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YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU

May 19-June 17.  Come watch Grandpa Vanderhof — the patriarch who taxes a frustrated IRS agent — and his eccentric family enjoying life, laughs and oddball hobbies when a suitor from conservative and disapproving parents enter the frenzied fray.  Throw in the iceman who came and never left, the wise and wacky live-in helpers, an aging actress, Boris of the ballet, a grand duchess, FBI agents, and you have the most successful collaboration between George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.  Local Ojai and Ventura actors bring this popular 70-year-old comedy to life. $12 – $15. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Ojai Art Center Theater. 640-8797.

SYRIA AND LEBANON IN LIGHT OF THE BUSH DOCTRINE

May 31, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters present As\’ad AbuKhalil, Professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, visiting professor at UC Berkeley, as their featured speaker. AbuKhalil discusses recent events happening in that part of the world. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 241-8855.

WORLD TALES

May 27, 7 p.m. Performances to Grow On presents award-winning puppeteer Hobey Ford in a free performance for the whole family. Winner of  the highest award in puppetry, Ford remains one of the most sought after puppeteers in the world. He delights audiences of all ages with his creativity and fantastic puppet creations. RSVP. Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura.

Special Events

NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK May 21-26 The lobby of the Hall of Administration at the County Government Center will be filled with displays highlighting the employees and responsibilities of in each of the five departments in the Public Works Agency: Central Services, Engineering, Transportation, Water and Sanitation, and the Watershed Protection District. Together, these departments are responsible for construction; road engineering; water filtration and water delivery; sewage treatment; the protection of life and property from floods and other disasters; recycling, refuse collection and hazardous waste management; and safeguarding the county’s valuable water resources and watersheds. http://publicworks.countyofventura.org/index.html. 658-4315.

ASIAN PACIFIC/AMERICAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION Thursday, May 25, 1pm. The World Affairs Council of Ventura County (WAC-VC) is hosting festivities and a special lunchtime presentation, “Vietnamization’s Fallacies and Lessons for Iraq,” by author Quang X. Pham. $20-$25, lunch and presentation. Bolles Field Picnic Area, Naval Base. www.worldaffairscouncilvc.org. 988-0784.

TIP-A- COP BENEFIT Thursday, May 25, 5-9pm. Ventura County Law Enforcement Agencies continue their 2006 Tip-A-Cop benefits for the Special Olympics. Ventura County’s Probation Agency, the Port Hueneme Police Department, and representatives of the Ventura County District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Department help raise awareness and funds serving meals from 5-9pm at Applebee’s in Ventura, 4910 Telephone Road, Camarillo at 291 Ventura Blvd., and in Thousand Oaks at 3980 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 650-7717.

BILL ISRAEL MEMORIAL MUSICALE Sunday, May 28, 4:30pm. Local resident Nancy Israel pays tribute to her late husband and raises funds for the New West Symphony with the Bill Israel Memorial Musicale. The third annual dinner concert is held at a mountain-view home in Ojai. Entertainment by former New West Symphony Discovery Artists, violinist Lindsay Deutsch and pianist Sean Chen. Tickets are $300. Please call for more information or to purchase tickets. 499-5256.

Film

RUMI-TURNNG ECSTATIC Saturday, May 27, 7pm. An Iranian American woman journeys to Iran in search of mystical roots of her homeland. Witness whirling dervishes, both men and women communities, some footage that has never previously been permitted to be photographed, as well as numerous mystical and mysterious adventures. The film screens with Mystic Iran, 5pm, followed by a dinner break from 6:30-7:30pm. $12 general, 7pm screening $10, 5pm screening $5. Plexus Studio, Meiners Oaks. 544-9663.

JOYEUX NOEL Sunday, May 28, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the French-German-UK co-production about an impromptu truce declared during WWI on Christmas Eve between the German and French soldiers. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTING ENTRIES The premier venue for nonfiction film in the American west is seeking submissions for a festival that will take place February 15-21, 2007 in Missoula, Montana. The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres, subject matte, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash prizes given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short (15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15 minutes) and best documentary about the American west. VHS, DVD, DVCAM and miniDV accepted for preview. Fees vary by deadline and length of film. Deadline September 1. www.bigskyfilmfest.org.

Performances

HUENEME HIGH SCHOOL BAND CONCERT Thursday, May 25, 7:30pm. Oxnard Room, Performing Arts Center. 486-2424.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, 8pm. Friday: Summer Tournament Week 4-Teams compete for judge awarded points to be the funniest; Saturday: Special TheatreSports-Ventura competes with the Los Angeles visiting team. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

RONNY & THE CLASSICS Friday, May 26, 8pm. Ronny and his zany crew return with their be-bopping music of the 50\’s and 60\’s, outrageous stage antics, flashy zoot suits, and lots of great oldies music. $20 adults, $18 senior/student, $15 children. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

LES GENDARMES DU SWING Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm-10:30pm. This exciting gypsy jazz group is inspired by the great guitarist Django Reinhardt and his Quintet of the Hot Club of France. In the Django tradition, the band plays only stringed instruments. Experience the thrill of this vintage swing for strings! The James Joyce, 513 State St, Santa Barbara.   www.gendarmesdus wing.com 450-6487.

Theater

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK May 6-September 13. Gypsies in a Trunk open their 12th season of Fairytales in the Park with a new twist on an old favorite. Westlake Village: May 6, 11am, at Foxfield Park. Simi Valley: May 6, 4pm, at the Rancho Simi Bicentennial Amphitheater, Rancho Simi Park. Channel Islands: May 7, 2pm, at Harbor View Park. Camarillo: September 13, 11:30am, behind the Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley Street. Ventura: September 13, 4pm, at Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. www.gypsyplayers.com. (661) 718-3968.

A LITTLE PRINCESS May 25-28 The Performance Theater for Young Artists (PTYA) will presents the heartwarming musical based on the literary classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett. $15 adults, $12 seniors and children 14 and under. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 7pm. Sunday, 3pm. Seton Hall, Ventura College Theater, Ventura. www.ptya.org. 642-4570.

SAVING THE WORLD: ONE STORY AT A TIME May 26–June 11. Theater 150’s main stage show of the season features directors and seven different casts to produce a funny and moving collection of ten-minute plays – all original works by local writers. $18, Sundays 2-for-1 tickets. Friday, Saturday 8 pm; Sunday 7 pm.

Theater 150, 918 East Ojai Ave, Ojai. www.theater150.org. 646-4300.      

SHIRLEY VALENTINE May 31-June 4. The critically-acclaimed one-woman show returns! A middle-aged Liverpool housewife accepts a friend’s invitation to take an all-expenses paid trip to Greece (against her husband’s wishes) and discovers that it’s never too late to recapture your dreams and claim a full life. Karyl Lynn Burns returns to her role after last summer’s critical acclaim for her performance. $20-$49. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St, Ventura.  www.rubiconthe atre.org. 667-2900.

Art

A&R: ARTISTS AND REPRESENTATION EXHIBITION April 18-June 9. In celebration of color and consciousness, the MultiCultural Center presents the 2nd annual student art exhibition that includes works by students of color and allies as well as works informed by race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Catered reception Tuesday, April 18, 8pm. Multicultural Center, UCSB. 893-8411.

ACCOLADES GALLERY May 18-June 25. “Coffee Paintings.” a new series of mixed media work by artist Peter Eble, whose inspiration comes from the natural, warm, but raw texture of burlap sacks used to transport and store coffee beans. The burlap, including logos of the companies and countries of origin, is cut in different shapes and sizes and integrated in the paintings. The use of mostly warm colors corresponds to the nature of the beverage. Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm, and by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com. 648-4080.

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

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm, Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/ 646-1300.

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartist sunion.org. 643-3012 or 650-8252.

ARTZWORKS.COM GALLERY Gallery opening party. “A Toast to Dali.” May 27th 7-11 p.m. Call 984-2816.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Tom McMillin & Friends, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, May 6-June 18. Opening reception Saturday, May 6, noon- 4pm. The public is invited to attend. Also featuring a permanent exhibition telling Woods’ life story, as well as a changing exhibit of contemporary artists. 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.

BLOOMING BLOSOMS May 6-21. The Christine Leong/Students Show, with a reception Sunday, May 7, 1-3pm. Open Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm. Camarillo Art Center, 3150 Ponderosa Dr, Camarillo.

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

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY May 30-June 24. Airom Bleicher’s “A Strange Time for Summer” features work filled with thick expression and conceptual imagery while still maintaining an innocent aesthetic appeal.  Layers of glazed paint form sediment of process-based conceptions and his emotional reactions to them. Reception on Saturday, June 3rd from 4 – 7 pm. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

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

CAFÉ ZACK presents oil paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9pm; Friday, 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-9:30pm; Saturday, 5:30-9:30pm.  11:30am-2pm. 1095 Thompson Boulevard, Ventura. 643-9445.

CALIFORNIA GOAL COAST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY May 4-28. The 16th annual membership show is on display. The exhibit will feature watercolor and aqua-media paintings of exceptional quality by California artists. Reception Saturday, May 6, 2pm-4pm. Hours Thursday-Sunday, 1pm-5pm. 484-7594.

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.California Street Gallery.com. 653-0321 or cast gallery@sbcglobal.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 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

DIVA: THE PASSION BOUTIQUE through June 17 “Peep Show,” a collection of black and white photographic images by local artist Alex Cooper, is edgy, erotic and provocative. Cooper mixes vintage pin-up with modern sadism to create a unique viewing experience. Store hours Tuesday-Saturday, 11-7, Sundays 12pm-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.coopercult.com, www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.

EXPRESSIONS OF OUR YOUTH April 27-May 31. Candidates for the Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship Program for students pursuing studies in visual arts are on display. Atrium Lobby, Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 658-2213.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART May 20-September 3, On Location in Malibu 2006: Paintings by the California Art Club. Features nearly 60 works by 51 artists. Reception to meet the artists Saturday, May 20, 6pm-8pm. No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

HANG WITH THE BEST April 10-May 24. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is proud to present the annual student/teacher art show. High school and middle school students, Grades 6-12, as well as their instructors, are invited to apply to have their artwork exhibited in the Arts Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Application available in the Mach/April issue of ARTSCENE Magazine, on www.HillcrestArts.com, or at the Hillcrest Center. Free. Galleria is open to all from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. 381-2747.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY May 25-June 18. “Wall of Color,” by Ventura County watercolor artists Sally Miller, Carol Simson and Margaret Carey will show their diverse work. Artists’ reception Friday, May 26 5-8pm. Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA 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 Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MADE IN OJAI IV May 26-June 18. The Ojai Studio Artists hold their annual spring exhibition, including student work from scholarship winners on display during the opening reception. Reception June 3, 5:30pm-8pm. Wallace Neff Building, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  www.ojaistudioartists.com. 524-6970.

MADONNA AND OUR CHILDREN through June. Leslie Marcus’s new works are presented, abstract contemporary images of mother and child painted in oils, with an elegant palette of hues and simplistic forms. Wednesday-Mondays, 10am-5pm. 446 Main St., Ventura. 653-2600.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATALIE’S ECLECTIBLES presents Hilda Kilpatrick’s oil paintings in “California Reflections.” Fascinated by the beauty found in nature, Kilpatrick’s oil paintings are primarily landscapes, local scenes and places that speak to her soul. She works without layering – wet on wet, from top to bottom. 494 E. Main St, Ventura.

NATALIE’S FINE THREADS UPSTAIRS GALLERY 596 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8854.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Three Decades will be on exhibit April 8-May 31. The exhibit will celebrate the career of Gary Lang by highlighting pivotal works from 1980 to present, featuring the influential painting Night Life, from 1987, which is the birth of the Circle, Line, Mirror and Plaid paintings that Lang has become known for. Opening reception Saturday, April 8, 5-7pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

ODYSSEY May 8-June 30. Ner Bicarme’s collection of 18 black and whites and sepia photographs on display. Bank hours Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm; Friday 9am-6pm. Ojai Community Bank, 402 W. Ojai Ave, Suite 102, Ojai. 646-9909.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM May 12-August 12. “Encounters: 60 Years of the Ojai Music Festival” includes archive photos of legendary music artists, a gallery of commemorative posters, and a tribute to the Festival Women’s Committee. Cocktail party and reception on Friday, May 12, 5:30pm-7:30pm, $60 per person. 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION May 20-June 11 Artist Fellowship Showcase features City of Ventura Cultural Funding Program recipients, and guest curator Nathan Larramendy. Reception Wednesday, May 24, 6pm-8pm. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

 

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM May 7-August 27. Norton, Von Dutch, & Co: Legendary Motorcycles from the Schoenewald Collection is presented. At the Sunday, May 7 reception from 1-3pm, collector and owner Daniel Schoenewald will speak about the motorcycles in this collection. Some of the greatest names in motorcycle racing, design, and history are on display, including Norton Commando, Von Dutch, Triumph, BSA, Brough, and Vincent. This is the first public exhibition of this collection in California. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY May 26-June 17. “The Spirit of the Sierras,” is an exhibition of wilderness photographer Ken Wise’s series on the Sierra Nevadas.255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643.3973.

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

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER May 13-June 24. Four distinct exhibitions run concurrently: “Points in Time,” landscape paintings by Susan Petty, in the Evans Gallery; “Figure Play & Clay Thoughts,” sculpture by Annemarie Han, paintings by Gayel Childress, in the O’Keeffe Gallery; “After Images,” new paintings by Julia Pinkham and “From the Gallerie de Refusè – Please Don’t Look,” Found Object Assemblages by Tom Kimbrell, both in the Gerd Koch Gallery; “Wish You Were Here: The Tourist Photographer,” a group show of travel photos, in the Hallway Gallery. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

THE STUDIO GALLERY Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

UPFRONT GALLERY April 29-June 11. “New Collages, Drawings and Paintings” by acclaimed L.A. painter Dawn Arrowsmith, whose work is derived from investigations of nature, longevity, daily sustenance and meditation. Through a meditative and ritualistic process, Arrowsmith has developed a very focused group of paintings. Artist reception Saturday, April 29, 6-9pm. 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 HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Gallery hours: Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

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 The missing link in art education presents the student’s drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces at the 2006 annual art shows.  www.youngatart studios.com. Exhibits on display Monday-Saturday, 3pm-6pm330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STUDIO ARTISTS TOUR. Do you want to be a Very Important Part of the 2006 Studio Artists Tour? Focus on the Masters is looking for pleasant, hardworking, multi-talented, and charming volunteers to help us with mailings, ticket sales, Gala set-up, Gala reception and reservations, tour reservations, and lots of other things. We need volunteers during the weeks leading up to the Tour and we need volunteers on the days of the Gala and the Tour itself. Any volunteer who donates a minimum of three hours will earn a Tour ticket. 653-2501.

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 10 am-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.

DUDLEY HOUSE Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE: FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS TWOSOMES May 9- September 10. The George Stuart Historical Figures on display include Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen. The one-quarter life-size portraits of historical personalities are renowned for their meticulous wardrobes and expressive faces. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 East Main Street. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. $4 ages 18-61, $3 seniors and $1 children ages 6-17. Free for children under 5 and museum members. 653-0323.

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.gullwingsmuseum 4kids.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 Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM This 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 $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS Oxnard students are invited to illustrate “the rhythms of culture” through art, in the annual Multicultural Festival Art Contest, sponsored by the City of Oxnard. Participants must be Oxnard residents, 6-18 years of age. Deadline Friday, May 26. More info: 385-7434.

Kids/Seniors

BROADWAY BABIES Mondays, April 17-June 12, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the musical theater class for ages 6-14. Class incorporates acting, singing, dancing, makeup, costumes, and sets. Presentation follows end of session. Call for schedule and fees. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

MANNERS CLASSES Mondays, April 21-June 9. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services hold basic etiquette classes for children. P’s and Q’s basic etiquette class for ages 6-10, 4:15-5:15pm. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 597-7361.

BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturdays, 10:15am-12pm. The Carnegie Art Museum is offering a series of art workshops for kids ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. $1 per child. Reservations required. 385-8171.

TEEN TYPING CLASS Tuesdays, April 27-June 1, 3:20-4:20pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the typing-keyboarding classing for teens ages 11-17. Six week class meets at Lindero Canyon Middle School. $65. (818) 597-7361.

ART NEEDED! RHYTMS OF CULTURES THROUGH ART Oxnard students are invited to illustrate the importance of diversity and culture in our community for a show that will be held Saturday, October 7. Participants must be 6-18 years of age, and drawing must incorporate festival theme, “Celebrate the Rhythms of Cultures.” Entry forms available at the Community Affairs Division Office, 300 W. Third Street, 4th Floor, Oxnard. Deadline for submission is Friday, May 26.

CLUB SOCCER TRY-OUTS Looking for girls born on or after Aug. 1, 1992 for competitive Team. 890-8532.

Lectures/Seminars

LEAVES OF ABSENCE: LET ME COUNT THE WAYS Friday, May 26, 7:30-9am. Alfred J. Landegger, Esq., Managing Partner, and Michael S. Lavenant, Esq., Attorney, Landegger & Baron, speak on leaves of absence. Free. Camarillo Hampton Inn and Suites, 50 W. Daily Drive, Camarillo. 987-7128.

GRAND PARENTING Saturday, May 27, 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, May 27-28, 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.

