Thursday

ELVIS AND ELTON: TOGETHER AT LAST! 6:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy the music of two rock legends, Elvis Presley and Elton John, as performed by local talent. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley, www.simivalleylibrary.org.

MOORPARK DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING 6:30 p.m. Moorpark Democratic Club will host a potluck social with a discussion of the 2018 campaign outlook. Meridian Hills Rec Room, 6801 Breezy Glen Drive, Moorpark, 338-5582.

JOHN’S REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY 3-5 p.m. A groundbreaking ceremony and blessing will be held to welcome the new center. St. John’s Regional Medical Center, 166 N. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 988-2848.

THE SOMIS THURSDAY CLUB 11:15 a.m. This meeting, open to all women, will feature the Ventura County Gourd Artists and includes a catered lunch. $15. 5380 Bell St., Somis, 388-1275.

Friday

BLACK, WHITE AND BLUE JEANS ANNUAL DANCE AT THE RANCH 6-11 p.m. Guests of the Kiwanis Club will enjoy a full dinner from Smokin’ Steve’s BBQ Joint, live country music by Revelry Country, dancing on a large dance floor (with lessons), a silent auction and more. $65. Hummingbird Nest Ranch, 2940 Kuehner Drive, Simi Valley, www.roundupsimi.com.

FREE HEALING ART SESSION 3:30-5:30 p.m. Both classes will be taught by De Lesprie a sculptor whose statues grace the Gene Autry Museum, movie stars’ homes and malls in the Conejo Valley. Oxnard Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard, info@InspireOjai.com.

Saturday

AUDUBON SOCIETY SANTA CLARA RIVER ESTUARY/SURFERS KNOLL 8:30 a.m. See a variety of shorebirds, including snowy plovers, ruddy and black turnstones and more. Call 258-1025 to register.

AUTHOR PATRICIA HARTMANN 1 p.m. Hartmann will read from her new book, Lonesome Mountain. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, www.vencolibrary.org.

CASA PACIFICA ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL AND COAT DRIVE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thirty tons of snow for sledding and playing, free coffee and smoothies and more await you in exchange for gently used winter clothes of all sizes, including coats, sweaters, hoodies, mittens/gloves, winter hats and scarves. Three Springs Park, 3000 Three Springs Drive, Westlake Village, www.coatsforcasapacifica.com.

DAY OF MINDFULNESS WITH THE VENERABLE KUSALA 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Step into the richness of silence in order to hear the rhythms of your own heart through practice of sitting meditation, walking meditation and eating meditation. $35 suggested donation. Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura, www.FriendshipSangha.org/dom

LIVE STANDUP COMEDY ON THE HILL 8 p.m. Comedians Dana Eagle (Last Comic Standing) and Graham Elwood (Late Late Show) will headline this show. $12-15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts – Theatre on the Hill, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, www.hillcrestarts.com.

RISE FROM THE ASHES BENEFIT CONCERT 7 p.m. Musical artists from around the area will converge for a special concert benefiting those impacted by the Thomas Fire. $10. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, www.ojaiartcenter.org.

THE OPERA HOUSE 12:55 p.m. (and Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.). Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years. $10.50-12.50. Century RiverPark 16, Oxnard, and Thousand Oaks 14, www.fathomevents.com.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB FEATURING DICK PARENT TRIO 7-10 p.m. Live big-band music will accompany ballroom, Latin, swing and line dancing lessons for both beginners and experienced. The Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 381-2744.

Sunday

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MEMORIAL 2:30-3:45 p.m. The event will commemorate King’s life through music, poetry and jazz on the 50th anniversary of his death. First United Methodist Church, 133 N. Mill St., Santa Paula, 525-5826.

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Wednesday

“GLOBAL ADVENTURE TO CAPTURE MARITIME BEAUTY” 6:30 p.m. Danielle Eubank, an expedition artist in pursuit of painting all of the major bodies of water in the world, will be the guest speaker. $5-7. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, www.cimmvc.org.

SEATED AND STANDING TA’I CHI CHIH CLASS 5-6:15 p.m. (Through March 14). Instructor Barbara Freie will challenge participants spiritually and physically by demonstrating how to relax, stretch and focus on the inner self while improving balance. $90-94. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, building E, suite 117, Camarillo, 388-1952, ext. 100.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF OXNARD MEETING 7:30 a.m. Author Sarah Darabi will be the guest speaker, discussing her new book entitled Uncovered. Courtyard Marriott, 600 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard, www.oxnardsoroptimist.org.

TIBETAN BOWL MEDITATION 6:30 p.m. Join Dr. Dream and his band of angels and experience this sound healing chakra experience. $25-33. A Place of Peace, 2021 Sperry Ave. #24, Ventura, www.touroflove.com.

Thursday

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF VENTURA COUNTY MEETING 10 a.m. Discuss the group’s endeavors at this regular meeting. Chapter House, 913 E. Santa Clara St, Ventura, www.assistanceleagueventuracounty.org.

C.I.  GULLS CELEBRATE 2018 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 11 a.m. Members are asked to bring a friend and enjoy socializing and raising monies for local V.C. charities. $30 includes lunch. Las Posas Country Club, 955 Fairway Drive, Camarillo, 824-4005.

