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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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

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

Ventura County Farm Day 2019

Living in the city, you sometimes forget how much agriculture plays a part of the California lifestyle. While the middle of California hosts a large percentage of farmland for the state, several farms conduct their daily business right here in Ventura County. To explain how they fit in with our California economy, several of these farms plan on participating in Ventura County Farm Day 2019.

Visit more than a dozen different farms and museums to learn about California's agricultural industry and its impact on the local economy during Ventura County Farm Day 2019.

What: Ventura County Farm Day 2019
When: Saturday, November 9th
Where: Various Ventura County Farms
Admission: FREE
Contact: Ventura County Farm Day Organizers (805) 901-0213 or via email

Ventura County Farm Day 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleOn Saturday, November 9th, 18 different agricultural organizations in seven different cities located in Ventura County let the public into their facilities for free. This event proves both educational and entertaining for all ages. Take a self-guided tour. Many of these farms provide food for local Ventura County restaurants (such as Ventura’s Rumfish Y Vino, Oxnard’s Waterside Restaurant, Camarillo’s Bistro 13, and Ojai’s Farmer & the Cook among others).

Farm-to-Table Wine Dinner

Before visiting these farms for free, enjoy a special Farm-to-Table Wine Dinner at Topa Mountain Winery in Ojai. The November 7th evening’s festivities begin with a 4 pm VIP reception. Then, at 5 pm, guests enjoy a flight of wine, appetizers, main course, and dessert. Live music helps with digestion. Tickets cost $95 for general admission and $125 for the VIP treatment. Pick up your tickets today. They won’t last long.

Participating Farms

  • Agromin (6859 Arnold Rd, Oxnard)
  • AGQ Lab (2451 Eastman, Oxnard)
  • Alpacas at Windy Hill (7660 Bradley Rd, Somis)
  • Chivas Goat Milk Skin Care (11971 Darling Rd, Saticoy)
  • Earthtrine Farm (1091 Cuyama Rd, Ojai)
  • Good Farms (1980 S Rice, Oxnard)
  • Houweling’s Group (645 W Laguna Rd, Camarillo)
  • Laguna Farms (203 Wood Rd, Oxnard)
  • Limoneira (12390 W Telegraph Rd, Santa Paula)
  • McGrath Family Farms – The Abundant Table (1012 W Ventura, Camarillo)
  • Ojai Olive Oil (1811 Ladera Rd, Ojai)
  • Oxnard Historic Farm Park (1251 Gottfried Pl, Oxnard)
  • Petty Ranch (11971 Darling Rd, Saticoy)
  • Rancho Camulos Museum (5164 E Telegraph Rd, Piru)
  • Rincon Vitova Insectaries (11971 Darling Rd, Saticoy)
  • Seeag’s Farm Lab (11971 Darling Rd, Saticoy)
  • UC Hansen Ag Center (287 S Briggs Rd, Santa Paula)
  • Ventura County Ag Museum (926 Railroad Ave, Santa Paula)

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