Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

SANTACON 2014
Saturday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m.

Don your Santa Claus outfit and join the raucous adult party at this event as it plants its seeds in Ventura County for the first time. Revelers will party hard in Santa attire while doing their best to personify and consume the Christmas spirit. Tipsy Goat, 159 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SantaConThousandOaks.
 
 
 

THE NUTCRACKER
Saturday and Sunday Dec. 20-21.

Pacific Festival Ballet presents its 20th performance of The Nutcracker. The cast includes stars from the professional dance world who bring an international flair to the production, including Westlake Village native Emiko Flanagan (pictured) who has performed with Dance Theater of Harlem in New York City, and New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia. $35-60. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., www.civicartsplaza.com.
 
 
 

T’WAS THE NIGHT
Friday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m.

48 Hours Theatre presents this collection of 1940’s-style radio dramas performed at the High Street Arts Center in Moorpark. $5. 45  E. High St, Moorpark. For tickets, call 661-202-2770.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK 6:30 p.m. The club will have an informal holiday gathering to discuss plans and programs for 2015. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582.
UGLY SWEATER CHRISTMAS PARTY 8 p.m. Wear your ugliest sweater and enjoy spiked eggnog and other adult beverages for this Christmas contest. Bring a can of food for Food Share for no cover. Discovery Ventura, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.discoveryventura.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

PACIFIC SHORES PHILHARMONIC 8 p.m. (and Sunday, Dec. 21, 4:30 p.m.). Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation and Dr. Burns Taft, artistic director, present radiant Christmas concerts featuring Pacific Shores El Coro Maestro (master chorale). $20-35. Mission San Buenaventura, 211 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.pacificshoresphil.com/.

~ Saturday ~

DAY OF AUTHORS 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Authors Robin Sanford (This Wedding Sucks) and J. Vidya (Clever Crow) will sign copies of their novels. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
LOS ROBLES MASTER CHORALE PRESENTS “A JOYFUL NOISE” 7:30 p.m. Billiart Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. The program will include a variety of holiday pieces, ranging from the traditional The First Nowell to the jazzy Swingle Bells. $15-25. St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. For more information, visit www.LosRoblesMasterChorale.org.
MID-MONTH DEVOTIONAL RETREAT: “FORGIVING AND RECEIVING” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This meditative morning will be filled with wisdom talks, sharing, sacred songs and prayers of gratitude. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.karenswylie.com.
POETRY WORKSHOP FOR 12-17-YEAR-OLDS 1-2:30 p.m. Participants will learn how poetry can be a means of channeling struggles into constructive output with a variety of methods. Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB FEAT. THE UNFORGETTABLES BIG BAND 7:30-10 p.m. Free dance instruction in ballroom, swing, waltz and more will be hosted with light refreshments and a performance by The Unforgettables Big Band. $7. Goebel Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2744.
VENTURA VOICES FOR PEACE PRESENTS “A SEASON OF PEACE” 3-5:30 p.m. Live music, refreshments, poetry, verse, music media from Playing for Change and a message of peace from Words of Peace Global will be part of this event. Topping Room at E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

BOLSHOI BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER 12:55 p.m. Experience the excitement and beauty of world-class performances when the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Nutcracker is broadcast live to select cinemas nationwide. $16-18. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB PRESENTS THE JAZZ POLICE 1 p.m. Qualified jazz performers are invited to perform before 3 p.m., when the Jazz Police will perform. $7-10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelcitiesjazzclub.org.

~ MONDAY ~

WRITING TIPS AND BOOK DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR SOFIA DIANA GABEL 6 p.m. Gabel will discuss her work, the writing process and how one can join the world of being a published author. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.

OPENING THEATER

THE NUTCRACKER Saturday, Dec. 20. Moorpark Civic Ballet presents its performance of The Nutcracker at the Ray Scherr Forum in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Stephen Jacobsen from Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance will be this year’s celebrity guest. $25-30. 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., dance-ten.com/moorpark-civic-ballet/.
THE NUTCRACKER Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20 and 21. All American Ballet presents its annual production at Ventura College Performing Arts Center. Ballet West principal dancer and AAB alumna Haley Henderson Smith will play the Sugar Plum Fairy. $10-30. 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, 650-6316 or www.aaballet.org.

ONGOING THEATER

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 23. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the classic Dickens tale in musical form with a live orchestra accompaniment. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
A CHRISTMAS STORY Through Dec. 21. Ojai ACT presents the stage adaptation of the holiday sleeper from the 1980s that eventually inspired the hit TV show The Wonder Years. “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye.” $10-15 There are a total of nine performances, so get tickets early. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.
A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 21. Elite Theatre presents a musical comedy for all ages. What will become of Christmas when Santa Claus and the citizens of the North Pole are kidnapped by a bunch of pirates? Fun music and a heartwarming message make it a perfect holiday family event. $10-20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org/.
A TUNA CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 21. Rubicon Theatre presents this hilarious two-man holiday play that pokes fun at the yuletide activities in a small town in Texas. $25-49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: 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

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small-Image Show. This annual exhibition features small affordable art for holiday shopping. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 22. “Monumentum: Drawings + Paintings by Ramon Ramirez.” “Sustain: Drawings + Installations by Terry Arena.” $5. Members free. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard, www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 11. “I Wish I Could,” paintings that explore people’s greatest wishes. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura.  For more, see www.buenaventuragallery.org
GALERIE 102 Through Dec. 28. “Holidaze Group Show: Art Take Out.” The gallery celebrates its first anniversary with a show that pokes fun at the crazy-making holiday shopping season and gives art lovers a chance to buy art right off the walls. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small-Image Show. This annual exhibition features small affordable art for holiday shopping. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village. www.buenaventuragallery.org.
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, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 22: “Painting the Light: California Landscapes” by Richard Schloss, featuring oil paintings by the famed plein air impressionist painter from Santa Barbara culled from various collections Through Feb. 1: “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process. 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: by appointment. 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.   
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Jan. 14. “Stars Align,” the gallery’s most colorful show of the year features unique gifts under $100 by more than 35 artists depicting life by the sea. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 22: “De Colores,” a celebration of Latino heritage, history and iconography. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit sessionsattheloft.com/.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Dec. 28. “Rebar,” new works by Erik Reel featuring large-scale acrylic paintings that explore mark-making and its relationship to signification. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. See www.toolroomgallery.com.
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.
VISIONS GALLERY Through Feb. 20. “Cultures of Nature,” an exhibition of photographs by local Brooks’ students who traveled to Paris for one semester to develop skills in fashion photography. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.  

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM  Through Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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 Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. 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.  
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. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
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.org
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

CHOPPERFEST
Sunday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Featuring the New and Old Skool Motorcycle Show, an art exhibit, custom bike builder displays, a swap meet and vendors, plus live music, beer and food, Chopperfest is a celebration of all things motorcycle. $5-15. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.chopperfestival.com.
 
 
 

A CHRISTMAS STORY
Through Dec. 21.

Ojai ACT presents the stage adaptation of the holiday sleeper from the 1980s that eventually inspired the hit TV show The Wonder Years. “It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an eye.” $10-15 There are a total of nine performances, so get tickets early. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.
 
 
 

A TUNA CHRISTMAS
Through Dec. 21.

Rubicon Theatre presents this hilarious two-man holiday play that pokes fun at the yuletide activities in a small town in Texas. $25-49. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

BROOKE WHITE’S CHRISTMAS 7:30 p.m. White’s concert will feature songs from her holiday album, Brooke White Christmas, as well as tunes from High Hopes and Heartbreak, yuletide classics and her favorite cover songs. $29. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
CHILDREN’S THERAPY NETWORK’S “THOUGHTFUL SANTA” 3:30-6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for children with special needs to meet and have their pictures taken with Santa in a “sensory friendly” environment. Children’s Therapy Network, 1234 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 667-8200.
18TH ANNUAL POINSETTIA AWARDS LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The Poinsettia Awards recognize outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals who make a difference in their communities. Awards for Small Business of the Year and more will be handed out. $45-55. Marriott Ventura Beach Hotel, 2055 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturachamber.com.
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF VENTURA COUNTY HOLIDAY PARTY 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Lynn Jensen of COLAB, Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business, who will discuss property rights and regulations. Money Pancho Mexican Restaurant, 3661 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.lpvc.org.
‘LIGHT LA’  CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE 7-8 p.m. Join many folks across the country to remember and show respect for all victims of gun violence. Corner of Thousand Oaks and Westlake Boulevards, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-259-8314.
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB MEETING 6:30-10 p.m. (and every Thursday in December). Dance every Thursday to live band and swing. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5226.

~ FRIDAY ~

CAMARILLO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PRESENTS CHRISTMAS CONCERT 7 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m.). Under the leadership of Director of Music Luvi Avendano, the 60-voice Chancel Choir, Adult Bell Choir, plus soloists and instrumentalists will present songs of the season, themed “Light of Christmas.” Camarillo United Methodist, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org.
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY 6-8 p.m. Families are invited for an evening of food, friends and fun, with entertainment and activities for children. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-47777.
GOLD COAST CONCERT CHORUS PRESENTS HOLIDAY CHEER 8 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m.). Arrangements of carols and holiday songs will be presented by the chorus. $5-15. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1500 N. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.goldcoastchorus.org.
HOLIDAY ICE SHOW CHARITY EVENT 7:30 p.m. (also Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). Ventura County’s annual ice skating event to raise money for foster and abused children in need during the holiday season, this year presenting “Winter Wonders on Ice.” $10-25. Channel Islands Ice Center, 830 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard. For more information, call 988-4440.
38TH ANNUAL VENTURA HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS AND FIREWORKS Friday, 5-8 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m.) Get ready for the holidays with the annual parade of lights, a festive tradition that decks boats with festive lighting for a cruise through the harbor, followed by a fireworks show. On Saturday, the Winter Wonderland and Holiday Marketplace will be held, featuring visits from Santa, live reindeer, carnival rides and craft vendors. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharborvillage.com.
PERFORMANCES TO GROW ON PRESENTS CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND 7:30 p.m. Ireland’s widely acclaimed acoustic band brings a Celtic Christmas celebration to Thousand Oaks, featuring Lúnasa. $29-39. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.ptgo.org.
COMEDY 8:30 p.m. With a new lineup each month, the evening features several comedians in an hour-and-a-half show offered in an intimate cabaret setting. $10-13. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks. For more information, www.hillcrestarts.com.
MEET A FIREFIGHTER FROM THE OXNARD FIRE DEPARTMENT 10:30 a.m. OFD firefighters will teach about what we can do to help keep ourselves and the community safe. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
SLIPPERS & MASKS PERFORM “FROZEN WITH A CHANCE OF MOTOWN” 7:30 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 13, 1:30 p.m.). Young dancers of all abilities perform “Frozen with a chance of Motown” directed and choreographed by Pam Cohen. Mound Elementary School, 455 S Hill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/bvc.
THE VILLAGE VOICES CHORALE PRESENTS “HOLIDAY FESTIVO” 8 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m.). The 75-voice chorale will present a blend of music featuring excerpts from the Messiah, Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs and holiday favorites. $22. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.villagevoices.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR 40TH ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS 7 p.m. View decorated boats and other vessels as they cruise the harbor in celebration of the holidays. Channel Islands Harbor, 3900 Pelican Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “A CLASSIC HOLIDAY” 3 p.m. (and Sunday, Dec. 14). “A Classic Holiday” will be performed with Artistic Director Kuan Fen Liu conducting and trumpet soloist David Etterbeek performing Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet. $20. Saturday: Channel Islands Art Center, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Sunday: First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.CHICOVC.org.
CLU’S ANNUAL KWANZAA CELEBRATION 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The celebration will include authentic African and African-American food, gospel music, dance and vendors selling arts and crafts. Cal Lutheran’s Gilbert Arena, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, contact lawrenc@callutheran.edu.
CONEJO RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT JINGLE BELL HIKE 2 p.m. An elf will lead you and your child up the short trail where children will get to visit with Santa and have their pictures taken, plus hot chocolate and crafts. $10. Conejo Community Center, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 495-2163.
DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF THE CONEJO VALLEY MEETING Noon-3 p.m. Have lunch, sip wine and browse gifts for yourself and family at the annual holiday celebration and boutique. For address, RSVP by calling 495-1515.
53RD ANNUAL CAMARILLO CHRISTMAS PARADE 10 a.m. Enjoy a variety of holiday floats, live bands, giant helium-filled balloons and more. Curious George will lead the parade. Downtown Camarillo. For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org.
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AND PERFORMANCE AT THE RANCH HOUSE 11 a.m.-5 p.m. An afternoon of art, music, holiday gift-buying and refreshments with a performance by the Nordoff High School Chamber Chorus at 2 p.m. The Ranch House Restaurant, 102 Besant Road, Ojai. For more information, call 646-2360.
“HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” PET ADOPTION EVENT 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The month-long adoption event hosted by Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center kicks off to find forever homes for SPARC animals. SPARC’S Second Chance Store, 374 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.sparcsaveslives.org.
SANTA STOPS BY THE VENTURA FAMILY YMCA 8-10 a.m. Bring one unwrapped toy for your child to have her or his picture taken with Santa and the opportunity to try a variety of youth classes. Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ciymca.org/ventura.
VENTURA COLLEGE OPEN ENROLLMENT EVENT 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn about financial aid availability and register for the upcoming spring semester along with free food, music and giveaways. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.vcccd.edu.
“WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ‘NATURE’? A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE” 3 p.m. Join Karen Zedlick, Ph.D., philosophy, a faculty member at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, for an exploration of biotechnological advances in food from the Catholic perspective. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019.

~ SUNDAY ~

CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT 3 p.m. The Camarillo Community Band will perform holiday favorites and invite the audience to sing along. Camarillo Community Center Auditorium, 1605 Burnley St, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillocommunityband.com.
CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN’S HOLIDAY CONCERT 3 p.m. The acclaimed pianists and composers Michele Levin and Lili Kraus will perform. $15-25. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai. For more information, visit www.chamberonthemountain.com.
“ESPÍRITU FLAMENCO: A PASSIONATE BLAZE OF INNOVATIVE SPANISH DANCE” 7 p.m. Roberto Amaral presents a dynamic and colorful program spotlighting fiery lamenco and elegant Spanish classical and contemporary dance. $45. Scherr Forum Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 813-7212.
MEADOWLARK SERVICE LEAGUE’S “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY” HOME TOUR (1-5 p.m.) A selection of Camarillo homes will be seasonally decorated along the tour route, with complimentary refreshments and a raffle drawing. $25-30. For more information and location, visit www.meadowlarkserviceleague.com.
WHITE CHRISTMAS: THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY 2 and 7 p.m. (and 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15). The special theatrical presentation features Irving Berlin’s phenomenal music and stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. $5.50-13.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
OJAI HEALING FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This monthly healing fair offers a wide variety of alternative medicinal options, massage and energy healing. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, call 640-0211.
OLIVAS ADOBE CANDLELIGHT TOURS 5:30-7:30 p.m. See how Old California celebrated the holidays, with skits by costumed docents, all-natural decorations, live music, gift shop handicrafts and refreshments. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/olivasadobe.
SANTA TO THE SEA HALF-MARATHON 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The nonprofit event will feature everything from a 5K to a half-marathon, with a finish-line festival and expo. Channel Islands Harbor. For more information, visit www.santatothesea.com.
VENTURA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES DOG PORTRAITS Noon-4 p.m. Dogs, along with their families, are invited to have their photos taken with Santa. VCAS will provide discounted rabies shots, pet microchipping and license renewal services on site. $20. VCAS Pet Adoption Center, 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vcas.us.

~ MONDAY ~

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT SCREENING AND HOLIDAY PARTY 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. The 50th anniversary of the classic Beatles film will be screened, with a holiday party hosted prior to the movie. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
“BLESSINGS OF MANTRA” WITH DR. BROCK TRAVIS 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dr. Brock Travis, friends and members of the community will share songs of God, love and light. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, call 320-6079.
HEALTHY COMFORT FOODS WITH SUSAN SPEER 6-7:30 p.m. Nutrition expert Susan Speer demonstrates her favorite recipes and discusses the natural cancer fighters in dishes full of vegetables, beans and whole grains. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information and to RSVP, call 379-4777.

~ TUESDAY ~

COAST GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING 6 p.m. Dr. Richard Hurst will be speaking about early Precambrian rocks with a talk titled “Mother Earth: Getting the Age out of a REAL Senior Citizen Ain’t Easy.” $10-25, with dinner. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.coastgeologicalsociety.org.
NORDHOFF HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC PRESENTS “SOUNDS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON” 7 p.m. The evening will feature the Symphonic Band and String Orchestra performing holiday favorites. Nordhoff High School Gymnasium, 1401 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. For more information, visit www.nhsmusic.com.

OPENING THEATER

CABRILLO’S 2014 HOLIDAY FAMILY CELEBRATION Saturday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m. Cabrillo Music Theater’s annual performance for military personnel and their families is open to the public this year. All-star lineup and traditional holiday music will be featured. $29. Scherr Forum of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 497-8613 or www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.
HOLIDAY SING-A-LONG Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m. The fourth in a series of free live theater performances by Loanne Wullaert Presents, will feature Ventura County’s best and brightest vocal talent performing classic Disney songs in a cheerful holiday sing-a-long for the whole family. Admission is free with new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut Drive, Ventura. www.venturatheater.net.
THE NUTCRACKER Sunday, Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m. Conejo Civic Ballet presents the holiday classic ballet at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Sunday, Dec. 14, 1 and 5 p.m. The classic ballet fairy tale returns to Ventura as performed by the Ventura County Ballet, accompanied by the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra. $14-28. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.venturacountyballet.com.

ONGOING THEATER

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 23. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the classic Dickens tale in musical form with a live orchestra accompaniment. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Through Dec. 14. Skyway Playhouse presents the beloved Christmas classic about a man named Kris Kringle who gets a job at Macy’s in New York City to spread holiday cheer. Is he crazy or does Santa exist? $10-18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. www.skywayplayhouse.org.
A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 21. Elite Theatre presents a musical comedy for all ages. What will become of Christmas when Santa Claus and the citizens of the North Pole are kidnapped by a bunch of pirates? Fun music and a heartwarming message make it a perfect holiday family event. $10-20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
SHREK: THE MUSICAL Through Dec. 14. Based on the Oscar-winning film, Conejo Players Theatre brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to the stage in the form of a musical for the whole family to enjoy. $18-20. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: 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

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Dec. 14 through Feb. 22. “Monumentum: Drawings + Paintings by Ramon Ramirez.” Reception on Saturday, Dec. 13, 4-6 p.m. “Sustain: Drawings + Installations by Terry Arena. $5. Members free. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard, www.carnegieam.org.
OPENING STUDIO SALE Dec. 13 and 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christine Brennan opens her studios for a special sale featuring her work and work by ceramicist Robyn Dalbey and multimedia aritist Gail Hersher. 175 N. Pueblo Ave., Ojai.    

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small-Image Show. This annual exhibition features small affordable art for holiday shopping. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 11. “I Wish I Could,” paintings that explore people’s greatest wishes. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura.  For more, see www.buenaventuragallery.org
GALERIE 102 Through Dec. 28. “Holidaze Group Show: Art Take Out.” The gallery celebrates its first anniversary with a show that pokes fun at the crazy-making holiday shopping season and gives art lovers a chance to buy art right off the walls. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small-Image Show. This annual exhibition features small affordable art for holiday shopping. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village. www.buenaventuragallery.org.
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, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.   
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Feb. 22: “Painting the Light: California Landscapes” by Richard Schloss featuring oil paintings by the famed plein air impressionist painter from Santa Barbara culled from various collections Through Feb. 1: “Colossal Efforts,” a behind-the-scenes look at George Stuart’s creative process. 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: by appointment. 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.   
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Jan. 14. “Stars Align,” the gallery’s most colorful show of the year features unique gifts under $100 by more than 35 artists depicting life by the sea. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 22: “De Colores,” a celebration of Latino heritage, history and iconography. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit sessionsattheloft.com/.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Dec. 28. “Rebar,” new works by Erik Reel featuring large-scale acrylic paintings that explore mark-making and its relationship to signification. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. See www.toolroomgallery.com.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA SITE Through Dec. 19. “Nine Points of View,” works by members of Artists Guild of Fillmore. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 957 Faulkner Road, 106, Santa Paula. See www.artistsguildoffillmore.org
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.
VISIONS GALLERY Through Feb. 20. “Cultures of Nature,” an exhibition of photographs by local Brooks’ students who traveled to Paris for one semester to develop skills in fashion photography. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or 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 Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. 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.  
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. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
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.org
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

WARHOL & WINE HOLIDAY ART PARTY
Saturday, Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m.

Paint, drink and be merry in a relaxed, fun environment with expert guidance at Ventura’s coziest contemporary art space. You don’t have to be an experienced artist to attend. The theme is holiday portraits Warhol style. At the end of the night you will take home a one-of-a-kind painting. $40. Vita Art Center, 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30. www.vitaartcenter.com.
 
 
 

A FAIRGROUNDS CHRISTMAS
Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Featuring fun and festive holiday happenings. Children’s Christmas shopping mall, wrapping station, gourmet food trucks, Christmas spirits, live music, Santa Claus and his reindeer, a chorale competition and much more. Bring two cans of food to enter the Christmas Raffle. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org.
 
 
 

VENTURA WINTER WINE WALK AND HOLIDAY STREET FAIR
Saturday, Dec. 6, 12-8 p.m.
 
Shop artists, crafters, nonprofit organizations and commercial vendors along Main Street prior to the annual Winter Wine Walk, where each guest will receive a tasting cup and a map of the participating tasting sites throughout Downtown Ventura, all culminating in a faux-snow shower. Holiday street fair free, Winter Wine Walk $50. Main Street, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturawinterwinewalk.com.
 

