August 2010
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Humane Society has
Expansion Groundbreaker,
Sets Sept. 12 Fundraiser

Hummane Society GroundbreakingThe Humane Society of Ventura County broke ground for its Harry Valentine Visitors Center on Aug. 18.
Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley), an animal rights advocate who is sponsoring a bill that will ban the sale of "crush videos" that show the mutilation and torture of small animals, was the guest speaker.
In addition to a visitors center, the new 2,500-square-foot building at the HSVC shelter will house several employee offices, reception area, conference room, gift shop, storage area and new bathrooms. Made possible through a $2.4 million donation from the estate of Harry Valentine, the building is expected to be completed in about a year. Crews then plan to remodel the HSVC's current building to expand its spay-neuter clinic.
Cats Hollow logo 2010HSVC's next big event is its fourth annual "Cats in the Canyon & Hounds in the Hollow" fund-raiser on Sunday, Sept. 12, at Boccali's restaurant at 3277 Ojai-Santa Paula Road. It runs from 2 to 5 p.m.
The benefit will feature an Italian buffet, music by the Iron Mountain Boys blue grass band and a silent auction. Attendees also will get a chance to visit with animals from the nonprofit's shelter.
Tickets purchased in advance are $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Tickets bought on site will be $50 and $25, respectively.
For tickets or more information, call 646-6505.

Photo: U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly and Cyndy Treutelaar, Board President of the Humane Society of Ventura County at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Harry Valentine Visitors Center.
Migrant Ed Students Complete OUHSD's Triunfo Academy

OUHSD Migrant edAbout 120 Hueneme High and Frontier High students received certificates for completing the Triunfo Academy, the Oxnard Union High School District's six-week summer program for Migrant Education students.
The Triunfo Academy is designed to serve at-risk students who have not passed the California High School Exit Exam or need to catch up on credits so they can earn their high school diploma. Students earned their credits by completing the online Cyber High and Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) Program that helps Migrant Education students meet graduation requirements by allowing them to work semi-independently through correspondent study.
Another goal of the Triunfo Academy is to "plant a seed" in migrant students' minds that they can attend a four-year college or university and obtain professional degrees. To that end, students went on field trips to college campuses throughout Southern California over the summer, visiting UCLA, USC and UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State and CSU Northridge.
Celina Zacarias, Director of Development for Community and Government Relations at CSU Channel Islands, was the keynote speaker at a July ceremony held for the students who completed the program. She urged students to continue their education after high school and become active in their community.
"Don't be afraid to be great," she said.

Photo: Dr. Bob Carter, Superintendent of the Oxnard Union High School District, meets Migrant Education students who completed the Triunfo Academy.
CAVC's Community Roots Garden Seeks Participants

community roots gardenFood security: That's the primary goal of Community Action of Ventura County's Community Roots Garden in Oxnard. There, community members grow food and provide harvest for those in need.
Got a green thumb? Or, do you want to learn food gardening techniques?  Check out the Community Roots Garden. It's a one-acre plot next to the North Oxnard United Methodist Church at 2300 W. Gonzales Road.
Community Roots Garden invites your participation - to dig, weed, teach, ask questions, share your ideas, donate funds or materials or just feel the satisfaction of working with others to help others. It holds "playdays" Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, from 1 to 3 p.m. No experience is necessary and children are welcome. Community potlucks are held the last Saturday of each month.
For more information, call Katerina Friesen, garden coordinator, at (805) 616-2326 or visit Email address is
CAVC Hands out Fliers Created by WC at County Fair

CAVC's Fair boothWhisenhunt Communications created five informational fliers for Community Action of Ventura County that the local nonprofit organization handed out to visitors of its booth at the Ventura County Fair.
Fliers showcased the services and programs offered by CAVC to low-income families. Services include legal assistance, home weatherization and energy assistance programs. Another flier showcased CAVC's Green Center in Oxnard, a hub for education, training and information relating to "green" technologies in Ventura County.
WC's graphic artist Cindy Daly also designed hand fans with CAVC's logo that staff gave to fair-goers along with seed packets.
For more information on CAVC's programs and services, call 436-4035, or visit its Web site at

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