Picks of the week – Happenings

Picks of the week – Happenings

10TH ANNUAL SUMMERFEST
Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

This daylong event features physical activities, healthy food, live music on stage, sports clinics and physicals and more, hosted by the Ventura Unified School District. Ventura Unified School District Education Service Center, 255 W. Stanley Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vep4vusd.org/SummerFest.html.
 
 
 

BUDDHIST TAIKO DRUMMING GROUP TOGEN DAIKO
Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m.
The group will perform Buddhist Taiko, a Japanese-American term created to define a new style of drumming played specifically in North America. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
 
 
 

SALSA DANCING COMPETITION
Saturday, May 30, 9 p.m.

Salsa lessons will be offered to a mix of world music provided by several DJs. $5 for lessons, free admission. The Greek at the Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.greekattheharbor.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

FREE PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE SCREENING By appointment. Free screenings for the disease will be held, with a focus on those over 50 years of age. West Coast Vascular, 100 N. Brent St., suite 201, Ventura. For more information, call 643-3330.
GOLDEN GATE GIRLS 3 p.m. This film tells the tale of Esther Eng, Hong Kong’s first “directress,” a San Francisco native and open lesbian, screened in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
ONE-MONTH ANNIVERSARY VIGIL FOR MEAGAN HOCKADAY 5:30-6:15 p.m. Join family, friends, and community supporters of Meagan Hockaday in a one-month anniversary of Meagan, whose life was taken on March 28. Oxnard City Council Chambers, 305 W. Third St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.todopoderalpueblo.org.
PORTUGUESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEETING 11:30 a.m. This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent or interested in the Portuguese culture. Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 483-6285.
VIVIENNE DeLUCA SINGS 6:30-7:30 p.m. The former Ventura County Vocalist of the Year and current City employee will perform. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.Simivalleylibrary.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

“A MUSICAL KALEIDOSCOPE” 8 p.m. (and Saturday, May 30, 2:30 p.m.). Celebrate the colors and the sounds of spring with a mixture of musical styles performed by the Village Voices Chorale. $22. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.villagevoices.org.
NORDHOFF HIGH “FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE PARK” SPRING CONCERT 6:30 p.m. The Symphonic Band, String Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Gold ’n Blue Chorale and Jazz Band will perform under the direction of Bill Wagner. Libbey Park, Ojai. For more information, visit www. nhsmusic.com.
OLD TOWN GHOSTS OF VENTURA 7-9 p.m. Learn haunting tales of ghosts, murder, and deception in Old Town Ventura in this walk hosted by Richard Senate. $5. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 200-8658.      

~ SATURDAY ~

BEGINNERS’ BIRD WALK AT CANADA LARGA ROAD 8:30 a.m. Target species will include warbling vireo, black-headed grosbeak, barn owl and more at this walk hosted by the Ventura Audubon Society. For more information and directions, call 640-9037.
IN PLAIN SIGHT SCREENING AND DISCUSSION 11:30 a.m. This documentary follows the efforts to end human trafficking, followed by a discussion. $10-15. Muvico, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 339-4304.
CHANNEL ISLANDS AVIATION “PLANES, PARENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS” OPEN HOUSE 10 a.m.-noon. The open house is an opportunity for teens and parents to learn more about aviation careers, with a guest speaker. Channel Islands Aviation, 350 Durley Ave., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.flycia.com.
ST. VINCENT 4:30 p.m. Bill Murray stars in this unexpected buddy comedy about a curmudgeon who makes friends with his new young neighbors. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org

~ SUNDAY ~

BUDDHIST TAIKO DRUMMING GROUP TOGEN DAIKO 2 p.m. The group will perform Buddhist Taiko, a Japanese-American term created to define a new style of drumming played specifically in North America. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillolibrary.org.
THE BRITISH ARE COMING: CONEJO VALLEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA 3 p.m. This concert will feature music and composers representing Great Britain. $21-41. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
JANEANE GAROFALO 7 p.m. Noted comedian and actor Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer, Reality Bites and more) will perform. $34-39. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum Auditorium, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
“MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS & FRIENDS” SPRING TEA 1-4 p.m. A tea and luncheon will be hosted with a vendor marketplace, silent auction and more. $25-35. Historic Heritage Square, 715 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, contact jgesherick@aol.com.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND “CURRENTS OF CHANGE” FUNDRAISER 2 p.m. Keynote speaker Sergio Arau, director for the film A Day without a Mexican, will headline this fundraiser. $75. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.socialjusticefundvc.org

~ MONDAY ~

MARSHLAND 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). The story of two missing girls upends a community politically torn apart by idealism. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

“BLESSED WITH A BRAIN TUMOR: DISCOVERING GRACE, GOD AND GRATITUDE” WITH WILL PYE 6-7:30 p.m. Learn how accessing untapped powers and potentials causes positive changes in those around us and throughout the world, as part of the distinguished speaker series. Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
CREATING BUDDHAS: THE MAKING AND MEANING OF FABRIC THANGKAS 7 p.m. This film explores Leslie’s life-changing journey of discovering fabric thangka and her apprenticeship in Dharmasala, by a Q & A with artist Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo. $10-15. Cinemark’s Century Theaters, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.
OXNARD EMPOWER ENERGY WORKSHOP 5:30-7 p.m. Join the County of Ventura’s emPower program for dinner and information on how to improve your home’s comfort, indoor air quality and energy efficiency. Oxnard Public Library, meeting room B, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 654-3834.
“RETIREMENT PLANNING: PAYING THE BILLS WHEN THE PAYCHECKS STOP” 5:30-7 p.m. Learn the three steps to planning for a secure future and more at this seminar. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-0189.
SEMINAR ON SOCIAL MEDIA 6-7:30 p.m. Sister Jennifer Hyatt will discuss every aspect of social media, from Facebook to Twitter. Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. Eighth St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-2015.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD ART DINNER/DEMO 6-9 p.m. Mixed media/printing demonstration by Ojai artist Holly Woolson will follow a dinner buffet. $25-30. Los Robles Greens Golf Course, West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 379-5655.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

COMIC CREATOR BRIAN BUCCELLATO SIGNING Noon. Buccellato will sign copies of his new Image Comics book, “Sons of the Devil,” as well as his other works on The Flash, Injustice and more. Hypno Comics & Games, 1803 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.hypnocomics.com.

OPENING THEATER

DREAMGIRLS May 29 through June 28. High Street Arts Center presents the popular musical based on the successes of Motown acts like the Supremes, the Shirelles, James Brown and others. The production has garnered numerous Tony and Grammy awards. $16-20. 45 E. High St., Moorpark, www.highstreetsartscenter.com.
OTHER DESERT CITIES May 30 through June 21. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Jon Robin Baitz’s highly lauded story about a family in the public eye whose members must find a new way forward when each person’s beliefs and illusions related to a pivotal family event are called into question. Filled with richly drawn characters, dramatic plot elements and witty social commentary, Other Desert Cities garnered five Tony nominations and was awarded Outstanding Play by the Outer Critics Circle. $25-54. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.com.     

