Opening

24 Hour Fitness

Glamour Studio opened at 2295 Las Posas Road in Camarillo. The beauty salon offers expert makeup artist, skin care and other services. … Burgerim Gourmet Burgers opened at the Pacific View Ventura Mall (Space #2590) in Ventura. The restaurant offers mini burgers in twos, threes or a party box that can be customized from various options to meet a customer’s particular cravings or dietary needs, such as vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian. … Jersey Mike’s Subs opened at 2902 Tapo Canyon Road in Simi Valley. The eatery offers a variety of subs with in-store baked bread with quality ingredients that include fresh vegetables, premium meats, and cheeses sliced on the spot. The grand opening fundraiser (Nov.28-Dec.2) will benefit Valley View Middle School. … 24 Hour Fitness will open at 3350 Telegraph Road in Ventura. The facility will host its grand opening on Dec. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; the event will include club tours, prize drawings, group training demonstrations, innovative GX24 studio classes and more. The 39,704-square-foot facility features include dedicated zones for TRX resistance training, core work, stretching, functional and sports-specific workouts, spacious locker rooms with private showers, Kids’ Club for children up to age 12, multi-functional Olympic training rig, indoor lap pool for swim workouts and aqua classes, and more. … Findings Market was established at 27 S. Oak St. in Ventura. The pop-up market experience supports and features local creatives and highlights a curated collection of emerging artisans and inspiring brands from Ojai, Santa Barbara, Ventura and beyond. … Pacific by NoRu will open this month at 394 E. Main St. in Ventura. Pacific offers New American cuisine as a fresh, balanced, coastal-inspired culinary experience that explores local flavor in an Upscale/Casual atmosphere. It is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday and also offers a full bar for great pairings with the array of gastronomic selections. … Purrmission Lingerie and Swim opened at 1980 Main St. in Ventura. The boutique offers a variety of quality lingerie, custom fitting and expert assistance to women of all ages, shapes and sizes. The staff aims to provide an enhanced shopping experience by providing detail-oriented service, starting at the door. This is Purrmission’s second location.

Reopening

The Star Lounge at 343 E. Main St., Downtown Ventura, has reopened after being close for a couple of months for renovations, the interior updated with wood décor, guitars and long picnic high top tables outside.

Closing

Van Gundy Jewelers in Downtown Ventura at 588 E Main St. is closing and is offering storewide liquidation with discounts of up to 70 percent off. … Vagabond Coffee Shop at 760 E. Thompson Blvd. will be closing on Jan. 1, 2018. Vagabond first opened in 1966.

Wildfires

Amgen Tour of California in partnership with the LA Kings and AEG Sports donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross in honor of the first responders and those impacted by wildfires in the state. Red Cross volunteers are supporting evacuation centers to provide safe refuge for those who have been impacted by the fires, and they are also providing meals, health services, spiritual care comfort and other support. … The Arterie Art Studio will host Make for Malibu, an ornament-making workshop to support the Malibu Wildfire Educator Fund, developed to support the teachers of Malibu who lost their homes in the Woolsey Fire. The event will take place at Vintage Grocers at 140 Promenade Way in Westlake Village (The Promenade) on Dec. 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Participants choose an hour time slot to enjoy four ornament-making stations and all materials to create a variety of ornaments to keep or gift. For more information, visit www.thearterie.org/calendar. … Wells Fargo & Company donated $1.5 million to several organizations throughout California to support in the ongoing recovery and relief efforts resulting from the wildfires. The recipients (including $100,000 to Ventura County Community Development Corp. and $25,000 to the Ventura County Community Foundation) are able to help with housing and disaster recovery, mental health assistance, firefighter and first responder support, small business recovery and community relief. Wells Fargo customers in California can make donations to the American Red Cross through Wells Fargo ATMs; to date, almost $81,000 has been collected. Go Far Rewards customers have donated more than $8,000 through its rewards accounts. … The Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors (VCCAR), Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and the Ojai Valley Board of Realtors donated over $650,000 to residents affected by the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides. The Realtor associations launched a fundraising program on May 25 through Sept. 14 and recently distributed the funds, with 278 families receiving grants of up to $3,000 to cover a month’s rent or mortgage payment. 226 Ventura County families received a total of $526,990 and 52 Santa Barbara County families received a total of $126,844.

And the award goes to …

Sean Anderson

Tami Relph was honored by the Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Command (EXWC) for her leadership capabilities and dedication to the U.S. Navy’s Environmental Security Program and the NAVFAC enterprise. Relph, environmental sustainability lead at NAVFAC EXWC, was recognized with the 2019 Civilian Engineer of the Year Award. Lieutenant Commander Alfred M. Nuzzolo, deputy department head for NAVFAC EXWC’s Capital Improvements Business Line Department, was selected as Military Engineer of the Year for his leadership and dedication to the NAVFAC enterprise. Recipients were evaluated in the areas of engineering achievements, civic and humanitarian activities, professional registration, continuing education, and professional and technical society involvement. … Four locals were recognized for their efforts on behalf of Ventura County by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Carrie Hughes received Fundraiser of the Year award; her efforts helped the Casa Pacifica Wine and Food event grow to the largest event in the county. Mike and Loretta Merewether received the Philanthropist of the Year award for their involvement with nonprofits. Heidi Whitcomb was named Volunteer for the Year for helping nonprofits raise money. Whitcomb is the CEO of Ventura Rental Party & Events. … Juan Soria School in Oxnard was honored by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) for its 80/20 Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program. Juan Soria School was recognized with the Golden Bell Award at the CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show; the CSBA presents the award to recognize outstanding public school programs for innovation, sustainability and best practices that facilitate positive student outcomes.

Moving up

Lorraine Crawford was named to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley board of governors. Crawford serves as senior vice president and wealth advisor at Western International Securities in Westlake Village. She has worked as an executive in the financial services industry for 30 years, specifically in the private banking and wealth management arena. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley also added to its Board of Governors, Erick Thorson. Thorson is currently President of Thorson Insurance where he manages two separate brokerages – Thorson Insurance Services and OWM Insurance Services.  He also serves on the board for PrimeOne Insurance Company and oversees the sales and retail departments. … Attorney Michael Brody joined Camarillo-based employment law firm LightGabler. Brody is an experienced litigation and trial attorney who litigates a broad range of employment and business issues, from the initial claim through trial and in alternative dispute resolution. … Anne Paul King was selected as the new executive director of the Ventura College Foundation. King has served as interim executive since July 2017; she previously served as the director of development. Her duties are to oversee the organization’s $2.7 million annual budget, especially to build a solid donor base to increase for support student scholarships, academic program enhancements, equipment and other needs that build student success. … Three attorneys joined Ventura County’s largest law firm, Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP, as partners. Corey A. Donaldson has extensive experience in patent prosecution, design, trademark and trade dress procurement and enforcement. Donaldson also works in international intellectual property procurement and litigation. Jaye G. Heybl background is mostly comprised of patent and trademark matters and litigation, both in federal and state courts and in the Patent and Trademark Office. Heybl has prosecuted patents in a range of electronics and computer related, and mechanical matters. Brian J. Philpott focuses on patent prosecution and litigation, trademark and copyright matters and general international intellectual property issues. Philpott’s technological expertise extends to optoelectronic systems, lasers, light emitting diode applications and semiconductor fabrication. … Mike Miller was named as the new executive director for the Ventura Film Society. Miller has a 25-year career in the film and advertising industry which includes independent cinema, music videos, and advertising and marketing films. … Deya Terrafranca is the new library and archives director for the Museum of Ventura County. Terrafranca has worked at the Museum for nearly two years in a variety of roles from visitors’ services and administrative support staff to advancement director. She will be responsible for managing all aspects of the regional special collection and historical research library, including collection development and supervision of more than 20 volunteers, and she will spearhead the Museum’s commitment to ensure that all at-risk collections are conserved and properly cared for. … Kaye Mand was chosen as the new County chief financial officer (CFO). Mand has more than 28 years of fiscal analysis, accounting and management experience in a range of roles with the County; she worked for 18 years with the Auditor-Controller’s Office and 10 years with the County Executive Office. As CFO, she will be responsible for overseeing the County’s $2.24 billion budget and providing fiscal leadership to its agencies and departments. … Two individuals were sworn in to the California Senior Legislature (CSL). Tony Gitt is serving on the State and Local Government Policy Committee of the CSL Assembly; he is a retired aerospace program manager who volunteers on the Advisory Council of the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (AC-VCAAA) and the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging (TOCA). Gitt is also a founding board member of the Conejo Valley Village, where he serves as treasurer. Karen Gorback is serving on the Social & Community Policy Committee of the CSL Senate; she is a retired community college dean with an encore career as a writer. Gorback teaches writing classes at Conejo Valley Adult School and volunteers on the AC-VCAAA and serves as chair of the TOCA.

