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Happy Halloween from Harrison Industries


Keeping It Green at the Avocado Festival in Carpinteria


Reminder & About the Environment


Community Gathers to Eat, Drink, and Support Iconic Pier


CSUCI Celebrates Agriculture, Education and Mentorships at 19th Annual President's Dinner


'Evening in Bloom' Benefits Girls Inc., Honors a Special Supporter


Keep On Recycling!


Ventura Chamber Presents Hauntingly Fun Fall Expo


Carpinteria Chamber Hosts Culinary Crawl



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Happy Halloween from Harrison Industries

Have fun! Be safe! Eat candy! (But maybe not too much candy!) We wish you all these things as you celebrate a happy, healthy Halloween, a feliz Dia de los Muertos and a wonderful November!


Keeping It Green at the Avocado Festival in Carpinteria

Clean, green and always a delight, the 33rd annual Avocado Festival was another stellar event this year.

Taking place the weekend of Oct. 4-6 along Linden Avenue in downtown Carpinteria, the festival "is one of the cleanest and most organized events I have ever been to," said Donald Sealund, Harrison's representative at the low-waste event. Harrison is a proud sponsor and a big presence at the festival, where we have a full crew working hard at waste diversion throughout the event every year.

The city's largest family-friendly community celebration, the annual California Avocado Festival drew more than 100,000 visitors during its three-day run. And it's not just big; it's green - and we're pleased to help with the AvoFest team's all-out efforts to divert most of the waste to either recycling or composting instead of the landfill.

"The Avocado Board does a great job setting up and organizing the event," Sealund said. "This was my ninth year setting up and shooting for a zero-waste event. Every year, our recycling and compost get cleaner and cleaner, and the contamination level was at its all-time low this year."

"It's nice to see that people are doing their part to help us to be more environmentally friendly," he said, adding, "We make sure everyone working on our crew gets to take breaks to wander around and enjoy all things avocado. What a wonderful celebration!"


Reminder ...

We still are seeing plastic bags in our blue recycle barrels and white recycle bins. Those plastic bags are our biggest residual item, or what's left after the sorting machine gets done with the recyclable sorting. They are nothing but trouble.


Thank you for your cooperation. We appreciate your dedication to "doing the right thing."


... About the Environment

Coastal Cleanup Day is the world's largest volunteer day to protect our environment, and it's an especially big deal here in California. Held this year on Sept. 21, the annual event was once again a great success, drawing tens of thousands of volunteers to take part in our state alone.


Over the course of three short hours, these volunteers removed some 1 million pounds of trash and recyclable material from our coastline and inland waterways.

As always, Harrison Industries was proud and happy to participate in this vital event by providing free trash and recycling bin service at several sites in our service areas of Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai and Ventura as well as County of Ventura beach sites. "We always help however we can with Coastal Cleanup Day," said Peter Gutierrez, our recycling and special events coordinator. "It's such a worthy cause." 

Community Gathers to Eat, Drink, and Support Iconic Pier

The warm sunny day gave way to a perfect autumn night under the stars - just right for the very special gathering on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Ventura Pier.

Held as a benefit for the iconic old pier, the 2019 Pier Under the Stars food-and-wine-tasting event drew hundreds to the pier-side Ventura Promenade for eating, drinking and taking in an awesome view. Running from 5 to 8 p.m., the event was perfectly timed to include a classic Ventura sunset.

We are a proud sponsor of this gorgeous and important gathering to support our beloved old Ventura Pier, a local monument and a popular fishing spot. Originally built in 1872, the pier has stood as a symbol of the region's rich coastal history. In 1993, a group of community leaders created Pier into the Future, a nonprofit organization to establish an endowment fund to preserve and maintain the Ventura Pier for future generations. It's our honor to help. 


CSUCI Celebrates Agriculture, Education and Mentorships at 19th Annual President's Dinner

Recognizing Ventura County's natural agricultural bounty, the California State University Channel Islands Foundation's 19th annual President's Dinner featured a custom three-course farm-to-table dinner under the stars on the CSUCI campus in Camarillo.

With a delicious, locally harvested meal served on a gorgeous October night, the benefit event was a real hit. The 7 p.m. dinner followed a 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour.

Hosted by the CSUCI Foundation and Mechanics Bank, the evening also included the presentation of the 2019 Robert J. Lagomarsino award to Neil Kreisel. A valued friend of the university, Kreisel, of Santa Barbara, is a regional radio host and former Wall Street executive.

"With his energy and passion for education, Neil has been such an asset to CSUCI and its mission," said CSUCI President Erika D. Beck, who added before the event that it "will be my distinct honor to thank Neil with the university's highest honor."

