Author: Kateri Wozny

CHRISTMAS TRADITION | Camarillo family gets in holiday spirit for public to enjoy, special event Dec. 15

“Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe in it,” said Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas movie.Brett and Heather Lane first became fascinated with the character when they decorated their apartment balcony with a cut out of Skellington in 2005. Many residences and years later, the tradition grew to their home in Camarillo, along with many spectators.“Every year, Brett just keeps adding a new piece from the movie for the lawn,” said Heather. “He hand sketches, paints and cuts them all.”At first, the Lanes weren’t a fan of the movie, but were intrigued with...

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TRUE CALLING | Volunteers ramp up phone calls, texting area residents to vote

If your phone has been ringing more lately, there’s a good reason why. Election Day is a less than a week away and Ventura County political volunteers are in full gear with one mission: to encourage residents to get out and vote on Nov. 6. “We call everyone and talk issues, not politics,” said Lauraine Effress, chairperson of the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Committee, part of the Greater Oxnard Organization for Democrats (GOOD) Club that serves Oxnard and Port Hueneme. In years past, GOTV was held on the last Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday before Election Day. Effress...

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CHANGE OF PLANS | After the fire, Boccali’s Pumpkin Patch offers fall favorites for Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and the Boccali family is continuing the tradition of selling pumpkins at their pumpkin patch behind the family restaurant in Ojai. The tradition began in 1976 at DeWayne and Marilyn Boccali’s farm in the Upper Ojai Valley. Approximately three acres of pumpkins, squash, gourds and Indian corn are grown and transported to the family’s restaurant on the east end of Ojai. Depending on the size of the pumpkin, prices range from $1 to $50. “I wanted to grow something besides an orchard and thought it was a neat thing to do,” DeWayne said....

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SPREADING THE LOVE | Fundraisers for Kirra Drury and Raegan Heitzig this weekend

Proceeds from two fundraisers this weekend, Oct. 13, 14, will help the families of two women who were involved in a boating accident on the Arizona/California border of the Colorado River over Labor Day Weekend. Both Ventura residents, Kirra Drury, 23, was found deceased shortly after the accident while Raegan Heitzig, 26, went missing. The search for Heitzig is ongoing, as of Oct. 10 at noon. The first fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Social Tap will benefit the family of Heitzig, a server who worked at Social Tap for three years. The event runs from 10 a.m. to...

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E-40 coming to the Ventura Theater

“Fo sheezy,” “pop ya collar,” “you feel me” and “playboy” are just some of the coined phrases that fans will hear from legendary rapper E-40 at the Ventura Theater this weekend. E-40, otherwise known as Earl Stevens, hails from the North Bay region of San Francisco (or as he likes to call it, the “Yay Area”) and is the king of introducing slang to hip-hop. Nicknamed “The Counselor” because of his influence on the Bay Area’s rap scene, the 50-year-old is still in full force with 25 studio albums under his belt, each known for its fast flow, funky...

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