Biz Buzz

Opening
GameTime, manufacturer of commercial playground equipment, outdoor equipment, outdoor fitness equipment and custom playscapes opened a Play Trail at 6968 E. Camarillo Springs Road (Grove Park) in Camarillo. The Play Trail combines nature-themed play pockets with educational signage to encourage children and families to rediscover the natural environment. … Rubber Neck Signs opened at 2393 Teller Road, suite 105, in Newbury Park. The family-owned sign company offers various types of printing (solvent, latex, graphic design, business branding, etc.), vehicle wraps, banners, lawn signs and more. … Honey Cup Coffee Bar opened at 3500 S. Harbor Blvd. (Channel Islands Harbor) in Oxnard. The bistro serves a variety of coffee and other drinks (hot, iced, etc.), eggs, waffles, sandwiches and more. … HeyMISTER! opened at 433 E. Main St., #6, in Ventura. The men’s store sells new and used clothing, ties, jewelry and more. … Mondos Beach Break will host its grand opening on July 4 at 377 E. Main St. in Ventura. It is a retail surf shop and eatery that serves food and hand-crafted beers. … Valvoline Instant Oil Change opened at 1875 E. Thompson Ave. in Ventura. The facility has cutting-edge tools and a well-trained team of technicians to provide convenient car maintenance services, including the “15-minute drive-thru oil change.” … Ventura Pop Up Yoga is offering its services at changing locations in Ventura with a mission to bring yoga to all levels and ages, have fun and foster a sense of community by physically removing the walls and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Visit Ventura Pop Up Yoga on Facebook for more information.
And the award goes to …
Michael Case, Theodore England, Wendy Lasher and David Shain were recognized as Super Lawyers, a rating service that acknowledges attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. All four attorneys are partners at the firm Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP. … Underwood Family Farms was named 44th Assembly District Small Business of the Year by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, at the 2015 California Small Business Day in Sacramento.


Assembywoman Jacqui Irwin, center,
with Sara Jane and Craig Underwood

… The Collection at RiverPark won silver at the MAXI Awards in Las Vegas for The Collection News Network in the Social Media/Digital in the New Media/Emerging Technology category. The MAXI Awards are hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centersand recognize innovative events, programs and technology that add value to shopping centers/companies. … Every Now and Then Theatre and Conejo Players Theatre’s performance of “Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story” was aired as a 60-minute drama five times on NewsTalk, 1590 KVTA, and subsequently honored at the New York Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs. It received three awards, including the highest honor, a Gold Trophy Award.
Moving up
Kara Partridge Ralston was named as the chief executive officer of the Camarillo HealthCare District. Ralston was appointed by a unanimous board decision; she has worked for the district for 17 years. … Gregory Suita and Veronica Quintana have been appointed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (BGCOP) board of directors. Suita is a business development strategist and Quintana is a certified public accountant and chartered global management accountant. …


Christine Schieferle

Christine Schieferle was elected as the new assistant superintendent of educational services for the Santa Paula Unified School District. Schieferle was previously the director of curriculum and instruction at the Ventura County Office of Education. … Actor and philanthropist Billy Baldwin and community advocate Joyce Howerton joined the KCLU Advisory board, where they will help develop long-range plans and coordinate fundraising efforts for the National Public Radio station.
In the name of charity
The BGCOP received $3,425 from the donations raised by the Whole Foods Market store during its Community Support Day. On that day each year, Whole Foods donates 5 percent of its net sales to a local nonprofit or educational organization. … The Channel Islands Bicycle Club (CIBC) was awarded a Certificate of Recognition as a Partner in Public Safety by Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams. CIBC had presented the Oxnard Police Department with $2,500 to help fund the Oxnard Neighbors United Project, which focuses on bicycle safety programs for neighborhood youth. … The Coalition for Family Harmony received $10, 000 from the Rebozo Festival, a benefit created to raise funds for Ventura County nonprofits. The funds will be used for services and programs that assist Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence. … Parkview Elementary School received $9,992 from the California Coastal Commission. The funds will go to fourth-grade students to take a series of marine education field trips. … Harrison Hugs Inc. was awarded more than $15,000 worth of automated external defibrillators (AED) by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Harrison will donate the lifesaving devices to the Simi Valley Unified School District to ensure schools have functional AEDs on hand at all times. … Thirteen local workforce development and education nonprofits in Ventura and Santa Barbara were awarded $66,500 by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The grants are part of Bank of America’s focus on employment opportunities and preparing the under-employed and the next generation of workers with the skills needed for careers in the evolving workforce. … Ventura Friends of the Library (VFOL) donated $60,000 to Ventura County Library services for Ventura libraries and formally presented Foster Library’s new Learning Center, most of the materials for which were also paid for by the VFOL.

