In Brief

In Brief

“Mossy Foot” project aim of fundraiser
A banquet sought to raise funds for children suffering from a debilitating foot disease will be held next month in Oxnard.

The “Mossy Foot” Banquet takes place on Feb. 12, from 6-10 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Dr.

The inaugural benefit is hoped to raise enough money for the Mossy Foot Project, an international effort to provide shoes for children in Africa afflicted with a condition known as Mossy Foot Disease.

According to information on, children who develop the disease, which is similar to elephantiasis, are too poor to afford shoes, forced to go to work barefoot on soils contaminated with harmful bacteria, which can penetrate the skin and invade the lymphatic system. Some children are eventually made unable to walk.

To make a donation to the project, contact Sharon Barlow Daly at 654-1912, or at

Patagonia wins PETA award
Ventura’s ethical outdoor supplier has been given the PETA seal of approval for offering six different styles of vegan-friendly footwear.

Patagonia announced last week that it received the “Proggy” award, from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, most notably for its “Finn” hiking shoe, which is manufactured completely from man-made materials and is free from leather.

According to Tracy Reiman, Patagonia’s executive vice president, the company will receive a framed certificate and will be featured on PETA’s Web site,

She said that this year, Proggy Awards have gone to producers and marketers of vegan foods, shoes, and cruelty-free personal-care products; an animal-friendly production studio; and a member of Congress.

CLU gets into the Nordic spirit
Vikings, fjords and Icelandic culture will come back to Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks next month as the school hosts its 10th Annual Nordic Spirit Symposium.

The two-day event, “Sagas and the Viking World,” from Feb. 6-7, combines storytelling, performance, lectures, music and food. A reception kicks off the event at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 6, in the school’s Scandinavian Center, followed by a 7 p.m. presentation by author Lena Norrman.

On Feb. 7, Marit Synnøve Vea, who directs a re-creation of Viking Age life as project manager of the Avaldsnes Project in Norway, directs a recreation of Viking life. Finnish-born singer and flutist Ulla Suokko and flamenco guitarist Carlos Revollar will wrap up the day.

Admission is $40, but free for students. For more information, call (818) 788-4552 or email

Spring lecture series at Oxnard College
Oxnard College will begin its Literature, Arts and Lecture Series beginning Feb. 18 to May 13, commemorating African American History Month in February and National Poetry Month in April.

Guest speaker David Moore will start off the series with his presentation, African American Identity. Other presentations will feature President Barack Obama, Rocketdyne nuclear impacts, voices of foster youth, climate change, a Holocaust survivor’s story and how to have a respectable divorce.

All events will be held on Wednesdays and begin at 12:45 in LS 8, the Clock Tower Auditorium. The series is sponsored by Oxnard College with additional support by Poets & Writers, through a James Irvine grant. The lectures are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. For more information, contact Shelley Savren at, or 986-5800 ext. 1951.

In Brief

In Brief

Newspaper future subject of CLU talk
The publisher of Ventura County’s daily paper, the Star, will make a presentation on what’s in store for print publications and journalism on the whole, at a business breakfast at Cal Lutheran University on Feb. 3.

The talk by George H. Cogswell III, who has helmed the paper since 2007, will conclude the university’s seasonal Corporate Leaders Breakfast Series, according to a press release. The series brings together members of the business and civic communities together to both share ideas and hear from the region’s more prominent leaders.

The event starts at 7:30 a.m. in the school’s Lundring Events Center, in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, Olsen Road and Campus Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3150 or visit

Shooting hoops for breast cancer awareness

Two women’s college basketball teams will hit the court next month in a match to raise funds for breast cancer research.

The fundraiser game between the Ventura College Pirates and L.A. Pierce College happens on Feb. 4, 7 p.m., at the Ventura College Athletic Center on Telegraph Road. Jointly sponsored by the school’s basketball team and psychology department, the match is in support of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “Pink Zone” initiative to help cure breast cancer.

Proceeds from the game will fund the Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation.

Pre-game activities, which begin at 5 p.m., will include a breast cancer information booth, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and more. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. For more information on the game, visit and

Hillsides Conservancy recipient of two major grants

The conservancy announced this week that it is has received $20,000 toward its cause of preserving the Ventura hillsides.

Twenty-thousand dollars was donated to the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy in two separate grants, says Stephen Svete, the conservancy’s chair. The first $10,000 came from the Weisel family, who has supported the cause since the family’s first donation in 2005.

The second gift, also $10,000, was forwarded from the Wallis Foundation. Svete, in a press release, says the group’s endowment regularly funds a variety of educational, social, artistic and environmental projects.

The Conservancy’s drive is to protect the city’s various open spaces, hills and canyons. Go to for more information.    

Oxnard youth group receives $40K in grant money

The Boys & Girls Club of Oxnard and Port Hueneme has received $40,000 from Verizon that will be put towards literacy awareness, the group has announced.

The grant money goes specifically into funding the club’s Afterschool Literacy and Technology Program, which emphasizes its members’ reading skills through the use of emerging Internet technology. Verizon’s philanthropic arm, the Verizon

Foundation, raised the grant money through its educational program titled

For more information on the program, visit More on the Boys & Girls Club is at








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