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Saturday
Apr252015

The Story Behind Those Historic El Camino Real Bell Markers on the 101 Freeway

Like me, perhaps you've wondered about those unique bell markers seen frequently on the 101 Freeway with the sign that says Historic El Camino Real.

One of those ubiquitous Historic El Camino Real bell markers we see along the 101 Freeway.

El Camino Real is Spanish for "The Royal Road" and in California is the name for the 700 mile historic California Mission Trail that connects 21 missions, 4 presidios (military forts) and several pueblos (towns) from Mission San Diego de Alcala in the south to Mission San Francisco Solano in Northern California. El Camino Real is designated as California Historical Landmark #784.

California State Assembly Bill 1707 definined the El Camino Real route, which includes portions of Routes 280, 82, 238, 101, 5, 72, 12, 37, 121, 87, 162, 185, 92, and 123 and connecting city streets and county roads in a continuous route from Sonoma southerly to the international border.

So what's up with those bell markers on the 101? According to the California Department of Transportation, the Mission Bell Marker system has existed on the historic El Camino Real route since 1906. The original marker system called for installation of bells one mile apart along the entire length of the El Camino Real. By 1913, over 450 markers were in pl

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Thursday
Apr232015

Batting Cages and Paintball in Ventura County

For you baseball/softball players, here is a summary of local batting cage options, with links to additional contact information:

And how about something completely different?  Try Paintball USA in Oxnard or Ambush Paintball and Airsoft Park in Moorpark!  May not help your batting average but your aim and speed will be tested. 

Tuesday
Apr212015

Over 140 Summer Camps and Programs In and Around Ventura County

Looking for a summer camp within range of Ventura County? Here's a list of over 140 summer day camps and residential camps and programs in the area. Actually, there are hundreds and hundreds of individual camps available. We've attempted to categorize the camps into 3 main groups; Traditional/Learning, Sports and Music/Arts, though many camps cover numerous fun activities all in one.

Know of more? Submit them here!

No doubt there will be some typos/errors on this list, so let us know if you find one.

Traditional Day/Overnight/Learning/Misc Camps

  • Adventure Weeks Day Camp at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, grades K-5 in the fall, June to Aug, fun trips each Thursday, calvarycc.org/adventure-weeks or 818.575.2257
  • Bizzy Girls Tween Entrepreneur Camp at The Oaks Mall ages 7-12 in June/July. Make line of products, write biz plan, and sell the line www.bizzygirls.com
  • Buddy-Building Camp in Agoura Hills is a 5-week program in June/July for ages 8-13 to help families with young children who struggle in more mainstream camp programs www.drlesli.com
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley offers a variety of camps in Thousand Oaks, Agoura, Calabasas, Newbury Park, Jun to Aug for grades 1 to 9 www.bgcconejo.org/camps-programs/summer-camp.aspx
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Summer Day Camps, ages 6-13, 3 locations bgcop.org/programs/Daycamps.html
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Simi Valley "Summer Club" June to Aug www.bgcsimi.com/p_summer.html *
  • Cali Camp at Big Rock Ranch in Topanga www.calicamp.com
  • Calvary Community Church summer camps in Westlake Village www.calvarycc.org/events.aspx
  • Camp Calabasas at DeAnza Park in Calabasas for all ages, 4 through teen www.campcalabasas.org 818.878.0162

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Tuesday
Apr212015

Wedding Reception Venues In Ventura County and Surrounding Areas

Conejo Valley Guide focuses primarily on events, activities and things to do in the Conejo Valley, Ventura County and surrounding areas.

Since we're out and about so much, we thought it might be helpful to have a comprehensive list of over 100 local wedding, wedding reception and meeting venues.

Interestingly, in February 2014, the Pew Research Center indicated that, after a three year decline in the number of marriages in the U.S. census data showed that new marriages increased by 2.6% in 2012 compared to 2011.

Also, in 2013, four out of ten new marriages included at least one partner who was married before. Marry, re-marry, whatever...you'll need a venue!

(Contact us for additions/edits to this list.)

