Running through April 2 at the Santa Paula Theater Center. Having played in London continuously since 1952, the world’s longest-running show comes to Santa Paula. The Agatha Christie mystery places a group of strangers in a snowed-in English cottage where they discover that there is a murderer in their midst. Will they catch the killer before he catches them? Adults $15, seniors and students $12, children 12 and under $10. Santa Paula Theater Center. Friday – Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. 525-4645 for information and reservations.
March 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds of the event support the Youth Empowerment Program for at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 2021 Sperry Avenue, Ventura.
HEALTH EFFECTS OF THE WAR ON THE IRAQI PEOPLE
March 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters presents a lecture by Dr. Daniel Broder. Most Americans have some familiarity with the magnitude of our own losses from the Iraq war in terms of lives lost and number of casualties among our troops. Few of us have any idea of what this conflict has cost the Iraqi people. Broder discusses the topic using available data and focusing on health matters. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.
DINNER WITH JUDY COLLINS Thursday, March 23. Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties will host its annual dinner celebration. The program wil feature Judy Collins, a folk icon and avid supporter of reproductive choice, as the keynote speaker. Planned Parenthood will honor Nancy Johnson as its Volunteer of the Year. Proceeds from the annual dinner help support the work of Planned Parenthood. Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara. RSVP 549-0941.
SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL ORCHID SHOW & BENEFIT Friday-Sunday, March 24-26, 9am-5pm. The Grand Opening of the 61st Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show takes place on Thursday, March 23, 5:30-7:30pm, Earl Warren Showground Rotunda. Gala fund-raiser event supports diabetes research at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute. The special preview evening offers guests a first look at the freshly arranged exhibits from of more than 70 commercial and amateur growers from around the world. The Institute\’s community education and outreach effort hosts the 4th Annual Diabetes Education Health Fair, 2:30-5:30pm, in the tented area outside the main entrance. The Health Fair is free and open to the public, and offers the community a unique opportunity to pick up free samples and learn the latest information on wellness products, diet and nutrition, diabetes care, clinical research, and organizations that prevent childhood and adult obesity. Grand opening tickets $50 advance, $60 door. $10 Orchid Show admission. 969-5746.
CAR WASH Saturday, March 25, 10am-2pm. Proceeds of the event support the Youth Empowerment Program for at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 2021 Sperry Avenue, Ventura.
MUSEUM PARTY & FUND-RAISER Saturday, March 25, 5-8pm. The Islands Inspirations Art Sale & Party gives the public an opportunity to buy works currently in the Ventura County Museum of History & Art\’s exhibit Island Passages: Artists Celebrate the Channel Islands, as well as purchase other island-inspired artwork by the same artists. Dozens of photographs, paintings and sculptures are on sale and display during the event. Partygoers can enjoy island-themed hors d\’oeuvres and also meet featured artists. A portion of the proceeds from the fund-raiser benefit the Museum, the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. $20 advance general, $15 members, $25 door. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0145.
STRAWBERRY FIELDS TRIATHLON Sunday, March 26, 9am. The Second Annual Strawberry Field Triathlon takes participants around some of Oxnard’s most scenic places, including a morning swim in the peaceful Mandalay Bay, a bike ride through Oxnard’s fertile strawberry fields, and a run along the breathtaking Oxnard coastline. The sprint distance is suited for tri-athletes of all skill levels and age groups. Beginning tri-athletes can enjoy the flat terrain of this less strenuous course. $75 registration fee. (310) 901-6398. Online at www.strawberryfieldstri.com.
VENTURA COLLEGE BIRTHDAY PARTY-OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, March 29, noon-6pm. Ventura College faculty, staff and administrators are excited to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the College. The party kicks off with the cutting of a giant birthday cake at noon in the Quad, followed by more than 30 open house events spread across the campus. The event is designed to provide the community with demonstrations and information on the wide range of fun educational opportunities available at the College. The public is invited and encouraged to attend, and all events are free. Among the Open House activities are Cartooning Class and African Drumming Class demonstrations, tours of the Campus, tours of the Alternate Text Production Center, the Assistive Technology Training Center, Open Lab demonstrations in the Fitness Center, Chemistry Lab, Biotechnology Lab, Photography Lab, Keyboarding and Business Labs, Drafting and Architecture Labs, open rehearsals of the Ventura College Choir, and the Ventura College Theatre One Act Plays. 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA Thursday, March 23, 7:30pm. Tony Cason conducts. $10 general, free to Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff with ID. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University. (310) 506-4522.
LAST SATURDAYS CONCERT SERIES Kava Dume presents three of the west coast’s premier performing songwriters: Duff, Hans York, and James Hurley. Kava Dume, 5653 Kanan Rd., Agoura. $5 at the door. (818) 865-8602.
CALIFORNIA STATE OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION Sunday, March 26, 1:30pm. Join them for an afternoon of family oriented fun, old time music and dancing. Free. Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. 517-1131.
THE ROMANTIC CELLO Sunday, March 26, 7pm. Dr. Joyce Geeting, music professor at California Lutheran University, performs The Romantic Cello at this year’s Faculty Recital. Geeting presents a recital including Schumann s Fantasy Pieces, Brahms Sonata in E Minor and David Popper s Hungarian Rhapsody. The program also features performances by student cellists. $10. Overton Hall, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3306.
PEPPERDINE COLLEGIUM MUSICUM: INTO THINE HANDS Monday, March 27, 7:30pm. The program will feature Heinrich Schutz’s Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz and J.S. Bach’s Cantata 170, “Vergnugte Ruh’, beliebte Seelenlust.” Stauffer Chapel, Pepperdine University. Free. (310) 506-4522.
HANSEL & GRETEL Tuesday, March 28, 9:30 & 11:00am. Jim Gamble’s Marionettes presents this child-friendly version of the classic Grimm\’s Fairy Tale featuring lots of adventure, just the right amount of spooky-ness, and a truly happy ending. $7. Lap passes sold at door for children under one year. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 338-3021.
DETECTIVE STORY Friday-Sunday, March 17-26. Gothic Productions presents the critically acclaimed mystery-drama through March. Sidney Kinglsey’s Detective Story is a large ensemble drama set in a Manhattan Police Precinct which served as the inspiration for Hill Street Blues and Barney Miller. Performances: Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday matinee, 2pm. $15 adults, $10 students, seniors and military. Theatre on the Hill at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-1246.
DISNEY\’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Friday-Sunday, February 24-April 2. Actors\’ Repertory Theatre of Simi brings to life the magic of Disney\’s Beauty and the Beast featuring elaborate costumes, riveting choreography and those wonderful Disney melodies. The perfect show for the entire family to enjoy together. Performances Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm. $20 adults, $16 seniors/students, $14 children. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Blvd., Simi Valley. 583-7900.
FAR AWAY Friday, March 17-Saturday, April 1. Genesis West of Santa Barbara presents this ravishingly engaging play by one of England’s most imaginative contemporary playwrights. It is a haunting tale in which everyday comforts are threatened by the horrors of a world in conflict. The story centers around Joan, a woman who comes-of-age in a world engaged in war. It is told with compelling theatrical surprise, wit, and enormous power. $20 general, $10 student. Performances: Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays 8pm. Center Stage Theater, 715 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara. 963-0408.
FOREVER PLAID Friday, March 24-Sunday, April 2. Cabrillo Music Theatre brings the smash hit, an enchanting musical review that will cure all ailments, real or imagined. Singing in the angelic, soft harmonies of the Four Freshman, the Plaids bring back the days when white cover groups possessing no soul at all would try to ape the encroaching sound of R&B and other ethnic styles into pop. The premise: a harmony group called Forever Plaid, killed in a car crash by a bus of eager Catholic girls return from Harmony Heaven 42 years later making “the greatest comeback since Lazarus” with their Sh-booms intact. $20-$49. Group discount available. Thursdays-Saturdays 8pm. Saturdays and Sundays 2pm. 449-2787. Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks.
IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, March 24-25, 8pm. Friday: Last Improviser Standing-Individual improvisers in a competition for improv superiority. Each is eliminated until only the best remains standing, $7.50; Saturday: Competitive improv comedy match-Ventura Area TheatreSports welcomes award-winning improvisers from Los Angeles, $8.50. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.
MOUSETRAP Running through April 2 at the Santa Paula Theater Center. Call 525-4645 for information.
OKLAHOMA! Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, Wednesday-Sunday, March 22-25, 7:30pm, and Sunday, March 19, 2:30pm. Nordhoff High School presents the exciting musical drama by Rodgers and Hammerstein. $13 general, $9 students-seniors. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo, Ojai. 640-4343 Ext. 1861.
ONE ACT FESTIVAL Fridays-Sundays, March 24-April 1. The spark of young love, the angst of prime time matrimony, a sweet tale of trick or treat and a disturbing drama from a Nobel Prize winner are all streaming together at Ojai ACT’s annual One-Act Festival. Unavoidable Relationships, the festival’s theme, includes four one-acts by stage luminaries Harold Pinter, Anton Chekhov, Louis Catron plus local writer Stephen Bauer, each an entertaining vignette of people unavoidably involved with each other. Plays include Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?, by Catron; The Bug, by Ojai resident Bauer; The Proposal, by Chekhov; and The Dumb Waiter by Pinter. Performances: Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday, 7pm. $15 general, $12 students-seniors-members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO\’S NEST Wednesdays-Sundays, March 16-April 9, 8pm. Rubicon Theatre Company presents the first play of the three-show Wasserman Festival, written by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey, and directed by Jenny Sullivan. The award-winning drama stars Chris Butler and Tim Sampson, and previews Thursday-Friday, March 16-17, 8pm, and opens Saturday, March 18, 7pm. Opening Night Gala tickets are $85 and include a post-show reception with the actors. Post-show talk-backs are scheduled March 22 and 29; Student matinees March 17 and April 7, 10am and April 7, 10 am; Benefit performance Sunday March 26, 6:30 pm., and a sign interpreted performance Friday, April 7, 8:00pm. $49-$25. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900.
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. Send to Deb Norton, Theater 150, PO Box 925, Ojai, Ca, 93024. With SASE if you want play returned.
AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.
ARIA SALON & DAY SPA In Hearts & Hugs, Leslie Marcus’ new heart paintings are fresh, pure and bold, capturing a pulse that beats of passion and love. Rich, vibrant layers of color and texture honor our romantic universal symbol: the heart. Runs through March 31. Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/646-1300.
ARTS GALLERIA January 14 – March 26. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is proud to present “Open to Interpretation: Abstractionism.” The show will consist of abstract pieces in oil, acrylic, and mixed media from eleven local artists: Joe Di Donato, Gisele Friedman, Theodora Ilowitz, Arene Mead, Peggy Pownall, Roland Roy, Frank Sardisco, Geri Schonberg, Alix Thayer, Connie Tunick, and Louisa Wallace Jacobs. Galleria open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. 403 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. Call 381-2747, or go to www.HillcrestArts.com.
THE ARTISTS UNION GALLERY Saturday, March 11-Sunday, April 9. Paper is a medium that is often overlooked and in the shadow of major works on canvas. This exhibit shows that paper has its own importance in the art world and that it can stand on its own two feet. From print making, oil/acrylic, charcoal to papier-mâché, artists Peter Eble, Alisa Gabrielle, MB Hanrahan, Dorothy Hunter, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris and Linda Taylor show different technics in working with paper. Artist and poet Gauvin exhibits his Avenue Paintings in the Upstairs Gallery. Opening reception Saturday, March 11, 6-9pm. 330 California St., Ventura. 643-3012.
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.
BETTY LANE: A ROAD LESS TAKEN March 29-June 21. Sullivan Goss Gallery announces the inaugural West Coast exhibition of fine oils and works on paper by the acclaimed East Coast Modernist. Featuring works from the 1930’s to the 70’s, the exhibition examines the output of an artist determined to go her own way. 7 East Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. 730-1460.
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.California StreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or cast gallery@sbc global.net.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM presents Greg Radley: Four Cabinets, and exhibition of functional jewelry cabinets inspiring the enjoyment of nature. March 11 – June 4. Open Thurs. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sun. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.
COASTAL IMPRESSIONS Thursday, March 16-Sunday, April 16. Ron Zolkover\’s exhibit of oil paintings are on display in the Ventura Harbor Village Gallery. Our beautiful coastal region is Zolkover\’s inspiration for Coastal Impressions. Reception for the artist Friday, March 17, 5- 8pm. Gallery hours: Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.
DIVA’S, THE PASSION BOUTIQUE presents the work of LA artist Doug Murphy, aka Plasticgod, in his first solo exhibition in the area. Murphy, an internationally known and collected caricature artist, has exhibited his unique caricature pieces extensively in the west coast and beyond. Runs through March 19. Open Tue.-Sun. 265 S. Laurel St., Ventura, 653-5675. www.plasticgod.com
FIBER ARTS STUDIO Under the guidance of resident artists Deborah Jarchow and Gerri Johnson McMillin, the Studio Channel Islands Art Center is proud to announce the opening of a permanent Fiber Arts studio. With over 950 square feet of studio space we are able to offer group workshops as well as individual instruction as part of our regular programming. Located on the campus of Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18 on Ventura Street, Camarillo. For more info call 383-1368.
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.
JOHN NICHOLS GALLERY Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.
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.
KWAN FONG GALLERY OF ART AND CULTURE Presents The Distillery Collective, an artist’s collective for experimental work based on new interpretations of traditional media. Robert Yeager’s manipulated emulsions are created without the usual exposure of film to light, while Masami Tsuchikawa’s installations are arrangements of tiny porcelain pieces that appear to grow like bacteria from a focal vortex. Gary Palmer’s paintings are distilled versions of traditional modes such as figure, portrait and landscape isolating elements such as brushstroke, symbolic form and color-fields. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.
MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING The Art of June Carey will include a vast array of Carey’s published prints and original works. She will be on hand to meet fans and to personalize her art. From California to Italy, Carey paints breathtaking landscapes and has received numerous awards for her California landscapes and coastal scenes. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.
NATALIE’S FINE THREADS UPSTAIRS GALLERY The gallery is hosting Cecile Gurrola-Faulconer’s Masks for the Soul. Reflecting the inner soul and spirit of their creator, these unique ceramic masks in turn often touch a personal place deep within their admirers. Showing from Wednesday, March 1 through April 5. Reception on March 18, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 596 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8854.
OJAI CENTER FOR THE ARTS People, Places and Pomegranates: Paintings by Karen K. Lewis will be on exhibit from March 4 – 30. Gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays – Sundays. Call (805) 646-0117.
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.
OMMA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Transformations is both the title of this show and a key element in the work and life of prominent Santa Barbara digital artist R.W. Firestone. The works on exhibit reflect the transformation of his life from student and artist to psychotherapist to renowned psychological theorist and author to artist once again; the transformation of Firestone’s art from oils on canvas to the more flexible and broader medium of the computer; and finally in the subject matter of his art, from reflections of individual pain and psychological disorders to his stunning and life-affirming depictions of friends, the human experience and the joy of life. Showing from Tuesday, Feb. 28-March 26. Opening reception is on March 4, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 1221 State St., Santa Barbara, 895-4141.
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 through March 26. Pepperdine University. 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, (310) 506-7257.
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC FINE ART OF KELLY SEGRE March 1-31. Franky’s presents a show by award-winning photographer Kelly Segre, whose work includes photographs of the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City Memorials Runs, New York City, and performance photographs. From Ventura, Segre has won awards in special effects, nights, and portraits. No admission. 456 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-6282.
SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION presents “Paper,” an exhibit that shows that paper has its own importance in the art world and that it can stand on its own two feet. From print making, oil/acrylic, charcoal to papier-mache, artists Peter Eble, Alisa Gabrielle, MB Hanrahan, Dorothy Hunter, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris and Linda Taylor show different techniques in working with paper. Arist and poet Gauvin shows his “Avenue Paintings” in the upstairs gallery. Runs March 11 – April 9. Opening reception 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., March 11th. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 643-3012.
STUDIO 84 WEST Thurs.-Sat., 6-8pm. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.
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., Oxnard. 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 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.
YOUNG AT ART STUDIOS exhibits students’ drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces at the 2006 annual student art show. Everyone is invited to come celebrate these local artists of all ages and partake in the moon bounce, food, and fun for the whole family. Opening, March 26, 12-2pm. Shows on display for a month following the opening, Monday-Saturday, 3-6pm. Agoura Hills City Mall, 5859 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills. (818) 991-5514.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 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 Open studios for Museum members: ceramicist Cheryl Ann Thomas and glass artist Teal Row. An insider’s look at the studios and art techniques of two accomplished artists. 10 a.m.-noon. Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Free Fridays 3-5pm. 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.gullwingsmuse um4kids.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.
PORT HUENEME LIGHTHOUSE The Lighthouse is open to the public the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. The current structure was built in 1941, with the original having been built in 1874. The fresnel lens was made in 1897 and is still in operation. Admission is free. Adults age 18 and up require photo ID. Last shuttle pick-up at port gate is 2:30pm. 120 W. Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. (310) 541-0334.
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: free-$7. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.
SANTA PAULA’s CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through April 16, the interactive science exhibit, “Destination Mars: National Traveling Exhibition” has been extended. The exhibit was developed by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, with funding from NASA and the Natoinal Science Foundation; it highlights the extraordinary explorations of Mars that have taken place over the last decade, including the Mars Rover and Pathfinder missions. Exhibit stations invite visitors into hands-on learning experiences of Mars gravity, weather, landforms, volcanoes, and rocks. A piece of actual Martian rock is on display with an explanation of the remarkable process that brought it to earth. Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.
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. International Waters is an exhibit of paintings by artist members of the renowned International Society of Marine Painters. Through April 2. 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 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.
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.
SENIOR HEALTH & FITNESS FAIR Saturday, March 25, 10am-2pm. The City of Ventura, Community Memorial Hospital and Pacific View Mall co-sponsor the annual fair and expo featuring the opportunity to talk with medical professionals, get free health screenings, participate in demonstrations, free massages. The fair promotes spiritual, mental and physical health and is open to the entire community. Main Courtyard, Pacific View Mall, Main & Mills, Ventura. 648-2829.
TAX PREPARATION FOR SENIORS Wednesdays through April 12, 9am-2pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services Senior Recreation Program offers assistance to seniors 50+ in preparing their 2005 tax returns. Free by appointment only. 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.
WATER CONSERVATION ART CONTEST deadline Friday, March 31. Oxnard students K – 6th grade are invited to create a slogan and draw a picture that best depicts the importance of water conservation in the 4th Annual Student Outreach Art Contest. Entry forms can be obtained at the Water Division Office. Only one entry per student. 385-8154.
COLLECTORS’ LECTURES Thursday, March 23, 7pm. Carnegie Oxnard Museum presents “Connoisseurship of Art on Paper” with Ann Bittl. 424 South C ST., Oxnard. 385-8157.
8th ANNUAL MIDDLE EAST STUDIES CONFERENCE Saturday, March 25, 8am-6pm UCSB presents a one-day conference entitled “The Resurgence of Shi’i Islam: Religion, Politics, and Society in Times o War.” It will begin with a workshop on teaching Shi-ite Islam, followed by a presentation by Mary Elaine Hegland from Santa Clara University on Secularization and Reformaiton Trends in Shi’i Iran: Changing Beliefs in an Iranian Village. Panels on Shi’ism and Politics, Shi’ism and Politics in Practice, Shi’ism and Religious Practices, and Shi’ism and History will follow. The Plenary Address by Prof. Juan Cole (University of Michigan) will end the conference. Free. 6020 HSSB, UCSB. 893-4245.
DEALING WITH DIABETES Saturday, March 25, 9am-2pm. Ventura Adult and Continuing Education in partnership with New Horizons Outreach host the Lecture Series, featuring Eugenie Wheeler, author and retired Ventura County Star Senior\’s Columnist. Free. Technology Development Center, 5200 Valentine Road, Ventura. 289-7925.
TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26, 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.
MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION PLAN SEMINAR Monday, March 27, 10am. The Social Security Administration and Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program offer a free seminar on Medicare Prescription Plans for 2006. Seminar is for anyone experiencing difficulties with the program. Senior Recreation Center, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-3035.
LIBERTY FOR ALL TOUR Tuesday, March 28, 6-8pm. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance and Coastal Alliance United for Sustainable Economy present a panel discussion with civil rights leaders entitled “Uniting the Human Rights Movement.” The panel is part of a statewide project to explore the challenges and opportunities to bridge human rights values to join disparate groups together, network, strengthen relationships, build collective capacity, and develop enduring grassroots infrastructure to proactively advance civil and human rights and respond to ballot measures, legislation, local initiatives, and other attacks on shared human rights values. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston. RSVP. 339-6340.
FOCUS ON THE MASTERS PORTRAIT SERIES Tuesday, March 28, 7pm. Opportunity to share with the community the images, experiences and stories behind the FOTM Portraits that can be seen in the offices and Creative Center classrooms. Discover the passion behind the vision of the archive and library of Ventura County artists with guest speaker Donna Granata, Founder, Focus on the Masters. $15. Donation requested at event for wine. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.
HIV 101 Wednesday, March 29, noon-1:30pm. Ventura County Public Health Educatoin Coordinator Craig Webb will speak. Room C-104, Ventura College. Free.654-6365.
BULLY-PROOFING YOUR SCHOOL Wednesday, March 29, 6pm. CLU Graduate Center in Oxnard will welcome Dr. Kathryn Jens, co-author of Bully-Proofing Your School: A Comprehensive Approach for Elementary Schools at a reception which wil include a discussion of the book and a book signing. Free. CLU Graduate Center, Oxnard. 493-3692.
HEALTH EFFECTS OF THE WAR ON THE IRAQI PEOPLE Wednesday, March 29, 7-8:30pm. Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters presents a lecture by Dr. Daniel Broder. Most Americans have some familiarity with the magnitude of our own losses from the Iraq war in terms of lives lost and number of casualties among our troops. Few of us have any idea of what this conflict has cost the Iraqi people. Broder discusses the topic using available data and focusing on health matters. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.
GENEALOGY WORKSHOP Thursday, March 23, 10am-noon. Members of the Ventura County Genealogical Society teach a free introductory class on genealogical research. Learn to how to begin research, find and use documents about your family, organize data, use Internet and more. Seating limited. Oxnard Public Library, Computer Lab, 251 S. A St., Oxnard. 240-7344.
JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP Friday, March 24-Tuesday, March 28, 8:30am-1pm. Experience Unlimited OPEN group of Simi Valley presents a five-day workshop for unemployed professionals. Resume writing, cover lette,r interviewing, online job search, and more will be covered. Free. Simi Valley. Register at www.EU-OPEN.org.
CPR & FIRST AID CERTIFICATION COURSE Saturday, March 25, 1-3:30pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the certification course to ages 12 and over. Session covers AED demonstration, choking, barrier device usage, bleeding, burns, nose bleeds, bee stings, and more. Registration required. $32, $12 lab fee. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.