Pulitzer Prize-winning author will be featured in eighth annual reading event

Camarillo, CA - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author Junot Díaz as the featured guest at its eighth annual Campus Reading Celebration, Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon on the CI campus. Díaz will sign copies of his books after his presentation.

The Campus Reading Celebration is an annual event that unites the CI campus community, the public and noted authors in a dialogue about culturally and socially significant books and their underlying themes. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, chosen by CI students as this year's Campus Reading Celebration book, recounts the life of Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is an overwhelming critical success, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008, John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize, the Dayton Peace Prize in Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as appearing in more than 35 best-of-the-year book lists. New York magazine named it the Best Novel of the Year and Time magazine named it No. 1 of the Top 10 Fiction Books of 2007. Miramax acquired the rights for a film adaptation in 2007.

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Works by Bellows, Benton, Grosz and Kollwitz at CLU

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - An exhibit of art reflecting life in the early 20th century will run from Oct. 10 through Feb. 2 in The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University.

An opening reception for “Resonating Images: 1900-1950” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The free exhibit is being held in conjunction with TRAC2012: The Representational Art Conference, which CLU is presenting Oct. 14 through 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura.

The exhibit features works by such prominent American artists as George Bellows, a realist known for his bold paintings of urban life in New York City, and John French Sloan, a member of The Eight whose 1908 group show created a sensation and led to the realist artistic movement known as the Ashcan School.

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Award Winning Documentary on Pre-Columbian Ball Game Screens at Museum

“Ulama: The Game of Life & Death,” an award winning documentary which explores the origins of a Pre-Columbian ball game still played today, is presented at the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with filmmaker Roberto Rochín of Mexico City. Admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors, museum members free. Price includes entry to all museum exhibits, including Social Resurrection, featuring ceramic vessels by Richard Flores that reflect the teaching of the ancient Maya.

Ulama is still pursued today in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, and the film details the history and significance of this still existing link between pre-Hispanic and modern Mexico. The documentary delves into the ritualistic origins of a game once played to the death, as well as its symbolism and representations in mythology and the visual arts. It also highlights the game courts found by archaeologists and the way the game is currently played. The 110-minute film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

“Ulama” received five Ariel Awards from the Mexican Academy ofFilm, including best feature length documentary and cinematography. Director, writer, and producer Rochín is a director at Motion Control Mexico, and his film work includes documentaries, animation and visual effects.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission to the exhibitions is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and children under 6 are free. The first Sundays of every month are free general admission for the public. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.



Ojai, CA - More than 25 local restaurants, as well as local wineries and breweries, will join together to share the fruits of their labor on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 10th green at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

This year’s “Taste of Ojai” will include local wines and beers, food tastings from Ojai’s finest restaurants, and great music for dancing. In addition, we are pleased to offer our VIP tent featuring the tastes of the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa’s signature restaurant, The “Maravilla”. The VIP tent is available to sponsors only this year. There are a couple of sponsorship opportunities still available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Peter Bowen at 805.832.5382.

Proceeds from this event will support the Rotary Club of Ojai’s Educational Foundation, which helps more than 15 local, non-profit organizations serving the Ojai Valley, including families, seniors, youth, and schools. The 28-plus participating restaurants, in addition to the wineries and breweries, share their menu favorites with “Taste of Ojai” attendees, who are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, and bring their party personalities.

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“Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop”
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Free lecture, reception to be held Oct. 11 at CLU

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – An expert on Latin American literature and culture will discuss hip-hop artists and their music at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at California LutheranUniversity.

Christopher Dennis, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, will discuss his new book “Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop: Globalization, Transcultural Music, and Ethnic Identities” in Lundring Events Center on the Thousand Oaks campus. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m.

“Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop” explores the impact that globalization and the transnational spread of U.S. popular culture – specifically hip-hop and rap – are having on the social identities of younger generations of black Colombians. Dennis will discuss why and how hip-hop has migrated so effectively to Colombia’s black communities and will introduce the audience to some of the most renowned Afro-Colombian hip-hop artists and their musical innovations and production and distribution practices.

Dennis has published articles on Afro-Colombian literature, racial iconography, Cartagena’s tourist industry and the representation of black subjects in Colombian colonial literature.

Lundring Events Center is located in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center on the north side of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard.

