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Ventura County Fire Department Offers Free Car Seat Safety Inspections

For those of you with kids looking for some help in ensuring your child safety seats are properly in place, consider the Ventura County Fire Department Child Passenger Safety Program.

Members of the Department are trained and certified through the National Highway Transportation Safety Association as a Car Seat Safety Technician. The Program educates parents on proper use and installation of child safety seats. The department provides free car seat inspections, installation guidance, product recall checks and informative literature.

Program locations near the Camarillo Airport, CHP Ventura, Crowley House in Thousand Oaks, CHP Moorpark and Moorpark Family Resource Center. More information at this link.

Volunteers from the VCFD Child Passenger Safety Program are knowledgeable and friendly!More on California child passenger seat belt laws and safety information


Labor Day Weekend Events In Ventura County and Surrounding Areas

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The second Labor Day holiday was on September 5, 1883. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday.

Oregon was the first state to officially enact Labor Day as a holiday by law on February 21, 1887, followed that year by Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Since then, all 50 states have made Labor Day a state holiday.


So what's going on in Ventura County over Labor Day Weekend!?  Here goes:

Fri 8/29 to Mon 9/1: 33rd Annual Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off, Carnival and Fair

Fri 8/29: Free concert at Heritage Square in Oxnard featuring reggae band Dirty Rice

Fri 8/29: Free screening of "The Nut Job" at Pierce Farm Center in Woodland Hills

Aug 29-31: Ventura Improv Festival

Sat 8/30: Kids Fun Zone at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks

Sat 8/30: 5th Annual Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest Festival

Sat/Sun 8/30-31: 12th Annual Ventura Nationals Car Show at VC Fairgrounds

Sat 8/30: Live Birds of Prey Program at Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center in Ojai

Sat 8/30: Music Under the Stars -  "Skinny Little Twits" (classic rock) at Olivas Adobe Ventura

Sat 8/30: Acadiana (Zydeco/Cajun) perf

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Ventura County Area Daily Deals, Coupons and Other Bargain Hunting Websites

Launched in November 2008, Groupon popularized the deal-a-day concept for daily discounted "coupons" or gift certificates good for deals at local retailers and service providers, such as spa treatments, classes, restaurants, massages, tanning salons, haircuts, offering 50% to as much as 90% off retail price.

An entire industry has been spawned by Groupon and there are now hundreds of daily deal sites around the world. Locally here in the Conejo Valley and Greater Ventura County, was the first site to launch a daily deal program, back in April 2010.

Deal-a-day sites can be addictive. Some people I know buy deals all the time, while others like to take a look every now and then. Generally you purchase a deal, pay, print the certificate and use it before it expires.

Below are websites that offer daily deals, anytime deals and/or good old fashioned coupons in the Ventura County area*: - Daily deals centered in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas.

Conejo Valley Corridor - Offers a discount card fundraising program that benefits local schools and non-profits while offering everyday discounts at over 85 local area businesses. - Companion site launched by owners of

Groupon Ventura County - Groupon started this VC daily deal site in October 2010. Ventura County - Came to Ventura County in April 2011.

Amazon Local Ventura County - Daily deal aggregator with both local deals and deals from national chains and online merchants. - Has both everyday printable coupons and limited time vouchers that are usually available a day or two. Covers businesses throughout Ventura County. - Offers an array of discount gift certificates at local restaurants. Worth checking out. Do be aware of minimum purchase requirements when you buy. - Sign up and receive 10% cash back when you dine at over 100 local restaurants. For each dollar members earn, MOGL puts 10 cen

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2014/2015 Ventura County Area School Year Start, End and Winter/Spring Break Dates

Everyone is on different school schedules...from Conejo Valley to Moorpark, Camarillo, Ventura, etc. Let's take a look!

Note: This list is for informational and amusement purposes only.  Please be sure to double-check school start dates with your local school to be sure!

The first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year ranges from August 11th at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks to August 28th at the Rio School District.

Schools listed below by order of first day of school.

