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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.