Opening

Empty Hangers opened at 2221 Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo. The consignment store offers a wide selection of new and gently used designer and brand-name apparel for newborns to women, accessories and home décor. Items are added monthly, and the store sells, buys and trades new and gently used clothing. … Santa Barbara-based eatery Los Agaves Restaurant has opened at The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard, becoming the center’s first Mexican dining spot. The restaurant serves award-winning Mexican cuisine with an innovative twist. … Discount grocer Aldi opened at 635 S. Ventura Road in Oxnard. The retail store offers a variety of grocery products, including fresh produce, meat and dairy and other items. This is the store’s second location in Ventura County. … At the Market Place Shopping Center in Oxnard, Design Within Reach Outlet (former Sports Chalet) opened at 1885 Ventura Blvd. The store offers modern furniture, lighting and décor items for homes, patios and work spaces. Also, Restoration Hardware Outlet (former Office Depot) opened at 1931 Ventura Blvd. The luxury home goods store offers classic, stylish and timeless collections of rugs, furniture, tableware, textiles, bathware, lighting, child and teen products and more. … BoxLunch opened at 350 W. Hillcrest Drive (The Oaks Mall) in Thousand Oaks. The pop culture gift store offers the world’s most popular licensed collectibles, apparel, accessories, home goods, shirts, beauty and novelty merchandise for everyone. For every $10 spent in-store online, BoxLunch will donate one meal ($1 helps provide 11 meals secured by Feeding America) to Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks. … The Marion and John E. Anderson Youth Center — Boys & Girls Club (1980 E. Avenida de las Flores) in Thousand Oaks will partner with Journey Church to celebrate the grand opening on Sept. 10 at noon. There will be games, a petting zoo, local vendors, live music and more. … CycleBar will hold a grand opening on Sept. 25 at 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., #20/30 (The Lakes at Thousand Oaks). The studio will offer a premium indoor cycle experience featuring state-of-the-art lighting, video and audio technology, onsite DJ booth, temperature-controlled HVAC system and a CycleTheatre, with classes led by highly trained CycleStar instructors. Classes and bikes are available for registration and reservation online. … Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU) opened at 691 Town Center Drive (The Collection at RiverPark) in Oxnard. The branch aims to serve VCCU’s growing member base, offering ATM access and a wide range of financial services. It is VCCU’s second location in Oxnard and it is dedicated to the Credit Union’s former chair of the board of directors Roxy Ostrem and her mother, the late Patti Shobe, who collectively served on the board for more than 50 years. … Churro Stix opened at 3301-1 E. Main St. (Pacific View Mall) in Ventura. The shop offers fresh, handcrafted, gourmet churros served in various ways with toppings, including chocolate, dulce de leche, Nutella and more. This is the second location for Ezra and Hugo Centeno who also own Churro Stix in Canoga Park.

Reopening

Denny’s reopened at 2148 E. Harbor Blvd. in Ventura. The newly refurbished restaurant has a “heritage” design, which includes upgraded booths, chairs and tables, hardwood floor titles, a fresh color paletteand an exclusive Ventura mural. It now also offers an online ordering option, Denny’s on Demand.

Changes

German chef Rocco Suckert is the new head chef at Jeanette’s Edelweiss. Suckert most recently ran three notable German restaurants in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. He has been a renowned head chef in Germany for more than 25 years; he began his duties at the Newbury Park restaurant on Sept. 1.

