Welcome back! Hope your holidays were lovely! February 4, 2009 1:00 pm. Board meeting 12:00 pm. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 117 7th St. Santa Paula. Program: Andrew Wyatt, Director of Horticulture, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Sp0eaking to us on “Groundwork for success of native plants”.

 


 

KSSP Photographic Studios has been awarded the photography contract by Fillmore Girls Softball & T-Ball for its 2009 season. Boys 4 ½ to 6 years and girls 4 ½ to high school age are eligible to register and play in the league.

KSSP will provide photography services including team & player pictures and action shots. Each player who registers will receive a folio with a team and the individual player pictures plus a photo button. KSSP will also offer package upgrades and add-ons to the basic package. KSSP will photograph selected games and make actions shots available for purchase.

Registration for Fillmore Girls Softball & T-Ball is currently underway. Registration will occur this Saturday, January 24th, 9am to 12 pm at the Fillmore Middle School. Fees may be paid at a later time if needed and financial assistance is available for those that qualify Contact Jason at 524-3333. More information can also be found at their web site http://FillmoreGirlsSoftball.com.

Principal photographers at KSSP are Carmelita Miranda and Charles Morris. KSSP is a full service photography studio specializing in portrait, wedding and quinceanera photography (and video). KSSP is the Fillmore High School photographer.

For further information, please contact KSSP Photographic Studios at 524-6400 or visit http://ksspphotostudios.com

 

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Local fitness club welcomes Healthways SilverSneakers members at no cost

Curves of Fillmore is rolling out the red carpet to members of the award-winning Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program, the nation’s leading exercise program designed for older adults. Beginning January 1, 2009, SilverSneakers members are eligible to join Curves of Fillmore at no cost.
"We are so pleased to welcome local SilverSneakers members to Curves of Fillmore," said club owner Denise Johnson. "As you age, your risks for debilitating disease increase, and being overweight or obese significantly adds to that risk. At Curves of Fillmore, we have programs that help women of all ages do the three most significant things they can do to decrease their risks -- manage their weight, exercise regularly, and eat healthfully."
Call 524-0337 to schedule your Tour and Fitness Asessment.
There are 6,500 Curves locations and more than 2.5 million women in the U.S. who are eligible for the SilverSneakers program.
For more information about Curves of Fillmore, please contact Denise Johnson at 524-0337.
About Curves
Curves works every major muscle group with a complete 30-minute workout that combines strength training and sustained cardiovascular activity through safe and effective hydraulic resistance. Curves also works to help women lose weight, gain muscle strength and aerobic capacity, and raise metabolism with its groundbreaking, scientifically proven method that ends the need for perpetual dieting. Founders Gary and Diane Heavin are considered the innovators of the express fitness phenomenon that has made exercise available to around 4 million women globally, many of whom are in the gym for the first time. With nearly 10,000 locations worldwide, Curves is the world’s largest fitness franchise. For more information, please visit: www.curves.com.
About Healthways, Inc.
The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program is a product of Healthways, Inc. Healthways is the leading provider of specialized, comprehensive Health and Care SupportSM solutions to help millions of people maintain or improve their health and, as a result, reduce overall healthcare costs. For more information regarding the Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program, visit www.silversneakers.com or call 1-800-295-4993.

 


 
Testing Currently Going On Throughout Ventura County

(Ventura, CA) – The U.S. Census Bureau will conduct candidate testing for multiple positions on several dates in January and February, at multiple locations throughout the county. The bureau will be hiring 300 temporary employees to begin work as early as March. The positions include census takers and supervisors with wages ranging from $15 to $21.25 per hour.

The testing will take place at the following locations (contact the US Census Bureau at 1-866-861-2010 for other locations):

West Oxnard Job & Career Center
January 16 & 29, 10 am and 1 pm

East County (Simi Valley) Job & Career Center
January 20, 10 am and 1 pm

If you are applying for testing at the two centers listed above, you must register with CalJOBS prior to the testing. You can register with CalJOBS at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

Oxnard College Job & Career Center
January 21, 10 am and 1 pm

Ventura Job & Career Center
January 23, 10 am and 1 pm

Santa Clara Valley (Santa Paula) Job & Career Center
January 26, 10 am and 1 pm
February 2, 9, 16 & 23, 10 am and 1 pm

For contact information and locations, go to www.vchsa.org or call 800-500-7705.

