The New Beginnings Center will host an open house at 155 Granada St., suite N, in Camarillo. The

Alex Jamora and Bree Cochran of Vent: Human Performance Center in Ventura

facility will introduce its newly expanded, integrative practice providing concierge-designed mental health treatment. The open house will be on Feb. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m., and hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. … Community West Bank opened a new branch at 300 E. Esplanade Drive, suite 100A in Oxnard. The full-service branch will provide a wide range of financial services with a focus on commercial lending, deposit services, agribusiness financing and cash management services. … Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches opened at 520 N. Ventu Park Road in Thousand Oaks. Jimmy John’s offers a wide selection of fast-made fresh sandwiches served with locally purchased produce and quality meats on bread baked daily. … Kris Hansen State Farm will open at 2781 Loma Vista Road, suite C, in Ventura. The grand opening will be held on Feb. 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with finger foods and refreshments. The business offers a variety of insurance including life, auto, homeowner and more. … Lighthouse Fitness will open at 2128 Knoll Drive in Ventura. The gym offers customized and evolving fitness plans by an experienced team using Cross Fit and other forms of training. The gym will host a grand opening on Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. …  Limon Y Sal is officially open at 598 E. Main St., Ventura, formerly Watermark.  Owners of the local favorite El Pescador signed a lease on the space in October. … The Academy of Culinary Arts will open at 3451 Foothill Road in Ventura. The full-service culinary school and cooking institute will offer courses for both introductory culinary practices and extended professional cooking programs. … The Vent: Human Performance Center opened at 4013 E. Main St. in Ventura. The facility is dedicated to teaching and understanding human movement and performance; it provides people of all ages with group and individual coaching sessions on living inspired and healthy lifestyles.


Urban Outfitters in Downtown Ventura will be relocating to The Collection at RiverPark in the next six months, say sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Representatives at The Collection would not confirm new tenant agreements before an official announcement. Sources close to the parties said that The Collection offered incentive pricing to lure the retailer from DT Ventura to their lifestyle center.

Moving up

Attorneys Karen L. Gabler and Jonathan Fraser Light of Camarillo’s firm LightGabler were selected to the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers lis, which each year includes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in Southern California. Super Lawyers is a national rating service that honors lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. … Jill Shaffer was named as the new resource development director for Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. Shaffer has 27 years of diverse nonprofits management experience and recently served as executive director of the Ventura County Leadership Academy. In her new role, she will develop relationships with sponsors, foundations and individuals while communicating Habitat’s message of building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter to the community. … Yolanda Benitez, Susan Lefevre and Yolanda Plascencia were appointed to the Oxnard College Foundation board of directors. Benitez recently retired from a 40-year career in public education. Lefevre is an adjunct professor of communications/nonprofits and university studies at Cal State University, Channel Islands. Plascencia serves California’s Spanish-speaking communities through radio and digital media programming. … Andrew Powers was voted as the new city manager for Thousand Oaks. Powers has served as interim city manager since July 2016 and as assistant city manager since 2013. He assumed his duties immediately. …  Akemi Shapiro has been promoted to director of sales and marketing at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel.  Akemi is celebrating her 10th anniversary at the Crowne Plaza and she will be charged with promoting the hotel, which is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift. … Nan Drake of Harrison Industries was installed as the board chair of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce in January. … Scott P. Hansen was selected as chair of the Ventura County Community Foundation. Hansens serves as the regional managing director of wealth management for the Santa Barbara and Westlake Village markets of Wells Fargo. He brings invaluable professional expertise and vast experience with other nonprofits. … Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) inducted a new president and three new members to their board of trustees.  In Jan., 2017, Paul Meehan was elected as VHC president and Steve Doll, John Hankins (VHC secretary) and Ed Wehan were voted in as new trustees.

Moving on

Linda Rio, LMFT, will retire after serving Ventura County for more than 30 years. Rio is an awarded mental health professional, author, teacher and lecturer who is associated with the New Beginnings Center in Camarillo. The facility will honor her at its open house event on Feb. 10.

In the name of charity

Ventura County Animal Service (VCAS) was awarded a $65,000 grant from the Petco Foundation. VCAS will use the majority of the grant to help fund a support vehicle to comfortably deliver pets to out-of-area animal rescues and to local adoption locations. … The BGCOP received $185,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation. The funds will support various BGCOP program, including STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) and life-enhancing programs such as homework assistance, leadership development, technology and health and nutrition. … Ventura County Credit Union and California Resources Corporation partnered to sponsor a blood drive for the American Red Cross. The drive resulted in a total of 22 units of blood collected, which translates into up to 66 lives saved. … The Health Care Foundation’s Ronald McDonald family room at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC), Make-A-Wish Foundation, Toys for Tots and a private VCMC family member received $7,600 from money raised during the Third Annual Charity event hosted by VCMC and Santa Paula Hospital’s Seaside Emergency Associates. Also, the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Paula received several dozen craft games and supplies from Seaside’s Dr. Martin Ehrlich, Dr. Theodore Mandryk, Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, Dr. Stephen Roslansky, Dr. Richard Rutherford and Dr. Scott Speier and their party guests.

And the award goes to …

More than 60 members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (BGCOP) had their winning artwork displayed at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard. The youth participated in and won the Boys & Girls Club of America’s National Fine Arts Exhibit that promotes young people’s creativity and encourages artistic skills and cultural enrichment. … Six teachers were honored by the Ventura College Women’s Basketball Team during its 12th Annual Favorite Teachers Awards. Speech teacher Gary Amar was selected by student athlete Kyleesha Green. English teacher Laura Gillis was selected by student athlete Paige Larson. Criminal justice teacher Richard Goff was selected by Rhiana Dougan. English teacher Liz Kraus was selected by Sienna Brown. Anatomy teacher Preston Pipal was selected by Mary Shirley, and aikido teacher Edward Reynosa was selected by Christina Gonzalez. … Home loan brokerage company MortgageCouch was honored by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce at its 20th Annual Poinsettia Awards. MortgageCouch received the Small Business of the Year award, which recognizes local businesses demonstrating their work toward the betterment of the community and celebrates the contributions they made. … The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) was recognized three times by the American Public Works Association Ventura County chapter’s Projects of the Year Awards. The honored VCPWA projects are the Donlon Road Realignment, Happy Valley Bioswale and Moorpark Reclamation Facility.


Santa Barbara Adventure Company (SBAC) earned a 10-year concessions contract at Channel Islands National Park. The contract allows SBAC to operate guided sea kayak and snorkel tours at Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park, where there are sea-cave kayaking and wildlife viewing opportunities. The contract will take effect on March 1 and SBAC will move forward as Channel Islands Adventure Company.