Free summer concert series to be held at Peninsula Park
Channel Islands Harbor is holding its annual Concerts by the Sea each Saturday from June 30 – Aug. 25. Each performance in the free summer concert series will be held from 4-6 p.m. at Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard at Channel Islands Harbor, next to the Hampton Inn. Free parking is available at the park and along the street. Visitors can enjoy a wide array of musical styles, including jazz, rock, folk, pop, country and blues.
Summer Concert Lineup:
Date Artist Genre(s)
June 30 Acadiana Cajun & Zydeco
July 7 Masters of the Past Rock ‘n Roll from the 60s, 70s, and 80s
July 14 Colette Lovejoy Band Pop, Rock, Funk
July 21 The UnUsual Suspects Party Music
July 28 Unkle Monkey Band Rock, Pop, Reggae
August 4 Ray Jaurique & The Uptown Brothers R&B, Soul, Blues
August 11 The Casey Jones Reggae Train Reggae
August 18 Dezmo’s Blues Blues, Jazzy Blues
August 25 Matt Sayles & the Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress Alternative Country Roots
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit on while they enjoy the music. Concert-goers can also bring along a picnic basket or dine at nearby Harbor restaurants.
For more information on Concerts by the Sea or the Channel Islands Harbor, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
The concert series is being sponsored by Vintage Marina Partners, the proud operator of Channel Islands Marina and Vintage Marina at the Channel Islands Harbor.
The Gene Haas Foundation and Pacific Western Bank Donations Launch Loan Fund
The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County recently received contributions from the Gene Haas Foundation and Pacific Western Bank to establish a loan fund in response to the Thomas fire and subsequent mudslides. The loan program is now helping businesses at a critical time as they feel the long-term strain of recovery.
“These funds are critical to businesses who struggle to keep afloat in the aftermath of disaster. Now is the time when they start to feel the impact of losses,” said Bruce Stenslie, EDC-VC CEO. “Initially, many businesses tapped their savings and got help from family to keep the doors open. Now many are realizing that they will need loans beyond what they anticipated and that recovery is a long haul.”
The Gene Haas Foundation quickly worked with EDC-VC to establish a $200,000 loan fund for disaster assistance lending to businesses that were affected by the disasters. The loan fund was then augmented with an additional $250,000 from Pacific Western Bank. The funds are benefiting under-capitalized and disadvantaged businesses impacted by the fire that may not qualify for commercial credit.
“The Gene Haas Foundation stepped up immediately to help these businesses impacted by the fires in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties,” Stenslie said. “We greatly appreciate Pacific Western Bank’s generosity in further strengthening our ability to provide capital to help small businesses who are rebuilding.”
The loan fund has helped with the initial demand for assistance and provides a significant contribution to the vitalilty of the local retail and service economy. “The EDC-VC is grateful for this loan capital for the short-term needs of businesses in recovery, and we continue to reach out to banks for additional capital to augment our other loan programs designed for assisting with longer-term recovery and the continuing capital needs of local firms,” Stenslie said.
“Although it will take some time to assess the full impacts of the fire, we do know that neither Santa Barbara nor Ventura County is well-positioned to absorb the impacts, with flat or negative recent GDP growth in the local economies and an increasing dependence on exactly the kinds of businesses and industry sectors most severely impacted by the disaster. Our goal is to provide a bridge and a boost in operating funds to give small businesses a chance to get back on their feet,” Stenslie said.
Businesses located in areas declared a disaster due to the Thomas Fire whose sales were impacted by the fires can submit loan applications by contacting Clare Briglio at 805-409-9159. Loans may be up to $30,000. Larger requests will be managed under separate review processes and credit considerations. Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2018.
As a matter of both business support and lending security, EDC-VC will provide borrowers with technical assistance advisors through its Small Business Development Centers who meet regularly with borrowers to provide comprehensive assistance, to monitor their progress and bolster their ability to repay the loans and remain in business.
Additional business disaster recovery services can be found online at http://edc-vc.com/disaster-recoveryservices/ or on the “Business Recovery” link on the home page of http://venturacountyrecovers.org/. For assistance, please contact EDC-VC SBDC Services Coordinator Alondra Gaytan at (805) 409-9159.
The SBDC is funded by the SBA and provides professional business assistance at no cost to businesses. Participating businesses are required to follow a well-defined scope of work and report their economic successes. These SBA milestones are defined as job creation, increase in sales, capital investment, job retention and business start-ups.
EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura County by offering programs that enhance the economic vitality of the region. For more information about the Small Business Development Center and loan, manufacturing and international trade programs, contact Bruce Stenslie at 805-384-1800 ext. 24, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.edc-vc.com.
El Concilio Family Services presents the Dr. Raymond F. Lopez Jr. Golf Classic, aptly titled for a man who has dedicated his professional life to improving the health of farmworkers.
