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Channel Islands National Park- Ventura County

Channel Islands National Park- Ventura County

Along the Santa Barbara Channel you can find Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary which is made up of five Channel Islands. These Channels are so very important to our area. They serve as our ocean environment and as a great resource to our community. Therefore, if you have not been to any of the park’s Channel Islands yet, make time this summer to come explore. Near Ventura, and close to Los Angeles, it is refreshing to visit and break away from the busy California city lifestyle.

The Channel Islands are San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. Between all of them, they are as an oceanic home to several hundred unique to the area species and over 2,000 plant and animal species, overall. However, one of the coolest ones is the Santa Barbara Channel because it happens to be home to over 30 marine mammals like whales, dolphins, and elephant seals!

Which Island to See First?

Each island is unique and has different qualities to offer. If you are looking for amazing views and rock formations that usually have cute sea lions propped on them, go to Anacapa. Anacapa is additionally well known for bird watching and wildflowers. If you are looking to kayak, snorkel, hike, or even camp, Santa Cruz is the most popular. Santa Rosa is known to be a private area with beautiful white beaches. It is also great for hiking and camping! Santa Barbara and San Miguel Islands however, are mostly used for rehabilitation and conversvation. Therefore, they are closed to the public at times.

Really anytime in summer is good to visit any of the islands. The blue and the humpback whales are out and moving for great whale watching opportunities. Check out the Channel Islands website here for additional information and openings. Just 14 miles from Ventura, and miles of fun for hiking, kayaking, camping, and general wildlife viewing.

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Downtown Ventura’s Annual 4th of July Street Fair!

Downtown Ventura’s Annual 4th of July Street Fair!

This 4th of July, join in the tradition and come on out to the street fair in Downtown Ventura where you will experience all of the great things that street fairs have to offer. Each year has a theme and this year’s theme is “Sea to Shining Sea.” Be one of thousands and thousands who come to support this event and see why over 30,000 people attend.

What does the street fair have to offer?

For starters, let’s talk about the good stuff, the FOOD! There will be several food booths to choose from including local eats. There will also be live entertainment on several stages all along Main Street. Therefore, as you walk around, look, and shop, you will be able to hear the music. A favorite for the kids is the Kids Zone which will have all sorts of rides and inflatable bouncy houses. The Ventura Fire Department will also be there showcasing a fire engine for the kids to see and explore.

The Parade is local favorite, as well. This Pushem Pullem Parade is so much fun because both children and adults get to participate. People ride bikes, pull little red wagons, all dressed up for the parade.

Last, but not least, is The Rotary Club of Ventura’s Fireworks Show and Family Picnic. This fireworks show is worth the tickets! It For 23 years, families have come out to hang on the lawn of the Ventura College Athletic Fields, and enjoy live music, food vendors, a kids fun zone, and of course, the fireworks! This is a very family and picnic friendly atmosphere. For more information, visit http://venturafireworks.com/

All of the booths are full so you can be sure to get a great variety of handmade goods, arts, crafts, and all sorts of original pieces.

When: Tuesday, July 4th from 10am to 5pm

Where: Downtown Ventura

Parade Info: Meet at Cemetery Park at 9:30am; Parade is at 10:00am

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California Strawberry Festival

California Strawberry Festival

Okay Ventura County folks, it is strawberry season here in California. Yummy, plump, juicy, and perfectly delicious strawberries! And tons of them. Held at the Strawberry Meadows of College Park just outside of Ventura, is the annual California Strawberry Festival. Here, strawberries are showcased in the best of ways with every single use for strawberries you can think of on display. Therefore, see live demonstrations, arts and crafts, and all the joys of festival fun.

This festival is a top-rated event and is perfect for the whole family. There will be live performances for entertainment, celebrity cooking and guest appearances, bookoos of arts and crafts booths, rides, attractions, strawberry contests, and so much more. For the kids, Strawberryland is a favorite! There will be over 50 food booths and over 200 arts and crafts vendors present. If you are looking to kick off the summer, the Strawberry Festival is the way to go! Even better, the proceeds go to benefit our local community and charities. This is a great way to get out on a pretty weekend for some family fun and delicious eats, and it is also a great way to give back!

