Let’s Go to the Moon! The Lunar Missions
The Moon is, above all, a witness to 4.5 billion years of solar system history, and it has recorded that history more completely and more clearly than has any other planetary body. Nowhere else can we see back with such clarity to the time when Earth and the other terrestrial planets—Mercury, Venus, and Mars—were formed and life emerged on Earth.
Planetary scientists have long understood the Moon’s unique significance as the starting point in the continuum of the evolution of rocky worlds. Many of the processes that have modified the terrestrial planets have been absent on the Moon. The lunar interior retains a record of the initial stages of planetary evolution. Its crust has never been altered by plate tectonics, which continually recycle Earth’s crust; or by planet wide volcanism, which resurfaced Venus only half a billion years ago; or by the action of wind and water, which have transformed the surfaces of both Earth and Mars. The Moon today presents a record of geologic processes of early planetary evolution in the purest form. Its airless surface also provides a continuous record of solar-terrestrial processes.
For these reasons, the Moon is priceless to planetary scientists: It remains a cornerstone for deciphering the histories of those more complex worlds. But because of the limitations of current samples and data derived from them, researchers cannot be sure that they have read these histories correctly. Now, thanks to the legacy of the Apollo program, it is possible to pose sophisticated questions that are more relevant and focused than those that could be asked more than three decades ago. Only by returning to the Moon to carry out new scientific explorations can we hope to close the gaps in understanding and learn the secrets that the Moon alone has kept for eons.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Students, 5 years old and younger are free. Members are free. Call 805-933-0076 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or go to our website at www.oilmuseum.net. Speakers from NASA and JPL will be announced.
“Old Hands, New Works
March 12, 2013
“Old Hands, New Works”, opening March 23, 2013 at the Santa Paula Art Museum, and is an exhibition shared between long-established Ventura County artists Michele Chapin and Susan Petty. Their latest works reflect strikingly new approaches and motivations brought to form by expert hands. An opening reception will be held Saturday, March 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission to the reception is $10 for SPAM members and $15 for non-members. The exhibit runs through July 14, 2013.
“Michele Chapin’s most recent body of work is as refreshing and rare as her spirit,” says Museum Director Jennifer Heighton. An award-winning stone sculptor, teacher and community arts activist, Chapin works out of her open air “Stoneworks Studio” in Ventura. Her inspiration comes from found organic objects such as shells, flowers, bones, the figure, and Mysticism. Michele’s sculptures are captivating in color and sensual in form. Several of her latest pieces were carved by pushing a piece of stone past what is structurally possible. This aggressive working of the stone created a new variety of shapes unlike anything she has done before.
Fans of painter Susan Petty will also be pleasantly surprised by the new direction that her work has taken. As Susan put it, “the work in this show has come about as a meeting of life and art.” With photographer Bill Dewey’s “Waves” series as her muse, Petty used the chaos and motion of waves as metaphors for changes in her own life. Each artwork is an expression of a different emotion. And while Petty’s new drawings and paintings are quite distinct from her
previous works, her art is as breathtaking as it has always been. Together, Chapin and Petty demonstrate that “old hands” and life experience can produce truly innovative art.
Reservations for the opening reception are recommended. Please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email email@example.com.
The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 12 p.m. 4 PM.
March 16, 2013
A collection of contemporary quilts inspired by fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, farms, and farmers will be featured in a new exhibit called Farm Fresh Quilts. Exhibit will be on display at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum from March 30 to June 16, 2013. Exhibit includes 20 one-of-a-kind pieces, contributed by 15 quilters from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Visitors who attend the opening reception for Farm Fresh Quilts, on Saturday, April 6, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., can also see the Agriculture Museum’s new sugar beet exhibit, From Field to Factory: Oxnard’s Beet Generation. Admission to the reception is $5.00 for the general public, free for museum members. Event includes sweet treats and a no-host bar. RSVP to 805-525-3100.
Along with the opening reception, the Agriculture Museum will host several events focused on quilting. Quilter Pat Masterson will host a Second Thursday Gallery Talk called Ag-Inspired Quilts, on April 11 at 2:00 p.m. Masterson will talk about the varieties of creative expression and quilting techniques employed in the 20 original quilts on display. General admission is charged for Second Thursday Gallery Talks and museum members are free. No reservations are required.
Children are encouraged to learn about quilting and enjoy the exhibit during our Free First Sunday activity on June 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. During Quilt Blocks for Kids!, volunteers will help children work with paper, fabric, and art supplies to create colorful quilt blocks. Participants will learn about geometric shapes and colors as they create pieces they can take home. A colorful handmade quilt of California scenes will be on display so children can add their own quilting stitches with a needle and thread.
The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum is located in historic downtown Santa Paula, at 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula, California. Hours are 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. General admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children ages 6-17. Free for Museum of Ventura County members and children ages 5 and younger. Paid events include free admission to the galleries, and the first Sunday of every month is free general admission to the public. For more information, go to www.venturamuseum.org or call (805) 525-3100.
