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April 22, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Toting a blue plastic bag that was bigger than her, 6-year-old Wynsum Kearns knew exactly why she was picking up garbage at wind-whipped San Buenaventura Beach Park on Saturday morning. "I want to save the world," she said as she shuffled through blowing sand, scooping up paper, bottle caps and other trash either dumped by someone else or tossed ashore by the pounding surf. "I can help keep our environment clean and help the animals on land and sea."
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April 22, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Toting a blue plastic bag that was bigger than her, 6-year-old Wynsum Kearns knew exactly why she was picking up garbage at wind-whipped San Buenaventura Beach Park on Saturday morning. "I want to save the world," she said as she shuffled through blowing sand, scooping up paper, bottle caps and other trash either dumped by someone else or tossed ashore by the pounding surf. "I can help keep our environment clean and help the animals on land and sea."
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June 11, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
Members of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is will string together multicolored ribbons to symbolize cultural equality when the group holds Race Unity Day at Mission Park in downtown Ventura on Sunday. The 2 p.m. event will feature music and guest speakers, including Ventura Mayor Greg Carson, to focus attention on what Baha'is believe to be the most challenging moral issue facing the country: prejudice.
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December 30, 1998 | MASSIE RITSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The jubilant rhythms and vibrant colors of folklorico dancing will be on display this weekend in Sacramento, Ventura County's contribution to inaugural festivities for incoming Gov. Gray Davis. The Inlakech Dancers are scheduled to perform Sunday as part of a fair highlighting the diversity of California and its youth.
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April 22, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Today is Earth Day, 1993. But it's turning out to be a pretty uneventful one in Ventura County. The two biggest Earth Day events in the county today are a brown-bag brunch by the California Garden Club in Ojai and a benefit dinner in Ventura for a coalition of environmental groups.
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November 12, 1991 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As people throughout Southern California celebrated the heroism of America's veterans, a West Los Angeles ceremony Monday focused on the thousands who once defended the country but now live on its streets. Nearly 200 people gathered on the grounds of the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center, where a group of politicians, homeless activists and veterans said the government must recognize those now fighting for shelter, jobs and medical assistance.
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May 7, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
Heads bowed, hands clasped, 40 men and women stood in front of the flagpole at Thousand Oaks City Hall on Thursday and prayed for American leaders to heed their vision of the nation's future. Touching on topics as diverse as Bosnia and the local parent-teacher association, they voiced their fears and comforted one another with assurances that their prayers would be heard.
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May 3, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nine-year-old Brandon Hernandez looked up curiously from his unbitten candy apple to listen closely to his father. Victor Hernandez, an engineer for the Northrop Corp. who commutes from Oxnard to Los Angeles during the week, spent a minute Sunday reflecting on what Cinco de Mayo means to him and his family. "It's the celebration of Mexico," he said. "It's good to come out and see your culture's still alive." Young Brandon appreciated the history lesson, but kept his priorities more focused.
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December 24, 1990
Christmas decorations and celebrations at some Ventura County schools are restricted as districts seek to comply with state laws requiring that a variety of religions be represented in holiday celebrations, or none at all. Should Christmas decorations or celebrations be allowed on public school campuses? Rabbi Moshe D.
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April 4, 1993 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standing behind a folding table laden with pamphlets on the dangers of pesticides, Linda Dillon looked approvingly at the passing throng Saturday at Ventura's Arroyo Verde Park. "Usually at Earth Day, we're preaching to the converted," she said. "This time, we're seeing people we haven't seen before."
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December 30, 1998 | MASSIE RITSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The jubilant rhythms and vibrant colors of folklorico dancing will be on display this weekend in Sacramento, Ventura County's contribution to inaugural festivities for incoming Gov. Gray Davis. The Inlakech Dancers are scheduled to perform Sunday as part of a fair highlighting the diversity of California and its youth.