Simi Valley, Moorpark, Somis Wedding Reception Venues

Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park Wedding Reception Venues

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Monday
Apr202015

Sweeten Your Day with a Visit to Bennett's Honey Tasting Room in Fillmore

We were in the Santa Clarita area ready to head back home to the Conejo Valley, when I decided, how about if we take Highway 126 for once. So we did.

It was a leisurely drive on a late Sunday morning, when we came across a sign that caught my interest.

After passing the sign, I asked my son if he would like to do some honey tasting, to which he replied, "SURE!" So we turned back!

Bennett's Honey Tasting Room is located just north of Highway 126 at 3176 Honey Lane in Fillmore. It feels really off the beaten path, but is just 5 miles east of central Fillmore.

There's a small parking lot in front of the retail store. We walked up the steps, opened the door, and found ourselves in a small, one room shop, where we were greeted by smiling staff and stacks of honey jars and products.

But what really caught our eye, the reason for our stopping by on this mild, Sunday morning, was the honey tasting kiosk in the middle of the room. We treated ourselves to samples of honey derived from orange blossoms, sage, wildflowers, buckwheat, avocado, clover, eucalyptus and cactus. Honey heaven!

How is honey made? Worker bees suck nector from a blossom and carry it back to the hive in its honey sac (i.e. stomach). On its way home, acid secretions start changing the nectar to honey. In the hive, the honey is passed to a receiving bee where it is processed and concentrated for storage in empty honeycomb cells. 70,000 nectar "loads" become one pound of honey. Housekeeping bees "dry" the honey by fanning their wings in unison, then the cells are sealed for beeswax. Honey will keep for years.

My top choice was the cactus flavored honey as well as the "creamed" honey. We inquired about a honey that would be best for combating pollen allergies, and were told the wildflower honey was the best bet. And then we asked about the raw honeycomb shown above.

We were immediately offered a sample of the honeycomb. Heck, why not! Are we supposed to eat the wax comb? Some people do, but most swallow the tasty honey and spit out the wax.  The honeycomb was a delicious treat and we bought one of these too!

Bennett's Honey Farm was founded by Red and Ann Bennett and is currently owned by Chip and Taydee Vannoy. They produce their own honey right here in Ventura County under brands "Topanga Quality Honey" (found at Whole Foods and other specialty markets) and "Piru Canyon Honey" found at farmers' market and fruit stands in local counties.

To learn more, visit www.bennetthoney.com or call 805.521.1375.

Sunday
Apr192015

What are You Looking Forward to Doing at Conejo Valley Days? Readers Respond

The 59th Annual Conejo Valley Days is coming Thursday, May 7th though Sunday, May 10th, 2015. The event will feature a carnival, exciting rides for all ages, outhouse races, Kids' Korral stage, live musical entertainment, numerous vendors, exhibitors and community organizations and great food.

What are you looking forward to at this year's Conejo Valley Days? We recently asked CVG Facebook followers this question. Some of the responses are below.  It seems funnel cakes, Ferris wheel, food, family and fun are some of the most common responses.

  •  Spending a fun day with my 5 year old who enjoys getting on the same rides over and over and over again. While he does that I need to enjoy a funnel cake
  • Spending the day with my son! We haven't been before!
  •  Looking forward to the food and trying to win a goldfish!
  • Taking my boys for the first time!
  •  I look forward to hearing the music and rides playing at night after we get home from the fair.
  • Spending some fun time with the family!
  • Taking my daughter on the rides (she's finally old enough!) and of course... fair food!!
  • Enjoying family time with my husband and 2 girls!
  • Elephant Ears and Fried Zucchini
  •  Looking forward to taking my grandkids like I do every year! They love the kid friendly stuff to do!
  • The ribs... I hope the Elks have their beef ribs!
  • What I really look forward to this year is seeing all my family friends with our kids enjoying the great food and rides and have a big smile from cheek to cheek!
  • Riding the rides!!
  • Trying the chili and seeing friends
  • All the super unhealthy but delicious food
  • I can't wait to volunteer with the Special Kids Day event. To be a part of that makes my year!
  • Seeing friends and eating junk.

