Dec
15
Sat
Las Posadas at the Ag Museum @ Agriculture Museum
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Las Posadas at the Ag Museum @ Agriculture Museum | Santa Paula | California | United States

The Museum of Ventura County to host an evening celebration of Las Posadas at the Ag Museum, open to the public for free.

The Museum of Ventura County invites weary holiday travelers to join our family at the Ag Museum in Santa Paula on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a Las Posadas celebration. Visitors will experience a performance of “The Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe” by the Inlakech Group, followed by the traditional Las Posadas celebrations. Festivities also include music by local acoustic artists Mr. G and Xavier Montes, a holiday piñata game for children, and nourishing Mexican sweet bread and Champurrado!

Las Posadas is a holiday tradition celebrated at Christmas time. Brought to the Americas by the Spanish, Posadas (Spanish for accommodations or inn) is celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba and the United States. The traditional song “asking for Posada” refers to the journey of Mary and Joseph traveling from place to place, asking for lodging.

Today, Posadas is typically celebrated with song, placing one group of singers, or “Inn-Keepers”, within a residence while a second group of singers, or “pilgrims”, stand outside requesting lodging at the inn through song. The “In-Keepers” respond by singing that there is no place at the inn. The “pilgrims” travel from home to home until they arrive at their final destination where the “In-Keepers” invites them in to take shelter for the night.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Ag Museum is located at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula. For more information, please contact Elena Waller at the Agriculture Museum (805) 525-3100 ext. 101 or ewaller@venturamuseum.org

Dec
16
Sun
Thomas Fire Documentary Premieres At Museum Of Ventura County @ Museum of Ventura County
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm
Thomas Fire Documentary Premieres At Museum Of Ventura County @ Museum of Ventura County | Ventura | California | United States

The Perfect Firestorm is a documentary film that chronicles personal stories of survival and healing during and following the devastating Thomas Fire. Screenings of the film are free and open to the public with an RSVP on Sunday, December 16 at 12pm and 3pm at the Pavilion. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Email events@capsmedia.org and indicate the time of the screening you wish to attend.

The Perfect Firestorm was produced in cooperation with the Museum of Ventura County, Ventura City Fire and Police, Ventura County Fire, Sheriff’s, Office of Emergency Services and other agencies. The year-long project is based on dozens of first-person interviews with fire fighters, first responders, residents and others impacted by the tragedy. In addition to sharing their heartfelt, inspiring and at times tragic stories, the citizens of Ventura County provided CAPS Media with hundreds of photos and videos recorded during and after the fire to help tell the story.

The Perfect Firestorm is a tribute to our entire community of heroes who, in the face of an overwhelming crisis, responded with astonishing calm and then opened their hearts, hands and homes to rescue neighbors and strangers and together rebuild their lives.

Jan
5
Sat
Speaking of Ventura County Lecture Series featuring Betsy J. Green @ Museum of Ventura County
Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Speaking of Ventura County Lecture Series featuring Betsy J. Green @ Museum of Ventura County | Ventura | California | United States

A year after the Thomas Fire, published author explores its impact in comparison to storied fires of the past.

Speaking of Ventura County Series continues on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm with author Betsy J. Green in the Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion at the Museum of Ventura County. Betsy J. Green will present a talk and slideshow about the Great Forest Fires of 1917, and how they compared to the Thomas Fire of 2017.

Betsy J. Green has been a writer for more than 25 years. As a freelancer, she contributed articles to newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and abroad. She specializes in writing about local history, architecture, and the environment.

Members of the Museum are offered free admission. Non-members are offered $5 admission, which also includes admission into the Museum of Ventura County (Ventura) and the Agricultural Museum (Santa Paula) on the same day.

For more information call 805-653-0323. For information on upcoming Speaking of Ventura County Series speakers and other events, follow @MuseumOfVenturaCounty on Instagram and Facebook. Would you like to share your own photos and experiences from the Speaking of Ventura County Series? Use the hashtag #SpeakingofVC and tag us!

Jan
12
Sat
Fire and Mud Poetry Reading – Deadline to submit is December 31, 2018 @ Museum of Ventura County
Jan 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fire and Mud Poetry Reading – Deadline to submit is December 31, 2018 @ Museum of Ventura County | Ventura | California | United States

Open Call to Poets to share poems about the devastating fires and floods that have impacted your community.

In less than a year our community has had two incredibly destructive fires and a tragic flood/mudslide. Our communities came together in recovery to house, heal and rebuild. Join your community for an afternoon of poetry and reflection at the Museum of Ventura County.

If you are interested in sharing your poems about the devastating fires and floods that have impacted your community, please submit your work to Phil Taggart to be considered. Please note that this is not an open mic event.

Please send a poem to ptagga@aol.com.
Deadline to submit is December 31, 2018.
Readers will be notified by January 5th.
This is not an open mic event.
* Please include the city you live in.

Hosted and curated by:

Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate
Enid Osborn, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate
Ricardo Means Ybarra, Malibu Poet Laureate

For more information call 805-653-0323.