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Dave and Patricia Zumbrun are a successful team of real estate professionals representing your interests in homes and real estate. Whether you are a buyer or a sellers, they provide comprehensive, personalized service. Homes listed with them sell quickly with a minimum of inconvenience. Buyers can depend upon their thorough knowledge of the residential market to assist you in finding either an affordable first home, move-up home or your dream estate.

Ventura Meal Services During Stay Well at Home Orders

Officials shut down access to all Ventura beaches and parks as of April 1st. Schools shut down their on-site classrooms and transitioned to distance learning (from home) last month. They plan to stay that way through the end of the school year. However, some students relied on the school’s cafeteria to eat one or two meals per day. With the shutdown, this makes it more difficult for them to receive the nutrition they need. Fortunately, the City implemented a few Ventura meal services during the governor’s “Stay Well at Home” orders. Senior citizens also can be taken care of at this time through these meal services.

During the governor's "Stay Well at Home" orders, children and senior citizens can still utilize Ventura meal services for delicious, nutritious food.

Ventura Meal Services

Kids

Search Ventura County homes for saleVolunteers and staff of the Ventura Unified School District work hard to put together nutritious meals for kids ages 1 to 18 each week. They provide both breakfast and lunch each day for children in need in the community. Meals can be picked up between 11:30 am and 1 pm Monday through Friday at any of the following six locations:

  • Atlas Elementary (760 Jazmin Ave in Ventura)
  • Data Middle School (2060 Cameron St in Ventura)
  • Montalvo Elementary (2050 Grand Ave in Ventura)
  • Sheridan Way Elementary (573 Sheridan Way in Ventura)
  • Sunset K-8 School (400 Sunset Ave in Oak View)
  • Will Rogers Elementary (316 Howard St in Ventura)

During Spring Break (April 6th to 10th), this service is only available during normal hours on Monday, the 6th. At that time, you may pick up five breakfasts and five lunches for each child to get them through the week. Regular meal distribution continues next week on April 13th.

Senior Citizens

The Ventura Ave Adult Care Center usually provides nutritious meals for our community’s senior citizens. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, it remains closed to the public through April 12th. However, staff continues to make these meals for pick-up (11 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday) as well as home delivery. For more info, please contact the center at (805) 648-3035.

Another resource available to our senior community is through the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA). Anyone aged 60 or older may contact the VCAAA to receive two weeks of food delivered straight to their door. This includes fresh produce, canned food, dry goods, and even one roll of toilet paper per person. They also offer a no-contact pick-up service where staff loads up your car curbside. Simply contact the VCAAA at (805) 477-7300 to arrange pick-up or delivery.

Together, we can get through this. We WILL get through this. If you need a little help in the meantime, don’t hesitate to ask.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Kitchen Remodel Ideas for the Ventura Home Seller

Every day, we seem to hear something new about COVID-19. Currently, all city-sponsored events involving more than 250 people gathered at one place at one time are put on indefinite hold. Ventura USD schools are shut down until April 10th. Some restaurants and other businesses find themselves closing due to lack of business or as a precautionary measure. While the March 21st Mermaid Meet & Greet appears to still be taking place, the parade has been canceled. (To keep up with current COVID-19 info, check-in on the City’s website daily. If you find yourself at home for an extended period of time and want to get your property ready to sell, it might be worth your while to consider putting some of these kitchen remodel ideas to good use.

If you find yourself practicing social distancing in the upcoming weeks & need to get your Ventura home ready to sell, consider implementing some of these kitchen remodel ideas.

Kitchen Remodel Ideas

Cabinet Color Change

Search Ventura County homes for saleOne of the kitchen remodel ideas to start off with (also one of the easiest) is to paint your cabinets blue. Worry about too drastic of a change? Think about only painting uppers or lowers in a classic blue. Then, use a neutral color for the others. Since you only use a gallon or two for this, make sure it’s a high-quality paint.

Devil’s in the Details

After painting the cabinets, what about the hardware? Adding pulls or knobs to cabinet doors and drawers makes a world of difference in the total look of the kitchen. Chrome, gold, and even white hardware show well against a blue background. White countertops complement blue cabinetry as well. Whether you use quartz, granite or soapstone, a lighter color countertop always pairs well with darker tones.

