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April 26 Spring Garden Tour Benefits Botanical Gardens
Celebrate Earth Day All Over Ventura County
'Motion by the Ocean' Walk/Run on May 4 Supports CMH
'Festivo' is the theme of 20th annual Ventura Music Festival
Fillmore's May Festival Celebrates America's 'Best Small Town'
21st Garden Party on May 4 Benefits Ventura's Youth
Carpinteria B&GC's 'Sailing to Success' Fundraiser is May 17
Making Pac Biz Times' Top 50 Women List Always a Big Honor
Weather and Setting Perfect for Fillmore's 'Taste of the Valley'
Ventura Beach Festival 2014 - May 3
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April 26 Spring Garden Tour Benefits Botanical Gardens

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                                            Party graphic If you love gardens as much as I do, I strongly encourage you to attend the 6th annual Ventura Spring Garden Tour on Saturday, April 26.

Enjoy a delightful spring day touring some of Ventura's most fascinating gardens. View six wonderful gardens, ranging from a contemporary garden, to an enchanting tropical garden during tours that will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring the day to a close by enjoying a "Wizard of Oz"-themed after-party in an historic 1930s Ventura home from 4 to 7 p.m. that will feature a silent and live auction. Auction items will include a hand-built wooden garden planter, a brunch and harbor tour for six aboard a private boat, a sumptuous dinner at a hillside residence with Master Chef Tim Kilcoyne, a week at a Sedona condo and a three-day weekend on Balboa Island.

And it's all for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the Ventura Botanical Gardens, planted along popular hiking trails in the hills behind Ventura City Hall that also offer visitors breathtaking views of Ventura, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.

Admission to tour all six gardens is $30, while admission to the after-party is $55. Tickets to attend both the garden tours and after-party are $80.

Purchase your tickets at the following businesses: Pacific View Mall; downtown at Palermo Coffee, Gelato & Gifts on Main Street;  Danny's Deli & Grill on Telegraph Avenue; Green Thumb Nursery on Victoria Avenue and the Pacific Oaks Federal Credit Union (check for locations).

Or, you can purchase discount tickets at

Celebrate Earth Day All Over Ventura County

Harrison Industries is joining thousands of Ventura County residents in learning ways to protect our planet during Earth Day celebrations to be held over two weekends in April.

Fact is, every day should be Earth Day! That's why employees of Harrison and our business partners Agromin Premium Soil Products and Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station are manning recycling information booths in Ventura and Ojai.

Our message to all who will stop by for a visit: "Go Green" by following the three "R's" of the environmental movement: "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle."

Here's the Earth Day Lineup:
  • Earth Paly graphic Ojai: Called "EarthPlay" to emphasize how fun it can be to "Go Green," it was held, Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Oak Grove School (220 West Lomita Ave). There was live musical entertainment, world food, environmental presentations and exhibits and field play.
  • Ecofest graphic Ventura: Earthday Ecofest is Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Promenade Park at the beach. There will be over 100 featured eco-friendly organizations and vendors, a Green Education Pavilion, raffles, arts and crafts for the kids and family-friendly entertainment and music.

Admission is free to all Earth Day celebrations, so there's no excuse for coming out to find ways to live a greener life!

'Motion by the Ocean' Walk/Run on May 4 Supports CMH

Motion by the Ocean
                                            walk/run For the past several months, Ventura residents and visitors to the city have witnessed the steady rise of the new Community Memorial Hospital in midtown. The six-story, 325,000-square-foot hospital with 250 private rooms is scheduled to open sometime in 2015. When it does, Ventura will have one of the finest medical facilities in the state!

Show your support for the new hospital and a healthy community by attending in the "Motion by the Ocean" Walk/Run on Sunday, May 4, at San Buenaventura State Beach. It is sponsored by the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation and participants can choose to compete in courses covering one, five and 10 kilometers. There will be a one-kilometer Kids Walk as well.

The fun begins with check-in and welcome at 6:30 a.m. Warm-up exercises begin at 7:30 with the first race - the five-kilometer walk/run getting under way at 8 a.m. The day also will feature deejay entertainment, games, food trucks, a resource fair and interactive activities. The fun will end at 1 p.m.

The registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Attendees who donate from $25 to $300 more will receive a variety of prizes, including T-shirts, caps, pedometers, sweatshirts and duffle bags.

Want to volunteer? The "Motion by the Ocean" needs route monitors and persons to fill other key roles. To register or to volunteer, call the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation at 667-2881, or email at

Harrison Industries will be there, providing free trash and recycling collection service for this worthwhile event. We hope to see you there!

'Festivo' is the theme of 20th annual Ventura Music Festival  

Ventura Music Festival logo Each year the Ventura Music Festival presents the finest musicians playing the world's greatest music: classical, jazz, crossover and popular. The 20th annual festival, with the aptly-named theme "Festivo," runs May 2-10 and features 12 concerts in venues throughout Ventura.

Ventura Music Festival graphic Artists include world-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell (May 3, Ventura High School), legendary folk singer Judy Collins (May 4, Ventura High School), concert pianist Stanislav Kristenko (May 8, Ventura Missionary Church) and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (May 10, Majestic Ventura Theatre).

