Andrea Vargas and her painting "Angelita", acrylic on wood.
Andrea Vargas and her painting "Angelita", acrylic on wood.
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Xavier Montes playing his harp.
Xavier Montes playing his harp.
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Santa Paula, CA. - The Santa Paula Art Museum is pleased to announce the closing reception for the 17th Annual De Colores art exhibition. The exhibition highlights the narrative paintings and cultural story telling of forty Latino visual artists. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street in historic downtown Santa Paula. Reservations are encouraged by calling 805-525-5554 or emailing Closing exhibit admission is: $10.

The program will include a reception hour including guest artists: Louie Moreno, Veronica Valadez, Andrea Vargas-Mendoza, and Jose Zuniga. Musical Entertainment provided by Angels On Harps, and by classical harpist Xavier Montes. The evening also includes spoken word performances by Joseph Casteñeda and Vanessa Teran as well as a short film screening by director Karen Farfán.
Because occupancy at the museum is limited we recommend an RSVP to secure entrance.

For further information about the Santa Paula Art Museum please call 805-525-5554 or email them at

WHAT: De Colores Art Exhibit Closing Reception
WHERE: Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula
DATE: Thursday, December, 30th 6-8:30 PM


November 28th, 2010 thru February 21st, 2011

To commemorate 86 years of Santa Paula High School football and 100 games between the Santa Paula. Cardinals and the Fillmore Plashes, one of the oldest high school football rivalries in California, the California Oil Museum presents its newest exhibit Red, White and Rivalry: A History of Santa Paula High School Football. Former players, cheerleaders and fans have loaned their personal photographs, jerseys, medals and memories to provide a nostalgic look back at not only the history of Cardinal football, bat the history of high school football itself!

Whether you are a Cardinal, a Flash, or just a football fan, you will be reminded of your love for the game!

LOCATION: 1001 E. Main Street, Santa Paula, CA. 93060.
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday thru Sunday.


Ojai Valley Museum Docents: (l-r) Lucy Lucking, Carol Fergus, Marian Newman and Michele Fitton. Photograph courtesy of Fred Kidder.
Ojai Valley Museum Docents: (l-r) Lucy Lucking, Carol Fergus, Marian Newman and Michele Fitton. Photograph courtesy of Fred Kidder.
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At the fall meeting of the Ojai Valley Museum docents, OVM Director Michelle Pracy welcomed Mary Guinn and Donna Santoro into the group of volunteers staffing the exhibit. Gathered in the museum library, the docents learned about the exhibit as well as resources available to answer questions from visitors. Then it was time for a tour of the exhibit with Pracy who pointed out the highlights.

In her clear and enthusiastic presentation, Pracy showed how the design of the exhibit moved from serene works on the right and left walls to stormy and dynamic works catching the eye from the back. Docents viewed the stellar group of prizewinning art work, entered from all over the Southern California region that were chosen by a museum committee and then selected for awards by distinguished outside judges: Tim Schiffer, Director/Ventura County Museum and Khaled Al-Awar, Owner/Primavera Gallery. Unexpectedly grasping a tall metal sculpture, Pracy demonstrated the playfulness of an artwork that visitors could be encouraged to touch. She accented the scope of exhibit as the docents explored everything from oil painting to ceramics, textiles to furniture, and assemblage to photography.

Ojai Celebrates Art III continues through the holiday season. A trip to the Ojai Valley Museum makes a refreshing break for downtown shoppers and inspiration for gift giving. All of the artwork is for sale, with thirty percent of the sale price going to the museum as a tax-deductible donation. Continuing on view is the Otto and Vivika Heino Collaborative exhibit, offering a rare chance to purchase a ceramics masterpiece from the 1970's to 1990’s, created by the world-renowned Ojai husband-and-wife team.

The Ojai Valley Museum is open Thursday and Friday 1:00 to 4:00 P.M., Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and Sunday 12:00 Noon to 4:00 P.M. It will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is $4 for adults, $1 for children 6-18, free for children 5 and under. For further information, contact the museum at 640-1390.

