The Weiser Agency is a local, family-owned, Farmers Insurance agency based in the Channel Islands Harbor. Their dedicated team takes pride in providing custom insurance solutions to protect all you love including your home, business, boat, car and overall lifestyle you have worked so hard to build.
The Weiser Agency is nationally ranked within the top 1% of Farmers Insurance agencies in the country. They take pride in the work they do to protect and support thousands of business owners and families in the community through insurance solutions. They believe it's their responsibility to offer clients a customized insurance portfolio that fits their unique lifestyle, both now and in the future.
For additional information call 805.984.3777 and visit their website at www.theweiseragency.com
Reel Guppy Outdoors founder, Kevin Brannon saw a need for a free youth fishing program in his local community.
Many kids would tell him they wished they had someone to take them fishing too, whenever he and his kids would pile into the car, fishing rods and tackle in tow. He himself had grown up with uncertainty, single parent household, low income, after his father passed away. Then it was foster homes and shelters, a modern-day Dickensian childhood.
With little other opportunity, yet living just a block from Port Hueneme Pier, he would spend hours there, fishing. Required to be ever resourceful, he would recover used fishing line and hooks. With a tin can as his fishing pole, and any leftover bait he could scrounge from the pier’s cleaning tables, he was a modern-day Huck Fin.
By age 9, he had worked his way aboard the local party-boats. As a “pin-head,” he helped paying passengers with their fishing, untangling lines, sacking fish and such.
Out on the boats was a haven of safety and solitude, a place of security and certainty in his otherwise unstable childhood. This time imprinted a passion for fishing and the sea, an ethic valuing helping others.
He carries these values to this day, and they form the heart and soul of the Reel Guppy Outdoors program. Now, some 25 years later, Brannon produces a TV show he started while attending Oxnard College. Reel Anglers Fishing Show California currently televised in California produces the Reel Guppy Outdoor.
Brannon saw it as his purpose, sharing his connection with the ocean and outdoors with others, to foster in others the sense of belonging and purpose he found in fishing.
With the promise of fun and adventure as bait, he fosters a sense of value in learning, self motivation, leadership and success in the young people he takes fishing. As a survivor of uncertain times, he wants to pass on the survival strategies that saved him.
Brannon reinvested the blessings and rewards from his successful show toward taking as many kids as he could fit in his car, fishing. The effort blossomed. With the help of other like-minded folk, also volunteering their time and effort, he has organized over 20 youth fishing events, taking over 1,000 kids fishing.
For more information visit their website - www.reelguppyoutdoors.com | 805-248-2166
Check their website for 4th weekend events as locations will vary.
Although each of us must transact to live a satisfying and comfortable life, most fail the fundamentals of transaction; they cannot influence others, labor far more than they’d like, and don’t make the money they could. Most people don’t think accurately about the transactions built to satisfy their aims. They’ve never considered the architecture of these transactions and how the construction of these exchanges either allows them to live as they want—or cripples their ability to meet their aims. Transactional competence is a unique ability that offers ambitious professionals the certainty, freedom, and consistency to satisfy lofty aims. In this workshop, attendees will leave with an understanding of what a transaction is, how they work, and how to speed them up. This model begins an understanding of the architecture of any transaction and the asset and liability of our own personality and transactional behavior.
Each participant will leave with a roadmap to satisfy any aim.
The Vagabond Inn Oxnard, located at 1245 N Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard, CA 93030, provides a clean, comfortable stay in the heart of downtown Oxnard. The hotel offers daily complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, and free WiFi. Guests can relax and swim in the heated pool or unwind in air-conditioned guest rooms with refrigerators, microwaves, cable TV, and HBO. Spa rooms with soaking rubs are available on request.
As a very local business, the hotel sits just minutes from countless opportunities for entertainment and adventure. There’s something for everyone: the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center is a 5 minute drive south of the hotel, outlet shopping is only 15 minutes east, and the great outdoors call in every direction.
Guests of the Vagabond Inn Oxnard enjoy beautiful day trips to Channel Island Harbor, a local favorite with superb dining and annual festivals. They can also see the California coast on scenic drives to nearby Port Hueneme, Ventura, or Santa Barbara.
Hot deals and discounted rates for the Vagabond Inn Oxnard can be found on VagabondInn.com. Current rates are $80 for queen bed guest rooms and $90 for double bed guest rooms. Children (under 18) stay free with parents. Occasionally, guests receive free room upgrades on check-in. Great value, friendly people – it’s how Vagabond Inn does things.
On a local note, the hotel thanks Oxnard’s own Sal Mancha (City of Oxnard Planning Division) for making its amazing lobby map.
First SoCal private university program starts in fall
California Lutheran University will offer a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and tourism, the only one available from a private institution in Southern California, starting in the fall semester.
Cal Lutheran’s School of Management spent two years working with more than 50 industry leaders from organizations including AmaWaterways, Westlake Village Inn, Pleasant Holidays, The Walt Disney Co., Conejo Valley Tourism Improvement District and Urbane Cafe to develop the program. Many of them stepped forward to provide more than $600,000 in seed funding for a professorship and scholarship fund.
“Support from industry professionals eager to build a needed pipeline of high-quality talent for their businesses has been amazing,” said School of Management Dean Gerhard Apfelthaler. “They have helped us put together a top-notch program that will prepare students for leadership in this important and growing field.”
The hospitality and tourism industry is a driving force behind the California and regional economies and is forecast to grow. Despite the importance of tourism in California, the percentage of colleges in the state offering programs in the field falls below the national average. Locally, Cal Lutheran’s program will provide a way for students in the hospitality, restaurant and tourism management, and culinary arts programs at Oxnard College, Santa Barbara City College and the Ventura County Office of Education to continue their education.
Companies have already committed to more than 50 internships, which will be required of students, and study abroad opportunities are also available. Labs will give students hands-on experience with the latest reservation, conference and front desk management systems so they will have broad knowledge of the areas they may oversee as managers.
Students will complete a core managerial program to develop skills in operations, finance, human resources and marketing. Company executives will present special courses and guest lectures. The curriculum will also focus on creative and critical thinking, communication and ethical leadership. The final year will cover advanced hospitality management topics and involve students in roundtable meetings with local, regional and global executives.
“The hospitality industry needs well-rounded, well-educated professionals,” said Jim Cathcart, director of human resources for Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. “I am very excited about Cal Lutheran’s program, which balances industry-specific courses, experiential learning and the liberal arts.”
For more information on the program, go to callutheran.edu/hospitality.
Help your business save money.
Today’s economy is especially challenging for small businesses. Many are aggressively seeking ways to cut expenses and better manage operating costs. The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) & Southern California Edison (SCE) understands how energy costs can impact your bottom line…that’s why we are promoting the Direct Install program.
The Direct Install program is an excellent way for your business to reduce energy costs and save money. This effortless program provides qualifying businesses with FREE energy-efficient products, FREE installation and long-term energy savings.
How Direct Install Works
SCE has contracted with highly-skilled energy efficiency experts who will come and evaluate your small business, free of charge, to identify energy savings opportunities. With your approval, the contractor will install FREE energy-efficient replacement equipment. By replacing the less efficient equipment with new, energy-efficient technology, your business will reduce its energy use, carbon footprint and electric bill — all at no cost to you.
The contractor will take 5–10 minutes to complete the energy assessment and make recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of your business. If you agree with the recommendations, the contractor will ask you to sign an Authorization Form and schedule an appointment for a convenient time to install the equipment. Installation of recommended energy-efficient equipment will take less than two hours and your business can remain open.
Take the opportunity to participate this year and let us know you are interested, this program might not be back in the area for another few years. To see approximately when your Direct Install Contractor, CRI Lighting & Electrical, will be in our area, please view the enclosed Direct Install Community Calendar.
Learn how other business owners lowered their energy usage with Direct Install by visiting www.sce.com/sbd then click on Direct Install.
It’s really that easy. There’s no catch. Simply let us help your business use energy more efficiently, conserve precious resources and improve your bottom line.
Feel free to contact us directly with questions you may have about the program.
Click here for more info.
County of Ventura
800 S Victoria Ave #L 1940
Ventura, CA 93009
Direct: (805) 654-3887
Gabriel's House: Providing faith-based healing and wholeness to the formerly homeless women and children of Oxnard
Gabriel’s House is a non-profit emergency shelter and transitional living home located in Oxnard dedicated to serving the formerly homeless women and their children of Ventura County. Since opening in 2011, Gabriel's House has provided emergency shelter and case management services to over 400 residents with over 300 (75%) of these residents moving into stable or long-term housing programs. With 20 emergency service beds and six private family rooms, Gabriel’s House can serve up to 40 women, children, and babies at one time.
The City of Oxnard has recently chosen Gabriel’s House to be the site of Ventura County’s newest, expanded emergency shelter. This new multi-story unit, located immediately next to Gabriel’s House in Oxnard, will double or triple Gabriel’s House’s existing emergency shelter capacity. The cry and vision of Gabriel’s House is that no woman or child in our community should have to sleep outside.
Gabriel’s House is more than a comfortably furnished home on two green acres in a quiet neighborhood with security. It is an entire community of caregivers committed to serving each individual as a person, not as a case. It is a place to call home and truly be part of a family. You can learn more about Gabriel’s House at gabriel's-house.org. Requests to learn more or to get involved with Gabriel’s House can be sent to email@example.com or by calling (805) 487-3445.