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May 19-June 17. Come watch Grandpa Vanderhof — the patriarch who taxes a frustrated IRS agent — and his eccentric family enjoying life, laughs and oddball hobbies when a suitor from conservative and disapproving parents enter the frenzied fray. Throw in the iceman who came and never left, the wise and wacky live-in helpers, an aging actress, Boris of the ballet, a grand duchess, FBI agents, and you have the most successful collaboration between George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Local Ojai and Ventura actors bring this popular 70-year-old comedy to life. $12 – $15. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Ojai Art Center Theater. 640-8797.
SYRIA AND LEBANON IN LIGHT OF THE BUSH DOCTRINE
May 31, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters present As\’ad AbuKhalil, Professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, visiting professor at UC Berkeley, as their featured speaker. AbuKhalil discusses recent events happening in that part of the world. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 241-8855.
May 27, 7 p.m. Performances to Grow On presents award-winning puppeteer Hobey Ford in a free performance for the whole family. Winner of the highest award in puppetry, Ford remains one of the most sought after puppeteers in the world. He delights audiences of all ages with his creativity and fantastic puppet creations. RSVP. Church of Religious Science, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura.
NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK May 21-26 The lobby of the Hall of Administration at the County Government Center will be filled with displays highlighting the employees and responsibilities of in each of the five departments in the Public Works Agency: Central Services, Engineering, Transportation, Water and Sanitation, and the Watershed Protection District. Together, these departments are responsible for construction; road engineering; water filtration and water delivery; sewage treatment; the protection of life and property from floods and other disasters; recycling, refuse collection and hazardous waste management; and safeguarding the county’s valuable water resources and watersheds. http://publicworks.countyofventura.org/index.html. 658-4315.
ASIAN PACIFIC/AMERICAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION Thursday, May 25, 1pm. The World Affairs Council of Ventura County (WAC-VC) is hosting festivities and a special lunchtime presentation, “Vietnamization’s Fallacies and Lessons for Iraq,” by author Quang X. Pham. $20-$25, lunch and presentation. Bolles Field Picnic Area, Naval Base. www.worldaffairscouncilvc.org. 988-0784.
TIP-A- COP BENEFIT Thursday, May 25, 5-9pm. Ventura County Law Enforcement Agencies continue their 2006 Tip-A-Cop benefits for the Special Olympics. Ventura County’s Probation Agency, the Port Hueneme Police Department, and representatives of the Ventura County District Attorney’s and Sheriff’s Department help raise awareness and funds serving meals from 5-9pm at Applebee’s in Ventura, 4910 Telephone Road, Camarillo at 291 Ventura Blvd., and in Thousand Oaks at 3980 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 650-7717.
BILL ISRAEL MEMORIAL MUSICALE Sunday, May 28, 4:30pm. Local resident Nancy Israel pays tribute to her late husband and raises funds for the New West Symphony with the Bill Israel Memorial Musicale. The third annual dinner concert is held at a mountain-view home in Ojai. Entertainment by former New West Symphony Discovery Artists, violinist Lindsay Deutsch and pianist Sean Chen. Tickets are $300. Please call for more information or to purchase tickets. 499-5256.
RUMI-TURNNG ECSTATIC Saturday, May 27, 7pm. An Iranian American woman journeys to Iran in search of mystical roots of her homeland. Witness whirling dervishes, both men and women communities, some footage that has never previously been permitted to be photographed, as well as numerous mystical and mysterious adventures. The film screens with Mystic Iran, 5pm, followed by a dinner break from 6:30-7:30pm. $12 general, 7pm screening $10, 5pm screening $5. Plexus Studio, Meiners Oaks. 544-9663.
JOYEUX NOEL Sunday, May 28, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the French-German-UK co-production about an impromptu truce declared during WWI on Christmas Eve between the German and French soldiers. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.
BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTING ENTRIES The premier venue for nonfiction film in the American west is seeking submissions for a festival that will take place February 15-21, 2007 in Missoula, Montana. The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres, subject matte, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash prizes given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short (15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15 minutes) and best documentary about the American west. VHS, DVD, DVCAM and miniDV accepted for preview. Fees vary by deadline and length of film. Deadline September 1. www.bigskyfilmfest.org.
HUENEME HIGH SCHOOL BAND CONCERT Thursday, May 25, 7:30pm. Oxnard Room, Performing Arts Center. 486-2424.
IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, 8pm. Friday: Summer Tournament Week 4-Teams compete for judge awarded points to be the funniest; Saturday: Special TheatreSports-Ventura competes with the Los Angeles visiting team. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.
RONNY & THE CLASSICS Friday, May 26, 8pm. Ronny and his zany crew return with their be-bopping music of the 50\’s and 60\’s, outrageous stage antics, flashy zoot suits, and lots of great oldies music. $20 adults, $18 senior/student, $15 children. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.
LES GENDARMES DU SWING Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm-10:30pm. This exciting gypsy jazz group is inspired by the great guitarist Django Reinhardt and his Quintet of the Hot Club of France. In the Django tradition, the band plays only stringed instruments. Experience the thrill of this vintage swing for strings! The James Joyce, 513 State St, Santa Barbara. www.gendarmesdus wing.com 450-6487.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK May 6-September 13. Gypsies in a Trunk open their 12th season of Fairytales in the Park with a new twist on an old favorite. Westlake Village: May 6, 11am, at Foxfield Park. Simi Valley: May 6, 4pm, at the Rancho Simi Bicentennial Amphitheater, Rancho Simi Park. Channel Islands: May 7, 2pm, at Harbor View Park. Camarillo: September 13, 11:30am, behind the Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley Street. Ventura: September 13, 4pm, at Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston. www.gypsyplayers.com. (661) 718-3968.
A LITTLE PRINCESS May 25-28 The Performance Theater for Young Artists (PTYA) will presents the heartwarming musical based on the literary classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett. $15 adults, $12 seniors and children 14 and under. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 7pm. Sunday, 3pm. Seton Hall, Ventura College Theater, Ventura. www.ptya.org. 642-4570.
SAVING THE WORLD: ONE STORY AT A TIME May 26–June 11. Theater 150’s main stage show of the season features directors and seven different casts to produce a funny and moving collection of ten-minute plays – all original works by local writers. $18, Sundays 2-for-1 tickets. Friday, Saturday 8 pm; Sunday 7 pm.
Theater 150, 918 East Ojai Ave, Ojai. www.theater150.org. 646-4300.
SHIRLEY VALENTINE May 31-June 4. The critically-acclaimed one-woman show returns! A middle-aged Liverpool housewife accepts a friend’s invitation to take an all-expenses paid trip to Greece (against her husband’s wishes) and discovers that it’s never too late to recapture your dreams and claim a full life. Karyl Lynn Burns returns to her role after last summer’s critical acclaim for her performance. $20-$49. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St, Ventura. www.rubiconthe atre.org. 667-2900.
A&R: ARTISTS AND REPRESENTATION EXHIBITION April 18-June 9. In celebration of color and consciousness, the MultiCultural Center presents the 2nd annual student art exhibition that includes works by students of color and allies as well as works informed by race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Catered reception Tuesday, April 18, 8pm. Multicultural Center, UCSB. 893-8411.
ACCOLADES GALLERY May 18-June 25. “Coffee Paintings.” a new series of mixed media work by artist Peter Eble, whose inspiration comes from the natural, warm, but raw texture of burlap sacks used to transport and store coffee beans. The burlap, including logos of the companies and countries of origin, is cut in different shapes and sizes and integrated in the paintings. The use of mostly warm colors corresponds to the nature of the beverage. Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm, and by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com. 648-4080.
AROUND THE CORNER GALLERY 7 days a week, 11am-5pm. 105 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8844.
ARIA SALON & DAY SPA Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 am-6 pm, Sun.-Mon. by appointment. 307 E. Matilija St. Suite C, Ojai, 646-5006/ 646-1300.
ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartist sunion.org. 643-3012 or 650-8252.
ARTZWORKS.COM GALLERY Gallery opening party. “A Toast to Dali.” May 27th 7-11 p.m. Call 984-2816.
BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Tom McMillin & Friends, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics, May 6-June 18. Opening reception Saturday, May 6, noon- 4pm. The public is invited to attend. Also featuring a permanent exhibition telling Woods’ life story, as well as a changing exhibit of contemporary artists. 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.
BLOOMING BLOSOMS May 6-21. The Christine Leong/Students Show, with a reception Sunday, May 7, 1-3pm. Open Saturday-Sunday, 1-4pm. Camarillo Art Center, 3150 Ponderosa Dr, Camarillo.
BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. 497-4022 or www.brokenoakgallery.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY May 30-June 24. Airom Bleicher’s “A Strange Time for Summer” features work filled with thick expression and conceptual imagery while still maintaining an innocent aesthetic appeal. Layers of glazed paint form sediment of process-based conceptions and his emotional reactions to them. Reception on Saturday, June 3rd from 4 – 7 pm. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.
CAFÉ ON A 438 South A St., Oxnard. 487-8170.
CAFÉ ZACK presents oil paintings by Hilda Kilpatrick. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9pm; Friday, 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-9:30pm; Saturday, 5:30-9:30pm. 11:30am-2pm. 1095 Thompson Boulevard, Ventura. 643-9445.
CALIFORNIA GOAL COAST WATERCOLOR SOCIETY May 4-28. The 16th annual membership show is on display. The exhibit will feature watercolor and aqua-media paintings of exceptional quality by California artists. Reception Saturday, May 6, 2pm-4pm. Hours Thursday-Sunday, 1pm-5pm. 484-7594.
CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.California Street Gallery.com. 653-0321 or cast email@example.com.
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 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.
DIVA: THE PASSION BOUTIQUE through June 17 “Peep Show,” a collection of black and white photographic images by local artist Alex Cooper, is edgy, erotic and provocative. Cooper mixes vintage pin-up with modern sadism to create a unique viewing experience. Store hours Tuesday-Saturday, 11-7, Sundays 12pm-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.coopercult.com, www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.
EXPRESSIONS OF OUR YOUTH April 27-May 31. Candidates for the Tamima Al-Awar Memorial Scholarship Program for students pursuing studies in visual arts are on display. Atrium Lobby, Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 658-2213.
FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART May 20-September 3, On Location in Malibu 2006: Paintings by the California Art Club. Features nearly 60 works by 51 artists. Reception to meet the artists Saturday, May 20, 6pm-8pm. No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.
HANG WITH THE BEST April 10-May 24. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley is proud to present the annual student/teacher art show. High school and middle school students, Grades 6-12, as well as their instructors, are invited to apply to have their artwork exhibited in the Arts Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Application available in the Mach/April issue of ARTSCENE Magazine, on www.HillcrestArts.com, or at the Hillcrest Center. Free. Galleria is open to all from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. 381-2747.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY May 25-June 18. “Wall of Color,” by Ventura County watercolor artists Sally Miller, Carol Simson and Margaret Carey will show their diverse work. Artists’ reception Friday, May 26 5-8pm. Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.
HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA 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 Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.
MADE IN OJAI IV May 26-June 18. The Ojai Studio Artists hold their annual spring exhibition, including student work from scholarship winners on display during the opening reception. Reception June 3, 5:30pm-8pm. Wallace Neff Building, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. www.ojaistudioartists.com. 524-6970.
MADONNA AND OUR CHILDREN through June. Leslie Marcus’s new works are presented, abstract contemporary images of mother and child painted in oils, with an elegant palette of hues and simplistic forms. Wednesday-Mondays, 10am-5pm. 446 Main St., Ventura. 653-2600.
MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.
NATALIE’S ECLECTIBLES presents Hilda Kilpatrick’s oil paintings in “California Reflections.” Fascinated by the beauty found in nature, Kilpatrick’s oil paintings are primarily landscapes, local scenes and places that speak to her soul. She works without layering – wet on wet, from top to bottom. 494 E. Main St, Ventura.
NATALIE’S FINE THREADS UPSTAIRS GALLERY 596 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-8854.
NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Three Decades will be on exhibit April 8-May 31. The exhibit will celebrate the career of Gary Lang by highlighting pivotal works from 1980 to present, featuring the influential painting Night Life, from 1987, which is the birth of the Circle, Line, Mirror and Plaid paintings that Lang has become known for. Opening reception Saturday, April 8, 5-7pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.
ODYSSEY May 8-June 30. Ner Bicarme’s collection of 18 black and whites and sepia photographs on display. Bank hours Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm; Friday 9am-6pm. Ojai Community Bank, 402 W. Ojai Ave, Suite 102, Ojai. 646-9909.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM May 12-August 12. “Encounters: 60 Years of the Ojai Music Festival” includes archive photos of legendary music artists, a gallery of commemorative posters, and a tribute to the Festival Women’s Committee. Cocktail party and reception on Friday, May 12, 5:30pm-7:30pm, $60 per person. 646-2094, ext. 104.
OVERTON HALL Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316.
SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION May 20-June 11 Artist Fellowship Showcase features City of Ventura Cultural Funding Program recipients, and guest curator Nathan Larramendy. Reception Wednesday, May 24, 6pm-8pm. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.
SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM May 7-August 27. Norton, Von Dutch, & Co: Legendary Motorcycles from the Schoenewald Collection is presented. At the Sunday, May 7 reception from 1-3pm, collector and owner Daniel Schoenewald will speak about the motorcycles in this collection. Some of the greatest names in motorcycle racing, design, and history are on display, including Norton Commando, Von Dutch, Triumph, BSA, Brough, and Vincent. This is the first public exhibition of this collection in California. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.
SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY May 26-June 17. “The Spirit of the Sierras,” is an exhibition of wilderness photographer Ken Wise’s series on the Sierra Nevadas.255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643.3973.
STUDIO 84 WEST Thurs.-Sat., 6-8pm. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.
STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER May 13-June 24. Four distinct exhibitions run concurrently: “Points in Time,” landscape paintings by Susan Petty, in the Evans Gallery; “Figure Play & Clay Thoughts,” sculpture by Annemarie Han, paintings by Gayel Childress, in the O’Keeffe Gallery; “After Images,” new paintings by Julia Pinkham and “From the Gallerie de Refusè – Please Don’t Look,” Found Object Assemblages by Tom Kimbrell, both in the Gerd Koch Gallery; “Wish You Were Here: The Tourist Photographer,” a group show of travel photos, in the Hallway Gallery. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.
THE STUDIO GALLERY Exhibiting paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture by international and local contemporary artists. Daily, 10am-6pm. 2741 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 985-1546.
UPFRONT GALLERY April 29-June 11. “New Collages, Drawings and Paintings” by acclaimed L.A. painter Dawn Arrowsmith, whose work is derived from investigations of nature, longevity, daily sustenance and meditation. Through a meditative and ritualistic process, Arrowsmith has developed a very focused group of paintings. Artist reception Saturday, April 29, 6-9pm. 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 HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Gallery hours: Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Sunday. 1591 Spinnaker Drive , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.
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 The missing link in art education presents the student’s drawings, paintings, and mixed media pieces at the 2006 annual art shows. www.youngatart studios.com. Exhibits on display Monday-Saturday, 3pm-6pm330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STUDIO ARTISTS TOUR. Do you want to be a Very Important Part of the 2006 Studio Artists Tour? Focus on the Masters is looking for pleasant, hardworking, multi-talented, and charming volunteers to help us with mailings, ticket sales, Gala set-up, Gala reception and reservations, tour reservations, and lots of other things. We need volunteers during the weeks leading up to the Tour and we need volunteers on the days of the Gala and the Tour itself. Any volunteer who donates a minimum of three hours will earn a Tour ticket. 653-2501.
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 10 am-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.
DUDLEY HOUSE Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.
FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE: FAMOUS AND INFAMOUS TWOSOMES May 9- September 10. The George Stuart Historical Figures on display include Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen. The one-quarter life-size portraits of historical personalities are renowned for their meticulous wardrobes and expressive faces. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 East Main Street. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. $4 ages 18-61, $3 seniors and $1 children ages 6-17. Free for children under 5 and museum members. 653-0323.
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.gullwingsmuseum 4kids.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 Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.
VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM This 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 $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.
SEEKING SUBMISSIONS Oxnard students are invited to illustrate “the rhythms of culture” through art, in the annual Multicultural Festival Art Contest, sponsored by the City of Oxnard. Participants must be Oxnard residents, 6-18 years of age. Deadline Friday, May 26. More info: 385-7434.
BROADWAY BABIES Mondays, April 17-June 12, 4:15-5:15pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the musical theater class for ages 6-14. Class incorporates acting, singing, dancing, makeup, costumes, and sets. Presentation follows end of session. Call for schedule and fees. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills. (818) 597-7361.
MANNERS CLASSES Mondays, April 21-June 9. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services hold basic etiquette classes for children. P’s and Q’s basic etiquette class for ages 6-10, 4:15-5:15pm. Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 597-7361.
BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturdays, 10:15am-12pm. The Carnegie Art Museum is offering a series of art workshops for kids ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. $1 per child. Reservations required. 385-8171.
TEEN TYPING CLASS Tuesdays, April 27-June 1, 3:20-4:20pm. The City of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services offers the typing-keyboarding classing for teens ages 11-17. Six week class meets at Lindero Canyon Middle School. $65. (818) 597-7361.
ART NEEDED! RHYTMS OF CULTURES THROUGH ART Oxnard students are invited to illustrate the importance of diversity and culture in our community for a show that will be held Saturday, October 7. Participants must be 6-18 years of age, and drawing must incorporate festival theme, “Celebrate the Rhythms of Cultures.” Entry forms available at the Community Affairs Division Office, 300 W. Third Street, 4th Floor, Oxnard. Deadline for submission is Friday, May 26.
CLUB SOCCER TRY-OUTS Looking for girls born on or after Aug. 1, 1992 for competitive Team. 890-8532.
LEAVES OF ABSENCE: LET ME COUNT THE WAYS Friday, May 26, 7:30-9am. Alfred J. Landegger, Esq., Managing Partner, and Michael S. Lavenant, Esq., Attorney, Landegger & Baron, speak on leaves of absence. Free. Camarillo Hampton Inn and Suites, 50 W. Daily Drive, Camarillo. 987-7128.
GRAND PARENTING Saturday, May 27, 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, May 27-28, 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.
OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT CITIZEN ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, May 10-July 26, 6-9pm. The Department begins a new class covering a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Must live or work in Oxnard. 385-7631.
FOCUS ON THE MASTERS: LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, April 6-May 25, 7pm-9:30pm. Richard Franklin leads a class where students will work with a live model and learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring a 18” by 24” drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Age 16 to adults. $80 for 8 weeks plus model fee.
OJAI PERFORMING ARTS THEATER ACADEMY April 10-June 10. OPATA offers a new buffet of classes in music, dance, theater, including beginning guitar, African hand drums, ballet, pre-ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and acting at all levels. All classes this session will be performance oriented, with students working on performance pieces to be presented in OPATA’s Spring Showcase on June 10. Registration for the spring session is now open, deadline is April 7. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. 640-6404.
GENTLE YOGA Wednesday, April 19-June 14, 2:30-3:30pm. Class for adults. Improve flexibility, strength, overall fitness and stress management. Course is designed to meet your individual needs. Bring mat and towel, and wear comfortable clothes. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.
LINE DANCE CLASS Thursdays, May 18-June 22, 7-8pm. $8 class, $40 six week workshop. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 551-7991.
2 DAY WORKSHOP WITH JABLONSKI Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 28, 9am-1pm. Local artist Irena Jablonski will teach. Learn how to paint a nude or clothed figure, integrate it into the background, seeing shapes, color, value and edges. Working wet into wet, from start to finish. $50, limited to 10 students. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr, Suite 117C, Ventura. www.HarborVillage Gallery.com. 644-2750.
IMPROV CLASSES The Livery Theatre, home to Ventura TheatreSports, offers classes in comedy improv for youth, teens and adults. First class is always free. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701. Online at www.venturaimprov.com.
FAVORITE POEMS PROJECT Third Monday, 5:15pm-6:30pm. Open mic: all poets and non-poets invited to read a favorite poem (not their own) or two. Hosted by Lois Klein. The Blue Agave, 20 E. Cota, Santa Barbara.
OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura.
OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 6:30-10pm. All ages welcome. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.
OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. Host: Enid Osborn. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura, 320-3524.
OPEN MIC Wednesdays (except the first of the month), 7:30 pm Hosted by Miss Marissa. Kava Dume, 5653 Kana Rd., Agoura, (818) 865-8602.
MUSICIAN’S NIGHT OUT Wednesdays, 7:30-11pm. Traditional gathering of writers and performers. California Taco Co., 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7174.
POETRY WORKSHOP Every second and fourth Wednesday. Barnes and Noble, Ventura.
WRITER’S WORKSHOP Every 4th Wednesday with a different teacher every month. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd, Ventura. 644-0064.
POETRY READING Thursdays, 7 pm-10 pm Hosted by Daniela Schonberger. Giovanni’s, 6583 Pardell Rd., Isla Vista, 968-2255.
