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Nathan Larramendy Gallery

Through Sept. 3, Trans – Ethnic and Homes. Artist Penelope Gottlieb explores images from early and mid-century Hollywood movies in which Caucasian actresses were cast in ethnic roles, prompting the generation that grew up on these movies to learn about ethnicity through extremely stereotypical portrayals of ethnic minorities; she also explores the ideal of home in the context of consumerism. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

Museum Gone Wild

Sept. 2, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Falcons, hawks, owls and snakes return to the Ventura County Museum of History & Art for their annual Museum Gone Wild event. The Ojai Raptor Center brings birds for two separate presentations so that adults and children can get a close view and learn why raptors are an important part of the ecology of Ventura County. An interactive table of study wings and talons is also on display through permission of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Space is limited. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10.

The Fisherman And The Little Mermaid

Aug. 2, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Gypsies in a Trunk close their 12th season of Fairy Tales in the Park with this original tale. Bob is a henpecked fisherman with a nagging wife and two bratty kids. One day while fishing he accidentally catches Ariel, the little mermaid. When she grants Bob three wishes things gets crazy as Bob wishes for what he thinks is happiness. Boy does he get more than he bargained for. Performances are free to the public, but in the age-old gypsy tradition, actors pass the hat at intermission. Performances – Sept. 2: Foxfield Park, Westlake Village, 11am; and Rancho Simi Amphitheater, Rancho Simi Community Park, corner of Erringer and Royal, 4p.m. Sept. 3: Harbor View Park, Channel Islands Harbor, 2 p.m; Sept. 9: Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, 11:30 a.m; and Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura, 4 p.m. Ample seating available on the ground at all locations. Leave pets at home.

Special Events

PEACE RALLY Friday, Sept. 1, 5pm. End the occupation of Iraq and Palestine. Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria and Telephone, Ventura.

KUSTOM KULTURE FESTIVAL AND SWAP MEET Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 2-3, 8am-3pm. The Fourth Annual Festival and Swap Meet features two days of Kustom cars, Hot Rods, Woodies, Motorcycles, Lowriders and art show, plus live rockabilly and surf bands, vendors and model car contest. The event s limited to Pre 1965 American Cars and American and British motorcycles only. Entertainment line-up includes Girard Landry, Dynatones, Johnny Dilks, Rocksville, and Lil Jizzelle. Beer and food available. $10 general admission, $5 military, children 12 and under free. Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 216-2421.

FANDANGO IN SANTA PAULA Labor Day weekend in Santa Paula includes Cruise Nite on Friday, 5:30-9pm; Art and Music on Main Street, Saturday, 4-7pm; Fandango on Sunday, 12-8pm. The weekend will come to a close on Labor Day with the only Labor Day parade in Ventura County. Parade will begin on 7th Street and end at the Railroad Plaza Gazebo. www.DeColoresArtGroup.org. 525-8961.

SANTA PAULA CANYON CLEAN-UP Monday, Sept. 4, 8:30am. Located above Thomas Aquinas College, the canyon features beautiful waterfalls, swimming holes and a challenging hiking route. Along with the natural beauty, the area has an abundance of trash and graffiti. Join local residents in a cleanup with the support of the Ojai Ranger District. Trash bags supplied and collected by the Forest Service. Bring a day pack with lunch, water, hat, gloves and wear comfortable hiking shoes. The hike is seven miles round-trip to the main swimming hole. Meet at the parking area near the entrance of Thomas Aquinas College on Hwy 150. 672-1047.

VENTURA DEMOCRATS’ LABOR DAY PICNIC Monday, Sept. 4, 12pm-3:30pm. The theme is “Bye-bye, Arnold” with Hannah Beth Jackson, President of Speak out California and former California Assemblywoman, will be Master of Ceremonies. Nine chartered Democratic clubs in Ventura County will have booths. Music will be provided by Susan and Dave Cohen. There will be a jumper for the kids, adults can enjoy a game of horseshoes and a raffle. The picnic will feature tri tip and chicken BBW with all the fixin’s, as well as a vegetarian option and drinks. Come meet and greet our Ventura County candidates and elected representatives. All state Democratic candidates have been invited to attend. $20 per person, or $35 for two, $15 seniors ($25 two-for-one seniors), $10 students, $7 children 7-12, no charge for children under 7. Reserve in advance. Freedom Park, Camarillo (adjacent to Camarillo Airport). www.venturacountydemocrats.com. 477-1777.

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

VINO JAZZ FEST Every Tuesday and Thursday, 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.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Sunday, Sept. 1-3. Laughstock III-Lost in the Comedy Jungle! Improv festival with Ventura Area TheatreSports. Friday, Sept 1: 6-7pm, free; 7-9pm and 9-11pm, $10, both shows for $15. Saturday, Sept. 2: 6-7pm, free; 7-9pm and 9-11pm, $10, both shows for $15. Sunday, Sept 3: 6-7pm, free; 7-10pm, $15. Weekend passport $40 for all 12 shows! Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

ESTRADA BROTHERS Saturday, Sept. 2, 7:30pm. The 2006 Summer Music Concert Series at Olivas Adobe is held every Saturday night through September 9. Sept. 2: The Latin Jazz beat of the Estrada Brothers. $18 general admission. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4726.

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.

BELFAST BLUES/THE GOOD THIEF Aug. 3-Sept. 17. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Two award-winning plays by modern Irish playwrights! Belfast Blues, written and performed by Geraldine Hughes and directed by Carol Kane, is performed in repertory with The Good Thief, written by Conor McPherson, starring Conor Lovett, and directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett. Belfast Blues previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 3-4, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 5, 7pm. The production continues through Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Good Thief previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 10-11, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 12, 7pm, continuing through Sept. 17. $49-$26, excluding opening night premieres. Call or visit online for schedule and tickets. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900. Visit online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

THE PINK THUNDERBIRD Friday-Saturday, 8:30pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Aug. 4-Sept. 10. The Elite Theater Company, is proud to present James McLure’s cantankerously funny two-act comedy presented under the single-act titles of Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star. Due to some colorful language, this show is not recommended for children under 14 years of age. $17 adults, $15 seniors and children. Heritage Square, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Aug. 25-Sept. 23. Following the philosophy “Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” this light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent farce takes comedy back to its roots, combining time-tested, 2,000-year-old comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic Vaudeville. A crafty slave schemes to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master in exchange for freedom. Hilarity ensues… Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $14 Thursdays, $16 Fridays and Sundays, $18 Saturdays. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

BLOOD AND MERCURY: THE ALCHEMY OF ROCK AND ROLL Aug. 25-Sept. 3. With a score of original music and a few Bob Dylan selections, this play was created through a unique workshop process involving a collaboration between all, and weaves a magical web of music, drama and movement to create a thoroughly theatrical experience. Fridays-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday 7pm. $20 general; Sunday, 2 for 1. Auction House Theater, 8597 N. Ventura Avenue, Casitas Springs. 302-5321.

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Sept. 1-30. Come see an eclectic cast of real characters in the tale of a cab driver with two lives and two wives – one sexually-charged, one play-by-the rules. Throw in two police detectives and a gay dress-maker and you have the elements of chaos, double-entendre and innuendo. Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 7pm. $15 general, $12 seniors, students and Art Center members. 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. www.OjaiACT.org. 640-8797.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ARCHITEXTURE New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

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 Aug. 26-Sept. 24, “Book Arts.” 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.

CRC GALLERY through Aug. 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.

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

CAFÉ ZACK Hilda Kilpatrick. View oil and pasted paintings from the artist’s personal collection. Kilpatrick has been featured at several Ventura ArtWalk events. 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 General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

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 Features a new series of diverse art work, including oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists, is on display. 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 through Sept. 29, “Seeing the Land of Oz.” Fine art photographer Pat Osborne gives a personal and magical view of his world, a collection of images that explore light, shadow, color texture and form. 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 Sept 2-Sept. 21. Works by Lynn Creighton: sculptures of women celebrating their lives. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

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

OJAI ART CENTER Sept. 3-Sept. 28, “Visions of Peace.” Ojai Artists for Peace is creating a movement of collaboration between artists for the sake of peace. Each artist will present their interpretation of peace including the white dove as a common symbol in the exhibit. Art submission accepted Sept. 2 9:30am-12:30pm at the Ojai Art Center. 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION Aug. 26-Sept. 24, Book Art. There has been a revival of Book Art in the past dozen years, as artists have rediscovered the special intimacy and creative freedom of an art form with no restrictions and few boundaries – now this form comes to Ventura. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Aug. 17-Sept. 5, “Mysterious World of Dangerous Beauty.” Jill Sattler’s collection of paintings, photographs and jewelry on display. 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 through Sept. 2. Three shows concurrently on display: Through My Mind’s Eye, New Perspectives, paintings by Pat Richards, in the Gerd Koch Gallery; The Art of Jazz, curated by Celia Hartman Reich, in the Evans Gallery and Hallway Galleries; Putting on Airs, curated by Bob Privitt, in the O’Keeffe Gallery. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368. 3 Exhibits Currently showing:

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.

SULLIVAN GOSS Aug. 31-Oct. 18, “Hank Pitcher: New Work for a New Space.” Features the artist’s monumental surfboard paintings, Central Coast landscapes and a new cycle of work the artist refers to as “botanical paintings.” 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY “Civil Defense, Atom Bomb and Family,” an art installation featuring the work of artists Warren Sherich, Jr. and Charles Hood. This powerful installation features a “cold war” theme as seen through the eyes of a child, as well as imagery of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both past and present, in photographs and poetry. Whimsical, sarcastic paintings explore the issue of the atomic age and its ubiquitous absurd presence in our daily lives. 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 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY through Nov. 15, “The Voyages of Zheng He.” A mini exhibit of the 15th century Chinese admiral is on display to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Chinese treasure fleets that carried silks and porcelains to exchange for goods throughout the world. (818) 889-2278.

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.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 Sept. 1-Oct. 2, “Qi Pang, an Exhibit of Contemporary Paintings.” 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

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

MUSIC BOOT CAMP Wednesday, Sept. 6, 6-7:30pm. Activities include music note and staff review, music games, singing, playing chimes and hand bells. Snacks and fun are served in equal portions. Music Boot Camp is available for members and non-members and is targeted to children ages 5-13. Camarillo United Methodist Church, Camarillo. 482-4312.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and over, are invited to the weekly Wednesday Night Bingo at the Avenue Adult Center. Grand Opening Wednesday, Sept. 6 features all new bingo equipment, free cakes, soft drinks, door prizes, plus a free dauber. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

PACIFIC VIEW MALL CALLS FOR STUDENT ART deadline Friday, Sept. 29, 5pm. Open to students K-12. Work must be on 8 ?” x 11” paper and not framed. Work will be on view at the Pacific View Mall during Ventura County Arts Week, Oct. 6-15. The student who received the most votes in each grade category will receive a $25 gift certificate to the mall. Artwork may be mailed or delivered in person; entry forms available at the Pacific View Mall Guest Services kiosk and county libraries. 658-2213.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 2-3, 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.

EQUAL RIGHTS ARE NOT SPECIAL RIGHTS Sunday, Sept. 3, 3-5pm. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions present a talk by Edie Brown, Ventura County Rainbow Alliance, and a screening of the award-winning gay and lesbian rights film “Tying the Knot: The Union that’s Dividing America.” Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St.,Ventura.

MICHAEL ROHDE Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7-8:30pm. Focus on the Masters continue their Tuesday Talk Series with a discussion by Michael Rohde, whose works are the result of a process that starts with a question: What if? Subtle changes in color and yarn create works that become meditative objects that delight the eye and capture the imagination. He is inspired by color, by geometry and the unpredictable nature of color relationships. $10 general, $5 students and seniors. Free to members and students under 18. Technology Development Center, 5200 Valentine Road., Ventura. 653-2501.

Classes/Workshops

GATEWAYS-THROUGH MOVEMENT Friday, Sept. 1, 7:45pm. Come and move and groove, twirl and swirl, lighten and brighten using movement, breath, sound and music. Play and have fun while opening spirits and bodies. $12. Studio also offers 6-week journey of exploration into deeper levels of openness, sensation, and connection with yourself and others, Wednesday, 7:15pm. Ventura Yoga Studio, 110 N. Olive St., Ste. P, Ventura. 640-7442.

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

Literature/Poetry

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 Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, Aug. 31, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

VENTURA RHEINLAND CLUB Saturday, Sept. 2, 7-11:30pm. Ventura Rheinland Club hosts a friendship dance featuring the Borowitz Band, an open bar, and dinner. $9. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 658-8887.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, Sept. 4, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, Sept. 4. 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.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Sept. 5, 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, Sept. 6. 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, Sept. 2, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features 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. 421-9270.

USED BOOK SALE Saturday, Sept. 2, 10am-3pm. Affordable, high-quality used books, featuring paperbacks in wide variety, premium hardback fiction, lots of premium Non-fiction. Parking lot at the H. P. Wright Library, 57 Day Road, Ventura.

USED BOOK SALE Saturday, Sept. 2, 9am-2pm. Oxnard Friends of the Library hold the sale featuring vintage, rare, collectible, and signed books, plus art, history, poetry, and much more. Something for everyone. Meet Room B, 251 S. B St., Oxnard. 485-1398.

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

BEACH CITIES NEWCOMERS AND NEIGHBORS CLUB Wednesday, Sept. 6, 9:30am. Discussion of techniques of thrift store shopping. Ventura Yacht Club, 1755 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 488-3424.

LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP Mondays. A group to help build alliances, support and coping skills. Singles and couples welcome. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext. 108

DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance.. 339-6344 ext 108.

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

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.

THERAPIST SUPPORT GROUP Wednesdays This is a group for therapists and interns to help each other with self care and other specific issues. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. Meets weekly. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

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.

RELATIONSHIPS, EMOTIONS & PURPOSE SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays. A group for personal and spiritual growth and coping with grief, loss and depression. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.

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

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

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UPFRONT GALLERY Civil Defense, Atom Bomb and Family, an art installation featuring the work of artists Warren Sherich, Jr. and Charles Hood. This powerful installation features a “cold war” theme as seen through the eyes of a child, as well as imagery of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both past and present, in photographs and poetry. Whimsical, sarcastic paintings explore the issue of the atomic age and its ubiquitous absurd presence in our daily lives. Gallery hours: Fri.-Sat. 1-5 p.m., Sun. 2-5 p.m., or by appointment. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.

MUSICAL ENCOUNTERS FOR CHILDREN Aug. 25, 12-4 p.m. An exciting afternoon of music, fun and games for the children of the Ojai Valley at a children’s eye view of the summer exhibit, Encounters: 60 Years of the Ojai Festival. There will be a “musical instrument petting zoo” and docent tours specially designed for children. There will also be healthful snacks, games and gifts for the children. $3 donation per adult requested. Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave, Ojai. 640-1390.

LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS TERMINALS: A BAD CHOICE FOR VENTURA COUNTY AND FOR PLANET EARTH Aug. 30, 7 p.m. Carmen Ramirez addresses the topic at Global Exchange’s monthly public forum. Concerns that the LNG terminal proposed off-coast for Ventura County is unnecessary, polluting and perpetuates dependence on foreign fossil fuel when renewable energy is a better choice are discussed. Thousand Oaks Public Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 241-8855.

Special Events

SCIART CELEBRATES REMBRANDT AND MOZART Aug. 26 & 27, 3 pm. The two-day celebration will commemorate the artist and musician’s 400th and 250th birthdays respectively with a classical concert at 3 pm and a slide talk about the life and works of Rembrandt at 4 pm. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.-org. 383-1368. 3 Exhibits Currently showing.

CLASSICAL MEETS BROADWAY CONCERT Aug. 26th 7:30 pm. Ojai concert pianist Bryan Tari and soprano Bonnie Bowden will be performing in a free summer concert at the Scherr Forum Theatre in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. The concert will feature performances of Rachmaninov, Puccini, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and many more. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY Saturday, Aug. 26, 11am-1pm. To honor the day, Ventura County Reproductive Rights Networks sponsor their second annual Write for Your Rights: A Letter Writing Campaign for Reproductive Freedom. The tea party and letter writing campaign is an opportunity for pro-choice groups and supporters to network and engage in a massive effort to advocate for reproductive freedom. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura.

LESBIAN AND GAY PRIDE IN THE PARK Sat. Aug. 26th, 1pm- 6pm. The 8th annual day to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) diversity and pride with entertainment, elected officials, food vendors, art exhibits and more. Leashed pets are welcome at the location. The event will take place at Mission Park on Main Street, Ventura. (805) 339-6340.

