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MOUSETRAP

Running through April 2 at the Santa Paula Theater Center. Having played in London continuously since 1952, the world’s longest-running show comes to Santa Paula. The Agatha Christie mystery places a group of strangers in a snowed-in English cottage where they discover that there is a murderer in their midst. Will they catch the killer before he catches them? Adults $15, seniors and students $12, children 12 and under $10. Santa Paula Theater Center. Friday – Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. 525-4645 for information and reservations.

CAR WASH

March 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds of the event support the Youth Empowerment Program for at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 2021 Sperry Avenue, Ventura.

HEALTH EFFECTS OF THE WAR ON THE IRAQI PEOPLE

March 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters presents a lecture by Dr. Daniel Broder. Most Americans have some familiarity with the magnitude of our own losses from the Iraq war in terms of lives lost and number of casualties among our troops. Few of us have any idea of what this conflict has cost the Iraqi people. Broder discusses the topic using available data and focusing on health matters. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.

Special Events

DINNER WITH JUDY COLLINS Thursday, March 23. Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties will host its annual dinner celebration. The program wil feature Judy Collins, a folk icon and avid supporter of reproductive choice, as the keynote speaker. Planned Parenthood will honor Nancy Johnson as its Volunteer of the Year. Proceeds from the annual dinner help support the work of Planned Parenthood. Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara. RSVP 549-0941.

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL ORCHID SHOW & BENEFIT Friday-Sunday, March 24-26, 9am-5pm. The Grand Opening of the 61st Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show takes place on Thursday, March 23, 5:30-7:30pm, Earl Warren Showground Rotunda. Gala fund-raiser event supports diabetes research at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. The special preview evening offers guests a first look at the freshly arranged exhibits from of more than 70 commercial and amateur growers from around the world. The Institute\’s community education and outreach effort hosts the 4th Annual Diabetes Education Health Fair, 2:30-5:30pm, in the tented area outside the main entrance. The Health Fair is free and open to the public, and offers the community a unique opportunity to pick up free samples and learn the latest information on wellness products, diet and nutrition, diabetes care, clinical research, and organizations that prevent childhood and adult obesity. Grand opening tickets $50 advance, $60 door. $10 Orchid Show admission. 969-5746.

CAR WASH Saturday, March 25, 10am-2pm. Proceeds of the event support the Youth Empowerment Program for at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 2021 Sperry Avenue, Ventura.

MUSEUM PARTY & FUND-RAISER Saturday, March 25, 5-8pm. The Islands Inspirations Art Sale & Party gives the public an opportunity to buy works currently in the Ventura County Museum of History & Art\’s exhibit Island Passages: Artists Celebrate the Channel Islands, as well as purchase other island-inspired artwork by the same artists. Dozens of photographs, paintings and sculptures are on sale and display during the event. Partygoers can enjoy island-themed hors d\’oeuvres and also meet featured artists. A portion of the proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the Museum, the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. $20 advance general, $15 members, $25 door. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0145.

STRAWBERRY FIELDS TRIATHLON Sunday, March 26, 9am. The Second Annual Strawberry Field Triathlon takes participants around some of Oxnard’s most scenic places, including a morning swim in the peaceful Mandalay Bay, a bike ride through Oxnard’s fertile strawberry fields, and a run along the breathtaking Oxnard coastline. The sprint distance is suited for tri-athletes of all skill levels and age groups. Beginning tri-athletes can enjoy the flat terrain of this less strenuous course. $75 registration fee. (310) 901-6398. Online at www.strawberryfieldstri.com.

VENTURA COLLEGE BIRTHDAY PARTY-OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, March 29, noon-6pm. Ventura College faculty, staff and administrators are excited to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the College. The party kicks off with the cutting of a giant birthday cake at noon in the Quad, followed by more than 30 open house events spread across the campus. The event is designed to provide the community with demonstrations and information on the wide range of fun educational opportunities available at the College. The public is invited and encouraged to attend, and all events are free. Among the Open House activities are Cartooning Class and African Drumming Class demonstrations, tours of the Campus, tours of the Alternate Text Production Center, the Assistive Technology Training Center, Open Lab demonstrations in the Fitness Center, Chemistry Lab, Biotechnology Lab, Photography Lab, Keyboarding and Business Labs, Drafting and Architecture Labs, open rehearsals of the Ventura College Choir, and the Ventura College Theatre One Act Plays. 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.

Performances

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA Thursday, March 23, 7:30pm. Tony Cason conducts. $10 general, free to Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff with ID. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University. (310) 506-4522.

LAST SATURDAYS CONCERT SERIES Kava Dume presents three of the west coast’s premier performing songwriters: Duff, Hans York, and James Hurley. Kava Dume, 5653 Kanan Rd., Agoura. $5 at the door. (818) 865-8602.

CALIFORNIA STATE OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION Sunday, March 26, 1:30pm. Join them for an afternoon of family oriented fun, old time music and dancing. Free. Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. 517-1131.

THE ROMANTIC CELLO Sunday, March 26, 7pm. Dr. Joyce Geeting, music professor at California Lutheran University, performs The Romantic Cello at this year’s Faculty Recital. Geeting presents a recital including Schumann s Fantasy Pieces, Brahms Sonata in E Minor and David Popper s Hungarian Rhapsody. The program also features performances by student cellists. $10. Overton Hall, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3306.

PEPPERDINE COLLEGIUM MUSICUM: INTO THINE HANDS Monday, March 27, 7:30pm. The program will feature Heinrich Schutz’s Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz and J.S. Bach’s Cantata 170, “Vergnugte Ruh’, beliebte Seelenlust.” Stauffer Chapel, Pepperdine University. Free. (310) 506-4522.

HANSEL & GRETEL Tuesday, March 28, 9:30 & 11:00am. Jim Gamble’s Marionettes presents this child-friendly version of the classic Grimm\’s Fairy Tale featuring lots of adventure, just the right amount of spooky-ness, and a truly happy ending. $7. Lap passes sold at door for children under one year. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 338-3021.

Theater

DETECTIVE STORY Friday-Sunday, March 17-26. Gothic Productions presents the critically acclaimed mystery-drama through March. Sidney Kinglsey’s Detective Story is a large ensemble drama set in a Manhattan Police Precinct which served as the inspiration for Hill Street Blues and Barney Miller. Performances: Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday matinee, 2pm. $15 adults, $10 students, seniors and military. Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246.

DISNEY\’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Friday-Sunday, February 24-April 2. Actors\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi brings to life the magic of Disney\’s Beauty and the Beast featuring elaborate costumes, riveting choreography and those wonderful Disney melodies. The perfect show for the entire family to enjoy together. Performances Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 children. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Blvd., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

FAR AWAY Friday, March 17-Saturday, April 1. Genesis West of Santa Barbara presents this ravishingly engaging play by one of England’s most imaginative contemporary playwrights. It is a haunting tale in which everyday comforts are threatened by the horrors of a world in conflict. The story centers around Joan, a woman who comes-of-age in a world engaged in war. It is told with compelling theatrical surprise, wit, and enormous power. $20 general, $10 student. Performances: Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 8pm. Center Stage Theater, 715 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara. 963-0408.

FOREVER PLAID Friday, March 24-Sunday, April 2. Cabrillo Music Theatre brings the smash hit, an enchanting musical review that will cure all ailments, real or imagined. Singing in the angelic, soft harmonies of the Four Freshman, the Plaids bring back the days when white cover groups possessing no soul at all would try to ape the encroaching sound of R&B and other ethnic styles into pop. The premise: a harmony group called Forever Plaid, killed in a car crash by a bus of eager Catholic girls return from Harmony Heaven 42 years later making “the greatest comeback since Lazarus” with their Sh-booms intact. $20-$49. Group discount available. Thursdays-Saturdays 8pm. Saturdays and Sundays 2pm. 449-2787. Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, March 24-25, 8pm. Friday: Last Improviser Standing-Individual improvisers in a competition for improv superiority. Each is eliminated until only the best remains standing, $7.50; Saturday: Competitive improv comedy match-Ventura Area TheatreSports welcomes award-winning improvisers from Los Angeles, $8.50. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

MOUSETRAP Running through April 2 at the Santa Paula Theater Center. Call 525-4645 for information.

OKLAHOMA! Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, Wednesday-Sunday, March 22-25, 7:30pm, and Sunday, March 19, 2:30pm. Nordhoff High School presents the exciting musical drama by Rodgers and Hammerstein. $13 general, $9 students-seniors. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. 640-4343 Ext. 1861.

ONE ACT FESTIVAL Fridays-Sundays, March 24-April 1. The spark of young love, the angst of prime time matrimony, a sweet tale of trick or treat and a disturbing drama from a Nobel Prize winner are all streaming together at Ojai ACT’s annual One-Act Festival. Unavoidable Relationships, the festival’s theme, includes four one-acts by stage luminaries Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov, Louis Catron plus local writer Stephen Bauer, each an entertaining vignette of people unavoidably involved with each other. Plays include Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?, by Catron; The Bug, by Ojai resident Bauer; The Proposal, by Chekhov; and The Dumb Waiter by Pinter. Performances: Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday, 7pm. $15 general, $12 students-seniors-members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO\’S NEST Wednesdays-Sundays, March 16-April 9, 8pm. Rubicon Theatre Company presents the first play of the three-show Wasserman Festival, written by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey, and directed by Jenny Sullivan. The award-winning drama stars Chris Butler and Tim Sampson, and previews Thursday-Friday, March 16-17, 8pm, and opens Saturday, March 18, 7pm. Opening Night Gala tickets are $85 and include a post-show reception with the actors. Post-show talk-backs are scheduled March 22 and 29; Student matinees March 17 and April 7, 10am and April 7, 10 am; Benefit performance Sunday March 26, 6:30 pm., and a sign interpreted performance Friday, April 7, 8:00pm. $49-$25. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900.

CALL FOR PLAYS Theater 150 announces its New/Used Play Reading Series, beginning January 2006. The theater is looking for full-length or one-act plays, either classic or contemporary produced/published plays or new works by Ventura and Santa Barbara County playwrights. New plays with previous productions will not be excluded from consideration. Send to Deb Norton, Theater 150, PO Box 925, Ojai, Ca, 93024. With SASE if you want play returned.

Art

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA In Hearts & Hugs, Leslie Marcus’ new heart paintings are fresh, pure and bold, capturing a pulse that beats of passion and love. Rich, vibrant layers of color and texture honor our romantic universal symbol: the heart. Runs through March 31. Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300.

ARTS GALLERIA January 14 – March 26. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is proud to present “Open to Interpretation: Abstractionism.” The show will consist of abstract pieces in oil, acrylic, and mixed media from eleven local artists: Joe Di Donato, Gisele Friedman, Theodora Ilowitz, Arene Mead, Peggy Pownall, Roland Roy, Frank Sardisco, Geri Schonberg, Alix Thayer, Connie Tunick, and Louisa Wallace Jacobs. Galleria open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. 403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Call 381-2747, or go to www.HillcrestArts.com.

THE ARTISTS UNION GALLERY Saturday, March 11-Sunday, April 9. Paper is a medium that is often overlooked and in the shadow of major works on canvas. This exhibit shows that paper has its own importance in the art world and that it can stand on its own two feet. From print making, oil/acrylic, charcoal to papier-mâché, artists Peter Eble, Alisa Gabrielle, MB Hanrahan, Dorothy Hunter, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris and Linda Taylor show different technics in working with paper. Artist and poet Gauvin exhibits his Avenue Paintings in the Upstairs Gallery. Opening reception Saturday, March 11, 6-9pm. 330 California St., Ventura. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS The Happy Valley Foundation announces the opening of the center, once occupied by Beatrice Wood and Rosalind Rajagopal. Featuring a permanent exhibition telling Woods’ life story, as well as a changing exhibit of contemporary artists. The first exhibit will feature a wide array of work, including paintings by Dianne Bennett-Engle. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. Ojai, Ca. 646-3381. www.beatricewood.com.

BELL ARTS FACTORY 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.

BETTY LANE: A ROAD LESS TAKEN March 29-June 21. Sullivan Goss Gallery announces the inaugural West Coast exhibition of fine oils and works on paper by the acclaimed East Coast Modernist. Featuring works from the 1930’s to the 70’s, the exhibition examines the output of an artist determined to go her own way. 7 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. 730-1460.

BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. 497-4022. or www.brokenoakgallery.com.

CAFÉ ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.California StreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or cast gallery@sbc global.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM presents Greg Radley: Four Cabinets, and exhibition of functional jewelry cabinets inspiring the enjoyment of nature. March 11 – June 4. Open Thurs. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sun. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

COASTAL IMPRESSIONS Thursday, March 16-Sunday, April 16. Ron Zolkover\’s exhibit of oil paintings are on display in the Ventura Harbor Village Gallery. Our beautiful coastal region is Zolkover\’s inspiration for Coastal Impressions. Reception for the artist Friday, March 17, 5- 8pm. Gallery hours: Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

DIVA’S, THE PASSION BOUTIQUE presents the work of LA artist Doug Murphy, aka Plasticgod, in his first solo exhibition in the area. Murphy, an internationally known and collected caricature artist, has exhibited his unique caricature pieces extensively in the west coast and beyond. Runs through March 19. Open Tue.-Sun. 265 S. Laurel St., Ventura, 653-5675. www.plasticgod.com

FIBER ARTS STUDIO Under the guidance of resident artists Deborah Jarchow and Gerri Johnson McMillin, the Studio Channel Islands Art Center is proud to announce the opening of a permanent Fiber Arts studio. With over 950 square feet of studio space we are able to offer group workshops as well as individual instruction as part of our regular programming. Located on the campus of Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18 on Ventura Street, Camarillo. For more info call 383-1368.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Open to Interpretation: Abstractionism is a group show of abstract pieces in oil, acrylic and mixed media from eleven local artists, including Joe Di Donato, Gisele Friedman, Theodora Ilowitz, Arene Mead and others. Runs through March 26. Admission is free. Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Call for extended evening and weekend viewing. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. (805) 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

KATHLEEN DINAN GALLERY Hours: Thurs-Sun noon to five or by appointment (805)646-6205 located within the Ranchos Trading Co, 928 E Ojai Ave, Ojai.

KWAN FONG GALLERY OF ART AND CULTURE Presents The Distillery Collective, an artist’s collective for experimental work based on new interpretations of traditional media. Robert Yeager’s manipulated emulsions are created without the usual exposure of film to light, while Masami Tsuchikawa’s installations are arrangements of tiny porcelain pieces that appear to grow like bacteria from a focal vortex. Gary Palmer’s paintings are distilled versions of traditional modes such as figure, portrait and landscape isolating elements such as brushstroke, symbolic form and color-fields. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING The Art of June Carey will include a vast array of Carey’s published prints and original works. She will be on hand to meet fans and to personalize her art. From California to Italy, Carey paints breathtaking landscapes and has received numerous awards for her California landscapes and coastal scenes. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATALIE’S FINE THREADS UPSTAIRS GALLERY The gallery is hosting Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer’s Masks for the Soul. Reflecting the inner soul and spirit of their creator, these unique ceramic masks in turn often touch a personal place deep within their admirers. Showing from Wednesday, March 1 through April 5. Reception on March 18, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 596 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8854.

OJAI CENTER FOR THE ARTS People, Places and Pomegranates: Paintings by Karen K. Lewis will be on exhibit from March 4 – 30. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays – Sundays. Call (805) 646-0117.

OJAI COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY Fine art photographer Leo Braun presents Ojai 93023, scenes taken in and around Ojai. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 5:30am-6pm; Sunday 5:30am-5pm. 337 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8345.

OMMA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Transformations is both the title of this show and a key element in the work and life of prominent Santa Barbara digital artist R.W. Firestone. The works on exhibit reflect the transformation of his life from student and artist to psychotherapist to renowned psychological theorist and author to artist once again; the transformation of Firestone’s art from oils on canvas to the more flexible and broader medium of the computer; and finally in the subject matter of his art, from reflections of individual pain and psychological disorders to his stunning and life-affirming depictions of friends, the human experience and the joy of life. Showing from Tuesday, Feb. 28-March 26. Opening reception is on March 4, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, 895-4141.

OVERTON HALL Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316.

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University presents AOR, a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist Lita Albuquerque. This engaging exhibition consists of a multi-part, site-specific installation encompassing the entire space of the museum. This charged, visual environment features works in diverse media, ranging from the artist’s characteristic use of rocks and raw pigment to new explorations with digital imagery and the artist’s first works in video. Running through March 26. Pepperdine University. 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, (310) 506-7257.

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC FINE ART OF KELLY SEGRE March 1-31. Franky’s presents a show by award-winning photographer Kelly Segre, whose work includes photographs of the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City Memorials Runs, New York City, and performance photographs. From Ventura, Segre has won awards in special effects, nights, and portraits. No admission. 456 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-6282.

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION presents “Paper,” an exhibit that shows that paper has its own importance in the art world and that it can stand on its own two feet. From print making, oil/acrylic, charcoal to papier-mache, artists Peter Eble, Alisa Gabrielle, MB Hanrahan, Dorothy Hunter, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris and Linda Taylor show different techniques in working with paper. Arist and poet Gauvin shows his “Avenue Paintings” in the upstairs gallery. Runs March 11 – April 9. Opening reception 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., March 11th. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 643-3012.

STUDIO 84 WEST Thurs.-Sat., 6-8pm. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.

THE STUDIO GALLERY Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists, including a new kiln-load of ceramics by Bill Creitz and newly-framed silk screen floral prints by Patricia Gunn. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

UPFRONT GALLERY Gallery hours: Fri.-Sat. 1-5pm, Sun. 2-5pm, or by appointment. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.

VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION Featuring Holiday Harlettes, paintings in oils by Leslie Marcus. Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Thurs. 12-5pm; Sun. by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS Featuring Lee Hodges as artist-in-residence. Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS exhibits students’ drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces at the 2006 annual student art show. Everyone is invited to come celebrate these local artists of all ages and partake in the moon bounce, food, and fun for the whole family. Opening, March 26, 12-2pm. Shows on display for a month following the opening, Monday-Saturday, 3-6pm. Agoura Hills City Mall, 5859 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills. (818) 991-5514.

Museums

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. $4 general, $3 seniors, $1 youth. Free for members. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. (805) 933-0076. www.oilmuseum.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Open studios for Museum members: ceramicist Cheryl Ann Thomas and glass artist Teal Row. An insider’s look at the studios and art techniques of two accomplished artists. 10 a.m.-noon. Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Free Fridays 3-5pm. 424 C St., Oxnard. 385-8157. www.vcnet.com/carnart.

CEC/SEABEE MUSEUM Historical artifacts, multi-media installations and vintage uniforms. 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, 12:30-4:30pm Saturday. Closed Sunday and national holidays. Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center, Sunkist entrance. 982-1249.

GULL WINGS MUSEUM The county’s only hands-on learning museum for kids. 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 418 4th St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuse um4kids.org.

OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Thurs.-Fri. 1-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun. noon-4pm. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. (805)640-1390.

PORT HUENEME LIGHTHOUSE The Lighthouse is open to the public the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. The current structure was built in 1941, with the original having been built in 1874. The fresnel lens was made in 1897 and is still in operation. Admission is free. Adults age 18 and up require photo ID. Last shuttle pick-up at port gate is 2:30pm. 120 W. Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. (310) 541-0334.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: free-$7. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.

SANTA PAULA’s CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through April 16, the interactive science exhibit, “Destination Mars: National Traveling Exhibition” has been extended. The exhibit was developed by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, with funding from NASA and the Natoinal Science Foundation; it highlights the extraordinary explorations of Mars that have taken place over the last decade, including the Mars Rover and Pathfinder missions. Exhibit stations invite visitors into hands-on learning experiences of Mars gravity, weather, landforms, volcanoes, and rocks. A piece of actual Martian rock is on display with an explanation of the remarkable process that brought it to earth. Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Celebrating When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleets of the Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433, which highlights artifacts of the early dynasty as well as the early compass and maritime technology of the 15th century. Includes a portrait commissioned by the L.A. artist Mr. Qi Pang and a replica of the Admiral’s formal uniform. Through May 31, 2006. International Waters is an exhibit of paintings by artist members of the renowned International Society of Marine Painters. Through April 2. Open daily 11am-5pm. Free; donations appreciated. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard Fisherman’s Wharf, CI Harbor. (805)984-6260.

VENTURA COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART Showing through May 7 is a new George Stuart Historical Figures exhibit: Renaissance and Reformation in Europe, 1400-1600, featuring more than three dozen finely detailed figures including Lorezno de Medici and Lucrezia Borgia of Italy, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I of England, and Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain. Regular museum admission: $1-7; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

BASKETBALL CAMP Final applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only, and for boys and girls ages 10-19 years of age. Camp location is Thousand Oaks. Call for a free brochure. (704) 373-0873.

C.A.T.S. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Put Some Drama In Your Child’s Life! Creative Acting Theater School is pleased to offer youth acting classes throughout Ventura County. Sessions begin in January for these popular classes: Tiny Tots, ages 4-5, Simi Valley; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Camarillo, Ventura, and Simi Valley); The Glass Slipper-A Cinderella Story, Thousand Oaks; Classes held Tuesdays in Simi Valley, Thursdays in Ventura and Camarillo, and Fridays in Thousand Oaks. Instructor Roxanne Diesel. (661) 718-3968.

FRONT ROWS CLUB Families can experience classical music from a dynamic up-close view of Maestro Boris Brott conducting the New West Symphony through a new program offering families with elementary school-age children reduced-price front-row seats at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Oxnard Performing Arts Center concerts. Front row tickets are $10 for children 5-12, $15 for accompanying adults. Cost includes pre-concert family event and activity packet. Call 777-7886 to join.

SENIOR HEALTH & FITNESS FAIR Saturday, March 25, 10am-2pm. The City of Ventura, Community Memorial Hospital and Pacific View Mall co-sponsor the annual fair and expo featuring the opportunity to talk with medical professionals, get free health screenings, participate in demonstrations, free massages. The fair promotes spiritual, mental and physical health and is open to the entire community. Main Courtyard, Pacific View Mall, Main & Mills, Ventura. 648-2829.

TAX PREPARATION FOR SENIORS Wednesdays through April 12, 9am-2pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services Senior Recreation Program offers assistance to seniors 50+ in preparing their 2005 tax returns. Free by appointment only. 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

WATER CONSERVATION ART CONTEST deadline Friday, March 31. Oxnard students K – 6th grade are invited to create a slogan and draw a picture that best depicts the importance of water conservation in the 4th Annual Student Outreach Art Contest. Entry forms can be obtained at the Water Division Office. Only one entry per student. 385-8154.

Lectures/Seminars

COLLECTORS’ LECTURES Thursday, March 23, 7pm. Carnegie Oxnard Museum presents “Connoisseurship of Art on Paper” with Ann Bittl. 424 South C ST., Oxnard. 385-8157.

8th ANNUAL MIDDLE EAST STUDIES CONFERENCE Saturday, March 25, 8am-6pm UCSB presents a one-day conference entitled “The Resurgence of Shi’i Islam: Religion, Politics, and Society in Times o War.” It will begin with a workshop on teaching Shi-ite Islam, followed by a presentation by Mary Elaine Hegland from Santa Clara University on Secularization and Reformaiton Trends in Shi’i Iran: Changing Beliefs in an Iranian Village. Panels on Shi’ism and Politics, Shi’ism and Politics in Practice, Shi’ism and Religious Practices, and Shi’ism and History will follow. The Plenary Address by Prof. Juan Cole (University of Michigan) will end the conference. Free. 6020 HSSB, UCSB. 893-4245.

DEALING WITH DIABETES Saturday, March 25, 9am-2pm. Ventura Adult and Continuing Education in partnership with New Horizons Outreach host the Lecture Series, featuring Eugenie Wheeler, author and retired Ventura County Star Senior\’s Columnist. Free. Technology Development Center, 5200 Valentine Road, Ventura. 289-7925.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26, 11am and 3pm. Join National Park Service Rangers in the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center as they show and tell about the many fascinating animals and plants in the marine life exhibit. Free.1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 658-5730.

MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION PLAN SEMINAR Monday, March 27, 10am. The Social Security Administration and Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program offer a free seminar on Medicare Prescription Plans for 2006. Seminar is for anyone experiencing difficulties with the program. Senior Recreation Center, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-3035.

LIBERTY FOR ALL TOUR Tuesday, March 28, 6-8pm. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance and Coastal Alliance United for Sustainable Economy present a panel discussion with civil rights leaders entitled “Uniting the Human Rights Movement.” The panel is part of a statewide project to explore the challenges and opportunities to bridge human rights values to join disparate groups together, network, strengthen relationships, build collective capacity, and develop enduring grassroots infrastructure to proactively advance civil and human rights and respond to ballot measures, legislation, local initiatives, and other attacks on shared human rights values. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston. RSVP. 339-6340.

FOCUS ON THE MASTERS PORTRAIT SERIES Tuesday, March 28, 7pm. Opportunity to share with the community the images, experiences and stories behind the FOTM Portraits that can be seen in the offices and Creative Center classrooms. Discover the passion behind the vision of the archive and library of Ventura County artists with guest speaker Donna Granata, Founder, Focus on the Masters. $15. Donation requested at event for wine. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

HIV 101 Wednesday, March 29, noon-1:30pm. Ventura County Public Health Educatoin Coordinator Craig Webb will speak. Room C-104, Ventura College. Free.654-6365.

BULLY-PROOFING YOUR SCHOOL Wednesday, March 29, 6pm. CLU Graduate Center in Oxnard will welcome Dr. Kathryn Jens, co-author of Bully-Proofing Your School: A Comprehensive Approach for Elementary Schools at a reception which wil include a discussion of the book and a book signing. Free. CLU Graduate Center, Oxnard. 493-3692.

HEALTH EFFECTS OF THE WAR ON THE IRAQI PEOPLE Wednesday, March 29, 7-8:30pm. Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters presents a lecture by Dr. Daniel Broder. Most Americans have some familiarity with the magnitude of our own losses from the Iraq war in terms of lives lost and number of casualties among our troops. Few of us have any idea of what this conflict has cost the Iraqi people. Broder discusses the topic using available data and focusing on health matters. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.

Classes/Workshops

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP Thursday, March 23, 10am-noon. Members of the Ventura County Genealogical Society teach a free introductory class on genealogical research. Learn to how to begin research, find and use documents about your family, organize data, use Internet and more. Seating limited. Oxnard Public Library, Computer Lab, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. 240-7344.

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP Friday, March 24-Tuesday, March 28, 8:30am-1pm. Experience Unlimited OPEN group of Simi Valley presents a five-day workshop for unemployed professionals. Resume writing, cover lette,r interviewing, online job search, and more will be covered. Free. Simi Valley. Register at www.EU-OPEN.org.

