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.
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.
WINE TASTING Wednesdays and Saturdays, 5-8pm. Westside Cellar, 222 E. Main, Ventura. 652-7013.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARTIST UNION GALLERY Every Tuesday, 7:30pm. Poe