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giving back 11 Reid’s Gift Keeps on Giving Helping disabled individuals thrive through programs that have a lasting impact. about town 46 United Under the Rainbow Diversity Collective gathers LGBTQ+ individuals and programs under one roof.

cover story 53 Westside Story Jackie Pearce’s lifetime devotion to community building in and around the Avenue.

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conversation 60 From Isolation to Inclusion A conversation with Arcenio Lopez, Executive Director of the Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project.

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rowing up, Jackie Pearce belonged to two different worlds. Describing herself as “somewhat biracial,” she lived on Ventura’s Westside, in a neighborhood with a large Latinx population, but spent a lot of time on the much less diverse Eastside. And she contended with others’ misconceptions of her and her community. “I had to learn to bridge those two worlds, and as a result I became friends with a lot of different people,” Pearce recalls in our cover story. Making friends across different swaths of society is an exceptional skill for someone interested in civic engagement. Pearce has spent a lifetime trying to make the Westside a better place, from volunteer work to teaching to grassroots organizing. Now the executive director of the Westside Community Development Corporation, she’s been instrumental in a number of community improvement projects, including the establishment of Kellogg Park, an endeavor that was eight years in the making. This greenspace gem, which just opened on April 14, is a testament to Pearce’s ability to act as a bridge between disparate pieces of a society — residents, business owners, public officials, sponsors and donors — and bring them together for the sake of the community. There’s a lot of bridge building going around this month’s Giving Back issue. MICOP is an organization that serves the Mixteco immigrants of Ventura County, an indigenous group that hales from Mexico’s state of Oaxaca. Many of these individuals work on our local farms, and while they face hardships typical of other immigrant groups, there

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are additional issues that arise as a result of language and cultural differences with both English and Spanish speakers. This can lead to profound isolation and an inability to access health care, education and other services. Arcenio Lopez, MICOP’s executive director, explains how the organization is building “a bridge from isolation to inclusion” in an inspiring and informative interview. People with autism and the differently abled face another kind of isolation, navigating a world that is largely driven by verbal communication and neurotypical approaches to just about everything. Reid’s Gift aims to give these individuals the skills needed to pursue education, careers, relationships, independent living and more – in short, allow them to take their place in the world and their communities, while still celebrating who they are, with their unique gifts and perspectives intact. Those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and questioning in Ventura County aren’t necessarily isolated, but they were left somewhat adrift when the Rainbow Alliance closed in 2011. Taking up the torch was Diversity Collective Ventura County, which has bridged the gap in services and been a link between the various LGBTQ+ groups, providing a safe space for education, advocacy, mutual support and community building. Community is vital for human existence, and communities thrive when people can approach each other with open minds, open hearts and open arms to provide acceptance and support, exchange ideas and share the burden of making the world a better place. We’re all in this together. We’re stronger when we work together, too. – Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer nancy@ventanamonthly.com

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EID BRIAN THOMPSON, 11, passed away in 2007, but his memory is etched in the endeavors of a local nonprofit organization dedicated to serving other youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Thompson, a student with autism, met educator Molly K. Rearick, EdD, CESP (Certified Employment Support Professional), at a school in the San Fernando Valley. She was emboldened by his personality and zest for life. Following Thompson’s death, Rearick felt compelled to “share his spirit” with the organizations where she volunteered and in 2013 she launched Reid’s Gift with the support of his family and other colleagues. The formation of Reid’s Gift was not only a tribute to Thompson but also an effort by Rearick to fill a void by providing for a population she believed was underserved. Its establishment in Ventura County (VC) began with one program

in the afternoons which was staffed by program director Tina Ebsen, MA, LMFT, ATR (registered art therapist), and Thompson’s stepmother (as a volunteer). There were program limitations due to space, but there was demand — and Reid’s Gift was keen to oblige. Per Ebsen, access and inclusion were and still are vital to the organization, and it is willing to grow to accommodate those who want to be a part of it. “Our expectations [in the beginning] were humble and, compared to what we are able to do today, quite small. We have always aimed to support clients and families with what they need, rather than creating supports and then seeking clients. It is overwhelming, in a good way, how large we have grown in such a short amount of time,” Ebsen stated. The Reid’s Gift of today is able to offer services to the developmentally disabled throughout Southern California, from Ventura County to }} Long Beach.

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“We have grown from a handful of part-time employees in Ventura County to 50 employees in Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Orange Counties. We now serve approximately 150 clients and their families,” said Rearick. Local Reid’s Gift services include Red Rabbit, a collaborative program with the Transitions Support Group and the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s Therapeutic Recreation program. Red is a color associated with Thompson; rabbit is for the Conejo Valley. Red Rabbit offers free educational presentations on topics suggested by people with disabilities and their families. For those interested in joining the workforce, Reid’s Gift offers employment and internship development services. Experienced job coaches provide guidance and support prior to the work day and at the end of the shift, with overall involvement fading as needed. Katherine “Kat” Taylor, 36, of Oxnard participated in the Halloween Store internship. She said that it gave her the stability to improve her business skills and pursue what she described as “once a pipe dream.” “It will be an upscale eBay store at first, selling gently used and refurbished goods. I hope to then have a popup store within my future ventures,” she said of her goal. Kindling Studios is Reid’s Gift’s working art studio, located at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo. Its staff includes Ebsen, Creative and Entrepreneurial Director Jessieca Driver, and several experienced instructors. There, artists receive art and entrepreneurial training to help them create and sell their work. Taylor, whose pursuits include poetry, weaving and jewelry design, cherishes the freedom of expression art allows her and the satisfaction of completing a piece. She values Reid’s Gift for the opportunities and the sense of community it provides. Similar camaraderie may be found at Reid’s Gift’s summer camp program. This year the camp had about 15 participants in addition to several peer volunteers and interns, an illustration of Reid’s Gift’s efforts to include others in the community — and their willingness to be involved. “The summer program is designed to facilitate meaningful projects in which participants learn and practice different skills so they can access their community in an effort towards interdependence. Along the way, participants engage in reflection, hone communication skills and make connections with peers,” explained Ebsen. Other Ventura County programs include communication support, which pairs support staff with individuals who do not speak or cannot rely on verbal language to communicate; clinical art therapy/mental health counseling; relationships and sexuality education; special education consulting; and the Afternoon Program. The Afternoon Program was Taku Johnson’s introduction to Reid’s Gift and, like Taylor, the 22-year-old Thousand Oaks resident is now at Kindling Studios. While staff members helpfully provided communication assistance for Johnson, this was unambiguous: He really enjoyed some of the activities during the Afternoon Program, and he loves using animals as a subject for his art. }}

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ABOVE: Art instructor Stephanie Grey helps Alan Baker, 26, with a painting of Katy Perry — one piece in his series of contemporary pop singers. LEFT: William Lee Burke, 22, sorts through extensive scrapbooks of art he’s helped compile.

