Family friendly sporting event with a special appearance from James Ennis III. Try out basketball, soccer, and Zumba. Art & Craft activities available for the little ones. Capoeira demonstration. VC mobile library will be there with free kids sports books.
Fun Fun Fun Family Event this weekend!
Every year we put on a Strengthening Families event, but this year it's going to be REALLY special with lots of resources, games, food, live music and some exciting surprises including the latest Westside mural :-)
The Westside Community Council will like to invite you to Sharon Troll's going away party and potluck on May 18th from 2pm - 5pm at RESTORE Garden 572 N. Ventura Avenue! It is a finger food event so please bring items like sandwiches, veggie trays, non-alcoholic drinks, and the like...
Local public officials and other dignitaries will be attending this event!
Sharon is a long time member and Chair Emirates, founder of the Westside Community Development Corp., founder of the Westside Police Storefront, retired Prevention Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club, and 17-year retired Parks and Rec Commissioner.
The Ventura City Council will be hearing arguments on the creation of a city ordinance regarding flavored tobacco products on Monday, April 15th 2019. The Westside Community Council is in full support of this ordinance and the Board of Directors have written a letter of support:
To: City of Ventura City Councilmembers,
The Westside Community Council Board of Directors have voted unanimously to support the Ventura Unified School Board’s resolution to set a Citywide Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinance that insures tobacco shops do not advertise or sell their tobacco products to young people and prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products in the City of Ventura.
Ventura has over 100 tobacco retailers and many of them are located here on the Westside. As residents of the Westside, we are worried that our younger population will develop an addiction to nicotine but the use of flavored tobacco products. JUUL Pods, which is the popular brand among young people, have over 20 times that amount of nicotine in a single pod than one cigarette. These JUUL Pods come in a variety of flavors that kids are drawn to like, but not limited to fruit punch, mint, mango, bubble gum, and cucumber. According to www.tobaccofreekids.org, research shows that flavors play a key role in youth use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
One of the main tenets to the Westside Community Council is the promotion safety in our community. We feel these tobacco products are very detrimental to our community and the pose a significant health risk to our youth. A 2016 Surgeon General’s report concluded that youth use of nicotine in any form, including e-cigarettes, is unsafe, causes addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain. A growing number of studies have found that young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to become smokers, and many are low-risk youth who would not have otherwise smoked cigarettes. A January 2018 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded, “There is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases risk of ever using combustible tobacco cigarettes among youth and young adults.”
We ask that the Ventura City Council approve of the Ventura Unified School Board’s resolution to set a Citywide Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinance and support keeping our kids away from tobacco.
The Parks and Recreation Commission (PRC) will be viewing the playground design concept for Arroyo Verde Park during their Wednesday, April 10 meeting at 5pm in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall. Come see the presentation revealing the design concept developed from community feedback and show your support for the inclusive playground.
Blog posts coming soon!!!