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VOLVER April 1, 4:30 p.m. The Ojai Film Society screens the Oscar-nominated Spanish drama by director Pedro Almodovar starring Penelope Cruz as a member of a family of women burdened with dark secrets and plagued by men who use and betray them. Set in both Madrid and Almodovar’s native La Mancha, the plot unfolds in a region where the living and the dead co-exist. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors, free to members with ID. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

COTTONTAIL DAY March 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy Ventura\’s largest springtime celebration at Plaza Park, Chestnut and Santa Clara Streets in the Downtown Ventura. Free egg hunt every fifteen minutes for children ages 1-7, train rides around the park, photographs with the costumed Spring Bunny, plus local performers provide entertainment at the Gazebo, including Wendee\’s Music with a children\’s sing-a-long, clowns and a special appearance by magician Peter Dwork, 11 a.m. Check out all the arts activities in the park and enjoy shopping for unique gifts at the many arts and crafts booths. Free admission. 654-7749.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIDGED March 31. The Ventura Music Festival invites you to travel with them to turn of the century Paris for fabulous food, entertainment, and a live auction of their Impression, original art created by Ventura County’s finest artists. Experience French wines, gourmet foods, cabaret entertainment and a chic blast from the past. Call for tickets. Ventura Beach Marriott, 2055 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 648-3146. Visit online at www.venturamusicfestival.org.

Special Events

EXOTIC ANIMAL TRAINING AND MANAGEMENT SPRING SPECTACULAR Saturday-Sunday, March 31-April 1, 10am-5pm. America\’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College concludes their Seventeenth Annual Spring Spectacular, the largest fund-raiser of the year. Indiana Jones and the Quest for the Sacred Animal is full of energy, action, and good laughs. Main stage production features many of the Teaching Zoo\’s exciting animals including an Olive baboon, American Alligator, California Sea Lion, Dromedary Camels, and Indiana\’s favorite Snakes. Class of 2008 performs various informational shows in the Eye to Eye theatre, while several celebrity animal guests are featured in the Creature Feature theatre. Kid Zone features games, face painting, and fun crafts. $10 adults, $5 children and seniors. 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. 378-1441.

POINT MUGU AIR SHOW Saturday-Sunday, March 31-April 1, 8am. The 2007 edition features the Navy\’s Flight Demonstration team The Thunderbirds, restored and antique aircraft, displays and vendors, food booths and ground entertainment. Schedule subject to change due to weather and safety. Admission and parking free, heightened security in effect. All vehicles and personnel subject to search. No coolers, backpacks, bicycles, skateboards, glass containers and pets. 989-8786.

TEEN FASHION SHOW Sunday, April 1, 11:30am-1:30pm. Court Appointed Special Advocates sponsor their first annual teen fashion show Hot and Cool Clothes to support the court-dependent children of Ventura County. The event includes a delicious lunch as well as the fashion show, featuring Spring colors and styles. Casa Lopez Restaurant, 325 A St., Oxnard. 485-6114, ext. 609.

Dining

WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E. Main, Ventura. 652-7013.

Performances

JAMIE LAVAL & ASHLEY BRODER Thursday, March 29, 7pm, and Friday, March 30, 8pm. The fateful meeting of two already widely esteemed performers results in a colorful exiting and completely unique approach to roots-based progressive acoustic string music. Champion Celtic violinist Jamie Laval and mandolin champion Ashley Broder form a stunning instrumental duo rendering traditional Irish, Scottish and Bluegrass music. Old World Elements, 4815 Calle Alto, Camarillo. 389-1762.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, March 30-31. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

REPEAT OFFENDERS: DIRTY GIRLS COME CLEAN March 30-April 1. Veterans of Kim Maxwell’s acting class take the stage together for an evening of original works. Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 7pm. $10. Theater 150, 918 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai. www.theater150.org. 646-4300.

THE LAST CRUISE OF THE S.S. MINNOW Sunday, April 1. The Gypsy Players open their 2007 season with the interactive murder-mystery written by John Logue. The hilarious show brings back some old memories and create new ones as you try to unravel the mystery and find out what really happened on that island. Repeats April 22, and May 20. $45. Treat Mom to Dinner and Murder performance Saturday, May 12, 7:30pm, La Quinta Inn and Suites, Thousand Oaks, $59.95. (888) MURDERZ.

SHIELDS AND YARNELL REUNION FAREWELL TOUR Monday, April 2, 7:30pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents the popular duo in a reunion-farewell tour incorporating all the classics from the past along with newer concepts in dance and pantomime. The evening promises a mixture of fantasy, exuberance, talent, creativity and enthusiasm. $49-$39. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

SARAH CHANG, VIOLINIST Tuesday, April 3, 8pm. Child prodigy turned classical music superstar makes her Santa Barbara recital debut with talented pianist Ashley Wass. $45. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.arts andlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

FUR DIXON & STEVE WERNER Wednesday, April 4, 7pm. The Ojai Concert Series invites you to pack your bags and tag along with California folk favorites Fur and Steve on a rollicking musical joyride through the back roads and highways of the golden west. Spectacular harmonies, awesome guitar picking, and old and new-timey traveling songs will please oldsters and youngsters alike. $13 advance, $15 door. Ojai Valley Woman\’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai. 646-5163.

HIGHLAND, HEATH & HOLLER Wednesday, April 4, 8pm. Experience the diverse collaboration of Celtic music’s “Voyage to Appalachia!” $40. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

Theater

VINCENT March 9-April 15, 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. Come see the play by writer, director and actor, Leonard Nimoy. Presented as a one-man show that depicts the life of the artist Vincent Van Gogh as told by the person who knew and loved him best – his brother Theo. $17 general, $15 seniors and students. Elite Theatre, 730 South B St, #20, Oxnard. www.elitetheatre.org. 483-5118.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through April 11. Actors\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi opens the Ventura County premiere production of the hit Broadway musical. Taking place in New York City in 1922, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of young Millie, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. There is a special interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing on Friday, March 2. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

THE BEATLES SLEPT HERE March 30. The High Street Theater Foundation presents a melodrama that is a trip down Abbey Road with song, dance and laughter. Secret Garden Restaurant, Moorpark. 529-7580.

STUART LITTLE Fridays-Saturdays, 7pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through April 11. Family tale of adventure by E.B. White about a boy who looks like a mouse. $18 general, $15 students, seniors and Art Center members, $5 for youth under 12. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

SMOKEY JOE\’S CAFÉ Through April 1. Cabrillo Music Theater presents the second production of their 2006-2007 season, one of the most popular and longest-running Broadway revues of all time. Featuring the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Smokey Joe’s Café takes the audience back to a time were all lived in the neighborhood, shaping memories destined to become faded photographs in a scrapbook. Songs include Jailhouse Rock, On Broadway, Spanish Harlem, Stand By Me, Love Potion No. 9, Kansas City, and There Goes My Baby. Performances: Friday, March 23, 8pm; Saturday, March 24, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, March 25, 2 & 7pm; Thursday-Friday, March 29-30, 8pm; Saturday, March 31, 2 & 8pm; and Sunday, April 1, 2pm. $52-$23. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 583-8700.

Film

THREE NEEDLES Thursday, March 29, 6:30pm. Ventura County AIDS Partnership host a one-night only screening of the film examining the lives of people struggling with the AIDS pandemic on three continents: Africa, Asia and North America. The film stars Lucy Liu, Chloe Sevigny, Shawn Ashmore, Sandra Oh, Stockard Channing and Olympia Dukakis. $20. Regency Buenaventura Theaters, 1440 Eastman Avenue, Ventura. 485-6288.

Art

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

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

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

ARCHITEXTURE New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm, Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300. 231-0127.

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

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY through April 8, “Barbed Art: Reconstructed Fashion Dolls & Action Figures.” Altered art exploring issues of boundaries, transformation, empowerment, and community. Saturday ,March 17, 7pm, Cynthia Waring Matthews will have a book signing and offer a free preview of her work, “Bodies Unbound.” Gallery hours: Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

ARTZWORKS.COM GALLERY GRAND OPENING GALA Saturday, March 31, 7pm-midnight. The gallery invites the public to their grand opening gala and unveiling of the controversial American Icon exhibit featuring canvases made from rescued American flags by owner-artist David Schwartz. Guests are invited to donate their American Flags. Veterans and active duty service members present donors with a Certificate of Artistic Preservation, in honor of our Nation\’s commitment to Freedom of Speech and Expression. 540 Main St., Ventura. 984-2816.

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 through March 31, “Skyscape Melodies.” Marilyn Cahill’s lyrical landscapes. Reception Saturday, March 10, 4-7pm. 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 STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS www.studiochannelislands.org. 983-3495.

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

CARNEGIE ART through May 20, “Devotion in the Shadows.” Photography of Tibet by Scott McCliane. The first comprehensive exhibit of images resulting from bicycle treks across Tibet. 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 April 30, “Cheesecake and Catfights.” Photographic images by Alex Cooper best categorized as pinup meets pulp fiction. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 6pm. 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.

FOX FINE JEWELRY through May 22, the paintings of Robert Wassell, featured artist for the spring Ventura Artwalk. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:30-6pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 to 10pm. 652-1800.

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 April 16, “Coastal Waters and Shoreline: a Moment in Time.” The paintings of Donna Carver. 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 through March 31, “Fotografie D’Italia.” Hummingbird Nest Gallery Fine art photographers Myrna Cambianica and Charley Griswold exhibit photographs that represent their visions of the beauty of the Italian countryside and the richness and diversity of the culture. 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 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 through March 30, “I Love My Foreigner Friends,” new work by Stella Lai, and “Flesh of My Skin,” new work by Jason Jagel. 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 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY through April 1, the work of Wayne Alaniz Healy. Painter, sculptor and muralist Healy’s work has been characterized as Norman Rockwell meets Jackson Pollack. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY April 2-May 7, “A Warm Life.” New show focused on shedding the cold of winter through the warm colors and spring thematic of the 20 artists working in all mediums including stone sculpture, metal sculpture, glass, jewelry, all painting mediums, photography, digital art and ceramics. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.

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

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY through March 31, Paintings & photograms by Todd Bertola and Mia Bortolussi. Also: April 4-May 13, new paintings by Sandra McCullough, featuring a continued exploration of horizon lines. 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 Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

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

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

UPFRONT GALLERY 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 Free. Hours vary; call 648-8974. Ventura College, Ventura.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE 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.

Call for Art

ART IN THE PARK deadline April 2. Ojai Center for the Arts is now accepting applications from artists who create their own works in oil, acrylic, glass, pastel, watercolor, mixed media, graphics, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics and fine jewelry. Cash prize. The show will take place May 26-27. For an application or to ask questions, call 646-0117.

INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBIT Ventura County artists and photographers are invited to submit art about agriculture for possible inclusion in an art exhibit as part of the AG Classic 2007, “Ventura County’s Premier Agriculture Showcase” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Artists should submit up to 3 pieces of art. All art will be for sale. Delivery and pickup dates TBA. The exhibit will take place in the Professional Arts Building at the fairgrounds on Saturday, April 28 from 10 to 4:30 and on Sunday, April 29 from 11 to 3:30. For more information contact John Nichols at 525-7804.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.

CALIFORNIA OIL 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 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 through 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 through June 10, “The Unconventional Beatrice Wood.” An exhibit of artwork by Wood, including paintings, drawings, and acclaimed luster glaze ceramics by the beloved and unconventional artist. Also, through 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… Also: through June 10, “Horace Bristol Photographs.” Compelling portraits of migrant refugees record the human toll of the Dust Bowl disaster during the Great Depression. $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICE Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 12, 9-11am. Bring last year\’s tax returns, W-2s and 1099s, bonds, as well as year-end summaries from Social Security. E-filing and refunds direct-deposited are available. Bring in a deposit slip or voided check with name and address. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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 ? 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

AIR BUD TO THE RESCUE Saturday, March 31, 1-4pm. The Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Rescue proudly presents a day of fun and information featuring Scout, who played Air Bud in the Disney movies. Baked goods, prizes, drawings, items for sale and everything you wanted to know about rescue. Linda’s Claws and Paws, 1865 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-6060.

NATIONAL HAMSTER BALL DERBY Saturday, March 31, 2pm. Back by popular demand, Petco presents their annual hamster ball race at all of their Southern California locations. Using hamster balls as their vehicles, hamsters race down an eight-foot track in heats of four. First-place winners at each store win their very own Hamtrac Circle Track from Super Pet, and a hamster-size trophy. Prizes will also be awarded to second and third place winners.

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

WHAT DOES PEACE FEEL LIKE? Friday, March 30, 7-8:30pm. A video presentation featuring Prem Rawat’s unique message that peace is a feeling, innate in each human being. More than words, he offers individuals a practical way to enjoy peace, freedom and fulfillment within themselves. There will also be speakers, music and refreshments. Free. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main Street, Ventura. (818) 597-1430.

A FRIENDSHIP FORMED IN CLAY Saturday, March 31, 2pm. Join ceramic artist Myra Toth as she discusses the life and art of her friend Beatrice Wood. The Ventura College instructor enjoyed a decades-long friendship with the beloved and unconventional Beatrice Wood. Free with museum admission. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, March 31-April 1, 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.

AN EVENING WITH BARRY BERKUS Tuesday, April 3, 7-8:30pm. Focus on the Masters present a discussion with the Santa Barbara architect. Which came first, the architect or the collector? How does art influence architecture? Should a home be designed from the outside in, or the inside out? Berkus examines these issues with great passion for art and a keen sense of civic responsibility. $10 general, $5 students and seniors, free to members and students under 18. Technology Development Center, 5200 Valentine Road, Ventura. 653-2501.

Health

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION Mondays through May 7, 6:30-8:30pm. The Wellness Community presents the eight week comprehensive course offered free of charge to cancer patients and their family members. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES Fridays, noon-1pm. Paula Getty-Shearer, certified hypnotherapist, leads free weekly relaxation & guided imagery classes for cancer patients and their families. The Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

LAUGHTER CLUB Fridays, noon-12:45pm, and 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.

TAI CHI-WU Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Learn style for more energy and balance. Taught by certified teacher. $15. 101 N. Laurel Ave., Ventura.

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

Classes/Workshops

IMPROV GONE WILD! Monday-Friday, April 2-6, 10am-3pm. Straight Up Ventura County, a nonprofit organization focused on community change to reduce underage and binge drinking, offers two classes for youths and young adults, ages 15-25, to explore the fun and exciting world of improv. April 2-6: Livery Theatre, Ventura; April 9-13: Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Simi Valley. Free, space is limited and reservations required. 647-4622.

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

BOOKS AND BREW BOOK CLUB Thursday, March 29, 4pm. California Lutheran University’s English Department hosts the book club designed to involve students, faculty and members of the community. March 29: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Roth Nelson Room, CLU, 60 W. Olson Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3244.

FREEDOM TO READ: BANNED AND CHALLENGED BOOKS IN THE U.S. Saturday, March 31, 10am-noon. The Lifelong Learning Institute debuts their Intellectual Buffet lecture series with a discussion on banned and challenged books. $10. California State University Channel Islands, Extended Education Center, 501 Marin St., Thousand Oaks. 437-2748.

BOOK CLUB FOR WOMEN Mondays, April 2-16, 7-8pm. New book club for women offered three Mondays in April. Open to all women free of charge. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

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.

MONTHLY WRITING GROUP 2nd Wed of each month,7pm. For serious writers. Stories and chapters read and reviewed in advance, discussed at the meeting. Constructive feedback, suggestions on how work might be improved, support for each other as writers. Please send name, what you\’re reading, what you\’re writing, and your email address to vcwordcraft@yahoo.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Farmers’ Markets

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

CERTIFIED MARKET- 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, March 29, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, April 2. 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, April 3, 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, April 4. 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

CARPINTERIA VALLEY MUSEUM OF HISTORY BENEFIT FLEA MARKET Saturday, March 31, 8am-3pm. Market features over 70 dealers offering bargains on antiques, collectibles, plants, hand-crafted gifts, and used goods of every description. 956 Maple Ave., Carpinteria. 684-3112.

THOUSAND OAKS FARMERS MARKET Every Thursday. During extensive renovation at the Thousand Oaks Shopping Center, the weekly Farmers Market moves to the parking lot of the former City Hall building, up the hill from the shopping center. The market shares a parking lot with the Conejo Recreation and Park District, The Arts Council and the National Park Service Visitors Center.

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK Saturdays-Sundays, 11am-4pm. The two story adobe hacienda on the park grounds, built by Don Raymundo Olivas in 1847, features furnishings from the early California rancho period. Docents in period costumes offe

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ONE WOMAN WHO IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE March 28, 10:30-11:20 a.m. The Ventura College Women\’s Concerns Council presents Cindy Sheehan as their keynote speaker, who discusses her journey from grieving mother to peace activist as part of the college’s Women’s History Month events. Free. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.

MANY MANSIONS’ BOWLS OF HOPE PROJECT March 25, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 300 ceramic bowls have been created by local artists for guests to keep as a reminder of the day. After a bowl is chosen, each guest will proceed to a “soup line” where local community leaders, Many Mansions board members, sponsors and supporters will serve them gourmet soups and breads that have been donated by local restaurants. As they relax to enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread, our guests will be able to browse the art in the gallery, listen to live entertainment, bid on silent auction, look at items in the Merchant Market or simply mingle with other community members. $25-30. All proceeds benefit Many Mansions Services Department. The Vineyardsimi, 2525 Stow Road, Simi Valley. www.manymansions.org 496-4948 ext. 236.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIDGED March 23-24, 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. The High Street Arts Center presents the hilarious production by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. This show presents a mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue, bad female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque (picture William Shakespeare writing for Monty Python). A fun time for the whole family! $15 adults, $12 seniors-students, $8 children 12 and under. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High Street, Moorpark. 529-8700.

Special Events

EXOTIC ANIMAL TRAINING AND MANAGEMENT SPRING SPECTACULAR Fridays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm, through April 1. America\’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College presents their Seventeenth Annual Spring Spectacular produced by the students. The event is the largest fund-raiser of the year. Indiana Jones and the Quest for the Sacred Animal is full of energy, action, and good laughs. Main stage production features many of the Teaching Zoo\’s exciting animals including an Olive baboon, American Alligator, California Sea Lion, Dromedary Camels, and Indiana\’s favorite Snakes. Class of 2008 performs various informational shows in the Eye to Eye theatre, while several celebrity animal guests are featured in the Creature Feature theatre. The Kids Zone features games, face painting, and fun crafts. $10 adults, $5 children and seniors. 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. 378-1441.

STREETSCAPE MURALS Friday, March 23, 11am. The City of Ventura celebrates the installation of twelve new public murals to be displayed in city bus shelters as part of The Streetscape Mural Project. This public art event, open to the entire community, will feature participating artists, a display of artworks, and brief remarks by Mayor Morehouse. California Mini-Park, Santa Clara & California, Ventura. 658-4736.