CPR & FIRST AID CERTIFICATION COURSE Saturday, March 25, 1-3:30pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the certification course to ages 12 and over. Session covers AED demonstration, choking, barrier device usage, bleeding, burns, nose bleeds, bee stings, and more. Registration required. $32, $12 lab fee. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

~ HAPPENINGS ~

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

March 16, 8 p.m. Nicolas de Torrente, executive director of Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres, an international humanitarian organization that was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, will give the inspiring lecture “Humanitarian Responses to Conflict and Crisis.” The organization delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. $10 general, $8 UCSB students w/ID. UCSB Campbell Hall. 893-3535.

FAR AWAY

March 17 – April 1. Genesis West of Santa Barbara presents this ravishingly engaging play by one of England’s most imaginative contemporary playwrights. It is a haunting tale in which everyday comforts are threatened by the horrors of a world in conflict. The story centers around Joan, a woman who comes-of-age in a world engaged in war. It is told with compelling theatrical surprise, wit and enormous power. $20 general, $10 student. Performances: Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 8 p.m. Center Stage Theater, 715 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara. 963-0408.

JOURNALING FOR HEALING

March 22, 8:30 p.m. The VC Breast Cancer Education and Advocacy Group presents fourth generation Venturan, writer, and artist Gwendolyn Alley, who has had her work published in ARTLIFE Limited Editions. Come meet her as she enlightens us with her creativity while journaling for healing. Campus Center Conference Room, Building B, Ventura College. 654-6365.

Special Events

WINEMAKER DINNER Friday, March 17, 7pm. Hyatt Westlake Plaza will host another incredible gourmet five-course dinner. The spirited wines of Kenwood Vineyards will accompany the culinary expertise of John Foerster, Executive Chef at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. $99 per person. Reservations required. Hyatt, Thousand Oaks. 557-4763.

COMMUNITY SOCIAL Saturday, March 18, 9-11am. Thanks to another year of generous donations by the Rotary Club of Ventura, the popular program open to all members of the public, is offered at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. All Ventura area residents are invited to bring their entire families for a wonderful get together at their local community center with delicious food, music and dancing. In addition to the homemade pancake breakfast, the gathering includes free health screenings and consultations are provided by the Ventura County Public Health Department, a representative from the District Attorney’s Office with information on Identity Theft and Scams, a book sale through Altrusa of Ventura, Irish dancing presented by the Billy Clower Dancers, and the music styling of Ken Franklin. $2 adult, $1 seniors 60+ and children. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Saturday, March 18, 10am. The Eighteenth Annual Parade starts at Mission Park, across the street from the San Buenaventura Mission and heads down Main St. to the end of Laurel St. This parade is presented by Elk’s Lodge 1430. An Irish celebration immediately follows the parade, with live entertainment, corned beef and cabbage, plus Irish drinks. Many other St. Patrick’s Day Weekend festivities are scheduled for Friday-Sunday, March 17-19. Call for further information. 643-4275.

BOOK SIGNING Saturday, Marc 18, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Local author Rick Mizuno will be signing his newest book “50/50 Split” which takes a hard look at love, marriage, and the pain of divorce. In this provocative book author, speaker, and relationship coach Mizuno takes a brave look at some of the deceptions that affect over 50% of marriages in our culture. Free. Flour House, 480 S. Victoria Ave. Ste. A, Oxnard. 815-3820.

CUT-A-THON 2006 Sunday, March 19, 11am-4pm. Inka’s Salon and Spa holds their first hair-cutting benefit for the Spay and Neuter Clinic of Ventura. Donation receive shampoo, haircut and blow-dry by the salon’s finest stylists. $20 pre-sale, $25 door. 604-4455.

PURIM CARNIVAL Sunday, March 19, noon-3pm. The fifth annual celebration, presented by Temple Ner Ami, is open to the community and features a DJ, games for kids of all ages, Jolly Jump, craft projects and carnival food favorites, including cotton candy, hotdogs and root beer floats. A large silent auction featuring toys, gift baskets and jewelry is also be part of the family event. Free admission. 4098 Calle Tesoro, Camarillo. 388-3824.

PEACE VIGIL Monday, March 20, 6-8pm. Three years to the date of the start of the Iraqi war, the Fellowship of Reconciliation holds a peace vigil. Bring your own candle. Corner of Lynn Road and Hillcrest. 675-8785.

PEACE RALLY Monday, March 20, 5:30pm. End the occupation of Iraq and Palestine. Veterans for Peace sponsor the rally. Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria and Telephone, Ventura.

ENTRIES AND VOLUNTEERS WANTED The County of Ventura’s 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is seeking entries and volunteers for the parade, which will take place on Saturday, March 18 at 10am. For more information, contact Jim Monahan at 643-4275.

Performances

SHRINE OF THE AGES CHOIR Thursday, March 16, 7:30pm. The choir from Northern Arizona University performs their Spring 2006 concert joined by the Newbury Park High School Panther Chamber singers. Free. Performing Arts Center, 456 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park. 484-0307.

THE SNOW QUEEN The Brigham Young University Theater Ballet performs the classic tale. $10 adults, $8 children. Performing Arts & Convention Center, Oxnard. 486-2424.

TOM SAWYER American Theater Arts for Youth presents Mark Twain’s classic story. $7.25 per person in group of 10 or more, $10.50 per person general. Performing Arts & Convention Center, Oxnard. 486-2424.

THE CIVIL WAR: THE SOUTH CAROLINA BLACK REGIMENT Friday, March 17, 10am. Performances to Grow On presents Forever Free, a musical inspired by historical events of the war between the states. Historical figures and events intertwine with new songs and traditional spirituals in the musical that tells the story of the formation of The First South Carolina Volunteers, one of the first official regiments of Civil War soldiers made up of former slaves. Recommended for ages 8 and up. $12 general, $8 groups of 10 or more. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 646-8907.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, March 17-18, 8pm. Friday: News of the Day improv tournament finals-comedy improv teams composed of performers of all levels use the news for their inspirational hilarity, $7.50; Saturday: Saint Patrick’s Day improv event. The Emerald Isle is the inspiration, $8.50. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

IT’S MAGIC! Friday, March 17, 7:30pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents the Fiftieth Anniversary Spectacular of It’s Magic, which has been delighting generations of families and magic enthusiasts for 50 years. This dazzling and enchanting live stage show features top professional magicians from all over the world, with each act carefully selected to represent the variety of the art of magic. Internationally recognized and award-winning magicians, direct from main showrooms of Las Vegas and Hollywood s Magic Castle, perform sleight of hand, big stage illusions, and comedy. $40-$20. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

ST. PATRICK’S COMEDY IMPROV Friday, March 17, 8pm. Straight-Up Comedy kicks off their third gig of comedy improvisation with a special St. Patrick’s Day twist. Alcohol-free event performed by young adults from the community. $7 cover. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 647-4622.

BASSA NOVAS AND BALLADS WITH ELAINE ELIAS Saturday, March 18, 8 pm. Elaine Elias offers formidable technique at the piano and a soulful feel which springs from her Brazilian roots. Though she’s gained renown for her brilliance at the piano, Elias is now showing her prowess as a singer. $45 and $35. Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara. 963-0761.

SPIRIT OF THE MASTERS Saturday-Sunday, March 18-19. Los Robles Master Chorale will present a choral concert featuring the Durufle “Requiem,” Vaughan Williams’ “Toward the Unknown Region” and “Clap Your Hands,” C. Hubert Parry’s “I was Glad,” Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus,” Randall Thompson’s “The Last Words of David.” $18 adults, $12 seniors/students, $6 children under 12. Saturday March 18, 8 p.m., St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. Sunday March 19th, 4 p.m., St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church, 16555 Chatsworth Ave., Chatsworth. 987-5418.

REQUIEM Sunday, March 19, 3pm. A year after the date of his passing, the Gold Coast Concert Choir and the Master Chorale of Ventura present a performance of Kenneth Helms’ Requiem, the second-only performance of one of his last works. The piece provides a personal insight into the creative, flamboyant, charismatic and dramatic nature of Helms, whose extraordinary blending of text and music eliciting an emotional response to the various moods and themes important to him. $20. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 654-0995.

Theater

FAR AWAY Friday, March 17-Saturday, April 1. Genesis West of Santa Barbara presents this ravishingly engaging play by one of England’s most imaginative contemporary playwrights. It is a haunting tale in which everyday comforts are threatened by the horrors of a world in conflict. The story centers around Joan, a woman who comes-of-age in a world engaged in war. It is told with compelling theatrical surprise, wit, and enormous power. $20 general, $10 student. Performances: Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 8pm. Center Stage Theater, 715 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara. 963-0408.

DETECTIVE STORY Friday-Sunday, March 17-26. Gothic Productions presents the critically acclaimed mystery-drama through March. Sidney Kinglsey’s Detective Story is a large ensemble drama set in a Manhattan Police Precinct which served as the inspiration for Hill Street Blues and Barney Miller. Performances: Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday matinee, 2pm. $15 adults, $10 students, seniors and military. Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246.

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Friday-Sunday, February 24-April 2. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi brings to life the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast featuring elaborate costumes, riveting choreography and those wonderful Disney melodies. The perfect show for the entire family to enjoy together. Performances Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 children. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Blvd., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

OKLAHOMA! Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, Wednesday-Sunday, March 22-25, 7:30pm, and Sunday, March 19, 2:30pm. Nordhoff High School presents the exciting musical drama by Rodgers and Hammerstein. $13 general, $9 students-seniors. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. 640-4343 Ext. 1861.

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST Wednesdays-Sundays, March 16-April 9, 8pm. Rubicon Theatre Company presents the first play of the three-show Wasserman Festival, written by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey, and directed by Jenny Sullivan. The award-winning drama stars Chris Butler and Tim Sampson, and previews Thursday-Friday, March 16-17, 8pm, and opens Saturday, March 18, 7pm. Opening Night Gala tickets are $85 and include a post-show reception with the actors. Post-show talk-backs are scheduled March 22 and 29; Student matinees March 17 and April 7, 10am and April 7, 10 am; Benefit performance Sunday March 26, 6:30 pm., and a sign interpreted performance Friday, April 7, 8:00pm. $49-$25. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900.

MOUSETRAP Running through April 2 at the Santa Paula Theater Center. Call 525-4645 for information.

ONE ACT FESTIVAL Fridays-Sundays, March 17-April 1. The spark of young love, the angst of prime time matrimony, a sweet tale of trick or treat and a disturbing drama from a Nobel Prize winner are all streaming together at Ojai ACT’s annual One-Act Festival. Unavoidable Relationships, the festival’s theme, includes four one-acts by stage luminaries Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov, Louis Catron plus local writer Stephen Bauer, each an entertaining vignette of people unavoidably involved with each other. Plays include Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?, by Catron; The Bug, by Ojai resident Bauer; The Proposal, by Chekhov; and The Dumb Waiter by Pinter. Performances: Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday, 7pm. $15 general, $12 students-seniors-members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Friday-Sunday, March 17-19. The Performance Theater for Young Artists present Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta masterpiece filled with vibrant characters, old world charm, witty songs and enchantingly beautiful music. Friday: 8pm; Saturday matinee 2pm, evening performance 8pm; and Sunday, 2 and 6pm. Adults $20.00, Children 14 and under, seniors $15.00. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 986-4818.

CALL FOR PLAYS Theater 150 announces its New/Used Play Reading Series, beginning January 2006. The theater is looking for full-length or one-act plays, either classic or contemporary produced/published plays or new works by Ventura and Santa Barbara County playwrights. New plays with previous productions will not be excluded from consideration. Send to Deb Norton, Theater 150, PO Box 925, Ojai, Ca, 93024. With SASE if you want play returned.

AUDITIONS FOR “YOU CAN”T TAKE IT WITH YOU” Saturday-Monday, March 18-20. The Ojai Art Center Theater needs 19 adult actors aged 20 to 70 to play eccentric and conventional characters in the timeless story of conformity versus individuality. The Kaufman and Hart classic will run May 19-June 17. 1-3 p.m. Sat & Sun, 7-9 p.m. Mon. Ojai Art Center. 649-4000 or 646-8406.

Art

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA In Hearts & Hugs, Leslie Marcus’ new heart paintings are fresh, pure and bold, capturing a pulse that beats of passion and love. Rich, vibrant layers of color and texture honor our romantic universal symbol: the heart. Runs through March 31. Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300.

ARTS GALLERIA January 14 – March 26. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is proud to present “Open to Interpretation: Abstractionism.” The show will consist of abstract pieces in oil, acrylic, and mixed media from eleven local artists: Joe Di Donato, Gisele Friedman, Theodora Ilowitz, Arene Mead, Peggy Pownall, Roland Roy, Frank Sardisco, Geri Schonberg, Alix Thayer, Connie Tunick, and Louisa Wallace Jacobs. Galleria open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. 403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Call 381-2747, or go to www.HillcrestArts.com.

THE ARTISTS UNION GALLERY Saturday, March 11-Sunday, April 9. Paper is a medium that is often overlooked and in the shadow of major works on canvas. This exhibit shows that paper has its own importance in the art world and that it can stand on its own two feet. From print making, oil/acrylic, charcoal to papier-mâché, artists Peter Eble, Alisa Gabrielle, MB Hanrahan, Dorothy Hunter, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris and Linda Taylor show different technics in working with paper. Artist and poet Gauvin exhibits his Avenue Paintings in the Upstairs Gallery. Opening reception Saturday, March 11, 6-9pm. 330 California St., Ventura. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS The Happy Valley Foundation announces the opening of the center, once occupied by Beatrice Wood and Rosalind Rajagopal. Featuring a permanent exhibition telling Woods’ life story, as well as a changing exhibit of contemporary artists. The first exhibit will feature a wide array of work, including paintings by Dianne Bennett-Engle. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. Ojai, Ca. 646-3381. www.beatricewood.com.

