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.
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.
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.
8TH ANNUAL OAKHEART COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 1-10 p.m. The Rotary Club of Westlake Village hosts this event featuring Big & Rich, Russell Dickerson, Danielle Bradbury and many more with a full bar area, food trucks, vendors and more activities than you can rope and ride. Conejo Creek South Park, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, www.oakheartcmf.com.
ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come for the artsy fun throughout the day including hands-on activities for kids, stay for the opening reception (beginning at 4 p.m.) for the newest gallery exhibition, The NEXT Big Thing. Studio Channel Islands Arts Center (SCIART), 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, www.studiochannelislands.org.
AUTHOR LINDA FREENY 6-8 p.m. Freeny will sign and discuss her latest novel, “The Dogs of Lenin.” Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-3154.
CHILL WITH VENTURA POLICE DEPARTMENT 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Chillax with the Ventura Police Department, Ventura Police Community Foundation and McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream and check out the cool vehicles, learn about SWAT and participate in a bike rodeo, yeehaw! at this event. Pacific View Mall, South West Parking Lot, 3301 E. Main St., Ventura, www.cityofventura.ca.gov/816/Police-Department.
HELP A HORSE DAY 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy live music, browse local vendors and be entertained by many horse-themed activities at this event benefitting the California Coastal Horse Rescue. 600 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai, www.calcoastalhorserescue.com.
HUENEME MUSEUM DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: BRIDGE CARNEY 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Carney will discuss the action-packed rescue of Kennedy and his 109 crew during the summer of 1943. Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, 220 Market St., Port Hueneme, www.facebook.com/PortHuenemeHistoricalSocietyMuseum.
FLY FISHING WORKSHOP 9-11 a.m. Whether you’re an experienced fly fisher or a complete novice we want to help you learn and enjoy this great sport. If you don’t have a fly rod, don’t worry, just come and use one of ours. Chumash Park, 750 S. Petit Ave., Ventura, www.sespeflyfishers.org.
FRIENDS OF THE BLANCHARD LIBRARY BOOK SALE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thousands of used books will be available for purchase from a half dollar to $2. Blanchard Community Library, 119 N. 8th St., Santa Paula, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOMEOWNERSHIP FAIR 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Ventura County Community Development Corporation will host this event for local families to have access to resources and to speak with counselors to start their journey toward homeownership or get help with financing their current home. Ventura County Community Development Corporation, 2231 Sturgis Road, Oxnard, www.vccdcfair.eventbrite.com.
INSECT FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This unique event will allow the community to experience the world of insects in ways they may never have before, with opportunities to see, touch, buy and even taste an assortment of creepy crawlers. Plaza Park, 500 S C St, Oxnard, www.visitoxnard.com/event/inaugural-insect-festival/.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE FAIR 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn valuable information from local organizations alongside programs and demonstrations including mindfulness meditation and tai chi; Art Trek will showcase art programs for stress relief. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, www.tolibrary.org.
NATIONAL TRAILS DAY 8 a.m. The park sustained a lot of damage during the Hill Fire and the park district would be grateful for volunteers to assist with recovery work and hiking trail improvements. The day will feature a free nature talk at 11 a.m. Camarillo Grove Park, 6968 E. Camarillo Springs Rd., Camarillo, www.pvrpd.org.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS WORKSHOP 10 a.m.-noon. SCAG will host this workshop to engage residents and stakeholders in the planning and visioning process for the 25-year plan. Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Ventura, www.scag.ca.gov.
12th ANNUAL OJAI WILD! 4-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a fun afternoon filled with live music by Todd Hannigan and Sleeping Chief, local wines, craft brews, a delicious farm-to-table dinner and dessert, silent and live auctions, and a wine cellar raffle and more benefitting Los Padres ForestWatch. The Thacher School, Upper field, 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai, www.ojaiwild.org.
FAIRY TALES IN THE PARK: JACK AND THE BEAN STALK 2-3 p.m. An all-volunteer troupe performs free fairy tale performances for the young and young at heart. Marine Emporium Landing, 3600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, www.fairytalesinthepark.com.
