Saturday, January 3rd from 9 a.m. to noon

The Ventura Botanical Gardens invites you to its fourth annual Sow in the New Year. Celebrate with us and help create our gardens by sowing California native wildflower seeds along the trail.

Sow in the New Year is family-friendly and free. It is a great opportunity to appreciate the outdoors, walk the trail, enjoy our gorgeous coastal views, and scatter the hillsides with California native wildflower seeds. With a bit of rain, the seeds promise a colorful display of spring flowers. Participants will also have the chance to learn about California native plants and the future of the Ventura Botanical Gardens.

Parking is available at the BBQ area off of Brakey Drive or you can park in the upper parking lot above City Hall and hike the trail to the BBQ area. Gardener’s gloves, a water bottle, comfortable clothing/shoes are recommended. For more information, www.venturabotanicalgardens.com or contact jcahill@venturabotanicalgardens.com.

We look forward to seeing you there.

 


 
Posing in front of the Humane Society of Ventura County’s new investigations van are, from left: Bill Brothers, who converted the van; Humane officer Alina Hoffmann; Jeff Hoffman, director of Investigations for HSVC and Tracy Vail, preliminary investigator for HSVC.
Posing in front of the Humane Society of Ventura County’s new investigations van are, from left: Bill Brothers, who converted the van; Humane officer Alina Hoffmann; Jeff Hoffman, director of Investigations for HSVC and Tracy Vail, preliminary investigator for HSVC.
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The Humane Society of Ventura County’s new investigations van is designed to provide maximum safety and comfort for rescued animals.
The Humane Society of Ventura County’s new investigations van is designed to provide maximum safety and comfort for rescued animals.
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Humane Society of Ventura County’s Board of Directors has surprised the Humane Society officers and staff with an early holiday gift that will help the animals throughout the county. They announced the addition of a new, specially-equipped investigations vehicle, a Chevrolet Cargo van, purchased from Paradise Chevrolet in Ventura.

The van was converted for investigations of animals that have been neglected and abused. Ojai resident Bill Brothers, owner of Humane Services International, specializes in converting all types of vehicles for use by animal welfare agencies to benefit their animal protection work. HSI has been up-fitting vehicles for animal care and control agencies for over 25 years.

The new vehicle will be used by Humane Society officers in their work to investigate possible cases of cruelty as well as the rescue of animals during disasters. It is designed to provide maximum safety and comfort by providing individual housing units for safety and to reduce disease transmission. The van is completely climate-controlled with individual air ducts into each cage. It also features emergency safety lighting as well as “scene lights” for night rescues.

HSVC Director of Investigations Jeff Hoffman realized the nonprofit’s aging fleet needed to be upgraded and board members agreed. Hoffman contacted Scott Luttenberger, Ojai resident and fleet manager at Paradise Chevrolet, who has adopted from the HSVC and offered to provide favorable pricing for the vehicle.

Hoffman and the board wanted a new look to their vehicles to best represent the Society. They turned to Heather Balaam, who worked at the HSVC for many years and who now specializes in graphic design.

Jolene Hoffman, shelter director of the Humane Society, was thrilled by the new, upgraded vehicle. “We’re really excited about what this vehicle will do for our investigations division and the animals our officers protect,” she said. “It’s a huge step forward for us.”

Jeff Hoffman stressed that having the right equipment can reduce costs to the Humane Society as well as provide a more humane experience for the animals. “For example, the new vehicle can be completely disinfected quickly and easily after potentially sick animals are transported,” he said.

Funds for this vehicle have been raised in part through HSVC’s vehicle donation program. Jeff Kroll has been instrumental in helping HSVC for 10 years with donations of cars, trucks, recreational vehicles, boats and motorcycles. To donate a vehicle, call Jeff Kroll at (805) 640-8128 or 890-1486, or visit www.hsvc.org.

