Happenings

The Oxnard Film Society will screen Korean thriller Decision to Leave on Monday, Nov. 7, at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. at Plaza Cinemas in Oxnard.

Happenings includes community events, meetings, classes, community resources and needs. To submit an item for inclusion email to: happenings@vcreporter.com


THURSDAY

OJAI FILM FESTIVAL | 4 p.m. Nov. 3 through Nov. 7 The Ojai Film Festival returns for its 23rd year with both in-person and virtual events, celebrating the works of filmmakers from around the world. The official festival schedule includes 84 selected films (varying from features, shorts, documentaries, and animated films), over a dozen seminars, panels, and receptions with filmmakers, live music from local artists, and the Awards Brunch. In-person screenings take place at the Ojai Art Center Nov. 4-7, and selections can be viewed virtually Nov. 8-20. Two Lifetime Achievement Awards, now known as Distinguished Artist Awards, will be presented to audio engineer Paul Massey and actress Jacqueline Bisset. The festival opens with a free screening of Spirited Away at Libbey Bowl on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. $8-165. For full schedule, tickets and more information, visit ojaifilmfestival.com.

HOLIDAY WORKPLACE ETIQUETTE | 1-2 p.m. Are you bewildered by what gift to give your employees for the holidays? Do you dread being asked to participate in Secret Santa? Learn about workplace etiquette during the holidays through an informative presentation by an experienced manager. Discuss appropriate responses to awkward holiday situations. Conference Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

CHAIR YOGA | 3-4 p.m. Take a moment to stretch! Instructor Lisa Clements Feeney will teach chair yoga suitable for everyone. No experience needed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Camarillo Library. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

JACKBOX PARTY GAMES FOR TEENS | 4-5:30 p.m. Bring your own device and play Jackbox Party Games with other teens in the Young Adult Center. YA Library at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH JOE SOHM | 6:30-8 p.m. Joe Sohm (“America’s Photo-Historian”) has been published more than 500,000 times, including National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, New York and L.A. Times, Washington Post, CNN, ABC, PBS, History Channel, etc. He served as President Clinton’s photographer for the DNC and his work is featured in Ronald Reagan’s book The Great Communicator. Join host Ivor Davis for a riveting discussion with Sohm about his work as one of the nation’s greatest political photographers of our time. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers; $5 for nonmembers via Zoom. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.

FRIDAY

NUCLEAR DANGER: LESSONS FROM CUBA AND UKRAINE | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. via Zoom. The potential for nuclear destruction grows. What might we learn about crises involving nuclear powers? Cuba and Ukraine are examined in terms of context (Cold War v. globalization), political aim (expansion v. defense), strategic operation (nuclear threat v. denial) and possible outcome (stalemate v. accommodation). Taught by Herb Gooch. Part of the Fifty and Better lecture series, designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for people age 50 and older. Individual and two-Part lectures are $10 each; bundle all fall lectures for $60. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html.

STORY TIME AT THE MUSEUM | 3-4 p.m. The Museum of Ventura County has been partnering with the Ventura County Library to bring bilingual (in English and Spanish) in-person Story Time every first Friday of the month at 3pm. Join us for stories, then play and learn in the Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Chumash Children’s Garden, a fabulous and FREE outing for ALL! Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323, venturamuseum.org.

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION AT BELL ARTS FACTORY | 6-9 p.m. Bell Asts Factory celebrates the Day of the Dead with an art exhibit and ofrendas/altar offerings. Several artists will also host open studios, and local vendors will be in the Community Room. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, bellartsfactory.org.

NAT GEO WILD: FILIPE DEANDRADE | 8 p.m. Wildlife filmmaker and conservationist Filipe DeAndrade, star of Nat Geo WILD’s Untamed, gives his unfiltered look at what it’s like to come face-to-face with wild animals, survive extreme environments, and make unexpected discoveries. He’ll also share a preview of his documentary, The River and The Wall, which focuses on wildlife along the Mexico and US border. $44.50-54.50. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com.

