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In This Issue
Ventura Chamber Mixer Toasts Harrison and Ventura B&GC
Ojai Chamber Mixer on Oct. 11 Benefits Ojai Music Festival
Harrison Joins in Celebration of the Arts on a Very Busy Weekend
Harrison Supports and Serves the 15th Carpinteria Triathlon
Backyard Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Truckload Sale on Saturday, October 27
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Ventura Chamber Mixer Toasts Harrison and Ventura B&GC
Ground breaking of the E.J. Harrison
                                                    Family Youth Center
                                                    - the future home of
                                                    the Saticoy branch
                                                    of the Boys &
                                                    Girls Club of
                                                    Ventura.
Taking part in the ceremonial ground-breaking of the E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center are, from left, Ed Summers, Ventura Chamber of Commerce CEO; Ralph Harrison; Diane Koranda, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura; Jim Harrison; and Myron Harrison.
Company co-founder E.J. Harrison would have loved the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's mixer on Sept. 27. Not only did it celebrate the 80th anniversary of Harrison Industries, but the mixer also served as a ground-breaker for the E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center - the future home of the Saticoy branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura.

E.J. always said that kids are our future, and the center, which is scheduled to open next summer, will serve Saticoy's boys and girls for generations to come. In addition to its initial $400,000 contribution toward the clubhouse's construction, the Harrison family donated all proceeds from the mixer to the B&GC of Ventura.

The turnout was great. About 200 Chamber members, community leaders, government officials and Saticoy residents attended the event. The list of speakers was a "who's who" of local government officials, including Congressman Elton Gallegly, Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean and Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy.

Former Fillmore Mayor Ernie Villegas did triple duty, representing Senator Tony Strickland, Assemblyman Das Williams and his own boss, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, giving out recognition certificates. Also on hand were Ventura Deputy Mayor Cheryl Heitmann, Ventura City Councilmembers Carl Morehouse and Neal Andrews, and Ojai City Councilmember Sue Horgan.

Thanks to all for coming!

I also want to give a shout-out to the Saticoy Boys & Girls Club members who served food to guests and the young girls who sang so wonderfully, and a big "thumbs up" to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department for making a large donation to the B&GC.

Last but not least, Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison join me in thanking CEO Diane Koranda of the B&GC of Ventura for the great work she does for all of Ventura's kids and to Ventura Chamber CEO Ed Summers for helping make the mixer such a success!
Ojai Chamber Mixer on Oct. 11 Benefits Ojai Music Festival
Harrison Ojai Chamber
                                            mixer flier We're continuing our 80th anniversary celebration by sponsoring the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce's next monthly mixer on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Ojai Music Festival office at 201 S. Signal Street.

The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. Come meet and mingle with Ojai business owners and officials, while enjoying an assortment of appetizers and drinks. Enter the raffle and win a fantastic prize.

Harrison Industries is donating all proceeds to the Ojai Music Festival, which has been showcasing a diverse blend of classical music to valley residents and visitors since 1947. The 67th annual festival will be held June 9-13, 2013 at the Libbey Bowl.

Join us at Chamber mixer and support the Ojai Music Festival!

Harrison Joins in Celebration of the Arts on a Very Busy Weekend
If you can't find anything to do these days in Ventura County, you're just not looking hard enough. Take the weekend of Sept. 22-23, for example.

There were three major musical and entertainment celebrations occurring simultaneously.  Harrison Industries was happy to join in on the fun by being sponsors for the Ventura Hillsides Music Festival, the Camarillo Old Town Musicfest and the Ventura County Oktoberfest in Thousand Oaks.

We also were proud to provide all three of these wonderful events with expert trash and recycling collection services.

