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Ventura Hillsides Music Festival

Sept. 30, 1 p.m. Ventura Hillsides Conservancy presents the 2006 Ventura Hillsides Music Festival in Arroyo Verde Park. Featured performers include Michael McDonald, Jackson Browne with Fred Martin & the Levite Camp, Crosby Loggins & the Lead Birds, and Brett Dennen. The annual fund-raiser is a popular local celebration of music and conservation, raising funds and awareness for the Conservancy\\\’s land preservation efforts. All proceeds support the creation of the Ventura Hillside Preserve. The City of Ventura hosts the popular children area featuring a climbing wall and other activities. Gates open 11:30am, music begins at 1pm. General admission $45. Parking provided at Ventura College with free shuttle buses to the concert site. Food and beverages available at the concert. Picnics and small coolers welcome but glass, alcohol and pets are not permitted. Concert-goers encouraged to bring low-back beach chairs, cushions and blankets. No cameras or recorders permitted. 643-8044. Visit online at www.venturahillsides.org.

Madeleine Peyroux

Oct. 4, 8 p.m. The brilliant vocalist returns to perform an inspired mix of soulful blues and jazz numbers from her widely anticipated forthcoming album. With her stirring, smoke-and-whiskey vocals, Peyroux’s style has rightfully gained comparisons to jazz legends like Etta James and Billie Holiday. Her elegant blend of country ballads, torch songs and uptown blues evoke the Parisian cafes in which Peyroux came of age as a street performer. $46 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

Ojai Classic Rock Festival

Sept. 30, 11 a.m. The 10-hour live-music extravaganza features impersonations and recreations of the superstars of rock, including Pink Floyd, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, David Bowie and blues-rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. Expected highlights include Northern California\\\’s House of Floyd, a musical tribute to Pink Floyd including a special complete performance of Dark Side of the Moon, combined with a spectacular video and laser light show. A vendor faire features food and beverage, tie-dyes of every type imaginable, curios from around the world and more. Benefiting Kids’ Arts, the concert is held at Libbey Bowl, downtown Ojai. $25 advance, $30 gate. Tickets available at Salzer\\\’s Records in Ventura, and Ojai Creates in Ojai. Please visit online at www.howardpresents.com.

Special Events

ROBYN RAGGIO WELCOMED AT CENTER FOR THE ARTS Saturday, Sept. 30, 1-9pm. Successful television photographer and visual artist Robyn Raggio will present her solo show of her work at the Artist’s Union Gallery. Incorporating Visual and digital performances with her canvas productions, Raggio’s show, A Journey of Elements, promises to stretch the boundaries of the conventional art exhibition and add new dimensions to the gallery-going experience. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura
MARINE RESERVES DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT PUBLIC HEARING Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6:15-9pm. The public is invited to comment on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary’s Marine Reserves Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Sanctuary staff provide an overview for those not familiar with the statement. Sheraton Four Points Hotel, San Buenaventura Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. 884-1472.

Film

WERNER HERZOG DOUBLE FEATURE Monday, October 2. The UCSB Arts and Lectures series will host two films from the inventive German filmmaker highlighting the edgy, ultra realism of Herzog’s directorial style. Aguirre, The Wrath of God considers a band of conquistadors and their imperialist endeavors in Peru while Grizzly Man explores wildlife activist’s bizarre video journals and untimely end in the Grizzly populated mountains of Alaska. General $6, Students $5. Call 893-3535 for more information.

Performances

TOMMY EMMANUEL Friday, Sept. 29, 8pm. The Australian musician will bring his guitar wizardry to Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre. Integrating his own unique “finger style” with percussion techniques, Emmanuel has won critical success over his 45 year career, culminating in his 1996 Grammy nominated record with guitar legend Chet Atkins. Audiences should anticipate a set filled with Emmanuel’s trademark showmanship and voluminous repertoire. $40. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522; (213) 365-3500.

REVOLUTION: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES Sat. Sept. 30, 7pm. The tribute band will cover everything from “Hard Day’s Night” to “”You’re Going To Lose That Girl” in a one night only engagement intended to relive the famous quartet’s most memorable hits and performances. After performing for the likes of Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, and Penny Marshall, the band will head to Thousand Oaks in a benefit concert sponsoring City Counsil hopeful John Glen DiGuiseppe. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (800) 583-8700.

BARNUM Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Sept. 22-Oct. 29. High Street Arts Center and the City of Moorpark present the first show of their inaugural season, a musical inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum. The musical touches upon events which may have led to Barnum\\\’s eventual partnership with James A. Bailey and the formation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Includes the popular musical numbers \”There is a Sucker,\” \”Join the Circus,\” \”Thank God I\\\’m Old,\” and \”One Brick at a Time.\” $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and under. High Street Arts Center 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

SINGING IN THE RAIN Friday, Sept. 22 and 29, 7:30pm, Saturday, Sept. 23-30, 3 and 7:30pm, and Sunday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 2 and 6pm. Oceanview Pavilion and The Performance Theater for Young Artists proudly present the stage musical based on the classic motion picture. $20 general, $15 students and seniors. Free parking. 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 986-4818.Visit online at www.oceanviewinfo.com.

GILBERT & SULLIVAN’S TRIAL BY JURY Saturday, Sept. 23, 1pm & 3pm. There will be no silence in the courtroom when Ventura College Opera & Musical Theatre presents this production of the duo’s first musical collaboration, a delightfully zany one-act comedy about a woman spurned in marriage, her unfaithful paramour and the colorful judge who takes pity on her. City Hall Council Chambers, 501 Poli St, Ventura. 653-6100; 653-0454.

SMALL POTATOES Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7:30pm. The folk duo from Chicago play music and make ridiculous potato jets in concert. Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso specialize in traditional songs from Ireland and England, the blues, cowboy songs, and silly songs. They play guitars, mandolin, flutes, whistles, concertina, and other percussion. They also yodel in harmony. $15 advance, $17 door. Ojai Valley Woman\\\’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-5163.

BAYANIHAN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY Wednesday, Sept. 27, 8pm. The colorfully ebullient dance company brings its native country’s culture and artistry to Malibu. Bayanihan has performed thousands of times before millions of people in six continents. $40 adults, $20 children. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522; (213) 365-3500.

Theater

BUGSY MALONE JR. Sept. 30 & October 1, 1-4pm. Performances of the Prohibition era musical will be staged at the Conejo Players Theatre this and next Saturday and Sunday. Based on the successful Paul Williams production, Bugsy will boast 57 actors in high energy numbers and a twisting plot. $14 Thursdays, $16 Fridays and Sundays, $18 Saturdays. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Sept. 1-30. Come see an eclectic cast of real characters in the tale of a cab driver with two lives and two wives – one sexually-charged, one play-by-the rules. Throw in two police detectives and a gay dress-maker and you have the elements of chaos, double-entendre and innuendo. Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 7pm. $15 general, $12 seniors, students and Art Center members. 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. www.OjaiACT.org. 640-8797.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ALLEGORY through Sept. 30, “18 Equals 60.” A collection spanning half a century of some of Ventura County’s finest artists. 60 Oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastels, drawings, watercolor, photography, sculpture and even computer art pieces are represented in this Grand Opening Show, by 18 local professional artists ranging in age from 37 through 87. 1076 E. Front St., Ventura. www.allegoryfinearts.com. 643.7511.

ARCHITEXTURE New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

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.

ART FIRST! CENTER FOR THE ARTS The new home base and showplace for Ventura County’s professional artists. Home to Allegory Fine Arts Gallery. Lectures and seminars to come. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Aug. 26-Sept. 24, “Book Arts.” Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.ven turaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS through Oct. 21, the work of Linda Smith. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm.

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.

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Sept. 19-Oct. 14. “Town and Country: Urban and Rural Environment” A photo-realistic, yet painterly exhibit, Steve Cook’s scenes depict decaying, manmade objects combined with rurual landscapes speak to a time that is both contemporary and nostalgic. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura.

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

CAFÉ ZACK Hilda Kilpatrick. View oil and pasted paintings from the artist’s personal collection. Kilpatrick has been featured at several Ventura ArtWalk events. 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 STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbcglobal.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Sept. 10-Nov. 19, “Latin Perspectives in Prints” and “Building the Legacy.” 53 prints and works on paper will be on view. The featured artists all share their individual views using the linoleum block, the wood block, the lithograph stone, the etching plate, or the screen print. Also: twentieth and twenty-first century California art from the Carnegie Art Museum’s permanent collection, including a recent major acquisition of a new painting, #Light Beyond the Veil#, by plein air artist Daniel Pinkham. General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Sept. 27-Oct. 22 “Personal Reflections” Longtime Ventura High School art teacher Patti Post will have her “narrative paintings” on display. Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.

HERZOG WINE Features a new series of diverse art work, including oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists, is on display. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.

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.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY through Sept. 29, “Seeing the Land of Oz.” Fine art photographer Pat Osborne gives a personal and magical view of his world, a collection of images that explore light, shadow, color texture and form. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

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 Sept 2-Sept. 21. Works by Lynn Creighton: sculptures of women celebrating their lives. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MAIN CALIFORNIA ARTIST a new gallery in town! An ongoing exhibit features several local artists in a variety of mediums. Free Saturday night musical performances weekly, 7-8:30pm, including classical piano performances by Maestro Bryan Tari, as well as jazz, opera or string quartets. 494 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-7000.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Sept. 9-Oct. 13, “Transformative.” A group exhibition exploring the moment of transformation featuring the work of Emlie Clark, Franklin Evans, Ruth Pastine and Rachel Urokowitz. Reception Saturday, Sept. 9, 3-5pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which not only includes art but an array of arts and crafty projects to create your own Odd piece. Ojai. 540-5050.

OJAI ART CENTER Sept. 3-Sept. 28, “Visions of Peace.” Ojai Artists for Peace is creating a movement of collaboration between artists for the sake of peace. Each artist will present their interpretation of peace including the white dove as a common symbol in the exhibit. Art exhibit reception and award presentations Sunday, Sept. 10, 1pm-4pm. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION Aug. 26-Sept. 24, Book Art. There has been a revival of Book Art in the past dozen years, as artists have rediscovered the special intimacy and creative freedom of an art form with no restrictions and few boundaries – now this form comes to Ventura. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP 907 State St, Santa Barbara. 963-2332.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Sept. 24-Jan. 21, “NASA’s Aero Adventure: the Wonders and Science of Flight,” a hands-on exploration of jet propulsion flight. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART Sept. 7-Oct. 1, “Color Journey – Inside and Out.” A collection of paintings by Beatrix Rohlsen and Janat Dundas. 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 Sept. 16-Nov. 4, three exhibitions running concurrently. “Memories of Sea & Sky: paintings by Elisse Pogofsky-Harris” in the Evans Gallery, with more than 20 sea and sky paintings featuring a paradoxical quality: On the one hand, the works contain neither persons nor artifacts that would establish a human scale; they evoke a world removed from human perspectives. On the other, they seem to invite an investment on the part of the viewer, not just as an audience for the artistic display, but as an individual in conversation with the natural world. “New Abstract Painting: a two-person show with Peter Eble and Richard P. Schaefer, in the O’Keeffee Gallery, where Eble combines asphalt, varnish, sheets of lead and copper as he explores the use of industrial materials in non-objective art. Schaefer’s new work may look minimalist with the large areas of color-shapes but they in fact derive from an expressionistic background. “The WORD Pictured: Biblically-inspired mixed media art of Lee Hodges” in The Gerd Koch Gallery. Hodges’s work contains text from the Bible, often in the original Greek or Hebrew with abstract shapes and colors, united with figurative and architectural elements. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-3pm, or by appointment. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.stu diochannelislands.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.

SULLIVAN GOSS Aug. 31-Oct. 18, “Hank Pitcher: New Work for a New Space.” Features the artist’s monumental surfboard paintings, Central Coast landscapes and a new cycle of work the artist refers to as “botanical paintings.” 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY through Sept. 23, “Civil Defense, Atom Bomb and Family,” an art installation featuring the work of artists Warren Sherich, Jr. and Charles Hood. This powerful installation features a “cold war” theme as seen through the eyes of a child, as well as imagery of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both past and present, in photographs and poetry. Whimsical, sarcastic paintings explore the issue of the atomic age and its ubiquitous absurd presence in our daily lives. 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 Hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Thurs. 12-5pm; Sun. by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA’S FESTIVAL OF 3D ART Sept. 25-Oct. 8. 3-dimensional exhibits on display, including sculpture, ceramics, welding, pottery, mixed media, assemblage, Legos, fish bones masks, angels tile, glass, wood, barbed wire or just about anything tactile. Many venues, including Art City Studios & Gallery, Buenaventura Gallery, Fox Fine Jewelry, California Street Gallery, Accolades Gallery< Ventura County Museum of History and Art, Ventura Visitors and Conventions Bureau, Bell Arts Factory, Gallery 33, Artists’ Union Gallery, Stoneworks Studio and Gallery. 648-2075.

