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THE PROBLEM OF TORTURE Feb. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Michael Nutkiewicz, Ph.D., executive director of the Program for Torture Victims, discusses the problem of torture, its persistence in the world and its uses and impact on the individual and society. Presented by Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 241-8855.

2007 VENTURA COUNTY ECONOMIC FORECAST Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. -noon. Dr. William Watkins, executive director of the Economic Forecast Project at UC Santa Barbara, will speak on issues of demographic trends, economic development, workforce issues, equity and California economics. Free. Ventura College Theater, Ventura College. 654-6462.

CENTRAL ASIA FILM DAY Feb. 24, 2 p.m. A succession of four intriguing film screenings, including the elegantly photographed film Beshkempir: The Adopted Son (Kyrgyzstan), the amusing Travellers and Magicians (Bhutan), the charming The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Mongolia), and the emotional powerhouse The Story of the Weeping Camel (Mongolia). $8 per film; $20 day pass. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. Victoria Hall Theater, 33 W. Victoria St., Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

Special Events

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY SATELLITE LOCATION OPENING Saturday, Feb. 24, noon-8pm. The Museum of Ventura County opens its first ever satellite location at The Oaks Shopping Center in Thousand Oaks. The two exhibits during the museum’s stay in The Oaks complement but differ from the offerings at their location in Ventura. Opening exhibit: Tradition and Transition: The California Missions focuses on the mission system and the Native American cultures living here then. It includes replicas of Chumash ceremonial clothing and musical instruments, artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection, items loaned by Mission San Buenaventura, and 24 rare 1883 etchings of the California Missions. Admission is free. Hours: Monday-Saturday, noon-8pm., and Sunday, 11:00am- 7pm. The Museum of Ventura County at The Oaks is located on the upper level, northeast end. 496-7460.

CONTEMPORARY PRINT SALE & ARTSITS’ TALK Saturday, Feb. 24, 2pm-4pm. Meet some of Ventura County’s best contemporary printmakers as they show prints for sale and speak about their art. Printmakers Kitty Botke, Catherine Day, Bruce Freeman, Barbara Fumagalli, Elisse Pogofsky-Harris, Joseph Piasentin, and Linda Taylor will speak. $8 for non-members, $5 for members. Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main Street, Ventura. 653-0323 ext. 10.

GRANDE DAMES NIGHT OUT Monday, Feb. 26, 7pm. A performance of “A Woman of Independent Means” is followed by a martini reception with author Elizabeth Forstythe-Hailey. Funds raised will support salaries for women directors, designers and actors at the Rubicon. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main, Ventura. 667-2900.

TALL SHIPS LYNX & SPIRIT OF DANA POINT Wednesday, Feb. 28-Tuesday, March 13. Get ready for high adventure on the seas as the fast and heavily armed Clipper Schooner, the Lynx sails into Channel Islands Harbor. Firing from her main battery of six-pounder carronades, the Lynx makes a dramatic entrance into Channel Islands Harbor on Grand Arrival Day, Feb. 28, 3pm. Free Dockside Tours available to the public from 4-5pm. Pre-arranged school educational field trips, public dockside tours and adventure sails offered aboard the Privateer Lynx over the course of the stay. The Lynx conducts Battle Sail Re-enactments with the Spirit of Dana Point on March 10-11. Boarding takes place at the West Bank Public Dock, 3950 Blue Fin Circle. Private charters, team building and receptions are available with reservations made in advance. Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4, dockside tours 9am-noon, $5 donation, children 12 & under free. Adventure Sails: 1-4pm, $55 adults, $30 children, 12 & under free. Friday, March 9 Adventure Sail, 2-5pm, $55 adults, $30 children, 12 & under free. Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, Private Lynx and Spirit of Dana Point Dockside Tours $5 donation per ship, children 12 & under free. Battle Sail Re-enactments with Spirit of Dana Point, $55 adults, $30 children, 12 & under free. To make reservations aboard the Lynx and Spirit of Dana Point, call (866) 446-5969. 985-4852.

Dining

WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E. Main, Ventura. 652-7013.

Performances

LOS LOBOS Thursday, Feb. 22, 8pm. After almost 34 years of making music, Los Lobos continues churning out inventive and inspiring music. $45. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3494.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

COMEDY: OJAI STYLE Feb. 23-24, 8pm. Come see the graduates of Theater 150’s Comedy Workshop at their first ever stand up comedy showcase. Written and performed by students. $10 suggested donation. www.theater150.org. Theater 150, Ojai. 646-4300.

MASTER MUSICIANS PERFORM SCHUBERT Friday, Feb. 23, 5:30pm and 7:30pm. Respected violinist Jaime Laredo will join prolific pianist Leon Fleisher for a Pearl Chase Society Music Series Event. $50. Montecito Country Club, Montecito. 893-3535.

ENSEMBLE BELLA MUSICA Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:30pm. The Music Department at California Lutheran University sponsors an evening of music performed by Ensemble Bella Musica who unveil the mystery of how a music manuscript of Antonio Vivaldis ended up in a library in Manchester, England. These sonatas are known as The Manchester Sonatas. Quartet and trio sonatas da camera e da chiesa complete the program. $18. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, 60 Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3306.

CLU CONSERVATORY CELLISTS CONCERT Sunday, Feb. 25, 2pm. The Music Department at California Lutheran University sponsors an afternoon of music in Samuelson Chapel. Cellist and conservatory director Joyce Geeting opens the concert with Concerto in C minor by J. C. Bach. The conservatory cellists also feature music by William Henry Squire, English composer and cellist of the early 1900s. In addition the cellists perform a set of French pieces including Sicilienne and Après un Rêve by Faure, Sicilienne by von Paradis, and others. Donations accepted. Samuelson Chapel, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 341-1249.

A WOMAN OF INDEPENDENT MEANS Monday, Feb. 26, 7pm. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Emmy Award-winning actress Susan Clark in best-selling author Elizabeth Forsythe-Hailey’s one-person show. Directed by Jenny Sullivan, the play takes place at the turn of the century, when women had few choices. Bess Steed Garner inherits a legacy not just of wealth but also determination, desire and the will to hang on to her manipulating, delightful, bossy and most-prized independence. The table-read is followed by a post-show martini reception at the Rubicon. $40. Rubicon Theatre Company at the Laurel, 1006 E. Main St, Ventura. 667-2900.

UNIVERSES’ SLANGUAGE Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8pm. New York’s premiere contemporary theater company Universes deftly delivers their theatrical tour de force, a dynamic play about life in contemporary urban America. An ensemble of mlti-disciplined writers and performers who fuse poetry, theater, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros to create moving and challenging theatrical works. $40. 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

GREATER TUNA Friday-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, through March 3. The Ojai Art Center Theater turns up the dial on laughter as they present the hilarious and satirical take on small-town radio shows with three actors playing two dozen characters. $18 general, $15 seniors and members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797. Please visit online at www.OjaiACT.org.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, ABRIDGED Fridays-Saturdays, Feb. 23-March 24, 8pm, and Sundays, Feb. 25-March 25, 2pm. The High Street Arts Center presents the hilarious production of by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. This show presents a mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue, bad female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque. Picture William Shakespeare writing for Monty Python. A fun time for the whole family. $15 adults, $12 seniors-students, $8 children 12 and under. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. 529-8700.

RUMORS Fridays-Saturdays, Feb. 23-March 3, and Sundays, 3pm, Feb. 25 and March 4. Ventura College Theater Department presents by Neil Simon. Charley Brock is Deputy Mayor of New York City. The Gormans, Ganz’s, Cusacks, and Coopers are four couples invited to Charley and Myra Brock’s house to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. But, of course, things are not that simple. $7 general, $5 students, staff and seniors. Tickets available at the door. Ventura College Main Stage Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Fridays-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 2pm, Feb. 24-April 11. Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi opens the Ventura County premiere production of the hit Broadway musical. Taking place in New York City in 1922, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” tells the story of young Millie, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of Thoroughly Modern Millie includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers. There is a special interpreted performance for the deaf and hard of hearing on Friday, March 2. $20 adults, $16 seniors-students, $14 children 12 and under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900.

THE BEATLES SLEPT HERE Feb. 25, March 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30. The High Street Theater Foundation presents a melodrama that is a trip down Abbey Road with song, dance and laughter. Opening gala Feb. 25 is a gala brunch with Beatles paraphernalia on auction. Secret Garden Restaurant, Moorpark. 529-7580.

Film

CALL FOR SHORT FILMS HopeDance Bike Film Festival Friday-Saturday, May 18th-19. HopeDance is looking for spectacular bike-themed short films. The short films should be original, short, 10 minutes or less and bike themed. This year’s theme is Shift Gears. Deadline for submissions Friday, April 20. 544-9663.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. 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 Feb. 10-March 4, “Sensual & Erotic Exhibit.” The fifth annual look at the sensual and erotic, distilled through the muse and onto the many enticing visual palettes of the arts community. Reception Saturday, Feb. 17, 6-9pm. 330 S. California St., Ventura. 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 Feb. 3-March 17, “Beatrice Wood Ceramic Annual.” A celebration of Beatrice Wood’s spirit of experimentation, self-expression and originality – a showcase for the finest contemporary ceramic art. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 12-4pm. 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 STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS through March 3, “French Impressionism: The Ventura Music Festival’s Art Show.” Gerd Koch Gallery, Cal State University Channel Islands. www.studiochannelislands.org. 983-3495.

