In Brief

In Brief

Libertarians uniting for party hopefuls

For those registered voters feeling alienated by the right-and left-wing choices on this year’s political menu, local members of a Libertarian online meet-up group will be holding a forum and fundraiser next week to raise funds for the campaigns of their own party candidates.

The outdoor rally forum will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, in Figueroa Plaza between Main and Santa Clara streets, followed by the 4 p.m. fundraising effort at Hush Restaurant, 185 Santa Clara, for Bob Barr and Wayne Allen Root, both seeking respective seats as Libertarian president and vice president.

According to a press release from the club, either a $50 minimum prepaid donation or a $75 donation at the door is requested. Donations can be made by following the link to bobbarr2008.com/donate.

For information on the Ventura Libertarian chapter, visit libertarian.meetup.com, or call Dana McLorn at 985-1028.

—Paul Sisolak

Starlight Cinema offers outdoor film series

The City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Division will be hosting four consecutive Saturday night film screenings in four of Ventura’s beautiful city parks.

The first screening will present the award-winning, 2007 film La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon), projected onto a large inflatable screen. The film will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. The premiere event begins at 6 p.m.,

Saturday, Sept. 20, at Westpark, 450 W. Harrison Ave., and will kickoff with a performance by local mariachi group Halcones del Rey.

Other films in the series include The Wizard of Oz, Hairspray and Edward Scissorhands. Each screening will be preceded by scheduled activities and special live performances. Concessions will be available, but movie-goers are encouraged to bring their own blankets, low-seated chairs and picnic dinners.  No alcohol, pets, umbrellas or grilling are allowed at the events.

For more information, visit cityofventura.net/starlight, or call the City of Ventura Special Events line at 654-7749.

—Jason Ward, Human rights write-a-thon

Amnesty International members of Ventura County request the public to join in the 18th annual write-a-thon on Sept. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the College United Methodist Church in Ventura. Letters will be written to political leaders across the globe in an effort to help save lives and stop torture.

Around 3,900 “Urgent Action” letters have already been sent to officials around the world to assist those who have been victimized through death threats, fear of torture, incommunicado detention or restrictions on political asylum.

To take part in this event, call Bob Gips at 643-6605 or John Ramirez at 483-7953. College United Methodist Church is located at 4300 Telegraph Road in Ventura.

—Staff Reports

In Brief

In Brief

FOOD Share hosts mixer for Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month. In recognition of this cause, the Oxnard Chamber’s monthly After Hours Mixer will be hosted by Ventura County’s food bank organization, FOOD Share.

The mixer will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at FOOD Share Inc., 4156 Southbank Road, Oxnard. Tickets are $5 for Chamber members and $10 for nonmembers, with proceeds benefiting FOOD Share operations throughout the county.

The after-work event will include food, wine, music, dessert and prize drawings and provides a great networking opportunity for local business professionals and citizens.

Come show your support for this outstanding community service organization.

More info is available at foodshare.com and oxnardchamber.org, or by calling Jeanne Benitez at 983-7100, ext 122.

— Jason Ward

Comedy fundraiser in T.O. for cancer survivors

Thousand Oaks cancer survivor Merv Kopp and the Wellness Community on Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley have partnered to put on Stand Up for Cancer Survivors at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum on Sunday Sept. 14, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Comedians from the Comedy and Magic Club of Hermosa Beach will include Tom Papa, who is often the opening act for Jerry Seinfeld, and Ralph Harris, who has appeared in Dreamgirls, Evan Almighty and numerous television roles. Aaron Myer and his band will be performing live music to open the show. Baseball Hall of Famer, George “Sparky” Anderson and Thousand Oaks Councilmember Dennis Gillette are honorary co- chairs of the event.

Kopp plans on using the fundraising money to hold a monthly comedy night at the Wellness Community center in Westlake Village.

“In the back of my mind, I didn’t want to stand up to cancer, I wanted to do stand-up for cancer,” Kopp said. “I just wanted people to talk positively about cancer.”

After attending the first-ever Lance Armstrong Summit for cancer survivors in 2006, Kopp wanted to bring something to the community that was positive about cancer instead of the usual sadness surrounding it. Kopp was treated for an aggressive sinus cancer and decided he wanted to give something back.

Tickets are on sale at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza by calling or ordering online and at Ticketmaster.com. Prices ranges from $20 to $30; ticketmaster charges an additional $4 processing fee.

Humor is intended for ages 18 and older.    

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In Brief

Bank giving away 10,000 … books, that is

The revelation of that critical plot point is only one literary reference to which the term “page-turning giveaway” will apply when a promotional event by a Ventura used book merchant takes place next month.

A giveaway of 10,000 books by downtown Ventura bookseller Bank of Books is intended by its owner as a means of furthering literacy.

The all-day event will take place Sept. 6 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., when customers to the venerable Main Street business can have their pick of any book, limited to 20 titles, from the store’s designated free area.

Clarey Rudd, Bank of Books owner, said in a press release that the promotion is doubly intended as a thank-you to community members for voting the store the county’s best independent bookseller five consecutive years in the Ventura County Reporter.

Rudd also said that over 100 book categories will be represented in the giveaway, and may range in price from $1 to $50.

For information on the giveaway, call Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., at 643-3154.

Art gallery up front about closure

Following the finale of its most recent exhibition last week, curators of the Up Front Gallery in downtown Ventura have announced the longtime downtown art outlet’s abrupt closure.

According to Carolyn Friend and Paul Benavidez, the two gallery owners decided to part ways after noting their desire to pursue separate artistic interests.

“We were not focusing on sales, per se, as much as bringing quality art in the community,” Friend said. “At this point, we’re going in different directions creatively.”

Friend said she plans to concentrate on filmmaking; Benavidez, on his current artistic career.

Up Front experienced a successful five-year run at its location on South Laurel Street, where its focus was on modern contemporary works. “Ahokusai” was the final exhibit there.

New paper pilots way to Port Hueneme

A free newspaper has landed in Port Hueneme, the first time the harbor town has had its own newspaper for 45 years.

Sample issues of the Hueneme Pilot hit the streets there on Aug. 21, its coverage area the small Oxnard beach enclave, the Channel Islands, and news from surrounding regions.

The paper’s publisher, Loran Lewis, is a former journalism professor who decided to give the upstart newspaper a go in a time when print media is suffering under the digital influence of the Internet.

“I’d been thinking about it for a few years,” he said. “The trend in weekly newspapers doesn’t tend to be quite as dire as with larger metropolitan papers or chains. Weekly newspapers are prospering. I think people still like that idea of having stories about them, their neighbors, their kids.”

Debut of the Pilot, Lewis said, marks the first time Port Hueneme has laid claim to its own exclusive publication since 1963, when the former Port Hueneme Pilot folded.

Lewis also noted the official launch issue of the Pilot is Sept. 18; the paper will then publish every other week until the end of the year and switch to a weekly basis in January.

The paper’s Web site is at huenemepilot.com.

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