  • Seeing all the goodies under the tent. Eating lots of good food
  • Taking my son in for the rides.
  • Seeking out a funnel cake
  • Eating food and seeing all of the families out enjoying the event.
  • Smoked turkey legs
  • Games, rides, food and a great time!!!!!!
  • We look forward to watching people scream upside down
  • Drooling over the food I can't have because I'm on Weight Watchers.
  • We go almost every year. Always a lot of fun and good food.
  • I look forward to some good ole community fun!!! Love it ALL!
  • I look forward to riding the Ferris wheel again and for my younger son to participate in more rides!
  • Funnel cakes and hopefully some awesome Fedora in the tent
  • The Ferris wheel
  • Yummy food and lively music
  • Eating funnel cake and going on all the awesome rides with my daughter!????
  • Chocolate covered strawberries and the goldfish game!!!!!
  • Watching my kids laugh and smile.
  • Going with 3 generations that have been going since the beginning…and funnel cakes.
  • Taking my little man with me and watching his adorable face light up as he goes on kiddie rides and tries cotton candy for the first time!
  •  Looking forward to taking my 18 month old this year...our first year going as a family.
  • Going on the ferris wheel with the boyfriend and his kids. Making more memories to come!
  •  Deep fried zucchini and winning a gold fish
  • Enjoy the corn dogs!
  • Every Year for 35 years! Family and Friends Getting Together!
  • I have been going to CVD since I was in elementary school...in the 70's. I still love to go because the smells remind me of being a kid, and being there with my friends. Each year, I run into friends from my childhood, and I love that! I have to eat corn dogs and cotton candy, and spy on my teenage kids!
  • Too many things to list but nostaligic foods like...Elks Lodge BBQ babyback ribs and roasted corn!
  • Eating things that aren't meant to be fried.
  • Looking forward to taking my daughter on the ferris wheel
  • Spending time with my son on the same grounds I spent time with my family on
  • I look forward to taking my boys to the same fair I used to go to at their age!
  • Spending the day with my family and taking my little one on the rides.
  • Riding the rides with my kid and all the food!! Yummmmmy funnel cake ??
  • Eating chocolate covered strawberries as I watch my daughter perform on stage Mother's Day!!!
  • Great event and hoping to share it with my family
  • Annual funnel cake to be shared with my parents!
  • Taking the kids and winning them prizes!!
  • Funnel Cakes yum!
  • I go with my daughter ever year - this year she is 7 and said she can't wait to try out a new ride!
  • Looking forward to all the laughter and smiles from my son (and all the other kids enjoying the fair!)!
  • Carnival rides for the kids and live music for me! And it never fails... Always end up running into old friends
  • Cotton candy, the Zipper, and the look on my kids' faces when we pull up!

Learn more about Conejo Valley Days at www.conejovalleydays.us.

 

