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Editor Michael Sullivan CONTRIBUTORS Joan Trossman Bien, Michel Cicero, Chuck Graham, J.R. Grant, Paul Sisolak, Alex Wilson ART DIRECTOR Enrique Candioti Graphic DESIGNERs Christy Sisneros, Keeping the kids happy this summer Bret Hooper Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will haveADVERTISING a “1st Proof”, “2nd and SALES Peter Proof”, Burgi, Kelly“Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, AD WILL RUN AS IS.marie If this meetsDiane your approval Tracy,proof Marni Howe, Newman, Warren Barrett on the 1st proof, check off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. CIRCULATION Teresa Wann-Davis destination for ISSUE: SUMMER GUIDE N OExplore T I C E : local PLEA S E FA X hot T H spots IS PR O an O Finexpensive T O ( 8 0 5 )vacation 648-2245 ASAP Comden PUBLISHER David

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Day Hiking

three hikes spread across Ventura County

A hiker treks through the Dry Lakes Trail in the Los Padres National Forest.

Stories and photos by

Chuck Graham


here are many hikes to choose from in Ventura County. Too many to count, but here are three day hikes in extremely diverse locales that will leave you completely caked in trail dust, yet utterly satisfied.

Sandstone Peak, Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 6 miles round trip

Calling all rock hounds — This high point of the coastal Santa


Monica Mountains is your dream escape from Ventura County’s urban jungle. Hiking the Mishe Mokwa Trail to the summit (once a 10,000-foot volcano) delivers a peek into Sandstone’s 16 millionyear history. You’ll pass layer upon layer of sedimentary rock and marine deposits of limestone, chalk, dolostone, conglomerate, breccias and shale. You can’t miss them — lots of knobby handholds caked in multi-colored lichen. Bonus: sweeping views of five coastal Channel Islands from the 3,111-foot mountaintop. Trailhead: Mishe Mokwa Season: Year-round

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Scorpion Anchorage to Yellow Banks, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park Difficulty: Strenuous Distance: 10 miles round trip

Explore a 19th century island ranch, watch for island fauna and explore cave-pocked canyons and a secluded beach on this trek along the southeast edge of the largest of California’s Channel Islands. After leaping from an Island Packers boat at Scorpion

Anchorage, head southeast on the old ranch road to Smugglers Cove. After ascending to a windswept plateau, keep Anacapa Island on your left. Bear left and straight at the next sign, then descend past the olive tree orchard into Smuggs. From there, head west past the old ranch house, across a dry creekbed to another old ranch road. Follow it to the next cove, a deserted beach strewn with driftwood and tattered fishing gear, and reward yourself by cooling in the breathtaking turquoise-blue water. Bonus: Keep an eye out for native island foxes. After nearly going extinct, they’re bounding Continued on Page 8

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Dry Lakes, Los Padres Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and National Forest “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, AD WILL RUN AS IS. If this proof meets your approval Difficulty: Strenuous on the 1st proof, check off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. Distance: 10 miles round trip

N O T I C E : P L E A S E FA X T H I S P R O O F T O ( 8 0 5 ) 6 4 8 - 2 2 4 5 A S A P No need for trunks or a bikini. The Dry Lakes are just that, bone-dry, high in the Matilija Wilderness. However, this is a spectacular backcountry hike to several of these geological natural wonders. The hike is a lungbuster from the get-go, ascending a steep spine of a ridge to four dry lakes otherwise known

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Hikers can enjoy a little piece of history on the tour of Santa Cruz on the Scorpion Anchorage to Yellow Banks trail. A 19th century farmhouse remains as a stoic piece of the island’s landscape.

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as summit basins. The summit basins are fault-related features and become obvious as you follow the ridge, the distinct depressions are the wide points of the scenic trail. They catch winter rains and freeze. Eventually permafrost ices over scrubby chaparral as high as 4,850 feet. Bonus: gaze up at the stands of Ponderosa pine trees in and around the dry lakes. These towering conifers range in height F from 100 to 160 feet tall. Trailhead: After passing the turnoff for Rose Valley on Highway 33, park at the next overlook and walk 20 paces northeast to the trailhead. Duck under a small oak tree and ascend the ridge. over carefully and indicate all corrections Season: Year-round

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Sandstone Peak trail on the Santa Monica Mountains has spectacular views of the Channel Islands.