Classes/Workshops

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT CITIZEN ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, May 10-July 26, 6-9pm. The Department begins a new class covering a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Must live or work in Oxnard. 385-7631.

FOCUS ON THE MASTERS: LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, April 6-May 25, 7pm-9:30pm. Richard Franklin leads a class where students will work with a live model and learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring a 18” by 24” drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Age 16 to adults. $80 for 8 weeks plus model fee.

OJAI PERFORMING ARTS THEATER ACADEMY April 10-June 10. OPATA offers a new buffet of classes in music, dance, theater, including beginning guitar, African hand drums, ballet, pre-ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and acting at all levels. All classes this session will be performance oriented, with students working on performance pieces to be presented in OPATA’s Spring Showcase on June 10. Registration for the spring session is now open, deadline is April 7. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. 640-6404.

GENTLE YOGA Wednesday, April 19-June 14, 2:30-3:30pm. Class for adults. Improve flexibility, strength, overall fitness and stress management. Course is designed to meet your individual needs. Bring mat and towel, and wear comfortable clothes. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

LINE DANCE CLASS Thursdays, May 18-June 22, 7-8pm. $8 class, $40 six week workshop. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 551-7991.

2 DAY WORKSHOP WITH JABLONSKI Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 28, 9am-1pm. Local artist Irena Jablonski will teach. Learn how to paint a nude or clothed figure, integrate it into the background, seeing shapes, color, value and edges. Working wet into wet, from start to finish. $50, limited to 10 students. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr, Suite 117C, Ventura.  www.HarborVillage Gallery.com. 644-2750.

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improv for youth, teens and adults. First class is always free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701. Online at  www.venturaimprov.com.

Literature/Poetry

FAVORITE POEMS PROJECT Third Monday, 5:15pm-6:30pm. Open mic: all poets and non-poets invited to read a favorite poem (not their own) or two. Hosted by Lois Klein. The Blue Agave, 20 E. Cota, Santa Barbara.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Host: Enid Osborn. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura, 320-3524.

OPEN MIC Wednesdays (except the first of the month), 7:30 pm Hosted by Miss Marissa. Kava Dume, 5653 Kana Rd., Agoura, (818) 865-8602.

MUSICIAN’S NIGHT OUT Wednesdays, 7:30-11pm. Traditional gathering of writers and performers. California Taco Co., 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7174.

POETRY WORKSHOP Every second and fourth Wednesday. Barnes and Noble, Ventura.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP Every 4th Wednesday with a different teacher every month. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd, Ventura. 644-0064.

POETRY READING Thursdays, 7 pm-10 pm Hosted by Daniela Schonberger. Giovanni’s, 6583 Pardell Rd., Isla Vista, 968-2255.

REDS HOT POETRY First Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. Open mic. Hosted by Sojourner Rolle. Red Hot Coffee House, 12 Helena St, Santa Barbara.

SOAP BOX POETS Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm. Open mic. Hosted by Kathleen Roxby. Borers, Camino Real Shopping Center, Goleta.

OUTLAW POETS OPEN WORD First Friday of the month, 7pm. Bart\’s Books, 302 W. Matilija, Ojai. 646-3755.

LATTE 101 First Saturday of every month, 8pm. Open mic with music. Hosted by Nurse Bob. 5722 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

THE POETRY ZONE Second Saturday of every month, 2pm-4pm. Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 21 W. Anapamu, Santa Barbara.

POETRY OPEN MIC Sundays, 5 pm-8 pm Hosted by Paradox and Mama Val. Every second Sunday is Ventura SLAM 101 with $101 prize. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

Farmers’ Markets

CERTIFIED MARKET- VENTURA Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- THOUSAND OAKS Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. The Oaks Shopping Center, Wilbur Rd. & Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA Saturdays, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara & Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- SANTA CLARITA Sundays, 8:30am-12pm. College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8, Santa Clarita. 529-6266.

Stepping Out

BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, May 25, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

CALIFORNIA STATE OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION Sunday, May 28, 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.

SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, May 28, 5-8pm. Dance to live music of the swinging years with an 18-piece orchestra, including vocalists Jan Nielson and Diz Mullins. $8. The Sportsman Restaurant, 4426 Central Ave., Camarillo. 983-0668.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, May 29, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE Tuesday, May 30, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, May 30, 8pm. Salsa dancing and lessons every Tuesday. Free lessons with cover charge. Beginning 8-8:30pm, advanced, 8:30-9:15pm. Occasional age restrictions. $7. Borderline Bar and Grill, 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks. 446-4435.

WEST COAST SWING Tuesdays, 7pm. Poinsettia Swing Dance club hosts their weekly dance and lessons. Under 21 welcome. 7pm: beginning West Coast swing lesson; 8pm: intermediate lesson; 8:30-10:30pm: West Coast Swing Dancing. $10 before 8pm, $6 after 8pm. House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave., Ste. E Ventura. 643-0788.

SALSA LESSONS & SALSA DANCING Wednesday, May 31. Come learn Salsa dancing and play and practice afterwards. Beginning Salsa, 6:30pm; Beginning with 1-2 intermediate moves, 7:00 pm; Intermediate Salsa Moves, 7:45; Advanced moves, 8:30pm; Salsa Dancing 9pm. $10 for salsa class, $5 dance after 9pm. Lobster Trap, 3605 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. 405-2946.

SALSA Every Monday, 6:30pm. Under 21 are VERY welcome! 6:30pm, beginning salsa; 7pm, beginning with 1 or 2 intermediate moves; 7:45pm, intermediate salsa moves; 8:30pm, advanced moves; 9pm, salsa dance. $10, new customers ? price pass first time. Nicholby’s Night Club, 410 E. Main, Ventura. 405-2946.

Shows/Markets

FAMILY CARE & VOLUNTEER FAIR Thursday, May 25, 8:30am-noon. Receive Family Care information including child care and senior services, plus volunteer opportunities throughout Ventura County are also available. Ventura County Government Center, Main Courtyard. 652-7506.

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, May 27, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features mostly fine art including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Held outdoors between the Holiday Inn and the Artists’ Union Gallery, where California St. meets the sea. 340-0609.

Clubs/Groups

VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY Thursday, May 25, 7:30pm. The society holds their monthly meeting. Featured speaker: Jo Maravilla, owner of Maravilla Gardens Nursery in the Santa Rosa Valley. Cowan Conference Center, 550 Airport Way, Camarillo. 523-9003.

VENTURA ATHEISTS Monday, May 29. Dynamic discussion group focuses on stimulating and challenging discourse and moderated discussions on topics relevant to atheism. All viewpoints are welcome. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 794-4714.

ORGANIC GARDEN AND HERB SOCIETY Tuesday, May 30, 7pm. Monthly meeting and summer planting discussion. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 498-1623.

PING PONG Thursdays, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. Call 646-8162 for more information.

LESBIAN AND GAY SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm. Singles and couples welcome. Cope with hostilities and concerns in the workplace, society, community and family. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. (888) 702-0202. Visit online at www.oa-ci.org.

AAUW Coffee & Chats First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome. Side Street Café, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. 495-9669.

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HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

May 19 – May 20.  UCSB presents 8 intelligent, inspiring and indispensable documentary films from around the globe, articulating many of the human, environmental and geo-political stories of our times.  Presented films include State of Fear – the Truth about Terrorism, Mardi Gras: Made in China, La Sierra, The Liberace of Baghdad, Street Fight, No More Tears Sister: Anatomy of Hope and Betrayal, Wall/Mur and Videoletters.  $6 general per film, or $30 one person full pass. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.  893-3535.

OJAI GLOBAL GROOVE FESTIVAL

May 20, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and May 21, 11 a.m. -7:30 p.m. The RageJax Foundation and Howard Freiberg present the second in a series of outdoor concerts at Libbey Bowl to benefit the organization dedicated to providing music and art programs to under-privileged children. Featured in this weekend of music and fun are popular jam bands Particle, Aphrodisia, Mahsa Lila, Delta Nove, Cubensis, more. Master of Ceremonies is Ardas, host of Octopus 95.9 Grateful Grooves radio show. $20 per day, $35.00  both days advance, $25.00 day of show. Libbey Bowl, downtown Ojai, California. Visit online at www.ragejaxfoundation.com.

PLEASE GO HOME AND TELL MR. BUSH NOT TO BOMB US

May 21, 7:30 p.m.  The staged reading of Kelly Hayes-Raitt’s dramatic accounts of her two trips to Iraq will be performed by local talented actors.  Hayes-Raitt interviewed dozens of women, children and men about their lives during the first Gulf War, the regime, the economic sanctions and the horrifying "shock and awe" of this current war.  Adapted for the stage by Emmy Award-winner and Santa Monica resident Robert Illes (The Carol Burnett Show) and directed by Woodland Hills resident Riley Steiner (Page Bowen on General Hospital). Dessert buffet and coffee reception after.  The evening will benefit Hayes-Raitt’s campaign for State Assembly. $35 presale, $45 at the door. Pacific Palisades Women\’s Club, 901 Haverford Avenue, Pacific Palisades. (310) 392-8715.

Special Events

RACE, CRIME, AND CITIZENSHIP SYMPOSIUM Thursday, May 18, 5pm. Scholar and commentator Kimberle Crenshaw Williams talks about the presence of a large system of race-, class-, and gender-based prison system shaping understandings of citizenship. Williams Crenshaw is a professor of law at Columbia University and UCLA and has published works on civil rights, black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and law. Free. MultiCultural Center Theater, UCSB. 893-8411.

NAMI WALK Saturday, May 20, 9am. Community members can improve the lives of people living with mental illness by joining the National Alliance on Mental Illness Ventura County for their Mind of America 5K walk. The walk celebrates the progress the group has made to improve the lives of people with mental illness and help raise funds to continue their work. Walkers have the opportunity to enjoy inspirational stories, sponsor booths, snacks and a variety of activities in addition to the walk. Residents can form their own walking team or join an existing team. There is no walker registration fee and registration will be accepted at the event. Ventura Beach Promenade. 641-2426, Visit online at www.namiventura.org.

9th ANNUAL MALIBU GARDEN TOUR Saturday, May 20, 11am-3pm. Featured this year will be some of Malibu’s most beautiful gardens, hosted by garden docents and renowned landscape architects and designers at each location. Refreshments included. $25 tax-deductible donation. www.malibugardenclub.com. (310) 455-1558.

GOLD DUST GALA Saturday, May 20, 6pm. The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation proudly present their Sixteenth Annual fund-raiser featuring Phil Vassar. Event includes cocktails, Gold Dust Bags, silent auction, DJ and dancing, followed by a BBQ dinner, dancing with Caught Red Handed, and a concert by Vassar. Silent auction includes trips, collectibles,  paintings and more! Gold Dust Bags filled with opportunities for exciting treasures including dinners at fine restaurants, theater tickets, gems, western clothes, boots, autographed items, and more. $95 preferred seating, $75 general. San Miguel Hall, Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 667-2881.

MOONLIGHT & MUSIC Saturday, May 20. Come mingle at the top of the town for a little moonlight and music as the Ventura County Work Training Program holds their third annual event to benefit people with disabilities and disadvantages, helping them to find and keep jobs and live independently. Jonathan\’s at Peirano\’s tempts the taste buds, while local 80\’s cover band 7-FI keeps the place hoping. Guests enjoy breathtaking views from City Hall\’s picturesque terraces; a unique experience out on the town. Call for tickets. 966-3310, ext. 10.

CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21, 10am-6:30pm. The Twenty-Third Annual Festival blossoms on the vine at Strawberry Meadows, College Park in Oxnard, featuring two days of live music, arts and crafts, food and drink booths, children activity area, wandering entertainment and lots more. The musical line-up includes performances by Teresa Russell & Coco Billy, Jack Mack & The Heart Attack, Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Latin Kings, Michael John & The Bottom Line, Blowin Smoke, Floyd & the Flyboys, Soul City Survivors, Brasil Brazil, Lisa Haley & the Zydekats, and more. $12 general, $8 seniors 63+, $5 children ages 5-12. Kids under 4 free. 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. (888) 288-9242.

VENTURA STUDIO ARTISTS TOUR Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21, 10am-5pm. The Third Annual tour offers a glimpse into the working studios and creative sanctuaries of dozens of Ventura\’s finest artists. From glass blowers and ceramicists, to painters and furniture makers, Studio Tour goers enjoy a self-guided journey around Ventura to meet the artists in their studios and view their work. Weekend opens with an artist reception and gala at the Ventura County Museum of History & Art, Friday, May 19, 6:30-9:00pm. $40 includes dinner, wine, entertainment and an opportunity to meet the artists participating on the tour. The weekend concludes with a post-tour After GLOW Celebration and Cruise at Ventura Harbor Village, Sunday, May 21, 6-8pm. Free to all ticket holders. Tour tickets $25. 653-2501. Visit online at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

PARTY IN THE PARK AND 5K WALK Sunday, May 21, 9am-3pm. Walk, food, arts and crafts, petting zoo, bouncer, face painting, fire engines and DARE Unit, Fingerprinting, rock wall, water bomb battle zone and live entertainment – lots of fun for the whole family. Free. Conejo Creek Park, Thousand Oaks. 482-4400.

REBOZO FESTIVAL Sunday, May 21, 11am-2pm. The celebration will feature mariachi music, a luncheon, silent auction and fashion show highlighting the various styles of the “rebozo,” the colorful woven shawl traditionally warn by Mexican women. Proceeds will benefit the Oxnard College Re-entry student scholarship and De Colores Arts Group of Santa Paula. $20. 581-8600, ext. 401.

DUCK RACE Sunday, May 21, 11:30am-3:30pm. The 8th Annual Many Mansions Duck Race features face painting for kids, quacking contests, and a $5,000 grand prize for the person whose rubber duck is the first to swim across the finish line. The Lakes Shopping Center, Thousand Oaks.   www.duckrace.com/thousandoaks. 496-4948, ext. 36

WILDFLOWER WALKABOUT, TOO! Sunday, May 21, 2-4pm. The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy has scheduled the seventh in their series of educational outreach programs about Ventura\’s opens spaces. Wildflower Walkabout, Too! is a celebration of the arrival of Spring and the hillside\’s botanical delights. The event is organized for all ages with special activities for youth and adults. Dance With Aloha Hula School starts the celebration with a demonstration. The centerpiece events are guided hikes by botanically-experienced biologists. Participants view the latest wild flowers along the trails while learning about the local botanical community. $1 parking fee. Arroyo Verde Park barbeque area, Ventura.

JAZZ BENEFIT Sunday, May 21, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Come listen to Matilija Junior High and Cabrillo Middle School jazz bands at one of Ojai’s best restaurants. Proceeds will benefit both the school’s music departments. Cost of ticket includes pizza and pasta buffet. Boccali’s, 3277 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd, Ojai . 640-4355 x1628, 641-5155 x1105.

Film

THE FUTURE OF FOOD Thursday, May 18, 7pm. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions continues its monthly film series with a documentary that sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation’s smallest farmers, director Deborah Koons Garcia reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods. Discussion will follow. Free. www.c-p-r.net. 850-5849.

FLOCK OF DODOS Sunday, May 21, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the highly acclaimed documentary by Harvard-trained biologist turned filmmaker Randy Olson, who examines the arguments behind intelligent design. The screening is followed by a panel discussion on the evolution/intelligent design controversy, hosted by the filmmaker schedule permitting. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT LOUIS TILL Monday, May 22, 7:30pm. Re-examining the nightmarish 1955 Mississippi murder of 15 year old Emmett Till and the acquittal of his white murderers, this film unearths new facts that might finally lead to justice. Ten years in the making, this Keith Beauchamp film highlights the murder of a black teenager accused of whistling at a white woman. $6 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 893-3535.

Performances

ANDRE WATTS IN CONCERT Thursday, May 18, 8pm. Brilliant and beloved pianist Watts, legendary for his intensity and virtuosity, will play works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy and Ravel. $45. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 893-2098.

SOL Y CANTO: A BILINGUAL MUSICAL FAMILY FIESTA Friday, May 19, 7pm; Saturday, May 20, 7:30pm. “Best of Boston” winners Latin musical Group, Sol Y Canto performs toe-tapping calypso, reggae and salsa music from Latin America, the Caribbean and even some from the United States. Sol Y Canto introduces children and their families to the joys of multicultural music. Friday: $14 kids, $18 adults. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks; Saturday: $15-$20, Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Rd, Ojai. 646-8907.

NEW WEST SYMPHONY: MASTERPIECE SERIES CONCERT Friday, May 19, 8pm. Boris Brott conducts Gary Ginstling on clarinet, Nmon Ford on baritone, the Los Robles Master Chorale and the Ventura Master Chorale. $18-$70. Performing Arts Center, Oxnard. 486-2424.

THE ELVIS STORY: THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE TO THE KING Saturday, May 20, 7:30pm. Mark W. Curran stars in a live concert performance featuring the Suspicious Minds Showband and Memphis Soul Singers. The story of Elvis is presented in four parts, from his early pioneering Sun Records era, his films, his 1968 comeback special, and recreations of the historic Aloha and Vegas concerts. Utilizing a unique narrative, multimedia and live performances with four costume changes, this show covers many of the greatest hits of The King, highlighting a phenomenal career that spanned three decades of solid gold. $36-$40.  Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks. www.ticketmaster.com, www.civicartsplaza.com. 449-2787.

