“Which Way Home”
“Which Way Home”
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Documentary featured in CLU Reel Justice Film Series

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will screen an award-winning documentary about children attempting to immigrate to the United States at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.

A faculty panel will discuss the film and answer questions following the screening in Lundring Events Center.

As the United States continues to build a wall between itself and Mexico, “Which Way Home” shows the personal side of immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to cross the border.

The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call “The Beast.” Director Rebecca Cammisa tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, 9-year-old Hondurans desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota; Jose, a 10-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center; and Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are rarely told stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow.

“Which Way Home” has received many honors including the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Grand Prize and a nomination for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.

The film is part of CLU’s Reel Justice Film Series, which examines the themes of equality and social justice.

The documentary ties into this year’s First-Year Experience program at CLU. CLU freshmen had to read “Enrique’s Journey,” the true story of a teenage boy who rode “The Beast” from Honduras to the U.S. to find his mother, before they arrived on campus for New Student Orientation. Author Sonia Nazario, who originally wrote the story as a series for the Los Angeles Times, spoke on campus in September and students have discussed the book in their Freshman Seminar classes. It was Nazario’s series that prompted Cammisa to make the film.

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

CLU’s Center for Equality and Justice is sponsoring the free event. For more information, contact Sam Thomas at sthomas@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3693.


Deborah Jarchow
Deborah Jarchow
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Cathe Bodie
Cathe Bodie
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Story by Chloe Vieira

If your license plate frame reads, “My other wheels spin colored cotton,” you fit in perfectly with the crowd who gathered at Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s Wearable Art and Jewelry Show on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Skilled craftspeople, artists, weavers, spinners and curious community members shared wearable art at more than 31 tables covered in a rainbow of fabrics. Vendors including Slipped Stitch Studios, Mimi’s Needle Basket and RedFish Dye Works, set up booths in the grass between the artist’s studios in Old Town Camarillo.

The art center and the Ventura County Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild collaborated on the show. Weaving artist Deborah Jarchow has been in residence at the art center for seven years and is also a member of the guild. She said the shared event showed how much the art center and the guild have in common.

“I love to bring new members along to the guild and introduce them to weaving,” Jarchow said. She teaches weaving classes for beginners of all ages. Students can leave her six-hour class with a completed scarf. Jarchow says weaving is often faster than knitting.

“It’s like driving. Once you know how you don’t have to think about it,” she said.

Cathe Bodie, who took her first weaving class from Jarchow, raises alpacas and weaves their hair into scarves, hats and gloves. She sat at her wheel as it twisted tufts of hair into a long strand.

“The fiber suits scarves because it has good drape,” Bodie said.

Other booths on the lawn were strewn with yarn ball winders, drawstring bags, knitting needles, dyed threads of every color, scarves, hats, bags, jewelry, looms, bowls and vases.

Weaver and guild member Glenda Clift spun her wheel in her stocking feet. Without shoes, she could use the pedal more easily.

“You can spin from sheep’s wool, alpaca fibers, rabbit hair, yak, llama, dog, buffalo and even camel hair,” Clift said, “It’s just millions and millions of hairs twisted together.”

Nearby, Suzi Spooner and her mother showed off their handmade jewelry and rugs. The Spooner family sells crafts and uses the money to support two adopted children in Uganda.

“I wanted to do something to help them,” said the teen.

Spooner said her brother and sister weave rugs; her mom makes felted bags and her sister-in-law sews denim bags.

Spooner’s mother, Monica, has been a weaver for 22 years. She says the guild was a place for her to meet other weavers, share ideas and get inspired. “We all have fiber in common, and we all have yarn hidden under our beds,” she said.

On one table sat a collection of wooden weaving and spinning contraptions with odd names like small skein winder, lazy Kate and Inkle. Each has a unique purpose in the weaving process, said guild member Mary Jane Trifiro.

“Weaving was big in the 1960s and ‘70s and there has been resurgence in the last few years,” Trifiro said.

During the event, other artists in residence welcomed guests into their studios. Artist Carol Henry is hosting later this month “Art for Fun Nights,” an opportunity for non-artists to enjoy wine, mingle and experiment with paint.

“I never let people use erasers, that way they’ll keep moving on,” Henry said of her approach with newcomers.

At the event’s raffle drawing, winner Pat Netzley took home two huge baskets full of spinning and knitting supplies, notebooks, lotions, jewelry and more.

“I get teased at guild meeting for winning the raffles all the time,” Netzley said.

