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STONES IN HIS POCKETS

July 14-August 20. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the two-man play by Marie Jones. Will Shupe and Fred Helsel tell the story of what happens to a sleepy village in County Kerry, Ireland when it is invaded by a Hollywood film crew. The absurdities involved in making a movie are observed by Charlie and Jake, two of the many locally hired extras. As the story unfolds, the two actors bring to life 15 characters including the American star of the movie, the crew and the last remaining extra from The Quiet Man. Due to the colorful language associated with the characters in this piece, this production is recommended for audiences 14 & above. Friday and Saturday, 8p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR

August 2-13. The Charlie Daniels Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Banda Cuisillos, Wynonna, Bobby Vinton, All American Rejects, Foreigner and Creedence Clearwater Revisited are the headline entertainment acts for the 2006 Ventura County Fair. Heart of the Country is this year’s theme. Other attractions include two days of Motorsports races on Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 2-3, Junior Livestock Auction Wednesday, Aug. 9, Fiesta del Charro, Friday, Aug. 11, and the PRCA Rodeo, Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13. Held right at the beach, the fair features live entertainment in the Grandstand Arena, carnival rides, agricultural exhibits, car shows, antique auctions, opening day parade and more. Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. $8 adults, $5 children and seniors. Ventura County Fairgrounds 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 648-3376. Visit online at www.seasidepark.org.

OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL

July 29-30. Dip into salsa – the food, the music, and the dance – at the 13th annual festival, which features two entertainment stages, a vendor marketplace, international foods, Kids Corners attractions and, of course, a salsa-tasting tent, dance lessons, three dance contests and a recipe challenge. Free. www.oxnardsalsafestival.com. 1-800-2-OXNARD.

Special Events

ERIC’S JULY GOURMET WINEMAKER DINNER Friday, July 28, 6:30pm. Guests will enjoy a specially prepared meal by Chef Robin Nishizaki pairing selected Beaulleu Vineyards Reserve Wines with a menu featuring summer-inspired fare, including salmon, Ahi tuna and Colorado lamb. $85 plus tax and gratuity. Palm Garden Hotel, Thousand Oaks. Reservations required. 716-4100.

NATIONWIDE ANTI-WAR HUNGER STRIKE COMING TO VENTURA Saturday, July 29, 11am. Come join the Peace Coalition of Greater Ventura on a week-long hunger strike to end the war in Iraq. Strike ends Friday, August 4. We will meet on Saturday to break our final bread together. Downtown Mini Park, Main Street, Ventura. www.TroopsFast Now.com 382-0969, 652-1494

GUNNING FOR THE LADIES Saturday, July 29, 9am-5pm. The Ojai Valley Gun Club is pleased to announce it’s third annual Ladies Handgun Seminar. Safety and one-on-one instruction will be stressed throughout, and participants may bring their own pistols if desired. All the instructors are NRA-certified and have conducted previous seminars. A delicious BBQ lunch will be provided, followed by a short lesson on cleaning and caring for your pistol. Pre-registration and payment is a must. $15-20. Rose Valley Range, Los Padres National Forest. www.ovgc.net

MID-SUMMER POKER RUN Sunday, July 30. Bikers everywhere are invited to participate in the first annual NCC Performance Cycle Mid Summer Poker Run benefitting homeless charities in Ventura County. The event, beginning at County Line Cycle, 185 E. East St., Simi Valley, and ending at NCC Performance Cycle, 1087 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, features the motorcycle run, BBQ, music and fun for all. $20 single, $25 couple. $5 BBQ for non-riders. 641-2303.

TASTE OF CAMARILLO Sunday, July 30, 1pm-4pm. The 19th annual wine tasting and food festival will include samples of over 100 wineries and food from over 45 local restaurants, along with a variety of beer and ciders. The festival includes a silent auction, live wine auction and live entertainment from John and Merry Anne Stanewich, along with Paul Nelson and Mojomaster. The fundraiser is presented by Meadowlark SEervice League, a non-profit group of Ventura County women dedicated to raising funds for deserving local charitable organizations. $60 advance, $70 at the door. Adolpho Camarillo Ranch House. www.mead owlarkserviceleague.com. 983-4575.

GOLF TOURNAMENT Monday, July 31. NFL Hall of Fame winner and sports analyst Eric Dickerson participates in Simi Valley Hospital Foundation’s celebrity golf tournament, featuring NFL greats Reggie Doss, Vince Ferragamo, Christian Okoye, and comedian Alex Thomas. Call for fees and schedule. Wood Ranch Golf Club, 301 Wood Ranch Parkway, Simi Valley. 955-8142.

Film

HOPE DANCE FILMS Saturday, July 29. Screenings this evening include the topical documentaries Boys from Baraka at 5pm, and Scared Sacred, 7:30pm. Plexus, 505 E. Roblar, Meiners Oaks. 544-9663. Visit online at www.hopedance.org.

CACHE Wednesday, August 2, 7:30pm. This French film’s gripping commentary on secrecy and security interchanges viewer and camera perspectives, casting the audience in the role of incidental voyeur to one family’s terror. Stars Juliette Binoche and Daniel Autueil. $6 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

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.summer dance.com or 568-0865 for more info.

CITY OF ANGELS July 21-30. The Young Artists Ensemble present the Tony Award-winning musical by Cy Coleman, David Zippel, and Larry Gelbart. Directed by Robert Schneider, musical direction is by Diann Alexander with choreography by Heather Castillo. Catchy lyrics, clever staging and an old-fashioned Hollywood murder mystery make City of Angels take flight. Evening performances, 7:30pm, Sunday matinees 2:30pm, no performances July 24-25. $20-$13. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 381-1246. Visit online at www.YAEonline.com.

CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m. The band continues their twenty-first annual summer concert series every Thursday through July 27. Food vendors on site. Bring a folding chair or blanket. Constitution Park, Carmen Drive, Camarillo. 484-8050.

SPICE Friday, July 28, 6-8 p.m. The band performs rhythm and blues 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.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, July 28-29, 8pm. Friday: TheatreSports- Two teams compete to be the funniest as a panel of judges award points; 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.

VINO JAZZ FEST Every Tuesday and Thursday starting August 1, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Simi Valley Town Center announces a series of musical performances through the summer, culminating in the Vino Jazz Festival in September. Featuring live performances by artists ranging from jazz to swing, Dixieland to Latin. Simi Valley Town Center, Simi Valley. 581-1755, extension 202.

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.

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.

KINGSMEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Friday-Sunday, July 21-Aug. 6, 8pm. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and California Lutheran University continue their Tenth Annual Festival with a production of Othello, July 21-23, 28-30, and Aug. 4-6. 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.

SHOWBOAT Friday-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, July 7-Aug. 6. The Ojai Art Center Theater presents the Oscar Hammerstein Jerome Kern drama which revolutionized American musical theater with its epic and melodic story of love amidst an undercurrent of serious themes. $25 adults, $20 seniors, students, art center members. Ojai Art Center Theater,113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

THE MUSIC MAN July 28-Aug. 6. Cabrillo Music Theater strikes up the band for their revival of Meredith Willson’s Tony award-winning beloved musical. Featuring con man/band leader Harold Hill and his attempt to fleece the trusting people of Iowa, the musical includes such classic tunes as 76 Trombones, Till There Was You, and T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Performances Thursday-Saturday, 8pm, and matinees Saturday-Sunday, 2pm. $45-$16. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, July 28-Aug. 27. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi open their production of Irving Berlin’s musical classic featuring the 1991 revival starring Bernadette Peters, retaining all the favorite blockbuster tunes including Doing What Comes Naturally, There’s No Business Like Show Business, and Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 children 12 years and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY July 3-August 13 “Hay Vida Adentro!” (“There is a Life Within”), the work of Guillermo Figoli, a Central American artist. Figoli uses discards from everyday life, along with a vibrant palette, to create abstract cityscapes. 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 July 22- August 20 Salon 2006 and 1st Anniversary Celebration. “Salon 2006” is a show of contemporary art uniquely showcased exclusively by Artists’ Union members; “1st Anniversary” is Eric and Lisette D. Ward’s celebration of their first wedding anniversary with a collaborated installation and performance. Opening Reception Saturday, July 22,6pm. Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS July 22-September 2. The exhibition features wide-ranging explorations in clay by contemporary California artists, as well as a series of new limited edition posthumous works created in Beatrice Wood’s studio using her molds, galzes and kilns. Artist reception Saturday, July 22, 12pm-4pm. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beatricewood.com. Ojai, Ca. 646-3381.

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 July 25-August 19, “On the Roof and Out of the Box.” Marlon van Cott’s watercolors and Donna Barna’s intimate and personal art in a box are on display. Opening reception Saturday, July 29, 4pm-7pm. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12–5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

CCR GALLERY through August 31. Ventura’s newest gallery space highlights the work of local artist David Rivas and celebrity artist Jonathan Winters. Rivas is exhibiting 20 of his abstract photographs as well as five of his titanium sculptures; Winters has ten acrylic paintings and 20 pen-and-ink drawings. Coastal Roasting Company, 546 E. Main St, Ventura.

CAFC9 ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CAFC9 ZACK 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 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 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

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.

MARKING TIME July 24-August 17. Focus on the Masters is proud to present portraits by Donna Granata, on display through August in the Ventura County Government Center, Hall of Administration. The exhibit features news and familiar faces from the photographer’s portrait series. Artist reception Thursday, July 27, 5-7pm. 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 653-2501.

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

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

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

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

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION 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 July 21-August 12. Earth Spirits, an exhibit of the work of Stacie Logue, features installations honoring Earth, including paintings on recycled wood panels. Artist’s reception, with an introduction to Go Zero, July 22, 4pm-8pm. 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.

CALL TO ARTISTS Artists are sought to create impressions for Ventura Music Festival’s 2007 season. Selected artists will receive 10% of the final auction price and, once selected, each artist will receive $300 to help cover the materials and incidental costs of the work. Pieces should reflect the theme, “Impressions” and the light, color and movement prevalent in the art of the French Impressionist age. Deadline August 15. For more info, visit www.venturamusicfest
ival.org; 648-3146.

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. Now featuring Express Tours each Friday, 12:30pm-1pm. Come see our exhibits on your lunch hour! Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Free Fridays 3-5pm. 424 C St., Oxnard. 385-8157. www.vcnet.com/carnart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM August 2-20, Plein Air Exhibit and Sale. 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.

WATER AEROBICS FOR SENIORS Thursdays and Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 17, 11am-noon. The City of Oxnard Senior Services Program sponsors this free exercise class for seniors 55 and better. Registration required, minimum of 20 participants needed. Colonial Pool, 125 Marquita St., Oxnard. 385-8022.

YOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS Monday-Friday, 9am-noon. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services holds sports camps for ages 10-14 through the summer. Football Camp is held July17-21, $120; Basketball Camp, July 31-Aug. 4, $110; Soccer Camp, Aug. 7-11, $110. Camps held at Agoura High School. Call for registration. (818) 597-7361.

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.

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.

TEEN INSIGHT SEMINAR July 27-30. A powerful seminar that has been assisting teens around the world to discover who they are, then do it on purpose, will take place in Ojai this summer, with a focus on creating better relationships, self-confidence, personal success and happiness. $250 for four full days of participation and daily meals. Some partial scholarships, housing assistance, can be provided. www.ovyf.org. 640-9555.

SIMI VALLEY DIVE-IN Saturday, July 29, 6-9pm. The Rancho Simi Community Park Pool will be presenting Blue Hawaii for a unique in-pool movie experience. $5, children under 2 are free. 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley.

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. This Saturday: colors. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. $1 per child. Reservations required. 385-8171.

ART WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS Every Saturday in July, 2pm-4:30pm. Artist Martha Jimenez will lead this series of workshops with focused projects to help students explore how the elements of line, shape, form, color and texture are used to create works of art, and how a deeper knowledge of these tools can expand the horizons of a creative mind. Open to youths aged 13-18, all skill levels. $20 fee per class for art supplies. Pre-payment required. Limited to 15 students per class. 424 “C” Street, Oxnard. 385-8171.

WATER AEROBICS FOR SENIORS Thursdays and Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 17, 11am-noon. The City of Oxnard Senior Services Program sponsors this free exercise class for seniors 55 and better. Registration required, minimum of 20 participants needed. Colonial Pool, 125 Marquita St., Oxnard. 385-8022.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30, 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.

HEALTHCARE FOR ALL Sunday, July 30, 10am. The Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist is presenting an informational program about providing health care for all Californians. The program starts with the morning sermon at 10 with Lisa Safaenili, program Director fo the Westminster Free Clinic, Robin Podolosky, Press Deputy for Senator Shelia Keuhl, and Lenore Arab, Ph.D., who will present an in-depth look at what ails the health care system in American and what steps we can take to fix it. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St, Ventura. Public is welcome to all. 230-9227.

AN EVENING WITH MARTA NELSON Tuesday, August 1, 7-8:30pm. Focus on the Masters continues their Tuesday Talk Series with a discussion by Nelson, painter, print-maker and well-known co-founder of the Ojai Studio Artists. She describes herself as a perennial student, a traditionalist who knows when to bend the rules, an optimist who must paint something beautiful, and a citizen of the world who strongly believes that artists have a mission: to use the arts as a vehicle for peace. She has begun to include in each of her works a dove, the symbol of peace. $10 general, $5 students/seniors, free members. Technology Development Center, 5200 Valentine Road, Ventura. 653-2501.

Classes/Workshops

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.

THE JOYS OF YIDDISH Sundays, July 9-30, 10:30am-noon. Chabad Jewish Center offers a four-part course on the Yiddish language for beginners and intermediates. $18 covers entire course. 3810 Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard. 382-4770.

STAYING WITHIN THE LINES: MAKING YOUR EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK WORK FOR YOU Friday, July 28, 7:30-9am. Presented by Alfred J. Landegger, Esq., Managing Partner, Landegger & Baron Michael S. Lavenant, Esq. Attorney, Landegger & Baron. Free. Complimentary Continental breakfast included. Please RSVP. Camarillo Hampton Inn & Suites, 50 W. Daily Drive, Camarillo. 987-7128.

DRUMMING WORKSHOP Saturday, July 29, 1:30 and 3pm. Beginning and intermediate workshop, plus BBQ and potluck. 1695 Ocean Ave., Ventura.

COLOR, COMPOSITION, AND THE CREATIVE PAINTER Saturdays, July 29-Aug. 19, 1pm. Focus on the Masters present this summer class. Jumpstart your personal painting journey. Learn how to mix that perfect color, find the focal point, perspective or shadows in your paintings. Perfect class for beginners and experienced painters who want to know more about the process. Right Brain exercises stimulate you, and Art History provides the inspiration. Bring acrylic paint, brushes, palette, and a canvas at least 16” X 20”. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501. Visit online at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

Literature/Poetry

AN AFTERNOON WITH ANDRE KLAVAN Sunday, July 30, 4pm. The Speaking of Stories series presents a chance to learn more about the life and writing of Klavan, from his adventures on the road to becoming a celebrated crime and suspense novelist and screenwriter, and his experiences both inside the literary world and beyond. Brief readings from some of his fiction will highlight the afternoon, which concludes with an audience q & a session. Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara. $15 general. www.centerstagetheater.org. 963-0408.

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

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

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 CafE9, 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, July 27, 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, July 28, 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. Starlighters perform. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.

VENTURA RHEINLAND CLUB Saturday, July 29, 7:15-11:30pm. The club holds a fabulous Hawaiian dance. Music by The Connections. $9. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 658-8887.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, July 31, 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, Aug. 1, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Aug. 1, 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, Aug. 2. 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.

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.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, July 29, 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.

JULY BOOK SALE Saturday, July 29, 10am-3pm. San Buenaventura Friends of the Library present the sale in the parking lot at the H. P. Wright Library, 57 Day Road, Ventura. 642-4358.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

Health

STROKE SCREENINGS Monday, July 31, 9am. Life Line will provide screenings which take about ten minutes or less, and a complete vascular screening package, including the Stroke/Carotid Artery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Ankle Brachial Index (hardening of the arteries) screenings is $109. Sign-up for a complete vascular package; include the osteoporosis screening and pay only $129. 1-800-697-9721. Pre-registration required.

