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Contents

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editor’s note

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6 Gypsy Magic

Features   nesting

31 Little Cottage by the Sea How to live the life you’ve imagined

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ell, it’s not a real Gypsy carriage,” John Morgan said, alluding to the bedazzling contraption parked on his Oak View property. It was precisely the sort of ornate carriage we would have hoped for—had we been so bold to hope so high. “That one’s just a replica,” John continued. “The real Gypsy carriage is parked out front.” As he said this, Naz Madaen, who coordinates fashion-centric photo shoots for us from time to time, shot me a sideways glance: a mishmash of doubt and promise. We’d come to Morgan Carriage Works to nose around a bit, to scout the location for a winter fashion pictorial. She had a “Gypsy kids” theme in mind, but Mr. Morgan wasn’t aware of that yet. We walked to the front of the property, located in a semi-rural neighborhood along the Ventura River, and—Shazam! There it was. Moons and stars and all. An authentic 19th-century Gypsy carriage built in England, imported from Ireland, installed on a Hollister Ranch hilltop, and now resting comfortably in Oak View awaiting a deep-pocketed buyer. No crystal ball could have predicted such a coincidence. No earthly magic could have conjured such an ideal photography prop. And John granted us full permission to use it, too, which still amazes me, considering the potential havoc our gaggle of undersized bulls could have wreaked in his carriage shop. Yes, the heavens had aligned. Or so it seemed. A hanging cluster of yellow leaves cast an autumn glow over the antique carriage. Everything was perfect. Then it rained. And just like that, a muddy curtain dropped on our fantasy. By now, of course, you know that Naz managed to corral all the com6

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ponents—kids, clothing, carriage, et al.—reschedule for a sunny day, and beat our deadline. By just a hair, I might add; mere hours before press time, we’re still working on the layout. What amazes me most about the scenario isn’t the unlikelihood of discovering a prop that so perfectly fit the bill. It wasn’t the weird serendipity of it all. No, it was John Morgan’s willingness to oblige. To literally open his doors for us. I’m no appraiser of antique Gypsy carriages, but this thing is worth a buck or two. It belongs in a museum. And he lent it to a couple of strangers, not to mention a bunch of well-dressed kids. Thanks, John! (Readers: the Gypsy wagon is for sale, along with other horse-drawn carriages and a trove of wonderful treasures—from whips and gloves to saddle chimes and sleigh bells. Call 805.649.1723 or log on to morgancarriage.com.) If it seems I frequently mention the hominess of Ventura County in these front-of-book notes, it’s because I do. Guilty as charged. And yes, that down-to-earth character influences editorial decisions. When Leslie Westbrook asked if I was “cool with” her deeply personal lead into an interview with singer Perla Batalla (p. 15), I encouraged her to keep it real. The art of music, after all, is its power to move us, to conjure emotions and make us feel. And writing, done well, has a similar dynamism. Sure, most people over the age of four can write. Literally. Physically. Technically. But using words to create a potent brew rather than a mere hodgepodge of letters—that’s the sort of writing that establishes a connection with the reader. At least that’s what I like to think. Thanks again for reading, and for keeping it real as we move into 2013. — Matt mattk@ventanamonthly.com

Editor in Chief Matt Katz Art Director Christy Sisneros assistant editor Maxine Hurt Contributors Sherri Barnett Anne Z. Cooke Gaszton Gal Steve Haggerty Naz Madaen Mariana Schulze Lisa Snider Guy Webster Leslie A. Westbrook Graphic Designers Toby Emery Bret Hooper Account Executives Warren Barrett Diane Newman Laura Rearwin Dave Stephens Sales Team leader Kelly-marie Tracy Circulation Teresa Wann-Davis human resources Andrea Baker Business manager Angela Wang Accounting Alysia Chavez VP of Finance Michael Nagami Publisher David Comden

