Arcade

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

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

3rd Place
Buena Lanes, 1788 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura, 656-0666

 


President Reagan’s Air Force 1 is the main attraction at the museum.
The library took first place for best museum.
Photo by: Marj Domingo

 

Beach

1st Place
Ventura State Beach

2nd Place
Surfer’s Point

3rd Place
Pierpont

 

Bike Trail

1st Place
Ventura River trail

2nd Place
Ventura Pier Promenade

3rd Place
Sycamore Canyon

 

Bowling

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

2nd Place
Harley’s Camarillo Bowl, 305 Arneill Road, Camarillo, 482-0747

3rd Place
Wagon Wheel Bowl, 2801 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard,485-4915

 

Campground

1st Place
Lake Casitas

2nd Place
Emma Wood

3rd Place
McGrath State Beach

 

Car Show

1st Place
Ventura Nationals, www.venturanationals.com

2nd Place
Father’s Day at Channel Islands Harbor, www.channelislandsharbor.org

3rd Place
Camarillo Old Town Cruise Nights, 2220 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo,443.9219

 

Charity Event

1st Place
Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival, 1722 S. Lewis Road, Camarillo, 445-7800

2nd Place
American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Ventura, relay4lifeventura@gmail.com

3rd Place
Canine Adoption and Rescue League/Pooch Parade, info@poochparade.org

 

Cultural Event

1st Place
Artwalk Ventura

2nd Place
Ventura Music Festival, 472 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 648-3146

3rd Place
Oxnard Salsa Festival, 247-0197, info@oxnardsalsafestival.com

 

Golf Course

1st Place
River Ridge Golf Club, 2401 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, 983-4653

2nd Place
Olivas Links, 3750 Olivas Park Drive,  677-6770

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

 

Hiking Trail

1st Place
Ventura Botanical Gardens

2nd Place
Arroyo Verde

3rd Place
Two Trees

 

Just for Kids

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

2nd Place
Golf N’ Stuff, 5555 Walker St., Ventura, 644-7131

3rd Place
Pump It Up, 5120 Ralston St., Ventura, 339-9669

 

Local Athlete

1st Place
Mary Osborne

2nd Place
Fabio Leopoldo

3rd Place
Chelsey Grigsby

 

Local Sports Team

1st Place
Ventura High School Cougars

2nd Place
Ventura County Derby Darlins

3rd Place
Ventura College Pirates Basketball

 

Museum

1st Place
Reagan Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 522-2977

2nd Place
Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-0323

3rd Place
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, 984-6260

 

Overnight Accommodations

1st Place
Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, 984-2500

2nd Place
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 648-2100

3rd Place
Pierpont Inn, 550 San Jon Road, Ventura, 643-6144

 

Place to Swim

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

2nd Place
Lake Casitas Water Adventure, 11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura, 649-2233

3rd Place
Punch Bowls, Santa Paula Canyon Trail, Ojai

 

Skate Park

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

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

3rd Place
Oxnard Skate Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 982-7121

 

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

3rd Place
Iceoplex Ice Skating Rink, 131 W. Easy St, Simi Valley,520-7465

 

Surf School

1st Place
Silverstrand Surf School, 985-7867, www.silverstrandsurfschool.com

2nd Place
Ventura Makos Surf Camp, 312-0713, www.venturamakossurfcamp.com

3rd Place
Mary Osborne Surf Camps, www.maryosbornesurf.com

 

Surf Spot

1st Place
C-Street/Surfers Point

2nd Place
Rincon

3rd Place
Mondos

 

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
Cross at Grant Park

2nd Place
Ventura Pier

3rd Place
Two Trees

 

Yacht Club

1st Place
Channel Islands Yacht Club, 4100 Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor, 985-2492

2nd Place
Ventura Yacht Club, 1755 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 642-0426

3rd Place
Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, 985-7292


EDITOR’S PICKS

Best place to get down and dirty

Cornucopia Community Garden
Bobolink Lane, Ventura, 658-4754,
www.cityofventura.net/cornucopia


Lettuce grown at the Cornucopia Community Garden.
Photo by: Rosie Ornelas

There’s nothing quite like the taste of homegrown fruits and vegetables — and with Southern California’s warm climate and long growing season, it’s surprisingly easy to create a bountiful harvest in your own backyard. Unless, of course, you don’t have a backyard. Must apartment dwellers or the space-challenged give up on the dream of having a garden of their own? Not if Cornucopia Community Garden has anything to say about it! Nestled between Johnson Drive and Ramelli on the south side of Telephone Road, Cornucopia is full of arable land just waiting for grubby little fingers to dig into it, with all the tools, equipment, compost and mulch you’ll need to let the gardener in you take root and flourish.

Founded in 1984, it’s Ventura’s largest community garden, with 3.2 acres of land (previously a citrus orchard) divided into 148 plots managed by the city of Ventura’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships Department. Plots are impressively large: 18 feet by 20-25 feet, and the rental fee of $85 covers you for six months. (There’s also a refundable deposit.) The fee includes water, trash, green waste disposal, compost, mulch and use of garden tools and equipment. That’s a lot of goods and services, (almost) dirt cheap.

Need gardening advice or troubleshooting? Garden managers Rosie Ornelas and Cary Glenn, or one of Cornucopia’s many experienced and knowledgeable volunteers, will be happy to help you out. Cornucopia’s gardeners can also take advantage of the numerous workshops offered on-site. Composting, vermiculture, a primer on drought-friendly plants — these classes won’t just inform; they’ll actually help you become a more responsible gardener. “We’re big proponents of natural pest control, too,” says Ornelas. Kids are always welcome (accompanied by an adult, of course).

 Whether you’re just dabbling or ready to go DIY with your food supply, Cornucopia Community Garden makes gardening as easy and successful as possible. Dig in!

—Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer

 

Best place to Live Action Role Play

Foster Park Bowl
438 Casitas Vista Road, Ventura

Suggested listening while reading: “Concerning Hobbits (The Shire)”  from The Lord of the Rings motion picture soundtrack.

On your way up toward Ojai, there exists a small campground not unlike that of the Shire from The Lord of the Rings, nestled betwixt a shadowy grove and the winding Highway 33, known as Foster Park. Atop mounds of fresh earth, campsites loom, ready for visitors to make first, second or third breakfast while resting the day away.

Over a bridge and across a narrow creek, however, Foster Park Bowl rests eerily in ancient slumber. The amphitheater, once the site of plays, musical performances and possibly great battles between good and evil, now lies dormant, spider webs and vines draped neatly across its cement visage.

On my first visit to Foster Park, two things became quite clear to me: first, that this was the furthest I’d ever been away from the Shire, and second, that if I were to don my Elven costume, restring my bow and sharpen my arrows and climb the steps onto the timeworn stage, I would acquire the attributes of all players who have acted upon said stage — and gain from them the ability to portray my level-15 bowman as Sir Ian McKellen himself would.

The amphitheater, encapsulated by the wooden set of nature with its mystical foliage, a soft whisper of the enchanted Toyotas and 18-wheelers passing by, makes for the perfect setting for an immersive play — as is LARPing, the live-action role-playing popular with those of us who see the magic in everyday activities.

Where else in Ventura County could a party consisting of two rangers, an elf, a bard and a scoundrel portray the last battle of Mir’a’rar’et’nenene’er with an actual prison? Under the stage is the dressing room, locked up by steel doors more apt to be seen in Carn Dûm.

LARPers would be hard-pressed to find a better location for their entire role playing needs than Foster Park Bowl. There is potential that the bowl will be renovated for a series of plays and performances in the near future, but until then it sits as prime location to blow the Horn of Gondor, summon your party and do battle against the spirits lurking in Foster Park.

—Chris O’Neal