What we're about

We're a meetup for over-50 active seniors. We walk and hike every week: there is a "start-the-week-off-right" walk every Monday [generally at either Seabridge or Marine Emporium Landing in Oxnard] and at least one longer hike, generally in the 5 to 7 mile range. We mix "elevation" hikes [Ray Miller Trail, Zuma Ridge, Sulphur Mountain, etc.] with flatland hikes [Lake Casitas, Sycamore Canyon, Ormand Beach, etc.]. Sometimes we mix the two. For example, at Sycamore Canyon part of the group may opt to stay on the flat trail while the rest hike up one of the side trails. Last year went to Santa Cruz Island for some hiking, and we'll probably go back. We throw in bike rides, on occasion, knees permitting. I'd like to do some camping, and we do have a camp, but tent camping is a hard sell to many in the over-50 crowd. I would like to camp at Jalama Beach and Santa Cruz Island in the next year.

We also do many less rigorous things. Cultural things, for example. Classical music is a focus. So we organize all six of the New West Symphony yearly concerts as MEETUP events. We've gone to one or two Hollywood Bowl concerts most seasons. Each season, the Metropolitan Opera simulcasts 10 operas from New York to various theaters around the world, including the Century at The Collection in Oxnard. We go to nearly all of them. The experience is really much better than if you attended live in NY: more comfortable seats, better than front row view of the action, popcorn or whatever to chomp on.

Continuing on the cultural theme, The Bolshoi Ballet broadcasts several ballets a year. We see those at The Collection as well. Then there are the plays from National Theatre Live: we've seen everything from War Horse to Frankenstein streamed to a local theater. And we throw in an occasional live play. We've also attended various arm chair museum and other tours. The one on Pompeii was my favorite. One night we saw "Last Night of the PROMS," probably my favorite of all the events we've seen. [For you non-Brits, PROMS is a summer series of concert events that are sort of like a combination of the Hollywood Bowl and a party.]

Each year we go on a fireworks cruise out of Ventura Harbor. Another yearly event is a special charity BBQ for St Jude Hospital.

A special opportunity last year was the Flamenco Arts Festival in Santa Barbara-- a movie [called, fittingly "Flamenco, Flamenco"] and a live performance. Flamenco is not everyone's cup of tea, but for some of us...No Festival in 2018, but it will return in 2019.

Then there are the special musical events offered at the theater at The Collection. Which brings us to the other "classic" music we favor--classic rock and blues. Examples include the Rolling Stones Latin American tour, Grateful Dead concerts raised and remastered from the Jerry Garcia era, the Who in concert, Eric Clapton's "Crossroads," and more. Nonmusical special events at The Collection have included a mixed bag of things. We saw the opening night of TED 2017 streamed live, for example.

We don't ignore movies, although we're not hard core. About every other week the Oxnard Film Society presents a foreign film. These are frequently very good and very often present cinema you'd never see from Hollywood. Plus they often give some insight into foreign cultures and societies. We attend nearly all of them. Then there are the classic movies--everything from Gone with the Wind to The Graduate--remastered and resurrected on the big screen. Seeing them on that big screen is a much different experience from Netflix on your iPhone. We don't ignore contemporary movies, but we're selective. You won't be seeing "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" with us. But "Born in China" or "Allied?" Sure.

In most events, some sort of meal is included, either at a restaurant, or bring your own picnic basket, or a potluck. So we have eaten at and explored the cuisine at a variety of conveniently located restaurants--The Golden Egg, Moqueca, Settebello, Kabuki, Yard House, The Spot [Carpinteria], Sura, and various others. In some of the restaurants they know us by name. Sometimes we skip the pretense of an event and just eat out. The goal beyond getting fed is of course to have a social outing. Not much socializing can go on in a dark theater, at least not without being thrown out.

As you can see, this MEETUP is not narrowly focused. It follows my tastes in general, but I'm open to adding events suggested by members, especially if you're willing to help in organizing the event. And although I don't mind having members who belong to 100 different MEETUPs and attend one of ours infrequently, my goal is to have a group of friends who do many things together. That adds the social side to eventing. So welcome to Ventura County Active Seniors and I hope to see you at an event soon.