Moving on

Charles Johnson retired from the Museum of Ventura County where he holds the title for the longest serving staff member. Johnson began at the Museum as a librarian nearly 30 years ago.

In the name of charity

188 local Ventura and Santa Barbara County nonprofit organizations received a total of $16 million from Montecito Bank & Trust at its 16th annual Community Dividends Awards Luncheon. The awards mainly focus on supporting organizations which serve low and moderate-income individual families in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties; funds are also awarded to nonprofits that serve the arts, youth and education, social welfare, and medical and health services sectors. … The Salvation Army received $2,000 from the Pleasant Valley Lions Club to support its efforts to feed families in need during the holiday season. The funds will be used to purchase complete turkey dinners for low-income families; approximately 40 households will benefit from this donation. The Salvation Army Southern CA Division serves Camarillo, Oxnard and Port Hueneme. … Ribbons of Life (RoL) Breast Cancer Foundation received $1,343.72 from Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU) and the Oxnard Firefighters Foundation, the total of funds raised from selling breast cancer awareness t-shirts and individual donations from VCCU members and staff. This is VCCU’s fifth year in a row partnering with RoL to raise funds in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. … Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) received a $218,684 California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. The funds will support SEEAG’s “Ventura County Child Wellness Initiative”, a program that is designed to educate and inspire children to eat healthy by adding locally grown County specialty crops to their diet. … The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura raised $10,000 for local students during its annual Haunted Housing Run.

Education

Sean Anderson, Ph.D., won a teaching award from The Maritime Alliance. Anderson, CSU Channel Islands Environmental Science & Resource Management chair, received the 2018 Marine Science Teaching Award at the 10th annual BlueTech Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony. The award is given to a select number of individuals and organizations each year for their work in the coastal and marine industries. … Two La Reina High school students were named by the Ventura County Office of Education as the winners of the logo design contests. Alexandra Clark was the 2019 Mock Trial Artwork Winner while Sophia Peate was acknowledged for as both the 2019 Academic Decathlon Artwork Winner and the 2019 Science Fair Artwork Winner. The artwork will be displayed on promotional and informational materials for these high-profile competitions and will be featured on commemorative pins for each event.

Health

Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) received a national recognition from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP). VCMC was acknowledged as one of 83 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017; a select group of hospitals are commended for achieving a meritorious composite score in either an “All Cases” category or only “High Risk” cases. VCMC was among 71 of the 708 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals to be recognized on the “All Cases” Meritorious list. … Gold Coast Health Plan (GCHP) was recognized by its state regulatory agency for demonstrating the most significant improvement from the prior year based on its performance. The Managed Care Quality and Monitoring Division of the state Department of Health Care Services presented GCHP with the 2018 Overall Most Improved Award. GCHP showed improved in 80 percent of the quality measures it reports to the state, moving to 31st place from 50th place in the agency’s ranking of the 53 health plans that have Medi-Cal managed care lines of business in California.