Articles in "Oxnard"

Orca Whale Watching Pictures and Video off Chanel Islands Coast

by Ventura County Now

January 2nd, 2014

We set out in the afternoon on a typical whale watching trip intent on encountering southbound Gray whales.

The trips of late have been spectacular with incredible weather and consistent sightings.

When we cleared the breakwater, besides being met by an extremely calm ocean, something seemed awry.

Having spent my entire life on these waters leading trips, there existed a different kind of calm…an eerie unnatural calm.

We had returned from our morning trip, just a half hour prior leaving behind a channel filled with south bound whales and massive pods of common dolphin. Sea lions were observed in every direction…but not now.

This type of still, this calm besets a region with a top predator in the area.

Something was around that has swiftly voided all life, and has sent sea lions scampering for higher ground.

Then, off on the horizon several miles away, make no mistake, the tall dorsal sail of an adult male Orca.

Nothing can begin to describe the feeling when this apex predator lands squarely in the field of view of your binoculars.

It’s like winning a jackpot on a slot machine…just a feeling of excitement and awe all wrapped into one.

We traveled some 3 miles to catch up to what would ultimately be a pod of 7 of the most curious, playful and interactive Orcas I have had the opportunity to observe.

For 2 solid hours we tracked along with them often stopping as they approached us, curiously rolling over looking at all those onboard.

It was one of those encounters I will take with me the rest of my life.

This is our second encounter in as many days.

We are out daily…enjoy the images.

Capt. Frank


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Channel Islands Helicopter Harbor Rides

by Ventura County Now

November 7th, 2013

Are you ready for the weekend... This weekend FALL special is amazing.. $25 helicopter rides. Saturday November 9. First come first serve. If you want to experience the beach and harbor by the air come on down for your first helicopter experience!

Channel Islands Helicopter Harbor Rides 

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My Vacation to California, rode Channel Islands Helicopters for an Island Tour

by Ventura County Now

April 14th, 2013

Well, I really need to do this again! That was my thinking when our helicopter was gently touching down after an exhilarating, picturesque 30 minute excursion to the Channel Islands. I was looking to try something new on my vacation to California, and had never been on a helicopter ride.

Channel Islands Helicopters

I thought the expense would be something beyond my budget. But, thanks to an ad I saw for 50% off on the Ventura County Now website, it was VERY affordable. My friend and I split the $150, and were rewarded with an unforgettable experience! First of all, the owner, Josh, and his team were friendly and accommodating. Alex was our knowledgeable pilot, and he was a great tour guide. We were undecided about what we wanted to check out from the unique view once we donned our headsets and lifted off in flight. So, we took Alex's advice and headed out to Anacapa Island.

The coastline looked spectacular from our vantage point, the clear day affording us a view of the beach that went on for miles, to the distant hills and mountains behind Oxnard. But that was only about the first five minutes of our trip!

Channel Islands Helicopters

Keeping a lookout for sea creatures large and small, we headed to our destination. I saw a sea lion dipping up and down searching for food, but was more excited to see the islands, (Anacapa Island is actually made up of THREE islands), as they were primitive and relatively uninhabited. I could imagine the native Chumash Indians making this their home long ago while fishing and hunting to survive in this beautiful spot. Alex pointed out the landmark Arch Rock, and I got postcard quality pictures on my cell phone!

Channel Islands Helicopters

I plan to enlarge some and display them when I get home. We also saw the lighthouse, several openings of interconnected caves that Alex explained kayakers enjoy, and other Channel Islands in the distance. We flew around the entire island, taking pictures and video non-stop.

Channel Islands Helicopters

It didn't feel like we were moving the 120 mph Alex said we were traveling, until he went into a sharp banked turn and dipped closer to the Pacific Ocean. Then we knew we were! We saw a massive sailboat, all the passengers and crew giving us a friendly wave as we circled above them. Then we started back to the heli-pad. I took more pictures, and just spent the rest of the trip back admiring my surroundings. We touched down softly, and waited for the aircraft to cool down and overhead rotors to stop before hopping off. That was when I came to the obvious conclusion; I REALLY need to do this again! Thanks for an unforgettable experience, Channel Islands Helicopters. I have the pictures to prove it.