Spending a fun day with my 5 year old who enjoys getting on the same rides over and over and over again. While he does that I need to enjoy a funnel cake
Spending the day with my son! We haven't been before!
Looking forward to the food and trying to win a goldfish!
Taking my boys for the first time!
I look forward to hearing the music and rides playing at night after we get home from the fair.
Spending some fun time with the family!
Taking my daughter on the rides (she's finally old enough!) and of course... fair food!!
Enjoying family time with my husband and 2 girls!
Elephant Ears and Fried Zucchini
Looking forward to taking my grandkids like I do every year! They love the kid friendly stuff to do!
The ribs... I hope the Elks have their beef ribs!
What I really look forward to this year is seeing all my family friends with our kids enjoying the great food and rides and have a big smile from cheek to cheek!
Riding the rides!!
Trying the chili and seeing friends
All the super unhealthy but delicious food
I can't wait to volunteer with the Special Kids Day event. To be a part of that makes my year!
Seeing friends and eating junk.
Seeing all the goodies under the tent. Eating lots of good food
Taking my son in for the rides.
Seeking out a funnel cake
Eating food and seeing all of the families out enjoying the event.
Smoked turkey legs
Games, rides, food and a great time!!!!!!
We look forward to watching people scream upside down
Drooling over the food I can't have because I'm on Weight Watchers.
We go almost every year. Always a lot of fun and good food.
I look forward to some good ole community fun!!! Love it ALL!
I look forward to riding the Ferris wheel again and for my younger son to be able to participate in more rides!
Funnel cakes and hopefully some awesome Fedora in the tent
The Ferris wheel
Yummy food and lively music
Eating funnel cake and going on all the awesome rides with my daughter!????
Chocolate covered strawberries and the goldfish game!!!!!
Watching my kids laugh and smile.
Going with 3 generations that have been going since the beginning…and funnel cakes, gotta love funnel cakes.
Taking my little man with me and watching his adorable face light up as he goes on kiddie rides and tries cotton candy for the first time!
Looking forward to taking my 18 month old this year...our first year going as a family.
Going on the ferris wheel with the boyfriend and his kids. Making more memories to come!
Deep fried zucchini and winning a gold fish
Enjoy the corn dogs!
Every Year for 35 years! Family and Friends Getting Together!
I have been going to CVD since I was in elementary school...in the 70's. I still love to go because the smells remind me of being a kid, and being there with my friends. Each year, I run into friends from my childhood, and I love that! I have to eat corn dogs and cotton candy, and spy on my teenage kids!
Too many things to list but nostaligic foods like...Elks Lodge BBQ babyback ribs and roasted corn!
Eating things that aren't meant to be fried.
Looking forward to taking my daughter on the ferris wheel
Spending time with my son on the same grounds I spent time with my family on
I look forward to taking my boys to the same fair I used to go to at their age!
Spending the day with my family and taking my little one on the rides.
Riding the rides with my kid and all the food!! Yummmmmy funnel cake ??
Eating chocolate covered strawberries as I watch my daughter perform on stage Mother's Day!!!
Great event and hoping to share it with my family
Annual funnel cake to be shared with my parents!
Taking the kids and winning them prizes!!
Funnel Cakes yum!
I go with my daughter ever year - this year she is 7 and said she can't wait to try out a new ride!
Looking forward to all the laughter and smiles from my son (and all the other kids enjoying the fair!)!
Carnival rides for the kids and live music for me! And it never fails... Always end up running into old friends
Cotton candy, the Zipper, and the look on my kids faces when we pull up!
Sunday
Apr192015

Storage Wars Got You Hooked? Stop by a Storage Auction in Ventura County!

Storage Wars is a popular reality TV show on A&E that premiered in December 2010. It is amusing to watch as the main "characters" try to outsmart and outbid each other for the potential of finding value and treasure in abandoned storage units.

Checking out a large storage unit at an auction at Hollywood Storage in Newbury ParkThe "California Self-Service Storage Facility Act" gives storage facility owners the right to auction off storage units that have gone unpaid for several months.  Auction proceeds exceeding the cost of unpaid rent, penalties and auctioneer fees can be claimed by the previous owner of the property.

Storage units can contain pretty much anything, from the contents of a closed book store, an apartment, old furniture, mattresses, household items, a coin collection, you name it. While are convinced that episodes of the show are "staged" to include unbelievably unique and valuable items in some of the lockers, it is fun to watch and dream as the mystery of what is contained in these lockers unfolds.

The show's auctioneer is Dan Dotson of American Auctioneers, based in Riverside. Upcoming auctions are listed on his site at www.americanauctioneers.com/events.php. There was a Simi Valley storage unit auction highlighted on the show. There is a Simi Valley auction in July and plenty of auctions throughout Los Angeles County.

J. Michael's Auction, Inc. does a number of storage unit auctions here in Ventura County and other counties. If you're looking to participate in some real-life local storage wars, visit their site at www.jmichaelsauction.com.

The rules are, bring CASH to the auctions (checks, credit cards not accepted) and bid no more than what you have...they will NOT let you leave to visit the ATM. The auctioneer gives the crowd five minutes or so to view the contents of the unit. You may not step into the locker or touch anything inside. Then, the bidding begins. Winning bidders must bring their own lock to secure the unit. They give you a day or so to clear it out...no, you can't pick through the locker and take what you want....you must take everything. If you don't have a reseller certificate, plan to pay applicable sales taxes.

I experienced a storage unit auction at Hollywood Storage in Newbury Park. This is one spectacularly large, clean facility! J. Michael also had auctions in Simi Valley, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks that day. They give you estimated start times for each auction the day before, but timing varies as the auctioneer must complete each auction and drive to the next one. Often, the anticipated number of units varies, as I suppose owners come forward last minute to pay their past due rents.