AN EVENING OF TRADITIONAL MEXICAN MUSIC, LOS CENZONTLES Saturday, May 20, 8pm. The Bay Area-based Mexican music super group, consisting of an eight member ensemble, will present an evening of traditional, contemporary and original Mexican and Mexican-American music. $12 general. MultiCultural Center Theater, UCSB. 893-8411.

KRIS DELMHORST & SHANNON MCNALLY BAND Saturday, May 20, 8pm. The Sings Like Hell music series – “the greatest music you’ve never heard” – presents the dynamic group as part of the program’s 19th series.. $39.50 general. Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara. www.singslikehell.com. 963-0761.

CHARLES SECREASE PLAYS BENEFIT CONCERT Sunday, May 21, 1:30pm-3pm. An accomplished soloist, Mr. Secrease will perform in a concert whose proceeds will benefit Support for the Kids, a Ventura County based non-profit organization providing underprivileged and foster children with educational enrichment and services. $10-$15 suggested donation. Oxnard Piano Outlet, 619 E. Ventura Blvd, Oxnard. (818) 761-4322.

MARK’O CONNOR & HIS APPALACHIA WALTZ TRIO Sunday, May 21, 2pm, 5pm. Brilliant composer/violinist Mark O’Connor will bring his trio for an afternoon that promises to be what the New York Times has called “one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music.” Rockwood, Santa Barbara Woman’s Club, 670 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara. $40 general. 893-3535.

COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND Sunday, May 21, 3pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services, the Las Virgenes Unified School District and the City of Westlake present the spring concert of the Community Concert Band. Free. The Landing, Westlake Village. (818) 597-7361.

SPEAKING OF T.C.BOYLE Monday, May 22, 7:30pm. Speaking of Tories wraps up its 2006 season with an evening devoted to the outstanding work of T.C. Boyle. Directed by Maggie Mixsell, the event will include stories from his new book, Tooth and Claw, and will be highlighted with a performance by Boyle himself, as well as Julie Pearl, Joe Spano, Charles de L’Arbre and Joe Velasco. $13-$30. Reception after, $50. Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara. 966-3875.

MAGICIAN JASON LATIMER Wednesday, May 24, 7:30pm. As seen on TV, the World Champion of Magic, aka “Real-Life Harry Potter” is considered by many to be the next David Copperfield. He will kick off his national tour in Thousand Oaks. $25-$35. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

LES GENDARMES DU SWING Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm-10:30pm. This exciting gypsy jazz group is inspired by the great guitarist Django Reinhardt and his Quintet of the Hot Club of France. In the Django tradition, the band plays only stringed instruments. Experience the thrill of this vintage swing for strings! The James Joyce, 513 State St, Santa Barbara. www.gendarmesduswing.com 450-6487.

Theater

STAR ON THE DOOR April 7-May 20. The Stage Door Theatre presents a comedy that revolves around cinema legend Doreen Lewis, who is about to make her Broadway debut opposite ardent admirer, Paul Burnside. Things become very chaotic and very funny when Doreen receives a disturbing phone call that was actually meant for her daughter-in-law. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8pm. Sunday matinees April 9, 23, and May 7 at 2pm. $12-$15. 28311 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

AGNES OF GOD April 14-May 21. The Elite Theatre Company presents the tale of fragile, unearthly Sister Agnes who gives birth (supposedly, a “virgin birth”) to a baby who quickly dies. The police are involved due to the baby’s death; however, the main conflict is between the Mother Superior, who wants Agnes left alone, and Dr. Martha Livingston, a lapsed Catholic with grievances against the church, determined to help Agnes gain a stronger grasp on reality, and to discover any wrongdoing. $15 students and seniors, $17 adult. Petit Playhouse, Oxnard. 483-5118.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Fridays-Sundays, April 15-May 21. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents the ribald classic musical by Stephen Sondheim, Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. Irreverent, fast-paced and filled with non-stop hilarity, Forum is features a marvelous mixture of mischief, mishaps, mistaken identities, misunderstandings and mayhem. Return to ancient Rome where a crafty slave attempts to win his freedom by arranging the elopement of his brainless, innocent master to an equally brainless, innocent courtesan. Performances: Fridays-Saturdays, 8 pm; Sundays, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 children 12 & under. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

THE RAINMAKER April 21-May 21. Camarillo Community Theatre presents the story of a paralyzing drought in the West, where we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. When suddenly from out of nowhere appears a picaresque character with a mellifluous tongue and the most grandiose notions a man could imagine. He is a rainmaker… Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $15 adults, $12 students, military, and seniors. $8 children 12 and under. 330 Skyway Dr, Camarillo. www.camarillotheatre.org. 388-5716.

ALL IN THE TIMING Thursday-Friday, April 27-May 21. The Rubicon Theatre Company and Ensemble Theatre present their first co-production. Smart, sophisticated and wildly funny, All in the Timing is a series of wacky and wonderful vignettes which explore, in Ives’ inimitable style, the marvels and mysteries of modern life. Five talented comic actors with impeccable timing offer affectionate insights into such subjects as the “dos and don’ts” of dating, missed and made connections, the need for universal language, the death of Trotsky, Philip Glass (ordering a loaf of bread), and what to do in [a] Philadelphia; while also answering the all-important time-honored question: could three chimps with typewriters eventually come up with Hamlet? Thursday-Sunday. Rubicon Theatre. $26-$49. 667-2900.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK May 6-September 13. Gypsies in a Trunk open their 12th season of Fairytales in the Park with a new twist on an old favorite. Westlake Village: May 6, 11am, at Foxfield Park. Simi Valley: May 6, 4pm, at the Rancho Simi Bicentennial Amphitheater, Rancho Simi Park. Channel Islands: May 7, 2pm, at Harbor View Park. Camarillo: September 13, 11:30am, behind the Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley Street. Ventura: September 13, 4pm, at Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. www.gypsyplayers.com. (661) 718-3968.

AIDA May 18-May 21. The Newbury Park High School Theatre Boosters present the modern rock opera based on the 1871 Verdi opera of the same name, highlighting the classic love triangle of loyalty and betrayal set in ancient Egypt, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. $6 students, $8 adults. Newbury Park High School Performing Arts Center, Newbury Park.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU May 19-June 17. Come meet Grandpa Vanderhof — the patriarch who taxes a frustrated IRS agent — and his eccentric family enjoying life, laughs and oddball hobbies.  Activity goes to another level when a suitor from conservative and disapproving parents enter the frenzied fray. $12-$15. Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2pm. Ojai Art Center Theater. 640-8797.

Art

A&R: ARTISTS AND REPRESENTATION EXHIBITION April 18-June 9. In celebration of color and consciousness, the MultiCultural Center presents the 2nd annual student art exhibition that includes works by students of color and allies as well as works informed by race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Catered reception Tuesday, April 18, 8pm. Multicultural Center, UCSB. 893-8411.

ACCOLADES GALLERY May 18-June 25. “Coffee Paintings.” a new series of mixed media work by artist Peter Eble, whose inspiration comes from the natural, warm, but raw texture of burlap sacks used to transport and store coffee beans. The burlap, including logos of the companies and countries of origin, is cut in different shapes and sizes and integrated in the paintings. The use of mostly warm colors corresponds to the nature of the beverage. Reception Saturday, May 20, 5pm-9pm. Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm, and by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com. 648-4080.

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

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm, Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300.

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012 or 650-8252.

BANK OF AMERICA April 10-May 20 Award-winning artist, Jennifer Bennett, will exhibit her brilliantly colored three dimensional, mixed media flowers. 507 E. Main St., Ventura. Mon.-Fri., 9 am-6 pm, Sat., 9am-2 pm 766-7760.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Tom McMillin & Friends, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, May 6-June 18. Opening reception Saturday, May 6, noon- 4pm. The public is invited to attend. Also featuring a permanent exhibition telling Wood’s life story, as well as a changing exhibit of contemporary artists. 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.

BLOOMING BLOSOMS May 6-21. The Christine Leong/Students Show, with a reception Sunday, May 7, 1-3pm. Open Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm. Camarillo Art Center, 3150 Ponderosa Dr, Camarillo.

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 GOAL COAST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY May 4-28. The 16th annual membership show is on display. The exhibit will feature watercolor and aqua-media paintings of exceptional quality by California artists. Reception Saturday, May 6, 2pm-4pm. Hours Thursday-Sunday, 1pm-5pm. 484-7594.

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or cast gallery@sbcglobal.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 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

DE COLORES ART SHOW extended through May 21. The 12th annual exhibition of Latino artists including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media. City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main St, Santa Paula. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 under 18, free five and under and members. 933-0076.

FONTEMPORARY, UNIQUE AND RESPONSIBLE: AN UNCOMMON GLASS EXHIBITION May 2-May 27. Sol Mesz, an Argentine born glass artist, makes contemporary glass pieces with a unique and ancient touch: handmade colors for glass. Gallery hours Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 11am-5pm. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St, Ventura. 648-1235.

EXPRESSIONS OF OUR YOUTH April 27-May 31. Candidates for the Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship Program for students pursuing studies in visual arts are on display. Atrium Lobby, Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 658-2213.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART May 20-September 3, On Location in Malibu 2006: Paintings by the California Art Club. Features nearly 60 works by 51 artists. Reception to meet the artists Saturday, May 20, 6pm-8pm. No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

HANG WITH THE BEST April 10-May 24, reception Wednesday, April 12, 6:30pm-8pm. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is proud to present the annual student/teacher art show. High school and middle school students, Grades 6-12, as well as their instructors, are invited to apply to have their artwork exhibited in the Arts Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Application available in the Mach/April issue of ARTSCENE Magazine, on www.HillcrestArts.com, or at the Hillcrest Center. Free. Galleria is open to all from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. 381-2747.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY April 20-May 21. Norman Kirk’s “Paints Ventura…the County, in Watercolors” features landscapes that evoke memories of a time past, steeped in nostalgia but never cloying. His deft strokes, sensitive color and accurate, yet painterly scenes are widely collected and admired. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, April 21 from 5 – 8pm. Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6-pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA 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 Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MADONNA AND OUR CHILDREN through June. Leslie Marcus’s new works are presented, abstract contemporary images of mother and child painted in oils, with an elegant palette of hues and simplistic forms. Wednesday – Mondays, 10am – 5pm. 446 Main St., Ventura. 653-2600.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATALIE’S ECLECTIBLES presents Hilda Kilpatrick’s oil paintings in “California Reflections.” Fascinated by the beauty found in nature, Kilpatrick’s oil paintings are primarily landscapes, local scenes and places that speak to her soul. She works without layering – wet on wet, from top to bottom. Reception Saturday, April 29, 3-8pm. 494 E. Main St, Ventura.

NATALIE’S FINE THREADS UPSTAIRS GALLERY 596 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8854.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Three Decades will be on exhibit April 8-May 31. The exhibit will celebrate the career of Gary Lang by highlighting pivotal works from 1980 to present, featuring the influential painting Night Life, from 1987, which is the birth of the Circle, Line, Mirror and Plaid paintings that Lang has become known for. Opening reception Saturday, April 8, 5-7pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM May 12-August 12. “Encounters: 60 Years of the Ojai Music Festival” includes archive photos of legendary music artists, a gallery of commemorative posters, and a tribute to the Festival Women’s Committee. Cocktail party and reception on Friday, May 12, 5:30pm-7:30pm, $60 per person. 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION May 20-June 11 Artist Fellowship Showcase features City of Ventura Cultural Funding Program recipients, and guest curator Nathan Larramendy. Reception Wednesday, May 24, 6pm-8pm. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

 

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM May 7-August 27. #Norton, Von Dutch, & Co: Legendary Motorcycles from the Schoenewald Collection# is presented. At the Sunday, May 7 reception from 1-3pm, collector and owner Daniel Schoenewald will speak about the motorcycles in this collection. Some of the greatest names in motorcycle racing, design, and history are on display, including Norton Commando, Von Dutch, Triumph, BSA, Brough, and Vincent. This is the first public exhibition of this collection in California. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY presents “Hear Them Calling,” paintings by featured artists Edward K. Hudson and Rebecca Riel. An established artist, animator, and art director in the computer gaming industry, Edward has created traditional figurative oil paintings over 20 years. Rebecca Riel, inspired by the luminosity of the early 20th Century California Impressionists, captures the light, textures, and rich natural life of the Southwest in her acrylic paintings. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643.3973.

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

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER May 13-June 24. Four distinct exhibitions run concurrently: “Points in Time,” landscape paintings by Susan Petty, in the Evans Gallery; “Figure Play & Clay Thoughts,” sculpture by Annemarie Han, paintings by Gayel Childress, in the O’Keeffe Gallery; “After Images,” new paintings by Julia Pinkham and “From the Gallerie de Refusè – Please Don’t Look,” Found Object Assemblages by Tom Kimbrell, both in the Gerd Koch Gallery; “Wish You Were Here: The Tourist Photographer,” a group show of travel photos, in the Hallway Gallery. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo.  www.stdiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

THE STUDIO GALLERY Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

TOM MCMILLIN AND FRIENDS through May. Beatrice Woods Center for the Arts Artist-in-Residence Tom McMillin will exhibit his sculpted work. Studio Channel Islands Art Center. Gallery hours noon-4pm. 383-1368.

UPFRONT GALLERY April 29-June 11. “New Collages, Drawings and Paintings” by acclaimed L.A. painter Dawn Arrowsmith, whose work is derived from investigations of nature, longevity, daily sustenance and meditation. Through a meditative and ritualistic process, Arrowsmith has developed a very focused group of paintings. Artist reception Saturday, April 29, 6-9pm. 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 HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Gallery hours: Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

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 The missing link in art education presents the student’s drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces at the 2006 annual art shows. www.youngatartstudios.com. Moorpark show opening Sunday, May 21, noon-2pm. Exhibits on display Monday-Saturday, 3pm-6pm330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

AWARD DESIGN PROPOSALS WANTED Deadline May 22, 5pm. The Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Ventura is seeking Ventura County visual artists to submit proposals for creating a limited edition series of four artworks to be awarded as the 2006 Mayor\’s Arts Awards. All media will be considered and the amount of $1,500 is available for the acquisition of the four works. Submittals must include resume, artist statement, and proposed artwork on CD-ROM. Specific requirements may be found at  here  requirements. 677-3911.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STUDIO ARTISTS TOUR Do you want to be a Very Important Part of the 2006 Studio Artists Tour? Focus on the Masters is looking for pleasant, hardworking, multi-talented, and charming volunteers to help us with mailings, ticket sales, Gala set-up, Gala reception and reservations, tour reservations, and lots of other things. We need volunteers during the weeks leading up to the Tour and we need volunteers on the days of the Gala and the Tour itself. Any volunteer who donates a minimum of three hours will earn a Tour ticket. 653-2501.

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 10 am-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.

DUDLEY HOUSE Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE: FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS TWOSOMES May 9- September 10. The George Stuart Historical Figures on display include Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen. The one-quarter life-size portraits of historical personalities are renowned for their meticulous wardrobes and expressive faces. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 East Main Street. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. $4 ages 18-61, $3 seniors and $1 children ages 6-17. Free for children under 5 and museum members. 653-0323.

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.gullwingsmuseum4kids.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 Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM This 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 $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS Oxnard students are invited to illustrate “the rhythms of culture” through art, in the annual Multicultural Festival Art Contest, sponsored by the City of Oxnard. Participants must be Oxnard residents, 6-18 years of age. Deadline Friday, May 26. More info: 385-7434.

Kids/Seniors

BROADWAY BABIES Mondays, April 17-June 12, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the musical theater class for ages 6-14. Class incorporates acting, singing, dancing, makeup, costumes, and sets. Presentation follows end of session. Call for schedule and fees. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

MANNERS CLASSES Mondays, April 21-June 9. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services hold basic etiquette classes for children. P’s and Q’s basic etiquette class for ages 6-10, 4:15-5:15pm. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 597-7361.

BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturdays, 10:15am-12pm. The Carnegie Art Museum is offering a series of art workshops for kids ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. $1 per child. Reservations required. 385-8171.

TEEN TYPING CLASS Tuesdays, April 27-June 1, 3:20-4:20pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the typing-keyboarding classing for teens ages 11-17. Six week class meets at Lindero Canyon Middle School. $65. (818) 597-7361.

SPELLING BEE Friday, May 19, 7pm. Gail Small presents a spelling bee for children, and one for adults to have a try too. Come and bring friends! Borders Bookstore, Simi Valley.

YOUTH TROUT FISHING DERBY Saturday, May 20, 7:30am. Rescheduled after an unexpected highway closure last month, The Ojai Chapter of the Los Padres Forest Association hold their second annual youth derby for boys and girls ages 4-21. First, second and third prizes awarded in three ages categories: 4-9, 10-15, and 16-21. $7 advance, $10 day of event. Both lakes, Rose Valley, Upper Ojai. 640-9060.

OJAI VALLEY COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE Saturday, May 20, 11am-3pm. Join them for food, crafts, activities, live music, silent and live auctions, bouncing and more. 1290 Grand Ave., Ojai.

FAMILY TIME Sunday, May 21, 1:30pm-3pm. Fun with archeology: arts and crafts for the whole family. Free. Ventura County Museum of History and Art.

