Community Memorial Health System is offering a free support group delving into emotional freedom techniques, also known as EFT, during December.

The support group will meet Dec. 1, Dec. 15 and Dec. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the CMHS HealthAware office now located at 2580 East Main Street, Suite 103.

Emotional freedom techniques is a healing tool that can provide results for physical, emotional and performance issues. It is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments, but without the invasiveness of needles.

Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while participants think about their specific problem – whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction and pain – and voice positive affirmations.

Virginia Matsuda, who is certified in EFT and hypnotherapy, will lead the support group, facilitated by Evelyn Scott, R.N., of CMHS’s HealthAware program.

“I’ve done it myself and at first did not know what to think of it,” Scott said. “But at the end I felt relaxed with a sense of power over the issue I was dealing with.”

For and more information, contact the HealthAware program healthaware@cmhshealth.org or call 805/667-2818.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, along with the Centers for Family Health serving various communities within and located in Ventura County, California.

 


 
Grant from the community bank will assist the Youth Project in providing counseling services for at-risk youth

SANTA CLARITA, CA – Bank of the Sierra announced a grant in the amount of $5,000 to the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project. The grant funds will be used to support the Education and Counseling Program for Youth, which implements free, highly-accessible individual and group counseling, as well as other campus-based strategies to help teens and their families in the community.

Bank President and CEO Kevin McPhaill commended the work that the organization does for Santa Clara’s teens, adding, “Bank of the Sierra is more than happy to promote the cause of the SCV Youth Project. The work they do is necessary, and we hope the grant goes far toward helping them achieve their mission.”

Serving a dozen middle, junior, and high schools in the Santa Clarita area, the SCV Youth Project started in 2000, and actively ministers to hundreds of at-risk youths at any given time.

About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004 the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over a million dollars to organizations that improve local communities. The grants go toward fostering community services, park preservation, and educational programs. Non-profits who wish to apply for a Sierra Grant can pick up an instructional brochure at any Bank of the Sierra branch, or visit the bank’s web site at www.bankofthesierra.com/resources/sierra_grant_program.

About Bank of the Sierra
Since opening its doors in 1977, Bank of the Sierra has grown to become the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley with assets totaling $1.7 billion. The company has over 400 employees and conducts business through 28 branch offices, an online branch, a real estate industries center, and an agricultural credit center.

 


 

Santa Clara Valley Hospice Home Support Group Inc. Light up a Life Memorials and Honors.
A light will be shining on the Fillmore/Piru Hospice Tree at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 28, at 5:30 pm at the Central Park Plaza in Fillmore, for names of loved ones received, October 10 to November 16, 2015.

for Fillmore in MEMORY OF:
Ed Preston
Betty Preston
Ked Creed
Roberta Creed
Ruth Musgrave
Gerald Davis
Hazel Davis
Lois Main
Bill Haynes
Olen Core
Sue Core
Elmira Morales
Cornelius V. Morales
Adrian Morales
Claude and Mary R. Lee
Rufus and Hazle Hiebert
Clev Cunningham
Jeff Lowe
Logan Floyd Lowe
Bill Dezavala
Bernice Michels
Frank and Sophie Norris
Susan Taylor
Derek DeJarnette
Amy DeJarnette
Ruben Ramirez
Robert Ortega
Pete Cervantes
Mary Beyerl
Joe Beyerl
Julian Rangel
Past Soroptomist Members
Eric (Rick) Godfrey
Bret Godfrey
Vena Godfrey
Louis and Grace Meehi
Terry Meehl
Kathy Black
Diane Dudley
Lori Anne Hawthorne
Robert Stephen Hawthorne
Jean Griffin
Pat Dixon
Jean Griffin
Bob Hoy
Freda Hoy
Patti Gorski
Isabel Luna
Juan Sanchez
Daniel Sanchez
Melvin and Jeffrey Lloyd
Modesto Cardona
Madeline Davis
Ruby Riesgo
Benjie Ledesma
Patrick Holley
Bernard Holley
Boyce “Cotton” Taylor
Stanley Merry

for PIRU IN MEMORY OF
Zeke (Granpa) Hernandez
Lucy (Nana) Gonzalez
Dino Lovato
Paul A. Perez
Robert Perez

