~ HAPPENINGS ~

~ HAPPENINGS ~

NATHAN LARRAMENDY Postcards from the Road. New work by Inez Storer features her striking paintings in mobile, in-transit form. Also Winter Games, a special project by Carmen Abelleira, puts a twist on vintage domestic archetypes. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Dec. 29-31. The Livery Theater’s annual New Year’s event promises to be a magical night of music, food, prizes and fun. Festivities run 7 – 10:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Guests can sample the delicious hors d’oeuvre and dessert buffet, peruse the silent auction consisting of a wide variety of items donated by local businesses, and then be treated to a comedy improv show by the award-winning Ventura Area TheatreSports. A champagne toast and more revelry follow the performance. $25. Dec. 29, 8-10 p.m.: Winter Survivor Tournament Week 7-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes; Dec, 31, 8-10 p.m.: Gorilla TheaterSports-Performers take turns directing scenes as the audience votes thumbs up or down. $7.50 Friday, $8.50. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

ASSEMBLAGE WORKSHOP Dec. 30, 1-3:30 p.m. Ages 10 and up are invited to a workshop held in conjunction with Susan Tibbles’s Opinions exhibit. Class will focus on using reclaimed and recycled materials to create unique three-dimensional sculptures. Materials will be provided. $5. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C St, Oxnard. 385-8171.

Holiday Happenings

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE WATER Thursday, Dec. 28, 6 and 7:30pm. Channel Islands Harbor puts a creative spin on the traditional Christmas Tree Lane by offering it along the water’s edge. Residents and visitors are invited to come and experience one of the most unique light displays on the California coast throughout the month of December. Visitors can view these sparkling bright lights and holiday decorations from the water through the Channel Islands Harbor and Mandalay Bay aboard the Channel Islands Harbor Water Taxi. $10. 985-5828, ext. 102.

ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE Sunday, Dec. 31, 6:30pm. Ring in the New Year with your friends at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala featuring the opening night performance of Always, Patsy Cline. Two packages available, both include a post show celebration with cast and crew and champagne. VIP Package includes a fully catered dinner prior to the show, and after party: $90. Gala Package includes show and following reception, $70. Show only tickets available $35. Show begins 8:30pm. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

COUNTRY LOVERS WESTERN DANCE CLUB Sunday, Dec. 31, 7:30pm-1am. The group holds their annual New Year’s Dinner and Dance. 7:30 dinner, open dancing 8:30pm-1am. $55 per person dinner and dance. Four Points Sheraton, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. 830-3105.

NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE Sunday, Dec. 31, 8pm-12:30am. Join DJ’s Mark Neal and Jacalyn Booth for free-style dancing, no partner needed. Smoke and alcohol-free. Lively variety of music, shoes needed on cement floor. Bring your hoops, poi, drums, shakers & celebrate the New Year! Vision Board area supplied. Adults $10, youth 16 and under $2. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 650-7112.

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA BALL Sunday, Dec. 31, 7pm-1am. Ventura Rheinland Club holds their annual dinner and dance featuring music by the John Borowitz Band and a buffet dinner. $45 non-members, reservations please. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 658-8887.

NEW YEARS EVE AT WESTSIDE dinner 5pm-11pm, restaurant open to 1am. Join us for a champagne toast at midnight, door prizes and gifts. Come enjoy great food, wonderful wine and kick off the new year with your friends. 40% off Champagne and Sparkling Wine. www.WestsideCellar.com 222E Main St, Ventura. 652-7013.

SOHO BRAZILIAN-STYLE NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH. Sambada plays crazy, upbeat samba and rock grooves. Exquisite four-course meal, energetic countdown and free champagne at midnight. $100 per person includes table for the evening, four-course gourmet feast with tax and tip, live music and dancing, midnight festivities. Club SoHo, Santa Barbara. www.sohosb.com

NEW YEARS AT HUSH Sunday, Dec. 31, 5pm-2am. 5 course Latin fusion buffet and live music by some of the finest jazz musicians in the industry. Also: dj larz inside. Dinner: 5-10pm. $20 general admission; $75 admission to jazz concert, latin fusion buffet, champagne toast and after party. 185 E. Santa Clara, Ventura. www.hushlounge.com. 648-1462.

NEW YEAR’S AT THE SIDECAR Dec. 31, 4pm. Two seatings: 4pm, offering a three-course dinner, and 8pm seating for three-courses, Casino night with a giveaway of a trip to Vegas, music by the Bobby Watley Trio, champagne toast, party favors and a local cab company for pickup or drop off. $39 first seating, $100 second seating. Sidecar Restaurant, 3029 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-7433.

Special Events

WHALE WATCHING daily, Dec. 26-April. The season officially begins the day after Christmas. Join both Island Packers and Channel Islands Sportfishing for daily excursions from Oxnard to view these magnificent mammals gracing the ocean as they migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel. Island Packers offers 3 Â? hour non-landing trips through early April from 9am, 9:30am, 1pm, 1:30pm, and 2pm. $26 adults, $22 seniors 55 & up, and $17 children 12 and under. Trips are provided at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m, plus regular full-day excursions to Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. Call for reservation. 382-1779. Visit online at www.islandpackers.com.

Dining

WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays in December, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E Main Street, Ventura. www.WestsideCellar.com. 652-7013.

Performances

SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM: THE MYSTERY OF THE MAGI’S GOLD 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.

WINDHAM HILL’S WINTER SOLSTICE Friday, Dec. 29, 8pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents Windham Hill as they celebrate 30 years with their Winter Solstice Concert. $39-$29. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

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.

Auditions

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK Jan. 1-3, 5:30-9:30pm. Seeking elementary-, middle school- and high school-aged students for the Conejo Players’ energetic revue written around Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching. As Tom tries to relax by watching TV, various characters emerge to show him how to win his students over with imagination and music with beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs. Runs Sat-Sunday, 1pm and 4pm, March 3-11 with one Friday performances. For more info, call 983-2016. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY through Jan. 4, “Land of the Midnight Sun.” Oil paintings 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.

ALBINGER MUSEUM Dec. 14-March 31. The museum present a show of Gerardo Segismundo’s renditions of Ventura Scenes, Farmers and Festivals in different mediums including acrylics and watercolors. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm. 113 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-5823.

