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Harrisons to Be Honored at 23rd Ventura Music Festival's Cabaret
Composer-Pianist Vijay Iyer to Lead 71st Ojai Music Festival
'A Night in Paris' Auction Benefits Santa Clara Valley's Kids
New CSUCI President Looks Forward to Growing with University
Ventura Regional Sanitation District Elects New Board Officers
Join in the Fun at St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 11
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Harrisons to Be Honored at Ventura Music Festival's Cabaret
Although it's still five months away, it's not too early to make plans to attend the 23rd annual Ventura Music Festival. So mark the dates: July 14-16 and July 21-23 for two weekends of great classical, jazz and genre-defying music performed by world-class artists.

But coming on Thursday, April 20, will be the second annual Ventura Music Festival Cabaret, a wonderful fundraising event that benefits the Ventura Music Festival's Young Artists Fund. The cabaret will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, beginning at 6 p.m.

The evening is honoring Harrison Industries and Doug Halter of Halter Landscape for their extraordinary contributions to the community and the arts. It is indeed a proud honor for Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison. The company has sponsored the festival since its inception in 1994.

Doug is a community activist and founder of the Ventura Botanical Gardens, among many of his other civic accomplishments.

The Ventura Music Festival Cabaret will feature vocalist and songwriter Billy Valentine, whose smooth singing style was inspired by Otis Redding, Nat King Cole and Carmen McRae. Valentine also has appeared on film, TV and stage including "Boston Legal," "Champions Forever," "The Five Heartbeats" and "The Wiz."

It should be a memorable evening. Tickets are $150 per person for the dinner and show and go on sale March 1. Tribute sponsorships also are available. Call 648-3146 or visit Tickets for the festival go on sale April 3.
Composer-Pianist Vijay Iyer to Lead 71st Ojai Music Festival
Harrison Industries is looking forward to the 71st Ojai Music Festival, set for June 8-11 under the stars at Libbey Bowl.
Highlights include several works by the festival's Music Director Vijay Iyer, including the world premiere of his "Violin Concerto," written for and performed by Jennifer Koh; the American premiere of his "Emergence" for trio and ensemble; and "Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi," a 37-minute Hindu festival film by Prashant Bhargava, for which Iyer wrote the music.

Iyer, a Grammy-nominated composer-pianist, was described as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today" by the Los Angeles Weekly, and by Minnesota Public Radio as "an American treasure." He has been voted DownBeat Magazine's Artist of the Year three times - in 2016, 2015 and 2012. Iyer was named Downbeat's 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University.

Other highlights include the West Coast premiere of the opera "Afterword" by George Lewis and the world premiere of the chamber version of "Yet Unheard," by Courtney Bryan, which memorializes Sandra Bland, an African American woman who died in police custody in Texas in 2015.

Harrison Industries, a corporate sponsor of the Ojai Music Festival, encourages music lovers of all kinds to attend this culturally enriching event. Four-day, three-day and weekend immersion passes are available now. Single ticket sales will begin in the spring.

For ticket information, call 646-2053 or visit

'A Night in Paris' Auction Benefits Santa Clara Valley's Kids
(L to R) Jim, Myron and Ralph Harrison show off the 85th anniversary plaque presented by the B&G Club of Santa Clara Valley.

Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny (above) enjoyed the evening with Ralph's son Lynn and his wife Patty and grandson David Harrison with his wife Sandy.
Three generations of the Harrison family were among the sold-out crowd of 270 people, many sporting berets, scarves and other French attire, who enjoyed the fun and elegant 13th annual Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley's dinner and auction held Feb. 18.

This year's theme was "Ooh La La! A Night in Paris" and you could almost see the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

The festive event, the B&G Club of Santa Clara Valley's largest fundraiser, featured a cocktail hour, followed by a silent auction, dinner and live auction featuring items ranging from dining and entertainment packages to luxurious stays in private vacation rentals.

Harrison Industries is a sponsor of the dinner and auction, and the B&G Club of Santa Clara Valley's CEO Jan Marholin presented the Harrisons with a plaque honoring our 85th anniversary.

