B&G Club Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation in Calabasas donated $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley to go toward its homework assistance program.

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By Daphne Khalida Kilea 04/03/2014

 

In the name of charity
The Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation in Calabasas awarded its first local grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. The $100,000 donation will be used to support a homework assistance program, Power Hour: Making Minutes Count, which is designed to raise academic proficiency. … The Gene Haas Foundation donated $851,151 to 46 nonprofits in Ventura County in 2013 and nearly $3 million nationwide. The funds assist nonprofit organizations that focus on educational scholarships, youth development and serving the needy. … The Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation awarded a total of $483,000 to 19 nonprofit organizations throughout Ventura County that support children and adolescents younger than 18. … Porsche Car Club of AmericaSanta Barbara Region selected Gold Coast Veterans as its annual primary charity and donated more than $6,000 to its Veteran Connection program. The club has held several fundraising events and 100 percent of proceeds were donated to Gold Coast Veterans. … The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy received $2,000 from Patagonia’s Merchandise Planning Department, and Union Bank donated an additional $5,000 toward the conservancy’s watershed education and habitat restoration programs.
Opening
Garbanzo Healthy Kitchen opened at 1780 S. Victoria Ave., suite D, in Ventura. The Mediterranean restaurant offers a variety of salads (mixed greens, hummus, tabbouleh etc.), homemade pita breads and several entrees, including falafel, schnitzel, meatballs, pesto chicken and more. … Kibo Sushi, formerly Maki Yaki, is open at 2695 E. Thompson Blvd. in Ventura. Owned by Kyung Kwon, the Japanese restaurant has an extensive selection of sushi rolls to choose from, a happy hour menu, salads and friendly sushi chefs. … Cibara Salon joined forces with Jerold Thomas Salon and moved from California Street to a new location on Main Street into the former location of Fusion Home at 418 E. Main St. Cibara Salon, Spa and Boutique will hold a grand opening celebration at on April 5 from 3-6 p.m. … Impressions Beauty Bar just opened at 5976 Telegraph Road in Ventura. It offers various services including hair and skin care, and threading.
And the award goes to …
Anna Heath, an 11-year member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme, was named the 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Coastal Area Youth of the Year and received a $2,500 scholarship from the Coastal Area Council to help her with her college expenses. Heath was among seven Club members from Kern, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties vying for the title at the fifth-annual regional competition held March 25 at the Wedgewood Banquet Center in Ventura.  … Sharon Barringer was named March’s Teacher of the Month by the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation. Barringer has taught for 28 years, is currently a K-5 special education teacher at Will Rogers Elementary in Ventura. She was recognized for her leadership and participation in various programs that are integral to student development. … Denise Bean-White and Chuck Huffer were nominated by Stephen Kipp, president and CEO of Kipp Financial Group (KFG), to receive the Ventura Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow Award. Bean-White is the president and CEO of Consortium Media and Huffer is the senior vice president of KFG; they will receive the award for their continuous demonstration of high professional and personal standards within the community. …


Mark Nielson
Mark Nielsen
was named as the Ventura City Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year. Nielsen will be recognized at an event held on April 7 at the Wedgewood Banquet Center in Ventura. Fire Chief David Endaya and Nielsen will also speak about emergency preparedness. For event info, 866-275-4134. … The City of Ventura and Chamber of Commerce honored Hishmeh Enterprises as the Business of the Month for excellence in business development and community support. … The Reagan Library and Museum in Simi Valley won two Readers’ Choice Awards in a vote by 10 Best and USA Today. It ranked first in the Presidential Libraries and Homes category and second (behind Mount Rushmore) in the Best Presidential Attraction category. The Reagan Library houses 63 million pages of gubernatorial, presidential and personal papers and more than 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan; it also serves as President Reagan’s final resting place.
Moving up

Charles Roy
Charles Roy has been chosen as the new president of Ojai’s Villanova Preparatory School. Roy was previously the principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School in Illinois; he has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Bradley University and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Wabash College. He will begin his duties on July 1. … Marvelle Berry and Rigoberto Vargas have been appointed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme board of directors. Berry is the human resources manager of Oxnard’s Procter & Gamble and Vargas is the public health director for the Ventura County Health Care Agency. … Attorney Richard Francis joined the board of directors of Santa Barbara’s Environmental Defense Center (EDC). Francis has a private practice in Oxnard/Ventura for almost 35 years and he is a former mayor and councilmember for the city of Ventura. The EDC is the only public interest environmental law firm between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. … Edgar Terry, Mary Kaiser, Don Toussaint and Dave Staples were appointed to the board at Cal Lutheran University’s (CLU) Center for Economic Research and Forecasting. Terry, president of Terry Farms Inc. and senior lecturer in CLU’s School of Management, will serve as the board’s new advisory chair. Kaiser is the president of California Community Reinvestment Corporation. Toussaint is the executive vice president and director of Rabobank’s Middle Market & Trust Divisions, and Staples is the owner of Staples Construction Company, Inc. …


Dr. Stuart Stoll
Stuart Stoll, M.D., an eye surgeon from Thousand Oaks, was named the new chairman of the board for the Center for the Partially Sighted, where he will oversee the organization’s work to provide rehabilitative services and training for partially sighted individuals. Stoll has a LASIK clinic in downtown Los Angeles and holds a patent on a training product that he designed to assist in training residents in eye surgery. … Jeff Becker, Angie Hecht and Jeff Smith were elected to the Downtown Ventura Partners Board after a vote by stakeholders. Hecht was voted in as a downtown business owner, and Becker and Smith as downtown property owners. … Attorney Neal Maguire joined Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP as a partner. Maguire will chair the recently formed Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group; he is a founding member of the Natural Resources Section of the Ventura County Bar Association and has an extensive background in environmental and land use-related litigation. …


Donnalee Dorman
Donnalee Dorman, V.M.D., brings more than 15 years of experience as a veterinarian to Ohana Pet Hospital in Ventura. After years of working in Ventura and Thousand Oaks, and a veterinary mission to Mongolia, Dorman has become the fifth doctor to join the all-female practice. …

Larry Velasquez
Larry Velasquez was named senior vice president, retail division manager for Rabobank’s South Coast Division. Velasquez is a 17-year bank veteran and will oversee the operations of 33 branches from Westlake Village to Pismo Beach. … Hishmeh Enterprises was recognized as the Business of the Month by the City of Ventura and Chamber of Commerce. The company was honored for its excellence in business development and community support.
Environment
On April 12, in collaboration with Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza, District 5, and SoCal Gas, local nonprofit Friends of Channel Coast State Parks will host a volunteer cleanup and beautification event at McGrath State Beach in honor of Earth Day. This is the third year all three parties have partnered to clean up McGrath. For more info on volunteering, visit www.friendsofccsp.org
Event

The Ventura Beach Festival will be held on May 3 at the San Buenaventura State Beach and will serve as a fundraising event that will benefit the nonprofit Friends of Channel Coast State Parks. The musical lineup will include Dirty Rice, Rey Fresco, Spencer the Gardener, the Surfaris and more. Also available: food, beverages, vendors and displays related to outdoor activities (surfing, kayaking, skating etc.).
Change in ownership
Hakane Sushi at 967 E. Ojai Ave. in Ojai is currently under new ownership. The restaurant will keep the name, and the menu will be re-created and will offer a wide selection of appetizing dishes. … The Vista Honda auto dealership at 6450 Auto Center Drive in Ventura is now Ocean Honda of Ventura. The dealership is newly owned by Jeff Cappo, founder and owner of Victory Auto Group, which operated 35 auto dealerships nationwide, including six Honda dealerships in the state.

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