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Daylight Saving Time Ends on the First Sunday of November

Daylight Saving Time ends on the first Sunday of November each year in the U.S. (with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii). In 2014, that will be Sunday, November 2nd at 2 a.m.

At 1:59:59 a.m. on Sunday, your clocks will revert back to 1 a.m. Yes! FALL BACK!! An extra hour of sleep!

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gave us an extra month of DST by starting DST 3 weeks earlier and ending it one week later.

For my more precise readers, it is officially called Daylight Saving (not Savings) Time. So if you want to annoy your friends, correct them any time they call it Daylight SavingS time.

Also as one website I found mentioned, Daylight Saving Time is technically inaccurate, since we don't really gain daylight. It would more appropriately be called Daylight Shifting Time but I don't see that being a high priority initiative.

Falling back is probably my favorite day of the year as I thoroughly enjoy the gift of an extra hour. I despise the Daylight Saving Time transition and rant about it here.


Looking for an Inexpensive Date in Ventura County? Here are Some Ideas!

"Perfect Match" by Local Artist Chuck Trunks

Yes, most of us know that, living in the Conejo Valley and it seems most of Ventura County, many places seem to close by 10 pm.  So why not get to bed early and check out some of these great daytime activities around the area!  Most of these make for a great "cheap" date!  Others are not so inexpensive but worth checking out!

Boats, Bikes, Biplanes and Other Speedy Activities

Landmarks and Local History

Theater, Music and Art Activities

Comedy and Improv

More Music as Well as Fine Arts and Dance Groups


Outdoor Fun


A Grab Bag of Other Fun Activities (Indoor Rock Climbing, Fencing, Kayaking, etc.)

Local Movie Theaters

Go Running or Cycling

Have Fun With Some of These Local Hobby/Social Clubs

The of course there's all sorts of upcoming events in the area! Check the Events Calendar or check out upcoming events by "type" by CLICKING HERE.


This covers many, but not all things to do in Ventura County!  Explore the site for more ideas and LET US KNOW if we're missing something you think should be in here!  We're always adding new stuff to do!!  Now go out and HAVE SOME FUN!!


Life's a Beach! Public Beaches Spanning From Carpinteria to the Ventura Harbor

The beaches of Ventura County have something for everyone, be it the sand (case in point shown above), the ocean breezes, surfing, sandcastles, volleyball, sunning, picnicing or just chilling out to the sound of the waves. Here we have compiled a listing of beaches just north of Ventura County in Carpinteria down the coast to the Ventura Harbor. Separately we highlight beaches stretching further down the coast through Oxnard, Channel Islands Harbor, Point Mugu and Malibu as well as up the coast in and around Santa Barbara.

The Santa Claus Lane Beach Area in Carpinteria is a south facing beach area popular with surfers, boogie boarders and sunbathers. Get there from the 101 by taking the Padaro Lane exit towards Santa Claus Lane, then taking a left on Santa Claus Lane. You can park in a small dirt area (there's room for maybe 10 cars there) on the ocean side or find street parking, which is plentiful. This is not an "official" beach to my knowledge, as in city or county-run. Just a private beach. No restrooms to my knowledge. Oh yes, you'll have to cross the railroad tracks...so be careful! Down the street is Padaro Beach Village, where you can grab a bite to each and do a little shopping.

On a separate note, you may be wondering why it is called Santa Claus Lane. Well the old-timers among you (including me) know that a gigantic roadside Santa used to reside here that now greets us off the 101 freeway in the Nyeland Acres section of Oxnard. Learn more about the history at this link.

Surfers, boogie boarders, body surfers and frolickers at the Santa Claus Lane area beach.

Just down the street is the quaint Padaro Beach Village, where you can grab a coffee, breakfast, lunch, do a little shopping, etc. Very relaxing little area.Carpinteria State Beach is a mile long beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping. Dogs are allowed only at picnic area. The park originally opened in February 1932. There are four campground areas with 216 family campsites and seven group campsites available. Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tidepools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins. Exit the 101 at Casitas Pass Road, go west to Carpinteria Avenue, make a right at the signal; then turn left on Palm.  The beach is at the end of Palm Avenue near 4th Street. Call 805.968.1033 or visit www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=599.

