October 2010
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CMHS Offering Free and
Low-Cost Flu Shots This Fall

syringeCommunity Memorial Health System is offering free seasonal flu shots to qualifying persons at its nine Centers for Family Health offices this fall as well as holding a low-cost flu vaccination clinic at Ojai Valley Community Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The free vaccinations, co-sponsored by the Ventura County Public Health Department, are for the seasonal flu and will incorporate the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccination. The vaccinations are available to those most vulnerable to catching the flu. They include:
  • People over 60 years old (Ojai's clinic is for adults over 18);
  • People with chronic medical conditions;
  • Pregnant women;
  • Healthcare personnel who provide direct patient care;
  • Children 6 months to 5 years old (need two visits);
  • Caregivers of children under 6 months old.

At the Centers for Family Health offices located throughout western Ventura County, no appointments are necessary for the flu clinics. For dates and times, call 805/585-3090.

At Ojai Valley Community Hospital no appointment is necessary for the flu clinic for adults 18 years and older. The clinic will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $2 per person but free to Medicare B beneficiaries. OVCH is located at 1306 Maricopa Highway. Call 805/646-1401 for more information.
Harrison Industries Supports
a Host of Local Benefit Events

Hillsides Festival
Ventura City Councilmember Brian Brennan with volunteer members of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy utilize the recycling containers provided by Harrison Industries at the recent Hillsides Music Festival. (Photo by Amanda Peacock, www.PeacockPhotography.org)
Music was in the air all over Ventura County on Sept. 25, and Whisenhunt Communications client Harrison Industries was happy to join the celebration by providing financial support as well as expert trash and recycling services to three benefit concerts held that day.

CMH Benefactor's ball
The Harrison Industries table at the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation's Benefactors' Ball.
There was the Ventura Hillsides Music Festival at Arroyo Verde Park, headlined by country music star Emmylou Harris and Thousand Oaks popstar Colbie Caillat. It benefits the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy. Later that evening in Ventura was the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation's Benefactors' Ball. Ventura's own Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performed its unique brand of swing music at the annual gala which this year raised money to purchase a new ultrasound unit for Community Memorial Hospital's Intensive Care-CriticalCare Department. Meanwhile down Highway 101, thousands attended the day-long Camarillo Art and Jazz Festival that benefits Camarillo and Somis schools.

Moonlight at the Ranch
Ralph & Jenny Harrison with actors at the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce's "Moonlight at the Ranch" fundraiser.
Harrison Industries
is a proud sponsor of events countywide that benefit local charities and nonprofit organizations. Others in September alone included the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce's "Moonlight at the Ranch" fundraiser at the historic Limoneira Ranch that raises money for the Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation and the "Taste of Ojai" gala at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. The event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ojai, benefits 15 local non-profit organizations serving Ojai Valley families, seniors and youths.
WC Newsletter Returns for
Casitas Municipal Water District

Casita Water News MastheadWhisenhunt Communications is pleased to once again begin producing a newsletter for the Casitas Municipal Water District. The newsletter is mailed to Casitas customers in the Ojai Valley and Ventura, and contains interesting stories, photos and graphics about water issues, water conservation and happenings at the lake, among other news.

Casitas has been a Whisenhunt Communications client for several years, with graphic designer Joan Phelps producing a regular newsletter (proofread by WC's Amy Bentley), as well as creating interesting and unique marketing materials. Phelps designed the Lake Casitas Recreation Area brochure that won the California Parks & Recreation Society's Excellence Award for an Outstanding Publicity Piece.  
Dr. Carey's™ Baby Care Kit
a Hit at the ABC Kids Expo

ABC Kids ExpoThis month has been busy for Ventura pediatrician Dr. Carey Chronis. With the Dr. Carey's Baby Kitannual ABC Kids Expo held in Las Vegas this year, the dynamic creator of Dr Carey's™ Baby Care kit is marketing to big retailers and specialty boutiques through a booth at the Expo. The Expo featured baby and children's products direct from the manufacturers and is frequented by wholesale buyers looking for the latest and greatest in kid items.

Dr. Carey has earned online success as the Dr. Carey's™ Baby Care kit continues to garner support and appeal through the blogosphere among mommy bloggers and child development sites.

Dr. Carey's™ Baby Care kit features six essential items for baby care along with Dr. Carey's™ Baby Care Guide, a 96-page book filled with color photographs explaining all of the ins and outs of caring for a baby during that first year. All of the products and book are packaged in a beautiful gift box, making Dr. Carey's™ Baby Care kit the best present for new parents. The information provided in Dr. Carey's™ Baby Care Guide is like having Dr. Carey make a house call! For more on Dr. Carey's™ Baby Care kit, visit the website at www.doctorcarey.org.
Fall Focus on Education
Showcases VCOE Services

Fall 2010 Focus coverThe Ventura County Office of Education has once again released its Focus on Education newsletter on Oct. 20. Distributed through the Ventura County Star as an insert, the 12-page Fall issue of Focus looks at what services are available through VCOE.

While every county in the state of California has an office of education interacting with public school districts and coordinates certain public education programs (such as Special Education and technical/vocational instruction), many residents aren't aware of how important these offices are to their county's education.

In Ventura County, VCOE handles many of the technological services used by school districts, including network connections and Internet access; business services that include handling the payroll for the school districts; Special Education programs; teacher training programs and much more. Superintendent Stan Mantooth serves as a advocate for the county's educational community at the state level.

A PDF version of Focus on Education is available on the VCOE website at www.vcoe.org after it runs in the Star.
Agromin Earns Environmental Sustainability Award

ill Camarillo accepting Agromin Award
State Senator Fran Pavley presents the Environmental Sustainability Award to Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo.
Agromin Premium Soil Products
, a business partner of Whisenhunt Communications client Harrison Industries, has been honored by State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) as October's winner of the 23rd Senate District's Environmental Sustainability Award.

Agromin was recognized for the cutting-edge technology it uses to convert green waste materials like grass clippings, tree branches and leaves into organic mulches, compost, wood chips and other products that naturally fertilize plants and trees. The Oxnard-based company, formed in 1992, now recycles over 370,000 tons of green waste from more than 90 cities, including Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ojai, Fillmore, Santa Paula and Carpinteria, and jurisdictions on an annual basis.

"By saving space in landfills, reducing greenhouse gasses and creating a green waste recycling loop, you have set an example for all to follow," the certificate reads.

Agromin has developed and manufactured more than 240 premium soil products, now sold at 41 retail locations in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. These products help reduce the use of non-organic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides - making our air and water cleaner.

Agromin products can be ordered online at www.agromin.com. For more information, call 1-800-AGROMIN (247-6646).
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