CONEJO VALLEY 41ST ANNUAL INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE 7 p.m. Celebrate with songs and words of inspiration, and give thanks for the richness of our lives and friendships. Gilbert Arena, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks,


10TH ANNUAL VENTURA TURKEY TROT 8-10:30 a.m. Before you gobble, gobble, get out and run Ventura County’s fastest 5K on Thanksgiving morning. 6451 Auto Center Drive, Ventura,

CAVALIA ODYSSEO 2 p.m. (through Sunday, Jan. 7, various times). Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects in never-before-seen ways. $29.50-279.50. The White Big Top, 5230 Camino Ruiz, Camarillo,

THANKSGIVING BUFFET 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Herb-crusted prime rib, roast turkey and all the fixings will be on the menu at this Thanksgiving Day meal. $20 child, $59.95 adult. Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard,


BLACK FRIDAY AT BARRELHOUSE 101 11 a.m. Get ready to get your stout-on at this all-day dark beer festival featuring rare and hard-to-find brews. Barrelhouse 101, 545 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 643-0906.

SANTA CLAUS PARACHUTE ARRIVAL Noon-4 p.m. Everyone in the family can look up to the sky to watch Santa Claus make his parachute landing into Janss Marketplace. Janss Marketplace, 275 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks,

SIMI VALLEY FORD BLACK FRIDAY EVENT 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. The first 15 customers to arrive before 8 a.m. will receive $25 gift cards; and starting at 6-10 a.m., radio station 99.1 The Ranch will be broadcasting live, with prizes galore. Simi Valley Ford, 2440 First St., Simi Valley, 583-0333.


RAMBLING RAPTORS AND HOVERING HAWKS WALK 8:30-11 a.m. Walk and discuss how the Santa Monica Mountains provide critical habitat for Southern California raptors; bring binoculars. Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa, 4126-1/2 W. Potrero Road, Newbury Park,


STUDIO GHIBILI FEST: HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE 12:55 p.m. (and Monday, Nov. 27, and Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.). Sophie, an average teenage girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. $12.50. Ventura Downtown 10, Century RiverPark 16, Oxnard, and Studio Movie Grill, Simi Valley,


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JOYCATCHERS TREE TRIMMING PARTY Noon-2 p.m. Charla King, the founder of JoyCatchers, has been offering tree trimming parties and donating decorated trees to senior centers, hospice, veterans and cancer organizations, etc., for many years. Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village, 379-4777.


“CREATING A MASTER ONLINE SALES FUNNEL” 6-8 p.m. Sales expert Justin Womack will take you through the steps, process and strategy of digital marketing. Camarillo Pubic Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo,

PARENTS, FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY MEETING 7 p.m. PFLAG will meet to discuss issues and concerns of the LGBT community. Community Resource Center, 2471 Portola Road, Ventura. For more information, call 765-1672.


CENTRAL COURIER OPEN HOUSE 4-7 p.m. The open house is open to local business owners, chamber members, business partners and associates. Central Courier head office, 1957 Eastman Ave., Ventura,

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AND MINI FARMERS MARKET Noon-5 p.m. Browse holiday gifts and handmade items as well as local and organic produce. Thousand Oaks Mall, Outdoor Village, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks,

SIMI VALLEY FESTIVAL OF TREES 5:30-9 p.m. Within a 24-hour period, an empty building is transformed into a winter wonderland with uniquely decorated Christmas trees and handmade crafts. 2358 Tapo St., Simi Valley,


ANIMAL CRACKERS Nov. 24-Dec. 17. This wacky Marx Brothers comedy classic about an African explorer, a lavish party and a missing painting is reimagined as a hilarious musical for the whole family. $15-20. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 640-8797 or

FALL 2017 STUDENT ONE-ACTS Nov. 29-Dec. 9. A series of short plays written, directed, produced and performed by students in the Moorpark College Performing Arts program. Mature language and content. $10. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 378-1485 or


A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL Through Dec. 23. Based on the movie classic, this Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi production brings Ralphie, his father, Flick and the rest of the gang to the stage in a holiday musical adventure. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., 583-7900 or -1246 or

ACTS AND ACTOS Through Dec. 3. A series of short plays — in English, Spanish and Spanglish — that explore language, culture and translation. $5-15. Malibu Hall Theatre, CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo,

CHESS Through Dec. 17. In this rock musical, the game of chess becomes a metaphor for romance, competition, politics and intrigue. $18-20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 495-3715 or

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY Through Dec. 23. Harken back to the Golden Age of radio with this re-creation of the beloved holiday classic as a live 1940s broadcast where anything can — and does — go awry. $18-24. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 525-4645 or

VENTURA IMPROV COMPANY Saturdays: The VIC performs improvisational theater at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club every Saturday. $10. 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. Call 643-5701 or visit for schedule.