Tar Pits Park in Carpinteria provides hiking and biking trails and a few benches, but no other park amenities.  Access to the park is very remote and it is suggested that you enter from the Carpinteria State Beach campgrounds or beach area.  Here you will see tar oozing out of the hills...so watch where you step! The Carpinteria Tar Pits are one of the five natural asphalt lake areas in the world! Visit www.carpinteria.ca.us/parks_rec/park_system.shtml for more information. The Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery can be reached by following trails east of the park. MORE ON TAR PITS PARK HERE

Beach view from Tar Pits Park in Carpinteria

Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve is 53 acres of open space situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean is a series of walkways, trails and open space for ocean views, whale watching and fresh air. There are restrooms and I believe parking is free. This is not a beach for hanging out on the sand. Visit www.carpinteria.ca.us/parks_rec/park_system.shtml for more information. Take the 101 Freeway to Ballard Avenue and turn towards the ocean.

Rincon Beach Park is near the Ventura/Santa Barbara County line just a few miles east of Carpinteria. Just take the Bates Avenue offramp off the 101 Freeway to the ocean and on the right you'll find plenty of free parking and easy beach access, with picnic tables and restrooms. Run by the County of Santa Barbara. No parking fees! Just steps to the south of Rincon Beach Park is Rincon Point, known as one of the best surfing spots in the world. There is separate parking there and restrooms.

Great photo opps here at Rincon Beach Park :)

Mussel Shoals is a small beach community in Ventura with around 50 homes. There are about a dozen public parking spots along Old Pacific Coast Highway, paralleling the 101 near the Cliff House Inn. No restrooms. If you go there, perhaps have lunch at the

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Senior Adult Centers and Programs Throughout Ventura County

Here is a list of senior centers and programs throughout Ventura County. For more extensive information about serving the needs of seniors, visit the County of Ventura Area Agency on Aging website at aaa.countyofventura.org.

The Goebel Senior Adult Center at 1385 East Janss Road in Thousand Oaks operates Monday through Saturday and offers games, arts and crafts, classes, music and dance, seminars and workshops, sports and exercise, special events, support groups, travel opportunities and more. The facility is managed by the City of Thousand Oaks and is staffed by the Conejo Recreation & Park District. No membership dues, primarily for those 50+ (but some programs are available for 18+), non-T.O. residents are welcomed for most activities, hot lunch is available M-W for a small charge and many classes are offered for free. Visit www.goebelsenioradultcenter.org or call 805.381.2744 for more information.

The Simi Valley Senior Center at 3900 Avenida Simi is a 22,000 square foot enrichment and learning center for adults. The center provides learning programs, exercise classes, meal programs, health services, excursions, computer classes, book clubs, support groups, billiard room, social services, art classes and more. For ages 50+. The Rendezvous Café operates M-W and offers hot lunch for a small charge to ages 60+. Visit www.ci.simi-valley.ca.us/index.aspx?page=249 or call 805.583.6363.

The Pleasant Valley Senior Center is located at 1605 E. Burnley Street in Camarillo. The center is open M-F from 9am to 4pm and offers a variety of recreation and leisure program, a meal site for ages 60+ and social services for local residents. Programs and activities are not limited to Camarillo residents. Visit www.pvrpd.org/recreation/senior/default.asp or call 805.482.4881. More info on senior meal programs at www.camhealth.com/seniorLunch.htm.

City of Oxnard Recreation and Community Services offers 3 senior centers. The Wilson Senior Center at 350 N. C Street is open M-F 10am to 4pm (805.385.8028), South Oxnard Senior Center at 200 East Bard Road is open M-F 8:15am to 2:15pm (805.385.8042) and Colonia Senior Center at 126-B Amelia Court, open M-F 8:30am to 2:30pm (805.385.8163). Visit www.oxnardrec.org/17/1/ for more information.

