Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

POWER TO SPEAK | The teacher shortage: restoring a noble profession

With all the political distractions in the news, one critical issue seems to get very little attention. This is the impending teacher shortage. I use the term impending because here in Ventura County, we have not felt the pain of the teacher shortage in quite the same way as other areas of the state. That will not be the case for long, however. One significant factor contributing to the shortage is that young high school and college-age students are simply not choosing teaching as a career. In fact, the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) has reported a 73 percent enrollment...

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Delicious and nutritious in Downtown Ventura

PICTURED: Vegetable sandwich from Sandbox Coffeehouse, with seasoned raw carrot “chips.” Sandbox Coffeehouse 204 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura 805-641-1025 $2-12 Despite the name, Sandbox Coffeehouse is not on the beach — although the ocean is not far off. Sitting on the corner of Thompson and Figueroa in Downtown Ventura, the eatery is steps away from the famed Tortilla Flats murals on the walls of the 101 underpass on Figueroa Street and just a few more to Promenade Park and Surfers Point. It’s become a popular watering hole for surfers looking for a caffeine jolt before or after catching...

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ARTS BRIEFS | Art and culture news from around the county

International Recognition René Corado, Collections Manager of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo, recently received two great honors from his home country of Guatemala. On Nov. 11, Corado received the title “Officer of the Order of the Quetzal,” the nation’s highest honor, equivalent to a knighthood. He was also named an Ambassador of Peace in a special ceremony that took place on Sept. 17 in Guatemala City, where Corado changed the symbolic white rose of peace on the bronze Monumento a la Paz (Peace Monument). The biologist and author is the founder of the El Lustrador foundation,...

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ONE YEAR LATER | A community heals and remembers on the anniversary of the Borderline shooting

PICTURED: Victim memorials at Borderline Bar and Grill. Photo by Kateri Wozny Garrett Gratland will never forget what happened on the night of Nov. 7, 2018. Gratland, 25, a Newbury Park resident and Army veteran, was enjoying time with friends at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks when Ian David Long, 28, a Newbury Park resident and former Marine veteran, entered the establishment with a .45-caliber handgun and began shooting. Telemachus Orfanos, 27, and Justin Meek, 23, stepped in to stop Long. Gratland said Meek put up his arms to shield people while Orfanos wrestled Long and was...

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ALWAYS EVOLVING | Classical musicians Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax to perform in Oxnard this weekend

PICTURED: Joshua Bell Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco Dynamic, soulful, elegant, emotional — the many expressions violinist Joshua Bell can elicit from the violin has made him one of today’s most celebrated classical musicians. He will make his first appearance at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (the PACC) on Sunday, in an intimate recital co-presented by the Ventura Music Festival and New West Symphony. It should be one to remember. Bell’s selections include two pieces by Belgian violinist, conductor and composer Eugène-Auguste Ysaÿe, Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 27, “Ballade,” and Caprice d’apres l’Etude en...

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