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GOD GREW TIRED OF US June 3, 4:30 p.m. The Ojai Film Society screens the gut-wrenching documentary about the Lost Boys of Sudan who braved hardship and slaughter to tell their story. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors, free to members with ID. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

THE LIFE AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF HORACE BRISTOL June 2, 2 p.m. Join Donna Granata, Focus on the Masters Founder and Executive Director, as she leads a visual journey through the life of Horace Bristol during the museum’s exhibition, The Museum Collects: Horace Bristol Photographs. A photojournalist of the pre-television era, Bristol traveled with John Steinbeck through California migrant camps, documented World War II with photographer Edward Steichen, and captured the cultures of Asia after the war. Included with admission, free for Museum members. Seating is limited. Ventura Museum of History, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext 10.

ANGELS WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL June 3, 1-5 p.m. The 14th Annual Casa Pacifica Food and Wine Festival benefits the children of Casa Pacifica crisis and residential care facilities for abused, neglected and at-risk children. The festival features over 100 local restaurants, wineries and micro-breweries, plus live entertainment from Benise, Spazmatics, Shawn McMasters, Bruce Barrios and Jeanne Tatum. Auctions include tropical getaways. $75. California State University Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo. 445-7800.

Special Events

POVAR PLAZA UNVEILING Thursday, May 31, 9am. The City of Ventura and Mr. Sam Povar invite you to the dedication of Povar Plaza. A great example of a public-private partnership, located across the Ventura Pier entrance on Harbor Blvd. at the Ash Street pedestrian bridge. Once a bare spot, now a beautiful and inviting memorial. 677-3914.

COWBOYS, HEROES AND OUTLAWS Saturday, June 2, 10am-4pm. The City of Ventura Community Services Office transport guests back in time to the Old West, inviting children to attend a Cowboy College and earn a diploma in roping and branding, plus cowboy songs, tales of the Old West, two stages of entertainment, horseshoing, over 30 workshops, leather tooling, panning for gold and more. The Seventh Annual event includes historical re-enactors, period entertainment, crafts demonstrations, workshops, magic, food and tours of the historic Olivas Adobe, plus a Chumash Village featuring traditional dance, music and crafts. $9 adults, $8 seniors 65 and over and children 12 years and under. 4200 Olivas Park, Ventura. 658-4726.

MARTINI MADNESS FUND-RAISER Sunday, June 10, 3-6pm. The Elite Theatre Company hosts its third annual fund-raiser. The evening features live piano music, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and two fancy martinis. Proceeds from the Martini Madness event help offset the production costs of shows, set construction, costumes, props and royalties. $50. Courtyard by Marriott, 600 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. 483-5118.

Performances

GOLD COAST CONCERT CHORUS Friday, June 1, 8pm, and Saturday, June 2, 2pm. The chorus presents an afternoon of songs from MGM musicals. $15 general, $12 students, seniors and children. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1500 N. C St., Oxnard. 675-4222.

BALLET FAVORITES Saturday, June 2, 7:30pm, and Sunday, June 3, 2pm. Footworks Youth Ballet present works by Les Sylphides, Peter & The Wolf, and Faust. $18-$10. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 486-2424.

CSI – MOTHER GOOSE Sunday, June 3, 2pm. Looks like Mother Goose has been kidnapped! To solve this mystery is a team of CSI agents who interview friends of Goose like Humpty Dumpty, Little Boy Blue, Little Bo Peep and others. Where is Mother Goose? Join Gypsies in a Trunk as they perform children’s tales live for the young and the young at heart of Ventura County. Performances are always free of charge, with pass the hat donations requested during the intermission to help defray the cost of costumes and props. Ample lawn space is available at Harbor View Park and individuals are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, while enjoying this free family entertainment. Channel Islands Harbor Visitor’s Center 985-4852.

Theater

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, through June 2. The Ojai Art Center Theater presents Wendy Wasserstein’s humorous and touching portrait of a woman’s journey through life. The Pulitzer Prize-winning memorable and enlightening portrait of a women of her generation and her male relationships follows Heidi from the heady 1960s through the consciousness-raising groups of the 1970s to the myth of the superwoman in the 1980s. $18 general, $15 students, seniors and members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797. Visit online at www.OjaiACT.org.

LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through June 17. The High Street Arts Center in Moorpark present Neil Simon’s comedy starring Ron Rezac, Amy Jennings, Dawn Meyer, and Vivien Latham. Directed by George Kralemann. $15 adults, $12 seniors/students, $8 children 12 and under. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700. Visit online at www.highstreetartscenter.com.

HAIR Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through July 8. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center presents the Fortieth Anniversary of the 60’s Rock Musical. It is the dawning of The Age of Aquarius. The tribe is rebelling. American youth are screaming out against The Establishment, Vietnam, segregation and sexual rigidity. HAIR, part pop, part rock, part nostalgia and total visual delight. Recommended for audiences 15 and older. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

WITCH SWITCH Fairytales in the Park continues their 2007 season with the tale of Shirley, finding life with her teenage daughter Rapunzel a bit trying, doing everything to get the neighborhood children to visit her gingerbread cottage. When these two misunderstood, good-hearted witches decide to switch places they both learn a few lessons about children and growing up from Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel. Performances: June 2, Foxfield Park, Westlake Village, 11am; Foxfield Park and Simi Valley, 4pm, Rancho Simi Amphitheater in Rancho Simi Community Park at the corner of Erringer and Royal; June 3: Harbor View Park, Channel Islands Harbor, 2 pm; and June 9: Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Ventura; and Vista Park, Camarillo, 7050 Ralston, 11:30am. Ample seating is available on the ground at all locations, you may bring blankets, lunch or snacks. Please leave Fido at home. (661) 718-3968.

Auditions

BIG RIVER Buenaventura Community Theatre, Oceanview Pavilion and Ventura Adult and Continuing Education hold auditions for the musical adventures of Huckleberry Finn with music and lyrics by Rodger Miller, Book by William Hauptman, adapted from the novel Mark Twain. June 1: 6:30pm, and June 2, 10am-3p, Room 104, 5200 Valentine Road, Ventura; June 3: 10am- 3pm, and June 4, 6:30pm, Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 986-4818.

Film

THE THREE CABALLEROS Friday, June 1, 6:30pm. The Camarillo United Methodist Church presents a free family movie night featuring the G-rated Disney cartoon. 291 Anacapa Drive, north of Las Posas Road, Camarillo.

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 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 June 17, “La Crème des Artistes.” An open theme show in which our members exhibit their most recent artwork. 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 “American Icon.” An exhibit featuring canvases made from rescued American flags by owner-artist David Schwartz. 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 May 25, new female figures by Lynne Creighton. May 29-June 23, “Voyeurs in My Garden.” Nora Yukon’s fanciful wall hangings and quilts. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura.

CAFÉ ON A 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 June 7-Aug. 13, “Art by Christopher Marshall.” Featuring paintings by the artist. Free. Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER through June 10, “Artistic Quintent.” Five artists from the studio of Phyllis Doyon will exhibit. Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm. 3150 Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo. 445-7061.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 2pm-3pm, or by appointment. Building #18, Ventura St, Cal State University Channel Islands, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

CSUCI through June 7, “New Perspectives. An exhibition of faculty art. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 92 Palm Dr., Camarillo. 437-8863.

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

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

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-1595.

CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE 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 July 9, “Favorite Places.” Rick Reason paints the local Ventura scene, and Judy McDonald displays her new work based on inspiration from a cabin near Independence, California. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:30-6pm; Friday-Saturday, 10:30-10pm. 210 E. Main St., Ventura. 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 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 through June 29, “Abstract Naturalists and Images of Women.” Group exhibit of paintings and sculptures. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. www.HighStudio.net. 523-7957.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Admission is free. Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Call for extended evening and weekend viewing. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. (805) 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST Open daily 9am-9pm. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S 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.

LOVE HOUSE GALLERY through July 31, “A Celebration of Moments: a Joyful Look at the Innocence of Life.” Over 30 watercolors by Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia (featured artist) as well as other works by Irena Jablonski, Debra Louise, Marlon Van Cott, Karen L. Brown, Diane Atturio and Gwenlyn Norton. 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

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

NATHAN LARRAMENDY Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6pm, Monday-Tuesday by appointment only. 107 S.Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

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

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

OJAI VALLEY 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through June 18, “Liquid Motion.” A gathering of artists of all mediums whose work has been influenced by the fluidity of life and water. 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 through June 24, “Regeneration.” New works of art by Lynn LeTourneau. 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 June 30, Four Exhibitions: “Primal Visions,” paintings by Carole Milton, in the J. Handel Evans Gallery; “Celebrating 50 Years of Clay” by the Ventura County Potters’ Guild, and “Women Working, a Juried Exhibition” by Women Painters West, in the O’Keeffee Gallery; “60 Years of Engraving,” the work of Barbara Fumagalli, in the Gerd Koch Gallery; “Historic Archives of the Ventura County Potters’ Guild” in the Hallway Galleries. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

SCIART WEST through June 3, “Salute to Oxnard.” The recently opened Oxnard annex to the Studio Channel Islands Art Center features a show of work by Oxnard area artists. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm or by appointment. 519 S. C. St, Oxnard.

