Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

NEW YEARS EVE, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31st
 
CHINALAND NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 9 p.m. -2 a.m. Live music by What the Funk! and DJ Mistic will help ring in the new year. $50-60. Chinaland, 543 S. Ventura Road, Oxnard. For more information, call 985-6520.
CROWNE PLAZA NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH DJ BRUCE BARRIOS 8 p.m. An open bar and 19-time “best event disc jockey” DJ Bruce Barrios will help ring in the New Year, with optional dinner. $100-175. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.crowneplazanye.brownpapertickets.com.
DINNER SHOW AT HONG KONG INN 6:30 p.m. Ring in the New Year with live music from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dinner specials include appetizers, choice of entree, complimentary glass of champagne, dessert and party favors. Hong Kong Inn, 435 E. Thompson Blvd. For more information, call 648-3161.
DISCOVERY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 9 p.m. Rock in the New Year with a prime rib and seafood buffet, bottle service, balloon drops and a midnight champagne toast. $35-95. Discovery Ventura, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.discoveryventura.com.
FRESCO II NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Live Music by Road Brothers with DJ to follow. Four-course menu surf  ’n’ turf special. Fresco II, 1651 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For reservations, call 985-4700.
KARAOKE PARTY NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION 8 p.m. Celebrate the incoming New Year with karaoke and cocktails. Gigi’s Cocktail Lounge, 2493 Grand Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 642-2411.
NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION AT MOQUECA BRAZILIAN CUISINE 5 p.m. A four-course dinner, live Brazilian music and a champagne toast will be the agenda for this New Year celebration. Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine, 3550 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 204-0970.
NEW YEAR’S EVE FUN WITH VENTURA IMPROV COMPANY 7-10:30 p.m. The gala will include a comedy improv show, snacks, desserts, sparkling wine and raffle and door prizes. $50. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaimprov.com/newyears.
“NORTH TO ALASKA” NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE GREEK 8 p.m.-2 a.m. A steak and seafood menu will be served alongside Greek and belly dancing, photo booth and more. $70. The Greek, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.thegreekventura.com.
PIRATES BAR AND GRILL NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 6 p.m. Enjoy New Year’s Eve with live music and sparkling wine with a special menu. $55. Pirates Bar and Grill, 450 Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For reservations, visit www.piratesbarandrestaurant.com.
THE SPORTSMAN’S NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 5 p.m. A four-course dinner menu will be featured at both Ventura and Camarillo locations, with live entertainment at the Camarillo location, featuring the UnUsual Suspects. 53 S. California St., Ventura, for more information, call 643- 2851; and 4426 Central Ave., Camarillo, for more information, call 988-7777.
VENTURA NOW – NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 8 p.m. Enjoy an open bar, appetizers and more at this party to ring in the New Year. $60. NOW Ventura, 185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 667-2200.
WAR – NEW YEARS EVE CONCERT 7:30 p.m. The funk, jazz, R&B and rock and roll powerhouse band will perform to ring in the New Year, with opening act Tierra. $50-75. Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturatheater.net.
WATERMARK NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 9 p.m. A prix fixe menu with a glass of bubbly will be on hand with DJ Erok and DJ Ciera providing entertainment. $65. Watermark, 598 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.watermarkonmain.com.
WHALE’S TAIL NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH NEW VIBE 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Ring in the New Year with cocktails and seafood, with music provided by New Vibe. Whale’s Tail, 3950 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, call 985-2511.

~ THURSDAY ~

OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB MEETING 6:30-10 p.m. (and every Thursday). Ballroom, line dancing, Latin, swing and mixers will be taught and performed, with light refreshments. $10. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Ventura Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5226.
“REMEMBERING THE FALLEN” TRAVELING MEMORIAL Daily, through Thursday, Jan. 7. This traveling memorial to military personnel from California who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan will be on display. Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.RememberingOurFallen.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB DANCE FEATURING THE DICK PARENT TRIO 6:30-10 p.m. Come dance in a variety of styles to the tunes of the band. $7. Goebel Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2744.  

~ SUNDAY ~

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE CONEJO VALLEY AND VENTURA COUNTY MEETING 1:30-3:30 p.m. The topic of this meeting will be “Never Give Up-Strategies for Taking Your Genealogy Research to the Next Level and Finding the Previously Unfindable.” Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-889-6616.
THE UKULALIENS FREE CONCERT Noon-3 p.m. Enjoy surf ukulele tunes at the beach. Ventura Harbor Marina, Carousel Stage, 1644 Anchors Way Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 223-5137.  

~ MONDAY ~

QUEEN AND COUNTRY 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. A superb ensemble cast limns a wonderfully funny and often moving depiction of a still-recovering postwar England. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE 7:30 p.m. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman debut on the big screen in their iconic roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson in this feature-length BBC special set in London 1895. $13-15. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura; and Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: A NEW LOOK AT TENSION PATTERNS Three-session class, 4-5:30 p.m. (and every Tuesday through Jan. 19). Workshop leader Shulamit Sendowski will demonstrate how to transform physical stress and tension into ease, balance and coordination. Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
COMMUNITY HEALING EVENING 7-8:15 p.m. A guided meditation and healing circle followed by a one-to-one energy healing session with a trained practitioner will take place. $20 suggested donation. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.Healinginamerica.com.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS Wednesday, Jan. 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Audrey Walzer, instructor of “Learn Mindfulness Meditation,” will lead this public talk about the technique sweeping the nation. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. E.P. Foster Public Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 484-8810.

ONGOING THEATER

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.

OPENING ART

WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD DEMO Jan. 5, 6-9 p.m. Pastel painting demonstration by Ojai artist Jannene Behl will follow a dinner buffet. Among her lovely works are Ojai’s Meditation Mount (pictured).  $24-$30. Los Robles Greens Golf Course, West Ballroom, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 379-5655.