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. 2310127

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 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 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 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 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 Dec. 10-Feb. 18, “Susan Tibbles Opinion.” A series of forceful assemblages by the visual satirist, illustrator for the Opinion Section fo the L.A. Tims for the past six years. Over 100 assemblages wil be on view from a private collection, paired with the published articles they were designed to illustrate. 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.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE through January, “Floating Bodies.” A series of nude portraits that blend contemporary and classical elements on shaped canvases by Nancy Deebl Scherich. Free. 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. Also, Jan. 3-21, Cuadros.” Maribel Hernandez’s exuberant paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and more on display. 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 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 Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

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

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 through Jan. 4, “Here Today: New Work in Oil by Bonnie Beedles.” 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 Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through Feb. 7, “Brick by Brick.” A collection of art by 17 established and emerging California artists in a new downtown Ventura space. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400.

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.

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.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 through Jan. 26, “Blips, Drips, & Strip.” A group exhibition of selected established and emerging southern California artists. 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 COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER through January 17, “Art is Eclectic.” Group show by the Artists-in-Residence of Studio Channel Islands Art Center. . Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm. Closed weekends and holidays. 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura. 658-2213.

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.

Competitions

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL POSTER CONTEST deadline Jan. 5. Artisans of all ages may put their talents to the test in any preferred medium but the finished product must be reproduction compatible without any writing, as the event name will be added in final production. All finished art work for consideration must be 16” wide and 17” high, centered and mounted on a black matte board 18” wide and 19” high. Names and contact information should be easily viewed on the back. first place winner will receive a check for $1,500 and will be the guest of honor at a press luncheon announcement with luminaries and media in February. Second and third place winners will each receive a check for $300. Entries can be mailed or hand delivered to the Festival office at California Strawberry Festival, 1661 Pacific Avenue #15, Oxnard, CA 93033. 385-4739.

CALL FOR ENTRIES Sunday, Jan. 14 and Monday Jan. 15, 11am-2pm (bring-in dates). It’s time for Ventura County artists to pull together their best work for Buenaventura Art Association’s 21st Annual Open Competition. The competition runs from Jan. 16–Feb. 3. This year, a “Best of Show” cash award will be given in the amount of $400.00. In addition, cash prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in 2D and 3D categories. Non-cash prizes will be awarded for Honorable Mentions. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. Prospectus online at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM through Feb. 18, “Farming on the Edge.” A student evaluation of the challenges and risks of farming in the Ventura County today. 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 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 Dec. 2-March 4, “Artistic Journeys: the Btoke Family.” The shared working methods of artists Cornelis Botke, his wife Jessie Arms Botke, and their granddaughter Kitty Botke, are explored. Also: 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. 30-31, 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

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

YOGA AT BOULERDASH Mondays 7:30-9pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10 557-1300.

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. www.capoeirabatuque.org

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 www.venturaimprov.com.

Literature/Poetry

ARTIST UNION GALLERY Every Tuesday, 7:30pm. Poetry and open mic. 330 S. California St., Ventura. 643-3012.

CRAZY’S OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7pm. Every Tuesday at the Coastal Roasting Fireplace Company across the street from the movie theatre. All ages. 546 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-1595.

ZOEYS FORUM Every Wednesday, 4pm. A civilized forum where you can express your opinion on many topics, hear new ideas, and come to your own conclusions. Participation is voluntary but encouraged. Everyone welcome. Zoeys Café, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137.

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 joylam@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.

THOUSAND OAKS FARMER’S MARKET Thursdays, Dec. 21, 3-6:30pm. Fresh produce, vegetables and flowers, ready-made holiday gift baskets and preserved canned items. Shoppers can assemble their own holiday baskets and choose from a wide variety of fresh selections. Oaks Shopping Center Parking Lot, between Wilbur Road and 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, Dec. 28, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, Jan. 1. Argentine Tango is completely improvised, two bodies, intimately connected, co-creating a unique and spontaneous expression in time and space. First and third Monday of each month. Beginners, 6-7pm, $10 per person. Open practice for all levels, 7-8pm, admission by donation. Social dancing in nearby Los Caporales, 8-10pm. No partner, reservation or prior experience necessary. Gallery, Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 646-7355.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Jan. 2, 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, Jan. 3. 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

HOLIDAY SHIP MODEL SALE Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 28-31, 11am-5pm. The Ventura County Maritime Museum will present its annual sale. A wide selection of sailing ship models are available, including decorator models as well as handcrafted, one-of-a-kind models, from small single-masted sailboats to 3 foot long three-masted man-of-wars complete with case and table. These beautiful pieces make the perfect gift for the sailor or sailor-at-heart! All proceeds from sales benefit the educational programs of the Museum. Ventura County Maritime Museum, Fisherman’s Wharf, Channel Islands Harbor. 984-6260.

THOUSAND OAKS FARMER’S MARKET Thursdays, Dec. 28, 3-6:30pm. Fresh produce, vegetables and flowers, ready-made holiday gift baskets and preserved canned items. Shoppers can assemble their own holiday baskets and choose from a wide variety of fresh selections. Oaks Shopping Center Parking Lot, between Wilbur Road and Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Dec. 30, 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.

SMALL WORKS GIFT SHOW Saturday, Dec. 30. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts sells works perfect for holidays. These one of a kind pieces are made by some of the best known contemporary artists of Southern California. 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

INDEPENDENT THINKERS Wednesday, Jan. 3, 7pm. Informal discussion group. Topics include philosophy, politics, psychology, concepts, all view points encouraged. Meets first Wednesday of every month. 653-1121.

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

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

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

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

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

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

PING PONG Thursdays, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. Call 646-8162 for more information.

LESBIAN AND GAY SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm. Singles and couples welcome. Cope with hostilities and concerns in the workplace, society, community and family. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

ONE AGAIN Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Wednesdays, 7:30pm, Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura; Thursdays, 7:30pm, Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 non-members. 445-4526.

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

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

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

~ HAPPENINGS ~

~ HAPPENINGS ~

WHALE WATCHING Dec. 26 — April. The season officially begins the day after Christmas. Join both Island Packers and Channel Islands Sportfishing for daily excursions from Oxnard to view these magnificent mammals gracing the ocean as they migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel. Island Packers offers 3-hour non-landing trips through early April. Trips are provided at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m, plus regular full-day excursions to Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. $26 adults, $22 seniors 55 & up, and $17 children 12 and under. Call for reservation. 382-1779. Visit online at www.islandpackers.com.

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA CHRISTMAS SHOW Dec. 21, 8 p.m. The Blind Boys of Alabama joyously return for their Go Tell It To The Mountain holiday concert. The four-time Grammy-winning legends are one of the biggest genre-crossing success stories in recent years. They have spread the spirit and energy of pure soul gospel music for over 60 years. Call for tickets. The Marjorie Luke Theatre, 701 Cota St., Santa Barbara. 963-0761.