ANCIENT MARKS: THE SCARED ORIGINS OF TATTOOS AND BODY MARKING Sept. 12-Oct. 10. The Ventura College Galleries present the work of Chris Rainier of National Geographic and Ventura College alumna Amanda Granfield. Rainier’s work in Gallery 2 was created during the seven years of world travel in which he photographed traditions of tattooing, scarification, piercing and other forms of body-altering art. In his time working for publications like Time, Life andthe New York Times he has traveled to Somalia, Sarajevo/Bosnia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Cambodia and Iraq documenting famine and war. Granfield’s work in the New Media Gallery explores her idea that “scar tissue interrupts these patterns and brings to mind the function of skin: a boundary to separate the self from others. Scars are a break in this boundary. One is reminded of how fragile one’s corporeal existence is… While the body works to form a scar in order to heal a wound, the mind works to create a memory of the experience that surrounds the scar.” Call for hours vary. Ventura College. 648-8974.

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 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY through Nov. 15, “The Voyages of Zheng He.” A mini exhibit of the 15th century Chinese admiral is on display to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Chinese treasure fleets that carried silks and porcelains to exchange for goods throughout the world. (818) 889-2278.

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 Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm. 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 HOSTS FRITZ KREISLER CONCERTO RECORDING Sunday, October 1, 1-4pm. A Fritz Kreisler Violin Concerto Recording will be presented at the historic Dudley House along with free tours of the estate. Admission is free. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.

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.

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 Sept. 1-Oct. 2, “Qi Pang, an Exhibit of Contemporary Paintings.” 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 Sept. 12-Jan. 7, “Liberty: Blood of Patriots.” A new exhibit of detailed figures created by artist George Stuart. Figures on display include George and Martha Washington, Benedict Arnold, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Accompanying historical monologues by George Stuart. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “Saddle Up: Vaqueros, Cowboys and Charros,” an exhibit that explores Ventura County’s rich history of horseback riding and cattle ranching. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “A Personal Vision: Photographs by Robert G. Smith.\” $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

MATURE MINGLERS Thursdays. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, Ventura. 648-3035.

SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and over, are invited to the weekly Wednesday Night Bingo at the Avenue Adult Center. Grand Opening Wednesday, Sept. 6 features all new bingo equipment, free cakes, soft drinks, door prizes, plus a free dauber. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM ART PROGRAMS Saturday, Sept. 23, 1:30-4pm. The Carnegie Art Museum offers new art classes and events to complement their fall exhibitions: Latin Perspectives in Prints and Building the Legacy. The Building Blocks of Art program for children aged 7-12 and their adult guardians continues with five new classes Sept. 30, and Oct. 7 and 14, 10:15am-noon. $2 per child, guardians free. Classes help participants learn about the elements of art, like line, shape, form, color, and texture by studying artwork in the museum\\\’s current exhibitions and creating hands-on art projects. Studio Art Class for Teens is geared towards young adults aged 13-18. Next classes held Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 and 14, 1:30-4pm. $10, includes all art supplies. Classes offer students an opportunity to explore a variety of media and learn advanced studio techniques using the elements of art as a framework. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

PACIFIC VIEW MALL CALLS FOR STUDENT ART deadline Friday, Sept. 29, 5pm. Open to students K-12. Work must be on 8 ?\” x 11\” paper and not framed. Work will be on view at the Pacific View Mall during Ventura County Arts Week, Oct. 6-15. The student who received the most votes in each grade category will receive a $25 gift certificate to the mall. Artwork may be mailed or delivered in person; entry forms available at the Pacific View Mall Guest Services kiosk and county libraries. 658-2213.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 23-24, 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.

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JOHN BERENDT Sun., October 1, 3pm. The author of Midnight In the Garden Of Good and Evil will be giving a reading of his newest work, The City of Falling Angels, a look at the eccentric lives and lifestyles of a cross-section of Venetians. Attendants are encouraged to for an after lecture signing. General $10, Students $8. Call 893-3535 for more information.

A MIDDLE EAST UPDATE Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7-8:30pm. The Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters present their September public forum featuring Dr. Mahmood Ibrahim, Chair, Dept of History, Cal Poly State University, Pomona. Mahmood is the author of two books: Merchant Capital and Islam, about the rise and expansion of Islam in the 7th century, and The Oral History of the Intifada in Arabic, about the Intifada and how it could be used to challenge traditional/ orientalist conceptions of Middle Eastern Society. Free. Thousand Oaks Library, 2441 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 241-8855.

Classes/Workshops

LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 2, -9:30pm. Focus on the Masters presents this life drawing class for ages 16 to adult. Working with live models, students learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring 18\”x24\” drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

THE SONGWRITER’S NOTEBOOK Saturdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28, 11am-1pm. Focus on the Masters presents this class for adults. Participants play their material on CD, cassette tape, or live for the instructor during this weekly workshop for songwriters. Feedback provided. Recording, publishing processes and guidelines on industry standards are reviewed. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS every other Saturday beginning Sept. 9, 8:30am-3pm. The Ventura County Chapter 255 of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is offering an instructional seminar consisting of six workshops aimed at teaching new entrepreneurs the basics of starting and managing a small business. Topics covered will include Fundamentals of Starting a New Business, Buying a Business or Franchise, Developing Your Business Plan, Fundamentals of Marketing, Home Based & Internet Businesses, Financial Management, Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs, and Business Insurance. $100 for all six workshops, or $60 for VCCCD students. Individual workshops may be attended, $30 per workshop. Oxnard College. HYPERLINK \”http://www.scoreventura.org\” http://www.scoreventura.org 986-5896

WU STYLE SHORT FORM TAI CHI Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Scott Nordeng continues his seven week class. $15 per class. Church of Religious Science, 101 Laurel Ave., Ventura. 659-2113.

BLOGGING AS AN ART FORM: CREATIVE WRITING AND THE PERSONAL NARRATIVE Saturday, Sept. 23, 1:30-3:30pm. The emerging blogosphere has given millions of writers of all ages the opportunity to instantly share their essays and images to a world-wide online audience. Learn how to create an online journal and share your interests, thoughts, and passions in an engaging style to entice readers. Presented by Focus on the Masters, the course is for ages 15 to adult. Instructor: Barbara Wunder Hynes. $30. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

OXNARD POLICE CITIZEN’S ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, 6-9pm. The Oxnard Police Department begins a new class every Wednesday through Dec. 13. The class covers a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, traffic stops, gang injunction, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone over 18 years of age, who lives or works in Oxnard, and has not previously attended the class. Free. 385-7631.

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 HYPERLINK \”http://www.venturaimprov.com.\” www.venturaimprov.com.

DO DESSERT! Classes include Fancy Chocolate Desserts, Cookies and Decorated Treats and The Wonder of Chocolate. 3-hour classes include appetizers and beverages. Fees include all this along with desserts and supplies. $45-55. HYPERLINK \”http://www.dodessert.com\” www.dodessert.com for class schedules. 647-8775.

Literature/Poetry

NOIR/MYSTERY POETRY/PROSE OPEN MIC in honor of the Ventura Mystery Festival. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura, 320-3524.

SPOKEN WORD CAFÉ Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30pm. Spoken Word Café at Zoeys Café celebrates International Peace Day with featured poet-translator Jen Hofer, and poet-musician Emil Brikha from Sweden. Open Mic follows, bring words of peace and peaceful words. Hosted by Gwendolyn Alley, the Spoken Word Café is presented the third Thursday of every month. Pass the hat. El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091. Please visit online at HYPERLINK \”http://www.zoeyscafe.com.\” www.zoeyscafe.com.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. This week: Dorothea Grossman and Michael Vlatkavich. 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.

POETRY WORKSHOP Every second and fourth Wednesday. Barnes and Noble, Ventura.

VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB third Wednesday fo the month. E-mail HYPERLINK \”mailto:joylam@aol.com\” joylam@aol.com, HYPERLINK \”mailto:elnomac@aol.com\” elnomac@aol.com

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.

BELL ARTS FACTORY last Saturday of the month, 7:30pm. Open Mic.

POEMCRAFTERS GUILD for more info, send your bio and a sample of work to 807 Camino Concordia, Camarillo, 93010. 491-3242.

Farmers’ Markets

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.

Stepping Out

BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

COUNCIL ON AGING DANCE Friday, Sept. 22, 7:30-10:30pm. Dance held second and last Friday of every month. Proceeds contribute to the funding of programs and services. Drawing for door prizes. Light refreshments, live music. $6. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.

SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, Sept. 24, 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. 983-8668.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, Sept. 22, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Sept. 26, 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, Sept. 27. 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.

Health

BEAUTY THROUGH WELLNESS EXPO Sunday, Sept. 22, 10am-4pm. Your Health Connection Magazine hosts their health and wellness expo featuring an interactive show of vendors filling the entire ballroom of the Westlake Plaza Hotel. The expo presents the best in the health and beauty industry providing the opportunity to experience these wonderful products and services. Fifty percent of proceeds benefit Cancer Hope Foundation. For tickets please call (818) 889-8350.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features 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. 421-9270.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER\\\’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid\\\’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

Clubs/Groups

DISABLED VETERANS BUSINESS OPPORUNITY/ TOWN HALL MEETING Thursday, Sept. 28, 3-5pm. This business conference will focus on developing opportunities for veterans and disabled veterans through regional networking. Contact the DVBE Alliance at 916-446-3510 for more information.

VENTURA COUNTY HAND WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD Saturday, Sept. 23, 9:30am. The group gets together for their monthly meeting with a program on Japanese braiding. 701 S. Del Norte Blvd., Unit 115-120, Oxnard. 527-1915.

FREETHINKERS OF VENTURA COUNTY Sunday, Sept. 24, 2-4:30pm. The organization meets for their monthly meeting. Camarillo Library, Don Adolofo Room, 3100 Ponderosa Camarillo. 386-4232.

LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP Mondays. A group to help build alliances, support and coping skills. Singles and couples welcome. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext. 108

DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance.. 339-6344 ext 108.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

CONEJO SKI & SPORTS CLUB 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 8pm-9pm. This year-round social club welcomes active adults to meet, develop friendships and share outdoor and social functions. This is the largest club of its kind in Southern California and it strives to provide a healthy forum where members can share new experiences at affordable prices. Palm Garden Hotel, Newbury Park.

THERAPIST SUPPORT GROUP Wednesdays This is a group for therapists and interns to help each other with self care and other specific issues. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. Meets weekly. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

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.

ONE AGAIN Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Wednesdays, 7:30pm, Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura; Thursdays, 7:30pm, Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 non-members. 445-4526.

RELATIONSHIPS, EMOTIONS & PURPOSE SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays. A group for personal and spiritual growth and coping with grief, loss and depression. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.

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.

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Oxnard Autumn Home And Downtown Tour

Sept. 24, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. When thinking of historic districts in Southern California, Oxnard may not immediately come to mind. But Oxnard is home to the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District, an area of classically built homes that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1999 (the district includes 144 homes on F and G Street, with approximately 600 homes in the surrounding neighborhood that are architecturally significant – some dating back to 1903). Join the Friends of Old Oxnard for a delightful day in touring the area and viewing seven distinctive period homes plus several historic sites in the downtown area. In addition, several exhibitors offering antique and revival furnishings and decorative arts appropriate for creating the perfect Arts and Crafts interior will be featured. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, group rates offered. Tour begins at Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C Street, Oxnard. www.oxnardhistoricdistrict.com. 483-7960.

