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Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival

June 30-Aug. 6, 8 p.m. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and California Lutheran University present their Tenth Annual Festival, with productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream June 30-July 16, and Othello, July 21-23 and 28-30, and Aug. 4-6. A Midsummer Night’s Dream revival has been recreated by director Lane Davies who originally conceived the staging for the Santa Susanna Repertory Company. Set in the Deep South on a plantation in the 1930s, the play brings together young lovers who are struggling against their parents, comical country bumpkins who are trying to produce a play, and meddling spirits who are portrayed as Confederate-era ghosts. Othello, the ultimate love story of passion, betrayal, jealousy and death, is one of Shakespeare’s greatest stories. The grounds open at 5:30 for picnicking and pre-show entertainment with musicians, dancing, juggling, and sword-fighting demonstrations. $10 adults, free for those 18 and younger. Lawn seating available. Presented in an outdoor arena. 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3455.

4th Of July Street Fair

July 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Ventura’s downtown area comes alive on Independence Day with the 30th Annual Street Fair featuring more than 300 artisans over a dozen-block area of the cultural district. Booths offer handmade arts and crafts and food from local restaurants, while live entertainment, a children’s parade and children’s activities complete the day. Pushem-Pullem parade begins 10:30 a.m. at Cemetery Park, proceeding west on Main Street to Plaza Park. Parade participants decorate wagons, strollers, bicycles and anything that can be pushed, pulled or pedaled. Free shuttle service from the Ventura County Government Center parking lot. 654-7830. Visit online at www.venturastreetfair.com.

What Internet Neutrality Matters To You

July 2, 3-5 p.m. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions hold their monthly meeting featuring a screening of the film Tangled Web, a PBS special on Net Neutrality, and a discussion by Gary Orthuber, director of Cal-Pac Technology, who discusses the civil rights issues at stake and how you can help preserve net freedom. Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 850-5849.

Holiday Happenings

MOORPARK Monday, July 3, 9 p.m. The City of Moorpark presents their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza $2. Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark. 517-6300.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR Tuesday, July 4, 11am-10pm. Show your patriotic side and celebrate our nation’s birth at the Ninth Annual Channel Islands Harbor Fireworks by the Sea display and celebration. Fun activities, live entertainment, an arts and crafts fair, sand castle building contest, Make Your Own Aquarium, inflatable fun zone, a 10K and 5K Fun Run/Walk, children’s activities, great food and an old fashioned Fourth of July B-B-Q, and a spectacular fireworks show complete the day. Children’s parade begins 11am at Fisherman’s Wharf. The day’s celebration kick off with a 10K & 5K Fun Run/Walk along the water’s edge. Registration starts 7am, races begin 8am. Celebration continues with a parade starting at 11 a.m. Visitors can watch the parade as it travels on Harbor Boulevard from Harbor Landing Shopping Center to the Port Royal Restaurant, adjacent to the Channel Islands Yacht Club. The parade will feature youth groups, classic cars, musicians and much more! Free viewing from the Harbor. 985-4852.

FOURTH OF JULY TRAIN RIDE Tuesday, July 4. The Fillmore & Western Railroad celebrates the Fourth of July with a day full of festivities, including the Sespe Creek Car Show presented by the Fillmore & Western. This classic car event is as much a tradition in Fillmore as the annual sale and show of fireworks. Plenty of food and activities plus one hour train rides, spend the day and cap it all off with the Firecracker Dinner Train departing at 6:30 for a BBQ Tri-Tip and Chicken dinner on board while waiting for the fabulous Fillmore fireworks show. Adults, $69.00, Youth 4-12, $39, and Children 0-3, $20. Reservations for this fun train need to be made early. (800) 773-8724. Visiting online at www.fwry.com.

OJAI CELEBRATION Tuesday, July 4, 5pm. The annual celebration takes place at Nordhoff High School stadium with live music by the Road Dogs, followed by fireworks at 9:15pm. Tickets $10 adult, $5 child. The Lion’s Club presents a Fourth of July breakfast from 6-10am., Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., followed by a parade from Country Club Drive to Park Road at 10am. Picnic in the Park festivities, including Pony League baseball games and live entertainment starts at 11:30am., Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Road. St. Thomas Aquinas Teens present a tri-tip and chicken dinner Sunday, July 3, 4-7pm, Libbey Park, followed by a free Patriotic concert at 6:30pm, Libbey Bowl. 646-4295.

RONALD REAGAN LIBRARY Tuesday, July 4, 10am-4pm. Come celebrate the Nation’s birthday with a day of music, family entertainment, games including a pie-eating contest, water balloons, egg toss, water wars, presidential look-a-likes including Washington, Jefferson, Reagan, face painting, storytelling and more. Free with museum admission. $5 general, $3 seniors 62 and over, free for children 15 and under. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. (800) 410-8354.

THOUSAND OAKS Tuesday, July 4, 5-9 p.m. Thousand Oaks celebrates the Fourth of July in grand style with a Free Concert in the Park, featuring the Conejo Pops Orchestra, 5pm, Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. Fireworks spectacular hits the skies from 9-9:30 a.m. Best viewing from The Oaks Mall. 495-6471.

VENTURA COLLEGE Tuesday, July 4, 6-9:30pm. Ventura Rotary Club and Ventura College present their Thirteenth Annual celebration, including a stage show, community picnic and fireworks display. The community is invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and enjoy an afternoon of food, fun, games, live entertainment including Blue Latitude and The Ojai Valley Boys. This is non-alcoholic event, security check at gate. No glass containers. Gates open 5pm. $8 adults advance/$10 gate, $4 children ages 4-12/$5 gate, children under 3 free. Ventura College Athletic Field, 1667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.

Film

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.

INSIDE IRAQ: THE UNTOLD STORIES Thursday, June 29, 7pm. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions and Hope Dance Films presents a screening of the award-winning documentary by Mike Shiley, an adventure traveler and filmmaker who decided to go to Iraq by himself to see what was really going on. Shiley, who previously spent a year in the Middle East, was upset with the way the media and the government focused on car bombs and press conferences. $6. Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 544-9663.

Performances

SUMMERDANCE SANTA BARBARA June 21-July 29 SUMMERDANCE, one of the few festivals of contemporary dance on the West Coast, will feature performances with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Aszure Barton and her company, and more, performing a body of work heralded by critics as “among the most compelling in the contemporary repertory.” www.summerdance.com or 568-0865 for more info.

RANCHO SIMI SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Saturdays, 6-8pm. Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District invites the public to pack a picnic basket and bring the family for a free summer concert. Set against the serene and gorgeous Rancho Simi Community Park, the concert series is free and continues through summer. Oak Park. 584-4453.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE Deadline August 1. The Alliance for the Arts is offering the Richard Carpenter Performing Arts Scholarship for interested high school and college students throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The top four finalists in each category will compete on stage in the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks. Applications: www.allianceforthearts.org. 449-2582.

SUNDAY CONCERTS AT PLAZA PARK Sunday, July 2, 3-5pm. Local residents and summertime visitors are invited to enjoy quality music at Oxnard’s newest entertainment attraction. The ten-week summer series features an eclectic line-up of free entertainment for the entire family. July 2: Raymond Michael pays tribute to Elvis and more. Food and beverage available, bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic. Oxnard Plaza Park, Fifth and B Streets, Oxnard. 486-6074.

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.

DIAL “M” FOR MURDER June 2-July 15. The Stage Door Theatre in Agoura Hills presents the classic play revolving around Tony Wendice and his plan to have his wife murdered. Creating a foolproof alibi for himself, he finds that events take an unexpected turn that requires a “plan B” to have his wife arrested for murder… Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sunday June 4, 11, 25 and July 15, 2pm. $12-$15. Stage Door Theatre, 28311 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

GODSPELL June 9-July 16. The Elite Theatre Company of Oxnard proudly presents one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway musical successes of al time. Through clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, the play addresses universal truths in a non-traditional plot. Friday, Saturday 8:30pm, Sunday 2pm. $20 general, $17 seniors/students. 730 South “b” Street, Oxnard. 483-5118.

BANDIDOS DE AMOR Friday, June 30, 6-8 p.m. The band performs Latin and oldies as part of the 2006 Heritage Square Summer Concerts Series held every Friday through August 18. Call for table reservations or seating options. 715 S. A St., Oxnard. 486-6074.

URINETOWN Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, June 3-July 9. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the Ventura County Premiere production of the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy fresh from its current Broadway run. Suitable for all ages, although younger audience members may not get the more subtle humor and references. Special Deaf and Hard of Hearing interpreted performance Friday, June 16, 8pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 years and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900. Visit online at www.urininetown.com.

OPEN SECRETS Wednesday-Sunday, June 15-July 19. Rubicon Theater presents the premiere of two one-acts by Dale Wasserman and Directed by Artistic Director James O’Neil. One of America’s most important and prolific living American playwrights, Wasserman’s thought-provoking, scintillating, superbly crafted stories come to life on the Rubicon stage. Stallion Howl is a comic curtain-raiser where an attractive woman receives a surprise inheritance from a mysterious millionaire and refuses to reveal to her husband, an inquisitive newspaper editor, the reason for the gift; Boy on Blacktop Road follows an investigation taking place related to the arrival and subsequent disappearance of a young boy. Subject matter may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Starring David Birney, Cliff De Young, Karen Grassle and Eric Lange. Performances: Wednesday, 2 and 7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 2pm. $49-$26. Rubicon Theatre Company 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900. Visit online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

WIT Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday, 2pm, June 16-July 1. Transport Theater, Ventura County’s newest theater troupe, inaugurates their first season with a production of Wit by Pulitzer Prize Winner Margaret Edson, produced by John Procter and sponsored by Ventura Area Theater Sports. Linda Livingston stars as Vivian Bearing, a brilliant scholar balancing her cancer with wit, humor, profundity and self awareness. John Slade directs the strong cast featuring Ron Rezac, Gina Hugo, Christopher Fielder, Regina Mocey, Das Baker, Kristin Storey and Parker Brown. $15 general, $20 opening night. Circus Theater, Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 672-0334.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday, June 30-Saturday, July 1, 8pm. Friday: Last Improvisor Standing-12 players compete to be the funniest; Saturday: Independence Day Event- Players tell stories from American history. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH June 16-July 15. The Conejo Players Theatre, Inc presents the foibles, fantasies and faults of a man whose wife and daughter have gone to the shore for the summer, leaving him to deal with high-flying libido and the temptress upstairs, while the voices of his conscience – three women from his everyday life – try unsuccessfully to keep him on the straight and narrow. $14-$18. Thursday=Saturday, 8pm, Sunday matinee July 9, 2pm. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE Saturday-Sunday, July 1-2, and July 8. Gypsies in a Trunk continue their 2006 season of great fairy tales and classic children’s stories to delight the young and old alike. See the Wizard of Oz as you’ve never seen it before. Join the fun as Dorothy and Toto search for a way home with the help of the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Hopefully they will make it past the awful Wicked Witch and finally see the Wizard of Oz and home. Saturday: Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Drive, Westlake Village, 11am; Rancho Simi Bicentennial Amphitheater, corner of Erringer and Royal Avenues, Simi Valley, 4pm; Sunday: Channel Islands Harbor, Harbor View Park, 2pm. Saturday, July 8: Camarillo Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, 11:30am, and Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura, 4pm. Free. (661) 718-3968.

TO GILLIAN ON HER 37TH BIRTHDAY June 24-July 15 Conejo Players Theatre, Inc presents a tale of loss and hope, of one weekend in Nantucket where a grieving widower is visited by his late wife, and their well-meaning friends force him to go on. $10. Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm, evening performance July 9th, 7pm. 352 South Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

Art

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.

ARTS COUNCIL BOARD AND FRIENDS ART SHOW June 5-July 7. Reception for public June 17, 4pm-7pm. See Set Design, Photography, Sculpture, Paintings, Pen and Ink and more. www.hillcrestcenter.org. Hillcrest Center, 403 W. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747.

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY presents their second annual June Gloom exhibit, starting Saturday, June 17. Bursting through the gloom, this juried exhibit has been judged by Michele DePuy Leaveitt and is expected to be as successful as last year. The Artist Union asked artists from Ventura and surrounding counties to come share some of their gloomiest artistic expressions. 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.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. Ojai, Ca. 646-3381. www.beatricewood.com.

