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Ventura Mermaid Month 2021 at Harbor Village

March is Ventura Mermaid Month. Mermaids fill a special place in the hearts of those in Ventura Harbor Village. All month long, visitors enjoy a variety of fun mermaid-related activities as well as special discounts on merchandise and food. Of course, all businesses and activities follow COVID-19 guidelines to keep the public safe. So, no Mermaid Meet & Greet this year, unfortunately. But there are still plenty of other fun things to see, do, and shop for all month long.

While this year's Ventura Mermaid Month may look a little different than those in the past, organizers still promise lots of fun activities.

What: Ventura Mermaid Month 2021
Where: Ventura Harbor Village
When: All month long in March

Ventura Mermaid Month 2021

Scheduled Activities

Search Ventura County homes for saleVentura Boat Rentals recently released their newest swan boat “flock” out onto harbor waters…just in time for Mermaid Month. Rent yourself one of these fun little boats and paddle your way around the harbor. Keep an eye out for mermaids and mermen along the way. These boats only operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Schedule an appointment by calling (805) 642-7753 before all of the spots are taken.

Take a selfie at the special Mermaid Photo Booth set up by local artist Michelle Rogers. This lively backdrop will only be available in March, starting this Friday, the 5th. You can find it by the Barefoot Boutique.

For those of you who like to explore, try your luck at the Mermaid Scavenger Hunt. Starting on March 12th, visit VenturaHarborVillage.com to find your clues and to download your scavenger sheet. Decipher all of the clues by March 28th to complete your sheet. Then, turn your completed sheet into the Mermaid Gallery for a special mermaid prize.

Specials

Wild Local Seafood is hosting a contest for Mermaid Month. They challenge you to share your favorite recipes for homemade seafood dishes for a chance to win a $50 gift card at their store. Simply follow @VenturaHarbor and @wildlocalseafoodco on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter. Then, upload your recipe (add a photo for bonus points). Make sure to tag Ventura Harbor and Wild Local Seafood when you do so you don’t miss out on an entry. You also must tag two friends to qualify.

Several businesses offer fun discounts and special mermaid merchandise throughout March, too. When you visit The Greek, receive $5 off a seafood lunch entree when you purchase one at full price. Lost in Socks offers a 15% discount when you buy three pairs of socks any weekend in March. Receive a free swim bag when you purchase at least $50 in merchandise at Ventura Swimwear. Barefoot Boutique, Lemon & Lei, and the Treasure Cove all offer fun mermaid-inspired clothing, jewelry, and soaps.

Enjoy the outdoors this March. Visit the Harbor Village for Ventura Mermaid Month 2021.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Harbor Village Celebrates National Clam Chowder Day 2021

It feels like there is a holiday for just about anything. Did you celebrate National Cuddle Up Day (January 6th), Step in the Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day (January 11th), or Squirrel Appreciation Day (January 21st)? Yesterday was not only Valentine’s Day but also National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day. We hope at least some of you celebrated it even if you did not know it was happening. Well, February 25th happens to be National Clam Chowder Day. And Ventura Harbor Village wants to help you celebrate.

Celebrate National Clam Chowder Day 2021 on Feb 25th by picking up a cup or bowl at a local restaurant in the Ventura Harbor Village.

What: National Clam Chowder Day
Where: Ventura Harbor Village
When: Thursday, February 25th

National Clam Chowder Day at Ventura Harbor Village

Search Ventura County homes for saleThree great Village restaurants offer delicious options for how to celebrate Clam Chowder Day. The 805 Bar serves a scrumptious chowder with capers and bacon out on their patio. The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood restaurant offers a warm, inviting cup of clam chowder for just $3 when you order one of their amazing seafood entrees. And, of course, Brophy Bros Clam Bar offers some of the best and freshest clam chowder around. They serve it with an amazing slice of sourdough bread that pairs perfectly with this seafood delicacy. So make Ventura Harbor Village your destination of choice for lunch or dinner on February 25th.