Bamboo Flooring

Both eco-friendly as aesthetically pleasing, bamboo flooring offers another nice complement to the dark blue cabinets and lighter hardware/countertops. Today’s buyers also want to see eco-conscious choices around the house. So, this is a good one of the kitchen remodel ideas to implement while you practice social distancing.

Greenery

Maybe not a “remodel” idea, but adding greenery to your kitchen enhances its appeal. A small herb garden in the window. Some pretty flowering plants on the counters. Maybe a pilea cadierei for a nice year-round green color. You’d be surprised what how far a few plants go to warm up your kitchen’s interior.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Mermaid Meet and Greet 2020

In March, we celebrate Mermaid Month at Ventura Harbor Village. All month long, several mermaid-related events take place in the village. treasure-hunting, a mermaid parade, and a themed escape room created specifically for Mermaid Month. But if you want to see one of these beautiful creatures live, you need to come to one of the Ventura Mermaid Meet and Greet 2020 events scheduled this month.

As part of Mermaid Month at Ventura Harbor Village, guests can see a real live mermaid at the Ventura Mermaid Meet & Greet March 7th & 21st as well as listen to live music, create a fun arts & crafts project, watch a chalk art demo & see a mermaid sculpted from ice.

What: Ventura Mermaid Meet and Greet 2020
Where: Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker)
When: Saturday, March 7th & 21st, 1 pm to 4 pm

Ventura Mermaid Meet and Greet 2020

Search Ventura County homes for saleAriel may be the most famous mermaid, but her friends make an appearance at the Harbor Village’s Mermaid Meet & Greet. Talk to them and pose for a picture anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm this Saturday, March 7th. Try on a tail of your own at a Mermaid selfie station. Macaroni Kid Adventure hosts a free crafts project for the kids. The Surfer Joe Band plays live beach music all afternoon.

Watch artist Tina Obrien create a beautiful art project right before your eyes in front of the Mermaid Gallery. Then, visit Coastal Cone for a Fishzookie. While you treat yourself to this delicious ice cream goodness, watch Randall Williams create a masterpiece in chalk on the sidewalk nearby. Finally, Le Petit’s very own chef Jean-Luc creates a mermaid ice sculpture between 3 pm and 4 pm to close out the day’s events.

In addition to all that, get your face painted. Visit a tarot reader to have your cards or seashells read. Don’t forget to stop in to the various shops in the village for mermaid specials going on all month long. It’s loads of fun for children of all ages to enjoy.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Downtown Ventura’s Walk It Wednesdays

The Monday through Friday work week feels like it drags on and on sometimes. How do you break up the monotony? How about a stroll on Downtown Ventura’s Walk It Wednesdays?

If you love food and enjoy a nice drink every so often, consider breaking up the work week with Downtown Ventura's Walk It Wednesdays. Judge at least two different locations on their appetizers and drinks over a two week period and you might win $50.

What: Downtown Ventura’s Walk It Wednesdays
Where: Main St Ventura
When: Every Wednesday, from 4 pm to 7 pm
Contact: Downtown Ventura (805) 260-7023 or via email

Downtown Ventura’s Walk It Wednesdays

Search Ventura County homes for salePerform a little mid-week pick-me-up with Walk It Wednesdays. Every Wednesday night, visit any of the ten participating Downtown Ventura restaurants for a delicious meal with your friends or significant other. Compare the fare offered by at least two of these restaurants over the course of two weeks. (Unless you enjoy two dinners in one evening. No judgment here.) The only judgment needed is your opinion about each appetizer and drink you partake in per visit. Yes, Walk It Wednesdays actually is a fun game of “who offers the best apps and drinks”. Every other week, one judge receives $50.

How to Participate

First, choose at least two venues over the course of two weeks. Or stop by a couple each week for just appetizers and drinks. (Or maybe dinner at Cafe Fiore and drinks/apps at The Saloon. Just a little food for thought.) Each location offers a selection of $6 drink specials and $6 to $8 appetizers. Keep drinks and appetizers in the same family for judging (rum-based drink vs rum-based drink and cheesy appetizer vs cheesy appetizer). This keeps the judging fair. Feel free to stop in at any of the boutiques along Main St during Walk It Wednesdays, too.

