KidSTREAM Children's Museum in Ventura County Anticipated to Open in 2021

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KidSTREAM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed with a goal of opening a children’s museum in the former Camarillo Public Library building located at 3100 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo.

The name of the proposed museum is KidSTREAM Children’s Museum in Ventura County. STREAM stands for: Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math.

The site will contain over 30,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor play space, including 16, 570 square fee of the reused library and 19,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit areas.

Design and feasibility studies took place in 2016-2017 and fundraising for this museum is in the works. Learn more and donate at www.kidstream.org.

Camarillo Health Care District Hosts Free "Produce Day" 2nd Thursday of the Month

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Camarillo Health Care District Hosts Free "Produce Day" in Partnership with FOOD Share

The Camarillo Health Care District, in partnership with FOOD Share, hosts a free “Produce Day” on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at District offices located at 3639 E. Las Posas Road, Suite 117, in Camarillo.  Participants can select, at no charge, from a variety of seasonal produce items. Produce is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring bags (the flyer above says bags will be provided; but this has changed). There are no eligibility requirements. 

The District usually posts what produce is being offered the morning of each Free Produce Day event on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CamarilloHealthCareDistrict.

Health screenings and other services are also available in conjunction with this event, held every second Thursday of the month, at no charge. There are no eligibility requirements and produce is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call to register, (805) 388-1952, ext. 100.

The Camarillo Health Care District is a public agency formed in 1969 by the voters of the Pleasant Valley and surrounding areas to provide community health, wellness and safety services. Learn more at www.camhealth.com.

Camarillo Grove Park New Playground and Hiking Trail Re-Opening in Early October

New playground equipment has been ordered and will be installed in September at Camarillo Grove Park, 6968 E. Camarillo Springs Road in Camarillo. Construction is estimated to be complete in early October.

The Hill Fire of November 2018 raged through this park and destroyed the old playground, so it had to be completely removed. The fire also ravaged large sections of hiking trails and made them unsafe for the public to use. The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District has been working with FEMA to obtain additional funds to fix all the damage so that the entire park can be safely reopened to the public. The upper hiking trail loop has been closed for maintenance and should be re-opened by early September.

Camarillo Grove Park, a former stagecoach stop and home to the oldest tree in the district, is nestled in a rustic setting near the base of the Conejo Grade at the end of Camarillo Springs Road. The park has five areas that can be rented for groups and events ranging from 50 to 350 people, a perfect spot for weddings, birthday parties, charity events, anniversary parties, corporate and team building events, school field trips and more! Contact the District at 805-482-1996 for rental information.

Here’s a mockup of the type of playground going into Camarillo Grove Park.

Here’s a mockup of the type of playground going into Camarillo Grove Park.

Braxton's Kitchen Opened Last Month in Camarillo

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Braxton's Kitchen opened June 8th in the former Breakfast Cafe at the Big Lots plaza off of Carmen Drive in Camarillo. Next to Spencer Mackenzie's. Open for breakfast and lunch daily. On the other side is Greek Cuisine (actual restaurant name) run by former owners of Breakfast Cafe (and as I am now vaguely recalling, the owners of Little Tommy's in Thousand Oaks awhile back)

Learn more at braxtonskitchen.com or call 805.384.7566. The menu looks great!

Formerly the Breakfast Cafe.

Formerly the Breakfast Cafe.

Kids Bowl Free This Summer at Various Ventura County Bowling Centers

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Here's a great summer deal that will bowl you over! Bowling alleys across the country are offering Kids Bowl Free deals during the summer months once again this year!

Up to two games per kid on designated days and times, subject to lane availability. Note that applicable ages for Kids Bowl Free vary up to 15 to 18.

The deal also does not apply to parties, camps and other organized events. And lastly, the deal does not include bowling shoe rental. With no further ado, here are local alleys in Ventura County and nearby areas that are participating in Kids Bowl Free!

NOTE: You first must visit www.kidsbowlfree.com and register with specific bowling alleys. After registering your children, you will receive coupons via email or through mobile devices, and in turn redeem them at the time of purchase. In addition to the 2 FREE Games, you may be able to purchase a family package (at participating centers) and generally must pay for standard shoe rental rates at the time of bowling.

Buena Lanes in Ventura will offer Kids Bowl Free Monday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm for kids 15 and under, from May 28 to August 28, 2019

Harley's Camarillo Bowl will offer Kids Bowl Free Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for kids 18 and under, from June 3 to August 30, 2019.