Ventura Hillsides Conservancy Music Festival
Ventura Hillsides Music
                                            Festival
Ventura City Councilmembers Carl Morehouse (left) and Brian Brennan, standing in front of Harrison Industries' 80th anniversary banner, enjoyed the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy Music Festival.
If you love the blues, Arroyo Verde Park was the place to be for the 10th annual Ventura Hillsides Music Festival. Over 2,000 people pulled up a lawn chair and enjoyed this year's concert headlined by Blues Traveler, fronted by singer and harmonica player John Popper. Also wowing the crowd was blues guitarist-singer Elvin Bishop as well as blues singer-pianist Dr. John.

Proceeds from the festival go to the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy, a land trust whose future plans include creating a parkway and picnic area for local residents and visitors on land it acquired along the Ventura River. Harrison Industries and our strategic partner Agromin are happy to help the conservancy with its ongoing Ventura River cleanup project.

In June, about 80 volunteers from Patagonia retail stores cleared out tons of pesky non-native arundo from nine acres that the William Willoughby family donated to the conservancy in 2009. We donated a number of roll-off containers to this worthy cause and hauled away the arundo to Agromin for processing at no charge to the conservancy. We are committed to helping the nonprofit with future cleanups.

Camarillo Old Town Musicfest
Just as the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy Music Festival was winding down, 20 miles to the south the Camarillo Old Town Musicfest was in full swing.

Formerly called the Camarillo Art and Jazz Festival, the event ran all afternoon and evening along Ventura Boulevard in Old Town. Scores of jazz artists performed, headlined by the electrifying Latin band E Family that features Pete Escovedo, his daughter Sheila E, brother Juan Escovedo and son Peter Escovedo. Kendra Chantelle, the 2011 American Idol semifinalist, also performed.

The Camarillo Old Town Musicfest, which benefits Camarillo and Somis schools, also provided visitors the opportunity to browse and shop at more than 30 booths featuring artwork, jewelry, leather goods and arts and crafts.

Ventura County Oktoberfest
Thousand Oaks Rotary
                                    Octoberfest Harrison Industries and Newbury Disposal unfurled an 80th anniversary banner the same weekend at the 26th annual Ventura County Oktoberfest, held at the Camarillo Airport but sponsored by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Sunrise.

Many came for the beer - that's the point of Oktoberfest, isn't it?  - but the event celebrating Bavarian culture also was filled with lots of family fun. There was great food, live music, contests and prizes, and even vintage airplane flights.

In all, the Ventura County Oktoberfest has raised more than $300,000 for local and international charities. As a Diamond Sponsor, Harrison Industries made an extra $500 donation to the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Ventura County, one of the many nonprofits the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Sunrise supports.

It was a busy weekend indeed. But Harrison Industries is always happy to support such good causes. It's events like these that make Ventura County such a great place to work - and play!
Harrison Supports and Serves the 15th Carpinteria Triathlon
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                                            Triathlon
Triathletes charge into the Pacific Ocean at the start of the 15th annual Carpinteria Triathlon.
About 900 superbly conditioned athletes from across Southern California and beyond dove into the cold Pacific Ocean at the crack of dawn on Sept. 30 for the start of the 15th annual Carpinteria Triathlon.

Hearty congratulations to the winners! Kyle Visin, 29, of Santa Barbara took first in the Olympic race, while Lauren Capone, 24, of Santa Barbara was the top women's finisher. She also was an impressive fourth overall. Australia native Leroy Thomas, 40, captured the shorter Sprint race, while Danielle Harper, 41, of Stevenson Ranch was first among women and 17th overall.

Harrison Industries has been a longtime sponsor of this special community event at Carpinteria State Beach that tests dedicated athletes of all ages with their swimming, bicycling and running skills. We also provide free trash and recycling collection service.

The Carpinteria Triathlon benefits the City of Carpinteria's youth programs. Proceeds help provide scholarships and equipment for programs such as After School at the Pool, Aqua Camp and Junior Lifeguards.
Backyard Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Truckload Sale on Saturday, October 27
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Nan Drake
Harrison Industries

email: nand@ejharrison.com
phone: 805-701-9809
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