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BOBBY MCFERRIN & VOICESTRA Jan. 27, 8 p.m. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents Bobby McFerrin and Voicestra in concert. One of the natural wonders of the music world and a 10-time Grammy Award winner, McFerrin is one of the world’s best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, world-renowned classical conductor, and creator of one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century, “Don t Worry, Be Happy.” The music is entirely improvised and captures everything in the performance: the day, the time, the theatre, the audience. $45-$30. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

FACULTY GUEST ARTIST MUSIC CONCERT SERIES Jan. 30 — Feb. 4, 8 p.m. The Ventura College Music Department hosts a wide range of music events, featuring faculty and guest artists. Jan. 30: Grand Piano Soiree, an evening celebrating the glorious piano and the mastery of featured pianists performing works by Beethoven, Milhaud, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Rocherolle, and Shostakovich; Jan. 31: Voice Recital featuring three talented young women, mezzo sopranos Angela Price and Tamora Pellikka, and pianist Katie Franklin; Feb. 1: The renowned Cesar Mateus Latin Jazz Sextet includes an all-star cast of internationally recognized musicians; Feb. 2: Bryan Pezzone, called the consummate crossover pianist of his generation, who excels in classical, contemporary, jazz and experimental genres and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist; Feb. 3: An evening of treasured works performed by VC Faculty member and renowned guitarist Carlos Gonzales; and Feb. 4: Phillip Viaman, violinist. Events held at the Ventura College Theatre and begin 8 p.m., except for the Sunday show, 3 p.m. $10 general admission, $5 students-seniors. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.

PRINCE MOULAY HICHAM OF MOROCCO SPEAKS ON IRAQ Jan. 29, 8 p.m. A strong and influential spokesman for democratization and human rights, Prince Moulay Hicham has endowed the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia at Princeton. He has contributed writings on such issues to international publications and demonstrates a markedly independent and progressive political stance. He is a Regents’ Lecturer in the Law & Society Program at UCSB. Free. UCEN Corwin Pavilion, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

Special Events

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Thursday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Feb. 4. The 2007 Santa Barbara International Film Festival features two weeks of premieres, screenings, tributes, panel discussions, and workshops. This year the festival salutes actors Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker and Will Smith, plus former Vice-President Al Gore and the film An Inconvenient Truth. Panel discussions include screenplays, directing, and producing with many of this year’s top Oscar contenders. For reviews of festival films and general information about panels and tributes, please see our film section this week. 963-0761. For complete schedule and line-up, please visit the festival on-line at www.SBIFF.org.

BELLY DANCE FESTIVAL Sunday, Jan. 28, 11:30am6pm. The Middle Eastern Culture and Dance Association present their Eighth Annual Belly Dance Festival featuring both amateur and professional entertainment from three dozen performers. Shopping and food vendor available. Proceeds benefit the association and the Central Asian Institute to provide and promote literacy programs, especially for girls in remote mountain regions of Central Asia. If you love Middle Eastern dancing, shopping, and great food, then shake on over to the festival. Performances noon-5:15pm. $7 general, children 10 and under free. Anacapa Middle School, 100 S. Mills Road, Ventura. 985-1217.

Performances

HAL HOLBROOK IN MARK TWAIN TONIGHT! Friday, Jan. 26, 8pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents Hal Holbrook in one of his signature performances, Mark Twain. Holbrook returns to his Tony Award-winning role for one night only in one of the most popular and longest-running one-man shows. $49-$29. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Plaza, Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

CHERRYHOLMES Friday, January 26, 8pm. The dynamic family band is taking the bluegrass world by storm and will give a rip-roaring barnburner of a concert. $35 adults, $20 youth 17 and under. Smother’s Theatre, Pepperdine University, Malibu. www.pepperdine.edu. (310) 506-4522.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Jan. 26-27. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

ITZHAK PERLMAN Saturday, Jan. 27, 4pm. Virtuoso violinist Perlman is undeniably one of the classical music world’s greatest treasures. Janet Guggenheim on piano joins him in this intimate recital setting. $75. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

JOHN MCCUTCHEON Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30pm. Performances to Grow on presents the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, dubbed Virginia’s rustic renaissance man, in concert as part of their Fresh Roasted Concert Series. This concert is geared for adult audiences. $25. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100, E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. as part of the Fresh Roasted Concert Series. 646-8907. Please visit online at www.ptgo.org.

DIANA JONES Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7:30pm. Join the Nashville singer-songwriter in concert. Jones’ songs are strongly influenced by the mountain music of the Appalachia and her lifelong interest in folk and country music. $13 advance, $15 door. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646 5163.

BOBBY MCFERRIN & VOICESTRA Tuesday, Jan. 30, 8pm. McFerrin, one fo the world’s best known vocal innovators and improvisors, extends his artful mix of jazz, classical and world music into a choral setting with his interactive singing group, Voicestra. $60. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

FACULTY GUEST ARTIST MUSIC CONCERT SERIES Tuesday, Jan. 30-Sunday, Feb. 4, 8pm. The Ventura College Music Department hosts a wide range of music events, featuring faculty and guest artists. Tuesday, Jan. 30: Grand Piano Soiree, an evening celebrating the glorious piano and the mastery of featured pianists performing works by Beethoven, Milhaud, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Rocherolle, and Shostakovich; Wednesday, Jan. 31: Voice Recital featuring three talented young women, mezzo sopranos Angela Price and Tamora Pellikka, and pianist Katie Franklin; Thursday, Feb. 1: The renown Cesar Mateus Latin Jazz Sextet includes an all-star cast of internationally recognized musicians; Friday, Feb. 2: Bryan Pezzone, called the consummate crossover pianist of his generation who excels in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist; Saturday, Feb. 3: An evening of treasured works performed by VC Faculty member and renowned guitarist Carlos Gonzales; and Sunday, Feb. 4: Phillip Viaman, violinist. Events held at the Ventura College Theatre and begin 8:00 p.m., except for the Sunday show, 3 pm. $10 general admission, $5 students-seniors. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.

GLORY BOX Wednesday, Jan 31, 8pm. California State University Channel Islands hosts a presentation of Tim Miller’s solo piece focusing on same-sex marriage and the struggle for immigration rights for lesbian and gay bi-national couples. The internationally acclaimed performance artist whose work as a performer and writer explores his artistic, spiritual and political identity as a gay man. $15 public, $10 non-University students, free to students with ID. $6 parking. Malibu Hall, California State University Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo. 437-8598.

THE MARKET THEATRE OF JOHANNESBURG PRESENTS THE ISLAND Wednesday, Jan. 31, 8pm. South Africa’s internationally recognized troupe is known for its emotionally charged acting and powerful storytelling in the critically-acclaimed Athol Fugard play, “The Island.” Set in apartheid South Africa, the production focuses on the lives of two political prisoners, with a message of humanity and tolerance. $40. Campbell Hall, UCSB. 893-3535.

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

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE through Feb. 11. Two women, one a rising star and the other a devoted fan, meet by chance at a Houston honky-tonk in 1961. Always, Patsy Cline tells the true story of the special friendship that developed between Patsy and a Texas housewife. This musical tribute features over 26 of Patsy Cline’s classic hits such as “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and, of course, “Crazy,” all backed by a live band. $20 adults, $16 seniors & students, $14 Children 12 & Under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley . www.simi-arts.org.583-7905; 583-7900

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Jan. 19-Feb. 17. Conejo Players Theatre presents this ageless musical of 1938 Austria and Maria Rainer, a free-spirited postulant hired by the widowed Captain von Trapp. As she acts as governess to his seven children, love blooms between the stern captain and the nun just as the second world war threatens to tear the new family apart. Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. $14-$18. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

CRIMES OF THE HEART Jan. 12-Feb. 18. Elite Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about three sisters and their navigation through life and love, a tale of how it is characters escape the past to seize the future. $17 general. Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Petit Playhouse, 730 South B St, Oxnard. 483-5118.

Auditions

SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ Jan 27 and 29, 10am. Cabrillo Music Theatre will present Broadway’s longest-running music revue, featuring classics like “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “On Broadway,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Stand By Me,” “Love Potion #9,” and more. Non-Equity only. Production runs March 23-April 1 at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Appointment only, call 497-8615.

AND THEN THERE WRE NONE Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 28-30, 7:30pm. The Conejo Players Theatre will stage this classic adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians.” Actors and actresses, aged 20-80, needed. Production will run Apr. 21-May 12. No appointment necessary. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 648-6636.

Film

ADVENTURES OF MILO AND OTIS Friday, Jan. 26, 6:30pm. Camarillo United Methodist Church presents a family movie night with free hot dogs, popcorn, and fruit drinks. Join Milo, a curious cat, and his inseparable pug-nosed puppy friend, as they tumble from one exciting adventure to the next. Kids can come in pajamas and bring blankets and pillows. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

RIDING ALONE FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES Sunday, Jan. 28, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens Chinese-Japanese co-production about a father taking a spiritual journey from Japan to China to mend a decades-long rift between himself and his dying son. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Art

ACCOLADES 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.

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 Jan. 6-Feb. 4, “Wall to Wall 2007.” A representative sampling of work by a select group of 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 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. Times 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 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 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 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.

JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S through February, “Moments of Time.” Featured artist, landscape and travel photographer Dan Holmes, exhibits his limited edition work. 204 E Main St, Ventura. 805-648-4853

DINAN MAIN GALLERY Hours: Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm, and by appointment. 205 N. Signal St, 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 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM through Feb. 2, “Ventura Music Festival Art Show.” Twelve local artists present their work shadowing French Impressionism, the theme of the 2007 Ventura Music Festival, on this stop along their county art tour. 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. 15, “Brick by Brick.” A collection of art by 19 established and emerging California artists who work in oil, acrylics, watercolor, ceramics, sculpture, wood, jewelry, glass, photography and digital in a new downtown Ventura space. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com. 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 through Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643-3973.

SOILAND GALLERY HALL 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 Jan. 20-March 17, four exhibitions: “On Dead Highways,” mixed media paintings by Geoff Mitchell, Evans Gallery; “Commuter Peace, Interconnectedness,” paintings by Beverley Decker, O’Keeffee Gallery; Portraits by Noble Powell III, Gerd Koch Gallery; “On the Gold Coast,” paintings by J.D. Thomas, Hallway Gallery. 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 Jan. 20-March 25, “Dreamland: American Explorations into Surrealism.” Over 100 paintings and sculptures dating from the 1920s to present day on exhibition. 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 GALLERY Jan. 16-Feb. 13, “Indefinite Allegories.” The paintings of Jack Barnett. Also: “Recent Work of the Central Coast,” paintings by Hank Pitcher. Free. Hours vary; call 648-8974. Ventura College, Ventura.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY “Various and Sundry Themes.” Ventura College art professor Carlisle Cooper will exhibit his figurative and colorful acrylic paintings that deal with civil rights, religion, philosophy, musicians and actors. 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

OPEN JURIED COMPETITION: SENSUAL & EROTIC EXHIBIT drop off Feb. 5-6. The Artists’ Union Gallery will present their Fifth Annual Sensual & Erotic Exhibit, which will run Feb.10-March 4. Drop-off times are 4-7pm Feb.5 and 9-noon Feb.6. http://www.venturaartistsunion.org. 407-9580.

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.

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 Botke 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: Jan. 9-April 29, “Four Faces of Eve: Women & Power,” the latest exhibition of George Stuart Historical Figures, featuring the likes of the Marquise de Pompadour, Katherine of Aragon, Empress Dowager Tzu-His, Florence Nightingale… $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

EXPLORE THE WORLD THROUGH COOKING Fridays, Jan. 19-Feb. 9, 3:15-4:45pm. Roxanne Diesel and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District offer youth, ages 8-14, the chance to explore Italy, Korea, Germany and France through cooking! Students spend each class learning to cook great recipes from a different country and receive a booklet containing all the recipes they have used at the last class. $55, $25 materials fee. 382-1996.

YOUTH ACTING CLASSES Is your child a Drama Queen or King? Classes are currently being offered by local recreation districts in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Ventura by local actress, playwright and director, Roxanne Diesel. Classes include: Camarillo-Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 1:30-2:15pm; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 15, 5-6:30; Thousand Oaks – Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 11:15am-noon; and Kids Performance Workshop-The Wizard of Oz, ages 6-12, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 16, 5:30-7pm. Ventura: Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 8, Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, 2:15-3pm; and Kids Comedy-Improvisation Workshop, ages 7-13, 3-4pm. Classes incorporate a variety of techniques to help young actors gain a clear understanding of the theatre including: acting, movement, vocalization; taking stage direction and improvisation. (661) 718-3968.

SOCCER TRY-OUTS Love playing competitive soccer? Girls ages 11-14 needed for Alianza OP Club team. Training consists of agility, control, technique & tactic. Serious players wanted. Try-outs held in Oxnard. 890-8532.

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.

Family

WHALE WATCHING Daily. 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.

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, Jan. 27-28, 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.

SLEEPLESS IN AMERICA Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7-9pm. The 2006/2007 Parent Talk Lecture Series continues with a discussion by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, M.A. on whether sleep deprivation can be the cause of your child’s challenging behavior. $15 pre-sale, $20 door. Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks. 492-8837 ext. 4033.

Health

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE FAIR Saturday, Jan. 27, 9am-3pm. The Academy of Somatics and Massage hosts a free health and lifestyle fair featuring Swedish, Thai, Cranial Sacral, and Sports Massage techniques, plus chair massages, reflex ology, and Body Talk sessions. On-site representatives and demonstrations. 2323 Roosevelt Blvd., Oxnard. 382-0506.

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.

MEDITATION WORKSHOP SERIES Wednesdays, 7-9pm, Jan-March. $40. Zanzilla Yoga, 2750 E. Main St., Ste. F, Ventura.

Classes/Workshops

NOT FOR CREDIT CLASSES AT VC Ventura College Community Education is now taking enrollments for the spring semester in a wide variety of not-for-credit classes, seminars and workshops, with more than 100 classes, workshops and seminars this spring, including Bartending Basics, Digital Photography, Adult and Youth Ballroom Boot Camp, the Joy of Travel Writing, and many others. 654-6459, www.CommunityEd.venturacollege.edu.