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“Check. Fun,” said Johnson in response to why he likes Kindling Studios:It’s a source of income, an enjoyable one. He is currently focused on creating art in Photoshop and will participate in December’s Holiday Market at Studio Channel Islands. He also hopes to showcase his work in an upcoming exhibit. Johnson, Taylor and other local clients have access to many programs, but a few haven’t quite made it to Ventura County. “We have been trying for years to bring Tailored Services [TS] to Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley, but have hit a number of funding-related roadblocks. TS is an individualized service wherein our staff help clients attend college, work and volunteer, and engage in other community activities like going to yoga classes, learning to take public transportation, meditating and going on dates,” said Rearick. She speculated that agencies that oversee funding for Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley lack interest in Tailored Services and that the group-based services they opt for fail to meet many individuals’ goals. Elsewhere, Reid’s Gift supports nearly 60 adults through Tailored Services, but Rearick disclosed that it is difficult to offer the service without charging market staff rates and that many families cannot afford to pay out of pocket. According to Rearick, lack of adequate funding is the main obstacle facing Reid’s Gift. Even so, the organization’s endeavors continue apace. Current commitments include presentations at local and national conferences, training other agencies in Communication Support techniques and expanding the training service in other areas, and offering meal planning for self-care. And as always, the organization intends to take its cues directly from the individuals it aims to support. As Rearick says, Reid’s Gift is committed to “continue learning from clients and families about what they need and how we can support individual growth and development.” v

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NON-PROFIT SHOWCASE The past year has left a significant void in the lives of thousands of residents in Ventura County and there are many voices asking for support. People continue to be in need due to fires, floods, drought, food insecurity, housing shortages and more. While we live in a beautiful area, many continue to struggle to survive. Once again at this time of year, we ask you to get involved however you see fit, but please act in some way! In the following twenty page section, you will learn more about the outstanding local organizations that need your help with donations and volunteer work. As a wise person once said “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Let us show our compassion by helping our fellow residents in Ventura County.

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Established in 1987, the Ventura County Community Foundation has focused on building philanthropy in our region by stewarding legacies through careful management of the charitable capital entrusted to us. As fiduciaries over this charitable capital, we honor donor intent by protecting endowments forever and we specialize in connecting philanthropic resources with community needs for the benefit of all. We invest in the future through scholarships, grant making, and collaborative partnerships. We are here to support our Ventura County. We provide you with knowledge of community issues, resources to impact social change and strategies to support your values, hopes, and vision for a greater world. Following the Thomas Fire and resulting mud slide last year, our community pulled together and through the collective impact from our donors and nonprofits helped to respond to the urgent need. We worked together to make more than $3 million available to our local nonprofits to assist those affected by the disasters.

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The Dudley House has been an ongoing preservation activity since 1977. The house is a living history museum reflecting the life of the Dudley family. Outdoor terraces and a pergola can be rented for outdoor events. The community room and visitor center with kitchen and restroom facilities are available for small events and receptions.

The Arc Foundation of Ventura County operates two thrift stores with all profits benefitting The Arc of Ventura County. The thrift stores rely on your tax-deductible donations of clothing, small appliances and household items to support their mission. The Arc Foundation makes donating easy by coming to your home to pick up your items. Shoppers and donors alike can feel good knowing their contributions are going to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ventura County. To schedule a pick-up, call (800) 228-1413 or go online at www.arcfoundationvc.org. For more information on our estate services, contact The Arc Foundation at (805) 485-6690.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (“CASA”) of Ventura County believes that every court-dependent abused or neglected child should be safe, have permanence and the opportunity to thrive and have a strong, compassionate volunteer advocate. You can make a difference! Visit us online to learn how: www.casaofventuracounty.org/.

SPARC (Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is the first no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County. SPARC is a place where homeless animals are brought for humane care without risk of being killed due to lack of space, illness or injury. SPARC is actively saving lives by rehabilitating and re-homing animals, at

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the same time partnering with the community to educate on the importance of spay/neuter and vaccination programs. To truly deliver on our no-kill mission, SPARC relies on generous contributions from other passionate animal lovers and advocates. www.santapaulaarc.com. Ventura Charter School is a K-8 tuition-free public school. As a progressive school, we educate the “whole child” by addressing the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of K-8 students. We enable students to flourish through the use of innovative curriculum and instruction that empowers them to reach their innate intellectual, creative, and leadership potentials. www.venturacharterschool.org. At Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, we provide a positive place for all youth, especially those who need us most and quality programs to help them become healthy, responsible, confident and productive members of our community. Your support can make the difference in the lives of many children. Learn how you can help today, www. bgclubventura.org.

The Humane Society of Ventura County is a compassionate care shelter and non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and adoption of homeless animals throughout Ventura County. We are dedicated to promoting the health, safety, welfare, compassionate care and protection of all animals through education and community outreach programs. The mission of the Autism Society Ventura County is to improve the lives of all affected by Autism. We work to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum and their families to be fully included members of the community. Diversity Collective Ventura County is a community based non-profit 501(c) (3) organization promoting advocacy, education, as well as mental and physical health for the LGBTQ community in Ventura County, California via our Community Resource Center, programs and community events. We are the parent organization of Ventura CO NT I NU E D O N PA G E 2 8


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programs and services to over 700 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead independent and self-determined lives. This includes gaining life skills to live independently, participating and volunteering in community events and activities, and training to develop and enhance skills to obtain competitive employment. Informed decisions, positive changes, participation and connections in the community are fundamental principles in all programs.

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stores with all profits benefitting The Arc of Ventura County. The thrift stores rely on your tax-deductable donations of clothing, small appliances and household items to support their mission. The Arc Foundation makes donating easy by coming to your home to pick-up your items. Shoppers and donors alike can feel good knowing their contributions are going to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ventura County.

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County Pride, AIDS Walk Ventura and The Diversity Gala. All proceeds raised through fundraising efforts go to fund DCVC and its community programs.

SHOWCASE strengthening children, families and communities to be safe, healthy and thriving. Child Hope Services exists to support and cover foster families and foster youths with the practical resources needed in the critical first moments of foster care placement along with supporting their long-term practical and relational needs.

inspire curiosity about the past, and tell the stories of who we are and what makes us unique. Come discover what’s new at the Museum of Ventura County. Go to www.venturamuseum.org to see what’s new.

acclaimed foreign and independent films and documentaries to the City of Oxnard and to Ventura County as well as assisting aspiring filmmakers. Visit us online for a calendar of upcoming film screenings, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org