CALIFORNIA STREET GALLERY 40 S. California St., Ventura. www.CaliforniaStreetGallery.com. 653-0321 or castgallery@sbcglobal.net.

CARNEGIE ART 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 Feb. 3-April 30, “Cheesecake and Catfights.” Photographic images by Alex Cooper best categorized as pinup meets pulp fiction. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 6pm. 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 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 through March 3, “Varoius and Sundry Themes.” Ventura College Art professor Carlisle Cooper’s work. 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 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 through March 31, “Fotografie D’Italia.” Hummingbird Nest Gallery Fine art photographers Myrna Cambianica and Charley Griswold exhibit photographs that represent their visions of the beauty of the Italian countryside and the richness and diversity of the culture. 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.

JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S through February, “Moments of Time.” Featured artist, landscape and travel photographer Dan Holmes, exhibits his limited edition work. 204 E Main St, Ventura. 805-648-4853

DINAN MAIN GALLERY Hours: Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm, and by appointment. 205 N. Signal St, 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.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY Feb. 10-March 30, “I Love My Foreigner Friends,” new work by Stella Lai, and “Flesh of My Skin,” new work by Jason Jagel. 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 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY through April 1, the work of Wayne Alaniz Healy. Painter, sculptor and muralist Healy’s work has been characterized as Norman Rockwell meets Jackson Pollack. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through March 28, “Simply Stated.” A group of artists passionate about their work use the mediums of metal, stone sculpture, photography, glass, ceramics, pastels, jewelry and a variety of painting. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.

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

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

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Feb. 8-March 4, “Out of the Dark.” Paintings by Vonder Grey. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643-3973.

SOILAND GALLERY HALL 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 Jan. 20-March 17, four exhibitions: “On Dead Highways,” mixed media paintings by Geoff Mitchell, Evans Gallery; “Commuter Peace, Interconnectedness,” paintings by Beverley Decker, O’Keeffee Gallery; Portraits by Noble Powell III, Gerd Koch Gallery; “On the Gold Coast,” paintings by J.D. Thomas, Hallway Gallery. 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 Jan. 20-March 25, “Dreamland: American Explorations into Surrealism.” Over 100 paintings and sculptures dating from the 1920s to present day on exhibition. 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 GALLERY through March 13, paintings of S.A. Smith, photography and sculpture of Leighton McWilliams. In Gallery 2, drawings of Marie Shoeff. Free. Hours vary; call 648-8974. Ventura College, Ventura.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY “Various and Sundry Themes.” Ventura College art professor Carlisle Cooper will exhibit his figurative and colorful acrylic paintings that deal with civil rights, religion, philosophy, musicians and actors. 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 Art

BARBED ART COMPETITION Drop off March 5-6. Entries must be comprised of one or more altered fashion dolls and/or action figures in a 2- or 3- dimensional format. The artist should envision expanding boundaries of ego, body image and social acceptance. This show will raise awareness of,and money for, the Coalition to End Family Violence(CEFV). www.venturaartistsunion.org. 650-5734.

Museums

AGOURA HILLS LIBRARY (818) 889-2278.

CALIFORNIA OIL 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.

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.

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 Botke 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: Jan. 9-April 29, “Four Faces of Eve: Women & Power,” the latest exhibition of George Stuart Historical Figures, featuring the likes of the Marquise de Pompadour, Katherine of Aragon, Empress Dowager Tzu-His, Florence Nightingale… $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

50+ SENIOR BALLROOM DANCE Sunday, Feb. 25, 2-5pm. Gloria and the Boys perform music of all styles and sounds. $5. Wilson Senior Center, 350 N. C St, Oxnard. 385-8028.

SOCCER TRY-OUTS Love playing competitive soccer? Girls ages 11-14 needed for Alianza OP Club team. Training consists of agility, control, technique & tactic. Seriousplayers wanted. Try-outs held in Oxnard. 890-8532.

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICE Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 12, 9-11am. Bring last year’s tax returns, W-2s and 1099s, bonds, as well as year-end summaries from Social Security. E-filing and refunds direct-deposited are available. Bring in a deposit slip or voided check with name and address. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

EXPLORE THE WORLD THROUGH COOKING Fridays through Feb. 9, 3:15-4:45pm. Roxanne Diesel and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District offer youth, ages 8-14, the chance to explore Italy, Korea, Germany and France through cooking! Students spend each class learning to cook great recipes from a different country and receive a booklet containing all the recipes they have used at the last class. $55, $25 materials fee. 382-1996.

YOUTH ACTING CLASSES Is your child a Drama Queen or King? Classes are currently being offered by local recreation districts in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Ventura by local actress, playwright and director, Roxanne Diesel. Classes include: Camarillo-Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 1:30-2:15pm; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 15, 5-6:30; Thousand Oaks – Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 11:15am-noon; and Kids Performance Workshop-The Wizard of Oz, ages 6-12, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 16, 5:30-7pm. Ventura: Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 8, Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, 2:15-3pm; and Kids Comedy-Improvisation Workshop, ages 7-13, 3-4pm. Classes incorporate a variety of techniques to help young actors gain a clear understanding of the theatre including: acting, movement, vocalization; taking stage direction and improvisation. (661) 718-3968.

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.

Family

WHALE WATCHING Daily. 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 ? 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.

Pets

PET SAVER CLASS Saturday, Feb. 24, 1-5pm. The Conejo Recreation and Park District invites cat and dog lovers to learn more about their best friend’s health. Class includes rescue breathing, choking management, wellness assessment, heat injuries, poisoning, bites and stings and more. $35. Hillcrest Center, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. 495-4674.

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

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 24-25, 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.

THE PROBLEM OF TORTURE Wednesday, February 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Michael Nutkiewicz, Ph.D., executive director of the Program for Torture Victims, discusses the problem of torture, its persistence in the world and its uses and impact on the individual and society. Presented by Global Exchange Ventura County Supporters. Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 241-8855.

Health

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES Fridays, noon-1pm. Paula Getty-Shearer, certified hypnotherapist, leads free weekly relaxation & guided imagery classes for cancer patients and their families. The Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

LAUGHTER CLUB Fridays, noon-12:45pm, and 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.

TAI CHI-WU Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Learn style for more energy and balance. Taught by certified teacher. $15. 101 N. Laurel Ave., Ventura.

MEDITATION WORKSHOP SERIES Wednesdays, 7-9pm, Jan-March. $40. Zanzilla Yoga, 2750 E. Main St., Ste. F, Ventura.

Classes/Workshops

NEW REGULATIONS REGARDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING Friday, Feb. 23, 7:30-9am. Free workshop to learn if you are compliant. Speaker: Speaker: Michael S. Lavenant, Esq., Landegger, Baron & Lavenant. Free. Camarillo Courtyard By Marriott, 4994 Verdugo Way, Camarillo. 987-7128 Ext. 16.

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS Feb. 24, 10am. The Ventura College Financial Aid office will host several workshops designed to help those interested in getting financial assistance to attend college. The workshop will explain the application process step by step and review the required FAFSA forms in detail. $1 for parking. Workshop free. Guthrie Hall, Ventura College. 654-6369.

PC GROUP DEMONSTRATES PRODUCTS Saturday, Feb. 24, 8:30am. Come join the Channel Islands PC User Group and see Panda’s newest 2007 products – Internet Security, Antivirus + Firewall, Antivirus, ActiveScan Pro, Desktopsecure. Free. Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, 1500 Temple Ave., Camarillo. 987-1748.

THE ART OF WINE Sunday, Feb. 25, 1-4pm. Giessinger Wineries and Artzworks.com Gallery present a three-hour art workshop and wine tasting program. Students complete a ready-to-hang painting using acrylics on canvas complimented by fine wines. $65 includes materials and wine tasting. Repeats Sunday, March 11, 1-4pm, Giessinger Winery, Fillmore, 365 Santa Clara St. Thousand Oaks Winery, 2219 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 984-2816.

COLOR THEORY WORKSHOP Feb. 24- 25, 9am-4pm. David Gallup, Vice President of the California Art Club, will be teaching a four-day color theory workshop focused on impressionist color theory and application, color mixing and proper palette use. $400. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr, Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

THE SILK ROAD: SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND STORIES Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 13, 6:30-7:45pm. This open-to-the-public course explores the many faceted cultures along the Silk Road – a vast network of trade routes through Europe and China and Persia and Japan, — including musical traditions, fine arts, religions, literature and histories. It ill draw on the talents of several members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble during their presence on the UCSB campus. Free. No registration necessary. 1910 Buchanan Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

FENCING CLASS Fridays through Feb. 23. The City of Ventura offers the eight-week class. The sport of fencing is fun, challenging, and a great workout. New students learn fencing basics while returning students continue developing newly acquired skills in a safe and fun environment. Session One, ages 8-14, 6-7pm; 15 years and up, 7-8pm. Session Two, March 9-April 13. $98. Swords Fencing Studio, 3521 Arundell Circle, Ventura. 643-3901.