BELL ARTS FACTORY 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.

BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. 497-4022 or www.brokenoakgallery.com.

CAFÉ ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbc global.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM presents Greg Radley: Four Cabinets, and exhibition of functional jewelry cabinets inspiring the enjoyment of nature. March 11 – June 4. Open Thurs. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sun. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

COASTAL IMPRESSIONS Thursday, March 16-Sunday, April 16. Ron Zolkover’s exhibit of oil paintings are on display in the Ventura Harbor Village Gallery. Our beautiful coastal region is Zolkover’s inspiration for Coastal Impressions. Reception for the artist Friday, March 17, 5- 8pm. Gallery hours: Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

DIVA’S, THE PASSION BOUTIQUE presents the work of LA artist Doug Murphy, aka Plasticgod, in his first solo exhibition in the area. Murphy, an internationally known and collected caricature artist, has exhibited his unique caricature pieces extensively in the west coast and beyond. Runs through March 19. Open Tue.-Sun. 265 S. Laurel St., Ventura, 653-5675. www.plasticgod.com

FIBER ARTS STUDIO Under the guidance of resident artists Deborah Jarchow and Gerri Johnson McMillin, the Studio Channel Islands Art Center is proud to announce the opening of a permanent Fiber Arts studio. With over 950 square feet of studio space we are able to offer group workshops as well as individual instruction as part of our regular programming. Located on the campus of Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18 on Ventura Street, Camarillo. For more info call 383-1368.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Open to Interpretation: Abstractionism is a group show of abstract pieces in oil, acrylic and mixed media from eleven local artists, including Joe Di Donato, Gisele Friedman, Theodora Ilowitz, Arene Mead and others. Runs through March 26. Admission is free. Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Call for extended evening and weekend viewing. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. (805) 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

KATHLEEN DINAN GALLERY Hours: Thurs-Sun noon to five or by appointment (805)646-6205 located within the Ranchos Trading Co, 928 E Ojai Ave, Ojai.

KWAN FONG GALLERY OF ART AND CULTURE Presents The Distillery Collective, an artist’s collective for experimental work based on new interpretations of traditional media. Robert Yeager’s manipulated emulsions are created without the usual exposure of film to light, while Masami Tsuchikawa’s installations are arrangements of tiny porcelain pieces that appear to grow like bacteria from a focal vortex. Gary Palmer’s paintings are distilled versions of traditional modes such as figure, portrait and landscape isolating elements such as brushstroke, symbolic form and color-fields. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www. thedistilleryla.com.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Squeeze is a group exhibition curated by Los Angeles artist Sandra Low. The artworks included in this group exhibition display a sense of compression and extrusion. Forms erupt and multiply into networks of potential or spent energy, distorting the seemingly familiar into a wholly personal artistic vision. Laura Bacon often explores the dual themes of attraction and repulsion in her artwork. The cosmic fiberglass sculpture by Jose Sarinana Another Happy Ending reminds the viewer of a school science project that has taken on an entirely unexpected dimension. The same can be said about the drawings and prints of volcanoes by Mark Licari. Misato Suzuki occupies a quieter space where line and form are gently nudged into place on the spare field of her paintings. Runs through March 17. Gallery hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. McNish Art Gallery at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 986-5800 ext. 1929.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING The Art of June Carey will include a vast array of Carey’s published prints and original works. She will be on hand to meet fans and to personalize her art. From California to Italy, Carey paints breathtaking landscapes and has received numerous awards for her California landscapes and coastal scenes. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATALIE’S FINE THREADS UPSTAIRS GALLERY The gallery is hosting Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer’s Masks for the Soul. Reflecting the inner soul and spirit of their creator, these unique ceramic masks in turn often touch a personal place deep within their admirers. Showing from Wednesday, March 1 through April 5. Reception on March 18, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 596 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8854.

OJAI CENTER FOR THE ARTS People, Places and Pomegranates: Paintings by Karen K. Lewis will be on exhibit from March 4 – 30. The public is invited to a reception to meet the artist on Sunday, March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. 113 South Montgomery St., in downtown Ojai. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays – Sundays. Call (805) 646-0117.

OJAI COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY Fine art photographer Leo Braun presents Ojai 93023, scenes taken in and around Ojai. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 5:30am-6pm; Sunday 5:30am-5pm. 337 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8345.

OMMA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Transformations is both the title of this show and a key element in the work and life of prominent Santa Barbara digital artist R.W. Firestone. The works on exhibit reflect the transformation of his life from student and artist to psychotherapist to renowned psychological theorist and author to artist once again; the transformation of Firestone’s art from oils on canvas to the more flexible and broader medium of the computer; and finally in the subject matter of his art, from reflections of individual pain and psychological disorders to his stunning and life-affirming depictions of friends, the human experience and the joy of life. Showing from Tuesday, Feb. 28-March 26. Opening reception is on March 4, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, 895-4141.

OVERTON HALL Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316.

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University presents AOR, a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist Lita Albuquerque. This engaging exhibition consists of a multi-part, site-specific installation encompassing the entire space of the museum. This charged, visual environment features works in diverse media, ranging from the artist’s characteristic use of rocks and raw pigment to new explorations with digital imagery and the artist’s first works in video. Running through March 26. Pepperdine University. 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, (310) 506-7257.

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC FINE ART OF KELLY SEGRE March 1-31. Franky’s presents a show by award-winning photographer Kelly Segre, whose work includes photographs of the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City Memorials Runs, New York City, and performance photographs. From Ventura, Segre has won awards in special effects, nights, and portraits. No admission. 456 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-6282.

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION Presents “Paper,” an exhibit that shows that paper has its own importance in the art world and that it can stand on its own two feet. From print making, oil/acrylic, charcoal to papier-mache, artists Peter Eble, Alisa Gabrielle, MB Hanrahan, Dorothy Hunter, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris and Linda Taylor show different techniques in working with paper. Arist and poet Gauvin shows his “Avenue Paintings” in the upstairs gallery. Runs March 11 – April 9. Opening reception 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., March 11th. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 643-3012.

STUDIO 84 WEST Thurs.-Sat., 6-8pm. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER Celebration: Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog celebrates a blend of traditional and contemporary art in all media by noted local and international Chinese artists, co-curated by Jim Zhang. Shows through March 18. New Paintings by Tiger Huang. Like all traditional Chinese artists and literati, Huang’s performance is based on a mastery of the brush, so complete as to be almost incomprehensible to us. His eight-part History Painting visually unfolds reminding us of one of the earliest formats of painting: the rolled scroll. Shows through March 18. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State University Channel Islands, Ventura St., Bldg. #18, 383-1368. Online at www.studiochannelis lands.org.

THE STUDIO GALLERY Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists, including a new kiln-load of ceramics by Bill Creitz and newly-framed silk screen floral prints by Patricia Gunn. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

UPFRONT GALLERY Gallery hours: Fri.-Sat. 1-5pm, Sun. 2-5pm, or by appointment. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.

VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION Featuring Holiday Harlettes, paintings in oils by Leslie Marcus. Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Thurs. 12-5pm; Sun. by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA COLLEGE GALLERIES In Gallery 2, Annie Murphy-Robinson will exhibit her large figurative drawings. Murphy-Robinson’s work connects with the view by addressing issues of the human condition. She attempts to attain this through self-portraiture and through portraiture of her family. In the New Media Gallery, Toni Chiapelli is a contemporary photographer with a primary focus on figurative abstracts. Her newest series, Studies in Color, skillfully addresses complex issues about gender, mortality, violence and the human condition while embracing one of the most recognizable objects known to us—the human form. Both exhibits run through March 10. Galleries are open Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. On the Ventura College Campus, Ventura. 648-8974 or cday@vcccd.net.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS Featuring Lee Hodges as artist-in-residence. Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

Museums

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. $4 general, $3 seniors, $1 youth. Free for members. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. (805) 933-0076. www.oilmuseum.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Open studios for Museum members: ceramicist Cheryl Ann Thomas and glass artist Teal Row. An insider’s look at the studios and art techniques of two accomplished artists. 10 a.m.-noon. Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Free Fridays 3-5pm. 424 C St., Oxnard. 385-8157. www.vcnet.com/carnart.

CEC/SEABEE MUSEUM Historical artifacts, multi-media installations and vintage uniforms. 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, 12:30-4:30pm Saturday. Closed Sunday and national holidays. Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center, Sunkist entrance. 982-1249.

GULL WINGS MUSEUM The county’s only hands-on learning museum for kids. 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 418 4th St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuse um4kids.org.

OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Thurs.-Fri. 1-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun. noon-4pm. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. (805)640-1390.

PORT HUENEME LIGHTHOUSE The Lighthouse is open to the public the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. The current structure was built in 1941, with the original having been built in 1874. The fresnel lens was made in 1897 and is still in operation. Admission is free. Adults age 18 and up require photo ID. Last shuttle pick-up at port gate is 2:30pm. 120 W. Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. (310) 541-0334.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: free-$7. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.

SANTA PAULA’s CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through April 16, the interactive science exhibit, “Destination Mars: National Traveling Exhibition” has been extended. The exhibit was developed by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, with funding from NASA and the Natoinal Science Foundation; it highlights the extraordinary explorations of Mars that have taken place over the last decade, including the Mars Rover and Pathfinder missions. Exhibit stations invite visitors into hands-on learning experiences of Mars gravity, weather, landforms, volcanoes, and rocks. A piece of actual Martian rock is on display with an explanation of the remarkable process that brought it to earth. Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Celebrating When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleets of the Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433, which highlights artifacts of the early dynasty as well as the early compass and maritime technology of the 15th century. Includes a portrait commissioned by the L.A. artist Mr. Qi Pang and a replica of the Admiral’s formal uniform. Through May 31, 2006. International Waters is an exhibit of paintings by artist members of the renowned International Society of Marine Painters. Through April 2. Open daily 11am-5pm. Free; donations appreciated. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard Fisherman’s Wharf, CI Harbor. (805)984-6260.

VENTURA COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART Showing through May 7 is a new George Stuart Historical Figures exhibit: Renaissance and Reformation in Europe, 1400-1600, featuring more than three dozen finely detailed figures including Lorezno de Medici and Lucrezia Borgia of Italy, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I of England, and Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain. Regular museum admission: $1-7; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

BASKETBALL CAMP Final applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only, and for boys and girls ages 10-19 years of age. Camp location is Thousand Oaks. Call for a free brochure. (704) 373-0873.

C.A.T.S. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Put Some Drama In Your Child’s Life! Creative Acting Theater School is pleased to offer youth acting classes throughout Ventura County. Sessions begin in January for these popular classes: Tiny Tots, ages 4-5, Simi Valley; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Camarillo, Ventura, and Simi Valley); The Glass Slipper-A Cinderella Story, Thousand Oaks; Classes held Tuesdays in Simi Valley, Thursdays in Ventura and Camarillo, and Fridays in Thousand Oaks. Instructor Roxanne Diesel. (661) 718-3968.

FRONT ROWS CLUB Families can experience classical music from a dynamic up-close view of Maestro Boris Brott conducting the New West Symphony through a new program offering families with elementary school-age children reduced-price front-row seats at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Oxnard Performing Arts Center concerts. Front row tickets are $10 for children 5-12, $15 for accompanying adults. Cost includes pre-concert family event and activity packet. Call 777-7886 to join.

LEAPING LEPRECHAUNS Friday, March 17, 7pm. Remember to wear green for this evening of st. Patrick’s Day stories, read in English and American Sign language by special guests from Tri-County GLAD. Free. Barnes and Noble, 4820 Telephone Road, Ventura. 339-0990.

MUSICAL THEATER Mondays through March 20, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Recreation Center and Broadway Babies offer the class incorporating all components of musical theater including acting, singing, dancing, makeup, costumes and sets. Presentation held at end of session. $96. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

P’S & Q’S Mondays through March 20, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the basic etiquette class for ages 6-10. Students learn communication skills, introductions, table manners in a fun and creative way. $120. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

TAX PREPARATION FOR SENIORS Wednesdays through April 12, 9am-2pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services Senior Recreation Program offers assistance to seniors 50+ in preparing their 2005 tax returns. Free by appointment only. 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

WATER CONSERVATION ART CONTEST deadline Friday, March 31. Oxnard students K – 6th grade are invited to create a slogan and draw a picture that best depicts the importance of water conservation in the 4th Annual Student Outreach Art Contest. Entry forms can be obtained at the Water Division Office. Only one entry per student. 385-8154.

Film

PROOF Sunday, March 19, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the daughter of brilliant mathematician who suspects she has inherited her father’s mental illness. Stars Anthony Hopkins, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Lectures/Seminars

PLAYS, PLAYWRIGHTS, AND PLAYERS IN EARLY 17TH -CENTURY MADRID Thursday, March 16, 7pm. Teatro de las Americas presents a talk by Dr. James A. Parr, former Fulbright lecturer in Argentina and Uruguay, who served as editor of the Bulletin of the Comediantes from 1973-98. His editions of the original Don Juan play and of Don Quixote, with Salvador Fajardo, have been well-received. Simultaneous Spanish translation. Free. Café on A, 438 S. A St., Oxnard.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS Thursday, March 16, 8 pm. Nicolas de Torrente, executive director of Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres, an international humanitarian organization that was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, will give the inspiring lecture “Humanitarian Responses to Conflict and Crisis.” The organization delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countri

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OJAI VALLEY ATHLETIC CLUB

Presenting the fine art photography of Craig Joujon-Roche. His exhibit In Nature features images taken on small and medium format film cameras as well as digital cameras. Runs through March 15. Open Mon.-Fri., 5:30 a.m.-9:30p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 409 S. Fox St., Ojai, 637-4829.