NAPA HALL GALLERY Nov. 27-Dec. 12: Disparate Pleasures, works by Marcos Christodoulou, Sunny Samuel and Peter Sowinski. Through Dec. 12: I Lack the Words to Say . . . with paper works by Vanessa Gomez, What’s Your Sign? with digital paintings depicting astrological signs by Ryan Lewis (Grad Wall) and Ink Spots Show: Over the Years (Palm Temporary), exploring the passage of time. Reception on Thursday, Nov. 30, 6-8 p.m. CSUCI, One University Drive, Camarillo, 437-2772 or

JOHN SPOOR BROOME GALLERY Nov. 27-Feb. 10. Finland at 100, an exhibition centered on the Arctic nation as it celebrates 100 years of independence. Reception on Thursday, Jan. 25. CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8400 or


643 PROJECT SPACE Through Nov. 25. ImPRESSive, a 10th anniversary exhibition of the printmaking group Inkspots, with works by Christina Altfeld, Karen L. Brown, Beverly Decker and others. Closing reception on Saturday, Nov. 25, 1-4 p.m. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 850-8848 or

ART CITY GALLERY Through Jan. 2. Paintings by Mike Tiné and sculptures by Jo Anne Duby, Chris Provenzano and Greg Kailian. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 648-1690 or

ATRIUM GALLERY Through Nov. 28. Quilts Abound, three floors of traditional, modern and art quilts. Closed weekends; free; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays at the Ventura County Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. More information at

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Dec. 31. Uniting Heaven and Earth: Ceramics from Shangri-La. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai, 646-3381 or

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Dec. 30. Small Image Show, with pieces no larger than 16 inches in any direction, and Holiday Boutique, with artful gifts available for purchase. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 648-1235 or

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through Dec. 9. Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era? A photographic examination of identity through the artistry of women photographers. Part of the Femmes Photo Fest. 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd., 405-5240 or

CAROLYN GLASOEBAILEY FOUNDATION Through Dec. 17. Generation Art 2017, celebrating the work of Ojai’s next generation of artists from Nordhoff High, Besant Hill, Ojai Valley, Thacher and Oak Grove Schools. 248 S. Montgomery, unit A, Ojai, 633-9188 or

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Dec. 30: Our Ocean’s Edge, exploring the California coastline through photography by Jasmine Swope and prose by author Dwight Holing. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260 or

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GALLERY Through Jan. 14. H2O, works associated with water. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura, 648-1235 or

FIRST FRIDAYS VENTURA The first Friday of every month, several local galleries open their doors to celebrate and promote Ventura’s art scene. Locations and more information at

FIRST SATURDAYS STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS The first Saturday of every month, artists at Studio Channel Islands welcome visitors into their studios to watch them create art. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368 or

H GALLERY Through Nov. 26. Underbelly, a variety of works that suggest more contemplative notions of memory, melancholy and loss. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 293-1616 or

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Dec. 3. Bold and Beautiful, with works by Richard Amend, Zara Monet Feeney, Brent Hanson and others. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 381-2747 or

KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb 1. Convergencia/Convergence, contemporary work by Paraguayan artists. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697 or

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,

McNISH GALLERY Through Dec. 7. CUBA: From the Special Period to the Death of Fidel, a solo photography exhibit by Bill Hendricks. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 678-5046.

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Spring 2018: Citroën: The Man, the Marque, the Mystique, a comprehensive look at the famed French automaker. Ongoing: 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

MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Through Dec. 30: Fantastic Fords. Ongoing: More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period, in a 30,000-square-foot facility. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard, 487-4333 or

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Nov. 26: Ayer y Todavía, art by Chicano artists about their culture, history, struggles and social issues. Presented in celebration of the Getty Center’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Through April 2018: Lost Empires: The Conquest of the Americas, an exploration of the Mayan civilization as told through the George Stuart Historical Figures Collection®. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-0323 or

NAMBA PERFORMING ARTS SPACE Through Jan. 7. In Exile, mixed-media works by Michael Swank exploring social trials and political persecutions through a queer perspective. 47 S. Oak St., Ventura, 628-9250 or

NEW MEDIA GALLERY Through Nov. 30. Hollyweird Tube: Formed in Fire, with art by Richard White, Tom Gaines, Arthur Mueller, Fred Olsen and others. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 289-6000 or

