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SENIOR TIME MAGAZINE WRITER TO DISCUSS POLITICS September 28, 8 p.m. Primary Colors author Joe Klein will give a presentation entitled, “Inside Washington: American Politics & Politicians.” $10. Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks. 493-3151.

THE LINK BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND DEMOCRACY September 28, 5:30-7 p.m. Francisco Alvarez-Gonzalez, CLU Spanish professor, will speak. Overton Hall, 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks. 493-3580.

OKTOBERFEST September 30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Beer tasting with more than 35 different samples, classic car show, food by JJ Brewsky’s, all at an 1892 Victorian ranch house. 21 and older. $20. Camarillo Ranch House, 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. 482-4396.

Thursday, September 27

Classes

YOGADANCE WORKOUT ongoing. 8:15am. All levels welcome. $7 drop-in fee. ZanZilla, 2750 E. Main St., Ventura. 890-4863. www.zanzillasyoga.com.

LIFE DESIGN OJAI Wednesdays 9:15-11:30am through Nov. 21. A place where women can gather to learn more about God, share life journeys and get childcare. $25. Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro, Ojai. 646-7471.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS ongoing, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 8-9pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

Groups & Clubs

12-STEP SURVIVORS OF INCEST ANONYMOUS ongoing, 5:30-6:30pm. Group for men and women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. 133 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 893-3322.

COOPERATIVE PARENTING AND DIVORCE PROGRAM ongoing, 6:30pm. Presented by Jewish Family Service to teach parents how to shield children from parental conflict and establish “co-parent”hood. 1815 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 nonmembers. 445-4526.

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

DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP ongoing. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self-esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344, ext 301.

Sports

PING-PONG ongoing, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm. Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. 646-8162.

Friday, September 28

Classes

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES ongoing, 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.

RETIREMENT PLAN SPONSORS: FULFILLING YOUR ROLE AS AN EMPLOYER-FIDUCIARY 7:30-9am. Learn what it means and why it’s important. Presented by Landegger Baron Lavenant law corporation. Free. Camarillo Courtyard by Marriott, 4994 Verdugo Way, Camarillo. (818) 986-7561, ext. 16.

Family

FAMILY FUN DAY 12:30pm-4pm. $4 per child, 18 months and older, $2 per adult. Ventura College Child Development Center, Ventura College Campus, Ventura. 648-8930.

Saturday, September 29

ACTIVISTS UNITE 3:30-7:30pm. Enjoy local hors d’oevres and wine, an award winning short film, lively conversation and a fantastic silent auction. Sunrise Birthing Center, 12 N. Ash St., Ventura. 477-8837.

KENSINGTON FOUNDATION’S DIXIELAND RIVERBOAT DINNER 6pm. The pediatric acute rehabilitation nonprofit presents comedians, music and fabulous food. $65. Crowne Plaza, Ventura. www.kensingtonfoundation.org. 656-6996.

MOONLIGHT AT THE RANCH 6pm. 26 restaurants will serve samples to guests. Live music, dancing, skits and poetry. $50 per person. www.santapaulachamber.com. 525-5561. Limoneira Company Ranch, Santa Paula.

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK ongoing, 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.

Markets & Shows

BOOK SALE 11am-5pm. New and used book sale and launch of local historian Powell Greenland’s “Ventura County’s Maritime Legacy.” 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 984-6260.

CERTIFIED MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA ongoing, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara and Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.

Groups & Clubs

LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 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.

VENTURA AUDOBON SOCIETY SANTA CRUZ ISLAND JOINT TRIP 9am. Leave from Ventura Harbor. $46. 642-1393

VENTURA COUNTY HANDWEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD 9:30am. Free. Open to the public. 701 S. Del Norte Blvd., units 115 & 120, Oxnard. 527-1915.

Sunday, September 30

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK see: Saturday, Sept. 29.

Markets & Shows

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

Groups & Clubs

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CONEJO VALLEY GARDEN PARTY FUNDRAISER 12-3pm. Christine Pelosi, daughter of the speaker of the house, will speak. Deli board buffet, dessert and beverage. Silent auction. $30-55. Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks. 675-8785.

Stepping Out

POPPING FUSES DANCE STYLES Sundays through Sept. 30, 3:30-4:45pm. Four workshops fusing break dance and belly dance. Presented by Moorpark College Associated Students Club, open to the public. $5 – $15 per workshop. Bodysattva Studio, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Ste. 211, Thousand Oaks. 497-9734.

Monday, October 1

Classes

YOGA AT BOULDERDASH ongoing, 7:30-9pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10. 557-1300.

Groups & Clubs

SIERRA GROUP MORNING WALKS ongoing, Mondays. 8:30am. Three to five-mile walk conducted at various sites in Ventura-Ojai area. 643-0270.

CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB ongoing, noon. The club meets at Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd.

GOOD GRIEF GROUP ongoing, 10:30am. Group open to all people 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.

Tuesday, October 2

Classes

VENTURA SUNRISE TOASTMASTERS Tuesday mornings, 6:30am. Let us help you develop speaking, presentation and meeting management skills — we’ll help you find your voice. Carrow’s Cafe and Bakery, 2401 Harbor Blvd (at Seaward), Ventura. 509-4736.