La Reina High School

  • 1st Day of School: Mon, August 11
  • Winter Break: Fri, December 19 to Friday, January 2 (2 weeks)
  • Spring Break: Thurs, April 2 to Friday, April 10 (7 days)
  • Last Day of School: Fri, May 22

Santa Paula Unified School District

  • 1st Day of School: Wed, August 13
  • Fall Break: Mon, November 24 to Friday, November 28 (1 week)
  • Winter Break: Mon, December 22 to Monday, January 5 (2 weeks)
  • Spring Break: Mon, March 30 to Friday, April 10 (2 weeks)
  • Last Day of School: Wed, June 10

Fillmore Unified School District

  • 1st Day of School: Thurs, August 14
  • Fall Break: Mon, October 13 to Fri, October 17 (1 week)
  • Winter Break: Mon, December 22 to Mon, January 12 (3 weeks + 1 "staff development" day)
  • Spring Break: Wed, March 30 to Monday, April 6 (8 days)
  • Last Day of School: Thurs, June 11

Simi Valley Unified School District

  • 1st Day of School: Tues, August 19
  • Thanksgiving Break: Mon, November 24 to Friday, November 28 (1 week)
  • Winter Break: Mon, December 22 to Monday, January 5 (2 weeks + 1 day)
  • Spring Break: Mon, March 30 to Monday, April 6 (1 week + 1 "staff development" day)
  • Last Day of School: Fri, June 5
  • NOTE: Possible furlough days on the calendar: Feb 13, Mar 27, May 22

Ventura Unified School District

  • 1st Day of School: Tues, August 19
  • Fall Break: Mon, October 20 to Friday, October 24 (1 week)
  • Winter Break: Mon, December 22 to Friday, January 2 (2 weeks)
  • Spring Break: Fri, April 3 to Friday, April 10 (1 week + 1 day)
  • Last Day of School: Thurs, June 11

Santa Monica-Malibu School District

  • 1st Day of School: Tue, August 19
  • Winter Break: Mon, December 22 to Monday, January 5 (2 weeks)
  • Spring Break: Mon, April 7 to Fri, April 18 (2 weeks + 1 day)
  • Last Day of School: Fri, June 5

Oxnard School District (Elementary/Middle Schools)

  • 1st Day of School: Wed, August 20
  • Thanksgiving Break: Mon, November 24 to Fri, November 28 (1 week)
  • Winter Break: Mon, December 22 to Friday, January 9 (3 weeks)
  • Spring Break: Mon, March 30 to Friday, April 10 (2 weeks)
  • Last Day of School: Thurs, June 18

Moorpark Unified School District

  • 1st Day of School: Wed, August 20
  • Fall Break: Mon, November 24 to Fri, November 28 (1 week)
  • Winter Break: Mon, December 22 to Friday, January 2 (2 weeks)
  • Spring Break: Mon, March 30 to Friday, April 6 (1 week + 1 day)
  • Last Day of School: Fri, June 12

Oxnard Union High School District

  • 1st Day of School: Wed, August 20
  • Thanksgiving Break: Mon, November 24 to Fri, November 28 (1 week)
  • Winter Break: Mon, December 22 to Friday, January 2 (2 weeks)
  • Spring Break: Mon, March 30 to Fri, April 3 (1 week)
  • Last Day of School (finals): Tues, June 9

Las Virgenes Unified School District (Agoura/C

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The Conejo Free Clinic Provides Medical and Legal Services to Those in Need

The Conejo Free Clinic (CFC) is 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976 that provides medical and legal services to those who may have no access to care. The CFC provides services to over 5,000 people annually in our community.

Medical services provided by CFC include primary and preventative general medical services, pediatric clinics, including childhood and school-required immunizations, women's health services such as health exams, mammograms and other tests as well as patient advocacy services when necessary. Legal service clinics take place the first four Tuesday nights of each month.

All CFC providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, RN's, medical assistants, receptionists, etc.) are volunteers. The office is managed by a staff of four employees, supported by a 15 member Board of Directors from the community.