 


 
Plein air landscape painting demonstration

The Westlake Village Art Guild will present Wyllis Heaton demonstrating plein air painting technique at the dinner meeting on Tues., Jan. 6, at Los Robles Greens Golf Course, West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and demonstration from 7 to 9 p.m.

The all-inclusive price is $25 for guild members and $30 for guests.

Reservations are due by Dec. 30 by calling (805) 379-5655. For more information, visit www.wvartguild.org.

About Wyllis Heaton
Wyllis Heaton (born 1976 in Pasadena, Calif.) is an award-winning Plein Air landscape painter, as well as a licensed landscaping designer based in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Growing up in Pasadena, Heaton was influenced by William Stout, a famous illustrator who lived nearby and whose art studio he often visited. After graduating from high school, he studied at the University of California Santa Barbara where he developed a love for the Santa Barbara region and a passion for its wide range of iconic landscapes.

In 2002, Heaton earned an illustration degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He went on to teach for six years at the California Art Academy in San Gabriel where his weekend classes were very well attended.

Despite travelling extensively to paint landscapes in other locales, Santa Barbara has been his permanent home since 2007. He is currently building his portfolio of original artworks while also designing gardens, fountains, and exterior details in Santa Barbara.

Heaton can often be found at art shows creating and exhibiting his art. He enjoys the Plein Air setting for painting and the challenge of capturing the ephemeral beauty of rapidly changing landscapes.

Visit Heaton’s web site http://wyllisheaton.wordpress.com for more information.

 

The Museum of Ventura County’s “Ag Museum” in Santa Paula has two upcoming events, which are open to the public

1. Music at the Ag – Friday, December 5 will feature singer-songwriter Alan Thornhill performing in Limoneira Hall. 7:30 pm

2. Gallery Talk: “Ventura County Agricultural Practices: Water Conservation and Environmental Protection,” by soil and water scientist Jamie Whiteford, Ph.D.

Details:
MUSIC at the AG, Dec. 5, 7:30 pm
Alan Thornhill’s unpretentious nature could be misleading. You might think upon meeting him that he’s simply the modest legendary finish carpenter from the artist colony of Ojai, CA. That myth evaporates when he picks up a guitar and beautiful hands reveal what they were born to do. Long recognized as a notably brilliant player ( winner of the prestigious Telluride Fingerstyle Guitar Championship,) his distinctive sound has been featured on numerous recordings (Kate Wolfe, Chris Hillman, Hoyt Axton, The Rincon Ramblers and more.) While his melodic playing captivates audiences of all ages, from concert halls to festival stages, it is simply a stunning accompaniment to what is called by many “one of the most beautiful voices ever heard.” Alan’s a singer admired by his peers and beloved by devoted fans and mesmerized first timers.

Admission to Music at the Ag is $10 general public; $2 kids with an adult; $5 MVC museum members. Food trucks will be on hand with dinner or snacks for purchase from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; seating is first come first seated; and tables and chairs are provided in Limoneira Hall where the band will perform.

GALLERY TALK, Dec. 11, 2 pm
Soil and water scientist Jamie Whiteford, PhD, will give an illustrated talk about farm management practices and water use efficiency in a presentation called “Ventura County Agricultural Practices: Water Conservation and Environmental Protection,” at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula, on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Whiteford’s talk is held in conjunction with the Agriculture Museum’s current temporary exhibition“In the Same Boat: Challenges for Ventura County Water Users.” The exhibition and program are sponsored in part by a grant from the Thelma Hansen Endowment.

As an Irrigation Technician for the Ventura County Resource Conservation District, Dr. Whiteford is responsible for assessing the efficiency of farm irrigation systems, surveying farm management practices, coordinating invasive plant removal, and organizing agricultural outreach and education events. He earned a BS (Biochemistry) and MS (Oceanography) from Old Dominion University in Virginia. At UC Riverside he received a PhD in Soil and Water Science. In 2008 he began teaching agriculture and water science at Ventura College, and in 2011 took his current position with the Resource Conservation District.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California, in their historic downtown. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under, and for Museum of Ventura County members. The first Sundays of every month is free to the public. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.

 
Designs by CI student claim first-place prizes from Association of College Unions International

Camarillo, CA - Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) at CSU Channel Islands recently won two first-place awards for yearbook and poster design from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) at the ACUI’s Region 1 Conference, held at the University of LaVerne on Nov. 6.

ASI received a first-place ribbon in the multipage document category for graphic design work on The Nautical yearbook. It also won first place in the four-color poster category for its design for Dolphinpalooza, an annual festival organized by CI students for the campus and community. Winners of the ACUI Steal This Idea Contest were selected from Region 1 universities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Australia and the territory of Guam. The annual contest allows colleges to show off the talent of staff and student graphic designers, as well as “steal” and swap ideas.

Both winning designs were the work of CI senior Benjamin Blanchard. Blanchard created the designs as a student assistant for ASI and was recently hired as their full-time graphic designer. He will graduate from CI’s Art program in December.

“Winning these two awards is a great accomplishment for ASI,” Blanchard said. “It’s encouraging to know that we are not only producing effective marketing for campus events and publications, but we also are creating design that is well-received in the graphic design community.”

The winning yearbook design was inspired by its theme, “Rediscovered.” The design invites readers to rediscover the campus through innovative use of photos, layouts and features, such as the cover photo of the newly renovated Central Mall fountain and front- and back-cover flaps that open to reveal photos of the John Spoor Broome Library and Bell Tower.

The winning Dolphinpalooza poster design captures a carnival feel and showcases the many activities hosted at the event in playful illustrations, fun typefaces and bold colors.

“My skill as an artist truly blossomed at CI, thanks to my classes and work experiences,” Blanchard said. “The faculty and staff have provided the support and encouragement to help me find my personal style and my place as an artist. I’m thrilled to continue working with ASI to create a product that reflects the creative spirit and innovation that thrives on the CI campus.”

Associated Students Incorporated is a non-profit auxiliary that exists to support the educational mission of CSU Channel Islands. ASI facilitates learning and development through integrative and co-curricular approaches and identifies and responds to major student issues and initiatives. In addition, ASI implements sound business practices which uphold the fiduciary responsibility associated with the management of student fees, and funds the operation and facility of the CI Student Union.

For more information on the ACUI awards, contact Benjamin Blanchard at 805-437-2042 or benjamin.blanchard656@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world’s largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/

 

All American Ballet presents stage and real-life partners Haley Henderson and Easton Smith in Dec. 20 and 21 Nutcracker

Haley is a native Ventura County resident, an All American Ballet alumna and current principal dancer at Salt Lake City’s Ballet West

Ventura, Calif. All American Ballet (AAB) of Ventura will present its annual production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Rd. in Ventura .

This year’s production will highlight Ballet West principal dancer and AAB alumna Haley Henderson Smith, who will perform the role of Sugar Plum Fairy. She will partner with her husband and recent Ballet West soloist, Easton Smith, who will dance the role of the Prince. Ballet West is the company that was featured on TV’s 2013 “Breaking Pointe” series.

Haley Henderson grew up in Oxnard, Calif. and trained from age 8-16 with AAB’s founder and Artistic Director, Clarissa Boeriu. Haley’s professional credits include dancing with world-class companies, Royal Danish Ballet of Denmark and American Ballet Theatre of New York City. Haley danced with Royal Danish Ballet as a company member for seven years and was guest artist for an entire season with American Ballet Theatre. She met her husband, Easton Smith, while they were dancing principal roles at Ballet San Jose.

This year’s cast also features guest artists Nikki and Ethan White, former dancers with the Smuin Ballet in San Francisco and one of the top three finalists on the CBS Show, Live to Dance. They will be performing the roles of Snow Queen and King as well as the Arabian dancers.

“We are very excited to have these accomplished guest artists in our show this year,” states Camille Wallace, AAB President. “It’s an honor to have such outstanding professionals share our stage, and they are lovely people off stage , too!”

