“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 mossyfoot.com, 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 Sharon@mossyfoot.com.
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, peta.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, or 986-5800 ext. 1951.