Before you partake in the evening’s choices, take a photo. When you decide which ones are your favorites, upload the photos to your Instagram feed using the hashtags #WalkItWednesday and #MyDowntownVentura. Don’t have an Instagram account? Visit the Downtown Ventura website here to cast your vote.

Participating Restaurants

  • Cafe Fiore (66 S California St)
  • Dargans Irish Pub & Restaurant (593 E Main St)
  • El Rey (294 E Main St)
  • Grapes & Hops (454 E Main St)
  • Labyrinth Winery (607 E Main St)
  • Limon y Sal (598 E Main St)
  • Pacific by NoRu (394 E Main St, Ste B)
  • Paradise Pantry (222 E Main St)
  • The Saloon Ventura (456 E Main St)
  • Winchesters Grill & Saloon (632 E Main St)

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Valentine’s Day Events

In less than two weeks, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. What do you have planned with your sweetie? Chocolates? Jewelry? Dinner? If you struggle to find a way to show your special someone how much you love them, consider one of these Ventura Valentine’s Day events.

Still searching for things to do to show your sweetie how much you love them? Consider one of these Ventura Valentine's Day events in Ventura Harbor.

Ventura Valentine’s Day Events

Whale Watching

Search Ventura County homes for saleWintertime is a great time to go whale watching in Southern California. Right now, you might see gray whales as they journey back north from Mexico. Island Packers Cruises offers whale watching cruises every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through mid-April in the Ventura Harbor area. Choose from the early 9:30 am cruise or afternoon 1:30 pm cruise. Each cruise takes between three and three and a half hours to complete.

Evening Harbor Cruise

Island Packers also offers a special one-hour Valentine’s Day evening harbor cruise. They depart at 6 pm. Guests enjoy tasty appetizers while sipping a complimentary beverage as they cruise around the harbor. Tickets cost $27 per person. Seniors receive a $3 discount per ticket. Visit the Island Packers website to reserve your spot today. They fill up quickly.

Love Local Art Walk

Does your sweetheart like art? Visit three Ventura Harbor art galleries on Valentine’s Day: Ventura County Potter’s Guild Gallery, The Mermaid Gallery, and Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts. Enjoy special sweets while looking at the art exhibits in each gallery. Local artists provide live demonstrations at the Potter’s Guild from 1 pm to 4 pm on Valentine’s Day. Watch a live art demo at The Mermaid Gallery from 1 pm to 4 pm as well. Pick up a unique piece of “heart art” at the Village gallery, too. Money raised from sales helps support local artists.

Dining With Your Love

Make a reservation at one of the Harbor’s restaurants. Enjoy a heart-shaped pizza at Fratelli’s Pizza and Brew. The Greek Mediterranean Steak and Seafood offers a special Valentine’s dinner between 4 pm and 10 pm. Take a photo in the photo booth on-site to capture the memory forever. Reservations required (805-650-5350). Starting at 5 pm, Le Petit Cafe offers a wonderfully romantic dinner for two on Valentine’s Day. Reservations are required here as well (805-642-1191).

If you decide you want to take your paramour out for dinner on Valentine’s Day, make sure you make your reservation soon. Fridays tend to be pretty busy anyway. But Valentine’s Day makes it that much busier. Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Community Cleanup and Recycling Event 2020

Why wait until spring to clear out the extra stuff in your Ventura home? Start now. Go through closets, cupboards, sheds, and any other nook and cranny to find things you seldom or never use anymore. Then, bring them to the Ventura Community Cleanup and Recycling Event 2020 this Saturday for proper disposal.

Bring all your old, unused household items to the Ventura Community Cleanup & Recycling Event 2020 on Jan 25th and drop them off for free. Dispose of old financial docs at the shred event as well on the same day. Proof of residency required.

What: Ventura Community Cleanup and Recycling Event 2020
Where: Fire Training Facility (765 S Seaward Ave)
When: Saturday, January 25th, 9 am to 12 pm
Contact: City of Ventura (805) 652-4526 or via email

Ventura Community Cleanup and Recycling Event 2020

Search Ventura County homes for saleOrganizers allow no more than five boxes (similar in size to filing boxes) of items for each vehicle that shows up to the event on Saturday. They accept old household furniture, appliances, clothes, metal, and even tires. Bring in your Christmas trees (minus decorations, lights, and stand), any green waste, and wood scraps. The also accept electronic waste like computer screens, towers, laptops, printers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cameras, and cell phones. However, hazardous waste (aerosol cans, motor oil, any auto fluids, pesticides, pool chemicals, furniture polish, varnishes or fluorescent light bulbs) will be refused.

