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.
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.
WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E. Main, Ventura. 652-7013.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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