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

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

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY 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 STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbcglobal.net.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER Free. 3150 Ponderosa Dr, Camarillo.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM From June 25- August 20 the museum will host “Documenting China”, a photography exhibit chronicling China’s industrial evolution, and “Box Full of Happy” a critique of consumer society in Los Angeles. General Admission $3. Open Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

DAVID GLENN through June. “Liquid Cities” is on display at the Channel Islands Harbor Gallery. Hours, Sunday-Friday, 11am-7pm. 984-2816.

THE FRAMEWORKS FEATURING CHIU AND ZORTHIAN June 22nd- August 5th. The Frameworks Caruso Woods Fine Art is hosting new paintings by Sally Chiu and Seyburn Zorthian in the Caruso Woods Fine Art Gallery. Tuesday-Friday 10 am- 5 pm, Saturday 11am- 3 pm, Closed Sunday and Monday. 131 E. De La Guerra, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, www.carusowoods.com

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.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.

HERZOG WINE CELLARS A new series of diverse art work will be shown at Ventura County’s new winery offering tours, tasting, classes, shopping and fine dining. Work includes oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.

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.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY June 1-July 31. “Out of the Past” is a photography exhibit by Fred Magness and Susan Vernand Magness, a collection of images of ghost towns, historical buildings and ancient ruins taken over the last few years. Gallery open everyday, 9am-9pm. Artists’ reception Saturday, June 3, 3pm-5pm. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

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.

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

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY June 10-July 30. “More Playgrounds.” Photographer Aaron Plant presents his first solo exhibition here. The exhibition is accompanied with a catalog of Plant’s work with essays by Lisa Le Feuvre and Laura Richard Janku. 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 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 June 23-July 21 Island Life – New Work featuring one of its talented resident artists, C. Lynn Tegenfeldt. The exhibition is a series of new and evocative riffs on the natural world, with a focus on common objects that are linked to both the Hawaiian locale and its Asian heritage which the artist shares through a variety of media and techniques, the paintings explore the hidden in everyday life. Includes interactive wall where the artist invites her guests to participate by rearranging groups of small modular abstract paintings. Candlelight reception Saturday, June 24 5-10pm. 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 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.

SUPER! MINIATURE, PAINTINGS weekends June 24-August 20, 1pm-5pm. Recent works by more than 35 California Central Artists will be on display. Also: works by American landscape master Ray Strong, and “Lifetime Achievement” Academy Award-winner, Down Iwerks. Weekdays by appointment. Weldon Art Ranch, 958 Weldon Rd, Santa Barbara. 965-5486.

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

VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION Hours: 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. Exhibits on display Monday-Saturday, 3pm-6pm330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

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.

Kids/Seniors

THE INVITATION Thursdays, June 29-July 28, 3-5pm. At-risk teen girls have a place to go every Thursday where they can write, make art, discuss books, and talk about life with poet Gwendolyn Alley, artists Lynne Okun and Melissa Pereida. At the end of the free six week, drop-in program, the girls make an Art Life-style publication, hold a reading, and hang an art show in the Artbarn including ceramic mirrors and other projects they’ve made. Kid’s Art, Ventura. For more information please call 338-2576.

CHUMASH YOUTH PROGRAM Monday-Friday, June 19-23 and June 26-30, 9:30am-noon. The Ventura County Museum of History and Art offers these two, one-week programs for fourth and fifth graders. Participants immerse themselves in traditional Chumash culture through stories, hands-on crafts and traditional skills, with time also spent exploring the Museum’s collection of Chumash artifacts. $40 week. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

ROCKY J. HALL’S ONE-ON-ONE BASEBALL CAMP Monday-Friday, June 19-23, June 26-30, and July 10-14, 8:30am-1pm. Three camps offered by age. June 19-21: ages 7-7; June 26-30, ages 9-10; and July 10-14, ages 11-12. $150. St. Bonaventure Baseball Field, Wells Road and Henderson, Saticoy. 477-0235.

SUMMER DAY CAMPS Weekly through Aug. 25, 7:30am-5pm. Oxnard’s Recreation and Community Services Department offers day camps for children ages 5-12.Camp Serendipity Summer Vacation Day Camp is jam-packed with sports activities, arts and crafts, games, and field trips. Each week features a different theme. $65-$85, covers all activities. Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 385-7995.

MATURE MINGLERS Thursdays. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, Ventura. 648-3035.

SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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.

C.A.T.S. SUMMER CAMP Roxanne Diesel, local drama and manners instructor, offers, for the 7th annual Camp Broadway Bound this summer, plus Harry Potter Literacy and

Wizardry Camp, Commercial and Film Boot Camp, Comedy and Improvisation Boot Camp and Crime Scene Investigators Camp. Camps held in partnership with local Ventura County recreation districts. The following camps are offered this summer for ages 7 -13: Camp Broadway Bound – a week long, day camp finds students cast in a production of Peter Pan; Harry Potter Wizardry & Literacy Camp – students become residents of Hogwarts for a week as they journey through reading, writing and acting; Comedy and Improvisation Boot Camp – Week long, half-day camp utilizing a similar format to the TV show Whose Line is it Anyway; Commercial and Film Boot Camp – Students experience the thrill of being filmed for each day of camp, learn how to hit a mark and slate their name, master cold readings of a script, use their voice and body to portray a character and sell a product or idea on camera, and audition for stage or film; Crime Scene Investigators Camp – students investigate a mock crime scene. (661) 718-3968.

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

CALL FOR ART Oxnard students are invited to “Celebrate the Rhythms of Cultures” through art in the annual art contest, sponsored by the City of Oxnard. Participants must be Oxnard residents 6-18 years old, and must incorporate the festival theme. The deadline for entry has been extended to Monday, July 17.

SUMMER YOUTH ATHLETIC CAMPS AT CLU Lu Dawg Baseball Camp (www.ludawg.com, 493-3398); Hoop Rat Point Guard, Perimeter Play Basketball Camp, Hoop Rat Shooting, Individual Offensive Moves Basketball Camp (www.kingsmenbasketball.com, 493-3404), Total Tennis Academy (495-0111), Team Soccer Direct (www.teamsoccerdirect.com, 494-1747), All-Sports Camps (www.create-a-camp.com, 494-1747).

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, July 1-2, 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

PAVING THE WAY: NEW HIRE DOCUMENTATION, POSTERS & POLICIES Friday, June 30, 7:30-9am. Join workshop speakers Alfred J. Landegger, Esq., Managing Partner, Landegger & Baron, and Michael S. Lavenant, Esq., Attorney, Landegger & Baron. Free. Continental breakfast included. Camarillo Hampton Inn & Suites, 50 W. Daily Drive, Camarillo. 987-7128.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, July 3. 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. Social dancing in nearby Los Caporales, 8-10pm. No partner, reservation or prior experience necessary. Gallery, Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 646-7355.

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.

POWER AND PEACE Wednesdays through July 19, 7:30-10pm. The Bodysattva Healing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks presents Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Embodied Wisdom, Scott Coady, who with the assistance of Dr. Shana Berger hosts four evening workshops designed to help individuals create more exciting and fulfilling futures by strengthening their capacity to produce more powerful results while experiencing more peace as they continue to lead full and busy lives. $25 each session, $75 course. All donations go directly to Interface Children Family Services. 497-0300. Bodysattva Healing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks. www.embodiedwisdom.com

Health

ADHD: MEDITATION OR MEDICATION Thursday, June 29, 1:30 and 7:30pm. Dr. James Grant, Western Director for Consciousness-Based Education, ADHD Researcher and Harvard-trained educator, discusses the safe, alternate treatments for ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Free lecture. The Ewell House, Maharishi Enlightenment Center, 143 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 653-2798.

CANCER HEALTH CARE DECISIONS Thursday, June 29, 6:30-8:30pm. Speaker Sue Coleman discusses health care decisions and answer important questions facing cancer patients today. She explains how to get a second opinion, which web sites are reputable sources of information, how to find experts, what questions to ask, what kind of records to keep and much more. Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

GATEWAYS THROUGH MOVEMENT Friday, June 30, 7:45pm. Come move and groove, twirl and swirl, lighten and brighten, using movement, breath, sound and music, play and have fun while opening your spirits and bodies. $12. Ventura Yoga Studio. 110 N. Olive, Ste. P, Ventura. 640-7442.

Literature/Poetry

AMATEUR POETRY CONTEST Deadline July 22. The Talent Literary Guild sponsors a competition with 50 prizes in all, with a $1,000 grand prize. Poems may be written on any subject, using any style. Send one entry of 21 lines or less. (The Editors reserve the right to publish the winning poems in a pamphlet and send it free to all entrants, along with a winner’s list.) Free. send to: www.freecontest.com, or Free poetry Contest, 1257 Siskiyou Blvd., #4, Ashland, OR, 97520.

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. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Host: TL Cabrera. 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.

WRITING WORKSHOP Thursday, June 29, 6pm. Free workshop offered by Local Hero bookstore and FictionWeek.com. Meets weekly. 254 Ojai Ave., Ojai. 640-6865.

MUSICIAN’S NIGHT OUT Wednesday, July 5, 7:30-11pm. Traditional gathering of writers and performers. California Taco Co., 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7174.

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, June 29, 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, July 1, 7:30-10:30pm. $7 non-members. First and third Saturday Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

50+ BALLROOM DANCE Sunday, July 2, 2-5 p.m. Gloria and The New Boys perform music of the 30’s and 40’s at this 50+ senior ballroom dance on the third Sunday of every month. $5, includes refreshments. Orvene S. Carpenter Community Center, 550 Park Ave., Port Hueneme. 483-6890.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, July 3, 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, July 4, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, July 4, 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, July 5. Come learn Salsa dancingand 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.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, July 1, 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

ALMAVIA OF CAMARILLO FASHION SHOW & BRUNCH Thursday, June 29, 11:30am. The residents and staff of AlmaVia of Camarillo, an assisted living community, show off the latest summer trends during their Summer Salsa Sensation Fashion Show & Brunch. Residents and staff model attire from Drapers & Damons, a leading retailer of women’s clothing for over 70 years. Representatives from the Camarillo store present their lines for misses and petite’s, complete with accessory items. $10, includes Mexican-style brunch and entertainment. AlmaVia of Camarillo, 2500 Ponderosa North, Camarillo. 388-5277.

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.

~ HAPPENINGS ~

Sacred Space Hosts Solstice Sounds Concert

Saturday, June 24, 7pm. Ojai community center welcomes renowned musician, Michael Fitzpatrick in a special Solstice Sounds concert. Fitzpatrick, described as a “(Rebel) marching to (his) own tunes” and a “virtuoso with a sense of humor, and an ear for musical dialogue” by The New York Times, has performed at sacred sites around the world. He will perform original compositions and the Pavane by Ravel as well as music by Bach, Faure, Saint-Saens and conclude with the Ave Maria of Schubert and the ancient Catalonian folk song made famous by the late Pablo Casals, Song of the Birds. $15 suggested donation. 410 Bryant Circle, Unit A, Ojai. www.michaelfitzpatrick.com, 646-6761.

Bat Boy: The Musical

June 23-24, 8 p.m. Hillcrest Theater for the Arts present the outrageous musical hit called “a mixture of My Fair Lady meets the Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The musical comedy/horror show follows the exploits of a half boy/half bat creature discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. The local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the town veterinarian, who accepts Bat Boy as a member of the family and teaches him to act like a normal boy. $20. Theater on the Hill, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246.

Keys To The County: Touring Historic Ventura County

June 25, 1:30 p.m. Do you know the way to Timberville? Have you ever heard of Jungleland? Join historian Cherie Brant as she talks about her new book, Keys to the County: Touring Historic Ventura County. Brant will touch on Chumash village sites, Rancho lore, intrepid settlers and the reasons why communities grew where they did. Free for museum members; included with admission for non-members. Ventura County Museum of History and Art, 100 E. Main St, Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10.

Special Events

CULTURAL OUTREACH PRESENTATION Thursday, June 22, 6pm. The Oxnard Educators’ Association invites you to an end of the year cultural community event showcasing the cultural heritage of the local residents to enrich the lives of the local school community. Free. Haydock School, 647 Hill ST, Oxnard. 656-1086.