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Lynn & Patty
On hand were Harrison President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny, Vice President Jim Harrison and me, General Manger Lynn Harrison and his wife Patty, and Sales Manager David Harrison and his wife Sandy.

It was a wonderful evening and a major success. The event raised thousands of dollars benefiting hundreds of boys and girls who are regulars at the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley's clubhouses in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru.
New CSUCI President Looks Forward to Growing with University
Myron Harrison with Nicole Ipach, CSUCI's Vice President of University Advancement.
Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison, left, and Vice President Myron Harrison, right, with CSUCI President Erika Beck, Don Tilquist of Coastal Embroidery and Richard Wagner of Edward Jones Financial.

Erika Beck, who took over as president of California State University Channel Islands in August for Richard Rush, delivered her first State of the University address at the Las Posas Country Club on Feb. 16. Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison and Vice President Myron Harrison were among the 150 people who attended the event sponsored by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce.

Beck's main message was that CSUCI keeps growing, both in students and buildings. She reported that enrollment, now with over 6,000 students, will grow to 10,000 by 2020, and that the university added a dorm and has expanded its campus café.

Beck added that her top priority is to help students graduate in four to six years by providing hands-on learning, including student research, and offering degrees in fields where students can find jobs locally. That's an important point: keeping college graduates in Ventura County and not forcing them to look for work elsewhere.

Harrison Industries shares Beck's enthusiasm for CSUCI and Ventura County's future and we wish her well in achieving her goals.
Ventura Regional Sanitation District Elects New Board Officers
Ventura Regional Sanitation District representatives meet at January's meeting.

Harrison Industries congratulates Ojai City Councilman William Weirick and Ventura City Councilman Jim Monahan for being elected board chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Ventura Regional Sanitation District at its January meeting.

Also, a hearty thank you to Oxnard City Councilman Bert Perello for serving as last year's chairman.

The VRSD is governed by a nine-member board of directors composed of representatives from member agencies. City council members from Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks and Ventura, and one representative selected by special districts having sanitation responsibilities within the Ventura County, sit on the VRSD board.

Harrison Industries is committed to helping VRSD's goal of environmentally safe disposal of solid waste. The VRSD also oversees the effective treatment of wastewater and reliable delivery of potable and recycled water throughout Ventura County.
Join in the Fun at St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 11
Mary and Haole
The County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade will march down Main Street for the 28th time in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 11. This year's theme is, "The Sporting Life: The Games We Play," and champion long boarder and professional surfer Mary Osborne will serve as Grand Marshal. The parade begins in front of Old Mission San Buenaventura at 10 a.m.

While best known for her athletic endeavors - in 2010 the Ventura resident became the first woman to ride China's Qiantang River tidal bore, the largest and fastest bore in the world - Osborne also is a women's sports advocate, environmentalist, writer, model, TV personality and businesswoman.

Riding with Mary will be Haole, Ventura's surfing dog. Haole, an 8-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, wowed hundreds of thousands attending the 2017 Rose Parade as well as millions more watching on television with his surfing skills on a float equipped with a wave machine.

Last year's parade drew over 90 entries, including floats sponsored by civic groups, nonprofits and local businesses and restaurants; marching bands; car clubs; horses; clowns and the Biggest Green Pig in the World. There also will be high school pep bands, youth groups and fun-loving adult groups entered in the parade.

Haole surfing
In the spirit of this year's parade theme, the organizing committee also encourages Ventura County teams from all sports and from every age group to join in the parade. That includes school teams; Little League and adult league baseball teams; and football, softball, soccer and basketball teams. Individual sports enthusiasts such as skateboarders, golfers, bowlers and swimmers also are invited.

I love helping to organize the St. Patrick's Day Parade with Ventura City Councilman Jim Monahan, former City Councilman Brian Brennan and the rest of the parade committee members. The parade ends at Laurel Street and is presented by the Ventura Elks Lodge #1430.

The event's committee is accepting entries for the parade. For entry forms or more information about the parade, visit, email Jim Monahan at or call him at (805) 643-4275, or email me at

See you at the County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade!

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