Casa Pacifica is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for foster and at-risk children. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both Ventura Foster VC Kids a program of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Its sevenCounty’s Children and Family Services, teen licensed and accredited therapeuprovides resource families with ongotic programs include community based ing support services, trauma-informed programs and a nonpublic special edutraining and mentorship to enhance the cation school, in addition to its residensafety, permanency and well-being of tial programs. All programs aim to use Ventura County’s youth and families. the most effective evidence-based, best At the Ventura Land Trust, we are Preserving the primary family and suppractice services and resources to help steadfastly committed to permanently port relationships is our priority. Ventura make positive changes in youth’s lives protecting the land, water, wildlife, and County needs resource families now. by building on their strengths, develop scenic beauty of the Ventura region for Learn more, www.fostervckids.org. Established in 1973, Interface healthy coping and self-regulatory skills, current and future generations! Become Children & Family Services is the Opening doors to your history and keep them engaged with their educaa member today and help protect what region’s most comprehensive nonAD PROOF culture since 1913, visitors to the tion and create essential life and learnmakes Ventura beautiful. For more inforprofit social services agency providing Museum of Ventura County have experiences that are(805) critical648-2244 for their Client: Girl Ad Executive: KellyingSpargur mation, visit www.VenturaLandTrust.org 24,000 localScouts clients annually with direct, enjoyed exploring the diverse history, development. Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, or call 805.643.8044. responsive, wrap-around services to culture on andthe communities of Ventura AD WILL RUN AS IS. If this proof meets your approval 1st proof, check off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. ISSUE: NOVEMBER 2018 address the complex needs of cliThe mission of the Oxnard Film County. Our collections, exhibitions, ent and community. Our mission is CO NT I NU E D O N PA G E 3 0 Society is to present critically events and educational programs Livingston Memorial VNA Health Corporation, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association and Livingston Care Givers recognize the growing need to provide services in the home environment for the sick, handicapped, elderly, terminally ill and homebound. As community-supported nonprofit organizations, they strive to provide professional and supportive home health and hospice care services of the highest quality in the most cost effective manner to the people of Ventura County to ensure a positive patient outcome.

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SHOWCASE expand their musical knowledge and abilities and to enhance the cultural level of performing arts within the community through the presentation of a wide range of choral music. Holiday and 2018-2019 season tickets are on sale now, www.goldcoastchorus.org. KidSTREAM Children’s Museum is COMING SOON! The museum will provide an engaging environment where kids explore, play and discover. KidSTREAM will inspire and empower kids to become critical thinkers, innovators  and life-long learners. www.kidSTREAM.org.

just released for production by small theaters, to period dramas, old favorite comedies, and mysteries of all kinds. Visit www.santapaulatheatercenter. org to see what’s on stage now! Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. We’re 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Get involved today! www.girlscoutsccc.org.

class maritime art, unique ship models, dynamic exhibits, artifacts and a nautical research library. The mission of The Howard School is to provide a meaningful education in preschool through 8th grade by utilizing the Carden philosophy rooted in reason, respect and responsibility. Our goal is to promote growth of the whole child including emotional and physical development coupled with the pursuit of academic excellence.

The New West Symphony inspires passion for symphonic music through The Cabrillo Economic Development live performances and education iniCorporation’s mission is to provide tiatives that engage and enrich our Santa Paula Theater Center is live comprehensive housing services and diverse audiences. The New West community theater at its very best. community economic development Symphony is an esteemed performing Offering innovative new productions activities through a community-building The mission of the Channel Islands arts organization that attracts diverse, as well as classic favorites. The Santa approach that facilitates self-sufficiency Maritime Museum is to provide an capacity audiences to experience and Paula Theater Center has been providfor individuals and families who are enriching museum experience based celebrate the transformative power of ing a first class local theater experimost lacking in opportunity in Ventura AD on maritime history ranging from live symphonic music in Ventura andPROOF ence to Ventura County since 1985. and Santa Barbara Counties and adjaancient mariners to the modern marine Los Angeles counties. Led by a visionEach season we produce five plays on Client: CASA Ad Executive: Kelly Spargur (805) 648-2244 cent areas of Los Angeles County. era and to enhance the understandary music director, it serves as a growour main stage to both engage and Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, ing of our rich international and local ing hub for music appreciation and entertain our audiences. Our theater’s The mission of Gold Coast Concert AD WILL RUN AS IS. If this proof meets your approval on the 1st proof, check off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. ISSUE: NOVEMBER 2018 seafaring heritage with a focus on education sustained by robust financial artistic team selects from a wide variChorus is to provide a varied choral support and community resources. educational programs through worldety of plays, ranging from new works experience for singers who desire to

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THE NEW COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Built with overwhelming support from our community OPENING THIS WINTER


A NEW COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL For over 100 years Community Memorial Health System has been taking care of this community. Now, a new Community Memorial Hospital stands ready to continue this mission. Built to house the latest in technology and modern touches, the new hospital features all private rooms and enhanced critical care capabilities. Most importantly, the same caring faces and physicians you know and trust stand ready to meet all of your healthcare needs.

The future of healthcare in Ventura County is here. Why did we build a new hospital? • To meet new seismic requirements • To replace an aging structure • To attract the next generation of physicians


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Expanded from 17 curtained bays to 37 private rooms Large, fully equipped specialty and trauma rooms Devoted imaging rooms Enhanced layout for quick and efficient patient transfer

Critical Care • Expanded and enhanced Cardiac Care and Intensive Care Units • Expanded from 3 to 5 heart catheterization labs • State-of-the-art technology provides continuous flow of patients’ data

Entire floor devoted to moms, babies and children Eight-bed Pediatric Unit Labor and Delivery C-section rooms Expanded Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 23 beds Nursery

Surgical Suites • Expanded from seven operating rooms to 10 • Integrated information technology covers all aspects of patient care • Ceiling-mounted equipment provides more space for surgical team and future equipment and technology


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Gold Coast Concert Chorus

Providing musical enrichment to Ventura County for over 30 years!

Save the Dates

for our 2018-2019 Season Concerts & Events!

Concerts

A Down Home Bluegrass Christmas December 7-8, 2018

The Road Not Taken March 16, 2019

Hot Days and Cool Nights June 7-8, 2019

For concert descriptions, tickets and locations, visit us at www.goldcoastchorus.org

For the 5th Annual Silent & Live Auction Fundraiser

Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 2-5pm Unitarian Universalist Church 5654 Ralston St, Ventura

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HIV and AIDS diagnosis is on the rise in Ventura County. You can help bring awareness to the education and prevention efforts being offered here in the county through Diversity Collective Ventura County by supporting our annual AIDS Walk Ventura. Support us by signing up to walk as an individual or a team, volunteer on the day of, or simply pledging financial support. F I N E

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At the Historic Dudley House, corner of Loma Vista & Ashwood St. in Ventura

The Dudley Historic House Museum, near Ventura College, is open free to the public on the first Sunday of each month (except December) from 1 to 4 p.m. with guides in period costume giving tours and old music recordings.

Fridays - Nov. 23 & 30, Dec. 7 Saturdays - Nov. 24, Dec. 1 & 8 Sundays - Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 9 Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission FREE

Featuring: • Home decorating items, vintage clothing, antiques and collectibles, & more! • Tea Room with refreshments, The Victorian farmhouse, constructed in 1892 by silent auction, kids crafts, & bargain items Benjamin Wells Dudley, is representative of our county’s agricultural heritage and our pioneering • Flea Market on the grounds every Sunday families. We are very fortunate to have original during the boutique, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. furniture. Client: Community Action Ad Executive: For more information, call Kelly Spargur We extend a warm welcome for everyone to visit the Dudley House during

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The Holiday Boutique, which has enjoyed over 20 years of success, is our major fund raiser for the year.

