~ HAPPENINGS ~

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HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR Dec. 1 and 2, 10 am-6 pm. Community members are invited to tour the homes of four local families as they celebrate the holidays in The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura’s 16th Annual Holiday Homes Tour. The self-guided tour of select Conejo Valley homes is the organization’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds helping to fund The Wellness Community’s free programs of support, education and hope for people fighting cancer and for their families. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. #www.TwcVv.org#. (888) 557-3177.

WORLD AIDS DAY 2007 Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m. Ventura County’s commemoration of World AIDS Day 2007 will include presentations, a candlelight vigil and an art exhibit at California Lutheran University. Karen G. Cheng, Ph.D., a professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and John K. Williams, M.D., associate director of the UCLA Sexual Health Program, will discuss the need for innovation, vision and perseverance in addressing local and global HIV/AIDS challenges during the keynote event, “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise!” Candlelit walk at 8:30 p.m., reception for an HIV/AIDS exhibit at 9 pm. Free. CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. #CEJ@callutheran.edu#. 493-3694.

VENTURA HOLIDAY STREET FESTIVAL Dec. 2, 10 am-4 pm. Ventura\’s 31st Annual Festival is themed “Holidays in Paradise.” For one-of-a-kind Christmas or Chanukah shopping, wander twelve blocks to see more than 300 artisan and fine arts booths, tasty treats from numerous food vendors, all while enjoying free musical entertainment. Free, complimentary shuttle service 10 am-4 pm from the Ventura County Government Center, Lot F. #www.venturastreetfair.com#. 654-7749. Main Street in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District.

Thursday, November 29

Classes

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

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

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

OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE 7:30-10 pm. Live band, Latin, swing. Couples and singles invited. Single men free on first visit. $6 member, $7 nonmember. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-2603. 647-2963.

Groups & Clubs

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

COOPERATIVE PARENTING AND DIVORCE PROGRAM ongoing, 6:30 pm. 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, 7:30 pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 nonmembers. 653-6466.

Sports

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

Kids & Family

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Through Dec. 23, 6 or 7 pm Wednesdays-Sundays. Riders can come in their pajamas for a one hour ride to the \”North Pole\” to pick up Santa. They can also enjoy the Storytellers reading #Santa\’s Christmas Train#, carolling, and a cookie and chocolate milk while on board. $24 adults, $15 youth 3-12, $12 children 0-2, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

Stepping Out

OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE 7:30-10 pm. Singles and Couples invited, single men admitted free on first visit. Featuring a live Latin and swing band. $6 members, $7 nonmembers, light refreshments provided. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-2603.

Friday, November 30

Holiday Shopping

ANNUAL DUDLEY HOUSE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE 11 am-6 pm. Also Dec. 7-9. The historic Victorian Dudley House, a museum dedicated to preserving Ventura\’s historic past, will have crafts, home decorations, antiques and collectibles sales, as well as a silent auction, quilt raffle and refreshments in the building\’s Victorian Tearoom. Free, donations accepted. Corner of Loma Vista St. and Ashwood, Ventura. www.dudleyhouse.org. 654-8381.

Holiday Events

OLD TOWN CAMARILLO HOLIDAY CELEBRATION 5-9 pm. Holiday fun for both kids and adults, an Old Town Shopping experience, Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, choral groups and carolers, lights and decorations and free hot cocoa. Events include traditional tree lighting by Mayor Jan McDonald at 5:30 pm., pictures with Santa Claus at the Camarillo Chamber, and horse-drawn carriage rides ($3 kids 12 and under, $5 adults). Santa Claus will be arriving on a fire truck at 5 pm. Old Town Camarillo, on Ventura Blvd and adjoining streets between Carmen Dr. and Lewis Road (State Highway 34). 484-4383

CAMARILLO RANCH HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT GALA 6-10 pm. Featuring fine food, wine, auctions, music and dancing, in a beautiful setting, the seventh annual magical evening begins with our guests being greeted by valet parking at the front gate of the Ranch. $85 in advance, also available at the gate. Cocktail attire or period dress, with black tie optional. Camarillo House and Ranch. 389-8182.

VIVA LAS VEGAS CHARITY DINNER Dr. Richard Merkin and Regal Medical Group present this first annual fund-raising event will include dinner, dancing, silent auction and live entertainment with special performances by Simi Valley’s own Rachelle Dobin and A Rat Pack Tribute: Frank, Dean & Sammy, One More Time with guest emcee of the evening – KFWB’s Larry Carroll. $250, $2,500 table sponsorships with seating for ten and a full page ad in the program book. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. www.regalmed.com. (818) 357-5000.

Classes

BEGINNING SALSA/MAMBO ongoing, 8-9 pm. Six weekly classes followed by practice session. $5 current students, $10 drop-in dancers. PAC on Hobson & Seventh. www.oxnardrec.org. 385-7995.

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES ongoing, noon-1 pm. 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

CIGAR NIGHTS UNDER THE STARS ongoing, 5-8 pm. Drop in and enjoy wonderful breezes and wide open spaces where you can relax on a beautiful deck and enjoy the evening under the stars, weather permitting. Bring a cigar, purchase your favorite wine. A light snack is provided. Old Creek Ranch Winery, 10024 Old Creek Road on Hwy 33, Ventura. www.oldcreekranch.com. RSVP 649-4132

Lectures & Seminars

THOM HARTMAN 7 pm. The author and radio host will speak on truth, justice and the American way. Free, $3 donation accepted to cover venue costs. Oak Park Community Center, 1000 Kanan Road, Oak Park. (818) 404-1245.

Kids & Family

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN Through Dec. 23, Fridays and Sundays. Enjoy caroling, photo opportunities, and wish list time with Santa.  Adults have the choice of a sliced turkey or ham dinner with mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.  Children\’s meal includes chicken fingers, mashed potatoes and fruit cup. $45 adult, $24 youth 3-12, $10 children 0-2, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS See Thursday, Nov. 29

Saturday, December 1

Holiday Shopping

ANNUAL DUDLEY HOUSE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE See Friday, Nov. 30.

Holiday Events

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS VENTURA STYLE 2-6 pm. Pacific View Mall’s annual holiday season celebration will feature a toy drive for Children’s Services Auxiliary. Children’s Services Auxiliary assists families with children who have been placed in foster care homes or are in protective custody. The event also includes a Tree Lighting Ceremony, fireworks, snow play areas, music, performances, food vendors and an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a $500 Pacific View Mall Visa gift card. Free. Pacific View Mall Community Plaza, E. Main Street, Ventura.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION The annual event will feature a Kwanzaa ceremony performed by Cal Lutheran University students, gospel music and dancers. Children from the NAACP Saturday School will give presentations. Vendors will sell authentic African and African-American food, art and crafts. Free. Lundring Events Center in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at the corner of Mountclef Boulevard and Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3323.

MIDTOWN CONFIDENTIAL BUS TOUR 10 am-noon. Tour midtown\’s hillside neighborhoods of beautiful Spanish Revival homes and learn the colorful histories of their owners with a stop for appetizers at Yolie\’s Mexican Grill. $25 includes snack. Meet at City Hall front steps, 501 Poli Street, Ventura. www.cityofventura.net. 658-4726.

HOLIDAY MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN Also Dec. 8, 15, 22. It\’s Christmas on the high seas, as Capt. Starbuck and his crew join in a holiday gathering.  Just as riders start to get away from all their troubles, meet the on board celebrities and party with Santa and his elves, a crew member is murdered. $89 adults, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK ongoing, 11 am-4 pm. 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 Dr., Ventura. 658-4728.

Classes

HEALTHY HOLIDAY COOKING 11 am-1 pm. Give yourself a treat that won’t put on the pounds by signing up for a two-hour, hands-on “Healthy Holiday Cooking” class. $125. California Health and Longevity Institute, Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village. 818-575-1118.

Markets & Shows

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. 10 am-4 pm. Original gifts sold by members of the Artists’ Union. Includes jewelry, home and garden art, custom orders and more. California Street plaza, Ventura, next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. artsbythesea@verizon.net. 421-9270.

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

Groups & Clubs

VENTURA AUDUBAN SOCIETY 9 am-noon Restoration Work Day, Santa Paula. Hedrick Ranch Nature Area Restoration Program. Come at 8:00 for birding! Wear work shoes and gardening gloves. Take Hwy 126 to Santa Paula, 10th St. Exit. Go left under freeway, right on Harvard, right on 12th, cross S.C. River Bridge. Go 3.7 miles to 20395 S. Mountain Rd. Turn in and go north toward the river approximately ½ mile on agricultural road to parking area adjacent to S.C. riverbed. www.VenturaAudubon.org. 370-0478.

LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 7:30-8:15 am. 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.

Kids & Family

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAINS Through Dec. 23, 10 am and 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Continue or begin a family tradition and ride the train to the Christmas Tree Farm to cut down your own tree. Visit with Santa on board during your ride. $22 adults, $20 seniors, $12 youth 4-12, $8 children 1-3. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS See Thursday, Nov. 29

Stepping Out

COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE 7-11 pm, 7:30 pm dance lesson. Country Lovers Western Dance Club will hold a Christmas Toys for Tots dance. $5, free for members and children younger than 13. Partners not necessary. The House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave. Ste. E, Ventura. www.countrylovers.com. 647-1893.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE 7:30-10:30 pm. Featuring music by the Aristicats. $5 members, $7 nonmembers, light refreshments provided. Singles and Couples welcome. 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

Sunday, December 2

Holiday Shopping

ANNUAL DUDLEY HOUSE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE See Friday, Nov. 30.

Holiday Events

TRADITIONAL MEXICAN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION 7 pm. The Christmas story will be re-enacted in the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas at California Lutheran University. In the university’s annual tradition, CLU students and community members will hold candles as they travel through the residence halls as Mary and Joseph knock on doors in search for a place to stay for the night. The event also includes a living Nativity scene a Christmas story reading, singing Christmas carols, a piñata and refreshments of Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce (sweet breads). Student Union Building Pavilion, north side of Memorial Parkway, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3323.

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR 1-5 pm. Presented by the Meadowlark Service League. Four lovely homes decorated in holiday splendor will be featured with drawings and complementary refreshments. $30. 388-5436.

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK See Saturday, Dec. 1.

Markets & Shows

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. See Saturday, Dec. 1.

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

CITIZENS FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTIONS MONTHLY MEETING 3-5 pm. Annual Season of Peace Interfaith Celebration. This year we honor the 800th Birthday of the Persian Poet, Rumi. A short film will be shown, and the public is invited to read poems with a peace and justice theme. Free, refreshments served. E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. www.c-p-r.net/. 850-5849.

Kids & Family

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN See Friday, Nov. 30.

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAINS See Saturday, Dec. 1.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS See Thursday, Nov. 29

Monday, December 3

Film

GIRL POSITIVE 7 pm. The commemoration of World AIDS day at Cal Lutheran University, will begin with a screening of “Girl, Positive” and a question-and-answer session with sexual health educators. In the movie, a teen finds out her former partner may have been HIV positive. Free. CLU, Preus-Brandt Forum, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. CEJ@callutheran.edu. 493-3694.

Classes

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

Groups & Clubs

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

CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB ongoing, noon. Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd.

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

Lectures & Seminars

SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT RELIGION ongoing, 7 pm. Based on the principles of A Course in Miracles, given by nondenominational spiritual lecturer Scott Patrick Wagner. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, $10 suggested donation. 101 S. Laurel Street., Ventura. 655-0159.

Stepping Out

COUNTRY WESTERN HOLIDAY LINE DANCE 9:30 am. Dances will be geared for all skill levels and everyone is welcome. No partner needed. Lunch served at noon, prize drawing. Suggested lunch donation $2.25 for people 60 and older, $5 for people younger than 60. Moorpark Active Adult Center. 517-6261.

Tuesday, December 4

Classes

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES 6-7 pm. Also Dec. 19. The group will hold free self-employment training orientations in Oxnard. Learn more about WEV\’s 14-week comprehensive course that teaches how to start or grow your own successful business. WEV is a nationally recognized local non-profit. Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Conference Room, 400 E. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard. www.wevonline.org. 604-9000.

VENTURA SUNRISE TOASTMASTERS ongoing, 6:30 am. Helping people develop speaking, presentation and meeting management skills. Carrow\’s Cafe and Bakery, 2401 Harbor Blvd, Ventura. 509-4736.

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

BUILDING BETTER BALANCE ongoing, 9:30-10:30 am. 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, 10-11 am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and workout to build better bones, balance and strength. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS See Thursday, Nov. 29.

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

Groups & Clubs

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 7-9:30 pm. 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.

Lectures & Seminars

LOCAL HIV/AIDS PANEL 4 pm. “Positively Speaking – Local Voices of HIV/AIDS,” featuring a panel of Ventura County residents who will share their experiences and answer questions about living with HIV/AIDS, as part of Cal Lutheran University’s World AIDS Day event. Free. CLU, Rooms 119 and 120 of the Soiland Humanities Building, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. CEJ@callutheran.edu. 493-3694.

INTERACTIVE EDUCATION HOUR 5:30 pm. During “The Risks & Realities of HIV/AIDS” a trained group of Cal Lutheran University students will lead an interactive hour of education and small group discussions. A free pizza dinner will be served. Free. CLU, Rooms 119 and 120 of the Soiland Humanities Building, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. CEJ@callutheran.edu. 493-3694.

Health

MOOD DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 6:30-8 pm. Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., Room 301, Ventura. www.DSBAAlliance.org. 201-0659.

Dining

GOURMET BURGER AND MARTINI NIGHT ongoing. 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.

WINEMAKER DINNERS ongoing, 6:30 pm. Brooks Restaurant, 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. www.restaurantbrooks.com. 652-7070.

Stepping Out

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

Wednesday, December 5

Holiday Events

SANTA LUCIA FESTIVAL OF LIGHT 10 am. Lucia and her court will enter to an ancient hymn and light the candles in Lucia’s crown. The Swedish ceremony, which has been a part of Cal Lutheran University’s holiday celebration since the university’s early years, pays homage to the Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13, 304 A.D. CLU, Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3228.

Markets & Shows

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

Groups & Clubs

VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY 8:30 am. Canada Larga. Meet near the beginning of the road. We will walk and drive the canyon. Always a great walk & a good scouting opportunity for the Christmas Bird Count! Take Hwy 33 toward Ojai. Exit Canada Larga Rd. www.VenturaAudubon.org. 643-3353.

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 payouts for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE ongoing, 2-4 pm and 6:30-8 pm. 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, 6:30-8 pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. 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. 525-0944.

Lectures & Seminars

LOIS CAPPS 12:45-1:45 pm. The Congresswoman will give “An Update from Our Nation’s Capitol” and discuss the latest issues under debate in the U.S. Congress, including education, healthcare, immigration, the environment and the war in Iraq. Oxnard College, LS 8 Clock Tower Auditorium, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1951.

Ongoing

CALIFORNIA-STYLE SLEIGH RIDES Dec. 1-30, 6-7:30 pm and 8-9:30 pm every night. Sail the waters of the Ventura Keys and Ventura Harbor and enjoy the sparking Christmas lights adorning shoreline homes. Each cruise offers a full bar, sodas and seasonal concoctions like “reindeer milk” and hot chocolate. $20 adults, $10 children 2-12. www.venturaboatrentals.com. 642-7753.

CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARKS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Positions available in the Robert J. Largomarsino Visitor Center in the beautiful Ventura Harbor. Volunteers present information to people interested in the Channel Islands and work alongside National Park Rangers who provide training in the natural and cultural history of the Channel Islands, as well as various travel opportunities to the islands. Work a four-hour shift each week, with a commitment of at least one year. bill_faulkner@nps.gov. 658-5734.

THE LAKES ICE RINK Through Jan. 6. 11:30 am-9:30 pm Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-11 pm Friday, 10 am-11 pm Saturday, 10 am-9:30 pm Sunday, sessions every hour. This beautifully decorated winter wonderland ice rink is fun for the entire family. $8 admission, $4 hockey skate rental, $3 figure skate rental, cash only. 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 494-0514.

WEIGHT CONTROL SUPPORT GROUP 6:30 pm Wednesdays. Featuring occasional guest speakers on mediation, body image and physical fitness. $5 suggested donation. Ojai Valley Women’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 652-1841.

FREE TEST PREPARATION RESOURCES The Oxnard Public Library online database #Learning Express# provides more than 300 current practice tests and preparation for popular tests like the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB and U.S. citizenship. Career tests also available. www.oxnard.org. 385-7532.