Clubs/Groups

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF VENTURA Sunday, July 30, 11am. District meeting designed for Democrats living in Ventura. 1188 Buena Vista St., Ventura. 644-3286.

FREETHINKERS OF VENTURA COUNTY Sunday, July 30, 2-5pm. The organization meets for their monthly meeting. Free thought salon. Camarillo Library, Don Adolofo Room, Camarillo. 386-4232.

BEACH CITIES NEWCOMERS AND NEIGHBORS CLUB Wednesday, Aug. 2, 9:30am. Personal historian Libby Atwater speaks on life writing and preserving family history. Ventura Yacht Club, 1755 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 488-3424.

CONEJO SKI & SPORTS CLUB 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 8pm-9pm. This year-round social club welcomes active adults to meet, develop friendships and share outdoor and social functions. This is the largest club of its kind in Southern California and it strives to provide a healthy forum where members can share new experiences at affordable prices. Palm Garden Hotel, Newbury Park.

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 & ChatsA0First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome. Side Street CafE9, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. 495-9669.

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City Of Angels

July 21-30. In 1981, the Young Artists Ensemble was churning out performances from the back rooms of local Ventura County parks, playing to whoever showed up. YAE’s Wednesday night performance of City of Angels promises to show just how far they’ve come, tackling the Tony Award-winning musical by Cy Coleman, David Zippel and Larry Gelbart. Set in 1940s Hollywood, City of Angels weaves together the stories of Stine, a screenwriter struggling to balance the artistic integrity and commercial viability of his upcoming project, and Stone, the central character in Stine’s script and the writer’s thematic alter ego. Filled with knockout musical numbers, YAE’s latest production is poised to be its best yet. Evening performances, 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees 2:30 p.m., no performances July 24-25. $20-$13. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 381-1246. Visit online at www.YAEonline.com.

Iran: What We Need To Know To Avoid Another War

July 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Sarah Forth, PhD, speaks on what we need to know to avoid another war. For 18 days last fall, Sarah Forth toured Iran with a study group from the New College of California. Rather than the axis of evil, she found generous and hospitable people proud of their 2,500 year history and worried about what the U.S. intends for them. With a slide presentation, Sarah discusses her experience traveling in the Islamic Republic, provides an overview of Persian history and Iranian-American relations, and offers perspectives on the current political situation. United Church of Christ, 370 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. 241-8855.

French Festival

July 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. The center’s "Anything Goes" Members Show will host its closing reception on Sunday. The CAC is a non-profit organization which strives to foster civic pride in the cultural development of Camarillo by encouraging interest, appreciation and knowledge of various art forms. While they have always encouraged community interaction and civic unity through art, seize this moment when they let their hair down (pastels beside water colors!) Oh yes, anything will go…

Special Events

SANTA CLARA CHAPEL FIESTA Friday, July 21, 5-10pm, Saturday, July 22, noon-10pm, and Sunday, July 23, noon-7pm. The Chapel holds their annual Fiesta, three days of live music, food, carnival rides, games and more. Free admission. $2 parking Friday, $5 parking Saturday-Sunday. 1333 E. Ventura Blvd., El Rio.

APPRAISAL DAY AT THE MUSEUM Monday, July 24, 10am-noon and 1-3pm. The Ventura County Museum of History and Art offers the popular event giving the public an opportunity to have a verbal fair market estimate of their treasurers from the experts at Bonhams & Butterfields. $5 charge per item for Museum members, $10 non-members. Limit five items per person. 100 E. Main St. 653-0145.

WINE TASTING Wednesday, July 26, 5pm-8pm. Alegria wine bar presents a special evening of great wine, food and spectacular company, where wine is paired with a selection of fruit and cheese. Alegria, 301 E. Main St, Ventura. Call Lori Allred for tickets, 760-4837.

Film

THE BIG BUY Thursday, July 20, 7pm. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions continue their Monthly Film Series with a showing of the controversial documentary about Tom DeLay\’s manipulations in gerrymandering the Congressional Districts of Texas. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St. 850-5849.

WHY WE FIGHT Wednesday, July 26, 7:30pm. Eugene Jarecki’s searing portrayal of the “military industrial complex” questions when the U.S.’s seemingly egalitarian goals overseas evolve into imperialist profiteering. $6. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

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.

CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m. The band continues their twenty-first annual summer concert series every Thursday through July 27. Food vendors on site. Bring a folding chair or blanket. Constitution Park, Carmen Drive, Camarillo. 484-8050.

CITY OF ANGELS July 21-30. The Young Artists Ensemble present the Tony Award-winning musical by Cy Coleman, David Zippel, and Larry Gelbart. Directed by Robert Schneider, musical direction is by Diann Alexander with choreography by Heather Castillo. Catchy lyrics, clever staging and an old-fashioned Hollywood murder mystery make City of Angels take flight. Evening performances, 7:30pm, Sunday matinees 2:30pm, no performances July 24-25. $20-$13. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 381-1246. Visit online at www.YAEonline.com.

DOC ROCK-IT Friday, July 21, 6-8 p.m. The band performs vintage blues, rock and soul 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.

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Saturday, July 22, 8pm. Actors\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi open their production of Irving Berlin\’s musical classic featuring the 1991 revival starring Bernadette Peters, retaining all the favorite blockbuster tunes including Doing What Comes Naturally, There\’s No Business Like Show Business, and Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better. Now through August 27. Performances: Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 children 12 years and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

CONCERTS BY THE SEA Saturday, July 22, 4-6pm. Channel Islands Harbor Foundation present their Fifth Annual summer concert series every Saturday through Aug. July 22: The Rock-a-billy sounds of the Corsican Brothers. Beverages and box dinners available on site. Free. Peninsula Park, Channel Islands Harbor. 985-4852.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS Saturday, July 22, 7:30pm. The 2006 Summer Music Concert Series at Olivas Adobe is held every Saturday night through August September 9. July 22: Enjoy the blues-Zydeco sounds of Porterhouse Bob. $18 general admission. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4726.

CHRIS WALDEN BIG BAND Sunday, July 23, 5pm. Twice Grammy-nominated composer stops in with his band to celebrate his jazzy new CD release, “No Bounds.” Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 557-1135.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK Sunday, July 26, 6pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services continue their Summer Concerts in the Park series for 2006. July 23: Yesterday, a tribute to the Beatles. Free. Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, July 21-22, 8pm. Friday: Last Improvisor Standing-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes; 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.

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.

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.

KINGSMEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Friday-Sunday, July 21-Aug. 6, 8pm. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and California Lutheran University continue their Tenth Annual Festival with a production of Othello, July 21-23, 28-30, and Aug. 4-6. 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.

SHOWBOAT Friday-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, July 7-Aug. 6. The Ojai Art Center Theater presents the Oscar Hammerstein Jerome Kern drama which revolutionized American musical theater with its epic and melodic story of love amidst an undercurrent of serious themes. $25 adults, $20 seniors, students, art center members. Ojai Art Center Theater,113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

STONES IN HIS POCKETS July 14-August 20. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the two-man play by Marie Jones. Will Shupe and Fred Helsel tell the story of what happens to a sleepy village in County Kerry, Ireland when it is invaded by a Hollywood film crew. The absurdities involved in making a movie are observed by Charlie and Jake, two of the many locally hired extras. As the story unfolds, the two actors bring to life fifteen characters including the American star of the movie, the crew and the last remaining extra from The Quiet Man. Due to the colorful language associated with the characters in this piece, this production is recommended for audiences 14 & above. Friday and Saturday, 8pm, Sunday, 2pm. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY July 3-August 13 “Hay Vida Adentro!” (“There is a Life Within”), the work of Guillermo Figoli, a Central American artist. Figoli uses discards from everyday life, along with a vibrant palette, to create abstract cityscapes. 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 July 22- August 20 Salon 2006 and 1st Anniversary Celebration. “Salon 2006" is a show of contemporary art uniquely showcased exclusively by Artists’ Union members; "1st Anniversary" is Eric and Lisette D. Ward’s celebration of their first wedding anniversary with a collaborated installation and performance. Opening Reception Saturday, July 22,6pm. Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS July 22-September 2. The exhibition features wide-ranging explorations in clay by contemporary California artists, as well as a series of new limited edition posthumous works created in Beatrice Wood’s studio using her molds, galzes and kilns. Artist reception Saturday, July 22, 12pm-4pm. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beatricewood.com. Ojai, Ca. 646-3381.