REDS HOT POETRY First Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. Open mic. Hosted by Sojourner Rolle. Red Hot Coffee House, 12 Helena St, Santa Barbara.
SOAP BOX POETS Second Thursday of every month, 7:30pm. Open mic. Hosted by Kathleen Roxby. Borers, Camino Real Shopping Center, Goleta.
OUTLAW POETS OPEN WORD First Friday of the month, 7pm. Bart\’s Books, 302 W. Matilija, Ojai. 646-3755.
LATTE 101 First Saturday of every month, 8pm. Open mic with music. Hosted by Nurse Bob. 5722 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.
THE POETRY ZONE Second Saturday of every month, 2pm-4pm. Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 21 W. Anapamu, Santa Barbara.
POETRY OPEN MIC Sundays, 5 pm-8 pm Hosted by Paradox and Mama Val. Every second Sunday is Ventura SLAM 101 with $101 prize. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.
CERTIFIED MARKET- VENTURA Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.
CERTIFIED MARKET- THOUSAND OAKS Thursdays, 3pm-7pm. The Oaks Shopping Center, Wilbur Rd. & Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.
CERTIFIED MARKET- DOWNTOWN VENTURA Saturdays, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara & Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.
CERTIFIED MARKET- SANTA CLARITA Sundays, 8:30am-12pm. College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8, Santa Clarita. 529-6266.
BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, May 25, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.
CALIFORNIA STATE OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION Sunday, May 28, 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.
SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, May 28, 5-8pm. Dance to live music of the swinging years with an 18-piece orchestra, including vocalists Jan Nielson and Diz Mullins. $8. The Sportsman Restaurant, 4426 Central Ave., Camarillo. 983-0668.
INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, May 29, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.
COUNTRY WESTERN DANCE Tuesday, May 30, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.
SALSA DANCING Tuesday, May 30, 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.
WEST COAST SWING Tuesdays, 7pm. Poinsettia Swing Dance club hosts their weekly dance and lessons. Under 21 welcome. 7pm: beginning West Coast swing lesson; 8pm: intermediate lesson; 8:30-10:30pm: West Coast Swing Dancing. $10 before 8pm, $6 after 8pm. House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Ave., Ste. E Ventura. 643-0788.
SALSA LESSONS & SALSA DANCING Wednesday, May 31. Come learn Salsa dancing and play and practice afterwards. Beginning Salsa, 6:30pm; Beginning with 1-2 intermediate moves, 7:00 pm; Intermediate Salsa Moves, 7:45; Advanced moves, 8:30pm; Salsa Dancing 9pm. $10 for salsa class, $5 dance after 9pm. Lobster Trap, 3605 Peninsula Road, Oxnard. 405-2946.
SALSA Every Monday, 6:30pm. Under 21 are VERY welcome! 6:30pm, beginning salsa; 7pm, beginning with 1 or 2 intermediate moves; 7:45pm, intermediate salsa moves; 8:30pm, advanced moves; 9pm, salsa dance. $10, new customers ? price pass first time. Nicholby’s Night Club, 410 E. Main, Ventura. 405-2946.
FAMILY CARE & VOLUNTEER FAIR Thursday, May 25, 8:30am-noon. Receive Family Care information including child care and senior services, plus volunteer opportunities throughout Ventura County are also available. Ventura County Government Center, Main Courtyard. 652-7506.
ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, May 27, 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.
VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY Thursday, May 25, 7:30pm. The society holds their monthly meeting. Featured speaker: Jo Maravilla, owner of Maravilla Gardens Nursery in the Santa Rosa Valley. Cowan Conference Center, 550 Airport Way, Camarillo. 523-9003.
VENTURA ATHEISTS Monday, May 29. Dynamic discussion group focuses on stimulating and challenging discourse and moderated discussions on topics relevant to atheism. All viewpoints are welcome. The Underground, 3367 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 794-4714.
ORGANIC GARDEN AND HERB SOCIETY Tuesday, May 30, 7pm. Monthly meeting and summer planting discussion. Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 498-1623.
PING PONG Thursdays, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. Call 646-8162 for more information.
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.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. (888) 702-0202. Visit online at www.oa-ci.org.
AAUW Coffee & Chats First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome. Side Street Café, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. 495-9669.