SATURDAY

WALK IN THE WATERSHED | 8 a.m. Come and learn all about our watershed with Dist. 1 Supervisor Matt LaVere and Ventura County Public Works Agency. During the two-mile roundtrip walk, participants will learn about the ecosystem, flora and fauna, the agency’s activities in the watershed and more. Meet in the parking lot at 2775 N. Ventura Road, Oxnard. Register at www.ventura.org/board-of-supervisors/district-1/walk-in-the-watershed/.

INTRO TO FLY FISHING CLINIC | 9-11 a.m. Sespe Fly Fishers of Ventura is hosting an introductory fly rod casting clinic. All experience levels are welcome from those who’ve never held a fly rod to those who have been casting for years. This clinic can help you improve your casting and meet with fellow fly rod enthusiasts. Rods will be on hand to borrow. For more information call Thomas Hall, 805-377-5249. Chumash Park at Petit and Waco in East Ventura. Please adhere to all pandemic guidelines. www.sespeflyfishers.org.

805 WRITERS CONFERENCE | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The writers conference is back, with in-person and Zoom sessions, a Book Expo, and half-day workshops. The conference brings together top authors from all genres to discuss their process or specific craft elements all writers need to know. In addition, book marketing experts discuss how to launch a book and understand how to sell books on Amazon. Small publishers looking for direct submissions will discuss their search for new writers and be ready to meet them at the conference. Plus, there will be literary agents, book editors, and more. And one session showcases successful indie authors from the 805 area code. $75-295. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 805writersconference.com.

BACK STACKS BOOKSTORE USED BOOK SALE | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We have loads of fiction and non-fiction as well as children’s books. Our collection features thousands of used books from 50 cents to $2, as well as collectible books from $4 and up. Half off all cookbooks. All book sale proceeds go to support the Blanchard Community Library. Presented by the Friends of the Blanchard Community Library. 119 North Eighth St., Santa Paula; enter via the north parking lot, through the roll-up door in the back.

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND SAFETY FAIR | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center is hosting a free fair which will give attendees a chance to meet care providers, receive preventative health screenings and explore ways to manage your health and wellness. Free blood pressure and glucose checks, eye exams, Zumba and more. Bilingual staff will be available. 1600 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard, www.dignityhealth.org/central-coast/locations/stjohnsregional.

VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 15 Ventura County farms, ranches, and agricultural organizations will open their doors and invite the public to experience a day of agricultural activities and tours during the 10th Annual Ventura County Farm Day. It is completely self-guided — you drive yourself at your own pace to any of the locations on our Farm Day Trail Map on the day of the event. Not all locations have registration requirements or set tour times, so be sure to check their descriptions on our Trail Map for details. Join us to learn more about the farm origins of your food, meet some of the folks responsible for producing the food we eat, and more! Trail map and more information at venturacountyfarmday.com.

CHUMASH PRESENCE, PAST AND PRESENT | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Colleen Delaney, Ph.D, will present on the history and ecology of the Mitsqanaqan̓ (Ventureño) Chumash, who have lived in the region for over 15,000 years. This archaeology-focused presentation will cover their unique history and culture, their adaptations to the natural environment of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, Mugu Lagoon and the Oxnard Plain, as well as the Chumash presence in Ventura County today. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Linda Cherry, Librarian, at 805)-677-7180. Hill Road Library, 1070 S. Hill Road, Ventura.

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION AT OPAC | 4-10 p.m. The Oxnard Performing Arts Center celebrates the return of its Día de los Muertos Celebration, which will once again recognize Araw Ng MgaPatay, a Filipino holiday during which people pay homage to their deceased family members and loved ones. Opening remarks from the Mexican Consulate and Oxnard Mayor, Aztec blessing and ceremonial dance, art displays, live music, family activities, contest for best dressed and so much more! Large, community-constructed papier-mâché calaveras will be on display. Free. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, oxnardperformingarts.com.

