Author: Chris O'Neal

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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QUAKE SEASON | Earthquakes rattle Ventura County coast, but is it out of the ordinary?

Some Ventura County residents may have felt a little jolt on the afternoon of June 12 when a 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook off the coast near Point Mugu. While no damage was reported, residents from Ventura to Thousand Oaks could feel it, and have left some wondering if it was a sign of bigger things to come. The 3.6 magnitude quake had a depth of 11.6 miles and coincided with two appropriately named “earthquake swarms” that occurred a week prior, one near San Clemente Island and the other east of Los Angeles. Over 1,000 earthquakes ranging in magnitude from...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. History Lecture Series: Accommodation and Resistance

    October 15 @ 7:00 pm - December 11 @ 8:30 pm
  2. Artist in Residence: Delesprie

    October 16 @ 3:00 pm - December 4 @ 6:00 pm
  3. Humanizing the Other: Art by Salomón Huerta

    November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
  4. Key Frames: A Celebration of Animation & Production Art

    November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - January 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
  5. Ventura County Economic Forecast Conference

    November 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  6. Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities

    November 14 @ 6:30 pm
  7. ‘Fuenteovejuna,’ or ‘Like Sheep to Water…’

    November 14 @ 8:00 pm - November 24 @ 2:00 pm
  8. Faculty Recital: Micah Wright

    November 15 @ 7:30 pm
  9. Ojai Herbal Symposium: The Wisdom of the Body

    November 16 - November 17
  10. Free Clothing Swap!

    November 16 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm