MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Through Jan. 2. “Talking about My Generation: What’s Yours? Corvette Display” features four generations of Chevrolet Corvette body shapes. The first generation is represented by a 1960 roadster convertible, the second by a 1966 coupe, the third by a 1969 T-top and the fourth by a 1986 model. Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
VENTURA HARBOR’S WINTER WONDERLAND AND HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. Holiday-themed vendors will line the walkways while carolers, live reindeer and Dickensian children will greet visitors. Following the market, the Ventura Harbor will celebrate its 37th annual parade of lights with fireworks and decorated vessels as they travel the harbor. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharborvillage.com.
OUTDOOR SCIENCE CLUB FUNDRAISER AND TAMALE FEST 6-8 p.m. The Outdoor Science Club will host this fundraiser featuring raffles, tamales and live music by Pier 101. $5-$20. Portola Elementary Cafeteria, 6700 Eagle St., Ventura.
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VENTURA FILM FESTIVAL HOLIDAY EVENT 6-10 p.m. The VFF will present a new surf documentary followed by the holiday classic film Home Alone. The surf documentary will be ticketed, but Home Alone will be shown for free. Cinemark Century 10 Theaters, 555. E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmfestival.org.
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CAMARILLO RANCH FOUNDATION PRESENTS CHRISTMAS WITH SANTA 5-8 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance to take photos with families alongside carolers and cookies and a Christmas market. $5 donation requested. Camarillo Ranch Foundation, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarilloranch.org.
WINTER SOLSTICE CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION 4:30 p.m. A dance celebration and sunset ceremony will be held to welcome the winter solstice, followed by a spiral of lights performance. $20 suggested donation. The Ojai Foundation, 9739 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifoundation.org.
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CAROLING CRUISES 5:30 p.m. One-hour Christmas caroling cruises will be held at the Ventura Harbor, wherein revelers will travel by decorated homes along the harbor. $10-$16. Island Packers, 1691 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105B. For more information, visit www.islandpackers.com.
KERRY RECORDS PRESENTS AN IRISH CHRISTMAS 2:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m. The debut meditation experience for Ventura thaCelebrating Christmas with Irish traditional music, dance, storytelling and Irish soul. $44. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicsartplaza.com.
THE NUTCRACKER Dec. 21-22. All American Ballet will perform the full-length Nutcracker ballet at Ventura High School Auditorium. 6 N. Catalina St., Ventura. For tickets, call 650-6316 or visit www.aaballet.org.
THE NUTCRACKER Dec. 21-22. Moorpark Civic Ballet performs the holiday classic at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and the Pacific Festival Ballet performs it at 2 and 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.toaks.org/cap/tickets/events.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 22.
Elite Theatre presents its touching adaptation of one of the best-known Christmas stories of all time with a multimedia flair and incorporating beloved carols of the period. $15-$18. 2731 Victoria Ave., Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 483-5118.
ALMOST, MAINE Through Dec. 22. Flying H Theatre Company presents this story about the town of Almost, Maine, where warm hearts lie just beneath the snow. This is the second time that the Flying H Group has performed this magical snowy comedy. Nine vignettes tell the tale of hearts broken and mended, love lost and found. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com.
AT LONG LAST LEO Through Dec. 22. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the heartwarming story of Leo, a young man bursting with idealism who has spent two years creating a 638-page manifesto that he feels can revolutionize the planet. Unfortunately, he can’t get anyone to read it. $12-$18. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
BILL W. AND DR. BOB Through Dec. 21. The Phoenix Theater Group presents the provocative dramatization of what remains one of the most enduring, if unlikely, success stories in American history: the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.Through an astonishing series of events, Bill and Bob meet and form a relationship, each helping to keep the other sober. Bill W. and Dr. Bob is the amazing and often humorous story of the two men who pioneered the recovery movement as well as the story of their wives, who founded Al Anon. $13-$15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts,
403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.
FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS Through Dec. 22. Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge return to weave the magic of the ’50s and ’60s into the hearts of everyone. So stuff your stockings with 1950s tunes and holiday gems like “Let It Snow” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like The Plaid’s riotous three-minute-and-11-second version of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas. $16-$22. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 583-7900.