ONGOING ART

BANK OF AMERICA Through Jan. 16. Leslie Marcus solo exhibition. 205 W. Ojai Ave.,Ojai, 640-2944.
BROOKS INSTITUTE Through Feb. 4. The Portfolio Show features film graphic design and photography by the 2015 graduating class. Reception on Friday, Dec. 18, 4-6 p.m. Brooks Administration Building, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 9. Small Image Show featuring wee art works perfectly priced for gift gifting. The gallery’s holiday boutique is also open with “wearables, laughables and displayables” for your shopping pleasure. Ongoing: The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regional artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 21. Environmental Impact: Selections from the Frederik R. Weisman Art Foundation. 424 S. C St., Oxnard.
CSUCI: Through Feb. 12: A Life in Pictures includes 30 pieces from photographer Santi Visalli’s iconic photos from the ’60s and ’70s. Cal State, Channel Islands, campus, 50 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8561. 
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Jan. 17. Purely Pastels by Daggi Wallace and Lynn Byrne Simon. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE 102 Through Jan. 10. Welcome Earthlings, a solo exhibition by Jane Peterson that explores the spectrum of human emotion. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Jan. 2: What If: Life in a Handful or Less, works by Harold Muliadi. CLU Soiland Humanities Center, 60 Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 493-3241.
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 March 12. Duets: Art and Artisans in Harmony, a showcase of locally crafted musical instruments by such talents as Peter Boles, Tom Anderson, Jean Larrivé, Tony Moraza and others. Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Famed Mad Magazine artist Sergio Aragones will share some of his private collection of cartoon art by some of the most influential cartoonists of his boyhood. Well-known daily and Sunday comic strips plus single-panel comics from Playboy and The New Yorker will be on display. Many items cannot be seen anywhere else. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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.
PACIFIC VIEW MALL Ongoing: The Ventura County Arts Council Arts Collective is now open on the second level near Sears. Various works by local artists, including Tim Koch, Juleanne Case and Patty Kreider. See artists as they work. Workshops and classes for kids and adults coming soon. 3301 E. Main St., Ventura. 676-1540 or www.shoppacificview.com.
RED BRICK ART Through Jan. 15: Celebration, a group show that expresses color, texture and transformation. 4601 Telephone Road, #112, Ventura, www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Jan. 31: Eighth annual Art About Agriculture, a group exhibition featuring art by more than 60 artists inspired by the county’s agricultural heritage and contemporary agriculture. Through Feb. 28: The 22nd annual De Colores Art Show. This year’s show pays homage to “Campesinas” or female farmworkers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, see www.santapaulaartmuseum.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.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Jan. 21: Transmission, a group show curated by Michael Pearce that “reveals the relationships between contemporary representational painters and sculptors and their inspirations in 19th-century artists through their work and in their own words.” 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks on the Cal Lutheran University campus, 493-3697.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through January. Machine-Age Art: The Artwork of Wendell Dowling. Also The Dirt on Tractors, a display of rare and still-operational machines that exemplify the milestones in the development of the modern tractor. 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 Jan. 24. Digging Up the Past: An Extraordinary Collection of Dinosaur Fossils. Actual fossils of T. Rex, triceratops and pterodactyls will be on display as well as a replica excavation site. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Marple Deconstructed: the Evolution of a Master features some of the most stunning ship models ever crafted. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme, an exhibit two years in the making; and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings can be seen. 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 A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing. 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. 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 a 30,000-square-foot facility. 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. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Closed during inclement weather. 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Jan. 31: Football! The Exhibition, featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. 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. 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

COMEDIAN JAY LENO
Sunday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m.

Former host of The Tonight Show Jay Leno will perform his unique, everyman style of comedy. $61-131. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 
 
 

DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Monday, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m. (and Tuesday, Dec. 29).

It’s Christmas in the future and the time traveler River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time, in this English sci-fi series. $13-15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
 
 
 

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY
Through Jan. 21

Transmission, a group show curated by Michael Pearce that “reveals the relationships between contemporary representational painters and sculptors and their inspirations in 19th-century artists through their work and in their own words.” 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks on the Cal Lutheran University campus, 493-3697.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT MEDITATION 5 p.m. Join in this circle of love to search the common thread running through all of humankind. A Place of Peace Sanctuary and Wellness Center, 2021 Sperry Ave. #22, Ventura. For more information, visit www.aplaceofpeace.org.
CHRISTMAS EVE “JOY TO THE WORLD” SERVICE 7 p.m. Music, carols, candles, stories and live animals will be on-site to celebrate Christmas Eve. Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacsl.org.     

~ FRIDAY ~

THE CHRISTMAS DAY SHOW 4 p.m. A music variety show for the entire family featuring Saint Pierre, fans, friends and family for this one-time holiday performance. Amigos Surf Cantina, 546 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 479-4000.  

~ SUNDAY ~

THE REV. KAREN S. WYLIE: “WHEN THE RIVER IS RISING” 10 a.m. The Rev. Karen will lead a service and sign copies of her book Into Me See: A Book for Daily Inspiration. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 653-1059.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP TO ARROYO VERDE PARK 8:30 a.m. Guests will be on the lookout for a variety of interesting birds such as sapsuckers, woodpeckers, kinglets and vireos. Arroyo Verde Park, 5005 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 701-1919.  

~ MONDAY ~

BIRD MUSEUM OF CAMARILLO PUBLIC TOUR 11 a.m. Learn about bird biology, bird conservation and birds of the world at a real scientific research museum. $5. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, 439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.wfvz.org.
“HOW WE CAN DROUGHT-PROOF CALIFORNIA” Noon. Owner and principal engineer of Hasan Consultants, Mohammed A. Hasan, will discuss his book “Drought Is Not a Four-Letter Word.” $15 for lunch. Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5880 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 630-5483.

ONGOING THEATER

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.
WINTER WONDERETTES Through Dec. 27. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in association with Santa Paula Theater Center presents this family-friendly holiday musical that’s a follow-up to Marvelous Wonderettes, featuring your favorite Christmas songs. $18-24. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.

OPENING ART

STUDIO V 4 ARTS GRAND OPENING Tuesday, Dec. 29, 5:30-8 p.m. pStudio V 4 Arts is a newly launched organization founded by Patricia Strickland that will offer high-quality classes for all ages with a focus on connecting to the authentic voice through collaborative work. Beginning with theater arts, the group will eventually include all four of the arts, including music, dance and visual arts as well as performances, showcases and festivals. Ventura Improv Company, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura, www.studiov4arts.com.

ONGOING ART

BANK OF AMERICA Through Jan. 16. Leslie Marcus solo exhibition. 205 W. Ojai Ave.,Ojai, 640-2944.
BROOKS INSTITUTE Through Feb. 4. The Portfolio Show features film graphic design and photography by the 2015 graduating class. Reception on Friday, Dec. 18, 4-6 p.m. Brooks Administration Building, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 9. Small Image Show featuring wee art works perfectly priced for gift gifting. The gallery’s holiday boutique is also open with “wearables, laughables and displayables” for your shopping pleasure. Ongoing: The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regional artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 21. Environmental Impact: Selections from the Frederik R. Weisman Art Foundation. 424 S. C St., Oxnard.
CSUCI: Through Feb. 12: A Life in Pictures includes 30 pieces from photographer Santi Visalli’s iconic photos from the ’60s and ’70s. Cal State, Channel Islands, campus, 50 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8561. 
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Jan. 17. Purely Pastels by Daggi Wallace and Lynn Byrne Simon. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE 102 Through Jan. 10. Welcome Earthlings, a solo exhibition by Jane Peterson that explores the spectrum of human emotion. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
THE HUD GALLERY + STUDIOS Through Dec. 27: FUSE: A Group Exhibition will close out the year for this contemporary space with works in glass, metal sculpture, wood-block prints, paper cutouts and more by 10 dynamic artists from around the U.S. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.DabArt.me.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Jan. 2: What If: Life in a Handful or Less, works by Harold Muliadi. CLU Soiland Humanities Center, 60 Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 493-3241.
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 March 12. Duets: Art and Artisans in Harmony, a showcase of locally crafted musical instruments by such talents as Peter Boles, Tom Anderson, Jean Larrivé, Tony Moraza and others. Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Famed Mad Magazine artist Sergio Aragones will share some of his private collection of cartoon art by some of the most influential cartoonists of his boyhood. Well-known daily and Sunday comic strips plus single-panel comics from Playboy and The New Yorker will be on display. Many items cannot be seen anywhere else. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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.
PACIFIC VIEW MALL Ongoing: The Ventura County Arts Council Arts Collective is now open on the second level near Sears. Various works by local artists, including Tim Koch, Juleanne Case and Patty Kreider. See artists as they work. Workshops and classes for kids and adults coming soon. 3301 E. Main St., Ventura. 676-1540 or www.shoppacificview.com.
RED BRICK ART Through Jan. 15: Celebration, a group show that expresses color, texture and transformation. 4601 Telephone Road, #112, Ventura, www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Jan. 31: Eighth annual Art About Agriculture, a group exhibition featuring art by more than 60 artists inspired by the county’s agricultural heritage and contemporary agriculture. Through Feb. 28: The 22nd annual De Colores Art Show. This year’s show pays homage to “Campesinas” or female farmworkers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, see www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through Dec. 31: Exile to the Garden: Paintings by Jacquelyn Cavish features works created during a period of loss for the artist when she drew inspiration from a gnarled old orange tree. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard Fisherman’s Wharf, 985-1546.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through Dec. 30. Vita Arts presents its final exhibit and annual fundraiser, Truly Exquisite, which features artists in various mediums blindly collaborating to produce works based on the surrealist concept “The Exquisite Corpse.” 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214 or www.vitaartcenter.com.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through January. Machine-Age Art: The Artwork of Wendell Dowling. Also The Dirt on Tractors, a display of rare and still-operational machines that exemplify the milestones in the development of the modern tractor. 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 Jan. 24. Digging Up the Past: An Extraordinary Collection of Dinosaur Fossils. Actual fossils of T. Rex, triceratops and pterodactyls will be on display as well as a replica excavation site. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Marple Deconstructed: the Evolution of a Master features some of the most stunning ship models ever crafted. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme, an exhibit two years in the making; and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings can be seen. 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 A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing. 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. 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 a 30,000-square-foot facility. 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. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Closed during inclement weather. 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Jan. 31: Football! The Exhibition, featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. 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. 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

