Tierra Rejada Golf Club - Moorpark

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Tierra Rejada Golf Club is a public golf facility located at 15187 Tierra Rejada Road in Moorpark.  Opened in December 1999, it is nestled in the foothills of eastern Ventura County.  Nationally renowned architect Robert E. Cupp created this par 72 masterpiece of playability and scenic beauty.

Tierra Rejada may be played from four sets of tees, (5,148 yards from the forward tees to over 7,000 from the back tees), each catering to a golfer's own ability. In preparation for your golf experience, you can hone your skills on our grass practice range, pitching green, surrounded by sand bunkers, chipping green and putting green.

More information at www.tierrarejadagolf.com or 805.531.9300.

Harley's Valley Bowl in Simi Valley

Harley's Valley Bowl

Harley's Valley Bowl is located at 5255 Cochran Street, Simi Valley.  You will quickly forget web surfing once you see this 40-lane facility. Try the Cosmic Bowling at night for some fun or perhaps a birthday party celebration. Open until midnight or later every night for you night owls. Call 805.584.BOWL (2695) or visit www.harleysbowl.com/ValleyBowl for more information.

On a related note, why do they call 3 strikes in a row a "turkey" in bowling? According to www.bowl.com, the term "turkey" dates back to before the turn of the 20th century, when it was much more challenging bowling strikes. During Thanksgiving or Christmas week, bowling alley owners would often award a live turkey to the first person on a team to score 3 strikes in a row.

Rancho Simi Trailblazers

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The Rancho Simi Trail Blazers is a volunteer organization of outdoor enthusiasts consisting of bikers, equestrians, hikers, and naturalists. The group is committed to the care and protection of our natural environment for the enjoyment of all.

Regularly scheduled activities include:

  • Tuesday evening beginners' hike
  • Thursday evening hike
  • Saturday morning hike
  • Sunday evening hike
  • Trail maintenance usually every 3rd Saturday of the month
  • Monthly meeting every 3rd Wednesday of the month
  • Monthly newsletter sent to all members, which includes scheduled activities

Visit www.simitrailblazers.com for more information.

The group invites the public to the following hikes this Fall 2015:

  • Mt McCoy Trail Hike on Tuesdays at 6pm (meet at parking lot on north side of Royal Avenue, eat of Madera Road). 3.75 mile round trip with 600 foot elevation gain. Moderately difficult.
  • Chumash Trail Hike on Thursdays at 6pm (meet at northern ed of Flanagan Drive). 5.2 miles, 1,300 foot elevation gain to the Rocky Peak Fire Road.  Hike considered strenuous.
  • Rocky Peak Trail Hike on Sundays at 5pm (4pm starting 11/1) (meet at northern side of Rocky Peak Interchange with the 118 freeway). 4.8 miles, 1,200 ft elevation gain. Strenuous.

Bring 2 small flashlights, water, clothing for all weather, and solid shoes with good tread.

Jazzercise Classes in Ventura County

Jazzercise is a 60-minute group fitness class combining cardio, strength, and stretch moves for a total body workout. We’ve taken moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training and bundled them into one hour.

Jazzercise is taught in various venues around Ventura County, including a number of community recreation centers and dance studios.  There were a dozen class locations in Agoura, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oak Park, Newbury Park and Camarillo when I last checked at www.jazzercise.com.

Island Health & Fitness in Simi Valley

Island Health & Fitness is a newly renovated resort style family oriented gym located at 5750 E. Los Angeles Ave. in East Simi Valley in the Stone Gate Plaza on the corner of Yosemite Ave. & E. Los Angeles Ave.

The fitness center includes all brand new top-of-the-line strength training equipment and every single piece of cardio equipment has embedded TV screens. Additional amenities include a private personal training studio for clients that feel more comfortable in a more secluded environment, small group training, group fitness classes, kids club, spin classes, dance classes, dry saunas, and luxurious locker rooms.

For more information, visit islandhf.com.

Claddagh Dance Company - Ventura, Simi Valley

The Claddagh Dance Company is the premier Irish Dancing School in Southern California. Claddagh Dance has added a touch of authentic Irish Culture to the lives of Southern California communities since 1985. Students range from four to adult, learning a mix of solo and group dances in the traditional soft and hard shoes.

The Claddagh school is proud to include over 50 North American Championship Irish dancers in solo and team events as well as overseas Champions. The dance school is under the direction of Máire O’Connell who moved to Ventura from Galway, Ireland in 1978 and a staff of teachers. Ms. O’Connell has been dancing most of her life and is a fully accredited to teach and adjudicate by the Irish Dancing Commission of Ireland. She has previously been active in the Irish American community as a speaker and a judge at a variety of events as well as a past President of the Irish American Club of Ventura. Máire is a 1995 honoree of the city of Los Angeles for her participation in the Irish Community of Southern California. In Irish Dancing she has previously been president of the Western Region of Teachers and Adjudicators. In 1999 she was invited to judge the All Scotland’s, All Ireland’s (The nation's Irish Dance Championships) and the World Championships in Ennis, Ireland.

Ventura County classes are taught at 1729 E. Main Street, Ventura and 1542 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Suite E, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.claddaghdance.com or call 805.672.0167.

Steel Gate Farms in Moorpark

Steel Gate Farms specializes in hunters, jumpers and equitation and is a full service training and lesson facility for any level of rider looking for a caring program to learn and grow in. Steel Gate is dedicated to the education of each individual, teaching each horse and rider how to unlock their potential from the ground up while building your confidence.

Located at Elvenstar at 15618 Tierra Rejada, Moorpark (previously located in Agoura Hills). Visit www.steelgatefarms.com or call 310.663.2210 for more information.