The Collection at RiverPark announced last month that Victoria’s Secret will join its line-up of fashion retailers this summer. … We Rock the Spectrum-Simi Valley, a new autism-friendly, sensory-safe kids gym, opened last month in Simi Valley. We Rock the Spectrum, a national franchise, is an all-inclusive, play environment that uses specially-designed equipment to help autistic children improve areas of strength, sensory processing, communication and self-care. …  Arirang Organic Tofu House & Korean BBQ Grill & Bar opened at 394 E. Main St., Ventura. The restaurant specializes in Korean traditional food staples such as bibimbap, tofu soups and Korean style barbeque. … Ventura’s MadeWest Brewing Co. has officially opened. The brewery currently has four beers on tap inside of a 14,000 square foot building on Ventura’s east end, utilizing a 30-barrell brewing system, making it the largest in size brewery in the county. The brewery is located at 1744 Donlon St., Ventura. Visit for more information.  Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park opened Jan. 16 at 2825 Johnson Drive, Ventura. Sky Zone is the creator of the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court and offer popular activities such as Ultimate Dodgeball, Open Jump and SkyRobics for maximum Active Fun.


Top Hat Burger Place at 2050 E. Main St. in Ventura closed after nearly 70 years between its former location in Downtown and most recently in Midtown. It’s in the Sauce is now occupying the space. … Peirano’s at 204 E. Main St. in Ventura closed Jan. 24 and the search for a new tenant to occupy the historic building has begun. Different restaurateurs have occupied the building since 1998, when Jonathon’s at Peirano’s first debuted.

In the name of charity

Over 200 volunteers were honored at the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ventura County’s annual Appreciation Event on Jan. 24. … More than 2,200 winter clothing items of all sizes — up from the 1,500 items collected last year — were donated on Jan. 9 during the annual Winter Festival and Coat Drive to Benefit Casa Pacifica and from collection boxes placed around at different community locations, including new and gently used coats, sweaters, hoodies, mittens/gloves, winter hats, and scarves. … Public Health/California Children’s Services Medical Therapy Program received 41 iPads from Hope’s Haven Children’s Charity. The gift was part of the iPad Project, an effort by the nonprofit to place iPads in hospital pediatric beds and treatment facilities, providing hospitalized children with a means to connect with loved ones, do schoolwork and stay entertained. … The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley recently received a $10,000 donation from Logix Credit Union, a financial institution serving Ventura County. The $10,000 check was presented to the Boys & Girls Clubs at the Marion & John E. Anderson Club in Thousand Oaks.


Buena High School senior Jack Beguelin was awarded the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship by the U.S. Marine Corps. The NROTC Scholarship is a program to educate and train qualified young people as commissioned officers in the Navy or Marine Corps. The scholarships cover 100 percent of the student’s tuition and also include a $750 yearly stipend for textbooks. Beguelin’s scholarship is valued at $180,000; he will attend Oregon State University. … CSUCI’s Student Affairs division has been praised for its diversity, staffing practices and work environment for the second year in a row by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, in partnership with the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at Ohio State University and the American College Personnel Association — College Student Educators International.  Channel Islands is one of 19 universities to receive the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” award.  Ventura College (VC) was named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The recognition makes VC eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, $1 million in prize funds and Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships. Awarded every two years, the prize is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among U.S. community colleges and acknowledges institutions for exceptional student outcomes in student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings and access and success for minority and low-income students.

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