The Annex at The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard Features Eateries and Boutiques

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If you haven't already checked it out, The Annex, located within The Collection at RiverPark in Oxnard, is worth a visit.

This 16,000 square foot is home to a dozen micro shops, artisan boutiques and craft food and beverage eateries. Tenants as of February 2018 include the following:

  • Bottle & Pint - Featuring craft beers from around the world (first location opened in early 2015 in Newbury Park)
  • Scratch Sandwich Counter
  • Love Pho Cafe
  • Seoul Sausage Company
  • Gasolina - Spanish tapas and wine eatery
  • Pancake - serving Dutch pancakes of numerous varieties
  • PokeCeviche - serving Hawaiian Poke and Latin American Ceviche bowls
  • Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters - 2nd location! (started in Newbury Park in 2015).
  • Taqueria El Tapatio Mexican Grill (opening soon)
  • The Blend Superfood Bar - serving acai bowls, smoothies and juices
  • CherryHills Market - premium hand-crafted home goods
  • Sueño Jewelry Studio - handmade and custom jewelry

The Collection at RiverPark has become quite an incredible destination within Ventura County in recent years, with so many great eateries all in one place as well as The Container Store, a fantastic Whole Foods Market, REI, Target store, movie theaters, Levity Live Comedy Club and more. Quite impressive what they have done over there off the 101, Oxnard Boulevard exit. thecollectionrp.com

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Earned Income Tax Credit & Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Locations in Ventura County

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The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program is a refundable tax credit available to individuals and families earning less than $48,340 and $53,930, respectively, in 2017. This is the federal government's largest anti-poverty measure and refunds can amount to as much as $6,318 (for 2017) for families with three or more qualifying children.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program recruits volunteer tax preparers as well as interpreters, screeners, and greeters and to provide free preparation of federal and state income tax returns to taxpayers with low incomes earning less than $54,000 in 2017. VITA benefits these taxpayers by eliminating the cost of commercial tax return preparation and by securing valuable tax credits such as the Child Tax Credit and EITC.

Local VITA location sites are as follows (see this IRS link for details, including dates and times):

Please bring the following:

  • Social Security card for each family member or ITIN number for the working adult
  • W-2 forms for all jobs worked during the year
  • All 1099 forms for other income
  • Child care provider information: name, address, and Tax ID (if available)
  • Picture I.D. for each adult filing
  • For direct deposit of refund - bank routing and account number or cancelled check

Additionally, Conejo Senior Volunteer Program (CSVP) is offering free tax preparation services for seniors 60 years of age or older (any income level) or persons with an income of $54,000 or less, regardless of age. This service is taking place Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm at the Conejo Creek South Community Building: 1350 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, and Wednesdays, 8:30am-4:00pm at the Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Rd., Newbury Park. There are no appointments taken; first-come, first-served. Call the CSVP office at (805) 381-2742 for more information.

Over 140 Summer Camps and Programs In and Around Ventura County

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Looking for a summer camp within range of Ventura County? Here's a list of over 140 summer day camps and residential camps and programs in the area. Actually, there are hundreds and hundreds of individual camps available.

We've attempted to categorize the camps into three main groups; Traditional/Learning, Sports and Music/Arts, though many camps cover numerous fun activities all in one.

Know of more? Submit them here!

No doubt there will be some typos/errors on this list, so let us know if you find one.

Traditional Day Camps, Overnight Camps, Educational Camps and Other Camps

Sports Camps

Music/Arts/Science Camps

Two Views From Conejo Valley Trails the Weekend of February 10-11, 2018

We're lacking rain this winter in Southern California once again (last year was a different story) so our trails in the Conejo Valley aren't as green as they should be in mid-February. But nonetheless, they are still beautiful. Here are a couple views this weekend; one from the Potrero Ridge Trail and the other from the Rosewood Trail in Newbury Park.

For over 50 over trails and hikes throughout Ventura County and adjacent areas, visit THIS LINK.

MyFreeTaxes.com Offers Free Income Tax Preparation Service to Eligible Americans

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MyFreeTaxes.com offers free federal and state tax preparation and filing services both online and in person to eligible Americans across the country. 

MyFreeTaxes national and local partners also provide taxpayers with eligibility information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits to help them keep more of what they earn.

Individuals and families earning $66,000 or less in 2017 are eligible to use MyFreeTaxes.com for their 2017 tax returns. MyFreeTaxes.com tax filing software is provided by H&R Block®.

Or if you made $54,000 or less in 2017 and would like help in preparing your tax returns, click this link for Ventura County area Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs.

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!

CONEJO JOE'S TRAINING BLOG

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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)

Compilation of Great Trails and Hikes In and Around Ventura County

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Looking for a good hike around Ventura County and nearby areas? We've highlighted a number of our favorite hikes in the Do Something section of Conejo Valley Guide.

HIKE TO A CONEJO VALLEY BENCH WITH A VIEW

HIKE TO AUTOMOTIVE RELICS IN THE CONEJO VALLEY OPEN SPACE

SEVEN FLAT, STROLLER FRIENDLY TRAILS IN THE CONEJO VALLEY

DOG-FRIENDLY TRAILS IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS

Lone Oak at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa

Lone Oak at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa

Lynnmere Open Space views to the west.

Lynnmere Open Space views to the west.

Views from the Ray Miller Trail in Malibu.

Danielson Road trail in the Boney Mountain Wilderness.

Danielson Road trail in the Boney Mountain Wilderness.

Views of Simi Valley from the peak of Mt. McCoy in Simi Valley.

Views of Simi Valley from the peak of Mt. McCoy in Simi Valley.

Sunset Hills Trail in Thousand Oaks.

Sunset Hills Trail in Thousand Oaks.

Tree encampment along Los Padres Trail in Thousand Oaks.

Tree encampment along Los Padres Trail in Thousand Oaks.