Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County

Hey Guys! I wanted to take a minute to give a shout out to one of my favorite charites, and one that I have been honored to be a part of for the last ___ years. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ventura County is a volunteer mentoring program for youth ages 6-17 throughout Ventura County. There are three main programs where you can make a difference: Traditional Mentoring Program (Community-Based) Bigs (Adults) and Littles (kids) set their own schedules and meet up on a consistent basis. Bigs open the doors to new social, educational, and recreational experiences. One-to-one mentoring between a child facing adversity and a Big volunteer can improve the trajectory of a child's life. Not every meeting needs to be a huge celebration- it's simply spending time together and being present in this kids lives. Lunch Buddies (Site-Based) As a Lunch Buddy, Bigs are matched with a child at their choice of Chavez (Oxnard) or Montalvo (Ventura) Elementary Schools. Over the course of th

Summer Concerts in the Park

Thousand Oaks/Conejo Valley- Begins Memorial Day, May 25th Simi Valley - Begins June 20th Camarillo- Dates not released yet but check back for more casino online info! Ventura- Music Under the Stars begins July 11th.  This event is not free, tickets are

Conejo Valley Days

Listen up! Right around the corner is the 59th annual Conejo Valley Days. May 7th-10th, Conejo Creek Park in Thousand Oaks. Participate in The Oaks Mile 5K, Outhouse races (Yes, outhouse races- this is their 3rd annual race), or stuff yourself with one of the many delicious food vendors. Conejo Valley Days hasn't always been like it is now. In the late 40’s, at the old Jungleland compound (now the site of the Civic Arts Plaza), Conejo Valley Days was a “Community Circus” according to an article in the Oak Post Newspaper. Special appearances by “moving picture actors” and the crowning of a Circus Queen made the event a draw and success. As it grew, Conejo Valley Days added more attractions including the first Whiskeroo Contest (38 bearded and mustachioed gents entered) and a Ladies Western Dress Contest where 31 ladies put on their Western best. A BBQ was added to feed the crowds and help raise dollars for local causes. Since then it has grown into a large philthropic

A berry special time of year…

It's Strawberry Season!  I was at Costco this weekend and picked up a flat of Strawberries for just $5.49.  I love that the label says Ventura County Berry Farms! I drive by strawberry fields on a regular basis when I am out showing houses.  I always wonder where those berries end up? Do they make it to New York? Do they go to Ohio? Or do some stay local?  I was so happy to see Costco of all places selling local berries. Want to know something cool about Strawberries?  Strawberry season begins in October by planting transplants that have been grown in nurseries near the Oregon Border. The plants have already entered into a dormant phase with the cold, frost filled nights at the high elevation nurseries up north. The strawberry plants are dug up out of the ground roots and all, washed and trimmed, placed in boxes and rushed down to Southern California. These transplanted starts are hand planted, one by one.  The plant then experiences the warmer ground and air tempera

Why choose a Real Estate Professional?

Real estate has its ups and downs, and current trends.  Every few years it becomes popular for sellers to list their property themselves versus through a licensed agent.  This type of property is called For Sale By Owner, FSBO (fizzbo). Why FSBO? Selling a property yourself may seem economical.  By selling the property yourself, you avoid commissions on the sale of the property.  However, there is so much more to selling a property than just putting up a "for sale" sign. If you are thinking of FSBO consider many of the duties an agent typically handles for you: evaluating the local market and comparable home values suggesting an appropriate listing price advising you on how best to present your home, including providing referrals to painters, repair persons, and more helping coordinate preparation of disclosure and other needed forms and documents creating advertising materials and arranging for photographs (interior and exterior, hopefully done by a professional)