WINTER FANTASY MUSIC AND LIGHT SHOW
Thursday, Dec. 17, through Monday, Jan. 4, 5-10 p.m.

The Historic downtown Oxnard pagoda becomes a high-tech interactive experience allowing visitors to participate in a computer-orchestrated show featuring over 30,000 flashing colored lights, holiday music, animated characters and lit trees as holiday favorites play among animated characters and decorated trees. Plaza Park, 500 S. B St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.visitoxnard.com.
 
 
 

THE NUTCRACKER
 Saturday, Dec. 19.

Moorpark Civic Ballet presents the holiday classic with local sisters Hannah and Madison Yasenchok performing in lead roles. $22-36. Ray Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, www.civicartsplaza.com.
 
 
 

VENTURA HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS
Friday, Dec. 18, and Saturday, Dec. 19, 6:30-8 p.m.

Themed “Surf, Sand & Santa — Celebrating 150 Years of Ventura,” the parade will feature dozens of decorated boats and nightly fireworks over the water, plus a Santa Claus flyover on Saturday night. An area dedicated to carnival games will be on the Village Main Lawn through Sunday, Dec. 20. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharbor.com.
 
 
 

PERLA BATALLA PRESENTS LATIN AND POP HOLIDAY MUSIC
Sunday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.

Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger Perla Batalla will perform her variations on Latin and other holiday songs. Batalla was famously one of Leonard Cohen’s backup singers. $29-39. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK MEETING 6:30 p.m. California State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin will be the speaker. Meridian Hills Rec Room, 6801 Breezy Glen Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582.
HOW TO RUN A KICKSTARTER 7 p.m. This workshop will cover how to begin the process, prep, manage and execute a Kickstarter campaign. $20 members, $30 nonmembers. MAKE Ventura, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.makeventura.com.
OXNARD’S CHRISTMAS TREE LANE 6-10 p.m. Walk or drive through this holiday fantasy display between Fifth and Palm, in the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District, through Saturday, Dec. 26. F Street and G Street, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.visitoxnard.com.
SAVVY SAVING SENIORS: IT’S IN THE CARDS 5:30-7 p.m. Bank of America Market Sales Manager Michael Guthrie will go over important questions to ask about prepaid card fees and how to avoid scams. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-0189.
3-D PRINTING DEMONSTRATIONS Various times, through Wednesday, Dec. 23. The Ojai, Meiners Oaks and Oak View Libraries will launch the MakerBox Collective by holding numerous 3-D printing demonstrations. Various locations. For more information, visit www.vencolibrary.org.    

~ FRIDAY ~

BIRD MUSEUM OF CAMARILLO PUBLIC TOUR 3 p.m. Learn about bird biology, bird conservation and birds of the world at a real scientific research museum. $5. Western Foundation Of Vertebrate Zoology, 439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.wfvz.org.

~ SATURDAY ~

CHRISTMAS VICTORIAN HOME TOURS 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (and Sunday, Dec. 20). Docents, dressed in period clothing, guide visitors through the 1800s-style Victorian houses that are filled with history and storybook tales. Tour begins at Heritage Square, 715 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.visitoxnard.com.
DAY OF AUTHORS 1-7 p.m. Authors Linden Morningstar (1-3 p.m.), Dale Kornreich (3-5 p.m.) and Lois and Chelsea Reimers (5-7 p.m.) will sign and discuss their novels. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
DECK THE HALLS HOLIDAY POP-UP MARKET Noon-8 p.m. This annual event features more than 50 artist/vendors set up in Ojai Rancho Inn’s 16 rooms. Ojai Rancho Inn, 615 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojairanchoinn.com.
FOOTHILL HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM CLOTHING DRIVE FOR THE HOMELESS 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (and Sunday, Dec. 20). Drop off sleeping bags, blankets, jackets, socks, long-sleeve shirts and more at this charity collection drive. Foothill High School, 100 Day Road, Ventura. For more information, call 258-3058.
LOS ROBLES CHILDREN’S CHOIR PERFORMANCE 3 p.m. (and 7 p.m.). All four choirs will perform holiday favorites at the annual Holiday Concert. California Lutheran University, Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 496-9616.
ROAD SCHOLAR: ADVENTURES IN LIFELONG LEARNING 1-2 p.m. Jill Swaim will speak about Road Scholar, the world’s largest educational travel organization for adults. Ojai Library, 111 East Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 218-9146.
THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB FEATURING THE UNFORGETTABLES 6:30-10 p.m. Come dance in a variety of styles to the tunes of the band. $7. Goebel Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 523-1746.
WINTER WONDERLAND AND HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE 1-5 p.m. Faux snowfall every 15 minutes, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, two live reindeer and more will happen in a holiday marketplace. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharbor.com

~ SUNDAY ~

CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB MEETING 1-4:30 p.m. Clyde Reasinger 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 485-1688.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 2 p.m. (and 7 p.m.). The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentleman with twinkling eyes, an ample belly, and a snowy beard (Edmund Gwenn) is hired as Macy’s department store Santa in this Christmas classic. $7.50-10.65. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.  

~ MONDAY ~

LABYRINTH OF LIES 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). In this German film, a journalist identifies a teacher in the playground as a former guard from Auschwitz. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

OPENING THEATER

GIFT RAP: A HOLIDAY MUSICAL Dec. 18-20. Gold Coast Plays Professional Theatre Company of Thousand Oaks presents this one-act musical written for young audiences that explores gift giving. $15. Theatre on the Hill, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246 or www.hillcrestarts.com.
THE NUTCRACKER Dec. 19-20. Pacific Festival Ballet performs the holiday classic. $24-40. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, www.civicartsplaza.com.