There were 50 or 60 people at Hollywood Storage for a total of 5 units (10 originally anticipated). The first was an indoor unit that looked to have a bunch of household and miscellaneous items. I noticed there was a container with photos in it...I thought, if I bought that unit, I'd try to get those back to the owner. The unit went for about $600.

The 2nd unit was outdoors and contained old, junky wooden furniture. No hands went up. Finally, the auctioneer was able to get a $1 bid from a woman who quickly realized she'd have to get her son to lug the stuff out. The 3rd unit was filled with used power tools and other contruction items that someone nabbed for about $700.

The 4th unit was the double unit pictured above, which went for around $700. It contained what looked to be costumes and set materials for some production, plus a pile of what looked to be over 500 clothes hangers. The final unit appeared to be the hastily piled up contents of someone's house. Mostly a bunch of used junk worthy of a lawn sale, but the washer and dryer in the unit was easily worth about $250 or $300 to the winning bidder.

Friday
Apr172015

Piuma Road Overlook Views in the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu

Most of us in Ventura County take Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road down to PCH from time to time.  We look up and feel dwarfed by the canyons of the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. What do these canyons look like from the hills above? Well make your way up Piuma Road in Malibu to find out!

Views towards PCH and Malibu Canyon Road from first of two overlooks.

Piuma Road is the road we pass as we're driving to the beach, but rarely stop to think about....unless we're driving to Saddlepeak Lodge for a great meal. And daring cyclists and motorcyclists may know about this winding, hilly joy ride to the ocean. But rarely do the rest of us give it a thought as we're busily navigating our way down Malibu Canyon Road.

Views of Las Virgenes Canyon looking north from Piuma

Well if you're looking to take in some eye popping, panoramic views of Malibu Canyon down to Malibu Lagoon, towards Catalina Island looking south, as well as the Las Virgenes Valley on the other side, take a detour up Piuma Road. From the corner of Malibu Canyon Road and Piuma Road to several overlooks is about 4 1/2 miles. Whoever is driving better concentrate because, as you can see, the road is very winding, the elevation rises to 1500' and the views are jaw dropping.


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There are several overlooks where you can stop and park your car. The first one gives you a straight-on view of Malibu Canyon Road and the second provides views of the coastline towards Santa Monica.

Views from the second Piuma overlook looking down the Pacific coastline.

Deep Malibu Canyon Gorge below. A Gorgeous Gorge it is!

About a 1/4 mile before you reach these overlooks, you'll pass the Malibu Canyon Piuma Ridge area, which has a small picnic area. The views of the canyons will take your breath away. The map below, courtesy of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, shows this Ridge area in relation to the overlooks. Don't drive too fast as it is easy to pass by.

Piuma Ridge and Overlook Map excerpt courtesy of Santa Monica Mountains ConservancyAfter you take in the views at the Ridge and/or overlooks, you can either head back or drive another six winding miles to PCH via Las Flores Canyon Road, where you end up at Duke's Malibu.

If you can handle the sound of my noisy kids, here's some footage from the Piuma Overlooks:

Thursday
Apr162015

SoCal Water$mart 2014-2015 Turf Removal Rebates Available to Local Residents

The average homeowner uses over half their water on outdoor irrigation and water-intensive turf grass is the primary culprit. The State of California offers a rebate of $2 to $3 per sq ft of turf removed in the SoCal Water$mart 2014-2015 Turf Removal Program.

To qualify for a rebate, customers must remove actual grass in a designated area and be replaced with a new landscape that does not include live turf or turf-looking plants, but must include some non-turf plants and follow and additional municipal/city requirements. The new landscape must be permeable to air and water; areas with concrete and other surfaces do not qualify for the rebate. Synthetic turf is eligible for rebates unless otherwise not states in your area's terms and conditions.

Funding is available on a first come, first served basis based on available funding. Work must be done within 60 days after applying for rebate.

Learn more and file for a rebate at socalwatersmart.com.

Find out if your specific property address is eligible, and how much your rebate will be based on estimated square footage at mwdturf.conservationrebates.com/13-TRM1-HT/estimate.php.