Main Street Moves Continues Through 2022

Last year, local restaurants felt the pinch due to COVID-19 restrictions on interior dining. To help try to keep businesses afloat, the Ventura City Council came up with the idea of Main Street Moves. This essentially shut down a six-block area of downtown Ventura to vehicle traffic. It only allowed pedestrians and bicyclists to traverse the streets in between businesses. This allowed local businesses to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions while still accommodating their clientele by moving part of it out onto the sidewalks and street. Originally, the Council set it up as a temporary “fix”. But, it became so popular and successful that they decided to continue it on through to January 2022. Please support our small businesses by shopping and dining locally whenever possible.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura County Virtual Love Run 2021

The global pandemic affected millions of lives. Some businesses closed for good. Some people found themselves furloughed with nowhere to go. Even non-profit organizations scrambled to find donors because so many people (and businesses) struggled to get by. Many non-profits found themselves getting creative to find new, fun ways to raise money. For instance, the Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive provided an option that allowed people to build their own “can trees” to participate safely. Netfin Westlake Mazda wanted to raise money for Meals on Wheels with a fun run. But how do you do that during a pandemic? They came up with the Ventura County Virtual Love Run 2021.

Help Netfin Westlake Mazda raise money for Senior Concerns' Meals on Wheels by participating in the Ventura County Virtual Love Run 2021 taking place wherever you choose anytime during February.

What: Ventura County Virtual Love Run 2021
Where: Anywhere you choose
When: Until February 28th, 2021
Admission: $45

Ventura County Virtual Love Run 2021

How it Works

Search Ventura County homes for saleFirst, sign up for a race. They offer five different ones to choose from. Then, choose when and where you want to complete your race. Take photos to track your progress and upload them to all of your social media platforms using #LoveRun2021. After that, head back to the virtual run’s website to log in your time.

When you sign up for the Ventura County Virtual Love Race, you receive free access to the RunJoy app. This helps keep track of your race progress. It also allows you to invite all of your loved ones to cheer you on virtually while you run/walk your race. Yes, we said “run/walk”. Whether you run, walk or do a combination of both does not matter. Finishing your race is all that matters. Put whatever personal spin on it that you want to make it fun. Remember, all proceeds help Senior Concerns’ Meals on Wheels.

Types of Races Available

The five races include a California Water one mile, the Tuesday Tribe 5K (3.1 miles), Home Helpers 10K (6.2 miles), a 13.1-mile half-marathon, and the Doggy Dash. No matter which one of the races you choose, it costs $45 per person. However, your pooch pal only costs $15 for the Doggy Dash. With their entry fee, they receive a cute bandana for their efforts. Registration fees include a running shirt, reusable goody bag, RaceJoy app, and a medal for completing the run. Go to RunSignUp.com to choose your race and register today.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive 2020

Millions of people around the world have been affected by COVID-19 this year. With California entering another shutdown, millions more will find it difficult to put food on the table. And that is in addition to the millions struggling before this most recent shutdown. If possible, please consider donating to the Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive 2020. Help your neighbors get through the rest of this holiday season without going hungry.

Help our struggling neighbors get through this holiday season by donating to Food Shares Ventura County's Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive 2020.

What: Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive 2020
Where: Ventura Harbor Village
When: Saturday, December 19th
Contact: Jennifer, Caldwell, Food Share Ventura County (805) 983-7100 or via email

Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive 2020

Search Ventura County homes for saleThe Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive takes place around Ventura County until Christmas Eve. This surely brightens children’s Christmas mornings with toys to unwrap. But so many families struggle with food insecurity normally. COVID-19 only exacerbated the problem. So to ensure that these families also eat this holiday season, Food Share Ventura County hosts their annual Ventura CAN Tree Food Drive this month.

How to Participate

The traditional way of participating in the past was to bring canned food items Ventura Harbor Village. This year, however, things have changed. In keeping with CDC guidelines, canned food drop-off has been suspended. Instead, Food Shares offers three options to choose from: buy and build, sponsor a tree, or build your own.

Buy & Build – Donate $650 and Food Share provides the canned goods and building materials needed for you to create your own CAN tree at home or at your business. These materials can either be picked up or delivered to you. It is a wonderful way to show your support as well as raise awareness for others in the Ventura community.

