in brief

in brief

Stuff the bus in Oxnard to help end hunger

B95.1 and Gold Coast Transit have teamed up to collect food and funds in December for FOOD Share, Ventura County’s only regional food bank. Gold Coast Transit buses are adorned with colorful posters designed to help raise awareness of FOOD Share’s Stuff the Bus holiday food drive.

This weekend, Dec. 16 through 18, Bo Jaxon, B95.1 KBBY’s popular morning DJ, will spend three days living inside and broadcasting from a Gold Coast Transit bus parked at Oxnard’s Chick-fil-A restaurant, 2040 N. Rose Ave. Jaxon will challenge Ventura County residents and business owners to visit Chick-fil-A and help him “stuff the bus” full of cash and nonperishable food donations for FOOD Share.

“As a child, there were times when my mom and I struggled and did not always have enough to eat,” said Jaxon, in a press release. “I am passionate about ending hunger here in Ventura County and proud to lend my voice to help FOOD Share during the holidays.”

Supervisor Kathy Long will stop by on Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. to make official proclamations and help kick off the weekend food drive. In addition to the chance to meet and be on the radio with Bo Jaxon, Chick-fil-A visitors who stop by during the three-day event will enjoy Christmas carolers, giveaways, prizes and the chance to meet jolly ol’ Santa Cow. The first 95 visitors who stop by on Friday and Saturday mornings with five or more cans of donated food will receive a free Chick-fil-A breakfast entrée, and all who contribute will be entered in a raffle to win the grand prize of free Chick-fil-A meals for a year.

FOOD Share relies heavily on community support to restock the shelves of its Oxnard warehouse distribution center in December and January. The nonprofit, which currently feeds more than 74,500 people each month, has set aggressive goals for its 2011 Tackle Hunger campaign and hopes to collect more than $150,000 in monetary donations and more than 200,000 pounds of donated food before Jan. 10.


Cookies for a cause at Panera

It’s fun. It’s festive. It’s a tasty treat. And it’s all in the name of charity.

Panera Bread in Ventura will host a cookie decorating event fundraiser Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. With all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, participants can purchase cookies, for $1 each, and decorate them with an assortment of toppings. Panera Bread in Ventura is located at 4910 Telegraph Road.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Tri-Counties, which began in 1985, serves Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties and grants 65 to 80 wishes annually to children affected or who have been affected by debilitating diseases, thanks to the help of a team of 100-plus Volunteer Wish Granters. 

Homeless persons’ memorial service in Ventura

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura will be holding its annual memorial service for the homeless who have died during the last year. The event will be held at Plaza Park in Ventura on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m., sponsored by the church’s Lift Up Your Voice project. Music and refreshments will be provided.

Lift Up Your Voice is a grassroots project of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura building a diverse coalition of people from all walks of life who are committed to preventing and ending homelessness while increasing the overall leadership capacity in Ventura.

In Brief

In Brief

Interfaith vigil for separated immigrant families

More than 5,000 U.S.-citizen children are in foster care because their immigrant parents have been deported. Although administration policies allow discretion in deportation cases, there are still more than 1,000 deportations daily, mostly of parents and others who have no criminal record. Ventura County is trying to keep these families together.

Diverse faith communities from throughout Ventura County, including immigrants and their allies, will come together for an interfaith vigil and celebration of Las Posadas (a Christmas festival re-enacting Jesus’ birth) on Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard. Ventura County joins cities such as Seattle, Portland, Chicago and Philadelphia in a series of National Days of Interfaith Action.

“We are standing for people and families that are being torn apart by the immigration policy,” said the Rev. Dr. Betty Stapleford, clergy chair of Ventura Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.

The interfaith event will stress the importance of family unity and protecting the children, and will highlight the impact of the current inhumane immigration system on children and the need to end deportations that separate families and endanger children. Clergy and lay leaders from across the county, from Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Buddhist and Jewish traditions, will offer blessings at the beginning. The cast of the Las Posadas play will re-enact the Mary and Joseph story in a contemporary setting, exposing the plight of immigrants. Las Posadas, a traditional Latin American Advent celebration, depicts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a refuge in Bethlehem. This year, communities of faith throughout the country have adapted the traditional Posada story of “welcome” to reflect the current plight of families separated by the broken immigration system. For more information, go to


The future of journalism


Diego Magaña

Every once in a while a young kid can do great things and impress a lot of people. Diego Magaña, a 13-year-old from Oxnard, has been selected as one of 32 new Scholastic News Kid Reporters for the 2011-2012 school year. It is “news for kids, by kids,” and it is produced by the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. Between the ages of 10 and 14, they cover stories that include current events, breaking news, entertainment stories and sports events. More than 200 kids applied for this program nationwide this year, and only 32 were selected for their exceptional skills and writing abilities, Diego included.

The new 32 students join the 27 returning students to make 59 student reporters from 31 states to contribute to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps this year to take on the challenging subject of the 2012 election campaign trail, as well as the normal news cycle.

Diego goes to Santa Clara Elementary School and wrote for the school newspaper, the ER Star, or Enrichment Reading Star. His sister found the application for the Scholastic News Press Corps and recommended Diego apply for it. He wrote a story about a gourmet food truck event and was selected as a winner.

Diego does like writing news stories, but he says, “I love music, writing and space.” Someday, he said, he wants to grow up to be a movie script writer or an astronaut. Now, along with the help of some of his favorite teachers, he is soon going to have his own column in the ER Star, writing about school, students, sports and music.

“Everyone inspires me. Even if they don’t teach me, they inspire me in some way,” Diego said. Stories can be found at 




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