For more information about VCEDA, call (805) 388-3457 or visit www.vceda.org. — Daily News Applications open for valley council SANTA ROSA VALLEY – Residents may submit applications until Jan. 6 for two seats on the Santa Rosa Valley Municipal Advisory Council, which advises Ventura County officials on issues of concern to the semirural community between Thousand Oaks and Moorpark. The applications are available at the office of Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite C. They also can be requested by phone at (805) 737-2564. When completed, they can be faxed, mailed or hand-delivered to Parks’ office. — Daily News Braille Institute has vision checks SIMI VALLEY – The Braille Institute will offer free vision consultations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. The consultations will also be available Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Goebel Senior Center at 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. Specialists will assess visual skills and offer techniques to make the most of existing vision. For information or an appointment, call (805) 583-6363. — Daily News Volunteer training set for ESL tutors CAMARILLO – Free workshops will be held Jan. 7 and 14 to train volunteers as English-as-a-second-language tutors. The workshops will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Leisure Village Recreation Center’s Lanai Room. Call (805) 385-9584. — Daily News Senior programs offered in January SIMI VALLEY – The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District will be rolling out a new program for the 50-and-over crowd starting next month. A partnership between the park district, city and the Council on Aging will bring a slew of activities to the residents of Simi Valley, including sports, crafts, fitness, recreation and more. Adult age 50 or over can sign up for the new programs, classes and sports leagues Jan. 3. All classes and programs will be held at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. For information, call (805) 584-4400. — Daily News160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Christmas trees can also be taken directly to the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center, 2801 Madera Road, from Monday through Jan. 14. Hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Flocked trees cannot be recycled, but will be collected if cut into 3-foot sections and placed into the regular trash cart. — Daily News VCEDA officials look at economy CAMARILLO – The ninth annual meeting of the Economic Development Collaborative in Ventura County and the 57th annual installation of officers for the Ventura County Economic Development Association will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Spanish Hills Country Club. The theme of the event is “County Line to Bottom Line: Ventura County and the National Economy.” Chris Engle, vice president and senior analyst for AngelouEconomics, a Texas-based economic development consulting firm, will address how national business trends affect Ventura County in his keynote address at the event. The cost is $100 and includes a networking reception. For reservations, call (805) 384-1800, Ext. 21. Curbside yule tree recycling offered SIMI VALLEY – Trash and recycling schedules for G.I. Industries and Waste Management will be unchanged during the holidays, officials said. Customers with questions about the trash-collection schedule can log on to www.KeepingVenturaCountyClean.com. Waste Management customers can recycle their Christmas trees by cutting them in half and placing the pieces in the yard-trimmings cart on their scheduled pickup day. In Simi Valley, trees can be placed curbside, in addition to the green yard waste container, from Monday to Jan. 6.