GARDEN AND PATIO AUCTION Thursday, June 22, 6:30pm. The Channel Islands Chapter of the California Association of Nursery and Garden Centers holds their annual auction and dinner. Funds raised benefit scholarships and garden endowments. Public invited to bid on plant material, garden tools, and more. BBQ dinner included. $10. 36 Figueroa Plaza, Ventura. 524-2123.

DENNIS PRIESTY DARTS EXHIBITION Thursday, June 22, 8pm. Here is your chance to face a top darts professional one on one on stage and see for yourself the level of skill that is required to play against the best players in the world. The Ventura County Dart Association invites you to attend an exhibition of darts to be performed by Dennis Priestley, one of the top 16 world ranked pros who will participate in ESPN’s World Series of Darts. Free to attend; charge to play Dennis Priestley. Golden China Restaurant, 760 S. Seaward Ave, Ventura. 302-3808.

SANTA PAULA HOSPITAL GRAND RE-OPENING Saturday, June 24, 2pm-4pm. The Ventura County Health Care Agency invites you to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Refreshments provided. Santa Paula Hospital, 825 N. Tenth St, Santa Paula. 677-5252.

MARGARITA MADNESS DINNER TRAIN Saturday, June 24, 6:30pm. Join the Fillmore and Western Railway Company for this popular train ride as it travels through the beautiful Heritage Valley. Chips & salsa, rice, beans, cheese enchilada, tamale, and a regular margarita served with meal. Enjoy music or sing along with the mariachi band on the open air car or sit and relax in one of the other cars. $39.00 per person tax & tip extra. No host bar available. Must be 21. Reservations required. The Railway also offers weekend scenic excursions. Central Park Station, 250 N. Central Ave., Fillmore. (800) 773-8724.

SEABEE DAYS Saturday-Sunday, June 24-25, 9am-4pm. The public is invited to join the U.S. Navy Seabees for their twentieth annual celebration. Event features demonstrations of Seabee construction skills, static displays of construction equipment, weapon and field camp construction, hands-on demonstration and displays plus a wide variety of activities and lots of free entertainment, including Dave Storm and Thunder Creek Band, puppet shows, jugglers, face painting, carnival, arts and crafts booths, motorcycle and classic car show, plus athletic events including boxing, volleyball, softball and basketball tournaments, and a Sunday golf tournament. Food and beverage booths available. Due to heightened security, all vehicles and personnel subject to search, and coolers, backpacks, skateboards, bicycles, glass containers, pets, alcohol and weapons are prohibited. Free admission and parking. Enter at Patterson Road or Victoria Ave. gates, Port Hueneme. 982-6000.

DINA LAVIGNA BREATH OF LIFE TRIATHLON Sunday, June 25, 7:15am. The only USA Triathlon Grand Prix Sprint Race in the South West honors the memory of former Camarillo High School and UCLA graduate Dina Lavigna. The charity race includes a beer garden, barbecue, food fair, live music, and more. Call for further information and participation. (818) 889-1865.

LOVE-FEST Sunday, June 25, 4-8pm. Benise and popular recording artists Ambrosia perform at the second annual Lily of the Valley Endeavor Festival. International, national and local artists perform an evening of smooth jazz, benefitting the organization’s Children’s Village in South Africa which provides food, housing, education and care to infected and affected children. Wine tasting, food from local restaurants and a silent auction complete the experience. $50 advance, $55 gate. Gardens of the World, 201 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 277-1827.

SYMPHONY OF WINE Sunday, June 25, 3-8pm. The Sixth Annual wine dinner and auction fund-raiser benefits the New West Symphony’s youth education programs. Evening features a four-course gourmet dinner prepared by Southern California’s leading chefs with world-class wine pairings, live and silent auctions. Dressy causal. Call for price. Topa Tower Club, 300 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. (310) 748-5289.

GOLF TOURNAMENT Monday, June 26. The Michael A. DiRaimondo Foundation will hold its 3rd annual golf tournament and silent auction. All proceeds from the event go to fund paramedic scholarships in memory of Sgt. Mike DiRaimondo, who was killed in Iraq on January 8, 2004, and planned to go to paramedic school after his enlistment was over. Lost Canyons Golf Club, Simi Valley. 527-0909.

Film

SOPHIE SCHOOL: THE FINAL DAYS Sunday, June 25, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society concludes their Spring season with a screening of the German drama about a young woman’s attempt to defeat the Nazis and create an underground resistance. $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

SUMMERDANCE SANTA BARBARA June 21-July 29 SUMMERDANCE, one of the few festivals of contemporary dance on the West Coast, will feature performances with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Aszure Barton and her company, and more, performing a body of work heralded by critics as “among the most compelling in the contemporary repertory.” www.summerdance.com or 568-0865 for more info.

ELVIS AND THE BIG HUNKS OF LOVE Friday, June 23, 6pm. Summer Concerts at the Ventura Moose Lodge present Los Vegas Elvis Presley impersonator Jim LeBoeuf and his band The Big Hunks of Love. Dinner and show, reservations require minimum of four tickets. $30. 647-8820.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, June 23-24, 8pm. Friday: Spring Tournament Finals- funniest teams compete to be the funniest of the funniest. Saturday: Special TheatreSports -Ventura competes with the Los Angeles visiting team to be the funniest. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

RANCHO SIMI SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Saturdays, 6-8pm. Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District invites the public to pack a picnic basket and bring the family for a free summer concert. Set against the serene and gorgeous Rancho Simi Community Park, the concert series is free and continues through summer. Oak Park. 584-4453.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE deadline August 1. The Alliance for the Arts is offering the Richard Carpenter Performing Arts Scholarship for interested high school and college students throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The top four finalists in each category will compete on stage in the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks. Applications: www.allianceforthearts.org. 449-2582.

OJAI PERFORMING ART ACADEMY SUMMER PROGRAMS Through June 20. Registration is now open for OPATA’s summer classes in music, dance, and theatre, available for students ages 3 through adult. Programs include Chamber Music, Creative Movement, Dance Workshop, Academy Acting Intensive, Fun With Shakespeare, All the World’s a Stage, Academy Technical Internship, Beginning Guitar, African Hand Drums, and Private Piano Instruction. Limited financial aid is available for qualifying students. www.opata.org 640-6404.

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.

DIAL “M” FOR MURDER June 2-July 15. The Stage Door Theatre in Agoura Hills presents the classic play revolving around Tony Wendice and his plan to have his wife murdered. Creating a foolproof alibi for himself, he finds that events take an unexpected turn that requires a “plan B” to have his wife arrested for murder… Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sunday June 4, 11, 25 and July 15, 2pm. $12-$15. Stage Door Theatre, 28311 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

URINETOWN Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, June 3-July 9. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the Ventura County Premiere production of the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy fresh from its current Broadway run. Suitable for all ages, although younger audience members may not get the more subtle humor and references. Special Deaf and Hard of Hearing interpreted performance Friday, June 16, 8pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 years and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900. Visit online at www.urininetown.com.

GODSPELL June 9-July 16. The Elite Theatre Company of Oxnard proudly presents one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway musical successes of al time. Through clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, the play addresses universal truths in a non-traditional plot. Friday, Saturday 8:30pm, Sunday 2pm. $20 general, $17 seniors/students. 730 South “b” Street, Oxnard. 483-5118.

OPEN SECRETS Wednesday-Sunday, June 15-July 19. Rubicon Theater presents the premiere of two one-acts by Dale Wasserman and Directed by Artistic Director James O’Neil. One of America’s most important and prolific living American playwrights, Wasserman’s thought-provoking, scintillating, superbly crafted stories come to life on the Rubicon stage. Stallion Howl is a comic curtain-raiser where an attractive woman receives a surprise inheritance from a mysterious millionaire and refuses to reveal to her husband, an inquisitive newspaper editor, the reason for the gift; Boy on Blacktop Road follows an investigation taking place related to the arrival and subsequent disappearance of a young boy. Subject matter may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Starring David Birney, Cliff De Young, Karen Grassle and Eric Lange. Performances: Wednesday, 2 and 7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 2pm. $49-$26. Rubicon Theatre Company 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900. Visit online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

WIT Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday, 2pm, June 16-July 1. Transport Theater, Ventura County’s newest theater troupe, inaugurates their first season with a production of Wit by Pulitzer Prize Winner Margaret Edson, produced by John Procter and sponsored by Ventura Area Theater Sports. Linda Livingston stars as Vivian Bearing, a brilliant scholar balancing her cancer with wit, humor, profundity and self awareness. John Slade directs the strong cast featuring Ron Rezac, Gina Hugo, Christopher Fielder, Regina Mocey, Das Baker, Kristin Storey and Parker Brown. $15 general, $20 opening night. Circus Theater, Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 672-0334.

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH June 16-July 15. The Conejo Players Theatre, Inc presents the foibles, fantasies and faults of a man whose wife and daughter have gone to the shore for the summer, leaving him to deal with high-flying libido and the temptress upstairs, while the voices of his conscience – three women from his everyday life – try unsuccessfully to keep him on the straight and narrow. $14-$18. Thursday=Saturday, 8pm, Sunday matinee July 9, 2pm. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

TO GILLIAN ON HER 37TH BIRTHDAY June 24-July 15 Conejo Players Theatre, Inc presents a tale of loss and hope, of one weekend in Nantucket where a grieving widower is visited by his late wife, and their well-meaning friends force him to go on. $10. Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm, evening performance July 9th, 7pm. 352 South Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

Auditions

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Sunday, June 25, 1-5pm; Monday, June 26, 7pm-9pm. Eight actors are needed for this British Farce by Ray Cooney. Performances scheduled September 1-30. Based on the true tale of a cab driver with two lives and two wives, each unaware of the other, the play calls for two women and six men. All characters need good comic timing and British accents of varying classes. Ojai Art Center Theatre, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. www.OjaiACT.org.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM June 25-28. All roles are open. We need good singers with comic timing. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script as well as your best 16-32 bars showing range and personality (please bring sheet music in your key). No a cappella singing or CD/tape accompaniment. No appointment necessary. There is no pay. Tuesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 27, at 7:30pm; Wednesday, June 28, at 7:30pm. Play runs August 25-September 23. 495-3715. www.conejoplayers.com.

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.

ARTS COUNCIL BOARD AND FRIENDS ART SHOW June 5-July 7. Reception for public June 17, 4pm-7pm. See Set Design, Photography, Sculpture, Paintings, Pen and Ink and more. www.hillcrestcenter.org . Hillcrest Center, 403 W. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747.

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY presents their second annual June Gloom exhibit, starting Saturday, June 17. Bursting through the gloom, this juried exhibit has been judged by Michele DePuy Leaveitt and is expected to be as successful as last year. The Artist Union asked artists from Ventura and surrounding counties to come share some of their gloomiest artistic expressions. 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.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. Ojai, Ca. 646-3381. www.beatricewood.com.

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

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

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. Also: “Aquarium Gallery,” June 27-July 22 John Sidman’s current offering of acrylic paintings are filled with color and dimensions, where abstractions begin to take form into recognizable shapes, calling on the imagination of the viewer. His aquarium-like paintings are kaleidoscopes of imagery, color and movement. They draw us into a three-dimensional world and ask us what we see and how. Reception Saturday, July 1, 4-7pm. 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 STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbcglobal.net.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER June 3-June 25. “Travel Light, a Global Perspective.” Free. 3150 Ponderosa Dr, Camarillo.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Open Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

DAVID GLENN through June. “Liquid Cities” is on display at the Channel Islands Harbor Gallery. Hours, Sunday-Friday, 11am-7pm. 984-2816.

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.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644–2750.

HERZOG WINE CELLARS A new series of diverse art work will be shown at Ventura County’s new winery offering tours, tasting, classes, shopping and fine dining. Work includes oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.

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.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY June 1-July 31. “Out of the Past” is a photography exhibit by Fred Magness and Susan Vernand Magness, a collection of images of ghost towns, historical buildings and ancient ruins taken over the last few years. Gallery open everyday, 9am-9pm. Artists’ reception Saturday, June 3, 3pm-5pm. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

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.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY June 10-July 30. “More Playgrounds.” Photographer Aaron Plant presents his first solo exhibition here. The exhibition is accompanied with a catalog of Plant’s work with essays by Lisa Le Feuvre and Laura Richard Janku. 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.