Winner will perform on stage with Latin jazz legend, Arturo Sandoval, Feb. 12, 2011
Christian Choh, winner of the 2010 VMF student Jazz competition. Photo by James Lee Needham.
Christian Choh, winner of the 2010 VMF student Jazz competition. Photo by James Lee Needham.

Ventura County, CA. – For the fifth year in a row, the Ventura Music Festival (VMF) will host a music competition for talented young jazz musicians. Open to middle and high school students throughout Southern California, the VMF Student Jazz Competition offers a rare opportunity for young musicians to showcase their talent and compete for the privilege of performing live on stage with a professional jazz artist during a live VMF concert.

Funded by the Ventura Music Festival’s Board of Directors, the three top contestants are awarded scholarships of $500, $250 and $100. The winning student musician is invited to perform with jazz legend Arturo Sandoval on Feb. 12, 2011 at his VMF concert at Seaside Park.

Students are encouraged to mail or email examples of their instrumental work to the Ventura Music Festival by Jan. 4, 2011. Five finalists will perform for a panel of judges and an open-to-the-public live concert competition on the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 16th at Ventura’s Laurel Theater.

Last year’s competition winner was Christian Choh, a 17-year-old alto sax player from Agoura Hills.

All competitors receive discounted tickets to Arturo Sandoval’s 2011 Valentine’s Day weekend concert. In addition, the winner will be able to invite his or her entire Jazz Ensemble to the Sandoval Concert. For more information, call the Ventura Music Festival at: (805) 648-3416 or email: Brenda Yates:

About the Ventura Music Festival
Founded in 1994, the Ventura Music Festival presents world renowned classical, jazz, and crossover musicians in various venues throughout Ventura and surrounding areas. Most of the venues have historical significance and provide warm and intimate settings for the world-class musical performances. Today, the festival stands as one of Ventura County’s signature events, attracting upwards of 10,000 concert-goers during 10 days in April and May, 2011.

For the 17th season, April 28 through May 7, 2011, the Ventura Music Festival welcomes jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti, Italian classical pianist, Roberto Prosseda, Grammy award-winning violinists, the Mark O’Connor String Quartet and Martina Filjak, winner of the 2009 Cleveland Piano Competition.

Each year, the Ventura Music Festival’s Education Outreach Program presents live performances, stories, and interaction to nearly 4,000 local students through “Music in the Schools” presented by Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta.

The Ventura Music Festival is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Information: (805) 648-3146 or

“Mother Earth” by Hanna Lore Hombardy won The Use of Symbolism Award.
“Mother Earth” by Hanna Lore Hombardy won The Use of Symbolism Award.
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“Home Grown In California” by Pam Shelly won The Honoring Our Artistic Roots Award.
“Home Grown In California” by Pam Shelly won The Honoring Our Artistic Roots Award.
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“Fresh Picked” by Eileen Maloney won Honorable Mention.
“Fresh Picked” by Eileen Maloney won Honorable Mention.
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The Ag Art Alliance Announces the Winners of the The Third Annual “Art About Agriculture Exhibit” at the Santa Paula Art Museum

The Santa Paula Art Museum and the Ag Art Alliance are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Art About Agriculture exhibit. $500 in prizes were awarded by judges Meg Phelps and David Schwabauer to the seven winners.

The Use of Symbolism Award went to “Mother Earth” by Hanna Lore Hombardy. “Home Grown In California” by Pam Shelly won The Honoring Our Artistic Roots Award. The Excellence in Technique Award was given to “Big Tom” by Marcey Sheffield. The Sense of Agriculture Award was given to “Fall Vineyard” by George Lockwood and the sculpture, “A Slice of Life” by Duanne Dammeyer garnered the coveted Juciest Award.

Honorable Mentions round out the awards with recognition going to two watercolors, “Upper Ojai Hay” by Patty Van Dyke and “Fresh Picked” by Eileen Maloney.

“Art About Agriculture” is an agricultural themed art exhibit at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th Street in historic downtown Santa Paula. The purpose of the exhibit is to promote Art About Agriculture by exploring all the facets of agriculture from workers to water, from machinery to soil and to the food that goes on our plates.