THE SILK ROAD: SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND STORIES Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 13, 6:30-7:45pm. This open-to-the-public course explores the many faceted cultures along the Silk Road – a vast network of trade routes through Europe and China and Persia and Japan, — including musical traditions, fine arts, religions, literature and histories. It ill draw on the talents of several members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble during their presence on the UCSB campus. Free. No registration necessary. 1910 Buchanan Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

THE ART OF CREATIVITY Saturdays, Jan. 6-27, 1-4pm. Focus on the Masters present this powerful four-week process to discover yourself as a creatively fearless and fully self-expressed artist and being. Through a dialog combining art, creativity, eastern philosophies, existential insights and some light movement, students take creative risks in a fun and supportive environment. This class has a maximum of 10 students and fills up quickly. Instructor: James Graca. Call for fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturdays through Feb. 3, 10:15-noon. The Carnegie Art Museum offers the program for children ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. Classes help participants learn about the elements of art, like line, shape, form, color, and texture, through studying artwork in the museum’s current exhibition and creating hands-on art projects. $2 per child per class. Teen program Saturdays through Feb. 3, 1:30-4pm, $10. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8171.

FENCING CLASS Fridays, Jan. 19-Feb. 23. The City of Ventura offers the eight-week class. The sport of fencing is fun, challenging, and a great workout. New students learn fencing basics while returning students continue developing newly acquired skills in a safe and fun environment. Session One, ages 8-14, 6-7pm; 15 years and up, 7-8pm. Session Two, March 9-April 13. $98. Swords Fencing Studio, 3521 Arundell Circle, Ventura. 643-3901.

SCULPTURAL PORTRAITURE Tuesdays, Jan. 23 – March 13, 2-5pm. Linda Elder shows how to identify and portray the unique characteristics reflected in the human face. A specific technique for taking photographs of the subject is used as the primary reference, enabling the sculptor to create the portrait. Ages 16-adult welcome. $100 for eight weeks plus single materials fee of $18-$40 depending on size of sculpture. Off-site location. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

CHANNEL ISLANDS PC USER GROUP TRIES OUT COREL PRODUCTS Saturday, Jan. 27, 8:30-11:30am. Come and see Corel’s newest products – Corel Painter IX.5, Corel Snapfire Plus, WordPerfect Office X3 and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 demonstrated. Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, 1500 Temple Ave, Camarillo. www.cipcug.org. 987-1748.

OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP Saturday, Jan. 27, 9am-4pm. Central coast artist Daniel D. Martin will lead the class. $70. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr, Suite 117 C, Ventura. www.HarborVillageGallery.com. 644-2750.

THE WAY OF THE STORY Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 27-28, 9am-4pm. This intensive two-day workshop offers an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with experiential inner discovery. Cathrine Ann Jones teaches the craft needed to guarantee good story along with the intangible inner dimensions of writing. $240 for both days, includes lunch. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

SPACES AND PLACES – INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays, Jan. 30-March 20, 1-3pm. Award winning Interior Designer, Suzanne Fairly Green will share tips and tricks for turning smaller spaces into beautiful and interesting places. Along the way, she will enlighten you about space planning, color theory and practical decorating. Develop solutions specific to your own home or office. Ages 18-adult welcome. $160. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP Saturday, Jan. 27, 9am-4pm. The Harbor Village Gallery offers an oil painting workshop with Daniel D. Martin, Central Coast artist. The workshop starts 9am, breaks for lunch, then continues until 4pm. The day is valuable for the beginner and advanced painter. $60.00 members, $70.00 non-members. 1519 Spinnaker Drive, Ste. 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

SPIRIT AT WORK: HOW YOU CAN ENERGIZE YOUR WORKPLACE Saturday, Jan. 27, 10am-5pm. $75 advance, $89 door. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. 646.5508.

THE WAY OF STORY Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 27-28, 9am-4pm. Focus on the Masters presents this intensive two-day workshop offering an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with experiential inner discovery. Cathrine Ann Jones teaches the craft needed to guarantee good story along with the intangible inner dimensions of writing. Jones discusses her own experience as playwright and screenwriter, along with the realities of producing a marketable product, and ties them to the commonalities in all narrative writing. All skill levels welcome. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

IDEAS ON COMPOSTING Tuesday, Jan. 30, 7pm. The Organic Garden Club and the City of Thousand Oaks present a workshop by Stan Hakes. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 498-1623.

SPACES AND PLACES: INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesday, Jan. 30-March 20, 1-3pm. Focus on the Masters presents this eight-week class with award-winning interior designer Suzanne Fairly Greenwill, who shares tips and tricks for turning smaller spaces into beautiful, interesting and functional spaces. Greenwill enlightens students about space planning, color theory, and practical decorating. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501. Please visit online at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

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, 10

~ HAPPENINGS ~

~ HAPPENINGS ~

AN EVENING WITH PAUL ROBESON

Jan. 20, 7 p.m. The Ventura County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., presents an evening with acclaimed actor Lou Beatty Jr., who performs a powerful chronicle of the life of Robeson, an all-American athlete, Columbia Law School graduate, renowned singer and dynamic civil rights activist. $35 adults, $25 seniors 62 and over and children. St. Paul Baptist Church, 1777 Statham Blvd., Oxnard.

ALL POLITICS IS PERSONAL: ROE V. WADE 34TH ANNIVERSARY

Jan. 21, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.. The Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network celebrates the thirty-fourth anniversary of the landmark decision with an afternoon of speakers, entertainment and education. The event features Rabbi Ted Riter as the master of ceremonies for the event which includes a full lunch and live musical entertainment. Participants are given the tools and opportunity to make their voices heard. $50, $10 student admission. Petite Salon, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo. 677-5560.

GARRISON KEILLOR

Jan. 23, 8 p.m. The master storyteller and yarn-spinner has captivated audiences with his charming tales of life at Lake Wobegon for more than 30 years with his radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. Keillor’s understated wit and clever humor will be on display in this entertaining mix of narrative, song and, invariably, other surprises. $45. Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

Special Events

CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION AND PUBLIC ART COMMISSION Thursday, Jan. 18, 6pm. The Commissions meet to discuss the status of the 2005 Ventura Cultural Plan: Creating California\’s New Art City in the Atrium of Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura. 658-4768.

GALLERY GRAND OPENING Saturday, Jan. 20, 5-8pm. The Red Brick Gallery hosts its grand opening and wine and cheese artist reception, kicking off a show that includes a diverse gathering of 19 California artists who work in oil, acrylics, watercolors, ceramics, sculpture,wood, jewelry, glass, photography and digital. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. HYPERLINK www.redbrickart.com www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.

OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE 10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Saturday, Jan. 20, 6:30pm. A star-studded cast including Patrick Harris, Jane Kaczmarek, Allison Janney and more gather to perform new works. $65. Matilija Junior High School, Ojai. 640-0400. Also: fundraiser at 8:30pm, including a dinner with the cast and silent auction. $225 includes 6:30pm show. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. www.ojaiplaywrightsconf.org.

PROTOTYPE WOMEN’S CENTER FUND-RAISER Monday, Jan. 22, 11:30am-1pm. The center invites you to join them for the semi-annual fund-raising luncheon. The event helps enhance the lives of women and children with their recovery from alcohol and drugs. Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura.