Channel Islands Helicopters

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Ventura County located on California's Pacific coast

by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
December 1st, 2011

Ventura County is a county in the southern part of the U.S. state of California. It is located on California's Pacific coast. It is often referred to as the Gold Coast, and has a reputation of being one of the safest populated places and one of the most affluent places in the country. It is ranked as one of the 100 highest-income counties in the country and as the sixth wealthiest county in California by per capita income. This is partly because it is part of the Tech Coast Area, and has a large presence in technology corporations like telecommunications, healthcare, development, and especially biotech corporations, most of which are located in the Conejo Valley. As of December 2008, the median home price was $355,000.

As of the 2010 census, the county had a population of 823,318. The county seat is the city of Ventura (formally known as San Buenaventura). Ventura County's largest city is Oxnard, with a population of about 200,000.

Ventura County can be separated into two major parts, East County and West County. East County consists of all cities east of the Conejo Grade. Geographically East County is the end of the Santa Monica Mountains, in which the Conejo Valley is located, and where there is a considerable increase in elevation. Communities which are considered to be in the East County are Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Lake Sherwood, Hidden Valley, Santa Rosa Valley, Oak Park, Moorpark, and Simi Valley. A majority of these communities are in the Conejo Valley.

West County, which is everything west of the Conejo Grade, consists of communities such as Camarillo, Oxnard, Somis, Point Mugu,Port Hueneme, Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, and Fillmore. West County consists of some of the first developed cities in the county. The largest beach communities are located in West County on the coastline of the Channel Islands Harbor.


From: Wiki

Master Chorale of Ventura County – Fall Concert Information

by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
November 1st, 2011

Master Chorale of Ventura County – Fall Concert Information

TICKET ORDERING 805-654-0995


You are invited to hear VOICES RISING in dazzling song!


WONDROUS MUSIC: “The Requiem by Karl Jenkins


Master Chorale of Ventura County,

Burns Taft, Conductor

With Master Chorale Children’s Choir,

Cheryl Gillaspy, Conductor


Karl Jenkins’ Requiem is a magical mix from many cultures.  Along with the stunningly beautiful Pie Jesu and In Paradisum, it includes Japanese haiku with delicate, epigrammatic commentary on the liturgical text.  Japanese flute, strings and a delicate array of percussion accompany the music.  It unlocks an emotional response unlike any other music. 


Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8 PM

Samuelson Chapel, Cal Lutheran University

60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360


Sunday, November 6, 2011

First Presbyterian Church

850 Ivywood Drive, Oxnard, CA 93030


Tickets: $20



Featuring the “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten


Master Chorale of Ventura County,

Burns Taft, Conductor

with Master Chorale Children’s Choir,

Cheryl Gillaspy, Conductor


Celebrate Christmas with Benjamin Britten’s exuberant “Ceremony of Carols”, featuring voices and harp.  Be inspired by the Choir of Children!!  Enjoy favorite carols, plus special carol selections from Puerto Rico, Mexico and Spain – a musical tradition to treasure!!  


Friday, December 16, 2011, 8 PM

Sunday, December 18, 2011, 4:30 PM

Mission San Buenaventura

211 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001


Tickets: $25, Priority Seating; $18, General Seating

Ticket Phone: 805-654-0995



Strawberry festival expected to draw big crowd to Oxnard

by Fernando Maxilian

Ventura County Now Staff
May 20th, 2011

Oxnard will turn juicy red this weekend with the 28th annual California Strawberry Festival.

And Chairwoman Daisy Tatum is strongly encouraging festival-goers to take advantage of the 50 free shuttles from any of five sites around the area to get to the event at College Park in south Oxnard.

Her mantra is: "I ride the shuttle. You ride the shuttle. We all ride the shuttle." She said the free rides are a no-stress express to enjoying a day or two of luscious red berries, along with entertainment, various rides, children activities, arts and crafts and more.

She said the shuttles that run every 20 minutes are a practical alternative to paying $10 for parking on site and possibly more for burning gas while sitting in the usual traffic jams. The event typically draws about 65,000 people over two days.

With strawberries being touted as the new super-food — promoting weight-loss and health — the festival is riding high on the popularity of the fruit that generated sales for local growers of more than $515 million in 2009, the latest available figure.

Tatum said her biggest thanks in preparing for the festival go out to the workers who cultivate and pick the crops.

"We wouldn't have all of these strawberries if it weren't for people who labor in the field to make sure to harvest what we're serving on our tables every day," she said.

One of the goals of the festival is to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Last year, the festival diverted 9.3 tons of recyclables from landfills; donated 1,500 pounds of goods to FOOD Share; convinced 14,000-plus people to ride the free Park N Ride Strawberry Shuttle; and partnered with Amtrak to offer incentives for the festival weekend, with free shuttles meeting train passengers.

Tatum said this year the festival has been reconfigured because of construction at the College Park. She said arts and crafts will now be displayed on Rose Avenue, and the children's areas have been divided into two sections.

As a first-time chairwoman, Tatum said she has checked off every item on her to-do list, coordinating 280 of the 400 volunteers who will be working the festival.

"This week I've been working on it every day. It's a full-time job this week," she said, admitting she has butterflies about being at the helm. "We want everybody to come out enjoy the festival. We have something for everyone — young, old and in the middle."

Strawberry festival fun facts include:

- About 1.5 million strawberries will be consumed over the weekend.

- More than $3.5 million has been raised to benefit local charities since the festival began.

- 72 sponsors have signed up, an increase from last year's record of 66.

- 8,000 pounds of sliced strawberries will be used at the popular build-your-own strawberry shortcake tent, as well as 275 flats of whole strawberries, 3,000 loaves of pound cake, and 1,500 cans of whipped cream.

- About 218 artists from 11 states will present their wares.

If you go

What: California Strawberry Festival When and where: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Strawberry Meadows of College Park, adjacent to Oxnard College, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard.

Cost: $12 adults and teens; $8 seniors and active military with ID; $5 children 5-12; free for kids 4 and younger. Advance tickets available at

Transit: Parking is available on-site for $10, but festival organizers recommend taking the free Strawberry Express shuttle from these Oxnard locations: Palms Shopping Center, 2000 Outlet Center Drive; Channel Islands Harbor; Centerpoint Mall, 2687 Saviers Road; Oxnard Transportation Center, 201 Fourth St.; as well as the Camarillo Premium Outlets, Camarillo Center Drive and Plaza La Vista in Camarillo.

Activities: For kids, free attractions include a Berry-Go-Round, carousel, bounce slide and other rides; and for adults, there will be more than 200 vendors selling arts and crafts and various food.

Entertainment: On Saturday, the Festival Stage will feature Unkle Monkey, 10:30 a.m.; Jeanne Tatum (smooth R&B), 12:20 p.m.; Dakota ('60s, '70s and '80s hits), 1:50 p.m.; Bella Donna (Stevie Nicks tribute), 3:20 p.m.; and Platinum Groove, 4:50 p.m. The Dr. Kato Stage will feature Channel Islands Clippers (a cappella barbershop group), 11 a.m.; Chico (Latin pop), 12:30 p.m.; L.A. All Stars of Funk, 2 p.m.; and Blowin' Smoke (R&B), 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Festival Stage will feature Famous Strangers (classic pop), 10:30 a.m.; Hammer Smith (blues), 12:20 p.m.; Urban Dread (reggae), 1:50 p.m.; Bob Cowsill, 3:20 p.m.; and Fantastic Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute), 4:50 p.m. The Dr. Kato Stage will feature Skadaddyz, 11 a.m.; The Latin Kings, noon; Moonwalker (Michael Jackson tribute), 2 p.m.; and the Swing Kings (big-band swing), 4 p.m.