 


 
Leslie Klinchuch, Project Manager, Refining Business Unit for Chevron, is shown with the youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara valley. Mrs. Klinchuch is presenting the Club with a donation of $5,000 towards their after school STEM program. Chevron has been a dedicated supporter of this program since it began a few years ago. STEM Education is a focus on Science, technology, Engineering and Math. Also pictured is Boys & Girls club CEO, Jan Marholin and grant writer - Club supporter Marleen Canniff. Thank you Chevron!
Leslie Klinchuch, Project Manager, Refining Business Unit for Chevron, is shown with the youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara valley. Mrs. Klinchuch is presenting the Club with a donation of $5,000 towards their after school STEM program. Chevron has been a dedicated supporter of this program since it began a few years ago. STEM Education is a focus on Science, technology, Engineering and Math. Also pictured is Boys & Girls club CEO, Jan Marholin and grant writer - Club supporter Marleen Canniff. Thank you Chevron!
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Martha Gentry and Scott Lee
Martha Gentry and Scott Lee
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The Fillmore Historical Museum is pleased to have received a donation of $750 from the Fillmore Lions Club. We are very grateful for their continuing support for the Museum and its programs. Currently the museum has a special display of vintage books of historical and local significance. We also have continuing displays of photos, artifacts and memorabilia relating to Fillmore, Sespe, Bardsdale and Piru. November also brings our annual poinsettia sale. Anyone interested in purchasing poinsettias for delivery Dec. 5th can call the museum at 524-0948.

 
December 1, 2015

Celiac disease – a chronic condition and autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten found in food containing wheat, rye and barley – will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Helen John-Kelly, M.D., who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology, will lead the seminar that will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St. in Ventura.

Celiac disease can occur at any stage of life, is commonly inherited and can be especially threatening to children. Dr. John-Kelly will cover the symptoms of celiac disease, how it is diagnosed and what the treatment is for children. She also will discuss how patients can live optimally healthy lives.

Dr. John-Kelly received her medical degree from Madras Medical College in India and completed a pediatric medicine residency at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York as well as a three-year pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a member of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society. Dr. John-Kelly is a member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

Registration is free but reservations are required. Visit cmhshealth.org/rsvp or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800/838-3006.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, along with the Centers for Family Health serving various communities within and located in Ventura County, California.

 

Ventura County, CA – A new resource is available to Ventura county homeowners to address common questions relating mortgage refinancing. The information from this workshop will help families understand the refinance process, key factors to consider before refinancing, the difference between an FHA Streamline and a Conventional Loan, how refinancing affects homeowners who received down payment assistance loan or grant, among other topics. The workshop will be held Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 6pm in English and Spanish. It is offered free of charge by Ventura County Community Development Corporation, located at 2231 Sturgis Road, Suite A in Oxnard, CA.
Alex Vega, VCCDC Director of Lending Services, who will be one of the speakers, says “Contrary to popular belief, a refinance is not for everyone. Homeowners have to evaluate their current situation to determine if refinancing is right for them at any given point in time. We hope to educate homeowners in our community by giving them the necessary information they need to make an educated decision.”

To reserve a seat for the workshop please call VCCDC at (805) 273-7800 or email ContactUs@vccdc.org.
About VCCDC

The VCCDC Home Ownership Center is a one-stop-shop where a full circle of services and resources is available to prospective home buyers and homeowners, including: HUD approved pre-purchase education and counseling, post-home purchase workshops, realty, and lending services that include down payment assistance programs and more. VCCDC is a certified Community Financial Development Institution and the only nonprofit organization in Ventura County offering affordable loan products and down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers.