 
 
~ THURSADY ~

CALIFORNIA SLEIGH RIDES 6-7:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. (through Dec. 31). Take a California Sleigh Ride through the Ventura Harbor and Ventura Keys to gaze at holiday lights as they reflect upon the water from boats. $10-20. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.californiasleighrides.com
COVERED CALIFORNIA: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED Noon-1:30 p.m. Evelyn Escobedo, a certified Covered California educator, will give a presentation on Covered California. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
DIAMOND-CUTTING EVENT AND TRUNK SHOW 6-9 p.m. This event will feature Brian McHardy, a fourth-generation master diamond cutter, who will demonstrate his diamond-cutting skills, Van Gundy Jewelers, 77 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 987-7741.
RIFFTRAX LIVE: SANTA CLAUS 8 p.m. A never-before-seen take on K. Gordon Murray’s 1959 holiday “classic” Santa Claus, with commentary from the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew. $10.50-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
SANKTA LUCIA FESTIVAL 11:25 a.m. The Swedish ceremony, which has been part of CLU’s holiday celebrations since its early years, pays homage to the Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13, 304 A.D. Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3228.
WHITE CHRISTMAS 7:30 p.m. In this classic Christmas film, a series of romantic mix-ups ensue as four performers try to put on a Christmas show. $3.50. Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440, Eastman Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.regencymovies.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 5 p.m. Ring in the Christmas season with the traditional tree lighting ceremony in downtown Ventura. In front of the Mission, 211 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.downtownventura.org.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CONCERT:  “O GREAT MYSTERY” 8 p.m. (and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7). California Lutheran University’s longest-running annual event will feature a narrated performance of Christmas music, including traditional carols that the audience will be invited to sing. Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3306.
GIRL ON THE EDGE 7 p.m. Brooks Institute alum and Director/Executive Producer Jay Silverman will screen his film based on his own daughter’s true story about the journey of a troubled teenage girl who finds healing in the most unlikely of places. Brooks Institute, Ventura Screening Room, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.girlontheedgethemovie.com.
MUSIC AT THE AG PRESENTS ALAN THORNHILL 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Alan Thornhill will perform an array of his classics. $2-10. Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
PFLAG HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING FUNDRAISER 4-6 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). The Ventura chapter of the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will host a fundraising project by providing gift wrapping. Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 4820 Telephone Road, Ventura. For more information, call 320-6773.

~ SATURDAY ~

CAN-TREE COLLECTION All day through Sunday, Dec. 7. Join family, co-workers, teams and neighbors to build a can-tree that benefits Ventura’s FOOD share. The Collection RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thecollectionrp.com.
CHRISTMAS AT CAMULOS: A FIESTA OF LIGHTS 2-7 p.m. (and Sunday, Dec. 7). Stroll the lighted gardens, view handmade and unique decorations and visit the traditionally adorned historic buildings along with a Christmas market, book sale and seasonal food. $5 suggested donation. Rancho Camulos Museum, 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. For more information, visit www.ranchocamulos.org.
CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY’S 23RD ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, Dec. 7). Tour homes in Lake Sherwood, North Ranch and Agoura Hills decorated for the holidays, and shop in the holiday boutique. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. To RSVP, call 379-4777.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM ATTIC SALE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (and Sunday, Dec. 7). Original artwork, beautiful ship models, books and more will be on sale from the Museum’s collection. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, call 984-6260.
LA OPERA TALK: “FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS” 3 p.m. LA Opera Community Educator Steve Kohn will give an introductory talk about this opera, which was inspired by the writings of Gabriel García Márquez. Oxnard Public Main Library, 251 S. A St, Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7532.
NATIVE LANDSCAPING WORKSHOP 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Learn the identification and the uses of native plants and gain hands-on experience with planting and transplanting them. The workshop begins with an herb walk at Cluff Vista Park. $30. For more information and directions, visit www.HerbWalks.com.
PACIFIC CORINTHIAN YACHT CLUB CHANGE OF WATCH Change of Watch is a traditional yachting event held every year, featuring the procession of staff commodores, bridge officers and spouses, followed by entertainment and dinner. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.pcyc.org.
SEVENTH ANNUAL OXNARD TAMALE FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tamales are the subject of celebration at this annual event featuring a tamale eating contest and much more. Plaza Park, 500 S. B St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardtamalefest.com.
PORTUGUESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEETING Noon. This luncheon is open to any person of Portuguese descent or interested in the Portuguese culture. Four Points Sheraton, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 483-6285.
THE 14TH ANNUAL “A COWBOY CHRISTMAS” 6-10 p.m. It’s a food and wine tasting event, hosted by Tom & Sandy 805, featuring top wineries and caterers from Ventura County, plus a live auction, in support of the Camarillo Ranch Foundation. $85-125. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarilloranch.org.
TINY TOTS HOLIDAY CONCERT, PARTY AND SANTA PHOTOS 11 a.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 20). Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and a cast of local teens ring in the season with holiday tunes and a sing-a-long for the entire family. Afterward, visit S anta’s Wonderland, where photos can be taken with the cast while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. $5-10. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 667-2900.
THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB WITH THE DICK PARENT TRIO 7:30-10 p.m. Free dance instruction in ballroom, swing, waltz and more will be hosted with light refreshments and a performance by The Dick Parent Trio. $7. Goebel Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2744.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY’S RESTORATION WORK DAY AT HEDRICK RANCH NATURE AREA 8 a.m. Birding from 8 a.m., work begins at 9 a.m. 190 species of bird have been spotted at this site. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves and sun protection. Hedrick Ranch Nature Area, east of Santa Paula. For more information and directions, call 340-0478.

~ SUNDAY ~

TCM PRESENTS: A CHRISTMAS CAROL AND CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT  2 p.m. (and 7 p.m.). See the beloved 1938 version of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol and the 1945 romantic comedy Christmas in Connecticut, broadcast into theaters. $7-10.25. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
BEYOND RIGHT AND WRONG: A DOCUMENTARY 3-5 p.m. As a part of their “Season of Peace” offerings, Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions will host two meetings dedicated to conversation about forgiveness. E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.C-P-R.net.
CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING FROM HOLLYWOOD 2:30 p.m. Free wrestling matches as performed by the wrestlers from Hollywood. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.oceanviewinfo.com.
CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS CHOIR HOLIDAY CONCERTS 3 p.m. (and Monday, Dec. 8). The central piece of the concerts, “A Little Jazz Mass,” was written in 2006 for the Crescent City Festival in New Orleans. The choir will also perform Latin, Hebrew and Swahili holiday songs. $20 suggested donation. Sunday’s concert: St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. Monday’s concert: CSUCI Malibu Hall, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.choir.csuci.edu.
HOLIDAY PARTY AT THE SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 2-4 p.m. Guests will enjoy a fun and festive afternoon of holiday music and treats inside the museum’s decorated galleries. $3-4. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-5554.
HUMANE SOCIETY OF VENTURA COUNTY’S ANNUAL SANTA PAWS FUNDRAISER 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For a donation, pet owners receive several professional photos of their pets with Santa Claus on a compact disc that will be ready to take home the day of the event. $25. Marriott Ventura Beach hotel, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.hsvc.org.
LAS POSADAS CHRISTMAS STORY RE-ENACTMENT 7-9 p.m. In CLU’s annual event, students representing Mary and Joseph will travel by donkey through campus seeking shelter for the birth of their son. CLU’s Ahmanson Science Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, email lawrenc@callutheran.edu.
MEDIUM TIM BRAUN 12:30-3:30 p.m. This spiritual workshop will answer questions like “Where do we go after we die?” and guests will learn how to awaken their “psychic abilities.” $35-40. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road., suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY FREE FAMILY DAY Noon-2 p.m Santa Paula; 1-3 p.m. Ventura. Families and children are encouraged to participate in hands-on art activities at each location during certain hours. This month, kids can make ornaments. Both Museum of Ventura County locations. For more information and directions, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
SEABEE MUSEUM DIRECTOR TO DISCUSS SEABEE HISTORY 2 p.m. Dr. Lara Godbille, Seabee Museum director, will present “Can Do Culture: the U.S. Navy Seabees in World War II and Vietnam.” Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/seabeemuseum.

~ MONDAY ~

SMOKING CESSATION CLASS SERIES 5:30-7 p.m. (and every Monday through January). The eight-session class covered over seven weeks includes confidential sessions on how to handle smoking urges, how to handle stress and moods and how to handle slips. CMH Cancer Resource Center, 2900 Loma Vista Road, suite 105, Ventura. For more information, call 667-2818.

~ TUESDAY ~

AMONG CHIMPANZEES WITH DR. NANCY J. MERRICK, M.D. 7:30 p.m. The Ventura Audubon Society hosts Dr. Merrick, former colleague of Jane Goodall, who will focus on Uganda’s forests, a part of the Albertine Rift and a biodiversity “hot spot” rich in species. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaaudubon.org.
CAROLING HARBOR CRUISES 6:30-7:30 p.m. (various dates through Dec. 22). View decorated boats and waterfront homes in the Ventura Harbor via the sea, and sing along with Christmas carols. $10-16. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.islandpackers.com.
NORDHOFF HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC WINTER CONCERTS 7:00 p.m. “Songs for a Winter Season” will be presented by the Gold ’n’ Blue Chorale and Chamber Choirs, directed by Bill Wagner. $5. Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 Foothill Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.nhsmusic.com.
VENTURA POLICE DEPARTMENT PUBLIC MEETING 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on crime in the community and to engage in a conversation regarding policing, priorities and the future of policing in Ventura. Ventura City Hall Community Meeting Room (room 202), 501 Poli St., Ventura; and Police Department, 1425 Dowell Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 339-4337.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

CAMARILLO RANCH PRESENTS SANTA NIGHTS 5-8 p.m. (and Wednesday, Dec. 17). Enjoy live seasonal music, visit Santa’s workshop and feast on food from Scratch food truck. $5. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarilloranch.org.
VATICAN MUSEUMS 3D 7 p.m. The film marks the first time Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras have been allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel where some of the world’s rarest and most precious works reside. $13-15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

OPENING THEATER

A CHRISTMAS STORY Dec. 5-21. Ojai ACT presents the stage adaptation of the holiday sleeper from the 1980s that eventually inspired the hit TV show The Wonder Years.
A TUNA CHRISTMAS Dec. 3-21. Rubicon Theatre presents this hilarious two-man holiday play that pokes fun at the yuletide activities in a small town in Texas. $25-$49. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
The Panic! Holiday Radio Hour Dec. 6, 7, 19 and 20. Modeled after classic radio broadcasts from the 1940s and ’50s, Panic! Productions presents this holiday variety show that will feature mini plays, singing and re-creations of period commercials. Each performance will also include a special guest from Broadway and beyond. Proceeds will go toward future educational and artistic programs. $10-$15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

ONGOING THEATER

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Dec. 4-7. Theater League presents the smash hit Broadway musial with an elaborate production for the whole family. Tickets start at $44. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 800-745-3000, or www.theaterleague.com.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 23. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the classic Dickens tale in musical form with a live orchestra accompaniment.$18-$25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Through Dec. 14. Skyway Playhouse presents the beloved Christmas classic about a man named Kris Kringle who gets a job at Macy’s in New York City to spread holiday cheer. Is he crazy or does Santa exist? (No performances Nov. 28-30.) $10-$18. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. www.skywayplayhouse.org.
A PIRATES CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 21. Elite Theatre presents a musical comedy for all-ages. What will become of Christmas when Santa Claus and the citizens of the North Pole are kidnapped by a bunch of pirates? Fun music and a heartwarming message make it a perfect holiday family event. $10-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
SHREK: THE MUSICAL Through Dec. 14. Based on the Oscar-winning film, Conejo Players Theatre brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to the stage in the form of a musical for the whole family to enjoy. $18-$20. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: 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

BELL ARTS FACTORY Friday, Dec. 5, 3-9 p.m. Ventura Potters’ Guild Annual Holiday Pottery Market. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
BLUE CUBE GALLERY Thursday, Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m. “Each Thing Ripens In Its Own Space” a “site-responsive” installation by Tina Linville. 86 S. Laurel, Ventura.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Dec. 3 through Jan. 12. Small Image Show. This annual exhibition features small affordable art for holiday shopping. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Dec. 3 through Jan. 12. Small Image Show. This annual exhibition features small affordable art for holiday shopping. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village. www.buenaventuragallery.org.
THE HUD: Friday, Dec. 5, 6-10 p.m. International Exhibition featuring new work by five local artists as well as artists from Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Canada. Juried exhibition will include traditional Japanese fish printing, paper art, glass sculpture and much more. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 293-1616 or www.dabart.me
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Dec. 7 through xx. “Painting the Light: California Landscapes” by Richard Schloss featuring oil paintings by the famed plein air impressionist painter from Santa Barbara culled from various collections. 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.
STONEWORKS STUDIOS Friday, Dec. 5, 6-10 p.m. Holiday Hysteria gift boutique featuring handmade, one-of-a-kind objects and art pieces for $99 and less. Live music by Rachel Sedacca, plus cheesecake and s’mores by the fire pit. 300 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.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.org.  

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