Harley's Simi Bowl will offer Kids Bowl Free Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for kids 18 and under, from June 3 to August 30, 2019.

Harley's Valley Bowl will offer Kids Bowl Free Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm for kids ages 18 and under, from June 3 to August 30, 2019.

Winnetka Bowl in Canoga Park will offer Kids Bowl Free May 1 to August 30, 2019, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 4pm and Thursday from noon to 4pm for kids 15 and under.

Zodo's Bowling and Beyond in Santa Barbara will offer Kids Bowl Free June 1 to September 1, 2019, 7 days a week to kids 16 and under from 9am (8:30 Sat/Sun) to 4pm.

Click this link to pin down information about all the local Ventura County area bowling alleys.

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market to Open Newest Store in Camarillo on Thursday, April 25th

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market is opening a new store in Camarillo at 2249 Las Posas Road, creating 29 new jobs in the community. Grand opening date is Thursday, April 25th.

Following the unique grand opening ceremony at 8:55 a.m., a donation will be presented on behalf of Grocery Outlet to the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo at 11 a.m.

The amount that shoppers saved on their grocery purchases during the store’s first hour of operation will determine the donation amount.

The first 200 customers of the day will also receive Grocery Outlet BlissBucks ranging from $5 to $200. All shoppers will receive a free reusable bag, while supplies last. Lastly, starting Thursday, April 25, through May 23, customers may enter for a chance to win a grand prize of Free Groceries for 1 Year!

Extreme-value grocery retailer Grocery Outlet, based in Emeryville, offers big savings on brand name products every day, at over 300 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. Grocery Outlet carries a full range of products from fresh produce, meat, deli and dairy to a wide assortment of natural and organic choices. They also offer a large selection of beer and wine, health and beauty care and seasonal items. A third-generation, family-led company founded in 1946, Grocery Outlet’s mission has always been to provide customers an exciting place to find WOW savings on name brands they trust. Grocery Outlet stores are run by independent owner-operators in the local community.


Food Truck Thursday at Camarillo Ranch House Every Last Thursday of Month

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Throwback Thursday Food Truck Fest at the Camarillo Ranch is on the last Thursday of each month from 5-9PM, April through September 2019. Upcoming dates: April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26.

Ten food trucks will be there plus beer and wine will be for sale. Free admission! For more information, visit www.facebook.com/camarilloranchfoundation or www.camarilloranch.org.

What to know before you go:

  • The Camarillo Ranch House will be open for tours ($5 donations greatly appreciated for the house tours).

  • Pets are welcome but must remain on a leash.

  • Please do NOT bring your own alcohol or coolers.

  • The Camarillo Ranch is non-smoking facility. If you need to smoke, please step onto the sidewalk on Camarillo Ranch Road outside of the gates.

  • Parking is available on Camarillo Ranch Road and next door at 4001 Mission Oaks.

  • The Ranch will be closed until just before 5:00 pm, early arrivals and setup will not be permitted.

Burgerim to Open New Locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Ventura, Camarillo and Oxnard

UPDATE 4/11/19: Thousand Oaks Burgerim now open at 1610 E. T.O. Blvd.

UPDATE: The Simi Valley Burgerim opened in September 2018.

Burgerim Thousand Oaks will be located next to Nothing Bundt Cakes

Burgerim Thousand Oaks will be located next to Nothing Bundt Cakes

ORIGINAL POST 6/19/18

Burgerim is expanding rapidly throughout Ventura County with planned new locations in Thousand Oaks (1610 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Ste C), Simi Valley (1390-2 Madera Road, Suite P1-2), Ventura (Pacific View Mall), Camarillo (Premium Outlets, 740 Ventura Blvd, Unit 0228) and Oxnard (Northside Plaza, 191 E. Gonzales Road).

Camarillo location opened July 23rd.

Ventura (440 E. Main Street) location opened earlier this year.

Shout-out to Amelia S for the heads up.

Existing locations are the original Ventura County location in Newbury Park that opened in March 2017 and a Ventura location early this year at 440 E. Main Street.

Burgerim means "many burgers" in Hebrew. The eatery serves up 2.8 ounce burgers made to order individually, in duos or in trios. Your choices include 3 types of buns, 11 patties (beef, dry aged beef, Wagyu beef, Merguez (spicy beef), turkey, lamb, chicken, salmon, veggie, Spanish beef and falafel and a variety of sauces and toppings.

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