Public invited to create giant sand mural; enjoy cultural music, dancing, art, crafts, and speakers

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands’ (CI) Art and Multicultural Programs invite the campus and community to the fifth annual campus celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Monday, Oct. 28, at the John Spoor Broome Library Plaza.

Join celebrated Chicana artist Sandra de la Loza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as she creates and installs a 7-ton, 20-by-10-foot sand mural altar exhibition on the Library Plaza. Attendees are invited to put their own touches on the colorful Mixtec-styled mural throughout the day. The exhibition will remain on display at the library until Nov. 8.

Starting at 5 p.m., the Celebration of the Lights of Life kicks off with CI’s Ballet Folklórico, Mixtec dancers “Los Diabletos,” and DJ Carlos Peralta providing cultural music. Guest speakers include representatives from CI Academic Affairs, Academic Programs and Student Affairs; the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), and the Mexican Consulate. A Mixtec translator will be at the program.

The event also offers the chance to participate in a variety of Day of the Dead arts and crafts projects alongside campus and community members. Students from the Chicano Art History class will create a Day of the Dead altar installation to be displayed in the library. Members of M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento.Estudiantil.Chicano/ Aztlan), a Chicana/o student organization, will build a memorial art installation commemorating the life of Mexican-American educator and civil rights leader Sal Castro. And the Mixteco/Indigena Community The Organizing Project (MICOP) will construct a Mixtec-styled altar. Craft activities for the public will be hosted by the Student Programming Board.

El Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and throughout the world as a way to commemorate family and friends who have died. Families celebrate the lives of their loved ones by creating home altars and placing offerings of everyday life such as pan de muertos (sweet bread baked in shapes of skulls and figures), candles, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl/zempasuchil, and photos of the departed souls on the altar.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot in Camarillo with bus service to and from the campus. Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at

For additional information contact Jennifer Chapman, Coordinator for Multicultural Programs at 805-437-8407 or

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.


Victorian setting highlights similarities to today

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” Nov. 7 through 17 on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Performances of the Mainstage Production are slated for 8 p.m. Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Black Box Studio Theatre. The production is part of CLU’s All About the Arts Week.

Under the direction of veteran actor and director Brett Elliott, CLU’s “As You Like It” sets Shakespeare’s famous comedy in the early Gilded Age America – an era that has many contemporary parallels.

Similar to today, Victorians witnessed an expanding chasm between the ultra-wealthy robber barons and the struggling middle and lower classes, with all the social and political tensions that follow. They were becoming increasingly aware of the environmental havoc that industrialization was inflicting on the natural world. And they often found themselves bewildered at the breakneck pace with which technology was reshaping their society and world.

It was a world, like that today, in which traditional values and roles were reexamined and challenged. “As You Like It” is one of Shakespeare’s famous cross-dressing comedies, in which female characters don male disguises in order to survive and thrive in a man’s world. CLU’s production takes the gender-bending one step further, casting women in several roles traditionally played by men. In particular, the role of the melancholy Jaques will be presented as an androgynous, world-weary figure reminiscent of the provocative female French novelist George Sand. Natasha Buran, a theatre arts major from Thousand Oaks, will play Jaques.

“As You Like It” also features one of Shakespeare’s premier roles for women. The largest of any of his female roles, Rosalind will be played by Kaitlin Ruby, a theatre arts and communication major from Scottsdale, Ariz., making her CLU debut.

Other major roles will be played by Matthew Case, a criminal justice major from Thousand Oaks, as Orlando; Kevlyn Holmes, a psychology major from Milwaukee, as Celia; and Kevin Repich, a theatre arts and communication major from Simi Valley, as Touchstone.

Elliott is associate artistic director for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and was a member of its inaugural acting company in 1997.

Black Box Studio Theatre is located in the Theatre Arts Building on the north side of Memorial Parkway near Pioneer Avenue.

Admission is $10. For information, call the theatre arts department at 805-493-3415.



Two baseball legends will join California Lutheran University professors to discuss Chad Harbach’s acclaimed novel, The Art of Fielding. The public is invited to hear their insights and to pose questions about the relevance of this story to contemporary society. The novel is the 2013 book selection for Thousand Oaks Reads, One City One Book.

The panel discussion will be Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the California Lutheran University Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks.