Education
Doug Kidwell was named June’s Teacher of the Month by the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation. Kidwell has been teaching for 17 years and serves as an instructor and department leader for Pacific High School’s English and physical education programs. He was honored for his dedication both in and out of the classroom. … CLU received $2.28 million estate gift from Darlene and Wilbert Carlson, the parents of an alumna, to advance programs in three fields (ministry, science and education) that were important to the family. The funds will help pay for an ongoing faculty lead for youth/family ministry in the theology and Christian leadership degree program, expand the science center, establish a fellowship program in chemical sciences and expand the Wilbert and Darlene Carlson Scholarship program. … Eight students in Ventura County received a total of $23,500 in grants from UnitedAg’s Agribusiness Education Foundation. The students submitted essays in response to an agricultural question and were awarded scholarship award amounts based on their applications and rankings. …
Tourism
On July 1, Port Hueneme hoteliers joined the Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA), a tourism business-improvement district whose efforts are aimed toward the cities of “Ventura County West.” The cities of Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura approved the renewal of the tourism district they had created in 2011 and renamed it the Ventura County West Tourism Business Improvement District after the addition of Port Hueneme. Working with VCLA, the goal is to promote the areas through print, electronic, broadcast and online media, social media, travel events and public relations.

Biz Buzz

Biz Buzz

 

Opening
GameTime, manufacturer of commercial playground equipment, outdoor equipment, outdoor fitness equipment and custom playscapes opened a Play Trail at 6968 E. Camarillo Springs Road (Grove Park) in Camarillo. The Play Trail combines nature-themed play pockets with educational signage to encourage children and families to rediscover the natural environment. … Rubber Neck Signs opened at 2393 Teller Road, suite 105, in Newbury Park. The family-owned sign company offers various types of printing (solvent, latex, graphic design, business branding, etc.), vehicle wraps, banners, lawn signs and more. … Honey Cup Coffee Bar opened at 3500 S. Harbor Blvd. (Channel Islands Harbor) in Oxnard. The bistro serves a variety of coffee and other drinks (hot, iced, etc.), eggs, waffles, sandwiches and more. … HeyMISTER! opened at 433 E. Main St., #6, in Ventura. The men’s store sells new and used clothing, ties, jewelry and more. … Mondos Beach Break will host its grand opening on July 4 at 377 E. Main St. in Ventura. It is a retail surf shop and eatery that serves food and hand-crafted beers. … Valvoline Instant Oil Change opened at 1875 E. Thompson Ave. in Ventura. The facility has cutting-edge tools and a well-trained team of technicians to provide convenient car maintenance services, including the “15-minute drive-thru oil change.” … Ventura Pop Up Yoga is offering its services at changing locations in Ventura with a mission to bring yoga to all levels and ages, have fun and foster a sense of community by physically removing the walls and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Visit Ventura Pop Up Yoga on Facebook for more information.

And the award goes to …
Michael Case, Theodore England, Wendy Lasher and David Shain were recognized as Super Lawyers, a rating service that acknowledges attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. All four attorneys are partners at the firm Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP. … Underwood Family Farms was named 44th Assembly District Small Business of the Year by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, at the 2015 California Small Business Day in Sacramento.