“The entire show will delight audiences with Clarissa Boeriu’s original choreography. The Party Scene is uniquely captivating - each year is a fresh surprise.”

The Nutcracker is directed by Clarissa Boeriu in conjunction with Denise Renaldi, Director of Santa Barbara Festival Ballet. The cast includes student dancers from All American Ballet and Santa Barbara Festival Ballet.

Advanced All American Ballet students in the show this year include Katrin Frantz, 16, of Ojai, performing the role of Clara and Genae Matthews, 17, of Ventura, as Fritz, Rat Capitaine and Solo Russian Dancer; Lindsay Cortes, 13, of Oxnard, as Clara’s Friend and Miss Lollypop and Christy Guglielmo, 13, of Camarillo, as Clara’s Friend and Lead Chinese Dancer.

Tickets are $30, $25, $20 and $10 for children 10 and under. Senior and group discounts are available. To order tickets, visit AAB’s website at www.aaballet.org or call 805-650-6316.

AAB’s The Nutcracker is sponsored in part by the generous contributions of the City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Department and the Ventura County Star.

 
2014 holiday concerts feature modern tunes in ancient languages
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - The CSU Channel Islands Choir invites the public to two holiday concerts that present traditional Latin mass songs with a modern twist. The first concert is on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 1251 Las Posas Rd., in Camarillo. A second concert will be held on the CI campus Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Malibu Hall. Both performances are free; however, a $20 free-will donation to support Channel Islands Choral Association’s musical education programs in Ventura County is recommended.

“Traditionally, when you think of music in Latin, you think of music written centuries ago,” said Choir Director KuanFen Liu. “This concert is a real twist on that preconception. All the pieces in Latin are by modern composers, and most were written in the last 20 years. While the lyrics are derived mostly from Latin mass, the tunes are fresh and recognizable.”

The central piece of the concerts, “A Little Jazz Mass,” was written in 2006 for the Crescent City Festival in New Orleans, and features a variety of jazz styles.

In addition to Latin, the choir will present songs in Hebrew and Swahili. “Babu Yetu” is a Swahili adaptation of the Lord’s Prayer. Gamers might recognize the tune; it was featured in the video game “Civilization IV” and became the first video game song ever to win a Grammy Award in 2011.

The CSU Channel Islands Choir is a diverse singing group open to members of the campus and community. Led by instructor KuanFen Liu, the choir meets weekly as a class in the University’s Performing Arts Program. It offers participants exposure to a wide range of musical genres and periods, as well as the opportunity to perform publicly on campus and throughout Ventura County. The next auditions will take place in January 2015. To learn more, visit the choir’s website at http://choir.csuci.edu.

Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) is the choir’s sponsor. CICA is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves Ventura County, bringing music education and performance to the local schools and community. For more information, visit the CICA website at www.cicachoir.org.

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About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world’s largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/

 

SANTA PAULA, CA – In celebration of the season and the community’s generous support throughout the year, the Santa Paula Art Museum will host a holiday party on Sunday, December 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy a fun and festive afternoon of holiday music and treats inside the Museum’s beautifully decorated galleries. The event will also feature musical performances by students of the Museum’s “Strings of De Colores” music program led by Xavier Montes, as well as the Isbell Middle School Chorus led by Donna Nelson. Admission to the event is free for everyone.

“We have a lot to be thankful for here at the Museum, and we are especially grateful for all of our wonderful supporters, volunteers and visitors,” says Museum Director Jennifer Heighton. “This event is a special opportunity for us to say thank you and to celebrate the holidays with all of our friends and neighbors.”

For an invitation to the event, please call the Museum at (805) 525-5554 or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Regular admission to the Museum is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and free for students and museum members.

 
Kwanzaa Celebration. Photo credit: Brian Stethem
Kwanzaa Celebration. Photo credit: Brian Stethem
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Annual event features ceremony, performances, food

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University’s annual Kwanzaa celebration will feature food, performances and a ceremony from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in Gilbert Arena.