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.

CAFC9 ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CAFC9 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.California StreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or cast gallery@sbcglobal.net.

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.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

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.

MARKING TIME July 24-August 17. Focus on the Masters is proud to present portraits by Donna Granata, on display through August in the Ventura County Government Center, Hall of Administration. The exhibit features news and familiar faces from the photographer’s portrait series. Artist reception Thursday, July 27, 5-7pm. 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 653-2501.

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.

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 July 21-August 12 Earth Spirits, an exhibit of the work of Stacie Logue, features installations honoring Earth, including paintings on recycled wood panels. Artist’s reception, with an introduction to Go Zero, July 22, 4pm-8pm. 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.studiochannel islands.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. Now featuring Express Tours each Friday, 12:30pm-1pm. Come see our exhibits on your lunch hour! 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.gul lwingsmuse um4kids.org.

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

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

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

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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.

WATER AEROBICS FOR SENIORS Thursdays and Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 17, 11am-noon. The City of Oxnard Senior Services Program sponsors this free exercise class for seniors 55 and better. Registration required, minimum of 20 participants needed. Colonial Pool, 125 Marquita St., Oxnard. 385-8022.

ART START Monday-Friday, July 17-21, 9am-noon. The Ventura County Museum of History & Art presents their summer art program for children. The Art Start sessions begins July 17-21 for students 6-8 grades. Art Start stresses creating art, appreciating art, and self-expression. Each day a different medium is explored, with professional instruction in different techniques. Students keep a personal sketchbook to learn how to observe the world with an artist\’s eye, and studies of artwork in the museum \’s collection help stretch creative thinking skills. Students display their work in a mini-exhibit, and participants meet with local artists who shed light on what it means to choose art as a career or simply as something to love. $75 non-members. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 14.

LEARN HOW TO MANAGE YOUR CHOLESTEROL Wednesday, July 26, noon-1pm.The Ventura Adult Center invite you to join them for this free seminar in the Westside CafE9. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

YOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS Monday-Friday, 9am-noon. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services holds sports camps for ages 10-14 through the summer. Football Camp is held July17-21, $120; Basketball Camp, July 31-Aug. 4, $110; Soccer Camp, Aug. 7-11, $110. Camps held at Agoura High School. Call for registration. (818) 597-7361.

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.

WILDERNESS PEACE CAMP July 17-July 21. This camp, for youth aged 13-19, is limited to 12 campers and aims to include Jewish, Muslim, Latino Catholic, Native American and Protestant youth, as well as youth from the rainbow of traditions represented in our country. They will share their traditions and explore peacemaking skills in the Sespe wilderness area. www.interfaithinventions.org. 415-5388.

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.

SIMI VALLEY DIVE-IN Saturday, July 29, 6-9pm. The Rancho Simi Community Park Pool will be presenting Blue Hawaii for a unique in-pool movie experience. $5, children under 2 are free. 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley.

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. This Saturday: colors. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. $1 per child. Reservations required. 385-8171.

ART WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS Every Saturday in July, 2pm-4:30pm. Artist Martha Jimenez will lead this series of workshops with focused projects to help students explore how the elements of line, shape, form, color and texture are used to create works of art, and how a deeper knowledge of these tools can expand the horizons of a creative mind. Open to youths aged 13-18, all skill levels. $20 fee per class for art supplies. Pre-payment required. Limited to 15 students per class. 424 “C” Street, Oxnard. 385-8171.

ART START Monday-Friday, July 10-14 and 17-21, 9am-noon. The Ventura County Museum of History & Art presents their summer art program for children. The Art Start sessions begin July 10-14 for students 3-5grades, and July 17-21 for students 6-8 grades. Art Start stresses creating art, appreciating art, and self-expression. Each day a different medium is explored, with professional instruction in different techniques. Students keep a personal sketchbook to learn how to observe the world with an artist\’s eye, and studies of artwork in the museum \’s collection help stretch creative thinking skills. Students display their work in a mini-exhibit, and participants meet with local artists who shed light on what it means to choose art as a career or simply as something to love. $75 non-members. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 14.

WATER AEROBICS FOR SENIORS Thursdays and Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 17, 11am-noon. The City of Oxnard Senior Services Program sponsors this free exercise class for seniors 55 and better. Registration required, minimum of 20 participants needed. Colonial Pool, 125 Marquita St., Oxnard. 385-8022.

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).

ACADEMIC CAMPS John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is one of several academic camps being held on the campus of Cal Lutheran this summer. Perspective participants must take several tests in a variety of subjects to qualify for the 3-week residential sessions, which include one immersion course in humanities, math or sciences. The participants live on campus and have opportunities to participate in creative, non-academic activities ranging from sports and dance to arts and music. A second session begins on July 16. Other camps being hosted by CLU during the summer include Destination Science, ID Tech, the College Summit and various church retreats. Destination Science camp, which caters to 7 to 12-year-olds, has sessions through Aug. 18. ID Tech Camp, which runs through July 28, is a computer camp for 7 to 12-year-olds. www.jhu.edu/cty. 493-3345 for John Hopkins Camp; 493-3512 for all other camps.

Lectures/Seminars

THE CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION OF PEACE Saturday, July 22. New Paradigm World in association with Meditation Mount host this one-day event featuring futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard, Spiritual Teacher and Psychologist Timothy Conway, Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner Judy Omo, Energist Martin Weiner, and local musicians Roger Kellaway, Christine Holvick and Raymond Powers. The focus of the event is to provide attendees with a deep experience of the oneness of life that lies beyond separation and duality and an exploration of how to bring that sense of peace to our families, communities and the work we choose to do in the world. $95, includes all sessions, live music, screenings, lunch, breakout groups, handouts, exhibits and special screenings. 640-7214. Visit online at www.newparadigmworld.com.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, July 22-23, 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.

WHAT’s LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? Friday, July 14, 7:30pm. George Stuart accompanies his historical figures with historical monologues. $15 general. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 E. Main St, Ventura. 653-0323, ext 29.

Classes/Workshops

PERSONAL WATERCOLOR JOURNAL Saturday, July 22, 9am. Focus on the Masters presents this half-day workshop taking you on a fun and creative journey of self-discovery linking watercolor expression with journal writing. Students bring personal items and pictures which blossom into themes integrated through watercolor techniques. Students will then construct a written journal on the painted works. Instructor provides writing and watercolor tools. $60. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

WATERCOLOR CARD CREATION Saturday, July 22, 1pm. Focus on the Masters offers this class where students integrate watercolor techniques with imagination to create original images on cards in this half-day workshop. Students should bring three to five inspirational quotes to provide the basis for their designs. Instructor provides paper, writing and watercolor tools. $60. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

DRUM CIRCLE ETIQUETTE WORKSHOP Sunday, July 23, 6-7:30pm. Workshop teaches basic technique and how to get the best sound from your drum, demonstrate the differences in technique between hand drums, teach rhythms that lend themselves to group settings, demonstrate how to turn a typical Drum Circle into a true musical event, demonstrate accent percussion so everyone can participate, not just drummers. $15 advance, $20 door. Basilon Studio, 8569 N. Ventura, Casitas Springs. 649-5661.

COLLAGE GREETING CARDS Monday, July 24, 6:30pm. Let color be your guide to beautiful and unique greeting cards in this class offered by Focus on the Masters. Collage pictures from magazines, photos, and various papers using a multi-layered method. Add flat jewels, tiny beads, and fabrics to enhance the effect. Cards can be copied to produce as many as you need. Bring a small pair of scissors, photos, magazine pictures, paper, and sequins. $45. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

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.

THE JOYS OF YIDDISH Sundays, July 9-30, 10:30am-noon. Chabad Jewish Center offers a four-part course on the Yiddish language for beginners and intermediates. $18 covers entire course. 3810 Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard. 382-4770.