ONGOING THEATER

DANCING AT LUGHNASA Through June 7. Ojai ACT takes you on a journey back in time and across the sea for a two-day visit with the Mundy sisters of Ireland, where dancing at the harvest festival enlightens their hardscrabble existence in this Tony and Olivier Award-winning play. $15-18. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.  640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Through June 28. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the hilarious Tony-winning musical about a play coming to life in a man’s apartment. For tickets, call 388-5716 or go to drowsyCSP.brownpapertickets.com.
GOOD PEOPLE Through June 7. Santa Paula Theater Center presents its second show of the Ventura County Premieres season with the critically acclaimed dramedy about American class distinction. $18-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org
THE GRADUATE Through May 30. Conejo Players presents the play based on the novel that was adapted into a seminal film starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft about a young man’s coming to terms with growing up while having an affair with an older woman in the 1960s. Adult content. $16-18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in 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

BANK OF AMERICA Through July 4. Various works by local artists, including Beatrice Wood, Michael Voss, Warren Gauvin, Jon Nelson and many more. Curated by Randall Richman. 507 E. Main St., Ventura.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through May 30. “Imaginary Friends” by Merilee and Lisa Skyheart Marshall, third annual collage open competition, and sculptures by Bill McEwen. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CAMARILLO PUBLIC LIBRARY Through June 21. “War Comes Home: The Legacy” is a traveling exhibition rich with historic and contemporary letters that offers an intimate look into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier’s homecoming. 4102 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. 388-5222 or www.camarillolibrary.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through June 28. “Gardens and Flowers.” 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura. More at www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through July 19. Longtime Ventura artist Susan Cook and SCIART Executive Director Karen Geiger explore flowers in the two-woman show “Pods.” 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through June 9. “Captivating,” featuring works by Southern California artists Ann Krasner, Rosita Gottlieb, Ruth Olenick and Malcolm Tuffnell. By appointment. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd., 449-2767.
GALERIE102 Through June 6. “No Risk No Reward” explores America’s obsession with the right to bear arms. Featured artists are Ellwood T. Risk and Sabine Pearlman. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.
GALLERY 525 Through June 13. “Recent Discoveries by Merrie Weather Font,” a solo exhibition by Michael McCarthy. McCarthy introduces “specimens” from Font’s other-worldly explorations in this steampunkish fantasy exhibition. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 630-3133 or www.gallery525.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through May 31. “Welcome to My World: a Photographic Exhibition by Kimberly-Ann Talbert.” Artist talks throughout May. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #117C, Ventura Harbor Village, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
THE HUD GALLERY Through May 31. The Neoteric International Juried Exhibition featuring works by 54 finalists from all over the world and crossing all mediums and genres. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 5-9 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.DabArt.me.
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 July 5: “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans. Curator’s discussion on June 3. Through Oct. 11: “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. 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.
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.
PORCH GALLERY Through June 8. “Water Works II,” presented in partnership with the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, is an international juried exhibition, including works from as far away as China and broadly focused on issues related to water. Photographer Terri Laine will discuss her documentation of the drought’s effects on Lake Casitas on May 31. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 620-7589 or www.porchgalleryojai.com.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through July 28. “A New Chapter” features a wide variety of artists exploring a fresh perspective on their careers, how the elements of nature impact the world around them and their art. Artist reception on July 17 and 18 for art walk. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through July 5: “Next Generation Revisited” celebrates the significance of the relationship between artist and student by exhibiting student works hand-picked by instructors. Through June 14: “Dos del Sur” (Two From the South), a two-artist exhibition featuring work by Carlos Grasso and Sylvia Raz. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through June 1. “Robert Engel: Engravings.” Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 2741 S. Victoria, Oxnard, 985-1546.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through June 5. “Past, Present, Future: A Santa Paula High School Retrospective” celebrating Santa Paula student artists. 957 Faulkner Road, suite 106, 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.
VISIONS GALLERY Through June 5.  “Cuba,” a photography exhibit by Brooks students examining the country’s transition. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 643-6000 or www.gallery.brooks.edu.
VITA ART CENTER Through May 31. “Portraits” by Dan McCleary, who founded Art Division, which serves young adult art students in the Rampart district of Los Angeles. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through May 31. “Contemporary Impressions: The Artwork of Kate Hoffman” features large-scale earthy oils by the award-winning artist. Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing: First Sundays are open to visitors to tour hangars where vintage aircraft and other collections are on display.  Free plane rides are also offered to children and youth ages 8 to 17. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through June 6: “Evolution of Play” explores how toys, from prehistoric jacks to electronic gaming, have changed over the centuries. Through May 3: “Eat Well, Play Well,” a bilingual and interactive educational exhibit that puts the spotlight on healthy lifestyle choices. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or www.oilmuseum.net.  
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through June 30. “To the Tide Line” features nautical-themed work by 32 artists from Southern California. Reception on June 6, 4-6 p.m. Ongoing: “Port of Hueneme,” an exhibit two years in the making, and “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER Ongoing: Educational marine life exhibits that detail life on the Channel Islands, and an outdoor garden featuring all-native plant species. 901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. 658-5730.
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.
GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Ongoing: Hands-on interactive exhibits for children 12 and younger. $5-6. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through July 30. Currently on exhibit are more than 20 paintings by seminal art deco artist Gustave Kaitz spanning more than 60 years. Ongoing: A collection of French and art deco-era coach-built automobiles. The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine-age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Hours vary. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: The Granatelli Motorsports Hall of Fame honors motorsports legends, including Andy “Mister 500” Granatelli. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period on display in 30,000-square-foot facility. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical re-enactments that bring to life its rich cultural and agricultural legacy. Hours: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Tours begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $3-5. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Closed during inclement weather. 521-1501 or 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.reaganfoundation.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. 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

“THE BEACH IS BACK!” HUENEME BEACH FEST
Saturday, May 23, noon-5 p.m.

Celebrate the newly expanded beach with live music (Sgt. Pepper Beatle’s cover band and local Dirty Rice), food and beverages, a kids play area and the opening of the new Hueneme Beach farmers market. Hueneme Beach Park, 550 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Huenemebeachfestival.
 
 
 

38TH ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK
Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Browse professional and high school art, meet the artists, listen to music and grab a bite to eat at this annual event. Libbey Park, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiartcenter.org/art-in-the-park.html.
 
 
 

SIMI VALLEY CAJUN AND BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Candye Kane, Bud Welch (pictured.) and dozens more will perform at this event featuring a Mardi Gras parade, Cajun food and other activites. $25. Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. For more information, www.simicajun.org.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA 7 p.m. Shakespeare’s story of an affair that shook the world will be streamed from the Stratford Festival. $16-18. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
ART TALES CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST RECEPTION 5:30 p.m. Mayor Cheryl Heitmann will honor all participants and artists of the seventh annual art contest. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/arttales.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM BOOK CLUB: “SOMEONE” 6 p.m. The book club meets monthly to discuss books related to the current exhibition. $4. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.carnegieam.org.
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK MEETING 6:30 p.m. Alondra Serna of the Farm Workers Task Force will be presenting the documentary From Harvest to Home. Michael D’s Cafe, 593 W. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582.
DRUG COURT GRADUATION CEREMONY 3 p.m. The final step that highlights the completion of a minimum 12-month program will be held. Ventura County Hall of Justice, courtroom 22, 800 S. Victoria Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ventura.courts.ca.gov.
“GRAYWATER WORKSHOP” 6-8 p.m. The first in a series of workshops that will teach homeowners how to use wastewater to irrigate their yards. Room 311, Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 654-2795.

