~ HAPPENINGS ~

~ HAPPENINGS ~

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL

On Oct.29, you are invited to kick off Dia de los Muertos at the Ventura County Museum of History & Art. From12 p.m. -3 p.m. a family celebration, with traditional arts and crafts (including a chance to decorate the traditional sugar skulls), dance performance by Danza Azteca Cuauhtemoc, and Mariachi music by Costa del Sol will take place at the Museum. Free. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 E. Main St, Ventura.

GHOSTWALK 2006

Oct. 27-29. Ghostwalk celebrates 13 years of spook-tacular fun for the Halloween season. While taking a ghoulishly guided tour of hauntingly historical Santa Paula each year, guests encounter several ghosts eager to tell of their untimely demise. Tours depart for the dearly departed every fifteen minutes from 6:30-9:15 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Tours begin and end at Limoneira Ranch Headquarters, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula. Most of the route is wheelchair accessible but some areas may get rough and dark. Personal flashlights highly recommended. No strollers or younger children please. $12 adults, $8 children 7 years and older, students with ID, $15 general admission, 525-3073. Visit online at www.ghostwalk.faststores.com.

GARY TRUDEAU AT THE ARLINGTON

Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Trudeau makes his Arts & Lectures debut with an entertaining visual presentation. Since the introduction of the “Doonesbury” strip in 1970 (now appearing in nearly 1,400 daily and Sunday newspapers here and abroad), Trudeau’s satirical commentary on culture and politics has earned him a reputation as one of the nation’s most irreverently engaging critics of our time. $40. Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

Holiday Happenings

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL Thursday-Tuesday, Oct. 26-Oct. 31, 9am-5pm. Underwood Family Farms holds their annual Fall Harvest Festival with live entertainment and activities every weekend starting at 11am. The festival continues all month with wild west entertainment, live bands, educational tours, family activities, food and refreshments, farm products, pick-your-own pumpkins, farm rides and animal showcase complete the line-up. $7.50, $3 weekdays. 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. 529-3690. www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com

SEASIDE HAUNT Oct. 20-22 and 25-31, 7-10pm. weekdays, 7pm-midnight Friday-Saturday and Oct. 31. Something frightening is happening at the Ventura County Fairgrounds as victims enter a 6,500 square-foot haunted attraction patterned after an abandoned lighthouse. Elaborate mazes, swamps, caves, docks and graveyards. Tours not appropriate for children 7 and under, attraction offers kid-friendly matinees Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29, noon-4pm. Dress code strictly enforced. $12.50 general, $16.50 VIP, $7.50 matinees. Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 275-1033.

PUMPKIN-LINER TRAIN Saturdays-Sundays, Oct. 21-29, 10 & 11am, 12:10, 1:10 & 2:10pm. Join the Fillmore and Western Railway Company as they offer weekend Pumpkinliner excursions to find the perfect pumpkin, including wonderful hand-on activities for kids, crafts and vendors, and more. $15 adults, $8 children 4-12, $6 infants under 3. Reservation required. Fridays and Sundays, Oct. 21-29, take a train ride In Search of the Headless Horseman, dine on tri-tip and chicken, and search for the legendary ghost, $38 adults, $16 ages 4-12, $10 ages 3 child. Central Park Station, 250 N. Central Ave., Fillmore. 524-2546.

SEANCE AT THE DUDLEY HOUSE Friday-Monday, Oct. 27-30, 7 and 9pm. Step back in time into a world of fantasy and experience an intimate evening of spirit theater in a truly historical and evocative setting. A spirited evenings of fun for ages 13 years and up. Reservations required. Seating limited. $15. Historic Dudley House, 197 N. Ashwood St., Ventura. 338-8646.

HALLOWEEN HOWL DINNER CRUISE Saturday, Oct. 28, 6:30-8:30pm. Calling all ghosts Enjoy American and Japanese food catered by the Harbor Sushi Restaurant and live music by the Catawailers. No Host Wine and Beer Bar. Wear flat shoes and warm layers. You are welcome to wear a costume. Advanced reservations recommended. Island Packers, 1691 Spinnaker Drive, Ste. 105 B, Ventura. 642-1393. Visit online at www.islandpackers.com.

DELTA SIGMA THETA MASQUERADE BALL Saturday, Oct. 28, 8pm-12am. The Ventura County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will host their first annual Masquerade Ball, celebrating Mardi Gras early with guests dressed in their favorite costume or mask. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and the best mask. Guests will be treated to a night of dancing, a variety of hors d’oeuvres, and dessert. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a national community service organization. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for local youth. $60 per person. Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. 582-2756.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS Sunday, Oct. 29, noon-3pm. The Ventura County Museum of History and Art celebrates Day of the Dead with the Sixth Annual Community Celebration allowing visitors to participate in traditional holiday crafts including decorating sugar skulls and making paper flowers, masks and calaveras, paper mâché butterflies, and shoe box ofrendas, plus face painting, traditional Mexican breads, and hot chocolate. Live entertainment and dancers. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10.

FARMERS MARKET PUMPKIN FUN DAY Sunday, Oct. 29, 9am. The Twelfth Annual offers continuous entertainment including a pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest with prizes at 1pm, and trick or treating at 1:30pm. Entertainment includes free pumpkin bowling, pumpkin weight guessing with prizes, face painting, live music, BBQ vendors and more. Costume contest takes place at 10am, judging at 12:30pm. Free and open to the public. Marine Emporium Landing, 3350 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. 643-6458.

HALLOWEEN UNDER THE SEA Sunday, Oct. 29, 1-5pm. The Oxnard College Marine Education Center offers a safe, fun, educational and different Halloween venue for families. Event includes children’s marine costume contest, face painting, pumpkin painting, games, trick or treat candy, and live entertainment. 3850 Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard. 985-9801.

TRICK AND TREAT Tuesday, Oct. 31, 4-7pm. Halloween at Pacific View Mall. Trick or Treat throughout the mall! YMCA offers fun games and a costume parade. Radio B95 and Bo Jackson greet fans in Center Court for meeting and treating. Pacific View Mall, 3301 E. Main St., Ventura. 642-0605. Visit online at www.shoppacificview.com

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT CLU Wednesday, Nov. 1 California Lutheran University will celebrate the Dia de los Muertos throughout the day. Activities include the building of a traditional altar in the Student Union Building, and the public is welcome to bring items to honor deceased loved ones. Pan de muerto will be available for sampling, along with pictures and information detailing the history and traditions of this Latin Holiday. CLU, Thousand Oaks. 493-3323.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT SEA BREEZE Thursday, Nov. 2, 5pm-10pm. The Sea Breeze Art Gallery kicks off its Dia de los Muertos juried art exhibit with a celebration will to mark the time of year “when the veil between the earthly world and the heavenly plane is thin, our departed loved ones are able to visit.” The public is invited to contribute items to the community altar inside the gallery as a tribute to loved ones who have passed on. Suggested rituals include lighting a candle or supplying a photo or favorite food item. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 302-9992.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WEEKEND CELEBRATION Saturday, Nov. 4, 1-9pm. Danza Azteca Cuauhtemoc hosts a celebration that includes face painting, the decorating of ofrendas, a ceremonial procession, traditional Aztec dancing and live musical performance by Aztlan Underground. Mission Park, 100 East Main St, Ventura.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS AT BELL ARTS Saturday, Nov. 4. In conjunction with the Ventura County Museum of History and Art and Artwalk, the Bell Arts Factory hosts a Dia de Los Muertos show in the Community room, with a musical line-up from 2pm-4pm. 432 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura. 643-1960.

Special Events

MEMORY WALK 2006 Saturday, Oct. 28, 8am. A fundraising and benefit walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter in Ventura. Walkers can choose form different levels of walks, depending on their ability, in order to raise money that sustains vital services provided by the association to people living with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones and caretakers. Park Plaza, Ventura. www.centralcoastalz.org. 892-4259, ext. 28.

ANTI-WAR MARCH & RALLY Saturday, Oct. 28. Ventura County caravan to LA to stop the War on Iraq! Ojai Post: Von’s Market Hwy. 33 and 150, 9:15am, depart at 9:30; Ventura Post: Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Main St. And Telephone Road, 10am, depart at 10:15am; Thousand Oaks Post: Thousand Oaks Community Transportation Center, Rancho Road and Hwy., 10:45am, depart at 11am. Individuals and organizations give political talks and eyewitness testimony on why the war is illegal and how it has harmed communities in the U.S. and all over the world. Be part of this important action. (323) 464-1636.

KINETIC SCULPTURE RACE Saturday, Oct. 28, 10:30am. The Ninth Annual Southern California Kinetic Sculpture Race benefits the Turning Point Foundation. The race features more than a dozen somewhat-artistic-looking people-powered vehicles. Check-in and pre-race activities begin at 9:30 a.m. Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura. 652-0000.

