Author: VCR Staff

IN GOOD TASTE | Reasons to celebrate Ventura County dining

PICTURED: Hummus Bistro in Newbury Park offers a variety of Mediterranean specialities and a number of discounts during Conejo Valley Restaurant Week. Photo submitted by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Just last month Oxnard held its annual restaurant week. Well, Conejo Valley is getting into the swing, with its own restaurant week (and the second one ever) taking place Feb. 19-28. Restaurants throughout Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills will participate, with special menus and limited time offers. Chain eateries from the humble (Domino’s and El Pollo Loco) to the high class (Paul Martin’s American Grill)...

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ARTS BRIEFS | News in art and culture from around the county

PICTURED: String trio Time for Three joins the lineup for the 26th Annual Ventura Music Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer OSA announces new board members Ojai Studio Artists recently announced new leadership for 2021-22. Award-winning portrait and figurative painter Duane Eells, a 33-year resident of the Ojai Valley, is OSA’s new president. New Vice President Chris Beirne is a landscape painter who also serves as the office manager and webmaster for Focus on the Masters. Nature and portrait photographer Deborah Lyon has been named treasurer. While 2020 was as challenging for OSA as it was for all arts...

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“SPECTACULAR KIDS DOING SPECTACULAR THINGS” | Five Cabrillo students selected for All-State Honor Band

PICTURED: Clockwise from top left: Beatrice Barnes,  Emily Gonzalez, Lucca Boccali, Kiran Maserang and Brynn Gray. All photos submitted by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Five young musicians from Cabrillo Middle School in Ventura have earned the distinction of being selected for the All-State Honor Band as part of the annual California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC). The conference takes place in Fresno every February, and will be offered virtually Feb. 19-20 this year. “It’s a great honor to be selected and we are more than proud of these students,” said Mario Boccali, music director of Cabrillo’s music department....

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LETTERS | February 2021

Feb. 18, 2021 Honoring Asians In the midst of rising violence against Asians, my friend Shari Burnett just got back from putting a handmade card and some flowers here today [Feb. 13] on the honor panel near the Ventura Mission. Shari has lived in Asia for many years and was heartbroken about the increasing hate crimes against the Asian community. [“The U.S. Is Seeing a Massive Spike in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes,” by Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, Feb. 10, 2021.] In the midst of this outrage, may we express our sadness and stand in solidarity for all the Asian community...

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IN GOOD TASTE | Heart-y eats at home or onsite

PICTURED: Clockwise from top left: Brazilian seafood stew at Moqueca; Florentine steak from Paradise Pantry; Casa Bella’s steak and creamed spinach; filet mignon bites from Twenty88. by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday this year, and over the President’s Day holiday weekend. If you’re fortunate enough to have a sweetheart in your bubble, there’s going to be ample time to celebrate. Now that outdoor dining is on the menu once again, Valentine’s Day specials are popping up all over the county. But there are wonderful options for gourmet eats at home, too. Whether you’re dining...

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