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Channel Islands National Park- Ventura County

Channel Islands National Park- Ventura County

Along the Santa Barbara Channel you can find Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary which is made up of five Channel Islands. These Channels are so very important to our area. They serve as our ocean environment and as a great resource to our community. Therefore, if you have not been to any of the park’s Channel Islands yet, make time this summer to come explore. Near Ventura, and close to Los Angeles, it is refreshing to visit and break away from the busy California city lifestyle.

The Channel Islands are San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. Between all of them, they are as an oceanic home to several hundred unique to the area species and over 2,000 plant and animal species, overall. However, one of the coolest ones is the Santa Barbara Channel because it happens to be home to over 30 marine mammals like whales, dolphins, and elephant seals!

Which Island to See First?

Each island is unique and has different qualities to offer. If you are looking for amazing views and rock formations that usually have cute sea lions propped on them, go to Anacapa. Anacapa is additionally well known for bird watching and wildflowers. If you are looking to kayak, snorkel, hike, or even camp, Santa Cruz is the most popular. Santa Rosa is known to be a private area with beautiful white beaches. It is also great for hiking and camping! Santa Barbara and San Miguel Islands however, are mostly used for rehabilitation and conversvation. Therefore, they are closed to the public at times.

Really anytime in summer is good to visit any of the islands. The blue and the humpback whales are out and moving for great whale watching opportunities. Check out the Channel Islands website here for additional information and openings. Just 14 miles from Ventura, and miles of fun for hiking, kayaking, camping, and general wildlife viewing.

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Sun Protection Tips for the Ventura County Resident

Sun Protection Tips for the Ventura County Resident

July is right around the corner and the sun is hot, especially here in sunny California where the sun shines over 272 days of the year. Therefore, it is very important to know sun safety and protection tips. We have all been sunburned at some point in our lives and we all can certainly agree that it is no fun!

Not only is sunburn terrible to endure, but it is not safe for the health of our skin. Even though we all know that you are supposed to wear sunscreen, sometimes we get on the beach or out in the sun and just don’t apply it. Hopefully these tips will help you:

  1. It is good to go ahead and get in the habit of wearing sunscreen anytime you are out in the sun. Apply it every day if you have to. Carry it on you.
  2. Keep in mind that the sun is hottest between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Try to avoid doing yard work or generally being out in the direct sunlight during these time frames.
  3. Wear hats, long sleeves, or long pants to help protect your skin when outside.
  4. With children, it is important to take extra precautions and teach them sun safety, as well. Re-apply sunscreen together every 80 minutes. Set an alarm on your phone to help you remember.
  5. If you are going to wear sunglasses, choose ones with UV protection or polarized sunglasses. These will help protect your face and eyes the most from the harsh sun.
  6. Most cosmetics now come with a certain level of UV protection. Therefore, when purchasing these products, look for the correct labeling for an extra boost of safety on your face daily.

Lastly, remember that you know your skin best. Stay aware of what your regular skin looks like and pay attention if anything looks different. Happy sunning in Ventura, California!

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Downtown Ventura’s Annual 4th of July Street Fair!

Downtown Ventura’s Annual 4th of July Street Fair!

This 4th of July, join in the tradition and come on out to the street fair in Downtown Ventura where you will experience all of the great things that street fairs have to offer. Each year has a theme and this year’s theme is “Sea to Shining Sea.” Be one of thousands and thousands who come to support this event and see why over 30,000 people attend.

What does the street fair have to offer?

For starters, let’s talk about the good stuff, the FOOD! There will be several food booths to choose from including local eats. There will also be live entertainment on several stages all along Main Street. Therefore, as you walk around, look, and shop, you will be able to hear the music. A favorite for the kids is the Kids Zone which will have all sorts of rides and inflatable bouncy houses. The Ventura Fire Department will also be there showcasing a fire engine for the kids to see and explore.

The Parade is local favorite, as well. This Pushem Pullem Parade is so much fun because both children and adults get to participate. People ride bikes, pull little red wagons, all dressed up for the parade.

