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All American Ballet's Nutcracker Comes to Ventura        


2012 AAB nutcracker poster All American Ballet of Ventura will present its annual production of The Nutcracker at the newly-renovated Ventura College Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. With this production, All American Ballet returns to its traditional venue at which the company staged its first Nutcracker production in 2002. Ventura College Theatre has been closed since 2008 for a complete renovation.  
AAB's Nutcracker is directed by Clarissa Boeriu, founder and current artistic director of All American Ballet, in conjunction with Denise Renaldi, director of Santa Barbara Festival Ballet. The performances will be danced by professional guest artists and pre-professional and student dancers of All American Ballet and the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet.
"Whether it's an annual tradition or a first ballet experience, children and adults alike will delight in The Nutcracker's magical story, memorable music, beautiful staging - including original choreography - and skilled dancing, all in the festive spirit of the holiday season," said AAB Executive Director Camille Wallace.

Whisenhunt Communications Graphic Designer Joan Phelps designed the poster, program and promotional materials for The Nutcracker, as well as AAB's logo. Tickets are $25, $20, and $10 for children 10 and under. Senior and "early bird" discounts are available, including 20 percent savings for tickets purchased by Dec. 1. For tickets, call 650-6316 or visit

Harrison Sponsoring Top Prize for CMH's 'Eco Art' Exhibit


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Self portrait by Tom Deininger.
Harrison Industries is excited to be a sponsor of the $500 grand prize for Community Memorial Hospital's second annual Open Competition Art Exhibit. This year's exhibit is entitled "Recycle: Eco Art," and will run from Dec. 2 to Jan. 6.

What makes this exhibit so unique is that all art showcased in CMH's lobby and first-floor walls will be crafted with 75 percent reused, recycled or found materials.

This year's competition is being judged by Tom Deininger of Rhode Island, a leading artist in the country working in recycled art. His artwork is in numerous public and private collections throughout the world, and he won many awards in "recycled" and "found object" competitions. See his work at

A meet-the-artists reception and awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the CMH lobby. We encourage you to visit the hospital for a look at some very unique art.

Ventura Harbor Gets $2.55 Million Grant for New Launch Ramp


boat launch Good news for boaters! The California Department of Boating and Waterways Commission has approved a $2.55 million grant for a new launch ramp at Ventura Harbor. The new ramp will replace the existing ramp, which is more than 50 years old. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2013.

boat launch "The launch ramp is one of the more active parts of the harbor for recreational boaters," said Ventura Port District Commission Chairman Nick Deitch. The launch ramp serves a variety of recreational boaters, kayakers and paddle boarders and is actively used year-round.
The existing ramp was built before floods destroyed much of the harbor in 1969, said Richard Parsons, the district's dredging program manager. The original ramp has 10 lanes and is "way oversized," he said. Since the floods, it has been operated as a six-lane ramp and Parsons noted that the new ramp would be designed for six lanes. It also will be more user friendly and have a better surface.

Whisenhunt Communications helps the Port District with its quarterly newsletter, Harbor Views. For more Port District news and to read the latest newsletter, please visit

Water: Take 1 Short Film Contest Announces Winners


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Audience Choice Award winners - Lazo family: Jo, John, Elle and Rob.
Ventura Water, with partners Limoneira's Limco Del Mar and Patagonia, presented three awards for the Water: Take 1 online short film contest at a special community event on Nov. 8, hosted by Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura.  

More than 125 attendees watched as the $1,500 Grand Prize was awarded to the film "Water," directed by Peter Jansen, from the Netherlands. "Water" was chosen by a jury of entertainment and environmental professionals, who also selected the film "Quotient," directed by Alexander Powell of San Diego, as the winner of the Best Student Short Film Award.

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Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy and City Council Member Christy Weir attended the film awards ceremony.
The film, "Don't Blow H2O," directed by Jo and John Lazo of Newbury Park, received the most votes online and won the Audience Choice Award. The entire Lazo family helped make the film, which starred the kids, John and Elle, as two children who become more aware of water conservation.

Over 35 short films (less than five minutes long) entered the contest. "We started Water: Take 1 to challenge how we look at water, how we use water and how we integrate water," said Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein. "It is our hope that these films will inspire changes in attitudes and new sustainable actions, such as more Ocean Friendly Gardens instead of turf lawns for landscaping."

See the winning films at

Harrison and City of Carpinteria Reach 20-Year Agreement


Harrison Industries logos Harrison Industries will continue to serve residential, commercial and industrial customers in Carpinteria for up to the next 20 years.

The Carpinteria City Council unanimously approved the 10-year franchise agreement - with two five-year extensions added - at its Oct. 22 meeting. Under the contract, effective Jan. 1, 2013, Carpinteria residents will continue to enjoy - at $22.30 per month - the lowest monthly trash, recycling and yard waste hauling rates in the Santa Barbara area.

Carpinteria City logo Carpinteria's waste diversion rate currently stands at 71 percent, well above the state-mandated 50 percent. Harrison's and the City's goal is to achieve 75 percent waste diversion by 2020.

"We look forward to working with the businesses and residents of Carpinteria with exciting new improvements to existing programs, while planning for the future with exciting new recycling projects," said Harrison Vice President Jim Harrison.
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Happy Thanksgiving From WC


As Thanksgiving approaches, all of us at Whisenhunt Communications would like to wish our friends and clients a nice Thanksgiving.

We are thankful we live in such a beautiful place and hope that our East Coast families and friends are safe and recover quickly from all the devastation they have endured this last month with the storms.

We also would like to give a shout-out to all our military service members, veterans and their families, and honor them as we note Veterans Day earlier this week. We thank them for their services and sacrifices.

Reminder: December is just around the corner so please don't wait until the last minute to get your Christmas and holiday cards out. Contact us for help making beautiful, original cards. Graphic artists Cindy Daly and Joan Phelps would love to help and we can also take care of your photography needs.

Thank you again for supporting us and Happy Turkey Day to you.  

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