SEGUE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION AND BENEFIT Saturday, Oct. 28, 4-6pm. Segue’s first annual celebration invites the community to an afternoon of wine tasting and international foods from our local restaurants as part of a short program of participants sharing their experiences. Segue empowers, inspires, and motivates high school students to explore, find and act on their life path by engaging the community to come into the classrooms and share their career path stories and wisdom learned from real life experience in the work world. Art Gallery 33, 1328 N. Ventura Blvd., Ventura. 644-3444.

HAWAIIAN LUAU Saturday, Sept. 28. Mai’s Café and Aloha Lounge will host an authentic Hawaiian feast. $30 for dinner and drinks. 2815 E. Main St, Ventura. 652-2061.

AFTERNOON WITH ART Sunday, Oct. 29, 1-4pm. Soroptimist International of Ventura presents an afternoon of viewing and purchasing original art from local artists. A silent auction of art and gift items will be available, along with refreshments. $20 (proceeds go to scholarships and local charitable cuases). Wedgewood Banquet Center, 5800 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura. 652-1200.

ARTS MIXER Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 6-730pm. Artists’ Union Gallery hosts a free networking and social event for artists, administrators and anyone wishing to promote the arts in our community. Aloha Steakhouse, 364 S. California St, Ventura. 643-3012.

Film

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Sunday, Oct. 29, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family looking for salvation during a weekend road trip to a California beauty pageant. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Performances

PLAN 10 FROM OUTER SPACE Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:30pm. The Gypsy Players open their Fall season of murder and mayhem with a Sci-Fi murder mystery. Join the worst director of all time, Ed Wood, Jr. and the cast of Plan 9 From Outer Space as they reunite to film Ed’s long-awaited sequel and you can be a part of the cast! Some of the finest murder mystery actors in Southern California have been recruited to entertain you while enjoying fun, food and laughs. Performances: Nov. 3 and 18, Hilton Garden Inn, 2000 Solar Drive, Oxnard, $50; Thursday evenings, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16, Sunday Champagne Brunch Oct. 22, Nov. 5 and 9, 11:30am, Paul’s Italian Villa, 2585-I Cochran St., Simi Valley, $45. All ticket prices include dinner, dessert, beverage, the show and wait staff gratuity. (661) 718-3968.

DINNER WITH A SIDE OF MYSTERY Acclaimed restaurant La Dolce Vita teams up with Whim: Custom Adventures to bring a month of mystery to the Oxnard area. The
restaurant is the site of several dinner time treasure hunts taking place each Friday during October. Dinner hunts act as gateways to larger weekend adventures, leading customers on exciting treks across the city of Oxnard. Different location used every week, culminating in a final hunt on October 27. 624-6567.

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT Sunday, October 29, 2:00 pm. The Ojai Art Center presents a concert of chamber music performed by Linda Holland, flutist, and Josephine Brummel, pianist, members of the Music Faculty, Santa Barbara City College. The concert includes pieces by JS Bach, Poulenc, Gaubert, Rutter, and Holland. $10 general, $8 members and students. Ojai Art Center, S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8327.

BRYAN BOWERS Tuesday, Oct. 31, 7:30pm. One of America’s finest auto harp players uses this venerable instrument in a concert of songs and tunes. Bowers plays everything from old Carter family classics to Bach on the instrument, as well as singing folk music classics and choice contemporary songs. $13 advance, $15 door. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-5163.

LOU REED Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8pm. Living legend, musical renegade and innovator Reed will make his Santa Barbara debut with a solo performance, “Song & Noise.” $55. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

Theater

MAN OF LA MANCHA Thursday-Wednesday, Oct. 12-Nov. 5. Rubicon Theatre Company presents the final production of its 2005-2006 season and the third and final show in its Dale Wasserman Festival, the five time Tony Award-winning musical with book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion, The production features George Ball as Cervantes/Don Quixote, Jennifer Shelton as Aldonza, Jamie Torcellini as Sancho Panza, Randal Keith as the Governor, and Joseph Fuqua as the Duke. Performances: Wednesdays, 2 and 7pm; Thursdays-Fridays, 8pm; Saturdays, 2 and 8pm; and Sundays, 2pm. Theater offers numerous special performances, call for complete schedule and ticket prices. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900.

BARNUM Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Oct. 13-29. 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.

WAIT UNTIL DARK through Nov. 11. Stage Door Theatre presents the classic thriller about a young blind woman and the terror she experiences when three strange men show up while her husband is away. One claims to be an old friend of her husband, another a policeman and the third is looking for his father as well as a musical doll. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 8pm. Some Sunday matinees at 2pm. 28311 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

THE CRUCIBLE Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, Oct. 27-Nov. 19. Ojai ACT Art Center Theater presents Arthur Miller’s Tony award-winning electrifying parable of human courage and fear set in the midst of the 1690’s Salem witch trials. $15 general, $12 seniors and members, $8 students. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY Sept. 28-Oct. 29, ceramic sculptures of Kathy Wagonner. Gallery Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ALLEGORY through Oct. 31, “Essence of Woman.” A sculptural collection highlighting the bronze work of Lynn Creighton and the ceramics/raku work of Lynn Le Tourneau. Concentrating on the feminine form, this exhibit transcends the physical and transports the viewer to a spiritual plane where the two artists connect a physical celebration with a spiritual epiphany. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Allegory, Creighton and Le Tourneau will donate a portion of all proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. 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 Sept 30-Nov. 5, “Range of Vision.” A solo exhibition of photographs and carbon-pigment archival paintings by Robin Raggio, featuring premiere screenings of “A Journey of Elements: Earth, Water, Wind & Fire,” a special digital performance of choreographed images, light and sound. Also: “Written in Stone,” three featured artists whose work is loosely based on a theme of timeless information, including reflections on archeological sites and cosmic fantasies. 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 Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

CAFÉ ON A Featuring four native New York artists who work in collage, painting, sculpture and mixed media. 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 NANOSYSTEMS INSTITUTE Oct. 22-28, “Networked Realities & Prospective Locative Hacks.” Art students from around the world will display their multimedia work in a peer-reviewed exhibition UCSB, Santa Barbara. Weekdays 12-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 12-3pm. www.mat.ucsb.edu. 893-4620.

CAL LUTHERAN Oct. 28-Nov. 27, “24 Exhibition.” To follow the theme of “24 hours in the life of your community,” students have used photography, graphic design, sculpture, surround sound, video display and projections to create a dynamic, innovative multimedia presentation and exhibit. Free. Soiland Gallery Hall, Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.

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.

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY through Nov. 5, 3-artist show. Abstract paintings by C. Lynn Tegenfeldt depict a natural world deconstructed to expose a microcosmos of astonishing beauty and diversity; photographer David Rivas catches a surrealistic view of life uncommon in photography; celebrity artist Jonathan Winters exhibits work of great spontaneity, much like his career as an improvisational comedian. New art will be installed Saturday, Oct. 21. 546 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-1595.

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.

“PHOTOGRAPHY VISION SIX” through Dec. 18. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents an invitational exhibit of extraordinary photography. A diverse group of artists have joined together to present their artwork in the Galleria, with works ranging from nature to portrait to abstract imaging. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Free. Arts Galleria, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks. www.HillcrestArts.com. 381-2747.

COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Sept. 25-Nov. 10, “National Arts Program Visual Arts Exhibit.” Paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, crafts/mixed media/assemblage/pottery by youth and adults in conjunction with the official Ventura County Arts Walk Week 2006. Awards Ceremony and Reception Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7pm, open to the public. Hall of Administration, Atrium Lobby, County Government Center. 658-2213.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE Oct. 17-Nov. 30, “Nudes, Sensuals, Erotics: Works on Paper by Seco.” Featuring a full range of works on paper, celebrating sensuality and the human form. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.

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

GALLERY 33 through October, “Spatial Dilations.” Seasoned artists Nancy Perlman & Don Ulrich present highly complex, abstract mixed media paintings and wall sculptures that explore a myriad of themes ranging from the interface between form and formlessness, space exploration, Chumash rock paintings and compelling, idiosyncratic vocabularies of being and existence. Gallery 33 (in the 451Media Building), 1328 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura. 641-9303.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Fridays, 9:30am-1:30pm, award-winning pet portrait artist Stella Violano will be painting portraits. 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.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY Oct. 7-Jan. 4, “International Affairs: Husbands & Wives.” Featuring artist/couples in acrylic, ceramic, mixed media, sculpture and paper arts. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. 523-7957.

