Picks of the Week

By Shane Cohn and Michel Cicero 07/26/2012

CITRUS CLASSIC BALLOON FESTIVAL Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28. 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. The Citrus Classic features hot-air balloons on display at sunrise and sunset over scenic mountains and orchards. The family-friendly event offers something for everyone, including sunset dinners, wine and beer tastings, a kid’s discovery fest, skydivers, a car and tractor show, vendors, food trucks, live music and much more. This year’s bands include The Big Band, Jeff Hershey and the Heartbeats, Army of Freshmen, Durango 95, Skick, Kyle Hunt and King Gypsy, Zachary James and the All Seeing Eyes, Shoemaker Brothers and more. 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. For more infomation and tickets, visit www.citrusclassicballoons.com

19TH ANNUAL OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Spicy food, hot music and Oxnard’s cool ocean breezes are on the menu for the Plaza Park is the place for a two-day celebration of everything salsa – the food, the music and the dance. You can taste it, you can dance it, and you can even take it home! Sizzling entertainment takes center stage with the area’s hottest salsa and Latin jazz bands. Free admission and parking. Plaza Park, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com.

COMMUNITY ARTS FUNDRAISER July 28. During the fundraiser variety show everyone’s favorite vocal coach, Jodi Farrell, performs with her acoustic trio TresCoustics; singer-songwriter Smitty West and Julija Zonic perform the greatest love songs; visual artist Bethany Marie Harris will display her tree series; and sculptors from Art City will be on hand. There will be a silent auction featuring original art. Proceeds from the evening will go toward various local arts organizations and to provide needy kids with musical instruments and art supplies.

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