LEARNING ASSESSMENTS Hardy Learning Center and Academy is offering a limited number of free learning assessments to students struggling with reading and school. www.hardybraintraining.com. 389-8144. 697 Mobil Ave., Camarillo.

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR DISORDER SUPPORT GROUPS 6:30-8 pm Tuesdays and 2-4 pm first and third Wednesday of each month. Confidential, peer-led and self-help support groups. Tuesday meetings at Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., Room 301, Building 300, Ventura. DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com. 201-0619. Wednesday meetings at the Adult Wellness & Recovery Center, 56 E. Main St., Suite 103. DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com. 671-5038.

JOIN GIRL SCOUTS Girls ages 5-17 can register during fall recruitment. $10 annual membership fee. http://www.GirlScoutsCamarillo.org. 504-0065.

LEARN COMPUTER CONCEPTS Daily. A class to teach keyboarding, Windows, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet and e-mail. $15 for 8-week session, free for adults older than 50. Ventura Adult & Continuing Education, Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave. 280-7925. 

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. www.oaciig.wordpress.com. (888) 702-0202.

LGBT DEPRESSION GROUP meets weekly at Ventura County Rainbow Alliance to experience the power and magic of group healing in the LGBT Community. Call for free assessment. 339-6344, ext. 301.

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. www.carlvc.org. 652-1001.

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 11 am-4 pm 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.

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.

CAMARILLO HOSPICE SERVICES Offering supportive care in support groups like General Bereavement, Young Widows and Widowers, Parents Who Have Lost a Child, Young Adult (15 to 22) Grief, Teen Age Grief, Bilingual Bereavement, Pet Loss Support. 389-6870.

On the Horizon

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS EVE DINNER, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 Brooks will serve gourmet dinners, featuring multiple courses and seasonal ingredients. $60, $90 with wine or $30 for children younger than 12 on Dec. 24, $51-66 Dec. 31. 545 E. Thompson Blvd.
. www.restaurantbrooks.com. 652.7070.

POINSETTIA BALL Dec. 6, 6 pm. This special evening includes a champagne reception, an elegant gourmet dinner, a silent auction, the North Pole boutiques and a live auction with ABC’s host of “The Bachelor,” and HGTV’s “Designer Challenge,” Chris Harrison, as the auctioneer plus dancing to the music of the Jeanne Tatum Band. $225. North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Dr., Westlake Village.

~ HAPPENINGS ~

~ HAPPENINGS ~

THE LAKES ICE RINK Through Jan. 6. 11:30 am-9:30 pm Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-11 pm Friday, 10 am-11 pm Saturday, 10 am-9:30 pm Sunday, sessions every hour. This beautifully decorated winter wonderland ice rink is fun for the entire family. $8 admission, $4 hockey skate rental, $3 figure skate rental, cash only. 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 494-0514.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 6 or 7 pm Wednesdays-Sundays. Riders can come in their pajamas for a one hour ride to the \”North Pole\” to pick up Santa. They can also enjoy the Storytellers reading Santa\’s Christmas Train, carolling, and a cookie and chocolate milk while on board. $24 adults, $15 youth 3-12, $12 children 0-2, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

CORPORATE LEADERS BREAKFAST , Nov. 28, 7:30 am. Verena Kloos, president of BMW Group DesignworksUSA, will serve as keynote speaker at the California Lutheran University event. CLU, Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3827.

Thursday, November 22

Thanksgiving Dining

CROWNE PLAZA’S ANNUAL THANKSGIVING BRUNCH 10:30 am-3:30 pm. Choose from breakfast, bread, seafood, prime rib and turkey, fruit, salads, pasta, hot food stations, a kids buffet and a dessert display, and enjoy ocean views while dining. $35 adults, $30 seniors, $17 young adults, validated parking. 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. www.cpventura.com. 648-2100.

ALEXANDER’S RESTAURANT THANKSGIVING BRUNCH 11 am-4 pm. $28.95 adults, $25.95 seniors, $15.95 children ages 5-12, free for children younger than 5. Four Points by Sheraton, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. www.venturafour points.com. 658-1212.

ENJOY THANKSGIVING DAY AT THE PIERPONT INN For generations, families have gathered around the Pierpont\’s tables to enjoy good company and heartwarming dishes prepared fresh from the kitchen. $35 adults, $15 children ages 5-12. The Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Road, Ventura. www.pierpontinn.com. 653-6144, ext. 725.

THANKSGIVING AT THE SIDECAR RESTAURANT 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm. A two-course dinner featuring turkey, plus one or two other entrée choices. There is also a take-home menu. $29 per person. The SideCar Restaurant, 3029 E. Main St., Ventura. www.thesidecarrestaurant.com. 653-7433.

CELEBRATE BY DINING AT CAFÉ PACIFICO 11 am-10 pm. All Thanksgiving dinners served with choice of house salad, tortilla soup or winter squash bisque and choice of holiday dessert. $21-34, complimentary parking. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Boulevard, Ventura. www.marriottventurabeach.com. 643-6000.

Classes

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

LIFE DESIGN OJAI ongoing, 9:15-11:30 am 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, 9 am-4 pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

OXNARD WEST COAST JUI-JITSU

ongoing, 8-9 pm; also Thursdays. 2945 Los Olivos, Oxnard.

OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE ongoing Thursdays until Nov. 29. 7:30-10 pm. Live band, Latin, swing. Couples and singles invited. Single men free on first visit. $6 member, $7 nonmember. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-2603. 647-2963.

Groups & Clubs

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

COOPERATIVE PARENTING AND DIVORCE PROGRAM ongoing, 6:30 pm. 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, 7:30 pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 nonmembers. 653-6466.

Sports

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

Friday, November 23

ANNUAL DUDLEY HOUSE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE 11 am-6 pm. Also Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 7-9. The historic Victorian Dudley House, a museum dedicated to preserving Ventura\’s historic past, will have crafts, home decorations, antiques and collectibles sales, as well as a silent auction, quilt raffle and refreshments in the building\’s Victorian Tearoom. Free, donations accepted. Corner of Loma Vista St. and Ashwood, Ventura. www.dudleyhouse.org. 654-8381.

Classes

BEGINNING SALSA/MAMBO ongoing, 8-9 pm. Six weekly classes followed by practice session. $5 current students, $10 drop-in dancers. PAC on Hobson & Seventh. www.oxnardrec.org. 385-7995.

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES ongoing, noon-1 pm. 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

CIGAR NIGHTS UNDER THE STARS ongoing, 5-8 pm. Drop in and enjoy wonderful breezes and wide open spaces where you can relax on a beautiful deck and enjoy the evening under the stars, weather permitting. Bring a cigar, purchase your favorite wine. A light snack is provided. Old Creek Ranch Winery, 10024 Old Creek Road on Hwy 33, Ventura. www.oldcreekranch.com. RSVP 649-4132.

Kids & Family

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN Through Dec. 23, Fridays and Sundays. Enjoy caroling, photo opportunites, and wish list time with Santa.  Adults have the choice of a sliced turkey or ham dinner with mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.  Children\’s meal includes chicken fingers, mashed potatoes and fruit cup. $45 adult, $24 youth 3-12, $10 children 0-2, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546

Saturday, November 24

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK ongoing, 11 am-4 pm. 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 Dr., Ventura. 658-4728..

Classes

HEALTHY HOLIDAY COOKING 11 am-1 pm, Saturdays through Dec. 30. Give yourself a treat that won’t put on the pounds by signing up for a two-hour, hands-on “Healthy Holiday Cooking” class. $125. California Health and Longevity Institute, Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village. 818-575-1118.

Markets & Shows

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. 10 am-4 pm. Original gifts sold by members of the Artists’ Union. Includes jewelry, home and garden art, custom orders and more. California Street plaza, Ventura, next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. artsbythesea@verizon.net. 421-9270.

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

Groups & Clubs

LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 7:30-8:15 am. 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

HoLIDAY OUTING

HOLIDAY MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN Also Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22. It\’s Christmas on the high seas, as Capt. Starbuck and his crew join in a holiday gathering.  Just as riders start to get away from all their troubles, meet the on board celebrities and party with Santa and his elves, a crew member is murdered. $89 adults, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

Kids & Family

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAINS Through Dec. 23, 10 am and 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Continue or begin a family tradition and ride the train to the Christmas Tree Farm to cut down your own tree. Visit with Santa on board during your ride. $22 adults, $20 seniors, $12 youth 4-12, $8 children 1-3. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

Sunday, November 25

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK See Saturday, Nov. 17.

