Don’t argue with me: Ventura County is pretty much the best place to live.

Don’t argue with me: Ventura County is pretty much the best place to live.

By Misty Hall

Coming from a VC native, I’m sure that sounds a little biased, but there are myriad stats to prove my point. It’s on numerous “Best Of” lists. The U.S. Department of Agriculture named Ventura County the most desirable place to live in America in 2015, and VC consistently comes up on the country’s “safest places to live” lists. Whether you’re indoorsy or outdoorsy, a drinker or a thinker, artsy or agricultural, VC has you covered.

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Awesome Actors

Awesome Actors

By Misty Hall

I’m not proposing a new TV show (though it would totally kill); I’m speaking factually. There’s just a lot of talent around here. Artists, musicians, actors, we have them all in droves. Whether it’s our proximity to Los Angeles or the spiritual energy vortex I’ve heard exists here, or something else, we’re blessed to live in a place where the arts are alive and more than kicking.

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Go Modern Boho at Kariella

Go Modern Boho at Kariella

By Misty Hall

Amara Bessa has always loved fashion. Growing up in Ojai, she cultivated a love of clothing that reflected her hometown: modern, bohemian, and flawlessly Californian. That’s how she stocks her three clothing boutiques which she named Kariella, after her daughter. “It’s always going to be stuff on-trend, but not trendy,” she says. “It’s still sophisticated and timeless.”

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The Girls Empowerment Workshop

The Girls Empowerment Workshop

By Misty Hall

Can we all just stop for a minute and remember how hard it was to be a teenager? Changing bodies, social issues, doing well in school, emotions, and OMG hormones — it was a lot. And in the last couple of decades, it’s only gotten harder on teens. We know this anecdotally and scientifically; according to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost 40 percent of kids 13 to 18 have had an anxiety disorder. In 2017, their studies found 3 million kids ages 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode in the last year alone. And the CDC lists suicide as the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 34.

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Ojai Music and Wine Festivals

Ojai Music and Wine Festivals

By Misty Hall

The second weekend in June might just be the best Ojai has to offer. It’s all about culture and community in some of the valley’s best venues: the Ojai Music Festival at Libbey Bowl, and the Ojai Wine Festival at Lake Casitas. Sure, you’ll have a blast at both; but you’ll also be contributing to organizations that directly benefit residents throughout the year with programs for kids (and adults, too). So open your ears, and a bottle or two, and soak up these late spring events. We promise the traffic will be worth it.

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