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April 28, 2015
Informational meeting to become a foster parent
Location: Human Services Agency, 855 Partridge Drive, Ventura
Contact tel.: 805-654-1564
Contact: Brooke Lubel
As a foster parent, you become a link in a lifelong chain. You can provide the unconditional healing, support, and guidance that can help a child and siblings thrive and grow as every child needs. When children have been removed from their families for whatever period of time, they especially need a loving parent to tuck them into bed, provide comfort and play, prepare meals with them, and even encourage them to go to college. If you are looking for a way to make a difference in the world, make a world of difference in the life of a child by becoming a foster parent. Children and Family Services welcome you to attend an open informational meeting to help you decide if foster parenting is the right choice for you.
Who: Foster VC Kids
What: Ventura County Foster Parent Informational Meeting
When:
Tuesday, 6-8 p.m
April 28, 2015
Where: Most meetings are held at the Human Services Agency, 855 Partridge Drive, Ventura.
About Ventura County Human Services Agency, Foster VC Kids
Ventura County Human Services Agency (VCHSA) strengthens families, supports self-sufficiency and promotes safety, health, and well-being. All of their service areas operate and perform at the highest level to meet the needs of individuals, families, and the community by providing assistance, aid, and protection for foster youth and beyond. VCHSA demonstrates the ability to work in multicultural environments and ensures that policies, programs, and actions communicate respect for the dignity of all people. Visit www.fostervckids.org for more information.
April 30, 2015, 6:30
CASA of Ventura County Informational Presentation
Location: Furnished upon Registration
Contact tel.: 805-389-3120
Contact: Bernadette Cardenas
Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you? CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time—and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.

To enroll in our informational session, call 805.389.3120, Fax to 805.389.3451 ATTN: Bernadette Cardenas, or Email registration to bernadette@casaofventuracounty.org
After you have registered, you will receive location information by email or phone call.
May 01, 2015
Free Job & Career Workshops
Location: throughout Ventura County
Contact tel.: 805-204-5171
Contact: Talia Barrera
Free Career Shops For Job Seekers - presented throughout May by the America’s Job Center of California with support from the Workforce Investment Board and the Human Services Agency of Ventura County. Career Shop topics include resume writing and job interview techniques. For more job search opportunities, go to www.caljobs.ca.gov. Career Shops are offered at no cost to job seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration is required. Call the America’s Job Center of California at 805-204-5171 (west county) or 805-955-2282 (east county) to enroll.
May 02, 2015
Hope4Kids Run & Festival to Benefit Foster Youth in Ventura Coun
Location: 1605 E. Burnley Street, Camarillo
Contact: Brooke@consortium-media.com
(VENTURA COUNTY) — The annual Hope4Kids Run & Festival is a community effort sponsored by Raising Hope Inc., Ventura County Children and Family Services – Foster VC Kids., Living Oaks Community Church, Sturges Insurance and Financial Services, Defending the Fatherless, Dark to Dawn, SDG Designs, RP Barricade, Living Oaks Church, Eastwind Screenprint, Paint by Judge, Capstone Direct, Chik-Fil-A Thousand Oaks and Microsoft Coporation. The county-wide event will come together again to raise money for foster youth in Ventura County.

The 5k and 10k run will take place at the Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley Street, Camarillo, Calif. on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will feature 50-60 vendor booths where attendees can shop, receive complimentary massages and other information on services in the community. The festival will also include a community performances, silent auction, food trucks and firefighter trucks. For the younger crowd, Hope4Kids will offer a Kidzone with fun attractions such as princesses, face painting, gaming truck, bounce houses, rock wall and a velcro wall.
In 2013, Hope4Kids had 400 runners and raised $11,500. By 2014, there were 700 registered runners which helped raised over double the amount of the previous year at $26,500. Funds raised by this event go directly to assist foster children in paying for any needs that are not previously covered for them. For the past two years, Hope4Kids has assisted hundreds of youth with orthodontia, textbook purchase for college courses, and extracurricular activities such as sports equipment, camps, arts and more.
“Each year we have superseded our attendees and monetary goals,” says Tami Barnett, Recruitment and Development Specialist, Foster Home Recruitment, Development and Support Foster VC Kids. “Hope4Kids is a really fun way to bring the community together through a run and festival to not only help the fund important activities and supplies for foster youth, but also help shine a light on the hopes to recruit more loving homes in the county.”
In addition to this year’s event, there will be an Adoption & Foster booth, which will feature mini-biographies of foster youth including their name, age and their hobbies and interests where runners and festival attendees can learn about these children and speak with licensed social workers.
Hope4Kids is ran by volunteers and is a community partnership between the county, non-profits, churches and for-profit businesses. For more information visit, http://www.hope4kids.myevent.com/.
About Ventura County Human Services Agency, Foster VC Kids
Ventura County Human Services Agency (VCHSA) strengthens families, supports self-sufficiency and promotes safety, health, and well-being. All of their service areas operate and perform at the highest level to meet the needs of individuals, families, and the community by providing assistance, aid, and protection for foster youth and beyond. VCHSA demonstrates the ability to work in multicultural environments and ensures that policies, programs, and actions communicate respect for the dignity of all people. Visit www.fostervckids.org for more information.
May 07, 2015
59th Annual Conejo Valley Days
Location: Conejo Creek Park South
Contact tel.: 805-498-0624
Contact: Mary-Catherine McBride
The 59th Annual Conejo Valley Days, May 7 - 10 at Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit) in Thousand Oaks, celebrates the area's western roots and community spirit. The four-day event features entertainment for kids, teens and the whole family including carnival rides, games, live entertainment, a western saloon, outhouse races and a food court. Live entertainment and hands-on exhibits are included with general admission. Entry: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 through 12 and free for kids 5 and under. For festival hours and ticket information go to www.conejovalleydays.us, 805-498-0624, info@conejovalleydays.us, or follow Conejo Valley Days on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ConejoValleyDays and Twitter, @CVDays2015.
May 08, 2015
Costa Mesa Gem Faire
Location: OC Fair & Event Center
Contact tel.: 503-252-8300
Contact: Yooy Nelson
May 8-10, 2015, OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa. Fri. 12pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. Admission $7 weekend pass. Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair & cleaning while you shop. Classes & demos. Free hourly door prizes. For more info, visit www.gemfaire.com or call (503) 252-8300 or email: info@gemfaire.com.
May 22, 2015
Santa Barbara Gem Faire
Location: Earl Warren Showgrounds
Contact tel.: 503-252-8300
Contact: Yooy Nelson
May 22-24, 2015, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara. Fri. 12pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm. Admission $7 weekend pass. Fine jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold & silver, pearls, minerals & much more at manufacturer’s prices. Nearly 100 exhibitors from around the world. Jewelry repair & cleaning while you shop. Free hourly door prizes. For more info, visit www.gemfaire.com or call (503) 252-8300 or email: info@gemfaire.com.
May 28, 2015, 6:30
CASA of Ventura County Informational Presentation
Location: Furnished upon Registration
Contact tel.: 805-389-3120
Contact: Bernadette Cardenas
Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you? CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time—and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.

To enroll in our informational session, call 805.389.3120, Fax to 805.389.3451 ATTN: Bernadette Cardenas, or Email registration to bernadette@casaofventuracounty.org
After you have registered, you will receive location information by email or phone call.
June 16, 2015, 10:30
Regency Theatres Kid's Summer Movie Series
Location: Regency Santa Paula 7 550 W. Main St.
Contact tel.: 805-933-6709
June 16th through August 1st we will have shows every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 for only $1 a ticket! Some of the great family films we are playing are Despicable Me, Kung Fu Panda, and Shrek
June 25, 2015, 6:30
CASA of Ventura County Informational Presentation
Location: Furnished upon Registration
Contact tel.: 805-389-3120
Contact: Bernadette Cardenas
Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you? CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time—and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.

To enroll in our informational session, call 805.389.3120, Fax to 805.389.3451 ATTN: Bernadette Cardenas, or Email registration to bernadette@casaofventuracounty.org
After you have registered, you will receive location information by email or phone call.
July 30, 2015, 6:30
CASA of Ventura County Informational Presentation
Location: Furnished upon Registration
Contact tel.: 805-389-3120
Contact: Bernadette Cardenas
Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you? CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time—and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.

To enroll in our informational session, call 805.389.3120, Fax to 805.389.3451 ATTN: Bernadette Cardenas, or Email registration to bernadette@casaofventuracounty.org
After you have registered, you will receive location information by email or phone call.
August 27, 2015, 6:30
CASA of Ventura County Informational Presentation
Location: Furnished upon Registration
Contact tel.: 805-389-3120
Contact: Bernadette Cardenas
Are you ready to stand up for a child who needs you? CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time—and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide that one constant that children need in order to thrive.

To enroll in our informational session, call 805.389.3120, Fax to 805.389.3451 ATTN: Bernadette Cardenas, or Email registration to bernadette@casaofventuracounty.org
After you have registered, you will receive location information by email or phone call.
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