Save the Date for Conejo Valley Days May 2-5, plus Ticket Giveaway!

Leave a comment to enter to win four tickets to 2013 Conejo Valley Days happening May 2-5 at Conejo Creek Park in Thousand Oaks!

CVD crowd shote 5

If you loved Reyes Adobe Days, think of that on a grand scale for our whole region. The 57th Annual Conejo Valley Days is coming up May 2 through May 5 at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks. In short, it’s a carnival. An awesome, multifaceted carnival, that will feature, among other things:

  • the Golden Horsehoe western saloon with live music
  • motocross exhibitions (Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5 at 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.)
  • a section just for kids with a petting zoo and pony rides.
  • in the LOL category:

New this year is the CVD Outhouse Races. Each entry includes all the outhouse essentials including a toilet seat and paper. “Outhouse races are popular around the country,” says Dennis Mayer, outhouse race chairperson. “We expect a lot of creative entries and the races to be a lot of good, clean fun.” The races will take place on Saturday May 4 at 4:00 p.m. with a short parade starting at 3:00 p.m. The races are double elimination.

CVD ride shot

  • a Home Emporium hosted by Reeds furniture with items auctioned off
  • cowboy hats, boots and other western gear for sale (also found prior to CVD at Reeds Furniture in Agoura Hills)
  • dog trick shows taking place on Saturday and Sunday (1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.).
  • jugglers, magicians and western entertainers
  • tethered hot air balloon rides sponsored by RE/Max
  • non-profit groups will raise money hosting a dunk tank, water slide, a spider climb and water ball challenge.
  • two big top tents

CVD crowd shot 4

Tickets:

To purchase entry or ride tickets in advance and for more information on entertainment, carnival rides and other festival and carnival attractions go to the Conejo Valley Days website. Follow CVD on Facebook/ConejoValleyDays and twitter.com/CVDays2013. A number of schools are participating in a CVD online fundraiser. For every unlimited ride CVD wristband purchased online, $2 will go to a designated school. Special promo codes for each school are listed on the website. All live entertainment including motocross exhibitions are included in the CVD admission price ($8, ages 13 to adult, $5, ages 6 to 12 and free for kids ages 5 and under).

2013 CVD logo

Hours:

CVD hours are: Thursday, May 2, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday, May 3, 5:00 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 4, noon to midnight and Sunday, May 5, noon to 8:00 p.m. Thursday is Family Night when festival goers can hop on an unlimited number of carnival rides for $15. Parking is $5. Conejo Valley Days 2013 commemorative badges will be available along with CVD sweatshirts and other merchandise.

Sponsors:

CVD premiere sponsor is Children Skills For Life, a nonprofit organization that helps orphans and children in need with financial and educational support. Other sponsors include the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, Reeds Furniture, Smart & Final, Chivaroli & Associates, Coldwell Banker, United Studios of Self Defense, Alvalyn Creative, Buster Lighting Design, Robin Hagey/Keller Williams, GoBeDo Productions, Ventura County Star, Thousand Oaks Inn, Blue Green Resorts and KHAY-FM.

The CVD folks have given me a package of 4 tickets to give away here on this site. To enter, simply leave a comment below by Sunday, April 28 at 11:59PM. One entry per family. Winner will be chosen by random number drawing. I will mail the tickets on Monday morning.

Local Blogger Spotlight: David Lockeretz of Nobody Hikes in LA

Descent From Ladyface Mountain, by David Lockeretz of Nobody Hikes in LA

I am happy to introduce a new monthly feature here on Agoura Hills Mom – the Local Blogger Spotlight!  (I couldn’t think of a kickier title for this.  Let me know if you have any better ideas.) I’ll be helping us all get to know the people behind the online resources you might be using all the time, or introducing you to those you should know about.

It is my honor to have David Lockeretz, intrepid hiker, photographer, and note-taker, appear in this space as the very first subject of this series.  I have never met David in person, but since I started following his blog, Nobody Hikes in LA, years ago (it is one of the few that I actually subscribe to because I have such big dreams of hiking more often) we have connected through the internets and I have found him and his blog to be very helpful.  Read on to find out how he does it, why he does it, and what he has against strawberries.

Why did you start Nobody Hikes in LA?