Film

THE WAR TAPES Sunday, Aug. 27, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society present their annual fund-raising August Film Series. The Faces of War is the theme, high quality and entertaining films chosen to demonstrate the extraordinarily diverse and complex effects of war, especially on enlisted service men and women. series. The series concludes with a screening of the winner of the prize for Best Documentary at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. $10 non-members. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946. Visit online at www.film-society.ojai.net.

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.

SIMI VALLEY DIVE-IN Saturday, Aug. 26th, 7:30pm. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District is welcoming “Dive-In” movies at the pool; the events promise an unique and fun way to watch popular “water themed” family films. The featured film for this event wil be Disney’s Little Mermaid with an “Under the Sea” theme. $ general with children under 2 free. 1765 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley. 584-4436.

Performances

VINO JAZZ FEST Every Tuesday and Thursday, 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.

BRYAN TARI & BONNIE BOWDEN Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30pm. Classical Meets Broadway! Concert pianist Bryan Tari, performer in the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics and coloratura soprano Bonnie Bowden join talents in a concert for the entire family featuring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gershwin, Rogers & Hammerstein, Rachmaninov, Puccini, Liszt, Chopin, Schubert and other great masters. Free. Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

HIGH HILLS Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30pm. The 2006 Summer Music Concert Series at Olivas Adobe is held every Saturday night through September 9. Aug. 19: Enjoy the bluegrass sounds of High Hills. $18 general admission. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4726.
POPOMATICS Saturday, Aug. 26, 4-6pm. Channel Islands Harbor Foundation present their Fifth Annual Concerts by the Sea summer concert series every Saturday through Aug. Aug. 19: The 60’s rock sound of the Popomatics. Beverages and box dinners available on site. Free. Peninsula Park, Channel Islands Harbor. 985-4852.

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.

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 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. 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.

SHOWBOAT Friday-Saturday, Aug. 25-26, 7:30pm, and Sunday, Aug. 27, 3pm. Oceanview Pavilion proudly present Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern’s classic musical featuring memorabilia from the original production. $25 general, $20 students and seniors. Free parking. 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 986-4818.Visit online at www.oceanviewinfo.com.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Aug. 25-26, 8pm. Friday: Last Improvisor Standing-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes; 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.

AN AFTERNOON WITH LYNN MAMET Sun. Aug. 27th 4pm. Short story writer, playwright and television producer Lynn Mamet will be holding an interview with David Starkey to conclude the Speaking of Stories 2006 Meet the Author series. Brief readings of some of Ms. Mamet’s writings and a Q and A session will highlight the afternoon. $ 15 General, $10 Student. Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara. 963-0408.

BELFAST BLUES/THE GOOD THIEF Aug. 3-Sept. 17. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Two award-winning plays by modern Irish playwrights! Belfast Blues, written and performed by Geraldine Hughes and directed by Carol Kane, is performed in repertory with The Good Thief, written by Conor McPherson, starring Conor Lovett, and directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett. Belfast Blues previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 3-4, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 5, 7pm. The production continues through Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Good Thief previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 10-11, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 12, 7pm, continuing through Sept. 17. $49-$26, excluding opening night premieres. Call or visit online for schedule and tickets. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900. Visit online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

THE PINK THUNDERBIRD Friday-Saturday, 8:30pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Aug. 4-Sept. 10. The Elite Theater Company, is proud to present James McLure’s cantankerously funny two-act comedy presented under the single-act titles of Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star. Due to some colorful language, this show is not recommended for children under 14 years of age. $17 adults, $15 seniors and children. Heritage Square, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

Auditions

A CHORUS LINE Saturday, Aug. 26, 10am-7pm, Aug. 27,12am-9pm, & Aug. 28, 10am- 7pm. Auditions will be held for A Chorus Line, a musical following an eclectic group of young dancers hoping to land a job in a Broadway show. Life will imitate art from Aug. 26- 28 as auditions will be held by appointment for all roles. Cabrillo Music Theatre, 3625 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste 156, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 487-8615 to schedule and audition.

HANDEL’S ‘THE MESSIAH’ Monday, Aug. 28, 7-pm; Monday, Sept. 11, 6-7pm. Come audition to sing with the California State University Channel Islands Choir at the holiday concerts to be held on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10. Spiritual Living Center, 340 Mobil Ave, Camarillo. To schedule an appointment, call KuanFen Liu, CSUCI Choir choral director, 643-8430.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ARCHITEXTURE Saturday, Aug. 19. New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson, with local band Good Rockin’ Daddy and the Bad Trips and DJ Kayla. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

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 Aug. 26-Sept. 24, “Book Arts.” 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.

CRC GALLERY through Aug. 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.

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

CAFÉ ZACK Hilda Kilpatrick. View oil and pasted paintings from the artist’s personal collection. Kilpatrick has been featured at several Ventura ArtWalk events. 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 General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

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 Sunday, Aug. 27, 1-3pm, chef Joyce Goldstein will be on hand for conversation and to sign copies of her cookbook Cucina Ebraica: Flavors fo the Italian Jewish Kitchen. In addition, a new series of diverse art work, including oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists, is on display. 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 through Sept. 29, “Seeing the Land of Oz.” Fine art photographer Pat Osborne gives a personal and magical view of his world, a collection of images that explore light, shadow, color texture and form. 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 through Sept. 3, “Trans – Ethnic” and “Homes.” Artist Penelope Gottlieb explores images from early and mid-century Hollywood movies in which Caucasian actresses were cast in ethnic roles, prompting the generation that grew up on these movies to learn about ethnicity through extremely stereotypical portrayals of ethnic minorities; she also explores the ideal of home in the context of consumerism. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 646-2094, ext. 104.
O

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

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION Aug. 26-Sept. 24, Book Art. There has been a revival of Book Art in the past dozen years, as artists have rediscovered the special intimacy and creative freedom of an art form with no restrictions and few boundaries – now this form comes to Ventura. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM May 7-Aug. 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 Aug. 17-Sept. 5, “Mysterious World of Dangerous Beauty.” Jill Sattler’s collection of paintings, photographs and jewelry on display. 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 through Sept. 2. Three shows concurrently on display: Through My Mind’s Eye, New Perspectives, paintings by Pat Richards, in the Gerd Koch Gallery; The Art of Jazz, curated by Celia Hartman Reich, in the Evans Gallery and Hallway Galleries; Putting on Airs, curated by Bob Privitt, in the O’Keeffe Gallery. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368. 3 Exhibits Currently showing.

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.

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.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 Aug. 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.

ART SAUGHT FOR “STRENGTH AND BEAUTY IN DIVERSITY” submissions accepted through Aug. 25. Seeking art reflecting diversity related to identity, relationships and family. All media welcome. 10% of proceeds to benefit the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. Art exhibit scheduled during the VC Rainbow Alliance’s LGBT Pride Festival Saturday, Aug. 26. 339-6344, ext. 108.

Kids/Seniors

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

PACIFIC VIEW MALL CALLS FOR STUDENT ART deadline Friday, Sept. 29, 5pm. Open to students K-12. Work must be on 8 ?” x 11” paper and not framed. Work will be on view at the Pacific View Mall during Ventura County Arts Week, Oct. 6-15. The student who received the most votes in each grade category will receive a $25 gift certificate to the mall. Artwork may be mailed or delivered in person; entry forms available at the Pacific View Mall Guest Services kiosk and county libraries. 658-2213.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 26-27, 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

CREATIVE CENTER HOSTS CATHERINE ANN JONES SEMINAR Aug. 26 &27th, 9 am- 4 pm. Award winning playwright and screenwriter Catherine Ann Jones will be giving a seminar entitled “The Way of Story: The Craft and Soul of Writing” for two afternoons. $240 for both days, including lunch. FOTM Creative Center – 1141 E. Main St., Ventura, CA. Call 653-2501

FREE JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP Aug. 21-24, 8:30am-1pm. A five-day, no-fee for unemployed professionals is being offered by OPEN, a chapter of Experience Unlimited. This workshop covers resume writing, cover letters, interviewing, online job search and more. Register: www.EU-OPEN.org. Simi Valley.

