The (sur)name Ventura (English pronunciation: /vɛnˈtʊrə/, Italian: [venˈtuːra], Portuguese: [vẽˈtuɾɐ], Spanish: [benˈtuɾa]) is Italian, Portuguese and Spanish for "good fortune".
Ventura may refer to:
Ventura is a passenger rail station in downtown Ventura, California. The station is served by Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Ten Pacific Surfliner trains serve the station daily. Of the 73 California stations served by Amtrak, Ventura was the 33rd-busiest in FY2010, boarding or detraining an average of approximately 125 passengers daily. The single platform is located on the south of the tracks with a view of the Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands. The Ventura Freeway (Hwy 101) is parallel with and on the north side of tracks.
The Metrolink Ventura County Line terminus is in Montalvo at the East Ventura Metrolink Station since commuters traveling towards Los Angeles are better served by that station and overnight storage of trains in the downtown was impractical. Special service trains may come to this station such as service to the Ventura County Fair, in season.
Ventura was a brand of stringed instruments imported from Japan by C. Bruno and Company during the 1960s and 1970s. C. Bruno was bought by Kaman (Ovation) in the early 1980s, after which the brand disappeared. Many of the guitars built during this time frame were known as lawsuit guitars due to the tendency of imported guitars to mimic the well-known American brands such as Martin and Gibson. Some of the Ventura guitars were knock-offs of the Martin line, such as the Ventura V-35 appearing similar to the Martin D-35.
The Ventura line included guitars (classical, western, folk, concert, electric, electro-acoustic), banjos, mandolins, and bass guitars.
Kaman Industries (parent company of Ovation) actually acquired C Bruno & Son in 1971. Although there isn't much in the way of records from this period, it is believed that Kaman contracted with manufacturers such as "Matsumoku" (parent company of brands such as Aria) from '71 until the brand was discontinued in 1982. There is also evidence that C. Bruno contracted with other companies before the '71 Kaman acquisition such as "Kasuga" and others.