SCULPTURAL PORTRAITURE Tuesdays through March 13, 2-5pm. Linda Elder shows how to identify and portray the unique characteristics reflected in the human face. A specific technique for taking photographs of the subject is used as the primary reference, enabling the sculptor to create the portrait. Ages 16-adult welcome. $100 for eight weeks plus single materials fee of $18-$40 depending on size of sculpture. Off-site location. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

SPACES AND PLACES – INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays through March 20, 1-3pm. Award winning Interior Designer, Suzanne Fairly Green will share tips and tricks for turning smaller spaces into beautiful and interesting places. Along the way, she will enlighten you about space planning, color theory and practical decorating. Develop solutions specific to your own home or office. Ages 18-adult welcome. $160. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

SPACES AND PLACES: INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays through March 20, 1-3pm. Focus on the Masters presents this eight-week class with award-winning interior designer Suzanne Fairly Greenwill, who shares tips and tricks for turning smaller spaces into beautiful, interesting and functional spaces. Greenwill enlightens students about space planning, color theory, and practical decorating. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501. Please visit online at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

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.

Literature/Poetry

ARTIST UNION GALLERY Every Tuesday, 7:30pm. Poe

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BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Rooted in Louisiana Cajun tradition – where romantic French croons meet fiery banjo and fiddle and accordion – BeauSoleil makes music true to its history, with hot zydeco, blues, rock and Caribbean rhythms welcomed into the mix. Join them for their 30th anniversary tour! $40. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

REPEAT OFFENDERS: DIRTY GIRLS COME CLEAN Feb. 16-18. Veterans of Kim Maxwell’s acting class take to the stage, with original works written and performed by Megan Bergkvist, Laura Criswell, Tessie Goddard, Katherine Hope, Val Levett, Maritza Luz Vega, Leslie Paxton, Rain Perry, Teresa Rooney and Chloe Snyder. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday 7 p.m. $7. Theater 150, 918 E. Ojai Ave, Ojai. www.theater150.org. 646-4300.

FAMILY DAY AT THE CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Feb. 17, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a fantastic magic show performed by Shawn McMaster, listen to storytelling, participate in hands-on art workshops, take part in gallery activities and games and learn more about the museum\’s current exhibition, “Susan Tibbles: Opinion”. Free. 424 South C Street, Oxnard. 385-8171.

Special Events

TALL SHIP PRESIDENTS\’ DAY ADVENTURE WEEKEND Thursday-Monday, Feb. 15-19. Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain visit the Ventura Harbor Village as part of Presidents\’ Day Adventure Weekend. Ships are open to the public Feb. 15-16, 4-5pm, and on Saturday, Feb. 17, 10am-1pm. Admission is free, donations gladly accepted. Educational Programs offered February 15-16, 9am-3:30pm. Battle Re-enactment sailing tours offered February 17-19, 2pm-5pm. Adventure sailing opportunities held Feb. 18, 10am-1pm. A Civil War Re-enactment and camp on the Harbor Village Main Lawn takes place February 17-18, including a George Washington look-a-like and live music, 1-4pm. 477-0470. Please visit online at www.historicalseaport.org.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Friday, Feb. 16, all day. The CLU Student Union gives visitors the chance to see and learn about traditional elements that make this celebration special. Free. Student Union Building, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. 493-3323.

HAVE A HEART FOR FARM WORKERS Friday, Feb. 16, 6:30pm. Singer Kris Kristofferson performs in a benefit concert for House Farm Workers, a project of Ag Futures Alliance. The evening features a farmers market dinner, silent auction and concert. $50. Ventura Theater, 62 Chestnut, Ventura. 653-0721.

OJAI MARDI GRAS Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30pm. The 17th Annual Masquerade Ball brings a taste of Mardi Gras to Ojai. This year’s event, Zydeco Zoo: The Year of the Animal, features the carnival sounds of Zydeco accordionist Doug Legacy and the Sexy Beasts. Local favorites Euphoria keep the groove going in the Black Grotto Room, where guests can feast on home-style cooking and beverages. $20 advance, $25 door. Ojai Woman\’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-7843.

SENIOR SERVICES VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER DANCE Saturday, Feb. 17, 1pm-5:30pm. Come with your sweetheart or meet new people and dance to the rhythms of a dj. Enjoy a catered dinner! $10. Wilson Senior Center, 350 North C St, Oxnard. 385-8019, 385-8163.

BEST OF 31ST ANNUAL BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL Feb. 20-21, 7:30pm. Featuring the world’s finest films on mountain subjects from extreme drama to extreme sports. The show’s wide variety of films celebrates the spirit of adventure with amazing athletic accomplishments, daredevil feats and in-depth accounts of mountain culture and environment. A different program screens each evening. $12. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

Dining

WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E. Main, Ventura. 652-7013.

Performances

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Feb. 16-17. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

TICKET TO RIDE Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30-9:30pm. An exciting two-hour journey celebrating Beatlemania is back by popular demand! Opening with their greatest hits from the 60’s, this show highlights the many phases of the foursome, with a special solo segment of “John Lennon.” $38-$44. Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. www.toaks.org/theatre/tickets/tickets.asp. 449-2787.

ARTURO SANDOVAL Saturday, Feb. 17, 8pm. The Ventura Music Festival celebrates its 13th season by bringing Latin Jazz legend Sandoval to Ventura for one special command performance. Don\’t miss an unforgettable evening with a Cuban flair. $75-$45. Ventura High School Theater, Ventura. 648-3146.

GANDALF MURPHY AND THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS WITH JEFFREY FOUCAULT Saturday, Feb. 17. The “Sings Like Hell” series introduces the best of Americana, alt-country and roots-rock genres. Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara. 963-0761.

STREET SCENE Sunday, Feb. 18, 3pm. Musical Theatre Guild Broadway in Concert Series presents Kurt Weill and Langston Hughes\’ musical, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Elmer Rice. First produced in 1946, the show is a highly dramatic musical about one day in the life of a New York tenement, where seduction, betrayal and murder all play a part. Street Scene displays a rather unusual combination of musical styles and idioms, and breaks many conventions of the traditional musical theater. $39. Janet and Ray Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 583-8700.

LOVE LETTERS Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 19-20, 7pm. Rubicon Theater Company offer their subscribers two free shows of A.R. Gurney’s poignant, perceptive and funny story tracing the lifelong correspondence of Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III and Melissa Gardner. Their bittersweet relationship is revealed by what is written and what is left unsaid in their letters. Love Letters is staged simply with real-life couple Karyl Lynn Burns and James O\’Neill reading from scripts. Monday, Burns and O\’Neill hold a Town Hall-style discussion with audience members after the show. Tuesday, they join guests downstairs for a post-show reception. $35 non-subscribers. Rubicon Theatre Company at the Laurel, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900.

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

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Jan. 19-Feb. 17. Conejo Players Theatre presents this ageless musical of 1938 Austria and Maria Rainer, a free-spirited postulant hired by the widowed Captain von Trapp. As she acts as governess to his seven children, love blooms between the stern captain and the nun just as the second world war threatens to tear the new family apart. Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. $14-$18. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

CRIMES OF THE HEART Jan. 12-Feb. 18. Elite Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about three sisters and their navigation through life and love, a tale of how it is characters escape the past to seize the future. $17 general. Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Petit Playhouse, 730 South B St, Oxnard. 483-5118.

GREATER TUNA Friday-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, Feb. 2-March 3. The Ojai Art Center Theater turns up the dial on laughter as they present the hilarious and satirical take on small-town radio shows with three actors playing two dozen characters. $18 general, $15 seniors and members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797. Please visit online at www.OjaiACT.org.

Film

CALL FOR SHORT FILMS HopeDance Bike Film Festival Friday-Saturday, May 18th-19. HopeDance is looking for spectacular bike-themed short films. The short films should be original, short, 10 minutes or less and bike themed. This year\’s theme is Shift Gears. Deadline for submissions Friday, April 20. 544-9663.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL Sunday, Feb. 18, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens shocking documentary about sexual abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors, free to members with ID. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. 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 Feb. 10-March 4, “Sensual & Erotic Exhibit.” The fifth annual look at the sensual and erotic, distilled through the muse and onto the many enticing visual palettes of the arts community. Reception Saturday, Feb. 17, 6-9pm. 330 S. California St., Ventura. 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 Feb. 3-March 17, “Beatrice Wood Ceramic Annual.” A celebration of Beatrice Wood’s spirit of experimentation, self-expression and originality – a showcase for the finest contemporary ceramic art. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 12-4pm. Gallery hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm. www.beat ricewood.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.Buena venturaGallery.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 castgallery@sbcglobal.net.

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. Times 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 Feb. 3-April 30, “Cheesecake and Catfights.” Photographic images by Alex Cooper best categorized as pinup meets pulp fiction. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 6pm. 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 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 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 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 through March 31, “Fotografie D’Italia.” Hummingbird Nest Gallery Fine art photographers Myrna Cambianica and Charley Griswold exhibit photographs that represent their visions of the beauty of the Italian countryside and the richness and diversity of the culture. 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.

JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S through February, “Moments of Time.” Featured artist, landscape and travel photographer Dan Holmes, exhibits his limited edition work. 204 E Main St, Ventura. 805-648-4853

DINAN MAIN GALLERY Hours: Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm, and by appointment. 205 N. Signal St, 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.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY Feb. 10-March 30, “I Love My Foreigner Friends,” new work by Stella Lai, and “Flesh of My Skin,” new work by Jason Jagel. 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 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY through April 1, the work of Wayne Alaniz Healy. Painter, sculptor and muralist Healy’s work has been characterized as Norman Rockwell meets Jackson Pollack. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.

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

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

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY Feb. 8-March 4, “Out of the Dark.” Paintings by Vonder Grey. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643-3973.

SOILAND GALLERY HALL 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 Jan. 20-March 17, four exhibitions: “On Dead Highways,” mixed media paintings by Geoff Mitchell, Evans Gallery; “Commuter Peace, Interconnectedness,” paintings by Beverley Decker, O’Keeffee Gallery; Portraits by Noble Powell III, Gerd Koch Gallery; “On the Gold Coast,” paintings by J.D. Thomas, Hallway Gallery. 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 Jan. 20-March 25, “Dreamland: American Explorations into Surrealism.” Over 100 paintings and sculptures dating from the 1920s to present day on exhibition. 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 GALLERY Free. Hours vary; call 648-8974. Ventura College, Ventura.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY “Various and Sundry Themes.” Ventura College art professor Carlisle Cooper will exhibit his figurative and colorful acrylic paintings that deal with civil rights, religion, philosophy, musicians and actors. 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 Art

BARBED ART COMPETITION Drop off March 5-6. Entries must be comprised of one or more altered fashion dolls and/or action figures in a 2- or 3- dimensional format. The artist should envision expanding boundaries of ego, body image and social acceptance. This show will raise awareness of,and money for, the Coalition to End Family Violence(CEFV). www.venturaartist sunion.org. 650-5734.

Museums

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.

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.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 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 Botke 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: Jan. 9-April 29, “Four Faces of Eve: Women & Power,” the latest exhibition of George Stuart Historical Figures, featuring the likes of the Marquise de Pompadour, Katherine of Aragon, Empress Dowager Tzu-His, Florence Nightingale… $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

SOCCER TRY-OUTS Love playing competitive soccer? Girls ages 11-14 needed for Alianza OP Club team. Training consists of agility, control, technique & tactic. Serious players wanted. Try-outs held in Oxnard. 890-8532.

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICE Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 12, 9-11am. Bring last year\’s tax returns, W-2s and 1099s, bonds, as well as year-end summaries from Social Security. E-filing and refunds direct-deposited are available. Bring in a deposit slip or voided check with name and address. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

EXPLORE THE WORLD THROUGH COOKING Fridays through Feb. 9, 3:15-4:45pm. Roxanne Diesel and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District offer youth, ages 8-14, the chance to explore Italy, Korea, Germany and France through cooking! Students spend each class learning to cook great recipes from a different country and receive a booklet containing all the recipes they have used at the last class. $55, $25 materials fee. 382-1996.

YOUTH ACTING CLASSES Is your child a Drama Queen or King? Classes are currently being offered by local recreation districts in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Ventura by local actress, playwright and director, Roxanne Diesel. Classes include: Camarillo-Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 1:30-2:15pm; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 15, 5-6:30; Thousand Oaks – Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 11:15am-noon; and Kids Performance Workshop-The Wizard of Oz, ages 6-12, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 16, 5:30-7pm. Ventura: Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 8, Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, 2:15-3pm; and Kids Comedy-Improvisation Workshop, ages 7-13, 3-4pm. Classes incorporate a variety of techniques to help young actors gain a clear understanding of the theatre including: acting, movement, vocalization; taking stage direction and improvisation. (661) 718-3968.

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.

Family

FAMILY TIME: BIRDS & BLOOMS Sunday, Feb. 18, 1:30-3pm. Create colorful clothespin bugs and flower magnets to welcome spring. Free. Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 E. Main St, Ventura. 653-0323, ext. 15.

WHALE WATCHING Daily. 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 ? 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.

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

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 17-18, 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.

Health

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES Fridays, noon-1pm. Paula Getty-Shearer, certified hypnotherapist, leads free weekly relaxation & guided imagery classes for cancer patients and their families. The Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

LAUGHTER CLUB Fridays, noon-12:45pm, and 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.

TAI CHI-WU Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Learn style for more energy and balance. Taught by certified teacher. $15. 101 N. Laurel Ave., Ventura.

MEDITATION WORKSHOP SERIES Wednesdays, 7-9pm, Jan-March. $40. Zanzilla Yoga, 2750 E. Main St., Ste. F, Ventura.

Classes/Workshops

COLOR THEORY WORKSHOP Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25, 9am-4pm. David Gallup, Vice President of the California Art Club, will be teaching a four-day color theory workshop focused on impressionist color theory and application, color mixing and proper palette use. $400. Harbor Village Gallery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr, Suite 117C, Ventura. 644-2750.

LAVENDER INN COOKING CLASSES Sunday, Feb. 18, 12pm. Peggy Carr will teach “Pot Pies and Stews” in this new culinary series. Special room packages are available for those who take a class and stay at the Lavender Inn. Lavender Inn, Ojai. www.lavenderinn.com. 646-6635.

NOT FOR CREDIT CLASSES AT VC Ventura College Community Education is now taking enrollments for the spring semester in a wide variety of not-for-credit classes, seminars and workshops, with more than 100 classes, workshops and seminars this spring, including Bartending Basics, Digital Photography, Adult and Youth Ballroom Boot Camp, the Joy of Travel Writing, and many others. 654-6459, www.CommunityEd.venturacollege.edu.

THE SILK ROAD: SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND STORIES Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 13, 6:30-7:45pm. This open-to-the-public course explores the many faceted cultures along the Silk Road – a vast network of trade routes through Europe and China and Persia and Japan, — including musical traditions, fine arts, religions, literature and histories. It ill draw on the talents of several members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble during their presence on the UCSB campus. Free. No registration necessary. 1910 Buchanan Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

FENCING CLASS Fridays through Feb. 23. The City of Ventura offers the eight-week class. The sport of fencing is fun, challenging, and a great workout. New students learn fencing basics while returning students continue developing newly acquired skills in a safe and fun environment. Session One, ages 8-14, 6-7pm; 15 years and up, 7-8pm. Session Two, March 9-April 13. $98. Swords Fencing Studio, 3521 Arundell Circle, Ventura. 643-3901.

SCULPTURAL PORTRAITURE Tuesdays through March 13, 2-5pm. Linda Elder shows how to identify and portray the unique characteristics reflected in the human face. A specific technique for taking photographs of the subject is used as the primary reference, enabling the sculptor to create the portrait. Ages 16-adult welcome. $100 for eight weeks plus single materials fee of $18-$40 depending on size of sculpture. Off-site location. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

SPACES AND PLACES – INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays through March 20, 1-3pm. Award winning Interior Designer, Suzanne Fairly Green will share tips and tricks for turning smaller spaces into beautiful and interesting places. Along the way, she will enlighten you about space planning, color theory and practical decorating. Develop solutions specific to your own home or office. Ages 18-adult welcome. $160. Register at www.Focus OnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

HOUSING RIGHTS WORKSHOP Thursday, Feb. 15, 6-8pm. Housing Rights Center host the workshop addressing rights and responsibilities as a tenant. E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 477-5977.

AN EVENING WITH CM YOGI Wednesday, Feb 21, 7:45-9pm. Mr. Chintamani Yogi, well-known educator, social worker, philosopher, and a scholar in Eastern philosophy, holds spiritual awakenings, yoga and meditation programs, and spiritual philosophy programs. He makes a special one-night trip to Ojai for a special presentation on various topics and spiritual instruction. Free. Sacred Space Studio, 410 Bryant St., Ste. A, Ojai. 646-9792.

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

Literature/Poetry

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 HYPERLINK \”mailto:joylam@aol.com\” joylam@aol.com, HYPERLINK \”mailto:elnomac@aol.com\” elnomac@aol.com

OUTLAW POETS OPEN WORD First Friday of the month, 7pm. Bart\’s Books, 302 W. Matilija, Ojai. 646-3755.

LATTE 101 First Saturday of every month, 8pm. Open mic with music. Hosted by Nurse Bob. 5722 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

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

Farmers’ Markets

CERTIFIED MARKET- VENTURA Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 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, Feb. 15, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30-10:30pm. Join them for a sweetheart dance featuring guests The Unforgettables. Light refreshments, couples and singles welcome. $5 members, $7 non-members. Goebel Senior Adult Ballroom Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 381-2744.

CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB Sunday, Feb. 18, 1-4:30pm. Join the Jazz Society and their special guests Diz Mullins’ The Jazz Happening for an afternoon of music and dancing. $8. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor. 642-6110.

ARGENTINE TANGO SPECIAL EVENT Monday, Feb. 19. Class & practice with world-class tango dancer, teacher & innovator Andrés Amarilla, 6-8pm, Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. $20. Social dancing with Andrés, 8-10pm, Los Caporales, 307 East Ojai Ave, no cover. 646-7355.

SALSA DANCING Tuesday, Feb. 20, 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.

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NATHAN LARRAMENDY Gallery Feb. 10-Mar. 30, “I Love My Foreigner Friends,” new work by Stella Lai, and “Flesh of My Skin,” new work by Jason Jagel. Opening reception Saturday, February 10, 5 – 7 p.m. 107 S. Signal St, Ojai. www.larramendygallery.com. 646-2750.

AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LATINO RELATIONS Feb. 9, 10 a.m. Gerald Horne, Ph.D., shares insights into the past and future of race relations between African Americans and Latinos as part of the celebration of Black History Month at California Lutheran University. Free and open to the public. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. 493-3477.

