Desert Rose Band Acoustic
Desert Rose
A benefit concert for the building project of 
Ventura County's St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre (Concerts)

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Chris Hillman is joined by his Desert Rose Bandmates John Jorgenson on guitar and mandolin, Herb Pedersen on guitar, and Bill Bryson on bass in a rare acoustic Southern California appearance.

Chris Hillman was a key figure in the development of country-rock, virtually defining the genre through his seminal work with the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and the Desert Rose Band.

The St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo serves all the communities of Ventura County and northern Los Angeles County.  After 35 years of making its home in the Oxnard Air Force base chapel near the Camarillo airport, the community is raising funds to build a new church, a meeting hall and chapel on a 4-acre parcel near Santa Rosa and Woodcreek roads in Camarillo.

Brad Paisley – 2010 Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year said: "In high school, I saw the Desert Rose Band, and it changed my life."

The LA Times said: “In the opening number of their 90-minute set, guitarist Jorgenson coaxed riffs that magically segued from bluegrass to Beatles in the course of a single phrase while he, Hillman and Pedersen knocked off exquisite three-part harmonies almost without batting an eye.” 

Tickets: $129.00, $49.00

$129.00 ticket includes after show Meet & Greet, Photo Opportunity, Collectible memorabilia

Tickets available for sale at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza box office in person; at any Ticketmaster 
retail location; Ticketmaster Charge by Phone at 800.745.3000; or purchase on-line by clicking on the Find Tickets button below.

* The above ticket price includes a facility charge. 

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President’s Message: Chris Mallakis

Dear Parishioners,

September was a very busy month with all the preparations for our groundbreaking. We finally had the long-awaited ceremony and all went well with the special services. Metropolitan Gerasimos blessed our new land, and all the faithful and guests present. It was beautiful and emotional; especially for me remembering old friends and the founders’ vision to someday have a beautiful new church for young and old to worship in together and keep the Orthodox faith and tradition alive in Ventura County. AHEPA and the Daughters of Penelope put on a wonderful BBQ and we thank them for that. We also look forward to a successful St. Demetrios Dinner Dance on October 27th at  the church on Skyway Drive. By now you should have your invitations. Please send in your replies as soon as possible. I hope and pray that all our St. Demetrios families and guests attend this special 35th Anniversary Dinner Dance. The Valle family is planning a great event with good food and fun for all. Another event is coming up November 3rd at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza where we will be holding a concert with Chris Hillman and the Desert Rose Band to benefit our building fund. Save the date and see page five for more information. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the events honoring our Patron St. Demetrios from October 25-27th.

Yours in Christ,  read more .. 



Fr. Gary and Chris Pulos start the Festival with a blessing while Chair John Poulos and Parish Council President ChrisMallakis look on. Throughout this newsletter, you’ll find pictures of parishioners smiling and working together. So many familiar faces. Why are these people happy? Because they are working together to benefit the parish. We’d love some new faces next year. It takes MORE than a village to run this event. Please consider adding your smiling face to next year’s pictures of happy memories read more ...


Next opportunity to help: Saturday, May 19th

The 11 am to 1 pm shift is great for kids who need community service hours. Were always open to receiv- ing funds to help feed the hungry: St. Demetrios Rescue Mission Fund. Sign-up sheet in hallway at church!

Nick & Barbara Kokkinis (805) 815-3063 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Poulos (805) 558-2633 cell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   read more ..

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Touched by Christ

I experienced an amazing awakening during our pilgrimage. Several things touched my heart, and you know me, I will spill these details, little by little, within my Sunday Liturgy sermons. Standing on the grounds where Christ walked and being at the sites where our Savior performed His miracles was most profound.

We entered the city of Nain. Our tour guide, Fr. Leondios (an Archimandrite of Greek descent), stumped me when he asked, “Who knows what happened here in Nain?” because he pronounced it “Nah-een.” When I realized where we were, I was provoked by the notion that this was where Christ raised the son of the widow from the dead. As He led His crowd into the city, He encountered the funeral procession and said to the grieving widow, “Don’t cry.” Two large groups, with two very different functions, collide at the city gates.

There is a lot to learn as we look at this collision. The first is a procession of death. It is the funeral of a young man that is the only son of his widowed mother. The second is comprised of Chris’s disciples and followers. One a procession of life and the other a procession of death.

The procession of death is exasperated by...

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