John

Some loyal group members have "Chipped In" from time to time to help defray the costs of running this MEETUP group. But the MEETUP folks have suppressed this option in their ongoing effort to anger organizers and make the MEETUP app less useful. But the function is still there, although hidden:

https://secure.meetup.com/Ventura-County-Active-Seniors/contribute/

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See MetOpera in HD Performance of Beethoven's Fidelio

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FINALLY, THE MET IS BROADCASTING MY FAVORITE OPERA. THIS PERFORMANCE CELEBRATES THE 250th ANNIVERSARY OF BEETHOVEN'S BIRTH. WHETHER YOU ARE A PARTICULAR FAN OF OPERA OR NOT, IF YOU LIKE CLASSICAL MUSIC, YOU WILL LOVE THIS PIECE. IT IS BEETHOVEN AT HIS BEST. ON MY PERSONAL "BEST OF" LIST, FIDELIO IS TIED AT #1 WITH THE NINTH. I'm listing this very early because I want to be sure that all of you who like classical music even a little sign up and keep the date open. If the national shutdown hasn't ended by then, the nation's economy will be in ruins and many of us will have run out of toilet paper and sanity. For those of you who find it depressing to have an opera that ends with a baker's dozen of nuns being marched off, one at a time, to the guillotine, this opera is an uplifting tale, a hymn to freedom and marital fidelity, as Opera-Online puts it. And if you want to put a modern PC spin on it, a story about female empowerment and cross dressing. This opera is unique in several ways, one of which is the elevated role of the orchestra. To me, the orchestra's role in many Italian [and other] operas seems to be just to support the singers and not to be an equal partner in the music. Here is a discussion of the opera: https://www.opera-online.com/en/articles/fidelio-a-unique-opera In my non-expert view, the orchestra is given some exceptional, very Beethoven music and becomes an equal partner with the soloists and the chorus. Take as an example the finale from the opera, in which the chorus, the orchestra, and the soloists engage in a wonderful musical conversation: https://youtu.be/ehTJHtbizIY If you didn't find those four minutes exciting and uplifting and provoking of goosebumps, then I can't help or convince you. I do hope that the Met's staging changes neither the geographical setting [Spain] nor the time period [late 18th century]. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, there was an historic, emotional performance of Beethoven's Ninth in celebration of freedom. Before the fall, Fidelio played a part. From Wikipedia: "The first night of Fidelio at the Semperoper in Dresden on 7 October 1989 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the DDR (East Germany) coincided with violent demonstrations at the city's main train station. The applause after the "Prisoners' Chorus" interrupted the performance for considerable time, and the production by Christine Mielitz had the chorus appear in normal street clothes at the end, signifying their role as representatives of the audience. Four weeks later, on 9 November 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall signaled the end of East Germany's regime." Seeing a Met Opera simulcast with first-class singers and accessible music is a real opportunity. And who knows, you might like it. The Metropolitan Opera is as good as it gets. And these broadcasts are a chance to see the Met at a bargain price, in comfortable seats, and with popcorn or ice cream at your seat. For a synopsis from the Met, follow the link below: TBD Special Fathom Features: Go behind the scenes with the Met's stars! During intermission, interviews with cast, crew and production teams give a revealing look at what goes into the staging of an opera. Seating is reserved [I have TBD]. To buy tickets on line [Price TBD]. To buy your ticket online: TBD Discounts will probably be available if you purchase tickets to three or more of the[masked] series. And Movie Club members get discounts. As usual, expect perfection in singing and in staging from the Met. By responding RSVP = Yes to this event you agree to the liability disclaimer in the "Pages" tab [Click to see applicable liability disclaimer (http://www.meetup.com/Ventura-County-Active-Seniors/pages/Release_Of_Liability_for_All_VCAS_Events/) ].

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2020 Charity BBQ at RockingR Ranch for St. Jude Hospital

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