Literature/Poetry

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM BOOK CLUB Thursday, July 20, 6:30pm. The museum offers the club with a unique, interdisciplinary focus: connecting the museum\’s current exhibitions to books with similar themes. Meetings held the third Thursday of each month. Admission free for members, $3 for guests. First-time book club members and readers with all levels of experience are welcome to join. The book club begins with discussions of two vastly different books that explore concepts related to the museum\’s summer exhibitions, Buddha Baby, by Kim Wong Keltner, and was chosen to establish a connection with Sandra Low\’s exhibition of new paintings, Box Full of Happy. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8171.

SPOKEN WORD SALON Thursday, July 20, 7:30pm. Join Kathleen Lynch and Teka-Lark Lo with special guests Sophia Kidd and gauvin. Begin anywhere: sleep on the other side of the bed tonight. Tomorrow walk as though your head is filled with helium & your spine the string that holds it to the earth. Open mic at end of performance. Zoey\’s CafE9, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091.

BOOK SIGNING WITH RICK MIZUNO Saturday, July 22, 1pm-3pm. Author of 50/50 Split will appear for a book signing and discussion. Borders Books, Oxnard. 988-6886.

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

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

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 CafE9, 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, July 20, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

DANCE JAM VENTURA Saturday, July 22, 7:30-10:30pm. Space for people with or without partners in a smoke, drug and alcohol-free environment. $6, $1 children under 16. Makoto Dojo, 3026 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 650-7112.

SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, July 23, 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. 983-0688.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, July 24. 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.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, July 24, 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 25, 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 25, 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 26. 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, July 22, 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.

COLORS BY THE SEA Saturday-Sunday, July 22-23, 10am-6pm. Oceanview Pavilion presents the art walk, craft and trade show. Free admission. 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 986-4818. Visit online at www.oceanviewinfo.com.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER\’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid\’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

VENTURA COUNTY BRITISH CAR SHOW Sunday, July 23, 9am-3pm. The Sixteenth collection of vintage British saloons and sedans returns to the Channel Islands Harbor. Visitors are invited to spend the day and browse through the collection of cars featuring British marquees such as Jaguars, Morgan\’s, Land Rovers, Lotus, Jensen\’s, Triumphs, MG\’s and many top-named vehicles. The event includes an automotive swap meet, food booths and live entertainment. 279-7109.

Pets

POOCH PARADE & PET EXPO Sunday, July 23, 8:30am-4pm. The Ninth Annual Canine Adoption and Rescue League Pooch Parade and Pet Expo features a day of fun for you and your dog. Event includes a charity dog walk, pet demonstrations, pet contests, adoptions, and more than 20 pet related vendor products. Free. San Buenaventura Park, Ventura. 652-1001. Visit online at www.poochparade.org.

Clubs/Groups

BUENA BULLDOGS PICNIC Saturday, July 22, 10am-4pm. Alumni, staff and family members are invited to attend the picnic. Bring chairs, picnic and beverages. Alcohol and tobacco prohibited by law. Buena High School Quad. 644-5183.

VENTURA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1996 The class holds its 10-year reunion August 5-6. Call 340-9628. Visit online at www.lissamgiosi.com/VHSClassof96.html.

CONEJO SKI & SPORTS CLUB 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 8pm-9pm. This year-round social club welcomes active adults to meet, develop friendships and share outdoor and social functions. This is the largest club of its kind in Southern California and it strives to provide a healthy forum where members can share new experiences at affordable prices. Palm Garden Hotel, Newbury Park.

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 & ChatsA0First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome. Side Street CafE9, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. 495-9669

~ HAPPENINGS ~

THE LIPIZZANER STALLIONS RETURN

July 19, 7:30 p.m. The stallions are on their 36th anniversary tour with an all new production. The “horse of battle, horse of ballet,” saved from extinction by General George S. Patton at the end of World War II, will appear in a show that emulates the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria, and which maintains a traditional as well as entertaining performance with all new music, choreography and routines. The breed has been used as a horse of war, a horse of nobility and aristocracy. General $22.50, children under 12 and seniors $20.50. Seaside Park, Ventura Fairgrounds. www.tickets.com; 648-3376.

CLASSIC ROCK FESTIVAL III

July 15 – 16, noon. Eleven of the top classic rock acts in history are paid tribute at the Ojai Classic Rock Festival III to be held at downtown Ojai\’s Libbey Bowl. The popular third installment in a series of six festivals benefit the RageJax Foundation, an organization bringing music and art programs to under-privileged children. Headlining Saturday: Tribute to the Jerry Garcia Band featuring Jerry\’s original keyboard player Melvin Seals; plus tributes to Janis Joplin by Mama Pearl, Jimi Hendrix by Stone Free Experience, The Who by The Who Show, Grateful Dead by Cubensis, and Lynyrd Skynyrd by Nuthin\’ Fancy. Sunday July 16: Tributes to KISS by Gods of Thunder, Aerosmith by Pump, Led Zeppelin by Led Zepplica, AC/DC by Bonfire, and a special tribute to early Van Halen by national touring tribute band The Atomic Punks. After- show parties on Saturday feature an all-girl tribute to Led Zeppelin by Moby Chick, and a spirited tribute to Bob Marley by Willie Venant at The Hub Lounge and Antonio\’s Mexican Restaurant. Gates open 11 a.m. Show starts at noon. A vendor\’s fair features food and beverage, tie-dye of every type imaginable, curios from around the world, coconut shell jewelry and concert rock art. $25.00 for one day, $45.00 for a two-day pass. 640-9014.

FRENCH FESTIVAL

July 15 – 16, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Come celebrate Bastille Day weekend in Santa Barbara’s famed festival. Enjoy delicious food, more than 40 acts on 3 stages, the poodle parade, arts and crafts and a huge Eiffel Tower. www.frencfestival.com. Oak Park, Santa Barbara. 564-PARIS.

Special Events

VENTURA COUNTY BOAT SHOW Thursday-Sunday, July 13-16. The eleventh annual in-water boat show returns to the Channel Islands Harbor. The show is bigger and better than ever and offers the finest selection of boats, including sailboats, sports fishers, multi hulls, luxury yachts, in-boards, electric boats and much more. Show includes more exhibit space both on the water and off, plus displays, demonstrations, a 4,500 gallon Water Works Wonders Mobile Fish Tank, seminars, live musical entertainment, vendors, and more. Hours: Thursday-Friday, noon-7pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; and Sunday, 10am-5pm. $10 adults, children under 12 free. See $2 off coupon in the Reporter. Fisherman’s Wharf, Channel Islands Harbor. (800) 390-6694. Visit online at www.ci-boatshow.com.  

SANTA PAULA CITRUS FESTIVAL Friday, July 14, 5-11:30pm, and Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16, noon-11:30pm. The Kiwanis Club of Santa Paula host their thirty-ninth annual Citrus Festival featuring three days of live music including Los Lobos, Chico, and Little Joe Y La Familia, a carnival, plus the Santa Paula Citrus Parade, Saturday, July 15, 10am, Main St. $5 adults, $1 children 12 and under, food and carnival tickets additional cost. Harding Park, 1300 E. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula. Visit online at www.santa paulafestival.org.

COPS 4 CAUSES Saturday, July 15, 3-10pm. The second annual charity gala benefitting the Special Olympics of Ventura County is presented by the Ventura Police Department, Special Olympics Southern California, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel and the Aloha Steak House. The extraordinary, star-studded dinner-concert and silent auction is held on the California Street promenade. The theme is A Salute to Heroes. Guests are invited to stroll the promenade, meet celebrity guest attendees, enjoy a fabulous dinner followed by a concert. Tickets are limited for this very special event. 797-8899. Visit online at www.cops4causes.org.

Film

ONE NATION UNDER SIEGE Thursday, July 13, 7pm. The new film series Flicks for Freedom kicks off with a screening of this chilling documentary about multiple threats to our freedom and well being. Donations accepted. Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura 648 4323.

THANK YOU FOR SMOKING Wednesday, July 19, 7:30pm. UCSB Arts & Lectures presents the screening of a sardonic look at today’s “culture of spin,” following the chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, Nick Naylor, in his PR offensive against the health advocates seeking to ban tobacco and the opportunistic politicians who use tobacco’s notoriety as a platform for political gain. $6 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3494.