MATILIJA POPPY FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This event will feature beautiful Matilija poppies, including garden tours, crafts, speakers and more. Conejo Valley Botanic Garden, 400 W. Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks, www.facebook.com/events/840189232993521/.
STRIKE OUT CANCER BOWL FOR MALAKAI Malakai of Ventura was recently diagnosed with liver cancer and family and friends are holding a fundraiser at Buena Lanes, 4-7 p.m., with the help of The Young and Brave, a nonprofit dedicated to helping kids with illness. Register for the fundraiser at Theyoungandbrave.com.
AMAZING GRACE 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. This film documents singer Aretha Franklin’s performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. $7.50-10.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
ARNEILL RANCH PARK RENOVATION COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS 6-8 p.m. Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District invites you to voice your opinion and help shape the vision for the new design of Arneill Ranch Park. Arneill Ranch Park, 1301 Sweetwater Ave., Camarillo, www.pvrpd.org.
THE AUDIENCE 7 p.m. Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Tony Award®-winning production captured live from London’s West End in 2013. $16-18. Ventura Downtown 10, Century River Park 16, Oxnard, and AMC Thousand Oaks 14, www.fathomevents.com.
HUENEME CHAMBER BREAKFAST MEETING 7:30 a.m. The topic will be Grenier Law discussing wills and trusts, if you need one or not and what happens if you don’t have one in place. $17-20. 550 Park Ave., Port Hueneme, www.huenemechamber.com.
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION Noon-1 p.m. Orientations will cover class details and help you determine your readiness for the next Self-Employment Training (SET) course beginning in August. RSVP for location by visiting www.wevonline.org/orientations.
73RD OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL Through June 9, Various times. The Ojai Music Festival returns this year with a spotlight on Barbara Hannigan as conductor, singer and mentor. Events are ticketed individually. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.ojaifestival.org.
SUNRISE TOUR OF HOMES HAPPY HOUR 4:30-6:30 p.m. Join us for a garden party and happy hour with delicious treats prepared by our culinary team, network and enjoy live music as well. 190 Tierra Rejada Road, Simi Valley, www.sunriseseniorliving.com.
DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER May 31-June 22. Philandering couples, a Cordon Bleu chef and mixed-up alibis lead to confusion and laughs in this classic farce set in a French country farmhouse. $18-20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-3715, www.conejoplayers.org.
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.
PLAYZAPALOOZA Through 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.
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.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Opening June 1: Actual Reality, Carlos Grasso and Peter Fox explore the disconnect between actual and virtual reality. Opening reception on Saturday, June 1, 6-8 p.m. Through Aug. 25: Music by the Masters, the history of the Ojai and Ventura Music Festivals through photos, posters, artwork and more. Through June 8: 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 St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org. Pictured: “Speaker Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”
BLACKBOARD GALLERY June 1-July 21. The Next Big Thing, breakthrough and boundary-challenging pieces by contemporary artists. Opening reception on Saturday, June 1, 4-6 p.m. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.
BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY May 30-June 23. Members’ Choice, BAA artists showcasing their individuality and style. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 or www.buenaventuraartassociation.org.
H GALLERY June 1-Aug. 31: Tres by Dominga Opazo. 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.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Opening May 31: The 21st Annual Medallas de Oro Art Show, work from students in the Santa Paula High School Visual Arts Department. Opening reception on Friday, May 31, 4-6 p.m. 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.
VITA ART CENTER June 1-21. Large-scale acrylic paintings by David Eddington and mark-making work by Marie Schoeff (CadabaGray Gallery). Preview champagne reception on Saturday, June 1, 4-7 p.m.; community opening on Friday, June 7, 6-9 p.m. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or www.vitaartcenter.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY May 31-Aug. 1: The Last Breath, Qiang Zhang’s depictions of animals on the verge of death or transformation as an expression of nonvisible, internal struggles. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.
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 origin. 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.
ATRIUM GALLERY Through 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through 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.
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.
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. 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, email@example.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.
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Through 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.
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.