March 2011  
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Country Music's Little Texas Headlines Gold Dust Gala
on April 16

Gold Dust Gala - Little TexasLittle Texas, "America's Favorite Rockin' Country Band," whose 12 Billboard Top 20 singles include "My Love," a No. 1 hit in 1993, as well as the catchy anthem of the Lone Star State, "God Blessed Texas," will headline the 21st annual Gold Dust Gala at Ventura County Fairgrounds in the San Miguel Hall on Saturday, April 16.

The Gold Dust Gala, sponsored by the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation, begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, a silent auction, raffle and tribute tree where you can honor a loved one. A dinner featuring a variety of fine Italian cuisine and dancing will follow at 6:30 p.m., with Little Texas taking the stage at 8:30 p.m.

For more information please visit Tickets and sponsorship packages may be purchased online at or call the Foundation office at 805-667-2881.

Proceeds from the Gold Dust Gala are used for breast cancer detection and treatment, cervical cancer screening and vaccines, and needed diagnostic equipment benefitting women in our community who lack access to life-saving exams. These services are provided by Community Memorial Health System.

Lake Casitas Water Level Increased by 5 Percent

Casitas NewsThe latest issue of Casitas Water News reports that December rains have increased the Lake Casitas water supply by nearly five percent.
The newsletter goes to some 30,000 customers of the Casitas Municipal Water District twice each year. The latest newsletter, designed by graphic artist Joan Phelps and edited by Amy Bentley, both of Whisenhunt Communications, also announces that there will be a public hearing in late May or early June on the district's Urban Water Management Plan. The plan will serve as a long-range planning document for water supply and demand. Please check or the Casitas Facebook page for details.
The district supplies water to more than 60,000 people in Western Ventura County and to hundreds of farms. The district boundaries encompass the city of Ojai, Upper Ojai, the Ventura River Valley, the city of Ventura eastward to Mills Road, and the Rincon and beach areas to the Santa Barbara County line.
The district was formed in 1952. The Casitas Dam was completed in November, 1958. Lake Casitas then began to fill. It holds 254,000 acre-feet of water when full. The Lake Casitas Recreation Area has become a very popular destination site with more than 750,000 visitors each year.

WC Completes New Santa Paula High School Brochure

SPHS brochureSanta Paula High School is a top school, offering students access to college prep programs, new computers, top teachers and many extra curricular activities. Academic achievement is on the rise and students also have the option of attending two award-winning academy programs.

The Santa Paula Union High School District wants to make sure everyone in the local community is aware of this, so last year, the district asked Whisenhunt Communications to craft a new brochure about the high school. The brochure was ready this spring to distribute to incoming students and their families, as well as others in Santa Paula.

The brochure also gives readers a little history lesson about the historic campus and all it offers students today. To enroll at SPHS, call 805-525-4406.

Harrison Industries Earns PacBiz Times' Legacy Award

Harrison Legacy award

(L to R) Jim, Ralph and Myron Harrison accepted the Pacific Coast Business Times' Legacy Award at the 2011 Family Business Awards breakfast.

Longtime Whisenhunt Communications client Harrison Industries received the Pacific Coast Business Times' Legacy Award at its 2011 Family Business Awards breakfast on March 1 at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel.

As a family-owned company since 1932, Harrison knows the importance of providing the highest level of trash collection service to its customers.

In addition, Harrison remains fully committed to the "Green" movement by offering a number of innovative residential and commercial programs that make it easy for its customers to recycle. And just last month, the company earned Climate Registry status for taking voluntary steps to measure its operation's carbon footprint.

By diverting 17 different recyclable materials from landfills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Harrison is doing the right thing for the environment.

Harrison Industries also is deeply committed to the community, offering longtime financial support and free trash collection service to local non-profit organizations and community cultural events like the Ventura Music Festival and the Camarillo Art and Jazz Festival. The company has been particularly generous to organizations that help children such as the Casa Pacifica shelter, the Boys Scouts of America and the Boys and Girls Clubs in several cities.
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phone apps graphicApps Make Your Smartphone A
Business Asset

Last month, we wrote about how using a smartphone can help your business by keeping you in touch with clients and associates 24/7. Today, we talk about how some of the apps (applications) available for mobile phones can make doing business easier.

This space isn't long enough to write specifically about the thousands of business-related apps available on iPhones, Droids and BlackBerrys, so instead, here are some ideas and tips.

If you search under the "productivity" or "business" categories on your iPhone in the phone's App store, for example, you'll see there are scores of apps to help you keep a calendar, manage word documents, organize business cards, create a resume, record voice notes, create to-do lists, and track business expenses or mileage right on your iPhone - plus much more. Apps like these are also available on Droid and other brand smartphones.

More thoughts and ideas:
  • Don't forget the news. If you're chatting with clients or potential clients over lunch, show you're up-to-date on the latest happenings. Download some national and local news sites to your phone, such as CNN, the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Ventura County Star. Most are free.
  • Reference apps. If you don't know something about anything, look to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. There are also great apps for dictionaries, the White Pages phone book and other important reference materials.
  • How about the apps for the US Postal Service or payment service PayPal?  
  • The Kindle, Nook and iBooks apps give you access to mobile bookstores.
  • Track business mileage and/or expenses from apps such as iExpenses or BizXpense Tracker.
  • Finally, here is a link
    that can help you search for useful apps:
You can also read some of the tech blogs that review and recommend business apps.
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Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation
Lake Casitas Municipal Water District
Santa Paula High School
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