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June 8, 1991 | GERRY BRAILO SPENCER
Festivities ranging from free kayaking to a children's fishing derby will be held this weekend at Ventura Harbor Village, site of Fiesta del Sol. Events are scheduled for today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free, but there will be a charge for some activities. The children's fishing derby will be held both days from 9 a.m. to noon at the commercial dock of the village.
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April 6, 2008 | Susan Carpenter
Just 69 miles north of L.A., with beaches carved like moonscapes by wind and sea, a lovely harbor and an endearing Main Street that feels as if it's just coming to life after a long slumber, Ventura might just be one of Southern California's best-kept secrets. If you like Santa Barbara but could do without the cookie-cutter chain stores on State Street, you'll love this low-ley alternative.
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BUSINESS
July 4, 1995 | Jack Searles
Ventura Harbor Village, a tourist attraction at Ventura's marina, has had its ups and downs through the years, suffering at times from spotty business and disputes among developers, tenants and city officials. But some tenants have hung in there. Three businesses--the Coastal Cone ice cream store, Lorenzoni's Cafe and the Ocean Floor Gift Shop--recently marked their 10th anniversaries, according to Oscar Pena, the center's property manager. Several tenants have been there even longer, Pena adds.
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December 24, 2002 | Massie Ritsch, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County's commercial fishermen are trying to create a tribute to their colleagues who have died on the water. They hope the sculpture won't also be a memorial to their industry. Planned to stand nearly 10 feet tall, the bas-relief would form an archway at Ventura Harbor Village, the mall of shops and restaurants that rings the commercial docks. Ceramist Michel Petersen intends to cast the sculpture's figures from working fishermen and hopes to have the work completed by spring.
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March 18, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
The Ventura Port District Commission decided Wednesday to consider refinancing its $8.5-million debt on the Ventura Harbor Village and borrowing $1.2 million to refurbish the docks at the village. The board voted to allow a Northridge-based financial consultant to develop a refinancing package that would involve issuing 25- or 30-year certificates of participation, which are similar to bonds.
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April 16, 1995 | DUNCAN MARTELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He wasn't expecting to see the Easter bunny at--of all places--Ventura Harbor Village on Saturday afternoon. But once he did, 2-year-old Michael Crosby was enraptured. With a wide grin and outstretched arms, he ran straight to the 5-foot-5-inch rabbit and hugged. And hugged again. And, well, again. As the bunny worked its way through the harbor, Michael gamboled after for a good 10 minutes until his mother, Denise Crosby of Northridge, rescued the bunny rabbit.
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November 21, 2001
The 25th annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights will present "Silver Bells" on Dec. 15. The boat parade begins at the Ventura Harbor launch ramp at 7 p.m. Vessels decorated with lights will cruise past the Ventura Port District to be judged, before sailing on to Ventura Harbor Village and repeating the course. More than 30 boats are expected to enter this year's parade. For information, call 642-8538.
TRAVEL
January 19, 1986
Jennifer Merin's detailed survey of Haitian art (Nov. 17) is a splendid guide to artists and galleries in Haiti. The author has done her homework about Haiti's art history, and she writes knowledgeably about specific artists and prices of their work. For those readers not able to travel to Haiti, my Spirit of Haiti Gallery opened Nov. 1 at 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura. The gallery offers many of the artists cited by Merin. LAURA PECK Ventura
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December 3, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
At least 35 vessels decorated for this year's theme of "Christmas Wonders" will motor down the Ventura Harbor Channel on Saturday for the 21st annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights. The ships will make a two-lap loop through the channel, starting at 7 p.m. Organizers say the best viewing spots for the parade are: * Along Spinnaker Drive on the promenade from the Four Points Hotel to the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center. * Along the Ventura Harbor Village promenade.
NEWS
June 1, 1989
The Ventura Channel Dash powerboat race will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ventura Harbor Village. The event is the third in the Pacific Offshore Power Boat Racing Assn. schedule. Bob Nordskog, holder of 45 world and international records, will be one of more than 30 racers competing in the 110-mile race to Santa Barbara and back. Nordskog will race his new 40-foot Fountain Powerboat Magazine Special, a V-hull, staggered-engine craft that Nordskog calls "probably one of the best-built boats in the history of man."
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December 11, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 46-foot fishing boat caught fire in Ventura Harbor Village early Monday and continued to burn for nearly eight hours before firefighters put out the flames. The fire started just after midnight, most likely because of an electrical short circuit somewhere on the boat, said Battalion Chief Rod Smith of the Ventura Fire Department. The late-model wood vessel called St. Peter was loaded down with fuel, fishing equipment and other items that were easily combustible, Smith said.
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November 21, 2001
The 25th annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights will present "Silver Bells" on Dec. 15. The boat parade begins at the Ventura Harbor launch ramp at 7 p.m. Vessels decorated with lights will cruise past the Ventura Port District to be judged, before sailing on to Ventura Harbor Village and repeating the course. More than 30 boats are expected to enter this year's parade. For information, call 642-8538.
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September 1, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For five years John Cruz, his girlfriend Ivy Kudo and their cat Napple have cruised the Pacific on their sailboat Gypsy. But only when the couple dropped anchor in Ventura Harbor in June did they feel at home. Now they plan to join the hundreds living full time on boats moored at Ventura Harbor. Cruz said he isn't sure they will ever leave.
TRAVEL
January 7, 2001 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
SAN DIEGO--Celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 13 with a parade at 10 a.m., down Harbor Drive to Seaport Village, followed at noon by a multicultural festival with food, children's activities and entertainment. Seaport Village, 885 Harbor Drive. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. (619) 264-0542. VENTURA--The seaside community will observe Dr. King's holiday with three days of music and other entertainment Jan. 13-15. Ventura Harbor Village. 12:30-3:30 p.m. each day. Free.
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October 31, 2000 | ALEX FIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the sun peeks over the horizon on a chilly morning, some fishermen gather behind Andria's Seafood Restaurant, peddling their recent catch to the early morning walkers and fish market regulars. That's because it's Saturday, still a busy day at Ventura Harbor Village. The tourist season at the village is on the wane, and things are pretty quiet now on weekdays. On weekends, families and out-of-towners are still drawn by the fresh fish market and mini-festivals staged by the harbor's operators.
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October 12, 2000 | BILL LOCEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If it walks, talks, creeps, crawls, slithers or flies, you may find it in the third annual Kinetic Sculpture Race this weekend in Ventura. All sorts of strange people-powered vehicles will try to survive a circuitous 12-mile route through the Poinsettia City, traversing stretches of road, sand, mud and water. Kinetic is a word relating to motion or energetic activity, and a sculpture is, well, pretty much a hunk of art that's not moving.
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March 12, 1990 | JUDITH HARLAN
Ventura Port District commissioners have under consideration the first written settlement proposed by the Bank of America in a longstanding dispute over the ownership of a large portion of Ventura Harbor Village. Commissioners, who declined to comment, first discussed it at a closed meeting last week. But district lawyer H. Jess Senecal said he is drafting a counterproposal.
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January 19, 1997 | COLL METCALFE
Shoppers and those just enjoying Saturday's balmy weather at the Ventura Harbor Village were treated to a reggae concert as part of a weekend concert series in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Throughout the afternoon, passersby stopped to listen to the soft Caribbean rhythms of Yahman while making their way to the stores. While little mention was made of the King holiday or the civil rights leader's legacy, those who stopped appeared to enjoy the musical treat.
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June 26, 2000 | AARON SANDERFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deluged with cars, their drivers searching for nearby parking, Ventura Harbor Village teemed with life Sunday as the district's shopping hub hosted its fifth annual Seafest celebration. The festival offered everything from massages for mothers to pony rides for kids. Leashed dogs and parents pushing strollers jockeyed for sidewalk room as hundreds of area residents relished the 67-degree temperature.
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January 20, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than 1,000 dogs representing 135 breeds will gather this weekend at Seaside Park in Ventura for a two-day meet hosted by the Ventura County Dog Fanciers Assn. It's too late to enter a dog in the event, but there will be plenty of competition to watch Saturday and Sunday and a host of literature, videos and experts to answer questions about breeds. Show chairman Bill Dumas said the event helps the public learn about their animals and see firsthand what competition is like.
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