Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 06/26/2014

Selections from Ventura County wineries and cuisine from local restaurants will be on the menu at the Conejo Food and Wine Fest on June 29 at St. Paschal Baylon Church in Thousand Oaks. The Conejo Food and Wine Fest is organized by a group of friends from St. Paschal Baylon Church who love food, wine, beer and their community. Proceeds to benefit FOOD Share Ventura County.

OJAI LAVENDER FESTIVAL Saturday, June 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy lavender-infused lemonade as you stroll the tree-lined aisles of artisan wares. From essential oils and lotions to plants, art and jewelry, over 100 unique vendors will be participating in the 11th annual festival in downtown Ojai. Musical entertainment, informative speakers and demonstrations will also be held. Libbey Park, 205 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
For more information, visit www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org.

LEARNING TO SEE SHOWCASE Tuesday July 1, 5-7 p.m.
Focus on the Masters presents this showcase of artwork by Turning Point Foundation clients, residents of board-and-care homes who struggle with serious mental and physical health challenges. This exhibition celebrates their endeavors and serves as inspiration for all in our community. Exhibit will be on display through July 14. Sandbox Coffeehouse, 204 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura.

PORTUGUESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEETING 11:30 a.m. (monthly). This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent or interested in the Portuguese culture. Carrow’s Restaurant, 2401 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information and a monthly schedule, call 483-4168. 
VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING 6:30 p.m. (monthly). Dan Tyson will speak on “Growing Miniature Roses, Polyantha Roses and Smaller Roses in Containers.” Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. For more information and a monthly schedule, visit www.venturarose.org.
FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: FROZEN 8 p.m. The Disney hit will be screened as part of the 2014 season at Libbey Bowl and is free for families. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.libbeybowl.org. 
MUSIC ON THE PLAZA 6-10 p.m. Dance under the summer sky to Juano & Friends, performing a mix of modern and classic rock tunes. Food by Aaron’s Tacos. $5-$10. The Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.    
OXNARD PLAZA CINEMAS 14 TRANSFORMERS 4 MOVIE PREMIERE AND STREET PARTY 6 p.m. The Oxnard Downtown Management District will host a street party for the premiere of Michael Bay’s Transformers 4, which will be shown in the Plaza Cinemas 14 new 4D theater which puts you into the movie through the use of practical effects. Plaza Cinemas 14, 5th and B St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-2705.
CITRUS GLEN ELEMENTARY FREE E-WASTE COLLECTION 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Basically, anything with a plug that is unused, obsolete or non-working will be recycled free of charge. No household hazardous waste or kitchen appliances accepted. Citrus Glen Elementary, 9655 Darling Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.allgreenrecycling.com.  
FREE HAM RADIO DEMONSTRION 11 a.m. (and Sunday, 11 a.m.). Demonstrations on how ham radio operators successfully contact other ham radio operators will be shown. Ventura Harbor Village, 1001 Schooner Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 236-9579. 
MAKE YOUR OWN ANIMAL MASK 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Transform yourself into the animal of your choosing at this workshop available to all museum patrons. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org
VCCDC HOMEOWNERSHIP FAIR 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This informative fair will provide information on owning an affordable home, hosted by the Ventura County Community Development Corporation. VCCDC Center, 2231 Sturgis Road, suite A, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.vccdc.org
CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN PRESENTS: CULTURAL CROSSROADS 3 p.m. Korean violinist Hye-Jin Kim and Brazilian guitarist João Luiz will combine their talents in a program of original arrangements of traditional folksongs from their native cultures. $15-$25. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai. For more information, visit www.chamberonthemountain.com
KICKOFF EVENT FOR SAFEGROUPS Noon-4 p.m. This is a fundraising event to launch the SAFEGroups organization, a veteran- and survivor-founded nonprofit that provides private discussion and support group meetings for victims of sexual assault, featuring lunch, music and a silent auction. 438 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.safegroups.org
LOVE AND POWER IN RELATIONSHIPS: A FREE TALK FOR MEN AND WOMEN 1-4 p.m. Presenters Richard Palmer and Tom McGee, leaders of “Healing the Boy, Strengthening the Man” retreats, will lead this talk on healing and building better relationships. Topping Room, Ventura Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.menshealingwork.com
THE ROCKET 4:30 p.m. A young boy from Laos, deemed unlucky by his family, lives up to his reputation as most of them meet tragic ends on their path to relocation. He also becomes a fan of rocketry and builds one with his mentor, Uncle Purple. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, www.ojaiplayhouse.com/, 145 E Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.   
CRY NOW 3:30 p.m. (and 7 p.m.). This film, produced by Oxnard-based Cinetico Productions, follows a restless street artist determined to find the pulse of the city on a journey in which a muse, a wise woman and a lone wolf help him to reveal it. A Q&A with the Director and cast will follow during an after party. $6.75-$10. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
THE SIMI VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free festivities will take place all day long, featuring crafts for teens and children, music, programs for adults, and free birthday treats, while supplies last. Simi Valle Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
