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CHRISTMAS CAROL RADIO DRAMA noon, 5 pm and 10 pm Dec. 24 and 7 am Dec. 25. AM 1520 KVTA will air the locally produced ghost story, written by Charles Dickens, and stream it over their Web site at www.kvta.com, commercial free. British-born Keith Hurt (above) will play Ebenezer Scrooge for the 18th annual production.

SEE SANTA 8 am-9 pm Dec. 22, 8 am-10 pm Dec. 23 and 8 am-6 pm Dec. 24. Come sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what you want for the holidays. Pacific View Mall Center Court, Ventura. www.shoppacificview.com. 642-0605.

WHALE WATCHING TRIPS half-day and all-day trips from Dec. 26 through April 1. Take a boat ride with Island Packers to see the gray whales as they migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel. 642-1393.

Thursday, December 20

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.

CAPOEIRA BATUQUE ongoing, 7:30-8:30 pm. A Brazilian martial arts class. Ventura Bell Arts Factory, 432 Ventura Ave.

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. $24 adults, $15 youth 3-12, $12 children 0-2, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

Friday, December 21

Kids & Family

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN Through Dec. 23, Fridays and Sundays. Enjoy caroling, photo opportunities, and wish list time with Santa. $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, Dec. 20.

Saturday, December 22

Holiday Events

HOLIDAY MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN It\’s Christmas on the high seas, as Capt. Starbuck and his crew join in a holiday gathering. $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.

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.

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. $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, Dec. 20.

Sunday, December 23

Holiday Events

DESSERT & WINE PAIRING 6:30 pm. A relaxing holiday dessert and wine pairing event. Call to reserve a space. $35. Ojai Culinary Studio, 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-1124.

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK See Saturday, Dec. 22.

Markets & Shows

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. See Saturday, Dec. 22.

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.

Kids & Family

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN See Friday, Dec. 21.

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAINS See Saturday, Dec. 22.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS See Thursday, Dec. 20.

Monday, December 24

Holiday Events

CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT 7 pm. Enjoy a Christmas pageant with candle lighting and carol singing. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 643-1933.

CHRISTMAS EVE DRAMA & CEREMONY 5 and 7 pm. The Camarillo United Methodist Church will have two Christmas Eve services featuring a youth drama about Scrooge and a candlelight ceremony. Free. 291 Anacapa Dr., Camarillo. www.cam-umc.org. 482-4312.

CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER Dec. 24, also a New Years Eve dinner 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.

DINNER AT SIDECAR RESTAURANT 4 pm-7 pm. The Sidecar Restaurant will offer a special holiday 3-course dinner. $45 per person. The SideCar Restaurant, 3029 E. Main St., Ventura. www.thesidecarrestaurant.com. 653-7433.

CHRISTMAS EVE AT JONATHAN’S 5 pm-10 pm. Jonathan’s at Peirano’s will offer their regular menu plus chef-created specials. Jonathan’s at Peirano’s, 204 E. Main St., Ventura. www.jonathanatpeiranos.com. 648-4853.

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.

Tuesday, December 25

Holiday Events

CHRISTMAS AT THE PIERPONT INN noon to 8 pm. Dine at Austen’s restaurant at the historic Pierpont Inn, where a holiday feast will be served. www.pierpontinn.com. 643-6144.

Classes

CAPOEIRA BATUQUE ongoing, 7:30-8:30 pm. A Brazilian martial arts class. Ventura Bell Arts Factory, 432 Ventura Ave.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS See Thursday, Dec. 20.

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

Health

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

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 26

Groups & Clubs

BINGO ongoing, 5:30-9:30 pm. 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, 7:30 pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. 525-0944.

Ongoing

MARINE SANCTUARY SEEKS APPLICANTS NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants to fill three primary seats and six alternate positions on its advisory council. Applications are available at http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/news.html, or by calling 966-7107, ext. 422 and must be submitted by Jan. 4.