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feet, North America’s highest mountain. But the call of the north at its least forgiving, most glittering best is irresistible. If you’ve been to Alaska, chances are it was during summer, when the days are warm and the sun dallies in the heavens until midnight. But by November, the 49th state shines like the jewels in a pirate’s hoard. On the drive north to Fairbanks, giant flakes float down on the windshield as if a featherbed was ripped open and shaken over the highway. When the storm clears, the February sun bounces off the snow like candle flame on a crystal chandelier. Icebound rivers, their rapids frozen solid in midflow, gleam an opalescent silver-green. The ice blocks at Fairbanks’ annual Ice Carving Competition—dump truck sized chunks sawn out of the frozen Tanana River—are so hard and dense that sculptors wielding saws and files easily shape graceful fingers, prancing horse’s legs, and flowing strands of mermaids’ hair. On the horizon at sunset, clouds of tiny ice crystals refract the lingering rays, creating rarely seen “sundogs,” identical pairs of glowing oval shapes. Before my trip ends, with a ride on the Alaska Railroad from Fairbanks back to Anchorage, I’ve signed on to every adventure one could reasonably fit into a single


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northern odyssey. With pilot Todd Mackinaw at the helm of an eight-passenger Piper Chieftain, I join a group in Fairbanks to fly north to the Brooks Range, cruising low over the serpentine loops of the frozen Yukon River. Our destination: a tiny airfield in Coldfoot, north of the Arctic Circle. A former mining outpost, Coldfoot earned its name when the last few settlers called it quits and left after two savagely cold winters. Now it’s a café and supply point on the oil pipeline road between Valdez and Prudhoe Bay. I’ve sledded through a forest of birch and sitka spruce behind a team of huskies and explored blue-ice caves in minus-20-degree temperatures. I’ve joined a guided snowshoe hike on the frozen Susitna River, near Talkeetna, where the occasional treacherous patch of open water threatens life and limb. I’ve been on hand as the sleepy brown bears at the Alaska Wildlife Heritage Center (rescued yearling orphans named Taquoka and Shaguyik) wake up and stumble out of their den, looking for a handout. I’ve been teased by the lure of a slippery hillside, and cutting too tight a turn, toppled a snow machine into a snowdrift not five feet from a notso-frozen stream. Soaking at Cheney Hot Springs on a minus-10-degree day, my wet hair freezes into stiff spikes. Who would’ve thought? Throughout, my closest friend has been my daily uniform: a fat down jacket, down mittens with expedition-quality glove liners, padded ski pants over with layered fleece underwear, and—on the coldest days—toe-warmers inside insulated waterproof boots. Stuffed and swaddled I look like a ragbag. But it’s kept me warm, and to my surprise, sometimes too warm. But warm is always good, here in the mystical winter of ice and snow. v Get detailed information and travel tips online at anchorage.net and explorefairbanks.com.

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HE FIRST TIME I HEARD OJAI SONGBIRD PERLA BATALLA was almost a decade ago when a dear friend of mine passed away. His family had brought him home from the hospital to die in a more comfortable setting. Douglas was in repose in his art-filled dining room, surrounded by flowers, friends, family, and his faithful dog. His sisters were shuttling in and out of the kitchen, preparing food. A recording of Perla Batalla singing the Mexican classic “Cucurrucucú Paloma” was playing throughout the house as we said our farewells, tears streaming down our faces. Douglas and his family gave me the gift of sitting at his deathbed in a most magical and beautiful environment. And Perla, unbeknownst to her, provided the soundtrack that became a most heartfelt adios. The song still brings tears to my eyes. Such is the power of music. Ever since that day, so clearly etched in my memory, I wanted to meet the woman behind the voice. When I learned that the Ojai-based, Grammy Award-nominated singer, composer, arranger, and social activist was involved in an outreach program to expose children to music, I knew it was time for me to learn more about her—and to bring this story full circle.

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Leslie A. Westbrook: Let’s start with an easy question. What inspires you, Perla? Perla Batalla: I am inspired by stories. When I keep my ears open I can hear them everywhere. Sometimes there can be a great story hidden within a painting, a black-and-white photograph, or a symphony.

have a CD of Christmas songs, “We Three Kings,” recorded with your daughter, Eva. Is there something you haven’t done yet that you are aching to do? PB: I am writing a theatrical piece that is all about the artistic process. I have been researching Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The working title is “Blue House.”

