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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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Love is in the Air in Ventura!

Love is in the Air in Ventura!

Ahhh….one of the most loved times of the year has arrived. If you are looking to share some quality time with your sweet heart this weekend in celebration of Valentine’s Day, Ventura County has all of the romantic happenings. Add some arts and culture in your life with a Paint and Sip class. Experience why it takes two to tango at Grapes and Hops Wine Bar, or plan a night out at the Harbor Village. Enjoy the most romantic time of the year in one of the most beautiful places to live!

Couples Valentine Paint and Sip Class

Just as the titles states, come and paint and sip on some wine while you do so. This is a very trendy, fun outing for couple’s to enjoy together. You get the unique opportunity to sit and paint 2 paintings you didn’t even know you were capable to doing. You will start with two and become one on this night and you get to take your painting home to hang as a visual memory of the date. As an added bonus, the barrel room will be open in the afternoon to experience.

When: This Saturday, February 12 from 2:00-4:30

Where: Four Brix Winery, 2290 Eastman Ave #109, Ventura

Two to Tango Valentine’s Celebration

Spend your Valentine’s evening dancing the night away at Grapes and Hops Wine Bar with your loved one. This event is great for many reasons. With the price of admission comes deliciousness such as hors d’ oeuvres, champagne, and benefits to a great organization. Access TLC Hospice Foundation is a local, non-profit charity to help families and the elderly with the costs of hospice care. Spend the evening out having a good time and give back to a great community resource at the same time.

When: Tuesday February 14th from 6:30-9:00

Where: Grapes and Hops Wine Bar, 454 E Main Street, Ventura

You don’t have to be big on celebrating Valentine’s Day to enjoy what our community has to offer!

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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 Restaurant Week- Live Local, Eat Local

Ventura Restaurant Week- Live Local, Eat Local

Yum, yum, yum…it is restaurant week in Ventura and we are excited to tell you all about it. A local event occurring in both Downtown and Midtown, gives you the opportunity to explore the featured restaurants of these areas. 20 restaurants are participating in a themed “20 under $20.” A family night out, friend’s night out, or date night out, made affordable.

Some of the yummy Ventura Eating options include:

  • The Avenue Burger at Barrelhouse 101
  • Mini Mac & Cheese and half sandwich at Paradise Pantry
  • A Gourmet 2 cheese plate with wine or 2 paninis with beer at Grapes & Hops
  • A steak and ale at Winchester’s Grill & Saloon
  • Three empanadas with your choice of wine at Cork
  • And more! Visit https://goo.gl/tjgjRT
  • All of the above participating offers are $20 and under and include an alcoholic beverage

Ventura eats is inviting the restaurant goers who participate in this special event to post about it on their social media accounts using hashtag #VenturaEats for a chance to win a $50 gift card to one of these local eats! The event and food specials are going on now through Sunday, January 29th. The winner of the $50 gift card will be announced on Monday, January 30th.

In addition to these offers, Spice-Topia is stepping their food game up by offering a 15% discount if you show your receipt from Restaurant Week. Get social, get local, and have a great time out on the town! Restaurant week is a favorite event we love to participate in, here in Ventura, California.

Where: Downtown Ventura, view the Restaurant Week link here.

When: Now through Sunday January 29th at 5pm

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The Ventura Harbor- A Top Spot for Families!

The Ventura Harbor- A Top Spot for Families!

The Ventura Harbor- A Top Spot for Families!Ventura County, California is a top spot for families to have fun in! With lots to do, the Ventra Harbor is a hot spot for all ages to enjoy. Things you can expect to find around the harbor include the Ventura Harbor Village, bowling, playgrounds, and the beach. What more do you need! If you are looking for a fun night out, we’ve got you covered.

Ventura Harbor Village

The Ventura Harbor houses a carousel and arcade that the kids will love. The carousel has over 30 animal varieties and is the only one like this in the entire county. With an outing full of riding the carousel, playing all of the arcade games, and walking along the village, a perfect addition is stopping to get ice cream or a yummy pineapple dole whip!

You can also spend the afternoon out on kayaks, or pedal boats by renting them for fun on the water. Head to the beach for fun in the sand and sun, it’s a cherished Ventura experience. Take a walk along the promenade and find yourself right next to the ocean. Other activities available include the Channel Islands Visitors Center, where you can see interesting exhibits and featured films, and the Island Packers where you can take a trip to the channel. Here you can see dolphins, and whales. You can also hike the islands. It is truly a must have experience in Ventura.

An additional special touch the kids will love here in Ventura County is Marina Park. Complete with a huge pirate ship and built-in zip-line, the area also has a playground, and areas for a grill-out or picnic. As you can read, our area is packed full of good times, and plenty to do to keep your life active and busy. Whatever family-friendly activities you are looking for, they can be found here either in the Village or in the County of Ventura.

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Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016

Help save the life of as many as three strangers by donating to the Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016. Get a $15 gift card for Winchester Grill as a bonus.Christmas isn’t the only time to give presents.  Give the gift of life at the Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016.  According to BloodSource.org, 40,000 pints of blood get used throughout the country every day.  One blood donation can save as many as three lives.  It only takes three teaspoons to save the life of a baby.  Will you be a hero for a stranger?

What: Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016
Where: United Blood Services (2223 Eastman Ave Ste A, Ventura, CA)
When: Now through Dec 31st, 2016
Contact: United Blood Services (800) 715-3699 or via email

Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016

Click here to search for Ventura County homes for saleThere are just three more days to participate in the Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016.  Schedule an appointment right now to visit the United Blood Services office in Ventura.  For your one pint of blood, you receive a $15 certificate to use at Winchester’s Grill & Saloon located in downtown Ventura.  It only takes a little bit of your time (and blood) to become someone’s hero, as well as a hero to their family.

Tips for Preparing to Donate Blood

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – Before you donate to the Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016, drink plenty of water.  That means plain old H2O.  No coffee, soda or tea.  Caffeine restricts blood vessels.  You want them to be nice and plump to make the donation process easier.  Only water will do that for you.

What to wear – Next, make sure you you dress comfortably.  Keep sleeves short and/or loose for easy roll-up.  The staff needs to access your veins for donation.  As long as your sleeve rolls up a couple inches above your elbow, you’re good.

What to bring – Finally, you should bring along a list of medications you are currently taking.  These include both prescribed (including birth control pills) and over-the-counter medication (if applicable).  Also, don’t forget your ID.  If you have a donor card, great.  If not, a current driver’s license or other photo ID can be used.

This year, give the gift of life.  Make your appointment now for the Ventura Holiday Blood Drive 2016.  You only have a few days left to take advantage of the $15 gift card for Winchester’s Grill.  However, even if you miss out on that incentive, you should still plan on donating.  You could be saving someone’s life.

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