Sponsor a Tree – For a $750 donation, volunteers at Food Share build a tree with your family or company name on it. The tree becomes part of the public showcase featuring other trees on December 19th in Ventura Harbor Village.

Build Your Own – Finally, get your friends, family, and neighbors involved. Solicit canned food donations from them to build your very own Ventura CAN Tree. Each tree requires anywhere from 600 to 800 15 oz. cans to complete. Take a photo and email it to Jennifer Caldwell at Food Shares.

After the event, either drop off your cans at the Ventura Food Share offices or contact Food Share to schedule a pickup. Happy holidays from our family to yours.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura County Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive 2020

We are now firmly in the holiday season. Thanksgiving takes place in just 10 days. In 24 days (December 10th), Hanukkah starts. Then, just 38 shopping days until Christmas. Finally, we get to say “goodbye” to 2020 in 45 days from today. Yay! This global pandemic hit so many people hard. You can help turn this crazy year around by donating to the Ventura County Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive 2020.

Donate a new unwrapped toy to the Ventura County Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive 2020 at any participating location by Dec 24th to help a local child in need celebrate the season.

What: Ventura County Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive 2020
Where: Participating Locations Around Ventura County
When: Now through December 24th

Ventura County Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive 2020

Search Ventura County homes for saleThe season of giving feels even more meaningful this year. Local fire departments teamed up with ABC 7 and Toys for Tots to bring toys to struggling families in Ventura County for the holidays. But they need your help to make this happen. If you’d like to assist them in their efforts, please feel free to drop off a new, unwrapped toy, book, gift card, and/or sports equipment to either Ventura City Fire Headquarters (1412 Dowell Dr) or drop them in a designated bin at any one of more than 45 locations around Ventura County. This year, none of our Ventura fire stations accept donations due to COVID concerns.

How to Give

As we stated above, the first way to donate is to drop off your gift in a bin at a participating Ventura County location. Or visit the Ventura County Firefighters website here to make a tax-deductible donation online. This Saturday (November 22nd), grab the family and head to Peirano’s (204 E Main St) between 5 pm and 8 pm for a tasty spaghetti dinner. A portion of the proceeds (10%) goes to Toys for Tots. Seats fill up pretty quickly. Reservations are recommended. Call Peirano’s at (805) 628-9028 or email them to make your reservation today. Finally, if you own a business, you can request a donation bin to set up in your business. Simply contact Crystal Stratton to make a request.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Mulch-Giving 2020 Offers Drive-Through Service

We hope everyone enjoyed a safe yet fun Halloween over the weekend. Thanksgiving marks the next big holiday on the books. (Just over three weeks to go.) As the weather turns a little more chilly in Southern California, it’s a good time to add mulch to your garden. Score a free bag of mulch at the Ventura Mulch-Giving 2020 event this month.

If you would like a free bag of mulch and/or compost for your garden, sign up for Ventura Mulch-Giving 2020's drive-through event.

What: Ventura Mulch-Giving 2020
Where: Ventura Maintenance Yard (336 Sanjon Rd)
When: Saturday, November 14th, by appt only
Contact: City of Ventura website

Ventura Mulch-Giving 2020

Why Add Mulch in the Fall?

Search Ventura County homes for saleMulch helps maintain moisture in the soil. It also acts as a weed suppressant and erosion protector. But when you add mulch to your garden in the fall, it insulates the soil, allowing microbes and earthworms a good source of food. You need both of these organisms to keep the soil rich and fertile during the colder winter months. Mulch also insulates the roots of your plants, helping them to maintain a steady temperature as it gets colder.

Ventura Mulch-Giving Info

With health and safety a high priority, this year’s mulch-giving event will be by appointment only. This limits the number of people congregating at the site at one time. Schedule an appointment online right now. But hurry. Available times are running out fast. To serve as many people as possible, each car may only receive one bag each of mulch and compost.

