The 11th Annual Fillmore High School Arts Show is coming up April 14th. Art students (l-r) Tanya Arana, Manuel Bichayada, and Nathan Ibarra are working on a large canvas for the show.
The 11th Annual Fillmore High School Arts Show is coming up April 14th. Art students (l-r) Tanya Arana, Manuel Bichayada, and Nathan Ibarra are working on a large canvas for the show.
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Entering the Fillmore Flower Show
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

You want to enter your prize flower in the Fillmore Flower Show for the fist time! What do you do to enter that prize Rose, Iris, Lily or other flower?
Two days ahead you look at your flowers and choose the best specimen for entry and tag it prior to picking. The day ahead or the day of the show, take a container of water and trash basket to put leaves, etc. into. Immerse flowers in water as soon as possible.
For example: Cut Roses, put in water, take Rose in had and pull the discarded petals off. This could disqualify the entry.
Also if the Rose has a bud, carefully pluck it off. Many a Rose has been disqualified form getting a blue ribbon because the bud was left on the stem.
You clean the Rose and the leaves and remove any sub foliage with your thumb. Remove water spots with water or a little milk on a cloth.

 


 

Saturday night, March 25 or Sunday night, March 26, two banners were stolen (Dodgers and 7-11) from the Fillmore Little League Field. They are worth approximately $107. each. Please return no questions asked. Call 320-6364 if you have any information.

 

April 4-5, 2009 at the Senior Center at 533 Santa Clara Street, Fillmore, will be the revival of this 60+ year annual event which drew the community, young and old, together to celebrate beauty, creativity and the pleasure of growing things in our good earth! What better time to get young people involved in appreciating the pleasures of gardening and the sustaining power of knowing how to grow your own plants for food and landscaping, than this time of economic challenge.

Consider the fun and satisfaction of entering this show with your own garden flowers. Entries will be accepted Saturday, April 4, between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with judging to follow. The show will be open free to the public between 1pm-4pm both days. Music of violin and mandolin will add enjoyment, Saturday from 1-4pm.

Entry divisions are: Single stem cut roses, Single stem cut Iris and Lilies, Single stem cut “other” flowers, (VASES will be provided for single stem categories.) Arrangements in a single container(Bring your container.), Bouquets, Miniature Arrangements and bouquets (not to exceed 4” x 4”), and Youth arrangements. Youth may enter all categories to compete, but the Youth alone, entry categories allow them to bring containers and flowers and receive assistance with a table, clippers for trimming and some advice in grooming and presentation.

“Arrangements” are items presented on a tray or board along with flowers, stones, driftwood, etc to present a theme or idea, whereas bouquets are mixed flowers or flowers of one type with greens or twigs, presented in a vase or water holding container.

Please be part of this great community event and show off your flowers and artistry! For information, please contact Joanne King, 805-524-4904.

 

Have you been taking yoga classes but can’t remember what to do at home?

Or perhaps you’ve dabbled in yoga a few times but would like to establish it as a more regular part of your daily routine. The Body Image Gym is now offering a special yoga class for you on Saturday, April 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to introduce The Mother Sequence into your yoga practice. This sequence is a series of 36 yoga asanas
(positions) practiced in coordination with breathing and movement.

You will learn: the sun salutations (10 asanas),; the five Tibetans; two standing, three seated, four inverted and five finishing poses as well as three poses for relaxation all using breath to move into, out of and to hold the poses. The Sequence takes about 2 hours to complete and it is recommended that you have had 3 or more months of prior yoga practice.

Throughout the Mother Sequence the focus is on correctly aligning each asana while maintaining a serene, joyful and nonforced mental and physical attitude. Lengthened breath and smooth slow movement will be emphasized. A handout with the sequence will be included with the class.

Please call the instructor, Janine Rees, at 524-4856 or 524-2520 with questions. Sign ups are at the front desk of The Body Image Gym and the class fee is a one time $10.00 charge.