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 through June 3, “Roland Reiss.” Solo exhibit by Roland Reiss, a sculptor and painter from Southern California. 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.

VENTURA VISITORS CENTER Open daily. Ventura Visitors Center, 89 S. California St., Ventura.

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

Call for Art

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.

IS THIS OUR LAND? Deadline June 1,10am. Ojai Art Center’s annual juried group photography show calls for submissions on the topic of artists’ visions of our land from the grand to the not-so-grand. $12 fee per entry. Ojai Art Center,113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. More info: www.bearwoodimages.com/ photoshowcall.php

RED BRICK GALLERY SEEKS ARTISTS New large downtown Ventura gallery is seeking artists with work in any medium for upcoming 2007-2008 exhibits. Please apply with a cohesive body of work with at least 8 pieces in the same theme. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400. www.redbrickart.com.

BLACK & WHITE deadline June 18, 4-7pm; June 19, 9am-noon. The Artists’ Union Gallery invites work without hue or chromo, no tinge or tint. Think shadow and light. Show will run June 23-Juy 29. Call 402-3724.

NAUTICA 2007 deadline May 30-31, 9am-12pm. Entries accepted for juried competition. $15 entry fee per artwork; maximum two entries per artist. Cash prizes will be awarded. Exhibit runs June 2-July 30. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 984-6260.

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.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY AT THE OAKS through August, “Generations of Artists Interpret Nature’s Beauty.” Painting, sculpture and photography, featuring over 100 years of artwork. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 12pm-8pm, Sunday, 11am-7pm. The Oaks Mall, Thousand Oaks. www.venturamuseum.org. 496-7460.

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 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 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

MUSEUM SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS The Museum of Ventura County currently accepts registration for their summer sessions of Chumash Youth and Art Start programs. Chumash Youth sessions are June 18-22 and June 25-29, and are for students entering fourth or fifth grade. Art Start sessions are July 9-13 for students in grades 3-5, and July 16-20 for students in 6-8 grades. Programs held 9am-noon. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 ext 23.

YOGA AND MUSIC TOGETHER Classes for parents and their children last from one day-nine weeks. Classes include Beginning Yoga, Mondays, 9:15- 10:15am; Yoga Levels 1 and 2, Tuesdays, 5-6 pm; and Gentle Movement, Tuesdays, 6:15-6:45pm. Music Together offered Mondays, 11:15am-noon, Tuesdays 10:30-11:15am, and Wednesdays, 11:45am-12:30pm. Music Together classes are for children, newborn-kindergarten, and the adults who love them. Other classes include: Rhythm-the Beat of Life, Drumming Basics, Music Fundamentals, and Beginning Beading. Call for complete schedule and fees. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

SCRABBLE THURSDAY Every Thursday. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

MATURE MINGLERS Thursday, 4:30pm. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. They meet on the third Thursday of every month. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, 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.

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 www.carlvc.org.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3, 11am and 3pm. Join National Park Service Rangers in the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center as they show and tell about the many fascinating animals and plants in the marine life exhibit. Free.1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 658-5730.

AN EVENING WITH JOHN SUTTMAN Tuesday, June 5, 7-8:30pm. Focus on the Masters presents an evening with Stuttman, designer, sculptor, and furniture maker. “ John playfully tweaks and distorts familiar objects, turning them into works of art. In addition to furniture, he enjoys designing and building gates, using steel as his canvas. $10 general, $5 students-seniors. Technology Development Center 5200 Valentine Drive, Ventura. 653-2501.

SEMINAL THINKERS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY Mondays, 7pm, through June 11. Four-week class on four significant thinkers of the 19th Century: Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Georg Wilhelm Hegel of Germany, and Soren Kierkegaard of Denmark. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR VISITOR CENTER VOLUNTEERS Outgoing individuals are sought to field telephone calls, greet visitors, answer questions, give directions and provide general information about Channel Islands Harbor and the surrounding communities. Come share your knowledge while enjoying the view. 2741 S. Victoria Avenue, Ste. F, Fisherman’s Wharf, Channel Islands Harbor. 985-4852.

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 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

HOW TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS Wednesday, June 6, 6-8:30pm. Workshop offered through Ventura County Small Business Development Center hosted by Ventura College Week. First-year business failure rates are high. Make sure your business idea is viable before you start spending money. $30. 71 Day Road, Ventura. 648-8941.

RED CROSS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CLASS, Wednesday, June 6, 6-7pm. Are you prepared? Find out for free. No need to sign up ahead of time. $10. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. 208-0344.

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm. The group is looking for men who like to sing to join their Barbershop Chorus. Wilson Park Center, 350 N. C St., Oxnard. 650-9940.

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

WU STYLE SHORT FORM TAI CHI Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Scott Nordeng continues his seven week class. $15 per class. Church of Religious Science, 101 Laurel Ave., Ventura. 659-2113.

CAPOEIRA IN OXNARD Tuesdays 6pm (for kids) and 7pm (youth/adults), Fridays 5pm (kids) and 6pm (youth/adults). Come experience an art born over 500 years ago in Brazil, created by African Slaves as a way to combat oppression and battle for freedom. It includes elements of martial arts, music, drumming, dance and break dancing. It is a strong part of Latino and African tradition and culture. Capoeira is physically, emotionally, and spiritually beneficial for all people of any age and ability. Free. Cultural Arts Center, 937 W. 5th St, Oxnard. www.capoeirabatuque.org

DJEMBE CLASS Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. All-level weekly class with instructor Budhi Harlow. $60 month, $17 per class. Pulse Drumming Studio, 2434 E. Main St., Ventura.

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improv for youth, teens and adults. First class is always free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701. Online at www.venturaimprov.com.

Literature/Poetry

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

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

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

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura, 320-3524.

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 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, May 31, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

VENTURA RHEINLAND CLUB Saturday, June 2, 6:15-11:30pm. Ventura Rheinland Club hosts their Forty-Second Anniversary dance featuring the Borowitz Band, an open bar, and dinner. $10. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 658-8887.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, June 4, 6-8pm. Special extended class in Milonga and Vals. Beginners welcome. $15, includes free practice. Social dancing, 8-10pm, Los Caporales, 307 East Ojai Ave., Ojai. Ojai Art Center, 113 South Montgomery, Ojai. 646-7355.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, June 5, 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, June 6. Come learn Salsa dancing and play and practice afterwards. $10 class, $5 dance after 9pm. Lobster Trap, 3605 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. 405-2946.

Shows/Markets

MODEL SHIP EXPO AND SALE May 31, 11am-5pm. The Ventura County Maritime Museum surface with their annual ship model expo and sale. View dozens of handcrafted, historically accurate ship models from Southern California’s leading ship model builders, many for sale. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Channel Islands Harbor. 984-6260.

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. 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.

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. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4728.

Clubs/Groups

J-SINGLES VENTURA COUNTY Sunday, June 3, noon. Jewish singles ages 40-60 are invited to the group’s Summer Kickoff B-B-Q. Marina Park, Ventura. 223-3497.

INDEPENDENT THINKERS Wednesday, June 6, 7pm. Informal discussion group. Call for further information. 653-1121.

RED HAT SOCIETY Chapter forming for women 50 and over who just wanna have fun. Group gathers once a month for various adventures to form friendships thru laughter. 659-3323.

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

CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB Mondays, noon. The club meets every Monday at Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd. Guest Speaker: Jim Decker-Mahin, Methodist Minister, who discusses how he overcame a severe vision handicap.

GOOD GRIEF GROUP Mondays, 10:30am. Group open to all persons in need of spiritual uplifting. If you need to cry and unload, come to the Camarillo Hospice and share uplifting quotes, jokes, and problems. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

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.

SIMPLICITY CIRCLES: LIVING SIMPLY WITH CHILDREN DISCUSSION GROUP Mondays, 7-8pm. Learn how we can live our values, reconnect what we believe and our daily choices, and teach our children by example. Free. Mother’s Guild, 2040 E. Main St., St

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GRBAVICA May 27, 4:30 p.m. The Ojai Film Society screens the poignant and emotionally gripping story of a Bosnian woman struggling to survive in Sarajevo in the aftermath of the conflicts of the mid-’90s. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors, free to members with ID. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

GHOST BUS TOUR May 26, 10 p.m. Take a night journey into the haunted byways of Ventura on the Ghost Bus up Ventura Avenue to the shades of Creek Road then back to look for the ghosts rumored to lurk at the Ortega and Olivas Adobes. Bring a flashlight, warm coat and camera for possible spirit capture. Bus departs from City Hall front steps. Cultural Interpreter: Richard Senate. 648-2075.

OJAI ART IN THE PARK May 26-27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Ojai Art Center sponsors their 30th annual weekend of art, live music and food. Artists create their own works in a wide range of media, including oil, acrylic, glass, pastel, watercolor, mixed media, graphics, wood, photography, sculpture, ceramics and fine jewelry. The fundraiser also features live music, food booths and vendors. Libbey Park, downtown Ojai. www.ojaiartcenter.org. 646-0117.

Special Events

LUCAS SCOTT MEMORIAL BENEFIT Friday, May 25, 7:30pm. Seinfeld star Patrick Warburton hosts a very special evening of entertainment benefiting Santa Rosa Middle School\\\’s Lucas Scott Memorial. Lucas recently passed away and was best friends with Patrick’s son. Benefit helps raise funds for new building in Lucas’ name. Boeing matches every dollar raised. Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks. Call for further information. (323) 655-1008.

OAK VIEW MEMORIAL DAY PARADE Monday, May 28, 9:45am. The Oak View Civic Council presents their annual parade featuring floats, horses, music and more. Parade begins at New Hope Christian Center, Old Ventura Avenue. The Oak View American Legion Post hosts a pancake breakfast, 9:45am, Old Ventura Avenue. Local residents are encouraged to continue the celebration at the day-long Ojai event featuring speakers, music, food, and more. 640-0727.

Performances

THE TEMPTATION REVIEW Saturday, May 26, 7pm. St. Paul Baptist Church presents the popular group featuring Dennis Edwards in a Gospel concert. $50 concert, VIP seating available. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 486-2424.

AL WESTCOTT Monday, May 28, 1pm. The Ojai Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars honor Memorial Day with an all-day event featuring a concert by Westcott, plus speakers, exhibits and lots of music in Libbey Bowl. Westcott hits the stage at 1pm with a Dixie medley, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and his tribute song Soldiers, Sailors and Tired Old Men.

Theater

I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER through May 27. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the classic American drama about the delicate relationship that exists between father and son, examining the obligations and love that simultaneously binds them together and pushes them further apart. Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2:30 pm. $18 for adults, $15 seniors and students, $12 for children 12 and under. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, through June 2. The Ojai Art Center Theater presents Wendy Wasserstein\\\’s humorous and touching portrait of a woman\\\’s journey through life. The Pulitzer Prize-winning memorable and enlightening portrait of a women of her generation and her male relationships follows Heidi from the heady 1960s through the consciousness-raising groups of the 1970s to the myth of the superwoman in the 1980s. $18 general, $15 students, seniors and members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797. Visit online at www.OjaiACT.org.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, JR Fridays-Sundays through May 27. The Curtain Call Youth Theatre kicks off its spring performances with their own take on this classic tale of family and tradition. $10 general, $5 kids 12 and under. Camarillo Community Theatre, 330 Skyway Dr., Camarillo Airport, Camarillo.www.curtaincallyt.com. 388-5716.

LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, through June 17. The High Street Arts Center in Moorpark present Neil Simon’s comedy starring Ron Rezac, Amy Jennings, Dawn Meyer, and Vivien Latham. Directed by George Kralemann. $15 adults, $12 seniors/students, $8 children 12 and under. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-2084. Visit online at www.highstreetarts center.com.

Film

SWEET LAND Wednesday, May 30, 7:30pm. Set in the 1920s, a young German woman arrives in Minnesota to marry a Norwegian farmer, but her lack of immigration papers and inability to speak English arouse local suspicion. United by elemental forces of nature, the couple builds a life together. $6 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

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 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 June 17, “La Crème des Artistes.” An open theme show in which our members exhibit their most recent artwork. Gallery hours: Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartists union.org. 643-3012.

ARTZWORKS.COM GALLERY GRAND OPENING GALA “American Icon.” An exhibit featuring canvases made from rescued American flags by owner-artist David Schwartz. 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 May 25, new female figures by Lynne Creighton. May 29-June 23, “Voyeurs in My Garden.” Nora Yukon’s fanciful wall hangings and quilts. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura.

CAFÉ ON A 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. Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER through June 10, “Artistic Quintent.” Five artists from the studio of Phyllis Doyon will exhibit. Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm. 3150 Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo. 445-7061.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 2pm-3pm, or by appointment. Building #18, Ventura St, Cal State University Channel Islands, Camarillo.www.studiochannelislands.org383-1368.

CSUCI through June 7, “New Perspectives. An exhibition of faculty art. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 92 Palm Dr., Camarillo. 437-8863.

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreet Gallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbc global.net.

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

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-1595.

CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE Free. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.diva passion.com. 653-5675.

DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Free. 519 S. C Street, Oxnard.

FOX FINE JEWELRY through July 9, “Favorite Places.” Rick Reason paints the local Ventura scene, and Judy McDonald displays her new work based on inspiration from a cabin near Independence, California. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:30-6pm; Friday-Saturday, 10:30-10pm. 210 E. Main St., Ventura. 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 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 through June 29, “Abstract Naturalists and Images of Women.” Group exhibit of paintings and sculptures. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. www.HighStudio.net. 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.hill crestarts.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST Open daily 9am-9pm. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S 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.

LOVE HOUSE GALLERY through July 31, “A Celebration of Moments: a Joyful Look at the Innocence of Life.” Over 30 watercolors by Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia (featured artist) as well as other works by Irena Jablonski, Debra Louise, Marlon Van Cott, Karen L. Brown, Diane Atturio and Gwenlyn Norton. 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

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

NATHAN LARRAMENDY through May 26, “Black Light.” New paintings by Ruth Pastine, investigating the presence of light and color by exploring the darkest hues of the color system. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6pm, Monday-Tuesday by appointment only. 107 S.Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

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

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

OJAI VALLEY 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through June 18, “Liquid Motion.” A gathering of artists of all mediums whose work has been influenced by the fluidity of life and water. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.red brickart.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 through June 24, \\\”Regeneration.\\\” New works of art by Lynn LeTourneau. 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 June 30, Four Exhibitions: “Primal Visions,” paintings by Carole Milton, in the J. Handel Evans Gallery; “Celebrating 50 Years of Clay” by the Ventura County Potters’ Guild, and “Women Working, a Juried Exhibition” by Women Painters West, in the O’Keeffee Gallery; “60 Years of Engraving,” the work of Barbara Fumagalli, in the Gerd Koch Gallery; “Historic Archives of the Ventura County Potters’ Guild” in the Hallway Galleries. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

SCIART WEST through June 3, “Salute to Oxnard.” The recently opened Oxnard annex to the Studio Channel Islands Art Center features a show of work by Oxnard area artists. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm or by appointment. 519 S. C. St, Oxnard.

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 through June 3, “Roland Reiss.” Solo exhibit by Roland Reiss, a sculptor and painter from Southern California. 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.LeeHodges Art.com.

VENTURA VISITORS CENTER Open daily. Ventura Visitors Center, 89 S. California St., Ventura.

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

Call for Art

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.

IS THIS OUR LAND? Deadline June 1,10am. Ojai Art Center’s annual juried group photography show calls for submissions on the topic of artists’ visions of our land from the grand to the not-so-grand. $12 fee per entry. Ojai Art Center,113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. More info: www.bearwoodimages.com/photo showcall.php

RED BRICK GALLERY SEEKS ARTISTS New large downtown Ventura gallery is seeking artists with work in any medium for upcoming 2007-2008 exhibits. Please apply with a cohesive body of work with at least 8 pieces in the same theme. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400. www.redbrickart.com.

BLACK & WHITE deadline June 18, 4-7pm; June 19, 9am-noon. The Artists’ Union Gallery invites work without hue or chromo, no tinge or tint. Think shadow and light. Show will run June 23-Juy 29. Call 402-3724.

NAUTICA 2007 deadline May 30-31, 9am-12pm. Entries accepted for juried competition. $15 entry fee per artwork; maximum two entries per artist. Cash prizes will be awarded. Exhibit runs June 2-July 30. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 984-6260.

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 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

TEEN INSIGHT OPEN HOUSE Thursday, May 24, 5:30-6:30pm. The Ojai Valley Youth Foundation holds the open house for teens and parents interested in learning more about the Teen Insight Seminar. Participants from past seminars and Ojai Valley Youth Foundation staff answer questions about the four-day workshop for teens ages 14-18. Teen Insight builds confidence, communication, and self-awareness in a fun and supportive environment. 201 Church Road, Ojai. 640-9555.

MUSEUM SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS The Museum of Ventura County currently accepts registration for their summer sessions of Chumash Youth and Art Start programs. Chumash Youth sessions are June 18-22 and June 25-29, and are for students entering fourth or fifth grade. Art Start sessions are July 9-13 for students in grades 3-5, and July 16-20 for students in 6-8 grades. Programs held 9am-noon. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 ext 23.

YOGA AND MUSIC TOGETHER Classes for parents and their children last from one day-nine weeks. Classes include Beginning Yoga, Mondays, 9:15- 10:15am; Yoga Levels 1 and 2, Tuesdays, 5-6 pm; and Gentle Movement, Tuesdays, 6:15-6:45pm. Music Together offered Mondays, 11:15am-noon, Tuesdays 10:30-11:15am, and Wednesdays, 11:45am-12:30pm. Music Together classes are for children, newborn-kindergarten, and the adults who love them. Other classes include: Rhythm-the Beat of Life, Drumming Basics, Music Fundamentals, and Beginning Beading. Call for complete schedule and fees. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

SCRABBLE THURSDAY Thursday, May 24, 1pm. Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. Every Thursday. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

MATURE MINGLERS Thursday, 4:30pm. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. They meet on the third Thursday of every month. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, 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.

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.island packers.com.

Pets

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

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, May 26-27, 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.

SEMINAL THINKERS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY Mondays, 7pm, through June 11. Four-week class on four significant thinkers of the 19th Century: Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Georg Wilhelm Hegel of Germany, and Soren Kierkegaard of Denmark. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR VISITOR CENTER VOLUNTEERS Outgoing individuals are sought to field telephone calls, greet visitors, answer questions, give directions and provide general information about Channel Islands Harbor and the surrounding communities. Come share your knowledge while enjoying the view. 2741 S. Victoria Avenue, Ste. F, Fisherman\\\’s Wharf, Channel Islands Harbor. 985-4852.

Health

SOLAR FIRE Wednesday, May 30, 6:30pm. Meditate with the full moon of Gemini and Sagittarius during the Festival of Humanity. Qigong, 6:30pm, music, meditation and blessings 7:30pm. Meditation Mount, end of Reeves Road, Ojai. 646-5508.

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 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

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN CALIFORNIA\\\’S WAGE & HOUR LAW Friday, May 25, 7:30-9am. Learn the new compliance requirements at the complimentary workshop. Find out how the new minimum wage requirements impact all company employees, and ensure their company is calculating overtime accurately and appropriately. Create and enforce mandatory employee break schedules. Free. Camarillo Courtyard by Marriott, 4994 Verdugo Way, Camarillo. 987-7128.

COOL DESSERTS Saturday, May 26, 1pm. Get ready for summer while making ice cream, sherbet and sorbet along with tasty sauces. $45. Upcoming classes: Summer Seafood, Sunday, May 27, 1pm- Cook up a variety of tasty fish and seafood dishes and enjoy them with a glass of wine. $50. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

WEAVING WITH WIRE AND METAL Saturday, May 26, 1-4pm, and Sunday, May 27, 9am-4pm. The Ventura County Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild hold the workshop with Susan McGehee. Intermediate and advanced weavers learn that wire has many similarities to yarn and is easier to weave than thought. Techniques includes how to handle metals on the loom, source materials, and history. $100 non-members. $30 materials. Anacapa Fine Yarns. 527-1915.

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm. The group is looking for men who like to sing to join their Barbershop Chorus. Wilson Park Center, 350 N. C St., Oxnard. 650-9940.

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

WU STYLE SHORT FORM TAI CHI Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Scott Nordeng continues his seven week class. $15 per class. Church of Religious Science, 101 Laurel Ave., Ventura. 659-2113.

CAPOEIRA IN OXNARD Tuesdays 6pm (for kids) and 7pm (youth/adults), Fridays 5pm (kids) and 6pm (youth/adults). Come experience an art born over 500 years ago in Brazil, created by African Slaves as a way to combat oppression and battle for freedom. It includes elements of martial arts, music, drumming, dance and break dancing. It is a strong part of Latino and African tradition and culture. Capoeira is physically, emotionally, and spiritually beneficial for all people of any age and ability. Free. Cultural Arts Center, 937 W. 5th St, Oxnard. www.capoeirabatuque.org

DJEMBE CLASS Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. All-level weekly class with instructor Budhi Harlow. $60 month, $17 per class. Pulse Drumming Studio, 2434 E. Main St., Ventura.

IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improv for youth, teens and adults. First class is always free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701. Online at www.venturaimprov.com.

Literature/Poetry

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

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

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.

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 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, May 24, 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, May 25, 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.

SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, May 27, 5-8pm. Dance to live music of the swinging years with an 18-piece orchestra, including vocalists Jan Nielson and Diz Mullins. $8. The Sportsman Restaurant, 4426 Central Ave., Camarillo. 983-8668.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, May 22, 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, May 30. Come learn Salsa dancing and play and practice afterwards. $10 class, $5 dance after 9pm. Lobster Trap, 3605 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. 405-2946.

Shows/Markets

MODEL SHIP EXPO AND SALE May 24-31, 11am-5pm. The Ventura County Maritime Museum surface with their annual ship model expo and sale. View dozens of handcrafted, historically accurate ship models from Southern California’s leading ship model builders, many for sale. Interactive model building demonstrations Saturdays-Sundays. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Channel Islands Harbor. 984-6260.

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. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4728.

FLOWER & PLANT SALE Saturday, May 26, 8am-3pm. The Carpinteria Valley Museum of History sponsor a Memorial Weekend Flea Market to benefit the museum. Market includes exotic orchids, thousands of beautiful cut flowers, garden, and houseplants donated by over 30 local nurseries, antiques, collectibles, hand-crafted gifts, and bargains on used goods of every description including furniture, jewelry, clothing, household, tools, toys, and more. Over 70 vendors. 956 Maple Ave., Carpinteria. 684-3112.

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

CHANNEL ISLANDS PC USER GROUP Saturday, May 26, 8:30am. Free monthly meeting and program: Learn how to add instant FM and Web radio, TV, or video to your Apple IPod, Sony PSP, and mobile phone using USB. Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, 1500 Temple Ave., Camarillo. 987-1748.

VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Saturday, May 29, 1pm. The society holds their monthly meeting. Several workshops are also schedule. Free. LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. 644-4753.

RED HAT SOCIETY Chapter forming for women 50 and over who just wanna have fun. Group gathers once a month for various adventures to form friendships thru laughter. 659-3323.

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm. The group is looking for men who like to sing to join their Barbershop Chorus. Wilson Park Center, 350 N. C St., Oxnard. 650-9940.

CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB Mondays, noon. The club meets every Monday at Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd. Guest Speaker: Jim Decker-Mahin, Methodist Minister, who discusses how he overcame a severe vision handicap.

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

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.

GOOD GRIEF GROUP Mondays, 10:30am. Group open to all persons in need of spiritual uplifting. If you need to cry and unload, come to the Camarillo Hospice and share uplifting quotes, jokes, and problems. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

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

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~ HAPPENINGS ~

VENTURA STUDIO ARTISTS TOUR May 19-20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The weekend features two days of leisurely, self-guided tours to 46 studios, as well as the rare opportunity to interact with artists in their work spaces — everywhere from large industrial warehouses to intimate backyard sanctuaries. The studios provide the ideal environment for artists to create a variety of works from spectacular glassworks and woven tapestries to intricate sculptures and canvases ablaze with color. Demonstrations, hospitality, and opportunities to purchase art are all part of the tour experience. $25 for a two-day ticket. The weekend kicks off Friday, May 18, with an opening night artist reception and fundraising gala, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Brooks Institute of Photography Motion Picture Campus, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. Gala includes dinner, wine from California wineries, live entertainment, and the opportunity to mingle with artists, event sponsors and community leaders. $45. Tour weekend concludes with an After GLOW celebration Sunday, May 20, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Ventura Harbor Village Gallery. Admission celebration included with tour ticket, and features refreshments and a cruise of the Ventura Harbor on an Island Packers catamaran. 653-2501. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com.

CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL May 19, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The 24th annual celebration honors the tasty fruit at the picturesque Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. Hailed as one of the nation\’s most popular weekend celebrations, the California Strawberry Festival features live concerts, an award-winning Fine Arts & Crafts Show, and one-of-a kind originals from over 300 celebrated artists specializing in paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, furniture and children\’s toys. $12 adults, $8 military and seniors 63-plus, $5 children 5-12, free for kids 4 and under. (888) 288-9242. Visit online at www.strawberry-fest.org.

HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL May 21-23. A three-night event of films on social justice and human rights. Monday, May 21: God Grew Tired Us (7 p.m.) explores the indomitable spirit of three “lost boys” from Sudan who leave their homeland to build lives in America; Cautiva (9 p.m.) tells the story of a typical Argentine teenager who finds out that her biological parents “disappeared” in the early 1980s after criticizing military rule. Tuesday, May 21: Grbavcia – The Land of My Dreams, (7 p.m.) about a struggling single mother’s relationship with her daughter, who learns her father may not have died as a war martyr in Sarajevo, as she believed; Sacco and Vanzetti (9 p.m.) about the two Italian immigrant radicals accused of murder and executed after a notoriously prejudiced trial in 1927, offering insight into present-day issues of civil liberties, the death penalty and immigration. Wednesday, May 23: Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (7 p.m.) explores the psychology of those involved in the infamous prisoner abuse scandal, through powerful interviews, photos and on-site footage; Enemies of Happiness (9 p.m.) tells the story of Afghanistan’s first democratic parliamentary election and the historic appointment of a 28-year-old woman to the national assembly. $6 individual films, $10 day passes, $25 festival passes. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

Special Events

RELIGION IN AMERICAN POLITICS — TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE? Thursday, May 17, 8pm. Rabbi Michael Lerner and two-time U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission Michael Novak debate. Moderated by Ann Taves, UCSB Professor of Religious Studies. Free. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

ANTIQUE & VINTAGE DECORATIVE ARTS SHOW AND SALE Friday, May 18, 11am-7pm, Saturday, May 19,11am-6pm, and Sunday, May 20, 11am-5pm. Eighty of the west\’s finest dealers sell everything from period furniture, garden artifacts, decorative accessories, paintings and estate jewelry, silver, glassware, china, porcelain, and much more. Show benefits CALM, the only non-profit agency specializing in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. $6 general, $5 with ad, $5 seniors 62 and over, children under 12 free. Earl Warren Show Grounds, Santa Barbara. 898-9715. Visit online at www.calmantiqueshow.com.

ANNUAL KATHERINE HOFFMAN HALEY AWARDS GALA FUND-RAISER Saturday, May 19. The Ventura County of Museum hold their annual fund-raiser. Call for details. 653-0145.

VENTURA COUNTY AIDS WALK FOR LIFE Saturday, May 19, 9am. The Sixteenth Annual 10K walk benefits AIDS Project Ventura County and Ventura County AIDS partnership. Prizes, food, fun, raffle drawings. Mission Park, downtown Ventura. 339-6340.

16TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY AIDS WALK FOR LIFE Saturday, May 19, 9am. The Ventura County Rainbow Alliance accommodates more than 20,000 yearly visits from from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people (LGBT) and those affected by HIV and AIDS. Join us for our yearly walk to benefit this wonderful service! Mission Park, Downtown Ventura; through the streets of Ventura. 339-6340. Also, join us for the kick off to the walk, Friday, May 18, 6pm at Architexture Salon, 25 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura.

STAND FOR CHILDREN DAY Sunday, May 20, 11am-3pm. The Conejo Valley Day Care Association sponsor their ninth annual party in the park benefitting the needs of underprivileged and low income children in the community. Party in the Park includes food, live entertainment, DARE Unit, arts and crafts, and tons of fun for kids of all ages. Conejo Creek North Park, located behind the library on Janss Road. 482-4400.

Performances

NEW WEST SYMPHONY Friday-Saturday, May 18-19, 8pm. The Symphony continue their 2006/2007 Masterpiece Series Concert No. 7 with Van Cliburn silver medalist Antonio Pompa-Baldi performing Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto under conductor Boris Brott with the Los Robles Master Chorale and the Master Chorale of Ventura County. Program also includes Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky, Cantata for Mezzo-soprano, Chorus & Orchestra, Opus 78. Friday, May 18: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; Saturday, May 19, Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $88-$20. (800) NEW-WEST. Visit online at www.newwestsymphony.org.

CONEJO COWBOY FESTIVAL May 18-19, 8pm. Conejo players put on their cowboy hats and boots to celebrate the valley’s rich history of cattle, horses and cowboys with song and verse. Single ticket $25, two-day pass $40. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

MUSIC CLUB MATINEE CONCERT Saturday, May 19, 3pm. The Music Club present a concert of Brandenburg’s Concerto, featuring Delores Walker and Tom Turner, viola; Andrew Saunders, viola da gamba; Carol Roe and David Roe, cello; and Beverly Staples,harpsichord; plus Sonata in B-flat minor, with Humberto de Almeida, piano. Free. Faulkner Gallery, Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. 683-0811.

PHIL PARLAPIANO WITH LOWEN & NAVARRO Saturday, May 19, 8pm. Concerts at the Bodie House in Agoura Hills present an evening with versatile musician Parlapiano Lowen and Navarro. Event includes desert/appetizer bar. $15, all proceeds go to musicians. (818) 621-8309. Visit online at www.bodiehouse.com.

RON WHITE Saturday, May 19, 7:30pm. Icon Entertainment present an evening of laughs as they feature White, one-fourth of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, in concert. $44.75. Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 486-2424. Visit online at www.etix.com.

BRETT DENNEN Sunday, May 20. The Oak Grove School Community Arts and Lecture Series present a concert by the popular singer-songwriter who has been called timeless by Rolling Stone Magazine and compared to Jack Johnson, James Taylor and John Mayer. $40 limited front row seating, $15 general, children 12 and under free. Oak Grove School Pavilion Stage, 220 W. Lomita, Ojai. 646-8236, ext. 104.

FOUR BELL CHOIRS Sunday, May 20, 5pm. Camarillo United Methodist Church chime in with their annual concert. Ring with Joy is the theme of the four groups: Cherub Chimes, Chapel Bells, Youth Bells and Adult Bells. Open to the public free of charge. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

THE LAST CRUISE OF THE S.S. MINNOW Sunday, May 20. The Gypsy Players conclude their spring season with the interactive murder-mystery written by John Logue. The hilarious show brings back old memories and create new ones as guests try to unravel the mystery and find out what really happened on that island. $45. Paul’s Italian Villa, Simi Valley. $45. (888) MURDERZ.

PETER AND THE WOLF Sunday, May 20, 2 and 5:30pm. The All American Ballet Company presents two performances of their captivating new production based on Prokofiev’s charming music. Esteemed guest artists lend their talents in the concert of highly-trained students to provide a polished and beautifully-staged event. $20-$10. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 815-8401.Visit online at www.allamericanballet.org.

Theater

I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER through May 27. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the classic American drama about the delicate relationship that exists between father and son, examining the obligations and love that simultaneously binds them together and pushes them further apart. Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2:30 pm. $18 for adults, $15 seniors and students, $12 for children 12 and under. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

HAMLET through May 20. The Rubicon Theatre presents the most-quoted of Shakespeare’s work, the timeless tale of an angsty Dane, a rotting empire, love, lust, deceit and murder most foul…Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 East Main St., Ventura. www.rubicontheatre.org. 667-2900.

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, through June 2. The Ojai Art Center Theater presents Wendy Wasserstein\’s humorous and touching portrait of a woman\’s journey through life. The Pulitzer Prize-winning memorable and enlightening portrait of a women of her generation and her male relationships follows Heidi from the heady 1960s through the consciousness-raising groups of the 1970s to the myth of the superwoman in the 1980s. $18 general, $15 students, seniors and members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797. Visit online at www.OjaiACT.org.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, JR Fridays-Sundays, May 18-27. The Curtain Call Youth Theatre kicks off its spring performances with their own take on this classic tale of family and tradition. $10 general, $5 kids 12 and under. Camarillo Community Theatre, 330 Skyway Dr., Camarillo Airport, Camarillo. www.curtaincallyt.com. 388-5716.

LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, May 18-June 17. The High Street Arts Center in Moorpark present Neil Simon’s comedy starring Ron Rezac, Amy Jennings, Dawn Meyer, and Vivien Latham. Directed by George Kralemann. $15 adults, $12 seniors/students, $8 children 12 and under. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-2084. Visit online at www.highstreetartscenter.com.

Film

12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST Sunday, May 20, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screen the Romanian comedy about a television host searching for guests to feature on his anniversary special dealing with the 1989 revolution. $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 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 May 12-June 17, “La Crème des Artistes.” An open theme show in which our members exhibit their most recent artwork. 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 “American Icon.” An exhibit featuring canvases made from rescued American flags by owner-artist David Schwartz. 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 May 25, new female figures by Lynne Creighton. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St,

CAFÉ ON A 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. Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER May 19-June 10, “Artistic QUintent.” Five artistsw from the studio of Phyllis Doyon will exhibit. Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm. 3150 Ponderosa Dr., Camarillo. 445-7061.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 2pm-3pm, or by appointment. Building #18, Ventura St, Cal State University Channel Islands, Camarillo. www.studiochannel islands.org. 383-1368.

CSUCI through June 7, “New Perspectives. An exhibition of faculty art. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. 92 Palm Dr., Camarillo. 437-8863.

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 Free. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.diva passion.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 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 through June 29, “Abstract Naturalists and Images of Women.” Group exhibit of paintings and sculptures. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. 523-7957.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Admission is free. Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Call for extended evening and weekend viewing. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. (805) 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST Open daily 9am-9pm. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S 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.

LOVE HOUSE GALLERY through July 31, “A Celebration of Moments: a Joyful Look at the Innocence of Life.” Over 30 watercolors by Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia (featured artist) as well as other works by Irena Jablonski, Debra Louise, Marlon Van Cott, Karen L. Brown, Diane Atturio and Gwenlyn Norton. 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

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

NATHAN LARRAMENDY through May 26, “Black Light.” New paintings by Ruth Pastine, investigating the presence of light and color by exploring the darkest hues of the color system. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6pm, Monday-Tuesday by appointment only. 107 S.Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

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

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

OJAI VALLEY 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through June 18, “Liquid Motion.” A gathering of artists of all mediums whose work has been influenced by the fluidity of life and water. 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 May 17-June 24, \”Regeneration.\” New works of art by Lynn LeTourneau. 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 June 30, Four Exhibitions: “Primal Visions,” paintings by Carole Milton, in the J. Handel Evans Gallery; “Celebrating 50 Years of Clay” by the Ventura County Potters’ Guild, and “Women Working, a Juried Exhibition” by Women Painters West, in the O’Keeffee Gallery; “60 Years of Engraving,” the work of Barbara Fumagalli, in the Gerd Koch Gallery; “Historic Archives of the Ventura County Potters’ Guild” in the Hallway Galleries. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

SCIART WEST through June 3, “Salute to Oxnard.” The recently opened Oxnard annex to the Studio Channel Islands Art Center features a show of work by Oxnard area artists. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm or by appointment. 519 S. C. St, Oxnard.

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 through June 3, “Roland Reiss.” Solo exhibit by Roland Reiss, a sculptor and painter from Southern California. 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.

VENTURA VISITORS CENTER April 28-May 20, “Ventura Sunsets and Local Scenes.” New paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick. Open daily. Ventura Visitors Center, 89 S. California St., Ventura.

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

Call for Art

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.

IS THIS OUR LAND? Deadline June 1,10am. Ojai Art Center’s annual juried group photography show calls for submissions on the topic of artists’ visions of our land from the grand to the not-so-grand. $12 fee per entry. Ojai Art Center,113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. More info: www.bearwoodimages.com/photoshowcall.php

RED BRICK GALLERY SEEKS ARTISTS New large downtown Ventura gallery is seeking artists with work in any medium for upcoming 2007-2008 exhibits. Please apply with a cohesive body of work with at least 8 pieces in the same theme. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400. www.redbrickart.com.

BLACK & WHITE deadline June 18, 4-7pm. The Artists’ Union Gallery invites work without hue or chromo, no tinge or tint. Think shadow and light. Show will run June 23-Juy 29. Call 402-3724.

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 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

DANCING FOR DARFUR Saturday, May 19, 8pm. Members of the Genocide Awareness Club from Oaks Christian High School host a Dancing for Darfur benefit. 100% of proceeds aid suffering children in Darfur region of Sudan. High school students, must show ID. $40. Westlake Hyatt Hotel, Westlake Village. 449-0044.

MUSEUM SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS The Museum of Ventura County currently accepts registration for their summer sessions of Chumash Youth and Art Start programs. Chumash Youth sessions are June 18-22 and June 25-29, and are for students entering fourth or fifth grade. Art Start sessions are July 9-13 for students in grades 3-5, and July 16-20 for students in 6-8 grades. Programs held 9am-noon. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 ext 23.

YOGA AND MUSIC TOGETHER Classes for parents and their children last from one day-nine weeks. Classes include Beginning Yoga, Mondays, 9:15- 10:15am; Yoga Levels 1 and 2, Tuesdays, 5-6 pm; and Gentle Movement, Tuesdays, 6:15-6:45pm. Music Together offered Mondays, 11:15am-noon, Tuesdays 10:30-11:15am, and Wednesdays, 11:45am-12:30pm. Music Together classes are for children, newborn-kindergarten, and the adults who love them. Other classes include: Rhythm-the Beat of Life, Drumming Basics, Music Fundamentals, and Beginning Beading. Call for complete schedule and fees. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

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

ARCHAEOLOGY DAY Sunday, May 20, 1:30-3pm. The Museum of Ventura County and the Albinger Archaeological Museum dig up an afternoon of hands-on activities for the entire family. Docent led events include artifact examinations, a scavenger hunt, crafts, and a demonstration of professional excavation methods. 100 E. Main St., Downtown Ventura. 648-5823.

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 www.carlvc.org.

Lectures/Seminars

TORTURE AND THE FUTURE Friday, May 18, 10am. University of California, Santa Barbara, continue their Critical Issues in America series with a conference featuring humanities scholars from across the country. Topics include Torture Thoughts: The Example Set by Ruth First from her Interrogation in 1963 to her assassination in 1982; Due Process and Lethal Confinement; Torture, Democracy and Our Future; Lawyering for Humanity; and Torture is the Ticking Time Bomb. Free. Multi-cultural Center, UCSB. 893-4260. Visit online at www.complit.ucsb.edu/projects/tortureandthefuture/index.html.

THE ORIGINS OF LEGAL LANGUAGE Saturday, May 19, 10am-noon. Lifelong Learning Institute complete their Intellectual buffet lecture series. De-mystify the language of the law by exploring its origins across the Atlantic, current trends to adopt plain English in contracts and jury instructions. Students better understand the intricacies of the language of the law. $10. California State University Channel Islands, Extended Education Center, 501 Marin St., Thousand Oaks. 437-2748.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, 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.

SEMINAL THINKERS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY Monday-May 21, 7pm. Four-week class on four significant thinkers of the 19th Century: Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Georg Wilhelm Hegel of Germany, and Soren Kierkegaard of Denmark. Mondays through June 11. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

QUALITY OF LIFE IN VENTURA COUNTY Tuesday, May 22, 7:30am. The Ventura County Civic Alliance at California Lutheran University unveil their 2007 Report. A panel of speakers discuss quality of life issues in Ventura County, including social, economical, health and environmental. $25, includes copy of report. Lundring Events Center, CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 988-0196 ext. 130.

IS INDIA SHINING? Wednesday, May 23, 7-8:30pm. The Global Exchange Program of Thousand Oaks presents a lecture by Dr. Vinay Lal, Professor of History and Asian American Studies at UCLA, who discusses the emergence of the sleeping giant, wide-scale unrest and the dire consequences of privatization and increasing violence of the region. Free. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR VISITOR CENTER VOLUNTEERS Outgoing individuals are sought to field telephone calls, greet visitors, answer questions, give directions and provide general information about Channel Islands Harbor and the surrounding communities. Come share your knowledge while enjoying the view. 2741 S. Victoria Avenue, Ste. F, Fisherman\’s Wharf, Channel Islands Harbor. 985-4852.

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 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

CALIFORNIA GOLD COAST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY WORKSHOP Wednesday-Friday, May 16-18, 9am-4:30pm. Workshop held in conjunction with annual May membership show. Workshop instructor: Peggy Morgan Stenmark, nationally recognized watercolor artist. $60 per day, $150 all three days. Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 A Borchard Road, Thousand Oaks. 527-2119.

OJAI TASTES Friday, May 18, 7pm. Get ready for the summer with grilling with Ojai honey. $35. Upcoming classes: Lunch and a Class, Saturday, May 19, noon-A cooking challenge with five items from Trader Joe\’s and four possible meals, $40; and Wine and Tapas, Sunday, May 20, 6:30pm-Make tapas and enjoy them with a glass of wine, $30. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm. The group is looking for men who like to sing to join their Barbershop Chorus. Wilson Park Center, 350 N. C St., Oxnard. 650-9940.

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.

Sports

YOUTH TROUT FISHING DERBY Saturday, May 19, 7:30am. The Ojai Chapter of the Los Padres Forest Association hold their third annual youth derby for boys and girls ages 4-21. First, second and third prizes awarded in three ages categories: 4-9, 10-15, and 16-21. $7 advance, $10 day of event. Both lakes, Rose Valley, Upper Ojai. 630-9977.

CAMARILLO FAMILY YMCA INAUGURAL BIKE RIDES Sunday, May 20, 7am. The Camarillo Family YMCA hold their inaugural 63-mile and 12-mile fun bike ride to benefit Campaign for Youth, helping low income families and individuals participate in YMCA programs. Riders of all levels are encouraged to participate. Both rides begin at the Camarillo Family YMCA and travel through surrounding cities. Early bird fee $40.00 includes a wicking t-shirt. Family fun ride open to families with children 13-17 years of age. Cost per family $45. Registration 7am, century ride begins at 8am. Family ride begins 10:30am. 3111 Village at the Park Drive, Camarillo. 484-0423.

Literature/Poetry

BLACK AND WHITE AND READ ALL OVER Saturday, May 19, 7-9pm. Avocado Press presents a celebration of poetry and literature featuring an open mic and guest performances. The fund-raiser for the Carpinteria Valley Arts Center features guest artists Maureen Foley, William Abbott, David Paige and others. $5. 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria.

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.

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.

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~ HAPPENINGS ~

VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL May 3-May 13. The festival celebrates thirteen seasons by bringing world-class talent to Ventura. Experience the best music from around the world, including a special, one-night only performance by the legendary jazz singer Diane Schurr, Saturday, May 5, 8 p.m., Ventura Mission Church, 500 High Point Drive. Friday, May 4 & 11, 3 p.m: Festival Brass Quintet, Nona\’s Courtyard Café, 67 S. California St. Afternoon includes an elegant English high tea; Friday, May 4, 8 p.m: Dorian Wind Quintet, First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St.; Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m: Pearl Django. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive; Monday, May 7, 7:30 p.m: Italian pianist Giuseppe Albanese, San Buenaventura Mission, 211 E. Main St.; Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m: Nuvi Mehta and friends present a classic evening of chamber music, Community Presbyterian Church, 1555 Poli St.; Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m: Local talent Andrew Janss with Escher String Quartet and Sean Chen perform a Rising Stars Concert, First United Methodist Church, 1385 E. Santa Clara St.; Friday, May 11, 8 p.m: Quartetto Gelato, Community Presbyterian Church; Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m: Nuvi Mehta conducts The Festival Orchestra with master violinist Corey Cerovsek, Ventura High School, 2155 E. Main St.; Sunday, May 13, 11 a.m.: Croatian guitarist Ana Vidovic performs on Mother\’s Day, Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road. Tickets may be purchased through the Ventura Music Festival offices at 648-3146 or online at www.venturamusicfestival.org.

SELF/CELL May 5, 7 p.m. A multimedia reading to toast the publication of a new book. Event features a screening of images by Aline Mare and a reading by Olivia E. Sears with musical accompaniment by Craig Bickness and a special reading by local writer and publisher Jane Handel. Nathan Larramendy Gallery, 107 S. Signal St., 646-2750.

Special Events

CONEJO VALLEY DAYS & PARADE Thursday, May 3, 5-10pm, Friday, May 4, 5pm-midnight, Saturday, May 5, noon-midnight, and Sunday, May 6, noon-8pm. Annual celebration includes a carnival with ten new rides, Conejo X Motocross, Foghat in concert, an all-new Kidz Corner with rides, entertainment and petting zoo, Super Dog show Saturday-Sunday, and a marketplace with over 100 exhibitors. Feast at the all-new food court, enjoy on-going music, dancing, games and more during the weekend celebration. Conejo Valley Day Parade takes place Saturday, May 5, 9am, and features nearly 100 entries traveling along the Thousand Oaks Boulevard route. Classic cars, floats, marching units and clowns. $7 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 children 6-12, children under 6 free. Ride wristbands $25 Thursday-Friday, $35 Saturday, $30 Sunday. Conejo Creek Park South, Janss Road exit off the 23 Freeway. Visit online at www.conjeovalleydays.com.

SANTA PAULA CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION Friday-Sunday, May 4-6. The City of Santa Paul celebrates Cinco de Mayo with three events. Friday, May 4, 5:30pm-dusk, Cruise Night on Main Street brings classic cars from 1975 and earlier to Main Street. The Fillmore and Western Railroad joins the fun with the Shake, Rattle and Rail train. Main Street comes alive Saturday, May 5, with a day of music, dancing, sales, cooking contests, museum exhibits, trolley rides, jeep tours and more. Sunday, May 6, local aviation history comes alive during the First Sunday at the Santa Paula Airport, 10am-3pm. 525-1890.

MA DUNCAN CRIME INVESTIGATION BUS TOUR Saturday, May 5, 10am-3:30pm. The Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau and The City of Ventura Recreation Department kicks off their Discover Ventura tours with this popular bus tour. Retrace this crime of the century abduction, murder and trial! Bus departs from Ventura\’s City Hall for an early lunch at Ruby\’s Diner in Santa Barbara, near the Tropical Café where the crime was plotted. Visit the scene of abduction and victim\’s final resting place, then return to City Hall to hear audio recordings of the trial. Cultural Interpreter: Glenda Jackson. $30. City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura. 648-2075.

MARTIAL ARTS EXPO Saturday, May 5, 10am-4pm. The Ventura College Physical Education Department presents this fund-raiser featuring sixteen exciting demonstrations by Ventura County martial arts instructors and local law enforcement instructors. Information tables allow the general public to obtain information about the schools and classes. $2, under 4 years free. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 320-0177.

THE FIGHT FOR CHINA Saturday, May 5, 10am-4pm. The Commemorative Air Force, Southern California Wing, WWII Aviation Museum will celebrate the homecoming of the museum’s real Japanese Zero (used in the movie “Pearl Harbor”) that has been out of state for a year. There will be flyovers for the visitors and photographers. Pilots of these famous aircrafts will also be available to answer questions. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Dr. at Eubanks St., Camarillo. 482-0064.

OJAI VALLEY GARDEN TOUR 2007 Saturday, May 5, 10am-4pm. The annual self0guided fund-raiser features five private gardens in the Ojai Valley. $20 advance general, $15 seniors, $25 day of event. 646-8126.

CAMARILLO HOSPICE SPRING GARDEN TOUR Sunday, May 6, noon-5pm. Camarillo Hospice holds their eleventh annual Spring Garden Tour featuring five private home gardens in Camarillo, as well as live music, free refreshments, a boutique, and opportunity drawings. All proceeds fund the free hospice and grief support services of Camarillo Hospice. $20 advance, $25 door. 389-6870.

MOORPARK ARTS FESTIVAL Sunday, May 6, 11am-5pm. The annual festival offers fun for the whole family and showcases interactive arts for children, including pastel and color pencil drawing, exploring the world of cartooning, ceramics, art and photography, plus readings, recitations and poetry. Entertainment includes local bands, dance troupes, musicians and performing groups from Moorpark College. Additional events include Oodles and Doodles of Art, an Old Town Breakfast and Bakery art exhibit and jazz performance, and a Fine Art of Indulgence: Outrageous chocolate at 1pm. Free. Moorpark Civic Center, 699 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6260.

Performances

CAPITOL STEPS May 2-3, 8pm. The Steps fashion hilarious skits and song parodies lampooning whatever is on the front pages. $27.50-$37.50. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. 963-0761. www.lobero.com.

GREASE Thursday-Saturday, May 3-5, 7pm, and Sunday, May 6, 2pm. The Ventura High School Drama Department present their spring musical. Grease is the word for the students and faculty or Rydell High when tough guy Danny falls for sweet and innocent Sandy. $7 adults, $5 students. Ventura High School Auditorium, 2 N. Catalina St., Ventura. 641-5116, ext. 1114.

MOULIN ROUGE Thursday-Saturday, May 3-5 and 10-12, 7pm, and Sunday, May 6, 3pm. The Buena High School Drama Department present their original stage adaptation starring Kellen Burden as Christian and Jamie Allen as Satine. $7 adults, $5 students. Doors open 6:30pm. Buena McConnel Auditorium, 5670 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 289-1826.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Thursday, May 3, 7:30pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation present Gilbert & Sullivan’s popular operetta by the Cal Rosa Opera. The award-winning revived production features stunning new period costumes, staging and designs. With magnificent send-ups of grand opera, the show presents a topsy-turvy plot involving a band of orphaned pirates; a Major General who doesn\’t know his rifles from his javelins; the flat-footed Cornish Constabulary; a bevy of blushing maidens; and the dashing Frederic. $44-29. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-2787.

AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION PRESENTATION Friday, May 4, 7:30pm. A lively combination of wuality live music and fascinating history, showcasing the Finnish kantele, with its distinctive structure and sound. Free. Overton Hall, Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 241-1051.

RAJ RATHOR Saturday, May 5, 7:30pm. Guitarist and composer Rathor performs in concert at the Oak Grove School outdoor Pavilion stage. Rathor\’s unique and exciting compositions have earned him a reputation for guitar virtuosity among a growing following of fans and in the eyes of fellow performers such as Mick Fleetwood, Kenny Loggins, and Al Jarreau. Part of the school\’s Community Arts and Lecture Series. Free. Oak Grove School, 220 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai. 646-8236.

DISNEY\’S ALADDIN JR. Friday-Saturday, 7:30pm, and Sunday, 12:30 and 4pm, May 4-10. The Young Artists Ensemble Present their production of Disney\’s Aladdin Jr. Fly away on a magic carpet to a whole new world filled with magic and mayhem. Disney\’s Aladdin Jr. features a marvelous score containing all the songs you know and love from the award-winning film such as “A Whole New World,” “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali.” Adults $16.50 evening, $13.50 matinee, children/students/seniors $13.50 evening, $11.50 matinee. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, May 4-5. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

PETER PAN Saturday, May 5, 11am and 4pm, and Sunday, May 6, 2pm. The all-volunteer Gypsies in a Trunk open its thirteenth season of free Fairy Tales in the Park with a tale of a wacky trio of western rascals and their lovable ranch hand who get caught up in a hilarious story of the Wild, Wild West meets Never, Never Land. Loads of fun for the entire family. May 5: Foxfield Park, Westlake Village, 11am, and Rancho Simi Amphitheater, Rancho Simi Community Park, corner of Erringer and Royal, 4pm; May 6: Harbor View Park, Channel Islands Harbor, 2pm. Repeats Saturday, May 12, 11:30am, Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., and 4pm, Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura. Ample seating available. You may bring blankets, lunch or snacks. Please leave pets at home. Pass the hat. (661) 718-3968.

RENT Saturday, May 5, 5 and 9pm, and Sunday, May 6, 2 and 7pm. Theater League presents Jonathan Larsen’s Broadway musical based on Puccini’s classic opera La Boehme. Set in New York’s bohemian Lower East Side, Rent follows a group of friends and strangers as they tackle life, love, and AIDS. $49-$36. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 583-8700. Visit online at www.theaterleague.com.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Saturday, May 5, 7pm, and Sunday, May 6, 2pm. Ventura County Ballet Company presents an enchanting ballet certain to delight the entire family. Artistic director, Colleen O\’Callaghan and choreographer Marina Fliagina direct the fairy tale ballet presented in two acts featuring guest artists from State Street Ballet and 90 dancers from Ballet Academy Ventura. A free Prince & Princess Tea follows the Sunday Matinee where children can meet ballet stars and obtain autographs and pictures. $23-$9. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 486-2424.

CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS CHOIR Sunday, May 6, 4pm. The choir performs Serenade to Music and selections from Dona Nobis Pacem, both by Vaughn Williams, English Madrigals, Taiwanese Folk Songs, Spirituals, and music by Emma Lou Diemer, a composer from Santa Barbara. St. Columba\’s Episcopal Church, 1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. 643-8430.

NEW MUSIC Tuesday, May 8, 8pm. A concert showcasing the best and brightest of Ventura College’s music students. Free. Ventura College Theater, Ventura College, Ventura. 640-1575.

Theater

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE April 13-May 13. The classic tale of two well meaning but murderous old women and their charming but suspicious nephew. $17 adults, $13 seniors, $8 students, military and children 12 and younger. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Food Share and receive a free bag of popcorn from the snack bar. 330 Skyway Dr. (inside the airport), Camarillo. 388-5716.

I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER through May 27. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the classic American drama about the delicate relationship that exists between father and son, examining the obligations and love that simultaneously binds them together and pushes them further apart. Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 2:30 pm. $18 for adults, $15 seniors and students, $12 for children 12 and under. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula. 525-4645.

HAMLET April 26 – May 20. The Rubicon Theatre presents the most-quoted of Shakespeare’s work, the timeless tale of an angsty Dane, a rotting empire, love, lust, deceit and murder most foul…Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 East Main St., Ventura. www.rubicontheatre.org. 667-2900.

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, May 4-June 2. The Ojai Art Center Theater presents Wendy Wasserstein\’s humorous and touching portrait of a woman\’s journey through life. The Pulitzer Prize-winning memorable and enlightening portrait of a women of her generation and her male relationships follows Heidi from the heady 1960s through the consciousness-raising groups of the 1970s to the myth of the superwoman in the 1980s. $18 general, $15 students, seniors and members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797. Visit online at www.OjaiACT.org.

Auditions

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLE Thursday-Sunday, May 3-6. The Performance Theater for Young Artists hold auditions for the musical by appointment only. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. 653-1962.

Film

PRIVATE Thursday, May 3, 7pm. The Campaign to End Israel\’s Aggression continues their film series. Foster Library Topping, Room 651, E. Main St, Ventura.

A.N.S.W.E.R. FILM SERIES Thursday, May 3, 7:30pm. First Thursday of every month. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura. (323) 464-1636.

THE ITALIAN Sunday, May 6, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens award-winning Russian drama about a six-year-old orphan who would rather search for his birth mother than be adopted by Italians. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors, free to members with ID. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

PAN’S LABYRINTH Wednesday, May 9. A screening of acclaimed MExian director Guillermo del Toro’s fiary tale for adults. Winner of three Academy Awards, the dreamlike film dpicts parallel worlds where the harshness of reality far outweighs the young protagonist’s elaborate and sometimes nightmarish fantasy life. $6. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

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 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 May 6, “Best of the Artwalk.” Featuring 19 of the artists shown during Spring ArtWalk. 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 “American Icon.” An exhibit featuring canvases made from rescued American flags by owner-artist David Schwartz. 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 May 5-25, new female figures by Lynne Creighton. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St,

CAFÉ ON A 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. Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 2pm-3pm, or by appointment. Building #18, Ventura St, Cal State University Channel Islands, Camarillo. www.studiochannel islands.org. 383-1368.

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 Free. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.diva passion.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 Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.

HERZOG WINE Features a new series of diverse art work, including oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists, is on display. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY 11 East High Street, Moorpark. 523-7957.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Admission is free. Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Call for extended evening and weekend viewing. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. (805) 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST Open daily 9am-9pm. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S 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.

LOVE HOUSE GALLERY through July 31, “A Celebration of Moments: a Joyful Look at the Innocence of Life.” Over 30 watercolors by Dr. Priscilla Partridge de Garcia (featured artist) as well as other works by Irena Jablonski, Debra Louise, Marlon Van Cott, Karen L. Brown, Diane Atturio and Gwenlyn Norton. 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 641-0022.

MCNISH ART GALLERY Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.

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

NATHAN LARRAMENDY through May 26, “Black Light.” New paintings by Ruth Pastine, investigating the presence of light and color by exploring the darkest hues of the color system. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6pm, Monday-Tuesday by appointment only. 107 S.Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

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

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

OJAI VALLEY 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through 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. May 7-June 18, “Liquid Motion.” A gathering of artists of all mediums whose work has been influenced by the fluidity of life and water. 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 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.

SCIART WEST through June 3, “Salute to Oxnard.” The recently opened Oxnard annex to the Studio Channel Islands Art Center features a show of work by Oxnard area artists. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm or by appointment. 519 S. C. St, Oxnard.

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 through June 3, “Roland Reiss.” Solo exhibit by Roland Reiss, a sculptor and painter from Southern California. 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.

VENTURA VISITORS CENTER April 28-May 20, “Ventura Sunsets and Local Scenes.” New paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick. Open daily. Ventura Visitors Center, 89 S. California St., Ventura.

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

Call for Art

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.

IS THIS OUR LAND? Deadline June 1,10am. Ojai Art Center’s annual juried group photography show calls for submissions on the topic of artists’ visions of our land from the grand to the not-so-grand. $12 fee per entry. Ojai Art Center,113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. More info: www.bearwoodimages.com/photoshowcall.php

RED BRICK GALLERY SEEKS ARTISTS New large downtown Ventura gallery is seeking artists with work in any medium for upcoming 2007-2008 exhibits. Please apply with a cohesive body of work with at least 8 pieces in the same theme. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400. www.redbrickart.com.

ART ABOUT AIDS EXHIBIT drop off Wednesday, May 16, 10am-noon, 4pm-6:30pm, and Thursday, May 17, 6pm-8pm. Seeking art addressing safe, sensual sexuality for this second annual exhibit. All mediums welcome (paint, print, sculpture, photography, poetry, performance, multimedia, etc.). Raise awareness, eyebrows, curiosity and hope. This exhibition is the Kickoff for AIDSWALK for Life, benefiting AIDS PROJECT Ventura County and will be held the evening of Friday May 18th at Architexture Salon in Ventura. 10% of Art Sales benefit APVC. Performers and poets please contact us about opportunities. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance, 4567 Telephone Rd., Ste. 100, Ventura. 339-6344 ext. 108.

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 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

MUSEUM SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS The Museum of Ventura County currently accepts registration for their summer sessions of Chumash Youth and Art Start programs. Chumash Youth sessions are June 18-22 and June 25-29, and are for students entering fourth or fifth grade. Art Start sessions are July 9-13 for students in grades 3-5, and July 16-20 for students in 6-8 grades. Programs held 9am-noon. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 ext 23.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY AUDITIONS Thursday-Friday, May 3-4. The Performance Theater for Young Artists hold auditions for the summer youth production. By appointment only. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. 653-1962.

BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturdays through May 12, 10:15am-12pm. The classes return with all new projects and gallery activities to help kids aged 7-12 learn about the elements of art, and to use these elements to create a related art project to take home. $2 per class, adults free. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. 385-8171.

STUDIO ART CLASSES FOR TEENS Saturdays through May 12, 1:30pm-4pm. These classes offer teens aged 13-18 the opportunity to apply the elements of art and design while exploring a variety of media. $10 per class. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. 385-8171.

YOGA AND MUSIC TOGETHER Classes for parents and their children last from one day-nine weeks. Classes include Beginning Yoga, Mondays, 9:15- 10:15am; Yoga Levels 1 and 2, Tuesdays, 5-6 pm; and Gentle Movement, Tuesdays, 6:15-6:45pm. Music Together offered Mondays, 11:15am-noon, Tuesdays 10:30-11:15am, and Wednesdays, 11:45am-12:30pm. Music Together classes are for children, newborn-kindergarten, and the adults who love them. Other classes include: Rhythm-the Beat of Life, Drumming Basics, Music Fundamentals, and Beginning Beading. Call for complete schedule and fees. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

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 www.carlvc.org.

Lectures/Seminars

EVOLUTION, CREATIONISM, AND INTELLIGENT DESIGN Saturday, May 5, 10am-noon. Lifelong Learning Institute complete their Intellectual buffet lecture series with this discussion. A significant segment of the U.S. population rejects the concept of evolution, developed over 150 years ago and since confirmed by scientific findings. Opponents try to block its teaching in schools, and offer different versions of Creationism, including Intelligent Design, as alternative curricula. $10. California State University Channel Islands, Extended Education Center, 501 Marin St., Thousand Oaks. 437-2748.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6, 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 AFTERNOON WITH WILL SHORTZ Sunday, May 6, 4pm. Join Will Shortz, the only academically accredited puzzle master in the world, for a stimulating program that will include brainteasers, puzzles, word games and audience participation. He is the subject of the acclaimed 2006 documentary “Wordplay.” $35 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

READY, SET, GO: HERE THEY COME READY OR NOT Monday, May 7, 6-9pm. The Teacher Talk Workshop Series concludes with this lecture. $20 door. Horizon Hills Auditorium, 33 Greta, Thousand Oaks, 492-8837, ext. 4033.

THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF HERITAGE SQUARE Tuesday, May 8, 5pm. New facts about Oxnard’s Heritage Square have surfaced shedding new light on some of Oxnard’s early families. The research recently compiled by historian Jill Dolan of Ojai is the subject of this fascinating free one-hour lecture. Heritage Square Hall, 715 S. A St., Oxnard. 483-7960.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR VISITOR CENTER VOLUNTEERS Outgoing individuals are sought to field telephone calls, greet visitors, answer questions, give directions and provide general information about Channel Islands Harbor and the surrounding communities. Come share your knowledge while enjoying the view. 2741 S. Victoria Avenue, Ste. F, Fisherman\’s Wharf, Channel Islands Harbor. 985-4852.

Health

PSORIASIS & ECZEMA LECTURE Thursday, May 3, 6:30-8:30pm. Join former Psoriasis and Eczema sufferer Joseph Tajalle as he talks about his journey to discovering the root cause of psoriasis and eczema and how you can take control of your own healing. Lassens Natural Foods, 4071 E. Main St., Ventura. (951) 852-4034.

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 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.

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    August 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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    August 26 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
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    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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