Author: Kateri Wozny

MEDIA NOTES | Wild and Scenic Film Festival to embrace the great outdoors

For those who love being in Mother Nature and want to enjoy watching films underneath the stars this summer, tickets are now on sale for the Ventura Land Trust’s (VLT) ninth annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18. The festival is being held outdoors for the first time at the Ventura County Credit Union corporate office. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on while viewing 12 award-winning short films on a giant inflatable screen. “It’s been a great boon for us to get people to think about the great outdoors,” said...

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MAKING A COMEBACK | The importance of chaparral ecosystem, wildlife at Fire Ecology Workshop

Ventura Land Trust (VLT) members had the opportunity to learn about the long-term impact that the Thomas Fire had on native plants, wilderness and wildlife during an outdoor fire ecology workshop at Taft Gardens in Ojai on March 3. Instructors David Lee, Senior Biologist with Davey Resource Group, and Rick Bisaccia, VLT Stewardship Director, gave presentations and led the group on a mile walk through the footprint of the Thomas Fire. Bisaccia began by discussing the chaparral near Kennedy Ridge Trail that recently burned off. “This area is fire adapted,” Bisaccia said. “The plants that come back are from seeds already in the ground or from the crown sprout at the base.” Bisaccia gave some examples of chaparral plants, such as the greenbark ceanothus, laurel sumac, giant rye grass and wild cucumber. He said that these types of plants have fire components to them and that the moisture in fog is an important element. Bisaccia also said that some plants sprout after a fire clearing, such as whispering bells, which feel papery and make a rustling noise when blowing in the wind. “The smoke or heat will cause a chemical reaction in the seed that makes them grow,” Bisaccia said. Bisaccia also added that water bars were built in trails across Ojai for post-fire erosion control. “It helps break the flow of the water,” Bisaccia said. Lee presented the...

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HERE THEY COME! | Juggalos, head bangers to take over Ventura

Two loyal and powerful concert fans will take over Ventura during the first week in October. Insane Clown Posse (ICP) followers, the Juggalos, will have a chance to see the legendary horrorcore duo perform live as part of the “The Great Milenko” 20 Year Tour. The tour was named to celebrate The Great Milenko album, originally released in 1997 and now available as a remastered 20th anniversary edition. The duo, consisting of Violent J (Joseph Bruce) and Shaggy 2 Dope (Joseph Utsler), was formed in the late 1980s in Detroit. The group is best known for the original release...

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BOUNCING THE 805 | Dual hip-hop shows to shake Ventura County this weekend

Two hip-hop shows will make the 805 bounce on Saturday, July 22. The first show, 805 Hip-Hop Classic, will take place at the Majestic Ventura Theater and feature Billboard chart-topping rappers Too Short (“The Ghetto,” “Blow the Whistle”), Baby Bash (“Suga Suga,” “Baby, I’m Back”), MC Magic (“Magic City,” “Princesa”) and Mellow Man Ace (“Mentirosa,” “If You Were Mine”) at the Ventura Theater. After 35 years in the industry, Too Short (Todd Shaw) announced this year that he would release his 20th and final studio album, The Pimp Tape, this August. The legendary rapper, born in Los Angeles and...

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CULTURAL EXCHANGE | Archana to teach the importance of sharing through Indian music, dance and drama

A taste and flair of Indian culture while improving social consciousness is coming to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on May 6. The 23rd annual Archana fundraiser will showcase Indian dance, music, drama and video clips that highlight ongoing efforts to help the underprivileged in India. The event is held each spring by nonprofit organization India Friends Association (IFA) and takes three months to organize. The colorful and energizing show features a cast of more than 300 local adults and children who volunteer their time and talent for the cause. Each year about 800 to 1,000 attendees enjoy...

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