SALSA IN THE STREETS 7-9 p.m. Free salsa dancing lessons for beginners and seasoned dancers will be held every Tuesday through July 22. Classes will feature a 45-minute Latin dance lesson, a short salsa dance exhibition and time for social dancing under the street lights. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Parkview Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thecollectionrp.com
TRUMPET AT THE MISSION FREE CONCERT 7 p.m. Matthew L. Garza and friends will perform their trumpet hits. San Buenaventura Mission, 211 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.trumpetmatt.com.  
SON OF WHAD’YA GOT Monday, June 30. Ojai ACT’s Fifth Monday series presents the encore to Whad’ya Got? featuring a series of short comic skits and/or monologues, funny songs and lots of spicy improvisation. John Medeiros’ Ojai Valley Improv troupe from OYES will share its quick wit in between the prepared skits. Appropriate for all ages. $5 suggested donation. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.  
PEDRO INFANTE Y LA SUEGRA TRIUNFANTE (PEDRO INFANTE AND THE TRIUMPHANT MOTHER-IN-LAW) June 27 through July 12. Teatro de las Americas will present this comedy with music in two acts. As always, the play will be staged in Spanish with English supertitles. $10-$15 Oxnard College Black Box Theater, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 983-2876 or www.teatrodelasamericas.org.
TWELFTH NIGHT June 27 through July 13. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens its 18th season with a vaudeville-style production of the great comedy Twelfth Night. Directed by CLU alumnus Kevin P. Kern, the play depicts a world out of kilter with disguises and wacky slapstick moments. Scenes are set in a speakeasy with Feste, played by Reduced Shakespeare Company member Michael Faulkner, as a singing vaudeville comedian. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment. $20 for adults, younger than 18 free. Individual tickets are available at the door only. Lawn boxes are $75 to $110. For lawn box reservations, call 493-3014 or visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.
JEEVES IN BLOOM Through June 29. Elite Theatre Company presents this charming and hilarious British comedy about a gentleman and his unflappable valet based on characters created by P.G. Wodehouse in the 1930s. In the 1990s the BBC made a much-loved TV series based on the Jeeves and Wooster stories that starred Stephen Fry (Jeeves) and Hugh Laurie (Bertie Wooster). $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave. in the Channel Islands Fisherman’s Wharf. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.  
THE LYONS Through June 22. Flying H Group presents this dark, “savagely funny comedy” about family ties. Adult language and themes. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com
NEXT TO NORMAL Through July 18. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the critically acclaimed contemporary musical in its Ventura County premiere. Winner of multiple awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, the show examines the pain, pressure and dysfunction that can lie beneath the surface of any “perfect, loving family” in a way that is poignant, honest and ultimately uplifting. PG-13 themes. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 388-5716. 
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Through July 13. Actors Repertory Theatre of Simi will present its production of the musical with a live orchestra. Adult content. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.   
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.  
THE WOOLGATHERER Through July 20. Elite Theater presents William Mastrosimone’s comedic drama about a lonely, daydreaming salesgirl and a lonely, rough-around-the-edges truck driver. $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave. in the Channel Islands Fisherman’s Wharf. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.         
ARTS ALIVE Sunday, June 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Studio Channel Islands presents this free interactive arts exhibition, conference and collaborative event with 18 Ventura County arts organizations participating in this collaborative event. Demonstrations, panels, food trucks and live entertainment will add to the festivities. Blackboard Gallery and Resident Art Studios are at 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM June 26 through Aug. 24. “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. Reception on June 26, 5:30-8 p.m.  
MARITIME MUSEUM July 2 through 31. “The Old Man and the Sea” translates Ernest Hemingway’s words into a beautiful setting by way of an art installation. A 100-year-old, 14-foot Catalina Wherry is central to the display as well as a life-size model of a striped marlin. Opening reception on July 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m., includes film screening, wine, popcorn and exhibit tour. $5-$25. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM June 28 through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State by members of the California Art Club. Reception on Saturday, June 28, 4-6 p.m. During the exhibition, the president of the California Art Club, Peter Adams, will present a special gallery talk on the “History of California Art: The Four Distinct Styles.”  The lecture will take place on Thursday, July 10, 3 p.m. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY July 1 through July 27. “Passion for Pastels,” a group show by members of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Reception on July 13, 1-3 p.m. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 
WAV THEATER GALLERY June 28-29. Eighteen of the artist Geoff Pocock’s graphic, geometric abstract and indigenous-inspired paintings will be on exhibit. Artist’s reception  on Saturday, June 28, 6-11 p.m., where new art work will be officially unveiled and the artist will be available for discussion of his work. Live music will be performed by MCatSpoony (Booker T. & The M.G.’s) and friends. Sunday viewing hours for the gallery are 2-7 p.m. The artist will also be reading some of his latest written works on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. and upon request. 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura.  