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 Oct. 1-Nov. 30, “A Click of Photographers.” The photography branch of the Ojai Center for the Arts presents a group show of black and white and color works by seven members of the group. Open daily 9am-9pm. 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 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 Oct. 21-Dec. 2, “Nocturnes.” Solo exhibition featuring the work of Stas Orlovski and the romantic imagery of the decayed garden – broken statuary, overgrown vegetation, rainstorms, moths and song birds – that form the visual literature of his latest work. Orlovski constructs a series of sculpture gardens where modernist forms share space with figurative fragments. The artist pries at the question of why we are attracted to images that evoke memory, loss, and nostalgia. Undeterred by sentimentality, Orlovski pushes the edge further by orienting his compositions under faded night skies and oversized moons. Here the artist embraces rather then skirts the nostalgic quality inherent in the works from which he draws inspiration: mid-century Russian children’s storybooks, Japanese woodcuts, Victorian illustrations and Dutch botanical drawings. The results are a series of poetic works that invite the viewer into a place both familiar and innocent, a place dreamed about and remembered. Opening reception on Saturday, October 21, 5 – 7 pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 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 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 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. Also: Oct. 1-Nov. 19, “Flight Patterns: Aviation Quilts – Past, Present and Future.” 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Oct. 5-29, “Visual Logic.” Featured artist Monteve Miller Clay draws upon parallels between nature’s processes and human experience, demonstrating that geometric shapes on canvas can represent strength without denying vulnerability. Artist Reception Saturday, Oct. 21, 6-9pm. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 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 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY Oct. 21-Nov. 26, “Dots and Boxes.” A solo exhibition by scientist and mathematician J.J. Le Tourneau, PhD featuring dramatic digital black and white images laminated on translucent white Plexiglas, giving an airy lightness to the physical, two-dimensional object. The images represent the interaction of abstract markings and containers, which become structured space in mathematical terms. What appears to be a two-dimensional square suddenly becomes a three-dimensional pathway… 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 COLLEGE 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 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.

CALL FOR ARTISTS The Sea Breeze Art Gallery invites you to participate in its second annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit, which will run Nov. 2-25, with an opening reception to be held on Thursday, November 2, 5:00-10:00pm. Submit a piece to celebrate the time of year when the veil between the earthly world & the heavenly plane is thin & our departed loved ones are able to visit. Submit up to 3 pieces of art, each with a non-refundable entry fee of $10. Drop off your artwork on Saturday October 28 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The artwork must have a “Dia de los Muertos” theme. Sea Breeze Art Gallery, 255 South Laurel St, Ventura.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY Oct. 10-Nov. 30, “Primitive Nature.” Artist j. Madison Rink has documented the Santa Monica Mountain range through photography, looking for images similar to antique tribal and Asian art sculpted by indigenous people. (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 COLLEGE Sept. 25-Dec. 20. “Max Gold: The Father of Fusion Art.” An exhibit of Gold’s three-dimensional assemblages that layer multiple pieces of hand-painted acrylic glass to produce one compound vision. When aligned in a finished 3-D construct, the separate images are choreographed into a single interlocking whole, vibrant with intense brush strokes and elegantly clean lines. 20% of sales will be donated by the artist to support the new VC library. Library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm, Friday 7:30am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm. Ocean View Reading Room, Ventura College Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Library, Ventura College. 654-6400 ext 1264.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Oct. 5-March 31. “The Seas, the Schooners and the Fishermen: Thomas Hoyne’s Paintings of the North Atlantic.” Feautring the dramatic paintings of the renown maritime painter (1923-1989) and includes several of the artist’s preliminary drawings. 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

CASABLANCA Oct. 30-31, 10am. A free showing for seniors of one of the greatest movies of all time, Casablanca, in its first national release in over 60 years. Sponsored by Humana and preceded by brief introductory film about Humana and 2007 changes to Medicare. In Simi Valley and Camarillo. Admission is free for over 65, bring a friend. (866) 836-7906.

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. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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.

Pets

LOW COST DOG AND CAT RABIES CLINIC Saturday, Oct. 28, 1-3pm. The City of Oxnard Animal Control Department and Licensing Services Division in conjunction with the County Animal Regulation and Ventura Medical Association conduct low-cost rabies vaccinations. Dog and cat license available. Call for fees. Wilson Senior Center, 350 N. C St., Oxnard. 385-7818.

CANINE ADOPTION AND RESCUE LEAGUE Organization urgently needs foster homes for small to large puppies and dogs until they are adopted. Food, medical care, advice, and support are provided. Adoption Center located at 5 Points behind the Ventura Pet Barn, 3004 Telegraph Road. 652-1001. Visit online at www.carlvc.org.

Lectures/Seminars

FAIR HOUSING WORKSHOP Thursday, Oct. 26, 6pm-8pm. Come get your questions about fair housing, evictions, security deposits, repairs and rent increases answered! Learn about your rights and responsibilities as an owner and landlord. T he Housing Rights Center hosts this informative evening. Oxnard Main Library, 251 S. A Street, Oxnard. www.hrc-la.org. Call 1-800-477-5977, ext. 26, to RSVP.

CANDIDATE FORUM Thursday, Oct. 26, 7pm. The forum is hosted by Oxnard Shores Mobile Home Board of Directors and the Oxnard Shores Neighborhood Council. Candidates express their views followed by a question and answer period. Open to the public. Oxnard Shores Mobile Home Park, 5540 W. Fifth St., Oxnard.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 28-29, 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.

MICHAEL MEDVED Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7-9pm. Conejo Valley Adult School Parent Talk Lecture Series kicks off its 2006 season with a talk by the nationally syndicated radio host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic as he speaks out on our society’s attack on childhood innocence. $15 advance, $20 door. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 492-8837, ext. 4033.

Health

COLORECTAL CANCER EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP Saturday, Oct. 28, 11am-1pm. Frankly Speaking About New Discoveries in Cancer present this special focus for people with cancer. Learn about the most current information about medical advances available today for people affected by colorectal cancer, including the newest treatments for and approaches to colorectal cancer, as well as effective strategies to manage side effects and live well with colorectal cancer and beyond. The Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

LAUGHTER CLUB Saturdays, 7:30-8:15 a.m. Learn to laugh for no reason and receive the physiological and psychological benefits of laughter. Free. Camarillo Yoga Center, 5800 Santa Rosa Road, Ste. 127, Camarillo. 484-8810.

Sports

PUMPKIN RUNS Sunday, Oct. 29, 8am. Calling all runners and walkers, the Thousand Oaks-Westlake Village Regional Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in their Twenty-eighth Annual Great Pumpkin Runs and Health Fair. Starting times are 8:00 a.m. for the 5K Devilish Dash, 8:50 a.m. for the 10K Goblin’s Gallop, and 9:00 a.m. for the 1 Mile Trick-or-Treat Trot. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Mini Health Expo, 7am-noon. Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village. 370-0035.

Classes/Workshops

LOOPED POUCHES Saturday, Oct. 28, 1:30-3:30pm. Focus on the Masters presents the class for those who want to learn the ancient art of looping, a fiber tradition predating weaving. Use this method to make a beaded Looped Pouch necklace to wear. Each necklace is unique and beautiful. Waxed linen thread and needles supplied. Bring small scissors and beads for decorating. Instructor: Gienne Gabriels. $45. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

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. http://www.scoreventura.org 986-5896

FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE Tuesdays, Oct. 24-Dec. 12, 2-5pm. Focus on the Masters offers the public the opportunity to create a figure, male or female, that is realistic and appears to be in motion. Students learns to build an armature, create a realistic figure, and then to use various techniques to turn their work into a permanent piece ready for display. Instructor: Linda Elder. $150 for 8 weeks. Call for class location. 653-2501.

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.

DJEMBE CLASS Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. All-level weekly class with instructor Budhi Harlow. $60 month, $17 per class. Pulse Drumming Studio, 2434 E. Main St., Ventura.

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

ONE BOOK ONE CAMPUS Ventura College hosts a month of activities to share Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as part of their Fifth Annual One Book, One Campus literary event. In addition to many faculty placing the novel on their course syllabus for student discussions, activities for the month include an art exhibit of works done by clients of the Santa Barbara Mental Health Association, the showing of several related films, guest speakers, presentations and panel discussions on related issues, and a marathon reading of the novel. Complete details of the project can be found online at www.venturacollege.edu. 654-6400, ext.1395.

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.

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

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

SPOKEN WORD CAFÉ Thursdays. Hosted by Gwendolyn Alley, the Spoken Word Café is presented the third Thursday of every month. Oct. 19: Rick Lupert and F. Albert Salinas with special guest Paradox. Pass the hat. El Jardin Courtyard, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-0091. Please visit online at www.zoeyscafe.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, Oct. 26, 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, Oct. 27, 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. Join them for their Halloween dance. $6. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.

COUNTRY WESTERN HALLOWEEN DANCE Saturday, Oct. 28, 8-11 p.m. Country Lovers Western Dance Club host a Halloween dance. $5, ages 12 & under free. VFW Post. 3801 Market Street, Ventura. 647-1893.

DANCE JAM VENTURA Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30-10:30pm. New space for people with or

without partners in a smoke, drug and alcohol-free environment. Come in costume. $6, $1 children under 16. Makoto Dojo, 3026 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 650-7112.

GOLD COAST DANCE CLUB Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30-10:30pm. The Gold Coast Couples Dance Club invites guests and members to a ballroom dance on the beautiful hardwood floor at the House of Dance, 3007 Bunsen Avenue, Ventura. Recorded music provided by our favorite disk jockey. $15 per couple members, $20 per couple guests. 647-3775.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING Monday, Oct. 30, 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, Oct. 24, 8pm. Salsa dancing and lessons every Tuesday. Free lessons with cover charge. Beginning 8-8:30pm, advanced, 8:30-9:15pm. Occasional age restrictions. $7. Borderline Bar and Grill, 99 Rolling Oaks Drive, Thousand Oaks. 446-4435.

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, Nov. 1. 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, Oct. 28, 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.

SCANDINAVIAN CENTER OPEN HOUSE Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 28-29, 1-5pm. California Lutheran University presents a Scandinavian Center open house featuring the SAMI culture and lifestyle. As the ethnic minority in Scandinavia and Russia, the Sami people have developed their own distinctive culture and political structure. The Scandinavian Center at California Lutheran University focuses on their art, clothing , art glass, paintings, attire, maps and photos. Refreshments provided. 26 Faculty Road, Thousand Oaks. 497-3717.

VENTURA COUNTY PASTEL ARTISTS FALL EXHIBIT AND SALE Saturday, Oct. 28, 4-7pm., and Sunday, Oct. 29, 10am-3pm. The Ventura County Pastel Artists hold their 12th Annual Fall Exhibit and Sale. Food and live music. West Hills Gallery, 1545 Cuyama Rd. Ojai.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET Sunday, Oct. 29, 8am-noon. Camarillo United Methodist Church presents an alternative gift market in Brooks Hall. The alternative market is open to the public. Free cookies and hot drinks served at the market featuring distinctive hand-crafted items, nativity scenes, Christmas ornaments, toys, jewelry, and more from Third World Cooperatives. Third World Cooperatives is an association of artisans from 10,000 third world villages.

The association receives all of the proceeds from the sale. 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo, 482-4312.

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

BEACH CITIES NEIGHBORS & NEWCOMERS CLUB Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9:30am, coffee hour. This women’s club, covering Ventura, Oxnard and Port Hueneme, will meet for monthly coffee. Guest speaker Amy Kakiza of CARE, an organization which helps women fight poverty around the world. Ventura Yacht Club, 1755 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura. 488-3424.

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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OJAI DAY CELEBRATION

Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Join Ojai’s annual downtown street fair/cultural explosion, bursting with art, food, spiritual incantations, multi-ethnic celebrations and good old-fashioned fun and games. Check out the beautiful local original art and jewelry and interactive art events; belly dancing, hoop dancing, historic Chumash and Mexican folk dancing; rock bands and djs; finger-licking good food and treats from home-made tamales to sumptuous strawberry desserts; rock climbing, bungee jumping, dunk tanks and henna tats; health, wellness and spiritual demonstrations; sporting events and big screen action; classic car and motorcycle displays; kids’ parades, games, rides, pumpkin carving, petting zoos and much, much more! Over 150 booths and 3 music stages. Free. Downtown Ojai. www.ojaiday.com for more information.

GLOBAL WARMING TOWN HALL MEETING

Oct. 24, 7 p.m. A town hall meeting on global warming featuring three panelists, including City Manager Rick Cole. The main speakers are the citizens of Ventura talking to each other and their city about what they can do about this global threat, what they are willing to do, and what they need help from the city to do. Related local businesses and organizations will provide information and resources. Free. Downtown Century 10 Theater, Ventura. 648-4323.

CHRISTINE CHAVEZ SPEAKS IN HONOR OF HER GRANDFATHER

Oct. 25, 6 p.m. As part of the Preus-Brandt Forum on CLU’s main campus. Christine Chavez, granddaughter of the well-known labor activist, will discuss labor issues and Legacy in Action projects. Chavez has made a lifetime commitment to public service by carrying on her grandfather’s legacy. As a member of the Community College League of California, Chavez is currently working on an initiative for the 2008 ballot that will grant community colleges more state funding. She has also worked with the United Farm Workers Union, an organization co-founded by her grandfather. Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3151.

Special Events

GHOSTWALK 2006 Friday-Sunday, Oct. 20-22, 27-29. Ghostwalk celebrates 13 years of spook-tacular fun for the Halloween season. While taking a ghoulishly guided tour of hauntingly historical Santa Paula each year, guests encounter several ghosts eager to tell of their untimely demise. Tours depart for the dearly departed every fifteen minutes from 6:30-9:15pm and last approximately one hour. Tours begin and end at Limoneira Ranch Headquarters, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula. Most of the route is wheelchair accessible but some areas may get rough and dark. Personal flashlights highly recommended. No strollers or younger children please. $12 adults, $8 children 7 years and older, students with ID, $15 general admission, Oct. 20-29. 525-3073. Visit online at www.ghostwalk.faststores.com.

SEASIDE HAUNT Oct. 20-22 and 25-31, 7-10pm. weekdays, 7pm-midnight Friday-Saturday and Oct. 31. Something frightening is happening at the Ventura County Fairgrounds as victims enter a 6,500 square-foot haunted attraction patterned after an abandoned lighthouse. Elaborate mazes, swamps, caves, docks and graveyards. Tours not appropriate for children 7 and under, attraction offers kid-friendly matinees Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29, noon-4pm. Dress code strictly enforced. $12.50 general, $16.50 VIP, $7.50 matinees. Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 275-1033.

PUMPKIN-LINER TRAIN Saturdays-Sundays, Oct. 21-29, 10 & 11am, 12:10, 1:10 & 2:10pm. Join the Fillmore and Western Railway Company as they offer weekend Pumpkinliner excursions to find the perfect pumpkin, including wonderful hand-on activities for kids, crafts and vendors, and more. $15 adults, $8 children 4-12, $6 infants under 3. Reservation required. Fridays and Sundays, Oct. 21-29, take a train ride In Search of the Headless Horseman, dine on tri-tip and chicken, and search for the legendary ghost, $38 adults, $16 ages 4-12, $10 ages 3 child. Central Park Station, 250 N. Central Ave., Fillmore. 524-2546.

GARDEN PARTY AND AUCTION FUND-RAISER Sunday, Oct. 22, noon-3pm. The Twenty-ninth annual Lou Grant Parent-Child Workshop garden party and auction is held at a beautiful beachfront location and includes great food and drinks, live music, fabulous auction items and more. $15 advance, $20 door. 3003 Padaro Lane, Carpinteria. 684-5310.

Film

THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO Sunday, Oct. 22, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens director Michael Winterbottom’s quasi-documentary drama about three young innocent British Muslim men held at Guantanamo for two years. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

JESUS CAMP Monday, Oct. 23, 7pm. The Ventura Chapter of Atheists United present a screening of the controversial documentary directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. The film chronicles the Kids on Fire summer camp, which molds children as they hone their prophetic gifts and are schooled in how to take back America for Christ for God’s Army. A moderated discussion of the film, soliciting responses from the audience and sharing feedback on the film\\\’s relevance to current events and it\\\’s fairness in treating the subject, follows the screening. Paseo Camarillo Art Cinema, Camarillo. 794-4714.

TIBET: A BUDDHIST TRILOGY Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30pm. The re-released, digitally restored and re-cut “Trilogy” enables the sacred journey of the Tibetan way of life to unfold in its intended sequence. Part I obseves the Dalai Lama in his dual role as head of State and spiritual teacher; Part II follows lamas in the ancient village of Boudha; Part III, a meditation on impermanence, follows monks and farmers through a day in the mountain landscape of Ladakh. $10 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

Performances

BULGARIAN NATIONAL THEATRE IN ROMEO & JULIET Thursday, Oct. 19 and Friday, Oct. 20, 7pm. Director Lilia Abadjieva is renowned for her brilliant re-interpretations of Shakespeare plays. With a skillful mix of parody and satire, her inspired adaptation of Romeo & Juliet uses unconventional stylistics with delightful results. $25 general. Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

NEW WEST SYMPHONY Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 8pm. The symphony continues their 2006/2007 Masterpiece Series featuring an evening of popular opera arias, scenes and ensembles. Guest soloists include sopranos Shana Blake Hill and Jessica Tivens, mezzo-soprano Cynthia Jansen, tenor Robert MacNeil, baritone Peter Halverson and bass-baritone Todd Robinson. Program includes works by Glinka, Puccini, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Donizetti, Offenbach, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Verdi and Mozart. Oct. 20: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; Oct. 21: Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. $20-$88. (800) NEW-WEST.

PLAN 10 FROM OUTER SPACE Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30pm. The Gypsy Players open their Fall season of murder and mayhem with a Sci-Fi murder mystery. Join the worst director of all time, Ed Wood, Jr. and the cast of Plan 9 From Outer Space as they reunite to film Ed\\\’s long-awaited sequel and you can be a part of the cast! Some of the finest murder mystery actors in Southern California have been recruited to entertain you while enjoying fun, food and laughs. Performances: Saturday evenings, Oct. 21, Nov. 3 and 18, Hilton Garden Inn, 2000 Solar Drive, Oxnard, $50; Thursday evenings, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16, Sunday Champagne Brunch Oct. 22, Nov. 5 and 9, 11:30am, Paul\\\’s Italian Villa, 2585-I Cochran St., Simi Valley, $45. All ticket prices include dinner, dessert, beverage, the show and wait staff gratuity. (661) 718-3968.

RIRIE WOODBURY DANCE THEATRE Saturday, Oct. 21, 7pm. Performances to Grow On invites you to a show for the child in all of us. Mama Eddy\\\’s Right On Boarding House weaves seven dances into a fanciful dance journey through an old boarding house full of strange travelers, mysterious sounds and wonderful surprises. $22 adults, $16 kids. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

KEVIN WELCH, KIERAN & LUCAS KANE AND FATS KAPLIN + MICHAEL FRACASSO Musicians, songwriters and old friends, when Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch sit down together, the room is instantly engulfed in a softly glowing bonhomie. Not a raging, giddy friendship – something more insidious, a bit sinister. They join forces with friends as part of the ongoing Sings Like Hell series, celebrating “the greatest music you’ve never heard.” Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara. 963-0761.

SONNY ROLLINS Sunday, Oct. 22, 7pm. Tenor saxophonist Rollins – one of the celebrated jazz icons of the last century – brings his hard-swinging style with an unforgettable evening of musical greatness. His melodic dynamism and flair for improvisation endear him to jazz fans worldwide and have rightly earned him the title of “finest saxophonist alive.” $65 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

LYON OPERA BALLET Tuesday, Oct. 24, 8pm. With a reputation for risk-taking and innovation, this ballet features some of the most adventurous and experimental choreography today. Their dazzling repertoire and unconventional interpretations have prepared audiences to expect the unexpected. $45 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

DINNER WITH A SIDE OF MYSTERY Acclaimed restaurant La Dolce Vita teams up with Whim: Custom Adventures to bring a month of mystery to the Oxnard area. The restaurant is the site of several dinner time treasure hunts taking place each Friday during October. Dinner hunts act as gateways to larger weekend adventures, leading customers on exciting treks across the city of Oxnard. Different location used every week, culminating in a final hunt on October 27. 624-6567.

Theater

MAN OF LA MANCHA Thursday-Wednesday, Oct. 12-Nov. 5. Rubicon Theatre Company presents the final production of its 2005-2006 season and the third and final show in its Dale Wasserman Festival, the five time Tony Award-winning musical with book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion, The production features George Ball as Cervantes/Don Quixote, Jennifer Shelton as Aldonza, Jamie Torcellini as Sancho Panza, Randal Keith as the Governor, and Joseph Fuqua as the Duke. Performances: Wednesdays, 2 and 7pm; Thursdays-Fridays, 8pm; Saturdays, 2 and 8pm; and Sundays, 2pm. Theater offers numerous special performances, call for complete schedule and ticket prices. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900.

BARNUM Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Oct. 13-29. 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.

WAIT UNTIL DARK through Nov. 11. Stage Door Theatre presents the classic thriller about a young blind woman and the terror she experiences when three strange men show up while her husband is away. One claims to be an old friend of her husband, another a policeman and the third is looking for his father as well as a musical doll. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 8pm. Some Sunday matinees at 2pm. 28311 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

AUDITION Transport Theatre is seeking a male actor in his 30s to 50s to play Richard Nixon in their production of “Judy\\\’s Scary Little Christmas,” to run this December in Ventura. A physical resemblance to Nixon isn’t necessary, but the actor should have similar coloring, size and be able to carry off his speech patterns and mannerisms. Also needs good comic timing. For appointment please call 644-0485.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY Sept. 28-Oct. 29, ceramic sculptures of Kathy Wagonner. Gallery Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ALLEGORY through Oct. 31, “Essence of Woman.” A sculptural collection highlighting the bronze work of Lynn Creighton and the ceramics/raku work of Lynn Le Tourneau. Concentrating on the feminine form, this exhibit transcends the physical and transports the viewer to a spiritual plane where the two artists connect a physical celebration with a spiritual epiphany. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Allegory, Creighton and Le Tourneau will donate a portion of all proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. 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. 2310127

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 Sept 30-Nov. 5, “Range of Vision.” A solo exhibition of photographs and carbon-pigment archival paintings by Robin Raggio, featuring premiere screenings of “A Journey of Elements: Earth, Water, Wind & Fire,” a special digital performance of choreographed images, light and sound. Also: “Written in Stone,” three featured artists whose work is loosely based on a theme of timeless information, including reflections on archeological sites and cosmic fantasies. 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 Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

CAFÉ ON A Friday, Oct. 13, 6-10pm. An opening reception to welcome four native New York artists who work in collage, painting, sculpture and mixed media. 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@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.

COASTAL ROASTING COMPANY GALLERY through Nov. 11, 3-artist show. Abstract paintings by C. Lynn Tegenfeldt depict a natural world deconstructed to expose a microcosmos of astonishing beauty and diversity; photographer David Rivas catches a surrealistic view of life uncommon in photography; celebrity artist Jonathan Winters exhibits work of great spontaneity, much like his career as an improvisational comedian. New art will be installed Saturday, Oct. 21. 546 E. Main St, Ventura. 648-1595.

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.

“PHOTOGRAPHY VISION SIX” through Dec. 18. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley presents an invitational exhibit of extraordinary photography. A diverse group of artists have joined together to present their artwork in the Galleria, with works ranging from nature to portrait to abstract imaging. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Free. Arts Galleria, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks. www.HillcrestArts.com. 381-2747.

COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Sept. 25-Nov. 10, “National Arts Program Visual Arts Exhibit.” Paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, crafts/mixed media/assemblage/pottery by youth and adults in conjunction with the official Ventura County Arts Walk Week 2006. Awards Ceremony and Reception Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7pm, open to the public. Hall of Administration, Atrium Lobby, County Government Center. 658-2213.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE Oct. 17-Nov. 30, “Nudes, Sensuals, Erotics: Works on Paper by Seco.” Featuring a full range of works on paper, celebrating sensuality and the human form. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.

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

GALLERY 33 through October, “Spatial Dilations.” Seasoned artists Nancy Perlman & Don Ulrich present highly complex, abstract mixed media paintings and wall sculptures that explore a myriad of themes ranging from the interface between form and formlessness, space exploration, Chumash rock paintings and compelling, idiosyncratic vocabularies of being and existence. Gallery 33 (in the 451Media Building), 1328 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura. 641-9303.

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.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY Oct. 7-Jan. 4, “International Affairs: Husbands & Wives.” Featuring artist/couples in acrylic, ceramic, mixed media, sculpture and paper arts. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. 523-7957.

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 Oct. 1-Nov. 30, “A Click of Photographers.” The photography branch of the Ojai Center for the Arts presents a group show of black and white and color works by seven members of the group. Open daily 9am-9pm. 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 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 Oct. 21-Dec. 2, “Nocturnes.” Solo exhibition featuring the work of Stas Orlovski and the romantic imagery of the decayed garden – broken statuary, overgrown vegetation, rainstorms, moths and song birds – that form the visual literature of his latest work. Orlovski constructs a series of sculpture gardens where modernist forms share space with figurative fragments. The artist pries at the question of why we are attracted to images that evoke memory, loss, and nostalgia. Undeterred by sentimentality, Orlovski pushes the edge further by orienting his compositions under faded night skies and oversized moons. Here the artist embraces rather then skirts the nostalgic quality inherent in the works from which he draws inspiration: mid-century Russian children’s storybooks, Japanese woodcuts, Victorian illustrations and Dutch botanical drawings. The results are a series of poetic works that invite the viewer into a place both familiar and innocent, a place dreamed about and remembered. Opening reception on Saturday, October 21, 5 – 7 pm. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 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 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 330 California St. Plaza, Ventura. 658-4726.

SANTA BARBARA FRAME SHOP AND GALLERY 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. Also: Oct. 1-Nov. 19, “Flight Patterns: Aviation Quilts – Past, Present and Future.” 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Oct. 5-29, “Visual Logic.” Featured artist Monteve Miller Clay draws upon parallels between nature’s processes and human experience, demonstrating that geometric shapes on canvas can represent strength without denying vulnerability. Artist Reception Saturday, Oct. 21, 6-9pm. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643-3973.

CALL FOR ARTISTS The Sea Breeze Art Gallery invites you to participate in its second annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit, which will run Nov. 2-25, with an opening reception to be held on Thursday, November 2, 5:00-10:00pm. Submit a piece to celebrate the time of year when the veil between the earthly world & the heavenly plane is thin & our departed loved ones are able to visit. Submit up to 3 pieces of art, each with a non-refundable entry fee of $10. Drop off your artwork on Saturday October 28 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The artwork must have a “Dia de los Muertos” theme. Sea Breeze Art Gallery, 255 South Laurel St, Ventura.

