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WORLD AIDS DAY EVENT Dec. 5, 7- 8:30 p.m. CLU is proud to host Ventura County’s commemoration of World AIDS Day 2006. Join students and faculty to hear expert speakers discuss local and global challenges of the epidemic, with a question-and-answer session, reception, candlelight vigil and a waking tour of our three exhibits of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Free. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3438.

JUDY’S SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS Dec. 1-23. Transport Theatre presents Judy\\\’s Scary Little Christmas by Webber, Church and Ward. A lovingly satiric look back at the Holiday TV specials of yesteryear with Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and more. Directed by Linda Livingston. For mature audiences. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. $25 opening gala, $18. 1328 N. Ventura Ave in Ventura.654-9154. www.TransportTheatre.com

DOWNTOWN VENTURA HOLIDAY STREET FESTIVAL Dec. 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. “Home for the Holidays” is the theme of the 29th Annual Street Festival featuring professional and local talent on seven stages, more than 300 artisans, wandering singers and entertainers, food vendors, Santa Claus and more. Free. Free shuttle provided from Pacific View Mall to festival every 20 minutes from north east parking area. Main St., Ventura. 654-7830.

Holiday Happenings

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Wednesdays-Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 23, 6 and 7:30pm. The Fillmore & Western Railway presents a fun new tradition for the whole family! Ride the train to the North Pole to pick up Santa. Sit back and relax with a carton of chocolate milk and a cookie while you listen to the story The Polar Express, plus sing-a-longs, so be ready to have a lot of fun! Kids encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring favorite stuffed animal. $22 adults, $12 youth 4-12, $6 infant-3. 524-2546.

TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Friday, Dec. 1, 5:30pm. The City of Oxnard holds their Fifty-Sixth Annual tree lighting ceremony in Plaza Park, downtown Oxnard. Visitors can watch in awe as the city\\\’s tallest Christmas tree is lit with more than 8,000 lights! Themed, Winter Fantasy, the event features a new addition this year: Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show, a computer generated music and light extravaganza. The light show premiers during the Tree Lighting Ceremony and then plays every 30 minutes from 6-9pm. through Dec. 31. 269-6273.

VENTURA HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS FESTIVAL Friday, Dec. 1, 4pm, and Saturday, Dec. 2, 2pm. The two-day annual celebration marks the Thirtieth Anniversary of the fun-filled occasion where guests can enjoy the revelry as boats adorned with Christmas lights and decorations illuminate the Ventura Harbor and watch as colorful fireworks fill the night sky. Folks with little ones are sure to be jolly at the family carnival where tots can get pony and train rides, carousel rides, a visit with Santa, dance to live music, meet pirates and more! Schedule of events: Friday-festivities kick-off at 4pm, followed by the Boat Parade of Lights and fireworks at 7pm. Come meet Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook. Dress up like a pirate, have your picture taken, ride on one of more than 10 carnival rides, dance the night away to the surf tunes of The Phantom Riders, and much more! Saturday: Festivities kick off at 2pm, followed by the; Boat Parade of Lights and fireworks, 7pm. Festival admission is free and a water taxi is available. Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura.

PACIFIC VIEW MALL WINTER WONDERLAND Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2, 2-6pm. Pacific View Mall Community Plaza is the place to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with real snow, Santa, karaoke caroling contests, community holiday tree lighting and fireworks. Corner or Main and Mills, Ventura. 642-0605.

NATIVITY SCENES ON DISPLAY TO HELP HOMELESS Dec 1, 2, & 3. More than 500 Nativity scenes will be displayed at “No Room at the Inn.” Includes a silent auction. Donations: $5 adults, $1 children. Saturday: 10am-7pm, Sunday: 10am-6pm. St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church of Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks. 482-4451.

CANDLELIGHT GALA Friday, Dec. 1, 6-10pm. The Camarillo Ranch Foundation\\\’s major fund-raising event of the year helps preserve and operate the oldest home in Camarillo. Attendees enjoy the holiday decor, feast upon an elaborate buffet provided by Camarillo\\\’s most renowned caterers, complemented by our hosted wine bar, enjoy the live music of Jeanne Tatum and Company, take carriage rides around the circle driveway in front of the Camarillo House, and enjoy special auction with fabulous gifts. Special exhibits in the Camarillo House include four of the Camarillo\\\’s family\\\’s silver saddles and two of Adolfo Camarillo\\\’s riding outfits. $65 advance, $70 after. 389-8182.

HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS DOWNTOWN PARADE Saturday, Dec. 2, 10am. In keeping with the theme Oxnard\\\’s Winter Fantasy, the annual parade begins on 9th and A streets and travels West to Fifth Street, then north on C Streets and ends at Wilson Park. Visitors can enjoy a variety of creative floats, classic cars and musical bands. Awards ceremony follows at Plaza Park and Santa is on hand for photo opportunities with children. 269-6273.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION Saturday, Dec. 2, 10am-2pm. Observed annually from Dec. 26-Jan 1 by millions of African Americans, Kwanzaa is a special time when families and friends unite to strengthen and encourage one another. The day-long celebration includes the Kwanzaa ceremony performed by CLU students, authentic African and African American food for sale, presentations by the NAACP Saturday School students, gospel music, dancers and vendors. Everyone is welcome. Free. Preus-Brandt Forum, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3323.

HOLIDAY USED BOOK SALE Saturday, Dec. 2, 10am-3pm. Friends of the Library hosts a sale on high quality used books in all categories – fiction, non-fiction and children’s, as well as a large selection of books on religion, art, classics, history, nature, health, biography and special interest. All proceeds go to help pay for new books and reading programs at the City of Ventura’s three public libraries. A loading zone will be available for patrons in front of the Topping Room to transport book purchases. Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura. 642-4358.

SPLENDORS OF THE SEASON Saturday, Dec. 2, 2-5pm. The Ventura County Museum of History and Art presents annual open house and Gingerbread Boutique celebrating the opening of its winter exhibits. Jugglers, artisans, plus a childrenâ?™s holiday craft area, sweet and savory treats to delight the palate. Strolling Channelaire Joyful Noise Quartet sing holiday carols. The Gingerbread Boutique features glass and pearl jewelry, ornaments, ceramics, hand-painted tole gifts, natural dried floral, toys and games, as well as a wide selection of other holiday gifts from the Museum Store. Call for admission prices. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0145.

CAMARILLO HOSPICE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Saturday, Dec. 2, 5pm. Camarillo Hospice invites members of the community to purchase lights on the Tree of Life in memory of a loved one who has passed away or in honor of someone special in their lives for a suggested donation of $15 per light. This year marks the Twenty-First Anniversary of the Tree of Life, a holiday tradition for many in the greater Camarillo area. Constitution Park., Camarillo. 389-6870.

ART OF HEARTS ART AUCTION & COCKTAIL PARTY Saturday, Dec. 2, 6:30-9:30pm. Benefits the Loving Heart Hospice Foundation. Holiday business casual. $75 per person. Private home at Lake Sherwood, Thousand Oaks. 517-1620.

SANTA LUCIA FESTIVAL OF LIGHT Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10am. The observance of Lucia’s day is over a thousand years old and was brought to America by Swedish immigrants. Lucia and her court, selected from the University’s students, will enter to an ancient hymn, and one by one, will light the candles in the crown of Lucia as she symbolizes the spirit of a centuries-old legend. Free. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3228.

HANUKKAH CELEBRATION Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4pm. Hillel Student Organization and Multicultural Programs invites the community to share in our fifth annual celebration. Guests will share in the music, food, games and rituals of this important celebration. Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3323.

Special Events

OPEN STUDIO SALE Saturday, Dec. 2, 10am-4pm. Join us for an afternoon of fine art, prints, drawings, textiles designs, music and more! Live music by Sus Corez. 1101 Ayers Ave, Ojai. 646-1300.

THE AIDS QUILT Dec. 1-15. Founded in 1987, the AIDS memorial quilt is the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. Each “block” measures around 12 square feet, and a typical block consists of eight individual panels sewn together. Virtually ever one of the more than 40,000 colorful panels that make up the quilt memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDs. We will display 23 blocks in three locations on campus. Free. Samuelson Chapel, Kwan Fong Gallery and Overton Hall, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316.

VOLUNTEER TRAIL DAYS Saturday, Dec. 2, 8:30am. 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.

Performances

BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY Friday, Dec. 1, 8pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s wild and swinging holiday party. $45-$40. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 583-8700.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CONCERTS Dec 1, 2, & 3. The program will include delightful lesser known carols as well as familiar favorites performed by the CLU Choral Ensembles. The University Symphony will also perform Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso in G Minor” and Pachbel’s “Canon.” Freewill offering accepted. Friday and Saturday: 8pm, Sunday: 4pm. Sameulson Chapel, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. www.callutheran.edu/music. 493-3306.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2. Friday: Winter Survivor Tournament Week 3-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes; Saturday: Gorilla-Performers take turns directing scenes and the audience votes thumbs up or down Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

JIM SCOTT Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30-9:30pm. Acclaimed acoustic guitarist Jim Scott performs an evening of his songs of peace and the environment, with insight and more than a little humor. Scott makes his case for harmony in the world with his jazz-world folk music styling and great guitar technique. Evening includes a no-host wine bar with hors d\\\’oeuvres in the Community Center, and comfortable concert seating in the main sanctuary. $12, children under 12 free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. 644-3898.

LOS POSADAS/LIVING NATIVITY Sunday, Dec. 3, 7pm. Each year, CLU students and the community come together to reenact Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter and a place for the birth of the baby Jesus. Join us in this festive Mexican tradition that dates back to the 16th century as we travel with candles in hand throughout the university. Free. Student Union Building, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3323.

CHARLOTTE DIAMOND Monday, Dec. 4, 10am, and Tuesday, Dec. 5, noon. Performances to Grow On presents the popular singer, who just released her second CD in Spanish. A popular entertainer throughout Canada and the USA, Charlotte has become an icon in the field of children\\\’s music with her signature songs Four Hugs a Day, I am a Pizza, and Dicky Dinosaur. $12. Dec. 4: Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; Dec. 5: Oceanview Pavilion, Dorrill B. Wright Cultural Center, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 646-8907.

JIM GAMBLE\\\’S MARIONETTES Tuesday, Dec. 5, 9:30 and 11am. The world-famous Jim Gamble Marionettes present the holiday favorite Twas The Night Bear-fore Christmas. $7. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 338-3021.

DINNER WITH A SIDE OF MYSTERY Acclaimed restaurant La Dolce Vita teams up with Whim: Custom Adventures to bring a month of mystery to the Oxnard area. The restaurant is the site of several dinner time treasure hunts taking place each Friday during October. Dinner hunts act as gateways to larger weekend adventures, leading customers on exciting treks across the city of Oxnard. Different location used every week, culminating in a final hunt on October 27. 624-6567.

