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Water Efficiency Survey for Ventura Residents

We hope you enjoyed the holidays with your loved ones. Now that the new year is officially underway, time to take a look at your water usage. New water rationing bills were passed last year. Beginning by the end of June 2022, the State Water Board must adopt standards put in place by the bills to limit indoor and outdoor water use in California homes. Their goal? To lower the average household water usage from its current 65+ gallons per person to 55 by 2022, 52.5 in 2025, and, eventually, down to 50 gallons per person in 2030. To do so, they need your help to lower your usage. Your first step should be performing a Water Efficiency Survey.

Ventura residents should sign up for their free Water Efficiency Survey from Ventura Water today to learn how to reduce your usage in 2020.

Water Efficiency Survey for Ventura Residents

Search Ventura County homes for saleVentura Water offers free efficiency surveys for all Ventura residents. To do so, simply call (805) 667-6500 to set up an appointment or fill out an online request form here. Then, they send out a Water Conversation Specialist to your house. During their one hour assessment, they take a look at your water bill, assess your usage, and discuss which free water conservation devices you might benefit from using. They also suggest ways to reduce your water usage in the future.

Rebates and Incentives to Lower Water Usage

Funds for the instant hot water recirculating system rebate in Ventura have already been used up. However, several other programs allow rebates for installing systems or devices that reduce your household’s water usage. Replace your old washing machine with a high-efficiency one and receive a $150 rebate. Change out your old toilet for an ultra-high efficiency model (1.1 gallons per flush) and receive a $100 rebate. Ventura Water offers free high-efficiency nozzles for your sprinklers as well as a free smart irrigation controller. Want to replace your water-guzzling lawn with a “water-wise landscape” using drought-resistant plants? You might be eligible for $2 per square foot in rebates. To find out more about these, please visit the City of Ventura’s Rebates and Incentives webpage.

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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.

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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)

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Bowl of Thanks 2019

So, Thanksgiving is still over a month away. But why wait to give thanks for all the blessings in your life? Thousands of families in Ventura struggle to find their next meal and put a roof over their heads every single day. The holidays provide a perfect opportunity to show them some love. How? By participating in Ventura Bowl of Thanks 2019 for one.

Reserve a unique artist-created bowl at Ventura Bowl of Thanks 2019 and sample tasty soup cooked by talented local chefs. Proceeds benefit our local Humane Society and the Ojai Valley Family Shelter.

What: Ventura Bowl of Thanks 2019
Where: Ventura County Potters Guild (1567 Spinnaker Dr #105)
When: Sunday, November 3rd, 11 am to 4 pm
Admission: $25/bowl
Contact: VCPG (805) 644-6800 or via email

Ventura Bowl of Thanks 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleThe amazing artists at the Ventura County Potters Guild created beautiful handmade bowls specifically for the Bowl of Thanks event. Each one-of-a-kind bowl features unique touches you won’t find anywhere else. With the purchase of your bowl, you receive a punch card. This allows you to sample soup prepared by some of our finest local Ventura chefs.

Only 250 bowls have been created for this year’s Bowl of Thanks event. Once they’ve been purchased, that’s it. No more for the year. So, if you want to be a part of this unique fundraiser, visit the VCPG offices on Spinnaker right away to reserve your bowl.

Who Benefits from Bowl of Thanks?

Two local charities receive donations from money raised through the Bowl of Thanks event: the Humane Society of Ventura County and the Ojai Valley Family Shelter. The Humane Society in Ojai is Ventura County’s very first “no-kill” shelter. They provide food and shelter for neglected animals. None of the animals in their care ever get euthanized. But their care comes at a cost. They rely heavily on donations to continue to operate.

The Ojai Valley Family Shelter provides food and shelter to homeless individuals and families in Ventura County. Even through scheduled power outages (like last week), volunteers band together to make sure people get fed. They even bring a mobile shower facility to those in need in the field. They also rely on donations from the public to keep these services open to those in need. So reserve your one-of-a-kind bowl for the Bowl of Thanks event today.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Brew Fest 2019

Just last month, thousands of folks gathered in our fair city for the Boots & Brews Country Music Festival. The month before that, we enjoyed Ventura Taste 2019, a culinary journey through the finest restaurants and most talented chefs we call our own in Ventura. As you can see, we love our beer, food, and music in Southern California. A brand new festival starts up later this month, the Ventura Brew Fest 2019. And it includes food and music along with that tasty beverage, too.