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City of Simi Valley Level 1 Water Shortage Restrictions Became Effective August 1st

To comply with the State Water Resources Control Board emergency regulations requiring all water retailers in California to mandate water use reductions, a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage is in effect as of August 1, 2014. The Board of Directors of Waterworks District No. 8 (the Simi Valley City Council) has declared a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage, effective August 1, 2014.

(The Golden State Water Company is currently considering similar restrictions, their customers may reference for updates. Note – City restrictions apply to Golden State Water Company customers also.)

All residents and businesses provided water by the City of Simi Valley, must immediately:

  •  Reduce landscape irrigation, limiting to 45 minutes per week per irrigation station/zone through October 31 (with exceptions for “smart” controllers, drip or low water emitting fixtures, and stream rotors with 70% efficiency)
  • Fix leaks, breaks, or malfunctions promptly, in no case longer than 72 hours.
  • All residents and businesses within the City of Simi Valley must:
  • Irrigate before 9:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m., no more than 15 minutes per irrigation station/zone;
  • Cease any excessive irrigation flow and/or runoff;
  • Cease washing or spraying pavement (or any exterior hard surfaces) with exceptions when necessary, to alleviate safety or sanitary hazards;
  • Only wash a vehicle using a hose with an automatic trigger shut-off nozzle;
  • Use only recirculated water in decorative fountains or water features.

Commercial restrictions within the City of Simi Valley include:

  • Restaurants and bars may only serve water upon customer request;
  • Lodging establishments must provide guests the option to decline daily linen service;
  • Commercial car washes and decorative fountains must use recirculated water.

And irrigation restrictions to customers provided water by the City will change November 1:

  • Further reduce irrigation beginning November 1, 2014 to only 30 minutes per irrigation/zone, through March 31, 2015.

Visit for water supply updates, water conservation resources, rebates, incentive programs and more. For local information and resources such as Water Wise Gardening in Ventura County, visit


Beisbol: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues Exhibit in Ventura Opens September 13

Beisbol: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues is a new exhibition that will open at the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday, September 13th.

Beisbol: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues tells the story of the Mexican baseball teams and leagues that were formed in the 1920s and 1930s throughout the Central Coast.  Teams like the Oxnard Aces, the Santa Paula Limoneros, the Golden State Dairy Team, and the Camarillo Merchants to name a few, helped to build a community amid the segregated landscape of 1930s California. This exhibit examines the love of the game by Mexican Americans in Ventura County, and how the network of players went beyond camaraderie and leisure time to lasting friendships and success in the big leagues.

Oxnard Baseball Team in 1915 (courtesy Museum of Ventura County)

In Ventura County, Mexican players were drawn from mutual aid organizations, churches, and workplaces.  For these players, baseball served multiple purposes:  it provided a break from the monotonous labor of agricultural fields and citrus groves while building integrated friendships and new traditions.  Sunday became a day of religious services in the morning followed by an afternoon of baseball for families.  Organizations started sponsoring teams, such as the Knights of Columbus and the merchants of each particular region.

Ventura Team circa 1902 (courtesy Museum of Ventura County)The turn of the century brought an influx of Mexicans to California, with many settling in Ventura County. Jobs were plentiful in the flourishing agriculture industry, picking oranges and lemons or working in the packing houses.  They lived in segregated Mexican neighborh

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Free Concerts and Live Music All Summer Long Around Ventura County

We have before us another great summer of free (and almost free), live music throughout Ventura County and surrounding areas this summer. This preliminary list is GROWING! Rock, jazz, pops, R&B, reggae, Celtic, classical, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Classic Rock, Latin, Tribute Bands, you name it!!!

Check the Events Calendar for things going on around town as well as the Local Events and Community Messages sections of Conejo Valley Guide.

This list of course is subject to change. Contact event organizers to confirm.

Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village/Newbury Park

Agoura/Oak Park/Calabasas/Woodland Hills

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Compilation of Great Trails and Hikes In and Around Ventura County


Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, Gelato and Other Frozen Treats Around Ventura County

Frozen yogurt is everywhere these days, ice cream is as popular as ever and gelato is gaining steam! Here's a handy list of frozen yogurt, ice cream and gelato places in and around Ventura County for your dining pleasure. There are over 80 such establishments in Ventura County and surrounding areas!

(Current as of 8/15/14. Things to confirm....let us know of any changes!)

Conejo Valley (TO/WLV/NP)


Moorpark/Simi Valley


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The Parent Project┬« Training Program for Parents of Adolescent Children - Upcoming Ventura County Classes Available

The Parent Project® was created for parents with difficult or out-of-control adolescents between the ages 11 and 19. Parents learn and practice specific prevention and intervention strategies for destructive behaviors - truancy, alcohol and other drug use, gangs and other criminal behavior, running away, violence and suicide. Parents are self-referred or can be referred to Parent Project classes by officers in the field, juvenile detectives, diversion programs, court systems, mental health professionals and school officials.

This program is available locally in various Ventura County locations.  Many programs are free or charge only a small fee for a Parent Project workbook. Sessions generally are 10 weeks.

Some upcoming local Parent Project classes as of August 2014 are below. Providers and costs vary. Click the link above to register online for most classes, or call the phone numbers below.

  • Simi Valley: Simi Valley Police Department is offering a 10 week session on Tuesday nights beginning 9/16/14. Call 805.583.6219. Free ($20 deposit)
  • Thousand Oaks: Thousand Oaks Police Dept is offering 10 sessions on Thursday nights at Horizon Hills School in Thousand Oaks beginning 9/18/14/14. Call 805.449.2760
  • Thousand Oaks: Ventura County Sheriff's Office is presenting Spanish language sessions on Thursday nights starting 8/28/14. Call 805.449.2760. $20 textbook fee. Classes free.
  • Ventura: Pacific Coast Center for Family Counseling is currently offering 10 Tuesday night sessions that began 8/5/14. Call 805.794.0646. These classes do have registration and per session fees.
  • Camarillo: VC Sheriff and Camarillo Police Department is offering Tuesday night sessions that begin 9/16/14. No charge for sessions. Workbook $20. Call 805.388.5131.
  • Moorpark: Moorpark USD is offering Spanish language classes on Tuesday nights that begin 8/26/14. 805.558.5151
  • Santa Paula: The Esperanza Program is offering Spanish language classes on Friday nights that began 8/1/14. Free of charge. 805.276.7671

Additionally, Loving Solutions is a program designed for parents of 5-10 year olds with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD). The Moorpark USD is offerining Loving Solutions classes on Thursday nights beginning 8/28/14. $35 for materials; classes are free. Call 805.558.5151. Classes also currently offered on Monday nights in Ventura for a fee. Call 805.794.0646.

Previous sessions have also been offered in Oxnard, Ojai and Westlake Village. For more details about the Parent Project program, visit


Help Track Recovery From Springs Fire in Point Mugu State Park and Rancho Sierra Vista with Your Cameras

If you're out and about in Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa and Point Mugu State Park, you may come across one of these photo stands on the trails.

The sign, sponsored by the National Park Service and California State Parks, says the following:

Much of Point Mugu State Park and Rancho Sierra Vista burned in the May 2013 Springs Fire. We are monitoring how the ecosystem responds. YOU CAN HELP!

Place your camera or camera phone on the L-shaped bracket and take a photo of the view (no zoom or filters).

Post your photos using hashtag #springsfire__ to Twitter and flickr.

Photos will be used to create a time-lapse of the recovery. See your photos come to life on our Springs Fire Recovery Map!

While I don't know exactly how many of these photo brackets are out there, I've come across three of them on the Hidden Valley Overlook trail in Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa.

View from SpringsFire03View from SpringsFire04

I'm not the only one that noticed these contraptions. Some folks have posted photos to Twitter already. Like these #SpringsFire04 photos.