~ FRIDAY ~

SEMI-ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASE 7 p.m. The event features music performances by Oak Grove’s high school, as well as student paintings, photographs and more. Oak Grove High School Showcase, 220 W. Lomita, Ojai. For more information, visit www.oakgroveschool.org.      

~ SATURDAY ~

AN EVENING WITH SUSAN COOK 6-7:30 p.m. Oil painter Susan Cook will discuss her techniques and history, followed by a supper. $5-10; $20-30 for dinner. Brooks Institute Screening Room, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.
“BANK OF BOOKS GOES SURFING” AUTHOR SIGNING Noon-2 p.m. Author Paul Holmes will sign his book “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves.” Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.bankofbooks.com.
DELI MAN 4:30 p.m. A documentary on the vanishing deli, covering its origins, its peak during the 1930s and its imperiled present. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
“FROM DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT” MID-MONTH DEVOTIONAL RETREAT 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The morning will be a “journey into the sanctuary of our own soul, deepening our awareness that we are more than these physical bodies” led by the Rev. Karen S. Wylie. $10 suggested donation. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.karenswylie.com.
MASTER CLASS WITH BROADWAY AND FILM ACTOR ROGELIO DOUGLAS JR. 10 a.m. This class is open to singers, actors and observers ages 13 and up and will feature audits and critiques of monologues or songs. $20-40. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.ofnoteproductions.com.
MEDITATIONS EAST AND WEST: SANGAM CHAMBER CONCERT DUO 6:30 p.m. An evening of musical meditations featuring Paul Livingstone on the sitar and cellist Peter Jacobson. $18-20. For more information and location, RSVP by calling 633-0109.
THE OJAI CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS THE LEFTOVER CUTIES 5 p.m. The Leftover Cuties,  a playful and energetic quartet with a crowd-pleasing timeless folk/jazz fusion sound, will perform. $20. Dancing Oak Ranch, 4585 Casitas Pass Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ojaiconcertseries.com.
“THE POLAR BEARS OF CHURCHILL, MANITOBA, CANADA” WITH PROFESSOR TOMMY DICKEY 2-3 p.m. Professor Dickey will describe the environments, characteristics, and lives of polar bears. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDING AT WHEELER GORGE CAMPGROUND 8:30 a.m. Target species include: western wood peewee, black-headed grosbeak, Bullock’s and hooded orioles and more. Carpool from the Ventura Museum, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, or Nordhoff High School, Ojai. For more information and location, call 652-1073. 

~ SUNDAY ~

CAMARILLO OLD TOWN CAR SHOW 1-5 p.m. This monthly car show brings together classic vehicles, food and live music. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.ci.camarillo.ca.us.
MOUNTAINS 2 BEACH MARATHON 6 a.m. This Boston Marathon qualifying race begins in Ojai and ends at Surfers Point, Ventura. For more information, visit www.mountains2beachmarathon.com.
TIBETAN MONKS CONSTRUCT MANDALA AND EVENING OF CHANTING 2 p.m. (through Friday, May 29). Monks will construct a Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala and, on two evenings, perform traditional chanting and music. For more information and complete schedule, call 640-5683.
WE REMEMBER: VENTURA COUNTY TO VIETNAM AND BACK 2 p.m. An original documentary by Ojai-based filmmaker George J. Sandoval comprising interviews with Ventura County Vietnam veterans. $5, veterans free with I.D. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org

~ MONDAY ~

IVY LAWN MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE 10 a.m. A rifle salute, bagpipes and more will be held in honor of fallen veterans. Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Rd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.ivylawn.org.
50TH ANNUAL “LEST WE FORGET” MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE 11 a.m. Featuring a sky-dive flag presentation by Skydive Coastal California, the Gold Coast Pipe Band and more. Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, 2052 Howard Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.conejomountain.com.
MEMORIAL DAY VETERANS SERVICE 11 a.m. A memorial service honoring the 76 local veterans and one 1869 “Medal of Honor” recipient from the Indian Wars and others with a flag ceremony. St. Mary’s Cemetery, 1300 Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 644-4449.
MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT FEATURING THE STONEZ 5 p.m. The start of the 2015 concert in the park series features this tribute to the Rolling Stones. Conejo Community Park, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-1247.
MEMORIAL DAY NATURE HIKE TO POTRERO JOHN CAMP 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn identification and uses of medicinal plants and ecology of Los Padres National Forest. $25. Carpool from the Maricopa Plaza parking lot in Ojai. For more information, visit www.HerbWalks.com.

~ TUESDAY ~

IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE SCREENING AND DISCUSSION 6:30 p.m. Documentary following the filmmaker as she returns to her native Korea to find her “double,” the mysterious girl whose place she took in America. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“GENDER AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY: CULTURAL AND LEGAL ISSUES REGARDING SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY AND THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY” Noon. Amara Kirby, Esq., Deputy Public Defender for the office of the Ventura County Public Defender, will discuss legal and social concerns involving the LGBTQ community. Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information, call 648-5111.
LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY: “HOW TO CHOOSE AN ATTORNEY” 5:30-6:30 p.m. Attorney Gregory Ramirez will cover what consumers should look for in an attorney in order to protect themselves. Ventura County Government Center Law Library, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org.
PRSA CALIFORNIA GOLD COAST CHAPTER MAY MIXER 5:30-7:30 p.m. A mixer for marketing and PR professionals with dinner, wine and networking. $25-35. Aldabella Winery, 31111 Via Colinas, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.prsagoldcoast.org.
THOUSAND OAKS HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP 5:30-7 p.m. Workshop attendees will hear from an emPower Energy Coach about common issues found in local homes, plus questions will be answered. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 654-3834.

OPENING THEATER

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE May 22 through June 28. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the hilarious Tony-winning musical about a play coming to life in a man’s apartment. For tickets, call 388-5716 or go to drowsyCSP.brownpapertickets.com.     

ONGOING THEATER

BODY AWARENESS Through May 30. Flying H Group presents this comedy about a modern-day dysfunctional family that explores art, Asperger’s and arousal. Not suitable for children. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
DANCING AT LUGHNASA Through June 7. Ojai ACT takes you on a journey back in time and across the sea for a two-day visit with the Mundy sisters of Ireland, where dancing at the harvest festival enlightens their hardscrabble existence in this Tony and Olivier Award-winning play. $15-18. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.  640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN Through May 24. Elite Theater presents the political thriller, set in a Latin American country, about the aftereffects of a totalitarian dictatorship on the hearts and souls of the people. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
GOOD PEOPLE Through June 7. Santa Paula Theater Center presents its second show of the Ventura County Premieres season with the critically acclaimed dramedy about American class distinction. $18-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org
THE GRADUATE Through May 30. Conejo Players presents the play based on the novel that was adapted into a seminal film starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft about a young man’s coming to terms with growing up while having an affair with an older woman in the 1960s. Adult content. $16-18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in 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
AND THE WORLD GOES ’ROUND Through May 24. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center continues its 20th anniversary season with And the World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb featuring music from Chicago, Cabaret and many more. $18-24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call 583-7900 or see www.simi-arts.org.         

