Jai Rhythm Yoga opened at 175 S. Ventura Ave. in Ventura. The studio offers a variety of core classes with instructors who have vast experience in various forms of yoga. … Urbane Café will open its seventh California location on Aug. 1 at 1855 E. Daily Drive in Camarillo (Camarillo Plaza Shopping Center). The health-conscious cafe is well-known for its gourmet sandwiches, hearty salads and hand-carved meats. … Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) invites the public to a free open house event at WEV’s new Ventura Office location on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. The WEV Ventura Office is located at 290 Maple Court, suite 158, Ventura. … Los Angeles-based 24Hr HomeCare recently opened a full-service facility in Oxnard at 2401 E. Gonzales Road, suite 170.  … Santa Barbara’s Salt Water Divas are now active in Ventura County; the budding group is a network of women of all ages who enrich, enlighten and empower other women to enjoy surfing as part of a healthy active lifestyle. For more information, go to


The Wine Rack reopens this Friday, Aug. 2, under new ownership with a wider selection of quality wines by the glass, a larger selection of beers, added seating with live music every Saturday and Sunday. Open seven days a week, new extended hours are Monday-Thursday 2 to 10p.m. Friday and Saturday noon to midnight and Sunday noon-6 p.m. … Books for Cooks has moved to 2682 E. Main St. in Ventura, inside the Abednego Book Shoppe. The store will be giving out a free cookbook on Aug.23 and 24 to each person who comes into the store during business hours (9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.). Books for Cooks offers a vast selection of regional and international cookbooks from the 1800s to the present.

And the award goes to …

Diane Loring, the executive director of Women Involved in Sports Evolution (WISE), recently won three gold medals and a bronze at the 2013 Taekwondo National Championships in Chicago; there were more than 6,000 competitors registered for the tournament. For the past 13 years, Loring has been training at Double Dragon Taekwondo with owner Master Huynh. … Tim Hockett, the executive director of Community Action of Ventura County, has earned the Certified Community Action Professional credential from Community Action Partnership (CAP). He is one of only 40 individuals nationwide who received the national certification for outstanding work with low-income people and families. CAP will honor Hockett and the other recipients on August 29 in Chicago. … Paralegal Maria Godinez was named Paralegal of the Year by the Ventura County Paralegal Association. Since 2008, Godinez has worked mainly in the probate and estate planning department of Oxnard’s Arnold LaRochelle Mathews VanConas & Zirbel LLP (A to Z Law) firm. … A to Z Law was ranked as one of 2013’s Top Ranked Law Firms in California by national attorney ranking service Martindale Hubbell. The firm is being recognized for the second year in a row and is one of only four firms in Ventura County to make the list.

Moving up

Andrew Powers, acting assistant city manager for the city of Thousand Oaks, was permanently inducted into the position by City Manager Scott Mitnick. Powers has been with the city for six years and is credited with modernizing its communication and branding efforts and incorporating innovative technologies throughout. … Bruce Stenslie, CEO and president of the Economic Development Collaborative — Ventura County, has been elected chair of the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) board of directors. Stenslie has more than 20 years’ experience in workforce and economic development that he can utilize in guiding the board. … Rebekah Evans is the new executive director of the Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA), working to attract tourists and business travelers to Oxnard, Ventura and Camarillo. Evans has almost 30 years of both nonprofit and for-profit management and marketing experience, previously serving as president/CEO of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, Moorpark Chamber of Commerce and vice-president of marketing/sales for Bridal Expo Inc. … The Channel Islands YMCA recently named Margo Byrne as chief operations officer and Amy Bailey Jurewicz was promoted to her vacated seat as executive director of the Ventura Family YMCA. … John Demers was appointed as the new chief operations officer for the Port of Hueneme. Demers recently retired from the Navy after more than 20 years of service and begins his new position with experience in operations and logistics. … Commissioner Jim Friedman and Bruce E. Smith were appointed to the Ventura Port District Board of Port Commissioners. Smith is the newest member while Friedman was reappointed to a new four-year term. The terms both end in 2017.

In the name of charity

Well-known waste and recycling company Republic Services of Oxnard and nonprofit Community Among Friends (CAF) recently raised more than $32,000 at a fundraising event and awarded the funds to five local charities. The donations were awarded at CAF’s annual Awards Luncheon; FOOD Share, Big Brothers Big Sisters Ventura County, The Salvation Army of Oxnard/Port Hueneme and the National Association Against Child Cruelty received $7,200 each while Gull Wings Children’s Museum received $3,600 and was named as the 2013 Charity Challenge Winner, and 5th Street Steak and Seafood was recognized as the Gourmet Restaurant Winner. … Friends of Channel Coast State Parks  (FCCSP), the nonprofit that serves the Channel Coast district of the California State Parks, launched a new series of photography workshops in Santa Barbara and western Ventura County. A portion of each class fee will be donated back to FCCSP, and scholarships will also be offered to young aspiring photographers. Classes will be led by Mark and Holly Higbee-Jansen of Jansen Photographic Expeditions.


California Lutheran University (CLU) class of 2013 elected Michael McCambridge as Professor of the Year and Rahuldeep Gill as the Cultural Diversity Professor of the Year. With 44 years of teaching, McCambridge is an associate professor of education and director of the liberal studies program and a recipient of the same award in 2009 as well as the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. Gill is an assistant professor of religion and associate director of CLU’S Center for Equality and Justice and a second-time recipient of the award for deepening his students’ appreciation of diversity and inspiring them to be more understanding and compassionate. … CLU students elected Andre Andoyan to be the president of the Associated Students of CLU Government (ASCLU) for the 2013-14 school year, serving as the primary liaison between the students and faculty and staff. Andoyan is a business administration major who previously served as ASCLU Senate director and is currently interning for a Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge.


The Port of Hueneme achieved the best cargo year in its 76-year history, with an increase in import/export trade; the total tonnage for 2012-13 fiscal year increased by 9.2 perecnt compared to 2011-12, with the success credited not only to the Port’s customers but to its business development teams.


Gold Coast Transit (GCT) celebrated 40 years of service in Ventura County with a facility tour, special speakers/presentations and a memorabilia exhibit. GCT carries more than 3.5million passengers annually on its 19 bus routes using a fleet of 54 clean-burning buses. … Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme (NSWC PHD) commemorated 50 years as the Navy’s in-service engineering agent for surface combat and weapons system. NSWC provides test and evaluation and integrated logistics support to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and many foreign navy fleets.