Taurie Banks has received the honor of being accepted by the Southern California Equestrian Sports organization (SCES), for the development of National and International Riders.

Taurie has been riding horses since she was 7 years old. She knew at a young age that horses would be her life. For over thrity years she has trained and studied horsemanship and riding from sources all over the world. She now has the opportunity to use grants to help fund her in her journey.

Taurie is no stranger to International competitions, having competed many horses in many disciplines successfully over the years. She had two horses that she trained selected for the 1984 Olympic Modern Pentathalon, and has ridden with many Olympic Riders and Trainers. Last year she won two World Championship titles at the Pinto World Championship Show in Oklahoma, on two different horses.

The Southern California Equestrian Sports, Inc. (SCES) is a non-profit organization dedicated to help equestrian riders and organizers raise tax deductible funds to compete in or support their National and International competitions throughout the United States.

SCES is designed to help athletes and owners expand their financial resources to train and compete by allowing supporters to receive a tax deductible benefit for contributions. SCES understands the financial commitment it takes to compete at the highest levels of equestrian sports; therefore established an organization to help foster development and competition

SCES has been granted a tax exempt status under Section 501C3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax deductible at the maximum allowed by law and donations can be made on behalf of Southern California Equestrian Sports, Inc.

Taurie was accepted by the group by achieving certain riding and competition requirements and having glowing recommendations from International riders and coaches.

“I’ve known Taurie for over 10 years and have had the great pleasure of watching her develop into a world-class equestrian,” stated Daniel Stewart, United States Equestrian Team Coach. “I believe Taurie would be an admirable choice (for the SCES program) because of her incredible natural talent, high degree of coachability, hard-working and positive attitude, skilled riding ability and incredible dedication to our sport.”

With the grant funding available to her, Taurie hopes to continue to develop her team of horses, and get them the mileage that they need to become top horses.

“I have always been able to manage the daily upkeep of the horses and get them started on the local level, but as you start to compete at the larger competitions, the fees and expeneses go up.” Taurie explains. “I have had some wonderful owners, and friends and family, to help me through the years, but we are looking at the big leagues now!”

Taurie is hoping to find supporters looking for the financial benefit of a tax deductible donation, who love horses and would like to be a part of her team, or possibly future horse owners who may enjoy the thrill of owning, or part owning, one of these amazing equine athletes.

“I really would like people to be a part of the journey with me,” Taurie added. “No matter the size of their financial support, I want them to see what a difference they can make and how amazing this sport is. I am honored to be selected and cannot wait to get out there and really go for it!”

Donations of all sizes are welcome and can be made through her website www.tauriebanks.com, or through the SCESports.org website. If you would like to send a check, make it payable to SCES:
SCES
1902 Orange Tree Ln, Ste 130
Redlands, CA 92374
Make checks payable to SCES, and add a sticky note with “Taurie Banks” so that the funds will go to her Grant Program.

If you are interested in information on horse ownership or more information about Taurie Banks, go to www.kingscornerstables.com, or call 805 727-3444.

 


 
 


 

Livingston Visiting Nurse Association will hold Diabetes Classes to introduce basic information regarding diet, medication, exercise, blood sugar monitoring, new developments and common problems. Open to the public and free of charge, no registration is necessary. Call 805-642-0239 for information. The classes are held:

• In Ventura, first Tuesday of the month: May 6 10 @ Livingston VNA, 1996 Eastman Ave, #109, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm.

• In Camarillo, first Wednesday of the month: May 7 @ Camarillo Community Center, Room 3, 1605 Burnley Street, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

• In Simi Valley, first Wednesday of the month: May 7 @ Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon.

• In Thousand Oaks, fourth Wednesday of the month, May 28 @ Goebel Senior Center, 1385 E. Janss Rd, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.

 


 
Total Lunar Eclipse April 14-15, 2014

It has been a long time since there has been a good astronomical event over Fillmore. This Total Lunar Eclipse will be seen, weather permitting, over most of the western United States.