Markets & Shows

TOYS FOR KIDS CAR SHOW 10 am-3 pm. The Boys & Girls Club of Ventura is holding their 2nd annual event featuring first and second place trophies for 16 categories. Toys will be delivered to needy children by Cruisers Car Club & Friends. Free admission, $15 car entry fee or an unwrapped toy of equal value, $10 bike entry fee or an unwrapped toy of equal value. LeFevre Center, 1929 Johnson Dr., Ventura. 340-5300.

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. See Saturday, Nov. 24.

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

DESERT FISHES COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING See Thursday, Nov. 15.

Kids & Family

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN See Friday, Nov. 23.

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAINS See Saturday, Nov. 24

Monday, November 26

Classes

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

Groups & Clubs

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

CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB ongoing, noon. Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd.

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

Lectures & Seminars

CLU CHURCH & IMMIGRATION DISCUSSION 4 pm. A panel of experts on the church and immigration will address the New Sanctuary Movement and related issues. Featured speaker Ralston Deffenbaugh Jr., is the president of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, a cooperative agency of U.S. Lutheran churches that works with refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers. Roth Nelson Room on Mountclef Boulevard off of Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. rderderi@callutheran.edu. 493-3318.

SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT RELIGION ongoing, 7 pm. Based on the principles of A Course in Miracles, given by nondenominational spiritual lecturer Scott Patrick Wagner. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, $10 suggested donation. 101 S. Laurel Street., Ventura. 655-0159.

Tuesday, November 27

Classes

VENTURA SUNRISE TOASTMASTERS ongoing, 6:30 am. Helping people develop speaking, presentation and meeting management skills. Carrow\’s Cafe and Bakery, 2401 Harbor Blvd, Ventura. 509-4736.

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

BUILDING BETTER BALANCE ongoing, 9:30-10:30 am. 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, 10-11 am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and workout to build better bones, balance and strength. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS See Thursday, Nov. 22.

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

Groups & Clubs

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 7-9:30 pm. 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.

Health

MOOD DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 6:30-8 pm. Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., Room 301, Ventura. www.DSBAAlliance.org. 201-0659.

Dining

GOURMET BURGER AND MARTINI NIGHT ongoing. 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.

WINEMAKER DINNERS ongoing, 6:30 pm. Brooks Restaurant, 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. www.restaurantbrooks.com. 652-7070..

Stepping Out

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

Wednesday, November 28

LECTURES & SEMINARS

EMPOWERING YOUR COMMUNITY 12:45 pm-1:45 pm. Dolores Huerta, co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the National Farm Workers Association and lobbyist for education, healthcare, reproductive rights and workers rights, will discuss what it takes to create community leaders and to organize grassroots movements. Free, $1 all-day parking permit. LS 8 Clock Tower Auditorium, Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. ssavren@vcccd.edu. 986-5800, ext. 1951.

THE COUNCIL PROCESS: AUTHENTIC COMMUNICATION WITH YOUTH 7-9 pm. Learn this communication process as you reflect and gain more skills to go out and brighten the lives of the young people you meet. Part of “Mentoring 101: Essentials for connecting with teens as a mentor, coach, neighbor and friend.” Free, registration required. Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Road, Ojai. www.ovyf.org. 640-9555

Markets & Shows

HEALTHY CLASSROOM CELEBRATIONS 3 pm-5 pm. The University of California Hansen Agricultural Center will be open to the public for self-guided tours of the farm and gardens and educational programs. Free, reservations required. www.ceventura.ucdavis.edu. 662-6948.

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

Groups & Clubs

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 payouts for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE ongoing, 2-4 pm and 6:30-8 pm. 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, 6:30-8 pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. 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. 525-0944

WEIGHT CONTROL SUPPORT GROUP 6:30 pm Wednesdays. Featuring occasional guest speakers on mediation, body image and physical fitness. $5 suggested donation. Ojai Valley Women’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 652-1841.

Ongoing

FREE TEST PREPARATION RESOURCES The Oxnard Public Library online database Learning Express provides more than 300 current practice tests and preparation for popular tests like the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB and U.S. citizenship. Career tests also available. www.oxnard.org. 385-7532.

LEARNING ASSESSMENTS Hardy Learning Center and Academy is offering a limited number of free learning assessments to students struggling with reading and school. www.hardybraintraining.com. 389-8144. 697 Mobil Ave., Camarillo.

LEARN COMPUTER CONCEPTS Daily. A class to teach keyboarding, Windows, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet and e-mail. $15 for 8-week session, free for adults older than 50. Ventura Adult & Continuing Education, Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave. 280-7925. 

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. www.oaciig.wordpress.com. (888) 702-0202.

LGBT DEPRESSION GROUP meets weekly at Ventura County Rainbow Alliance to experience the power and magic of group healing in the LGBT Community. Call for free assessment. 339-6344, ext. 301.

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. www.carlvc.org. 652-1001.

DOG/PUPPY ADOPTIONS 11 am-4 pm 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.

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.

CAMARILLO HOSPICE SERVICES Offering supportive care in support groups like General Bereavement, Young Widows and Widowers, Parents Who Have Lost a Child, Young Adult (15 to 22) Grief, Teen Age Grief, Bilingual Bereavement, Pet Loss Support. 389-6870

~ HAPPENINGS ~

~ HAPPENINGS ~

LIVING WITH WAR & BUILDING FOR PEACE Nov. 15, 7 pm. Christian, Jewish and Muslim women whose families have suffered the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will discuss current realities and their hope of a better future for all, as part of a national speaking tour. Free. California Lutheran University, Roth Nelson Room on Mountclef Boulevard off Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. www.partnersforpeace.org. 493-3348.

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND COMMUNITY DIALOGUE SERIES Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, 7-9 pm. The Education faculty at California State University Channel Islands is sponsoring a series of community dialogues to explore how NCLB and other “school accountability” policies are shaping classroom practices and decision-making in local K-12 schools as well as undergraduate and graduate education here in Ventura County. Free parking at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road parking lot and shuttle service to and from the campus; $6 on campus parking fee. 437-3294. CSUCI, One University Dr., Camarillo.

HOLIDAY HOME LOOK IN Nov. 17 and 18, 10 am-4:30 pm. The Ojai Festival Women’s Committee welcomes in the holidays by showcasing distinctive Ojai Valley homes through this event that benefits the Ojai Music Festival and its education program. Advance tickets $25, day of event tickets $30, no children younger than 12. www.OjaiFestival.org. 646-2094.

Thursday, November 15

Classes

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

LIFE DESIGN OJAI ongoing, 9:15-11:30 am 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, 9 am-4 pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

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

OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE ongoing Thursdays until Nov. 29. 7:30-10 pm. Live band, Latin, swing. Couples and singles invited. Single men free on first visit. $6 member, $7 nonmember. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-2603. 647-2963.

Lectures & Seminars

HOW TO GET INTO COLLEGE & SCORE SCHOLARSHIPS 7-8:30 pm. For parents of college-bound high school students. EP Foster Public Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. RSVP 392-3863, ext. 2002.

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES 6-7 pm. Free One-Hour Orientation to Women\’s Economic Ventures Self Employment Training Class. Learn more about WEV\’s 14-week comprehensive course that teaches how to start or grow your own successful business. Santa Barbara Bank & Trust (Conference Room), 400 E. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard. RSVP www.wevonline.org. 604-9000.

Groups & Clubs

VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY 6:30 pm. The monthly meeting will feature a rose show and Ron Ota, owner of Flower Power Florists in Camarillo, will speak at the event. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. www.venturarose.org. (818) 993-6622.

DESERT FISHES COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING A California State University Channel Islands biology lecturer is the local host for an international group of biologists, conservation workers and policy makers. Pierpont Inn, Ventura. www.desertfishes.org. 437-2763.

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

COOPERATIVE PARENTING AND DIVORCE PROGRAM ongoing, 6:30 pm. 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, 7:30 pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 nonmembers. 653-6466.

Sports

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

Stepping Out

OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE 7:30 pm-10 pm. Singles and couples invited to Latin and swing dance. Single men free on first visit, $6 member, $7 nonmember, light refreshments provided. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 486-6283.

Friday, November 16

Classes

BEGINNING SALSA/MAMBO ongoing, 8-9 pm. Six weekly classes followed by practice session. $5 current students, $10 drop-in dancers. PAC on Hobson & Seventh. www.oxnardrec.org. 385-7995.