When: May 20th and 21st from 10am to 6:30pm

Where: Strawberry Meadows of College Park 3520 South Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA

Cost: General Admission is $12; $8 for Seniors; Children $5; 4 and under are FREE!

Transportation Available: Come take a free ride aboard the Strawberry Express shuttle! It will be running every 15 to 20 minutes and is super convenient and fast! Pick up locations include Camarillo Premium Outlets, Topa Financial Towers, Oxnard Transportation Center, Santa Clara High School, and Channel Islands Harbor.

Website: http://castrawberryfestival.org/ Feel free to purchase tickets online!

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Sailing around Ventura Harbor!

Sailing around Ventura Harbor!

Sailing is favorite hobby here in Ventura Harbor. So much so that there are sailing charters and sailing lessons. What is so fun about sailing? It is considered a recreational sport, mainly used with yachts either for leisurely cruising or for competitive racing. You get to control the sails and use the winds of the sea to your advantage for speed. It can be very fun, and is a great way to enjoy the water! Ventura Harbor offers sailing charters, sailing lessons, and a Junior Yacht club with summer camp for our youth.

Adventure Sailing Charters

This is a charter service which offers all kinds of services to the people of Ventura. Some of them include a romantic stay, an overnight adventure where you can go out to the Channel Islands National Park and see whales, dolphins, seals, and even sea lions. You can also use the charter service as a way to learn how to sail. Whether you are looking to take it out for snorkeling or for a relaxed afternoon in the sun, Adventure Sailing Charters has a lot of great options in terms of sailing.

Pacific Sailing

If you are in the market for sailing lessons, Pacific Sailing is a great choice. Here you can enjoy all of the perks of owning a boat, without actually having to own one. They offer full service programs catered to suit your specific needs, including private sailing lessons. Located near the Channel Islands where sailing is sublime!

Ventura Yacht Club Junior Sailing

Ventura Yacht Club is a full service club offering sailing of all levels to the community. This is a club for the whole family. For junior yacht-enthusiasts, this club offers summer camp. Kids and teens can learn the basics of sailing, including safety. For more information, visit www.vycyouthsailing.org

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St Patrick’s Day Celebration in Ventura!

St Patrick’s Day Celebration in Ventura!

This Saturday March 11, be a part of a Ventura County favorite event…..the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Every year, for 28 years and counting, Ventura has celebrated St Patty’s Day with a huge parade and it is a pretty big deal here. If you love to celebrate and want to be a part of the fun, come on out at 10am. Wear your green, bring your Irish spirit, and just have a big green blast!

With over 50 sponsors and up to 100 entries, the parade is set to be packed full of marchers and floats. Enjoy the sounds of authentic bagpipes playing, live entertainment, local mascots, Irish dancers, and marching bands. The Grand Marshal this year is professional surfer Mary Osbourne who will ride on a float with her surfing pup Haole. The parade starts on East Main Street in Downtown Ventura and continues on down the road. The parade ends at the corner of North Ann Street and East Main Street.

Spend the Day Downtown

After the parade, spend the afternoon hanging out in Downtown Ventura where you can enjoy delicious eats, shopping, and other entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants downtown, packed full of variety. Any type of food you are looking for can be found and St Patrick’s Day parade specials at some. Downtown also houses the Majestic Ventura Theatre and tons of shops. From thrift stores to jewelry, books, boutiques, salons, and clothing stores, downtown has enough to keep you covered. So, hang out, shop, eat, relax and enjoy your Saturday here in Downtown Ventura!

When: Saturday, March 11, 10am to 12pm

Where: Downtown Main Street, Ventura, CA

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Ventura Pop Up Yoga at Marina Park

Ventura Pop Up Yoga at Marina Park

Take some time out for yourself and enjoy a relaxing yoga session in Marina Park. With the fresh morning air, nature all around, and the beautiful views of Ventura, all from your mat. For one hour each week, step away from your day and breathe, stretch, and boost your mood. See why pop up yoga is staying in demand and be one of dozens who enjoy this method of exercise and relaxation. Look for others yoga-goers on the grassy area in the corner of Greenock Lane and Pierpont Boulevard.