Hosted by University President Chris Kimball, Ph.D., who is an avid baseball history buff, he will be joined by professors Morris Eagle, Ph.D., a Distinguished Educator in Residence in CLU’s Graduate School of Psychology and Mindy Puopolo, Psy.D., an Associate Professor and Director of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology. She also has a keen interest in baseball.

Also on the panel will be two baseball legends:. Steve Garvey is a former Dodger and a 10-time All Star and 1974 National League MVP. Starring for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in his illustrious career, Garvey was nicknamed the "Iron Man" for setting the National League consecutive games record with 1,207 straight. Steve Yeager spent 14 years as catcher with the Dodgers, and is currently the Dodgers’ Major League catching coach. Yeager helped the Dodgers to the World Series in 1974, 1977, 1978, and 1981.

This event is free and open to the public. For information, please call the Grant R. Brimhall Library at 805-449-2660 x7357 or visit



This Guild talk/lecture is held at the Ventura Senior Center, but is for all ages.
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WHAT: Lynn Christopher -Figurative Artist Talk
WHERE: Ventura Senior Center, 420 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura
WHEN: Monday, October 28, 2013
Doors open at 7 pm
Program begins at 8 pm

Contact: Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer
805 985-5038 or cell 805 754-6380

Sculpture artist Lynn Christopher will speak and show a powerpoint presentation of her journey from a Set Designer at Universal Studios to her creations of exquisite life size figurative sculptures. Christopher primarily uses terra cotta clay. Construction is hollow and formed by using clay coils and slabs. Reaching for realism that gives strength to the ideas of her sculptures, Lynn looks for rhythms, subtle gestural notes, and facial expressions (from the models) to create a presence, a life that brings to the viewer a connection. These sculptures provoke thought and make us question what emotion or message the sculpture is conveying.

Free. All are welcome! Refreshments


October 27, 2013 - February 23, 2014

The 20th De Colores Art Show will open Sunday, October 27 with a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the long-running annual group show is to recognize the contributions of Latino culture and traditions to the art of the Santa Clara Valley. Every year the message of the show manifests itself vividly through portraiture, still-life, landscape, abstraction, sculpture, photography and more.

"This year, the De Colores exhibit meets viewers with art that resurrects the depth of life, change, and the shift of human consciousness," says award-winning artist and De Colores guest curator Andrea Vargas-Mendoza. Twenty artists were selected for the 20th show which includes works by muralist Uriel Leon, couture by multimedia artist Marissa Magdalena, and spiritually evocative work by Veronica Valadez.

The current grouping continues the legacy of the De Colores Art Show as a meaningful and vibrant narrative full of character, passion and color.

Sunday, October 27, 2013
from 4 to 6 p.m.
$10 General Admission Students FREE

Wine and hors d'oeuvres catered by La Cabana will be served.
Musical performance by the De Colores Music Group featuring the Museum's Strings Program students led by Xavier Montes.


Innovative exhibition exposes unfinished works and creative process of art faculty

Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the opening of “Back to School: Inside the Artist’s/Art Historian’s Studio.” This first exhibition of the academic year in the Broome Art Gallery is on view now through Thursday, Oct. 24. The gallery, located on the second floor of the John Spoor Broome Library, will host a free public reception and artists’ talk on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the close of the show.

The exhibition is an innovative exposé of the artists’ creative processes. Instead of highlighting finished works, the exhibition documents and makes visible the lengthy, progressive path from initial ambiguous ideas to tangible outcomes. CI Art faculty generously consented to display works that are unfinished, in progress, or that served as preparatory material. By daring to share these private creative moments with the public, they are allowing a rare glimpse into the visual, conceptual and practical processes at the core of their creative work. The exhibition explores concepts ranging from solar power as an art tool to the immediacy of local events and from found objects to visual narratives.

“Most artists and art historians are reluctant, for many different reasons, including perhaps the concern of revealing some of their ‘trade secrets,’ to present works that are unfinished,” said CI Art History Professor Irina D. Costache, the show’s curator. “This exhibition reveals the broad sources, innovative technologies and inventive devices used by artists and art historians to transform their thoughts, impressions and emotions into lines, shapes and words.”

CI Art faculty represented in the show include Christophe Bourély, Beverly Decker, Matt Furmanski, Liz King, Beth Leister, Leslie Lloyd, Kate Martin, Alison Perchuk, and Kathleen Quaife.

John Spoor Broome Art Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the Art Program, at 805‐437-2772 or

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.

