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Suzy Prudden: Money Mind Mastery

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by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
January 29th, 2015

PrudenYour mind is the power behind your money. What you say is what you think. If you say "I'm broke" you think you’re broke. You always get to be will be broke if you say you are. If you say "I have everything I need" you think you have everything you need and you get to be right and have everything you need. If you say "It's OK to make a million dollars" you will think it is OK to make a million dollars and your money mind set will be set in motion to do just that. With her many years as a business strategist and in-depth interviews with the best in their fields, Suzy Prudden will help you achieve the mindset of a multimillionaire. Giving you the tools to change your money mind, get out of your own way and open the flood gates to wealth and prosperity.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

by Ventura County Now

June 2nd, 2014

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Shopping and entertainment combine for the ultimate fun-filled weekend at the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show at the Ventura County Fairgrounds October 3-5, 2014.

 The showcase features hundreds of artisans with more than 24,000 handcrafted originals, stage entertainment, a Kidzone, strolling performers, contests, a pumpkin patch, specialty foods, and more. The festive fall-themed atmosphere makes exploring the array of exhibits and adventure with such an amazing collection of beautiful jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, hand woven clothing, children's accessories, sculptures, holiday ornaments, and more.

When you bring a non perishable for donation to FOOD Share you received $2 off Festival admission.


Master Chorale of Ventura County – Fall Concert Information

by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
November 1st, 2011

Master Chorale of Ventura County – Fall Concert Information

TICKET ORDERING 805-654-0995


You are invited to hear VOICES RISING in dazzling song!


WONDROUS MUSIC: “The Requiem by Karl Jenkins


Master Chorale of Ventura County,

Burns Taft, Conductor

With Master Chorale Children’s Choir,

Cheryl Gillaspy, Conductor


Karl Jenkins’ Requiem is a magical mix from many cultures.  Along with the stunningly beautiful Pie Jesu and In Paradisum, it includes Japanese haiku with delicate, epigrammatic commentary on the liturgical text.  Japanese flute, strings and a delicate array of percussion accompany the music.  It unlocks an emotional response unlike any other music. 


Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8 PM

Samuelson Chapel, Cal Lutheran University

60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


Sunday, November 6, 2011

First Presbyterian Church

850 Ivywood Drive, Oxnard, CA 93030


Tickets: $20



Featuring the “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten


Master Chorale of Ventura County,

Burns Taft, Conductor

with Master Chorale Children’s Choir,

Cheryl Gillaspy, Conductor


Celebrate Christmas with Benjamin Britten’s exuberant “Ceremony of Carols”, featuring voices and harp.  Be inspired by the Choir of Children!!  Enjoy favorite carols, plus special carol selections from Puerto Rico, Mexico and Spain – a musical tradition to treasure!!  


Friday, December 16, 2011, 8 PM

Sunday, December 18, 2011, 4:30 PM

Mission San Buenaventura

211 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001


Tickets: $25, Priority Seating; $18, General Seating

Ticket Phone: 805-654-0995



Ventura's July 4th Street Fair - "a Celebration of American Music", Events and Entertainment Line-up

by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
July 2nd, 2011

Ventura's July 4th Street Fair - "a Celebration of American Music",  Events and Entertainment Line-up

Ventura's popular 4th of July Street Fair, a 36 year tradition with the city, will be held on Monday, July 4th in the Downtown Ventura Cultural District.  The Independence Day celebration begins officially at 10:00am and continues until 5:00pm.

Street Fair activities will be stretching a full 9 blocks along downtown's Main Street from Fir Street to Mission Park. There will be approximately 300 participating artist and crafters, entertainment on six stages and an assortment of food booths.

Kids' attractions include Pony Rides, Train Rides, WOW Inflatables and Gold Rush Mobile Rock Climbing at Mission Park.  Entertainment will appeal to all attendees.  The Ventura Visitors Bureau will be open for the duration of the street fair, visit them at California and Santa Clara Street along with many of the Downtown Merchants.

Oak Street will host the Sierra Club with their exhibits of environmentally friendly cars.  The Sierra Club will also offer many environmentally friendly and global awareness displays and hands-on activities for children.

Free parking is available in the downtown parking structure, as well as city lots.  Attendees may take the free shuttle bus from the Ventura County Government Center to the Street Fair site every 30 minutes.  Smoking is not allowed on the shuttle bus, and only service animals are permitted (no pets.)

Admission to the Street Fair is free.  This event is presented by the City of Ventura Parks Recreation & Community Partnership Department, and sponsored by Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura Harley Davidson, DSR Audio, the Ventura County Star and Gold Coast Broadcasting.

For further information visit the website at or call (805) 654-7749.

Children, adults and their little red wagons are invited to dress up for the Pushem-Pullem Parade sponsored by the Ventura East Rotary Club that assembles at Cemetery Park (Main & Crimea) at 9:30 am and begins to parade down Main Street at 10:00 am (Participants receive a free commemorative button while supplies last).

4th of July Street Fair ENTERTAINMENT 2011

    10:00am - 11:00am    Bachlorettes & Bachelors
    11:30am - 12:00pm    Channel Islands Clippers
    12:15pm - 12:45pm    Barranca Vista Dancers        
    1:00pm - 1:30pm        Jewels of the Nile
    1:30pm - 2:00pm        Channelaire Chorus    
    2:00pm - 3:00pm        Tina's Port of Paradise    

    11:00am - 3:00pm    Benise
    11:00am - 1:00pm    Pier 101
    2:00pm - 4:00pm      Super Sonic Band
    11:00am - 3:00pm    Jill Martini Soiree

    11:00am - 4:00pm     Duchesla

    11:00am - 4:00pm    Iron Mountain Boys

For further details visit the website at or contact Michelle Godoy at 805.654.7749. 

Heavy crowds turn out for Memorial Day services

by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
May 30th, 2011

Heavy crowds turned out Monday for Memorial Day services around Ventura County, exceeding past turnouts and in at least one case topping the number who came to honor the dead after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The 1,000 people converging at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura looked like a possible record to retired Col. George Compton, master of ceremonies.

"The only time all the chairs were filled was after 9/11, and this was overflow today," he said.

Terri Taylor Gonzalez, president of Ivy Lawn, tied the turnout to a surge in patriotism as well as publicity about the 40th annual observance. Veterans said the recent death of Osama bin Laden probably played a role, along with support for the armed forces.

"People are beginning to appreciate the military," said retired dentist Bill Stewart, 85, a Port Hueneme man who served during three wars.

Across the county in Moorpark, Assistant City Manager Hugh Riley said bin Laden's death May 2 and the upcoming 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 have unified Americans.

Nor is the threat over, he said, reminding those attending an observance at the Moorpark Veterans' Memorial of the risk military forces take. The Vietnam veteran said seven soldiers lost their lives in a single blast in Afghanistan last week.

"We must never forget what it means to be an American and never take for granted the sacrifices of those brave men and women who gave their lives so we might live in freedom as Americans," Riley said.

Veterans attending Memorial Day services around Ventura County fought in wars from World War II to Afghanistan. They came from every branch of the service to honor their comrades.

Matt Valenzuela, a sergeant in the Marine Corps and vice commander of American Legion Post 502, spoke in Moorpark about the soldiers he served with during the Korean conflict.

"I'm sure some of the veterans here today joined because you saw a poster that said, 'Join the service and see the world.' We joined, we served, we saw the world, and some of us never returned," said Valenzuela, who urged those in attendance to observe a moment of silence for the fallen warriors.

Army veteran Ramiro Delao, who was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, said he comes to the annual observances to support his fellow soldiers who died fighting the war on terrorism.

"I got to serve my country," said the 30-year-old Camarillo resident, who attended the Ivy Lawn ceremony. "I don't think there's any greater honor than that."

Delao and his wife, Vanessa Delao, brought their two daughters, ages 6 and 2, to the observance. Vanessa Delao said she wanted her children to know what the day is about, referring to keynote speaker Navy Capt. James McHugh's words that the holiday is to honor those who have died serving their country, not just a day off work.

Air Force Maj. Matt Glynn, who served four tours in Iraq and is now stationed with the Air National Guard at Point Mugu, expressed the same sentiment. He brought his 4-year-old son to an observance in Westlake Village.

"I just wanted to show my son what Memorial Day is about and honor the friends I have lost after being in the military for 13 years now," he said at the event at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park. "It means a lot to me and I want my son to see that."

Officials said nearly 3,000 people attended the event at the Westlake cemetery, about 500 more than they expected.

"We came just to honor the veterans," said Nicole Krumian of Agoura Hills as she and her family attended the annual event organized by the Conejo-Simi Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.

"It's because of them that our country is defended and that we're protected, and I want my kids to see it and understand it and feel pride in their country," she said.

Rabbi Shimon Paskow urged the crowd to remember all who gave their lives in service of their country, from the Revolutionary War to modern-day wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We recall the people who served, the battles that were fought, the hardships endured, the sacrifices that were made and above all, our dear and beloved friends and relatives who gave their lives on land, sea and air for the values we as Americans cherish," said the retired Army colonel.

At a Camarillo ceremony, speaker Michael Blaauw admitted he was a bit nervous, then struck a somber note.

"How we all doing?" the naval chief petty officer said in a Southern drawl at the observance that drew several hundred people to Conejo Mountain Funeral Home and Memorial Park.

"Welcome to the 46th annual Lest We Forget Memorial Day service. I've lost a little of my mojo, being first to speak, because I'm not used to it. But we're going to make something happen today."

Blaauw read the poem "No, Freedom Isn't Free" by retired U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Kelly Strong. The poet tells of seeing a young Marine in uniform saluting the American flag, then of lives cut short.

"I thought of all the children, of the mothers and the wives," Blaauw said, "of fathers, sons and husbands with interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard at the bottom of the sea, of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn't free."

Blaauw continued with an accounting of the terrorist suicide bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. Seventeen sailors lost their lives and 39 were injured on Oct. 12, 2000.

"Even when America is not at war, our men and women in the armed forces are striving to preserve peace," he said.

Other observances were held Monday at tiny Bardsdale Cemetery, downtown Ojai, Santa Paula Cemetery, Simi Valley and the new veterans home in Ventura.


By Rachel McGrathMichele Willer-AllredKathleen Wilson

Simi Valley Cajon Creole Music Festival

by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
May 27th, 2011

The 22nd Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 28th & 29th, 2011.

2011 promises to continue our tradition of bringing fans a full weekend of nonstop award-winning entertainment, more food choices than you can sample in two days, and activities to keep kids of all ages entertained too.

The first stage will feature 9 hours of continuous music each day.  Featured will be international and award winning Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music acts.

The second stage will feature the Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue on Saturday and world-class blues and roots acts on Sunday.

Both stages feature lots of viewing space plus large dance floors.

In addition, this family friendly event has a giant kids area featuring bouncers, rock walls, specialty acts, crafts and talent shows.  There are also food booths and many crafts and merchandise booths.
Address: 5005 Los Angeles Avenue Simi Valley, California 93063 Rancho Santa Susana Community Park
Cost: $18 general admission
Saturday, May 28, 2011, 10:30 am-8 pm
Sunday, May 29, 2011, 10:30 am-8 pm

Sat May 28th

The 44’s 11:00 AM
Los Fabulocous Feat Kid Ramos 12:00 PM
Mikey Jr & Stone Cold Blues 1:15 PM
Kirk Fletcher Band 2:25 PM
Ana Popovic 3:40 PM
Mannish Boys Revue with Tracy Nelson, Rusty Zinn, Lynwood Slim, The King Brothers, Bob Corritore, Peter Dammann and more. 5:05 PM
John Nemeth 7:00 PM


Sun May 29th

Cadillac Zack with Special Guests 11:00 AM
Mitch Kashmar Band 12:00 PM
Arthur Adams 1:15 PM
Big Pete tribute to Lester Butler with special guest Al Blake 2:30 PM
Shawn Pittman 3:45 PM
Elvin Bishop “Hell Raisin Review” 5:00 PM
Maria Muldaur 6:45 PM




Sat May 28th

Parade 3:10 PM

Sun May 29th

Parade 3:10 PM

Schedule are subject to change

Rhythms of Life Dance for AIDS

by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
May 24th, 2011

Rhythms of Life: Dance for AIDS is a community driven, family oriented, multi-cultural dance performance that inspires and uplifts. On May 21, 2011 we shared stories of people living with HIV.

This year we were very fortunate to have the talented CathyJean Butter of Ventura College Dance Department produce the show. CathyJean Butter and Ventura College Dance Alumni and Students weaved creative and cultural dance, music, and journeys with AIDS into an inspirational and educational dance mosaic. 

Our amazing perfomers who lent their time and heart for the cause were: Capoeira at Arts for Action, IJOYA West African Dance & Drum Ensemble, Kealoha and Company Expressions of Polynesia, Nia Fitness Friends, Ñuu Savi Dance Group performs Oaxaca, Ventura College Dance Department.

Kealoha and Company, Expressions of Polynesia performs dances from several islands of the Pacific. The family based groups performs throughout Ventura County. They are interested in performing at Dance for AIDS where they can bring a little of the islands to those who are unable to travel.

Capoeira at Arts for Action’s mission is to foster cultural citizenship and community building through arts education. Capoeira, created by Africans in Brazil, includes drumming, music, dance, martial arts, education and community. Specifically, our efforts focus on producing high quality, accessible, creative opportunities in the Afro-Brazilian art of Capoeira, and in multicultural and multi-disciplinary arts. BBCC is committed to squelching the risk factors caused by racism, sexism, poverty, illiteracy, xenophobia, and homophobia that limit the development of healthy communities and the ability for all people to enjoy the benefits of cultural citizenship. Arts education for adults and children is produced in traditional and non-traditional settings (e.g., theaters, schools, community centers, universities, libraries, museums, and public spaces) to enhance the awareness of Latin America and the African diaspora, and to encourage cosmopolitanism. This is a great venue for us to support a worthy cause that goes hand in hand with our mission.

IJOYA West African Dance & Drum Ensemble’s mission statement is to connect people through cultural dancing while fostering an environment that promotes creativity, communication and becoming one with the drum. They believe that the community must educate on HIV awareness, that a big voice is needed to make a difference. They are honored to be one of many to help join in on this amazing cause here in Ventura County.

Nia Fitness Friends is an enthusiastic gathering of individuals(who primarily dance at the Ventura Nia Center), forming for this event to support the work of VCAP and promote our passion for Nia. Nia is an empowering sensory based movement practice that uses “The Body’s Way” to achieve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness and well-being. People of all shapes and sizes take classes barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries around the world. Nia inspires and uplifts while bringing those who practice it to better health as it teaches us about “Dancing through Life”.

Ñuu Savi Dance Group performs Oaxaca traditional dances. Most of the dancers are from Oaxaca state of Mexico. They dance because it is part of their identify and they want to promote it within the large community of Ventura County. At this time they are presenting “Jarabe Mixteco”. They support this event because they represent a culture that believes in “sharing and giving”. They want to share their traditional dances. They want to give support to VCAP and help achieve their fund rising goals. They believe that together we can make a difference by supporting local HIV/AIDS programs.

Ventura College Dance Department prides itself on community outreach. They have performed for Downtown Ventura Artwalks, for Casa Pacifica and for local schools. Dancing to support the AIDS Partnership is another way for them to share the healing aspects of dance and their creativity through movement towards a better world.

Fillmore brings out the fun for May Festival

by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
May 21st, 2011

The Fillmore May Festival was in full swing Friday night as the 99th edition of the annual Chamber of Commerce fundraiser brought a carnival midway, dozens of food and commercial vendors, two entertainment stages and a beer garden to downtown's Central Park.

As kids with painted faces and cotton candy or shaved ice in hand scrambled to check out rides such as the Gravitron, Rocko and others provided by Guadagno Amusements, students from Central Music rocked out on a community stage at the event.

The festival has gone by different names over the years but remains a local tradition.

"I'm 48 and I have memories of coming here as a kid, throwing a ping-pong ball into a glass jar and winning a goldfish," former Mayor and current Fillmore Councilman Steve Conaway said as he took in the scene. "It's just community. You'll see people, families getting together. It's a fun event, and there's nothing wrong with a little music and cotton candy, either."

"Of course," added Conaway, "you've got the parade. That's a staple."

The parade, set to step off on Central Avenue at 10 a.m. today, will be preceded by the Lions Club's Heritage Valley 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m.

This year, longtime sponsors Bud Lite and the Ventura County Star are joined by newcomers Wells Fargo Bank, Wm. Morris Chevrolet and Pacific Coast Trade School. The event is also backed by host of local companies and organizations.

Event coordinator Shawn Diaz, who runs the festival with the help of a dozen other volunteers, said there are twice as many vendors as last year and he hopes the event will exceed the $60,000 in net proceeds it usually generates for the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce, for which the festival is its top fundraiser.

The May Festival, which costs $80,000 to $90,000 to put on, typically draws 20,000 to 30,000 visitors. Diaz expects to match or exceed that number this year.

"This started as a one-day event and over the years and decades, it's expanded," Diaz said. "My goal is just to continue to take it to the next level."

Emcee R.J. Stump said, "Every year, it seems like it gets bigger and better."

This year, a main entertainment stage has been set up near the beer garden outside City Hall. Diaz credited soundman Jaime "Rico" Rangel of radio station Q104.7 for that particular improvement.

He said a videographer would be recording this year's festivities and the footage will be used to make a promotional video to present to potential sponsors for the centennial event, which might be moved to Two Rivers Park, the city's newest.

As a line formed outside the gates, youngsters gathered in groups, checking out the offerings.

Jacob Prada, 15, said he comes for the rides, his favorite being the Rocko, a sort of Ferris wheel with spinning caged cars.

"I've been coming to this my whole life," he said as he stood near food booths offering Mexican fare, corn dogs, barbecue, fried Twinkies and other fair favorites.

For Teanna Ramirez, 16, the draw is simple.

"The friends — hanging out with people," she said, adding that she came with a posse of 15 and probably wouldn't get home until midnight.

Following the 5K run and the parade, the festival continues today from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hours on Sunday are from noon to 9 p.m.

The cost of admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children. Carnival tickets run $1 apiece, 20 for $19, and 32 for $25. Each ride takes three to four tickets.

By: JAmes Zoltak

Strawberry festival expected to draw big crowd to Oxnard

by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
May 20th, 2011

Oxnard will turn juicy red this weekend with the 28th annual California Strawberry Festival.

And Chairwoman Daisy Tatum is strongly encouraging festival-goers to take advantage of the 50 free shuttles from any of five sites around the area to get to the event at College Park in south Oxnard.

Her mantra is: "I ride the shuttle. You ride the shuttle. We all ride the shuttle." She said the free rides are a no-stress express to enjoying a day or two of luscious red berries, along with entertainment, various rides, children activities, arts and crafts and more.

She said the shuttles that run every 20 minutes are a practical alternative to paying $10 for parking on site and possibly more for burning gas while sitting in the usual traffic jams. The event typically draws about 65,000 people over two days.

With strawberries being touted as the new super-food — promoting weight-loss and health — the festival is riding high on the popularity of the fruit that generated sales for local growers of more than $515 million in 2009, the latest available figure.

Tatum said her biggest thanks in preparing for the festival go out to the workers who cultivate and pick the crops.

"We wouldn't have all of these strawberries if it weren't for people who labor in the field to make sure to harvest what we're serving on our tables every day," she said.

One of the goals of the festival is to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Last year, the festival diverted 9.3 tons of recyclables from landfills; donated 1,500 pounds of goods to FOOD Share; convinced 14,000-plus people to ride the free Park N Ride Strawberry Shuttle; and partnered with Amtrak to offer incentives for the festival weekend, with free shuttles meeting train passengers.

Tatum said this year the festival has been reconfigured because of construction at the College Park. She said arts and crafts will now be displayed on Rose Avenue, and the children's areas have been divided into two sections.

As a first-time chairwoman, Tatum said she has checked off every item on her to-do list, coordinating 280 of the 400 volunteers who will be working the festival.

"This week I've been working on it every day. It's a full-time job this week," she said, admitting she has butterflies about being at the helm. "We want everybody to come out enjoy the festival. We have something for everyone — young, old and in the middle."

Strawberry festival fun facts include:

- About 1.5 million strawberries will be consumed over the weekend.

- More than $3.5 million has been raised to benefit local charities since the festival began.

- 72 sponsors have signed up, an increase from last year's record of 66.

- 8,000 pounds of sliced strawberries will be used at the popular build-your-own strawberry shortcake tent, as well as 275 flats of whole strawberries, 3,000 loaves of pound cake, and 1,500 cans of whipped cream.

- About 218 artists from 11 states will present their wares.

If you go

What: California Strawberry Festival When and where: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Strawberry Meadows of College Park, adjacent to Oxnard College, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard.

Cost: $12 adults and teens; $8 seniors and active military with ID; $5 children 5-12; free for kids 4 and younger. Advance tickets available at

Transit: Parking is available on-site for $10, but festival organizers recommend taking the free Strawberry Express shuttle from these Oxnard locations: Palms Shopping Center, 2000 Outlet Center Drive; Channel Islands Harbor; Centerpoint Mall, 2687 Saviers Road; Oxnard Transportation Center, 201 Fourth St.; as well as the Camarillo Premium Outlets, Camarillo Center Drive and Plaza La Vista in Camarillo.

Activities: For kids, free attractions include a Berry-Go-Round, carousel, bounce slide and other rides; and for adults, there will be more than 200 vendors selling arts and crafts and various food.

Entertainment: On Saturday, the Festival Stage will feature Unkle Monkey, 10:30 a.m.; Jeanne Tatum (smooth R&B), 12:20 p.m.; Dakota ('60s, '70s and '80s hits), 1:50 p.m.; Bella Donna (Stevie Nicks tribute), 3:20 p.m.; and Platinum Groove, 4:50 p.m. The Dr. Kato Stage will feature Channel Islands Clippers (a cappella barbershop group), 11 a.m.; Chico (Latin pop), 12:30 p.m.; L.A. All Stars of Funk, 2 p.m.; and Blowin' Smoke (R&B), 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Festival Stage will feature Famous Strangers (classic pop), 10:30 a.m.; Hammer Smith (blues), 12:20 p.m.; Urban Dread (reggae), 1:50 p.m.; Bob Cowsill, 3:20 p.m.; and Fantastic Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute), 4:50 p.m. The Dr. Kato Stage will feature Skadaddyz, 11 a.m.; The Latin Kings, noon; Moonwalker (Michael Jackson tribute), 2 p.m.; and the Swing Kings (big-band swing), 4 p.m.