OPENING ART

PAINT, DRINK AND BE MERRY Saturday, May 23, 6-9 p.m. Vita Art Center offers this monthly adventure in painting and wine. This month’s theme is “Beautiful Bugs.”  All skill levels welcome. Take home your own painting at the end of the evening. $40. Register at www.vitaartcenter.com. 432 N. Ventura Avenue, Studio 30, 644-9214.        

ONGOING ART

ABRA GALLERY Through May 29. Westlake Village Art Guild and ABRA present the “Small” art show. 30941 Agoura Road, suite 310, Westlake Village. See www.abragallery.com.
BANK OF AMERICA Through July 4. Various works by local artists, including Beatrice Wood, Michael Voss, Warren Gauvin, Jon Nelson and many more. Curated by Randall Richman. 507 E. Main St., Ventura.
CAM STUDIO GALLERY Through May 17. “A Shared Vision: Solo works by Nansi Bielanski and collaborations with David C. Gallup.” Gallery talk on May 14, 6:30 p.m. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard.
CAMARILLO PUBLIC LIBRARY Through June 21. “War Comes Home: The Legacy” is a traveling exhibition rich with historic and contemporary letters that offers an intimate look into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier’s homecoming. 4102 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. 388-5222 or www.camarillolibrary.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 24. “Ruth Pastine: Present Tense,” perceptual interactions of saturated and nuanced color relationships that investigate light and spatial interplay 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through June 28. “Gardens and Flowers.” 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura. More at www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through July 19. Longtime Ventura artist Susan Cook and SCIART Executive Director Karen Geiger explore flowers in the two-woman show “Pods.” 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through June 9. “Captivating,” featuring works by Southern California artists Ann Krasner, Rosita Gottlieb, Ruth Olenick and Malcolm Tuffnell. By appointment. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd., 449-2767.
GALERIE102 Through June 6. “No Risk No Reward” explores America’s obsession with the right to bear arms. Featured artists are Ellwood T. Risk and Sabine Pearlman. Artist discussion May 24, 2-4 p.m. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.
GALLERY 525 Through June 13. “Recent Discoveries by Merrie Weather Font” a solo exhibition by Michael McCarthy. McCarthy introduces “specimens” from Ms. Font’s other-worldly explorations in this steampunkish fantasy exhibition. 525 W. El Roblar Ave., Ojai. 630-3133 or www.gallery525.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through May 31. “Welcome to My World: a Photographic Exhibition by Kimberly-Ann Talbert.” Opening reception on Saturday, May 23, 1-4 p.m. Artist talks throughout May. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #117C, Ventura Harbor Village, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
THE HUD GALLERY Through May 31. The Neoteric International Juried Exhibition featuring works by 54 finalists from all over the world and crossing all mediums and genres. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 5-9 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.DabArt.me.
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 July 5: “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans. Events include screening of documentary film on May 24, 2 p.m., and curator’s discussion on June 3. Through Oct. 11: “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. 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.
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.
PORCH GALLERY Through June 8. “Water Works II,” presented in partnership with the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, is an international juried exhibition including works from as far away as China and broadly focused on issues related to water. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 620-7589 or www.porchgalleryojai.com.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through July 28. “A New Chapter” features a wide variety of artists exploring a fresh perspective on their careers, how the elements of nature impact the world around them and their art. Artist reception on July 17 and 18 for art walk. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through July 5: “Next Generation Revisited” celebrates the significance of the relationship between artist and student by exhibiting student works hand-picked by instructors. Through June 14: “Dos del Sur” (Two From the South), a two-artist exhibition featuring work by Carlos Grasso and Sylvia Raz. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through June 1. “Robert Engel: Engravings.” Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 2741 S. Victoria, Oxnard, 985-1546.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through June 5. “Past, Present, Future: A Santa Paula High School Retrospective” celebrating Santa Paula student artists. 957 Faulkner Road, suite 106, 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.
VISIONS GALLERY Through June 5.  “Cuba,” a photography exhibit by Brooks students examining the country’s transition. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 643-6000 or www.gallery.brooks.edu.
VITA ART CENTER Through May 31. “Portraits” by Dan McCleary, who founded Art Division, which serves young adult art students in the Rampart district of Los Angeles. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through May 31. “Contemporary Impressions: The Artwork of Kate Hoffman” features large-scale earthy oils by the award-winning artist. Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing: First Sundays are open to visitors to tour hangars where vintage aircraft and other collections are on display.  Free plane rides are also offered to children and youth ages 8 to 17. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through June 6: “Evolution of Play” explores how toys, from prehistoric jacks to electronic gaming, have changed over the centuries. Through May 3: “Eat Well, Play Well,” a bilingual and interactive educational exhibit that puts the spotlight on healthy lifestyle choices. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or www.oilmuseum.net.  
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through June 30. “To the Tide Line” features nautical-themed work by 32 artists from Southern California. Reception on June 6, 4-6 p.m. Ongoing: “Port of Hueneme,” an exhibit two years in the making, and “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER Ongoing: Educational marine life exhibits that detail life on the Channel Islands, and an outdoor garden featuring all-native plant species. 901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. 658-5730.
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.
GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Ongoing: Hands-on interactive exhibits for children 12 and younger. $5-6. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through July 30. Currently on exhibit are more than 20 paintings by seminal art deco artist Gustave Kaitz spanning more than 60 years. Ongoing: A collection of French and art deco-era coach-built automobiles. The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Hours vary. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: The Granatelli Motorsports Hall of Fame honors motorsports legends, including Andy “Mister 500” Granatelli. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period on display in 30,000-square-foot facility. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical re-enactments that bring to life its rich cultural and agricultural legacy. Hours: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Tours begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $3-5. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Closed during inclement weather. 521-1501 or 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.reaganfoundation.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. 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

CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Celebrate all things strawberry at this annual event featuring two stages of music and entertainment, arts and crafts, multiple strawberry eating and throwing contests and more. $5-12. Strawberry Meadows, College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.strawberry-fest.org.
 
 
 

CALIFORNIA JAZZ & WINE FEST
Sunday, May 17, noon-5 p.m.