The Moorpark Active Adult Center is located at 799 Moorpark Avenue. The center is open M-F from 8am to 4pm and offers classes, programs and more. Home delivered meals available to local 60+ residents and meals offered for low cost at the

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Halloween Events and Activities In and Around Ventura County!

Once again, we have compiled a list Halloween events, activities and boo-rrific goings on around Ventura County and surrounding areas for the Halloween 2014 season! Spooky houses, pumpkin patches, trick or treating, carnivals, community events, storytelling and more!

Pumpkin Patches in Ventura County and Surrounding Areas

This list will continue to be updated through October.

Dates/times subject to change; contact event organizers to confirm. For calendar view, click here.

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Views From the Old Boney Trail in Pt. Mugu State Park on Last Sunday of October

October is almost done and Halloween is this coming Friday. And today is another sunny day, blue skies, with temperatures in the mid 70s, making this yet another nice day for a hike. If you're looking for a bit of a strenuous hike in the Boney Mountain State Wilderness, the Old Boney Trail is something to consider. Accessible from Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa in Newbury Park, plan on half a day of hiking for panaromic views covering Boney Mountain, the Oxnard Plain, Conejo Valley and Hidden Valley.

Old Boney Trail sign at juncture of Danielson Road trail


Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit at Reagan Library Opens Oct 28th

Beginning October 28th, 21 spectacular cars used in Hollywood and by Heads of State will be displayed at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in "Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit." The cars will be on display until May 1, 2015.

The exhibit is in partnership with the Petersen Automotive Museum to showcase some of The Petersen’s most stunning and memorable cars at the Reagan Library while The Petersen is closed to the public for renovation.  Most of these cars come from The Petersen’s vault and are not seen by regular museum-goers.

In the Hollywood Gallery, cars used in television and movies, as well as owned by celebrities, will be displayed October 28, 2014 through May 1, 2015, including:

  • 1956 XKSS owned by Steve McQueen (one of only sixteen built)
  • 1971 DeTomaso Pantera owned by Elvis Presley (which still has the three bullet holes from when he shot the car)
  • Batmobile driven by Michael Keaton in “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1991)
  • 1946 custom Ford used by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in “Grease” (1978)
  • 1966 Ford Thunderbird driven by Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in “Thelma and Louise” (1991)
  • 2001 custom Honda Roadster driven by Devon Aoki in “2 Fast, 2 Furious” (2003)

In the Heads of State Gallery, cars built for Heads of State in multiple countries will be on display from November 17, 2014 through October 2015, including:

  • Pope John Paul II’s 1998 Cadillac Papal Parade Phaeton
  • 1942 Lincoln Limousine (ordered the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor and used by Presidents Roosevelt and Truman)
  • 1938 Packard Super 8 Parade Phaeton used by Juan and Evita Peron, President and First Lady of Argentina

In the Historic Cars Gallery, rare, iconic and historic cars will be displayed January 31, 2015 through May 1, 2015, including: 1981 Gold-Plated DeLorean DMC-12, 1952 Ferrari 212/215 Inter Spyder, 1913 Mercer Raceabout and 1939 Bugatti 57C Atalante.

Batmobile driven by Michael Keaton in "Batman" (1989) and "Batman Returns" (1991) (Photo Credit: Peterson Automotive Museum)

1966 Ford Thunderbird from Thelma and Louise (Photo Credit: Peterson Automotive Museum)

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Areas in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area Allowing Dogs on Leash

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the largest urban national park in the United States at over 150,000 acres, extending from the Hollywood Bowl on the east to Point Mugu at its western end; including the beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu as well as the canyons and peaks extending north to Simi Valley.