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

Literature/Poetry

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 Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, Aug. 24, 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, Aug. 25, 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. Rhythm Kings perform at the Luau Dance. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.

SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, Aug. 27, 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.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, Aug. 28, 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. 29, 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. 29, 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. 30. 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, Aug. 26, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features 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. 421-9270.

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

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.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. Meets weekly. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.
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VEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. (888) 702-0202. Visit online at www.oa-ci.org.

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

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Erotic Reading And Fashion Show

Aug. 17, 7 p.m.-midnight. Join us for a Spoken Word Salon fundraiser! Open mic, readings by poets from L.A. and Santa Barbara, and a Burning Man Burlesque Artists Fashion Show staged by Burning Man enthusiasts. Artist Alan Sailer will unveil his latest Burning Man creation. A dj will spin. $5-10 sliding scale. Zoey’s, El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091.

Café Solo’s 40th Anniversary Party And Peotry Reading

Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. Come celebrate 40 years of the Café Solo publication and the tireless effort of poet and scholar Glenna Luschei. Says former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, “Any literary enterprise that can survive for 40 years is something of a miracle. Most publishers and editors don\’t have the stamina to keep a journal afloat against a tide of indifference, ignorance, and so on, but Glenna Luschei is a born survivor, and she has faced into the wind and put her best into Cafe Solo.” Over two dozen poets will read throughout the evening. The Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 California St, Ventura.

Lewis Black

Aug. 20. The unstoppable “Back in Black” commentator on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” will perform live. Known for his wicked, subversive wit and intellectual honesty, Black’s scathing political humor has led to HBO and Comedy Central specials, live albums, numerous TV appearances and sold-out concerts nationwide. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks. (213) 480-3232; (714) 740-2000; 583-8700.

Special Events

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FINE ART FESTIVAL August 19 – 20. Featuring Ric and Tim Vigallion, who create desert and aquatic-inspired creations, an amalgamation of their creative thinking produced in metal (both aluminum and stainless steel). They bring some of their collection from their studio in Joshua Tree. Harbor Landing, 2800 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, CA.

HUENEME BEACH FESTIVAL Saturday, Aug. 19, noon-7pm., and Sunday, Aug. 20, 11am-6pm. Eighth Annual Beach Festival features music concerts, rides, games, tours, fine arts & crafts, interactive displays, food and beverages, and fun for the whole family. Free admission and parking. Hueneme Beach Park, corner of Ventura Road and Surfside Drive. 986-6590. Visit online at www.huenemebeachfest.org.

2006 SANTA BARBARA YOUTH POLO INVITATIONAL Saturday, Aug. 19, 2pm-6:30pm. Join us for a silent auction, music, and BBQ to benefit the Equine Sanctuary of Ojai, which rescues, rehabilitates and retrains injured performance horses for adoption or therapeutic and educational experiences with children. $12, free children under 5, $5 donation fee per car. Meeker Polo Field, Carpinteria. www.thee quinesanctuary.org. 453-4567.

LARISA STOW & GATHERING GURU Saturday, Aug. 19, 6:30pm. The Ventura County Church of Religious Science hold a fund-raiser concert featuring new age artists Larisa Stow & Gathering Guru, whose performance is a dynamic blend of East meets West. Their show is a mix of Kirtan, mantra and uplifting music, mixing spiritual and sacred with a pop sensibility, sensuality and rock groove like no other Wine garden precedes the concert. $15 advance, $20 door. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 643-1933.

SUMMER ARTWALK 2006 Saturday, Aug. 19, 1-9pm. The annual summer ArtWalk paints the streets of downtown Ventura with exhibits from over 200 Ventura County artists in over 80 locations. Live entertainment, children\’s activities, merchant entertainment and more make for a complete evening of fun for the whole family. The public is invited to draw or describe their favorite summer memory on artist Sam Hunter’s Interactive Chalkboard Art Car, parked in front of the Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 1-6pm., 100 East Main St. Featured artist Hunter has created other interactive pieces, as well as artwork utilizing unusual materials. Please see Summer ArtWalk 2006 insert for venues and complete line-up of entertainment. 658-4760. Visit online at www.venturaartwalk.org.

BRIDAL PREMIERE CELEBRATES Sunday, Aug. 20, 11am-4pm. The Bridal Premiere will celebrate its 23 years of hosting bridal shows with bridal exhibits, two fashion shows, and the chance for a bride-to-be to win a $2,000 gift card. Fashion shows at 12:30pm and 3pm. $8 at the door, $6 in advance. www.bridalpremiere.com. Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village. 376-3515, 1-877-994-4321.

POLISH PICNIC Sunday, Aug. 20, 1-5pm. Come join your friends and neighbors and dance a polka or two, plus enjoy traditional Polish food and drinks. Door prizes, raffles, kid’s games. Live music provided by John Gorecki. Food available for donation. Sacred Heart Church, 10800 Henderson Road, Ventura. 659-3751.

Film

THE LAST ATOMIC BOMB Thursday, Aug. 17, 7pm. Citizens for a Peaceful Resolution screen the timely documentary interweaving current interviews and rarely seen archival footage documenting what happened in Nagasaki after the city was bombed in August of 1945. Donations accepted. Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 850-5849.

M*A*S*H Sunday, Aug. 20, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society present their annual fund-raising August Film Series. The Faces of War is the theme, high quality and entertaining films chosen to demonstrate the extraordinarily diverse and complex effects of war, especially on enlisted service men and women. series. Robert Altman’s highly acclaimed anti-war movie starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould is featured. $10 non-members. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946. Visit online at www.filmsociety.ojai.net.

SOPHIE SCHOLL – THE FINAL DAYS Wednesday, Aug. 23, 7:30pm. The film presents the story of Scholl, now a national heroine in Germany, after she was arrested with her brother for writing and distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets at Munich University as a member of a small resistance movement called The White Rose. Based on unpublished transcripts, this remarkable film follows the last five days of Scholl’s life. $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

STEVE BRIDGES AS PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH Thursday, Aug. 17. Bridges presents an evening of non-partisan humor as part of the Red, White & Blue Comedy Tour. Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara. www.lobero.com. 863-0761.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Aug. 18-19, 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.

DRIVEMATICS Saturday, Aug. 19, 4-6pm. Channel Islands Harbor Foundation present their Fifth Annual Concerts by the Sea summer concert series every Saturday through Aug. Aug. 19: The rocking dance music of the Drivematics. Beverages and box dinners available on site. Free. Peninsula Park, Channel Islands Harbor. 985-4852.

JIM FOX & THE PISANOS Saturday, Aug. 19, 7:30pm. The 2006 Summer Music Concert Series at Olivas Adobe is held every Saturday night through September 9. Aug. 19: The jazz sounds of Jim Fox and the Pisanos. $18 general admission. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4726.

CHIP TAYLOR & CARRIE RODRIGUEZ Saturday, Aug. 19, 8pm. The duo perform as part of the “Sings Like Hell” series, presenting the greatest music you’ve never heard. $39.50 in advance. HYPERLINK "http://www.singslikehell.com" www.singslikehell.com. Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara. 963-0761.

VINO JAZZ FEST Every Tuesday and Thursday, 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.

JUMPIN’ JOZ Friday, Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m. The band performs swing as the 2006 Heritage Square Summer Concerts Series concludes its season. Call for table reservations or seating options. 715 S. A St., 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.

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.

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 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. 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.

BELFAST BLUES/THE GOOD THIEF Aug. 3-Sept. 17. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Two award-winning plays by modern Irish playwrights! Belfast Blues, written and performed by Geraldine Hughes and directed by Carol Kane, is performed in repertory with The Good Thief, written by Conor McPherson, starring Conor Lovett, and directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett. Belfast Blues previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 3-4, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 5, 7pm. The production continues through Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Good Thief previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 10-11, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 12, 7pm, continuing through Sept. 17. $49-$26, excluding opening night premieres. Call or visit online for schedule and tickets. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900. Visit online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

THE PINK THUNDERBIRD Friday-Saturday, 8:30pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Aug. 4-Sept. 10. The Elite Theater Company, is proud to present James McLure’s cantankerously funny two-act comedy presented under the single-act titles of Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star. Due to some colorful language, this show is not recommended for children under 14 years of age. $17 adults, $15 seniors and children. Heritage Square, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

SHAKESPEARE SANTA BARBARA Aug. 12-20, Saturdays and Sundays, 6pm. This non-profit organization will present Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” and invite you to enjoy the romantic comedy at the pastoral Fess Parker Winery. $15 children 12 & under, $18 students and seniors, $22 general. www.Shakes-SB.com. 231-5088.