PHYLLIS J. DOYON Friday, June 23, 4-7pm. Fast Frame in Old Town Camarillo hosts Award-winning artist Doyon, whose works of art are uniquely created to meet individual preference. Evening highlights include an opportunity to meet the artist, a drawing to win great prizes including a half-day trip to Catalina aboard a private airplane. Guests are invited to enjoy an array of wine and food and browse the displayed works of art. 2320 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 484-9133.

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION 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 June 23-July 21 Island Life – New Work featuring one of its talented resident artists, C. Lynn Tegenfeldt. The exhibition is a series of new and evocative riffs on the natural world, with a focus on common objects that are linked to both the Hawaiian locale and its Asian heritage which the artist shares through a variety of media and techniques, the paintings explore the hidden in everyday life. Includes interactive wall where the artist invites her guests to participate by rearranging groups of small modular abstract paintings. Candlelight reception Saturday, June 24 5-10pm. 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.

SUPER! MINIATURE, PAINTINGS weekends June 24-August 20, 1pm-5pm. Recent works by more than 35 California Central Artists will be on display. Also: works by American landscape master Ray Strong, and “Lifetime Achievement” Academy Award-winner, Down Iwerks. Weekdays by appointment. Weldon Art Ranch, 958 Weldon Rd, Santa Barbara. 965-5486.

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

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

VENTURA 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. Exhibits on display Monday-Saturday, 3pm-6pm330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

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.

Kids/Seniors

CHUMASH YOUTH PROGRAM Monday-Friday, June 19-23 and June 26-30, 9:30am-noon. The Ventura County Museum of History and Art offers these two, one-week programs for fourth and fifth graders. Participants immerse themselves in traditional Chumash culture through stories, hands-on crafts and traditional skills, with time also spent exploring the Museum’s collection of Chumash artifacts. $40 week. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

ROCKY J. HALL’S ONE-ON-ONE BASEBALL CAMP Monday-Friday, June 19-23, June 26-30, and July 10-14, 8:30am-1pm. Three camps offered by age. June 19-21: ages 7-7; June 26-30, ages 9-10; and July 10-14, ages 11-12. $150. St. Bonaventure Baseball Field, Wells Road and Henderson, Saticoy. 477-0235.

SUMMER DAY CAMPS Weekly through Aug. 25, 7:30am-5pm. Oxnard’s Recreation and Community Services Department offers day camps for children ages 5-12.Camp Serendipity Summer Vacation Day Camp is jam-packed with sports activities, arts and crafts, games, and field trips. Each week features a different theme. $65-$85, covers all activities. Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 385-7995.

MONEY CAMP FOR KIDS Monday-Friday, June 26-30, and Monday-Friday, July 10-14. The Money Camp offers its unique financial literacy camp in Ventura through the Ventura College. More than 2000 kids have learned personal money management skill in this fun, unique, camp-like setting. Camp emphasizes immediate useful money management principles for kids ages 10 and up. Using accelerated teaching techniques, group activities, role playing and games, campers explore their belief about money and then learn the information and tools needed to become financially free. June 26-30, ages 10-13, July 10-14, ages 13-17. 957-1024.

MATURE MINGLERS Thursdays. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, Ventura. 648-3035.

SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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.

C.A.T.S. SUMMER CAMP Roxanne Diesel, local drama and manners instructor, offers, for the 7th annual Camp Broadway Bound this summer, plus Harry Potter Literacy and Wizardry Camp, Commercial and Film Boot Camp, Comedy and Improvisation Boot Camp and Crime Scene Investigators Camp. Camps held in partnership with local Ventura County recreation districts. The following camps are offered this summer for ages 7 -13: Camp Broadway Bound – a week long, day camp finds students cast in a production of Peter Pan; Harry Potter Wizardry & Literacy Camp – students become residents of Hogwarts for a week as they journey through reading, writing and acting; Comedy and Improvisation Boot Camp – Week long, half-day camp utilizing a similar format to the TV show Whose Line is it Anyway; Commercial and Film Boot Camp – Students experience the thrill of being filmed for each day of camp, learn how to hit a mark and slate their name, master cold readings of a script, use their voice and body to portray a character and sell a product or idea on camera, and audition for stage or film; Crime Scene Investigators Camp – students investigate a mock crime scene. (661) 718-3968.

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

CALL FOR ART Oxnard students are invited to “Celebrate the Rhythms of Cultures” through art in the annual art contest, sponsored by the City of Oxnard. Participants must be Oxnard residents 6-18 years old, and must incorporate the festival theme. The deadline for entry has been extended to Monday, July 17.

SUMMER YOUTH ATHLETIC CAMPS AT CLU Lu Dawg Baseball Camp (www.ludawg.com , 493-3398); Hoop Rat Point Guard, Perimeter Play Basketball Camp, Hoop Rat Shooting, Individual Offensive Moves Basketball Camp (www.kingsmenbasketball.com, 493-3404), Total Tennis Academy (495-0111), Team Soccer Direct (www.teamsoccerdirect.com, 494-1747), All-Sports Camps (www.create-a-camp.com , 494-1747).

Lectures/Seminars

LIVING LIFE WELL Saturday, June 24, 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, June 24-25, 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.

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.

COLLAGE/MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP Wednesdays, 9am-4pm. Lee Hodges’ Studio/Gallery offers the workshop through June. Collage and mixed media can be an exciting adventure, using recycled materials such as portions of photos, cd’s, embossing powders, stamps, and acrylic mediums of varying consistencies, and transparencies. Limited to ten students per day. $45 each day. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Ste. 11, Ventura. 302-3167.

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.

POWER AND PEACE Wednesdays June 14-July 19, 7:30pm-10pm. Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Embodied Wisdom Scott Coady will host four evening workshops with Dr. Shana Berger. The workshops are designed to help individuals create more exciting and fulfilling futures by strengthening their capacity to produce more powerful results while experiencing more peace as they continue to lead full and busy lives. Donation of $25/session, or $75/complete series, requested. Bodysattva Healing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks. www.embodiedwisdom.com 497-0300.

SWEET DREAMS: MANAGING SLEEP AND MS Tuesday, June 27, 6pm-8pm. An educational program designed to help individuals with Multiple Sclerosis better deal with their sleep problems. Dr. David Brandes from the Northridge MS Clinic will discuss sleep disorders related to MS and ways to get a better night’s sleep. Free, includes dinner. Poinsettia Pavilion, Santa Paula Room, 3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura. 682-8783.

THE CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY Tuesday, June 27, 6:15-9pm. Help Shape the Future of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary! The Sanctuary holds Draft Management Plan public hearings in Ventura. Come share your comments on our draft plan. Sheraton Four Points Hotel, San Buenaventura Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. 884-1464.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY TRAINING Wednesday, June 28, 9am-noon. The Ventura County Regional Energy Center will hold a three-hour session to assist program directors, facility managers and interested board members in operating their facilities more efficiently and reducing energy costs. Participants will learn how to conduct an energy audit of their own facilities and discuss cost saving improvements that will reduce energy consumption and operational costs. Free. 1000 S. Hill Rd, Suite 230, Ventura. 289-3335.

POWER AND PEACE Wednesdays through July 19, 7:30-10pm. The Bodysattva Healing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks presents Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Embodied Wisdom, Scott Coady, who with the assistance of Dr. Shana Berger hosts four evening workshops designed to help individuals create more exciting and fulfilling futures by strengthening their capacity to produce more powerful results while experiencing more peace as they continue to lead full and busy lives. $25 each session, $75 course. All donations go directly to Interface Children Family Services. 497-0300.

Health

BEACH YOGA Sunday, June 25, 11am-noon. Enjoy stretching, breathing, relaxing and healing using Hatha Yoga taught by Ulla Anneli, R.N. Call for price and location. (818) 632-9415.

THE VENTURA COUNTY ALCOHOL DRUG ADVISORY BOARD Monday, June 26, 6:30pm. The board meets every last Monday of the month. 1911 Williams Drive, Oxnard. 652-5926.

BRAILLE INSTITUTE MOBILE SOLUTIONS VAN Wednesday, June 28, 10am-2pm. The specialized van brings the Institute’s programs and services to people not able to travel to Santa Barbara. AlmaVia of Camarillo, 2500 Ponderosa Drive North, Camarillo. 388-5277, ext. 102.

Literature/Poetry

AMATEUR POETRY CONTEST Deadline July 22. The Talent Literary Guild sponsors a competition with 50 prizes in all, with a $1,000 grand prize. Poems may be written on any subject, using any style. Send one entry of 21 lines or less. (The Editors reserve the right to publish the winning poems in a pamphlet and send it free to all entrants, along with a winner’s list.) Free. send to: www.freecontest.com, or Free poetry Contest, 1257 Siskiyou Blvd., #4, Ashland, OR, 97520.

SLAM BENEFIT Saturday, June 24, 7:30pm. Ventura SLAM Team members, as well as fellow accomplished slam poets will perform in a benefit for the Ventura SLAM Team. This is a part of the Bell Arts Factory’s regular poetry reading, held the last Saturday of every month. $5. Bell Arts Factory, 462 N. Ventura Ave.

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. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Host: TL Cabrera. 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.

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, June 22, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

COUNCIL ON AGING DANCE Friday, June 23, 7:30-10:30pm. Dance held second and last Friday of every month. Proceeds contribute to the funding of programs and services. Drawing for door prizes. Light refreshments, live music. $6. The Rhythm Kings perform. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.

GROOVESTEPS Saturday, June 24, 7:30pm-10:30pm. An excellent restaurant and bar, Agoura’s hidden destination, transforms into a seductive, cool, trendy, ultra lounge featuring live bands, smooth R&B and dance music and the sounds of local DJs. Whether you are on a date or with a group of friends, it’s the place to be and be seen. $5 cover before 10pm. Blue, 5017 Lewis Rd, Agoura. (818) 889-8476.

SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, June 25, 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, June 26, 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, June 27, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, June 27, 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, June 28. 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.

Shows/Markets

GARDEN & GALLERY SHOW Saturday, June 24, 10am-4pm. To showcase the Enrichment Center’s Art and Ceramic Gallery and Greenhouse, as well as local artists and crafts people. Free. 210 Canada St, Ojai. 646-5186.

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, June 24, 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, June 22, 7pm. The society holds their monthly meeting. Featured speaker: Ron Whitehurst, Marketing Manager of Rincon-Vitova Insect aries. Cowan Conference Center, 550 Airport Way, Camarillo. 523-9003.

CHANNEL ISLANDS PC USER GROUP Saturday, June 24, 8:30am. Learn how to improve your internet experience with fiber optics. Why wait one hour and 27 minutes to download a large file with your 56K telephone modem when you could wait only one minute with the slowest fiber optics speed. The 3.5 hour meeting is open to the public and the club’s monthly 20-page newsletter is available for all. Free. Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, 1500 Temple Ave, Camarillo. 987-1748.

VENTURA FRENCH CLUB Saturday, June 24, 9:30am. Bring your friends and join in to practice your French in our fun and helpful French club. Barnes & Noble, 4820 Telephone Rd, Ventura. 339-0990.

VENTURA ATHEISTS Monday, June 26, 6pm. Monthly dinner and social meeting. Featured speaker Edward Tabash, Chair of the Legal Committee for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, discusses The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State. The Sportsman Lounge, 53 S. California St., Ventura. 794-4714.

TUESDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB Tuesday, June 27, 7pm. Everyone is welcome! This month we will discuss The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble. Barnes & Noble, 4820 Telephone Rd, Ventura. 339-0990.

WOMEN’S INFORMATION NETWORK OF SIMI VALLEY Wednesday, June 28, 11:30am. The group holds their monthly lunch and welcomes Leigh Nixon, President and CEO of the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce, as their speaker. Secret Garden Restaurant, High St., Moorpark .217-4184.

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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pow wow

June 16 – 18 Come witness a celebration of American Indian culture, song, dance, arts and crafts – powwows are among the few indigenous gatherings that are open to the public. Teepees will line the athletic field and gourd dances will be held throughout the weekend. Friday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. $2 donation per vehicle. Moorpark College, Moorpark. 217-0364.

