Author: Kateri Wozny

TACKLING HOMELESSNESS | Thousand Oaks leaders hold community panel

Pictured: Homeless panel discussion in Thousand Oaks.  by Kateri Wozny The City of Thousand Oaks hosted a community conversation centered around the topic of homelessness at the Civic Arts Plaza on Sunday, Sept. 22. Mayor Rob McCoy and Councilmember Claudia Bill-de la Peña (both of whom are members of the Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness) joined Assistant City Manager Ingrid Hardy, City Attorney Tracy Noonan, Police Chief Tim Hagel, Manna Executive Director Jennifer Schwabauer, Harbor House Executive Director Denise Cortes and Ventura County Continuum of Care (VC CoC) Program Manager Tara Carruth to provide a broad overview of what...

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#STARGIRLSTRONG | Mother remembers daughter one year after boating accident

If there’s one thing Ventura resident Denise Olson-Drury remembers that her daughter Kirra Drury taught her, it’s to stay strong.   “Kirra was a personal trainer and was always encouraging people to stay strong and be strong, and that’s what Kaley [Olson-Drury’s daughter] and I are both doing; self-care, loving yourself and loving others,” Olson-Drury said. Kirra, 23, and her friend Raegan Heitzig, 26, both Ventura residents, died in a boating accident on the Arizona/California border of the Colorado River last year over Labor Day Weekend. Kirra was a well-known bartender who worked at The Tavern while Heitzig worked...

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ADVENTURE TIME | Golfing in the dark

Glow balls and dragons to be unleashed at Buenaventura Golf Course by Kateri Wozny Area residents wanting to try a unique golf experience at night and a chance to watch a popular flick can do so during the “Family Movie and Glow Ball Night” at Buenaventura Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 23. “The City of Ventura is happy to partner with KemperSports in providing families in the community an opportunity to come to Buenaventura Golf Course to see a new movie release, play some Glow Ball and spend some quality time together before school starts,” said Eric Burton, recreation...

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Tingling taste buds at Salsa Festival

Photos by Kateri Wozny Salsa and chips are one of my favorite snacks, so when I was asked to judge this year’s Amateur Salsa Recipe Contest at the 26th annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, I jumped at the chance. Amateur Salsa Contest Cynthia Hernandez and Erica Mata, representing Tacos Don Chente, which has same owners as Limon Y Sal and El Pescador. Tacos Don Chente Sabor Pa Todo Orozcos de Ventura Montezuma Chiliiman For two hours, 13 judges (one was Top Chef Junior contestant Carson Peterson of Ventura and Port Hueneme Chief of Police Andrew Salinas) and I were seated...

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Fine Indian flavor at The Masala Twist

The Masala Twist2810 Harbor Blvd., #B1,$1.95-14.95 I live in the Channel Islands Harbor and on my walks I had always come across an Indian restaurant called the Masala Twist. The restaurant opened last summer by owner Lakhwinder Singh who felt the need to have authentic Indian cuisine in the harbor. I love to support my community, so I had my two friends tag along for dinner one night. Onion Kulcha, Paneer Masala, Raita, Chicken Biryani, Chicken Coconut Curry, Samosa and Mint Chutney, Mango Chutney and Mango Pickle. Onion Kulcha, Chicken Biryani, Samosa, Paneer Masala and Chicken Coconut Curry....

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