Samples of wine, microbrews and boutique spirits will be served, featuring a performance by Grammy award-winner Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. $50-100. Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.californiajazzwine.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

“MY FERTILITY OPTION” EGG FREEZING AND FERTILITY PRESERVATION EVENT 6-7:30 p.m. A discussion on what you need to know about egg freezing and concerns in a like-minded, supportive environment. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, second floor, classroom 2, 215 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 778-1122.
ROSEWATER 7:15 p.m. Written and directed by The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, this film recounts the 2009 arrest and imprisonment of an Iranian-born Canadian journalist. $5-10. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.
TWO MUSICAL GEMS ON ONE NIGHT 6-7:30 p.m. Students of a local performance and vocalist coach will perform, followed by music from Simi Valley High School’s string ensemble. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.Simivalleylibrary.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

2015 BUSINESS AND LEGISLATORS LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin will discuss what makes California attractive for businesses over lunch. $40-55. Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillochamber.org.
CLU GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY 10 a.m. About 480 students are eligible to receive master’s degrees and about 40 will receive doctorates at the ceremony. California Lutheran Unviersity’s William Rolland Stadium, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.clu.edu.
JOHN BATDORF PLUS THE KOLES 8 p.m. Singer and songwriter John Batdorf will perform, preceded by the three-piece acoustic and vocal trio The Koles. $15 suggested donation. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillocafe.com.
OXNARD FREE SHRED EVENT Noon-4 p.m. A maximum of 10 boxes of paper will be allowed per customer; must be an Oxnard resident. Del Norte Regional Recycling and Transfer Station, 111 S. Del Norte Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.CityofOxnard.org.
THE AMAZING YOU WITH DR. BRAGOS 7 p.m. A screening of the film featuring several speakers, including Dr. Bragos and Steve Vai. $15. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, suite V, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.      

~ SATURDAY ~

AUTHOR KAREN LEHMANN 1 p.m. Lehmann will read from her book “Alive: A Practical Guide to Get out of Your Head and Into Your Heart.” Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019.
CHANNEL ISLANDS LANDING MARINERS SWAP MEET 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Buy or sell your boating, fishing, scuba and surfing gear, kayaks, dinghies, outboards and more. Channel Islands Landing, 3821 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, call 985-6269.
CITY OF VENTURA’S KIDS SWAP MEET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The swap meet “for kids by kids” up to 18 years of age encourages them to clean out their closets or garages of items to sell or trade. Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net.
CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY 9 a.m. (and 3 p.m.). Several hundred students will receive their diploma at this commencement, separated into two parts. CSU Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu/commencement.
DENNIS HAMILTON BOOK SIGNING 2-5 p.m. Author Dennis Hamilton will sign copies of his book “Learning to Live Like Precious Stones.” Abednego Book Shoppe, 2682 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-9350.
FLYING 50S SOCK HOP 5-10 p.m. Dance the night away to music from the ’50s with barbecue and drinks plus prizes to the best dance team. $50. Aviation Museum of Santa Paula, 800 E. Santa Maria St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 323-810-6013.
HANDS ACROSS THE SAND Noon. Guests will link hands in one of hundreds of synchronized events to raise awareness about the need to transition to clean energy solutions. Surfers Point Park, Ventura. For more information, visit www.handsacrossthesand.org.
#COMEDY 7:30 p.m. Several comedians will perform in celebration of the show’s one-year anniversary, including J. Chris Newberg, Brett Riley and more. $10-15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hill, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.hillcrestarts.com.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION EVENT 9-11:45 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m., appointment required. Typical Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes items such as used or contaminated motor oil and gasoline, used oil filters, pesticides and more. For more information, location and to book an appointment, visit www.cityofventura.net.
JUSTINE SANFILIPPO AND ATREYA THOMAS BOOK SIGNING 1-5 p.m. Author SanFilippo will discuss his book “Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind!” followed by Thomas’ discussion of “Revealing the Absolute: The End of Spiritual Seeking.” Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB MEETING 6:30-10 p.m. Free dance instruction for the first hour followed by a musical performance by Moore Music and open dance. $7. Goebel Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2744.
WESTERN FOUNDATION OF VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See the extent of the museum’s bird collections (the largest in the world) spanning from the early 1800s to the present. $3-5. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology Museum, 439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.wfvz.org

~ SUNDAY ~

“A HISTORY OF A PEOPLE: THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT” Noon. Michael Oliveira, archivist at ONE Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC, will discuss the history of the LGBTQ movement in the U.S. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. For more information, call 665-3323.
CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB MEETING 1-4:30 p.m. the Jimmy McConnell 18-piece big band will be the featured band at this meeting, featuring jam sessions and dancing. $7-10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 701-1242.
FOOD FORWARD CITRUS SUNDAY Various times and locations. Volunteers will fan out across Ventura to harvest fresh surplus fruit from backyard fruit trees sponsored by Food Forward. All of the harvest will be donated to local food pantries. For volunteer information, visit www.foodforward.org.
HEREDITARY BREAST AND OVARIAN CANCER SUPPORT MEETING 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This meeting will discuss the impact of living with a genetic mutation that predisposes individuals to certain hereditary cancers. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379.4777.
“LOVE IS BREWING HIGH TEA BENEFIT” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Interface hosts this event to benefit family violence intervention programs featuring small bites and a live performance. $75. Maravilla Gardens, 8620 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.icfs.org.
THROWN FOR A LOSS: THE STORY OF THE PITTSBURG MALLARDS 3-4 p.m. A stirring documentary telling the story of a Pop Warner football team invited to play for John F. Kennedy but that ended up attending his funeral. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.Simivalleylibrary.org

~ MONDAY ~

FREE DENTAL TREATMENT EVENT 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Oxnard office of California Dental Group will provide free emergency dental care as part of its effort to serve those who don’t have the money to go to a dentist. California Dental Group, 305 E. Port Hueneme Road, Oxnard. For more information, call 488-1112.
WILD TALES 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). A lover’s betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness in this Argentinean film. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

“OPTIMAL NUTRITION DURING CHALLENGING TIMES FOR CAREGIVERS”  5:30-7 p.m. Learn how to protect your health through good nutrition and discover optimal nutrient intake in this presentation. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-0189.
R.E.M. BY MTV 7:30 p.m. This documentary tells the story of 30 years of R.E.M. from their early days though to stadium tours around the world. $13-15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

OPENING THEATER

DANCING AT LUGHNASA May 15 through June 7. Ojai ACT takes you on a journey back in time and across the sea for a two-day visit with the Mundy sisters of Ireland, where dancing at the harvest festival enlightens their hardscrabble existence in this Tony and Olivier Award-winning play. (NOTE: no performance Sunday, May 17). $15-18. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai.  640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.
RODGERS & HART & HAMMERSTEIN May 16 and 17. The Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre continues with three concerts celebrating the genius of two of the most prolific and most important writing teams in musical theatre history. The concert will feature favorite songs such as “The Lady is a Tramp,” “My Funny Valentine” and “So Long, Farewell.”  Tickets are $49.50 to $69.50.  1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.    

ONGOING THEATER

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Through May 17.  Young Artists Ensemble presents the Shakespeare comedy directed by Megan McDonough. $14.50-16. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.
BODY AWARENESS Through May 30. Flying H Group presents this comedy about a modern-day dysfunctional family that explores art, Asperger’s and arousal. Not suitable for children. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN Through May 24. Elite Theater presents the political thriller, set in a Latin American country, about the aftereffects of a totalitarian dictatorship on the hearts and souls of the people. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
GOOD PEOPLE Through June 7. Santa Paula Theater Center presents its second show of the Ventura County Premieres season with the critically acclaimed dramedy about American class distinction. $18-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org
THE GRADUATE Through May 30. Conejo Players presents the play based on the novel that was adapted into a seminal film starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft about a young man’s coming to terms with growing up while having an affair with an older woman in the 1960s. Adult content. $16-18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
SEUSSICAL, JR. Through May 17. OYES presents this tribute to Dr. Seuss featuring all your favorite Seuss characters in an exuberant musical production staged by the theater’s young performers. $10. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-4300 or www.ojaiyes.org.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in 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
AND THE WORLD GOES ’ROUND Through May 24. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center continues its 20th anniversary season with And the World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb featuring music from Chicago, Cabaret and many more. $18-24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call 583-7900 or see www.simi-arts.org.        