SHOWBOAT Friday-Saturday, Aug. 18-19 and 25-26, 7:30pm, and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 27, 3pm. Oceanview Pavilion proudly present Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern’s classic musical featuring memorabilia from the original production. $25 general, $20 students and seniors. Free parking. 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 986-4818.Visit online at www.oceanviewinfo.com.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ARCHITEXTURE Saturday, August 19. New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson, with local band Good Rockin’ Daddy and the Bad Trips and DJ Kayla. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

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.brokenoak gallery.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. Also: Aug. 22-Sept. 16, “Natural Intimacies” with Anne Graca, whose acrylics and oils are inspired by the multi-layered relationship humans have with their natural surroundings. Artist’s reception Saturday, Aug. 26, 4-7pm. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.Buenaventura Gallery.org. 648-1235.

CRC 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.

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

CAFÉ ZACK Hilda Kilpatrick. View oil and pasted paintings from the artist’s personal collection. Kilpatrick has been featured at several Ventura ArtWalk events. 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 June 25- August 20, “Documenting China.” This photography exhibit chronicles 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.

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.

FUSION HOME Saturday, Aug. 19, 1-8pm. Come and enjoy the vibrant new oil landscapes of Peruvian painter HILDA KILPATRICK, who will discuss her work during ArtWalk. 418 E. Main Street, Ventura. 652-7017.

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 through Sept. 29, “Seeing the Land of Oz.” Fine art photographer Pat Osborne gives a personal and magical view of his world, a collection of images that explore light, shadow, color texture and form. 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 through Sept. 3, “Trans – Ethnic” and “Homes.” Artist Penelope Gottlieb explores images from early and mid-century Hollywood movies in which Caucasian actresses were cast in ethnic roles, prompting the generation that grew up on these movies to learn about ethnicity through extremely stereotypical portrayals of ethnic minorities; she also explores the ideal of home in the context of consumerism. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 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 Aug. 17-Sept. 5, “Mysterious World of Dangerous Beauty.” Jill Sattler’s collection of paintings, photographs and jewelry on display. 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 Three shows concurrently on display: Through My Mind’s Eye, New Perspectives, paintings by Pat Richards, in the Gerd Koch Gallery; The Art of Jazz, curated by Celia Hartman Reich, in the Evans Gallery and Hallway Galleries; Putting on Airs, curated by Bob Privitt, in the O’Keeffe Gallery. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368. 3 Exhibits Currently showing: THE ART OF JAZZ This exhibition seeks to create a composition of the independent improvisational works of a number of emerging, established and master artists in a variety of mediums, all inspired by jazz. Part of the Camarillo Art & Jazz festival. 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.youngatart
studios.com. Exhibits on display Monday-Saturday, 3pm-6pm330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

CALL FOR BOOK ARTS The San Buenaventura Artists’ Union Gallery is accepting contemporary, traditional and unusual book art for its “the Art of the Book” exhibit. This includes any three dimensional artwork that uses any book format (from tablets to codex) or a book as the base for the artwork. Two-dimensional artwork should include text as an integral part of its composition. All framed work and pieces to be displayed on walls must be ready to hang. Artwork drop-off: Aug. 21, 4pm-7pm, and Aug. 22, 9am-12pm. Show dates: Aug. 26-Sept. 24. www.venturaartists union.org. 643-3012.

Museums

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

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM 10 am-noon. 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.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.reagan foundation.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

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.

ALL YOU CAN EAT BARBEQUE Saturday, Aug. 19, 11am-2pm. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center host this multi-generational, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural event offering all the hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, beans, chili, potato chips, salad and lemonade everyone can eat. Underwritten by the Rotary Club of Ventura, the event features entertainment by Jackie’s Two-Steppers, big band dancing, plus blood pressure checks. $1 seniors and children, $2 adults. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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.

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.

Lectures/Seminars

TALK ABOUT UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7am (breakfast) 8am (program). There will be a video, informative material, and a question and answer period on pending California State Senate Bill 840 which will provide for Universal (Single Payer) Healthcare for all citizens of California. This is important and historic legislation that affects us all. We need and ask for grassroots participation to impress on our elected officials that for them to get our vote, they must enact this bill. $10. Soule Park Golf Course, Ojai. 646-7448.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 19-20, 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

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 HYPERLINK "http://www.FocusOnTheMasters.com." www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

FREE JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP Aug. 21-24, 8:30am-1pm. A five-day, no-fee for unemployed professionals is being offered by OPEN, a chapter of Experience Unlimited. This workshop covers resume writing, cover letters, interviewing, online job search and more. Register: HYPERLINK "http://www.EU-OPEN.org" www.EU-OPEN.org. Simi Valley.

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 HYPERLINK "http://www.venturaimprov.com." www.venturaimprov.com.

CULINARY CLASSES Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6:30pm Chef Richard Hyman of Avenue X in Santa Paula and Westside Cellar in Ventura will exhibit his craft as he prepares a four-course exquisite wine pairing not-to-miss dinner. $70 with wine pairing, $55 class. Lavendar Inn, 210 E. Matilija St, Ojai. 646-6635.

Literature/Poetry

SPOKEN WORD SALON Thursday, Aug. 17, 7pm. Zoey’s Café presents Hot August Nights 2, women’s words of seduction and sensuality plus an artist’s fashion show. Hosted by Gwendolyn Alley. $10-$5. Seating is limited. El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091.

MANGA AND ANIME Friday, August 18, 4pm. Join us as we discuss new titles, watch fun anime, and learn the basics of drawing manga. We will talk about Fullmetal Alchemist: Volume 2. Barnes & Noble, 4820 Telephone Rd, Ventura. 339-0990.

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 Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, Aug. 17, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE Saturday, Aug. 19, 8-11 p.m. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host the dance. $5, ages 12 & under free. VFW Post, 3801 Market St., Ventura. 647-1893.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB Saturday, Aug. 19, 7:30-10:30pm. Join them for their twice monthly dance with guests The Unforgettables. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Goebel Senior Adult Ballroom Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB Sunday, Aug. 20, 1-4:30pm. Join the Jazz Society and their special guests Mark Tortorici and the Torchlighters for an afternoon of music and dancing. $8. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 985-7292.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, August 21. 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, Aug. 21, 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. 22, 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. 22, 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. 23. 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, Aug. 19, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features 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. 421-9270.

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.

Sports

LEARN TO CURL Saturday, Aug. 19, 7:30-10pm. Recreation class open to ages 13 and up. Rink entry and attendance free, $10 equipment rental. Presented by the So. Cal Curling Club, Ventura County. Easy Street Ice Arena, 131 W. Easy St., Simi Valley. 520-RINK.

Health

STROKE SCREENING Thursday, Aug. 17, 9am. Residents living in and around the Ventura community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Stroke is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the second among women. Through preventive screenings, the risk of having a stroke can be greatly reduced. Screening requires ten minutes or less to complete. Call for appointment and fees. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. Repeats Tuesday, August 22, 9am, Sunrise Brighton Gardens, 6000 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo. (800) 697-9721.

BRAILLE INSTITUTE MOBILE SOLUTIONS VAN Wednesday, Aug. 23, 10am-2pm, and Tuesday, Aug. 29, 10am-2pm. The specialized van brings the Institute\’s programs and services to people not able to travel to Santa Barbara. Aug. 23: Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura; Aug. 29: The Bonaventure, 10919 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 682-6222.

Clubs/Groups

VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Saturday, Aug. 19, 1pm. The society holds their monthly meeting. Several workshops are also schedule. Free. LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. 644-4753.

ORGANIC GARDEN AND HERB SOCIETY Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7pm. Monthly meeting and pine needle basket assembly. Non members welcome. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 498-1623.

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.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. Meets weekly. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

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

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

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Asir! No Sir!

Aug. 13, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., two locations. The new film series Flicks for Freedom and the Ojai Film Society’s fund-raising Aug. Film Series kick off with screenings of this timely documentary about the largely unknown refusal to fight by Vietnam soldiers and the part this played in ending the war. Though most of us remember the civilian demonstrations against the Vietnam War, this highly acclaimed film examines the anti-war movement within the ranks of the armed forces still in uniform. Through the use of never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with veterans who took part in the movement, the film is truly eye-opening. Aug. Film Series: 4:30 p.m. $10, Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai. www.filmsociety.ojai.net. 646-8946. Flicks for Freedom: 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-4323.

