COFFEE WITH A COP 9-10:30 a.m. Meet with your local police officers in a friendly environment to chat. Starbucks, 4722 Telephone Road, Ventura.
GRIEF CLASS FOR THE NEWLY BEREAVED 6-7:30 p.m. This regular meeting is for those wishing to understand the grieving process. Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, 1996 Eastman Ave., suite 109, Ventura, 805-642-0239, ext. 775
ST PATRICK’S DAY IN IRELAND 7:30 p.m. Connor Reider and the Kerry Traditional Band share their passion for the traditional music of Ireland at this performance. $47-50. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, www.civicartsplaza.com.
THE SOMIS THURSDAY CLUB 11:15 a.m. Local women’s club meeting offers a catered lunch and program. This month’s program will be “A Broadway Review” starring Richard Weiss at piano. 5380 Bell Street, Somis, 805-388-1275.
TRANSFORMING CLASSROOMS: TODAY’S BEST TEACHING PRACTICES 6-8 p.m. Guests will learn about Universal Design for Learning, an approach for teaching all types of students, with a hands-on, interactive lesson. Art Trek, 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park, www.thriveconejo.org.
VENTURA COUNTY PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK DINNER MEETING 5:30 p.m. Caleigh Hernandez, founder and CEO of RoHo, will discuss how she put her passion into action, learned the power of story and how being flexible and adaptable in business can foster both success and change. Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard, www.vcpwn.org.
CAREGIVER RECOGNITION DAY 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Conejo Cares event will offer caregivers a chance to share their story, embrace their fears and renew their spirits at this event. Los Robles Greens, 299 S Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, www.seniorconcerns.org/caregiver-recognition-day/.
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY 5-9 p.m. Every third Friday, the food trucks gather at the Pacific View Mall with live music and more. Pacific View Mall, Trader Joe’s Parking Lot, 3301-1 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.shoppacificview.com.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE: PHOTOGRAPHER THOMAS PESCHAK 8 p.m. Peschak will share photos and talk about his experience as a wildlife photographer. $36-46. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, www.civicartsplaza.com.
ULTRA-LUMINOUS X-RAY SOURCES 7:15 p.m. Dr Omer Blaes of UCSB will demonstate the “brightest” x-ray sources in our universe and discuss what is known about these mysterious phenomena. Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Drive, Moorpark, www.VCAS.org.
SECOND ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friends and families will enjoy games, food, performances, and other activities including a classic car show at this Moorpark College open house. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, www.moorparkcollege.edu/springfestival.
“ARTISTIC VISIONS OF A GROWING AMERICA” 1-2 p.m. Artist Gretchen Simpson will take guests through time in an exploration of American art. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-218-9146.
BRING YOUR OWN BRAIN (BYOB): A DAY TO HACK SOLUTIONS FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Teams will compete to design the most creative solutions to challenges faced by people on the autism spectrum at this event. California Lutheran University, Swanson Center, Room 101, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, www.CalLutheran.edu/autism.
DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF THE CONEJO VALLEY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH MEETING 9:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl will speak on Women in Politics. $25. Boccaccio’s Restaurant, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village, 805-498-7262.
GOLD COAST CONCERT CHORUS AND VENTURA COLLEGE CHORUS PREMIERS WORDS 2 p.m. The two groups will premiere a piece by Joan Szymko about bullying at school and on social media. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 1251 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, www.GoldCoastChorus.org.
LA REINA SPRING OPEN HOUSE AND ALL-GIRLS VEX ROBOTICS SHOWCASE 9:30 a.m.-Noon. Meet the students and take a tour of the school at this event. RSVP required. La Reina High School & Middle School, 106 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, www.lareina.com/Spring19.
MAGIC SHOW 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This annual Rotary Club event features six Magic Castle Magicians and an exciting line up of wonderful magicians who have performed all over the world. $40. Theater on High Street, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, www.rotary.org.
PAW WORKS 5TH ANNUAL GALA “TIES AND TAILS” 5:30-10 p.m. Raise funds for this 501C organization with live music, food and much more, themed “Mardi Paws.” $250. The Four Seasons, 2 Dole Drive, Westlake Village, www.tiesandtails.org.
