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The Conejo Recreation and Park District in conjunction with the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club is hosting its annual Fishing Frenzy event at Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 East Janss Road (behind Thousand Oaks Library) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 6th
They will be releasing hundreds of magnetic fish into the creek and children will be given magnetic fishing poles to catch them! No bait required! Fish with a magnetic pole, do arts and crafts and explore Captain Carl's Mobile Tidepool. Per child fee is $5.
For more information, visit www.crpd.org/programs/district_special_events/fishing_frenzy.asp
Free crafts for kids ages 3 and up at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm (updated 7/24/16):
7/30: Craft Stick Puppy
8/6: Wild About You! Friendship Bracelets
8/13: Slice of Fun! Door Hanger
8/20: Make a Face! Hand Mirror
8/27: Summer Dreamin’ Dream Catcher
The long-running Bowlful of Blues festival is coming back to Ojai's beautiful Libbey Bowl on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Featuring veteran guitarist-vocalist Arthur Adams and his band, harmonica ace Mitch Kashmar, popular guiutar-harmonica duo Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, soulful singer Jade Hendrix and her band, and the Calire-Marx Organ Quartet featuring Jimmy Calire on Hammond B-3 organ, John Marx on guitar and Mario Calire on drums. Gates open at 2 p.m. with live music on the lawn by Annieville Blues.
Plus fried chicken dinners by Rondia Kaufer, Firestone beer and local wine, vendors and more. For more info and tickets online visit www.bowlfulofblues.org.
Tickets can also be purchased at these outlets: Cardinali Bros Music, Ojai Creates, and Studio Sauvageau in Ojai; Salzer's Records, Instrumental Music, and Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery in Ventura; Jensen's Guitars and Instrumental Music in Santa Barbara; Island Outfitters in Carpinteria; and Instrumental Music in Thousand Oaks. Early-bird tickets are priced at $35 for a limited time. VIP packages are also available.
Volunteers, vendors and sponsors are encouraged to visit the website for more info and applications. Let's make this a true community event in our world-class Libbey Bowl!
The 23rd Bowlful of Blues is a joint production of non-profit Ojai Mardi Gras Wake-Up! Krewe, Ojai Concert Series, and Ojai's real-life "blues brothers," Michael Kaufer and Lanny Kaufer. Net proceeds will go toward making blues-related musical instruments and music education available to local schools.
Libbey Bowl is located at 307 E. Ojai, Ave., Ojai.
The Color Run is coming back to Ventura at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 15th starting at 8 am. Wear white at the start and finished in multiple colors at this untimed 5K event. Learn more at thecolorrun.com/locations/ventura-ca.
Underwood Family Farms' 19th Annual Fall Harvest Festival will take place October 1 to 31 this year.
Friends of the Farm Weekend is back October 1-2. Proceeds will help benefit several local charities. There will be demonstrations including fire trucks, ambulances, tank type vehicle, bomb squad with their bomb robot, police car/motorcycle and much more.
October 8-9 is Farm Country Weekend, complete with country and bluegrass music and a live-remote visit from local station KHAY. Giant Pumpkin Contest takes place on Sunday, October 9!
Antique Tractor Weekend is October 15-16 (10am-4pm) with antique tractors and a tractor parade!
October 22-23 is Western Weekend - from 11am - 3pm, there will be stunt ropers, a covered wagon, music, magic and much more! At 3:00, the cowboys ride off, but the festival continues until 6:00pm with music, games, rides, races and tons of family fun.
Saturday, October 29 & Sunday, October 30 is All About Pumpkins weekend, with live entertainment from 10:30-5:30. There will be demonstrations and displays of pumpkins, squash, and gourds as well as new and different ways to decorate them.
On the weekends, food vendors serve up the Lion's Club hot dogs, hamburgers, roasted corn on the cob, pie, Spencer/MacKenzie's Mexican food, shave ice, kettle corn, cookies and much more.
On hand for purchase will be varieties of gourds, winter squash, Indian corn, and other fall decorating accessories, as well as a large selection of pumpkin carving accessories. There will be acres and acres of pumpkins, country games & activities, pig races and great photo opportunities!
The 2016 festival will be open from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm. Ticket prices as follows:
$15.00 - Oct 1, 2, 8, 9
$20.00 - Oct 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 31
$6.00 Mon-Fri (non-festival admission). Ages 2 and under are free.
On-Line Tickets (on sale beginning September 1):
$12.00 - in September for 1st 2 weekends ONLY
$19.00 - in October for first 2 weekends ONLY
Weekend admission includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride, the corn maze and hay pyramids, Animal Center with Fun Hill, Craig's Chicken Show, Kids' Corral & play area PLUS live bands including themed-weekend entertainment, the Animal Show, Pig Races & tons of open space & photo ops in the pumpkin patch!
More info at www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/fall_harvest_festival.html.