Audi’s Hair Studio #2 opened at 795 Camarillo Springs Road, suite C, in Camarillo. The studio offers beauty services. … Grocery Outlet Bargain Market will host a grand opening at 425 Los Angeles Ave. in Moorpark. The extreme-value store offers a variety of products, including fresh produce, meat, beverages, health and beauty care and more. On Sept. 13 at 8:55 a.m., the first 200 customers will receive Grocery Outlet Bargain Bucks gift cards ranging from $5 to $200; from Sept. 13 to Oct. 11, customers may enter for a chance to win a grand prize of free groceries for one year ($100/month for one year, a $1,200 Total). … At The Collection RiverPark in Oxnard: Amazing Lash Studio opened. The salon offers a variety of lash styles with the opportunity to customize looks with several specialty lash options. Amazing Lash Studio was ranked fifth by Entrepreneur Magazine as a top franchise. Captain’s Cajun Boil also opened. The restaurant combines home-style boil options with distinctive Cajun flavors, offering a wide selection of seafood and a variety of brews from local craft brewers in a casual environment. … Anderson Creations held a grand opening at 671 E. Main St. in Ventura. The store offers reclaimed wood furniture, décor and is a local artist consignment shop. … Horizon Veterinary Specialists will host an open house on Sept. 9, 1-4 p.m., at 5280 Valentine Road in Ventura. The small-animal specialty hospital offers 24/7 emergency and trauma services, surgery, ultrasound, critical care, 24-hour ICU hospitalization when needed, and more. … Mestiza Kitchen will open at 2855 Johnson Drive, suite U, in Ventura. The family-owned and -operated eatery and bake house specializes in Filipino fusion food that is prepared from scratch, using fresh ingredients.

Thomas Fire

The Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors, the Ojai Valley Board of Realtors and the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors have allocated nearly $290,000 to residents who were affected by the Thomas Fire and the Montecito mudslides. Nearly $160,000 will be distributed to Ventura and Santa Paula victims, $16,000 to fire victims in the Ojai area and $113,000 for those affected by fires/mudslides in Santa Barbara County. … The 805 UndocuFund, a partnership of Mixteco/Indigenous Community Organizing Project, Central Coast United for a Sustainable Economy and Future Leaders of America, received a $500,000 grant from the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) to help support undocumented immigrants recovering from the Thomas Fire and mudslides. VCCF is providing fundraising and fund administrative support. The McCune Foundation and the Weingart Foundation provided grants for case management and leadership support. The Santa Barbara Foundation and the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation provided additional support for overhead costs.


Lori’s Original Lemonade will now be available in select Cost Plus World Market stores nationwide. Cost Plus World Market decided to offer Lori’s lavender, wild strawberry and original lemonades after recognizing the Ojai beverage company as a sofi award winner at the Specialty Food Association’s 2018 Fancy Food Show.


El Centrito Family Learning Centers relocated its Little Dolphins Early Education Program to a new classroom at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 1800 S. C St. in Oxnard. The program provides high-quality early education opportunities for children ages 2 and 3 years old.


Urban Home is closing. The furniture store in Ventura County has storefront locations in Oxnard, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. After 20 years, the Oxnard-based company will be closing its stores; inventory is on sale for up to 80 percent off.

And the award goes to …

Dawn Dyer of Dyer Sheehan Group Inc. was selected as one of three finalists for the 2018 National Woman Business Owner of the Year award sponsored by Bank of America. Dyer has over 30 years’ experience as a land use expert, market analyst and real estate consultant to public agencies, major corporations and private investors. She is also the founder of the Ventura County Housing Trust Fund, a nonprofit that addresses affordable housing needs of the homeless, veterans, farmworkers and emancipated foster youth. … Kristen Shubert of Vintura Tasting Room and Wine Rack and Lisa Stoll of Explore Wine Tours Company were the winning team at the U.S. Open Blind Wine Tasting competition, which consisted of eight teams of two. Each team blind-tasted six white and six red wines from around the world, gaining points by identifying the primary grape, country of origin, region of origin, vintage and producer. With 129 points out of a possible 291, Shubert and Stoll won First Place and will compete as part of Team USA on Oct. 13 in the World Wine Tasting Championship in France. … The Workforce Development Board of Ventura County (WDB) is seeking nominations for its 2018 Annual WDB Awards; the nomination deadline is Sept. 14. An individual, employer, organization or partnership may be nominated in one or more of the following: the WDB Youth Opportunity Award for providing internships or employment opportunities that will grow and strengthen Ventura County’s future workforce; the WDB Collaborative Action Award for a partnership helping to meet employer workforce needs, improve education/workforce training and/or support business expansion/retention in Ventura County; the WDB Champion for Prosperity Award for supporting workforce development in Ventura County through job creation, job retention, business expansion or business attraction; the WDB Leadership Award for a role model whose efforts or accomplishments embody the spirit and purpose of workforce development in Ventura County. For more information, … Ojai’s Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center (NTNC) was acknowledged by 2020Mom and Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health of North America, in partnership with Postpartum Support International and with support with Denver’s Zoma Foundation. NTNC won the Innovative Programs in Care award; it was recognized for leadership in supporting maternal mental health.