Other Pop Ups:

If you cannot make this class, there are other options for you. Be one with nature on your schedule. Marina Park offers several other pop-up classes. For example, Morning Yoga with Lisa is on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30am. What a great way to start your week off. Watch the sun rise over Ventura and take a deep breath in, and be happy. Another great yoga outlet is Sunset Yoga with Lisa. Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm, you can bring your mat to the park and watch the sun set. What could be more relaxing?

These classes are based on “offerings.” You donate what you can, what you are willing and able to. All of the classes fall under the Ventura Pop Up Yoga umbrella and are open to everyone. All ages and skill levels are welcomed. If you are in need of a mat, you can rent one for free. In addition, you can register and donate online to the class.

Things to Bring:

  • A Yoga Mat
  • A Towel for under your mat (due to wet grass at times)
  • Water
  • Layers for comfort
  • A smile
When: February 24th from 9:30 to 10:30am; and every Friday at the same time.
Where: Marina Park, 14001 Monarch Bay Drive, San Leandro

Website: http://www.venturapopupyoga.com/

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Love is in the Air in Ventura!

Love is in the Air in Ventura!

Ahhh….one of the most loved times of the year has arrived. If you are looking to share some quality time with your sweet heart this weekend in celebration of Valentine’s Day, Ventura County has all of the romantic happenings. Add some arts and culture in your life with a Paint and Sip class. Experience why it takes two to tango at Grapes and Hops Wine Bar, or plan a night out at the Harbor Village. Enjoy the most romantic time of the year in one of the most beautiful places to live!

Couples Valentine Paint and Sip Class

Just as the titles states, come and paint and sip on some wine while you do so. This is a very trendy, fun outing for couple’s to enjoy together. You get the unique opportunity to sit and paint 2 paintings you didn’t even know you were capable to doing. You will start with two and become one on this night and you get to take your painting home to hang as a visual memory of the date. As an added bonus, the barrel room will be open in the afternoon to experience.

When: This Saturday, February 12 from 2:00-4:30

Where: Four Brix Winery, 2290 Eastman Ave #109, Ventura

Two to Tango Valentine’s Celebration

Spend your Valentine’s evening dancing the night away at Grapes and Hops Wine Bar with your loved one. This event is great for many reasons. With the price of admission comes deliciousness such as hors d’ oeuvres, champagne, and benefits to a great organization. Access TLC Hospice Foundation is a local, non-profit charity to help families and the elderly with the costs of hospice care. Spend the evening out having a good time and give back to a great community resource at the same time.

When: Tuesday February 14th from 6:30-9:00

Where: Grapes and Hops Wine Bar, 454 E Main Street, Ventura

You don’t have to be big on celebrating Valentine’s Day to enjoy what our community has to offer!

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Ventura Restaurant Week- Live Local, Eat Local

Ventura Restaurant Week- Live Local, Eat Local

Yum, yum, yum…it is restaurant week in Ventura and we are excited to tell you all about it. A local event occurring in both Downtown and Midtown, gives you the opportunity to explore the featured restaurants of these areas. 20 restaurants are participating in a themed “20 under $20.” A family night out, friend’s night out, or date night out, made affordable.

Some of the yummy Ventura Eating options include:

  • The Avenue Burger at Barrelhouse 101
  • Mini Mac & Cheese and half sandwich at Paradise Pantry
  • A Gourmet 2 cheese plate with wine or 2 paninis with beer at Grapes & Hops
  • A steak and ale at Winchester’s Grill & Saloon
  • Three empanadas with your choice of wine at Cork
  • And more! Visit https://goo.gl/tjgjRT
  • All of the above participating offers are $20 and under and include an alcoholic beverage

Ventura eats is inviting the restaurant goers who participate in this special event to post about it on their social media accounts using hashtag #VenturaEats for a chance to win a $50 gift card to one of these local eats! The event and food specials are going on now through Sunday, January 29th. The winner of the $50 gift card will be announced on Monday, January 30th.

In addition to these offers, Spice-Topia is stepping their food game up by offering a 15% discount if you show your receipt from Restaurant Week. Get social, get local, and have a great time out on the town! Restaurant week is a favorite event we love to participate in, here in Ventura, California.

Where: Downtown Ventura, view the Restaurant Week link here.

