Thursday

BOOK TO ACTION LECTURE SERIES 6 p.m. Poet and teacher Brian Galetto will share readings from his book, “Not So Simple: Observations on Poverty and People.” Part of the “Strays” book club. Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. Eighth St., Santa Paula, www.blanchardlibrary.org.

Friday

BIG 7 p.m. More than anything else, 13-year old Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) just wants to be an adult. He’s gonna get his wish, believe it, in this film from Pennt Marshall. $5. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, www.highstreetartscenter.com.

ORCHID SHOW AND SALE FUNDRAISER Noon-6 p.m. (and Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, various times). This event, hosted by the Conejo Orchid Society, includes an exhibit of members’ orchids, and a wide range of inexpensive, easy-to-grow orchids for sale. Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, www.ConejoOrchidSociety.org.

Saturday

ADVANCED HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES WORKSHOP 2-4 p.m. This workshop will cover what an AHCD is and what steps individuals and families need to take to make sure that their end-of-life wishes are communicated properly. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley, www.Simivalleylibrary.org.

ART IN THE PARK 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Sunday, May 26). Get a load of artwork inspired and created by local artists at this annual event featuring two days of artistic fun. Libbey Park, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai, www.ojaiartcenter.org/art-in-the-park.

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL 4-9 p.m. Savor a wide variety of dishes from onsite food trucks and enjoy some tasty food in the park with live music and lawn games. Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, www.pvrpd.org.

HERB WALK AT TAFT GARDENS & NATURE PRESERVE 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn identification and uses of native plants and visit world renowned botanic garden. $10-20. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.HerbWalks.com.

SIMI VALLEY CAJUN AND BLUES FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (and Sunday, May 26). Alongside traditional Cajun delights such as po’boys and gumbo, musicians Dave Mason, Eddie Money and the Chambers Brothers will light up the stage. $25-199. Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, www.simicajun.org.

Sunday

VENTURA SIERRA CLUB TOWN HALL ON THE GREEN NEW DEAL 2-3:30 p.m. The club will discuss how the Green New Deal is an investment in Ventura County’s future with guest speakers RL Miller, Adam Vega and Daniel Berchenko. E.P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura, www.sierraclub.org/los-padres/ventura.

Monday (Memorial Day)

MEMORIAL DAY
Monday, May 27

PIERCE BROTHERS VALLEY OAKS 29TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE 10:30 a.m. Scouts will place 1,400 American flags on veterans graves at this remembrance, also featuring a performance by the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast. Garden of Valor at Pierce Brothers, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village, www.piercebrothersvalleyoaks.com
PORT HUENEME ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION 8:30 a.m. Music will accompany featured speakers honoring veterans, with keynote speaker Captain Dave McAlister. Port Hueneme City Hall, 250 N. Ventura Road, Port Hueneme,www.ci.port-hueneme.ca.us
ST. MARY’S & THE PRESBYTERIAN CEMETERIES MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE 2 p.m. The service will honor 79 veterans in what is now considered a dog park, highlighting a veteran who fought in both the Mexican-American war and the US Civil War. Cemetery Park, 1347 E. Main St., Ventura.

MEMORIAL DAY NATURE HIKE 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn identification and uses of native plants and explore the ecology of the Matilija Wilderness. $15-25. To RSVP and for more information, visit www.herbwalks.com.

SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK SERIES: THE LONG RUN (EAGLES TRIBUTE) 5-7 p.m. Los Angeles-based tribute band THE LONG RUN – Experience the Eagles will kick off this summer concert series. Conejo Community Center, 1175 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks, www.crpd.org.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

EIGHTH ANNUAL EVENT BENEFITTING VENTURA COUNTY HOUSING TRUST FUND 5:30-8:30 p.m. State Treasurer Fiona Ma will be keynote speaker at this garden reception and dinner featuring activities and donor recognition in support of new affordable housing in Ventura County. Maravilla Gardens, 8620 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, www.vcHousingTrustFund.org/2019event.

BOOK TO ACTION LECTURE SERIES 6:30 p.m. The Blanchard Community Book Club will be discussing the Book to Action selection, “Strays.” Adult readers of all levels are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. Eighth St., Santa Paula, www.blanchardlibrary.org.

THROWBACK THURSDAY FOOD TRUCK FEST 5-9 p.m. Several food trucks, along with beer and wine for sale, will be hosted alongside live music. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo, www.camarilloranch.org.

OPENING THEATER

HOTEL NO TELL May 24-26. A surrealist one-act play by Isabel Stub. Greater Goods, 145 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai, greatergoodsojai.org.

PLAYZAPALOOZA May 24-June 9. Backstage at SPTC’s annual production of original one-act plays. $15. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4645 or www.santapaulatheatercenter.org.

ONGOING THEATER

DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. May 26. This delightful production by Skyway Youth Theatre takes audiences down the rabbit hole into the strange and magical Wonderland with young Alice. $10. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 805-388-5716 or skywayplayhouse.org.

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH JR. Through June 9. OYES presents this Roald Dahl tale of a young boy who finds a magic potion that grows an enormous peach, in which he goes on a wild adventure with some insect passengers. $10. OVCC Youth Center Stage, 907 El Centro St., Ojai, 805-646-4300, www.oyespresents.org.

WOMEN BEYOND BORDERS Through June 2. In this world premiere, presented in the style of The Vagina Monologues, actors perform stories, poems and songs about transcending geographical, emotional and spiritual barriers. $25-55. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.

