In Brief

In Brief

 

Champion boxer to speak at domestic violence event
Boxing champion and domestic violence survivor Maureen Shea will speak tonight (Thursday, Oct. 15) at an event dubbed “Taking the Punch Out of Domestic Violence,” hosted by transitional living facility The City Center in Ventura.

Each year, more than 4 million women experience domestic abuse by their partners, according to The City Center Executive Director Jim Duran, and one-third of the homeless women and children in Ventura County are “homeless trying to escape from domestic abuse in their homes.”

“The City Center is committed to assisting these broken families and rebuilding lives,” said Duran. “The goal is to raise $10,000 to renovate and dedicate a ‘Purple Room’ specifically to house a family in need.”

Shea will give a speech on how she survived and escaped domestic violence in her own home and turned her life around to become a championship boxer. Residents of The City Center, as well as a committee member, will also talk.

General admission is free. A VIP party ticket is $25 and includes a meet-and-greet with Shea, as well as beverages, appetizers and entertainment. The event begins tonight (Thursday, Oct. 15) at 6:30 p.m. at the TRC Conference Center, 859 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.TheCityCenter.org.

FOOD Share Ventura County kicks off Tackle Hunger Campaign
Ventura County FOOD Share’s annual Tackle Hunger Campaign, a four-month-long undertaking to raise funds for the program and awareness of the county’s families in need, kicks off today with a breakfast and tour of the Dole Packaged Foods facility in Westlake Village.

Brad Bartlett, president of Dole Packaged Foods and chairman of the Tackle Hunger Campaign and the annual CAN-Tree Campaign, will be one of several speakers and will lead the tour.

Bartlett and attendees will discuss FOOD Share’s efforts to feed the growing number of hungry families throughout Ventura County through the remainder of the year and how Dole, in partnership with FOOD Share, can assist.

Between 75,000 and 80,000 families are fed through the 194 pantry partners throughout Ventura County every year, says FOOD Share President and CEO Bonnie Atmore, who adds that the campaign that hosts the Lexus Lace-Up charity run in November and the CAN-Tree Collection in December is a way for county residents to get involved in helping their community.

“They like to hold faith in the idea that if they do this it will translate into ensuring that somebody is not going to go hungry,” said Atmore.

Atmore says that Dole will also produce a series of educational videos for FOOD Share on how to get the most out of items received from the pantries.

For more information on the Tackle Hunger Campaign, visit www.foodshare.com.

In Brief

In Brief

 

Summit features opportunities for community volunteers
Calling all residents who wish to donate their time and effort to a good cause. Local nonprofits are seeking your help for upcoming projects and are coming together in one place to make it easier than ever to volunteer.

The Ventura Rotaract Volunteer Summit will bring together all nonprofit volunteer organizations for face-to-face interaction and conversation on how to build a local network for both Ventura-based and international projects.

Rotaract is a humanitarian organization for young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35, dedicated to contributing to local and international charity work. Ventura’s club was founded in 2010 and has volunteered for over 50 events and projects across the county.

The summit, described as like a “job fair for volunteers,” will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Drive, in  Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturarotaract.com/ventura-volunteer-summit.

Free mulch for county gardeners to alleviate drought woes
For local homeowners depressed by the state of their lawns, there is hope: Cover it up with free wood chips provided by professional arborists, and reap the benefits of a drought-resistant garden.

Chip Drop, a new service launching in Ventura, offers free delivery of “arborist wood chips,” the leftovers of local arborists’ trimming, for use in gardens and yards to add a touch of class to an otherwise drought-stricken landscape. The benefit to arborists is free disposal of woodchips that would otherwise be a hassle to find a home for.

Wood chips, according to Chip Drop, can be used to suppress weed growth, moderate soil temperature, prevent erosion, promote the health of soil microbes and more.

The chips come mixed with leaves as well, which will break down quickly. The chips themselves are good for up to three years, according to Chip Drop.

For more information, visit www.chipdrop.in.

— Chris O’Neal

 

County, city officials pool money to open winter warming shelter
Prospects for an emergency winter homeless shelter have improved, thanks to Ventura County supervisors, who voted to make available money set aside in 2010 for homelessness prevention.

“We’re just waiting for confirmation that the National Guard Armory (in Oxnard) is available,” Oxnard Housing Director Arturo Casillas said Tuesday. “If the armory’s available, I think it’s going to happen.”

The $950,000 was originally earmarked for Ventura County cities to build permanent homeless shelters in compliance with state law, with the county matching an applicant city’s contribution two-to-one.

But no city has ever applied for the funds, so with a rainy winter looming, the county made the funds available for an emergency shelter, also with a two-to-one match in Oxnard or Ventura.

