The Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the appointment of its new California Welcome Center (CWC) Manager, Kay Faust Carter. The CWC is located at the Collection Riverpark at 2786 Seaglass Way.
Carter brings a diverse background in communications, business and professional experience in the wine industry. Before joining the CWC, Carter served as a Wine Specialist and Wine Club Coordinator for the Bacchus Wine Shop in Millbrae, California where she provided customer service and management for the wine club members. Before that, she worked as an Office Coordinator at San Francisco Wine School and Business Office and Operations Analyst at The Rare Wine Company in Brisbane, California. She also held the position of Tasting Room Associate at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, California.
Besides working within the wine industry, Carter also served as Director of Finance and Human Resources for Mercy High School in Burlingame, California where she managed financial and investment activity at the school while also supervising all human resource functions and overseeing the overall operation.
Carter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications/Journalism/Video from the University of Colorado and a Master of Business Administration in Management Studies/Marketing emphasis from San Francisco State University. In addition, she has an Advanced Level III certification (with merit) and Intermediate Level II certification (with distinction) from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and recently completed the classroom portion of the Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators via the San Francisco Wine School.
For more information, call the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau at 805-385-7545.
About Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau
Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, and tourism revenue opportunities through the promotion of Oxnard as a premier travel destination. Oxnard is an easy drive up the coast from Los Angeles or from the northern portions of California. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy Oxnard’s uncrowded beaches, explore the many diverse attractions and outdoor adventures that are unique to the area. A wide variety of hotel accommodations are available ranging from mid-priced rooms to oceanfront and seaside settings. For more information, call the California Welcome Center at 805-988-0717.
The Collection at RiverPark invites families to start their holiday season at the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, Nov. 18
Ventura County’s favorite holiday event to kick off the season returns with The Collection at RiverPark’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in Collection Park.
Community members will enjoy The Collection as it transforms into a holiday wonderland, embellished with stunning seasonal décor, and a grand celebration to commence a bustling line-up of memorable events to keep the magic of the holidays alive throughout the season. A beautifully lit tree is the hallmark of the holiday season and guests are invited to gather for the ceremonious lighting of The Collection’s 40-foot-tall holiday tree, which will be adorned in thousands of twinkling lights and ornaments.
New to this year’s event will be the addition of the Eat Drink and Be Merry VIP Garden, where guests may indulge in a selection of holiday-inspired refreshments donated by Casa Agria, Strey Cellars and 8th Devil Distributing. Sponsored by neighboring residential communities Mosaic and Tempo at RiverPark, guests are required to purchase tickets to enter; all proceeds from the Eat Drink and Be Merry VIP Garden will benefit Ventura County regional food bank, FOOD Share. Tickets to the Eat Drink and Be Merry VIP Garden may be purchased at www.TheCollectionRP.com.
The evening will continue with live performances from local favorites including Julian Martinez, who famously performed on NBC’s hit reality show “The Voice;” Ventura County Ballet Company; Rubicon Theatre and more. Santa Claus will also arrive to the celebration to greet guests and head to Santa’s Beach House on Town Center Drive where he will be available for photos with visitors through Dec. 24. A spectacular fireworks and light show will cap off the evening of festivities. The Collection’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration has been generously sponsored by Kirby Subaru of Ventura.
“The Collection is proud to share this special evening with the thousands of citizens who seek a magical celebration to commemorate the start of the holiday season,” said Stefanie Muegel, Marketing Director for The Collection. “As a shopping center that loves our home community of Ventura County, we are excited to be able to host this beloved event year after year.”
About the Collection (TheCollectionRP.com)
The Collection at RiverPark is a 750,000 square foot, open-air specialty retail center located in the heart of West Ventura County. Inspired by the beauty of the California coast, The Collection reflects the unique atmosphere of the surrounding seaside communities. The Collection is built around a town grid of retail streets, each of which has its own personality-a carefully crafted assortment of established and contemporary designer shops, distinctive dining, and signature entertainment venues. Anchors include Target, Century RiverPark 16, REI, Whole Foods Market, H&M, 24-Hour SuperSport and The Container Store. Restaurants include Yard House, Larsen’s Grill, Gen Korean BBQ, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Maria’s Italian Kitchen and more. Follow us on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram at TheCollectionRP.
BMI-PacWest, Inc. provides preventative heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance and project solutions for commercial and industrial customers throughout the Central Coast, as well as Oxnard, Camarillo, Ventura, and the surrounding areas. With the support of sister-company BMI Mechanical, Inc., that territory expands to include Central California and North Los Angeles County.
BMI-PacWest’s solutions deliver measureable results in improved energy efficiency and system reliability, while reducing operating costs and financial risk for customers.
The company provides its customers with consistency in comfort cooling and heating, equipment reliability for business processes, and custom design-build solutions for their facilities.
Its programs keep properties safe, clean and comfortable.
BMI-PacWest is headquartered in Santa Maria; and BMI Mechanical is headquartered in Tulare, with an additional office in Bakersfield. BMI is family-owned and operated, and is celebrating more than 107 years in business.
For more information about BMI, please visit www.bmimechanical.com.
All day holiday festivities to be held at Channel Islands Harbor
Channel Islands Harbor kicks off the holidays with its 52nd annual holiday Parade of Lights, scheduled from noon – 8 p.m., Dec. 9, with the parade beginning at 7 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “Fairy Tales Afloat.” Everyone is invited to enjoy a full day of holiday activities and watch festively decorated boats in the parade while listening to carolers sing holiday songs.
Beginning at noon, families can play in 36 tons of snow falling at the north end of Harbor View Park, off Harbor Blvd. near Marine Emporium Landing, 3600 Harbor Blvd. Santa will be there from noon – 4 p.m. and will take pictures with families free of charge. There will also be holiday arts and crafts vendors starting at 10 a.m.
Santa and his reindeer will ride through the sky at 7 p.m. to mark the beginning of the parade. The parade starts in front of Peninsula Park and heads to the Main Channel, turns at Hobie Beach, loops in front of the launch ramp, then heads back to Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club and repeats the route for a second run. The parade can be viewed from parks and walkways that line the route as well as from most Harbor restaurants.
Any size boat can register for the Parade of Lights. To participate in the parade, download an entry form from www.channelislandsharbor.org. Parade participants can take part in various decorating contests and compete for awards.
For more information on the Parade of Lights visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
Blossom Tea House is a local, family-owned Thai food and Boba Tea café, featuring delicious made-to-order Thai Street Food. They have a wide variety of milk tea flavors, iced tea, smoothies, and slushes, which come with boba.
Blossom Tea House offers special deals and a loyalty program for customers. Stop in for the Lunch Special, which includes a main dish, cream cheese wonton, and a small Thai Tea Boba for $7.50 (lunch deal Tue-Fri 11am -3pm). Or come in for an afternoon Tea Break Special (Tue-Fri: 3pm-6pm and Sat-Sun: 2pm-5pm). Tea Break includes your choice of a small appetizer and a small tea drink for $6.50 (Tue-Fri: 3pm-6pm and Sat-Sun: 2pm-5pm).
The café is located at 814 N. Ventura Road and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00am – 9:00pm. Blossom Tea House is a take-out restaurant; however there are tables and customers are welcome to stay. Customers can conveniently call in orders for pick up at 805-553-8402 or email email@example.com