Bike HUB opened at Two Rivers Park, 100 D St. in Fillmore. The store is a collaboration between nonprofit BikeVentura and the Fillmore Parks and Recreation Department. Bike HUB is a do-it-together community bicycle shop and secondhand bike thrift store that is staffed by master mechanics and volunteers. … Forever 21 opened at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard. The store offers cutting-edge fashion and chic trends, accessories and beauty products at great deals. The 16,182-square-foot store is located between H&M and Cotton On. … Grocery Outlet Bargain Market is opening its first store with a grand opening event on Nov. 11 at 9372 Telephone Road in Ventura, creating more than 25 new jobs in the community. The ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9, will feature a donation of $1,000 in Grocery Outlet Gift Cards to FOOD Share, Ventura County’s Food Bank, as well as a donation presentation to Autism Society Ventura County. Grocery Outlet carries a full range of products, from fresh produce, meat, deli and dairy to a wide assortment of natural and organic choices. … Kids & Families Together (KFT) will celebrate the opening of its new center on Nov. 9, 4-5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and open house at 864 Santa Clara St. in Ventura. KFT is a nonprofit that provides support, education and counseling services for individuals and families in foster care, kinship care and adoption, for the preservation of families and the physical, emotional and mental health of children. The center will serve as headquarters for KFT operations and will also house children’s therapy rooms and training facilities. … Sole Purpose opened at 433 E. Main St., suite 5, in Ventura. The store specializes in current shoe styles and features local handcrafted artisan accessories for everyday life.


BikeVentura will move its primary operations to 490 N. Ventura Ave. in Ventura on Nov. 20. The new space is nearly thrice the size of the current location and will allow the nonprofit organization to support more cyclists. Following the move, BikeVentura will continue to use the location at 1150 NV. Ventura Ave in Ventura for its education program and as an auxiliary space. The nonprofit will host a space preview and fundraising party at 490 N. Ventura Ave. in Ventura on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the expansion. For more information,


The Ventura County Alzheimer’s Association (VCAA) regional office will be closed beginning Monday, Oct. 30, and reopen on Friday, Nov. 3. For urgent support at that time, contact the VCAA 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900. The office will relocate to 2580 E. Main St., suite 201 in Ventura. The office phone number will remain the same, as will all the programs and services. For more information and updates, visit


Formerly known as Digs, under new ownership, Forage is located at 25 Baldwin Road in Ojai. The flower shop offers florals picked from west coast flower farms and styled in natural elements found within Ojai Valley and beyond. … The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy has changed its name to Ventura Land Trust. The new name was adopted on Sept. 14; the board of trustees and staff reportedly felt that with increasing diversity of projects, membership, business partnerships and funding, the new name better reflected the organization’s mission and growing scope of work.

And the award goes to …

Jaime Bordenave and Barbara Macri-Ortiz were the recipients of Community Development Awards from the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) at its 35th anniversary gala celebration. Bordenave is the founder/president of The Communities Group and first executive director of Cabrillo Improvement Associations. Macri-Ortiz is an attorney and housing rights advocate. … Martine Colette was honored by the Moorpark College Foundation and the Exotic Animal Training Management program at Moorpark College during the sixth annual Rendezvous at the Zoo fundraising event. Colette received the Platinum Paw Award, which is given to recognize one’s dedication and ongoing support of America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. … Dr. Ramon Flores was chosen as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Champion by the Ventura County STEM Network’s steering committee. Flores is the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) STEM outreach coordinator, and he is recognized for his continuous commitment and support of STEM learning in Ventura County. NSWC PHD was also acknowledged as a Corporate Champion. Flores and NSWC PHD were honored at the STEM Network’s annual celebration of STEM learning, STEMt

Anthony Angelini

astic!Stephanie Wilson and Anthony Angelini will be acknowledged by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter at the 30th annual National Philanthropy Day Award Luncheon. Wilson is a cultural affairs commissioner for the city of Thousand Oaks and she is vice president of Development for Partners in Care Foundation, an organization that mostly works with low-income, frail elderly people. She has been raising funds since 1997 for various issues and will be recognized as Outstanding Professional Fundraiser. Angelini is a resident of Newbury Park who is currently a student at UCLA. He has been heavily involved as a humanitarian and activist since the age of six when he donated his birthday presents to the victims of 9/11. Angelini will be honored as Outstanding Youth Volunteer. … The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) gave Steve Spira with Cypress Place of Ventura, an Integral Senior Living community, with the Outstanding Executive Director award at the Fall Conference & Trade Show in Rancho Mirage. CALA chooses recipients of these awards based on their commitment to providing outstanding, quality care and service to residents in the communities where they work.  … Attorney Joseph L. Strohman Jr. has been recognized by the Ventura County Bar Association (VCBA). Strohman was named as 2017’s Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award recipient for his 30-plus years’ commitment to public service to the community. He practices at Ventura County law firm Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP and has served as past president of the VCBA and past multi-term member of its board of directors and on the board of trustees of Ventura County Legal Aid Inc. … Simi Valley Ford was recognized by the NAACP Ventura County Chapter at its annual Freedom Fund Banquet. The dealership received the Community Empowerment — Corporate Award in honor of its service to the community. Over the last 16 years, the dealership has directly raised funds, hosted food and toy drives for various causes as well as been a major supporter/sponsor for many local nonprofits.


Moving up

Mike Fitzgerald

Mike Fitzgerald was selected for the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. Fitzgerald is the president of Camarillo’s Performance Group, the premier authorized dealer for Xerox multifunction printers. He joined the NSBA Leadership Council as part of his efforts to undertake the significant issues facing small business such as tax reform, regulatory restraint, healthcare costs and how the proposed tax reform will impact small business. … Sara Whatley, D.O., will join Dignity Health Medical Group at 5051 Verdugo Way in Camarillo. Whatley is a family medicine physician who has been serving the Ventura County community for more than five years. She is currently booking appointments for new patients at the multispecialty clinic. She begins practice in Camarillo on Nov. 3. … Dr. Greg Gillespie and Ysabel Trinidad joined the Economic Development Collaborative — Ventura County board of directors. Gillespie is the chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District. He has worked for more than 24 years in the community college system and has served in faculty, director, dean, vice president and president positions at four community colleges in Arizona, California and Washington. Trinidad is vice president for finance and administration at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI). She previously served as vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She has more than 30 years of leadership experience in finance and operations in higher education. … Attorneys Darryl Hottinger, David Loy and Mindee Stekkinger were each promoted from associate to partner at the Oxnard office of law firm Beach Cowdrey Jenkins LLP. Hottinger heads the firm’s law and motions department, managing critical motions, writs and appeals. He previously practiced civil litigation and appellate law at firms in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Loy typically works on cases involving personal injury, elder and dependent adult abuse, sexual abuse and administrative appeals. He specializes in litigating wrongful death and catastrophic injury and has participated in numerous lawsuits involving multimillion-dollar demands and has particular strength and understanding of such high-exposure cases. Stekkinger’s current focus is on the defense of health care and human service providers against claims of personal injury, wrongful death, negligence, sexual abuse and elder and dependent abuse. Her practice areas have included personal injury, construction defect, real estate, general civil litigation and insurance policy enforcement. … Attorney Joshua S. Hopstone has been promoted to partner at Ventura County’s Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP. The change will be effective Jan. 1, 2018. Hopstone’s practice is mostly complex business and real estate-related; he is also an accomplished appellate advocate. He regularly volunteers his time pro bono at Ventura County Legal Aid, currently serves on the board of directors of the Ventura County Bar Association, is president of Ventura County Barristers, a member of Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association and the Chamber of Commerce. … Mike Orman is the Bank of Sierra’s newest market president of Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles Counties. Orman will oversee operations at each of the bank’s branches in Fillmore, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Santa Paula and Ventura. He will also be responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships within his market and ensuring that his community members always receive the best possible experience and highest level of financial support available. … Lysa Urban joined Consortium Media as a public relations correspondent. Urban’s role in the communications firm will be fostering community relations and facilitating public relations campaigns from strategy to implementation. She was most recently the public information officer for the city of Ventura. … Yissel Barajas, Betsy Chess, William Kearney, Gordon Kimball, Leslie Leavens, Al Lowe, Kate McLean, Richard Rush, Mike Sedell, Jim Scanlon and Peter T. Zierhut were elected as the new board of directors for the Museum of Ventura County. The board is expected to direct the museum’s fundraising, exhibits and programming, connecting the community with history and culture.

In the name of charity

Karyn 805

The Citizens Advisory Committee of the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility received 60 books from the Ventura County Reading Association to help support and expand a program encouraging incarcerated youth to voice-record themselves reading a book to their children or other members of their families. … The CEDC raised nearly $140,000 during its 35th anniversary gala. The funds will aid in furthering the organization’s mission toward affordable housing, financial literacy education and counseling, and meaningful programs for its more than 4,000 low-income residents. … The BGCOP received a $25,000 grant from the Ventura County Community Foundation to support the Club’s sustainability and fundraising. The VCCF grand was funded by the A.A. and Jeanne W. Milligan Fund. … VinTura Tasting Room and Wine Rack raised $750 for the Ventura Cancer Resource Center. The fundraising event included music by Karyn 805, a cancer survivor, who contributed her entire tip jar. VinTura donated 25 percent of total sales for the day and celebrated with JCB Rose champagne, selling PINK bottles at 50 percent off. … Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture (SEEAG) received an $8,000 grant from the Schwemm Family Foundation. The grant will support SEEAG’s Ventura County Childhood Wellness Initiative, whereby children learn the importance of eating diverse fruits and vegetables to ensure overall health and wellness. … The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s Fall Prevention Program received $50,000 from Camarillo’s Gold Coast Health Plan. The funds will be used to continue efforts to address the crisis of fall incidents throughout Ventura County.


CSUCI received a $59,955 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in support of the collaborative project “Crossing the Channel: An Inquiry-based Expedition.” The project is a year-long series of classes focusing on the local environment and the ocean that pairs Oxnard middle school students with CSUCI professors and undergraduates in the Environmental Science and Resource Management and Education programs. … Aaron Ferguson was the recipient of the Milken Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. The award, noted by Teacher magazine as the “Oscars of Teaching,” recognizes outstanding educators who are committed to continually guiding, supporting and/or helping improve their students’ futures. Ferguson is a science teacher and director of the Academy of Business at Pacifica High School in Oxnard, where he trains future entrepreneurs. He is the first recipient of the $25,000 Milken Educator Award in the Oxnard Union High School District since 1999. … Taylor Penny received a full tuition scholarship from the BGCOP to attend the University of Phoenix. The University partners with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide full tuition scholarships to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree to Clubs staff, parents and alumni. Penny is BGCOP’s membership coordinator and a longtime member of the club. The scholarship will assist her as she pursues her Master of Business Administration degree. … The Oxnard School District held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction commencement of the new classroom building at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School at 2900 Thurgood Marshall Drive in Oxnard. The two-story classroom building will be designed to meet interim sixth- to eighth-grade level capacity needs until a new middle school is constructed. Construction is scheduled to be completed in summer of 2018.