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Keeping the kids happy this summer

Go out and



by Joan Trossman Bien

f you are looking for a memorable day somewhere in Ventura County this summer, there are a few inexpensive places for hands-on experiences, especially for the younger children. Kids like animals, and whatever type of animal they want to get up close and personal with, you have a choice. If it is farm animals they enjoy watching and feeding, take a swing by the Underwood Farms in Moorpark any day of the week. If exotic animals are more up your alley, the Exotic Animal Training Management program at Moorpark College puts on live shows every weekend, several times a day. And, if older kids are looking for fun, there is the spectacular Air Show 2009 at the Camarillo Airport at the end of August. Children can even go up in a plane before or after the show. So go out and have some fun with your kids this summer!

Underwood Farms in Moorpark This pick-your-own farm has been a longtime farm experience destination for the city folk, but it is just as much fun for locals. In season now through June: strawberries, blackberries, apricots and all types of salad vegetables. July through October: cucumbers, squash, Valencia oranges, green beans, raspberries, black-eyed peas, heirloom and beefsteak tomatoes, peppers, chilis and Roma tomatoes. October and November: gourds and pumpkins. There is a farm animal center on the premises with animals the kids can feed and watch. It has what you would find on a typical farm: goats, ducks, chickens, sheep, cows, rabbits and a couple of emus. The Animal center also has train rides, wagon rides, Moon Bounce, mining for gems, and an animal show on the weekends. A farm camp will be held for the younger children weekly this summer, where they can learn about the crops and the animals, culminating in an animal show for the parents. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Weekdays $3 Weekends $5 Address: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark Contact: 529-3690

Youngsters can enjoy pony rides at Underwood Farms in Moorpark.

Exotic animal show at Moorpark College The Exotic Animal Show features different animals and each show lasts about 20 minutes. The public is free to wander the zoo area. There are currently 150 animals. The Exotic Animal Training Management (EATM) is a training program geared Continued on Page 14

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toward careers in zookeeping and exotic animal training for films and television. It is attached to Moorpark College. Local schools are also given special animal shows during the year and, because the animals are constantly rotated, the show constantly changes. You can see as many shows as you like. The animal center also holds weekly summer sessions Please check thiscamp proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and based on age groups. focusno proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, AD WILL RUN AS IS. If this proof meets your approval “Final Proof”. If we The receive is educational and includes on the 1st proof, check off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. hands-on participation. Costs Hundreds of aviation enthusiasts have flocked to Wings over Camarillo Air Expo for 28 years. ISSUE: SUMMER GUIDE Nare O T$145 I C E for : P half-days, L E A S E FA X for THIS PROOF TO (805) 648-2245 ASAP $275 full days. Wings Over Camarillo Air Open every weekend from 11 questions. Experimental airsilent auction and raffle, vintage Expo 2009 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shows are every craft in various stages of concars and tractor displays, a Learn hour on the hour from Noon to struction will also be on display. to Fly Discovery Center, and This is the 28th annual Camarillo 3 p.m. Large carnivore feeding Open Saturday and Sunday several activities for children, Air Show. The three-hour show starts at 3:30 p.m. F from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. including face painting, a Jolly runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 23-24. Jump and crafts. The show features a multitude Admission: Adults $5, children and Admission: TBA Children can get rides on of military and civilian aircraft: seniors $4 Address: Located at the Camarillo various aircraft before and after vintage, modern and experimenAddress : 7075 Campus Road, Airport, south of the Las Posas exit the air show. Military pilots and tal aircraft. On the ground, there Moorpark from the 101 Freeway Contact: 805-378-1441 aces are available to answer will be a pancake breakfast, a


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The Lavender Inn in Ojai makes guests feel like they are in an exotic getaway.

Save money and take a staycation this summer by Alex Wilson


eople searching for ways to stretch their summer vacation dollars are finding that Ventura County’s varied attractions and unique accommodations make it a perfect place for a staycation. There are campgrounds featuring ocean views and nearby lakes, as well as mountainous pine-covered wilderness areas suitable for backpacking trips. Locals looking for a more luxurious camping experience are trying the Ventura Beach R.V. Resort, which offers a general store, bike rentals and a swim-

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ming pool. Park Manager Gracie Willoughby says about 80 percent of her customers travel less than 100 miles. “They don’t have to waste all the money and gas, but they’re not at home,” says Willoughby. “They get to go to the beach, they can go hiking in the mountains since we’re still close by, they do the bike rides, but they don’t really have to travel far away to do it.” Willoughby says her guests escape their everyday reality. “They feel like they are away from home because they didn’t bring the worries, they didn’t bring the work,” says Willoughby. “They say, ‘For that short weekend, I’m away

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from everything.’ ” Campers also save money by cooking out. “They’re not spending all the money going out to dinner because now they’re barbecuing at a fire pit. You get to be with the whole family but you’re not spending $100 for a dinner,” says Willoughby. The Lake Casitas and Lake Piru Recreation areas are also good options for easy camping trips and boating. An elaborate water park at Casitas adds to the vacation vibe, and there’s a disc golf course, too. Several local bed and breakfast establishments also make visitors feel far away or transported into the past without leaving the county.

Piru’s Heritage Valley Inn was built back in 1890. It’s near Ventura County’s only National Historic Landmark, Rancho Camulos. The Rancho partly inspired the hugely popular 1884 book Ramona, and when a 1910 movie version was made, the hotel played host to stars like Mary Pickford. Early California tourists flocked to see the fictional home of Ramona. Ventura’s Bella Maggiore Inn feels a bit like traveling to the sunny Mediterranean coast. A front-desk clerk said they frequently serve parents who live in Ventura looking for a romantic night away from their kids. Continued on Page 18

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Ojai’s Lavender Inn provides a full breakfast and evening wine-and-cheese hour at no additional charge, and it also offers cooking classes, according to innkeeper Beth Keenan. “It’s a huge value because you’re not just getting a place to sleep. It’s a whole experience you’re getting,” says Keenan. “It’s relaxing, and this you proof get toover meetcarefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2nd Proof”, and Please check other people.” “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the 1st or 2nd Proofs, AD WILL RUN AS IS. If this proof meets your approval hears check from off many on Keenan the 1st proof, “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date and sign at the bottom. guests who feel the hassle of ISSUE: SUMMER GUIDE Nflying O T I CtoE :far-flung P L E A Sdestinations E FA X T H I S P R O O F T O ( 8 0 5 ) 6 4 8 - 2 2 4 5 A S A P is too much trouble when compared to local attractions they may have overlooked before. “A lot of people are not so willing to get on a plane anymore. It’s really nice to go someplace and relax, and still feel relaxed when you get home,” she says Keenan. F


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Where to find the farm-freshest

summer goodies Stories and photos by

by J.R. Grant


hen it comes to good summertime dining in Ventura County, I have to admit my restaurant taste buds begin taking a backseat. Summer is the time of hikes, beach walks, fairs and backyard and garden parties. And it is the time of picnics, barbecues and potlucks. However, there is one absolute must for me when it comes to anticipation and salivating taste buds. What this one culinary treat

is and where it can be found will be revealed a little farther along in this article. In the meantime, I want to briefly give some ideas for your own picnics, or places for your potluck ingredients. For the best in summer goodies, I can’t help but think of the amazing treats found in our local Farmer’s Markets. While I visit several of these markets weekly, I also still like the oldfashioned produce stands found in many farm areas of the county. One of my favorites is Ralph’s Garden Fresh Produce, 18909 E. Telegraph, just east of Santa Paula on the way toward Fillmore. While most stands carry abso-

Ralph’s Garden Fresh Produce is a popular spot for East County locals.

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lutely farm fresh produce Ralph’s always has the first and last local asparagus, lots of miniature veggies and blossoms, perfect (and early) white corn and a full line of local jarred olives, jams, nuts, and whatever the local farmers offer on any given day. If Ventura is your home, you can find a terrific assortment at Trace Ornelaz’s Pierpont Produce, 1038 S. Seaward, corner of Seaward Avenue and Pierpont Boulevard. Not only does Ornelaz’s always have the most perfect artichokes and lots of exotic local offerings, she also has unusual jams and specialties found nowhere else. You will be phenomenally happy when you taste her banana jam. Sounds odd, I know, but your taste buds will crave this delight immediately after savoring it for the first time. By the middle of the summer you can get everything you need for a superb picnic at the Upper Ojai Market (12679 Ojai Santa Paula Road, Ojai 525-4344).