WATERCOLOR PAINTING Tuesdays through Oct. 30, 9am-noon. Roberta Andrino teaches the 8-week course. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

NEI GUNG ongoing, 9:30am-11am. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458.

BUILDING BETTER BALANCE ongoing, 9:30-10:30am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and work on improving posture and balance. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

STRENGTH TRAINING ongoing, 10-11am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and workout to build better bones, balance and strength. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

TAI CHI SHORT FORM ongoing, 6:30-8pm. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458.

PLATING & GARNISHES 6:30pm. In this Culinary Basics class, Chef David Cagnacci teaches basic and unique ideas for professionally presenting your food creations. $30. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS see: Thursday, Sept. 27.

OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 8-9pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

Groups & Clubs

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

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 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.

Dining

GOURMET BURGER AND MARTINI NIGHT ongoing, Tuesday nights. Enjoy whimsical drinks and grub, with a ‘design-your-own’ gourmet burger and an exhaustive, exciting martini menu. $10 each, burgers and martinis. Sidecar Restaurant, 3029 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-7433.

Stepping Out

COUNTRY LOVERS WESTERN DANCE CLUB ongoing. 6:30-9pm. All ages welcome. First-time visitors free. $3. Free to kids younger than 13. $5 taco dinner available. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Rd., Ventura. www.countrylovers.com. 647-1893.

Seniors

GOURD CLASS Tuesdays through Oct. 23. Class about covering, opening and decorating/dying gourds. Gourds and equipment provided. $20. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Wednesday, October 3

BINGO ongoing, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and older, 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.

Markets & Shows

CERTIFIED FARMER’S MARKET- VENTURA weekly, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.

Lectures & Seminars

OXNARD COLLEGE SPEAKERS LECTURE SERIES Wednesdays, 12:45-1:45 pm. Speakers include Lois Capps, poets Maria Melendez and Elijah Imlay, and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta. Free. 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1951.

Groups & Clubs

OPTIMISM 101 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1pm. A group to help focus on feeling more upbeat via fun projects, games and just plain looking around. Hosted by a retired social worker and teacher. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY FAMILY PROGRAM 3:30pm. Crafts and hobbies, presentation. HP Wright Library, 27 Day Rd., Ventura. 652-6219.

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE ongoing, 6:30-8pm. Group meetings, peer-led. Adult Wellness & Recovery Center, 56 E. Main St., Ste. 103, corner of Main Street & Ventura Avenue. 201-0619. 

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

ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. 445-4526.

INDEPENDENT THINKERS every first Wednesday. Informal discussion group covering philosophy, politics, psychology and more. All view points encouraged. 2231 Hyland Ave., Ventura. 653-1121.

Ongoing Events

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

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.

RED CROSS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH The public is invited to take a free online education module. www.redcross. org/BeRedCrossReady.

CEDC AIDS STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation offers a home ownership preservation campaign to help local homeowners avoid foreclosure. Range of services offered. 659-6868.

DOG/PUPPY ADOPTIONS 11am-4pm Saturdays. Sam’s Place Adoption Center, 3004 Telegraph Rd., Ventura. www.carlvc. org. 652-1001.

FREE BREAST EXAMS AND MAMMOGRAMS ongoing. If you are 40 years or older, low-income, have limited or no medical insurance, are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or other government-sponsored programs and live in California, you may be eligible. Clinicas del Camino Real, 1200 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. 640-8293.

HOMEOWNER & RENTER ASSISTANCE PLUS PROPERTY TAX POSTPONEMENT Tuesdays through Oct. 9, free assistance for completing Homeowner and Renter Assistance application forms. 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6200.

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

UNITED BLOOD SERVICES SEEKS DONATIONS Blood donations are low. If you are older than 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds, you may be able to donate. www.unitedbloodservices.org/centralcoast. 715-3699.

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

Museums

ALBINGER MUSEUM Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm. 113 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-5823.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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, multimedia 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 Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuseum4kids.org.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

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

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: $12 adults, $3 children 11-17, free children 10 and younger, $9 older than 62. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.

Volunteer

HUMANE SOCIETY The nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers for a variety of activities to mark its 75th anniversary, and to help continue in another 75 years of service. 646-6505, ext. 110.

CAREGIVERS Nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers to assist the homebound elderly once a week for 2-4 hours in Ventura, Oxnard, Pt. Hueneme, Santa Paula, Fillmore or Camarillo. 658-8530.

On the Horizon

CONTEST FOR KIDS postmarked no later than Sept. 30. Ventura County Transportation Commission asks students 14 to 20 years of age to write a simple script for Gordon, hero of VISTA bus-riding, for the chance to co-star in a TV commercial. www.goventura.org.

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GOLD COAST PIRATE FAIRE Sept. 22-23. 10am-6pm. TheWest Coast’s largest gathering of pirates, buccaneers and scoundrels — an exciting day of merriment with costumes, continuous entertainment, performers, merchants, artists and a well-stocked tavern and food court. $15 adults, $7 children younger than 12, $12 seniors, free kids 4 and younger. $5 parking. www.goldcoastfestivals.com. Lake Caistas, Ojai. 496-6036.

UN INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY IN OJAI Sept. 21-23. The people of Ojai present a special weekend event, “Living Peace in Ojai.” Friday, September 21: 7 p.m., peace vigil and screening of “Peace One Day,” Libbey Park; Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: open house at various locations; Sunday, September 23, 6 a.m.-noon, interfaith/spiritual gathering and celebration with sunrise meditation, service, music and chanting. www.LivingpeaceInOjai.com. 646-3508.

AYURVEDIC COOKING 6:30 p.m. Join Krista Neumann as she talks about and cooks foods to keep you in balance and healthy. $30. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Thursday, September 20

Classes

YOGADANCE WORKOUT ongoing. 8:15am. All levels welcome. $7 drop-in fee. ZanZilla, 2750 E. Main St., Ventura. 890-4863. www.zanzilla syoga.com.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS ongoing, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 8-9pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

Groups & Clubs

VENTURA COUNTY MARKETING PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING MEETING 6:30pm. Red Brick Gallery, 328 E. Main St., Ventura. RSVP. $10. 643-6400.

12-STEP SURVIVORS OF INCEST ANONYMOUS ongoing, 5:30-6:30pm. Group for men and women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. 133 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 893-3322.

COOPERATIVE PARENTING AND DIVORCE PROGRAM ongoing, 6:30pm. Presented by Jewish Family Service to teach parents how to shield children from parental conflict and establish “co-parent”hood. 1815 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

MIDTOWN VENTURA COMMUNITY COUNCIL GENERAL MEETING 7pm. Cooper Hall, Grace Church, 65 S. MacMillan Ave., Ventura. 649-9597.

ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 nonmembers. 445-4526.

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

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

DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP ongoing. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self-esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344, ext 301.

Sports

PING-PONG ongoing, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm. Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. 646-8162.

Friday, September 21

Classes

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES ongoing, 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.

Groups & Clubs

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ongoing. See: Thursday, Sept. 20.

Saturday, September 22

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK ongoing, 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.

Markets & Shows

CERTIFIED MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA ongoing, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara and Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.

Classes

ITALIAN FALL FOOD 1pm. Make a delicious Italian menu celebrating the fall and the delicious local foods available now. $50. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Groups & Clubs

VENTURA ORGANIC CLUB 6pm. Meet, harvest, exchange, bring ideas. Art Barn, 856 E. Thompson, Ventura. 648-4323.

LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 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.

AUDUBON SOCIETY BEGINNERS WALK 8:30am-10:30am. Meet at Emma Wood. 640-9037.

VENTURA COUNTY HANDWEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD 9:30am. Free. Open to the public. 701 S. Del Norte Blvd., units 115 & 120, Oxnard. 527-1915.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ongoing. See: Thursday, Sept. 20.

Stepping Out

DANCE JAM VENTURA’S 100th DANCE 7:30pm. Theme: “A Masked Dance.” $6; $1 16 and younger. 3026 Telegraph Rd., Ventura. 650-7112.

Sunday, September 23

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK see: Saturday, Sept. 22.

Markets & Shows

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

Classes

WINE & TAPAS 6:30pm. Make tapas and enjoy them with a glass of wine. $35. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Groups & Clubs

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ongoing. See: Thursday, Sept. 20.

Stepping Out

AUTUMN DANCE 50+ senior ballroom dance. $5 per person includes refreshments. Wilson Senior Center, 350 N. C St., Oxnard. 385-8028.

POPPING FUSES DANCE STYLES Sundays through Sept. 30, 3:30-4:45pm. Four workshops fusing break dance and belly dance. Presented by Moorpark College Associated Students Club, open to the public. $5 – $15 per workshop. Bodysattva Studio, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Ste. 211, Thousand Oaks. 497-9734.

Monday, September 24

Classes

LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP ongoing. A group to help build alliances, support and coping skills. Singles and couples welcome. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344, ext. 301.

YOGA AT BOULDERDASH ongoing, 7:30-9pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10. 557-1300.

Groups & Clubs

SIERRA GROUP MORNING WALKS ongoing, Mondays. 8:30am. Three to five-mile walk conducted at various sites in Ventura-Ojai area. 643-0270.

CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB ongoing, noon. The club meets at Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd.

GOOD GRIEF GROUP ongoing, 10:30am. Group open to all people 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.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ongoing. See: Thursday, Sept. 20.

Tuesday, September 25

Classes

VENTURA SUNRISE TOASTMASTERS Tuesday mornings, 6:30am. Let us help you develop speaking, presentation and meeting management skills — we\\\’ll help you find your voice. Carrow\\\’s Cafe and Bakery, 2401 Harbor Blvd (at Seaward), Ventura. 509-4736.

WATERCOLOR PAINTING Tuesdays through Oct. 30, 9am-noon. Roberta Andrino teaches the 8-week course. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

NEI GUNG ongoing, 9:30am-11am. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458.

BUILDING BETTER BALANCE ongoing, 9:30-10:30am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and work on improving posture and balance. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

STRENGTH TRAINING ongoing, 10-11am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and workout to build better bones, balance and strength. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

TAI CHI SHORT FORM ongoing, 6:30-8pm. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458.

PLATING & GARNISHES 6:30pm. In this Culinary Basics class, Chef David Cagnacci teaches basic and unique ideas for professionally presenting your food creations. $30. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS see: Thursday, Sept. 20.

OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 8-9pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

Groups & Clubs

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

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 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.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ongoing. See: Thursday, Sept. 20.

Dining

GOURMET BURGER AND MARTINI NIGHT ongoing, Tuesday nights. Enjoy whimsical drinks and grub, with a ‘design-your-own’ gourmet burger and an exhaustive, exciting martini menu. $10 each, burgers and martinis. Sidecar Restaurant, 3029 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-7433.

Stepping Out

COUNTRY LOVERS WESTERN DANCE CLUB ongoing. 6:30-9pm. All ages welcome. First-time visitors free. $3. Free to kids younger than 13. $5 taco dinner available. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Rd., Ventura. www.countrylovers.com. 525-3286.

Seniors

GOURD CLASS Tuesdays through Oct. 23. Class about covering, opening and decorating/dying gourds. Gourds and equipment provided. $20. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Wednesday, September 26

BINGO ongoing, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and older, 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.

Classes

MY DEAF EDUCATION 12:45-1:45pm. Will Scherzberg speaks on his educational experience as part of the Oxnard College Fall Lecture Series. Free. Clock Tower Auditorium, Oxnard College. 986-5800, ext. 1951.

ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR THE GROWING BUSINESS 6pm-8:30pm. What it takes to secure it and what funding is available for your business. Ventura Workshop. Ventura Community College, 71 Day Rd., Ventura. www.vcsbdc.com. 648-8925.

Markets & Shows

CERTIFIED FARMER’S MARKET- VENTURA weekly, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.

Lectures & Seminars

OXNARD COLLEGE SPEAKERS LECTURE SERIES Wednesdays, 12:45-1:45 pm. Speakers include Lois Capps, poets Maria Melendez and Elijah Imlay, and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta. Free. 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1951.

AN EVENING WITH PATCH ADAMS 6pm. A nationally known speaker on wellness, laughter and humor. $30. CSUCI, Camarillo. Free parking and shuttle from the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Rd. parking lot, Camarillo. 437-8940.

IN NIGERIA WITH DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS 7-8:30pm. Dr. Tom Measles will discuss his experiences as a volunteer. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Rd., thousand Oaks. 497-0144.

Groups & Clubs

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE ongoing, 6:30-8pm. Group meetings, peer-led. Adult Wellness & Recovery Center, 56 E. Main St., Ste. 103, corner of Main Street & Ventura Avenue. 201-0619. 

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

LIFE DESIGN OJAI Wednesdays 9:15-11:30am through Nov. 21. A place where women can gather to learn more about God, share life journeys and get childcare. $25. Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro, Ojai. 646-7471.

ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. 445-4526.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS See: Thursday, Sept. 20.

Ongoing Events

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.

CEDC AIDS STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation offers a home ownership preservation campaign to help local homeowners avoid foreclosure. Range of services offered. 659-6868.

DOG/PUPPY ADOPTIONS 11am-4pm Saturdays. Sam’s Place Adoption Center, 3004 Telegraph Rd., Ventura. www.carlvc.org. 652-1001.

FREE BREAST EXAMS AND MAMMOGRAMS ongoing. If you are 40 years or older, low-income, have limited or no medical insurance, are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or other government-sponsored programs and live in California, you may be eligible. Clinicas del Camino Real, 1200 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. 640-8293.

HOMEOWNER & RENTER ASSISTANCE PLUS PROPERTY TAX POSTPONEMENT Tuesdays through Oct. 9, free assistance for completing Homeowner and Renter Assistance application forms. 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6200.

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

UNITED BLOOD SERVICES SEEKS DONATIONS Blood donations are low. If you are older than 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds, you may be able to donate. www.unitedbloodservices.org/centralcoast. 715-3699.

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

Museums

ALBINGER MUSEUM Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm. 113 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-5823.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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, multimedia 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 Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuseum4kids.org.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY through Sept. 16, “All in the Details: 100 Years of Fashion and Accessories” and “Neal Barr: an Eye for Fashion.” $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

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

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: $12 adults, $3 children 11-17, free children 10 and younger, $9 older than 62. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.

Volunteer

HUMANE SOCIETY The nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers for a variety of activities to mark its 75th anniversary, and to help continue in another 75 years of service. 646-6505, ext. 110.

CAREGIVERS Nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers to assist the homebound elderly once a week for 2-4 hours in Ventura, Oxnard, Pt. Hueneme, Santa Paula, Fillmore or Camarillo. 658-8530.

On the Horizon

CONTEST FOR KIDS postmarked no later than Sept. 30. Ventura County Transportation Commission asks students 14 to 20 years of age to write a simple script for Gordon, hero of VISTA bus-riding, for the chance to co-star in a TV commercial. www.goventura.org.

Ongoing

RED CROSS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH The public is invited to take a free online education module. www.redcross.org/BeRedCrossReady.

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~ HAPPENINGS ~

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF THE CONEJO VALLEY Sunday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m. Congressman Henry Waxman will speak on congressional oversight, followed by a limited question-and-answer session. Conejo Rec & Park Community Room, 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-1039.

COASTAL CLEANUP DAY Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. – noon. Volunteers will clean trash and debris from 1,100 miles of the California coast. Meet at south end of Hollywood Beach, north end of Silver Strand Beach, Reliant Energy plant by Hueneme and Edison roads near Ormond Beach, basketball court off Neptune Square for Mandalay Beach. www.coast4u.org. 385-7928.

ALOHA BEACH FESTIVAL Sept. 15, 16. C-Street Longboard Classic, World Beach Frisbee Freestyle Disc Championships and more. Seaside Park, Ventura. 648-2662.

Thursday, September 13

Classes

YOGADANCE WORKOUT ongoing. 8:15am. All levels welcome. $7 drop-in fee. ZanZilla, 2750 E. Main St., Ventura. 890-4863. www.zanzillasyoga.com.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS ongoing, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

COOKING BASICS 6:30pm. Build a strong cooking background through this series of six hands-on classes. By the end, you will be a fearless cook! $250 for six classes. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 8-9pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

Groups & Clubs

12-STEP SURVIVORS OF INCEST ANONYMOUS ongoing, 5:30-6:30pm. Group for men and women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. 133 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 893-3322.

COOPERATIVE PARENTING AND DIVORCE PROGRAM 6:30pm. An ongoing program presented by Jewish Family Service to teach parents how to shield children from parental conflict and establish “co-parent”hood. 1815 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 nonmembers. 445-4526.

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

DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP ongoing. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self-esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344, ext 301.

Sports

PING-PONG ongoing, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm. Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. 646-8162.

Friday, September 14

Classes

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES ongoing, 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.

Dining

CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER 11am-11pm. A portion of food sales will be donated to Ventura Hillsides Conservancy. Chipotle Simi Valley, Chipotle Ventura, Chipotle Newbury Park, Chipotle Paradise Center.

ERIC’S FIRESTONE VINEYARD GOURMET WINE DINNER 6:30pm. Several-course meal with wine pairings. $75. Palm Garden Hotel, Thousand Oaks. 716-4100.

Saturday, September 15

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS DAY FOR KIDS 11am-4pm. A major annual family event. Martin V. Smith Youth Center, across from the Oxnard Airport. 483-1118, ext. 305.

BUENA AND VENTURA HIGH SCHOOLS CLASS OF ’87 20-YEAR REUNION 7-11pm. Casino games, DJ and dancing to your favorite 80s tunes, karaoke, wine tasting and plenty of hors d’oeuvres. Alpine, 1954 Goodyear Ave., Ventura.

Markets & Shows

CERTIFIED MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA ongoing, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara and Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.

OXNARD FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SILENT AUCTION & BIG BOOK SALE 9am-2pm. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard.

Classes

SOUTHERN COOKING 11:30am. Chef David Cagnacci prepares a menu of Cajun and Creole dishes. $50. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

TEQUILA – THE SPIRIT OF MEXICO 6:30pm. An evening of tasting and cooking with tequila including a unique white mole dish. Cost: $55. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Groups & Clubs

LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 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.

CALIFORNIA GOLD COAST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY GENERAL MEETING 10am-noon. A critique and lunch (bring your own). Santa Paula. 653-5280.

VENTURA COUNTY GENEAOLOGICAL SOCIETY 1-4pm. Monthly general meeting. This month: “Mapping the Past: A Visual Addition to Your Family History.” Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. 644-4753.

Stepping Out

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB 7:30-10pm. $7 nonmembers, $5 members. Couples and singles welcome. 1385 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

Dining

ISLAND PACKER DINNER CRUISE 6:30-8:30pm. Johnny Cash tribute with tri tip and shrimp dinner. $46 adults, $32 children. Depart Ventura Harbor. www. islandpackers.com. 642-1393.

Sunday, September 16

Museums

MUSEUM GOES WILD 12pm and 1:30pm. The Museum of Ventura County hosts animals from the fox, wildcat, porcupine to the kinkajou. Two 45-minute presentations. Free. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10.

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK see: Saturday, Sept. 15.

Markets & Shows

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

Classes

BUILD YOUR OWN EARTHEN OVEN The Natural Building Network of Ventura County offers members of the community the chance to learn how to build a wood-fired earthen oven. Families welcome. RSVP. ARTBARN, 856 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura.798-7237.

Stepping Out

POPPING FUSES DANCE STYLES Sundays through Sept. 30, 3:30-4:45pm. Four workshops fusing break dance and belly dance. $5 – $15 per workshop. Bodysattva Studio, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Ste. 211, Thousand Oaks. 497-9734.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE 3-5pm. $5 adults, $4 students, $1 children. Gold Coast Fencing Center, 2300 Knoll Dr., #L, Ventura. 682-5523.

Monday, September 17

Classes

SIMPLICITY CIRCLES: LIVING SIMPLY WITH CHILDREN DISCUSSION GROUP ongoing, 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., Ste. D, Ventura. 667-2115.

LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP ongoing. A group to help build alliances, support and coping skills. Singles and couples welcome. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344, ext. 301.

YOGA AT BOULDERDASH ongoing, 7:30-9pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10. 557-1300.

Groups & Clubs

SIERRA GROUP MORNING WALKS ongoing, Mondays. 8:30am. Three to five-mile walk conducted at various sites in Ventura-Ojai area. 643-0270.

CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB ongoing, noon. The club meets at Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd.

GOOD GRIEF GROUP ongoing, 10:30am. Group open to all people 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.

Seniors

DAY TRIP TO MARITIME MUSEUM 8:30am-4:30pm. Tours, lunch, transportation. $50. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Tuesday, September 18

Lectures & Seminars

MESOAMERICAN HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS 6:30pm. Oxnard Public Library hosts lecture on the rich cultural heritage of the Olmec, Zapotec, Aztec and Myan civilizations by Debbie McIntosh. Free. Meeting Room B, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. 385-7532.

ATTRACT YOUR PERFECT CLIENTS QUICKLY & EASILY Tuesdays through Sept. 25, 6:30-9pm. Five-hour workshop. $69. Social Good Marketing & Design, 374 Poli St., #207, Ventura. 658-8196.

Classes

WATERCOLOR PAINTING Tuesdays through Oct. 30, 9am-noon. Roberta Andrino teaches the 8-week course. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

NEI GUNG 9:30am-11am. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458.

BUILDING BETTER BALANCE Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and work on improving posture and balance. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

STRENGTH TRAINING Tuesdays 10-11am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and workout to build better bones, balance and strength. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

BAKING BASICS – CRÈME BRULEE 6:30pm. Learn how easy and fun it is to make heavenly crème brûlée. $30. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

TAI CHI SHORT FORM Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS see: Thursday, Sept. 13.

OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 8-9pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

Groups & Clubs

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

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 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.

Dining

GOURMET BURGER AND MARTINI NIGHT ongoing, Tuesday nights. Enjoy whimsical drinks and grub, with a ‘design-your-own’ gourmet burger and an exhaustive, exciting martini menu. $10 each, burgers and martinis. Sidecar Restaurant, 3029 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-7433.

SANFORD WINERY AT BROOKS. Five-course meal with wine pairings. 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. www.restuarantbrooks.com. 652-7070.

Stepping Out

COUNTRY LOVERS WESTERN DANCE CLUB ongoing. 6:30-9pm. All ages welcome. First-time visitors free. $3. Free to kids younger than 13. $5 taco dinner available. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Rd., Ventura. www.countrylovers.com. 525-3286.

Seniors

GOURD CLASS Tuesdays through Oct. 23. Class about covering, opening and decorating/dying gourds. Gourds and equipment provided. $20. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Wednesday, September 19

BINGO ongoing, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and older, 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.

Markets & Shows

CERTIFIED FARMER’S MARKET- VENTURA weekly, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.

Lectures & Seminars

OXNARD COLLEGE SPEAKERS LECTURE SERIES Wednesdays, 12:45-1:45 pm. Speakers include Lois Capps, poets Maria Melendez and Elijah Imlay, and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta. Free. 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1951.

HOW TO GET SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS 7:30-8:45pm. Workshop focuses on little-known ways of getting money for college. Free. Foster Library, Ventura. www.cpsoc.com. 800-392-3863 ext. 2005.

Groups & Clubs

LIFE DESIGN OJAI Wednesdays 9:15-11:30am through Nov. 21. A place where women can gather to learn more about God, share life journeys and get childcare. $25. Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro, Ojai. 646-7471.

TO-WLV CHAMBER AFTER 5 MIXER 5:30-7pm. The Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce invites the community to its monthly After Five Mixer. Mid-State Bank & Trust, 2663 Townsgate Rd., Westlake Village.  This networking event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. www.towlvchamber.org.

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Group meetings, peer-led. Adult Wellness & Recovery Center, 56 E. Main St., Ste. 103, corner of Main Street & Ventura Avenue. 201-0619. 

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

ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. 445-4526.

Seniors

SENIOR GAMES OPENING CEREMONY AND LUNCH 11:30am-1pm. Registered participants invited for lunch celebration. Civic Center Park, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Ongoing Events

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

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.

DOG/PUPPY ADOPTIONS 11am-4pm Saturdays. Sam’s Place Adoption Center, 3004 Telegraph Rd., Ventura. www.carlvc.org. 652-1001.

FREE BREAST EXAMS AND MAMMOGRAMS ongoing. If you are 40 years or older, low-income, have limited or no medical insurance, are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or other government-sponsored programs and live in California, you may be eligible. Clinicas del Camino Real, 1200 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. 640-8293.

HOMEOWNER & RENTER ASSISTANCE PLUS PROPERTY TAX POSTPONEMENT Tuesdays through Oct. 9, free assistance for completing Homeowner and Renter Assistance application forms. 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6200.

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

SUNSET DINNER AT REAGAN LIBRARY Thursdays, 6-9pm. A weekly summer tradition featuring a different themed menu weekly. Music by Jumpin Joz Band. $45. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. 577-4118.

UNITED BLOOD SERVICES SEEKS DONATIONS Blood donations are low. If you are older than age 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds, you may be able to donate. www.unitedbloodservices.org/centralcoast. 715-3699.

Volunteer

CAREGIVERS Nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers to assist the homebound elderly once a week for 2-4 hours in Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Fillmore or Camarillo. 658-8530.

On the Horizon

CONTEST FOR KIDS postmarked no later than Sept. 30. Ventura County Transportation Commission asks students 14 to 20 years of age to write a simple script for Gordon, hero of VISTA bus-riding, for the chance to co-star in a TV commercial. www.goventura.org.

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~ HAPPENINGS ~

7th ANNUAL LEMON FEST Sept. 8-9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. A celebration of Ventura County’s lemon groves, with live music, recipe contests, pie eating contests, crafts, games, a petting zoo, free hands-on craft activities, reptile shows and delicious lemon-themed foods. Proceeds support the Lemon Fest Scholarship Fund, awarding financial assistance to students studying agriculture. Pacific View Mall, East Main St., Ventura. www.LemonFest.com. 642-0605.

SIMI VALLEY FREEDOM WALK Sept. 11, 5 p.m. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and MilitaryConnection.com invite the public on a 1.8-mile walk to honor troops and veterans. www.militaryconnection.com. Reagan Library courtyard, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. 522-2977.

POPPING FUSES DANCE STYLES Sept. 9 (Sundays through Sept. 30), 3:30-4:45pm. Four workshops fusing break dance and belly dance. Presented by Moorpark College Associated Students Club, open to the public. $5 – $15 per workshop. Bodysattva Studio, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Ste. 211, Thousand Oaks. 497-9734.

Thursday, September 6

Classes

YOGADANCE WORKOUT ongoing. 8:15am. All levels welcome. $7 drop-in fee. ZanZilla, 2750 E. Main St., Ventura. 890-4863. www.zanzillasyoga.com.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS ongoing, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 8-9pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

Groups & Clubs

OJAI VALLEY WOMAN’S CLUB KICK OFF noon. Luncheon and fashion show saluting “A return to elegance.” $25. 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 649-2164.

12-STEP SURVIVORS OF INCEST ANONYMOUS ongoing, 5:30-6:30pm. Group for men and women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. 133 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 893-3322.

COOPERATIVE PARENTING AND DIVORCE PROGRAM 6:30pm. An ongoing program presented by Jewish Family Service to teach parents how to shield children from parental conflict and establish “co-parent”hood. 1815 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 nonmembers. 445-4526.

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

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

DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP ongoing. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self-esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344, ext 301.

Sports

PING-PONG ongoing, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm. Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. 646-8162.

Friday, September 7

Classes

COOKING WITH WOMEN 7pm. Dinner, wine and conversation. $35. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES ongoing, 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.

Groups & Clubs

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ongoing. See: Thursday, Sept. 6.

Saturday, September 8

THE BIG RUN 8-10am. Motorcycle poker run to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. Includes barbecue, live music, raffle and contests. $30. V-Twins 101, 1369 Del Norte Rd., Camarillo. 484-2282, ext. 11.

CAMARILLO HOSPICE FAMERS MARKETS CELEBRATES ITS 16th ANNIVERSARY 8am-noon. Same regular market, now entertainment and refreshments! 220 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 389-6870.

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK ongoing, 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.

Markets & Shows

CERTIFIED MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA ongoing, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara and Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.

Classes

PAKISTANI/INDIAN FOOD 10:30am. Cook Dodo Mufti demonstrates preparation of a dinner menu. Hands-on class on Sunday. $110 for two classes. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Groups & Clubs

VENTURA AUDOBON SOCIETY 8am. Fieldtrip to the Santa Clara River Estuary. Beginners welcome; rain cancels any trip. Meet at the north side of the Santa Clara Bridge on Harbor Blvd., south of Seaward. 983-2707.

OJAI VALLEY DEMOCRATS 9:30am General meeting for the month includes speakers on climate change, global warming and healthcare reform. Hitching Post Clubhouse, 410 Church Rd., Ojai.

LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 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.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ongoing. See: Thursday, Sept. 6.

Sunday, September 9

LEMON FEST see: picks.

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK see: Saturday, Sept. 8.

Markets & Shows

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

Classes

PAKISTANI/INDIAN FOOD 10:30am. see: Saturday, Sept. 8.

SUNDAY SUPPER – BACK TO THE ’50s 6:30pm. Create a dinner menu from the 1950s to be enjoyed with wine. $35. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Groups & Clubs

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ongoing. See: Thursday, Sept. 6.

Stepping Out

POPPING FUSES DANCE STYLES Sundays through Sept. 30, 3:30-4:45pm. Four workshops fusing break dance and belly dance. Presented by Moorpark College Associated Students Club, open to the public. $5 – $15 per workshop. Bodysattva Studio, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Ste. 211, Thousand Oaks. 497-9734.

Monday, September 10

Classes

MARITIME MUSEUM DOCENT TRAINING CLASS 12-session course, Mondays through Nov. 26, 9-11am. The museum is seeking volunteers to conduct guided tours, staff the reception desk, research or lend a hand in the office. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 984-6260.

STRENGHT TRAINING Tuesdays 10-11am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and workout to build better bones, balance and strength. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

SIMPLICITY CIRCLES: LIVING SIMPLY WITH CHILDREN DISCUSSION GROUP ongoing, 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., Ste. D, Ventura. 667-2115.

LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP ongoing. A group to help build alliances, support and coping skills. Singles and couples welcome. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344, ext. 301.

YOGA AT BOULDERDASH ongoing, 7:30-9pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10. 557-1300.

Groups & Clubs

SIERRA GROUP MORNING WALKS ongoing, Mondays. 8:30am. Three to five-mile walk conducted at various sites in Ventura-Ojai are a. 643-0270.

LESBIAN SUPPORT GROUP ongoing; 10-week session, 10 Mondays, began July 23, 7pm-9pm. The Ventura County Rainbow Alliance Mental Health Counseling Center presents an opportunity to explore the mystery, majesty and magic of life through the lens of spiritual psychology. 4567 Telephone Rd., Suite 100, Ventura. 339-6340, ext. 303.

CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB ongoing, noon. The club meets at Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd.

GOOD GRIEF GROUP ongoing, 10:30am. Group open to all people 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.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ongoing. See: Thursday, Sept. 6.

Tuesday, September 11

Classes

WATERCOLOR PAINTING Tuesdays through Oct. 30, 9am-noon. Roberta Andrino teaches the 8-week course. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

NEI GUNG 9:30am-11am. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458.

BUILDING BETTER BALANCE Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and work on improving posture and balance. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

TAI CHI SHORT FORM Tuesday, 6:30-8pm. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458.

CULINARY BASICS – SUSHI AND TEMPURA 6:30pm. Chef David Cagnacci teaches hands-on sushi and tempura techniques. $30. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS see: Thursday, Sept. 6.

OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU ongoing, 8-9pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

Groups & Clubs

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

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 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.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS ongoing. See: Thursday, Sept. 6.

Dining

GOURMET BURGER AND MARTINI NIGHT ongoing, Tuesday nights. Enjoy whimsical drinks and grub, with a ‘design-your-own’ gourmet burger and an exhaustive, exciting martini menu. $10 each, burgers and martinis. Sidecar Restaurant, 3029 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-7433.

Stepping Out

COUNTRY LOVERS WESTERN DANCE CLUB ongoing. 6:30-9pm. All ages welcome. First-time visitors free. $3. Free to kids younger than 13. $5 taco dinner available. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Rd., Ventura. www.countrylovers.com. 525-3286.

Seniors

GOURD CLASS Tuesdays through Oct. 23. Class about covering, opening and decorating/dying gourds. Gourds and equipment provided. $20. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

Wednesday, September 12

BINGO ongoing, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and older, 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.

Markets & Shows

CERTIFIED FARMER’S MARKET- VENTURA weekly, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.

Classes

COOKING WITH TRADER JOE’S 6:30pm. It’s a cooking challenge with five items from Trader Joe’s and a multitude of possible meals. $30. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Groups & Clubs

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

ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. 445-4526.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS See: Thursday, Sept. 6.

Ongoing Events

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.

CEDC AIDS STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation offers a home ownership preservation campaign to help local home owners avoid foreclosure. Range of services offered. 659-6868.

FREE BREAST EXAMS AND MAMMOGRAMS ongoing. If you are 40 years or older, low-income, have limited or no medical insurance, are not getting these services through Medi-Cal or other government-sponsored programs and live in California, you may be eligible. Clinicas del Camino Real, 1200 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. 640-8293.

HOMEOWNER & RENTER ASSISTANCE PLUS PROPERTY TAX POSTPONEMENT Tuesdays through Oct. 9, free assistance for completing Homeowner and Renter Assistance application forms. 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6200.

MOORPARK SENIOR GAMES Includes bunco, horseshoes, mah jongg, pinochle and table tennis. Two practice clinics are required to play in some cases; more info, call 517-6260.

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

SENIOR SERVICES GRANTS OFFERED applications accepted through Aug. 31. Open to providers of services through the City of Oxnard. A total of $50,000 is available. 385-8019.

SUNSET DINNER AT REAGAN LIBRARY Thursdays, 6-9pm. A weekly summer tradition featuring a different themed menu weekly. Music by Jumpin Joz Band. $45. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. 577-4118.

UNITED BLOOD SERVICES SEEKS DONATIONS Blood donations are low. If you are older than age 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds, you may be able to donate. www.unitedbloodservices.org/centralcoast. 715-3699.

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

Museums

ALBINGER MUSEUM Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm. 113 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-5823.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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, multimedia 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 Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuseum4kids.org.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY through Sept. 16, “All in the Details: 100 Years of Fashion and Accessories” and “Neal Barr: an Eye for Fashion.” $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

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

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: $12 adults, $3 children 11-17, free children 10 and younger, $9 older than 62. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.

Volunteer

HUMANE SOCIETY The nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers for a variety of activities to mark its 75th anniversary, and to help continue in another 75 years of service. 646-6505, ext. 110.

CAREGIVERS Nonprofit organization is seeking volunteers to assist the homebound elderly once a week for 2-4 hours in Ventura, Oxnard, Pt. Hueneme, Santa Paula, Fillmore or Camarillo. 658-8530.

On the Horizon

CONTEST FOR KIDS postmarked no later than Sept. 30. Ventura County Transportation Commission asks students 14 to 20 years of age to write a simple script for Gordon, hero of VISTA bus-riding, for the chance to co-star in a TV commercial. www.goventura.org.

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