THE COLOR OF JUSTICE Feb. 12, 10 a.m. Performances To Grow On presents this poignant production by Theatreworks USA, wherein a brilliant fighter for human rights and a courageous little girl take on the doctrine of separate but equal. Follow their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in this gripping drama about Thurgood Marshall\’s court case involving school segregation, Brown v. Board of Education. A captivating and moving tale about one of the most important struggles of our time. $12. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

Special Events

TALL SHIP TOUR Thursday-Tuesday, Feb. 8-13. History comes alive as two historic tall ships return to the Channel Islands Harbor for their Eleventh Annual Tall Ships Tour as the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington docks at 3900 Pelican Way. Free guided public dockside tours offered on Feb. 9 and 13, from 4-5 pm. Saturday, February 10, public tours offered 10am-1pm. Battle re-enactment sails presented weekends, 2-5 p.m., $60 adults, $50 seniors and students 13-18 years of age, $40 children 12 and under. Adventure Sail Training available. (800) 200-5239.

NORDIC SPIRIT SYMPOSIUM Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10. Held at California Lutheran University, this year’s symposium, titled Nordic Spirit: Grieg, Genes and Global Reach, explores contemporary musical, political and scientific cultures of the Northern countries. The event brings experts and leaders from various fields together with performing artists to provide an in-depth and entertaining look at the Nordic culture. Please call for complete schedule. Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. (818) 788-4552.

BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE Saturday, Feb. 10, 7pm. In conjunction with the Fifth Annual Sensual and Erotic Exhibit, the Artists’ Union Gallery presents a fund-raiser hosted by Friday and Marsha de la O. $10. 330 S. California St., Ventura. 643-3012.

SECOND ANNUAL CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 10-11, 10am-6pm. The second annual festival benefits children in need while celebrating Valentine\’s Day and everything chocolate. Two days of food, desserts, displays, classes, lectures, and vendor booths guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and stomach while helping humanitarian aid to impoverished children. Presented by the Restoring Hope Foundation. General $7, children 4-12, $5, children 3 and under free. Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 409-5243.

A NIGHT AT THE THEATER Saturday, Feb.10, 7:30pm. Don\’t miss the beautiful voice of Miss Ventura County Jamie Gruttemeyer, plus Broadway sensation Jamie Cronin, and a special appearance by one of LA\’s top Male Opera Tenors for a fund-raiser to benefit the Learning Center at Moorpark College. $20. Moorpark Performing Arts Building, Moorpark College. 279-0804.

VALENTINE\’S GIFT SALE Saturday, Feb. 10, 11am-4pm. All sales benefit Loving Heart Hospice Foundation of Ventura County. Items in the sale have a Valentine\’s theme, whether heart-shaped metal garden stakes, handmade heart pins, vintage button embellished T-shirts, heart embossed greeting cards among others. Castle Hill Retirement Village, 3575 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 517-1620.

TALL SHIP PRESIDENTS\’ DAY ADVENTURE WEEKEND Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 14-19. Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain visit the Ventura Harbor Village as part of Presidents\’ Day Adventure Weekend. Grand arrival Wednesday, Feb 14, 10am-1pm. Ships are open to the public Feb. 15-16, 4-5pm, and on Saturday, Feb. 17, 10am-1pm. Admission is free, donations gladly accepted. Educational Programs offered February 15-16, 9am-3:30pm. Battle Re-enactment sailing tours offered February 17-19, 2pm-5pm. Adventure sailing opportunities held Feb. 18, 10am-1pm. A Civil War Re-enactment and camp on the Harbor Village Main Lawn takes place February 17-18, including a George Washington look-a-like and live music, 1-4pm. 477-0470. Please visit online at www.historicalseaport.org.

TALES OF ROMANCE Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:30pm. Speaking of Stories series presents loal favorite actors delivering works by Isabelle Allende, Russell Banks, Richard Bausch and T.C. Boyle. $13-30. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara. 963-0761.

Performances

THE BEST OF DOO WOP Friday, Feb. 9, 8pm. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation brings back the fabulous 50s as this blast from the past of great music of the fabulous 50s takes center stage in a show filled with Doo Wop legends and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, starring The Crew Cuts, Original Coaster Leon Hughes and his Group, Brenda Holloway, the Flamingos, the Dixie Cups, host Steve Bruner the American Gold Band and more. $45-40. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

VOICES IN MY HEAD Feb. 9-10, 7:20pm. Moorpark College Theatre Arts presents its second variety show, with poetry, songs, dance, monologues and comedy sketches created and performed by Moorpark College student artists. $5 suggested donation. Moorpark College Studio Theatre, Moorpark. 529-0865.

NEW WEST SYMPHONY Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10, 8pm. The symphony continues their 2006/2007Masterpiece Series with Concert No. 5 featuring Boris Brott, conductor, and Jens Lindemann, trumpet. Program includes Rossini, Overture to Il Signor Bruschino; Haydn, Concerto in E-Flat Major for Trumpet & Orchestra; Vizzutti and Mozart, Rising Sun Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543. $88-$22. Friday: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; Saturday, February 10: Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (800) NEW WEST.

TOP-SECRET PERSONAL BEESWAX JOURNAL Saturday, Feb. 10, 7pm. Performances to Grow On and Theatreworks USA presents the outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones starring in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kick-ball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations.$20 adults, $15 kids. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 646-8907.

THE DIARIES OF ADAM AND EVE Sunday, Feb. 11, 11:30am, and Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8pm. Gypsy Players open their 2007 season with a Valentine\’s Dinner theater event. Taking a break from their regular murder and mayhem in time for the Valentine\’s Day holiday, the group presents a romantic comedy written by Mark Twain. The comedy is a touching, hilarious and irreverent look at history\’s first marriage from first meeting to courtship and child-rearing. Feb. 11: Paul\’s Italian Villa, Simi Valley, champagne buffet brunch, $50; Feb. 14: La Quinta Inn and Suites, Thousand Oaks, $59.95. (866) 490-4649.

SANTA PAULA CONCERT SERIES Sunday, Feb. 11, 4pm. The first concert of the fourth season with a special performance by Mary Rawcliffe, soprano, and Stuart Fox on Renaissance lute and classical guitar. The concert includes Elizabethan lute songs, songs by John Duarte, and Spanish folk song settings by Federico Garcia Lorca. $15. Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

A ROMANTIC RENDEZVOUS WITH LINDA PURL Monday, Feb. 12, 6:30pm. Rubicon Theatre Company presents Linda Purl, Broadway and regional stage actress, as well as renowned solo artist performing her new cabaret act, followed by a stylish and scrumptious dinner at Hush Restaurant in Ventura. Cocktail attire is suggested. $75 evening, $45 concert only. Rubicon Theatre at the Laurel, 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura. 667-2900.

RAZZLE-BAM-BOOM! Tuesday, Feb. 13, 9:30 and 11am. Conejo Valley Adult Education continues their Children\’s Concert Series with a performance by Mark Beckwith and Obediah Thomas. $7. Scherr Forum Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 338-3021.

SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA Tuesday, Feb. 13, 8pm. The Grammy-winning, 16-piece ensemble has quickly established itself as the world’s hottest salsa band. $40. 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

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE through Feb. 11. Two women, one a rising star and the other a devoted fan, meet by chance at a Houston honky-tonk in 1961. Always, Patsy Cline tells the true story of the special friendship that developed between Patsy and a Texas housewife. This musical tribute features over 26 of Patsy Cline\’s classic hits such as \”I Fall to Pieces,\” \”Walkin\’ After Midnight\” and, of course, \”Crazy,\” all backed by a live band. $20 adults, $16 seniors & students, $14 Children 12 & Under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley . www.simi-arts.org.583-7905; 583-7900

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Jan. 19-Feb. 17. Conejo Players Theatre presents this ageless musical of 1938 Austria and Maria Rainer, a free-spirited postulant hired by the widowed Captain von Trapp. As she acts as governess to his seven children, love blooms between the stern captain and the nun just as the second world war threatens to tear the new family apart. Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. $14-$18. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

CRIMES OF THE HEART Jan. 12-Feb. 18. Elite Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about three sisters and their navigation through life and love, a tale of how it is characters escape the past to seize the future. $17 general. Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Petit Playhouse, 730 South B St, Oxnard. 483-5118.

GREATER TUNA Friday-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, Feb. 2-March 3. The Ojai Art Center Theater turns up the dial on laughter as they present the hilarious and satirical take on small-town radio shows with three actors playing two dozen characters. $18 general, $15 seniors and members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797. Please visit online at www.OjaiACT.org.

Film

RIDING ALONE FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30pm. From the director of “hero” and “House of Flying Daggers,” this stunning cinematic treasure follows a widowed fisherman on his extraordinary journey to redeem himself in the eyes of his dying son. $6. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

CRUDE IMPACT Saturday, Feb. 10, 4:30pm. Hope Dance Films presents the powerful and timely documentary exploring the connection between human domination of the planet and the discovery and use of oil. The film exposes our deep-rooted dependency on the availability of fossil fuel and examines implications for the pending peak oil crisis. $10-$7. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai.

HALF NELSON Sunday, Feb. 11, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens drama starring Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling as an inner city teacher hooked on drugs and the student who tries to change his life. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors, free to members with ID. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. 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 Feb. 10-March 4, “Sensual & Erotic Exhibit.” The fifth annual look at the sensual and erotic, distilled through the muse and onto the many enticing visual palettes of the arts community. Reception Saturday, Feb. 17, 6-9pm. 330 S. California St., Ventura. 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 Feb. 3-March 17, “Beatrice Wood Ceramic Annual.” A celebration of Beatrice Wood’s spirit of experimentation, self-expression and originality – a showcase for the finest contemporary ceramic art. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 12-4pm. 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 castgallery@sbcglobal.net.

