Author: VCR Staff

KINDNESS CORNER | A masked snowman and Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

”Shift the frequency of the planet” On Sept. 29, a small troop gathered at the snowman on Burnham Road in Oak View. A fairly famous character locally, the Burnham Road concrete snowman is now masked and costumed for the pandemic following a moment of inspiration.  Lucy McDaniel, known to many in her previous role as children’s hair stylist Lucy in the Sky, was inspired by a teary-eyed question from her 10-year-old grandson, Tucker Wheatley.  “He was worried about Santa Claus,” said McDaniel, adding that Tucker asked “Will he have to wear a COVID mask when he comes down the...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Mosquito control ahead of rainy season

Aedes aegypti mosquito, a day biting species. Credit: CDC/James Gathany by David Goldstein According to, the rainy season in Ventura County usually starts this week and lasts 6.6 months, peaking in February. Although Ventura County has been hot and dry recently, now is a good time to start preventing mosquito breeding, a problem usually coming in tandem with our wet season.  According to Cary Svoboda, Vector Control Program Lead with the Ventura County Environmental Health Division, small, day-biting, invasive Aedes mosquitoes were recently found in several cities in Ventura County. The problem will get much worse if we do...

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IN BRIEF | Oct. 15, 2020

Pictured: Grants applications for boating safety and on the water education programs are now being accepted by California Division of Boating and Waterways.  WEV gives Trailblazer award Women’s Economic Ventures is awarding the Trailblazer Award to Brenda Allison in recognition of her work founding two local insurance agencies and serving as CEO of Coast General Insurance Brokers.  The award is given each year to a local businesswoman that has demonstrated passion, commitment, vision and grit. This year, the award will be given at WEV’s annual fundraising event, Empowerment is Priceless, to be held virtually on Oct. 15.  Allison is...

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HAPPENINGS | Oct. 15-22, 2020

STROKE OF LUCK Streaming now. The Simi Valley Virtual Arts Center presents the first in its online cabaret series featuring a musical dramedy about one woman’s stroke and recovery. Starring Farley Cadena. Photo by Glover-Burk Photography.  Thursday – Oct. 15 INSTAGRAM FOR AUTHORS 11 a.m. One of two masterclasses offered by the Writers and Publishers Network. Mandy Jackson-Beverly will cover creating an instagram account, finding followers, the details of hashtags, posting and connecting with readers, book blogger, reviewers and other authors. $20. To learn more about either webinar or to register, visit FREE COMMUNITY SEMINAR SERIES 12 –...

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POWER TO SPEAK | Support the PUBLIC Lands Act

Pictured: The wildflower bloom at Carrizo Plain National Monument. Photo by Kimberly Rivers. by Alison Huyett As an avid runner and mountain biker, I can’t believe how lucky I am to live in Ventura. In less than 30 minutes, I can drive from my house to Los Padres National Forest and the Topa Topa Mountains and access beautiful trails and breathtaking views. On my morning runs I’ve spotted many different kinds of wildlife (including a bobcat!), and I’m grateful we can all experience wilderness and protected wildlife habitat so close to town. The coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing wildfire...

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