MY LIFE AS AN ACTIVIST Dec. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. The Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters present a free, public lecture by Alice Greenfield McGrath. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Holiday Happenings

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE WATER Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6 and 7:30pm. Channel Islands Harbor puts a creative spin on the traditional Christmas Tree Lane by offering it along the water’s edge. Residents and visitors are invited to come and experience one of the most unique light displays on the California coast throughout the month of December. Visitors can view these sparkling bright lights and holiday decorations from the water through the Channel Islands Harbor and Mandalay Bay aboard the Channel Islands Harbor Water Taxi. One-hour tour offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 6 and 7:30pm. $10. 985-5828, ext. 102.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Wednesdays-Sundays, Dec. 14-23, 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.

CAMARILLO HOUSE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Wednesdays, Dec. 20-27, 7-9pm. In the spirit of the holiday season, the historic 1892 Camarillo Ranch House is open to visitors Wednesday evenings during December. Built by the City of Camarillo’s founder, Adolfo Camarillo, the house welcomes St. Nicholas from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesdays before Christmas. Visitors are encouraged to bring their children and cameras for pictures with Santa and to capture memories of the beautifully-lighted and decorated house. During the evenings, visitors can relive the spirit of Christmas past with punch and cookies and seasonal music, Christmas trees in almost every room, and musical guests. In addition, there is a display of antique toys Dec.20. $5 contribution suggested. 389-8182.

SEA SLEIGH RIDES through December 23, then December 26-30, departing 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Hop onboard the good ship Dreamer for a holiday sleigh ride – California style! Sail the waters of the Ventura Keys and Ventura Harbor, enjoy the sparkling Christmas lights adorning shoreline homes! Each cruise offers a full bar, sodas and seasonal concoctions such as “reindeer milk” and hot chocolate. $20 adults, $10 children 2-12. www.venturaboatrentals. 642-7753.

ISLAND PACKERS HOLIDAY CAROLING CRUISE every Tuesday, Thursday in December, departing 6pm. Enjoy the harbor lights and the decorated boats, while group caroling is an option for those who want to sing with the onboard karaoke system aboard the 64’ Catamaran. Snacks, hot cocoa and cider. $20 adults, $17 seniors, $12 children. Departs from 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. www.islandpackers.com. 642-1393.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Wednesdays-Sundays, Dec. 7-23, 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.

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM Fresh-cut Northwest trees, holly, mistletoe, animal center and farm market – all at Underwood Farms! Also: Vintage tractor-drawn wagon rides and rides with Santa (December 9-10, 11am-4pm) $3, under 2 free. Underwood Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark. 218-0282 or 701-1335.

Special Events

LAST SPOKEN WORD SALON Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30pm. Final reading hosted by Jackson Wheeler of the monthly Arcade Poetry Series, Roe Estep of the Tuesday Night Poets and Ryan Gillenwater of Train of Thought. Former hosted poets from the past five years of Spoken Word Salon will be featured. Open Mic. El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137.

Dining

WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays in December, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E Main Street, Ventura. www.WestsideCellar.com. 652-7013.

Charity

FOOD SHARE LOOKING FOR DONATIONS through Dec. 24. This year’s “Holiday Challenge” from Ventura County Food Bank’s annual countywide food & fund drive is behind schedule. We have only reached 20% of our overall goal of 170,000 pounds of food. We need the community’s help! If each surrounding community of the 22 participating Von’s Markets will dedicate themselves to filling the PODS containers located outside each store (in the parking lot) before Christmas Eve, we can meet our goal and feed the hungry of Ventura County. Drop by your local Von’s Market to donate non-perishables. No Glass Containers, please. For the location nearest you, call 983-7100 ext. 142.

Performances

NEWBURY PARK HIGH CHORAL MUSIC CONCERT Thursday, Dec. 21, 7pm. The music department holds their annual winter concert featuring holiday music and a wide variety of choral and solo numbers representing many traditions and musical styles. $7. Performing Arts Center, 456 Reino Road, Newbury Park. 383-7215.

DAVID ARKENSTONE Thursday, Dec. 21, 8pm, followed by meet and greet. The three-time Grammy Award Nominee and Westlake Village resident will bring his unique brand of Orchestral World Music to Thousand Oaks. $20. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 449-2787.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Dec. 22-23. Friday: Winter Survivor Tournament Week 6-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes; Saturday: Christmas Show-don’t miss this special, hilarious, improvised tribute to gift giving. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

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.

Theater

JUDY’S SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS through Dec. 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

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Fridays-Saturday, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, Dec. 8-23. High Street Arts Center presents a musical based on the ever loved classic by Charles Dickens. The Dickens’ classic gets the full Broadway treatment in this Alan Menken-Lynn Ahrens-Mike Okrent adaptation. Special performances Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30pm, and Saturday, Dec. 23, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 kids 12 and under. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE through Dec. 23. Ring in the holidays this year with Frank Capra’s classic brought to life onstage. Join George Bailey, Uncle Billy and that bumbling Clarence the Angel. Presented by the Santa Paula Theater Center. Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm, Sundays, 2pm. $14 children 12 and under, $16 seniors and students, $20 adults. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Simi Valley. 583-7900.

BACK HOME AGAIN: A JOHN DENVER HOLIDAY through 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.

SAVING CHRISTMAS! ONE STORY AT A TIME! Dec. 8-17. Theater 150 presents the ten-minute plays of Christmas! Seven different plays presented. Come see your favorite local authors, directors and actors tackle what Christmas really means! Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3 and 7pm. $18 general, $10 seniors and students. 918 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai. www.theater150.org. 646-4300.

Auditions

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Ventura County Community Theatre in association with the Performance Theatre for Young Artists hold auditions for the beloved musical through the month of December. By appointment only. 2186 Eastman Ave., Ste. 110, Ventura. 642-4570.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY through Jan. 4, “Land of the Midnight Sun.” Oil paintings 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.

ALBINGER MUSEUM Dec. 14-March 31. The museum present a show of Gerardo Segismundo’s renditions of Ventura Scenes, Farmers and Festivals in different mediums including acrylics and watercolors. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm. 113 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-5823.