ONGOING THEATER

THE 39 STEPS Through Dec. 20. OYES presents this award-winning comedy based on the Hitchcock film. $15-20. 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 646-4300.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 20. Rubicon Theatre presents the Charles Dickens classic as adapted by its producing artistic director Karyl Lynn Burns, starring Joe Spano and the largest Rubicon cast ever. Get a glimpse of Scrooge’s past as a lonely child and experience the timeless tale in a new way. $30-64.1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS Through Dec. 20. Elite Theatre presents this holiday comedy for the whole family about a tired town that gets the Christmas spirit just in the nick of time. $10-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
THE CLEAN HOUSE Through Dec. 20. Santa Paula Theater Center presents Sara Ruhl’s whimsical, romantic comedy about a Brazilian housekeeper and the crazy love lives of her sisters. Winner of the Susan Blackburn Prize given annually to the best English-language play written by a woman, The Clean House was also a Pulitzer finalist. $18-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 20. Ojai ACT presents this delightful twist on the infamous tale of the terrible Scrooge, told from Marley’s point of view. Not recommended for children 10 and younger. $15-18. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.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.
WINTER WONDERETTES Through Dec. 27. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in association with Santa Paula Theater Center presents this family-friendly holiday musical that’s a follow-up to Marvelous Wonderettes, featuring your favorite Christmas songs. $18-24. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.

OPENING ART

BROOKS INSTITUTE Dec. 18 through Feb. 4. “The Portfolio Show” features film graphic design and photography by the 2015 graduating class. Reception on Friday, Dec. 18, 4-6 p.m. Brooks Administration Building, 5301 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Sunday, Dec. 13, 4-7 p.m. BAA holiday party and member show awards featuring silent auction of original art, raffle, music and refreshments. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village, www.buenaventuragallery.org.

ONGOING ART

643 A PROJECT SPACE Through Dec. 19: Inklings, an annual group show by members of the Inkspots of San Buenaventura featuring original prints using etching, collagraphy, linocut, monoprint, monotype, woodblock and digital manipulation. Open 1-4 p.m., Dec. 12 and 19 or by appointment. 643 Ventura Ave. For more information, visit www.inkspotsventura.blogspot.com.
BANK OF AMERICA Through Jan. 16. Leslie Marcus solo exhibiton. 205 W. Ojai Ave.,Ojai, 640-2944.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 9. Small Image Show featuring wee art works perfectly priced for gift gifting. The gallery’s holiday boutique is also open with “wearables, laughables and displayables” for your shopping pleasure. Ongoing: The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regional artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CSUCI: Through Feb. 12: A Life in Pictures includes 30 pieces from photographer Santi Visalli’s iconic photos from the ’60s and ’70s. Cal State, Channel Islands, campus, 50 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8561. 
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Jan. 17. Purely Pastels by Daggi Wallace and Lynn Byrne Simon. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE 102 Through Jan. 10. Welcome Earthlings, a solo exhibition by Jane Peterson that explores the spectrum of human emotion. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
THE HUD GALLERY + STUDIOS Through Dec. 27: FUSE: A Group Exhibition will close out the year for this contemporary space with works in glass, metal sculpture, wood-block prints, paper cutouts and more by 10 dynamic artists from around the U.S. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.DabArt.me.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Jan. 2: What If: Life in a Handful or Less, works by Harold Muliadi. CLU Soiland Humanities Center, 60 Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 493-3241.
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 March 12. Duets: Art and Artisans in Harmony, a showcase of locally crafted musical instruments by such talents as Peter Boles, Tom Anderson, Jean Larrivé, Tony Moraza and others. Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Famed Mad Magazine artist Sergio Aragones will share some of his private collection of cartoon art by some of the most influential cartoonists of his boyhood. Well-known daily and Sunday comic strips plus single-panel comics from Playboy and The New Yorker will be on display. Many items cannot be seen anywhere else. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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.
PACIFIC VIEW MALL Ongoing:
The Ventura County Arts Council Arts Collective is now open on the second level near Sears. Various works by local artists, including Tim Koch, Juleanne Case and Patty Kreider. See artists as they work. Workshops and classes for kids and adults coming soon. 3301 E. Main St., Ventura. 676-1540 or www.shoppacificview.com.
RED BRICK ART Through Jan. 15: Celebration, a group show that expresses color, texture and transformation. 4601 Telephone Road, #112, Ventura, www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Jan. 31: Eighth annual Art About Agriculture, a group exhibition featuring art by more than 60 artists inspired by the county’s agricultural heritage and contemporary agriculture. Through Feb. 28: The 22nd annual De Colores Art Show. This year’s show pays homage to “Campesinas” or female farmworkers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, see www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through Dec. 31: Exile to the Garden: Paintings by Jacquelyn Cavish features works created during a period of loss for the artist when she drew inspiration from a gnarled old orange tree. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard Fisherman’s Wharf, 985-1546.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through Dec. 30. Vita Arts presents its final exhibit and annual fundraiser, Truly Exquisite, which features artists in various mediums blindly collaborating to produce works based on the surrealist concept “The Exquisite Corpse.” 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214 or www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Jan. 21: Transmission, a group show curated by Michael Pearce that “reveals the relationships between contemporary representational painters and sculptors and their inspirations in 19th-century artists through their work and in their own words.” 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks on the Cal Lutheran University campus, 493-3697.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through January. Machine-Age Art: The Artwork of Wendell Dowling. Also The Dirt on Tractors, a display of rare and still-operational machines that exemplify the milestones in the development of the modern tractor. 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 Jan. 24. Digging Up the Past: An Extraordinary Collection of Dinosaur Fossils. Actual fossils of T. Rex, triceratops and pterodactyls will be on display as well as a replica excavation site. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Marple Deconstructed: the Evolution of a Master features some of the most stunning ship models ever crafted. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme, an exhibit two years in the making; and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings can be seen. 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 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: A large space with hands-on exhibits that explore daily life, nature, space, science and other subjects for children, including the recently opened AIRtropolis, a 235-square-foot exhibit produced by the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District that teaches visitors about clean air using fun, inventive means. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM 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. 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 a 30,000-square-foot facility. 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. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Closed during inclement weather. 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Jan. 31: Football! The Exhibition, featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. 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. 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

DAVID MANN CHOPPERFEST
Sunday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

This event features a motorcycle art exhibit, an all-brand antique and custom motorcycle show, custom bike builder displays featuring world-class bike builders, hundreds of motorcycle and motorcycle culture vendors, live rock and blues bands featuring the Hub Cap Stealers plus food and beer at this celebration of all things motorcycle. $5-15. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.chopperfestival.com.
 
 
 

50TH ANNUAL CHANNEL ISLANDS HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS
Saturday, Dec. 12, noon-8 p.m.

This year’s parade theme is Celebrate the ’60s in honor of the harbor’s 50th anniversary. Enjoy a full day of holiday activities and watch festively decorated boats in the parade, which starts at 7 p.m., while listening to carolers sing holiday songs. Thirty-six tons of snow will fall at the end of Harborview Road, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance. Channel Islands Harbor, 3810 W. Channel Islands Blvd., suite E, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsharbor.org.
 
 
 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 20.
Rubicon Theatre presents the Charles Dickens classic as adapted by its producing artistic director Karyl Lynn Burns, starring Joe Spano and the largest Rubicon cast ever. Get a glimpse of Scrooge’s past as a lonely child and experience the timeless tale in a new way. $30-64. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
 
 
 

54th ANNUAL CAMARILLO CHRISTMAS PARADE
AND SANTA’S VILLAGE HOLIDAY CARNIVAL
Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.