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF LOVE AND ROCKETS | 5-6 p.m. Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez are now recognized as two of the greatest cartoonists in the history of the medium — award-winning, world-renowned, critically acclaimed. Love and Rockets has appeared in a variety of formats over the years and continues to this day, but the original 50-issue run represents a milestone in comics history. A selection of the Hernandez brothers’ graphic novels will be available for purchase at the book signing event and Bart’s will be selling pre-orders of the special 40th anniversary box set re-releasing the first 50 issues. Bart’s Books, 302 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-646-3755, bartsbooksojai.com.

VENTURA BIKE DEPOT 40-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY | 5-8 p.m. We are welcoming the public in to celebrate with free drinks, snacks, music, ping pong and more. The whole staff will be present and look forward to interacting with the community. Meet the staff who make this kind of energy possible! Simply show up with a canned food item which will be donated to FOOD SHARE Ventura County. Ride your bike to the event and receive a free patch kit or phone holder. Come party with us at 239 W. Main St. Ventura. More info at www.venturabikedepot.com.

FOSTERING THE NEXT WAVE | 5:30-9 p.m. Kids & Families Together invites the community to a surf-inspired celebration supporting Ventura County foster youth and families. Enjoy buffet and drinks, short films, hula performance, surf-inspired music, auction, guest speaker and more. All proceeds will support the important programs and services provided by Kids & Families Together and More Than Conquerors Surf. $125. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, www.kidsandfamilies.org/event/fostering-the-next-wave-fundraiser/.

RONDIA’S SOUTHERN SOUL SUPPER | 6-8 p.m. This one is a warm-up for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, featuring delicious dishes you may want to serve at your holiday feast. The traditional menu is built around mustard greens, an essential ingredient of Southern cuisine that can be wild-foraged in our area. Locally sourced herbs will be sprinkled throughout the menu. A special side dish of shrimp and grits will be available by advance request for an extra $5 charge. Dinner will be served at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Ojai. $45. Registration and more information at HerbWalks.com or 805-646-6281.

BANK OF BOOKS SANTA PAULA BOOK SIGNING | 1-3 p.m. Wendy Baker, My Name Was Mushroom. Bank of Books, 820 E. Main St., Santa Paula, www.bankofbooks.com.

SUNDAY

HENDRIK RANCH NATURE AREA RESTORATION | 9 a.m. Friends of the Santa Clara River (FSCR) is hosting a volunteer event at the Hedrick Ranch Nature Area located near Santa Paula. Have fun planting native plants, working in the plant nursery, and clearing invasive plants. You will learn about our local Santa Clara River Watershed, including its ecology, wildlife, and the riparian restoration happening along the river. All ages welcome! More information and registration at www.meetup.com/friends-of-the-santa-clara-river-events-restore-recreation/.

805 WRITERS CONFERENCE | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Returning from hibernation, the writers conference is back, with in-person and Zoom sessions, a Book Expo, and half-day workshops. This will be the 10th annual conference, which started in 2011. The conference brings together top authors from all genres to discuss their process or specific craft elements all writers need to know. In addition, book marketing experts discuss how to launch a book and understand how to sell books on Amazon. Small publishers looking for direct submissions will discuss their search for new writers and be ready to meet them at the conference. Plus, there will be literary agents, book editors, and more. And one session showcases successful indie authors from the 805 area code. $75-295. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 805writersconference.com.

BEATOFEST 2022 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Art exhibits, live music, demonstrations, a wine bar, vegetarian cuisine and more in celebration of the Mama of Dada herself, held at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts – Wood’s home and studio – in the Ojai Valley. Francisco Leon, RubySkye Music, Jill Martini and the Shrunken Heads and Kimberly Lee perform. Free. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com/beatofest_2022.html.

TECHNOLOGY HELP | 2-4 p.m. Technology can be confusing, let us help! Stop by the second floor Tech Lab on Sundays for assistance with your tech questions. Tech Lab of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

SILENT BOOK CLUB | 3-4 p.m. Shhh, we’re reading! Do you love the idea of a book club but hate being told what book to read? Then this is the book club for you. Bring whatever book you want and enjoy quietly reading with fellow book lovers. Everyone will have the chance to share what they are reading. Conference Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

CERAMIC BUST PLANTERS | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thomas Weber teaches this two-day workshop focused on hand building techniques to create a human bust that will function as a planter. The finished piece will be glazed during the second class then fired and ready for pickup in two weeks. $90. Vita Art Center, 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.