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 through Dec. 31, “2007 Ventura Music Festival’s Interpreting French Impressionism.” Twelve well known artists were chosen to prepare unique visual pieces meant to stir the soul and capture a moment in time through color and texture. 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 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 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 Dec. 10-Feb. 18, “Susan Tibbles Opinion.” A series of forceful assemblages by the visual satirist, illustrator for the Opinion Section fo the L.A. Tims for the past six years. Over 100 assemblages wil be on view from a private collection, paired with the published articles they were designed to illustrate. 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.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE through January, “Floating Bodies.” A series of nude portraits that blend contemporary and classical elements on shaped canvases by Nancy Deebl Scherich. Free. 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 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 Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

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

NATHAN LARRAMENDY “Postcards from the Road.” New work by Inez Storer and Winter Games, a special project by Carmen Abelleira. 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 through Jan. 4, “Here Today: New Work in Oil by Bonnie Beedles.” 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 Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP AND 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 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 through Jan. 26, “Blips, Drips, & Strip.” A group exhibition of selected established and emerging southern California artists. 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 COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER through January 17, “Art is Eclectic.” Group show by the Artists-in-Residence of Studio Channel Islands Art Center. . Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm. Closed weekends and holidays. 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura. 658-2213.

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.

Competitions

STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL POSTER CONTEST deadline Jan. 5. Artisans of all ages may put their talents to the test in any preferred medium but the finished product must be reproduction compatible without any writing, as the event name will be added in final production. All finished art work for consideration must be 16” wide and 17” high, centered and mounted on a black matte board 18” wide and 19” high. Names and contact information should be easily viewed on the back. first place winner will receive a check for $1,500 and will be the guest of honor at a press luncheon announcement with luminaries and media in February. Second and third place winners will each receive a check for $300. Entries can be mailed or hand delivered to the Festival office at California Strawberry Festival, 1661 Pacific Avenue #15, Oxnard, CA 93033. 385-4739.

CALL FOR ENTRIES Sunday, Jan. 14 and Monday Jan. 15, 11am-2pm (bring-in dates). It’s time for Ventura County artists to pull together their best work for Buenaventura Art Association’s 21st Annual Open Competition. The competition runs from Jan. 16–Feb. 3. This year, a “Best of Show” cash award will be given in the amount of $400.00. In addition, cash prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in 2D and 3D categories. Non-cash prizes will be awarded for Honorable Mentions. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. Prospectus online at www.Buenaventura Gallery.org.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM through Feb. 18, “Farming on the Edge.” A student evaluation of the challenges and risks of farming in the Ventura County today. 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 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 Dec. 2-March 4, “Artistic Journeys: the Btoke Family.” The shared working methods of artists Cornelis Botke, his wife Jessie Arms Botke, and their granddaughter Kitty Botke, are explored. Also: 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. 23-24, 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

HEALTH SCREENING Thursday, Dec. 21, 9:45am. Ventura Avenue Adult Center offers the free screenings which include checking pulse, height, weight, blood pressure, identification of health problems, preventive health practices, help locating health care services, referrals, medication review and free gift. Call for appointment. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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

YOGA AT BOULERDASH Mondays 7:30-9pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10 557-1300.

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. www.capoeirabatuque.org

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 www.venturaimprov.com.

Literature/Poetry

SPOKEN WORD SALON Thursday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. The Spoken Word Salon at Zoey’s Café presents an evening of poetry, plus a poetry slam at 9pm. Host Gwendolyn Alley. Free. Seating is limited. El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137.

ARTIST UNION GALLERY Every Tuesday, 7:30pm. Poetry and open mic. 330 S. California St., Ventura. 643-3012.

CRAZY’S OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7pm. Every Tuesday at the Coastal Roasting Fireplace Company across the street from the movie theatre. All ages. 546 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-1595.

ZOEYS FORUM Every Wednesday, 4pm. A civilized forum where you can express your opinion on many topics, hear new ideas, and come to your own conclusions. Participation is voluntary but encouraged. Everyone welcome. Zoeys Café, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137.

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 joylam@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.

THOUSAND OAKS FARMER’S MARKET Thursdays, Dec. 21, 3-6:30pm. Fresh produce, vegetables and flowers, ready-made holiday gift baskets and preserved canned items. Shoppers can assemble their own holiday baskets and choose from a wide variety of fresh selections. Oaks Shopping Center Parking Lot, between Wilbur Road and 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, Dec. 21, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Dec. 26, 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, Dec. 27. 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

HOLIDAY SHIP MODEL SALE Thursdays-Wednesdays, 11am-5pm. The Ventura County Maritime Museum will present its annual throughout the month of December. A wide selection of sailing ship models are available, including decorator models as well as handcrafted, one-of-a-kind models, from small single-masted sailboats to 3 foot long three-masted man-of-wars complete with case and table. These beautiful pieces make the perfect gift for the sailor or sailor-at-heart! All proceeds from sales benefit the educational programs of the Museum. Ventura County Maritime Museum, Fisherman’s Wharf, Channel Islands Harbor. 984-6260.

SMALL WORKS GIFT SHOW Saturdays, Dec. 16-30. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts sells works perfect for holiday gifts. These one of a kind pieces are made by some of the best known contemporary artists of Southern California. 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.

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Dec. 23, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features fine art including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Held outdoors between the Holiday Inn and the Artistsâ?™ Union Gallery, where California St. meets the sea. 421-9270.

SMALL WORKS GIFT SHOW Saturdays, Dec. 9-30. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts sells works perfect for holiday gifts. These one of a kind pieces are made by some of the best known contemporary artists of Southern California. 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

GOLD COAST HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30am. The group celebrates their third annual holiday breakfast and toy drive. $20 guests. Casa Lopez Banquet Hall, 325 S. A St., Oxnard. 487-1400.

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

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PRESENTS FOR PRIMATES Dec. 16-17, 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. The staff and students of the Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College invite you to a special holiday weekend, featuring hourly shows from noon to 5 p.m. and a large carnivore feeding at 3:30 p.m. Guests will have a unique opportunity to make behavioral enrichment presents for our primates between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and watch as the animals enjoy their gifts. The zoo will provide the presents and materials needed. There are exciting and educational activities for the kids throughout the weekend and opportunities to get up close and personal with the animal trainers. $5 adults, $4 children and seniors. All proceeds go directly to zoo operations. Moorpark College Zoo, Moorpark. www.moorparkcollege.edu/zoo/. 378-1441.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN OJAI Dec. 8-23. An original musical treatment of the traditional Charles Dickens classic makes its national debut. Director Peter Crane first presented the classic version two years ago as “a present to Ojai.” Musician Jimmy Calire has created a total of eight original songs, making it “a full-on musical version.” Fridays-Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 7pm. Added performance: Dec. 10 2 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. Special benefit: Dec. 17 for Mark Ditchfield of Ojai, an actor who is suffering from cancer. A reading of the play will also be presented on Dec. 20 at St. Joseph’s Retirement Center. $20 general, $15 seniors, students and Art Center members. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. www.ojaiact.org. 320-4885.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS Dec. 17, 4:30 p.m. The Master Chorale of Ventura County presents its traditional twilight concert, a performance of exquisite holiday music. Titled “A Gift of Wonder,” the music is at once mystical, ethereal and inspirational. The program features timeless choral masterpieces and beloved carols to awaken the spirit of Christmas. $15. St. John’s Seminary Theology Chapel, 5012 Seminary Rd, Camarillo. 654-0995.

