Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

BRITWEEK AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM  Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27. 
Britweek, now in it’s eighth year, is a festival of all things British and seafaring at the Maritime Museum. Replica English ships, real English food and festivities will take place over the weekend-long event all in support of the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. A high tea will be held as well. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsmaritimemuseum.org.
 
 
 

GALERIE 102 April 26 through June 1.
“Paper Route,” featuring gallery artists Aaron Farley, Ashley Macomber (“Paper Hand” pictured) and Jane Peterson. “Paper Route” examines how three different artists work on paper (photography, pen and ink and watercolor) and transform the mediums beyond their original forms. Reception on April 26, 5-7 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
 
 
 

VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL  Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 
The ninth annual festival will feature performances by Fabulous Thunderbirds front man, Kim Wilson and his Blues All-Stars; premier Southern California-based record label Delta Groove Records’ own Delta Groove All-Star Blues Revue featuring Sugaray Rayford with Kid Ramos and friends; soulful vocalist extraordinaire, Sista Monica Parker; and other festival favorites. Food, games and other activities will also be on tap. $20-$30. Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.venturacountyblues.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

A.C.E. CHARTER ROBOTICS DEMONSTRATION 6 p.m. The Flying Aces robotics team, fresh from a win at the Northern California Robotics Regional competition, will demonstrate their robots. Camarillo Airport, 570 Airport Way, Camarillo. For more information, call 437-1410. 
CASA INFORMATIONAL SESSION 6:30-8 p.m. The Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children awareness group will hold an information session to prepare volunteers for training. For location and more information, call 389-3120. 
PORTUGESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEETING 11:30 a.m. (monthly). This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent or interested in the Portuguese culture. Carrow’s Restaurant, 2401 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 483-4168. 
SHATNER’S WORLD 7:30 p.m. William Shatner shares the phenomenal journey of his life and career from classically trained Shakespearean actor to internationally known cultural icon. $13-$15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com
VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING 6:30 p.m. (monthly). John Bagnasco will be speaking about “Floribunda Roses Then and Now.”  Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.venturarose.org
WORLD MALARIA DAY FUNDRAISER 6-8 p.m. Featuring student music performances and a talk by Jessica Nipp, the director of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Malaria Campaign, plus food trucks, all to raise awareness and combat malaria. Kingsmen Park, CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3228.

~ FRIDAY ~

“FRONTIERS IN CANCER BIOLOGY” CANCER SEMINAR 8 a.m.-noon. Various speakers throughout the day will discuss the progress being made in the fight against cancer. CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3512. 
NAWBO VC 15TH ANNUAL BRAVO AWARDS 11 a.m. Best-selling author Mary Morrissey will be the keynote speaker at this awards luncheon. The Collection at Riverpark, Park View Courtt, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.nawbovc.org
NEW WEST SYMPHONY CONCERT NO. 6: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH 8 p.m. (and Saturday, April 26, 8 p.m). As part of the symphony’s final concert of this series, Beethoven’s Fifth will be performed. $25-$98. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard (and Thousand Oaks on Saturday). For more information and other locations, visit www.newwestsymphony.org
“THE NEW ECONOMY AND INVESTMENT IMPLICATIONS” Noon-1:30 p.m. Dr. Sung Won Sohn will discuss reasons for the slowing trend of global economic growth and resulting investment implications from around the world. Malibu Hall 100, CSU Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 437-8456.

~ SATURDAY ~

AUTHOR MONET BRADLEY BOOK SIGNING 1-3 p.m. Bradley will be available to sign copies of her book, The Prodigal Daughter. Barnes & Noble Booksellers Ventura, 4820 Telephone Road, Ventura. For more information, call 458-5642.  AUTHOR PHIL TAGGERT BOOK SIGNING 5 p.m. Taggert will sign copies of his poetry book, Rick Sings. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.philtaggart.com
EARTH DAY ECO FEST 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Live music and entertainment on two stages, a “green” education pavilion, scavenger hunt, raffle with prizes and more than 100 vendors and exhibitors. Surfers Point, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaearthday.org
FIFTH ANNUAL VC BRAIN INJURY CONFERENCE 8 a.m. The day-long conference offers specialized programs, presentations and workshops for brain injury survivors, their families and professionals. $15-$75. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road,Camarillo. For more information, visit www.braininjurycenter.org
HEALTHY KIDS DAY 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The FREE event for kids of all ages will feature a football clinic hosted by current and former NFL players as well as many other sports-related activities and celebrities. Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ciymca.org
HOP INTO SPRING! WITH GULL WINGS 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors will have the chance to learn about plants and flowers with a special photosynthesis workshop conducted by new Executive Director Amanda Hoffman-Handy. $5-$6. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W.Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org
MELODY HALL: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSICIANS OF SANTA PAULA Noon-4 p.m. The opening day of this exhibit will feature a wide variety of musicians who will perform nostalgic hits. California Oil Museum, 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 279-3415. 
READING AND BOOK SIGNING BY AUTHOR JOHN MULHALL 2-3 p.m. Mulhall will read from his debut novel, Geddy’s Moon. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org
SIXTH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN TOUR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. View six gardens in the city of Ventura, ranging from a contemporary garden to an enchanting tropical garden, followed by an after-party from 4 to 7 p.m. Various locations. For more information, visit www.venturabotanicalgardens.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

CELEBRITY CHEF ROBERT IRVINE LIVE 7:30 p.m. Host of Dinner: Impossible! Robert Irvine will give a talk and cooking demonstration. $35-$55. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
EARTH DAY ENCORE: SANTA CLARA RIVER CLEANUP 1-4 p.m. The Ventura Sierra Club will host this river cleanup activity. Volunteers should wear long jeans and sturdy gloves. North Bank and Burnside Road, Ventura. For more information, call 901-1679. 
OJAI LIBRARY FIBER FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The public is invited to explore the joys of fiber and fiber-related crafts. Demonstrations will include dyeing and hand-spinning. Ojai Library; 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-1639. 
THOUSAND OAKS ROTARY CHILI-COOK OFF AND CLASSIC CAR SHOW 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General public will have access to the chili and will be able to judge the Miss Chili Cook-Off 2014 contest, open to junior and senior high school students. $10. Conejo Creek Park, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.chili-cook-off.com.

~ MONDAY ~

“BOOK PUBLISHING 1-2-3” 2-3:30 p.m. This class, conducted by editor Laurie Gibson, is designed to empower and inspire writers of all levels — as well as readers and book lovers in general. $20. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call (858) 635-1233. 
DECORATE YOUR OWN BOOK BAG 3 p.m. Children from pre-K through sixth grade will conduct a special craft project to celebrate El Día de Los Niños / El Día de Los Libros – Children’s Day / Book Day. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
FRIGHT NIGHT DIRECTOR TOM HOLLAND 6:30-10 p.m. Holland, who wrote and directed the genre classic “Fright Night,” will join Michael Gerson and Herb Gooch for a panel discussion on why people love to be frightened. CLU’s Preus-Brandt Forum, 135 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3773. 
OXNARD’S GOOD FOR KIDS RESTAURANT WEEK Through May 4, various times and locations. Good for Kids is a campaign launched by First 5 Ventura County to encourage the availability of healthier menu options in restaurants. Various restaurants will participate. For a list of restaurants, locations and times, visit www.first5ventura.org
“WOMEN & WHAT WE LOVE” FUNDRAISER 5-8 p.m. The event features premium wines, gourmet small plates, desserts, luxury item auction and live music in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme. $50-$120. Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar, 3500 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.womenandwhatwelove.eventbrite.com.

 ~ TUESDAY ~

IS IT SIMPLE MEMORY LOSS OR ALZHEIMER’S? 11 a.m. Rosemary Flores-Gordon, regional director of the Ventura County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, will explain the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
PROFOUND PAGES NETWORKING EVENT 5-7 p.m. An event focusing on the power of writing, books, and education focusing on the significance of educating through the continuation of reading. Ventura Executive Suites, 701 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 653-2381.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

CHICKEN WITH PLUMS 7 p.m. Set in Tehran in 1958, the film tells the story of a famous musician whose prized violin has been ruined. Hosted by California Lutheran University. Muvico, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3434.  
RAY BEESON BOOK LAUNCH 7 p.m. Author Ray Beeson will launch his novel “Sign in His Blood.” Abednego Book Shoppe, 2682 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-9350.

OPENING THEATER

THE ART OF SOMETHING April 25 through June 1. Elite Theater Company presents this story of midlife crisis in the post-post modern age and how it directs the lives of a private eye, his apathetic wife and their daughter. Written and directed by Tom Eubanks. $15-$18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org
DISNEY’S ALADDIN April 24 through May 3. The Buena High School Drama Department presents its spring musical, which is adapted from the 1992 Disney movie. Shows are at 6 p.m. with 3 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. $7-$10. 5670 Telegraph Road, Ventura.  
SPRING AWAKENING April 25 through May 4. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2007. The musical is presented by California Lutheran University and is based on a controversial 1891 German play. It portrays teen sexual awakening and deals with suicide, abortion and abuse, both sexual and physical. It is for adult audiences only due to explicit sexual situations and language. $25. Scherr Forum Theatre. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 449-2787.

ONGOING THEATER

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE Through May 18. Continuing with its theme “Not Your Typical Season,” Rubicon Theatre presents this witty and wise celebration of womanhood adapted by Nora and Delia Ephron, creators of Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.  Based on the 1995 best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, the funny, tender and compelling play uses clothing as a metaphor for all the big moments in our lives through a series of intimate and genuine vignettes read by the cast. $25-$49. 1006 E. Main St. Ventura, 667-2900.  
’NIGHT, MOTHER Through May 4. The lauded Flying H Group presents this occasionally humorous, intense drama about a woman and her mother in a moment of personal crisis. Directed by Linda Livingston. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com
THE ODD COUPLE Through May 18. Skyway Playhouse presents the hilarious Neil Simon comedy about opposites living together but with a twist:  the roles of both the slovenly Oscar Madison and neat-freak Felix Unger are double-cast, with each actor switching off parts every other night. You’ll have to see it twice to get the full experience. $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 388-5716.  
THE SEAGULL Through May 25. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the first of Anton Chekhov’s four most acclaimed full-length plays about a celebrated actress who visits her aspiring playwright son with her successful novelist lover in tow. This visit ignites love, unrequited passions and jealousies among the characters and illustrates their missed connections and what it means to be an artist. $15-$20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 525-4645.  
TOM SAWYER Through May 4. High Street Arts Center presents Mark Twain’s immortal classic, a tribute t not only to youth, but to America in its youth. From whitewashed fences to playing pirates and hunting for treasure, Tom and Huck even attending their own funerals, and all the riotous boyhood adventures continue. $12-$20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700 or www.hsac45.com.  
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.   
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Through May 25. Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit based on his hilarious 1974 movie comedy comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. This successful musical version of the story follows young Dr. Frankenstein (or as he prefers, “Fron-ken-shteen”) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s work by bringing a corpse to life. $18-$24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 583-7900.

OPENING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY April 24 through May 12. “Woven Paths-Caminos Entrelazados,” by Hilda Kilpatrick-Freyre. Reception on April 26, 5-7 p.m. 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.  
CLU SENIOR ART EXHIBIT April 25 through May 18. The annual spring art exhibit showcasing the work of graduating art majors at California Lutheran University. Reception on April 26, 5-7 p.m. Artists’ talk May 2, 10:30 a.m. William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, 160 Overton Court in William Rolland Stadium north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard on the Thousand Oaks campus.

ONGOING ART

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 18. “Biodiversity Series: Hiroko Yoshimoto.” Stemming from free-form sketches the artist did in Tokyo in 2012 while recuperating indoors from an illness, her new Biodiversity Series has a richly organic patternation that alludes to realism and teems with implications of environmental disruption. 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
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through April 30. The 23rd annual Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit. Hours: Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.     
E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY Through May 4. Buenaventura Art Association presents “The Big Read,” featuring work by Sue Cohen, Judith Crowe, Deborah DeBono, Lois Freeman-Fox, Mark Hafeman, Sandra Hampton, Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Darlene Roker. 651 E. Main St., Ventura.     
GALLERIA AT THE HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through May 5. “Heart and Soul” group show featuring work by local artists, including Debra Sokolow, John K. Golson, Dennis Griffin, Dorothea Heger and Janet Abravaya. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com
GALLERY 525 Through May 3. “COLLABAReT,” an exhibition of work created from a truly collaborative process between artists from a spectrum of disciplines and experience. Participants include Dianne Bennett, Carmen Abelleira, Chris Engle, Sooz Glazebrook, Kelly Luscombe Bea and many others. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai or www.gallery525.com.   
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through May 12. “Five Points of View,” work by the gallery’s studio artists Tasia Erickson, W. Mark Hafeman, Sparkle Taylor, Frank “Kimo” Mitchell and Illona Battaglia Aguayo. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.    
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY “Wavelengths: The Heartbeat of the Ocean,” photographs by Steve Munch. Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-5257, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through May 18: “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar D’Leon.  Through April 27: “Fresh Harvest,” paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. 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, Gayel 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.   
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.” $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.    
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through April 25. “Bits and Pieces,” an art exhibit inspired by Steve Martin’s celebrated play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which explores what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Paris cafe in 1904 prior to their discoveries of cubism and the theory of relativity. Also Ventura College Students Award Exhibit. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368.  
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through May 16.  “Women in the State of Grace” featuring works by 18 California women. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 957 Faulkner Road, Santa Paula.  
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Through April 27. Raku Passion: works by Genie Thomsen. Artist reception 25, 2:30-6 p.m. 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 Through April 26. “Containers, Topiaries, and Ponds: Abstract Works on Paper and Canvas” by Hugh Margerum. 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.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through June 15.  “The Vernacular Bestiary: Animal Snapshots From A to Z.” This collection of anonymous amateur photographs has been collected by photographer John Nichols over the past two decades and has never been publicly exhibited. 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, 2013. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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 redesigned 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
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM 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.  
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 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. 
SEABEE MUSEUM  Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100  at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
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.

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings
 
Earth Day and Easter Events
 
MORE THAN HONEY 7 p.m. A documentary on the worldwide threat to bees, followed by a discussion with a pollination ecologist from CSU Channel Islands. CLU’s Lundring Events Center, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3015. 
COTTONTAIL DAY AT THE HARBOR Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. An egg hunt, a petting zoo, kids’ crafts and children’s entertainment will ring in the coming of the Easter Bunny. $2 for the egg hunt held every 15 to 30 minutes. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharborvillage.com.
EARTHPLAY Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring student bands from throughout the Ojai Valley in a “celebration of sustainable living, global awareness and the joy of nature,” this celebration showcasing environmental exhibits, arts and outdoor activities for all ages, live entertainment and world foods is hosted by Oak Grove School and the Ojai Valley Green Coalition. Oak Grove School, 220 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.oakgroveschool.org
FARMERS MARKET EASTER BUNNY DAY Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be many events throughout the daylong celebration, including an egg decorating contest, an Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Channel Islands Harbor Farmers and Fishermen’s Market, 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 643-6458. 
“JESUS REMEMBER ME” MUSICAL DRAMA Sunday, April 20, 9 a.m. (and 11 a.m.). This musical with music arranged by Victory Outreach Church will have a 100-member cast and a live 14-piece band. Oceanview Performing Arts Theatre, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-4818. 
PLEASANT VALLEY RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A craft fair will invade this Easter celebration featuring an egg hunt, food vendors and carnival games for the young and old alike. Camarillo Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org
SPRINGTIME EASTER FESTIVAL AT UNDERWOOD FARMS Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20, all day. An animal show and tractor pull will be available as well as other Easter-themed activities such as a labyrinth and a bunny house. $6. Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com
WATER: TAKE 1 ONLINE SHORT FILM CONTEST Open applications are being accepted for an online short film contest aimed at raising awareness about growing local and global water challenges. Eligible submissions are recent short films of less than five minutes that address the topic of water in any genre. For details and deadlines, visit www.watertake1.com
VENTURA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Saturday, April 19, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet the Easter Bunny, photo booth pictures, food trucks and more plus balloons and half-price dog and cat adoptions. Ventura County Animal Services, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vcas.us
VENTURA COLLEGE’S EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Tuesday, April 22, 3-9 p.m. Interactive presentations, lectures and students will give handy information on the many reasons to be green for this Earth Day celebration. Ventura County Community College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.vcccd.edu.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

SPRING PLANT AUCTION AND LUNCHEON Noon. C.I. Gulls members and guests are asked to bring a plant to auction off to raise proceeds for local charities. $25. Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park, Ventura. For more information, call 263-6062. 
“USING STEM CELLS TO TREAT HUMAN HEALTH ABNORMALITIES” 7:30 p.m. Dr. Amander Clark, Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, will discuss the development and use of stem cells for treating human reproductive diseases.  $11. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

HAUNTED HOUSES OF VENTURA: A LECTURE AND TOUR 7-9 p.m. A tour and talk by ghost hunter and author Richard Senate on the many haunted houses he has investigated in the city of Ventura. $5. Tour begins at Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 200-8658. 
LASER SPECTACULAR FEATURING THE MUSIC OF PINK FLOYD 8 p.m. A giant video screen presentation, special-effect lighting and state-of-the-art laser technology choreographed to the music if Pink Floyd. $25-$35. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY HOSTS TRINA RAY 7:15 p.m. Guest speaker Trina Ray of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will give the talk “Mysterious Titan: Exploring Saturn’s Largest Moon.” Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.VCAS.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB 4:30 p.m. The Oscar-winning story of Ron Woodroof, a macho oilfield worker and rodeo rider turned AIDS activist. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org
FREE SHRED EVENT 7:30 a.m.-noon. The city of Ventura, in partnership with Access, hosts free and secure document shredding for city of Ventura residents. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net
PORT HUENEME FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Browse the hundreds of gently used paperbacks, hardbacks, videos and audio books (categorized by subject) at the 30th annual sale. Ray D. Prueter Library, 510 Park Ave., Port Hueneme. 
VENTURA VOICES FOR PEACE OPEN HOUSE EVENT 3-6 p.m. Featuring a multimedia presentation of international speaker Prem Rawat, with refreshments. E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.voicesofpeace.net.
RECORD STORE DAY 2014 Saturday, April 19. Salzer’s Records and Grady’s Record Refuge in Ventura as well as Record Outlet in Thousand Oaks will participate in the day-long celebration of all things record store during Record Store Day 2014. Rare vinyl and one-off releases will be available for purchase. Salzer’s will host a Q&A with Chuck D in the evening. Various locations, see www.recordstoreday.com for more details.

~ SUNDAY ~

SAVING MR. BANKS 4:30 p.m. Inspired by the true story of how Walt Disney brought British author P. L. Travers’ children’s book Mary Poppins to the big screen. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.

~ MONDAY ~

BIRD AND WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 6:30-8 p.m. The final workshop in a series of photography lessons, this workshop will focus on animals and bird photography. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP 3-5 p.m. As part of a series of workshops for entrepreneurs, this initial session focuses on tips on how to start your own business. EDC-VC, 1601 Carmen Drive, suite 215, Camarillo. For more information and to for a full list of workshops available, call 384-1800, ext. 9159. 
THE SQUARE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights during the Egyptian revolution. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.com.

~ TUESDAY ~

BUSINESS FORMATION FOR BUSINESS FOLKS 8:30-9:30 a.m. Attorneys Bret Anderson and Joshua Hopstone will share key information related to business formation, and do it in plain English. $10. Ventura Chamber of Commerce, 505 Poli St., Ventura.  
EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SEMINAR 9 a.m.-noon. This seminar will focus on misconceptions about independent contractors and how to prevent fraud. Ventura EDD Tax Office, 4820 McGrath St., suite 200, Ventura. For more information, call 873-6086. 
MAKE A FILM AT THE LIBRARY 6:30 p.m. (and once a month through August). Participants will learn how to script, create a storyboard, use professional cameras, edit and produce films as part of an ongoing free class. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org
NEIGHBORING SOUNDS 7:15 p.m. Armed men begin patrolling a neighborhood in Brazil, raising the specter of past violence. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

PETER GABRIEL: BACK TO FRONT 7:30 p.m. This performance, captured live in October 2013, celebrates the 25th anniversary of his landmark album So. $13-$15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cinemark.com
MAIN COURSE CALIFORNIA AND THE OJAI VINEYARD’S WINEMAKERS DINNER 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy a plated meal by Chefs Rachel Main Holst and Karl Holst, in which four courses are paired with one of the winery’s single-vineyard selections. $115. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.maincourseca.com.

OPENING THEATER

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE April 16 through May 18. Continuing with its theme “Not Your Typical Season,” Rubicon Theatre presents this witty and wise celebration of womanhood adapted by Nora and Delia Ephron, creators of Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.  Based on the 1995 best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, the funny, tender and compelling play uses clothing as a metaphor for all the big moments in our lives through a series of intimate and genuine vignettes read by the cast. $25-$49. 1006 E. Main St. Ventura, 667-2900.
THE ODD COUPLE April 18 through May 18. Skyway Playhouse presents the hilarious Neil Simon comedy about opposites living together but with a twist:  the roles of both the slovenly Oscar Madison and neat-freak Felix Unger are double-cast, with each actor switching off parts every other night. You’ll have to see it twice to get the full experience. $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 388-5716. 
THE SEAGULL April 18 through May 25. Santa Paula Theater Center presents the first of Anton Chekhov’s four most acclaimed full-length plays about a celebrated actress who visits her aspiring playwright son with her successful novelist lover in tow. This visit ignites love, unrequited passions and jealousies among the characters and illustrates their missed connections and what it means to be an artist. $15-$20. 125 Seventh St., Santa Paula, 525-4645. 
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN April 19 through May 25. Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit based on his hilarious 1974 movie comedy comes to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. This successful musical version of the story follows young Dr. Frankenstein (or as he prefers, “Fron-ken-shteen”) as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s work by bringing a corpse to life. $18-$24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 583-7900.

ONGOING THEATER

’NIGHT, MOTHER Through May 4. The lauded Flying H Group presents this occasionally humorous, intense drama about a woman and her mother in a moment of personal crisis. Directed by Linda Livingston. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com  
TOM SAWYER Through May 4. High Street Arts Center presents Mark Twain’s immortal classic, a tribute to not only youth, but America in its youth. From whitewashed fences to playing pirates and hunting for treasure, even attending their own funerals, all the riotous boyhood adventures continue. $12-$20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700 or www.hsac45.com.  
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

ONGOING ART

643 A PROJECT SPACE Through April 25.  “Square, Flat & Fluid,” featuring recent paintings and oceanic sculpture by Kenji Webb. Hours are by appointment. 643 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through April 19. “Suburban Primitive Paintings” by Ronald Walker. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org. 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 May 18. “Biodiversity Series: Hiroko Yoshimoto.” Stemming from free-form sketches the artist did in Tokyo in 2012 while recuperating indoors from an illness, her new Biodiversity Series has a richly organic patternation that alludes to realism and teems with implications of environmental disruption. 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
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through April 30. The 23rd annual Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit. Hours: Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.     
E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY Through May 4. Buenaventura Art Association presents “The Big Read,” featuring work by Sue Cohen, Judith Crowe, Deborah DeBono, Lois Freeman-Fox, Mark Hafeman, Sandra Hampton, Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Darlene Roker. 651 E. Main St., Ventura.   
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through April 24. Dahlia Riley, Illona Battaglia Aguayo and Lynn Creighton. Hours: Monday  through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 210 E. Main St., Ventura 652-1800.  
GALLERIA AT THE HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through May 5. “Heart and Soul” group show featuring work by local artists, including Debra Sokolow, John K. Golson, Dennis Griffin, Dorothea Heger and Janet Abravaya. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.  
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through May 12. “Five Points of View,” work by the gallery’s studio artists Tasia Erickson, W. Mark Hafeman, Sparkle Taylor, Frank “Kimo” Mitchell and Illona Battaglia Aguayo. Reception on April 19, 3-7 p.m. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.    
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-5257, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through May 18: “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar D’Leon.  Through April 27: “Fresh Harvest,” paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. 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, Gayel 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.   
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM. Through June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.” $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.    
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through April 25. “Bits and Pieces,” an art exhibit inspired by Steve Martin’s celebrated play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which explores what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Paris cafe in 1904 prior to their discoveries of cubism and the theory of relativity. Also Ventura College Students Award Exhibit. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368.  
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through May 16.  “Women in the State of Grace” featuring works by 18 California women. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 957 Faulkner Road, Santa Paula.  
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Through April 27. Raku Passion: works by Genie Thomsen. Artist receptions on April 18 and 25, 2:30-6 p.m. 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 Through April 26. “Containers, Topiaries, and Ponds: Abstract Works on Paper and Canvas” by Hugh Margerum. 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.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM  Through June 15.  “The Vernacular Bestiary: Animal Snapshots From A to Z.” This collection of anonymous amateur photographs has been collected by photographer John Nichols over the past two decades and has never been publicly exhibited. 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, 2013. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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 redesigned 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
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM 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.    
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 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.

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

OJAI WORDFEST Thursday, April 10, through Monday, April 14. 
The fourth annual literary festival encourages readers and writers of all genres, skill levels and ages to partake in an extravaganza of events offered over five days. Classes such as “Fiction Writers on Stage,” which will discuss methods used to help writers “create stories that draw readers into a deeply vicarious experience,” and “How Novels Evolve,” in which E.E. “Doc” Murdock will discuss what he learned from writing each of his five novels, will highlight the week-long event. For a full schedule and ticketing information, visit www.ojaiwordfest.com.

NICHOLBY’S REUNION SWING WEEKEND Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13.  
Ventura has been a hot spot for the resurgence of swing. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy had its start on Main Street in Ventura at the iconic Nicholby’s Club, home of the Flying Lindy Hoppers, swing dance classes and weekly club nights that developed into events like “Monsters of Swing,” which attracted teachers and dancers from around the world. Now, the original swingers will be reunited over this three-day event featuring swing workshops and classes with headliners the Jive Aces straight from the UK. $20-$40. For a schedule of events and a list of the various locations, visit www.yeahman.com/nicholbys-reunion

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m.
The Ventura County Ballet Company presents its annual spring ballet featuring 21-year-old Lilit Hogtanian (pictured), a graduate of Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monaco who has danced with Los Angeles Ballet and Joffrey Ballet. $15-$25. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 648-2424 or www.venturacountyballet.com.

~ THURSDAY ~

“A GOOD KICK IN THE CAN” BEER CLASS 6:30-8:30 p.m. Guests will sip on craft beers while broadening their knowledge of a vast selection of canned beers. $15. Total Wine & More, 394 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 494-0108. 
AUTHOR, POET, GARDENER JOSE MENDOZA 5:30 p.m. Mendoza, a Ventura County resident, will discuss what he learned by asking himself a simple question: Was I born to be just a gardener? Acoustic music will also be performed. $5 donation suggested. Studio Channel Islands Art Center, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, call 383-1368. 
NFINITY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CHEERLEADING EVENT 7:30 p.m. This live streaming event will feature routines showcasing acrobatics, gymnastics and dance from 30 of the country’s most elite cheerleading teams. $10.50-$12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

FREE JAZZ CONCERT PRESENTED BY CLU 7:30 p.m. The CLU Jazz Ensemble performs joint concerts with the Wind Ensemble. This show will be free and open to the public. Preus-Brandt Forum, CLU, 135 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu/music
QUILTING BY THE SEA 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (and Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). More than 200 quilts and quilted projects will be on display with at least 20 vendors, boutique items for sale and displays of community projects that are given to more than 10 local organizations available as well. A silent auction will also be held. $10. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd,. Ventura. For more information, visit www.camarilloquilters.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

BEEKEEPING DEMONSTRATION 1-2:30 p.m. CLU will host a beekeeping demonstration at the CLU SEEd (Sustainable Edible Education) project garden as part of a month filled with bee-related activities. Between Mountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive, CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu/calendar/event/3221
BELGIAN BEER AND BREAKFAST 9:30-11 a.m. Unlimited samples of select beers will be paired with breakfast items at this event featuring craft beer and gourmet food. $30. Barrelhouse 101, 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.barrelhouse101.com
CESAR MILAN LIVE 8 p.m. Joined by his famous four-legged companion Junior, Cesar will share his philosophies and methods, then present examples via live demonstrations with multiple dogs. $63-$150. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
CRUISIN’ A STREET CARSHOW 2-5 p.m. (and every second Saturday through Sept.). Cars, bikes and other vehicles will be on display. Food trucks and activities will also be present. Downtown Oxnard at A Street, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.downtownoxnard.org.   
ROUNDUP: A ROCKIN’ COUNTRY MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA 10 a.m.-8 p.m. This year’s list of performers will include the Canadian country group Emerson Drive and the winner of Fox’s The X-Factor, second season, Tate Stevens. Dancing lessons, food carts and trucks, craft vendors and activites will also be had. $25-$90. Hummingbird Ranch, 2940 Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.roundupsimi.com
THOUSAND OAKS CERT CLASS 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The CERT program offers classes to residents about disaster preparedness, and includes training about hazards that may impact their neighborhoods, such as fire suppression, light search and rescue, and medical operations. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.toaks.org
WILDFIRE SAFETY FAIR 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join the Ojai Valley FireSafe Council as it educates and preparesresidents for the event of a wildfire. Food, raffles and a fun zone will also be available. Sarzotti Park, 210 Signal St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.firesafeojai.org
WOMEN FULLY CLOTHED 2:30 p.m. (and 7:30 p.m.).
A critically acclaimed theatrical comedy show, Women Fully Clothed takes everyday life and puts it on stage for an unparalleled evening of laughter. $30-$38. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

~ SUNDAY ~
AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY ABOUT ANIMALS 3 p.m. New poems inspired by the animal snapshots in the vintage photography exhibition will be shared. Museum of Ventura County Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.  
CHAMPIONSHIP PRO-WRESTLING FROM HOLLYWOOD 3 p.m. (and once every month). Various wrestlers will perform their high-flying feats of strength, straight out of Hollywood. The Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-4818. 
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB 4:30 p.m. This Oscar-winning film follows Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) as he lives and copes with discovering that he is HIV-positive. $7-$10. Ojai Film Society, Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org
HATS AND HIGH TEA 4:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy high tea with sandwiches and other light fare in a garden-party setting. The afternoon will include a beverage reception and musical and theatrical entertainment. A silent auction and raffle will be held. Fine hats are encouraged. $50. CLU, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu/cla.  
HARBOR IS HOPPING – DINING BY THE BOATS AT VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE, Sunday April 20th Noon-3 p.m. Hop on over for Springtime celebration and Easter brunch at Harbor restaurants.  Kids – come meet & take photos with the Easter Bunny, ride the Village Carousel or play in the arcade, pick up a new spring hat or a kite, and shop in the seaside boutiques while listening to live music at the Village Carousel Stage. http://www.venturaharborvillage.com.
L.A. PHIL SERIES: AMERICAN MINIMALISTS FEAT. ARETÉ 2 p.m. Joined by Grammy Award-winning pianist Gloria Cheng, Areté will perform music by American Minimalist composers Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Adams. $10-$20. CLU, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.aretevocalensemble.org.   
MRS. CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES PAGEANT 4 p.m. Beautiful women from across the state compete for the 29th Mrs. California United States crown.  The winner will advance to the national Mrs. United States Pageant to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., this summer. $55.05. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2101 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
OWL FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Ojai Raptor Society will present live owls and other raptors, while arts, gifts and children’s crafts will also be available. Music and tours of the Olivas Adobe will be hosted all day. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.olivasadobe.org.   
VC BEERSOCIETY’S BOTTLE SHARE Noon (ongoing, once per month). This monthly beer share will be hosted by Firestone Walker Brewery. Attendees are asked to bring at least one bottle of craft beer to trade or share at the event. $10. The Kitchen, 529 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 479-4740. 
VENTURA COUNTY CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE 3 p.m.
Celebrating fifty years of concerts the free spring concert, Pure Gold Americana, continues the golden anniversary season by highlighting some notable twentieth century American composers. Ventura High School Auditorium, 2 N. Catalina, Ventura. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/VenturaCountyConcertBand.
~ MONDAY ~
COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER 7:30 p.m. (and Tuesday, April 15). The Passover seder will include a gourmet four-course meal prepared strictly Kosher for Passover. Special handmade shmurah matzah from Israel will be used, adding an authentic flavor to the seder. Kosher wines will also be served. $45. Chabad Jewish Community Center, 5040 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.chabadventura.com
LANDSCAPE AND SCENERY PHOTOGRAPHY 6:30-8 p.m. This lecture will focus on composition rules for landscape photography. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
~ TUESDAY ~
CLU YOUTH DRUG ABUSE CONFERENCE “DRUGS AND JUVENILES” 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Experts in criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse will discuss local trends as well as treatment and prevention strategies related to the abuse of substances. $15. Lundring Events Center, CLU, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu/vvconference.
~ WEDNESDAY ~
END OF LIFE HEALTHCARE DECISIONS SEMINAR 5:30-7 p.m. Health-care decisions at the end of life – democracy or death panels? – will be the focus of this seminar moderated by Jim Hornstein, M.D., chairman of the Bioethics Committee at Community Memorial Hospital. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp
SWAZZLE PUPPETS PRESENTS “GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANTS” 10 a.m. Featuring a fresh script with lots of laughs for audience members of every age,  brought to life by handcrafted puppets. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
OPENING THEATER
NIGHT, MOTHER April 11 through May 4. The lauded Flying H Group presents this occasionally humorous, intense drama about a woman and her mother in a moment of personal crisis. Directed by Linda Livingston. $15-$18. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura, www.flyinghgroup.com 
TOM SAWYER April 11 through May 4. High Street Arts Center presents Mark Twain’s immortal classic, a tribute to not only youth, but America in its youth. From whitewashed fences, to playing pirates and hunting for treasure, even attending their own funerals, all the riotous boyhood adventures continue. $12-$20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700 or www.hsac45.com.
ONGOING THEATER
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Through April 13. Conejo Players presents the musical set during the days of flappers, speakeasy joints and Prohibition. Thoroughly Modern Millie is the comedic tale of a young woman who moves from a small country town to New York City. Believing herself to be “thoroughly modern,” she decides that instead of marrying for love she’s going to marry for money. $18-$20. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.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.
OPENING ART
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY April 16 through May 12. “Five Points of View,” work by the gallery’s studio artists Tasia Erickson, W. Mark Hafeman, Sparkle Taylor, Frank “Kimo” Mitchell and Illona Battaglia Aguayo. Reception on April 19, 3-7 p.m. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, suite 117C, in the Ventura Harbor Village. 644-2750, www.harborvillagegallery.com.
ONGOING ART
643 A PROJECT SPACE Through April 25. “Square, Flat & Fluid,” featuring recent paintings and oceanic sculpture by Kenji Webb. Hours are by appointment. 643 Ventura Ave., Ventura. 
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through April 19. “Suburban Primitive Paintings” by Ronald Walker. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.   
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 18. “Biodiversity Series: Hiroko Yoshimoto.” Stemming from free-form sketches the artist did in Tokyo in 2012 while recuperating indoors from an illness, her new Biodiversity Series has a richly organic patternation that alludes to realism and teems with implications of environmental disruption. 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
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through April 30. The 23rd annual Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit. The awards ceremony and reception for the student artists, and their families and friends will be held on Thursday, April 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Hours: Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY Through April 12. “Women by Women,” drawings and paintings of and by women in the Kwan Fong Gallery. Through April 17: “Resonating Images III,” a group show of contemporary artists in the William Roland Gallery. Soiland Humanities Center, Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks. 444-7716 or www.callutheran.edu.   
CSUCI Through April 11. “Guardian,” a series of illustrations and sketch concepts by senior art student Marlies Urbauer that feature a rich visual narrative set in the era of the Vikings and in a fantastical setting based on Norse mythology. Napa Hall, room 1154, on Ventura Street on the CI campus, 437-2772. Through April 13: “Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video”  in the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery on the CI campus. For more information, call 437-2772. 
E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY Through May 4. Buenaventura Art Association presents “The Big Read,” featuring work by Sue Cohen, Judith Crowe, Deborah DeBono, Lois Freeman-Fox, Mark Hafeman, Sandra Hampton, Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Darlene Roker. 651 E. Main St., Ventura.   
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through April 24. Dahlia Riley, Illona Battaglia Aguayo and Lynn Creighton. Hours: Monday  through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 210 E. Main St., Ventura 652-1800.  
GALERIE 102 Through April 13. “Peacocks in Flight,” featuring paintings by Erin Garcia and sculpture by Allie Pohl. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.  
GALLERIA AT THE HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through May 5. “Heart and Soul” group show featuring work by local artists, including Debra Sokolow, John K. Golson, Dennis Griffin, Dorothea Heger and Janet Abravaya. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through April 14. Focus on the Masters Learning to See Youth Outreach presents work by local students inspired by artists that were featured in Donna Granata’s award-winning photography. Ventura Harbor Village, Spinnaker Drive, entrance #3, Ventura. 644-2750, www.HarborVillageGallery.com.    
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-5257, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through May 18: “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar D’Leon.  Through April 27: “Fresh Harvest,” paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. 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, Gayel 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.   
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM. Through June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.” $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.    
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through April 25. “Bits and Pieces,” an art exhibit inspired by Steve Martin’s celebrated play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which explores what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Paris cafe in 1904 prior to their discoveries of cubism and the theory of relativity. Also Ventura College Students Award Exhibit. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368.  
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through May 16.  “Women in the State of Grace” featuring works by 18 California women. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 957 Faulkner Road, Santa Paula.  
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Through April 27. Raku Passion: works by Genie Thomsen. Artist reception April 18 and 25, 2:30-6 p.m. 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 Through April 26. “Containers, Topiaries, and Ponds: Abstract Works on Paper and Canvas” by Hugh Margerum. 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.
CULTURAL DESTINATIONS
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through June 15. “The Vernacular Bestiary: Animal Snapshots From A to Z.” This collection of anonymous amateur photographs has been collected by photographer John Nichols over the past two decades and has never been publicly exhibited. 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, 2013. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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 redesigned 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
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM 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.    
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 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.     

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

COMEDY Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m. 
The evening features seven comedians in an hour and a half show offered in an intimate cabaret setting. This lineup includes comics with credits from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, VH1, Comedy Central, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Conan, SNL, MTV’s Punk’d, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and more, featuring Ian Edwards (Family Guy, The Boondocks) and Fahim Anwar (Californication). $7. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.hillcrestarts.com.
 
 
 

PAINT VENTURA Through April 6.
The annual plein air festival returns to the 300 block of Main Street in downtown Ventura with outdoor painting, classes, sales and many new special events, including an umbrella art festival, downtown art walk, quick-draw painting competition and wet canvas sale and painting party. The event is free to the public. For all the details and a full schedule of events, visit www.PaintVentura.com.
 
 
 

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING RON HOWARD
Sunday, April 6, 8 p.m.
 
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of the film and television world’s most enduring legends, with more than 50 years in the entertainment industry. As part of the Distinguished Speaker series, Ron Howard joins the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Valerie Plame, who will also speak as part of this series. Tickets are available on a waiting list. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.speakersla.com
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CONFERENCE ON STUDENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION 10 a.m. (and Friday, April 4). The statewide two-day conference will highlight successful efforts to prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse among students, featuring Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr. and others. CSU Channel Uslands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu/atod.

~ FRIDAY ~

AUTHOR AMAN MOTWANE 7-8:30 p.m.  Author of The Power of Wisdom and When You Change How You See the World, Aman Motwane will speak on dealing with people and building better relationships. $15. Center for Spiritual Living Westlake Village, 880 Hampshire Blvd.,  suite V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

CHILDREN’S READING CELEBRATION AND YOUNG AUTHORS’ FAIR 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrated children’s author Wade Bradford will headline this year’s event with Ventura County children and their families for stories, crafts, creative writing, the Young Authors’ Fair, readers’ theater, and other activities that celebrate reading and writing. Broome Library, CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.go.csuci.edu/children
COMEDY — YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER 2:30 p.m. Comedian and author Darryl Littleton will present a lecture-demonstration on the history of comedy and will include in his multimedia presentation a segment from the documentary he co-produced entitled Why We Laugh. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net
“COUNTING THE DAYS: POWs, INTERNEES AND STRAGGLERS” 7-8:30 p.m. Author Craig B. Smith will recount the stories of six soldiers imprisoned by both sides of the conflict from his latest book as part of Ventura’s Big Read series. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/bigread
DERBY DARLINS BATTLE FOR THE COAST 8 a.m.- 11 p.m. (and Sunday, April 6). Ten teams from across the county battle for dominance to obtain the coveted BFTC oar. $15-$25. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vcderbydarlins.com
EDIBLE HARVEST CLASS 10-11:30 a.m. Nursery expert Dave Nichols from Green Thumb Nursery will lead this class about how to incorporate edibles into your landscape. Green Thumb Nursery, 1899 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/water/landscape
GOLD COAST WIND ENSEMBLE 7:30 p.m. This all-volunteer, professional-level wind orchestra in Ventura County is based on the principle of fine performance of quality concert band and wind ensemble repertoire. $29.40. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
ONGOING IMPROV WORKSHOP WITH BROADWAY VETERAN 10 a.m.-noon (and ongoing Saturdays). Taught by Lynn Chaplin-Noe, Broadway and television performer and creator of environmental improv technique, she teaches everyday improvisation techniques that will help you listen, learn and laugh your way to effective communication. $10. Suite #1, 221 Daily Drive, suite #1, Camarillo. For more information, call 366-0342. 
OXNARD CELEBRATES EARTH DAY 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrating Earth Day, Oxnard will host vendors and demonstrations based around the theme “Bee Kind to the Earth” in which the importance of bees to our ecosystem is highlighted. Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit publicworks.cityofoxnard.org. 
SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL “SCANFEST” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One of the largest Nordic festivals in the western United States will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and the Saami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors and activities for people of all ages. $4-$8. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, #1800,  Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.scandinavianfest.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

CASA PACIFICA PRESENTS OBOIST NICHOLAS DANIEL 3 p.m. Renowned O oboist Nicholas Daniel will lead the Camerata Pacifica ensemble in a work Mozart himself considered one of his best, his Quintet in E- flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452. $10-$40. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cameratapacifica.org
DUDLEY HOUSE OPEN HOUSE 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 16, 1948 broadcast of Sherlock Holmes and 1905-08 recordings of bass Pol Plançon will be featured  in  the  Dudley House historic recording series during the Dudley House open house on April 6. A flea market and collectibles fair will begin at 9 a.m. The Dudley House, 197 N. Ashwood Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 644-3286. 
HOLISTIC HEALING FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Experienced practitioners will be available for 20-minute sessions during this fair featuring homeopathic and natural healing alternatives. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.healinginamerica.org.

~ MONDAY ~

BIG READ FILM SCREENING FEATURING TOM CRUISE 6 p.m. Robert Chianese will host this film in which Tom Cruise portrays Ron Kovic’s personal journey from proud to paralyzed soldier who turned anti-war activist. E.P. Foster Library Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/bigread
GABRIELLE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). Gabrielle, a 22-year-old woman with Williams syndrome, a genetic disorder that often slows cognitive skills while increasing sociability and musical talent, falls in love with the dashingly handsome Martin. $6.25-$9.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 6:30-8 p.m. As part of a series of photography lessons, this lecture will be an introduction to using digital cameras, covering some of the technical aspects of point and shoot as well as DSLR cameras. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org
STEM DIVERSITY SPEAKER SERIES 3-4 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. Learn how the mathematical, natural and social sciences are being used to help solve the world’s health problems featuring two separate presentations by Dr. Carlos Castillo Chavez, a leading authority on mathematical biology. Grand Salon, CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu/projectacceso.