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 1266 Coast Village Rd, Montecito. 969-0220.

UPFRONT GALLERY Oct. 21-Nov. 26, “Dots and Boxes.” A solo exhibition by scientist and mathematician J.J. Le Tourneau, PhD featuring dramatic digital black and white images laminated on translucent white Plexiglas, giving an airy lightness to the physical, two-dimensional object. The images represent the interaction of abstract markings and containers, which become structured space in mathematical terms. What appears to be a two-dimensional square suddenly becomes a three-dimensional pathway… 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 COLLEGE 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 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 COLLEGE Sept. 25-Dec. 20. “Max Gold: The Father of Fusion Art.” An exhibit of Gold’s three-dimensional assemblages that layer multiple pieces of hand-painted acrylic glass to produce one compound vision. When aligned in a finished 3-D construct, the separate images are choreographed into a single interlocking whole, vibrant with intense brush strokes and elegantly clean lines. 20% of sales will be donated by the artist to support the new VC library. Library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm, Friday 7:30am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm. Ocean View Reading Room, Ventura College Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Library, Ventura College. 654-6400 ext 1264.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Oct. 5-March 31. “The Seas, the Schooners and the Fishermen: Thomas Hoyne’s Paintings of the North Atlantic.” Feautring the dramatic paintings of the renown maritime painter (1923-1989) and includes several of the artist’s preliminary drawings. 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

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. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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.

Health

CURVES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PROMOTION To emphasize the important of a mammogram, Curves, the world’s leading chain of fitness and weight loss centers, waives their service fee to women who have had a mammogram within the last twelve months. The promotion is only valid during the week of October 16, and is designed to encourage women to lead a healthy and fit life. Presented as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Contact the local Curves near you for further information.

Pets

CANINE ADOPTION AND RESCUE LEAGUE Organization urgently needs foster homes for small to large puppies and dogs until they are adopted. Food, medical care, advice, and support are provided. Adoption Center located at 5 Points behind the Ventura Pet Barn, 3004 Telegraph Road. 652-1001. Visit online at www.carlvc.org.

Lectures/Seminars

INTERMARRIAGE IN MEXICAN CALIFORNIA Saturday, Oct. 21, 1pm. Ventura County Museum of History and Art hosts a presentation by Louise Pubols, Historian of the Museum of the American West. Between Mexican independence in 1821 and the start of the Mexican-American war in 1846, about 15 percent of Californian women married American and European men. These marriages became symbols of bloodless conquest. Pubols discusses how these alliances actually advanced the economic standing of Mexican families. Included with admission. 100 E. Main St. Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 10.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22, 11am and 3pm. Join National Park Service Rangers in the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center as they show and tell about the many fascinating animals and plants in the marine life exhibit. Free.1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. 658-5730.

FOSSIL FREE BY \\\’33 Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7-8:30pm. The Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters hosts a lecture by Tam Hunt, Energy Program Director, Community Environmental Council at their monthly meeting. What you can do to encourage the renewable energy transition? Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 East 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

HANDMADE PAPER Saturday, Oct. 21, 1pm. Focus on the Masters offers this class where participants make decorative paper from cotton and recycled materials to use for greeting cards, scrap booking, picture frame matting, or unique stationary. Students make numerous sheets of paper in standard sizes and original shapes. Instructor: Gretchen Potts. $30 plus $7 materials. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501.

STILL LIFE PAINTING IN OILS Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22, 10am-4:30pm. Improve your oil painting skills and learn the basics of composing with light and color. Class is suitable for beginner to advanced student

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Seaside Highland Games

Oct. 13-15. The fourth annual games feature live entertainment, Scottish athletics, pipe band competition, solo piping competition, Scottish Country dancing, clans, vendors, Children’s Glen, and much more. The Games uphold a Scottish tradition dating back into the mists of the past. The earliest Games were held more than a thousand years ago under the sponsorships of kings and clan chiefs. Today, Scottish Games are held in all parts of the world where Scots, by birth or ancestry, have made their home. Attending the Seaside Highland Games will feel like being transported to the Scotland of yesterday and of today and should enable you to partake freely of the dance, games, food and drink of that great culture. Live entertainment provided by Highland Way, Men of Worth, Alex Beaton, the Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh, Eric Rigler and Bad Haggis, the Wicked Tinkers (pictured) and Celtic Spring. $14 adults, $12 seniors 62 years and older, $3 children 6-12, under 5 free. Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. (818) 886-4968. www.seaside-games.com.

Ghostwalk 2006

Oct. 13-15, 20-22, 27-29. Ghostwalk celebrates 13 years of spook-tacular fun for the Halloween season. While taking a ghoulishly guided tour of hauntingly historical Santa Paula each year, guests encounter several ghosts eager to tell of their untimely demise. Tours depart for the dearly departed every fifteen minutes from 6:30-9:15 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Most of the route is wheelchair accessible but some areas may get rough and dark. Personal flashlights highly recommended. No strollers or younger children please. $12 adults, $8 children 7 years and older, students with ID, $15 general admission, Oct. 20-29. Tours begin and end at Limoneira Ranch Headquarters, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula. www.ghostwalk.faststores.com. 525-3073.

The War Of The World: Twentieth-Century Conflict And The Descent Of The West
Oct. 15, 3 p.m. Niall Ferguson’s poignant commentary on contemporary politics and economics makes him one of the most prolific scholars to take on the United States’s “dinosaur” economy, the “smash-and-grab” foundations of the British Empire and the subsequent consumerist binge and purge that is the modern international economy. Named one of the world’s hundred most influential people by Time magazine in 2004 and a weekly columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and the L.A. Times, Ferguson will discuss ideas from his newly released book, “The War of the World.” $10 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

Special Events

VENTURA COUNTY’S TEN-DAY ARTS WEEK 2006 CELEBRATION Oct. 6-15. The Ventura County Arts Council sponsors cultural events countywide! There are more than 200 opportunities to put yourself in the arts at restaurants, libraries, museums, galleries, theaters – even on a train! Take your pick of concerts, plays, open rehearsals, hands-on arts opportunities for both adults and children, exhibits, poetry readings, bilingual storytimes, train rides, open studio and walking tours, all designed to provide a variety of opportunities for all residents to participate in the arts. Many are free. For more information, visit www.venturacountyarts.net, or call 658-2213.

CENTRAL COAST ALLIANCE UNITED FOR A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY ANNIVERSARY Friday, Oct. 13, 6p. Celebrating five years of action, CAUSE will feature a community-building celebratory ceremony, facilitated by Latino community healer, organizational development specialist and author Dr. Roberto Vargas. Cocktail social hour and dinner provided by La Tratorria Restaurant. Featured music by classical guitarist Carlos Gonzales. Dinner will be followed at 7:50 PM by a one hour program and ceremony, including an eight minute film, “CAUSE: Five Years of Progress.” $20. Universalist Unitarian Church, 5645 Ralston Street, Ventura. www.coastalalliance.com. To RSVP or to purchase tickets: 658-0810 ext. 211.

REYES ADOBE DAYS Friday-Sunday. The citywide festival features cultural events, entertainment, parade, and concerts throughout the City of Agoura Hills. Event kicks off Friday, October 13, 11:30am with a senior luncheon fiesta at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site, and a Hay Fever teen dance for grades 6-8, 7:00 pm, Agoura Hills Recreation Center. Saturday begins with a pre-parade extravaganza, Bonanza on the Boulevard, at Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Forest Cove, 8:30am, with the DVS Shoe Company Skateboard Team, an appearance by Sponge Bob, attractions for kids and teens. Parade begins 10am with celebrity Grand Marshal Jenilee Harrison, followed by A Day at the Adobe, Reyes Adobe Historical Site, 5464 Reyes Adobe Road, 11am- 4pm. California music and dance, children\’s games, pony rides, cultural demonstrations, fine art expo and tours of the early-1800\’s period home. Sunday begins with a noon Block Party, Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive, featuring rides and attractions for all ages, food vendors and Latin jazz musician Poncho Sanchez. (818) 597-7361. Visit online at www.reyesadobe.org.

SEASIDE HAUNT Oct. 13-15, 20-22 and 25-31, 7-10pm. weekdays, 7pm-midnight Friday-Saturday and Oct. 31. Something frightening is happening at the Ventura County Fairgrounds as victims enter a 6,500 square-foot haunted attraction patterned after an abandoned lighthouse. Elaborate mazes, swamps, caves, docks and graveyards. Tours not appropriate for children 7 and under, attraction offers kid-friendly matinees Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29, noon-4pm. Dress code strictly enforced. $12.50 general, $16.50 VIP, $7.50 matinees. Seaside Park, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 275-1033.