PHIL SALAZAR & THE KINFOLK 7:30 p.m. Phil and his band have been performing and recording for bluegrass and country music for over 30 years and will perform for you here as well. $25. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, www.camarillocafe.com.
SPRING SPECTACULAR AT AMERICA’S TEACHING ZOO 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, March 16). Enjoy entertaining animal shows, get a sneak peek behind the scenes, interact with wild animal trainers and their furry friends and don’t miss all the games, food and fun. $7-10. America’s Teaching Zoo, Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, www.zoo.moorparkcollege.edu/events.
ST PATRICK POP-UP DINNER 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an Irish-inspired five-course vegan-friendly meal at this holiday pop up. $65. Farmer and Cook, 339 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai, www.farmerandcook.com.
THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB FEAT. TROPIC STARR (ST. PATRICK’S DAY THEME) 7-10 p.m. Live Big Band Music will accompany Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Line Dancing lessons for both beginners and experienced. $10. The Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2744.
A CONVERSATION WITH ASTRID PRESTON 3-4:30 p.m. Astrid Preston has been called “one of America’s most important contemporary landscape painters” and will discuss her work. $10-15. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, www.focusonthemasters.com/RSVP.html.
BECOMING YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Rev. Karen S. Wylie for her Mid-Month Devotional Retreat, this time devoted to “Becoming Your Own Best Friend.” $20. The Ojai Retreat is at 160 Besant Road, Ojai, www.karenswylie.com.
HATS AND HIGH TEA 2-4:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy tea with sandwiches, fruit and desserts alongside music whilst raising money for scholarships and educational grants. $25-55. California Lutheran University, Gilbert Arena, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, www.CalLutheran.edu/cla.
“TIME IS NOT A FACTOR IN YOUR LIFE” CHRISTIAN SCIENCE LECTURE 2 p.m. Dave Hohle will speak on how to gain dominion over time by understanding better how you can live in the timeless, constant present of the spiritual now. E. P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura, www.PrayerThatHeals.org.
COLD WAR 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. This film from Poland is a passionate love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. $7.50-10.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
BLACK ’47 7:30 p.m. The first film ever made about Ireland’s Potato Famine, the most impactful event in Irish history, will be screened. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, www.venturafilmsociety.com.
FREE FIRST SUNDAY Noon-2 p.m. Bird Banding experts will teach museum visitors about this field science method used to study resident and migratory birds. Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, www.venturamuseum.org.
TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER SHARON LOBEL 7 p.m. Award-winning photographer Lobel will share her “Suitcase for Success,” packed with key elements for capturing stunning images while you are on the road. Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, www.ojaiphotoclub.com.
ADVANCES IN JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY LECTURE 6 p.m. Dr. Thomas Golden, a member of the CMH medical staff, will lead a discussion on this topic. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp.
CHANNEL ISLANDS GULLS FUNDRAISER 11 a.m. Meet new friends and help raise funds for Ventura County charities. $30. Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo, www.channelislandsgulls.org.
GROWING PAINS: A CABARET March 16-17. Young Artists Forever presents a musical journey through the stages of life. Rated R for adult content and language. $12. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747 or hillcrestarts.com.
HOLD ME! March 14-17. Playwright Jules Feiffer uses monologues, sketches and vignettes to highlight the plight of urbanites in this charming comic revue. $5-15. Studio Theater, Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 805-289-6000 or www.venturacollege.edu/about-ventura-college/college-events/arts-and-events.
PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS March 16-23. Young Artists Ensemble in collaboration with Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory presents this world premiere based on J.M. Barrie’s early stories of Peter Pan. $13. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747 or hillcrestarts.com.
BREAKING LEGS Through March 24. Comedy and mayhem ensue when a mob boss finances the production of a play written by a college professor. $17-20. Elite Theatre Company, 2731 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 805-483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.
FUDDY MEERS Through March 31. An amnesiac living with her husband and son is abducted by a strange man — an event that reveals that everything is not what it appears to be. Previews March 13-15; opening night gala on Saturday, March 16. $20-55. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
NEWSIES Through April 14. In this rollicking, rousing musical by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi, newsboys across New York City go on strike after a publisher cuts their wages. $20-28. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi, 805-583-7900 or simi-arts.org.