OPENING ART

FOX FINE JEWELRY May 14 through July 19. Longtime Ventura artist Susan Cook and SCIART Executive Director Karen Geiger explore flowers in the two-woman show “Pods.” Reception on Saturday, May 16, 6-9 p.m. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
RED BRICK GALLERY May 19 through July 28. “A New Chapter” features a wide variety of artists exploring a fresh perspective on their careers: how the elements of nature impact the world around them and their art. Artist reception on July 17 and 18 for art walk. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.       

ONGOING ART

ABRA GALLERY Through May 29. Westlake Village Art Guild and ABRA present the “Small” art show. Opening reception on May 16, 5-8 p.m. 30941 Agoura Road, suite 310, Westlake Village. See www.abragallery.com.
BANK OF AMERICA Through July 4. Various works by local artists, including Beatrice Wood, Michael Voss, Warren Gauvin, Jon Nelson and many more. Curated by Randall Richman. 507 E. Main St., Ventura.
CAM STUDIO GALLERY Through May 17. “A Shared Vision: Solo works by Nansi Bielanski and collaborations with David C. Gallup.” Gallery talk on May 14, 6:30 p.m. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard.
CAMARILLO PUBLIC LIBRARY Through June 21. “War Comes Home: The Legacy” is a traveling exhibition rich with historic and contemporary letters that offers an intimate look into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier’s homecoming. 4102 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. 388-5222 or www.camarillolibrary.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 24. “Ruth Pastine: Present Tense,” perceptual interactions of saturated and nuanced color relationships that investigate light and spatial interplay 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through June 28. “Gardens and Flowers.” 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura. More at www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through June 9. “Captivating,” featuring works by Southern California artists Ann Krasner, Rosita Gottlieb, Ruth Olenick and Malcolm Tuffnell. By appointment. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd, 449-2767.
GALERIE102 Through May 24. “No Risk No Reward” explores America’s obsession with the right to bear arms. Featured artists are Ellwood T. Risk and Sabine Pearlman. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through May 31. “Welcome to My World: a Photographic Exhibition by Kimberly-Ann Talbert.” Opening reception on Saturday, May 23, 1-4 p.m. Artist talks throughout May. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #117C, Ventura Harbor Village, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
THE HUD GALLERY Through May 31. The Neoteric International Juried Exhibition featuring works by 54 finalists from all over the world and crossing all mediums and genres. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 5-9 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.DabArt.me.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through May 16. CLUFest, a student multimedia exhibition. CLU, Soiland Humanities Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3241 or www.callutheran.edu/kwan_fong.
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.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through July 30. Currently on exhibit are more than 20 paintings by seminal art deco artist Gustave Kaitz spanning more than 60 years. Considered the era’s definitive artist, Kaitz was known for his unique methodology of combining philosophy with painting. Ongoing: A collection of French and art deco era coach-built automobiles. The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Hours vary. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through July 5: “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans. Events include screening of documentary film on May 24, 2 p.m., and curator’s discussion on June 3. Through Oct. 11: “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. 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.
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.
PORCH GALLERY Through June 8. “Water Works II,” presented in partnership with the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, is an international juried exhibition including works from as far away as China and broadly focused on issues related to water. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 620-7589 or www.porchgalleryojai.com.
RED BRICK GALLERY Through May 19. “Nature’s Door” showcases unique works by the gallery’s resident artists and introduces new artists with an exploration of texture and movement in art, such as “Peeling Labels” by Amy Stevenson. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through July 5: “Next Generation Revisited” celebrates the significance of the relationship between artist and student by exhibiting student works hand-picked by instructors. Through June 14: “Dos del Sur” (Two From the South), a two-artist exhibition featuring work by Carlos Grasso and Sylvia Raz. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through May 22. “Over Your Sofa,” works that blur lines between form and function in fine art. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through June 1. “Robert Engel: Engravings.” Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 2741 S. Victoria, Oxnard, 985-1546.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through June 5. “Past, Present, Future: A Santa Paula High School Retrospective” celebrating Santa Paula student artists. 957 Faulkner Road, suite 106, 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.
VISIONS GALLERY Through June 5.  “Cuba,” a photography exhibit by Brooks students examining the country’s transition. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 643-6000 or www.gallery.brooks.edu.
VITA ART CENTER Through May 31. “Portraits” by Dan McCleary, who founded Art Division, which serves young adult art students in the Rampart district of Los Angeles. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through May 16. “Ruminations: Senior Art Exhibit.” CLU, Soiland Humanities Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3241 or www.callutheran.edu/rolland.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through May 31. “Contemporary Impressions: The Artwork of Kate Hoffman” features large-scale earthy oils by the award-winning artist. Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing: First Sundays are open to visitors to tour hangars where vintage aircraft and other collections are on display.  Free plane rides are also offered to children and youth ages 8 to 17. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through June 6: “Evolution of Play” explores how toys, from prehistoric jacks to electronic gaming, have changed over the centuries. Through May 3: “Eat Well, Play Well,” a bilingual and interactive educational exhibit that puts the spotlight on healthy lifestyle choices. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or www.oilmuseum.net.  
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing: “Port of Hueneme,” an exhibit two years in the making, and “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER Ongoing: Educational marine life exhibits that detail life on the Channel Islands, and an outdoor garden featuring all-native plant species. 901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. 658-5730.
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.
GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Ongoing: Hands-on interactive exhibits for children 12 and younger. $5-6. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: The Granatelli Motorsports Hall of Fame honors motorsports legends, including Andy “Mister 500” Granatelli. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period on display in 30,000-square-foot facility. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical re-enactments that bring to life its rich cultural and agricultural legacy. Hours: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Tours begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $3-5. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Closed during inclement weather. 521-1501 or 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.reaganfoundation.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. 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

59TH ANNUAL CONEJO VALLEY DAYS
Thursday, May 7, through Sunday, May 10.

Featuring live entertainment, kids’ crafts and outhouse races, the Conejo Valley Days returns for its 59th year. The four-day event also includes over 25 carnival rides, exhibits from local museums, dog shows and a gem show. $5-10. Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.conejovalleydays.us.
 
 
 

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
Through July 30.

Currently on exhibit are more than 20 paintings by seminal art deco artist Gustave Kaitz spanning more than 60 years. Considered the era’s definitive artist, Kaitz was known for his unique methodology of combining philosophy with painting. Ongoing: A collection of French and art deco era coach-built automobiles. The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. Hours vary. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
 
 
 

A PETE SEEGER SONGFEST WITH SINGER–SONGWRITER JIM SCOTT
Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m.