Erle Stanley Gardner Mystery Festival

Sept. 21-24. Ventura’s artists celebrate the city’s most famous lawyer and author of the Perry Mason detective series. The event takes place at various venues throughout the City. Community partners include local arts organizations, restaurants, hotels and business who present programs relating to the theme of mystery and the literary arts. Sept. 23, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.: Mystery Festival Arts & Crafts & Book Fair, Plaza Park. Arts, books, music at the Gazebo, play area for children, classic car show. Artist Ines Monguio offers a free book-making workshop for children between 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., corner of Santa Clara and Chestnut Streets; Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., free open reading of original poems and prose on a mystery theme; Sept 23, 7:30 p.m.: Spoken word and noire poetry with Suzanne Lummis. $5. Artists Union Gallery, 330 California St.; Sept. 21, 7 p.m.: An Evening with Perry Mason, free panel on Gardner, refreshments, displays. Ventura College Library, 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura; Sept. 21-24, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.: Perry Mason First Editions & Erle Stanley Gardner memorabilia and vintage photographs from his Ventura law office, including correspondence, telephone and office clock. Free. Ventura County Museum of History and Art, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 653-0323; Sunday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.: Olivas Adobe in the 1930\’s – Vintage images, site tours & classic cars; Sunday, Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m.: Erle Stanley Gardner’s Ventura, free book signing with author Richard Senate. Both events at Olivas Adobe Park Drive, Ventura. 648-2075.

Gold Coast Pirate Faire

Sept. 23-24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Gold Coast Festivals shanghais Lake Casitas, Ojai, for their annual Pirate Faire, featuring two days of entertainment for the whole family. Two stages of live music, treasure hunts, games, pirate encampment, scavenger hunts, contests, parades, crafts, performers, food and grog. $14 adult, $12 seniors, $7 children under 12, under 5 free. Parking $3. Lake Casitas, 12 miles inland from the city of Ventura, near the junction of highways 33 and 50. 496-2233.

Special Events

DRUMMING CIRCLE Thursday, Sept. 21, 6:30-7:30pm. Drum for peace in your heart, drum for peace in your world – come to this energetic drumming circle and fundraiser for the Ventura Buddhist Center. Everyone welcome – bring your drum or just come and listen! Ventura Buddhist Study Center, 901 S. Saticoy Ave., Ventura. 672-1031.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER TRAIN Friday, Sept. 22, 7pm. Join the Fillmore and Western Railway Company as they present The Case of the Main Street Murders, a murder mystery and gourmet dinner set in 1935 Ventura where the young, hot shot attorney Perry Mason is earning his reputation as a smart, aggressive defender. Presented in conjunction with the Erle Stanley Gardner Festival. $89 per person. Reservation required. Central Park Station, 250 N. Central Ave., Fillmore. (800) 773-8724.

OXNARD INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24. The Ninth Annual Film Festival celebrates the true independent spirit of movie making. The festival continues to build upon its reputation of being a full-service grass-roots organization focusing on the quality films that people wouldn\’t otherwise get a chance to see. Lineup includes short and feature length films in the categories of drama, comedy and documentary. Young filmmakers get screen time when the festival continues their Teen Youth Program, Saturday, Sept. 23, Oxnard College, an afternoon of mini-workshops on acting, camera operation, sound, animation, and pod-casting. Guest speakers, live music and film screenings by the young aspiring directors complete the event. Closing night the festival honors Gloria Jean, Oxnard resident and former Hollywood child star. Tickets: $10 opening night with reception and closing night with reception; $5 individual screenings. Plaza Cinemas 14, Downtown Oxnard. 385-8326. For complete schedule, please visit www.oxnardfilmfest.com.

PEACE DAY POLE DEDICATION Saturday, Sept. 23, 1pm. Join us for a dedication and blessing by Chumash elder Julie Tumamait. Also, a silent auction of peace doves created by Ojai artists. Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-6729.

WHO GOT FRAMED? Saturday, Sept. 23, 6-9pm. The Buenaventura Art Association invites the public to its first annual Who Got Framed fund-raiser at the Harbor Village Gallery. The event is part of the City of Ventura\’s Erle Stanley Gardner Festival. Guests are treated to sumptuous hors d\’oeuvre and wine in a playful film-noir atmosphere. Participants must guess which artist painted or sculpted a particular piece. All of the art is disguised, with only a small portion visible. Names of those who correctly guess the mystery artist will be put into a drawing for that piece with the winners taking home an original work of art. Additional clues available for purchase as well. Forty member artists of BAA have donated original artwork, indicating the associations more than fifty-year commitment to providing art and the means for art education throughout Ventura County. $50. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 117C, Ventura Harbor. 644-2750.

SEA FEST Sunday, Sept. 24, 11am-5pm. Mermaids, giant underwater sand castles, Polynesian dancers, and a dozen Gilligan look-a-likes are part of the Eleventh Annual Ventura Harbor Village Sea Fest, featuring entertainment and contests on three stages. Live Polynesian dance performances by Tina\’s Port of Paradise, Hula Girl Dance Productions and Dance with Aloha, Polynesian drummers, children dancing the hula, Von Tiki Trading Company, leis, travel to the islands, and more are on tap for the Tiki Stage. Gilligan\’s Island Costume Contest, 1:30pm, Anchovy Eating Contest, 3pm, and Limbo Contest, 3:15pm. Puppet shows, dance lessons, music, art, porting events and children’s activity area. 477-0470. Visit online at www.venturaharborvillage.com.

CONEJO FEST Sunday, Sept. 24, noon-5pm. The Kiwanis present their annual celebration of the senses featuring food sampling from many of our finest local restaurants, tasting from over 40 of California\’s premier wineries, Jazz & Blues music, a cooking demonstration, Scotch tasting, cigars and other vendor booths! A live auction filled with premium Wines, Travel and other desirable items for bid will help raise funds for the Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Foundation that directly assists local non-profit charitable organizations. Adding to the tastes of fine food and wine at this year\’s Conejo Fest Celebration of the Senses is an exhibit of Art from Modern Masters including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall. $40. On the lawn at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (866) 468-3399. to order by phone. Visit online at www.ConejoFest.com.

MARINE RESERVES DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT PUBLIC HEARING Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6:15-9pm. The public is invited to comment on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary’s Marine Reserves Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Sanctuary staff provide an overview for those not familiar with the statement. Sheraton Four Points Hotel, San Buenaventura Ballroom, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. 884-1472.

Film

WHY WE FIGHT Thursday, Sept. 21, 7pm. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions continue their monthly film series with a showing of the documentary film, by Eugene Jarecki, Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Sundance. The documentary is an unflinching look at the anatomy of American war-making. Free. E. P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 850-5849.

RUSSIAN DOLLS Sunday, Sept. 24, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the light and breezy sequel to the French comedy L’Auberge Espagnole. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Performances

DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET Thursday, Sept. 21, 8pm. The legendary jazz pianist perhaps best remembered for his classic Take Five is joined by bassist Michael Moore, saxophonist/flutist Bobby Militello and drummer Randy Jones. Brubeck’s daring improvisations continue to garner admiration from critics and audiences everywhere. $55. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522; (213) 365-3500.

THE COURT OF LAST RESORT Sept. 21-23. Séance by magician James Kasmir and actress Katherine Boring, a part of the Earle Stanley Gardner Mystery Festival. Thursday, 8pm; Friday-Saturday, 6pm. $20. City Hall, Santa Cruz Room, Ventura.

THE CASE OF THE IRATE WITNESS Friday, Sept. 22-24. As part of the Erle Stanley Gardner Mystery Festival and Ventura College’s One-Act Play Festival, the play features a script written by VC student Howard Leader, based on an Erle Stanley Gardner short story; $5 general admission; $3 students; free staff, seniors. Friday-Saturday, 8pm, Sunday, 3pm. $7. Ventura College Theater. 654-1235.

BARNUM Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Sept. 22-Oct. 29. High Street Arts Center and the City of Moorpark present the first show of their inaugural season, a musical inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum. The musical touches upon events which may have led to Barnum\’s eventual partnership with James A. Bailey and the formation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Includes the popular musical numbers "There is a Sucker," "Join the Circus," "Thank God I\’m Old," and "One Brick at a Time." $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $8 children 12 and under. High Street Arts Center 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23. Friday: Fall Tournament Week 2-Teams compete to be the funniest as a panel of judges award points; 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.

SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE Sept. 22-24. The Ventura County Ballet Company presents selections from Rodgers & Hart’s “On Your Toes.” Friday-Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 2pm. $5. Ventura City Hall Atrium. 653-2800.

SINGING IN THE RAIN Friday, Sept. 22 and 29, 7:30pm, Saturday, Sept. 23-30, 3 and 7:30pm, and Sunday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, 2 and 6pm. Oceanview Pavilion and The Performance Theater for Young Artists proudly present the stage musical based on the classic motion picture. $20 general, $15 students and seniors. Free parking. 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme. 986-4818.Visit online at www.oceanviewinfo.com.

GILBERT & SULLIVAN’S TRIAL BY JURY Saturday, Sept. 23, 1pm & 3pm. There will be no silence in the courtroom when Ventura College Opera & Musical Theatre presents this production of the duo’s first musical collaboration, a delightfully zany one-act comedy about a woman spurned in marriage, her unfaithful paramour and the colorful judge who takes pity on her. City Hall Council Chambers, 501 Poli St, Ventura. 653-6100; 653-0454.

ERIC BIBB Saturday, Sept. 23, 7:30pm. Fresh Roasted Concerts present Grammy winning musician Eric Bibb in concert. The soulful folk-blues of Bibb beautifully fuse a traditional, rootsy style with rich vocals and lyrics perfectly blended with awesome finger-picking. Eric\’s contemporary musical blend of blues, folk, country, and soul combines with his personal warmth and irrepressible optimism to create a truly enriching experience. $25. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

QUE SERA, SERA: THE SONGS OF LIVINGSTON AND EVANS Sunday, Sept. 24, 2pm. A delightful afternoon of music and reminiscing with performances by vocalist Karen Benjamin and pianist Alan Chapman, Los Angeles’ celebrate cabaret duo, with an appearance by multi-Oscar-winning lyricist Ray Evans. $35. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522; (213) 365-3500.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Sunday, Sept. 24, 3pm. Musical Theatre Guild, a company of professional performers presenting concert-staged readings of seldom seen musicals, present a performance the Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical chronicling the lives of three life-long friends. Robert J. Townsend, Lisa Picote and Richard Israel star. $39. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (800) 583-8700.

SMALL POTATOES Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7:30pm. The folk duo from Chicago play music and make ridiculous potato jets in concert. Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso specialize in traditional songs from Ireland and England, the blues, cowboy songs, and silly songs. They play guitars, mandolin, flutes, whistles, concertina, and other percussion. They also yodel in harmony. $15 advance, $17 door. Ojai Valley Woman\’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-5163.

BAYANIHAN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY Wednesday, Sept. 27, 8pm. The colorfully ebullient dance company brings its native country’s culture and artistry to Malibu. Bayanihan has performed thousands of times before millions of people in six continents. $40 adults, $20 children. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522; (213) 365-3500.

Theater

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Aug. 25-Sept. 23. Following the philosophy “Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” this light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent farce takes comedy back to its roots, combining time-tested, 2,000-year-old comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic Vaudeville. A crafty slave schemes to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master in exchange for freedom. Hilarity ensues… Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $14 Thursdays, $16 Fridays and Sundays, $18 Saturdays. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

BLOOD AND MERCURY: THE ALCHEMY OF ROCK AND ROLL through Sunday, Sept. 17 With a score of original music and a few Bob Dylan selections, this play was created through a unique workshop process involving a collaboration between all, and weaves a magical web of music, drama and movement to create a thoroughly theatrical experience. Fridays-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday 7pm. $20 general; Sunday, 2 for 1. Auction House Theater, 8597 N. Ventura Avenue, Casitas Springs. 302-5321.

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Sept. 1-30. Come see an eclectic cast of real characters in the tale of a cab driver with two lives and two wives – one sexually-charged, one play-by-the rules. Throw in two police detectives and a gay dress-maker and you have the elements of chaos, double-entendre and innuendo. Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 7pm. $15 general, $12 seniors, students and Art Center members. 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. www.OjaiACT.org. 640-8797.

THE STAR-SPANGLED GIRL Fridays-Saturday, Sept. 8-23, 7:30pm, and Sundays, Sept. 10-24, 2pm. Vivamorem Entertainment presents Neil Simon\’s romantic comedy. Andy Hobart and Norman Cornell, struggle to write and print their magazine Fallout, featuring constructive criticism on the degenerating American way of life. It\’s a pursuit both men are ardently dedicated to until all-American Sophie moves in next-door. As Norman falls madly in love with her, chaotic hilarity ensues. $18 adults, $15 matinees and students, $12 seniors. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ALLEGORY through Sept. 30, “18 Equals 60.” A collection spanning half a century of some of Ventura County’s finest artists. 60 Oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastels, drawings, watercolor, photography, sculpture and even computer art pieces are represented in this Grand Opening Show, by 18 local professional artists ranging in age from 37 through 87. 1076 E. Front St., Ventura. www.allegoryfinearts.com. 643.7511.

ARCHITEXTURE New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

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.

ART FIRST! CENTER FOR THE ARTS The new home base and showplace for Ventura County’s professional artists. Home to Allegory Fine Arts Gallery. Lectures and seminars to come. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Aug. 26-Sept. 24, “Book Arts.” Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS through Oct. 21, the work of Linda Smith. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm.

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.

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Sept. 19-Oct. 14. “Town and Country: Urban and Rural Environment” A photo-realistic, yet painterly exhibit, Steve Cook’s scenes depict decaying, manmade objects combined with rurual landscapes speak to a time that is both contemporary and nostalgic. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura.

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

CAFÉ ZACK Hilda Kilpatrick. View oil and pasted paintings from the artist’s personal collection. Kilpatrick has been featured at several Ventura ArtWalk events. 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 STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbcglobal.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Sept. 10-Nov. 19, “Latin Perspectives in Prints” and “Building the Legacy.” 53 prints and works on paper will be on view. The featured artists all share their individual views using the linoleum block, the wood block, the lithograph stone, the etching plate, or the screen print. Also: twentieth and twenty-first century California art from the Carnegie Art Museum’s permanent collection, including a recent major acquisition of a new painting, Light Beyond the Veil, by plein air artist Daniel Pinkham. General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Sept. 27-Oct. 22 “Personal Reflections” Longtime Ventura High School art teacher Patti Post will have her “narrative paintings” on display. Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.

HERZOG WINE Features a new series of diverse art work, including oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists, is on display. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.

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.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY through Sept. 29, “Seeing the Land of Oz.” Fine art photographer Pat Osborne gives a personal and magical view of his world, a collection of images that explore light, shadow, color texture and form. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

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 Sept 2-Sept. 21. Works by Lynn Creighton: sculptures of women celebrating their lives. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MAIN CALIFORNIA ARTIST a new gallery in town! An ongoing exhibit features several local artists in a variety of mediums. Free Saturday night musical performances weekly, 7-8:30pm, including classical piano performances by Maestro Bryan Tari, as well as jazz, opera or string quartets. 494 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-7000.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Sept. 9-Oct. 13, “Transformative.” A group exhibition exploring the moment of transformation featuring the work of Emlie Clark, Franklin Evans, Ruth Pastine and Rachel Urokowitz. Reception Saturday, Sept. 9, 3-5pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which not only includes art but an array of arts and crafty projects to create your own Odd piece. Ojai. 540-5050.

OJAI ART CENTER Sept. 3-Sept. 28, “Visions of Peace.” Ojai Artists for Peace is creating a movement of collaboration between artists for the sake of peace. Each artist will present their interpretation of peace including the white dove as a common symbol in the exhibit. Art exhibit reception and award presentations Sunday, Sept. 10, 1pm-4pm. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION Aug. 26-Sept. 24, Book Art. There has been a revival of Book Art in the past dozen years, as artists have rediscovered the special intimacy and creative freedom of an art form with no restrictions and few boundaries – now this form comes to Ventura. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP AND 907 State St, Santa Barbara. 963-2332.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Sept. 24-Jan. 21, “NASA’s Aero Adventure: the Wonders and Science of Flight,” a hands-on exploration of jet propulsion flight. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART Sept. 7-Oct. 1, “Color Journey – Inside and Out.” A collection of paintings by Beatrix Rohlsen and Janat Dundas. 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 Sept. 16-Nov. 4, three exhibitions running concurrently. “Memories of Sea & Sky: paintings by Elisse Pogofsky-Harris” in the Evans Gallery, with more than 20 sea and sky paintings featuring a paradoxical quality: On the one hand, the works contain neither persons nor artifacts that would establish a human scale; they evoke a world removed from human perspectives. On the other, they seem to invite an investment on the part of the viewer, not just as an audience for the artistic display, but as an individual in conversation with the natural world. “New Abstract Painting: a two-person show with Peter Eble and Richard P. Schaefer, in the O’Keeffee Gallery, where Eble combines asphalt, varnish, sheets of lead and copper as he explores the use of industrial materials in non-objective art. Schaefer’s new work may look minimalist with the large areas of color-shapes but they in fact derive from an expressionistic background. “The WORD Pictured: Biblically-inspired mixed media art of Lee Hodges” in The Gerd Koch Gallery. Hodges’s work contains text from the Bible, often in the original Greek or Hebrew with abstract shapes and colors, united with figurative and architectural elements. 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.

SULLIVAN GOSS Aug. 31-Oct. 18, “Hank Pitcher: New Work for a New Space.” Features the artist’s monumental surfboard paintings, Central Coast landscapes and a new cycle of work the artist refers to as “botanical paintings.” 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY through Sept. 23, “Civil Defense, Atom Bomb and Family,” an art installation featuring the work of artists Warren Sherich, Jr. and Charles Hood. This powerful installation features a “cold war” theme as seen through the eyes of a child, as well as imagery of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both past and present, in photographs and poetry. Whimsical, sarcastic paintings explore the issue of the atomic age and its ubiquitous absurd presence in our daily lives. 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 Hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Thurs. 12-5pm; Sun. by appointment. 201 Bryant St. #12, Ojai. 657-2959.

VENTURA’S FESTIVAL OF 3D ART Sept. 25-Oct. 8. 3-dimensional exhibits on display, including sculpture, ceramics, welding, pottery, mixed media, assemblage, Legos, fish bones masks, angels tile, glass, wood, barbed wire or just about anything tactile. Many venues, including Art City Studios & Gallery, Buenaventura Gallery, Fox Fine Jewelry, California Street Gallery, Accolades Gallery, Ventura County Museum of History and Art, Ventura Visitors and Conventions Bureau, Bell Arts Factory, Gallery 33, Artists’ Union Gallery, Stoneworks Studio and Gallery. 648-2075.

ANCIENT MARKS: THE SCARED ORIGINS OF TATTOOS AND BODY MARKING Sept. 12-Oct. 10. The Ventura College Galleries present the work of Chris Rainier of National Geographic and Ventura College alumna Amanda Granfield. Rainier’s work in Gallery 2 was created during the seven years of world travel in which he photographed traditions of tattooing, scarification, piercing and other forms of body-altering art. In his time working for publications like Time, Life and the New York Times he has traveled to Somalia, Sarajevo/Bosnia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Cambodia and Iraq documenting famine and war. Granfield’s work in the New Media Gallery explores her idea that “scar tissue interrupts these patterns and brings to mind the function of skin: a boundary to separate the self from others. Scars are a break in this boundary. One is reminded of how fragile one’s corporeal existence is… While the body works to form a scar in order to heal a wound, the mind works to create a memory of the experience that surrounds the scar.” Call for hours vary. Ventura College. 648-8974.

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 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY through Nov. 15, “The Voyages of Zheng He.” A mini exhibit of the 15th century Chinese admiral is on display to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Chinese treasure fleets that carried silks and porcelains to exchange for goods throughout the world. (818) 889-2278.

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 Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm. 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.

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.

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 Sept. 1-Oct. 2, “Qi Pang, an Exhibit of Contemporary Paintings.” 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 Sept. 12-Jan. 7, “Liberty: Blood of Patriots.” A new exhibit of detailed figures created by artist George Stuart. Figures on display include George and Martha Washington, Benedict Arnold, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Accompanying historical monologues by George Stuart. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “Saddle Up: Vaqueros, Cowboys and Charros,” an exhibit that explores Ventura County’s rich history of horseback riding and cattle ranching. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “A Personal Vision: Photographs by Robert G. Smith." $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

MATURE MINGLERS Thursdays. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, Ventura. 648-3035.

SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and over, are invited to the weekly Wednesday Night Bingo at the Avenue Adult Center. Grand Opening Wednesday, Sept. 6 features all new bingo equipment, free cakes, soft drinks, door prizes, plus a free dauber. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM ART PROGRAMS Saturday, Sept. 23, 1:30-4pm. The Carnegie Art Museum offers new art classes and events to complement their fall exhibitions: Latin Perspectives in Prints and Building the Legacy. The Building Blocks of Art program for children aged 7-12 and their adult guardians continues with five new classes Sept. 30, and Oct. 7 and 14, 10:15am-noon. $2 per child, guardians free. Classes help participants learn about the elements of art, like line, shape, form, color, and texture by studying artwork in the museum\’s current exhibitions and creating hands-on art projects. Studio Art Class for Teens is geared towards young adults aged 13-18. Next classes held Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 and 14, 1:30-4pm. $10, includes all art supplies. Classes offer students an opportunity to explore a variety of media and learn advanced studio techniques using the elements of art as a framework. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

PACIFIC VIEW MALL CALLS FOR STUDENT ART deadline Friday, Sept. 29, 5pm. Open to students K-12. Work must be on 8 ?" x 11" paper and not framed. Work will be on view at the Pacific View Mall during Ventura County Arts Week, Oct. 6-15. The student who received the most votes in each grade category will receive a $25 gift certificate to the mall. Artwork may be mailed or delivered in person; entry forms available at the Pacific View Mall Guest Services kiosk and county libraries. 658-2213.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 23-24, 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.

A MIDDLE EAST UPDATE Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7-8:30pm. The Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters present their September public forum featuring Dr. Mahmood Ibrahim, Chair, Dept of History, Cal Poly State University, Pomona. Mahmood is the author of two books: Merchant Capital and Islam, about the rise and expansion of Islam in the 7th century, and The Oral History of the Intifada in Arabic, about the Intifada and how it could be used to challenge traditional/ orientalist conceptions of Middle Eastern Society. Free. Thousand Oaks Library, 2441 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 241-8855.

Classes/Workshops

LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 2, -9:30pm. Focus on the Masters presents this life drawing class for ages 16 to adult. Working with live models, students learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring 18"x24" drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

THE SONGWRITER’S NOTEBOOK Saturdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28, 11am-1pm. Focus on the Masters presents this class for adults. Participants play their material on CD, cassette tape, or live for the instructor during this weekly workshop for songwriters. Feedback provided. Recording, publishing processes and guidelines on industry standards are reviewed. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS every other Saturday beginning Sept. 9, 8:30am-3pm. The Ventura County Chapter 255 of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is offering an instructional seminar consisting of six workshops aimed at teaching new entrepreneurs the basics of starting and managing a small business. Topics covered will include Fundamentals of Starting a New Business, Buying a Business or Franchise, Developing Your Business Plan, Fundamentals of Marketing, Home Based & Internet Businesses, Financial Management, Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs, and Business Insurance. $100 for all six workshops, or $60 for VCCCD students. Individual workshops may be attended, $30 per workshop. Oxnard College. www.scoreventura.org 986-5896

WU STYLE SHORT FORM TAI CHI Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Scott Nordeng continues his seven week class. $15 per class. Church of Religious Science, 101 Laurel Ave., Ventura. 659-2113.

BLOGGING AS AN ART FORM: CREATIVE WRITING AND THE PERSONAL NARRATIVE Saturday, Sept. 23, 1:30-3:30pm. The emerging blogosphere has given millions of writers of all ages the opportunity to instantly share their essays and images to a world-wide online audience. Learn how to create an online journal and share your interests, thoughts, and passions in an engaging style to entice readers. Presented by Focus on the Masters, the course is for ages 15 to adult. Instructor: Barbara Wunder Hynes. $30. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

OXNARD POLICE CITIZEN’S ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, 6-9pm. The Oxnard Police Department begins a new class every Wednesday through Dec. 13. The class covers a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, traffic stops, gang injunction, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone over 18 years of age, who lives or works in Oxnard, and has not previously attended the class. Free. 385-7631.

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.

DO DESSERT! Classes include Fancy Chocolate Desserts, Cookies and Decorated Treats and The Wonder of Chocolate. 3-hour classes include appetizers and beverages. Fees include all this along with desserts and supplies. $45-55. www.dodessert.com for class schedules. 647-8775.

Literature/Poetry

NOIR/MYSTERY POETRY/PROSE OPEN MIC in honor of the Ventura Mystery Festival. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura, 320-3524.

SPOKEN WORD CAFÉ Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30pm. Spoken Word Café at Zoeys Café celebrates International Peace Day with featured poet-translator Jen Hofer, and poet-musician Emil Brikha from Sweden. Open Mic follows, bring words of peace and peaceful words. Hosted by Gwendolyn Alley, the Spoken Word Café is presented the third Thursday of every month. Pass the hat. El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091. Please visit online at www.zoeyscafe.com.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. This week: Dorothea Grossman and Michael Vlatkavich. 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.

POETRY WORKSHOP Every second and fourth Wednesday. Barnes and Noble, Ventura.

VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB third Wednesday fo the month. E-mail joylam@aol.com, elnomac@aol.com

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.

BELL ARTS FACTORY last Saturday of the month, 7:30pm. Open Mic.

POEMCRAFTERS GUILD for more info, send your bio and a sample of work to 807 Camino Concordia, Camarillo, 93010. 491-3242.

Farmers’ Markets

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.

Stepping Out

BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

COUNCIL ON AGING DANCE Friday, Sept. 22, 7:30-10:30pm. Dance held second and last Friday of every month. Proceeds contribute to the funding of programs and services. Drawing for door prizes. Light refreshments, live music. $6. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.

SWING SHIFT BIG BAND Sunday, Sept. 24, 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. 983-8668.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, Sept. 22, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Sept. 26, 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, Sept. 27. 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.

Health

BEAUTY THROUGH WELLNESS EXPO Sunday, Sept. 22, 10am-4pm. Your Health Connection Magazine hosts their health and wellness expo featuring an interactive show of vendors filling the entire ballroom of the Westlake Plaza Hotel. The expo presents the best in the health and beauty industry providing the opportunity to experience these wonderful products and services. Fifty percent of proceeds benefit Cancer Hope Foundation. For tickets please call (818) 889-8350.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Sept. 23, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features 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. 421-9270.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER\’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid\’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

Clubs/Groups

VENTURA COUNTY HAND WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILD Saturday, Sept. 23, 9:30am. The group gets together for their monthly meeting with a program on Japanese braiding. 701 S. Del Norte Blvd., Unit 115-120, Oxnard. 527-1915.

FREETHINKERS OF VENTURA COUNTY Sunday, Sept. 24, 2-4:30pm. The organization meets for their monthly meeting. Camarillo Library, Don Adolofo Room, 3100 Ponderosa Camarillo. 386-4232.

LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP Mondays. A group to help build alliances, support and coping skills. Singles and couples welcome. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext. 108

DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance.. 339-6344 ext 108.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

CONEJO SKI & SPORTS CLUB 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 8pm-9pm. This year-round social club welcomes active adults to meet, develop friendships and share outdoor and social functions. This is the largest club of its kind in Southern California and it strives to provide a healthy forum where members can share new experiences at affordable prices. Palm Garden Hotel, Newbury Park.

THERAPIST SUPPORT GROUP Wednesdays This is a group for therapists and interns to help each other with self care and other specific issues. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. Meets weekly. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

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.

ONE AGAIN Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Wednesdays, 7:30pm, Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura; Thursdays, 7:30pm, Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 non-members. 445-4526.

RELATIONSHIPS, EMOTIONS & PURPOSE SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays. A group for personal and spiritual growth and coping with grief, loss and depression. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.

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. 495-966

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WOODHEAD MEETS NEON MAN

Sept. 16, 7 p.m. Performances To Grow On presents The Woodhead Meets Neon Man, a mixture of wacky physical comedy, masterful juggling, eccentric music and awesome visuals guaranteed to amuse and delight any audience. A great way to introduce kids to the theater! $20 adults, $15 kids. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

OXNARD INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

Sept. 14-17, and Sept. 22-24. The Ninth Annual Film Festival celebrates the true independent spirit of movie making with eight days of indie cinema bliss. The opening night film is Quality of Life, a powerfully affecting drama that offers a rare glimpse into the graffiti subculture. This award-winning film screens Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. and is followed by a reception. The festival continues to build upon its reputation of being a full-service grass-roots organization focusing on quality films that people wouldn\’t otherwise get a chance to see. Lineup includes short and feature length films in the categories of drama, comedy and documentary. Young filmmakers get screen time when the festival continues their Teen Film Program, Sept. 23, at Oxnard College, an afternoon of mini-workshops on acting, camera operation, sound, animation and pod-casting. Guest speakers, live music and film screenings by the young and aspiring directors complete the event. Closing night the festival honors Gloria Jean, Oxnard resident and former Hollywood child star. $10 opening night with reception and closing night with reception; $5 individual screenings. Plaza Cinemas 14, Downtown Oxnard. 385-8326. For complete schedule, please visit www.oxnardfilmfest.com.

IRAN: WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW TO AVOID ANOTHER WAR

Sept. 17, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Fellowship of Reconciliation, Ventura County and the Peace Coalition of Greater Ventura present guest lecturer Sarah S. Forth, Ph.D., who will discuss her experiences traveling in the Islamic Republic, provide an overview of Persian history and Iranian-American relations, touch on the unique nature of Shi’a Islam and offer perspectives on the current political situation. Topping Room, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura.

Special Events

SCHOLARSHIP SYMPOSIUM FUND-RAISER Friday, Sept. 15, 9am-1:30pm. The CPA/Law Society of Ventura County announces its annual fund-raiser for student scholarships. Proceeds fund scholarships for students at CSUCI, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Pepperdine School of Law, and the Ventura College of Law. Attendance at the symposiums provides four hours of continuing education credit for accountants and attorneys. Three panel discussions are featured. Call for tickets. Pierpont Inn, Ventura. 659-6800.

C STREET LONG BOARD CLASSIC Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 16-17, 7am. The annual Long Board Classic returns to Surfer’s Point to benefit the Surfing Museum. The C Street Long Board Classic surf contest perpetuates the spirit of surfing in Ventura, an annual event since its inception in 1986. The weekend offers raffles, vendors, camaraderie, and the Ventura Chapter Surfrider Foundation Clean Water Paddle-out. The long Board contest is open to all comers. $65 registration fee. The re-established C Street Surfing Museum, located at 1230 E. Thompson Ave, is open to the public. The original C Street Surfing Museum was opened in March of 1992 as a tribute to the surfing history of Ventura. 340-7151.

FAMILY BARN DANCE AND BARBECUE Saturday, Sept. 16, 5:30-11pm. Spotlight the Arts host the fund-raiser at the historic Leonis Adobe Museum, 23537 Calabasas Road, Old Town Calabasas. Bring the kids for a family sing-along with Rattlin’ Ralph, Tune Smith of Old West. Enjoy a delicious traditional barbecue feast prepared by the Sagebrush Cantina s master chef Joey Bell, followed by Western dance lessons by Kathy Bailey and a performance by the evening’s featured entertainment, Riders of the Purple Sage. Learn about local history and life in 1880\’s on docent led museum tours, see the Plummer House, known as the oldest house in Hollywood, and browse a turn of the century museum gift shop for a unique Old Town Calabasas mementos. Emcee for this very special family event is Stephanie Edwards. $75 adults, $45 seniors-students 12 and over, $15 students under 12, and children under 6 free.

VINO JAZZ 2006 Saturday, Sept. 16, 4-9pm. More than 70 wines, a stunning location, and brilliant, cool jazz bands fill the senses in the tri-valley area with the largest wine and jazz event of the year. The celebration promises to be an exciting afternoon and evening of live smooth jazz, elegant wine tasting from around the world, plus savory food. 14 wineries from Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, and California pour more than 70 different and exciting wines. In addition to savoring some unique and remarkable fine wines, aficionados can learn wine pairing tips and receive wine tasting notes at each station. Entertainment line-up include Morrison, Larry Rousseve and the all-instrumental Latin group Festivo, Bob Couto and the North L.A. Jazz Band, The Danny Carreras Salsa Jazz Band, classical jazz musicians Curt and Dave, The Oliver Jackson Jazz Band, and Rock of Ages. All proceeds benefit local youth art programs. Call for tickets. Simi Valley Town Center. 432-8209.

WESTERN ART SALE AND PREVIEW PARTY Saturday, Sept. 16, 6-8:30pm. The Ventura County Museum of History & Art host this fund-raiser featuring artists working in the Western tradition. Guests can meet the artists, lasso their favorite pieces from paintings to jewelry, graze on catered hors d\’oeuvres, and preview the museum\’s fall exhibit Saddle Up: Vaqueros, Cowboys & Charros. The exhibit includes etchings, drawings, and paintings by Edward Borein, as well as a priceless array of 19th and 20th Century saddles and cowboy tack. Fiddling, Square Dancing and Mock Calf Roping highlight a Sept. 17 free reception for the opening of the new exhibit. Fiddlers Three join the Ventura Bachelor & Bachelorettes Square Dance Club to entertain visitors at the reception Sunday, Sept. 17, 1:30 – 4pm. The event includes activities for kids such as learning how to sit on a real saddle, roping a very cooperative metal calf and making paper cowboy vests. Cowpoke refreshments will be served at the event. Admission to fund-raiser $55 non-members, $45 members. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-6715.

Film

WATER Sunday, Sept. 17, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society continues their Fall season with a screening of this tragic yet uplifting film from director Deepa Mehta. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

THE GIFTS OF GRIEF Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7-9pm. The public is invited to attend this documentary exploring how a unique group of people embraced their pain, learned to live with their loss and now engage in life with more compassion, courage and awareness. Told through personal and moving stories, the film invites us to open to pain, and discover for ourselves the extraordinary possibilities our own losses may reveal. Discussion with filmmaker follows screening. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. 644-3898.

AMERICA’S UNDERWATER TREASURES Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5:30pm. Elings Park, in collaboration with the Ocean Futures Society, presents an encore Movie Night with Jean Michael-Cousteau and his team of underwater explorers in America’s Underwater Treasures. Join Cousteau and his family and team as they investigate all 13 national marine sanctuaries of the United States. The screening concludes the 2006 Elings Park Movie Night season, and includes food and beverage service, goodie bags and activities for the children. $12 parking fee. 899-8899.

Performances

THE STAR-SPANGLED GIRL Fridays-Saturday, Sept. 8-23, 7:30pm, and Sundays, Sept. 10-24, 2pm. Vivamorem Entertainment presents Neil Simon\’s romantic comedy. Andy Hobart and Norman Cornell, struggle to write and print their magazine Fallout, featuring constructive criticism on the degenerating American way of life. It\’s a pursuit both men are ardently dedicated to until all-American Sophie moves in next-door. As Norman falls madly in love with her, chaotic hilarity ensues. $18 adults, $15 matinees and students, $12 seniors. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747.

CHARLES LLOYD QUARTET Friday, Sept. 15, 8pm. Adventurous and accessible, joyful and reflective, transcendent jazz kicks off the 2006-2007 season of Jazz at the Lobero. $35 and $45. Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara. 963-0761.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Sept. 15-16. Friday: Fall Tournament Week 1-Teams compete to be the funniest as a panel of judges award points; Saturday: Last Improvisor Standing-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

NEW WEST SYMPHONY Friday-Saturday, Sept. 15-16, 8pm. The symphony presents their 2006/2007 Masterpiece Series Concert 1 Program, featuring Bernstein’s Overture to West Side Story, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 23, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Opus 67. $75-$25. Sept. 15: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; Sept. 16: Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (800) NEW-WEST.

STEVE TYRELL Saturday, Sept. 16, 8pm. Popular jazz vocalist and Hollywood hit will return with his wide catalogue of work. $48. Pepperdine University Center for the Arts, Pepperdine University, Malibu. (310) 506-4522.

CHANNELAIRE CHORUS Sunday, Sept. 17, 2:30pm. An afternoon of exceptional entertainment featuring this 6-time regional champion. $15-$35. Countrywide Performing Arts Center at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks. 482-5557.

PLANET DRUM Wednesday, Sept. 20, 8pm. Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, Giovanni Hidalgo: An all-star global-fusion percussion ensemble returns for their first tour in nearly a decade, reuniting longtime collaborators and the founders of Planet Drum. New material and classics will be performed. $50. Lobero Theatre, 33 East Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara. 963-0761.

Theater

BELFAST BLUES/THE GOOD THIEF Aug. 3-Sept. 17. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Two award-winning plays by modern Irish playwrights! Belfast Blues, written and performed by Geraldine Hughes and directed by Carol Kane, is performed in repertory with The Good Thief, written by Conor McPherson, starring Conor Lovett, and directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett. Belfast Blues previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 3-4, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 5, 7pm. The production continues through Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Good Thief previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 10-11, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 12, 7pm, continuing through Sept. 17. $49-$26, excluding opening night premieres. Call or visit online for schedule and tickets. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900. Visit online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Aug. 25-Sept. 23. Following the philosophy “Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” this light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent farce takes comedy back to its roots, combining time-tested, 2,000-year-old comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic Vaudeville. A crafty slave schemes to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master in exchange for freedom. Hilarity ensues… Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $14 Thursdays, $16 Fridays and Sundays, $18 Saturdays. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

BLOOD AND MERCURY: THE ALCHEMY OF ROCK AND ROLL Aug. 25-Sept. 3. With a score of original music and a few Bob Dylan selections, this play was created through a unique workshop process involving a collaboration between all, and weaves a magical web of music, drama and movement to create a thoroughly theatrical experience. Fridays-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday 7pm. $20 general; Sunday, 2 for 1. Auction House Theater, 8597 N. Ventura Avenue, Casitas Springs. 302-5321.

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Sept. 1-30. Come see an eclectic cast of real characters in the tale of a cab driver with two lives and two wives – one sexually-charged, one play-by-the rules. Throw in two police detectives and a gay dress-maker and you have the elements of chaos, double-entendre and innuendo. Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 7pm. $15 general, $12 seniors, students and Art Center members. 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. www.OjaiACT.org. 640-8797.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ALLEGORY through Sept. 30, “18 Equals 60.” A collection spanning half a century of some of Ventura County’s finest artists. 60 Oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pastels, drawings, watercolor, photography, sculpture and even computer art pieces are represented in this Grand Opening Show, by 18 local professional artists ranging in age from 37 through 87. 1076 E. Front St., Ventura. www.allegoryfinearts.com. 643.7511.

ARCHITEXTURE New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

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.

ART FIRST! CENTER FOR THE ARTS The new home base and showplace for Ventura County’s professional artists. Home to Allegory Fine Arts Gallery. Lectures and seminars to come. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Aug. 26-Sept. 24, “Book Arts.” Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS through Oct. 21, the work of Linda Smith. Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm.

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.

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Sept. 19-Oct. 14. “Town and Country: Urban and Rural Environment” A photo-realistic, yet painterly exhibit, Steve Cook’s scenes depict decaying, manmade objects combined with rurual landscapes speak to a time that is both contemporary and nostalgic. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura.

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

CAFÉ ZACK Hilda Kilpatrick. View oil and pasted paintings from the artist’s personal collection. Kilpatrick has been featured at several Ventura ArtWalk events. 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 STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreet Gallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbc global.net.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Sept. 10-Nov. 19, “Latin Perspectives in Prints” and “Building the Legacy.” 53 prints and works on paper will be on view. The featured artists all share their individual views using the linoleum block, the wood block, the lithograph stone, the etching plate, or the screen print. Also: twentieth and twenty-first century California art from the Carnegie Art Museum’s permanent collection, including a recent major acquisition of a new painting, #Light Beyond the Veil#, by plein air artist Daniel Pinkham. General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

HERZOG WINE Features a new series of diverse art work, including oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists, is on display. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.

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.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY through Sept. 29, “Seeing the Land of Oz.” Fine art photographer Pat Osborne gives a personal and magical view of his world, a collection of images that explore light, shadow, color texture and form. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segismundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

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 Sept 2-Sept. 21. Works by Lynn Creighton: sculptures of women celebrating their lives. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Sept. 9-Oct. 13, “Transformative.” A group exhibition exploring the moment of transformation featuring the work of Emlie Clark, Franklin Evans, Ruth Pastine and Rachel Urokowitz. Reception Saturday, Sept. 9, 3-5pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which not only includes art but an array of arts and crafty projects to create your own Odd piece. Ojai. 540-5050.

OJAI ART CENTER Sept. 3-Sept. 28, “Visions of Peace.” Ojai Artists for Peace is creating a movement of collaboration between artists for the sake of peace. Each artist will present their interpretation of peace including the white dove as a common symbol in the exhibit. Art exhibit reception and award presentations Sunday, Sept. 10, 1pm-4pm. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION Aug. 26-Sept. 24, Book Art. There has been a revival of Book Art in the past dozen years, as artists have rediscovered the special intimacy and creative freedom of an art form with no restrictions and few boundaries – now this form comes to Ventura. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP 907 State St, Santa Barbara. 963-2332.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART Sept. 7-Oct. 1, “Color Journey – Inside and Out.” A collection of paintings by Beatrix Rohlsen and Janat Dundas. 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 Sept. 16-Nov. 4, three exhibitions running concurrently. “Memories of Sea & Sky: paintings by Elisse Pogofsky-Harris” in the Evans Gallery, with more than 20 sea and sky paintings featuring a paradoxical quality: On the one hand, the works contain neither persons nor artifacts that would establish a human scale; they evoke a world removed from human perspectives. On the other, they seem to invite an investment on the part of the viewer, not just as an audience for the artistic display, but as an individual in conversation with the natural world. “New Abstract Painting: a two-person show with Peter Eble and Richard P. Schaefer, in the O’Keeffee Gallery, where Eble combines asphalt, varnish, sheets of lead and copper as he explores the use of industrial materials in non-objective art. Schaefer’s new work may look minimalist with the large areas of color-shapes but they in fact derive from an expressionistic background. “The WORD Pictured: Biblically-inspired mixed media art of Lee Hodges” in The Gerd Koch Gallery. Hodges’s work contains text from the Bible, often in the original Greek or Hebrew with abstract shapes and colors, united with
figurative and architectural elements. 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.

SULLIVAN GOSS Aug. 31-Oct. 18, “Hank Pitcher: New Work for a New Space.” Features the artist’s monumental surfboard paintings, Central Coast landscapes and a new cycle of work the artist refers to as “botanical paintings.” 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY “Civil Defense, Atom Bomb and Family,” an art installation featuring the work of artists Warren Sherich, Jr. and Charles Hood. This powerful installation features a “cold war” theme as seen through the eyes of a child, as well as imagery of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both past and present, in photographs and poetry. Whimsical, sarcastic paintings explore the issue of the atomic age and its ubiquitous absurd presence in our daily lives. 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 Hours: 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 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY through Nov. 15, “The Voyages of Zheng He.” A mini exhibit of the 15th century Chinese admiral is on display to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Chinese treasure fleets that carried silks and porcelains to exchange for goods throughout the world. (818) 889-2278.

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 Suggested admission: $3 adults, $2 senior/students, $1 children 6-16. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday, 1-5pm. 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.

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 Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Sept. 1-Oct. 2, “Qi Pang, an Exhibit of Contemporary Paintings.” 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 Sept. 12-Jan. 7, “Liberty: Blood of Patriots.” A new exhibit of detailed figures created by artist George Stuart. Figures on display include George and Martha Washington, Benedict Arnold, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Accompanying historical monologues by George Stuart. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “Saddle Up: Vaqueros, Cowboys and Charros,” an exhibit that explores Ventura County’s rich history of horseback riding and cattle ranching. Also: Sept. 17-Nov. 26, “A Personal Vision: Photographs by Robert G. Smith." $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

MATURE MINGLERS Thursdays. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, Ventura. 648-3035.

SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

VENTURA JAYCEES SOCIAL MIXER Thursday, Sept. 7, 6-8pm. J’s Tapas, 204 E. Main ST, Ventura. (661) 713-7365

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and over, are invited to the weekly Wednesday Night Bingo at the Avenue Adult Center. Grand Opening Wednesday, Sept. 6 features all new bingo equipment, free cakes, soft drinks, door prizes, plus a free dauber. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM ART PROGRAMS Saturday, Sept. 16. The Carnegie Art Museum offers new art classes and events to complement their fall exhibitions: Latin Perspectives in Prints and Building the Legacy. The Building Blocks of Art program for children aged 7-12 and their adult guardians continues with five new classes Sept. 16, 23, 30, and Oct. 7 and 14, 10:15am-noon. $2 per child, guardians free. Classes help participants learn about the elements of art, like line, shape, form, color, and texture by studying artwork in the museum\’s current exhibitions and creating hands-on art projects. Studio Art Class for Teens is geared towards young adults aged 13-18. Classes held Sept. 16, 23, 30, and Oct. 7 and 14, 1:30-4pm. $10, includes all art supplies. Classes offer students an opportunity to explore a variety of media and learn advanced studio techniques using the elements of art as a framework. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER OXNARD AND PORT HUENEME KIDS’ DAY OF FUN Saturday Sept. 16, 11am-4pm. Face painting, jumpers, a dunk tank, the balloon dude, live entertainment, games, prizes, a rock wall for young people ages 16 and up, and much more!!! Free. 1900 W. 5th St. (across from the Oxnard airport). 382-8229.

PACIFIC VIEW MALL CALLS FOR STUDENT ART deadline Friday, Sept. 29, 5pm. Open to students K-12. Work must be on 8 ?" x 11" paper and not framed. Work will be on view at the Pacific View Mall during Ventura County Arts Week, Oct. 6-15. The student who received the most votes in each grade category will receive a $25 gift certificate to the mall. Artwork may be mailed or delivered in person; entry forms available at the Pacific View Mall Guest Services kiosk and county libraries. 658-2213.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 16-17, 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.

RETIRING SOON SEMINAR Monday, Sept. 18, 6:30pm. Seminar focuses on helping people learn to take inventory of current assets, determine retirement income, and structure a retirement plan. Presented by Rey Sarmiento, Edward Jones investment representative. Free. Seating limited. City of Oxnard, Conference Room, 545 S. A St., Oxnard. 815-3514.

Classes/Workshops

LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 2, -9:30pm. Focus on the Masters presents this life drawing class for ages 16 to adult. Working with live models, students learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring 18"x24" drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

THE SONGWRITER’S NOTEBOOK Saturdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28, 11am-1pm. Focus on the Masters presents this class for adults. Participants play their material on CD, cassette tape, or live for the instructor during this weekly workshop for songwriters. Feedback provided. Recording, publishing processes and guidelines on industry standards are reviewed. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS every other Saturday beginning Sept. 9, 8:30am-3pm. The Ventura County Chapter 255 of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is offering an instructional seminar consisting of six workshops aimed at teaching new entrepreneurs the basics of starting and managing a small business. Topics covered will include Fundamentals of Starting a New Business, Buying a Business or Franchise, Developing Your Business Plan, Fundamentals of Marketing, Home Based & Internet Businesses, Financial Management, Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs, and Business Insurance. $100 for all six workshops, or $60 for VCCCD students. Individual workshops may be attended, $30 per workshop. Oxnard College. www.scoreventura.org 986-5896

WU STYLE SHORT FORM TAI CHI Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Scott Nordeng continues his seven week class. $15 per class. Church of Religious Science, 101 Laurel Ave., Ventura. 659-2113.

OXNARD POLICE CITIZEN’S ACADEMY CLASS Wednesdays, 6-9pm. The Oxnard Police Department begins a new class every Wednesday through Dec. 13. The class covers a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, traffic stops, gang injunction, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone over 18 years of age, who lives or works in Oxnard, and has not previously attended the class. Free. 385-7631.

WATERCOLOR DEMONSTRATION Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7:30-9pm. The Camarillo Art Center holds a watercolor demonstration by Norman Kirk. Refreshments served. $5 non-members. 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo. 445-7061.

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.

Literature/Poetry

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. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. 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.

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.

Farmers’ Markets

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.

Stepping Out

BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, Sept. 14, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, Sept. 18. 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. Social dancing in nearby Los Caporales, 8-10pm. No partner, reservation or prior experience necessary. Gallery, Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 646-7355.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, Sept. 18, 7:30-9:30pm. Weekly dance, all ages. First night free. Conejo Elementary School,. 280 Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-1957.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Sept. 19, 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, Sept. 20. 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.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Sept. 16, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features 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. 421-9270.

OJAI PEDDLERS FAIR Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 16-17, 9am-4pm. The fair benefits the Nordhoff Music Department, and features antiques, collectibles, crafts and clothing. Free. Chaparral School Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-2546.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER\’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid\’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

Clubs/Groups

JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF THE CONEJO VALLEY Sunday, Sept. 17, 1:30-4pm. Come celebrate the group’s first anniversary with light refreshments and a gift for all attendees. General meeting includes topic: Our heritage and our health, presented by Gary S. Frohlich, patient care liaison and certified genetic counselor. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616.

LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP Mondays. A group to help build alliances, support and coping skills. Singles and couples welcome. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext. 108

DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance.. 339-6344 ext 108.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

CONEJO SKI & SPORTS CLUB 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 8pm-9pm. This year-round social club welcomes active adults to meet, develop friendships and share outdoor and social functions. This is the largest club of its kind in Southern California and it strives to provide a healthy forum where members can share new experiences at affordable prices. Palm Garden Hotel, Newbury Park.

THERAPIST SUPPORT GROUP Wednesdays This is a group for therapists and interns to help each other with self care and other specific issues. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. Meets weekly. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

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.

RELATIONSHIPS, EMOTIONS & PURPOSE SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays. A group for personal and spiritual growth and coping with grief, loss and depression. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.

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.

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German Auto Fest

Sept. 9, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sept. 10, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Auto Fest is everything exclusively Porsche. All models of Porsche are invited. Experience seven premier events combined into one of the largest Porsche-only gatherings in the World. Enjoy industry exhibits, People\\\’s Choice Concours, PCA Concours, Literature-Mobilia Show, For Sale Corral, Swap Meet, Free Seminars, and more. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. (661) 296-6545. Online at www.GermanAutoFest.com.

Day Of Caring

Sept. 9, 9 a.m. – noon. United Way of Ventura County invites the community to participate in a Day of Caring. The event is an opportunity for individuals and teams to roll up their sleeves and complete meaningful volunteer projects. Day of Caring participants involve themselves with projects such as washing vehicles, sorting and packing canned goods, light landscaping, and more. Volunteers receive a Day of Caring T-shirt and are invited to attend a free breakfast, 7:30 – 8:30am, United Way, 1317 Del Norte Road, Camarillo. Day of Caring project sites include FOOD Share, Inc., Many Motors, El Concilio del Condado de Ventura, Habitat for Humanity, United Blood Services at the Oxnard FOOD Share, Prototypes Woman’s Center, Simi Valley Samaritan Center, RAIN Transitional Living Center, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ventura County, Many Mansions, Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship, Help of Ojai, and The Wellness Community. 485-6288, ext. 276. Please visit them online at www.VolunteerVenturaCounty.org.

Acts Of God

Sept. 9, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ojai writer Peter Fox’s play, a comic exploration of God and show business in the modern world, will be performed with proceeds going to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura. A question and answer session with the actors and playwright and a no host bar will follow the 7:30 p.m. performance. Not suitable for children. $10. 5654 Ralston, Ventura.

Special Events

LEMON FESTIVAL September 9-10. Enjoy lemon-themed food items and sip lemonade as Latin, R&B and soul performers take the main stage. Also: sponsor booths, a kids’ play area, games, free crafts, face painting and pie-eating contests. Free. Lemon Grove Avenue, Pacific View Mall Community Plaza. HYPERLINK \”http://www.LemonFest.com\” www.LemonFest.com.

VENTURA VINTAGE RODS HARBOR RUN Sunday, Sept. 10, 8am-1:30pm. Classic vehicles dating back to 1975 and earlier are featured during the Ventura Vintage Rods Harbor Run 16 at Harborview Park in Channel Islands Harbor. The public has the opportunity to view over 350 classic cars during the free event. All types of classic American-made cars on display for viewing including street rods, customs and pickup trucks. Visitors can browse through a number of vendor booths offering everything from automotive purchases to electronics and women\\\’s accessories. Food and beverage booths plus musical entertainment provided throughout the day. All proceeds benefit local charities. Entry fee $20 per vehicle. 985-4852.

PEACE CONCERT Sunday, September 10, 4pm. Join us for a concert and candlelight vigil with Cliff Rubin and the Walk Across the Fire Band. Partial proceeds go to Navy and Marine Corps Family Relief at the Spiritual Living Center of Ventura County. The concert will honor those personally affected by the September 11 bombings and those who want piece now. Festivities will begin with a salute to the United States flag. $10 donation from military dependents and their children, $20 donation from all other adults, requested. Spiritual Living Center, 340 Mobil Ave, Camarillo. 484-1137.

SIMI VALLY FREEDOM WALK Monday, September 11, 5pm. Please join us as we remember the victims on the fifth anniversary of September 11th and honor our troops and Veterans on our first annual walk. The 1.8 mile route will begin in the Reagan Library’s courtyard and will conclude at Rancho Madera Community Park off of Wood Ranch Parkway. Complementary shuttle service will return the participants to their cars at the Library. The first 750 people who register for the walk will receive a free “Freedom Walk” t-shirt and an American flag. Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley. To register, go to www.militaryconnection.com. 522-2977.

Film

FLICKS FOR FREEDOM Saturday, Sept. 9, 3pm. HopeDance and Flicks for Freedom present a screening of 9/11 Press For Truth and a series of symposiums. 1pm: James Fetzer – 9/11 Symposium; 3pm: 9/11 Press for Truth Screening; 5pm: Webster Tarpley – 9/11 Symposium; 6:30pm: 9/11 Press for Truth Screening 8:15pm: Steven Jones – 9/11 Symposium. Free. Topping Room, Ventura Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura.

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH Sunday, Sept. 10, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society opens their fall schedule with a screening of the documentary focusing on former vice-president Al Gore’s message about global warming. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Performances

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Sept. 8-9. Friday: Last Improvisor Standing- 12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes; Saturday: TheatreSports-two teams compete to be the funniest as a panel of judges award points. $7.50 Friday, $8.50 Saturday. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

THE PINK THUNDERBIRD Friday-Saturday, 8:30pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Sept. 8-10. The Elite Theater Company, is proud to present James McLure’s cantankerously funny two-act comedy presented under the single-act titles of Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star. Due to some colorful language, this show is not recommended for children under 14 years of age. $17 adults, $15 seniors and children. Heritage Square, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

THE STAR-SPANGLED GIRL Fridays-Saturday, Sept. 8-23, 7:30pm, and Sundays, Sept. 10-24, 2pm. Vivamorem Entertainment presents Neil Simon\\\’s romantic comedy. Andy Hobart and Norman Cornell, struggle to write and print their magazine Fallout, featuring constructive criticism on the degenerating American way of life. It\\\’s a pursuit both men are ardently dedicated to until all-American Sophie moves in next-door. As Norman falls madly in love with her, chaotic hilarity ensues. $18 adults, $15 matinees and students, $12 seniors. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 381-2747.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:30pm. The 2006 Summer Music Concert Series at Olivas Adobe concludes with their annual Silent Movie Night, a 1926 animated stop-action 65-minute tinted classic with a lively original score commissioned specially for this screening. $18 general admission. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. 658-4726.

THE FISHERMAN AND THE LITTLE MERMAID Saturday, Aug. 9, 11:30am. and 4pm. Gypsies in a Trunk close their twelfth season of Fairy Tales in the Park with this original tale. Bob is a henpecked fisherman with a nagging wife and two bratty kids. One day while fishing he accidentally catches Ariel, the little mermaid. When she grants Bob three wishes things gets crazy as Bob wishes for what he thinks is happiness. Boy does he get more than he bargained for. Performances are free to the public, but in the age-old gypsy tradition, actors pass the hat at intermission. Performances – Saturday, Sept. 9: Community Recreation Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, 11:30am; and Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura, 4pm. Ample seating available on the ground at all locations. Leave pets at home.

HOOKED ON SWING BIG BANDS CELEBRATION/LEGENDS OF LAS VEGAS REVIEW Saturday, September 9, 7:30pm. $44. A tribute to the best of the big band era with the Late Night Swing Band, one of the hottest 18- piece swing bands working today. The band will pay tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and other top big bands from the 30\\\’s-40\\\’s when the horn was king and the brass kept the dance floor full till dawn. Then special guest vocalist Mark W. Curran sings the greatest hits of the 1950\\\’s with tributes to Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Sammy Davis Jr. It\\\’s the Wild Cool & Swingin Show featuring the legends that made Las Vegas swing! $44. Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 449-2787.

Theater

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.

BELFAST BLUES/THE GOOD THIEF Aug. 3-Sept. 17. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Two award-winning plays by modern Irish playwrights! Belfast Blues, written and performed by Geraldine Hughes and directed by Carol Kane, is performed in repertory with The Good Thief, written by Conor McPherson, starring Conor Lovett, and directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett. Belfast Blues previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 3-4, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 5, 7pm. The production continues through Wednesday, Sept. 13. The Good Thief previews Thursday-Friday, Aug. 10-11, 8pm, and opens Saturday, Aug. 12, 7pm, continuing through Sept. 17. $49-$26, excluding opening night premieres. Call or visit online for schedule and tickets. Rubicon Theater, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900. Visit online at www.rubicontheatre.org.

THE PINK THUNDERBIRD Friday-Saturday, 8:30pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Aug. 4-Sept. 10. The Elite Theater Company, is proud to present James McLure’s cantankerously funny two-act comedy presented under the single-act titles of Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star. Due to some colorful language, this show is not recommended for children under 14 years of age. $17 adults, $15 seniors and children. Heritage Square, 730 S. B St., Oxnard. 483-5118.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Aug. 25-Sept. 23. Following the philosophy “Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” this light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent farce takes comedy back to its roots, combining time-tested, 2,000-year-old comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic Vaudeville. A crafty slave schemes to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan for his young master in exchange for freedom. Hilarity ensues… Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. $14 Thursdays, $16 Fridays and Sundays, $18 Saturdays. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

BLOOD AND MERCURY: THE ALCHEMY OF ROCK AND ROLL Aug. 25-Sept. 3. With a score of original music and a few Bob Dylan selections, this play was created through a unique workshop process involving a collaboration between all, and weaves a magical web of music, drama and movement to create a thoroughly theatrical experience. Fridays-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday 7pm. $20 general; Sunday, 2 for 1. Auction House Theater, 8597 N. Ventura Avenue, Casitas Springs. 302-5321.

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Sept. 1-30. Come see an eclectic cast of real characters in the tale of a cab driver with two lives and two wives – one sexually-charged, one play-by-the rules. Throw in two police detectives and a gay dress-maker and you have the elements of chaos, double-entendre and innuendo. Friday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 7pm. $15 general, $12 seniors, students and Art Center members. 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. www.OjaiACT.org. 640-8797.

Auditions

HANDEL\\\’S THE MESSIAH Monday, Sept. 11, 6-7pm. California State University Channel Islands Choir holds auditions for annual holiday concert. Auditions are open to all community individuals interested in singing with the Choir. Spiritual Living Center, 340 Mobil Ave., Camarillo. 643-8430.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ARCHITEXTURE New local salon features artists Claudia Craig and Luke Burleson. 25 S. Ventura Ave, Ventura. 506-0669.

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.

ART FIRST! CENTER FOR THE ARTS The new home base and showplace for Ventura County’s professional artists. Home to Allegory Fine Arts Gallery. Lectures and seminars to come. 1076 E. Front Street, Ventura

ARTIST’S UNION GALLERY Aug. 26-Sept. 24, “Book Arts.” Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 643-3012.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beatrice wood.com. Ojai, Ca. 646-3381.

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.

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY 546 E. Main St, Ventura.

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

CAFÉ ZACK Hilda Kilpatrick. View oil and pasted paintings from the artist’s personal collection. Kilpatrick has been featured at several Ventura ArtWalk events. 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 STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbcglobal.net.

CONEJO COFFEE ongoing display. Fine art giclee prints on canvas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite, Ventura County Beaches, and Venice, Italy by Ventura County residents Mark and Holly Jansen. 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park. 498-7420.

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM General Admission $3. Gallery hours: Thurs. – Sat., 10 am – 5 pm, and Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm 424 South C St., Oxnard. 385-8157.

FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-6pm. 1591 Spinnaker Dr , Suite 117C, Ventura. 644 – 2750.

HERZOG WINE Features a new series of diverse art work, including oils, watercolors, photography and digital art by local artists, is on display. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. 983-1560.

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.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST GALLERY through Sept. 29, “Seeing the Land of Oz.” Fine art photographer Pat Osborne gives a personal and magical view of his world, a collection of images that explore light, shadow, color texture and form. 1208 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 642-5400.

J’s TAPAS Original renditions of local scenes in oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and mixed media by Gerardo Segismundo. The artists unique style and extensive range can be viewed through his web site www.segi smundoart.com. J’s Tapas, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. 794-5810.

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 Sept 2-Sept. 21. Works by Lynn Creighton: sculptures of women celebrating their lives. Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to www.thedistilleryla.com.

MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY GALLERY Sept. 9-Oct. 13, “Transformative.” A group exhibition exploring the moment of transformation featuring the work of Emlie Clark, Franklin Evans, Ruth Pastine and Rachel Urokowitz. Reception Saturday, Sept. 9, 3-5pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. 646-2750.

ODD ART New gallery and creativity exploration studio, which not only includes art but an array of arts and crafty projects to create your own Odd piece. Come and enjoy an “Odd” evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres at the adult reception Saturday, Sept. 9, 7-9pm. Kids’ exploration 10am-12pm. Ojai. 540-5050.

OJAI ART CENTER Sept. 3-Sept. 28, “Visions of Peace.” Ojai Artists for Peace is creating a movement of collaboration between artists for the sake of peace. Each artist will present their interpretation of peace including the white dove as a common symbol in the exhibit. Art exhibit reception and award presentations Sunday, Sept. 10, 1pm-4pm. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

SAN BUENAVENTURA ARTISTS’ UNION Aug. 26-Sept. 24, Book Art. There has been a revival of Book Art in the past dozen years, as artists have rediscovered the special intimacy and creative freedom of an art form with no restrictions and few boundaries – now this form comes to Ventura. 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP AND GALLERY September 8 – 11. Mike Starkey designs and crafts, one at a time, custom or commissioned extraordinary hardwood furniture pieces. 907 State St, Santa Barbara. 963-2332.

SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART Sept. 7-Oct. 1, “Color Journey – Inside and Out.” A collection of paintings by Beatrix Rohlsen and Janat Dundas. 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 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.

SULLIVAN GOSS Aug. 31-Oct. 18, “Hank Pitcher: New Work for a New Space.” Features the artist’s monumental surfboard paintings, Central Coast landscapes and a new cycle of work the artist refers to as “botanical paintings.” 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY “Civil Defense, Atom Bomb and Family,” an art installation featuring the work of artists Warren Sherich, Jr. and Charles Hood. This powerful installation features a “cold war” theme as seen through the eyes of a child, as well as imagery of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, both past and present, in photographs and poetry. Whimsical, sarcastic paintings explore the issue of the atomic age and its ubiquitous absurd presence in our daily lives. 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 Hours: 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 330 N. Zachary, Suite 106, Moorpark. 529-6274.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR FOCUS ON THE MASTERS 2007 The community is invited to nominate Ventura County artists to be formally documented and interviewed by Focus on the Masters (FOTM) for the 2007 Tuesday Talk Series. Among the nominees, 10 will be selected for formal documentation by the FOTM Board of Directors Executive Committee. All nominations must be provided before Sept. 8. Send nomination information to Focus on the Masters, 1147 E. Main Street, Ventura. www.FocusOnTheMasters.com. 653-2501

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY through Nov. 15, “The Voyages of Zheng He.” A mini exhibit of the 15th century Chinese admiral is on display to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Chinese treasure fleets that carried silks and porcelains to exchange for goods throughout the world. (818) 889-2278.

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. Now featuring Express Tours each Friday, 12:30pm-1pm. Come see our exhibits on your lunch hour! 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.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 Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Sept. 1-Oct. 2, “Qi Pang, an Exhibit of Contemporary Paintings.” 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 Sept. 12-Jan. 7, “Liberty: Blood of Patriots.” A nex exhibit of detailed figures created by artist George Stuart. Figures on display include George and Martha Washington, Benedict Arnold, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Accompanying historical monologues b $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

MATURE MINGLERS Thursdays. The Ventura Avenue Adult Center invites seniors to their weekly gathering. Reservations required. Fixed menu price for meal, soft drink, tax and tip. 71 Palm, Ventura. 648-3035.

SCRABBLE THURSDAYS Presented by the Ventura Avenue Adult Center. They provide the game, dictionary and the place, you provide the brainpower. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

VENTURA JAYCEES SOCIAL MIXER Thursday, Sept. 7, 6-8pm. J’s Tapas, 204 E. Main ST, Ventura. (661) 713-7365

KINDERMUSIK WITH KATIE Sunday, Sept. 9, 3-4:30pm. Music and movement classes for children ages 0-5 years and parents celebrates their fall open house. Come sing, dance, play rhythm instruments and preview the activities from the fall session. Gift certificate and instrument raffle, plus lots of musical fun for the whole family. Classes Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Ventura, and Kindermusik with Seniors program, Saturdays, The Lexington, 5440 Ralston Ave., Ventura. Poinsettia Pavilion, Room 204, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. 377-6663.

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. This Saturday: colors. Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard. $1 per child. Reservations required. 385-8171.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and over, are invited to the weekly Wednesday Night Bingo at the Avenue Adult Center. Grand Opening Wednesday, Sept. 6 features all new bingo equipment, free cakes, soft drinks, door prizes, plus a free dauber. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30pm. The public, ages 21 and over, are invited to the weekly Wednesday Night Bingo at the Avenue Adult Center. Grand Opening Wednesday, Sept. 6 features all new bingo equipment, free cakes, soft drinks, door prizes, plus a free dauber. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

PACIFIC VIEW MALL CALLS FOR STUDENT ART deadline Friday, Sept. 29, 5pm. Open to students K-12. Work must be on 8 ?\” x 11\” paper and not framed. Work will be on view at the Pacific View Mall during Ventura County Arts Week, Oct. 6-15. The student who received the most votes in each grade category will receive a $25 gift certificate to the mall. Artwork may be mailed or delivered in person; entry forms available at the Pacific View Mall Guest Services kiosk and county libraries. 658-2213.

Lectures/Seminars

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 9-10, 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.

IMMIGRATION FORUM Sunday, Sept. 10, 2-3:30pm. A panel of three knowledgeable individuals and a moderator address the effects of legal and illegal immigration. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura. 644-3898.

NO TO LNG OPEN-MIC NIGHT Monday, Sept. 11, 8:30pm. Come enjoy music and learn more about the proposed LNG terminal for Ventura County. Activists share concerns the LNG terminal is unnecessary, pollutes, and perpetuates dependence on foreign fossil fuel. Learn more about this critical issue and share your music, poetry and thoughts. Free. Good Bar, 533 E. Main St., Ventura. 390-2015.

Classes/Workshops

LIFE DRAWING Thursdays, Sept. 7-Nov. 2, -9:30pm. Focus on the Masters presents this life drawing class for ages 16 to adult. Working with live models, students learn to draw the human body and study form, proportion, contour and shading. Teens under 18 need parental permission. Bring 18\”x24\” drawing pad, soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

SEVEN WAYS TO CUT COLLEGE COSTS Thursday, Sept. 7, 7pm. Free workshop for parents of college bound high school students focuses on little-known ways to get money for college. Topics include how to double or triple your eligibility for free grant money, secrets to sending your child to a private UC school, and the single biggest mistake that 9 out of 10 parents make when planning for college. Camarillo Library, 3100 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo. (800) 211-0207.

FOLK ART APPLIQUE: FREE FORM EXPRESSION IN TEXTILES Saturday, Sept. 9, 1-4pm. Focus on the Masters presents this class for ages 15 to adult. Combining various fabrics, threads, yarns, buttons, charms, old jewelry, and found objects, students create their own unique textile expression which may be stitched onto a jacket or tote bag or hung on the wall. Principles of color and design as well as construction techniques are discussed. Beginners welcome. $35. Call for registration. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

THE SONGWRITER’S NOTEBOOK Saturdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28, 11am-1pm. Focus on the Masters presents this class for adults. Participants play their material on CD, cassette tape, or live for the instructor during this weekly workshop for songwriters. Feedback provided. Recording, publishing processes and guidelines on industry standards are reviewed. Call for registration and fees. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS every other Saturday beginning Sept. 9, 8:30am-3pm. The Ventura County Chapter 255 of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is offering an instructional seminar consisting of six workshops aimed at teaching new entrepreneurs the basics of starting and managing a small business. Topics covered will include Fundamentals of Starting a New Business, Buying a Business or Franchise, Developing Your Business Plan, Fundamentals of Marketing, Home Based & Internet Businesses, Financial Management, Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs, and Business Insurance. $100 for all six workshops, or $60 for VCCCD students. Individual workshops may be attended, $30 per workshop. Oxnard College. http://www.scoreventura.org 986-5896

WHEELER GORGE NATURALIST DOCENT TRAINING PROGRAM Saturday, Sept. 9, 8:30am. Wheeler Gorge hosts its first program, held at the Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, continuing six alternate Saturdays to December 2. Program creates a core of excited volunteers empowered with a new-found knowledge able to commit three hours of service or more per month. Duties include greet and answer questions from our guests at the Visitor Center, introduce and set up our Saturday Speakers Program, and lead hikes, walks, and talks. First session includes an all-day workshop dedicated to birds. The Center is located 8 miles north of Ojai on Scenic Highway 33. 630-9977.

OXNARD POLICE CITIZEN’S ACADEMY CLASS Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6-9pm. The Oxnard Police Department begins a new class every Wednesday through Dec. 13. The class covers a myriad of topics including SWAT, gang enforcement, traffic stops, gang injunction, patrol procedures, narcotics enforcement, crime analysis, and other pertinent topics. Open to anyone over 18 years of age, who lives or works in Oxnard, and has not previously attended the class. Free. 385-7631.

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.

Literature/Poetry

MUSICIAN’S NIGHT OUT Wednesdays, 7:30-11pm. Traditional gathering of writers and performers. California Taco Co., 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7174.

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. Selah Café, 40 Day Road, Ventura.

OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7:30 pm. 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.

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.

Farmers’ Markets

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.

Stepping Out

BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, Sept. 7, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

COUNCIL ON AGING DANCE Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30-10:30pm. Dance held second and last Friday of every month. Proceeds contribute to the funding of programs and services. Drawing for door prizes. Light refreshments, live music. $6. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.

PLUS DRUMMERS Saturday, Dept. 9, 8:30-9pm. Part performance with balafon and flute, part interactive where anyone can join in. Lively variety of music to dance barefoot on firm spongy mats. Free-Style dancing, no partner needed. Smoke and alcohol-free. 7:30-10:30pm. $6 adults, $1 youth 16 and under. 3026 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 650-7112.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, Sept. 11, 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, Sept. 12, 7pm. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host their weekly dance party. $3 visitor. Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road, Ventura. 647-1893.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Sept. 12, 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, Sept. 13. 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.

Shows/Markets

ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Sept. 9, 10am-4pm. Weekly art show features 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. 421-9270.

FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR Saturday, Sept. 9, 10am-4pm. The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District holds their annual Fall Arts and Craft Fair featuring craft persons, artisans, and food vendors. Free. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. 482-1996, ext. 18.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER\\\’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid\\\’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMER\\\’S AND FISHERMAN’S MARKET Every Sunday, 10am-2pm. Over 35 farmers sell locally grown fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. B-B-Q, baked goods, kid\\\’s corner, arts and crafts, plus live music and entertainment. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 643-6458.

Clubs/Groups

DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF CAMARILLO Thursday, Sept. 7, 7pm. Dr. Herbert E. Gooch III, Associate Professor of Political Science, California Lutheran University, discusses The Strategic Gamble: American Foreign Policy in the Middle East. UFCW Hall, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. 383-6204.

FREETHINKERS OF VENTURA COUNTY Monday, Sept. 11, 7:30-9pm. The organization meets for their monthly meeting. Tonight\\\’s discussion: Marjoe Gortner, youngest ordained minister, evangelist and self-admitted con artist. Camarillo Library, Don Adolofo Room, 3100 Ponderosa Camarillo. 386-4232.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE NEWCOMERS CLUB Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10am-noon. The group welcomes back all old members and looks forward to greeting new friends at its first coffee of the year. Organization is a nonprofit social group promoting friendship through participation. Free. Westlake Yacht Club, 32123 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. (818) 991-0735.

LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP Mondays. A group to help build alliances, support and coping skills. Singles and couples welcome. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext. 108

DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance.. 339-6344 ext 108.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.

CONEJO SKI & SPORTS CLUB 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 8pm-9pm. This year-round social club welcomes active adults to meet, develop friendships and share outdoor and social functions. This is the largest club of its kind in Southern California and it strives to provide a healthy forum where members can share new experiences at affordable prices. Palm Garden Hotel, Newbury Park.

THERAPIST SUPPORT GROUP Wednesdays This is a group for therapists and interns to help each other with self care and other specific issues. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. Meets weekly. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.

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.

RELATIONSHIPS, EMOTIONS & PURPOSE SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays. A group for personal and spiritual growth and coping with grief, loss and depression. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.

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.

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