Author: Daphne Khalida Kilea

THREADS TO THE PAST | Oaxacan artist Porfirio Gutiérrez weaves together history, art, culture and tradition

Porfirio Gutiérrez, 38, is a renowned Zapotec weaver who, at the age of 12, learned the skill from his father while growing up in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. As he recounts, that was the culture; weaving was a way of life. While weaving is still a source of income for some Zapotecos, many have long since adapted to the influences of time by opting for money-saving alternatives and utilizing less time-consuming practices, such as the use of chemical dyes. According to Gutiérrez, most of the younger generation no longer grow up weaving due to school or other opportunities....

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Biz Buzz | July 2017

Opening Sun Kissed Yoga (SKY) opened at 2237 Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo. SKY is owned by entrepreneurs Michael and Andrea who practice yoga and offer a wide range of classes, including a stretch class, sweaty vinyasa flow and more. … Jimmy John’s opened at 2170 N. Rose Ave. in Oxnard. The sandwich shop offers fresh, fast, tasty sandwiches, freshly baked homemade bread, locally purchased veggies and all-natural meats that are hand-sliced daily. Delivery is available for some areas. … Café du Suro opened at 377 E. Main St. in Ventura. The bakery offers a wide selection of freshly baked pastries and breads, coffee, tea and more. … Café Ficelle opened at 390 Mills Road in Ventura. The French bakery and café is family-owned and operated. The breakfast and lunch menu includes traditional French fare, there is a full coffee and espresso bar, and a variety of tea, beer and wine is also available. … Casa Bella Prime Steak and Seafood opened at 391 E. Main St. in Ventura. The restaurant offers “a taste of Mexico City” with many dishes including lobster tacos, filet-stuffed jalapeños, Mexican shrimp and lobster pasta, chipotle chicken tortilla soup and more. … Duke of Bourbon recently held a grand opening at 31143 Via Colinas, #511, in Westlake Village. The 4,000-square-foot wine store, tasting room and cafe offers a large selection of everyday as well as fine and...

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HONORING LOCAL HEROES | Celebrating dedicated volunteers and their inspirational work

This year, Local Hero nominations by far surpassed any other year, receiving dozens of nominations, many of which included especially heartfelt stories of the work of their respective volunteers. Choosing this year’s Local Heroes was truly a struggle as so many worthy and certainly important people deserve the honors. But this year, we saw something unusual, young people who have gone above and beyond for social justice. We felt compelled to highlight the work of our diverse community of all ages, from all around the county, in all areas of charity work, from homelessness to environment, arts and equality...

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IGNITING POTENTIAL | Reid’s Gift and Kindling Studios allow artists of all abilities to explore and express their creativity

Reid’s Gift is a Southern California nonprofit organization that directly serves the needs of teens and adults with disabilities. Molly K. Rearick, EdD, CESP, founded it as a result of growing frustration with the lack of services offered to students with disabilities when she served as a teacher and school administrator. The nonprofit is named after her former student Reid Brian Thompson, who had a considerable impact on her as an educator. Thompson had autism and in honoring him, Rearick sought to create dialogue about an often-discounted but incredibly significant subject. “Once a student with a disability either graduates...

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BIZ BUZZ

Opening Meathead Movers will open at 1401 Maulhardt Ave. in Oxnard. The moving company will hold a grand opening on June 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to celebrate its first storage location in Ventura County. It will also collect donated items for Interface Children and Family Services. The environmentally friendly state-of-the-art mini self-storage facility will have 24-hour video surveillance and include climate-controlled units, wine storage and more. … At The Collection RiverPark in Oxnard, the 16,000-square-foot public market-style space called The Annex is scheduled to open soon, announcing recent additions: The Blend Superfood Bar, offering handcrafted smoothies, acai...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Shakespeare: A Celebration

    June 9 - September 28
  2. Channel Islands Harbor Fine Art Festival

    August 19 - August 20
  3. Studio Channel Islands hosts KidSTREAM-sponsored Solar Eclipse Event

    August 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  4. Ojai Pops Orchestra Concert

    August 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  5. Experience the Eclipse 2017

    August 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm