Upcoming 5K, 10K and Other Ventura County Area Running and Fitness Events

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Start training for upcoming 5K, 10K, half marathon and other Ventura County running and fitness events! We've made it easy for you to find a local race by tracking local events right here. So go on, get moving, lace up those shoes and start training! CLICK HERE for local running groups and clubs.  Training for a marathon? Check out 26.2 Training Tips for Your First Marathon!

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For great running shoes from local businesses that know a lot about them, try the following:

Future Track Running Shoe Store (30125 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills)

Mile 26 Sports (1450 E. Thompson Boulevard, Ventura)

Road Runner Sports (1714 Newbury Road, Newbury Park)

Foot Pursuit Run Shop (4324 Cochran Street, Simi Valley)

Inside Track Running Shoe Store (2437 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura)

Fleet Feet Sports (982 South Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village) (Opened in April 2016)

Twelve Interesting Clubs in Ventura County That You May Not Be Aware Of

If you've clicked through this site you already know there are thousands of things to see and do throughout Ventura County, including over 100 local area clubs and organizations, service organizations, moms' clubs and charities of all types. Let's take a look at a dozen of local clubs that you may not have been aware of.

The Hawaii Club of Ventura County is comprised of members from Hawaii and people who want to perpetuate the spirit and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. The groups meets regularly. The next best thing to a trip to Hawaii.

Founded in 1992, the Camarillo White Horse Association records and maintains the lineage of the historic breed of famous Camarillo White Horses dating back to those bred and developed by Adolfo Camarillo.

Conejo Quiet Flyers is a club founded in 2008 for pilots of electric remote-controlled aircraft to get together and enjoy flying in the Thousand Oaks area.

The Conejo Valley Bonsai Society meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at Westlake Village City Hall. This is the only bonsai society in Ventura County.

The Marine Aquarium Society of Ventura County is a group of local reef hobbyists and enthusiasts who are dedicated to the support of reef keeping in the Ventura County area.

Stitch 'n Bitch Ventura County is for those who like to knit or crochet and live in Ventura County and nearby areas. Meetings in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley.

The Ventura County Chess Club meets Tuesdays in Ventura and is open to all skill levels. Check it out, mate!

The Indian Friends Association is a non-profit organization of Indian Americans and others dedicated to fostering grassroots development in India. Is based in Ventura County.

The Ventura County Writers Club was founded in 1933 by four writers in the Ojai area. Since then the club has grown to more than 150 members, meets regularly and hosts annual contests.

The Ventura County Go Club provides a place for people to learn, play, or just watch the game of Go. Meetings in Camarillo are FREE and open to the public.

The National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors has a Ventura County chapter that meets monthly at Ventura College.

The Ventura County Comets Radio Control Flying Club has been around since 1965. All members must also be members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

Pumpkin Patches in Ventura County and Adjacent Areas

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The star of the Halloween show is the pumpkin. According to my favorite resource Wikipedia, the name pumpkin originated from the Greek word pepon ("large melon"). The French called it pompom. The British changed it to pumpion. Then American colonists changed it to pumpkin. Why? Heck, I dunno.

Pumpkins are gourd-like squashes and technically are a fruit. They can range in size from 1 lb to 1,000 lbs.

But who cares about all that...what we REALLY want to know is, where are the pumpkin patches in Ventura County and surrounding areas!? Well, here are some choices...but make sure to call before you go for hours, etc.

OTHER HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES AROUND VENTURA COUNTY

Big Wave Dave's Pumpkin Patch locations at 4075 Telegraph Road in Ventura (adjacent to Ventura College) open 10am to 9pm October 5 to October 31, 2018. In addition to pumpkins, they offer free games and prizes for the kids. There's also a location at the Pacific View Mall in the Trader Joe's parking lot. Visit bigwavedaveschristmastrees.com/pumpkin-patch.html or call 805.218.0282. 

Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch once again anticipates opening locations at the corner of Kanan and Agoura Road and at 28900 Roadside Drive (near Do It Center) in Agoura Hills as well as at 24439 Calabasas Road in Calabasas). bennettsbest.net 

Fillmore & Western Pumpkinliner Trail Rides in October

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McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch is located at 5156 McGrath Street, Ventura (south of the 101 between Telephone Road and Victoria).  Open daily in October. There will be hay rides, pony rides and plenty of pumpkins! Call 805.658.9972 or visit www.mcgrathstreetpumpkinpatch.com.

McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkins is located at 5100 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Tractor hay rides, hay maze, horse drawn hay rides and farm animals on hand. More information at www.greatpacificpumpkins.com or call 805.644.1235. Open daily in October from 9am to 6pm.

Prancer's Pumpkin Village will be opening on Sat, September 30th through October from 10am to 9pm weekdays and 9am to 9pm weekends at 3075 Johnson Drive in Ventura (adjacent to the 101 freeway). In addition to an array of pumpkins, they offer pony rides, bouncers, hay maze, petting zoo and other activities. Visit prancersvillage.com.

