Cottontail Creations Art Center in Ventura

Hone your natural abilities and talents with a little help from the experts at Cottontail Creations, at 1744 East Main Street, Ventura. Our unique Art Center is dedicated to educating artists specializing in Metal Clay, Polymer Cay, Silver Chain making, & Mixed Media. Dabble in any of these mediums and you're sure to be hooked!

Studio Work Space
Available for all the mediums we offer, our workspace provides you with plenty of uninterrupted table space and great lighting. Extensive tool kits are offered to get you from raw materials to a finished creation, but artists must provide the medium.

Classes
Classes are constantly updated; call (805) 643-1700 for specific class times, fees, and information. Art, clay, and silver classes build on each other. You must have taken the beginning class to attend the intermediate class.

A History of Quality Service
Family-owned-and-operated, our art studio is dedicated to providing you with the personal attention you deserve. We design and make our own tools and always have two senior instructors on hand to assist you. More information at www.cottontailcreations.net.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Los Angeles

Conejo Valley Guide reader Leslie from Thousand Oaks recommends taking the kids to check out the nostalgic Bob Baker Marionette Theater at 1345 W. 1st Avenue in Los Angeles.  Bob Baker has been around for 50 years and he has an inventory of over 3,000 puppets!  Visit www.bobbakermarionettes.com to learn more and reserve tickets!

"The Bob Baker Marionette theater has been in business since I was a child. My parents took me there when I was three or four (I'm native to the area), and I never forgot the experience. The magical images really stuck in my mind. Having those beautiful marionettes come right up to me what just incredible. Of course, having been so young, I was never quite sure of when/where the experience took place. At times I thought the images might have been part of a dream.

I had no idea that they were still in business until I saw an article in the L.A. Times that they were struggling financially. So my mother and I took my kids there in December to see their version of the Nutcracker. It was amazing, the show was exactly the same as I remembered. The theater is old and a little dirty, and the staff are quite a bunch of characters, but the obvious bottom line is that they GET children, they love children, and their humanity is intact. They have not prostituted their talent for the sake of money. I was touched and charmed by the whole experience. I highly recommend it. I couldn't walk out of there without buying an original signed Bob Baker marionette, I was so charmed by it all."


Conejo Simi Aquatics

Conejo Simi Aquatics (CSA) is dedicated to delivering premier, community-based aquatics programs and is proud to be a USA SwimmingSilver Medal Club. Serving the Conejo and Simi Valleys since 1973, CSA has a proud history of fostering the highest levels of individual and team achievement through excellence in coaching and the support of its member families. CSA’s student-athletes have competed in Olympic Trials, National and Junior National competitions and Sectional championships. CSA has developed swimmers who have held World and American Records. With a broad set of programs encompassing novices, age group swimmers, elite national and international competitors and masters swimmers, CSA offers an aquatics experience for everyone.

Conejo Simi Aquatics is a USA Swimming club for kids ages 5 and up and for adults through itsmasters' programs. CSA swims at 3 different pool locations; Cal Lutheran University, Rancho Simi Pool in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks High School.  More information at www.csaswim.com or call 805.379.2378.

Children's Theater Experience - Conejo Valley

Children's Theater ExperienceChildren's Theatre Experience (CTE) is an organization dedicated to providing children of all ages the opportunity to experience the magic of live, musical theatre. This non-profit educational organization is designed to expose children to all aspects of professional theatre productions, including training in all theatre arts, from acting to choreography to voice training and learning the art of appreciating live theatre as part of an audience.

The Conejo Valley location has been open since 1994 and rehearses at the Agoura Hills Dance and Performing Arts Center.  Performances are at Pepperdine University.  For more information, visit www.ctexperience.com or call 800.514.2787.

Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast serves the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz.

Girl Scouts of Tres Condados began with the formation of a council in Santa Barbara in 1921. Between 1923 and 1945, additional councils developed in Atascadero, Carpinteria, Ventura and Fillmore. To serve all of Ventura County, another council was added in 1946. The Santa Barbara Council expanded to include San Luis Obispo County in 1958. With this expansion, the Santa Barbara Council was renamed the Los Padres Council. By 1964, the Los Padres Council and the Ventura County Council merged to form Tres Condados Girl Scout Council.

Girl Scouts are divided into Daisy Girl Scouts (ages 5-6), Brownie Girl Scouts (ages 6-8), Junior Girl Scouts (ages 8-11), and STUDIO 2B® for girls ages 11-17.

For more information, visit www.girlscoutsccc.org or call the Southern Region Office at 800.822.2427.

Channel Islands YMCA - 2 Ventura County Locations

The Channel Islands YMCA (www.ciymca.org) is an association of 7 YMCA branches serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization providing programs based upon Christian principles to men women and children of all ages, races, religious beliefs and economic status to develop and enrich the spirit, mind, and body.

The Camarillo Family YMCA at 3111 Village at the Park Drive (805.484.0423) provides access to health and wellness information and activities for all ages. The Camarillo Family YMCA- Hiji Center has a wide variety of adult and senior programs, including aquatics, aerobics and cardiovascular exercise, weight and strength training, yoga, basketball and volleyball leagues, triathlon training and more!

Expanded family and youth programs include: Family Fun Nights, Parents' Night Out, World of Wonder events, The Zone (for kids ages 9-12), summer camps, sports leagues, Youth Wellness classes (such as tumbling, hip-hop dancing, judo, and more), and child care programs. The new facility now affords the popular Adventure Guides programs a place for large gatherings both indoors and outdoors.

The Aquatics Center at the Camarillo Family YMCA provides instructional swim programs for all ages, ability levels and interests. Youth and adult lessons are offered year round as well as special classes for those with physical limitations. More info at www.ciymca.org/camarillo/about.html.

Located along one of the most scenic stretches of the California coast line, the Ventura Family YMCA at 3760 Telegraph Road (805.642.2131) has been serving the city of Ventura for 120 years. The YMCA got its start on September 30, 1887 with a house that was purchased on the corner of Santa Clara and Oak Street. Today, the Ventura Family YMCA has grown with an expansive 6,000 facility members and provides childcare to over 200 children in its after-school programs. A 3,000 square foot natatorium was added with two heated indoor pools allowing an aquatics program to flourish and serve 5,000 children annually.  More info at www.ciymca.org/ventura/about.html.

Buena Lanes - Ventura

Buena Lanes is at 1788 Mesa Verde in Ventura, just down the street from Golf N Stuff. Buena Lanes is a full service bowling alley with a pro shop, a cute retro looking diner, bar, arcade, leagues, etc. Open 7 days per week.  Visit www.buenalanesbowling.com or call 805.656.0666 for more information.

Pleasant Valley Swim Team in Camarillo

The Pleasant Valley Swim Team (PVST) is a year-round competitive swimming organization that has been developing outstanding community members in Camarillo and Ventura County for over 35 years. PVST trains at the indoor Pleasant Valley Aquatic Center - the only indoor facility in Ventura County.

PVST accepts new members aged 6-18 on an ongoing basis, space permitting. A swim tryout is required for prospective new members for minimum skills assessment and group placement

Visit www.pvst.org or call 805.987.6886 for more information.