Here is the timing of the event...
Partial phases begin at 10:59 p.m. 4/14/14
Totality begins at 12:08 a.m. 4/15/14
Greatest phase of eclipse at 12:46 a.m. 4/15/14
Totality ends at 1:23 a.m. 4/15/14
Partial phases ends at 2:32 a.m. 4/15/14

The moon should be easy to see, because it will be nearly overhead around midnight. If you want to try and photograph this event, it is best to use a long telephoto lens. Try frame the eclipsed moon with a palm or other large tree, or a person “holding” the eclipsed moon in their hand. Be imaginative and try to get a picture of this very unusual total lunar eclipse. Just imagine trying to take a picture of a giant orange-colored peach setting in the sky. The color of the eclipse will depend on the dust or particulates that are in our atmosphere. It can range from light orange to blood red. Just go out, bring a blanket or bundle up on a lounge chair and find a nice seat with a view of the open night sky and look for the Total Lunar Eclipse after midnight. Enjoy this astronomical event!

Carmelita Miranda
Dreamweaver Observatory

 


 
Rancho Camulos Museum docent Carmen Zermeno teaches young visitors about 19th century tortilla making, a primary staple in feeding rancho families, workers and guests.
Rancho Camulos Museum docent Carmen Zermeno teaches young visitors about 19th century tortilla making, a primary staple in feeding rancho families, workers and guests.
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Spend a morning at beautiful and historic Rancho Camulos Museum and learn how you can use your time and talents to preserve and share this unique site. We are a small but active museum with a dedicated group of museum volunteers. Our program on May 3 will include a brief overview of the history of Rancho Camulos and its origins as a Mexican land grant. You'll also learn about the many volunteer opportunities available at our museum, and introduce you to some of the friendly members of our volunteer team.

We are seeking tour docents, gardeners, help with special events, historic preservation projects, and all those interested in protecting and sharing this National Historic Landmark site. Come learn more about the museum and how you can make your mark on local history.

 

Ventura, CA - Community Memorial Health System is pleased to announce it has recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities having at least 50 percent of its OR nursing staff CNOR certified, and provides programs that reward and recognize its certified nurses. This is the first year CCI has awarded this elite status to facilities nationwide.

The CNOR® certification program is for perioperative nurses interested in improving and validating their knowledge and skills, and providing the highest quality care to their patients. Certification also recognizes a nurse’s commitment to professional development. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of specialty knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.

Research shows that nurses who earn the CNOR credential have greater confidence in their clinical practice. Thus, a team of certified nurses who have mastered the standards of perioperative practice provides even more empowerment, further advancing a culture of professionalism and promoting improved patient outcomes. This strength in numbers is why CCI launched the CNOR Strong program; to recognize those facilities committed to making a difference for its patients both inside and outside of the OR.

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Inspections Begin Statewide
Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Sacramento, CA - CAL FIRE inspectors have begun conducting Defensible Space inspections throughout the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA) in California.

"Creating and maintaining Defensible Space is critical for the protection of homes," said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. "It has never been more critical to strengthen our fire prevention efforts in light of the elevated fire conditions we have been experiencing in California. We have increased our inspection staffing and now we need the public to make sure they, too, are prepared for the increased fire risk due to drought."

Defensible space inspections are supported by the SRA Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assessed to rural residents for fire prevention activities in the SRA. The Fire Prevention Fee resulted from a law signed by Governor Brown in 2011 which imposed a fee to residents owning habitable structures in the SRA.

California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in State Responsibility Area to maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around structures. CAL FIRE inspectors will be educating residents and evaluating properties to make sure they are in compliance with state law.

Here are some tips that can help homes survive wildfires:

•Maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures.
•Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
•Trim branches six feet from the ground.
•Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
•Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that require little water.
•Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
•Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
•Use fire ignition resistant building material

For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit: www.ReadyForWildfire.org. Watch this short video on Defensible Space: Click Here and on this year's dry conditions: Click Here.

Remember Defensible Space is YOUR responsibility.