Those interested in joining Jarchow’s weaving classes can contact her at djweaves@earthlink.net. Contact Henry for more information about “Art for Fun Nights” at carolhenrystudio@gmail.com.



9 am to 4 pm

Ojai, CA - Bargain hunters and treasure seekers are invited to downtown Ojai on Saturday, November 5, 2011 for the 3rd annual Ojai Village Merchants Back Yard Sale featuring gifts, art, clothing and collectibles from more than twenty merchants.

Ojai's most popular shops will clear out their stockrooms, and set up shop in the Arcade Plaza, to offer all kinds of merchandise at pre-holiday discount prices. Shoppers will find antiques and collectibles, local art, hand-crafted jewelry, beauty supplies, boutique clothing and accessories, and home decor. Participants include Busy Babes, Human Arts Gallery, Kindred Spirit, Made in Ojai, Nomad Gallery, Plush Surroundings and Treasures of Ojai to name a few. Live music by Smitty West and Friends will add to the festivities. Lunch served by restaurants adjacent to the Plaza will be available to refuel hungry shoppers!

Free of chain stores, and brimming with small town charm and hospitality, Ojai offers an "unchained" shopping experience. It’s where one-of-a-kind takes on new meaning, and friendly shopkeepers are on hand to assist with finding that perfect something special. Free parking throughout the village. Rain or shine. Sponsored by Ojai Village Merchants.

For more information on the event, call Katrina Sexton at 646-2852 or Gloria Jones at 640-8844. For more information on Ojai shops and galleries, and directions to Ojai, visit www.ojaivisitors.com


‘Direct from Norway’ features clarinet and piano
Nils Marius Kjøsnes
Nils Marius Kjøsnes

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A duo of Norwegian musicians will perform “Direct from Norway” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Overton Hall at California Lutheran University.

Pianist Knut Erik Jensen, music director of the International Opera Institute of California, has performed more than 80 solo concerts featuring Norwegian and international music in the United States since 2007. He played Edvard Grieg’s A-minor Concerto as guest soloist for the opening of the 2007-2008 season of North Dakota’s Minot Symphony Orchestra and performed the same piece with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of the Republic of Moldova in Eastern Europe in 2009. A few weeks later, he completed his master’s examination concert at the University of Trondheim playing Alexander Scriabin’s piano concerto with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Jensen has recorded two CDs of Norwegian piano music: “Edvard Grieg – Anniversary Collection” and “Nordic Elegance.”

Clarinetist Nils Marius Kjøsnes has been playing in concert bands since he picked up the clarinet at the age of 8. He is a former member of the Norwegian Royal Air Force Band and played Claude Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie” with the Student Society Orchestra of Trondheim in 2009. Kjøsnes recently founded iQuintet, a woodwind quintet that plays a broad repertoire of chamber music. He is working on his master’s degree in American and European clarinet music from the 20th century and this tour is the first of three major graduate projects.

Donations will be accepted at the free concert.

Overton Hall is located south of Memorial Parkway near Regent Avenue. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu.


a two person show by Hilda Kilpatrick and Lois Freeman Fox

November 3 – January 16, 2012

Reception: Saturday, November 12, 6-9pm

Fox Fine Jewelry


210 E. Main Street, Downtown Ventura, across from Mission

Mon – Thu 10:30am-6pm

Fri & Sat 10:30am-8pm

(805) 652-1800


Enjoy a free fall harvest day of fun at the farmer’s market, next to Marine Emporium Landing

The Farmer’s Market at Channel Islands Harbor will hold the 16th Annual Farmer’s Market Pumpkin Fun Day 10:30 – 1 p.m., Oct. 30 at the Farmer’s Market next to the Marine Emporium Landing, 3600 South Harbor Blvd. The outdoor festival is free and open to the public.

There will be a pumpkin decorating contest, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin weight guessing, children’s costume parade and costume contest with prizes at 12:30 p.m. This year, there will be two sessions of trick or treating (one for young children at 10:30 a.m. and another for older children at noon.) The Farmer’s Market will feature arts and crafts, live music, food and more.

For more information about the 16th Annual Farmer’s Market Pumpkin Fun Day, call the Farmer’s Market at (805) 643-6458.


