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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
May 20th is National Pick Strawberries Day. We learned a few interesting facts about the strawberry that we would love to share. For example, did you know that the strawberry is actually part of the rose family? (The Rosacaeae family to be precise.) A cup of strawberries contains more Vitamin C than a medium orange. California grows approximately 80% of all strawberries produced in the entire United States. So, it makes sense that the Ventura Strawberry Festival takes place later this month.What: Ventura Strawberry Festival 2024Where: Ventura Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd)When: May 18th (10 am to 7:30 pm) & May 19th (10 am to 6:30 pm)Admission: $8 to $15 per person per dayContact: Strawberry Festival contact formVentura Strawberry Festival 2024This festival is one of the most popular fe...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
The very first Earth Day took place back in April of 1970. It has been officially recognized on April 22nd of every year since. What began as a simple way to bring awareness to our role in the health of our planet has grown into a nationwide campaign. Each year's festivities get bigger and bigger. Since April 22nd falls on a Monday this year, organizers of Ventura Earth Day 2024 decided to hold this year's event on the Saturday before.What: Ventura Earth Day Celebration 2024Where: Plaza Park on Thompson Blvd.When: Saturday, April 20th, 11 am to 4 pmAdmission: FREEVentura Earth Day Celebration 2024The City of Ventura partnered with the Merito Foundation to host this year's Earth Day event here in Ventura. The Multicultural Education for Resources Issues Threatening Oceans Foundation (aka...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Can you believe that it's already April 1st? It feels like we just welcomed in the new year. But it's already spring (not that you could tell by all of the rain we had over the weekend). Thankfully, the weatherman predicts sunny days ahead. Good thing, too, because the VC Art Market is now in full effect.What: VC Art Market 2024Where: California & Main, Downtown VenturaWhen: From 11 am to 5 pm on the 2nd Saturday of the Month through DecemberAdmission: FREEVC Art Market 2024Since 2016, artists from all over the area gathered at the corner of California Street and Main Street in Downtown Ventura. The art market hosts more than 20 local artists and makers on the second Saturday of the month. Here, you'll find various artwork in a wide variety of mediums: paintings, ceramics, metalworks, l...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Easter Sunday falls on March 31st this year. But the Easter Bunny himself promised to come to Plaza Park a week early. He wants to offer Ventura children a chance to practice for the official big day. How? By participating in the Ventura Easter Egg Hunt.What: Ventura Easter Egg Hunt 2024Where: Plaza Park, Downtown VenturaWhen: Saturday, March 23rd from 10 am to 5 pmAdmission: Free (pre-registration required)Ventura Easter Egg Hunt 2024Organizers divided the official hunt up into four different age groups. First up? Kids of all ages who happen to have a disability start things off with their hunt at 10 am. Next, kids ages 0 to two search for eggs at 10:45 am. After that, kids ages three to five get their crack at the hunt starting at 11:30 am. At 12:15 pm, kids ages six to eight get to r...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Mermaids have tickled our imaginations for decades. From the Syrian Goddess Atargatis (the first official "mermaid" circa 1000 BC) to Arial in Disney's "The Little Mermaid", millions of people worldwide celebrate these magical creatures. You, too, can bring your inner mermaid out at throughout March when you participate in Ventura Mermaid Month 2024 at the Ventura Harbor Village.Ventura Mermaid Month 2024Meet a Real Live MermaidCome to the Village on from 12 pm to 3 pm on March 16th and 23rd to see a real mermaid live and in person. Make sure you bring your camera with you. These lovely ladies would love to take a picture with you.Dance, Dance, DanceYou might ask "how does a mermaid dance if she doesn't have any legs?" Well, the only way to find out is to come to the Mermaid dance party...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
With all of the rain we've had lately here in Southern California, it's hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. But it's never too early to start planning your next remodel or upgrade. Fortunately, the Ventura Home Improvement Expo 2024 wants to help you with all your remodeling plans in one convenient location.What: Ventura Home Improvement Expo 2024Where: Ventura County FairgroundsWhen: February 23rd to 25thAdmission: Free with couponContact: Paul Smith, On the Edge Promotions (714-931-3600) or via emailVentura Home Improvement Expo 2024For three whole days, hundreds of vendors fill the Ventura County Fairgrounds. They offer ideas, tips, and great deals for all budgets and personal styles. Whether you want to make a few updates to prepare your home to sell or simply fee...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Was working on your fitness one of your New Year's resolutions? Have you ever had your eyes set on running in the Boston Marathon? A good way to get there is by signing up for the Ventura Marathon 2024.What: Ventura Marathon 2024Where: Ojai Valley to Surfer's Point in VenturaWhen: Sunday February 24th, 2024Contact: Ventura Marathon emailVentura Marathon 2024The Ventura Marathon acts as a Boston Marathon qualifier. To qualify for the ultra-competitive Boston Marathon in April, runners must be at least 18 years old and complete one marathon in the previous year within specific time frames. For ages 18-34, you must finish in 3 hours for men and 3 hours 30 minutes for women. Ages 35 to 39 get an additional five minutes from that time. For runners ages 40 to 44, add another five minutes to t...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Lenders offer a variety of loans to choose from when purchasing a Ventura home. The three most common loans are conventional, VA, and FHA. For credit-challenged buyers, an FHA loan may be their most viable option.FHA Loan ExplainedGovernment Backed LoanThese loans are insured by the government. However, the government does not, in fact, actually issue any money for loans. What does that mean? Well with conventional loans, the lender assumes all of the risk. But with government-backed loans, the lender receives protection in case the buyer defaults on their loan. That is why their terms tend to favor those home buyers on the lower end of the credit spectrum.Lower Minimum Credit ScoreTypically, lower credit scores mean higher interest rates. An extremely low score may mean an outright rej...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Happy New Year! We certainly hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. According to Forbes Health, the #1 New Year's resolution people set is to improve their fitness. If that falls at the top of your list, then you might want to join the Ventura Seaside Marathon 2024 later this month.What: Ventura Seaside Marathon 2024Where: Emma Wood Group Campground (800 W Main St., Ventura)When: Sunday, January 28th, 7 amAdmission: $55 to $120Contact: Seaside Marathon (805) 258-3779 or via emailVentura Seaside Marathon 2024Fortunately, organizers of this popular running event wanted as many people to join as possible. So, whether you consider yourself a beginner or a well-seasoned athlete, they offer something for everyone. For example, not quite feeling up to the full 26.2 miles? Try the 13.1 mile half m...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Can you believe it? In just one week, we celebrate Christmas Day. Where has this year gone?! For many people, this means spending time with your loved ones. But not everyone is that fortunate. They have to fight to find a warm place to stay. Even in sunny Southern California, the winter nights become chilly. The Ventura Foul Weather Shelter helps those less fortunate individuals and families stay out of the cold. But they need your assistance to help these people with a warm place to stay.Ventura Foul Weather Shelter Needs Your HelpThe City of Ventura activates this emergency center when the temperature drops or the weather turns particularly nasty with excess rain and wind. Last year, it opened up over 25 times in just 45 days. Not only does the shelter provide a warm place to stay thr...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
When you think of Southern California architecture, what springs to mind first? Italian villas? Spanish revival? Craftsman? In the historic community of Hobson Heights, you primarily see Spanish and Italian influences. Most homes also feature an incredible ocean and/or city view. But this time of year proves extra special thanks to the Hobson Heights Christmas Lights.What: Hobson Heights Christmas Lights 2023Where: Hobson Heights neighborhood of VenturaWhen: December 9th, 10th, 16th & 23rdAdmission: FREEHobson Heights Christmas Lights 2023For the next few weekends, Hobson Heights becomes even more beautiful thanks to the special Christmas displays throughout the neighborhood. For example, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm on Saturday, December 9th, bring the kiddos and the fur babies to Jay Ross Den...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Thanksgiving Day takes place in just over two weeks from today. We have so much to be thankful for in our own lives. A warm bed. A roof over our heads. Food in our bellies. A loving family. But some people struggle with these every single day. Please consider helping others in need this holiday season by joining the Ventura Can-Tree 2023 event.What: Ventura Can-Tree 2023Where: Figueroa Plaza, Downtown VenturaWhen: November 30th to December 2ndContact: Food Share of Ventura (805-983-7100 or via email)Ventura Can-Tree 2023While giving food to those less fortunate than ourselves is soul-filling enough, why not add a little bit of fun and a splash of healthy competition into the mix? That's what Can-Tree offers. Food Share of Ventura puts together this fun competition to bring in food donat...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
This year, Halloween night falls on a Tuesday. But you do not have to wait until then to enjoy the holiday. In fact, several places around Ventura offer up some Halloween fun the weekend before. Try one of these family-friendly events for a scary good time.Halloween Fun in Ventura 2023Witches PaddleFirst up for the weekend? The Witches Paddle. Calling all witches and warlocks. Dress up in your witchy best, grab your board or kayak and head to the Ventura Harbor. Everyone gathers for a fun group photo at 3:30 pm on Friday, October 27th, at the Coastal Cone. Then, starting at 4 pm, paddle out around the harbor. If you want to join in but don't own a board or a kayak, Ventura Boat Rentals offers some for rent. Launch from either the Harbor Cove Beach, the public launch ramp in Ventura Harb...