Kreisel is a big supporter of CSUCI's peer mentorship program, which was named as one of 20 "Examples of Excelencia Programs to Watch" nationwide by Washington D.C.-based Excelencia in Education, which recognizes outstanding Hispanic-serving educational institutions.


"I support peer mentorship because nobody succeeds on their own," Kreisel said. "I look back on whatever success I had, and I know I had help. I had tutors, I had mentors. You can't take a first-generation student with no sense of educational requirements and just throw them into the mix and expect them to make it. I had a whole team helping me. That's why I've been so impressed with CSUCI, because they help these first-generation students navigate their environment. They keep supporting them through the process."

Harrison has sponsored this event since its first year and, as usual, we were well represented at this year's event, with Myron and Sharon Harrison, George and Danielle Harrison, and Darren and Lisa Harrison in attendance. We were thrilled as always to come out to support youths in our communities.

All proceeds from the President's Dinner will support CSUCI students in critical need of financial aid, programs, new technology, facilities and equipment.

CSUCI is a four-year public comprehensive university and Hispanic Serving Institution located near Camarillo. For more information, visit


'Evening in Bloom' Benefits Girls Inc., Honors a Special Supporter

The Harrisons were proud to help sponsor a very special "Evening in Bloom" to benefit the nonprofit Girls Inc. in Carpinteria - and to honor a very special supporter.

A nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring girls ages 4½ to 18 to be "strong, smart and bold," Girls Inc. hosted the Polynesian-themed dinner gala on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Girls Inc. campus on Foothill Road in Carpinteria.


With colorful flowers abloom all around, the tropical influence was everywhere at the gala - and so was the spirit of Ann Garcelon.

Honored posthumously at the annual fundraiser, Garcelon was a great friend and supporter of the nonprofit organization until her death last year at 75.

An accomplished writer, poet and journalist with a colorful and storied career, Garcelon settled in Santa Barbara in the early 2000s and went on to devote herself to the vital work of investing in the future of local girls through Girls Inc.'s Legacy Society. Upon her death, Garcelon left a generous bequest from her estate to Girls Inc.

Founded in 1971 as a summer camp for 33 girls, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria "seeks to empower girls and women to achieve personal, social, economic and political success," the group states in its mission statement. "We strive to inspire critical thinking and progressive action in their lives."

Over the decades, the group has gone on to offer year-round programming. In 1994, it began a $2.4 million capital campaign resulting in the building of a 16,000-square-foot facility, which tripled its programming capacity. Currently, Girls Inc. serves over 700 youth in the Carpinteria Valley and Ventura County. For more information, visit
(Photos by David Powdrell)


Keep On Recycling!

Our partners at Gold Coast Recycling have a new picking line (pictured) and a new, advanced sorting system - to ensure all recyclables get processed efficiently. Even if it's for far less money in the current down market, we still sell all recyclable goods.

E.J. Harrison & Sons has a simple message for all of its customers:



Mixed messages about the down market in the recycling industry statewide may have confused people, but our partners at Gold Coast Recycling want everyone to know: DO NOT CHANGE the outstanding recycling habits you've formed over the past several decades.


We are still processing what our residential and commercial customers put in their recycling containers - and the company has brand new equipment to ensure that all materials get sorted efficiently.


The bottom line is this: You do your part and keep recycling paper, plastic, glass and metal at home and at work, and you can rest assured that we will do our part by going through each item to be sure it's properly processed.


Ventura Chamber Presents Hauntingly Fun Fall Expo

Once again, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's annual Fall Business Expo lived up to its billing as the chamber's networking event of the year.

Held at the Four Points Sheraton, Ventura Harbor Resort, the Oct. 10 expo drew hundreds of businesses and community members together for prizes, giveaways, refreshments and sharing. The dozens of vendors who set up booths at the expo seem to always outdo themselves, as they did this time with their very fun takes on its "Haunting at the Harbor" theme.

As always, Harrison had a booth at the event and we were a sponsor. And, as a member of the Ventura Chamber Board of Directors, I take a special pride in this amazing civic gathering of business leaders and community members. For Harrison, it's a great way to meet our customers, learn about their experiences, and share with them what we do and how we can work together to keep our environment cleaner and more sustainable.


Carpinteria Chamber Hosts Culinary Crawl

The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce's third annual "Culinary Crawl - A Taste of Carpinteria" was another wonderful walking event along the city's downtown streets.

We were happy to again sponsor this local business promotion event, which took place on a sunny Saturday afternoon in September and featured a band of aproned patrons stopping to taste some of the area's finest cuisine. Sixteen local restaurants and breweries took part, some for the first time. The event wrapped up with a gathering of foodies at the courtyard of the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center.

A new feature this year was "Rail Alley," set up for guests who may have traveled by Amtrak train to the event. Here they got to meet some of the chefs while sampling tasty tapas near the tracks.

Once again, a truly satisfying event!

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