professional theatre company, dedicated to entertaining, engaging and enriching the lives of the region’s residents and visitors through innovative live performances, is thrilled to launch the company’s 25th “Silver” Anniversary Season, entitled Truly Yours, with The Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed West Coast Premiere production of The Lifespan […] Read More »

Olivas robbery riddle solved!

by Richard Senate For decades the Great Robbery at the Olivas Adobe was an enigma. Everyone knew something big had happened but the fact of the event were obscured over the centuries. No one knew who robbed the house, what year and date it happened or even how much was taken. Storytellers had added much—the […] Read More »

Thistle Class

It was a weather perfect weekend for an incredible 3-day regatta with competitors from NY, NC, FL, WA, OR, ID and CA. Ventura has become a favorite regatta of the year for some that participated. Ventura Yacht Club hosted the race and is being recognized as a premiere venue for one design dinghy racing at […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 01 – Oct 4 – Oct 17 2023 - On Vacation

Kathleen Shaffer reads her hometown paper Ventura Breeze while enjoying the garden of Shakespeare’s house in Stratford Upon Avon, England. “I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” William Shakespeare Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library Offers Local Adults Scholarships to Earn Diplomas through Career Online High School. According to the 2020 census, almost 15% of adults over the age of 25 residing in Ventura County are without a high school diploma. If you are over the age of 19 and ready to finish high […] Read More »

Annual Beach Cleanup

Photos by Michael Gordon Ventura County held its annual Beach Cleanup. It covered several areas, some not the Pacific Coast, some inland like Santa Paula. These photos are at Surfers’ Point Promenade.     Read More »

Buena High School awarded NOAA Ocean Guardian School Designation

During the 2022-23 school year, two exceptional students, Jasmine Paramo and Madison Hawley, enrolled in Mr. Yorke’s AP Environmental Science class at Buena High School, and embarked on a remarkable journey to make their school an official Ocean Guardian School. The dynamic duo led by their teacher successfully applied for a grant through the National […] Read More »

Reading materials solicited

Through the years, one of the functions of the CMHS Auxiliary has been the distribution of books and magazines to patients and their visitors. With the onset of Covid, and the safeguards that were implemented, that was discontinued. Now permission has been granted to begin this service once again. There’s just one problem–there’s a distinct […] Read More »

Vol. 17, No. 01 – Oct 4 – Oct 17 2023 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Men of all descriptions are welcome to stop to sample our shenanigans. Our speaker on Oct. 3rd will be Earl Arnold, and […] Read More »

Are you looking forward to your senior year?

by Juliette Nasarenko Emily Sehati – A senior at Ventura High School is looking forward to watching the senior class come together and grow into the people they want to become. Emily says, “Many of the seniors are starting to realize that this is their final year at Ventura High School” and they want to […] Read More »

Historic D-Day plane visited Camarillo

The aircraft was named “That’s All, Brother” by the aircrew. Photos by Janie Tan and Kevin Jackson The Commemorative Air Force Southern California Wing Aviation and War Museum at the Camarillo Airport hosted the historic C-47A Skytrain named That’s All, Brother on Sept. 27-Oct. 1. This historical World War II aircraft led the Allies’ main airborne […] Read More »

Here’s to Gary Best. Well done, Friend!

by Tammy I. Glenn, executive director, CAREGIVERS Volunteers of Ventura County Gary Best recently died on February 3, 2023, leaving a huge void in our community. From his love of theatre and improvisation to Sunday nights when his Irish group would perform at Brendan’s, Gary’s voice was as distinctive as his heartfelt contributions. One of […] Read More »

Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast has events coming up at Camp Arnaz

Tent-or-Treat Halloween Extravaganza! When: October 28th from 3:00 pm – 7:00pm Where: Camp Arnaz 155 Sulphur Mountain Road, Ventura, CA 93001 Tickets: $10 at https://www.classy.org/event/tent-or-treat-2023/e491415 Join us for a night of fun at Camp Arnaz’s Tent-or-Treat event! Tent or Treat will include plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy! We will have […] Read More »

Memorial stair climb recreates climb up the Twin Towers

Stair Climb remembers September 11. Photos by Patricia Schallert Ninety-one Ventura firefighters, police officers, and members of the community gathered to honor fallen 9/11 first responders by re-creating the 110 floor climb up the Twin Towers. The Stair Climb is organized by the Ventura City Honor Guard and Ventura Fire Foundation. Proceeds from the event […] Read More »

Daniel Brackett will be performing in Aladdin

From Pierpont Elementary to Broadway. Daniel Brackett has played many leading roles in musicals growing up in Ventura: a wriggly Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland at Pierpont Elementary, a shirtless Mowgli in Jungle Book at Rubicon Theatre, a rebellious Ren in Footloose at Ventura High. But Daniel these days is performing in perhaps his biggest […] Read More »

Rancho Days at Olivas Adobe

On Sunday, September 10 the Olivas Adobe Historical Park held Rancho Days. Included at the event were the Old Time Fiddlers, Folklorico Dancers, Mariachi music, Frontier gunfighters and much more. There was corn grinding, panning for gold and making of Mexican paper flowers. Read More »

Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival

Photos by Patricia Schallert On September 9 &10, the Ventura Harbor became alive with chalk as 20 chalk artists applied their skills to the concrete walkway. All as part of the Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival. Besides the chalk art there were booths that offered pottery and other works of art. Proceeds from the […] Read More »

CAPS/ECTV Crew produces safety video for schools

CAPS is holding an open house. Meet the new CAPS/ECTV Crew – the talented high school students at El Camino in the media education program at CAPS. Recently the ECTV team worked with Ventura Police school resource officers (SROs) to produce a new school preparedness instructional video for teachers and students in the Ventura Unified […] Read More »

Love VC, Inc. Presents Love Ventura – A City Wide Day or Service

Love VC, Inc. and Title Sponsor Greg Abrams of American Pacific Mortgage proudly presents the second annual “Love Ventura – Day of Service”. The Love VC, Inc 501c3 kicked off this annual day of service in October of 2022 and found that it was a great success, as measured by their goals. With the goal of […] Read More »

Wedding held at Olivas Adobe

On September 12, Megan Senate was united in matrimony with Webster Nygard at the beautiful Olivas Adobe. Maid of Honor was Jasmyn Christenson and best man was Veck Nygard. Parents of the bride and groom were in attendance at the garden wedding and reception at the historic landmark where the ceremony was held.   Read More »

OAKtober at Community Park on Kimball October 4

OAKtober Wed. October 4 at 10am at Community Park on Kimball. Bring a shovel, rake, water, hat and sunscreen and help plant trees to shade the bike path. More information venturatreealliance.com. Sponsored by Ventura Tree Alliance, California Clean Air Day, City of Ventura and College Area Community Council. Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 26 – Sept 20 – Oct 3, 2023 - On Vacation

To pass the time while waiting in line for the musical Some Like It Hot  at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway Stephanie Wilder brought the Breeze with her. Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Elite Window Tinting

Photo by Michael Gordon A Chamber ribbon cutting was held at Elite Window Tinting 1520 Goodyear Ave Ste B. Elite provides window tinting for automotive, residential and commercial buildings. 805-469-8468. Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Embarc

Photo by Michael Gordon On September 7, the Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting at Ventura’s first cannabis dispensary, embarc. Embarc is located at 1890 E. Main St. 805-871-4201. A grand opening was held on September 9. To learn more, please visit www.goembarc.com. Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Olivas Links Golf Course

Photo by Michael Gordon On Sept.11, a Chamber ribbon cutting was held at Olivas Links Golf Course welcoming Recovery Shot to Ventura. Recovery Shot is an adaptive golf program for those who have suffered trauma, illness or injury. Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at SanaClis

Photos by Michael Gordon A Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting was held at SanaClis, a leading global clinical research organization ( and a prominent provider of clinical trial supply chain solutions. With this launch, SanaClis is now able to offer sponsors and sites a comprehensive end-to-end solution for their supply chain management needs. Read More »

Lessons from National Bee Day and pollinators

Lincoln Elementary School teacher Owen Garrood instructed his students to come to school dressed in yellow and black. by David Goldstein Honeybees work all day in service to their hive, and their pollination is essential for the growth of many plants, but the whole venture is sustainable only because the bees are paid. The payment […] Read More »

Ventura Women’s Conference: Balancing the Successful You

by Carol Leish, MA The upcoming Women’s Conference (www.womensconference.com), will be on Saturday, October 21, 2023. It was the inspiration of Shannon Vasques, who grew up in Ventura and is the owner of Vasquez Float Reiki. She said, “I have had a vision to create a gathering of women that focuses on us becoming empowered […] Read More »

Community invited to Port of Hueneme’s 10th annual festival

The Port of Hueneme’s 10th annual Banana Festival returns Saturday, September 30 from 10 am to 5 pm. This family-friendly, free admission festival will be full of live music and entertainment, vendors, landside and waterside Port tours, and banana inspired food and drinks, even banana beer! Families can enjoy the Kids Zone filled with games, […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 26 – Sept 20 – Oct 3, 2023 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Do you want to Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. All levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Contact: Richard 805-850-8011 or Rose 805-659-9223 or [email protected]. All Welcome. The Ventura County […] Read More »

Empowering Youth Through STEM: The Transformative Journey of the Idea Center

On Ventura Avenue, a beacon of knowledge and innovation stands tall. by Ross Williams Once condemned, the building that houses the Idea Center has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis. What was once in a state of decay has been revitalized and has now become a symbol of hope, a place where young minds gather to explore, […] Read More »

Opera Santa Barbara announces free tickets for ages 8-18

Free tickets for young people available. Opera Santa Barbara will make free tickets available to young people for all the performances of its 30th anniversary season, including Carmen, Il trovatore, Zorro, LA DIVINA, and El gato con botas (Puss in Boots.) “Our experience from the student matinee performances last season has shown that a live, […] Read More »

American Flags & Cutlery

Bryan Miller’s journey is a testament to his resilience and passion for entrepreneurship. Despite facing challenges due to dyslexia during his school years, he pursued a degree in business administration. With admirable determination, he navigated the educational obstacles that came his way. Bryan’s professional path led him into the realm of restaurant management, where he […] Read More »

Business Profile: Mike McBain's commitment to community service manifested through his involvement with the Ventura Downtown Lions Club

Mike McBain’s academic trajectory led him from Cal State University, Los Angeles, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, to Cal State University, Northridge, where he earned a Master of Business Administration. Amidst the camaraderie of academically inclined peers who paradoxically struggled with spelling, Mike’s educational journey shaped the foundation for his multifaceted career. […] Read More »

Business Profile: Pilates Studio Opening at Portside Ventura Harbor

Hello community, please join me on September 17 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the opening of my Pilates studio located at the beautiful Portside Ventura Harbor! I am a long-time resident of the county, having emigrated to Oxnard at the age of one with my father, an enlisted Navy man, and my […] Read More »

Hueneme Beach Festival

The City of Port Hueneme and Reach Foundation wrapped up its 3rd year of the Hueneme Beach Festival since its comeback in 2020. Festival Director Maya Zumaya reported that this community favorite attracted approximately 10,000 patrons each day. The Festival that was held on August 26th and 27th featured live entertainment, food and vendors booths, arts and […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Artwalk Ventura September 23 & 24, 11 am to 7 pm ArtWalk is back! This family-friendly event will feature hundreds of artists in local galleries and creative collaboratives in businesses and other unique spaces. The route starts near Cemetery Park, travels down Main Street and up Ventura Avenue, The Topping Room in E.P. […] Read More »

Business Profile: Canine Adoption and Rescue League

Canine Adoption and Rescue League , (CARL) is a non-profit, 501C)3 organization in Ventura County since 1996.  We exist to improve and save the lives of companion animals. (primarily dogs).   We have rescued and placed thousands of unwanted, sick, abandoned and homeless dogs.  Dogs in our adoption program are placed in pre-screened loving and secure […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 25 – Sept 6 – Sept 19, 2023 - On Vacation

While in “Dinosaur Country” of Montana to attend the annual National Show & Convention of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS), Jim Brace-Thompson brought the Breeze to keep up on news from home during the 18-hour drive. Next year, the AFMS Show comes to Ventura! Read More »

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates 25 Years of Award-Winning Theatre

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rubicon Theatre Company, Ventura County’s leading not-for-profit theatrical organization committed to entertaining, engaging and enriching the community through live performance, is thrilled to unveil its highly anticipated 25th Anniversary “Silver Season” in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District, entitled “Truly Yours.” According to Board President Doug Halter, also a member of Ventura’s City Council, “For 25 years, […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 25 – Sept 6 – Sept 19, 2023 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Do you want to Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. All levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Contact: Richard 805-850-8011 or Rose 805-659-9223 or [email protected]. All Welcome. The Ventura […] Read More »

Ruby And Lonely

A book by Bestselling Author Patrice Karst with pictures by Award-Winning Illustrator Kayla Harren “Ruby And Lonely is a gentle reminder to young readers everywhere that they are not alone in their feelings of loneliness. Patrice Karst once again delivers a tender, thoughtful guide for children on how to cope and manage emotions that can […] Read More »

The Guns of Ventura

by Richard Senate On December 7, 1941 Ventura learned on the radio that the Japanese Empire had attacked our naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We were in peace talks at the time with Japan and everything looked to be going smoothly. The war was raging in Europe but America was not directly involved. Many […] Read More »

Douglas Penfield School library

We organized the books by month. by Juliette Nasarenko Ventura High School Senior When I first came to the Douglas Penfield School to volunteer I was told that they were working to transform one of the classrooms into a library. I first walked into the classroom and I saw thousands of children’s books scattered throughout […] Read More »

Wings Over Camarillo Air Show

Visitors got to witness breathtaking aerobatic maneuvers. Photos by Daniel Jackson and Janie Tran Wings Over Camarillo Air Show, the premier air show on the Central Coast of California. Took place on August 19. This year’s event was filled with captivating performances, static aircraft displays, family-friendly activities, and a touch of history. Visitors got to […] Read More »

Art & Street Painting Festival Harbor

The festival gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy street painting. The 15th Annual Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival returns to picturesque Ventura Harbor Village on September 9th & 10th, 2023 from 10 AM to 5 PM. www.venturaartfestival.com. Presented by Ventura County Art Events, Inc., the Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival boosts 30 curated artist vendors […] Read More »

Tickets on Sale for “Pier Under the Stars”

Raise funds to get the historic Ventura Pier reopened. Photo by Michael Gordon Tickets are now on sale for Pier Under the Stars—the 28th annual benefit for the historic Ventura Pier on Saturday, October 7th, from 4-7pm. Each year more than 500 residents and visitors attend this beachfront culinary event adjacent to the pier to […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Portside Ventura Harbor

Photos by Patricia Schallert The Ventura Chamber held a gala ribbon cutting at Portside Ventura Harbor. Portside is a coastal community with apartments for lease in a spectacular location on Pierpont Bay. The ribbon cutting featured food, drinks, music and tours of Portside. Development team representatives were present with Ventura dignitaries. Portside 805-819-2053 1196 Spinnaker […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 24 – Aug 23 – Sept 5, 2023 - Community Events

by Ana Baker Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. All levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Contact: Richard 805-850-8011 or Rose 805-659-9223 or [email protected]. All Welcome. The Ventura County Philatelic Society’s […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 24 – Aug 23 – Sept 5, 2023 - On Vacation

While vacationing in Kauai Hawaii Edwin Harkins took time to catch up with Ventura news. Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson The Ventura County Library has announced its sixth 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. This year’s One County, One Book selection is Solito, by Javier […] Read More »

The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children opens Bright Space at The City Center

The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children will be opening a Bright Space at The City Center, 837 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, on Thursday, August, 24. Bright Spaces, the signature program of the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, provide engaging environments for play that are cheerful, inviting, safe, and fun, and support non-profits like The City […] Read More »

CAPS Media Studio “Artists in Exile”

Up next, the CAPS staff is gearing up for an Open House at the CAPS Media Center. In June the CAPS Media Center reopened on a limited basis, by appointment, for existing CAPS Members. Among the first to take advantage of the CAPS resources are the self-described “Artists in Exile.” Under the guidance of Phil […] Read More »

“Cool Breeze” Bike Ride

Approximately 900 riders participated. by Patricia Schallert The “Cool Breeze Century“ bike ride, took place on August 19th with approximately 900 riders from cycling communities throughout Southern California. “Channel Islands Bicycle Club” and the “Kiwanis Club of Ventura Foundation” have partnered for over 20 years to host the “Cool Breeze Century”. Channel Island Bicycle Club […] Read More »

Fountain on the way to VBG

Councilmember Doug Halter, Phil Foster Ranger and Doug’s crew working to remove the fountain. The last remaining fountain E.P. Foster hand crafted has been sitting in front of the former Foster house at 2717 N. Ventura Ave.  Orpha (Pearle) Foster gifted the house and 7.5 acres to the school district. Joa Cahill, VBG Executive Dirctor […] Read More »

Midland: Making Old Country New a last look at the Fair

Midland’s trio jamming out at the Fair. by Kylee Brown California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo  In the early 2010s, Mark Wystrach (lead vocals), Cameron Duddy (bass guitar, vocals), and Jess Carson (guitar, vocals) got together and formed a country music trio named Midland. The band initially bonded over their shared love of classic country […] Read More »

I Can Hear You, Damn It by Claudia Hoag McGarry at Namba Sept. 9

Claudia Hoag McGarry is a local playwright who taught English at VC for years. She has a play coming to Namba Performing Arts Space on September 9 named I Can Hear You,Damn It. It is presented at 3 and 7pm. The director, Jordana Lawrence, lives in Ventura and works for the Alzheimer’s Association. Stage manager, […] Read More »

Taste of Ventura

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce Taste of Ventura is back! On August 17, it was a night of Ventura’s finest food, drinks and live music under the stars. Featuring more than 35 restaurants, caterers, breweries, wineries offering small bites and drink samples. Taste was held at the Museum of Ventura County.   Read More »

Water’s Edge Restaurant hosted the first "Dine & Delight"

About 60 guests attended this exclusive event. Photos by Randy Encinas On July 25th, Water’s Edge Restaurant hosted the first “Dine & Delight” – a private Winemaker’s Dinner, benefiting Rubicon Theatre Company, Ventura County’s leading not-for-profit professional theatre company. The special 5-course dinner by award-winning Executive Chef Alex Montoya was expertly paired with wines from […] Read More »

Lake Casitas is looking good

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Music Under the Stars at Olivas Adobe

Only 3 more concerts at Music Under the Stars at the Olivas Adobe that the Ventura Breeze helps sponsor. They are on Aug.12,19 and 26 and might be sold out so don’t just show up before checking their site for availability of tickets. Read More »

The Mystery of the Olivas Dance Hall

by Richard Senate In the mid 1870s a man named E. Tapia was traveling though California and paused in Ventura. In his journal he kept notes and, as photography at the time used large cameras, with heavy glass plates, he documented his travels by painting small watercolors of the things he saw. In his journal […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting for Coastal Spa

The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting for Coastal Spa. They have moved from an older location to Victoria Ave. They have 23 Years Of Experience installing & maintaining spas in Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties. Coastal Spa Warehouse 1220 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura Hours Tue-Sat 10-5 805-654-9000 Photo by Michael Gordon Kamal Ahmad and […] Read More »

Business Profile: Crave Gelato Kofi Bar

Owner’s of Crave LT and Karynsue bring satisfying and memorable gelatos and coffee. Karynsue is renowned for her adventurous spirit, always embracing challenges and mastering her craft with unwavering determination. A lifelong learner, she continuously evolves her skills, constantly striving to elevate her creations to new heights. Prior to founding Crave, she embarked on a […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 23 – Aug 9 – Aug 22, 2023 - On Vacation

There are three generations of family here in this picture. All three generations are reading the Breeze and loving it, high in the High Sierras. Because there were only 3 issues they had to extend their vacation so all of them could read it. Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 23 – Aug 9 – Aug 22, 2023 - Ojai News & Events

Trio Manise will visit the Ojai Library at 2pm on Sunday, August 20, 2023, to deliver a special afternoon performance. The members of Trio Manise are David Singer (clarinet), Ann Erwin (flute), and Fred Beerstein (oboe). These talented musicians will play music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Malcolm Arnold, and Benjamin Britten. The performance will […] Read More »

Exploring San Buenaventura State Beach

This was one of the best days I have had in a long time. by Amannda DeBoef This was one of the best days I have had in a long time. My cousin, Steve, chauffeured my great-aunt, Ruth, my mother, Gail, and his girlfriend, Lea, on the most gorgeous drive from Granada Hills, just outside […] Read More »

Art Walk at the Shores

Summer visitors, residents, first time art buyers, collectors, friends and neighbors can explore the beautiful beach community of Oxnard Shores while discovering the many works from talented professional and amateur artists. With over 40 resident and local artists displaying their works for purchase, there is sure be something to please every shoppers’ taste! A wide […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Summer Reading Program End of Summer Party You completed the Summer Reading Challenge, so visit the library for an end of summer celebration with Kona Ice! Free for kids and teens! Tuesday, August 15th at E.P. Foster Library, 4:00 pm Foster Library’s Young Readers Book Club For children ages 9-12 (4th or 5th grade […] Read More »

The Museum of Ventura County announces new events coming in august

Saturday, August 19th, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula – Honey Bee Day – Shop, learn, create and taste all things Honey Bee! Guests are invited to join in on this family-friendly event that offers an interactive bee demo, beeswax products for sale, honey tasting, crafts, story time, an artist demo, […] Read More »

Fire hydrant creates huge fountain

Photo by Patrcia Schallert Ventura now has a nice fountain at California and Thompson and all it took for someone running over a fire hydrant. Read More »

Ventura County joins hands with Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast and Surfrider for a Successful Beach Cleanup

The participants made a significant difference by collecting a total of thirty pounds of trash. Ventura County Surfrider, in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) is elated to announce the triumphant outcome of the beach cleanup event held at Surfer’s Point on July 16, 2023. This cooperative effort witnessed the convergence […] Read More »

Looking for a Church Home?

by Pastor Leonard DeWitt Permit me to introduce you to Ventura Jubilee Fellowship, located at 1956 Palma Drive. First, we believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that is what we teach. It speaks to just about every issue of life that we face in this present world. Our worship of the […] Read More »

Ventura welcomed the X Games

Sunday, July 23, was the conclusion of the 2023 X Games held under Ventura’s most beautiful weather. Many thousands visited Ventura to enjoy and celebrate the X Games. They also stayed at our hotels, motels and ate at our restaurants and spent money at our wonderful stores and shops. The $250,000 that the city invested […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District celebrates retirees

Fifty-eight retirees were invited to the annual retiree reception. VUSD held a Retiree Reception to recognize 2022-2023 school year retirees. Fifty-eight retirees were invited to the annual retiree reception, which was held at the District’s Education Service Center. Among the retirees were employees who devoted many years to serving in Certificated (teaching) and Classified (non-teaching) […] Read More »

Tender Life Maternity Home stands as a beacon of support

Since 1985, Tender Life Maternity Home has offered a safe place to transform lives. by Patricia Schallert and Yana On July 15th, Tender Life Maternity Home, had an open home tour and invited members of the community to see the property, have conversations with the residents and ask questions of the staff and board members.  With […] Read More »

CAPS/KPPQ – Spotlight on DJ of the Month – Pam Baumgardner

Pam launched VenturaRocks.com in 2009 to support Ventura’s music scene. Pam Baumgardner is host/DJ/producer of the Pam Baumgardner Music Hour airing at 5pm on Tuesdays and Fridays and again on Sunday at noon on KPPQ 104.1 fm and streaming on myTuner. With a degree in radio and TV broadcasting from Fullerton, she began her career […] Read More »

The Rotary Club of Ventura issues $66,000 in grants

Each non-profit grant recipient is making a significant impact. Twenty-one local non-profits attended the weekly Rotary meeting to extend their gratitude for $66,000 in grants issued through their Julius Guis Memorial Rotary Foundation (JGMRF). About half of the funding for the grants comes from the Rotary Club of Ventura 4th of July Fireworks held annually […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library Summer Reading Program continues with Kyle Tiernan, Draw Along Art Kyle, a Visual Educator, will teach everyone (kids and grown-ups alike!) how to draw pictures in a hilariously fun and entertaining show. This free event is sponsored by the Ventura Friends of the Library and is open to the […] Read More »

The Chamber held a ribbon cutting at the Harbor Mart located in Portside Ventura Harbor

Photos by Patrcia Schallert and Yana Khiyod It all began in 2014, when the owners start running the Harbor Mart in Hollywood Beach (Channel Islands Harbor). Based on their experience and visits from different parts of the world it is a combination of Mediterranean and European food and fine wines and craft beers, as well […] Read More »

Lions Club kick off new Night Meeting

Recently the Ventura Downtown Lions Club kicked off their new Night Meeting with a fun and informal social hosted by The Portside Ventura Harbor. Their gracious hosts provided a beautiful display of hor d’oeuvres, drinks and dinner followed by tasty gelato from CRAVE. On behalf of the Pediatric Cancer and Community Service Committees, 1st VP […] Read More »

These employees bring with them the experience and dedication necessary to help MVC’s mission

Museum welcomes new team members. The Museum of Ventura County is pleased to welcome five new team members. Senior Event Sales & Communications Manager Heather Williams, Marketing and Communications Program Manager Angie Brinkhoff, Development Specialists Joshua Ortiz and L.E. Brown, and Events and Facilities Associate Thomas Blood. “As Ventura County celebrates 150 years, the Museum […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County welcomes Angela Sanchez

The Museum of Ventura County is pleased to welcome longtime community leader Angela Sanchez to the team as its Director of Finance and Operations. Sanchez brings over two decades of fiscal management experience and a thorough understanding of market dynamics. Along with a natural ability to navigate complex business challenges, she will contribute significantly to […] Read More »

Mystery at the Ventura Memorial Cemetery

by Richard Senate Few of the many graves are marked today at the park-like old city burial grounds.  It holds the remains of the rich, the poor. the well known and unknown individuals who built Ventura into a city.  Many were veterans of the Civil War, a few from the Spanish American War and some […] Read More »

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

At a June 28 meeting, the Ventura College Foundation Board of Directors selected a new board chair and vice-chair and approved two new board members for the 2023-24 term. The new foundation board chair is Nicole Kreutz, vice president, senior portfolio manager at Montecito Bank & Trust. She has been on the foundation board for […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust Announces Community Leaders as New Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Ventura Land Trust has experienced a major shift, with the recent addition of five new members and the departure of two, bringing the current total number of trustees to 13. The new trustees include Kate Larramendy, past Director of Design & Sustainability at outdoor company Toad&Co and current board member […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 22 – July 26 – Aug 8, 2023 - On Vacation

While vacationing in the Grand Canyon our young reader Giovanni Casanta took the time to read the Breeze. Read More »

Local area birds test positive for West Nile Virus

On July 7, 2023, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division (Division) received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health of the first detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ventura County. The virus was detected in wild birds collected by the Division, for the State’s dead bird surveillance program, during the third week of […] Read More »

Jack Zoltan: 18-Year-Old Surfer On The Rise

Jack has a strong, determined attitude along with an almost businesslike work ethic. by Joseph Seemayer Jack Zoltan is an 18-year-old surfer who is a standout at Ventura County beaches including the Ventura Harbor and The Point to name a few. As a competitor, Jack is committed and focused. His goal is to continue to […] Read More »

A Fabulous 4th!

Photos by Michael Gordon and others The Rotary Club of Ventura once again hosted the 4th of July Fireworks Show and Family Picnic at the Ventura College athletic fields. The event was held on Tuesday, July 4th with the fireworks show beginning at approximately 9 pm. Begun in 1994, the Ventura Rotary Fireworks event marked […] Read More »

The city’s first-ever drone show to highlight X Games

Drones are much more pet-friendly than fireworks. 400 drones will take flight on July 20, 21, and 22 to amaze and dazzle Ventura community members and X Games fans for the city’s first-ever drone show. The show is presented by Visit Ventura, in partnership with Go Drones, and will include 3D images to celebrate the […] Read More »

Poster contest winners

Catalina Linn The 2023 Ventura County Fair Youth Poster Contest Winning poster have been announced. They are Catalina Linn of Westlake Village; 13 years old 1st place: Aarna Dalsania of Camarillo; 11 years old 2nd place: Briceida Lopez of Oxnard; 18 years old 3rd place. The judges were: Judging Panel: • Greg Wray – Rotary […] Read More »

Tree Town

Recently 130 new trees were planted along the River Trail bike path on the Westside, between Park Row and Ramona St trail access. Native and drought-tolerant species were chosen, including five different oak species, two pine species and 40 Cercis Occidentalis (western redbud). A grant covers maintenance for one year, such as watering using Gator […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at J. Henderson Law

Photo by Michael Gordon Chamber ribbon cutting at J. Henderson Law, 255 Maple Court Suite 120, Ventura. “My services are comprehensive, personalized, and handled with care.” Read More »

Fans will be coming to X Games from all over Southern California

Trains to take fans to the X Games. The X Games has announced more detailed information about its partnership with Visit Ventura and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner – an unprecedented partnership which will provide access from key Southern California cities to the X Games event, bringing ticket-holders to and from Ventura this summer. “Fans will be […] Read More »

Business Profile: Angel A1 threading

On May 30, 2023, Angel A1 threading opened its doors on the corner of E. Main St. in Ventura. Anju also known as Angie is one of the owners and managers of Angel A1 Threading. Anju is an immigrant who came to United States and has opened her shop. Angie stated “I take full pride […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 21 – July 12 – July 25, 2023 - On Vacation

Alan and Kathy Hammerand brought the Ventura Breeze to the Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey. The library refused to put it in their permanent collection. Read More »

Taking in the outdoors while hiking at Arroyo Verde Park

Feel free to bring your dog but they need to be on a leash. by Hadie Tobar Whether you are in need of a quick nature walk with your furry friend, getting a workout on a trail run or simply enjoying some fresh air to decompress, Arroyo Verde Park hiking trails provide different ways to […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library Summer Reading Program continues with — Musician Craig Newton presenting Voice of America’s Fun Songs. Get ready for foot stomping, toe tapping, hand clapping, sing-along fun as musician Craig Newton brings a variety of instruments to the library. This free event is sponsored by the Ventura Friends of the Library. […] Read More »

Over eight decades, The Boys & Girls Club Ventura has been helping children in and around Ventura

Kids love being part of the Club. by Leon Rousso CFP Board Emeritus The facts are incredible. Almost 100% of our kids graduate from high school and most move on to college. Considering the average graduation rate is somewhere around 70%, I find this the most amazing statistic. You can find many more amazing statistics […] Read More »

The Salvation Army celebrated an instillation event for the new Board Members.