Cal Lutheran students will perform a Kwanzaa ceremony and NAACP Saturday School students will make presentations. The celebration will include authentic African and African-American food, gospel music, dance and vendors selling arts and crafts.
Millions of African Americans observe Kwanzaa from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 each year. It is a special time when families and friends unite to strengthen and encourage one another.

Gilbert Arena is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at 130 Overton Court on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The NAACP Saturday School, the Afro-Centric Committee of Ventura County, and Cal Lutheran’s Office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services and Black Student Union are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Daniel Lawrence at lawrenc@callutheran.edu.

 
Student playing Mary rides donkey during Las Posadas

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University students and staff will join with community members to re-enact the Christmas story in the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

In the university’s annual event, students representing Mary and Joseph will travel by donkey through campus seeking shelter for the birth of their son. Other students, staff and visitors holding candles will walk with them from the Ahmanson Science Center to the Lundring Events Center. The evening will conclude with a piñata and refreshments of hot chocolate and pan dulce (sweet bread). This festive Mexican tradition dates back to the 16th century.

The Ahmanson Science Center is located south of Memorial Parkway near Pioneer Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus.

CLU’s Office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services, the Latin American Student Organization and the Department of Languages and Cultures are sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Daniel Lawrence at lawrenc@callutheran.edu.

 
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - The Art program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present “The Art of the Book,” an exhibition of student work at the CI Palm Gallery in downtown Camarillo, on view Monday, Dec. 1, through Monday, Jan. 19. The artists invite the public to join them for an opening reception at the gallery on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition showcases books made in artist/faculty member Beverly Decker’s Special Topics Art 490 class, as well as the final projects of students in the Art 106 Color and Design course. Featured works explore different mediums including sculpted, altered, fabricated and deconstructed books, as well as mixed media images, text, handmade paper, and more.

Located at 92 Palm Drive in Old Town Camarillo, the CI Palm Gallery is open and free to the public Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information, contact the Art program at 805-437-2772 or art@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world’s largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/

 

Ventura's First Friday, December 5th, 3 pm - 9 pm
December 6th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Bell Arts Factory Community Room
432 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura

If you're driving along North Ventura Avenue, it's easy to miss the old Bell Mattress Factory building. But if you were to stop and go into this unassuming old place, you'd be in for a surprise during this Holiday Season, on December 5th and 6th. For it is on these two days the Ventura County Potters’ Guild arrives with the 7th annual Members' Sale, in the festive front gallery of this historical site.

Once a maker of quality mattresses, the place in recent years has become an important center for the arts, as well as a hub of community cultural activities. The VCPG this year will display some of their best wares; an amazing variety of styles, colors, and types of hand-made functional and decorative works in clay and many whimsical sculptural pieces. Not only is this a great place to select gifts, but you'll get a chance to meet the artists, ask questions about their work, and perhaps learn what else goes on in this labyrinth of galleries and studios.

Friday's opening coincides with "Ventura’s First Friday", and with the B.A.F.'s open studios event from 3pm until 9 p.m. Saturday's hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but plan to arrive early, if you'd like to have the widest selection. The potter’s work is all hand-made, stoneware and porcelain, offering a multitude of uniquely creative pieces.

Why come? Because the Holidays are fast approaching, and because the Bell Arts Factory supports our local artists that live in Ojai, Santa Barbara and all over Ventura County.

 

Ojai resident, Scott Chatenever will be the speaker for November and will show his work following chronological threads to illustrate the development of ideas and themes. He will touch on influences and mentors, the interplay between concept and process, important/liberating/defining questions, and future plans.

“I remember being five years old and looking at the fossils in my backyard. At that age I was convinced I would find a dinosaur. But what captured my imagination was that I was literally holding a chunk of life millions of years old. I wondered, “What more than a speck of fossil could I possibly hope to produce in my short life when viewed from 40 million years in the future?” Maybe it’s ironic then, that I live in a time when humans will make such a huge impact, both biologic and geologic.