Only Ventura residents may participate in this community cleanup and recycling event. Proof of residency includes a photo ID or a utility bill with your current address on it. Goodwill hauls off all gently used items for their stores. The rest ends up in their proper disposal facilities.

Ventura Shred Event

Need to get rid of old financial documents or other personal papers? The IRS only goes back three years for audits. So, you don’t need to save corroborating financial documents for more than that. Worried about how to dispose of them safely? Avoid identity theft by securely shredding them at the Ventura Shred Event on Saturday, January 25th at well. This takes place from 9 am to 12 pm at the City of Ventura Maintenance Yard located at 336 Sanjon Rd.

Just like the community cleanup and recycling event, anyone dropping off papers for the shredding event must show proof of residency. Otherwise, they might get turned away.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Water Efficiency Survey for Ventura Residents

We hope you enjoyed the holidays with your loved ones. Now that the new year is officially underway, time to take a look at your water usage. New water rationing bills were passed last year. Beginning by the end of June 2022, the State Water Board must adopt standards put in place by the bills to limit indoor and outdoor water use in California homes. Their goal? To lower the average household water usage from its current 65+ gallons per person to 55 by 2022, 52.5 in 2025, and, eventually, down to 50 gallons per person in 2030. To do so, they need your help to lower your usage. Your first step should be performing a Water Efficiency Survey.

Ventura residents should sign up for their free Water Efficiency Survey from Ventura Water today to learn how to reduce your usage in 2020.

Water Efficiency Survey for Ventura Residents

Search Ventura County homes for saleVentura Water offers free efficiency surveys for all Ventura residents. To do so, simply call (805) 667-6500 to set up an appointment or fill out an online request form here. Then, they send out a Water Conversation Specialist to your house. During their one hour assessment, they take a look at your water bill, assess your usage, and discuss which free water conservation devices you might benefit from using. They also suggest ways to reduce your water usage in the future.

Rebates and Incentives to Lower Water Usage

Funds for the instant hot water recirculating system rebate in Ventura have already been used up. However, several other programs allow rebates for installing systems or devices that reduce your household’s water usage. Replace your old washing machine with a high-efficiency one and receive a $150 rebate. Change out your old toilet for an ultra-high efficiency model (1.1 gallons per flush) and receive a $100 rebate. Ventura Water offers free high-efficiency nozzles for your sprinklers as well as a free smart irrigation controller. Want to replace your water-guzzling lawn with a “water-wise landscape” using drought-resistant plants? You might be eligible for $2 per square foot in rebates. To find out more about these, please visit the City of Ventura’s Rebates and Incentives webpage.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Winter Wonderland & Marketplace 2019

It may not snow here in Southern California, but we definitely know how to celebrate the holidays! First, with a tree lighting at the San Buenaventura Mission right after Thanksgiving. Then, with our Winter Street Fair and Wine Walk a couple of weeks ago. Only eight more shopping days until Christmas. So, if you have yet to start your shopping, I suggest you get on the ball now. This weekend’s Ventura Winter Wonderland & Marketplace 2019 might offer your last opportunity to complete your shopping list before the big day next week!

Not quite done with your Christmas shopping yet? Visit the Ventura Winter Wonderland & Marketplace 2019 this Sat, Dec 21st for free activities & more.

What: Ventura Winter Wonderland & Marketplace 2019
Where: Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker)
When: Saturday, December 21st, 12 pm to 4 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Ventura Harbor Village (805) 477-0470

Ventura Winter Wonderland & Marketplace 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleGrab your Christmas gift list and head over to the Ventura Harbor Village this Saturday. We hear Santa and Mrs. Claus promise to make a visit and they brought their reindeer with them! Tell Santa what you want him to deliver on Christmas Day and pose for photos. Keep your eyes open for other beloved holiday characters as they wander around the village, too. Carolers and Toy Soldier band keep the public entertained with lively renditions of favorite holiday songs.