VENTURA COLLEGE FOUNDATION ART AUCTION Friday, March 23, 5:30pm. Ventura College and the Ventura College Foundation host their 2007 auction to raise funds for scholarships for art students. Auction viewing and silent auction begin at 5:30pm, live auction at 7pm. Refreshments and live entertainment provided. Auction includes fine original paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, prints, including works by Salvador Dali, regional artists and sculptors and featured artist, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates and much more. Ventura College Library, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6400, ext. 1297.

Dining

WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E. Main, Ventura. 652-7013.

Performances

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, March 23-24. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

PAT METHENY AND BRAD MEHLDAU Sunday, March 25, 7pm. The jazz giant and master of improvisation will be joined by an innovative pianist. $55. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

LARISA STOW & SHAKTI TRIBE Saturday, March 24, 7:30pm. The Los Angeles area-based band performs in concert. Currently one of the hottest rising bands in the yoga music scene, many believe that they have what it takes to usher in a new era in the mainstream music arena $20. Lulu Bandha\’s, 306 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-7868.

CLU FIFTH ANNUAL NEW MUSIC CONCERT Sunday, March 25, 2pm. California Lutheran University presents their fifth annual new music concert featuring the chamber music of Steven Stucky with Gloria Cheng on piano and Daniel Getting on clarinet. Free, donations accepted. Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3306.

Theater

VINCENT March 9-April 15, 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. Come see the play by writer, director and actor, Leonard Nimoy. Presented as a one-man show that depicts the life of the artist Vincent Van Gogh as told by the person who knew and loved him best – his brother Theo. $17 general, $15 seniors and students. Elite Theatre, 730 South B St, #20, Oxnard. www.elitetheatre.org. 483-5118.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through April 11. Actors\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi opens the Ventura County premiere production of the hit Broadway musical. Taking place in New York City in 1922, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of young Millie, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. There is a special interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing on Friday, March 2. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

THE BEATLES SLEPT HERE March 30. The High Street Theater Foundation presents a melodrama that is a trip down Abbey Road with song, dance and laughter. Secret Garden Restaurant, Moorpark. 529-7580.

STUART LITTLE Fridays-Saturdays, 7pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through April 11. Family tale of adventure by E.B. White about a boy who looks like a mouse. $18 general, $15 students, seniors and Art Center members, $5 for youth under 12. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Fridays-Saturday, March 23-24, 8pm, and Sunday, March 25, 2 pm. The Ventura College Opera & Musical Theatre present their spring production. One of Broadway\’s greatest farces, Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. Ventura College Theater, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. (800) 595-4849.

SMOKEY JOE\’S CAFÉ Through April 1. Cabrillo Music Theater presents the second production of their 2006-2007 season, one of the most popular and longest-running Broadway revues of all time. Featuring the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Smokey Joe’s Café takes the audience back to a time were all lived in the neighborhood, shaping memories destined to become faded photographs in a scrapbook. Songs include Jailhouse Rock, On Broadway, Spanish Harlem, Stand By Me, Love Potion No. 9, Kansas City, and There Goes My Baby. Performances: Friday, March 23, 8pm; Saturday, March 24, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, March 25, 2 & 7pm; Thursday-Friday, March 29-30, 8pm; Saturday, March 31, 2 & 8pm; and Sunday, April 1, 2pm. $52-$23. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 583-8700.

Film

GOOD TO GREAT Thursday, March 22, 5:30pm. Filmmaker and veteran television producer Sam Tyler screens his PBS documentary based on Jim Collins\’ best-selling book revealing the unexpected about why and how companies go from good to great. Free. Seating is limited. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0145.

VENTURA COUNTY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Thursday-Sunday, March 22-25. The Fourth Annual Film Festival, presented by the Ventura County Jewish Council, Temple Beth Torah, screens the astonishing documentary The Rape of Europa as their opening night film, Thursday, March 22, 7pm, Regency Buenaventura 6. The film tells the story of the Nazi\’s systematic theft and deliberate destruction of Europe\’s art treasures, and their miraculous survival, including the heroic efforts of the U. S. Monument\’s Men to safeguard and return the displaced art at the end of the war. Saturday, March 24, 7:30pm, the festival presents the Ventura County premiere of the French drama Monsieur Batignole, the bittersweet story about the daring adventure of a butcher to save three Jewish children. A Journey of Spirit, a vibrant and uplifting film about pre-eminent singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, screens Sunday, March 25, 10am, Temple Beth Torah. Israel is represented closing night with the heart-warming romantic tale of unrequited love, Something Sweet, March 25, 7:30pm, Buenaventura 6, preceded by the Oscar-winning live action short West Bank Story, 7pm. $36 festival pass, $10 individual films advance, $12 door. 647-4181. Please visit online at www.vcjff.org.

PAN’S LABYRINTH Sunday, March 25, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the Oscar-winning drama-fantasy about a young girl who retreats into a fantasy world to escape her bleak reality . $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors, free to members with ID. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

THREE NEEDLES Thursday, March 29, 6:30pm. Ventura County AIDS Partnership host a one-night only screening of the film examining the lives of people struggling with the AIDS pandemic on three continents: Africa, Asia and North America. The film stars Lucy Liu, Chloe Sevigny, Shawn Ashmore, Sandra Oh, Stockard Channing and Olympia Dukakis. $20. Regency Buenaventura Theaters, 1440 Eastman Avenue, Ventura. 485-6288.

Art

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

ALBINGER MUSEUM through 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 through April 8, “Barbed Art: Reconstructed Fashion Dolls & Action Figures.” Altered art exploring issues of boundaries, transformation, empowerment, and community. Saturday ,March 17, 7pm, Cynthia Waring Matthews will have a book signing and offer a free preview of her work, “Bodies Unbound.” 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 through March 31, “Skyscape Melodies.” Marilyn Cahill’s lyrical landscapes. Reception Saturday, March 10, 4-7pm. 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 STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS www.studiochannelislands.org. 983-3495.

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

CARNEGIE ART 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 April 30, “Cheesecake and Catfights.” Photographic images by Alex Cooper best categorized as pinup meets pulp fiction. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 6pm. 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.

FOX FINE JEWELRY through May 22, the paintings of Robert Wassell, featured artist for the spring Ventura Artwalk. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:30-6pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 to 10pm. 652-1800.

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 April 16, “Coastal Waters and Shoreline: a Moment in Time.” The paintings of Donna Carver. 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 through March 31, “Fotografie D’Italia.” Hummingbird Nest Gallery Fine art photographers Myrna Cambianica and Charley Griswold exhibit photographs that represent their visions of the beauty of the Italian countryside and the richness and diversity of the culture. 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 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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.thedistilleryla.com\” 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 through March 30, “I Love My Foreigner Friends,” new work by Stella Lai, and “Flesh of My Skin,” new work by Jason Jagel. HYPERLINK \”http://www.larramendygallery.com\” www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

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

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

OJAI VALLEY 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY through April 1, the work of Wayne Alaniz Healy. Painter, sculptor and muralist Healy’s work has been characterized as Norman Rockwell meets Jackson Pollack. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY 328 E. Main St., Ventura. HYPERLINK \”http://www.redbrickart.com\” www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.

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

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY through March 31, Paintings & photograms by Todd Bertola and Mia Bortolussi. 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 Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. HYPERLINK \”http://www.studiochannelislands.org\” www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

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

SULLIVAN GOSS through 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 GALLERY 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 Free. Hours vary; call 648-8974. Ventura College, Ventura.

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

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

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

Call for Art

ART IN THE PARK deadline April 2. Ojai Center for the Arts is now accepting applications from artists who create their own works in oil, acrylic, glass, pastel, watercolor, mixed media, graphics, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics and fine jewelry. Cash prize. The show will take place May 26-27. For an application or to ask questions, call 646-0117.

INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBIT Ventura County artists and photographers are invited to submit art about agriculture for possible inclusion in an art exhibit as part of the AG Classic 2007, “Ventura County’s Premier Agriculture Showcase” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Artists should submit up to 3 pieces of art. All art will be for sale. Delivery and pickup dates TBA. The exhibit will take place in the Professional Arts Building at the fairgrounds on Saturday, April 28 from 10 to 4:30 and on Sunday, April 29 from 11 to 3:30. For more information contact John Nichols at 525-7804.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.

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

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

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

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM through 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, through June 10, “The Unconventional Beatrice Wood.” An exhibit of artwork by Wood, including paintings, drawings, and acclaimed luster glaze ceramics by the beloved and unconventional artist. Also, through 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… Also: through June 10, “Horace Bristol Photographs.” Compelling portraits of migrant refugees record the human toll of the Dust Bowl disaster during the Great Depression. $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FUND-RAISER DANCE Sunday, March 25, 1-5pm. The City of Oxnard’s Recreation and Community Services Department invites seniors 55 and older to put on their dancing shoes and join the fun for their first annual fund-raiser dance. Refreshments provided. $6 per person. South Oxnard Center, 200 E. Bard Road, Oxnard. 385-8042.

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICE Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 12, 9-11am. Bring last year\’s tax returns, W-2s and 1099s, bonds, as well as year-end summaries from Social Security. E-filing and refunds direct-deposited are available. Bring in a deposit slip or voided check with name and address. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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

OPEN CLASSROOMS TOUR Thursday, March 22. Reservation required. Conejo Elementary School, 280 Conejo School Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-7058.

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.

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

Tuesday, March 27, 7pm, “Celebrate the 225th Anniversary of Ventura.” An Evening of Story Telling featuring: Jim Woodard, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, with “Stories of Old Ventura,” and Professor John C. Eggler, SBCC, on “The Founding of Mission San Buenaventura.” LRC Reading Room (2nd Floor), Ventura College.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25, 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 MIDDLE EAST AND THE FUTURE Tuesday, March 27, 7-8:30pm. The Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters presents Laurie Brand, Ph.D, Director of the School of International Relations, University of Southern California (USC), who will discuss the crisis in the Middle East and suggest options for the future. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road.

Health

REFLEXOLOGY DEMONSTRATION Friday, March 23, 7-8:30pm. Dorit Brauer, reflexologist and meditation teacher, offers an alternative approach to health care. A 15 minute guided meditation precedes her talk. Reflexology enhances the self-healing power of the body, strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and provides a deep relaxation and stress reduction. Zanzilla Yoga 2750 E. Main St., Ste. F, Ventura. 258- 9082.

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION Mondays through May 7, 6:30-8:30pm. The Wellness Community presents the eight week comprehensive course offered free of charge to cancer patients and their family members. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES Fridays, noon-1pm. Paula Getty-Shearer, certified hypnotherapist, leads free weekly relaxation & guided imagery classes for cancer patients and their families. The Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

LAUGHTER CLUB Fridays, noon-12:45pm, and 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.

TAI CHI-WU Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Learn style for more energy and balance. Taught by certified teacher. $15. 101 N. Laurel Ave., Ventura.

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

Classes/Workshops

LEARN TO RESTORE OLD PICTURES AND DOCUMENTS Saturday, March 24, 8:30am. Bill Shelton of the Ventura County Genealogical Society will lead the Channel Islands PC User Group meeting. Free. Open to the public. Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, 1500 Temple Ave, Camarillo. HYPERLINK \”http://www.cipcug.org\” www.cipcug.org. 987-1748.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Farmers’ Markets

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

CERTIFIED MARKET- 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, March 22, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

COUNCIL ON AGING DANCE Friday, March 23, 7:30-10:30pm. Dance held second and last Friday of every month. Proceeds contribute to the funding of programs and services. Drawing for door prizes. Light refreshments, live music. $6. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6041.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, March 27, 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, March 28. 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

COUNTRY FOLK ART CRAFT SHOW Friday, March 23, 5-9pm, Saturday, March 24, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, March 25, 10am-4pm. Country Folk Art presents the ultimate Home Decor and Craft Show. $5. San Miguel Hall, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Visit online at HYPERLINK \”http://www.countryfolkart.com.\” www.countryfolkart.com.

VENTURA COUNTY GRAND JURY OPEN HOUSE Friday, March 23, 11am-2pm. The public is invited to visit the Ventura County 2006-2007 Grand Jury, learn more about jurors, their service, view the chambers and enjoy refreshments. 646 County Square Drive, 3rd Floor, Ventura.

ANIMALS ON THE WHEELER GORGE NATURE TRAIL Saturday, March 24, 11am and 1pm. Join a naturalist/docent on a one hour stroll on this short scenic trail. See beautiful views of a creek that flows all year long. A short lecture given at the Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center. Wear warm clothing and gloves. $3 adults, , $2 youth 5-18, under 4 free.

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, March 24, 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.

BOOK SALE Saturday, March 24, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, March 25, noon-5pm. San Buenaventura Friends of the Library hold the sale featuring low prices and a large selection of quality used books. Topping Room, E. P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 642-4358.

THOUSAND OAKS FARMERS MARKET Every Thursday. During extensive renovation at the Thousand Oaks Shopping Center, the weekly Farmers Market moves to the parking lot of the former City Hall building, up the hill from the shopping center. The market shares a parking lot with the Conejo Recreation and Park District, The Arts Council and the National Park Service Visitors Center.

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK Saturdays-Sundays, 11am-4pm. The two story adobe hacienda on the park grounds, built by Don Raymundo

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SPITFIRE GRILL through March 18. The Camarillo Community Theatre presents the musical story of Percy, a young woman just released from prison, and her experiences in the small town of Gilead. Working at the Spitfire, Percy deals with the local townfolk’s gossip and prejudices, and helps Hannah to give away the grill in a $100 a ticket contest. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. $17 adults, $13 seniors, students, and military, $8 children. Please bring in a non-perishable food item and receive a free bag of popcorn from the snack bar. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo Airport, Camarillo. 388-5716.

ANTIWAR MARCH & RALLY March 17, 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Ventura will join other cities nationwide with peace actions marking the fourth anniversary of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. The theme of the local march and rally sponsored by the Peace Coalition of Greater Ventura is a message to the Congress and President: “Listen Up Washington, the People Have Spoken.” A rally will include Francisco Romero, Oxnard Committee on Raza Rights, and Rev. Greg Russinger. Rally: Plaza Park, Chestnut St., Ventura. March: north on Chestnut, east on Main to Mission.

EXOTIC ANIMAL TRAINING AND MANAGEMENT SPRING SPECTACULAR Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through April 1. America\’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College presents their Seventeenth Annual Spring Spectacular produced by the students. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year. Indiana Jones and the Quest for the Sacred Animal is full of energy, action and good laughs. Main stage production features many of the Teaching Zoo\’s exciting animals including an Olive baboon, American alligator, California sea lion, Dromedary camels, and Indiana\’s favorite snakes. Class of 2008 performs various informational shows in the Eye to Eye Theatre, while several celebrity animal guests are featured in the Creature Feature theatre. The Kid’s Zone features games, face painting, and fun crafts. $10 adults, $5 children and seniors. 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. 378-1441.

Special Events

HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Friday-Sunday, March 16-18. The Fifteenth Annual Home and Garden Show returns to the Ventura County Fairgrounds with three days of home and yard exhibits, demonstrations, products, specials, decorating ideas, landscaping and more. Hundreds of quality exhibits, food and more. Friday, noon-6pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; and Sunday, 10am-6pm. $5 general, kids 12 and under free. Check Reporter newspaper for $2 off coupon. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. On-line at www.capitalshowcase.com.

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL ORCHID SHOW & BENEFIT Friday-Sunday, March 16-18, 9am-5pm. The Grand Opening of the Sixty-Second Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show takes place on Thursday, March 15,, 5-7:30pm, Earl Warren Showground Rotunda. Gala fund-raiser event supports diabetes research at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. The special preview evening offers guests a first look at the freshly arranged exhibits from of more than 70 commercial and amateur growers from around the world, Docent-led tours, gourmet buffet dinner, no-host bar, and live music. Grand opening tickets $60 advance, $70 door. $10 Orchid Show general admission. 969-5746.

CASA PACIFICA FUND RAISER Friday, March 16, 6-9pm. Spa by Diane Loring host the fund-raiser featuring the artwork of noted psychologist Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia. Garcia’s watercolors on display are available for purchase through July 31, with a generous portion of each sale benefitting Casa Pacifica. The exhibit, A Celebration of Moments: a Joyful Look at the Innocence of Life, is the outgrowth of more than ten years of Dr. Partridge de Garcia\’s painting and creative exploration. The event also features raffle prizes. Admission is free, guests asked to RSVP. 641-0022.

DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S COUNCIL HOLDS MOCK DEBATE Saturday, March 17, 9:30-11:30am. The Democratic Women’s Council of Conejo Valley will host a brunch at Boccaccio’s Restaurante with a mock debate of democratic candidates. Come and support your favorite! Membership open to women in Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi, Calabasas, Agoura Hills. $25. Westlake Landing, 32123 Lindero Canyon Rd, Thousand Oaks. 390-9323.

STOP THE FUNDING – END THE WAR RALLY Saturday, March 17, 1pm. Marks the first day of the fifth year of the war with Iraq. Rally begins at Plaza Park, downtown Ventura, proceeds up Main St. To Mission Park, and returns to Plaza Park, where speakers and local musicians perform. 382-0969.

VENTURA COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS PARKING LOT SALE Saturday, March 17, 8:30am-3pm. The second annual sale benefits the Special Olympics. Raffle for gift basket. Overflow parking lot, Ventura Village Harbor, Schooner Drive and Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 650-7717.

Performances

CLU UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE Friday, March 16, 8pm. The University Wind Ensemble performs works featuring the individual sections of the ensemble culminating in a performance of Sigfried Karg-Elert’s Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals featuring University organist Mark Holmstrom and the entire ensemble conducted by Daniel Geeting. Donations accepted. California Lutheran University, Samuelson Chapel, W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3306.

GOLD COAST CONCERT CHORUS Friday-Saturday, March 16-17, 8pm. The chorus and full orchestra celebrate America Masterworks in the 20th and 21st centuries, featuring recent compositions, classical harmonies, hymn tunes and jazz and blues. $15 general, $12 seniors and children. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1500 N. C St., Oxnard. 675-4222.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, March 16-17. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

MICHAEL J. MILES Saturday, March 17, 7:30pm. Fresh Roasted Concerts presents a concert by the virtuoso banjo master of Chicago. The one man portrait of America features the writings of Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Mark Twain, Johann Sebastian Bach, and a touch of the Irish for St. Patrick\’s Day. $25. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907. Visit online at www.ptgo.org.

ZEYNEP UCBASARAN Saturday, March 17, 7pm. Concert featuring pianist Ucbasaran, who started her music studies at age four at Istanbul Conservatory and holds a Concert Artist Diploma from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. Free finger food, childcare and wine at reasonable prices. $10. Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston, Ventura. 208-0344.

CHAMBRE DE MUSIQUE CONCERT Sunday, March 18, 3pm. The Westlake Village Music Society presents a program including Die Forelle and The Trout Quintet by Schubert, and Quartet in E-flat, K. 493 by Mozart. $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students. United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. 497-7884.

THE LAST CRUISE OF THE S.S. MINNOW Sunday, March 18. The Gypsy Players open their 2007 season with the interactive murder-mystery written by John Logue. The hilarious show brings back some old memories and create new ones as you try to unravel the mystery and find out what really happened on that island. Repeats April 1 and 22, and May 20. $45. Treat Mom to Dinner and Murder performance Saturday, May 12, 7:30pm, La Quinta Inn and Suites, Thousand Oaks, $59.95. (888) MURDERZ.

Theater

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE through March 18. A chilling mystery involving a kidnapped damsel, scandalous letters and London’s London\’s seamy underworld finds Master Sleuth Sherlock Holmes pitted against his two most perilous foes: certain death and impassioned love. $18 adults, $15 seniors and students, $12 children 12 and under. Saturday-Sunday 8pm, Sunday 2:30pm. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIDGED Fridays-Saturdays through March 24, 8pm, and Sundays through March 25, 2pm. The High Street Arts Center presents the hilarious production of by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. This show presents a mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue, bad female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque. Picture William Shakespeare writing for Monty Python. A fun time for the whole family. $15 adults, $12 seniors-students, $8 children 12 and under. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

VINCENT March 9-April 15, 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. Come see the play by writer, director and actor, Leonard Nimoy. Presented as a one-man show that depicts the life of the artist Vincent Van Gogh as told by the person who knew and loved him best – his brother Theo. $17 general, $15 seniors and students. Elite Theatre, 730 South B St, #20, Oxnard. www.elitetheatre.org. 483-5118.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through April 11. Actors\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi opens the Ventura County premiere production of the hit Broadway musical. Taking place in New York City in 1922, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of young Millie, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. There is a special interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing on Friday, March 2. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

THE BEATLES SLEPT HERE March 18, 23, 25, 30. The High Street Theater Foundation presents a melodrama that is a trip down Abbey Road with song, dance and laughter. Secret Garden Restaurant, Moorpark. 529-7580.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through March 25. The Ventura College Opera & Musical Theatre present their spring production. One of Broadway\’s greatest farces, Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. Ventura College Theater, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. (800) 595-4849.

STUART LITTLE Fridays-Saturdays, 7pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through April 11. Family tale of adventure by E.B. White about a boy who looks like a mouse. $18 general, $15 students, seniors and Art Center members, $5 for youth under 12. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

Film

CLIMATES Thursday, March 15, 7:30pm. The story of a tense love trainge where a middle-aged professor and his young girlfriend find their relationship in a disastrous state as they vacation on the Aegean Coast. $6 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

ILLUSION Friday-Saturday, March 16-17, 7:30pm. Oscar-nominated actor Kirk Douglas stars in the world premiere of the award-winning feature telling the story of a once powerful but now old and ailing film producer who finds himself in deep regret over rejecting his illegitimate son. Late one night the legendary producer is awakened by a ghost-like presence who offers him three visions of his son\’s tragic life, and then presented with a final chance to help the son he never knew. $10. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 South Laurel St., Ventura. 643-1933.

SHREK Saturday, March 17, 6:30pm. Free showing of the Oscar-winning animated film. Free hot dogs, popcorn and fruit drinks, plus Shamrock necklaces or bracelets. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

COME EARLY MORNING Sunday, March 18, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the drama starring Ashley Judd as a woman looking to change her self-destructive life. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors, free to members with ID. 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. 648-4080.

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

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

ARCHITEXTURE New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm, Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300. 231-0127.

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

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY through April 8, “Barbed Art: Reconstructed Fashion Dolls & Action Figures.” Altered art exploring issues of boundaries, transformation, empowerment, and community. Saturday ,March 17, 7pm, Cynthia Waring Matthews will have a book signing and offer a free preview of her work, “Bodies Unbound.” Gallery hours: Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS through March 17, “Beatrice Wood Ceramic Annual.” A celebration of Beatrice Wood’s spirit of experimentation, self-expression and originality – a showcase for the finest contemporary ceramic art. 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 through March 31, “Skyscape Melodies.” Marilyn Cahill’s lyrical landscapes. Reception Saturday, March 10, 4-7pm. 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 STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS www.studiochannelislands.org. 983-3495.

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

CARNEGIE ART 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 April 30, “Cheesecake and Catfights.” Photographic images by Alex Cooper best categorized as pinup meets pulp fiction. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 6pm. 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 through March 31, “Fotografie D’Italia.” Hummingbird Nest Gallery Fine art photographers Myrna Cambianica and Charley Griswold exhibit photographs that represent their visions of the beauty of the Italian countryside and the richness and diversity of the culture. 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 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 through March 30, “I Love My Foreigner Friends,” new work by Stella Lai, and “Flesh of My Skin,” new work by Jason Jagel. 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 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY through April 1, the work of Wayne Alaniz Healy. Painter, sculptor and muralist Healy’s work has been characterized as Norman Rockwell meets Jackson Pollack. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through March 28, “Simply Stated.” A group of artists passionate about their work use the mediums of metal, stone sculpture, photography, glass, ceramics, pastels, jewelry and a variety of painting. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.

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

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY through March 31, Paintings & photograms by Todd Bertola and Mia Bortolussi. 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 through 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. HYPERLINK \”http://www.studiochannelislands.org\” www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

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

SULLIVAN GOSS through 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 GALLERY 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 Free. Hours vary; call 648-8974. Ventura College, Ventura.

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

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

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

Call for Art

ART IN THE PARK deadline April 2. Ojai Center for the Arts is now accepting applications from artists who create their own works in oil, acrylic, glass, pastel, watercolor, mixed media, graphics, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics and fine jewelry. Cash prize. The show will take place May 26-27. For an application or to ask questions, call 646-0117.

INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBIT Ventura County artists and photographers are invited to submit art about agriculture for possible inclusion in an art exhibit as part of the AG Classic 2007, “Ventura County’s Premier Agriculture Showcase” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Artists should submit up to 3 pieces of art. All art will be for sale. Delivery and pickup dates TBA. The exhibit will take place in the Professional Arts Building at the fairgrounds on Saturday, April 28 from 10 to 4:30 and on Sunday, April 29 from 11 to 3:30. For more information contact John Nichols at 525-7804.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.

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

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

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

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM through 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, March 18-June 10, “The Unconventional Beatrice Wood.” An exhibit of artwork by Wood, including paintings, drawings, and acclaimed luster glaze ceramics by the beloved and unconventional artist. Also, through 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

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICE Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 12, 9-11am. Bring last year\’s tax returns, W-2s and 1099s, bonds, as well as year-end summaries from Social Security. E-filing and refunds direct-deposited are available. Bring in a deposit slip or voided check with name and address. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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

OPEN CLASSROOMS IN THE CONEJO Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm. The Open Classroom Program, a unique K-6 public school option designed for families who belive strongly in parental involvement, will hold a parent information and orientation evening. HYPERLINK \”http://www.ConejoOpenClassroom.com\” www.ConejoOpenClassroom.com. 495-7085.

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.

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

CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY PUBLIC MEETING Friday, March 16, 9am-4pm. Come listen and learn during presentations on Marine Reserves and Conservation Areas including discussions on the sanctuary\’s Social Science Plan, Marine Zoning Environmental Review Process, and Shoreline Boundaries. Also, videographer Annie Crawley will show Channel Islands video footage, and offshore Oil and Gas Inventory Activities will be reported. Channel Islands National Park Headquarters, 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor, Ventura. HYPERLINK \”http://channelislands.nos.noaa.gov/sac/main.html\” \\o \”http://channelislands.nos.noaa.gov/sac/main.html\” http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/main.html. 884-1464.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18, 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.

AWAKENING YOUR CHILD\’S NATURAL GENIUS Tuesday, March 20, 7-9pm. The Conejo Valley Adult School Parent Talk Lecture Services presents a program by Dr. Thomas Armstrong, noted psychologist and author who has spent 30 years as a leader in his field. Every child has the seeds of brilliance lying deep within just waiting for an opportunity to blossom forth into the world. Parents can play a vital role in helping their children realize their true gifts. $15 advance, $20 door. Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks. 492-8837, ext. 4033.

Health

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION Mondays, March 19-May 7, 6:30-8:30pm. The Wellness Community presents the eight week comprehensive course offered free of charge to cancer patients and their family members. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES Fridays, noon-1pm. Paula Getty-Shearer, certified hypnotherapist, leads free weekly relaxation & guided imagery classes for cancer patients and their families. The Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

LAUGHTER CLUB Fridays, noon-12:45pm, and 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.

TAI CHI-WU Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Learn style for more energy and balance. Taught by certified teacher. $15. 101 N. Laurel Ave., Ventura.

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

Classes/Workshops

SPACES AND PLACES – INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays through 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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.newsletteradmin.com/mailadmin/lt/t_go.php?i=389&e=Mzg1MA==&l=http://www.focusonthemasters.com/\” \\o \”http://www.newsletteradmin.com/mailadmin/lt/t_go.php?i=389&e=Mzg1MA==&l=http://www.focusonthemasters.com/\” www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

PHOTO SENSITIVITY Sundays, March 11-25, 1-3pm. Focus on the Masters presents this three session course designed to help both novice and experienced photographers enhance their skills in photography through creative seeing and improved camera technique. Learn the elements of good photographic composition, the qualities of light and the art of photography. $100 for 3 workshops plus $5 material. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

EVERYDAY MANNERS AND ETIQUETTE Monday, March 19, 6:30-8:30pm. Presented by Focus on the Masters. Which fork should I use? How do I introduce someone? How can I start a conversation? You\’ll find the answers to these and other common questions in this two-session workshop. $55. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

SPEECH CRAFT Wednesday, March 14. Free event presented by Toastmasters. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. 448-5235.

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

BOOKS AND BREW BOOK CLUB Thursday, March 15, 4pm. California Lutheran University s English Department hosts the book club designed to involve students, faculty and members of the community. March 15: Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman. Roth Nelson Room, CLU, 60 W. Olson Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3244.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Farmers’ Markets

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

CERTIFIED MARKET- 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, March 15, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB Saturday.

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MAMMOTH FOLLIES March 10, 3 and 7 p.m. Performances To Grow On will presents the dinosaur musical with the Hudson Vagabond Puppets exploring the wonders of evolution in an old-fashioned revue of original songs, witty jokes, and earth-smashing dances performed by giant dinosaur puppets. Enormous puppets populate the stage, including your host Willie Mammoth, Smiley the Saber-Toothed Tiger, Bessie the 22-foot long Apatosaurus, Tony and Trixie Triceratops, Terry the Pterodactyl, and the 11-foot tall T. Rex in a musical trip through pre-history. $20 adults, $15 kids. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

SAVE DARFUR EL TORITO FUNDRAISER March 8, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The Ventura chapter of the Save Darfur Coalition is partnering with El Torito Restaurant to help fund crucial awareness and advocacy programs that play a critical role in building the political pressure needed to end the crisis in Darfur. El Torito has agreed to give 25 percent of any food profits to the Save Darfur Organization. 648-3648.

WHALE FESTIVAL March 11, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. The Eleventh Annual Point Mugu State Park Whale Festival is held at Sycamore Cove in Point Mugu State Park. Live entertainment, marine conservation information booths, whale watching stations, arts and crafts for children of all ages, activities, displays, music and food are part of the celebration. Free, $10 parking fee. 488-1827.

Special Events

TALL SHIPS LYNX & SPIRIT OF DANA POINT Thursday, March 8-Tuesday, March 13. Get ready for high adventure on the seas as the fast and heavily armed Clipper Schooner, the Lynx sails into Channel Islands Harbor. Pre-arranged school educational field trips, public dockside tours and adventure sails offered aboard the Privateer Lynx over the course of the stay. The Lynx conducts Battle Sail Re-enactments with the Spirit of Dana Point on March 10-11. Boarding takes place at the West Bank Public Dock, 3950 Blue Fin Circle. Private charters, team building and receptions are available with reservations made in advance. Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4, dockside tours 9am-noon, $5 donation, children 12 & under free. Adventure Sails: 1-4pm, $55 adults, $30 children, 12 & under free. Friday, March 9 Adventure Sail, 2-5pm, $55 adults, $30 children, 12 & under free. Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, Private Lynx and Spirit of Dana Point Dockside Tours $5 donation per ship, children 12 & under free. Battle Sail Re-enactments with Spirit of Dana Point, $55 adults, $30 children, 12 & under free. To make reservations aboard the Lynx and Spirit of Dana Point, call (866) 446-5969. 985-4852.

19TH HOLE 2007 RECOGNITION GALA DINNER Friday, March 9, 6:30pm. The Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the Annual Recognition Gala honoring individuals and businesses contributing their time and effort to making the cities of Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village better places to live and work. Grand Ballroom, Four Season Hotel, Westlake Village. 370-0035.

FAMILY COUNTY FAIR Wednesday, March 14, 6-7:30pm. The Camarillo United Methodist Church hosts a Family County Fair. The free, fun, family event is geared towards families with children, and features hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and lemonade, all free. Games include a ring toss, penny toss, and a cake walk. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

Dining

WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E. Main, Ventura. 652-7013.

Performances

SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE WITH YO-YO MA Friday, March 9, 8pm & Sunday, March 10, 4pm. World renown cellist plays two different programs featuring an ensemble and works from both Asia and the west, playing a combination of familiar and exotic instruments. $45-$65 general. Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

WILLSON & MCKEE Saturday, March 10, 8pm. Concerts at the Bodie House presents an early St. Patrick\’s Day celebration with the Celtic musicians, specializing in original as well as traditional Irish and Scottish acoustic music. Blazing Celtic instrumentals, warm harmony vocals, and a lot of laughter complete the Willson & McKee experience! $15, all proceeds go to musicians. Dessert and appetizer bar. (818) 621-8309.

KESHET CHAIM DANCE ENSEMBLE Sunday, March 11, 7pm. The ensemble, together with Teev Productions, brings Israeli rock \’n\’ roll legends Danny, Gidi & Friends to Thousand Oaks, premiering two new dance works set to original music by the Israeli band Nomai Concept. $100-$45. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 986-7332.

HAP PALMER Monday, March 12, 9:30 and 11am. Conejo Valley Adult Education continues their Children\’s Concert Series with a performance by Palmer. $7. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 338-3021.

OXNARD COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION Monday, March 12, 8pm. The Association presents the fourth concert of the season featuring Alpin Hong on Piano. $25, tickets available to non-subscribers 30 minutes prior to performance. Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 650 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 483-3858.

CHUNKY MOVE: I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES Wednesday, March 14, 8pm. Australian dance sensation Chunky Move will perform an engaging multimedia piece about five individual men’s relationships to dance. $35 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

Theater

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE through March 18. A chilling mystery involving a kidnapped damsel, scandalous letters and London’s London\’s seamy underworld finds Master Sleuth Sherlock Holmes pitted against his two most perilous foes: certain death and impassioned love. $18 adults, $15 seniors and students, $12 children 12 and under. Saturday-Sunday 8pm, Sunday 2:30pm. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIDGED Fridays-Saturdays, Feb. 23-March 24, 8pm, and Sundays, Feb. 25-March 25, 2pm. The High Street Arts Center presents the hilarious production of by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. This show presents a mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue, bad female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque. Picture William Shakespeare writing for Monty Python. A fun time for the whole family. $15 adults, $12 seniors-students, $8 children 12 and under. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF March 9-11. The Performance Theatre for Young Artists and the Ventura County Community Theatre will present this beloved tale of family and tradition. Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 2:30pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays 5pm. $15 adults, $12 children, students and seniors.

VINCENT March 9-April 15, 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. Come see the play by writer, director and actor, Leonard Nimoy. Presented as a one-man show that depicts the life of the artist Vincent Van Gogh as told by the person who knew and loved him best – his brother Theo. $17 general, $15 seniors and students. Elite Theatre, 730 South B St, #20, Oxnard. www.elitetheatre.org. 483-5118.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! through March 11, 1pm and 4pm. The Conejo Players Theatre presents an energetic revue based around tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher on his first day of teaching. As he tries to watch TV, various characters emerge and show how to win his students over with beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs. $8. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through April 11. Actors\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi opens the Ventura County premiere production of the hit Broadway musical. Taking place in New York City in 1922, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of young Millie, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. There is a special interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing on Friday, March 2. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

THE BEATLES SLEPT HERE March 9, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30. The High Street Theater Foundation presents a melodrama that is a trip down Abbey Road with song, dance and laughter. Secret Garden Restaurant, Moorpark. 529-7580.

ANYTHING GOES through March 10, 7pm. Nordhoff High School presents Cole Porter’s exhilarating musical of romance and intrigue on the high seas. 2:30pm March 4. $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Matilija Junior High Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. 640-4343 ext. 1898.

Film

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION Sunday, March 11, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the latest spoof from director Christopher Guest about a group of actors riding a premature Oscar buzz. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors, free to members with ID. 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. 648-4080.

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

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

ARCHITEXTURE New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm, Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300. 2310127

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

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Gallery hours: Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS through March 17, “Beatrice Wood Ceramic Annual.” A celebration of Beatrice Wood’s spirit of experimentation, self-expression and originality – a showcase for the finest contemporary ceramic art. 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 through March 31, “Skyscape Melodies.” Marilyn Cahill’s lyrical landscapes. Reception Saturday, March 10, 4-7pm. 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 STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS through March 3, “French Impressionism: The Ventura Music Festival’s Art Show.” Gerd Koch Gallery, Cal State University Channel Islands. www.studiochannelislands.org. 983-3495.

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

CARNEGIE ART 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 April 30, “Cheesecake and Catfights.” Photographic images by Alex Cooper best categorized as pinup meets pulp fiction. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 6pm. 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 through March 31, “Fotografie D’Italia.” Hummingbird Nest Gallery Fine art photographers Myrna Cambianica and Charley Griswold exhibit photographs that represent their visions of the beauty of the Italian countryside and the richness and diversity of the culture. 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 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 through March 30, “I Love My Foreigner Friends,” new work by Stella Lai, and “Flesh of My Skin,” new work by Jason Jagel. 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 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY through April 1, the work of Wayne Alaniz Healy. Painter, sculptor and muralist Healy’s work has been characterized as Norman Rockwell meets Jackson Pollack. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through March 28, “Simply Stated.” A group of artists passionate about their work use the mediums of metal, stone sculpture, photography, glass, ceramics, pastels, jewelry and a variety of painting. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.

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

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Feb. 8-March 4, “Out of the Dark.” Paintings by Vonder Grey. 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 through 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 through 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 GALLERY 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 through March 13, paintings of S.A. Smith, photography and sculpture of Leighton McWilliams. In Gallery 2, drawings of Marie Shoeff. 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.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.

CALIFORNIA OIL 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 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 through 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 through 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

MATHEMAGIC Thursday, March 8, 9:45 and 11:15am. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents internationally famous magician, Bradley Fields, returning with his exciting show specifically designed for school audiences. Magic, story-telling and comedy engage children in math-skills and problem-solving. Tie-ins with vocabulary and ancient civilizations give kids a new fascination for the history, the power and the beauty of the language of math. $13 General. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICE Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 12, 9-11am. Bring last year\’s tax returns, W-2s and 1099s, bonds, as well as year-end summaries from Social Security. E-filing and refunds direct-deposited are available. Bring in a deposit slip or voided check with name and address. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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 ? 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

PER ANGER Friday, March 9, 7:30pm. The American Scandinavian Foundation of California Lutheran University presents a lecture on the life of WWII activist Anger, presented by biographer Elizabeth Skoglund. Anger was an important participant in saving tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Hear his amazing story and see never-before-seen photos from his personal collection. Free. Overton Hall, CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 241-1051.

INTRO TO OPERA Saturday, March 10, 2-3pm. Presenting a series of presentation by the Los Angeles Opera Speaker’s Bureau. Ms. Bonnie Helms will provide an informative and interactive talk on the wonderful world of opera that will familiarize the beginner and delight the operaphile. Meeting Room B, Oxnard Public Library, 251 South A St, Oxnard. 385-7532.

PERMACULTURE DESIGN: PATHWAY TO SUSTAIN ABILITY? Saturday, March 10, 6-9pm. The Ventura Organic Gardening Club presents Eric Werbelowsky talking on Permaculture design as an approach to creating food, shelter, energy and other human systems using naturally occurring patterns and dynamics. Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 648 4323.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, 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.

SURFER\’S CODE Monday, March 12, 7pm. Patagonia presents a slide show and book signing with surfing great, Shaun Tomson. Join Shaun for slides and stories from a lifetime of surfing. A native of South Africa, Shaun spent 14 years on the International World Surfing Tour, and over almost four decades in the water, Shaun has surfed the world\’s best waves with many of its best surfers. Free. Light refreshments served. Great Pacific Iron Works, 235 W. Santa Clara St., Ventura. Phone 643-6074.

Health

CARING FOR OURSELVES AND OUR COMMUNITY Friday, March 9, 5:30-7:30pm, and Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, 2-4pm. Help Yoga Jones celebrate their fourth birthday with a kickoff benefit fund-raiser for the Canine Adoption and Rescue League. No matter what your physical ability is, you can have an advanced practice by learning these three secrets & applying them: how to breathe; how to activate your core; how to engage your awareness. $60. 643-5669.

HEALTH FAIR Saturday, March 10, 9am-3pm. The Academy of Somatics and Massage offer this free health fair featuring Swedish, Thai, Cranial Sacral, and Sports Massage techniques, plus reflex-ology and body talk sessions. Representatives from Fighting Tigers Tae Kwon Do offer a demonstration. 2323 Roosevelt Blvd., Oxnard. 382-0506.

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES Fridays, noon-1pm. Paula Getty-Shearer, certified hypnotherapist, leads free weekly relaxation & guided imagery classes for cancer patients and their families. The Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

LAUGHTER CLUB Fridays, noon-12:45pm, and 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.

TAI CHI-WU Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Learn style for more energy and balance. Taught by certified teacher. $15. 101 N. Laurel Ave., Ventura.

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

Classes/Workshops

ELEMENTS OF DIRECTING March 7-April 25. Whether you simply want to know what it takes to direct plays or you intend to take on the art and craft, this course will give you the practical fundamentals of play direction. Tom Eubanks will use his over 35 years of experience to cover such topics as the role of the director, stage action and motivation, composition and movement, creating stage business, emotion and emotional key, tempo, play selection, script interpretation, auditions, casting, rehearsal and performance evaluation. $275; payment options available. Raymund Room, Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 701-7576.

SPACES AND PLACES – INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays through 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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.newsletteradmin.com/mailadmin/lt/t_go.php?i=389&e=Mzg1MA==&l=http://www.focusonthemasters.com/\” \\o \”http://www.newsletteradmin.com/mailadmin/lt/t_go.php?i=389&e=Mzg1MA==&l=http://www.focusonthemasters.com/\” www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS Saturday, March 10, 9:30am-1pm. Learn and practice powerful techniques to enhance your personal and professional communications using two simple steps of Nonviolent Communication. Free will donation, 308 W. Aliso St., Ojai. 898-9336.

PHOTO SENSITIVITY Sundays, March 11-25, 1-3pm. Focus on the Masters presents this three session course designed to help both novice and experienced photographers enhance their skills in photography through creative seeing and improved camera technique. Learn the elements of good photographic composition, the qualities of light and the art of photography. $100 for 3 workshops plus $5 material. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

EVERYDAY MANNERS AND ETIQUETTE Mondays, March 12 & 19, 6:30-8:30pm. Presented by Focus on the Masters. Which fork should I use? How do I introduce someone? How can I start a conversation? You\’ll find the answers to these and other common questions in this two-session workshop. $55. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

SPEECH CRAFT Wednesday, March 14. Free event presented by Toastmasters. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. 448-5235.

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

BOOKS AND BREW BOOK CLUB Thursday, March 8, 4pm. California Lutheran University s English Department hosts the book club designed to involve students, faculty and members of the community. March 8: City of Falling Angels by John Berendt. Roth Nelson Room, CLU, 60 W. Olson Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3244.

RESPECTFULLY YOURS Saturday March 10, 2-4 pm. Local author Marja Meijers signs her newest book. Abednego Book Shoppe, 2682 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-9350.

A LYNCHING IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: A READING FROM THE BLUE FRONT Wednesday, March 14, 12:30-1:20pm. Poet Martha Collins will read from her recently published book-length poem. Free. Clock Tower Auditorium, Oxnard College. 986-5800, ext 1951.

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.

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.

POETRY CONTEST entries must be postmarked by March 12. The Ventura County Writers Club opens the competition to members and all residents of Ventura County, 18 and over. Categories for both published and unpublished poets. Winners will be announced April 1; winners will read poems at a meeting April 10. $4 per entry. Each poem must be limited to one page and no more than 30 lines. HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturacountywritersclub.com\” www.venturacountywritersclub.com. 985-6336.

Farmers’ Markets

CERTIFIED MARKET- VENTURA Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 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, March 8, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

COUNCIL ON AGING DANCE Friday, March. 9, 7:30-10:30pm. Dance held second and last Friday of every month. Proceeds contribute to the funding of programs and services.

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TALL SHIPS LYNX & SPIRIT OF DANA POINT Feb. 28-March 13. Get ready for high adventure on the seas as the fast and heavily armed Clipper Schooner, the Lynx, sails into Channel Islands Harbor. Firing from her main battery of six-pounder carronades, the Lynx makes a dramatic entrance into Channel Islands Harbor on Grand Arrival Day, Feb. 28, 3 p.m. Free Dockside Tours available to the public from 4-5 p.m. Pre-arranged school educational field trips, public dockside tours and adventure sails offered aboard the Privateer Lynx over the course of the stay. The Lynx conducts battle sail re-enactments with the Spirit of Dana Point on March 10-11. Boarding takes place at the West Bank Public Dock, 3950 Blue Fin Circle. Private charters, team building and receptions are available with reservations made in advance. Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4, dockside tours 9 a.m.-noon, $5 donation, children 12 & under free. Adventure Sails: 1-4 p.m., $55 adults, $30 children, 12 & under free. Friday, March 9 Adventure Sail, 2-5 p.m., $55 adults, $30 children, 12 & under free. Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, Private Lynx and Spirit of Dana Point Dockside Tours $5 donation per ship, children 12 & under free. Battle Sail Re-enactments with Spirit of Dana Point, $55 adults, $30 children, 12 & under free. To make reservations aboard the Lynx and Spirit of Dana Point, call (866) 446-5969. 985-4852.

RUMORS Fridays-Sundays through March 4. Ventura College Theater Department presents by Neil Simon. Charley Brock is Deputy Mayor of New York City. The Gormans, Ganz\’s, Cusacks, and Coopers are four couples invited to Charley and Myra Brock\’s house to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. But, of course, things are not that simple. $7 general, $5 students, staff and seniors. Tickets available at the door. Ventura College Main Stage Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.

TARIQ ALI ON NEO LIBERALISM, DEMOCRACY AND MILITARY HUMANISM March 2, 4 p.m. Prolific writer, journalist, filmmaker and leading figure among cultural and political analysts will address whether human rights can be imposed by force and how rights are separated from needs in the neo-liberal epoch. He will discuss what he calls “the shield of the new humanitarianism” or “U.S. hegemony with the military bases in 121 coutnries providing the strategic infrastructure of the new order,” as well as successes, contradictions and setbacks from Iraq to Venezuela. Free. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

Dining

WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E. Main, Ventura. 652-7013.

Performances

A BRAHMS LANDSCAPE Saturday, March 3, 8pm. A choral and orchestra concert featuring music by Brahms, including “Hungarian Folk Dances,” “Schicksalslied,” “Nanie,” “Alto Rhapsody,” “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” “The Academic Festival Overture.” $20-30. Fred Kavli Theatre, Countywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. 654-0995.

AN AFTERNOON WITH HARRY SHEARER Sunday, March 4, 4pm. Prolific impressionist and wildly clever host of the public radio hit Le Show, Shearer brings his gift for deadpan comedy and satirical political commentary to Santa Barbara in his first solo appearance. $35. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.arts andlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

CHANNEL ISLANDS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA “Spring Fever.” Sunday, March 4, 4pm. Selections by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Prokofiev. Featuring Sharon Cooper as violin soloist. Free; donation of $15 suggested. Childcare provided. First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St, Ventura. 643-8621.

MURRAY PERAHIA, PIANIST Wednesday, March 7, 8pm. The Grammy winner and unrivaled master of classical piano will perform an intimate recital. He is beloved for his poetic phrasing and depth of musicianship. $55. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 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

GREATER TUNA Friday-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, through March 3. The Ojai Art Center Theater turns up the dial on laughter as they present the hilarious and satirical take on small-town radio shows with three actors playing two dozen characters. $18 general, $15 seniors and members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797. Please visit online at www.OjaiACT.org.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL ADVENTURE through March 18. A chilling mystery involving a kidnapped damsel, scandalous letters and London’s London\’s seamy underworld finds Master Sleuth Sherlock Holmes pitted against his two most perilous foes: certain death and impassioned love. $18 adults, $15 seniors and students, $12 children 12 and under. Saturday-Sunday 8pm, Sunday 2:30pm. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIDGED Fridays-Saturdays, Feb. 23-March 24, 8pm, and Sundays, Feb. 25-March 25, 2pm. The High Street Arts Center presents the hilarious production of by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. This show presents a mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue, bad female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque. Picture William Shakespeare writing for Monty Python. A fun time for the whole family. $15 adults, $12 seniors-students, $8 children 12 and under. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF March 2-4, 9-11. The Performance Theatre for Young Artists and the Ventura County Community Theatre will present this beloved tale of family and tradition. Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 2:30pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays 5pm. $15 adults, $12 children, students and seniors.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! March 3-11, 1pm and 4pm. The Conejo Players Theatre presents an energetic revue based around tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher on his first day of teaching. As he tries to watch TV, various characters emerge and show how to win his students over with beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs. $8. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, Feb. 24-April 11. Actors\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi opens the Ventura County premiere production of the hit Broadway musical. Taking place in New York City in 1922, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of young Millie, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. There is a special interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing on Friday, March 2. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

THE BEATLES SLEPT HERE March 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30. The High Street Theater Foundation presents a melodrama that is a trip down Abbey Road with song, dance and laughter. Secret Garden Restaurant, Moorpark. 529-7580.

ANYTHING GOES March 1-3, 7-10, 7pm. Nordhoff High School presents Cole Porter’s exhilarating musical of romance and intrigue on the high seas. 2:30pm March 4. $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Matilija Junior High Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. 640-4343 ext. 1898.

Film

INTO GREAT SILENCE Monday, March 5, 7:30pm. Underscored by the rhythmic chanting of Carthusian monks, this film is a minimalist meditation on the rigorous life of the monks of the Grand Chartreuse, the mother house in the pastoral French Alps. This stirring depiction of the strictest of Catholic orders reveals the meticulous daily practices of the self-sustaining cooperative. $10. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara.www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

CALL FOR SHORT FILMS HopeDance Bike Film Festival Friday-Saturday, May 18th-19. HopeDance is looking for spectacular bike-themed short films. The short films should be original, short, 10 minutes or less and bike themed. This year\’s theme is Shift Gears. Deadline for submissions Friday, April 20. 544-9663.

Art

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

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

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

ARCHITEXTURE New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARIA SALON & DAY SPA Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm, Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300. 231-0127

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

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Feb. 10-March 4, “Sensual & Erotic Exhibit.” The fifth annual look at the sensual and erotic, distilled through the muse and onto the many enticing visual palettes of the arts community. Reception Saturday, Feb. 17, 6-9pm. 330 S. California St., Ventura. 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 Feb. 3-March 17, “Beatrice Wood Ceramic Annual.” A celebration of Beatrice Wood’s spirit of experimentation, self-expression and originality – a showcase for the finest contemporary ceramic art. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 12-4pm. 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 March 6-31, “Skyscape Melodies.” Marilyn Cahill’s lyrical landscapes. Reception Saturday, March 10, 4-7pm. 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 STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS through March 3, “French Impressionism: The Ventura Music Festival’s Art Show.” Gerd Koch Gallery, Cal State University Channel Islands. www.studiochannelislands.org. 983-3495.

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

CARNEGIE ART 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 Feb. 3-April 30, “Cheesecake and Catfights.” Photographic images by Alex Cooper best categorized as pinup meets pulp fiction. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 6pm. 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 through March 3, “Varoius and Sundry Themes.” Ventura College Art professor Carlisle Cooper’s work. 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 through March 31, “Fotografie D’Italia.” Hummingbird Nest Gallery Fine art photographers Myrna Cambianica and Charley Griswold exhibit photographs that represent their visions of the beauty of the Italian countryside and the richness and diversity of the culture. 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 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 Feb. 10-March 30, “I Love My Foreigner Friends,” new work by Stella Lai, and “Flesh of My Skin,” new work by Jason Jagel. 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 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY through April 1, the work of Wayne Alaniz Healy. Painter, sculptor and muralist Healy’s work has been characterized as Norman Rockwell meets Jackson Pollack. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through March 28, “Simply Stated.” A group of artists passionate about their work use the mediums of metal, stone sculpture, photography, glass, ceramics, pastels, jewelry and a variety of painting. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.

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

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Feb. 8-March 4, “Out of the Dark.” Paintings by Vonder Grey. 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 GALLERY 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 through March 13, paintings of S.A. Smith, photography and sculpture of Leighton McWilliams. In Gallery 2, drawings of Marie Shoeff. 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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.LeeHodgesArt.com\” www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

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

Call for Art

BARBED ART COMPETITION Drop off March 5-6. Entries must be comprised of one or more altered fashion dolls and/or action figures in a 2- or 3- dimensional format. The artist should envision expanding boundaries of ego, body image and social acceptance. This show will raise awareness of,and money for, the Coalition to End Family Violence(CEFV). HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturaartistsunion.org\” www.venturaartistsunion.org. 650-5734.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.

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

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

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

VENTURA 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

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICE Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 12, 9-11am. Bring last year\’s tax returns, W-2s and 1099s, bonds, as well as year-end summaries from Social Security. E-filing and refunds direct-deposited are available. Bring in a deposit slip or voided check with name and address. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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 ? 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.

Health

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES Fridays, noon-1pm. Paula Getty-Shearer, certified hypnotherapist, leads free weekly relaxation & guided imagery classes for cancer patients and their families. The Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

LAUGHTER CLUB Fridays, noon-12:45pm, and 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.

TAI CHI-WU Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Learn style for more energy and balance. Taught by certified teacher. $15. 101 N. Laurel Ave., Ventura.

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

Classes/Workshops

JOY, FUN AND SATISFACTION IN RETIREMENT Thursdays, March 1-8, 6pm-9pm. Deal with your anticipation and foreboding by identifying what you love, know what to expect about how relationships change, and get a little advice about protecting assets and relocation. Led by Dr. Gail Kuenstler, retirement counselor and career writer. $59. Ventura College Community Education. 654-6459.

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP starts March 5, 8:30am-1pm. Unemployed professionals are welcome to join OPEN for a workshop that addresses resume writing, cover letters, interviewing, online job search and more. Free. Simi Valley. HYPERLINK \”http://www.EU-OPEN.org\” www.EU-OPEN.org.

ELEMENTS OF DIRECTING March 7-April 25. Whether you simply want to know what it takes to direct plays or you intend to take on the art and craft, this course will give you the practical fundamentals of play direction. Tom Eubanks will use his over 35 years of experience to cover such topics as the role of the director, stage action and motivation, composition and movement, creating stage business, emotion and emotional key, tempo, play selection, script interpretation, auditions, casting, rehearsal and performance evaluation. $275; payment options available. Raymund Room, Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 701-7576.

SPACES AND PLACES – INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays through 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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.newsletteradmin.com/mailadmin/lt/t_go.php?i=389&e=Mzg1MA==&l=http://www.focusonthemasters.com/\” \\o \”http://www.newsletteradmin.com/mailadmin/lt/t_go.php?i=389&e=Mzg1MA==&l=http://www.focusonthemasters.com/\” www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

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. 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.

POETRY CONTEST entries must be postmarked by March 12. The Ventura County Writers Club opens the competition to members and all residents of Ventura County, 18 and over. Categories for both published and unpublished poets. Winners will be announced April 1; winners will read poems at a meeting April 10. $4 per entry. Each poem must be limited to one page and no more than 30 lines. HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturacountywritersclub.com\” www.venturacountywritersclub.com. 985-6336.

Farmers’ Markets

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

WEEKLY COUNTRY DANCE PARTY Tuesdays March 6-27, 6:30pm. Lesson reviews, line dance lessons, couples lessons, open dancing. Partners not necessary. All ages welcome. First time visitors free. $3. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Rd, Ventura. HYPERLINK \”http://www.countrylovers.com\” www.countrylovers.com. 647-1893.

Shows/Markets

THOUSAND OAKS FARMERS MARKET Every Thursday. During extensive renovation at the Thousand Oaks Shopping Center, the weekly Farmers Market moves to the parking lot of the former City Hall building, up the hill from the shopping center. The market shares a parking lot with the Conejo Recreation and Park District, The Arts Council and the National Park Service Visitors Center.

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK Saturdays-Sundays, 11am-4pm. The two story adobe hacienda on the park grounds, built by Don Raymundo Olivas in 1847, features furnishings from the early California rancho period. Docents in period costumes offer tours. Look for events occurring in 2007. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4728.

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 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.

12-STEP SURVIVORS OF INCEST ANONYMOUS Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm. New group for men and women who experiences childhood sexual abuse. 133 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 893-3322.

12-STEP SURVIVORS OF INCEST ANONYMOUS Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm. New group for men and women who experiences childhood sexual abuse. 133 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 893-3322.

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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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Ventura Water Presents the 7th Annual Water: Take 1 Film Festival

    March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Irish Film: Wind That Shakes The Barley

    March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time *Ventura County Premiere*

    March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  4. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. BREAKING LEGS

    March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time *Ventura County Premiere*

    March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  7. OLIVAS ADOBE ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE

    March 23 @ 11:00 am - March 24 @ 4:00 pm
  8. Studio Channel Islands Collector’s Choice 2019

    March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  9. AN EVENING WITH JOHN ROBLES AND CHUCUMITE At Santa Paula Theater Center

    March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  10. BREAKING LEGS

    March 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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