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All American Ballet performs The Nutcracker Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 in Oxnard


All American Ballet Nutcracker posterAll American Ballet of Ventura will present its 10th annual production of The Nutcracker at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Building, 4000 South Rose Avenue in Oxnard, on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 and 5:30 p.m.

Pre-professional and student dancers will perform the beloved classic alongside professional guest artists. Featured at this year's show will be guest artists Alexander Greschenko, Matthew McKinney, Chelsea Cambron, Sarah Stoltz and Ben Oni Cortes. Performing the youth role of Clara will be Genae Matthews, a 14-year-old AAB student.

Also featured in a solo role is AAB alumnus Harmony Wallace, 16, who was accepted this fall on a merit scholarship to the year-round ballet program of The Rock School of Dance in Philadelphia, one of the country's leading pre-professional ballet schools.

The performances are in the Main Theatre of the Oxnard College Performing Arts Building.  Tickets are $25, $20 and $10 for children 10 and under and on selected seats. For tickets, call (805) 650-6316 or visit AAB at

Ventura Water and Wastewater Rate Advisory Committee Meets Dec. 14


Ventura Water Rate Committee MeetingCommunity members are encouraged to attend the next meeting of Ventura Water's Rate Advisory Committee, which continues to review the long-term financial plans for Ventura's water and wastewater operations and systems. Also on the agenda will be an educational session about how different rate structure options can impact costs for various customer classes, such as residential and commercial groups.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard - Assembly Room, 336 Sanjon Road.
A nine-member committee of Ventura residents has been working since October to provide input during a new study of water and wastewater rate options and operational costs. These public meetings, running through early next year, offer residents an opportunity to participate in the process and to learn more about the costs associated with protecting the environment and maintaining Ventura's water and wastewater systems.
Ventura Water provides integrated water, wastewater and stormwater services to 109,000-plus customers with 32,000 service connections. For more information, contact Ventura Water at (805) 667-6500 or visit
Harrison Industries Recycles Your Christmas Trees

xmas tree graphicHave a really "green" Christmas - please recycle your Christmas tree!

Harrison Industries makes it easy. Just remove the ornaments, hooks, lights, tinsel, bows, nails and tree stand. Cut the tree into four-foot sections and place in your yard waste barrel on your scheduled pickup day. Flocked trees, however, cannot be recycled.

Trees that Harrison collects will be processed into various sizes of mulch. The material is used by Agromin to make several products that benefit our farmlands, orchards, nurseries and gardens.

And as a special holiday feature, Harrison customers may put out twice the amount of trash at no extra charge during the two weeks after Dec. 25. Please make sure the trash is in bags alongside the trash bin. Harrison also collects extra recyclables, but please make sure to flatten all boxes and place alongside the recycling bin as well.

CMH's First Open Competition Art Exhibit Runs through Jan. 7

CMH Art Competition graphicEntries from Community Memorial Hospital's first annual Open Competition art exhibit will be displayed on the hospital's first-floor walls through Jan. 7, 2012.

Local artists were asked to submit, "Just plain good art!" said Layla Hallberg, executive director of the Buenaventura Art Association.

Jessica Cusick, Cultural Affairs Manager for the city of Santa Monica, is the exhibit's curator and judge, with the winner earning $500.

The exhibit is a joint partnership between CMH, the Buenaventura Art Association, the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the City of Ventura. All paintings and drawings on display are by local artists, with proceeds to be used for future exhibits as well as to benefit local artists, the Buenaventura Art Association and the foundation's philanthropic efforts.
From Successful Stockbroker to Struggling Small Business Owner: Read All About It

Andy Killion Book and photoWhy would a successful stockbroker leave a lucrative career to enter the scary world of small business by buying and running a boatyard in Southern California?

Find out by reading about the trials and tribulations of small business in a new book entitled, "How to Fail in Business (while trying really hard)."  

The book is a real-time lesson on buying and managing a small business during tough economic times, written by a Wall Street-trained stockbroker-turned-boatyard-owner in pursuit of one simple goal: freedom.

From a mahogany-paneled office in a climate-controlled, modern office tower, Andy Killion hangs up his cushy Morgan Stanley stockbroker position to chase his lifelong dream of owning his own business. The book details his journey and struggles to survive in the toughest economy in generations.

Whisenhunt Communications is helping market Killion's book.

Kindle and Nook formats of the book are available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Signed paperbacks and How to Fail T-Shirts are available at Meet the author and purchase a signed copy of his book at Anchors Way Marine Centers, 3615 S. Victoria Ave., in Channel Islands Harbor.


A video of Andy Killion discussing his book can be viewed at his publishers website
Oxnard's Newsletter Informs and Educates City Residents

City of Oxnard's December 2011 newsletterThe December 2011 edition of the City of Oxnard's newsletter, 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. The newsletter keeps residents up-to-date on current and future road construction and capital projects as well as Household Hazardous Waste collection events scheduled this winter.

The City's newsletter offers holiday lighting safety and water conservation tips and keeps residents informed on how their Measure O half-cent sales tax dollars are being spent. Also, check out Oxnard's new city logo.

To download a pdf of the newsletter go to

Four Seasons Cleaners Opens New Carpinteria Location

Four Seasons Cleaners logoFour Seasons Cleaners has opened a fourth location, in the Shepard's Place shopping center in Carpinteria, 1041 Casitas Pass Road.Four Seasons Cleaners provides a full range of services, including dry cleaning, tailoring and wedding gown presentation, and is the only cleaners in Carpinteria to be open seven days a week.

Established in 1987, Four Seasons Cleaners has two locations in Ventura (1746 S. Victoria Ave., Suite A, and 4020 E. Main St, Suite B 3-2) and one in Oxnard (at 251 N. Rose Ave., Suite 300).

Four Seasons Cleaners, which has been voted "Best Cleaners" in the Ventura County Star's Reader's Poll for seven straight years, also offers free pickup and delivery at all four locations. Call (866) 372-4696 or visit
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Happy Holidays from WC   

Stan Whisenhunt

will soon be entering our 22nd year. Not bad for a small business in a struggling economy. 


I owe our success to an extremely loyal and talented team. 


In our Christmas card photo, you see 81 years worth of journalistic and marketing expertise bundled together in one local company. Writer and photographer John Cressy has been with Whisenhunt Communications for 10 years. Amy Bentley, a writer and editor, enters her 10th year in 2012. Graphic artist Cindy Daly is our veteran with 15 years in 2012. Julie Price, a writer and editor, has logged 8 years with us. Graphic artist and photgrapher Joan Phelps has been working her magic with WC for 10 years. And last but not least - because she is at the right-hand side of the photo - is Jake Finch, who has been writing and editing for our clients for 8 years.  


We wish all our clients and friends the happiest of holidays and a very successful New Year.


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