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2015 NAMIWalk Ventura County Planned in Ventura for Saturday, May 2nd

The 2015 National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMIWalk Ventura County is planned for Saturday, May 2nd at the Ventura Beach Promenade in Ventura. This is a 5K walk that starts at 10:00 am (check in begins at 9 am).

NAMIWalks are the largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in America! Through NAMIWalks' public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness, we are changing how Americans view persons with a mental illness. This is leading to ensuring that help and hope are available for those in need. Please join us as we improve lives and our communities one step at a time

To learn more and to register, visit


Circus Vargas in Ventura May 22 to May 25 and Santa Barbara June 11 to June 15

Circus Vargas, America’s favorite traveling Big Top circus, continues to thrill and enchant children of all ages with their new and amazing 2015 edition, ArleQuin! Steeped in tradition and devoted to all things magnificent and happy, Circus Vargas presents an array of unparalleled artists and performers dedicated to captivate and astound you!

Circus Vargas will be at the Ventura County Fairgrounds Thursday, May 21 (7:30pm show), Friday, May 22 (7:30pm), Saturday, May 23 (1pm, 4pm, 7:30pm shows), Sunday, May 24 (1pm, 4pm, 7pm) and Monday, May 25 (3pm, 6pm).

The Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara welcomes Circus Vargas Thursday, June 11 (7:30pm), Friday, June 12 (4:30pm, 7:30pm), Saturday, June 13 (1pm, 4pm, 7:30pm), Sunday, June 14 (1pm, 4pm, 7pm) and Monday, June 15 (7pm).

Also in San Luis Obispo June 26 to July 5.

Tickets available at


28th Annual Music Under the Stars at Olivas Adobe in Ventura, July 11th to Sept 5th

The City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Division presents the 28th year of the popular Music Under the Stars series, Saturday nights beginning July 11th through September 5th. Performances run from 7:30 to 9:30 pm outdoors at the historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, near Ventura Harbor. Concerts start at 7:30 pm & gates open at 6:30 pm for dining. Visit for more information and tickets or call 805.658.4726. Tickets are $20. $10 for a table for four.

Dine, dance & delight to great performances at Ventura’s most historic party site! Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy nine Saturday nights of summer magic “dancing with the stars” on a majestic wooden ballroom floor. Bring your own dinner or purchase it from a gourmet food truck on site. Full beverage service on hand.

Upcoming performers:

7/11: Britain's Finest - Beatles tribute

7/18: Porterhouse Bob - New Orleans Boogie and Blues

7/25: The Kings of 88 - Tribute to piano rock

8/1: The Platinum Groove - Dance party grooves

8/8: Floyd and the Flyboys - R&B, soul

8/15: Desperado - Eagles tribute

8/22: Louie Cruz Beltran - Afro-Cuban jazz

8/29: Fantastic Diamond - Neil Diamond tribute

9/5: Lisa Haley & the Zydekats - Zydeco


Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day 2015 is Planned for Tuesday, April 14th 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 is Free Cone Day from noon to 8 p.m. at participating Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops! Nothing better than FREE ice cream! Ben & Jerry's has hosted Free Cone Day since its first anniversary in 1979. An outstanding tradition indeed!

You'll find a local Ben & Jerry's at 523 East Main Street in downtown Ventura (805.643.9429) and a brand new scoop shop at The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard.

More details at


Free Crafts at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays

Free crafts for kids ages 3 and up at Lakeshore Learning in Ventura on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm (updated 3/22/15):

3/28: Changing Caterpillar

4/4: Cute as a Bunny Basket

4/11: Sunny Days Birdhouse

4/18: Whirly Twirly Windmill

4/25: Butterfly Pencil Holder

The Ventura store is located at 4705 Telephone Road.  Phone 805.289.1550 or visit


2015 Boogie Nights Summer 5K Run Series in Ventura, Wed Nights May 20 to July 22

Boogie Nights Ventura is coming back for its 5th annual summer run/walk series in Ventura taking place on Wednesday evenings beginning May 20 through July 22. Races start at 6:15 pm at the Ventura Promenade*.

There's also a Free Kids 1K (0.62 miles) Run that will start at 6:00pm each night! For ages 10 and under, though parents are encouraged to run with their children.

For more information and to register, visit Series benefits the Buena High School Cross Country Program. Register at


32nd Annual Ventura County Bar Association Law Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 27

Mark your fitness calendars for the 32nd Annual Ventura County Bar Association Law Day 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 27th.

The 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1 mile family fun run starts at 9:30 a.m. at Ventura Community Park, 901 S. Kimball Road. Visit to register.


Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair in Downtown Ventura on Saturday, April 18th


2015 Fairy Tales in the Park Free Outdoor Shows in Ventura County, May to Sept

Fairy Tales in the Park is a series of free, live theatrical performances geared towards children ages 3 to 10. John and Roxanne Diesel co-founded Gypsies in a Trunk, an all-volunteer troupe of actors performing free fairy tales for the young and young at heart. The troupe’s love of children’s theatre has led them to perform every May through September since 1995 throughout Ventura County.

The troupe's goal is to create an environment where families can introduce live theatre to their children in a casual setting at the right price – free! All Fairy Tales in the Park performances are held outdoors in a variety of venues and is always free of charge, though the players pass the hat to help cover costuming and travel costs, donations are always voluntary.

Most venues do not have shade, so sunscreen and hats are appropriate. Bring water, juice, snacks, picnics. Blankets and low-slung chairs are recommended. Please leave doggies at home (not that they don't love them). The shows are designed to run approximately 45 minutes, which coincides with the attention span of the target age group, 3-10 year olds.


  • Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • Cinderella
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
  • The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure


Simi Valley (Shows at 4pm): Rancho Simi Community Park Amphitheatre, 1765 Royal Ave

  • 5/2: Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • 6/6: Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • 7/4: Cinderella
  • 8/1: The Emperor's New Clothes
  • 9/5: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Westlake Village (Shows at 11:30am): Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Dr. (Lakeview Canyon & Lindero)

  • 5/2: Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • 6/6: Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • 7/4: Cinderella
  • 8/1: The Emperor's New Clothes
  • 9/5: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Camarillo (Shows at 11:30am): Valle Lindo Park, 889 Aileen St

  • 5/9: Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • 6/13: Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • 7/11: Cinderella
  • 8/8: The Emperor's New Clothes
  • 9/12: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Ventura (Shows at 4pm): Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. (Johnson & Ralston)

  • 5/9: Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • 6/13: Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • 7/11: Cinderella
  • 8/8: The Emperor's New Clothes
  • 9/12: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Channel Islands Harbor (Shows at 2pm): Harbor View Park (Between Marine Emporium Landing & Port Royal Restaurant, near 3600 Harbor Blvd

  • 5/3: Little Mermaid 2: Ursula's Revenge
  • 6/7: Peter Pan 2: Hook's Revenge
  • 7/5: Cinderella
  • 8/2: The Emperor's New Clothes
  • 9/6: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure

Visit for more information.


3rd Annual Ventura Eco-Extreme Mud Challenge on Saturday, April 25th

The 3rd Annual Ventura Eco Xtreme Mud Challenge presented by the Ventura Police Officers Association is planned for Saturday, April 25th starting at 10:30 am. The goal of this event is to create a fun and challenging adventure while raising money for the Dee Dowell Foundation.

The course, approximately 3 miles of obstacles, steep hills, and mud, will take place in downtown Ventura just above Grant Park at the training grounds for the Ventura Police Department. This location will provide exceptional views of the city and ocean in a unique and natural environment. The course terrain is primarily on trails and fire roads with extreme hills, killer steps, professionally built obstacles and several places where you will get extremely muddy. You will get wet and you will get muddy. Be sure to bring towels and a change of clothing. This event is certain to test both your physical strength and mental toughness!

The Kids 1K is for kids 14 & under and features many of the same obstacles found in the full 5K mud challenge such as the mud pit bottle neck, cargo net climb, and the traverse of death. All registered kids who finish will receive a prize.

To learn more and register, visit


2015 Mom's Day Run 5K/10K at Ventura State Beach on Sunday, May 10th 

Sign up for the 5th Annual Mom's Day Run at Ventura State Beach on Sunday, May 10th, starting at 8am. This is a "No Frills" run; there are no timing chips, no goody bags or medals. We are raising money for Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL) cancer awareness.

Breakfast Burritos, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Rolling Pin Donut Holes and more at the finish!

Sign up at this link or visit


2015 Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest on Saturday, April 25th

The Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest brings fun, live entertainment, children’s activities, exhibitors, and education to Promenade Park in Ventura on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10am to 5pm. Each year this successful community event is attended by over 5000 people and 80 exhibitors. Celebrate our environment at a beautiful beachfront park. Visit for details.

The event is coordinated by the Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education (VCS). VCS is a tuition-free public school, organized as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, serving 350 students from Kindergarten through Eighth grade. Our school’s progressive, high-quality, student-centered educational program expands educational choices for parents and their children in the public school system, supports a nurturing community of learners, and improves student achievement.

All net proceeds from the Earth Day Eco Fest fund Ventura Charter School’s enrichment programs for students ages K through 8th grade.


Cottontail Day 2015 at Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday, March 28th

Hop on over to Ventura Harbor Village, Saturday, March 28th from 10 AM - 3 PM for Cottontail Day at the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. Cottontail Day is a family fun community event featuring egg hunts, petting zoo, kid’s crafts, entertainment and more!

The Cottontail Bunny can be spotted hopping around giving children a chance to take a photo or grab a hug. For children ages 1 – 7 bring your baskets and join in the $2 Egg Hunt held every 30 minutes (weather permitting) from 11 AM – 2 PM (free coloring book, while supplies last).

Other activities (pricing varies) includes face painting, arts and crafts, pony rides, animal petting zoo, scavenger village, vendors, entertainment and more.

Ventura Harbor Village is located at 1583 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura. Visit or call 805.477.0470.


3rd Annual Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday, September 13th

The 3rd Annual Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K are planned for Sunday, September 13th. This is a flat and fast course.nFor more information and to register, visit

Additional events planned for Saturday, September 12th include Kids Sand Runs and 100, 62 and 35 Mile Bike Rides.

The event is managed by Vendurance Sports, a Ventura County-based running club and event management company aiming to bring high-quality, well-organized and affordable events to the region.

Last year there were 880 finishers in the marathon and over 1,600 in the half marathon.


2nd Annual Father's Day 5K/10K in Ventura on Sunday, June 21st

The 2nd Annual Father's Day 5K/10K will take place Promenade Park in Ventura is planned for Sunday, June 21, 2015. The 5K starts at 8am. There will also be a kids' 1K fun run. For more information, visit


3rd Annual Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K/10K in Ventura on Nov 15th

The 3rd Annual Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and 10K are planned for Sunday, November 15th at Promenade Park, 450 East Harbor Boulevard, Ventura (corner of Figueroa/Shoreline Dr at the beachfront park). Race starts times are: Full marathon 7:00am, half marathon 7:15 am and 5k/10k - 7:30am. Two loop full marathon course with start/finish at Promenade Park. Runners will enjoy Ventura oceanfront boardwalk, historic Old Rincon Hwy and the gentle sloping Visa Del Mar ridge with incredible views that make every step worth the effort along the way.  Very flat course. For more info and to register, visit