Sleek architecture lands CSU library design award
A library on the campus of Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo has won a design award from an architecture magazine, the university has announced.
The John Spoor Broome Library was named one of 50 winners of California Construction’s Best of 2008 contestants, earning a spot in the publication’s Outstanding Architectural Design category, which recognizes both construction and design excellence throughout the state.
The 137,000-square-foot library, completed this year, was designed by Lord Norman Foster, integrating an existing building of Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architectures with modern designs of glass, metal and concrete.
Currently, the library houses 75,000 bound books, 180,000 electronic books, and other audio/video media.
NAMI offers free courses
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ventura County has announced it will offer a free, 12-week course in both Ventura and Westlake Village, beginning this month.
The “Family to Family” course will be held in Ventura at the county’s public health department’s auditorium at 3147 Loma Vista Road, every Thursday starting Jan. 8, 6:30-9 p.m.
In Westlake Village, the class will begin on Jan. 15 for 12 Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m., at the Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas.
An announcement from NAMI says the class is for family members, partners and friends of individuals suffering from major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia on schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders or addictive disorders.
To register or for more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 641-2426. Classes are limited to 25 people.
Employment law specialist to bring expertise to Oxnard breakfast
An expert in the field of employment law is scheduled to speak on the complexity of the subject at next week’s Good Morning Oxnard Breakfast, according to a press release from the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, who is hosting the event.
Jim Kuns, a senior consultant with the Employers Group, will take a look at some of the more advanced labor laws when the breakfast is held on Jan. 8, 7:15-9 a.m. at the Residence Inn, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard.
For information on the event, e-mail email@example.com.
Chamber citizen of year noted for homelessness activism
Karl Keller, a Ventura activist known best as the volunteer chair of the city’s social services task force, is the 2008 Citizen of the Year for the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.
Keller was honored at the chamber’s 12th Annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon on Dec. 9 at the Ventura Marriott, where Keller, a longtime member of the task force, has worked toward curbing homelessness in Ventura.
“It’s humbling,” Keller said this week of the award. “I’m glad to be able to help, throw some surplus energy to working on the (task force’s) 10-Year Strategy. I’ve had a bunch of wonderful people to work with, which makes it great fun.
$10K reward for Circle K slaying
A $10,000 reward is being offered by a convenience store chain for information leading to the capture and conviction of two men involved in the killing last week of one of its clerks.
The reward was announced by Circle K Stores after Sean Odle, 30, was shot dead in the early morning of Dec. 26 at the chain’s Midtown Ventura location during a failed robbery attempt. Ventura police have released a surveillance video of the crime, showing two hooded men entering the store around 4:30 a.m., where Odle had been manning the store. One kept watch at the front door, while the gunman, who was armed with a rifle, is shown aiming and firing one shot.
Both men are seen fleeing shortly after without having taken any cash or merchandise. Information about the crime should be directed to Ventura PD Detective Dirk Boon, 339-4479 or 339-4416. For anonymous tips, call the PD’s Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
Watch the surveilance video here