Category Archives: Recreation and Outdoors

The ‘C’ Street / Surfrider’s Point Beach Cleanup August 26

by James Francis Gray

Mark your calendars. The next Surfrider Foundation, Ventura County Chapter cleanup is August 26th, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Meet in Ventura on the beach promenade at the end of California Street.

They are breaking their previous year records each month. Using 124 volunteers, last month alone, the total collection was 396 pounds of trash, including 3,500 cigarette butts and two Star Wars characters.

So for tons of fun, join in for two + hours of cleaning up.

This group is one of the most successful out of eighty Surfrider Foundation chapters in America. It’s one of the best recreational opportunities in Ventura County. Bring your friends and family. Be a part of this worthwhile cause.

A volunteer,Ryan Power exclaimed, “Heads up: September 16, 2017 is the record breaking Coastal Cleanup day, the biggest volunteer event in the world!”

This vibrant chapter of volunteers, compromising of ocean enthusiasts interested in all aspects of beach management and ocean protections is waiting for you.

General meetings are every first Tuesday night of the month, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Patagonia – Great Pacific Iron Works, 235 W. Santa Clara St. All are welcome.

Surfrider Foundation, Ventura County Chapter: serving our local community for over twenty years. For more information and details, please go to

Audubon events

June 17:   8:30 am   Pine Mountain -Tevin Schmitt 661-904-1563 –  If you have never birded Pine Mountain now is time!  To carpool from Ventura meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Casitas Vista exit under the bridge. If you wish, you may meet the group at Pine Mountain Inn at 8:30 a.m  If for some reason weather makes Pine Mountain impassable, we will bird Wheeler Gorge as an alternate.

June 12 :   8:30 am   Emma Woods -Linda Easter  482-7537 – We will begin at the entrance to Emma Wood State Beach, searching the scrub for sparrows and warblers. The estuary is always an exciting place to bird There will be a fair amount of walking, so please dress appropriately in layers and comfortable shoes.

June 20 :  8:30 am   Ojai Meadows- Adele Fergusson   415-4304 –  This beautiful preserve is a birding hotspot and includes a restored wetland and native plantings. Target birds will include: Western Bluebirds, Sora, Belted Kingfisher,  Western Meadowlark, Merlin, Cedar Waxwing, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrows.

June 26 :  8:30 am  Wheeler Canyon -Gary Tuttle   525-2327  – This canyon provides good birding opportunities. We will be looking for raptors, ground doves, Western Bluebirds and maybe a Hairy Woodpecker.

 July 11 :   8:30 am  Canada Larga -Adele Fergusson   415-4304- Meet near the beginning of the road off Hwy 33. We will carpool from that location as we walk and drive this long county road.

July 17  :  8:30 am  Carpinteria Salt Marsh -Linda Easter  482-7537- To car pool meet behind Carrows (on Harbor) at 8:00.  Take HWY 101 North to Carpinteria, exit Casitas Pass Rd., rt. on Carpinteria Ave. left on Linden & rt. on Sandylane Rd. to Ash. Park along Ash.


Olivas Links & Buenaventura Golf Courses celebrate Fourth Annual Player Development Month

Golf and beautiful scenery all in one.

Olivas Links, Buenaventura Golf Course, and KemperSports announced today that they will host their fourth annual Player Development Month during the month of June. The month-long celebration of golf is built to introduce and re-introduce golfers as they share their passion for the sport. To commemorate the month-long celebration, Olivas Links will offer free 15-minute lessons from staff instructors to all new golfers. In addition to the free lessons, both Olivas Links & Buenaventura Golf Course will offer a complimentary junior green fee with a paid adult green fee any day after 2pm throughout the month of June.

“As avid golfers ourselves, we are passionate about the game of golf,” said general manager Carl-Van Vallier. Player Development Month gives us the opportunity to share our love of the game and hopefully introduce the game to a generation of non-golfers.”

Olivas Links & Buenaventura Golf Course take personal pride in their mission to help grow the game and share their love of the sport with new and former golfers. Guests at Olivas Links & Buenaventura Golf Course are encouraged to use the hashtag #PDMonth to show their support of the program and their love of the game of golf.

Ventura Corporate Games

Employees competed in friendly competition in the Corporate Games. Photo by Cathy O’Brien

From March 25 to May 6, 79 businesses and over 10,000 employees throughout Ventura County, competed in 26 different sporting events, as part of a friendly competition the Corporate Games.

Employees were able to choose from a diverse array of activities including a 5K run, soccer, miniature golf, Texas Hold’em and bowling.

