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Read All About It: Harbor Views from the Ventura Port District


Harbor Views Spring 2013 The Ventura Port District's spring issue of the Harbor Views newsletter is out!


The latest Port District quarterly newsletter, prepared by Whisenhunt Communications, includes updates about the funding challenges the Port District faces to dredge the Ventura Harbor and a story about several Ventura Harbor restaurants that are going "green" by joining E.J. Harrison and Sons' food waste recycling program. Read about Island Packers boating excursions to the Channel Islands and the positive impact the Ventura fishing industry at the Ventura Harbor has on the regional economy. 


A new feature in the newsletter is a listing of events and happenings at the Ventura Harbor and Ventura Harbor Village. The newsletter highlights some of the fun activities and services happening through the summer. The listing will be a regular feature in the newsletter. 


If you haven't been to the Ventura Harbor or Ventura Harbor Village lately, come on down and take a stroll, enjoy a meal, or check out the businesses to see what's new. 


Printed copies of the Harbor Views newsletter are available around the harbor and were included in the April 17 issue of the Ventura Breeze newspaper. Or, read Harbor Views online at www.venturaharbor.com. 

Temecula Valley Rose Society Hosts Two Events in May 


First Bloom flier The Temecula Valley Rose Society is celebrating the blooming season for roses by hosting two signature events in May. 


The First Bloom Celebration is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday May 11 at the Rose Haven Heritage Garden in Temecula. Visitors to this lush rose garden can chat with experts on rose care, take a stroll through the garden, enjoy photography or plein-air painting, and enjoy children's activities. Thousands of colorful rose bushes will be blooming and there's also a pond and a water-wise garden to visit. The garden is located at 30592 Jedediah Smith Road.


Rose & art Show flier On Saturday May 18, rose enthusiasts are invited to attend the 2013 Rose & Art Show at the Assistance League in Temecula, 28720 Via Montezuma. Floral arrangements and artworks take the stage at this free event and the public is invited to judge entries of both. 


Whisenhunt Communications has helped the Rose Society for several years with fliers, brochures and other marketing materials. For more information about the Rose Society and its events, as well as the Rose Haven Heritage Garden, visit www.temeculavalleyrosesociety.org

All American Ballet Dancers
Win Training Scholarships


Lindsay Cortes
Lindsay Cortes
Several talented young dancers with the All American Ballet School & Company in Ventura have been accepted to prestigious summer intensive training programs, with three winning scholarships.


Lindsay Cortes, 11, an aspiring ballerina from Oxnard, won two merit scholarships to attend top summer training programs of the School of American Ballet - the official school of the New York City Ballet. Lindsay was one of more than 2,000 ballet students nationwide who auditioned in January and February for 170 spots. Lindsay received a full scholarship to attend a five-week intensive program in June and July in New York City, and a partial scholarship to attend the school's two-week program in Irvine during August.


Camille Osborne
Camille Osborne
Charlotte Weymer
Charlotte Weymer

Eight other local All American Ballet School students received a total of 32 acceptances to summer training programs. Charlotte Weymer, 9, of Camarillo, won a scholarship from the School of American Ballet's Los Angeles program and Camille Osborne, 11, of Ventura, received a scholarship from Chicago's Joffrey Ballet.


Each winter, schools associated with major ballet companies conduct nationwide audition tours for their summer intensive training programs. All American Ballet is a non-profit classical ballet school and performance company based in Ventura. Visit  www.aaballet.org.

Harrison's Nan Drake makes Top 50 Women List Again


Nan Drake with Top 50 women award
Nan Drake is congratulated on her Top 50 Women in Business award by (L to R) Ralph, Jenny and Jim Harrison.

Nan Drake, the governmental affairs and public relation director for Harrison Industries, has been named one of the Top 50 Women in Business in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties for the sixth consecutive year.


Drake and the other 49 women were honored at an evening awards reception at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Goleta on April 11. The award was from the Pacific Coast Business Times.


Drake is the voice of Harrison Industries, a Whisenhunt Communications client that is one of the largest family-owned trash and recycling-hauling companies in the United States. She also represents Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station and Agromin Premium Soil Products


Drake's tireless commitment to recycling has made Ventura County the most lauded and praised county in California. All of Harrison's franchise clients - the cities of Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Fillmore and Carpinteria as well as the County of Ventura - have consistently surpassed the state's strict waste diversion goals. 

CMHS Holds First "TEDMED Live" Simulcast in County 


2013 TedMed Community Memorial Health System sponsored a free live simulcast of "TEDMED Live," an annual conference focusing on health and medicine originating from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 18.


The "TEDMED Live" simulcast - the first one offered in Ventura County - was in three sessions at the Museum of Ventura County: "Going Farther While Staying Closer," "Thinking Outside the (Check) Box" and "Welcoming Death into Life."


The conference brought together innovative pioneers of healthcare, technology, media and entertainment to join toward solving healthcare challenges.


Speakers included: Sue Austin, a disabled multimedia, performance and installation artist; Susan Desmond-Hellman, chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco; Deborah Estrin, a professor of Computer Science at UCLA who is a pioneer in the field of embedded network sensing; and Larry Smarr, a physicist and leader in scientific computing, supercomputer applications and Internet infrastructure. 

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Email Etiquette


In business, we can text and call people all we want but emailing remains probably the most popular and common way for business people to communicate and send documents, photos and other files.


Here are some tips to keep in mind when emailing, to help promote clear communication and make everyone feel valuable:


  • Use the subject line to give the recipient a heads-up about the subject of your email. Leaving the subject line blank may result in your email being ignored.
  • When it comes to replying to the sender only or replying to everyone else included in the email, be careful. Long, unnecessary strings of emails can confuse people so don't send those along unless necessary. And, there might be something down at the bottom of the string that isn't meant for community eyes.
  • Use proper punctuation, grammar and spelling. Save the incomplete sentences and slang for texting with friends.
  • If someone responds quickly, does something for you, or does a good job, shoot them a nice thank-you email. Paying a quick complement can make someone's day and shows class.
  • Always be courteous.
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Client News In This Issue
Ventura Port District
Temecula Valley Rose Society
All American Ballet
Harrison Industries
Community Memorial Health System
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