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY EXPERT DISCUSSES IMPACTS OF THOMAS FIRE 7 p.m. Sean Anderson, departmental chair of the Environmental Science and Resource Management Program at California State University, Channel Islands, will discuss how wilderness areas react to wildfires, the impacts of the Thomas Fire on local ecosystems and wildlife, and what the public can do now to help. $10 suggested donation. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura, www.venturalandtrust.org/events.

MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER 7 p.m. dubbed, 8 p.m. subtitled. Based on the 1971 young adult novel The Little Broomstick, this film is an all-ages action fantasy adventure that hearkens back to some of the most beloved animated films of all time. $13-15. Century RiverPark 16, Oxnard, and Studio Movie Grill, Simi Valley, www.fathomevents.com.

VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY 6:30 p.m. Gracielinda Poulson will share her love of roses with us with her Grace Rose Farm in Thousand Oaks. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, www.venturarosesociety.org.

OPENING THEATER

BROADWAY BOUND Jan. 12-Feb. 3. Brothers Eugene and Stanley try to break into show biz as comedy writers. Part 3 of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Jan. 11-14. The story of Motown founder Berry Gordy. $49-74. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 449-2787 or www.civicartsplaza.com.

ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Jan. 12-Feb. 4. Winning entries from the 2017 One-Act Play Writing Competition will be performed. $17. Elite Theatre Company, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.

SISTER ACT Jan. 13-Feb. 18. In this feel-good musical, a lounge singer goes into witness protection in a convent, and helps turn around the struggling choir. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 583-7900, simi-arts.org.

ONGOING THEATER

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 venturaimprov.com for schedule.

OPENING ART

ATRIUM GALLERY Jan. 12-Feb. 27. Seasons, works about winter, spring, summer and fall. Reception on Friday, Jan. 26, 5:30-7 p.m. 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 www.VCArtscouncil.org.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Jan. 13-Feb. 24. Collaboration, works by artists creating together. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai, 646-3381 or www.beatricewood.com.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Jan. 13-April 8: In High Style: The Photography of Neal Barr, iconic fashion and celebrity images taken over 50 years. Opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 13, 5-7 p.m. Donation opportunities for Thomas Fire relief efforts will be available. Through Jan. 12: Seeking Safety: Evacuated Art from the Marshall and Gretchen Milligan Collection, a pop-up exhibit in the pavilion. 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 venturamuseum.org.

ONGOING ART

643 PROJECT SPACE Through Jan. 26. December Pages, a body of collage works on paper by Los Angeles artist Jan Blair. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 850-8848 or f5projects.squarespace.com.

BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Jan. 27. Triangulation, an exciting show comprising works by three award-winning artists: Joe Cibere, Avery Falkner and Blossom Friel. Artist talk on Thursday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Feb. 25: Full Steam Ahead! Stories of the Southern Pacific Railway from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. Ongoing: Permanent petroleum exhibits as well as rotating exhibits of science, transportation and history. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 18. Expressions of Life, 40 selected portraits by photographer Ricardo Palavecino. 424 S. C St., Oxnard, 385-8158 or www.carnegieam.org.

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through March 25: Water Works, art by Danielle Eubanks that explores the tipping point between conceptual and visible. Reception on Thursday, Jan. 11, 4-6 p.m. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.

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

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 http://www.firstfridaysventura.com.

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 studiochannelislands.org.

FOUR FRIENDS GALLERY Opened Dec. 9. Synchronicities, works by seven artists that feature indistinct forms that obscure reality and truth. 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 601-7530 or www.foufriendsgallery.com.

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Jan. 15. Works by Amy Lynn Stevenson and Susan Lorenzana. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.

H GALLERY Through Feb. 4 Nod to Mod, works by Francesca Saveri, Malcolm Munro, Brooks Dierdorff, Janet Milhomme and other artists who take inspiration from post-modernism. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 293-1616 or www.dabart.me.

JOHN SPOOR BROOME GALLERY Through 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 art.csuci.edu.

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 blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong.

LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing. The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through 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 www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.

MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM 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 www.murphyautomuseum.org.

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 www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.

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 ojaivalleyartists.com.

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 www.shoppacificview.com.

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. Gallery talk with watercolorist Debbie Abshear on Thursday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through Jan. 29: Westlake Village Art Guild member show. 2301-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park, 379-5655 or www.toartgallery.org.

UNITED BANK OF SWITZERLAND Through March 5. Abstraction, work by Lynn Farrand, Scott Gordon, Brent Hanson and Susan Lawrence. Reception on Thursday, Jan. 18, 5-7 p.m. 3011 Townsgate Road, third floor, Westlake Village.

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, very-ventura.com.

WAV THEATER GALLERY Through Jan. 26. Peace and Love Will Save the World, a solo exhibition by Frances Spencer. 175 S. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 641-0400.

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Feb. 1. Biomythography: Currency Exchange, examining the ways cultural currency is encoded and decoded in contemporary culture. 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697 or rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.