At the Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival, guests can belly up to 10 gourmet food trucks and sample toothsome fare in between stomping musical performances and competitive games of bocce ball duked out on 12 professional-grade courts. 30 minutes of court rental is covered with admission (teams can sign up at the festival), and 24 teams of four have the option to compete in the single-elimination tournament, vying for the $500 prize and the chance for a photo op with the nation's oldest bocce ball. Each team must pay a fee of $125 for entry into the tournament and the VIP lounge. Elsewhere at the jubilee, the grounds of Limoneira Ranch are speckled with meals on wheels, including sushi truck Temaki and Lickety Split's, a converted yellow school bus that vends frozen yogurt, iced coffee, and chocolate-coated detention slips. Although this Groupon does not cover food or drinks, festival-goers can purchase succulent, Texas–style smoked tri-tip from the It's In the Sauce BBQ food truck or wash back a frozen pomegranate lemonade from Del's.
Charging through fields of giant spools, over stacks of hay bales, and through winding trenches is a daily occurrence at Ambush Paintball & Airsoft Park. Six scenario theme fields and a tournament-grade turf arena field spread over 40 acres give players of all skills levels a variety of combat zones on which to wage simulated warfare. The City pits players in an unforgiving, paint-or-be-painted war zone consisting of 32 buildings over 40,000 square feet without a protected crosswalk in sight. History serves as the inspiration of the World War I field, where players begin their match inside a WWI–style trench, and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by either successfully defending their base or charging the field to overrun their opponent's trenches. Players of the Arena can practice their tournament skills on a field littered with inflated obstacles seen in professional competitions. Ambush Paintball & Airsoft Park's professional staff is on hand to help players with equipment and technical issues.
The people who pose for Peekabooth photos are mostly Vikings or celebrities––if you judge by their horned helmets and oversized sunglasses, that is. Really, those accessories are just props from the booths' eclectic prop boxes, which are include in each rental. An attendant oversees the booths, too, answering revelers' questions about how to pose, or whether vampires can be seen in photographs. Along with the helpful attendant, the Sony sub-dye printers churn out unlimited high-quality prints, producing double copies a mere 10 seconds after the posing session ends.
Unlike an outdoor field, The Perfect Swing's more than 60,000 sq. ft. facility isn't ever affected by bad weather or movie crews shooting yet another inspiring comeback story. The sound of cracking bats and thudding balls fills the training space rain or shine year-round. Baseball and softball players face off against seven automatic pitching machines, which hurl balls at speeds between 35–70 miles per hour, while pitchers work their arms in 17 practice tunnels.
The Perfect Swing also offers four indoor turf fields for year-round baseball, softball, and soccer. Shoppers who are looking to stock up on softball and baseball equipment can visit the on-site store.
Athletes aren't left to swing and throw blindly, though. The Perfect Swing boasts a staff of more than 25 baseball and softball instructors, including many current and former professional players. During private and group instruction, these experts help students hone fundamental skills in areas such as hitting, pitching, catching, fielding, and agility. Instructors also lead outdoor baseball camps during the summer months.
The stately grounds at River Ridge Golf Club are split between two distinct 18-hole courses: The Vineyard Course and The Victoria Lakes Course. Though there is a diverse arrangement of hole layouts littered throughout these sibling courses, a few design features are constants. Well-kept fairways and smooth greens of poa annua grass are always underfoot, one of the 14 water hazards is never far, and a light breeze constantly blows over the club from the Pacific, located just a few miles away.
In fact, the ocean is visible from a handful of high elevation points on the Vineyard Course. Holes three through six are "on top of the world" because they showcase panoramic ocean views and are at the highest elevation in Oxnard. Golfers also encounter water in closer proximity, as five lakes span the back nine on the Vineyard course, including the signature island green on the par-3 18th hole that usually plays into the wind or the occasional golf-ball hail storm. True to its name, the Victoria Lakes course harbors eight acres of water, as well as a stretch of difficult layouts on hole 12, 13, and 14.
In addition to adhering to golf's storied traditions, River Ridge also embraces new developments in the world of sport. Take footgolf, for instance. Started in the Netherlands in 2009, the hybrid sport combines soccer's precision kicks with golf's scoring system and challenging courses. River Ridge embraced the sport early, opening the first footgolf course in California alongside its traditional courses. In addition to attracting curious athletes, the course also earned the attention of the sport's governing body; River Ridge is an official partner of the American FootGolf League, and will host one of the league's inaugural pro-am tournaments in September 2014.
Vineyard Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,761 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72 from the back tees * Course slope of 121 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecards
Victoria Lakes Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,170 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 136 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
The videographers and video editors at Modern Video Services have racked up myriad awards, from Emmy nominations to wins at the Oxnard and Ventura Film Festivals. Their prize-winning tactics now turn toward enhancing personal media, editing video, and finessing audio and photography. The technicians’ digitizing service safeguards precious memories on long-lasting DVDs, and a duplication service creates backup copies of important discs, including a favorite CD or a frisbee with a mind for escaping. They can convert hard-copy photographs into high-resolution digital images, crop and rotate shots, or arrange photos into video slideshows complete with music and creative transitions.