Salvation Army recognized leadership. by Patricia Schallert The Salvation Army is a globally recognized charitable organization that provides humanitarian and social services to local communities in need. On June 28th, the local Ventura Salvation Army Corp chapter of the Salvation Army celebrated an instillation event for the new Board Members. Roger Case current Salvation Army […] Read More »

CMH Auxiliary presents Scholarships

Junior Coordinator Marilyn Beal presented the awards to Emily Gomez and Rithvik Kotla at a recent board meeting. Each year the Auxiliary of Community Memorial Health Services award scholarships to outstanding graduating seniors who have participated in the Auxiliary’s Junior volunteer program. The Maria Cavallo Scholarships are given to students whose education and career goals […] Read More »

Sharks were in the Harbor

Outdoor Summer Movie Series kicked off with a showing of Jaws Hundreds of enthusiastic guests turned out to Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday, June 24, for an unforgettable evening as the Outdoor Summer Movie Series kicked off with a special showing of the iconic film Jaws (1975) at sunset. The event was a true celebration […] Read More »

Ahoy! All Pirates & Mermaids 13th Annual Backpack Gift~Away Event!

Kids & Families Together’s (K&FT) Heart 2 Heart program will be hosting their 13th Annual Backpack Gift~Away event on Saturday, August 12th, in Ventura for legal guardians, kinship caregivers, 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 Ventura Senior Men’s Club wants you to join  

by Bob Warnagieris, Ed.D. The Ventura Senior Men’s Club, formerly known as the Ventura Retired Professional and Business Men’s Club, was informally established in June, 1953 when two businessmen having lunch in a local restaurant got the idea of including acquaintances and friends for a regular socially-oriented luncheon.  The businessmen, E.L. Van Delan and J.E. […] Read More »

Stand up paddling 55 miles in a day

On May 28th at 3:00 am John quietly slipped into the Ventura Harbor After turning 55 years old, John Nordin set a personal goal to stand up paddle board (SUP) his years in miles. For nearly 20 years John was an avid surfer along the California coast. Reading articles in magazines and tracking storms hitting […] Read More »

The Ventura Girl's School Riots

It was built to change delinquent girls though education and compassion. by Richard Senate A dream was shattered on the night of February 27, 1920 when the girls of the Ventura School for Girls rioted after the departure of a beloved doctor from the school staff. Established on the upper Ventura Avenue, just outside of […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Moorhouse Financial

Photo by Michael Gordon A Chamber ribbon cutting was held at Moorhouse Financial in the Ventura Harbor Village, 1575 Spinnaker Dr #201. Phone (805) 684-2245 Read More »

Q&A

Q:Reader Linda Mc writes “why are there all of those cones at the lot at Harbor Dr. and Schooner Dr.? A: The City has started to make the parking lot at Schooner and Harbor ready for the boats that have to be moved from the dry docks on Anchors Way because the pipes for the project […] Read More »

A Summer Winemaker’s Dinner to benefit Rubicon Theatre Company

Rubicon Theatre is thrilled to announce “Dine & Delight” a private Winemaker’s Dinner hosted by Water’s Edge Restaurant on the Ventura Harbor featuring a 5-course menu created by award-winning Executive Chef Alex Montoya, with wine pairings from Caymus Vineyards. Guests will enjoy a live musical performance by Broadway veteran and Rubicon artist Jennifer Leigh Warren […] Read More »

Patagonia held event to build community awareness to build Tomals

Alan Salazar: Chumash Tribal Elder, Mike Murray: Deputy Superintendent for Programs Channel Islands, Robert Schwemmer: Maritine Heritage Program Regional Coordinator, Harry Rabin: Field Advisor “Heal the Ocean” by Patricia Schallert A free event was presented at Patagonia on June 15. Patagonia served food and drinks and their main focus was on building community awareness with […] Read More »

Pregnant sea lion found on the Portside Promenade returns to the water

Just doing what she’s told and staying on the walkway. On June 17, a pregnant sea lion decided she would rather spend time on the promenade at Portside Ventura Harbor. When it became obvious, she wasn’t going back in the water the volunteer folks from the Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute Rescue (CIMWI) came […] Read More »

Have you noticed a change in our skyline?

The value of these trees ranges from $95,000 to $130,000 for all four. The four dramatic Canary Island palms piercing the horizon at the Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) were recently moved from Ventura College to the skyline at Grant Park. These large specimens were donated by the college, which is in the process of new […] Read More »

Ventura Veterans Home celebrates 248th U.S. Army Birthday

The Ventura Veterans Home celebrated the 248th U.S. Army Birthday. Cake cutting was performed by our senior U.S. Army Veteran First Sergeant Mack Edwards, US Army (WW2 Veteran) and our youngest Army Veteran Samuel Tussey (US Army 2017 – 2019), Ventura Veterans Home staff member.  The Ventura Downtown Lions Club provided a scrumptious BBQ with cowboy burgers […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon-cutting at Ventura Fit Body Boot Camp

Photo by Michael Gordon The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon-cutting at Ventura Fit Body Boot Camp. “The key to your fat loss success is our signature Afterburn workouts, support and motivation from our world class coaches, and easy to follow nutrition program to help you keep the fat off.” 4255 E. Main St. (805) 363-6037 […] Read More »

Ventura Yacht Club celebrated the Summer Solstice

What better way to welcome summer than another great week of Wet Wednesday racing? The summer solstice, on Wednesday, June 21, marked the first day of summer. On that day, the sun reached its highest point in the sky on the longest day of the year. That day, Ventura Yacht Club also ended their Wave […] Read More »

Lars Yahr rode the Cannonball

Lars successfully completed the Scooter Cannonball from San Clemente California to Hilton head South  Carolina. The 2023 Scooter Cannonball began in San Clemente on June 18, 2023, and conclude eight days later at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on June 25th. The total distance of the recommended riding course is estimated to be approximately 3,170 […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon-cutting at Jellyfish Vintage Boutique

The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon-cutting at Jellyfish Vintage Boutique. Jellyfish combines new and vintage home décor to enhance the beauty of your home every season of the year. They offer everything to bring coastal cottage loveliness to your home. 309 E Main St. 805-667-8299 Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon-cutting at Wildflower Winery

The Chamber held a ribbon-cutting at Wildflower Winery 4517 Market St, Ste 7. “We have created beautiful wines which highlight the terroir of the vineyards in Ventura Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties.” Read More »

Breezy's always in our hearts

She should have been 46 next week. We all miss her dearly. Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 20 – June 28 – July 11, 2023 - On Vacation

Bill and Diana Kelley keeping track on what’s going on at home from the Colosseum in Rome! Read More »

Justice For All Ventura County Awards Essay Finalists

Justice For all Ventura County was proud to offer an inaugural Young Activists Essay contest this spring, handing out three awards totaling $600 at Ventura High School’s graduation ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023. The contest was open to all Ventura High School and Fillmore High School seniors. The three winners personified activism, volunteerism and […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 20 – June 28 – July 11, 2023 - Community Events

The Ventura County Philatelic Societys meetings are held every first and third Monday of the month at the Church of the Foothills, Ventura. Meetings start at 7:30pm. Website with more information can be found at https://venturacountyphilatelicsoc.org The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County celebrates 150th anniversary

On June 23, a kickoff event was held at the Museum of Ventura County to celebrate Ventura County’s 150th anniversary. In 1873, Ventura County separated from Santa Barbara County creating a unique community in charge of its own destiny. In the 150 years since, Ventura County has become known for its agriculture, industry and innovation […] Read More »

Rose Garden at the Olivas Adobe

Thanks to the winter rains and the hard work of docents, the Rose Garden at the Olivas Adobe is in full bloom! Be sure to stop by the historic park and smell the roses! Located at 4200 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Read More »

Teen earns four AA degrees a month before graduating from high school at 17

Kampton Carter graduated from Ventura College on May 19, 2023, earning four Associate of Art degrees. She’s acquired an Associate of Art degree in Liberal Studies, Associate of Art degree in Arts and Humanities, Associate of Art degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and an Associate of Art degree in Natural Sciences and Mathematics along […] Read More »

A homeless man defies the odds and embraces entrepreneurship

by Ross Williams Every morning, Marcus Aldrich wakes up at 5am and starts his day with a trip to the gym. Afterward, he manages his various business ventures. From Kayak rentals, Vinyl sticker decals, party photo booths, Uber Eats and DoorDash, Marcus has carved out a niche for himself as a versatile entrepreneur. Marcus stands […] Read More »

Ventura County Greek Festival celebrates 44 years

On June 23, 24 & 25 the Ventura County Greek Festival celebrated its 44th year. The Ventura County Greek Festival is one of the longest-running cultural festivals in Ventura County. The Festival attracts thousands of guests from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties showcasing the Greek culture through food, music, dance, and storytelling. Read More »

Business Profile: Somis Nut House

The Somis Nut House opened in 1959 as the Ventura Walnut Shelling Co., a walnut processing plant. Morris and Annette Resnik, and their son, Stephen Resnik, arrived in the area from Los Angeles and quickly made connections with local walnut farmers. They hand built the machinery required to crack, sort and pack them for sale […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library encourages families to “Find Your Voice” and participate in Summer Reading! Participants may register at vencolibrary.beanstack.org and record their reading with opportunities to win prizes for reaching reading goals. Registration continues through August 4th . This summer, Ventura County Library hosts Lunch at the Library Farm to Summer Program […] Read More »

CAPS congratulates 2023 graduates

ECTV students Saadiya Islam, Sarah Briggs, Daryan Barati, Arslans Barati, Shayan Barati and graduate Luca Falco, CAPS staff Gary Roll, Elizabeth Rodeno, ECTV mentor Phil Taggart and Manny Reynoso covering the 2023 high school graduations. CAPS crew members, including students in the CAPS/ECTV program (El Camino high school program) were very busy the week of […] Read More »

Business Profile: Quality Windows and Doors

by Patricia Schallert Erick Karlsen, is the owner of Quality Windows and Doors in Oxnard, Santa Barbara and Ventura. As he was living and growing up in Oxnard at 17 years old, he was looking for a way to occupy his free time.  So, he joined the Navy Seabee Reserves in Port Hueneme. His father, […] Read More »

This season has an exciting lineup of concerts

The Schwab Academy of Music returns with three weekends of performances at Ventura College running from July 8-23. Going into third season, the Academy offers high-level orchestra and chamber music concerts performed by student musicians in Ventura County and beyond. Featuring professional musicians playing alongside their student mentees, and low-ticket prices ranging from $5-15 (and […] Read More »

A Walk On Water took advantage of the Ventura Pier

AWOW couples life-changing surf therapy and children that have unique needs. by Joseph Seemayer The Ventura Pier, built in 1872, formerly known as the San Buenaventura Wharf is one of California’s oldest wooden piers and is a favorite destination of California visitors. On the weekend of May 9th, A Walk On Water (AWOW) took advantage […] Read More »

School staff honored

Emily, Hector and Holly were recognized by the Ventura County Office of Education. Four Ventura Charter School staff were honored with 2023 Ventura County Office of Education Impact II Awards and will receive $1,500 in funds to continue innovative curriculum practices. The Awards were presented on May 23rd during the Impact II Awards ceremony in […] Read More »

A must-see Parisian-style circus production

Circus Vargas channels the “City of Lights” Circus Vargas presented another outstanding, mega-hit entertainment experience in Ventura at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. It is now at the Santa Barbara at Earl Warren Showgrounds until June 19 and at the Madonna Inn starting June 23. Join us for a brand new big top adventure with Performers […] Read More »

Passing the Baton – The American Flag Program

Jim Monahan, Paul Nickolan, Jeff Bode, Doug Cavagnaro, Matt Valdez, Billy Magee, Dan Smith, David Soo Hoo, and Jim Duran volunteer to keep the flags flying. Patriotism has been very important in the City of Ventura. That is why you see “Old Glory” displayed throughout our city. The American flag remains a living piece of […] Read More »

The Ladies Luncheon Ventura celebrates 14 years of networking

Ladies comes together for good networking and a delicious lunch. by Carol Leish, MA “The best networking comes from genuine relationships and friendships” –Gatehouse Laurie Ann Meyer, a full time Real Estate Broker and owner of Lifestyle Listings with Realty One Group Summit in Ventura, said, “I saw an opportunity in 2009 to bring women […] Read More »

Ventura High School Presents 41st Annual Reader’s Faire

Inspiring children to explore the power of reading. Ventura High School (VHS) held its 41st Annual Reader’s Faire, a cherished event organized by the VHS 10th grade Honors English classes on Thursday, June 1, at Ventura High School.  For over four decades, the Reader’s Faire has captivated young minds and fostered a love for reading […] Read More »

EPIC Leadership Center summer program needs volunteers

EPIC Leadership Center, a non-profit organization, is starting its Summer Program in Westview Village, Ventura. Founded by Christine Wood, DMin about 15 years ago, the EPIC Leadership Center embarked on a mission to transform the lives of families in low income, higher risk neighborhoods in Ventura. Using the golden rule, “Ask yourself what you want […] Read More »

 A Special Exhibition from the Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library

Focus on the Masters Arts Archive & Library (FOTM) is proud to announce their participation in the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the incorporation of the County of Ventura.  FOTM will present History Is Now, 2023 an extensive selection of photographic portraits, by FOTM Founder Donna Granata, featuring artists from the organization’s extensive archives over the summer and […] Read More »

MERITO stands for Multicultural Education for Resources Issues Threatening Oceans

They are committed to protecting the ocean by facilitating education, conservation, and scientific research opportunities to multicultural youth and their communities. Recently the MERITO Foundation sponsored the 7th grade class from DATA Middle School to a 3-day camping trip to Santa Cruz Island. The students had the opportunity to experience and encounter dolphins, whales, tent […] Read More »

SoCalGas and Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast present Daisy Friends & Robots Event

The event’s primary focus was to provide an interactive platform for children. Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) recently teamed up with the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) to present a one-of-a-kind event, the Daisy Friends & Robots Open House. The event took place on June 3rd at the Westview Village, an affordable housing […] Read More »

New Downtown Lions Club member Breeze Advertising Executive Janie Tran

A new Downtown Lions Club member is Breeze Advertising Account Executive Janie Tran (that’s her in the middle). At their meeting the Club inducted two new members, gave $5000 to the Salvation Army eye clinic and had amazing guest speakers from the Ventura County sheriff’s office canine and mounted units.  Read More »

What is in a name? Ventura.

by Richard Senate The Chamber of Commerce will tell you that the city of San Buenaventura is really the city of good fortune. That is a direct translation of the Spanish word Buenaventura. But in truth, that is not true. The city is named after a man, a very unique man who lived in 13th […] Read More »

Salzer's Records hosts Meet and Greet with Hozier

Salzer’s Records hosted Meet and Greet with Hozier on Saturday, June 3, over 400 turned up!  Hozier plays the Santa Barbara Bowl on October 28, his newest release, Unreal Unearth drops August 18. Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 19 – June 14 – June 27, 2023 - On Vacation

While vacationing in Cleveland John and Royce were thinking about the Breeze. This is the amazing Heinen’s Grocery Store in downtown. Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 19 – June 14 – June 27, 2023 - On Vacation

While vacationing in Champaign, Illinois Carol Leish, was visiting a long time college friend, Judy (who she met in 1985 at CSU San Bernardino) she brought the Breeze to show Judy her most recent article. Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library encourages families to “Find Your Voice” and participate in Summer Reading! The Ventura County Library (VCL) Summer Reading Challenge is underway, including a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults throughout the summer. Participants may register at vencolibrary.beanstack.org and record their reading with opportunities to win prizes for reaching reading […] Read More »

The Channel Islands Harbor Art Festival will return for its 17th year on July 8 - 9.

The art festival hosts both local and regional artists displaying their own original artwork in all mediums of fine art and fine craft. The artwork that will be presented includes ceramics, glass, jewelry, mixed media, paintings, photography, and sculpture in glass, metal, and wood. The hours are from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on both […] Read More »

Business Profile: Quality Windows and Doors

Erick Karlsen, currently is the owner of Quality Windows and Doors in Oxnard, Santa Barbara and Ventura. As he was living and growing up in Oxnard at 17 years old, he was looking for a way to occupy his free time.  So, he joined the Navy Seabee Reserves in Port Hueneme. His father, knowing that […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Angel A1 Threading

Photo by Michael Gordon The Ventura Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at Angel A1 Threading located at 4020 E Main St Ste B-4-2 in Ventura. 805-258-6250. Read More »

AIDS/LifeCycle rides through Ventura

Photos by Patricia Schallert It’s a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California’s most beautiful countryside. Co-produced by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, AIDS/LifeCycle advances these agencies’ shared interest in reducing new HIV infections and improving the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. They ride the 545 miles […] Read More »

Rotary Club of Ventura holds Fifth Annual Perspectives on Peace Scholarship Awards

First place winner Kimberly Fickerson accepts her check for $5000 by Richard Lieberman Recently at the fifth annual Peace Scholarship Awards Luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Ventura scholarships were awarded to local area students. The awards were presented to high school seniors and is unusual for art students to be presented with a […] Read More »

Chip In For Charity: A Non-Competitive, Family-Friendly Golf Event to Benefit Ventura Land Trust

Chip In For Charity is more than just a golf event; Chip In For Charity is thrilled to announce its upcoming event, a non-competitive and family-friendly golf experience dedicated to raising funds for local non-profit groups. This year, Chip In For Charity is proud to support Ventura Land Trust. The event will take place in […] Read More »

Firefighters’ Ball and Awards Ceremony

Photos by Mary Thompson The Firefighters’ Ball and Awards Ceremony was a huge success honoring Ventura City firefighters and providing fire families a night of fun and camaraderie. Highlighting the Ball were the Department’s annual awards: Captain Austin Araiza received the Firefighter of the Year award for his exceptional work in arson investigations, training new […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library encourages families to “Find Your Voice” and participate in Summer Reading! The Ventura County Library (VCL) Summer Reading Challenge is underway. VCL encourages the love of reading with a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults throughout the summer. Participants may register at vencolibrary.beanstack.org and record their […] Read More »

A Busy Season for CAPS Media

As Ventura cruises into the summer, May and June are very busy and exciting months for CAPS Crews with a variety of productions including City press conferences for the upcoming X Games and grants for Ventura Water Pure treatment program, two State of the City presentations with a live and streaming presentation at the Museum […] Read More »

They are Ventura citizens trying to make it

by Sheli Ellsworth Destin (AKA Des) Starchile was fortunate. “I was adopted in San Antonio at a young age and my father was president of the Texas Cradle Society,” he says. “My parents were pillars of the community. As a child, I had numerous health problems and spent a lot of time recovering from surgeries […] Read More »

Smiles and mouths full of food at the Strawberry Festival

Overflow crowds attended the Strawberry Festival at the Fairgrounds. Photos by Patricia Schallert and Yana Khiyod Yummy treats, live music, rides and a great time was enjoyed at the California Strawberry Festival held on May 20 & 21 at Ventura County Fairgrounds celebrating its 37th year. Attendees didn’t mind the long lines as the Festival […] Read More »

Have a proud and Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is […] Read More »

Life Stories Volunteer Program

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is bringing back its beloved Life Story program. This program is designed to provide both community members and hospice patients the opportunity to record their personal memoirs. Helping one share their personal story, which might be lost if not passed along to the next generation, is a valuable […] Read More »

One-Night-Only at Rubicon Theatre in Ventura

Rubicon Theatre of Ventura presents the third event in the company’s Summer Concert series on Saturday, June 3 at 7 p.m. – “Mostly Broadway: An Evening With David Burnham.” Burnham is the star of Broadway shows such as the mega-hit musical Wicked, The Light in the Piazza and the National Tour of Joseph and the […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 18 – May 31 – June 13, 2023 - Community Events

The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcomed to stop in to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 Wanna Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL sanctioned duplicate […] Read More »

Doorway is a map at Mission San Buenaventura

Is this a map? Photo by Patricia Schallert by Richard Senate The side door of the church that leads into the courtyard has an interesting design that looks Moorish but it is, said to be, a map of sorts, to show Native Converts how to find their way back to the Mission if they should travel […] Read More »

Practice Greenhealth honored with the Partner for Change Award

Dignity Health – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo (SJHC) were honored by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare, with the Partner for Change Award. This recognition is given to organizations that demonstrate superior performance in environmental sustainability, covering a range of different sustainability […] Read More »

Vets have been honored at The Vent on Memorial Day in Ventura

 A work out known as the “Murph.” by Patricia Schallert Every year on Memorial Day, athletes from around the world, gather at Crossfit affiliates, military bases, and local parks to do a work out known as the “Murph” and as they work out, they remember those who died while serving in the United States Armed […] Read More »

Breeze Q&A

Question: What is the very large building under construction at N. Banks? Fred Taylor Answer: It is a 306-unit apartment mixed use complex located at Johnson and North Bank drives. It will have 13 buildings varying from 2 to 4 stories by developer Beverly Hills-based G.H. Palmer Associates. It will contain 19 affordable units and […] Read More »

Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Tricounty Services

The Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Tricounty Services. Located at 2437 Grand Ave. in the Montalvo neighborhood. 805-585-3894. Tricounty provides heating, air conditioning, fireplace, indoor air quality, and plumbing services. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

Ventura Land Trust celebrates 20 years

Photos by Patricia Schallert On May 19, the Ventura Land Trust celebrated a milestone at their 20th anniversary birthday party! It was held in the beer garden at Topa Topa Brewing Company at 4880 Colt St. All enjoyed a piece of cake, games, and a gathering of friends and supporters who have been a part […] Read More »

Lions honoring America

The morning crew Steve Shaw, Patrick D. Pothier, Stan Yates. Joe Siddens and Charlie Burnham setting up flags. Jim Monahan, Former City Councilman started the tradition of honoring America back in the late 1990’by having the American Flag displayed in the Downtown Ventura area including the Ventura Pier, the Promenade, Ventura Avenue, Main Street, California, […] Read More »

Business Profile: Focus SUP Hawaii/ Ventura

October 2021, Kathrin and Dave opened their Paddle Board Store directly across the public launch pad in the newly built complex called Portside Ventura Harbor. At Focus SUP Hawaii – Ventura, their first love is offering experiences to people’s lives, no matter if it is buying a SUP board or offering activities on and off […] Read More »

Business Profile: Pierpont Racquet Club

When the Pierpont Racquet Club opened in 1977 it was one of the first multi-purpose athletic clubs in the nation. Tennis was increasing in popularity and racquetball was the fastest growing sport in the U.S. As fourth generation Venturans, brothers Scott and Spencer Garrett seized the opportunity to create a facility that would attract not […] Read More »

Community Memorial Hospital Welcomes a New Neurosurgeon Katherine Wagner MD.

by Richard Lieberman During a recent surgical procedure at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, I had run into a series of coincidences that brought me under the care of Neurosurgeon Katherine Wagner who had recently joined the practice of Dr. David Westra and unbeknownst at the time a small series of coincidences brought me back […] Read More »

The Club and its members have a rich history of civic service and of service to the community.

by Patrick D. Pothier President, Ventura Downtown Lions The Ventura Downtown Lions Club is celebrating its 100th Birthday this year. It was chartered on April 27, 1923, by 51 outstanding local businesses and community leaders. One of them was Fred W Smith who went on to become President of Lions Clubs International for 1947 – 1948, […] Read More »

Want to make a difference at our local beaches?

The Ventura Audubon Society will be conducting a volunteer Beach Naturalist training workshop on Saturday June 3rd from 9am to 1:30pm at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard. Become a beach naturalist volunteer and help educate visitors on western snowy plovers and California least terns as part of the Shorebird Recovery Program. Attend this […] Read More »

Small business owners graduated from WEV’S Emprendimiento Program

Graduates of WEV’s Emprendimiento Program in Santa Paula, May 11, 2023. Photo by WEV Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)’s Emprendimiento Program increases opportunities for historically marginalized individuals by providing entrepreneurial training and access to capital for limited English proficient (LEP) and Hispanic community members. Graduation ceremonies were held May 2 – 11 in Oxnard and Santa Paula […] Read More »

Plantopia Earth Day Event

Plants were distributed to families during Plantopia. Over 1,800 vegetable plants were distributed at Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture’s (SEEAG) first annual Plantopia U Pick Transplant Fundraiser on Earth Day. The fundraiser raised over $5,000 to help with SEEAG’s agricultural education programs that teach students about the farm origins of their food, water resources, soil […] Read More »

Students from VUSD will present proposals

2022 finalists in the annual EECCOA Challenge Awards Ceremony. For the 8th year in a row, students from Ventura Unified School District will present proposals to reduce their schools’ environmental footprint and receive awards. On Monday, May 22nd, the MERITO Foundation and Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) will host the 8th annual EECCOA Challenge Awards […] Read More »

Ventura Triathlon

Photos by Patricia Schallert On May 7, a triathlon was held in Ventura. It was the perfect Ventura weekend for the event. The race had 14 separate events and 2 different starting points.  Every event that included a swim discipline started at the beach. finish line.  Many of the athletes familiarized themselves with the bike […] Read More »

Ventura Bike Depot, Inc.

Offers a friendly, safe place to explore the bicycle as an alternative form of transportation. Free test rides on the latest variety of electric assist bicycles. Both rear hub drive and mid-drive. Come experience the difference and see why the spread in price is warranted. What inspired Shelley to start this business? In 1982 she […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson One County One Book The Ventura County Library and Ventura County Library Foundation are beginning planning for One County One Book for 2023. One County, One Book unites the members of the Ventura County community in order to spread interest and facilitate discussion about selected books. The selected title for 2023 is […] Read More »

Dianna Cleveland, Ventura County’s Residential Personal Assistant, Improves People’s Lives

Dianna Cleveland has a passion for people and works with them to improve their lives by helping them make their home and office life more organized, efficient, simple, and easy. With her tech-savvy skills and vast experience in household and office organization, she helps people ranging in age from 35-95 to solve problems they haven’t […] Read More »

From Businesses to Bungalows, The Lashley Group 

by Ross Williams Southern California’s real estate market is renowned for its competitiveness, especially when it comes to buying and selling businesses. However, Ian and Jamie Lashley have found their passion. They operate The Lashley Group, a boutique firm specializing in business brokering and residential real estate. Ian’s journey began during the 2008 market crash […] Read More »

Ventura County Library encourages families to “Find Your Voice” and participate in Summer Reading!

There are a wide range of themed events scheduled at the VCL branches, in addition to the regular Storytime and special events programs. Families are encouraged to stop by their local VCL branch to participate in themed bi-weekly STEAM activities and challenges and other subjects related to this year’s theme “Find Your Voice”. VCL encourages […] Read More »

Myths and Mysteries of the Missions

“I am very proud of this book–One year in the making–a breezy look at the myths and mysteries of the Missions.”  Richard Senate. Paperback $15, Kindle $5, illustrated. Read More »

They are Venturan’s trying to make it

by Sheli Ellsworth Thirty-three-years old, Shawn Hittle is a street performer who specializes in fire spinning. Fire performance typically involves moving and throwing objects like batons or rings made with wicks which can sustain a large enough flame to create an artistic effect. He attends a group that meets near the Seabridge Amphitheater in Oxnard […] Read More »

Large pine sculptured art piece by John Mahoney

In August 2018, a very large pine tree in Plaza Park was transformed into an amazing sculptured art piece by John Mahoney. It has been water-blasted to keep it fresh and beautiful. Read More »

Are you color blind?

The Ventura Botanical Gardens is having a color blindness viewer reveal at the end of the month. The Ventura Botanical Gardens is looking for adults and/or children to try special EnChroma glasses for color blindness. If you’re color blind, or have a co-worker, friend, or friend who is, and lives in Ventura, please connect with […] Read More »

Ventura County Concert Band celebrates its 59th Anniversary Season

The Ventura County Concert Band is a community band in Ventura. The band was founded in 1964 and operates as a community service under the auspices of the Ventura Adult and Continuing Education Office. The band’s members are volunteer musicians from widespread personal and professional backgrounds. Larry Weiss served as the band’s musical director and conductor […] Read More »

“Live events are back and we are beyond excited”

VMF announces diverse, star-filled 28th festival set for July 28-30 and August 4-6. “Live events are back and we are beyond excited about the artist line-up for this summer,” says VMF Executive Director Susan Scott. 5-time Grammy Winner, Dianne Reeves, one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world today, headlines. Also, Mark O’Connor, a […] Read More »

17th Wine in the Pines 2023

Calling all wine lovers, mark your calendars for Saturday, July 8th, for the 17th annual Pine Mountain Club Wine in the Pines, festival in the Pine Mountain Village Center. From 1pm to 4pm (noon to 4pm with a VIP ticket), you’ll be able to taste exciting wines from the world’s top wine-growing regions, with dozens […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 17 – May 17 – May 30, 2023 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcome to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 Do you want a Play Bridge? Join […] Read More »

Take 5 And Read To Kids campaign kicks off May 5

Take 5 and Read to Kids! encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read, and sing together. On May 5, at 10am, celebrity readers will be reading to young children throughout Ventura County to kick off the seventh annual Take 5 and Read to Kids! campaign, an ongoing effort by First 5 Ventura County to raise […] Read More »

The fundraiser benefited the Shorebird Recovery Program

Board members Vince Kinsch, Cat Whitehead and Lindsay Talley showing their support for the recovery program. by Patricia Schallert On April 29, at the Ventura Coast Brewing Company, The Ventura Audubon Society had a fundraiser called “Raise the Roost party“ along with a silent auction. This fundraiser benefits the Shorebird Recovery Program for the snowy […] Read More »

It’s HighTide: Ventura Robotics Team win at world competition

“It’s amazing what these kids are doing, what they are gaining.” by Rebecca Wicks The Ventura-based Robotics Team HighTide 4414 won the biggest and most prestigious high school level international competition earlier this month in Houston. According to FIRST Robotics who put on the event, approximately 3,300 high school level robotics teams competed in more […] Read More »

Ventura Tree Alliance Tree Planting at Barranca Vista Park

Volunteers from the Ventura Tree Alliance and City staff. On Friday, April 21, the Ventura Tree Alliance (VTA), City of Ventura’s Urban Forestry Team, and West Coast Arborists planted 15 trees at Barranca Vista Park. This event celebrated Earth Day by adding tree canopy to our urban landscape. The trees ranged from oaks, which will grow […] Read More »

An Intimate Boutique Yoga Studio opens on the waterfront at Portside Ventura Harbor

May 1st marked the official opening of Portside Yoga located at 947 Schooner Drive – Unit 211 in Ventura. This beautiful second-floor studio directly overlooks the harbor and captures a perfect view of sailboats, wildlife, and a perfectly framed postcard sunset every evening. Yoga classes for all levels, all bodies, and all abilities will be […] Read More »

A local minister, Rev. William Gilbert fought injustice

by Richard Senate He was the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ventura but  he was much more than a religious leader in the community. He was a fixture in town, always speaking up for the underdog on local radio and newspapers. Anyone who  attended his sermons will recall his dry humor and booming […] Read More »

Does Ventura City Council care about renters?

An Opinion by Alex Garcia, Community Organizer with CAUSE As a community organizer I regularly talk to longtime residents about the countless sacrifices they make year after year to keep up with rising rents. I recently met Maria O. in her home where she has lived for the past 11 years with her husband and […] Read More »

Michel Peterson

by Patricia Schallert Michel Peterson, sponsored  by “ Friends of Ventura Harbor”, presented her life as a shepherdess on Santa Cruz Island on April 19th at the Greek Restaurant in the Ventura Harbor. Her book titled “Once Upon an Island”, is a story of her love affair with Santa Cruz Island located 31 miles off the […] Read More »

Ventura woodshop program takes home top award!