The Santa Paula Rotary's Pumpkin Patch at the Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula will be open every weekend in October 2018, starting the 6th, from 10am to 5pm. Gigantic corn MaiZe, hay wagon rides, the infamous "Pumpkin Chucker" and more on hand. $6 admission.

Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch is located near the Simi Valley Town Center on Erringer Road and in Thousand Oaks at 450 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Pumpkins, petting zoo, rides, inflatable attractions and more (no admission cost; activities vary in cost). www.seasonaladventures.com/locations

 Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch just east of the Simi Valley Town Center.

Stu Miller's Pumpkin Patch just east of the Simi Valley Town Center.

The 21st Annual Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival in Moorpark is open September 29 to October 31, 2018 with themed events each weekend, massive pumpkin patch and lots of fun activities.

The Underwood Farm Center in Somis at 5696 Los Angeles Avenue also has a pumpkin patch along with its year-round animal center.

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival October 20-21

 Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch on Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills

Bennett's Best Pumpkin Patch on Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills

Pumpkins no longer in 2018: 

Boccali Ranch Pumpkin Patch sadly reports that it will not be open for the 2018 holiday season. The Thomas Fire destroyed both of it haunted hayride trailers and because of the drought does not have adequate water available to grow pumpkins this year. www.boccalis.com/pumpkinpatch.html

A Compilation of Automotive Relics in the Open Space of the Conejo Valley

As a resident of the Conejo Valley for over 20 years, a long distance runner and a father with active kids, I've run, walked, hiked and rolled over thousands of miles of trails within and surrounding the Conejo Valley.

Over the years I've noticed interesting, old items on the sides of the trails. These relics from the past always make me wonder how they got there and why they remain. I've attempted here to document these automotive blasts to the past on the trails of the Conejo Valley.

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Birthday Party Places In and Around Ventura County

Trying to figure out what to do for your kids' birthday parties in and around Ventura County? We've got you covered with this compilation of over 150 birthday party options in and around Ventura County, spanning from Ventura to Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Westlake Village, Newbury Park and surrounding areas. We have categorized venue by "type" as best we can.  Contact us if you have something to add!

Wine Tasting Options in Ventura County and Adjacent Areas

According to the Wine Institute, a public policy advocacy association of over 1,000 wineries, wine consumption in the United States has grown from about quarter of a gallon per person, per year in 1934 to 2.94 gallons per year in 2016. That's nearly one trillion gallons of wine!

So where can we imbibe right here in Ventura County and adjacent areas (roughly within a 40 minute radius)? Here's a compilation for your tasting pleasure.

(Note: Contact us for changes/additions. We have attempted to include only those places that currently offer wine tasting to the general public.)

Alma Sol Winery wines are poured at Sunland Vintage Tasting Room, 1321 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, #108, Thousand Oaks www.almasolwinery.com

Beckmen Vineyards at 2670 Ontiveros Road, Los Olivos www.beckmenvineyards.com

Boar Dough Tasting Room at 5015 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills www.boardoughtastingroom.com

Boccali Vineyards and Winery at 3277 E. Ojai Avenue in Ojai www.boccalivineyards.com

Buttonwood Vineyard and Winery at 1500 Alamo Pintado Road in Solvang www.buttonwoodwinery.com open daily 11am to 5pm

Cafe Firenze at 563 W. Los Angeles Ave in Moorpark offers Wednesday night wine tasting www.cafefirenze.net/special-events.html

Camarillo Custom Crush Winery at 300 S Lewis Rd, Camarillo www.camarillocustomcrush.com

Cantara Cellars in Camarillo www.cantaracellars.com

Casa Barranca Organic Winery is located at 208 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai www.casabarranca.com 805-640-1255

Cornell Winery and Tasting Room is located at 29975 Mulholland Highway in Agoura www.cornellwinery.com

DeLiese Cellars opened a tasting room at 1850 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks in late December 2016. deliesecellars.com

Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard at 6200 Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Ynez www.fessparkerwines.com 805-688-1545

Firestone Vineyard, 5017 Zaca Station Road in Santa Ynez www.firestonewine.com

Four Brix Winery is a craft winery open Thursday through Sunday at 2290 Eastman Avenue, Suite 101, Ventura www.fourbrixwine.com 805-256-6006

Gainey Vineyard at 3950 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez www.gaineyvineyard.com

Giessinger Winery & Tasting Room in Fillmore (365 Santa Clara Street - right next to Fillmore & Western Railway and 3059 Willow Lane, Westlake Village giessingerwinery.com

Gone West Cellars at 5963 Olivas Park Drive, Ste A, Ventura offers tastings Wednesday through Sunday gonewestcellars.wix.com/gonewestcellars

Herzog Wine Cellars at 3201 Camino Del Sol in Oxnard offers tastings daily, except Saturday, www.herzogwinecellars.com. Also try the Tierra Sur restaurant at Herzog, a very nice destination eatery.