“I believe our perception is profoundly and relentlessly impacted by mass media, and as a result our experience becomes ever more symbolic, iconographic, and virtualized. Humans no longer determine value without symbols, and more disturbingly, we rarely experience our senses directly without our conditioning getting in the way. Our food and almost every other aspect of our lives is not experienced, but consumed as a commodity. Its value is determined not by ripeness, freshness or wholesomeness, but implied by a familiar brand, color or shape. My art attempts to once again engage the viewer’s primary senses, if only for a moment, by appealing to the hunter-gatherer still in all of us and forcing the question, “Is it good?”

Chatenever makes sculpture, pottery, and custom tile at his new studio in Ojai. An area resident since 1976, he has worked in clay for almost 20 years. He has taught workshops at the Mendocino Art Center, Hui No’Eau Visual Arts Center, and Black Mountain Center for the Arts, and he has studied and collaborated with other artists at the Archie Bray Foundation, and at Penland, Haystack, and Arrowmont Schools of Craft. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego. He also enjoys gardening, cooking, surfing, and raising chickens. Some of Scott's work will be available for sale.

All ages are welcome!

Who: Ventura County Potters' Guild
WHAT: Pottery Talk with Scott Chatenever
WHERE: Ventura Avenue Adult Center - 50 No 550 N Ventura Ave, Ventura, CA 93001 (805) 648-2829
WHEN: Monday, November 24, 2014

 
December 6, 2014

The City of Oxnard Recreation & Community Services Department and Oxnard College is proudly presenting this year’s seventh annual Oxnard Tamale Festival taking place inside Oxnard’s historic Plaza Park located at 500 South C Street, Oxnard, CA 93030

This event will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event is admission free.

Event participants will be able to choose from various tamale vendors offering the best mouth-watering tamales on the central coast including authentic Filipino and Oaxacan tamales to red pork and chocolate.

Activities include corn husk art for kids hosted by Carnegie Art Museum and Oxnard College, cooking demonstrations hosted by the Oxnard College Culinary Arts Program and an arts & crafts demonstration by Arte Yolteotl, arts & craft booths, amusement rides including the Oxnard City Corps Train, and photo opportunities with Santa Claus.

The Oxnard Tamale Festival will be headlined by local favorites including:

Band Ignition, In Stone, Myst, and Oxnard High School Mariachi & Vocal Ensemble

Proceeds from the Oxnard will go to support Oxnard City Corps and other recreation programs.

For more information, please contact the event at (805) 766-4906 or visit our website at www.oxnardtamalefest.com

 
Photo credit: Brian Stethem
Photo credit: Brian Stethem
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Narrated performances of Christmas music are free

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present its annual holiday gift to the community with the free Christmas Festival Concerts slated Dec. 5 through 7.

The choral ensembles and University Symphony will perform “O Great Mystery” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, in Samuelson Chapel.

The university’s longest-running annual event will feature a narrated performance of Christmas music. The program will include traditional carols that the audience will be invited to sing and performances of holiday favorites by the Kingsmen and Regals quartets.

The concert will open with a two-piece organ prelude by University Organist Kyle Johnson and W.A. Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, No. 12 in A Major, K. 414 performed by the University Symphony String Ensemble with Eric Kinsley on piano. The ensemble will also perform the “Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves’” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The choirs will sing “O Magnum Mysterium” (“O Great Mystery”) by Morten Lauridsen and “The Angels And The Shepherds” arranged by Stephen Paulus, who died this year. They will also perform “Blessed Is The Lord,” “Angels From The Realms Of Glory” and “The First Noel” by the young composer Dan Forrest.

The concert will conclude with the choirs and string ensemble performing “Dona Nobis Pacem” from Mass in B Minor by J.S. Bach.

Music professors Daniel Geeting and Wyant Morton will conduct.

Donations will be accepted.

The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane near Campus Drive. Additional parking is available in the lots at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard. This is always a popular concert so arrive early for the best seating and parking. Doors open one hour before the concerts.