Balboa Middle School wins Program of the Year for outstanding Woodshop program. Balboa Middle School’s Woodshop Program, under the direction and talent of Mr. Paul Fredette, was awarded the 2023 California Industrial and Technology Education Association (CITEA) Middle School Program of the Year award. Mr. Greg Hanger, CITEA President, presented Mr. Fredette with the award at the […] Read More »

Namba Performing Arts Space Showcases Singer-Songwriters in May

Namba Performing Arts Space in downtown Ventura will be showcasing singer songwriters Halley Rose Neal, Shawn Jones and Kelly’s Lot during a weekend of celebration, creativity and heartfelt songs. “Showcasing independent, unique, touring and local songwriters is a continuance of our mission to nurture talent in our community”, says Tamara Varney, Board Chair for Namba […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 16 – May 3 – May 16, 2023 - On Vacation

Priscilla Holmes and Rob Schleef of Ventura took the Aiguille du Midi cable car (and the Breeze) from Chamonix, France up to Mont Blanc at 12,605 feet. Read More »

New Chief Curator Carlos Ortega at Museum of Ventura County

The Museum of Ventura County is pleased to announce the recent hiring of new Chief Curator, Carlos Ortega. Ortega brings two decades of museum experience to the Museum, where he will help connect the present and future through recognizing, exploring, and appreciating the past. Ortega officially started at the Museum of Ventura County on May […] Read More »

Growing From the Ashes

Ventura author Sheila Lowe has released her long-awaited memoir, Growing From the Ashes: Learning from my daughter’s murder about life after earth. In 2000, as a forensic handwriting examiner for many years, Sheila was alarmed to see the red flags for pathological behavior in the handwriting of her daughter’s boyfriend, Tom Schnaible. An officer in […] Read More »

There's a new go-to shop in town!

Grand Parlor Salon and Shave, LLC is serving Ladies and Gents in Ventura East! Terra Aldrich is the owner and operator of Grand Parlor Salon and Shave, LLC located at 1795 S Victoria Ave, Suite 102-B. Ms. Aldrich, aka “@t_thebarber68″ on Instagram, is a fourth generation Ventura County Native and is licensed in both barbering […] Read More »

Trees planted for Earth Day

The Ventura Tree Alliance, the City of Ventura’s Urban Forestry staff and community members teamed up to plant fifteen trees to help shade and beautify Barranca Vista Park for a family-friendly tree planting day on Earth Day, Friday, April 21. The funds for this event were provided by generous donations from the community: people from […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Do you enjoy learning new things, exploring interesting places, and meeting people who share a love of adventure? Hill Road Library will host a discussion of the many programs offered by Road Scholar on Thursday, May 4th, at 5:00 pm. Road Scholar is the world’s largest educational travel organization for adults, offering […] Read More »

Artisans from around the west will show off their creations at Strawberry Festival

Artist Michael Phillips has created this strawberry design for the festival. One hundred-fifty artisans from throughout the West will be displaying their goods at the 37th annual California Strawberry Festival, May 20 and 21 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura.  The festival, which attracts nearly 50,000 visitors, features more than 50 food and beverage booths, […] Read More »

High Tide is riding high on three regional wins

“We are looking forward to being World Champs this year.” After reaching last year’s World Finalist spot in 2022, Team 4414 HighTide is headed again to the FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston. They are riding high on three regional wins at Hueneme Port, Ventura County and AeroSpace Valley. Additionally, they earned awards in Autonomous […] Read More »

Another beautiful Ventura sunset by KCRUTS photography

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Rain hinders farm work

Our heavy rains will make it harder for our local farmers to grow their products. Read More »

Annual “Spring Fling” Gift-Away Event

Spring Fling 2023 served 125 children with 65 families. A Beautiful Day Supporting Ventura County Foster/Resource Families, Kinship Families, Adoptive Families, and Bio-families Currently Working in Programs with Kids & Families Together On Saturday, April 1st, Kids & Families Together’s Heart 2 Heart Program, hosted their Spring Fling Gift~Away for Ventura County foster/resource, kinship, adopted […] Read More »

Stars of Hope

From Project Understanding is Michael Rodriguez – Pantry Manager, Olga Hamra – Case Manager, Brandy Beesley = CEO/Executive Director, Lauren Prater- Social Worker, Jann Huling – Chief Operating Officer, Carolyn Pillado – Tutoring Manager, Tom McClain – Event Coordinator and Matt Maxfield – Driver. After a 3-year hiatus Project Understanding held their signature event the […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 15 – Apr 19 – May 2, 2023 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Men of all descriptions are welcome to stop to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 Do you want a Play Bridge? […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber 2023 Spring Business Expo

Photos by Patricia Schallert On April 13, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce presented their 2023 Spring Business Expo at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel. It was titled GAME ON. Dozens of chamber members were there with their booths featuring their businesses. The many hundreds of those attending the networking event were also provided with […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Rising from the Ashes Home Tour Saturday, April 22, 12:00 to 4:00 pm. The strength and resilience of Ventura will be on view as the Ventura County Library Foundation presents a tour of some of the beautifully rebuilt homes after the devastation of the Thomas Fire. This tour of homes is being […] Read More »

Raise the Roost and bring your dog

Ventura Audubon Society’s Raise the Roost Fundraiser Saturday, April 29th Noon – 5pm at Ventura Coast Brewing Company 76 S Oak St, Ventura: Please join Ventura Audubon for the Raise the Roost party and silent auction. This fundraiser benefits the Shorebird Recovery Program for the snowy plover and least tern nesting season on Ormond and […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 15 – Apr 19 – May 2, 2023 - On Vaction

While vacationing in Palm Springs Annie Pedevillano was sure to bring the Breeze with her.  Read More »

Choral Spectacular 2023!

Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) and Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (CHICO) join together in a collaborative concert program of dynamic and uplifting choral and orchestral music. Over 100 singers from across Ventura County will be on stage to perform Christopher Tin’s Baba Yetu and Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo. The Spectacular Chorus is comprised of CSU […] Read More »

DATA Middle School will dive into outdoor recreation

680 students from DATA Middle School will dive into outdoor recreation and ocean-related activities after months of environmental education with MERITO Foundation’s “From the Avenue to The Channel Islands” Program Last fall, the MERITO Foundation launched a new program in partnership with De Anza School of Technology & the Arts (DATA) Middle School, Ventura Unified […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 15 – Apr 19 – May 2, 2023 - Ojai News & Events

Award winning artist, teacher and mentor, Bert Collins, will be honored at the Ventura County Creative Artist’s (VCCA) upcoming show. The show will take place on May 6 and 7 from 11 am to 4 pm at her West Hills Gallery located at 1545 Cuyama Road in Ojai. Collins, who will celebrate her 95th birthday […] Read More »

Harmon Canyon is now open

After a lengthy closure, Harmon Canyon Preserve re-opened to the public on Friday, April 7. This is a partial re-opening. The preserve will be open up to the 1.5 mile mark. The upper canyon of the preserve will remain closed for repairs. Here are a few important reminders as you return to the preserve: Please […] Read More »

Ventura pier storm damage remains

Photo by Yana Khiyod Months after severe rain caused much damage the Ventura pier the major part of it remains closed. Damage to some support pilings were major. The required repairs are estimated to cost at least $650,000 and take till the end of the year. The front of the pier remains open for access […] Read More »

Once a ship of sin was moored off Ventura!

by Richard Senate In 1929 the good people of Ventura woke to find a gambling ship moored beyond the three-mile limit off our coast! It was the Johanna Smith, a 257-foot wooden lumber schooner, converted into a floating gambling palace. As it was beyond the legal limit it could legally operate without fear of local […] Read More »

El Camino High School ECTV crew wins WAVE awards

To learn more about CAPS, visit capsmedia.org. The highly talented high school students at El Camino in the ECTV media program at CAPS, continue to receive accolades and win awards. The ECTV program was created by CAPS in partnership with the Ventura Unified School District. Students collaborate writing, producing, recording and editing their own programs. […] Read More »

“One for One” initiative dedicated to planting trees in California

Ensemble Theatre Company, Santa Barbara’s professional theatre company, has announced a partnership with “One Tree Planted,” a non-profit that aims to plant trees in California. For every ticket purchased for the upcoming play, The Children, Ensemble Theatre Company will plant one tree. “Our upcoming play, The Children explores the effects of climate change on our […] Read More »

SEEAG to host Earth Day Plantopia U Pick Transplant Fundraiser

You don’t need a green thumb to select your plants. Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) will host its first annual Plantopia U Pick Transplant Fundraiser to celebrate Earth Day. The event, held on Earth Day, April 22, will raise funds to support SEEAG’s agricultural education programs where students learn about the farm origins of […] Read More »

Playdate in the Children's Garden April 7 with free admission

The Museum of Ventura County Friday, April 7, 2023 2:30pm—4:30pm Free Admission. Join for a play date with old and new friends! Complete a scavenger hunt crossword puzzle and receive a patch. Explore our traditional Chumash ‘ap, play archeologist in the dig pit, practice skills at the creative building table, and explore the garden of […] Read More »

Most optimistic community member nomination 2023

Do you know someone who has moved, touched, or inspired you by their optimism? Do you know someone who encourages you to be your best self? Do you know someone who sees hope and makes a positive difference in the lives of others? The second annual Most Optimistic Community Member nominations are now being accepted […] Read More »

When and what is Passover?

In 2023, Passover runs from the evening of April 5, 2023, to the evening of Thursday, April 13, 2023. Passover is a festival of freedom. It commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, and their transition from slavery to freedom. Passover or Pesach is an important, biblically derived Jewish holiday. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as […] Read More »

The Ventura Pier photo by KCRUTS photography

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Annual clean-up of the Promenade and beach

Photos by Michael Gordon On March 25, there was an annual clean-up of the Promenade and beach at the end of California St. At the very end of “C” street between Aloha and Crown Hotel with the Surfrider Foundation. The City of Ventura celebrated Caltrans’ Clean CA Community Days during the week of March 17-25. […] Read More »

Reflections on our storms by Michael Gordon

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Henry Schwab violin & viola competition

Calling all violinists and violists! The Henry Schwab Violin & Viola Competition is returning to Ventura College this summer: The application deadline is Sunday, April 23; preliminary rounds are April 29 & 30. Finalists will play a selection of their choice accompanied by the full Schwab Summer Orchestra to cap off the final weekend of […] Read More »

Lost Fremont Matchlock gun

by Richard Senate In the early weeks of January, 1847 California was a scene of battle. The US had sent west a well connected and ambitious military man to California and the west in hopes of concocting a rebellion among American Settlers in the Mexican Territory of Alta California. Col. John C. Fremont lead an […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Joe Kapp Real Estate

photo by Michael Gordon The Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Joe Kapp Real Estate. They have been serving the Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in Southern California for 45 years. 1068 E Main St. 805-648-9900   Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Jolly Boy Threads

A Chamber ribbon cutting was held at Jolly Boy Threads. The owner’s stated “Our mission is to give children similar opportunities in nature and provide them with “camperships” to attend outdoor camps and see the world from a new perspective.” 921 E. Main St. Ste. H, Ventura. Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Shannon’s Reiki

The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting for Shannon Vasquez with guests and family present.   Shannon’s Reiki, is a gentle, holistic, energy healing treatment which can improve sleep, aid in digestion, reduce anxiety, and reduce muscle pain. Portside Ventura Harbor. 818 6942140 or [email protected] . 1196 Portside Dr. upstairs. Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 14 – Apr 5 – Apr 18, 2023 - Ojai News & Events

Chamber On The Mountain, a chamber music concert series in Ojai presents the multiple award-winning cellist, Alexander Hersh, with pianist, Dominic Cheli, for a beautiful program with a mix of solo cello and cello and piano music on Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 3:00 pm in Logan House (located at the Beatrice Wood Center for […] Read More »

SoCal Snow

Photos by Patricia Schallert and Robert Chianese Beautiful snow surrounds us as seen from the Harbor looking towards the Portside Ventura Harbor development and other locations. Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library is offering a series of family-friendly sustainability-themed programs. English/Spanish interpretation services and children’s activities will be available for all the programs at the Piru Library, Saticoy Library, and Soliz Library branches. The upcoming topics are: Home Weatherization 101 Thursday, April 6, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at Piru Library (3811 Center […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Hill Street Café

photo by Michael Gordon The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new ownership of the Hill Street Café. They have an extensive menu including 31 sandwiches, 21 dinners and 20 breakfasts. 1050 S. Hill Rd. 805-654-1115 Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 14 – Apr 5 – Apr 18, 2023 - Community Events

Do you want to Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. All levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. All are always welcome. Contact: Richard 805-850-8011 or Rose 805-659-9223 or [email protected]. April […] Read More »

Community Memorial Healthcare welcomes New Board of Trustees Chair William Kearney and two new trustees

Community Memorial Healthcare is proud to welcome William “Bill” Kearney as its Board of Trustees Chair. Kearney, who has served as a Board of Trustees member since 2015, succeeds Dr. Richard Rush, who completed his term as Chair in January, 2023. Other notable changes to the Community Memorial Board include the addition of local leaders […] Read More »

34th Annual Community Good Friday Service

In 1989, the very first Community Good Friday Service began in the City of Ventura. The service included the senior pastors from four churches, Horizon Foursquare Church, which is now The River Community Church, First Baptist Church, which is now Coastline Bible Church, South Coast Fellowship, which is now Journey Church Ventura, and Community Presbyterian […] Read More »

CPP Investments partners with IKAV to Acquire Aera Energy

Partnership will accelerate Aera Energy’s ability to further reduce carbon intensity and support the development of carbon capture and storage and other emerging technologies. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) will partner with international asset management group IKAV to acquire California energy producer Aera Energy LLC. In September 2022, IKAV, which has deep renewables […] Read More »

Peering into the past

The fresh bread at Main and Palm might be a little stale after 70-years. Photographed at the Museum Research Library by Patricia Schallert. Read More »

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation appoints Billy Hughes as New Director of Real Estate Development

Billy Hughes has joined Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), the largest developer of affordable homes in Ventura County, as Director of Real Estate Development. Utilizing over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry as a developer, investor and lender, Hughes will manage and oversee CEDC’s affordable housing activities, and train and supervise project […] Read More »

Olivia the owl returns to Olivas Adobe

Olivia has returned to the Olivas Adobe and has new chicks. This old photo is by Geo “Hutch” Hutchison. Read More »

Meet the Ventura County Leadership Academy Journey to Leadership 2023 Non-Profit Leader of the Year

Elena Brokaw has devoted her career to creating stronger communities. Elena Brokaw earned her bachelor’s degree in art history at Harvard University. She has worked extensively as a cultural consultant for communities as well as organizations. As a lead consultant for the firm Jerry Allen and Associates, she completed cultural plans for the cities of […] Read More »

Channel Islands National Park announces award to provide year-round boat transportation service

Island Packers to continue service to the islands. Photo by Kevon Bailey The National Park Service (NPS) announced today a 10-year concession contract award to Island Packers to provide year-round boat transportation service from Ventura to Santa Cruz Island, Anacapa Island, Santa Rosa Island, San Miguel Island, and Santa Barbara Island within Channel Islands National […] Read More »

The skies were gray, but nothing could rain on St. Patrick’s Day Parade fun.

A slight drizzle didn’t stop the parade from entertaining hundreds that lined Main St. Photos by Breeze staff With a little luck of the Irish and huge community support, the 2023 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade went off spectacularly. Braving cloudy skies and light showers, thousands of smiling faces showed up on the morning […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre Company continues commitment to new works

Rubicon Theatre continues the company’s commitment to the creation of new works with the organization’s 46th mainstage world premiere – a developmental musical production based on Dark of the Moon, the 1945 Broadway play by Howard Richardson and William Berney. The story of Dark of the Moon: A New Musical follows John, a witch boy […] Read More »

An Olivas Discovery

Today’s herb garden. by Richard Senate When the Herb Garden of the historic Olivas Adobe  was restored and expanded years ago it was decided that a rustic wooden fence be placed around it to protect the plants and set it apart from the rest of the grassy patch on the east lawn. John Whyman, the […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 13 – Mar 22 – Apr 4, 2023 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcome to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 Do you want a Play Bridge? Join […] Read More »

Geoffrey William Tudor July 2, 1956 – December 22, 2022

Born in Newhall, CA and the third and youngest child of Daniel Hubbard Tudor (of Massachusetts) and Jeanice Eddy (of Michigan). Geoff lived an adventurous and unconventional life. He served in the US Coast Guard as a Cadet for a year and received a National Defense Service Medal.  He also served in the US Forest […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Librairies and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library is offering a series of family-friendly sustainability-themed programs. English/Spanish interpretation services and children’s activities will be available for all the programs at the Piru Library, Saticoy Library, and Soliz Library branches. The upcoming topic is: Home Weatherization 101 Thursday, March 30, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Soliz Library […] Read More »

Happenings at Olivas Adobe

On March 12, three events took place at the Olivas Adobe. A birthday celebration for Raymundo (Don) Olivas, photos and meeting with artists from the Thousand Oaks Photo Group and a Volunteer Orientation to learn about the many volunteer opportunities at the Olivas. Don Raymundo Olivas and his friend Felipe Lorenzana were granted 4,670 acres […] Read More »

Ventura Seaside Basketball Tournament returns for 2023 season

The East Ventura Optimist Club is happy to announce the return of the Ventura Seaside Basketball Tournament. After a 3-year hiatus, the club is excited to welcome teams back for an exciting new year. Teams from Ventura County and beyond are invited to come out and be a part of this weekend long tournament. The […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County presents Ivor Davis: Up Close and Personal with Malcolm McDowell

The Museum of Ventura County presents Ivor Davis: Up Close and Personal with Malcolm McDowell. This exciting event takes place on Saturday, March 25th, 2023, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests are welcomed both in-person at the Museum’s Ventura campus at 100 E Main Street, and virtually via Zoom. For more information, and to […] Read More »

Ventura County marketing firm announces Dawn Megli as new communications specialist

Mustang Marketing, Ventura County’s premier full-service marketing agency, has hired award-winning journalist Dawn Megli to join its public relations team, the agency announced on Wednesday, Feb. 15. In her new role as communications specialist, Megli will be responsible for working with the director of marketing to implement public relations strategies for clients, developing media and […] Read More »

Chamber ribbon cutting at ECP Studio

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is an osteopathic medical doctor, board certified in osteopathic medicine. She is the founder of Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center, a medical clinic located near Cleveland, Ohio.  After the success of her first clinic, she is now launching Tenpenny Health Restoration Centers, a series of clinics to offer External Counter Pulsation (ECP). ECP […] Read More »

Ventura gang invades Cuba

Ivor Davis with John Lennon by Ivor Davis Visiting Cuba has been on my bucket list for all my life and thanks to Ventura  College retired Professor Bill Hendricks—I finally—accompanied by a group of Ventura’s notable local yokels—we recently made it to that beleaguered Caribbean country. So let me keep it short and sweet:  Twas a  memorable, […] Read More »

The Auxiliary volunteers work in most areas of the hospital

CMHS Auxiliary installed new officers and presented awards at luncheon. Members of the Community Memorial Healthcare System Auxiliary recently attended a luncheon and installation of incoming Executive Board members. In addition awards were presented for those attaining milestones in number of hours and number of years of volunteer service. Board President for the next year […] Read More »

Award winners were recognized at an in-person event in Los Angeles on February 23

Visit Ventura Director of Business Development Michele Gilmour, Visit Ventura President & CEO Marlyss Auster, and Wanderlust Content Studios Co-Founder Nicole Bordges accepting the Adrian Award. Maintaining an ongoing streak, Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) was recently honored for travel marketing excellence by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) at the 66th […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 12 – Mar 8 – Mar 21, 2023 - Ojai News & Events

Wooden sculptures, charcoal portraits and fine ceramics are just a few of the treasures featured March 11 as part of the Ojai Studio Artists’ Second Saturday tour, which this month offers access to the private studios of artists across the East End of the Ojai Valley. The second in a series of monthly events that […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Strange Beast

The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting at Strange Beast in Downtown. Strange Beast is a contemporary cocktail izakaya, and is situated in the historic Bank of Italy building. Their cocktail menu celebrates Japanese flavors, and the cocktails, sake, beer, and wine are best paired with Japanese tapas prepared by the Michelin Bib Gourmand chefs […] Read More »

Amazon gives Oxnard a disproportionate sales tax advantage

Bill Frank, Ventura County Taxpayers Foundation You’ve probably seen the Amazon warehouse off the 101 in Oxnard, but you’ve never stopped to consider the tax implications. They are substantial. The sales tax revenue generated by Amazon’s distribution warehouse in Oxnard causes a loss of revenue for other cities in Ventura County as those municipalities are […] Read More »

Celebrate Arbor Day planting trees

Enjoy a beautiful morning outdoors making a difference in Ventura. Grab your family and friends and join the Ventura Tree Alliance (in partnership with the City of Ventura) enhance our urban canopy. Volunteers are needed to help plant fifteen trees, which will someday provide shade and habitat for plants and animals, as well as carbon […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library is offering a series of family-friendly sustainability-themed programs. English/Spanish interpretation services and children activities will be available for all the following programs at the Piru Library, Saticoy Library, and Soliz Library branches. Purchasing an Electric Vehicle 101 Tuesday, March 14, 5:00 -7 :00 pm at Saticoy Library (1292 Los […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County celebrates the Spring Equinox during Nowruz Festivities

The Persian New Year, or Iranian New Year, begins on the Spring Equinox. The celebration, known as Nowruz, rings in a season of rebirth and good luck and is celebrated worldwide including right here in Ventura County. Nowruz: Persian New Year Celebration will be hosted at the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday, March 18, […] Read More »

An American President comes to Ventura

by Richard Senate Over the decades many American Presidents have passed through  Ventura. Some visited before they were in office, like Ronald Reagan as Governor of California and Herbert Hoover after he left office. Some even say that  John  Kennedy and his new wife passed though on their Honeymoon in Santa Barbara. But the first […] Read More »

Students rally to protest the VC President's choice that hurts transfers

Ventura College is in short supply of a course required by students transferring to a Cal State University. Since 2021, new students graduating from a Cal State University (CSU) are required to pass one course in Ethnic Studies. This semester, only 460 spots were available in a course that fulfills the new CSU requirement at […] Read More »

Caps Media covers annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The parade will be held on March 11. CAPS Media is covering all the festivities at the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11. This year’s theme, “Let’s Celebrate!” hosted by Elks Lodge #1430 includes enthusiastic marching bands, dazzling drill teams, festive floats, classic cars, the 2023 Irish Belle and her court, the […] Read More »

Fifteen year-old Liam Jones was introduced to go karting by his grandfather

Liam takes part in many Go-Karting events around the country. Photos by Evan Brown photography and Patricia Schallert by Patricia Schallert Go-Karting is a motorsport that is enjoyed by people of all ages, but it is especially great for kids who are interested in racing. Young people can start competing in Go-Karting competitions at a […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust launches 20th Anniversary Year with community birthday party

Harmon Canyon Preserve by Jason Fakour. Ventura Land Trust (VLT) will celebrate 20 years of land conservation in 2023, starting with a free community birthday party on Friday, February 24 at Topa Topa Brewing Company (4880 Colt Street, Ventura, 93003) from 6-9 pm. The birthday party will include the reveal of the winners of VLT’s inaugural […] Read More »

Skyler Knight accomplished the improbable

34 and 30 points in back to back wins by junior guard. Photo by Lyn Golden  by Tom Marshall Steph Curry has two game stretches like this. High School players dream of one game like this in their career. 34 points in a tightly contested varsity girls basketball game is a respectable point total for a […] Read More »

Shell-Ebrate all things mermaid

A tail of a good time awaits you. A tail of a good time awaits mermaids and mermen as they return to the sea for the 8th Annual “March Is Mermaid Month” at Ventura Harbor Village, a mer-mazing, month-long celebration. All events are free to the public with the exception of vendor activities, dining, and […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 11 – Feb 22 – Mar 7, 2023 - As I See It

Ventura art is alive and well. This is our first issue with a full page covering the Ventura Art Scene. We always have a full page of the Ventura Music Scene. For a city of our size we have some wonderful talent here. Akbar Alikhan has been appointed as interim Ventura city manager. The City […] Read More »

Chamber ribbon cutting at Cynthia Bullard Photography.

Photo by Michael Gordon The Chamber held a ribbon cutting at Cynthia Bullard Photography. Located just off Market Street and Goodyear Ave. at 1891 Goodyear Ave, #607. “I know that you have options in choosing the photographer that perfectly suits your needs. I strive to make your experience with me a remarkable one.I have been […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 11 – Feb 22 – Mar 7, 2023 - Ojai News & Events

Chamber On The Mountain, a chamber music concert series in Ojai , presents the GRAMMY®–nominated Neave Trio on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at 3:00 pm in Logan House (located at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Upper Ojai). Tickets $30.00 at ChamberOnTheMountain.com. Audience members are invited to meet the artists at a lovely […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson In celebration of Black History Month, author David Calloway will deliver a presentation of his book, If Someday Comes: A Slave’s Story of Freedom. This historical novel fictionalizes the story of the author’s enslaved Black great-grandfather. Calloway shares a unique perspective of the lives of his ancestors while providing an honest depiction […] Read More »

Annie’s Portside

Annie’s Portside, located at 864 Schooner Dr, suite 107, in the Portside Ventura Harbor beautiful apartment complex. A great place to meet up. Watch tennis tournaments on a big screen. Chat with friends. Bring your dogs to visit. With great views of the harbor and sunsets. All the while shopping for beautiful clothes, gifts and accessories. […] Read More »

Elmhurst Elementary 5th graders take advantage of new opportunities.

After a challenging few years of COVID, Anacapa Middle School’s popular instrumental music program found itself lacking students. Rather than cutting the program, Ventura Unified decided to utilize the opportunity and think outside the box. District administrators worked with Anacapa’s music teacher, Mr. Gabriel Garnett. They had him continue teaching some classes at Anacapa while […] Read More »

Island Adventures just beyond our shores

by Ross Williams We often can take for granted that which is always there. All my life I’ve looked out across our ocean and the Anacapa Islands have stared back at me. Warm sunny days, cold wind-swept mornings and hazy sunsets as I watched the orange glow of daylight recede into cool pinks and purples […] Read More »

Olivia the owl is back

Olivia has returned again to have her babies at the Olivas Adobe as she does every year. Read More »

Shooting the Breeze

While shooting the breeze these locals also enjoyed reading the Breeze. Read More »

Friends celebrate Charles’s seventh birthday

David & Faith Friedlander started K&FT with a shared passion to help others build strong and healthy relationships. Photos by Patricia Schallert For over 23 years, “Kids and Families Together” has been serving foster, kinship and birth families throughout Ventura County. K&FT has become the leader in providing critical services and support to children, who have experienced […] Read More »

County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade is on!

Entries for the Ventura Elks Lodge’s 32nd annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade are now being accepted. The parade will commence at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, along Main Street in midtown Ventura. This year’s parade theme, “Let’s Celebrate,” gives the entrants free rein to pick their own entry themes, whether it’s an […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival present Austria’s great Mnozil Brass

On Thursday, March 2nd at 8pm, the Ventura Music Festival & Sterling Venue Ventures present Mnozil Brass in “GOLD” – a program of best works from this genius band’s 25-year career. Exactly who are the Mnozil Brass? A septet: six trumpets, six trombones and a tuba whose music embraces a mix of folk, jazz, pop […] Read More »

“We are better together”

The River Community Church honored those who collaborate with them throughout the year. The River Community Church, located at the corner of Kalorama and Santa Clara streets in downtown Ventura, is all about their community. On Sunday, February 5, at their Annual Church Meeting they honored those who collaborate with them throughout the year. From […] Read More »

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) announces the company’s first design competition

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) announces the company’s first design competition, which will recognize one artist, 18 and older, to submit an original image that represents one of its three upcoming productions:  Selling Kabul, The Children or Seared. The artist can use any medium as long as the image can be submitted in a digital form (PDF 17”x17” at 300dpi). […] Read More »

Participants went on a half-mile educational walk along the coast

This annual event is a visual opportunity to provide awareness about rising sea levels. Photos by Patricia Schallert On Saturday, January 21, the City of Ventura hosted a press conference and coastal walk along the Ventura Beach Promenade with distinguished officials and local environmental partners during the annual King Tides event. Deputy Mayor Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios was […] Read More »

Ventura High School student-athlete named California girls cross country player of the year

Engelhardt has also maintained a weighted 4.50 GPA in the classroom. In its 38th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade announced Sadie Engelhardt of Ventura High School is the 2022-23 Gatorade California Girls Cross Country Player of the Year. Engelhardt is the first Gatorade California Girls Cross Country Player of the Year to be chosen from Ventura […] Read More »

Bikes & Furniture Gift~Away!

