Author: VCR Staff

KEENE OBSERVER | Museum of Ventura County reveals rare images of the past with Out and Back, Ventura County Backcountry Adventures 

PICTURED: Panning for gold in the San Francisquito Canyon. Herman Keene Collection. All photos courtesy of the Research Library of the Museum of Ventura County. by Emily Dodi  Within the Museum of Ventura County’s collection are hundreds of thousands of personal artifacts donated by Ventura residents. The treasure trove includes photographs, family papers, letters, books, maps, architectural plans, films, videotapes, and more. They are kept for posterity, but for one collection, time was running out.  “About a year ago, we started processing a backlog of material,” says Deya Terrafranca, Research Library and Archives Director of the Museum of Ventura...

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ADVICE GODDESS | Sept. 23, 2021

The Fastidious And The Furious I’m a divorced guy in my 40s. I was at a bar with friends and went over to talk with a woman I found really attractive. Though she wasn’t the friendliest, I asked to take her to dinner. She said she’d think about it and then asked for my Instagram. Several days later, I texted her, and she agreed to go out. We’ve since had a few dates, but I’m bothered that she wouldn’t go out with me until she’d scoured my social media. What does that suggest about her? — Offended You don’t...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY | Sept. 23, 2021

FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of September 23 © Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries author Steve Maraboli says, “The best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” If that strategy appeals to you, the next eight weeks will be an excellent time to put it to maximum use. You’re entering a phase when you can have an especially beneficial effect on people you care for. You’ll be at peak power to help them unleash dormant potentials and access untapped resources.  TAURUS (April 20-May 20):...

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Once in a Blue Moon | Camarillo Ranch House hosts locally filmed movie premiere

PICTURED: Eric Lutz and Ashley Newbrough star in Blue Moon Ball, which was filmed at the Camarillo Ranch House. Photo submitted by Kathryn Stelmach Artuso   Once in a blue moon, art mirrors life so well that the results are uncanny. Consider, for instance, the plotline of the movie Blue Moon Ball, which was recently filmed at the Camarillo Ranch House. A young woman, striving to jump start her career as a writer in a big city, returns to her small hometown to help rescue a historical building from destruction.  In 1998, a similar event occurred in Camarillo, when...

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HOMESPUN | Multi-instrumentalist Laura Mihalka

PICTURED: Laura Mihalka with her cello. Photo submitted by Marina Dunbar As Ventura County begins its journey to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic, local musicians continue to prove that trying times can also be prolific times. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laura Mihalka has spent her time preparing her second studio album, Feels Electric, which was just released on Sept. 17. Mihalka plays several different instruments, but she is primarily a cellist with a background in classical music. This foundation has allowed her to do a little bit of everything: orchestras, lead guitar in female-led band Liquid Sunshine, and working as...

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