Author: Kateri Wozny

CRAFTY DURING QUARANTINE | Local craft, art shops offering creative kits to go

PICTURED: Kelley Hanson of The Craft House in Moorpark. Photo submitted. by Kateri Wozny Kelley Hanson recently posted a photo on her Instagram page of a wooden backdrop with the name of her business, The Craft House. Instead of it being filled with customers holding up their works of art, it was empty.  “Missing all of your smiling faces in our photo booth . . . I love seeing all of the projects you are creating at home!” Hanson wrote.  Hanson temporarily closed her Moorpark business on March 16 due to the Ventura County COVID-19 “Stay Well at Home”...

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A NEW BREW | Bars mixing it up to stay in business during shutdown

PICTURED: Andrew Pletcher, owner of Oak & Iron in Thousand Oaks. by Kateri Wozny When the Ventura County Public Health Department’s “Stay Well at Home” Order went into effect on March 20, Bill Kracht, owner of The Shores in Oxnard and O’Leary’s Tavern in Ventura, immediately thought about his employees. “I started looking into financial solutions; government money, state money and more for my employees than for myself and how they would survive for two to four weeks,” Kracht said. Kracht has owned The Shores for about two years and O’Leary’s Tavern for five years. He was required under...

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COVID-19 FIT | Local fitness studios offering virtual classes

Pictured: Studio 8 offers pilates, yoga and dance classes online.  by Kateri Wozny Fitness studios throughout Ventura County may be temporarily closed, but that isn’t stopping them from keeping people’s minds alert and heart beats up virtually! Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, here is a list of online classes to try at home. The Aerial Studio (Ventura) or Pre-recorded Gentle, Restorative, Power, Slow Flow, beginner and advanced aerial yoga using a soft hammock attached to a rig. “The hammock makes yoga easier or more challenging depending on how you want to hold it,” said Carmen Curtis,...

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Hearty dishes in Silver Strand Beach

PICTURED: Spicy shrimp risotto, gluten-free penne pasta with meat sauce and barbecue baby back ribs with baked beans and coleslaw. Photo by Kateri Wozny  by Kateri Wozny Quincy Street LTD 2405 Roosevelt Blvd., Oxnard 805-984-6262 $2.95 – $33.95 I’ve lived in the Channel Islands Harbor area for eight years and I never knew about this local restaurant two minutes from my apartment: Quincy Street in Silver Strand Beach, a popular spot that has been going strong for 35 years. Besides a large selection of cocktails, beer and wine, the website claims that the restaurant is known for homemade...

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INDEPENDENT RISING | Music podcast Luminary Sounds discovers the undiscovered

PICTURED: Odell “Junior LLedo” Davis, Kawaya “Kay Don’t Play” Haynes and Francis “Francois the Great” Ampiaw, hosts of Luminary Sounds. Photo by Cali Shore Media by Kateri Wozny An independent music podcast based in Ventura County is helping undiscovered musical artists across all genres break into the mainstream music scene through reviews, interviews and recorded live performances. Luminary Sounds was created by musical artist Odell “Junior LLedo” Davis of Oxnard and musical enthusiast Francis “Francois the Great” Ampiaw of Sherman Oaks last year. The two met 12 years ago working at a bank in Simi Valley and learned they...

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