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Thursday
May212015

A Guide to Free Fun, Food and Festivities Around Ventura County

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the adjective "free" comes from the Old English "frēo," which is pretty much useless information to me. The more relevant definition to most of us is "not costing or charging anything." Now we're talking!

There are thousands of FREE things to do, see, eat and experience in the Conejo Valley, Ventura County and surrounding areas. Conejo Valley Guide is dedicated towards unearthing these FREE things year-round, from Kids Eat Free deals around town to annual events.

Here are some links to FREE (and nearly free) dispersed throughout this website:

Free upcoming events in and around Ventura County

Free activities around Ventura County for all ages

 

Free activities geared towards kids in and around Ventura County

Restaurant rebates and rewards programs and Birthday Clubs around town

The popular compilation of Kids Eat Free deals around Ventura County

Free admission days at museums in and around Ventura County


National Park Service Free Admission Days

Free (and nearly free) summer movies in and around Ventura County

Free summer concerts in and around Ventura County

Local Ventura County area Freecycle groups


Not quite free but of interest nonetheless:

Daily deals and coupon websites for the Ventura County area

Metrolink Rewards discounts on Southern California attractions

Auto Club discounts on local products and services

Save money on local products and services by buying gift cards at Costco

Wednesday
May202015

Tennis Courts Open to the Public In and Around Ventura County

Looking to play a little tennis in and around Ventura County? There are over 150 tennis courts open to the public throughout the county. Here they are compiled into one list.

Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park

  • Borchard Community Park, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park - 4 courts
  • Del Prado Park, 402 Calle del Prado, Newbury Park (Dos Vientos) - 1 court (also 2 pickleball courts)
  • Rancho Conejo Playfields, 950 N. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park - 2 courts
  • Dos Vientos Community Park, 4801 Borchard Road, Newbury Park - 2 courts
  • North Ranch Playfield, 952 Rockfield Street, Thousand Oaks - 2 courts
  • Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks - 4 courts
  • Triunfo Park, 980 Aranmoor Ave, Thousand Oaks - 3 courts
  • Wildflower Playfield, 635 W. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks - 4 courts

Agoura/Oak Park/Calabasas

Camarillo

Oxnard Tennis Courts (www.oxnardrec.org/17/3/960)

  • Carty Park, 3900 South F Street - 1 court
  • College Estates Park, 1400 Gary Drive - 1 court
  • Community Center West Park, 801 Hobson Way - 8 lighted courts
  • East Park, 351 Indus Place - 1 court
  • Fremont Tot Park, 1130 North M Street - 2 courts
  • Lemonwood Park, 2055 East San Mateo Place - 2 courts
  • Marina West, 1300 South Novato Drive - 2 courts
  • Orchard Park, 2130 Edelweiss Street - 1 court
  • Peninsula Park, 3333 South P

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Monday
May182015

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

  • Camp Helping Hands service/learning camp at CLU and CSUCI. Make a difference and have fun at it. July/Aug, ages 6-14,  www.camphelpinghands.com or 805.244.5071
  • Camp Keystone Summer Day Camps in Agoura Hills for ages 3 to 14 (4 different camps) www.campkeystone.com or 818.889.2224
  • Camp Kinneret Summer Day Camp in Agoura Hills campkinneret.com 818.706.8255
  • Camp Summertime at Calamigos Ranch

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Monday
May182015

Eleven of My Favorite Things to Do In and Around the City of Ventura

Incorporated in 1866, the City of Ventura is the county seat of Ventura County. The official name of Ventura is the city of San Buenaventura. Mission San Buenaventura was founded by Franciscan priest Junipero Serra on March 31, 1782 and was named after Saint Bonaventure. Enough with the history lesson...here are some of my favorite things to do in this beautiful city!

You can't miss the 1,600 foot long Ventura Pier, with its panoramic views, fishing and ocean-breezes. There's a cool little playground area in the sand just west of the pier, bicycle rentals nearby, miles of beachfront bike path and Surfers' Point. San Buenaventura State Beach stretches from the Ventura Pier down south past the homes of the Ventura Keys.

Ventura Harbor Village is home to 33 acres of harborside activities, shopping and restaurants. There's an arcade with an antique carousel, boat rides, kayaking and sailing and quick access to family-friendly Harbor Cove Beach and Surfer's Knoll Beach. Also within a short walking distance is the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, an inspirational and interactive source of information about the Channel Islands National Park. Bring the kids!