And the award goes to …

Martin Daly

Martin Daly, interim CEO of the Camarillo Ranch Foundation, was honored by the Pleasant Valley Historical Society with a Camarillo Don Award. The award recognizes outstanding local residents who have made a difference in the community through their professional and volunteer efforts. Daly is involved with the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Camarillo Rotary and Children’s Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education. He has also served on the boards of many local organizations including the Camarillo Boys & Girls Clubs, Board of Elders Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and Los Primeros Structured School Foundation. … At the 2017 Oxnard Salsa Festival, Caryl Cantrell was selected as the People’s Choice Winner of the festival’s Dancing With Our Community Stars Dance Contest and Charity Fundraiser. The People’s Choice Award is presented to the dancer who raised the most funds for his or her chosen charity. Cantrell was one of six contestants, and she raised $41,649 for Project Understanding, which serves the underserved and at-risk in Ventura County. Suzie Azucena-Gomez and her dance instructor Conrad Diaz were the recipients of the Judges Choice Award for Best Routine performed at the festival. For the food competition, Gabriela Borquez won Best Specialty/Fruit Salsa Recipe, Lorenzo Carrillo won Best Red Salsa Recipe and Best Medium Salsa, Veronica Garcia won Best Green Salsa, Pamela Hyder won Best Mild Salsa, and Rose Ornelas won Best Hot Salsa and the Judge’s Choice Award. … Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, was recognized by the California Solar Energy Industries Association at its annual Solar and Storage Worker Day. Irwin was honored with the 2017 Legislator of the Year award and a “Keep Solar and Storage Jobs Growing!” T-shirt for her extraordinary efforts to encourage the growth of local solar and energy storage throughout the state. … Ross Emery, The Grim, Dave Mason, Lootpack and Iron Butterfly will be inducted into the Ventura County Music Awards (VCMA) Hall of Fame during the Fifth Annual VCMAs at the Oxnard Levity Live Comedy Club on Sept. 10. The event celebrates local bands, musicians, promoters and venue owners. Vote for VCMA nominees and/or purchase event tickets at www.vcmusicawards.com. … Alert Communications was ranked as one of Inc. Magazine’s top 5000 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the U.S. On the 2017 INC5000 List, the Camarillo-based legal intake call center ranked at number 2,748 with $11.1 million in revenue for 2016 and a three-year growth rate of 124.6 percent. It is reportedly the largest and most awarded 24/7 business of its kind, nationwide. … Channel Islands Harbor received the TripAdvisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates businesses and destinations that have earned and maintained an overall rating of at least four out of five on TripAdvisor over the past year.

Moving up

Anne Case

Tiffany Davis was named as general manager of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort in Oxnard. Davis has more than 18 years of hospitality experience with varying positions throughout her career, including front office, housekeeping, and food and beverage operations. She previously worked on the task force at Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has been a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association since 2007. … Andrew Salinas was appointed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (BGCOP) board of directors. Salinas is the chief of police of the Port Hueneme Police Department. He was honored in the past by BGCOP for his work with youth, served on the National Latino Peace Officers Association, Peace Officers Association of Ventura County, Oxnard Peace Officers Association, founded Oxnard’s Cops for Tots and currently serves as vice-chair for the California Strawberry Festival. … Anne Case is the new director of the New West Symphony Harmony Project of Ventura County. The Harmony Project is a tuition-free after-school program that provides quality music instruction to children from low-income families. Case previously coordinated and taught in Charlotte Symphony’s El Sistema and worked as program director for Valley Vibes Orchestra in Sonoma. Her use of music to ignite social change has led to several initiatives, including Indiana University’s Fairview Violin Project, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, MYCincinnati, Play on Philly and the YOURS Project. … Assemblywoman Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, was appointed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to the board of the State of the California Coastal Conservancy. The Conservancy is a state agency that serves to protect California’s coastal resources and helps the public to enjoy them. Limón represents the 37th Assembly District and serves as an Assembly assistant majority whip. … Leslie Herrera, Mike Orman and Patty Wendt joined the Ventura College

