Thursday

ANNUAL HOMELESS COUNT AND SURVEY Community volunteers are needed for the annual count and survey of homeless persons in Ventura County. Various times and places. For more information, visit www.volunteerventuracounty.org.

PORTUGUESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEETING 11:30 a.m. This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent, or, interested in the Portuguese culture. Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St., Ventura, 483-6285.

SENSORY PROCESSING: A CAREGIVERS GUIDE 6:30-8 p.m. Understand the role Occupational Therapy plays in sensory processing difficulties in various environments. Center 4 Special Needs, 1337 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 379-1681.

VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING 6:30 p.m. Olwyn Kingery, landscape architect and Ventura County Master Gardener, will share garden designs and drought tolerant gardens. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, www.venturacountyrosesociety.org.

Friday

CHINESE NEW YEAR COMMUNITY CELEBRATION 1 p.m. (through Sunday, Feb. 25). Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style with three day’s-worth of activities and presentations.On Friday, Artist BiJian Fan will erect a dog house using “bricks” constructed from recycled paper using origami techniques; Saturday features a dog portrait painting demonstration by Camarillo artist Christine Leong; and Sunday features a traditional lion dance by The Camarillo Lion Dance Troupe. Pacific View Mall, Center Court, 3301 E. Main St., Ventura, 676-1540.

45TH ANNUAL ENGINEERS WEEK BANQUET 5:30-9 p.m. A banquet to acknowledge the contributions of the many engineering professionals in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties will be held featuring Key-note speaker is Dr. Adam Steltzner, Ph.D. NASA Engineer of Jet Propulsion Laboratory. $75. The Grand Salon at Cal State University Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo, www.newc-vsb.org.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS’ TEEN NIGHT 6:30-7:30 p.m. Teens in grades 8th through the 12th grade are invited to learn all about the great opportunities to volunteer at the Clubs while enjoying a number of activities. Notter Family Club, 233 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks, 371-4045.

DINNER AND A MOVIE… AND DANCING! 6-9:30 p.m. Get on your feet with some ballroom dancing, followed by a screening of Take the Lead. $22.50-25. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, 385-8147.

THE VOICE OF THE ARTS FUNDRAISER 4-6 p.m. Enjoy food, drink and entertainment at this fundraiser supporting The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley. The Offices of UBS, 3011 W. Townsgate, Ste. 300, Westlake Village, 381-2747.

WILL ACKERMAN & THE GATHERING 4 GUITARS 7:30 p.m. Grammy® Winning, Multi-Grammy producer and acclaimed guitarist Will Ackerman will perform. $59. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks, www.civicartsplaza.com.

Saturday

5TH ANNUAL CAMARILLO RANCH WEDDING SHOWCASE 1-5 p.m. Couples will have a chance to mix and mingle with top local industry vendors, view a live wedding fashion show and enter for a chance to win various giveaways valued up to $10,000. $15-25. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo, www.Camariloranch.org/wedding-showcase/.

THE ARC CABARET 7 p.m. A night of talent featuring individuals from The Arc will be held, celebrating disabilities awareness and inclusion. $20. Congregation Am Hayam, 4839 Market St., Unit C, Ventura, www.eventbrite.com.

BENEFITS OF PERMEABLE SURFACES GARDEN WORKSHOP 10-11:30 a.m. Join Halter Encinas Enterprises to learn how to incorporate permeable surfaces into your garden. Battalion Chief House, 55 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura, www.venturawater.net.

CASH FOR COLLEGE WORKSHOPS 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ventura County community colleges are joining together, once again, to provide Ventura County residents an opportunity to complete their financial aid applications. Ventura College East Campus, 957 Faulkner Road, Unit 106, Santa Paula, www.vcccd.edu.

FOR THE TROOPS ANNUAL MILITARY TRIBUTE GALA 5:30-10 p.m. Show support for our troops at this gala in their honor with dinner and entertainment. $100+. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, www.forthetroops.org.

#TEENRELATIONSHIPS Noon-1 p.m. Join Marriage and Family Therapist, Jessica Whitehead, to discuss various topics, including what makes relationships healthy, why being single can be great, how to appropriately express your feelings, and more. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley, www.simivalleylibrary.org.

HOKULOA OUTRIGGER CANOE CLUB OPEN HOUSE ON THE BEACH 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children aged 10 and older, as well as adults, can try outrigger canoeing with the club.  At the beach across from Channel Islands National Park Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, www.hokuloaoutrigger.com.

SURFRIDER ORMOND BEACH CLEANUP 9 a.m.-noon. The group will be ridding the beach of a year’s worth of accumulated trash in preparation for nesting season in this vital habitat. For more information including directions, visit www.ventura.surfrider.org.

Sunday

A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID SINGER 3-4:30 p.m. David Singer, clarinetist extraordinaire, has performed at the White House and played with Yo Yo Ma, and will discuss his neat accomplishments. $10-15. Levity Live at The Collection, 591 Collection Blvd., Oxnard, www.focusonthemasters.com.

CHOWDER TASTE 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Select Harbor waterfront restaurants will ladle out a delectable variety of handcrafted chowders in celebration of the fruit of the sea (clams). $5-7. Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, www.venturaharborvillage.com.

CONCERT FOR VENTURA 3-4:30 p.m. The lineup includes Grammy®-nominated singer-songwriter Perla Batalla and two Grammy® award-winners—guitar virtuoso Diego Garcia and jazz fusion all-stars Tom Scott & the LA Express, plus lots more. Mission Park, 185 E. Main St., Ventura, www.venturamusicfestival.org.

SUSTAINABLE FORAGING WITH LANNY KAUFER AND DAN DE LION 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn how to lower your ecological footprint by eating weeds. $25. For more information including location, visit www.herbwalks.com.

THE DARK CRYSTAL 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (and Wednesday, Feb. 28). From genius filmmaker Jim Henson comes the fantastical story of The Dark Crystal featuring some really nightmarish puppets. Bring your kids. $12.50. Thousand Oaks 14, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, www.fathomevents.com. 

Monday“CONTEMPORARY FILM, CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLIMATE REFUGEES” 6:30-8 p.m. CSUCI English Lecturer Kyndra Turner, Ph.D. will explore how life imitates art through Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 science fiction thriller “District 9.” Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, www.csuci.edu.

OJAI ART CENTER LITERARY BRANCH WRITER’S SALON 7 p.m. Writer Jule Selbo will be speaking on writing for a variety of genres, followed by a reception and book signing. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 113 S Montgomery St, Ojai, www.ojaiartcenter.org.

THE INSULT 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. A Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee face off in court. $7.50-10.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

Tuesday

SONIC SEA 6:30 p.m. This film shows how sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life and how man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world for whale. Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula, www.uucsp.org.

VENTURA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR Noon-1 p.m. The group will discuss the stock market, tax reform and things to watch out for. Ventura Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 505 Poli St., Ventura, www.venturachamber.org.

“SAVING YOUR BRAIN” WORKSHOP 4-5:30 p.m. Learn how to effectively manage your fear of memory loss and explore strategies to improve your memory. Senior Concerns, 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks, 497-0189.

Wednesday

PAWS FOR READING 3-4 p.m. Lindsey Boubel and her basset hound George, a certified therapy dog, will be available for children to read to as part of this program. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, www.vencolibrary.org.

Thursday

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OPENING THEATER

AIN’T I A WOMAN Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. The Core Ensemble performs a work celebrating African American women through music and performance in a chamber theater format. Sponsored by the Department of History and the Artists and Speakers Committee. Free. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 4933432 or https://www.callutheran.edu/.

KINKY BOOTS Feb. 23-25. A shoemaker and a drag queen forge an unlikely partnership to create a line of high-heeled boots that saves the family shoe factory. $49-99. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 449-2787 or www.civicartsplaza.com.

TRUE WEST Feb. 23-March 25. Two brothers – one a struggling playwright, the other a thief and hustler – reunite after several years. $17-20. Elite Theatre Company, 2731 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.

ONGOING THEATER

DREAMWORKS’ MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. Through Feb. 25. Young Artists Ensemble presents this tale, based on the animated movie, about escaped zoo animals who find themselves in Madagascar. $12-19. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 381-1246 or yaeonline.com.

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS Through March 4. In Alan Ball’s (True Blood, Six Feet Under) hilarious comedy, five bridesmaids hide in a bedroom, hoping to escape the wedding reception of a bride that none of them really likes. $15-20. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 388-5716 or skywayplayhouse.org.

OTHELLO Through Feb. 24. Shakespeare’s tragedy about the Moorish general, his wife, Desdemona, and the deceitful Iago brims with racism, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and repentance. Presented by the California Shakespeare Company. $18-20. Playhouse 101, 28720 Canwood St., Agoura, playhouse101.com.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Through March 4. This beloved musical brings back the days of old Hollywood as silent films give way to “talkies.” $18-22. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, 529-8700 or highstreetartscenter.com.