OJAI ART CENTER Through Nov. 30. Postcards from Cambodia, a solo exhibition by photographer and Peace Corps volunteer Tree Bernstein. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 646-0117 or

OJAI CITY GALLERY Through Jan. 6. What Ojai Means to Me, works by artists in the Ojai Valley. Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Jan. 6: Selections from What Ojai Means to Me by Sylvia Raz, David Baker and Susan Guy. Ongoing: A collection of art, artifacts, photographs and paper ephemera relating to Ojai, housed in former St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. 130 W. Ojai Ave., 640-1390 or

OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary crafts 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. 238 Ojai Ave., Ojai, 646-5682 or

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. See artists as they work. Workshops and classes for kids and adults offered periodically. 3301 E. Main St., Ventura, 676-1540 or

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 25: Art About Agriculture, the 10th annual pastoral show presented by Ag Art Alliance. Through Jan. 28: De Colores Art Show: Portraits of the Past, an interactive exhibit featuring work by groundbreaking Latino artists Carlos Almaraz, Judy Baca, David Alfaro Siqueiros and others. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 525-5554 or

TATIANA’S COFFEE Through Dec. 24. A solo exhibition by Texana, “The People Painter,” with works inspired by her world travels. 2470 E. Main St., Ventura, 901-7620.

THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through Dec. 8. Thousand Oaks Art Association member show. Reception and awards on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m. 2301-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park, 498-4390 or

VERY VENTURA GIFT SHOP AND GALLERY Through Jan. 12. California Dreamin’ and Beyond, a watercolor exhibition by Ann Galloway and Julie Merrill. 540 E. Main St., Ventura, 628-3540,

VITA ART CENTER Through Nov. 25. Fields, large-scale paintings by John Robertson inspired by his time spent in the agricultural fields of Ventura County. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 644-9214 or

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Feb. 1. Biomythography: Currency Exchange, examining the ways cultural currency is encoded and decoded in contemporary culture. Reception on Sunday, Dec. 3, 3-5 p.m. 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697 or


AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing. Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 525-3100 or

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, reservations required. Santa Paula Airport, 800 Santa Maria St., 525-1109 or

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Ongoing. Permanent petroleum exhibits as well as rotating exhibits of science, transportation and history. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or

CAMARILLO RANCH HOUSE Ongoing. Docent-led tours of Adolfo Camarillo’s Victorian estate built in 1892. 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo, 389-8182 or

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 or

DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished and 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

FILLMORE HISTORICAL MUSEUM Ongoing. The Hinckley House, a restored Southern Pacific Railroad depot and a 1919 Rancho Sespe bunkhouse are open to visitors. Group tours by appointment. 340 Main St., Fillmore, 524-0948 or

HERITAGE SQUARE Ongoing. Docent-led weekend tours of grand homes built from 1887 through 1912. 715 S. A St., Oxnard, 483-7960 or

MISSION SAN BUENAVENTURA Built in 1782, this ninth and last mission founded by St. Junipero Serra today features a church, a garden and a nearby museum. 211 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-4318 or

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Ongoing. A collection of art, artifacts, photographs and paper ephemera relating to Ojai, housed in former St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. 130 W. Ojai Ave., 640-1390 or

PORT HUENEME HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM Ongoing. Holdings include a 3,000-piece collection of salt and pepper shakers and the original anchor and bell of a World War II ship. 220 N. Market St., Port Hueneme, 986-6542 or

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. Tours on Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Closed during inclement weather. 5164 E. Telegraph Road, Piru, 521-1501 or

REAGAN LIBRARY Ongoing. Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800-410-8354 or

SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing. Seabees in the Pacific Theater During World War II and Seabees in the Cold War, as well as a STEM Center for children. The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. 2017 is the 75th anniversary of the Seabees. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in building 100 at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme,

STAGECOACH INN Ongoing. An 1876 hotel and estate, featuring antique furniture, dolls, toys and memorabilia. Other attractions include the Heritage Memorial Rose Garden, historic stagecoaches, a re-created 1890s schoolhouse and more. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. 51 S. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park, 498-9441 or

WESTERN FOUNDATION OF VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY, aka The Camarillo Bird Museum. Ongoing: a natural-history collection specializing in eggs and nests of birds from around the world, and a research and education institution dedicated to bird conservation. Public tours offered the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. and the last Friday of each month at 3 p.m. (except November and December). Reservations required. 439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo, 388-9944 or

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 or