Film

MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT Sunday, Dec. 3, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens winning comedy-drama starring Joan Plowright as an aging woman who takes up residence in a retirement home and befriends a young man. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Theater

JACOB MARLEY\\\’S CHRISTMAS CAROL Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Nov. 10-Dec. 17. The Elite Theatre Company of Oxnard opens their newest holiday production. The irreverent, funny, and ultimately, deeply moving story retells Dickens\\\’ classic with warmth and infectious zest. $17 adults, $15 seniors and students. 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

WHOSE WIVES ARE THEY ANYWAY? Nov. 10-Dec. 9. The Conejo Players Theatre presents the tale of David and John, vice presidents of a large cosmetics company who have gone away without their wives for a relaxing weekend of golf. What they get is anything but relaxing when their new boss informs them she would never hire anyone who would go off for the weekend without his spouse, then invites them and their wives to dinner. David and John must find stand-ins or risk losing their wives… $14-$18. Matinee and evening performances. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 493-3715.

NUNCRACKERS: THE NUNSENSE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL through Dec. 17. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the fun-filled musical revue for the entire family. $10-$15. 125 S. 7th St, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

HERE LIES JEREMY TROY Nov. 18-Dec. 9. The Conejo Players Theatre presents the tale of an honesty-challenged lawyer who is up for a partnership is suddenly visited by an old school buddy who lives by sponging off old classmates. The lawyer is blackmailed into putting his old buddy up for the very night his boss is coming to dinner – whereupon his wife reacts by walking out on him. A young model is hired to stand in for her, and trouble erupts when the wife suddenly returns… Matinee and evening performances. $10. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 493-3715.

BACK HOME AGAIN: A JOHN DENVER HOLIDAY Nov. 30-Dec. 24. This down-home, fun-filled musical includes John Denver hits such as “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song,” “Grandma’s Feather Bed,” and the title song. The cast is lead by a Tony nominee and world-class picker ‘n fiddler. Perfect for the entire family! Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St, Ventura. www.rubicontheatre.org. 667-2900.

SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM: THE MYSTERY OF THE MAGI’S GOLD Sunday, Dec. 3 and 10, Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 28-30, 7:30pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents the latest comedy from people who brought you the hilarious Late Nite Catechism. Sister tackles the question: Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? It’s CSI: Bethlehem as Sister engages her audience to solve the mystery of what happened through a forensic examination of the nativity scene. Audience members are selected to be characters in a living nativity/crime scene along with a holiday choir singing Christmas favorites. $39 general. Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

Auditions

SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3. The Young Artists Ensemble\\\’s hold auditions for Seussical The Musical. Auditions held Saturday, Dec. 2, 9:45am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, and 2:45pm; and Sunday, Dec. 3, 11:45am, 1:15pm and 2:45pm. Call back auditions held Monday, Dec. 4. Auditions consist of a prepared one minute of a song, as well as cold reading from the script, some improvisation and dance. Please wear comfortable clothes for movement. Auditions last approximately one hour and a half. Participants must be at least 10 years old and not yet 20 years. at the Hillcrest Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY through Jan. 4, “Land of the Midnight Sun.” Oil paintins by Dorothy Hunter. Gallery Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ALLEGORY 1076 E. Front St., Ventura. www.allegoryfinearts.com. 643.7511.

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. 231-0127

ART FIRST! CENTER FOR THE ARTS The new home base and showplace for Ventura County’s professional artists. Home to Allegory Fine Arts Gallery. Lectures and seminars to come. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Nov. 11-Dec. 10, “BUMP-DILLY-ICIOUS.” Presenting ‘Gallery Select’ entries from over 100 talented artists. Gallery hours: Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. HYPERLINK www.vent uraartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS through Dec. 30, “Small Works.” An exhibition designed to offer artworks that would make great additions to any home. Featuring contemporary California artists and also featuring a series of new limited edition posthumous works from the Fragments series, created in Beatrice Wood\\\’s studio, using her molds, glazes and kilns. Sales of these charming small works will support the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts exhibitions and programs. Gallery hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beatricewood.com. 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 Nov. 14-Dec. 9, “Unspoken Worlds.” Dorothea Heger’s abstract and compelling exhibit feature paintings that capture the art of the natural world. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

CAFÉ ON A Featuring four native New York artists who work in collage, painting, sculpture and mixed media. 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CAFÉ 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 GOLD COAST WATERCOOR SOCIETY Nov. 5-Nov. 30, 17th Annual Open Competition. Works on display. Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 484-7594.

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN Free. Soiland Gallery Hall, Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.

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.

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-1595.

CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.

“PHOTOGRAPHY VISION SIX” through Dec. 18. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents an invitational exhibit of extraordinary photography. A diverse group of artists have joined together to present their artwork in the Galleria, with works ranging from nature to portrait to abstract imaging. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Free. Arts Galleria, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks. www.Hill crestArts.com. 381-2747.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE Oct. 17-Nov. 30, “Nudes, Sensuals, Erotics: Works on Paper by Seco.” Featuring a full range of works on paper, celebrating sensuality and the human form. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.

DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Nov. 19-Jan. 21, Cheech Marin’s “The Chicano Collection/La Coleccion Chicana.” Images of paintings by 26 prominent Chicano artists depicting urban life and the Chicano experience between 1969 and 2001 will be on view. The paintings are primarily from actor and art collector Cheech Marin’s collection, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. Free. 519 S. C Street, Oxnard.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

GALLERY 33 451 Media Building, 1328 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura. 641-9303.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY through Jan. 8, “Small Image Show.” None of these works are over 14” in any direction and are priced to sell. The gallery’s first ever “Ornament Show” will feature artistic ornaments made by the artists. Concurrently, Stella Violano will be painting pet portraits every Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. 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.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY Oct. 7-Jan. 4, “International Affairs: Husbands & Wives.” Featuring artist/couples in acrylic, ceramic, mixed media, sculpture and paper arts. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. 523-7957.

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 Oct. 1-Nov. 30, “A Click of Photographers.” The photography branch of the Ojai Center for the Arts presents a group show of black and white and color works by seven members of the group. Open daily 9am-9pm. 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 “Working in the Canyons.” An exhibit of the results of the artistic collaboration of two Ventura County artists, painter Gail Pidduck and photographer John Nichols. Over the past year Gail and John have been visiting many of the canyons near their home town of Santa Paula. These canyons are often inaccessible to the general public. 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.

MCNISH ART GALLERY through Dec. 7, “Hot Shots! A group art exhibition.” The paintings included in this group exhibition are explorations of the traditional use of paint and the influence of new technology. Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

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

NATHAN LARRAMENDY Oct. 21-Dec. 2, “Nocturnes.” 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. www.larra mendygallery.com. 646-2750.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which not only includes art but an array of arts and crafty projects to create your own Odd piece. Ojai. 540-5050.

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.

PLAZA ART GALLERY through Dec. 3, “Plein Air: Landscapes of the Central Coast,” featuring Whitney Abbott, Manny Lopez, Elizabeth McGinn, James Menzel-Joseph, Jeff Sojka, Arturo Tello. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION through Dec. 10, “Bump-Dilly-Icious.” The gallery presents its end-of-the year Gallery Select show, celebrating Ventura\\\’s fine contemporary gallery and the unique art of our members. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. www.venturaartists union.org. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP & GALLERY 907 State St, Santa Barbara. 963-2332.

SANTA PAULA BLANCHARD LIBRARY through Dec. 28, “3rd Annual ventura College Plein Air Watercolor Exhibit.” Work by VC Plein Air students and Professor Dorothy Orr. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. 119 N. Eighth Street, Santa Paula. 654-6400, ext. 1394.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Sept. 24-Jan. 21, “NASA’s Aero Adventure: the Wonders and Science of Flight,” a hands-on exploration of jet propulsion flight. Also: Oct. 1-Nov. 19, “Flight Patterns: Aviation Quilts – Past, Present and Future.” 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Dec. 1-2, open house. Food and beverages served. 5-9pm Friday, 3-7pm Saturday. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643-3973.

SOILAND GALLERY HALL Dec. 2-Jan 17, “LA/24:2006.” Los Angeles is one of the most powerful cities in the world. To present 24 hours in the life of a small town is one challenge – now the challenge is to capture it in the life of a megalopolis. With bold, innovative presentation techniques, the multimedia students will provide you with an L.A. experience you’ll never forget. Free. Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.

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

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannel islands.org. 383-1368.

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

SULLIVAN GOSS 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY Oct. 21-Nov. 26, “Dots and Boxes.” A solo exhibition by scientist and mathematician J.J. Le Tourneau, PhD featuring dramatic digital black and white images laminated on translucent white Plexiglas, giving an airy lightness to the physical, two-dimensional object. The images represent the interaction of abstract markings and containers, which become structured space in mathematical terms. What appears to be a two-dimensional square suddenly becomes a three-dimensional pathway… 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 COLLEGE through Dec. 12, “Like the Yorktown.” Sculptures by Dean de Cocker. Hours vary. Ventura College. 648-8974.

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

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS 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 Oct. 10-Nov. 30, “Primitive Nature.” Artist j. Madison Rink has documented the Santa Monica Mountain range through photography, looking for images similar to antique tribal and Asian art sculpted by indigenous people. (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.oil museum.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm. 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 Free. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

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 COLLEGE Sept. 25-Dec. 20. “Max Gold: The Father of Fusion Art.” An exhibit of Gold’s three-dimensional assemblages that layer multiple pieces of hand-painted acrylic glass to produce one compound vision. When aligned in a finished 3-D construct, the separate images are choreographed into a single interlocking whole, vibrant with intense brush strokes and elegantly clean lines. 20% of sales will be donated by the artist to support the new VC library. Library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm, Friday 7:30am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm. Ocean View Reading Room, Ventura College Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Library, Ventura College. 654-6400 ext 1264.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Oct. 5-March 31. “The Seas, the Schooners and the Fishermen: Thomas Hoyne’s Paintings of the North Atlantic.” Feautring the dramatic paintings of the renown maritime painter (1923-1989) and includes several of the artist’s preliminary drawings. 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 Sept. 12-Jan. 7, “Liberty: Blood of Patriots.” A new exhibit of detailed figures created by artist George Stuart. Figures on display include George and Martha Washington, Benedict Arnold, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Accompanying historical monologues by George Stuart. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “Saddle Up: Vaqueros, Cowboys and Charros,” an exhibit that explores Ventura County’s rich history of horseback riding and cattle ranching. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “A Personal Vision: Photographs by Robert G. Smith.\\\” $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

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. Cash pay outs for winners. 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.

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.

Pets

CANINE ADOPTION AND RESCUE LEAGUE Organization urgently needs foster homes for small to large puppies and dogs until they are adopted. Food, medical care, advice, and support are provided. Adoption Center located at 5 Points behind the Ventura Pet Barn, 3004 Telegraph Road. 652-1001. Visit online at www.carlvc.org.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 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.

Health

CELEBRATING THE GODDESS AT THE GREEK Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7-8:30pm. The Breast Cancer Education and Advocacy Group hosted by the Re-entry and Women\\\’s Center of Ventura College celebrate the holidays with breast friends and congratulate the Second Annual Lesley Paarmann Scholarship winner. Library, Second Floor Conference Room, Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6365.