The Human Services Agency, in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County, offers the testing sites as part of their Employment Services for job seekers. For more information on other programs and services available, check the following web sites:

www.vchsa.org
www.wib.ventura.org
www.venturacountyjcc.org

 

The City of Fillmore is looking for volunteers to help with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday September 15th from 9am-12pm. The Coastal Clean Up volunteers will meet at Sheills Park & take a short walk over to our Sespe Creek bed to do our part in keeping our waterways clean. For more information/to register 805-524-1500 ext. 713 OR email recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us


 
February 2009 Career Shops

Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center
725 E. Main Street, Santa Paula
805-933-8452

Monday, Feb. 2 - Computer Basics for Job Seekers, 9 am – 4 pm - become familiar with Windows desktop programs to enhance your job skills. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

Thursday and Friday, Feb. 5 and 6 - Resumes that Sell, 9 am – 4 pm - two-day workshop providing hands-on assistance in completing a resume, cover and thank-you letters. Walk away with a portfolio that shows off professional skills and experience. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

Thursday, Feb. 12 - Winning Interviews, 9 am – 1 pm - supplies the tools to make a lasting first impression when interviewing. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

Tuesday, Feb. 17 - Power of VOS (Virtual OneStop), 9 am - noon – Learn about the Virtual OneStop website and how you can use the various tools in the system to build your resume and customize your job search to a specific location and occupation. Must have basic computer skills. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19 and 20 - Resumes that Sell, 9 am – 4 pm - two-day workshop providing hands-on assistance in completing a resume, cover and thank-you letters. Walk away with a portfolio that shows off professional skills and experience. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26 and 27 - Resumes that Sell, 9 am – 4 pm - two-day workshop providing hands-on assistance in completing a resume, cover and thank-you letters. Walk away with a portfolio that shows off professional skills and experience. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the Santa Clara Valley Job & Career Center at 805-933-8452 to enroll.

Spanish language workshop:

Monday, Feb. 9 - Tecnicas para la Busqueda de Trabajo (Job Search Techniques), 9 am – 1 pm - Presentado por Los Centros de Empleos y Carreras Esta sección de 3 a 4 horas está diseñada para personas que están buscando empleo. Los temas incluyen donde y como buscar empleo, como crear una red de comunicación, técnicas de cómo usar el teléfono apropiadamente para buscar empleo y como usar la red del Internet para buscar empleo. También aprenderá técnicas apropiadas para hacer una entrevista. 805-933-8452.

Career Shops are presented in partnership with Ventura County Job & Career Centers and are sponsored by the Human Services Agency and the Workforce Investment Board. Equal opportunity Employer/Program/Service – TDD/TT Inquiries call 1 (800) 735-2922. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individual with disabilities.

 


 
Jeff Sweeney
Jeff Sweeney
Superintendent Fillmore Unified School District

Many in the Fillmore community appreciated the new stadium as our football teams, both junior varsity and varsity, had seasons that will be remembered for years to come. Recall last year our watching the progress of the stadium being redone, students, staff, and community waiting in anticipation. Both teams delivered this year with record-setting seasons, shattering several team and individual records. We anticipate the same success next year from these teams. And, we anticipate that our student athletes in soccer and track and field will have the same successful seasons this year.

As you can see when you drive by the stadium, it is still a work in progress. There were some snags found on the field turf prior to the football season that necessitated its total removal and reinstallation. The track, too, has caused some delays. Just like the field turf, the installer is responsible for delivering a first-rate track. Currently, you can see plastic sheeting around the track as the contractor rushes to complete the field so that soccer and track and field can use the stadium this year.