OXNARD BOYS & GIRLS CLUB HOME RAFFLE Second early bird drawing Jan. 31, enter by Jan. 29 to be eligible for $25,000 in early bird prizes and Port Hueneme’s House of Ten Thousand Dreams Home Raffle. 720-2582. www.tenthousanddreams.net.

THANKS & GIVING CAMPAIGN Through Dec. 31. The Melting Pot of Thousand Oaks joins St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the fourth annual campaign. With each purchase of a four-course “Big Night Out” dinner, the restaurant will donate $1 to St. Jude. Donations and purchases of bonus cards can also be made online at www.stjude.org or by calling 1-800-4STJUDE.

HOLIDAY SHIP MODEL SALE Through Dec. 31, 11 am-5 pm daily. The Ventura County Maritime Museum will sell a wide selection of sailing ship models. The Ventura County Maritime Museum. 984-6260.

KIDS TOY DRIVE Through Dec. 21. The California Highway Patrol hosts their annual “CHiPs for Kids” Toy Drive to collect toys for low-income individuals, families and charities throughout California. For more information call 477-4100.

HOLIDAY SHOPPER SHUTTLE Dec. 8-24, 9 am-6 pm. In an effort to ease local holiday traffic, Thousand Oaks Transit will launches its annual Holiday Shopper Shuttle Service. For route and schedule information call 375-5473 or visit www.TOTransit.org.

FREE CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE TESTING Jan. 11 and by appointment, appointments being scheduled now. Free testing to Ventura County residents age 60 and older. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

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. $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 Ventura Harbor. 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. $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. 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.Girl ScoutsCamarillo.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. 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

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 6:30 pm-1 am. Country Lovers Western Dance Club will be hosting the celebration themed “New Year’s Evening of Magical Memories.” Formal attire not required. $55 per person, RSVP by Dec. 14. Four Points Sheraton, Grand Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Dr., Ventura. www.countrylovers.com. 647-1893.

CONTACT IMPROVISATION DANCE CLASS Jan. 4-6. Contact Improvisation is an open-ended exploration of the physical and experiential possibilities of contact within a dance environment. Workshop taught by Karl Frost. For more information or to sign up, call 650-7112 or e-mail dancejamventura2@aol.com.

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PARADE OF LIGHTS 5 pm carnival, 7 pm boat light parade, 9 pm fireworks, Dec. 14 and 15. The Ventura Harbor lights up the sky with a spectacular Parade of Lights and fireworks display. Guests can enjoy the revelry as boats adorned with Christmas lights and decorations illuminate the Ventura Harbor and watch as colorful fireworks fill the night sky. Free. Ventura Harbor Village. www.venturaharborvillage.com.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION 6:30 pm, Dec. 15. Oceanview Pavilion’s Performing Arts Theatre presents the second annual Holiday Celebration, featuring a Toy’s for Tots drive, Santa, local entertainment by Frank and Fremont Junior High School bands, and holiday prizes. This event is in collaboration with the Wounded Warrior Project. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme, across from Hueneme Beach. $7 per person, free parking. 986-4818.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT Dec. 15, time TBA. The Ventura Audubon Society will host the holiday count. Rain date, Dec. 22. For more information on participating e-mail at looks4birds@sbcglobal.net or call 701-8185.

Thursday, December 13

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.

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.

Groups & Clubs

ROSE SOCIETY The Ventura County Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting at the home of Pat Mooney. This monthly meeting will be a combination of installation of Officers and a pot-luck holiday party. The American Rose Society’s Bronze Medal for Outstanding Ser vice will be awarded. www.venturarose.org. RSVP 484-0804.

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. $24 adults, $15 youth 3-12, $12 children 0-2, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

Friday, December 14

Lectures & Seminars

GESTALT THERAPY 6:30-7:30 pm. Dr. Priscilla de Garcia will teach “Stopping That Voice in your Mind, Gestalt Therapy and Other Techniques to Center Your Energy.” $25. SPA by Diane Loring, Inc, in the Historic Love House, 119 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. RSVP 641-0022 or e-mail info@spaventura.com

Sports

VOLLEYBALL District priority registration for the 2008 Adult Coed Winter/Spring Volleyball League ends today. The league plays Wednesday and Sunday evenings in Thousand Oaks. $200. 49504674.