PUMPKIN-LINER TRAIN Saturdays-Sundays, Oct. 14-29, 10 & 11am, 12:10, 1:10 & 2:10pm. Join the Fillmore and Western Railway Company as they offer weekend Pumpkinliner excursions to find the perfect pumpkin, including wonderful hand-on activities for kids, crafts and vendors, and more. $15 adults, $8 children 4-12, $6 infants under 3. Reservation required. Fridays and Sundays, Oct. 13-29, take a train ride In Search of the Headless Horseman, dine on tri-tip and chicken, and search for the legendary ghost, $38 adults, $16 ages 4-12, $10 ages 3 child. Central Park Station, 250 N. Central Ave., Fillmore. 524-2546.

ANNUAL EARTH CHARTER CELEBRATION AND AWARDS Saturday, Oct. 14, 3pm. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions hold their third annual celebration and awards presentation. CPR coordinates Ventura County\’s Earth Charter Summit and presents annual Earth Charter Awards to those community activists who best embody the Earth Charter\’s core values. Free admission, refreshments, short film and live music. Ventura College Internet Café, Ventura College. 850-5849. Visit online at www.c-p-r.net.

SPOTLIGHT ON STYLE – HURRAY FOR HOLLYWOOD! Saturday, Oct. 14. Casa Pacifica shines the bright lights of Hollywood on their annual fashion event fund-raiser. Casa Pacifica Angels and hosts Janet and Gregg Van Huisen roll out the red carpet as they present the ultimate fashion event at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, Westlake Village. Doug Savant, Tom Scavo of Desperate Housewives, emcees the exciting event featuring a runway fashion show with New York models wearing the latest, sumptuous women\’s fashions by exciting designers, and men\’s fashions showcased by four winners of last year\’s Male Model auction. Guests can sip champagne as they stroll through the Westlake Plaza\’s atrium and peruse distinctive boutiques, participate in the many opportunity drawings offering sensational gift items. 445-7831.

OLA FALL FESTIVAL Sunday, Oct. 15, 10am-5pm. Our Lady of the Assumption School invites you to a farmers’ market, raffle, tri tip and chicken dinner, cake walk, dunk tank and face painting festival, complete with entertainment, food and more! Our Lady of the Assumption School, 3169 Telegraph Rd, Ventura. 642-7198.

WALK FOR A CURE Sunday, Oct. 15, 10:30am. Gist Cancer Research Fund holds its first annual walk on the west coast to coincide with the Sixth Annual Walk for a Cure held in New York. GIST is a life-threatening cancer of the GI tract, affecting approximately 5,000 people each year. In the past, the only treatment option for patients with GIST was surgery, but important research and the development of new, targeted therapies offer patients more options. San Buenaventura State Beach. Registration 9:30-10:15am. 644-6060.

NATURAL HISTORY OF BEER Sunday, Oct. 15, 2-5:30pm. Just in time for Octoberfest, the Natural History of Beer offers the chance to learn about the history of beer from Pete Johnson of the Brewhouse, the brewing process from Paul Wright of Island Brewing Company, and home-brewing from the Santa Barbeerian Brew Club. Afterwards enjoy some beer and tasty food favorites from local breweries, restaurants and vendors. $45 members; $60 non-members. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara. 682-4711 ext. 170.

Film

OJAI FILM FESTIVAL Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 12-15. The Seventh Annual Film Festival, Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film, screens at various venues throughout the beautiful Ojai Valley this weekend. Feature and short length documentary and narrative films from around the globe bring the world to Ojai. For complete information and schedule please call 640-1947 or visit online at www.ojaifilmfestival.org.

MOUNTAIN PATROL – KEKEXILI Thursday, Oct. 12, 7:30pm. Based on China’s actual volunteer civilian mountain patrol, this courageous saga poses the sacred chiru (Tibetan antelope) and the people who risk their lives to save them at odds with poachers and their pecuniary conquests. As the antelope are tragically culled from a million in the mid-1980s to fewer than 10,000 in pursuit of their ultra-fine coats, the people of Kekexili unite behind their leader, Ri Tai, in a tale as astoundingly sweeping and emotionally expansive as Tibetan plateaus. $6 general. 893-3535.

LEONARD COHEN: I’M YOUR MAN Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30pm. The sullen-voiced, contemplative musical guru that is Leonard Cohen and his immeasurably colossal impact on the rock music world is the inspiration for a generation of musicians. U2’s the Edge has compared him to a Biblical figure, stating, “Cohen comes down from the mountaintop with the tablets of stone.” In this tribute to Cohen, a series of candid interviews with musicians Bono, Rufus Wainwright and more are interwoven with the sounds of Cohen’s haunting musical legacy. $6 general. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

Performances

A FRENCH BIRTHDAY FOR MOZART Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30pm. The Westlake Village Music Society presents a concert of Mozart’s music. $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students. United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, 1049 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. 497-7884.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Saturday, Oct. 14, 11am and 1pm. Judith Viorst’s popular children’s book is now a hilarious musical presented by TheatreworksUSA. $10 children, $15 adults. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine Unviersity, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522.

MICHAEL W. SMITH Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:30pm. The three-time Grammy winner performs live! Calvary Community Church, Westlake.www.ticketforce.com. (877) 840-0457.

BELL ARTS FACTORY BENEFIT Saturday, Oct. 14, 7-9pm. Benefit concert with swing-jazz group Nice Work and acoustic soul-funk singer Sus Corez to support development of Bell Arts Factory youth programs. $20 general, $10 students, seniors. Church of Religious Science, 101 Laurel St., Ventura. 643-1960.

MLADA HKUDOLFEY AND DMITRI YEFIMOV Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:45pm. Soprano Mlada Khudoley and pianist Dmitri Yefimov perform an all-Russian program as part of the university’s 2006-07 Stotsenberg Recital Series. $25. Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522.

DINNER WITH A SIDE OF MYSTERY Acclaimed restaurant La Dolce Vita teams up with Whim: Custom Adventures to bring a month of mystery to the Oxnard area. The

restaurant is the site of several dinner time treasure hunts taking place each Friday during October. Dinner hunts act as gateways to larger weekend adventures, leading customers on exciting treks across the city of Oxnard. Different location used every week, culminating in a final hunt on October 27. 624-6567.

Theater

MAN OF LA MANCHA Thursday-Wednesday, Oct. 12-Nov. 5. Rubicon Theatre Company presents the final production of its 2005-2006 season and the third and final show in its Dale Wasserman Festival, the five time Tony Award-winning musical with book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion, The production features George Ball as Cervantes/Don Quixote, Jennifer Shelton as Aldonza, Jamie Torcellini as Sancho Panza, Randal Keith as the Governor, and Joseph Fuqua as the Duke. Performances: Wednesdays, 2 and 7pm; Thursdays-Fridays, 8pm; Saturdays, 2 and 8pm; and Sundays, 2pm. Theater offers numerous special performances, call for complete schedule and ticket prices. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900.

BARNUM Friday-Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2pm, Oct. 13-29. 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.

WAIT UNTIL DARK through Nov. 11. Stage Door Theatre presents the classic thriller about a young blind woman and the terror she experiences when three strange men show up while her husband is away. One claims to be an old friend of her husband, another a policeman and the third is looking for his father as well as a musical doll. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 8pm. Some Sunday matinees at 2pm. 28311 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. (818) 889-5209.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY Sept. 28-Oct. 29, ceramic sculptures of Kathy Wagonner. Gallery Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. www.accolades-gallery.com 648-4080.

ALLEGORY 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 Sept 30-Nov. 5, “Range of Vision.” A solo exhibition of photographs and carbon-pigment archival paintings by Robin Raggio, featuring premiere screenings of “A Journey of Elements: Earth, Water, Wind & Fire,” a special digital performance of choreographed images, light and sound. Also: “Written in Stone,” three featured artists whose work is loosely based on a theme of timeless information, including reflections on archeological sites and cosmic fantasies. Gallery hours Thursdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12pm-9pm. 330 S. California St, Ventura. HYPERLINK "http://www.venturaartistsunion.org" 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 HYPERLINK "http://www.brokenoakgallery.com" 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. Oct. 17-Nov. 11, “From the Wild.” An exhibit of realistic oils and watercolors by David Heyman, a self-taught artist with a deep passion for wildlife. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. HYPERLINK "http://www.buenaventuragallery.org/" \\o "http://www.buenaventuragallery.org/" www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.

CAFÉ ON A Friday, Oct. 13, 6-10pm. An opening reception to welcome four native New York artists who work in collage, painting, sculpture and mixed media. 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 HYPERLINK "mailto:castgallery@sbcglobal.net" 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.

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

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.

COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER Sept. 25-Nov. 10, “National Arts Program Visual Arts Exhibit.” Paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, crafts/mixed media/assemblage/pottery by youth and adults in conjunction with the official Ventura County Arts Walk Week 2006. Awards Ceremony and Reception Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7pm, open to the public. Hall of Administration, Atrium Lobby, County Government Center. 658-2213.

DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE Oct. 17-Nov. 30, “Nudes, Sensuals, Erotics: Works on Paper by Seco.” Featuring a full range of works on paper, celebrating sensuality and the human form. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm.