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES ongoing, noon-1 pm. 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

CIGAR NIGHTS UNDER THE STARS 5-8 pm. Drop in and enjoy wonderful breezes and wide open spaces where you can relax on a beautiful deck and enjoy the evening under the stars, weather permitting. Bring a cigar, purchase your favorite wine. A light snack is provided. Old Creek Ranch Winery, 10024 Old Creek Road on Hwy 33, Ventura. www.oldcreekranch.com. RSVP 649-4132

DESERT FISHES COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING See Thursday, Nov. 15.

Health

FLU IMMUNIZATION CLINIC 8 am-noon. Adults only. Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road. 652-5928.

Saturday, November 17

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK ongoing, 11 am-4 pm. 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.

Classes

FRENCH CLASSIQUES 2 pm. Many of the French fall classics are deceptively simple to make and oh so tasty! The menu will include onion soup, beef bourguignonne, coq au vin and chocolate mousse. $50. Ojai Culinary Studio, 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Markets & Shows

OXNARD GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY 9-10 am. 38th annual Galaxy of Gems show. Free. Oxnard Performing & Convention Center, Oxnard and Ventura rooms, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. www.oxnardpace.com. 483-7303.

ALPACA RANCH OPEN HOUSE & BARN PARTY 9 am-5 pm. An opportunity to get “up close and personal” with more than 300 alpacas, workshops on spinning, talks on alpaca topics ranging from business to care, games and snacks and refreshments. Free. Alpacas at Windy Hill, 7660 Bradley Road, Somis. www.californiaalpacasales.com. 386-2394.

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. 10 am-4 pm. Original gifts sold by members of the Artists’ Union. Includes jewelry, home and garden art, custom orders and more. California Street plaza, Ventura, next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. artsbythesea@verizon.net. 421-9270.

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

Groups & Clubs

VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 1-4 pm. The society’s regular monthly meeting, featuring guest speaker Jean Wilcox Hibben, who will give a talk titled #Deduction v. Induction in Genealogical Research: Applying Logic Theory to Family History#. Free. Ventura LDS Family Historical Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. 644-4753.

BLACK & WHITE BALL Fundraiser event for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme featuring an elegant dinner and fabulous live and silent auction items from the practical to the priceless. mmccarthy@bgcop.org. 815-4959, ext. 204.

5K TURKEY TROT 9 am-noon. RiverPark Alive will host the inaugural 5K run in which participants are invited to race through the community and enjoy a post-race fair featuring food, fun and prizes. The run supports the Boys & Girls Club of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Free, T-shirts will be provided at race check-in to the first 200 registrants. To register visit www.riverparkalive.com/alive or call (888) 703-9995.

DESERT FISHES COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING See Thursday, Nov. 15.

LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 7:30-8:15 am. 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.

Health

FLU CLINICS 9 am-noon. Santa Paula Hospital Clinic, 845 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-0215. Santa Paula West, 254 W. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula. 921-1600.

Kids & Family

WEEKEND SCENIC EXCURSION TRAIN Through Nov. 18, noon-3 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Visit the historic town of Santa Paula over the former Southern Pacific railroad route. Travel through the century old citrus and avocado groves, and today\’s new professional nurseries. $22 adults, $20 seniors, $12 youth 4-12, $8 children 1-3. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

Stepping Out

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB 7:30 pm-10:30 pm. Singles and couples welcome to dance to music by the Starlighters. $5 members, $7 nonmembers, light refreshments provided. Goebel Senior Adult ballroom center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

Sunday, November 18

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK See Saturday, Nov. 17.

Classes

WINE & TAPAS 6:30 pm. Extend the weekend and join us as we make tapas and enjoy them with a glass of wine. $35. Ojai Culinary Studio, 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Lectures & Seminars

MARRIAGE & MONEY SEMINAR 7 pm. Primerica Financial Services will host this seminar for engaged or newly married couples. 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Suite C., Camarillo. RSVP 445-8340.

Markets & Shows

OXNARD GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY See Saturday, Nov. 17.

VENTURA FLEA MARKET 9 am-2 pm A giant flea market where shoppers can find gifts for the holidays. $5. Ventura County Fairgrounds (Seaside Park), 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. www.venturacountyfairgrounds.org. 648-3376

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. See Saturday, Nov. 17.

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

DESERT FISHES COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING See Thursday, Nov. 15.

Kids & Family

RAGS TO RICHES CASINO NIGHT & SILENT AUCTION 4:30-9 pm. Fundraiser to benefit the Nordhoff High School Music Department. $30 at the door or $25 pre-sale, adults only. Ojai Valley Inn and Resort, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai. www.nhsmusic.com. 640-4343 ext. 1861.

WEEKEND SCENIC EXCURSION TRAIN See Saturday, Nov. 17.

Stepping Out

SUNDAY TEA DANCE 2-5 pm. Gold Coast Dance Club invites you to bring your favorite partner and dance. $20 per couple nonmembers, $15 per couple members, refreshments served. House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave., Ventura, CA. 386-4641.

Monday, November 19

Classes

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

Groups & Clubs

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

CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB ongoing, noon. Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd.

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

Lectures & Seminars

SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT RELIGION ongoing, 7 pm. Based on the principles of A Course in Miracles, given by nondenominational spiritual lecturer Scott Patrick Wagner. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, $10 suggested donation. 101 S. Laurel Street., Ventura. 655-0159.

Tuesday, November 20

Classes

TEEN COOKING CLASS 4 pm. French Patricia Cuenot presents a hands-on class providing teens with a strong foundation on baking and braising in the oven. $30. Ojai Culinary Studio, 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

VENTURA SUNRISE TOASTMASTERS ongoing, 6:30 am. Helping people develop speaking, presentation and meeting management skills. Carrow\’s Cafe and Bakery, 2401 Harbor Blvd, Ventura. 509-4736.

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

BUILDING BETTER BALANCE ongoing, 9:30-10:30 am. 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, 10-11 am. Join instructor Ryan Campbell and workout to build better bones, balance and strength. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS See Thursday, Nov. 15.

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

Lectures & Seminars

MEDICARE CHANGES FOR 2008 EDUCATION & WORKSHOP 1 pm. Betty Berry of Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program will talk about HMOs, Medical and healthcare rights. Spanish translation and assistance filling out forms available. Free. Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. RSVP 517-6261.

Groups & Clubs

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 7-9:30 pm. 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.

Health

MOOD DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 6:30-8 pm. Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., Room 301, Ventura. www.DSBAAlliance.org. 201-0659.

Dining

GOURMET BURGER AND MARTINI NIGHT ongoing. 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.

WINEMAKER DINNERS ongoing, 6:30 pm. Brooks Restaurant, 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. www.restaurantbrooks.com. 652-7070.

Stepping Out

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

Wednesday, November 21

Lectures & Seminars

SELFLESS OR SELFISH: THAT IS THE QUESTION 12:45 pm-1:45 pm. Anthony Rodriguez, Oxnard College English professor, will be joined by students from the Literature Institute of Oxnard College to conduct a mock trial of the lead character Antigone from the ancient Greek play by Sophocles. $1 for all-day parking permit. Oxnard College, LS 8 Clock Tower Auditorium, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. ssavren@vcccd.edu. 986-5809.

Markets & Shows

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

Groups & Clubs

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 payouts for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE ongoing, 2-4 pm and 6:30-8 pm. 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, 6:30-8 pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. 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. 653-6466.

Ongoing

WIEGHT CONTROL SUPPORT GROUP 6:30 pm Wednesdays. Featuring occasional guest speakers on mediation, body image and physical fitness. $5 suggested donation. Ojai Valley Women’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 652-1841.

FREE TEST PREPARATION RESOURCES The Oxnard Public Library online database #Learning Express# provides more than 300 current practice tests and preparation for popular tests like the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB and U.S. citizenship. Career tests also available. www.oxnard.org. 385-7532.

LEARNING ASSESSMENTS Hardy Learning Center and Academy is offering a limited number of free learning assessments to students struggling with reading and school. www.hardybraintraining.com. 389-8144. 697 Mobil Ave., Camarillo.

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR DISORDER SUPPORT GROUPS 6:30-8 pm Tuesdays and 2-4 pm first and third Wednesday of each month. Confidential, peer-led and self-help support groups. Tuesday meetings at Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., Room 301, Building 300, Ventura. DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com. 201-0619. Wednesday meetings at the Adult Wellness & Recovery Center, 56 E. Main St., Suite 103. DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com. 671-5038.