Holiday Happenings

HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE WATER Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6 and 7:30pm. Channel Islands Harbor puts a creative spin on the traditional Christmas Tree Lane by offering it along the water\’s edge. Residents and visitors are invited to come and experience one of the most unique light displays on the California coast throughout the month of December. Visitors can view these sparkling bright lights and holiday decorations from the water through the Channel Islands Harbor and Mandalay Bay aboard the Channel Islands Harbor Water Taxi. One-hour tour offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 6 and 7:30pm. $10. 985-5828, ext. 102.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Wednesdays-Sundays, Dec. 14-23, 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.

HOLIDAY MEMORIES ON ICE Friday, Dec. 15, 7:30, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2 and 7:30pm, and Sunday, Dec. 17, 2pm. Channel Islands Figure Skating Club presents Ventura County\’s Sixth annual skating event to raise money for children in need during the holiday season. The event showcases skaters ranging in levels from tots and adults to special Olympians and national competitors, and a solo performance by Sheila Cluff in the role of Mrs. Santa Claus. $22-$10. The Oxnard Ice Skating Center, 830 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard. 988-4440.

CHANUKAH FESTIVAL Sunday, Dec. 17, 2:30-5pm. Celebrate Chanukah at Ventura Harbor Sunday. Bring the entire family to be a part of the giant 20-foot Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy the Children\’s Show, live musical entertainment, hot Latkes and Kosher food, pony and train rides, a Judaica Boutique and an olive oil press demonstration. Free. Ventura Harbor Village. Visit online at www.venturaharborvillage.com.

CAMARILLO HOUSE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Wednesdays, Dec. 20-27, 7-9pm. In the spirit of the holiday season, the historic 1892 Camarillo Ranch House is open to visitors Wednesday evenings during December. Built by the City of Camarillo\’s founder, Adolfo Camarillo, the house welcomes St. Nicholas from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesdays before Christmas. Visitors are encouraged to bring their children and cameras for pictures with Santa and to capture memories of the beautifully-lighted and decorated house. During the evenings, visitors can relive the spirit of Christmas past with punch and cookies and seasonal music, Christmas trees in almost every room, and musical guests. In addition, there is a display of antique toys Dec.20. $5 contribution suggested. 389-8182.

SEA SLEIGH RIDES through December 23, then December 26-30, departing 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Hop onboard the good ship Dreamer for a holiday sleigh ride – California style! Sail the waters of the Ventura Keys and Ventura Harbor, enjoy the sparkling Christmas lights adorning shoreline homes! Each cruise offers a full bar, sodas and seasonal concoctions such as “reindeer milk” and hot chocolate. $20 adults, $10 children 2-12. www.venturaboatrentals. 642-7753.

ISLAND PACKERS HOLIDAY CAROLING CRUISE every Tuesday, Thursday in December, departing 6pm. Enjoy the harbor lights and the decorated boats, while group caroling is an option for those who want to sing with the onboard karaoke system aboard the 64’ Catamaran. Snacks, hot cocoa and cider. $20 adults, $17 seniors, $12 children. Departs from 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. www.island packers.com. 642-1393.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Wednesdays-Sundays, Dec. 7-23, 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.

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM Fresh-cut Northwest trees, holly, mistletoe, animal center and farm market – all at Underwood Farms! Also: Vintage tractor-drawn wagon rides and rides with Santa (December 9-10, 11am-4pm) $3, under 2 free. Underwood Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark. 218-0282 or 701-1335.

Special Events

THE AIDS QUILT through December 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.

Performances

MASTER CHORALE CONCERT Friday, Dec. 15, 8pm. Master Chorale of Ventura County will perform exquisite holiday music. Titled “A Gift of Wonder,” the music is at once mystical, ethereal and inspirational. The program features timeless choral masterpieces and beloved carols to awaken the spirit of Christmas. $15. St. John’s Seminary Theology Chapel, 5012 Seminary Rd, Camarillo. 654-0995.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Dec. 15-16. Friday: Winter Survivor Tournament Week 5-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes. Saturday: Spontaneous Broadway-Performers improvise a fictional new musical on the spot. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

PACIFIC SOUND HOLIDAY BARBERSHOP SHOW Sunday, Dec. 17, 7:30pm. Listen to one of the hottest barbershop groups touring the area during their annual holiday collection of songs at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. A terrific way to ring in the season with your family and friends. $15. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

NEWBURY PARK HIGH CHORAL MUSIC CONCERT Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 20-21, 7pm. The music department holds their annual winter concert featuring holiday music and a wide variety of choral and solo numbers representing many traditions and musical styles. $7. Performing Arts Center, 456 Reino Road, Newbury Park. 383-7215.

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

JESUS CAMP: AMERICA IS BEING BORN AGAIN Saturday, Dec. 16, 4:30pm. HopeDance FiLMS presents this controversial documentary that follows children at an Evangelical summer camp as they hone their prophetic gifts and are schooled in how to take back America for Christ. $7. Ojai Playhouse, Ojai. 544-9663.

Theater

JACOB MARLEY\’S CHRISTMAS CAROL Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, through 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.

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.

SAVING CHRISTMAS! ONE STORY AT A TIME! Dec. 8-17. Theater 150 presents the ten-minute plays of Christmas! Seven different plays presented. Come see your favorite local authors, directors and actors tackle what Christmas really means! Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3 and 7pm. $18 general, $10 seniors and students. 918 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai. www.theater150.org. 646-4300.

JUDY’S SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS through Dec. 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

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Fridays-Saturday, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, Dec. 8-23. High Street Arts Center presents a musical based on the ever loved classic by Charles Dickens. The Dickens\’ classic gets the full Broadway treatment in this Alan Menken-Lynn Ahrens-Mike Okrent adaptation. Special performances Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30pm, and Saturday, Dec. 23, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 kids 12 and under. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Dec. 8-23. Ring in the holidays this year with Frank Capra’s classic brought to life onstage. Join George Bailey, Uncle Billy and that bumbling Clarence the Angel. Presented by the Santa Paula Theater Center. Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm, Sundays, 2pm. $14 children 12 and under, $16 seniors and students, $20 adults. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Simi Valley. 583-7900

BACK HOME AGAIN: A JOHN DENVER HOLIDAY through 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.

Auditions

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Ventura County Community Theatre in association with the Performance Theatre for Young Artists hold auditions for the beloved musical through the month of December. By appointment only. 2186 Eastman Ave., Ste. 110, Ventura. 642-4570.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY through Jan. 4, “Land of the Midnight Sun.” Oil paintings 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.

ALBINGER MUSEUM Dec. 14-March 31. The museum present a show of Gerardo Segismundo’s renditions of Ventura Scenes, Farmers and Festivals in different mediums including acrylics and watercolors. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm. 113 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-5823.

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 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 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 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 Dec. 10-Feb. 18, “Susan Tibbles Opinion.” A series of forceful assemblages by the visual satirist, illustrator for the Opinion Section fo the L.A. Tims for the past six years. Over 100 assemblages wil be on view from a private collection, paired with the published articles they were designed to illustrate. 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.HillcrestArts.com. 381-2747.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE through January, “Floating Bodies.” A series of nude portraits that blend contemporary and classical elements on shaped canvases by Nancy Deebl Scherich. Free. 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 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 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.lar ramendygallery.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 through Jan. 4, “Here Today: New Work in Oil by Bonnie Beedles.” 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 Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION 2007 Ventura Music Festival reception and preview of French Impressionism exhibit, Dec. 16, 6-9pm. Twelve well-known artists were chosen to prepare unique visual pieces meant to stir the soul and capture a moment in time through color and texture. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturaartistsunion.org\” www.venturaartistsunion.org. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP AND 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 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 through Jan. 26, “Blips, Drips, & Strip.” A group exhibition of selected established and emerging southern California artists. 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 COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER through January 17, “Art is Eclectic.” Group show by the Artists-in-Residence of Studio Channel Islands Art Center. . Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm. Closed weekends and holidays. 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura. 658-2213.

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.

Competitions

CALL FOR ENTRIES Sunday, Jan. 14 and Monday Jan. 15, 11am-2pm (bring-in dates). It’s time for Ventura County artists to pull together their best work for Buenaventura Art Association’s 21st Annual Open Competition. The competition runs from Jan. 16–Feb. 3. This year, a “Best of Show” cash award will be given in the amount of $400.00. In addition, cash prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in 2D and 3D categories. Non-cash prizes will be awarded for Honorable Mentions. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. Prospectus online at www.Buenaventura Gallery.org.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM through Feb. 18, “Farming on the Edge.” A student evaluation of the challenges and risks of farming in the Ventura County today. 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 Dec. 2-March 4, “Artistic Journeys: the Btoke Family.” The shared working methods of artists Cornelis Botke, his wife Jessie Arms Botke, and their granddaughter Kitty Botke, are explored. Also: 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

THE ART OF VENTURA ARCHITECTURE Thursday, Dec. 14, 7-9pm. Focus on the Masters presents a wine and slide talk. Did you ever wonder about the architecture as you walk and drive about Ventura? Historic Preservation Committee Chair Tracy Long shows slides of Ventura\’s distinctive architecture and discusses history, style and craftsmanship as part of our shared environment. Speaker: $15 talk, donation requested for wine. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-2501.

SELF EMPLOYMENT TRAINING Thursday, Dec. 14, noon-1pm. Women’s Economic Ventures holds the free one-hour orientation to learn more about their 14-week comprehensive course which teaches how to start or grow you own successful business. Free. Call to make reservation. 604-9000.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 16-17, 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 SURVIVOR TO SPEAK Friday, Dec. 15, 12:34pm. Michael Hingson, a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and now a motivational speaker and spokesperson for Guide Dogs for the Blind will share his inspirational story. Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley.

Health

IPOD: YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER Saturday, Dec. 16, 3-4pm. Use your video iPod to become stronger, leaner and healthier. Join celebrated personal trainer Jamo Nezzar as he demonstrates how to bring rapid, healthy fitness results to your busy lifestyle using the Jam Core Training System using your iPod. Free. 432 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 497-7660.

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

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.

YOGA AT BOULERDASH Mondays 7:30-9pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10 557-1300.

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. www.capoeirabatuque.org

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 www.venturaimprov.com.

Literature/Poetry

SPOKEN WORD SALON Thursday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. The Spoken Word Salon at Zoey\’s Café presents an evening of poetry, plus a poetry slam at 9pm. Host Gwendolyn Alley. Free. Seating is limited. El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137.

ARTIST UNION GALLERY Every Tuesday, 7:30pm. Poetry and open mic. 330 S. California St., Ventura. 643-3012.

CRAZY\’S OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7pm. Every Tuesday at the Coastal Roasting Fireplace Company across the street from the movie theatre. All ages. 546 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-1595.

ZOEYS FORUM Every Wednesday, 4pm. A civilized forum where you can express your opinion on many topics, hear new ideas, and come to your own conclusions. Participation is voluntary but encouraged. Everyone welcome. Zoeys Café, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137.

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 joylam@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, Dec. 14, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB Saturday, Dec. 16, 7:30-10:30pm. Join them for their holiday dance with guests The Unforgettables. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Goebel Senior Adult Ballroom Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, Dec. 17, 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 Restaura

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DAVID KAPLAN Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Performances to Grow On present the eccentric entertainer. Kaplan, a virtuoso juggler, magician, inventor, musician, and a deadpan physical comedian, brings his one-man variety show to Ojai for the holidays. $18 adults, $14 kids and $10 group rate. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. 646-8907. Visit online at www.ptgo.org.

PETER AND THE WOLF Dec. 9, 2 p.m. The Ventura Music Festival presents Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta as he captivates young music lovers with his talk and demonstration on “What is Rhythm.” Orchestra members join him for Prokofiev\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s classic work for children, introducing musical instruments and the sounds of the orchestra to kids. This tale of a boy and his animal friends who capture a wolf features a special guest narrator and is sure to delight the entire family. Free. San Buenaventura Mission, 211 E. Main St., Ventura. 653- 6100.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Snow flurries hit the Channel Islands Harbor just in time to help celebrate the 41st annual Parade of Lights. A day of fun, adventure, music, food, arts and crafts and entertainment precedes the parade, which carries the theme Winter Fantasy. During the annual Snow Play, families can frolic in 25-tons of snow adjacent to Marine Emporium. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus are on hand to greet guests. The Drivematics perform noon-3 p.m. at Fisherman’s Wharf, followed by Theresa Russell, 4-7 p.m. Higher Ground performs 2-5 p.m. at Coast Chandlery. The Channel Islands Harbor lights up with the annual boat parade at 7 p.m. Visitors can keep a watchful eye out for Santa as he flies across the sky marking the beginning of the parade. Viewers are encouraged to arrive early for the parade, which can be viewed from parks and walkways that line the route. 985-4852.

