2017 Lexus Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday, October 22

The 2017 Lexus Ventura Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K are planned for Sunday, October 22. The race course have changed this year and now will be point to point, downhill courses running from Ojai to Ventura. Free waffle breakfast after the race too! Learn more at www.venturamarathon.com.

Additional events planned include Kids Sand Runs and 100, 62 and 30 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.

Also in the plans is the Ventura Beach Party 2017 on Saturday, 10/21 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, 10/22 from 7am to 3pm. Beachfront event will feature local vendors, live music, kids' activities and a craft beer garden next to the Ventura Pier. More at www.venturabeachparty.com.

8th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Ventura March 3-4, 2017

Tickets on sale now for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s 8th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Tickets are on sale now for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s (VHC) 8th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival (WSFF). Held high on the hill at Ventura’s Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd., on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, the WSFF offers audiences the chance to enjoy a series of award-winning short films that celebrate the beauty and bounty of our natural world.

This very popular annual event brings a national tour of award-winning independent short films to Ventura for two nights only. Highlights of this year’s film lineup, which differs each night, include: river rafting with President Jimmy Carter, swimming upstream with a wild salmon, scaling the Seven Summits with a female Bangladeshi adventurer and the hiking 60 miles in Utah’s back country with Genghis Khan, an articulate “desert dawg” and his owner.

In addition to viewing films, attendees also enjoy live music, special guests, popcorn, home baked cookies, food, beer, wine and the chance to win high-end raffle items that include original artwork, outdoor gear, dining-out certificates and more.

Ticket prices are $20 for General Admission or $35 for “Silver Circle” seats. “Silver Circle” tickets include reserved seating plus one drink ticket for a glass of beer or wine. The festival also serves as a membership drive for VHC. For $50, purchasers receive a one-year VHC membership plus two General Admission tickets or for $100, they receive a one-year VHC membership plus two “Silver Circle” tickets.

The WSFF is supported by donations from several local businesses and community organizations. This year’s event sponsors include: Castoro Cellars, City of Ventura Environmental Sustainability, Fletcher Chouinard Designs, For Your Home Furniture, Law Offices of Richard L. Francis and Assoc., Patagonia, Poseidon Brewing Co., Rabobank, Real Cheap Sports, REI, Two Trees Brewing Co., Slaughter, Reagan and Cole, LLC, Ventura Community Bank and Ventura Water.

To purchase tickets, visit www.venturahillsides.org/events. For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call VHC at: (805) 643-8044.

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is dedicated to preserving and protecting Ventura's hillsides, waterways and wildlife. Founded in 2003, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is supported by over 500 members, local business and government partners. The land trust manages 80 acres of land near the Ventura River and is working toward the purchase of its first hillside property. Further information about the Conservancy is at: www.venturahillsides.org.

44th Annual Westlake Village Garden Club Garden Tour on Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Westlake Village Garden Club is holding their 44th annual Garden Tour on Sunday, April 23, 2017 (rescheduled from April 9) from 11 am to 4 pm. This award-winning tour includes 5 unique, one-of-a-kind gardens throughout the community.

Tickets available at www.westlakevillagegardenclub.com. Flat shoes are recommended & please, no pets. Lemonade & cookies served at one of the homes.

This is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that awards scholarships to local students and supports 12 non-profit organizations devoted to the enhancement & protection of our natural landscape.

Hugs 4 Hearts Festival in Simi Valley on Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hugs 4 Hearts Fest at 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley will have with music, vendors, food, kids stuff and a silent auction. It is Sunday, May 7, from 10 am to 6 pm, Attendance is free. A booth is $50 plus a donation to the charity's silent auction. Harrison Hugs helps place AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in schools and donates them to schools as well. www.harrisonhugs.org

Arts Alive Art Festival at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo on May 27-28, 2017

This year’s Arts Alive is expected to showcase hundreds of local, regional and national artists along with the talented Artists-in-Residence from Studio Channel Islands. Art organizations will also be on hand to partake in the festivities at the biggest and most exciting art festival in Ventura County. Enjoy live music, food trucks, entertainment, wine & beer gardens with premium local wines, and variety of microbrews and domestic beers. There will be a Kids Corner featuring a sidewalk chalk contest, face painting, fun art projects and much much more!

Event is planned for Saturday, May 27 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, May 28 from 11am to 4pm.

Studio Channel Islands is located at 2222 Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo.

For information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org or call 805-383-1368.

12th Annual Ventura County Summerfest in Ventura on Saturday, June 3, 2017

The 12th Annual Summerfest is a free community celebration of healthy living presented by Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) and the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), in alliance with the City of Ventura. The event is planned for Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9am to 2pm at the VUSD Education Service Center, 255 West Stanley Avenue, Ventura.

All activities at this daylong event focus on encouraging attendees to have a fit, active and healthy lifestyle. Among the many experiences offered at the more than one hundred community and health-related booths are sports clinics, a rock climbing wall, hands-on craft activities, and even sports physicals for student athletes. There is also a live Summerfest stage with many acts performed by local youth.

This dynamic day kicks off with a 3,000 Meter Run/Walk followed by a One Mile Elementary School race. These friendly, low-key races encourage elementary and middle school youth and their parents to start the day with a little physical activity. Entry is FREE for those under 18 and is only $10 for adults who pre-register (details to follow as the event nears). 

Visit www.venturaeducationpartnership.org/Summerfest to learn more.

2017 Ojai Valley Century Bike Ride on Saturday, June 3rd

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The 2017 Ojai Valley Century bike ride on Saturday, June 3rd has five scenic routes: metric century (63 miles), full century (101 miles), double metric century (134 miles), hammerhead century (102 miles) and half metric century (31 miles).

All routes include tours out of Ojai, past Casitas Lake and up over the double Casitas Pass, a fast ride down the other side into Carpinteria and back down the coast to Ventura. Post race BBQ included! More information at www.ojaivalleycentury.org.