The Santa Paula Concert Series returns with this performance by Jim Scott, who collaborated on many projects with folk legend Pete Seeger. $15. Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula.
For more information, call 525-4647.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO GENERAL MEETING 6:30 p.m. Featured speaker will be Catherine Pedrosa of United Way of Ventura County discussing the Affordable Care Act and Covered California. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.democraticclubofcamarillo.com.
IMPROVISATION NIGHT BY SIMI TEEN IMPROV COMEDY 6:30-7:30 p.m. Local teens will perform G-rated comedy skits in the tradition of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.Simivalleylibrary.org.
“LIVE IT UP WITHOUT OUTLIVING YOUR MONEY!” 6 p.m. Paul Merriman, author of “Financial Fitness Forever” and columnist for Marketwatch.com, will present this seminar. $25-30. Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, call 642-9540.
PEOPLE OF THE CROSS GATHER AT VENTURA GOVERNMENT CENTER Noon. Christians from around Ventura County will gather for one hour to honor the memory of recent Christian martyrs. Ventura County Government Center main fountain, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 405-1854.
STATE OF THE HEALTH SYSTEM ADDRESS 5:30-7 p.m. Community Memorial Health System President and CEO Gary Wilde will give an update on healthcare and construction at CMH. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 1-800-838-3006.
TREATMENT OF ADULT BRAIN TUMORS WITH KOFI KESSEY, M.D. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dr. Kessey will cover the latest information on adult primary brain tumors. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, RSVP by calling 379-4777.

~ FRIDAY ~

“CHICKENS: SCRATCHING THE SURFACE” 2  p.m. Kim Hamilton, creator of Blue Hill Farms, will discuss the how-to’s of raising chickens in an urban or suburban environment. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
CLU STUDENTS PERFORM AARON COPLAND’S “THE TENDER LAND” OPERA 7:30 p.m. (and Saturday, May 9). This coming-of-age tale follows a young woman as she prepares for her graduation from high school. Pederson Ranch House, 3201 Regent Ave., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.CalLutheran.edu/music.
FAMILY SPACE DAYS 3-7 p.m. (and Saturday, May 9, noon-4 p.m.). A NASA/JPL-certified STEM educator will transform an enclosed area into a free interactive space experience for kids. Janss Marketplace, 275 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.janssmarketplace.net.
NEW WEST SYMPHONY PRESENTS MOZART’S GREAT MASS 8 p.m. (and Saturday, May 9). 2014/2015 Masterpiece Series Concert comes to an end with a performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor. $29-102. Friday: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. Saturday: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza,  2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.newwestsymphony.org.      

~ SATURDAY ~

“A SIMPLY SPLENDID VICTORIAN AFTERNOON” HIGH TEA 1-4 p.m. Spend the afternoon with the Friends of Heritage Square and learn about one of the founding families in the area over tea in a Victorian setting and a marketplace. $25-40. Heritage Square Plaza, 715 S A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 483-7960.
BIRDING AT HEDRICK RANCH NATURE AREA 8:30 a.m. A special day of birding to look for least Bell’s vireos in the willows, along with other spring specialties. Carpool at 8 a.m. from Vons at Harbor and Seaward, Ventura, or meet at 20395 S. Mountain Road, Santa Paula. For more information, call 340-0478.
HOT MAMA 2015 1-6 p.m. This pre-Mother’s Day event is designed to honor the women in our community while raising awareness and funds to fight against cancer, featuring bingo, comedy and prizes. Discovery Ventura, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura.
LA OPERA TALK PRESENTS “THE BARBER OF SEVILLE” 3 p.m. LA Opera Community Educator Steve Kohn will talk about LA Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville. Oxnard Public Main Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net.
NEW RANCHO POTRERO TRAILHEAD OPENING 9 a.m. Hike, bike and ride horses on the Rancho Potrero open-space trails followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. West of Circle K Stables, 4790 W. Lynn Road, Newbury Park. For more information, call 449-2339.
SUSAN AHN CUDDY, FIRST ASIAN AMERICAN WOMAN IN THE NAVY, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT 10 a.m. Cuddy was the first Asian American female to serve in the U.S. Navy when she joined during World War II. U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, 1001. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/seabeemuseum.
10TH ANNUAL CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR SAFE BOATING EXPO 9 a.m.-4 p.m. An offshore boater rescue by helicopter, free flare inspections and other safety-oriented demonstrations will be hosted. Coast Guard Station, 4201 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.safeboatingexpo.com.
VENTURA BEGINNERS PC USERS GROUP WORKSHOP 9:15 a.m.-noon. The workshop will focus on Word ribbon commands, with speaker Jose Rubio, who will discuss how to do online financial transactions. Cypress Place Independent Living, 1220 Cypress Place, Ventura. For more information, call 648-1368.
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY FAMILY-FRIENDLY STAR PARTY 8 p.m. Featuring a slide show of the stars and planets visible in the late spring, followed by viewing these objects through telescopes. $2. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org

~ SUNDAY ~

OJAI ART CENTER PRESENTS CHAVDAR PARASHKEVOV AND NATASHA KISLENKO PERFORMANCE 2 p.m. Parashkevov and Kislenko will perform works by Beethoven, Schnittke, Gershwin and others. $8-10. The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, call 640-8327. 

~ TUESDAY ~

MANAGING BRAIN TUMORS SEMINAR 6-8 p.m. The latest advancements in the treatment and management of brain tumors will be the focus of this seminar. Community Memorial Hospital Nichols Auditorium, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp.
VENTURA HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP 5:30-7 p.m. Workshop attendees will hear from an emPower Energy Coach about common issues found in local homes. City of Ventura City Hall Community Meeting Room, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, call 654-3834.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW ’EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF 7 p.m. A look into the lives and careers of the band members, plus a never-before-seen acoustic performance. $10.50-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
“HOW COOLPLANET RAISED MILLIONS FOR SUPER SOIL AND BIOFUEL” 5:30-7:30 p.m. A wine mixer with keynote speaker Neil Wahlgren, commercial director at CoolPlanet. $15. For more information and location, visit www.cleantechnologycouncil.org/#!events/c23zn.

OPENING THEATER

BODY AWARENESS May 8-30. Flying H Group presents this comedy about a modern-day dysfunctional family that explores art, Aspergers and arousal. Not suitable for children. $10-15. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com.
THE GRADUATE May 8-30. Conejo Players present the play based on the novel that was adapted into a seminal film starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft about a young man’s coming to terms with growing up while having an affair with an older woman in the 1960s. Adult content. $16-18. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
I AM ALREADY WELL May 8. Dr. Denee Jordan returns to Ventura with this critically lauded one-woman theater/performance piece about self-discovery. $20. NAMBA Performing Arts, 47 S. Oak St., Ventura. For more information and tickets, call 628-9250 or visit www.alreadywell.com/theatre.html.
THE TENDER LAND May 8-9. Cal Lutheran University students perform the pastoral opera in a free performance. Tickets required. 3201 Regent Ave., Thousand Oaks. 493-3306 or www.callutheran.edu/music.  

