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November 27, 2014, 11:00
Santa Paula Moose Lodge to serve Thanksgiving Dinner
Santa Paula Moose Lodge to serve Thanksgiving Dinner
The Santa Paula Loose Lodge will be serving Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 27 to those who have nowhere to go or are in need. Families are encouraged to attend. Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (or until gone).
The Loyal Order of Moose and Women of the Moose invite those in the community and its members to share Thanksgiving with them. The Moose Lodge is located at 700 E. Santa Barbara St, (Corner 7th and Santa Barbara Streets).
The Women of Moose and Loyal Order of Moose is a family fraternity whose main purpose is to support Mooseheart and Moosehaven and our community. Thanksgiving dinner is an annual event at the Lodge and they look forward to you joining them on Thanksgiving Day.
This is a community service event and there is no charge for the meal. Please contact the Lodge at 525-9917 if you have questions.

November 29, 2014, 10:00
2014 Santa Paula Christmas Parade
2014 Santa Paula Christmas Parade

Entries are being sought for the 65th annual Optimist Christmas Parade, which will be held Saturday, November 29th, at 10:00 a.m. on Main Street in Santa Paula. The theme for this year is "A musical Fantasy Christmas."
The parade is for the entire community and everyone in the community is invited to participate in the parade, by watching or being a parade entry. Any type of entry is welcome and everyone is asked to join the fun. There are only five judged categories and a VIP non-judged category. The purpose of the parade is to get the community of Santa Paula together to celebrate the holiday season.
Float entries are being sought. Community groups, families, and organizations are encouraged to put together a float. A flatbed truck or trailer, a pickup, a wagon, or any other equipment with wheels work well as a float. This may also include families, friends, businesses, cars, equestrians, and marching groups. Get dressed up or decorated and join the fun. Entertain the community.
A sweepstakes trophy will be given for the best use of the theme. In addition, 1st and 2nd place ribbons will be presented for entries in : Novelty-Youth, Novelty-Adult, Float, Auto, and Equestrian.
Entry forms may be downloaded at:
http://www.ci.santa-paula.ca.us/Christmas%20parade%20application.pdf
Entry forms may be picked up at the Santa Paula Times, the Community Services Department office, and the Chamber of Commerce office.
For additional information, or an entry form sent by mail or email, please call my home 525-9439 and leave a message or email santapaulaparades@hotmail.com
The Optimist Club organizes and sponsors the Christmas Parade using community donations. If you are interested in donating, please mail a check to the Santa Paula Optimist Club, P.O. Box 507, Santa Paula, CA 93061.

December 01, 2014, 9:00
AARP Driver Safety Class (Refresher)
AARP Driver Safety Class (Refresher)

Sharpen your knowledge of traffic laws and your driving skills by attending the AARP Mature Drivers Class. Learn how to avoid driving hazards, become a better, more aware driver and save money on your car insurance. It’s also a great refresher before renewing your driver’s license. You must be over the age of 55 to take this class and to receive a reduction in insurance premiums. The class will be held at the Santa Paula Community Center (530 W. Main Street) on December 1st (Monday) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You must attend both days. The class fee of $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members includes the course booklet and certificate. Don’t hesitate; stop by the Senior Center now to reserve a seat. For information, call 933-4226 ext 356.

December 03, 2014, 8:30
Free Job & Career Workshops
Location: America’s Job Center of California 635 S. Ventura Road, Oxnard
Contact tel.: 805-204-5171
Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the America’s Job Center of California at 805-204-5171 to enroll.

Career Shops are presented in partnership with America’s Job Center of California and are sponsored by the Human Services Agency and the Workforce Investment Board.

Wednesday, December 3 - The Power of CalJOBS, 8:30 p.m. – noon - CalJOBS is an online resource that can be used to navigate California’s workforce services providing employment and labor market information. The newly enhanced system allows users to easily search for jobs, build résumés, access career resources, and find information on education and training programs.