Sample beer from local brewers, listen to live music, do a bit of shopping and enjoy great food at the very first Ventura Brew Fest 2019 on Oct 19th.

What: Ventura Brew Fest 2019
Where: Mission Park (185 Santa Clara St)
When: Saturday, October 19th, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Admission: $15 to $30 tasting bundles
Contact: Ventura Brew Fest contact form

Ventura Brew Fest 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleIn conjunction with the Ventura 5K & Downtown Mile taking place at the same time and in the same area, the Brew Fest allows spectators to imbibe in some craft beer tasting while they cheer on the racers. Several local breweries plan on participating by bringing their fine ales, lagers, and stouts for festival-goers to sample. 

In addition to the beer tasting, food trucks provide delicious meals for a fee. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options will be made available from many of the food vendors. Whatever your diet restrictions may be, the festival should have something for you to enjoy while you’re there. While you eat and drink, start some merrymaking with the rock, blues, and funk groups performing for the gathered crowd throughout the day. And, as if that wasn’t enough, play some fun yard games (all ages welcome). Then, get some shopping done at the local vendor booths set up.

Ticket Information

Admission to the festival itself is absolutely free. However, you must purchase tasting tickets in order to sample any of the beer on-site. Therefore, you must be at least 21 years old to participate in the tasting portion of the festival. Purchase your tasting tickets online before you come to the event. They’re available in 10 and 20 pack bundles. For $15, receive a commemorative beer stein and 10 tasting tickets. Pay $30 for 20 tickets plus the stein. If you wait until the day of the event, you pay $5 more. Save money. Buy your tickets early.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Boots and Brews Country Music Festival 2019 in Ventura

Today’s country music isn’t anything like your mom and dad’s country music. Sure, there’s still a bit of twang and some boot scootin’ going on. But, many of today’s country artists incorporate a bit of rock and roll and even some hip hop beats into the mix. There’s a little something for everyone nowadays. And, at the Boots and Brews Country Music Festival 2019 in Ventura, you have the opportunity to enjoy live music by some of today’s best country music artists up close and in person.

Witness some of today's best country music artists live and in person at the Boots and Brews Country Music Festival 2019 in Ventura on Sept 21st.

What: Ventura Boots and Brews Country Music Festival 2019
Where: San Buenaventura State Beach Park (901 San Pedro St)
When: Sat, Sept 21st, 1 pm to 9 pm
Cost: $50-$99 (+ fee), $20 parking pass, kids ages 10 & under are FREE
Contact: Boots & Brews Festival (805) 628-9588 or via email

Boots and Brews Country Music Festival 2019 in Ventura

Search Ventura County homes for saleThe opening act of this year’s country music festival, Daniel Bonte, hits the stage at 1:30 pm. Niko Moon follows up at 3:05 pm. Then, watch David Nail perform at 4:15 pm. Easton Corbin pumps up the audience at 5:45 pm in preparation for this year’s main event: Billy Currington at 7:30 pm. All of this comes with your price of admission.

In between sets (or anytime you want throughout the day), visit one of the vendor booths on-site for some refreshments. While not included with your ticket price, you may purchase food and drinks separately while at the festival. Beer is available for sale for anyone aged 21 or older. Of course, you must present a valid photo ID in order to purchase any alcoholic beverage.

Ticket Info

General admission tickets cost $50 per person. For something a little more “special”, purchase a VIP pass for $99 per person. All VIP tickets grant their owners admission to the VIP front row corral located right next to the stage. This standing room only area includes private restrooms and a private bar. You better make sure you wear your dancing shoes because no chairs allowed here. Must be at least 21 years old to enter. Since space is limited for both general admission and VIP, you need to purchase your tickets soon. They’re almost sold out.