Moving up

Susan Patena was chosen for the board of directors of the New West Symphony. Patena currently works as an asset and legacy giving program specialist at Endowment Horizons where she assists nonprofit organizations in developing their complete financial potential through endowments. She previously served as director of advancement and leadership giving at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. … Jean Getchell was appointed to the Ventura board of Port Commissioners and will serve the last year of the term of Commissioner Nikos Valance, who has resigned; the term expires on June 30, 2019. Getchell is an attorney who served on the Port District board from 1996 to 1999. She specializes in environmental, land use, real property, employment, business and contracts, probate and public law. … Natalie Hernández was selected as the Ventura County assistant public information officer. The bilingual position is aimed at extending the county’s outreach into Spanish-speaking communities and supporting the overall public information program. Hernández has more than 12 years of experience in translating, transcribing and interpreting from English to Spanish and vice versa. She has also taught college-level Spanish and has more than eight years of domestic and international marketing and public relations experience; she has lived in both Mexico and Spain. … Brian Pendleton was named deputy general manager for the Ventura Port District where he will serve as second in command to oversee District operations. Pendleton began in 2015 as business operations manager for the District, leading its economic development strategy and supervising various department managers. … Nine individuals were appointed to the Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) board of directors for 2018-19. Diane de Mailly of DDM Metering Systems Inc. will serve as president. Lynnette Coverly of Coverly Professional Services will serve as president-elect. Elaine Hollifield of Hollifield Creative will serve as immediate past president. Marta Alvarez of YCE Inc. will serve as treasurer. Dawn Dyer of Dyer Sheehan Group Inc. will serve as public policy/advocacy director. Kamie Abraham of Sagemark Consulting will serve as membership director. Natalie Ruffing of Sirens Media will serve as marketing/PR director, and Rose Hayden-Smith of Rose Hayden-Smith Consulting will serve as programs director. … Patrick Nygren was selected as Union Bank’s regional president for Los Angeles and the Central Coast. Nygren has more than 15 years of experience in consumer and small business banking; he most recently served as regional bank president for Wells Fargo. He will oversee the branch and private banking operations of more than 86 branches and 580 employees. … Cohort XXIV joined the Ventura County Leadership Academy for interactive sessions that include infrastructure, education, arts, public safety, transportation, healthcare, agriculture and economic development. Cohort members consist of leaders within the community who aspire to enhance the quality of life within Ventura County.

In the name of charity

Local students were provided with back-to-school clothes by the Pleasant Valley (PV) Lions Club, Amber’s Light Lions Club and a couple of members from the Conejo Valley Club during an adult-supervised shopping spree to Target. The students all attend schools in the Pleasant Valley School District, and some reside at the RAIN Transitional Living Center. Thirty-seven students received $150 gift cards, and nine received $100 gift cards to purchase their new clothes. McDonald’s provided the children and their families with a complimentary breakfast. … The 46th Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show will be held on Oct. 5-7 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W. Harbor Blvd.) in Ventura. With more than 24,000 original works (jewelry, specialty foods, ceramics, seasonal décor, photography, clothing, hand-turned wood, oils, etc.) from hundreds of exhibitors nationwide, the show is recognized as the largest indoor showcase on the West Coast. The event includes live entertainment, contests, a Kidzone with a pumpkin patch, strolling performers, demonstrations and more. Attendees who bring nonperishables for donation to Food Share will receive $2 off admission.


Russell Bradley was selected as the new director of the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) Santa Rosa Island Research Station (SRIRS); SRIRS is a research and education-based program made possible by a partnership between the U.S. National Parks and CSUCI. Bradley is a marine biologist who has spent the last 13 years as the Farallon Islands program leader with Point Blue Conservation Science. … Professor Rolland Petrello was honored by the Moorpark College Academic Senate. Petrello, the department chair for communications studies and media arts at Moorpark College, received the 2018-19 Distinguished Faculty Chair Award. The annual award acknowledges faculty members who have shown exceptional commitment to academic excellence during their careers at the college. … Regina D. Biddings-Muro was named as vice president for university advancement at California Lutheran University (CLU). Biddings-Muro was most recently vice chancellor of institutional advancement at Purdue University Northwest in Indiana. At CLU, she leads a team of about 30 people dedicated to fundraising and alumni relations. … Thomas Aquinas College was acknowledged by The Princeton Review in the 2019 edition of its annual guide, The Best 384 Colleges. Thomas Aquinas College is one of only three Catholic schools recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society to make the list. The college earned scores of 96 out of a possible 99 for academics, 94 for quality of life, 99 for financial aid; and faculty earned 98 for being both “interesting” and “accessible.” It was also one of only 10 schools nationwide and the only Catholic institution on The Princeton Review Financial Aid Honor Roll.


Community Memorial Health System (CMHS) was honored by the American Heart/American Stroke Association for its commitment to the highest standards in stroke care. CMHS received the Gold Plus Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Achievement Award. Community Memorial Hospital has also received the Primary Stroke Center designation from DNV GL Healthcare and the Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency.