Ballet Project OC Summer Tour

BALLET PROJECT OC SUMMER TOUR 2022 | Saturday, July 16, 3 and 7 p.m. Five original works choreographed by Ally Helman, Christina Ghiardi, Anthony Cannerella and Isabella Velasquez, and Mate Szentes. Complimenting the five BPOC original works will be selections from The Four Temperaments granted by The Balanchine Trust and a world premiere piece by former New York City artist and choreographer Silas Farley. $40. Scherr Forum Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com.

PICTURED: BALLET PROJECT OC SUMMER TOUR 2022 | Saturday, July 16, 3 and 7 p.m. Five original works choreographed by Ally Helman, Christina Ghiardi, Anthony Cannerella and Isabella Velasquez, and Mate Szentes. Complimenting the five BPOC original works will be selections from The Four Temperaments granted by The Balanchine Trust and a world premiere piece by former New York City artist and choreographer Silas Farley. $40. Scherr Forum Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com

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THURSDAY

CLEAN YOUR GENERAL RECORD | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A free legal clinic for U.S. citizens who are eligible to clean their criminal record. Volunteer attorneys will analyze individual criminal records and prepare expungement paperwork for free. Appointments preferred; walk-ins welcome. Interpreters available. Elizabeth R. Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-483-8083, reentry@crla.org

LIMPIE SUS ANTECEDENTES PENALES | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Una clínica jurídica gratuita para ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos que son elegibles para limpiar sus antecedentes penales. Durante la clínica, abogados voluntarios analizarán los antecedentes penales individuales y prepararán los formularios para eliminación de antecedentes penales de forma gratuita. Es preferible programar una cita, pero las visitas sin cita son bienvenidas. Elizabeth R. Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-483-8083, reentry@crla.org.

GALLERY WALK WITH CHERYL ANN THOMAS AND MICHAEL ROHDE | 11 a.m. Join Focus on the Masters and documented artists Cheryl Ann Thomas and Michael Rohde, who will guide attendees through a personal tour of their exhibition Connected Spaces at the American Museum of Ceramic Arts in Pomona. Limited to 40 participants; carpooling recommended. $9 fee for the museum, to be paid upon entry. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, focusonthemasters.com/connected-spaces-cheryl-thomas-michael-rohde/

SENIOR MOVIE AND LUNCH | 12-3 p.m. Clearwater at Riverpark sponsors a screening of the movie Moonfall along with a $5 catered lunch. Registration required: www.clearwaterliving.com/senior-living/ca/oxnard/clearwater-at-riverpark/.  

JACKBOX PARTY GAMES FOR TEENS | 1-3 p.m. Bring your own device and play Jackbox Party Games with other teens in the Young Adult Center. YA Library at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

VENTURA COUNTY PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK DINNER | 5:30-8 p.m. The VCPWN hosts a dinner meeting with Sheila Lowe, a novelist and court-appointed handwriting expert with over 50 years of experience in the field of graphology. She’ll present “What Makes You Tick? What your handwriting says about you.” Bring a door prize for extra exposure! $35-45. La Dolce Vita/1901 Restaurant, Heritage Square, 740 S. B St., Oxnard. Register at www.vcpwn.org

CONCERTS IN THE PARK | 7 p.m. The Camarillo Community Band will offer free evening concerts every Thursday in July at Constitution Park. Presented by the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District. Corner of Carmen Drive and Paseo Camarillo, For more information, see the band’s website, www.camarillocommunityband.com.

FRIDAY

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OLD BONEY MOUNTAIN HOT SUMMER NIGHT FESTIVAL | Thursday, July 14, 5:30-9 p.m. Back in person for the first time since 2019! Featuring over 100 small-batch hot sauce companies and unlimited craft beer, wine, spirits, hot sauce and food tasting. Live music from Wais. For a list of participating hot sauces, wineries, breweries, craft spirit makers, restaurants and caterers, and to purchase event tickets, go to www.oldboneymtnhotsummernight.com. For more information call 805-807-2600 or email jeff@oldboneymountain.org. The Gardens at Los Robles Golf Course, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.

IMPOSSIBLE DEEDS, IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS: CORTEZ, CONQUISTADOR AND THE AZTECS | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 500 years ago, two worlds met: utterly alien, unknown, unsuspected to one another.  Three men decisively shaped that encounter and its legacy for succeeding generations. In this second of three lectures, Cortes and conquest of the Aztecs are explored with the help of Dr. Herbert Gooch. $10, or bundle all July lectures for $54, or bundle the whole summer series for $140. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html

DIY BIRD FEEDER | 2-3 p.m. Listen to the birds sing as they flock to your bird feeder. Materials included. Community Room at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

SURF RODEO | 2-8 p.m.; also on Saturday and Sunday. Dance on the sand to 40+ bands in Ventura at the 2022 Surf Rodeo! Be a part of the wild west in a Surf Contest featuring pros and locals, the infamous Bikini Cowgirl and Cowboy Contest, and a cornhole tournament on the beach featuring some of the best cornhole competitors in the world! We have the world’s biggest beach bar on the sand with dancers and musicians playing on top of the bar while you’re sipping a cold beer, chilled glass of wine or one of our rodeo specials! We have something for everyone! Ride the mechanical bull, enjoy fantastic food trucks, or perhaps you just want to relax in one of our VIP cabanas. Put on your your bikini, surf trunks and cowboy hat and we will see you at Surf Rodeo! $39-$1000. Ventura Pier, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, surfrodeo.org

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS FOR TEENS | 3-5 p.m. All skill levels are invited to jump into a campaign of Dungeons and Dragons. The campaign is led by teens for teens. YA Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

BRING YOUR OWN BEAMER | 5-7 p.m. Open call for artists with projectors to show their work (images only, no sound). Artists bring their own projector, extension cord, computer or whatever they will show their work from. Free. Ojai Valley Museum, 130 w. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-640-1390, OjaiValleyMuseum.org

MIRIAM AND HENRY SCHWAB ACADEMY OF MUSIC PERFORMANCE | 7:30 p.m. The summer academy’s chamber music group will perform in the Helen Yunker Auditorium at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, www.venturacollege.edu/departments/academic/music/schwab-academy-of-music

SATURDAY

VENTURA FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Quality used books at bargain prices! All proceeds benefit Ventura’s libraries. Vons at Telegraph Road and Victoria Avenue (6040 Telegraph Road), Ventura, 805-223-1187.

SURF RODEO | 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; also on Friday and Sunday. Dance on the sand to 40+ bands in Ventura at the 2022 Surf Rodeo! Be a part of the wild west in a Surf Contest featuring pros and locals, the infamous Bikini Cowgirl and Cowboy Contest, and a cornhole tournament on the beach featuring some of the best cornhole competitors in the world! We have the world’s biggest beach bar on the sand with dancers and musicians playing on top of the bar while you’re sipping a cold beer, chilled glass of wine or one of our rodeo specials! We have something for everyone! Ride the mechanical bull, enjoy fantastic food trucks, or perhaps you just want to relax in one of our VIP cabanas. Put on your your bikini, surf trunks and cowboy hat and we will see you at Surf Rodeo! $39-$1000. Ventura Pier, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, surfrodeo.org

BANK OF BOOKS SANTA PAULA BOOK SIGNINGS | 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Brien Friedman, Filament City. Bank of Books, 820 E. Main St., Santa Paula, www.bankofbooks.com.

THE GREAT GAME | 1-5 p.m. In-person team library trivia and scavenger hunt for teens ages 13-18. Are you ready? To sign up, please visit the Children’s Desk or YA Desk. Prizes will be awarded to the three highest-scoring teams! Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

SHANA NYS DAMBROT: ZEN PSYCHOSIS | 6-7 p.m. Our valley has long entertained conversations about dream, myth, alchemy, and Jungian psychology. Come out to delve into a dream world with art critic, curator, and educator Shana Nys Dambrot, who will carry this thread as she speaks about the origin of this project within another surrealist California classic author’s work almost a hundred years ago. Accompanying photographer Osceola Refetoff will expand on our culture’s cinematic dream aesthetic and the pinhole photographs woven through the text. Bart’s Books, 302 W. Matilija St., Ojai, bartsbooksojai.com/comingevents

MIRIAM AND HENRY SCHWAB ACADEMY OF MUSIC PERFORMANCE | 7:30 p.m. The summer academy’s orchestra will perform in the Helen Yunker Auditorium at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, www.venturacollege.edu/departments/academic/music/schwab-academy-of-music

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS | 7:30 p.m. Music Under the Stars returns to the Olivas Adobe Historical Park this summer with eight outdoor concerts! Savor was formed to honor the more than 50-year career of Latin-rock legend Carlos Santana — from the raw power of the self-titled album issued in 1969 to the recent spate of hits with current stars that makes Santana’s music so well-loved. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic dinners. There will be a full beverage service and snacks available for purchase on site. No outside alcohol, additional chairs or tables allowed. If you would like to host a larger group, please contact Recreation Coordinator Gina Reyes at 805-658-4728. $20-30. Olivas Adobe Historical Park, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1738/Music-Under-the-Stars

FAMILY NIGHT UNDER THE STARS | 8-11 p.m. Join Ventura County Astronomical Society for a Family Night Under the Stars at the Moorpark College Observatory. Telescopes will be set up and ready to go 8 p.m. Prof. Hal Jandorf will point out stars, while a mystery guest from JPL or NASA will speak on the latest in space technology. Round robin observation through dozens of telescopes to follow. Admission and parking are free. Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 805-861-6602, www.vcas.org

SUNDAY

SURF RODEO | 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; also on Friday and Saturday. Dance on the sand to 40+ bands in Ventura at the 2022 Surf Rodeo! Be a part of the wild west in a Surf Contest featuring pros and locals, the infamous Bikini Cowgirl and Cowboy Contest, and a cornhole tournament on the beach featuring some of the best cornhole competitors in the world! We have the world’s biggest beach bar on the sand with dancers and musicians playing on top of the bar while you’re sipping a cold beer, chilled glass of wine or one of our rodeo specials! We have something for everyone! Ride the mechanical bull, enjoy fantastic food trucks, or perhaps you just want to relax in one of our VIP cabanas. Put on your your bikini, surf trunks and cowboy hat and we will see you at Surf Rodeo! $39-$1,000. Ventura Pier, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, surfrodeo.org

MIRIAM AND HENRY SCHWAB ACADEMY OF MUSIC PERFORMANCE | 7:30 p.m. The summer academy’s chamber music group will perform in the Helen Yunker Auditorium at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, www.venturacollege.edu/departments/academic/music/schwab-academy-of-music.

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HERITAGE DAYS MIDSUMMER BLOCK PARTY | July 14-17 Bring your family and friends to the Heritage Days in Old Town Camarillo. Join us in celebrating Camarillo’s rich heritage with carnival rides, food, local craft vendors, live music, live art, car show and much more! Thursday and Friday, July 14-15, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ten carnival ride tickets for $25. Old Town Camarillo, www.camarillooldtown.org.

MONDAY

ISABELLA STEWARD GARDNER AND HER MUSEUM, PART 1 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Unconventional, energetic and independent, the New York City-born Isabella Stewart Gardner blazed trails as socialite, art patron and art collector. Beginning in the 1890s, she and her husband Jack began seriously collecting art while traveling through Europe, America, and Asia, developing a world-renowned collection. Near the end of the nineteenth century, she began planning a new home in the Fenway area of Boston to accommodate her growing collection. Part 1 will talk more about Isabella’s biography, origins and early collecting. Led by Katherine Zoraster. $10, or bundle all July lectures for $54, or bundle the whole summer series for $140. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html

HIT THE ROAD | 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. This charming, sharp-witted and deeply moving comic drama follows a family on a roadtrip across the Iranian countryside. It offers an authentic, raw and deeply sincere observation of a family preparing to part with one of their own. Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes. Not rated. In Persian with English subtitles. $8 seniors, $11.25 general admission. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 West Fifth St., Oxnard, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

TUESDAY

THE SPANISH ART NOUVEAU STYLE WITH ANTONI GAUDI | 1-3 p.m. Unconventional, energetic and independent, the New York City-born Isabella Stewart Gardner blazed trails as socialite, art patron and art collector. Beginning in the 1890s, she and her husband Jack began seriously collecting art while traveling through Europe, America, and Asia, developing a world-renowned collection. Near the end of the nineteenth century, she began planning a new home in the Fenway area of Boston to accommodate her growing collection. Part 1 will talk more about Isabella’s biography, origins and early collecting. Led by Eleanor Schrader. $10, or bundle all July lectures for $54, or bundle the whole summer series for $140. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html

WEDNESDAY

THE GLOBAL CARNIVAL OF HARRY BELAFONTE, PART 1 | 1-3 p.m. We will learn how Belafonte abandoned a promising career as a jazz singer to take on the more meaningful work of a folk music scholar, capturing the lively flavor and romance of the West Indies. He expanded upon it by seeking out songs from many world cultures and introducing them to audiences via his records and personal appearances. These lectures will trace the sources for Belafonte’s most popular songs, as well as explore his journeys into prison work songs, blues, spirituals, and music forms from other countries as well the United States. Led by Cary Ginell. $10, or bundle all July lectures for $54, or bundle the whole summer series for $140. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html

BOARD GAME HANG | 1-3 p.m. Play a wide array of board games every Wednesday in the Young Adult Center. YA Library at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

THURSDAY

JACKBOX PARTY GAMES FOR TEENS | 1-3 p.m. Bring your own device and play Jackbox Party Games with other teens in the Young Adult Center. YA Library at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

LOCAL BIRDS LECTURE | 2-3 p.m. Learn about our local birds with the Conejo Valley Audubon Society. Community Room at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

11TH ANNUAL FROM FIELD TO FORK DINNER | 4:30 p.m. “From Field to Fork” brings together farmers who produce Ventura County’s agricultural bounty, chefs who celebrate that bounty on their menus, and the farm workers whose labor makes it all possible. Enjoy a multi-course gourmet dinner while helping promote safe, decent, and affordable housing for farmworkers and their families. Make sure to follow our e-newsletter and social media to stay up to date. $125-$175. The Walnut Grove, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, housefarmworkers.org/event/

CONFLICT KITCHEN | 6-8 p.m. A dinner and dialogue about the refugee experience in Ventura County. Conflict Kitchen uses the social relations of food to break bread and engage the public in meaningful conversation. A simple Ukrainian meal will be served. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Free. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, www.oxnardperformingarts.com.

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Works by members of the Buenaventura Art Association can be seen at SpiceTopia through July 21. Pictured: “Tidepool Play Date,” photo on canvas by Darlene Roker.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK | 7 p.m. The Camarillo Community Band will offer free evening concerts every Thursday in July at Constitution Park. Presented by the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District. Corner of Carmen Drive and Paseo Camarillo, For more information, see the band’s website, www.camarillocommunityband.com.

COMMUNITY NEEDS, OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES

COMMUNITY CULTURE COOKBOOK | Throughout June community members shared recipes from their heritage. Those recipes have been compiled into a booklet that can be picked up at the Adult Reference Desk. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

TEEN SCARY STORY CONTEST | Through July 30. This summer, teens are invited to be creative and submit their scary stories for a chance to win a prize. Library staff will read and review each submission. Entries should be submitted no later than July 30. Winners will be announced at our Scary Story circle on Saturday, August 6. For more information, visit camarillolibrary.org.

ONGOING/UPCOMING EVENTS

DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE MEETING | Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. This Ventura-based peer support group for those experiencing depression and bipolar disorder will resume its free weekly meetings at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura. Enter by way of the main door. Please bring your own N95 mask. For more information, contact Wendell Jones at 805-640-6472, wenj16630@sbcglobal.net or DBSAlliance.org. 5654 Ralston St., Ventura.

FAMILY STORYTIME | Mondays, 4 p.m. Every Monday the South Oxnard Library hosts an all-ages storytime with Miss Joanne in the Children’s Area. South Oxnard Branch Library, 4300 Saviers Road, Oxnard, 805-385-8129, www.oxnard.org/library/south-oxnard-branch-library/

HOPE AND HELP FOR OVEREATERS | Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. Is your eating out of control? Are you feeling fat? Overeaters Anonymous can help. 133 S. Laurel St., Ventura (building next to the church). For more information call Amy at 805-340-5882. Donations only.  

KIDS CLUB AT THE COLLECTION | Select Wednesdays, Through Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Throughout the summer, The Collection at Riverpark will be offering a series of Kids Club events. Full of kid-friendly fun, these events will be free and open to all the community’s youngsters and their families. The Kids Clubs will be held July 20 and Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. to noon, on the grass at Collection Park. Each club will have a separate theme, and will include story time, singalongs, arts and crafts and more. 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard, www.thecollectionrp.com.  

PIRATE SHIP AT VENTURA HARBOR | Through Sept. 5. A stunning 1768 pirate ship replica, The Devil’s Gauntlet, has sailed to town and has plans to temporarily call Ventura Harbor Village home for a good portion of the summer! Visitors can see the beautiful ship docked at “D Dock” (located on the water nearest Coastal Cone Ice Cream). The captain hopes to get dockside tours up and running soon, but for now you can admire the boat from the public promenade above the ship. As the ship may come and go for trips to nearby ports, sightings cannot be guaranteed. But for more information, including notification of upcoming tours, visit www.venturaharborvillage.com/event/pirate-ship-visit/2022-06-26/

SOUND MEDITATION | Through July 31. Morning and sunset sound meditation sessions will take place weekly in person at the Viewpoint at Meditation Mount. Sunday morning sessions 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with Suburbanoid. Friday evening sessions 6:15-8:15 p.m. with Trinity of Sound. $25; registration is required. For exact dates and times, visit meditationmount.org/events.

SUNSET YOGA AND SOUND MEDITATION | Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., through July 28. Connect with your mind, heart and body in a picturesque outdoor garden setting overlooking the beautiful Ojai Valley. Please bring your own yoga mat and props, and a blanket (optional) for closing meditation, which will be accompanied by crystal singing bowls. $20; registration is required. For exact dates and times, visit meditationmount.org/events


ARTS LISTINGS

Some classes, exhibits and events are available exclusively online. All events are subject to change and cancellation; always verify with venue and/or organizer.

OPENING THEATER

DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. July 16-17.A production by the Hillcrest Players Summer Theatre Camp, ages 11-16. Bookish Belle finds herself in an enchanted castle ruled by the Beast, who must find true love in order to break his curse. $15. Newbury Park High School Performing Arts Center, 456 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, www.hillcrestarts.com.

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New works by Hiroko Yoshimoto will be on display at the Santa Paula Art Museum starting July 16. Pictured: “Innocence #3” by H. Yoshimoto

DISNEY’S NEWSIES | July 15-24. Stop the presses! 5-Star Theatricals is proud to present this musical production based on the 1992 Walt Disney film and inspired by the true story of the 1899 New York City newsboy strike. $38-87. Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com

PLAYZAPALOOZA July 15-31. Six original one-act plays will be featured in this year’s annual theater extravaganza presented by Backstage@SPTC. Adult themes and language. $15. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4656, www.santapaulatheatercenter.org/backstage.html

OPENING ART

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bead Embroidery on Used Baseballs, a contemporary Dada workshop led by Maracole Bijoux. Participants will learn how to “skin” a baseball and stitch back together using thread and seed beads. $125-150; includes all materials and a light vegetarian lunch. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS July 15-Sept. 12. Arts Council of the Conejo Valley Summer Open Show Art Competition, featuring works in a variety of media. Reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 6, 3-5 p.m. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, www.conejoarts.org

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM July 16-Nov. 6:Hiroko Yoshimoto: New Works, 40 new works in her “Biodiversity” series. Opening reception on Saturday, July 16, 4-6 p.m. Through Sept. 11: Geomorphic: The Living Earth, 42 abstract paintings inspired by nature by Kay Zetlmaier. The museum is now open, Wednesdays-Sundays. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org

AUDITIONS/CALLS TO ARTISTS

DAB ART Ongoing. The contemporary art organization is currently seeking submissions of work in any media for group and solo exhibitions at H Gallery and Studios in Ventura. Submit three to 20 images; $35 entry fee. For submission guidelines, online application and more information, visit www.dabart.me/ventura-2.

ONGOING THEATER

25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Through July 17. Six tweens, a plethora of wild words, tales of woe and one nail-biter of a spelling championship – that’s how you spell HILARIOUS in this production by Conejo Players Theatre! Rated PG-13 for language. $18-20/ 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-3715, conejoplayers.org.  

AS YOU LIKE IT Through July 17. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens its 2022 season (and its 25th anniversary!) with Shakespeare’s delightful romantic comedy about a noblewoman and her cousin who flee persecution to find safety and, eventually, love in the enchanted Forest of Arden. $15-110. Staged outside in Kingsmen Park, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, www.kingsmenshakespeare.org

LOBBY HERO Through Aug. 7. A dark comedy the explores truth, honor, duty and justice in a tale about a security guard who gets drawn into a murder investigation and a rookie cop with a morally suspect partner. $17-20. Presented by The Elite Theatre Company, 2731 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, www.theelite.org

THE MUSIC MAN Through July 24. When a con man shows up in a small town with instruments and band costumes for sale, his plan to make a quick buck and skedaddle gets disrupted when he falls for the local librarian. 0-$30. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-640-8797, ojaiact.org

VENTURA COUNTY POETRY PROJECT Thursday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. live and via Zoom. Poetry reading and open mic at the EP Foster Library (also streamed live), 651 E. Main St., Ventura. More information at vcpoetryproject.org.  

ONGOING ART

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Opened June 16: Save the Pollinators: A Youth-Led Environmental Restoration Project. Ongoing: Farm to Market, an interactive exhibit promoting healthy lifestyles through role play; plus antique tractors, farming implements, a living beehive and more. Hours: Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100, venturamuseum.org/visit-agriculture-museum/.

BANK OF THE SIERRA Through July 31.The Fabulous Female, dramatic and vibrant watercolors by Leslie Marcus that celebrate the beauty and distinctiveness of women. 402 W. Ojai Ave., #102, Ojai.

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION Through July 30. Meaningful Images, landscapes, seascapes and portraiture in oil by William D. Winbush. Studio 99, Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-648-1235, buenaventuraartassociation.org.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER Through July 31.Hot Fun in the Sun, art made by Ventura County artists that was inspired by summertime. 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo, 805-407-0605, www.camarilloartcenter.org

CANVAS AND PAPER Through July 17. Works by Ivon Hitchens. 311 N. Montgomery St., Ojai, www.canvasandpaper.org.

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Catch 71%: Honoring Vital Waters, mixed media works by Shannon Celia and Mary Neville, at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum through Aug. 22. Pictured: “Kelp Forest,” watercolor, by Shannon Celia.

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Opened May 10: 71%: Honoring Vital Waters, mixed media works by Shannon Celia and Mary Neville inspired by oceans, lakes, rivers, glaciers and other bodies of water. Through Fall 2022: Chouinard Arts, a nine-piece collection featuring pieces of maritime art from the 1930s, including early works by Arthur Beaumont and Millard Sheets. Ongoing: Maritime art covering Asian, European and American seafaring history; the Marple Model Ship Collection; exhibits on whales, sailors and the Port of Hueneme and more. 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, 805-984-6260, cimmvc.org.

DUDLEY HOUSE HISTORIC MUSEUM Ongoing.The National Historic Landmark was built in 1892 by Selwyn Shaw for lima bean farmer B.W. Dudley, and is one of the last pioneer farmhouses in Ventura. On display are artifacts and other elements showcasing aspects of life from 1895 to 1925. Open for tours the first Sunday of the month. COVID protocols will be strictly followed. 197 N. Ashwood Ave., Ventura, 805-642-3345, dudleyhouse.org.

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through July 31.New Beginnings, featuring work by Mika Harmony and Chrystel Boissy (Green Touch Moss). 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800, www.foxfinejewelry.com

H GALLERY Through July 31.In the Service of Civilization, a subtly provocative approach to cultural commentary. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, www.dabart.me/in-the-service-of-civilization.  

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Through July 19: New artwork and artisan crafts. Ongoing: Buenaventura Art Association members showcase and sell their work. Masks and social distancing required. 1559 Spinnaker Drive #106, Ventura Harbor Village, 805-644-2750, www.facebook.com/HarborVillageGalleryGifts.

HILL ROAD LIBRARY Through Aug. 15. Works by students of Anacapa, Isbell and Rio del Valle middle schools who participated in the Learning to See Outreach program offered by Focus on the Masters. 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, focusonthemasters.com

KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Oct. 13. On the Range: Works by Terry Spehar-Fahey, featuring art inspired by the ranching families of Idaho. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong.

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing. The famed auto museum pays tribute to French automotive design, with coaches from the 1800s, Bugattis from the 1920s-30s, Concours d’Elegance winners and more. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; advance tickets required. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard, 805-385-5400, mullinautomotivemuseum.com.

MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing. Impressive display of vintage automobiles and Americana, as well as the Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club and the car-centric art in the Fireball Art Gallery. Muscles and Mojo car show in the parking lot every first and third Sunday of the month. The museum is now open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1930 Eastman Ave., Oxnard, 805-487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Opened June 16: All That Glitters Is Not Gold, the Jazz Age in Ventura County; Chromatic: The Museum in Six Colors; Always Keep Creating: The Resiliency of Carol Rosenak. Opened May 12: Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s Look at The George Stuart Historical Figures®. Ongoing: MVC Gallery Marketplace, exhibits devoted to the Chumash, the history of Ventura County, online exhibits and resources and more. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.

OJAI ART CENTER Through Aug. 30.  Works by Bert Collins, Jannene Behl, Richard Franklin and Ruth Levy. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org/art.html.

OJAI LIBRARY Through Aug. 31.Works by students of Meiners Oaks and Topa Topa Elementary who participated in the Learning to See Outreach program offered by Focus on the Masters. 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, focusonthemasters.com.  

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUMOngoing. Small exhibitions on a range of topics related to the history of the Ojai Valley, as well as virtual talks and more. Now open Friday-Sunday. The museum is once again offering 90-minute walking tours at 10:30 am every Saturday. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-640-1390, www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.

OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORIC PARK Ongoing. The Olivas Adobe is now open the second Sunday of each month for visitors, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The historic park invites all plein air artists to come out to the site for creative inspiration, from the rose garden and 160-year-old fuchsia to the rancho and the bell tower. In addition, Laura Jean Jespersen’s The Romance of the Adobe will be on exhibit in the small adobe. There will be raffles, historic interpreters, an al fresco gift shop and more. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, www.cityofventura.ca.gov/OlivasAdobe.

POPPIES ART AND GIFTS Through July 31: See original clothing made by June guest artist Linda Tsuyako. Ongoing: Gifts, jewelry, decor and more made by local artists. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033, www.poppiesartandgifts.com.

PORCH GALLERY Through Aug. 1.Nocturnes: Refrains from the Backcountry, work by Russell Crotty that challenges the preconceptions of drawing as a primary medium. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-620-7589, porchgalleryojai.com

RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing.The 40-acre landmark and museum is one of the best surviving examples of an early California rancho and honors the area’s Spanish and Mexican heritage. “Last Sundays at the Landmark” take place the last Sunday of every month, and include docent-led tours, music and more. Open every Sunday for docent-led tours; group and special-focus tours by appointment. Situated off of Highway 126, two miles east of Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org

realART Ongoing. The art gallery in Whizin Market Square features works by a variety of contemporary artists. Whizin Market Square, 28861 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 310-452-4000, buyrealart.com.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUMThrough Oct. 9:The Secrets of WWII. Ongoing: Permanent exhibits include Air Force One, an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, an M-1 Abrams tank and more. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800-410-8354, www.reaganfoundation.org.

SPICETOPIA Through July 21.The spice and tea shop in downtown Ventura now shows works by members of the Buenaventura Art Association. 576 E. Main St., 805-628-3267, www.spice-topia.com.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS Through July 30:Echoes of Nature, works by contemporary Chinese artists curated by Dr. Aihua Z. Pearce. Programming associated with the exhibit includes artist talks, demonstrations and a concert on June 11. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368, studiochannelislands.org

TAFT GARDENS AND NATURE PRESERVE Through July 31. A show featuring the work of Jane Mulfinger and Stephanie Washburn inspired by artists’ seven-month residencies at the gardens. 805-649-2333, www.taftgardens.org.

UBS WESTLAKE VILLAGE Through Aug. 30.No Boundaries, featuring works by Shari Alec, Maxee, Raj Naik, Bob Privitt, Geri Schonberg and Connie Tunick. 3011 Townsgate Road, Third Floor, Westlake Village, www.conejoarts.org.

VENTURA POTTERY GALLERY Ongoing. Talented ceramic artists from across Ventura County make up the Ventura County Potters Guild, and they display their works — housewares, home decor, figurines and more — at the guild’s gallery and shop in Ventura Harbor. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105, Ventura, 805- 644-6800, venturapottersguild.org/gallery.

VERY VENTURA GIFT SHOP AND GALLERY Through July 21. Small gems by Buenaventura Art Association members, based on a theme selected by shop owner Angela Rosales. 540 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-628-3540, very-ventura.com

VITA ART CENTER Through Aug. 12.Abstract 2+2, featuring Philip Argent, Robin Mitchell, Philip Vaughan and Jennifer Wolf; and Scott Taylor’s Dart Board Series. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com