We had hoped that the track could have been completed by now, but several delays have kept that from occurring. First, the original track surface was unsatisfactorily installed, at no fault of the district, and had to be repaired. The repairs to the field were delayed because of the success of the FHS football team as it made it to the CIF semi-finals. Once the football season ended, the soccer teams wanted to use the fields in preparation for the new season. Soccer practice, pre-season games, and two tournaments were scheduled, delaying the finalization of the track even more. We anticipated that the work on the track would occur during the two week Winter Break. Some work was done, but, unfortunately, Mother Nature took over and created more delays due to rain and then wind.

That is where we are today. As long as the winds are present, the final repairs to the track cannot be completed. Once that is completed, the track can then be lined and ready for the track and field season. Unfortunately, these delays have had an impact on the soccer season for our six teams if we don’t catch a break with the weather.

We anticipate that the FHS stadium will serve the needs of our District for years to come. Thanks for your patience with these delays as we make sure that there is quality workmanship in the stadium. Then, we can all enjoy the stadium, celebrating the successes of our student athletes and outstanding coaching staff.

 

Are you ready to Trunk-or-Treat?! Calling all groups, clubs and organizations that are interested in partaking in a FREE family-friendly Halloween activity! On September 24th the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an informational meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We invite you to join us on Monday September 24th to answer any questions and accept registration for spots available at our Trunk-or-Treat event.
Registration packets are available for pick up at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Parks and Recreation Department. Feel free to call 805-524-1500 ext. 713 or recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us for more information.


 

(SCVBank; OTC BB: SCVE.OB) today announced a cash dividend of $.10 per share payable January 20, 2009 to shareholders of record as of December 26, 2008. This is SCVBank’s first dividend declaration.

Chairman Guy Cole remarked, “We are very proud to SCVBank Announces Dividend be able to announce a dividend
at this time. The dividend represents the board’s gratitude to our shareholders for their loyalty and commitment and reaffirms the strength of the Bank’s capital position. While so many other financial institutions have either failed, or cut back their dividends, the approval of a new dividend reflects SCV Bank’s long-term strategy
of providing conservative, relationship-based credit.” Michael D. Hause, President and CEO stated, “The dividend goes hand-in-hand with our Five-Star “Superior” performing bank rating by BauerFinancial, Inc. At yearend 2008, the Bank’s assets were $121.0 million”.

 


 
New Year Resolutions - Personal Finances
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

This is the time of year to think, and then have to act, on income taxes! Take the time to go to The Econ4U Quiz on the web. Take the quiz and see how you are doing!
This group suggests five useful tips for managing your finances in the New Year.
Don't incur any overdraft or insufficient funds. Make a budget and eliminate unnecessary expenses. Pay your bills on time. Find out what your credit is. Reassess all of your fixed bills. Go to: www.econ4u.org/media.cfm

What a ride you have starting from River Street and going north! You come to the automatic traffic signal at the highway. And it seems that Cal Trans has lengthened the time that you wait for the "going through town’ers" speed through the City of Fillmore.
You then are jolted by the "repaves" on Central Avenue. Then the bumps of the railroad track. On to the former diggings and then refilled street with all the bumps, etc. and you arrive at the new stop sign.
And if that isn't enough, you go further up the Central Avenue and you come to new diggings on the broken sewer line!
It really keeps you alert these days!

 


 
The Pole Creek Radio Hour

Sespe Players announce auditions for the upcoming production of "The Pole Creek Radio Hour"
to be performed the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May, six performances.

This is a truly unique production featuring radio skits of the Lone Ranger, Superman, Mystery Theatre, Abbot and Costello as well as musical and comedy numbers.
This will be an evening's entertainment for the whole family.
We are looking for actors, singers, musicians, and backstage help.
Please come by the Trinity Episcopal Church Tuesday, Jan. 27, Thursday Jan. 29 and/or Monday Feb. 2 at 6:45 for auditions. Call backs with be Thursday, Feb. 5.
We will hold rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for the month of February at the Episcopal Church.
For More Info call 524-3275

 
A milestone of 15 years, 15 ‘Musical Chairs’ to adorn halls of businesses, galleries and government offices in Ventura County
John Parker
John Parker
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John Parker Chair
John Parker Chair
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Norman Kirk
Norman Kirk
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Norman Kirk Chair
Norman Kirk Chair
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The Ventura Music Festival’s 15th Season Art exhibition features a collection of 15 handcrafted chairs all to be auctioned off at its key fundraiser for the year on March 14, 2009.