LITTLE MISS SCROOGE Through Dec. 23. Rubicon Theatre Company presents this contemporary holiday musical by Paul Gordon. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Through Dec. 22. Ojai ACT presents the stage adaptation of the iconic Oscar-winning movie that has become a holiday tradition. Do you believe in Santa Claus? $10-$18. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Dec. 26, “Small Images,” very small pieces by local artists for holiday gift giving or collecting. Through Dec. 7: “The Essence of the Forest” by Robert Wassell. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 17.“Under the Influence of Finance and Fashion: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.” The artists and works in this exhibition explore the relationship between economics and consumer culture and reveal the immense impact that socioeconomics has had on the art of the contemporary generation, as well as on our culture at large. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org.
CSUCI Through Jan. 20. “Reflective Visions/Visionary Reflections (Part II),” works by art teachers in Italy and California. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8570.
GALERIE 102 Through Dec. 29. “We Are One, We Are Many.” The gallery’s inaugural exhibition will feature paintings by Devin Oatway and sculpture by Jon Rajkovich. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or visit galerie102.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Jan. 20.“It’s Just Right,” a juried exhibition of medium-size images by a host of local artists, including Judy Gibbs, Norman Kirk, Sylvia Raz, Erik Abel, Steve Cook and many more. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb. 8.Award-winning artist and instructor Tony Pro is featured in a solo exhibition, including works from the last decade and a few pieces by the artist’s late father. California Lutheran University, www.callutheran.edu.
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of Ventura’s natural beauty and marine life of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #13, Ventura Harbor Village, 642-5257.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 2. Avant-garde artist Jeff Sanders offers his vision of everyday America in the fun and provocative exhibit “Tina’s Toys and Other Things.” The famous and infamous of George Stuart’s Historical Figures, on display to kick off the George Stuart Audio Project, which will create a comprehensive archive of Stuart’s commentary on his figures. Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com.
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayle Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Jan. 14. The gallery’s biggest show of the year features pieces mostly less than $100. Featured artists include West Cooke, Dan Holmes, Debrah Hintz, John Bacoy, Jen Livia and more. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400, www.RedBrickArt.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 9. The Ag Art Alliance presents the sixth annual Art About Agriculture exhibit featuring more than 75 art pieces by 48 artists at both venues. The exhibit explores all facets of agriculture from workers to water, machinery to soil and the food we eat. Through Feb. 23. “De Colores,” the long-running annual group show that recognizes the contributions of Latino culture and traditions to the art of the Santa Clara River Valley. Featured artists include Uriel Leon, Marissa Magdalena and Veronica Valadez. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Dec. 28. “In the Detail: Small Works,” art that doesn’t exceed 12 inches in any direction, a juried show. Works in the exhibit are of various media, including paintings, ceramics, stone sculptures and mixed-media pieces. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2221 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1386,
STEVE MUNCH PHOTO GALLERY Ongoing. Photographs of local landscapes and points of interest. Hours: daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 113, Ventura Harbor Village. 701-0779.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: Various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends by appointment. Bell Arts Factory, Studio 30, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through Dec. 30: “Mighty Machines in Miniature,” model tractors. Ongoing: collections of farming machinery and implements from Ventura County’s rich agriculture history plus paintings by local artists that depict farming life. Current exhibition started March 30. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Feb. 2. Prehistoric California. Visitors will be able to view the skulls of some of the most famous mega-fauna such as the saber-tooth cat, dire wolf, a prehistoric camel, horse and the formidable Harlan’s ground sloth. Other mammals and marine fossils from the Miocene and Pleistocene will also be on display. The specimens on display are borrowed from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits) and Santa Barbara City College. Ongoing: exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County. A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing. “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s recently designed and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org. MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather.
REAGAN LIBRARY Through March 9. “SPY: The Secret World of Espionage” features more than 300 documents and spy gadgets, many never before seen by the general public. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com.
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064.