FIGURE SCULPTING WITH CERAMICS | 2-5 p.m. Thomas Weber teaches this four-day workshop where students will learn hand building techniques to create a human bust. The final class will be for glazing. $180. Vita Art Center, 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.

MONDAY

WHAT IS A JEWISH FILM? | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. via Zoom. This lecture will explore the emergence and development of Jewish films in America over the last 100 years. We will explore the role these films have played in American culture, particularly in regards to identity formation and boundary definition for American Jews. Taught by Cliff Wilcox. Part of the Fifty and Better lecture series, designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for people age 50 and older. Individual and two-Part lectures are $10 each; bundle all fall lectures for $60. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html.

NOVEMBER FULL MOON SUNSET NATURE HIKE | 3:30-6 p.m. Enjoy a 1.5-mile hike to a vista point above the Ojai Valley where we can watch the simultaneous sunset and moonrise. Meet at the trailhead at 3:15 p.m. Trail is a well-worn dirt road with uneven footing in places and some elevation gain. Heavy rain or chance of thunderstorms will cancel event. No dogs or smoking, please. $35. Registration and more information at HerbWalks.com or 805-646-6281.

DECISION TO LEAVE | 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Oxnard Film Society presents this 2022 romantic mystery thriller about a detective investigating the suspicious death of a man who fell from a mountain peak. Directed by Park Chan-wook, best director at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, and Korea’s official submission to the 2023 Academy Awards. Runtime: 2 hours, 18 mins. Not rated. In Korean with English subtitles. $8 seniors, $11.25 general admission. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 West Fifth St., Oxnard, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

TAKE & MAKE: CORK CAT TOYS | 4-5 p.m. Don’t throw away corks — turn them into cat toys instead! Stop by the Young Adult Center and pick up a take & make kit containing materials to create a cat toy. Aimed at ages 13-18. Young Adult Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

TUESDAY

CAMARILLO QUILTERS ASSOCIATION MEETING | 9:30 a.m. All are welcome. Members have access to a free fabric table, extensivelibrary and reduced cost for classes and retreats. Meet at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, 1604 E. Burnley Dr., Camarillo. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. More information at camarilloquilters.com.

TUESDAY MORNING BOOK CLUB | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. The Tuesday Morning Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room. Stop by and check us out. Find out what we will be reading next here: sites.google.com/site/bookgroupsclub/tuesday-morning-group. Conference Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

SAN BUENAVENTURA WOMEN’S CLUB MEETING | 12 p.m. Noon lunch program and meeting, featuring Mary O. Kerrigan, Executive Director of Step Up Ventura. Reservations required. Contact 805-654-8370. $20. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura.

TEEN CRAFTERNOON: BIRD FEEDER | 4-5:30 p.m. Did you know that you only need cardboard and dried corn to make a bird feeder? Materials provided. Ages 13-18. YA Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

CASH 4 COLLEGE WORKSHOPS | 5-7 p.m. Moorpark College, Oxnard College, Ventura College and Ventura College East Campus are holding free evening Cash 4 College workshops to help students apply for funds to help with college costs. Funds can be used for tuition, books, housing, transportation, childcare, computers and more. The workshops are free and open to the community; anyone may attend a workshop on either date and can drop in at any time during the events. In-person and online Zoom workshops. Locations, Zoom links and more information at www.vcccd.edu/students/financial-aid-information/cash-for-college-workshops.

