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Itinerary for May 17 — May 22, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries. Special Note: This is a high-rise hotel. Classroom instruction or group meals may take place on the top (12th) floor of the hotel. In this room, floor to ceiling windows allow for panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with mini refridgerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron/board, hair dryer, high-speed Internet access, 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies, in-room movies, and Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding. All rooms are non-smoking. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff. PARKING: Road Scholar participants recieve complimentary parking for the duration of their stay at the hotel. The parking ticket you receive upon entry to the parking lot must be validated by the front desk staff before you leave in order to be no charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Christine Smith at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5119 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates. When rooms are available, and at the hotel's discretion, participants may reserve a room at a preferred rate for up to three additional nights prior to or after the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 17 - Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinn...
Note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

All classes and instruction will be led by our resident artist, Diane Hanley, a renowned artist known for her watercolors. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: In a private room in the hotel, we’ll have a plated meal plus water, coffee, and tea.

Evening: 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 Beach

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries. Special Note: This is a high-rise hotel. Classroom instruction or group meals may take place on the top (12th) floor of the hotel. In this room, floor to ceiling windows allow for panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with mini refridgerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron/board, hair dryer, high-speed Internet access, 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies, in-room movies, and Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding. All rooms are non-smoking. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff. PARKING: Road Scholar participants recieve complimentary parking for the duration of their stay at the hotel. The parking ticket you receive upon entry to the parking lot must be validated by the front desk staff before you leave in order to be no charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Christine Smith at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5119 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates. When rooms are available, and at the hotel's discretion, participants may reserve a room at a preferred rate for up to three additional nights prior to or after the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 18 - Class, Constructive Critique, Watercolor Demonstr...
Breakfast: At the hotel we’ll enjoy a buffet featuring an assortment of hot and cold breakfast items, plus water, coffee, and tea.

Morning: Under Diane’s instruction, we’ll begin to improve our watercolor technique. One of the most important aspects of painting is color. The theme of this week’s program, color is capable of transforming an image. Whether different shades or contrasting colors, this basic tool can completely alter the perception of a painting.

Lunch: In a private room in the hotel, we’ll have a buffet plus water, coffee, and tea.

Afternoon: Under the expert guidance of our expert instructor, Diane Hanley, participants will receive constructive critique during this workshop.

Dinner: In a private room in the hotel, we’ll have a buffet plus water, coffee, and tea.

Evening: A local artist will join us for a watercolor demonstration.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries. Special Note: This is a high-rise hotel. Classroom instruction or group meals may take place on the top (12th) floor of the hotel. In this room, floor to ceiling windows allow for panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with mini refridgerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron/board, hair dryer, high-speed Internet access, 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies, in-room movies, and Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding. All rooms are non-smoking. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff. PARKING: Road Scholar participants recieve complimentary parking for the duration of their stay at the hotel. The parking ticket you receive upon entry to the parking lot must be validated by the front desk staff before you leave in order to be no charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Christine Smith at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5119 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates. When rooms are available, and at the hotel's discretion, participants may reserve a room at a preferred rate for up to three additional nights prior to or after the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 19 - Class, Constructive Critique, Watercolor Presenta...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: In this class we’ll continue to focus on the theme of our program and working towards fully mastering the art of color with the help of Diane.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: During this session, participants will be able to reflect upon their work and advance their skill with the assistance of constructive critique. This is a fantastic opportunity for feedback and guidance for the projects at hand.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At the hotel we’ll enjoy an instructional presentation to further delve into the theme of the program.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries. Special Note: This is a high-rise hotel. Classroom instruction or group meals may take place on the top (12th) floor of the hotel. In this room, floor to ceiling windows allow for panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with mini refridgerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron/board, hair dryer, high-speed Internet access, 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies, in-room movies, and Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding. All rooms are non-smoking. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff. PARKING: Road Scholar participants recieve complimentary parking for the duration of their stay at the hotel. The parking ticket you receive upon entry to the parking lot must be validated by the front desk staff before you leave in order to be no charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Christine Smith at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5119 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates. When rooms are available, and at the hotel's discretion, participants may reserve a room at a preferred rate for up to three additional nights prior to or after the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 20 - Painting Photographs Lecture, Field Trip to Ojai
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: First developed in the mid 19th century, photography slowly began replacing painting in everyday life. Still an important art form, painting is ever changing as new styles and techniques are developed. This class will discuss painting from photographs as these two art forms collide.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Board the bus at the hotel for a field trip to Ojai. This destination has a law in place prohibiting chain stores in order to promote local business and keep its unique flair. Surrounded by hills and mountains and a community focused on health and beauty, this small city is the perfect destination for watercolor painting.