Thursday, December 4 - Resumes that Sell, 8:30 a.m. – noon - Workshop providing hands-on assistance in completing a resume, cover and thank-you letters. Walk away with a portfolio that shows off professional skills and experience.

Wednesday, December 10 - Winning Interviews, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Supplies the tools to make a lasting first impression when interviewing.
December 03, 2014, 11:00
Ventura County Garden Club
The Ventura County Garden Club will celebrate its 90th anniversary on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 117 7th Street, Santa Paula. The club is the oldest garden club in Ventura County. Historian Glenda Jackson will entertain guests with stories and news from the club's history. The public is welcome.
Please contact Linda Stallard (805-482-7201).

December 05, 2014
FOOD Share will spread holiday cheer at The Collection at RiverP
Location: 2751 Park View Ct, Oxnard, CA 93036
Contact tel.: 805-654-1564
Contact: Alicia Rutledge
Ventura County’s fastest-growing holiday event will bring business and community leaders together to revel in the holiday spirit while tackling hunger by building CAN-trees for FOOD Share. The 3rd annual CAN-tree Collection food drive will return to The Collection at RiverPark the weekend of Dec. 5-7.

With a goal of 150 CAN-trees – each built with approximately 600-800 cans – teams will work together to construct 6-foot-tall CAN-trees that will be showcased throughout the weekend. Last year, 103 CAN-trees were constructed by the community, which totaled 81,200 canned goods for the regional food bank that feeds 74,500 hungry individuals per month.

Monetary donations to FOOD Share will also be accepted all weekend. For every $25 donated, the regional food bank will be able to provide $125 worth of food to families in need.

About FOOD Share:
More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 10 million pounds of food annually from its distribution site; more than 180 partner agencies, which include neighborhood and church food distributions and soup kitchens; as well as hunger assistance programs. FOOD Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families and seniors, which include: KIDS Share, SENIOR Share, Nutrition Education, Community Market, SoCal Gas CARE Program, ART Share and more. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. For more information about FOOD Share, visit www.foodshare.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.
December 05, 2014
Santa Barbara Gem Faire
Location: Earl Warren Showgrounds
Contact tel.: 503-252-8300
Contact: Yooy Nelson
Dec. 5-7, 2014, 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.
December 06, 2014, 10:00
Santa Paula Friends of the Library Book Sales
Santa Paula Friends of the Library Book Sales
The Friends of the Blanchard Community Library invite all book lovers, and those shopping for book lovers, to the First-Saturday-of-the-Month Book Sale on December 6, in the Back Stacks at the Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. 8th Street, Santa Paula. Please enter from the north parking lot. The hours are 10AM-2PM. This sale will feature Golf books for $.25 each, and a 21 volume set of Cooking Club of America cookbooks for $5.00. These books, and many more on display, are in like-new condition suitable for gift giving. Make your holiday shopping easy and affordable.
Also, there is always a great selection of fiction, non-fiction, children's, and unique rare collectible books available. General prices range from $.25-$2.00. Collectibles start at $4.00.
If the Saturday sale is not convenient, The Back Stacks are also open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12 Noon to 2 PM. and a smaller selection of books is available during library hours at the Friends Book Mart located inside the library.
For further information email fobcl@yahoo.com

December 12, 2014
Costa Mesa Gem Faire
Location: OC Fair & Event Center
Contact tel.: 503-252-8300
Contact: Yooy Nelson
Dec. 12-14, 2014, 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.
December 14, 2014, 11:00
HOLIDAY GIFT BOUTIQUE
HOLIDAY GIFT BOUTIQUE
Come to the 3rd Annual Holiday Boutique at the Community Center on Sunday, December 14th for some great deals. The boutique is a fundraiser for the Santa Paula Senior Center that will include over 50 different vendors and will be held from 11:00am-6:00 pm. Shop for handmade craft items, jewelry, cookware, accessories, gift baskets and more. Entrance is FREE! Refreshments and food will also be available. Vendors are welcome; call 525-6413 for information and an application. The Community Center is located at 530 W. Main Street.

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