By then, owner Jeffray Frahen and his family hope to have a classic 1950s station wagon available for rental for that extra-special picnic; he is even planning a horsedrawn carriage for that old-fashioned country outing. All of that is for you to explore. For me, I’ll go down the road from that market to have the most perfect taste sensation of the summer in Ventura County: Dan and Karen Beasley’s Summit (12689 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai 933-9898) looks like any other remote hamburger stand, which it is. Great fries, great burgers, etc. — the usual. But come July when the nearby K. B. Hall apricot ranch begins offering its harvest. The Summit makes an apricot milkshake that is quite possibly as close to nirvana as one can ever find. Whatever it is you want summer to be, it will be unfulfilled unless you have a creamy, juicy, succulent and divine apricot milkshake at The Summit. Happy travels. F

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Make no excuses — go out and have fun at this summer’s latest and greatest events by Michel Cicero

Johnny Cash Festival, which lists opening and ongoing theater plus The Del Reys, Captain Jeffrey will be held at Seaside Park on productions every week in the and the Chumbuckets will also be Saturday, June 20, are hoping to Happenings section. performing. For more informaentura County residents raise money for kids whose parThis summer welcomes some tion, go to www.primernationals. like to party. This is never ents are incarcerated, a cause favorite annual events like the com/backtothebeach. more evident than in the that was dear to the Man in Salsa Festival and the Ojai Music In between the season kickoff summer, when festival Black’s heart. Johnny Cash tribFestival, and it will also usher in and the county fair, which ends season goes into full swing, and ute acts“2nd from Proof”, around Southern something completely different: the summer with a big bang, there every weekend promises fun in the Please check this proof over carefully and indicate all corrections clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, and California willyour be approval on hand to The Johnny are a variety events every sun or under the If stars. “Final Proof”. we Beginning receive no proof afterofthe 1st to orsuit 2nd Proofs, AD WILLCash RUNFestival. AS IS. Cash If this proof meets perform favorites from the Cash livedand above Nye in Casitas taste and lifestyle. Besides what’s with what growncheck into a off formion the 1sthas proof, “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” box, date sign at Road the bottom. songbook, and a car show will Springs near Ojai in the earlylisted below, be sure to check out dable car show in a region that has ISSUE: SUMMER GUIDE NnoOshortage T I C E : PofL E A S E FA X T H I Sthe P Rcalendars O O F T Oonline ( 8 0 5at) Ventura 6 4 8 - 2 2 4to5 mid-1960s, A S A P and his daughter round out the day. The Cash them, the Back to Prophets, Big River, Cash’d Out Rosanne Cash grew up in the pasHarbor Village and Channel the Beach Kustom Rod Show offers and the Mighty Cash Cats will be toral environs there, eventually Islands Harbor, where every weekthe best of So Cal car and retro performing. The Derby Darlins graduating from St. Bonaventure end there’s good live music, art culture with tricked-out cars, great and a “One Piece at a Time” car High School in Ventura. Cash and other attractions. If you’re music and all things tiki. The show show will also be featured. was active in the community into live theater, Ventura County comes to Seaside Park/Ventura Whether you’re into funand attended church on Ventura has a number of excellent comCounty Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor nel cake or fireworks, poetry or Avenue, but he also left a less than munity theater groups as well as Blvd., on May 30. It will feature Pontiacs, if you can’t find an outlet positive fingerprint on Ventura one award-winning professional surf music, surf art and culture, for your inner party animal this County when he set a forest fire group: Rubicon Theatre Company. tiki wares plus custom rods and summer, then you need to take off in Fillmore. Several plays and musicals will motorcycles for the whole family your sunglasses. F Organizers of the inaugural open over the summer. VCReporter to enjoy. The Dave Gleason Band



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things to do OUTDOORS Golf at the Ojai Valley Inn Some of the best golf in the country is right here in our own backyard. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has been rated #40 in the 2006 Conde Nast Traveler Top 100 Golf Resorts Reader’s Poll. This legendary golf course has been home to seven Senior PGA Tournaments. Make the 19th hole a rose petal massage at Spa Ojai, a 31,000 square foot full-service spa village within the resort. The Ojai Valley Inn, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai. For reservations, call toll free 888-