LAW: Your father was a musician who owned a record store in Venice, California. How did the store inform your artistic path? PB: Discoteca Batalla was the name of the record shop. My mother ran the business, and my brothers, sister, and I all worked there everyday after school. We catered to the Spanish-speaking population on the Westside, back when there was

LAW: How much time do you spend on the road? PB: I have a wonderful agent who has kept me busy since I began my solo career. When my daughter was little, my husband and I decided we would travel together as a family when we worked. He was the chef on “Dinner and a Movie” for 16 years. He would shoot in Atlanta every six weeks, and on occasion they would

“I am inspired by stories. When I keep my ears open I can hear them everywhere.” not a lot available to Hispanics. Eventually, our little shop was put out of business by the corporate music stores that decided music in Spanish was here to stay. Spending so much time there as a youngster had everything to do with the direction my musical career took. I love to sing and write in Spanish, and still today I adore the Mexican standards. Even Leonard Cohen has said that Spanish is a very musical language: “like flowing water.” LAW: On your latest CD, “Lazy Afternoon,” you show great versatility, singing jazz, rock, folk, and Latin American songs. You even 16

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travel to shoot in wonderful places like Napa, Venice, Rome, New York. We saw a lot of the world together, and I think it added to my daughter’s education. LAW: Tell me about your outreach to children—particularly to children who have not been to a live concert, or who are not exposed to music the way you were in your youth. PB: Outreach is a life-changing experience for my band and me. We have gone into some of the poorest communities in the country to perform and speak about music and the importance of embracing creativity. I take a lot of time to talk with


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the students about how being creative can give you power. It’s important for them to know that just because the schools have lost funding for art and music, there is no reason to abandon their creative endeavors. Sometimes young people just need to be given permission to explore the artistic horizon. LAW: Tell us about your adventures and outreach in New Mexico. PB: I have had the pleasure of going to The Border Book Festival, headed by my Mexican “Auntie Mame,” Denise Chavez, many times. It is in La Mesilla, a New Mexico border town, and the volunteers in this community are the real inspiration. Among my favorite all-time moments was the day I went to a juvenile hall and had a poetry exchange with some amazing young writers. LAW: I understand you are thinking of making a documentary film about your work with children. How is that shaping up? PB: We shot the footage and hope to get funding for the editing soon. LAW: You have had an amazing career thus far, singing backup for Leonard Cohen and being nominated for a Grammy for your tribute album to him (“Bird On A Wire”). You’ve performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and in 2009 you were awarded the U.N.’s Earth Charter Award for extraordinary devotion to social and economic justice. The following year you received the Premio Fronterizo Award for “healing work in the world.” What are you most proud of? PB: I tend to be a mother to every child I meet. So I have to say I am most proud of being a mom. My husband and I think of our daughter as our masterpiece.

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LAW: What makes you happiest? PB: People who try. LAW: What makes you sad? PB: People who give up. LAW: Beyond music, what are some of your interests? PB: I am interested in absolutely everything: art, food, photography, literature, design, theater, film. Claud Mann, my hubby of 21 years, is working with the Orfaela Foundation on the School Food Initiative and is passionate about his work. I like to say that he is saving the world one snack at a time. LAW: There used to be a radio program on KCRW where the host asked what three pieces of music his guests would take with them to a deserted island. What would you take? PB: That is easy: “Cohen Live,” “The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album,” and the soundtrack to “CHiPs the musical.” LAW: I don’t mean to be morose, but since I began this interview with a personal story about your music and my friend’s passing, I wonder what you would want played at your funeral? PB: “Volando Voy” by Kiko Veneno. Kiko is a Spanish artist I met while touring in Spain. He has a lust for life like no one I have ever known and it is stated in this song. Volando voy, roughly translated, means I am taking flight. v

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here is the front door the back door and the back door the front door? Why, at a quaint beach cottage on Brunswick Lane in the Pierpont community, of course. It’s a story that Steve and Carol Cook love to tell about their 1928 Tudor home. The backyard was originally the front yard, but over time, zoning changes put the main street on the other side of the house. Pieces of the original front sidewalk dot what is now their backyard garden as stepping stones. “It’s a magical place,” says Steve, who reluctantly bought the house at his wife’s urging 15 years ago. According to her decorating blog, Carol wanted a beach house because, “Marriage to an avid surfer means sand tracked throughout the house. I constantly complained about sand always underfoot. I said we should buy a beach house where sand is normal. We did. And I no longer complain about sand.” It wasn’t easy, though. At the time, they lived comfortably just a mile away in Midtown. The beach house presented challenges; it was twice the money and half the space. At just 1,000 square feet including a small one-car garage, the couple, now both 64, had to downsize significantly.

