Giving Back

Photos by Brenda Manookin

Vicki Breen

Ren Adam

(From left) Jerry Michaels, Kent Butler and Sharon Butler

(From left) Barbara Bowman, Diane Duncan and Steve Matzkin

Jane McCarthy

(From left) Eric Ryder, Kira Ryder, Barbara Washburn and Carl Thelander

Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Moonlight on the Meadow Those dedicated to preserving open space in the Ojai Valley got together for one heck of a party on Sept. 9 at the beautiful Ojai Meadows Preserve. Guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres, a wonderful meal, and live music and entertainment. The annual fundraiser benefited the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s efforts. The evening also featured a live and silent auction which included a vast array of luxurious items and vacations — from a week's vacation in Hawaii to a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway with an overnight stay. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is a community-based, nonprofit group of private citizens and landowners working for the common goal of protecting and restoring open space in the Ojai Valley for your benefit and the benefit of future generations. For more information, call 646-7930 or visit

Photos courtesy of the Ventura CountyMuseum of History & Art

Marilyn Rafferty

(From left) Anne Graumlich (Museum Curator), Christina and Roger Haley

Tommy Slater, the new 2006-07 President of the Museum’s Board of Directors

Tom and Ellen Connors

Ventura County Museum of History & Art’s Western Preview Party Enthusiastic guests wore their best cowboy duds to attend the Ventura County Museum of History & Art’s Preview Party and Western Sale on Sept. 16. Cowpokes got a sneak peek at the Museum’s new exhibit, Saddle Up: Vaqueros, Cowboys & Charros, which includes ornately decorated saddles and tack, antique firearms, contemporary and historic photos, and artwork by famed Western artist Edward Borein. Guests grazed on western themed hors d’oeuvres and drank cowboy martinis, while having the opportunity to buy artwork, books, and jewelry, as well as meet contemporary Western artists such as Bob Coronato and Ernest Morris. Proceeds from the fundraising event support the Museum’s programs and acquisitions. For more information about the Ventura County Museum of History & Art, or about the Saddle Up exhibit, call 653-0323 or visit

Photos by Stacey Wiebe

(From left) Ventura City Councilman Ed Summers; Battalion Chief Don McPherson of the Ventura Fire Department; and Hugh Davidson and Ryan Terra, cadets with the Ventura Fire Department.

(From left) Fred Robinson, president of the Kiwanis Club of East Ventura; Bart Bleuel, current member and past president of Ventura Kiwanis Club; and Lt. Gov. Elect Michael H. Wesner of Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha District, Division 42.

Fire Chief Michael Lavery of the Ventura Fire Department and his wife, Carolyn.

(From left) Capt. Mark Scantlin, Ventura County Federal Fire Department/Naval Base Ventura County Firefighter of the Year ; Navy Capt. Brad Conners, commanding officer of Naval Base Ventura County; and Assistant Chief Oscar Soto.

Kiwanis Club of Ventura’s Fire Services and Heroes Celebration There wasn’t a dry eye in the house at the close of the Fourth Annual Ventura County Kiwanis Fire Services & Heroes Celebration on Sept. 8, when firefighters, local heroes, friends and family gathered at Ventura’s Four-Points Sheraton to recognize the bravery of those who’ve risked their lives to save others. The event brought together Kiwanis members, firefighters and police officers from throughout the county.


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