THIS RANDOM WORLD Through March 11. The hidden connections that exist between individuals (sometimes without their knowledge) are explored in this funny and witty comedy. $18-24. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

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

H GALLERY Feb. 24-April 8. Seeking Light by Glenn Carter, exploring the space between dark and light. Opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 24, 7-10 p.m. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 293-1616 or www.dabart.me.

NAPA HALL Through Feb. 26-March 15. Work by Toni Scott, Jennifer Lugris, Danielle Dupont and Carlos Andrade; and Santa Rosa Island (Part 3). Reception on Thursday, March 8, 6-8 p.m. CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8400 or art.csuci.edu.

ONGOING ART

643 PROJECT SPACE Through Feb. 24. Free or Best Offer, ironic and humorous looks at America created by the collaboration between landscape painter Marjorie Moskowitz and her husband, figurative painter Bob Moskowitz. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 850-8848 or f5projects.squarespace.com.

ART CITY GALLERY Through March 18. Rugged Tableau, topographies in stone by Paul Lindhard and paintings and mixed media by John White. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 648-1690 or artcitygalleryandstudios.com.

ATRIUM GALLERY Through Feb. 27. Seasons, works about winter, spring, summer and fall. 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 Through Feb. 24. Collaboration, works by artists creating together. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai, 646-3381 or www.beatricewood.com.

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through March 10. Images of the Los Padres National Forest and Channel Islands by outdoor artist Robert Wassell. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, 648-1235 or www.buenaventuragallery.org.

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through April 15. West Coast premiere of Strings: Data and the Self, exploring the manner in which data increasingly influences behavior and identity. 1948 Thousand Oaks Blvd., 405-5240 or www.cmato.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.

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through March 25: Water Works, art by Danielle Eubanks that explores the tipping point between conceptual and visible. 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.

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 March 11. Origins: Representational Images, featuring the work of Hiroko Yoshimoto. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.

JOHN SPOOR BROOME GALLERY Through April 7. Sanctuaries, a study of the relationship between humans and the environment by Ojai artist Lorraine Serena, who was evacuated during the Thomas Fire. Reception on Thursday, Feb. 22, 5 p.m. CSUCI, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 437-8400 or art.csuci.edu.

KWAN FONG GALLERY Through April 5. Rotem Roshef: Time Traveler, installation of interwoven scrolls concerned with the human connection to the seasons. 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.

McNISH GALLERY Through Feb. 28. Inverted Realities, featuring works by several Los Angeles contemporary artists that explore how technology filters and transforms our understanding of the real and the unreal. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 678-5046, cmorla@vcccd.edu.

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.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through April 8: In High Style: The Photography of Neal Barr, iconic fashion and celebrity images taken over 50 years; and the geometric sculpture of Lori Cozen-Geller (Nook). 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.

NAMBA ARTS SPACE Through March 25. Linear Park, original works on paper and experimental sculptures assembled from refuse found at the rundown park, created by Ventura artist Charles Pepper. 47 S. Oak St., Ventura, www.dabart.me.

NEW MEDIA GALLERY Through Feb. 15. The art of Sommer Roman Sheffield and Billie Giese. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 289-6000 or www.venturacollege.edu.

OJAI ART CENTER Through Feb. 28. Wearable and functional weaving by Beryl Warnes and Skylar Farr. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 640-8797 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Feb. 25. The art of Dennis Shives. 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.

PORCH GALLERY Through March 11. Thomas Fire Artists’ Recovery Exhibition, featuring works by dozens of notable artists. Sales will help support local artists affected by the fire. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 620-7589 or porchgalleryojai.com.

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through June 17: Setting the Scene, paintings by Hollywood background artists. Through Feb. 25: Art About Agriculture, the 10th annual pastoral show presented by Ag Art Alliance. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

UNITED BANK OF SWITZERLAND Through March 5. Abstraction, work by Lynn Farrand, Scott Gordon, Brent Hanson and Susan Lawrence. 3011 Townsgate Road, third floor, Westlake Village.

VITA ART CENTER Through Feb. 23. Metta National: Art in the Dark. Multiplatform artist Anna Karakalou has created a fully immersive exhibit incorporating elements of traditional media, projection mapping by Panos Skourtis, digital painting and sound. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 644-9214 or www.VitaArtCenter.com. Pictured: “The Gang’s All Here” by Anna Karakalou.

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through April 12. Blue Like Me. Indian-born Siona Benjamin probes identity and race through Indian, Persian and Sephardic icons and graphic novels. Artist talk on Tuesday, March 20, 6 p.m. Painting workshop on Thursday, March 22, 2:15 p.m. Cal Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697 or rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.