DANISH PHOTOJOURNALIST JACOB RIIS

March 10, 7:30 p.m. California Lutheran University hosts an informative discussion about Riis, a pioneer of photojournalism. Senior Grant Toland leads the discussion on Riis, who, using his camera as well as his pen, recorded both what he liked and disliked in his adopted country. His documentation of the decaying slums and tenements of New York drew the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt, who became his close friend. Presented by the American Scandinavian Foundation of Thousand Oaks. Free. Nelson Room, 60 W. Olson Road, Thousand Oaks. 492-4427.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY

March 10-11, 8 p.m. Friday: News of the Day improv tournament continues. Comedy improv teams composed of performers of all levels use the news for their inspirational hilarity. $7.50; Saturday: Last Improviser Standing. Individual improvisers in a competition for improv superiority with special guest player Tracy Burns from LA TheatreSports. $8.50. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

Special Events

HISTORIC TALL SHIPS TOUR Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12. Two historic tall ships, the Lynx and Royaliste, make their way to Channel Islands Harbor through March 12. Visitors can step back in time and walk the decks of the Privateer Lynx, a living history museum and learn first hand the role of a privateer in preserving American freedom during the 19th century. Dockside Tours continue Monday-Friday, March 10, 4-5pm. Tours offered Saturdays-Sundays, March 11-12, 9am-noon. Adults $5, children 12 and under admitted free. Battle Re-enactment Sails offered Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12, 1-4pm. Adults $50, children 12 and under $25. For more information on the Tall Ships Visit, call the Channel Islands Harbor Visitors Center at 985-4852.

IRISH JAZZ FESTIVAL & DINNER Sunday, March 12, 7:30pm. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center invites the public to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with their annual Irish Jazz Festival featuring outstanding Irish music along with a pre-concert dinner of traditional Irish fare catered by May’s Kitchen of Simi Valley. Put on your green, grab your Shamrocks and dance a jig for an evening of music, food, and a little Blarney thrown in for good measure! Concert tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors/students, $15 children 12 and under. Dinner 6 pm, concert 7:30 pm. Dinner & Concert Package: $40 Adults, $38 Seniors & Students, $35 Children. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Blvd., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

WHALE FESTIVAL Sunday, March 12, 9am-4pm. The Tenth Annual Point Mugu State Park Whale Festival is held at Sycamore Cove in Point Mugu State Park. Live entertainment, marine conservation information booths, whale watching stations, arts and crafts for children of all ages, activities, displays, music and food are part of the celebration. Free, $10 parking fee. 488-1827.

TREE CITY USA CELEBRATION Wednesday, March 15, 10am. In honor of Arbor Day and being named as Tree City USA, the City of Oxnard presents a tribute to trees featuring local dignitaries, legislators, local students, and more. Refreshments served. Eastwood Park, 1401 N. F St., Oxnard. 385-7950.

ENTRIES AND VOLUNTEERS WANTED The County of Ventura’s 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is seeking entries and volunteers for the parade, which will take place on Saturday, March 18 at 10am. For more information, contact Jim Monahan at 643-4275.

Performances

GRÁDA Thursday, March 9, 7:30pm. The five person Irish band plays traditional and original tunes, sings old ballads and contemporary Irish songs, and has sprinkled dashes of ethnic music into its repertoire. Instruments include fiddles, flute, double bass, guitars, bouzouki, whistles and bodhrán. $16 advance, $18 door. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-5163.

TIBETAN BOWLS CONCERT Thursday, March 9, 7pm. Yoga Jones and instructor Diane Mandle offer a Tibetan Bowls concert with light show: Sarasvati’s Dream-A Tapestry of Harmonics and Light. Experience a deep sense of peace and well being in an evening of harmonic sound and dancing light as Mandle weaves transcendent harmonics of precision-tuned Tibetan bowls, planetary moon gong, and other instruments. $20. Yoga Jones, 105 S. Oak St., #200, Ventura. 643-5669.

AGOURAPALOOZA: BATTLE OF THE BANDS Friday, March 10,7-11pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services and the City of Westlake Village in cooperation with Agoura Music present the Eighth Annual Battle of the Bands featuring Security Breach, The Bassix, Hey I’m Reuben, Cicada, and Eleven Penny Life. Drinks and snacks available. $10. Community Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, March 10-11, 8pm. Friday: News of the Day improv tournament continues. Comedy improv teams composed of performers of all levels use the news for their inspirational hilarity. $7.50; Saturday: Last Improviser Standing. Individual improvisers in a competition for improv superiority with special guest player-Tracy Burns from LA TheatreSports. $8.50. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

DETECTIVE STORY Friday-Sunday, March 10-26. Gothic Productions presents the critically acclaimed mystery drama through March. Sidney Kinglsey’s Detective Story is a large ensemble drama set in a Manhattan Police Precinct which served as the inspiration for Hill Street Blues and Barney Miller. Performances: Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday matinee, 2pm. $15 adults, $10 students, seniors and military. Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246.

MARIA DEL REY Friday, March 10, 9:30 and11:00am, 6:30pm. Maria presents the varied and rich cultures of Latin America in a family concert of bilingual children’s music with lots of audience participation. Both young and old can delight in her songs that children from Latin America know and love. $7 morning, $10 evening. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 338-3021.

NEW WEST SYMPHONY Friday-Saturday, March 10-11, 8pm. The Symphony continues their 2005/2006 Masterpiece Series Concert No. 5 Program conducted by Boris Brott and featuring pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Program includes Ibert, Divertissement; Shostakovich, Concerto No. 1 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 35; Shostakovich, Concerto No. 2 in F Major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 102; Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber. $75-$25. March 10: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; March 11: Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. (800) NEW-WEST.

SUNJATA Saturday, March 11, 7pm. Performances to Grow On presents Manding Jata in the inspirational story of Sudiata Kieta, a prince born unable to walk and how through courage and belief he became the Lion King of Mali. Sunjata is a theater piece with music, acrobatic dance and masks that has thrilled audiences throughout the world. $18 adults, $14 kids. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

VENTURA COLLEGE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA Saturday, March 11, 8pm. The orchestra, under the direction of Burns Taft, in conjunction with the Ventura College Choir, presents a solo performance by advanced pianist Llewellyn Werner, full time student and regional Bach contest winner. The Orchestra performs William Windham’s Taiko, Mozart’s Piano Concerto K, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C. $10 general, $5 seniors/students. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6400, ext. 3210.

CLU UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY Sunday, March 12, 2pm. Symphony performs selected works by Gustav Mahler under the direction of Dan Geeting, CLU music professor. Symphony performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 Titan in its entirety. From the earliest rustling’s of life to the opening gates of Heaven, Mahler puts everything into this monumental four-movement, one hour, post-Romantic blow out. Freewill offering. Samuelson Chapter, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olson Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3306.

OAKS CHAMBER SINGERS Sunday, March 12, 4pm. Sacred Arias with Harp & Cello by William Byrd, A Capella Mass by Morten Lauridsen, The Lord’s Prayer solo by soprano Bonnie Bowden, and Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ Pie Jesu duet by sopranos Susan Frye and Bonnie Bowden. $10. St. John’s Seminary Chapel, 5012 E. Seminary Road, Camarillo. 499-1913.

TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF GLENN MILLER & GENE KRUPA Sunday, March 12, 2:30pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents a tribute to the music of Glenn Miller and Gene Krupa with special guests the Tex Beneke Orchestra. Broadway and TV star Carol Lawrence graces the stage with an energetic mix of song and dance. The show also features The Four Lads, String of Pearls and Gene Krupa Alumni. Audiences take a trip down memory lane as they enjoy big band hits including In the Mood, Sing Sing Sing, and String of Pearls. $47-$32. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

DREAM CATCHERS Tuesday, March 14, 10am and noon. Performances to Grow On present one of the most renowned puppet theatre companies in the world from Theatre Sans Fil of Canada. Dream Catchers explores the dream world of children and is based on the actual dreams of over 500 school children. The play uses giant puppets and exquisite lighting to transport the audience to a magical world of candy trees and mythical beasts, helping children understand their dreams and nightmares and to discover tools to change their outcomes. $12 general. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

U.S. ARMY FIELD BAND & SOLDIERS’ CHORUS Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m. Free. Performing Arts & Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030. 486-2424.

Theater

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Friday-Sunday, February 24-April 2. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi brings to life the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast featuring elaborate costumes, riveting choreography and those wonderful Disney melodies. The perfect show for the entire family to enjoy together. Performances Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 children. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Blvd., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

CALL FOR PLAYS Theater 150 announces its New/Used Play Reading Series, beginning January 2006. The theater is looking for full-length or one-act plays, either classic or contemporary produced/published plays or new works by Ventura and Santa Barbara County playwrights. New plays with previous productions will not be excluded from consideration. Sent to Deb Norton, Theater 150, PO Box 925, Ojai, Ca, 93024. With SASE if you want play returned.

MOUSETRAP Running through April 2 at the Santa Paula Theater Center. Call 525-4645 for information.

Art

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA In Hearts & Hugs, Leslie Marcus’ new heart paintings are fresh, pure and bold, capturing a pulse that beats of passion and love. Rich, vibrant layers of color and texture honor our romantic universal symbol: the heart. Runs through March 31. Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300.

ARTS GALLERIA January 14 – March 26. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is proud to present “Open to Interpretation: Abstractionism.” The show will consist of abstract pieces in oil, acrylic, and mixed media from eleven local artists: Joe Di Donato, Gisele Friedman, Theodora Ilowitz, Arene Mead, Peggy Pownall, Roland Roy, Frank Sardisco, Geri Schonberg, Alix Thayer, Connie Tunick, and Louisa Wallace Jacobs. Galleria open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. 403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Call 381-2747, or go to www.HillcrestArts.com.

THE ARTISTS UNION GALLERY Saturday, March 11-Sunday, April 9. Paper is a medium that is often overlooked and in the shadow of major works on canvas. This exhibit shows that paper has its own importance in the art world and that it can stand on its own two feet. From print making, oil/acrylic, charcoal to papier-mâché, artists Peter Eble, Alisa Gabrielle, MB Hanrahan, Dorothy Hunter, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris and Linda Taylor show different technics in working with paper. Artist and poet Gauvin exhibits his Avenue Paintings in the Upstairs Gallery. Opening reception Saturday, March 11, 6-9pm. 330 California St., Ventura. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS The Happy Valley Foundation announces the opening of the center, once occupied by Beatrice Wood and Rosalind Rajagopal. Featuring a permanent exhibition telling Woods’ life story, as well as a changing exhibit of contemporary artists. The first exhibit will feature a wide array of work, including paintings by Dianne Bennett-Engle. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. Ojai, Ca. 646-3381. www.beatricewood.com.

BELL ARTS FACTORY 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.

BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. 497-4022 or www.brokenoakgallery.com.

CAFÉ ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbc global.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM presents Greg Radley: Four Cabinets, and exhibition of functional jewelry cabinets inspiring the enjoyment of nature. March 11 – June 4. Open Thurs. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sun. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

DIVA’S, THE PASSION BOUTIQUE presents the work of LA artist Doug Murphy, aka Plasticgod, in his first solo exhibition in the area. Murphy, an internationally known and collected caricature artist, has exhibited his unique caricature pieces extensively in the west coast and beyond. Runs through March 19. Open Tue.-Sun. 265 S. Laurel St., Ventura, 653-5675. www.plasticgod.com

FIBER ARTS STUDIO Under the guidance of resident artists Deborah Jarchow and Gerri Johnson McMillin, the Studio Channel Islands Art Center is proud to announce the opening of a permanent Fiber Arts studio. With over 950 square feet of studio space we are able to offer group workshops as well as individual instruction as part of our regular programming. Located on the campus of Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18 on Ventura Street, Camarillo. For more info call 383-1368.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Open to Interpretation: Abstractionism is a group show of abstract pieces in oil, acrylic and mixed media from eleven local artists, including Joe Di Donato, Gisele Friedman, Theodora Ilowitz, Arene Mead and others. Runs through March 26. Admission is free. Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Call for extended evening and weekend viewing. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. (805) 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

KATHLEEN DINAN GALLERY Hours: Thurs-Sun noon to five or by appointment (805)646-6205 located within the Ranchos Trading Co, 928 E Ojai Ave, Ojai.