Lake Piru Recreation Area Lake Piru is located in the Los Padres National Forest next to the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Lake Piru offers visitors excellent boating, trout and bass fishing, camping, water skiing, swimming and hiking. The dayuse picnic area, with individual and group sites, includes covered eating areas with a wonderful view of the lake, a grassy lawn, grills and an abundance of tables. The group facility can accommodate up to 120 people and can be reserved for special events. Located at 4780 Piru Canyon Road, Piru. Entry fees are $8 weekdays and off-season, and $10 weekends and holidays. Park infor-

of all ages, whether you would like to paddle for recreation or for competition. They launch their canoes from the Ventura Harbor (Harbor Cove Beach) at the end of Spinnaker Drive across from the Channel Islands National Park Headquarters. For

information, call 641-9888. www. Island Packers Cruises

do just that. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy offers a variety of activities and events. For information call (310) 589-3200 or visit The Sierra Club’s Los Padres Chapter has two groups to serve Ventura County. North county residents

can contact the Sespe Group at 4887988 and south county residents can contact the Conejo Group at 495-6391. Bird watching enthusiasts can contact the Ventura Audubon Society at 642-1585 or visit

Island Packers has been cruising the Channel Islands for education, recreation and research since 1968. This is how you get to the Channel Islands, whether you’re interested in whale 697-8780. watching, camping, hiking, kayaking or day Sailing schools mation 521-1500. Marina information trips. They offer a variety of trips that give Lake Casitas Recreation Area Whether you’re interested in becoming a visitors a rare opportunity to witness life in a 521-1231. master mariner, just want to log some This 2,700-acre offers a quiet boatPlease checklake this proof over carefully and indicate all correctionsmarine clearly. You will have a “1st Proof”, “2ndorProof”, and wilderness. If breathtaking wilderness time wafting along in a gentle breeze, sailing experience for anglers, with two newly andAD adventure on the high seas don’t doIfit for Channel Islands “Final Proof”. If we receive no proof after the Kayak 1st orCenter 2nd Proofs, WILL RUN AS IS. this proof meets your approval ing lessons are one of the best ways to refurbished launch ramps and adjacent picyou, dinner and party cruises are also availChannel Islands Kayak Center offers a fullbox, range date while away the summer in a convivial, laidon off “FINAL PROOF (APPROVED)” sign atSpinnaker the bottom. nic the areas. 1st The proof, Santa Anacheck Ramp features a able. and Located at 1691 Drive #105B, of ocean kayaking activities. Whether you are back sporting atmosphere. Several outfits basketball court and angler campsites that Ventura. General information 642-1393. offer packages SUMMER for individuals and couples. ISSUE: GUIDE Nensure O T Iyou C Eare: the P Lfirst E Aone SE FA T inH I SanPexperienced R O O F kayaker T O (or8a0beginner 5 ) 6in4search 8 - 2 2 424-hour 5 ASA P to hit theXlake information 642-7688. www. of a professional guided island tour, they cater Most of these courses qualify you to charthe early morning hours. For the less patient to all of your kayaking needs. Rentals, lessons ter boats once you graduate. Pacific Sailing members of a family there’s a water park and and tours are available. Two locations: 3600 is located in the Ventura Harbor at 1575 a shoreline trail that offers spectacular, unobHiking and Bird Watching S. Harbor Blvd., #213, Oxnard, 984-5995 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105B-131. For inforstructed views of the lake and ridgelines of The beauty of hiking is that you don’t the Los Padres National Forest. The trail is also and 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 644mation call 658-6508 or visit www. need anything but feet (though a bottle a wonderful area for bird watching. Also, enjoy 9699. Marina Sailing is located of water is nice) in order to get going. But Saturday summer nights throughout the sumin the Channel Islands Harbor at 3001 you do need to know where to go. The mer exploring the stars with NASA astronomer Hokuloa Outrigger Club Peninsula Road. For information call definitive guidebook is Day Hikes in Ventura Ernest Underhay. Swimming and water skiing Hokuloa is the Hawaiian name for Venus, 985-5219 or visit www.marinasailing. County, California: 43 of the Best by Robert prohibited. Located at 11311 Santa Ana Road, the bright planet that often helped welcom. Offshore Islands Sailing Club is Stone, published by Day Hike Books, Inc. Ventura. Entry fee is $7.50. General informacome paddlers safely home. True to their Sometimes it’s nice to share the trail, and located in the Channel Islands Harbor tion 649-2233. Reservations 649-1122. name, Hokuloa welcomes all. They wela number of organizations can help you Continued on Page 30 come both new and seasoned paddlers