JOIN GIRL SCOUTS Girls ages 5-17 can register during fall recruitment. $10 annual membership fee. www.GirlScouts Camarillo.org. 504-0065.

LEARN COMPUTER CONCEPTS Daily. A class to teach keyboarding, Windows, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet and e-mail. $15 for 8-week session, free for adults older than 50. Ventura Adult & Continuing Education, Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave. 280-7925. 

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. www.oaciig.wordpress.com. (888) 702-0202.

LGBT DEPRESSION GROUP meets weekly at Ventura County Rainbow Alliance to experience the power and magic of group healing in the LGBT Community. Call for free assessment. 339-6344, ext. 301.

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. www.carlvc.org. 652-1001.

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 11 am-4 pm 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.

CAMARILLO HOSPICE SERVICES Offering supportive care in support groups like General Bereavement, Young Widows and Widowers, Parents Who Have Lost a Child, Young Adult (15 to 22) Grief, Teen Age Grief, Bilingual Bereavement, Pet Loss Support. 389-6870.

On the Horizon

CORPORATE LEADERS BREAKFAST Nov. 28, 7:30 am. Verena Kloos, president of BMW Group DesignworksUSA, will serve as keynote speaker at the California Lutheran University event. CLU, Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3827.

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS EVE DINNER Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 Brooks will serve gourmet dinners, featuring multiple courses and seasonal ingredients. $60, $90 with wine or $30 for children younger than 12 on Dec. 24, $51-66 Dec. 31. 545 E. Thompson Blvd.Ventura. www.restaurantbrooks.com. 652.7070.

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAINS Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 10 am and 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Continue or begin a family tradition and ride the train to the Christmas Tree Farm to cut down your own tree. Visit with Santa on board during your ride. $22 adults, $20 seniors, $12 youth 4-12, $8 children 1-3. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN Nov. 23-Dec. 23, Fridays and Sundays. Enjoy caroling, photo opportunites, and wish list time with Santa.  Adults have the choice of a sliced turkey or ham dinner with mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.  Children\’s meal includes chicken fingers, mashed potatoes and fruit cup. $45 adult, $24 youth 3-12, $10 children 0-2, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

HOLIDAY MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22. It\’s Christmas on the high seas, as Capt. Starbuck and his crew join in a holiday gathering.  Just as riders start to get away from all their troubles, meet the on board celebrities and party with Santa and his elves, a crew member is murdered. $89 adults, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 6 or 7 pm Wednesdays-Sundays. Riders can come in their pajamas for a one hour ride to the \”North Pole\” to pick up Santa. They can also enjoy the Storytellers reading #Santa\’s Christmas Train#, caroling, and a cookie and chocolate milk while on board. $24 adults, $15 youth 3-12, $12 children 0-2, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

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Thursday, November 8

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 ongoing, 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.

OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE ongoing Thursdays until Nov. 29. 7:30-10 pm. Live band, Latin, swing. Couples and singles invited. Single men free on first visit. $6 member, $7 nonmember. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-2603. 647-2963.

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. 653-6466.

Sports

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

Friday, November 9

Classes

BEGINNING SALSA/MAMBO ongoing, 8-9 pm. Six weekly classes followed by practice session. $5 current students, $10 drop-in dancers. PAC on Hobson & Seventh. www.oxnardrec.org. 385-7995.

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES ongoing, noon-1 pm. 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.

Family

HOLIDAY MANNERS BOOTCAMP 7 pm. Roxanne Diesel teaches your kids about table manners, how to graciously give and receive gifts and write thank you notes. Thousand Oaks Center, 2525 N. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks. 381-2793.

Saturday, November 10

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK ongoing, 11 am-4 pm. 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

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. 10 am-4 pm. Original gifts sold by members of the Artists’ Union. Includes jewelry, home and garden art, custom orders and more. California Street plaza, Ventura, next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. artsbythesea@verizon.net. 421-9270.

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

Groups & Clubs

LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 7:30-8:15 am. 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.

Health

FLU CLINIC 9 am-1 pm. Fillmore Medical Clinic, 828 Ventura St., Fillmore. 524-2000.

Sunday, November 11

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK see: Saturday, Nov. 3.

Classes

A BARBEQUE THANKSGIVING 1 pm. Learn how to barbeque a perfect Thanksgiving dinner. $50. Ojai Culinary Studio, 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Lectures & Seminars

OJAI COMMUNITY BUDDHIST EVENT 1-3 pm. This Creating a Culture of Peace event will feature music, food, entertainment and discussion. Free. The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Rd., Ojai. 640-1111.

Markets & Shows

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. See Saturday, Nov. 3.

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

14th ANNUAL SALMON RUN 5K/3K WALK 7:30 am check-in, 8:30 am race. Runners, walkers and families are invited to join Patagonia, Great Pacific Iron Works, Real Cheap Sports and a long list of co-sponsors for a 5K run/3K walk benefiting Los Padres ForestWatch. Pre-registration entry fees $25 for adults and $20 for students 17 & under, day-of-race registration fees $30, children 8 and younger free. Patagonia’s upper parking lot (Main and Olive streets), Ventura. 643-6074.

Monday, November 12

Classes

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

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP 8:30 am-1 pm. OPEN, a chapter of Experience Unlimited, gives a five-day workshop to unemployed professionals; topics include resume writing, cover letters, interviewing, online job search. www.EU-OPEN.org. 526-6349.

Groups & Clubs

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

CAMARILLO NOONTIME OPTIMIST CLUB ongoing, noon. Round Table Pizza, Arneill Rd.

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

Lectures & Seminars

SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT RELIGION ongoing, 7 pm. Based on the principles of A Course in Miracles, given by nondenominational spiritual lecturer Scott Patrick Wagner. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, $10 suggested donation. 101 S. Laurel Street., Ventura. 655-0159.

Tuesday, November 13

Classes

TEEN COOKING CLASS 4 pm. French Patricia Cuenot presents a hands-on class providing teens with a strong foundation in cooking with vegetables, rice and pasta. $30. Ojai Culinary Studio. 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

VENTURA SUNRISE TOASTMASTERS ongoing, 6:30 am. Helping people develop speaking, presentation and meeting management skills. Carrow\’s Cafe and Bakery, 2401 Harbor Blvd, Ventura. 509-4736.

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

BUILDING BETTER BALANCE ongoing, 9:30-10:30 am. 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, 10-11 am. 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, 6:30-8 pm. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS See Thursday, Nov. 8.

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

AARP MATURE DRIVER CLASS 1-5 pm. Course graduates 50 and older can qualify for discount on their auto insurance. Must attend both days. $10. Moorpark Active Adult Center, Citrus Room. 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP See Monday, Nov. 12.

Groups & Clubs

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 7-9:30 pm. 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.

Health

MOOD DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP ongoing, 6:30-8 pm. Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., Room 301, Ventura. www.DSBAAlliance.org. 201-0659.

Dining

GOURMET BURGER AND MARTINI NIGHT ongoing. 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.

WINEMAKER DINNERS ongoing, 6:30 pm. Brooks Restaurant, 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. www.restaurant brooks.com. 652-7070.

Stepping Out

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

Wednesday, November 14

Classes

AARP MATURE DRIVER CLASS See Tuesday, Nov. 13.

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP See Monday, Nov. 12.

Lectures & Seminars

HOW TO USE PUBLIC SPEAKING TO GROW YOUR SUCCESS 1:30-3:30 pm. Jim Cathcart will share techniques for speaking with confidence, capturing attention and motivating listeners. California Lutheran University, Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. RSVP sseale@vccf.org or 988-0196, ext. 110.

WORKFORCE EDUCATION CONFERENCE 3-5 pm. Community members are invited to learn what Ventura County’s workforce education needs are and what is currently being provided. $15 for non-VCCA members, free for members. Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Conference Room C, 221 Ventura Blvd., Oxnard. civicalliance@vccf.org. 988-0196, ext. 114.

Markets & Shows

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

Groups & Clubs

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 payouts for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE ongoing, 2-4 pm and 6:30-8 pm. 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, 6:30-8 pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. 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. 653-6466.

