Author: Kateri Wozny

SPREADING THE LOVE | Fundraisers for Kirra Drury and Raegan Heitzig this weekend

Proceeds from two fundraisers this weekend, Oct. 13, 14, will help the families of two women who were involved in a boating accident on the Arizona/California border of the Colorado River over Labor Day Weekend. Both Ventura residents, Kirra Drury, 23, was found deceased shortly after the accident while Raegan Heitzig, 26, went missing. The search for Heitzig is ongoing, as of Oct. 10 at noon. The first fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Social Tap will benefit the family of Heitzig, a server who worked at Social Tap for three years. The event runs from 10 a.m. to...

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E-40 coming to the Ventura Theater

“Fo sheezy,” “pop ya collar,” “you feel me” and “playboy” are just some of the coined phrases that fans will hear from legendary rapper E-40 at the Ventura Theater this weekend. E-40, otherwise known as Earl Stevens, hails from the North Bay region of San Francisco (or as he likes to call it, the “Yay Area”) and is the king of introducing slang to hip-hop. Nicknamed “The Counselor” because of his influence on the Bay Area’s rap scene, the 50-year-old is still in full force with 25 studio albums under his belt, each known for its fast flow, funky...

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MEDIA NOTES | Wild and Scenic Film Festival to embrace the great outdoors

For those who love being in Mother Nature and want to enjoy watching films underneath the stars this summer, tickets are now on sale for the Ventura Land Trust’s (VLT) ninth annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18. The festival is being held outdoors for the first time at the Ventura County Credit Union corporate office. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on while viewing 12 award-winning short films on a giant inflatable screen. “It’s been a great boon for us to get people to think about the great outdoors,” said...

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MAKING A COMEBACK | The importance of chaparral ecosystem, wildlife at Fire Ecology Workshop

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) members had the opportunity to learn about the long-term impact that the Thomas Fire had on native plants, wilderness and wildlife during an outdoor fire ecology workshop at Taft Gardens in Ojai on March 3. Instructors David Lee, Senior Biologist with Davey Resource Group, and Rick Bisaccia, VLT Stewardship Director, gave presentations and led the group on a mile walk through the footprint of the Thomas Fire. Bisaccia began by discussing the chaparral near Kennedy Ridge Trail that recently burned off. “This area is fire adapted,” Bisaccia said. “The plants that come back are from seeds already in the ground or from the crown sprout at the base.” Bisaccia gave some examples of chaparral plants, such as the greenbark ceanothus, laurel sumac, giant rye grass and wild cucumber. He said that these types of plants have fire components to them and that the moisture in fog is an important element. Bisaccia also said that some plants sprout after a fire clearing, such as whispering bells, which feel papery and make a rustling noise when blowing in the wind. “The smoke or heat will cause a chemical reaction in the seed that makes them grow,” Bisaccia said. Bisaccia also added that water bars were built in trails across Ojai for post-fire erosion control. “It helps break the flow of the water,” Bisaccia said. Lee presented the...

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HERE THEY COME! | Juggalos, head bangers to take over Ventura

Two loyal and powerful concert fans will take over Ventura during the first week in October. Insane Clown Posse (ICP) followers, the Juggalos, will have a chance to see the legendary horrorcore duo perform live as part of the “The Great Milenko” 20 Year Tour. The tour was named to celebrate The Great Milenko album, originally released in 1997 and now available as a remastered 20th anniversary edition. The duo, consisting of Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler), was formed in the late 1980s in Detroit. The group is best known for the original release...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  2. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  3. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  4. Alan Saldana Headlines Levity Live

    August 23 @ 7:00 pm - August 25 @ 8:30 pm
  5. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  6. Divas!

    August 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  7. Help & Hope for Early Stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia

    August 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  8. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  9. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  10. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    August 26 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am