NATHAN LARRAMENDY Postcards from the Road. New work by Inez Storer features her striking paintings in mobile, in-transit form. Also Winter Games, a special project by Carmen Abelleira, puts a twist on vintage domestic archetypes. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.
IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Dec. 29-31. The Livery Theater’s annual New Year’s event promises to be a magical night of music, food, prizes and fun. Festivities run 7 – 10:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Guests can sample the delicious hors d’oeuvre and dessert buffet, peruse the silent auction consisting of a wide variety of items donated by local businesses, and then be treated to a comedy improv show by the award-winning Ventura Area TheatreSports. A champagne toast and more revelry follow the performance. $25. Dec. 29, 8-10 p.m.: Winter Survivor Tournament Week 7-12 players compete to be the funniest as the audience votes; Dec, 31, 8-10 p.m.: Gorilla TheaterSports-Performers take turns directing scenes as the audience votes thumbs up or down. $7.50 Friday, $8.50. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.
ASSEMBLAGE WORKSHOP Dec. 30, 1-3:30 p.m. Ages 10 and up are invited to a workshop held in conjunction with Susan Tibbles’s Opinions exhibit. Class will focus on using reclaimed and recycled materials to create unique three-dimensional sculptures. Materials will be provided. $5. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 South C St, Oxnard. 385-8171.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE WATER Thursday, Dec. 28, 6 and 7:30pm. Channel Islands Harbor puts a creative spin on the traditional Christmas Tree Lane by offering it along the water’s edge. Residents and visitors are invited to come and experience one of the most unique light displays on the California coast throughout the month of December. Visitors can view these sparkling bright lights and holiday decorations from the water through the Channel Islands Harbor and Mandalay Bay aboard the Channel Islands Harbor Water Taxi. $10. 985-5828, ext. 102.
ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE Sunday, Dec. 31, 6:30pm. Ring in the New Year with your friends at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’s Annual New Year’s Eve Gala featuring the opening night performance of Always, Patsy Cline. Two packages available, both include a post show celebration with cast and crew and champagne. VIP Package includes a fully catered dinner prior to the show, and after party: $90. Gala Package includes show and following reception, $70. Show only tickets available $35. Show begins 8:30pm. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.
COUNTRY LOVERS WESTERN DANCE CLUB Sunday, Dec. 31, 7:30pm-1am. The group holds their annual New Year’s Dinner and Dance. 7:30 dinner, open dancing 8:30pm-1am. $55 per person dinner and dance. Four Points Sheraton, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. 830-3105.
NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE Sunday, Dec. 31, 8pm-12:30am. Join DJ’s Mark Neal and Jacalyn Booth for free-style dancing, no partner needed. Smoke and alcohol-free. Lively variety of music, shoes needed on cement floor. Bring your hoops, poi, drums, shakers & celebrate the New Year! Vision Board area supplied. Adults $10, youth 16 and under $2. Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 650-7112.
NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA BALL Sunday, Dec. 31, 7pm-1am. Ventura Rheinland Club holds their annual dinner and dance featuring music by the John Borowitz Band and a buffet dinner. $45 non-members, reservations please. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 S. Figueroa St., Ventura. 658-8887.
NEW YEARS EVE AT WESTSIDE dinner 5pm-11pm, restaurant open to 1am. Join us for a champagne toast at midnight, door prizes and gifts. Come enjoy great food, wonderful wine and kick off the new year with your friends. 40% off Champagne and Sparkling Wine. www.WestsideCellar.com 222E Main St, Ventura. 652-7013.
SOHO BRAZILIAN-STYLE NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH. Sambada plays crazy, upbeat samba and rock grooves. Exquisite four-course meal, energetic countdown and free champagne at midnight. $100 per person includes table for the evening, four-course gourmet feast with tax and tip, live music and dancing, midnight festivities. Club SoHo, Santa Barbara. www.sohosb.com
NEW YEARS AT HUSH Sunday, Dec. 31, 5pm-2am. 5 course Latin fusion buffet and live music by some of the finest jazz musicians in the industry. Also: dj larz inside. Dinner: 5-10pm. $20 general admission; $75 admission to jazz concert, latin fusion buffet, champagne toast and after party. 185 E. Santa Clara, Ventura. www.hushlounge.com. 648-1462.
NEW YEAR’S AT THE SIDECAR Dec. 31, 4pm. Two seatings: 4pm, offering a three-course dinner, and 8pm seating for three-courses, Casino night with a giveaway of a trip to Vegas, music by the Bobby Watley Trio, champagne toast, party favors and a local cab company for pickup or drop off. $39 first seating, $100 second seating. Sidecar Restaurant, 3029 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-7433.