“It’s like living on a boat,” Steve says with a big smile. Two bedrooms and one bathroom meant getting creative with the space, but with their daughter in high school and their son in college back then, they could see the big picture. At the time, Steve worked at a manufacturing company, and Carol’s salary as a teacher made getting into a more expensive home tricky. One thing that worked in their favor was that they bought at the bottom of the market. “We got in just before the prices took off,” Steve says. The first weekend in the house, Steve painted a surfer on their mailbox. Next he painted the kids’ surfboards, and soon, he was scouring yard sales for old surfboards to paint, which were quick to sell. Before that, he hadn’t painted in 25 years. “This house brought out his muse,” Carol says. Meanwhile, the manufacturing company Steve was working for sold, and he used his severance to invest more time and effort into his art and to fix up the house. “She had a job, and she had benefits, so that helped,” he says. Steve quickly became a prolific and successful painter best known for his use of vivid colors and light. His subjects range from land and seascapes to surf culture, old cars and buildings, December 2012 | ventana | 31


and gardens. He refers to his work as “painterly realism.” In their spare time, when Steve wasn’t painting and Carol wasn’t teaching, they turned their attention to much-needed improvements to the home. First, they removed the wallto-wall Berber carpets to reveal beautiful hardwood floors, which better accommodated their new sand-loving lifestyle. What was originally the back porch still held a water heater, which was moved to create a more inviting front entrance. The wall that divided the front entrance from the rest of the house was opened up, and the addition of a bright red Dutch front door completed the look. Now, looking through the front door, visitors can see all the way into their backyard, where Carol has created a vibrant garden. Also an avid cook, Steve saw to it that the kitchen receive some updates, including granite counters, hexagonal tile floors to match the original bathroom tiles, and a new Viking range. But some of the best features of the home needed no improvements. All of the white wood-framed windows are original, and they have left them without curtains or screens to flood the home with natural light and a feeling of being outdoors. The original moldings and curved ceilings reflect the period the two have grown to cherish and wish to preserve. Since space is at a premium, details like a built-in dining room window bench seat and pull-down attic stairs offer more options for easily accessible storage. Steve’s painting took off, and he painted anywhere he could—in the house, in the yard, and in the garage—and oil paints dripped all through the house. Carol pleaded with him to build a studio, and Steve soon saw the benefit. “I painted in the garage with the garage door open, and it would always turn into a party,” he says, recalling well-intentioned critiques from some passersby. The distractions proved overwhelming. Working with a contractor, they designed a small art studio at the back of the cottage in the home’s classic Tudor style with a tall pitch to the roof. High skylights and French doors provide perfect lighting for Steve to work. A stained-glass window featuring a sea glass wave lends a signature artistic touch. 32 | ventana | DECember 2012

No longer treating his passion for art as a hobby, Steve has realized a successful business. He sells some 20 to 30 paintings per year at prices ranging from $400 to $4,000. He does well commercially, too, selling his work to the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau for posters and tote bags, as well as to Firestone Winery for a series of wine labels. Many of his paintings, 70 in all, hang proudly in their home and are constantly rotated to accommodate the seasons, shows, and sales. “I have to work with the decorator,” Steve says with a nod to Carol, who has developed her own creative passions in the home, painting their furniture pieces, designing functional and striking vignettes, and sewing custom pillows and slipcovers to make the space into a cozy livable beach retreat. Both have an eye for stunning colors, sometimes muted, sometimes boldly displayed for impact, with the two often negotiating for places to display their works. Carol’s work has also spilled over into crafting handmade books and cards, which, in addition to her designs and décor for the home, are all detailed in words and photos on her whimsical blog. “It makes me do the things I want to do,” she says of her blog, which enjoys quite a following and espouses Thoreau’s advice to “live the life you have imagined.” Now fully entrenched in beach life and a neighborhood that has become what they refer to as their village, with holiday progressive dinners up and down their street and picnics with the neighbors on the beach, everything is as it should be. “It’s a good life,” Steve says. Looking ahead, Carol is making plans to retire from teaching, a profession she loves, in 2014. Years ago, she recalls, she and Steve attended a retirement planning seminar, and the one question she still remembers being asked by the facilitator was, “Where do you picture yourselves in retirement?” Carol says she answered without hesitation: “I’m walking on a beach!” v