If you are served in the Calleguas Municipal Water District, including Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks (including Newbury Park and incorporated portion of Westlake Village), Port Hueneme and unincorporated areas including Camarillo Heights, Fairview, Las Posas Valley, Oak Park, Santa Rosa Valley, Lake Sherwood, Somis, and Naval Base Ventura County, you are most likely included in this rebate program.

Tuesday
Apr142015

Restaurant Rewards Programs and Birthday Clubs Around Ventura County

It's nice finding Kids Eat Free deals around Ventura County but there are also dozens of local rewards program and birthday clubs that give you something for FREE!!!

This list includes programs where you get something for signing up or for being a repeat customer...a free burger, a coupon, dessert, etc. Excluded are programs that do not provide an obvious freebie (i.e. only sends you promotional emails).

These deals often change, so click through to the restaurant website to confirm the deal is still good. Let us know of any changes, broken links or additions!!

VENTURA COUNTY AREA DAILY DEAL AND PRINTABLE COUPON WEBSITES!

Islands

Tiki Link: Free gift on your birthday and special promotions.

Locations: Agoura Hills, Newbury Park, Simi Valley

Jamba Juice

Jamba Insider Rewards: Earn points for each purchase by entering your mobile phone number to cash in for $3 discounts. Free birthday smoothie or juice (I got mine recently - small sized smoothie for $0!).

Locations: Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura

Jersey Mike's Subs

Email Club: Sign up and get special promotions. I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email with a coupon for a regular sub and 22 oz drink redeemable on my birthday).

Shore Points Club: Register and earn points for each sandwich purchased. Redeem points for sandwiches. For example, each regular sub earns you 6 points; with 12 purchases you've earned a free regular sub. Effectively this is an 8% discount.

Locations: Over a dozen locations...Ventura, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Ojai, Oxnard, Calabasas, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, etc.

Joe's Crab Shack

Joe's Catch E-Club: Sign up and get a free appetizer.

Location: Ventura

Johnny Rockets

Rocket eClub: Sign up and get a free burger (with purchase of entree and a drink...basically a buy one, get one free) at signup and at your birthday.

Locations: Camarillo, Calabasas

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

Gossip Hound Email List: Sign up and get complementary birthday and anniversary treats.

Location: Thousand Oaks and Oxn

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Monday
Apr132015

Beach Scene in McFarland, U.S.A. Filmed at Sycamore Cove Beach, Point Mugu State Park

McFarland U.S.A. is a great "feel good" movie about a coach who leads the cross country team from McFarland High School to win the inaugural California state championship in 1987. The film, starring Kevin Costner as coach Jim White, is based on a true story. The film premiered on February 20th. My kids and I saw the movie today in Thousand Oaks and we unanimously agreed it was outstanding.

McFarland is a small town in Kern County, 25 miles north of Bakersfield (and 145 miles north of the Conejo Valley). There is a scene in the film where Coach White surprises the kids by diverting them to a beach after a successful cross country meet. This was a special moment for the kids, because none of them had ever seen the ocean. The first several minutes of the following video shows some behind the scenes footage from that scene.

If the beach scene looks familiar, it should be. It was filmed at Sycamore Cove Beach at Point Mugu State Park. The Sycamore Cove PCH bridge crossing seen in the background made this quite clear. Sycamore Cove is only an eight mile walk, ride or hike from Newbury Park via Sycamore Canyon. According to this website, the actual beach visited by the team was near Morro Bay.

Sycamore Cove Beach looking west towards PCH and the bridge

The PCH bridge that connects Sycamore Cove Beach with Sycamore Canyon CampgroundAnd of course, the Pacific Ocean, seen from Sycamore Cove BeachLearn more about McFarland, U.S.A. at movies.disney.com/mcfarland-usa.

Sunday
Apr122015

Things to Do Around Ventura County When It's Really, Really Hot Outside

It's sure hot out here! What's there to do around town that will cool me off!?Looking for things to do when its really, really HOT outside!? This list of mostly indoor activities is somewhat random in order so take a close look and you'll find something cool to do in and around Ventura County.


