County museum closes galleries through January

A new installation will require the temporary closure of the Museum of Ventura County’s galleries for the remainder of 2016, beginning this month. The new exhibit on the history of Ventura County will also feature art from the museum’s collection. New educational exhibits will be installed at Santa Paula’s Agricultural Museum as well.

Galleries will be closed at the museum of Ventura.

The Museum of Ventura County will close all of its galleries through January 2017.

The closure originated from a desire to reach out to the Ventura County community to see what it is that residents want from the museum, said John Orr, chairman of the board of directors.

“The Museum of Ventura County tells an important story with its collection; it is the custodian of the county’s rich and diverse history and keeper of its stories,” said Orr. “We want all local residents and visitors to feel that sense of identity and pride when they walk into the museum.”

A fundraising campaign will be launched in the near future to fund the venture, and so-called Community Cultural Sessions will be hosted to gather input from the community.

The Museum’s “first free Sunday” events and select programs will still be held during the closure. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.

CSUCI’s apartments, Town Center sold

California State University, Channel Islands, has sold its 100 percent leasehold interest in the 386-unit multifamily apartments and townhomes known as University Glenn for $81 million. The sale also includes the Town Center, which is home to the campus restaurants as well as the Cove Bookstore and Town Center Market.

Global real estate firm Kennedy Wilson made the purchase, and representatives say that future plans for the community include a new community center, clubhouse, leasing office, fitness center and home renovations.

CSUCI has had issues in the past about acquiring state funds for expansions. Funds from this sale will be put toward a planned expansion in hopes of doubling enrollment by 2025, said Nicholas Bridges, managing director of Kennedy Wilson Multifamily Investments.

“We are pleased we were able to work with the Chancellor’s office to make this happen,” CSUCI Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Ysabel Trinidad said. “This is one way we are able to support ourselves and grow without relying solely on state funding.”

The initial lease is for 82 years, with CSUCI leasing back 40 percent of the units for the university’s use for a 20-year term.

Ventura offers water-saving workshop

Think you’ve got curb appeal? Think again! Unless your curb is inhaling moisture faster than a seaman on shore leave, then you better get out to the city of Ventura’s Parkway Curb Cut & Bio-Swale Workshop this Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Surfrider Foundation and the city of Ventura will host the workshop that will feature a demonstration on how to cut your curb — a practice recently allowed via permit from the city, which allows angular cuts to be made in the roadside curb, making way for the planting of plants and placement of mulch and rocks to better catch storm runoff.

Paul Herzog, coordinator of The Surfrider Foundation’s ocean friendly gardens workshop, says that attendees will “get to see the city, nonprofits and private sectors working together” to “change our city.”

Curb cutting was recently approved as part of the Ocean-Friendly Gardens program; cost for the permit is $372, which includes a city inspection. For more information on the workshop, visit www.ventura.surfrider.org or call 310-430-9760.

Get hands-on with electric vehicles in Oxnard

Get up-close and personal with a slew of electric vehicles at Sierra Club’s electric vehicle showcase this Sunday, Sept. 11, in celebration of National Drive Electric Week.

Owners and dealers will discuss the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, and a representative from the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District will draw for 75 Electric Vehicle discount vouchers worth $2,200 off select battery-powered vehicles, and $1,100 off select plug-in-battery and hybrid vehicles from area dealers.

To be eligible for the drawing, download the PEV Voucher Discount Application from www.vcapcd.org. For more information on the event, visit www.driveelectricweek.org.