Assembywoman Jacqui Irwin, center,
with Sara Jane and Craig Underwood

… The Collection at RiverPark won silver at the MAXI Awards in Las Vegas for The Collection News Network in the Social Media/Digital in the New Media/Emerging Technology category. The MAXI Awards are hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers and recognize innovative events, programs and technology that add value to shopping centers/companies. … Every Now and Then Theatre and Conejo Players Theatre’s performance of “Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story” was aired as a 60-minute drama five times on NewsTalk, 1590 KVTA, and subsequently honored at the New York Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs. It received three awards, including the highest honor, a Gold Trophy Award.

Moving up
Kara Partridge Ralston was named as the chief executive officer of the Camarillo HealthCare District. Ralston was appointed by a unanimous board decision; she has worked for the district for 17 years. … Gregory Suita and Veronica Quintana have been appointed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme (BGCOP) board of directors. Suita is a business development strategist and Quintana is a certified public accountant and chartered global management accountant. …


Christine Schieferle

Christine Schieferle was elected as the new assistant superintendent of educational services for the Santa Paula Unified School District. Schieferle was previously the director of curriculum and instruction at the Ventura County Office of Education. … Actor and philanthropist Billy Baldwin and community advocate Joyce Howerton joined the KCLU Advisory board, where they will help develop long-range plans and coordinate fundraising efforts for the National Public Radio station.

In the name of charity
The BGCOP received $3,425 from the donations raised by the Whole Foods Market store during its Community Support Day. On that day each year, Whole Foods donates 5 percent of its net sales to a local nonprofit or educational organization. … The Channel Islands Bicycle Club (CIBC) was awarded a Certificate of Recognition as a Partner in Public Safety by Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams. CIBC had presented the Oxnard Police Department with $2,500 to help fund the Oxnard Neighbors United Project, which focuses on bicycle safety programs for neighborhood youth. … The Coalition for Family Harmony received $10, 000 from the Rebozo Festival, a benefit created to raise funds for Ventura County nonprofits. The funds will be used for services and programs that assist Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence. … Parkview Elementary School received $9,992 from the California Coastal Commission. The funds will go to fourth-grade students to take a series of marine education field trips. … Harrison Hugs Inc. was awarded more than $15,000 worth of automated external defibrillators (AED) by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Harrison will donate the lifesaving devices to the Simi Valley Unified School District to ensure schools have functional AEDs on hand at all times. … Thirteen local workforce development and education nonprofits in Ventura and Santa Barbara were awarded $66,500 by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The grants are part of Bank of America’s focus on employment opportunities and preparing the under-employed and the next generation of workers with the skills needed for careers in the evolving workforce. … Ventura Friends of the Library (VFOL) donated $60,000 to Ventura County Library services for Ventura libraries and formally presented Foster Library’s new Learning Center, most of the materials for which were also paid for by the VFOL.

Education
Doug Kidwell was named June’s Teacher of the Month by the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation. Kidwell has been teaching for 17 years and serves as an instructor and department leader for Pacific High School’s English and physical education programs. He was honored for his dedication both in and out of the classroom. … CLU received $2.28 million estate gift from Darlene and Wilbert Carlson, the parents of an alumna, to advance programs in three fields (ministry, science and education) that were important to the family. The funds will help pay for an ongoing faculty lead for youth/family ministry in the theology and Christian leadership degree program, expand the science center, establish a fellowship program in chemical sciences and expand the Wilbert and Darlene Carlson Scholarship program. … Eight students in Ventura County received a total of $23,500 in grants from UnitedAg’s Agribusiness Education Foundation. The students submitted essays in response to an agricultural question and were awarded scholarship award amounts based on their applications and rankings. …

Tourism
On July 1, Port Hueneme hoteliers joined the Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA), a tourism business-improvement district whose efforts are aimed toward the cities of “Ventura County West.” The cities of Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura approved the renewal of the tourism district they had created in 2011 and renamed it the Ventura County West Tourism Business Improvement District after the addition of Port Hueneme. Working with VCLA, the goal is to promote the areas through print, electronic, broadcast and online media, social media, travel events and public relations.

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