declining bee populations in T.O. 

William Lewis, former president of the California State and Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association and owner of Bill’s Bees Inc., will present a talk titled “Decline of Pollinators Threatens World’s Food Supply” next Wednesday, June 22, at a meeting of the Clean Technology Council in Thousand Oaks.

Bees are most often associated with pollination, but Lewis says that there are many pollinators in the world, many of which are facing the same threats of extinction as the much more publicized plight of the honey-producing insect, including 16 percent of vertebrates such as the bat and the hummingbird.

“Bats, butterflies, moths, birds, and other wildlife that eat the seeds,” said Lewis. “But honeybees are the most important pollinator to our human food supply and that’s because they are easily moved around the country to wherever they’re needed to pollinate a crop.”

Lewis will speak as part of the Council’s series of workshops at Total Wine & More, 394 N. Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, June 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include refreshments. For more information, visit

Asian Pacific American History exhibit arrives in Ventura

In celebration of the more than 17 million Asian Americans whose roots span the globe, the exhibit “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story” will open at the Museum of Ventura County this Saturday as part of a 21-city tour.

The exhibit, created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, explores how Asian Americans have been transformed by the American experience, as well as showcasing how they have transformed America, featuring key moments from American history such as the Gold Rush, construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and a profile of Asian Americans who fought in the Civil War.

The exhibit also touches on the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II.

Artifacts, photos and documents from the Museum of Ventura County, drawn from the archives and local residents, will enhance the experience. A free-to-download e-book will also be available, as well as a free mobile tour app.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 E. Main St. in Ventura. For more information on “I Want the Wide American Earth,” visit

Memorial Ride to take place in honor of military veterans

You may have heard of going hog wild, but have you heard of going hog wild for a cause? California Chapter 1 of the motorcycle club Rolling Thunder Inc. will host the Ricky Burrus Veteran’s Memorial Ride this Saturday, June 18, and anyone with a vehicle is welcome to ride along.

The memorial ride is the club’s primary fundraiser of the year and is also a way in which the club honors military servicemen and -women who have lost their lives in combat. The club will visit several veterans’ memorial sites in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties and end at Twisted Oak Tavern, 30105 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills with music, raffles and vendors.

The ride was named after former Rolling Thunder Inc. charter member Ricky Burrus, who passed away in 2013.

For more information on the ride, visit

Moorpark college launches Junior Safari summer camp

For all of the young would-be zookeepers with no plans for the summer, consider yourselves sorted: America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College’s Junior Safari Summer Camp program begins Monday, June 20, and registration is open now.

Children entering first through sixth grades this fall can apply to the program, which will have them interacting with the zoo’s animal collection while participating in “age-appropriate science-based learning experiences,” including animal presentations and handling.

Themes vary week by week for the various age groups, including “Zookeeping 101” and a week dedicated to “Animal Dream Jobs.”

The camp runs through Aug. 5 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will take place at the zoo located at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark. For more information and to register, visit “Teaching Zoo” at

— Chris O’Neal