Arrive at your appointed time. Anyone who arrives before or after their scheduled appointment will be turned away. Stay in your vehicle while the staff checks you in. After they check you in, they will direct you to the pick-up point. Once you arrive there, then you may exit your vehicle to load your mulch and/or compost into your vehicle. You must wear a mask while on-site. Closed-toe shoes and work gloves are recommended as well.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Seafood Eats Photo Contest 2020

Did you see any of the chalk artwork around town over the past couple of weeks reminding you to fill out your 2020 Census form? Did you miss the September 30th deadline? It’s OK. The Census 2020 website remains open for any of the stragglers out there. We strongly urge you to complete your census soon if you have not done so yet. Now, on to something fun: the Ventura Seafood Eats Photo Contest 2020. Your love of seafood could win you a $50 gift certificate.

Enter a photo of your seafood in the Ventura Seafood Eats Photo Contest 2020 between now and Oct 15th for a chance to win $50. #SeafoodEats

What: Ventura Seafood Eats Photo Contest 2020
Where: Any Restaurant or Fish Market in Ventura Harbor Village
When: Now through October 15th
Contact: Ventura Harbor Village (805) 477-0470

Ventura Seafood Eats Photo Contest 2020

Search Ventura County homes for saleAny time you visit a Ventura Harbor Village restaurant or pick up something at one of the fresh seafood markets in the village between now and October 15th, you have the opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate. All you need to do is take a photo of your seafood or seafood dish. Upload that photo to your Instagram or Facebook accounts. Then, add #SeafoodEats and tag Ventura Harbor Village (@VenturaHarbor) so that contest organizers see it. Also, make sure your account is public. Organizers cannot see private accounts. So, if your account is not public, you might miss your opportunity to win $50.

Ventura Harbor Restaurants & Fish Markets

  • 805 Bar & Grilled Cheese
  • Alexander’s
  • Andria’s Seafood Restaurant and Fish Market
  • Baja Bay Surf ‘N Taco
  • Boatyard Pub
  • Brophy Bros Clam Bar
  • Copa Cubana
  • Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood
  • Harbor Cove Cafe
  • La Petite Cafe
  • Margarita Villa
  • Saturday Fisherman’s Market
  • Ventura Fresh Fish
  • Water’s Edge
  • Wild Local Seafood Co

For an official explanation of contest rules, please visit Ventura Harbor Village’s website. No purchase necessary. Only one submission allowed per person. Any additional submissions will be discarded.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Census Chalkathon

2020: what a year! Besides the global pandemic and an election year in the US, 2020 also happens to be the year that we update our census numbers. Questionnaires went out earlier this year to every household. But, if you missed that, the government provides other options to complete the census before the September 30th deadline. And to remind you to fill it out, the City is hosting a Ventura Census Chalkathon.

To remind Ventura residents to fill out the 2020 US Census, the City hosts a Ventura Census Chalkathon which concludes on September 30th.

2020 US Census

Search Ventura County homes for saleEvery 10 years, the government surveys residents of the United States to find out how many people live in different parts of the country. This helps determine how future budgets allocate money to these areas. Legal status does not matter for the 2020 US Census either. Any stats provided in the survey will be used for information purposes only. The government encourages everyone to fill it out.

Currently, residents may fill out the 2020 Census survey three ways: online, snail mail, or phone. Only official questionnaires sent to your home may be filled out and sent back in through snail mail. If you misplaced your mail-in questionnaire, call the official survey hotline at (844) 330-2020. You may also complete it online by visiting Census.Ventura.org. It only takes a few minutes to answer a few very simple questions.

Ventura Census Chalkathon

Help get the word out to your neighbors about the approaching census deadline. Participate in the Ventura Census Chalkathon. Grab you sidewalk chalk and create an image that conveys the importance of filling out the census. Incorporate any or all of the phrases “2020census.gov”, “#2020CensusTVA”, “Everyone Counts!” or “Todos Contamos!” in your artwork. Take a picture. Upload that photo to your social media. Make sure you add #2020CensusTVA to your social media post. Share it with your friends and family.