Performances

HUNGARIAN STATE FOLK ENSEMBLE Friday, Jan. 19, 7:30pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. Regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, the ensemble aims to preserve the folk dances and traditional costumes of Hungary and Hungarian-inhabited areas through its performances, thus revitalizing the culture of the Hungarian people. $49-$34. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE SALUTES RAY BROWN Friday, Jan. 19, 8pm. The celebrated bass player is joined by two longtime Brown Sidemen: pianist Benny Green and Drummer Greg Hutchinson. $35-$45. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara. www.lobero.com. 963-0761.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Jan. 19-20. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

NEW WEST SYMPHONY Friday-Saturday, Jan. 19-20, 8pm. The Symphony continues their 2006/2007 Masterpiece Series with Concert No. 4 featuring conductor Boris Brott and guest pianist Christopher O’Riley. Selections include Smetana’s The Moldau, No. 2, Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 in B Minor, and Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 in D Minor for Piano & Orchestra, Opus 15. $88-$20. Friday, Jan. 19: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; Saturday, Jan. 20: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (800) NEW-WEST.

SPLASH ZONE Friday, Jan. 19, 9:30 and 10:30am, and 6:30pm. The Conejo Valley Children’s Concert Series presents Linda Arnold’s Splash, a musical celebration featuring Caribbean and Cuban rhythms. $7 day, $10 night. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 338-3021.

ELLIOTT BROOD AND ANA EGGE TRIO Saturday, Jan. 20, 8pm. Elliott brood play dark, gritty folk and howling bluegrass music, while Ana Egge has raised the bar on her own excellent game, a slew of new musically intricate and poetic songs. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara. 963-0761.

STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY Wednesday, Jan. 24, 8pm. Petronio’s dances produce powerfully modern landscapes for the senses in which new music, visual art and fashion collide. Thoroughly modern and fresh, the BLOOM program is evidence that even after 20 years as a choreographer, Petronio is still on the edge of the edge. $35. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara 893-3535.

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

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE through Feb. 11. Two women, one a rising star and the other a devoted fan, meet by chance at a Houston honky-tonk in 1961. Always, Patsy Cline tells the true story of the special friendship that developed between Patsy and a Texas housewife. This musical tribute features over 26 of Patsy Cline\’s classic hits such as \”I Fall to Pieces,\” \”Walkin\’ After Midnight\” and, of course, \”Crazy,\” all backed by a live band. $20 adults, $16 seniors & students, $14 Children 12 & Under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley. www.simi-arts.org.583-7905; 583-7900

THE CRUCIBLE Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30pm, Saturdays-Sundays, 2pm, Jan. 12-21. The Young Artists Ensemble presents Arthur Miller’s award-winning tale of the infamous witch trials in Salem County Massachusetts in 1692, written in response to the Senator McCarthy’s crusade against communist sympathizers. $14.50 adult evening, $12.50 adult matinee; $12.50 child/student/senior evening; $10.50 matinee. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Jan. 19-Feb. 17. Conejo Players Theatre presents this ageless musical of 1938 Austria and Maria Rainer, a free-spirited postulant hired by the widowed Captain von Trapp. As she acts as governess to his seven children, love blooms between the stern captain and the nun just as the second world war threatens to tear the new family apart. Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. $14-$18. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

CRIMES OF THE HEART Jan. 12-Feb. 18. Elite Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about three sisters and their navigation through life and love, a tale of how it is characters escape the past to seize the future. $17 general. Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Petit Playhouse, 730 South B St, Oxnard. 483-5118.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN OXNARD Friday, Jan. 19, 7pm. Production volunteers needed to assist with costumes, set building, props, lights, and sounds – in particular, people with carpentry and painting skills – for the Elite Theatre Company’s 2007 season. Please come to this short meeting if interested. Petit Playhouse, 730 South B Street, Oxnard. www.elitetheatre.org. 483-5118.

Auditions

ANGEL STREET Jan. 21-23. Conejo Players announce auditions for the classic tale of a man who is slowly torturing his gentle wife into insanity under the guise of kindness. The psychological thriller has been billed as one of the most brilliant suspenses in modern theater. Actors aged 35-60 needed; actresses aged 19-50 needed. Show runs April 13-May 12, Thursdays through Sundays. 351 Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 983-2016.

Film

PEACE, PROPAGANDA & THE PROMISED LAND Thursday, Jan. 18, 7pm. Campaign to End Israel\’s Aggression screens the pivotal video about the U.S. media and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites, working in combination with Israeli public relations strategies, exercise a powerful influence over news reporting about the Middle East conflict. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-1789.

2012 THE ODYSSEY Saturday, Jan. 20, 4:30pm. Join Sharron Rose as she travels across the USA speaking to respected researchers about this fast approaching end date. The film shows us that the coming world is ours to reshape and to remake in any way that we deem possible. Presented by HopeDance Films. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai.

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND Sunday, Jan. 21, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the harrowing dramatic biography of Uganda dictator Idi Amin, played by Oscar front-runner Forest Whitaker. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Art

ACCOLADES 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-Mar. 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 Jan. 6-Feb. 4, “Wall to Wall 2007.” A representative sampling of work by a select group of 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 Gallery hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beat ricewood.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.Buena venturaGallery.org. 648-1235.

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

CAFÉ ZACK 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 Jan., “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 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 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.larramendy gallery.com. 646-2750.

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

OJAI ART CENTER 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM through Feb. 2, “Ventura Music Festival Art Show.” Twelve local artists present their work shadowing French Impressionism, the theme of the 2007 Ventura Music Festival, on this stop along their county art tour. 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 GALLERY 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 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 Jan. 20-Mar. 17, four exhibitions: “On Dead Highways,” mixed media paintings by Geoff Mitchell, Evans Gallery; “Commuter Peace, Interconnectedness,” paintings by Beverley Decker, O’Keeffee Gallery; Portraits by Noble Powell III, Gerd Koch Gallery; “On the Gold Coast,” paintings by J.D. Thomas, Hallway Gallery. 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 Jan. 20-Mar. 25, “Dreamland: American Explorations into Surrealism.” Over 100 paintings and sculptures dating from the 1920s to present day on exhibition. 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 Jan. 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

OPEN JURIED COMPETITION: SENSUAL & EROTIC EXHIBIT drop off Feb. 5-6. The Artists’ Union Gallery will present their Fifth Annual Sensual & Erotic Exhibit, which will run Feb.10-Mar. 4. Drop-off times are 4-7pm Feb.5 and 9-noon Feb.6. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 407-9580.

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.

CEC/SEABEE MUSEUM Historical artifacts, multi-media installations and vintage uniforms. 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, 12:30-4:30pm Saturday. Closed Sunday and national holidays. Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center, Sunkist entrance. 982-1249.

DUDLEY HOUSE Free. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

GULL WINGS MUSEUM The county’s only hands-on learning museum for kids. 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 418 4th St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuseum4kids.org.

OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Thurs.-Fri. 1-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun. noon-4pm. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. (805)640-1390.

