Mead Day

If you’ve never tasted (or heard of) mead, the first Saturday in August—named Mead Day by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 2002—is the perfect time to try this ancient beverage. Sometimes called “honey-wine,” mead may be the oldest known fermented drink and is made by combining honey, water and yeast. Ranging from the sweet to the dry, mead is often flavored with fruits, flowers and spices. Bottle and Pint in Newbury Park is one favorite locale serving up several types of delicious mead.

“A Country Fair with Ocean Air”

Come on down to the 140th Ventura County Fair, August 5 through 16 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., in Ventura. Young and old will delight at the fair’s attractions, exhibits, displays, demonstrations, farm animals, petting zoo, carnival rides, games and entertainment. And don’t forget about the delectable fair food! Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, the fair offers fun for all ages. Special admission days include Dia de la Familia on Sunday, August 9, Youth Day on Friday, August 7, where kids 12 and under are free all day, Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Day on August 11 and Military Appreciation Day on August 13. And be sure to catch the Fair Parade on August 8 and the Junior Livestock Auction on August 14. Admission to the fair is $12 for adults and $9 for kids under 12 and seniors. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Visit for more information about special days and events.

About that Drought

California’s drought requires citizens to save and use water responsibly. Learn to become a good steward of our limited water resources at the Ventura County Building and Safety Division’s Graywater and Rainwater Workshops to help homeowners convert waste water from washing machines to yard irrigation and capture rainwater for reuse. These drought-savvy techniques are easy to implement, and the workshops will teach homeowners everything they need to know to use water wisely, including a materials list, hands-on demonstration and personal instruction. Workshops take place at the Ventura County Hall of Administration, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Room 311, in Ventura from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 6 and 20. Call 805.654.2795 to register.

Let Us Share Your Big News!

The team at Conejo Valley Lifestyle looks forward to sharing the good news of our neighbors each and every month. If you have an engagement or wedding to announce, please send standard announcement text and a high resolution photo to so we can include it in our Wedding Bells section.

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