Ojai Summer Fest

Aug. 12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Aug. 13, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The top names in rock and roll are covered by 14 tribute bands at the Ojai Summer Fest, a two-day music festival benefiting Vinyl Record Day, the first non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the cultural influence, recordings and cover art of the vinyl record. Howard Freiberg presents the weekend of festivities, including a replica of ’70s funk band Parliament Funkadelic, Rolling Stones clones Sticky Fingers, No Doubt twins No Duh, Led Zeppelin by Led Zepland, Allman Brothers by Midnight Rider and Grateful Dead tribute band Cubensis. Sunday features a tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors by Peace Frog, Steely Dan tribute band Pretzel Logic, the reggae beats of Bob Marley by Willie Venant, INXS by KICK, and well as the ladies of rock: Stevie Nicks by Bella Donna, Heart by Dreamboat Annie and Blondie by In The Flesh. Two after-show parties on Saturday evening feature a celebration of the late ’60s by cover band Summer of Love and reggae by Dominion Status at The Hub Lounge and Antonio\’s Mexican Restaurant. A vendors’ fair features food and beverage, tie-dyes of every type imaginable, curios from around the world, album vendors and concert rock art. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and coolers. No glass or alcohol. $25 for one day, $40 for a two-day pass. Libbey Bowl, Ojai. 649-2233.

Randy Rich & The Ravens

Aug. 12, 4-6 p.m. Channel Islands Harbor Foundation present their Fifth Annual Concerts by the Sea summer concert series every Saturday through August. This weekend, enjoy the Rhythm and Blues sounds of Randy Rich and the Ravens. Beverages and box dinners available on site. Free. Peninsula Park, Channel Islands Harbor. 985-4852.

Special Events

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 10-13. 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 the theme. Attractions include 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: Thurday-Friday, 11am-10pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 10am-10pm. $8 adults, $5 children and seniors. Ventura County Fairgrounds 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 648-3376. Visit online at www.seasidepark.org.

TIP-A- COP BENEFIT Thursday, Aug. 10, 5-9pm. Ventura County Law Enforcement Agencies continue their 2006 Tip-A-Cop events benefiting Special Olympics. The Simi Valley Police Department raise awareness and funds serving meals from 5-9pm at the Elephant Bar Restaurant, 1825 Madera Road, Simi Valley, while Ventura County Sheriff’s serve hungry diners at Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill, 1101 Daily Drive, Camarillo, 5-9pm. 650-7717.

ANNUAL NATIONAL MARINA DAY Saturday, Aug. 12, 1-4pm. Hoist the dress flags and climb aboard as Ventura Harbor Village celebrates the Fifth Annual National Marina Day, complete with fun family activities, live entertainment, henna tattoo art, and a raffle to win two tickets to the Santa Cruz Islands with Island Packers. Recognize the important recreational, environmental, and social contributions marinas make to communities. Families learn nautical knot tying, Interactive Boat Safety with the Harbor Master, nautical flag decoding of the new nautical flags hanging on the Harbor Promenade, nautical flag making station, Aqua Smart activity books, and a fishing game for kids! Ventura Harbor Boat Rentals offers half-price tickets for 40 minute Harbor Cruises at noon, 1 and 2pm. Nautical merchandise can be purchased from the 16 specialty shops in the Village. 477-0470. Visit online at www.venturaharborvillage.com.

RADIO CONTROL BOAT RACE Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13, 8:30am. The Camarillo Pond Rats Radio Control Model Boat Club will be hosting the NAMBA District 19 Heat and Scale Race competitions with gasoline powered 1/8th and giant scale modelers. Participants will compete for association points and trophies. Raffles. Free. Facility located inside the Cal State Channel Island Entrance off Lewis Road, Camarillo. www.camarillopondrats.org.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB VENTURA GOLF CLASSIC Monday, Aug. 14, 10am. The Twenty-Third Annual benefit golf classic is sponsored by Venoco, Inc. And features a Texas Scramble/Shotgun format with awards for the top teams in three flights. Additional prizes includes longest drive, closest to pin, and low gross. Hole-in-one prize is a 2006 IS30 Lexus. Awards banquet and premium raffle complete the event. Call for fees, which include lunch, tee prizes, complimentary beverages and awards banquet. Saticoy Country Club, Saticoy. 641-5585.

Film

SISTERS IN LAW Wednesday, Aug. 16, 7:30pm. Two savvy female court officials in Cameroon help women in their village fight cases of abuse and face the difficult challenge of enforcing judicial law in a traditional society in this award-winning documentary. $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

VINO JAZZ FEST Every Tuesday and Thursday, 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.

NUESTRO Friday, Aug. 11, 6-8 p.m. The band performs Latin Jazz 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.

LULA AND AFRO BRAZIL Saturday, Aug. 12, 7:30pm. The 2006 Summer Music Concert Series at Olivas Adobe is held every Saturday night through September 9. Aug. 12: The Brazilian Carnival sounds of Lula and Afro Brazil. $18 general admission. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4726.

THE WRAGGLE TAGGLE GYPSIES, OH! Saturday, Aug. 12, 11:30am. and 4pm. Gypsies in a Trunk continue their twelfth season of Fairy Tales in the Park with this original tale. Strawberries and cream this morning, a royal wedding in three months, horseback riding lessons, Princess Telephone has everything a princess might want, or does she? Life at the castle will never be the same, thanks to traveling entertainers, giant grasshoppers, and other surprises. Performances are free to the public, but in the age-old gypsy tradition, actors pass the hat at intermission. Performances: Saturday, Aug. 12, Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, 11:30am; Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura, 4pm. Ample seating available on the ground at all locations. Leave pets at home.

MARIACHI FESTIVAL Sunday, Aug. 13, 3pm. Oceanview Pavilion present the Second Annual Mariachi Beach Fiesta featuring the All Star Female Mariachi Las Adelitas, plus Mariachi Camarillo and many more. Concert 3-6pm. $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 kids under 10. 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 660-1742.

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.

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 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. 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.

BELFAST BLUES/THE GOOD THIEF Aug. 3-Sept. 17. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Two award-winning plays by modern Irish playwrights! Belfast Blues, written and performed by Geraldine Hughes and directed by Carol Kane, is performed in repertory with The Good Thief, written by Conor McPherson, starring Conor Lovett, and directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett. Belfast Blues previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 3-4, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 5, 7pm. The production continues through Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Good Thief previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 10-11, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 12, 7pm, continuing through Sept. 17. $49-$26, excluding opening night premieres. Call or visit online for schedule and tickets. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900. Visit online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

THE PINK THUNDERBIRD Friday-Saturday, 8:30pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Aug. 4-Sept. 10. The Elite Theater Company, is proud to present James McLure’s cantankerously funny two-act comedy presented under the single-act titles of Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star. Due to some colorful language, this show is not recommended for children under 14 years of age. $17 adults, $15 seniors and children. Heritage Square, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Aug. 11-12, 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.

SHAKESPEARE SANTA BARBARA Aug. 12-20, Saturdays and Sundays, 6pm. This non-profit organization will present Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” and invite you to enjoy the romantic comedy at the pastoral Fess Parker Winery. $15 children 12 & under, $18 students and seniors, $22 general. www.Shakes-SB.com. 231-5088..

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.beatrice wood.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 Hilda Kilpatrick. View oil and pasted paintings from the artist’s personal collection. Kilpatrick has been featured at several Ventura ArtWalk events. 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.CaliforniaStreet Gallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbc global.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM June 25- August 20, “Documenting China.” This photography exhibit chronicles 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.

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 Sunday, Aug 13, 4-7pm. 1 Year Anniversary Celebration, benefiting Gull Wings Children’s Museum and Etta Israel Center, with special musical performance by Jimmer Bolden. $100 per couple, $75 Wine Club Members. Reservations required. Also: 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.studiochannel islands.org. 383-1368.

THE ART OF JAZZ This exhibition seeks to create a composition of the independent improvisational works of a number of emerging, established and master artists in a variety of mediums, all inspired by jazz. Part of the Camarillo Art & Jazz festival

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.venturamusicfestival.org; 648-3146.