Art About Agriculture features art by 40 artists working in both two and three dimensional media who create art that in some way draws its inspiration from our agricultural heritage and/or contemporary agriculture. That inspiration includes, but is not limited to, depictions of rural landscape, farm animals, farm products, rural life, and art that in a more abstract way deals with issues and ideas related to agriculture.

The Ag Art Alliance was formed in 2007 by Gail Pidduck and John Nichols to promote a greater appreciation of the place of agriculture in our lives by revealing the many facets of agriculture through the eyes of artists.
The Santa Paula Art Museum is the repository and exhibition hall for the Santa Paula Art Collection. The valuable assemblage represents the accumulation of award winning entries in the Santa Paula Art Show which began in 1937. Also featured at the Art Museum are rotating exhibits of contemporary and local artists. The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm. Admission: Adults $4, Seniors $3 and members and students are free.

WHAT: Ag Art Alliance 3rd Annual Exhibit “Art About Agriculture” Winners

WHERE: Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St. Santa Paula, CA

EXHIBIT DATES: Through February 6, 2011


The 26th annual Ojai Peddler's Fair is being held from 9am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday, December 11 & 12, 2010. Located inside the Chapparal Auditorium at 414 E. Ojai Ave., in downtown Ojai CA. Parking is free in the adjacent municipal parking lot, and admission is always free.

Held rain or shine, the Peddler's Fair is chock-full of quality antiques, collectibles, handcrafts and international crafts.

This is a benefit for the Mira Monte PTO.

Vendors are sought.

For more information, please contact Pat at 805-964-8915 or Jodie at 805-640-4384 x2284

“Hobo Jungle, Roots Ventura Calendar cover art” painting by Sarah Kalvin, design by Regina Vorgang.
“Hobo Jungle, Roots Ventura Calendar cover art” painting by Sarah Kalvin, design by Regina Vorgang.

Roots Ventura: The Exhibit and The Calendar are at the Buenaventura Gallery from December 7 - January 2, 2011. Opening Reception and Calendar Signing will be on Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 4 - 7pm.

Roots Ventura: The Exhibit celebrates the release of Buenaventura Art Association’s (BAA) second fine art calendar which features the legacies of E.P. Foster. The theme of Roots Ventura recognizes the generosity and foresight of one of San Buenaventura's founding fathers and philanthropists.

Roots Ventura, the calendar, features images created by 12 BAA artists, many of whom will be apart of the exhibition. Foster's legacy is highlighted through educational information collected by Sarah Kalvin, curator of the exhibit as well as the artists who’s “Hobo Jungle” is the cover image for the calendar. “If one man has his name on a library, a school, and a few public parks then this is a man worth knowing.” states gallery director Emily Thompson, “Those stoic pines and palms at the Ventura River mouth are a symbol of a legacy washing away and now that his home is gone, the artists work truly deepens the community's connection to this year’s calendar.” Paintings and photographs of the 100 year old house the Foster's lived in, which burned to the ground last August, will be a poignant aspect of the exhibit.

The calendar is a fundraiser for the BAA's Annual Student Scholarships. Calendars will be for sale at the Buenaventura Gallery and Harbor Village Gallery while supplies last. The 2010 Two Trees Calendar rose over $2500 in scholarships given to Ventura County College Art Students.

The Buenaventura Art Gallery is located at 700 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, CA 93001. Hours are Tues – Friday from noon – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Please call (805)648-1235 or visit


Organizers of the Ventura Botanical Gardens will close its charter membership offering December 31. Other levels of membership and participation will continue to be available, but charter members will be capped at the end of the year. Presently there are 400 charter members.

The Gardens are set to occupy a stunning site on 107 acres of Grant Park, with a 360 degree view overlooking downtown Ventura, the coastline, the mountains and the area’s expansive agricultural fields. Specific garden areas already planned include California Native, cactus and Mediterranean, traversed by scenic paths and hiking trails. The Gardens will also include public recreational and gathering areas with educational activities organized to promote knowledge of native botany, horticulture, environmental preservation, ecology and organic methods.