1 in 10 in Ventura County are Living In Poverty NOTICE: PLEASE FAX THIS PROOF TO Date:_______________________________

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Together Community Action and the communities of Ventura County are helping people overcome poverty through advocacy, partnerships, and services that promote dignity and self-sufficiency. Through community support and action we are able to provide a variety of programs and services: · Low-income energy and weatherization assistance · Housing Assistance · Employment Assistance · Homeless access to services and medical care · Food Assistance

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WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

About 1 in 59 children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Please reach out to us if your child has been diagnosed with Autism, or you have been told that your child is exhibiting “autistic-like” behavior.

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A Huge Thank You to Our 2018 Gold Sponsors!

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Santa Paula Theater Center Presents

A weekend gathering goes deathly awry in this intriguing murder mystery.

November 9 - December 16, 2018 Fri. & Sat. at 8:00 pm, Sun. at 2:30 pm Adults $24, Seniors & Students $22, Children 12 and Under $18

ORDER Tickets Online at santapaulatheatercenter.org

Season 2019

The Humans by Stephan Karam February 1 - March 10, 2019 An aggressive, hopeful, heartbreaking play presented with humor and compassion. Won Best Play in the 2016 Tony Awards.

Complications From A Fall by Kate Hawley April 12 - May 19, 2019 A long absent son must care for his 80-year-old mother suffering from dementia following a bad fall. His journey of self discovery and reconnection will resonate with anyone who has ever had to care for an ailing loved one.

Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein June 21 - July 28, 2019 When a special group of men, white-collar professionals with families, congregate to spend their weekends discreetly inhabiting their true selves, hilarity abounds.

Seascape by Edward Albee August 30 - October 6, 2019

A picnic lunch by a long-time married couple is interrupted by some intriguing guests and their lives are forever changed. Touted as “stimulating and entertaining” by NY Newsday.

Lost In Yonkers by Neil Simon November 8 - December 15, 2019

Throw together two teenage brothers with a strict immigrant grandmother, a child-like aunt and a mobster uncle and the result is a combination of laughter and tears in this Pulitzer-winning Neil Simon play.

Buy Season Tickets Online at santapaulatheatercenter.org

Santa Paula Theater Center 125 South Seventh Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 805-525-4645 www.santapaulatheatercenter.org Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

During this festive season, take time to remember and celebrate the life of someone special.

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Light Up A Life Light Up a Life is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the life of someone dear to you, while helping to provide continuing hospice and bereavement services to our neighbors throughout Ventura county. With your gift of $25 or more, a beautiful star with your loved-one’s name will be displayed throughout the holiday season on our online tree, and at the Pacific View Mall. Purchase you star at lmvna.org/lightupalife or by phone (805) 642-0239 ext. 641.

CAMARILLO Constitution Park Saturday, December 8 at 4:30 pm Musical Guests Duo Subito

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Where education Meets coMMunity

ZERO instances of domestic violence homicides is possible for just $20.

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THANK YOU DV Champions for Change • 2018 – Kathy Hartley • 2017 – Maureen Shea • 2016 – Monica McGrath

Donations can be made at www.icfs.org Click on GREEN donate button or send check to: 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Suite I, Camarillo, CA 93012 (805) 485-6114, Ext. 641


One heart. Many roles. Beautiful outcomes.

Child Hope Services exists to support and cover foster families and foster youths with the practical resources needed in the critical first moments of foster care placement, along with supporting their long-term practical and relational needs. Become a HOPE Financial partner! Know that your monthly gift at any level will bring hope to countless children both in our local community and throughout the nation. Your support will help provide a: • HOPE Fund: helping those that are interested in becoming a foster family with the practical resources needed to become a certified home. • HOPE Chest: a few week supply of clothing, toiletries and other necessities provided upon foster care placement. • HOPE Community: connecting the Foster Care community through events. Project: You Belong, Christmas Stocking Event, Foster Care Summit, Pampering Days for Foster Teens and Back to School Shopping Events • Offer HOPE: Volunteer with us, find your role, and make an impact on your foster care community.

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Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation creates a ladder of opportunity through affordable housing, comprehensive resident services and ongoing educational programs for our residents most in need: our farmworkers, seniors, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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UNITED UNDER THE RAINBOW Diversity Collective Ventura County gathers LGBTQ+ individuals and programs under one roof. BY CHRIS O’NEAL | PHOTO BY T CHRISTIAN GAPEN

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miling faces lit up Heritage Square in Oxnard on a cool Friday evening in October, when Diversity Collective Ventura County celebrated a year’s worth of service to the LGBTQ community. That the gala happened at all is a feat, considering that not too long ago, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community was left unorganized and disassociated, looking for leadership and advocacy. That all changed when a like-minded group of individuals came together to provide services and space for the many organizations in need of a home, giving adults and youth alike a voice in Ventura County. In 2011, Rainbow Alliance, which assisted the county’s LGBTQ community, closed its doors, leaving Ventura County’s various LGBTQ individuals, volunteers and organizations without leadership. It was then that a group of individuals stepped in to fill the void, eventually leading to the founding of Diversity Collective. In 2014, the Collective became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a singular mission: to promote advocacy, education, mental and physical health for the LGBTQ community in Ventura County.  The Collective has since reestablished the AIDS Walk, redeveloped the Ventura Pride Festival and created the community service award celebration, the Diversity Gala, all three of which help generate funding for the organization, its community resource center, the HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention Program and the youth program known as Rainbow Umbrella. “[Rainbow Umbrella] went from being just a safe space for LGBTQ to being a peerbased support group facilitated by trained facilitators and doing outreach in schools,” 46

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said Audrey Ford, program coordinator. Rainbow Umbrella incorporated in 2014 as a nonprofit, and in 2018, the program became part of Diversity Collective as one program. “When we incorporated, we found that there were about a half dozen LGBTQ organizations that had popped up when Rainbow Alliance closed its doors,” said Joseph Summers, president of Diversity Collective. “The goal was to bring them together under one umbrella.” LGBTQ individuals face obstacles not often addressed by institutions, especially regarding issues surrounding mental health. A 2018 study of LGBTQ youth conducted by Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation found that mental health diagnoses were more common in transgender and gender-nonconforming youth than in those considered cisgender, a term used for those who identify with their gender at birth. For Crystal Star, founder of resource and support group Thrive LGBTQ+, the gap in services for LGBTQ youth hit close to home when seeking therapy for her own 16-year-old child. “The problem that my child was going in for, which was going back to school and having to go back into the closet after having been in this amazing safe space all summer long, was that she has to go back to [school] where there isn’t a [gay-straight alliance] and then go to therapy and the therapists don’t know what to do,” said Star. Star says that her child visited four therapists, most of whom had no experience working with non-binary or transgender youth. They finally found one who did — in Thousand Oaks, a 40-minute drive from home. “Those are some of the access problems we have. Something like Rainbow Umbrella

may be the only space that kids can go and let their guard down, be who they are, dress how they want to dress, and identify with the name they feel that they want to be known as.” For those 21 years of age and older, however, finding continued support proved difficult. In 2017, Star launched Thrive as a program, aimed at adults who have aged out of youth programs, to promote wellness and empowerment, free of politics and substances. She says that Thrive owes a lot to Diversity Collective. “We wouldn’t be able to do that if it weren’t for Joseph and Diversity Collective having this community resource center, giving all of us the space to grow,” said Star. “The way I see Diversity Collective making an impact in the community is broadening people’s understanding of what sexual and