Andrew Salinas

Foundation board of directors. Herrera is a student at Ventura College (VC) where she is the president of the Associated Students of VC. She will serve as student representative. Orman is currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Ojai Community Bank.  Wendt has been a counselor at VC’s Educational Assistance Center since 1996 and will serve on the board as a faculty representative. … At the Ventura Port District, Commissioner Jim Friedman was reappointed to another four-year term (to 2021). … Also, Chris Stephens, director of the Ventura County Resource Management Agency, was named as a new commissioner. Stephens previously served as planning director for Ventura County and as the deputy executive director of the Ventura County Transportation Commission. … Thomas B. Swan earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) designation from the American College of Financial Services (ACFS). Swan is the president of Retired Income Specialists in Ventura and has been in the financial industry for over 28 years. RICP candidates must meet stringent ethics requirements, have three years of experience, complete college-level courses, pass a series of two-hour proctored exams, and participate in ACFS’s education program. … The Ventura County Leadership Academy announced its Cohort XXIII members, who completed interactive leadership development sessions, aiming to enhance the quality of life in Ventura County. The local business, etc., people who make up Cohort XXIII are: Aaron Amanda, Liege O. Ayub, William J. Ayub, Tamalani (Tami) Barnett, Michael A. Blumenberg, Jennifer Caldwell, Anthony Cappuccino, Rodrigo A. Cardenas, Tara Carruth, Kimberly Coley, Marika Collins, Greg A. Cooper, David Deutsch, Seleta I. Dobrosky, Amanda L. Fagan, Wendy Gerber, Alicia Gomez, Eva Gomez, Rosa E. Gonzalez, Carlos O. Lopez, Christina Madaras, Leslie E. Miranda, Joe Morelli, James R. Norris, Irene V. Ornelas, Banks Pecht, Patricia Quiroz, Edmond R. Sahakian, Jessica Silva, Sukran “Suki” Sir, Nerissa Stacey, Mary Victoria, Leslie J. Webster, Debbie Williams and Charles J. Woodruff.

In the name of charity

The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation received a $5,000 grant from Rabobank N.A. The Community Development Grant is to help support financial education classes through Cabrillo’s HomeOwnership Center.  The Center provides pre- and post-purchase homeownership workshops; in 2016, it helped create 68 new homebuyers and provided financial counseling and education to 506 households, which had a financial impact of $26,398,249 on Ventura County’s economy. … In partnership with the Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), the Camarillo Premium Outlets announced the beginning of the 2018 Simon Youth Community Scholarship application period (syf.org/scholarships) for graduating seniors. Also, visitors at Simon centers (i.e. Camarillo Premium Outlets) may offer support toward SYF and its education mission through the purchase of the bright orange SYF Simon VISA gift cards, redeemable wherever VISA is accepted. One dollar from the sale will go toward SYF. … Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County received a $75,000 grant from Gold Coast Health Plan toward its new housing project. The six-home development broke ground on Aug. 26 at 125 N. Hayes Ave. in Oxnard. … VCMA recently hosted a Best Metal Group Showcase at Rock City Studios in Camarillo, with the live performers competing for a chance to perform at the upcoming fifth annual VCMAs. The event raised a total of $1,010 for NAMI Ventura County.

Education

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors acknowledged the partnership between Oxnard College and the County of Ventura Fleet Operations Department for the Oxnard College Automotive Department with the presentation of certificates of recognition to Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD), Oxnard College, program instructors and students. The school-to-work program prepares students to enter the automotive industry as entry-level technicians and provides continuous improvement training to technicians already employed in the industry. … The Department of Education gave grants to two local educational organizations that provide support services (Upward Bound) for underserved students in Ventura County top prepare for and/or attend college. The VCCCD  received $263,937 for a program at Oxnard College that centers on preparing first-generation students, beginning in the ninth grade. LULAC National Educational Service Centers received $263,938 to provide academic, personal and financial assistance and counseling to underserved students.

Environment

The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District will receive a $215,946 federal grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to aid in planning, evaluation and other activities to protect and improve local air quality.

Health

Dignity Health’s St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH) earned an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines Stroke Quality Achievement Award. The awards acknowledge hospitals’ dedication to and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate stroke treatment according to the nationally recognized, research-based, latest guidelines. SJRMC and SJPVH are also on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. SJRMC received the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and is being recognized on the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. SJPVH received the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll.