Invitation: Citizens Journal comes of age- wine tasting/fundraiser 2018- Rob McCoy, Evan Sayet, Sam Sorbo!


for you …..


Come to our celebration at the beautiful Eden Gardens facility on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 1:30 to 5 pm.                  RSVP by March 10

Food, wine, entertainment, education, fellowship!

Eden Gardens event venue

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Keynote by T.O. Councilman and Pastor Rob McCoy; actress, talk host Sam Sorbo; Comedian Evan Sayet; Music by Dr. Scott O’Neal! Wine by Tom Adams, venue by the Tash Family (watch VideoTour of Eden Gardens), various sponsors. 

Rob McCoy


You will be greeted as an honored guest, fed, entertained, informed, challenged and provided with stimulating company of peers and diverse others.

Our keynoter, Calvary Chapel Godspeak Pastor/Thousand Oaks City Mayor ProTem Rob McCoy (Bio), is a riveting and intellectual speaker who really nails his points and backs them up with research- socially, financially, even theologically. He will discuss the First Amendment, role and responsibility of a free press, its current state and moral responsibilities.

Your arrival will be followed by a  wine tour trail, with an ample supply and variety of fine vintages* from all over the world, via Whole Foods and vintners: domestic- Portlandia (Oregon), Broadside(Paso Robles), Lincourt (Sta Rita Hills), assorted S. American and Southern Hemisphere (S Africa, New Zealand, Aus) to fuel our tasting sessions. It will be led/narrated by Tom Adams, Certified Sommelier, of Epic Wines & Spirits along with advice for wine pairings.  Gourmet cheeses, hot “covered dish” treats, live music, raffle prizes…TONS O FUN! 

From there, “graduates” of the wine tour will gather in a reception before being addressed by our hosts, POV, then Citizens Journal’s Editor and Publisher. Pastor Rob will deliver his keynote, followed by Gloria Massey-Chinea of Election Integrity Project- California and dynamic political comedian-philosopher Evan Sayet. Noted actress, author and talk show host Sam Sorbo will wrap up the formal program, followed by dancing. Anytime someone isn’t talking, you will likely hearing the chords of musician Dr. Scott O’Neal. You’ll also be intermittently hearing of prize raffle and auction announcements and results.

Sam Sorbo

Comedian Evan Sayet


Dr. Scott O’Neal, composer, musician, pastor, psychotherapist

Opera Singer Iliana Schoellkopf



For this event, we’re trying to assemble as many of our staff, contributors, and supporters as possible, plus more people who like the idea of truly independent Citizen Journalism. Eden Gardens is a memorable place to have it- in CJ’s coverage area of Ventura County. This event is about building CJ awareness, human and financial capital for future growth,

Dress is “California Casual, sweater recommended (outdoor venue, covered program area in the event of rain). Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Extra chairs and tables might be needed: [email protected]
RSVP by 3-9-18, but you Still have to register and pay (bottom). 

Approximate schedule: Wine tasting starts as early as 1:30 PM; people will gradually filter into a reception area 2:30  to 2:45 or so; program starts at 3:15 and will run until 5 or so.



Citizens Journal has  come a long way since our humble beginnings on 6-21-13, when we published our first issue and formally rolled out the website. Our Facebook page followed almost immediately. 18,000+ articles later, we have added sections and distribution channels, getting the message to thousands of readers each week.

Citizens Journal came to be because our team and supporters saw that regional journalism was lacking objectivity and alternative viewpoints.

Citizens Journal first issue 6-21-13

We want to move to the next level. But to grow, it means raising more money and attracting more talent for various tasks, including writing, circulation, operations and web/technical. We want to improve content and expand circulation to get the message out to more people.


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Event Reservations/Payment

Donation- $29.  $35 at door. Optional- $50, $100, $500, $1000, or any amount you deem appropriate.

CitizensJournal,us staff, content contributors, do not have to pay, but may. Please bring paying friends!

Table price for 10- Sponsor- $275, Gold sponsor- $500, Platinum- $1000. Mentioned in publicity if you request.

Pay by check (preferred) or credit card: DONATE

Tell us how many people, names and any special instructions**, including if you are a Citizens Journal Associate/Author.

If you pay by credit card, tell us in the special instructions* that it is for 3-18-18 fundraiser). If you can’t come, but still want to donate, tell us that. If you prefer to do this by phone, call: 805-283-6562. Monthly donations are encouraged.

Questions? ….

Debra Tash- [email protected]

George Miller- [email protected]


Facsimile of PayPal page:

** Enter in “Special Instructions (highlighted in yellow above) in the DONATE button page the number of people, names, whether you want a table or sponsorship, etc.


Eden Gardens- Address: 3900 Brennan Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021


* Wineries confirmed so far:
Chalk Hill
Roth Estate
Los Vascos
Angels & Cowboys
Lucien Albrecht
Casas de Bosque
Peirano Estate


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