NANOWRIMO WRITERS SALON | 5-8 p.m. Are you ready for National Novel Writing Month? Grab your pen and paper and start writing with the Ventura County Writers Salon. Every Tuesday in November, the Writers Salon will host writing sessions that include writing sprints and prompt cards. Conference Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

TEN MILLION BIRDS: A BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER’S VIEW OF GREAT SALT LAKE | 7-8:30 p.m. Join the Ventura Audubon Society’s November program featuring wildlife photographer Mary Anne Karen as we journey together to this magical place. Learn why Karen fell in love with the Great Salt Lake and how she uses bird photography to inspire its protection. Our November program will be a hybrid meeting, either via Zoom or in person at the Poinsettia Pavilion, Canada Larga Room, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information and the Zoom link go to www.venturaaudubon.org/monthly-speakers.

WEDNESDAY

RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM FALL ARTISTS DAY | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to paint, sketch and photograph in our historic gardens. Breakfast treats and lunch included. $30. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Fillmore, 805-521-1501, ranchocamulos.org.

BABY BOP DANCE PARTY | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Dance the morning away with your little one! Enjoy songs, scarves and musical instruments with a storytime break in the middle! Aimed at ages 0-5. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

BOARD GAME HANG | 4-5:30 p.m. Play a wide array of board games after school every Wednesday. Aimed at ages 13-18. Young Adult Center of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

MARIANO RANCH PRESERVE COMMUNITY MEETING | 6:30 p.m. Ventura Land Trust’s second of three Mariano Rancho Preserve Community Meetings will focus on plans for sustainable trails and recreation on the preserve. Come learn about considerations for trail design, single-track and mixed-use trails, and the timeline for trail construction. This event will be recorded by CAPS Media and uploaded to VLT’s YouTube channel. Spanish language translation services will be offered at the event. DeAnza DATA Middle School, 2060 Cameron St., Ventura. More information and RSVP at www.venturalandtrust.org/trails.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE LIVE | 8 p.m. One of the greatest game shows of all time wants to give more fans a chance to win at Wheel of Fortune LIVE! Guests can audition to go on stage and feel like they stepped into the game show itself. They will have the chance to spin a replica of the iconic Wheel and solve the puzzles on the tour’s puzzle-board to win fantastic prizes including $10,000, a trip to Paris, Hawaii and more at every show! Additionally, audience members will get in on the fun with the chance to be randomly selected to win cash and prizes.. $46-106. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com.

THURSDAY

VENTURA COUNTY MOBILE LIBRARY/BIBLIOTECO MÓVIL DEL CONDADO DE VENTURA | 9:30 a.m. The Ventura County Mobile Library visits the trailhead of Harmon Canyon Preserve on the second Thursday of every month. Children’s storytime at 10 a.m. You can also check out a book to read under Harmon’s oaks, get a library card, pick up book holds, and check out and return items. Harmon Canyon Preserve, 7511 Foothill Road, Ventura, www.venturalandtrust.org.

THE SOMIS THURSDAY CLUB | 11:30 a.m. Local women’s club meeting and catered lunch. This month’s program will feature local author Ken Alpine, who will discuss his latest book, Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization. Visitors and prospective members are welcome. Please call 805-469-5059 or email patti.dizazzo@gmail.com to RSVP.

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS: ORIGINS, DISCOVERY AND MEANING, PART 1 | 1-3 p.m. via Zoom. This two-part lecture will consider where these writings originated and why, as writings of a small Dead Sea community, they have made such a major impact on scholarship. Taught by Jason Hensley. Part of the Fifty and Better lecture series, designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for people age 50 and older. Individual and two-Part lectures are $10 each; bundle all fall lectures for $60.

www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/ fifty-better/lecture-series.html.

JACKBOX PARTY GAMES FOR TEENS | 4-5:30 p.m. Bring your own device and play Jackbox Party Games with other teens in the Young Adult Center. YA Library at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

PAINTING WITH A TWIST FUNDRAISER | 5:30 p.m. Paint a holiday “Joy” art piece, drink wine, and enjoy time with friends while supporting parks and recreation in your community. Ages 21+. $49-59 per person. Painting With a Twist, 2298 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, www.pvrpd.org/2022-11-10-painting-with-a-twist-fundraiser.

NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY | 5-7:30 p.m. On National Philanthropy Day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership celebrates the extraordinary individuals and organizations that are changing the world with a giving heart. This year, AFP Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter will recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those active in the philanthropic community – have made to enrich and benefit our communities. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.

COMMUNITY NEEDS, OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES

CAREER PATHWAYS AT BLANCHARD COMMUNITY LIBRARY Patrons of Blanchard Community Library can now access CAreer Pathways, a collection of digital platforms for online learning tools designed to meet the needs of those entering the workforce or who want to get a better job. Funded by the state and administered by the California State Library, CAreer Pathways offers Coursera, Linkedln Learning, GetSetUp, and Skillshare — resources that offer specialized courseware that help people improve job skills and prepare for high-wage jobs. Access to CAreer Pathways is free and available through the Blanchard Community Library’s website at www.blanchardlibrary.org/resources/online-learning and via the “CAreer Pathways” link on the library’s main page. For additional information, please contact the Adult Services Librarian, Justin Formanek, at 805-525-3615 or email justin.formanek@blanchardlibrary.org.

CHANNEL ISLANDS CHORAL ASSOCIATION | Community singers are needed! Audition now for the California State University, Channel Islands University Chorus, composed of CSUCI students, faculty, staff and alumni as well as community singers. Auditions are by appointment with Dr. KuanFen Liu. The chorus meets Monday evenings, 6:30-9:15 p.m., in Malibu Hall 100. Concerts on Dec. 2 and 4. To request an audition, email downbeatplus@gmail.com. More information at cicachoir.org.

HOLIDAY COMMUNITY COOKBOOK SUBMISSIONS | Through Nov. 23. Share your favorite holiday recipes with others from Nov. 1 through Nov. 23. Drop off your recipes at the second floor Reference Desk or email them to Adult Services Librarian Allison Williams (awilliams@camarillolibrary.org). Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

INFORMATION ON THE HIGH SCHOOL AT MOORPARK COLLEGE | Through March 28. The High School at Moorpark College allows students to earn both their high school diploma and college credits at the same time. HSMC is located on the Moorpark College campus where high schoolers, beginning their freshman year, take both high school and college-level classes. The school is open to any student in Ventura or Los Angeles counties. HSMC will host in-person information nights on Jan, 24 and Feb. 28. Virtual sessions are offered Nov. 29 and March 28. For more information, call Dr. Shirleen Oplustic at 805-378-6312 or contact her via email at soplustic@mrpk.org. Additional information can also be found at www.hsmc.mrpk.org.

LANDLORD ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM | Are you a Ventura County property owner/housing provider seeking stable tenancies, rental income, and a way to help our neighbors who need a home? Do you have a housing unit to lease in the near or immediate future? We are seeking studios to 3+ bedrooms. United Way will provide financial and supportive services to ensure a smooth and mutually beneficial housing process. Join the effort and receive a leasing bonus of up to two times the rent charged for the unit! This incentive is available for landlords and is separate from any costs incurred by program participants. For more information or to learn more about the Landlord Engagement Program, contact Carie Bristow at carie.bristow@vcunitedway.org or 805.485.6288 x235.

MENTORS NEEDED FOR WOMEN UNITED EDUCATION AWARD RECIPIENTS | Women United is seeking potential mentors in professional positions who would like to guide a single mother college student and help her reach her career goals. Anyone who has professional experience in a business environment and is willing to meet with a mentee for 2-3 sessions during the semester (in person or via Zoom) is encouraged to apply. To learn more, contact Leslie Osuna at leslie.osuna@vcunitedway.org or 805.485.6288, ext. 224.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FREE TAX PREPARATION | Help low-income families and individuals improve their financial stability by joining our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) team of tax preparers and interviewers for the 2022 Tax Year. Volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns at no cost at multiple sites across Ventura County and are asked to commit four hours per week during the VITA tax season, Feb. 1-April 30, 2023. No experience is necessary; training is provided. A two-session training course (in-person and virtual) will be offered on Nov. 12 and 19, 2022 at Moorpark College. To learn more or to register, visit volunteerventuracounty.org/need/detail/?need_id=372430.