Last year’s pumpkin patch at Limoneira Ranch drew over twenty thousand people from far and wide, and this year’s patch is pushing the "Wow" factor even higher. Nestled among lemon groves, framed by mountains and country air, the 15-acre Pumpkin Patch, including a 5-acre Corn MaiZe, is family fun for all on a real farm, that has been in operation for over one hundred years. Visitors will be able to climb the towering hay pyramid, see and hold Future Farmers of America (FFA) animals, take guided tours in old fashioned hay wagon rides through the groves and enjoy festive foods and live entertainment and more. The patch features a recreated French Trebuchet (catapult) that challenges folks, for an extra charge, to hurl pumpkins at the "castle" and win prizes. And….. perfect pumpkins and gourds far and wide for sale.
Super exciting this year is the newly designed 5-acre "Bee Amazed", Corn MaIze which features a bee, a flower, bee hive and Santa Paula 2017. Visitors fortunate enough to stumble onto the correct pathways may exit the MaiZe in less than 30 minutes; but the more directionally-challenged may take a couple of hours, providing a source of recreation that is fun for all ages, clean, educational and unique. Many people have watched the Santa Paula Rotary MaiZe grow by looking at images on social media. The MaiZe used at the Pumpkin Patch has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, CBS, NBC, Discovery, People Magazine and more.
According to Jan Marholin, Santa Paula Rotary President, "Santa Paula’s Pumpkin Patch is a tradition, and that it just isn’t the start of the Holiday Season without it. Limoneira Ranch is "the" place to pick a perfect pumpkin, have fun and learn a little something about agriculture, whether you come with your kids, grandparents, spouse, date or school. It just seems to appeal to everyone." All proceeds from the Santa Paula Rotary Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch support local charities, civic organizations and schools. Come out and enjoy the fun!
Celebrate the fall this year by visiting The Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch each weekend this October. Saturdays and Sundays in October: 7/8,14/15, 21/22, and 28/29 between 10am and 5pm. Admission is $5, children 2 and under are free. The MaIze is an additional $10.00 fee. The Pumpkin Patch is located at 12471 Foothill Rd in Santa Paula, California just across from the Olivelands School. For more information/questions please email email@example.com or visit www.pumpkinpatchatlimoneiraranch.com or call 888-522-1884.
The Avalanche and The Silence New Works by Linda Arreola
September 10 - November 19, 2017
Influenced by the architecture of Mesoamerica and the sleek lines of modernist design, Linda Arreola investigates geometric spatial arrangements using an elemental and minimalist sensibility. Arreloa’s explorations using geometric abstraction create what she calls spiritual structural environments. As with the experience she had upon seeing the pyramids of Teotihuacan for the first time, ‘I wantto create work that gives the viewer a perspective that connects them to a much grander whole". With this in mind and having a background in sculpture and architecture, she thinks of her paintings as built rather than rendered. Line, color and form are her elemental building blocks from which she creates these abstract environments.
With this new series, The Avalanche and the Silence Arreloa is venturing into the territory of duality. It is the first time she has worked with two distinct concepts simultaneously. Though the inspiration arose out of the present day experience of our human condition, this duality signifies the hopeful reminder found in opposing positions that creates an equilibrium and ultimately fosters regeneration.
Saturday, September 9 4-6 pm
$10 / members free
Reception sponsored by The Arts Collaborative
Collecting/California Latino Art
Selected works of California Latino art from the Carnegie’s Collection will be shown including the 21ft History of the Chicano Movimiento by Frank Romero, recently returned from his retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach. Carnegie’s focus on collecting Latino Art began in 1994 with a group exhibition curated by Frank Romero.
The Fall exhibits honor, but are not a part of, the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino Art in LA being exhibited at art institutions throughout Southern California.
Location: 424 South C Street Oxnard, CA 93030 805-385-8158 Carnegieam.org
Hours: Thurs - Sat 10 am - 5 pm | Sun - 1 pm - 5 pm closed holidays and between exhibits
Admission: Adults $4 Students $3 Seniors $2 Children (6 and up) $1 under 6 free
museum members free | free parking | @carnegieartmuse
Next summer six families will move into brand new homes they helped build in Oxnard's neighborhood of La Colonia.
But the celebration of the six-home Habitat for Humanity project begins Saturday. Officials have invited the community to join the selected families in a groundbreaking ceremony at 9 a.m. at the project site, 125 N. Hayes Avenue.
The two- and three-bedroom homes are affordable units, costing the families less than $250,000.
"In Ventura County, overall, there's a tremendous need for affordable housing," said Steve Dwyer, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. "Our mission is to provide safe, decent, affordable homes for purchase."
The $1.8 million project has been subsidized through partnerships with agencies like Gold Coast Health Plan, which donated $75,000 for the project. The grant is part of a Community Health Investments program that supports improvements to health care access, food security and neighborhood environments.
A housing nonprofit such as Habitat for Humanity may not be a traditional partner for health care agencies but that is starting to change, said Dale Villani, chief executive officer of Gold Coast Health Plan, a public agency serving Ventura County Medi-Cal members.
"There's a fair number of homeless people in Ventura County and many of them are actual members of Gold Coast Health Plan," Villani said. "We like our members to have safe and healthy homes to live in."
Villani said there are many factors in determining a person's health and they include a healthy living environment.
"Health care is really looking at the whole person," he said.
The health plan grant, totaling $1.5 million, was awarded to 16 local organizations including FOOD Share, Brain Injury Center of Ventura County and Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project. There were 23 groups that applied for the grant.
"We were very pleased to see a company with the presence of Gold Coast clearly making that link between investing in the health of a family to improving the community over time," Dwyer said.
The La Colonia project also received support from the city of Oxnard, Department of Housing and Urban Development, St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, West Coast Air Conditioning, Ventura County Community Development Corporation and Ventura County Housing Trust Fund.
Meathead Movers, with locations in Ventura County, has made Inc. Magazine’s Honor Roll for the sixth year in a row.
Company is on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
“As we continue to expand and grow, it’s important that we stay focused on our core values,” said Aaron Steed, CEO. “We want our brand to reflect our dedication to our customers and our employees. We look forward to the next 20 years of providing exceptional moving services in California and beyond, and we’re so humbled to be included on the Inc. 5000 list again in 2017.”
Story by: VC Star
The City of Oxnard will continue to hold sign-up opportunities for the utility rate assistance program "Project Assist" on August 23 & 24 and is determined to reach income-qualified customers. The program offers low-income residents a $10 monthly discount toward residents’ trash, sewer, and water utility bills.
To qualify, customers must be participants in Southern California Edison or Southern California Gas Company’s CARE program. Oxnard residents will be notified of approval in the first week of September and program enrollment begins within 30 days of acceptance. Funds are limited and acceptance is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Currently, city staff has signed-up, reviewed, and approved 158 participants in the program that officially started on July 1st.
To submit a program application, residents are invited to attend one of two August community sign-up events, where city staff will accept applications. To complete an application on site, residents must bring a copy of a valid driver’s license or most recent utility bill, and a copy of an Edison or SoCal Gas bill showing proof of CARE program eligibility, and sign the application. Applications will also be available online at www.oxnard.org/project-assist.
Schedule of Sign-Up Events:
• August 23, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Oxnard Public Library, Room A, 251 South A Street.
• August 24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Oxnard Public Library, Room A, 251 South A Street.
For more information, visit Oxnard.org/project-assist or contact the Public Works Customer Services Manager Jay Duncan at 385-8387.