PORT HUENEME LIGHTHOUSE The Lighthouse is open to the public the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. The current structure was built in 1941, with the original having been built in 1874. The fresnel lens was made in 1897 and is still in operation. Admission is free. Adults age 18 and up require photo ID. Last shuttle pick-up at port gate is 2:30pm. 120 W. Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. (310) 541-0334.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: free-$7. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Oct. 5-Mar. 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-Mar. 4, “Artistic Journeys: the Botke 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: Jan. 9-April 29, “Four Faces of Eve: Women & Power,” the latest exhibition of George Stuart Historical Figures, featuring the likes of the Marquise de Pompadour, Katherine of Aragon, Empress Dowager Tzu-His, Florence Nightingale… $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

EXPLORE THE WORLD THROUGH COOKING Fridays, Jan. 19-Feb. 9, 3:15-4:45pm. Roxanne Diesel and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District offer youth, ages 8-14, the chance to explore Italy, Korea, Germany and France through cooking! Students spend each class learning to cook great recipes from a different country and receive a booklet containing all the recipes they have used at the last class. $55, $25 materials fee. 382-1996.

YOUTH ACTING CLASSES Is your child a Drama Queen or King? Classes are currently being offered by local recreation districts in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Ventura by local actress, playwright and director, Roxanne Diesel. Classes include: Camarillo-Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-Mar. 2, 1:30-2:15pm; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Thursdays, Jan. 25-Mar. 15, 5-6:30; Thousand Oaks – Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-Mar. 2, 11:15am-noon; and Kids Performance Workshop-The Wizard of Oz, ages 6-12, Fridays, Jan. 19-Mar. 16, 5:30-7pm. Ventura: Thursdays, Jan. 25-Mar. 8, Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, 2:15-3pm; and Kids Comedy-Improvisation Workshop, ages 7-13, 3-4pm. Classes incorporate a variety of techniques to help young actors gain a clear understanding of the theatre including: acting, movement, vocalization; taking stage direction and improvisation. (661) 718-3968.

SOCCER TRY-OUTS Love playing competitive soccer? Girls ages 11-14 needed for

Alianza OP Club team. Training consists of agility, control, technique & tactic. Serious

players wanted. Try-outs held in Oxnard. 890-8532.

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.

Family

FAMILY TIME: PAINT A PUZZLE Sunday, Jan. 21, 1:30-3pm. Make a masterpiece that can be taken apart and put back together. Free. Ventura County Museum of History and Art, 100 E. Main St, Ventura. HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturamuseum.org\” www.venturamuseum.org. 653-0323.

WHALE WATCHING Daily. 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.

Pets

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

Lectures/Seminars

STATE OF THE NEW ART CITY Thursday, Jan. 18, 6pm. The Cultural Affairs Commission and Public Art Commission will meet jointly to discuss the status of the 2005 Ventura Cultural Plan, “Creating California\’s New Art City.” Public welcome. Atrium of Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, Ventura. 658-4768.

INTO THE LIGHT OF DAY: TORTURE, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND THE WAR ON TERROR Thursday, Jan. 18, 8pm. A longtime staff writer at the New Yorker and professor of journalism at UC Berkeley, Mark Danner writes about foreign affairs and politics and will discuss the character and effectiveness of the United States’ undeclared State of Emergency and ask the critical question, “When should it come to an end?” Free. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

PRESENTATIONS ON PROTECTED CHANNEL ISLANDS RESOURCES Friday, Jan. 19, 9am-4:15pm. Come listen and learn during presentations on a variety of topics: “Open Ocean Aquaculture” by the Conservation Working Group, “Coastal Water Resources” by Dr. Diana Engle, “Southern California Bight Survey Results” by Dr. Ken Schiff and “Channel Islands Derelict Fishing Gear Removal” by Dr. Kirsten Giraldi, during the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council public meeting. Participate in discussions with community advisors about protection and use of the marine environment surrounding the northern Channel Islands. Casa Las Palmas, 323 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara. Channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/main.html. 884-1464.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 20-21, 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.

THE TRADITION OF FINE ART PRINTMAKING Saturday, Jan. 20, 1:30pm. Join artist Catherine Day for a comprehensive talk about the long and rich tradition of fine-art printmaking. Free for Museum members, included with admission for non-members. Limited seating. RSVP. Ventura County Museum of History and Art, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 ext. 10.

BUGSY SIEGEL AND MEYER LANSKY: THE MEN BEHIND THE FLAMINGO HOTEL Sunday, Jan. 21, 9:30am. Temple Beth Torah Brotherhood presents a humorous look at infamous gangster Bugsy Siegel. The humorous but educational look at two gangsters raised on the Lower East Side who chose to live on the wrong side of the tracks is presented by nationally known speaker Ron Arons. $7 prepaid, $10 door, includes bagels and lox or fruit plate. 7260 Foothill Road, Ventura. 647-4181.

Health

5K WALK FOR MDA Saturday, Jan. 20. Santa Barbara. 563-0456.

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.

MEDITATION WORKSHOP SERIES Wednesdays, 7-9pm, Jan-Mar.. $40. Zanzilla Yoga, 2750 E. Main St., Ste. F, Ventura.

Classes/Workshops

THE SILK ROAD: SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND STORIES Tuesdays and Thursdays through Mar. 13, 6:30-7:45pm. This open-to-the-public course explores the many faceted cultures along the Silk Road – a vast network of trade routes through Europe and China and Persia and Japan, — including musical traditions, fine arts, religions, literature and histories. It ill draw on the talents of several members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble during their presence on the UCSB campus. Free. No registration necessary. 1910 Buchanan Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

THE ART OF CREATIVITY Saturdays, Jan. 6-27, 1-4pm. Focus on the Masters present this powerful four-week process to discover yourself as a creatively fearless and fully self-expressed artist and being. Through a dialog combining art, creativity, eastern philosophies, existential insights and some light movement, students take creative risks in a fun and supportive environment. This class has a maximum of 10 students and fills up quickly. Instructor: James Graca. Call for fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturdays through Feb. 3, 10:15-noon. The Carnegie Art Museum offers the program for children ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. Classes help participants learn about the elements of art, like line, shape, form, color, and texture, through studying artwork in the museum’s current exhibition and creating hands-on art projects. $2 per child per class. Teen program Saturdays through Feb. 3, 1:30-4pm, $10. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8171.

FENCING CLASS Fridays, Jan. 19-Feb. 23. The City of Ventura offers the eight-week class. The sport of fencing is fun, challenging, and a great workout. New students learn fencing basics while returning students continue developing newly acquired skills in a safe and fun environment. Session One, ages 8-14, 6-7pm; 15 years and up, 7-8pm. Session Two, Mar. 9-April 13. $98. Swords Fencing Studio, 3521 Arundell Circle, Ventura. 643-3901.

WHAT\’S WRONG WITH THIS PHOTO? Saturday, Jan. 20, 1-3pm. Robyn Raggio gives pointers on basic Digital and film photographic techniques. Hand-outs on basic photographic theory and techniques, including lighting, ISO settings, shutter speed and aperture manipulation for optimum results and desired effects, white balance settings and what they mean, and the basics of composing a good photograph. Bring 4 to 5 images. Presented by the Buenaventura Art Association. $10 non-members. The Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ste. 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.

WOMEN\’S ECONOMIC VENTURES SELF EMPLOYMENT TRAINING Monday, Jan 22, 6-7:30pm, and Wednesday, Jan. 24, 5-6pm. The group holds free self-employment training orientations in Ventura County. Learn more about their 14-week comprehensive course that teaches how to start or grow your own successful business. Call for locations. 604-9000.

HOW TO CONDUCT A BACKGROUND SEARCH Tuesday, Jan. 23, 11:30am-1:30pm. The East Ventura County Employer Advisory Council presents the workshop helping employers conduct a background search on job applicants and employees without getting sued. Sleuthing 101: Background Checks and the Law features Barry J. Nadell who discusses current regulations, practices and screening procedures. The Palm Garden Hotel, 495 N. Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks. 382-8618.

SCULPTURAL PORTRAITURE Tuesdays, Jan. 23-Mar. 13, 2-5pm. Focus on the Masters invites everyone age 16 and over to join instructor Linda Elder for this workshop which teaches students how to identify and portray the unique characteristics reflected in the human face. A specific technique for taking photographs of the subject is used as the primary reference, enabling the sculptor to create the portrait. The goal is not only to capture a likeness, but also the spirit of the person featured. Call for details. 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. HYPERLINK www.capoeirabatuque.org 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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturaimprov.com.\” 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.

HAPPENINGS

HAPPENINGS

THE TWEAKSTERS Jan. 13, 7 p.m. Performances To Grow On presents a Tweaking good time featuring fabulous feats of physical fun! The group’s innovative mix of acrobatic dance and artistic juggling blends pure athletic creativity with unusual objects in a rhythmic, crazy-cool performance designed to tweak and delight audiences of all ages. $22 adults, $16 children. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

THE BIBLE THROUGH LITERARY EYES Jan. 17, 8 p.m. Biblical scholar Robert Alter will discuss how two millennia of Biblical translations have affected its literary quality, he will also speak on his recently released translation of the Torah. Noted for his scholarship and dedication to preserving the nuances of the Hebrew language, as well as for his probing commentary, Alter has served as a professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at UC Berkeley for nearly 40 years. Free. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

THE SILK ROAD: SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND STORIES Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 13, 6:30-7:45 p.m. This open-to-the-public course explores the many faceted cultures along the Silk Road – a vast network of trade routes through Europe, China, Persia and Japan. The course will also look at musical traditions, fine arts, religions, literature and histories. It will draw on the talents of several members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble during their presence on the UCSB campus. Free. No registration necessary. 1910 Buchanan Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

Special Events

WHEN FORTUNE KNOCKS Thursday, Jan. 11, 6pm-9pm. Bring in the New Year by giving back to the community! Many Mansions, a non-profit, low-cost housing provider, invites you to enjoy live music and great food while exploring ways to provide good fortune in your community. All proceeds benefit the Many Mansions services department. $25 suggested ticket donation. 1710 Newbury Rd, Thousand Oaks. 496-4948, ext. 236.

BET ON THE BIG APPLE Friday, Jan. 12, 6pm. You are invited to a casino night benefiting Nordhoff High School music department’s performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Gaming tables, opportunity drawings and silent auction. $25 pre-sale, $30 door. Ojai Valley Inn and Resort, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai. 640-4343 ex. 1861.

OAK GROVE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE Saturday, Jan. 13, 3:30pm. Julie Christensen and Friends Rain Perry, Karen Hammack, and the Household Gods present a benefit concert for the school’s 8th Grade trip to Baja. $20. Oak Grove High School 220 W. Lomita, Ojai. 646-8236, ext. 104.

WHALE WATCHING Daily. 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 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.

Performances

THE TWEAKSTERS! Saturday, Jan. 13, 7pm. Performances To Grow On presents a Tweaking good time featuring fabulous feats of physical fun. The group’s innovative mix of acrobatic dance and artistic juggling blends pure athletic creativity with unusual objects in a rhythmic, crazy cool performance designed to tweak and delight audiences of all ages. $22 adults, $16 children. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

DAVID BROMBERG Saturday, Jan. 13, 8pm. Iconic musician David Bromberg, master of almost any stringed instrument, has returned to performing. He will be joined by the Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet, a bluegrass and roots example par excellence. $35-$45. Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara. www.lobero.com. 963-0761.

FROM THE TOP Sunday, Jan. 14, 2pm. The hit radio showcase for America’s best young classical musicians hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley will record a new episode live. $30 adults, $20 youth 17 and under. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522.

COWBOY CONCERT Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7:30pm. Cowboy Sourdough Slim from Paradise, California, performs in concert. Sourdough plays accordion, guitar, ukulele, and harmonica, twirls the lariat, sings classic Western songs, yodels, tells corny jokes, and spins yarns. His stage getup is right off a 1938 RKO cowboy movie set. $13 advance, $15 door. Ojai Valley Woman\’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-5163.

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

THE CRUCIBLE Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30pm, Saturdays-Sundays, 2pm, Jan. 12-21. The Young Artists Ensemble presents Arthur Miller’s award-winning tale of the infamous witch trials in Salem County Massachusetts in 1692, written in response to the Senator McCarthy’s crusade against communist sympathizers. $14.50 adult evening, $12.50 adult matinee; $12.50 child/student/senior evening; $10.50 matinee. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246.

CRIMES OF THE HEART Jan. 12-Feb. 18. Elite Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about three sisters and their navigation through life and love, a tale of how it is characters escape the past to seize the future. $17 general. Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Petit Playhouse, 730 South B St, Oxnard. 483-5118.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Jan. 12-13. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN OXNARD Friday, Jan. 19, 7pm. Production volunteers needed to assist with costumes, set building, props, lights, and sounds – in particular, people with carpentry and painting skills – for the Elite Theatre Company’s 2007 season. Please come to this short meeting if interested. Petit Playhouse, 730 South B Street, Oxnard. www.elitetheatre.org. 483-5118.

Film

THE QUEEN Sunday, Jan. 14, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the highly acclaimed drama starring as Queen Elizabeth II, balancing the public with tradition over the tragic death of Princess Diana. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

QUINCEANERA Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7:30pm. Set amid the tumultuous and rapid gentrification of Echo Park, Los Angeles, this is the tale of a young woman’s coming of age, unfolding through the build-up to the traditional celebration of her 15th birthday and passage into womanhood. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. $6. 893-3535.

Art

ACCOLADES 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 Jan. 6-Feb. 4, “Wall to Wall 2007.” A representative sampling of work by a select group of 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 Gallery hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beatrice wood.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.Buena venturaGallery.org. 648-1235.

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

CAFÉ ZACK 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 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 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.larramendy gallery.com. 646-2750.

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

OJAI ART CENTER 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY 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 GALLERY 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.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.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.

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 Botke 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: Jan. 9-April 29, “Four Faces of Eve: Women & Power,” the latest exhibition of George Stuart Historical Figures, featuring the likes of the Marquise de Pompadour, Katherine of Aragon, Empress Dowager Tzu-His, Florence Nightingale… $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

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE CHAMBER BREAKFAST Friday, Jan. 12, 6:45am. Conejo Valley business owners are invited to attend the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Networking Breakfast of Champions. Event features an Employment Law & Strategies Update, with special guests Karen Gabler, from Nordman, Cormany, Hair & Compton, and Doug Ready, from Barrett Business Service. Topics include the new employment laws for 2007, and how they affect your business and strategic decisions in human resources management. $26. Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 370-0035.