BELL ARTS FACTORY Through June 30. “CardPost,” an exhibition of anonymous art.432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 643-1960. 
BLANCHARD LIBRARY Through July 24. Santa Paula Society for the Arts presents more than 60 art pieces by the Artists Guild of Fillmore. 119 E. Eighth St., Santa Paula.  
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through July 12. “Counterpoised — One Woman’s Persepective,” a solo exhibition by Gwenlyn Norton. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.  
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM  Through Aug. 17. “Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club”  features more than 20 contemporary traditional artists sharing their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org. 
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  
GALERIE102 Through July 13. “Tacos@Midnight,” works by Britt Ehringer. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. 102 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com
JIMMY’S SLICE Through July 22. “Pop-tography” painting and photography hybrid series by Mika Harmony. 586 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mike.harmony.  
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-5257, www.latitudesfineart.com.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in Ventura County.” Through Aug. 24, “Diamonds are Forever.” Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.   
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through Aug. 8. “A Year With the Eagles” is the culmination of a documentary project that began for Sally Carless on her birthday in April of 2013 when she went to the lake and discovered two baby eagles. She immediately fell in love and followed the chicks from when they were just over a week old until they left the nest and flew off to new adventures later that summer. Sally immersed herself, spending hundreds of hours observing, photographing, filming and documenting the first bald eagles to nest in the Ojai area in over 90 years. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 402 W. Ojai Ave. For more information, visit www.sallycarless.com.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by  Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com.  
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson.  Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682. 
PORCH GALLERY Through June 29. “We Are Spiritual Machines,” a multimedia exhibiton that explores the history of spiritual movements in the Ojai Valley within the context of art and technology. Exhibit features work by Mike Saijo, Chumash elder Julie Lynn Tumamait-Stenslie, perfumer Janna Sheehan and textile master Setsuko Hayashi (who uses a 400-year-old Japanese method). 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 213-321-3926 or www.porchgallery.com
RED BRICK GALLERY Through July 8. “Nature’s Rhythm” explores the many rhythms, textures and movements in nature. With a combination of new artists and new works by some of Red Brick Gallery’s resident artists, this show explores texture and movement in art. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400, www.RedBrickArt.com.   
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM. Through June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.” $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SCIART Through June 29.  “The Spirit Within — The California Missions,” photographs of the missions; and “Landmarks of Camarillo,” art that celebrates the city’s 50th anniversary. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.  
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through July 5. “Firsthand YOSEMITE: Winter Series” by Jim Murray includes more than 40 paintings, drawings and photographs responding to his countless experiences and the personal connections established over the last three decades with the Yosemite National Park. The work shown in the exhibition is Murray’s effort to meld as well as accommodate a sense of place with the realities inherent in the artistic process, both conceptually and in its visual response. This is the final exhibition at Sylvia White Gallery. Hours: Wednesday‐Saturday, noon‐5 p.m. 1783 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-8300, or www.sylviawhite.com
VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER ATRIUM GALLERY Through July 15. “Digital Art: Pixels Replace Pigment” and “Anything Goes: A Show Without a Theme.”  Hours: Monday through Friday, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 658-2212 or www.venturacountyartscouncil.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800. 
VITA ART CENTER Through June 30. “New Waves,” landscape and architectural photograpy by Bill Dewey, whose work has been published extensively and shown at The Easton Gallery in Montecito and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends by appointment. Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.   
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697. 
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Sept. 7. “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” Ongoing. Exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County.  A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through June 31. “Fresh Air: An Exhibit of Plein Air Painting.” Ongoing: “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.  
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Through June 29. Vintage Trailer Show. Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.  
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather.  
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit” featuring memorabilia that include Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com
SEABEE MUSEUM  Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100  at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064. 

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