 
Pony Club members Jasmin Parson, Isabela Ibarra, Instructor Taurie Banks, Jillian Morris, Bailey Brantley, and Chaperone Tania Brantley.
Pony Club members Jasmin Parson, Isabela Ibarra, Instructor Taurie Banks, Jillian Morris, Bailey Brantley, and Chaperone Tania Brantley.
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Kings Corner Pony Club sent four members to the Camino Real Regional Quiz Rally coming home with high honors and qualifying for the United States Pony Club Championships.

The Quiz Rally is a designed to test the knowledge of the Pony Clubber. There are several stations including Classroom, Mega Room, and Barns. They are also required to do a written test. Competitors may be asked to identify feed, equipment, or safety issues. Topics can include colors, breeds, conformation, first aid, horse management, competition rules and much more. They work as an individual in most cases and as a team during Mega Room.

The Kings Corner competitors were on mix teams with competitors from other clubs throughout the region.

Isabela Ibarra, 10, from Fillmore, competed as a “Jr D” and placed 2nd place with her team. Jillian Morris, 11, from Fillmore, Placed 1st with her “Jr D” team and she qualified for the Championships in Kentucky, by placing 2nd Individual.

In the “C” Division, Jasmin Parson, 24, of Thousand Oaks, place 1st place with her team and she was 2nd for individual. Bailey Brantley, 16, of Fillmore, placed 6th and both Jasmin and Bailey Qualified for the Championships.

The Championships will be held this July at the Kentucky Horse Park. Pony Club members from all over the United States and Internationally come to compete and learn. Along with the Quiz competition there are several riding competitions, including Dressage, Eventing, Show jumping and Tetrathalon. Tetrathalon is where competitors run, ride, shoot targets, and swim.

Bailey Brantley would love to take her horse, “Boy's Knight Out”, to Kentucky and is going to try to qualify for the Eventing team and Show Jumping team, and will be trying to qualify for Tetrathalon at the Rally in April. She will only be able to compete on one team and still has three more qualifying competitions ahead of her. If she qualifies for more than one discipline, and is short listed for the teams, she will have to pick the discipline she would like to do in Kentucky.

Jasmin Parson is going to double qualify in the Show Jumping with her horse “JuJu Bee Alexander” and will also be trying to qualify as a Horse Manager. Each riding team is made up of four riders and one Horse Manager. The Horse Manager is critical at Pony Club competitions because the riders are judged on their skills and safety when working around the horses and the stables.

“We may be small, but we are mighty!” says Taurie Banks, Center Administrator and Instructor of this This fledgling club. “The girls have studied hard and been practicing. I am so proud of them and I am very excited that they can be a part of such an amazing experience as the Nationals and the Pony Club Festival.”

The girls are excited and honor to represent California and Kings Corner Training Stables. They will continue to compete in the riding qualifying competitions and will be short listed on teams by the end of May. The competition is July 15 through the 18th, with the horses being shipped a few days prior.

If anyone is interested in more information about kings Corner Pony Club Riding Center may call (805) 727-3444 or go to www.kingscornerstables.com. For more information about the United States Pony Club go to www.ponycub.org.

The Kings Corner Pony Club riding Center and qualifying for the United States Pony Club Championships in Kentucky.

The girls will be competing in the Tetrathalon Rally this weekend, I will send an update after the weekend when the results and team qualifying status is released.

 
Keith Gurrola was honored at his retirement last Friday. He was the operations Chief for the Ventura County Fire Department. Keith was born and raised in Piru and according to all in attendance, is a great guy.
Keith Gurrola was honored at his retirement last Friday. He was the operations Chief for the Ventura County Fire Department. Keith was born and raised in Piru and according to all in attendance, is a great guy.
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Los Olivos, CA - California High School Rodeo Association (CHSRA) District 7announced that its 2014Challenge team took first place in overall team points at the Challenge of Champions held March 21-23 in Plymouth, California.