Camarillo, CA - The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the opening of “Chinatown Plaza and Victorians” by Simone Gad, a well-known Los Angeles artist. The exhibition will be on display in the Napa Hall art gallery located on the campus from Nov. 10 through Dec. 16. A free public reception will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gad was born in Brussels, Belgium to holocaust survivor parents from Poland, who immigrated to the United States via Ellis Island and eventually settled in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles. She spent her childhood watching her father, a custom European tailor, make patterns from scratch for ladies coats and men’s suits on his Singer sewing machine. Unable to emulate her father’s sewing skills, at the age of twelve, when she saw work by Vincent Van Gogh and Ed Kienholtz at the Los Angeles County Museum, she secretly developed her desire to be a visual artist. Eventually, she realized that she was destined to be a collage artist and painter.

Gad started out making fabric works in 1969, constructing them out of velvet, satin, embroidery and beadwork. In the early 1970s she made the switch from fiber art to collage and object elements on vinyl. In the late 1980s she moved into making self-portrait painting collages on canvas. In the late 1990s she began a new series of architectural paintings. Now, in the new millennium, Gad’s paintings evolved to depict images of L.A. Chinatown Plaza and Victorian homes. Her recent work addresses the preservation of “old” Los Angeles and it's disappearing architecture.

In addition to her career as an artist, Gad has appeared as an actress in numerous motion pictures and television programs, including Speed, 1994, Get Smart, 1995, and will be seen in the upcoming film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Gad’s collages and paintings are widely exhibited in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, New York and throughout the nation.

CSU Channel Islands is located at One University Drive, Camarillo. Napa Hall gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the Art Program at 805-437-8570 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.

Program features pieces from instrument’s dedication
Kyle Johnson
Kyle Johnson

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A series celebrating the 20th anniversary of California Lutheran University’s unique Steiner-Reck pipe organ will continue with a faculty recital at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in Samuelson Chapel.

University organist Kyle Johnson will perform in the second concert of the Orvil and Gloria Franzen 2011-2012 Organ Program Series. The program will include two pieces that organist Marilyn Mason played at the dedication of the Borg Petersen Memorial Organ 20 years ago. They are “Flourish and Chorale” by Michael McCabe and a movement from Jean Langlais’ “Hommage à Frescobaldi” titled “Epilogue.” Johnson will also play works by M. Searle Wright, Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis Vierne and Leo Sowerby.

Johnson is also coordinator of chapel music and a lecturer in the music department at CLU. He previously served as director of music and community arts at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square in Chicago, where he oversaw the church’s efforts to be a center for community building through the arts.

He holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with John Ditto. He also holds music degrees from Indiana University and Bethany College in Kansas.

Donations will be accepted at the free concert. A reception will be held in the chapel narthex following the recital.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu.

November 6, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. on the Ventura High School auditorium stage

“Stars and Stripes”

Every generation produces a handful of rare individuals with unwavering courage and patriotism to save and serve the UNITED STATES of AMERICA and the integrity of our national symbol the STARS AND STRIPES.

It is to these superior men and women that we proudly present a concert of all American Music . Sousa marches, songs of the Swing Era and the best of Broadway show tunes will relive their popularity as played by YOUR OWN, “Best in the West”, the Ventura County Concert Band.

As always, Maestro Dr. Bruce Colell has prepared the greatest band music on the planet for your afternoon of toe tapping enjoyment.

When: Sunday, November 6th at 3:00pm
Where: Ventura HS Auditorium


The City of Oxnard Recreation & Community Services Department, Pacific View Mall, and ValuPlus are presenting this year’s fourth 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. As always, the event will remain admissions free.

From strawberry sweets to savory chicken and pork delights, the event will host the best mouth-watering tamales in Ventura County.

Featured in various media outlets including CBS News, NBC 4, ABC 7, KEYT News, VC Reporter and Ventura County Star, our “Eating Contest” and other activities have captured the attention of over 5,000 annual participants. While enjoying our tamales, you can sit back and watch Oxnard’s Downtown Christmas Parade.

This year, the Oxnard Tamale Festival will be headlined with local favorites such as CHICO & TIERRA.

Proceeds will go to support local recreation programming including Oxnard City Corps and Oxnard Police Activities League.

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

Conductor marks 20th year leading chorale ensembles
Wyant Morton conducting a Homecoming Choral Concert.
Wyant Morton conducting a Homecoming Choral Concert.
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THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Choir and Women’s Chorale will open their season with an eclectic Homecoming Choral Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Samuelson Chapel.

Wyant Morton, who is celebrating his 20th year leading the ensembles, will conduct. The chair of the music department has conducted the CLU Choir for performances at the Lincoln Center and in England, Italy, Norway and Sweden.

The Women's Chorale will open with "Gloryland," consisting of early American music from the rural South arranged for voices, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. This exciting music includes folk songs, ballads, revival songs, spirituals and gospel hymns.

