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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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