“Silent Santa” event to be held for children with special needs

Children of all ages with autism, hearing impairment or other special needs are invited to The Collection’s Silent Santa event, a special meet-and-greet sans crowds, music, bright lights or additional stimulation.

“All children deserve the opportunity to celebrate the holidays in a way they feel safe and secure,” said Stefanie Muegel, marketing manager for The Collection. “Silent Santa will allow families with sensory needs to have a wonderful, calming and memorable holiday experience.”

Visits will be held on Monday, Nov. 28, by appointment only. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 988-7527.

Ventura County election close calls update

As the dust settles after the contentious election that culminated on Nov. 8, a clearer picture emerges of the winners and the losers after a Friday afternoon update of semi-final results from the Ventura County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Measure C (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) passed with 58.51 percent of the total vote in favor. The opposing measure, Sustain VC, also known as Measure F, failed, with 54.24 percent opposed.

Measure AA, the transportation sales tax to improve local roads and infrastructure, received 56.88 percent of the vote in favor, but under the California Constitution, it needed a two-thirds majority and thus, has failed.

In Fillmore, two measures to manage the cultivation and sale of marijuana passed. Measure H, which authorizes taxes, received 59.66 percent yes; while Measure I, which enacts a marijuana sales tax, passed with 64.05 percent of the vote.

In a tight race for Oxnard city treasurer, Phillip S. Molina leads Lawrence Paul Stein by 368 votes, 37.27 percent to 36.41 percent, respectively.

These numbers are accurate as of Friday, Nov. 18, and the final results are not expected for another couple of weeks, according to the Elections office. The next update will be on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

T.O. library waives fines for canned food

If you’ve been holding on to that copy of Fifty Shades of Grey for a little longer than you should have, gather up a dozen or so cans of food and bring them with you to the Thousand Oaks Library, where your late fee will be partially forgiven as part of the annual “Food for Fines” event running Saturday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Dec. 2.

Patrons who donate one nonperishable food item during the week will have $1 of outstanding dues waived. The library has partnered with local food bank Manna to benefit Conejo Valley families over the holiday season. Manna serves over 1,400 people each month.

Donated items will be counted toward overdue fines only and cannot be counted toward lost, damaged or billed items, DVD or book rental fees. Donations can be made at Grant. R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks; and Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. For more information, visit www.tolibrary.org.

Holiday food drive under way in Oxnard

Channel Islands Sportfishing and FOOD Share of Ventura County have teamed up once again for the fifth year for their Annual Holiday Food Drive. For those who make donations in the form of canned food, a raffle ticket will be given for a chance to win numerous prizes, including Cisco’s Tackle Shop gift certificates, fishing trips from Channel Islands Sportfishing fleet and more.

The drive will take place now through Dec. 29, with a raffle drawing on Dec. 30.

Donations in the form of nonperishable canned goods can be made at Channel Islands Sportfishing Center, 4151 Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, call 382-1612.