PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.
ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.
Dinner: Dinner at hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.Evening: CLASS: The Life of Ronald Reagan
In a chronological narrative, we will analyze Ronald Reagan's life -- his family and pre-Hollywood development, his career as an actor, and his ascendancy to political prominence and eventually the governorship of California and the American presidency.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura BeachMeals Included: Dinner
CLASS: The Life of Ronald Reagan
In a chronological narrative, we will analyze Ronald Reagan's life -- his family and pre-Hollywood development, his career as an actor, and his ascendancy to political prominence and eventually the governorship of California and the American presidency.Lunch: Lunch at hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Air Force One – The Final Mission
The authors of "Air Force One - The Final Mission" tell the story of Air Force One's final trip to the Reagan Library--from decommissioning the aircraft by the US Air Force, to the movement of the plane to the library's hilltop location, to the opening of the Air Force One Pavilion on October 24, 2005.Dinner: Dinner at hotelEvening: CLASS: The Life of Ronald Reagan
In a chronological narrative, we will analyze Ronald Reagan's life -- his family and pre-Hollywood development, his career as an actor, and his ascendancy to political prominence and eventually the governorship of California and the American presidency.Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura BeachMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The trip features a 2-hour guided docent walk of the new state-of-the art Museum Galleries and Air Force One Pavilion as well as access to the Presidential Gift Collection (not on display in the Museum) and a private archivist talk.
Since The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum opened in 1991, so much more has been uncovered about President Reagan’s life and works, utilizing research and the President’s handwritten diaries. As a result, the Library embarked on a year-long renovation project that was completed in February 2011, in time for Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. The interactive exhibits and never-before-seen artifacts deliver a more in-depth retelling of the Reagan-era history.
Perched on a hilltop with sweeping views of mountains, valleys, and the Pacific Ocean, this 100-acre site offers memorable experiences for people of all ages.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to role-play as they step into a WHO radio booth and read the ticker tape a young Ronald Reagan once read; to raise their hand and take the oath of office on inauguration day; and to deliver some of President Reagan’s famous speeches as they stand behind a presidential podium.
Guests will also be able to board the Air Force One that served as the 'Flying White House' for President Reagan and six other U.S. presidents from 1973-2001.Lunch: Lunch in Air Force One PavilionAfternoon: In the afternoon there is time to explore the 'D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives' exhibit, Reagan Museum exhibits, gift shop and grounds on your own.
At 12,000 square feet in area, D23 PRESENTS TREASURES OF THE WALT DISNEY ARCHIVES is the largest exhibition ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives and the largest temporary exhibit ever housed at the Reagan Library. From Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse to Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain America, the exhibition features more than 500 artifacts from nearly nine decades of Disney history – over 50% of which have never been seen by the public – including models, props, costumes, set pieces and artwork from throughout Disney history.Dinner: Dinner at hotelEvening: PRESENTATION: View an episode of PBS's 'California's Gold' series which features an exploration of Rancho del Cielo or "Sky's or Heaven's Ranch," the 688-acre ranch located on top of the Santa Ynez Mountain range that served as the Western White House for the late President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.
The property was sold to the Young America's Foundation, a conservative group which preserves it today as what it calls "a living monument to Reagan's ideas, values, and lasting accomplishments." Although the ranch is closed to the public, Young America's Foundation offers students and supporters the opportunity to visit the property Reagan called "heaven."Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura BeachMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A former Reagan staff member tells of her adventures traveling in advance of the President and his entourage, deciding where the plane lands, whom the President will meet, and how the press will be accommodated in this anecdote-filled presentation.
HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our Ronald Reagan program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast
1691 Spinnaker Drive, #105B
Ventura, CA 93001
Island Packers is the concessionaire for Channel Islands National Park and operates many boat rides daily from Ventura Harbor to the Channel islands. The Channel Islands provide a great recreational area for kayaking, nature hikes, snorkeling, camping and bird and animal watching. Five out of the eight Channel Islands make up the National Park which is home to more than 2000 species of plants and animals---145 of which are unique to the islands. Anacapa Island is just 14 miles from Ventura Harbor and is accessible for day trips and overnight camping. The park was established by Congress in 1980.For additional information, visit: www.islandpackers.com
Mission San Buenaventura was founded in 1782. It is the ninth of California's 21 missions and the last to be established by Father Serra. Visitors will discover a small museum with mission artifacts such as Chumash basketry, a quiet courtyard, and 250 year-old paintings of the Stations of the Cross.For additional information, visit: www.mission.net/california/ventura
One of the museum's permanent exhibits explores the community's past from the Chumash era through the 21st century. It consists of a fascinating collection of artifacts and displays focusing on Native Americans, Spanish and Mexican pioneers, and European and Yankee settlers. Especially notable are the George Stuart Historical figures, which are intricately carved figures from history that are dressed in elaborate period costume.For additional information, visit: www.venturamuseum.org
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Ventura offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as beach walks, biking and hiking trails, bird watching, camping, golf, sport fishing, water activities and whale watching. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is situated next to the beach and an oceanside boardwalk that stretches for many miles. Some trail heads are within walking distance of the hotel.For additional information, visit: www.ventura-usa.com