TRADE SHOW A COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE; SIMI FAIR FORGES BONDS.Byline: Jesse Hiestand Daily News Staff Writer
A chance meeting at the Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. trade fair three years ago, between a utility worker and the owner of a ceramic arts This article is about artwork made out of clay. For ceramic materials and uses in general, see Ceramic.
Ceramics and ceramic art in the art world means artwork made out of clay bodies and fired into the hardened ceramic form. workshop, fused a relationship both long-lasting and mutually beneficial Adj. 1. mutually beneficial - mutually dependent
dependent - relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed; "dependent children"; "dependent on moisture" .
Robert Gordon For other uses of "Robert Gordon", see Robert Gordon (disambiguation).
Robert Gordon (1668-1731), a 17th century merchant and philanthropist, was born in Aberdeen. He was the only son of Arthur Gordon who married Isabella Menzies of Balgownie. , 51, of Simi Valley turns to the quiet, delicate art of ceramic painting when he comes home from his job with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the largest municipal utility in the United States, serving 3.9 million residents in 2006. It was founded in 1902 to deliver water and electricity supplies to residents and businesses in Los Angeles. .
Carol Fish, an owner of Fish Ceramics, teaches painting and pottery skills to people like Gordon, who is just one of many students she has signed up at the annual Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair.
Gordon returns the favor by using his home computer to design fliers and newsletters for Fish's business.
Both consider each other friends as well.
``It's a great hobby, and this is how we found out about (the workshop),'' said Gordon, who regularly attends the ceramics classes with his wife, Joan.
Fish, standing amid an outdoor booth full of finely detailed ceramics, said the trade fair, now in its 19th year, brings her face to face with potential customers.
``For my business, I think (the trade fair) is quite valuable,'' she said.
``Some of my students I have picked up here, but of course word of mouth also helps.''
That's music to the ears of trade fair organizers who stage the event to boost local businesses and bring people together in a festival setting in front of the sprawling Dataproducts site off Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Avenue.
``It's become the community event in Simi Valley because it brings businesses and consumers together,'' said Nancy Bender, chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce.
Bender says the trade fair, which attracted about 4,000 visitors on both Saturday and Sunday, reflects the community's spirit to local residents and those visiting from elsewhere.
``Someone told me (Saturday) that this is how a typical California community used to be,'' she said. ``It's hometown home·town
The town or city of one's birth, rearing, or main residence.
Noun 1. hometown - the town (or city) where you grew up or where you have your principal residence; "he never went back to his hometown again" . There's a sense of belonging and people take pride.''
An element of fun helps to spread the trade fair's message, she said.
Music from local artists, volleyball, free seminars and a beer truck competed for attention with 100 business booths from tire shops to chiropractors to nonprofit groups, banks and corporations.
Among the off-beat attractions was a demonstration of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department's bomb squad robot and pet care tips from animal regulation officer Patrick Musone and his sidekick The first popular popup program for DOS PCs, introduced by Borland in 1984. Sidekick included a calculator, notepad, calendar, phone dialer and ASCII table and popularized the concept of a terminate and stay resident (TSR) utility. Romeo, a huge Irish wolf hound hound, classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred to hunt animals. Most of the dogs in this group hunt by scent, their quarry ranging from such large game as bear or elk to small game and vermin; ground scenters trail slowly with the head .
For Sam Tewfik, owner of the Cyber House, the trade fair allowed him to spread the word his store did more than just sell computers, as he says many people assume because the store name includes the word ``cyber.''
``It gave us a chance to talk to a lot of people and tell them what we do,'' he said.
Tewfik said he was able to advertise the full range of his services and products, including on-site Internet access See how to access the Internet. , virtual reality games, music, even Middle Eastern and Mexican food.
``It was extremely helpful,'' he said.
John Ciccarelli, owner of the Granada Hills-based Kirby Vacuum Co., relies on the trade fair to build his customer base in Simi Valley.
With a sales force and repair crew that visits customers at their homes, Ciccarelli says it matters little that he does not have a shop in Simi Valley so long as people know his business is just a call away.
``You see a lot of the same people year after year and so they know we're a local business,'' he said. ``It's good exposure, and it's a nice community event.''
Photo: (1) John Van Diepen of A Straight Line Construction Co. chats with customers at the Simi trade fair.
(2) Ted McDonald Edgar Arthur McDonald, born January 6, 1891, at Launceston, Tasmania, and died July 22, 1937, in a road accident at Blackrod, Bolton, Lancashire was a cricketer who played for Tasmania, Victoria, Lancashire and Australia. and Jackie Kallenbach of American Office Furnishings wait for customers in their makeshift office at the fair.
Joe Binoya/Special to the Daily News