Kids & Family

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN Through Dec. 23, Fridays and Sundays. Enjoy caroling, photo opportunites, and wish list time with Santa. $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, Dec. 13.

Saturday, December 15

Holiday Events

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB 7:30-10:30 pm. A holiday dance featuring The Unforgettables. $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Thousand Oaks Dance Club, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

HOLIDAY MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN Also Dec. 22. It\\\’s Christmas on the high seas, as Capt. Starbuck and his crew join in a holiday gathering. $89 adults, reservations required. Fillmore & Western, 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. www.fwry.com. 524-2546.

10-MINUTE GOURMET 2 pm. Learn some easy meals. The menu includes Skillet Potatoes with Olives & Lemons, Shrimp Scampi Pasta, Pepper Chicken with Hummus, Pancetta-wrapped Salmon and Caramelized Apples with Dried Cherries. $50. Ojai Culinary Studio, 315 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. RSVP 646-1124.

ANNUAL POTLUCK LUNCHEON noon. The Ventura County Genealogical Society will hold the luncheon where the 2008 elected officers will be installed and success stories will be told. Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. 644-4753.

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.

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.

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. $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, Dec. 13.

Sunday, December 16

Holiday Events

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 7:30 pm. St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church’s department of music will present the sixth annual concert featuring holiday music. Free, seating limited. 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village. For tickets call (818)991-3915.

WINTER WONDERLAND noon-4 pm. Families will be entertained with community group performances, a full carnival, fudge tasting, Dickenson carolers, a Toy Soldier Band and a visit with Santa and his two live reindeer at the Winter Wonderland and Carnival. Ventura Harbor Village. 642-8538. www.venturaharborvillage.com.

DINNER DANCE 5-9 pm. Gold Coast Dance Club is hosting this dinner dance with music by “Moore Music” and a professionally catered dinner. $60 per couple. 647-3775.

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. RSVP 646-1124.

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK See Saturday, Dec. 15.

Markets & Shows

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. See Saturday, Dec. 15.

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.

Kids & Family

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN See Friday, Dec. 14.

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAINS See Saturday, Dec. 15.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS See Thursday, Dec. 13.

Monday, December 17

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, December 18

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, Dec. 13.

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, December 19

Film

JOYEUX NOEL 6:30-9 pm. Free screening and discussion about the film that tells the true-life story of the spontaneous Christmas Eve truce in 1914, declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War I. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road.

Lectures & Seminars

SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING 6-7 pm. Women\\\’s Economic Ventures will hold free self-employment training orientations so women can learn to start or grow their own successful business. Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Conference Room, 400 E. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard. www.wevonline.org. 604-9000.

Markets & Shows

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

Groups & Clubs

BINGO ongoing, 5:30-9:30 pm. 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, 7:30 pm. Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. 525-0944.

Kids & Family

NORTH POLE EXPRESS See Thursday, Dec. 13.

Ongoing

MARINE SANCTUARY SEEKS APPLICANTS NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants to fill three primary seats and six alternate positions on its advisory council. Application packages are available at http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/news.html, or by calling 966-7107, ext. 422 and must be submitted by Jan. 4.

OXNARD BOYS & GIRLS CLUB HOME RAFFLE Second early bird drawing Jan. 31, enter by Jan. 29 to be eligible for $25,000 in early bird prizes from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme’s House of Ten Thousand Dreams Home Raffle. 720-2582. www.tenthousanddreams.net.

THANKS & GIVING CAMPAIGN Through Dec. 31. The Melting Pot of Thousand Oaks joins St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the fourth annual campaign. Donations and purchases of bonus cards can also be made online at www.stjude.org or by calling 1-800-4STJUDE.