~ TUESDAY ~

AN EVENING WITH DAVID RIVAS 6-7:30 p.m. Photographer/metal sculptor/ former boiler operator David Rivas will discuss his public and private work as an artist. The Comedy Club at the Harbor, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 205, Ventura. For more information, visit www.focusonthemasters.com
HERB & DOROTHY 7:15 p.m. This documentary captures Herb and Dorothy Vogel’s extraordinary gift of art to the nation, donating pieces from their vast modern art collection to institutions in all 50 states. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com
RELIGIOUS ETHICIST LARRY RASMUSSEN 7:30 p.m. Larry Rasmussen, the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and past president of the Society of Christian Ethics, will present “God, Water and Human Responsibility.” CLU, Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3693.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“LEGAL PROTECTION FOR HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS” 5:30-6:30 p.m. As part of the Lawyers at the Library series, Attorneys Scott Green and Dan Spurgeon of the Green Law Group LLP will discuss how state law protects homeowners who hire contractors for home improvement work. Ventura County Law Library, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org.

OPENING THEATER

THE STORIES OF CESAR CHAVEZ April 3-6. Santa Paula Theater Center’s Backstage Theater presents this award-winning production written by and starring Fred Blanco. $12-$15. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

ONGOING THEATER

A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN Through April 6. Rubicon Theatre presents the Tony award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Eugene O’Neill. A story of vulnerability, passion, humor and torment, Moon takes audiences to a rural Connecticut farm, where the sins of a failed actor-turned-landlord named Jim Tyrone collide with the outwardly gruff vulnerability of an Irish working-class farmer’s daughter named Josie Hogan. In one fateful evening, these two lost souls move through a mythic tale of old sins and the power of love. $39-$49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.   
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR Through April 6. Elite Theater presents this story that takes place in a communal residence where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest but increasingly “burned out” young social worker named Jack. We are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth. $15-$18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave.,Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheater.org
IN THE HEIGHTS Through April 6. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan’s Washington Heights — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which ones you leave behind. $30-$65. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.  
SHREK: THE MUSICAL Through April 6. The stage adaptation of the Disney film is presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi. $18-$25. 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Through April 13. Conejo Players presents the musical set during the days of flappers, speakeasy joints and Prohibition. Thoroughly Modern Millie is the comedic tale of a young woman who moves from a small country town to New York City. Believing herself to be “thoroughly modern,” she decides that instead of marrying for love she’s going to marry for money. $18-$20. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.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.

OPENING ART

643 A PROJECT SPACE April 4-25.  “Square, Flat & Fluid,” featuring recent paintings and oceanic sculpture by Kenji Webb. Opening reception on Friday, April 4, 5 to 9 p.m. with music by Landon Smith. Hours are by appointment. 643 Ventura Ave., Ventura.  
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM April 3-30. The 23rd annual Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit. The awards ceremony and reception for the student artists, and their families and friends will be held on Thursday, April 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Hours: Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260. 
VITA ART CENTER April 4-26. “Containers, Topiaries, and Ponds: Abstract Works on Paper and Canvas” by Hugh Margerum. Opening reception on April 4, 6-9 p.m. 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.

ONGOING ART

BLUE CUBE Through April 7. “Off the Walls,” featuring work by various California MFA candidates in Ventura’s newest contemporary art space. 86 S. Laurel St., Ventura. 218-0842 or www.bluecubegallery.com.  
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through April 19. “Suburban Primitive Paintings” by Ronald Walker. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org. 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 May 18. “Biodiversity Series: Hiroko Yoshimoto.” Stemming from free-form sketches the artist did in Tokyo in 2012 while recuperating indoors from an illness, her new Biodiversity Series has a richly organic patternation that alludes to realism and teems with implications of environmental disruption. 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 April 11. “Guardian,” a series of illustrations and sketch concepts by senior art student Marlies Urbauer that feature a rich visual narrative set in the era of the Vikings and in a fantastical setting based on Norse mythology. Napa Hall, room 1154, on Ventura Street on the CI campus, 437-2772. Through April 13: “Global Voices, Diverse Narratives: One Medium, Video”  in the John Spoor Broome Library Art Gallery on the CI campus. For more information, call 437-2772. 
CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY Through April 12. “Women by Women,” drawings and paintings of and by women in the Kwan Fong Gallery. Through April 17: “Resonating Images III,” a group show of contemporary artists in the William Roland Gallery. Soiland Humanities Center, Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks. 444-7716 or www.callutheran.edu.  
E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY Through May 4. Buenaventura Art Association presents “The Big Read,” featuring work by Sue Cohen, Judith Crowe, Deborah DeBono, Lois Freeman-Fox, Mark Hafeman, Sandra Hampton, Louisa Wallace Jacobs and Darlene Roker. 651 E. Main St., Ventura.   
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through April 24. Dahlia Riley, Illona Battaglia Aguayo and Lynn Creighton. Hours: Monday  through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 210 E. Main St., Ventura 652-1800.  
GALERIE 102 Through April 13. “Peacocks in Flight,” featuring paintings by Erin Garcia and sculpture by Allie Pohl. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.  
GALLERIA AT THE HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through May 5. “Heart and Soul” group show featuring work by local artists, including Debra Sokolow, John K. Golson, Dennis Griffin, Dorothea Heger and Janet Abravaya. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through April 14. Focus on the Masters Learning to See Youth Outreach presents work by local students inspired by artists that were featured in Donna Granata’s award-winning photography. Ventura Harbor Village, Spinnaker Drive, entrance #3, Ventura. 644-2750, www.HarborVillageGallery.com.    
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 642-5257, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through May 18: “Humanalia,” the drawings of Omar D’Leon.  Through April 27: “Fresh Harvest,” paintings by Michael Lynn Adams. 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, Gayel 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.   
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM. Through June 22. “Watercolors and Woodblocks: Jesse Arms Botke.” $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.    
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through April 25. “Bits and Pieces,” an art exhibit inspired by Steve Martin’s celebrated play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which explores what would happen if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Paris cafe in 1904 prior to their discoveries of cubism and the theory of relativity. Also Ventura College Students Award Exhibit. Reception on April 5, 4-6 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368.  
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through May 16.  “Women in the State of Grace” featuring works by 18 California women. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 957 Faulkner Road, Santa Paula.  
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.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM  Through June 15. “The Vernacular Bestiary: Animal Snapshots From A to Z.” This collection of anonymous amateur photographs has been collected by photographer John Nichols over the past two decades and has never been publicly exhibited. 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, 2013. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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 redesigned 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
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM 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.    
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 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.      

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