KWAN FONG GALLERY OF ART AND CULTURE Presents The Distillery Collective, an artist’s collective for experimental work based on new interpretations of traditional media. Robert Yeager’s manipulated emulsions are created without the usual exposure of film to light, while Masami Tsuchikawa’s installations are arrangements of tiny porcelain pieces that appear to grow like bacteria from a focal vortex. Gary Palmer’s paintings are distilled versions of traditional modes such as figure, portrait and landscape isolating elements such as brushstroke, symbolic form and color-fields. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Squeeze is a group exhibition curated by Los Angeles artist Sandra Low. The artworks included in this group exhibition display a sense of compression and extrusion. Forms erupt and multiply into networks of potential or spent energy, distorting the seemingly familiar into a wholly personal artistic vision. Laura Bacon often explores the dual themes of attraction and repulsion in her artwork. The cosmic fiberglass sculpture by Jose Sarinana Another Happy Ending reminds the viewer of a school science project that has taken on an entirely unexpected dimension. The same can be said about the drawings and prints of volcanoes by Mark Licari. Misato Suzuki occupies a quieter space where line and form are gently nudged into place on the spare field of her paintings. Runs through March 17. Gallery hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. McNish Art Gallery at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 986-5800 ext. 1929.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING The Art of June Carey will include a vast array of Carey’s published prints and original works. She will be on hand to meet fans and to personalize her art. From California to Italy, Carey paints breathtaking landscapes and has received numerous awards for her California landscapes and coastal scenes. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATALIE’S FINE THREADS UPSTAIRS GALLERY The gallery is hosting Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer’s Masks for the Soul. Reflecting the inner soul and spirit of their creator, these unique ceramic masks in turn often touch a personal place deep within their admirers. Showing from Wednesday, March 1 through April 5. Reception on March 18, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 596 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8854.

OJAI CENTER FOR THE ARTS People, Places and Pomegranates: Paintings by Karen K. Lewis will be on exhibit from March 4 – 30. The public is invited to a reception to meet the artist on Sunday, March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. 113 South Montgomery St., in downtown Ojai. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays – Sundays. Call (805) 646-0117.

OJAI COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY Fine art photographer Leo Braun presents Ojai 93023, scenes taken in and around Ojai. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 5:30am-6pm; Sunday 5:30am-5pm. 337 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8345.

OJAI VALLEY ATHLETIC CLUB Presenting the fine art photography of Craig Joujon-Roche. His exhibit In Nature features images taken on small and medium format film cameras as well as digital cameras. Runs through March 15. Open Mon.-Fri., 5:30am-9:30pm, Sat. 7am-8pm, Sun. 8am-5pm. 409 S. Fox St., Ojai, 637-4829.

OMMA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Transformations is both the title of this show and a key element in the work and life of prominent Santa Barbara digital artist R.W. Firestone. The works on exhibit reflect the transformation of his life from student and artist to psychotherapist to renowned psychological theorist and author to artist once again; the transformation of Firestone’s art from oils on canvas to the more flexible and broader medium of the computer; and finally in the subject matter of his art, from reflections of individual pain and psychological disorders to his stunning and life-affirming depictions of friends, the human experience and the joy of life. Showing from Tuesday, Feb. 28-March 26. Opening reception is on March 4, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, 895-4141.

OVERTON HALL Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316.

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University presents AOR, a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist Lita Albuquerque. This engaging exhibition consists of a multi-part, site-specific installation encompassing the entire space of the museum. This charged, visual environment features works in diverse media, ranging from the artist’s characteristic use of rocks and raw pigment to new explorations with digital imagery and the artist’s first works in video. Running through March 26. Pepperdine University. 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, (310) 506-7257.

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION presents “Paper,” an exhibit that shows that paper has its own importance in the art world and that it can stand on its own two feet. From print making, oil/acrylic, charcoal to papier-mache, artists Peter Eble, Alisa Gabrielle, MB Hanrahan, Dorothy Hunter, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris and Linda Taylor show different techniques in working with paper. Arist and poet Gauvin shows his “Avenue Paintings” in the upstairs gallery. Runs March 11 – April 9. Opening reception 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., March 11th. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 643-3012.

STUDIO 84 WEST Thurs.-Sat., 6-8pm. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER Celebration: Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog celebrates a blend of traditional and contemporary art in all media by noted local and international Chinese artists, co-curated by Jim Zhang. Shows through March 18. New Paintings by Tiger Huang. Like all traditional Chinese artists and literati, Huang’s performance is based on a mastery of the brush, so complete as to be almost incomprehensible to us. His eight-part History Painting visually unfolds reminding us of one of the earliest formats of painting: the rolled scroll. Shows through March 18. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State University Channel Islands, Ventura St., Bldg. #18, 383-1368. Online at www.studiochannelis lands.org.

THE STUDIO GALLERY Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists, including a new kiln-load of ceramics by Bill Creitz and newly-framed silk screen floral prints by Patricia Gunn. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

UPFRONT GALLERY Gallery hours: Fri.-Sat. 1-5pm, Sun. 2-5pm, or by appointment. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.

VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION Featuring Holiday Harlettes, paintings in oils by Leslie Marcus. Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Thurs. 12-5pm; Sun. by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA COLLEGE GALLERIES In Gallery 2, Annie Murphy-Robinson will exhibit her large figurative drawings. Murphy-Robinson’s work connects with the view by addressing issues of the human condition. She attempts to attain this through self-portraiture and through portraiture of her family. In the New Media Gallery, Toni Chiapelli is a contemporary photographer with a primary focus on figurative abstracts. Her newest series, Studies in Color, skillfully addresses complex issues about gender, mortality, violence and the human condition while embracing one of the most recognizable objects known to us—the human form. Both exhibits run through March 10. Galleries are open Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. On the Ventura College Campus, Ventura. 648-8974 or cday@vcccd.net.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS Featuring Lee Hodges as artist-in-residence. Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

Museums

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. $4 general, $3 seniors, $1 youth. Free for members. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. (805) 933-0076. www.oilmuseum.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Open studios for Museum members: ceramicist Cheryl Ann Thomas and glass artist Teal Row. An insider’s look at the studios and art techniques of two accomplished artists. 10 a.m.-noon. Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Free Fridays 3-5pm. 424 C St., Oxnard. 385-8157. www.vcnet.com/carnart.

CEC/SEABEE MUSEUM Historical artifacts, multi-media installations and vintage uniforms. 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, 12:30-4:30pm Saturday. Closed Sunday and national holidays. Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center, Sunkist entrance. 982-1249.

GULL WINGS MUSEUM The county’s only hands-on learning museum for kids. 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 418 4th St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuse um4kids.org.

OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Thurs.-Fri. 1-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun. noon-4pm. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. (805)640-1390.

PORT HUENEME LIGHTHOUSE The Lighthouse is open to the public the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. The current structure was built in 1941, with the original having been built in 1874. The fresnel lens was made in 1897 and is still in operation. Admission is free. Adults age 18 and up require photo ID. Last shuttle pick-up at port gate is 2:30pm. 120 W. Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. (310) 541-0334.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: free-$7. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.

SANTA PAULA’s CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through April 16, the interactive science exhibit, “Destination Mars: National Traveling Exhibition” has been extended. The exhibit was developed by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, with funding from NASA and the Natoinal Science Foundation; it highlights the extraordinary explorations of Mars that have taken place over the last decade, including the Mars Rover and Pathfinder missions. Exhibit stations invite visitors into hands-on learning experiences of Mars gravity, weather, landforms, volcanoes, and rocks. A piece of actual Martian rock is on display with an explanation of the remarkable process that brought it to earth. Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Celebrating When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleets of the Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433, which highlights artifacts of the early dynasty as well as the early compass and maritime technology of the 15th century. Includes a portrait commissioned by the L.A. artist Mr. Qi Pang and a replica of the Admiral’s formal uniform. Through May 31, 2006. International Waters is an exhibit of paintings by artist members of the renowned International Society of Marine Painters. Through April 2. Open daily 11am-5pm. Free; donations appreciated. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard Fisherman’s Wharf, CI Harbor. (805)984-6260.

VENTURA COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART Showing through May 7 is a new George Stuart Historical Figures exhibit: Renaissance and Reformation in Europe, 1400-1600, featuring more than three dozen finely detailed figures including Lorezno de Medici and Lucrezia Borgia of Italy, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I of England, and Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain. Regular museum admission: $1-7; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

BASKETBALL CAMP Final applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only, and for boys and girls ages 10-19 years of age. Camp location is Thousand Oaks. Call for a free brochure. (704) 373-0873.

C.A.T.S. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Put Some Drama In Your Child’s Life! Creative Acting Theater School is pleased to offer youth acting classes throughout Ventura County. Sessions begin in January for these popular classes: Tiny Tots, ages 4-5, Simi Valley; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Camarillo, Ventura, and Simi Valley); The Glass Slipper-A Cinderella Story, Thousand Oaks; Classes held Tuesdays in Simi Valley, Thursdays in Ventura and Camarillo, and Fridays in Thousand Oaks. Instructor Roxanne Diesel. (661) 718-3968.

FRONT ROWS CLUB Families can experience classical music from a dynamic up-close view of Maestro Boris Brott conducting the New West Symphony through a new program offering families with elementary school-age children reduced-price front-row seats at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Oxnard Performing Arts Center concerts. Front row tickets are $10 for children 5-12, $15 for accompanying adults. Cost includes pre-concert family event and activity packet. Call 777-7886 to join.

MUSICAL THEATER Mondays through March 20, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Recreation Center and Broadway Babies offer the class incorporating all components of musical theater including acting, singing, dancing, makeup, costumes and sets. Presentation held at end of session. $96. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

P’S & Q’S Mondays through March 20, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the basic etiquette class for ages 6-10. Students learn communication skills, introductions, table manners in a fun and creative way. $120. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

TAX PREPARATION FOR SENIORS Wednesdays through April 12, 9am-2pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services Senior Recreation Program offers assistance to seniors 50+ in preparing their 2005 tax returns. Free by appointment only. 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

WATER CONSERVATION ART CONTEST deadline Friday, March 31. Oxnard students K – 6th grade are invited to create a slogan and draw a picture that best depicts the importance of water conservation in the 4th Annual Student Outreach Art Contest. Entry forms can be obtained at the Water Division Office. Only one entry per student. 385-8154.

Film

TRUDELL Thursday, March 9, 7pm. The Broken Rope Foundation screens the film about legendary Native poet and activist John Trudell, who appears for a question and answer session. The film follows the life work of Native American poet/activist John Trudell. Filmmaker Heather Rae spent more than a decade chronicling his travels, spoken word and politics in a poetic and naturally stylized manner. $10. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura. (661) 245-2824.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Sunday, March 12, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the Oscar-nominated comedy-drama starring Keira Knightley as Jane Austen’s feisty heroine looking for true love. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Lectures/Seminars

HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENT SEMINAR Thursday, March 9, 2-3pm. Simi Valley Hospital, orthopedic specialists, offer a free series of informational seminars for those interested in exploring replacement surgery to alleviate pain. Meetings continue April 6, May 11, June 8, July 13, and August 10. Fireside Meeting Room, Simi Valley Hospital North Campus, 3015 N. Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. 955-6401.

DANISH PHOTOJOURNALIST JACOB RIIS Friday, March 10, 7:30pm. California Lutheran University hosts an informative discussion about Riis, pioneer of photojournalism. Senior Grant Toland leads the discussion on Riis, who using his camera as well as his pen, recorded both what he liked and disliked in his adopted country. His documentation of the decaying slums and tenements of New York drew the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt, who became his close friend. Presented by the American Scandinavian Foundation of Thousand Oaks. Free. Nelson Room, 60 W. Olson Road, Thousand Oaks. 492-4427.

LANDSCAPE ART IN THE 21ST CENTURY Saturday, March 11, 2pm. The Ventura County Museum of History and Art presents a panel of four well known landscape artists who discuss different ways in which they work and why they embrace or depart from tradition. All are showing work in Island Passages: Artists Celebrate the Channel Islands, an exhibition running through May 29. Panel includes painter David C. Gallup, vice president of the California Art Club; painter Connie Jenkins, faculty member, Art Department, Ventura College; sculptor Tom McMillin, professor of art emeritus, California State University Northridge; and painter Jack Reilly, chair and professor, Art Department, California State University Channel Islands. Free with museum admission. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12, 11am and 3pm. Join National Park Service Rangers in the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center as they show and tell about the many fascinating animals and plants in the marine life exhibit. Free.1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 658-5730.

WILD NEIGHBORS Sunday, March 11, 1pm. On the Edge, along with the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, invites the public to attend a free program to learn more about the wild neighbors living in the communities on the urban/wilderness edge. Event features wild animals native to the Mountains of Southern California, including owls, hawk, opossum, raccoons, a mountain lion, and others. Original publication specifically designed to offer informed lifestyle choices for residents who live in wilderness areas available. Santa Susana Community Center Multipurpose Room, 5005 Los Angeles, Simi Valley. 584-4453.

WILL SEA OTTERS RETURN TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA? Wednesday, March 15, 7pm. The Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary present a lecture by Greg Sander on the history and recovery efforts of the sea otter. Free. Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 658-5730.

Classes/Workshops

AFFIRMING POSITIVE POWER TELECLASS Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Struggling with your negative chatter? Need help jump-starting your dreams? Want to transform your life? Nancy Barry-Jansson, found and creator of AffirmingSpirit.com, presents this teleclass based on the popular workshop. It will meet during four one-hour telephone calls over a four week period, where you will be learning and putting into practice techniques that will life your spirit and last your lifetime. Participants receive workshop materials, their choice of AffirmingSpirit Starter Pack, and personalized e-mailsupport from Feb. 18-March 11. $199. More information at www.affirmingspirit.com/workshops.

LAZERTRAN TECHNIQUE Saturday, March

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LE MYSTERE DES VOIX BULGARES

March 6, 8 p.m. Known for dramatic adaptations of folk singing styles and spine-chilling harmonies, punctuated by whoops and quavers, the 22-member Bulgarian State National Radio and Television Chorus is one of the premier women’s choirs worldwide. Since becoming a sensation in 1987, with its first release in the West, the group has collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Tuvan throat singers. General, $38, UCSB students, $17. Call 893-3535.