The CLU Choir will then take the stage to perform a program including works for double choir and music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, Javier Busto, Adolphus Hailstork, Howard Helvey and Morten Lauridsen.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Donations will be accepted. For more information, call the music department at 805-493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu.


Written by Michele Pracy, Ojai Valley Museum Director

The final exhibition at the Ojai Valley Museum in 2011 is the annual “Museum Selects” juried show entitled “Ojai Celebrates Art IV.” The exhibit runs October 13 through December 31, 2011. The Award Ceremony will be held in the rotating gallery at the museum from 4 to 5 pm on Ojai Day, October 15. Museum entrance and the ceremony will be free and open to the public during Ojai Day.

Three illustrious judges have been invited to determine the awards for first, second, and third places from the artwork that has been selected by an in house, Ojai Valley Museum committee. The judges selecting the prizewinners for OCA IV are: Anca Colbert, art world professional; Theodore Gall, international sculptor; William Hendricks, professional photographer/professor.

The three will bring their special expertise to the award selection process, but will also look at the exhibit as a whole and not concentrate on only their own medium or technique. Their collective, expert understanding of the art world, contemporary art and artists, and standards of excellence will be the collaborative, deciding factors.

Anca Colbert is an Ojai resident. Her consulting firm, “Art Advisory Services,” assists visual artists, collectors, museums, and galleries by providing them informed guidance and practical solutions. She has had her own retail galleries in Los Angeles, continues as an agent for individual artists, appraises collections and advises on sales and/or insurance. Recently, Colbert has been writing a regular column in the Ojai Quarterly magazine. Her perspective as judge of OCA IV is from a sophisticated awareness, and with an international perspective, of the contemporary art world and art market.

Theodore Gall is a sculptor of international and national acclaim, who also lives and works in Ojai. Gall is represented by several galleries and has been commissioned to create site-specific sculpture across the country and abroad for private collectors and public spaces. A large public sculpture of a running stallion, cut from self-rusting steel, can be seen at the entrance to Rotary Park in Ojai. Gall brings his art business acumen to the judging process, his marketing skills as an individual artist, and his appreciation for exhibition venues as opportunity for exposure.

William Hendricks is a Ventura based fine art photographer. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, author of several limited edition “artist’s” books, professor of photography at Ventura College and a world traveler who has had his photographs published in Architectural Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, People Magazine, and numerous other publications. Hendricks has made many trips to Cuba as a journalist and teacher. His recent work, ‘Icons & Revolution,” examines the evolution of this communist nation. Hendricks’ approach to the OVA IV exhibition includes a finely tuned “eye” for what is fresh, well executed and shows promise for a bright future for the artist.

The museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA. Admission: free for current 2011 members, adults - $4.00, students - 18 and under - $1.00, children 6–18 - $1.00 and children 5 and under – free. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 1 to 4 pm; Saturday, 10 to 4 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tours are available by appointment.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, e-mail ojaimuseum@sbcglobal.net or visit the museum website at http://www.ojaivalleymuseum.org/


Camarillo, CA. – The Performing Arts department at CSU Channel Islands (CI) will be hosting a concert featuring Orquesta Charangoa on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Malibu Hall 100 at the CI campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Salsa Lessons will take place prior to the concert in Malibu Hall 120 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Orquesta Charangoa is the most authentic and elegant Cuban Charangoa group in Southern California. The style called Charanga includes flute, violins, vocals, and the Cuban rhythm section that will make you dance. Leader/flutist Fay Roberts traveled twice to Cuban in 1997 to study with legendary flutist/composer Richard Egues (from Orq. Aragon and who wrote "El Bodeguero"). Egues entrusted Fay with several of his musical compositions and asked her to start an ensemble in Los Angeles to help keep his music alive. Since then Orquesta Charangoa has performed traditional and modern Cuban music in some of the southlands top venues including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Grand Performances at the Water Court, Hollywood Palladium, Conga Room, and numerous festivals, including the Oxnard Salsa Festival.

Charangoa's latest CD "Lo Que Quiero es Charangoa" was released in July 2011 to critical acclaim. It is available at iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby, Amoeba Hollywood, Descarga.com and elwatusi.com.

Limited parking is available on campus. A daily permit is $6. 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 VISTA Bus to the campus; the fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator, at 805-437-8548 or merissa.stith@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.

NEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: In 1927, the Presbyterians purchased a lot on the northeast corner of Foothill Road and Aliso Street with the intention of building a larger church in the new mission revival style.  They hired architect Carlton Winslow, who had worked with Bertram Goodhue on the 1915 Panama-California International Exposition in San Diego.  The new Presbyterian Church was dedicated on November 23, 1930.
NEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: In 1927, the Presbyterians purchased a lot on the northeast corner of Foothill Road and Aliso Street with the intention of building a larger church in the new mission revival style. They hired architect Carlton Winslow, who had worked with Bertram Goodhue on the 1915 Panama-California International Exposition in San Diego. The new Presbyterian Church was dedicated on November 23, 1930.
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OJAI STATE BANK: This remarkable building, with its classical columns, was constructed in 1910 and retained that name until it was purchased by the Bank of Italy in 1927 (subsequently, the Bank of America).  Even while the businesses of the town of Nordhoff had the appearance of any frontier western town, with wooden false fronts, this elegant building stood facing them across the street.  It was razed in 1960.
OJAI STATE BANK: This remarkable building, with its classical columns, was constructed in 1910 and retained that name until it was purchased by the Bank of Italy in 1927 (subsequently, the Bank of America). Even while the businesses of the town of Nordhoff had the appearance of any frontier western town, with wooden false fronts, this elegant building stood facing them across the street. It was razed in 1960.
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THE PLEIADES OR OJAI TAJ MAHAL: John Roine’s “The Pleiades.”  Known locally as the “Taj Mahal”, The Pleiades was created in 1930 by Edward Martin, a priest at Ojai’s Liberal Catholic Church.  Martin dedicated it to Krishnamurti, who he hoped would form a bond with him over the building.  Krishnamurti never responded, although he is purported to have driven by during at least one full moon.  John Roine designed the building and Martin’s wife named it “The Pleiades”.
THE PLEIADES OR OJAI TAJ MAHAL: John Roine’s “The Pleiades.” Known locally as the “Taj Mahal”, The Pleiades was created in 1930 by Edward Martin, a priest at Ojai’s Liberal Catholic Church. Martin dedicated it to Krishnamurti, who he hoped would form a bond with him over the building. Krishnamurti never responded, although he is purported to have driven by during at least one full moon. John Roine designed the building and Martin’s wife named it “The Pleiades”.
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The Ojai Valley Museum is hosting a Sunday afternoon PowerPoint presentation, October 16th, on The History of Ojai Architecture as part of its ongoing “Town Talks” series. The talk is dedicated to Ojai architect David Bury, who contributed his architectural talents and his leadership skills to preserving Ojai’s architectural legacy.

Narrating this fascinating slide show will be Craig Walker, son of mid-century modern architect Rodney Walker and former board member of the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter. Walker will trace the development of Ojai architecture from 1874 until the present. His talk will bring to life Ojai’s remarkable collection of artistic buildings and the architects who created them. The valley has a rich legacy of architecture that goes far beyond Mead & Requa’s masterpieces of Mission-Revival style that form the downtown business district. Many other famous architects have left their mark on Ojai, including Richard Neutra, Greene & Greene, Maynard Lyndon, Wallace Neff, George Washington Smith, Jerrold Loebl, J. Cleveland Cady, Norman Marsh, Arthur B. Benton, Robert Stacy-Judd, Paul Revere Williams, Carleton Winslow, Julia Morgan, Charles Moore, and J.R. Davidson.

Talented local architects such as Zelma Wilson, Austen Pierpont, David Bury, Roy Wilson, Rodney Walker, Marc Whitman, Chalfant Head, Fred Hummel, Jr., and John Roine have contributed much to Ojai’s outstanding architecture.

After the presentation, Walker will sign copies of the Ojai Valley Museum publication entitled: Ojai: A Postcard History. Walker was a co-author of the book with two other writers. Copies will be available for purchase at the museum or attendees may bring their own.

The presentation will be held in the Ojai Museum Gallery from 2 - 4 pm. Admission is free for museum members, and $8 for non-members. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are advised. Call the museum at 640-1390 to reserve or for additional information. Visit the museum website at: http://www.ojaivalleymuseum.org and their new adjunct history site at www.ojaihistory.com.

Second Phase of Irvine Foundation’s Arts Regional Initiative Continues Commitment to Leading Regional Arts Institutions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The James Irvine Foundation today announced $3.7 million in grants to 13 arts institutions in the Central Coast that are committed to broadening and diversifying their audiences and strengthening their financial sustainability. The organizations selected this year for the Arts Regional Initiative are planning to use the grants to advance financial sustainability within a challenging economic environment and to increase cultural participation from underrepresented communities. While each institution is developing specific plans, initiative participants are implementing operational changes to recalibrate for the current economy, strengthening and diversifying board leadership, and developing culturally relevant artistic programs to attract diverse audiences and deepen their relationships with existing audiences.