Holiday Happenings

ISLAND PACKERS HOLIDAY CAROLING CRUISE every Tuesday, Thursday in December, departing 6pm. Enjoy the harbor lights and the decorated boats, while group caroling is an option for those who want to sing with the onboard karaoke system aboard the 64’ Catamaran. Snacks, hot cocoa and cider. $20 adults, $17 seniors, $12 children. Departs from 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. www.islandpackers.com. 642-1393.

SEA SLEIGH RIDES through Dec. 23, then Dec. 26-30, departing 6pm and 8pm. Hop onboard the good ship Dreamer for a holiday sleigh ride – California style! Sail the waters of the Ventura Keys and Ventura harbor, enjoy the sparkling Christmas lights adorning shoreline homes! Each cruise offers a full bar, sodas and seasonal concoctions such as “reindeer milk” and hot chocolate. $20 adults, $10 children 2-12. www.venturaboatrentals. 642-7753.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Wednesdays-Sundays, Dec. 7-23, 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.

HIGH STREET HOLIDAYS Friday, Dec. 8, 6-7:30pm. High Street in Downtown Moorpark comes alive for the holiday season with this annual celebration. Come and hear carolers sing as they roam up High Street, see the lights and decorations of each merchant, drop off your unwrapped toy donation for Sparks of Love at the Fire Station or a canned good for the Moorpark Food Pantry at the High Street Arts Center. There may even be a surprise visit from Santa! The purpose of the event is to bring the public up to High Street and build up the street as a focus of holiday spirit for the City of Moorpark. Free.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOURS Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 9-10, 11am-4pm. The Friends of Heritage Square present their annual home tour. Journey back in time as you tour inside turn-of-the-century houses magically decorated in Victorian Christmas elegance. Costumed docents lead each tour, plus enjoy refreshments and entertainment. The theme is A Victorian Holiday by the Sea. The Laurent-McGrath House becomes a Victorian Holiday Marketplace featuring gift and decorations. $10 general, $ 8 groups. 715 S. A St., Oxnard. 483-7960.

CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT AT THE OLIVAS ADOBE Sunday, Dec. 10, 5-7:30pm. Tour the historic 1847 Olivas Adobe by candlelight and discover how Christmas was celebrated during the California Mexican Rancho era. Every 12 minutes, costumed interpreters lead groups on 30-minute tours through the beautifully restored Adobe grounds, performing skits to illustrate holiday traditions. Enjoy refreshments and caroling. The Arts Explosions event is free. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4728. Visit online at www.olivasadobe.org.

CAMARILLO HOUSE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Wednesdays, Dec. 13-27, 7-9pm. In the spirit of the holiday season, the historic 1892 Camarillo Ranch House is open to visitors Wednesday evenings during December. Built by the City of Camarillo\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s founder, Adolfo Camarillo, the house welcomes St. Nicholas from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesdays before Christmas. Visitors are encouraged to bring their children and cameras for pictures with Santa and to capture memories of the beautifully-lighted and decorated house. During the evenings, visitors can relive the spirit of Christmas past with punch and cookies and seasonal music, Christmas trees in almost every room, and musical guests. In addition, members of the Camarillo Quilters Association display their works Dec. 6, and a display of antique toys Dec.20. $5 contribution suggested. 389-8182.

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM Fresh-cut Northwest trees, holly, mistletoe, animal center and farm market – all at Underwood Farms! Also: Vintage tractor-drawn wagon rides and rides with Santa (December 9-10, 11am-4pm) $3, under 2 free. Underwood Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark. 218-0282 or 701-1335.

Special Events

VENTURA COUNTY LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS Thursday, Dec. 7, 7-10pm. The Ventura County Rainbow Alliance holds their Eleventh Annual Community Service Awards and auction fund-raiser, an evening of recognition and celebration of those individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and HIV/AIDS issues in Ventura County. The Gay Men\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s Chorus of Los Angeles performs selections from their holiday concert series. $50 person, $95 couple. Topa Tower Club, Floor 21, Morgan Stanley Building, Oxnard. 339-6340.

CHOPPER FEST Sunday, Dec. 10, 8am-3pm. The perpetual tribute to David Mann, a nationally renowned motorcycle artist, returns to Ventura. Bike show, new and used parts swap meet, tattoo contest, and a stunt and drill team performance. $10 general, $5 children, free 12 and younger. Seaside Park, Ventura. www.chopperfestival.com. 217-2113.

THE AIDS QUILT through December 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.

Performances

A CHRISTMAS STORY Friday, Dec. 8, 7:30pm, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 and 7:30pm. The Young Artists Ensemble presents three staged readings of A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic 1983 film starring Darren McGavin. All young Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is for Santa to bring him a Red Ryder Air Rifle, but is disappointed to be told time and time again that he\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ll shoot his eye out. This is the first stage reading for the Young Artists Ensemble and includes actors between 10-19 as well as alumni. $15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9. Friday: Winter Survivor Tournament Week 4-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes; Saturday: Theatre Sports-Two teams compete to be the funniest as a panel of judges award points. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

MASS TRANSIT Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9, 8pm, and Sunday, Dec. 10, 2:30pm. The Ventura College Dance Department and the Ventura College Opera and Musical Theater present their combined fall show. Mass Transit follows a young American girl who decides to leave the comforting shelter of her home to discover the world. The show offers a treasure trove of dance pieces from a full range of genres including ballet, modern dance, jazz, interpretive, hip hop, and ballroom dance. $15 general, $10 pre-sale, students, seniors and staff. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. calling 654-6444 x2801.

MARTA SANTAMARI Saturday, Dec. 9, 8pm. Old World Elements Hosts the Spanish singer/songwriter, who incorporates flamenco, sevillanas, boleros, Spanish songs, salsa, Brazilian bossa nova and samba into a seamless fusion of joyful and romantic music — an innovative blend of Old World seduction and the raw passion of Carnival. $25 includes music, wine and hors d\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’eouvres. 4815 Calle Alto, Camarillo. 389-1762.