ABOUT TOWN STANDING TOGETHER: Members of the Diversity Collective Ventura

County during an Oct. 22 march. From left: Vincent Torres, Audrey Ford, Thrive’s Crystal Star, President Joseph Summers, Manny Edgar-Beltran, his daughter, Linda, and husband, Andy. .

reproductive health means,” said Vicente Torres, HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention program coordinator. “Everybody has basic needs in regard to sexual reproductive health and that’s where people like myself design services and programs that meet their needs.” One such method is known as cultural proficiency training, which looks to educate and promote understanding within institutions that serve the public, such as law enforcement and health services. Another is HOPE (Holding Our Pride and Equality), an LGBTQ-focused counseling center working with Diversity Collective. As the Diversity Collective continues to grow, at its foundation is a new perspective on program funding. Rather than relying on traditional sources such as grants and scholarships, Summers says that primary funding comes from three annual events: the Ventura County Pride

festival, which brings in roughly $55,000; the AIDS Walk, which funds the Collective’s HIV testing and prevention services and brings in $30,000 to $50,000; and the Pride Prom, a fundraiser for the Rainbow Umbrella that brings in $10,000. Independent fundraisers are sometimes held as well. One of these was the reception hosted by the Museum of Ventura County in October (recognized as National AIDS Awareness Month). At the center of the reception was “Bringing the Boys Home,” four squares of quilt panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt sewn by members of the NAMES Project Ventura County in the 1990s. Neil Coffman-Grey, secretary of the Diversity Collective’s HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention Advisory Committee, hosted the event with the Quilt Project Gold Coast. 

For all involved with the Collective and its many programs, work can be challenging. Summers, who has 21 years of volunteering for LGBTQ causes under his belt, says there’s a specific reason why he perseveres. “I keep doing it because there’s a need,” said Summers. “I initially did it to be of service, to keep myself on the right track. And now I do it so that others who most need it can be provided with services. I’m raising the voices of my community’s most marginalized, the people of color who identify as LGBTQ and our trans community, our gender non-conforming community, our youth . . . So that’s why I keep doing it: for them.” v DIVERSITY COLLECTIVE VENTURA COUNTY 2471 Portola Road, Suite 100, Ventura 805.644.5428 or www.diversitycollectivevc.org NOVEMBER 2018

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KEEP ON TREKKIN’: Jackie Pearce with her ever-present bike at Kellogg Park, a project which she originally proposed in 2010 and which she helped bring to fruition. The park on the corner of Ventura Avenue and Kellogg Street opened on April 14.

Jackie Pearce’s lifetime devotion to community building in and around the Avenue. BY KAREN LINDELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY T CHRISTIAN GAPEN

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s a self-described “somewhat biracial” kid, Jackie Pearce developed a simple coping skill: Be friends with everyone. Growing up in the 1970s and ’80s on Ventura’s Westside with a Latina mom and a white dad, she also spent a lot of time in East Ventura playing soccer and other sports with a less diverse crowd, and didn’t feel like she fit in either place. In East Ventura, Pearce said, friends with negative stereotypes of the Avenue were surprised she lived there and feared unnecessarily for her safety. At home, Latina girls who didn’t believe she was part Mexican harassed her. “I had to learn to bridge those two worlds, and as a result I became friends with a lot of different people,” Pearce said. She’s carried that spirit of camaraderie, peacemaking and openmindedness into her chosen profession as a community advocate and

social activist, in the same neighborhood where she grew up and continues to live with her own family. A longtime community volunteer, since 2015 Pearce has served as the executive director of the Westside Community Development Corporation, which works to revitalize the neighborhood, connect community members and develop economic opportunities on Ventura’s Westside. Before joining the WCDC, she was a key figure in advocating for Kellogg Park, the Westside’s newest community outdoor space. The $4.5 million park, at Kellogg Street and Ventura Avenue, opened in April after eight years of planning, fundraising, designing, cajoling, waiting and lots of community building and bonding. The outdoor oasis features walking paths, an amphitheater, picnic tables and a community garden. }}

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Ventura City Councilwoman Cheryl Heitmann said she met Pearce during the early days of seeking support for Kellogg Park. “She was unrelenting in her passion and advocacy,” Heitmann said. “Kellogg Park is largely a result of her advocacy and leadership. Jackie is what grassroots advocacy and leadership is all about and I have so much respect for her.” Pearce has been a longtime resident of the Avenue. Her parents moved to Ventura when she was 2, eventually choosing the Avenue “for its humble environment and diversity.” She’s also one of the Westside’s most recognizable residents, both for her civic engagement and her bicycle — the avid biker goes just about everywhere on two wheels, and is often seen pedaling around town. Pearce recalled that her parents were “very generous people” who did what they could to help others, but weren’t particularly active as volunteers. “That was my own initiative; serving the community was just something I wanted to do,” Pearce said. She starting volunteering her senior year in high school as a tutor for Project Understanding, and also worked for Catholic Charities and Friends of Grant Park. A 1990 Ventura High School graduate, she earned a degree in Spanish literature from UCLA, always planning to return to Ventura to teach. “I wasn’t raised speaking Spanish, and wanted to know the language of students I would be working with,” Pearce said. She taught Spanish for three years, and loved interacting with her students — but not so much teaching them. “I attended their sports games, plays and concerts, and liked supporting individual students who were having a hard time, but just didn’t like instructing,” she said. She then got involved in social service through her church, The Bridge, working as a community liaison and with other organizations that served the poor. In 2003, with Pastor Greg Russinger and others from The Bridge, she co-created Laundry Love, a nonprofit that works with laundromats and volunteers to provide laundry services for homeless and low-income people. Pearce is practical about her social-service endeavors, including Laundry Love. “I wanted to create something useful,” she said. “I did a lot of research, and talked to homeless people

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about what they really needed.” She said one homeless man told her, “If I had clean clothes, people would treat me like a human being.” Pearce branched beyond volunteering when she took a paid job teaching early childhood education classes for parents in First 5 Ventura County’s Neighborhood for Learning program. Her vision for Kellogg Park was born during those First 5 classes. “Listening to the needs of the parents, it was clear to me that a lot of non-driving mothers had nowhere to take their children for outdoor recreation, exposure and recovery,” Pearce said. “I raised my kids knowing the importance of outdoor play with natural elements, not just plastic and concrete. These families were green-space deprived.” Pearce said she saw the empty space on Kellogg Street and told her husband, Brandon, “We need a park there.” He suggested she share the idea at a Westside Community Council meeting. She did, and

the council asked her to come back. She educated herself about how parks are created and rallied other supporters. “It was a snowball effect,” she said of the support that poured in from all sides — volunteers, government officials, donors, local businesses and agencies like the Trust for Public Land, which provided key funding. Pearce started to cry when asked about the park’s recent grand opening on April 14, eight years after the project was first conceived. “It was like a birth — something beautiful that came out of a love and commitment from the community and all our supporters,” she said. }}


ABOVE: Jackie discusses future plans for Westside projects with locals Citlali Carranza, Atziri and Araish Torres and their mother, Alheri. LEFT: WCDC volunteers gather for a group shot before heading out to perform some neighborhood improvement projects. Photo by Brandon Pearce.