Ongoing

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR DISORDER SUPPORT GROUPS 6:30-8 pm Tuesdays and 2-4 pm first and third Wednesday of each month. Confidential, peer-led and self-help support groups. Tuesday meetings at Bible Fellowship Church, 6950 Ralston St., Room 301, Building 300, Ventura. DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com. 201-0619. Wednesday meetings at the Adult Wellness & Recovery Center, 56 E. Main St., Suite 103. DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com. 671-5038.

JOIN GIRL SCOUTS Girls ages 5-17 can register during fall recruitment. $10 annual membership fee. http://www.GirlScoutsCamarillo.org. 504-0065.

LEARN COMPUTER CONCEPTS Daily. A class to teach keyboarding, Windows, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet and e-mail. $15 for 8-week session, free for adults older than 50. Ventura Adult & Continuing Education, Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave. 280-7925. 

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. www.oaciig.wordpress.com. (888) 702-0202.

WEEKEND SCENIC EXCURSION TRAIN Through Nov. 18, noon-3 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Visit the historic town of Santa Paula over the former Southern Pacific railroad route. Travel through the century old citrus and avocado groves, and today\’s new professional nurseries. $22 adults, $20 seniors, $12 youth 4-12, $8 children 1-3. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

LGBT DEPRESSION GROUP meets weekly at Ventura County Rainbow Alliance to experience the power and magic of group healing in the LGBT Community. Call for free assessment. 339-6344, ext. 301.

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. www.carlvc.org. 652-1001.

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 11 am-4 pm 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.

CAMARILLO HOSPICE SERVICES Offering supportive care in support groups like General Bereavement, Young Widows and Widowers, Parents Who Have Lost a Child, Young Adult (15 to 22) Grief, Teen Age Grief, Bilingual Bereavement, Pet Loss Support. 389-6870.

On the Horizon

CORPORATE LEADERS BREAKFAST, Nov. 28, 7:30 am. Verena Kloos, president of BMW Group DesignworksUSA, will serve as keynote speaker at the California Lutheran University event. CLU, Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3827.

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS EVE DINNER, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 Brooks will serve gourmet dinners, featuring multiple courses and seasonal ingredients. $60, $90 with wine or $30 for children younger than 12 on Dec. 24, $51-66 Dec. 31. 545 E. Thompson Blvd. Ventura. www.restaurantbrooks.com. 652.7070.

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAINS, Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 10 am and 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Continue or begin a family tradition and ride the train to the Christmas Tree Farm to cut down your own tree. Visit with Santa on board during your ride. $22 adults, $20 seniors, $12 youth 4-12, $8 children 1-3. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN Nov. 23-Dec. 23, Fridays and Sundays. Enjoy caroling, photo opportunites, and wish list time with Santa.  Adults have the choice of a sliced turkey or ham dinner with mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert.  Children\’s meal includes chicken fingers, mashed potatoes and fruit cup. $45 adult, $24 youth 3-12, $10 children 0-2, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

HOLIDAY MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22. It\’s Christmas on the high seas, as Capt. Starbuck and his crew join in a holiday gathering.  Just as riders start to get away from all their troubles, meet the on board celebrities and party with Santa and his elves, a crew member is murdered. $89 adults, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 6 or 7 pm Wednesdays-Sundays. Riders can come in their pajamas for a one hour ride to the \”North Pole\” to pick up Santa. They can also enjoy the Storytellers reading #Santa\’s Christmas Train#, carolling, and a cookie and chocolate milk while on board. $24 adults, $15 youth 3-12, $12 children 0-2, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

RAGS TO RICHES CASINO NIGHT & SILENT AUCTION Nov. 18, 4:30-9 pm. Fundraiser to benefit the Nordhoff High School Music Department. $30 at the door or $25 pre-sale, adults only. Ojai Valley Inn and Resort, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai. www.nhsmusic.com. 640-4343 ext. 1861.

Museums

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

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 10 am-4 pm Wednesday-Sunday. $4 general, $3 seniors, $1 youth, free for members. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. www.oilmuseum.net. 933-0076.

CEC/SEABEE MUSEUM 8 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday, 12:30-4:30 pm Saturday, closed Sunday and national holidays. Historical artifacts, multimedia installations and vintage uniforms. 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 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Sunday. The county’s only hands-on learning museum for kids. 418 Fourth St., Oxnard. www.gullwingsmuseum4kids.org. 483-3005.

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

OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM 1-4pm Thursday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm Saturday, noon-4 pm Sunday. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 640-1390.

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

~ HAPPENINGS ~

~ HAPPENINGS ~

DEAD SEA SCROLLS AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY Nov. 6, 4 pm. James Vander-Kam, Ph.D. and leading international expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, will speak about the simi-larities and differences between the Dead Sea Scrolls and early Christ-ian writings. California Lutheran University. 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks. E-mail stthomas@ callutheran.edu. 493-3693.

PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON DOWNTOWN HISTORIC RESOURCES SURVEY RESULTS Nov. 1, 6 pm. The Historic Preservation Committee will discuss the approximately 300 properties that met the criteria to be designated as a Point of Interest or Historic Landmark. This survey is part of the Downtown Specific Plan to preserve the unique and historic character of downtown. Open to the public. Free. San Buenaventura Mission Serra Center, 211 E. Main St. Ventura. www.cityofventura.net. 658-4720.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA HANSEN AGRICULTURAL CENTER’S “SATURDAYS AT THE FARM” Nov. 3, 9 am-noon. Take a self-guided tour of the farms, gardens and historic Queen Anne home on the grounds of this agricultural resource center. Story time and crafts for the kids. For adults, University of California Master Gardener plant sale and garden education program. Also, class on making Holiday Wreaths. University of California Hansen Agricultural Center, Corner of Telephone Rd. and Briggs, Santa Paula. Free, parking available. www.ceventura. ucdavis.edu. 662-6948.

Thursday, November 1

Classes

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

LIFE DESIGN OJAI ongoing, 9:15-11:30 am 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, 9 am-4 pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. www.Lee HodgesArt.com. 647-6641.

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

OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE until Nov. 29. 7:30-10 pm. Live band, Latin, swing. Couples and singles invited. Single men free on first visit. $6 member, $7 nonmember. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-2603. 647-2963.

Groups & Clubs

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

COOPERATIVE PARENTING AND DIVORCE PROGRAM ongoing, 6:30 pm. 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, 7:30 pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 nonmembers. 653-6466.

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO 7 pm. Sean Kelly, associate professor of political science at California State University Channel Islands, gives a talk titled “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Democrats and the New Congress.” UCFW Hall, 816 Camarillo Springs Rd., Camarillo. 484-6011.

Family

MCDONALD’S GIVES AWAY CHILDREN’S BOOKS 3-7 pm. Come get a free age-appropriate book for your child to celebrate National Family Literacy Day. McDonald’s. 1711 N. Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard.

Sports

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

Other

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION 10 am. Traditional community altar; samples of traditional pan de muerto (bread). Student Union Building, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks.

Friday, November 2

Classes

BEGINNING SALSA/MAMBO ongoing, 8-9 pm. Six weekly classes followed by practice session. PAC on Hobson & Seventh. $5 current students, $10 drop-in dancers. www.oxnardrec.org. 385-7995.

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES ongoing, noon-1 pm. 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.

Lecture & Seminars

PATCH ADAMS, M.D: “JOY AND HEALTH” 6:30 pm. The physician and clown who inspired the Robin Williams film, will speak about the relation between humor and healing. Free. Oak Grove School Outdoor Pavilion. 646-8236.

Family

HOLIDAY MANNERS BOOTCAMP ongoing until Nov. 9. 7 pm. Roxanne Diesel teaches kids about table manners, how to graciously give and receive gifts and how to write thank you notes. Thousand Oaks Center, 2525 N. Moorpark Rd. Thousand Oaks. 381-2793.

Markets & Shows

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS. 7-9 am. Network and shop at this event put on by the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce. $18 chamber members, $23 non-members. Los Robles Greens Banquet Center, 299 S. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks. www.towlvchamber.org.

Other

ANTI-WAR VIGIL 5 pm. Join Ventura County group Act Now To Stop War and Racism (A.N.S.W.E.R.) and other local groups in protesting the war. Placards and banners available or bring your own. County Government Center. Corner of Victoria Ave. and Telephone. Road. E-mail answervc-admin@lists.riseup.net.

Saturday, November 3

Dance

VENTURA RHEINLAND CLUB CARNEVAL. 6:30-11:30 pm. Live band, authentic German food and a full bar. Music provided by The Bluebirds. Program includes the crowning of the 2007 Carneval Prince and Princess, a German tradition. $10. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 642-7931 or 658-8887.

