Author: Nancy Lackey Shaffer

Delicious and to go | Local restaurants offering takeout, delivery and curbside pickup options

Sheltering in place getting you down? Treat yourself to a little takeout! Dining in restaurants is off the menu for now, but local eateries are adjusting to today’s reality with special to-go menus, meal deals and new delivery options. Here’s a list of locally owned restaurants throughout the county that are offering takeout, curbside pickup and delivery for your convenience. Because no one should have to cook every night . . . even in lockdown. NOTE: Services vary and as we’ve all learned recently — anything can change at any moment. Be sure to contact the establishment to verify...

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EDITORIAL | Here we go again

After three years in a row marked by natural disasters and other tragedies, I was wondering if maybe, just maybe, Ventura County could catch a break. We’ve needed one after weathering the Thomas Fire in 2017, 2018’s double whammy of the Borderline shooting and the Woolsey Fire and, in 2019, the deadly fire aboard the dive boat Conception followed shortly thereafter by the Maria and Easy fires. Now, we’re facing a new threat, one quite unlike anything the community has had to face before. The coronavirus pandemic is rapidly grinding public life down to a halt, as schools, libraries,...

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PLANET OXNARD | Art with heart

Pictured, Kimberly Duran with her winning design for the 37th Annual California Strawberry Festival poster contest. Photo submitted. by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Congratulations to Kimberly Duran, winner of the official poster contest for the 37th Annual California Strawberry Festival. Duran’s winning design — which festival chairperson Dean Kato called “unique and refreshing” — features colorful hands making a heart shape around a strawberry. It was selected from more than 60 entries and garnered the artist $2,000 and other prizes. The winner was announced at a March 3 luncheon at Yolanda’s Mexican Café in Oxnard, kicking off celebrations...

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Jeff Belzer and daughter Isla of Ventura, participating in the March 7 beach cleanup. Photo courtesy of @ripcurl_usa by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer On Saturday, March 7, more than 150 volunteers gathered at the Promenade in Ventura to help clean up the beach around Ventura Pier. The cleanup was organized by the Ventura County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and wetsuit and boardwear retailer Rip Curl. Participants in bright orange vests and rubber gloves walked out onto the sand, buckets in hand, to pick up trash and litter, making the beach cleaner and more inviting — and keeping...

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HAPPY 40TH! | Channel Islands National Park celebrates four decades

Pictured: A pod of Risso’s dolphins in the waters off Anacapa Island. Photo by Warren Barrett by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer On March 5, 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed Public Law 96-199, officially establishing Channel Islands National Park (CINP), encompassing five islands — Anacapa, Santa Barbara, San Miguel, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands — off the coast of California, as well as the waters within one nautical mile of each island. It was the culmination of nearly 50 years of efforts (from a variety of players) to bring attention to and preserve this precious island and...

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