SENIOR BOOK CLUB Tuesdays, May 23, 11:15am-12:30pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services Senior Recreation program holds an orientation for their senior book club. Meet fellow book lovers, discuss books to read, and share thoughts and ideas. Must be enrolled in the Senior Recreation Program to attend this free club meeting. The group discusses Beach Music by Pat Conroy. Call for location. (818) 597-7361.

ART NEEDED! RHYTMS OF CULTURES THROUGH ART Oxnard students are invited to illustrate the importance of diversity and culture in our community for a show that will be held Saturday, October 7. Participants must be 6-18 years of age, and drawing must incorporate festival theme, “Celebrate the Rhythms of Cultures.” Entry forms available at the Community Affairs Division Office, 300 W. Third Street, 4th Floor, Oxnard. Deadline for submission is Friday, May 26.

Lectures/Seminars

THE SOUL OF MONEY Friday, May 19, 7pm. Lynne Twist, world-renowned fund raising consultant and author, presents a lecture Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Life. Sponsored by the Ojai Foundation, Twist invites you to examine your relationship with money, including the pain money can cause and the complex cultural messages that surround it. Open to everyone who wishes the whole issue of money was less stressful and more graceful in their lives. $10. Ojai Woman s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8343, ext. 111.

FOXES AND WHALES AND PIGS, OH MY! Saturday, May 20, 2pm. The Ventura County Museum of History & Art presents Animals in the Park and Sanctuary, an illustrated talk about the ecosystems of the Channel Islands just off our coast. Gary Davis, National Park Service Chief Scientist for Ocean Programs, and Kate Faulkner, Chief of Natural Resources at Channel Islands National Park, talk about the efforts to protect marine and animal life. Dr Karl Hill, Director of Animal Medicine, at the Santa Barbara Zoo, discuss the zoo\’ s efforts to aid in the recovery of the endangered Island Fox. Presentation included with museum admission, $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children; museum members, children under 6 free. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21, 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.

Classes/Workshops

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT CITIZEN ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, May 10-July 26, 6-9pm. The Department begins a new class covering a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Must live or work in Oxnard. 385-7631.

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improv for youth, teens and adults. First class is always free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701. Online at www.venturaimprov.com.

FOCUS ON THE MASTERS: LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, April 6-May 25, 7pm-9:30pm. Richard Franklin leads a class where students will work with a live model and learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring a 18” by 24” drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Age 16 to adults. $80 for 8 weeks plus model fee.

OJAI PERFORMING ARTS THEATER ACADEMY April 10-June10. OPATA offers a new buffet of classes in music, dance, theater, including beginning guitar, African hand drums, ballet, pre-ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and acting at all levels. All classes this session will be performance oriented, with students working on performance pieces to be presented in OPATA’s Spring Showcase on June 10. Registration for the spring session is now open, deadline is April 7. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. 640-6404.

GENTLE YOGA Wednesday, April 19-June 14, 2:30-3:30pm. Class for adults. Improve flexibility, strength, overall fitness and stress management. Course is designed to meet your individual needs. Bring mat and towel, and wear comfortable clothes. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

LINE DANCE CLASS Thursdays, May 18-June 22, 7-8pm. $8 class, $40 six week workshop. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 551-7991.

THE ART OF PEACEMAKING- BEYOND MEDIATION: DEALING WITH HARD CASES Friday, May 19, 8:30am. A workshop for those who want to understand why those other mediations did not work, this dynamic, interactive experience will give new insights and tools for dealing with difficult cases, whether litigated or not. You will gain the theoretical and practical knowledge to accelerate your mediation and negotiation skills to the highest level. Guest Douglas E. Noll, Esq, author of Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict. $250-$260, includes breakfast, lunch and a copy of his book. 384-1313.

2 DAY WORKSHOP WITH JABLONSKI Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 28, 9am-1pm. Local artist Irena Jablonski will teach. Learn how to paint a nude or clothed figure, integrate it into the background, seeing shapes, color, value and edges. Working wet into wet, from start to finish. $50, limited to 10 students. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr, Suite 117C, Ventura. www.HarborVillageGallery.com. 644-2750.

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improv for youth, teens and adults. First class is always free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701. Online at  www.venturaimprov.com.

Literature/Poetry

LISA SEE BOOK SIGNING Saturday, May 20, 2pm. Author Lisa See will read excerpts from her recently published sixth novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, winner of the Southern California Booksellers Association Award for Best Novel of 2005. Free. Meeting Room B, Main Oxnard Public Library, 251 South A Street, Oxnard. 240-7309.

FAVORITE POEMS PROJECT Third Monday, 5:15pm-6:30pm. Open mic: all poets and non-poets invited to read a favorite poem (not their own) or two. Hosted by Lois Klein. The Blue Agave, 20 E. Cota, Santa Barbara.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Host: Enid Osborn. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura, 320-3524.

OPEN MIC Wednesdays (except the first of the month), 7:30 pm Hosted by Miss Marissa. Kava Dume, 5653 Kana Rd., Agoura, (818) 865-8602.

MUSICIAN’S NIGHT OUT Wednesdays, 7:30-11pm. Traditional gathering of writers and performers. California Taco Co., 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7174.

POETRY WORKSHOP Every second and fourth Wednesday. Barnes and Noble, Ventura.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP Every 4th Wednesday with a different teacher every month. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd, Ventura. 644-0064.

POETRY READING Thursdays, 7 pm-10 pm Hosted by Daniela Schonberger. Giovanni’s, 6583 Pardell Rd., Isla Vista, 968-2255.

REDS HOT POETRY First Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. Open mic. Hosted by Sojourner Rolle. Red Hot Coffee House, 12 Helena St, Santa Barbara.

SOAP BOX POETS Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm. Open mic. Hosted by Kathleen Roxby. Borers, Camino Real Shopping Center, Goleta.

SPOKEN WORD SALON Thursday, May 18, 7:30pm. Come hear Ventura County’s top college literary artists reading from three brand new publications, then experience a poetry slam with the best Ventura and Santa Barbara county slam poets competing to represent Ventura at the Slam Nationals in Austin, Texas this August! El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St, Ventura. www.zoeyscafe.com. 652-0091.

OUTLAW POETS OPEN WORD First

Friday of the month, 7pm. Bart\’s Books, 302 W. Matilija, Ojai. 646-3755.

LATTE 101 First Saturday of every month, 8pm. Open mic with music. Hosted by Nurse Bob. 5722 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

THE POETRY ZONE Second Saturday of every month, 2pm-4pm. Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 21 W. Anapamu, Santa Barbara.

POETRY OPEN MIC Sundays, 5 pm-8 pm Hosted by Paradox and Mama Val. Every second Sunday is Ventura SLAM 101 with $101 prize. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

Farmers’ Markets

CERTIFIED MARKET- VENTURA Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- THOUSAND OAKS Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. The Oaks Shopping Center, Wilbur Rd. & Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA Saturdays, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara & Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- SANTA CLARITA Sundays, 8:30am-12pm. College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8, Santa Clarita. 529-6266.

Sports

THE KING OF THE BREAKWATER KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT Saturday, May 20, 7:30am. Channel Islands Kayak Center presents the fishing tournament with a prize giveaway for all contestants. Free hot dog at weigh in. $10 entry fee. 3600 S. Harbor Blvd., Ste. 213, Marine Emporium, Channel Islands Harbor. 984-5995.

Stepping Out

BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, May 18, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471. THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB Saturday, May 20, 7:30-10:30pm. Join them for their twice monthly dance with guests The Unforgettables. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Goebel Senior Adult Ballroom Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB Sunday, May 21, 1-4:30pm. Join the Jazz Society and their special guests Ulysses Jasz perform for an afternoon of music and dancing. $8. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 642-6110.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, May 22, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.

VENTURA POINSETTIA DANCE CLUB Monday, May 22, 8-10:30pm. Live band. Door prizes. $6 guest. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. 496-9322.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE Tuesday, May 23, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, May 23, 8pm. Salsa dancing and lessons every Tuesday. Free lessons with cover charge. Beginning 8-8:30pm, advanced, 8:30-9:15pm. Occasional age restrictions. $7. Borderline Bar and Grill, 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks. 446-4435.

SALSA LESSONS & SALSA DANCING Wednesday, May 24. Come learn Salsa dancing and play and practice afterwards. Beginning Salsa, 6:30pm; Beginning with 1-2 intermediate moves, 7:00 pm; Intermediate Salsa Moves, 7:45; Advanced moves, 8:30pm; Salsa Dancing 9pm. $10 for salsa class, $5 dance after 9pm. Lobster Trap, 3605 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. 405-2946.

SALSA Every Monday, 6:30pm. Under 21 are VERY welcome! 6:30pm, beginning salsa; 7pm, beginning with 1 or 2 intermediate moves; 7:45pm, intermediate salsa moves; 8:30pm, advanced moves; 9pm, salsa dance. $10, new customers ? price pass first time. Nicholby’s Night Club, 410 E. Main, Ventura. 405-2946.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, May 20, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features mostly fine art including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Held outdoors between the Holiday Inn and the Artists’ Union Gallery, where California St. meets the sea. 340-0609.

BOOK SALE Saturday, May 20, 10am-3pm. San Buenaventura Friends of the Library hold their Merry Month of May book sale. Parking lot, H.P. Wright Library, 57 Day Road, Ventura. 642-4358.

OJAI PEDDLERS FAIR Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21, 9am-4pm. The fair benefits the Nordhoff Music Department, and features antiques, collectibles, crafts and clothing. Free. Chaparral School Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-2546.

Clubs/Groups

SEASHORE PORCELAIN ARTISTS Friday, May 19, 11am. The group holds their second annual spring luncheon. Several porcelain artists have hand-painted items for sale, and luncheon attendees have the opportunity to participate in a raffle of a hand-painted tea set. Luncheon program provided by Ventura County historian-author Glenda Jackson on Victorian Lingerie. $22. Saticoy Country Club, 4450 N. Clubhouse Drive, Camarillo. 646-6794.

VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Saturday, May 20, 1pm. The society holds their monthly meeting. Several workshops are also schedule. Free. LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. 644-4753.

VENTURA ATHEISTS Monday, May 22, 6pm. Speaker Dr. Ted Drange, Professor Emeritus of the University of West Virginia talks on Unbelief as a Problem for Theism. The Sportsman Lounge, 53 S. California St., Ventura. 794-4714.

PING PONG Thursdays, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. Call 646-8162 for more information.

LESBIAN AND GAY SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm. Singles and couples welcome. Cope with hostilities and concerns in the workplace, society, community and family. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. (888) 702-0202. Visit online at www.oa-ci.org.

AAUW Coffee & Chats First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome. Side Street Café, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. 495-9669.

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THE RAINMAKER

April 21 – May 21. Camarillo Community Theatre presents the story of a paralyzing drought in the West, where we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. When suddenly from out of nowhere appears a picaresque character with a mellifluous tongue and the most grandiose notions a man could imagine. He is a rainmaker… Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students, military and seniors. $8 children 12 and under. 330 Skyway Dr, Camarillo. www.camarillotheatre.org. 388-5716.

ARTISTS IN PARADISE SPRING FORWARD

May 13, 1-10 p.m. This Mother’s Day weekend, a group of artists, musicians and dancers gather in Ojai to raise money to benefit the severely poor in rural, Southern India. The all-day event takes place at an 1889 Victorian Farmhouse in Ojai’s bucolic East End. Featured artists include Carmen Abelleira, Jane Handel, Luke Lamar, Gary Lang, Kelly Luscombe, Therein Lies the Rug and Jan Smithers with their artworks ranging from paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry to saris, Middle Eastern rugs, vintage items and glasswork. The musical line-up includes Milton Kelley, The Amateurs, Maria Cristina, Zoran Todorovic, The Cockleburs and Sugar Cream. Indian food, chai, fire dancing and surprises will contribute to the celebration for families, and a great resource for art collectors. 4056 Grand Ave. Ojai. 649-4113.

10K AIDS WALK

May 13, 8 a.m. AIDS Project Ventura County and the Ventura County AIDS Partnership host the walk. Prizes awarded to teams and individuals that collect the most pledges. Sign your team up now! Contact for pledge forms.  aidswalk06@sbcglobal.net. 339-6340.

Special Events

MARIACHI FESTIVAL Friday, May 12, 4:30-8pm. The traditional music of Mexico fills the air during the Sixth Annual Oxnard Union High School District Mariachi Festival. High school and community bands from Ventura and Los Angeles are scheduled to perform in the largest festival of its kind in Southern California. Bands include four local schools: Mariachi Las Islas de Channel Islands High School, Mariachi de Mi Tierra of Hueneme High School, Mariachi Oro de Pacifica of Pacifica High School and Mariachi de Oxnard High School. Also performing are Mariachi de Montclair of Montclair High School and the Mariachi Academy of Carson as well as local community bands Mariachi Costa de Oro of Ventura, Mariachi Aguilas de Mexico of Oxnard and Mariachi Inlakech of Oxnard. Free. Pacifica High School Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Gonzales Road, Oxnard. 385-2682.

VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL Friday-Sunday, May 11-14. Stories in Music, the Twelfth Annual Ventura Music Festival, fills various historic and architecturally unique venues throughout the City of Ventura with the sound of music. Stories in Music explores the rhythm and pace of music in a series of twelve concerts. The line-up includes Manuel Barrueco, guitar virtuoso, Thursday, May 11, 7:30pm, Mission San Buenaventura, 211 E. Main St., Ventura, $40-$30; Branford Marsalis and his Jazz Quartet, Friday, May 12, 7:30pm, Ventura Missionary Church, 500 High Point Drive, Ventura, $50-$35; The Festival Orchestra featuring Nuvi Mehta, conductor, and Jennifer Koh, violinist, Saturday, May 13, 8pm, Ventura Missionary Church, $40-$25; The Alexander String Quartet Mother\’s Day Concert & Brunch, Sunday, May 14, 11am, Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, $45. The Festival Brass Quintet, Tea & Trumpets II, Friday, May 12, 3pm, Nona\’s Courtyard Café, 67 S. California St.,Ventura, $55. 648-3146. Visit online at www.venturamusicfestival.org.

WESTERN CASINO NIGHT Saturday, May 13, 6:30pm. The Ojai Valley Boys and Lynn Mullins Band will entertain at the fourth annual fundraiser for the Ojai Valley Community Hospital, amid Las Vegas-style gaming tables, a Southwestern buffet dinner, line dancing, silent auction and raffle. Rancho Dos Rios, Ojai Valley Inn Ranch and Stables, Creek Rd. $65 advance-sale tickets (including “funny money” for the blackjack, roulette and craps tables). Free parking will be available at Camp Comfort, with complimentary shuttle service to and from the Rancho. All proceeds from evening will benefit the Ojai Valley Community Hospital. 640-2317.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM FAMILY DAY Saturday, May 13, 1-4pm. The museum holds their annual family day featuring fun and educational activities for all ages. Families can enjoy live musical performances, hands-on workshops featuring printmaking, storytelling, family discovery guides, raffles prizes, plus delicious snacks. Free. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

CEMETERY CLEAN-UP Saturday, May 13, 8am-noon. The Ventura County Chapter of Japanese American Citizens League holds their annual clean-up of the historical Japanese Cemetery in Oxnard. Volunteers welcome, please bring your own gloves and tools. Refreshments served. Cemetery located on corner of Etting and Pleasant Valley Roads, Oxnard. info@vcjacl.

CRUISE THE CONEJO Saturday, May 13, 7am. Conejo Valley Cyclists and Boy Scouts of America Troop 753 invite the public to join throngs of cyclists to participate in the Twenty-Second Annual fun and fitness bicycle ride in and around the Thousand Oaks area. Proceeds from the ride provide free bicycles through the Conejo Valley School district to students in need. The event features fully supported 21, 35, 62, 68 and 100 courses. Registration begins 6:30am. Single riders $40, children $10, tandem riders $50. 961-2508. Visit online at www.cvcbike.org.

OJAI RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14, 10am-6pm. Step back in time as the Sixteenth Annual Ojai Renaissance Faire and Shakespeare at the Lake opens its gates at the Lake Casitas Recreation Area in Ojai. Top entertainers and re-enactors recreate a 16th Century English country village, and visitors can select from over 50 juried vendors and artists selling a large selection of art and crafts. Three stages of continuous entertainment, Queen procession, battle re-enactment, food booths and roaming entertainment. $13 adults, $11 seniors 62 and over, $7 children 11 and under, Free under 5 years of age. $3 parking. 496-6036.

FAMILY DAY Saturday, May 13, 1pm-4pm. Kids and parents alike can enjoy art, music, storytelling, and family fun. Hands-on art workshops, live musical performance, storytelling, raffle prizes, and delicious snacks. Free. Carnegie Art Museum. 385-8171.

ON HAPPINESS Saturday, May 13, 3pm. A Tibetan Buddhist monk/author Matthieu Ricard participate in an on-stage conversation entitled “Happiness” with writer Pico Iyer. Ricard is a former molecular geneticist who gave up that career to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk and will discuss how we can actualize our inherent potential based on understanding the true nature of mind. $15 general. Victoria Hall Theater, 33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

MEET THE FILMMAKER: GRACE LEE Wednesday, May 17, 6pm. When Korean American filmmaker Grace Lee was growing up in Missouri, she was the only Grace Lee she knew, but now she plunges into a highly unscientific investigation into all those Grace Lees who break the mold—from a fiery social activist to a rebel who tried to burn down her high school. With wit and charm, The Grace Lee Project puts a hilarious spin on the eternal question, “What’s in a name?” Free. Multicultural Center Lounge, UCSB. 893-8411.