Using all that we have learned so far, take in the surrounding beauty and paint with the help of the instructor. Afterwards, we’ll visit a local art gallery before returning to Ventura.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Delight in the year-round sunshine of Ventura, California with its miles of clean, uncrowded beaches, spectacular mountainous back country, and the magnificent Channel Islands National Park on the horizon. At the center of it all, right at the water's edge, stands the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. All of its guest rooms feature magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountainous curves of the California coastline. It is ideally situated within walking distance of historic downtown Ventura where you will find the San Buenaventura Mission, museums, antique stores, a wide variety of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, clothing shops, and art galleries. Special Note: This is a high-rise hotel. Classroom instruction or group meals may take place on the top (12th) floor of the hotel. In this room, floor to ceiling windows allow for panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Contact info:
450 E. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001 USA
phone: 805-648-2100
web: www.cpventura.com

Room amenities: All rooms are equipped with mini refridgerator, microwave, coffee maker, iron/board, hair dryer, high-speed Internet access, 27" TVs; ocean-view balconies, in-room movies, and Crowne Plaza "Sleep Advantage" bedding. All rooms are non-smoking. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff.

Facility amenities: The ocean-front Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a 12-story tower with balcony rooms, all with ocean views. There's a great walking path next to the hotel which stretches for miles up and down the coast. Guests enjoy a host of amenities including convenient parking; restaurants with outdoor patio dining; lobby lounge with ocean-front patio seating; room service; heated ocean-front swimming pool; exercise room; and laundry & dry cleaning with same-day service as well as a coin-op laundry. INTERNET ACCESS: Road Scholar participants receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as part of their package. The coverage includes all hotel guest rooms and public areas. Although there is no charge for this service, a password is required. This may be obtained from the front desk staff. PARKING: Road Scholar participants recieve complimentary parking for the duration of their stay at the hotel. The parking ticket you receive upon entry to the parking lot must be validated by the front desk staff before you leave in order to be no charge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Based upon availability
Call Christine Smith at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel at (805) 652-5119 to make a reservation for additional nights before or after the program and to inquire about rates. When rooms are available, and at the hotel's discretion, participants may reserve a room at a preferred rate for up to three additional nights prior to or after the program.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 21 - Class, Constructive Critique, Group Art Show
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: In this final class we’ll continue mastering the power of color.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: As we prepare our projects to be showcased in the art show, we will identify new techniques and concepts we have used during the week.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: We’ll celebrate our art and all that we have learned with a group art show that will be set up in the hotel lobby. Each participant will display their works of art created during the week.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 22 - Constructive Critique, Program Concludes
Note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: With Diane, we’ll have a final critique and examine the creative process each participant used while painting. No two processes are the same and each person works differently. What worked best for you? This concludes our program.

We hope you have enjoyed all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Ventura, California
Mission San Buenaventura211 E. Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 643-4318

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

Museum of Ventura County100 E. Main St.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 653-0323

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

Ventura Visitors & Convention BureauVentura Visitors & Convention Bureau

101 S. California St.

Ventura, CA 93001

805-648-2075 or 800-333-2989

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.visitventuraca.com


Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
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