Author: Nancy Shaffer

LIGHTS OUT | The curtain drops on VC nightlife as California closes bars and clubs

by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer On Sunday, March 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom may have only strongly suggested the closure of all bars, wineries, brew pubs and nightclubs to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, but his suggestion was taken seriously by many in Ventura County. The effects of Newsom’e request are being felt across the county, as entertainment venues large and small — offering everything from live music to comedy to DJs and theater — have gone on a hiatus. Nightlife, for the time being, is canceled. (Online edit: after story had gone to press Ventura County Public...

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HAPPENINGS | March 19-26, 2020

NOTE: Due to growing concerns over COVID-19, numerous events around the county have been cancelled or postponed, and many cultural institutions will be temporarily closed. Check with the venue or event coordinator to verify if a scheduled activity will still take place. UPDATE AS OF MARCH 20, 2020: By Executive Order N-33-20, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to close, and all residents of California are to shelter in their place of residence except to for the purposes of essential needs. Happenings and Arts Listings will be on hiatus until further notice. More on Executive Order N-33-20 here:  Click...

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PLANET VENTURA | Post Office Murals stamps dedication

The Ventura Main Post Office in Downtown Ventura held a dedication and unveiling ceremony in honor of the newly released commemorative stamps featuring murals found in U.S. post offices across the country. Five murals (from Arkansas, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico and Oklahoma) were selected for depiction on the Post Office Murals stamp series. Although the Gordon K. Grant murals (“Agriculture and Industries of Ventura,” 1936-37) in the Ventura post office were not included in the series, the event served as an opportunity to honor Grant’s work; re-examine the role of murals in public art; consider the importance of the...

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Adventures in dining in 2018

The 2018 restaurant scene was full of adventure, with new flavors, interesting takes on familiar dishes and classic fare elevated to new heights. Our reviewers traversed the county, checking out the latest restaurants and revisiting old favorites to see if they stood the test of time. No matter where we went, we found something delicious. These were some of the standouts from our In Good Taste reviews of 2018. Veggie Voyage You can count on most restaurants in Southern California to offer something more substantial than a salad to their vegetarian and vegan customers. But a few Ventura County...

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Teatime adventures in Thousand Oaks

Tranquility Tea Room 2527 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks 805-418-9939 or Reservations required $4.50-$31.95 Tranquility Tea Room in Thousand Oaks is a little tricky to find, and the nondescript office building seems an odd place for a top-notch tearoom. But once you pass through the door, you enter a land of enchantment and wonderful teatime treats. Shortbread starfish and mini currant scones with the child's teaCheesecake petit fours, caramel cream puffs and rich chocolate truffles, plus mini cupcakesChicken salad, caramel-apple brie, cucumber, curried egg salad and smoked salmon sandwiches.Currant scone with a dollop of lemon curd and...

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