Each of the nine CHSRA districts sends three contestants to compete in each event. All contestants compete in the long go, and the top ten performers compete in the short go. Points earned by district members in the two rounds are aggregated to determine the top team.

“District 7 is known for producing outstanding athletes who compete well at the state level, so it’s not surprising that we were the top team again this year,” said Ed Hamer, District 7 adult board president. “We’re so proud of the members who represented us so well this year at Challenge.”

Thirteen District 7 members qualified for the short go, placing them in the top 10 in the state of California:
Wacey Barrington, King City, steer wrestling
CerstenBranquinho, Los Alamos, breakaway roping
Wyatt Fisher, Arroyo Grande, cutting
Tatem Forsberg, Fillmore, tie-down roping, team roping (header)
Hayley Hamer, Los Olivos, cutting
Lane Luis, Los Alamos, team roping (heeler)
Emily Mangione, Nipomo, pole bending
Sage Massey, Parkfield, cutting, team roping (header)
Meghann McNulty, Orcutt, cutting
Chance Ruffoni, Arroyo Grande, team roping (heeler)
Tristan Ruffoni, Arroyo Grande, team roping (header)
Zachary Varian, Parkfield, tie-down roping
Johanna Work, San Miguel, breakaway roping, team roping (heeler)

Tatem Forsberg and Lane Luiswon buckles for first place in team roping, with an aggregate time of 17.07.
District 7’s final rodeos for the 2013-2014 rodeo season are scheduled for April 5at the Santa Ynez Equestrian Center in Santa Ynez and April 27at the Parkfield Rodeo Arena in Parkfield. Both rodeos start at 8:00 am. These events are open to the public and admission is free. District 7 encourages the public to come out and experience firsthand the excitement of rodeo and the athletic abilities of these high school students and their horses.

About CHSRA District 7
CHSRA is a nonprofit organization that maintains the order and standards set up by the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) and promotes high school rodeo on a state level. District 7 encompasses San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The districtis committed to promoting the highest type of conduct and sportsmanship at the various rodeos to encouraging boys and girls to continue in school and participate in rodeos and then continue on to college.For additional information, visit www.chsradist7.com or contact the membership secretary at staceynance@mac.com.

 

Ventura, CA - Healthcare decisions at the end of life – democracy or death panels? – will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding as part of its 2014 Ethics in Healthcare Series on Wednesday, April 16.

Jim Hornstein, M.D., chairman of the Bioethics Committee at Community Memorial Hospital, will moderate the seminar that will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County, located at 100 E. Main St. in Ventura. The seminar will be held in recognition of National Healthcare Decision Day.

Other featured speakers will be Charles Pankratz, M.D., medical director of CMHS’s Palliative Care Services; Diana Jaquez, R.N., CMHS’s Palliative Care Services clinical manager; and Leslie-Lynn Pawson, M.D., chief of staff and palliative care physician of the Ventura County Medical Center.

Registration is free but reservations are required. Call 1-800/906-6093, or visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 11 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

 

SUBJECT: Ojai Library Fiber Festival

CONTACT: Tanya Villasenor
Tanya.Villasenor@Ventura.org
805-646-1639

EVENT DATE: April 27, 2014 from 11:00AM-3:00PM

PLACE: Ojai Library; 111 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai

The Ojai Library is excited to announce the first Ojai Library Fiber Festival, Sunday, April 27 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The public is invited to explore the joys of fiber and fiber related crafts.

There will be demonstrations, classes and a fiber market featuring local artisans.
This event is free.

Demonstrations will include dyeing and hand-spinning. Drop-in classes in knitting, crochet and spindle spinning will be offered. Materials for classes will be provided while supplies last.

