SOULFUL MOOD | Moorea Masa and The Mood will bring “stripped-down” R&B to T.O.

PICTURED: Moorea Masa brings her band The Mood to Bank of America Performing Arts Center on May 15, 2022. Photo submitted by Mike Nelson Like many musician-performers, Moorea Masa was deeply affected more than two years ago by the impact of COVID-19. Planned tour dates and festival appearances were postponed or canceled, the release of her new record was delayed and life as she knew it was essentially halted. O.K., not halted — re-directed. “I had an interesting journey,” smiles the native Oregonian singer-composer-guitarist who will appear May 15 at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center in Thousand...

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PLANET VENTURA | Feeling the Love

PICTURED: Participants in the Love-Zoe Tennis Tournament, held at Pierpont Racquet Club May 2-17, 2022. Photo by Tammy Morrell Pierpont Racquet Club in Ventura is currently hosting the Love-Zoe Tennis Tournament, which began May 2 and will end May 21 with a “main event” celebration featuring an awards ceremony, dinner, guest speakers and more.  The tournament is a fundraiser for ZOE, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Clarita whose mission is to end child trafficking and restore survivors and at-risk orphans. One of its programs is the ZOE Youth Home, where rescued children are placed to receive medical care,...

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IN GOOD TASTE | Dessert on a stick

PICTURED: Pretty in Pink: Ox Berry (bottom) and Coco Berry waffle sticks from Don Waffly at the Collection in Oxnard, April 2022. Photo by N. D. Lackey Shaffer Don Waffly 550 Collection Blvd., #170, Oxnard 805-485-1168 @donwaffly $5-$9 by N. D. Lackey Shaffer Waffles aren’t just for breakfast anymore, and thanks to Don Waffly, you don’t need a knife and fork, either . . . although a handful of napkins is probably a good idea. One of the newer additions to the Annex Food Hall at the Collection at RiverPark, Don Waffly is a locally owned eatery specializing...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Pledge to bike instead of drive, win $250

PICTURED: Bike HUB volunteer Maya Zubia. Photo courtesy Bike Ventura County By Darrin Peschka and David Goldstein Amid encouraging signs that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, more businesses are re-opening and workers are returning to the office.  If you’re among the employees returning to in-person work, even if only a few days a week, now is a great time to consider incorporating a bike into your work commute.  May is Bike Month, and the Ventura County Transportation Commission is encouraging residents to leave their vehicles at home and ride a bike instead. During Bike Month, people...

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POWER TO SPEAK | No on Measures A and B

by Ben Oakley Phil White’s recent guest commentary is a prime example of the deceptive campaign to shut down local oil production under the guise of environmental protection represented by Measures A and B. (“Power to Speak: Yes on Measures A, B,” April 28, 2022, Ventura County Reporter.)  According to White, Measures A and B are necessary to “apply modern environmental standards” while allowing and encouraging local oil drilling.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In reality, Measures A and B give politicians new and unprecedented powers to shut down the local industry, threatening thousands of local jobs...

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