OPENING ART

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Through July 14. Members of the Buenaventura Art Association display original work in this no-theme juried show. 1559 Spinnaker Drive, #106, Ventura Harbor Village, 805-644-2750, www.buenaventuraartassociation.org. Pictured: “Sailing at Sunset,” oil on canvas by Lisa Mahony

ATRIUM GALLERY May 24-July 9. Slow Down | Speed Up, art addressing the pace of contemporary life. Reception on Friday, June 7, 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.

KWAN FONG GALLERY May 24-Aug. 1. One Artist Five Oceans, Danielle Eubank’s attempt to capture the essence, personality and many changing forms of water. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong.

ONGOING ART

643 PROJECT SPACE Through May 31. Canvas and paper work by Kerry Kugelman focused on change and dissolution, suggesting events of both microcosmic and cosmic originClosing reception on Sunday, May 26, 1-4 p.m. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, www.643projectspace.com.

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through June 9: Santa Paula’s Treasured Architecture, black and white photography by Michael Moore commissioned by the Santa Paula Historical Society. Through Dec. 2019: Throwing Shade, the coast live oak tree and its woodland community. 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.

ART CITY Through June 2. It’s Beltane, Baby! In celebration of the Green Man, Flores de Mayo, Pan, the May Pole and all deities and festivals associated with May. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 805-648-1690, artcitygalleryandstudios.com.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through June 22. American Ceramic Society of Southern California Presidents’ Show; and Consider the Source, rain-harvesting sculptures by Allison Newsome. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381 or www.beatricewood.com.

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY Through May 26. Watercolor Open Competition. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 or www.buenaventuraartassociation.org.

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through Sept. 4. RISK: A Retrospective, murals and paintings by influential Los Angeles graffiti artist and fashion entrepreneur Kelly “RISK” Graval. The exhibition will include an interactive section whereby visitors may add to the works. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240, cmato.org.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through July 21: Earth from Space, 20-poster exhibition of imagery captured by satellites. 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 June 16: Smoke and Mirrors by CAM Studio guest artist Zara Monet Feeney. 424 S. C St., Oxnard, 805-385-8158 or www.carnegieam.org.

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Aug. 26: Marine Megatropolis, photodocumentation of marine life on oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, 1974-81. 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 July 28. ’Scapes, views and vistas of outdoor scenes of all kinds. 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.

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through July 7. Wordless Conversations, with works by Melanie Roschko and Connie Tunick. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.

H GALLERY Through June 16: Excelsior! A group exhibition. Through July 31: Tres by Dominga Opazo. Through June 30: Stories (Dab Art Quarterly). Through May 31: Angeles en México: Roma by Michael Swank. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or www.dabart.me.

JOHN SPOOR BROOME GALLERY Through Aug. 24. Country’s Club, a whimsical but pointed look at American golf culture by Christophe Bourély and Larry Lytle. 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.

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM 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 Through Aug. 9: This inaugural exhibit at the new Fireball Gallery will feature work by five artists — three painter/illustrators, a photographer and a pinstriper — that showcase the best in automotive pop culture and design. 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 June 2: Perspectives on Peace, work by Ventura high school seniors that took part in an art contest sponsored by The Rotary Club of Ventura. Through June 30: Women Beyond Borders, a touring exhibit of boxes created by women throughout the world. Ongoing: Fine art, historical artifacts, an interactive Chumash Gallery and the George Stuart Historical Figures Collection®. 100 E. Main

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM May 24-Sept. 8: The World of da Vinci, rare folios of the 500-year-old Codex Atlanticus along with reconstructions of his machines and digitally restored art. Through June 16: American Presidents: Life Portraits, a traveling exhibit co-sponsored by the White House Historical Association and presented by C-SPAN and Spectrum. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 805-522-2977, www.reaganfoundation.org. Pictured: Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine.”

St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.

OJAI ART CENTER Through June 6. The Figure As Art, works that celebrate the human form; and handpainted chiffon scarves by textile artist/designer Leslie Marcus. Reception on Saturday, May 18, 4-6 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.

OJAI CITY GALLERY Through May 31. Ojai Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist, Gayel Childress’ expressive, somewhat mythical mixed-media art that captures the spirit of Ojai. Ojai City Hall Chambers, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai, ojaicitygallery@gmail.com.

OJAI LIBRARY Through June 10. Focus on the Masters Learning to See Student Art Showcase, featuring work by Topa Topa Elementary students and residents of Providence Ojai. Reception and awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. 111 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, www.focusonthemasters.com.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through July 28: Founding Familias: The Ojai Valley During the Rancho Era. 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 June 16. The Arnoldis, explorations of color, shape and pattern by Charles Arnoldi with works by daughter Natalie Arnoldi that span the border between abstract and figurative painting. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 805-620-7589 or porchgalleryojai.com.

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Sept. 15: Faces of California, diverse works by 33 artists, and Celebrating Teaching Artists, highlighting those who share their talent and knowledge. Through July 7: Common Ground, garden and landscape art by Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty and Gail Pidduck. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

SESPE CREEK COLLECTIVE Ongoing. The 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/.

UBS FINANCIAL SERVICES Through June 30. Earth Day. 3011 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. www.conejoarts.org.

VITA ART CENTER Through May 24. Glass Exhibit, with work by Joe Cariati, Katherine Gray, Kazuki Takizawa and Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or www.vitaartcenter.com.