Open secrets

June 15 – July 19. Rubicon Theatre presents the premiere of two one-acts by Dale Wasserman and directed by Artistic Director James O\\\’Neil. One of America\\\’s most important and prolific living American playwrights, Wasserman’s thought-provoking, scintillating, superbly crafted stories come to life on the Rubicon stage. Stallion Howl is a comic curtain-raiser where an attractive woman receives a surprise inheritance from a mysterious millionaire and refuses to reveal to her husband, an inquisitive newspaper editor, the reason for the gift; Boy on Blacktop Road follows an investigation taking place related to the arrival and subsequent disappearance of a young boy. Subject matter may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Starring David Birney, Cliff De Young, Karen Grassle and Eric Lange. Performances: Wednesday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 2 p.m. $49 – $26. Rubicon Theatre Company 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900. Visit online at www.rubicontheatre.org

Kidfest

June 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Join B95.1, 100.7 KHAY Country, 103.3 The Vibe, and 1450 AM The Boomer for KidFest \\\’06, a day of free family fun for everyone. Event includes music, food, games, crafts, rides, contests, prizes, jolly jumps, vendors and much more! Something for everyone, bring the whole family down to the Ventura Promenade. Entrance near Ventura County Fairground Parking Lot. 642-8595, ext. 255.

Special Events

HIV AND LATINOS: A LEADERSHIP SUMMIT Friday, June 16, 8am-3:30pm. To engage leaders throughout Ventura County in a dialog about the impact of HIV in the Latino community and to spark interest in working to end this alarming trend, come join us for a one-day summit to learn more and find out what we can do as a community to protect our mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, and secure a future free from the threat of HIV. $20. Pierpont Inn, Ventura. 485- 6288, ext. 232.

ERIC’S NORTH COAST GOURMET BEER DINNER Friday, June 16, 6:30pm. Guests will enjoy a specially prepared meal by Chef Robin Nishizaki pairing a selection of five beers from Northern California with an inspired menu featuring appetizers, meats and a dessert. $49.95 per person, + tax and tips. Reservations required. Palm Garden Hotel, Thousand Oaks. 716-4100.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN Saturday, June 17, 6:30pm. Join the Fillmore and Western Railway Company and P. Maxwell Productions as they present When the West Was Wild, a murder mystery train ride and gourmet dinner. $89 per person. The Railway also offers weekend scenic excursions. Central Park Station, 250 N. Central Ave., Fillmore. (800) 773-8724.

Film

ARNA’S CHILDREN Thursday, June 15, 7pm. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions continue their monthly Film Series with a free showing of the documentary which tells the story of a theatre group established by Arna Mer Khamis, who comes from a Zionist family and in the 1950s married a Palestinian Arab. On the West Bank, she opened an alternative education system for children whose lives were disrupted by the Israeli Occupation. The theatre group she started engaged children from Jenin, helping them to express their everyday frustrations, anger, bitterness and fear. Free. Foster Library\\\’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 850-5849.

TRISTRAM SHANDY Sunday, June 18, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the ingenious show business spoof which takes place in a film within a film. $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

LAURIE LEWIS IN CONCERT Friday, June 16, 8pm. Accomplished fiddle player/singer joins The Right Hands – Tom Rozum on mandolin, Scott Huffman on guitar, Craig Smith on banjo, Todd Phillips on bass. Gateway Church, 29646 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills. http:// events.netwrangler.com/laurielewis.htm

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, June 16-17, 8pm. Friday: Summer Tournament Week 7-Teams compete to be the funniest as a panel of judges award points; 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.

THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT – THE SMELL OF THE CROWD Sunday, June 18, 3pm. Musical Theatre Guild presents the Fortieth Anniversary production the Anthony Newley-Leslie Bricusse allegorical musical of class struggle featuring such standards as Who Can I Turn To and On a Wonderful Day like Today. The musical tells the story of lower class Cocky and upper crust Sir, who travel the world playing the game of life. Sir uses his skill in the game to outsmart Cocky and keep him in his place until an unexpected intruder awakens the knowledge Cocky needs to overcome his struggle. $39. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 583-8700.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK Sunday, June 18, 6pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services presents the first concert in their Summer Concerts in the Park series for 2006 featuring Raymond Michael in his tribute to Elvis. Free. Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE deadline August 1. The Alliance for the Arts is offering the Richard Carpenter Performing Arts Scholarship for interested high school and college students throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The top four finalists in each category will compete on stage in the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks. Applications: www.allianceforthearts.org. 449-2582.

OJAI PERFORMING ART ACADEMY SUMMER PROGRAMS Through June 20. Registration is now open for OPATA’s summer classes in music, dance, and theatre, available for students ages 3 through adult. Programs include Chamber Music, Creative Movement, Dance Workshop, Academy Acting Intensive, Fun With Shakespeare, All the World’s a Stage, Academy Technical Internship, Beginning Guitar, African Hand Drums, and Private Piano Instruction. Limited financial aid is available for qualifying students. www.opata.org 640-6404.

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.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Fridays-Sundays, June 2-17. The Ojai Art Center presents Kaufmann & Hart’s classic about an eccentric, playful family. Performances: Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, Sunday matinees, 2pm. No show Friday, June 9. $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and members. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

WRONG TURN AT LUNGFISH June 2-18. The Vagabond Players present the compassionate, humorous comedy is about an elitist and irascible college dean who has suddenly gone blind, and whose only enjoyment comes from tormenting his student nurse until he is assigned Anita Merendino to read to him. She is a young blue-collar girl, both sexy and manipulative, with a jealous boyfriend. In this poignant comedy our intellectual odd couple finds that within each other lies the missing link in their own personal evolution. $15 adults, $13 seniors, students and groups. Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Saturday June 10th, Sundays, 2pm. Theatre on the Hill, Hillcrest Center for the Performing Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks. 987-2586

DIAL “M” FOR MURDER June 2-July 15. The Stage Door Theatre in Agoura Hills presents the classic play revolving around Tony Wendice and his plan to have his wife murdered. Creating a foolproof alibi for himself, he finds that events take an unexpected turn that requires a “plan B” to have his wife arrested for murder… Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sunday June 4, 11, 25 and July 15, 2pm. $12-$15. Stage Door Theatre, 28311 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

URINETOWN Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, June 3-July 9. Actors\\\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the Ventura County Premiere production of the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy fresh from its current Broadway run. Suitable for all ages, although younger audience members may not get the more subtle humor and references. Special Deaf and Hard of Hearing interpreted performance Friday, June 16, 8pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 years and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900. Visit online at www.urininetown.com.

GODSPELL June 9-July 16. The Elite Theatre Company of Oxnard proudly presents one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway musical successes of al time. Through clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, the play addresses universal truths in a non-traditional plot. Friday, Saturday 8:30pm, Sunday 2pm. $20 general, $17 seniors/students. 730 South “b” Street, Oxnard. 483-5118. WIT Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday,

2pm, June 16-July 1. Transport Theater, Ventura County’s newest theater troupe, inaugurates their first season with a production of Wit by Pulitzer Prize Winner Margaret Edson, produced by John Procter and sponsored by Ventura Area Theater Sports. Linda Livingston stars as Vivian Bearing, a brilliant scholar balancing her cancer with wit, humor, profundity and self awareness. John Slade directs the strong cast featuring Ron Rezac, Gina Hugo, Christopher Fielder, Regina Mocey, Jereme Leslie, Kristin Storey and Parker Brown. $15 general, $20 opening night. Circus Theater, Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 672-0334.

Auditions

THE HEIRESS Saturday, June 17, 11am-2pm, and Monday, June 19, 7-9pm. Santa Paula Theater Center holds auditions for the drama written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz. suggested by the novel Washington Square by Henry James. Set in 1850\\\’s New York, The Heiress tells of a shy, plain young girl who falls in love with a delightful young fortune hunter. All roles are open. No appointment is necessary for auditions. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South Seventh St., Santa Paula. 583-7902.

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.

ARTS COUNCIL BOARD AND FRIENDS ART SHOW June 5-July 7. Reception for public June 17, 4pm-7pm. See Set Design, Photography, Sculpture, Paintings, Pen and Ink and more. www.hillcrestcenter.org . Hillcrest Center, 403 W. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747.

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY presents their second annual June Gloom exhibit, starting Saturday, June 17. Bursting through the gloom, this juried exhibit has been judged by Michele DePuy Leaveitt and is expected to be as successful as last year. The Artist Union asked artists from Ventura and surrounding counties to come share some of their gloomiest artistic expressions. 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.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Tom McMillin & Friends, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, May 6-June 18. 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.

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

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Open Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

DAVID GLENN through June. “Liquid Cities” is on display at the Channel Islands Harbor Gallery. Hours, Sunday-Friday, 11am-7pm. 984-2816.

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.

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.

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.

HERZOG WINE CELLARS A new series of diverse art work will be shown at Ventura County’s new winery offering tours, tasting, classes, shopping and fine dining. Work includes oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.

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.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY June 1-July 31. “Out of the Past” is a photography exhibit by Fred Magness and Susan Vernand Magness, a collection of images of ghost towns, historical buildings and ancient ruins taken over the last few years. Gallery open everyday, 9am-9pm. Artists’ reception Saturday, June 3, 3pm-5pm. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

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.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY June 10-July 30. “More Playgrounds.” Photographer Aaron Plant presents his first solo exhibition here. The exhibition is accompanied with a catalog of Plant\\\’s work with essays by Lisa Le Feuvre and Laura Richard Janku. 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 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.youngatartstudios.com. Exhibits on display Monday-Saturday, 3pm-6pm330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

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.gullwingsmusem4kids.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.

Kids/Seniors

CHUMASH YOUTH PROGRAM Monday-Friday, June 19-23 and June 26-30, 9:30am-noon. The Ventura County Museum of History and Art offers these two, one-week programs for fourth and fifth graders. Participants immerse themselves in traditional Chumash culture through stories, hands-on crafts and traditional skills, with time also spent exploring the Museum\\\’s collection of Chumash artifacts. $40 week. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

ROCKY J. HALL\\\’S ONE-ON-ONE BASEBALL CAMP Monday-Friday, June 19-23, June 26-30, and July 10-14, 8:30am-1pm. Three camps offered by age. June 19-21: ages 7-7; June 26-30, ages 9-10; and July 10-14, ages 11-12. $150. St. Bonaventure Baseball Field, Wells Road and Henderson, Saticoy. 477-0235.

SUMMER DAY CAMPS Weekly through Aug. 25, 7:30am-5pm. Oxnard’s Recreation and Community Services Department offers day camps for children ages 5-12.Camp Serendipity Summer Vacation Day Camp is jam-packed with sports activities, arts and crafts, games, and field trips. Each week features a different theme. $65-$85, covers all activities. Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 385-7995.

MATURE MINGLERS Thursday, June 15, 4:30pm. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, Ventura. 648-3035.

SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Thursdays. Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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.

C.A.T.S. SUMMER CAMP Roxanne Diesel, local drama and manners instructor, offers, for the 7th annual Camp Broadway Bound this summer, plus Harry Potter Literacy and Wizardry Camp, Commercial and Film Boot Camp, Comedy and Improvisation Boot Camp and Crime Scene Investigators Camp. Camps held in partnership with local Ventura County recreation districts. The following camps are offered this summer for ages 7 -13: Camp Broadway Bound – a week long, day camp finds students cast in a production of Peter Pan; Harry Potter Wizardry & Literacy Camp – students become residents of Hogwarts for a week as they journey through reading, writing and acting; Comedy and Improvisation Boot Camp – Week long, half-day camp utilizing a similar format to the TV show Whose Line is it Anyway; Commercial and Film Boot Camp – Students experience the thrill of being filmed for each day of camp, learn how to hit a mark and slate their name, master cold readings of a script, use their voice and body to portray a character and sell a product or idea on camera, and audition for stage or film; Crime Scene Investigators Camp – students investigate a mock crime scene. (661) 718-3968.

FAMILY TIME Sunday, June 18, 1:30pm-3pm. Arts and crafts for the whole family! Free. Ventura County Museum of History and Art, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

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

CALL FOR ART Oxnard students are invited to “Celebrate the Rhythms of Cultures” through art in the annual art contest, sponsored by the City of Oxnard. Participants must be Oxnard residents 6-18 years old, and must incorporate the festival theme. The deadline for entry has been extended to Monday, July 17.