Conejo Valley/Agoura Hills/Oak Park

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Sunday
Apr122015

The Twin Ponds Conservation Area in the Conejo Open Space is Protected Land

The Twin Ponds Conservation Area in the Dos Vientos section of Newbury Park is part of the public open space lands of the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency and is protected by a conservation easement to the California Department of Fish and Game.

July 2014

January 2015

The ponds were originally constructed in the 1920s as part of the irrigation system for agricultural and cattle ranching operations at Dos Vientos Ranch. Today they serve as important habitat for Two Striped Garter Snakes and larger animals such as deer, bobcat, coyote and mountain lion that depend on a reliable source of water. Migrating waterfowl are occasionally abundant, especially in winter.

COSCA and Fish & Game ask that we enjoy this scenic area but protect the ponds for the future and ask that we do not enter the water or allow dogs/horses to enter the water, disturb or remove any animal or plant or place any plants or animals, including fish, into the ponds.

To explore the ponds, take the Vista Del Mar Trail from one of several access points in the Dos Vientos area, including the corner of Via Ricardo and Via Rincon and the corner of Rancho Dos Vientos and Via El Cerro. This is a fun little hike to take the kids on and the ponds less than a mile from each trailhead (the Via Ricardo/Via Rincon trailhead is closer).

Saturday
Apr112015

Vacation House Checks Available in Cities Throughout Ventura County

A number of cities provide free Vacation House Check services upon request to help keep your property secure while you are out of town. Here is a compilation of such services.

Thousand Oaks

The City of Thousand Oaks Volunteers in Policing organization perform vacation checks, including checking the backyard, windows, garage and doors for signs of disturbance and paying particular attention to your property while out on patrol. Request a vacation house check by calling the Thousand Oaks Community Police Resource Center with at least three days notice at 805.449.2760. Visit www.toaks.org/government/depts/police/volunteers/default.asp for more information.

Camarillo

The Camarillo Police Department offers residents a vacation house watch program, scheduled by calling 805.388.5100 Monday through Friday, between 8 AM and 5 PM. Vacation house watch forms may also be downloaded and emailed at www.ci.camarillo.ca.us/i3.aspx?p=922.

Simi Valley

The Simi Valley Police Department offers vacation checks to residents. Call 805.583.6938 to learn more and schedule one.

Ventura

City of Ventura residents can schedule vacation checks online at secure.coplogic.com/dors/en/crupfilingperson?dynparam=1428788603502.

Moorpark

Business owners and residents may request extra patrol of their property while they are on vacation or if they have reason to suspect being extraordinarily victimized by a crime. Moorpark Volunteers in Policing and Deputies are informed of the extra patrol locations and make an effort to check those areas for suspicious or criminal activity. If you would like an extra patrol of your property, you may submit a form at the Moorpark Police Station, located at 610 Spring Road, Moorpark.

Westlake Village

The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station will send a patrol car or Volunteer on Patrol member by your home while you are out of town. To schedule a free vacation check, call the station at 818-878-1808 and provide your address and travel dates.

Port Hueneme

Port Hueneme Police Department Volunteers in Policing provide home vacation checks. Visit www.ci.port-hueneme.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=897 for more information.

For other cities, visit the Ventura County Sheriff's Department website at www.vcsd.org for more information.

There's of course a whole host of other things to consider to protect your home when you're out of town...locking doors and windows, asking the neighbors to keep an eye out, stopping newspaper/mail deliveries (or having someone collect them), setting automated light timers around the house and activation of home security systems come to mind.

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Live Music and Other Nightlife Options In and Around Ventura County

Are you a night owl that is looking for something to do around town? Here's a list of places in and around Ventura County that have things to do during nighttime hours, including live music, concerts, dancing, darts, comedy, trivia and other activities scheduled on a regular basis.

This compilation includes restaurants as well as some bars. TVs are great, but don't count as "something to do" for the purposes of this compilation.

Are we missing something? Let us know!

For other nighttime fun, check out these compilations of Ventura County area movie theaters, comedy shows and entertainment venues. Or how about bowling. Or how about these inexpensive local area dating options.

(Information is subject to change at any time, so be sure to contact the business to confirm.) 

 

Conejo Valley (Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village)

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