Americans for the Arts VP will give keynote address
Randy Cohen
Randy Cohen

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University is bringing arts leaders, advocates and policymakers together on Thursday, Nov. 7, to discuss ways to make the arts more visible and accessible in the community.

The Arts and Culture Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in CLU’s Lundring Events Center. The event, which is part of All About the Arts Week at the university, is designed to encourage discussion and partnership among institutions and provide them with the latest techniques for engaging audiences in the creative process.

Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy at Americans for the Arts, and Jerry Yoshitomi, an independent cultural facilitator and consultant, will give the keynote addresses.

Cohen is one of the most noted experts in arts funding, research and policy as well as the use of arts to address community-development issues. He publishes the National Arts Index, an annual measure of the vitality of the arts, and the two premier economic studies of the arts industry. He led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, collaborated on a White House report on arts programs for at-risk youths, and worked with the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project study.

Yoshitomi has led many discussions about innovation in the arts for foundations, public agencies and artists. The Oxnard resident assisted with a national initiative to improve the lives of artists, helped the Wallace Foundation launch a program to encourage broader participation in the arts, and chaired a national task force for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. He served on the policy-setting council of the California Arts Council for four years and is the former executive director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles.

The symposium will include two breakout sessions, an overview of arts opportunities, breakfast, lunch and a reception in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art.

CLU is sponsoring the event in partnership with regional arts organizations. It is part of the university’s effort to promote arts education and cultural opportunities in the region. All About the Arts Week kicks off Nov. 2 with the 2013 Arts and Learning Symposium organized by CLU’s Graduate School of Education. Other events include a theatre arts department production of “As You Like It,” the “Southland: Drawings from Southern California” show in the Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, and the “Resonating Images II” exhibit in the Rolland Gallery.

Admission is $25. RSVP by Nov. 1 to Sharon Nelson at 805-493-3150 or

CLU event also features salsa dancing, drumming
Jim Meskimen
Jim Meskimen

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A keynote speech by a celebrity impressionist and breakout sessions featuring salsa dancing, drumming and Japanese ink painting will be part of a California Lutheran University symposium designed to improve access to arts education.

The 2013 Arts and Learning Symposium: Conversations, Connections, Critical Thinking will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in CLU’s Lundring Events Center. This is the fourth year that CLU’s Graduate School of Education has provided the free hands-on training to educators for using art, dance, drama and music to teach a variety of subjects.

The event, which is partially sponsored by CLU’s Susan Greiser Price Arts Integration Program, will kick off All About the Arts Week at the university.

Keynote speaker Jim Meskimen is a comedian, actor, impressionist, artist, arts educator and arts advocate. This summer he received a standing ovation for his impressions at Radio City Music Hall as a semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent.” His video “Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices” topped 750,000 views in 2011, and subsequent impressions videos have cemented him as a major YouTube talent. JibJab showcased his impressions of political figures in the 2004 election in animated cartoons that also became Internet hits. The Australian “Today” show dubbed him “The World’s Greatest Impressionist.”

Meskimen’s many credits include films “Apollo 13,” “The Grinch” and “Frost/Nixon” and TV shows “Friends,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “Rules of Engagement.” The son of actress Marion Ross, he had a thriving career in the ‘80s and ‘90s as a man-on-the-street interviewer for improvised TV and radio campaigns for products such as bank cards, coffee makers and grocery stores that won several major advertising awards.

Meskimen and others will lead interactive sessions in visual art, dance, theater and music. Presenters include salsa dancer Alina Canal, sumi-e painter Tomi Ito Levin, Carnegie Art Museum Curator of Education Martha Jimenez, CLU associate professor of education and Project ACT Director Michael McCambridge, drummer Jennifer Merlich, The Acting Center Director Tamra Meskimen and musician James Swing.

Participants will develop action plans during round-table discussions and leave with a variety of tools and ideas that they can use in their classrooms. The program will also feature a continental breakfast, lunch, a student art show and performances by students from Santa Susana and Thousand Oaks high schools.

Registration is requested by Oct. 25. To RSVP, go to For more information, contact Maureen Lorimer at or 805-493-3836.


Ojai, CA — More than 20 local restaurants as well as local wineries and breweries will join together to share the fruits of their labor on Sunday October 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the thirteenth annual “Taste of Ojai.”

This yearly Rotary event will be held on the beautiful 10th green at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. The festivities include local wines and beers, fantastic food from Ojai’s finest restaurants, and great music and dancing from the sounds of the Ventura Jazz Orchestra Sextet.

