Daylight Saving Time Ends on the First Sunday of November

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Daylight Saving Time ends on the first Sunday of November each year in the U.S. (with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii). In 2018, that will be Sunday, November 4th at 2 a.m.

At 1:59:59 a.m. on that Sunday, your clocks will revert back to 1 a.m. Yes! FALL BACK!! An extra hour of sleep!

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gave us an extra month of DST by starting DST 3 weeks earlier and ending it one week later.

For my more precise readers, it is officially called Daylight Saving (not Savings) Time. So if you want to annoy your friends, correct them any time they call it Daylight SavingS time.

Also as one website I found mentioned, Daylight Saving Time is technically inaccurate, since we don't really gain daylight. It would more appropriately be called Daylight Shifting Time but I don't see that being a high priority initiative.

Falling back is probably my favorite day of the year as I thoroughly enjoy the gift of an extra hour. I despise the Daylight Saving Time transition and rant about it here.

Forty-Seven Things to Do In Thousand Oaks

The City of Thousand Oaks was incorporated on September 29, 1964. Most of Newbury Park was annexed by the city in the 1960s/1970s. Casa Conejo, Newbury Park's first planned community built in the early 1960s and the Lynn Ranch area of Thousand Oaks are unincorporated areas of Ventura County that technically are not annexed into the City of Thousand Oaks. Why that is, I'm not sure. The City of Thousand Oaks also annexed the Ventura County portions of Westlake Village in 1968 and 1972. A bit complicated, eh?

Enough history for now! Let's look at the future...like tomorrow or this coming weekend. Here are 47* things to do in the City of Thousand Oaks in random order.

*It started out as 47 things to do but we've lost count since originally posting this.

 View of Boney Mountain from the Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa area.

View of Boney Mountain from the Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa area.

 Older version of City of Thousand Oaks sign.

Older version of City of Thousand Oaks sign.

Halloween Events and Activities In and Around Ventura County

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Here, once again, is our boo-rific compilation of Halloween events, activities and goings on around Ventura County and surrounding areas for the 2018 Halloween season! Spooky houses, pumpkin patches, trick or treating, carnivals, community events, storytelling and more! 

Dates/times subject to change; contact event organizers to confirm. For calendar view, click here.

Pumpkin Patches in Ventura County and Surrounding Areas

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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.

Seasonal Adventures 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

Pumpkin Patch at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newbury Park is open daily.

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

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

A Little Further Away:

Woodland Hills Pumpkin Patch in the Winnetka Bowl parking lot, southwest corner of Winnetka and Vanowen during the month of October. Open daily. Petting zoo and inflatables.

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

What Happens When You Turn 18 in the State of California?

Age 18 in the United States is considered the "age of majority" and is a milestone.

Age 18 has been the age of majority since the 26th Amendment, signed into law by President Nixon in July 1971. Historically the age of majority was 21, but when Franklin D. Roosevelt lowered the military draft age to 18 during World War II, there was a push to align the voting age with the military draft age.

So what changes when you turn 18? The State Bar of California has a nice guide for teenagers to help better understand how their rights and responsibilities change at age 18.

Here's a summary of these rights and responsibilities, excerpted from "When You Turn 18: A Survival Guide for Teenagers." (pdf link)

  1. Enter into binding contracts - for example, leases, opening bank accounts and applying for loans (of course, to obtain the loan, you may still need a co-signer).

  2. Buy or sell property, such as real estate and stock.

  3. Marry without written consent of parents or guardian.

  4. Sue or be sued.

  5. Compromise, settle or arbitrate a claim.

  6. Make or revoke a will.

  7. Inherit property outright.

  8. Vote in federal, state and local elections.

  9. Consent to all types of medical treatment.

  10. Join the military without parental consent. Male U.S. citizens or immigrants living in the U.S. generally must register with the Selective Service System within 30 days of turning 18. Women are exempt.

  11. Get a job without a special work permit.

  12. Serve jury duty.

  13. Be subject to more serious consequences for breaking the law.

  14. Prior to June 9, 2016, you could buy tobacco products; the law was changed, however, and now you have to wait until you are age 21.

Learn more at www.calbar.ca.gov.

For detailed guides in pdf format, visit www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Free-Legal-Information/Legal-Guides.

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

HOW ABOUT A BEER!? LOCAL AREA FRESH BREWED BEERS

Wine No More

We Olive & Wine Bar Tasting at The Oaks Mall closed permanently in August 2018.

Join the Audience at a TV Show Taping in the Los Angeles Area

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Hollywood is only 40 minutes from Thousand Oaks (depending on traffic). How many of you have been to a TV show taping?  It’s free and can be a lot of fun! Out of town guests? They'll love the experience of sitting in a live audience! Talk shows, game shows, sitcoms, you name it!  Here are some websites to visit to track down free seats in the Los Angeles area, along with currently available shows as of September 2018:

On-Camera Audiences www.ocatv.com - Currently available shows include Hell’s Kitchen, Little Big Shots, America’s Got Talent, American Idol, American Ninja Warrior, Family Feud, Dr. Phil, Dancing with the Stars, Let’s Make a Deal and others.

Audiences Unlimited www.tvtickets.com - Currently available shows include Dr. Phil, Murphy Brown, Man with a Plan, One Day at a Time, Last Man Standing and others.

TVTix.com www.tvtix.com - Currently available shows include Wheel of Fortune, The Conners, Man with a Plan, etc.

1iota.com www.1iota.com - Fox NFL Thursday, The Voice, Jimmy Kimmel Live and various special events.

Or you can go directly to a show's website to request tickets...though usually there is a long wait. Here are a few:

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/tickets

The Ellen Show: send.ellentv.com/tickets

Conan: teamcoco.com/tickets

Note: Each show has different age minimums, locations, timing and rules, so make sure to read the fine print. For example, if you want to be on The Price is Right, you must be 18 years of age or older and arrive 4 hours in advance of the 2 hour taping. That could be a long day!  Wheel of Fortune, filmed at the Sony Studios in Culver City, however, allows audience participants as young as eight.