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Ventura Bag o’ Books Sale 2021

Ernest Hemingway once said, “there is no friend as loyal as a book.” Books open the world up to everyone, no matter what their financial or geographical situation happens to be at the moment. Libraries help make these adventures available to everyone. To help clear out old inventory and raise money for programs provided by all of Ventura’s libraries, come to the Ventura Bag o’ Books Sale this Saturday, November 6th.

Come to the EP Foster Library on Main St this Saturday, November 6th, between 10 am and 3 pm for the Ventura Bag o' Books Sale 2021.

What: Ventura Bag o’ Books Sale 2021
Where: EP Foster Library (651 E Main St)
When: Saturday, November 6th, 10 am to 3 pm
Contact: Ventura Friends of the Library via email

Ventura Bag o’ Books Sale 2021

Search Ventura County homes for saleThe Ventura Friends of the Library organized this special book sale as a fun way to help out the libraries as well as the public. Pick up some books to fill your home library up at the bargain-basement price of just $1 for three books. Or fill a paper shopping bag full of your favorite tomes to read at your leisure for just $4 for the entire bag. Friends of the Library members receive a $1 discount on the full bag price. So, pay just $3 for a whole bag of adventures.

Books will be available for sale either in front of the library or in the Topping Room. Also, feel free to visit the library’s book store inside. In addition to the books, check out the watercolors and photographs for sale in the Topping Room as well. (Hint: they make great Christmas, birthday, anniversary, or hostess gifts this holiday season.)

Ventura Friends of the Library

The Ventura Friends of the Library helps local libraries provide services to the public. This includes buying necessary equipment and materials for the library, such as books, CDs, bookcases, etc. They also help fund year-round reading programs for kids and adults.

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Tax Deductions for Selling Your Ventura Home

Yes, even during a pandemic, the Ventura County housing market flourished. If you happened to sell your property in 2020, you need to think about how this affects your taxes. Last year, the government delayed our usual tax deadline date until July. However (so far), it appears that this year returns to the normal April 15th deadline. But you can never start preparing too early. To help you out, the following is a list of tax deductions, write-offs, and exemptions you might want to keep in mind for tax day.

Did you sell your Ventura home in 2020? Then you might be eligible for some great tax deductions when you file in 2021.

Tax Deductions for Home Sellers

Selling Costs

Search Ventura County homes for saleYou probably had to come up with some money out of your own pocket/profits in order to sell your Ventura home. These included escrow fees, agent commissions, advertising costs, and possible legal fees. As long as you lived in your home for at least two of the past five years, you may deduct these costs on your taxes. Just make sure they were all associated with the sale of your Ventura home.


Again, only those improvements and repairs you completed to make your property more marketable will be considered for tax deductions. That includes anything from painting rooms all the way up to totally renovating your kitchen. However, only the costs associated with improving/repairing your property completed within 90 days of your closing date (when you sign your final paperwork and hand over the keys) may be considered for tax deductions.

Property Taxes and Mortgage Interest

When you owned your Ventura home, your mortgage interest and at least a portion (if not all) of your property taxes were allowed to be claimed as tax deductions. The same holds true when you sell. Anything you pay up until the date you sell your home may be used as a tax deduction. For property taxes, anything paid for the year up to $10,000 may be tax-deductible. For mortgage interest, you may deduct any interest paid up to $750,000 of your mortgage debt. However, if you took out your current mortgage before December 15th, 2017, you may deduct the interest paid up to $1,000,000 of your mortgage debt. You must itemize your taxes in order to claim the mortgage interest deduction. Discuss with your tax preparer before filing whether or not itemizing works in your best interest.

Capital Gains Tax Exemption

While technically not a “deduction”, the capital gains tax exemption still works in your favor on your taxes. The difference between what you paid for your Ventura home and what you sold it for is called “capital gains”. Uncle Sam considers this income. Therefore, it is eligible for income tax consideration. However, the law allows you to exclude up to $250,000 in profit for individuals ($500,000 if you are married and filing jointly) from this tax. What does that mean? If you paid $250,000 for your home a few years ago and sold it for $550,000 in 2020, only $50,000 of that is considered “income” for individuals. For married couples, none of it would be considered income. But you must have lived in the home for at least two of the last five years in order to qualify for this capital gains exemption.

Always discuss these tax deductions and exemptions with your tax preparer before filing your taxes. Tax laws change from year to year. They should be aware of all current laws in effect at the time of your filing. Good luck and happy filing.

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Ventura County Real Estate Market Update

Ventura County Real Estate Market Update

We have steam rolled the month of January and are already heading full steam ahead into February. Therefore, it is time for a market update! First of all, welcome to February. Still at the beginning of the year, let’s talk a little about how the year ended in real estate.

As of the end of 2016, Ventura County held an average of 58 days on the market for single family homes with a median sales price of $630,250. Most importantly, we ended the year with home sales up, giving us a great start into 2017. So let’s see how we are doing now.

What we know about the current trends in real estate is that mortgage rates are still desirable, yet plan to increase some. If we see a stable growth in our economy, we may see interest rates increase even more. This may drive people to lock in the rates where they currently are and increase demand. It can also make it home ownership harder to achieve for some. What we know about home ownership is that it remains the American dream and most people want to achieve home ownership at some point during their life. That being said, we are really looking at the millennials (ages from 20’s to 30’s) to start buying homes soon. With young people graduating or getting into new job fields with a pay increase, the demand for houses will go up. This is true when people have an increase in personal income and employment.

How will our County hold up?

This is a great question. A lot of news reports are about the state or the nation. As of November, Ventura County produced within the top 2 for number of sales. Second only to San Fernando Valley. November was a great month for home sales.

Leading into 2017, we can expect to see increased interest rates, which can make it harder for buyers to achieve affordable home ownership. We expect to see a small increase in homes on the market at the beginning of the year, however, demand may be higher than supply. That goes for new construction homes, as well. The median home sales price is projected to increase by over 4%, home sales are expected to increase, and of course, the interest rates are expected to rise, for the state of California.

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Ventura County Halloween 2014 Events

Kids can wear their costumes for more than one day when they attend just about any of these Ventura County Halloween 2014 events between now and the 31st. Photo Courtesy @Stendec - Dreamstime Stock Photos_2Halloween is just two weeks from tomorrow!  Have you already got your costume ready to go or are you still trying to figure out what to wear?  The Ventura County community won’t let you limit the fun to just one day.  There are several Ventura County Halloween 2014 events going on between now and October 31st that you can be a part of.

What: Reign of Terror Haunted House
When: October 17th & 18th 7pm to 11pm
Where: Janss Marketplace (above Gold’s Gym), 197 N Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks
Admission: $17 general admission, $25 for Express Line, $5 for kids (lights on)
Contact: Janss Marketplace (805) 495-4662

Venture through 70 rooms of frightening terror.  A mixture of (mostly) live actors and animatronics will keep you on your toes.  There will be a special “lights on” tour through this haunted house especially for the kids.  Any adult that accompanies a child on the “lights on” tour will get in absolutely free.

What: Halloween Oktoberfest
When: October 19 11am to 5:30pm
Where: The Collection Riverpark, 2751 Park View Ct, Oxnard
Cost: $10 for ages 13+, Kids under 13 are free
Contact: The Collection at Riverpark (805) 278-9500

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Oktoberfest doesn’t always have to be about beer.  Sure, there will be some fine handcrafted brews on hand for guests ages 21+ to purchase if the need arises.  However, with a zombie pumpkin garden and staff dressed up as zombies, there is much more going on.  Kids are welcome to show up in costume.

What: Halloween Carnival
When: October 24th 3pm to 5:30pm
Where: Malibu Bluff’s Park, 24250 PCH, Malibu
Admission: FREE, Game Tickets and Bounce House: $5
Contact: City of Malibu (310) 317-1364 or via email

Things start off with a costume parade at 3:30pm.  Try your luck at the ring toss, penny toss, treasure hunt or witch golf.  Halloween characters will be passing out candy to the little trick-or-treaters along the hiking trails.  If you bring three canned items, you will receive two free bounce house tickets.  Cheer Burger and La Dolce Vida food trucks will be on hand if you get hungry.  This is event is appropriate for kids ages 2-10.

What: Halloween Craft for Kids
When: October 28th 4pm to 5pm
Where: Platt Branch Library, 23600 Victory Blvd, Woodland Hills
Contact: Platt Branch Library (818) 340-9386

The library is more than musty old books.  Get creative with a fun Halloween craft especially designed for kids.  Any child wearing their Halloween costume is eligible for a prize.

What: Halloween Party
When: October 30th 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Where: Malibu Library, 23519 W Civic Center Way, Malibu
Contact: Malibu Library (310) 456-6438

You won’t want to miss this party.  Listen to spooky stories, create your very own glow-in-the-dark craft project and even make some ooey-gooey slime.  Eeeeeeeewwww!  Perfect for kids ages 4 and up.

What: Trunk or Treat
When: October 31st 6pm to 9pm
Where: Ventura First Assembly of God, 346 N Kimball Rd, Ventura
Cost: FREE
Contact: Ventura First Assembly of God (805) 647-2718

Trunk or Treat has become a popular alternative to taking your children around door-to-door, begging for treats on Halloween.  Ventura First Assembly of God will be hosting their Trunk or Treat event on Halloween night.  Candy isn’t the only treat to enjoy here, though.  There will be a barrel train, a bounce house, food, family-friendly games and even face painting.  Your kids will have so much fun, they won’t want to leave!

The entire Ventura County community is invited to share in any and all of the Ventura County Halloween 2014 events listed above.  You’ll be putting your costume to good use this year.  Happy Halloween!

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Ventura Family Festival in the Park 2013

The 10th Annual Ventura Family Festival in the Park & Kids Swap Meet takes place at Ventura's Barranca Vista Park on Sat, May 11, 2013. Sunny weather makes you want to head outside, especially here in Southern California.  The kids are probably getting antsy waiting for school to end and summer break to begin.  Take them to the 10th Annual Ventura Family Festival in the Park on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleBarranca Vista Park in Ventura is going to be full to the brim with tons of family-friendly fun.  From 9am to 1pm is the Kids Swap Meet, where kids bring their old toys, books, video games, etc. to sell to other kids.  From 12pm to 4pm is the official Ventura Family Festival in the Park, with local organizations introducing themselves to the community by showing off their entertainment skills.  Some of these include performances from the Ventura USD and Ojai Raptor Center as well as other musical, dance and theatrical performances by local artists of all ages.  There will also be informational booths set up around the park, hands-on activities and face painting available.  Of course, food vendors will be on hand to tempt your taste buds.

Gypsies in a Trunk begin their Fairytales in the Park season by concluding the day’s festivities at 4pm.  Their interpretation of The Little Mermaid is something your little ones won’t want to miss.  Admission to all of this is absolutely free of charge.  For more information, please contact Kathryn Dippong-Lawson at (805) 644-6542 or via email.

Get yourself and the kids out of the house.  Take them to the 10th Annual Ventura Family Festival in the Park on Saturday, May 11th.  It’s a day of fun for everyone!

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Ventura Earth Day Eco-Fest

The 6th Annual Ventura Earth Day Eco-Fest comes to Promenade Park in downtown Ventura on Sat, Apr 20, 2013 and it's FREE!Although Earth Day is officially Monday, April 22nd, Ventura will be celebrating it on Saturday, April 20th.  And they are inviting you to join in on the fun.  For it’s sixth year, the Ventura Earth Day Eco-Fest brings environmental awareness to the masses in a fun, creative way.  One visit and you’ll see why they’ve won awards for this celebration.