The annual Christmas parade returns with floats and revelers, themed A California Christmas, making its way along Las Posas Road and ending at the Camarillo Community Center. This year’s grand marshal is legendary musician Eddie Money. At the end of the parade route will be Santa’s Village, featuring family-friendly activities and holiday food, games and more. Parade ends at Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CHRISTMAS VICTORIAN HOME TOURS 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (through Sunday, Dec. 27). Stroll through the 1800s-style Victorian houses that are filled with history and storybook tales in old town Oxnard. Begins at Heritage Square, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardhistoricdistrict.com.
“HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU!” CHOIR PERFORMANCE 6:30-7:30 p.m. Listen to a variety of winter holiday songs performed by high school and college students. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
HOW I MADE A ROBOT, SKINNY LEGS AND ALL 6-7 p.m. Dr. David Claveau will describe how he designed and built a walking robot. Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. Eighth St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-3615.
OXNARD BALLROOM DANCE CLUB MEETING 6:30-10 p.m. (and every Thursday). Ballroom, line dancing, Latin, swing and mixers will be taught and performed, with light refreshments. $10. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Ventura Room, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, call 340-5226.
SANKTA LUCIA FESTIVAL 11:25 a.m. A student wears a crown of lighted candles in this Swedish ceremony which pays homage to the Christian martyr who died at the stake on Dec. 13, 304 A.D. California Lutheran University, Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3228.   

~ FRIDAY ~

CHANNEL ISLANDS ICE CENTER’S HOLIDAY ICE SHOW CHARITY 7:30 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m.). Performing will be competitive skaters, from national, regional and collegiate levels to raise funds for Children’s Services Auxiliary. $10-47. Channel Islands Ice Center, 830 Wagon Wheel Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.channelislandsice.org.
GOLD COAST CONCERT CHORUS PRESENTS “MYSTERY AND WONDER” 8 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m.). Ancient carols re-imagined and new songs of rejoicing from around the world, as well as holiday favorites, will be performed. $5-15. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1500 N. C St., Oxnard. For more information, call 616-7269.
SEASHORE PORCELAIN ARTISTS LUNCHEON Noon. Come early to peruse sales tables and participate in a drawing for a Christmas tree with hand-painted ornaments. $27. Saticoy Country Club, 4450 Clubhouse Drive, Somis. For more information, call 647-2533.

~ SATURDAY ~
ANNUAL KWANZAA CELEBRATION 8 a.m.-2 p.m. A Kwanzaa ceremony will be held featuring African and African-American food, gospel music, dance and vendors selling arts and crafts. Cal Lutheran University, Gilbert Sports Arena, 130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3489.
BOOK SIGNING AND READINGS BY MICHELE TOWERY 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Author Michele Towery will sign and read copies of her books. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154.
COMEDIAN CRAIG FERGUSON 8 p.m. Former host of the “The Late Late Show” will bring his special brand of comedy to Ventura County in “Craig Ferguson: The New Deal Tour.” $41-61. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.
FINDING MR. RIGHT/MS. RIGHT, MEETUP 3 p.m. Join Dr. Vondie Lozano, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who will present “How to Meet Someone Special During the Holidays.” E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/finding-mr-ms-right/events.
14TH ANNUAL NIGHTINGALE BALL 6-11 p.m. The theme will be At the Cabaret, and will feature award-winning singer/songwriter Amanda McBroom, with proceeds benefiting the Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation Guild. $250. Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai. For more information, call 640-2317.
THE MET LIVE IN HD: THE MAGIC FLUTE 6:30 p.m. New York’s Metropolitan Opera’s performance of The Magic Flute will be broadcast into theaters. $16-23. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
PAINTING WITH A TWIST’S LIFELINE 4 PAWS FUNDRAISER 2-4 p.m., a two-hour painting class will feature the group painting a holiday favorite called “Tiny Tannenbaum” with half of the proceeds going to the Lifeline 4 Paws organization. $35. Painting With a Twist, 2998 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.paintingwithatwist.com/camarillo.
36TH ANNUAL "SANTA COMES TO WESTLAKE/AGOURA AND BEYOND…" FOOD DRIVE 9-11 a.m. A DJ and numerous performances from local talent will be held, with volunteers needed to sort and deliver food donations for needy families. DIY HomeCenter parking lot, 28750 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills. For more information, visit www.westlakejuniors.org.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD TRIP TO CANADA LARGA ROAD 8:30 a.m. This area normally hosts a nice variety of raptor species and migrating passerines for viewing. For more information and directions, call 258-1025. 
~ SUNDAY ~

CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT 5 p.m. The Camarillo Community Band will perform holiday favorites, and guests may sing along. Camarillo Community Center Auditorium, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarillocommunityband.com.
COMMEMORATIVE RALLY FOR ALL VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE 2-4 p.m. The Ventura County Chapter of the Brady Campaign will host this rally. Northeast corner of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Westlake Boulevard, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-259-8314.
DIARY OF A FRENCH DOCTOR 4:30 p.m. The story of Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste) who is superconfident about becoming a great doctor. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE CONEJO VALLEY: JEWS, LIQOUR AND LIFE IN EASTERN EUROPE 1:30-3:30 p.m. Speaker Glenn Dynner will discuss how nobles helped Jewish tavern keepers evade fees, bans and expulsions in pre-modern Poland. Temple Adat Elohim 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 818-889-6616.
MEADOWLARK SERVICE LEAGUE 37TH ANNUAL “HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS” HOME TOUR AND HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE 1-5 p.m. A selection of Camarillo homes will be seasonally decorated for viewing, with complimentary refreshments and raffle drawing opportunities. $30-35. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.meadowlarkserviceleague.com.

~ MONDAY ~

A PLACE OF PEACE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION 2-6 p.m. Storytelling for the children, live music, crafts boutique, food and more will be hosted. Bring an unwrapped gift for charity. A Place of Peace Sanctuary and Wellness Center. 2021 Sperry Ave. #22, Ventura. For more information, visit www.aplaceofpeace.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON LGBT AGING 5:30-7 p.m. A conversation on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors, homebound or living alone, in the Conejo Valley. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 497-0189.
NINTH ANNUAL OXNARD HOLLY TROLLEY TOURS 6-9 p.m. (through Thursday, Dec. 17). A 50-minute guided tour of Downtown and the Historic District’s spectacular nighttime display of holiday lights and décor with hot chocolate and cookies. $12. Tour begins at 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnarddowntowners.org.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

BEYOND WORDS: HOW NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION INFLUENCES BUSINESS INTERACTIONS 6-8 p.m. CSU Channel Islands Assistant Professor of Marketing Susan Andrzejewski will discuss the nonverbal cues in our interpersonal interactions. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.csuci.edu.
CHIPS FOR KIDS TOY DRIVE Ongoing through December. Donate toys for local children in need. Walgreens, 550 N. Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 375-4052.
CHILDREN AND TEEN MOVIE MATINEE 3:30 p.m. For children: weird little yellow guys must prevent a villain from taking over England; for teens: Earth’s mightiest warriors must stop the super villain Frieza from destroying the world. South Oxnard Branch Library, Computer Center, 4300 Saviers Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net.

OPENING THEATER

CABRILLO HOLIDAY FAMILY CELEBRATION Sunday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents this family celebration to honor military families, featuring your favorite characters and songs. $25. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Plaza, www.cabrillomusictheatre.com.
THE NUTCRACKER Sunday, Dec. 13. Conejo Civic Ballet presents its 12th annual performance of the holiday classic with guest artists from Sacramento Ballet and prestigious Colburn Academy, and three generations of Czech ballerinas. $22-36.  Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, www.civicartsplaza.com.
THE NUTCRACKER Dec. 12-13, 2 p.m. Footworks Youth Ballet performs the holiday favorite accompanied by the Footworks Community Orchestra and the Carpe Diem Chorus. $16-26. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 486-2424 or www.footworksyouthballet.org.
THE SECRET GARDEN Dec. 11-13. Youth Musical Theatre presents this musical about miracles and healing in the life of a struggling family. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, www.hillcrestarts.com.
WINTER WONDERETTES Dec. 11-27. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center in association with Santa Paula Theater Center presents this family-friendly holiday musical that’s a follow-up to Marvelous Wonderettes, featuring your favorite Christmas songs. $18-24. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.

