Author: Kateri Wozny

Garden to glass craft cocktails at Oak & Iron

Oak & Iron2967 Thousand Oaks Blvd.Thousand Oakswww.oakandironto.com My friends and I needed to shake off the June Gloom vibe, so after work one night we headed over to a new homemade craft cocktail bar called Oak & Iron in Thousand Oaks, where we heard the atmosphere was lively and friendly. So long gloom! Owner Andrew Pletcher wanted to create a cocktail bar along the strip focusing on local ingredients throughout Ventura County and it does not disappoint. The menu rotates seasonally and offers probably some of the freshest and yummiest cocktails I have ever had. My friends and I...

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BUGGED OUT | Oxnard Insect Festival invites public into a bug’s life

Crickets, butterflies, spiders, beetles, flies . . . For those who have a love for all insects, those are just some of the ones that will be on display during the Oxnard Insect Festival at Plaza Park on Saturday, June 1. City of Oxnard Manager Alex Nguyen proposed the insect festival after seeing a similar festival in the City of Riverside, where Nguyen used to work as an assistant city manager. “The first impression of insects for many is ‘ew’ but we hope this festival will provide a sense of appreciation and value for insects,” said Renee Rakestraw, recreation...

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PEACE AND SERENITY | Day Trip to East Santa Cruz Island

I have lived in the Channel Islands Harbor area for seven years now. On a bright and sunny day, I can see the sea lions, sea birds and in the distance, the magnificent Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands from my balcony. I haven’t been to either of them. Doesn’t make sense for a girl living here that long, does it? So I called Cherryl Connally, the co-owner of Island Packers Cruises in the Ventura Harbor (they celebrated 50 years last year), to see if she could sneak me on for a last minute day trip on a sunny Sunday....

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FROM THE PAWS UP | Search Dog Foundation accepting item donations for newly rebuilt Search City

On Dec. 4, 2017, the evening the Thomas Fire started, employees at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) in Santa Paula prepared emergency bags with dog food, water, leashes, medicine and other necessities as they evacuated with 26 in-training search and rescue dogs to a hotel in Ventura. “A majority of the dogs are shelter dogs,” said Denise Sanders, communications and development officer for SDF. “They stayed at the hotel for more than two weeks in a conference room and were still able to perform training on the beach.” The fire ended up destroying an 1800 historic cabin...

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BORN TO BOUNCE | Trampoline class provides full body workout

Like most people who make their New Year’s Resolutions to focus on health and exercising more, I had been looking for a fun and unique cardio exercise to start the year off right. When I came across the Boogie Bounce trampoline class at Studio 8 Fitness in Ventura, I knew this was something I couldn’t pass up. As I recall, I was a kid the last time I bounced on a trampoline. Boogie Bounce was founded in 1996 by Jenny Belcher, who resides in the Midlands in England. Classes are currently available in 13 countries. Coincidentally, Belcher was in...

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