LAUGHTER CLUB Saturdays, 7:30-8:15am. Learn to laugh for no reason and receive the physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. Free. Camarillo Yoga Center, 5800 Santa Rosa Road, Ste. 127, Camarillo. 484-8810.

Sports

HOLIDAY SPORTS FESTIVAL SIGN UP Dec. 2-3. Final call to sign up for two days of fun at Camino Real Park. Come out and participate in free and fun activities for all ages, including live music by favorite local bands – Deep C, Glenn Brooks Trio and Jacqui – as well as sports demonstrations, contests, and more. Get in the game and register for the weekend

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CHARLES PHOENIX\’S RETRO HOLIDAY SLIDESHOW Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Called the “pied piper of Lala land” by the Los Angeles Times, author of Americana the Beautiful: Mid-Century Culture in Kodachrome will present selections from his massive collection of other people’s slides for a nostalgic wintertime treat. From the kitsch to the classic, experience holidays past of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. $25. Tickets available at the Visitors Bureau. Grand Room, Patagonia Firehouse Building, corner of W. Santa Clara and Main St., Ventura. www.godblessamericana.com. 1-800-483-6214

NATHAN LARRAMENDY through Dec. 2, Nocturnes. Solo exhibition featuring the work of Stas Orlovski and the romantic imagery of the decayed garden – broken statuary, overgrown vegetation, rainstorms, moths and song birds – that form the visual literature of his latest work. Orlovski constructs a series of sculpture gardens where modernist forms share space with figurative fragments. The artist pries at the question of why we are attracted to images that evoke memory, loss, and nostalgia. Undeterred by sentimentality, Orlovski pushes the edge further by orienting his compositions under faded night skies and oversized moons. Here the artist embraces rather then skirts the nostalgic quality inherent in the works from which he draws inspiration: mid-century Russian children’s storybooks, Japanese woodcuts, Victorian illustrations and Dutch botanical drawings. The results are a series of poetic works that invite the viewer into a place both familiar and innocent, a place dreamed about and remembered. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

PINK FLOYD LASER SPECTACULAR Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. The Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents a performance of Paramount’s original Laser Spectacular, with over two hours of Pink Floyd music pumped through 10,000 watts of sound, lasers and lighting effects. The 19-year touring company lights up Thousand Oaks for one night only. $35-$20. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-2787.

Special Events

CALENDAR DEBUT AND FUND-RAISING AUCTION Saturday, Nov. 25, 6-9pm. Attasalina Dews and Demitri Corbin cordially invite you to attend The Men of Ojai 2007 Calendar debut and fund-raising auction. Join them for a unique, one-night event supporting the arts. During the elegant, wine & hors d\’oeuvre reception, calendars are available for purchase & limited edition prints of the calendar images are available through silent auction. The calendar is a fine art presentation of environmental portraits of male nudes, and serves as a fund-raising project benefitting local artists and organizations. Nathan Larramendy Gallery, 107 S. Signal St., Ojai. 646-2750.

TREE OF LIFE CAMPAIGN through Jan. 3. Camarillo Hospice invites members of the community to “purchase” lights on the Tree of Life in memory of a loved one who has passed away or in honor of someone special in their lives, for a suggested donation of $15 per light. The gift supports the work of Camarillo Hospice in the community. Tree of Life lighting Dec. 3. 389.6870 ext 11.

Performances

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25. Friday: Winter Survivor Tournament Week 2-12 players compete to be the funniest; Saturday: Special TheatreSports- Ventura competes with the Los Angeles visiting team to be the funniest. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

AN IRISH CHRISTMAS Sunday, Nov. 26, 2pm. Kerry Records invites you to join them as they give a great Irish welcome to the festive season with the best of Irish traditional music, song, dance, storytelling, laughter, and a few surprises! A magical time in Ireland where the spirit of Christmas is welcomed and joy fills the night. $44-$24, children under 12, $19. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-2787.

MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL Tuesday, Nov. 28, 8pm. William Preucil, Eric Kim and Arthur Rowe perform Brahms and Mendelssohn. $35. Lehmann Hall, Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Rd, Santa Barbara. www.musicacademy.org. 695-7907.

DINNER WITH A SIDE OF MYSTERY Acclaimed restaurant La Dolce Vita teams up with Whim: Custom Adventures to bring a month of mystery to the Oxnard area. The restaurant is the site of several dinner time treasure hunts taking place each Friday during October. Dinner hunts act as gateways to larger weekend adventures, leading customers on exciting treks across the city of Oxnard. Different location used every week, culminating in a final hunt on October 27. 624-6567.

Film

THE ROAD TO GUANTANOMO Monday Nov. 27, 7:30pm. A controversial film recounting the plight of three British citizens held without charges at the infamous Guantánamo Bay U.S. military prison, utilizing interviews with the imprisoned men dubbed “The Tipton Three,” news footage, and recreations based on the prisoners’ descriptions to create a compelling dramatic account of the men’s horrifying ordeal. $6. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

A SCANNER DARKLY Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:30pm. Adapted from the novel by popular science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, this highly stylized film combines live-action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process known as rotoscoping that accentuates the disturbing atmosphere of the film and its commentary on drug use and surveillance. Filmmaker Richard Linklater (Waking Life) has assembled an A-List cast that includes Keanu Reeves as undercover cop Bob Arctor, as well as Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder, all somehow involved in the spread of the mysterious Substance D. $6. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

THE BEAUTY ACADEMY OF KABUL Sunday, Nov. 26, 4:30 pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the drama about an American-British plan to open a beauty academy in Kabul to give the women jobs and hope. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Theater

JACOB MARLEY\’S CHRISTMAS CAROL Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Nov. 10-Dec. 17. The Elite Theatre Company of Oxnard opens their newest holiday production. The irreverent, funny, and ultimately, deeply moving story retells Dickens\’ classic with warmth and infectious zest. $17 adults, $15 seniors and students. 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

SULLIVAN AND GILBERT Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Nov. 10-26. The new Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire company believes the witty words and music of Sir Gilbert Sullivan and Sir Arthur Sullivan matter very much. Their inaugural production, Sullivan and Gilbert, a new musical with original music by Ken Ludwig, includes classic operetta tunes, drama, comedy and backstage secrets. The production opens with Gilbert\’s letter to Sullivan. Their infamous carpet squabble behind them, they are rehearsing for a review of their operettas but they have neither seen nor spoken with each other in months. Conversation is restored, and we quickly move on to meet the rest of the cast, including a pretty, young soprano. Gilbert knows he\’s seen her before but can\’t quite place her. When he does, a confrontation ensues. $15 general, $12 seniors, students. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

WHOSE WIVES ARE THEY ANYWAY? Nov. 10-Dec. 9. The Conejo Players Theatre presents the tale of David and John, vice presidents of a large cosmetics company who have gone away without their wives for a relaxing weekend of golf. What they get is anything but relaxing when their new boss informs them she would never hire anyone who would go off for the weekend without his spouse, then invites them and their wives to dinner. David and John must find stand-ins or risk losing their wives… $14-$18. Matinee and evening performances. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 493-3715.

NUNCRACKERS: THE NUNSENSE CHRISTMAS MUSICAL through Dec. 17. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the fun-filled musical revue for the entire family. $10-$15. 125 S. 7th St, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

HERE LIES JEREMY TROY Nov. 18-Dec. 9. The Conejo Players Theatre presents the tale of an honesty-challenged lawyer who is up for a partnership is suddenly visited by an old school buddy who lives by sponging off old classmates. The lawyer is blackmailed into putting his old buddy up for the very night his boss is coming to dinner – whereupon his wife reacts by walking out on him. A young model is hired to stand in for her, and trouble erupts when the wife suddenly returns… Matinee and evening performances. $10. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 493-3715.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY Gallery Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ALLEGORY 1076 E. Front St., Ventura. www.allegoryfinearts.com. 643.7511.

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. 231-0127

ART FIRST! CENTER FOR THE ARTS The new home base and showplace for Ventura County’s professional artists. Home to Allegory Fine Arts Gallery. Lectures and seminars to come. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Nov. 11-Dec. 10, “BUMP-DILLY-ICIOUS.” Presenting ‘Gallery Select’ entries from over 100 talented artists. 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 through Dec. 30, “Small Works.” An exhibition designed to offer artworks that would make great additions to any home. Featuring contemporary California artists and also featuring a series of new limited edition posthumous works from the Fragments series, created in Beatrice Wood\’s studio, using her molds, glazes and kilns. Sales of these charming small works will support the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts exhibitions and programs. Gallery hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beatricewood.com. 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 Nov. 14-Dec. 9, “Unspoken Worlds.” Dorothea Heger’s abstract and compelling exhibit feature paintings that capture the art of the natural world. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

CAFÉ ON A Featuring four native New York artists who work in collage, painting, sculpture and mixed media. 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CAFÉ 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 GOLD COAST WATERCOOR SOCIETY Nov. 5-Nov. 30, 17th Annual Open Competition. Works on display. Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 484-7594.

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN Oct. 28-Nov. 27, “24 Exhibition.” To follow the theme of “24 hours in the life of your community,” students have used photography, graphic design, sculpture, surround sound, video display and projections to create a dynamic, innovative multimedia presentation and exhibit. Free. Soiland Gallery Hall, Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.

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.

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-1595.

CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.

“PHOTOGRAPHY VISION SIX” through Dec. 18. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents an invitational exhibit of extraordinary photography. A diverse group of artists have joined together to present their artwork in the Galleria, with works ranging from nature to portrait to abstract imaging. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Free. Arts Galleria, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks. www.Hill crestArts.com. 381-2747.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE Oct. 17-Nov. 30, “Nudes, Sensuals, Erotics: Works on Paper by Seco.” Featuring a full range of works on paper, celebrating sensuality and the human form. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.

DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Nov. 19-Jan. 21, Cheech Marin’s “The Chicano Collection/La Coleccion Chicana.” Images of paintings by 26 prominent Chicano artists depicting urban life and the Chicano experience between 1969 and 2001 will be on view. The paintings are primarily from actor and art collector Cheech Marin’s collection, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. Free. 519 S. C Street, Oxnard.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

GALLERY 33 451 Media Building, 1328 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura. 641-9303.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY through Jan. 8, “Small Image Show.” None of these works are over 14” in any direction and are priced to sell. The gallery’s first ever “Ornament Show” will feature artistic ornaments made by the artists. Concurrently, Stella Violano will be painting pet portraits every Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. 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.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY Oct. 7-Jan. 4, “International Affairs: Husbands & Wives.” Featuring artist/couples in acrylic, ceramic, mixed media, sculpture and paper arts. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. 523-7957.

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 Oct. 1-Nov. 30, “A Click of Photographers.” The photography branch of the Ojai Center for the Arts presents a group show of black and white and color works by seven members of the group. Open daily 9am-9pm. 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 “Working in the Canyons.” An exhibit of the results of the artistic collaboration of two Ventura County artists, painter Gail Pidduck and photographer John Nichols. Over the past year Gail and John have been visiting many of the canyons near their home town of Santa Paula. These canyons are often inaccessible to the general public. 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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.thedistilleryla.com\” www.thedistilleryla.com.