HOLIDAY SHIP MODEL SALE Through Dec. 31, 11 am-5 pm daily. The Ventura County Maritime Museum will sell a wide selection of sailing ship models, including decorator models. The Ventura County Maritime Museum. 984-6260.

KIDS TOY DRIVE Through Dec. 21. This holiday season, the California Highway Patrol will be playing Santa by bringing joy to less-fortunate families as they host their annual “CHiPs for Kids” Toy Drive to collect toys for low-income individuals, families and charities throughout California. For more information call 477-4100.

HOLIDAY SHOPPER SHUTTLE Dec. 8-24, 9 am-6 pm. In an effort to ease local holiday traffic, Thousand Oaks Transit will launch its annual Holiday Shopper Shuttle Service. For route and schedule information call 375-5473 or visit www.TOTransit.org.

FREE CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE TESTING Jan. 11 and by appointment, appointments being scheduled now. Free testing to Ventura County residents age 60 and older. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

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. $20 adults, $10 children 2-12. www.venturaboatrentals.com. 642-7753.

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. $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.

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.

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/central coast. 715-3699.

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. Ventura. www.restaurantbrooks.com. 652.7070.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 6:30 pm-1 am. Country Lovers Western Dance Club will be hosting the celebration themed “New Year’s Evening of Magical Memories.” Formal attire not required. $55 per person, RSVP by Dec. 14. Four Points Sheraton, Grand Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Dr., Ventura. www.countrylovers.com. 647-1893.

~ HAPPENINGS ~

~ HAPPENINGS ~

CANDLELIGHT TOUR 5:30-7:30 pm, Dec. 9. A free performance for the public featuring historical vignettes depicting Christmas Eve at the Olivas Adobe in 1870. Get in the holiday spirit by witnessing what Christmas Eve was like in Old California. Bring the whole family and feel part of a very special time in Ventura’s history. Meet early in exhibit hall for free tour tickets. The Olivas Adobe Exhibit Hall, 4200 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. www.olivasadobe.org. 382-1752.

HOLIDAY GALA & FUNDRAISER 6:30-10:30 pm, Dec. 9. A silent and live auction to benefit 2008 NHRA Scholarship Fund, Casa Pacifica and Food Share. Live music, casino-style games, dinner, live and silent auctions, raffle and a cash bar add to the organization’s annual holiday festivities. $60 per person. Embassy Suites, Mandalay Beach Resort, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard. 523-2000, ext. 2203.

CHANUKAH FESTIVAL 2:30-5 pm, Dec. 9. Bring the entire family and be a part of the giant 20-foot menorah lighting ceremony and enjoy a children’s show, live entertainment, hot latkes and carnival rides. Free. Ventura Harbor, Ventura. www.chabadofoxnard.com. 382-4770.

Thursday, December 6

Holiday Events

POINSETTIA BALL 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.

HOLIDAY CANTEEN DAY TRIP 9:45 am-5:45 pm. Join the Moorpark Active Adult Center on an outing to the beautiful Via Verde Country Club for a special holiday show and luncheon. Also includes a musical performance of #A Holiday Canteen Show#. $75, includes transportation, driver tip, matinee, lunch and wine. 517-6261.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 11 am-7 pm. Enjoy some refreshments while learning about video magnifiers and products to help you see again. Your Low Vision Store, 1794 E. Main St., Ventura. 310-3938.

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.

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.

Friday, December 7

Holiday Events

ANNUAL DUDLEY HOUSE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE 11 am-6 pm. 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

Museums

FREE ADMISSION Admission to the Museum of Ventura County is free today.

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.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS See Thursday, Dec. 6.

Saturday, December 8

Holiday Events

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE noon-4 pm. The Democratic Women’s Council of Conejo Valley will hold their second annual Holiday Boutique where everyone is invited to drop in anytime during the afternoon and enjoy a glass of wine, snacks and desserts while they shop. There will be clothing, jewelry, holiday and gift items such as candles, lotions and oils. $10 donation for refreshments. For directions, information and reservations call 497-1003.

ANNUAL DUDLEY HOUSE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE See Friday, Dec. 7.

HOLIDAY MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN Also Dec. 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.

CHANUKAH DANCE PARTY 8 pm. J-SinglesVC, a group for Jewish singles 40-60, is hosting the party, featuring a DJ and refreshments. $7. Temple Ner Ami, Camarillo. $7. RSVP 223-3497.

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.

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 AUDUBON SOCIETY 8 am. Saticoy ponds. The ponds are located on the northeast side of Hwy 118/Los Angeles Ave. Bring scopes and meet outside the gate. For directions call 647-5346.

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 onboard 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, Dec. 6.

Sunday, December 9

Holiday Events

ANNUAL DUDLEY HOUSE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE See Friday, Dec. 7.

Museums

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORICAL PARK See Saturday, Dec. 8.

Markets & Shows

CHOPPERFEST 8 am-4 pm. The 4th Annual David Mann Chopperfest will feature a very special David Mann art exhibit sponsored by Ron Siegel Fine art. There will be a custom bike builder display. $10 general admission, free for children 12 and younger, $5 military with ID. Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura. www.chopperfestival.com. 217-2113.

ARTS & CRAFTS BY THE SEA ongoing. See Saturday, Dec. 8.

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.

Lectures & Seminars

JEWISH GENEALOGY 2-4 pm. Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County will hold a general meeting, co–sponsored with Temple Adat Elohim on “Using The Internet Beyond JewishGen and Steve Morse\’s Website.” Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks.

Kids & Family

DINNER WITH SANTA ON TRAIN See Friday, Dec. 7.

CHRISTMAS TREE TRAINS See Saturday, Dec. 8.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS See Thursday, Dec. 6.

Monday, December 10

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, December 11

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, Dec. 6.

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

DINNER DANCE 5-9 pm Dec. 16, must RSVP by Dec. 8. Gold Coast Dance Club is hosting this dinner dance with music by “Moore Music” and a professionally catered dinner. $60 per couple. 647-3775.

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 12

Holiday Events

AFTER FIVE MIXER 5:30-7 pm. ‘Tis the season to network in style. The Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to its December After Five Mixer hosted by The Oaks Shopping Center. Come network to holiday music, partake in gift card giveaways, and see what’s new at The Oaks. $2 chamber members, $10 nonmembers. The Oaks, lower food court, 222 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. www.towlvchamber.org.

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. 525-0944.

Ongoing

HOLIDAY SHIP MODEL SALE Through Dec. 31, 11 am-5 pm daily. The Ventura County Maritime Museum will sell a wide selection of sailing ship models, including decorator models as well as handcrafted/one-of-a-kind models, from small single-masted sailboats selling for $15 to $20, to 3-foot-long three-masted man-of-wars complete with case and table for $800. The Ventura County Maritime Museum. 984-6260.

KIDS TOY DRIVE Through Dec. 21. This holiday season, the California Highway Patrol will be playing Santa by bringing joy to less-fortunate families as they host their annual “CHiPs for Kids” Toy Drive to collect toys for low-income individuals, families and charities throughout California. Donated toys must be given to CHP in new, unwrapped condition and can be dropped off at any CHP offices statewide, including those in Goleta, Moorpark and Ventura. For more information call 477-4100.

HOLIDAY SHOPPER SHUTTLE Dec. 8-24, 9 am-6 pm. In an effort to ease local holiday traffic, Thousand Oaks Transit will launch its annual Holiday Shopper Shuttle Service. The shuttle provides shoppers access to local shopping centers including The Oaks Shopping Center, Janss Marketplace and the Westlake Promenade. For route and schedule information call 375-5473 or visit www.TOTransit.org.

FREE CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE TESTING Jan. 11 and by appointment, appointments being scheduled now. Free testing to Ventura County residents age 60 and older. Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. 517-6261.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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    March 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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