CLU’s Department of Languages and Cultures and Center for Equality and Justice are sponsoring the free lecture and reception. For more information, contact the Center for Equality and Justice at 805-493-3694 or cej@callutheran.edu.


Emily Therous Threatt
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This is a special Lecture/slide presentation for the Ventura Co Potters' Guild.
It is held at the Ventura Senior Center, but is not a Senior activity.

Emily Therous Threatt
Monday September 24th, 2012, 7 - 9 pm

EMILY THIROUX-THREATT, the featured artist at the VCPG Pottery Gallery at Ventura Harbor, will present a power point program about her experiences at Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, that has offered intensive workshops in visual arts since 1950. Featured will be classes given by Linda Ganstrom, a figurative ceramic artist for over three decades who hand builds and often forms her large life size sculptures of slabs or coils, Linda’s figures have a narrative, storytelling appeal that is enhanced by the addition of mixed media elements. The other portion of the program will feature Richard Burkett who has over 40 years of experience in ceramics. He is the author of HyperGlaze glaze software and coauthor of the 6th edition of Ceramics: A Potter’s Handbook. There will be discussion of Burkett's new computer glaze software.

Ventura Senior Center
420 E. Santa Clara St.,
Doors open at 7pm, Talk starts at 8 pm
Refreshments, Public is welcome. FREE
For more information call 985-5038


Moorpark, CA — The Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival Committee announces the entertainment lineup for the 3rd Annual Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival will include performances by Sonic Abatement and Steven Hur and musical intermissions by DJ Apple Juice.

Both Sonic Abatement and Steven Hur performed at the 2nd Annual Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival. DJ Apple Juice is a new addition to the event’s entertainment lineup.

Lillian Canterbury, Chairman of the Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival Committee had the following remarks, “Sonic Abatement and Steven Hur were crowd favorites at last year’s festival. We are glad to have them back. We also are happy to add DJ Apple Juice to the Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival lineup. The addition of a disk jockey at this year’s festival will ensure uninterrupted entertainment for festival attendees and DJ Apple Juice is a top-notch entertainer who will provide a lively atmosphere for all.”

Sonic Abatement and Steven Hur will perform two 45-minute sets each. DJ Apple Juice will play music before and after each band’s set and during scheduled intermissions. For more information about Sonic Abatement, Steven Hur or DJ Apple Juice visit http://www.moorparkbeerfestival.com/entertainment.

The Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival is the annual fundraiser of the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club. Started in 2009, the event has become a staple in the Moorpark community calendar and funds the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club’s philanthropic efforts throughout the year. All of the proceeds of the Moorpark Beer Tasting Festival will benefit the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which uses the funds to support local schools and community organizations.

For more information please visit http://www.moorparkbeerfestival.com

“The Magic of Georges Melies” examines the life and influence of the film pioneer portrayed in the movie “Hugo”
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA - The OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU Channel Islands (CI) will kick off its 2012/2013 Lecture Series at the Camarillo Public Library on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. with “The Magic of Georges Melies.”

The free, two-hour lecture and discussion led by film expert and OLLI instructor Bob Koster will examine the life and work of French illusionist and film pioneer Georges Melies. Widely considered the “father of special effects,” Melies built the first movie studio in Europe and was the first filmmaker to use production sketches and storyboards. Though his silent films entertained audiences more than a century ago, he has recaptured public interest after being portrayed in the 2011 Martin Scorsese Oscar-Award-winning film “Hugo.”

With more than 40 years’ experience working in film and television production, Bob Koster now shares his passion for film and TV through teaching. He has taught production at UCLA, USC, Art Center College and AFI, lectured internationally, and authored three books on film production. As an instructor at OLLI, he teaches such popular courses as “From Hitler to Hollywood,” “Movie Musicals,” and “A History of Propaganda Films.”

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‘The Big Picture’ features Russian-born Alexey Steele

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A selection of large drawings by award-winning painter Alexey Steele will be on exhibit at California Lutheran University from Oct. 6 through Nov. 26.

An opening reception for “The Big Picture” will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and an artist’s talk will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture. The free exhibit is being held in conjunction with TRAC2012: The Representational Art Conference, which CLU is presenting Oct. 14 through 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura.

