December 2010
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New Costumes and Choreography Add Flair to Ventura Nutcracker Ballet

All American Ballet Nutcracker adAll American Ballet (AAB) promises a lavish and exciting production of The Nutcracker, to be presented in two shows on Dec. 19 in Ventura. New Victorian-style costumes in richly-hued fabrics of velvet, taffeta and tapestry will grace the skilled pre-professional and emerging student dancers as thy perform the beloved classic alongside professional guest artists.

The costumes were custom-made for AAB by Jan Gaggero, who devoted several hundreds of hours to design, sew and decorate them with ribbon, lace, appliqué, buttons and beads.

"You will see added visual interest in our Nutcracker production this year. Along with the gorgeous new costumes, we have engaging original choreography, including a surprise aerial feature, all of which will enhance the magic of the show," promises AAB Board President Camille Wallace.

Guest artists in AAB's Nutcracker include Alexander Greschenko, Kaitlin Alena, Darrell Haggard, Megan Tatum and Sebastian Adams.

The Dec. 19th shows are at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the Ventura High School auditorium. Tickets are $25, $18 and $15, and $10 for children and groups of four or more in selected seats. For tickets, call (805) 650-6316 or visit  
Boy Scouts Honor Myron Harrison and Harrison Industries

Myron Harrison receiving BSA award
Harrison Industries Vice President Myron Harrison (second from left) accepts the Ventura County Council, Boys Scouts of America's Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award. With Harrison are (from left) Steve Shinsky, Ventura County Council, BSA Vice President; U.S. Congressman Elton Gallegly, a past Distinguished Citizen of the Year recipient; and David Hedman, Ventura County Council, BSA President.
The Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America has recognized longtime Whisenhunt Communications client Harrison Industries as its 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award recipient. Vice President Myron Harrison accepted the award on Harrison Industries' behalf during a gala event on Nov. 19 at the Ventura Beach Marriott.

Greeted by local Boys Scouts and emceed by Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten, this special affair also served as the year's largest fundraiser to benefit the nearly 8,200 youth served annually by the Ventura County Council, BSA. Harrison Industries was documented for its unwavering commitment to our communities, and over 170 attendees enthusiastically outbid one another during a lively auction to raise over $65,000 for our most treasured community asset: our children.

The festive evening was capped off with touching words offered by U.S. Representative Elton Gallegly, a past Distinguished Citizen Award recipient; Boy Scout Council President David Hedman (ThermaPure/Precision Environmental); and Boy Scout Council Vice President Steve Shinsky (City National Bank). All three presenters could not say enough about the parallel between Scouting's mission and that of Harrison Industries' passion to serve our communities' best interests.

The entire Harrison Family proudly joins Myron in thanking the Boys Scouts for this wonderful honor!
'Green' is the Theme of
New Art Exhibit at CMH

CMH Field Trip
Museum Field Trip by Leo Braun
"Green" is the theme of a new art exhibit Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is showcasing at Community Memorial Hospital through March 6, 2011.

Some paintings and drawings hanging on the hospital's first-floor walls will feature images of pastures, forests and lagoons. Others will evoke feelings of renewal, safety and health. Others still will be inspired by environmental protection and sustainability.

"It's a little bit of everything," said Emily Thompson, executive director of the Buenaventura Art Association, a co-sponsor of the exhibit. "When I put out a call to our artists, I told them 'Think green!'"

All works are by local artists and are for sale throughout the exhibit. Proceeds from each sale go toward the maintenance of the program, local artists, Buenaventura Art Association and philanthropic support of Community Memorial Hospital.

CMH has been holding art exhibits quarterly for the past two years, and Whisenhunt Communications has helped publicize them through press releases to the local media. Thompson said the exhibits have proven successful in exposing art to a wider audience.

"The goal of the CMH exhibits is to get the community involved and make art more accessible," Thompson said. "I've heard instances of people going to the hospital to visit family members or friends and they end up unexpectedly buying artwork. I've heard of patients buying artwork too."

This event is open to the public and reservations are not necessary. Community Memorial Hospital is located at 147 N. Brent St. in Ventura.

SP High Academy Wins Award

SPHS Golden Bell award
Jill Gregory, lead teacher of the Human Services Academy, holds the Golden Bell. She is flanked by Santa Paula High Principal Paul Marietti and Assistant Principal Robin Gillette.
Santa Paula High School's
Human Services Academy has won a Golden Bell Award this year from the Californian School Boards Association, which recognized the academy as an exemplary education program.

The award honors exemplary programs in 19 major categories that support teaching and learning. The academy won under the "Partnerships and Collaboratives" category.

About 150 students in all four grades participate in the Human Services Academy, which provides students with business mentors, internships and other valuable learning opportunities. The academy helps prepare students to enter into careers such as medical, health, teaching and public service.

 "These programs motivate our students to attend universities and seek professional careers. Our students learn valuable hands-on skills from participating in an academy program like this," said Santa Paula Union High School District Superintendent Dr. David Gomez.

The Human Services Academy provides more than 8,000 hours of volunteerism with 70 mentors. Business partner contributions total $114,000 in terms of the time/value that businesses give for mentoring, job shadowing, internships, serving as chaperones, conducting workplace tours, being guest speakers and other contributions.

In return, Santa Paula High School students give back thousands of hours working on projects that benefit the high school and community. Students last year gave 2,758 hours of work, 608 hours of job shadowing and service learning, and an additional 5,120 hours for internships.
Oxnard Unveils 'OxnardNews' Newsletter and Website

Oxnard NewsThe City of Oxnard's quarterly newsletter, formerly called "City Watch," has a new name - "OxnardNews" and a new look. It also has a new website to complement the newsletter that residents can visit at

The Winter 2010 edition of "OxnardNews," designed with help from Whisenhunt Communications, went out to Oxnard households in early December. Features include: "Holiday Happenings Around the City" as well as a listing of Oxnard City Library events occurring in the coming weeks. "OxnardNews" also keeps residents informed of current and future road construction and capital projects in addition to offering residents tips on how to conserve water and tips on how to drive safely on wet roads.

Barbara Wulf, outreach-education specialist for Oxnard's Public Works Department, says the goal of the re-design is to make City news and information more reader-friendly; the accompanying website, she said, also allows users to find the same news and information with an easy point-and-click from their home computers and laptops. Videos and maps of road construction projects also are available on
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 Celebrating Our 20th Year
Stan WhisenhuntWhisenhunt Communications is celebrating our 20th year this month. I've been most fortunate to be associated with such a talented team of writers, editors, photographers and graphic artists, who in turn, have provided excellent work for our clients.

The people you see in our "team" photo, not counting myself, have been with Whisenhunt Communications for 73 years combined. They have all been with Whisenhunt Communications for at least 7 years each. That's a lot of experience and talent.

We wish all of you -- our clients and friends -- the happiest of holidays and a very successful 2011. To our clients, we thank you for allowing us to serve you for another year and we look forward to many future successes together.

Stan Whisenhunt
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