Local junior lifeguard programs accepting applications

Interested in a cool summer job by the beach someday that could perhaps make a difference in a swimmer’s life? If you’re at least 8 years old, Oxnard and Ventura Junior Lifeguard Programs are currently accepting applications.

The program, sponsored by the Ventura County Harbor Department and California State Parks, offers youth aged 8 to 15 an opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade including rescue techniques, emergency medical first aid, ocean sports activity and more over two sessions.

First-time participants must “try out” prior to being accepted and must be able to swim at least 150 yards in less than four minutes, float or tread for at least two minutes and be able to dive to a depth of 7 feet.

Applications can be picked up at the Ventura County Harbor Department at 3900 Pelican Way, Oxnard or online at bit.ly/VCJuniorLifeguard or for the Ventura program, applications are available at http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27065.

Ventura preservationist aims to save hot dog stand via LEGOs

Don’t worry about treading on these LEGOs, they’re in use. Specifically, a Ventura preservationist has constructed a scale LEGO model of the San Buenaventura Mission in support of the former Top Hat hot dog and burger stand, which faces possible demolition.

LEGO Professional Stephen Schafer says that he began the project after plans were released to build a condominium complex on the site and transform the Top Hat burger location into a walk-up kiosk.

“The Top Hat is classic, roadside Americana. People in 1947 used to hop out of their cars for a hot dog after touring the Mission, and they were still doing it in 2004,” said Schafer.

Schafer says that the LEGO model could help reengage residents with Ventura’s downtown.

Libraries celebrate National Poetry Month with contest

Are you a wiz with words? An Einstein of the English language? Then perhaps grab a pen and paper and give the Ventura County Library System’s haiku poetry contest a whirl.

From April 1 through April 30, the library will be accepting entries in the old familiar 5-7-5 variety, that is, in the form of a Haiku.

Entries should be sent
to your local library,
or online, got it?

Visit tiny.cc/vclhaiku for more information. Winners will receive a prize.