Recreation and Outdoors


Six women’s epic swim around Santa Cruz Island

by Mira ReverentePicture this. Six women swimmers. Fifty-four miles. Almost 40 hours in open water. It happened. An epic swim around Santa Cruz Island took place back in late September. “As far as we know, it’s the first time it’s ever been done,” says team captain Claudia Rose, 53, of San Diego. “Most of us […] Read More »

Tennis clinics for kids and adults at the Camino Real Park Tennis Center

On Saturday, Feb. 3, join the Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships Department for a day on the court with tennis clinics for kids and adults at the Camino Real Park Tennis Center. Children ages 4-16 are invited to learn from 1-2 pm, and people who are 17+ from 2-3 pm. This clinic is an excellent […] Read More »

Wilderness Basics Course at Poinsettia Pavilion

The local Sierra Club’s annual Wilderness Basics Course promises adventure, friendships, confidence, beauty, weather, inspiration, knowledge, tasty food and hardy health. It’s all about the Club’s ethic of showing people the forests, open spaces, mountains and rivers in a safe and comfortable manner, and you don’t have to be a member. Now in its 9th […] Read More »

McGrath State Beach to temporarily close due to flooding

McGrath State Beach temporarily closed on January 5, until further notice due to the recent increased flooding caused by the Santa Clara River Estuary. The beach will close for the security, safeguarding, and preservation of resources. The flooding is caused when the waters backs up behind the naturally occurring sand bar blocking the mouth of […] Read More »

The Annual California Coast Classic (CCC) Bike Tour

Join the riders at San Buenaventura State Beach. Photo by Murray Robertson from 2016 Theresa Brees has participated in the CCC multiple times with her husband and sister as “Team Sluggy”. She’s riding again this year, in honor of her 14 year-old daughter Mia, who was diagnosed with arthritis when she was 6, and has been […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

Junior lifeguard training as captured by George Robertson

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Ventura Harbor Laser Regatta, Outrigger Challenge by George Robertson

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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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

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 […] Read More »

Summerfest quickly approaching

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 […] Read More »

Casitas Rowing makes finals in 27th annual Long Beach Invitational

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. […] Read More »

Whale watch season is now underway

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 […] Read More »

Women’s teams break state record in highest academic team achievement

CCCAA recently announced its academic awards for the 2015-16 year. The Ventura College Pirates women’s cross country, track and field, and water polo teams are recipients of the spring 2017 California Community College Athletic Association “Scholar Team” awards.  The CCCAA recently announced its academic awards for the 2015-16 year, and Ventura College is home to […] Read More »

BikeVentura is having a launch party

VCCOOL, a grassroots climate change organization is launching a new initiative, BikeVentura. A launch party is planned at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., on Saturday, March 4th from 7-10pm. Entertainment will be provided by The Salty Suites and there will be hors d’oeuvres provided by Scratch Ventura. There will be a cash […] Read More »

Ventura surfing champion Mary Osborne to serve as Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Champion long boarder and professional surfer Mary Osborne will serve as Grand Marshal when the annual Ventura County St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches up Street for the 29th time in downtown Ventura on Saturday, March 11. The theme of this year’s parade, which begins in front of Mission San Buenaventura at 10 a.m., is “The […] Read More »

The 805 Bears prepare to gear up for spring season

Super bowl 51 marks the end of the NFL season, but for the newest semi-pro football team in Ventura County, the 805 Bears, a new season is underway. On Feb. 25 when they will be hosting Yuca Valley’s Hi Desert Vipers. The 805 Bears are the only spring season semi-pro football team in the area. […] Read More »

Winter league flag football

Ventura’s growing youth sports league called FuturePro Flag Football is back again. Players of all kinds, including beginner, intermediate and advanced, boys and girls from kindergarten to 8th grade are welcome to join us again in our Winter season. If you are curious about the game of football, then flag football is a safe, exciting […] Read More »

Fun and Fitness for the Holidays at Skating Plus

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Register now for Adult Winter Softball/Basketball Tournaments & Corporate Games

Register by December 2 for the second annual Winter Softball/ Basketball Tournaments to be held December 10 and 11 at local Ventura gyms. The tournaments are open to all teams and players who took part in City of Ventura Adult Sports Leagues for basketball and softball in 2016. Tournament divisions include: Men’s Basketball – C, […] Read More »

Casitas Crew-zers offer adult rowing workouts

Casitas Rowing has started a new group of rowers because of popular demand! The Casitas Crew-zers will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30am allowing adults who cannot make the usual early morning workouts a chance to get out on amazing Lake Casitas in a sculling boat. This group has long been needed and requested […] Read More »

Arthritis Foundation's California Coast Classic Bike Tour

Darren Gonser is a 16 year veteran of the Arthritis foundation California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour. This is the 16th year and he has participated in all of them. The Arthritis Foundation’s California Coast Classic Bike Tour is a scenic bike ride that takes place over 8 days and covers 525 miles along the coast […] Read More »

4th annual Ventura Marathon and Beach Party

“I did it” Mark your calendars for the 4th annual Ventura Marathon and Beach Party on Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th at the Ventura Pier. Aside from the marathon, there will be a half-marathon, a 5K, bike rides, a K9 Shuffle (dog walk) and an adventure/obstacle race. The beach party expo features live […] Read More »

Jason Romero strikes twice and local product Ben Silva once to seal the deal for Fusion

by Polo Ascencio Last year the inaugural Ventura County Cup presented by the Ventura County Star, had a lot of drama from minute the first kick until the end in overtime with Fusion coming from behind and taking the inaugural VC Cup. This year the only real drama happened when the lights when out as […] Read More »