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. Times 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 Feb. 3-April 30, “Cheesecake and Catfights.” Photographic images by Alex Cooper best categorized as pinup meets pulp fiction. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 6pm. 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 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 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 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 Wed.-Sat. noon-5pm. 916 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 525-7804.

JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S through February, “Moments of Time.” Featured artist, landscape and travel photographer Dan Holmes, exhibits his limited edition work. 204 E Main St, Ventura. 805-648-4853

DINAN MAIN GALLERY Hours: Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm, and by appointment. 205 N. Signal St, 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.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY Feb. 10-March 30, “I Love My Foreigner Friends,” new work by Stella Lai, and “Flesh of My Skin,” new work by Jason Jagel. 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 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY through April 1, the work of Wayne Alaniz Healy. Painter, sculptor and muralist Healy’s work has been characterized as Norman Rockwell meets Jackson Pollack. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through Feb. 15, “Brick by Brick.” A collection of art by 19 established and emerging California artists who work in oil, acrylics, watercolor, ceramics, sculpture, wood, jewelry, glass, photography and digital in a new downtown Ventura space. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.

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

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

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY through Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643-3973.

SOILAND GALLERY HALL 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 Jan. 20-March 17, four exhibitions: “On Dead Highways,” mixed media paintings by Geoff Mitchell, Evans Gallery; “Commuter Peace, Interconnectedness,” paintings by Beverley Decker, O’Keeffee Gallery; Portraits by Noble Powell III, Gerd Koch Gallery; “On the Gold Coast,” paintings by J.D. Thomas, Hallway Gallery. Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18, Ventura Street, Camarillo. www.studiochannel islands.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 Jan. 20-March 25, “Dreamland: American Explorations into Surrealism.” Over 100 paintings and sculptures dating from the 1920s to present day on exhibition. 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 GALLERY Jan. 16-Feb. 13, “Indefinite Allegories.” The paintings of Jack Barnett. Also: “Recent Work of the Central Coast,” paintings by Hank Pitcher. Free. Hours vary; call 648-8974. Ventura College, Ventura.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY “Various and Sundry Themes.” Ventura College art professor Carlisle Cooper will exhibit his figurative and colorful acrylic paintings that deal with civil rights, religion, philosophy, musicians and actors. 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.

Competitions

OPEN JURIED COMPETITION: SENSUAL & EROTIC EXHIBIT drop off Feb. 5-6. The Artists’ Union Gallery will present their Fifth Annual Sensual & Erotic Exhibit, which will run Feb.10-March 4. Drop-off times are 4-7pm Feb.5 and 9-noon Feb.6. www.venturaartistsunion.org. 407-9580.

Museums

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.

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.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 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.reagan foundation.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 Botke 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: Jan. 9-April 29, “Four Faces of Eve: Women & Power,” the latest exhibition of George Stuart Historical Figures, featuring the likes of the Marquise de Pompadour, Katherine of Aragon, Empress Dowager Tzu-His, Florence Nightingale… $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

SOCCER TRY-OUTS Love playing competitive soccer? Girls ages 11-14 needed for Alianza OP Club team. Training consists of agility, control, technique & tactic. Serious players wanted. Try-outs held in Oxnard. 890-8532.

FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICE Tuesdays and Thursdays, through April 12, 9-11am. Bring last year\’s tax returns, W-2s and 1099s, bonds, as well as year-end summaries from Social Security. E-filing and refunds direct-deposited are available. Bring in a deposit slip or voided check with name and address. Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. 648-3035.

EXPLORE THE WORLD THROUGH COOKING Fridays through Feb. 9, 3:15-4:45pm. Roxanne Diesel and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District offer youth, ages 8-14, the chance to explore Italy, Korea, Germany and France through cooking! Students spend each class learning to cook great recipes from a different country and receive a booklet containing all the recipes they have used at the last class. $55, $25 materials fee. 382-1996.

YOUTH ACTING CLASSES Is your child a Drama Queen or King? Classes are currently being offered by local recreation districts in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Ventura by local actress, playwright and director, Roxanne Diesel. Classes include: Camarillo-Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 1:30-2:15pm; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 15, 5-6:30; Thousand Oaks – Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 11:15am-noon; and Kids Performance Workshop-The Wizard of Oz, ages 6-12, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 16, 5:30-7pm. Ventura: Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 8, Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, 2:15-3pm; and Kids Comedy-Improvisation Workshop, ages 7-13, 3-4pm. Classes incorporate a variety of techniques to help young actors gain a clear understanding of the theatre including: acting, movement, vocalization; taking stage direction and improvisation. (661) 718-3968.

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.

Family

CONEJO OPEN CLASSROOMS Thursday, Feb. 8, Tuesday, Feb. 13. Open Classrooms for the Conejo Valley Unified School District will offer weekly tours of the campus and classrooms. Parents of students enrolled in the program will act as docents during the school day, and prospective parents will have an opportunity to observe classes in progress. 280 Conejo School Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-7058.

WHALE WATCHING Daily. 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 ? 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.island packers.com.

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

TEAM OF RIVALS – THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN Friday, Feb. 9, 8pm. Popular historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss Lincoln and the lessons of history. $25. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

NORDIC SPIRIT SYMPOSIUM: GRIEG, GENES AND GLOBAL REACH Friday, Feb. 9, 7-10pm. Distinguished speakers will explore contemporary musical, political and scientific cultures of the Northern countries, with musical performances by internationally acclaimed artists. Call for fee info. (818) 788-4552.

CALIFORNIA IMPRESSIONISM Saturday, Feb. 10, 2pm. Join Jean Stern, Director of The Irvine Museum, as he discusses California Impressionism. Once seen as regional art, California Impressionists are now widely collected and valued, with many landscape artists currently working in the tradition. Stern explores the depth of the movement and show examples. Free for Museum members, included with admission for non-members. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 ext. 10.

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 10-11, 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.

AFRICAN AMERICAN PIONEER FAMILY IN 19TH CENTURY LOS ANGELES Sunday, Feb. 11, 2-3pm. Moorpark College History Professor Patricia Colman hosts a presentation of her original research into one of the first African American families to homestead in California. John Ballard settled in the Los Angeles area in the 1850\’s and helped establish the first AME Church in 1869. Free. Oxnard Public Library, 251 South A St., Oxnard. 385-7532.

BILLY COLINS, POET LAUREATE Sunday, Feb. 11, 4pm. 2001-2003 Poet Laureate is an American phenomenon, combining high critical acclaim with broad popular appeal, and will read from his vast canon of delightful works. $20. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

Health

FREE RELAXATION & GUIDED IMAGERY CLASSES Fridays, noon-1pm. Paula Getty-Shearer, certified hypnotherapist, leads free weekly relaxation & guided imagery classes for cancer patients and their families. The Wellness Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 379-4777.

LAUGHTER CLUB Fridays, noon-12:45pm, and 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.

TAI CHI-WU Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm. Learn style for more energy and balance. Taught by certified teacher. $15. 101 N. Laurel Ave., Ventura.

MEDITATION WORKSHOP SERIES Wednesdays, 7-9pm, Jan-March. $40. Zanzilla Yoga, 2750 E. Main St., Ste. F, Ventura.

Classes/Workshops

NOT FOR CREDIT CLASSES AT VC Ventura College Community Education is now taking enrollments for the spring semester in a wide variety of not-for-credit classes, seminars and workshops, with more than 100 classes, workshops and seminars this spring, including Bartending Basics, Digital Photography, Adult and Youth Ballroom Boot Camp, the Joy of Travel Writing, and many others. 654-6459, www.CommunityEd.venturacollege.edu.

THE SILK ROAD: SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND STORIES Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 13, 6:30-7:45pm. This open-to-the-public course explores the many faceted cultures along the Silk Road – a vast network of trade routes through Europe and China and Persia and Japan, — including musical traditions, fine arts, religions, literature and histories. It ill draw on the talents of several members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble during their presence on the UCSB campus. Free. No registration necessary. 1910 Buchanan Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

FENCING CLASS Fridays through Feb. 23. The City of Ventura offers the eight-week class. The sport of fencing is fun, challenging, and a great workout. New students learn fencing basics while returning students continue developing newly acquired skills in a safe and fun environment. Session One, ages 8-14, 6-7pm; 15 years and up, 7-8pm. Session Two, March 9-April 13. $98. Swords Fencing Studio, 3521 Arundell Circle, Ventura. 643-3901.