When you give…we can give to those who need it the most! Heart 2 Heart, a program of Kids & Families Together (K&FT), hosted a New Bikes & Furniture Gift~Away event on Friday, January 20, 2023. “With the generous donations from our community, we were able to provide 21 Ventura County foster, adoptive and kinship […] Read More »

Community Memorial Healthcare Debuts New Master Brand

Community Memorial Healthcare, formerly Community Memorial Health System, is proud to debut a new master brand that better reflects the mission and values of the organization, as well as the breadth of services it provides across west Ventura County. The modernized brand includes a new logo, vibrant colors, and an updated naming architecture.  The brand, […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 10 – Feb 8 – Feb 21, 2023 - On Vacation

Robert & Annie Schwartz enjoying Costa Rica and the Ventura Breeze Read More »

Free Cash 4 College Workshops help students access funds for college

Moorpark College, Oxnard College, Ventura College and Ventura College East Campus are holding free Cash 4 College workshops to help students apply for funds to help with college costs. Funds can be used for tuition, books, housing, transportation, childcare, computers and more. In-person workshops are scheduled for Feb. 11 and 25. The workshops are free […] Read More »

Famed Battleship once visited Ventura

Small boats came to the pier to take locals to see the powerful ship. by Richard Senate The Battleship USS TeSmall boats came to the pier to take locals to see the powerful ship.xas (BB-35) is now in a drydock being restored. It was feared she might be lost if these actions were not taken. […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 10 – Feb 8 – Feb 21, 2023 - Ojai News & Events

As you walk the meadows, mountains and valleys of Southern California, do you find yourself wishing you knew more about the elusive mushrooms you encounter? Turn your wishing into learning on Saturday, February 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer hosts a workshop in Ojai with acclaimed forager/chef Jess […] Read More »

Downtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Ventura Certified Farmers’ Market is the original Ventura County certified farmers’ market and has been operating continuously since 1986. Over 45 California farmers and food vendors attend weekly and the market operates year round. Enjoy a wonderful outdoor shopping experience with California farmers bringing you the freshest, vine and tree ripened fruits and […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson In celebration of Black History Month, author David Calloway will visit E.P. Foster Library to discuss his debut novel If Someday Comes. This historical novel fictionalizes the story of the author’s enslaved Black great-grandfather. Meet the author on Thursday, February 23, 1:30 to 3:30 in the Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library. […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 10 – Feb 8 – Feb 21, 2023 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Do you want a Play Bridge? Join us for ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 12:30 p.m. All levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Contact: Richard 805-850-8011 or Rose 805-659-9223 or [email protected]. All Welcome. […] Read More »

The Breeze interviewed ex-ex-council member Jim Friedman

What years did you serve on the Ventura City Council? I served as a council member from December, 1995 thru 2003. I served as Mayor from 1998 to 2000. After a 15-year hiatus, I was elected again in 2018 and completed my term at the end of 2022. Why did you run a second time? […] Read More »

The Ventura Gem Show “Diamond Jubilee”

The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society (VGMS) is pleased to announce our “Diamond Jubilee” 60th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show taking place March 4 & 5 (10:00 AM–5:00 PM, Saturday; 10:00 AM–4:00 PM, Sunday) at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W. Harbor Blvd, Ventura). The show is open to the public and admission […] Read More »

Cookies, Kindness And Community

by Ross Williams Troop 65019 was created in December of 2019 with a handful of friends rallying a dozen kindergarteners, with big plans and high hopes. Troop leader Shelly Williams was excited for the group of girls to create lifelong friendships, discover new experiences and to provide them with the tools needed to grow and […] Read More »

Market Outlooks Are Turning the Corner In 2023

by Ross Williams At the corner of Poli and North Fir the office of Matthew Jones CFP® sits looking out over the Pacific. There in the Elizabeth Bard Memorial Building the Spanish revival aesthetic leads to a feeling of comfort and calm in an area of life that can often lead to anxiety and stress. […] Read More »

VLT seeks artists to celebrate nature

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) invites Ventura County artists to submit 2D artwork to celebrate nature and Ventura Land Trust’s 20th anniversary. The deadline for artwork submitted online is February 10th. Artists are encouraged to use the circle outline of VLT’s logo as the form for a design inspired by Ventura County’s nature and coast. Artwork […] Read More »

Damaging results from recent rains

The heavy rains that hit Ventura caused much damage including much damage to the 91year-old Buenaventura Golf Course. The city-owned course was immediately closed after the storms and will be for at least two months. At least 14 people were rescued from a homeless encampment in the riverbed of the Ventura River Ventura firefighters used […] Read More »

The Chamber held a ribbon-cutting at The Six Ventura located at 419 E Main St.

Photo by Michael Gordon The Six, established in 2010, was inspired by the “Society of Six” and in its honor they have created this rustic American experience to share unpretentious cuisine that is appealing to everyone. The streamlined menu emphasizes the concept of “six”; choose from six exciting starters, six savory entrees, six red wines, […] Read More »

Student “4-way test” essay contest still time to enter

The Rotary Club of Ventura is still accepting applications for the 2023 “Four-Way Test” Essay contest. The contest is open to Middle School and High School Students with a chance to win cash prizes. Deadline is February 19, 2023. Implemented in 1932, The 4-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian set of four simple questions […] Read More »

Ventura Downtown Lions Club was chartered on April 27, 1923

Gala Lions Club celebration held at Crowne Plaza. Photos by Patricia Schallert On Saturday, January 7, the Ventura Downtown Lions Club held their 100th birthday celebration at the Crowne Plaza. The hundreds attending included Ventura Lions, club members from throughout Southern California and invited guests and dignitaries. They enjoyed an evening of appetizers, cocktails an […] Read More »

Olivas Adobe held their installation of docent volunteer board members

The swearing in of the Board of Directors executive committee was officiated by Breeze publisher Sheldon Brown. Photos by Patricia Schallert On Saturday, January 21, the Olivas Adobe held their annual celebration and installation of docent volunteer board members. Held at the Ventura Marina Park Clubhouse it featured happy hour and a wonderful dinner prepared […] Read More »

Hasan elected to Ventura LAFCO

Hasan is sworn in by LAFCO clerk of the board, Richelle Beltran. Mohammed A. Hasan, a prominent community and business leader in Ventura County has been elected to the Ventura County Local Agency Formation Commission. The special districts in Ventura County elected him to be an alternate Commissioner. The Ventura County LAFCO decides primarily boundary […] Read More »

SEEAG Kicks Off “Bus Bucks” Agricultural Education Fundraising Campaign

Students asking questions regarding Ventura County agriculture. Each year, elementary school students travel by bus to take part in Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture’s (SEEAG) Farm Lab at Petty Ranch in Saticoy and Allan Hancock College’s Demonstration Orchard in Santa Maria to learn about the farm origins of their food. The program is offered free to […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 09 – Jan 25 – Feb 7, 2023 - Ojai News & Events

Offering neighbors, collectors and the curious a rare opportunity to experience world-class artwork in the spaces where it’s made. Studios across the Ojai Valley will open to the public in neighborhood-specific tours on the second Saturday of every month from February through August. Painters, sculptors, potters, weavers, printmakers, glass artists, jewelers and apparel makers are […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson There has been a date change update to two special events coming up through the Ventura County Library. Program staff from Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) will join the Ventura County Library to lead a Financial Education Webinar titled “How to Navigate your Budget with Confidence and Purpose.” This program will take place […] Read More »

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation appoints Billy Hughes as New Director of Real Estate Development

Billy Hughes has joined Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), the largest developer of affordable homes in Ventura County, as Director of Real Estate Development. Utilizing over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry as a developer, investor and lender, Hughes will manage and oversee CEDC’s affordable housing activities, and train and supervise project […] Read More »

Professional Services adds Social Media Specialist and Communications Specialist

Coverly Professional Services (CoverlyPro) begins 2023 announcing two additions to the full-service marketing and project management firm. Social Media Specialist Madison Dietrich and Communications Specialist Heriberto Rodriguez join the team as the company continues building on its successful growth.   Madison Dietrich has hit the ground running, seamlessly managing clients within weeks of being hired. […] Read More »

Ventura County Leadership Academy announces 2023 honorees

Six outstanding community leaders will be honored for their contributions to our community by the Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) on Thursday, April 27, 2023. · Business Leader of the Year – Bruce Stenslie, President & CEO, Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) · Educational Leader of the Year – Dr. Julius O. Sokenu, President, Moorpark College […] Read More »

Remnants of the Storm

Photo by Richard Sweet, Retired REHS Storm debris scoured from the Santa Clara River, NE of the 101 Freeway on January 10. Much of the debris is invasive, non-native Giant Cane or Arundo donax, shown here. It is a common scourge of our watersheds in southern Ventura County and is a principal target for removal in […] Read More »

Ensemble Theatre Company presents the third show of its 2022-2023 Season!

The suspenseful thriller, Selling Kabul, written by Sylvia Khoury and directed by Nike Doukas Selling Kabul begins previews on Thursday, February 2 at 7:30pm, opens on Saturday, February 4 at 8:00pm and runs through Sunday, February 19, 2023 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. An Off-Broadway hit and 2022 Pulitzer […] Read More »

Tree Town

Happy New Year from the Ventura Tree Alliance! May 2023 be a year of enhancing our urban forest! Together let’s plant new trees and care for the trees all around Ventura that are stressed from drought and our urban environment. Thank you for your support in 2022! venturatreealliance.com Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 09 – Jan 25 – Feb 7, 2023 - On Vacation

Tim Ruder and Laurie McQuay at the Tikal National Park in northern Guatemala while on a holiday vacation in Belize taking a break to catch up on the local news. Read More »

As I See It

A big idea for the Ventura County Fairgrounds (Seaside Park) is being proposed, that I think is very interesting. Let’s face it, the fairgrounds needs a new image. It has very old Quonset hut buildings that will never be up-dated and deteriorating grounds. Many don’t realize the fairgrounds is not owned by Ventura City but […] Read More »

CMH Auxiliary Entertains

This season a little holiday cheer seemed in order. Usually, CMH Auxiliary members can be seen providing information at the front desk, manning the gift shop, escorting patients, and assisting staff in various ways, but there was a change in routine recently. Forgoing the usual navy blue and white uniform and donning holiday sweaters and […] Read More »

Spruce up Cornucopia Gardens volunteer event

Some of the folks who helped at the Cornucopia gardens. Last month volunteers came out to Cornucopia Community Gardens to help restore and beautify the educational garden spaces as part of Environmental Sustainability & Parks and Recreation’s Spruce Up Cornucopia Gardens Event! Volunteers mulched, cleared debris, and wiped down equipment while enjoying each other’s company, […] Read More »

Santa Clara River flows after recent rains

Photo by Richard Sweet The Santa Clara River (SCR) flowing at the 101 freeway on 1/4/23 at 10:26 a.m. It is looking upstream towards the NE. Upstream of this location on the SCR, our groundwater aquifers are getting recharged, as they are exposed to percolation from surface waters. From what I gather, downstream, there is […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Historian and writer Vincent Burns and professor of journalism Stephen Bates will visit the Ojai Library (111 East Ojai Avenue ) at 1pm on Saturday, January 14, 2023, to speak about their book Rincon Point in a presentation titled “A History of Rincon Point in Photographs.” Rincon Point is one of the […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre presents The Realistic Joneses

Rubicon Theatre Company announces the sixth show of its 2022-2023 “Welcome Home” season, presented in association with Gare St. Lazare, Ireland and the Laguna Playhouse, Joe Spano, Faline England, Conor Lovett and Sorcha Fox starring in the Southern California premiere of The Realistic Joneses, written by Will Eno and directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett. The Realistic […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 08 – Jan 11 – Jan 24, 2023 - Ojai News & Events

Actress Cynthia Killion hosted the Ojai Art Center Theater’s 2023 Season Preview on Sunday, January 8. Always one of the highlights of the Art Center Theater, this “annual” taste of the season event returned for the first time since 2020. Killion, Managing Director of Flying H Group Theater Company, and a longtime actress and Improv […] Read More »

Rain nor snow can’t stop the Breeze

After a rain drying the Breeze in the breeze. Read More »

Community Memorial Health System welcomes New Chief of Staff, Chris Johnson, MD

Community Memorial Health System welcomed a new Chief of Staff, Dr. Chris Johnson, on January 1, 2023. Dr. Johnson has been a longtime leader at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, and has served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department since 2009. Outgoing Chief of Staff, Dr. Deborah Carlson, served from January 1, 2021 – […] Read More »

In January 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 »

Prices from the past

$1.25 for a steak? Outrageous! Photographed at the Museum Research Library by Patricia Schallert. Read More »

Our Ventura TV to feature series on homelessness in Ventura County

For 2023, Our Ventura TV is initiating a new interview series to shed light on the issue of the unhoused. The series will feature a diverse range of guests, including those who are currently experiencing homelessness, those who have experienced homelessness in the past, as well as nonprofits, church, community and government representatives and anyone […] Read More »

News from the past

Ventura’s paper from November 11, 1919. Not nearly as informative as the Ventura Breeze. Read More »

Do you know which paper products are recyclable?

Paper items accepted in the curbside recycling program include: newspaper, colored paper, white computer paper, cardboard, magazines, catalogs, wrapping paper, junk mail, and envelopes (with or without clear windows). Paper products to keep out of the recycle bin include: paper towels, napkins, tissues, receipts, wax paper, and paper coated with plastic or wax. Please do not […] Read More »

The Great storm of 1969

“Sending water and mud into the harbor and sending boats out to sea.” by Richard Senate Sixty-four years ago, January of 1969, a chain of storms hit California and resulted in forty-seven deaths. Anyone who was in Ventura County at that time remembers the terrible destruction that took place in that disaster. Ten in Ventura […] Read More »

Exotic Treasures

Is there gold buried under the mission? by Richard Senate Ventura County has some exotic treasure yarns that implies that treasures still are to be found here. These include the lost padre’s gold mine (at the headwaters of Piru Creek) to the lost Olivas Gold (buried on Red Mountain) But few realize that some treasures […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights

Photos by Patricia Schallert. On December 16 & 17 the Ventura Harbor held the Parade of Lights “Out of This World.” The boat parade was ended with a beautiful display of fireworks. Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 07 – Dec 28, 2022 – Jan 10, 2023 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Grief support during the holidays It’s that time of year when the expectations we place on ourselves can be unrealistic, especially when faced with the absence of a loved one. Livingston Memorial’s Grief and Bereavement Program can offer compassion and understanding during this difficult time of year. Livingston offers multiple support […] Read More »

Chamber ribbon cutting at Olive Ventura

Photos by Michael Gordon Olive Ventura was born from a passion for locally sourced, healthy, delicious, artisan extra virgin olive oil. Our friendly staff is knowledgeable, and will help you pick out an olive oil and balsamic combination to suite your taste buds. 294 E Main St. (805) 648-6166 [email protected]     Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 07 – Dec 28, 2022 – Jan 10, 2023 - On Vacation

Hello my name is Rhonda Moss and I am in Mammoth Lakes. This is taken at the Twin Lakes lookout in Mammoth. Rhonda Moss. This is Emerald Lake in Mammoth. Read More »

As I See It

This is the time of the year when I usually reflect on what has been good and bad about the Ventura Breeze. What has worked and what hasn’t? What needs improving or changing? But this year, I’m only reflecting on one thing which is the untimely passing of the most wonderful Breezy Gledhill. There are […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 07 – Dec 28, 2022 – Jan 10, 2023 - Ojai News & Events

Historian and writer Vincent Burns and professor of journalism Stephen Bates will visit the Ojai Library at 1pm on Saturday, January 14, 2023, to speak about their book Rincon Point in a presentation titled “A History of Rincon Point in Photographs.” Rincon Point is renowned as the Queen of the Coast, one of the premier […] Read More »

Biggest-ever group of Ventura County students graduate from pre-engineering program

More than 30 high school students from around Ventura County graduated from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD)’s fall 2022 Pre-Engineering Program — the biggest cohort to date for the rigorous after-school program. The Dec. 13 graduation ceremony at the Oxnard Harbor District office in Port Hueneme culminated a 12-week career exploration […] Read More »

Cranes for building boat docks

These cranes are used for building boat docks and or putting pilings into the water. Piled foundations are typically known as deep-set foundations. They are formed from long, column-like structures made from steel, concrete or timber, and are driven or ‘piled’ into the ground. Read More »

Dennis John Stanley

Dennis Stanley was the tenth of twelve children born to Wayne and Doris “Babe” Stanley in Los Angeles. He graduated from Bellarmine-Jefferson High in 1978 and soon after moved to Santa Barbara, where he resided for 40 years. He met his wife Mary Crawshaw in 1987 and married in 1988 after moving to the Painted […] Read More »

Enjoying the Breeze in the ocean breeze

Photo by Patricia Schallert Michael Wordsmith took a break from his busy day to read the Breeze while relaxing at Surfers Point. Read More »

The Moving in Project is helping the homeless make a house a home

These volunteers are what makes this program successful. by Ross Williams Kathy Powell is the founder of The Moving In Project, a local grassroots community effort that helps to provide furnishings for the newly housed homeless. This year they have provided furnishings for 120 households and have had the pleasure of serving 200 people. In […] Read More »

Realtor group raises $7,900 to give to Boys and Girls Club

YPN members solicited donations from local merchants to give to the Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura provides comprehensive after-school and summer-break services to hundreds of low-income children for just a small fee that is a fraction of the actual costs to pay for staff and facilities. As Executive […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Wetlands Ecological Reserve “The Ponds”.

Birds of all species can be seen while walking at the beautiful Ventura Harbor Wetlands Ecological Reserve “The Ponds”. Although this area is manmade for water treatment by the Ventura Water Treatment Plant, it is very important to both resident and migratory birds. The Ventura Water Reclamation Facility is a tertiary treatment plant, located in […] Read More »

Taking the Reins to change lives

The program is a highly specialized form of experiential therapy. And at ROH 5: Clinical Director Lynn Dorgan and “Sister” connect at Reins of Hope. by Amy Brown Horses are magnificent creatures, and their appearance in movies and art depict their strength, beauty and grace. What you don’t see as often is their portrayal in […] Read More »

City of Ventura partners with Aera Energy to provide Thanksgiving meal kits

Aera is committed to improving the lives of citizens. The City of Ventura and Aera Energy partnered to provide 120 Thanksgiving meals to low-income families enrolled in the Ventura Unified School District. Each Thanksgiving meal included a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, a pie, and other traditional thanksgiving meal sides. “Many of these families, identified […] Read More »

Dr. Cephas Little Bard founder of the Museum of Ventura County.

Photographed at the Museum Research Library by Patricia Schallert. Read More »

Ventura Chamber Poinsettia Awards

Photos by Patricia Schallert On December 8, The Ventura Chamber Poinsettia Awards was held at the Marriott Ventura Beach hotel. The Poinsettia Awards recognize outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals who make a difference in our community. Recognized were the Small Business of the Year, Mid-Size Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, […] Read More »

Holiday Candlelight Tours at Olivas Adobe

Photos by Patricia Schallert On Dec. 11, Holiday Candlelight Tours were presented at the Olivas Adobe from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Attendees experienced how old California celebrated the holiday season at Don Raymundo’s two-story rancho home. Toured the decorated rooms, set in holiday tradition, and listened to living history vignettes. And browsed the gift shop for […] Read More »

The Festival of the Lights, 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 will start on sundown on Dec. 18 and end on Dec.26 […] Read More »

Julia Frances Campbell Namba

Julia Frances Campbell Namba, 86, passed away on the morning of Friday December 2, 2022 surrounded by her family in her Residence in the historic Hobson Heights section of Ventura. Julia was born in 1936 in Anderson, Indiana, where she grew up on a family farm with her younger brother Tom. She was the daughter […] Read More »

City Council reverses Commission decision

In spite of opposition by many Venturan’s who spoke at the meeting City council members have approved an 88-unit apartment project located at 935 E. Front St. It will have four stories of rental units. Residents who addressed the council opposed the project because the building height and it negatively changes the character of the neighborhood. […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library Offers Free Access to University-Quality Classes That Help People Get a Job, Or a Better One Ventura County Library cardholders can now access CAreer Pathways, a collection of digital platforms for online learning tools to meet the needs of those entering the workforce or who want to get a […] Read More »

Trash collection schedule to remain unchanged for the holidays

With Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Sunday this holiday season, in the weeks before and after the holidays, trash, recyclables and yard/organic waste collection by E.J. Harrison & Sons will not be delayed. For two weeks after Christmas, from Monday, Dec. 26, through Saturday, Jan. 7, residents may put out extra holiday waste […] Read More »

Hill Road Library celebrates fifth birthday

Veronica Betancourt, Jill Forman and Ellen Klope. Photos by Patricia Schallert Hill Road Library celebrated its fifth birthday on Saturday, December 3rd. The celebrations began with a Decorate Your Own Party Hat craft activity. Then, at 11:00 am, the fabulous magician Zany Zoe performed his magic and illusion arts. The library is located at 1070 […] Read More »

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 »

An exploration of Ventura’s Oil with expert Dennis Christian

by Ross Williams Walking along the beach as you stare across the Pacific towards the Channels islands you will find that amongst the masts of sailboats and white capped waves are a few carefully spaced oil platforms. Take a drive down the 33 towards Ojai and you’ll see oil rigs gently seesaw against a background […] Read More »

New pilot program lets youths ride public transit in Ventura County for free

Youths will soon be able to ride any public transit bus in Ventura County for free as part of a new pilot program offered by the county’s transit operators. Through the Youth Ride Free program, anyone age 18 or younger is eligible to use fixed-route and general purpose dial-a-ride services for free. Students older than […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 06 – Dec 14 – Dec 27, 2022 – Community Events

The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcomed to stop in to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 or Rick Follenweider at 650-520-1098 can supply details. Wanna […] Read More »

The Mojave tragedy at Mission San Buenaventura.

by Richard Senate On the afternoon of May 31st, 1819, a group of Native Americans of the Mojave Tribe came to the mission and asked to meet with Fr. Jose Senan. they were armed with a number of weapons and the soldiers of the Mission Guard informed them the visit was okay but they would […] Read More »

Delegation visited Ventura Sister City, Loreto Baja Sur, Mexico

Who was able to read the Breeze first? On October 20-27th, a delegation of 15 people from the Ventura Sister City Association (VSCA) went down to Ventura’s first and only Sister City, Loreto Baja Sur, Mexico, to participate in the 325th year of Loreto’s founding. Loreto served as the first capital of California, and it […] Read More »

Rubicon co-founder retires after 25 years

Rubicon Co-Founders James O’Neil and Karyl Lynn Burns with goddaughter Lauren Patten. Rubicon Producing Artistic Director and Co-Founder Karyl Lynn Burns retired from the company on Sunday, November 13, following the acclaimed sold-out run of In the Heights. Says Burns, “It’s been a long and beautiful run and Jim [O’Neil] and I will forever be […] Read More »

Candlelight remembrance celebrating loved ones passings

Paul Lenderman officiated the ceremonies. On the evening of November 3, 2022 the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Ventura proudly opened its doors to all of greater Ventura County for the eighth annual Candlelight Remembrance Service.  This was a special evening for anyone who has experienced a loss and wished to remember their loved […] Read More »

Some remarkable people rest at Ventura's Ivy Lawn

by Richard Senate A visit to the Ivy Lawn Cemetery is a journey back to the very roots of our history because many unique and special people rest here. As the fall Season is here cemeteries and graveyards are highlighted in advertisings and media at this time of year so a look at who rests […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 05 – Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2022 - On Vacation

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Steve Bennett reelected.

Hi Friends      Thank you for your support! While the final votes are still being counted before the election is certified, it is safe to say that I will be reelected as our representative in the State Assembly for the next two years.  Once again, together we’ve proven that grassroots campaigning and fundraising makes a […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber Ribbon Cutting at EVOIA

Photo by Michael Gordon Ventura Chamber Ribbon Cuttings EVOIA located at 2801 Golf Course Dr. EVOIA™ brings the ecological benefits of fire to production agriculture in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.   Read More »

Ventura Chamber Ribbon Cutting at The Original Pizza Chief

The Original Pizza Chief 1612 E. Main. Our secret ingredient is passion. We have been a community favorite since 1976! Everyone on our team is passionate about making your time with us a great food and family experience! — from start to finish. Read More »

Ventura Chamber Ribbon Cutting for Bright Spark Brewing

photo by Michael Gordon Bright Spark Brewing located 4561 Market St. Founded by husband and wife team Tim Harbage and Linzy Mahoney, Bright Spark Brewing is years in the making. Although it felt like a pipe dream in the early years of their relationship, a decade (and many business plan iterations) later, the dream has […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Hill Road Library celebrates its fifth birthday on Saturday, December 3rd, at 10:30 am! The celebrations begins with a Decorate Your Own Party Hat craft activity at 10:30 am. Then, at 11:00 am, welcome the fabulous magician Zany Zoe. Zoe has performed magic and illusion arts for over 15 years in the […] Read More »

Ventura’s HighTide Robotics team competed at Ventura Fairgrounds

On October 3, at the Ventura Fairgrounds Ventura’s HighTide Robotics team participated in the exciting competition. Founded is 2018 it provides opportunities for high school students from all around Ventura County to participate in a competitive and meaningful way through the FIRST robotics competition. Students learn career-oriented skills in engineering, design, mathematics, computer science, and are inspired […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 05 – Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2022 - Community Events

The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcomed to stop in to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 or Rick Follenweider at 650-520-1098 can supply details. Wanna […] Read More »

Hydro Theory

A vision of Dr. Anna Cho and Rex Regal. by Patricia Schallert Hydro Theory is a vision of Dr. Anna Cho and Rex Regal. They believe in “The Theory that ocean experiences, when mindfully facilitated, brings about integration within the self, others, skillsets, and the community verb ‘To just Add Water’ in the life process […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 05 – Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2022 - As I See It

by Sheldon To clarify a little confusion, I am still the publisher-editor of the Ventura Breeze. Just not writing my long column, but I have decided to write As I See It, which won’t take nearly as much time. This is the first one. Maybe won’t run in all issues. Congratulations to our new (one […] Read More »

Traditional Toy Show at Olivas

Photos by Patricia Schallert On Sunday, November 13, visitors discovered what toys may have been enjoyed by all who lived at the Olivas Adobe through the ages. Docents dressed in costume provided tours of the Olivas property, and the gift shop was open with unique items for purchase.     Read More »

A surf inspired gala celebration supporting foster youth and families

Guests enjoyed fine food, entertainment and inspiring speeches. Photos by Yana Khiyod Kids & Families Together hosted their 4th Annual November Fundraising Event Fostering the Next Wave 2022, held on Saturday, November 5th, at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, was a surf inspired fundraising celebration supporting Ventura County foster youth and families. The event raised funds for […] Read More »

New surfing royalty

Competitor nose riding during the Queen of the Cove competition. Photo by Kaili Reynolds by Amy Brown With three days of sun, smiles and shredding, professional and amateur surfers came together recently at the Queen of the Cove, the first all-women’s longboard competition held at C Street. Pro surfer Sally Cohen finished first in the pro […] Read More »

Most Optimistic Community

Todd Taylor The first annual Most Optimistic Community Member Award was given to Todd Taylor by the Sunrise Optimist Club of Ventura at their fall awards event. Todd has lived most of his life in Ventura and is known and loved by all who have met him. He was thrilled speechless when the surprise award […] Read More »

Reinventing funeral service in Ventura one Memory at a Time

With arms wide open, Michael Boyko invites all of greater Ventura County to stop by and visit the Boyko & Reardon Telegraph Road Mortuary & Cremation at 15 Teloma Drive to say hello and maybe have that important talk about your lifetime. In December of 2019, Boyko of the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & […] Read More »

Exotic Treasures

by Richard Senate Ventura County has some exotic treasure yarns that implies that treasures still are to be found here. These include the lost padre’s gold mine (at the headwaters of Piru Creek) to the lost Olivas Gold (buried on Red Mountain) But few realize that some treasures exist within the city limits of Ventura! […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Librairies and Friends

by Mary Olson Save the Date! Hill Road Library is turning 5! Hill Road Library, 1070 S. Hill Road, has been a spectacular success since its opening in 2017. It is now the 2nd most utilized branch in the Ventura County Library System. In addition to books and programs, it offers the innovative express hours […] Read More »

Carved eagles at Arroyo Verde Park

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Meet the Christmas Train at Stops in Ventura, Santa Paula and Fillmore

Enjoy Hot Chocolate and Treats as Santa and his Elves Collect Toys for Disadvantaged Children on November 26 One and all are invited to meet up with the Christmas Train on Saturday evening, November 26 as Santa and his elves makes stops in Ventura, Santa Paula and Fillmore to collect toys for underprivileged children. The […] Read More »

Recent CMH Auxiliary events

An annual event was held at the Camarillo Air Museum. With the lifting of prohibitions against in-person meetings, some delayed events have been reinstated. Recently, an awards luncheon was held at the Sheraton Four Points to honor CMH Auxiliary members who have contributed many hours of service as well as those who have been volunteering […] Read More »

Former European champs taking on 2022 USL League 2 champs as part of its HSV ROUTE 87 tour

Fresh off its second USL League 2 Championship, the Ventura County Fusion will take on historic German side Hamburger SV Friday November 18th at Ventura College. The stadium opens at 6pm and the game starts at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale now for $15 via ticketleap.com and also be purchased for $20 in person […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 04 – Nov 16 – Nov 30, 2022 - On Vacation

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Vol. 16, No. 04 – Nov 16 – Nov 30, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

Ojai ACT brings you all the “trimmin’s” for a special holiday season with an intergenerational production of Elf The Musical running weekends from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, December 18. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Special Saturday matinees have been added to the schedule, November […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 04 – Nov 16 – Nov 30, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcome to stop to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 or Rick Follenweider at 650-520-1098 can supply […] Read More »

Ventura’s Golden Age of Surfing: 1960-2022

Bill Hubina has long been a fixture in the Ventura surf community. Photo by Cecilia Ortiz @thepixelchick by Amy Brown In the 1960s, surfing was still in its relative infancy along the California coast. The ‘Sport of Kings’ started in ancient Polynesia, and had a surge of U.S. mainstream popularity in the Post-Vietnam war, as […] Read More »

4th Annual Witches Paddle

Photos by Patricia Schallert On October 28, a large group of Ventura witches paddled out on the 4th Annual Witches Paddle in the Ventura Harbor! Anyone with a witch hat, a pair of striped socks, a cape and a paddle board or kayak joined in on the fun event. It also included a few warlocks. […] Read More »

California’s 24th Congressional District’s candidate Salud Carbajal

Salud immigrated from Mexico to Arizona with his family at 5 years old. by Ross Williams Salud Carbajal is currently running for reelection to Congress for the Central Coast, California’s 24th district. With a busy schedule and the election right around the corner Mr Carbajal has a lot on his plate and while pressed for […] Read More »

Twelve candidates running for fours seats in the Ventura City Council election

by Richard Lieberman Candidates will compete for four seats on the city council in districts 1,4,5, and 6 for the November 8th election cycle. Alyona Brody, Liz Campos, Marco Cuevas, and Helen Eloyan, are the candidates in District 1. Incumbent mayor Sophia Rubaclava has declined to run. Candidate Jim Rundle and incumbent Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios will […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 03 – Nov 2 – Nov 15, 2022 - On Vacation

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Call For Artist/Teachers Join FOTM's Team of In-school Instructors

Call For Artist/Teachers Join FOTM’s Award Winning Learning to See Outreach Team of In-school Instructors. Training $20 per hour/$50 per class Fine arts and teaching experience required. Email CV to  [email protected] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 03 – Nov 2 – Nov 15, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Want to cure the Holiday Blues? Consider joining Circle of Friends, a social group for retired women. The Club is seeking new members. The group meets monthly for a business/luncheon on the first Wednesday of the month at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. Various events promote friendship and fun […] Read More »

Famous People who have visited the Olivas Adobe over the years

by Richard Senate Over the years many great people have visited the Olivas Adobe. Perhaps a list could be assembled to better understand this historic place in Ventura. Many greats have passed near the structure in the last two centuries from Fr. Serra to Ronald Reagan but this study will focus upon those historic people […] Read More »

TREE TOWN

On October 5, over 40 volunteers of all ages helped plant 20 new oak trees at the Ventura Community Park (Kimball), on the multi-use path. Ten new Valley Oaks and ten Coast Live Oaks were planted to celebrate OAKtober and Clean Air Day. There are now 40 young oak trees along the path to provide […] Read More »

Ventura Bike Depot to host a 40-year anniversary party

Ventura Bike Depot will host a 40-year anniversary party on Saturday November 5th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The public is invited to celebrate with free drinks, snacks, music, ping pong and more. People who ride their bikes to the event will receive a free patch kit or phone holder. Seeing pedal-powered carriages on the Island […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson November brings the culmination of Ventura County Library’s annual community reading program, One County, One Book, featuring the book Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America. Author Mayukh Sen will speak at 2 pm on Saturday, November 12 at California State University, Channel Islands’ Grand Salon. Following his talk, […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room in Ventura Harbor Village