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleFrom 10am to 6pm, Promenade Park in downtown Ventura will be host a party for 6000+ people.  As part of the festivities, there will be live music, face painting, low waste food choices, green project exhibits, arts and crafts, games and scavenger hunts.  A free bike valet is available for those who arrive via pedal-power.  For just $1 per ticket, you can enter into the Eco-Fest raffle, with more than $6000 worth of goods and services up for grabs from local businesses in Ventura County The silent auction includes amazing items donated by local artists and organizations, including a customized surfboard, Channel Island trips, original artwork and more.  All profits from the entire day’s festivities will help fund programs for the Ventura Charter School for Arts and Global Education (VCS), a tuition-free public school for students in grades K-8.

Ventura Earth Day Eco-Fest is absolutely free to attend.  Learn how you can reduce your carbon footprint to help preserve this beautiful way of life we in Ventura County enjoy every day.  Promenade Park is THE place to be this Saturday, April 20th.  Bring the family, have a fun time and learn how to be more environmentally responsible all at the same time!

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Ventura Foodie Spring Break

Foodies can enjoy a Spring Break every weekend when they take a Downtown Ventura Tasting Tour, a walking tour of six Ventura restaurants, complete with wine tasting and dessert.Spring break for students in the Ventura Unified School District doesn’t take place until the first week of April.  But, “foodies” can enjoy Spring Break every weekend in Downtown Ventura.  That’s when Ventura residents and visitors can embark on a tasting tour of area restaurants.

Search the MLS for Ventura County homes for saleEvery Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2:30pm, Ventura Food Tours conducts Downtown Ventura Tasting Tours.  On these tours, guests will visit six different restaurants and shops.  While they sample some of each establishment’s wares, they get to chat with the chefs and owners for a more intimate look at what is prepared for them, their backgrounds and how they came to be in this business.  You’ll even get a bit of a history lesson while you venture from place to place.

It IS a walking tour.  Make sure you dress for comfort.  The entire tour typically takes 3 to 3 1/2 hours to complete.  This is a great opportunity to try out something new or meet the people behind your favorite Downtown Ventura haunt.  Tickets are $59 per person (includes the cost of food, tax and tip at six different restaurants).  If you purchase two or more tickets at a time, the cost drops to $49 per person.  Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance.  You can purchase your tickets for the Downtown Ventura Tasting Tour online by clicking here.  Just make sure to mention any allergies you have when making your reservation so they can make sure you enjoy your tour to the fullest.

Those of us who live in Southern California are extremely fortunate to be exposed to all aspects of different cultures.  This includes art, music and, of course, food.  You don’t have to be in school to enjoy Spring Break.  Take a “foodie” Spring Break any weekend by enjoying a Downtown Ventura Tasting Tour.  Sign up today!

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Polling Places in Ventura County

Don't know where to vote in Ventura County? Find out here as well as get a brief rundown of the measures and props to be voted on November 6, 2012.The big day is almost here.  Next Tuesday is Election Day.  If you haven’t already mailed in your ballot or visited the Ventura County Elections Division to cast your vote early, every Ventura County resident who is a legal, registered voter needs to turn up at their appointed polling place to cast their ballot.  If you don’t know where your polling place in Ventura County is, visit the Ventura County Recorder’s Office website to find out.

In addition to the presidential election, Ventura County residents will be voting on a variety of other positions, ballots and measures.  These include:

  • Measure L – Thousand Oaks City Council Term Limits
  • Measure M – Proposed Santa Paula USD
  • Measure N – Simi Valley Managed Growth Plan
  • Measure O – City of Moorpark Low-Rent Housing Development
  • Measure P – Ocean View School District Bond Proposition
  • Measure QVentura USD Parcel Tax
  • Measure ROxnard School District Bond Proposition
  • Measure S – Somis Union School District Bond Proposition
  • Measure THueneme Elementary School District Bond Proposition
  • Prop 28 – Term Limit Reform for Senate/Assembly
  • Prop 29 – Cigarette Tax Increase for Cancer Research
  • Prop 30 – Tax Increase for Education
  • Prop 31 – Two Year Cycle for State Budget
  • Prop 32 – Ban contributions from corporate and unions to state and local campaigns
  • Prop 33 – Basing car insurance rates on history of insurance coverage
  • Prop 34 – Ending the Death Penalty
  • Prop 35 – Increasing penalties for human trafficking and sex slavery
  • Prop 36 – Modifying the “Three Strikes Law” so that the third felony must be for a serious or violent crime before imposing a life sentence
  • Prop 37 – Requires mandatory labeling of any genetically engineered food
  • Prop 38 – State income tax increase to be earmarked strictly for education
  • Prop 39 – Multi-state business income tax increase
  • Prop 40 – Referendum to nullify the California State Senate’s redistricting plan

