A different kind of rock show

A different kind of rock show

Rocks, gems, and fossils take over the VC Fairgrounds during Seaside Gems at Ventura

Show May 24 to 26

By Misty Hall
Photos courtesy VGMS

It’s 1944. The U.S. is still very much in the midst of World War II, and a group of Ventura teenagers are looking for something to do. Gas rations restrict them to pedestrian activities, so they walk to the beaches and nearby hills to look for rocks.

They find some pretty cool stuff — turns out, Ventura’s a fascinating place, geologically speaking (check out the photo of brecciated jasper). So they keep it up, growing in numbers and eventually going on field trips, after the war ends.

Thus began the Ventura Gem and Mineral Society. Eight decades after their first meeting in the rumpus room of a friend’s house, the group now has its own clubhouse, as well as monthly meetings and field trips, frequent educational events, annual shows, and members ranging in age from 4 to 90-plus.

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‘OrCutt’ Above the Rest

‘OrCutt’ Above the Rest

A Guide to Old Town Orcutt

Story and Photos By Nicole Leonetti

As a first-time visitor to Old Town Orcutt, I had no idea just how much was truly packed into the five blocks of Clark Avenue. Tasting rooms, breweries, shops, and restaurants — it’s got a little of everything that makes this region so outstanding! The Old Town Orcutt Revitalization Association has worked hard to make the community feel intentional to visitors and locals alike.

Founded in 1904, this small Santa Maria Valley town is a super convenient destination right off Hwy 101. And, ideally, it’s situated in the heart of my personal favorite wine region! Perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway, Old Town Orcutt is a must-see stop along the Central Coast.

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The Grand Dame of State Street Turns 100

The Grand Dame of State Street Turns 100

Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre celebrates its centennial year

By Misty Hall
All photos courtesy Granada Theatre

For much of early adulthood, State Street in Santa Barbara was THE place to go. This was back in the early 2000s, when we spent long nights dancing in very cool clubs (and very short dresses).

I remember that we almost always had to walk past the Granada Theatre to get back to the parking structure. It stood out to me because it was not only the tallest building in town, by far, but it also just felt … steeped in mystery, somehow. And history. What the heck went on in there? And would they ever actually reopen it?

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Old Santa Ynez Days

Old Santa Ynez Days

Yeehaw!

Get ready for a good old time at Old Santa Ynez Days

 By Misty Hall

Old Santa Ynez Days returns to the Central Coast June 21 through 23. Along with the traditional favorite activities of the weekend, this year’s 60th annual celebration also includes several new events for 2024. Established in 1882, Old Santa Ynez Days is a nod to the community’s ranching and agricultural history.

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Ojai Wine Festival pours out the fun at Lake Casitas

Ojai Wine Festival pours out the fun at Lake Casitas

June event serves up local wine, beer, and spirits in Rotary Club benefit

By Clarissa Fishman

Wine has been around for a very, very long time. Current findings suggest that it originated in West Asia (modern-day Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, northern Iran, and eastern Turkey). It is said that as people migrated, it spread through the Mediterranean and then, to the rest of the world. The vitis vinifera, the vine that grows wine grapes, was produced and turned into wine for the first time somewhere around 6000 BC, or so they say. There are still debates about this because new archaeological discoveries are continuously being made, so really, there is still a bit of mystery around this beloved elixir of life.

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