In the past four years, the Ventura Music Festival has partnered with the local art community to help raise funds for the Festival. This year, in honor of its 15th anniversary, the Festival’s art exhibition celebrates each year since its founding by commissioning 15 one-of-a-kind “Musical Chairs.”

Each handcrafted chair features a unique perspective as artists feature their own style and interpretation of the Festival’s theme – Ruskaya: Music…the Soul of Russia. Interested parties also can now place bids on chairs prior to the auction through the Festival’s website at: www.venturamusicfestival.org.

Prior to the auction, all 15 chairs will remain on display at various venues throughout Ventura County.

Through February 15:

Affinity Bank & Trust, 101 S. Chestnut Street, Ventura

First California Bank of Oxnard, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, #102, Oxnard

Santa Barbara Bank, 250 S. Mills Road, Ventura

Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, Ventura

Fox Fine Jewelry, 210 E. Main Street, Ventura

San Buenaventura Artists Union Gallery, 330 S. California Street, Ventura (through Feb. 8 only)

Studio Channel Islands Art Center, 519 South C Street, Oxnard

February 16 – March 6:

Rabobank, 300 S. Mills Road, Ventura

Weaver Wines, 14 S. California Street, Ventura

Primavera Art Gallery, 214 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai

Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, #1455, Oxnard

Red Brick Gallery, 328 E. Main Street, Ventura

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 450 Harbor Blvd., Ventura

March 6 – 13:

All 15 chairs will come together and remain on display at Discovery Gallery, Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, 101 S. California Street, Ventura

Annual gala and fundraiser, March 14

The Ventura Music Festival’s annual gala and fundraiser, themed White Russian Nights is March 14 at the Four Points by Sheraton in the Ventura Harbor. Guests will enjoy a festive evening of fine dining, wine and entertainment, including a live auction of 15 Musical Chairs. Visit the website www.venturamusicfestival.org or call (805) 648-3146 for more information or to purchase tickets.

ATTACHED ARTIST PHOTO AND BIO

ALL 15 chair and artist images are available upon request from PR@consortium-media.com.

Artists Norman Kirk and John Parker are just two of 15 local artists participating in the Ventura Music Festivals art exhibition, “Musical Chairs.” In all, 15 chairs were created to celebrate the Festival’s 15th anniversary season. Norman Kirk’s chair photo courtesy of Schaf Photo. John Parker’s chair photo courtesy of Photo by Derek.

About the Artists

Norman Kirk: A resident of Santa Paula, artist Norman Kirk is best known for his watercolor paintings. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West and the gold Coast Watercolor Society, he studied the classics at the Cleveland Museum of Art and continued his studies at the Los Angeles Art Center School of Design, UCLA, Chouinards, De Paul University and Ventura college where he has also taught watercolor painting since 1982.

He has been the cover artist and program book illustrator for the Ventura Co. Design House since 1994 and was a combat artist during WW II. His paintings have won countless awards in juried shows and has works presented in galleries and museums throughout California.

A lover of music and a passion for painting have overlapped and intertwined in ways that are difficult to explain throughout my life,” Kirk says. “My personal expression of the chair, titled ‘Adagio,’ contains images of composers, musicians, instruments, and other symbols representing the world of music. They are depicted with a combination of collage, original painted compositions, and unified with brushwork woven through the juxtaposed imagery.”

John Parker: John Parker, a visual artist, musician, graphic artist and resident of Ventura, is inspired to create art by modern art masters such as Modigliani, Picasso, Gustav Klimt and European poster art of the early 20th Century.

He has created graphics for local events such as Downtown ArtWalk and now serves on the Board of Directors at San Buenaventura Artists Union Gallery. This year marks his fourth season creating signature art, brochures, ads and all graphics for the Ventura Music Festival.

When describing his chair, Parker says “Listen! Has the music stopped? When it does.....have a seat! Here, where light and darkness meet, where day and night cast purple shadows on the street. A swirling phantasmagoria of color and rhythm surround you, hypnotizing you into dream....but wait! The music has started again....you must rise up and dance!”