SUMMER YOUTH ATHLETIC CAMPS AT CLU Lu Dawg Baseball Camp (www.ludawg.com , 493-3398); Hoop Rat Point Guard, Perimeter Play Basketball Camp, Hoop Rat Shooting, Individual Offensive Moves Basketball Camp (www.kingsmenbasketball.com , 493-3404), Total Tennis Academy (495-0111), Team Soccer Direct ( www.teamsoccerdirect.com , 494-1747), All-Sports Camps (www.create-a-camp.com, 494-1747).

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18, 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.

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 RIGHT WAY TO WRITE, PUBLISH AND SELL YOUR BOOK Saturdays, June 3-17, 1:30pm. Focus on the Masters offers this three session workshop which walks hopeful authors through the process of writing a book from idea to publication and beyond. Learn how to write a successful book proposal, locate and approach appropriate publishers, design an effective promotional plan and much more. Instructor: Patricia Fry. $80. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501. Visit online at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

COLLAGE/MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP Wednesdays, 9am-4pm. Lee Hodges\\\’ Studio/Gallery offers the workshop through June. Collage and mixed media can be an exciting adventure, using recycled materials such as portions of photos, cd\\\’s, embossing powders, stamps, and acrylic mediums of varying consistencies, and transparencies. Limited to ten students per day. $45 each day. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Ste. 11, Ventura. 302-3167.

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.

POWER AND PEACE Wednesdays June 14-July 19, 7:30pm-10pm. Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Embodied Wisdom Scott Coady will host four evening workshops with Dr. Shana Berger. The workshops are designed to help individuals create more exciting and fulfilling futures by strengthening their capacity to produce more powerful results while experiencing more peace as they continue to lead full and busy lives. Donation of $25/session, or $75/complete series, requested. Bodysattva Healing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks. www.embodiedwisdom.com 497-0300.

MAKE YOUR OWN POSTCARDS Sunday, June 18, noon-3pm. Ventura County Museum of Art & History presents this Arts Explosion Event sponsored by the San Buenaventura Foundation For the Arts. Arts and crafts for the whole family during this Father\\\’s Day event, where families can enjoy a bit of history, a bit of nostalgia, and a bit of camp while they make their own postcard greetings with artist Linda Taylor. Free. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Literature/Poetry

MICHELLE SERROS Thursday, June 15, noon-1pm. Join poet and author Michele Serros, named as one of the women to watch in the new century by Newsweek, as she shares excerpts from her published books, including Chicana Falsa, How to be a Chicana Role Model, and Honey Blonde Chicana. Free. Wilson Center, 350 N. C St., Oxnard. 385-028.

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. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Host: TL Cabrera. 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.

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, June 15, 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, June 17, 7:30-10:30pm. Join them for their twice monthly dance with guests Tunes R Us. 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, June 18, 1-4:30pm. Join the Jazz Society and their special guests Swing Shift 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, June 19, 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, June 20, 7pm. Country Lovers

Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, June 20, 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, June 21. 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.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, June 17, 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.

OJAI PEDDLERS FAIR Saturday-Sunday, June 17-18, 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.

ANTIQUE & CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE SHOW & EXCHANGE Sunday, June 18, 8am-3pm. The Nineteenth annual show and exchange is presented by The Shop. $10 general, 12 & under free. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 650-6777.

Clubs/Groups

CAMARILLO NEWCOMERS Friday, June 16, 11am. The group holds their monthly lunch, including the presentation of a check to the Alzheimer Association. Join them and learn more about their activities. Sterling Halls Golf Club, 901 Sterling Hill Drive, Camarillo. 482-1315.

VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Saturday, June 17, 1-4pm. The society holds their monthly meeting. Several workshops are also schedule. Free. LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. 644-4753.

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. Mor-brook 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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Dialog With Horace Bristol

 June 10 – September 4. New photographs by Ventura photographer Stephen Schafer are placed alongside the noted Horace Bristol photographs that inspired them, highlighting the artists’ mutual interest in Asia, industry and artists. Reception June 9, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 E. Main St, Ventura. www.venturamuseuem.org 653-0323.

Ojai Music Festival

June 8 – 11. The four-day event features dynamic conductor Roberto Spano with Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus; scenes from leading contemporary composer Osvaldo Golijov’s opera, Ainadamar, performed by premier vocalists Dawn Upshaw; jazz songstress Luciana Souza; new music ensemble eighth blackbird, and many other world-renown musicians. Single tickets $15 – $60, $5 children, students w/ID, lawn seating. www.ojaifstival.org. Libbey Park, Ojai. 646-2094.

Ventura County Greek Festival

June 9, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., June 10, 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., and June 8, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The annual festival returns to the St. Demetrios Grounds at the Camarillo Airport. Bring the family and enjoy traditional Greek food, dance, music, arts and crafts, games and activities for the kids. The ninth annual Greek 5K, 10K and 1 Mile fun run benefiting FOOD Share held June 10, 8 a.m. $2 general, kids free. 400 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. 482-1273.

Special Events

SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS Friday, June 9, 7-9pm. The Fourth Annual Awards honors local teachers, community volunteer, armed forces, and public servants. Presented by Amgen and the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Community Foundation, the event honors local teachers, firefighters, police officers, and a special community volunteer for dedication and service to our communities. Celebration includes dessert reception and program. $25. Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. 370-0035.

WELLNESS COMMUNITY ANNIVERSARY GALA Friday, June 9. The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura celebrates 15 years of providing support, education and hope to people fighting cancer on June 9 at their Anniversary Gala fund-raiser at Sherwood Country Club, Westlake Village. Gala features the Harry Selvin Big Band, dinner, and a live and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the organization\’s free programs. 379-4777.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN Saturday, June 10, 6:30pm. Join the Fillmore and Western Railway Company and P. Maxwell Productions as they present Cirque de Foul Play, a murder mystery train ride and gourmet dinner. $89 per person. Central Park Station, 250 N. Central Ave., Fillmore. (800) 773-8724.

NATURE AWARENESS DAY Saturday, June 10, 8am. The Conejo Valley Audubon Society sponsors a nature awareness day at the recently opened Camarillo Regional Park. Bird walk 8am, ceremony 10am, followed by bird and native plant walk. University Drive, California State University, Channel Islands. 987-2721.

JACK DANIEL’S SINGLE BARREL & GOURMET DINNER Saturday, June 10, 6pm. Come for cocktails followed by a gourmet BBQ extravaganza dinner. Price includes one hand-singed bottle of Jack Daniel’s single barrel, dinner, one Jack Daniel cocktail and a special raffle ticket, with entertainment by Cash Prophets. A portion of the proceeds will go to Downtown Ventura Organization. $90 per person, $150 per couple. The Drink, 281 W. Main St, Ventura. 585-2201.

ARTISTS, FREAKS AND OUTLAWS Saturday, June 10, 7pm. Ojai’s progressive arts collective, Monkey House Productions, presents an evening of “underground art” with over 40 visual artists and a dozen musicians in a one-night gala review of the Ventura County counterculture. Live music, short films, paintings, photos, sculpture, poetry, theatrical skits, dance and more. $5. Ojai Women’s Center, Ojai. 640-0928.

BIKERS AGAINST DIABETES RIDE Sunday, June 11, 10am. More than 8,000 Harley-Davidson riders join the fight against diabetes at the Ninth Annual Rip’s Bikers Against Diabetes ride. More than 200 riders start their trek from The Shop in Ventura. Call for sponsorship and more information. (888) DIABETES, ext 7518. Visit online at www.ripsbadride.com.

CHILI COOK-OFF AND CAR SHOW Sunday, June 11, 10am-5pm. Simi Valley Knights of Columbus present their Nineteenth Annual Cook-Off and Car Show featuring great food, live music, a car show with fifteen categories, family fun including rides, activities, dancing, entertainment, pony rides, arts and crafts, and more. $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, seniors and disabled. Chili tickets fifty-cents each. St. Rose of Lima School, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. 526-7960.

AFTERGLOW DINNER CELEBRATION Sunday, June 11, 7pm. A special-priced buffet will be served in honor of the artists participating in the Ventura Studio Artists Tour. Family, friends and the public are welcome. $15 plus tax and gratuity. The Greek at the Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura. Reservations required: 650-5350.

Film

NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD Sunday, June 11, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the filmed concert by director Jonathan Demme. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

DOUBLE-SCREENING OF SEPTEMBER 11th FILMS Wednesday, June 14, 6pm. Remember September is a haunting personal response to the events of September 11, 2001, informed and complicated by the filmmaker’s status as a Chilean citizen living in the U.S. The other September 11, experienced in Chile in 1973, brought Augusto Pinochet to power, and over the next 17 years, thousands of women and men disappeared. Since that time, Chilean women have danced the country’s traditional courtship dance alone, and La Cueca Sola has become a symbol of women’s struggle against the dictatorship. Free. MultiCultural Center Theater, UCSB. 893-8411.

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

AN EVENING OF NORTH INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC Thursday, June 8, 7pm. Scott Marcus will lead the UCSB sitar classes in their spring performance. $7 general. Karl Geiringer Hall, UCSB. 893-7001.

THE CLAYTON BROTHERS QUINTET Friday, June 9, 7:30pm. KCLU presents their summer concert featuring the

Clayton Brothers Quintet and jazz/blues legend Barbara Morrison. $40-$35. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 493-3900.

GOLD COAST CONCERT CHORUS Friday, June 9, 8pm, and Saturday, June 10, 2pm. The chorus presents Showtime, a concert of Broadway musical tunes. $10 general, $10 students, seniors and children. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1500 N. C St., Oxnard. 482-2371.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, June 9-10, 8pm. Friday: Summer tournament Week 6-Teams compete to be the funniest as a panel of judges award points; Saturday-Father’s Day Event-Don\’t miss this special, hilarious, improvised tribute to fathers. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

UCSB GOSPEL CHOIR Friday, June 9, 8pm. Victor Bell directs the group in traditional and contemporary works. $12 general. Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UCSB. 893-7001.

THE GREENCARDS + CAROL HERRING Saturday, June 10, 8pm. The Sings Like Hell series presents “the greatest music you’ve never heard!” $39.50. Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara. www.singslikehell.com 963-0761.

VENTURA COUNTY CONCERT BAND Sunday, June 11, 3pm. The band proudly presents “Those Good Old Summertime Tunes” and turns back the clock to the nineteenth century. The program includes ragtime tunes, gay 90’s favorites, and marches from North and South of the border. Rounding out the bill-of-fare will be big band swing, stage hits, a couple of ever-popular war horses from romantic Europe and (as always) a surprise or two. Free. Ventura High School Auditorium. 642-5871.

TORSTEN JUUL-BORG PERFORMS Sunday, June 11, 4pm. Experience the very best in the European tradition of piano performance as Juul-Borg performs Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Chopin. Donations appreciated. Ventura First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St, Ventura. 643-8621.

ENSEMBLE BELLA MUSICA Sunday, June 11, 4pm. The Music Department at California Lutheran University sponsor an evening of baroque music by Ensemble Bella Musica performing The Music Garden of Telemann\’s Winter. Under the direction of Joshua Shekhtir, the Ensemble performs a musical mosaic concentrating on compositions written by Georg Philipp Telemann during the last 15 years of his life. Guests include Luciana Lombardi, bass violin, Gregory Maldonado, baroque viola, and Laura Halladay, baroque flute. $15 general, $12 members, seniors. Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3305.

GARY BURTON QUARTET REVISITED Tuesday, June 13, 8pm. Burton regroups his 1980’s quartet-mates Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, Antonio Sanchez and visits the Lobero for one of only six U.S. performance dates. $50-$60. Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara. www.lobero.com. 963-0761.

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

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.

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.         

