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By Shane Cohn and Michel Cicero 06/28/2012


Happy Fourth of July

CAMARILLO FIREWORKS Presented by the Camarillo-Somis Pleasant Valley Lions, bring the whole family for an evening of live music, food, games, kids’ attractions and fireworks. Free parking and shuttle. 4-9 p.m. $2 admission, kids 5 and younger free. Adolfo Camarillo High School, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo. 482-1996.

FIRECRACKER TRAIN AND FIREWORKS SHOW Annual outdoor event includes a train ride, car show, food booths, arts and crafts vendors, vintage train rides, horseshoe tournaments and live entertainment. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fillmore and Western Railway. Fireworks at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.fwry.com or call 524-2546.

THIRD OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA The City of Moorpark is pleased to present the Third of July Fireworks Extravaganza, a fun-filled Independence Day celebration. This event draws more than 10,000 people each year and features great entertainment, picnic games and contests, presentation of the American flag, food booths and, of course, the spectacular aerial fireworks display. The event is from 4 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 517-6300 or visit www.ci.moorpark.ca.us.

OJAI INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND FIREWORKS A parade through downtown Ojai kicks off at 10 a.m. At 5 p.m. Nordhoff Community Stadium opens its doors for a flag ceremony, food booths, games and rides, entertainment and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.1401 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai.

FIREWORKS BY THE SEA Channel Islands Harbor celebrates the Fourth of July with a full day of activities. Fireworks display begins at 9 p.m., but there is plenty to do before then. Daytime activities will be held around Marine Emporium Landing between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., including live music, face painting, petting zoo, inflatable fun zone, a rock climbing wall and food booths. The annual Children’s Fourth of July Parade will once again be held along Harbor Boulevard. A 10K and 5K fun run/walk begins at 8 a.m. along Sunset Lane, Hollywood Beach, with registration at 7 a.m. For more information on Fireworks by the Sea or the Channel Islands Harbor, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION AT RONALD REAGAN LIBRARY To celebrate our nation’s 236th birthday, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is hosting a day full of family fun activities. This year’s celebration includes patriotic concerts, family entertainment, games, crafts and more. All outdoor activities are free, but regular admission rates apply to visit the museum and exhibits. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 522-2977 or visit www.reaganfoundation.org.

ROTARY CLUB OF SIMI VALLEY FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL Live music, entertainment, food vendors, craft booths, children’s fun zone, all culminating at dark with a fireworks display. Starts at 2 p.m. Free. Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. See www.simi4thofjuly.com

THOUSAND OAKS ANNUAL FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR Launched at 9 p.m. from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Best viewing is from the Oaks Shopping Center and Janss Marketplace. For more information, call Conejo Recreation and Park District 381-1247.

VENTURA FOURTH OF JULY STREET FAIR “Happy Birthday, Lady Liberty” is the theme for this year’s event. This 37th annual Independence Day event is always a crowd pleaser and draws around 50,000 patriots to celebrate in red, white and blue. There will be more than 250 fine artists, crafters, nonprofit organizations and food booths, and six stages featuring live entertainment by local bands. During the children’s Pushem-Pullem parade, sponsored by the Rotary Club, kids and their parents show off their patriotically decked-out bikes, wagons, strollers and scooters. Taking place along nine blocks in Downtown Ventura, the event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free to the public. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/streetfairs.

ROTARY CLUB FAMILY FEST AND FIREWORKS Spectacular fireworks display, old-fashioned family entertainment and picnic. Fun begins at 4 p.m., fireworks are at 9. Tickets are $4-$8. Ventura College Athletic Field, 4667 Telegraph Road. For more information, visit www.rotary4thofjuly.com.

SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY June 30, 3-5 p.m. New works by John White will be shown during a reception in the main gallery. Through July 21: “12 for 2012 Artists for Obama” in the North Gallery, featuring works by Ed Moses (pictured), Ed Ruscha, Patty Wickman, WilliamWiley and others. 1783 E. Main St., Ventura. Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, noon‐5 p.m. 643-8300, www.sylviawhite.com.

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