CALL FOR BOOK ARTS The San Buenaventura Artists’ Union Gallery is accepting contemporary, traditional and unusual book art for its “the Art of the Book” exhibit. This includes any three dimensional artwork that uses any book format (from tablets to codex) or a book as the base for the artwork. Two-dimensional artwork should include text as an integral part of its composition. All framed work and pieces to be displayed on walls must be ready to hang. Artwork drop-off: Aug. 21, 4pm-7pm, and Aug. 22, 9am-12pm. Show dates: Aug. 26-Sept. 24. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

Farmers’ Markets

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

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

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

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

Sports

CHANNEL ISLANDS SHARKS HOST NGL SEASON OPENER Saturday, Aug. 12, 12pm. The National Golf League inaugurates its Southern California competition. Professional and top ranked amateurs tee it up in team Ryder cup format with three nine-hole rounds to be played. Tournaments through October are hosted by each of six county teams. The season culminates in November in Palm Springs in a championship playoff. Golf lovers and sports fans alike are invited to attend. BBQ, beverages and souvenirs available. Free. Sterling Hills Golf Club, Camarillo. www.Channel IslandsSharks.com. 484-5588.

LEARN TO CURL Saturday, Aug. 12 and 19, 7:30-10pm. Recreation class open to ages 13 and up. Rink entry and attendance free, $10 equipment rental. Presented by the So. Cal Curling Club, Ventura County. Easy Street Ice Arena, 131 W. Easy St., Simi Valley. 520-RINK.

Clubs/Groups

BUSINESS LEADER RECEPTION Thursday, Aug. 10, 4:30-7pm. Institute for Embodied Wisdom host this wine and cheese reception open to members of the business community. Guests have the opportunity to win an onsite Executive Team Alignment Session with Institute founder and director, and nationally known Leadership Development Specialist Scott Coady. No charge. California Lutheran University, The Palms, Oxnard. 798-0469.

FREETHINKERS OF VENTURA COUNTY Monday, Aug. 14, 7:30-9pm. The organization meets for their monthly meeting. Tonight\’s discussion: Why Quantum Mechanics is weird, but not mystical. Camarillo Library, Don Adolofo Room, 3100 Ponderosa Camarillo. 386-4232.

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.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. Meets weekly. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

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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Project: Brahms

August 5-6. A highly unique pair of concerts will feature complete performances of the two Brahms piano concertos. Two young artists will be the featured soloists with The Concertos With Orchestra Thousand Oaks Orchestra, a professional ensemble conducted by Thomas Osborn. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at the Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley, Camarillo. $10 and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. with a panel discussion on “Brahms and his Concertos,” moderated by Edward Francis at 1:30 pm, at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, $20 general, $10 seniors and students. www.cwoto.org. 376-2485.

Ventura County Fair

August 3 – 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 the theme. Attractions include the Junior Livestock Auction August 9, Fiesta del Charro August 11, and the PRCA Rodeo 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.

Camarill Art & Jazz Festival

August 4-6. The City of Camarillo transforms into a jazz and art Mecca during the annual three-day Camarillo Art and Jazz Festival. Festivities take place at Studio Channel Islands, California State University Channel Islands, Old Town Camarillo, Camarillo\\\’s Constitution Park, and the Camarillo House. Jazz saxophone legend and six-time Grammy winner David Sanborn headlines the opening evening, August 4, 5-10 p.m., Studio Channel Islands. On August 5, Old Town Camarillo features a Farmer\\\’s Market with jazz, juried Art Walk, and performances by Dixieland Jazz bands and other jazz musicians scattered throughout Old Town. A free jazz concert by the Rippingtons is on tap at Constitution Park, 6:45 p.m. Studio Channel Islands offers entertainment on Saturday including open artist studios, art exhibits, plus a Battle of the Jazz Bands. Event concludes August 6 with brunch and jazz at the beautiful Camarillo House, 11:30 a.m. 484-4384. Visit online at www.camarilloartandjazz.com.

Special Events

PEACE RALLY Friday, Aug. 4, 5pm. End the occupation of Iraq and Palestine. Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria and Telephone, Ventura.

VOLUNTEER TRAIL DAYS Saturday, Aug. 5, 9am. Come celebrate the outdoors and join the Ojai Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest for their monthly Volunteer Trail Days. People of all ages and abilities are invited to conduct light maintenance on local hiking trails. The service provides tools and instruction for proper use. Please bring water, lunch, sun screen, gloves, eye protection and sturdy boots. Trail work is conducted the first Saturday of each month at the Ojai Ranger Station, 1190 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-4348, ext. 309.

29th ANNUAL MCNISH CLASSIC YACHT RACE Saturday, August 5. One of the “gingerly contested” regattas on the western seaboard will attract a mix of veteran and novice sailors from San Diego to Washington State. Starting the slowest vessels first, the contest’s goal is to have the boats finish at approximately the same time, promising an exciting conclusion. Call 985-7292 for more information.

RADIO CONTROL MODEL BOAT CLUB RACE August 5-6, 8:30am. The Camarillo pond rats host the NAMBA District 19 Heat and Scale Race competitions. Model boats from 3.5cc to 13cc, alcohol-powered, race. Participants will compete for association points and trophies, withs ome models capable of speeds over 100mph. Come watch and partcipate in the raffle. Free. Facility located just inside Cal State Channel Island Entrance off Lewis Road in Camarillo (follow the signs to hte CPR Boat Race). www.camarillopondrats.org

HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL MUSEUM PRESENTATION Sunday, Aug. 6, 2pm. In these times of uncertainty with the proliferation of nuclear weapons, it is important to inform the public of the effects of an atomic explosion as described by witnesses affected by this devastation. The Museum in Hiroshima, Japan has presents a display of 30 posters and video presentations of 30 minutes, showing pictures of the victims, the devastation, interviews and current information. A special presentation with guest speakers takes place Aug. 6, and Aug. 9 at 6pm, commemorating the dates when atomic bombs were dropped in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Free. 519 S. C St., Oxnard. 487-7831.

BENEFIT FERRARI CAR SHOW Sunday, Aug. 6, 10am-2pm. Cardiac Kids Have a Heart, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educate, assist, research, and treat children and adults with heart disease, present their first annual Ferrari Car Show. Proceeds benefit organization programs. Three top prizes awarded in each category: Best of Show, Ladies’ Choice, and Classic Vintage. Entertainment, food and beverages, magician, face painting, and raffle. $5 adults, $2 children under 12. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 497-3124.

REMEMBERING HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI: NEVER AGAIN Sunday, Aug. 6, 3-5pm. Citizens for a Peaceful Resolution present talks by Mike Takeda, whose father survived the nuclear bombing; Pamela Meidel, founder of the Atomic Mirror; and Hiroshima survivor, Michiko Yamaoka, via video. The group marks the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki every August in an ongoing effort to raise consciousness about nuclear weapons and to advocate their abolition. The event includes a film and speakers, followed by a walk to nearby Plaza Park for a brief ceremony and display of the Shadow Project. Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura.

SHOWCASE OF FILIPINO-AMERICAN TALENT Sunday, August 6, 6pm-10:30pm. The Oceanview Pavilion and Kasiyahan Entertainment present Jam Sessions II: Back II Back, an evening that will showcase Filipino-American talent acts including two American Idol past contestants. Opening acts for the show will be comedians Joey Guila of P. Diddy\\\’s Bad Boys of Comedy, and Bernadette Balagtas- actress from the critically acclaimed Filipino-American movie, \”The Debut\”.A0 Abalos Pros, a high-energy comedyA0 dance troupe with a \”jurrasik\” twist will perform a mix of comedic sketch, humor, urban dance, Olympic gymnastics and twisted performance art . Undeclared- a Filipino youth modern dance group reigning from Oxnard will fill the stage with over 80 members dancing to hip hop and R&B mixes. $25 presale, $30 at the door. Oceanview Pavilian, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Oxnard, CA 93041. www.kasiyahan.com. 986-4818.

Film

JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN Sunday, Aug. 6, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society present their annual fund-raising August Film Series. The Faces of War is the theme, high quality and entertaining films chosen to demonstrate the extraordinarily diverse and complex effects of war, especially on enlisted service men and women. Dalton Trumbo\\\’s adaptation of his famous novel opens the festival. $10 non-members. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946. Visit online at www.filmsociety.ojai.net.