I was trying to create the site that I would have wanted when I first got into hiking. I wanted each post to be as comprehensive as possible, and I wanted to provide information about as many different hiking trails as possible. I’ve always been into writing and photography, and the blog provided a great outlet for both. I’ve also enjoyed sharing my hiking experiences with my friends, and through the blog I’ve connected with new people too (present company included.)

How often do you hike?

As often as I can – usually at least once a week, sometimes three or four times.

What’s the farthest hike that you have considered to still be “in” LA?

I’ve done some that are pretty far from L.A. One of my favorites is Garnet Peak in southeastern San Diego County, in the Laguna Mountains. It’s at least a three hour drive from L.A. but it’s a great hike, so I recommend making the trip. I’ve also covered a few in the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio Mountains, which are two hours east of L.A., and a few up in the Santa Barbara area. If a hike is really good, it’s worth making the trip.

How do you remember all the details of the hike so that you can write about it when you get back? Do you take notes, or rely on your photos?

Usually I take a bunch of pictures, and I’ve also used an app called Every Trail that’s available for Droid and iPhone. You can use it to track your hike, including elevation, and you can upload it to the Every Trail web site. You can also download other peoples’ hikes. Many of the hikes I’ve done are also written up on other blogs, or in guidebooks, so I can refer to them for notes.

Sandstone Peak @ Dusk

Can you share some of your favorite places to hike in or near Agoura Hills? Why are they favorites?

Sandstone Peak, which is the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains, is absolutely phenomenal.  It’s got everything – ocean views, geology, canyons, mountains, woodlands – and it’s challenging,  but not too difficult.  A good hike right near Agoura Hills is Ladyface, which you can see from the 101 Freeway at Kanan Road.  There’s a lot of off-trail scrambling on that one, and the descent can be pretty nerve-wracking – there are a few spots that are nearly vertical, or at least it seems that way.  But the views from the top are great.  Paradise Falls near Thousand Oaks is another good one.  It’s a year round waterfall in Wildwood Park.

Paradise Falls

What about places to avoid? Trails that are badly maintained or are considered dangerous for some reason?

I really don’t think there are any BAD trails – I don’t recall ever going on a hike and feeling as if I’d rather be at work, or thinking afterward, “Gee, I should have stayed home and watched TV instead.” I do think that to enjoy a hike, you have to know what you’re getting into, which is why I provide a lot of information on my site. The first time I tried Black Star Canyon Falls, which is a very popular waterfall in Orange County, I didn’t prepare accordingly. I didn’t make it to the waterfall, and I got poison oak. When I returned, I knew better what I was getting into, and I avoided the poison oak and made it to the waterfall. There are a lot of factors into picking the right hike, such as difficulty level, season, and challenges such as navigation or rough terrain. If you plan well, you’re likely to have an enjoyable experience.

What would a casual reader of NHiLA be surprised to know about you?

That I originally moved to L.A. to pursue music. I still play in a few bands, and teach music lessons, and have recorded a bunch of stuff, but I’ve come to realize that hiking is really what I love to do. Also: I hate strawberries. I mean, seriously hate them. I react to strawberries the same way that I do when I go to a public bathroom and the person before me didn’t flush. I don’t like avocados either, which I realize is sacrilege when you live in California. On the other hand, I really like beer, especially India Pale Ales. In fact, I’m probably going to start a blog about IPAs in the near future.

Well, if Nobody Drinks IPAs in LA pops up, dear readers, you can bet I’ll be letting you know about it here! And of course I took this opportunity to educate David about Ladyface Alehouse for a great post-hike watering hole.  

All photos courtesy of David Lockeretz, who has a pretty amazing gallery of photos for sale (and a calendar, too!) at his site.  Drop by Nobody Hikes in LA and check out David’s great trail recaps at locations all around us in Agoura Hills!  And tell him Agoura Hills Mom sent you!

Weekend Activity: OzoKids

Now is your opportunity to bring your kids to the Canyon Club, a place that is normally populated by fans of big acts from bygone eras.  (There’s nothing wrong with that, and I can tell you from experience that the bartenders pour a potent margarita for those kidless nights among grown-up music fans.)  Ozomatli is playing a show there on Saturday night, but by day, the band enjoys entertaining a younger fan base.

OzoKids is the first children’s album from this popular band, and this is what they’ll be performing at 4pm on February 9 at the Canyon Club.  Tickets are still available, and they’re even sold in Family Four-packs.