Ventura Harbor Village is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.For some of the most spectacular views of Ventura, stop by Grant Park / Serra Cross Park. You can drive up there, or park above the historic Ventura City Hall building and walk to Grant Park via the Ventura Botanical Gardens Demonstration Trail. This nice 1 mile trail, opened in October 2012, will give you a nice little workout, with views along the way.

A view from the Ventura Botanical Gardens Demonstration Trail

Golf N' Stuff is a family favorite, especially when it's really hot in the Conejo Valley and you're looking for an outdoor alternative to the beach.  The kids never tire of the two 18-hole mini golf courses, bumper boats, large, nicely appointed arcade, go karts and bumper cars. Sign up with their email club and receive periodic 2 for 1 deals.

Mini golf fun at Golf N' Stuff Ventura.

Another popular family choice is oceanfront Marina Park in the Ventura Keys, a decent sized park with plenty of grassy area, a newer playground, the popular zip line and path to adjacent picnic and viewing area Soter Point. We enjoy riding bikes from the park to the Ventura Beach Path.

Marina Park zip line

In Downtown Ventura, the Museum of Ventura County hosts a collection of over 30,000 pieces of fine art and historical items and a changing lineup of exhibits displaying items of local relevance. The Museum's Research Library houses over 150,000 resources related to the history of Ventura County. And the Museum regularly hosts public events geared towards all ages as well as free admission the first Sunday of each month.

Those are some highlights! But there's more!

Over 40 things to do in the City of Ventura

Over 40 kids' activities in the City of Ventura

Nearly 50 sports and fitness activities in the City of Ventura

Upcoming events in the City of Ventura

Sunday
May172015

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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Saturday
May162015

Conejo Valley Guide Facebook Followers Share How They Are Saving Water

Governor Jerry Brown issued mandatory statewide water restrictions with a mandatory 25% reduction in water use through February 2016. This 25% reduction is a statewide, aggregate goal, not a specific goal directed at individual residences. That said, we all need to do what we can to cut back water use.

In a recent drawing on the CVG Facebook page, local residents were asked what they are doing to cut back on use of water. Here's what they said:

  • No more car washes
  • Watering lawn less
  • Put in artificial grass*, flush toilets less, take shorter showers
  • Shorter showers and gave up flower bed
  • Water lawn once a week instead of twice a week
  • Stopped watering lawn...planning to change the landscape
  • Turn the water off when brushing and washing
  • Bricks in the toilet tank to reduce water per flush
  • Took out the grass
  • Rain barrel system
  • Shorter showers was mentioned numerous times
  • Washing more clothes in bigger loads
  • Put buckets out when it rains
  • Rarely wash the car
  • Using water saving shower heads
  • Showering together (hmmm)
  • Shower timers
  • Showers instead of baths
  • Take baths every other day instead of every day
  • Soaking and washing dishes with half-filled sink instead of running water
  • "If it's yellow, let it mellow...etc."
  • Got rid of lawn and installed drip system
  • Fixed all leaking faucets
  • Buckets in showers to collect water as it warms up to use outside

California American Water provides low flow shower heads like this one as, well as faucet aerators and other conservation supplies to customers.

There are a variety of water conservation rebates available for Southern California residents under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Water District.  Visit socalwatersmart.com for more information. In addition to turf replacement rebates (which due to huge demand, as of May 12th stopped taking applications...but they they indicate checking back May 26th for possible new funding, terms and conditions), rebates are available for items like properly implemented rain barrels, high-efficiency clothes washers and toilets, weather-based irrigation controllers and rotating sprinkler nozzles.

* Artificial grass: California American Water explains why artificial turf is not included in turf exhange programs. Artificial turf is not a living landscape and does not increase biodiversity of plant, animal and insect populations, provide habitat for local fauna, foster healthy soils, cool surrounding air temperatures (artificial turf can get significantly hotter than surrounding air temperatures) or sequester carbon or produce oxygen like living plant material can. Artificial turf is not water free. It must be watered periodically for cleaning and may require chemicals periodically. And because artificial turf can get very hot in direct sunlight, water may be needed to cool it for comfortable use.

Friday
May152015

Compilation of Great Trails and Hikes In and Around Ventura County