Film

AFTER INNOCENCE Thursday, May 11, 7:30pm. Filmmaker Jessica Sanders and exoneree Herman Atkins present the film, about those exonerated from prison after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and their efforts to rebuild their lives. $6 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 893-3535.

TRANSAMERICA Sunday, May 14, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the bittersweet comedy-drama road trip starring Oscar-nominee Felicity Huffman as a man going through the final stages of becoming a woman when he learns he has a son. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

TOUCH THE SOUND Wednesday, May 17, 7:30pm. The magical documentary is about the Grammy-winning, superbly inventive percussionist Eveyln Glennie. Though she has been deaf since childhood, Glennie has overcome considerable obstacles to become an extraordinary musician. $6 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 893-3535.

Performances

REMEMBER WHEN…A DECADE OF DANCE Friday, May 12, 7:30pm. The Rio Mesa High Dance Students present a dance revue. $8 adults, $5 children. Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 486-2424.

AN EVENING OF NEAR EASTERN AND ARAB MUSIC Friday, May 12, 8pm. A.J. Racy and Souhail Kaspar, two virtuoso performers, lead the audience on a journey across the world of regional music, featuring Racy’s original compositions and a rich tone display of tone and technique. $12 general. MultiCultural Center, UCSB. 893-8411.

16th ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY MARIACHI FESTIVAL Saturday, May 13, noon-2pm. Featuring Mariachis Nuevo Tecalitlan, Ordedaz de Purepero, El Cielo de Mexico, Imperial de Mexico. $81 concert & dinner, dance; $31-$51, concert only. Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 486-2424.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, May 12-13, 8pm. Friday: Summer Tournament Week 2-Teams compete for judge-awarded points to be the funniest; Saturday: Spontaneous Broadway-Performers improvise a fictional new musical on the spot. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

DAVID ROTH AT BODIE HOUSE Saturday, May 13 Roth has gained national attention for his unique songs, moving stories, and powerful singing and subject matter. In addition to performing at music festivals, concert halls, clubs, and other venues, David leads singing, songwriting, and performance workshops at many music camps around the country. A dessert and appetizer bar will be provided. $15. Bodie House, Agoura Hills. (818) 621-8309.

EMILIO IN CONCERT Saturday, May 13. Flamenco guitarist will appear in concert and give away a signed iPod Nano loaded with his three CD’s. Anyone in attendance can register to win. $39-$79. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. www.civicartsplaza.com. 449-2787.

B.B KING ON HIS 80th Tuesday, May 16, 8pm. The King of Blues is on his 80th Birthday Celebration Tour and will drop into Santa Barbara for a special concert. $45-$70. Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara. 893-3535; 963-4408.

LES GENDARMES DU SWING Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm-10:30pm. This exciting gypsy jazz group is inspired by the great guitarist Django Reinhardt and his Quintet of the Hot Club of France. In the Django tradition, the band plays only stringed instruments. Experience the thrill of this vintage swing for strings! The James Joyce, 513 State St, Santa Barbara. www.gendarmeduswing.com 450-6487.

Theater

STAR ON THE DOOR April 7-May 20. The Stage Door Theatre presents a comedy that revolves around cinema legend Doreen Lewis, who is about to make her Broadway debut opposite ardent admirer, Paul Burnside. Things become very chaotic and very funny when Doreen receives a disturbing phone call that was actually meant for her daughter-in-law. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8pm. Sunday matinees April 9, 23, and May 7 at 2pm. $12-$15. 28311 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

AGNES OF GOD April 14-May 21. The Elite Theatre Company presents the tale of fragile, unearthly Sister Agnes who gives birth (supposedly, a “virgin birth”) to a baby who quickly dies. The police are involved due to the baby’s death; however, the main conflict is between the Mother Superior, who wants Agnes left alone, and Dr. Martha Livingston, a lapsed Catholic with grievances against the church, determined to help Agnes gain a stronger grasp on reality, and to discover any wrongdoing. $15 students and seniors, $17 adult. Petit Playhouse, Oxnard. 483-5118.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Fridays-Sundays, April 15-May 21. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents the ribald classic musical by Stephen Sondheim, Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. Irreverent, fast-paced and filled with non-stop hilarity, Forum is features a marvelous mixture of mischief, mishaps, mistaken identities, misunderstandings and mayhem. Return to ancient Rome where a crafty slave attempts to win his freedom by arranging the elopement of his brainless, innocent master to an equally brainless, innocent courtesan. Performances: Fridays-Saturdays, 8 pm; Sundays, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 children 12 & under. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

ALADDIN : ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE Fridays-Saturdays, April 21-May 13, 8pm. Fried-Out Features invites you back to the days of a 1,001 Arabian nights to enjoy their latest live theatrical Moorpark melodrama. The show is a salute to the Warner Bros. cartoons and Jay Ward\’s Fractured Fairy Tale-style of comedy, layered with double-entendre, a delightfully production for both children and adults. Matinees Saturdays April 29 and May 13, 2pm. $15 general, $13.50 seniors over 60, $10 kids. Theater on High Street. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 807-2298.

THE RAINMAKER April 21-May 21. Camarillo Community Theatre presents the story of a paralyzing drought in the West, where we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. When suddenly from out of nowhere appears a picaresque character with a mellifluous tongue and the most grandiose notions a man could imagine. He is a rainmaker… Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $15 adults, $12 students, military, and seniors. $8 children 12 and under. 330 Skyway Dr, Camarillo. www.camarillotheatre.org. 388-5716.

ALL IN THE TIMING Thursday-Friday, April 27-May 21. The Rubicon Theatre Company and Ensemble Theatre present their first co-production. Smart, sophisticated and wildly funny, All in the Timing is a series of wacky and wonderful vignettes which explore, in Ives’ inimitable style, the marvels and mysteries of modern life. Five talented comic actors with impeccable timing offer affectionate insights into such subjects as the “dos and don’ts” of dating, missed and made connections, the need for universal language, the death of Trotsky, Philip Glass (ordering a loaf of bread), and what to do in [a] Philadelphia; while also answering the all-important time-honored question: could three chimps with typewriters eventually come up with Hamlet? Thursday-Sunday. Rubicon Theatre. $26-$49. 667-2900.

THE WIZARD OF OZ May 4-14. The Buena High School Drama Department presents the classic tale. May 4-6 & 11-13, 7pm; May 7, 3pm. $7 adults, $5 students. McConnel Auditorium, Buena High.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK May 6-September 13.. Gypsies in a Trunk open their 12th season of Fairytales in the Park with a new twist on an old favorite. Westlake Village: May 6, 11am, at Foxfield Park. Simi Valley: May 6, 4pm, at the Rancho Simi Bicentennial Amphitheater, Rancho Simi Park. Channel Islands: May 7, 2pm, at Harbor View Park. Camarillo: September 13, 11:30am, behind the Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley Street. Ventura: September 13, 4pm, at Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. www.gypsyplayers.com. (661) 718-3968.

Auditions

OKLAHOMA The Performance Theatre for Young Artists is holding auditions for the Broadway musical, “Oklahoma!” by appointment only. 2186 Eastman Ave, #110, Ventura. www.ptya.org. 642-4570.

Art

A&R: ARTISTS AND REPRESENTATION EXHIBITION April 18-June 9. In celebration of color and consciousness, the MultiCultural Center presents the 2nd annual student art exhibition that includes works by students of color and allies as well as works informed by race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Catered reception Tuesday, April 18, 8pm. Multicultural Center, UCSB. 893-8411.

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

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm, Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300.

ART ABOUT AIDS AND HIV Seeking artists and “non artists” to express themselves by exploring themes that celebrate safe sensuality, safe sex awareness, raising funds and saving lives. All mediums welcome—visual, performance, literary, musical, etc. Deadline to submit, Friday, May 5th. Exhibit Friday, May 12th, in conjunction with the Ventura AIDSWALK for Life. 338-2576.

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY April 15-May 14 Celebrating The Earth, in conjunction with Earth Day and Spring 2006’s Artwalk, presents 48 artists who celebrate and cast a critical eye on our relationship with the Earth. Special open mic poetry reading Sunday, April 23, 3:15-6pm. Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012 or 650-8252.

BANK OF AMERICA April 10-May 20 Award-winning artist, Jennifer Bennett, will exhibit her brilliantly colored three dimensional, mixed media flowers. 507 E. Main St., Ventura. Mon.-Fri., 9 am-6 pm, Sat., 9am-2 pm 766-7760.

BEATRICE WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS Tom McMillin & Friends, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, May 6-June 18. Opening reception Saturday, May 6, noon- 4pm. The public is invited to attend. Also featuring a permanent exhibition telling Woods’ life story, as well as a changing exhibit of contemporary artists. 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.

BLOOMING BLOSOMS May 6-21. The Christine Leong/Students Show, with a reception Sunday, May 7, 1-3pm. Open Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm. Camarillo Art Center, 3150 Ponderosa Dr, Camarillo.

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 GOAL COAST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY May 4-28. The 16th annual membership show is on display. The exhibit will feature watercolor and aqua-media paintings of exceptional quality by California artists. Reception Saturday, May 6, 2pm-4pm. Hours Thursday-Sunday, 1pm-5pm. 484-7594.

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or cast gallery@sbcglobal.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 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

DE COLORES ART SHOW extended through May 21. The 12th annual exhibition of Latino artists including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media. City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main St, Santa Paula. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 under 18, free five and under and members. 933-0076.

FONTEMPORARY, UNIQUE AND RESPONSIBLE: AN UNCOMMON GLASS EXHIBITION May 2-May 27. Sol Mesz, an Argentine born glass artist, makes contemporary glass pieces with a unique and ancient touch: handmade colors for glass. Gallery hours Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 11am-5pm. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St, Ventura. 648-1235.

EXPRESSIONS OF OUR YOUTH April 27-May 31. Candidates for the Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship Program for students pursuing studies in visual arts are on display. Atrium Lobby, Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 658-2213.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

HANG WITH THE BEST April 10-May 24, reception Wednesday, April 12, 6:30pm-8pm. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is proud to present the annual student/teacher art show. High school and middle school students, Grades 6-12, as well as their instructors, are invited to apply to have their artwork exhibited in the Arts Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Application available in the Mach/April issue of ARTSCENE Magazine, on www.HillcrestArts.com, or at the Hillcrest Center. Free. Galleria is open to all from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. 381-2747.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY April 20-May 21. Norman Kirk’s “Paints Ventura…the County, in Watercolors” features landscapes that evoke memories of a time past, steeped in nostalgia but never cloying. His deft strokes, sensitive color and accurate, yet painterly scenes are widely collected and admired. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, April 21 from 5 – 8pm. Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6-pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA 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 The annual Senior Art Exhibition is on display from April 22-May 13. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MADONNA AND OUR CHILDREN through June. Leslie Marcus’s new works are presented, abstract contemporary images of mother and child painted in oils, with an elegant palette of hues and simplistic forms. Wednesday-Mondays, 10am-5pm. 446 Main St., Ventura. 653-2600.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATALIE’S ECLECTIBLES presents Hilda Kilpatrick’s oil paintings in “California Reflections.” Fascinated by the beauty found in nature, Kilpatrick’s oil paintings are primarily landscapes, local scenes and places that speak to her soul. She works without layering – wet on wet, from top to bottom. Reception Saturday, April 29, 3-8pm. 494 E. Main St, Ventura.

NATALIE’S FINE THREADS UPSTAIRS GALLERY 596 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8854.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Three Decades will be on exhibit April 8-May 31. The exhibit will celebrate the career of Gary Lang by highlighting pivotal works from 1980 to present, featuring the influential painting Night Life, from 1987, which is the birth of the Circle, Line, Mirror and Plaid paintings that Lang has become known for. Opening reception Saturday, April 8, 5-7pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM May 12-August 12. “Encounters: 60 Years of the Ojai Music Festival” includes archive photos of legendary music artists, a gallery of commemorative posters, and a tribute to the Festival Women’s Committee. Cocktail party and reception on Friday, May 12, 5:30pm-7:30pm, $60 per person. 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ART Thursday, May 4, 6:30-8pm. Featured Speaker Marc Pally kicks off the workshop series. Attend and earn a certificate recognized by the City of Ventura artist selection panels. $10/session, $30/entire series with certificate. Ventura City Hall Community Meeting Room, 501 Poli St, Ventura. 658-4726.

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 643-3012.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM May 7-August 27. Norton, Von Dutch, & Co: Legendary Motorcycles from the Schoenewald Collection is presented. At the Sunday, May 7 reception from 1-3pm, collector and owner Daniel Schoenewald will speak about the motorcycles in this collection. Some of the greatest names in motorcycle racing, design, and history are on display, including Norton Commando, Von Dutch, Triumph, BSA, Brough, and Vincent. This is the first public exhibition of this collection in California. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY presents “Hear Them Calling,” paintings by featured artists Edward K. Hudson and Rebecca Riel. An established artist, animator, and art director in the computer gaming industry, Edward has created traditional figurative oil paintings over 20 years. Rebecca Riel, inspired by the luminosity of the early 20th Century California Impressionists, captures the light, textures, and rich natural life of the Southwest in her acrylic paintings. Artists reception Saturday, April 29, 5pm-9pm. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643.3973.

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

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER May 13-June 24. Four distinct exhibitions run concurrently: “Points in Time,” landscape paintings by Susan Petty, in the Evans Gallery; “Figure Play & Clay Thoughts,” sculpture by Annemarie Han, paintings by Gayel Childress, in the O’Keeffe Gallery; “After Images,” new paintings by Julia Pinkham and “From the Gallerie de Refusè – Please Don’t Look,” Found Object Assemblages by Tom Kimbrell, both in the Gerd Koch Gallery; “Wish You Were Here: The Tourist Photographer,” a group show of travel photos, in the Hallway Gallery. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

THE STUDIO GALLERY Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

TOM MCMILLIN AND FRIENDS through May. Beatrice Woods Center for the Arts Artist-in-Residence Tom McMillin will exhibit his sculpted work. Studio Channel Islands Art Center. Gallery hours noon-4pm. 383-1368.

UPFRONT GALLERY April 29-June 11. “New Collages, Drawings and Paintings” by acclaimed L.A. painter Dawn Arrowsmith, whose work is derived from investigations of nature, longevity, daily sustenance and meditation. Through a meditative and ritualistic process, Arrowsmith has developed a very focused group of paintings. Artist reception Saturday, April 29, 6-9pm. 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 HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Gallery hours: Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

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.

WAYFINDING DISTRICT BANNER PROJECT Local photographer David Rivas has been selected for a series of 3-D district banners to be displayed citywide. Rivas creates his highly original images–often inspired by his work as a boiler operator at Arcturus Manufacturing in Oxnard–with a Nikon FM3A camera and a small-multicolored LED light using a long exposure that captures various colors in different configurations. 658-4793.

YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS The missing link in art education presents the student’s drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces at the 2006 annual art shows. Everyone is invited to partake in the moon bounce, food, and fun for the whole family. www.youngatartstudios.com. Camarillo show opening April 30. 601 Mobil Ave., Ste. F, Camarillo. 389-9686.

AWARD DESIGN PROPOSALS WANTED Deadline May 22, 5pm. The Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Ventura is seeking Ventura County visual artists to submit proposals for creating a limited edition series of four artworks to be awarded as the 2006 Mayor\’s Arts Awards. All media will be considered and the amount of $1,500 is available for the acquisition of the four works. Submittals must include resume, artist statement, and proposed artwork on CD-ROM. Specific requirements may be found at www.ci.ventura.ca.us/depts/arts_cul ture/mayors_arts_awards/index.asp requirements. 677-3911ci.ventura.ca.us.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STUDIO ARTISTS TOUR Do you want to be a Very Important Part of the 2006 Studio Artists Tour? Focus on the Masters is looking for pleasant, hardworking, multi-talented, and charming volunteers to help us with mailings, ticket sales, Gala set-up, Gala reception and reservations, tour reservations, and lots of other things. We need volunteers during the weeks leading up to the Tour and we need volunteers on the days of the Gala and the Tour itself. Any volunteer who donates a minimum of three hours will earn a Tour ticket. 653-2501.

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 10 am-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.

DUDLEY HOUSE Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE: FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS TWOSOMES May 9- September 10. The George Stuart Historical Figures on display include Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen. The one-quarter life-size portraits of historical personalities are renowned for their meticulous wardrobes and expressive faces. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 East Main Street. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. $4 ages 18-61, $3 seniors and $1 children ages 6-17. Free for children under 5 and museum members. 653-0323.

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.gullwingsmuseum4kids.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 Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM This 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 Saturday, May 13, 3pm: “Native Peoples of the Channel Islands.” The evidence of Native American presence on the Channel Islands extends back more than 13,000 years. John R. Johnson, Ph.D., will discuss the latest Chumash prehistory discoveries, and Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, Chumash elder and storyteller, will share her Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Island heritage through stories and songs. Reception follows. Regular museum admission: $1-7; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS Oxnard students are invited to illustrate “the rhythms of culture” through art, in the annual Multicultural Festival Art Contest, sponsored by the City of Oxnard. Participants must be Oxnard residents, 6-18 years of age. Deadline Friday, May 26. More info: 385-7434.

