Flying B-29 Superfortress coming to Camarillo
FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, will arrive at the Camarillo Airport on Monday, March 2, as part of a World War II display through March 8 at the Commemorative Air Force Southern California facility.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is best known as the airplane whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.
Accompanying aircraft include the CAF SoCal wing’s P-51 Mustang Man O’ War; two very rare fighters, a Supermarine Spitfire and Mitsubishi Japanese Zero; a C-45 Expeditor and several other vintage military airplanes. Visitors may tour the B-29 cockpit and purchase rides in many of the airplanes.
Tours will be available at varying times, March 2 through 8, $5-10. Rides in the bomber are available and range in price from $75 to $1,895. The CAF SoCal Wing and Air Museum is located at 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 482-0064.
Lecture to discuss politics of GMO labeling
Genetically modified organisms will be the subject of a talk at the Simi Valley Public Library this weekend, and lecturer Panda Kroll is hoping for a nuanced debate.
The lecture, “The Great GMO Label Debate – Science, Politics and the Court of Public Opinion,” is part of CSU, Channel Islands’, Lecture Series and will focus on the debate over whether or not to label food products made using modified ingredients.
Kroll, adjunct faculty in the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics at CSUCI for the MBA program and an attorney at Benton, Orr, Duval and Buckingham in Ventura, says that fear can sometimes obscure the facts.
“The FDA has determined that the current crops producing GMOs are not harmful to human health,” said Kroll, who adds that foods labeled organic can’t contain GMO products and that the rising popularity of organics and producers choosing to label products voluntarily should be what drives the movement. “Recently, there has been a huge, huge spike in products that are labeled non-GMO, and these have become very popular.”
This talk in the CSUCI Lecture Series will take place on Monday, March 2, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
Music therapy brings peace to end-of-life care
A new program designed to ease pain, suffering and anxiety in patients admitted to hospice or hospital care utilizes music as a means by which to bring calm to an otherwise turbulent time.
The Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association’s Music Therapy Program is headed by musician and certified licensed therapist Lori Sunshine, who has been practicing her musically inspired therapy for 30 years, and has been at Livingston since January.
“Music therapy is not designed to be entertainment, but that could be a part of it,” said Sunshine. “I’m trained to use music to bring about the best and most positive outcome possible.”
In order to determine which musical style or songs would pair well with the patient, Sunshine will either interview the individual or, if he or she is unable to talk, interview the family or caretakers. Sunshine says that music can bring calming neutrality to a tense situation.
“If everyone is arguing in the room, I’ll find a neutral piece of music or everyone’s favorite and ask them to sing with me, and suddenly there’s a smile on their face,” said Sunshine.
Musical therapy is said to benefit a patient by assisting in pain management and awareness and can even assist in recalling memories.
For more information, visit www.lmvna.org/hospice_care/music-therapy.html.