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

THE ALLEY CATS Friday, Aug. 4, 6-8 p.m. The band performs 1950s Doo-Wop 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, Aug. 4-5, 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.

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.

THE WRAGGLE TAGGLE GYPSIES, OH! Saturday, Aug. 5, 11am. And 4pm. Gypsies in a Trunk continue their twelfth season of Fairy Tales in the Park with this original tale. Strawberries and cream this morning, a royal wedding in three months, horseback riding lessons, Princess Telephone has everything a princess might want, or does she? Life at the castle will never be the same, thanks to traveling entertainers, giant grasshoppers, and other surprises. Performances are free to the public, but in the age-old gypsy tradition, actors pass the hat at intermission. Performances: Saturday, Aug. 5, Foxfield Park, Westlake Village, 11am; and Rancho Simi Amphitheater, Rancho Simi Community Park, corner of Erringer and Royal, 4pm; Sunday, Aug. 6, Harbor View Park, Channel Islands Harbor, 2 pm; Aug. 12, Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, 11:30am; Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura, 4pm. Ample seating available on the ground at all locations. Leave pets at home.

TERESA RUSSELL AND COCO BILLI Saturday, Aug. 5, 4-6pm. Channel Islands Harbor Foundation present their Fifth Annual Concerts by the Sea summer concert series every Saturday through Aug. Aug. 5: The rock and rhythm and blues sounds of Teresa Russell and Coco Billi. Beverages and box dinners available on site. Free. Peninsula Park, Channel Islands Harbor. 985-4852.

THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN Sunday, Aug. 5, 6pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services present the final concert in their Summer Concert in the Park series. Free. Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.

YOGA JONES PERFORMANCE Saturday, August 5th, 7 pm. Kirtan singer Vaiyssaki Das will be performing a number of devotional songs utilizing the various styles of kirtan from both India and Bangladesh. Intended as accompaniment to yoga and mantra meditation, the performance will take place at Yoga Jones on Saturday evening. $15 in advance or $25 at the door (nobody turned away for lack of funds). 105 S. Oak St. Suite 200 Ventura. www.yogajones.com, 643-5669.

LISA HALEY AND THE ZYDEKATS Saturday, Aug. 5, 7:30pm. The 2006 Summer Music Concert Series at Olivas Adobe is held every Saturday night through September 9. Aug. 5: The Zydeco sounds of Lisa Haley and the Zydekats. $18 general admission. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4726.

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 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. 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.

BELFAST BLUES/THE GOOD THIEF Aug. 3-Sept. 17. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Two award-winning plays by modern Irish playwrights! Belfast Blues, written and performed by Geraldine Hughes and directed by Carol Kane, is performed in repertory with The Good Thief, written by Conor McPherson, starring Conor Lovett, and directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett. Belfast Blues previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 3-4, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 5, 7pm. The production continues through Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Good Thief previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 10-11, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 12, 7pm, continuing through Sept. 17. $49-$26, excluding opening night premieres. Call or visit online for schedule and tickets. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900. Visit online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

THE PINK THUNDERBIRD Friday-Saturday, 8:30pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Aug. 4-Sept. 10. The Elite Theater Company, is proud to present James McLure’s cantankerously funny two-act comedy presented under the single-act titles of Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star. Due to some colorful language, this show is not recommended for children under 14 years of age. $17 adults, $15 seniors and children. Heritage Square, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

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–pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGalleryorg . 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 MUSEUM FAMILY DAY Saturday, Aug. 5, 1-4pm. Celebrate the end of summer with fun-filled theme activities from current exhibitions: Documenting China-Contemporary Photography and Social Change, and Sandra Low: Bow Full of Happy. Discover the wondrous world of contemporary China through painting and photography. Guests participate in mural painting on canvas, enjoy Chinese dance, and attend various hands-on workshops. Free admission. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8171.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Saturday, August 5, 1-4pm. Family Day! Celebrate the end of summer with fun-filled theme activities from current exhibitions: Documenting China-Contemporary Photography and Social Change, and Sandra Low: Bow Full of Happy. Discover the wondrous world of contemporary China through painting and photography. Guests participate in mural painting on canvas, enjoy Chinese dance, and attend various hands-on workshops. Also: 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 ART OF JAZZ This exhibition seeks to create a composition of the independent improvisational works of a number of emerging, established and master artists in a variety of mediums, all inspired by jazz. Part of the Camarillo Art & Jazz festival

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.venturamusicfestival.org ; 648-3146.

Kids/Seniors

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.

HARRY POTTER WIZARDRY AND LITERACY CAMP Aug. 7-11, 9am-4pm. Hogwarts Summer School has students, ages 8-12, reading, creating journals, wizard hats and wands, sampling treats from the kitchen at Hogwarts as well as games and lots of fun! Offered through the Conejo Recreation and Park District. Call for fee. Cameron Center, Lynn Road and Greenmeadow Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2793.

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.

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.

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, Aug. 5-6, 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

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.

BUSINESS ACADEMY Thursday, Aug. 3, 5:30-8:30pm. The Oxnard Police Department hosts this 6-week business academy designed to educate business owners and managers on how to minimize their chances of being victimized. Topics include crime prevention strategies, fraud, forgery and identity theft, contracts, fire and life safety, and more. $20. Seating limited. Pacific Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 385-8349.

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES SELF EMPLOYMENT TRAINING Thursday, Aug. 3, 6-7pm. Free one-hour orientation for comprehensive course to learn how to start or grow a successful business. Call for reservations. 604-9000. Visit online at www.wevonline.org.

THE ARTIST\\\’S WAY CREATIVITY GROUP Tuesday, Aug. 8, 7-8:45pm. Nine week intensive course for artists and non-artists. Using the book The Artist\\\’s Way by Julia Cameron as the foundation, rediscover your individual creativity, tap into your imagination and intuition, express your authenticity, and enjoy harmony and balance in your life. Call for fee. Spa by Diane Loring, 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 320-3510.

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

Literature/Poetry

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, Aug. 3, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

SQUARE DANCE Saturday, Aug. 5, 8-10:30pm. The Thousand Oaks PI-R Squares host a plus level dance this evening. $6. Borchard Community Center, corner of Borchard and Reino Road, Newbury Park. 492-1442.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB Saturday, Aug. 5, 7:30-10:30pm. $7 non-members. First and third Saturday Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, Aug. 7. 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, Aug. 7, 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. 8, 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. 8, 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. 9. 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.

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, Aug. 5, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features 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. 421-9270.

DUDLEY HOUSE HOSTS FLEA MARKET Sunday, August 6th 10 am-4 pm. The Dudley House Museum will be hosting a flea market, collectables faire, and rare recording listening session. The faire will be open 10am to 4pm and will have antiques, collectables, jewelry, floral decorations, dolls, and crafts on the house grounds. The recordings include rare 1911-1912 recordings of Erico Caruso. Admission is free. The Dudley House is located at the corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista in Ventura. 644-3286.

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

PET SAVER CLASS Saturday, Aug. 5, 1-5pm. The Conejo Recreation and Park District invites cat and dog lovers to learn more about their best friend’s health. Class includes rescue breathing, choking management, wellness assessment, heat injuries, poisoning, bites and stings and more. $35. Hillcrest Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 495-4674.

Clubs/Groups

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO Thursday, Aug. 3, 7pm. Kathy Long, Ventura County Supervisor, is the speaker. The public is invited to attend. UFCW Hall, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. 383-6204.

VENTURA JAYCEES Thursday, Aug. 3, 6:30-8:30pm. The group holds a mixer. Develop your professional skills while making a difference in the community and have fun doing it. Table 13, 185 E. Santa Clara, Ventura. (866) 402-7213, ext. 3.

THOUSAND OAKS PERSONAL COMPUTER CLUB Monday, Aug. 7, 6:30pm. The Digital Photography SIG holds their monthly meeting. An informal discussion period of Digital Cameras, Digital Darkroom and Media Storage begins the meeting. Goebel Senior Center. 498-4669.

VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB Tuesday, Aug. 8, 7pm. Group for published writers or those seriously interested in improving their craft through workshops and experienced speakers and encouraged to attend the clubs monthly meeting. Borders Book Store, 124 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 496-6204.

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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