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Carp-a-Cabana Hits 25 In Style

It Was a Jungle In There - at Safari-Themed Expo

Camarillo Mayor Reports City is Financially Stable

The Coast is Clear Again

Camarillo Cooks Up Another Hot Chili Kind of Labor Day Weekend

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Carp-a-Cabana Hits 25 In Style
We don't want to point fingers, but it seems like some folks at Carp-a-Cabana were not taking this photo shoot seriously. Pictured from left are Curtis Lopez, Clyde Freeman, Joyce Donaldson, Lynn Harrison, Barry Enticknap, Tom Ligare and John Thomas.

We're thrilled to be a part of Carp-a-Cabana, and to serve as a sponsor. This annual feel-good event is the highest-grossing fundraiser to benefit the Carpinteria Unified School District, generating essential financial support for the public schools in Carpinteria and Summerland.

We look forward to it every year - and we're especially proud on this milestone year. The 25th annual Carp-a-Cabana did not disappoint, bringing together hundreds of friends, neighbors and new acquaintances to share a balmy Saturday evening in early September in their coastal gem of a city, to laugh, wine and dine al fresco against a tropical-themed backdrop, communing and competing for terrific silent auction items. Tens of thousands of dollars are raised every year at this vital event.

All proceeds from the event are donated to CUSD site grants distributed among the schools. And committee members work to keep costs low so that each year the proceeds given to the schools increase. From 2011 to 2016, $248,539 was provided to CUSD from Carp-a-Cabana proceeds.

We receive hearty thanks every year for our sponsorship, from the event committee and the district, honoring us and others who give. We are honored to do so.

"Cheers!" say (from left) Joyce Donaldson, Patty and Lynn Harrison, and Lynn's guests at Carp-a-Cabana, Barry and Pam Enticknap. Barry is president of the Noontime Rotary Club of Carpinteria.
It Was a Jungle In There ... at Safari-Themed Expo
Nan Drake and Peter Gutierrez

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on Sept. 21 was a great success - and a very fun night. The expo was a sellout with 75 businesses participating and with interesting, amusing exhibits of their services and products.

The "Jungle Safari"-themed event was held at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, with many restaurants contributing to the tasty food samples. As you can see from the picture, Harrison's exhibit followed the jungle theme perfectly, with both Peter Gutierrez and I dressed for the part, as was our exhibit.

We really love this semi-annual Chamber event. We enjoy talking to the many people who stop by for information about recycling. It all turned out so well, and I am very proud to be Chairperson of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce this year. The Chamber has had quite a successful year to date and is gaining membership every month. We are there to promote and help businesses in Ventura on a daily basis.

If you'd like to join, there's a simple membership application on the Chamber website. For more information on joining or on anything Chamber-related, call 805-643-7222 or visit
Camarillo Mayor Reports City is Financially Stable
Camarillo remains safe and stable, with a balanced budget and healthy development, Mayor Jan McDonald announced in delivering the annual State of the City address on Friday, Sept. 22. The beautiful city also continues to rank among the safest in America, according to FBI crime statistics.

McDonald brought the good news to the noontime event at Spanish Hills Country Club. The other City Council members also were in attendance: Vice Mayor Charlotte Craven and councilmembers Mike Morgan, Kevin Kildee and Tony Trembley.

Harrison Industries is a sponsor of the annual State of the City address put on by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. Jim, Ralph, Myron, David and Daniel Harrison attended this lovely event along with me.

We are proud to serve Camarillo, a wonderful city that is in such capable hands! 
The Coast is Clear Again

It was another stunning Saturday up and down the California coast, made more so by all the beautiful acts of giving that were taking place.

Once again, tens of thousands of volunteers showed up on Sept. 16 to be a part of the California Coastal Cleanup Day. For the past 34 years, on the last Saturday of summer, the California Coastal Commission has sponsored this massive event, which has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest beach cleanup day on Earth.

As always, Harrison Industries was proud to take part in this year's Coastal Cleanup Day. As the army of volunteers spent the morning removing more than 1 million pounds of trash and recyclable material from more than 2,000 miles of the coast and inland shorelines of California, we were on hand to supply bin service at several sites in our operation areas.

"We help however we can," said Peter Gutierrez, our recycling and special events coordinator. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to keep our shorelines clean. We're so happy to work with you, to do our part to preserve our environment and protect its wildlife.

FYI: The greatest source of pollution (by far) is cigarette butts, followed by plastic beverage bottles, food wrappers and plastic bottle caps, in that order. Also targeted during the cleanup are plastic bags, straws and stirrers, glass beverage bottles, metal bottle caps and plastic lids. The removal of these items prevents them from polluting our ocean waters and harming marine life.

We urge you to contribute how you can, by putting trash in its place, whether that means taking care to never litter or spending a day in the sunshine, for the good cause of California Coastal Cleanup Day. We sure hope to see you there next year!

For more information on the event, visit
Camarillo Cooks Up Another Hot Chili Kind of Labor Day Weekend
It was a sweltering Labor Day weekend in Camarillo, with temps hovering around 100 degrees on Sunday, humidity running high and the chili - lots and lots of chili - being served up spicy.

As always, the city's ninth annual Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival was a smash hit, drawing thousands of locals and visitors to the Camarillo Ranch House for a full day of food, drinks, music and a delicious chili cooking competition. The popular contest drew dozens of cooks from far and wide, who entered their own signature chili, chili verde and salsa into the cook-off competition for prizes in five categories.

For non-chili types, there were burgers, pizza and a barbecue. And to cool the folks off, there was craft beer, wine, soft drinks and fine ice cream. Beyond the tons of tasty food and drinks, the event also featured plenty of fun stuff to look at and listen to, such as a classic car display and some of the best musical entertainment in Ventura County. And for the youngest visitors, entertainment came in the form of a fun-and-games zone that included a bounce house.

As always, we were honored and pleased to be a part of the festivities. Harrison Industries has been a proud Serrano Sponsor of the Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival, helping to raise money for great local causes including the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County and Camarillo Hospice.
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