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Opening: The city of Ventura welcomes its newest wine making and tasting facility, Four Brix Winery, which relocated from its previous location in Thousand Oaks. The brand-new facility at 2290 Eastman Ave., Suite 109, offers a “taste of Ventura” encompassing an array of earthy local artists and cultures with a boutique feel. …
Franky’s Place reopened its doors last month after closing a couple of years earlier. It is located at 456 E. Main St. in Ventura. …Whirly Cups at 377 E. Main St. will open this month to serve cupcakes, frozen yogurt and coffee. … Come experience love at first sight when Downtown Sol celebrates its grand opening Saturday, Oct. 8, in the artfully furnished Lopez Building at 328 W. Third St., Oxnard. Downtown Sol is a cross between your favorite festival, specialty boutique and arts center, featuring handmade art, home accessories, jewelry and more. The center will also offer classes. … The innovative CEO University has officially launched in Westlake Village. It is a pioneer in executive training organization to quantitatively measure both the financial and cultural progress of its members, and uniquely melds corporate culture with financial success.
Closing: One Way Board Shop at 4300 E. Main Street will be closing its doors this month. Merchandise is currently on sale at 20 to 70 percent off.
Kudos: Port Hueneme senior police officer Paul Gomez, Oxnard firefighter Aaron Baker and paramedic Jaime Villa were recognized by the community of Hueneme Bay late last month for their outstanding professional service and dedication in ensuring public safety. … Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks received the 2011 Daily News Reader’s Choice Favorite Mall award.
Earth-friendly: The annual Earth Charter Summit and Awards program is being held on Oct. 8 at the recently closed Wright Library on the Ventura College campus. The Earth Charter is a global collaborative process aimed at the preservation of the planet through peaceful principles and exemplifying them. … Agromin, an Oxnard-based, earth-friendly manufacturing company of soil products, was ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the country’s fastest-growing private companies in its fifth annual Inc. 500/5000.
Academia: Carli Lovell, a sophomore nursing student at CSUCI, is the recipient of the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The $3,000 award is given to one student from each of CSU’s 23 campuses, recognizing those in financial need who have overcome significant hardships to excel in academics, community service and personal achievements. Hueneme High School in Oxnard is one of the winners of the 2011 Governor’s Challenge Competition and Spotlight Award Gold Medalist, as well as the Governor’s Council’s High School of the Year. The school will receive a brand-new fitness center and equipment as well as $10,000 to further promote physical activity and good nutrition in its community.
All the world’s a stage: Ventura’s own Rubicon Theatre Company received eight Ovation nominations last month, as well as being the only company recognized for Best Play and Best Musical.
Charity: Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, along with sponsors, and the county of Ventura teamed up to build two Habitat for Humanity homes in Piru. In partnership with more than 60 volunteers from the community, Habitat immediately improved the neighborhood through the demolition and removal of a structurally unsafe, debris-filled hotel and produced the 53rd and 54th homes built since the groundbreaking on the first home in Ventura County in 1994. … Ventura Music Festival received a $5,000 grant from Bank of America as part of an ongoing partnership and commitment to education. Educational Outreach implemented by the nonprofit music festival benefits Ventura County students, reaching more than 4,000 youths with music programs.
In it to win it: The Retired Employees Association of Ventura County (REAVC) is offering two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in December at its holiday luncheon. All REAVC members, as well as members of their families who are attending or planning to pursue higher education institutions as of winter 2012 are eligible to apply. The deadline is Oct. 15. All applications and information can be found at the REAVC website,www.reavc.org.
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