Vendors of fiber and fiber related objects will be on site. For a list of vendors and more information on this one of a kind event contact the Ojai Library or check out the Ojai Library page at http://www.vencolibrary.org/locations/ojai

The Ventura County Library is open 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org

 
Cindy Blatt, of the Rotary Club of Fillmore, presented Joanne Torres, of Piru Youth Sports, a check for $300. This is the sixth year of youth sports with over 160 students involved in baseball this season.
Cindy Blatt, of the Rotary Club of Fillmore, presented Joanne Torres, of Piru Youth Sports, a check for $300. This is the sixth year of youth sports with over 160 students involved in baseball this season.
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Chris Berrington, of Fillmore FFA, and the newly elected South Coast Regional Vice President visited Fillmore Rotary last week. Scott Beylik invited him to speak.
Chris Berrington, of Fillmore FFA, and the newly elected South Coast Regional Vice President visited Fillmore Rotary last week. Scott Beylik invited him to speak.
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The artists of the Artists Guild of Fillmore have just mounted another new display of their unique styles of paintings inside the Fillmore Library. You are invited to come and view the works any time the Library is open: Monday and Tuesday 2-7; Wednesday 10-5; Thursday, Friday and Saturday12-5, Sunday closed.
The artists of the Artists Guild of Fillmore have just mounted another new display of their unique styles of paintings inside the Fillmore Library. You are invited to come and view the works any time the Library is open: Monday and Tuesday 2-7; Wednesday 10-5; Thursday, Friday and Saturday12-5, Sunday closed.
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The first California condor chick of the season hatched at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on March 14, 2014. This chick is the 183rd to be hatched at the Safari Park through San Diego Zoo Global's California condor breeding program. The first hatched chick, and a second that hatched just a few days later on the 18th, will both be considered for future release into the wild.

When the organization first began its breeding program, there were only 22 California condors left in the world. Today, there are more than 400 - 232 of which fly free in California, Arizona and Baja California, Mexico. Many of the now wild condors were hatched in breeding facilities and then reintroduced into their native range habitats, but some have actually been hatched to those reintroduced condors and have lived their entire lives in the wild, which is good news for their ecosystem.

"The California condor CONTINUED »

 

Martha Gentry of the Fillmore Historical Museum will be presenting a historical look back of Fillmore and how and why it became a city. This is also the centennial of the Fire Department and of course the Ebell Club. A very important time in the shaping of the city.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 and the presentation will happen about 1:30 pm. Anyone wishing to attend please call Glenda at 524-4949.

 

 

The Friends of the Santa Paula Blanchard Community Library invite all book lovers to their First-Saturday-of–the-Month book sale on April 5, 2014 from 10AM to 2PM.

Again there will be selections in fiction, non-fiction, children’s, and collectible books. New arrivals have been coming in daily so there will be lots of new choices. Most books are priced from $.50-$2.00. Rare and collectible books start at $4.00.Everyone can join the fun searching for literary treasures.

The event will be at the library, 119 N. 8th Street, Santa Paula. Patrons should enter through the roll-up door behind the library to access the sale.

For more information email jhawkc@gmail.com

 
The Rotary Club of Fillmore held it's Rotarians At Work Day last Saturday, at the Community Pool. Rotarians and Fillmore High School students prepared the pool area for the new season. Pictured (back-left) left Andre Alvarez, Athalia Martinez, Samantha Manginelli, Mirella Lemus, (second row) Hannah Vasquez, Cindy Blatt, Ruthie Gunderson, Ivette Huerta, (front) Sean Morris, Don Gunderson, Scott Beylik
The Rotary Club of Fillmore held it's Rotarians At Work Day last Saturday, at the Community Pool. Rotarians and Fillmore High School students prepared the pool area for the new season. Pictured (back-left) left Andre Alvarez, Athalia Martinez, Samantha Manginelli, Mirella Lemus, (second row) Hannah Vasquez, Cindy Blatt, Ruthie Gunderson, Ivette Huerta, (front) Sean Morris, Don Gunderson, Scott Beylik
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(l-r) Andre Alvarez, Athalia Martinez, Samantha Manginelli, Hannah Vasquez, Billy Wyche, Luke Myers
(l-r) Andre Alvarez, Athalia Martinez, Samantha Manginelli, Hannah Vasquez, Billy Wyche, Luke Myers
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