For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu.

 
Gerald Zwers and the "Golden Paladins"
Gerald Zwers and the "Golden Paladins"
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Local artist’s ‘Dream of Utopia’ at Cal Lutheran

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - More than 1,000 gold sculptures of heroic figures by Santa Paula artist Gerald Zwers will be the centerpiece of an exhibit at California Lutheran University from Dec. 2 through Feb. 4.

A reception for the “A Dream of Utopia” installation, which will also include more than 50 paintings and drawings, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture.

After reading about the clay warriors and horses buried with China’s first emperor to protect and accompany him in the afterlife, Zwers considered who would populate his perfect world and began to sculpt the “Golden Paladins” featured in the exhibit. In a yearlong artistic flurry, he created the shining gold sculptures and a collection of line drawings. The figures each belong to a family that represents different acts of goodness such as “The Spreader of Joy” and “The Inventor of New Things.” Zwers’ hope is that the figures prompt people to consider what they can do to make the world a better place. His 2011 book, “The Golden Paladins: Neo Spiritual Art for the Heroic Champion Inside All of Us,” offers ideas for producing positive change.

Zwers has found his passion creating what he calls neo-spiritual artwork, which celebrates the amazing richness of the human spirit. The award-winning artist typically generates several hundred works of art each year. They include multimedia pieces that range from postage stamp-sized miniatures to large public murals. His works have been installed in various corporate and municipal venues and include two bus shelter murals in Ventura. Collectors in nearly all 50 states and nine foreign countries have acquired his work.

He has a background in art conservation and has owned several galleries in California. He currently works from multiple studios in Southern California.

In 2013, Zwers received the Artist in the Community Mayor’s Arts Award from the city of Ventura. Committed to community service, he has served on the board of directors of several nonprofit agencies and helped launch a hospice program. He has served in leadership roles for arts organizations and school site councils and has worked with youth groups including Big Brothers/Big Sisters and scouting programs. He was a founding museum board member and was appointed to the Ventura County Arts Commission.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center on the south side of Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Parking is available in the lots on Mountclef Boulevard.

Cal Lutheran’s Art Department is sponsoring the free exhibition and reception. For more information, call Michael Pearce at 805-444-7716 or visit CalLutheran.edu/kwan_fong.

 
Free Admission Day I Saturday, January 31, 2015

In a joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California, SoCal Museums announces the tenth annual “Museums Free-For-All” Saturday, January 31, 2015. Over twenty museums— presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors free of charge. This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply. Consult individual museum websites for hours and other visitor information. For the first-time ever, “Museums Free-For-All” will partner with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro to explore the participating museums, many of which are a short walk away from Metro Bus or Rail. Go Metro to more museum destinations at metro.net/discounts.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Annenberg Space for Photography
Armory Center for the Arts
California African American Museum
California Science Center
(Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions.
Timed reservations are required for space shuttle Endeavour.)
Chinese American Museum
Craft Folk & Art Museum
Fowler Museum at UCLA
The Getty Center
The Getty Villa
(Timed tickets are required. Visit www.getty.edu.)
Hammer Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
(Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions.)
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial
(Hollywood and San Pedro locations)
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
Museum of Latin American Art
Museum of Tolerance
(Closed on Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, February 1, 2015 as part of Museums Free-for-All.)
The Paley Center for Media
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center
(Noah’s Ark timed tickets will be available first-come, first-served, subject to availability.)
The Torrance Art Museum
USC Pacific Asia Museum
William S. Hart Museum
Zimmer Children’s Museum
(Closed on Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, February 1, 2015 as part of Museums Free-for-All.)

When: Saturday, January 31, 2015 / More information: SoCalMuseums.org

SoCal Museums unites the diverse museums of Southern California in joint marketing and communication efforts
to increase visitation and membership in museums in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. SoCal Museums
leverages the museums’ collective strengths, working together to reach current and potential museum goers.

