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Join the Crowd at Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 19
Carpinteria Triathlon to Test over 1,000 Athletes on Sept. 27
Annual Benefit for Historic Ventura Pier is Set for Oct. 3
Temptations Review to Perform at CMHS Benefit on Sept. 26
Carpinteria Chamber Board Tours Gold Coast Recycling
Camarillo Chili Cook-Off Spices Up Labor Day Weekend
Check Out Business Outlook at VCEDA Conference on Oct. 23
'Zero Waste' is Again Goal of California Avocado Festival
Camarillo Mayor Reports City is Moving Ahead and Thriving
'Carp-A-Cabana' Benefits Carpinteria's Schools
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Join the Crowd at Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 19

The 31st California Coastal Cleanup Day, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest beach cleanup day, is set for Saturday, Sept. 19.

Harrison Industries urges you to join about 60,000 others statewide who will be taking part in the event. From 9 a.m. to noon, volunteers will remove debris from the coast, creeks, rivers, lakes and shorelines throughout California, protecting wildlife from harm while taking care of our environment.

In 2014, more than 54,000 volunteers collected close to 577,000 pounds of trash at over 850 sites throughout the state. In Ventura County alone, about 3,500 volunteers picked up 8,340 pounds of trash and salvaged 1,288 pounds of recyclable material.

Thousands of cigarette butts and lots of plastic bags, as well as other trash, were removed and prevented from going out to sea where they would have had a negative effect on marine life.

You can make your contribution even greater and cut down on the trash created at the Cleanup by bringing your own reusable supplies (water bottle, gardening gloves, trash bucket etc.). Safety is a top priority for any beach cleanup, so wear a hat, sunscreen, gloves, and closed-toe shoes and come on out to one of our approximately 20 Cleanup sites in Ventura County.

We are happy to participate in this worthwhile cause. For all local participating beaches and waterways, visit
Carpinteria Triathlon to Test over 1,000 Athletes on Sept. 27
Harrison Industries
encourages everyone to rise bright and early on Sunday, Sept. 27, and cheer on the more than 1,000 dedicated men and women of all ages who will be putting their swimming, bicycling and running skills to the test in the 18th annual
Carpinteria Triathlon at Carpinteria State Beach. The fun begins at 7:30 a.m.

We are a longtime sponsor of this inspiring community event by providing free trash and recycling collection. Proceeds go to the City of Carpinteria's Parks and Recreation youth programs, including After School at the Pool, Aqua Camp and Junior Lifeguards.

The Carpinteria Triathlon requires the assistance of more than 170 community volunteers. There are many opportunities to help with this fun event. For more information or to sign up, contact Ann Meyer at, or call her at 684-5405, ext. 432.
Annual Benefit for Historic Ventura Pier is Set for Oct. 3
Tickets are now on sale for the 16th annual Pier Under the Stars benefit happening on Saturday Oct. 3 and benefitting the historic Ventura Pier. The event takes place at the Ventura Promenade from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors who attend this wonderful culinary fair get to sample some of the best food and spirits provided by over 50 area businesses.

Restaurants, cafes, wineries and breweries serve their signature dishes and beverages from tented booths, while guests will enjoy music by Luna Gitana, dancing and bid on silent auction items - old to keep the pier, built back in 1878, in great shape.

The Harrison brothers Ralph, Jim and Myron spend many a childhood days at the pier and are enthusiastic sponsors of this event. Tickets are $75 and include food and beverage tasting, a commemorative Pier wine glass and complementary parking. VIP tickets are $125 each and include all of the benefits associated with general admission, plus early entrance to the event at 4:30 p.m. and a reserved seat at a VIP table along the promenade.

Tickets are available at the Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, 101 S. California St, or by calling them at 648-2075. You also can visit

Temptations Review to Perform at CMHS Benefit on Sept. 26
Want to hear some great music? The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, the former lead singer for the legendary Motown Records group The Temptations, are performing at a special fundraising event at Ojai's Libbey Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is being co-sponsored by the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation and Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation. The show promises to present a high-energy performance of classic hits, including, "Ball of Confusion," "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," "I Wish It Would Rain," and "My Girl."
Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of the concert. Proceeds go toward construction of the new Community Memorial Hospital scheduled to open in 2016 and toward the building of a new skilled nursing facility adjacent to the Ojai Valley Community Hospital.

Tickets, some featuring a pre-concert dinner with cocktails, can be purchased online at For more information, call 805-667-2881.
Carpinteria Chamber Board Tours Gold Coast Recycling
I was thrilled to take fellow members of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors on a tour of the Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station on Sept. 7. There was lots of interest in how we sort trash and recyclable materials as we march toward "Zero Waste." Board members asked many, many questions.

We also enjoyed a great sack lunch. What was so wonderful about the tour was that board members represented a wide variety of businesses: banks, hotels, restaurants, farming, retail stores and nonprofits - you name it.

I'm serving my second term on the board. It is exciting to be a part of this dynamic chamber that is involved in all aspects of this beautiful beach community and that also takes recycling seriously with a 74 percent diversion rate - one of the tops in the state!
Camarillo Chili Cook-Off Spices Up Labor Day Weekend
A warm Labor Day weekend got a lot hotter - and much spicier - in Camarillo on Sept. 6 when the city held its seventh annual Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival.
Over 2,000 locals and visitors attended this fun-filled community event at Camarillo Ranch.