Charter members will have their names listed on a permanent installation at the site, receive ongoing discounts and special offers and will be invited to the VIP Groundbreaking Reception. Charter membership costs $100 and is a permanent status.

Ventura Botanical Gardens, Inc. is a non profit public benefit corporation with a mission to create and maintain public gardens for the preservation, education, cultural contribution and enhancement of the entire Ventura County community. Organizers envision bringing people together from all over the county and beyond to enjoy a unique and extraordinary open space. Upon completion the gardens figure to become a landmark of the region and a leading tourist destination.

"This is an opportunity for our entire community to share in our dream and our vision," said VBG President Beverly McCaslin. "Everyone can be a member. Our charter members include business leaders, community leaders, gardening enthusiasts and neighbors and friends from all walks of life. What we plan to accomplish will become a lasting legacy in Ventura County's history.”

More information on charter membership can be obtained by visiting the organization’s website at


Camarillo, CA - The Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA), a community group working in partnership with CSU Channel Islands (CI) has announced upcoming concert dates in December. The concerts are free and open to the public and admission donations will be accepted.

The first concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, 2532 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo. The second concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 1251 Las Posas Road in Camarillo.

Dr. KuanFen Liu is the Artistic Director of the Channel Islands Choral Association, a member of CI’s music faculty, and the conductor of the CSU Channel Islands Choir. Liu and the choir perform at concerts and make many appearances at different community venues. Last year they provided Christmas caroling at the Camarillo Outlet Mall.

For additional information contact Dr. KuanFen Liu at 805-278-0375.

Graceful Stone Shapes Reflect the Natural World

A Lifetime in Stone, an exhibition of stone works by artist JoAnne Duby, will be on exhibition in the Sculpture Gallery of the Museum of Ventura County from December 7, 2010 through February 20, 2011.

Duby’s work reflects the natural environment, an appreciation she attributes to her upbringing in Seattle, where she first started her art career. It was while teaching ceramics at Santa Barbara City College that she discovered her love for sculpting. Since then, her sculpture has been shown internationally, and her work is held in collections in Europe and the Americas. She also gives individual instruction and conducts carving workshops.

In addition to her own projects, Duby has also assisted or collaborated with other sculptors, including Donald Davis. At one time, she and sculptor Todd Andrews partnered in a company called T.A.S.C.O., which specialized in enlarging small models to monumental size. In 1988, fellow sculptor Paul Lindhard invited Duby to rent a studio at Art City in Ventura. There she concentrated on her own carving in addition to commissions for monumental works and bronze castings. She has been involved in the Ventura County area ever since. In 1995 she was a featured artist in an award-winning documentary on Art City by Donna Granata of Focus on the Masters.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. For more museum information go to or call 805-653-0323.

The Ojai Valley Museum is having a party you won’t want to miss!
Jamie Fleming
Jamie Fleming

Written By Writer/Contributor Michele Pracy, Ojai Valley Museum Director

The museum hosts its first Gala Holiday Party on Friday, December 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the museum galleries. The theme of the night is “Mystery at the Museum” which includes a cocktail party with delectable edibles by “Private Chef Robin” and a no-host bar; a beguiling Treasure Hunt especially created by renowned Clue Master, Jamie Fleming; and a finale of drawing the winners of the museum’s Fall Raffle fundraiser. Ojai Harpist, Betty Goodspeed, will provide the musical component of the evening.

Following an hour of food, drink, and visiting, attendees will be handed magnifying glasses for the premier event of the evening: the Treasure Hunt among the paintings, sculpture, and historical objects exhibited in the museum. Clue Master, Jamie Fleming, will host this portion of the night.

Fleming, Ojai resident, new Ojai Film Festival Executive Director, and Clue Master for LACMA, SBMA, among other national venues, has donated his expertise this season to the Ojai Valley Museum’s Mystery night. A natural with words, Fleming creates visual clues using catchy puns that everyone will enjoy deciphering. Grand Prizes for the three winning sleuths will be awarded at the end of the Treasure Hunt.

