by Daphne Khalida Kilea
dkkilea@aol.com

Opening

Fluid State Beer Garden is under construction and will open soon at 692 E. Main St. in Ventura. The bar will offer a wide selection of craft beer and serve American pizza and charcuterie. … Island Cre8tions opened at 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #113, in Ventura. The boutique offers Afro-Caribbean and tropical clothing and accessories including handmade sandals, beach blankets, sun dresses, Hawaiian shirts, reggae bags, tie-dyed apparel, hemp backpacks and more. … Jimmy John’s Sandwiches opened at 1780 S. Victoria Ave. (Montalvo Square) in Ventura. The restaurant serves a variety of handcrafted sandwiches made with fresh, locally acquired ingredients, including bread baked throughout the day. … Little Shop of Horrors is open weekends at 433 E. Main St. in Ventura. The collectibles store offers a unique selection of ghoulish artwork, jewelry, décor and much more. … Lost in Socks opened at 1575 Spinnaker Drive, #107A, in Ventura. The boutique offers quality brand men’s, women’s and children’s socks in an array of colors, themes and heights. … Poke Land opened at 1780 S. Victoria Ave., #D (Montalvo Square), in Ventura. The restaurant serves customized dishes of fresh raw seafood with a variety of sauces, seasonings, sides and toppings. … Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU) opened its new corporate headquarters at 2575 Vista Del Mar Drive in Ventura. The shift to the 73,000-square-foot facility will allow VCCU to expand its commitment to the community and its members. VCCU also honored two emeritus board members, Bill Frank and Brenda Morris, by dedicating the open communal atrium to them for their collective service of more than 80 years. … WaBa Grill opened at 4726 Telephone Road, suite 1A, (Telephone Road Plaza) in Ventura. The grilled fusion restaurant offers low-fat, low-calorie, low-carb, high protein options with high-quality meats cooked (charbroiled) made to order, lightly steamed vegetables, freshly prepared salads and more. … Wax Me! will open at 4255 E. Main St., #12, in Ventura. The specialty business uses an all-natural, premium soft wax for the fastest and most efficient removal of body hair in a hygienic environment designed to emulate the comfort of one’s home. … Cut 360 Steakhouse opened at 101 S. Westlake Blvd. in Westlake Village. The restaurant offers an artisan table with fresh salads, breads, soups and a selection of appetizers as well as unique culinary experiences with endless table-side tastings of premium chef selections.

And the award goes to …

At the 23rd Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food and Brew Festival, the LAB Brewing Company and its brew master Roger Bott won the Best in Fest Brewery competition. In the Yummie Culinary Competition, the Top Chef Award Winners in the Savory Category were Chef Alex Castillo of Twenty88 (first place), Chef Nicolas Albrecht of University Village Thousand Oaks (second place) and Chef Bernardo Rodriguez of Ojai Beverage Company (third place). In the Sweet Category were Chef Momo Galera of University Village Thousand Oaks (first place), Chef Brandon Worrell of The Cave Restaurant (second place) and Chef Patty Brown of Patty’s 805 Treats (third place). … Ventura County’s Treasurer/Tax Collector Steven Hintz was awarded the professional credential of Certified Public Finance Administrator by the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada. The recipient must be a principal officer in a governmental entity charged with the performance or supervision of investments, debt or treasury activities; he or she should be committed to elevating the level of knowledge of public finance and the enrichment of performance within the treasury management profession. … Darth Vaughn was named to the 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Southern California, an honor he also received last year. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers 40 or younger in California are honored with the recognition each year. Vaughn is an attorney with Camarillo’s employment law firm LightGabler and his experience includes civil litigation and defending employers against a wide range of labor and employment disputes. … Hampton Inn and Suites Camarillo and Thousand Oaks both received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. The honor celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on the online TripAdvisor site over the past year; the businesses must have been listed on the site for at least 12 months, have a minimum number of reviews and maintained an overall bubble rating of at least 4 out of 5. … Local National Public Radio affiliate KCLU won six regional awards from the Associated Press and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The station was honored with the Best Radio Station Website award, news director Lance Orozco received his 10th Reporter of the Year award, an award for Best Radio Sports Reporting and Best Live News Coverage for weekend anchor Debra Green. From the RTDNA, KCLU received a 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Breaking News Coverage and Best Newswriting. … GopherHawk won the Whole Package Silver Award at the 2016 Packaging and Merchandising Awards program presented by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). NRHA hosts the annual competition to inform independent retailers about trends and leading packaging and to celebrate the independent home improvement industry’s best merchandising and packaging. Nearly 60 U.S. and Canadian manufacturers entered the competition. … The Refill Shoppe was recognized as Small Business of the Year in the 19th District by state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson at California Small Business Day. The Ventura-based store, owned by Michelle Stevens, was honored for hard work and dedication to the community. It sells home, bath and cleaning products in bulk in refillable, reusable bottles. … Ventura Convalescent Hospital earned one of three awards possible through the National Quality Award Program presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The program recognizes providers who have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities. The hospital received the Bronze Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. … The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Board of Trustees was recognized by the Community College League of California at the 2016 Annual Trustees Conference for completing the Excellence in Trusteeship Program (ETP). Trustees must commit to the program and meet certain criteria within a 24-month period to earn a Certificate of Completion. VCCCD is the only Community College District in California in which all of the trustees have completed the ETP and the first to complete the program as a team.