 

On April 3rd, 31 Fillmore High School students will travel to Northern California on the annual AVID Junior trip. The AVID program is designed to help students be more successful in their academic endeavors and to prepare them for the transition to college. Fillmore High School has had a successful AVID program since the early nineties when it was started by Mr. Joe Torres, who retired in 2006. Since that time, Ms. Erin Moriarty and Mr. Paul FitzGerald have continued the program at FHS and it was reintroduced to the middle school this year by Mr. Scott Carroll and Me. Heather Atwood. AVID has helped countless Fillmore students to successfully transition to four year universities.

This year, the Avid Junior class trip will take a whirlwind tour of 5 universities in three days. Students will visit Fresno State University, UC Merced, UC Berkeley, Stanford University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University. They will tour the campuses, see the dorms and get important information on admissions requirements, financial aid, and college life.

The AVID Junior class has worked very hard this year to raise money for this event. They have also received generous donations from the Montana Expedition Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wells Fargo, Tim and Stephanie Hagel and most recently the Central Station Bar and Grill. The AVID Junior Class would like to thank all of their sponsors, especially Frank Ramirez and Cynthia Garcia-Espinoza from Central Station for their continued support of the AVID program at Fillmore High School.

For more information on how you can help the FHS AVID program, email Paul FitzGerald at pfitzgerald@fillmore.k12.ca.us.

 

Applications are now available for the Fillmore Women’s Service Club Educational Scholarship for Adult Women continuing or returning to college or trade school. Applicants must reside within the Fillmore School District. For information and an application form please telephone Susan Banks at 524-1470.

 
ANNUAL POSTER CONTEST

Attention all Artists, those whom love to draw, color, oil paint, watercolor, color pencils, crayons, well you get the idea, anyway, it’s that time to enter your artwork into the Fillmore May Festival Poster Art Contest. This year the winner will take home $50.00! here are no age limits, we just ask that you do your artwork in color and on a 8x11 piece of paper.

This year’s theme is “Bringing Back Tradition”. This festival has been going on for 97 years now. It first started as a Farmers Market downtown and now has grown to be one of the largest Events in Ventura County. The 4 day Festival offers a carnival, food, arts & crafts, games, bingo, live entertainment & bands, train rides and a parade. The May Festival offers that small town enjoyment for the entire family . Not to mention our town is one of the last best smallest towns in Southern California.

The Deadline to turn in your work in is Friday April 24, 2009. Please take your work to the Fillmore Chamber Office located on Hwy 126 at 557 Ventura Street or call Cindy. The winner will be awarded after the parade in front of City Hall.

If you have any questions please feel free to call Cindy Jackson-Bires at 805-524-7706. Good luck and have fun!

 

It all started in 1988 when brothers Sam, Walter and Husam Hishmeh purchased a Domino’s Pizza store in Santa Paula, California. And now, 20 years later, Hishmeh Enterprises has grown to a Domino’s Pizza franchise of sixteen stores with over $13 million in sales annually.

A family business, Hishmeh Enterprises is operated by brothers Sam, Walter, Husam, Nick, Bashar, Tareq and Ghada, their wives and their parents Mitri and Rima.

Named the large business of the year by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce in 2008, Hishmeh Enterprises employs 400 residents of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

“We pride ourselves in not only providing our customers with great food and great service at a fair price,” said Sam Hishmeh, president of Hishmeh Enterprises, “we also believe it is important to be a community partner that gives time and resources to various organizations such as Food Share, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Strawberry Festival, the Salsa Festival, and the Santa Paula Police and Fire Foundation.” CONTINUED »

 

Ventura, CA – Every year, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast honors women who embody the values of Girl Scouting - values such as leadership, courage and community service. All honorees are outstanding achievers as well as generous and compassionate contributors to Ventura County.

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast 2008 honorees include Cheryl Lambing, M.D., Frances Prince, J.D., and Yvonne Bodle Farris, Ph.D.

Three new Women of Distinction will be honored at the annual Women of Distinction luncheon on September 18th, 2009 at Las Posas Country Club beginning at 10:30 with champagne and silent auction followed by the luncheon at 12:00.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Girl Scouts website at www.girlscoutsccc.org. Nominations are due May 15th,2009.