Steele is famous for his work as a painter and as an outspoken advocate for the role of fine art in modern society. “The Big Picture” is a selection of huge drawings made for two of his unique dome mural commissions: “The Circle,” a figurative composition with a diameter of 31 feet, and the slightly smaller allegorical work “The Soul of the Hero.” Known as “cartoons,” the drawings are made to work out problems of composition and form before committing to the painting. The renderings offer a glimpse into the working methods of a master artist. In 2009, the paintings won Steele the prestigious Artemis Award in Athens, Greece, “for celebrating the power and beauty of women through his art on a heroic scale in the modern world.”

Steele was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and began his art training at an early age in the studio of his father, renowned Russian artist Leonid Steele. He later studied at the prestigious Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute under internationally acclaimed artist Ilya Glazunov. He moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and continues to paint large-scaled figurative murals, commissioned portraits and California plein air landscapes inspired by the classical color palette of the Moscow School.

He is a signature artist member of the California Art Club and the recipient of the Silver Medal for the 1994 California Discovery Award. In 1996, he co-founded the Annual Russian Heritage Festival, which was presented at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano until 2005. In 2010, he received the Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award for BestPainting from the California Art Club’s 99th Annual Gold Medal JuriedExhibition held at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

He and his work have been featured on two covers of American Artist, in a Los Angeles Times profile and in art and music publications including Southwest Art, Fine Art Connoisseur and Gramophone. He is founder of the Classical Underground, a unique performance platform showcasing the relationship between classical music and classical representational art.

The gallery is located in the Soiland Humanities Center on the south side of Memorial Parkway on the Thousand Oaks campus. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Parking is available in the lots on Mountclef Boulevard.

CLU’s Art Department is sponsoring the exhibition. For more information, call Michael Pearce at 805-444-7716 or visit callutheran.edu/kwan_fong.


Hispanic Heritage and Day of the Dead events at the Museum of Ventura County include Maya-inspired ceramics, a Night of the Living, Day of the Dead evening celebration, an art and altars exhibition, a book talk by Gustavo Arrellano and a screening of a documentary about a Pre-Columbian ball game still being played today.

Social Resurrection: Ceramics by Richard Flores
On exhibit through November 25
Contemporary ceramic vessels by artist and studio arts professor Richard Flores. The recently constructed pieces, being exhibited in various stages of completion, are based upon the teachings and spiritual messages that guided life for the ancient Maya.
Ulama: The Game of Life & Death
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"Before The Ceremony" Photo by Timothy Teague.
"Before The Ceremony" Photo by Timothy Teague.
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"In The Arms Of Father" Thomas Aquinas College. Photo by Timothy Teague.
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"Lady Bug Search" Rio Gozo Farms Ojai. Photo by Timothy Teague.
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"Mass" Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula. Photo by Timothy Teague.
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"Moments Of Spirit" Ojai. Photo by Timothy Teague.
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"New U.S. Citizen" Los Angeles. Photo by Timothy Teague.
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"Old Friends" Lucca, Italy. Photo by Timothy Teague.
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"Striding Out" Arezzo Italy. Photo by Timothy Teague.
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The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Ojai photography icon, Timothy Teague, as our guest presenter and judge for our September 18 meeting at 7:00 p.m., at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street, Ojai, CA.

Teague is known for a journalistic style that brings a sense of both immediacy and quiet intimacy to his work. His great grandfather, J.C. Brewster, was Ventura County's first professional photographer. Brewster’s work is featured in the Ventura County Historical Museum. Timothy’s father, Robert Dana Teague, was a well-known photographer with a natural style; Timothy grew up working in his darkroom.

After graduating from Brooks Institute with a specialty in photojournalism, Teague lived and worked in New York City, managing a fashion photography studio. He assisted and observed many of the world's preeminent fashion photographers; most of them specialized in a natural street-style of photography.

Teague moved to Ojai in the mid 1980's and worked for the Ojai Valley News for three years. After launching his own career, Teague became well known for his journalistic approach to wedding and event photography. His work has been featured in magazines such as In Style and People, and television shows such as Oprah.

Teague describes himself as a slice-of-life photographer, attracted to spontaneous, un-posed, unrehearsed moments…. those points in time when good intuitive skills and quick reflexes capture something. That something may be hard to define, but it creates an emotional response in the viewer beyond the particulars of the people or circumstances.

