2017-06-16 / Family


Gallery hosts poet and artist/musician

The Blackboard Gallery at Studio Channel Islands will offer an event featuring poet Todd Griese and artist and musician Terry Bozzio at 4 p.m. Sat., July 1 at 2222 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo.

This will be the debut of the partnership between drummer Bozzio and Griese, with the latter performing live and, for the first time ever, displaying his visual artwork of abstract expressions.

The drummer is best known for his work with Missing Persons and Frank Zappa. He is also a composer and artist.

Griese has been writing and publishing poetry for over 35 years. He is the editor/publisher of Gandy Dancer Press, with which he recently published his first major book of poems, “Spiritual Lines.”

The event and parking are free.

For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org or call (805) 383-1368.

Summer specials at animal shelter

Ventura County Animal Services is running animal adoption specials this summer at its two shelters, Camarillo Animal Shelter at 600 Aviation Drive, and Simi Valley Animal Shelter at 670 W. Los Angeles Ave.

Adopting a pet during the summer break from school will give children time to bond with the animal.

Th e adoption fee specials listed below run through Aug. 31.

Mixed Breed Mondays: Any mixed breed dog 8 months and older is $25.

Twenty Dollar Tuesdays: Any dog or cat at any age is $20.

Wabbit Wednesdays: A single rabbit is $40; bonded pair is $70.

Throwback Thursdays: Any dog or cat 8 months or older is $25, the adoption fee from the 1980s.

Five Dollar Feline Fridays: Any cat 8 months or older is $5.

Super Sized Saturdays: Large breed dogs 8 months or older, $40.

Senior Sundays: Any dog or cat 5 years or older is $20.

Interested parties must complete an application and be approved by a trained VCAS adoption counselor.

Promotions do not guarantee adoptions or include the cost of a pet license.

For more information, go to www.vcas.us.

Advocates needed for foster kids

An information session for those interested in serving as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for foster children will take place Wed., June 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 975 Flynn Road, Camarillo.

CASA is a volunteer organization that empowers citizens as officers of the court. Advocates help foster children navigate through the social welfare system.

Volunteers typically handle one case at a time and commit to advocate for the child until they are placed in a safe, permanent home.

The initial 40 hours of training prepares them to assist victims with certain services, including obtaining domestic violence restraining orders, emergency shelter placement, court accompaniment, applying for state victim compensation benefits, along with providing crisis intervention and resources and referrals to community agencies.

Over 750 children in the Ventura County Dependency Court System are waiting for CASA volunteer advocates.

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