COMPOST TEA LECTURE Saturday, Jan. 13, 6pm. The newly formed Ventura Organic Gardening Club presents speaker Corey Welles, Plant Health Manager, for Lotusland in Montecito. Lotusland is a private garden that uses all organic methods to maintain healthy plants and control pests. Plant residue is composted and brewed into compost tea. These are the basic tools used to improve the health of plants. Free. Topping Room, Ventura Main Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-4323.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 13-14, 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.

THE BIBLE THROUGH LITERARY EYES Wednesday, Jan. 17, 8pm. Biblical scholar Robert Alter will discuss how two millennia of Biblical translations have affected its literary quality and also speak on his recently released translation of the Torah. Free. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

Health

BLUE CROSS LIVE LIKE A CHAMPION TOUR Thursday-Friday, Jan. 11-12. Blue Cross of California, partnering with the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, launches their nine-week mobile tour in the Ventura area featuring a customized vehicle along with interactive games and activities designed to get kids moving and teach them about how to make healthy eating choices. Thursday, January 11: Bill Lefevre Center 1929 Johnson Drive, Ventura 3:30-6pm; and Friday, January 12: Saticoy Unit, 11321 Violeta St., Ventura, 3:30-6pm.

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.

BRAILLE MOBILE UNIT Wednesday, Jan. 17, 10am-2pm. Low vision visual aid consultant from the Braille Institute. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

MEDITATION WORKSHOP SERIES Wednesdays, 7-9pm, Jan-March. $40. Zanzilla Yoga, 2750 E. Main St., Ste. F, Ventura.

Classes/Workshops

FIBER CLOTH DOLLS Saturday, Jan. 13, 1:30-3:30pm. Students use cloth, yarn, ribbons, and their own rich imagination to make a wonderful unique and artful cloth doll. The process is just as important as the product, providing an opportunity to experiment with materials. Some materials supplied. Bring scissors and any fabric scraps, ribbons, lace, and cord that you want to include. Instructor: Gienne Gabriels. $35. Focus on the Masters, 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

GROUND FIRST Jan. 13 & 20, 10am-2pm. A two-day ceramic workshop to learn expressive hand-building in clay, taught by Lynn Le Tourneau. All levels welcome. Art & Soul Studios, 271 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 653-1984.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7:30pm. The Camarillo Art Center offers the talk about framing art and the latest in printing along with photographing your art. $5 non-members. Refreshments after meeting. 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo. 445-7061.

THE ART OF CREATIVITY Saturdays, Jan. 6-27, 1-4pm. Focus on the Masters present this powerful four-week process to discover yourself as a creatively fearless and fully self-expressed artist and being. Through a dialog combining art, creativity, eastern philosophies, existential insights and some light movement, students take creative risks in a fun and supportive environment. This class has a maximum of 10 students and fills up quickly. Instructor: James Graca. Call for fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturdays through Feb. 3, 10:15-noon. The Carnegie Art Museum offers the program for children ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. Classes help participants learn about the elements of art, like line, shape, form, color, and texture, through studying artwork in the museum’s current exhibition and creating hands-on art projects. $2 per child per class. Teen program Saturdays through Feb. 3, 1:30-4pm, $10. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8171.

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, Jan. 11, 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. 15. 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. 16, 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. 17. Come learn Salsa dancing and play and practice afterwards. Beginning Salsa, 6:30pm; Beginning with 1-2 intermediate moves, 7:00 pm; Intermediate Salsa Moves, 7:45; Advanced moves, 8:30pm; Salsa Dancing 9pm. $10 for salsa class, $5 dance after 9pm. Lobster Trap, 3605 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. 405-2946.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Jan. 13, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features fine art including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Held outdoors between the Holiday Inn and the Artists’ Union Gallery, where California St. meets the sea. 421-9270.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER\’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid\’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

WHALE WATCHING Daily. 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 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.

Clubs/Groups

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF THE CONEJO VALLEY BRUNCH Saturday, Jan. 13, 9:30am-11:30am. Special guest speaker Mark Mrohs, alternative energy expert with over 25 years experience in the solar electric power industry. $25. Boccaccio’s Restaurante, 32123 Lindero Canyon Rd, Westlake Village. 390-9323.

CAMARILLO HOSPICE ANNUAL MEETING Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6pm. The Hospice hosts its annual meeting. Members vote to elect Directors and to review the organization’s accomplishments in 2006 and goals for 2007. The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors follows immediately and includes the election of officers for the year. Pacific Oaks Federal Credit Union Community Room, 761 Daily Drive, Camarillo. 389-6870.

THOUSAND OAKS-WESTLAKE VILLAGE CHAMBER AFTER 5 MIXER Wednesday, Jan. 17, 5:30-7pm. Come celebrate the New Year at the mixer hosted by the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy sumptuous appetizers by Louise’s Trattoria while you mix and mingle with the other folks, trading business cards, and making important connections. $10 non-members. Courtyard by Marriott, 1710 Newbury Road, Newbury Park. 370-0035.

VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY The society holds weekly field trips. Call for current schedule and hikes. 640-0779.

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. 48

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COMEDYSPORTZLA Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m. Join us for the longest-running show in Los Angeles, now appearing for one night only in Ojai! A fun-filled evening of riotous family entertainment with audience participation and competition comedy, ComedySportzLA’s performance is also a benefit for the Ojai Performing Arts Theater Academy. Not recommended for children under 6. $30 for priority seating and post-performance reception with the players; $15 general adults, $10 general students and seniors, $35 general for family of four. Matilija Auditorium, Ojai. www.opata.org. 640-6404.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW Jan. 5, 10:45 a.m. ITT Technical Institute, in partnership with the Oxnard and Ventura School Districts, present a morning and afternoon with the daughter of slain civil rights leader Reverend King. King’s message, “Can You Hear Me Now,” is shared with young people and puts importance on their knowledge of history, education and self-respect. Pacifica High School, Oxnard, 10:45 p.m., and Ventura High School, Ventura, 1:30 p.m. 988-0143.

THE DIXIE CHICKS: SHUT UP AND SING Jan. 7, 4:30 p.m. The Ojai Film Society screens the controversial documentary about the political backlash the group faced after renouncing the president, hailed by critics as \”a shout of defiance, a chronicle of the price we have to be willing to pay to stand up for what we believe in,\” (Salon.com). Rolling Stone summarizes the film: \”Life in Bush America gets a blunt, honest telling in this documentary that makes you want to stand up and cheer without ever begging for tears or glib sympathy.” $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Special Events

PEACE RALLY Friday, Jan. 5, 5pm. End the occupation of Iraq and Palestine. Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria and Telephone, Ventura. 681-1171.

WHALE WATCHING Daily. 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 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.

Performances

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Jan. 5-6. 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

THE CRUCIBLE Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30pm, Saturdays-Sundays, 2pm, Jan. 5-21. The Young Artists Ensemble presents Arthur Miller’s award-winning tale of the infamous witch trials in Salem County Massachusetts in 1692, written in response to the Senator McCarthy’s crusade against communist sympathizers. $14.50 adult evening, $12.50 adult matinee; $12.50 child/student/senior evening; $10.50 matinee. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246.

Film

IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7:30pm. This breathtaking documentary illuminates war-torn Iraq in three acts by distilling more than 300 hours of footage from 2003 to 2005 into a forceful, feature-length discourse on Iraqi life in a time of war. $6 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

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 Jan. 6-Feb. 4, “Wall to Wall 2007.” A representative sampling of work by a select group of 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 Gallery hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beat ricewood.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.Buena venturaGallery.org. 648-1235.

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

CAFÉ ZACK 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.

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.larramendy gallery.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.

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 ANDGALLERY 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.gullwingsmuseum4kids.org.

OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Thurs.-Fri. 1-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun. noon-4pm. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. (805)640-1390.

PORT HUENEME LIGHTHOUSE The Lighthouse is open to the public the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. The current structure was built in 1941, with the original having been built in 1874. The fresnel lens was made in 1897 and is still in operation. Admission is free. Adults age 18 and up require photo ID. Last shuttle pick-up at port gate is 2:30pm. 120 W. Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. (310) 541-0334.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: free-$7. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM 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: Jan. 9-April 29, “Four Faces of Eve: Women & Power,” the latest exhibition of George Stuart Historical Figures, featuring the likes of the Marquise de Pompadour, Katherine of Aragon, Empress Dowager Tzu-His, Florence Nightingale… $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

SCRABBLE THURSDAY Thursday, Jan. 4, 1pm. Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. Every Thursday. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

STUDIO ART CLASSES FOR TEENS Saturday, Jan. 6, 1:30-4pm. Artist Martha Jimenez will give students an opportunity to explore a variety of media and learn advanced studio techniques using the elements of art as a framework. $10. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C. Street, Oxnard. 385-8171.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and over, are invited to the weekly Wednesday Night Bingo at the Avenue Adult Center. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

MATURE MINGLERS Thursdays. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, Ventura. 648-3035.

SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

Pets

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

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 6-7, 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.

GENTLE YOGA & PILATES SERIES Monday, Jan 8. Four-week class. Camarillo Family YMCA, 3111 Village at the Park Drive, Camarillo. 484-0423.

THE JOURNEY Monday, Jan. 8, 7-9pm. The Wellness Center presents a conversation with Rabbi Ed Feinstein. The workshop is for cancer patients and their families, and the discussion begins with a viewing of The Journey, an inspirational video, created by Les Brown, depicting the journey of several cancer survivors. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

BLUE CROSS LIVE LIKE A CHAMPION TOUR Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 10-12. Blue Cross of California, partnering with the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, launches their nine-week mobile tour in the Ventura area featuring a customized vehicle along with interactive games and activities designed to get kids moving and teach them about how to make healthy eating choices. Wednesday, Jan. 10: Robert Addison Center, 1440 Olive St. Ventura, 3:30-6pm; Thursday, January 11: Bill Lefevre Center 1929 Johnson Drive, Ventura 3:30-6pm; and Friday, January 12: Saticoy Unit, 11321 Violeta St., Ventura, 3:30-6pm.

Classes/Workshops

TRIAL CAPOEIRA Tuesday, Jan. 9, 5-6:15pm. Everyone welcome! Presented by Capoeira Sul de Bahia. Ojai Recreation Center, Ojai. 637-5355.

THE SILK ROAD: SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND STORIES Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 9-March 13, 6:30-7:45pm. This open-to-the-public course explores the many faceted cultures along the Silk Road – a vast network of trade routes through Europe and China and Persia and Japan, — including musical traditions, fine arts, religions, literature and histories. It ill draw on the talents of several members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble during their presence on the UCSB campus. Free. No registration necessary. 1910 Buchanan Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

THE ART OF CREATIVITY Saturdays, Jan. 6-27, 1-4pm. Focus on the Masters present this powerful four-week process to discover yourself as a creatively fearless and fully self-expressed artist and being. Through a dialog combining art, creativity, eastern philosophies, existential insights and some light movement, students take creative risks in a fun and supportive environment. This class has a maximum of 10 students and fills up quickly. Instructor: James Graca. Call for fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturday, Jan. 6-Feb. 3, 10:15-noon. The Carnegie Art Museum offers the program for children ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. Classes help participants learn about the elements of art, like line, shape, form, color, and texture, through studying artwork in the museum’s current exhibition and creating hands-on art projects. $2 per child per class. Teen program Saturdays, Jan. 6-Feb. 3, 1:30-4pm, $10. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8171.

HOW TO MARKET & SELL YOUR ART Monday, Jan. 8, 6-9pm. Social Good Marketing & Design offers the half-day workshop for artists. A wide range of topics are covered, including art opening-reception protocol, selling someone their first piece of art, how to talk about your art, and ways to keep customers coming back for more. $60. Sea Breeze Art Gallery, 255 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 658-8196.

SOFTBALL UMPIRE CERTIFICATION CLASS Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6-9pm. The City of Ventura holds Softball Umpire Certification Classes at the Maintenance Yard, 336 San Jon Road, Ventura. Passing the certification class makes individuals eligible to work as certified Umpires in City of Ventura softball throughout the year. New Umpire fee $25, Returning Umpires fee $15. 658-4726.

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. HYPERLINK www.capoeirabatuque.org 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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturaimprov.com.\” 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 HYPERLINK \”mailto:joylam@aol.com\” joylam@aol.com, HYPERLINK \”mailto:elnomac@aol.com\” elnomac@aol.com

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

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

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

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

Farmers’ Markets

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

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, Jan. 4, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Jan. 9, 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. 10. Come learn Salsa dancing and play and practice afterwards. Beginning Salsa, 6:30pm; Beginning with 1-2 intermediate moves, 7:00 pm; Intermediate Salsa Moves, 7:45; Advanced moves, 8:30pm; Salsa Dancing 9pm. $10 for salsa class, $5 dance after 9pm. Lobster Trap, 3605 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. 405-2946.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Jan. 6, 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.

CAMARILLO FAMILY YMCA OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Jan. 6, 10am-1pm. Free. 3111 Village at the Park Drive, Camarillo. 484-0423.

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

VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7pm. Featured speaker Stephen Lodge, author of “Nickel-Plated Dream.” All writers invited to attend. Border’s Book Store, 124 W Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks. HYPERLINK \”http://www.VCWC.com\” www.VCWC.com. 375-3188.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO Thursday, Jan. 4, 7pm. Monthly meeting and candidates forum consisting of Jill Martinez, Ferial Masry, Kim Stephenson and Bob Taylor who discuss their recent campaigns and future endeavors. Public invited to attend. UFCW Hall, 816 Camarillo Springs Road. 484-6601.

CITIZENS FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTIONS Monday, Jan. 7, 3-5pm. Monthly meeting and a discussion of the Progressive Activist Agenda for 2007 Free. Foster Library\’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 850-5849.

VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY The society holds weekly field trips. Call for current schedule and hikes. 640-0779.

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.

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