Author: VCR Staff

EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Options improve for reusing and recycling books

by David Goldstein Clarey Rudd has worked in 15 book stores since his parents started their first one in Oxnard in 1954, and he currently owns Abednego Book Store and Bank of Books in Ventura. He has seen recycling options for books change over the years. “They [recyclers] said glue, [low quality] paper and ink made books unrecyclable,” he remembered.  With that background, he became adept at selling every new and used book entering his inventory, finding ways to sell at a discount books he could not sell at standard prices. Even though books are now accepted in both...

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IN GOOD TASTE | Pan-Asian and lots of it

PICTURED: General Tso’s chicken garnished with sesame seeds. by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Saku Asian Kitchen 450 South B St., Oxnard 805-487-9988 $2-$15 If you love Asian food but can’t decide between the numerous options in Ventura County, allow me to recommend Saku Asian Kitchen in downtown Oxnard. With noodle soups, tempura, rice, bento boxes, bubble tea, bulgogi and more, it offers a culinary tour through China, Japan and Korea — all of it quite tasty, and surprisingly affordable. It was also accessible: The restaurant doesn’t deliver itself, but if you don’t feel like driving there for pickup,...

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COME ON IN! | Local museums reopening

PICTURED: “Green Volkswagen, East Hollywood,” by Jonathan Michael Castillo, on exhibit at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, which reopens on April 9. by Emily Dodi  Spring is in the air and so is something else. Could it be excitement, hope, anticipation? While COVID-19 is still very much a reality, there is a sense that we are returning to some kind of normalcy. That includes the reopening of some arts and culture venues throughout Ventura County.  Since March 2020, when brick and mortar locations shut their doors due to the pandemic, museums and galleries have found creative ways...

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ADVICE GODDESS | April 1, 2021

Gawking Tall I really appreciate the science you laid out showing that men instinctively look at women, even if they really love the woman they’re with. Maybe I should stop feeling a tad bad about looking at beautiful women and enjoying beauty? After all, my wife and I have been married 26 years, and I’ve never even kissed anyone else during that time. Admittedly, I’ve sometimes wanted to, and I’ve had opportunities. Thanks for a perspective that brings in science and isn’t the usual man-bashing that’s out there.  —Male Reader Your eyes probably go many places without your body...

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Week of April 1 © Copyright 2021  Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Playwright August Strindberg (1849–1912) was a maverick innovator who loved to experiment with plot and language. One of his stories takes place in a dream and the hero is the Christ-like daughter of a Vedic god. He once said that he felt “an immense need to become a savage and create a new world.” Given your current astrological potentials, Aries, I suspect that might be an apt motto for you right now. APRIL FOOL! I half-lied. There’s no need for you to become...

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