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Fridays-Sundays, June 2-17. The Ojai Art Center presents Kaufmann & Hart’s classic about an eccentric, playful family. Performances: Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, Sunday matinees, 2pm. No show Friday, June 9. $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and members. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

WRONG TURN AT LUNGFISH June 2-18. The Vagabond Players present the compassionate, humorous comedy is about an elitist and irascible college dean who has suddenly gone blind, and whose only enjoyment comes from tormenting his student nurse until he is assigned Anita Merendino to read to him. She is a young blue-collar girl, both sexy and manipulative, with a jealous boyfriend. In this poignant comedy our intellectual odd couple finds that within each other lies the missing link in their own personal evolution. $15 adults, $13 seniors, students and groups. Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Saturday June 10th, Sundays, 2pm. Theatre on the Hill, Hillcrest Center for the Performing Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks. 987-2586

DIAL “M” FOR MURDER June 2-July 15. The Stage Door Theatre in Agoura

Hills presents the classic play revolving around Tony Wendice and his plan to have his wife murdered. Creating a foolproof alibi for himself, he finds that events take an unexpected turn that requires a “plan B” to have his wife arrested for murder… Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Sunday June 4, 11, 25 and July 15, 2pm. $12-$15. Stage Door Theatre, 28311 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

URINETOWN Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, June 3-July 9. Actors\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the Ventura County Premiere production of the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy fresh from its current Broadway run. Suitable for all ages, although younger audience members may not get the more subtle humor and references. Special Deaf and Hard of Hearing interpreted performance Friday, June 16, 8pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 years and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900. Visit online at www.urinetown.com.

GODSPELL June 9-July 16. The Elite Theatre Company of Oxnard proudly presents one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway musical successes of al time. Through clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, the play addresses universal truths in a non-traditional plot. Friday, Saturday 8:30pm, Sunday 2pm. $20 general, $17 seniors/students. 730 South “b” Street, Oxnard. 483-5118.

Auditions

PINK THUNDERBIRD Saturday June 10, 10am-1pm; Monday June 12, 7pm-9pm. The Elite Theatre Company will hold open auditions for “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star,” two compatible one-act comedies by James McLure, to be presented under the umbrella title of Pink Thunderbird.  Three women and three men needed, ages 20 to 45. Plays run August 4-September 10. No appointment necessary. Petit Playhouse, Heritage Square, 730 S. “B” St, Oxnard. 701-7576.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA through Sunday, June 11. The Performance Theatre for Young Artists is holding auditions for its summer opera workshop. PTYA studio, 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.

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.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012 or 650-8252.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Tom McMillin & Friends, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, May 6-June 18. 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.

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.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.

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.

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.

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.

HERZOG WINE CELLARS A new series of diverse art work will be shown at Ventura County’s new winery offering tours, tasting, classes, shopping and fine dining. Work includes oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.

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.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY June 1-July 31. “Out of the Past” is a photography exhibit by Fred Magness and Susan Vernand Magness, a collection of images of ghost towns, historical buildings and ancient ruins taken over the last few years. Gallery open everyday, 9am-9pm. Artists’ reception Saturday, June 3, 3pm-5pm. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

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.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY 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.youngatartstudios.com. Exhibits on display Monday-Saturday, 3pm-6pm330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

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.

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.

SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Thursday, June 8, 1pm. Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. Every Thursday. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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.

C.A.T.S. SUMMER CAMP Roxanne Diesel, local drama and manners instructor, offers, for the 7th annual Camp Broadway Bound this summer, plus Harry Potter Literacy and Wizardry Camp, Commercial and Film Boot Camp, Comedy and Improvisation Boot Camp and Crime Scene Investigators Camp. Camps held in partnership with local Ventura County recreation districts. The following camps are offered this summer for ages 7 -13: Camp Broadway Bound – a week long, day camp finds students cast in a production of Peter Pan; Harry Potter Wizardry & Literacy Camp – students become residents of Hogwarts for a week as they journey through reading, writing and acting; Comedy and Improvisation Boot Camp – Week long, half-day camp utilizing a similar format to the TV show Whose Line is it Anyway; Commercial and Film Boot Camp – Students experience the thrill of being filmed for each day of camp, learn how to hit a mark and slate their name, master cold readings of a script, use their voice and body to portray a character and sell a product or idea on camera, and audition for stage or film; Crime Scene Investigators Camp – students investigate a mock crime scene. (661) 718-3968.

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

CALL FOR ART Oxnard students are invited to “Celebrate the Rhythms of Cultures” through art in the annual art contest, sponsored by the City of Oxnard. Participants must be Oxnard residents 6-18 years old, and must incorporate the festival theme. The deadline for entry has been extended to Monday, July 17.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11, 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.

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.

THE RIGHT WAY TO WRITE, PUBLISH AND SELL YOUR BOOK Saturdays, June 3-17, 1:30pm. Focus on the Masters offers this three session workshop which walks hopeful authors through the process of writing a book from idea to publication and beyond. Learn how to write a successful book proposal, locate and approach appropriate publishers, design an effective promotional plan and much more. Instructor: Patricia Fry. $80. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501. Visit online at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

COLLAGE/MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP Wednesdays, 9am-4pm. Lee Hodges\’ Studio/Gallery offers the workshop through June. Collage and mixed media can be an exciting adventure, using recycled materials such as portions of photos, cd\’s, embossing powders, stamps, and acrylic mediums of varying consistencies, and transparencies. Limited to ten students per day. $45 each day. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Ste. 11, Ventura. 302-3167.

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.

POWER AND PEACE Wednesdays June 14-July 19, 7:30pm-10pm. Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Embodied Wisdom Scott Coady will host four evening workshops with Dr. Shana Berger. The workshops are designed to help individuals create more exciting and fulfilling futures by strengthening their capacity to produce more powerful results while experiencing more peace as they continue to lead full and busy lives. Donation of $25/session, or $75/complete series, requested. Bodysattva Healing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks. www.embodiedwisdom.com 497-0300.

THE BODY IS THE MESSENGER WORKSHOP Friday, June 9, 9am-1pm. Sydney Laurel Harris uses the Alexander Technique to highlight the interconnection of the mind and body to provide a window into who you are, teaching how to relieve pain and stress holistically. UCSB Extension, Ventura. 644-7845.

HEALTH IS WEALTH Sunday, June 11, 2-3:30pm. Ulla Anneli, R.N., RYT , Health Care Professional, Yoga Master and teacher, anti-aging specialist and author of the book, Rejuvenetics gives a one hour informational talk on the subject of health and stress reduction with a demonstration of Yoga poses designed for specific conditions. Sea Breeze Gallery, 255 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 632-9415.

Literature/Poetry

BOOK SIGNING WITH CHERIE BRANT Friday, June 9, 5pm. Historian and author Brant will make a personal appearance to sign copies of her new book Keys to the County: Touring Historic Ventura County. Free. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10.

MICHELLE SERROS Friday, June 9, 6:30pm. El Rio Library, 2820 Jourdan St, Oxnard.

POETRY GROUP Wednesday, June 14, 7pm. Poets of all types are welcome to our exciting poetry group. Join in and create new poetry, listen to works in progress and share your own pieces. Barnes & Noble, 4820 Telephone Rd, Ventura. 339-0990.

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. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Host: TL Cabrera. 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.

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, June 8, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

COUNCIL ON AGING DANCE Friday, June 9, 7:30-10:30pm. Dance held second and last Friday of every month. Proceeds contribute to the funding of programs and services. Drawing for door prizes. Light refreshments, live music. $6. The Windsors play the Senior Prom Dance. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.

DANCE JAM VENTURA Saturday, June 10, 7:30pm. A space for people to dance barefoot, with or without partners, in a free-style manner to a wise, lively variety of danceable music on spongy mats. It is a smoke-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free environment, a family friendly event, conducive to free expression without judgment. $6 adults, $1 youth 16 and under. 3026 Telegraph Rd, Ventura. www.waywebby.com/dancejam/ 650-7112.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE Saturday, June 10, 8-11pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host the Halloween dance. $5, ages 12 & under free. VFW Post, 3801 Market St., Ventura. 647-1893.

JUNE DANCE PARTY Sunday, June 11, 3-5:30pm. The Ventura Chapter of

USA Dance offer Salsa dance lessons by Tony Gallinoto, 2:20pm, followed by open dancing to Big Band music spun by Lana Flora, The Devine Deejay. $10 general, $7 members. The House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave., Ste. E, Ventura. 646-6271.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, June 12, 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, June 13, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, June 13, 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, June 7. 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, June 10, 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.

VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD SHOW AND SALE Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11, 9am-6pm. The Ventura County Potter’s Guild holds their Forty-Ninth annual show and sale featuring over 40 artists. Libbey Park, Ojai. (818) 889-1856.

Clubs/Groups

SEASHORE PORCELAIN ARTISTS Friday, June 9, 9:30am. Program for last meeting of fiscal year includes installation of the new officers for the coming year. Refreshments served. Guests welcome to attend. Evangelical Free Church, 2315 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 484-4829.

VENTURA FRENCH CLUB Saturday, June 10, 9:30am. Bring your friends and join in to practice your French in our fun and helpful French club. Barnes & Noble, 4820 Telephone Rd, Ventura. 339-0990.

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE CONEJO VALLEY Sunday, June 11, 2-4pm. The Conejo Valley-Ventura County group hold a general meeting and discussion of Stuart Tower’s historical novel The Wayfarers. Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616.

FREETHINKERS OF VENTURA COUNTY Monday, June 12, 7:30-9pm. The organization meets for their monthly meeting. Tonight\’s discussion: How an intelligent, contemporary adult can still believe in God. Camarillo Library, Don Adolofo Room, 3100 Ponderosa Camarillo. 386-4232.

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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TANGO SPECIAL EVENT

June 5, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Andrés Amarilla and Meredith Klein, two brilliant and innovative tango dancers from Buenos Aires — on track to being tango\’s equivalent of "Baryshnikov & Kirkland" — will teach a technique class for beginners/all levels.  Don\’t miss the chance to see these heart-stopping dancers, live, in your own backyard! The evening will conclude with social dancing and an exhibition at one of Ojai’s finest restaurants.  6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Ojai Art Center, $25 general, $18 students with ID; 8 p. m. – 10 p.m., Los Caporales, 307 E. Ojai Ave, no cover.  646-7355.

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE

May 3-4. Gypsies in a Trunk returns for their 2006 season of great fairy tales and classic children\’s stories to delight the young and old alike. The hare is the fastest animal in the forest, as well as the animal with the hugest ego. A misunderstood remark from the tortoise propels them into the race of races. Saturday: Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Drive, Westlake Village, 11 a.m.; Rancho Simi Bicentennial Amphitheater, corner of Erringer and Royal Avenues, Simi Valley, 4pm; Sunday: Channel Islands Harbor, Harbor View Park, 2 p.m. Free.

AMERICA AND THE MUSLIM WORLD: A CRASH OF CIVILIZATIONS?

June 4, 3 – 5 p.m. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions hold their monthly meeting featuring a lecture by Prof. Juan Campo, UC Santa Barbara professor and author of the award-winning book, The Other Sides of Paradise. Campo specializes in the comparative study of Islam, particularly in the Middle East and South Asia.  The “War on Terror” poses challenges to our perceptions of the Muslim world, and Professor Campo’s knowledge of the Middle East helps us explore ways to connect to the Muslim world and reject the fear-based perceptions now common in the USA.  Foster Library\’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 850-5849.

Special Events

FILIPINO ARTS AND CULTURAL EXPO 2006 Friday-Sunday, June 2-4. The Oceanview Pavilion and Kasiyahan Entertainment present the three-day cultural event to celebrate the Philippines\’ Independence from Spain for over 100 years. The event includes a variety of experiences from film screenings, art exhibitions, traditional dances, lectures/educational workshops, cultural displays, and food vendors. Expo kicks off with an exciting presentation of independent film and an art exhibition, Friday, June 2, 4-6pm. with an opening reception including paintings and photographic expressions of Filipino culture, spirituality, and politics by internationally known artists. The film festival features three inspiring pieces including Mga Munting Ting by Ray Cuerdo, Memories of a Forgotten War by Camilla Riggers, and Bontoc Eulogy by Ray Fuentes, 6-10:30pm. Saturday’s celebration includes a Filipino Martial Arts demonstration, 2pm, and ends with an evening of dancing, Kasiyahan Sayawan Night, 7-11:30pm. Event ends Sunday with an all-age fashion show, plus over fifty vendors located throughout the facility. Free. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 East Surfside Drive, Oxnard. 986-4818.

PEACE RALLY Friday, June 2, 5pm. End the occupation of Iraq and Palestine. Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria and Telephone, Ventura.

