WU MAN Jan. 25, 8 p.m. A master of the ancient Chinese lute and a star of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road tours and recordings, Wu Man was granted the first master’s degree in pipa from the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Her dramatic, powerful playing is at home with traditional Chinese music as well as contemporary work by artists like Lou Harrison and Tan Dun. She will be accompanied by a percussionist and perform “Ancient Dances,” a fascinating exploration of Chinese calligraphy in music and video. $30 general, $17 students. UCSB Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, 893-3535. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

LORI LIPMAN BROWN Jan. 23, 7 p.m. The Ventura Chapter of Atheists United presents a talk by Lori Lipman Brown, the first director and lobbyist of the Secular Coalition for America, at the Underground Café. Free. 3367 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 644-0064.

ALL BREED DOG SHOW Jan. 19-22, 8a.m. The Ventura County Dog Fanciers invite you to their annual AKC sanctioned show. The Winterfest Cluster includes specialty clubs Jan. 19; Simi Valley Kennel Club, Jan. 20; San Fernando Kennel Club, Jan. 21,; and the Ventura County Dog Fanciers, Jan. 22. Group judging begins 2pm. Free. Ventura County Fairgrounds, Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 485-7951.

Special Events

FREE FONDUE The Melting Pot of Thousand Oaks is celebrating its one year anniversary by giving away free fondue for a year. Through January 31, guests can enter a drawing to win a grand prize of one fondue dinner for two a month for 12 consecutive months—a $100 per month value for a year. The first runner up will win an engraved Melting Pot fondue pot gift package, and the second runner up will take home a $150 Melting Pot gift card. Winners will be announced in February. 3685 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations from community members for the following awards: Man, Woman, Youth, Volunteer, Educator, Public Servant, Senior, Entrepreneur, Business and Service Organization of the Year. Nominations must be received at the Chamber office by 5pm on February 3. 2400 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 484-4383.

ENTRIES AND VOLUNTEERS WANTED The County of Ventura’s 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is seeking entries and volunteers for the parade, which will take place on Saturday, March 18 at 10am. For more information, contact Jim Monahan at 643-4275.

COMEDY NIGHT BENEFIT Saturday, Jan. 21, 7 -11pm. Temple Adat Elohim Brotherhood & Sisterhood present an evening of comedy featuring MC Allan Murray, Larry Omaha,

Steve Mittleman, Wendy Kamenoff and Michael Rayner. The evening includes a buffet dinner,

live auction and door prizes. $40-$50 per person. Social Hall, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 497-7101.

performances

LITTLE BEAR AND THE ENCHANTED WOOD Thursday, Jan. 19, 7pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation present Maurice Sendak s popular character on stage. Little Bear is the gentle, curious and inventive children’s character that has been captivating the imaginations of the children the world over for over 50 years! $26-16. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Jan. 20-21, 8pm. Friday: Rolling for Laughs-12 players compete for audience votes to be the funniest; Saturday: Spontaneous Broadway- performers improvise a fictional new musical on the spot. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

BRAD MEHLDAU Friday, Jan. 20. Brad Mehldau first came to prominence in the 1990s as a member of saxophonist Joshua Redman’s quartet, but soon embarked on a recording career of his own, releasing over a dozen critically acclaimed albums. With his sidemen drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenidier, Mehldau’s Trio has recently recorded a CD featuring their take on songs by the Beatles, Paul Simon and even Radiohead. $35-$45. Lobero Theater, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, 963-0761.

NORMAN FOOTE Friday, Jan. 20, 9:30 and 11am, and 6:30pm. Conejo Valley Children’s Concert Series presents the popular entertainer in concert. $7 daytime, $10 evening. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, 2100 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 338-3021.

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m. Chaunteuse Dee Dee Bridgewater, accompanied by the knockout 15-piece Hollywood Jazz Orchestra, will perform the class Ell Fitzgerald songbook. Acclaimed for her inventive scat singing and rich tone, Bridgewater is hailed by the Village Voice as “one of the hardest-swinging musicians alive.” $45 general, $19 students. UCSB Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, 893-3535. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

TRIBUTE TO THE KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Saturday, Jan. 21, 8pm. Elvis performer and CLU alumnus Raymond Michael is be joined in his musical tribute by a 24-piece orchestra and seven back-up singers. Concert benefits CLU arts programs. The eighteenth annual concert marks Michael’s final tribute performance for CLU. $10-$35. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 583-8700.

ANGELA PRICE, MEZZO-SOPRANO (FACULTY RECITAL) Sunday, Jan. 22, 3pm. The Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division presents Angela Price as part of the university’s Mary Pickford-Strotsenberg Performance Series. Free. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, (310) 506-4055.

WU MAN Wednesday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. A master of the ancient Chinese lute and a star of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road tours and recordings, Wu Man was granted the first master’s degree in pipa from the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Her dramatic, powerful playing is at home with traditional Chinese music as well as contemporary work by artists like Lou Harrison and Tan Dun. She will be accompanied by a percussionist and perform “Ancient Dances,” a fascinating exploration of Chinese calligraphy in music and video. $30 general, $17 students. UCSB Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, 893-3535. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Auditions

ANNIE The Performance Theatre for Young Artists will be holding auditions for the musical by appointment only at the PTYA Studio, Jan. 20-21 and Jan. 27-29. PTYA Studio, 2186 Eastman Ave. #110, Ventura, 642-4570, www.ptya.org.

Theater

CALL FOR PLAYS Theater 150 announces its New/Used Play Reading Series, beginning January 2006. The theater is looking for full-length or one-act plays, either classic or contemporary produced/published plays or new works by Ventura and Santa Barbara County playwrights. New plays with previous productions will not be excluded from consideration. Sent to Deb Norton, Theater 150, PO Box 925, Ojai, Ca, 93024. With SASE if you want play returned.

CABARET Fri.-Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm, through Feb. 12. Fraulein Sally Bowles headlines at the Kit Kat Klub in the musical playing through February 12. With special treat January 6-8, buy one get one free! $20 adults, $16 seniors/students. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

LIFE WITH FATHER Thurs.-Sat., 8pm, through Jan. 28. Special 2pm matinees on Jan. 22. The Stage Door theater presents the delightful family comedy written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Based on the book of the same title, Life with Father takes place in the 1880s and revolves around the activities in the Day family’s home when it’s discovered that the father has never been baptized. $12-$15. 28311 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

THE GIN GAME Fri.-Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2pm, through Feb. 12. The Elite Theatre Company opens its 12th Anniversary season with The Gin Game, by Pulitzer prize-winner D.L. Coburn. This tragic comedy is directed by Steve Grumette and tells the tale of two residents in a “home for the aged” who reveal life stories over the steady shuffling of playing cards. $17 general, $15 students/seniors. Petit Playhouse, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

SPEAKING OF STORIES Monday, Jan. 23, 7:30 pm. Speaking of Stories kicks off its 12th season with an evening of humorous tales. Speaking of Humor, directed by artistic director Maggie Mixsell, joins some of Speaking of Stories favorite actors with some exciting new faces delivering works by Thomas Meehan, Philip Roth, Will Rogers and more. $13-$30; subscription packages available, $69-$134. Lobero Theater, 33 E. Canon Perdido Rd., Santa Barbara, 963-0761.

Art

ACCOLADES Explosions is a new body of work by Los Angeles artist Miguel Osuna, whose paintings of dreamy SoCal scenes have hung at Deco and previously at Accolades. In this new set of oil paintings, Osuna takes you to the ocean. Show runs through January 30. Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 12-5pm, Mon. 12-4:30pm. 451 E. Main St. #9, Ventura. (805) 648-4080. www.accolades-gallery.com.

AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.

ARTISTS’ UNION GALLERY The Wall 2 Wall show features photography by Chicks that Click and stone sculpture by Expressions in 3-D. Artists include Alex Cooper, Julie Callahan, Phyllis Stafford, Liisa Pynnonen, Linda Peterson, Gregory Ramon Byrne, Michele Chapin, L.J. Freehart, Jim Gerard, Nora Yukon and Don Ulrich. Free concert with Jeff Kaiser January 29 at noon. Gallery hours: Thurs. 12-6pm, Fri.-Sat. 12-9pm, Sun. 12-6pm. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. (805) 643-3012 or www.venturaartistsunion.org.

BANK OF AMERICA Literally Abstract is a solo exhibit of David Rivas’ abstract photography, including new limited edition prints. On view through January 26. Mon.-Fri., 9am-6pm; Sat. 9am-2pm. 507 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-1174.

BANK OF AMERICA New Year New Journeys is new new oil paintings by Leslie Marcus which explo9re and reveal a new metaphorical style. Through January 31. Mon.-Fri., 9am-6pm. 205 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai.

BEATRICE WOODS CENTER FOR THE ARTS The Happy Valley Foundation announces the opening of the center, once occupied by Beatrice Wood and Rosalind Rajagopal. Featuring a permanent exhibition telling Woods’ life story, as well as a changing exhibit of contemporary artists. The first exhibit will feature a wide array of work, including paintings by Dianne Bennett-Engle. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. Ojai, Ca. 646-3381. www.beatricewood.com.

BELL ARTS FACTORY 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.

BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. 497-4022 or www.brokenoakgallery.com.

CAFÉ ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbcglobal.net.

CALL FOR ARTISTS The Santa Paula Kiwanis Club and the City of Santa Paula are sponsoring a contest for the design of the poster for this year’s annual Santa Paula Citrus Festival. Winning entry receives $500. Deadline for submitting entries is Feb. 24. Call 933-4200 or visit www.santapaulafestival.org for more information.

CALL FOR NOMINEES The Ventura County Arts Council seeks nominees for the inaugural event to honor individuals and organizations that made a major contribution to the arts culture during 2005 in Ventura County. Submit nominations by January 31. For information, visit www.venturacountyarts.net, call 658-2213 or pick up a form at all public libraries and school district offices in Ventura County.

FOX FINE JEWELRY Floral Fusion is an entirely floral show featuring the paintings of Stephanie Elise and Lynn Byrne Simon. Elise paints vibrant florals in watercolor. Simon meticulously paints her florals in oils. Runs through January 19, 6-9pm. 210 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-1800.

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Open to Interpretation: Abstractionism is a group show of abstract pieces in oil, acrylic and mixed media from eleven local artists, including Joe Di Donato, Gisele Friedman, Theodora Ilowitz, Arene Mead and others. Runs through March 26. Admission is free. Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Call for extended evening and weekend viewing. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks. (805)381-2747 or www.hillcrestarts.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY Random Thoughts is an exhibit of fine art photography by Fred Rothenberg, whose work has been featured in Faces of Ojai, at Twice Told Tales and at Ojai Community Hospital. Runs through January 31. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-9pm. Inside Hummingbird Inn, 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 640-9996.

JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S Light and Shadows is a solo exhibition of watercolor paintings by Ventura artist Carol Simson. On display through January 28. 204 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-4853.

KATHLEEN DINAN GALLERY hours: Thurs-Sun noon to five or by appointment (805)646-6205 located within the Ranchos Trading Co, 928 E Ojai Ave, Ojai.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Featuring Track and Field: Drawing from the Arena and Good Cheer, new work by Cassandra C. Jones. Show runs through January. Wed.-Sun. 11am-6pm. Mon.-Tues. by appt. 107 S. Signal St., Ojai. 646-2750. www.larramendygallery.com.

OJAI CENTER FOR THE ARTS In the Main Gallery, Ojai artist Richard Niles displays his oils, acrylic paintings, fine pencil drawings and pastels in a retrospective called Journeys. His works have been inspired by the California landscape. In the Signature Gallery, Janet Bush shows her figurative oils. Both shows exhibit through February 1. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4pm. 646-0117. Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-0117.

OJAI ART CENTER Ojai artist Richard Niles will be displaying his oils, acrylic paintings, fine pencil drawings and pastels in a retrospective show entitled Journeys. Janet Bush will be showing figurative oils in the Signature Gallery. Runs through Feb 1. Gallery hours: Tue.-Sun., 12-4pm. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 646-7573.

OJAI COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY Fine art photographer Leo Braun presents Ojai 93023, scenes taken in and around Ojai. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 5:30am-6pm; Sunday 5:30am-5pm. 337 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8345.

OVERTON HALL Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316.

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University presents AOR, a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles artist Lita Albuquerque. This engaging exhibition consists of a multi-part, site-specific installation encompassing the entire space of the museum. This charged, visual environment features works in diverse media, ranging from the artist’s characteristic use of rocks and raw pigment to new explorations with digital imagery and the artist’s first works in video. Running from Jan. 21 to March 26. Pepperdine University. 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, (310) 506-7257.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Hours: Thurs.-Sat., noon to 5:30pm (or if the flags are up), or call 643-3973 for an appointment. 255 S. Laurel St., Ventura.

STUDIO 84 WEST Thurs.-Sat., 6-8pm. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER Celebration: Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog celebrates a blend of traditional and contemporary art in all media by noted local and international Chinese artists, co-curated by Jim Zhang. Shows through March 18. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. 70 Daily Drive, Camarillo. 383-1368. Online at www.studiochannelislands.org.

THE STUDIO GALLERY Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists, including a new kiln-load of ceramics by Bill Creitz and newly-framed silk screen floral prints by Patricia Gunn. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 985-1546.

UPFRONT GALLERY Gallery hours: Fri.-Sat. 1-5pm, Sun. 2-5pm, or by appointment. 267 Laurel St., Ventura. 648-7878 or 340-1448.

VALLEY OF THE MOON FINE ART REPRODUCTION Featuring Holiday Harlettes, paintings in oils by Leslie Marcus. Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Thurs. 12-5pm; Sun. by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA COLLEGE GALLERIES Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm. On the Ventura College Campus, Ventura. 648-8974 or cday@vcccd.net.

VENTURA HEALING ROOMS Featuring Lee Hodges as artist-in-residence. Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or www.LeeHodgesArt.com.

Museums

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Coming to America: Immigration Stories of Inspiration and Controversy: features the work of more than 100 students associated with the Agricultural Science and Human Services Academies of Santa Paula High School, including first place winners Janessa flores and Marisela Ortiz (for their display “Traveling Man” about 1927 immigrant Jose Gomez. Runs through February 19. Destination Mars: National Traveling Exhibition was developed by the Space Science Institute with funding from NASA and the National Science Foundation, and highlights the extraordinary explorations of Mars that have taken place over the last decade in the Pathfinder and Rover missions. With hands on learning experiences. Runs through February 19. Toys of the Times, featuring antique and vintage toys that kids enjoyed in the early and mid-1900s, through January 22. Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. $4 general, $3 seniors, $1 youth. Free for members. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. (805) 933-0076. www.oilmuseum.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Art & Illusion: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foudnation features painting, photography and sculpture celebrating the artists’ use of illusion and humor to create new ways of looking at the world. Organized by the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, the exhibition includes postmodern works, photorealism and urban art by 38 artists. Runs through February 19, 2006. 10am-5pm, Thursday to Saturday; Sunday 1-5pm. Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Free Fridays 3-5pm. suggested admission donation. 424 C St., Oxnard. 385-8157. www.vcnet.com/carnart.

CEC/SEABEE MUSEUM Historical artifacts, multi-media installations and vintage uniforms. 8am-4:30pm Monday to Friday, 12:30-4:30pm Saturday. Closed Sunday and national holidays. Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center, Sunkist entrance. 982-1249.

GULL WINGS MUSEUM The county’s only hands-on learning museum for kids. 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 418 4th St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuseum4kids.org.

OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Thurs.-Fri. 1-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun. noon-4pm. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. (805)640-1390.

Health

YOGA WORKSHOP Saturday, Jan. 21, -6pm. Yoga Jones offers a special workshop entitled Grace of Asana offering detailed instruction in yoga poses, basic postures and more advanced moves. Designed to facilitate breakthroughs in students’ yoga practices. $40. 105 S. Oak St., Ste. 200, Ventura. 643-5669.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: free-$7. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.
VENTURA COLLEGE In Gallery 2, faculty member Carlisle Cooper exhibits his figurative acrylic paintings that deal with a variety of themes, including civil rights, religion, philosophy, honor to military veterans, musicians and actors. In the New Media Gallery, the Ventura College Galleries Printmaking Competition exhibits a great range of contemporary printmaking techniques and forms of expression. Both exhibits run through Feb. 10. The schedule for the semester is Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm minimum. Additional hours may be added. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 648-8974.
VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Celebrating #When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleets of the Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433,# which highlights artifacts of the early dynasty as well as the early compass and maritime technology of the 15th century. Includes a portrait commissioned by the L.A. artist Mr. Qi Pang and a replica of the Admiral’s formal uniform. Through May 31, 2006. Open daily 11am-5pm. Free; donations appreciated. 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard Fisherman’s Wharf, CI Harbor. (805)984-6260.
VENTURA COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART #Arrangements: Paintings by Sherry Loehr# showcases 37 paintings by Ojai artist and master contemporary realist Sherry Loehr, with 19 new works. Runs through February 20. Showing through May 7 is a new George Stuart Historical Figures exhibit: #Renaissance and Reformation in Europe, 1400-1600#, featuring more than three dozen finely detailed figures including Lorezno de Medici and Lucrezia Borgia of Italy, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I of England, and Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain. Regular museum admission: $1-7; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.
kids/seniors
BASKETBALL CAMP Final applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star
Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only, and for boys and girls ages 10-19 years of age. Camp location is Thousand Oaks. Call for a free brochure. (704) 373-0873.
C.A.T.S. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Put Some Drama In Your Child’s Life! Creative Acting Theater School is pleased to offer youth acting classes throughout Ventura County. Sessions begin in January for these popular classes: Tiny Tots, ages 4-5, Simi Valley; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Camarillo, Ventura, and Simi Valley); The Glass Slipper-A Cinderella Story, Thousand Oaks; Classes held Tuesdays in Simi Valley, Thursdays in Ventura and Camarillo, and Fridays in Thousand Oaks. Instructor Roxanne Diesel. (661) 718-3968.
FRONT ROWS CLUB Families can experience classical music from a dynamic up-close view of Maestro Boris Brott conducting the New West Symphony through a new program offering families with elementary school-age children reduced-price front-row seats at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and Oxnard Performing Arts Center concerts. Front row tickets are $10 for children 5-12, $15 for accompanying adults. Cost includes pre-concert family event and activity packet. Call 777-7886 to join.
LITTLE BEAR & THE ENCHANTED WOOD Thursday, Jan. 19, 7pm. Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear is the gentle, curious and inventive children’s character that has been captivating the imaginations of children the world over for over 50 years. Little Bear comes to musical theater in his third full-length theatrical presentation. $16-$26, group discounts available. Fred Kavli Theater at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 449-ARTS.
MUSICAL THEATER Mondays, Jan 23-March 20, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Recreation Center and Broadway Babies offer the class incorporating all components of musical theater including acting, singing, dancing, makeup, costumes and sets. Presentation held at end of session. $96. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.
P’S & Q’S Mondays, Jan 23-March 20, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the basic etiquette class for ages 6-10. Students learn communication skills, introductions, table manners in a fun and creative way. $120. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.
TAI CHI FOR SENIORS Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 23-Feb. 15, 10-11 a.m. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services Senior Recreation Program offers this exercise
program that can facilitate balance, posture and reduce stress. $28 twice per week. Reyes Adobe Park, 30400 Rainbow Crest Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.
film
WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT. Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:30pm & 9:30pm. In the feature-length debut of Wallace & Gromit, two of animation’s most beloved characters, our heroes and their pest control company Anti-Pesto try to save England’s vegetables, but an experiment goes horribly awry. UCSB Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, 893-3494.
OJAI FILM SOCIETY’S AWARD DINNER The Ojai Film Society awards its 2005 Film Studies Scholarship to Cassandra Crosse for her film #Encounter#. This year’s scholarship honors longtime Ojai resident John Bennett Perry, a well-known actor whose credits run from Broadway to Hollywood feature films to TV movies and series.
DUMA Sunday, Jan. 22, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens director Carroll Ballard’s beautiful drama about a 12-year-old South African boy who rescues a Cheetah from a game refuge and raises it as a friend and companion. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.
THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES Monday, Jan. 23, 7:30pm. UCSB Arts & Lectures screens this utterly original film that argues American neoconservatives and radical Islamists actually have more in common than they realize. $6 general, $5 for UCSB students. UCSB Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, 893-3494.
lectures/seminars
JEWISH LITERATURE IDENTITY AND IMAGINATION Thursday, Jan. 19, 7pm. The Ventura College Library will host a free five-part reading and discussion series exploring Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of contemporary and classic books on a common theme: A Mind of Her Own-Fathers & Daughters in a Changing World. Jan. 19: Tevye the Dairyman by Sholom Aleichem. Ventura College Library, Room LRC 205, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6400 ext. 3272.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL Friday, Jan. 20, 9am-3:30pm. Highlights include an update on development of a water quality protection program for CINMS with Donna Meyers, Sanctuary Program West Coast Water Quality Coordinator; a presentation on Advisory Council accomplishments in 2005; a work session to determine Council and Working Group priorities and goals for 2006; a brief update on the environmental review process to consider additional marine reserves and marine conservation areas within the Sanctuary. Casa Las Palmas, 323 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara. 884-1464.
FIRE UP! IT ONLY TAKES A SPARK Friday-Saturday, Jan. 20-21, 6:30-9 pm on Friday and 8am-2:30pm on Saturday. Newbury Park First Christian Church presents its 2006 Women’s Conference. Featured speakers include: Stephanie Edwards, co-host of the Tournament of Roses Parade on Channel 5. $45. Newbury Park First Christian Church, 801 Knollwood Drive, Newbury Park, 498-2129, www.npfcc.org.
TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 21-22, 11am and 3pm. Join National Park Service Rangers in the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center as they show and tell about the many fascinating animals and plants in the marine life exhibit. Free.1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 658-5730.
WAVES OF WARNING Sunday, Jan. 22, 3pm. An environmental and community activist, teacher and surfer for more than three decades, Glenn Hening, founder of the Surfrider Foundation, will take a look at modern surfing from his own unique perspective. UCSB Campbell Hall, University of California, Santa Barbara, 893-3535. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.
LORI LIPMAN BROWN Monday, Jan. 23, 7pm. The Ventura Chapter of Atheists United presents a talk by Lori Lipman Brown, the first director and lobbyist of the Secular Coalition for America, at the Underground Café. Free. 3367 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, 644-0064.
SAUDI ARABIA AFTER 9/11 Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7:00-8:30pm. Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters hold their January program featuring guest lecturer Nancy Gallagher,
Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who discusses on her recent trip to Saudi Arabia. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.
classes/workshops
COMPUTER CLASSES Mon.-Thu., 8 am-4 pm. Goodwill Industries of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties, Inc. offers a free eight-week computer course. Classes include 190 hours of computer training in medical office/billing, bookkeeping or Access database management. Classes are in English and textbooks are provided. Goodwill Computer School, 350 Cactus Dr., Oxnard, 983-3414. www.goodwill.org

HIROKO YOSHIMOTO WORKSHOP Sat.-Sun., Jan. 21-22, 9:30am-4pm. This workshop explores some basic techniques in Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting) and how they may be used in the Western watercolor painting. $60 for members, $75 for nonmembers. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr. Suite 117C, Ventura, 648-1235.
SLIPCOVER WORKSHOP Sat.-Sun., Jan. 21-22, 9:30am-4:30pm on Sat., 10am-1pm on Sun. International speaker and instructor Karen Erickson of Slipcover America will be teaching 2 days of slipcover workshops in Ventura. On the first day, learn how to cut and sew a slipcover. Bring a straight edge, sharp scissors and photos of your furniture. On the second day, learn how to cut and sew a slipcover for a cushion. Bring photos of cushions and/or bring cushions to workshop. Call 1-800-267-4958 for more information.
ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, Jan. 23. Argentine Tango is completely improvised, two bodies, intimately connected, co-creating a unique and spontaneous expression in time and space.
First and third Monday of each month. Beginners 6-7pm, $10 per person. Open practice for all levels, 7-8pm. Admission by donation. No partner, reservation or prior experience necessary. Gallery, Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 646-7355.
VENTURA POLICE DEPARTMENT VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Ventura Police Department expands their existing volunteer program to increase community member participation and allows volunteers to assist officers in the field by responding to non-emergency calls. Deadline for application Thursday, Jan. 19. 339-4320. Online at www.venturapd.org
literature/poetry
POETRY READING Thursdays, 7pm. Hosted by Daniela Schonberger. Giovanni’s, 6583 Pardell Road, Isla Vista, 968-2255.
POETRY READING Thursday, Jan. 19, 7pm. Featuring readings by Barry Spacks, Carol DeCanio & Lois Klein. Contemporary Arts Forum, 653 State St., Santa Barbara, www.sbcaf.org.
SPOKEN WORD SALON Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:30pm. Hosted by Gwendolyn Alley, featuring readings by Ryan Gillenwater and Friday. Zoey’s Café, 451 E. Main St., Ventura.
WRITING WORKSHOP Thursday, Jan. 19, 6pm. Free workshop offered by Local Hero bookstore and FictionWeek.com. Meets weekly. 254 Ojai Ave., Ojai. 640-6865.
SPONTANEOUS POETS Mondays, 2 p.m. Blake Lounge of the Unitarian Society, 1535 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, 965-2532.
OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.
OPEN MIC Wednesdays, 7:30pm. Hosted by Miss Marissa “Con Gusto.” Kava Dume, 5653 Kana Rd., Agoura, (818) 865-8602.
POETRY WORKSHOP Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, Ventura.
MUSICIAN’S NIGHT OUT Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:30-11pm. Traditional gathering of writers and performers. California Taco Co., 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7174.

shows/markets
ALL BREED DOG SHOW Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 19-22, 8am. The Ventura County Dog Fanciers invite you to their annual AKC sanctioned show. The Winterfest Cluster includes specialty clubs Thursday, Jan. 19; Simi Valley Kennel Club, Friday, Jan. 20; San Fernando Kennel Club, Saturday, Jan. 21,; and the Ventura County Dog Fanciers, Sunday, Jan. 22. Group judging begins 2pm. Free. Ventura County Fairgrounds, Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 485-7951.
ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Jan. 21, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features mostly fine art including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Held outdoors between the Holiday Inn and the Artists’ Union Gallery, where California St. meets the sea. 340-0609.
stepping out
BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.
THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB Saturday, Jan. 21, 7:30-10:30pm. Music by the Starlighters. $7 non-members. First and third Saturday Goebel Senior Adult Center,
1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, Jan. 23, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.
VENTURA POINSETTIA DANCE CLUB Monday, Jan. 23, 8-10:30pm. Live band. Door prizes. $6 guest. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. 496-9322.
COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.
SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Jan. 24, 8pm. Salsa dancing and lessons every Tuesday. Free lessons with cover charge. Beginning 8-8:30pm, advanced, 8:30-9:15pm. Occasional age restrictions. $7. Borderline Bar and Grill, 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks. 446-4435.
clubs/groups
CAMARILLO NEWCOMERS CLUB Thursday, Jan. 19, 11am. The group meets for their
monthly meeting and a program featuring a fashion show presented by Coldwater Creek. Saticoy Country Club, Saticoy. $19.25 non-members. 482-9418.
GOLD COAST HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:30am. Networking breakfast with guest speaker Jesse Ramirez, President of Port of Hueneme Oxnard Harbor District. $20 non-members. Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. 988-3600.
PING-PONG Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm. Open play. Rec Center, Park Road, Ojai. 646-8162.
VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Saturday, Jan. 21, 1pm. The society
holds their monthly meeting. Several workshops are also scheduled. Free. LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. 44-4753.
support groups
LESBIAN AND GAY SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm. Singles and couples welcome. Cope with hostilities and concerns in the workplace, society, community and family. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.
WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.