By Mike Nelson | Photos by Viktor Budnik If they haven’t visited Marty and Tom Robinson’s Southwest Pueblo-style home in the foothills of northeast Ventura’s Ondulando neighborhood in, say, five years or more, guests could be forgiven for thinking, “Hey,...
By  Vince Burns | Photos by Viktor Budnik Ventura County is putting itself on the map for craft cidermaking thanks to the efforts of several local fermentation pioneers. One of the newest is the husband-and-wife team behind Pier City Cider....
TAKIN’ IT EASY A colorful sky enhances the wide-open-spaces ambience at Standin’ On The Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona. Photo courtesy Winslow Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce By Mike Nelson How many records that reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100...
By Tim Pompey After a 2020 Christmas season that was spoiled by COVID, the holiday celebrations for 2021 in Camarillo are back. The music, the lights, the decorations, even a brisk “polar plunge.” Like treats on a family table, they...
By Marina Dunbar  |  Photo courtesy of SEEAG November is the month in which the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, and thus it is imbued with an attitude of gratitude. It is a time when many recognize that we are beholden...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer  |  nshaffer@timespublications.com Exploring a picturesque maze of canals and bridges via gondola, a charming gondolier in boater hat and striped shirt at the stern, is probably the single most enduring image of Venice — and...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Mathew Broughton This is my favorite view,” says Jill Cox, standing on the porch just off her living room and gesturing toward Sulfur Mountain in the distance. “This is what sold me...
by Alex Wilson Perched atop a mountain promontory on the eastern edge of the Ojai Valley, commanding nearly unbelievable views, Meditation Mount welcomes people of all faiths seeking peace, personal growth and healing. Since its founding in 1971, Meditation Mount has...
by Karen Lindell Milt and Arlene Larsen have worked their magical touch on Montecito. Milt, co-founder of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and Arlene, a costume designer, have brought their love of magic, old-school entertainment and show-biz memorabilia to a new...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer While the California beer boom has been going strong for decades — San Francisco’s Anchor Steam showed up on the scene in 1971, long before the term “craft brewing” had been coined — ciders are...