2016 Astronomy Nights at Lake Casitas Recreation Area May through September

Astronomy Nights at Lake Casitas Recreation Area, 11311 Santa Ana Rd, Ventura.

Fun, informative and free. It's 2016! Time for Astronomy Nights at Lake Casitas! 

Far far away from city lights, Lake Casitas Recreation Area is a perfect place to stargaze with NASA accredited astronomer Ernest Underhay. Peek through a super big telescope and/or bring your own binoculars or telescope. Mr. Underhay is as entertaining as he is knowledgeable. Everyone is welcome. Park entrance fees apply. You may want to bring your blanket or lawn chair.

Meet at Picnic #1 by Santa Ana Launch Ramp

Event starts at 8:30 PM:

  • Saturday, May 28th - "A Close Visit from Mars"
  • Saturday, June 4th - "The Dipper's Guide to the Stars in June" 
  • Saturday, June 18th - "Moon of June"
  • Saturday, July 2nd - "Saturn, Lord of the Rings"
  • Saturday, July 23rd - "Saturn, Lord of the Rings"
  • Saturday, August 13th - "Meteors in the Milky Way"
  • Saturday, September 3rd - "Farewell to the Summer Milky Way and Planets"

More at www.casitaswater.org/lower.php?url=latest-news&article=astronomy-night--informative-and-free.

38th Annual Ventura County Greek Festival in Camarillo June 24-26, 2016

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The 38th Annual Ventura County Greek Festival will take place June 24th through 26th. The event is presented by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and features live Greek music, folk dancing, food, delicious pastries and baklava, vendors and a kids' play area. The food at this event is DELICIOUS!

Festival times are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Check www.saintdem.org/news/448-greek-festival-2016 or call 805.482.1273 for more information.

The event will be held again this year at Freedom Park, 515 Eubanks Drive, Camarillo (near the airport).

Admission is $3 (or $5 for all 3 days).

13th Annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival Planned for Saturday, June 27th

The 2016 Ojai Valley Lavender Festival in Downtown Ojai

The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival is hosting its 13th annual event on Saturday, June 25th from 10am-5pm.  Each year the festival takes place at Libbey Park, in the heart of historic downtown Ojai.

Sip on lavender infused lemonade as you meander the tree lined aisles of artisan wares; over 100 vendors on hand. From essential oils and lotions, to plants, art and jewelry, to delectable gourmet treats, informative classes and hands-on demonstrations – there is something for everyone at the must attend event of the summer! Relax and enjoy a picnic while listening to the soft sounds of festival musicians. Or dine at one of Ojai’s heralded eateries featuring lavender infused specially items. Come for the day or stay a while and enjoy local art galleries, shops and boutiques that are uniquely Ojai.

For up to date information on the festival, visit www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org

2016 St. Rose of Lima Annual Parish Carnival in Simi Valley, July 8-10

Annual Summer Carnival at St. Rose of Lima in Simi Valley

Friday, July 8;        6:00pm-11:00pm

Saturday, July 9:    4:00pm-11:00 pm

Sunday, July 10:     2:00pm-10:00pm

$2 admission per person; rides and games extra. Children under 12 and 65+ seniors free.

Rides, games, food, desserts, Beer, Wine & Margarita Garden, live entertainment, and more! Visit www.strosesv.com for more information. Located at 1305 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley.

2016 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular and Other Fun Events in Thousand Oaks

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The 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, coordinated by the Conejo Recreation and Park District, The City of Thousand Oaks and other local sponsors, takes place on the hill behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Fireworks start at 9 p.m., with a great view from the Janss Marketplace and The Oaks mall parking lots and surrounding areas! Patriotic music will be simulcast on KNJR 107.9 (new station) from 7pm to 9:45pm

Other 4th of July activities in Thousand Oaks include the following:

Senior Home Run Derby, Borchard Community Center: $5.00 9:00-11:00am, 805/381-2744

Home Run Derby, Borchard Community Center:  $5.00, 8:30-10:30am, 805/495-4674 (for men and women and men's masters 40+) Each batter is given 10 outs. A home run is a fair ball hit over the fence. How many can you smash out? Plaques awarded to top finishers.  This is an excellent time for families to enjoy park facilities, watch some awesome hitters and compete!

Pancake Breakfast $3.00/person at Borchard Community Center from 8:00-11:00am, 805/381-2791 ALL YOU CAN EAT!

Concert in the Park at Conejo Community Park: Featuring the Conejo Pops Orchestra 5:00pm to 7pm FREE!

FREE Family Open Swim from noon to 4pm at three Conejo Valley Pools! Community Pool at CLU, Thousand Oaks High School and Newbury Park High School pools. 805/241-0894

Visit www.crpd.org/programs/district_special_events/fourth_of_july_activities.asp for moreinformation.

Borchard Community Center is located at 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park.

2016 Santa Barbara Wine Festival on Saturday, June 25th

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The 2016 Santa Barbara Wine Festival™ takes place at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 25th, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature wines from over 50 wineries plus bakers, caterers, chefs and more. Admission is $75 for members of the Museum and $100 for non-members. Adults only event. Proceeds benefit the Museum's exhibits and science education programs for school children. For more information, visit www.sbnature.org or call 805.682.4711.

39th Annual Ojai Art in the Park Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-29, 2016

This Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29, 2016 is the 39th Annual “Art in the Park” at Libbey Park in central Ojai. The open-air juried art show is presented by the Ojai Center for the Arts, the oldest nonprofit art center in California.

Drawing artists from all over California, the Art Center accepts work in the following categories: oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, glass, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fine jewelry, and mixed media. Cash prizes are awarded, but the weekend offers something more.

Plan ahead and don’t let this Memorial Day find you still looking for something to do. Instead, take part in an Ojai tradition under the canopy of Libbey Park’s century-old oak trees. Enjoy the beautiful casual surroundings and mingle with artists and patrons throughout the weekend. Show hours are 10am to 5pm. For further information, call (805) 646-0117 or visit www.ojaiartcenter.org.

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62nd Annual Elite Rehab Semana Nautica 15K and 4K in Santa Barbara on Monday, July 4th

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Traditionally held on the 4th of July, the 62nd Annual Elite Rehab Semana Nautica 15K is the oldest race on the central coast. Event begins at 8:15 a.m. (walkers get a half hour head start) at San Marcos High School, 4730 Hollister Avenue, Goleta.

This is a low key race and the cost is $35 if you register by June 15th at sbrunning.org/semana-nautica-15k. New this year is the addition of a family-friendly 4K. Only $10 for ages 11-17 and free for ages 10 and younger.

Conejo Food & Wine Fest in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, June 26th

The Conejo Food & Wine Fest is planned for Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 1:30-5:30pm on the grounds of St. Paschal Baylon School in Thousand Oaks and is open to everyone 21 years and older! Enjoy gourmet food from local restaurants and the finest selections from participating wineries. Visit www.conejofoodandwine.com to learn more and to purchase tickets.