Just in time for Fall, the new Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room in Ventura Harbor Village is giving wine lovers a reason to toast the coast. On October 21, a Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting was held to celebrate their official opening. Owned and operated by the Conway family of Santa Barbara/Ventura County, this modern wine tasting room […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County presents Ivor Davis: Up Close and Personal with Joe Sohm

His work has been published over 100,000 times. Author, journalist, and investigative reporter Ivor Davis, brings his series, Up Close and Personal with Ivor Davis, to the Museum for a special interview with award-winning photographer Joe Sohm on Thursday, November 3, 2022, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Guests are encouraged to attend both virtually via […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 03 – Nov 2 – Nov 15, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Film Festival returns November 3-20, 2022 for its 23rd year with both in-person and virtual events, celebrating the works of filmmakers from around the world. The official festival schedule includes 84 selected films (varying from features, shorts, documentaries, and animated films), over a dozen seminars, panels, and receptions with filmmakers, live music from […] Read More »

Norm Lewis helped raise funds for the Rubicon

The event launched the organization into its 25th year. On October 8, under a beautiful Ventura evening, A Starry Soirée fundraiser was held for the Rubicon Theatre Company at the wonderful Ventura home of Julia Campbell. It featured the wonderful singing of Emmy, Grammy, Tony and SAG Award Nominee Norm Lewis. The event launched the […] Read More »

805 Writers Conference returns with Book Expo

Speakers NY Times bestselling mystery author William Bernhardt, Edgar Allen Poe winner Wendelin Van Draanen, Penny Sansevieri and Desiree Duffy. Declaring the Covid hiatus over, the 805 Writers Conference returns from hibernation on November 5 & 6 to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, with in-person and virtual sessions, a Book Expo, and half-day workshops. This will be […] Read More »

Field truck purchase advances Ventura Land Trust’s Land conservation efforts

“This truck replaces a field truck that was 20 years old.” Ventura Land Trust purchased a 2019 Toyota Tacoma to replace a field truck lost last year in a traffic collision, bringing the number in the organization’s fleet of field trucks to two. The truck was purchased with support from community donations, corporate support, and […] Read More »

10th Annual Ventura County Farm Day

Hear the stories about our local farms. On Saturday, November 5, more than 15 Ventura County farms, ranches and agricultural organizations will invite the public to experience a day of free agricultural activities and tours during the 10th Annual Ventura County Farm Day. This year’s theme is “Meet All The Hands That Feed You.”  Visitors can map […] Read More »

Theatre season opens with Carmen Jones

Christopher James Hester, Desmond Newson, Fredericka Meek, Constance Jewell Lopez and Nataley Carter star in Carmen Jones. by Sheli Ellsworth The musical Carmen Jones, Oscar Hammerstein’s take on Bizet’s 1875 opera, opened on October 8 and will run through October 23 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara. A talented, all-African American […] Read More »

This year, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer celebrated its 30th anniversary

Photos by Patricia Schallert On October 8, hundreds joined the campaign to celebrate survivorship and eliminate breast cancer this century at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk for Ventura County starting at Ventura Harbor and continuing the promenade at Portside Ventura Harbor. The Harbor Village Main Lawn featured informative booths and more! Since […] Read More »

TASTE of Ventura held at Museum of Ventura County

During a beautiful October 13 Ventura evening, one of the Ventura Chamber’s most popular events, TASTE of Ventura was held at the Museum of Ventura County (outside and inside). Partnering with “very” local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and bakeries/confectioners, guests enjoyed the very best Ventura has to offer in a festive, casual atmosphere.  Live music under […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County making news

Museum of Ventura County announces the addition of two members to their Board of Directors, longtime Ventura County supporter Greg Monterrosa and Immigration Attorney Gabriella Navarro-Busch. The Museum’s 13-member board helps to guide the collections, exhibits, and educational programs, which collectively celebrate the rich history, art and culture of Ventura County. Greg Monterrosa joins the […] Read More »

Rudd has to clear out Bank of Books by the end of the month

Rudd has to clear out Bank of Books by the end of the month. Photo by Patricia Schallert It was in June 1974. that Clarey Rudd, age 22, first opened a bookstore in Ventura called Rudds. A second store for the family business. He grew up working in his parents’ bookstore in Oxnard. During Rudd’s time […] Read More »

Olivas Adobe--an official Haunted House?

by Richard Senate The State of California has two official Haunted Houses, sanctioned by the State Legislature; The Whaley House in Old Town San Diego and the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose.  The Winchester Mansion, built by Spiritualist Sarah Winchester (of the Winchester firearms fortune)  is more an attraction than anything else . I […] Read More »

Breeze in the Breeze

This is always smiling Breeze (her given name) Barajas who works at Tatiana’s Coffee & Tea located at 2470 E Main St. We figured anyone with the name Breeze deserves to be in the Breeze. Read More »

Timbre Books celebrates anniversary

Photos by Patricia Schallert On Saturday, October 15, Timbre Books celebrated their 2-year anniversary. It opened on Oct. 17, 2020 by Kyle and Megan Murai who stated “Thank you for supporting your friendly neighborhood bookshop. Here’s to another year.”. The celebration included live music, raffles, kids’ story times. A portion of the proceeds of the […] Read More »

Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Skin Queue Aesthetics Medical Spa

Photo by Michael Gordon The Skin Queue Aesthetics Medical Spa is revolutionizing injectables like Botox and natural skin fillers. 3140 Telegraph Rd. Suite C. Ventura Read More »

VC Fusion announces Ventura Orthopedic as official youth training jersey partner 

The reigning USL League 2 champion Ventura County Fusion has selected Ventura Orthopedic as its official youth training kit partner. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Ventura Orthopedics’ logo will be featured on the front of youth team training jerseys. Ventura Orthopedics is the Fusion’s first youth training kit partner.  It has been the […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson The California State Library has announced a new free service supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Connected California: Digital Navigators Digital navigators can help you find free or low-cost internet service; free […] Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 02 – Oct 19 – Nov 1, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

A new exhibition, Ojai Day Mandalas, opens at the Ojai Valley Museum. The pop-up exhibit will only be on view for four weeks. It runs through November 6. The annual Ojai Day Mandala is a long-time tradition. Started by local artist River Sauvageau, she continues to lead a small group of women who plan the […] Read More »

Victorian Halloween held at Olivas Adobe

Photos by Yana Khiyod On October 9, Celebrate Life on the Rancho a Victorian Halloween was held at the Olivas Adobe Historical Park. Guests explored the historic home, learned about Victorian customs and heard haunting stories.   Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 02 – Oct 19 – Nov 1, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcome to stop in to sample our shenanigans. Lyle Hotzler at 805-341-9820 or Rick Follenweider at 650-520-1098 can […] Read More »

Harbor Village hosts free showcase of electric vehicles

Photos by Patricia Schallert A free showcase of electric vehicles (EV) were on display on Sunday, Sept. 25, on the Harbor Village Main Lawn. Including cars, vans, SUV’s, trucks, and other electric equipment. Enthusiastic car owners were there to discuss their experience and answer questions about owning and living with an EV. Participant Cathy said […] Read More »

Love VC

Acts of service helping Ventura. Photos by Patricia Schallert Love VC (Ventura County) is a county-wide event in partnership with hundreds of churches, businesses, agencies, and schools that brings acts of service to communities in need. They celebrated their 17th annual Love VC in 2022 by bringing hope, healing, and transformation across our cities with […] Read More »

Open spaces continue to expand in Ventura hills

In 2020, the land trust bought the property for approximately $4 million. On September 21, the Ventura Land Trust (VLT) held an official ceremony on the Mariano Rancho Preserve. At the ceremony they received a $7.2 million check to fund purchase of the ranch property and establish an endowment for improvements, restoration and maintenance. The […] Read More »

The Seaside Highland Games returning to the Fairgrounds

The Seaside Highland Games, Ventura’s very own Scottish/Celtic Festival, will return to their home on California’s Central Coast this October 8 & 9, 2022. The Ventura County Fairgrounds is the ideal spot for this many-faceted Festival. Every Games activity from bagpipe bands to sheepdog demos is within easy access of the Fairgrounds’ Main Street—our “Clan […] Read More »

Pier Under the Stars on the promenade

Photo by Patricia Schallert On Oct. 1 Pier Under the Stars was held on the promenade near the Ventura Pier. Attendees enjoyed food sampling, wine and drink tasting and dancing to live music by Mid Life Crisis. The event is a benefit for the historic pier.   Read More »

Disability equity in workforce during National Disability Employment Awareness Month

by Carol Leish, MA October, 2022, will be recognizing the importance of disability equity in the workforce. ‘Disability: Part of the Equity Equation’ has been chosen as this year’s theme. This includes realizing the contribution to the nation’s economy made by workers with disabilities. Also included are the inclusion policies and practices benefiting workers and […] Read More »

Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation announces 2022 Benefactors’ Ball

Two local physicians along with a pair of leading community philanthropists will be honored at the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s 48th Benefactors’ Ball, which takes place this year on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo. The public is welcome to attend. Tickets are available online at https://www.benefactorsball.org. The Community Memorial […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson October is the month of One County, One Book throughout the Ventura County Library system. This year’s selection is Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen. Copies of the book will be available to borrow from all Ventura County Library branches. Discussions of the book will […] Read More »

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) presents the first show of its 2022-23 Season

Carmen Jones, music by Georges Bizet with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, choreography by Lisa Ruffin, musical direction by William Foster McDaniel, and directed by Jonathan Fox begins previews on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30pm, opens on Saturday, October 8 at 8:00pm and runs through Sunday, October 23, 2022 at The New Vic, […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Castle Vision Cabinetry

Photo by Michael Gordon The Ventura Chamber held a ribbon cutting at Castle Vision Cabinetry, 4531 Market St. Ste G; Ventura. They specialize in Semi Custom & RTA (Ready-To-Assemble) cabinetry with a focus to bring their customers quality products, personalized service, and innovative design.   Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Perez Family Funeral Home

Photo by Michael Gordon A Ventura Chamber ribbon-cutting was recently held at the Perez Family Funeral Home. 3150 Loma Vista Rd · (805) 484-6365   Read More »

Vol. 16, No. 01 – Oct 5 – Oct 18, 2022 - On Vacation

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Vol. 16, No. 01 – Oct 5 – Oct 18, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

Ojai ACT approaches election season with Walter Cronkite is Dead, a play about conversation and understanding in politically and culturally divided times. The play runs three weekends only, through October 16. Written by multi-award-winning playwright Joe Calarco, Walter Cronkite is Dead stars Sindy McKay and Jill Dolan as Patty and Margaret—two strangers forced together for […] Read More »

At Ventura’s Board of Education meeting passion and intensity took center stage

The voices were loud and at times raucous throughout the passion filled meeting. Part 1 of 2 by Ross Williams Arriving at the parking lot of the VUSD building on Stanley Ave, I didn’t know what to expect. A long line of cars waiting to pull into a nearly full lot, directed by what seemed […] Read More »

A big hello from CAPS MEDIA

CAPS Media crews covered the fire department open houses. Fall is in the air. School is open. Election season is here. CAPS and KPPQ are rockin’. CAPS Media crews have stayed busy throughout the summer covering events and producing productions for the City, County and the community at large. In August CAPS was InThe House […] Read More »

Love VC, Inc. Presents Love Ventura – A City Wide Day or Service

Love VC, Inc. and Title Sponsor Greg Abrams of American Pacific Mortgage proudly presents Love Ventura . The day of service kicks off October 1st where volunteers will be deployed to 1 of 10 different project locations that collaborate with a variety of non-profits that serve the city of Ventura. The event will kick off […] Read More »

Local traffic controller receives company award for bravery

Kevin Ayala heard the cries of a frantic mother seeking help for her baby. Kevin Ayala, a traffic controller working near a recreation area by the beach in Carpinteria leapt into action as he heard the cries of a frantic mother seeking help for her baby. The traffic controller, from Traffic Management, Inc., responded to […] Read More »

TOSCA opens fall season at the Granada - Opera Santa Barbara kicks off season with beloved classic

The Granada will soon be full of opera lovers. Opera Santa Barbara will open its 2022-23 season with one of the world’s favorite operas, Puccini’s Tosca. There will be one performance only, on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 6pm. Tosca is an operatic thriller set in Rome during the Napoleonic wars. Floria Tosca, an opera […] Read More »

TREE TOWN

Ventura Tree Alliance celebrates OAKtober! We’re planting 20 oak trees on Wednesday, October 5 @ 10am at Community Park on Kimball as a part of California Clean Air Day. Co-sponsored by the City of Ventura Urban Forestry Division, College Area Community Council and Ventura College. Come join us! Last October, lots of volunteers helped plant oak […] Read More »

 Visit Ventura welcomes Julie Madsen!

Since Visit Ventura doesn’t do soulless press releases, we will tell you that Julie Madsen is caring, smart, talented, dynamic, and yes, a University of California, Berkeley graduate with an honors degree in Media Studies. She is also a Ventura native, making her perfect for Visit Ventura’s Communications and Publication Relations Coordinator position. “We don’t […] Read More »

WEV receives grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is one of 55 entities to receive a 2022 AHEAD grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco for projects that will boost economic development activity and promote financial stability. Community West Bank partnered with FHLBank San Francisco to award a 2022 AHEAD grant totaling $27,500 for the WEV […] Read More »

Rancho Days at Olivas Adobe Historical Park

Photos by Michael Gordon On Sunday, September 11, an event was held at the Olivas Adobe Historical Park called Rancho Days celebrating life on the Rancho. Celebrating what it was like to live, work, and play on Rancho San Miguel! This annual family-friendly event featured hands-on activities like quilting, roping, gold panning, music, and more and […] Read More »

New developments being proposed, approved or under construction in Ventura

Two Eleven (PROJ-22-0092) Location: 211 East Thompson Boulevard (District 1) Description: A new 6-story mixed use building with 94 units and 3,181 square feet of commercial space  on a 0.92 acre site. Status: Third submittal under review Hearing Info: Design Review Committee September 21, 2022 Planning Commission TBD City Contact: Gene Burse, Senior Planner, [email protected] Samet […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 26 – Sept 21 – Oct 4, 2022 - On Vacation

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Author’s luncheon fundraiser to support the Assistance League® of Ventura County

On Saturday, October 15th the Assistance League® of Ventura County will be hosting an Author’s Luncheon at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor. This fundraiser features three amazing authors, each representing a different genre (non-fiction, fiction, and children’s books). Each of the writers will be discussing their work, diving into how they weave together […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library has announced this year’s One County, One Book selection: Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen. One County, One Book is a program which aims to unite the Ventura County community around a common narrative, spreading interest in and facilitating discussions about the […] Read More »

The Show Must Go On: Welcoming the Fair Back After the Pandemic

by Kylee Brown The Ventura County Fair has long been a much-anticipated staple in Ventura’s beach community, bringing family, friends and visitors together. Like most events, it had some adjustments during the pandemic, including being canceled altogether in 2020 and 2021. In August of 2021, however, there was a smaller event called the Summerfest Carnival […] Read More »

Community at it’s finest

by Ross Williams After almost two years, the gates of Juanamaria Elementary are finally open to parents. I’ve had the pleasure of walking my children to the doors of their classrooms. I’ve seen the hooks lined with colorful backpacks in the halls and the happy children running to the playground as we parents all said […] Read More »

Ventura author Lorenzo Destefano's debut novel, "House Boy", wins prestigious "American Fiction Award"

American Book Fest, an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers, has announced the winners and finalists of its 2022 American Fiction Awards. Now in their sixth year, the latest American Fiction Awards are for titles published between 2020-2022, in over 70 genre specific categories. These books, reviewed by a distinguished […] Read More »

45 years old and still going strong

When the PRC first opened its clubhouse doors 45 years ago this October 1st it was one of the first multi-purpose clubs in the United States. Tennis and swim clubs were common and racquetball was growing in popularity throughout the country. Yet the Garrett brothers were among the first to combine tennis, racquetball, swimming and […] Read More »

The celebration of Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. Jewish Year 5783 begins at sunset on Sept. 25. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity […] Read More »

Lima beans adorn Ventura's City Hall

Lima Beans can be found at the Ventra city hall if you look hard enough. Photo by Patricia Schallert by Richard Senate The beautiful Ventura City Hall sits like a grand dame over the downtown of our community. It was built over a century ago to serve as the Ventura Counties Courthouse. Few people notice […] Read More »

Tatiana's Coffee and Tea ranked number 9 by Yelp

We’ve all heard the saying, “I can’t function until I’ve had my coffee.” Whether or not that’s true for you, coffee is often one of the first things many of us think about in the morning. Some home-brewed beans will certainly do, but when you’re dealing with something as integral to your day as coffee, […] Read More »

Remembering delightful Breezy

Sheldon Brown from August 24 Breeze I so very sorry to report that the most wonderful Breezy (Deena) Gledhill has passed away from cancer at only 45-years-old. Last summer she told us that she was cancer free and how wonderful that was. But, cancer does what it wants and it returned with a vengeance. Her […] Read More »

Are sea lions protected in California?

Sea lions enjoying a cool day at the docks at Ventura Harbor. Photos by Patricia Schallert As sea lions are taking over some of our docks with their loud barking and poop the question is what can be done to remove them? Not much. The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 provides federal protection not only […] Read More »

A Family Affair with Cheap Trick

This family enjoyed Cheap Trick at the Fair. by Amy Brown Cheap Trick burst onto the music scene nearly 50 years ago, became icons in the subsequent decades, and took their rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. When the band rocked the Ventura County Fair stage, they did so […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 25 – Sept 7 – Sept 20, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Valley Museum is holding a raffle for a beautiful quilt made by the Ojai Community Quilters. Tickets are on sale now with the winner drawn on October 15, Ojai Day. Tickets are available at the museum or contact the museum to purchase. All proceeds benefit programs at the museum. The “Grandmother’s Garden” quilt […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 25 – Sept 7 – Sept 20, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group meets for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion on the first and third Tuesday each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcomed to stop in to sample our shenanigans. Bob Likins at 805-587-1233 or Rick Follenweider at 650-520-1098 can supply details. Wanna […] Read More »

New developments being proposed, approved or under construction in Ventura

∙ On August 30 a meeting was held at the Museum of Ventura County to discuss possible changes to agricultural zones, density, building heights and other general plan updates. It was presented by City staff members. The meeting was just one of a series to be held for the general plan update. The general plan […] Read More »

Caregiver Spotlight

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The Bookmark

About Libraries and Friends by Mary Olson With the opening of Fall classes, Ventura County librarians will be paying visits to elementary schools to encourage students to get library cards and take advantage of all the services the library has to offer. In addition to books and activities students can find at the library, a […] Read More »

Breeze booth at the Chamber Expo

Photo by Patricia Schallert Greeting visitors at their booth at the Chamber Expo were publisher Sheldon and Jaime Baker who set up the booth.   Read More »

A surf inspired gala celebration supporting foster youth and families

by Kids & Families Together We are excited to share with you our 2022 sponsorship opportunity for our upcoming fundraising event at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach on the evening of Saturday, November 5th, 2022 … “Fostering the Next Wave” Founded on January 1, 2000, Kids & Families Together (K&FT) has been serving foster, adoptive, […] Read More »

Aloha Beach Festival gives back to the community

On Sept. 3 & 4, the 14th annual Aloha Beach Festival was held at Promenade Park Surfers Point in Ventura. The event featured live entertainment, surfing, arts & crafts, food and beer, Hawaiian dancers and the C-Street Classic surf competition. It is the brainchild of Chipper “Bro” Bell, a 12-time world Frisbee champion. The Aloha […] Read More »

Ribbon Cutting at Rowan Boutique

Photo by Michael Gordon Rowan Boutique held a ribbon cutting at their new Ventura location located at 1058 S. Seaward Ave. They are a beachside women’s clothing boutique embodying the quintessential California lifestyle. The girl is a lover of all things beachy, furry, and bubbly with salty hair and skin, sunrise to sunset. Phone: (805) […] Read More »

The Fair picked up where it left off three years ago  

The Ventura County Fair’s Board of Directors, management, and staff are proud to report that the 2022 Fair was a success. Celebrating the finest from throughout Ventura County, the 147th year picked up where it left off three years ago when the pandemic hit.  “Bringing the County’s only legacy event back and ensuring that it will continue to serve […] Read More »

What better way to learn about local food than to experience it first hand?

The Taste of Local is Back! Totally Local VC the Farm to Fork experts invites you to join them at this years 4th Annual Taste of Local event on Sunday, Sept 11, at the beautiful lawns of Ventura County Credit Unions Corporate office in Ventura. All food and samples are included in the admission price. […] Read More »

A “Notable Women in Aviation” exhibit will remain permanently on display

Wings Over Camarillo was much more than airplanes. Photos by Yana Khiyod and Patricia Schallert The premier air show on the central coast of California, Wings Over Camarillo, returned for its 41st year on Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21. This aviation-themed, highly entertaining, and educational event featured aerobatic performances, parachute teams, military aircraft, […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 24 – Aug 24 – Sept 6, 2022 – On Vacation

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Chamber Ribbon cutting ceremony at Annie’s Portside Boutique

Photos by Patricia Schallert A Ventura Chamber Ribbon cutting ceremony was held on August 11th at Annie’s Portside Boutique, located in a Live/Work space in the Portside Ventura Harbor community at 864 Schooner Ave. # 107 Ventura, 93001. Annie’s love for fashion and design, along with a desire to be part of the Ventura Community, […] Read More »

The Bookmark

About Libraries and Friends by Mary Olson The Ventura County Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”, concluded in August with well-attended wrap parties. After visiting over the summer, patrons, young and older, are all eager for more library programs to come in the Fall. Storytime will continue at E.P. Foster Library, indoors on […] Read More »

Channel Islands Choral Association Plans a Year of ‘Turning the Lights Back On’

Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) Is inviting CSUCI students, faculty/staff, alumni, community members, and, in a project called, Project: Lights On, area highschoolers to audition and participate in their 2022-23 concert season. “Walk onto many area high school campuses and ask to see their choir room. I think you will get some strange looks,” says […] Read More »

Garden Club donates beautification project funds to Dudley House

Kara Smith presents funds to Louise Oseguera, VCGC President, Jan and Bruce Hunter , Kara Smith and Christine Gallagher, VCGC Secretary. Ventura’s Dudley Historic House Museum was happy to receive a generous check from Kara Smith of the Ventura County Garden Club. “The Ventura County Garden Club awards funds for a beautification project each year […] Read More »

Menu from the Royace Maddox

Menu from the Royace Maddox that was located on Main. Can you imagine the year? Photographed at the Museum Research Library by Patricia Schallert. Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 24 – Aug 24 – Sept 6, 2022 – Ojai News & Events

Looking for warm-hearted comedy relief during the dog days of summer? Ojai ACT has Just the Ticket for you. From the pen of prolific playwright Peter Quilter, Just the Ticket is a joyful and ingenious one-woman show starring Ojai actress Lynn Van Emmerik, directed by Tom Eubanks. Just the Ticket runs through Sunday, September 4. […] Read More »

Enjoying Music Under The Stars

Enjoying Music Under The Stars at the Olivas Adobe were Joanne and Jim Abing, Royce Hill, John Perram, Monica Stanley and docent president (and Breeze staff member)Mary Thompson. Some acted as hostess, assisted fans with seating, sold goods at the docent cantina, gave tours during half-time, and dressed up to represent and educate patrons about the […] Read More »

Mystery at the Albinger Museum

by Richard Senate I enjoy the Travel Channel program “Mysteries at the Museum” where displayed artifact are used to tell stories of the past. While watching the show I speculated on if such things can be found in Ventura Counties’ Museums and it came to me that we house a really weird mystery at the […] Read More »

Person to Person

We asked Breeze staff what they liked best about the Fair. Patricia Schallert I really enjoyed being at the fair when the gates opened. The anticipation and the looks on the attendee’s faces was priceless. I then spotted the big ice cream cone with no line. I don’t eat ice cream very often but the big giant cone called my […] Read More »

Jennifer Tipton writes book based upon 30 year nursing career

Jennifer Tipton has written “Off The Chart A Nurse’s Journey Of Heart And Humor” based upon her 30-year nursing career. Jennifer was a journalist for the Ventura Breeze prior to moving out of California. We are sure that she misses us as much as we miss her. Read More »

New developments being proposed, approved or under construction in Ventura

Maple Court Mixed Use (PROJ-22-0121)290 Maple Court Request for Conceptual Review for a 350-unit multifamily apartment complex with 4,900 square feet of commercial space on a 6.48-acre site in the Intermediate Commercial (C-1A) zoning district with a land use designation of Commerce. Design Review Committee: August 17,2022 City Contact: Levi Hill [email protected] Note there is an […] Read More »

The DRC

The purpose of the Design Review Committee (DRC) is to review, consider approve or deny applications for approval of design of architectural, landscaping, aesthetics for public and private projects, applications for sign variances, and proposed design elements or components of specific plans, historic districts, or other special areas. DRC is now a recommending body only, […] Read More »

Ventura County Fusion defeat Long Island Rough Riders to win USL League 2 National Final 

Spectacular second-half goals gave the Ventura County Fusion their victory. Spectacular second-half goals by Nathaniel Opoku and Marley Edwards gave the Ventura County Fusion a 2-1 victory Saturday night over the Long Island Rough Riders in the USL League Two national championship game in front of a packed house at Ventura College Stadium. It was […] Read More »

More at the Fair than Rides and Food – Keeping things Hyper Local

San Buenaventura Women’s Club members Shirley Lorraine (wearing a Breeze visor of curse), Anita Hensley and Janet Flickinger at their fair booth. The Disabled American Veterans of Ventura County has a plethora of information available to help veterans. by Shirley Lorraine Many changes have taken place as Fair management copes with the losses incurred from […] Read More »

Person To Person

Community Memorial Hospital’s CCU/ICU Nurse’s Reunion by Jennifer Tipton On Saturday, July 30th a group of old CMH nurses (not that any of us are old) gathered at the very lovely home of one of our own, Andrea Ricketts. Many hadn’t seen each other for years, so it was indeed a celebration! I am honored […] Read More »

NAWBO celebrating members

Seana-Marie Sesma The Ventura County Chapter of The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-VC) is celebrating Seana-Marie Sesma, founder of Your PR Girls and Mary Jane Services Network, who was recently named the 2022 California Woman Business Owner of the Year by NAWBO California (NAWBO-CA) at its annual Propel conference in Sacramento. “NAWBO California’s […] Read More »

Sharing good news

Photo by Patricia Schallert When you see our new delivery people Jerry Cranham and Colleen J. Garner scooting around do say hello and pick up an issue of the Breeze.   Read More »

Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Crown Classic Museum

Photos by Michael Gordon The new Crown Classic Museum held a Chamber Ribbon Cutting. Antique and restored automobiles from all over the Ventura area showed up to fill the parking lot of the former Toys Are Us.  The remodel store, located at 2975 Johnson Drive, was filled with several dozens of restored automobiles from the […] Read More »

The Bells of San Buenaventura

by Richard Senate All of the missions have bells. They were important   for the spiritual community of the settlement. Some were big deep bells that were rang for sad events such as funerals or defeats in battle. Their were  also  smaller bells that were rang for happy events such as weddings and victories. The bell […] Read More »

VUSD in the news

After a competitive sear​ch, the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education has voted to hire Dr. Greg Bayless as the new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Dr. Bayless began his new role on August 1, 2022. Dr. Bayless will replace Dr. Antonio Castro, who was recently named incoming VUSD Superintendent after Dr. Roger […] Read More »

New developments being proposed, approved or under construction in Ventura

Scandia Village (PROJ 12721) Location: 1010 Cachuma (District 5) Description: 30 attached 2-story single-family homes on a 2.1 acre site Status: Awaiting Resubmittal Hearing Info: Design Review Committee TBD Planning Commission TBD City Council TBD City Contact: Shaveta Sharma, Contract Planner [email protected] North Ventura Apartments (PROJ 11713) Location: 2110 North Ventura Avenue (District 1) Description: […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 23 – Aug 10 – Aug 23, 2022 - On Vacation

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Engagement Announcement

An engagement party was recently held at Jaspreet’s parents’ home in Sacramento. They celebrated the engagement of their daughter Jaspreet Kaur to Jimmy Singh. In the back row is Gurmit Singth, Vaninder Kaur, Harvinder Kaur and Ranjit Singh. The front row is the engaged couple Jimmy Singh and Jaspreet Kaur. The Singh’s are the owners of […] Read More »

VCCAR elects new officers and directors for 2023.

The Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors have elected new officers and directors to help lead the Association in 2023. VCCAR is a professional trade association of over 2,000 licensed real estate agents in western Ventura County, including the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Santa Paula, Fillmore and Port Hueneme. Its members abide by a […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson The Ventura County Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”, officially closes on August 14. Enjoy an End of Summer Reading Party with free Kona Ice at E.P. Foster Library on Monday, August 15, 4 to 5 pm. The Maker Lab at E.P. Foster will still be open Tuesdays, August […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 23 – Aug 10 – Aug 23, 2022 - Community Events

The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura on the first and third Tuesday each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcomed to stop in to sample our shenanigans.  Bob Likins at 805-587-1233 or Rick Follenweider at 650-520-1098 can supply details. Wanna […] Read More »

Reception held at the Rubicon’s Sandra and Jordan Laby Hall

The visual arts to play a new and substantive role at the Rubicon. Photos by Patricia Schallert On July 21, the Rubicon Theatre Company, Ventura’s non-profit professional theatre company held an opening reception for the transformation of the Sandra and Jordan Laby Hall. As part of the re-envisioning, the downstairs hall has been fitted out […] Read More »

Music Under the Stars returns to Olivas Adobe

The good news is the wonderful Music Under the Stars has returned to the Olivas Adobe Historical Park for another summer of wonderful music, dancing and eating. The bad news (unless you have tickets) is that the eight outdoor concerts are sold out. The historical adobe is also open for viewing and docents (lead by […] Read More »

Photographers explore Ventura Botanical Gardens

Adela Lisanti Winners of the 2022 VBG in Bloom Photo Contest highlighted the variety of colors, textures, views and other delights found in the continually expanding botanical gardens above City Hall. Ten winning entries, the “Judges’ Choice”, were chosen by a panel of local photography professionals and three entries, the “Peoples’ Choice”, were chosen by […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 22 – July 27 – Aug 9, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker If you have experienced the loss of a loved one due to suicide, do not hesitate to join our Survivors of Suicide Loss grief support group. Livingston’s Grief and Bereavement Program are committed to maintaining an open, accepting, confidential atmosphere. All free of charge. Survivors of Suicide Loss meets the 1st […] Read More »

New developments being proposed, approved or under construction in Ventura.