 
On Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Entertainer, Phil Birdsell
Entertainer, Phil Birdsell
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The Fillmore Ebell Club will be entertained this month by popular entertainer, Phil Birdsell, at the Veterans Memorial building on January 27, 2009.

Phil is a popular entertainer, singer, songwriter, impressionist, and D.J., and a man of many voices.

One of Southern California's most requested entertainer and D.J.'s is Phil Birdsell. Since 1980, Phil has been perfecting his vocal and entertaining abilities in night clubs, on cruise ships, at private parties, weddings and corporate functions all over Southern California and North America. He loves making people happy with his musical, vocal impressions and song, that include a musical repertoire of Pop, and Classics from the 30's to today. His wonderful original music, which he has on CD, reflects his strong love of life, family, God and country. Phil Birdsell is truly a "One Man Entertainment Package," that will help make any event or party a tremendous success.

Anyone interested in more information, or becoming a member of the Fillmore Ebell Club, may call Trisha Armstrong at 805-727-1901.

 

Learn more about prevention as well as the early detection and treatment of heart disease at a morning-long symposium that Community Memorial Health System is holding on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.

This free public education program will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Co-sponsors include the American Heart Association, the HeartAware Healthy Heart Program and KVTA 1520 News/Talk Radio.

The AHA states that cardiovascular disease continues to be the number one cause of death in both males and females affecting more than 22 million Americans each year.

This educational symposium will focus on the causes and risk factors that contribute to heart disease, dietary and lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of heart disease, diagnostic and treatment options and practical preventive strategies the public can use to reduce their risk of heart problems that remain the leading cause of death in the United States. Expert speakers will include cardiac medical, nutrition and surgical specialists associated with CMHS.

Space is limited, so call for reservations at 652-5385, or go to www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp. A light continental breakfast and snack is included.

Spanish Hills Country Club is located at 999 Crestview Drive in Camarillo.

 

Santa Clara Valley Disposal will maintain its regular Friday trash and recycling collection schedule in Fillmore on Jan. 23, during the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19-24.

For more information, call 647-1414.

 
in honor of Jeanine Allred

Fillmore Church of Christ is planning a special day of encouragement for Jeanie Allred in support of her recent diagnosis of Breast Cancer. Jeanie is preparing to undergo treatment this month and we would like to invite you to a special event in her honor. Please join us for worship services followed by a potluck to share your love and encouragement for Jeanie. Some of us are even sporting pink for the occasion!

Date: Sunday, January 18th
Time: Worship Service @ 10:30 & Potluck begins around Noon
Place: Church of Christ - 219 Mountain View Street, Fillmore, CA
What to Bring: Your favorite dish for the potluck

For more info, visit www.fillmorechurchofchrist.com

 
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Medjugorje, former Yugoslavia, out in the Grm- bush- in 1988.
Medjugorje, former Yugoslavia, out in the Grm- bush- in 1988.
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Central Avenue, at Sespe Street, will be closed between Sespe and Kensington Avenue until January 22th. The city is continuing its new storm drain installation which it suspended for the holidays. “The ultimate Central Avenue Storm Drain will dramatically reduce the flooding problems experienced in 1995 and other floods,” said Public Works Director Bert Rapp in April 2008. “It provides drainage to the area of east Fillmore that was built between 1910 and 1940’s and has no storm drains. It will divert the water to the Santa Clara River before it causes flood problems.”
Central Avenue, at Sespe Street, will be closed between Sespe and Kensington Avenue until January 22th. The city is continuing its new storm drain installation which it suspended for the holidays. “The ultimate Central Avenue Storm Drain will dramatically reduce the flooding problems experienced in 1995 and other floods,” said Public Works Director Bert Rapp in April 2008. “It provides drainage to the area of east Fillmore that was built between 1910 and 1940’s and has no storm drains. It will divert the water to the Santa Clara River before it causes flood problems.”
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The old Fillmore Insectary lot is still undeveloped nearly five years after its closing in July 2003. The empty lot now sports weeds, trash, tumbleweeds and broken fences.
The old Fillmore Insectary lot is still undeveloped nearly five years after its closing in July 2003. The empty lot now sports weeds, trash, tumbleweeds and broken fences.
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Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

The internet has made so many things obsolete that newspaper classified ads might sound like just another trivial item on a long list. But this is one of those harbingers of the future that could signal the end of civilization as we know it. The arguments is that if newspaper classifieds are replaced by free online lisitngs at sites like Craigslist.org and Google Base, then newspapers are not far behind.