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Most people know about Scotch whiskey and haggis. But did you know that eggnog originated from the Scottish Auld Man's Milk? And butterscotch candy made its way to our shores courtesy of Scottish immigrants. Even Southern Fried Chicken owes its beginnings to both the Scots and West African people settling in the south. In Scotland, one way to celebrate the culture is through sport. Stateside, we celebrate with them through the Seaside Highland Games & Scottish Festival 2023 right here in Ventura.What: Seaside Highland Games & Scottish Festival 2023Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd)When: 9 am to 5 pm on October 14th & 15thAdmission: $5 to $40Seaside Highland Games & Scottish Festival 2023The festivities begin at 9 am on Saturday, October 14th, with a grand parade at hig...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Hueneme Beach celebrated the end of summer in August. But summer officially ends on Saturday, September 23rd. So, it seems fitting that that is when the local Rotary Club hosts their annual Ventura Beachside Bash.What: Ventura Beachside Bash 2023Where: San Buenaventura Beach State Beach (901 San Pedro St)When: Saturday, September 23rd, from 11 am to 5 pmAdmission: $10-$150 per personVentura Beachside Bash 2023This bash offers something for everyone. First, for the car aficionado, a classic car show. Next, for the foodie, sizzling steak and finger-licking-good BBQ. And for the zythophile, a variety of beers on tap to choose from. Finally, for the music-lover, live entertainment all afternoon long.The Eight-O-Five Car Show features more than 200 classic hot rods, street rods, muscle cars,...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer. (It officially ends on September 22nd.) With summer waning and fall about to start, it only means one thing. The Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival 2023 is almost here!What: Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival 2023Where: Ventura Harbor Village (1583 Spinnaker Ave)When: September 9th & 10th, 10 am to 5 pmAdmission: FREEContact: Ventura Art Festival EmailVentura Art & Street Painting Festival 2023Next weekend, the streets (and sidewalks) of Ventura Harbor Village fill up with wonderful pieces of art. Dozens of local artists showcase their talents on canvas, in print, through pottery, and sidewalk chalk. That's right. In the hands of a magnificent artist, a plaything of our youth becomes a tool to create masterpieces. You positively must...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
If you went to Camarillo's Heritage Days last weekend, consider it a warm up to the big event...the Ventura County Fair! This year's county fair takes place from August 2nd to August 13th. And it just might be the biggest county fair yet!What: Ventura County Fair 2023Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd)When: August 2nd to 13th, 2023 Admission: $10 to $15 per dayContact: Ventura County Fairgrounds (805) 648-3376Ventura County Fair 2023First of all, you cannot beat this line-up of talent! Collective Soul, Ashanti, Trace Adkins, 38 Special, Tesla, and the one and only, legendary singer Patti Labelle. What's even better is that each concert is absolutely free of charge with your admission to the fair. The rodeo costs an extra $5 per person and takes place on the fairgrounds ...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
Can you believe it? We are already halfway through 2023! In just a couple of weeks, we celebrate our nation's 247th birthday. If you need something to do to while away the hours before nightfall, may we make a suggestion? Go to the Ventura 4th of July Street Fair!What: Ventura 4th of July Street Fair 2023Where: Main Street and Cemetery Memorial Park (between Hemlock & Aliso)When: Tuesday, July 4th, from 10 am to 4 pmAdmission: FREEContact: City of Ventura (805) 654-7800Ventura 4th of July Street Fair 2023This year's theme is "Celebration by the Sea". The day kicks off with the always popular Push-em/Pull-em Parade at 10 am along Main Street. They open the parade up to anyone interested in participating. All you need to do is show up with a bicycle, tricycle, unicycle, wagon, stroller, o...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
When the Pacific Ocean sits right in your own backyard, you tend to focus on maintaining its health and beauty. But we all should focus on keeping our oceans clean every day. After all, water covers more than 70% of the entire planet. Even so, man has actually explored more of outer space than we have our own oceans. To bring more awareness to the role that our oceans play in our everyday lives, the City invites you to celebrate World Oceans Day Ventura 2023 day with them.What: World Oceans Day Ventura 2023Where: Harbor Cove Beach (1878-1998 Spinnaker Dr)When: Saturday, June 10th from 11 am to 5 pmAdmission: FREE to spectatorsWorld Oceans Day Ventura 2023The day's festivities start off with a fun Hokuloa Outrigger Challenge. What is that? Six-man teams compete inside huge canoes with at...
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By Dave and Patricia Zumbrun
(The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.)
April showers bring May flowers. But they also bring strawberries...lots of strawberries. Whether you enjoy them in a jam, on a biscuit, in a pie, or by themselves, you might want to make plans to visit the California Strawberry Festival 2023 this month.What: California Strawberry Festival 2023Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds (10 W Harbor Blvd)When: May 20th & 21stCost: $8 to $15Contact: CSF Corporate Office via emailCalifornia Strawberry Festival 2023Organizers created a jam-packed schedule (see what we did there) for all festival goers this year. Between the berry contest, Berry Babies Fashion Parade, strawberry tart toss, art contest, and live entertainment all weekend long on the Jest in Time Family Fun Stage, no one becomes bored here. Plus, there are dozens of carnival rides, roc...
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