Proceeds from this event support 22 local non-profit organizations serving Ojai Valley families, seniors and youths, schools and nonprofits. Rotary Club of Ojai and its Educational Foundation award scholarships and grants to Community Service, Education and “Fit Kids” programs.

A Sponsor/VIP tent that will be available for sponsors and VIPs serving exclusively specialty foods of the Ojai Valley Inn with wines specially chosen for the occasion.

The participating restaurants & wineries and breweries share their ‘Best Of’ menu favorites with attendees — who are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, and expanding belts! Save the date and join friends.

“With the support of friends and businesses, we can help support our Ojai Valley nonprofit organizations, local businesses and help the Ojai Valley be an ever better place to live, work and visit,” said Taste of Ojai co-chair Janet Mahon.

Tickets are available at Attitude Adjustment of Ojai, Ojai Beverage Company, The Ojai Chamber of Commerce, Down Home Furnishings, andonline at
Tickets: General Admission $75 - Sponsor/VIP $150
For more information, call –
Mike Malone at 805-646-0426 or,
Janet Mahon at 805-798-2515

Latin American Student club hosts celebration

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The public is invited to celebrate Día de los Muertos at California Lutheran University on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

The Latin American Student Organization (LASO) will present a program featuring entertainment, face painting and light refreshments from 6 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of the Swenson Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences as part of the Latin celebration of All Saints Day.

A traditional Day of the Dead altar will be built on the lawn. Starting at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day, everyone is welcome to place items on the altar in honor of their deceased loved ones.

LASO and CLU’s Office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services are sponsoring the free event.

The Swenson Center is located on Faculty Street near Pioneer Avenue on the Thousand Oaks campus. Visitor parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Programs at 805-493-3489.

Harold Perrineau Jr. has played bad guys, drag queen
Harold Perrineau Jr.
Harold Perrineau Jr.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Actor Harold Perrineau Jr. will discuss his varied roles ranging from drag queens to hardened criminals from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at California Lutheran University.

Perrineau will speak before students and community members in the Preus-Brandt Forum as part of the free “Conversations With …” series. Actor and director Markus Flanagan, who teaches at CLU, will moderate an informal one-hour discussion on the craft of acting. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow.

A native of Brooklyn, Perrineau studied music and theater at the Shenandoah Conservatory, but began his career as a dancer with the Alvin Ailey company. He gradually shifted to acting and performed on stage in a number of shows including “Dreamgirls,” “Avenue X” and the off-Broadway revival of “Godspell.”

While he was working on the stage, Perrineau also began appearing on TV shows including “The Cosby Show,” “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd” and “Law & Order.” He played a paraplegic prisoner in the acclaimed HBO series “Oz,” Michael Dawson in the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series “Lost,” and ruthless power player Damon Pope in “Sons of Anarchy.”

Perrineau moved on to the big screen in the late ’80s and had his first memorable role in the 1995 drama “”Smoke.” He received an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for Best Supporting Male for his role as a young man searching for his long-absent father played by Forest Whitaker. The following year he played one of the more distinctive Mercutios in history in “Romeo+Juliet,” at one point donning a glitter miniskirt and platform heels.

He starred as the drag queen best friend of a woman played by Penelope Cruz in the 2000 comedy “Woman on Top” and as Link in the final two installments of “The Matrix” trilogy. He also appeared in the 2007 horror film “28 Weeks Later” and last year’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” He will be in the upcoming films “The Best Man Holiday” and “Ten” with Sam Worthington and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The “Conversations With …” talks provide theater arts students and other aspiring actors with advice from professionals. They take the approach laid out in Flanagan’s book, “One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor’s Survival Guide,” which explains how to make it in the business of acting while staying sane and focused.

Farm Fresh Clothing Co. is sponsoring the free 2013-2014 series.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, call 805-493-3415 or email

The Nanas and the Papas – (standing) Jimmy Calire, Connie Woodson, Fern Barishman, Candace Delbo, Patricia Cardinali, Ken Delbo (seated) JB White.
The Nanas and the Papas – (standing) Jimmy Calire, Connie Woodson, Fern Barishman, Candace Delbo, Patricia Cardinali, Ken Delbo (seated) JB White.
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The Nanas and the Papas, a musical review, comes to the main stage of the Santa Paula Theater Center for one night only on Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm.