 
Peace Corps work in southern Africa inspired writer
Jacqueline Lyons. Photo credit: Brian Stethem
Jacqueline Lyons. Photo credit: Brian Stethem

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A California Lutheran University faculty member will share poems she wrote based on her experiences in southern Africa at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Jacqueline Lyons, who joined the faculty as an assistant professor of English in 2011, will read and discuss excerpts from her 2004 book “The Way They Say Yes Here” in Ullman Commons 100 on the Thousand Oaks campus. Her three-year stint serving in the Peace Corps in Lesotho inspired the poems.

Lyons has received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Nonfiction and a Utah Arts Council Literary Award in Poetry and Nonfiction. The Somis resident wrote the 2009 poetry chapbook “Lost Colony” and has published more than 50 poems and literary essays in national journals including Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, The Journal, Quarter After Eight and Sonora Review.

In addition to poetry, her areas of expertise include literary nonfiction, world literature, literature by women, and critical reading and writing. Lyons previously taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Colorado State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Colorado State and a doctorate in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah.

Ullman Commons is located on the north side of Memorial Parkway between Pioneer and Regent avenues.

The free event, sponsored by the English Department and the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations, is part of Cal Lutheran’s Books and Brew series. Coffee and cookies will be served. The next events in the series will be a book club discussion of “Claire of the Sea Light” by Edwidge Danticat on March 4 and a talk by poet Andrew McFayden-Ketchum on March 18.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Stephanie Hessemer at hessemer@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3161.

 
Students invite the public to join in Nov. 20 closing reception at Camarillo gallery
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - The Art program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to “Pixels & Plastic,” a student exhibition featuring digital artworks in illustration, portraiture, 3D animation, and 3D printing. The show is on view at the CI Palm Gallery in Camarillo through Thursday, Nov. 20. The artists invite the public to join them for a closing reception at the gallery on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. to discuss and explore the exciting world of digital art.

“Pixels & Plastic” features more than 50 student artworks created using digital tools, ranging from portraits, movie posters, 3D computer animation, and 3D-printed plastic models, presented in print and on screen throughout the gallery. The works were created by students in Art 316 Digital Illustration & Painting and Art 326 Digital Media Arts: 3D Computer animation, two classes taught by artist and CI Art Program faculty member Aldo Figueroa.

“Pixels & Plastic” is a fascinating student exploration of film, video games and the existence of portraiture in the digital realm,” Figueroa said. “We hope members of the campus and community will join us at the closing reception to see the students’ creativity and share in their excitement for the interplay between art and digital media.”

Located at 92 Palm Drive in Old Town Camarillo, the CI Palm Gallery is open and free to the public Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information, contact the Art program at 805-437-2772 or art@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI’s Social Media.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world’s largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/

 
The Ojai Peace Pod by photographer David Baker. Pictured (l-r) Anahato Pomeroy, Kathy Nolan, Julie Heyman, Brian Berman, Lisa Berman and Dianne McCourtney
The Ojai Peace Pod by photographer David Baker. Pictured (l-r) Anahato Pomeroy, Kathy Nolan, Julie Heyman, Brian Berman, Lisa Berman and Dianne McCourtney
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On November 20, at 7p.m., The Ojai Retreat proudly presents Brian Berman, local sculptor and member of Ojai Studio Artists, and Julie Heyman, peace cultivator. They will share a vision for“HOLOS,” a public artwork for peacethatwill be produced and installedin the City of Ojai on International Peace Day, Sept. 21, 2015.

Berman will give a visual presentation on the evolution and meaning of the “HOLOS” design. Heyman will let us know what it means to be an International City of Peace. David Henderson will perform “Whispers of the Trees,” a piano piece which he composed for International Peace Day.

Audience participation will be welcome in the discussion, as part of the vision of this “two-peace” initiative, and how it can evolve into building a culture of peace for members of the community.

The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Rd. Ojai, CA. Suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away. For full information call:(805) 640-1142