Participants gave countless hours of their time to projects and programs such as: The Ventura Pier Revitalization Project, Beach Clean-up, Harbor Wetlands Restoration and the Ventura County Rescue Mission, to name just a few.

Even though they  “Played for the fun of it” they also played for bragging rights! The following were the overall and team unity winners.

Overall Winners

Team Unity Winners

Division A: County of Ventura

Division A: Amgen

Division B: Oxnard Police Department

Division B: Child Development Resources (CDR)

Division C: Northrup Grumman

Division C: Advanced Motion Controls (AMC)

Division D: AECOM & Aerotek (tied)

Division D: Chiquita Fresh

Leo Robbins Sailing Center summer Sailing and Kayaking Camp

Attend the City of Ventura’s Parks Recreation and Community Partnerships (PRCP) Department, Leo Robbins Sailing Center summer Sailing and Kayaking Camp.  Each day holds a new adventure and different water activities: sailing, kayaking, SUP, beach trips, swimming and much more. Returning campers improve skill levels and take on more advanced sailing challenges. The Leo Robbins Sailing Center is located at Marina Park. Children must be between the ages of 9 – 13 years old (volunteer opportunities for 14 – 17 YO). $165 per one week session/per child.

From June 19 until August 14. For more information and to register, go to or call 658-4726.

Summerfest quickly approaching

Stop by and meet local professional athletes.

Summerfest, the free, family-friendly, healthy living event, is returning for its twelfth season on Saturday, June 3rd, from 9am to 2pm at Ventura Unified School District’s Education Service Center.

Presented by Ventura Education Partnership and Ventura Unified School District in alliance with the City of Ventura, Summerfest begins with a 3K Middle School Race and One Mile Elementary School Run. Student athletes can even get a free sports physical.

Get an autograph and take a picture with NFL linebacker Freddy Keiaho, champion long boarder Mary Osborne, pro-boxer and the real “Million Dollar Baby” Maureen Shea, marathoner Chris Frias, and All-Americans Jake Colman (football) and Paige Treloar-Ballard (water polo).

The mission of the Ventura Education Partnership (VEP), a community-based, non-profit, non-political association, is to support and enrich education in the Ventura Unified School District through community partnerships. This all-volunteer group fosters community recognition of the work of district teachers and staff and enlists the participation of parents, businesses and community members in the education of our district’s children.

Casitas Rowing makes finals in 27th annual Long Beach Invitational

Photo by Wendy Gillett

Recently Casitas Rowing made finals with every squad at the 27th annual Long Beach Invitational. The race that brought in over 24 different rowing teams from 4 different states is a challenging three day event. The Casitas Rowing kids also medaled in 3 events including a Varsity Girls boat seen here with their bronze medals. The boat included Kaylie Dawson, Jackie O’connor, Rebecca Moya, Lisa Leap and Hannah Hassien. Summer Class signups are at

Whale watch season is now underway

Enjoy watching the gentle giants of the sea and dolphins too! Photo by Doug Mangum

Winter whale watching off the beautiful Central Coast of California runs from December to mid-April. An Island Packers whale watch is a perfect way to gather with family and friends to view the Pacific Gray Whales as they migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel on the way between their feeding grounds in Alaska and their breeding grounds in Baja.

Other possible sightings include humpback or fin whales, and occasionally Orcas, all of whom visit the productive waters of the Channel to feed on rich resources found in the majestic waters.

The Half Day Whale Watch Cruise provides stunning views of the Ventura coastline or the Channel Islands, wherever the whales may be sighted.

The Island Wildlife Cruise Half Day tours the north shore of Anacapa Island where visitors will see the historic lighthouse, view the highly photographed Arch Rock, enjoy a closer look at the California sea lion, spotted harbor seals and other wildlife.

Annual mammal sightings often seen also include minke whales, and sometimes the largest animal ever on the planet the majestic blue whale. Common dolphin populations often appear on the scene to delight passengers as they frolic with the boat, and ride the bow and stern waves.

Rates for half-day trips are $38 for adults, $34 for seniors and $28 for children age 3-12.  Children 2 and under are free.

“All year long, we invite visitors to come aboard our boats for an exciting and educational Nature Discovery Tour of the Channel Islands National Park,” stated Cherryl Connally, Office Manager at Island Packers.

Island Packers is the authorized concessionaire the Channel Islands National Park, family owned since 1968.  The main office is located at 1691 Spinnaker Drive in theVentura Harbor Village.  For more information visit the user-friendly website or to book online at or call 642-1393.