Keep the kids busier still with fun scavenger hunts. Macaroni Kid and Lakeshore Learning host free kids crafts in the Village as well. Once completed, take these Christmas-themed crafts home to become part of your holiday decor for years to come. You might want to wander over to Coastal Cone sometime between 12 pm and 4 pm. Why? Well, don’t be surprised if you happen to catch snow falling every 15 minutes or so. What winter wonderland would be complete without snow?!

Shopping Passport Contest

Plan on visiting at least three shops and spending a minimum of $15? Pick up a shopping passport at any of the Village shops. Have the retailers at each shop you visit stamp the passport. Then, turn it in before you leave. You automatically receive free entry into the Harbor Village contest. Prizes include whale watching tickets and free merchandise at several of the Village shops. It’s free to enter.

From our family to yours…we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a joyous New Year!

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Winter Street Fair and Wine Walk 2019

We certainly hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family and friends. Who went to watch the official tree lighting at the San Buenaventura Mission last Saturday? Now that Christmas season is underway, you might want to visit the Ventura Winter Street Fair and Wine Walk 2019 this weekend. Time to get going on your Christmas shopping list. (And maybe pick up something for yourself as well.)

After the tree lighting in downtown Ventura on Dec 6th, come back for the Ventura Winter Street Fair and Wine Walk 2019 on the 7th. The tree lighting and street fair are free. But tickets for the wine walk are selling fast.

What: Ventura Winter Street Fair and Wine Walk 2019
Where: 300-500 blocks of Main St, Downtown Ventura
When: Saturday, December 7th, 12 pm to 8 pm
Admission: Street Fair – FREE, Wine Walk – $55 to $99
Contact: California Beer Festival (805) 628-9588 or via email

Ventura Winter Street Fair 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleNeed to pick up a winter birthday gift, Hanukkah present, hostess gift or Christmas present for the loved ones in your life? Visit the street fair from 12 pm to 8 pm on Saturday, December 7th. Dozens of vendors sell unique gifts for all occasions. You won’t find these in any big box store! Plus, find something fun for your dinner table tonight.

Ventura Winter Wine Walk 2019

After the street fair, consider attending the Winter Wine Walk. Local wineries and breweries vie for your attention at this fun wine and beer tasting held from 4 pm to 7 pm in downtown Ventura. Tickets range from $55 for general admission up to $99 for VIP tasting rooms. Of course, this event caters to the strictly 21+ crowd. Make sure you bring a valid photo ID or risk getting turned away. Visit the Winter Wine Walk website to pick up your tickets today. They’re selling quickly.

Downtown Ventura Tree Lighting 2019

Before the street fair or wine walk starts, visit downtown Ventura for another fun holiday tree lighting event on Friday, December 6th. Choirs perform live Christmas music while dancers entertain starting at 5:30 pm. Santa brings the snow with him at 6:45 pm for the official lighting of the tree. It’s free fun for all ages to enjoy.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Christmas Tree Lighting 2019

Thanksgiving comes late this year (November 28th). That means less than a month afterward before Christmas Day. So even though we have yet to celebrate Thanksgiving, we thought you might want start planning a visit to the official Ventura Christmas tree lighting 2019 ceremony.

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, visit the Sanbuenaventura Mission to watch the official Ventura Christmas Tree Lighting 2019 ceremony with your family.

What: Ventura Christmas Tree Lighting 2019
Where: San Buenaventura Mission Steps (211 E Main St)
When: Saturday, November 30th, 5 pm to 8 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: San Buenaventura Mission (805) 641-1090

Ventura Christmas Tree Lighting 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleIf one Christmas tree brings you such joy and happiness, two must be twice as nice, right? That’s what the event organizers of Ventura’s tree lighting believe. Two Norfolk Pines and the mission’s fig tree light up for the holidays at 6:45 pm. However, no one gets bored waiting. Several activities keep you busy beforehand.

Listen as choirs regale you with classic Christmas carols. We hear Santa promised to show up at 6 pm to listen to children’s Christmas wishes and pose for photos. So, make sure you bring your camera with you. He throws the switch to light the thousands of new LED lights on all three trees. Visit the informational and vendor booths on-site. When you get hungry, pick something up from one of the food vendors on-site.

Start the Christmas season off with bright lights and cheer. Bring your friends and family to watch the officially lighting of Ventura’s Christmas tree. Dress to stave off our chilly wintery Southern California weather. This event happens come rain or shine. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy your evening in comfort.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

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