Dogs are allowed in a number of areas within the Santa Monica Mountains, as long as they are on leashes that are no more than 6 feet in length. Here is a listing of areas where dogs are allowed:

National Park Service: Arroyo Sequit, Castro Crest, Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyons, Circle X Ranch, Deer Creek Canyon, Paramount Ranch, Peter Strauss Ranch, Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa, Rocky Oaks, Solstice Canyon and Zuma/Trancas Canyons

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy: Calabasas Peak, Dixie Canyon, Escondido Canyon, Franklin Canyon, Fryman Canyon, Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park, Red Rock Canyon Park, San Vicente Mountain Park, Temescal Gateway Park, Wilacre Park

City of Malibu: Charmless Natural Area, Malibu Bluffs

California State Parks: Pets are not allowed on backcountry trails of Topanga, Malibu Creek, Leo Carrillo and Point Mugu State Parks.

Dogs on leash are allowed at County Line Beach, Leo Carrillo State Park (on beach and campground only, except between towers 1 and 3), Point Mugu State Park (on beach and campground only in Sycamore Cove and Thornhill Broome Beach), Will Rogers State Historic Park (day-use areas and loop road only)

L.A. City Recreation and Park District: Coldwater Canyon Park, Laurel Canyon Park, Runyon Canyon Park, Temescal Canyon Park

While you're out on the trails with your pooch, remember to pick up after your dog and bring plenty of water and food for you and Fido.

For more information, visit the Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center in Calabasas or www.nps.gov/samo.


Pumpkin Patches in Ventura County and Adjacent Areas

The star of the Halloween show is the pumpkin. According to my favorite resource Wikipedia, the name pumpkin originated from the Greek word pepon ("large melon"). The French called it pompom. The British changed it to pumpion. Then American colonists changed it to pumpkin. Why? Heck, I dunno.

Pumpkins are gourd-like squashes and technically are a fruit. They can range in size from 1 lb to 1,000 lbs.

But who cares about all that...what we REALLY want to know is, where are the pumpkin patches in Ventura County and surrounding areas!? Well, here are some choices...but make sure to call before you go for hours, etc.


Big Wave Dave's Pumpkin Patch is located at 4075 Telegraph Road in Ventura (adjacent to Ventura College) with hours from 10am to 9pm in October (starting Oct 3rd). In addition to pumpkins, they offer free games and prizes for the kids. Visit bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/pumpkin-patch.html or call 805.218.0282.

Boccali Ranch Pumpkin Patch located at 3277 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai (Highway 150 - at the base of the Dennison grade). Open October 4-31, 7 days a week, 10am to dusk. Extended hours on Fridays/Saturdays starting Oct 10th until 9pm. Daytime hayrides on Sat/Sun 11am to 5pm. Hay maze for the kids. Visit www.boccalis.com/PumpkinPatch.html or call 805.646.6116.

Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch once again has location at the corner of Kanan and Agoura Road (818.706.0126) and at 28900 Roadside Drive (near Do It Center) in Agoura Hills (818.865.0754) as well as at 24439 Calabasas Road in Calabasas (818.224.4503).

Fillmore & Western Pumpkin Liner Trains weekends in October.

McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch is located at 5156 McGrath Street, Ventura (south of the 101 between Telephone Road and Victoria).  There will be hay rides, pony rides and plenty of pumpkins! Call 805.658.9972 or visit www.mcgrathstreetpumpkinpatch.com.

McGrath Family Farm is located at 1012 W. Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo. Visit their animals, run through their "green" maze and pick your organic pumpkin right out of their fields. 805.485.4210. www.mcgrathfamilyfarm.com

Pete's Pumpkin Patch is located on the north side of the 101 freeway at Central Avenue in Camarillo.  You can't miss it as it goes way up the hill! Admission is free and they generally are open from 9 am to dusk in October.  Hay maze, hay pyramid, hay rides and more! www.petespumpkinpatch.com

McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkins is located at 5100 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Tractor hay rides, hay maze, horse drawn hay rides and farm animals on hand. More information at www.greatpacificpumpkins.com or call 805.644.1235.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch at the Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. Visit www.halloweenharvestfestival.com. (Sad news: The Daily News reports that 2014 is the final year of the Pierce College Farm Center.)

