Author: Alicia Doyle

LIGHTS, CAMERA, COMMUNITY | Our Ventura TV broadcasts the best of Ventura County

PICTURED: The Our Ventura TV crew, clockwise from bottom left: Sandra Siepak (host), Juan Mancera (cameraman), Michelle Hoover (director), Robin Sanford (assistant director), Christine Mary Ballestero (floor manager) and Monique Nowlin (host). by Alicia Doyle “People doing good things in Ventura County” is the theme of Our Ventura TV, an award-winning, weekly talk-show television series that features stories from nonprofits, community advocates, leaders, artists and organizations who contribute in some way to the Ventura County community.  Typically the show is taped at CAPS Media in Ventura. Due to social distancing rules imposed as a result of COVID-19, however, “all...

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FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE | Local podcasts for news, entertainment and inspiration

PICTURED: Kim Pagano in the studio. by Alicia Doyle With social isolation forcing local residents to remain in the safety of their homes, now is a better time than ever to listen to podcasts that feature captivating content. Several good ones are produced right here in Ventura County, providing a local’s glimpse at the world around us as well as a break from the TV. Consider some of these podcasts for your listening — possibly learning — pleasure. The Kim Pagano Show Hosted by Camarillo resident Kim Pagano, The Kim Pagano Show features “the brighter side of...

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OUT OF STEP | House of Dance struggles to keep its doors open

PICTURED: Students participate in a summer dance party at House of Dance in Ventura. Photo courtesy of Patricia Monico by Alicia Doyle Since opening in 2002, the House of Dance in Ventura has been like a second home to students of all ages who frequent the studio for classes and a sense of camaraderie. Serving children as young as age 7 to older adults in their 80s, the studio has also hosted numerous events, including dance parties, father-daughter dances, birthday parties, bridal and baby showers and weddings. “My landlord is always saying that I’m the hidden gem,” said...

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Make America Sik again | Ventura County riot grrrl act Sik Sik Sicks

PICTURED: From left: Jackson Gallo (drums), Justin McAlister (bass), Madeleine Lucas (vocals and guitar) and Julia Dourthe (lead guitar). Photo courtesy of Lion City Management by Alicia Doyle Before Madeleine Lucas had a band, she was a sweet kid writing sweet “poor me” lyrics about some stupid guy that maybe didn’t like her back, or the hurt she felt over a friend’s disloyalty.  “As I got a little bit older and into high school, things changed,” recalled the 17-year-old junior at Newbury Park High School. “I started to get more angry, outspoken, and basically would just sit in my...

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100 YEARS AND COUNTING | The life and times of Oxnard centenarian Tomie Katsuda

PICTURED: Tomie Katsuda with Sharon Kloeris, instructor for the Sharon’s Sizzlin’ Senior Exercise Class. Photo by Judy Darley by Alicia Doyle At 100 years old, Tomie Katsuda’s secrets for longevity are simple, starting with waking up every day at 7 a.m. “Some people sleep all day — no,” said the centenarian, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 4. Even if it’s Sunday, she doesn’t stay in bed, said her niece, Ruby Ishimoto of Oxnard. “She’s on a regular routine,” Ishimoto said. “She gets up in the morning, has breakfast and goes about her day.” Regular exercise is...

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