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Ventura County Fair set to open

VENTURA -- The Ventura County Fair will open Wednesday and run through Aug. 13 at the county's Seaside Park fairgrounds, featuring farm animals, carnival rides and exhibits of hundreds of home arts and crafts created by county residents.

Entertainment includes the Charlie Daniels Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Banda Cuisillos, Wynonna, Bobby Vinton, All American Rejects, Foreigner and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Other attractions include motor-sports races Wednesday and Thursday, a junior livestock auction Aug. 9, and a rodeo Aug. 12 and 13.

The fair will open at 11 a.m. on most weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12-16 and seniors 62 and older.

The Ventura County Fairgrounds is at 10 Harbor Blvd., on 62 acres of oceanfront property at the western edge of the city of Ventura.

For more information, go to or call (805) 648-3376.

-- Daily News

Senior Center still cool, open

SIMI VALLEY -- The newly remodeled Simi Valley Senior Center has been serving as a cooling center on severely hot days.

``The city is encouraging seniors and any others at risk due to the heat or temporary loss of electricity to consider the site when seeking refuge from the heat,'' said Mayor Paul Miller.

The Senior Center at 3900 Avenida Simi will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the bulk of this week. For information, call the Senior Center at (805) 583-6363.

Dial-a-Ride transportation is available for seniors older than 60, who can make arrangements by calling (805) 583-6464.

-- Daily News

Monday deadline to get into raffle

OXNARD -- The deadline is Monday for entries in the first early-bird drawing in the ``House of Ten Thousand Dreams'' raffle benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. for the Aug. 5 drawing that will include a $15,000 first prize and a $5,000 second prize.

Tickets, which cost $150, will be entered for a second early-bird drawing Sept. 16. The final drawing will be for a $1.3 million home in the Channel Islands Harbor, officials said.

The drawing is sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs in partnership with home developer D.R. Horton.

Officials said 18,000 tickets will be sold and the raffle will end Nov. 4.

Details are available at or by calling (866) 720-2582.

-- Daily News

Con men employ lottery scheme

SIMI VALLEY -- Police are warning residents to beware of a team of con men who persuaded a man outside a discount store to give them $12,000 in cash Thursday.

One man claimed to have a lottery ticket worth $50,000, but said he couldn't cash it because he was an illegal immigrant. A second man helped persuade the victim to withdraw $12,000 from his bank to buy the ticket.

Police described one suspect as 35 to 40 years old with a Hispanic accent; the second was described as about 6 feet tall, with possibly a Ukrainian or Russian accent.

-- Daily News

Concerts leading to Sept. festival

SIMI VALLEY -- Musical entertainment will be featured every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in a series of performances leading up to the Vino Jazz Festival.

The Vino Jazz Festival on Sept. 16, a fundraiser for the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the center court of the Town Center, 1555 Simi Town Center Way.

Performances leading up to the festival will be held in the center court and will range from jazz and swing to Dixieland and Latin.

-- Daily News

College dancers to display talents

MOORPARK -- The dance department at Moorpark College will showcase work by student choreographers, guest artists and faculty members Thursday, Friday and Saturdayat 8 p.m. in the campus Studio Theater.

Tickets are $10 for a Dancing Under the Stars concert. For information, call the Performing Arts Center box office at (805) 378-1485 or the business office at (805) 378-1437.

-- Daily News

Amazon program to assist agency

WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- The Wellness Community in the Conejo Valley and Ventura County area is getting support from people who shop on after visiting the Wellness Community's Web site.

Shoppers who go to and click on the Amazon logo will be directed to and 4 percent to 8 percent of all their purchases will be donated to The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura.

``This is a wonderful way to help provide hope for local people fighting cancer, without spending an extra dime,'' said Suzanne Drace, president of the local Wellness Community group, which supports men and women affected by cancer.

-- Daily News
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