All responsible voters should research the candidates, measures and propositions thoroughly before casting their vote this Tuesday.  You are always welcome to bring notes with you when you cast your ballot.  This makes it quicker for you and the next person in line.  No matter what your political affiliation is, the most important thing is to find your polling place in Ventura County and VOTE! You can’t be heard if you don’t raise your voice.

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2012 Ventura County Fair

Ventura County Fair - The 2012 Ventura County Fair is going on now through August 12th. Food, fun, free concerts, a rodeo and fireworks every night!It’s here!  The country fair with ocean air is back.  The Ventura County Fair is going on now through August 12th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd).  There are arts, crafts, farm animals, a petting zoo, carnival rides, games and, of course, fair food!

The Ventura County Fair Parade takes place on Saturday, August 4th at 10am in downtown Ventura.  Free musical acts will be performing almost every evening of the fair.  Watch cowboys compete at the PRCA Rodeo on August 11th and 12th.  Fireworks end every evening of the fair as well.  All concerts and rodeo events are free with the purchase of your fair admission ticket.


  • Friday, August 3, 7:30pm – Bret Michaels
  • Saturday, August 4, 7:30pm – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • Sunday, August 5, 3pm – Lupillo Rivera, Banda Machos, Grupo Pesado
  • Monday, August 6, 7:30pm – Creed
  • Tuesday, August 7 – Frankie Avalon at 1pm and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 8, 7:30pm – Cobra Starship with This is She
  • Thursday, August 9, 7:30pm – Martina McBride
  • Friday, August 10, 7:30pm – Boyz II Men and En Vogue

Parking is extremely limited.  However, free shuttle buses are provided.  For a complete list of parking and shuttle availability, please visit the Ventura County Fairgrounds’ website here.  The fair is open from 11am to 11pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission is just $12 for adults (ages 13+), $9 for seniors (ages 62+) and kids (ages 6-12) and free to kids under 6.  Don’t miss out on any of the fun at the Ventura County Fair!


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Ventura County Wine Trail Tours

Ventura County Wine Trail ToursCalifornia’s Napa Valley is known world-wide for their amazing wines.  But, did you know that there are fantastic wineries offering up beautiful vino right here in Southern California?  You can see for yourself by taking one of the Ventura County Wine Trail Tours available every Saturday and Sunday.

Departing from the Ventura Visitors Center (101 S California St) each weekend at 11am, wine connoisseurs will be whisked away to tour four local Ventura wineries.  A gourmet lunch is included on the tour.  You will be able to visit tasting rooms, meet the wine makers themselves, tour the wineries, take in the gorgeous scenery and, of course, sample some tempting wines.  On Saturdays, the tour will take you to Rancho Ventavo Cellars and Magnavino Cellars in Oxnard, Bella Victorian Vineyard in Camarillo and Old Creek Ranch Winery in Ventura.  Lunch will be provided at Bella Victorian Vineyard.  On Sundays, the tour takes you to Herzog Wine Cellars and Rancho Ventavo Cellars in Oxnard, Casa Barranca in Ojai and Vino V Wines in Ventura.  Lunch will be served at Rancho Ventavo Cellar’s La Dolce Vita Restaurant.  Tickets are $85 per person.

You must be at least 21 years old to sample or purchase any of the wines on the tour.  For more information and to make your reservation, please call (805) 648-2075.  Taste a bit of California by taking a Ventura County Wine Trail Tour any weekend of the year.  It’s such a nice, relaxing way to spend the day with your significant other.


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