SCULPTURAL PORTRAITURE Tuesdays through March 13, 2-5pm. Linda Elder shows how to identify and portray the unique characteristics reflected in the human face. A specific technique for taking photographs of the subject is used as the primary reference, enabling the sculptor to create the portrait. Ages 16-adult welcome. $100 for eight weeks plus single materials fee of $18-$40 depending on size of sculpture. Off-site location. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

SPACES AND PLACES – INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays through March 20, 1-3pm. Award winning Interior Designer, Suzanne Fairly Green will share tips and tricks for turning smaller spaces into beautiful and interesting places. Along the way, she will enlighten you about space planning, color theory and practical decorating. Develop solutions specific to your own home or office. Ages 18-adult welcome. $160. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

LOOPED POUCHES Monday, Feb. 12, 6:30-8:30pm. Focus on the Masters invites the community to learn the ancient art of looping, a fiber tradition predating weaving. Ancient people used it for many purposes. Students use this method to make a beaded looped pouch necklace. 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.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY Feb. 4, 2:30 p.m. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation presents Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty. Tchaikovsky’s first successful ballet score, Sleeping Beauty is an enchanting fairy tale with a king and queen, evil fairies, a beautiful princess and a dreamy prince. This production is a tour de force of classical dancing, with brilliant solo choreography, ensemble pageantry and courtly splendor. $49-$39. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 449-ARTS or www.civicartsplaza.com

TALL SHIP TOUR Feb. 5-13. History comes alive as two historic tall ships return to the Channel Islands Harbor for their Eleventh Annual Tall Ships Tour. The Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington arrive at 3900 Pelican Way. Free tours of the ships are offered on Monday afternoon from 3-6 p.m., donations appreciated. Free guided public dockside tours offered on Feb. 6, 7, 9 and 13, from 4-5 p.m. Feb. 10, public tours offered 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Battle re-enactment sails are presented on weekends, 2-5 p.m., $60 adults, $50 seniors and students 13-18 years of age, $40 children 12 and under. Adventure Sail Training available. (800) 200-5239.

O CANADA! SONGS OF OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBORS Feb. 2-4. The Household Gods, Rain Perry, Julie Christiansen and Alan Thornhill will perform well-known and lesser-known songs by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot and a host of other great Canadians. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m. $18 general, $10 students, two-for-one Sunday. Theater 150, Ojai. www.theater150.org. 646-4300.

Special Events

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 1-4. The 2007 Santa Barbara International Film Festival features premieres, screenings, tributes, panel discussions, and workshops. This year the festival salutes actors Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker and Will Smith, plus former Vice-President Al Gore and the film An Inconvenient Truth. Panel discussions include screenplays, directing, and producing with many of this year’s top Oscar contenders. For reviews of festival films and general information about panels and tributes, please see our film section this week. 963-0761. For complete schedule and line-up, please visit the festival on-line at www.SBIFF.org.

PEACE RALLY Friday, Feb. 2, 5pm. End the occupation of Iraq and Palestine. Ventura County Government Center, corner of Victoria and Telephone, Ventura. 681-1171.

CAMARILLO HOSPICE SPRING GARDEN TOUR Sunday, Feb. 4, noon-5pm. The Garden Tour is a major fund-raiser for Camarillo Hospice, a volunteer hospice and grief support center serving the residents of Ventura County. Five private gardens in Camarillo open their doors to the public for docent-assisted self-guided tours. The tour also feature live music, free refreshments, a boutique, opportunity drawings, and an afternoon of pastoral inspiration and bliss.$20 advance, $25 day of tour. 389-6870.

CAN WE AVOID DANGEROUS HUMAN-MADE CLIMATE CHANGE? Monday, Feb. 5, 8pm. Dr. James E. Hansen, head of the NASA Institute for Space Studies, has worked since the late 1970’s on studies and computer simulations of the arth’s climate and pioneering awareness of global warming issues. Free. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

OPPENHEIMER’S SHADOW Tuesday, Feb. 6, 8pm. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Martin J. Sherwin will be joined by UCSB Professor and author Tsuyoshi Hasegawa for a lecture and discussion of the history of the atomic bomb. Free. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

CUAUHTEMOC CARDENAS SOLORZANO Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8pm. Three time presidential candidate and founder of Mexico’s Party of the Democratic revolution will deliver a public lecture exploring Mexico’s contested presidential election and its aftermath, entitled “Perspectives on Today’s Mexico.” He is a Regents’ Lecturer in the UCSB Department of History. Free. Campbell Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. www.artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. 893-3535.

Performances

FACULTY GUEST ARTIST MUSIC CONCERT SERIES Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 1-4, 8pm. The Ventura College Music Department hosts a wide range of music events, featuring faculty and guest artists. Thursday, Feb. 1: The renown Cesar Mateus Latin Jazz Sextet includes an all-star cast of internationally recognized musicians; Friday, Feb. 2: Bryan Pezzone, called the consummate crossover pianist of his generation who excels in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist; Saturday, Feb. 3: An evening of treasured works performed by VC Faculty member and renowned guitarist Carlos Gonzales; and Sunday, Feb. 4: Phillip Viaman, violinist. Events held at the Ventura College Theatre and begin 8:00 p.m., except for the Sunday show, 3 pm. $10 general admission, $5 students-seniors. Ventura College Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. 654-6462.

IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY Friday-Saturday, Feb. 2-3. Livery Theater, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701.

FACULTY RECITAL Saturday, Feb. 3, 7:30pm. California Lutheran university kicks off their 2007 series with a piano recital by Dorothy Schechter, performing requests from the audience, including solo, duet and vocal compositions in commemoration of the Edvard Grieg Year 2007. Free, donation accepted. Preus-Brandt Forum, 60 W. Olsen Road., Thousand Oaks. 493-3306.

PUTTIN’ ON THE HITZ! Monday, Feb. 5, 8pm. The Oxnard Community Concert Association presents their third concert of the season, The Best of Irving Berlin. Go stepping out with a dynamic cast of eight singer/dancers and a quartet of the finest jazz musicians as they put on their top hat, white tie and tails underneath the stars of a Manhattan skyline. With scintillating choreography, spectacular scenery and sophisticated costumes, there’s no business like show business! Rush tickets 30 minutes prior to performance, $25. Season tickets available. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 650 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 483-3858.

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

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE through Feb. 11. Two women, one a rising star and the other a devoted fan, meet by chance at a Houston honky-tonk in 1961. Always, Patsy Cline tells the true story of the special friendship that developed between Patsy and a Texas housewife. This musical tribute features over 26 of Patsy Cline’s classic hits such as “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and, of course, “Crazy,” all backed by a live band. $20 adults, $16 seniors & students, $14 Children 12 & Under. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley . www.simi-arts.org.583-7905; 583-7900

THE SOUND OF MUSIC Jan. 19-Feb. 17. Conejo Players Theatre presents this ageless musical of 1938 Austria and Maria Rainer, a free-spirited postulant hired by the widowed Captain von Trapp. As she acts as governess to his seven children, love blooms between the stern captain and the nun just as the second world war threatens to tear the new family apart. Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. $14-$18. 351 S. Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715.

CRIMES OF THE HEART Jan. 12-Feb. 18. Elite Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about three sisters and their navigation through life and love, a tale of how it is characters escape the past to seize the future. $17 general. Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm. Petit Playhouse, 730 South B St, Oxnard. 483-5118.

GREATER TUNA Friday-Saturdays, 8pm, and Sundays, 7pm, Feb. 2-March 3. The Ojai Art Center Theater turns up the dial on laughter as they present the hilarious and satirical take on small-town radio shows with three actors playing two dozen characters. $18 general, $15 seniors and members. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 640-8797. Please visit online at www.OjaiACT.org.

Film

GAZA STRIP Thursday, Feb 1, 7pm. The Campaign to End Israel’s Aggression screens the unflinchingly honest portrayal of a population under siege. As a perspective largely excluded from American attention, it deserves the widest possible audience. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. 641-1789.

THE U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON Sunday, Feb. 4, 4:30pm. The Ojai Film Society screens the documentary about the United States government’s efforts to have John Lennon deported. $8 general, $5 seniors/students, $1 sponsors, free to members with ID. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. 646-8946.

Art

ACCOLADES GALLERY Hours: 12-5pm Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm Mon & by appointment Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 451 E. Main St, #9, Ventura. ARMY OF SHADOWS Thursday, Feb. 1, 7:30pm. More than 30 years after its original French release, this captivating film appears again. It is the stunning, edge-of-your-seat thriller that weaves an ominous and mysterious portrait of the stoic tough guys, gangsters, Nazi and traitors of German-occupied Vichy France and the French Resistance movement. 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.

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 Jan. 6-Feb. 4, “Wall to Wall 2007.” A representative sampling of work by a select group of artists. 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 Feb. 3-March 17, “Beatrice Wood Ceramic Annual.” A celebration of Beatrice Wood’s spirit of experimentation, self-expression and originality – a showcase for the finest contemporary ceramic art. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 12-4pm. 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 castgallery@sbcglobal.net.

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. Times 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 Feb. 3-April 30, “Cheesecake and Catfights.” Photographic images by Alex Cooper best categorized as pinup meets pulp fiction. Reception Saturday, Feb. 3, 6pm. 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 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 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 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.

JONATHAN’S AT PEIRANO’S through February, “Moments of Time.” Featured artist, landscape and travel photographer Dan Holmes, exhibits his limited edition work. 204 E Main St, Ventura. 805-648-4853

DINAN MAIN GALLERY Hours: Thursday-Sunday, noon-5pm, and by appointment. 205 N. Signal St, 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.

NATHAN LARRAMENDY “Postcards from the Road.” New work by Inez Storer and Winter Games, a special project by Carmen Abelleira. 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 through Feb. 2, “Ventura Music Festival Art Show.” Twelve local artists present their work shadowing French Impressionism, the theme of the 2007 Ventura Music Festival, on this stop along their county art tour. 646-2094, ext. 104.

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

PLAZA ART GALLERY through April 1, the work of Wayne Alaniz Healy. Painter, sculptor and muralist Healy’s work has been characterized as Norman Rockwell meets Jackson Pollack. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12pm-5pm. 329 North 5th Street, Oxnard. 486-6947.