ONGOING THEATER

THE 39 STEPS Through Dec. 20. OYES presents this award-winning comedy based on the Hitchcock film. $15-20. 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 646-4300.
THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS Through Dec. 20. Elite Theatre presents this holiday comedy for the whole family about a tired town that gets the Christmas spirit just in the nick of time. $10-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
THE CLEAN HOUSE Through Dec. 20. Santa Paula Theater Center presents Sara Ruhl’s whimsical, romantic comedy about a Brazilian housekeeper and the crazy love lives of her sisters. Winner of the Susan Blackburn Prize given annually to the best English-language play written by a woman, The Clean House was also a Pulitzer finalist.  $18-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
FOLLIES Through Dec. 13. Conejo Players Theatre presents the Stephen Sondheim musical about a reunion of actors amid the closure of their old theater. $18-20. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.
JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 20. Ojai ACT presents this delightful twist on the infamous tale of the terrible Scrooge, told from Marley’s point of view. Not recommended for children 10 and younger. $15-18. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.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.

OPENING ART

GALERIE 102 Dec. 12 through Jan. 10. Welcome Earthlings, a solo exhibition by Jane Peterson that explores the spectrum of human emotion. Opening reception on Dec. 12, 4-6 p.m. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.

ONGOING ART

643 A PROJECT SPACE Through Dec. 19: Inklings, an annual group show by members of the Inkspots of San Buenaventura featuring original prints using etching, collagraphy, linocut, monoprint, monotype, woodblock and digital manipulation. Open 1-4 p.m, Dec. 12 and 19 or by appointment. 643 Ventura Ave. For more information, visit www.inkspotsventura.blogspot.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 9. Small Image Show featuring wee art works perfectly priced for gift gifting. The gallery’s holiday boutique is also open with “wearables, laughables and displayables” for your shopping pleasure. Ongoing: The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regional artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CSUCI: Through Feb. 12: A Life in Pictures includes 30 pieces from photographer Santi Visalli’s iconic photos from the ’60s and ’70s. Cal State, Channel Islands, campus, 50 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8561. 
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Jan. 17. Purely Pastels by Daggi Wallace and Lynn Byrne Simon. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE 102 Through Dec. 6: Genesis, paintings by Stella Maria Baer and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca, who both hold masters of art in religion degrees.  102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
THE HUD GALLERY + STUDIOS Through Dec. 27: FUSE: A Group Exhibition will close out the year for this contemporary space with works in glass, metal sculpture, wood-block prints, paper cutouts and more by 10 dynamic artists from around the U.S. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.DabArt.me.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Jan. 2: What If: Life in a Handful or Less, works by Harold Muliadi. CLU Soiland Humanities Center, 60 Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 493-3241.
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 March 12. Duets: Art and Artisans in Harmony, a showcase of locally crafted musical instruments by such talents as Peter Boles, Tom Anderson, Jean Larrivé, Tony Moraza and others. Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Famed Mad Magazine artist Sergio Aragones will share some of his private collection of cartoon art by some of the most influential cartoonists of his boyhood. Well-known daily and Sunday comic strips plus single-panel comics from Playboy and The New Yorker will be on display. Many items cannot be seen anywhere else. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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.
PACIFIC VIEW MALL Ongoing: The Ventura County Arts Council Arts Collective is now open on the second level near Sears. Various works by local artists, including Tim Koch, Juleanne Case and Patty Kreider. See artists as they work. Workshops and classes for kids and adults coming soon. 3301 E. Main St., Ventura. 676-1540 or www.shoppacificview.com.
RED BRICK ART Through Jan. 15: Celebration, a group show that expresses color, texture and transformation. 4601 Telephone Road, #112, Ventura, www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Jan. 31: Eighth annual Art About Agriculture, a group exhibition featuring art by more than 60 artists inspired by the county’s agricultural heritage and contemporary agriculture. Through Feb. 28: The 22nd annual De Colores Art Show. This year’s show pays homage to “Campesinas” or female farmworkers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, see www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through Dec. 31: Exile to the Garden: Paintings by Jacquelyn Cavish features works created during a period of loss for the artist when she drew inspiration from a gnarled old orange tree. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard Fisherman’s Wharf, 985-1546.
VENTURA COLLEGE SANTA PAULA CAMPUS Through Dec. 18. “Every Picture Tells a Story: From Presidents to Pop Stars,” photos of celebrities from Ivor Davis’ collection. 957 Faulkner Road, suite 106, Santa Paula, 525-7136.
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.
VITA ART CENTER Through Dec. 30. Vita Arts presents its final exhibit and annual fundraiser, Truly Exquisite, which features artists in various mediums blindly collaborating to produce works based on the surrealist concept “The Exquisite Corpse.” 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214 or www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Jan. 21: Transmission, a group show curated by Michael Pearce that “reveals the relationships between contemporary representational painters and sculptors and their inspirations in 19th-century artists through their work and in their own words.” 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks on the Cal Lutheran University campus, 493-3697.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through January. Machine-Age Art: The Artwork of Wendell Dowling. Also The Dirt on Tractors, a display of rare and still-operational machines that exemplify the milestones in the development of the modern tractor. 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 Jan. 24. Digging Up the Past: An Extraordinary Collection of Dinosaur Fossils. Actual fossils of T. rex, Triceratops and pterodactyls will be on display as well as a replica excavation site. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Marple Deconstructed: the Evolution of a Master features some of the most stunning ship models ever crafted. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme, an exhibit two years in the making; and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings can be seen. 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: 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: A large space with hands-on exhibits that explore daily life, nature, space, science and other subjects for children, including the recently opened AIRtropolis, a 235-square-foot exhibit produced by the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District that teaches visitors about clean air using fun, inventive means. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM 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. 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 a 30,000-square-foot facility. 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. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru. Closed during inclement weather. 521-1501 or www.ranchocamulos.org
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Jan. 31: Football! The Exhibition, featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. 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. 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

WINTER WINE WALK AND HOLIDAY STREET FAIR
Saturday, Dec. 5, Noon-8 p.m.

Shop artists, crafters, nonprofit organizations and commercial vendors along Main Street prior to the annual Winter Wine Walk (4-7:15 p.m.), 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 $55. Main Street, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturawinterwinewalk.com.
 
 
 

FOOD SHARE CAN-TREE COLLECTION
Friday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The streets of The Collection at RiverPark will be lined with trees – can trees, that is –  as volunteers build trees made of donated canned goods on Thursday for display through the weekend. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.foodshare.com/event/can-tree-collection.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP PRESENT “A WINTER GIFT” 7 p.m. Three premier Celtic Harpists – Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter – will perform. $20-25. Ojai Valley Women’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.OjaiConcertSeries.com.
POPULAR HOLIDAY SONGS AND THE STORIES BEHIND THEM 2-3:30 p.m. Pianist Bob Lipson and writer/narrator Saul H. Jacobs will present classic holiday songs. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
RESUME BUILDING WORKSHOP FOR TEENS 6-7:30 p.m. Middle school and high school teens can learn how to write or improve their resume building skills. Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley, 2850 Lemon Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, call 527-4437.
RIFFTRAX LIVE: SANTA AND THE ICE CREAM BUNNY 8 p.m. Mystery Science Theater 3000 alums aim their trademark commentary at the holiday film Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. $10.50-12.50. Century 10 Downtown, 555 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.   