“These Central Coast arts organizations are vital anchor institutions within their communities and provide an array of important opportunities for people to engage with the arts,” noted Josephine Ramirez, Arts Program Director for the Irvine Foundation. “These grants represent our continued commitment to them as they explore new ways of achieving financial sustainability and attracting culturally diverse audiences.”

The organizations represent a mix of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, opera, theater, visual arts and multidisciplinary arts. The grants will be awarded over three years and grantees will share resources, best practices and lessons learned. A complete list of grantees follows:

Grant Amount

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Santa Cruz

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Museum Of Art

Museum of Ventura County

National Steinbeck Center

Ojai Music Festival

Rubicon Theatre

San Luis Obispo Art Center
San Luis Obispo

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
Santa Barbara

Opera Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association
Santa Barbara

State Street Ballet
Santa Barbara

Irvine launched phase one of the Arts Regional Initiative in 2006 with support for organizations in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego counties. The initiative supported arts organizations in the Central Valley in 2007 and the Central Coast in 2008. Phase two of the initiative was launched in 2009 with a return to leading arts organizations located in Southern California and for Central Valley organizations in 2010. Of the current round of 13 Central Coast grantees, 11 participated in phase one of the initiative and two are new to the initiative (Monterey Jazz Festival and Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum).

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1 billion in grants to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With $1.6 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $65 million in 2010 for the people of California.

For more information about the Irvine Foundation, please visit our Web site at www.irvine.org.

Paintings by Steve Cook

Recent paintings by Steve Cook in a wide range of subjects and sizes will be on exhibit Oct. 11-Nov. 5 in “Riding the Planet, Volume III,” a solo show at the Buenaventura Gallery in downtown Ventura.

Many of Cook’s plein-air interpretations of local views and scenes from his travels will be featured, plus works created in his Pierpont Beach studio. One wall will hold a selection of 8x10 oil paintings by the longtime resident and lifelong surfer, who describes his style as “painterly photorealism.”

There will be two opportunities to meet and talk with the artist: an opening reception 4-7 p.m. Oct. 15 and from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 4 during the city’s First Friday event. The gallery of the nonprofit co-op artists’ group is at 700 E. Santa Clara St. and its hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.

“My favorite views are of the beauty of California and the relationship between man and nature in that environment,” says Cook, who has lived with wife Carol in Ventura for 34 years. Chosen subjects for his colorful compositions range from seascapes and landscapes to images of the surfing culture, old buildings and cars, gardens, and the people who live in all these arenas. Examples can be found on his website, http://www.stevecookfineart.com.

For more information about the Buenaventura Art Association and its galleries downtown and at Ventura Harbor Village, call 648-1235.

University Symphony to perform Haydn, Puccini

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University’s Founders Day Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Samuelson Chapel.

The University Symphony will present “Symphonies and Chrysanthemums” under the direction of veteran faculty member Daniel Geeting.

The program will include Haydn’s last symphonic piece, Symphony No. 104, which was dedicated to the place where it was composed, London. The 50-piece orchestra will also perform Czech-American composer Vaclav Nelhybel’s Movement for Orchestra, a virtual compendium of 20th-century tonal composition techniques, and Puccini’s endearing “Crisantemi” (Chrysanthemums), a little-known piece originally written for string quartet but expanded to orchestral string section.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen and Mountclef Boulevard.

Former CLU President Jerry Miller and his wife, Margaret, are sponsoring the free concert. Donations will be accepted. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit http://www.callutheran.edu.


Ventura, CA – Best known for its cozy, beachside atmosphere, Ventura bursts with activity during the holiday season, inviting visitors and locals alike to enjoy a full calendar of special events, musical performances and holiday happenings. The following are a number of activities scheduled in Ventura for this holiday season:

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

On the evening of Saturday, December 3rd, gather around to celebrate the lighting of a towering pine tree planted in the late 19th century at the Mission in Downtown Ventura. Along with caroling by local church groups, it’s rumored that Santa Claus will ride into Downtown Ventura on a fire engine to greet the children. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 805.641.1090 or visit www.downtownventura.com.

Ventura Winter Wine Walk and Street Fair
On Saturday, December 3rd, the day’s festivities kick off with a Street Fair on Main Street featuring holiday vendors and live entertainment. As the sun begins to set, wine enthusiasts are invited to explore Downtown Ventura one sip at a time. Participants in the self-guided tour can sample fine wines and delicious appetizers. Times and ticket information to be announced. More information and tickets will be available at www.venturawinterwinewalk.com or by calling (805) 765-4294.