Pacific Wave – 1342 Thompson (corner of San Jon and Thompson). 3 story mixed use building with 8 residences. Project by long time resident replacing family owned business. Under Review July 27 at the Planning Commission. Planning Commission – Planning Commissioners advise and recommend on the development and maintenance of general and specific plans. Advise […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon at Advance Auto Parts

Photos by Michael Gordon A Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting was held on July 12 at Advance Auto Parts located a 2022 at 4001 East Main St. The Buena Music Association provided music for the event. Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson Ventura County Library has announced this year’s selection for One County One Book. One County One Book invites you to join your Ventura county community in exploring a common narrative. This year’s title is Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen. Taste Makers is Sen’s debut and […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust announces 13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Ventura Land Trust’s annual benefit, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, returns for its 13th year on Saturday, August 20th at Ventura County Credit Union headquarters. This signature event raises funds each year to support Ventura Land Trust’s mission to permanently protect the land, water, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current […] Read More »

Auto Zone or Fire Zone?

Someone doesn’t like this building. On July 17, at 7:54pm, fire units were dispatched to a commercial structure fire at Katherine Dr. and Main St. Units arrived to find a growing fire in a vacant building which had sustained a prior significant fire on May 10, 2022. The building was previously operated as an auto […] Read More »

Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at new Papa John’s Pizza

Photo by Michael Gordon A Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting was held at the new Papa John’s Pizza in the Von’s shopping strip mall located at 5722 Telephone Rd. (805) 290-4922.   Read More »

Rotary Club of Ventura Welcomes New Leader

The Rotary Club of Ventura has selected Margi Wray as club president for the 2022/2023 year. She follows Rob van Nieuwburg, under whose leadership the club sponsored many charitable and community events, including resumption of the popular Independence Day Family Picnic and Fireworks show, Coats for Kids, a free weekly optometry clinic, supporting a monarch […] Read More »

Ventura City Councilmember, Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios announces candidacy for District 4 seat

Ventura City Councilmember, Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios is formally announcing her candidacy for the Ventura City Council, District 4 seat. Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios resides in the city of Ventura with her husband of more than 25 years and their 2 children. She holds degrees in Public Administration, Women’s Studies, and Political Science from the California State University – […] Read More »

Vista del Mar Hospital welcomes new leaders

Vista del Mar Hospital welcomes Tiffany Bumpus and Marianne Barrinuevo to its leadership team. Bumpus has been appointed the Director of Human Resources, and Barrinuevo is the new Chief Nursing Officer. “We are thrilled to welcome Tiffany and Marianne to the team. Tiffany has a comprehensive background in recruitment and staffing, benefits administration, employee and […] Read More »

A supernova feast of saxes, strings and songs sweep the Ventura Music Festival

by Richard Newsham, VMF consultant The Ventura Music Festival’s “Onward!” 27th season opens tonight with a Free Concert in the Park featuring the gospel, West African and American funk world-fusion mix of the all-female band Adaawe at downtown Ventura’s Mission Park on Wednesday, July 27, at 5:30 pm. The festival venue then moves to the […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 22 – July 27 – Aug 9, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

Convene and Connect with Community Retreat Ojai California, September 3, 2022. The Deborah King Center is excited to host its first post-pandemic, live, in-person, retreat, right here in Ojai! As a special thank you to the community that we call home, we are offering a Saturday only day pass (starts at 8am and goes until 9pm) […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 22 – July 27 – Aug 9, 2022 - On Vacation

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VUSD appoints new superintendent

Following an internal search and selection process, the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) Board of Education has appointed Dr. Antonio Castro as the new VUSD Superintendent. Dr. Castro will begin his new role on August 1, 2022, as Dr. Roger Rice transitions into his previously announced retirement. “We are so fortunate that Dr. Castro will […] Read More »

Ventura’s annual 4th of July Street Fair and Pushem-Pullem Parade

Photos by Yana Khiyod, Michael Gordon and Jackie Ringhof Ventura’s annual 4th of July Street Fair and Pushem-Pullem Parade returned to the Downtown District on Monday, July 4. This year’s event theme “2022: Red, White & Blue!” The Pushem-Pullem Parade is presented by the Rotary Club of East Ventura. Bikes, scooters, strollers, and wagons participated […] Read More »

A Photo Contest

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Come and enjoy our beautiful park like setting

Home of the finest entertainment, concerts, arts, music and more. Oceanview Pavilion is a multi-faceted venue located steps from Hueneme Beach located at 575 E. Surfside Drive Port Hueneme. Home of the finest entertainment, concerts, arts, music, theatre, professional boxing , pro wrestling, as well as operating the best social and recreational adult day program […] Read More »

Support held for Captain Myles "Danny" Smith

Photos by Michael Gordon The Ventura community gathered on July 10 to support injured firefighter Myles “Danny” Smith with a fundraiser and raffle. Captain Smith was severely injured while fighting a brush fire in 2015, and forced to retire. Since then, he’s continued to battle his injuries and most recently had a leg amputated as […] Read More »

Voices and strings rule the 2022 Ventura Music Festival

by Richard Newsham, VMF consultant The Ventura Music Festival’s “Onward” 27th season will toast the communing of music’s two kissing cousins—voices and strings—in seven acts over two weekends from July 27 to August 7. Three groups—the septet Adaawe , chanteuse Veronica Swift and choir The Crossing—explore Nina Simone’s declaration that “the human voice is the […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) hosts Award Ceremony

On June 29th, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) hosted an Award Ceremony at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center to distribute $225,000 to entrepreneurial Hispanic and Indigenous Ventura County community members. Forty-five Emprendedores program participants, thirty-one women and 14 men, successfully completed WEV’s free, 6-week business training program and applied for grant funding; each received a $5,000 […] Read More »

Some of the new developments being proposed, approved or under construction in Ventura.

Mission Apartments – Interior and exterior improvements. Corner of Oak and Santa Clara Streets. Under review at Historic Preservation Committee on July 20. Staff report with specific details to be published in the Agenda Center  (cityofventura.ca.gov/agendacenter) on July 15.   HPC Purpose – Report to the Planning Commission, advise and recommend concerning the designation of historic districts, landmark sites, natural configurations, […] Read More »

The Dark Watchers

by Richard Senate In passing though Ventura’s City Hall the other day, I paused to look at the decorative mural in the atrium. It was inspired by the sacred cave paintings of the Chumash People found in the Ventura County back country. I saw that one of the images depicted was a tall black figure and […] Read More »

Tree Town

Santa Clara Street in downtown Ventura has had several empty tree wells which have recently been planted with Santa Cruz Island Ironwood trees. This is a native evergreen tree that has low water requirement and grows well in the Channel Islands region. It flowers in the spring and summer, and its size will be up to […] Read More »

Pirates never had it this good

Hide your gold and women the pirates have landed. The Devil’s Gauntlet, a replica of a 1767 dispatch carrier dubbed the Brigantine Sultana, is now docked in the Ventura Harbor. Daniel Blevins Catalano (Pirate Dan), a Fresno native, purchased the ship from Denis Boulankine and Tatiana Boulankina for $1. He has since made extensive (and […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Ventura Villa

Photo by Michael Gordon A Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting was held at the previous Traecy Villa which has been purchased and is now the Ventura Villa. It has been modernized for assisted living and memory care residents.  It is located at 3482 Loma Vista. Read More »

Remnants of the past

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Ventura celebrates groundbreaking of Westview Village Phase II

The HACSB is the largest residential landlord in the City of Ventura. The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) and nonprofit BRIDGE Housing are pleased to announce the construction of Westview Village Phase II, a 50-unit affordable rental development, broke ground on April 18, 2022. Westview Village Phase II will replace 10 […] Read More »

Property in Midtown Ventura sells for over $5 million

Real Investments has announced the sale of a property in Midtown Ventura. 3850 E. Main is approximately 2.45 acres of land. The property was sold for $5,400,000 to a local company, Island View Properties LLC. Read More »

What does the DRC do?

The purpose of the city Design Review Committee is to review, consider approve or deny applications for approval of design of architectural, landscaping, aesthetics for public and private projects, applications for sign variances, and proposed design elements or components of specific plans, historic districts, or other special areas. The Committee Members are (there are 2 […] Read More »

Local nonprofit wins big on America Says!

Four staff members from Food Share, Ventura County’s largest hunger-relief organization, just won big on The Game Show Networks’ season five of America Says! Comedian, John Michael Higgins, is the host of this popular fill-in-the-blank guessing game. The invitation to compete came via a fellow Feeding America food bank and was a great way to […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 21 – July 13 – July 26, 2022 - On Vacation

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CMH Auxiliary scholarship awards

Three CMH Auxiliary Junior Volunteers were this year’s scholarship award winners. Each of these graduating high school seniors received $1000 toward their future education. Troy Braun received the Maria Cavallo Scholarship awarded to those pursuing a career in the medical field. Troy accumulated 243 hours of volunteer work while also maintaining a 4.42 unweighted GPA. […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Mary Olson The Ventura County Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”, continues through August 14. There’s still time to log your summer reading at https://vencolibrary.beanstack.org and pick up Grab and Go STEAM kits at any library branch. Visit E.P. Foster Library (805 648-2716) for the Maker Lab on Tuesdays, July 19 […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 21 – July 13 – July 26, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker United State Navy Seabee Museum every Wednesday until August 17th, 10 -12 p.m. Fun, free programming for the whole family! Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead will focus on art, science, and other hands-on learning activities related to the Seabee ratings. The schedule is July 20th, Construction Mechanic; July 27th, Engineering Aide; August 3rd, […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 21 – July 13 – July 26, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

Treat yourself to a day in beautiful Ojai Saturday, Jul 23, 1:30 PM Enjoy browsing the shop, soak up the tranquil vibes, and grab a bite at one of the many dining establishments featuring locally sourced food, wine and beer. For your entertainment pleasure plan to spend 1:30-4 pm at the Ojai Art Center with […] Read More »

Ventura Girls Fastpitch 10u Silver Western C District Champions

Top row coaches Larry Molina, Malissa Thompson, Jim Thompson, John Higgins, Shaun Jacobs, and Manager Justin Welch. Players are Taylor Bellitski, Addison Dutter, Adeline Luttenberger, Gianna Speer, Delanie Thompson, Kennedy Welch, Ivy Higgins, Kaylin Jacobs, Valentina Garcia, Mailie Norris and Andrea Molina.  Congratulations to the Ventura Girls Fastpitch 10U Silver team for becoming the 2022 […] Read More »

Free Concerts at the Country Fair with Ocean Air

All this fun and free concerts. Photo by Richard Lieberman The VC Fair has announced the 2022 Grandstand Entertainment Series. Fair visitors can see favorite musical acts and rodeos free with paid admission to the fair. Good vibrations and great live music will be the standard for the 2022 Grandstand Entertainment series, sponsored by Chumash […] Read More »

The Bookmark  About Libraries and Friends 

by Mary Olson Avenue and Saticoy library branches are participating in Lunch at the Library June 20 through July 28. Ventura County Library, in partnership with Ventura Unified School District through the USDA Summer Food Service Program, is making free lunches available at these locations for children and teens 18 years and under. You do […] Read More »

New Curriculum of Safety

by Kylee Brown  Whether a teacher has twenty years of experience in the classroom or two months, most are now required to add a new subject to their academic planning in the current school environment: educators are working to plan for safety in schools in the event of a live shooter, and calming worried students […] Read More »

Ventura Rotary Fireworks Show and Family Picnic is back

After a two-year absence due to COVID restrictions and challenges, The Rotary Club of Ventura is bringing back the annual 4th of July Fireworks Show and Family Picnic at the Ventura College athletic fields. This year, the event will be held on Sunday, July 3rd with gates opening at 5 pm and the fireworks show […] Read More »

Chef William Traynor brings passion and sustainability to the Crowne Plaza’s New Moofish Cafe

by Amy Brown Executive Chef William Traynor discovered an affinity and ability for cooking early in life during Home Economics classes during high school. In fact, by his senior year, the school had him help teach some of the classes. After high school he enrolled in the Santa Barbara City College hotel restaurant culinary program, […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County reception

The Museum’s transformation led visitors on an historical journey. Photos by Patricia Schallert and staff The Museum of Ventura County held an open reception introducing the new exciting exhibitions and welcomed guests to a free event on June 18th, in Ventura. The Museum debut included All That Glitters Is Not Gold, Always Keep Creating, Chromatic: […] Read More »

Ribbon Cutting at Ventura Music Hall

Music Hall donates $10,000 at ribbon cutting. Photo by Michael Gordon by  Shirley Lorraine What a transformation! From lowly beginnings as a popular bowling alley, to the Discovery music venue and now to this – the Ventura Music Hall, a venue specializing in bringing in entertainment of myriad genres suitable for a wide range of […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust presents July Plein Air Painting Workshop at Harmon Canyon Preserve

Ventura Land Trust broadens its public program offerings with an Artist-Led Plein Air Painting Workshop on Saturday, July 9th at 8:00 am at Harmon Canyon Preserve. Artists Debra Holladay, Laura Wambsgans, and Marian Fortunati will offer instruction for beginner and experienced artists on how to capture Harmon Canyon’s natural landscape through composition, form, color, and […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 20 – June 29 – July 12, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker If you have experienced the loss of a loved one due to suicide, do not hesitate to join our Survivors of Suicide Loss grief support group. Livingston’s Grief and Bereavement Program are committed to maintaining an open, accepting, confidential atmosphere, meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6:30 […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair launches 2022 Fair Season

VC Fair Rides Again! That’s the tagline for this year’s Ventura County Fair, coming to your favorite seaside fairgrounds Wednesday, August 3 through Sunday, August 14. The wheels are in motion, preparations are being made and the highly anticipated time has come to invite VC Fair Lovers to start planning for their 2022 Fair experience. […] Read More »

New enhanced viewer for color blind visitors installed at Ventura Botanical Gardens

Flowers at Ventura Botanical Gardens. Color blind conversion courtesy of EnChroma Photo by Barbara Brown The Ventura Botanical Gardens and EnChroma® (creators of glasses for color blindness) announced this week the installation of a special viewer for colorblind visitors. The Gardens will be the first botanical gardens in California to have a viewer for color blindness […] Read More »

AIDS/LifeCycle rolls through Ventura

On Friday, June 10, thousands of bicycles arrived in Ventura and stayed at the San Buenaventura State Beach. More than 2,400 cyclists and 600 volunteer “roadies” continued their 7-day, 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles on Friday, June 10, beginning in Lompoc to Ventura. AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully-supported, seven-day bike ride. It’s a […] Read More »

County of Ventura in honor of Pride Month raises Progress Pride Flag

Progress Pride Flag raised. Photos by Richard Lieberman The second annual Progress Pride Flag raising was held on June 9t at the Government Center in Ventura located at 800 S Victoria Ave. The flag raising was in support of the LGBQT+ community. The pride flag will be displayed throughout the month at several county facilities. […] Read More »

Up Close and Personal with decorated producer and director Steve Binder

Steve Binder is paramount in the history of music on television, as one of the founding creative minds behind music programs with racially and ethnically diverse casts, showcasing a variety of musical styles. He is arguably best known as the director of the T.A.M.I. Show, Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special, Diana Ross Live in Central Park, […] Read More »

Ventura County Fairgrounds appoints Stacy Rianda as New CEO

The Ventura County Fairgrounds, otherwise known as the 31stDistrict Agricultural Association announced today that Stacy Rianda has been appointed new CEO.  An experienced leader, Rianda will succeed Barbara Quaid and assume responsibilities on July 6.  Quaid has maintained leadership of the Fairgrounds through 17 successful years of fairs, numerous community emergencies and most recently the Covid […] Read More »

Farm-to-Fork has returned

Guests enjoyed the great food in the beautiful Harmon Canyon. The Farm-to-Fork Dinner Series returned to Ventura on June 2 at Harmon Canyon. The Totally Local VC Dinner Series has been getting to the root of great taste since 2006. It presents farm-to-fork dining events at iconic Ventura County locations with some of the area’s […] Read More »

See “Monsters” at the Sea shore in Ventura

Art calls his little pocket of Ventura, “Freedom Memorial Park” by Patricia Schallert and Yana Khiyod Arthur Hurts, called Art by most, started his beach sculptors during the Covid shutdown 2 1/2 years ago. Prior to the pandemic lockdown, he could be found writing screenplays and composing music at Starbucks on Main Street in downtown […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting at Moofish Café

On May 17, a Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting was held at the new restaurant Moofish Café located in the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach. The chef is The Surfing Chef William Traynor. Call 800-652-5151 for its open hours and days. Photo by Michael Gordon Read More »

When the end of the pier went down it went into the drink

by Richard Senate For those who do not recall, Ventura spent a peck of money for a San Francisco artist to make a “Wavespout” statue that was to look like something out of Captain Nemo’s Submarine but looked like pluming.  It never really spouted water right and when the end of the pier went down–it […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 19 – June 15 – June 28, 2022 - On Vacation

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What Art City means to me

Paul is trying to save Art City. by Paul Lindhard I have been an artist, painter, sculptor, public art, and multimedia collaborator for over fifty years. I moved to Ventura in 1985 from Santa Barbara with a vast and varied range of art materials and studio parts. Art City Studios did not become what it […] Read More »

The sold-out Festival has returned

Thousands come to support and enjoy Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival. Photos by Ana Baker Sunday, June 5th, Casa Pacifica hosted its 29th Annual Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival. The sold-out Festival has established itself as Ventura County’s premiere Wine & Food event recently winning Best Wine and Food Event and Best […] Read More »

Assistance League® Of Ventura County awards the 2022 Vivian Johnson Scholarship

Joan Oliva, Pam Gorman, Jo Spence, Cherie Bouchard, Benet Bouchard, Lori Nasatir, and Sue Root at the award presentation. On Monday May 23rd Assistance League® of Ventura County President Lori Nasatir and Scholarship Committee Chairman Jo Spence were honored to present the 2022 Vivian Johnson Scholarship Award to Benet Bouchard for the second year in […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 19 – June 15 – June 28, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The historic Olivas Adobe is now open to the public.  Sundays 11-3 p.m. for rancho home and grounds tours, bring a picnic and enjoy the rose garden. While you are on site be sure to step into the small adobe to view the Flora & local landscapes exhibit by artists Laura […] Read More »

Local author writes children’s book about Bertie

Local author Susan M. Webb is pleased to announce the launch of her children’s picture book, “Bertie: The Best Stuttering King” recently. The book highlights the struggles of Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, and how he overcame a severe stutter and physical ailments to become one of the best monarchs of 20th Century Europe. […] Read More »

Bookmark

by Mary M. Olson Although Jill Forman has signed off as author of “The Bookmark” column, the Friends of the Library would like to continue with this great opportunity to spread the news about libraries and our organization to our community. First of all, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to Jill for […] Read More »

Community volunteer event hosted by Ventura Land Trust to mitigate invasive plant species

by Richard Lieberman On Saturday, May 21, Ventura Land Trust in conjunction with Safeport Cannabis Dispensary and Topa Topa Brewing Company held a community volunteer activity to help clear invasive plant species from the Harmon Canyon Preserve trails. Invasive plant species like black mustard and milk thistle have begun to choke Harmon Canyon Preserve trails […] Read More »

Congratulations All 2022 Grads!

Everyone at CAPS Media Congratulates all the 2022 Graduates from Buena, El Camino, Foothill, Pacific and Ventura High School as well as all the adult grads from Ventura Adult and Continuing Education and Ventura College. CAPS Media crews, including El Camino students in the CAPS/VUSD ECTV media education program, are recording and live-streaming commencement ceremonies […] Read More »

Free Adaawe Concert in Mission Park on July 27th

“It’s a thrill for us downtown to have the Ventura Music Festival present a great band in a great event,” Downtown Ventura Partners Executive Kevin Clerici said The music of Adaawe, an all-female, LA-based vocal and drumming band, springs from West African roots and is nourished by gospel harmonies and American funk for a contemporary […] Read More »

New story collection set in fictionalized Ventura

Award-winning author—and Ventura native—Dallas Woodburn’s new short story collection How to Make Paper When the World is Ending (Koehler Books) releases on June 28, and locals might find something familiar about the settings of many of the stories. The pier… the beach… the boardwalk… Yes, many of the stories take place in a “fictionalized Ventura,” Woodburn notes.  […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 18 – June 1 – June 14, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker The Ventura Senior Men’s Group continues to meet for a social lunch and program at the Poinsettia Pavilion on the first and third Tuesday each month. Men of all descriptions are always welcomed to stop in to sample our shenanigans. Bob Likins at 805-587-1233 or Rick Follenweider at 650-520-1098 can supply […] Read More »

Fundraiser for Cabrillo Middle School Music Department

On May 21, at Boccali’s Pizza and Pasta in Ojai, a fund-raiser was held for the Cabrillo Middle School Music Department. The night included live music, dinner and a silent auction to benefit the award-winning middle school music program. All funds raised benefit the school’s music program. This will be the first time the annual […] Read More »

Ventura County Library urges families to get ready, get set, go to the library

Ventura County Library launched its “Read Beyond the Beaten Path!” summer reading challenge on May 15, 2022. Over the summer, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants may win prizes for reaching their reading goals. “We’ve planned a wonderful […] Read More »

Caregiver Spotlight

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Vol. 15, No. 18 – June 1 – June 14, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

Ojai happenings Sixteen-year-old author Micaela Ellis will visit the Ojai Library at 2pm on Saturday, June 4, 2022, 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 young adult with autism. She was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Summer Reading Program! The theme of the Reading Challenge this summer is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” The dates are May 14- August 14. There is a category for adults and one for children up to 18. Go to venco.beanstack.org, register, log reading minutes or books, complete activities, earn badges, and become […] Read More »

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Haole Boy’s Memorial Rock Garden’s

Matsumoto, Murphy and Loy at Haole’s Memorial Garden remembering Haole Boy’s one year anniversary.  by Amy Brown If you walk along the iconic Ventura promenade near Surfer’s Point, you’ll encounter a beautiful tribute to another major Ventura icon: Haole Boy, the city’s late surfing Ambassadog. Haole had been surfing C Street and traveling the country […] Read More »

Gentry Eagle's final days

Photos by Patricia Schallert and Yana Khiyod. In a previous issue we had an article about the Gentry Eagle that was stored in the Ventura Harbor boat yard. It was once the fastest luxury yacht in the world. This yacht has been berthed and idled in the Ventura Harbor for over 15 years. The Gentry […] Read More »

Students from VUSD presented proposals to reduce their schools’ environmental footprint

The event began with the 16 finalist teams presenting to a panel of judges. On Thursday May 5th, forty-five 7th-12th-grade students from Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) presented their environmental business proposals to a panel of judges. Students chose their project from 4 categories: Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Waste Reduction at their school campuses, or […] Read More »

Happy 13th Anniversary to The Ladies Luncheon

by Laurie Ann Meyer The Ladies Luncheon began as a women’s networking group in 2009. Over the past 13 years, it has transformed into an opportunity for women to experience connection, community, and support. Together we have/continue to foster a safe space for achieving common goals and developing lifelong friendships. Whether you own a business […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Friends Online Bookstore Update We invite you to continue to visit our online store for local sales. Special for May:  Audiobooks $2.00! During the most recent library closure, inventory on the online store has expanded — many more great non-fiction, classics, fiction and vintage are available. Books purchased at the online store will be available […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 17 – May 18 – May 31, 2022 - On Vacation

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Vol. 15, No. 17 – May 18 – May 31, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

Renowned quartet Gov’t Mule – led by GRAMMY® Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, guitar legend, and producer Warren Haynes – will be heading out on a U.S. summer tour supporting their critically acclaimed, chart-topping blues album, Heavy Load Blues. The cross-country outing, incorporating a mix of headlining shows, festival appearances and select multi-band/support dates, will be stopping locally […] Read More »

Caregiver Spotlight

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Murals And Roses event

Photo by Yana Khiyod Even in 1849 Mary Thompson was reading the Ventura Breeze at the Murals And Roses event held at the Olivas Adobe.   Read More »

"House Boy" is being published

Dear Friends, I’m pleased to let you know that my debut novel, “House Boy” is being published on June 7, 2022 by Atmosphere Press. I am grateful to all of you for your interest and support over the years for my previous work as a writer of non-fiction, playwright, Theater director, and filmmaker. This novel […] Read More »

Gold Coast Concert Chorus offers a Toon-Full Cure for the “Twenty-Two Blues”

Let’s face it – 2022 has been a rough year. We’ve been dealing with a pandemic that refuses to go away, higher prices, and weather that can go from one extreme to the next. If there were any time that people needed to smile, laugh, and forget about their troubles for a while, this is […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 17 – May 18 – May 31, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker Many children and teens have experienced the death of a loved one during the pandemic. This is a difficult time for anyone grieving a loss. Livingston’s Grief and Bereavement Program recognizes the value children and teens receive from sharing their grief experience with their peers. Our groups provide support, connection and […] Read More »

Night includes live music, dinner and silent auction to benefit middle school music program

The Cabrillo Middle School Music Department is excited to be holding – once again – their annual fundraising event on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Boccali’s Pizza and Pasta in Ojai. The event features live music, dinner and a silent auction. All funds raised benefit the school’s music program. This will be the first time […] Read More »

The Romance and Charm of “Sobre Las Olas”

by Patricia Schallert “Sobre Las Olas”, a charming, antique motor yacht has berthed in the Ventura Harbor (At the Portside Ventura Harbor docks) since November, 2021. “Sobre Las Olas”, translates to “Over the Waves”, was built in the 1920’s and its craftsmanship reflects an era long past. Once owned  by JP Getty, this vessel reflects exceptional […] Read More »

Fundraiser held to benefit the City Center

On Saturday, April 30, under a beautiful Ventura evening “La Dolce Vita, Silent Auction Dinner Dancing” was held celebrating and benefiting the families and children at the City Center. The fund-raiser event was held in the beautiful back yard at a magnificent home located on Barnard Way in Ventura. The evening featured a cocktail party, […] Read More »

Rubicon Season opens with “Twilight Los Angeles”

Opening night at the Rubicon included many local dignitaries. by Richard Lieberman The Rubicon Theatre Company of Ventura opened it’s 2022/2023 season with a play by Anna Deavere Smith “Twilight Los Angeles, 1992” a production that depicts the events of the 1992 L.A. riots. The production premiered on the 30th anniversary of the Rodney King […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust holds ribbon cutting ceremony at Harmon Canyon Preserve

Organizers of the event hope to raise an additional $1 million dollars. by Richard Lieberman In an effort to raise an additional $1 million for the Harmon Canyon Preserve the Ventura Land Trust held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Harmon Canyon Preserve, located off Kimball and Foothill roads on Earth Day, April 22. The […] Read More »

Memorial Tree for Midge Stork

Joe Cahill, Chris Grant, Kevin McDermott, Barbara Brown and Christy Weir were all smiles as Chris Grant and Kevin McDermott planted the Coquito Palm. The Ventura Tree Alliance, in partnership with the Ventura Botanical Gardens, planted a tree to honor founder Midge Stork — her philanthropic life and her profound contributions to our community and […] Read More »

Westside Born Learning Trail gets revitalized on Earth Day

Born Learning Trails were developed to support language, literacy and social skills. Photos by Michael Gordon by Amy Brown Earth Day often includes collaborations of individual and community groups to celebrate the world in which we live, and learn to improve sustainability to preserve it. In that spirit, local community members, the city of Ventura, […] Read More »

Up Close and Personal with Bob Eubanks

Photos by Yana Khiyod and Patricia Schallert. On April 28, the Museum of Ventura County presented an interview “Ivor Davis: Up Close and Personal with Bob Eubanks.” The large crowd enjoyed hearing about his life and illustrious career and asked him many interesting questions. He also signed copies of “Bob Eubanks It’s In The Book […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 16 – May 4 – May 17, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

On May 10, at 8:00 pm, Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes and singer/multi-instrumentalist, Diego Amador Jr., direct from Seville, will present Eterno, el Flamenco vive, at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club. Savannah and Diego have forged a unique artistic partnership after a successful summer tour as a duo. Eterno promises to be a dynamic and emotionally […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 16 – May 4 – May 17, 2022 - Community Events

Events by Ana Baker May 8: 11am-3 pm Murals & Roses -Olivas Adobe 4200 Olivas Park Drive-Ventura. Join us on Mother’s Day for a stroll through the rose garden and historic grounds of the Olivas Adobe where the famous Margarite Hardeman mural paintings will be on display. Free corsages for visiting mothers, tours of the rancho […] Read More »

CMH Auxiliary Volunteer Opportunity

Remember a few months ago when you made those New Year resolutions? You had such good intentions! You were going to find something worthwhile to do to get you involved with the community after being isolated because of Covid restrictions. So now time has passed and you still haven’t honored those resolutions. It’s not too […] Read More »

AIDS walk on May 14, starting at Plaza Park in Ventura

Diversity Collective Ventura County is in the trenches fighting to make a positive impact on the ways HIV and AIDS affect us locally. After 2 years of shut down due to COVID19, we will once again walk the walk on May 14, starting at Plaza Park in Ventura. As you know, there is still no […] Read More »

The Bookmark

About Libraries and Friends by Jill Forman Library Events Several exciting happenings going on in May! An Afternoon with George Christie – at the E.P. Foster Library (press release from the Library)  Ex-Hells Angels president George Christie will visit Ventura’s E.P. Foster Library to deliver a lecture, slide show, and Q&A at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 14, in the library’s […] Read More »

Time to vote!