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Those supporters included Pearce’s two children, Joaquín, 17, and Marin, 15, who are frequently by her side, helping with whatever project she’s working on. “I always hoped they would view my passion to serve the community and the marginalized, as well as be good stewards of the environment, as a noble mission they would choose for their own lives,” she said. “Both are invested in their wellness, the wellness of others, and the preservation of our outdoor wilderness.” Community is the force that drives Pearce, even in projects that aren’t strictly philanthropic. As her children grew older, Pearce quit working for First 5 and thought about starting a totally new endeavor: a salad delivery business. “It wasn’t just about salad, though,” she said. “It was about connecting with the community, and maybe empowering other women to share their entrepreneurship and creativity.” The idea fizzled out when she encountered all the rules required for food vendors. She then received a call about leading the WCDC, whose director had stepped down. “Community development” is a governmentese term that sounds a little dry, but Pearce lights up talking about it. “We’re dedicated to improving the quality of life for Ventura’s Westside,” she said. “We say we like to connect people, organizations and businesses, and build partnerships with them. How do we get people feeling like they’re a part of something?” The WCDC is funded mainly by a community development block grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Pearce said one goal of the grant program is for people to become homeowners — not an easy task in Ventura’s high-priced real estate market. “One way we address that is to look at income,” Pearce said. “We look for ways to encourage employment, or save money through sustainability. Some people are still watering their yards, but water is so expensive. Little things add up.” She said the organization is “really into motivating our property owners to address blight, to increase patronage so businesses will thrive and maybe add more employees.”

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Among the organization’s most successful — and visible — initiatives, she said, is the One Block at a Time beautification project that so far has led to the creation of three community murals, with approval for a fourth granted in October. Pearce views the murals — like Kellogg Park — as more than pretty things. They are also practical, she said, for safety reasons. “If you put up a mural and lighting in an alley, that makes the area more walkable, and people will be less likely to use it as a toilet.” The organization also hosts neighborhood clean-ups, and serves as a resource hub. Pearce is proud of the WCDC’s Idea Hub program, where community members are invited to share ideas to improve the neighborhood, with the WCDC providing tools to execute those ideas. For example, she said, a resident who learned that Goo Gone was an effective graffiti removal tool asked for rags, volunteers and a supply of the liquid cleaner. Shayna Metzner, a WCDC board member, said Pearce has “revitalized the organization” and described her approach to community-building as “tender pollinating work involving so many souls.” Pearce’s future goals include expanding an existing Westside skate bowl into a full community park. She’d also like to make mental health services more accessible, work with Habitat for Humanity to create affordable housing and build a trade school for youth and young adults who are not college-bound. “If you don’t go to college, it’s totally OK; that doesn’t mean you aren’t a member of the community,” she said. Everything the organization does must be done within the community, Pearce said, not from the top down. “My philosophy is, if you do it for me, you do it to me. So let’s do it together.” v THE WESTSIDE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 110 North Olive Street, Ventura 805.628.3869 or www.westsideventura.org


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to community activism, bringing Mixtec values into the nonprofit’s work and building “a bridge from isolation to inclusion.” How did you become a community activist? I am from San Francisco Higos, Oaxaca. I grew up seeing my father for just two months a year — when he came home to visit on breaks from working in California’s agriculture fields. In 2003, when I was 21, I decided to travel to Oxnard to work in the fields. I became aware of the unfair treatment toward farmworkers. I was also treated differently

because I am from Oaxaca. It was the first time that I heard the derogative word “Oaxaquita.” Experiencing unfair working conditions, poor treatment and discrimination gave me the courage to start doing something for my indigenous community. How do Mixtec values merge with MICOP’s work? At MICOP we pride ourselves on the merging of our indigenous practices and Western systems. We frequently think of our approach to nonprofit management as decolonizing the current system. We begin


Tell us about some of MICOP’s programs, and explain a little bit about the promotoras who help with outreach. MICOP serves over 8,000 indigenous immigrants, 90 percent of whom are farmworkers, annually. Our programs include health and community access, community organizing, education, direct assistance and cultural promotion, as well as our community radio station, Radio Indigena. MICOP’s heart and soul is the promotora model that we’ve used since our founding. We reach thousands of individuals with information and workshops on topics such as early childhood education, family wellness and domestic violence. Our promotoras come directly from the community we serve, as we value life experience over formal education. Our promotoras receive in-house training and are our eyes and ears on the ground. They are often our community’s first interaction with our organization. Due to the variations of Mixteco that exist in Ventura County, we rely on our promotoras to navigate and be nimble in their linguistic skills so that our community can understand the information being shared with them. Do you have programs that address nonEnglish and/or non-Spanish speakers? Plaza Comunitaria is our adult literacy program that we offer with the support of the Mexican Consulate. Community members learn to read and write in Spanish and can earn elementary or secondary school diplomas. We’re often asked why we provide this program for Spanish literacy, instead of English literacy. This seemingly simple question touches on the complexities of the intersection between lack of educational opportunities as well as the lived reality of our community members that continue to operate in predominantly Spanish-speaking places in the U.S. We’ve been

interacting with the Spanish language for more than 500 years. Cultural and language barriers are even more exacerbated among indigenous immigrant communities from Mexico than among other Latino immigrants. Many service providers assume that they are meeting community needs by providing services in Spanish for the general Latino population when, in fact, many indigenous immigrants don’t speak Spanish at all. Part of our work is raising awareness about indigenous communities to these providers. How else do you help children and families? Our PUENTES Program hosted 35 informative and educational workshops on parenting and family wellness. Our Tequio Youth Group develops leadership skills of indigenous Mexican youth to promote indigenous pride, encourage academic achievement, and advocate against bullying. . . . The group meets weekly and has worked on issues including pesticide awareness, reproductive justice and health advocacy. MICOP also offers the Tequio Scholarship. This year we awarded more than 29 scholarships ranging from $250 to $2,500 for youth headed to universities and community colleges. Community activism is an important component. How does MICOP teach people how to lead and organize? Organizing indigenous community members to uphold the rights of indigenous people and farmworkers is another core tenet of MICOP’s work. We use the house-meeting model that was also used by César Chávez, where we bring our message directly to our community in their homes. Do you have other approaches to community outreach? We are really proud about our radio station, Radio Indigena. It took us over four years to get KIND-LP 94.1 FM started as a low-power FM station that can also be streamed online or listened to via app. This was important because we wanted to be able to reach other indigenous communities outside of the immediate Oxnard area. Our radio station is 100 percent community-run by our indigenous leaders. They have been trained to be citizen journalists and provide programming in Mixteco, Zapoteco, Purepecha, Spanish and English. Voz de la Mujer Indigena . . . provides

a unique opportunity to discuss the issues of domestic violence in an accessible, yet discreet manner for our community. Voz also uses the promotora model for community outreach, person to person, in order to build the trust needed to have difficult conversations around taboo issues like domestic violence. Voz further engages indigenous survivors of domestic violence with art workshops and a safe-space support group for our women. What are some of the challenges serving this community? The breadth and depth of community needs, the migratory nature of farm work and current national narratives impacting community trust. Most urgent concerns include immigration issues, public [assistance] (SNAP and medical), workplace violations and housing.