265 South Laurel St, Ventura. HYPERLINK "http://www.divapassion.com" \\o "http://www.divapassion.com" www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.

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.

HIGH STUDIO ART GALLERY Oct. 7-Jan. 4, “International Affairs: Husbands & Wives.” Featuring artist/couples in acrylic, ceramic, mixed media, sculpture and paper arts. 11 East High Street, Moorpark. 523-7957.

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 HYPERLINK "http://www.hillcrestarts.com" www.hillcrestarts.com.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST Oct. 1-Nov. 30, “A Click of Photographers.” The photography branch of the Ojai Center for the Arts presents a group show of black and white and color works by seven members of the group. Open daily 9am-9pm. 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 HYPERLINK "http://www.segismundoart.com." 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 Free. California Lutheran University. Call 493-3316 or go to HYPERLINK "http://www.thedistilleryla.com" 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 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 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. Also: Oct. 1-Nov. 19, “Flight Patterns: Aviation Quilts – Past, Present and Future.” 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1 Children. 933-0076.

SEA BREEZE ART Oct. 5-29, “Visual Logic.” Featured artist Monteve Miller Clay draws upon parallels between nature’s processes and human experience, demonstrating that geometric shapes on canvas can represent strength without denying vulnerability. 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. HYPERLINK "http://www.studiochannelislands.org" 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 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 COLLEGE 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 Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-4pm, and by appointment. 701 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 11, Ventura. 647-6641 or HYPERLINK "http://www.LeeHodgesArt.com" 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. HYPERLINK "http://www.vcnet.com/carnart" 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. HYPERLINK "http://www.reaganfoundation.org" 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 COLLEGE Sept. 25-Dec. 20. “Max Gold: The Father of Fusion Art.” An exhibit of Gold’s three-dimensional assemblages that layer multiple pieces of hand-painted acrylic glass to produce one compound vision. When aligned in a finished 3-D construct, the separate images are choreographed into a single interlocking whole, vibrant with intense brush strokes and elegantly clean lines. 20% of sales will be donated by the artist to support the new VC library. Library hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm, Friday 7:30am-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm. Ocean View Reading Room, Ventura College Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Library, Ventura College. 654-6400 ext 1264.

VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Oct. 5-March 31. “The Seas, the Schooners and the Fishermen: Thomas Hoyne’s Paintings of the North Atlantic.” Feautring the dramatic paintings of the renown maritime painter (1923-1989) and includes several of the artist’s preliminary drawings. 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

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. Cash pay outs for winners. 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

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.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM ART PROGRAMS Saturday, Oct. 14, 1:30-4pm. 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. $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.

Health

FRANKLY SPEAKING: SPECIAL FOCUS ON NON-HODGKIN\’S LYMPHOMA Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30pm. Join Lauren Pinter-Brown, MD, Director of the Lymphoma Program at UCLA, as she provides valuable information about non-Hodgkin\’s Lymphoma, including the most up to date treatments. Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. R.S.V.P. 379-4777.

THE HEALING POWER OF HUMOR Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7-8:30pm. The Breast Cancer Education and Advocacy Group hosted by the Re-entry and Women\’s Center of Ventura College host speaker Dianne Armitage. Library, Second Floor Conference Room, Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6365.

CURVES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PROMOTION To emphasize the important of a mammogram, Curves, the world’s leading chain of fitness and weight loss centers, waives their service fee to women who have had a mammogram within the last twelve months. The promotion is only valid during the week of October 16, and is designed to encourage women to lead a healthy and fit life. Presented as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Contact the local Curves near you for further information.

Pets

CANINE ADOPTION AND RESCUE LEAGUE Organization urgently needs foster homes for small to large puppies and dogs until they are adopted. Food, medical care, advice, and support are provided. Adoption Center located at 5 Points behind the Ventura Pet Barn, 3004 Telegraph Road. 652-1001. Visit online at HYPERLINK "http://www.carlvc.org." www.carlvc.org.

Lectures/Seminars

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK Thursday, Oct. 12, 7:30am. The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce hosts the third annual economic outlook. The Chamber partners with the Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard to provide the update on Oxnard\’s economic climate. Community members are invited to attend. Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. 983-6118.

POETRY IN ACTION? NO, IN TRANSLATION! Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30pm. The American Scandinavian Foundation of Thousand Oaks present Moorpark poet and professor Erland Anderson who discusses the challenges of translating writings from another language. The title of his presentation is “Crossing the Border between Darkness and Darkness: Discovering the Works of Swedish Writers Rolf Aggestam and Harry Martinson.” Free, includes refreshments. Nelson Room, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 241-1051.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 14-15, 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.

ARTIST TALK WITH ELISSE POGOFSKY-HARRIS Saturday, Oct. 14, 6pm. An interview about Harris’s current one-person show, “Memories of Sea & Sky,” where the paintings seem to embody the Romantic vision of nature as being a sacred place of wonder that transcends every day human concerns. Free to Studio Channel Arts members and students, $5 non-member donation requested. Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. "http://www.studiochannelislands.org" www.studiochannelislands.org. 383-1368.

NOVEMBER BALLOT PROPOSITION FORUM Sunday, Oct. 15, 3pm. The League of Women Voters of Ventura County, The First United Methodist Church, and Laity United for Economic Justice hold the forum to allow voters to become informed on the propositions. Hon. Steven Z. Perren, Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, and Hon. Melinda A. Johnson, Former Ventura County Superior Court Judge, preside. First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 647-6831.

Classes/Workshops

CALIFORNIO ROPING DEMONSTRATION Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:30pm. Western Riders Pat and Deb Puckett team up on horseback to demonstrate the art of Californio roping during the Ventura County Museum of History & Art\’s free Cowpoke Family Time. Demonstration at 1:30 p.m., followed by a film about horse training methods screening every half hour from 2-3pm. Families are invited to try their hand at rope and leather braiding. Free. The Ventura Museum of History and Art, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

HOUSING RIGHTS WORKSHOP Monday, Oct. 16, 6-8pm. Housing Rights Center host the workshop addressing rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Board Room, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 477-5977.

CRAFT AND SOUL OF STORY Tuesday, October 17, 7pm. Ever wonder what it takes to be a successful storyteller? Well-known film and television writer Cathrine Ann Jones shares her experiences and insight with a fun wine and film talk. After showing her short film, Angel Passing, she discusses the writing craft and share the soul of storytelling. Wine served 7pm, talk 7:30pm. Presented by Focus on the Masters. $15. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501. Visit online at HYPERLINK "http://www.FocusOnTheMasters.com." www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

WATERCOLOR DEMONSTRATION Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30pm. Camarillo Art Center presents the demonstration by Don Fay. $5 non-members. 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo. 445-7061.

DJEMBE CLASS Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. All-level weekly class with instructor Budhi Harlow. $60 month, $17 per class. Pulse Drumming Studio, 2434 E. Main St., Ventura.

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.

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.

Literature/Poetry

ONE BOOK ONE CAMPUS Ventura College hosts a month of activities to share Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as part of their Fifth Annual One Book, One Campus literary event. In addition to many faculty placing the novel on their course syllabus for student discussions, activities for the month include an art exhibit of works done by clients of the Santa Barbara Mental Health Association, the showing of several related films, guest speakers, presentations and panel discussions on related issues, and a marathon reading of the novel. Complete details of the project can be found online at HYPERLINK "http://www.venturacollege.edu." www.venturacollege.edu. 654-6400, ext.1395.

BARRIO URBANISM, CHICANOS, PLANNING, AND AMERICAN CITIES Thursday, Oct. 12, 7-8pm. California State University Channel Islands presents a lecture by associate professor of Chicano Studies and Urban Planning and Studies at California State University, Northridge, who discusses his latest book. Copes available for purchase and signing. Event parking is $6. 437-3139.

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.

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

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

SPOKEN WORD CAFÉ third Thursday of every month, 7:30pmHosted 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. HYPERLINK "http://www.zoeyscafe.com." www.zoeyscafe.com. 652-0091.

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, Oct. 12, 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, Oct. 13, 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. Tunes R Us plays at the Halloween dance. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Ave., Simi Valley. 583-6363.

DANCE JAM VENTURA Saturday, Oct. 14, 7:30-10:30pm. Space for people with or without partners in a smoke, drug and alcohol-free environment. $6, $1 children under 16. Makoto Dojo, 3026 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 650-7112.

CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB Sunday, Oct. 15, 1-4:30pm. Join the Jazz Society and their special guests Evie Fiorani and All That Jazz for an afternoon of music and dancing. $8. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 642-6110.

ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, Oct. 16. 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, Oct. 16, 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, Oct. 17, 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, Oct. 18. 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, Oct. 14, 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.

BOOK SALE Saturday, Oct. 14, 10am-3pm. San Buenaventura Friends of the Library hold the sale of affordable, high-quality used books, featuring paperbacks, premium hardback fiction, premium Non-fiction. Proceeds help pay for new books and reading programs. Wright Library, 57 Day Road, Ventura.

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

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.

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