When: Now through Sunday January 29th at 5pm

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Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016

Help save the life of as many as three strangers by donating to the Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016. Get a $15 gift card for Winchester Grill as a bonus.Christmas isn’t the only time to give presents.  Give the gift of life at the Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016.  According to BloodSource.org, 40,000 pints of blood get used throughout the country every day.  One blood donation can save as many as three lives.  It only takes three teaspoons to save the life of a baby.  Will you be a hero for a stranger?

What: Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016
Where: United Blood Services (2223 Eastman Ave Ste A, Ventura, CA)
When: Now through Dec 31st, 2016
Contact: United Blood Services (800) 715-3699 or via email

Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016

Click here to search for Ventura County homes for saleThere are just three more days to participate in the Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016.  Schedule an appointment right now to visit the United Blood Services office in Ventura.  For your one pint of blood, you receive a $15 certificate to use at Winchester’s Grill & Saloon located in downtown Ventura.  It only takes a little bit of your time (and blood) to become someone’s hero, as well as a hero to their family.

Tips for Preparing to Donate Blood

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – Before you donate to the Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016, drink plenty of water.  That means plain old H2O.  No coffee, soda or tea.  Caffeine restricts blood vessels.  You want them to be nice and plump to make the donation process easier.  Only water will do that for you.

What to wear – Next, make sure you you dress comfortably.  Keep sleeves short and/or loose for easy roll-up.  The staff needs to access your veins for donation.  As long as your sleeve rolls up a couple inches above your elbow, you’re good.

What to bring – Finally, you should bring along a list of medications you are currently taking.  These include both prescribed (including birth control pills) and over-the-counter medication (if applicable).  Also, don’t forget your ID.  If you have a donor card, great.  If not, a current driver’s license or other photo ID can be used.

This year, give the gift of life.  Make your appointment now for the Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016.  You only have a few days left to take advantage of the $15 gift card for Winchester’s Grill.  However, even if you miss out on that incentive, you should still plan on donating.  You could be saving someone’s life.

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Ventura Hanukkah Festival 2016

All faiths are welcome to join the fun at the Ventura Hanukkah Festival 2016. Three candles will be lit in honor of the 3rd day of Hanukkah.The first day of Hanukkah takes place on Christmas Eve this year.  After the divisive year we’ve just had, it’s nice to see two faiths converge like this.  In the spirit of togetherness, all faiths are welcome to celebrate the Ventura Hanukkah Festival 2016.

What: Ventura Hanukkah Festival 2016
Where: Ventura Harbor Main Lawn (1583 Spinaker Dr)
When: Monday, December 26th, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Chabad of Oxnard (805) 382-4770

Ventura Hanukkah Festival 2016

Click here to search for Ventura County homes for saleThe Ventura Hanukkah Festival 2016 takes place on the third day of Chanukah.  Therefore, three lights on the menorah will be lit after 4:45pm.  However, from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, guests enjoy live music and family-friendly fun.  Watch the six foot ice menorah take shape while it gets carved live starting at 2:30pm.  Next, play in the snow trucked in to Ventura especially for this event.  Then, visit the kids carnival booths for fun and prizes.  After that, pick out something special for someone special at the Judaica Boutique.  Finally, you absolutely must try the hot latkes.

There are seven other days of Hanukkah to be celebrated around our Ventura County community.  You’ll find where the menorah will be lit on every one of these holidays below.  From our family to yours, happy holidays and a gezunt ahf dein kop (good health to you).

Where to See the Hanukkah Candle Lighting

  • Day 1 (Dec. 24th) – Chabad of Oxnard (112 Los Altos St, Oxnard) after 5:34pm
  • Day 2 (Dec. 25th) – Chabad of Oxnard after 4:54pm
  • Day 3 (Dec. 26th) – Ventura Harbor Main Lawn (1583 Spinaker, Ventura) after 4:45pm
  • Day 4 (Dec. 27th) – Constitution Park (Near the Camarillo City Hall on Carmen Dr) after 4:55pm
  • Day 5 (Dec. 28th) – The Collection (Park View Ct, Oxnard) after 4:546pm
  • Day 6 (Dec. 29th) – Chabad of Oxnard (also at Camarillo Premium Outlets) after 4:56pm
  • Day 7 (Dec. 30th) – Muchnik Home, Oxnard before 4:39pm
  • Day 8 (Dec. 31st) – Chabad of Oxnard after 5:39pm

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