City of Oxnard Mandatory Water Conservation Measures Effective 7/29

The Oxnard City Council declared a Stage 2 Water shortage condition within the City and adopted mandatory water conservation measures to address the ongoing severe drought conditions.  The resolution was adopted during the July 29, 2014 council meeting and became effective immediately.
The State Water Resources Board (SWRCB) adopted resolution No 2014-0038 on July 15, 2014, in which SWRCB imposes emergency regulation for statewide urban water conservation. This resolution required that water suppliers, such as the City of Oxnard, implement mandatory conservation measures by August 1, 2014.      
The City’s resolution, prohibits and imposes a range of water conservation measures that are designed to reduce consumption of potable water in a variety of uses. Residents, commercial establishments, municipal and schools are required to implement the following water conservation measures:

  1. The use of running water from a hose, pipe, or faucet to clean buildings, pavement, tile, wood, plastic, driveways, parking lots, and other paved surfaces, is prohibited, except for compelling public health and safety reasons. If allowed, a hose with a positive shut-off nozzle must be used;
  2. All restaurants that provide table service shall post, in a conspicuous place, a notice of water shortage conditions and shall refrain from serving water except upon specific request by a customer;
  3. Use of potable water to fill or refill recreational or ornamental lakes, ponds or fountains is prohibited;

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Stay Cool in the Pool! Community Swimming Throughout Ventura County

Stay cool this summer and year-round at some of these community swimming pools, water parks and splash pads in Ventura County and surrounding areas. For updates and additions, contact us!

Conejo Valley (Conejo Recreation & Park District)

Community Pool at Cal Lutheran University Samuelson Aquatics Center is a year-round facility, offering recreational and lap swimming 7 days a week. Call 805.241.0894 or visit Only $2 ($1 for 62+). Current schedule at Water is heated to 80 to 84 degrees year round...nice! Closed 7/23-7/27 for Jr Olympic meet.

Newbury Park High School Community Swimming Pool is at 456 Reino Road and offers recreational swimming 6 days/week from 6/14/14 to 8/22/14, Mon-Fri 1-4PM, Sat 12:30PM-3:30PM (6/14 to 8/2 only) and Monday nights 7-9PM. Only $2 ($1 for 62+). Call 805.498.6906 or visit


Thousand Oaks High School Community Swimming Pool is at 2323 N. Moorpark Road and offers recreational swimming Mon to Fri from 6/16/14 to 8/22/14, Mon-Fri 1-4PM and Wed 7-9PM. Only $2 ($1 for 62+). Call 805.496.8564 or visit

Free open swim at all of the above CRPD pools took place from noon to 4pm on the 4th of the July. Fun!

Conejo Valley/Agoura - Other

Daland Swim School in Thousand Oaks offers group and individual lessons.

Conejo Valley YMCA in Thousand Oaks heated i

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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!!


Cold Stone Creamery

My Cold Stone eClub: Special treat for signing up and on your birthday along with special offers.

Locations: Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura

Country Harvest Restaurant

Get a free meal and slice of cake on your birthday! Must bring ID to prove it's your birthday of course

Location: 3345 Kimber Drive, Newbury Park

Daphne's Greek Cafe

Pita Points E-Club Program earn one point for each dollar spent; 100 points = $5 off any purchase. Plus another $5 credit on your birthday.

Locations: Newbury Park, Camarillo, Woodland Hills, Simi Valley

Del Taco

Raving Fan EClub: Get 2 free grilled chicken soft tacos for signing up and a free shake on your birthday

Locations: Newbury Park, Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley (3), Oxnard (2), Ventura, Santa Paula


Get a free Grand Slam breakfast on your birthday!

Locations: Newbury Park, Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Woodland Hills, Port Hueneme, Ventura (Thousand Oaks location closed in August 2012)

El Pollo Loco

My Loco Rewards: Free chips and guacamole when you join.

Locations: Newbury Park, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley (2), Oxnard (3), Ventura.

El Torito

Real Mex Rewards Program: Receive free guacamole on your first visit after signing up, free entree ($12.99 value) on your birthday month and $5 reward for every $55 spent.

Locations: Oxnard, Simi Valley

Freebirds World Burrito

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