Artist Gail Pidduck demonstrates painting techniques to children at the Museum’s Art Start program.
May 19, 2013
The Museum of Ventura County’s Art Start program for budding young artists returns this summer and is now accepting registrations. The July 8 to 12, 2013 session from 9 a.m. to noon is designed for students currently in 3rd through 5th grades, of all artistic abilities and interests. The Art Start program encourages students to have fun discovering different art media and techniques, to learn from guest artists, and to be inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and art collection. The session is limited to 15 participants.
T-shirt, snacks and all art materials are included in the registration fee, which is $85 for the general public, $70 for museum members. Partial scholarships are available. Registration forms may be downloaded under education resources/summer programs, at www.venturamuseum.org, or picked up in the Museum of Ventura County lobby, 100 East Main Street in Ventura, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 653-0323 ext. 300.
Piru Affordable Housing Development
May 19, 2013
The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is pleased to announce that it has received a $25,000 Citi Foundation grant for its Bridgeview Apartments project. The Bridgeview project is an affordable housing community that will be built in the eastern Ventura County community of Piru, and is scheduled to begin construction in 2014.
CEDC secured the Citi Foundation grant through a competitive application process in January 2013. The funds will be used to advance predevelopment work necessary to start construction. It will provide some of the funding for critical predevelopment design expenses (architectural, civil, and landscape plans) that are necessary to secure permits and entitlements to advance to the construction drawings stage. Successful completion of these and other predevelopment activities, and construction of the development, will ultimately result in a total of 24 affordable rental homes added to the County of Ventura's housing stock for families living and working in the Piru community. It will serve an estimated 96 individuals. On-site amenities will include a community center, a tot lot, open space, a community garden, on-site parking, and the community will have an on-site resident manager.
The project will seek a LEED certification. CEDC is well-known for its green-building efforts, and received the LEED Platinum for Homes designation from the U.S. Green Building Council for its Azahar Place Apartments in Ventura last year. CEDC also received the prestigious “Affordable Builder of the Year” award from Build it Green in 2012 (http://www.builditgreen.org).
The community need that CEDC seeks to address with the Bridgeview project is the lack of housing supply that is affordable to very-low income and low-income individuals and families in the unincorporated area of Ventura County, specifically in the rural community of Piru. The Bridgeview Apartments project will offer housing to low-income individuals that is modern, decent, sanitary, energy efficient and service- enriched.
“We appreciate the Citi Foundation’s generous support of our Bridgeview project,” said Nancy Conk, CEDC’s Chief Executive Officer. “This new community will serve many lower-income families in the beautiful city of Piru. Not only will it ultimately give people the opportunity to live in decent, affordable homes, it will also benefit the entire community when residents of the area can afford their housing and potentially live closer to their jobs, decreasing traffic and pollution and increasing residential stability. The Citi Foundation is one of our valued partners in this important, new community project.”
“Citi is excited to once again partner with the Cabrillo EDC,” said Gustavo Bidart, Southern California Regional Director of Citi Community Development. “The Bridgeview project will provide more than 90 individuals with safe and affordable housing in the City of Piru.”
CEDC is currently in the predevelopment stage for this project, and has submitted its entitlement and discretionary approval for the Bridgeview project to the County of Ventura for review.
February 18, 2013
Inspired by Rose Frantzen's acclaimed “Portrait of Maquoketa”, two artists in Santa Paula, California decided to take on a similar adventure in their own town, calling it the “Santa Paula Portrait Project”. Photographer John Nichols and painter Gail Pidduck have spent part of the past two years making portraits of the people in their community. Since January of 2011, the two have produced over 60 works which will be on display at the Santa Paula Art Museum from February 23 until June 23, 2013. An opening reception will be held Saturday, February 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission to the reception is $10 for SPAM members and $15 for non-members.
In an email from Rose Frantzen to Gail she wrote, "The wish, that we would endeavor to explore through our creative mediums, this miraculous opportunity of being alive, maybe, by recognizing this gift in the eyes of my neighbor as I realize it in myself." With no outside funding, Nichols and Pidduck decided to spend a good portion of two years working on a project that would not provide any income, but would enrich their lives. For Pidduck, it was the opportunity to sit for a while with her subjects, most of whom she met by chance on Main Street, which taught her that everyone “has an interesting story to tell.”
Like Frantzen, Nichols and Pidduck desired to capture a collective portrait of a community and of humanity rather than isolated images. “The goal in these portraits,” says Nichols, “is to reveal as much of myself, the artist, as I reveal of the sitter.” The project encouraged both artists to open their hearts to their neighbors and strangers on the streets of Santa Paula, the final product of which illustrates both the ordinary and the extraordinary facets of everyday life in a small town.
Reservations for the opening reception are recommended. Please contact the Museum at (805) 525-5554, or email email@example.com. The Museum is located at 117 North 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Sundays, 12 PM – 4 PM.