Having recently played to sold-out audiences in Ojai, this talented group of performers explore and celebrate the vital connections between grandparents and grandchildren through music, storytelling, humor and dance.

“It’s a message of legacy,” according to Director Candace Delbo. “It’s all about what we received from our grandparents and what we want to pass along to the coming generations.”

The aim of the show is raising grandparents’ consciousness about their rightful place as stewards of future generations. Delbo added, “It’s about the elders teaching and equipping their children and grandchildren so we all can make the world a better place for those who come after us.”

The Nanas and the Papas were founded by Carol and Dr. Arthur Kornhaber as an outreach arm of the Foundation for Grandparenting. The foundation’s not-for-profit mission is to educate and inform the public of the crucial role grandparents play in the lives of children.

“Certain themes come to the fore,” Delbo explained. “It’s a show about memories and tradition, love and courage, hope and fun. But most importantly, it’s a message of “saying yes” to life”.

All members of The Nanas and the Papas contribute vocally to the show including Candace Delbo and Connie Woodson. Featured instrumentalists include Jimmy Calire on keyboards and saxophone, Fern Barishman on keyboards and accordion, Patricia Cardinali on guitar, JB White on bass, and Ken Delbo on drums. Carol Kornhaber, the founding creative force behind the group, will also make a special guest appearance.

The Nanas and the Papas is the fourth and final show of the 2013 Concert Series at the Santa Paula Theater Center. For more information about the band, visit their website at

The door opens at 7pm on Saturday, October 26 with show time at 7:30pm. All tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at or by phone at 805-525-4645.

"Bear Ocala FL" Photo by David Baker.
"Bear Ocala FL" Photo by David Baker.
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"Emily" Photo by David Baker.
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"Pixel" Photo by David Baker.
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"Future Fashonistas" Photo by David Baker.
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"Sunset Saint George Island FL" Photo by David Baker.
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The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Ojai based photographer David Baker to their October 15 meeting. The program begins at 7:00 PM, at Kent Hall, located at Help of Ojai’s Little House, 111 Santa Ana Street, in Ojai.

Baker will lead the group in an interactive discussion regarding “The Ever Changing World of Photography.” He will examine the changes he has seen in photography since the digital revolution of the 1970’s.

Baker is internationally known for his creative web site and graphic designs. He is best known in the United States as the designer of web sites for the 1995 Academy Awards, Super Bowl XXX, Microsoft Windows NT site, and the California State Legislature.

In the early 1970s, after seven years as a deputy sheriff for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, Baker worked as a professional photographer for the Monterey Park Progress newspaper. In 1980 he left the photography profession to become a successful software engineer and graphic designer.

He was founder and President of Real Time Computer Science, the first firm to install Intel’s iRMX Multitasking opening system on the IBM Personal Computer. Later, he founded Beverly Hills Software, an internationally known web site design firm. He has served as Director of Development for Symantec/Peter Norton and as Computer Architecture Specialist at Intel Corporation.

In 1998 Baker relocated to Ojai, California, and rekindled his lifelong passion for photography. Then In 2004 he took a four-month assignment in Arkansas to modify a web site for the RV industry. That assignment turned into five new web sites taking five years to complete. Now back in Ojai, he is semi-retired and enjoys doing photography his way. He was recently selected as new chair of the Photography Branch at the Ojai Art Center, where he taught photography ten years ago. Visit his website for images and extended information:

After his presentation, Baker will critique images submitted by club members.
Monthly presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service outreach. Visitors are welcome to attend.

The Ojai Photography Club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February through November. Only members may submit images for critique. For additional information please visit:


Celebrate 50 years with Ventura's own band! The Ventura County Concert Band - all volunteer musicians from the community - and conductor, Ms. Julie Judd, present an entertaining 4-concert season of amazing band music and special guests. In honor of Veterans Day, the season opens with a very special patriotic concert. Bring a friend. Sunday, Nov. 10, 3:00pm; VHS Auditorium at 2 N Catalina, Ventura; FREE. Contact:


The Ventura Botanical Gardens runs on volunteer energy and the generous donations of time and professional expertise from its members and the community.