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How can people help? We predict 20 percent to 30 percent organizational growth for the next five years. Facilities continue to be one of the biggest needs for our organization. We also need more resources. While we have been growing, we also have additional goals of having full legal immigration, mental health and cultural preservation programs that all indigenous immigrants in the community can access. Of course, we welcome donations, but also would like to invite the community to spend some time with the organization, the youth that are so incredibly accomplished and engaged. You will feel inspired by the resilience of our community! What are you most proud of? I am thankful for partnerships we have built, and look forward to growing our network of supporters. I am proud to be part of an indigenous immigrant movement in Ventura County and ensuring that our voices are heard. We still have a long way to go to ensure equity and justice for our community, but I am proud to say that due to our efforts, we see happy and proud trilingual children speaking their indigenous language, Spanish and English. Our families have language access. We are a bridge from isolation to inclusion. v MIXTECO/INDÍGENA COMMUNITY ORGANIZING PROJECT (MICOP) 520 West Fifth Street, Oxnard 805-483-1166 mixteco.org

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Nestled in the Ventura Foothills let this home be your respite from the hustle and bustle. Lowest priced SINGLE LEVEL, move-in ready home in the neighborhood. No remodeling needed in this contemporary home! From the upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances and cook island, modern bathrooms with concrete floors and counter tops, subway tile, stainless steel sink and reeded glass windows to the custom fireplace, custom window treatments and closets, custom front door and warm Australian cypress wood floors, this home exudes a peaceful tranquility and sense of style. On a large level lot with rare flat driveway, it has city, ocean and mountain views from the spacious wrap around, newly landscaped backyard. Possible RV parking too.

$854,900 Call Tina Comden at 805-218-5926

Clearpoint... Great Lot for the Money! This could be your view! Large prime buildable lot over 10,000 square feet. Price Reduced to

$435,000

Call Judy Fairchild at 805-827-2399

www.FairchildAndRidgway.com

805-643-3337 2831 N. Ventura Rd., Oxnard • 1071 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura CalBRE#01060428 NOVEMBER 2018

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VENTURA’S RENOWNED PIERPONT VILLAGE

GREAT VIEWS, STEPS TO SAND

This Tuscan inspired beach home, custom constructed in 2007, offers some 2,361 square foot of luxurious living space on two floors! The great-room with its vaulted ceilings, opens to the gorgeous, gourmet kitchen with SubZero refrigerator & Wolf double-range oven, and boasts a myriad windows, skylights and French doors which provide sparkling ocean views, cooling breezes, and soothing sounds of the ocean waves. It’s a wonderful indoor-outdoor living experience! The sumptuous master-suite with its vaulted ceilings, includes 2 walk-in closets, a fireplace and a en suite master bathroom with massive steam-shower, complete with rain shower-head and body sprayers, plus a large jetted-tub and custom vanity with Limestone counters! Also on the 2nd floor, is the 4th bedroom/office and a whimsical powder-room! The well-conceived, open floor plan boasts vaulted ceilings, wonderful natural light, Maple wood-plank flooring, 2 fireplaces, solid-wood doors, Grohe fixtures, antiqued hardware & custom wrought-iron finishes throughout! The first floor includes two large

bedrooms, each with their own access to the rear yard, a full bathroom lavished in Carrera marble, custom vanity & classic claw-foot bathtub with shower, plus a large, indoor laundry room with sink. Enjoy the entertainer’s backyard, including an outdoor fireplace, built-in BBQ island, a fountain, currently planted in succulents, requisite out-door shower and low maintenance, auto-irrigated landscaping! Additionally, there’s a direct-access, 3-car tandem garage, plus parking for 2 to 3 more vehicles on the driveway, so all your friends and family will have room to visit. Visit at www.1323Weymouth.com.Contact Blake Mashburn, Century 21, Troop Real Estate, 805-368-0202

BEDROOMS: 4 BATHROOMS: 2.5 PRICE:

$1,695,000

CLASSIC OCEAN VIEW

DESIRABLE MANDALAY SHORES Enjoy a beachside deck for entertaining on this Classic A Frame. This home sits on one of the largest lots at the beach, on a quiet street. The upper deck is great for island views, plus dolphin and whale watching. A large private courtyard provides another outdoor option. With a three-car garage, it has a strong vacation

rental history. Contact Ariel & Karen, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, 805-746-2070. BEDROOMS:

3

BATHROOMS:

2

PRICE:

$2,600,000

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

NESTLED IN VENTURA FOOTHILLS

This fine home will be your respite from the hustle and bustle. Lowest priced SINGLE LEVEL move-in ready home in the neighborhood. No remodeling needed in this lovely four bedroom, contemporary home, as all have been done for you. From the upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances and cook island, modern bathrooms with concrete floors and counter tops, subway tile, stainless steel sink and reeded glass windows to the custom fireplace, custom window treatments and closets, custom front door and warm Australian cypress wood floors, this home exudes a peaceful tranquility and sense of style. Third and fourth bedroom could be used for home office or yoga studio. This 64

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lovely home is on a large level lot with rare flat driveway, and has city, ocean and mountain views from the spacious wrap around, newly landscaped backyard, perfect for star gazing at night. Possible RV parking too. Close to parks, schools, shopping and beaches, in an exclusive, secluded neighborhood in the prestigious Ventura foothills. Few homes like this on the market right now.Contact Tina Comden, Fairchild Ridgway Group, Keller Williams West ,805-218-5926. BEDROOMS:

4

BATHROOMS:

2

PRICE:

$854,900


Ariel Palmieri Calre #01501968

Karen Stein Calre #01505059

REALTORS® Exceptional real estate throughout West Ventura County: • Camarillo • Oxnard • Channel Islands Harbor and beach areas • Ventura • Oak View/Ojai We are an award-winning mother and daughter real estate team. We love working with buyers and helping our clients find the homes of their dreams. Our extensive marketing strategies bring maximum exposure and top dollar offers to our listings. Please contact us today to discuss your real estate goals.

ARIEL & KAREN’S RECENT LISTING ACTIVITY: OXNARD BEACHES

VENTURA

SOLD 108 Los Robles, Hollywood Beach

SOLD 602 Chesapeake Place, East Ventura

Great views from this renovated home only 3 lots back from the oceanfront. New interior and exterior paint, new flooring, and new appliances. 3+2. Awesome roof deck. SOLD for $1,000,000.