The June Primary Election is closing fast, and CAPS Media is honored to have an official County Ballot Drop Box installed in our parking lot to convenience voters in Ventura. For this year’s election Ventura County will fully implement the California Voter’s Choice Act (VCA) which allows voters to choose how, when, and where to […] Read More »

Moving Forward Updating Ventura County’s Seal

Because Priest Junípero Serra was discredited the Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved moving forward with an update of Ventura County’s seal that does not include his image. Many Venturan’s think that this new proposed seal should certainly be the one approved by the supervisors. Read More »

Caregiver Spotlight

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Under Construction

At Johnson and Northbank Dr. a 306 unit apartment complex with 5,000 square feet of commercial on an 8-acre site. It is called The Willows/Ravello. Read More »

They were Californios, Yaqui Tribesmen, Mission Indians, Chumash, Mexican Nationals, and a handful of Europeans

Many watched as a small parade went down dusty El Camino Real soon to be renamed Main St. in 1863. They were mounted cavalry, in blue, riding south from Santa Barbara to Fort Drum, in Wilmington for training.  They were armed with 11-foot lances, each one with a little pennant attached to the steel points. […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 16 – May 4 – May 17, 2022 – On Vacation

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For Ukraine with Love

Alec Benke created a custom pedestal, including scales, for the mermaid sculpture on Spinnaker drive. by Amy Brown For many years there have been two iconic bronze mermaid statues, each gracing a separate entrance to the Ventura harbor. One has a plaque reading “From Russia with Love,” but today they both wear Ukrainian flower crowns […] Read More »

Up Close and Personal with Bob Eubanks

Bob Eubanks is best known for hosting the Newlywed Game. Museum of Ventura County presents “Ivor Davis: Up Close and Personal with Bob Eubanks” April 28, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 100 E Main Street in Ventura and via Zoom Bob Eubanks is best known for hosting the explosively popular, “The Newlywed […] Read More »

SEEAG staff members give presentations at schools throughout Ventura County

Gene Haas Foundation donates $25,000 to SEEAG. The Gene Haas Foundation has made a $25,000 grant award to Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) to support SEEAG’s STEM Career Pathways in Agriculture programs. The programs are provided at no cost to schools and are designed to teach middle and high school students about technology and […] Read More »

Cabrillo Middle School students partnered with Food Share

Local students’ innovation helps county’s homeless population. Photos by Patricia Schallert A group of enterprising 7th and 8th graders from Cabrillo Middle School have partnered with Food Share Ventura County in a project designed to make life a little easier for the county’s unhoused population but that could have an impact far beyond. The Rusty Sailors […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Local Author Talk at Hill Road Library Michele Artiz Smith, J.D. will visit the Hill Road Library on Sunday, May 15th, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. to discuss her book My Husband’s Keeper: A Memoir.  Smith takes the reader through the early, middle, and late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. After her husband’s diagnosis, she vowed to learn as much as possible about […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust

Thursday, April 22nd is Earth Day. On Earth Day, we are called to boldly act, innovate, and implement plans in partnership for the planet. This year, the theme for Earth Day is Invest In Our Planet. Celebrate Earth Day with Ventura Land Trust by volunteering at a clean up or on a restoration project (upcoming […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 15 – Apr 20 – May 3, 2022 - On Vacation

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Great Horned Owls return to Olivas Adobe

Michael Gordon For several years the Great Horned Owls did not return to the nest at the Olivas Adobe, they have now returned. I took my student out to the park and we climbed up the stairs and spent an hour or more photographing Olivia and her newest fledgling.    Read More »

Hundreds of cairns at Thornhill Broome beach

While at Thornhill Broome beach, near Point Mugu Bill Kuel (and wife) took this photo of hundreds of cairns (that’s what they are called) set up along the rocks at the beach. Read More »

7th-12th Grade students will present their proposals to reduce their schools’ environmental footprint

On Thursday May 5th, approximately forty 7th-12th-grade students from Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) will be presenting their environmental business proposals to a panel of judges. Students had the option of choosing a project from 4 categories: water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction at their school campuses, or to inform their communities about the benefits […] Read More »

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 

by Anna Deavere Smith Powerful, illuminating and moving, this “masterpiece” (Newsweek) looks at the L.A. Riots of 1992 (sometimes called the L.A. Uprising or Rebellion), through the eyes of 36 characters of different characters who shared their stories with creator Anna Deavere Smith. The production won Obie, Drama Desk, Theatre World and Outer Critics Circle […] Read More »

Ventura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1679

The Ventura VFW Post serves all branches of the US Military, local veterans and community. The Post is a 501(c)(19) non-profit organizaNon. IRS #95-2425319. Approximately 300 former Combat Veterans are members at the Ventura Post. “Friday Dinners” are served to members and guests every Friday 1730 – 1900 (5:30pm-7pm). Menus and prices change from week-to-week […] Read More »

Community Memorial Health System President & CEO announces retirement

On Friday, April 8, Community Memorial Health System Board of Trustees Chair Richard R. Rush, together with Gary K. Wilde, announced Wilde’s plans to retire from his role as President & CEO of the health system later this year. “Gary is an outstanding individual whose vision has helped build an incredible foundation for the future […] Read More »

China town disappeared from San Buenaventura in the 1920’s

by Yana Khiyod It’s hard to imagine that Ventura had a flourishing Chinese settlement in the early 1880’s. The largest concentration of activity, known as China Alley, was just down Main Street on Figueroa Street south of the Mission San Buenaventura. In the early 1880’s, a flourishing Chinese settlement made up of merchants, laborers, and […] Read More »

Celebration held to honor mural artists

Photos by lots of people Patricia Schallert, Richard Lieberman, Trent Steven, Jenny Cooper and Kathy Navarro. On Saturday, March 26, Mayor Rubalcava joined the Westside Community Development Corporation welcomed a large gathering to celebrate and honor the 57 artists who brought to life a 600-foot mural called Pura Avenida. It featured a Chumash blessing, photo […] Read More »

Dream Foundation offers Marcy her dream family trip

Don and Marcy Ornales, Kenny Slaught: Dream Foundation’s Board Chair And Eva Rhodes Board Member. Photo by Patricia Schallert On March 28, Ventura local Marcy Ornelas, her husband Donald and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Shoshanna were off to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveand, Ohio, on a final dream family trip thanks to […] Read More »

CMHS welcomes new VP of Marketing & Development, Jamie Maites

Community Memorial Health System is proud to welcome Jamie Maites, a seasoned healthcare executive from Northern California, as its new Vice President, Marketing & Development. Maites brings the health system nearly 20 years of healthcare marketing experience. “I’m thrilled to join this innovative and influential organization. I look forward to advancing our vision – to […] Read More »

Chamber of Commerce held ribbon-cutting at Coastal Architects

Photo by Michael Gordon The Ventura Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting at Coastal Architects on March 25. Coastal Architects is a full-service architectural, planning, and design firm specializing in customer services that range from initial master planning and pre-development sketches to technical and construction documentation through all phases of the development. 1567 Spinnaker Dr., […] Read More »

Ventura Land Trust presents April Environmental Speaker Series: Women in Conservation

Ventura Land Trust will host the next installment of its Environmental Speaker Series, Women in Conservation, on Thursday, April 14th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Museum of Ventura County (100 E Main St.). A panel discussion moderated by Ventura Land Trust Executive Director Melissa Baffa will feature Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, Kate Larramendy, […] Read More »

Museum of Ventura County welcomes new additions to Board of Directors

Museum of Ventura County announces the addition of two members to their Board of Directors, longtime Ventura County supporter Greg Monterrosa and Immigration Attorney Gabriella Navarro-Busch. The Museum’s 13-member board helps to guide the collections, exhibits, and educational programs, which collectively celebrate the rich history, art and culture of Ventura County. “The Museum is honored […] Read More »

Mary O’Connor passes away

Mary O’Connor (Tosney) completed her earthly journey peacefully at her residence in Ventura, on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Mary Ann was born to Dr. Robert O’Connor and Mary (McMahon) O’Connor in Buffalo, NY. She spent her early years in the idyllic village of Williamsville, NY. Mary O’Connor was the rock ’n’ roller & Chapter 12 […] Read More »

When and what is Passover?

Passover 2022 begins at sundown on Friday, April 15, and ends Saturday evening, April 23. Passover is a festival of freedom. It commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, and their transition from slavery to freedom. Passover or Pesach is an important, biblically derived Jewish holiday. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their […] Read More »

Collaboration of Police and Sheriff Trainings with Ventura Behavioral Health

by Carol Leish, MA “Ventura Police Department Officers receive mental health training while in Basic Academy under Learning Domain 37, which consists of 15 hours,” according to Emily Graves, Community Outreach Specialist for the City of Ventura/Police. “The Basic Academy training is an introduction for first responders and Crisis Intervention Training. Officers are taught a […] Read More »

Once Ventura was in Colorado!

by Richard Senate Remarkable as it is to imagine, once what is today Ventura County was listed as part of the newly formed Territory of Colorado. No, not the present state of Colorado but a newly formed southerly section, split off from the State of California in 1859 and designated as the “Territory of Colorado.”  […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 14 – Apr 6 – Apr 19, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

Chamber On The Mountain presents top-selling, Czech Violin Superstar, Pavel Šporcl, on Sunday, April 10, 2022, 3:00 pm at Logan House (located at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Upper Ojai). Tickets $30.00 at www.ChamberOnTheMountain.com. Nicknamed “the fighting musician,” Pavel Šporcl has been triumphantly received by audiences in major music venues throughout the […] Read More »

TREE TOWN

April 22 is Earth Day!  To help care for Ventura’s environment, you can grab a shovel and  expand our urban forest. It’s the season to “Plant and Post,” sponsored by the Ventura Tree Alliance.  Plant a tree at your home, business, church, school— and then post a photo on social media. We will celebrate together […] Read More »

$40,000 philanthropic donation to Women’s Economic Ventures

Koolaburra by UGG, in partnership with Ashley Tisdale and Frenshe, celebrated International Women’s Day with a $40,000 philanthropic donation to Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV). “Koolaburra by UGG is proud to be a supporter of Women’s Economic Ventures this International Women’s Day,” said Lorie Pointer, GM of Koolaburra by UGG. We’re honored to be able to […] Read More »

Ventura Audubon Society: Program with Rich Reid

Rich specializes in environmental and adventure photography. Ventura Audubon will host award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and instructor, Rich Reid. Rich has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for more than three decades. Since 2008, he has been guiding guests worldwide as a National Geographic Photographer aboard Lindblad Expeditions fleet of ships. He started his career as […] Read More »

Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ventura Skincare and Body Works

Photo by Michael Gordon On March 30, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Ventura Skincare and Body Works in their new location at 3140 Telegraph Ave!   Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Foster Library re-opens. Friends Bookstore re-opens Due to a water leak, Foster Library has been closed. Both the library and bookstore re-opened last week. Friends of the Library Book Sale a big success On Saturday March 19 the Friends had a book sale at the Vons parking lot on Telegraph and Victoria. […] Read More »

Answer In a Breeze

Question: Any idea what is being planned for this property? There has been no public notice posted on the property. Seems like another demolition. Thanks TubaTim Hansen Answer: From Jennifer Buckley City of Ventura. Thank you for your question. The Carl’s Jr. property on Thompson Boulevard is currently undergoing a remodel. We are currently updating […] Read More »

Local company recognized as a top performer

FASTSIGNS® of Ventura, a local sign and visual graphics provider, was recognized as a top performing center in the FASTSIGNS network out of more than 750 locations worldwide at the 2022 FASTSIGNS/SIGNWAVE International Convention held in Grapevine, Texas. Owned by Saurabh and Madhu Bajaj, FASTSIGNS of Ventura was presented with the Award for Highest Efficiency, […] Read More »

Ivor Davis up close and personal with Dianne Lake

Dianne Lake was a beautiful and innocent wide eyed seventh grade student – whose hippie parents abandoned their traditional suburban lifestyle to join a group called, The Wavy Gravy’s Hog Farm Commune in Tujunga, California. Along the way her parents met a man named Charles Manson. They were so impressed by him and, as unbelievable […] Read More »

What do my food scraps have to do with climate change?

Food scraps should be bagged and placed in your green waste cart. by Jill Sarick Santos Composting vegetable scraps instead of landfilling them is one tiny step in the right direction to help lessen the ramifications from climate change. It is easy to do. It does not cost anything extra. And you could be saving […] Read More »

Back to Back Wins for Team 4414: HighTide

Team 4414: HighTide is an industry-based robotics team located in Ventura. After 2 canceled seasons due to COVID, competitive robotics is back, and with that, so is Team 4414: HighTide. They are riding high on back to back wins at Hueneme Port and Ventura County Regionals. Additionally, they earned awards in Quality and Autonomous. Team […] Read More »

Rubicon Theatre announces the Company’s 2022 -2023 Mainstage Season!

The staff and board of Rubicon Theatre in Ventura are thrilled to open the company’s doors once again for the 2022-2023 “Welcome Home” Season. The first production in the recently renovated space will be a pre-season production on March 26, featuring acclaimed stars of screen and television, JoBeth Williams and Joe Spano, in The Gin […] Read More »

Fond farewell for caps media engineer Evan Carpenter

One of the most respected and valued members of the CAPS Media staff is leaving after two decades of service to the community. Evan Carpenter has been the Chief Engineer at the CAPS Media Center since the start nearly 20 years ago. In fact, Evan built or supervised the building of every component of the […] Read More »

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County names Jason Gaffner as new Deputy Director/Loan Portfolio Manager

Housing Trust Fund Ventura County (Housing Trust Fund VC) has hired Jason Gaffner as its new Deputy Director, Loan Portfolio Manager. In this newly created position Gaffner will manage Housing Trust Fund VC’s portfolio of existing loans including underwriting and review to close loans expeditiously for affordable housing developments in the community. He’ll also work […] Read More »

“Guitar revolutionary” Twanguero returns to the Ventura Music Festival on April 9th

by Richard Newsham, VMF Consultant Diego “Twanguero” Garcia, Spain’s triple-threat—on Spanish classical, acoustic steel and electric guitar—brings an acoustic solo set followed by his dynamic electric band to the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm, as the Spring concert for the Ventura Music Festival’s 27th […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Foster Library Temporarily Closed Due to a water leak, Foster has been closed while the damage is assessed and mitigated. As of this writing, the re-opening date is not determined. The safety of the public and library staff will be the deciding factor. Remember – you can still get books! The library […] Read More »

New Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters’ executives sworn in

On Wednesday, March 2, the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters (O.A.H.I) assembled for the first time in 2022. The gathering in the Olivas Adobe exhibit hall was a time for some much-needed fellowship with old friends and some important COVID delayed business. The installation of the 2022 Board of Directors executive committee officiated by Deputy Mayor […] Read More »

Soroptimist International of Oxnard and Ventura holds 15th Annual Human Trafficking Symposium

by Richard Lieberman To raise community awareness of human trafficking and sexual slavery Soroptimist International held a public meeting at the Museum of Ventura County Saturday March 5. One goal of the group is to raise community awareness that human trafficking is not just a global problem, but a local one. Featured speakers included Dr. […] Read More »

Two more viewpoints of the closure of Main St. and California St. to traffic

by Carol Leish, MA Roylin Downs, the owner of Trystology, said, “I love that the street is closed. Business has been doing well. I’d love to keep it that way. Customers come from all over, as they walk up and down Main Street. This helps our business. I love that we have been able to […] Read More »

Multi-Sport Day for physically disabled kids and adults held at Ventura Family YMCA

by Richard Lieberman Angel City Sports, an organization that provides free, adaptive sports clinics and equipment for kids and adults with physical disabilities or visual impairment, hosted an event at the Ventura YMCA. The multi-sports day included wheelchair basketball, powerlifting, and blind soccer. “We are thrilled to host our first event in Ventura,” said Clayton […] Read More »

Purim is near

Feast of Lots, a joyous Jewish festival commemorating the survival of the Jews who, in the 5th century BCE, were marked for death by their Persian rulers. The story is related in the biblical Book of Esther. Purim is celebrated on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Haman, chief minister of King Ahasuerus, incensed that Mordecai, a […] Read More »

Gunfighter, Joe Dye

by Richard Senate Once a terrible gunfighter walked the streets of old Ventra. He was a violent, temperamental man with few redeemable qualities. His name was Joseph Franklin Dye and his murderous reputation still echoes in the legends of Ventura County. Born in Kentucky in 1831 he traveled to Texas where he held several jobs […] Read More »

TREE TOWN

Help celebrate Arbor Day! On Saturday, March 12, this barren section of the Ventura/Ojai Bike Path next to Hwy 33 will be planted with 65 new trees. Volunteers are needed, and will meet at Westpark parking lot at 9:00am. Bring shovels and gloves. ‘www.venturatreealliance.com  Read More »

Trees Make a Difference

by Christy Weir Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. California celebrates Arbor Day between March 7-14, this year on Saturday, March 12. The city of Ventura has a fascinating tree history. One of the oldest trees in town is a designated historic landmark. The Moreton Bay Fig tree […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Just scheduled – Friends of the Library Book Sale! Saturday March 19 at Vons, corner of Telegraph and Victoria. Times and details to be determined. Information: venturafriendsofthelibrary.org. Libraries are open! Not everyone is aware of this. They are open, same hours as pre-closure. Library activities are transitioning to in-person or possible a […] Read More »

CMH Auxiliary contributes to Community Memorial Hospital

Outgoing treasurer, Norma Taylor, presented a check from the Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to Gary Wilde, who accepted on behalf of the hospital. The money was raised from donations, bequests, and fund-raising activities by Auxiliary members and will be used toward future needs of the hospital. Fund-raising is just one facet to the activities of […] Read More »

Answer In a Breeze

Question: On our daily walk, we walk the square around Ventura College. Both Loma Vista and Telegraph Rd have potholes and chunks of asphalt that fly into the gutters and even onto the sidewalk caused by vehicles traveling at 40 to 50 mph. I live on Johnson Drive in Ventura where road repairs were made […] Read More »

Dignity Health Appoints Barry Wolfman as new President and CEO of St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo

Barry Wolfman has been appointed President and CEO of Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Oxnard, Calif. and St. John’s Hospital Camarillo in Camarillo, Calif. Wolfman, has been serving as interim president since November 1. “It gives me great pleasure to share that Barry will continue to lead St. John’s Hospitals,” says […] Read More »

Seaside enclave salutes Sirens of the Sea

Calling all Mermaids and Mermen…Mermaid Month has officially returned to Ventura Harbor Village! It’s the perfect time to head seaside as these mystical aquatic creatures take center stage all month long. Special themed events and live mermaid sightings are scheduled for select Sundays, March 13th and March 20th from 1-4 PM. Locals and visitors across […] Read More »

Helping the mentally ill homeless is not easily done

This is a series of emails that help explain the problems of dealing with the mentally ill homeless (about 1/3 of the homeless). Sheldon:  What is the deal with the guy sitting on Main & Kalorama bus bench in front of Locksmiths for weeks with bedding, etc.    Same question for the woman who is on […] Read More »

Ventura County Fair announces the return of Youth Poster Contest  

The winners from a previous year. The Ventura County Fair is coming back and the Fair poster contest is now underway for the 2022 Fair.  The contest is open to young artists in grades 5 – 12 who reside in Ventura County.  The theme of the 2022 Poster Contest is “VC Fair Rides Again” and will […] Read More »

Ventura Music Festival returns to Ventura

Photos by Yana Khiyid On Feb.20, at The Museum of Ventura County Smith Pavilion, the artistic lineup of the 27th Ventura Music Festival was presented by Nuvi Mehta. A social was held prior to the presentation featuring wine and folks meeting each other after a long absence because of COVID. It was wonderful to see […] Read More »

Monument sign will greet residents and visitors at the entrance to South Seaward Blvd.

Proud members of the community at the ribbon-cutting ceremony (see end of article). Photo by Patricia Schallert On Wednesday, February 16, board members of the Pierpont Bay Community Council held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the community’s new monument sign, which will greet residents and visitors at the entrance to South Seaward Blvd. “We […] Read More »

CAPS Media covers return of St. Patrick’s Day parade

One of Ventura County’s favorite family events is returning to the streets of Ventura and CAPS Media will cover the festivities. As the Irish saying tells us: “May The Road Rise Up to Meet You.” The road is rising on Saturday, March 12th when the County of Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade will once again […] Read More »

Ventura Family YMCA launches 2022 annual campaign to support the community

The Ventura Family YMCA is launching its annual fundraising campaign to ensure that everyone in Ventura has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Every day, the Ventura Family YMCA works diligently to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing community issues, […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 11 – Feb 23 – Mar 8, 2022 - Ojai News & Events

Friday, February 25 at 7 pm Enter the world of the actor’s mind. “This Is A Play” by Daniel MacIvor allows the audience to hear what the actors think while they perform. Theatergoers enter through the back and sit onstage, surrounding by the cast. Director Gai Jones presents talented actors Suzy Thatcher, Denise Heller, David […] Read More »

Ventura Port District Brian Pendleton recognized as general manager of the year

Brian Pendleton, who has been at helm of the Ventura Port District since 2019, has been honored with General Manager of The Year by Ventura County Special Districts Association (VCSDA). VCSDA Board President Bruce E. Dandy states, “All of the members of the Ventura County Special Districts Association are proud of Pendleton’s numerous achievements on […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

Dottie Gragg celebrating her **th birthday at the Ventura Friends of the Library warehouse. by Jill Forman LIBRARIES OPENING! As this goes to the publisher, the libraries are opening. Check with your library staff about rules for masking. Here’s some official county verbiage about the changes: Ventura County’s indoor mask order will be lifted February […] Read More »

Up Close and Personal with Harry Benson

Cassius Clay (before he became Muhammad Ali) knocking out the Beatles. Photo by Harry Benson Harry Benson has been featured in LIFE, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and more. He’s had 40 solo exhibits, including at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. He’s photographed every US President from Eisenhower to Biden. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; […] Read More »

The headless horseman is set to ride

The headless horseman is set to ride at the end of the month–seeking sinners for his Boss Satan.  An old Ventura County Story that Richard Senate first hear from Carmine Camarillo at a party is that he rides Creek Road to Ventura seeking his seven sinners–he never finds enough in Ojai Valley so he has to […] Read More »

Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting for the Garage Bar

Photo by Patricia Schallert On Thursday, February 10, a Ventura Chamber ribbon cutting was held at the Garage Bar to celebrate the remodel and to meet the new owners. The Garage is located at 1091 Scandia Ave. in Ventura. 805-666-5274   Read More »

The Ventura Gem Show

After a year-long pause due to the pandemic, the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society (VGMS) is back! Our 59th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show takes place March 5 & 6 (10:00 AM–5:00 PM, Saturday; 10:00 AM–4:00 PM, Sunday) at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W. Harbor Blvd, Ventura). The show is open to […] Read More »

It is time to care for people with mental illness

by Carol Leish, MA According to Mary Haffner, who served on the Ventura County Behavioral Health Advisory Board for six years, “The Ventura County Board of Supervisors, at their February 8th meeting, ordered a sweeping, multi-agency assessment of the continuum of care for people with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Ventura County Health […] Read More »

Soroptimist announces 15th Annual ‘Stop Human Traffic event

Soroptimist International of Oxnard, Ventura, and Camarillo will host the 15th Annual “Stop Human Trafficking” educational forum, advocacy and community awareness event on Saturday, March 5, to lead up to International Women’s Day, March 8, 2022. Featured Speakers will include Opal Singleton Hendershot and Dr. Lowell Smith. The public is invited to attend this event […] Read More »

Dimitri Poulos takes the Rincon Classic Title

Dimitri Poulos celebrates after winning the Rincon Classic. Photo by Cristy Poulos by Amy Brown Dimitri Poulos waited until the ripe old age of four to start surfing. However, he made up for lost time when he began surfing in local competitions at age ten. Since then, he has gone on to become a professional […] Read More »

Let’s save the trees, not cut them down

Chip Bell changed himself to the tree to protest their cutting down by city. Photos by Patricia Schallert Ventura has a sign when you drive into the city that says Ventura is part of Tree City, USA. Yet, some trees are being slated for a cut down instead of a trim.  On San Clemente  St., […] Read More »

Students take hands-on approach to space knowledge

In the current experiment, heat transfer is being assessed. by Shirley Lorraine The eighth-grade science classes at Ventura Missionary School, taught by Alane Woods, are, instead of reading textbooks and theory, actively engaged in building experiments designed by Quest for Space who then shares their information with NASA. Along with other students’ works worldwide, these […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman What is happening? What a good question. Libraries are closed but you can still get books. Curbside service continues with the pre-existing branch hours. Clients can reserve books online or on the phone. Staff is there to help you; they are happy to look up books for you, get them, order them, […] Read More »

Fox Fine Jewelry and For Your Home’s viewpoint about Main Street Moves

by Carol Leish, MA “As the owner of Fox Fine Jewelry,” Debbie Fox said, “I recognized the benefits to the community for a vibrant downtown with the closure of Main Street and California Street. I did estimate a slight sales drop from the closure. However, for the long-term benefit of us all, of which Fox […] Read More »

Our Ventura TV has launching its first-ever “Faith-Based” TV series

Throughout 2022 each of the Our Ventura TV hosts will include a few of the Ventura County faith-based organizations (FBOs) as part of their routine interviews.  All FBOs are welcome to participate and may become a guest by visiting OurVentura.com and clicking “Contact” to get scheduled. There’s no cost to participate. Sandra Siepak, one of […] Read More »

Dr. Bill Saleebey: upcoming book signing

Dr. Bill Saleebey, Ventura author and networking expert, will be signing and discussing his new book Networking in the Virtual Age: Connecting with No Limits on Saturday, February 26, from 3-7 p.m. at House of Rio Design Co., 1718 E. Main St. in Ventura. Dr. Saleebey is a foremost expert on the topic of business […] Read More »

Tree Town

Ten new Valley Oaks were planted at the Ventura Community Park last October. These deciduous trees begin to leaf out in late winter. Quercus lobata (Valley Oak) grows into the largest of North American oaks. It is native to California, growing in interior valleys and foothills in the central coast region. The Valley Oak is […] Read More »

Happy 5th Birthday KPPQ Radio!

CAPS Media’s KPPQ-LP Radio station is celebrating a major milestone in February: 5 years of delivering non-stop, award-winning original and specially curated programming and entertainment to local and worldwide listeners. KPPQ-LP FM 104.1 is Ventura’s only non-commercial, public radio station. The CAPS Media station belongs to the public and reaches more than 100,000 people in […] Read More »

Arroyo Verde Inclusive Play Area

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Tree Town

Harmon Canyon is home to many mature Coast Live Oak trees, which were blackened in the Thomas Fire. Some were destroyed, but most are still alive and showing healthy new growth after the recent rains. California native oaks are resilient and can live hundreds of years, providing shade and habitat for wildlife. www.venturatreealliance.com Read More »

Ventura Unified School District salutes its Board of Education

The Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) is proud to join more than 1,000 local educational agencies in the state to recognize board members’ contributions during School Board Recognition Month. In this time of unprecedented challenges in nearly every sector of life, board members have worked tirelessly to support student learning and social-emotional health in our […] Read More »

Person To Person

by Amy Brown  Looking Back and Ahead in Ventura  Lawren Agnew: Preschool teacher/ Varsity cheer coach What did you see in Ventura in 2021 that was encouraging? We’re all masked up, but I find it encouraging to hope for a future of not that. It was great being outside more, seeing people’s smiles, it really […] Read More »

Black Bear Diner opens in Ventura

Photo by Patricia Schallert Black Bear Diner has opened its 2nd Ventura County location at 2401 E. Harbor Blvd in Ventura. The first Black Bear Diner in Ventura County opened in Simi Valley on May 28, 2019. Founded in 1995, Black Bear Diner is a fast-growing family restaurant with over 110 locations. Breakfast is served […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman What’s going on? As I write this, the facilities of the City and County of Ventura are closed to the public. Emergency and essential services continue to function. Having misplaced my crystal ball…the original reopening date for the libraries was January 26 but no updates have been posted. The City has extended […] Read More »

What makes whale watching a great activity?

Island Packers, the official boat concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park, has daily departures to the Channel Islands National Park from Ventura Harbor Village and is now offering Winter Whale Watching excursions. Book your spot today to view these magnificent mammals at www.islandpackers.com. A winter Whale Watch is a perfect way to gather with […] Read More »

Major gifts help secure the future of Rubicon Theatre Company

Building photo by Patricia Schallert Rubicon Theatre has received an extraordinary donation and a commitment for a future legacy gift that will help ensure a bright future for the organization. As a result of the generosity of Karyn Jackson of Arcadia (a former Ventura resident), her sister Nancy Allen of Ventura, and Nancy’s husband Leo […] Read More »

Local youth teams up with Ventura County Fairgrounds Foundation  to support agricultural programs

Money was raised through the sale of a 270-pound pig donated by 18-year-old Allison Reiman. The Ventura County Fairgrounds Foundation has announced the dedication of $69,760 to the Ventura County Fair Livestock Department. The money was raised at the 2019 VC Fair Junior Livestock Auction through the sale of a 270-pound pig donated by 18-year-old […] Read More »

Thankful for our sense of community here in Ventura

Knox’s green wagon was stolen from inside a duplex. by Carol Leish, MA “It’s important to be a part of our community and to be able to pick each other up,” according to, John Burdick. “When I saw that Chris G. had more of an urgent need for the wagon, I just wanted to be […] Read More »

Weather events December 2021

by Tom Johnston The following weather report is based on weather stations data located near Ventura College campus beginning 1964 or 57 years of record. The weather events during this December 2021 have for the most part been beneficial and interesting to study. There were 15 days of measurable rainfall for a total of 10.2 […] Read More »

Ventura County’s Community Colleges named among 150 community colleges eligible for 2023 Aspen Prize

Ventura County’s community colleges are among 150 institutions nationwide eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges are now eligible for the 2023 prize, known as the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. It recognizes colleges with robust student […] Read More »

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast will offer a new brownie-inspired cookie

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are happy to announce that the new Adventurefuls cookie will join the nationwide lineup for the 2022 Girl Scout Cookie season. An indulgent brownie-inspired cookie with caramel-flavored crème and a hint of sea salt, Adventurefuls take cookie lovers on a delicious taste […] Read More »

United Way announces departure of President & CEO

United Way of Ventura County (UWVC) announced that President and CEO Eric Harrison has notified the Board of Directors of his decision to resign from his role in order to accept the CEO position with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. Harrison joined UWVC in December 2014. “Eric has provided creative and meaningful leadership […] Read More »

Weather events December 2021

by Tom Johnston The following weather report is based on weather stations data located near Ventura College campus beginning 1964 or 57 years of record. The weather events during this December 2021 have for the most part been beneficial and interesting to study. There were 15 days of measurable rainfall for a total of 10.2 […] Read More »

All boat operators must take an approved boating safety course

Beginning January 1, 2022 all recreational boaters 45 years of age or younger are required to obtain the California Boater Card. The card is issued by the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways. All boat operators must take an approved boating safety course prior to applying for a Card. If you are interested […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman What next? In the last column, I talked about the challenges and accomplishments of the past year. My idea for this issue was to describe the plans for the coming year. Ah yes…plans. Update from VCLSA Director Nancy Schram: Effective Wednesday January 5, 2022, Ventura County Library Branches and the Mobile Library […] Read More »

St. John’s Hospitals physicians, nurses and staff provide gift baskets to families in need this holiday season

Christina Ramos, RN helping load adopt-a-family gifts into the Lighthouse for Women and Children van. Physicians, nurses and staff at Dignity Health-St. John’s Hospitals in Camarillo and Oxnard are paying it forward by providing more than 40 families with presents for Christmas. More than 500 wrapped gifts will be given to families who are served […] Read More »

A vast collection of resources are available

In the photo is Deya Terrafranca, Research Library and Archives Director and a copy of The Daily Free Press from Dec.14, 1887. Photos by Patricia Schallert The Research Library and Archives at the Museum of Ventura County houses a vast collection of resources pertaining to the history of Ventura County and its outlying regions. The […] Read More »

The Power of Kindness

Feel Good Fridays” have highlighted local businesses of every ilk. Photo by Visit Ventura by Visit Ventura Kindness feels good. It is as small as a smile, and a power without limits. Kindness can change a day, a life, a world. Each equally magnificent. Think back to the last time someone did something kind for you. […] Read More »

Shop With a Cop: Ventura kids experience the holidays early

by Mira Reverente For some very fortunate Ventura children, Santa arrived a bit early this year. Upon the recommendation of the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), 22 school-aged children from local schools recently participated in the annual “Shop With a Cop” sponsored by the Ventura Police Department (VPD) at Wal-Mart on Victoria Avenue. Among the […] Read More »

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 »

Ceremonies naming people who died without shelter throughout Ventura County were held

This year there were two interdenominational memorial Longest Night ceremonies naming the 136 people who died without shelter throughout Ventura County from the end of 2020 to 11/20/2021. One hundred and eight died without shelter in 2021 from January to November 2020. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura has hosted a memorial event for 15 […] Read More »

Congratulations to the graduating interns from PathPoint Project Search program

Interns from PathPoint and Gina Salman at Cypress Place. by Carol Leish, MA “Having our first interns from the Pathpoint Project SEARCH program,” according to Cypress Place Senior Living executive director, Gina Salman, “has made a difference through their ability to help others here. We realized that all three of you have been always learning […] Read More »

Thank You Ventura!