Since it was founded in 2001 as a local non-profit organization, VCCDC has worked to increase homeownership and economic stability in underserved communities of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. VCCDC is dedicated to ensuring that homebuyers are prepared for homeownership with the support of certified professionals who provide education and guidance, assisting with planning and problem solving. All VCCDC staff is bilingual, proudly serving the community. VCCDC accomplishes its work in partnership with other community organizations, and is financially supported by private and public funds. Visit us at www.vccdc.org and www.facebook.com/vccdc

 
Come enjoy Community Night and see our Fillmore High School Marching Band perform their award winning field show entitled, “Wild”. They will be performing this Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:30pm on the high school football field. Entry is free.
Come enjoy Community Night and see our Fillmore High School Marching Band perform their award winning field show entitled, “Wild”. They will be performing this Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:30pm on the high school football field. Entry is free.
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The Fillmore Lions Club Annual Enchilada dinner was once again a big success with nearly 265 dinners sold. Thank you Fillmore for supporting the club! Photos courtesy the Fillmore Lions Club.
The Fillmore Lions Club Annual Enchilada dinner was once again a big success with nearly 265 dinners sold. Thank you Fillmore for supporting the club! Photos courtesy the Fillmore Lions Club.
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Special recognition will be paid to One Step founder Lynn Edmonds
Edmonds setting up an altar for Dia de los Muertos
Edmonds setting up an altar for Dia de los Muertos
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Saturday, November 14th 2015, One Step a la Vez will host a reception from 4-6pm to recognize their volunteers, donors and supporters. One Step invites the entire community to attend the event.

Special recognition will be paid to One Step founder Lynn Edmonds. Edmonds has stepped into semi-retirement: she will continue as the Grant Writer for the organization, and she will be named Director Emerita at this event. This honor is in recognition of her significant contributions to the organization, the Fillmore community, and to multiple generations of Fillmore youth.

 
Fillmore community support organization
Fillmore community support organization "Lions Club" recently received a generous grant from our neighbors at Chevron. The grant will aid in the funding of many of our scholarship programs also help in our support funding to school programs such as art, band, drama as well as many other community programs. Lions club international is a nonprofit group helping people world wide and while being community based "WE SERVE" starts at home. Sight is of great importance to Lions and for many years have proactively given free eye exams too Fillmore's youth. We thank Chevron for their longtime support to our community.
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Fillmore Fire Chief rigo Landeros helps Boys & Girls club staff moving in sheets of drywall to their soon to be finished Teen Study Center. ASR Construction was very generous in donating all drywall materials for the project. Chief Landeros and staff moved 55 sheets in the early morning of November 4th. Hanging of the drywall will take place Saturday November 7th. This project will make a huge difference when completed in that there will now be a study room for teens. There will be classes in financial literacy as well as resume building, tips when interviewing for a job and safety when using your phone for all financial transactions. The project will hopefully be finished by January 2016.
Fillmore Fire Chief rigo Landeros helps Boys & Girls club staff moving in sheets of drywall to their soon to be finished Teen Study Center. ASR Construction was very generous in donating all drywall materials for the project. Chief Landeros and staff moved 55 sheets in the early morning of November 4th. Hanging of the drywall will take place Saturday November 7th. This project will make a huge difference when completed in that there will now be a study room for teens. There will be classes in financial literacy as well as resume building, tips when interviewing for a job and safety when using your phone for all financial transactions. The project will hopefully be finished by January 2016.
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Bank of the Sierra is pleased to announce the future opening of a new branch in Sanger, California. The vacant building, located at 1500 Seventh Street, was previously occupied by Citibank. The Sanger branch is scheduled to open in early 2016, following a variety of interior and exterior renovations.

“Bank of the Sierra’s expansion will bring the benefits of community banking to the Sanger market,” stated Kevin McPhaill, Bank of the Sierra President and CEO. “The bank will offer a full suite of financial products and services, as well as the lost art of personalized customer service. In an effort to maintain a convenient network of branches throughout Central California, we continually evaluate branch growth opportunities and feel Sanger is a perfect fit within our footprint,” McPhaill added.