The festival offered much more than just delicious chili from a number of vendors. The Pleasant Valley Lions Club held a barbecue with plenty of beer, wine and soft drinks. Guests also enjoyed a classic car display and Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament in the Camarillo Ranch barn as well as a special fun and games zone for the kids. And, of course, there was great music featuring Heartache Tonight, which performed a variety of Elvis Presley tunes, and the popular local country band Caught Red Handed.

Harrison Industries is a proud Jalapenos Sponsor of the Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival that raised about $65,000 for Camarillo Hospice, a volunteer hospice and grief support center dedicated to the dignity of life by providing care, comfort, support and counseling to individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness and/or grieving the loss of a loved one.

To learn more about the great work being done by Camarillo Hospice, call 389-6870 or visit
Check Out Business Outlook at VCEDA Conference on Oct. 23
Learn about Ventura County's business outlook at a conference the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) is holding in Camarillo on Friday, Oct. 23.

Harrison Industries is a Bronze Sponsor of the conference, "Ventura County Workforce: the Road to Success" that will be held from 8 to 11:15 a.m. at the Ventura County Office of Education's Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road.

As a member of VCEDA's executive committee, I urge you to attend this conference, especially if you are a business owner. It will explore your perspective on challenges and opportunities facing our workforce. Our panelists will provide attendees - managers, business owners, decision makers, community leaders and others - with a forward-looking view of current trends and the future of the workforce, as well as strategies and perspectives on how to attract, develop, motivate and retain valuable employees within their organizations.

Tickets are $75 for VCEDA members and $100 for non-members. After Oct. 16, the cost is $125 for non-members.

So, join us. You'll be glad you did. Questions? Contact Susie DiMauro, conference coordinator, at 805-676-1332 or email
'Zero Waste' is Again Goal of California Avocado Festival
Jim Harrison shows off the 2015 poster for the California Avocado Festival.
The 29th annual California Avocado Festival - one of the largest free festivals in Cailfornia - is coming to Carpinteria Oct. 1-4.

Harrison Industries is a Gold Sponsor of this magnificent community event held on Linden Avenue that attracts over 100,000 visitors from near and far. They're treated to food - plenty of food, most of it, of course, involving avocados - and 75 musical acts performing on four stages over the three-day festival - and just plain good times.

There's also an arts & crafts venue, a commercial marketplace and a children's venue all three days. And don't miss the Best Guacamole contest and Avocado Auction, Sunday at the Guac and Grotto Stage on 8th Street.

And for the fifth year in a row, we and the members of the organizing committee are working together to make it the greenest festival in the world. Our goal is "Zero Waste." We'll be placing recycling barrels around the festival grounds specifically for disposed food waste and paper products. They'll be the barrels with the yellow lids, and materials will be delivered to our strategic partner Agromin, which is undertaking a pilot food waste program.

The barrels with the blue lids are for recyclables such as aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic materials along with non-food trash. These materials are sorted at our other strategic partner, Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station.

We achieved "Zero Waste" last year, so let's do it again! Do your part by placing your food waste and recyclables in the right barrels. It's the right thing to do.

All of the money raised is returned to non-profit groups so it really is a multi-community event. Come and have fun and help our local non-profits!
Camarillo Mayor Reports City is Moving Ahead and Thriving
Camarillo Mayor Bill Little gave the annual "State of the City" address on Sept. 10 and discussed a variety of topics, from city finances and public works projects to the new Rancho Campana High School and, of course, another subject on everyone's mind - the drought!

Harrison Industries is a sponsor of the annual State of the City Address put on by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. President Ralph Harrison, Vice President Myron Harrison and George Harrison, general manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, attended the event held at Spanish Hills Country Club.

Overall, the city's outlook is rosy, Little said, with a balanced budget and reserves in place. Residential and commercial projects are in the works, he said, but allaying concerns of some citizens, growth is controlled so Camarillo isn't becoming another San Fernando Valley.

Harrison Industries is proud to serve this beautiful, family-friendly city that is in such good hands!
'Carp-A-Cabana' Benefits Carpinteria's Schools
Since it was established in 1993, the Carpinteria Education Foundation has raised more than $2.3 million for Carpinteria Unified School District schools. One of its major fundraisers is the lively "Carp-A-Cabana."

The 23rd annual "Carp-A-Cabana"
was held Sept. 13 at Lions Park on Casitas Pass Road. It featured live and silent auctions; beer, wine and tasty Mojitos; a wine raffle; delicious hors d'oeuvres served by students in Carpinteria High School's Culinary Arts program; and music by the Dusty Jugz, a popular local country and western band. Western wear was the sartorial choice of many who attended.

The featured item of the live auction was a western-themed, 16 x 20-inch painting by Carpinteria artist John Wullbrandt entitled, "Carp-A-Cabana Round Up."

Harrison Industries is happy to be a sponsor of the "Carp-A-Cabana."
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