ONGOING THEATER

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Through May 17.  Young Artists Ensemble presents the Shakespeare comedy directed by Megan McDonough. $14.50-16. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN Through May 24. Elite Theater presents the political thriller set in a Latin American country about the aftereffects of a totalitarian dictatorship on the hearts and souls of the people. $15-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
GOOD PEOPLE Through June 7. Santa Paula Theater Center presents its second show of the Ventura County Premieres season with the critically acclaimed dramedy about American class distinction. $18-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org
HIGH SCHOOL SEUSSICAL May 9 only. OYES OhMy presents this unique, bawdy mashup of Dr. Seuss and classic high school movies to benefit its youth programs. Adult audiences only. $20. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-4300 or www.ojaiyes.org.
LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC Through May 10. Rubicon Theatre presents this intimate and charming exploration of human relationships that premiered at the New York Fringe Festival in 1998. $44-54. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
SEUSSICAL, JR. Through May 17. OYES presents this tribute to Dr. Seuss featuring all your favorite Seuss characters in an exuberant musical production staged by the theater’s young performers. $10. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 646-4300 or www.ojaiyes.org.
VENTURA IMPROV Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. All shows are in 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
AND THE WORLD GOES ’ROUND Through May 24. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center continues its 20th anniversary season with And the World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb featuring music from Chicago, Cabaret and many more. $18-24. 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call 583-7900 or see www.simi-arts.org.       

OPENING ART

CAMARILLO PUBLIC LIBRARY May 10 through June 21. “War Comes Home: The Legacy” is a traveling exhibition rich with historic and contemporary letters that offers an intimate look into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier’s homecoming. 4102 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. 388-5222 or www.camarillolibrary.org.
PORCH GALLERY May 9 through June 8. “Water Works II,” presented in partnership with the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, is an international juried exhibition including works from as far away as China and broadly focused on issues related to water. Panel discussion on May 9; on May 10 Rio Gozo Farms’ Johnny Fonteyn will conduct a tour of his organic farm. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 620-7589 or www.porchgalleryojai.com.
SPRING HOLLOW GALLERY & STUDIO May 9, 3-6 p.m. Grand opening celebration of new gallery space that offers classes in various arts and crafts. Art pieces from around the world and locally produces are also available for sale. Hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only.  1224 E. Main St., Ventura. 628-3648 or www.springhollowgallery.com.       

ONGOING ART

ABRA GALLERY Through May 29. Westlake Village Art Guild and ABRA present the “Small” art show. Opening reception on May 16, 5-8 p.m. 30941 Agoura Road, suite 310, Westlake Village. See www.abragallery.com.
BANK OF AMERICA Through July 4. Various works by local artists, including Beatrice Wood, Michael Voss, Warren Gauvin, Jon Nelson and many more. Curated by Randall Richman. 507 E. Main St., Ventura.
CAM STUDIO GALLERY Through May 17. “A Shared Vision: Solo works by Nansi Bielanski and collaborations with David C. Gallup.” Gallery talk on May 14, 6:30 p.m. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 24. “Ruth Pastine: Present Tense,” perceptual interactions of saturated and nuanced color relationships that investigate light and spatial interplay 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard. 385-8157 or www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through June 28. “Gardens and Flowers.” 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura. More at www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through May 10. “Al di La: Surge of Expressions” by Valerie Freeman and Linda Taylor. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through June 9. “Captivating,” featuring works by Southern California artists Ann Krasner, Rosita Gottlieb, Ruth Olenick and Malcolm Tuffnell. By appointment. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks, Blvd, 449-2767.
GALERIE102 Through May 24. “No Risk No Reward” explores America’s obsession with the right to bear arms. Featured artists are Ellwood T. Risk and Sabine Pearlman. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through May 31. “Welcome to My World: a Photographic Exhibition by Kimberly-Ann Talbert.” Opening reception on Saturday, May 23, 1-4 p.m. Artist talks throughout May. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, #117C, Ventura Harbor Village, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
THE HUD GALLERY Through May 31. The Neoteric International Juried Exhibition featuring works by 54 finalists from all over the world and crossing all mediums and genres. Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 5-9 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.DabArt.me.
KWAN FONG GALLERY: Through May 16. CLUFest, a student multimedia exhibition. CLU, Soiland Humanities Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3241 or www.callutheran.edu/kwan_fong.
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 July 5: “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” a tribute to Ventura County’s Vietnam veterans. Events include screening of documentary film on May 24, 2 p.m. and curator’s discussion on June 3. Through Oct. 11: “A Worse Place Than Hell: The Changing Face of Abraham Lincoln,” new figures by George Stuart. 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.
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 May 19. “Nature’s Door” showcases unique works by the gallery’s resident artists and introduces new artists with an exploration of texture and movement in art, such as “Peeling Labels” by Amy Stevenson. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through July 5: “Next Generation Revisited” celebrates the significance of the relationship between artist and student by exhibiting student works hand-picked by instructors. Through June 14: “Dos del Sur” (Two From the South), a two-artist exhibition featuring work by Carlos Grasso and Sylvia Raz. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through May 22. “Over Your Sofa,” works that blur lines between form and function in fine art. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through June 1. “Robert Engel: Engravings.” Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 2741 S. Victoria, Oxnard, 985-1546.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through June 5. “Past, Present, Future: A Santa Paula High School Retrospective” celebrating Santa Paula student artists. 957 Faulkner Road, suite 106, 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.
VISIONS GALLERY Through June 5.  “Cuba,” a photography exhibit by Brooks students examining the country’s transition. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 643-6000 or www.gallery.brooks.edu.
VITA ART CENTER Through May 31. “Portraits” by Dan McCleary, who founded Art Division, which serves young adult art students in the Rampart district of Los Angeles. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through May 16. “Ruminations: Senior Art Exhibit.” CLU, Soiland Humanities Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3241 or www.callutheran.edu/rolland.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through May 31. “Contemporary Impressions: The Artwork of Kate Hoffman” features large-scale earthy oils by the award-winning artist. Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. Hours: Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing: First Sundays are open to visitors to tour hangars where vintage aircraft and other collections are on display.  Free plane rides are also offered to children and youth ages 8 to 17. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through June 6: “Evolution of Play” explores how toys, from prehistoric jacks to electronic gaming, have changed over the centuries. Through May 3: “Eat Well, Play Well,” a bilingual and interactive educational exhibit that puts the spotlight on healthy lifestyle choices. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or www.oilmuseum.net.  
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing: “Port of Hueneme,” an exhibit two years in the making, and “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER Ongoing: Educational marine life exhibits that detail life on the Channel Islands, and an outdoor garden featuring all-native plant species. 901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor. 658-5730.
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.
GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Ongoing: Hands-on interactive exhibits for children 12 and younger. $5-6. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: The Granatelli Motorsports Hall of Fame honors motorsports legends, including Andy “Mister 500” Granatelli. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period on display in 30,000-square-foot facility. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
RANCHO CAMULOS Ongoing. The storied 1,800-acre rancho that inspired the famed novel Ramona offers tours and historical re-enactments that bring to life its rich cultural and agricultural legacy. Hours: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Tours begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $3-5. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Closed during inclement weather. 521-1501 or 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.reaganfoundation.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. 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. 

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

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

    March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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    March 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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    March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  5. BREAKING LEGS

    March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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    March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  7. OLIVAS ADOBE ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE

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

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

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