Parking passes sold separately for $20 each. No tailgating allowed. Neither are RVs.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival 2019 & More

Labor Day signals the end of summer for many folks. By now, the kids are back in school. Family vacation time ends. But the fun certainly doesn’t stop. This upcoming weekend, the Ventura Harbor Village hosts a few events that you will most definitely enjoy: the Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival 2019, the Beauteous Bowl Bonanza and the Seaside Live Music Concert.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Visit Ventura Harbor Village for the Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival 2019, a ceramic bowl giveaway, and live jazz music.

Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival 2019

Where: Ventura Harbor Village
When: September 7 & 8, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Free
Contact: Ventura County Art Events (805) 302-4371 or via email

Search Ventura County homes for saleOn Saturday and Sunday, come out to watch local artists create grand masterpieces using chalk and their imagination at the street painting festival. In addition to the chalk pastels on the ground, several artists showcase their paintings, pottery, jewelry, and photos for sale. That’s right! You could make one of these unique designs part of your own home decor.

The Boys & Girls Club of Ventura hosts a Children’s Chalk Area. For just $10, your child receives a box of chalk to create their own artwork on the sidewalk. Dragons. Butterflies. The family pet. Whatever your child dreams up can be drawn up and shared with all attendees at the festival.

Ventura Beauteous Bowl Bonanza

Where: Ventura County Potter’s Guild Gallery (1567 Spinnaker Dr #105)
When: Saturday, September 7th, 11 am to 6 pm
Contact: VC Potter’s Guild Gallery (805) 644-6800 or via email

The busy geniuses at the VC Potter’s Guild Gallery fired up the kiln to create dozens of gorgeous one-of-a-kind ceramic bowls for their one-day “bowl”-nanza. Cereal bowls. Rice bowls. Dog or cat bowls. Serving bowls. Pretty decorative bowls. Bowls to hold your yarn, car keys or jewelry. You’ll find the perfect bowl for the perfect occasion at the Beauteous Bowl Bonanza. A limited number of bowls have already been cast and glazed. Register for the bowl giveaway at the gallery.

Seaside Live Music

Where: Seaside Promenade Stage, Ventura Harbor Village
When: Saturday, September 7th, 1 pm to 4 pm
Admission: FREE

The Latin Touch Jazz Group performs live for guests of the Village.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists

Ventura Taste 2019

The City of Ventura excites all of your senses. Smell the salty sea air. Feel the embrace of the sun on your skin. Hear the seagulls call as they fly over the crashing waves. See the glorious sunsets every night. And finally, don’t forget your sense of taste. With so many amazing restaurants, breweries, wineries, and more located nearby, an event like Ventura Taste 2019 caters specifically to your tastebuds.

What: Ventura Taste 2019
Where: Museum of Ventura County (100 E Main St)
When: Thursday, August 29th, 2019 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Admission: $40-$65 per person
Contact: Museum of Ventura County (805) 653-0323

Ventura Taste 2019

Search Ventura County homes for saleOrganizers put together a fantastic roster of some of the finest chefs, brewmasters, vintners, and pastry chefs to tickle the tastebuds of even the most finicky eater. More than 45 vendors showcase their wares to the public for a “taste” of what Ventura has to offer. Vendors range from Limon y Sal and Stonefire Grill to Firehouse Subs and the Ventura Grocery Outlet. Pick up a tasty treat from Missy’s Cupcakes or Li Mor Cakes while you’re at it. In fact, more and more vendors get added to the list every day. So, who knows how many you’ll be able to sample from on event night? Live music follows you all evening long as well.

Are you a local Ventura food or spirits business? Would you like to gain some valuable exposure as well as networking opportunities? Be a vendor. Contact the Museum of Ventura County for more information.

Ticket Info

Members receive the best price for this night of food and fun. They pay just $40 per person. Meanwhile, non-members receive a $5 per person discount if they order early. Otherwise, you must pay $65 at the door. Pick up your tickets online by visiting the museum box office here.

Dave & Pat Zumbrun, your Ventura County real estate specialists