Memory Café opens to serve seniors with dementia

Families, friends and caregivers are invited to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with a senior suffering from dementia at a Memory Café hosted by the Camarillo Health Care District on Saturday, May 6, in Camarillo.

Memory Cafés exist throughout the world and are hosted in order to give guests a relaxed and supportive environment in which to enjoy a meal together. This particular cafe will be hosted at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center, where guests can browse artwork and handle tactile pieces of art to encourage “reminiscent thinking,” purportedly beneficial to enhancing cognitive capacity.

The Art Center is located at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo, and the Café will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 388-1952, ext. 143.

Lawsuit over illegal dumps into Santa Clara River settled

A lawsuit has been settled over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act in regard to illegal discharges into the Santa Clara River near Santa Paula.

The Environmental Defense Center sued California Resources Corporation, formerly known as Vintage Production California LLC, for violations at its South Mountain oil field, a 5,700-acre plot located near the Santa Clara River, used for oil exploration and production. The suit alleged that over a five-year period of time, the company violated the terms of its permit that protected rivers and streams from industrial facilities’ polluted storm-water runoff.

California Resources Corporation agreed to reduce the contaminants in its runoff and to develop an adequate sampling and monitoring program as well as facilitate the eventual transfer of surface rights to The Trust for Public Land for permanent conservation.

“We are thrilled that the California Resources Corporation has agreed to clean up its operations and meet Clean Water Act standards,” stated Maggie Hall, EDC staff attorney. “For at least five years, polluted storm-water runoff from the South Mountain oil field has threatened two key Ventura County watersheds, both of which drain to local beaches.”

Kellogg Park construction set to begin

Residents living along Ventura Avenue have been living in extreme anticipation over the arrival of the much-touted Kellogg Park; and with construction set to begin this week, soon they’ll not need to clamor further.

Construction will begin on the park located on the corner of Ventura Avenue and Kellogg Street, stretching to East Barnett Street, in Ventura, turning a current vacant lot into a hub for the community.

The Trust for Public Land purchased the lot in 2013 and gifted it to the city. Since, the park has gone through a series of concepts, and is being built in partnership with The Trust, Kaiser Permanente Heal Zone and the community.

Cost for construction is $4.5 million, which includes $1 million from California Natural Resources Agency, Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Program grant; $815,650 from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Housing and Related Parks Program grant. The California Department of Parks and Recreation Land and Water Conservation Fund also awarded the city a $1.5M grant. The community has contributed $166,000, including $30,000 from Aera Energy.

For more information on the park, visit www.cityofventura.net/kelloggpark.