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Best of Recreation

09/19/2013

 

Arcade

1st Place
Golf N’ Stuff, 5555 Walker St., Ventura, 644-7131


2nd Place
Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura


3rd Place
Arcade Plaza-Ojai, 260 Ojai Ave., Ojai

 

Beach

1st Place
Ventura State Beach


2nd Place
Silverstrand


3rd Place
Hollywood Beach

 

Bike Trail

1st Place
Ventura River trail


2nd Place
Sycamore Canyon


3rd Place
Ventura Pier Promenade

 

Bowling

1st Place
Buena Lanes, 1788 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura, 656-0666


2nd Place
Wagon Wheel Bowl, 2801 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard


3rd Place
Harley’s Camarillo Bowl, 305 Arneill Road, Camarillo, 482-0747

 

Campground

1st Place
Lake Casitas


2nd Place
Emma Wood


3rd Place
McGrath State Beach

 

Car Show

1st Place
Camarillo Cruise Nights


2nd Place
Fillmore July 4th


3rd Place
Father’s Day AT Channel Islands Harbor

 

Charity Event

1st Place
Casa Pacifica angels Wine and Food Festival


2nd Place
Relay for Life


3rd Place
Taste of Camarillo

 

Cultural Event

1st Place
Artwalk Ventura


2nd Place
Oxnard Salsa Festival


3rd Place
Ventura Music Festival

 

Golf Course

1st Place
Olivas Links, 3750 Olivas Park Drive, 677-6770


2nd Place
River Ridge, 2401 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, 983-4653


3rd Place
Buenaventura Golf Course, 5882 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, 677-6772

 

Hiking Trail

1st Place
Arroyo Verde


2nd Place
Ventura Botanical Gardens


3rd Place
Two Trees

 

Just for Kids

1st Place
Sky High Sports, 166 N. Aviador St., Camarillo, 484-6300


2nd Place
Pump It Up, 5120 Ralston St., Ventura, 339-9669


3rd Place
Golf n Stuff, 5555 Walker St, Ventura, 644-7131

 

Local Athlete

1st Place
Mary Osborne


2nd Place
Bryan Brothers


3rd Place
Fabio Leopoldo

 

Local Sports Team

1st Place
Ventura High School Cougars


2nd Place
Ventura County Fusion


3rd Place
West Coast Derby Knockouts

 

Museum

1st Place
Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-0323


2nd Place
Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard, 483-3005


3rd Place
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, 984-626

 

Overnight Accommodations

1st Place
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 648-2100


2nd Place
Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, 984-2500


3rd Place
Ventura Beach Marriott, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd, Ventura, 643-6000

 

Place to Swim

1st Place
Ventura Aquatic Center, 901 S. Kimball Road, Ventura, 654-7511


2nd Place
Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 642-2131


3rd Place
Lake Casitas Water Adventure, 11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura, 649-2233

 

Skate park

1st Place
Ojai Skate Park, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai


2nd Place
Camarillo Skate Park, 1030 Temple Ave., Camarillo


3rd Place
Hobert Park, Telegraph Road & South Petit Avenue, Ventura

 

Skating Rink

1st Place
Skating Plus, 1720 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura, 656-2121


2nd Place
Channel Islands Ice Center, 830 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard, 988-4440

 

Surf School

1st Place
Ventura Makos Surf Camp, 312-0713, www.venturamakossurfcamp.com


2nd Place
Mary Osborne Surf Camps, www.maryosbornesurf.com


3rd Place
Surfclass.com, 200-8674

 

Surf Spot

1st Place
C-Street/Surfers Point

2nd Place
Mondos


3rd Place
Rincon

 

Tennis Court

1st Place
Pierpont Racquet Club, 500 San Jon Road, Ventura, 648-5161


2nd Place
Camino Real Park, 4199 Dean Drive, Ventura


3rd Place
Libbey Park, 487 S. Montgomery St., Ojai

 

View

1st Place
Serra Cross Park


2nd Place
Two Trees


3rd Place
Ventura Botanical Gardens

 

Yacht Club

1st Place
Ventura Yacht club 1755 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 642-0426


2nd Place
Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, 985-7292


3rd Place
Channel Islands Yacht Club, 4100 Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor, 985-2492


EDITOR'S PICKS

Best place to go all in

Players Casino
6580 Auto Center Drive, Ventura, 643-1392



There’s no doubt about it, the past decade has seen a full-fledged poker craze take place in this country. Maybe it was the downturn in the economy but people from all walks of life found a distraction and potentially some extra cash at the tables.

So in the summer of 2011, Ventura Avenue’s Players Club, a locally beloved and decades-old poker institution that was bursting at the seams with new and old players, decided to expand to a much larger location. Now nestled off the 101 in the Johnson Drive Auto Center and with a new name to boot, Players Casino, the poker mecca has assumed the mantle of being Ventura County’s only full-fledged casino.

What’s taken people aback so far has been how classy the joint is. The casino’s restaurant, The Patio, has a well-priced and excellent selection of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner that is on par with any restaurant in town and has started to find non-gamblers visiting just for a meal. The entire casino’s staff is friendly and welcoming, from the servers to the dealers, up to the casino’s outgoing general manager, Bill Kracht.

Players Casino also turned a few heads this summer when it launched its new promotional company, Top Player Promotions, which brought Ventura its first professional boxing card in more than five years to the Ventura Fairgrounds. That’s just the start of things to come, too, as the casino plans to continue the boxing series as well as host and sponsor several other events, from music concerts to beauty pageants.

There’s even talk of expanding the casino in the future to include a hotel and a permanent event venue that would rival the many Indian casinos and resorts that thrive north and south of Ventura County.
— Chris Jay

Best eclectic mix of creative growth

Green Art People
140 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, 729-2361
 

Photo courtesy of Green Art People.
Julia Mowery exemplifies Green Art People’s community spirit.
 
Green Art People has been known for a welcoming vibe and exceptional musical performances on Wednesday nights since opening about four years ago, and the charity’s leaders are now branching out with other ways to inspire artistic creation, recycling and community involvement.

Thanks to considerable efforts upgrading their building, a recycled auto repair shop, they’ve realized their dream of opening the Upcycle Art Supply Store. They accept donations of potentially artistic items from businesses and individuals that are sold to artists with a vision for their re-use, or donated to art teachers. It’s now open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 140 B. N. Ventura Ave.

Thursday nights now feature a rotating series of events called “hArt & Soul,” which include films, comedians and storytelling campfires appropriate for children.

The space is also getting more use by activist volunteer groups with interests like urban gardening.

Green Art People Chief Financial Officer Tim Beyer says they’re also excited about a program helping children express themselves creatively called Growing Art People.

The Short Attention Span Theater on Wednesday nights is still a big draw, and encourages creative people to share inspirations. In addition to hearing music and dancing, people of all ages and talents paint murals in a collaborative fashion. 
— Alex Wilson

Best new way to explore nature

Free nature-oriented classes by REI
REI, 2700 Seaglass Way, Oxnard, 981-1938
 

Photo by Chris Giordano.
Hikers with REI enjoy the trails on Anacapa Island.
 
Now that the long-awaited Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) store has opened in Oxnard, it’s offering free classes on enjoying the outdoors, such as basic backpacking instruction.

Community outreach is part of the retailer’s mission. It also provides grants and helps organize volunteer opportunities for environmental charities. Since opening in March, it has supported the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy and helped Channel Islands Restoration and the National Park Service with a native plant project on Anacapa Island.

Store manager Matthew Wheat says REI operates with an unusual business model that helps make a difference instead of just making money.

Wheat believes that when people appreciate the importance of preserving the environment, it ultimately helps the organization thrive. “We want stewards out there. If people aren’t out there appreciating local nature, it’s not going to be around for us 100 years from now,” says Wheat.

People of all experience levels are welcome to attend the classes that will be offered by the store on a variety of topics. In addition to local programs, REI also offers guided adventure trips featuring activities such as whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing and cycling. Destinations range from Europe to Antarctica, or exploring the famous ancient mountaintop ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru.
— Alex Wilson
 
 
 
 

 

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