Says Teague, “Often, I think, what it shows is connections, which certainly can include love, tenderness, and joy. Ultimately, I am telling a story with these collected moments…an artful impression of the event that hopefully transcends simple reporting and pays homage to these larger themes of continuity and love.”

Teague’s presentation for the Ojai Photography Club is called “Moments, Connections and Story,” and will include current projects and images from the past, both personal and commercial.

The Ojai Photography Club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Visitors are always welcome, but only members may submit images for critique. For more information, please visit Ojai Photography Club at: http://ojaiphotoclub.com/

Leslie Valle Miller in the museum courtyard. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
Leslie Valle Miller in the museum courtyard. Photo by Myrna Cambianica.
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The Ojai Valley Museum has been given distinctive and valuable household items and furniture from several estates. Among these items are seasonal decorations, indoor and outdoor furniture, framed art, kitchen and household items, vintage clothing and jewelry, antiques and collectables, books, lamps, china and more!

These treasures will be for sale on September 14 and 15 on the museum’s back courtyard patio, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The museum is located at 130 West Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA.

Come, shop and support the operation of the museum.

The Ojai Valley Museum, established in 1967, is generously supported in part by Museum Members, Private Donors, Business Sponsors and Underwriters, the Smith-Hobson Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, City of Ojai, Rotary Club of Ojai, and the Ojai Civic Association.

For more information, call the museum at (805) 640-1390, ext. 203, e-mail ojaimuseum@sbcglobal.net or visit the museum website at: Ojai Valley Museum.org Find us on Facebook Ojai Valley Museum.

(l to r) Dan Geeting, Joyce Geeting and Eric Kinsley.
(l to r) Dan Geeting, Joyce Geeting and Eric Kinsley.
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Free event slated Sept. 30 in Samuelson Chapel

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The California Lutheran University Music Department will present an afternoon of chamber music at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in Samuelson Chapel.

The free concert will feature Daniel Geeting on clarinet, Eric Kinsley on piano and Joyce Geeting on cello. The program will include three short French pieces for clarinet and piano: Carl Maria von Weber’s “Duo Concertant,” Donald Erb’s “Woody” for clarinet alone and Johannes Brahms’ rarely heard “Trio for clarinet, cello and piano.”

Daniel Geeting of Simi Valley is a professor of music at CLU and conductor of the University Symphony. As a clarinetist, he has played on sound tracks for motion pictures and television and has performed recitals for more than 28 years. His recording of the clarinet works of British composer Gordon Jacob was released on the PROdigital label in 1995. He holds a doctor of musical arts from the University of Oregon and an institute certificate from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has also studied with clarinetists Frealon Bibbins, John McManus, Robert Vagner and Harold Wright in addition to his early studies with Frederick Westphal and Russell Howland.

Kinsley, who teaches piano at CLU, is a performing artist and writer who earned a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music. The Thousand Oaks resident has been a member of the New York Contemporary Music Band, Pacific Classical Winds and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has received grants in early and contemporary music from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Harpsichord Society and the Sylvia Marlow Foundation. He performed and recorded at the Discoteca Di Stato in Rome and has broadcast on Public Radio and television. He has worked with and performed premieres of the music of John Cage, Milton Babbit, Morton Feldman, Miguel del Aguila and others. He recently completed a book on the innovative chamber music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, which will be released by the Edwin Mellen Press in January.

Joyce Geeting of Simi Valley has performed in numerous concerts throughout the United States and Europe as asolo cellist and chamber musician. She has toured Western Europe with the Collegium String Quartet and has performed as solo cellist at festivals in Austria and Italy. She has performed in hundreds of symphony orchestra concerts and recordings. An adjunct faculty member at CLU, she holds a doctor of musical arts from University of Oregon and did postgraduate study with Janos Starker at Indiana University. Her book “Janos Starker: King of Cellists” was published in 2008.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Donations will be accepted. Formore information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit callutheran.edu.


SANTA PAULA, CA – The Santa Paula Art Museum is honored to announce that it will dedicate its newly planted garden to Elizabeth Munger Blanchard at a garden party on Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission to the event is free and there will be live music and refreshments. The Museum is honored to soon bear the name of yet another incredible woman who gave so much to Santa Paula and who will be remembered here forever. If you would like an invitation to the event please contact the Museum.