SPAMALOT Through March 24. The bawdy musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. $20-25. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 805-378-1485 or www.moorparkcollege.edu/pac.
SWEENEY TODD Through March 24. A dark, witty musical thriller set in 19th century London and centered on a vengeful barber, a struggling baker and a macabre arrangement. Rated R. $18-20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.
UTOPIA, LIMITED Through March 24. With a complex plot and a large cast of characters, this Savoy opera lampoons limited liability companies, bankruptcy law and imperialism. Presented by the Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company. $19-25. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-1246 or www.vcgsrc.org.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM March 16-June 9: Santa Paula’s Treasured Architecture, black and white photography by Michael Moore commissioned by the Santa Paula Historical Society. Opening reception on Saturday, March 16, 1-3 p.m. Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY March 14-May 12. Flower Power, with works by Karen Payton and Adonna Ebrahimi. Reception on Saturday, March 16, 6-8 p.m. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
NEW MEDIA GALLERY March 14-April 18. Empoderamienta: The Art of Latina Artists, art as a form of cultural, artistic and social expression. Opening reception on Thursday, March 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 805-289-6040 or www.venturacollege.edu/departments/academic/art/art-galleries.
OJAI CITY GALLERY March 18-May 31. Ojai Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist, Gayel Childress’ expressive, somewhat mythical mixed-media art that captures the spirit of Ojai. Reception on Thursday, March 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ojai City Hall Chambers, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai, email@example.com.
539 HOWARD STREET Through March 24. Onward! A Mail Art Exhibit, a plein air exhibit of 200 mailed-in pieces of art from 20 countries and 13 states collected by ARTLIFE publisher Joe Cardella. Presented by the ARTLIFE Foundation. 539 Howard St., Ventura, Artlifeinc72@gmail.com, joecardellalegacy.blogspot.com.
643 PROJECT SPACE Through March 29. Print Revolution. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, www.643projectspace.com.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing. Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
AMBROSIA BY CAFFRODITE Through April 1. Learning to See Art Showcase featuring art by Turning Point Foundation clients. Reception on Wednesday, March 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 1987 E Main Street, Ventura, 805-628-9289 or www.focusonthemasters.com.
ART CITY Through April 14. Nature 101, the animals with which we share the Earth, from fleas to giant creatures. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 805-648-1690 or artcitygalleryandstudios.com.
ATRIUM GALLERY Through April 9. Up Close, whereby the subject of the art fills the frame. Reception on Friday, March 15, 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 Through April 20: Martha Moran, Michael Rohde and Beth Tate. Through March 30: Art Without Limits, selections from the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit foundation. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381 or www.beatricewood.com.
BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through March 23. Collector’s Choice 2019, a wide range of styles and media from both emerging and nationally exhibited artists. Fundraiser on Saturday, March 23, 6-9 p.m. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.
CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through March 24. In Focus: Ansel Adams, highlights from the Lawrence Janss Collection. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240 or cmato.org.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through March 31: Insectology, an up-close look at bees, butterflies and bugs. Ongoing: Permanent petroleum exhibits as well as rotating exhibits of science, transportation and history. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through May 19. The Imaginary, art commingling realism and imagination. Presented in conjunction with TRAC 2019. 424 S. C St., Oxnard, 805-385-8158 or www.carnegieam.org.
CAROLYN GLASOE BAILEY FOUNDATION Through April 27. The foundation kicks off its new Ojai Institute with exhibitions by its first artists in residence, Marc Swanson and Joe Mama-Nitzberg. 248 S. Montgomery, unit A, Ojai, 805-633-9188 or carolynglasoebaileyfoundation.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through March 18: Monsters of the Deep: Fact or Fiction. Through March 25: Maarten Platje: The Early History of the United States Navy. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 805-984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through April 21. Farm to Table, art centered on food — where it comes from, where it ends up and everything in between. 147 N. Brent St., Ventura, www.buenaventuraartassociation.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 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, 805-383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.
FOUR FRIENDS GALLERY Opened 2019. Femina 7: Curiosities, seven women artists, each with a unique vision. 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-601-7530 or www.fourfriendsgallery.com.