We're currently seeking to fill important volunteer positions:
1. Contact Volunteers
2. Spring Garden Tour Chair
3. Spring Garden Tour Raffle Coordinator
4. Coordinator of Volunteers

1. Contact Volunteers
Ventura Botanical Gardens is looking for personable volunteers for a one-time project to complete membership records. It includes placing calls to VBG members with missing email addresses and reporting the new address provided. The process will include leaving phone messages and doing follow-up. Calls can be made during weekday hours of 10am-7pm and on weekends from 10am-5pm. VBG will provide call lists and an easy script to follow. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us with your availability to

2. Spring Garden Tour Chair
We are currently seeking a Chair for our Spring Garden Tour 2014. This is a prestigious and exciting opportunity. The Garden Tour is scheduled for April 26, 2014 from 10am-4pm, with seven home gardens open to the public on a self-guided tour. There will be monthly meetings beginning in late September/early October. Responsibilities for this position include identifying house captains in conjunction with the house captain coordinator, assisting house captains in identifying volunteers to work at each house, oversight of ticket sales, raffle and food sales and involvement in the advertising and marketing. To be considered for this great position, please email your qualifications to

3. Spring Garden Tour Raffle Coordinator
We also need a Raffle Coordinator for the Spring Garden Tour 2014. The Garden Tour 2014 is scheduled for April 26, 2014 from 10am-4pm. There will be monthly meetings beginning in late September/early October. Responsibilities for this position include coordination of donated items, setting up raffle items, monitoring ticket sales, and oversight of winning tickets and notification to winners. The Raffle Coordinator will break down raffle and deliver items to a central location for winner pick up. To be considered for the Garden Tour Raffle Coordinator please email your experience to

4. Coordinator of Volunteers
Ventura Botanical Gardens seeks a friendly and reliable Coordinator of Volunteers. The Coordinator will help to develop our volunteer program. The ideal candidate will be available to volunteer starting mid-October and will make a commitment through December 2014. We have hundreds of volunteers who support our mission throughout the year. We have a lot of interest from volunteers with very specific expertise who need to be connected to the right volunteer opportunity. Responsibilities include:
• Volunteer recruiting, outreach, online postings
• Building and maintaining relationships with volunteers
• Developing volunteer job descriptions
• Developing volunteer orientation
• Volunteer management, scheduling, training
• Tracking volunteer hours
• Maintaining volunteer database
• Writing thank you notes to volunteers
• Creating volunteer program materials, such as handbooks and policies
• Volunteer recognition
• Volunteer evaluations
To be considered for the Coordinator of Volunteers, please email your qualifications to

‘From Sea to Shining Sea’ to celebrate America
Heidi Valencia Vas
Heidi Valencia Vas

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Music faculty members Angela Hicks and Heidi Valencia Vas will present a free concert at California Lutheran University on Saturday, Oct. 26.

“From Sea to Shining Sea: A celebration of our musical heritage” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Samuelson Chapel.

The program will explore music of the American experience featuring compositions by Aaron Copland, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen and Andre Previn along with patriotic favorites. This celebration of the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” features texts by American poets, Wild West heroines and Civil War soldiers. Jessica Helms and Kevin Stoller will accompany on piano.

Vas will sing “America,” which appears on her new studio album, “Shades,” which will be available on iTunes later this month. Her new vocal technique textbook titled “Finding your Voice: A Guidebook for Singers” is due out on iBooks at the end of the year.

A master teacher and recording artist, Vas has numerous opera, recital and oratorio credits, and has been featured in summer stock and regional and off-Broadway theatrical productions. The Thousand Oaks resident has been a soloist with The Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and made guest appearances with many groups including the Masterworks Chorale. She currently tours with her ensemble and is music director at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks.

Vas and Hicks are co-founding directors of the CLU Summer Vocal Institute. Both are members of Areté Vocal Ensemble, a professional ensemble in residence at CLU.

Hicks has performed many leading and secondary roles in opera and musical theater both in the United States and abroad. The mezzo-soprano is an avid recitalist in the Southern California area, and can be heard in various film projects. When not on stage, the Canyon Country resident shares her love of singing through teaching. She is the founding director of the CLU Opera Scenes Program and is the vocal music director for the musical theater program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in music from the University of Southern California.

Donations will be accepted.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit

Thru October 31, 2013

Senchal Hatton will be exhibiting her newest kiln load of ceramic sculptures as the featured artist of the Ventura County Potters' Guild Gallery through October 31, 2013. As a native Californian, Senchal has always felt a strong sense of connection to animals, nature, and the spiritual which binds all. She enjoys the arts, and has worked as a make-up/hair and special effects artist in the movie industry, face painter, and also a professional belly dancer. Hatton is also a poet and muralist and enjoys playing guitar. Hatton says "I like to employ a bit of twisted humour which shows in my one of a kind Chili Pepper designs and other works. I often strive for realism, but then I will go in the opposite direction towards fantasy as a balance. I hope you enjoy my work, and may you be inspired to find your own creativity in this mystical experience we call life."

