Author: Chris O'Neal

TO THE MOON AND BACK | Ventura County astronomers look to the skies on 50th anniversary of moon landing

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step on the moon. As they touched down on the lunar surface, Armstrong famously delivered words that would echo through the ages: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Fifty years later, on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, celebrations are being held around the world, including in Moorpark, where organizers are hoping to rekindle the awe of the moment. On Saturday, July 20, the Ventura County Astronomical Society (VCAS) will host an Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary...

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INFINITY AND BEYOND | Andres Salazar hosts gallery of eclectic comic art in Ventura

Andres Salazar has been in a Wild West shootout and he’s careened through space on a fantastic ship piloted by a teddy bear. Now, his grandest task: hosting an art show featuring his varied, hand-painted comic art at Ventura’s WAV Gallery, dubbed Storytelling Through Pictures.  Salazar is the author and artist of the comic series Pariah, Missouri with illustrator Jose Luis Pescador and the children’s series, SpaceBear. His art show runs weekends through Sunday, July 28, and will feature 170 watercolor panels from Pariah, Missouri and original art ranging in style and theme from pop to surreal. “When I’m...

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YOU’VE GOT A PAL IN ME | Police Activities League honors students, has room to grow

Sal Flores is a Ventura native. As a child, he moved from street to street along Ventura Avenue with his family. When he wasn’t packing up, he was running with gangs. It was with his peers that he had his first run-in with the law, and when he was 23, he went to prison.Cuffed at the wrist to his seat on his way to prison in Lancaster, Flores says he made a decision that would shape the years that followed. “I was looking out of the window, looking at a car that looked just like mine,” said Flores. “It...

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IN BRIEF | June 11, 2019

Trash removed from Ventura river bottomOver 175 bags of trash were removed from the Ventura River Bottom in late June, part of an ongoing cleanup effort in an area that’s often the site of homelessness encampments.The effort was spearheaded by Ventura’s Safe and Clean team, in collaboration with the Lift Up Your Voice to End Homelessness Project. Teams are tasked with interacting with individuals who make the river bottom their temporary home, asking that they place trash bags along the trail for collection. To assist in the effort, the Ventura Police Patrol Task Force and Police Cadets are partners....

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KINDNESS CORNER | Back to School Donation Drive under way

Kids & Families Together, in partnership with Heart 2 Heart, is hosting its Ninth Annual Back to School Donation Drive for foster and resource, kinship, and adopted children in Ventura County and are currently seeking donations to reach their goal of helping children start the school year off with confidence and hope. Through donations from community partners and local businesses, Kids & Family Together hope to supply 250 children with supplies. The back to school donations will be given to the children Aug. 10 at the group’s annual celebration event. Items to consider for donation include backpacks, binders, dividers,...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary – Open Recruitment for Advisory Council Seats

    December 13, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 31, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
  2. Spiritual Bodies: Photography by Carlton Wilkinson

    January 10 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 8:00 pm
  3. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    January 14 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm
  4. Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm
  5. Grease Sing-Along

    January 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  6. Intuitive Collage Class

    January 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  7. The Plant, Seed, and Craft Fair

    January 25 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  8. Introductory Chair Yoga

    January 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  9. Faculty Recital: Eric Kinsley, harpsichord

    January 25 @ 7:30 pm
  10. BOOM BOOM @ THE BLUE ROOM – A MONTHLY ARTIST COLLECTIVE

    January 25 @ 8:00 pm - January 26 @ 1:00 am