~ FRIDAY ~

CLU UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY PRESENTS “…AND ON EARTH, PEACE” 8 p.m. (and 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6). The university’s longest-running annual event will feature a narrated performance of Christmas music. California Lutheran University, Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.callutheran.edu.
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 5 p.m. Santa will be on hand for the annual lighting of the historic pine tree in downtown Ventura. 211 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.downtownventura.org.
MUSICIAN KINKY FRIEDMAN 7 p.m. Country singer/songwriter Kinky Friedman will perform following the release of his first original album in 39 years. $30-35. Ventura Improv Theater, The Livery, 34 N Palm St, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaimprov.com.
VILLAGE VOICES CHORALE PRESENTS HOLIDAY HARMONY 8 p.m. (and Saturday, Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m.). The 70-voice Chorale will present traditional Christmas carols, Chanukah songs, and holiday favorites. $25. Scherr Forum, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.villagevoices.org.
WORLD AIDS DAY “POSITIVELY SPEAKING” PANEL DISCUSSION 3:30-5 p.m. Local residents living with HIV/AIDS will lead the panel, and a candlelight vigil of prayer and solidarity will follow. CLU Swenson Center, Rooms 101-102, 141 Faculty St., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 493-3694.

~ SATURDAY ~

AIR NATIONAL GUARD BAND OF THE WEST COAST JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND CONCERT BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT 7 p.m. The show will feature the Patriots in Blue Jazz ensemble as well as the 30-member concert band performing holiday classics. Oceanview Pavilion’s Performing Arts Theatre, 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. For more information, call 986-4818.
BOOK SIGNINGS/READINGS BY MICHELE TOWERY 10 a.m.-noon. Author Michelle Towery will read and sign copies of her novels. Abednego Book Shoppe, 2682 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-9350.
CALIFORNIA SLEIGH RIDES 6-7 p.m. (and 7:30-8:30 p.m., through Thursday, Dec. 31). Cruise Ventura Harbor and view the holiday lights while singing along to Christmas carols and quaffing hot chocolate. $10-16. Ventura Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.californiasleighrides.com.
DAY OF AUTHORS 11 a.m.-7 p.m. A variety of authors will sign and discuss their novels over the course of the day. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information and list of authors, call 643-3154.
NEW YORK CITY BALLET PRESENTS GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER 12:55 p.m. Experience this iconic production of a holiday classic on the big screen, performed by the New York City Ballet. $16-18. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
ISLAND BREWING COMPANY POP-UP MARKET 1-5 p.m. A showcase of local crafts, artisanal efforts and local food will be on display in the brewery’s parking lot. Island Brewing Company, 5049 Sixth St., Carpinteria. For more information, call 745-8272.
KALI INSTITUTE WELLNESS FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Peruse massage, yoga and other wellness vendors among handmade goods, food and music. Kali Institute, 746 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.kaliinstitute.com.
MAKER MANIA FOR AGES 8-11n 2-4 p.m. Kids can explore the science of chain reactions with dominos and keva blocks. South Oxnard Branch Library, 4300 Saviers Road, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardlibrary.net.
McCREA RANCH TOUR AND MATINEE 1-4 p.m. The feature film will be Primrose Path, followed by a tour of the visitor center, bunk house and milk house. $15. McCrea Ranch Visitors Center, 4500 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.crpd.org/mccrea.
PORTUGESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON Noon. This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent or interested in the Portuguese culture. $20-30.Fourt Points Sheraton, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 483-6285.
SANTA PAULA FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thousands of used books from 50 cents to $2 will be on sale, as well as collectible books,  $4 and up. 119 N. Eighth Street, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.blanchardlibrary.org.
TAG SALE AT THE CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Maritime-related art work, books, ship models and more will be on sale at this annual event. Channel Islands Harbor, 3900 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 984-6260.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY WORK DAY, HEDRICK NATURE AREA 8 a.m. Arrive at 8:00 for self-guided birding, which usually yields some interesting birds, followed by a cleanup. For more information and directions, call 340-0478.
WATER-WISE GARDENING: ASK AN IRRIGATION PROFESSIONAL 10-11:30 a.m. Learn how to set your timer to meet California state mandates during the drought and still keep your landscape alive. City of Ventura’s Maintenance Yard. 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturawater.net

~ SUNDAY ~

AVIATION MUSEUM OF SANTA PAULA BOOK SIGNING EVENT 2-3 p.m. Get a copy of the 85th anniversary book of the Santa Paula Airport and have it signed, too. $43 for book. Aviation Museum of Santa Paula, 800 Santa Maria St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.aviationmuseumofsantapaula.org.
CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN DECEMBER CONCERT 3 p.m. The program includes Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Trio pour Violin, Violincelle, et Harpe by Jacques Ibert; and Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27 by Edvard Grieg. $15-25. Logan House, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.chamberonthemountain.com.
CHANNEL ISLANDS WINTER CONCERT: “HOLIDAY AROUND THE GLOBE” 3 p.m. Travel around the world with a twist on holiday favorites like “The Little Drummer Boy” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” at this performance. $20 suggested donation. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cicachoir.org.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM HOLIDAY PARTY 1-3 p.m. Enjoy a festive afternoon of holiday music and treats, with a live musical performance by the local group Half Notes. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-5554.
THE SECOND MOTHER 4:30 p.m. A live-in housekeeper is disturbed by the return of her daughter fresh off a college degree. $7-10. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
VENTURA FILM SOCIETY SEASON 7 CLOSING CELEBRATION 6 p.m. Cave Digger and Finders Keepers will be screened with a food truck on site. $5-10. The Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura.

~ MONDAY ~

THE WONDERS 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). The dynamic of a household is disrupted by the arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy taken in as a farmhand in this Italian film. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

~ TUESDAY ~

MEDITATION SERIES WITH ZIONA FRIEDLANDER 2-3 p.m. Participants will experience the benefits of sitting in silence, as well as explore soul traits such as humility, gratitude, patience, etc. Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777.
PUBLIC WORKSHOP DISCUSSION ON REGULATION OF SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTALS 2:30 p.m. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors will discuss possible regulations on short-term vacation rentals. Board Hearing Room, Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.ventura.org/meetings-and-broadcasts.    

OPENING THEATER

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Dec. 6-20. Rubicon Theatre presents the Charles Dickens’ classic as adapted by its producing artistic director Karyl Lynn Burns starring Joe Spano and the largest Rubicon cast ever. Get a glimpse of Scrooge’s past as a lonely child and experience the timeless tale in a new way.  $30-$64. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS Dec. 4-20. Elite Theatre presents this holiday comedy for the whole family about a tired town that gets the Christmas spirit just in the nick of time. $10-18. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
CLARA CRIES NUTS Dec. 3-5. Aloft Dancetheatre brings back this local holiday favorite with its humorous and inspiring message about the holiday season. Featuring American Ballet Theater ballerina Colleen O’Callighan. $25. NAMBA Performing Arts Space, 47 S. Oak St., Ventura, 628-9250.  
RAT PACK CHRISTMAS Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with this critically acclaimed holiday spectacular that mixes holiday classics with original Christmas songs and timeless standards in this tribute to the infamous Rat Pack. $29 and up. Presented by Theater League. 

