Author: Alicia Doyle

SADDLE UP | Rancho Camulos celebrates the Cowboy Festival with Jon Chandler

A seventh-generation Coloradan, Jon Chandler’s passion for music sparked at an early age while listening to The Beatles, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. “Music is something I’ve always wanted to do for as long as I can remember,” recalled Chandler, 65, a multiple award-winner who lives in Denver. “I just always wanted to be a musician.” He was particularly inspired by his late great-grandfather, Morgan Patterson, who was considered a legendary figure in Colorado. Patterson was a coal miner, bear hunter and a friend of Buffalo Bill — and a talented fiddler who performed all over southern Colorado. “When...

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A CENTURY OF LIFE SAVING | Red Cross of Ventura County meets demand for those in crises

The American Red Cross – an iconic symbol recognized around the world as a sign of help and humanity – is celebrating its 100th year in Ventura County. The majority of Americans, however, are only familiar with a portion of the tremendous work of this nonprofit organization. “Most people think they know what we do, like hosting blood drives and responding to major natural disasters, but there’s so much more to this incredible organization,” said Kimberly Coley, executive director of the American Red Cross of Ventura County. The international organization has existed for more than 150 years and was...

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A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN | Oxnard girls softball league celebrates 50 years of rich generational history

What began in 1967 as an after-school program, the Mermaids Girls Softball League is now celebrating its 50th year as the only slow-pitch league of its kind in Southern California for girls ages 4 to 17. “There are no actual slow-pitch leagues or offerings at the high school, college or professional level — that’s what makes us unique,” said Lilly Guerra of Oxnard, a parent volunteer with the league whose husband, Joe, is president of the executive board. “Not every girl wants to play competitive fast-pitch softball,” Joe Guerra said. “Many of our girls just want to do something,...

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MENTAL CALISTHENICS | Local artist BiJian Fan uses origami as a tool for cognitive fitness

Origami, the Japanese word for paper folding, is known as the art of transforming paper into beautiful objects. But this ancient art form is also being used in clinical therapy for Alzheimer’s disease, autism and other neurological conditions, according to BiJian Fan, Ph.D., a retired biotech engineer and renowned paper artist who teaches Origami Memory Gymnastics. His class — titled OMG — takes place at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center. It is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of California State University, Channel Islands. “Origami art has been advocated by neuroscientists to maintain brain fitness and...

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LEAVING THE U.S. | Longtime Ventura resident settles in London in Trump protest

Diane Huntington Loring, a local spa owner for 35 years and founder of a nonprofit that promotes women in sports, has closed her business and left America as a direct result of the election of Donald Trump. “I left primarily because, politically, I am appalled again that for the second time in 10 years American women, having held 54 percent of the vote and with absolute power, were unable to elect a qualified female candidate,” said Loring, 65. “They chose a junkyard dog, glitzy guy, constantly engaged in inappropriate adolescent behavior with zero diplomatic skills,” she said, “who puts...

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