Tickets are $45 and reservations can be made by going to Girl Scouts website at www.girlscoutsccc.org.

 
Ventura County’s theme is Building a Foundation for a Healthy Ventura County

Ventura County Public Health celebrates the successes of the past – elimination of polio, fluoridation in drinking water, passage of seat belt laws, among others – and looks to the future as the county celebrates the accomplishments of Public Health during National Public Health Week 2009, April 6th – 12th.

This year’s events, which are part of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) annual celebration of the role of public health in our communities, serves to draw attention to the need to protect and improve our nation’s health. This year’s theme for Ventura County is Building a Foundation for a Healthy Ventura County.

“From the clean water we drink, to the seat belts we wear in our cars, to the many programs promoting physical activity, public health has a positive affect on our communities,” said Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura County Health Officer. “By recommitting ourselves to support our nation’s public health system, we can build on our accomplishments and establish a solid foundation needed for a healthy Ventura County.” CONTINUED »

 
Ventura County eLibrary...anytime...anywhere...www.vencolibrary.org

We all are aware of the tough times some of us are experiencing due to the current economic downturn: housing, unemployment, health insurance issues, and more. We at the Ventura County Library would like to let you know that you can rely on us for information needed to navigate this situation. Visit the Library website at www.vencolibrary.org and you will see links to websites such as the Ventura Job and Career Center, the California Employment Development Center, and the Foundation for Health Coverage.

The Library also offers free internet access, databases for researching anything from jobs and career to auto repair, test preparations, and free eAudiobook downloads. Visit your local library and you will have access to books, newspapers, magazines, CDs, DVDs, Homework Centers, and much more.

The Ventura County Library has 14 branches that include the Avenue, H.P. Wright, and E. P. Foster libraries in Ventura, the Camarillo Library, Fillmore Library, Meiners Oaks Library, Oak Park Library, Oak View Library, Ojai Library, Piru Library, Ray D. Prueter Library in Port Hueneme, Saticoy Library, Simi Valley Library, and the Albert H. Soliz-El Rio Library, and is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.

 
“Purebred and Home Grown” sums up the reason for the Fair

March 30, 2009 (Ventura, CA) The Ventura County Fair is an annual celebration of agriculture; of cultivating the land, producing crops and raising livestock. With that in mind, the 31st District Agricultural Association, who organizes the Fair is pleased to announce that the theme of the 2009 Ventura County Fair is “Purebred and Home Grown”.

“For 12 magical days we will present the community with an educational and fun look at agriculture, Ventura County’s principal industry. It is our wish to teach our children, and those who are new to the county, how important agriculture is to each of us, and how it can help us to better our lives,” said Barbara Quaid, the Fair’s CEO and General Manager, adding “Purebred and Home Grown” is a perfect theme that will enhance the Fair’s distinct character.”

Within this celebration visitors will also enjoy competitions in the various arts divisions, free entertainment, the fun of the carnival midway, the fabulous fair food we all enjoy once a year and many untold surprises!

The Ventura County Fair will open Wednesday, August 5 with fun for the whole family until Sunday, August 16.

For more information about the Ventura County Fair, please call (805) 648-3376 or visit us at www.venturacountyfair.org.

 
(l-r) Gary Nasalroad and Boys & Girls Clubs of America President Roxanne Spillett.
(l-r) Gary Nasalroad and Boys & Girls Clubs of America President Roxanne Spillett.
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The dedication and extraordinary commitment to helping others has been recognized recently for one amazing Ventura County volunteer. Gary Nasalroad, a retired Southern California Edison Accounts Manager, has been supporting local non-profits and community organizations and was honored with the highest President of the United States Volunteer Award at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Board Leadership Conference last week.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the president’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation.

There are 3 levels and 4 categories of the awards varying by age and hours of service. But in addition, individuals who complete more than 4000 hours or more of service will be recognized with the President’s Call to Service Award.

Presenting the highest President’s Volunteer Award to Gary Nasalroad was Boys & Girls Clubs of America President Roxanne Spillett for his extraordinary commitment to the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley, which serves the communities of Fillmore, Rancho Sespe and Santa Paula.

In recognizing his years of service to be eligible for the Call to Service Award, President Spillett highlighted many of the volunteer services Gary had performed over the years. Gary started volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura in 1973 and is now one of only 3 Board members who are considered Life Members. Gary has served in many capacities on the Board having served 3 terms as President, Vice President, Auction Co-Chair for 10 years, Golf Chair of 2 golf tournaments a year for more than 23 years, active in Resource Development and 2 capital campaigns. CONTINUED »

 

The public is invited to learn more about electrophysiology, a subspecialty of cardiology dealing with heart rhythm abnormalities, during a free seminar provided by Community Memorial Health System on Tuesday, April 21.

Ishu Rao, M.D., a Ventura Electrophysiologist, will lead the seminar that will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at Community Memorial Hospital, located at 147 Brent St. in Ventura.

Dr. Rao will focus on atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure, two conditions that are widely prevalent and difficult to treat, but can be helped by an Electrophysiologist. He will also offer candid opinions on the benefits and risks of the newest Electrophysiology procedures.

Dr. Rao received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed fellowship training in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles. Dr. Rao, a cardiologist with Cardiology Associates in Ventura and is on staff at Community Memorial Hospital, is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Disease Certification

Admission is free, but space is limited, so reservations are suggested. Call 652-5436, or visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp.

 

The perfect time for spring gardening is the perfect time for the annual Garden Walk, sponsored by Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group and PanAmerican Plant.

The Garden Walk will be held Sunday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PanAmerican Plant, 335 S. Briggs Road in Santa Paula.

Tickets for the Garden Walk, which will benefit the always-free services of SCVHHSG and the River Valley Club Adult Day Program, are only $10 each, available at the door.

No plants will be sold during the Tour but visitors will get priceless ideas for their own gardens from the dazzling array of assorted flowers and plants that will greet them. Thousands of flowers and plants will be presented in multiple settings designed to help nurseries and other retailers create perfect displays for their flower-loving gardening consumers.

The Garden Tour will also offer an exciting sneak preview of the year 2011's varieties of ornamentals, annuals and vegetables in a vast rainbow of beauty and colors. CONTINUED »

 
 
Morningstar Investment Research Center

Sign up for a Virtual Tour of Morningstar Investment Research Center – a service provided to you by the Ventura County Library. You can conveniently access the training session from your home or any location with a phone and Internet connection.

On Wednesday, April 29th, at 1:00 p.m., you will discover how to use this valuable database to search for stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Learn how to evaluate retirement and portfolio holdings. Get independent analysis reports, helpful articles and industry commentary to help you make sense of this challenging market.

To register, visit Morningstar Investment Research Center from the Ventura County Library’s website at www.vencolibrary.org. Once you arrive at the website, click on “Databases - Research”. You will find the Library’s electronic resources collection arranged by subject and listed alphabetically. The link for Morningstar is under “Business.” Click on “Sign up for online training” and type a brief email that includes your name. If you are in the Morningstar database, you can register by going to the “Help & Education” page. Click on the link in the lower right corner, under the heading, “Live Patron Web Training”. Type a brief email that includes your name. CONTINUED »

 
Photo of the Week from the Gazette History Archives. Can you identify this photo or any of the people in it? If so, please help us by adding any information about this photograph in the comments section provided at the bottom of this posting. Thank You!
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Some users of the website may be experiencing a situation where stories and comments, particularly on the Front Page, are not being updated. If you are using "Internet Explorer" and see no stories on the front page dated Wednesday March 25th, please follow these simple steps to remedy the problem.

(1) From the "Tools" menu, near the top of your web browser, select "Internet Options".

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(4) Once Internet Explorer has finished deleting the files, return the the Gazette's Front (or Home) Page and verify you are able to see the most recent stories dated March 25th. The lead story should be the Skate Park Grand Opening.

Sorry for the inconvenience. I'm working on fixing the problem so readers will not have to do this in the future.

Very Sincerely,
Scott Duckett