Picks of the Week - Happenings

By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 07/03/2014

THIRD OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA Thursday, July 3, 4-9 p.m. The city of Moorpark sponsors this annual event at Arroyo Vista Community Park featuring live entertainment, a vintage plane flyover, Revolutionary War charcters and fireworks at 9 p.m. Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.ci.moorpark.ca.us
DOWNTOWN VENTURA FOUTH OF JULY PARADE AND STREET FAIR Friday, July 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This year’s theme, “Honoring our Heroes,” will feature a parade and street fair in downtown Ventura, featuring floats, a push ‘em-pull ‘em walking display and vendors. Downtown Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/streetfairs
OJAI INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND FIREWORKS Friday, July 4, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The annual Independence Day celebration kicks off with a parade down Ojai Avenue, followed by free concerts at Libbey Bowl and food and games in Libbey Park. The celebration concludes at Nordhoff High School with a fireworks display in the evening. Downtown Ojai and Nordhoff High School. For more information, visit www.ci.ojai.ca.us
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION, RONALD REAGAN LIBRARY Friday, July 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This annual old-fashioned celebration returns with music, games, face painting, presidential look-alikes, storytelling and more. The outdoor events are free, regular admission to visit the museum. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.reaganfoundation.org
OXNARD FIREWORKS BY THE SEA Friday, July 4, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. A full day of fun, food, entertainment and children’s activities followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Old-fashioned barbecue, farmers and fish market, petting zoo and lots more. Channel Islands Harbor, Victoria Avenue, Oxnard. For more information, call 985-4852 or visit www.channelislandsharbor.org
THOUSAND OAKS ANNUAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY Friday, July 4, 9 p.m. Launched from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Best viewing is from the Oaks Shopping Center and Janss Marketplace. For more information, call 381-1247. 
FIRECRACKER TRAIN AND FIREWORKS SHOW Friday, July 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Annual outdoor event includes a train ride, car show, food booths, arts and crafts vendors, horseshoe tournaments and live entertainment. A dinner train will depart at 6:30 p.m. For directions, more information and tickets, visit www.fwry.com or call 524-2546. 
VENTURA COLLEGE FIREWORKS Friday, July 4, 5-9 p.m. Have a blast once again as the Rotary Club of Ventura presents “A Salute to America” 2014 Fourth of July Fireworks and Family Picnic, featuring a fireworks show, live music, a Kids’ Fun Zone and more. $4-$6. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafireworks.com
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AT AEGIS LIVING Friday, July 4, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy an evening of merriment featuring the Ventura Jazz Sextet with Donna Greene, a barbecue, ice cream and cake, plus fun and games. Aegis Living of Ventura, 4964 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, call 650-1114.

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

JOINT REPLACEMENT CLASSES 1-2 p.m. You will learn what to expect before, during and after knee or hip replacement surgery and how to be an active participant in your care. Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, 1996 Eastman Ave., suite 109, Ventura. For more information, call 642-0239, ext. 739. 
KENNY LOGGINS IN CONCERT 8 p.m. Kenny Loggins, acclaimed singer and songwriter, will perform a multitude of hits from several of his solo albums, including “Celebrate Me Home,” “Nightwatch” and “Keep the Fire. $51-$91. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
AUTHOR BRUCE GREIF SIGNING “PIER RATS” 1-3 p.m. Bruce Greif, author of Pier Rats, will sign his novel. Ventura Visitors Center, 101 S. California St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.pierrats.net.
MOSHAV: AN ISRAELI FUSION BAND 5 p.m. the Ojai Concert Series  continues it’s outdoor summer series with this rock and reggae fusion band from Israel. $20. Dancing Oak Ranch, 4585 Casitas Pass Road, Ventura. For more information, call 665-8852. 
CREATE YOUR OWN CITRUS CRATE LABEL 1-3 p.m. Kids are invited to Make Your Own Citrus Crate Label. They will be provided all the supplies needed to make new labels that feature their favorite citrus fruit. Museum of Ventura County Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY GOES HAWAIIAN 1-3 p.m. A dance and ukulele performance by local resident Nani Edgar. She will share her love of traditional Island culture and kids will be encouraged to try some hula moves of their own. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.    
BICYCLING WITH MOLIERE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). A comedy in which two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one another in every possible way, except their love of Molière’s The Misanthrope. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.  
MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT 7:15 p.m. The feature documentary follows the artist as she prepares for a new piece that will be the highlight of a major retrospective of her work in New York. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com
MUSIC MAKING FOR SELF CARE WITH KALANI 6-7:30 p.m. The Cancer Support Community of the Valley, Ventura and Santa Barbara will demonstrate options for music-making as part of your self care will be presented, including drumming, playing instruments, chanting and singing. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information and to RSVP call 379-4777.
LAWYERS AT THE LIBRARY DISCUSS REVERSE MORTGAGES 5:30-6:30 p.m. Attorney Steven Trolard will discuss the process of reverse mortgages, which are becoming an increasingly popular way to supplement income. Ventura County Law Library, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org
REAGAN LIBRARY HOSTS AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a Blood Drive. Donors will receive a free pass to the museum. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES July 5 through Aug. 3. Take a trip back in time to the 1958 Springfield High School prom and meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. This musical includes many favorite songs from the era. Rated PG. $18-$20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
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, Oxnard College Black Box Theater,. 
PEDRO INFANTE Y LA SUEGRA TRIUNFANTE (PEDRO INFANTE AND THE TRIUMPHANT MOTHER-IN-LAW)  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.
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
TWELFTH NIGHT 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
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.            
PORCH GALLERY July 5 through Aug. 1. Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and Porch Gallery in association with the Sam Francis Foundation present“Water Works,” a group exhibition featuring works done in liquid mediums including watercolor and inks. 310 E. Matilija, Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.  
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.-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, 279-1221, 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.  
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 Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.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 through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 1783 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-8300, or www.sylviawhite.com
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY 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. 
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. 658-2213 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.    
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 Aug. 24. “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. 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 July 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. 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 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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