MCNISH ART GALLERY through Dec. 7, “Hot Shots! A group art exhibition.” The paintings included in this group exhibition are explorations of the traditional use of paint and the influence of new technology. Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

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

NATHAN LARRAMENDY Oct. 21-Dec. 2, “Nocturnes.” 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. HYPERLINK \”http://www.larramendygallery.com\” www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which not only includes art but an array of arts and crafty projects to create your own Odd piece. Ojai. 540-5050.

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.

PLAZA ART GALLERY through Dec. 3, “Plein Air: Landscapes of the Central Coast,” featuring Whitney Abbott, Manny Lopez, Elizabeth McGinn, James Menzel-Joseph, Jeff Sojka, Arturo Tello. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION through Dec. 10, “Bump-Dilly-Icious.” The gallery presents its end-of-the year Gallery Select show, celebrating Ventura\’s fine contemporary gallery and the unique art of our members. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturaartistsunion.org\” www.venturaartistsunion.org. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP AND 907 State St, Santa Barbara. 963-2332.

SANTA PAULA BLANCHARD LIBRARY through Dec. 28, “3rd Annual ventura College Plein Air Watercolor Exhibit.” Work by VC Plein Air students and Professor Dorothy Orr. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. 119 N. Eighth Street, Santa Paula. 654-6400, ext. 1394.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Sept. 24-Jan. 21, “NASA’s Aero Adventure: the Wonders and Science of Flight,” a hands-on exploration of jet propulsion flight. Also: Oct. 1-Nov. 19, “Flight Patterns: Aviation Quilts – Past, Present and Future.” 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 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 Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. HYPERLINK \”http://www.studiochannelislands.org\” www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

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

SULLIVAN GOSS 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY Oct. 21-Nov. 26, “Dots and Boxes.” A solo exhibition by scientist and mathematician J.J. Le Tourneau, PhD featuring dramatic digital black and white images laminated on translucent white Plexiglas, giving an airy lightness to the physical, two-dimensional object. The images represent the interaction of abstract markings and containers, which become structured space in mathematical terms. What appears to be a two-dimensional square suddenly becomes a three-dimensional pathway… 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 COLLEGE Hours vary. Ventura College. 648-8974.

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

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or HYPERLINK \”http://www.LeeHodgesArt.com\” www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY Oct. 10-Nov. 30, “Primitive Nature.” Artist j. Madison Rink has documented the Santa Monica Mountain range through photography, looking for images similar to antique tribal and Asian art sculpted by indigenous people. (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 Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm. Free Fridays 3-5pm. 424 C St., Oxnard. 385-8157. HYPERLINK \”http://www.vcnet.com/carnart\” 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 Free. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

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. HYPERLINK \”http://www.reaganfoundation.org\” 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 COLLEGE Sept. 25-Dec. 20. “Max Gold: The Father of Fusion Art.” An exhibit of Gold’s three-dimensional assemblages that layer multiple pieces of hand-painted acrylic glass to produce one compound vision. When aligned in a finished 3-D construct, the separate images are choreographed into a single interlocking whole, vibrant with intense brush strokes and elegantly clean lines. 20% of sales will be donated by the artist to support the new VC library. Library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm, Friday 7:30am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm. Ocean View Reading Room, Ventura College Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Library, Ventura College. 654-6400 ext 1264.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Oct. 5-March 31. “The Seas, the Schooners and the Fishermen: Thomas Hoyne’s Paintings of the North Atlantic.” Feautring the dramatic paintings of the renown maritime painter (1923-1989) and includes several of the artist’s preliminary drawings. 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 Sept. 12-Jan. 7, “Liberty: Blood of Patriots.” A new exhibit of detailed figures created by artist George Stuart. Figures on display include George and Martha Washington, Benedict Arnold, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Accompanying historical monologues by George Stuart. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “Saddle Up: Vaqueros, Cowboys and Charros,” an exhibit that explores Ventura County’s rich history of horseback riding and cattle ranching. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “A Personal Vision: Photographs by Robert G. Smith.\” $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

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. Cash pay outs for winners. 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.

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.

Pets

CANINE ADOPTION AND RESCUE LEAGUE Organization urgently needs foster homes for small to large puppies and dogs until they are adopted. Food, medical care, advice, and support are provided. Adoption Center located at 5 Points behind the Ventura Pet Barn, 3004 Telegraph Road. 652-1001. Visit online at HYPERLINK \”http://www.carlvc.org.\” www.carlvc.org.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 25-26, 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.

9/11-UNANSWERED QUESTIONS Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6:30-8:30pm. The Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters present a public forum featuring the film 911 Mysteries Part 1: Demolitions, and a conversation with the writer-director. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 241-8855.

Health

LAUGHTER CLUB Saturdays, 7:30-8:15am. Learn to laugh for no reason and receive the physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. Free. Camarillo Yoga Center, 5800 Santa Rosa Road, Ste. 127, Camarillo. 484-8810.

Classes/Workshops

FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE Tuesdays, Oct. 24-Dec. 12, 2-5pm. Focus on the Masters offers the public the opportunity to create a figure, male or female, that is realistic and appears to be in motion. Students learns to build an armature, create a realistic figure, and then to use various techniques to turn their work into a permanent piece ready for display. Instructor: Linda Elder. $150 for 8 weeks. Call for class location. 653-2501.

WEAVING A TALE: THE ART OF THE ORAL TRADITION Sundays, Nov. 19-Dec. 17, 2-4pm. Ever been spellbound by a storyteller? How do they get and hold your attention? What makes a good story and how is it crafted and told to entertain or move your audience? Focus on the Masters presents this four-week workshop leading you through the foundation of good storytelling. Possible performance at the end of the workshop. Instructor: Elaine Muray. $120. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

WU STYLE SHORT FORM TAI CHI Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Scott Nordeng continues his seven week class. $15 per class. Church of Religious Science, 101 Laurel Ave., Ventura. 659-2113.

CAPOEIRA IN OXNARD Tuesdays 6pm (for kids) and 7pm (youth/adults), Fridays 5pm (kids) and 6pm (youth/adults). Come experience an art born over 500 years ago in Brazil, created by African Slaves as a way to combat oppression and battle for freedom. It includes elements of martial arts, music, drumming, dance and break dancing. It is a strong part of Latino and African tradition and culture. Capoeira is physically, emotionally, and spiritually beneficial for all people of any age and ability. Free. Cultural Arts Center, 937 W. 5th St, Oxnard. HYPERLINK www.capoeirabatuque.org www.capoeirabatuque.org

OXNARD POLICE CITIZEN’S ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, 6-9pm. The Oxnard Police Department begins a new class every Wednesday through Dec. 13. The class covers a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, traffic stops, gang injunction, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone over 18 years of age, who lives or works in Oxnard, and has not previously attended the class. Free. 385-7631.

DJEMBE CLASS Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. All-level weekly class with instructor Budhi Harlow. $60 month, $17 per class. Pulse Drumming Studio, 2434 E. Main St., Ventura.

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.

Literature/Poetry

SPOKEN WORD CAFÉ Hosted by Gwendolyn Alley, the Spoken Word Café is presented the third Thursday of every month. El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091. Please visit online at www.zoeyscafe.com.

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

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

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

VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB third Wednesday of the month. E-mail HYPERLINK \”mailto:joylam@aol.com\” joylam@aol.com, HYPERLINK \”mailto:elnomac@aol.com\” elnomac@aol.com

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.

BELL ARTS FACTORY last Saturday of the month, 7:30pm. Open Mic. This Saturday: Robert Peake, host.

POEMCRAFTERS GUILD for more info, send your bio and a sample of work to 807 Camino Concordia, Camarillo, 93010. 491-3242.

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, Nov. 23, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, Nov. 26, 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. 983-8668.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, Nov. 27, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Nov. 28, 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, Nov. 29. 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

DUDLEY HOUSE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE Fridays-Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 10, 11am-6pm. The historic Dudley House opens their doors on three consecutive weekends for their annual Victorian Holiday Boutique featuring crafts, home decorating, antiques, collectibles, a silent auction, quilt raffle and refreshments. Saturday Nov. 25, three local authors, Richard Senate, Glenda Jackson, and Cherie Brant sign books about local history and attractions, 2pm. Free. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Nov. 25, 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.

CARPINTERIA MUSEUM HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRE Saturday, Nov. 25, 10am-3pm. An exceptional variety of fine handicrafts await shoppers at the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History’s Twenty-Sixth Annual Holiday Faire showcasing the work of 85 participating artisans from throughout California. Some of the unique gifts offered for sale include wooden toys, country crafts, fine jewelry, crochet hats & scarves, stained glass, dolls, baby gifts, and Christmas ornaments, decorations, and wreaths. The Museum offers a variety of refreshments, including hot foods and fresh home baked goodies, live folk music, pony rides and a petting zoo, and a visit from Santa Claus! 956 Maple Avenue, Carpinteria. 684-3112.

SMALL WORKS GIFT SHOW Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec 30. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts hosts a show designed to sell works perfect for holiday gifts. These one of a kind pieces are made by some of the best known contemporary artists of Southern California. Opening reception Nov. 18, noon-4pm. Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8560 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. 646-3381.

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

CAMARILLO REUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED CLUB Monday, Nov. 27, 11am. The CRWF holds its monthly luncheon meeting with speaker Jeff Gorell, a local attorney living in Camarillo, who will put on a Power Point presentation on “Pearl Harbor: The lesser known Infamy.” All interested parties invited. $17.50. Sterling Hills Golf Club, Camarillo. 987-8988.

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.

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JON STEWART Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Jon Stewart makes his only scheduled West Coast appearance to do 75 minutes of standup. He is one of America’s top social and comedic voices, having transformed The Daily Show into one of America’s most influential and popular television shows and has interviewed everyone from former President Bill Clinton to Tom Cruise. $70, $90, $200. UCSB Events Center, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu; www.ticketmaster.com. 963-4408; 583-8700.

TURKEY ROUNDUP 10K & 2 MILE GOBBLER\’S RUN/WALK Nov. 18, 9 a.m. Aloha Steakhouse presents the Arroyo Verde Park Cross Country 10K and 2-Mile run for Ventura Hillside Conservancy. 10K Turkey Run and 2-Mile Gobbler’s Run/Walk, 9:15 a.m.; kid’s one-half mile round-up run, 9:30 a.m.; Ohana breakfast 9:30-11 a.m.; dynamic warm-up and stretching, 9 a.m.; sports nutrition and hydration, 10 a.m. Free sports massage and silk leis for participating kids. 10K and 2-mile runs $18 by Nov. 16, $23 race day, includes T-shirt and breakfast. Kids run free for children 10 and under, does not include T-shirt or breakfast. Complete information available online at www.venturahillsides.org.

CHILDREN-LED NUTCRACKER Nov. 18-19. A cast of more than 90 talented and culturally diverse student dancers from ballet schools throughout Ventura County will perform alongside experienced dancers from Russia, Cuba and Hawaii in a full-length, professionally rendered production of The Nutcracker ballet, choreographed by Marina Fliagina, a former dancer with the Moscow State Theatre Kremlin Ballet. Matinee and evening performances. $9-$23. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. (818) 881-7976.