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.summer dance.com or 568-0865 for more info.

CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m. The band continues their twenty-first annual summer concert series every Thursday through July 27. Food vendors on site. Bring a folding chair or blanket. Constitution Park, Carmen Drive, Camarillo. 484-8050.

VOCO AND THE GOIN\’ SOUTH BAND Thursday, July 13, 8pm. The improvisational, foot-stomping, melancholy singing, wild instrumental band celebrates the release of their first CD with a performance in Ojai. The Goin\’ South Band includes legendary performers of American roots music: Fred Sokolow and Rick Cunha, led by Ojai fiddler/composer John Zeretzke. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. (323) 660-3510.

SUMMER OF LOVE Friday, July 14, 6-8 p.m. The band performs a late 60\’s tribute 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.

THAD BECKMAN PERFORMS Friday, July 14, 8pm. The acclaimed singer-songwriter will bring his singular blend of folk, blues, gritty voice and haunting lyrics about life on the dust-filled landscapes of America. $18. Theater 150, 918 E. Ojai Ave. 646-4300.      

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, July 14-15, 8pm. Friday: TheatreSports-Two teams compete to be the funniest as a panel of judges award points; Saturday: Last Improvisor Standing-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

CONCERTS BY THE SEA Saturday, July 15, 4-6pm. Channel Islands Harbor Foundation present their Fifth Annual summer concert series every Saturday through Aug. July 15: Enjoy the tropical rock sound of Unkle Monkey. Beverages and box dinners available on site. Free. Peninsula Park, Channel Islands Harbor. 985-4852.

JAMES LEE STANLEY Saturday, July 15, 8pm. Neil and Renee Bodie open their home in Agoura Hills to lovers of fine desserts and music with a performance by musician Stanley. Dessert and appetizer bar available and contributions accepted. All proceeds go to musicians. $15. (818) 621-8309.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS Saturday, July 15, 7:30pm. The 2006 Summer Music Concert Series at Olivas Adobe is held every Saturday night through August September 9. July 15: The Swing Band sounds of Jumpin’ Joz. $18 general admission. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4726.

ASHLEY BRODER AND JAMIE LAVAL Sunday, July 16, 7:30pm. Mandolin, cello and violin prodigy Ashley Broder performs in concert with Scottish fiddling champion Jamie Laval. Their music is a mix of traditional Bluegrass/Roots/Celtic selections as well as original compositions. Reservations suggested. Zoey’s CafE9, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091.

SUNDAY CONCERTS AT PLAZA PARK Sunday, July 16, 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. Food and beverage available, bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic. Oxnard Plaza Park, Fifth and B Streets, Oxnard. 486-6074.

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.

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 B” to have his wife arrested for murder85 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.

KINGSMEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Friday-Sunday, July 7-Aug. 6, 8pm. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and California Lutheran University present their Tenth Annual Festival, with productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Friday-Sunday, July 7-16, and Othello, July 21-23 and 28-30, plus 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.

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.

SHOWBOAT Friday-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, July 7-Aug. 6. The Ojai Art Center Theater presents the Oscar Hammerstein  Jerome Kern drama which revolutionized American musical theater with its epic and melodic story of love amidst an undercurrent of serious themes. $25 adults, $20 seniors, students, art center members. Ojai Art Center Theater,113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

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.

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.

OKLAHOMA! Thursday-Sunday, July 13-16. The Performance Theater for Young Artist present the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical Oklahoma. Performances: Thursday-Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 3 and 7:30pm; and Sunday, 2 and 6pm. $20-$15. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 642-4570. Visit online at www.ptya.org.

STONES IN HIS POCKETS July 14-August 20. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the two-man play by Marie Jones. Will Shupe and Fred Helsel tell the story of what happens to a sleepy village in County Kerry, Ireland when it is invaded by a Hollywood film crew. The absurdities involved in making a movie are observed by Charlie and Jake, two of the many locally hired extras. As the story unfolds, the two actors bring to life fifteen characters including the American star of the movie, the crew and the last remaining extra from The Quiet Man. Due to the colorful language associated with the characters in this piece, this production is recommended for audiences 14 & above. Friday and Saturday, 8pm, Sunday, 2pm. $15 adults, $12 seniors and students. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. 7th St, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

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.

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 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.

CAFC9 ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard.
487-8170.

CAFC9 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.California StreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or cast
gallery@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.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

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.

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.gullwingsmuse um4kids.org.

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

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

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

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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.

WATER AEROBICS FOR SENIORS Thursdays and Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 17, 11am-noon. The City of Oxnard Senior Services Program sponsors this free exercise class for seniors 55 and better. Registration required, minimum of 20 participants needed. Colonial Pool, 125 Marquita St., Oxnard. 385-8022.

ART START Monday-Friday, July 17-21, 9am-noon. The Ventura County Museum of History & Art presents their summer art program for children. The Art Start sessions begins July 17-21 for students 6-8 grades. Art Start stresses creating art, appreciating art, and self-expression. Each day a different medium is explored, with professional instruction in different techniques. Students keep a personal sketchbook to learn how to observe the world with an artist\’s eye, and studies of artwork in the museum \’s collection help stretch creative thinking skills. Students display their work in a mini-exhibit, and participants meet with local artists who shed light on what it means to choose art as a career or simply as something to love. $75 non-members. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 14.

REMEMBER THE DAYS Tuesday, July 18, 1-3pm. Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, the City of Simi Valley and Simi Valley Hospital offer ongoing workshops on senior health the third Tuesday of each month. Free. July 18: Memory-How The Brain Remembers. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida, Simi Valley. 584-4452.

YOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS Monday-Friday, 9am-noon. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services holds sports camps for ages 10-14 through the summer. Football Camp is held July17-21, $120; Basketball Camp, July 31-Aug. 4, $110; Soccer Camp, Aug. 7-11, $110. Camps held at Agoura High School. Call for registration. (818) 597-7361.

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.

MONEY CAMP FOR KIDS July 10- July 14. Return of the non-profit organizations teen camp teaching useful money management techniques for kids ages 13 through 17. Boasts a unique, fun, camp-like environment. 135 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101. (805) 957-1024.

WILDERNESS PEACE CAMP July 17-July 21. This camp, for youth aged 13-19, is limited to 12 campers and aims to include Jewish, Muslim, Latino Catholic, Native American and Protestant youth, as well as youth from the rainbow of traditions represented in our country. They will share their traditions and explore peacemaking skills in the Sespe wilderness area. www.interfaithinventions.org. 415-5388.

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.

SIMI VALLEY DIVE-IN Sat. July 29, August 26, 6-9pm. The Rancho Simi Community Park Pool will be presenting Blue Hawaii and The Little Mermaid respectively for a unique in-pool movie experience. $5, children under 2 are free. 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley.

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. This Saturday: colors. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. $1 per child. Reservations required. 385-8171.

ART WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS Every Saturday in July, 2pm-4:30pm. Artist Martha Jimenez will lead this series of workshops with focused projects to help students explore how the elements of line, shape, form, color and texture are used to create works of art, and how a deeper knowledge of these tools can expand the horizons of a creative mind. Open to youths aged 13-18, all skill levels. $20 fee per class for art supplies. Pre-payment required. Limited to 15 students per class. 424 “C” Street, Oxnard. 385-8171.

ART START Monday-Friday, July 10-14 and 17-21, 9am-noon. The Ventura County Museum of History & Art presents their summer art program for children. The Art Start sessions begin July 10-14 for students 3-5grades, and July 17-21 for students 6-8 grades. Art Start stresses creating art, appreciating art, and self-expression. Each day a different medium is explored, with professional instruction in different techniques. Students keep a personal sketchbook to learn how to observe the world with an artist\’s eye, and studies of artwork in the museum \’s collection help stretch creative thinking skills. Students display their work in a mini-exhibit, and participants meet with local artists who shed light on what it means to choose art as a career or simply as something to love. $75 non-members. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 14.

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.

