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Where They'll Light Up the Sky on the Fourth

July 04, 2002

* Many Southland communities are having holiday fireworks displays. Here are some of the options:

Ventura County

Camarillo--The Lions Club Fireworks Spectacular will have food, raffles, demonstrations, jolly jumpers, rock-climbing wall, obstacle course and children's activities. Live entertainment: the Flying Calamaries, Camarillo Community Band and others. Freedom Park at Camarillo Airport off Pleasant Valley Road between Eubanks Streets and Freedom Park Drive, Camarillo, 4- 8 p.m. Fireworks show, 9:10 p.m. Free. (805) 484-8388, Ext. 395.

Fillmore--The Star Spangled Car Show & Festival features more than 300 street cars, classic models, hot rods and trucks, plus arts and crafts vendors, food, live entertainment, horseshoe tournament, vintage train rides, military displays and children's activities. Central Park and along Central Avenue, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fireworks, 9 p.m.: Fillmore High School football field, 555 Central Ave.; gates open at 6 p.m. with related activities. Free. (805) 524-3701.

Ojai--The Ojai Independence Day Committee presents its 40th anniversary holiday activities held at several venues. A Youth Freedom Run starts from Libbey Park at 9 a.m. A downtown parade starts at 10 a.m. (Country Club Drive to Park Road), and a Picnic in the Park with food, contests, games and entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Road. The gates open at 5 p.m. at Nordhoff High School stadium, 1401 Maricopa Highway, for the Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks Show. The concert, featuring Soul City Survivors, starts at 6 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. $8 general, $3 children. (805) 646-4295.

Oxnard-- Fireworks by the Sea festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a children's parade, followed by live entertainment at three venues, arts and crafts, rock-climbing wall, food, children's activities, farmers market, "Spirit of Dana Point" historic tall ship tours and more, till 5:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Channel Islands Harbor, Victoria Avenue and Channel Islands Boulevard. Free. (805) 985-4852.

Simi Valley--There will be food and craft booths, plus live entertainment featuring Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries at the Spirit of America celebration. The Blurred Vision skydiving team will jump from 12,000 feet and join hands in a free fall to about 4,500 feet. Presented by Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, Simi Valley Rotary and the City of Simi Valley. Simi Valley High School, 5400 Cochran St. Gates open at 3 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. $9 general, $6 children 3-17, ages 2 and younger free. (805) 584-4400.

Thousand Oaks--The Conejo Recreation and Park District and the city of Thousand Oaks will offer several free and low-cost activities. All-ages nature walk, 7 a.m., west terminus of Avenida de Los Arboles in Wildwood Park, Thousand Oaks (free). Pancake breakfast, 8-11 a.m., Borchard Community Center, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park ($3). Home Run Derby for seniors (50 and older), 9-11:30 a.m., Borchard Park, 190 Reino Road, Newbury Park ($1). Family open swim, noon-4 p.m., Thousand Oaks High School and Newbury Park High School pools (free). Conejo Pops Orchestra, conducted by Elmer Ramsey, 5 p.m., Conejo Community Park, Dover and Hendrix avenues, Thousand Oaks (free). Fireworks, 9 p.m., free: best viewing at the Oaks shopping center, north parking lot, Ventura Freeway at Lynn Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 495-6471.

Ventura--The city's 27th annual street fair, "226 Years and Going Strong," will open with a Pushem-Pullem Parade along downtown's Main Street, in which children and their parents are encouraged to dress up emphasizing the event's theme celebrating our country's Declaration of Independence. Other attractions: continuous entertainment on six stages, kids' activities, Point Mugu Naval Base's Ventura County Military Ceremony Unit (11 a.m.), experimental-aircraft flyovers, plus food and handicrafts galore. Nine-block section of downtown. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (805) 654-7749.

Ventura--At the Independence Day Celebration--hosted by the Rotary Club of Ventura and Ventura College--participants are encouraged to picnic during a four-hour variety show titled "A Musical Salute to America." Featured will be the Rubicon Theatre Company staging "Broadway Magic," plus zydeco band Acadiana, country musician Jennifer Starr with Silver Spur, pop group the Generations and others. Also, youth games, strolling entertainers and food. Ventura College athletic field, 4667 Telegraph Road. 5-9:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. $8 general, $5 children 4-12, ages 3 and younger free. (805) 642-2358.

Los Angeles County

Burbank--The Starlight Bowl will host a Fourth of July concert starring the Tonight Show All-Star Band with guest vocalist Gloria Loring followed by a fireworks display. Starlight Bowl, 1249 Lockheed View Drive. 6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. $16. (818) 525-3721.

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