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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.

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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.

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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

Ventura Beach Dining Options

For a brief, shining moment last month, in-house dining returned to Ventura County. Unfortunately, Governor Newsom ordered a temporary halt on July 1st due to a spike in Coronavirus cases. What does this mean for Ventura beach dining options?

Restaurant dining reverted back to outdoor or takeout on July 1st. But there are options to how you enjoy Ventura beach dining at Ventura Harbor Village.

Ventura Beach Dining

Search Ventura County homes for saleVentura Harbor Village offers outdoor dining and takeout options for all of its restaurants. This includes the 805 Bar & Grilled Cheese, Baja Bay Surf ‘N Taco, Margarita Villa, The Parlor, and Water’s Edge, among others. All restaurants and bars offering outdoor dining must keep a six foot distance between tables. Only members living in the same household may sit together. Patrons must limit their dining time to between one and one and a half hours before the table gets turned over. Bars and pubs now close between 10 pm and 5 am.

What About Ventura Bars and Pubs?

As of July 16th, the Ventura County Health Officer ordered bars and pubs to close their inside service to the public. However, if these bars serve food, they may do so on their outdoor patios. Alcohol may also be ordered and served at the same time that food is requested. Wineries and wine tasting rooms may continue to operate as long as they adhere to strict guidelines.

Alternatives to Outdoor Dining

Ventura beach dining at Harbor Village offers a few alternatives to sit-down dining. First, order your food to go. Just about every restaurant at Ventura Harbor Village allows you to call in an order for pick-up. Then, take your food to the Seaside Takeout Zone at the village. Bring a blanket and/or lawn chairs for a nice, comfortable picnic at the harbor. Or rent an electric boat for a ride around the harbor and enjoy your food on the water. Yet another option is to go across the road and take it out on the beach for a lovely beach picnic. Just make sure you always pick up after yourself and throw trash away in the appointed receptacles. We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy the beaches for decades to come.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Main Street Moves Ventura

Just today, Governor Newsom ordered a second shutdown of indoor businesses amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19. That includes indoor dining at restaurants. However, he still allows outdoor dining and shopping to continue. Why? This facilitates social distancing much easier than the confines of indoors. So, the local experiment known as Main Street Moves Ventura appears to continue through until its end date of July 16th.

Even though Governor Newsom again announced closures of indoor dining at local restaurants, Main Street Moves Ventura allows you to eat and shop outside over five blocks in the downtown area until July 16th, 2020.

What: Main Street Moves Ventura
Where: Downtown Ventura, Main St between Fir & Palm and California St between Santa Clara & Poli
When: 7 am to 10 pm every day between now and July 16th, 2020

Main Street Moves Ventura

Search Ventura County homes for saleOn June 16th, five blocks in the downtown Ventura area shut down their streets to vehicular traffic. This allowed businesses in the area to expand out onto the sidewalks and streets in an effort to accommodate customers while still allowing for social distancing requirements. These blocks allow for foot and bicycle traffic from 7 am to 10 pm daily.

In addition to shopping at your favorite stores outdoors, restaurants allow dining al fresco. Of course, takeout is still available at many places if you feel more comfortable doing that instead.

Health and Safety

Restaurants and shops must adhere to state, federal, and CDC guidelines during this time to remain open. That means that employees and guests must always wear a mask. The only exceptions to that rule are if you have a medical or mental condition that prevents you from wearing a mask. Also, hearing-impaired people or anyone who needs to communicate with a hearing-impaired person does not need to wear a mask. Basically, if a person must be able to see another person’s mouth in order to communicate, they do not need to wear a mask at that time.

Of course, when you eat or drink at a restaurant, you don’t need to wear a mask either. But that’s where a six foot distance from others becomes necessary. Outdoor activities such as swimming, running, hiking, bicycling, etc., do not require the use of masks. Again, maintain that six foot distance from others in your vicinity while engaged in outdoor activities.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura County Campgrounds Open Back Up

Each year, when reservations open up for California campgrounds, spots fill up fast. If you don’t reserve a site early, you run the risk of not ever getting in during the season. When the governor announced the opening of Ventura beaches last month, many people thought campgrounds would soon follow. Alas, that didn’t happen. For those who made their reservations earlier this year, COVID-19 concerns and the statewide shutdown canceled their plans. However, Ventura County campgrounds opened back up last weekend. Again, campgrounds filled up right away.

Ventura County campgrounds have now opened back up. But, just like Ventura County beaches, limitations remain in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Also, campsites sell out quickly.

Ventura County Campgrounds Now Open

Search Ventura County homes for saleCurrently, 28 California State Park campsites are open for business. That includes a few Ventura County campgrounds. Some state parks currently operate at only 50% capacity. Most of the parks in operation right now also allow day use.

Even though the governor OK’d the California campgrounds to reopen, restrictions remain in place. Officials suggest you maintain social distancing rules for now. Also, only camp with the people living in your household. Guided tours, visitor centers, and museums stay closed for the moment. For more information, please visit the California Department of Parks and Recreation website here.

Limitations for Camping

We like to socialize. But visiting nearby campsites is a “no-no” for now. Likewise, gathering in groups for activities or contact sports is prohibited as well. Officials ask that you maintain a six-foot distance between you and any other group or individual not living with you. Even with restrooms made available to the public, officials strongly suggest you utilize the facilities in your own RV rather than the public facilities to limit COVID-19 exposure. When venturing outside your core group, they also suggest you wear a face mask or covering. Park officials reserve the right to kick out anyone failing to abide by the rules set in place.

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

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