MEET THE RZA

March 2, 7 p.m. In a rare conversation, the Wu-Tang Clan’s chief producer RZA discusses art, race, music, film, and life. The RZA, who is credited with the scores of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Vols. 1 and 2 and Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog, is also the author of The Wu-Tang Manual, equal parts travelogue, dictionary, and cultural decoder ring for the Clan, whose mythology includes kung-fu movies, Mafia lore and Eastern philosophies. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, assistant professor of Black Studies at UCSB. Featuring the performances of KCSB DJs. $10 general, $5 students. Corwin Pavilion at UCSB. Tickets 893-2064.

KCLU PRESENTS THE GERALD WILSON ORCHESTRA

March 4, 6:45 p.m. For more than 60 years, Gerald Wilson has been recognized as one of the premiere composers, arrangers, and bandleaders in modern jazz. In addition to his work as a bandleader and arranger, Wilson has long been committed to jazz education. He was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990. $35-40, with senior and student tickets available for $31.50. All proceeds benefit KCLU. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3900.

Special Events

HISTORIC TALL SHIPS TOUR Thursday-Sunday, March 2-12. Two historic tall ships, the Lynx and Royaliste, make their way to Channel Islands Harbor March 1-12. Visitors can step back in time and walk the decks of the Privateer Lynx, a living history museum and learn first hand the role of a privateer in preserving American freedom during the 19th century. Free public dockside tours offered March 4, 9am-noon. Dockside Tours continue Monday-Friday, March 2- 3, 6-8 and 10, 4-5pm. Tours offered Saturdays-Sundays, March 4-5, and 11-12, 9am-noon. Adults $5, children 12 and under admitted free. Educational School Field Trips available aboard the Lynx Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, March 2-3, and 6-10. Battle Re-enactment Sails offered Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5, and 11-12, 1-4pm. Adults $50, children 12 and under $25. For more information on the Tall Ships Visit, call the Channel Islands Harbor Visitors Center at 985-4852.

PEACE RALLY Friday, March 3, 5pm. End the occupation of Iraq and Palestine. Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria and Telephone, Ventura.

ERIC’S MARCH GOURMET WINEMAKER DINNER Friday, March 3, 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a specially prepared meal by Chef Robin Nishizaki pairing selected Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon wines with a menu featuring appetizers, duck, stuffed quail, grilled lamb and a dessert. $75 per person, plus tax and gratity. Reservations are required. For reservations, call 716-4100.

THE DOLE GREAT RACE OF AGOURA HILLS Saturday, March 4, 7am. Twenty-First Anniversary event features Chesebro Half Marathon, Old Agoura 10K run, Deena Kastor 5K run/walk, Kids (6-12 years) 1-mile, and Family Fun Run/Walk. Fitness & Camps Expo, food, entertainment, and inflatables at award-winning finish line party. First race 7am. Agoura High School Stadium. $15-$50. Late registration March 2-3, noon-7pm., Renaissance Agoura Hills Hotel. (877)-GR8-RACE.

CONEJO VALLEY DAYS KICKOFF PICNIC & CLASSIC CAR SHOW Saturday, March 4, 11am-4pm. The Rotary Club of Conejo Valley inaugurate their Fiftieth Annual Conejo Valley Days Festival and Carnival with a free kickoff picnic and car show featuring more than 100 classic and vintage cars on display in seven categories. Tiny Tots Pageant in four categories, 1 pm. Lots of food, including the Elks Club barbecue wagon, entertainment, games and Grand Marshal candidate announcement. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 492-5779.

CELEBRATION OF THE WHALES FESTIVAL Sunday, March 5, 11am-5pm. The Tenth Annual Celebration of the Whales offers visitors at the Channel Islands Harbor an array of entertainment, exhibits, and activities highlighting the Pacific Gray Whale. Festival includes several activities scheduled at Fisherman’s Wharf, including a live aquarium presentation, a treasure hunt, kayak races, an arts & crafts show, games, rides, petting zoo, exhibits, plus whale watching excursions. 985-4852.

SPEED DATING IN OJAI Sunday, March 5th, 6:30 p.m. A singles speed-dating event hosted by Ventura County Fast Dating. Age group 40-55 at 6:30 p.m., age group 25-40 at 8:15 p.m. Movino Wine Bar & Lounge. Register at www.vcfastdating.com, or call 889-5998.

WOMEN’S AWARENESS DAY March 8, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Ventura College will host an event in celebration of Women’s History Month, including resource tables and information on non-traditional occupations for women. The quad, Ventura College. Call 654-6365.

ENTRIES AND VOLUNTEERS WANTED The County of Ventura’s 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is seeking entries and volunteers for the parade, which will take place on Saturday, March 18 at 10am. For more information, contact Jim Monahan at 643-4275.

Performances

MOZART IN LOVE Thursday-Saturday, March 2-4, 8pm. California Lutheran University honors Mozart’s 250 birthday with a collection of operatic scenes. Under the direction of Angela Price, scenes from some of Mozart s most famed operas including Cosi Fan Tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute and Don Giovani are performed. Program explores Mozart’s take on love and life. $8. Preus Brandt Forum, CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3306.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, March 3-4, 8pm. Friday: Spring Tournament Week 5-teams compete for judge awarded points to be the funniest; Saturday: TheatreSports-2 teams compete for judge awarded points to be the funniest. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

THE KENNEDYS AT THE BODIE HOUSE Saturday, March 4, 8 p.m. The husband and wife team of Maura and Pete Kennedy put on a high energy, lively and entertaining show that is not to be missed – while playing jangly folk-pop shot through with influences of the Bryds and Beatles. The Bodie House, Agoura Hills. Donation, $15. Call (818) 706-8309, or go to www.BodieHouse.com.

KCLU PRESENTS THE GERALD WILSON ORCHESTRA March 4, 6:45 p.m. For more than 60 years, Gerald Wilson has been recognized as one of the premiere composers, arrangers, and bandleaders in modern jazz. In addition to his work as a bandleader and arranger, Wilson has long been committed to jazz education. He was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990. $35-40, with senior and student tickets available for $31.50. All proceeds benefit KCLU. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3900.

BEST OF DOO WOP & SOUL Sunday, March 5, 3pm. Larvic Concerts presents the legendary stars of Doo Wop and Soul, starring The Contours, The Five Satins, The Marcels, Frankie Lymon’s Teenagers, The Marvelettes, Chris Jasper’s Isley Brothers Revue, and the Classics Four Band. $45-$25. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 486-2424.

GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS Monday, March 6, 7:30pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation present the award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. $24-$44. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

LE MYSTERE DES VOIX BULGARES March 6, 8 p.m. Known for dramatic adaptations of folk singing styles and spine-chilling harmonies, punctuated by whoops and quavers, the 22-member Bulgarian State National Radio and Television Chorus is one of the premier women’s choirs worldwide. Since becoming a sensation in 1987 with its first release in the West, the group has collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Tuvan throat singers. General, $38, UCSB students, $17. Call 893-3535. , $38, UCSB students, $17. Call 893-3535.

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER Wednesday, March 8, 7:30pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, led by acclaimed Artistic Director Judith Jamison.. Highlights of the tour include an array of Ailey repertory favorites, plus Night Creature, one of Ailey’s most classically choreographed ballets juxtaposed within Ellington s jazz idiom, the dance captivates with Ailey s sexy nocturnal rituals which propel the movement into a fast paced climactic catharsis. $21-66. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

Theater

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Friday-Sunday, February 24-April 2. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi brings to life the magic of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast featuring elaborate costumes, riveting choreography and those wonderful Disney melodies. The perfect show for the entire family to enjoy together. Performances Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 children. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Blvd., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Friday-Sunday, March 3-5. The Performance Theater for Young Artists present Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta masterpiece filled with vibrant characters, old world charm, witty songs and enchantingly beautiful music. March 4 performance includes a special Wine and Hors d’oeuvres fund-raiser reception 6-7:15pm, $40.00. Friday: 7:30pm; Saturday matinee 2pm, evening performance 7:30pm; and Sunday, 5:00 pm. Adults $20.00, Children 14 and under, seniors $15.00. Ojai Art Center Theatre, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 642-4570.

AUDITION: A LITTLE PRINCESS Saturday, March 4, 9:45am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, and 2:45pm; and Sunday, March 5, 11:45am, 1:15pm, and 2:45pm. Young Artists Ensemble holds auditions for the musical drama directed by Seth Allen. Auditions by appointment only and consist of cold readings, singing and dancing. Theatre on the Hill, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747.

AUDITION: CHARLOTTE’S WEB Monday, March 6, 6pm. Ojai ACT holds auditions for the classic family tale. Actors from six to sixty are needed for the classic tale Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-6472.

CALL FOR PLAYS Theater 150 announces its New/Used Play Reading Series, beginning January 2006. The theater is looking for full-length or one-act plays, either classic or contemporary produced/published plays or new works by Ventura and Santa Barbara County playwrights. New plays with previous productions will not be excluded from consideration. Sent to Deb Norton, Theater 150, PO Box 925, Ojai, Ca, 93024. With SASE if you want play returned.

MOUSETRAP Running through April 2 at the Santa Paula Theater Center. Call 525-4645 for information.

Art

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA In Hearts & Hugs, Leslie Marcus’ new heart paintings are fresh, pure and bold, capturing a pulse that beats of passion and love. Rich, vibrant layers of color and texture honor our romantic universal symbol: the heart. Runs through March 31. Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300.

ARTISTS’ UNION GALLERY Artist’s Union 4th Annual Erotica Exhibition will run at the gallery from through March 5. Erotic art is direct, often exciting, usually controversial and always honest. Artists will interpret this subject in sculpture, photography, painting, mixed media and other art forms. Visitors must be at least 18 for this show. The Wall 2 Wall show features photography by Chicks that Click and stone sculpture by Expressions in 3-D. Artists include Alex Cooper, Julie Callahan, Phyllis Stafford, Liisa Pynnonen, Linda Peterson, Gregory Ramon Byrne, Michele Chapin, L.J. Freehart, Jim Gerard, Nora Yukon and Don Ulrich. Gallery hours: Thurs. 12-6pm, Fri.-Sat. 12-9pm, Sun. 12-6pm. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. (805) 643-3012 or www.venturaartistsunion.org.

ARTS GALLERIA January 14 – March 26. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is proud to present “Open to Interpretation: Abstractionism.” The show will consist of abstract pieces in oil, acrylic, and mixed media from eleven local artists: Joe Di Donato, Gisele Friedman, Theodora Ilowitz, Arene Mead, Peggy Pownall, Roland Roy, Frank Sardisco, Geri Schonberg, Alix Thayer, Connie Tunick, and Louisa Wallace Jacobs. Galleria open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. 403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Call 381-2747, or go to www.HillcrestArts.com.

BEATRICE WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS The Happy Valley Foundation announces the opening of the center, once occupied by Beatrice Wood and Rosalind Rajagopal. Featuring a permanent exhibition telling Woods’ life story, as well as a changing exhibit of contemporary artists. The first exhibit will feature a wide array of work, including paintings by Dianne Bennett-Engle. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. Ojai, Ca. 646-3381. www.beatrice wood.com.

BELL ARTS FACTORY 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.

BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. 497-4022 or www.brokenoakgallery.com.

CAFÉ ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbc global.net.

DIVA’S, THE PASSION BOUTIQUE presents the work of LA artist Doug Murphy, aka Plasticgod, in his first solo exhibition in the area. Murphy, an internationally known and collected caricature artist, has exhibited his unique caricature pieces extensively in the west coast and beyond. Runs through March 19. Open Tue.-Sun. 265 S. Laurel St., Ventura, 653-5675. www.plasticgod.com

FIBER ARTS STUDIO Saturday, March 4, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Under the guidance of resident artists Deborah Jarchow and Gerri Johnson McMillin, the Studio Channel Islands Art Center is proud to announce the opening of a permanent Fiber Arts studio. With over 950 square feet of studio space we are able to offer group workshops as well as individual instruction as part of our regular programming. Refreshments will be served at the grand opening, and artists will be in attendance. Located on the campus of Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18 on Ventura Street, Camarillo. For more info call 383-1368.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Open to Interpretation: Abstractionism is a group show of abstract pieces in oil, acrylic and mixed media from eleven local artists, including Joe Di Donato, Gisele Friedman, Theodora Ilowitz, Arene Mead and others. Runs through March 26. Admission is free. Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Call for extended evening and weekend viewing. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. (805) 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

HYATT WESTLAKE PLAZA HOTEL March 4 – 5. The annual California Egg Artistry Show is returning to Westlake Village this year. The 27th annual show is a fun even for the entire family. There are demonstrations and seminars in addition to the display of beautiful carved, cut, and decorated natural eggshells. Exhibitors come from around the world to display their work. We also have a large number of participants form Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, and Simi Valley. For more information, call (310) 273-5069.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

KATHLEEN DINAN GALLERY Hours: Thurs-Sun noon to five or by appointment (805)646-6205 located within the Ranchos Trading Co, 928 E Ojai Ave, Ojai.