Explore nature with the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy at Family Fun Day

Paul Meehan, gives his kids Claire and John a lift at the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s Big Rock Nature Preserve. Photo by Kyle Sparks. On Saturday, August 6, the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host Family Fun Day at their Big Rock Nature Preserve from 10 a.m. – 12. This free, family-friendly, open-to-the-public outdoor event will […] Read More »

New play equipment to be installed in various city parks this summer

This summer will see new play equipment in many of our city parks. Many of our city play structures are very old (up to 30 years) and even dangerous for kids to play on, or don’t meet new State requirements that require soft rubberized areas under some equipment (monkey bars and jungle gyms for instance).  […] Read More »

Learn about visiting Ventura's sister city - Loreto, Mexico

Loreto was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. For the first time since former Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann officially exchanged keys to the city with Loreto, Mexico, in 2015, the Ventura/Loreto Sister City Committee is inviting Venturans to travel with them to explore their sister city. Planning is underway for biannual visits to Loreto […] Read More »

Outrigger Canoe Competition Saturday June 11th the Ventura Harbor

Photos by George Robertson Outrigger canoe clubs from San Diego to San Francisco on Saturday. This annual event is sponsored by Hokuloa a Ventura based Outrigger Canoe Club. 800-1000 individuals from 18 clubs each with 4-6 canoes competed in this event.   Read More »

Exploring the Channel Islands by kayak

Local freelance writer and photographer Chuck Graham will describe his favorite kayaking trips and wildlife encounters around the Channel Islands, during the June From Shore to Sea lecture. The isolation of the Channel Islands and conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel can make access challenging – areas where it is hard to sail or kayak, due to high […] Read More »

Marine Sightings May 2016

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Ventura Hillsides Conservancy to host “Bike and Hike,” Saturday, May 21

On Sat., May 21, from 1-3 p.m., the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy (VHC) will host “Bike and Hike” – a free community bike ride along the Ojai-Ventura Bike path. VHC staff will lead riders on a 12-mile round-trip excursion to their Big Rock Preserve. Upon arrival, VHC will conduct a hike on their nature preserve before returning to […] Read More »

Marine Sightings - April 2016

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Surfrider Foundation Ventura County Chapter Meeting Tues. Feb. 2nd

Guest Speakers on Pervasive Plastics in our Sandy Beach Ecosystem Surfrider welcomes the public to join us at our first general chapter meeting for 2016 on Tuesday February 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30 at Patagonia / Great Pacific Iron Works. The chapter meeting will cover local program and campaign updates and feature a guest presentation by a research […] Read More »

Ventura Hillside Conservancy looking for volunteers for tree planting Sat., Dec. 19, 9am-12pm

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! We know it’s a very busy time of year but Ventura Hillside Conservancy hopes that you can put your holiday shopping on hold for a couple of hours this Saturday, Dec.19, and help us plant trees from 9 a.m. – noon at our Big Rock Preserve. Volunteers both young and old are encouraged […] Read More »

Scorpion Pier on Santa Cruz Island Closed Temporarily Due to Damage from High Surf

The Scorpion Pier on Santa Cruz Island is closed temporarily until damages caused by the high surf last Friday are fully assessed and repaired. The island will remain open to visitation. Landings at Scorpion Anchorage will be beach landings via skiff until the pier reopens. Storm surge and high waves inundated Scorpion Anchorage last Friday, […] Read More »

Olivas Links receives award from CGCOA

Olivas Links has been awarded the 2015 Community Environmental Award at the annual meeting of the CGCOA (California Golf Course Owner’s Association). The highlights for Olivas Links receiving the award included: ●  The renovation of the 12.5 acre driving range with the use of artificial turn and decomposed granite which greatly reduced water usage and […] Read More »

Registration for Corporate Games can start now

by Eric Burton, Ventura Corporate Games Director Registration officially opens on January 11 for the 2016 Ventura Corporate Games, but you can reserve your spot now! The registration and event selection form — easy to fill, save and send — plus all the essential information for 2016 are now online at I look forward to welcoming […] Read More »


TOTALS FOR OCTOBER 2015: Gray Whales: 0 Humpback Whales: 30 Blue Whales: 1 Orca Whales: 0 Minke Whales: 0 Fin Whales: 2 Common Dolphin: 18,564 Dahl’s Porpoise: 7 Risso’s Dolphin: 405 Bottlenose Dolphin: 722 Pacific White Sided Dolphin: 423 Sea Turtle: 1 White Shark: 1 Read More »

California Coast Classic Bike Tour cycles through Ventura

Photo by George Robertson The California Coast Classic Bike Tour is a scenic bike ride that takes place over 8 days and covers 525 miles along the coast on Highway 1. The Tour starts in the heart of San Francisco and ends on the iconic strand of Los Angeles with a stop in Ventura. The […] Read More »

Ventura Outrigger Canoe Club heads to World Championship

Hokuloa Outrigger Canoe Club, a Ventura competitive paddling club, is sending their top men’s crew to compete in the prestigious 2015 Moloka’i Hoe international outrigger canoe race on Sunday, October 11. The Moloka’i Hoe race is a challenging 41 mile open water paddle competition held annually in Hawai’i. This year marks the 63rd crossing with […] Read More »

“Free "Learn to Row” on Saturday Aug. 29th @ 8:30am at Lake Casitas

photo by Dani Thole Casitas Rowing is now signing up Boys and Girls 9th-12th grade for the fall High School Rowing Team and kids 6th-8th grade for the fall Middle School Team. PE credits offered for all local Ventura high schools for the team. Practice begins with a “Free Learn to Row” on Saturday August 29th @ 8:30am at […] Read More »