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Fired Up For the Fourth

June 27, 1996

A countywide roundup of Fourth of July activities:


The city will host holiday festivities Wednesday at the Moorpark High School stadium, 4500 Tierra Rejada Road. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the agenda includes games, foods and children's activities. The Fabulous Chevelles will perform 1950s-era rock music from 7 to 9 p.m. A fireworks show will commence around 9 p.m. Free admission; donations accepted. Fireworks can also be viewed from Arroyo Vista Park, Glenwood Park, Mountain Meadows Park and Tierra Rejada Park. Call 529-6864.


* Ventura's 21st annual Fourth of July Street Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features a seven-block-long fair in the downtown area. On tap: hundreds of artisan booths, entertainment on seven stages, food and more. The children's Pushem Pullem Parade will commence at 10:30 a.m. and travel from Main Street to Fir Street. Call 654-7830.

* The Rotary Club of Ventura will present the third annual Community Picnic & Fireworks Show at Ventura College. Gates open at 5 p.m., with fireworks at dusk. The event includes live music and entertainment, game and food booths, children's activities and more. Tickets: $8, $5 for children ages 3-12. Call 642-6797.


The annual 4th of July Entertainment and Fireworks Extravaganza will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Oxnard High School Stadium, 3400 W. Gonzales Road. Pop singer Juice Newton will headline the bill. The pyrotechnic ground display and fireworks begin at dusk, and celebrants must be seated by 8:45 p.m. Ticket: $5, $3 senior citizens and children 2-12. Call 385-7578.

Santa Paula

The Santa Paula Coalition Against Alcohol and Other Drugs will host holiday activities at Harding Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include deejay music, food booths, car- and bike-club exhibitions and information-service tables on a variety of health topics. A fireworks show will commence at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Call 525-0836.

Simi Valley

* The Rotary Club of Simi Valley will present "The American Adventure, Voices in the Wind" beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Simi Valley High School, Cochran and Stow avenues. Activities include live country music, line dancing, children's games, food and more. A fireworks show will begin at 8:45 p.m. Tickets: $7, $5 children, free for those under 3. Call 520-4894.

* The Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, will host holiday activities beginning at 10 a.m. Entertainment includes live jazz music, storytelling, a pie-eating contest, children's activities and more. Concluding the event, the 1st Division Marine Band will perform at 2:30 p.m. Free admission. Call 522-8444.


The Sespe Creek Regional Chili Cook-Off & Car Show will be held in downtown Fillmore from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Besides all the chili and cars, there's arts and crafts, food booths and a horseshoe tournament. A fireworks display and other activities will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fillmore High School stadium. Free admission. Call 524-0351.

Thousand Oaks

The Conejo Recreation and Park District will sponsor Fourth of July activities, including a 7 a.m. nature walk at Wildwood Park, 8-11 a.m. pancake breakfast at Borchard Community Center, a Home Run Derby at Borchard Park (8:30-11 a.m., field No. 2), a family swim at Thousand Oaks High School and Newbury High School (noon-4 p.m.) and a free fireworks show at dusk, with the best viewing at The Oaks shopping center parking lot. Also, conductor Elmer Ramsey will lead the Conejo Pops Orchestra for a free 7:30 p.m. concert at Conejo Community Park, at Dover and Hendrix avenues. For more information, call 381-2747.


* The Ojai Independence Day Committee will present a celebration, with activities Wednesday and July 4. Wednesday: tri-tip dinner (5-7 p.m.) and free concert (7 p.m.) at Libbey Park. July 4: breakfast (6-10 a.m., Ojai Auditorium, Ojai Avenue); Kids Freedom Run (9 a.m. registration, 9:40 a.m. start, Libbey Park); parade (10 a.m., from Country Drive to Ojai Avenue, ending at Sarzotti Park); family activities at Sarzotti Park (noon-4 p.m.); concert and fireworks at Nordhoff High School Stadium (4-10 p.m.). Free admission. Call 649-2729 or 646-4295.

* The Channel Islands Symphony Orchestra, guided by conductor Frank Salazar, will perform at 5 p.m. at Libbey Bowl in Ojai. Titled "Freedom," the orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Verdi, Rossini and more. Tickets: $15, $10 children. Call 497-1902.

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