Dr. Lopez began his career in healthcare in 1988, as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Over the next 12 years he built a successful practice on a reputation for excellence and integrity.
With the intent of doing more for the community, Dr. Lopez made a major decision to leave behind a thriving practice to pursue a medical degree. He completed his residency at the Ventura County Medical Center in family medicine in 2008.
At the present time, he is the Supervising Physician at La Clinica Fresalud, provided by Healthstat for the health and well being of the agricultural workers of Reiter Affiliated, in Oxnard, Watsonville, Santa Maria and Salinas.
Dr. Lopez has been selected as one of thirty-four health care professionals in the state of California to participate in the prestigious Champion Provider Fellowship Program. The 2-year fellowship focuses on policy, systems and on environmental change related to obesity and chronic disease prevention in the Latino community.
He has consistently made solid connections throughout his career, building on his skills, always focused on the goal of improving the health of the farmworker community.
With this in mind, El Concilio Family Services is proud to name its annual golf classic The Dr. Raymond F. Lopez Jr. Golf Classic.
Healthy Cooking and Tasting: Summer Flavors Class
Following the popularity of our prior cooking demonstrations for healthy eating, Dignity Health - St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC), invites community members to learn how to prepare a delectable summer meal with-a-nutritious twist. Allow doctors and chefs to show you the benefits of using alternate nourishing BBQ recipes and explain why it’s a good fit for your heart. Register now for this fun and free culinary experience! Friends and family members are also welcome to join this educational and tasting experience.
This one-hour class will be held on Thursday, June 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Conference Center on the Garden Level, at St. John’s Regional Medical Center (1600 N. Rose Ave. in Oxnard, CA 93030).
“You will discover how tasty healthy foods and new recipes with seasonings can be, for you and your family,” said Suzanne Soppe, RSM, Health Educator at St. John’s Regional Medical Center. “The opportunity for our participants to learn from this cooking demonstration encourages a healthier lifestyle, while also being fun and informative.”
This summer session will introduce alternate flavors to salt and why it matters. Attendees will also learn about tasty food options that increase fiber and that are low in fat, plus other cooking techniques.
This event is organized by our Community Health Education Department, Food and Nutrition Services, and physicians. It will be presented by experts from the SJRMC staff:
• Manoj Khatore, MD, Cardiologist
• Maria Kokkinides, DO, Internal Medicine
• Matthew Schantz, Hospital Chef
Because space is limited, guests are encouraged to reserve their spot by calling (805) 988-2865. Registration is required to attend the class.
If anyone in the media would like to attend this event for a feature or to take photos, please contact Arrate Zavala in the Marketing Communications Department at (805) 988-2751.
Hospitals achieve honors for the third time
St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), which are Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, are proud to announce they have been honored for the third time with Environmental Excellence Awards from Practice Greenhealth. Each campus received the 2018 Greenhealth Partner for Change Award and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH) also received the 2018 Greening the OR Recognition Award. These awards are given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector. Both hospitals received the awards in San Diego, CA on May 9, 2018.
Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals have taken many steps to reduce waste while improving the health of our local environment. Our ongoing commitment to expand the health of our local environment is shown by improving utility consumption and expanding multiple environmental programs, such as the co-generation energy, green purchasing, recycling and toxic elimination programs.
"We are proud to have achieved this award after such an intense focus on improving our environmental impact for a number of years. It has truly been a collaborative effort between many different departments, and we are proud that our team has been recognized for these efforts," says George West, Vice President of Mission Integration for the Central Coast Service Area.
Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading membership and network organization in health care, is committed to sustainability principles and practices to protect patient, staff, community and environmental health. These Environmental Excellence awards recognize health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more.
The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas. Recipients of the 2018 Partner for Change Award must provide current year waste, energy and water data, recycle 10% or more of total waste stream, and share successful sustainability projects. Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals demonstrate this dedication in ways including: reporting gas emissions, improved utility consumption, and expansion of multiple environmental programs, such as the co-generation energy, green purchasing, recycling and toxic elimination programs. Dignity Health Central Coast continues to provide optimized patient care and employee and patient safety, all while minimizing environmental impact.
The Greening the OR Award recognizes the facility demonstrating the most success in reducing the environmental impact of its surgical suites. Operating rooms are large contributors to a health care facility’s environmental footprint, creating opportunity for significant cost savings and sustainability improvements.
Practice Greenhealth’s Partner for Change Award and Greening the OR Award both reinforce the active role SJPVH and SJRMC are committed to sustaining in helping our environment. All Dignity Health facilities share an obligation to supporting the community and the environment. Through current and future sustainability initiatives, Dignity Health continues to measure, manage and report its collective impact on the environment, ensuring the most positive impact possible.