WHALE WATCHING daily, Dec. 26-April. The season officially begins the day after Christmas. Join both Island Packers and Channel Islands Sportfishing for daily excursions from Oxnard to view these magnificent mammals gracing the ocean as they migrate through the Santa Barbara Channel. Island Packers offers 3 Â? hour non-landing trips through early April from 9am, 9:30am, 1pm, 1:30pm, and 2pm. $26 adults, $22 seniors 55 & up, and $17 children 12 and under. Trips are provided at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m, plus regular full-day excursions to Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. Call for reservation. 382-1779. Visit online at www.islandpackers.com.
WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays in December, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E Main Street, Ventura. www.WestsideCellar.com. 652-7013.
SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM: THE MYSTERY OF THE MAGI’S GOLD Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 28-30, 7:30pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents the latest comedy from people who brought you the hilarious Late Nite Catechism. Sister tackles the question: Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? It’s CSI: Bethlehem as Sister engages her audience to solve the mystery of what happened through a forensic examination of the nativity scene. Audience members are selected to be characters in a living nativity/crime scene along with a holiday choir singing Christmas favorites. $39 general. Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.
WINDHAM HILL’S WINTER SOLSTICE Friday, Dec. 29, 8pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents Windham Hill as they celebrate 30 years with their Winter Solstice Concert. $39-$29. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.
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.
SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK Jan. 1-3, 5:30-9:30pm. Seeking elementary-, middle school- and high school-aged students for the Conejo Players’ energetic revue written around Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher nervous about his first day of teaching. As Tom tries to relax by watching TV, various characters emerge to show him how to win his students over with imagination and music with beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs. Runs Sat-Sunday, 1pm and 4pm, March 3-11 with one Friday performances. For more info, call 983-2016. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks.
ACCOLADES GALLERY through Jan. 4, “Land of the Midnight Sun.” Oil paintings by Dorothy Hunter. 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.
ALBINGER MUSEUM Dec. 14-March 31. The museum present a show of Gerardo Segismundo’s renditions of Ventura Scenes, Farmers and Festivals in different mediums including acrylics and watercolors. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm. 113 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-5823.
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. 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 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 Gallery hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beatricewood.com. 646-3381.
BELL ARTS FACTORY 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura.
BROKEN OAK GALLERY 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 213, Thousand Oaks. 497-4022 or www.brokenoakgallery.com.
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 11am–5 pm. 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. 648-1235.
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 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 LUTHERAN 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 email@example.com.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Dec. 10-Feb. 18, “Susan Tibbles Opinion.” A series of forceful assemblages by the visual satirist, illustrator for the Opinion Section fo the L.A. Tims for the past six years. Over 100 assemblages wil be on view from a private collection, paired with the published articles they were designed to illustrate. 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. 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.
DIVA THE PASSION BOUTIQUE through January, “Floating Bodies.” A series of nude portraits that blend contemporary and classical elements on shaped canvases by Nancy Deebl Scherich. Free. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 7pm, Sundays noon-4pm. 265 South Laurel St, Ventura. www.divapassion.com. 653-5675.
DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Nov. 19-Jan. 21, Cheech Marin’s “The Chicano Collection/La Coleccion Chicana.” Images of paintings by 26 prominent Chicano artists depicting urban life and the Chicano experience between 1969 and 2001 will be on view. The paintings are primarily from actor and art collector Cheech Marin’s collection, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. Free. 519 S. C Street, Oxnard.
FREDERICK R. WEISMAN MUSEUM OF ART No admission fee. Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4055.
GALLERY 33 451 Media Building, 1328 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura. 641-9303.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY through Jan. 8, “Small Image Show.” None of these works are over 14” in any direction and are priced to sell. The gallery’s first ever “Ornament Show” will feature artistic ornaments made by the artists. Concurrently, Stella Violano will be painting pet portraits every Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. Also, Jan. 3-21, Cuadros.” Maribel Hernandez’s exuberant paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and more 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 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 “Working in the Canyons.” An exhibit of the results of the artistic collaboration of two Ventura County artists, painter Gail Pidduck and photographer John Nichols. Over the past year Gail and John have been visiting many of the canyons near their home town of Santa Paula. These canyons are often inaccessible to the general public. 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.
MCNISH ART GALLERY Free. Oxnard College, Oxnard. 986-5800, ext. 1929.
MUSEUM QUALITY FRAMING 2120 E. Ponderosa, Camarillo, 389-9928.
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 through Jan. 4, “Here Today: New Work in Oil by Bonnie Beedles.” 113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai. 646-0117.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 646-2094, ext. 104.
OVERTON HALL Free. California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3316.
PLAZA ART GALLERY Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.
RED BRICK GALLERY through Feb. 7, “Brick by Brick.” A collection of art by 17 established and emerging California artists in a new downtown Ventura space. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400.
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 Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643-3973.