The City wants to reward people for spreading the word. After you complete your work of art for the Ventura Census Chalkathon, send photos of it along with your contact info to PIO@cityofventura.ca.gov. Winners will be chosen in a drawing from all entries received by the end of business on September 30th, 2020.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

California Coastal Cleanup 2020 in Ventura

For many Ventura County residents, the beach represents their happy place. Surfing, swimming, and sunbathing contribute to our way of life. California Coastal Cleanup 2020 challenges everyone to protect their “happy place” by signing up to clean the city’s streets, parks, and beaches.

Help keep your city clean by participating in California Coastal Cleanup 2020 in Ventura throughout Sept. This year, the event goes virtual.

California Coastal Cleanup 2020

Search Ventura County homes for saleLast year, more than 74,000 volunteers cleaned up their local areas all over the state in one day. This year, the California Coastal Cleanup looks a little different. For one thing, it takes place throughout the entire month of September. For another, the official dates fall on each Saturday of the month from 9 am to noon. However, organizers want to encourage as many people as possible to contribute to the cleanup. Therefore, they allow cleanup any day of the week and any time of the day that fits with your schedule.

How to Participate

First of all, visit the Coastal Cleanup website. Organizers strongly discourage large gatherings of people to lessen the chances of spreading COVID-19. If you feel ill, stay at home. Check the air quality before you head out. Wear masks and stay at least six feet away from anyone you do not live with.

You will need to provide your own clean up equipment, such as gloves and trash bags. Do not touch sharp objects such as syringes. Leave any object too large to fit in your trash bin. Wear closed-toed shoes for your protection. Avoid touching your face. Safety remains a top priority.

Where to Clean

Your only limitation to where you clean is where you see trash. Start on the streets outside of your house. Anything that falls into the ditches on the side of our roads ends up in the storm drains. Eventually, everything in the storm drains ends up in the ocean. Unfortunately, that harms all living creatures that live there, too. Clear any storm drains you see stopped up, providing it is safe to do so. Parks, school grounds, community centers, and beaches also make great places to spread out and pick up debris as well.

How to Track Your Progress

Download the Clean Swell app onto your smartphone. Then, record every single bit of trash you pick up. This helps keep the Ocean Conservancy’s database as up to date as possible.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Takeout Tuesdays 2020

COVID-19 continues to affect us all. For a little while, it looked like Californians would be able to enjoy a date night inside their favorite bars or restaurants again. Unfortunately, Governor Newsom put the kibosh on that in early July. He closed down any inside patronage of bars, restaurants, breweries, and tasting rooms throughout the state. While outdoor dining and to-go orders remain a possibility at many of Ventura’s restaurants, this severely cuts into the owners’ and employees’ income. To help your favorite local restaurants stay in business during this rough time, the local restaurants began to encourage Ventura Takeout Tuesdays.

To help support our local businesses, Ventura Harbor Village encourages you to participate in Ventura Takeout Tuesdays from your favorite restaurant. #CATakeoutTuesdays

Ventura Takeout Tuesdays 2020

Search Ventura County homes for saleYes, the governor allows outdoor dining at Ventura area restaurants. However, restaurants only allow a certain numbers of seats outside. During olden times (aka, “before COVID”), restaurants often served the least amount of customers on Mondays and Tuesdays. In that vein, local Ventura Harbor Village restaurants banded together to create Ventura Takeout Tuesday.

First, call in your order to your favorite restaurant. Most of the restaurants located in Ventura Harbor Village offer take-out options. These include the 805 Bar & Grilled Cheese, Brophy Bros, The Parlor, and Water’s Edge. At that time, they’ll give you a time to come pick it up. Once you receive your food, take it home with you. Don’t want to leave? Bring a blanket with you when you get your food and then take it to the Village Main Lawn or out on the beach for a delightful evening picnic.

#CATakeoutTuesday

To help spread the word about Ventura Takeout Tuesdays, take pictures, upload them to your social media, and tag them with #CATakeoutTuesday. Show people what they are missing when they don’t support local businesses. Also, make sure to tag the restaurant you picked up your food from so they receive a proper shoutout. Remember, some of the employees still depend on tips to make up their income. So, please, tip what you can, especially if they bring the food out to your car for you or if you put in a complicated or large order. Let’s do what we all can to help each other through this difficult time.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

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