Prancer's Pumpkin Village is open the entire month of October from 11am to dusk at 3075 Johnson Drive in Ventura (adjacent to the 101 freeway). In addition to an array of pumpkins, they offer pony rides, bouncers, petting zoo and other activities. Visit prancersvillage.com.

Prancer's Pumpkin Village off the 101 freeway on Johnson Drive

Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch in October will be located at Simi Valley Town Center on Erringer Road  805.306.5925 and in Thousand Oaks at 450 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 805.379.0851. Pumpkins, petting zoo, rides, inflatable attractions and more (no admission cost; activities vary in cost). www.seasonaladventures.com/location.htm

Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch just east of the Simi Valley Town Center

Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival in Moorpark opened September 27th and runs the entire month of October with themed events each weekend, pumpkin patch and lots of fun activities.

Note: No more Faulkner Farm Pumpkin Patch in 2014 :(

Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch on Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills

Peace Pumpkin Patch at Peace Lutheran Church in Camarillo

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The Seabee Museum at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme is a Local Must-See

The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum at 1001 Addor Street, Port Hueneme is a state-of-the-art, free of charge must-see for local residents and visitors alike. One of the U.S. Navy's 11 official museums, the Seabee Museum displays historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force, better known as the Seabees, and the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

The 38,000 sq ft museum was recently renovated and features modern exhibit spaces, memorial garden, theater, education room and well-stocked gift shop. Well worth a visit with the kids.

The second oldest of the official Navy museums, the Seabee Museum was established in 1947 in Port Hueneme, which today is part of Naval Base Ventura County.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Sundays and all Federal holidays. Admission and parking are free. Learn more at  www.usnavyseabeemuseum.com or call 805.982.5165.


Fun Things to Do in Historic Ojai, Ventura County's Smallest City

Ojai, Ventura County's smallest city with under 8,000 residents, is 40 miles from Thousand Oaks, the 2nd largest city in the county. This drive is well worth it if you're looking for a unique old town feeling right here in Ventura County.

Incorporated as a city in 1921, the Ojai valley was once inhabited by the Chumash Indians. The name Ojai is derived from the Chumash word "Awhai," meaning "moon." Glass manufacturer Edward D. Libbey helped create the layout of Ojai. After a fire destroyed much of the town in 1917, the western-style town received a new Spanish Revival look.

View of the arcade and pergola in front of Libbey Park on Ojai AvenueThe Ojai Post Office tower and portico was completed in 1917 and is a focal point for the city at the corner of Ojai Avenue and Signal Street. The tower was modeled after the Christopher Columbus Cathedral in Havana, Cuba, with additional details from Mexico. The tower complements the arcade and pergola along Ojai Avenue. You can't miss the one block arcade with its shops, eateries and art galleries.

Here's a selection of just some of the great things to do in Ojai:

The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa was ranked as the 33rd best hotel in California out of nearly 5,600 hotels by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. The Inn is a great local weekend getaway! Whether you stay there overnight or not, the Ojai Valley Inn's historic 18 hole golf course, 31,000 sq ft spa and fitness facility and four lighted tennis courts are available to local day trippers.

Libbey Bowl and Libbey Park are located in the heart of Ojai next to the downtown arcade area. Libbey Bowl, originally built in 1957 and completely renovated in 2011, is used for the annual Ojai Music Festival, Storytelling Festival, Ojai Day celebration, holiday events and much more. Libbey Park provides plenty of sitting areas, shade trees, a kids' playground in the heart of the city.

Strolling and shopping in the Ojai Arcade

Founded in 1966, the Ojai Valley Museum at 130 West Ojai Avenue maintains an extensive collection of art, Native American baskets, pioneer tools and photographs of early days in Ojai.

The Ojai Valley Trail provides cyclists, equestrians, runners and strollers a nine mile path paralleling Highway 33 from Foster Park on the north end of Ventura to Soule Park on west of downtown Ojai.

