History, Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days-Fiesta captivates and educates since 1924

It may seem hard to believe today, but Santa Barbara once had some trouble attracting tourists to the area in the 1920s. Santa Barbara was mainly a winter getaway, and the coastal hamlet just wasn’t a draw for many back then during the summer months. The area’s business people decided they wanted to have an… Read More Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days-Fiesta captivates and educates since 1924

Food, History, Ventura County

Owls bring lasting good luck to Camarillo’s classic El Tecolote restaurant

Cruising down Lewis Road in Camarillo, you’ll inevitably come across a retro sign with a large owl on top of an arrow pointing to a restaurant called  El Tecolote. And the owl is not only this classic restaurant’s namesake (El Tecolote means “The Owl” in Spanish). It’s also part of the famous lore of this… Read More Owls bring lasting good luck to Camarillo’s classic El Tecolote restaurant

History, Ventura County

Clarence, the 95-year-old Galapagos tortoise at Moorpark College zoo, helped save his species

Out of the nearly 200 animals at America’s Teaching Zoo in Moorpark, there is one particular four-legged resident that stands out not only because of his extremely large size, but also because of his very unique story. His name is Clarence, a 95-year-old, 550-pound Galapagos tortoise, and he has played an important role in helping… Read More Clarence, the 95-year-old Galapagos tortoise at Moorpark College zoo, helped save his species