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at 3150 S. Harbor Blvd. For information, call 985-3600. Speed and Beauty Learn to go fast, around and around and around. It’s exhilarating. Choose between four and two wheeled options. Jim Hall’s Kart Racing School is located in Oxnard at 2600 Challenger Place. For information call 654-1329 or visit Sycamore BMX is located in Simi Valley at Rancho Simi Park, 1692 Sycamore Drive. For

information, call 583-BMX7(2697) or visit Cliffs and Crests

head for Channel Islands Landing, where Scandinavian sailors Louise and Martin will rent you your own wee vessel. Located at 3821 S. Victoria Avenue. For information,

call 985-6059.

Guided Rock Climbing Trips Real Cheap Sports, an environmentally friendly sporting goods store in Ventura, sponsors both environmental cleanup projects along with the U.S. Forest Service, and educational and fun outings for beginning spider monkeys. Located at 36 West Santa Clara St., Ventura. For

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“ITALIAN MOTORCYCLES: Incredible Classics to Modern Marvels” opening July 3rd and will run through September 27th.

Opening Reception will be Friday, July 3rd from 4-7pm at the California Oil Museum 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, California. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $1 for students, 5 and under are free.

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Summer is Riding Season!

Things to do

Ventura County Greek Festival June 12 -14 Greek music, food, live music, dancing and fun for all ages. St Demetrios Greek Church (Camarillo Airport), 400 Skyway Dr., Camarillo.

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EVENTS, Festivals and Fairs

For more information, call 482-1273 or visit

Ojai Poetry Festival June 6 Includes various workshops plus performances by teens, seniors, Wanda Coleman, Frank T. Rios, Marsha de la O. and Jackson Wheeler. Open mic sign-up at noon. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Bart’s Books, Ojai Creates, Ojai House or at the door on the day of the event. For more information, go to

Citrus Festival July 17-19 Santa Paula celebrates its rich agricultural heritage with a citrus themed parade and car show, carnival rides, live entertainment and a citrus and avocado tasting tent. Harding Park, 1300 E. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula. For more

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Well That Ends Well. The event will be held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-

3455, Santa Paula Jazz and Art Festival

July 11 A free jazz concert and art exhibition in historic downtown Santa Paula from 6 to 10 p.m. In addition to the display of works by local artists, there will be free jazz music. Food and beverages are available from local restaurants. The event will be held on Main St. in Santa Paula.

the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd in Ventura. $8 for adults, $5 for children and seniors! For

more information, call 648-3376 or visit Hueneme Beach Festival

Aug. 22,23; 11:00am-6pm Live entertainment, huge children’s area, arts and crafts booths and food provided by the region’s most popular restaurants plus pirate related fun. The event will be held at Surfside Drive and Ventura Road in Port Hueneme. For

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0197 or visit www.OxnardSalsaFestival. com. Ventura County Fair

Aug. 5-16 “Purebred and Homegrown,” is the theme for this year’s county fair. Attractions include farm animals, nightly fireworks, competitions and displays by county residents. Also midway carnival rides and games plus good old fashioned fair food. Musical performers include Clay Walker and Lee Ann Womack. The event will be held at Seaside Park at

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The Dog Days of Summer Are Here!

Things to do

Independence Day

Paula. For more information, contact Dave

Independence Day Free Concerts, Parade & Fireworks

4th of July Events

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Anderson at 524-1266, Carlos Juarez at 525-4474, or the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce at 525-5561.

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July 2, 3 The Ojai Independence Day Committee presents two free concerts at Libbey Bowl: the U.S. Air Force band on July 2 and another concert of patriotic music on July 3. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. both days. A July 3rd parade proceeds downtown followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Call 646-0076 or

302-6093, or e-mail for more information.


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3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza

The 12th Annual Pooch Parade Dog Walk & at San Buenaventura State Beach Park in Ventura, and raises money for homeless dogs in the Canine Adoption and Rescue League’s program. Dog walk starts at 8:30 a.m.; the pet expo runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. To obtain a brochure or reg-

at 9 p.m. This year’s entertainment will include performances Daddy-O’s and Hodads, preISSUE:by SUMMER GUIDE sentation of the American Flag, vintage plane fly-over, Revolutionary War characters, food booths & more! Admission is $3 per person.

