Opening
A weekly Farmers Market will be launched by the Collection RiverPark on June 18. Freshly picked fruits and vegetables grown locally will be available, and consumers will also have the opportunity to shop prepared and prepackaged foods, flower vendors and hand-crafted goods while enjoying live music and face painting. The market will operate every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in Park View Court.

And the award goes to …
Karen Bain and Lisa Kudirka, founders of Shave It Inc. in Camarillo, were honored with the 2015 California Women Business Owners of the Year award by the National Association of Women Business Owners, California. The annual award acknowledges one outstanding woman-owned, California-based business in recognition of excellent leadership and business acumen. … Susan Murphy received the 2015 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Cal Lutheran University (CLU). Murphy is the chairwoman of the Department of Management and Marketing and she also spearheads CLU’s annual Paths to Professionalism event. The award recognizes professors who are held in high esteem by their peers, students and the rest of the university community. … Women’s Economic Ventures honored 84 graduates for the completion of the Self-Employment Training course. The 14-week course in finance, marketing, leadership skills and more allows graduates to launch/grow their businesses. The ceremony featured a business expo highlighting a range of innovative businesses launched by the graduates. … Panic! Productions theatre troupe was honored for the recent production of the musical “13.” The troupe received six National Youth Arts Awards and six nominations; director Barry Pearl was also recognized. The cast has been invited to perform at the awards ceremony on June 14. … Kathy Elliott was named 2015 Ventura County Teacher of the Year by the Ventura County Office of Education. Elliott is a high school English and art teacher at Pacific High School, a continuation school in Ventura. She has been an educator for 30 years and at PHS for 12 years. … The Ojai Valley Community Hospital has been named a recipient of the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care. The award is an evidence-based designation that reflects exceptional clinical performance and women’s preferences. … The Collection at RiverPark was recognized at the 2015 Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and digital campaigns. The Collection won Gold in the categories YouTube Channel and Consumer Engagement for its campaign The Collection News Network. … Ventura County Emergency Medical Services received the American Heart Association’s Lifeline EMS Gold Award. The EMS agency was recognized for improving quality measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Moving up
Janet Morgan was named the new executive director of the Camarillo Old Town Association. She previously served as the vice president of sales and customer service for Specialized Water Systems, where she was responsible for inside sales, customer service and other related duties. … Dr. Ann Bonitatibus was selected to be the new superintendent of the Conejo Valley Unified School District, effective July 1. Bonitatibus will succeed Jeff Baarstad, who is retiring. She has nearly 30 years of experience in education and is currently the chief operating officer for Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland. … Dwayne Carey, Ryan Van Ommeren and Dr. Genevieve Evans Taylor were appointed to the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast board. Carey and Evans Taylor will serve as members at large on the board of directors while Van Ommeren will serve as vice chair. … Nathan Carlson, Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Dan Hamilton, Louise Kelly, Maureen Lorimer and David Nelson were elected to tenure and promoted to associate professor at CLU. Christine Sellin advanced to the rank of full professor, Sheridan Wigginton was elected to tenure and full professor, and Jean Sandlin was promoted to associate professor. … Lyn Krieger was appointed to a second term as president of the California Marine and Navigation Conference (CMANC). CMANC’s mission is to optimize federal benefits by advocating for the maintenance and improvement of California harbors, ports and navigation projects. Krieger is the director of the Ventura County Harbor Department. … Bill Bartels was named interim film liaison for the Ventura County Film Commission. Bartels will manage film-related communication, help identify and access film-friendly locations, develop the county’s film infrastructure and partnerships and promote the county to the film industry and media.

In the name of charity
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (BGCOP) received more than $18,400 from the Second Annual Women and What We Love fundraising event, sponsored by Mayerson Marketing and Public Relations. The funds will benefit the various programs and the 9,200 youth at BGCOP. … The California Oil Museum received $5,000 from the California Resources Corporation (CRC). The donation will go to the museum’s science programs; Ventura County schools attend tours and workshops, with over 5,000 students so far in 2015. … The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) is launching the “Who’s Your Mama Contest” on its Facebook page through mid-June. The contest is to guess the breed of two unusual-looking dogs (seeking adoption or foster home) whose DNA was tested to determine ancestry. A $5 donation is encouraged but not required. The funds will go toward cost of medical care for the shelter animals. … The Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley received a $10,000 grant from Ford Motor Company. The funds are to increase the average daily attendance for middle-school-age club members with the goal of keeping them on track to enter and graduate from high school. … Alliance for the Arts, with the support of local businesses and philanthropists, raised funds at the annual Golf Classic to support the Kids and the Arts program. Keets and Hugh Cassar were the honorees of the event, recognized for their commitment and generosity to a variety of local organizations. The proceeds from the event will sponsor over 900 students to attend professional theatre, music and dance at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in the 2015-2016 season. … The CLU 15th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on June 11 at Moorpark Country Club, hosted by the Cal Lutheran Leaders Association. There will be a $10,000 hole-in-one prize sponsored by Ernie and Jean Sandlin. The proceeds will fund student scholarships. … Aera Energy contributed $12,500 to the upcoming (June 5) 18th Annual PAL Golf Tournament at the Olivas Links Golf Course. The funds will benefit the Ventura PEAK (Program to Enrich Afterschool Kids) and Police Activities League (PAL) programs. … Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC) received $210,000 raised from the 2015 Golf Classic charity event, which was hosted by actor/author Kevin Sorbo. The proceeds will benefit BBSVC’s mentoring programs and supporting the new program, Big University, that will be launched in the fall with Cal Lutheran University.

Education
Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti will celebrate the graduation of the Automotive Afterschool Program on June 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 300 N. Graves Ave., suite F, in Oxnard. … Eighteen local schools were the recipients of the Collection at RiverPark’s first School Rewards program, which provided $250-$3,000 in Collection gift cards that can be used to purchase school supplies at the retail center. … Two hundred eighty-four Ventura College students were presented with a total of over $563,000 in scholarships by the Ventura College Foundation at the 28th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala. The awards ranged from $500 to $9,500; the Gene Haas Foundation presented 23 students with scholarships and Southern California Edison awarded 51. … Thirteen Ventura County High School seniors were awarded a total of $50,000 in college scholarships by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. The scholarships were given to seniors who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and strong character throughout their high school years; it also included a $500 grant for the teacher of the recipient’s choice. … Eight Ventura County students received a total of $23,500 in scholarships from UnitedAg. UnitedAg’s Scholarship Committee reviewed essays submitted by applicants responding to “Explain where and how California gets its water. If you were governor, how would you manage this valuable resource to protect agriculture?” … Dwire School in Oxnard will be designated as Southern California’s first “model site” by MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education/Experience) International, a nonprofit that helps people with orthopedic and cognitive disabilities. The designation means that MOVE has determined that Dwire School is making exceptional use of its concepts and techniques and is setting high goals for all participants. … The Ventura County Office of Education received a $10.2 million grant from the California Department of Education’s Career Pathways Trust Program. The donation will fund VC Innovates, a collaborative endeavor bringing together educators, businesses and community partners to apply innovative approaches to the education experience and prepare future workers and leaders for the workforce.

Construction
Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza and other area officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Sonata at Riverpark in Oxnard. Sonata at Riverpark will be a 52-unit, tax-credit community for low-income families and is expected to finish construction in summer of 2016.