Labyrinth Winery and Tasting Room is located at 607 East Main Street in Ventura www.LabyrinthWinery.com

Magnavino Cellars is located at 961 N. Rice Avenue, Suite 5, Oxnard and its tasting room is open Friday through Sunday. Visit www.magnavino.com or call 805.983.2500.

Malibu Family Wines tasting rooms at 71740 Mulholland Highway, Malibu (open 7 days a week) (818.865.0605) and at the Four Seasons Westlake Village Friday through Sunday (818.575.3000). Visit www.malibuwines.com.  Also offering the popular Malibu Wine Safaris www.lasafaris.com, Malibu Wine Hikes www.malibuwinehikes.com and Malibu Wine Sailing www.malibusailing.com. Not to mention, Saddlerock Gardens.

Millesime Cellars is open Friday-Sunday and Thursdays (by appointment) at 425 Constitution Avenue, Suite H, Camarillo. Visit www.millesimecellars.com or call 805.484.1482.

NABU Wines offers tastings at 2649 Townsgate Road, Suite 200, Westlake Village on Saturdays and Saturdays. Visit nabuwines.com or call 818.835.3704.

Oak Creek Ranch Winery will be re-opening after closing for three years for renovations on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Located at 10024 Old Creek Road, Ventura. Located on an 850 acre cattle ranch in the Ojai Valley. oldcreekranch.com 805-649-4132

The Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room is located at 109 S. Montgomery Street, Ojai and is open 7 days a week. Visit ojaivineyard.com or call 805.798.3947.

Panaro Brothers Winery and Tasting Room is located at 4517 Market St #7, Ventura Thursday through Sunday. Visit www.panarobrotherswinery.com or call 805.654.1577.

Plan B Wine Cellars is a working winery located at 3520 Arundell Circle, #107, Ventura planbwinecellars.com or 805-233-1453 or 805-218-9932. Open for tastings on weekends from noon to 5pm.

Rancho Ventano Cellars is at 741 South A Street in Downtown Oxnard www.rvcellars.com or 805.483.8084

Roblar Winery is at 3010 Roblar Avenue in Santa Ynez www.roblarwinery.com 805.686.2603

Rosenthal Winery and Tasting Room is located at 18741 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu www.rosenthalestatewines.com Open 7 days a week; hours vary. 310.456.1392

San Vicente Cellars Tasting Room is located at 537 Constitution Avenue, Suite D, Camarillo www.sanvicentecellars.com. Tasting Room is open on weekends. 805.388.3279

Sip Malibu Grapes in Agoura Hills www.sipmalibugrapes.com

The Stonehaus at 32039 Agoura Road, Westlake Village is open 7 days a week (hours vary) for wine tasting. the-stonehaus.com/wine 818.483.1152

Strey Cellars is located at 951 N. Rice Avenue, Oxnard and is open Friday-Sunday (weekdays by appointment). Visit www.StreyCellars.com or call 805.988.1087.

Sunland Vintage Winery and Tasting Room in Thousand Oaks www.SunlandVintageWinery.com

Sunstone Winery at 125 North Refugio Road, Santa Ynez www.sunstonewinery.com

The Tasting Room at Four Seasons Westlake Village www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/dining/signature_experiences/the_tasting_room

The Tasting Room at River Ridge at River Ridge Golf Club, 2401 W. Vineyard, Oxnard www.riverridgetastingroom.com

Topa Mountain Winery at 821 W. Ojai Avenue is open for wine tasting Thursday to Sunday from noon to 7pm. www.topamountainwinery.com

Ventura Wine Co. "The Cave" wine tasting at 4435 McGrath St #301, Ventura venturawineco.com/the-cave 

Wades Wines Wine Tasting at 30961 Agoura Road, Ste 321 Westlake Village www.wadeswines.com open Thursday to Sunday.

VinTura Tasting Room & Wine Rack at 14 S. California Street in Ventura vinturatastingroom.com

Two Ventura County Cities Were Born on September 29, 1964!

You wouldn't immediately know it looking at the headline of this September 30, 1964 issue of The Daily News, but the day before, residents in BOTH Camarillo and Thousand Oaks voted to incorporate their respective cities.

The article indicates that voters in Camarillo voted in favor of incorporation by a 5 to 1 margin, with 64% of the 3,745 registered voters turning in ballots. In the far right column, you'll see that with 10 of 18 precincts counted, 61% of 2,428 votes cast in Thousand Oaks were for incorporation. In Thousand Oaks they also voted on the name of the city...over 87% of votes cast said "yes" to the name Thousand Oaks.

Thanks to the Pleasant Valley Historical Society Museum in Camarillo for maintaining this and other local Ventura County history!

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