ZANE WILLIAMS TRIO & BRETT DENNEN Saturday, Dec. 9, 8pm. Zane Williams hits just the right blend of rootsy integrity and mainstream appeal, and Brett Dennen, with a distinctive voice and personal songs, delivers each note with a rare self-possession. Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara. www.singslikehell.com. 963-0761.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS CHOIR Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 9-10, 4-5:30pm. The California State University Channel Islands Choir performs Handel\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s The Messiah in two special free programs. Each concert features a soloist as well as a chamber orchestra. Saturday: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2304 Antonio Road, Camarillo; Sunday: First United Methodist Church, 1338 Santa Clara St., Ventura. 643-8430.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Sunday, Dec. 10, 3pm. Come sing along with the Camarillo

Community Band as they present their annual Christmas concert with a guest appearance by Santa Claus. Free. Camarillo Community Center, corner of Carmen and Burnley, Camarillo. 484-8050.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Sunday, Dec. 10, 7pm. Camarillo United Methodist Church holds their annual Christmas concert featuring powerful visuals and amazing sound. The Adult Bell Choir and 10-piece chamber orchestra fill the hall with the sounds of the holidays. Free. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM: THE MYSTERY OF THE MAGI’S GOLD Sunday, Dec. 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.

JIM GAMBLE\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’S MARIONETTES Monday, Dec. 11, 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.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY MALE CHORUS Tuesday, Dec. 12, 8pm. The boys are back with another fun filled holiday concert. Don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t miss a wonderful way to ring in the holidays for families of all ages as the San Fernando Valley Male Chorus takes you on a ride through a winter wonderland of vocal music. $15 general. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

SANTA BARBARA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7:30pm. Continuing its exciting season, the string section will treat listeners to Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, then a little Beethoven. $37.50-$42.50. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara. www.lobero.com. 963-0761.

VENTURA COLLEGE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA Wednesday, Dec. 13, 8pm. Noted pianist Miriam Arichea performs Ravel\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Ventura College Community Orchestra. $10 general, $5 students, seniors and staff. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6400.

AN OPERATIC HOLIDAY Wednesday, Dec. 13, 5:30pm. In addition to traditional carols, the singers will perform pieces such as The Christmas Oratorio by Saint Saens, L’enfance du Christ by Berlioz, Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti, La Juive by Halevy, Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon, as well as other classics such as Ave Maria by Bach, The Messiah by Handel, and the favorite O Holy Night by Adolph Adam. $12-15. Victoria Hall, 33 W Victoria, Santa Barbara. 898-3890.

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

PARADISE NOW Thursday, Dec. 7, 7pm. The Campaign to End Israel\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s Aggression Film Series presents the award-winning film, an enthralling drama about the possible motivations and actions of two suicide bombers. The film follows their final days, as they grapple with their consciences, visit family and friends and prepare for the attack. But they find both practical and emotional issues stand in their way, leading to an anguished and entirely moving finale. Free. Foster Library Topping Room 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-1789.

CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS Saturday, Dec. 9, 7pm. The winter showing of the Ventura County Jewish Film Festival will present Woody Allen’s tale of God, ethics and mortality. Stephen Farber, respected lecturer, author film producer, historian and critic will lead a discussion. Beverages and delectable desserts served. $25. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Rd, Ventura. www.vcjff.org. 647-4181.

COLOR OF THE CROSS Saturday, Dec. 9, 7pm and Sunday, Dec. 10, 6pm. Ventura County Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will present the first feature film depiction of Jesus Christ as a black man, examining the last 48 hours of his life. Saint Paul Baptist Church, 1777 Statham Blvd. in Oxnard. www.colorofthecross.com. 300-6474.

Theater

JACOB MARLEY\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’S CHRISTMAS CAROL Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, through 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? through 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 through 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 through 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.

JUDY’S SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS through Dec. 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

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Fridays-Saturday, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, Dec. 8-23. High Street Arts Center presents a musical based on the ever loved classic by Charles Dickens. The Dickens\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ classic gets the full Broadway treatment in this Alan Menken-Lynn Ahrens-Mike Okrent adaptation. Special performances Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30pm, and Saturday, Dec. 23, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 kids 12 and under. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Dec. 8-23. Ring in the holidays this year with Frank Capra’s classic brought to life onstage. Join George Bailey, Uncle Billy and that bumbling Clarence the Angel. Presented by the Santa Paula Theater Center. Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm, Sundays, 2pm. $14 children 12 and under, $16 seniors and students, $20 adults. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Simi Valley. 583-7900.

Auditions

GREATER TUNA Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:30pm and Friday, Dec. 8, 5pm. Two good actors are needed to portray over 20 characters in this comic play. This hilarious comedy of characters runs five weekends starting Feb. 2. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St. More info, e-mail Schreiner@ojaishakespeare.org, or 745-5432.

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

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreet Gallery.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.HillcrestArts.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 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.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 through Jan. 4, “Here Today: New Work in Oil by Bonnie Beedles.” 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 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.venturaartistsunion.org. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP AND 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 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 through Jan. 26, “Blips, Drips, & Strip.” A group exhibition of selected established and emerging southern California artists. 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 (818) 889-2278.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM through Feb. 18, “Farming on the Edge.” A student evaluation of the challenges and risks of farming in the Ventura County today. 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 Dec. 2-March 4, “Artistic Journeys: the Btoke Family.” The shared working methods of artists Cornelis Botke, his wife Jessie Arms Botke, and their granddaughter Kitty Botke, are explored. Also: 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

GO BEYOND PETROLEUM: PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS Friday, Dec. 8, 12:30-5:30pm. The California State University Channel Islands Biology Program present a symposium to educate the public about the need and possibilities of using plants as energy sources. Speakers explore the science and technology behind this idea and its potential impact on our society. Free. Aliso Hall, Auditorium One, University Drive, Camarillo. 437-2779.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 9-10, 11am and 3pm. Join National Park Service Rangers in the Channel Isl

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  2. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  3. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Ojai Art Center’s 42nd Annual Art in the Park

    May 25 @ 10:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm
  5. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  6. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. INTRODUCTION TO ANTIQUE CLOCK COLLECTING, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR WORKSHOP IN SANTA PAULA

    June 1 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  8. Fun Arts and Entertainment for All Ages at Studio Channel Islands Arts Alive Festival

    June 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  9. The 2019 OakHeart Country Music Festival

    June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  10. 4th Annual Ojai Blues Fest

    June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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