ONGOING THEATER

THE ADDAMS FAMILY Through Dec. 6. The Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents the play adapted from the television show about a charming family with a macabre sensibility. $18-25. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.
THE CLEAN HOUSE Through Dec. 20. Santa Paula Theater Center presents Sara Ruhl’s whimsical, romantic comedy about a Brazilian housekeeper and the crazy love lives of her sisters. Winner of the Susan Blackburn Prize given annually to the best English language play written by a woman, The Clean House was also a Pulitzer finalist.  $18-20. 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula. 525-4645 or http://www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.
FOLLIES Through Dec. 13. Conejo Players Theatre presents the Stephen Sondheim musical about a reunion of actors amid the closure of their old theater. $18-20. 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.
JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec. 20. Ojai ACT presents this delightful twist on the infamous tale of the terrible Scrooge, told from Marley’s point of view. Not recommended for children 10 and younger. $15-18. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.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.
YOUR FRIENDS WOULD NEVER HARM YOU Through Dec. 5. Teatro de Las Americas presents this comedy about friends gathering to send their friend off to priesthood. $15-25. Oxnard College Black Box Theatre, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 983-2876 or www.teatrodelasamericas.org.

OPENING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Dec. 3 through Jan. 9. Small Image Show featuring wee art works perfectly priced for gift gifting. The gallery’s holiday boutique is also open with “wearables, laughables and displayables” for your shopping pleasure. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.
THE HUD GALLERY + STUDIOS Dec. 4-27: FUSE: A Group Exhibition will close out the year for this contemporary space with works in glass, metal sculpture, wood block prints, paper cutouts and more by 10 dynamic artists from around the U.S. Opening reception on Friday, Dec. 4, 6-10 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura. 626-8876 or www.DabArt.me.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Sunday, Dec. 6, through March 12. Duets: Art and Artisans in Harmony, a showcase of locally crafted musical instruments by such talents as Peter Boles, Tom Anderson, Jean Larrivé, Tony Moraza and others. Also on display will be instruments from the RKS Design group and Drum Workshop. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
SCIART HOLIDAY ART MARKET Saturday, Dec. 5. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Original art and craft by 50 resident and member artists, bagpipers, food trucks and roasted chestnuts are part of the Harmony and Mirth annual holiday art market. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, see www.studiochannelislands.org or 383-1368.
STONEWORKS STUDIOS Friday, Dec. 4, 6-10 p.m. Miracle on E. Park Row featuring original art for $99 and less and a kid-friendly holiday art party with food, warm drinks and live music. 300 N. Ventura Ave. (entrance on Park Row), Ventura.
VITA ART CENTER Friday, Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. Truly Exquisite Youth Scholarship Fundraiser. Vita Arts presents its final exhibit and annual fundraiser that features artists in various mediums blindly collaborating to produce works based on the surrealist concept “The Exquisite Corpse.” Pieces will be exhibited for the month of December and sold via silent auction at the Dec. 4 gala. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 644-9214 or www.vitaartcenter.com.

ONGOING ART

643 A PROJECT SPACE Through Dec. 19: Inklings, an annual group show by members of the Inkspots of San Buenaventura featuring original prints using etching, collagraphy, linocut, monoprint, monotype, woodblock and digital manipulation. Open 1-4 p.m. Nov. 21, 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19 or by appointment. 643 Ventura Ave. For more information, visit www.inkspotsventura.blogspot.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Ongoing: The California Heritage Collection includes early California art by significant regional artists from the early 1900s through the mid-20th century. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org or www.californiaheritagecollection.com.
CSUCI: Through Feb. 12: A Life in Pictures includes 30 pieces from photographer Santi Visalli’s iconic photos from the ’60s and ’70s. Through Dec. 4: This is Not a Neon Sign, works in neon by Flechtner in the Napa Gallery; 88 Mile in the Palm Temporary Gallery. Cal State, Channel Islands, campus, 50 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8561. 
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Jan. 17: Purely Pastels by Daggi Wallace and Lynn Byrne Simon. 560 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
GALERIE 102 Through Dec. 6: Genesis, paintings by Stella Maria Baer and sculpture by Elisa Berry Fonseca, who both hold masters of art in religion degrees.  102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Jan. 2: What If: Life in a Handful or Less, works by Harold Muliadi. CLU Soiland Humanities Center, 60 Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 493-3241.
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: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Famed Mad Magazine artist Sergio Aragones will share some of his private collection of cartoon art by some of the most influential cartoonists of his boyhood. Well-known daily and Sunday comic strips plus single-panel comics from Playboy and The New Yorker will be on display. Many items cannot be seen anywhere else. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.
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.
PACIFIC VIEW MALL Ongoing: The Ventura County Arts Council Arts Collective is now open on the second level near Sears. Various works by local artists, including Tim Koch, Juleanne Case and Patty Kreider. See artists as they work. Workshops and classes for kids and adults coming soon. 3301 E. Main St., Ventura. 676-1540 or www.shoppacificview.com.
RED BRICK ART Through Jan. 15: Celebration, a group show that expresses color, texture and transformation. 4601 Telephone Road, #112, Ventura, www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Jan. 31: Eighth annual Art About Agriculture, a group exhibition featuring art by more than 60 artists inspired by the county’s agricultural heritage and contemporary agriculture. Through Feb. 28: The 22nd annual De Colores Art Show. This year’s show pays homage to “Campesinas” or female farmworkers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, see www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
STUDIO GALLERY Through Dec. 31: Exile to the Garden: Paintings by Jacquelyn Cavish features works created during a period of loss for the artist when she drew inspiration from a gnarled old orange tree. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard Fisherman’s Wharf, 985-1546.
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.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Jan. 21: Transmission, a group show curated by Michael Pearce that “reveals the relationships between contemporary representational painters and sculptors and their inspirations in 19th-century artists through their work and in their own words.” 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks on the Cal Lutheran University campus, 493-3697.

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through January: Machine-Age Art: The Artwork of Wendell Dowling. Also The Dirt on Tractors, a display of rare and still-operational machines that exemplify the milestones in the development of the modern tractor. 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 Jan. 24: Digging Up the Past: An Extraordinary Collection of Dinosaur Fossils. Actual fossils of T. rex, Triceratops and pterodactyls will be on display as well as a replica excavation site. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Jan. 3: Marple Deconstructed: the Evolution of a Master features some of the most stunning ship models ever crafted. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme, an exhibit two years in the making, and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings can be seen. 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: 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: A large space with hands-on exhibits that explore daily life, nature, space, science and other subjects for children, including the recently opened AIRtropolis, a 235-square-foot exhibit produced by the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District that teaches visitors about clean air using fun, inventive means. 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwings.org.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM 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 a 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: Sundays, 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 Through Jan. 31: Football! The Exhibition, featuring rare items from the history of the sport. 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. Ojai Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist

    March 18 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm
  2. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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    May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Ojai Art Center’s 42nd Annual Art in the Park

    May 25 @ 10:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm
  5. WEEKLY SOUND BATH – THOUSAND OAKS

    May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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    May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  7. INTRODUCTION TO ANTIQUE CLOCK COLLECTING, MAINTENANCE & REPAIR WORKSHOP IN SANTA PAULA

    June 1 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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    June 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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    June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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