Sanger is a city in Fresno County, California, 13 miles east-southeast of the City of Fresno. The 2010 census estimated Sanger’s population at 24,270.

Bank of the Sierra (www.bankofthesierra.com) is in its 38th year of operations, and at $1.7 billion in assets is the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley. The Company has over 400 employees and conducts business through 28 branch offices, an online branch, a real estate industries center, and an agricultural credit center.

 

Let the world’s most creative minds take you on a journey of possibilities in health and medicine. That’s the intent of “TEDMED Live 2015 –“Breaking Through” -- on November 19th.

But there’s no need to travel to Palm Springs to attend this one-of-a-kind conference. That’s because Community Memorial Health System is bringing “TEDMED Live” to you via simulcast at the Museum of Ventura County in Ventura.

What’s more, admission is free. Sessions range from exploring the secrets and wonders of the brain to creating a culture of health to the impact of food on health. Join us for one, or all four sessions and join the global conversation about what’s new in health and medicine. The first session starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by sessions at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Seating is limited, so make your reservation today. To learn more, go to cmhshealth.org/tedmed, or call 1-800-838-3006.

Community Memorial Health System. Where excellence begins with caring.

 
Bert Bigham celebrated his 96th birthday with a group of friends from the El Dorado Mobilehomes Bunko group. The partiers enjoyed a meal at El Pescador. Bert was an elementary school teacher and counselor in Fillmore for many years.
Bert Bigham celebrated his 96th birthday with a group of friends from the El Dorado Mobilehomes Bunko group. The partiers enjoyed a meal at El Pescador. Bert was an elementary school teacher and counselor in Fillmore for many years.
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November 19, 2015

Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, established in 1990 to help local cities and the County of Ventura meet state mandates to cut the amount of trash they send to landfills in half, is holding a 25th anniversary celebration on Nov. 19.

Gold Coast Recycling and business partner Harrison Industries will honor the cities they serve – Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ojai and Carpinteria – as well the County of Ventura with Certificates of Appreciation during the event beginning at 11 a.m. Gold Coast Recycling is located at 5275 Colt St. in Ventura.

Certificates also will be presented to representatives of the following for helping the cities and county exceed the trash diversion goals of California Assembly Bill 939, passed in 1989: California State University Channel Islands; Ventura College; the Ventura Unified School District; the Ventura Regional Sanitation District; the Channel Islands Beach Communities; Point Mugu; Ventura and Carpinteria State Beaches; the Limoneira Company, Agromin Premium Soil Products; the members of the Ventura County Waste Disposal Association, the Ventura County Fair and local Chambers of Commerce.

Gold Coast Recycling is a state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot facility. Working in conjunction with Harrison Industries, which established a three-barrel curbside program for trash, recycling and green waste for residents and a white recycling bin program for businesses as well as roll-off and Construction & Demolition programs for both businesses and residents, GCR processes over 90,000 tons of recyclable materials each year.

In the future Harrison Industries and GCR will be adding green and food waste recycling bins for its business customers, in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1826, which takes effect in 2016. AB 1826 is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers and create a source of green energy.

 
 
Monthly meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Ventura County Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday,November 19, 2015, at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center at 5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and advice from Consulting Rosarians. Our little rose show will be at 7:00 PM and our speaker presentation will begin at 7:30 P.M. (Please note that this is the third Thursday of the month instead of the fourth Thurs.due to Thanksgiving holidays.)

The VCRS meeting will feature Patty Pagaling speaking on "How to Biodynamically Grow and Tend Roses in the Drought". Patty is the owner of Transition to Organics and produces Zacks Organics Compost.in Ojai. This should be a very interesting and timely lecture..

Visitors are always welcome to our VCRS meetings. For more information contact; Janet Sklar at 818-337-9970 or Dawn-Marie Johnson at 805-523-9003. Our website is http://www.venturarose.org/

 

Santa Clara Valley Disposal will maintain its regular Friday trash and green waste collection schedule on Nov. 13, during the week of Veterans Day.

For more information, call 647-1414.