KWAN FONG GALLERY OF ART AND CULTURE Presents The Distillery Collective, an artist’s collective for experimental work based on new interpretations of traditional media. Robert Yeager’s manipulated emulsions are created without the usual exposure of film to light, while Masami Tsuchikawa’s installations are arrangements of tiny porcelain pieces that appear to grow like bacteria from a focal vortex. Gary Palmer’s paintings are distilled versions of traditional modes such as figure, portrait and landscape isolating elements such as brushstroke, symbolic form and color-fields. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Squeeze is a group exhibition curated by Los Angeles artist Sandra Low. The artworks included in this group exhibition display a sense of compression and extrusion. Forms erupt and multiply into networks of potential or spent energy, distorting the seemingly familiar into a wholly personal artistic vision. Laura Bacon often explores the dual themes of attraction and repulsion in her artwork. The cosmic fiberglass sculpture by Jose Sarinana Another Happy Ending reminds the viewer of a school science project that has taken on an entirely unexpected dimension. The same can be said about the drawings and prints of volcanoes by Mark Licari. Misato Suzuki occupies a quieter space where line and form are gently nudged into place on the spare field of her paintings. Runs through March 17. Gallery hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. McNish Art Gallery at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 986-5800 ext. 1929.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING The Art of June Carey will include a vast array of Carey’s published prints and original works. She will be on hand to meet fans and to personalize her art. From California to Italy, Carey paints breathtaking landscapes and has received numerous awards for her California landscapes and coastal scenes. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATALIE’S ECLECTIBLES Friday March 3, 6-9 p.m. In the upstairs gallery, an extraordinary exhibition of some of Beatrice Wood’s never before displayed art will take place on the anniversary of the artist’s birth. Come enjoy her art (available for purchase) and fine wine inside Rincon Cellars. Natalie’s is located at California and Main Street. For more information, go to www.Beatricewoodart.com or www.Natalieseclectibles. com.

NATALIE’S FINE THREADS UPSTAIRS GALLERY The gallery is hosting Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer’s Masks for the Soul. Reflecting the inner soul and spirit of their creator, these unique ceramic masks in turn often touch a personal place deep within their admirers. Showing from Wednesday, March 1 through April 5. Reception on March 18, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 596 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8854.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Peckerwood Nation is a departure from artist Travis Somerville’s early work insofar as a shift from portraits of iconic American figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King to current political figures and subjects. The painting God Said…Tear Down the House of Lincoln features a large portrait of President George W. Bush in partial black face with oil spouting from his ear and pouring from his mouth. The painting is rendered in Somerville’s signature style of collaging flea market found photographs, drawings, letters and documents to a base made of architectural drawing, map, ledger paper or flag. The exhibition will also feature large scale graphite on paper drawings on “everyday folk.” Runs through March 7. 107 S. Signal St., Ojai, 646-2750.

OJAI CENTER FOR THE ARTS People, Places and Pomegranates: Paintings by Karen K. Lewis will be on exhibit from March 4 – 30. The public is invited to a reception to meet the artist on Sunday, March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. 113 South Montgomery St., in downtown Ojai. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays – Sundays. Call (805) 646-0117.

OJAI COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY Fine art photographer Leo Braun presents Ojai 93023, scenes taken in and around Ojai. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 5:30am-6pm; Sunday 5:30am-5pm. 337 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8345.

OJAI VALLEY ATHLETIC CLUB Presenting the fine art photography of Craig Joujon-Roche. His exhibit In Nature features images taken on small and medium format film cameras as well as digital cameras. Runs through March 15. Open Mon.-Fri., 5:30am-9:30pm, Sat. 7am-8pm, Sun. 8am-5pm. 409 S. Fox St., Ojai, 637-4829.

OMMA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Transformations is both the title of this show and a key element in the work and life of prominent Santa Barbara digital artist R.W. Firestone. The works on exhibit reflect the transformation of his life from student and artist to psychotherapist to renowned psychological theorist and author to artist once again; the transformation of Firestone’s art from oils on canvas to the more flexible and broader medium of the computer; and finally in the subject matter of his art, from reflections of individual pain and psychological disorders to his stunning and life-affirming depictions of friends, the human experience and the joy of life. Showing from Tuesday, Feb. 28-March 26. Opening reception is on March 4, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, 895-4141.

OVERTON HALL Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316.

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University presents AOR, a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist Lita Albuquerque. This engaging exhibition consists of a multi-part, site-specific installation encompassing the entire space of the museum. This charged, visual environment features works in diverse media, ranging from the artist’s characteristic use of rocks and raw pigment to new explorations with digital imagery and the artist’s first works in video. Running through March 26. Pepperdine University. 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, (310) 506-7257.

STUDIO 84 WEST Thurs.-Sat., 6-8pm. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER Celebration: Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog celebrates a blend of traditional and contemporary art in all media by noted local and international Chinese artists, co-curated by Jim Zhang. Shows through March 18. New Paintings by Tiger Huang. Like all traditional Chinese artists and literati, Huang’s performance is based on a mastery of the brush, so complete as to be almost incomprehensible to us. His eight-part History Painting visually unfolds reminding us of one of the earliest formats of painting: the rolled scroll. Shows through March 18. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State University Channel Islands, Ventura St., Bldg. #18, 383-1368. Online at www.studiochannelis lands.org.

THE STUDIO GALLERY Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists, including a new kiln-load of ceramics by Bill Creitz and newly-framed silk screen floral prints by Patricia Gunn. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

UPFRONT GALLERY Gallery hours: Fri.-Sat. 1-5pm, Sun. 2-5pm, or by appointment. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.

VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION Featuring Holiday Harlettes, paintings in oils by Leslie Marcus. Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Thurs. 12-5pm; Sun. by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA COLLEGE GALLERIES In Gallery 2, Annie Murphy-Robinson will exhibit her large figurative drawings. Murphy-Robinson’s work connects with the view by addressing issues of the human condition. She attempts to attain this through self-portraiture and through portraiture of her family. In the New Media Gallery, Toni Chiapelli is a contemporary photographer with a primary focus on figurative abstracts. Her newest series, Studies in Color, skillfully addresses complex issues about gender, mortality, violence and the human condition while embracing one of the most recognizable objects known to us—the human form. Both exhibits run through March 10. Galeries are open Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. On the Ventura College Campus, Ventura. 648-8974 or cday@vcccd.net.

VENTURA COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Friday, March 3, 5-8 p.m. An opening reception for a multi-media exhibition, Island Passages: Artists Celebrate the Channel Islands will be held. The exhibit will be up from March 4 to May 29. Hoffman and Hall galleries, Ventura County Museum of History and Art. Call 653-0323.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS Featuring Lee Hodges as artist-in-residence. Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

Museums

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. $4 general, $3 seniors, $1 youth. Free for members. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. (805) 933-0076. www.oilmuseum.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Open studios for Museum members: ceramicist Cheryl Ann Thomas and glass artist Teal Row. An insider’s look at the studios and art techniques of two accomplished artists. 10 a.m.-noon. Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Free Fridays 3-5pm. 424 C St., Oxnard. 385-8157. www.vcnet.com/carnart.

CEC/SEABEE MUSEUM Historical artifacts, multi-media installations and vintage uniforms. 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, 12:30-4:30pm Saturday. Closed Sunday and national holidays. Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center, Sunkist entrance. 982-1249.

GULL WINGS MUSEUM The county’s only hands-on learning museum for kids. 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 418 4th St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuse um4kids.org.

OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Thurs.-Fri. 1-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun. noon-4pm. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. (805)640-1390.

PORT HUENEME LIGHTHOUSE The Lighthouse is open to the public the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. The current structure was built in 1941, with the original having been built in 1874. The fresnel lens was made in 1897 and is still in operation. Admission is free. Adults age 18 and up require photo ID. Last shuttle pick-up at port gate is 2:30pm. 120 W. Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. (310) 541-0334.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: free-$7. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.

SANTA PAULA’s CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through April 16, the interactive science exhibit, “Destination Mars: National Traveling Exhibition” has been extended. The exhibit was developed by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, with funding from NASA and the Natoinal Science Foundation; it highlights the extraordinary explorations of Mars that have taken place over the last decade, including the Mars Rover and Pathfinder missions. Exhibit stations invite visitors into hands-on learning experiences of Mars gravity, weather, landforms, volcanoes, and rocks. A piece of actual Martian rock is on display with an explanation of the remarkable process that brought it to earth. Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Celebrating When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleets of the Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433, which highlights artifacts of the early dynasty as well as the early compass and maritime technology of the 15th century. Includes a portrait commissioned by the L.A. artist Mr. Qi Pang and a replica of the Admiral’s formal uniform. Through May 31, 2006. International Waters is an exhibit of paintings by artist members of the renowned International Society of Marine Painters. Through April 2. Open daily 11am-5pm. Free; donations appreciated. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard Fisherman’s Wharf, CI Harbor. (805)984-6260.

VENTURA COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART Showing through May 7 is a new George Stuart Historical Figures exhibit: Renaissance and Reformation in Europe, 1400-1600, featuring more than three dozen finely detailed figures including Lorezno de Medici and Lucrezia Borgia of Italy, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I of England, and Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain. Regular museum admission: $1-7; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

BASKETBALL CAMP Final applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only, and for boys and girls ages 10-19 years of age. Camp location is Thousand Oaks. Call for a free brochure. (704) 373-0873.

C.A.T.S. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Put Some Drama In Your Child’s Life! Creative Acting Theater School is pleased to offer youth acting classes throughout Ventura County. Sessions begin in January for these popular classes: Tiny Tots, ages 4-5, Simi Valley; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Camarillo, Ventura, and Simi Valley); The Glass Slipper-A Cinderella Story, Thousand Oaks; Classes held Tuesdays in Simi Valley, Thursdays in Ventura and Camarillo, and Fridays in Thousand Oaks. Instructor Roxanne Diesel. (661) 718-3968.

FRONT ROWS CLUB Families can experience classical music from a dynamic up-close view of Maestro Boris Brott conducting the New West Symphony through a new program offering families with elementary school-age children reduced-price front-row seats at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Oxnard Performing Arts Center concerts. Front row tickets are $10 for children 5-12, $15 for accompanying adults. Cost includes pre-concert family event and activity packet. Call 777-7886 to join.

KIDS’ FANTASY BOOK CLUB Friday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m. Get ready for a fantastical adventure as we continue our journey through The Lord of the Rings with Book Two: Chapters 7-8 of The Fellowship of the Ring. We will also discuss the second book in the Dragons of Deltora series, Shadowgate by Emily Rodda. Barnes & Noble, 4820 Telephone Rd., Ventura, 339-0990.

STORYTIME: MARVELOUS MANNERS Friday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Mind your manners as we read delightful stories about being polite. We will also make a cute cookie jar craft to help us remember all the nice things to say. Barnes & Noble, 4820 Telephone Rd., Ventura, 339-0990.

MUSICAL THEATER Mondays through March 20, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Recreation Center and Broadway Babies offer the class incorporating all components of musical theater including acting, singing, dancing, makeup, costumes and sets. Presentation held at end of session. $96. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

P’S & Q’S Mondays through March 20, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the basic etiquette class for ages 6-10. Students learn communication skills, introductions, table manners in a fun and creative way. $120. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

TAX PREPARATION FOR SENIORS Wednesdays through April 12, 9am-2pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services Senior Recreation Program offers assistance to seniors 50+ in preparing their 2005 tax returns. Free by appointment only. 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

Film

BEST OF THE 30TH ANNUAL BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL. Wednesday-Thursday, March 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m. For the past 30 years, the Banff Mountain Film Festival has been celebrating the spirit of adventure and the mountain environment. Always inspiring and captivating, the Best of the 30th Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival will present a completely different program each night. The show’s wide variety of film subjects—from extreme sports to mountain culture—will amaze and thrill audiences. Wednesday night’s slate of films includes Balancing Point, a Special Jury Award winner. $12 general, 10$ UCSB students and youth 18 and under. Campbell Hall at UCSB, 893-3535.

THE FOURTH WORLD WAR Thursday, March 2, 7:30pm. A.N.S.W.E.R. Film Series in Ventura County screens the Big Noise film, followed by political discussion. Film brings together the inspiring images and the poetry of worldwide social struggles against neoliberalism, showing a system increasingly dependent on violence and so called war on terror in order to sustain its world order. Free. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura. (323) 464-1636.

TEN DAYS IN GAZA Sunday, March 5, 2-4pm. The Israel Action Committee of Temple Beth Haverim together with the Israeli House at the Consulate General of Israel encourage you to join them for a special screening of the film, followed by commentary from Israel’s Channel 2 news anchorman, Gadi Sukenik, and Gilad Millo, Israeli Consul for Media and Public Affairs. $10 advance, $12 door. Temple Beth Haverim, 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. (818) 991-7111.

NINA SIMONE – LOVE SORCERESS Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. The many musical moods – classical, jazz, blues, folk and pop – of the legendary High Priestess of Soul, are captures in this rarely seen documentary of a mesmerizing 1976 Paris concert featuring Simone’s breathtaking singing and mercurial behavior. The #Seattle Weekly# claims, “Look no further for proof of Simone’s genius.” $6 general, $5 UCSB students. Tickets, 893-3535, or www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Lectures/Seminars

ACHIEVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN YOUR BUSINESS Thursday, March 2, 2006, 8 a.m.. The Ventura County Energy Resource Center will present a training course that focuses on cost effective changes for your business, tactics for managing energy costs, benefits of the utility rebate program, and financing energy within your budget. Free. Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, 1000 South Hill Rd., Suite 230, Ventura. To register, call 289-3335.

MEET THE RZA Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m. In a rare conversation, the Wu-Tang Clan’s chief producer RZA discusses art, race, music, film, and life. The RZA, who is credited with the scores of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Vols. 1 and 2 and Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog, is also the author of The Wu-Tang Manual, equal parts travelogue, dictionary, and cultural decoder ring for the Clan, whose mythology includes kung-fu movies, Mafia lore, and Eastern philosophies. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, assistant professor of Black Studies at UCSB. Featuring the performances of KCSB DJs. $10 general, $5 students. Corwin Pavilion at UCSB. Tickets 893-2064.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, March 4-5

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