VOLUNTEER TRAIL DAYS Saturday, June 3, 9am. Come celebrate the outdoors and join the Ojai Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest for their monthly Volunteer Trail Days. People of all ages and abilities are invited to conduct light maintenance on local hiking trails. The service provides tools and instruction for proper use. Please bring water, lunch, sun screen, gloves, eye protection and sturdy boots. Trail work is conducted the first Saturday of each month at the Ojai Ranger Station, 1190 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-4348, ext. 309.

ANGELS WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL Sunday, June 4, 1-5pm. The Thirteenth Annual Casa Pacifica Food and Wine Festival benefits the children of Casa Pacifica crisis and residential care facilities for abused, neglected and at-risk children. The festival features over100 local restaurants, wineries, micro-breweries, plus live entertainment from Benise, Disco Inferno, Bruce Barrios, and Jeanne Tatum. Amazing auctions include a 2006 Harley-Davidson XL 1200C and XL883L Sportsters, tropical getaways, and more. $60 advance, $70 after June 1. Capistrano’s, Embassy Suites Hotel, Mandalay Beach Resort, Oxnard. 445-7800.

Film

TSOTSI Sunday, June 4, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the Academy Award-winning best foreign language film from South Africa about a teenage boy and his involvement in street crime. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

HOKULE’A – GUIDING STAR Wednesday, June 7, 6pm. Hokule’a was the first modern replica of a voyaging canoe to make the voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti and back, and this film documents the journey of this ancient Polynesian canoe that uses only traditional methods of navigation to guide the crew. Free. MultiCultural Center Theater, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-8411.

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

FESTIVAL OF DANCE Thursday, June 1, and Saturday, June 10, 7:30pm. L.S.H. Productions in association with Hollywood Beach School of Ballet proudly present two evenings of dance performance. June 1: Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura; June 10: Pacifica High School, Performing Arts Center, 600 E. Gonzales Road, Oxnard. $15 adults, $10 children, seniors and students with ID. 985-3639.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, June 2-3, 8pm. Friday: Summer Tournament Week 5-Teams compete for judge-awarded points to be the funniest; Saturday: Last Improvisor Standing-12 players compete for audience votes to be the funniest. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

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

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.

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.rubicontheatre.org. 667-2900.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU Fridays-Sundays, June 2-17. The Ojai Art Center presents Kaufmann & Hart’s classic about an eccentric, playful family. Performances: Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, Sunday matinees, 2pm. $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and members. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

WRONG TURN AT LUNGFISH June 2-18. The Vagabond Players present the compassionate, humorous comedy is about an elitist and irascible college dean who has suddenly gone blind, and whose only enjoyment comes from tormenting his student nurse until he is assigned Anita Merendino to read to him. She is a young blue-collar girl, both sexy and manipulative, with a jealous boyfriend. In this poignant comedy our intellectual odd couple finds that within each other lies the missing link in their own personal evolution. $15 adults, $13 seniors, students and groups. Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Saturday June 10th, Sundays, 2pm. Theatre on the Hill, Hillcrest Center for the Performing Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks. 987-2586

URINETOWN Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, June 3-July 9. Actors\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the Ventura County Premiere production of the three-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy fresh from its current Broadway run. Suitable for all ages, although younger audience members may not get the more subtle humor and references. Special Deaf and Hard of Hearing interpreted performance Friday, June 16, 8pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 years and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900. Visit online at www.urininetown.com.

PERFORMANCES TO GROW ON ANNUAL SHOWCASE Monday, June 5, 9am-3pm. Performances to Grow On presents their annual showcase of performances available to schools for the upcoming school year. The event offers teachers, parents and principals the opportunity to preview assemblies which travel to schools throughout Ventura County. Over 25 different performing groups from the fields of theater, dance, music, and storytelling present short excerpts of their work. Free, reservations required. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

Auditions

CITY OF ANGELS Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4. Young Artists Ensemble hold auditions for their production of the Cy Coleman, David Zippel and Larry Gelbart mystery-comedy. Auditions by appointment only. June 3: 9:45am, 12:15pm, and 2:45pm; June 4: 11:45am, 2:15pm and 4:45pm. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Theatre on the Hill, 403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747.

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.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012 or 650-8252.

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.

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.

8TH ANNUAL LAS MEDALLAS DE ORO ART SHOW Sunday, June 4, 1pm-3pm. The Santa Paula High School Art Department will open their annual exhibit of the best student art of the year. More than 100 students will exhibit their work in this annual juried competition. Work will be presented in four categories: drawing, mixed media, ceramics, and graphic design. A jury of arts professionals will select winners in each category. $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children. City of Santa Paula’s California Art Museum, 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076.

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

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.

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.

HERZOG WINE CELLARS A new series of diverse art work will be shown at Ventura County’s new winery offering tours, tasting, classes, shopping and fine dining. Work includes oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.

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.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY June 1-July 31. “Out of the Past” is a photography exhibit by Fred Magness and Susan Vernand Magness, a collection of images of ghost towns, historical buildings and ancient ruins taken over the last few years. Gallery open everyday, 9am-9pm. Artists’ reception Saturday, June 3, 3pm-5pm. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

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 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.youngatartstudios.com. Exhibits on display Monday-Saturday, 3pm-6pm330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

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.

SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Thursday, June 1, 1pm. Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. Every Thursday. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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.

TEEN INSIGHT SEMINAR INFORMATIONAL EVENING Thursday, June 1, 5-6 pm. Come learn about this powerful seminar that assists teens in creating better relationships, self-confidence, personal success and happiness, taking place July 27 – 30 in Ojai. Ojai Valley Youth Foundation, 201 Church Rd, Ojai.  www.ovyf.org. 640-9555.

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

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4, 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.

FOCUS ON THE MASTERS AN EVENING WITH SUSAN STINSMUEHLEN-AMEND Tuesday, June 6, 7pm-8:30pm. For this artist, inspiration comes from many sources, both mundane and elegant; she is an artist whose “canvas” is often glass, whose energy and keen intelligence infuse her work, revealing a mind that is always inquisitive, always questioning, combining common objects in uncommon ways that can bring a smile of recognition or a question.  $10 general, $5 students and seniors, free to FOTM members and students under 18. Technology Development Center, 5200 Valentine Rd, Ventura. Reservations required. 653-2501.

AN EVENING WITH SUSAN STINSMUEHLEN-AMEND Tuesday, June 6, 7-8:30pm. Focus on the Masters welcomes you to join the artist who finds inspiration comes from many sources, both mundane and elegant. Her unconscious doodles find their way from her desk calendar to sheets of glass and are combined with imagery that comes from nature or, perhaps, the bathroom medicine cabinet. $10 general, $5 students-seniors. Free to members and students under 18. Technology Development Center 5200 Valentine Road, Ventura. 653-2501.

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.

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.

INTRODUCTION TO FEDERAL CONTRACTING Thursday, June 1, 9am-noon. The Ventura County Small Business Development Center hosts the free workshop covering such topics such as detailing the steps required for entering the federal government market and navigating the government contracting process. Ventura College, 71 Day Road, Ventura. 648-8925.

STUDIO ART WORKSHOPS June 3-4, 9am-4pm. Colored Pencil with Judy McDonald will be hosted by a master colored pencil artist whose works are in public and private collections worldwide, including a piece on permanent display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. $150 non-members, $135 members. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. 385-8158.

THE RIGHT WAY TO WRITE, PUBLISH AND SELL YOUR BOOK Saturdays, June 3-17, 1:30pm. Focus on the Masters offers this three session workshop which walks hopeful authors through the process of writing a book from idea to publication and beyond. Learn how to write a successful book proposal, locate and approach appropriate publishers, design an effective promotional plan and much more. Instructor: Patricia Fry. $80. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501. Visit online at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP Saturday, June 3, 9am-2pm. Makoto Dojo, School of Aikido, offers the workshop using simple, easy-to-learn techniques on how to increase awareness, avoid an attack, and deal with both armed and unarmed assailants. Fun, non-aerobic, suitable for all ages and physical conditions. $36 per person, includes training, refreshments, certificate and training manual. For 12 years and over. 3026 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 641-0447.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, June 5. Argentine Tango is completely improvised, two bodies, intimately connected, co-creating a unique and spontaneous expression in time and space. Andrés Amarilla and Meredith Klein, two brilliant and innovative tango dancers from Buenos Aires, teach an all level technique class for beginners, 6-8pm, followed by social dancing and exhibition at Los Caporales, 307 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. $25 general, $18 students with I.D. 8-10pm. Gallery, Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 646-7355.

BUSINESS/ADVERTISING EXPERT TELLS ALL Wednesday, June 7, 6pm-7pm. Former CEO/President of Patchen Brownfeld Advertising Agency, Steve Patchen will present insider’s success solutions for creating a powerful marketing campaign. Santa Barbara Public Library, 1100 E. Montecito St, Santa Barbara. 879-1729.

COLLAGE/MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP Wednesdays, 9am-4pm. Lee Hodges\’ Studio/Gallery offers the workshop through June. Collage and mixed media can be an exciting adventure, using recycled materials such as portions of photos, cd\’s, embossing powders, stamps, and acrylic mediums of varying consistencies, and transparencies. Limited to ten students per day. $45 each day. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Ste. 11, Ventura. 302-3167.

PORT HUENEME SOLID WASTE AND WATER RATE WORKSHOP Wednesday, June 7, 5:30-7pm. The Port Hueneme City Council conducts the workshop to discuss solid waste and water rate study options. City Council Chamber, 250 N. Ventura Road, Port Hueneme. 986-6500.

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

BUCKLEY, DE LA O READ Saturday, June 3, 7pm. Poets Christopher Buckley, a four time Pushcart Prize winner and author, and Marsha de la O, award-winning author, read their work. $5. The Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 California St., Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org.

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, June 1, 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, June 3, 7-10:30pm. $7 non-members. First and third Saturday Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

VENTURA RHEINLAND CLUB Saturday, June 3, 7-11:30pm. Ventura Rheinland Club hosts their Forty-First Anniversary dance featuring the Borowitz Band, an open bar, and dinner. $9. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 658-8887.

FREE DANCE Sunday, June 4, 2-5pm. The Accordion International Music Society of Santa Barbara hosts the dance featuring all types of music including swing, tango, polka, waltz and Latin. Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View. 682-5143.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, June 5, 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, June 6, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, June 6, 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, June 7. 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, June 3, 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.

DUDLEY HOUSE OPEN HOUSE Sunday, June 4, 11am-5pm. The historic Dudley House presents historic performances by Rosa Ponselle and TV theme board games during their monthly open house. Free. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

Clubs/Groups

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO Thursday, June 1, 7pm. Jerry Bankston, City Manager of Camarillo, gives a state of the city update, and discusses how the political atmosphere in and outside of Camarillo impacts residents. UFCW Hall, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. 383-6204.

THOUSAND OAKS-WESTLAKE VILLAGE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Friday, June 2, 7-9am. The group holds a Networking Breakfast of Champions featuring special guest speaker Nancy Mayerson of Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations, who offers ways to put Public Relations Pizzazz into your business. $22 non-members, $17 members, $26 door. Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 370-0035.

THOUSAND OAKS PERSONAL COMPUTER CLUB Monday, June 5, 6:30pm. The Digital Photography SIG holds their monthly meeting. Goebel Senior Center. 498-4669.

BUSINESS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL Wednesday, June 7, 8am. The business and professional marketing program specializing in business referrals for members holds a Membership Drive Event for its Referrals to Riches chapter in Simi Valley. Mavericks Restaurant, 5225 Cochran St., Simi Valley. 581-0060.

INDEPENDENT THINKERS Wednesday, June 7, 7pm. Informal discussion group. Call for further information. 653-1121.

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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  1. Ojai Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist

    March 18 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Ojai Art Center’s 42nd Annual Art in the Park

    May 25 @ 10:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm
  3. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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    May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. INTRODUCTION TO ANTIQUE CLOCK COLLECTING, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR WORKSHOP IN SANTA PAULA

    June 1 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  6. Fun Arts and Entertainment for All Ages at Studio Channel Islands Arts Alive Festival

    June 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  7. Studio Channel Islands Arts Alive

    June 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  8. Help a Horse Day at California Coastal Horse Rescue

    June 1 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  9. The 2019 OakHeart Country Music Festival

    June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  10. 4th Annual Ojai Blues Fest

    June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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