Author: Alicia Doyle

HALL OF CHAMPIONS | Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame recognizes a rich athletic legacy

PICTURED: California Lutheran University serves as the home of the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame, where a permanent exhibit featuring some inductee plaques can be seen on the second floor of the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center. <em>Photo courtesy of Alicia Doyle and Brian FitzGerald</em> Ventura County is home to some of the greatest athletic talent of all time, including Clarence “Bud” Houser, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in shot put and discus who was a student at Oxnard High, where Houser Field was named in his honor; and track star Mike Larrabee, winner of two gold medals...

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POMEGRANATE POWER | Food Forward’s Harvest Change program centers on the fall fruit to reduce food waste

by Alicia Doyle alicia@aliciadoyle.com Pomegranates will be the star of the show this month when food and drink companies in Ventura County create a special menu item for Food Forward’s Harvest Change program. A portion of the sale from these custom items, which will include dishes and desserts featuring the pomegranate, will support Food Forward’s mission to reduce food waste and fight hunger. Michelle Kenney, owner and executive chef at La Dolce Vita in Oxnard, is just one of many local restauranteurs participating in Harvest Change. She created three items: a spinach salad with pomegranate seeds and vinaigrette; a...

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WHAT WE HAVE NOT LEARNED | Holocaust survivors reflect on the state of the world, from WWII until today

PICTURED: Holocaust survivors Lea Radziner and Harry Davids spoke at the L’Dough V’Dough program at Congregation B’nai Emet in Simi Valley. <em>Photo by Alicia Doyle</em> Is history destined to repeat itself? Did we learn anything from the Holocaust or other atrocities, like the Armenian genocide that exterminated 700,000 to 1.5 million Armenians or, more recently, the Rwandan genocide in 1994, when 70 percent of the Tusti population was wiped out? According to two Holocaust survivors, Harry Davids and Lea Radziner, history always repeats itself, things are not getting better anytime soon, and we haven’t learned much. “Have people learned?...

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SENIOR SPIRIT | Older adults go for the gold at the Moorpark Senior Games

Pictured: Denny Aten and Michael Jantzen play Pickleball. Photo by Alicia Doyle Older adults seem to be getting younger and younger these days, with people like 73-year-old Denny Aten, of Moorpark, who plays Pickleball several days a week along with his teammate, Michael Jantzen, 69, of Newbury Park. As one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, Pickleball tends to attract older players because the game offers aerobic exercise without much risk of injury, and may also ward off depression, according to new studies on the benefits of the game. Aten’s reasons for playing are simple. “It’s...

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VROOM! | Ventura Nationals car show this weekend

PICTURED: Vintage Cadillac. Photo by Larry Spoerlein Hot rod, motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts will see more than 700 of these beauties on display at the 17th annual Ventura Nationals on Aug. 31 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, where guests can also buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a 1959 Chevy El Camino. The event is a “traditional-inspired hot rod, custom car and vintage motorcycle show that welcomes the entire family to come see classic cars and enjoy the lifestyle,” said Aaron Stein, promoter of the show along with his wife, Holly. Additionally, the Ventura Nationals “offers...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia

    August 22 @ 8:00 am - October 23 @ 8:00 pm
  2. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    October 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 8:30 pm
  3. Taylor Tomlinson Headlines Levity Live

    October 17 @ 8:00 pm - October 20 @ 9:30 pm
  4. Ojai Pops Orchestra- Free Community Concert

    October 20 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  5. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    October 21 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  6. Dancer’s Body Barre

    October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. FREE SCREENING Roll Red Roll with local panel talk back

    October 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  8. The Innovative Vision of Poet Dana Gioia: American Poetry and Public Life

    October 23 @ 4:00 pm
  9. Career Education Programs Open House

    October 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  10. Drum Night

    October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm