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VC STYLE: Water Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards Video News Story

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On Thursday, November 8, 2012, the first Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest Awards Presentation and Party was hosted by Brooks Institute of Photography on one of the sound stages at their Ventura Campus. SustainableVentura.TV's Maryann Ridini Spencer covered the event attended by Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy and Ventura City Councilmembers Christy Weir and Neal Andrews. Those present enjoyed refreshments and mixed and mingled before watching a special video presentation of finalist and winning films. Also present were local contest winners and representatives from Patagonia, Limoneira, Ventura Water and iThentic, all contest sponsors.

Over 125 people attended the free ceremony, open the public with an RSVP.

Water Take 1 online short film contest awards video news story


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Sustainable Ventura visits the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's "Haunting at the Harbor"

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On Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 4:30-7:30pm, The Ventura Chamber of Commerce presented the "Haunting at the Harbor" Business Expo at the Four Points Sheraton on Schooner Drive in the Ventura Harbor. The event featured over 60 local businesses showcased in tabletop exhibits, food vendors, a silent auction and raffles and prizes. The "Sustainable Ventura" TV Series was on hand to talk to attendees.


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"Sustainable Ventura," hosted by Maryann Ridini Spencer and Ray Olson, airs on Caps-TV VTV's Channel 15, Thursdays at 8:30pm.  It rebroadcasts Monday-Thursday and Saturdays at 9:00am, Sundays at 8:30pm and every other Wednesday at 8:30pm.



Saving the World A Drink At A Time: The GREEN TASK FORCE Hosts GREEN DRINKS

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"Green Drinks" is a term known in the environmental world as a fun,

meet up for like-minded business professionals in relaxing, celebratory

settings where they can network, exchange ideas and forge valuable

working relationships.


Well known in international environmental circles, Green Drinks is a network

of unstructured meet-ups where environmental professionals and concerned

locals get together in a relaxing setting to network, exchange ideas,

and forge valuable relationships.  At last count, Green Drinks events

are hosted in over 600 cities worldwide.   

 

The mixture of attendees at Green Drinks events usually include professionals

in the areas of: general business, academia, government, non-profit, medicine,

home décor, construction and other fields.  


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On Wednesday, August 1, The Ventura Chamber of Commerce's 

Green Task Force (GTF) organized this year's first Ventura-based Green

Drinks event at EcoLogic Life, downtown's designer showroom for

sustainable home decoration products. The event was a smashing success

with over 50 attendees. Tutti's on Main provided the delicious food.

Alquimia Tequila provided the green drinks, made from organic agave, no food

coloring included.

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LtoR:  Diane de Mailly and Courtney Lindberg, Green Task Force Co-Chairs

"Green Drinks has been around for a long time," said Diane de Mailly,

President, DDM Metering Systems and GTF Co-Chair. "Recently, the

GTF was asked to step in and organize these events in Ventura.  We know

they'll be a big success moving forward because Ventura is such an

amazing community dedicated to the environment.  We plan to make

Green Drinks a quarterly event."


"What the GTF strives to do," added Courtney Lindberg, Environment

Specialist with the City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability

Division and GTF Co-Chair, "is to promote green business development. 

We bring local businesses together and educate them about sustainable

practices, covering such topics as waste recycling, energy, water

conservation, pollution prevention and staff education. We highlight successes and

learn from our mistakes so that we can grow as a community with

green business practices part of our every day consciousness."    


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Green Task Force LtoR: Courtney Lindberg (Environmental Specialist,
City of Ventura's Environmental Sustainability Division and Green
Task Force Co-Chair), Janis Shinkawa (Veterinarian, Buena Animal
Hospital), Diane de Mailly (President DDM Metering Systems
and Green Task Force Co-Chair), Kirsten Davis (AdvoCare)
and James Davis (Associated Electric)

 

"If you had to paint Ventura one color, it would probably be blue,

the color of our ocean.  If you added another color, it would be

green," Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Ventura. "This is a

remarkable community and environmentally-oriented to its core.

We all pay attention to the motto 'Think globally, act locally.'

Whether it be on a global scale, or a local scale, waste costs money

and pollutes the planet. It's also something we don't want to pass

onto the next generation."


In addition to Green Drinks, the GTF organizes a series of quarterly

"Best Practices Workshops" where local businesses share their

green ideas and practices with others in the community. To date,

there have been workshops at Red Brick Pizza focusing on sustainable

practices and the YMCA focusing on lighting retrofits.


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In May 2012, The Green Task Force teamed up with the office of

Assemblymember Das Williams's for the Second Annual Green Jobs

Summit held at City Hall.


"The Green Jobs Summit brought a number of businesses together to talk

about ideas and sustainable principles," said James Joyce,

Field Representative, Office of Assemblymember Das Williams.

"Through working together on the Summit, our office developed a

great relationship with The Green Task Force.  There's so much

synergy. It's great to be a part of it."

 

Stay tuned and read this newsletter for information on future

Ventura-based Green Drinks events.


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VIEW the  GREEN DRINKS TV NEWS STORY, CLICK HERE!

VIEW Event Photos on Facebook, CLICK HERE!

It Takes A Village for The Jeffrey Foundation's Project 40

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The Jeffrey Foundation (TheJeffreyFoundation.com), a non-profit Child Care/Resource Center offering educational services, childcare and counseling for special needs children, was founded by Alyce Morris Winston in 1972. 

Over the past 40 years, the Foundation, which strives to improve the quality of life for special needs children (ages 18 months through 18 years), serves children with such diseases as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome and autism.  Other children enrolled in their programs have a variety of physical impediments or are victims of abuse, neglect or in utero drug exposure.

At the Foundation, children and families are served through a variety of community-based therapeutic, recreational, educational and social programs including childcare, preschool, K-12 educational programming, speech therapy, occupational therapy, life skills, parenting education, after-school activities and social events. 

While the Foundation serves the greater Los Angeles area, Morris Winston is also involved in a national and international outreach program, Special Child USA.  Via Special Child, Morris Winston consults with other cities, states and even countries that are interested in developing similar childcare and resource centers.

"There are over 30,000 disabled youth in Los Angeles County that are in need of special interventions," said Morris Winston.  "Our Foundation is the only one of its kind in LA and we only have a capacity of only 124 children per day, and 40 families per month.  So the need is great -- not just in Los Angeles, but everywhere."

Morris Winston, whose adopted son Jeffrey, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was two, abandoned her career as a Max Factor model and began the Foundation after discovering that there was not enough appropriate child care, resources or support for families with special needs children.  What began in her living room is now housed in two professional buildings on West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles.

"Most of The Jeffrey Foundation's students are referred by Child Protective Services or a Regional Center," said Morris Winston.  "Many of the families are headed by single mothers with multiple children.  In the Foundation's Parent Training program, over 85% of the children are in foster care and 10% are living with a parent who has lost custody at least once due to child abuse, neglect, maltreatment or abandonment."

The emphasis of the classes and programs, which are inclusive, aim to build core competencies such as cognitive skill building, language development, gross and fine motor skills and social and emotional development, as well as provide health and nutrition education. 

"We also strive to enrich our student's lives by giving them the opportunity to enjoy some recreation and special events.  We encourage them to learn and appreciate art, music and nature.  Our mission is to improve the quality of every aspect of their live as well as serve as a support for their families," said Morris Winston. 

The current economic climate, and cuts in federal and state funding, are severely impacting the Foundation's ability to keep some of their programs alive.  To offset some of the negative impact, Morris Winston recently came up with the creative idea of "Project 40" in honor of the Foundation's 40 years. 

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Project 40 will be a series of 40 events and happenings to fight the economic turndown.  Last night, one of the Foundation's friends, Lladro Boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, hosted a kickoff reception and launch of the YES! Network (Executives for Special Needs Children and their Families).   The YES! group will spearhead many of the Project 40 programs which will take place in Southern California as well as nationally.

Morris Winston hopes that through the YES! Network, different members of the business community will also become engaged to network, cross promote, as well as lend their expertise and support in developing new programs and fundraisers to sponsor and boost the Foundation's needed programs.

 "We support the community, and we need assistance from those in the community and beyond," said Morris Winston.  It does take a village and we want to be around for the next 40 years!"

To find out more about The Jeffrey Foundation, Project 40 and the YES! Network, visit:

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Images from the YES! Network Launch Party at Lladro Boutique in Beverly Hills on November 17.  Photography by Maxine Picard Photography.


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LtoR:  Agnes Nicole Winter, Elaine DuPont Bernard, Mara New, 
Alyce Morris Winston & Maryann Ridini Spencer (YES! Network
Co-Chair)

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LtoR:  Singer and Evening's Entertainment, Laurie Marchese,
Preity Uupala (Miss India International) and Alyce Morris Winston

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LtoR:  Alyce Morris Winston and Nancy Jordan
(YES! Network Chairperson)

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LtoR:  Barbara Berg Adams (Author "Ring Shui" and
Evening's Entertainment), George Adams and Alyce
Morris Winston

VC Style's Roving Eye: Ventura County Star WOMEN TODAY EXPO Celebrates Women, 10am-5pm, November 11-12, 2011

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The second annual Women Today Expo returns to Ventura County 
to celebrate all aspects of a woman's life -- Career, Shopping, Cooking, 
Family, Health & more!  Presented by the Ventura County Star and 
taking place on the Ventura County Fairgrounds (Harbor Boulevard),
this year's event features over 100 exhibitor booths and such celebrity 
guests as Chef Fabio Viviani (Bravo's "Top Chef"), Master Chef Adrien 
Nieto (Fox's "Master Chef"), "Project Runway" Fashion Designer Santino 
Rice and Singer/Songwriter Casey Weston (NBC's "The Voice").

"The event celebrates every facet of a woman's life," said Su-lin Rubalcava, 
Ventura County Star marketing manager.  "'The Women Today Expo' inspires
and empowers women to live their best lives as well as follow their career 
passions.  Experts are available to share their information and knowledge on 
a variety of topics as well as demonstrate their products and network their 
ideas."

In the video interview below, Su-lin shares some information about
the November 11-12 activities taking place from 10am-5pm at the 
Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura.  


This morning from 11:05am-Noon, Fabio Viviani's cooked up some simply delicious 
gnocchi in a demo on the Cooking School Stage.  

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The gorgeous Cooking School Stage

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The delicious gnocchi!

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Other exciting Cooking School Stage demos included:  The Brothers of 
RedBrick Pizza presenting fresh and healthy gourmet pizza and salads, 
Bosch and Pacific Sales presenting holiday convection cooking,  
and Chef Adrien Nieto presenting fresh, homegrown dishes inspired
by ingredients from Maddy's Gourmet Market.


Glorious booths featuring an array of clothes, appliances, utensils, 
gift items and more lined the halls!

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The "Passion with a Vision" panel (pictured above) which took place 
on the What Women Want Stage (presented by stjohnshealth.org), from 
12:05-12:40pm today, featured an eclectic group of inspiring women 
ranging from chefs, business entrepreneurs to musicians and dance 
instructors.  Neil Palache (thewealthcreatorcompany.com) served 
as Moderator to the panelists (Kate Dunbar/Owner of Petite Rêve
Cafe & Petite Reve Chocolates, Maria Durant, Owner/Dance 4 
Wellness,  Jodi Womack, Owner/No More Nylons, Dyna Valentine, 
Public Speaker, Lara St. John, Violinist and Sarah Ioannides, 
Conductor), who spoke about developing their passions into 
money-making endeavors.  

Other presentations on the What Women Want Stage featured:  Bergins
Automotive & ABC Autocare's talk on "Taking control and learning the basic 
skills of maintaining your car," Dressbarn's Fashion Showcase featured stylish 
designs on a budget, Jafra consultant Angelique Jackson demonstrated makeup 
and skin care products & tips to enhance a woman's natural beauty and Hair 
Therapist Kim Pagano talked about how toget the haircut that works for you.

This evening from 5:30-8:30pm, The Women's Wine Down, presented by 
Fashion Forms, features food, wine, networking,various presentations and
the musical talents of singer/songwriter Casey Weston.

Let's here it for the ladies!

For more information, visit:  http://www.vcstar.com/marketing/womentoday/

-VC Style's Roving Eye, Maryann Ridini Spencer
VC Style
Maryann Ridini-Spencer produces video stories about environmentally friendly and healthy living in Ventura County.

She co-hosts "Sustainable Ventura" with Ray Olson on CAPS-TV's VTV, Channel 15 as well as "Simply Delicious Living with Maryann" on Time Warner Cable ON DEMAND.