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Escape to the English countryside without ever leaving California; just 20 minutes from the beach, this charming property is nestled among mature trees and lush landscaping. Entertaining options abound with the open floor plan, formal dining room, remodeled English country kitchen and French doors that lead from the great room to one of the spacious outdoor entertaining areas. The home is approximately 3,474 square feet boasting a casual dining area in the remodeled kitchen, and outdoor dining and entertaining areas, aside from the formal dining room. This approximately 18-acre Ojai horse property is complete

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Short List Art About Agriculture

Ring in the Holidays

Through March 17 | Santa Paula Art Museum and Museum of Ventura Co. Agriculture Museum “Art About Agriculture” is an agriculture-themed art exhibit presented by the Ag Art Alliance. The exhibit explores all facets of agriculture, from workers to water, machinery to soil, and to the food that goes on our plates. The exhibit will share space at the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum (926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula) and the Santa Paula Art Museum (walking distance away, at 117 N. 10th St.). For more information, call 805.525.3100.

December 14 & 15 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza The Village Voices Chorale is a spirited community chorus for adults who love to sing. Directed by Gloria Hilliard and accompanied by Christine DeKlotz, the 60-plus-voice chorale delights its listeners with a wide variety of music, from Classical to Broadway and Contemporary. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Scherr Forum Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $20. For tickets and more information, call 818.889.7150.

North Pole Express

December 14 & 15 | Ventura Harbor Village The 36th  Annual Ventura Harbor Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks will take place December 14 and 15 at 7 p.m.  The Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace will be held on December 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Decorated boats and holiday décor throughout the Harbor kick off this year’s “Jingle Jungle” theme. The two-day celebration features a Parade of Lights Carnival on the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn, visits by Santa & Mrs. Claus for last-minute gift requests at the Carousel Stage, and harbor-front dining.  A fireworks display will light up the night following the Parade of Lights each evening, with Santa and his sleigh crossing the sky on Saturday evening courtesy of Aspen Helicopters. For more information, visit venturaharborvillage.com.

Through December 26 | Fillmore & Western Railway Celebrate the holidays with the whole family on a vintage train. Wear pajamas, and don’t forget to bring the little ones’ teddy bears to the “North Pole.” Elves make the exciting trip too. Santa is awaiting your arrival. To make sure you get into the spirit of the holidays, there will be stories, Christmas carols, and cookies with milk. Train departs on select Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Santa’s Village at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Adults, $29. Kids 2-12, $19. Kids under 2 are free. For more information, visit fwry.com.

Death Takes a Holiday Through December 23 | Santa Paula Theater Center Santa Paula Theater Center will present the classic comedy “Death Takes a Holiday,” originally by Alberto Cassella and rewritten for the American stage by Walter Ferris. Directed by Tom Eubanks, the play finds the Grim Reaper weary of always being misunderstood. Suspending his activities to take on a human form, Death passes himself off as a visiting prince and falls in love with a beautiful girl. Through her, he realizes why mortals fear him. 125 S. 7th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit santapaulatheatercenter.org.

Tidepool Discoveries Photo Exhibit December 2 – March 3 | Museum of Ventura County Tidepools teem with creatures tiny and secretive, hard to see even when wading among them. Macro-photographer Dan Harding shows us what we missed. “Tidepool Discoveries: Images from a Different Point of View” debuts Harding’s latest series on local tidepool wildlife. The retired marine biology teacher and fine art photographer combines technology and an unusual perspective to share his passion to protect and preserve these creatures. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org.

Wednesday Nights with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus December 5, 12, & 19 | Camarillo Ranch House The Camarillo Ranch House will host Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to greet and pose for holiday photos. Refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is requested; children are free. 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit camarilloranch.org or call 805.389.8182.

