Off campus fun for those with low funds

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Roy Peters performs a 5-0 on the edge of a pool in the skatepark located at Poindexter Park on Tuesday, Aug. 27 in Moorpark, Calif. Peters is a frequent skater at the park. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Roy Peters performs a 5-0 on the edge of a pool in the skatepark located at Poindexter Park on Tuesday, Aug. 27 in Moorpark, Calif. Peters is a frequent skater at the park. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Roy Peters performs a 5-0 on the edge of a pool in the skatepark located at Poindexter Park on Tuesday, Aug. 27 in Moorpark, Calif. Peters is a frequent skater at the park. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Roy Peters performs a 5-0 on the edge of a pool in the skatepark located at Poindexter Park on Tuesday, Aug. 27 in Moorpark, Calif. Peters is a frequent skater at the park. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Dominic D'Amico

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It’s a new semester at Moorpark College. This means the welcome return of many familiar faces as well as a flood of new ones. Unfortunately, this also means the return of packed schedules, monstrous assignments and long study sessions.

Good news is that those looking to blow off steam, have some fun or just take a break from classes don’t have to look far. There are a ton of interesting activities near the Moorpark College campus. Here are a few choices:

Bowling – Harley’s Simi Bowl – 480 Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley, CA 93065

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Harley's Simi Bowl, located in Simi Valley, Calif. contains 24 lanes for bowlers. Photo credit: Dominic D'Amico

Anyone looking to bowl solo or with a group of friends need look no further than Harley’s Simi Bowl in Simi Valley. Located on Los Angeles Ave., right off of Madera Rd., Harley’s Simi Bowl features plenty of lanes, long hours and a sweet student discount. With a Moorpark College Student ID, students get 20% off regular open bowling rates, including shoe rentals. On Thursdays from 9 p.m to midnight, Harley’s hosts their College Night. On College Night, Harley’s offers unlimited bowling for $8 to anyone with a valid Student ID and for $12 to those without.

Phone: (805) 526-4212 | Website: http://www.harleysbowl.com/simibowl

Movies – Studio Movie Grill – 1555 Simi Town Center Way. Simi Valley, CA 93065

For movie-lovers or those just looking to catch the latest Marvel film, Studio Movie Grill in Simi Valley is a great option. Located in the Simi Town Center, Studio Movie Grill features nine theaters, in-theater dining and a student discount of three dollars off, in the evenings. Tuesday showings offer up the best values though, with tickets priced at just $5.

Phone: (805) 422-7100 | Website: www.studiomoviegrill.com/quicktickets/california/simi-valley

Outdoors – Poindexter Park – 500 Poindexter Ave. Moorpark, CA 93021

Located a short ten minute drive away from Moorpark College, Poindexter Park has several amenities available for those looking for an outdoor experience. The baseball fields and basketball court provide all sorts of excellent opportunities for exercise and community fun, while the horseshoe pits and barbeques offer a way to make summer last just a bit longer.

Poindexter Park is also home to the Moorpark Skate Park. Featured in an L.A. Times article about the best skate parks around Los Angeles, Moorpark Skate Park is the perfect place for skaters to practice new tricks, show off their skills or just get in some cardio.

Skaters Sebastian Marrache, 24, and Marcel Lipsett, 43, both agreed that it is a fantastic place to skate. Marrache particularly noted how the different areas of the park offered opportunities for skaters of all skill levels calling it: “The most user-friendly park in Ventura County.”

“[Poindexter Park] is one of the best parks ever,” said Lipsett, explaining that he enjoys the park because of the exercise component, and that there is plenty of room for all levels of skaters.

Pub – Lucky Fools – 75 E. High St. Moorpark, CA 93021

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Lucky Fools Pub, located on High Street in Moorpark Calif. offers an extensive menu of drinks and food for locals looking for a fun evening. Photo credit: Dominic D'Amico

Located on High Street, down the road from Poindexter Park, Lucky Fools Pub offers the perfect place to grab some food, drinks and entertainment. Thursday nights are Lucky Fools’ karaoke nights, while Saturday and Sunday nights feature live music. Finally, Sundays are sports days. During football season, the focus is on the LA Rams and LA Chargers, but they’ll put on whatever the customers want. For big games, staff will pull down a projector screen and project the feed onto that.

Phone: (805) 532-1500 | Website: www.luckyfoolspub.com

E-Sports – Overwatch League – Blizzard Arena – 3000 W Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91505

As a relatively new option, Blizzard Entertainment, an American video game developer, hosts matches for its International Overwatch League at the Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California. Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer shooter that has gained immense popularity over the last three years. As an international competition, Overwatch League features teams from as far afield as Shanghai, Paris and London. But those looking for a home team to root for can look to the Gladiators or the Valiant, both based out of Los Angeles. Prices start at $20 for a weekday match and $30 for Saturday game.

Website: overwatchleague.com | Tickets: www.axs.com

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