Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 09/12/2013

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Sept. 14 through Feb. 2. Prehistoric California. Visitors will be able to view the skulls of some of the most famous mega-fauna such as the saber-tooth cat, dire wolf, a prehistoric camel, horse and the formidable Harlan’s ground sloth. Other mammals and marine fossils from the Miocene and Pleistocene will also be on display. The specimens on display are borrowed from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits) and Santa Barbara City College. Opening day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be a fun family adventure with tables of prehistoric fossils on display and demonstrations offered for the junior paleontologist, including a fossil dig in the museum courtyard.1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076 or www.oilmuseum.net.

GERD KOCH AND CAROLE MILTON Saturday, Sept. 14, 4-6 p.m. To further celebrate their joint exhibition “Our Journey — Together —1976-2013,” at SCIART’s Blackboard Gallery, Gerd Koch and Carole Milton (a painting from her “Celestial” series is pictured) will sign their book of the same title, and Koch will discuss their storied world travels. The presentation will also include several short recorded poems written by poet Dylan Thomas, whom Koch was fortunate enough to see read in 1950. His poetry serves as an inspiration to Koch’s creative process. Koch and Milton are important and accomplished figures in the regional arts scene. Ventura Boulevard, Old Town Camarillo. 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.

ALOHA BEACH FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. Two full days of arts and crafts, vendors, live performances, K9 Frisbee, C-Street Longboard Classic, Frisbee Outrigger, paddleboard races and a beer garden. Promenade Park at Surfer’s Point, Figueroa Street, Ventura. For more information, visit www.alohabeachfestival.us.


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