“Got solutions ? – we’ve got the cash”
Challenge: Imagine you have $176 million dollars to spend on a solution to a local, regional, national or global issue that will create a better planet.
In 100 words or less, describe the issue you wish to address and how you would use these dollars to best accomplish your goal.
Eligible: Ventura County Middle and Senior High students.
Submission: email your response to email@example.com by April 15.
A prize of $100 will be awarded to an entry randomly selected from qualifying entries.
March begins The Big Read. The Big Read is a cooperative effort of the City of Ventura Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships and the Ventura County Library. It is designed to encourage the community to read, discuss and participate in activities inspired by this year’s featured book, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. It is an opportunity for us to join the larger community in reflecting on war and peace. The full list of events related to The Big Read can be found at http://www.cityofventura.net/bigread.
Big Read: Discussions of The Things They Carried
Thursday, March 13, 5:30-6:30: “The Things They Carried” Discussion Group
Join the conversation at the Avenue Library, 606 N Ventura Ave
Wednesday, March 26, 6-7pm: Discussion Group at the Library
Join us for an evening for a discussion of the Big Read book, “The Things They Carried” E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E Main St
Monday, March 31, 6-7pm: Book Discussion “The Things They Carried”
Join us as we read and discuss a story from the book E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E Main St
Wednesday, April 2, 12:30-1:30pm: “Book Talk” at City Hall
Join us for a lunchtime discussion of “The Things They Carried” City Hall Atrium, 501 Poli St, Ventura
Tuesday, April 15, 10-11am: Book Discussion “The Things They Carried”
Join us to read a chapter of the book and discuss it together at the Ventura Library, 651 E.Main St
Monday, April 21, 10-11am: “Book Talk” at the Ventura Avenue Center
Join us for a lively conversation about the book, “The Things They Carried,” at the Ventura Avenue Center, 550 N Ventura Ave
The goal of the Art Tag Design Challenge will be to create a miniature work of art on a shipping tag using Tim O’Brien’s book as a starting point. Images may reflect war and/or the consequences, aftermath, or results of war. You can use any medium as long as it is contained on the shipping tag. Blank shipping tags will be given to participants who register at the E. P. Foster Library.
Foster Library will have colored pencils available to use if you wish to create your tag inside the library.
The Art Tag Design Challenge will run March 3rd to March 28th.
To sign up, please visit the E. P. Foster Library to register and pick up your blank tag.
E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E Main St
CUSCI Professor of Psychology Kevin Volkan discusses how ordinary people can engage in horrendous acts of cruelty through the Nazi example of “Einsatzgruppen,” paramilitary death squads responsible for mass killings of civilians.
Group psychology is applicable to any armed conflict. We expect soldiers to kill and be killed, but what about civilians and other non-combatants? In this talk Dr. Volkan will use the example of the Nazi ‘Einsatzgruppen’ as an instance of how relatively ordinary people engaged in horrendous acts of cruelty. Psychological insight from The Milgram and the Stanford Prison experiment will demonstrate how easy it is to get humans to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do.
Local Singers and Musicians will lead us in Seeger songs!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Bell Arts Factory Community Room
Join Alan Thornhill, Mark Wingland and members of his youth choir (who are focusing on social action music this term), Paul Belgum and more local musicians for inspirational singing and social action opportunities.
Notice change of venue from our usual meeting place for this meeting.