Small Images and Ornament Competition at the Harbor Gallery

For the art-lovers on your holiday gift list, visit the Harbor Gallery, which is selling mini versions of their prints. At 14 inches or smaller, these pieces are affordable and make the perfect gift. They are available at the Harbor Village Gallery from November 16th, 2011 to January 1st, 2012 and at the Buenaventura Gallery from November 8th, 2011 to January 7th, 2012. Plus, the Harbor Gallery’s Artisan Store will feature gifts and packaging made just for the holidays. See www.HarborVillageGallery.com or call (805) 644-2750 for more information.

Holiday Parade of Lights, Ventura Harbor

This two-day celebration set for Friday, December 16th and Saturday, December 17th, marks the 35th anniversary of this fun filled occasion. During Saturday evening’s lighted boat parade, themed “California Dreamin,’” guests can expect to see boats decorated to the tune of the Golden State’s iconic attractions and personalities, beach and surf culture, history and symbols. The parade commences at 7 p.m. and is followed by a fireworks display. There will be a family carnival where little ones can ride the antique carousel and visit Santa. The event is free to the public and free parking is provided. For more information, call (805) 477-0470 or visit www.venturaharborvillage.com.

Ventura Harbor’s Winter Wonderland & Carnival

Rediscover the joy of holiday shopping while wondering through a festive seaside village at the popular Ventura Harbor’s Winter Wonderland & Carnival held Saturday, December 17th from Noon to 5 p.m. Highlights include faux snowfall every 15 minutes, a full carnival with rides and games, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, two live reindeer, fudge tastings, Dickenson carolers, a strolling toy soldier band, ice sculpting demonstrations and much more. Admission is free. For more information, call (805) 477-0470 or visit www.venturaharborvillage.com.

Chanukah Festival at the Harbor

The Chabad Jewish Centers of Ventura, Oxnard and Camarillo will hold their annual Chanukah Festival on December 25th, from 3-5 pm, at the Ventura Harbor. Enjoy live music, hot Latkes and a Judaica boutique. To top off the celebration, behold a lighting ceremony of a giant 20 foot Menorah. Made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Ventura County, the festival is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call (805) 382–4770 or visit www.chabadventura.com.

California-Style Sleigh Rides
Hop on board the good ship Dreamer for a holiday sleigh ride – California style! Sail the waters of the Ventura Keys and Ventura harbor from December 4th to December 31st and enjoy the sparkling Christmas lights adorning shoreline homes and casting picturesque reflections in the nighttime waters. Cruise every night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Each cruise offers a full bar, sodas and seasonal concoctions, such as “reindeer milk” (an adult beverage with a secret recipe) and hot chocolate. Cruises cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 2-12 years old. Call (805) 642-7753 or visit www.venturaboatrentals.com for more information.

Victorian Holiday Boutique at the Dudley House

Celebrate the spirit of holidays past at the historic Dudley House. The boutique features quality crafts, home décor, antiques and collectibles, homemade candies, and a tearoom with silent auction, refreshments, bargain items and a kids’ craft table. The event will be held the weekends of November 26-27, December 3-5, and December 10-12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Dudley House is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood Street. See www.dudleyhouse.org for more information.

Holiday Caroling Cruise and Parade of Lights Cruise
Ride and sing with ISLAND PACKERS aboard the 64’ catamaran “Island Adventure” which departs from 1691 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. Tours depart at 6:30 p.m. and return about 7:30 p.m. on the nights of December 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22. Enjoy the harbor lights and the decorated boats in the marinas and Harbor Village while singing holiday songs with the crew and passengers. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for children. Hot and cold beverages and snacks are available for purchase. In addition, Island Packers is also offering a special cruise for the annual Ventura Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 17, so visitors who don’t have to have their own boat can to be part of the parade. Departure is at 6:30 p.m., followed by two laps around the harbor, and returning at 8:45 p.m. Fare is $32 for adults, $29 for seniors and $22 for children. For reservations, call Island Packers at (805) 642-1393 or visit www.islandpackers.com.

Olivas Adobe Candlelight Tours
On Sunday, December 11th, discover how the holidays were celebrated on Rancho San Miguel in Old California. Costumed guides lead small group tours into the Adobe courtyard to observe vignettes of how the Olivas family prepared for its holiday celebration in the 1860s. Enjoy costumed historical skits, live entertainment and refreshments. Tours take place every hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call 805-658-4726 for reservations.

