Author: Chris O'Neal

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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PLANET VENTURA | Goats rodeo

Your eyes do not deceive you: goats have invaded the lot behind Golden China Restaurant in Ventura for a good cause. Approximately 70 goats from Ventura Brush Goats are hard at work clearing brush and weeds that could cause a potential fire hazard the only way they know how, by eating it all. According to the group, goats can clear brush that may be difficult for humans to access, can eat thistles and poison oak, and can trim trees from four feet off the ground. The so-called “mob grazing” can also prevent water runoff into the ocean as the...

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IN BRIEF | July 3, 2019

Body found in Meiners Oaks sledgehammer murder case The body of a man allegedly murdered by his roommate in Meiners Oaks has been recovered following a month-long search. Houston Auer is believed to have been murdered on May 12. His roommate, Cameron Lykins, 23, was arrested and charged with murder and a special allegation that he used a sledgehammer in the death. The Ventura Count Sheriff’s Department said that there was strong evidence that the murder occurred in the home, but had not been able to find a body. On June 23, a State Fish and Wildlife warden found...

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Some of the best pizza in Ventura County has wheels, will travel   

The Wandering PieVarious locations – see social media for schedule$ Wherever you go, there’s bound to be pizza. From New York’s floppy thin crust to Italy’s simple margherita, from South Korea’s bulgogi to the seriously contentious for some reason Hawaiian style, pizza is a blank canvas upon which a culture paints with its own unique variation of ingredients. If you’re ever traveling around Ventura County in search of a slice, you’d be well served if you can find The Wandering Pie. The pizza pop-up, like the roaming monk from the TV series Kung Fu, finds itself at breweries,...

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  1. Spiritual Bodies: Photography by Carlton Wilkinson

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

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

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm
  4. Watercolor on Yupo Workshop

    February 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Zlatomir Fung, Cellist with Janice Carissa, Pianist

    March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  6. Dinner & Art Demonstration

    March 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  7. Ojai Women’s Fund 2020 Grant Workshop March 3rd

    March 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  8. Rent Romus & Heikki Koskinen’s Manala

    March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  9. Documenting History Through Art: The Work of David Labkovski

    March 5 @ 8:00 am
  10. Eating Healthy with Diabetes Grocery Store Tours FREE

    March 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am