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United Way of Ventura County honored area energy executive Scott Corby and the county of Ventura with two of its top awards at its annual Spirit of Community Partnership Awards. More than 1,000 county employees contributed more than $100,000 to the United Way campaign each year during the past several years, said United Way CEO David M. Smith.


B elieve it or not, there was a time when expectant parents and everyone shopping for them had maybe a handful of choices in diaper bags, and just about all of them involved the colors pink, blue and that reigning king of gender-neutral hues: yellow. Things have changed a lot since then, with much of the credit going to Ventura designer DeNai Jones, founder of Petunia Picklebottom.


CALIFORNIA BEER FEST AND BLUES AND BBQ FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 20, 12:30-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept.


Last week, the Ventura County District Attorney sent police squads to seize records from two sites run by Anterra Energy Services, which operates the only commercial injection wells in Ventura County legally allowed to dispose of fluids generated by oil production. Senior Deputy Christopher Harman said the company is the target of a criminal investigation but would not discuss the reason why.


A day after word surfaced that the faculty adviser of Neshaminy High School's student newspaper was suspended for two days over a dispute about use of the word Redskin , student journalists in California launched an online campaign to cover the salary she'll lose on suspension. Their webpage, titled "Free the Playwickian," also seeks to raise the $1,200 that the school district cut from the Neshaminy student newspaper's activity fund.


Rubicon Theatre of Ventura opens the company's 17th Season with 2 Pianos 4 Hands, written by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt . Winner of the coveted Dora Award , 2 Pianos 4 Hands is a musical comedy for anyone who has ever had a dream.


If you love the blues and you love beer then you might already know that it's time again for the California Beer Festival. This year the event will be held on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 2013 in Mission Park in Ventura, California.


Montessori School of Ojai will present "Harvest Moon Affair," the nonprofit school's largest annual fundraiser, from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Bodee's Rancho Grande in Ojai. This year, wines from internationally acclaimed Ojai Vineyard and beer from Ventura-based Surf Brewery will pair with hors d'oeuvres from Bodee's catering.


The accomplishment puts Bruecker in an exclusive group of 116 Diplomates from across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and South America who have met the stringent ACVSMR requirements. Only four veterinarians in California have achieved this distinguished double board-certification status and Bruecker is the only one in Southern California.


The Southland will bake on the sixth day of a heat wave today and remain under the threat of wildfire as high surf continues to batter the coast. A red flag warning denoting a risk of what National Weather Service forecasters call "explosive fire growth'' was in effect today in the mountains and foothills of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and due to expire at 9 tonight.


According to the Ventura Police Department, Armando Mendez, a Ventura transient, was charged for assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a billy club and possession of a switchblade knife. Officers were sent to the 600 block of East Santa Clara Street just after 3:00 p.m., after witnesses called 911 and reported two men who were involved in a physical altercation.


A 37-year-old vagrant struck a man in the head with a mini bat, critically injuring him, during an argument at a Ventura park Saturday afternoon, police said. The suspect, Armando Mendez, and the victim, 45-year-old vagrant John Chavez, were with a group of people at Plaza Park at 600 E. Santa Clara St. about 3 p.m. when the two got into an argument, Ventura police said.


A high school in Ventura County is refusing to allow students to sell a popular Chick-Fil-A sandwich on campus because someone might get offended due to the chain's owners' opposition to gay marriage. The booster club had intended to raise $1,600 for the football team by selling 200 sandwiches, that would be donated by a local Chick-fil-A.


A California high school principal has banned the football booster club from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches during a back-to-school night fundraiser because she disagrees about gay marriage with the president of the Atlanta-based fast food chain. The principal who outlawed Chick-fil-A sandwiches is Val Wyatt of Ventura High School in the coastal town of Ventura, Calif.


The old-is-new-again 2015 Yamaha SR400 is powered by an air-cooled, fuel-injected, kickstart-only single-cylinder engine. Turn the key and killswitch on, toe the shifter into neutral and pry out the kickstarter with your right boot heel.


The Eastside branch of the Santa Barbara Public Library System will celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month with music, crafts and a photo display of Hispanics on the Central Coast from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17. The ensemble Vientos del Sur will perform next Wednesday at the Eastside Library as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.


A Ventura County high school principal has barred a booster club from selling a popular fast food sandwich on campus because of the chain's position on gay marriage. Ventura High School Principal Val Wyatt told the Ventura County Star the football booster club could not sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches at Wednesday's back-to-school night because the restaurant's beliefs could offend some students and their parents.

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