Dinner with Santa Trains

Gather the family for a dinner hosted by Santa Claus! On Friday, December 9th and 16th, the Fillmore & Western Railroad Co. will be inviting young and old to this memorable holiday occasion. On the train, have your “wish lists” ready to discuss with Santa as well as an opportunity for a picture with him. Costs, which include the train ride and dinner, run $47 for adults and $26 for children 2-12. Children under the age of 2 are free, but required to sit on the lap and no meal is included. Trains depart at 5:30 p.m. This event is by reservation only and can be made by calling (800) 773-8724 or visiting www.fwry.com.

Christmas Tree Holiday Train and The North Pole Express

Every Saturday and Sunday from November 26th to December 11th, visitors and locals alike are invited to hop onboard Fillmore & Western’s Christmas Tree Train and chug through Ventura County’s picturesque Heritage Valley on the way to select and cut down their own Christmas tree. Trains depart at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the rides cost $24 for adults, $22 for seniors 60+, $14 for kids 4-12, $10 for kids 2-3 and kids under 2 are free on lap.

Children will delight in storytellers dressed as elves and the chocolate milk and cookies, while the North Pole Express journeys to the “North Pole” to “pick up Santa.” The North Pole Express runs from November 26th to December 26th. Call reservations or check the website for departure and return times. Tickets cost $29 for adults, $19 for kids 2-12 and kids under 2 are free on lap. Call (800) 773-8724 or visit www.fwry.com for reservations or more information.

For information on Ventura accommodations and attractions, visit www.ventura-usa.com or phone (800) 483-6214. The Ventura Visitors Center, located at 101 S. California Street in downtown Ventura, is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A non-profit organization, the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau enhances tourism and the economy by positioning the City of Ventura as a visitor and conference destination.

Production is first of two Tennessee Williams plays

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present the first of two Tennessee Williams plays this season from Oct. 27 through Nov. 6.

Shows of the Fall Mainstage Production of “Summer and Smoke” are slated for 8 p.m. Oct. 27, 29 and 30 and Nov. 3, 4 and 5 in the Preus-Brandt Forum. A matinee will be presented at 2 p.m. Nov. 6.

Set in Glorious Hill, Miss., the play centers on the spiritual/sexual romance that nearly blossoms between a high-strung, unmarried minister’s daughter named Alma Winemiller and a wild, undisciplined young doctor named John Buchanan Jr. who grew up next door. She is refined and identifies with the Gothic cathedral “reaching up to something beyond attainment,” while Buchanan is a sensualist.

Susan Angelo, a lecturer in CLU’s Theatre Arts Department, directs the production. Angelo has also directed plays for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company, the professional theater company of CLU.

CLU will present Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer” from Nov. 10 through 20.

Preus-Brandt Forum is located south of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Admission is $10. For more information, call the Theatre Arts Department at 805-493-3415.

Rhonda Saunders prosecuted Spielberg, Paltrow cases

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An expert in stalking and workplace violence will speak at California Lutheran University from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Rhonda Saunders with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office will present “Personal Safety in Diverse Social Contexts: Legal Responses to Stalking and Harassment” in Lundring Events Center. A welcome reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Saunders, who has served as a criminal prosecutor for 25 years, is an internationally recognized expert in stalking, workplace violence and criminal threats. She established the Stalking and Threat Assessment Team for the L.A. District Attorney’s Office and the L.A. Stalking Task Force.

Although Saunders is well known for successfully prosecuting people who stalked or threatened Steven Spielberg, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anna Nicole Smith, more cases involve ordinary love affairs gone awry than celebrities. Studies have found that between 50 and 60 percent of women who have been physically abused were stalked by their former partners following the breakup of a relationship. Stalking can occur in the workplace, online and in other settings. Four out of five stalking victims are women.

Saunders revised sections of California’s Stalking Law Penal Code so that law enforcement and the courts can better protect victims. She has lectured to prosecutors, law enforcement and victim advocacy groups in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. In 2005, the German government invited her to lecture at the country’s first Stalking Symposium. She also has been featured as an expert on many television shows including “Today,” “Dr. Phil” and the “Nancy Grace Show.” She received her doctorate in law from the University of Southern California Law School.

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

CLU’s Department of Criminal Justice and Center for Equality and Justice are sponsoring the free presentation. For more information, contact Bob Meadows at 805-493-3484 or meadows@callutheran.edu, or Herb Gooch at 805-493-3348 or gooch@callutheran.edu.