SOILAND GALLERY HALL Dec. 2-Jan 17, “LA/24:2006.” Los Angeles is one of the most powerful cities in the world. To present 24 hours in the life of a small town is one challenge – now the challenge is to capture it in the life of a megalopolis. With bold, innovative presentation techniques, the multimedia students will provide you with an L.A. experience you’ll never forget. Free. Soiland Humanities Center, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3459.
STUDIO 84 WEST Thurs.-Sat., 6-8pm. 602 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-3812.
STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS ART CENTER 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 through Jan. 26, “Blips, Drips, & Strip.” A group exhibition of selected established and emerging southern California artists. 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 COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER through January 17, “Art is Eclectic.” Group show by the Artists-in-Residence of Studio Channel Islands Art Center. . Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:30pm. Closed weekends and holidays. 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura. 658-2213.
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.
STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL POSTER CONTEST deadline Jan. 5. Artisans of all ages may put their talents to the test in any preferred medium but the finished product must be reproduction compatible without any writing, as the event name will be added in final production. All finished art work for consideration must be 16” wide and 17” high, centered and mounted on a black matte board 18” wide and 19” high. Names and contact information should be easily viewed on the back. first place winner will receive a check for $1,500 and will be the guest of honor at a press luncheon announcement with luminaries and media in February. Second and third place winners will each receive a check for $300. Entries can be mailed or hand delivered to the Festival office at California Strawberry Festival, 1661 Pacific Avenue #15, Oxnard, CA 93033. 385-4739.
CALL FOR ENTRIES Sunday, Jan. 14 and Monday Jan. 15, 11am-2pm (bring-in dates). It’s time for Ventura County artists to pull together their best work for Buenaventura Art Association’s 21st Annual Open Competition. The competition runs from Jan. 16–Feb. 3. This year, a “Best of Show” cash award will be given in the amount of $400.00. In addition, cash prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in 2D and 3D categories. Non-cash prizes will be awarded for Honorable Mentions. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E Santa Clara St, Ventura. Prospectus online at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org.
AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM through Feb. 18, “Farming on the Edge.” A student evaluation of the challenges and risks of farming in the Ventura County today. 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 Free. Corner of Ashwood and Loma Vista, Ventura. 644-3286.
GULL WINGS MUSEUM The county’s only hands-on learning museum for kids. 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 418 4th St., Oxnard. 483-3005 or www.gullwingsmuse um4kids.org.
OJAI VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM Thurs.-Fri. 1-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sun. noon-4pm. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. (805)640-1390.
PORT HUENEME LIGHTHOUSE The Lighthouse is open to the public the third Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. The current structure was built in 1941, with the original having been built in 1874. The fresnel lens was made in 1897 and is still in operation. Admission is free. Adults age 18 and up require photo ID. Last shuttle pick-up at port gate is 2:30pm. 120 W. Port Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. (310) 541-0334.
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Admission: free-$7. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. (800)410-8354. www.reaganfoundation.org.
SANTA PAULA’S CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Adults, $4, seniors, $3, children, $1. 1001 E. Main ST., Santa Paula. Call 933-0076.
VENTURA COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM 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 Dec. 2-March 4, “Artistic Journeys: the Btoke Family.” The shared working methods of artists Cornelis Botke, his wife Jessie Arms Botke, and their granddaughter Kitty Botke, are explored. Also: 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.
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.
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.
TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 30-31, 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.
LAUGHTER CLUB Saturdays, 7:30-8:15am. 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.
YOGA AT BOULERDASH Mondays 7:30-9pm. Instructor Jennifer Mackie. $10 557-1300.
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.
CAPOEIRA IN OXNARD Tuesdays 6pm (for kids) and 7pm (youth/adults), Fridays 5pm (kids) and 6pm (youth/adults). Come experience an art born over 500 years ago in Brazil, created by African Slaves as a way to combat oppression and battle for freedom. It includes elements of martial arts, music, drumming, dance and break dancing. It is a strong part of Latino and African tradition and culture. Capoeira is physically, emotionally, and spiritually beneficial for all people of any age and ability. Free. Cultural Arts Center, 937 W. 5th St, Oxnard. www.capoeirabatuque.org
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.
ARTIST UNION GALLERY Every Tuesday, 7:30pm. Poetry and open mic. 330 S. California St., Ventura. 643-3012.
CRAZY’S OPEN MIC Tuesdays, 7pm. Every Tuesday at the Coastal Roasting Fireplace Company across the street from the movie theatre. All ages. 546 E. Main St., Ventura. 648-1595.
ZOEYS FORUM Every Wednesday, 4pm. A civilized forum where you can express your opinion on many topics, hear new ideas, and come to your own conclusions. Participation is voluntary but encouraged. Everyone welcome. Zoeys Café, 451 E. Main St., Ventura. 652-1137.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.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. This Saturday: Robert Peake, host.
POEMCRAFTERS GUILD for more info, send your bio and a sample of work to 807 Camino Concordia, Camarillo, 93010. 491-3242.
CERTIFIED MARKET-VENTURA Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 529-6266.
THOUSAND OAKS FARMER’S MARKET Thursdays, Dec. 21, 3-6:30pm. Fresh produce, vegetables and flowers, ready-made holiday gift baskets and preserved canned items. Shoppers can assemble their own holiday baskets and choose from a wide variety of fresh selections. Oaks Shopping Center Parking Lot, between Wilbur Road and Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.
CERTIFIED MARKET-DOWNTOWN VENTURA Saturdays, 8:30am-12pm. Corner of Santa Clara & Palm, Ventura. 529-6266.
CERTIFIED MARKET-SANTA CLARITA Sundays, 8:30am-12pm. College of the Canyons, Parking Lot 8, Santa Clarita. 529-6266.
BALLROOM DANCE Thursday, Dec. 28, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.
ARGENTINE TANGO Monday, Jan. 1. Argentine Tango is completely improvised, two bodies, intimately connected, co-creating a unique and spontaneous expression in time and space. First and third Monday of each month. Beginners, 6-7pm, $10 per person. Open practice for all levels, 7-8pm, admission by donation. Social dancing in nearby Los Caporales, 8-10pm. No partner, reservation or prior experience necessary. Gallery, Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai. 646-7355.
SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Jan. 2, 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, Jan. 3. 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.
HOLIDAY SHIP MODEL SALE Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 28-31, 11am-5pm. The Ventura County Maritime Museum will present its annual sale. A wide selection of sailing ship models are available, including decorator models as well as handcrafted, one-of-a-kind models, from small single-masted sailboats to 3 foot long three-masted man-of-wars complete with case and table. These beautiful pieces make the perfect gift for the sailor or sailor-at-heart! All proceeds from sales benefit the educational programs of the Museum. Ventura County Maritime Museum, Fisherman’s Wharf, Channel Islands Harbor. 984-6260.
THOUSAND OAKS FARMER’S MARKET Thursdays, Dec. 28, 3-6:30pm. Fresh produce, vegetables and flowers, ready-made holiday gift baskets and preserved canned items. Shoppers can assemble their own holiday baskets and choose from a wide variety of fresh selections. Oaks Shopping Center Parking Lot, between Wilbur Road and Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 529-6266.
ARTS BY THE SEA Saturday, Dec. 30, 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.
SMALL WORKS GIFT SHOW Saturday, Dec. 30. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts sells works perfect for holidays. These one of a kind pieces are made by some of the best known contemporary artists of Southern California. Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8560 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. 646-3381.
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.
INDEPENDENT THINKERS Wednesday, Jan. 3, 7pm. Informal discussion group. Topics include philosophy, politics, psychology, concepts, all view points encouraged. Meets first Wednesday of every month. 653-1121.
LESBIAN AND GAY COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP Mondays. A group to help build alliances, support and coping skills. Singles and couples welcome. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext. 108
DEPRESSION AND HEALING SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays. A group to aid healing, overcome shame and guilt and increase self esteem. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance.. 339-6344 ext 108.
WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 4-6pm. Create friendship, courage, personal growth and healing. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.
CONEJO SKI & SPORTS CLUB 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 8pm-9pm. This year-round social club welcomes active adults to meet, develop friendships and share outdoor and social functions. This is the largest club of its kind in Southern California and it strives to provide a healthy forum where members can share new experiences at affordable prices. Palm Garden Hotel, Newbury Park.
THERAPIST SUPPORT GROUP Wednesdays This is a group for therapists and interns to help each other with self care and other specific issues. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.
WOMEN IN TRANSITION Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Ventura County Jewish Family Services hosts this support group for women experiencing changes or difficulties in their lives. Meets weekly. 1915 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-6565.
PING PONG Thursdays, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Open play. Rec. Center, Park Road, Ojai. Call 646-8162 for more information.
LESBIAN AND GAY SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm. Singles and couples welcome. Cope with hostilities and concerns in the workplace, society, community and family. Morbrook Institute, Camarillo. 484-7867, ext. 44.
ONE AGAIN Support and social group for widowed, divorced or separated individuals. Wednesdays, 7:30pm, Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura; Thursdays, 7:30pm, Westlake Village Methodist Church, 1049 Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. $4 non-members. 445-4526.
RELATIONSHIPS, EMOTIONS & PURPOSE SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays. A group for personal and spiritual growth and coping with grief, loss and depression. Ventura County Rainbow Alliance. 339-6344 ext 108.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Meetings daily in the Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara areas. (888) 702-0202. Visit online at www.oa-ci.org.
AAUW Coffee & Chats First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. Prospective members are welcome. Side Street Café, 996 Lawrence Drive, Newbury Park. 495-9669.