Kids/Seniors

BROADWAY BABIES Mondays, April 17-June 12, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the musical theater class for ages 6-14. Class incorporates acting, singing, dancing, makeup, costumes, and sets. Presentation follows end of session. Call for schedule and fees. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

MANNERS CLASSES Mondays, April 21-June 9. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services hold basic etiquette classes for children. P’s and Q’s basic etiquette class for ages 6-10, 4:15-5:15pm. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 597-7361.

BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturdays, 10:15am-12pm. The Carnegie Art Museum is offering a series of art workshops for kids ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. $1 per child. Reservations required. 385-8171.

TEEN TYPING CLASS Tuesdays, April 27-June 1, 3:20-4:20pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the typing-keyboarding classing for teens ages 11-17. Six week class meets at Lindero Canyon Middle School. $65. (818) 597-7361.

SENIOR FIRE AND FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM Monday, May 15, 10:30-11:30am. The Ventura County Fire Department hosts a free fire and fall prevention program to help older adults increase the safety in their own homes. Group presenters teach key life-saving lessons in a fun and interactive way, plus hand out lesson plans, brochures, checklists and educational incentives. Free. Santa Clara Senior Center, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-3035.

MATURE DRIVERS COURSE Tuesday, May 16, 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services Senior Recreation Program holds the defensive driving course designed for drivers 55+. $12 center members, $14 non-members. Community Room, Agoura Hills City Hall, 30001 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

POST-TRAUMATIC SLAVE SYNDROME Tuesday, May 16, 6:30pm. Renowned workshop leader Dr. Joy Defray Leary presents an explanation of the adaptive survival behaviors in African American communities throughout the U.S. and the African Diaspora, proposing that stress-related illness as the result of the slave experience and oppression that followed were passed down through generations, using facts, statistics and documents to illustrate. Free. MultiCultural Center Lounge, UCSB. 893-8411.

RITES OF PASSAGE FOR YOUTH Tuesday, May 16, 7pm. The Ojai Foundation presents this evening for teens, parents and teachers. The evening features a screening of Coming of Age in the Wilderness, an award-winning documentary following nine young people as they perform a ten-day ceremony of initiation into adulthood, at the heart of which is a three day and night solo fast in the Eastern Sierra wilderness. Screening followed by a discussion with the guides offering the trip. The Ojai Valley Woman\’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 640-8343, ext.111.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14, 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.

Classes/Workshops

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT CITIZEN ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, May 10-July 26, 6-9pm. The Department begins a new class covering a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Must live or work in Oxnard. 385-7631.

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improv for youth, teens and adults. First class is always free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701. Online at www.venturaimprov.com.

FOCUS ON THE MASTERS: LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, April 6-May 25, 7pm-9:30pm. Richard Franklin leads a class where students will work with a live model and learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring a 18” by 24” drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Age 16 to adults. $80 for 8 weeks plus model fee.

OJAI PERFORMING ARTS THEATER ACADEMY April 10-June10. OPATA offers a new buffet of classes in music, dance, theater, including beginning guitar, African hand drums, ballet, pre-ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and acting at all levels. All classes this session will be performance oriented, with students working on performance pieces to be presented in OPATA’s Spring Showcase on June 10. Registration for the spring session is now open, deadline is April 7. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. 640-6404.

GENTLE YOGA Wednesday, April 19-June 14, 2:30-3:30pm. Class for adults. Improve flexibility, strength, overall fitness and stress management. Course is designed to meet your individual needs. Bring mat and towel, and wear comfortable clothes. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

COMPOST WORKSHOP Saturday, May 13, 9:30am. The City of Oxnard Environmental Resources Division invites the public to attend their What’s Cooking? Comport from Scrap workshop. Learn to turn weeds, leaves, grass clippings, fruit and vegetable peels into compost. Free. Wilson Park, 350 N. C St., Oxnard. 385-7928.

PERSONAL WATERCOLOR JOURNAL Saturday, May 13, 9am. Focus on the Masters presents this half-day workshop taking participants on a fun and creative journey of self-discovery linking watercolor expression with journal writing. Students bring personal items and pictures which blossom into themes integrated through watercolor techniques. Instructor: Rachelle Farber. $60. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

WATERCOLOR CARD CREATION Saturday, May 13, 1pm. Students integrate watercolor techniques with imagination to create original images on cards in this half-day workshop presented by Focus on the Masters. Students bring three to five inspirational quotes to provide the basis for their designs. Instructor: Rachelle Farber. $60. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, May 15. Argentine Tango is completely improvised, two bodies, intimately connected, co-creating a unique and spontaneous expression in time and space. First and third Monday of each month. Beginners 6-7pm, $10 per person. Open practice for all levels, 7-8pm. Admission by donation. No partner, reservation or prior experience necessary. Gallery, Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 646-7355.

LOOPED POUCHES Mondays, May 15 and 22, 6:30pm. Learn the ancient art of looping in this class presented by Focus on the Masters. Make a beaded Looped Pouch necklace to wear. Each necklace is unique and beautiful. Waxed linen thread and needles supplied. Bring small scissors and beads for the second class. Instructor: Gianni Gabriel’s. $45. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

GETTING YOUR MESSAGE HEARD Tuesday, May 16, 8:30am–11:30am. A special workshop for volunteer coordinators, marketing directors, executive directors, and interested community members, hosted by The Ventura County Volunteer Coordinators Council. Paul Overcame, news director and five o’clock anchor of KEYT-3 of Santa Barbara, will present this hot business topic. Overcame will offer tips on the craft of writing, telling, and reporting newsworthy stories about your organization during his fun and interactive presentation$20. Child Development Resources in Oxnard. 485-7878, ext. 1552.

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improv for youth, teens and adults. First class is always free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701. Online at www.venturaimprov.com.

Literature/Poetry

LET\’S TALK ABOUT IT: JEWISH LITERATURE, IDENTITY AND IMAGINATION Thursday, May 11, 7pm. The Ventura College Library will host a free reading and discussion exploring Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of contemporary and classic books on a common theme: A Mind of Her Own-Fathers & Daughters in a Changing World. May 11: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. Ventura College Library, Room LRC 205, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6400 ext. 3272.

SLAM Sunday, May 14, 6:30pm. Come witness sonnets on steroids, prose on fire! 12 poets battle it out, three rounds, two features, only four will represent Ventura’s first national poetry slam team. $3-$5. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd, Ventura. www.venturaslam.com

MEET ILLUSTRATOR DAVID ENDELMAN Tuesday, May 16, 7pm. Come meet local illustrator as he shares with the audience his artful techniques, special tips, and inspiration to draw. His cartoons have appeared in local newspapers as well as national and international publications. Barnes & Noble, Westlake.

FAVORITE POEMS PROJECT Third Monday, 5:15pm-6:30pm. Open mic: all poets and non-poets invited to read a favorite poem (not their own) or two. Hosted by Lois Klein. The Blue Agave, 20 E. Cota, Santa Barbara.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura, 320-3524.

OPEN MIC Wednesdays (except the first of the month), 7:30 pm Hosted by Miss Marissa. Kava Dume, 5653 Kana Rd., Agoura, (818) 865-8602.

MUSICIAN’S NIGHT OUT Wednesdays, 7:30-11pm. Traditional gathering of writers and performers. California Taco Co., 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7174.

POETRY WORKSHOP Every second and fourth Wednesday. Barnes and Noble, Ventura.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP Every 4th Wednesday with a different teacher every month. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd, Ventura. 644-0064.

POETRY READING Thursdays, 7 pm-10 pm Hosted by Daniela Schonberger. Giovanni’s, 6583 Pardell Rd., Isla Vista, 968-2255.

REDS HOT POETRY First Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. Open mic. Hosted by Sojourner Rolle. Red Hot Coffee House, 12 Helena St, Santa Barbara.

SOAP BOX POETS Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm. Open mic. Hosted by Kathleen Roxby. Borers, Camino Real Shopping Center, Goleta.

OUTLAW POETS OPEN WORD First Friday of the month, 7pm. Bart\’s Books, 302 W. Matilija, Ojai. 646-3755.

LATTE 101 First Saturday of every month, 8pm. Open mic with music. Hosted by Nurse Bob. 5722 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

THE POETRY ZONE Second Saturday of every month, 2pm-4pm. Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 21 W. Anapamu, Santa Barbara.

POETRY OPEN MIC Sundays, 5 pm-8 pm Hosted by Paradox and Mama Val. Every second Sunday is Ventura SLAM 101 with $101 prize. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

Pets

PET FIRST AID Saturday, May 13, 1-3:45pm. The Conejo Recreation and Park District invite dog and cat lovers to learn more about their best friend during this program which includes Pet CPR, rescue breathing, choking management, well-ness assessment, heat injuries, poisoning and more. $33. Hillcrest Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 495-4674.

Farmers’ Markets

CERTIFIED MARKET- VENTURA Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- THOUSAND OAKS Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. The Oaks Shopping Center, Wilbur Rd. & Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA Saturdays, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara & Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- SANTA CLARITA Sundays, 8:30am-12pm. College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8, Santa Clarita. 529-6266.

Sports

CASA GOLF MARATHON Tuesday, May 16. Court Appointed Special Advocates for children hold their Sixth Annual Golf Marathon in support of court-dependent children of Ventura County. The fund-raiser includes a 36-hold golf marathon, putting, longest drive and closet-to-pin contests. Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, Ojai. 642-0800, ext. 115.

Stepping Out

BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, May 11, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

MOTHER\’S DAY DANCE Sunday, May 14, 2:20pm. The Ventura County Chapter of USA Dance Inc. hold their second annual Mother’s Day Dance featuring specially selected ballroom dance music from the Big Band Era. Lana Flora is the Divine DJ. $10 general, $7 members, $5 youth. The House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave., Ste.,Ventura. 646-6271.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, May 15, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.

VENTURA POINSETTIA DANCE CLUB Monday, May 15, 8-10:30pm. Live band. Door prizes. $6 guest. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. 496-9322.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE Tuesday, May 16, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, May 16, 8pm. Salsa dancing and lessons every Tuesday. Free lessons with cover charge. Beginning 8-8:30pm, advanced, 8:30-9:15pm. Occasional age restrictions. $7. Borderline Bar and Grill, 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks. 446-4435.

SALSA LESSONS & SALSA DANCING Wednesday, May 10. Come learn Salsa dancing and play and practice afterwards. Beginning Salsa, 6:30pm; Beginning with 1-2 intermediate moves, 7:00 pm; Intermediate Salsa Moves, 7:45; Advanced moves, 8:30pm; Salsa Dancing 9pm. $10 for salsa class, $5 dance after 9pm. Lobster Trap, 3605 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. 405-2946.

SALSA Every Monday, 6:30pm. Under 21 are VERY welcome! 6:30pm, beginning salsa; 7pm, beginning with 1 or 2 intermediate moves; 7:45pm, intermediate salsa moves; 8:30pm, advanced moves; 9pm, salsa dance. $10, new customers ? price pass first time. Nicholby’s Night Club, 410 E. Main, Ventura. 405-2946.

Shows/Markets

VETERANS JOB FAIR Thursday, May 11, 10am-2pm. The Oxnard Employment Development Department offers the fair as part of Veterans Appreciation Month in California. All Veterans interested in a job should attend. West Oxnard Job and Career Center, 635 S. Ventura Road, Oxnard. 382-8610.

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, May 13, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features mostly fine art including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Held outdoors between the Holiday Inn and the Artists’ Union Gallery, where California St. meets the sea. 340-0609.

USED MUSIC AND BOOK SALE Saturday, May 13, 9am-2pm. Oxnard Friends of the Library hold their annual all music and more sale featuring records, tapes, CD’s, sheet music, plus all music and entertainment related items. Meeting Room B, Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. 485-1398.

Clubs/Groups

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF THE CONEJO VALLEY Tuesday, May 16, 12:30pm. Monthly luncheon and presentation honoring John F. And Robert Kennedy with guest speaker Dr. Jose Marichal, CLU Professor. $16.50. Rustico Restaurant, 1125 Lindero, Westlake Village. 675-8785.

 

PING PONG Thursdays, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. Call 646-8162 for more information.

LESBIAN AND GAY SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm. Singles and couples welcome. Cope with hostilities and concerns in the workplace, society, community and family. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Tuesdays, 6:15pm. United Methodist Church, Church St. at Maricopa Highway (across from Nordhoff High School). 649-9308.

AAUW Coffee & Chats First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome. Side Street Café, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. 495-9669.

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VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL

May 5 – May 14. Stories in Music, the Twelfth Annual Ventura Music Festival, fills various historic and architecturally unique venues throughout the City of Ventura with the sound of music. Stories in Music explores the rhythm and pace of music in a series of twelve concerts over ten days. This year’s line-up includes Trio Solisti and David Krakauer, May 5, 8 p.m., Ventura Missionary Church, 500 High Point Drive, Ventura, $40-$25. Paul Moravec\\\’s award-winning composition is performed by the piano trio and clarinetist for whom it was written as actors read from The Tempest; Cho-Liang Lin and André-Michel Schub, May 6, 8 p.m., Community Presbyterian Church 1555 Poli St., Ventura, $40-$20. Schub and Lin celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart\\\’s birth in a duo program; Michael Leroy Jazz Quartet, May 7, 2 p.m., Olivas Adobe Courtyard, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, $30. Leroy is a complete musician whose compositions are heard on television, in commercials and in films; Chu-Fang Huang, May 9, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, $35-$15. Chu-Fang Huang, winner of the 2005 Cleveland International Piano Competition, appears in Ventura for the first time; Rising Stars in Recital, May 10, 7:30 p.m., Church of Religious Science, 191 S. Laurel St., Ventura, Free, ticket required. Festival favorite, Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta interviews each of the young musicians. 648-3146. Visit online at www.venturamusicfestival.org.

VENTURA COUNTY CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKET

May 6, 8:30 a.m. – noon. The Market located in downtown Ventura celebrates their 20th Anniversary. The celebration includes musical entertainment, raffle drawings, exhibitors, local restaurant participation, fresh produce, flowers, fruits and other taste-tempting items available for purchase that both residents and visitors have enjoyed over the years. Main Street Mini Park, Oak and Palm Streets, Ventura. 529-6266.

EDUCATING CHILDREN FOR PEACE

May 7, 3 – 5 p.m. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions present a panel discussion featuring three Ventura County peace education experts and a special display of the Kids Peace Quilt, a project of the 2004 Conejo Valley Peace Camp. Panelists include Brenda Hunter, director of Conejo Valley Neighborhood For Learning; Sally Carless, founder of the Global Village School; and Victoria Hodson, author and teacher of nonviolent communication. Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 850-5849.

Special Events

CONEJO VALLEY DAYS Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7. Conejo Valley Days Cheers for 50 Years is this year\\\’s theme. Rich with county heritage, The Conejo Valley shows off its roots at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks, 23 Freeway at the Janss Road exit. The festival is filled with games, food, carnival rides for all ages, and a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo. Rodeo times are: Saturday, May 6, 1 and 4pm, and Sunday, May 7, 1:30pm. Enjoy continuous live entertainment and an authentic western pit barbecue, plus a tent marketplace containing dozens of booths filled with crafts, western gear, sweets and product demonstrations and displays. Entertainment includes Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Bluez Boyz, Raymond Michael Elvis Tribute, local bands, singers and dancers. Hours: Thursday, May 4, 5-10pm.; Friday, May 5, 5pm-midnight; Saturday, May 6, noon -midnight; and Sunday, May 7, noon-8pm. $6 general, $5 students/seniors, $3 children 6-12, free under 6. 371-8730. Visit online at www.conejovalleydays.com.

THE OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7. The Seventh Annual Village of Tales presented by Performances to Grow On has it all: entertaining, nationally known storytellers, wonderful organization and the ideal location to sit out under the oaks and hear stories that will move you and make you laugh. Free preview of the Village of Tales Thursday, May 4, 7-8:30pm, Libbey Bowl, featuring all the storytellers from the festival offering a short story. Over 20 events are included in the weekend package, with an international line-up of renowned tellers Syd Lieberman of Chicago, Nyla Fujii-Baab of Hawaii, Antonio Rocha of Brazil, Glanis Redmond, famed poet of North Carolina, Niall de Bura of Ireland, Baba Kamal Koran of Virginia and Jim Cogan of California. The Village of Tales has become one of Ojai\\\’s most popular and entertaining festivals. Individual pass $85, family pass is $155. Senior discounts available. 646-8907. Visit online at www.ptgo.org.

CSU STUDENT RESEARCH COMPETITION Friday-Saturday, May 5-6. The competition features exceptional research conducted by undergraduate and graduate students in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU. Students make oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities in the state. Cash prizes are awarded for the best presentations in each category. visit www.csuci.edu.

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Friday-Sunday, May 5-7. Fillmore and Western Railway Company and P. Maxwell Productions invites kids of all ages to join them for the fourth annual train ride with Thomas The Tank Engine and his friends. Hay maze, jolly jumpers, temporary tattoos, animal balloons live music and story time complete the afternoon. $16 ages 2 and up. Reservation required. Central Park Station, 250 N. Central Ave., Fillmore. (866) 468-7630.

KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST Saturday, May 6. The Kiwanis Club of Oxnard holds their Fifty-Second annual community pancake breakfast featuring pancakes, sausage, fruit juice, coffee, or milk. $5. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 200-6573.

CAMARILLO HOSPICE SPRING GARDEN TOUR Sunday, May 7, noon- 5pm. Camarillo Hospice holds their Tenth Annual Spring Garden Tour, with all proceeds directly funding the programs and services of the hospice. Tour features four private gardens in the greater Camarillo area as well as the Camarillo Ranch Gardens. Tour is self-guided, allowing those attending to enjoy the gardens at their own pace and in keeping with their own interests. Garden docents and Master Gardeners are on hand to answer questions and provide direction. The major fund-raiser also features demonstrations, a boutique, opportunity drawings, free refreshments, and musical entertainment by local performers. $20 advance, $25 day of event. 389-6870.

FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Sunday, May 7, 4pm. Oxnard High School Parent Teacher Student Association holds their Second Annual International Food and Wine Festival featuring local wines and food to tempt the palate as well as jazz music to sooth the ears. In addition to foods of various cuisines and wines, red, white and varietal, the afternoon also features silent and live auctions, raffle prizes and a 50-50 drawing. Oxnard High Jazz Ensemble provides the musical entertainment. $25 advance, $30 door. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 208-1422.

Film

A.N.S.W.E.R. FILM SERIES Thursday, May 4, 7:30pm. First Thursday of every month. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura. (323) 464-1636.

WHAT THE BLEEP: DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE Saturday, May 6, 8pm, and Sunday, May 7, 1:30pm. The extended director\\\’s cut with new footage, interviews, and animation that answer many of the questions posed in the film. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 643-1933.

MATCH POINT Sunday, May 7, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens Woody Allen’s Oscar-nominated morality tale about an English tennis pro’s obsession with an American actress. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

KINGS & QUEEN Monday, May 8, 7:30pm. An exhilarating French film expertly mixing comedy, tragedy and melodrama to tell the emotionally gripping story of the intersecting lives of two former loves. $6. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 893-3535.

Performances

LES GENDARMES DU SWING Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm-10:30pm. This exciting gypsy jazz group is inspired by the great guitarist Django Reinhardt and his Quintet of the Hot Club of France. In the Django tradition, the band plays only stringed instruments. Experience the thrill of this vintage swing for strings! The James Joyce, 513 State St, Santa Barbara. www.gendarmesduswing.com 450-6487.

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Friday, May 5, 7pm and Saturday, May 6, 2pm and 7pm. Four students will present the Jason Robert Brown work, an innovative cross between a musical and a concert. Although Songs features theatrical characters, the non-linear plot connects thematically similar songs in unconventional ways. $10 general, $8 students. Agoura High School. (818) 889-6239.

ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL Friday-Sundays, May 5-7. Ventura College presents four one-act plays directed, produced and acted by student thespians. Featured works include Attack of the Moral Fuzzies by Nancy Beverly, is set in a quiz show in which the contestant has to make choices about the great issues of the day in the face of people whose lives will be irrevocably affected by those decisions; In Game Theory by Peter Sagal, the stakes keep rising as two co-workers, a male and a female, are pitted against each other at an Executive Boot Camp; In The Sin Eater, by Don Nigro, the younger sister has supposedly died, and the elder sister has called upon the sin eater to eat the sins from off her sibling\\\’s chest. What the others don\\\’t know is that the younger sister is actually still alive; and Origin of the Species, adapted by Christopher Fielder, provides an opportunity for the audience to watch as a husband and wife are provided by an outsider with the chance to win a million dollars if they will push a button, knowing that someone will die. Performances: Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday, 3pm. $5 general, $3 students, staff and seniors. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6400, ext. 3236.

PUSS-IN-BOOTS Saturday, May 6, 11am. Join host Pinki the Clown as she entertains the young crowd with fractured fairy tales and interactive stories. A great way to introduce the little ones to live theatre, Pinki\\\’s Playhouse is designed for kids ages 3-7 and their families. May 6th performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. $5 general. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

FROM DAMES TO DUCHESSES Saturday, May 6, 7:30pm. The Sea Breeze Art Gallery will host this performance piece featuring Catherine Dain, Vonder Gray, Gai Jones, Linda MacNeal, and Leslie Paxton with scenes and monologues from their original material, classic plays, poetry and speeches which express the wisdom, wit and courage of seasoned women. $10. Sea Breeze Art Gallery, 255 South Laurel, Ventura. 643-3973

THE FILM SCORES OF ALFRED NEWMAN Saturday, May 6, 8pm. CLU junior music major Jaclyn Newman narrates a concert of several of her grandfather’s Academy Award-winning film scores. The University Symphony will perform pieces from Newman’s Street Scene, How the West was Won and, of course, the Fox Fanfare, among others. Freewill offering will be received. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3306.

1964…THE TRIBUTE Saturday, May 6, 8pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation and Strut Productions present a tribute to the Beatles. The Tribute takes audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that lives in all of our hearts forever. Hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world, the show chooses songs from the pre-Sergeant Pepper era, 1964 recreating an early 60s live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and on stage banter. $39-$29. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

MUSIC OF MILES DAVIS TOUR Sunday, May 7, 2pm. Trumpeter Eddie Henderson leads a swingin’ group comprised of seasoned veterans and young, talented musicians on this national tour. $35. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522.

FESTIVAL OF FOUR Sunday, May 7, 3pm. The Oxnard Community Concert Association hold the last concert of the Sixtieth Anniversary season with a performance by the musical ensemble Festival of Four, who celebrate the joy of the unexpected in every performance. The ensemble blends a dazzling, eclectic mix of tunes from classical to New Age, incorporating irresistible beats of the rhumba, tarantella, samba, tango, flamenco, and the waltz, adding to the mix exceptional theatrics. $25. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 483-3858.

BANJOMANIA Sunday, May 7, 4pm. Banjo players Jody Stecher and Bill Evans present their musical show The Secret Life of Banjos. The duo play over a dozen different banjos and perform tunes and songs from diverse traditions: old time, bluegrass, minstrel, ragtime, blues, plus a few surprises. During the show they share banjo history, anecdotes, and humor. $15 advance, $17 door. St. Andrew\\\’s Episcopal Church, 409 Topa Topa Drive, Ojai. 646-5163.

GREG AND STEVE Wednesday, May 10, 9:30 and 11:30am. The Conejo Valley Children’s Concert Series presents popular children’s entertainers Greg and Steve in concert. $7. Scherr Forum Theater, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 650-6735.

SHARON ISBIN Wednesday, May 10, 5:30pm & 7:30pm. Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, this Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist is the only guitar instructor in the Julliard School’s history. $60 general. Santa Barbara Museum of Art. 893-3535.

VENTURA COLLEGE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA Wednesday, May 10, 8pm. For their final concert of the 2005-2006 season, the orchestra, under the direction of director Dr. Burns Taft, teams up with the Ventura College Choir, directed by Elizabeth Helms, for a presentation of Pachelbel’s Canon for Orchestra, Mozart’s Vespers de Dominica, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Op. 16 with Louise Lofquist, pianist, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 90. $10 general, $5 seniors/students. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6400, ext. 3210.

Theater

THE INSANITY CASE OF MRS. A. LINCOLN April 7-May 6. The Conejo Players present a cast of characters that includes a group of strong-willed personalities, several of whom made names for themselves in 19th century America. Robert Todd Lincoln had his mother certified legally incompetent, then took responsibility for her financial affairs while she was committed to a mental hospital. Was she insane, the victim of poorly-prescribed medication, or was Robert a greedy cold-hearted son ruled by a ruthless wife? Thursdays $14, Fridays and Sundays $16, Saturdays and opening night $18. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8pm; Sunday matinees April 9 and 30, 2pm. Conejo Players Theatre, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

STAR ON THE DOOR April 7-May 20. The Stage Door Theatre presents a comedy that revolves around cinema legend Doreen Lewis, who is about to make her Broadway debut opposite ardent admirer, Paul Burnside. Things become very chaotic and very funny when Doreen receives a disturbing phone call that was actually meant for her daughter-in-law. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8pm. Sunday matinees April 9, 23, and May 7 at 2pm. $12-$15. 28311 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

AGNES OF GOD April 14-May 21. The Elite Theatre Company presents the tale of fragile, unearthly Sister Agnes who gives birth (supposedly, a “virgin birth”) to a baby who quickly dies. The police are involved due to the baby’s death; however, the main conflict is between the Mother Superior, who wants Agnes left alone, and Dr. Martha Livingston, a lapsed Catholic with grievances against the church, determined to help Agnes gain a stronger grasp on reality, and to discover any wrongdoing. $15 students and seniors, $17 adult. Petit Playhouse, Oxnard. 483-5118.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER April 15-May 6. The Conejo Players Theatre, Inc. presents the story of three couples: the first middle aged, established successful; the second, just young; the third somewhat young, somewhat successful – traveling the road between the other two couples. During the course of one evening at a cocktail party, we get to know these people, and their wants, needs desire, quirks… all to the backdrop of musical theatre’s most memorable songs by Stephen Sondheim. Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm. Evening performances April 23 and 30. $10. 351 S Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Fridays-Sundays, April 15-May 21. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents the ribald classic musical by Stephen Sondheim, Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove. Irreverent, fast-paced and filled with non-stop hilarity, Forum is features a marvelous mixture of mischief, mishaps, mistaken identities, misunderstandings and mayhem. Return to ancient Rome where a crafty slave attempts to win his freedom by arranging the elopement of his brainless, innocent master to an equally brainless, innocent courtesan. Performances: Fridays-Saturdays, 8 pm; Sundays, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 children 12 & under. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

ALADDIN : ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE Fridays-Saturdays, April 21-May 13, 8pm. Fried-Out Features invites you back to the days of a 1,001 Arabian nights to enjoy their latest live theatrical Moorpark melodrama. The show is a salute to the Warner Bros. cartoons and Jay Ward\\\’s Fractured Fairy Tale-style of comedy, layered with double-entendre, a delightfully production for both children and adults. Matinees Saturdays April 29 and May 13, 2pm. $15 general, $13.50 seniors over 60, $10 kids. Theater on High Street. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 807-2298.

ALL IN THE TIMING Thursday-Friday, April 27-May 21. The Rubicon Theatre Company and Ensemble Theatre present their first co-production. Smart, sophisticated and wildly funny, All in the Timing is a series of wacky and wonderful vignettes which explore, in Ives’ inimitable style, the marvels and mysteries of modern life. Five talented comic actors with impeccable timing offer affectionate insights into such subjects as the “dos and don’ts” of dating, missed and made connections, the need for universal language, the death of Trotsky, Philip Glass (ordering a loaf of bread), and what to do in [a] Philadelphia; while also answering the all-important time-honored question: could three chimps with typewriters eventually come up with Hamlet? Thursday-Sunday. Rubicon Theatre. $26-$49. 667-2900.

THE WIZARD OF OZ May 4-14. The Buena High School Drama Department presents the classic tale. May 4-6 & 11-13, 7pm; May 7, 3pm. $7 adults, $5 students. McConnel Auditorium, Buena High.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK May 6-September 13.. Gypsies in a Trunk open their 12th season of Fairytales in the Park with a new twist on an old favorite. Westlake Village: May 6, 11am, at Foxfield Park. Simi Valley: May 6, 4pm, at the Rancho Simi Bicentennial Amphitheater, Rancho Simi Park. Channel Islands: May 7, 2pm, at Harbor View Park. Camarillo: September 13, 11:30am, behind the Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley Street. Ventura: September 13, 4pm, at Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. www.gypsyplayers.com. (661) 718-3968.

Art

A&R: ARTISTS AND REPRESENTATION EXHIBITION April 18-June 9. In celebration of color and consciousness, the MultiCultural Center presents the 2nd annual student art exhibition that includes works by students of color and allies as well as works informed by race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Catered reception Tuesday, April 18, 8pm. Multicultural Center, UCSB. 893-8411.

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

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm, Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300.

ART ABOUT AIDS AND HIV Seeking artists and “non artists” to express themselves by exploring themes that celebrate safe sensuality, safe sex awareness, raising funds and saving lives. All mediums welcome—visual, performance, literary, musical, etc. Deadline to submit, Friday, May 5th. Exhibit Friday, May 12th, in conjunction with the Ventura AIDSWALK for Life. 338-2576.

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY April 15-May 14 Celebrating The Earth, in conjunction with Earth Day and Spring 2006’s Artwalk, presents 48 artists who celebrate and cast a critical eye on our relationship with the Earth. Special open mic poetry reading Sunday, April 23, 3:15-6pm. Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartis tsunion.org. 643-3012 or 650-8252.

BANK OF AMERICA April 10-May 20 Award-winning artist, Jennifer Bennett, will exhibit her brilliantly colored three dimensional, mixed media flowers. 507 E. Main St., Ventura. Mon.-Fri., 9 am-6 pm, Sat., 9am-2 pm 766-7760.

BEATRICE WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS Tom McMillin & Friends, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, May 6-June 18. Opening reception Saturday, May 6, noon- 4pm. The public is invited to attend. Also featuring a permanent exhibition telling Woods’ life story, as well as a changing exhibit of contemporary artists. 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.

BLOOMING BLOSOMS May 6-21. The Christine Leong/Students Show, with a reception Sunday, May 7, 1-3pm. Open Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm. Camarillo Art Center, 3150 Ponderosa Dr, Camarillo.

BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. 497-4022 or HYPERLINK \”http://www.brokenoakgallery.com\” www.brokenoakgallery.com.

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

CALIFORNIA GOAL COAST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY May 4-28. The 16th annual membership show is on display. The exhibit will feature watercolor and aqua-media paintings of exceptional quality by California artists. Reception Saturday, May 6, 2pm-4pm. Hours Thursday-Sunday, 1pm-5pm. 484-7594.

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

CAMARILLO ART SMART SHOW The Camarillo Art Center continues its show for its Art Smart students. Exhibition open Saturdays, Sundays 1-4pm. Free. 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo. 445-7061.

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 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

DE COLORES ART SHOW extended through May 21. The 12th annual exhibition of Latino artists including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media. City of Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main St, Santa Paula. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 under 18, free five and under and members. 933-0076.

FONTEMPORARY, UNIQUE AND RESPONSIBLE: AN UNCOMMON GLASS EXHIBITION May 2-May 27. Sol Mesz, an Argentine born glass artist, makes contemporary glass pieces with a unique and ancient touch: handmade colors for glass. Gallery hours Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 11am-5pm. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St, Ventura. 648-1235.

EXPRESSIONS OF OUR YOUTH April 27-May 31. Candidates for the Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship Program for students pursuing studies in visual arts are on display. Atrium Lobby, Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 658-2213.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART May 3-5. Original paintings by Daniel Weber and photo art by Ron Hall are on display. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

HANG WITH THE BEST April 10-May 24, reception Wednesday, April 12, 6:30pm-8pm. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is proud to present the annual student/teacher art show. High school and middle school students, Grades 6-12, as well as their instructors, are invited to apply to have their artwork exhibited in the Arts Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Application available in the Mach/April issue of ARTSCENE Magazine, on www.Hill crestArts.com, or at the Hillcrest Center. Free. Galleria is open to all from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. 381-2747.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY April 20-May 21. Norman Kirk’s “Paints Ventura…the County, in Watercolors” features landscapes that evoke memories of a time past, steeped in nostalgia but never cloying. His deft strokes, sensitive color and accurate, yet painterly scenes are widely collected and admired. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, April 21 from 5 – 8pm. Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6-pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA 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.

ILLUSIONS OF TIMELESSNES May 2-9. Westlake Village artist and award-winning fine art photographer Terese Pencak Schwartz will be exhibiting her latest collection. Free. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm. Resource Center, Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 557-1135.

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 The annual Senior Art Exhibition is on display from April 22-May 13. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATALIE’S ECLECTIBLES presents Hilda Kilpatrick’s oil paintings in “California Reflections.” Fascinated by the beauty found in nature, Kilpatrick’s oil paintings are primarily landscapes, local scenes and places that speak to her soul. She works without layering – wet on wet, from top to bottom. Reception Saturday, April 29, 3-8pm. 494 E. Main St, Ventura.

NATALIE’S FINE THREADS UPSTAIRS GALLERY 596 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8854.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Three Decades will be on exhibit April 8-May 31. The exhibit will celebrate the career of Gary Lang by highlighting pivotal works from 1980 to present, featuring the influential painting Night Life, from 1987, which is the birth of the Circle, Line, Mirror and Plaid paintings that Lang has become known for. Opening reception Saturday, April 8, 5-7pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

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

INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ART Thursday, May 4, 6:30-8pm. Featured Speaker Marc Pally kicks off the workshop series. Attend and earn a certificate recognized by the City of Ventura artist selection panels. $10/session, $30/entire series with certificate. Ventura City Hall Community Meeting Room, 501 Poli St, Ventura. 658-4726.

