Author: VCR Staff

COLLECTIVE SOUL | The resilience of Ventura County jazz

PICTURED: Dogfish Jazz Collective performing at Hong Kong Inn in February 2019. Photo submitted by Richard Barth by Marina Dunbar As Ventura County slowly begins the process of returning to business as usual, residents are careful to remember that a return to normalcy does not mean a lack of progress. Many have taken the past year as an opportunity to grow amidst hardship. Artists across the board have had their livelihood impacted by the pandemic, but they have also taken time to self-reflect and advance their craft. Jazz musicians have had a particularly unique experience with lockdown as it...

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ADVICE GODDESS | June 3, 2021

No Manchild Left Behind I’m a woman in my early 20s. I’m considered pretty, and I’m in good shape. I started dating significantly older men (in their 40s and early 50s). I love that they’re adults and I don’t become a girlfriend-slash-nanny, motivational coach, and resume editor like when I’m dating guys my age. But these older men and I are in different life stages with different goals. They want to get married way sooner than I do, or they’ve had kids and don’t want more. How can I trick my brain into wanting men my age who are...

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LET YOUR SPIRIT SOAR | Relaxation, fun and adventure at Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday

PICTURED: The zip line and ropes course at Ventura Ranch KOA includes six zips, nets, suspension bridges and more, which can be enjoyed in safety and security, thanks to the state-of-the-art harness and cable system. Photo courtesy of Scott Cory/Ventura Ranch KOA by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer The great outdoors, amazing accommodations, a pool, a creek and activities galore — everything you want in a summer camp experience. Ventura County is truly privileged to have a single location that offers all of this: Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday in Santa Paula. First things first: There are RV hookups here,...

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GRACEFUL GLIDE | Ventura Boat Rentals’ latest offering will have visitors swanning around the harbor this summer

PICTURED: The Swan Pedal Boats from Ventura Boat Rentals at Ventura Harbor Village. Photo courtesy Ventura Harbor Marketing by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Most locals (and plenty of tourists) are familiar with Ventura Boat Rentals. If you’re looking for recreation on the water at Ventura Harbor, it’s your one-stop shop for things that float. Kayaks, stand up paddle boards and pedal craft are all available to those who enjoy exploring the harbor under their own steam. For a little more oomph, electric boats provide options for small groups (up to four people), a crowd (as many as 12 passengers)...

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PLENTY TO CELEBRATE | Art in the Park returns to Ojai

PICTURED: The 44th Annual Art in the Park takes place May 29-30 in Ojai’s Libbey Park. Photo submitted by Emily Dodi  The Ojai Art Center kicks off its 44th annual Art in the Park celebration Memorial Day weekend. And there is plenty to celebrate.  “We are thrilled because it makes us feel like things are getting back to normal,” explains Teri Mettala, director of the Ojai Art Center.   The free event takes place May 29-30 in Libbey Park and will feature more than 60 fine artists from across California.  “It’s a great opportunity for artists, locals, tourists and art...

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