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April 13, 1997 | COLL METCALFE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County astronomy buffs have had more than a few reasons to look up lately. And on Saturday, they shared their fascination with hundreds of others during a celebration marking National Astronomy Day. More than 1,000 devoted and would-be stargazers participated in the event organized by the Ventura County Astronomical Society. Held in the parking lot of the Sycamore Plaza in Simi Valley, the celebration brought scores of astronomers, from the professional to the backyard amateur, who enthusiastically shared their knowledge and fascination with those who weren't as familiar with the wonders of the firmament.
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August 24, 1994 | CONSTANCE SOMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mary Cimino of Simi Valley recalls those days in wartime Washington as if they were yesterday. "I was working in the Pentagon; he was in the Air Force," said Cimino, 75, flamboyantly colorful at the Ventura County Fair on Tuesday in a red top and brightly patterned patchwork skirt. "I was from Rhode Island; he was from Pennsylvania." Cimino smiled at her solemn-faced husband of 52 years, John, 72, seated beside her. "The Air Force had a dance, and he came up and asked me to dance," she said.
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September 7, 1993 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sean Hanley, 8, stuffed his big winnings into the pockets of his Boy Scout uniform. The youngster and members of his troop spent the afternoon amassing the loot by tossing rings onto cones and pitching balls into baskets at Moorpark's Labor of Love picnic, the city's annual Labor Day gathering. "Winning stuff is the best part," said Sean, jamming seven packs of animal crackers, a green pencil and two key chains into his front pockets. "It's neat."
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June 13, 1993 | LEONARD N. FLEMING
About 400 Filipino-Americans gathered Saturday in Oxnard to celebrate Philippine Independence Day by holding a 40-car motorcade parade and cultural activities. It was the first time Filipinos in Ventura County united as a group to celebrate their country's holiday, said Buddy Valencerina, chairman of the event. The eight-hour celebration, centered in College Estates Park in south Oxnard, featured a one-hour motorcade ride through Oxnard, Filipino foods, folk dances and other entertainment.
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June 11, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
Members of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is will string together multicolored ribbons to symbolize cultural equality when the group holds Race Unity Day at Mission Park in downtown Ventura on Sunday. The 2 p.m. event will feature music and guest speakers, including Ventura Mayor Greg Carson, to focus attention on what Baha'is believe to be the most challenging moral issue facing the country: prejudice.
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April 13, 1997 | COLL METCALFE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ventura County astronomy buffs have had more than a few reasons to look up lately. And on Saturday, they shared their fascination with hundreds of others during a celebration marking National Astronomy Day. More than 1,000 devoted and would-be stargazers participated in the event organized by the Ventura County Astronomical Society. Held in the parking lot of the Sycamore Plaza in Simi Valley, the celebration brought scores of astronomers, from the professional to the backyard amateur, who enthusiastically shared their knowledge and fascination with those who weren't as familiar with the wonders of the firmament.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1993 | LEONARD N. FLEMING
About 400 Filipino-Americans gathered Saturday in Oxnard to celebrate Philippine Independence Day by holding a 40-car motorcade parade and cultural activities. It was the first time Filipinos in Ventura County united as a group to celebrate their country's holiday, said Buddy Valencerina, chairman of the event. The eight-hour celebration, centered in College Estates Park in south Oxnard, featured a one-hour motorcade ride through Oxnard, Filipino foods, folk dances and other entertainment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
Heads bowed, hands clasped, 40 men and women stood in front of the flagpole at Thousand Oaks City Hall on Thursday and prayed for American leaders to heed their vision of the nation's future. Touching on topics as diverse as Bosnia and the local parent-teacher association, they voiced their fears and comforted one another with assurances that their prayers would be heard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nine-year-old Brandon Hernandez looked up curiously from his unbitten candy apple to listen closely to his father. Victor Hernandez, an engineer for the Northrop Corp. who commutes from Oxnard to Los Angeles during the week, spent a minute Sunday reflecting on what Cinco de Mayo means to him and his family. "It's the celebration of Mexico," he said. "It's good to come out and see your culture's still alive." Young Brandon appreciated the history lesson, but kept his priorities more focused.
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