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Worth the Drive
Our daily look at nearby getaways
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

The Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge

The Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge

Ready to bring your best green? Or red? Get chopping/mixing, salsa-ists. Read »

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Berry Bevy: California Strawberry Festival

Berry Bevy: California Strawberry Festival

How much pie can you eat in a very intense and short period of time? Read »

Friday, Dec 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Channel Islands Whale Watching Opens

Channel Islands Whale Watching Opens

The day after Christmas marks the big blowhole-y kick-off. Read »

Friday, Dec 6, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Merry Stroll: Ventura Winter Wine Walk

Merry Stroll: Ventura Winter Wine Walk

A Holiday Street Fair and a chance to taste some fab local vino? Yes indeedy. Read »

Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oxnard Run: Santa to the Sea

Oxnard Run: Santa to the Sea

Do you run? Did you grow up loving the Carp Claus? Read on... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Hot Stuff: Garlic & Salsa Fests

Hot Stuff: Garlic & Salsa Fests

The Garlic Festival gets hot in Gilroy while salsa reigns in Oxnard. Read »

Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

60,000 Spicy Samples: Oxnard Salsa Festival

60,000 Spicy Samples: Oxnard Salsa Festival

Tunes and tasty dishes star at this longtime local favorite. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

California Strawberry Fest Turns 30

California Strawberry Fest Turns 30

The strawberry is the star in Oxnard at its annual May festival. Read »

Monday, Dec 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oxnard's Whale-Watching to Start

Oxnard's Whale-Watching to Start

Did you just spy a big tail beyond that wave? Read »

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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By Alysia Gray Painter

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Dancing and spicy dishes are what this long-running fiesta is all about. Read »

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A good time is just a short drive away, and Worth the Drive points you in the right direction. It's a daily look at nearby getaways, festivals and sweet deals.
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ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER Alysia Gray Painter has blogged for NBCLA.com since October 2008, covering Los Angeles go-outs, restaurants, museums, hotels, as well as nearby Worth the Drive destinations. She served as the West Coast Managing Editor for AOL CityGuide, as well as the Los Angeles editor; she has also written for Bark magazine, McSweeney's, Modern Humorist, and PBS programs and publications.