In addition, the Ventura Music Festival's Rising Stars concert (May 8, First United Methodist Church) showcases talented teen-aged Southland classical musicians. This year it will present David Fraley, piano; Matthew Chen, cello; and Cameron Daly, violin, in the Ravel Piano Trio; and pianist David Gatchel.

Tickets for all concerts are available at or by calling 648-3146. Tickets also are available at the Ventura Music Festival office at 472. E. Santa Clara St.

Harrison Industries has been a Silver Sponsor of the Ventura Music Festival from the beginning which for a week turns Ventura into a musical Mecca!

Fillmore's May Festival Celebrates America's 'Best Small Town'


They've been holding a May Festival in Fillmore for over a century and the 102nd annual event celebrating "The Best Small Town in America" is May 15-18. Harrison Industries is a Platinum Sponsor of this festive community event in downtown Fillmore.

The fun includes a carnival, a parade down Central Avenue, arts and crafts, food vendors, musical entertainment, a kiddie area for youngsters and a beer garden for the oldsters. In short, the festival has something for everyone.

Tickets for the carnival are $5 for adults and children 12 and older and $3 for kids 5 to 11. Children under 4 get in free. Thursday, May 15, is "Dollar Daze" with everybody getting in for $1. Presale concert and carnival ride tickets are available at 211 Central Ave., or by calling 524-0351.

21st Garden Party on May 4 Benefits Ventura's Youth

                                      Club Ventura Garden Party As they say at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, "Great Futures Start Here."

The club serves hundreds of youth ages 6 to 18 with quality recreational and education programs after school, during school breaks and all day during the summer. Its mission: "We provide a positive place for all youth, especially those who need us the most, and quality programs to help them become healthy, responsible, confident and productive members of our community."

Every year the club holds a Garden Party to raise funds for Ventura youth, and the 21st annual party will be held on Sunday, May 4, at the historic Pierpont Inn. The party begins at 2 p.m. and runs until 5 o'clock.

Harrison Industries has long been a sponsor of this festive event, and we encourage you to join in the fun. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from local restaurants. Sip fine wines and enjoy a variety of microbrews in the party's beer garden.

Listen to live music and share a splendid stroll through the Pierpont Inn's garden. Participate in the event's live auction. Enjoy it all while making a difference in a child's life!

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, so make your plans today. Call 641-5585 or visit See you at the Garden Party!

Carpinteria B&GC's 'Sailing to Success' Fundraiser is May 17

Siling to Success graphic "Sailing to Success" is the theme of the 30th annual dinner and auction on Saturday, May 17, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Carpinteria. The event "sets sail" from the nonprofit's clubhouse, 4849 Foothill Road, at 5 p.m.

Harrison Industries is an enthusiastic sponsor of this memorable evening of gourmet food, a hosted bar, and the opportunity to celebrate with others in support of a great cause. Don't miss the chance to acquire fantastic trips and unique live and silent auction items.

Tickets are $75 and group table rates are available. Call 684-1568. Also call that number to donate an auction item or purchase a program advertisement.

More than 300 people attended last year's auction that raised over $100,000 for Carpinteria's boys and girls. Let's top both numbers this year!

Making Pac Biz Times' Top 50 Women List Always a Big Honor

                                      Drake For the seventh year in a row, I've been selected as one of the Top 50 Women in Business in the Tri-Counties by the Pacific Coast Business Times. This year I've also received the Editor's Pick in the award's "Science & Industry" category.

It's always a thrill to receive this award because it's validation for the teamwork the employees of Harrison Industries, Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station and Agromin exhibit every day to help the environment. Being governmental affairs and public relations director for such important and dynamic companies - whose goals are to help the environment by reducing waste to local landfills and carbon emissions for our air - is an award in itself.

I was a member of the Ventura City Council when Ventura established the first citywide recycling program in the county in 1990 and am happy to be still heavily involved in the current "Zero Waste" movement.

Our customers' commitment to recycling has made Ventura County among the most praised counties in California. All of our client cities - Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Fillmore and Carpinteria - as well as the unincorporated areas of Ventura County that we serve have consistently surpassed the state's strict waste diversion goals.

We're close, but we still have work to do to reach the state's 2020 deadline for all cities and counties to divert at least 75 percent of waste from landfills, while reducing our carbon footprint to 1990 levels.

Thanks to Editor Henry Dubroff and his staff at the Pacific Coast Business Times for this wonderful award!

Weather and Setting Perfect for Fillmore's 'Taste of the Valley'  

Fillmore Taste of the Valley The Fillmore City Hall Courtyard was the perfect setting for the 9th annual "Taste of the Valley" celebration on April 5 that benefitted the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley.

The weather also was perfect as over 200 people attended this wonderful event on a warm spring evening that raised over $8,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of SCV that serves hundreds of children with a variety of after-school and summer programs at clubhouses in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru.

Local restaurants and wineries in the Santa Clara Valley and surrounding areas showcased their fan- favorite foods, award-winning wines and imported beer. Attendees had a great time sampling delicious foods and drinks while enjoying lively music and entering the event's silent auction.

As always, the Harrison family was well represented. Ralph and Jenny Harrison, Lynn and Patty Harrison and Jim Harrison and I had a wonderful time!

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