November 2018’s theme is the sunny beach town of Ventura!
Fun facts about Ventura:
There is no city in California named Ventura. The official name is San Buenaventura, which was shortened to fit on a railroad ticket.
San Buenaventura translates to Good Luck!
Ventura is home to Mission San Buenaventura, founded in 1782 by Father Junipera Serra. It was the ninth Spanish mission established in California.
The Chumash natives were the first inhabitants of the area, with Ventura’s early residents being known as the Mitskanaka.
Ventura is located along ‘the 101’, an original US highway running between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.
You can board a boat in Ventura Harbor, wave to local seals, dolphins, maybe whales too, on your short one-hour ride out to the Channel Islands.
Ventura residents can always point to Two Trees. Planted in a set of 13 trees in 1898, only two remain after fires, drought, and pranksters. These symbolic trees stand atop a foothill and have the best view – the city of Ventura and the glorious Pacific Ocean – if you’re willing to brave the hike to the top.