Special Events

SAFE SPACE ART EXCHANGE PROJECT Friday, Nov. 17, 6pm-Nov. 20, 12pm. 54 hours of continuous music, spoken word and poetry. Artists include Maria, Paris Hilton Fuck off Motherfucker, The Letter Openers, Trans Humans, Terrorist Attack, Brandon Jordan and more. Café on A, 438 South A St, Oxnard. 487-8170.

10th ANNUAL OJAI HOLIDAY HOME LOOK IN Nov. 18-19. Come celebrate the seasons with four distinctive Ojai Valley homes open to visitors 10am-4pm. Holiday entertainment also provided at the homes throughout the day. $25-30. Proceeds support the Ojai Music Festival. www.ojaifestival.org. 646-2094, ext. 104.

COMMUNITY SOCIAL Saturday, Nov. 18. The Rotary Club of Ventura and the Ventura Avenue Adult Center invite all Ventura area residents to bring their entire families for a wonderful get together with delicious food, music and dancing. In addition to the all-you-can-eat breakfast, prepared by the Rotary Club of Ventura, the event features free blood pressure checks, a representative from the District Attorney\’s Office with information on Identity Theft and Scams, a rummage sale, live music and the Center\’s first-ever cribbage tournament. Breakfast $2 adult, $1 seniors 60 and over, no one refused due to lack of money. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

THE MAGIC OF PERFORMING ARTS BRUNCH Saturday, Nov. 18, 8:45am. The High Street Theater Foundation honors Moorpark City Councilman Client Harper at their annual Performing Arts Brunch, featuring magician Ivan Amodei. Proceeds support the arts, the theater and children\’s theater workshops in Moorpark. The Secret Garden Restaurant, 255 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-7580.

ANNE KERRY FORD Saturday, Nov. 18, 8pm. Broadway veteran Kerry Ford presents her CD of Kurt Weill classics, highlighting the broad versatility of the German composer, as well as Ford’s interpretive range. John Boswell will perform. Champagne and dessert reception after the show. $30. Zalk Theater, Happy Valley School, Upper Ojai.

Performances

PLAN 10 FROM OUTER SPACE Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30pm. The Gypsy Players continue their Fall season of murder and mayhem with a Sci-Fi murder mystery. Join the worst director of all time, Ed Wood, Jr. and the cast of Plan 9 From Outer Space as they reunite to film Ed\’s long-awaited sequel and you can be a part of the cast! Some of the finest murder mystery actors in Southern California have been recruited to entertain you while enjoying fun, food and laughs. Performances: Thursday, Nov. 16, Paul\’s Italian Villa, 2585-I Cochran St., Simi Valley, $45; Saturday, Nov. 18, Hilton Garden Inn, 2000 Solar Drive, Oxnard, $50. All ticket prices include dinner, dessert, beverage, the show and wait staff gratuity. (661) 718-3968.

BARNEY LIVE! Friday, Nov. 17, 3 and 7pm. Barney, BJ and Baby Bop are going on a super musical adventure to a terrific toy factory and introducing their newest dino friend, Riff in an all-new tour featuring 25 songs, including original compositions as well as classic Barney favorites. Barney and friends invite audiences to sing, dance, tap and clap along with Barney, BJ, Baby Bop, and Riff as they meet dancing teddy bears, out of this world robots, larger than life toys and much more! $40.50-$22.50. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-2787.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Nov. 17-18. Friday: Winter Survivor Tournament Week 1-12 players compete to be the funniest; Saturday: Open Improvisation-Our best players mix and match to put together the funniest of scenes. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

NORMAN FOOTE Friday, Nov. 17, 9:30 and 11am, and 6:30pm. The Conejo Valley Children’s Concert Series presents Foote in concert, who charms audiences with his outrageous props, zany sense of humor, wit, and wordplay. $7 day, $10 evening. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 338-3021.

BUCKET & TAPS Saturday, Nov. 18. 7pm. Performances to Grow On continues their 2006-2007 season of entertainment for the whole family with a performance by 10 foot 5, a unique company of musicians, percussionists and rhythm tap dancers creating intense driving rhythms with 5-gallon buckets, metal cans, barrels, found objects and tap shoes. $16 kids, $22 adults. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907. Visit online at www.ptgo.org.

JOHN, JONATHAN, & NATHAN MCEUEN Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30pm. Two generations of musicians perform, with optional Mediterranean dinner from Caffe Bella ($25). $20. 451 Media Vallery, 1328 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura. 643-2171.

BENISE, NIGHTS OF FIRE! Saturday, Nov. 18, 8pm. Roni Benise unveils his electrifying multicultural stage show full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers. It is an unprecedented adventure through Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Salsa and Brazilian Samba that raises the standards of live performance to a fresh new level of originality with dancing that is equally mysterious, sensual and festive. The show will launch nationally on PBS. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks.

DINNER WITH A SIDE OF MYSTERY Acclaimed restaurant La Dolce Vita teams up with Whim: Custom Adventures to bring a month of mystery to the Oxnard area. Therestaurant is the site of several dinner time treasure hunts taking place each Friday during October. Dinner hunts act as gateways to larger weekend adventures, leading customers on exciting treks across the city of Oxnard. Different location used every week, culminating in a final hunt on October 27. 624-6567.

LIZ CARROLL AND JOHN DOYLE Sunday, Nov. 19, 4pm. Fiddler Liz Carroll and guitar player John Doyle perform a concert of Irish instrumental music and ballads. Chicago-born Carroll won the All Ireland Fiddle Championship at 18 and has brought her inventive performances to audiences across North America and Europe. Doyle was an original member of the Irish band Solas and is an innovative player, both as lead and accompanist. $16 advance, $18 door. Saint Andrew\’s Episcopal Church, 409 Topa Topa Drive, Ojai. 646-5163.

GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS Wednesday, Nov. 22, 7:30pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents the Golden Dragon Acrobats. For more than 27 centuries Chinese acrobats have been thrilling audiences, making it the longest running folk art form in history. The performers of the Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of this honored tradition, mixing award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. $44-$29. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

Film

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30pm. Former Vice President Al Gore’s personal crusade to educate individuals about the threat of global warming uses an accessible approach to the basic science of climate change in this informative documentary. $6. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

IRAQ FOR SALE: THE WAR PROFITEERS Friday, Nov. 17, 7pm. Free screening of the documentary by Robert Greenwald. Agora Room, Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. 642-6544.

BLACK GOLD Saturday, Nov. 18, 4:30pm. HopeDance Films presents the film documentary by Nick and Marc Francis about the love of coffee, how it is produced and processed and how it is marketed. The viewer travels to London, Italy, New York and Addas Ababa Ethiopia to see first hand the labor involved for the coffee farmer. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 544-9663.

WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? Sunday, Nov. 19, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the acclaimed documentary on the rise and quick demise of General Motors EV-1 electric car. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

THE WAR TAPES Monday, Nov. 20, 7:30pm. The first war movie shot entirely by U.S. soldiers with cameras mounted on gun turrets, dashboards, helmets, and vests, this film’s candid footage reveals the reality of war for those fighting it. $6. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

Theater

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Nov. 3-19. The Young Artists Ensemble presents this classic tale. Performances Friday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm; Sunday 12:30pm and 4pm. $10.50-$14.50. 403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2748.

JACOB MARLEY\’S CHRISTMAS CAROL Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Nov. 10-Dec. 17. The Elite Theatre Company of Oxnard opens their newest holiday production. The irreverent, funny, and ultimately, deeply moving story retells Dickens\’ classic with warmth and infectious zest. $17 adults, $15 seniors and students. 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

THE CRUCIBLE Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, Oct. 27-Nov. 19. Ojai ACT Art Center Theater presents Arthur Miller\’s Tony award-winning electrifying parable of human courage and fear set in the midst of the 1690\’s Salem witch trials. $15 general, $12 seniors and members, $8 students. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

OUR TOWN Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 3pm, Nov. 10-19. The Ventura College Theatre Arts Department presents the much beloved drama by Thornton Wilder. Our Town is an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life. $7 general, $5 students, staff and seniors. Ventura College Main Theatre, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.

SULLIVAN AND GILBERT Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Nov. 10-26. The new Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire company believes the witty words and music of Sir Gilbert Sullivan and Sir Arthur Sullivan matter very much. Their inaugural production, Sullivan and Gilbert, a new musical with original music by Ken Ludwig, includes classic operetta tunes, drama, comedy and backstage secrets. The production opens with Gilbert\’s letter to Sullivan. Their infamous carpet squabble behind them, they are rehearsing for a review of their operettas but they have neither seen nor spoken with each other in months. Conversation is restored, and we quickly move on to meet the rest of the cast, including a pretty, young soprano. Gilbert knows he\’s seen her before but can\’t quite place her. When he does, a confrontation ensues. $15 general, $12 seniors, students. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

WHOSE WIVES ARE THEY ANYWAY? Nov. 10-Dec. 9. The Conejo Players Theatre presents the tale of David and John, vice presidents of a large cosmetics company who have gone away without their wives for a relaxing weekend of golf. What they get is anything but relaxing when their new boss informs them she would never hire anyone who would go off for the weekend without his spouse, then invites them and their wives to dinner. David and John must find stand-ins or risk losing their wives… $14-$18. Matinee and evening performances. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 493-3715.

HERE LIES JEREMY TROY Nov. 18-Dec. 9. The Conejo Players Theatre presents the tale of an honesty-challenged lawyer who is up for a partnership is suddenly visited by an old school buddy who lives by sponging off old classmates. The lawyer is blackmailed into putting his old buddy up for the very night his boss is coming to dinner – whereupon his wife reacts by walking out on him. A young model is hired to stand in for her, and trouble erupts when the wife suddenly returns… Matinee and evening performances. $10. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 493-3715.

Auditions

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Friday, Nov. 17, 7-10pm, Saturday, Nov. 18, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, Nov. 19, noon-3pm. The Ventura College Opera & Musical Theatre seeks singers, actors, and dancers for its Spring 2007 production of the comedy musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Come prepared to sing something from the show or another musical, bring sheet music and wear clothing and footwear appropriate for a dance audition. Bio and head shot requested. Previous dance experience not required. Accompanist provided. Ventura College Music Department, Room G133, Theater Building, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. 653-0454.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Sunday-Tuesday, Nov. 19-21, 7:30pm. The Conejo Players Theatre is seeking 10 adults and 8 children (aged 6-17), 12 nuns, and ensemble players. See www.conejoplayers.com for character breakdown and requirements. No appointment necessary; please bring sheet music form this show or similar musical in your key. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script as well as your best 16-32 bars. Accompanist provided. There is no pay. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 983-2016.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY Gallery Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ALLEGORY 1076 E. Front St., Ventura. www.allegoryfinearts.com. 643.7511.