The Ojai Playhouse is a single screen theater originally built in 1914 that has been restored to its deco-style look inside and now shows first run movies in a theater that seats over 200 people. The Ojai Film Society hosts eclectic, indepen

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New Farm Motif Playground at Borchard Community Park in Newbury Park

Borchard Community Park is located at Reino Road and Borchard Road in Newbury Park. Recently a new play area was completed in this cool barnyard motif. Based on initial response on the CVG Facebook page, this new playground is already a big hit!

This nicely appointed park and community center also has softball/soccer fields, restrooms, tennis courts, a labyrinth and fitness area, skate park, basketball courts and more. Visit crpd.org for more information.


Farmers' Markets and Farm Fresh Produce Around Ventura County

Looking for fresh produce in Ventura County? "Lettuce" help you! There are nearly 20 farmers' markets in and around Ventura County throughout each week, not to mention another dozen or so stores and Community Supported Agriculture programs that sell organic produce.

Times, dates and places subject to change. Let us know of any updates!

FARMERS' MARKETS (In "day of the week" order)

VENTURA: Wednesdays 9 am to 1 pm at Pacific View Mall in front of Red Robin. Call 805.529.6266. vccfarmersmarkets.com/ventura

CAMARILLO: Wednesday 3-7pm Pleasant Valley Certified Farmers' Market and Crafters' Corner is a partnership between Ventura County Certified Farmers' Markets and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District at the Camarillo Community Center parking lot, 1605 E. Burnley Street. vccfarmersmarkets.com/pleasant-valley-camarillo. One fun aspect to this market is that the PVRPD hosts a fun family event, like movies, concerts and games.

VENTURA: Wednesdays 3pm to 7pm at corner of Kellogg and Ventura Avenue. Visit theharvestgathering.vpweb.com (Closed winter months. Check www.facebook.com/EastandWestVenturaFarmersMarket for updates)

OXNARD: Thursdays 9 am to 2 pm at Plaza Park, 5th and C Streets. Call 805.247.0197. www.oxnardfarmersmarket.com

THOUSAND OAKS: Thursdays 1:30 pm to 6 pm at the Oaks Shopping Center east parking lot. Produce, flowers, food and more! vccfarmersmarkets.com/thousand-oaks

VENTURA: Thursdays 3pm to 7pm at Ventura Community Park, 901 South Kimball Road Visit theharvestgathering.vpweb.com or www.facebook.com/EastandWestVenturaFarmersMarket for more information. Open rain or shine.

MOORPARK: Fridays 2 pm to 7 pm at Miller Parkway and Los Angeles Avenue (Village at Moorpark Shopping Center - Petco and Staples parking lot) (805) 290-5670

SIMI VALLEY: Fridays 11 am to 3 pm at Simi Valley Civic Center Plaza, 2757 Tapo Canyon Rd., next to TGI Friday's. www.coastalpacific.info/simi_valley.php or 805.643.6458 (reconfirmed 3/15/14)

SIMI VALLEY: Fridays 4 pm to 8:30 pm at Simi Valley Town Center Center Court. Features local/organic produce, entertainment, kids' activities and more. www.farmersmx.com

VENTURA: Saturdays 8:30 am to noon at corner of Palm and Santa Clara Streets. Call 805.529.6266 or visit vccfarmersmarkets.com/ventura

VENTURA: Saturdays 1:30pm to 6 pm in the North Bank Plaza parking lot next to the former Century Theatres 16, Johnson Drive and Northbank Road.

 NEWBURY PARK: Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm at the Newbury Park Library parking lot (Borchard Road and Michael Drivewww.facebook.com/newburyparkfarmersmarket

CAMARILLO: Saturdays 8 am to noon 2220 Ventura Boulevard in the County of Ventura Senior Nutrition Center parking lot. Proceeds benefit Camarillo Hospice. Call 805.386.3584.

