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Number 11                                                                                              July 2015

__________________________________________________Not Again!

Fortunately the pier was only closed for a few hours due to last week’s lightning storm.

Ragtime at the Library

Sam the Piano Man brings the ragtime life to the Preuter Library       Photo BMK

Toes were tapping to a ragtime beat on Saturday at the Ray D. Preuter Library as Sam “The Piano Man” Hobel presented a program of “Women in Ragtime”.

Mr. Hobel led the audience through a brief discussion of the history of the syncopated music that became a national craze during the first two decades of the twentieth century.

With its origins in the saloons and sporting houses of St. Louis, ragtime is more often associated with rowdy men than polite women.  Yet, by about 1910, young ladies mostly centered in the Mid-West were trying their hands at this “sinful indulgence”

Mr. Hobel has unearthed compositions by eleven women composers and assembled them into “A Ragtime Suite: From the Other Wing”.   The chosen pieces clearly stand with the strongest examples of the genre, giving a tantalizing glimpse of the talent that has been too long ignored.

For those fortunate enough to be in attendance, Sam the Piano Man proved a genial and capable guide to a brief moment in American popular history.  The power of ragtime to lift spirits was evident in the slight syncopation in the steps of the audience as they lightly made their way home.


Summer at the Beach
Live Music!
The legendary Teresa Russell regularly holds forth on the Wednesday Fish Fry at Surfside Seafood.

The Last Movie

Movies in the Park concludes its summer season with 
Up on July 31 at the Community Center.

Navy Seeks Comments

A Public Draft of the Naval Base Ventura County Joint Land Use Study (NBVC JLUS) was prepared and released for public review on Friday, July 17, 2015.  A 30-day public review period has been setup, with the comment period closing on August 17, 2015.
The Public Draft can be downloaded from the project’s website at:  www.nbvcjlus.org
There will be two public workshops held to discuss the public draft:
Tuesday, August 4, 2015       6:30 – 8:30 pm
Camarillo Public Library
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo

Wednesday, August 5, 2015       6:30 – 8:30 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard

QUESTIONS:  Contact Steve DeGeorge at sdegeorge@goventura.org  or  (805) 642-1591 x-103

Brick Wahl

Elm trees

 We were driving through the endless northern expanses of Chicago, huge houses, huge cars, big money. The last of the cicadas were whirring when we turned and found ourselves on an elm lined street.

It was a tunnel, really, the branches arching overhead, the sun dappling the street, and as we drove along I turned off the music and rolled down the windows and let the muggy air flow over us, the scent of elm, the bird songs, the chatter of squirrels, the cicadas.

I was overwhelmed with deja vu.

We had lived in so many towns up and down the Atlantic seaboard when I was a kid, and passed through so many more, that my days growing up were full of elm lined streets, and shade, and dappled sunlight. Every street of them was like stepping into a cathedral, hushed, dark, ethereal.

Come fall the leaves came down like slow rain and filled the gutters. All winter long the branches creaked as the wind would howl through them. Come spring we’d wait for the hints of life, tiny specks of green, and by summer the elm hung over us again in great green arches.

Most all are gone now. Disease swept slowly but inexorably, taking nearly all of them. Eighty per cent. They remain in small stands, on lanes full of carefully monitored trees, a mighty urban forest of a zillion trees all across America cut down, rotted away, dead.

The sun glares down on the shady streets now. That particular magic is gone.

We think of forests as unchanging, immutable, as if barring chainsaws they will always be there and have always been, the same forest. Like we could go back a hundred thousand years and pop out of a machine like Rod Taylor and all the trees would be the same. But it’s not so.

Trees, like people — like anything living, really — are prey to plagues and parasites. Periodically something horrible and fatal fells them by the millions, and other species, immune, replace them.

So fell the elm tree. It had once conquered and become dominant, over the rotting trunks of spruce trees and now it survives in glades, tended by botanists and tree surgeons, so that those old enough to remember can be swept away by nostalgia driving down a shady street.

                                         Read more BrickWahl at http://brickwahl.com/


The Unpredictable Grid

How can we manage “the single largest machine known to man” as it becomes increasingly complicated?

An Important Statement by Gov. Brown about Goods Movement
Governor plans to improve competitiveness and performance of California’s freight system.

Summer Events for Children, Teens and Adults

 Ray D. Prueter Library 

  • Come and enjoy our Summer Reading  Here is our calendar of events for July
  • Special show Monday at 3 pm, July 27 with Franklin Haynes Marionettes presenting “The Princess and the Pirates”
  • Come in and find Luna and the Lunettes in the Library.
  • Free Chess Class starting July 28 through August 21 at Prueter.
  • Early literacy class for children ages 0-5 and their parent or caregiver are held Mondays at 5:30pm and Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30am
  • Every Tuesday join Miss Sienna for Kids Makers, 2 – 4 pm.
  • Every Wednesday, join us for Crafternoons from 2 – 4 pm with Miss Yvonne.
  • Teen volunteers needed for Summer Reading. Contact the library for more details.
  • Every Thursday from 2 – 4 pm Teens Makers. Sign up at the Library or call 486-5640 as some materials are limited.
  • Free Chess Class starting July 28 through August 21 at Prueter.
Events for Youth During the School Year
  • Rosenbluth Family Homework Center is open to children in grades K-12.  Tutors and computers are available for homework help.  Hours are:
    • 3:00 – 5:30 Monday & Tuesday
    • 2:30 – 5:30 Wednesday
    • 3:00 – 5:00 Thursday
    • Closed during summer
  • Teen Advisory Group, (TAG) comprised of teens ages 13-17, assist with planning services and events for teens at the library during the school year. Want to join? Please contact the Youth Librarian at 486-5460. 
Many thanks to the Friends of the Port Hueneme Library for sponsorship of the programs for children, teens, and adults offered at the Ray D. Prueter Library.

  Follow the Friends of Port Hueneme Library on Facebook!  

  • The Friends of the Port Hueneme Library support and benefit the Library. The Friends sponsor used book sales and special programs. Contact the City Librarian for more information on becoming a member, “Like” them on Facebook or visit the Friends page.
  • Volunteers are needed for the Adult Literacy Program. For more information click here.
  • The Rosenbluth Family Homework Center is looking for after-school volunteers or tutors. Help those students who need a little extra help to complete their homework. For more information contact Bernadette McDowell.


  • The Ray D. Prueter Library has items in English and Spanish, including books, magazines, books on tape and CD, music CDs, videos and DVDs.
  • The Ventura County Star, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal are kept for one year.  Local newspapers on microfilm include the Port Hueneme Harbor Bulletin (1938-41), Port Hueneme Herald (1941-42), Port Hueneme Herald Express (1941-51), and Port Hueneme Pilot (1951-63).  The Hueneme Pilot  (2008-09) is available in paper.
  • For 24-hour access to newspapers, magazine articles, electronic books, audio-book downloads, test preparation guides, and many more information databases, please use the Ventura County Library’s online eLibrary. A link to the eLibrary is available within the gray bar near the top of every library webpage. A library card number will be required to access to these resources if you are using an internet connection outside of the library, such as from home, school, or work.
  • The Ray D. Prueter Library is located at 510 Park Avenue, one block east of Ventura Road. View map.
  • Closest bus stop is Ventura Road near Pleasant Valley Road (in front of the Port City Plaza.)

New Route and Service Changes Take Effect this Sunday, July 26th!
Effective Sunday, July 26, 2015, service adjustments will be made on Gold Coast Transit’s (GCT) fixed-route bus service. GCT is making the changes in order to improve current schedules, and will also be launching the NEW Route 22.

NEW Route 22:
Route 22 will provide a faster trip from East Ventura to Oxnard, reducing travel time by one hour.  This route will operate daily.  Check the schedule for more detailed information.

“TRY ROUTE 22 FREE WEEK” begins this Sunday, 7/26!  All rides on board this route will be FREE for one week.  Last day of the promotion is Saturday, August 1st.

Click here to see the Route 17 & 22 brochure.

Other important service changes are as follows:

  • Modified Route 17 – Will provide a faster trip from South Oxnard to Riverpark (replaces Route 14).
  • Route 15 – New schedule.
  • Route 14 Discontinued-  ALL stops will continue to be served by Route 22 and 17.
  • Route 8 and Route 6: Extended hours added on weekdays.
  • Minor Schedule Adjustments: 1,2, 4A, 5, 11, 16, 19, 20, 21
  • No Changes: 3, 4B, 7, 9, 10
  • CLICK HERE to view all of the updated routes and schedules.
  • Free Bus Books are now available on every GCT bus and at the Customer Service Center at the Oxnard Transit Center.

Need trip planning assistance?

Please contact Customer Service at:
Monday – Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM.

Trip Planning powered by Google Transit and NextBus Real-Time arrival information is also available online at www.GoldCoastTransit.org.


About Gold Coast Transit District

GCTD provides safe, responsive, convenient, efficient, and environmentally responsible fixed-route bus and paratransit public transportation that serves the diverse needs of the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura, and in the unincorporated County areas between the cities. Utilizing a fleet of 54 clean-fueled buses, GCTD carries nearly 4 million passengers annually on its 19 bus routes. GCTD is governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction.

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Port Hueneme, California 93041

J. Sharkey, Editor and Publisher


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