H GALLERY Through May 31: Angeles en México: Roma by Michael Swank and Tres, by Dominga Opazo. Through March 31: Genesis, online gallery and arts publication that explores immigration in this issue. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
JOHN SPOOR BROOME GALLERY Through April 10. Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness, a touring exhibit on Native American healing practices. Educational presentation on Monday, April 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or art.csuci.edu.
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, 805-279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.
MCNISH GALLERY Through April 18. Borderlands, artwork centering on borders, politics, landscape, environment and identity. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 805-678-5046 or www.oxnardcollege.edu/departments/academic/art/mcnish-gallery.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Spring 2019: L’époque des Carrossiers: The Art and Times of the French Coachbuilders. 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, 805-385-5400 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. Car show every first Sunday of the month. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard, 805-487-4333 or www.murphyautomuseum.org.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through April 27: Broken: A Holocaust History in Fused Glass by Frances Elson, with glass art, poetry, Cantorial and Yiddish music and more. Panel discussion on Sunday, March 24, 2-4 p.m. Artist talk on Friday, April 12, 6-9 p.m. Through May 19: Design in the Making: Ventura County Architecture, the role of architects and designers in affecting positive change. Through March 31: Chris Hillman: Time Between, rock and roll memorabilia from the local legend and country rock pioneer. Ongoing: Fine art, historical artifacts, an interactive Chumash Gallery and the George Stuart Historical Figures Collection®. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.
NAPA HALL GALLERY Through April 5. The F-Word, exploring power structures, politics consumer culture and feminism through fabric and fiber (Kayla Mattes and Elisa Ortega); Seasons of Migration, Elizabeth Souza’s experience as both an immigrant and a descendant of immigrants (Grad Wall); Adolfo Camarillo High School, growing up in a digital world (Palm-Temporary). Reception on Thursday, March 14, 6-8 p.m. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or art.csuci.edu.
OJAI ART CENTER Through April 3. FUSION, sculpture and collage by Dyan Berk and Mike Stiler. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through April 28: From the Earth, the artistic potential of ceramics, including works by Beatrice Wood, Vivicka and Otto Heino, Frank Noyes and local contemporary artists. 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., 805-640-1390 or www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Fine art and contemporary crafts by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans. 238 Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-646-5682 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, 805-676-1540 or www.shoppacificview.com.
PALERMO Opened Jan. 2019. Portraits of Ventura, acrylic paintings of Ventura by artist Jamie Wells. 321 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-3070.
PORCH GALLERY Through April 21. Awareness, new works by Japanese calligraphy artists Souun Takeda and Wataru Hatano. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 805-620-7589 or porchgalleryojai.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through July 7: Common Ground, garden and landscape art by Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty and Gail Pidduck. Through May 12: I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits, featuring Lynn Hanson, Mariana Peirano, Gail Pidduck and many others. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SESPE CREEK COLLECTIVE Ongoing. The newly opened Pot Lifer Museum presents letters, stories, photographs and more showcasing a dozen people serving life sentences for non-violent cannabis crimes. Must be 21+ with a valid ID or 18+ with a valid recommendation. 408 Bryant Circle, Suite C, Ojai, 855-722-9333 or sespe.org.
THIRD FRIDAYS OJAI The third Friday of every month, local galleries and shops open their doors to celebrate and promote Ojai’s art scene. Locations and more information at www.facebook.com/OjaiVillageExperience/.
VENTURA COLLEGE (SANTA PAULA) Through March 21. I Am What I Am, works by women artists in the international network Rootless. Ventura College East Campus, 957 Faulkner Road, Santa Paula, www.venturacollege.edu/about-ventura-college/college-events/arts-and-events.
VITA ART CENTER Through March 22. Women on the Rise 2019, works by Hilary Brace, Linda Ekstrom, Peggy Pownall and Astrid Preston — artists who will be documented by Focus on the Masters in 2019. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through April 11. Pathos Along a Contemporary Frontier: Border Paintings by Rigoberto Alonso Gonzalez, large-scale, graphic Neo-Baroque paintings that capture the violence and trauma found along the Rio Grande border. Note: Images feature depictions of violence that may be challenging for some viewers. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.