RED BRICK GALLERY through Feb. 15, “Brick by Brick.” A collection of art by 19 established and emerging California artists who work in oil, acrylics, watercolor, ceramics, sculpture, wood, jewelry, glass, photography and digital in a new downtown Ventura space. 328 E. Main St., Ventura. www.redbrickart.com. 643-6400.

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

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

SEA BREEZE ART GALLERY through Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm, or call for appointment. 255 S. Laurel St, Ventura. 643-3973.

SOILAND GALLERY HALL 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 Jan. 20-March 17, four exhibitions: “On Dead Highways,” mixed media paintings by Geoff Mitchell, Evans Gallery; “Commuter Peace, Interconnectedness,” paintings by Beverley Decker, O’Keeffee Gallery; Portraits by Noble Powell III, Gerd Koch Gallery; “On the Gold Coast,” paintings by J.D. Thomas, Hallway Gallery. 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 Jan. 20-March 25, “Dreamland: American Explorations into Surrealism.” Over 100 paintings and sculptures dating from the 1920s to present day on exhibition. 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 COLLEGE GALLERY Jan. 16-Feb. 13, “Indefinite Allegories.” The paintings of Jack Barnett. Also: “Recent Work of the Central Coast,” paintings by Hank Pitcher. Free. Hours vary; call 648-8974. Ventura College, Ventura.

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY “Various and Sundry Themes.” Ventura College art professor Carlisle Cooper will exhibit his figurative and colorful acrylic paintings that deal with civil rights, religion, philosophy, musicians and actors. 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.

Competitions

OPEN JURIED COMPETITION: SENSUAL & EROTIC EXHIBIT drop off Feb. 5-6. The Artists’ Union Gallery will present their Fifth Annual Sensual & Erotic Exhibit, which will run Feb.10-March 4. Drop-off times are 4-7pm Feb.5 and 9-noon Feb.6. http://www.venturaartistsunion.org. 407-9580.

Museums

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.

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 Botke 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: Jan. 9-April 29, “Four Faces of Eve: Women & Power,” the latest exhibition of George Stuart Historical Figures, featuring the likes of the Marquise de Pompadour, Katherine of Aragon, Empress Dowager Tzu-His, Florence Nightingale… $1-$4; Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323.

Kids/Seniors

EXPLORE THE WORLD THROUGH COOKING Fridays through Feb. 9, 3:15-4:45pm. Roxanne Diesel and the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District offer youth, ages 8-14, the chance to explore Italy, Korea, Germany and France through cooking! Students spend each class learning to cook great recipes from a different country and receive a booklet containing all the recipes they have used at the last class. $55, $25 materials fee. 382-1996.

YOUTH ACTING CLASSES Is your child a Drama Queen or King? Classes are currently being offered by local recreation districts in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks and Ventura by local actress, playwright and director, Roxanne Diesel. Classes include: Camarillo-Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 1:30-2:15pm; Kids Performance Workshop-Alice in Wonderland, ages 6-12, Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 15, 5-6:30; Thousand Oaks – Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 2, 11:15am-noon; and Kids Performance Workshop-The Wizard of Oz, ages 6-12, Fridays, Jan. 19-March 16, 5:30-7pm. Ventura: Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 8, Tiny Tot Acting Troupe, ages 4-5, 2:15-3pm; and Kids Comedy-Improvisation Workshop, ages 7-13, 3-4pm. Classes incorporate a variety of techniques to help young actors gain a clear understanding of the theatre including: acting, movement, vocalization; taking stage direction and improvisation. (661) 718-3968.

NASCAR-THEMED KIDS WORKSHOP Saturday, Feb. 3, 9am-noon. The Home Depot starts the engine of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup by hosting a free theme workshop at the Oxnard store in the Esplanade. Children ages 5 – 12 get the satisfaction of building their own wooden replica of the Home Depot Chevrolet race car with expert advice. Home Depot provides complimentary project kits, tools along with special kid-sized orange aprons. (800) 430-3376.

SOCCER TRY-OUTS Love playing competitive soccer? Girls ages 11-14 needed for Alianza OP Club team. Training consists of agility, control, technique & tactic. Serious players wanted. Try-outs held in Oxnard. 890-8532.

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.

Family

WHALE WATCHING Daily. 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.

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

TIDEPOOL TALK Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 3-4, 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.

HOUSING RIGHTS WORKSHOP Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2-4 and 6-8pm. Housing Rights Center host the workshop addressing rights and responsibilities as a tenant. 2-4pm: Help of Ojai, Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai; 6-8pm: Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W. Main St., Santa Paula. 477-5977, ext. 26.

AN EVENING WITH DAVID A. LEFFEL Tuesday, Feb, 6, 7-8:30pm. Focus on the Masters continues their monthly Tuesday Talk Series with a presentation by artist Leffel, widely acclaimed as a modern old master, as much respected for his art as for his teaching. Join Donna Granata and she visits with the painter who continues to inspire all those who paint and those who wish to see a world of beauty revealed. Free to members, $10 general, $5 students-seniors. Technology Development Center 5200 Valentine Road, Ventura. 653-2501.

Health

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.

MEDITATION WORKSHOP SERIES Wednesdays, 7-9pm, Jan-March. $40. Zanzilla Yoga, 2750 E. Main St., Ste. F, Ventura.

Classes/Workshops

NOT FOR CREDIT CLASSES AT VC Ventura College Community Education is now taking enrollments for the spring semester in a wide variety of not-for-credit classes, seminars and workshops, with more than 100 classes, workshops and seminars this spring, including Bartending Basics, Digital Photography, Adult and Youth Ballroom Boot Camp, the Joy of Travel Writing, and many others. 654-6459, www.CommunityEd.venturacollege.edu.

THE SILK ROAD: SIGHTS, SOUNDS AND STORIES Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 13, 6:30-7:45pm. This open-to-the-public course explores the many faceted cultures along the Silk Road – a vast network of trade routes through Europe and China and Persia and Japan, — including musical traditions, fine arts, religions, literature and histories. It ill draw on the talents of several members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble during their presence on the UCSB campus. Free. No registration necessary. 1910 Buchanan Hall, UCSB, Santa Barbara. 893-3535.

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF ART Saturdays through Feb. 3, 10:15-noon. The Carnegie Art Museum offers the program for children ages 7-12 and their adult guardians. Classes help participants learn about the elements of art, like line, shape, form, color, and texture, through studying artwork in the museum’s current exhibition and creating hands-on art projects. $2 per child per class. Teen program Saturdays through Feb. 3, 1:30-4pm, $10. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8171.

FENCING CLASS Fridays through Feb. 23. The City of Ventura offers the eight-week class. The sport of fencing is fun, challenging, and a great workout. New students learn fencing basics while returning students continue developing newly acquired skills in a safe and fun environment. Session One, ages 8-14, 6-7pm; 15 years and up, 7-8pm. Session Two, March 9-April 13. $98. Swords Fencing Studio, 3521 Arundell Circle, Ventura. 643-3901.

SCULPTURAL PORTRAITURE Tuesdays through March 13, 2-5pm. Linda Elder shows how to identify and portray the unique characteristics reflected in the human face. A specific technique for taking photographs of the subject is used as the primary reference, enabling the sculptor to create the portrait. Ages 16-adult welcome. $100 for eight weeks plus single materials fee of $18-$40 depending on size of sculpture. Off-site location. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

SPACES AND PLACES – INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays through March 20, 1-3pm. Award winning Interior Designer, Suzanne Fairly Green will share tips and tricks for turning smaller spaces into beautiful and interesting places. Along the way, she will enlighten you about space planning, color theory and practical decorating. Develop solutions specific to your own home or office. Ages 18-adult welcome. $160. Register at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com or call 805.653.2501.

SPACES AND PLACES: INTERIOR DECORATING FOR THE SMALLER SPACE Tuesdays through March 20, 1-3pm. Focus on the Masters presents this eight-week class with award-winning interior designer Suzanne Fairly Greenwill, who shares tips and tricks for turning smaller spaces into beautiful, interesting and functional spaces. Greenwill enlightens students about space planning, color theory, and practical decorating. Call for fee. 1141 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-2501. Please visit online at www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

FREE BAKING WORKSHOP Thursday, Feb. 1, noon-2pm, and 7-9pm. King Arthur Flour welcomes you to attend a free national baking class to learn about yeast breads, sweet and whole grain, and crusty artisan breads. Each two-hour class includes ingredients information, assembly, shaping, and baking tips. No registration required. Noon-2pm: Yeast Breads; 7-9pm: Artisan Breads. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. (800) 827-6836.

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.

Literature/Poetry

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 joylam@aol.com, elnomac@aol.com

OUTLAW POETS OPEN WORD First Friday of the month, 7pm. Bart’s Books, 302 W. Matilija, Ojai. 646-3755.

LATTE 101 First Saturday of every month, 8pm. Open mic with music. Hosted by Nurse Bob. 5722 Telegraph Rd., Ventura.

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

Farmers’ Markets

CERTIFIED MARKET- VENTURA Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, Pacific View Mall West Parking Lot, Ventura. 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, Feb. 1, 7:30-10pm. Live band. Singles and couples welcome. $7 non-members. Oxnard Community Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. 647-9471.

ARGENTINE TANGO SPECIAL EVENT Friday, Feb. 2, 6-10pm. Two classes and practice with world-class tango dancer, teacher & innovator Andrés Amarilla.

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