Acrobat December 8 | Ojai Art Center Performances To Grow On will present Li Liu in her acclaimed production of “Acrobat.” The performance includes hand balancing, plate spinning, trick cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing, and Chinese water bowl manipulation. Li also touches on various aspects of Chinese language, geography, and culture while sharing her work and travel experiences with the audience. 4 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children; available at the Ojai Coffee Roasting Co., 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For tickets and more information, call 805.646.8907 or visit (Click on “Toys for the Mind.”).

Little Miss Scrooge December 12 - 23 | Rubicon Theatre, Ventura This Dickensian musical extravaganza is a modern retelling of “A Christmas Carol” with added characters and plot lines from “Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, Bleak House” and other great Dickens novels. Estella Scrooge, a young Wall Street tycoon and direct descendent of Ebenezer, is tested beyond her wildest dreams when fate forces her to visit Pickwick, Ohio on Christmas Eve. There she meets Pip Nickleby who runs the Harthouse Hotel, a refuge for the sick, dispossessed, and homeless, and learns about generosity and human kindness. $35-$49. Opening night gala, $150. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit rubicontheatre.org.

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Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights

Holiday Open House and Marketplace December 15 | Ventura Harbor Village The Ventura Potter’s Guild will hold a Holiday Open House and Marketplace. Artists will be represented in the gallery and outside around the carousel garden patio. There will be demonstrations on the potter’s wheel by Troy Schmidt of Santa Barbara and Larry Carnes of Ojai. All work is locally made with stoneware and porcelain clay bodies, offering a multitude of uniquely creative sculptural and functional pieces. The Holiday Open House will be held in conjunction with the Ventura Harbor’s Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace and Parade of Lights. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Ventura Harbor Village, 1567 Spinnaker Dr. #105, Ventura. For more information, call 805.985.5038. 

Through mar 3

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The Nutcracker December 15 & 16 Ventura College Performing Arts Center The All American Ballet (AAB) of Ventura will present its annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the newly renovated Ventura College Performing Arts Center. All American Ballet returns to its traditional venue, where the company staged its first “Nutcracker” production in 2002.  Ventura College Theatre has been closed since 2008 for a complete renovation. Professional guest artists will dance alongside the pre-professional and student dancers of All American Ballet and Santa Barbara Festival Ballet. For more information, visit aaballet.org.

Celtic New Year’s Celebration December 31 | Ojai Valley Woman’s Club This 4th annual event combines high energy Celtic-fusion band music with a potluck party. Slugger O’Toole starring. $20 admission; ages 15 and under are half price at the door. Show starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit ojaiconcertseries.com.

Dec 14 & 15

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ON THE HORIZON Ventura County Wine Trail Local Food & Wine Challenge January 24 Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort Teams of local chefs and winemakers will match up to see who can create the best food and wine pairing in Ventura County. The winner of the “Best Food & Wine Pairing” award will be chosen by a blind tasting panel of judges and announced during the evening. Attendees also have a big part to play in the evening’s festivities, with the new “People’s Choice” award. Together, the very best pairing will be selected and awarded the 2013 trophy. The evening includes champagne and live jazz. Proceeds will benefit Ventura County FOOD Share. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. $45-$60. 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd., Oxnard. For more information, visit venturacountywinetrail.com. December 2012 | ventana | 39


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Las Posas Estates single story home with backyard view of the 16th fairway of the Las Posas CC Golf Course. Built in 1962 with 3 BR, 2 full baths and 2 half baths, over 2,700 sq. ft.. Fully landscaped lot of 20,140 sq. ft. Tastefully remodeled. Formal living room with fireplace and dining area. Great room adjacent to kitchen with spacious breakfast bar and built-in appliances; a delightful space for entertaining. Butler’s pantry. Den with mirrored wall and bright sun room. $849,000

Spanish Hills custom single story built in 2006 with 4BR + 3.5BA. Approx. 4,787 sq. ft. Upstairs bonus room – perfect for office or media room. Custom wrought iron front door and balustrade. Limestone flooring in living room, dining room and walkways. Wood flooring in the family room. Gourmet island kitchen w/granite counters, 2 dishwashers, built-in refrigerator. Adjacent breakfast room. Master bedroom w/fireplace, master bath w/jetted tub, dual vanity, shower. Fireplace in the enclosed, private courtyard that wraps around the living room, dining room and secondary bedrooms. Low maintenance landscaping. Easy commute to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. $1,375,000

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