CALABASAS: Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm in Old Town Calabasas on Calabasas Road west of El Canon Avenue (across from Sagebrush Cantina). Call 818.591.8161.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE: Sundays 10 am to 2 pm at 2797 Agoura Road (Village Glen). Call 818.591.8286. www.ccfm.com/site/locations.php

OJAI: Sundays 9 am to 1 pm at 300 E. Matilija Street year-round, rain or shine. Produce, flowers and gourmet food. Call 805.698.5555.

OXNARD/CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR: Sundays 10 am to 2 pm at 2805 South Harbor Boulevard year-round. Call 805.643.6458.

AGOURA HILLS: Sundays 9 am to 2 pm at 5835 Kanan Road (Agoura's Famous Deli parking lot) www.ccfm.com/site/locations.php

MALIBU: Sundays 10 am to 3 pm at Malibu Civic Center, 23519 Civic Center Way. www.malibufarmersmarket.net


Underwood Family Farms Market at 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark has farm fresh produce, pickled items, honey, nuts, juices, dried beans, farm fresh eggs and fresh cut flowers. Moorpark location is usually closed from late December through February. Open 9am to 6pm March to November and weekends in December (5pm after DST). Call 805.529.3690.

Underwood Family Farms Market at 5696 E. Los Angeles Avenue in Somis is open every day year-round 9am to 6pm (5pm after DST) with the exception of some holidays. Call 805.386.4660.

Underwood Family Farms Market in Moorpark

McGrath Family Farm at 505 North Wood Road, Camarillo is open March through December 9am to pm and offers organic fruits, flowers and vegetables.  Freeway convenient off the Central Avenue offramp of the 101. Call 805.983.0333.

Lassen's Natural Foods, with locations in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo, Ventura and Simi Valley, has offered fresh produce since 1971.

Sprouts Farmers Market (600 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks) is at the

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The Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is Local Must Do!

The Fall Harvest Festival at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is a perennial "MUST DO" activity for anyone with kids here in Ventura County. With thousands of pumpkins, weekend themed entertainment during the month of October, tractor rides, a large corn maze, games and fun activities and all of the other great things the farm has to offer, it is hard not to stop by. Admission on weekends is $15 because of all the fun entertainment and only $3 per person Monday through Friday. Kids under age 2 are free. Parking is also free.

Click here for more information about and directions to Underwood Family Farms at 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark or visit www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com (or call 805.529.3690).

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Be the DD and Win! Designated Driver Program at Various Ventura County Venues

Launched in 2011, Be the DD and Win! is a designated driver program that has become popular in various downtown Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Camarillo bar venues. The campaign includes the popular Prize Posse, a group of 10 or more volunteers who take to the streets to reward Designated Drivers with prizes and swag, all the while delivering the message that it is cool to Be the DD.

On event nights, the Prize Posse meets at a designated location. Each venue has taken Project SAFER's Responsible Beverage Sales/Service training course as well as "Be the DD and Win" preparation training.

Customers will be asked if they have a non-drinking designated driver for the night. If they do, the DD receive a yellow wristband which has a pull tab with raffle numbers.

When the Prize Posse arrives (generally after 10PM), volunteers distribute information that helps reduce DUIs, as well as candy, swag and beads, all while promoting how cool it is to be a DD! Later, a raffle is drawn and the winner is breathalyzed to assure sobriety. If the winner passes, a photo is taken and the Prize Posse heads to its next location.

Here are some upcoming Be the DD and Win Prize Posse events as of October 23, 2014. 

Ventura venues on 11/21: Anacapa Brewing Company, Barrelhouse 101, Bombay Bar and Grill, El Rey Cantina, Paddy's and The Tavern.

Thousand Oaks venues on date TBA: Brendan's, Crown & Anchor, Sunset Terrace and Tipsy Goat

Camarillo venues on date TBA: Brendan's, El Rey Cantina and Outlaws

Simi Valley venues on 10/24: The Arena, Chop Shop and Limon Latin Grill

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This project is collaboration of Project SAFER, Ventura Police Department, Thousand Oaks Police Department, Camarillo Police Department, Straight Up Ventura County, and Ventura County Behavioral Health Alcohol & Drug Programs.