Gorgeous Santa Rosa Walk executive home with nearly 3,300 sq. ft. 5+3.5, highly-upgraded with custom lighting and wainscoting. 3-car garage and AC too! SOLD for $875,000.

SOLD 2325 Martinique Lane, The Colony

IN ESCROW 9569 Halifax Street, East Ventura

Beautiful 3+2 with soaring ceilings, redesigned kitchen and baths, multiple decks for enjoying ocean breezes, and a 2-car garage. The Colony has resort-style amenities. Listed and sold for $669,000.

Pool home with private yard and large entertainment patio. 3+2.5 + loft with several updates. Sought-after neighborhood. LISTED for $669,000 with multiple offers received.

FOR SALE 1435 Marine Way, Mandalay Shores Classic A-frame on one of the largest lots at the beach. 3+2 with a large courtyard and multiple decks. Enjoy spectacular ocean and island views. 3-car garage. Listed for $2,600,000.

IN OTHER AREAS

3555 Isle Way, Whalers Village SOLD 13203 Torridon Court, Moorpark

Single level living in this attached home. 3+2 with lovely newer flooring and an updated kitchen. Cute yard, 2-car garage and HOA with pool, spa, tennis and RV parking. Listed for $425,000.

Fantastic 10-year-old Shea Homesbuilt townhome. 3+2 turnkey with private yard, 2-car garage and community pool and spa. SOLD for $529,000.

PORT HUENEME FOR SALE 454 Las Palomas Drive

IN ESCROW 2617 Teakwood Court, Pine Mountain Club

3+2.5 townhome with lovely greenbelt view, very bright interior, new kitchen appliances, new baths and new paint. Low HOA fee with pool, spa and tennis. Listed for $439,000

Buildable 9950 sq. ft. lot in a cul-de-sac. Envision your dream mountain home among the pine trees, with nearby swimming and golf. Listed for $31,000.

www.ArielandKaren.com (805) 746-2070 • (805) 824-2004 Ariel Palmieri Calre #01501968

Karen Stein Calre #01505059


SHORT LIST ELEMENTS

Nov. 2 – Dec. 15 | Camarillo Artists W. Scott Miles, Susan Petty and Roxie Ray present their individual representations on the theme Elements in an exhibition of paintings and video installations that explore the intersections of visual abstraction and multimedia. Artist W. Scott Miles will give an artist talk, “Using Technology for Artistic Expression,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 15 at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org.

VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY

and speakers from across the spectrum of modern herbalism, pharmacy, integrative medicine, Oriental medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Chumash healing under the theme of “Natural Resilience.” An herb walk with Lanny Kaufer and a talk by herbalist and author Amanda McQuade Crawford will also be featured. Registration is $225-285. The talks will be held at various Ojai locations. For more information, visit www.OjaiHerbalSymposium.org. Through Nov. 18 | Camarillo

Weaving together plots and characters from several classic fairy tales, Into the Woods is one of Stephen Sondheim’s most loved works. The story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. True to form for classic fairy tales, everyone gets their wish — for a price. The Camarillo Skyway Playhouse will put on this production Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through Nov. 18. Tickets: $10-20. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.skywayplayhouse.org.

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ

PRESS ON

OJAI HOLIDAY HOME TOUR AND MARKETPLACE

Nov. 10-11 | Ojai This treasured tradition highlights the diverse and beautiful neighborhoods of the Ojai Valley, featuring four distinctive Ojai homes adorned with floral inspirations by inspiring designers. This year’s properties will include the stunning Patina Farm, among others. The Holiday Marketplace, held at Thomas Aquinas Church Hall, 185 St. Thomas Drive, in Ojai, will feature a collection of curated lifestyle and fashion items from more than 40 vendors. Home tour tickets: $4045. For more information, visit www.OjaiFestival.org.

BERNSTEIN TRIBUTE AND FUNDRAISING CONCERT

Nov. 11 | Ventura You’ll not want to miss this stunning tribute to the great Leonard Bernstein, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. The Ventura Music Festival hosts this celebration of the legend’s catalogue with soprano Patricia Lathrop-McPherson and baritone Steve Perren accompanied by Helen Farson. The event benefits the Ventura Music Festival’s Young Artist Fund, which supports Music in the Schools, Student Jazz, Rising Stars and more. Tickets: $25. Program begins at 4 p.m. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www. VenturaMusicFestival.org.

OJAI HERBAL SYMPOSIUM

Nov. 16-18 | Ojai The Symposium will present respected experts, authors

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INTO THE WOODS

Nov. 2-3 | Various Locations Over 20 farms, ranches and agricultural organizations will open their doors and invite the public to experience a day of agricultural activities and tours during the 6th Annual Ventura County Farm Day, with a kickoff barbeque happening the night before. Take a self-guided tour through participating county farms and get to know your local grower, and then sample the goods at participating restaurants throughout the county. For more information, including a list of participating farms and restaurants, visit www. venturacountyfarmday.com. Nov. 6 | Thousand Oaks The Thousand Oaks Distinguished Speaker Series returns with a lineup of influential leaders, politicians, entertainment legends and more. This year’s series will feature former FBI Director James Comey, presidential historian Jon Meacham, television and film actor Alan Alda, and conservation activist Paul Nicklen. On Nov. 6, the series will kick off with award-winning portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, who will present a living history with her compelling photographs of influential and famous celebrities. No individual tickets are sold to this event. Series: $360-474. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www. speakersla.com.

NOVEMBER 2-3

NOVEMBER 6

THOUSAND OAKS

Through Nov. 30 | Ventura

Ventura County’s only print-making group will showcase their work at this gallery, now through Nov. 30. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, with a drawing for one of 10 original prints. This exhibition, the Ink Spots’ 11th iteration, will be available by appointment for viewing on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. at 643 Project Space, 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.inkspotventura.com.

THE WALL: BOUNDARIES BETWEEN AND WITHIN US Through Jan. 2019 | Santa Paula

Twenty-three artists have been selected for an exhibition in which the subject is interpreted in several unique ways: the walls depicted are physical, historical, social, cultural, political, personal and more. In addition to the walls themselves, the artworks call into question our relationships to them — are we builders or destroyers? Are we inside or outside? Confined or liberated? The show will invite you to consider and confront the walls that shape us individually and collectively as we explore the nature of walls and boundaries. Regular admission: $3-4. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www. santapaulaartmuseum.org.

ON THE HORIZON

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS Dec. 8 | Oxnard

Play in the snow, meet Santa and partake in children’s activities throughout the day, and stick around for the annual Parade of Lights featuring vessels decorated in holiday bling. Beginning at noon, families can play in real snow falling at the north end of Harbor View Park. Santa will be present and will take pictures with families free of charge. This year’s parade theme is “Fairy Tales Afloat,” so expect your favorite storybooks to come alive on the water beginning at 7 p.m., culminating in a flyover by Santa Claus himself. Channel Islands Harbor, 3600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.

THROUGH JANUARY 2019

SANTA PAULA


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