City of Ventura's 150th Anniversary Celebration

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The City of San Buenaventura is celebrating its 150th year anniversary!

Welcome to the City of Ventura, one of America’s most livable communities. We’re located between Malibu and Santa Barbara on the blue Pacific Ocean, overlooking Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands. People have lived along this stretch of the California coast for at least ten thousand years. San Buenaventura was founded in 1782 by Father Junipero Serra, the ninth of the California missions. He named it after the Italian St. Bonaventure, hence the nickname that Ventura is the “city of good fortune.” The City of San Buenaventura was incorporated in 1866. The minutes of the first City Council meetings were recorded in Spanish, which was still the pre-dominant language of its time. Ventura became the County seat when Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties split in 1873. That same year, a courthouse and wharf were built, a bank was opened and the first public library was created.

Community Partnerships

Working together to make Ventura even Better!
Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau
A place that embodies a casual soul and unexpected allure, Ventura is a vibrant town that checks stress and pretense at the door. Its artistic culture, enduring history, and privileged locale is crazy-inviting, very much alive, and refreshingly human. Come here. Stay here. Love it here. Get into Ventura.
Ventura Education Partnership
The mission of the Ventura Education Partnership (VEP), a community-based, non-profit, non-political association, is to support and enrich education in the Ventura Unified School District through community partnerships.
255 W. Stanley Avenue
Suite 100
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 641-5000 ext 1550
Mission San Buenaventura
The Roman Catholic Archbishop
of Los Angeles, A Corporation Sole
for the benefit of:
Mission San Buenaventura
or Holy Cross School
211 E. Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-4318
Downtown Ventura Partnership
The mission of the Downtown Ventura Partners Improvement District is to produce a healthy retail center, a diverse cultural district, an attractive visitor destination, and a livable neighborhood.
Ventura College
Ventura College is a beacon of learning for our students and community. We have provided educational opportunities in Ventura for over 90 years.
Museum of Ventura County
The Museum of Ventura County celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region through its collections, exhibitions, events, educational programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community.
The mission of the Ventura Education Partnership (VEP), a community-based, non-profit, non-political association, is to support and enrich education in the Ventura Unified School District through community partnerships.
This is all-volunteer group also fosters community recognition of the work of district teachers and staff and enlists the participation of parents, businesses and community members in the education of our district’s children. VEP was incorporated in 1988 under the name of the Ventura Unified School District Educational Foundation. The name was changed in 1996 to the Ventura Education Partnership. In 2000, VEP went to an all-volunteer board which enabled virtually all funds to go right back into the classroom.
Ventura Chamber of Commerce
The Ventura Chamber of Commerce works year round to support a strong local economy through its stewardship of city policy and business development…it is indeed true that we are “Making Business Happen“.
Ventura Unified School District
In the Ventura Unified School District all students will receive an exemplary and balanced education fostering a lifelong passion for learning and engagement. We demand excellence of ourselves because our supportive community has entrusted us with their children.
Ventura County Library System
Inspiring our community to explore, discover and connect.
Ventura Port District
The Ventura Port District, home to the Channel Islands National Park, provides a safe and navigable harbor and a seaside destination that benefits residents, visitors, fisherman, and boaters to enjoy Ventura Harbor’s exceptional facilities, events, and services.
To create an engaged and informed community through participation in electronic media.
Inform – Educate – Entertain – Inspire
CAPS: Community Access Partners of San Buenaventura
Ventura Friends of the Library
The Mission of the Ventura Friends of the Library is to support the public libraries of Ventura in their efforts to maintain a high standard of library service for the benefit of the community.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura
We provide a positive place for all youth, especially those who need us the most, and quality programs to help them become healthy, responsible, confident and productive members of our community.

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