Elizabeth was born in Bardsdale, California in 1917. At the age of eleven, she and her family relocated to Santa Paula. She attended Santa Paula High School, Class of ’33. When, later in life, Elizabeth found herself living in a beautiful home not far from her old school, she considered herself very fortunate to have grounds substantial enough for a garden, the majority of which was filled with roses. Roses were her favorite, in part because they provided her with a challenge. When she wasn’t tending to her own, Blanchard could be found pruning the roses at the hospital with her dear friend and current Santa Paula Art Museum docent, Cathy Barringer.

More remarkable than her green thumb though was Elizabeth’s generosity. For instance, even before construction on the Santa Paula Art Museum had been completed, she promised to fund the future development of its very own garden. However, when the Museum was suddenly found to be in need of further building restoration shortly before its public debut, her donation was given early to cover building costs so that the grand opening could be kept on schedule.

For two years, the Museum staff, volunteers and board of directors have been waiting on the garden to grow. Landscaping began last May, including Elizabeth’s favorite yellow roses. It is completely fitting that this stunning addition to the Museum façade be named after Elizabeth Munger Blanchard. Her beauty, as Eliot Blanchard - whom she married in 1937 - would certainly have agreed, was unrivaled.

Reservations for the event are recommended. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM. More information is available and reservations can be made by calling the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email info@santapaulaartmuseum.org.


Learn how to make Monarch butterflies love to spend time in your garden, when garden and butterfly habitat designer David Snow visits the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula on Saturday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m. Snow demonstrates simple steps for home gardeners to create and maintain a Monarch habitat by planting what butterflies need to survive and reproduce. Cost to attend is museum general admission, free for museum members. For reservations, call 805- 525-3100.

Snow also brings plants and insect specimens, sheds light on the migratory habits of Monarch butterflies, and discusses how home habitats can contribute to species preservation. Such a garden also attracts hummingbirds and other birds such as the Yellow Swallow Tail and Morning Cloak.

Thousand Oaks resident Snow has been a landscape contractor and garden designer in Southern California for 18 years, and holds a degree in horticulture from Ventura College. Asked to create butterfly garden habitats for the Pasadena Showcase House of Design for several years, his designs are focused on native plants and water conservation and almost always include a butterfly habitat. A member of the Royal Horticultural Society, he lectures extensively and has volunteered his services to creating Monarch butterfly habitats for elementary schools in Thousand Oaks and Malibu. His work can also be seen at the Mission Oaks Bike Path in Camarillo, the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, and the Los Flores Community Garden in Thousand Oaks.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California, in their historic downtown, near the Depot and next to the railroad tracks. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for Museum of Ventura County members, and for children ages 5 and younger. On first Sundays of the month, general admission is always free. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.


The Ventura County Rose Society will present "A CELEBRATION OF ROSES" on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

This free event will take place at the Ventura County Educational Conference Center , 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA. from 9 AM to 2 PM. Visitors are welcome to drop in and stay as long as they wish.

There will be "hands on demonstrations of rose arrangements", propagating roses demonstrations , and rose displays from all areas of the county.

We ask the community to bring roses in cheap containers to create a display of roses from the coastal to inland areas of Ventura County. People who bring roses will receive a free copy of "Growing Beautiful Roses" by Dr. T. Cairns.

There will be rare and unusual roses for sale as well as gardening accessories for sale.

Free refreshments will be available.

For questions, visit our website www.venturarose.org or contact Dawn-Marie Johnson at 805-279-7685 or email: dawn-marie03@dslextreme.com

Professional vocalist, student from Beijing to perform

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - A Chinese Moon Festival Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University.

The evening of traditional Chinese and Western music will feature professional vocalist Mingming Jiang, a Beijing resident who recently held a solo concert in Los Angeles. Featured local groups are the Pacific Pearl Symphony Orchestra, YangSheng Choir, Dancing String Chamber and Thousand Oaks Chinese Folk Ensemble. CLU junior Qiushi Yang from Beijing will play “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” on the erhu, a two-stringed bowed musical instrument.

The Chinese Moon Festival, alsoknown as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is an important holiday in the Chinese culture that has been celebrated for thousands of years. Tradition holds that the moon is at its roundest and brightest on that day, signaling a time of completeness and abundance. It is a celebration of the harvest season and a day of family reunions, much like Thanksgiving in the United States. Traditionally, family and friends get together to admire the moon and eat moon cakes. The legend associated with the festival recounts the story of a beautiful womannamed Chang E who flew to the moon and has lived there ever since.