WATER AEROBICS FOR SENIORS Thursdays and Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 17, 11am-noon. The City of Oxnard Senior Services Program sponsors this free exercise class for seniors 55 and better. Registration required, minimum of 20 participants needed. Colonial Pool, 125 Marquita St., Oxnard. 385-8022.

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.kingsmenbasket ball.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).

ACADEMIC CAMPS John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is one of several academic camps being held on the campus of Cal Lutheran this summer. Perspective participants must take several tests in a variety of subjects to qualify for the 3-week residential sessions, which include one immersion course in humanities, math or sciences. The participants live on campus and have opportunities to participate in creative, non-academic activities ranging from sports and dance to arts and music. A second session begins on July 16. Other camps being hosted by CLU during the summer include Destination Science, ID Tech, the College Summit and various church retreats. Destination Science camp, which caters to 7 to 12-year-olds, has sessions through Aug. 18. ID Tech Camp, which runs through July 28, is a computer camp for 7 to 12-year-olds. www.jhu.edu/cty. 493-3345 for John Hopkins Camp; 493-3512 for all other camps.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, 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.

HOMAGE TO REMBRANDT AND MOZART: A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Thursday, July 13, 7pm. Focus on the Master presents this wine and slide talk featuring speaker Gerd Koch. Listen to the tolling of 100 church bells in Salzburg, Austria as you lift your glasses of Dutch beer and wine in a birthday toast to two great artists. Afterward, Rembrandt\’s career comes to life in a slide show and discussion with a special look at the artist\’s self-portraits. $15 for talk, donation requested at event for wine. Focus on the Masters. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

VENTURA: THEN & NOW Saturday, July 15, 2pm. If you\’ve ever tried to figure out how Ventura\’s streets and buildings looked in the past as compared to today, you can find out when photographer Stephen Schafer presents Ventura Then & Now: Vintage Views and Rephotography. The presentation will not only show the ever-changing landscape of the city, but also demonstrate surprising ways in which history has been preserved. Schafer is well known for his photographs of historic buildings and landmarks throughout Ventura County, and his interest has helped document and focus attention on the area \’s rich architectural heritage. Included with admission price. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 E. Main St, Ventura. RSVP 653-0323, ext. 10.

Classes/Workshops

VENTURA THEN & NOW: VINTAGE VIEWS AND RE-PHOTOGRAPHY Saturday, July 15, 2pm. The Ventura County Museum of Art & History offers a presentation by architectural photographer Stephen Schafer, who pairs past and present photographs of the City of Ventura. Vintage postcards provide the then, Schafer’s present the now. Discover what has been lost and what remains in this fun and fact-filled show. Included with Museum admission. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10.

JUNGLELAND SAFARI-MARVELOUS MASKS AND PUPPETS Sunday, July 16, 1:30-3pm. Inspired by Jungleland, The Ventura Museum of Art & History offers this arts and crafts day for the whole family. Jungleland, which once existed where today\’s Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza stands, opened in the 1920s, when it housed exotic animals for the movies and later became a tourist attraction until closing in 1968. Free admission. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10.

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.

THE JOYS OF YIDDISH Sundays, July 9-30, 10:30am-noon. Chabad Jewish Center offers a four-part course on the Yiddish language for beginners and intermediates. $18 covers entire course. 3810 Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard. 382-4770.

Literature/Poetry

WRITING WORKSHOP Thursday, July 13, 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 19, 7:30-11pm. Traditional gathering of writers and performers. California Taco Co., 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7174.

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.

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

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 CafE9, 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, July 13, 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, July 14, 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. Tunes R Us perform. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB Saturday, July 15, 7:30-10:30pm. Join them for their twice monthly dance with guests The Starlighters. 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, July 16, 1-4:30pm. Join the Jazz Society and their special guests Jonathan Stout and The Campus Five for an afternoon of music and dancing. $8. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 642-6110.

TANGO WITH THE DEVIL OF ELEGANCE Sunday, July 16, 5:30pm. Orlando Paiva Jr, famed dancer, will be hosting a milonga (Argentine Tango social dance). House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave, Ventura. (818) 205-7727.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, July 17. 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.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, July 17, 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 18, 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 18, 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 19. 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, July 15, 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.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER\’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid\’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

Pets

DOG-GONE, CAT-A-STROPHIC, HUGS, SLURPS AND SLOBBERS PET ADOPTION Sunday, July 16, 10am-4pm. The Ventura County-Camarillo Animal Shelter holds this adoption event to save all of the available animals impounded, lost and displaced due to the July 4 holiday. Special reduced rate microchip clinic, rabies clinic, free gift bag and vet visit for all adopted animals. 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. (818) 999-2400.

DOG-PUPPY ADOPTIONS Saturday, 11am-4pm, and Sunday, noon-4pm. Canine Adoption and Rescue League hold adoptions every week. Adoption Center, Five Points behind Ventura Pet Barn, 3004 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 652-1001.

Clubs/Groups

CONEJO SKI & SPORTS CLUB 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 8pm-9pm. This year-round social club welcomes active adults to meet, develop friendships and share outdoor and social functions. This is the largest club of its kind in Southern California and it strives to provide a healthy forum where members can share new experiences at affordable prices. Palm Garden Hotel, Newbury Park.

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 & ChatsA0First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome. Side Street CafE9, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. 495-9669.

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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.

Seven Ways To Slash College Costs

July 12, 7 p.m. Free workshop for parents of college-bound high school students. Topics include how to double or triple your eligibility free grant money, secret to sending your child to a private or UC School for less than the cost of a community college, and the single biggest mistake 9 out of 10 parents make when planning for college. Free. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. (800) 211-0207.

The Hare And The Tortoise

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, 4 p.m.; Sunday: Channel Islands Harbor, Harbor View Park, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8: Camarillo Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, 11:30 a.m., and Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura, 4 p.m. Free. (661) 718-3968.

Special Events

PEACE RALLY Friday, July 7, 5pm. End the occupation of Iraq and Palestine. Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria and Telephone, Ventura.

OBON FESTIVAL Saturday, July 8, 1-9pm. The Oxnard Buddhist Temple holds their Fifty-First annual festival. Free admission. 250 S. H St., Oxnard. 483-5948.

THREE HARBORS BIKE TOUR Saturday, July 8, 7am. The Second Annual Bike Tour follows a similar path as 2005. All routes follow the coast down to Channel Islands Harbor and then return to Ventura. After making a loop around Ventura, the Half Metric route heads back to the Ventura Harbor Village and the after-ride BBQ. The Metric and Century routes continue towards Ojai on the River Trail and the Ojai Valley Trail. The Metric riders will then head back to Ventura and the Century riders will head around the back of Lake Casitas on Hwy 150. The Century continues on Hwy 192 toward Carpinteria to Santa Barbara Harbor and then return to Ventura Harbor down the coast using part of the Pacific Coast Bike Route. $60 for Century and Metric routes, $30 for the Half Metric. Fees include the usual SAG and rest stop amenities. Ventura Harbor Village, Spinnaker Drive. 667-4191.

OLIVAS ADOBE HONORS FLESCHMANN July 9, 11am-4pm. Bea Benzien, the last living member of Max Fleischmann’s Duck Club, will present a gallery of his acrylic paintings and drawings to honor Fleischmann, Santa Barbara Foundation creator and long time resident. Olivas Adobe Historical Park, 4200 Olivas Park Drive Ventura, CA 93003. (805) 382-1752.

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.

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.

CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND Thursday, July 6, 7 p.m. The band kicks off their twenty-first annual summer concert series every Thursday through July 27. Food vendors on site. Bring a folding chair or blanket. Constitution Park, Carmen Drive, Camarillo. 484-8050.

CAUGHT RED HANDED Friday, July 7, 6-8 p.m. The band performs country and western 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.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, July 7-8, 8pm. Friday: Last Improvisor Standing-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes; Saturday: TheatreSports- two teams compete to be the funniest as a panel of judges award points. $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.

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS Saturday, July 8, 7:30pm. The 2006 Summer Music Concert Series at Olivas Adobe is held every Saturday night through August September 9. July 8: The Latin-Salsa sound of Louie Cruz Beltran. $18 general admission. 4200 Olivas Park Drive,Ventura. 658-4726.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK Sunday, July 9, 6pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services continue their Summer Concerts in the Park series for 2006. July 9: Reno Jones, followed by fireworks show. Free. Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

CALIFORNIA STATE OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION Sunday, July 9, 1:30 p.m. Join them for an afternoon of family oriented fun, old time music and dancing. Free. Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. 517-1131.

