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By Daphne Khalida Kilea 11/01/2012
I Would Rather Be Baking Co. will open on Nov. 1 at 2390 Las Posas Road in Camarillo. The bakery, which is known for its selection of more than 25 flavors of cakes, will be located inside Cold Stone Creamery and will offer a variety of desserts, including cupcakes, cookies, brownies and pies. … Attorney Cheri L. Elson has opened Elson Law Firm at 1200 Paseo, suite 170, in Camarillo. Elson is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and the firm will focus in those areas; estate planning, probate, estate administration and conservatorship law. … La Valle Restaurant opened in Ojai at 1002 E. Ojai Ave. Owned by Marco Bello, who is also the chef, the restaurant serves authentic homemade Mexican and Italian food. … Anytime Fitness will open at 2875 Elba St. off Johnson Drive, formerly the Century 16 movie theaters. … Doggin’ Around has opened at 3222 Bunsen Ave. in Ventura, a daycare for dogs where they can relax, play and socialize. … Various openings at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard include Massage Envy Spa, Century RiverPark 16, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Menchies Frozen Yogurt, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Panera Bread.
ClosingBernadette’s on Main in downtown Ventura will close by Nov. 5, having lost its lease after more than a decade. The eatery is known for its live music, its large sunny-side patio and crab-cake sandwiches.
Moving upAfter a nationwide search, the Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau (VVCB) named Marlyss M. Auster as its new executive director. Auster’s background in event management and hospitality strengthens her role in promoting Ventura’s tourism industry. … Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ventura County recently appointed Miriam Mack as its executive director. CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who become advocates for foster children. Mack is CASA’s first executive director since it became an independent nonprofit organization in 2011 … California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies (CCCMHA) recently appointed Steve Elson as president. Elson is currently the CEO of Casa Pacifica and will preside over CCCMHA, a group of nonprofit agencies under contract with county mental health departments throughout California to provide mental health services.
And the award goes to…La Reina High school student Isabella Brignardello won the 2013 Ventura County Science Fair poster contest. Chosen by local educators and scientists, Brignardello’s artwork will be featured in posters, fliers and packets publicizing the event, which will be held on April 10, 2013. … Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will award the McCune Foundation with the Philanthropist of the Year, Santa Barbara County; Sandra and Jordan Laby with the Philanthropist of the Year, Ventura County; Freddie Contardino with Volunteer of the Year, at Ventura County National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Thursday, November 15 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. … Jan Brovold was named October’s Teacher of the Month by the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation. Brovold is a third-grade teacher at Loma Vista Elementary, who is also being honored for establishing an after-school homework club for English-language learners. … Republic Services of Oxnard (RSO) recently awarded the 2012 Ventura County Leadership Academy’s (VCLA) “Distinguished Community Leader of the Year” Award to Gus Sanchez , RSO’s operations manager. He serves as an operator of the city of Oxnard’s Del Norte Regional Recycling and Transfer Station. … The 2012 California American Planning Association (APA) Award was awarded to the city of Thousand Oaks. The statewide planning award was in the “Hard Won Victories” category for the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in 2011 to establish new design, development and land use standards and improvements.
Cause for kidsThe Johnson Family Dental and La Cumbre Dental Specialty Center will be hosting its fifth annual Cash for Candy kids’ event from Nov. 1 to Nov. 9. Kids ages 1-13 can sell up to five pounds of Halloween candy for $2 per pound, which will be shipped to troops by Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization. For office locations and hours, visit www.johnsonfamilydental.com . … Drapery Affair/Floor to Ceiling Interiors in Ventura is working with Toys for Tots of Port Hueneme during the holidays to help needy children in Ventura County. The interior design showroom is offering a thank-you gift of $25 Floor to Ceiling Bucks for each donation dropped off at its location (5109 Walker St.), redeemable for any product or service offered.
In the name of charityThe 16th annual Rally for The Cure golf outing for breast cancer research raised more than $300,000 at the Saticoy Country Club. The annual breast cancer awareness event is sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. … FOOD Share hosted Tackle Hunger Kickoff Tuesday on Oct.30, a campaign aimed at raising $150,000 to $200,000 pounds of food in donations. The attendees built a CAN Tree, a 6-foot tree made out of canned goods, which will be re-created with 50 trees in December’s CAN Tree Collection at The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Oct. 11 for the Advanced Water Purification Facility (AWPF), the city of Oxnard’s state-of-the-art wastewater purification project. AWPF delivers recycled water that is safe, clean and clear and can be used to meet any water supply needs in the future. … The Social Security Administration office of Ventura has relocated from 3585 Maple St. to the Center Promenade at 6477 Telephone Road, suite 1. The new office opened on Oct. 22.
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