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK ongoing, 11 am-4 pm. The two-story adobe hacienda on the park grounds, built by Don Raymundo Olivas in 1847, features furnishings from the early California ranchero period. Docents in period costumes will offer tours. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4728.

Markets & Shows

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. 10 am-4 pm. Original gifts sold by members of the Artists’ Union. Includes jewelry, home and garden art, custom orders and more. California Street plaza, Ventura, next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. artsbythesea@verizon.net. 421-9270.

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

Groups & Clubs

LAUGHTER CLUB ongoing, 7:30-8:15 am. 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.

Health

INFLUENZA IMMUNATION CLINICS. Ongoing. 9 am-noon. Free with medicare. $25 others. Santa Paula Medical Clinic, 1334 E. Main St. Moorpark Family Medical Clinic 35 W. Los Angeles Ave. www.findaflu shot.com. 652-5298.

Sunday, November 4

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK see Saturday, Nov. 3.

Markets & Shows

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. See Saturday, Nov. 3.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET ongoing, 10 am-2 pm. 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

AUDOBON SOCIETY RESTORATION WORK DAY 9 am-noon. Join the Audobon society in removing invasive plants and maintaining previous plantings at the Hedrick Ranch Nature Area. 20395 S. Mountain Rd., Santa Paula. www.VenturaAudobon.org. 640-0779.

Monday, November 5

Classes

YOU’VE GOT THE POWER TO BUILD “BOUNCE BACK” KIDS 7-9 pm. Nan Henderson explains how to take your children from “stress to success.” Free. Ojai recreation Department. 510 Park Road, Ojai. www.ovyf.org. 640-9555.

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

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP until Friday, Nov 9. 8:30 am-1 pm. OPEN, a chapter of Experience Unlimited, gives a five-day workshop to unemployed professionals; topics include resume writing, cover letters, interviewing, online job search. www.EU-OPEN.org. 526-6349.

Groups & Clubs

SIERRA GROUP MORNING WALKS ongoing. 8:30 am. 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, 10:30 am. Group open to all people in need of spiritual uplifting. If you need to cry and unload, come to the Camarillo Methodist Church and share uplifting quotes, jokes and problems. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. 482-4312.

Lectures & Seminars

SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT RELIGION ongoing, 7 pm. Based on the principles of A Course in Miracles, given by nondenominational spiritual lecturer Scott Patrick Wagner. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel Street., Ventura. $10 suggested donation. 655-0159

DENNIS PRAGER SPEAKS ABOUT “THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK” 1:30 pm. Speaker, author, and radio personality speaks about the compelling, moving and famed work. Free. Calvary Community Church’s Celebration Center, 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village. www.oakschristian.org. 492-6511.

Tuesday, November 6

Classes

VENTURA SUNRISE TOASTMASTERS ongoing, 6:30 am. 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 9 am-noon. Roberta Andrino teaches the 8-week course. Free. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

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

BUILDING BETTER BALANCE ongoing, 9:30-10:30 am. 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, 10-11 am. 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, 6:30-8 pm. Taught by Scott Nordeng. Ventura County Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 953-4458.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS see Thursday, Nov. 1.

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

AARP MATURE DRIVER CLASS until Nov. 7. 1-5 pm. Course graduates 50 and over can qualify for discount on their auto insurance. Must attend both days. $10. Moorpark Active Adult Center, Citrus Room, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP see Monday, Nov. 5.

Lectures & Seminars

HAROLD STONER CLARK LECTURE SERIES 10 am and 4 pm. David Holzman, expert on global networks gives two lectures. At 10 am, “Privacy Lost-How Technology Affects Privacy.” At 4 pm, “Online Identities: “@ttribution, Not Retribution.” California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks. www.callutheran.edu. 493-3235

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK LUNCHEON AND MINI BUSINESS EXPO 11 am-1:30 pm. Dr. Bill Watkins, Executive Director of the Economic Forecast Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, reports the economic forecast for Camarillo, the county and state. $45 members, $55 nonmembers. Spanish Hills Country Club. 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo.

Groups & Clubs

CHANNEL ISLANDS CLIPPERS ongoing, 7-9:30 pm. 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.

Health

MOOD DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP ongoing. 6:30-8 pm. Dr. John Cervantes answers questions about Depression and Bipolar disorder. Bible Fellowship Church. 6950 Ralston St. Room 301, Ventura. www.DSBAAlliance.org. 201-0659.

Dining

GOURMET BURGER AND MARTINI NIGHT ongoing. 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.

WINEMAKER DINNERS ongoing Tuesday nights, 6:30 pm. This Tuesday, Carr Winemaker Dinner. $100 plus tax and tip. Brooks Restaurant. 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. www.restaurantbrooks.com 652-7070.

Stepping Out

COUNTRY LOVERS WESTERN DANCE CLUB ongoing. 6:30-9 pm. 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.

Wednesday, November 7

Classes

AARP MATURE DRIVER CLASS see Tuesday, Nov. 6

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP see Monday, Nov. 5.

Markets & Shows

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

WHAT TEENS NEED TO SUCCEED 7-9 pm. Learn the 40 assets that can make a difference in your teen’s health and success. Also, how to connect with teens as a mentor, coach, neighbor or friend. Free. Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Rd., Ojai. www.ovyf.org. 640-9950.

Lectures & Seminars

OXNARD COLLEGE SPEAKERS LECTURE SERIES Wednesdays, 12:45-1:45 pm. This week, “Transcending Culture and Achieving Success.” Controversial author Ernesto Caravantes speaks about educational underachievement and high drop-out rates in the Latino community. Free. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave. 986-5809.

Groups & Clubs

BINGO ongoing, 5:30-9:30 pm. People, ages 21 and older, are invited to the weekly Wednesday Night Bingo at the Avenue Adult Center. Cash payouts for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

DEPRESSION & BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE ongoing, 2-4 pm and 6:30-8 pm. Group meetings, peer-lead. Adult Wellness & Recovery Center, 56 E. Main St., Ste. 103, corner of Main Street & Ventura Avenue. 201-0619.

INDEPENDENT THINKERS, 7 pm. An informal discussion group that meets every first Wednesday of the month. Topics might include politics, psychology, economics, social concerns, health, religion, environment, philosophy or whatever the group is interested in talking about. They welcome new voices and ideas. 2231 Hyland Ave., Ventura. 653-1121.

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

ONE AGAIN ongoing, 7:30 pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. 653-6466.

Ongoing

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. (888) 702-0202. www.oaciig.wordpress.com.

LGBT DEPRESSION GROUP meets weekly at Ventura County Rainbow Alliance to experience the power and magic of group healing in the LGBT Community. 339-6344, ext. 301.

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. www.carlvc.org.

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

DOG/PUPPY ADOPTIONS 11 am-4 pm Saturdays. Sam’s Place Adoption Center, 3004 Telegraph Road., 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.

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

CAMARILLO HOSPICE SERVICES Offering supportive care in support groups like General Bereavement, Young Widows and Widowers, Parents Who Have Lost a Child, Young Adult (15 to 22) Grief, Teen Age Grief, Bilingual Bereavement, Pet Loss Support. 389-6870.

Museums

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

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. $4 general, $3 seniors, $1 youth. Free for members. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. www.oilmuseum.net. 933-0076.

CEC/SEABEE MUSEUM Historical artifacts, multimedia installations and vintage uniforms. 8 am-4:30 pm Monday – Friday, 12:30-4:30 pm Saturday. 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. 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday – Sunday. 418 Fourth St., Oxnard. www.gullwingsmuseum4kids.org. 483-3005.

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

OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Thurs.-Fri. 1-4 pm, Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sun. noon-4 pm. 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: 10 am-5 pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. www.reaganfoundation.org. 410-8354.

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.

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Ojai Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist

    March 18 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Rev. Karen’s Mid-Month Devotional Retreat: Discovering the ‘Who’ That Is You

    May 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  3. Viva La CASA: Benefit Concert

    May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Ojai Youth Opera Presents: Nightingale & the Tower

    May 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  5. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  6. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. Ojai Art Center’s 42nd Annual Art in the Park

    May 25 @ 10:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm
  8. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  9. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  10. INTRODUCTION TO ANTIQUE CLOCK COLLECTING, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR WORKSHOP IN SANTA PAULA

    June 1 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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