Samuelson Chapel is located south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks.

CLU’s Department of Languages and Cultures, the office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services, Pacific Pearl Music Association and the Center for Asian Performing Arts are sponsoring the free concert.

The program is appropriate for ages 8 to adult.

For more information, contact Debby Chang at ddchang@callutheran.edu or go to callutheran.edu.

Free movies explore integrity, compassion, diversity

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will hold its sixth annual French film festival with free screenings Sept. 14 through Nov. 2.

The Fall 2012 Francophone Film Festival on the CLU Campus will feature five movies, which will all start at 7:15 p.m. in Preus-Brandt Forum. They explore the themes of integrity, compassion and diversity. All films are subtitled in English.

“Les Femmes du sixième étage” (“The Women on the Sixth Floor,” 2011) - Friday, Sept. 14

In 1960, Jean-Louis (Fabrice Luchini) lives a bourgeois existence in Paris, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic socialite wife, Suzanne (Sandrine Kiberlain). But when they hire a Spanish maid, Maria, he is introduced to the building’s servants’ quarters and a sassy group of refugees from the Franco regime.

“Le Havre” (2011) - Friday, Sept. 21

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Fields of Flowers: Paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick

Dollars and Scents: The Business of Cut Flowers

What better way to celebrate than with flowers? That’s what the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum will do on Saturday, September 15 when they throw a free party from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., to mark the first anniversary of opening their doors in Santa Paula.

The day includes two new exhibitions about flowers, music from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. by Arturo and Marco Perez, the appearance of four newly installed vintage tractors, added exhibit activities for children, and the unveiling of conceptual plans for the museum’s Heritage Gardens. The future expansion to be built behind the present Mill will include educational agricultural gardens of crops raised in Ventura County now and in the past; an arbor and aqueduct; and education and venue facilities.

Saturday’s visitors might recognize many of the locations seen in the new exhibit Fields of Flowers: Paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick, which continues through October 28. Inspired by California landscapes since moving here from her native Peru in 1988, Kilpatrick’s exuberant colors and impressionistic brushstrokes convey the beauty of local flower fields. “By capturing places on my canvas, they remain timeless,” Kilpatrick notes.

A similar concern for the future is the focus of the other new exhibition Dollars and Scents: The Business of Cut Flowers. It explores the question of how the county’s eighth most valuable crop will survive in the 21st century, as new challenges confront California’s cut flower industry, which began first in Ventura County. Artifacts, interactive elements and photographs by Dan Holmes, Terri Laine, and John Nichols highlight the exhibition, which continues through December 30.

The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California, in their historic downtown, near the Depot and next to the railroad tracks. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, free for Museum of Ventura County members, and for children ages 5 and younger. On first Sundays of the month, general admission is always free. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.

Event coincides with American West art exhibit
Jack Ledbetter
Jack Ledbetter

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Faculty and administrators from California Lutheran University will read excerpts from Western-themed American poetry and literature at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art on the Thousand Oaks campus.

“Readings from the West” is the last in a series of salon-style events celebrating the “Western Salon” exhibit on display through Saturday, Sept. 15.

Four English faculty members, two English professors emeriti, and the university editor will participate in the informal salon gathering. Professor emeritus and current lecturer Jack Ledbetter will read paragraphs from Hector St. John de Crevecoeur’s “Letters from an American Farmer;” assistant professor Jacqueline Lyons will read works by poets from Western states; University Editor Kevin Matthews will read from works by Robert Louis Stevenson and John Steinbeck; associate professor Marja Mogk will read from an Elmore Leonard short story; professor emeritus and former campus pastor Gerry Swanson willread selections by Terry Tempest Williams; lecturer Ken Weitz will read from the writings of Joan Didion; and professor Joan Wines will read pieces by Louis Lamour.

This Western American art exhibit features more than 60 paintings along with sculptures, drawings and fine art prints. Former game show host Bob Eubanks and his family recently donated many of the works to CLU. Others are on loan from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

The CLU English Department is sponsoring the free event. The gallery is located inside the William Rolland Stadium on Olsen Road between Campus Drive and Mountclef Boulevard. Parking is available in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center lot. For more information, contact Ledbetter at ledbetter@callutheran.edu or 805-495-6814.