CAPS Media Crew Evan Carpenter, Elizabeth Rodeno, Alex Uvari, Phil Taggart, Jorge Godinez, Donald McConnell, Patrick Davidson, Manny Reynosa, Gary Roll and Jamie Cawelti The entire CAPS Media Crew wants to thank everyone in Ventura and Ventura County for their tremendous support and collaboration throughout 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic presented considerable challenges throughout the year, […] Read More »

Studio C Band at Ventura Harbor Village.

The Studio C Band “The Finest Standard and Contemporary Jazz” entertained at the Ventura Harbor Village. Read More »

VMF presents guitar titans Tommy Emmanuel and Mike Dawes

by Richard Newsham, VMF consultant Tommy Emmanuel and Mike Dawes—“two of the greatest acoustic guitar players on the planet”—have teamed up for a USA tour and are touching down at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (OPAC), 800 Hobson Way, on Thursday, January 20 at 8 pm. It’s the 2022 opener for the 27th “Onward!” season […] Read More »

Ventura's first bi-annual Writers’ Festival

On Saturday, December 11, and Sunday, December 12 WRITERS | Ventura held their first bi-annual Writers’ Festival, held at the E.P. Foster Library on Main St. “Our goal at WRITERS | Ventura is to provide a platform for writers to connect with readers,” said Pamela Zero, founding member of WRITERS | Ventura. “There are so […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Dang, what a year! The Ventura Friends of the Library, along with the rest of the world, has had an eventful and challenging year. We started off shut down due to COVID with no libraries, bookstore, book sales or our usual occupations and sources of generating funds for the libraries. But we […] Read More »

Esmeralda Juarez named a Ventura Chamber Hometown Hero during annual Poinsettia Awards

Esmeralda Juarez, Ventura College Foundation’s Weekend Marketplace supervisor, was named a Ventura Chamber of Commerce 2021 Hometown Hero during the chamber’s annual Poinsettia Awards Ceremony December 9. Juarez, who has worked at the Marketplace for 20 years, was honored for her leadership that enabled the Marketplace to remain open and serve the community during the […] Read More »

The Ojai Art Center Theater announces its 2022 Season

A series of all-time audience favorites there is something for everyone, as this season promises whacky comedies, classic musicals, and a heartfelt drama. The season opens January 21 with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a Tony award-winning play by Christopher Durang. We are excited to welcome back the multi-talented Taylor Kasch to direct. Taylor […] Read More »

What does National Handwriting Day have to do with Ventura?

by Sheila Lowe, MS, CFDe Every January 23rd, National Handwriting Day is celebrated by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA), educators, and handwriting analysts throughout the United States and the world. Beginning in the early 1980s, the date was chosen by WIMA because it is generally accepted as the birthday of John Hancock—Remember the Founding […] Read More »

Harrison honored by Clean-Air Group

Harrison Industries continues to lead the ecological charge, achieving a noteworthy 12 years of Climate Registered™ Gold status for its ongoing efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Registry is a nonprofit organization that operates greenhouse gas reporting programs globally and monitors emissions; using an independent review process, the registry assists companies in […] Read More »

Ventura Rotary volunteers, Interact Youth, Boys & Girls Club staff and teen volunteers.

A holiday event for families was held at the Arise Ventura church building located at 831 N. Olive on Saturday, Dec.18.  Pre-registered families picked out a toy for each child, a gently used coat, receive a new pair of shoes for each kid, a lunch, a visit with Santa and a pair of custom made […] Read More »

Winter Wonderland at Ventura Harbor Village

Photos by Patricia Schallert. On Saturday, December 11, a Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace was held in the Ventura Harbor Village. Visitors wandered through a festive village of Faux snowfall, live reindeer from the North Pole, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, kids scavenger hunts, entertainment by carolers, and music from a toy soldier band […] Read More »

Ventura Police hold Coffee with a Cop and Holiday Toy Drive

Ventura Police Chief Darin Schindler talks with residents at “Coffee with a Cop Day” at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Ventura. by Richard Lieberman Recently community members were invited to attend “Coffee with a Cop” a chance for residents to engage with members of the Ventura Police Department. “Coffee with a Cop” presents an […] Read More »

Light Up Our Landmark Trees

On Friday, December 10, the annual Light Up Our Landmark Trees on Main Street, an 80-year tradition lit up the sky. This year the Mission Trees were veiled in a new lighting concept. The festivities began at 6pm with ballet and the community choirs singing your favorite Christmas songs in front of Mission Basilica San […] Read More »

Traveling in style

Using the traveling couch has definitely changed Shaun’s mindset. by Carol Leish, MA What is the best way to travel around the city if you have problems with mobility? Shaun Wahl, who is nine years old, is able to travel in style on both a powered lawn chair at the beach, and on a motorized […] Read More »

Food Share’s 10th annual CAN-tree Drive

On Dec. 10, millions (it seemed like) food cans looking like holiday trees filled Figueroa Plaza in downtown. The trees are part of Food Share’s 10th annual CAN-tree Drive in order to feed hungry people need this winter. Volunteers from schools, community groups and local businesses were there stacking cans into tree shapes, some as […] Read More »

Buena High School releases first album since the pandemic

Sierra Ruiz, Renee Morales, Siobhan Westfall, Destynie Hogue-Villanueva, and Marimar Ilias sing “Hanukkah,” “Breath of Winter,” and “Underneath the Tree.” On December 9th, students at Buena High School released Volume 5 of their annual Not-So-Silent Night CD album, after having to go on hiatus last year due to the pandemic. Utilizing their on-campus recording studio, […] Read More »

Friends of Ventura Harbor to provide the opportunity for Ventura children to get to the Harbor

The Channel Islands National Park Headquarters is a great facility and resource. Friends of Ventura Harbor, Inc. was incorporated with the California Secretary of State in January, 2020, by Dr. Vikki Brock, an international business consultant who lives at the harbor, and Jean Getchell; and it obtained 501 (c) (3) charitable status six months later. […] Read More »

Coverly announces hiring of Graphic Designer and Digital Communications Strategist

Coverly Professional Services (CoverlyPro) welcomes two additions to the growing full-service marketing and project management firm — Graphic Designer Francisco Canas and Digital Communications Strategist Bergan Lashlee. Canas and Lashlee join CoverlyPro as the company closes out an exponentially successful year doubling revenue growth. Francisco Canas stepped into his role at CoverlyPro quickly, successfully delivering […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Librarians can save the world! Your intrepid columnist has family matters coming up, so will not be writing about current library events this issue. I read a fascinating article in Smithsonian magazine about the revisioning of libraries, and have decided to write about that since it affects the future of library systems […] Read More »

Women’s Economic Ventures selected for $105,000 award

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) will receive $105,000 in funding to aid small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant, awarded by Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund and NALCAB – the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders will help increase access to capital for small businesses in low- and […] Read More »

Opera Santa Barbara presents Handel’s comedy Semele

Opera Santa Barbara kicks off the new year with its third company premiere of the season: a 90-minute adaptation of Handel’s comedy Semele, set in Hollywood’s silent movie era. Performances take place Friday, January 14, at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 16, at 2:30pm at the Lobero Theater. Tickets are now on sale at the Lobero […] Read More »

Tuba Christmas

Photos by Jill Forman Tuba Christmas was held on Sunday, Dec.5 at noon at the Pacific View Mall.  Players ages ranged from 13 to 82 from all over Southern California including local high schoolers. Dr. Julie Judd was the conductor. Read More »

Small Business Saturday

Photo by Jill Forman Shoppers came out in droves for Small Business Saturday, held November 27 on Oak Street in Downtown Ventura. Local artisans and business owners displayed their varied offerings.     Read More »

Ventura Land Trust and Topa Topa Brewing Company announce $10,000 match campaign

Harmon Canyon Preserve. Photo by Rafael Ojeda Ventura Land Trust and Topa Topa Brewing Company have joined together in the month of December to launch giving campaign Harmon for the Holidays. Topa Topa Brewing Company will match up to $10,000 in donations to Ventura Land Trust (VLT) in support the conservation of Harmon Canyon Preserve. Ventura […] Read More »

Harrison turns 90 with an eye on the future

Ten members of Harrison were in attendance at Chamber breakfast. Founded in 1932, the local trash and recycling hauler and processor will take recycling to the next level in 2022, when it introduces weekly residential food waste collection and recycling as well as a program to ramp up the commercial recycling of food and other […] Read More »

Caregiver Navigation Program in Ventura County

by Carol Leish, MA Caring for one’s older parent, neighbor, or child is not an easy job. According to data from the 2020 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), a sizeable proportion of family and friend caregivers in California are struggling financially, experiencing physical or mental health problems, and are receiving little, if any, financial support […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Wetlands Ecological Reserve

Photo by Patrish Schallert Birds of all species can be seen at the Ventura Harbor Wetlands Ecological Reserve (The Ponds). Although this area is manmade for water treatment by the Ventura Water Treatment Plant, it is very important to both resident and migratory birds. Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 06 – Dec 15 – Dec 28, 2021 - On Vacation

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Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

Photo by Jill Forman Hundreds of dedicated runners turned out for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, at 7 a.m. in strong winds.  The event took place at the Ventura Auto Center.   Read More »

14th annual Santa to the Sea scheduled for December

After a year away, the 14th annual Santa to the Sea race will be held on Sunday, December 12, 2021. The race starts at 7: 30 a.m. and will include a half marathon, new this year is a quarter marathon, 5K, Kids 1K, and a Diaper Dash. Santa to the Sea provides a fun, festive, […] Read More »

Ventura County Fairgrounds Board of Directors elects new President, Vice President.

The Ventura County Fairgrounds announced 2021 Board of Directors elections. Leah Lacayo will serve a 2-year term as president of the Board and Armando Lopez has been elected to the position of Vice President. The 2-year terms will include the return of the annual Ventura County Fair. Lacayo is serving her 2nd appointment to the […] Read More »

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

One gift per customer per day while supplies last. The Ventura Pottery Gallery is pleased to announce their second annual ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Giving event. Not only is the gallery a great place to purchase your holiday gifts (no supply chain issues here), but they have a free gift for you when you […] Read More »

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

Recently Mike Powers, Ventura County CEO and Ashley Bautista were at CAPS. Recently Mike Powers, Ventura County CEO and Ashley Bautista, County PIO held an impromptu workshop with El Camino High in the ECTV program at the CAPS Media Center. Mr. Powers and Ms. Bautista were in the CAPS Media studio to record a cross-country […] Read More »

Writers and readers to connect at Writers’ Festival

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

Tree Town

Five new Marina Strawberry trees were recently planted to beautify the intersection of Main Street and Emma St, in midtown Ventura. The Midtown Community Council sponsored the landscape project along the edge of Main Street, paid for with a city beautification grant. Many volunteers helped with the planting and staking and mulching, and Gator bags are being […] Read More »

Just in time for holiday cycle needs

by Shirley Lorraine Donate. Sell. Shop. Help get bikes for foster care kids. Support the Community Velo Swap. Hypercat Cycleworks in Ventura is hosting a Community Velo Swap on Sunday, December 12 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit Project Bicycle Love, a Ventura-based, non-profit that provides children in foster care […] Read More »

Local Ventura residents team up with California’s Ineffable Music Group to launch Ventura Music Hall

In the first quarter of 2022, a brand new music venue will open its doors to introduce a space to gather and enjoy culture and live music in Ventura. Renovated to feature top quality production and a cozy atmosphere, Ventura Music Hall presents a state-of-the-art live music venue with locally crafted food and a full […] Read More »

Richard Neil Keller February 18,1917 - July 23, 2021

by Karen Leslie, writer with heart A humanitarian to the bone, Richard Keller left his inventor’s footprint onto the world and legacy into the hearts that crossed his path. The quiet strength of his creative thinking-mind and a gentle-man to the core, led to a full life, rich in friends, adventures and accomplishments. In Richard’s […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Updates from Dolly Knight, Senior Ventura Librarian Hill Road is now back to pre-pandemic hours, including Sundays which are now staffed. In person Story Times are back at Hill Road and Foster. In addition, the Museum of Ventura County is having monthly Story Times. Here is their press release describing past and […] Read More »

Choral singing in Ventura County returns in a big way

So big, in fact, that it’s being called a Holiday Spectacular! Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) and the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra (CHICO) in collaboration with the CSU Channel Islands University Chorus, and the Santa Paula High School Concert Choir are presenting excerpts from Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, and Camille Saint-Saëns […] Read More »

Our late season sunsets are soooo beautiful.

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‘Local Chorus That Could’ comes together in-person in time for the holidays

Finally, after nearly two years away from the stage, Gold Coast Concert Chorus is celebrating the holiday season with an in-person concert! This joyous event, Home Again for the Holidays, will be holiday fun for all, and will salute the strength of this community of singers. Throughout its more than 30-year history, Gold Coast Concert […] Read More »

Local businesses give back to Ventura County Youth through Businesses with Heart Initiative  

One Businesses with Heart partners that stands out is Reel Guppy Outdoors. The holiday shopping season typically kicks off on Black Friday, but with shipping delays, global supply chain issues, and large crowds expected at big-name retailers, experts are urging shoppers to shop early and shop local. Although online shopping has become the norm for many during the pandemic, supporting […] Read More »

K&FT’s – Season of Giving

Kids & Families Together (K&FT), and Heart 2 Heart, invite you to participate in our annual Season of Giving in support of Ventura County foster/resource, kinship, adoptive and bio-families working in programs with Kids & Families Together. There are many ways to donate and many opportunities to volunteer … we hope you join us this […] Read More »

Just Go! Ventura Music Festival presents Tommy Emmanuel— “the world’s best guitarist”

By VMF consultant Richard Newsham Do you know acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel? You should and now you can! Eric Clapton flatly states he is “the world’s best guitarist.” And Steve Vai calls him “the most inspired acoustic guitar player I have ever seen.” “Emmanuel needs to be seen maybe more than heard,” says one reviewer. […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 05 – Dec 1 – Dec 14, 2021 – Ojai News & Events

Local Ojai resident Karen Banfield will visit the Ojai Library at 1pm on Saturday, December 18, to talk about The Good Guys Calendar. Join Banfield as she shares photos and stories about the creation of the 2022 Good Guys Calendar and the local men who inspired it. During the pandemic, Banfield decided to focus on […] Read More »

The Black Couch Ventura Music Show Down

Ventura based Black Couch Studio and Hi Hat Entertainment have joined together in a creative collaboration with the singular focus of promoting the talents of Ventura’s musicians. A list of 16 musicians were invited to contribute to a musical stew. The names of four drummers, four bass players and eight guitar players/singers were thrown in […] Read More »

Providing hope to families in crisis this holiday season

Every year, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) kicks off their Season of Hope campaign by requesting various in-kind donations for Project Turkey, Project Christmas and Holiday Drive-Thru parties to spread cheer and needed resources to local families battling pediatric cancer. TBCF has a goal to deliver meals and grocery gift cards to at least fifty […] Read More »

A Walk on Water leaves kids walking on air

Josh D. makes it look easy at AWOW’s event. Photo by Peter Snell. by Amy Brown “The first wave I ever caught, I felt like a mermaid—and I was flying!” said 14-year-old Grace Gerenser, with a giant grin, describing the first time she tried surfing with A Walk On Water (AWOW). She’d just finished her […] Read More »

Renovated ESSC features a Garden of Eatin’ Outdoor Classroom, Kitchen and Garden

Anna Izaguirr and Mark Whitley of ESSC (in the upper left photo) celebrated the ribbon cutting at Easterseals. Photos by Patricia Schallert On Nov. 3 an open house celebration and ribbon cutting was held at Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) located at 10730 Henderson Rd. in Ventura. ESSC which assists more than 15,000 people with disabilities […] Read More »

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

Fair will feature rides, games, food, exhibits, animals, entertainment and more. Photo by Richard Lieberman The Board of Directors of the Ventura County Fair has announced that the dates of the 2022 Fair will be Wednesday, August 3 to Sunday, August 14. The announcement marks the anticipated return of the County’s premiere Summer Event after […] Read More »

Games, giveaways, raffles, and food trucks and fun

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) welcomed girls ages 5 – 18 to their second free EPIC Community event sponsored by SoCal Gas. On November 6, 2021, from 11 AM until 2PM, fun-filled games and activities were held at an EPIC Community Center. Girls in kindergarten through high school engaged in exciting STEM learning […] Read More »

Farm Day

David Young, husband of Breeze contributing writer Jill Forman, discusses blacksmithing during Farm Day, at the Oxnard Historic Farm Park on November 6. Read More »

Museum of Ventura County announces return of Bonita C. McFarland Scholarship

Museum of Ventura County is now accepting applications for its Bonita C. McFarland Visual Arts Scholarship. The scholarship fund has a total of $17,500 to be awarded to eligible applicants who are high school seniors enrolling in college courses in fall semester of 2022 or any continuing visual arts college student who is a Ventura […] Read More »

Opera Santa Barbara welcomes new members to Board of Directors

Opera Santa Barbara is thrilled to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors. Karen Knight and Gregory McMurrray were elected to the Board in October, 2021. “Our Board of Directors bring a wealth of expertise and dedication to supporting our performing arts community,” said Opera SB Board Chair, Joan Rutkowski. “Karen and Greg […] Read More »

A night of reflection, The Seventh Annual Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony

On the evening of Thursday, November 4th, the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service again opened its doors to all of greater Ventura County for their seventh annual community Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony for anyone who has experienced any loss and wished to remember their loved one in a sacred space.   Michael Boyko, owner of the funeral […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman People still love books! (and bargains) Book sale a big success On Saturday morning the 6th, before the sale even started, booklovers were pouring in the doors of the Foster Topping Room and checking out the children’s tables outside the library. Hundreds of folks came through, many with boxes and folding carts, […] Read More »

Painting by numbers has allowed Yana to overcome her anxieties

Yana, paints as often as time allows. Photos by Patricia Schallert This is Yana. She is an artist living in a townhouse on the Ventura Promenade, she is inspired by the ocean waves and the beautiful sunsets. Not just any artist, but a “Paint by Numbers” artist. She found great peace in painting by numbers when […] Read More »

Red Kettle Kickoff Fundraiser Luncheon

Photos by Patrish Schallert On Friday, November 12, the Ventura Salvation Army held their 2021 Red Kettle Kickoff Fundraiser Luncheon at their headquarters located 650 S. Petit Avenue. hile sharing a delicious lunch, and the fellowship of other business and civic leaders, attendees had a chance to learn more about the myriad programs of the […] Read More »

The Women’s Auxiliary of the Church of Scientology of Ventura keep a 25-year tradition alive

Over the past several months, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Church of Scientology of Ventura have been busy cutting fabric, sewing seams and gluing decorations to make 170 holiday stockings that are given to families whose babies are born in the month of December at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. In 2015, the tradition nearly came […] Read More »

Private First Class Brenner Moon keeps up with the Breeze

Brenner Moon, Private First Class, second platoon recent graduate Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Army Base always keeps up with the Ventura news by reading the Ventura Breeze that mom Heidi sends him. Mom said “So proud of my son who recently graduated from Fort Leonard Wood army base in Missouri! The soldiers are very limited on […] Read More »

Tree Town

To celebrate OAKtober, ten new coastal oaks were recently planted at the Ventura Community Park (Kimball) to shade benches along the multi-purpose path. The City of Ventura Urban Forestry staff collaborated with the Ventura Tree Alliance, Sierra Club and East Ventura Community Council. The Ventura Tree Alliance donated the trees, and many volunteers helped to […] Read More »

Truly a woman of many talents

by Carol Leish, MA By being involved in theatre and art, to name two of her talents, Shirley Lorraine is definitely a woman of many talents! Through dancing, acting, and being artistic, too, Shirley displays her creativity. Lorraine got started in theatre with the Plaza Players in Wagon Wheel Junction, here in Ventura County, in […] Read More »

From Ventura High School to Little House on the Prairie

Karen Grassle, the actress best-known for playing Ma on Little House on the Prairie, has published her memoir Bright Lights, Prairie Dust: Reflections on Life, Loss and Love from Little House’s Ma. Karen grew up in Ventura from the first grade on, graduating from Ventura High School in the Class of 1959 before heading north […] Read More »

Robotics Team 4414: HighTide’s Tidal Tumble Success

FIRST Team 4414, High Tide brought robotics back to Ventura County. Team 4414: HighTide, a community based FIRST robotics team, hosted the 3-day robotics competition Tidal Tumble at Ventura County Fairgrounds, October 15-17. Fifteen teams from around California and one from Hawaii traveled to Ventura to put their robots to the test. Velma Lomax, FIRST […] Read More »

Ventura’s Sister City of Loreto Baja Sur, Mexico

Venturan’s spend 4 days in sister city. A delegation from Ventura that consisted of Carl Morehouse, Chair of the Ventura Sister City Association, his wife, Janna Minsk, Father Tom Elewaut from the Mission Basilica San Buenaventura and his sister, Rosemary, Ventura Councilmember Mike Johnson and his wife, Aimee Brecht-Doscher, and Mission parishioners Barbara and Chris […] Read More »

Bicycling for Breast Cancer with the Tour de Pink Lisa J. Frank Memorial Ride

The Lisa J. Frank Memorial fundraising event was off to a great start at San Buenaventura State Park. Photos courtesy of Ryan Stephens. by Amy Brown Lisa J. Frank was a trailblazer, on and off the road. An avid cyclist, the young lawyer was diagnosed in 1998 with breast cancer at age 36, and quickly recognized that […] Read More »

I am not just a rock, I am a memory

A simple tribute to our memories. Photos by Patricia Schallert  If one walks down the promenade between C street and the Fairgrounds, you will see a memorial that has been created using some simple beach rocks and river stones. These rocks are in a planter box in front of the Beach Fronter townhouse complex. This simple […] Read More »

Girl Scouts holds free open house event at EPIC Community

Neighborhood girls learn to “code” by making code bracelets they got to take home. Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast welcomed girls ages 5 – 18 to an afternoon at a SoCal Gas sponsored open house event. On October 27, fun-filled games and activities were held at an EPIC Community Center in Cabrillo Village, 1515 […] Read More »

Ventura County Farm Day offers free, open farm tours Nov. 6

Meet Alpacas at Windy Hill farm. Meet The Hands That Feed You  Now in its ninth year, Ventura County Farm Day is back with free, in-person, open farm tours on Saturday, November 6. This year’s theme is “Meet The Hands That Feed You.” Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Visitors can use a new online […] Read More »

3rd Annual Witches Paddle

Photos by Patricia Schallert. On October 29, a group of witches (and warlocks) brewed up the 3rd annual witches paddle into Ventura Harbor to celebrate Halloween. Paddle boards and kayaks filled the water for the community organized paddle. Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman BOOK SALE! REAL AND IN PERSON! OUTSIDE AND INSIDE! ARTWORK TOO! THIS WEEKEND: Saturday November 6, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. E.P. Foster Library, in front of library on Main Street and in the Topping Room. Foster bookstore also open. Paintings and photographs for sale in foyer of Topping Room. Bargain books: […] Read More »

Halloween at the Olivas Adobe

Photos by Patricia Schallert. On Sunday, Oct. 24, a Victorian Halloween was held at the Olivas Adobe. Tours were given at each room of the Olivas were dead people told about the history of the Adobe and the Olivas family and their 21 kids. Several of the dead who spoke were members of the family. Read More »

Raising the positivity bar

by Shirley Lorraine At a recent lunch meeting of the San Buenaventura Women’s Club, members learned from an expert how to focus on capabilities, not disabilities. Speaker Carol Leish, Disability Advocate for the Area Agency on Aging and Founder and CEO of Call Me Capable, recounted her travels through a life faced with myriad challenges. […] Read More »

KPPQ is developing a rapidly growing podcast platform

CAPS Media crews are staying very active producing multiple projects throughout the community. For the City, CAPS Media is completing a series informational videos for the Ventura Fire Department covering timely Fire Safety messages including what to do during a power shut off and preparing Ready, Set Go kits for use during a fire emergency. […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 03 – Nov 3 – Nov 16, 2021 - On Vacation

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Vol. 15, No. 03 – Nov 3 – Nov 16, 2021 - On Vacation

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Short doc chronicles journalist's charmed life

One critic amusingly described Ivor Davis as “a combination of Zelig and Forrest Gump.” Find out what that means at the Ojai Film Festival on Sunday, November 7 at 7 pm. A special screening of the film “I Was There – A Reporter’s Story,” chronicling Davis’ life, takes place in the Ojai Art Center courtyard. […] Read More »

Despite The Buzz is educational, existential, and exciting!

The novel’s cautionary tale looks at technology’s toll upon learning, relationships, safety, and wellbeing. A mix of narrative elements makes it an engaging read. This colorful human-interest story is set in a public high school, depicting demands upon educators, pre-pandemic. A motivated new teacher raises awareness about screen use inside her Reflective Writing classroom, but […] Read More »

College’s MESA Program supports Duran in her educational goals

Ventura College computer science major Angela Duran is one of 11 students statewide to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Chief Information Systems Officers Association (CISOA), a nonprofit organization supporting technology leadership in the California Community College System. Duran was one of the more than 150 applicants from 31 community college districts who applied for […] Read More »

Doug Trapp joins Ventura Land Trust Board

Doug Trapp has joined the Board of Trustees for the Ventura Land Trust. Trapp, a Ventura resident, is a Project Manager with Staples Construction. Doug Trapp grew up in the West San Fernando Valley, where he often explored local hills that had no official public access. That experience fueled his desire to support responsible public […] Read More »

Tree Town

Canopy trees help channel rainwater into the ground. The leaves and branches carry water to the trunk, and the moisture runs down and is absorbed into the ground. Rain on pavement runs off into the ocean via gutters and storm drains, and does not replenish groundwater. As underground aquifer levels are decreasing due to drought and […] Read More »

New Student Trustee joins VCCCD Board of Trustees

The Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees installed Bryan Rodriguez as Student Trustee for the 2021-22 academic year at its Oct. 12 meeting. A Ventura College student, Rodriguez was selected through a districtwide special student election in Sept. He joins the District’s elected board consisting of Chair Joshua Chancer, Vice Chair Dianne B. […] Read More »

Suz Montgomery, 1948 - 2021

Suz informed and entertained millions with Schmooze With Suz on CAPSTV. Suz Montgomery, an icon fixture in the Ventura community died Oct. 12, of complications from cancer John Hankins stated: “My wife and best friend passed peacefully at 6:30 a.m. as the sun rose. Within the hour, a hummingbird hovered in her garden, a sign […] Read More »

Ocean View Decks: Building Decks for Life

Composite decks made from recycled plastic and bottles is an emerging trend. by Mira Reverente So much for the best laid-plans, engineer and entrepreneur Jerry Huffman chanced upon another thrilling business venture just as he was gearing up for retirement. This father of two and grandfather of five from the Inland Empire thought his entrepreneur […] Read More »

Ventura legend passes on October 8 at 89

Reverend McCurtis from Face of Ventura by Johanna Spinks. Born in Stonewall, Mississippi, in 1932, Reverend Luther McCurtis’ was fascinated to grow up as a young boy in a state where Jim Crow laws forbade blacks and whites to socialize, but each Christmas, the owners of the Stonewall Cotton Mill near his home, erected a […] Read More »

Chloe Zhao - movie screening + Q&A at the 22nd Ojai Film Festival

The Ojai Film Festival promises to draw a large crowd for eventful evenings at the Ojai Art Center Theater. Chloe Zhao will be screening her movie The Rider and doing a Q&A at the 22nd annual Ojai Film Festival. The Rider is a 2017 American contemporary western drama film written, produced and directed by Chloé […] Read More »

Ventura Harbor Village to celebrate a spook-tacular line-up

Halloween festivities return to Ventura Harbor Village, and this year’s line-up of events will definitely not disappoint. The spook-tacular seaside destination invites visitors from near and far to stop in for a spell as it hosts free community events for costumed kids, pets and parents. Festively decorated with vibrant pumpkins, bales of hay, cornstalks and […] Read More »

Buena High School teacher releases second novel

A teacher-turned-author. On October 22, 2021, Buena High School’s Teacher Librarian, J.D. Levin, will release his second novel, A Different Slant of Light. After twenty years of guiding students through literature – first as an AP English teacher, then as a Teacher Librarian – Levin has flipped the script and offered up his own original […] Read More »

Everyone needs a home

Council member Lorrie Brown was a featured speaker at the Task Force. The Ventura Social Service Task Force (VSSTF), Faith Subcommittee sponsored an event on the evening of Thursday 30 September 2021 at O’Brien Hall, Mission San Buenaventura Basilica. Speakers included: Peter Gilli, Ventura City Community Development Director, City Council Member Doug Halter who reminded […] Read More »

Vol. 15, No. 02 – Oct 20 – Nov 2, 2021 - On Vacation

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Ventura Chamber Fall Business Expo

Scaring people at the Ventura Chamber Fall Business Expo “Haunting at the Harbor” was Ana Baker, Sheldon Brown and Jaime Baker. The Expo returned after pausing because of COVID. It was held on October 7, at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor. The large crowd enjoyed lots of food and vendors. Read More »

The importance of caregiving through Community Memorial Health System

by Carol Leish, MA “We believe that being a caregiver is one of the most important roles because the caregiver often acts as the advocate for the patient’s health, mental well-being and physical needs,” according to Maureen Hodge, LCSW, Program Manager of High-Risk Programs at Community Memorial Health System. “By including the caregiver in all […] Read More »

TREE TOWN

Three oak trees were recently planted behind the Museum of Ventura County, in downtown Ventura, as part of the “Echoes of a Recent Past” public art project. The new oak trees celebrate their life-giving role in Chumash culture, and will bring shade, habitat and beauty to the area. Sponsored by Paul Lindhard (Art City), Marie Lakin […] Read More »

The Bookmark About Libraries and Friends

by Jill Forman Meet the Staff of Hill Road Library Your intrepid reporter is leaving town for a family event, so here is an opportunity to learn about some library staff members. Don’t forget to check the library’s web site, facebook page, and Friends newsletter for upcoming events. Linda Cherry, Librarian Why did you become […] Read More »

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 »

Her love for volleyball lead her to become a certified volleyball referee

Colleen Garner is a volleyball fanatic. It all started in the 8th grade when she asked her mother to enroll her in the famous Al Scates Volleyball Camp in Santa Barbara. Colleen was born in Burbank but lived in many San Fernando Valley cities. She attended John Burroughs High School and Glendale College where she […] 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 w