Hatton will greet guests on Tuesday, October 22nd from 11 am - 6 pm.

Gallery artists are from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and including Ojai Valley.


California State Old Time Fiddlers District 8 will meet Sunday October 25, 2013 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Come out for an afternoon of playing, listening and dancing to Country Western and Bluegrass music. No admission or parking charge. Refreshments available. For more information and to find out about upcoming workshops go to or call 805-797-6563.


Treat yourself to a docent - led tour any Saturday in October. Note we will have special tour hours this month. We will be open for tours starting at 11:00 AM. Last tour starts at 2:00 PM.

On Sunday, October 6, the California Mission Ride (, “a 600 mile horseback journey through the past and for the future” comes to Rancho Camulos. Join us at 10:00 as we welcome the team of horse riders who are riding from mission to mission “to discover life and land of current communities in their mission era context”. Learn about their journey and experiences. Museum tours will also be available for the usual $5 tour donation. Children are free.

And for some special tricks, don’t miss the 2:00 PM show, featuring leading stuntmen from Hollywood’s film industry and starring the one-and-only Silver, the white Quarter Horse who stole the show in Johnny Depp’s latest film: The Lone Ranger. This event will go behind the scenes to show spectators how horse stunts are done by professionals. Visitors will be able to meet real stuntmen and ask them about their work. Children will be invited to paint Indian Ponies and learn how to apply traditional war paint patterns. This event is included with your $5 museum admission. It is sponsored by Movin’ On Livestock and famous stuntmen Jack Lilley, Clint Lilley, and Rod Rondeaux, among others will participate.

On Saturday, October 12, we have a unique treat for NCIS fans, the “Zeva Farewell tour”. Rancho Camulos Museum was one of the settings for the shooting of this year’s NCIS season premier, “Zeva’s Farewell.” Join a docent led tour at Noon to learn about the Zeva Farewell shoot and see the locations used. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. A $5 donation applies. Stay for a regular tour of Rancho Camulos Museum if you choose.

On October 19th, tricks and treats abound as we welcome back the Napoleonic War re-enactors for a Trafalgar Day event. Come and watch the military reenactments and see the beautiful period costumes from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Our $5 donation applies to watch this unique pageant of history. Children are free. Regular museum tours will also be available from 11-3.

Ruksana, an Indian girl featured in "Girl Rising,"
Ruksana, an Indian girl featured in "Girl Rising,"
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‘Girl Rising’ tells nine stories from around the world

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A movie about girls throughout the world who have overcome great difficulties will be shown at California Lutheran University to mark International Day of the Girl.

“Girl Rising” will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in Lundring Events Center. A short presentation by Kiera Murphy, a CLU senior and U.S. representative for VOICE 4 Girls, will follow. VOICE 4 Girls was launched in India in 2011 to address the educational and employment challenges facing girls from low-income communities. The free CLU event, which will conclude with a discussion, commemorates the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl, which is Oct. 11.

Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins wanted to showcase the strength of the human spirit and the power of education in “Girl Rising.” Released in March, the PG-13 movie spotlights nine girls from nine countries in stories penned by nine renowned writers from the girls’ countries. Nine well-known actresses narrate the stories.

Real girls play themselves in slightly fictionalized accounts of stories from their own lives. Sokha is an orphan who rises from life in a garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to become a star student and accomplished dancer. Suma writes songs that help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others. Ruksana is an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams.

Education can break the cycle of poverty, but girls around the world face barriers to schooling that boys do not. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school, according to Education First.

The film is the centerpiece of a global campaign by 10x10 to educate and empower girls to transform communities. Founded by journalists at The Documentary Group and Vulcan Productions, 10x10 is working with corporations, policymakers and grassroots organizations to remove barriers to girls’ education including forced marriages, domestic slavery and sex trafficking.

CLU’s Gender & Women’s Studies Program and the Thousand Oaks branch of the American Association of University Women are presenting the free screening.

Lundring Events Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, which is north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

For more information, contact Peter Carlson at or 805-493-3435.