Pit Toilets: By the 2000 Census, the number of Americans who lacked indoor plumbing was down to 0.6%. Even though that's still an awful lot of Americans using an outhouse or pit toilet--670,000 households or 1.3 million people--it's a huge improvement from 1950 when 27% of households (and over half of rural households) didn't have complete indoor plumbing.

 

Casual day outings in the local mountains, forests and shores have for generations been the soul of the Sierra Club and now, for the first time ever, the Los Padres Chapter (Ventura – Santa Barbara counties) has created a Wilderness Basics Course to take you further into adventure.

The WBC is a course designed to help you go deeper into the wild places in comfort and safety, with low impact and enhancing an appreciation and wonder of the backcountry. A dedicated staff of volunteer leaders will demonstrate the skills in a personal, hands-on approach over eight weeks in classroom and outdoor outings beginning January 20.

“This is a great opportunity to share your love of the outdoors with others,” said Suzanne Tanaka, who is coordinating the outings.

"I have seen such programs literally change a person's life. The confidence people develop as they learn new skills and the joy of adventure they experience in the wilderness combine to deepen their understanding of nature," added Teresa Norris, the WBC Chair, who has been both a student and leader in similar courses.
The lectures will cover backpacking, clothing and equipment, first aid, safety, navigation, weather, animal tracking and much more, such as tips from experienced hikers that you won’t find in books. You’ll also get cooking advice and find out how a meal tastes so much better in the outdoors.

You will also learn how to travel in different conditions through weekend outings led by the staff, which include day hikes, a car camp, and two backpack adventures in the local mountains.

The course will use a tried and true updated guidebook called “Wilderness Basics,” along with handouts of important topics. Each time you go on an outing, you will be given a topographical map of the area and learn how to use it.

Participants must supply their own equipment, which may be purchased, borrowed from a friend or staff, or rented.
Persons 18 years of age who are in reasonable health are eligible to take the course and you need not be a Sierra Club member. To enhance your enjoyment, bring along a friend or family member.

The course runs from January 20 to March 10 with meetings every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. in the Ventura City Hall Community Room.

Price is $145 for Sierra Club members and $160 for non-members.

For further information or to register, call coordinator Teresa Norris at 524-7170 or email at LosPadresWBC@gmail.com. Details are also on the chapter’s website: www.lospadres.sierraclub.org/wbc.

 

The Rancho Camulos Docent Council is starting 2009 with a full month of activities while the museum is closed to the public. On Saturday, January 10th, they will spend the day pruning over 250 roses in the gardens with lunch provided. Everyone interested in working for the day is invited to bring their clippers and gloves.
A field trip to the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and Placerita Canyon Natural Area will be held on Sunday January 11th. This day will increase the docents' knowledge of local history in that section of the original San Francisco land grant.
A new docent training class will begin on Saturday, January 17th and run for three Saturdays. Mike Harutunian, teacher at College of the Canyons, will present the history of the Families of Camulos. Docent Gordon Uppman will present the background on Helen Hunt Jackson and her book, Ramona, with emphasis on the Californio period at Camulos. The last meeting will cover the adobe architecture with slides by Judy Triem, a well known historian in the Santa Clara River Valley. Anyone interested in joining the Docent Council is urged to call the museum office to register for training. 521-1501.
Docents are asked to work two days a month, dress in costume for special occasions and pay dues of $10 a year. Everyone is welcome to join the Council.
Museum docents do public tours and assist with school field trips starting again in February. They also work in the office and gardens and keep the museum gift shop open so many hands are welcomed. This National Historical Site is one of the few in California that shows Early California History on a working ranch.