By Daphne Khalida Kilea
dkkilea@aol.com

Opening

Blvd Brgr Co. opened at 2145 Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo. The restaurant serves a variety of burgers prepared with freshly baked buns and offers vegetarian options. The menu also includes salads, creamy shakes, beer and a selection of sides. … Express Factory Outlet opened at the Camarillo Premium Outlets at 740 Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo. The 6,080-square-foot store specializes in the latest trends in men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. … Cask Alehouse will open at 5952 Telegraph Road in Ventura. The establishment will have a variety of California craft beer and wine, with a constantly rotating selection of 20 beers on tap and more by the bottle (including hard-to-find styles). A wide selection of wine will also be offered as well as a menu that included fresh salads, gourmet pizza and more, prepared with locally sourced items. … The Copa Cubana opened at 1575 Spinnaker Drive, #103 in Ventura. The waterfront restaurant at the Ventura Harbor offers Cuban-American cuisine with a full bar and live entertainment. … Passport Habits opened at 1987 E. Main St. in Ventura. The rug and home décor shop has a wide selection of items from all over the world, including jewelry, clothes and various unique gifts. … Rumfish is under construction at 34 N. Palm St. in Ventura, formerly Shanghai Beer Garden. With one other location in Belize, it will feature a “gastro-bar” offering local draft beers, a full bar and small plates-style dining as well as a menu of great classic comfort foods with a Belizean twist and international fusion fare. Opening date is tentative.

Expanding

Troop Real Estate, based in Simi Valley, joined the CENTURY 21 franchise system earlier this year by entering into a partnership with Midvale, Utah-based CENTURY 21 Everest Realty Group. Troop, a 29-year unaffiliated brokerage with 550 agents and 14 offices in and around Ventura and Los Angeles Counties in California, will now operate as CENTURY 21 Troop Real Estate. … Limoneira Company of Santa Paula is launching Limoneira South Africa (SA) as a new division of its One World of Citrus model, and it is also partnering with South African-based Re:inc as Real Citrus to represent and manage packing and sales opportunities throughout Africa. Limoneira SA will be based in Paarl, South Africa, and citrus will be sourced from local growers and will be packed locally. 

In the name of charity

95 Oxnard students were honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme for successfully completing its Youth Empowerment Program (YEP). YEP aims to teach job skills to youth ages 16-21, to guide them through earning a high school diploma and to help them get back to school. … Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families received a $5,000 grant from The Towbes Foundation to support its Safe Alternatives For Treating Youth (SAFTY) services. The SAFTY program acts as first responders to youth up to age 21 who are experiencing a mental health crisis; the funds will be used to improve the ability of SAFTY staff to stay better connected with the emergency situation as they are in transit to the location. … Oxnard College received a check of up to $1 million from the Oxnard College Foundation at the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees meeting. The foundation gave the funds to show its intentions to support the renovations of the biology and chemistry labs at the college. … Thousand Oaks couple Linda and Dennis Fenton donated $1 million to the award-winning department of KCLU Radio, a National Public Radio station. The Fentons have contributed to the station since its debut in 1994. KCLU members provide financial resources for news coverage; the station has more than 100,000 weekly listeners. The Linda and Dennis Fenton KCLU Radio News Endowment will be used to hire personnel and enhance equipment, programming and production. … 1,884 people received free dental services and education at the Ventura County Fairgrounds from CDA Cares, the volunteer dental clinic of the California Dental Association. CDA provided $1.5 million in services during the two-day event, performing 11,583 dental procedures. … Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) will receive $20,000 from the ClifBar Mountains2Beach Marathon in support of Summerfest. The free event hosted by VEP and the Ventura Unified School District unites the community with fun, physical activities, music and healthy food.