“Now instead of $360,000, we only have to get $120,000,” Casillas said, referring to the annual seasonal cost of operating the shelter.

Casillas said he would be meeting later Tuesday with Peter Brown, the city of Ventura’s community services manager, and Oxnard Department of Housing staff member Karl Lawson to talk about who would manage the shelter.

Casillas said the most likely scenario is that the shelter will be managed by staff from the Ventura County Rescue Mission, adding that he expects to have a plan for Oxnard’s City Council to approve at its Oct. 13 meeting.

The County of Ventura also announced it was seeking proposals for homeless housing projects, with the county’s Continuum of Care eligible to receive up $2.3 million to help fund such projects, with $1.5 million dedicated to existing ventures. Proposals need to be in by Oct. 12 to meet Housing of Urban Development grant application deadlines.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, a committee of three Ventura City Council members earmarked $41,000 of federal money for an emergency winter homeless shelter, ordering city staff to work with Oxnard officials in a joint last-minute effort.

In the past, emergency shelters have been operated from Dec. 1 to March 31 by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, with the armories in Oxnard or Ventura leased for the purpose, but the Society announced in 2013 it would no longer manage a shelter after the 2014-15 season.

— David Michael Courtland

In Brief

 

Summit features opportunities for community volunteers
Calling all residents who wish to donate their time and effort to a good cause. Local nonprofits are seeking your help for upcoming projects and are coming together in one place to make it easier than ever to volunteer.

The Ventura Rotaract Volunteer Summit will bring together all nonprofit volunteer organizations for face-to-face interaction and conversation on how to build a local network for both Ventura-based and international projects.

Rotaract is a humanitarian organization for young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35, dedicated to contributing to local and international charity work. Ventura’s club was founded in 2010 and has volunteered for over 50 events and projects across the county.

The summit, described as like a “job fair for volunteers,” will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Drive, in  Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturarotaract.com/ventura-volunteer-summit.

Free mulch for county gardeners to alleviate drought woes
For local homeowners depressed by the state of their lawns, there is hope: Cover it up with free wood chips provided by professional arborists, and reap the benefits of a drought-resistant garden.

Chip Drop, a new service launching in Ventura, offers free delivery of “arborist wood chips,” the leftovers of local arborists’ trimming, for use in gardens and yards to add a touch of class to an otherwise drought-stricken landscape. The benefit to arborists is free disposal of woodchips that would otherwise be a hassle to find a home for.

Wood chips, according to Chip Drop, can be used to suppress weed growth, moderate soil temperature, prevent erosion, promote the health of soil microbes and more.

The chips come mixed with leaves as well, which will break down quickly. The chips themselves are good for up to three years, according to Chip Drop.

For more information, visit www.chipdrop.in.

— Chris O’Neal

 

County, city officials pool money to open winter warming shelter
Prospects for an emergency winter homeless shelter have improved, thanks to Ventura County supervisors, who voted to make available money set aside in 2010 for homelessness prevention.

“We’re just waiting for confirmation that the National Guard Armory (in Oxnard) is available,” Oxnard Housing Director Arturo Casillas said Tuesday. “If the armory’s available, I think it’s going to happen.”

The $950,000 was originally earmarked for Ventura County cities to build permanent homeless shelters in compliance with state law, with the county matching an applicant city’s contribution two-to-one.

But no city has ever applied for the funds, so with a rainy winter looming, the county made the funds available for an emergency shelter, also with a two-to-one match in Oxnard or Ventura.

“Now instead of $360,000, we only have to get $120,000,” Casillas said, referring to the annual seasonal cost of operating the shelter.

Casillas said he would be meeting later Tuesday with Peter Brown, the city of Ventura’s community services manager, and Oxnard Department of Housing staff member Karl Lawson to talk about who would manage the shelter.

Casillas said the most likely scenario is that the shelter will be managed by staff from the Ventura County Rescue Mission, adding that he expects to have a plan for Oxnard’s City Council to approve at its Oct. 13 meeting.

The County of Ventura also announced it was seeking proposals for homeless housing projects, with the county’s Continuum of Care eligible to receive up $2.3 million to help fund such projects, with $1.5 million dedicated to existing ventures. Proposals need to be in by Oct. 12 to meet Housing of Urban Development grant application deadlines.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, a committee of three Ventura City Council members earmarked $41,000 of federal money for an emergency winter homeless shelter, ordering city staff to work with Oxnard officials in a joint last-minute effort.

In the past, emergency shelters have been operated from Dec. 1 to March 31 by the St. Vincent de Paul Society, with the armories in Oxnard or Ventura leased for the purpose, but the Society announced in 2013 it would no longer manage a shelter after the 2014-15 season.

— David Michael Courtland

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    August 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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    August 26 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
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    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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    August 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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