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. 231-0127

ART FIRST! CENTER FOR THE ARTS The new home base and showplace for Ventura County’s professional artists. Home to Allegory Fine Arts Gallery. Lectures and seminars to come. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Nov. 11-Dec. 10, “BUMP-DILLY-ICIOUS.” Presenting ‘Gallery Select’ entries from over 100 talented artists. 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 through Oct. 21, the work of Linda Smith. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm.

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 Nov. 14-Dec. 9, “Unspoken Worlds.” Dorothea Heger’s abstract and compelling exhibit feature paintings that capture the art of the natural world. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

CAFÉ ON A Featuring four native New York artists who work in collage, painting, sculpture and mixed media. 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CAFÉ 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 GOLD COAST WATERCOOR SOCIETY Nov. 5-Nov. 30, 17th Annual Open Competition. Works on display. Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 484-7594.

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN Oct. 28-Nov. 27, “24 Exhibition.” To follow the theme of “24 hours in the life of your community,” students have used photography, graphic design, sculpture, surround sound, video display and projections to create a dynamic, innovative multimedia presentation and exhibit. Free. Soiland Gallery Hall, Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.

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

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Sept. 10-Nov. 19, “Latin Perspectives in Prints” and “Building the Legacy.” 53 prints and works on paper will be on view. The featured artists all share their individual views using the linoleum block, the wood block, the lithograph stone, the etching plate, or the screen print. Also: twentieth and twenty-first century California art from the Carnegie Art Museum’s permanent collection, including a recent major acquisition of a new painting, #Light Beyond the Veil#, by plein air artist Daniel Pinkham. General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-1595.

CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.

“PHOTOGRAPHY VISION SIX” through Dec. 18. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents an invitational exhibit of extraordinary photography. A diverse group of artists have joined together to present their artwork in the Galleria, with works ranging from nature to portrait to abstract imaging. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Free. Arts Galleria, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks. www.Hill crestArts.com. 381-2747.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE Oct. 17-Nov. 30, “Nudes, Sensuals, Erotics: Works on Paper by Seco.” Featuring a full range of works on paper, celebrating sensuality and the human form. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.

DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Nov. 19-Jan. 21, Cheech Marin’s “The Chicano Collection/La Coleccion Chicana.” Images of paintings by 26 prominent Chicano artists depicting urban life and the Chicano experience between 1969 and 2001 will be on view. The paintings are primarily from actor and art collector Cheech Marin’s collection, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. Free. 519 S. C Street, Oxnard.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

GALLERY 33 451 Media Building, 1328 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura. 641-9303.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Fridays, 9:30am-1:30pm, award-winning pet portrait artist Stella Violano will be painting portraits. 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.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY Oct. 7-Jan. 4, “International Affairs: Husbands & Wives.” Featuring artist/couples in acrylic, ceramic, mixed media, sculpture and paper arts. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. 523-7957.

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 Oct. 1-Nov. 30, “A Click of Photographers.” The photography branch of the Ojai Center for the Arts presents a group show of black and white and color works by seven members of the group. Open daily 9am-9pm. 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 sitewww.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 Oct. 21-Dec. 2, “Nocturnes.” Solo exhibition featuring the work of Stas Orlovski and the romantic imagery of the decayed garden – broken statuary, overgrown vegetation, rainstorms, moths and song birds – that form the visual literature of his latest work. Orlovski constructs a series of sculpture gardens where modernist forms share space with figurative fragments. The artist pries at the question of why we are attracted to images that evoke memory, loss, and nostalgia. Undeterred by sentimentality, Orlovski pushes the edge further by orienting his compositions under faded night skies and oversized moons. Here the artist embraces rather then skirts the nostalgic quality inherent in the works from which he draws inspiration: mid-century Russian children’s storybooks, Japanese woodcuts, Victorian illustrations and Dutch botanical drawings. The results are a series of poetic works that invite the viewer into a place both familiar and innocent, a place dreamed about and remembered. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which not only includes art but an array of arts and crafty projects to create your own Odd piece. Ojai. 540-5050.

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.

PLAZA ART GALLERY through Dec. 3, “Plein Air: Landscapes of the Central Coast,” featuring Whitney Abbott, Manny Lopez, Elizabeth McGinn, James Menzel-Joseph, Jeff Sojka, Arturo Tello. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP AND 907 State St, Santa Barbara. 963-2332.

SANTA PAULA BLANCHARD LIBRARY through Dec. 28, “3rd Annual ventura College Plein Air Watercolor Exhibit.” Work by VC Plein Air students and Professor Dorothy Orr. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. 119 N. Eighth Street, Santa Paula. 654-6400, ext. 1394.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Sept. 24-Jan. 21, “NASA’s Aero Adventure: the Wonders and Science of Flight,” a hands-on exploration of jet propulsion flight. Also: Oct. 1-Nov. 19, “Flight Patterns: Aviation Quilts – Past, Present and Future.” 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 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 Nov. 18, “7th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, ‘Outside The Box.’” Nathan Larramendy curates this mixed media exhibit. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

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

SULLIVAN GOSS 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY Oct. 21-Nov. 26, “Dots and Boxes.” A solo exhibition by scientist and mathematician J.J. Le Tourneau, PhD featuring dramatic digital black and white images laminated on translucent white Plexiglas, giving an airy lightness to the physical, two-dimensional object. The images represent the interaction of abstract markings and containers, which become structured space in mathematical terms. What appears to be a two-dimensional square suddenly becomes a three-dimensional pathway… 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 COLLEGE Hours vary. Ventura College. 648-8974.

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

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS 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 Oct. 10-Nov. 30, “Primitive Nature.” Artist j. Madison Rink has documented the Santa Monica Mountain range through photography, looking for images similar to antique tribal and Asian art sculpted by indigenous people. (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 Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm. 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 Free. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

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 COLLEGE Sept. 25-Dec. 20. “Max Gold: The Father of Fusion Art.” An exhibit of Gold’s three-dimensional assemblages that layer multiple pieces of hand-painted acrylic glass to produce one compound vision. When aligned in a finished 3-D construct, the separate images are choreographed into a single interlocking whole, vibrant with intense brush strokes and elegantly clean lines. 20% of sales will be donated by the artist to support the new VC library. Library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm, Friday 7:30am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm. Ocean View Reading Room, Ventura College Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Library, Ventura College. 654-6400 ext 1264.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Oct. 5-March 31. “The Seas, the Schooners and the Fishermen: Thomas Hoyne’s Paintings of the North Atlantic.” Feautring the dramatic paintings of the renown maritime painter (1923-1989) and includes several of the artist’s preliminary drawings. 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 Sept. 12-Jan. 7, “Liberty: Blood of Patriots.” A new exhibit of detailed figures created by artist George Stuart. Figures on display include George and Martha Washington, Benedict Arnold, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Accompanying historical monologues by George Stuart. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “Saddle Up: Vaqueros, Cowboys and Charros,” an exhibit that explores Ventura County’s rich history of horseback riding and cattle ranching. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “A Personal Vision: Photographs by Robert G. Smith. $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

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. Cash pay outs for winners. 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.

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.

Pets

CANINE ADOPTION AND RESCUE LEAGUE Organization urgently needs foster homes for small to large puppies and dogs until they are adopted. Food, medical care, advice, and support are provided. Adoption Center located at 5 Points behind the Ventura Pet Barn, 3004 Telegraph Road. 652-1001. Visit online at www.carlvc.org.

Lectures/Seminars

FOOD SAFETY SEMINAR Friday, Nov. 17, 10am-noon. The Farm Bureau of Ventura County and the Ventura County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture present guest speaker Dr. Jerry Gillespie, Director for the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, University of California Davis. Gillespie discusses timely topics of food safety such as how food safety relates to agriculture, the recent e coli outbreak and what growers can do to protect the food supply. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. 650-5671.

GLOBALIZATION, ECONOMIC GROWTH, INCOME EQUALITY AND POVERTY Friday, November 17, 10 a.m. The Norte Dame Club of Ventura County and the International Baccalaureate Program of Newbury Park High School continue their Hesburgh Lecture Series with an informative discussion by Kwan S. Kim, professor of Economics and Faculty Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at University of Norte Dame. The lecture addresses the growth and equity implications of global economic integration and the socioeconomic and ethical imperatives for national and global actions. Free. Newbury Park High School Auditorium, 456 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park. 530-1924.

PRESENTATIONS ON PROTECTED RESOURCES Friday, Nov. 17, 9am-4pm. Come listen and learn during presentations on Coastal Water Resources by Dr. Diana Engle, Derelict Fishing Gear Removal by Dr. Kirsten Gilardi, and see clips filmed locally from the recent PBS broadcast, \”America\’s Underwater Treasures\” during the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council public meeting. Participate in discussions with community advisors about protection and use of the marine environment surrounding the northern Channel Islands. Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center Auditorium, Channel Islands National Park Headquarters, 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/main.html. 884-1464.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 18-19, 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.

CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY, AUTHOR OF ‘THANK YOU FOR SMOKING’ Sunday, Nov. 19, 4pm. “The quintessential political novelist of his time” as he’s called by Fortune magazine, will deliver an amusing and engaging presentation. $25. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

ADOPTION SEMINAR Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7-8:30pm. The Children’s Bureau holds a parent orientation for those interested. Adults, single or married, are encouraged to attend. Qualifying families receive extensive training, certification, funds and 24-hour support to aid in the care of their adoptive children. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (800) 793-3933.

Health

HOLISTIC LIVING EXPO Saturday, Nov. 18, 10am-6pm. Sacred Productions presents the expo, Co-Creating a Better World. The expo features 60 exhibitors showcasing their products and services for healthy living, wellness and rejuvenation, fashion and beauty, spiritual counselors, metaphysical marketplace, and more. Lectures, world-class mediums, tarot and palm readers. $5 general, $8 couple, $3 teens and seniors. Crowne Plaza, 450 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. (800) 722-7330.

LAUGHTER CLUB Saturdays, 7:30-8:15am. Learn to laugh for no reason and receive the physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. Free. Camarillo Yoga Center, 5800 Santa Rosa Road, Ste. 127, Camarillo. 484-8810.

PROSTATE CANCER AND DIET WORKSHOP Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:30am-noon.

to 12pm. Local residents with cancer and their families can attend the free workshop with dietician Susan Speer translating the latest research findings into common sense, practical suggestions for what to eat every day to treat and prevent prostate cancer. The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

Classes/Workshops

FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE Tuesdays, Oct. 24-Dec. 12, 2-5pm.

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AN EVENING WITH MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHT

Nov. 6, 8 p.m. While in office, former Secretary of State and distinguished American diplomat Madeleine Albright was renowned for her courage in “telling it like it is.” The first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Albright’s eloquence, humor and insight have fueled her unmatchable career as one of the world’s most powerful women. She is the author of The Mighty and the Almighty – Reflections on America, God and World Affairs. In her lecture, Albright will sketch a vivid portrait of her life and offer candid descriptions of service at the highest levels of American Government. $40. Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

CITIZENS FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTIONS

Nov. 5, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. As the season of giving approaches, CPR explores how the marketing of violence affects our children. Dr. Carole Lieberman, activist and expert on media violence proposes peaceful alternatives to war toys and games. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura.