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Aug. 22-23 The “Wings Over Camarillo” event will take place at the Camarillo Airport on Pleasant Valley Road. For more information, call

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For more information, call 517-6300 or visit 34th Annual Fourth of July Street Fair

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more information, call 654-7749 or visit 4th of July Celebration at Ronald Reagan Library July 4 This annual old-fashioned celebration returns with music, games, face painting, presidential look-alikes, storytelling and more. The outdoor events are free; regular admission rates apply to visit the museum. For more

information, call (800) 410-8354 or visit Rotary Club and Family Fest Fireworks

July 4 Spectacular fireworks display, old fashioned family entertainment and picnic. Fun begins at 5 p.m., fireworks are at dusk. Ventura corrections clearly. You4667 willTelegraph have aRoad. “1st College Athletic Field,

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Launched from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Best viewing is from the Oaks Shopping Center and Janss Marketplace.

For more information, call Conejo Recreation and Park District 381-1247. Sespe Creek Car Show and Fireworks

July 4 Annual outdoor event includes a car show, food booths, arts and crafts vendors, vintage train rides, horseshoe tournaments and live entertainment. Fireworks at 9 p.m. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fillmore and Western Railway. For directions, visit For more

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A full day of fun, food, entertainment and children’s activities followed by fireworks.Old fashioned BBQ, farmer’s and fish market, petting zoo and lots more. Parade at 11 a.m. 5k and 10k races. Channel Islands Harbor, Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information call the Visitor’s Center at 985-4852.

Thousand Oaks Annual Fireworks Display

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shops, dance, games and education classrooms. Fully supervised and structured youth programs run throughout the summer. Special events, trips and games are offered during the year. For more information, call 982-4218.

Ventura County Library Summer Reading Program June 15 – Aug. 22 Two great summer-long reading programs return to Ventura County libraries in June. For children, this year’s theme is “Be Creative @ Your Library.” Also, for teens is “Express Yourself @ the Library.”


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at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills. Vasa Park is the ideal setting for a camp, with lush, green grounds, shade from massive stands of old growth Sycamores and Oaks, plus plenty of room to run around. There’s a program that’s perfect for any camper’s age and interests — Sports Camp, Day Camp, Junior Camp, or the C.I.L.T. Program. For more informa-

tion, call (818) 889-2224, e-mail info@, or visit Camp Kinneret Summer Day Camp

Camp Kinneret Summer Day Camp, nestled in the rolling hills of Agoura, offers children ages 4 to14 a fun-filled program full of adventure and friendship. It’s committed to helping each child grow into his or her best self by combining an excellent staff with small groups and a philosophy that puts campers first. For more

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more information, call the Arroyo Vista Recreation Center at 517-6300, or visit

C.A.T.S. Drama Camp Roxanne Diesel, drama instructor and owner of Creative Acting Theater School, offers several drama camps in Ventura County: Camp Broadway Bound, Harry Potter Literacy and Wizardry Camp, Commercial and Film Bootcamp, and Crime Scene Investigators Camp. All camps are held in partnership with local recreation districts and range from half-day to full-day camps. Registration is underway at most recreation districts. For a

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The State of California’s Department of Parks & Recreation offers a junior lifeguard program in Ventura. The objective of their program is to provide quality water safety education. Their program is designed to improve young people’s physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment and their respect for themselves, their peers and their parents. For more information, call 643-5003 or visit


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Surfer Girl Camp Send your dudette to Paddy Bex’s all-girl surf camp. This camp is designed to provide a social, educational and recreational experience in a positive and fun environment. They have a campsite at McGrath State Park in Ventura that is outfitted to provide the girls with a comfortable yet rustic home by the ocean. Everything is provided, including a supportive and nurturing approach to their non-competitive and fun lessons. Safety always comes first. Paddy and all her instructors are certified in Lifeguard Training, CPR and First Aid. For

tion , go to backtothebeach. Father’s Day Car Show

June 21 An eclectic mix of custom cars, hot rods and classics from all over California. Expect to see classics like the ’57 Chevy and ’64 T-Bird lined up along the water’s edge.  Vendor displays, food booths, live music and raffle. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Harborview Park, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard.


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