Last, but not least, is The Rotary Club of Ventura’s Fireworks Show and Family Picnic. This fireworks show is worth the tickets! It For 23 years, families have come out to hang on the lawn of the Ventura College Athletic Fields, and enjoy live music, food vendors, a kids fun zone, and of course, the fireworks! This is a very family and picnic friendly atmosphere. For more information, visit http://venturafireworks.com/

All of the booths are full so you can be sure to get a great variety of handmade goods, arts, crafts, and all sorts of original pieces.

When: Tuesday, July 4th from 10am to 5pm

Where: Downtown Ventura

Parade Info: Meet at Cemetery Park at 9:30am; Parade is at 10:00am

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California Strawberry Festival

California Strawberry Festival

Okay Ventura County folks, it is strawberry season here in California. Yummy, plump, juicy, and perfectly delicious strawberries! And tons of them. Held at the Strawberry Meadows of College Park just outside of Ventura, is the annual California Strawberry Festival. Here, strawberries are showcased in the best of ways with every single use for strawberries you can think of on display. Therefore, see live demonstrations, arts and crafts, and all the joys of festival fun.

This festival is a top-rated event and is perfect for the whole family. There will be live performances for entertainment, celebrity cooking and guest appearances, bookoos of arts and crafts booths, rides, attractions, strawberry contests, and so much more. For the kids, Strawberryland is a favorite! There will be over 50 food booths and over 200 arts and crafts vendors present. If you are looking to kick off the summer, the Strawberry Festival is the way to go! Even better, the proceeds go to benefit our local community and charities. This is a great way to get out on a pretty weekend for some family fun and delicious eats, and it is also a great way to give back!

When: May 20th and 21st from 10am to 6:30pm

Where: Strawberry Meadows of College Park 3520 South Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA

Cost: General Admission is $12; $8 for Seniors; Children $5; 4 and under are FREE!

Transportation Available: Come take a free ride aboard the Strawberry Express shuttle! It will be running every 15 to 20 minutes and is super convenient and fast! Pick up locations include Camarillo Premium Outlets, Topa Financial Towers, Oxnard Transportation Center, Santa Clara High School, and Channel Islands Harbor.

Website: http://castrawberryfestival.org/ Feel free to purchase tickets online!

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Tips for Your Lawn- Have the Greenest Grass in Ventura County!

Tips for Your Lawn- Have the Greenest Grass in Ventura County!

When you see a beautiful lawn full of luscious, green grass, don’t you just get grass envy? Especially, when you drive home to your lawn and see brown spots and patches, and dry-looking grass. Yuck! Having a beautiful lawn adds so much appeal to the home. However, that kind of grass can be hard to get, or maintain.

Not everyone has a green thumb, but we are here to tell you that you do not have to be a super star yard know-it-all to get the kind of grass that you want. Here, we have some super simple tips to get that kind of gorgeous lawn you can walk around bare-footed on. There are really 4 main parts to keeping your grass perfect, that you need to know about.

The need to breathe

In order for the lawn to be good-looking, it needs room to breathe so it can grow and stay strong. The best ways for your lawn to breathe is by keeping debris like leaves, pine cones, and miscellaneous items off of it. The next step is to aerate the grass when it is damp. You want the soil to be a little damp, too. You can just get a simple aerator at the local home improvement store and it requires nothing but your time and a little energy by walking around and placing your foot on the tool so it can press into the soil.

Keep it fed

Now that your yard can breathe, it needs to eat. Warm months are growing season for your lawn and that is the time to fertilize the yard. Sometimes, the grass can lose that deep or bright green color (depending on your grass). You can use nitrogen to enhance the color.

Mow the lawn regularly

This is an important part and often the hardest part. But, you want to keep the lawn cut down by 1/3 of the blade or less. In order to maintain this, be sure and keep the blades to your mower nice and sharp.

Water it the correct way

Watering is another important tip. You cannot always wait on the rain to keep your grass wet. There are times when you will need to do this yourself. There is a right and wrong way to water grass, if you can believe it! The key is to water your grass deeply enough versus often enough. The best time to water your grass is actually in the morning because the dawn mildew helps you. Once the sun hits and heats the yard, it dries the grass and it will take you longer.

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Sailing around Ventura Harbor!

Sailing around Ventura Harbor!

Sailing is favorite hobby here in Ventura Harbor. So much so that there are sailing charters and sailing lessons. What is so fun about sailing? It is considered a recreational sport, mainly used with yachts either for leisurely cruising or for competitive racing. You get to control the sails and use the winds of the sea to your advantage for speed. It can be very fun, and is a great way to enjoy the water! Ventura Harbor offers sailing charters, sailing lessons, and a Junior Yacht club with summer camp for our youth.

Adventure Sailing Charters

This is a charter service which offers all kinds of services to the people of Ventura. Some of them include a romantic stay, an overnight adventure where you can go out to the Channel Islands National Park and see whales, dolphins, seals, and even sea lions. You can also use the charter service as a way to learn how to sail. Whether you are looking to take it out for snorkeling or for a relaxed afternoon in the sun, Adventure Sailing Charters has a lot of great options in terms of sailing.

Pacific Sailing

If you are in the market for sailing lessons, Pacific Sailing is a great choice. Here you can enjoy all of the perks of owning a boat, without actually having to own one. They offer full service programs catered to suit your specific needs, including private sailing lessons. Located near the Channel Islands where sailing is sublime!

Ventura Yacht Club Junior Sailing

Ventura Yacht Club is a full service club offering sailing of all levels to the community. This is a club for the whole family. For junior yacht-enthusiasts, this club offers summer camp. Kids and teens can learn the basics of sailing, including safety. For more information, visit www.vycyouthsailing.org

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Yard Tips for the New Lawn Owner

Yard Tips for the New Lawn Owner

With spring in the air, it gets you moving. You want to work on your yard and get it spring ready. This must be partly where the term “spring fever” comes from. It is a good thing to work on your green thumb but beginners beware! You do not want to destroy your yard trying to improve on it. Here are some tips for the beginner lawn.

If you are a savvy shopper, you like to save money. Therefore, you go to the local home store and pick up things like yard fertilizer, treatment for fleas and ticks, and weed and grass killers. Being the bargain shopper that you are, you want to get the best prices for the best products. The most important tip that comes with reading the reviews on the products, is to read the instructions. If you want to save your money, use the product properly.

Now, about that weed killer. Be cautious not to get over-joyed about killing those pesky weeds in the yard. You do not want to kill the good stuff and ruin your yard. Be sure and do your research before you go crazy on those weeds!

A trimmed and sculpted yard is so beautiful. We all want to achieve this nice, neat look. However, before you start grooming the yard and trimming the bushes, please know how to cut the branches and limbs the correct way. Misuse of the branches could cost you the whole bush so be careful.

Planting is fun and exciting. This is very true. When you are planting new things, be sure and allow them enough room to grow. Be aware of placing your beautiful new plants too close together.

You are working hard to have a pretty yard with beautiful grass so be sure and treat your grass good. Do not cut it more than 2 and a half to three inches short, and be sure you are watering it enough. Your lawn really needs to have enough water to make the soil 6 inches deep when you water it.

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Spruce Up Your Kitchen with These Great Tips!

Spruce Up Your Kitchen with These Great Tips!

The kitchen may be the heart of your Ventura County home. It is a meeting place, a place where you put your calendars and children’s art work. A place where you make delicious happen and feed your family from. It is definitely a highly trafficked area and for this reason, you want it to stay timeless. Trendy kitchen looks can often end up being a mistake down the road. Especially when you realize you are no longer into that look but you had at one time spent countless hours and money to remodel it. Have a kitchen you will always love with these easy tips.