SUNDAY CONCERTS AT PLAZA PARK Sunday, July 9, 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 9: . Food and beverage available, bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic. Oxnard Plaza Park, Fifth and B Streets, Oxnard. 486-6074.

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.

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 B” to have his wife arrested for murder85 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.

KINGSMEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Friday-Sunday, July 7-Aug. 6, 8pm. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and California Lutheran University present their Tenth Annual Festival, with productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Friday-Sunday, July 7-16, and Othello, July 21-23 and 28-30, plus 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.

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.

SHOWBOAT Friday-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, July 7-Aug. 6. The Ojai Art Center Theater presents the Oscar Hammerstein Jerome Kern drama which revolutionized American musical theater with its epic and melodic story of love amidst an undercurrent of serious themes. $25 adults, $20 seniors, students, art center members. Ojai Art Center Theater,113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

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.

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.

BUGSY MALONE JR AUDITION July 10th- July 12th 5-9pm. An audition for the musical production encourages singer/actors to read for a variety of characters. Conejo Players Theatre 351 South Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, CA. (818) 269-8712.

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. HYPERLINK www.hillcrestcenter.org 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.

CAFC9 ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CAFC9 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 cast gallery@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.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

JONATHAN MCEUEN AND KAREN L BROWN Saturday, July 8, 6pm. Westside Music Series presents the rock/bluegrass/country music of Mceuen with the encaustic mixed-media of artist Karen L Brown. Exhibit opens 6pm, music begins 7pm. Cheese and wine available. $10. Sylva’s Boxing Gym, 211 W. Stanley Ave., Ventura. 652-2150.

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.

MATURE MINGLERS Thursday, July 6, 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.

MONEY CAMP FOR KIDS July 10- July 14. Return of the non-profit organizations teen camp teaching useful money management techniques for kids ages 13 through 17. Boasts a unique, fun, camp-like environment. 135 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101. (805) 957-1024.

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.

SIMI VALLEY DIVE-IN Sat. July 29, August 26, 6-9pm. The Rancho Simi Community Park Pool will be presenting Blue Hawaii and The Little Mermaid respectively for a unique in-pool movie experience. $5, children under 2 are free. 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley.

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.

ART START Monday-Friday, July 10-14 and 17-21, 9am-noon. The Ventura County Museum of History & Art presents their summer art program for children. The Art Start sessions begin July 10-14 for students 3-5grades, and July 17-21 for students 6-8 grades. Art Start stresses creating art, appreciating art, and self-expression. Each day a different medium is explored, with professional instruction in different techniques. Students keep a personal sketchbook to learn how to observe the world with an artist\’s eye, and studies of artwork in the museum \’s collection help stretch creative thinking skills. Students display their work in a mini-exhibit, and participants meet with local artists who shed light on what it means to choose art as a career or simply as something to love. $75 non-members. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 14.

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.

WATER AEROBICS FOR SENIORS Thursdays and Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 17, 11am-noon. The City of Oxnard Senior Services Program sponsors this free exercise class for seniors 55 and better. Registration required, minimum of 20 participants needed. Colonial Pool, 125 Marquita St., Oxnard. 385-8022.

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

GLOBAL WARMING AND THE FATE OF VENTURA COUNTY Thursday, July 6, 7pm. Presentation by Rachel Pratt, M.Sc., M.Sc. Come and get your questions answered. Free of charge. The Topping Room, EP Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 649-2367.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, July 8-9, 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

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

THE JOYS OF YIDDISH Sundays, July 9-30, 10:30am-noon. Chabad Jewish Center offers a four-part course on the Yiddish language for beginners and intermediates. $18 covers entire course. 3810 Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard. 382-4770.

FIBER CLOTH DOLLS Monday, July 10, 6:30pm. Focus on the Masters offers the class by instructor Gienne Gabriels. Students use cloth, yarn, ribbons, and their own rich imagination to make a wonderful doll. The process is just as important as the product, providing an opportunity to experiment with materials. Some materials supplied. Bring scissors and any fabric scraps, ribbons, lace, cord, you would like to include. $35. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

SEVEN WAYS TO SLASH COLLEGE COSTS Wednesday, July 12, 7pm. Free workshop for parents of college-bound high school students. Topics include how to double or triple your eligibility free grant money, secret to sending your child to a private or UC School for less than the cost of a community college, and the single biggest mistake 9 out of 10 parents make when planning for college. Free. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. (800) 211-0207.

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.

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

OUTLAW POETS OPEN WORD Friday, July 7, 7:30pm. Comic Taylor Morgan performs at 7:30pm, followed by open microphone. Donation at door. Bart\’s Books, 302 W. Matilija, Ojai. 646-3755.

RAY BRADBURY Friday, July 8, 1pm. Phantom Books and Gallery 33 are honored to bring the World’s Greatest Living Science Fiction author to Ventura County. Fans should arrive early for this very special event. Refreshments served. 1328 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 641-384.

MUSICIAN’S NIGHT OUT Wednesday, July 12, 7:30-11pm. Traditional gathering of writers and performers. California Taco Co., 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7174.

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 CafE9, 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, July 6, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

JULY DANCE PARTY Sunday, July 9, 3-5:30pm. The Ventura Chapter of USA Dance offer Cha Cha lessons, 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.

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.

DANCE JAM VENTURA Saturday, July 8, 7:30-10:30pm. A lively variety of music to dance to, barefoot on spongy mats. Free-Style dancing, no partner needed. Smoke and alcohol-free. 3026 Telegraph Rd., Ventura. (805) 650-7112.`

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.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, July 8, 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.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER\’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid\’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

Clubs/Groups

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO Thursday, July 6, 7pm. David Howard, co-chair of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents a Beyond War overview followed by an open forum among club members on the war in Iraq. The public is invited to attend. UFCW Hall, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. 383-6204.

CONEJO SKI AND SPORT CLUB MEETINGS Group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday 8-9 pm of each month at the Palm Garden Hotel in Newbury Park. 495 N Ventu Park Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. (805) 716-4200.

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE CONEJO VALLEY Sunday, July 9, 2-4pm. The Conejo Valley-Ventura County group hold a general meeting and discussion: Detecting Faults and Errors in Genealogical Sources. Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616.

FREETHINKERS OF VENTURA COUNTY Monday, July 10, 7:30-9pm. The organization meets for their monthly meeting. Tonight\’s discussion: Ken Tipton, creator and subject of the film Heart of the Beholder discusses the making of the film and its repercussions. Camarillo Library, Don Adolofo Room, 3100 Ponderosa Camarillo. 386-4232.

THOUSAND OAKS DIGITAL PHOTO GROUP Monday, July 10, 6:30pm. July meeting features a Q and A session, plus Larry Marrin continues his discussion on Raw storage files for Digital Cameras. Goebel Senior Center, Thousand Oaks. 498-4669.

VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB Wednesday, July 12, 7pm. Join award-winning crime novelist Barbara Seranella as she discusses her mystery novels. Borders Books, 124 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 496-6204.

DOG-PUPPY ADOPTIONS Saturday, 11am-4pm, and Sunday, noon-4pm. Canine Adoption and Rescue League hold adoptions every week. Adoption Center, Five Points behind Ventura Pet Barn, 3004 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 652-1001.

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 & ChatsA0First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome. Side Street CafE9, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. 495-9669.

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. $5 Friday: Community Art Night

    April 19 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  3. Bird Museum Open House

    April 20 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  4. 2019 Ojai Earth Day

    April 20 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  5. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    April 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  6. Margarita Mixoff & More!

    April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. Margarita Mixoff & More!

    April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  8. Cabernet, Canvas, and Color Workshop

    April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  9. CLUFest 2019: Colors

    April 26 @ 8:00 am - May 18 @ 7:00 pm
  10. Thingamajig V: A Printmaking and Ceramics Exploration

    April 26 @ 8:00 am - May 11 @ 8:00 pm

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