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 643-3012.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM May 7-August 27. Norton, Von Dutch, & Co: Legendary Motorcycles from the Schoenewald Collection is presented. At the Sunday, May 7 reception from 1-3pm, collector and owner Daniel Schoenewald will speak about the motorcycles in this collection. Some of the greatest names in motorcycle racing, design, and history are on display, including Norton Commando, Von Dutch, Triumph, BSA, Brough, and Vincent. This is the first public exhibition of this collection in California. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY presents “Hear Them Calling,” paintings by featured artists Edward K. Hudson and Rebecca Riel. An established artist, animator, and art director in the computer gaming industry, Edward has created traditional figurative oil paintings over 20 years. Rebecca Riel, inspired by the luminosity of the early 20th Century California Impressionists, captures the light, textures, and rich natural life of the Southwest in her acrylic paintings. Artists reception Saturday, April 29, 5pm-9pm. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643.3973.

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. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.

TOM MCMILLIN AND FRIENDS through May. Beatrice Woods Center for the Arts Artist-in-Residence Tom McMillin will exhibit his sculpted work. Studio Channel Islands Art Center. Gallery hours noon-4pm. 383-1368.

UPFRONT GALLERY April 29-June 11. “New Collages, Drawings and Paintings” by acclaimed L.A. painter Dawn Arrowsmith, whose work is derived from investigations of nature, longevity, daily sustenance and meditation. Through a meditative and ritualistic process, Arrowsmith has developed a very focused group of paintings. Artist reception Saturday, April 29, 6-9pm. 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 ANNUAL STUDENT ART EXHIBIT Tuesday, April 25-May 10. VC is pleased to announce its annual Student Awards Exhibition. Reception April 25, 7pm on the patio by Gallery 2. Exhibit in both the New Media Gallery and Gallery 2, Ventura College. 648-8974.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Gallery hours: Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

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.

WAYFINDING DISTRICT BANNER PROJECT Local photographer David Rivas has been selected for a series of 3-D district banners to be displayed citywide. Rivas creates his highly original images–often inspired by his work as a boiler operator at Arcturus Manufacturing in Oxnard–with a Nikon FM3A camera and a small-multicolored LED light using a long exposure that captures various colors in different configurations. 658-4793.

YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS The missing link in art education presents the student’s drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces at the 2006 annual art shows. Everyone is invited to partake in the moon bounce, food, and fun for the whole family. www.youngatartstudios.com. Camarillo show opening April 30. 601 Mobil Ave., Ste. F, Camarillo. 389-9686.

AWARD DESIGN PROPOSALS WANTED Deadline May 22, 5pm. The Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Ventura is seeking Ventura County visual artists to submit proposals for creating a limited edition series of four artworks to be awarded as the 2006 Mayor\\\’s Arts Awards. All media will be considered and the amount of $1,500 is available for the acquisition of the four works. Submittals must include resume, artist statement, and proposed artwork on CD-ROM. Specific requirements may be found at www.ci.ventura.ca.us/depts/arts_cul ture/mayors_arts_awards/index.asp. 677-3911

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STUDIO ARTISTS TOUR Do you want to be a Very Important Part of the 2006 Studio Artists Tour? Focus on the Masters is looking for pleasant, hardworking, multi-talented, and charming volunteers to help us with mailings, ticket sales, Gala set-up, Gala reception and reservations, tour reservations, and lots of other things. We need volunteers during the weeks leading up to the Tour and we need volunteers on the days of the Gala and the Tour itself. Any volunteer who donates a minimum of three hours will earn a Tour ticket. 653-2501.

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.oil museum.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM 10 am-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.

DUDLEY HOUSE Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE: FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS TWOSOMES May 9- September 10. The George Stuart Historical Figures on display include Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen. The one-quarter life-size portraits of historical personalities are renowned for their meticulous wardrobes and expressive faces. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 East Main Street. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. $4 ages 18-61, $3 seniors and $1 children ages 6-17. Free for children under 5 and museum members. 653-0323.

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.gull wingsmuseum4kids.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 Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM 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 Regular museum admission: $1-7; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

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.

BROADWAY BABIES Mondays, April 17-June 12, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the musical theater class for ages 6-14. Class incorporates acting, singing, dancing, makeup, costumes, and sets. Presentation follows end of session. Call for schedule and fees. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

MANNERS CLASSES Mondays, April 21-June 9. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services hold basic etiquette classes for children. P’s and Q’s basic etiquette class for ages 6-10, 4:15-5:15pm. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 597-7361.

BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturday, April 29, 10:15am-12pm. The Carnegie Art Museum is offering a series of art workshops for kids ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. This Saturday: Textures, taught by special guest artist Martha Jimenez, who specializes in fiber art. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. $1 per child. Reservations required. 385-8171.

TEEN TYPING CLASS Tuesdays, April 27-June 1, 3:20-4:20pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the typing-keyboarding classing for teens ages 11-17. Six week class meets at Lindero Canyon Middle School. $65. (818) 597-7361.

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION Friday, May 5, 11:30am-1:30pm. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to enjoy a delicious lunch from Margarita Villa with entertainment provided by Gypsy Folk Ensemble and music by Gil Valencia and Company. Free, but reservations required. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

PITCH, HIT & RUN CONTEST Sunday, May 7, 1:30-4pm. City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services host their Ninth Annual Pepsi contest for youth 7-14 years of age. Contests in hitting for accuracy and distance, fielding balls and throwing them quickly, and base speed running. Registration begins 2pm. Forest Cove Park, 5451 Forest Cove Lane, Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

Lectures/Seminars

KILLING WITH KINDNESS? Thursday, May 4, 5pm. UCSB Anthropology grad student Mark Schuller has spent the last two years working with women’s non-governmental organizations in Haiti, and will give an informal presentation, followed by a discussion, focused on the effects of international assistance, in particular aide from the U.S., on Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. Free. MultiCultural Center Lounge, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-8411.

ADOPTING FROM CHINA Saturday, May 6, 10:30am-12:30pm. Great Wall China Adoption holds a free lecture addressing the options available for families and couples looking to adopt. Free. Four Square Church, 95 Oakview Drive, Thousand Oaks. (888) GWFAMILY.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7, 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.

TAPPING INTO YOUR OWN PERSONAL JOY: EMPOWERING MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Mondays, May 8 and 22, 7-8pm. Noma Kaz, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, presents a variety of experiential activities to demonstrate ways to bring joy into your life even during the most difficult challenges. Kaz uses a variety of approaches such as meditation, imagery and hypno-therapy to show you ways to take control and bring your personal joy into your awareness. Experiencing the pleasant emotion of joy can enhance your immune system functioning and increase your sense of well being. The Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

THE KURDS: A PEOPLE IN SEARCH OF THEIR HOMELAND Tuesday, May 9, 8pm. Santa Barbara-based Kevin McKiernan, a photo journalist for more than 30 years, wrote and directed the award-winning PBS documentary Good Kurds, Bad Kurds. His eye-opening illustrated lecture based on his recently released book will explore the plight of the Kurds, the largest ethnic group in the world without their own state. $10 general. UCSB Campbell Hall. 893-3535.

FREE LECTURE BY RAINIER Wednesday, May 10, 6pm. World-renowned documentary photographer and Brooks graduate Chris Rainier will speak about his work, which has been published and featured in life magazine, Time magazine, National Geographic Publications, among others. Free. Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara. (619) 318-5347.

Classes/Workshops

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP Thursday, May 5, 8:30am-1pm. A five-day workshop for unemployed professionals is offered by OPEN, a chapter of Experience Unlimited, sponsored by EDD. This workshop covers resume writing, cover letters, interviewing, online job search and more. Register at www.EU-OPEN.org.

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT CITIZEN ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, May 10-July 26, 6-9pm. The Department begins a new class covering a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Must live or work in Oxnard. 385-7631.

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improv for youth, teens and adults. First class is always free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701. Online at www.venturaimprov.com.

FOCUS ON THE MASTERS: LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, April 6-May 25, 7pm-9:30pm. Richard Franklin leads a class where students will work with a live model and learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring a 18” by 24” drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Age 16 to adults. $80 for 8 weeks plus model fee.

OJAI PERFORMING ARTS THEATER ACADEMY April 10-June10. OPATA offers a new buffet of classes in music, dance, theater, including beginning guitar, African hand drums, ballet, pre-ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and acting at all levels. All classes this session will be performance oriented, with students working on performance pieces to be presented in OPATA’s Spring Showcase on June 10. Registration for the spring session is now open, deadline is April 7. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. 640-6404.

GENTLE YOGA Wednesday, April 19-June 14, 2:30-3:30pm. Class for adults. Improve flexibility, strength, overall fitness and stress management. Course is designed to meet your individual needs. Bring mat and towel, and wear comfortable clothes. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

Literature/Poetry

HOT WATER Thursday, May 4, 7am. Join author Kathryn Jordan as she discusses and signs her latest book. Borders Books and Music, 125 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 497-8159.

LET\\\’S TALK ABOUT IT: JEWISH LITERATURE, IDENTITY AND IMAGINATION Thursday, May 11, 7pm. The Ventura College Library will host a free reading and discussion exploring Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of contemporary and classic books on a common theme: A Mind of Her Own-Fathers & Daughters in a Changing World. May 11: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. Ventura College Library, Room LRC 205, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6400 ext. 3272.

FAVORITE POEMS PROJECT Third Monday, 5:15pm-6:30pm. Open mic: all poets and non-poets invited to read a favorite poem (not their own) or two. Hosted by Lois Klein. The Blue Agave, 20 E. Cota, Santa Barbara.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Hosted by Don “Kingfisher” Campbell. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura, 320-3524.

OPEN MIC Wednesdays (except the first of the month), 7:30 pm Hosted by Miss Marissa. Kava Dume, 5653 Kana Rd., Agoura, (818) 865-8602.

MUSICIAN’S NIGHT OUT Wednesdays, 7:30-11pm. Traditional gathering of writers and performers. California Taco Co., 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7174.

POETRY WORKSHOP Every second and fourth Wednesday. Barnes and Noble, Ventura.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP Every 4th Wednesday with a different teacher every month. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd, Ventura. 644-0064.

POETRY READING Thursdays, 7 pm-10 pm Hosted by Daniela Schonberger. Giovanni’s, 6583 Pardell Rd., Isla Vista, 968-2255.

REDS HOT POETRY First Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. Open mic. Hosted by Sojourner Rolle. Red Hot Coffee House, 12 Helena St, Santa Barbara.

SOAP BOX POETS Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm. Open mic. Hosted by Kathleen Roxby. Borers, Camino Real Shopping Center, Goleta.

OUTLAW POETS OPEN WORD First Friday of the month, 7pm. May 5 featured reader, Kurt. Bart\\\’s Books, 302 W. Matilija, Ojai. 646-3755.

LATTE 101 First Saturday of every month, 8pm. Open mic with music. Hosted by Nurse Bob. 5722 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

THE POETRY ZONE Second Saturday of every month, 2pm-4pm. Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 21 W. Anapamu, Santa Barbara.

POETRY OPEN MIC Sundays, 5 pm-8 pm Hosted by Paradox and Mama Val. Every second Sunday is Ventura SLAM 101 with $101 prize. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

Farmers’ Markets

CERTIFIED MARKET- VENTURA Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- THOUSAND OAKS Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. The Oaks Shopping Center, Wilbur Rd. & Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA Saturdays, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara & Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.

CERTIFIED MARKET- SANTA CLARITA Sundays, 8:30am-12pm. College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8, Santa Clarita. 529-6266.

Health

STROKE SCREENING Friday, May 5, 9am. Residents living in and around the Oxnard and Port Hueneme can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Presented by Life Line Screening. Pre-registration is required. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 300 S. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. (800) 697-9721.

BLOW THE WHISTLE ON ASTHMA Saturday, May 6. The American Lung Association hosts their Third Annual walk to raise public awareness of the risks faced everyday by millions of Americans living with Asthma. Ventura Harbor Village. (800) -LUNG-USA.

MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION PLAN SEMINAR Monday, May 8, 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.

MOTHER’S DAY SURPRISE Wednesday, May 10, noon-1:20pm. The Re-entry and Women\\\’s Center of Ventura College hosts a variety of speakers and workshops for the Spring 2006 semester. May 10: The VC Breast Cancer Education and Advocacy Group presents a Mother\\\’s Day Surprise featuring a celebrity speaker . Free. Campus Center Conference Room, Building B, Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6365.

Sports

SLAMMIN’ TRICKZ FREESTYLE BASKETBALL TOUR Saturday, May 6, 7pm Watch he next and newest generation of basketball magicians to grace game courts as they entertain children of all ages in their 2006/2007 National Tour kick off. $10. Moorpark College Gymnasium, Moorpark. www.ticketweb.com. (866) 468-3399.

10K AIDS WALK Saturday, May 13, 8am. AIDS Project Ventura County and the Ventura County AIDS Partnership host the walk. Prizes awarded to teams and individuals that collect the most pledges. Sign your team up now! Contact for pledge forms. aidswalk06@sbcglobal.net. 339-6340

Stepping Out

BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, May 4, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

DANCE JAM VENTURA Saturday, May 6, 7:30-10:30pm. New space for people with or without partners in a smoke, drug and alcohol-free environment. $6, $1 children under 16. Makoto Dojo, 3026 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 650-7112.

MAY DANCE Saturday, May 6, 7:15-11:30pm. Ventura Rheinland Club hosts the dance featuring the live band The Bluebirds, authentic German food, and a full bar available. $9. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 658-8887.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, May 8, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.

VENTURA POINSETTIA DANCE CLUB Monday, May 8, 8-10:30pm. Live band. Door prizes. $6 guest. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. 496-9322.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE Tuesday, May 9, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, May 9, 8pm. Salsa dancing and lessons every Tuesday. Free lessons with cover charge. Beginning 8-8:30pm, advanced, 8:30-9:15pm. Occasional age restrictions. $7. Borderline Bar and Grill, 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks. 446-4435.

SALSA LESSONS & SALSA DANCING Wednesday, May 10. Come learn Salsa dancing and play and practice afterwards. Beginning Salsa, 6:30pm; Beginning with 1-2 intermediate moves, 7:00 pm; Intermediate Salsa Moves, 7:45; Advanced moves, 8:30pm; Salsa Dancing 9pm. $10 for salsa class, $5 dance after 9pm. Lobster Trap, 3605 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. 405-2946.

SALSA Every Monday, 6:30pm. Under 21 are VERY welcome! 6:30pm, beginning salsa; 7pm, beginning with 1 or 2 intermediate moves; 7:45pm, intermediate salsa moves; 8:30pm, advanced moves; 9pm, salsa dance. $10, new customers ? price pass first time. Nicholby’s Night Club, 410 E. Main, Ventura. 405-2946.

Shows/Markets

KUSTOM KULTURE FESTIVAL Saturday, May 6, 8am-3pm. The Eighth Annual Back to the Beach day of custom cars, hot rods, motorcycles, a surf event, an art show, live rock-a-billy and surf bands, plus food and drink vendors. Beer and food available. $10 general, $5 with military ID, children 12 and under free. Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 217-2113.

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, May 6, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features mostly fine art including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Held outdoors between the Holiday Inn and the Artists’ Union Gallery, where California St. meets the sea. 340-0609.

FLEA MARKET AND COLLECTIBLES FAIRE Sunday, May 7, 10am-4pm. Antiques, collectibles, jewelry, floral decorations, dolls, crafts, and many other items on the grounds of the house. Dudley Docents will give tours of the house 1-4pm. Free. Dudley House, corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

ANTIQUES FAIRE Sunday, May 7, 11am-4pm. The Stagecoach Inn Museum holds its Fourth Annual Antiques Faire. In addition to vendor tables of antiques and collectibles there will be experts on hand to evaluate silver, timepieces, dolls, textiles and general antiques for $5.00 per item. Drawings and free cookies and lemonade. Proceeds will benefit educational programs at the museum. 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park. 498-9441.

VENTURA COUNTY PASTEL ARTISTS Sunday, May 7, 10am-3pm. 12th Annual Spring Exhibit & Sale. Guest musician Vince Chafin will play Native American flute. Enjoy a fabulous show and the hospitality of this select group of award-winning artists! West Hills Gallery, 1545 Cuyama Rd., Ojai. 646-6693.

Clubs/Groups

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO Thursday, May 4, 7pm. Meeting and program featuring a report on the State Party Convention and a discussion with Ferial Masry and Jill Martinez, candidates for Assembly and Congressional Districts. UFCW Hall, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. 383-6204.

FRESH OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS Friday, May 6, noon. The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce brings local businesses and job-seekers together for a business expo and job fair. The expo and job fair kicks off with a noon luncheon, featuring keynote address by investment consultant Mary C. Farrell. $55 non-members. Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. 983-6118.

FRIENDS OF THE RAY D. PRUETER LIBRARY Sunday, May 7, 2-4pm. Friends of the Ray D. Preuter Library hold their annual meeting and reception. Refreshments served. Free. 510 Park Ave., Port Hueneme. 986-2348.

CITIZENS FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTIONS Sunday, May 7, 3-5pm. This month’s meeting theme is “Educating Children for Peace” and will feature a panel discussion with three Ventura County peace education experts and a special display of the Kids Peace Quilt, a project of the 2004 Conejo Valley Peace Camp. Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. www.c-p-r.net. 850-5849.

PING PONG Thursdays, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. Call 646-8162 for more information.

LESBIAN AND GAY SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm. Singles and couples welcome. Cope with hostilities and concerns in the workplace, society, community and family. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

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