WAIT UNTIL DARK

Through Nov. 11. Stage Door Theatre presents the classic thriller about a young blind woman and the terror she experiences when three strange men show up while her husband is away. One claims to be an old friend of her husband, another a policeman and the third is looking for his father as well as a musical doll. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 8 p.m. Some Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. 28311 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

Special Events

PEACE RALLY Friday, Nov. 3, 5pm. End the occupation of Iraq and Palestine. Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria and Telephone, Ventura.

POWER OF THE PEOPLE Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 4-5, noon-5pm; Monday, Nov. 6, noon-8pm. A 3-day peace initiative in downtown Ventura will highlight candidates’ positions regarding the Iraq War. Voters’ Peace Headquarters will be established for voter information. The event will be capped off with an election eve rally on the steps of the Ventura City Hall on Monday, Nov. 6, 6pm, with a 7pm torchlight peace march on California and Main streets. Downtown Mini Park, Ventura.

ANNUAL AUTUMN AUCTION Saturday, Nov. 4. California Lutheran University Community Leaders Association will host its 27th annual auction, “Passport to the World,” to benefit CLU academic programs. Silent auction, dinner, entertainment and oral auction, with exciting items like exotic vacations, jewelry, home entertainment accessories, dining experiences, golf packages and tickets to professional sporting events, on the auction block. $140 per person. Hyatt Westlake Plaza, Westlake Village. 493-3151.

MANY MANSIONS BOWL OF HOPE PROJECT Sunday, Nov. 5, 11am-2pm. Over 500 bowls have been created by local artists for guests to keep in effort to help spread awareness of Many Mansions’ services and programs. After a bowl is chosen, each guest will commence to the soup line where local community leaders, MM board members, sponsors and supporters will serve a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests wil be able to browse the merchant market, art created by local youth, and enjoy live entertainment by Michael Meros of the Beach Boys, the Conejo Community Drum Circle, and Country Gone Awry. A special appearance will be made by the Los Angeles Laker Girls. The event will be hosted by Jean Martirez of Fox 11 News. Calamgios Ranch, Malibu. 496-4948, ext. 239.

KITCHEN TOUR Sunday, Nov. 5, noon-5pm. The National Kitchen and Bath Association presents the finest in kitchen design with its inaugural kitchen tour, featuring six area homes in Ventura, Oxnard and Camarillo. $20 advance, $25 on the day of. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Contact megan@jackskitchens.com, call 563-2022; 658-0440.

Performances

LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI Thursday, Nov. 2, 8pm. The founder of a literati Mecca, the well-known City Lights Bookstore, and one of the few living contributors to the great generation of Beat poets, will read from his body of works. From the polemic to the mundane, Ferlinghetti is a poet w hose writing lends nuance to the everyday with a lyricism that is grounded in craftsmanship, thematics, and tradition. Named the first Poet Laureate of San Francisco in 1998, he is now a distinguished visiting fellow in the College of Creative Studies, UCSB. Books available for purchase and signing. $10. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

MOMIX IN LUNAR SEA Thursday & Friday, Nov. 2-3. Dancers soar and swim across the stage in midair, lunar sunflower blossom, giant glowing jellyfish expand and contract – renown for their inventiveness and beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton who conjure up a dazzling world of surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. $35-$45. Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara. 963-0761.

PLAN 10 FROM OUTER SPACE Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30pm. The Gypsy Players open their Fall season of murder and mayhem with a Sci-Fi murder mystery. Join the worst director of all time, Ed Wood, Jr. and the cast of Plan 9 From Outer Space as they reunite to film Ed\’s long-awaited sequel and you can be a part of the cast! Some of the finest murder mystery actors in Southern California have been recruited to entertain you while enjoying fun, food and laughs. Performances: Saturday evenings, Nov. 3 and 18, Hilton Garden Inn, 2000 Solar Drive, Oxnard, $50; Thursday evenings, Nov. 16; Sunday Champagne Brunch Nov., 11:30am, Paul\’s Italian Villa, 2585-I Cochran St., Simi Valley, $45. All ticket prices include dinner, dessert, beverage, the show and wait staff gratuity. (661) 718-3968.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Nov. 3-4. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

SANTA PAULA CONCERT SERIES Saturday, Nov. 4, 7:30pm. In honor of Mozart\’s 250 birth year, Women of Note and Friends perform all four of Mozart\’s flute quartets, K298, K285, K285a and K285b. Under the musical direction of Marianna Franco Sommer on flute, the ensemble includes Becky Walker-Vrba, violin, Tom Turner, viola and Janet Bergamo, cello. $12 advance, $15 door. Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-4647.

EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY Saturday, Nov. 4, 8pm. New York City’s East Village Opera Company re-interprets classic arias. The company combines the musicianship of a powerhouse rock band, two charismatic vocalists and a string section to reinvent classic opera arias into high-adrenaline, power rock songs featuring monumental renditions of Puccini’s Nessun dorma, Bizet’s Au font du temple saint, and La donna e mobile from Rigoletto. $45. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

ELITE THEATER PREVIEW SHOWCASE Sunday, Nov. 5, 2-5pm. The Elite Theatre Company host their 2007 season preview featuring selections from the plays chosen plus hors d\’ oeuvres and champagne punch. The 2007 season includes Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, Vincent by Leonard Nimoy, Ruthless-The Musical, Talley\’s Folly, by Lanford Wilson, and an original play by Ojai resident Bill Spellman, The Debt. $15. Petit House at Heritage Square, 730 So. B Street, Oxnard. 483-5118.

MUSICA ANTIQUA KÖLN Sunday, Nov. 5, 2pm & 5pm. After being expelled from conservatory school for his innovative pursuits, Musica Antiqua Koln founder Reinhard Goebel spent the next 30 years earning an esteemed place in the musical world without ever submitting to the pressure of changing fashions. This Grammy-nominated Baroque chamber music ensemble, renowned for their lively and precise interpretations of 17th- and 18th- century music, excel in inspired and imaginative historical performance practice. $30. St. Anthony’s Seminary, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

THE FOUR FRESHMEN Monday, Nov. 6, 8pm. In the current incarnation of the group, The Four Freshmen perform many original Four Freshman hits, along with some of their own favorites blended with audience-pleasing charisma and humor. Over the years, The Four Freshmen have strongly influenced many groups including, Take Six, Manhattan Transfer and The Beach Boys. $25. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 486-2424.

CLARITA AND THE ARTE FLAMENCO DANCE THEATRE Tuesday, Nov. 7, 8pm. “The Music and Dances of Spain” is a richly textured program portraying the variety of dance found throughout Spain’s many regions. A freewill offering will be accepted. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3151.

DINNER WITH A SIDE OF MYSTERY Acclaimed restaurant La Dolce Vita teams up with Whim: Custom Adventures to bring a month of mystery to the Oxnard area. The restaurant is the site of several dinner time treasure hunts taking place each Friday during October. Dinner hunts act as gateways to larger weekend adventures, leading customers on exciting treks across the city of Oxnard. Different location used every week, culminating in a final hunt on October 27. 624-6567.

Film

OCCUPIED MINDS Thursday, Nov. 2, 7pm. Occupied Minds takes viewers on an emotional, intensely personal odyssey through one of the world\’s most volatile regions following Palestinian-American journalist Jamal Dajani and Israeli journalist David Michaelis as they travel together to Jerusalem, their mutual birthplace. Together they hope to offer unique insights into the divisive Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Free. Topping Room, Foster Library, 651 Main St., Ventura.

WORDPLAY Sunday, Nov. 5, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the literate documentary about the creator of the New York Times Crossword Puzzle and the puzzle’s obsessive fans. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Theater

MAN OF LA MANCHA Thursday-Wednesday, Oct. 12-Nov. 5. Rubicon Theatre Company presents the final production of its 2005-2006 season and the third and final show in its Dale Wasserman Festival, the five time Tony Award-winning musical with book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion, The production features George Ball as Cervantes/Don Quixote, Jennifer Shelton as Aldonza, Jamie Torcellini as Sancho Panza, Randal Keith as the Governor, and Joseph Fuqua as the Duke. Performances: Wednesdays, 2 and 7pm; Thursdays-Fridays, 8pm; Saturdays, 2 and 8pm; and Sundays, 2pm. Theater offers numerous special performances, call for complete schedule and ticket prices. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900.

THE CRUCIBLE Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, Oct. 27-Nov. 19. Ojai ACT Art Center Theater presents Arthur Miller\’s Tony award-winning electrifying parable of human courage and fear set in the midst of the 1690\’s Salem witch trials. $15 general, $12 seniors and members, $8 students. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY Gallery Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ALLEGORY 1076 E. Front St., Ventura. www.allegoryfinearts.com. 643.7511.

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.

ART FIRST! CENTER FOR THE ARTS The new home base and showplace for Ventura County’s professional artists. Home to Allegory Fine Arts Gallery. Lectures and seminars to come. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Sept 30-Nov. 5, “Range of Vision.” A solo exhibition of photographs and carbon-pigment archival paintings by Robin Raggio, featuring premiere screenings of “A Journey of Elements: Earth, Water, Wind & Fire,” a special digital performance of choreographed images, light and sound. Also: “Written in Stone,” three featured artists whose work is loosely based on a theme of timeless information, including reflections on archeological sites and cosmic fantasies. 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 through Oct. 21, the work of Linda Smith. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm.

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.Buena venturaGallery.org. 648-1235.

CAFÉ ON A Featuring four native New York artists who work in collage, painting, sculpture and mixed media. 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 GOLD COAST WATERCOOR SOCIETY Nov. 5-Nov. 30, 17th Annual Open Competition. Works on display. Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 484-7594.

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN Oct. 28-Nov. 27, “24 Exhibition.” To follow the theme of “24 hours in the life of your community,” students have used photography, graphic design, sculpture, surround sound, video display and projections to create a dynamic, innovative multimedia presentation and exhibit. Free. Soiland Gallery Hall, Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.

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

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Sept. 10-Nov. 19, “Latin Perspectives in Prints” and “Building the Legacy.” 53 prints and works on paper will be on view. The featured artists all share their individual views using the linoleum block, the wood block, the lithograph stone, the etching plate, or the screen print. Also: twentieth and twenty-first century California art from the Carnegie Art Museum’s permanent collection, including a recent major acquisition of a new painting, Light Beyond the Veil, by plein air artist Daniel Pinkham. General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY through Nov. 5, 3-artist show. Abstract paintings by C. Lynn Tegenfeldt depict a natural world deconstructed to expose a microcosmos of astonishing beauty and diversity; photographer David Rivas catches a surrealistic view of life uncommon in photography; celebrity artist Jonathan Winters exhibits work of great spontaneity, much like his career as an improvisational comedian. New art will be installed Saturday, Oct. 21. 546 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-1595.

CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.

“PHOTOGRAPHY VISION SIX” through Dec. 18. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents an invitational exhibit of extraordinary photography. A diverse group of artists have joined together to present their artwork in the Galleria, with works ranging from nature to portrait to abstract imaging. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Free. Arts Galleria, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks. HYPERLINK www.HillcrestArts.com www.HillcrestArts.com. 381-2747.

COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Sept. 25-Nov. 10, “National Arts Program Visual Arts Exhibit.” Paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, crafts/mixed media/assemblage/pottery by youth and adults in conjunction with the official Ventura County Arts Walk Week 2006. Awards Ceremony and Reception Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7pm, open to the public. Hall of Administration, Atrium Lobby, County Government Center. 658-2213.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE Oct. 17-Nov. 30, “Nudes, Sensuals, Erotics: Works on Paper by Seco.” Featuring a full range of works on paper, celebrating sensuality and the human form. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm.

265 South Laurel St, Ventura. HYPERLINK \”http://www.divapassion.com\” \\o \”http://www.divapassion.com\” www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

GALLERY 33 451 Media Building, 1328 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura. 641-9303.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Fridays, 9:30am-1:30pm, award-winning pet portrait artist Stella Violano will be painting portraits. 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.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY Oct. 7-Jan. 4, “International Affairs: Husbands & Wives.” Featuring artist/couples in acrylic, ceramic, mixed media, sculpture and paper arts. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. 523-7957.

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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.hillcrestarts.com\” www.hillcrestarts.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST Oct. 1-Nov. 30, “A Click of Photographers.” The photography branch of the Ojai Center for the Arts presents a group show of black and white and color works by seven members of the group. Open daily 9am-9pm. 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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.segismundoart.com.\” 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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.thedistilleryla.com\” www.thedistilleryla.com.

MAIN CALIFORNIA ARTIST a new gallery in town! An ongoing exhibit features several local artists in a variety of mediums. Free Saturday night musical performances weekly, 7-8:30pm, including classical piano performances by Maestro Bryan Tari, as well as jazz, opera or string quartets. 494 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-7000.

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

NATHAN LARRAMENDY Oct. 21-Dec. 2, “Nocturnes.” Solo exhibition featuring the work of Stas Orlovski and the romantic imagery of the decayed garden – broken statuary, overgrown vegetation, rainstorms, moths and song birds – that form the visual literature of his latest work. Orlovski constructs a series of sculpture gardens where modernist forms share space with figurative fragments. The artist pries at the question of why we are attracted to images that evoke memory, loss, and nostalgia. Undeterred by sentimentality, Orlovski pushes the edge further by orienting his compositions under faded night skies and oversized moons. Here the artist embraces rather then skirts the nostalgic quality inherent in the works from which he draws inspiration: mid-century Russian children’s storybooks, Japanese woodcuts, Victorian illustrations and Dutch botanical drawings. The results are a series of poetic works that invite the viewer into a place both familiar and innocent, a place dreamed about and remembered. Opening reception on Saturday, October 21, 5 – 7 pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. HYPERLINK \”http://www.larramendygallery.com\” www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which not only includes art but an array of arts and crafty projects to create your own Odd piece. Ojai. 540-5050.

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 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP AND 907 State St, Santa Barbara. 963-2332.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Sept. 24-Jan. 21, “NASA’s Aero Adventure: the Wonders and Science of Flight,” a hands-on exploration of jet propulsion flight. Also: Oct. 1-Nov. 19, “Flight Patterns: Aviation Quilts – Past, Present and Future.” 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 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 Sept. 16-Nov. 4, three exhibitions running concurrently. “Memories of Sea & Sky: paintings by Elisse Pogofsky-Harris” in the Evans Gallery, with more than 20 sea and sky paintings featuring a paradoxical quality: On the one hand, the works contain neither persons nor artifacts that would establish a human scale; they evoke a world removed from human perspectives. On the other, they seem to invite an investment on the part of the viewer, not just as an audience for the artistic display, but as an individual in conversation with the natural world.

“New Abstract Painting: a two-person show with Peter Eble and Richard P. Schaefer, in the O’Keeffee Gallery, where Eble combines asphalt, varnish, sheets of lead and copper as he explores the use of industrial materials in non-objective art. Schaefer’s new work may look minimalist with the large areas of color-shapes but they in fact derive from an expressionistic background. “The WORD Pictured: Biblically-inspired mixed media art of Lee Hodges” in The Gerd Koch Gallery. Hodges’s work contains text from the Bible, often in the original Greek or Hebrew with abstract shapes and colors, united with figurative and architectural elements. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. HYPERLINK \”http://www.studiochannelislands.org\” www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

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

SULLIVAN GOSS 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY Oct. 21-Nov. 26, “Dots and Boxes.” A solo exhibition by scientist and mathematician J.J. Le Tourneau, PhD featuring dramatic digital black and white images laminated on translucent white Plexiglas, giving an airy lightness to the physical, two-dimensional object. The images represent the interaction of abstract markings and containers, which become structured space in mathematical terms. What appears to be a two-dimensional square suddenly becomes a three-dimensional pathway… 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 COLLEGE Hours vary. Ventura College. 648-8974.

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

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or HYPERLINK \”http://www.LeeHodgesArt.com\” www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

ART COMPETITION take in day Saturday, Nov. 4, 10:30am-noon. The California Gold Coast Watercolor Society holds its 17th annual open competition, open to all CGCWS members plus artists residing in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles and Orange counties. Work must be transparent watercolor or aqua media. All entries must be entirely the work of the artist and not done under supervision. All entries must be original and produced within the last two years. Source material, including photographs, must be the artist’s own. Show Nov. 5-30. $10 entry fee per painting, non-refundable. Maximum of 3 paintings per category. $10 registration fee. Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 484-7594.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY Oct. 10-Nov. 30, “Primitive Nature.” Artist j. Madison Rink has documented the Santa Monica Mountain range through photography, looking for images similar to antique tribal and Asian art sculpted by indigenous people. (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 Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm. Free Fridays 3-5pm. 424 C St., Oxnard. 385-8157. HYPERLINK \”http://www.vcnet.com/carnart\” 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 Sunday, Nov. 5, open house, 1-4pm. 1926-28 recordings of Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra will be featured in the Dudley House historic recording series. Docents will give tours of the history of the hose with its newly installed Dudley family furniture. Free. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

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. HYPERLINK \”http://www.reaganfoundation.org\” 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 COLLEGE Sept. 25-Dec. 20. “Max Gold: The Father of Fusion Art.” An exhibit of Gold’s three-dimensional assemblages that layer multiple pieces of hand-painted acrylic glass to produce one compound vision. When aligned in a finished 3-D construct, the separate images are choreographed into a single interlocking whole, vibrant with intense brush strokes and elegantly clean lines. 20% of sales will be donated by the artist to support the new VC library. Library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm, Friday 7:30am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm. Ocean View Reading Room, Ventura College Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Library, Ventura College. 654-6400 ext 1264.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Oct. 5-March 31. “The Seas, the Schooners and the Fishermen: Thomas Hoyne’s Paintings of the North Atlantic.” Feautring the dramatic paintings of the renown maritime painter (1923-1989) and includes several of the artist’s preliminary drawings. 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 Sept. 12-Jan. 7, “Liberty: Blood of Patriots.” A new exhibit of detailed figures created by artist George Stuart. Figures on display include George and Martha Washington, Benedict Arnold, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Accompanying historical monologues by George Stuart. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “Saddle Up: Vaqueros, Cowboys and Charros,” an exhibit that explores Ventura County’s rich history of horseback riding and cattle ranching. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “A Personal Vision: Photographs by Robert G. Smith.\” $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

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. Cash pay outs for winners. 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.

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.

Pets

CANINE ADOPTION AND RESCUE LEAGUE Organization urgently needs foster homes for small to large puppies and dogs until they are adopted. Food, medical care, advice, and support are provided. Adoption Center located at 5 Points behind the Ventura Pet Barn, 3004 Telegraph Road. 652-1001. Visit online at HYPERLINK \”http://www.carlvc.org.\” www.carlvc.org.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 4-5, 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.

REINHARD GOEBEL OF MUSICA ANTIQUA KOLN Monday, Nov. 6, 3pm. After being expelled from conservatory school for his innovative pursuits, Musica Antiqua Koln founder Reinhard Goebel spent the next 30 years earning an esteemed place in the musical world without ever submitting to the pressure of changing fashions. He gives a talk the day after his ensemble’s performance at UCSB. Free. Room 1145, UCSB Department of Music, UCSB, Santa Barbara.

AN EVENING WITH GAIL PIDDUCK Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7-8:30pm. Focus on the Masters presents a lecture by Pidduck who with paint and the eye of a discerning artist, creates stunning tableaux of farm workers in the Santa Clara Valley. Her work displays with great clarity the every-changing colors of our mountains, the gentle symmetry of orange groves, graceful young dancers celebrating their heritage. $10 Non-Members. Technology Development Center, 5200 Valentine Road, Ventura. 653-2501.

Health

LAUGHTER CLUB Saturdays, 7:30-8:15am. Learn to laugh for no reason and receive the physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. Free. Camarillo Yoga Center, 5800 Santa Rosa Road, Ste. 127, Camarillo. 484-8810.

Classes/Workshops

LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 2, -9:30pm. Focus on the Masters presents this life drawing class for ages 16 to adult. Working with live models, students learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring 18\”x24\” drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE Tuesdays, Oct. 24-Dec. 12, 2-5pm. Focus on the Masters offers the public the opportunity to create a figure, male or female, that is realistic and appears to be in motion. Students learns to build an armature, create a realistic figure, and then to use various techniques to turn their work into a permanent piece ready for display. Instructor: Linda Elder. $150 for 8 weeks. Call for class location. 653-2501.

OIL PAINTING Thursdays, November 2 – 16, 2-4pm. Focus on the Masters offers the class for those wanting to develop their ability to communicate through paint in this three session workshop. Learn to integrate your subject into a background, seeing shapes, color, value and edges. Practice working wet into wet from start to finish. Beginners welcome. Instructor: Irena Jablonski. $60. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

WU STYLE SHORT FORM TAI CHI Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Scott Nordeng continues his seven week class. $15 per class. Church of Religious Science, 101 Laurel Ave., Ventura. 659-2113.

OXNARD POLICE CITIZEN’S ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, 6-9pm. The Oxnard Police Department begins a new class every Wednesday through Dec. 13. The class covers a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, traffic stops, gang injunction, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone over 18 years of age, who lives or works in Oxnard, and has not previously attended the class. Free. 385-7631.

DJEMBE CLASS Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. All-level weekly class with instructor Budhi Harlow. $60 month, $17 per class. Pulse Drumming Studio, 2434 E. Main St., Ventura.

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.

Literature/Poetry

ONE BOOK ONE CAMPUS Ventura College hosts a month of activities to share Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as part of their Fifth Annual One Book, One Campus literary event. In addition to many faculty placing the novel on their course syllabus for student discussions, activities for the month include an art exhibit of works done by clients of the Santa Barbara Mental Health Association, the showing of several related films, guest speakers, presentations and panel discussions on related issues, and a marathon reading of the novel. Complete details of the project can be found online at HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturacollege.edu.\” www.venturacollege.edu. 654-6400, ext. 1395.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. Cal

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