The Gala evening’s finale is the drawing for fabulous prizes in the museum’s Fall Raffle fundraiser. Several hundred-ticket buyers have the chance to win from among 20 primo items including fine art; lodging/dinner packages; tours, and events.

Tickets for “Mystery at the Museum” are limited. Call (805) 640-1390 to reserve yours now. The RSVP deadline has been extended through November 26 to accommodate your holiday calendars.

December 8, 2010 through April 2, 2011

An exhibition of garden sculptures by 12 local artists, chosen by the Ventura Music Festival to create work around the theme of Art In the Garden. The artists are Christine Beirne, Duane Dammeyer, JoAnne Duby, David Elder, Linda Elder, Frances Elson, John Gerletti, Suzi Perret, Chris Provenzano, Tesi Sanchez-Halpert, Fred Whitman, and Sandy Wolk.


Ventura, CA. - ”Green” is the theme of a new art exhibit Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is showcasing at Community Memorial Hospital from Dec. 6 through March 6, 2011. The public is invited to view the art at a “Meet the Artists” reception on Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the hospital’s first-floor lobby.

Some paintings and drawings hanging on the hospital’s first-floor walls will feature images of pastures, forests and lagoons. Others will evoke feelings of renewal, safety and health. Others still will be inspired by environmental protection and sustainability.

“It’s a little bit of everything,” said Emily Thompson, executive director of the Buenaventura Art Association, a co-sponsor of the exhibit. “When I put out a call to our artists, I told them ‘Think green!’”

All works are by local artists and are for sale throughout the exhibit. Proceeds from each sale go towards the maintenance of the program, local artists, Buenaventura Art Association and philanthropic support of Community Memorial Hospital.

CMH has been holding art exhibits quarterly for the past two years, and Thompson said they have proven to be successful in exposing art to a wider audience.

“The goal of the CMH exhibits is to get the community involved and make art more accessible,” Thompson said. “I’ve heard instances of people going to the hospital to visit family members or friends and they end up unexpectedly buying artwork. I’ve heard of patients buying artwork too.”

This event is open to the public and reservations are not necessary. Community Memorial Hospital is located at 147 N. Brent St. in Ventura.

Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

Artists Guild of Fillmore
The Artists Guild of Fillmore members set up their first in-store display in the Rudkin Building at the corner of Santa Clara and Central Avenue. The art works face the City Hall so that the paintings do not fade in the setting sun. Plus the windows reflect the handsome business district. The local artists participating are Karen Browdy, Lois Freeman Fox, Virginia Neuman, Jan Faulkner, Luanne Perez, Wana Klasen and front row Joanne King.
The Artists Guild of Fillmore members set up their first in-store display in the Rudkin Building at the corner of Santa Clara and Central Avenue. The art works face the City Hall so that the paintings do not fade in the setting sun. Plus the windows reflect the handsome business district. The local artists participating are Karen Browdy, Lois Freeman Fox, Virginia Neuman, Jan Faulkner, Luanne Perez, Wana Klasen and front row Joanne King.
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California State Old Time Fiddlers, District 8, meet Sunday, November 28 1:30-4:30 at Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Join the fiddlers for an afternoon of listening or dancing to Western, Country, and Bluegrass music. Refreshments available. Parking and admission free. Info: 640-3689, 517-1131 or visit our web site at

(l-r) Associate Professor of Art, Liz King and students: Claire Flores, Ryan Hunnewell and Shannon Scobey.
(l-r) Associate Professor of Art, Liz King and students: Claire Flores, Ryan Hunnewell and Shannon Scobey.
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Camarillo, CA. – Three CSU Channel Islands (CI) students won top honors at the 2010 CSU Media Arts Festival (MAF), which was held Nov. 6 at the CSU Fullerton campus. It is the eighth consecutive year that CI students have earned top honors.

The annual event allows CSU students to present their film, video, and interactive media work for critical review. A total of 131 student entries from the CSU system were received and judged by a panel of industry experts who chose 29 finalists for award competition within nine categories: Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Interactive, Music Video, Narrative, Television, Feature Screenplay, and Short Screenplay.

The festival, the largest of its kind in California, showcases student work that is chosen as best in the state. The festival also featured seminars with leading industry experts and events to prepare students to pursue careers in the entertainment and media industries. The finalist projects were screened at the Festival and Rosebud Award (first place) winners were announced including CI students:

· Shannon Scobey, a senior Art major from Ventura, was awarded the First Place Rosebud Award for her Interactive entry, Ms. Scobey’s film also earned her the $500 cash prize that accompanies a Rosebud Award.

· Claire Flores, a senior Art major from Ventura, won the First Place Rosebud Award for her music video entry, Pilar, Ms. Flores’ video also earned her a $500 cash prize.

· Ryan Hunnewell, a junior Art major from Simi Valley, received Second Place recognition for his music video entry, Dear Chatsworth,

Liz King, Associate Professor of Art at CI, who teaches interactive media and web design and stated that the Festival has continued to allow CI students to, “… compete with their talented CSU peers throughout California.” “Every year CI students have done extremely well at the Festival and it is this type of opportunity and that gives our students the confidence and exposure needed to succeed as they get ready to enter into very competitive entertainment industry careers.”

First place winner Claire Flores stated, “It is an honor to be selected as a winner of the Media Arts Festival and Rosebud Award for my animated music video. I couldn’t have done it without the help and guidance of Professors Liz King and Kathleen Quaife. Animation takes a lot of hard work, time, and effort and it’s nice to have that work be recognized of myself and that of my fellow CI student winners for their projects.”

MAF allows students in the California State University system the opportunity to be in professional competition. This gives students necessary skills for transition between producing films, video, and interactive media in college classes to related industries. Visit for a full listing of all winner and place awards plus videos of the Rosebud Award winning films. MAF operates under the umbrella of CSU Summer Arts,

CSU Channel Islands is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

CI Mission Statement
Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

Students, staff, visitors re-enact Christmas story

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. 5.

In the university’s annual tradition, 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 Student Union Building to Lundring Events Center in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center. The evening will conclude with a piñata and refreshments of Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce (sweet breads). This festive Mexican tradition dates back to the 16th century.

The Student Union Building is located on the north side of Memorial Parkway in Thousand Oaks. Parking is available outside the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center near the corner of Olsen Road and Campus Drive.

CLU’s Office of Campus Ministry, Office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services, Latin American Student Organization and Spanish Department are sponsoring the free event. For more information, call Multicultural Programs at (805) 493-3489.


Please join Mayor Bill Fulton for a reception honoring the 2010 recipients on Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Museum of Ventura County, 56 E. Main Street, Downtown Ventura Cultural District. Everyone welcome.

2010 Award Recipients:
Helen Yunker, Arts Patron
Jack Halbert, Artist in the Community
Sylvia White, Sylvia White Gallery, Creative Entrepreneur
Margaret Travers, Arts Leader
Bob Moskowitz, Arts Educator
Chris Jay, Emerging Artist

The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognizes the artistic achievements and contributions to the cultural community by City residents, artists, educators, organizations and business leaders. Nominations for the awards were solicited from the community and the honorees were selected by a panel of leaders from the fields of art, education and business. This program is co-presented by the Community Development and Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Deparments.

Thank you to the Museum of Ventura County, the Wine Rack and Seasons Catering.

Event includes ceremony, performances and food

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. – California Lutheran University’s annual Kwanzaa celebration will feature food, several performances and a ceremony from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in Soiland Recreation Center.

CLU students will perform a Kwanzaa ceremony and NAACP Saturday School students will make presentations. The celebration will also include authentic African and African-American food, entertainment and vendors selling arts and crafts.

The public is invited to attend the free event to learn about this holiday. 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.

Soiland Recreation Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center north of Olsen Road near Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks.

The NAACP Saturday School, the Afro-Centric Committee of Ventura County, and CLU’s Black Student Union and Office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services are sponsoring the event. For more information, call Multicultural Programs at (805) 493-3323.