  • Make it universal. Your kitchen needs to be user-friendly: accessible, organized, and adaptable. A great example of this is putting in a wall oven and cooktop instead of having a range oven which requires bending over. Another good addition to the kitchen is to make pull out shelves from your existing cabinets. Designs like these are universal because they can suit the needs of most.
  • Make it great- make it white. A white kitchen is timeless. It never goes out of style or gets old. It is bright, airy, open, and classic. Keep white as the foundation to the color scheme and you will be happy as long as you live there. It will also make the house more buyer-friendly if you go to sell it.
  • When choosing a backsplash, go with the classic subway tile. It is and has been a very popular tile. However, it is also a successful backsplash. Ideal for maintaining its quality, this tile will last forever. It is easy to clean, goes with everything, and does a great job of guarding against moisture.
  • Keep it open. Lastly, it is important to remember how important your kitchen is. It attracts the whole family and for this reason, keeping the kitchen in an open floor plan is ideal. If you are doing some remodeling, allow for clearances.

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St Patrick’s Day Celebration in Ventura!

St Patrick’s Day Celebration in Ventura!

This Saturday March 11, be a part of a Ventura County favorite event…..the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Every year, for 28 years and counting, Ventura has celebrated St Patty’s Day with a huge parade and it is a pretty big deal here. If you love to celebrate and want to be a part of the fun, come on out at 10am. Wear your green, bring your Irish spirit, and just have a big green blast!

With over 50 sponsors and up to 100 entries, the parade is set to be packed full of marchers and floats. Enjoy the sounds of authentic bagpipes playing, live entertainment, local mascots, Irish dancers, and marching bands. The Grand Marshal this year is professional surfer Mary Osbourne who will ride on a float with her surfing pup Haole. The parade starts on East Main Street in Downtown Ventura and continues on down the road. The parade ends at the corner of North Ann Street and East Main Street.

Spend the Day Downtown

After the parade, spend the afternoon hanging out in Downtown Ventura where you can enjoy delicious eats, shopping, and other entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants downtown, packed full of variety. Any type of food you are looking for can be found and St Patrick’s Day parade specials at some. Downtown also houses the Majestic Ventura Theatre and tons of shops. From thrift stores to jewelry, books, boutiques, salons, and clothing stores, downtown has enough to keep you covered. So, hang out, shop, eat, relax and enjoy your Saturday here in Downtown Ventura!

When: Saturday, March 11, 10am to 12pm

Where: Downtown Main Street, Ventura, CA

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Ventura Pop Up Yoga at Marina Park

Ventura Pop Up Yoga at Marina Park

Take some time out for yourself and enjoy a relaxing yoga session in Marina Park. With the fresh morning air, nature all around, and the beautiful views of Ventura, all from your mat. For one hour each week, step away from your day and breathe, stretch, and boost your mood. See why pop up yoga is staying in demand and be one of dozens who enjoy this method of exercise and relaxation. Look for others yoga-goers on the grassy area in the corner of Greenock Lane and Pierpont Boulevard.

Other Pop Ups:

If you cannot make this class, there are other options for you. Be one with nature on your schedule. Marina Park offers several other pop-up classes. For example, Morning Yoga with Lisa is on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30am. What a great way to start your week off. Watch the sun rise over Ventura and take a deep breath in, and be happy. Another great yoga outlet is Sunset Yoga with Lisa. Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm, you can bring your mat to the park and watch the sun set. What could be more relaxing?

These classes are based on “offerings.” You donate what you can, what you are willing and able to. All of the classes fall under the Ventura Pop Up Yoga umbrella and are open to everyone. All ages and skill levels are welcomed. If you are in need of a mat, you can rent one for free. In addition, you can register and donate online to the class.

Things to Bring:

  • A Yoga Mat
  • A Towel for under your mat (due to wet grass at times)
  • Water
  • Layers for comfort
  • A smile
When: February 24th from 9:30 to 10:30am; and every Friday at the same time.
Where: Marina Park, 14001 Monarch Bay Drive, San Leandro

Website: http://www.venturapopupyoga.com/

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