Moving up

Kassandra Bishop is the new director of marketing and business development for the Camarillo Premium Outlets. She will lead overall marketing strategies and manage various business functions including tourism, revenue generations, marketing budgets and tenant and partner relationships. Bishop was previously the director of marketing and business development at Vacaville Premium Outlets in Northern California. … Dr. Penelope DeLeon was appointed superintendent for the Oxnard Union High School District. DeLeon was selected from 28 candidates; she was previously the chief of schools (secondary) in the Fontana Unified School District. … Katherine Ho will serve as the junior honorary chair of the 2016 Thousand Oaks Arts Festival. Ho will be on site to greet visitors at the event; she is a soon-to-be senior at Westlake High School and was a contestant on season 10 of NBC’s “The Voice”. … David Fukutomi was appointed to the Community Memorial Health System’s board of trustees. Fukutomi is adjunct staff at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, where he leads the Center’s Pacific Executive Leaders Program. Fukutomi has over 20 years of experience in security and emergency management and is currently the board president of the nonprofit Pier into the Future. … Joan McBride was the 12th recipient of the Nonprofit Interim of the Year award by Third Sector Company. McBride was recognized for her outstanding performance as interim capital campaign manager at Westerly School in Long Beach, where she provided temporary on-site professional expertise and capital campaign coordination for Westerly’s major renovation and capital improvements project. … The Rev. Dana Worsnop was named as the new minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura (UUCV). Worsnop was found after a 9-month search, was one of three finalists but she was ultimately selected following Candidating Week after a 96.4 percent favorable vote. She has been a parish minister for 13 years with 10 as a settled minister in Oregon and three years as an interim minister in Canada and Idaho. Her duties begin Aug. 1. … Melissa Carlysle and Kate O’Brien joined the Community Action of Ventura County board of directors. Carlysle operates her own startup technology company, Socihacks, and has served with nonprofits, including United Way. O’Brien is a civil engineer and has served on various nonprofit boards, including the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board of directors since 2000.

In the name of charity

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley received a donation from Bud Marley for a nine-year naming rights commitment of the newest club scheduled to open this fall at the Agoura Calabasas Community Center. For the next nine years, the club will be known as the Jacqueline and Albert “Bud” Marley Boys & Girls Club. It will serve the A.E. Wright Middle School population and will provide homework assistance, performing-arts classes, fitness and recreation and more. … The Conejo Free Clinic received $17,500 from the Westlake Junior Women’s Club. The funds will support the Free Mammogram Fund, which will allow women in the Conejo Valley access to a free mammogram if they are unable to afford one. … Local nonprofits will receive a total of over $450,000 raised at the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food and Brew Festival. The funds will support organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties that serve abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families. … Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) is a new and diverse group of young professionals who share resources, time and talents to make a difference in the community. HYP began work after Habitat for Humanity broke ground for its final two homes of the Trinity Lane Development in Santa Paula. A total of eight homes will be built, with four already occupied and the rest due to be completed in 2017. HYP will be hosting its first member mixer on July 20 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Oxnard. … Veterans Farmers of America (VFA) received a $20,000 grant from Swords to Plowshares. VFA will use the grant to place veterans in paid internships at Ventura County farms where they can learn the trade of the particular farm and the agricultural industry in general.

Education

Nineteen Ventura County art students received over $10,000 in scholarships from the Ojai Studio Artist (OSA) Scholarship Committee. Aubrey Hernandez of Nordoff High School won the Top OSA 2016 art scholarship and was presented with the Ojai Award of $2,000. … 11 Ventura County students were awarded $20,000 in college scholarships from McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC). The students are among a total of 94 recipients and were selected from more than 1,500 applicants chosen through four scholarship programs run by RMHCSC. … Awards totaling $874,190 in scholarships were given to 225 local students in the 2016 Ventura County Community Foundation scholarship program hosted by the Ventura County Board of Education. The scholarship winners were selected from a pool of 2,072 applications in a highly competitive process. … CSU, Channel Islands, (CSUCI) was honored in the 2015 Collegiate Advertising Awards (CAA) program, placing it in the top 12 percent in the nation in three categories. CSUCI received awards in Special Video Production, Annual Report and Student Viewbook/Printed; the 2015 CAA program had more than 900 entries, and submissions were reviewed and scored by a national panel of industry experts, with a possibility of a 100 total points.