Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings
A HOPPY HALLOWEEN Oct. 31, 6 p.m. Costumes are encouraged at this event featuring contests, prizes and giveaways at Barrelhouse 101’s Halloween party featuring Wolfcreek Brewery. Barrelhouse 101, 545 E. Thompson Blvd,, Ventura. For more information, visit www.barrelhouse101.com. 

A live performance by Finhead will accompany a costume contest with prizes for both best and worst costumes. The Lookout Bar & Grill, 2800 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thelookoutchannelislands.com.
DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Art, altars and a free first Sunday of music, dance and crafts are the highlight, including traditional son jarocho music from the Veracruz region of Mexico played by the local group Proyecto Jarocho. $1-$4. The Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
DOWNTOWN OXNARD’S PUMPKIN FUN DAY Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Plaza Park farmers market will offer mummy wraps and pumpkin bowling. At 2 p.m., there will be trick or treating as well. Downtown Oxnard Plaza Park and Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.downtownoxnard.org.
THE GHOSTS OF VENTURA’S CITY HALL Oct. 31, 8-10 p.m. Ventura’s City Hall, like many historic courthouses, has stories of ghosts. Such phantoms as the floating head of a long dead judge are rumored to appear here.
Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net.
GHOST TALES AT THE OLIVAS ADOBE Nov. 1, 8-10 p.m. Spooky tales of ghosts long-rumored to haunt the historic Olivas Adobe will highlight this ghost investigation hosted by Richard Senate. Cameras and tape recorders are permitted to record ghostly evidence. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive. For more information, visit  www.cityofventura.net.
GHOUL WINGS FILM CONTEST AND FESTIVAL Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m. The Gull Wings Children’s Museum will host a Halloween-inspired short-film festival for children. Prizes will be awarded for Best Performance and Scariest Film, plus other categories. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL Oct. 31, 2-5 p.m. Treats and tricks will be served up at this party featuring games and fortune telling. The Palms and Bonaventure, 111 N. Wells Road, Ventura. 
NIGHT OF THE LIVING, DAY OF THE DEAD Nov. 2, 6-11 p.m. Artist-created altars themed for the Day of the Dead celebration will be on display. Food stations and live music will also accompany the band Juano and Friends. $25. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org. 
VENTIKI’S HALLOWEEN HAUNT Oct. 31, 6 p.m. Ventiki hosts a Halloween party featuring themed drinks and a costume contest. Ventiki Lounge and Lanai, 701 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.ventikilounge.com. 
WITCHES’ NIGHT OUT Nov. 1, 8-11 p.m. The adult costume party from 8 to 11 p.m. will include a haunted backstage, costume prizes, music by DJ Nick Hustle, appetizers, Wicked Witches Brew and a no-host bar plus a haunted maze. $25-$40. Studio Channel Islands Art Center and Blackboard Gallery, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.studiochannelislands.org. 


Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings



THE COLLECTION’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR Oct 26, 2-5 p.m. Featuring pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, a magic show and a Color Me Mine Halloween ornament making station. The Collection at RiverPark, Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thecollectionrp.com/.

DEAD RUN 805 Oct 24-27, 5-10 p.m. Escape from Zombie Village! Runners will navigate a 10,000-square-foot maze in an attempt to escape zombie infection. $10. The House of Magic, 5353 Walker St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.deadrun805.com.

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL Oct 26-27, 10:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Several varieties of pumpkin will be on display, with lessons on proper carving and care as well as performances by spooky bands. $12. Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.

FARMERS MARKET PUMPKIN FUN DAYS Oct 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A multitude of Halloween events, including a mummy wrap and pumpkin seed spitting contest. Channel Islands Certified Farmers Market, 3350 South Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 643-6458.

15TH ANNUAL GHOST TOUR IN STRATHEARN PARK Oct 26-27, 7 p.m. Featuring 24 actors portraying the ghosts of one-time Simi Valley residents in docent-led walking tours to hear the ghostly apparitions tell their tales of life in Simi Valley. $8-$10. Strathearn Park, 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-6453.

HALLOWEEN ZOMBIE TRAIN PARTY Oct. 25, 6-10 p.m. A Fillmore & Western Railway train will take visitors out to a zombie village for dancing, fun and food. $55. Boarding at the Fillmore Depot (free parking behind Fillmore City Hall), 250 Central Ave., Fillmore. For more information, visit www.fwry.com.

HAUNTED HOTEL AT THE MISSION Oct 25-26. Kid-Friendly Hour 5:30-6:30 p.m; general admission 7-9 p.m. The San Buenaventura Mission Youth Group presents  a tour of a real-life old abandoned and haunted hotel. $3-$5. Mission’s Hotel, 211 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.downtownventura.org.

HOMEGROWN SURF SHOP HALLOWEEN FEST Oct. 26, noon-7 p.m. All-ages Halloween show and party featuring musicians Brilliant Machine, Die Evil Die and Kapeesh. Taco truck and art. $5. Homegrown Surf Shop, 811 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 642-7873.

NOSFERATU Oct 27, 7 p.m. The American Guild of Organists presents a screening of the original vampire film accompanied by a live organist. Ascension Lutheran Church, 1600 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 231-2697.

ROCK CITY HALLOWEEN SHOW Oct. 24-27. 7 p.m. Featuring a professional musical performance, a haunted asylum tour and more than 30 vocal students performing classic villain songs. Rock City Studios, 2258 Pickwick Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.rockcitystudios.org.

SANTA PAULA GHOSTWALK Oct 26-27, 6:30 p.m. An hour-long guided tour of vintage Santa Paula, featuring historical and architectural history of the city of Santa Paula. $8-$15. Santa Paula Airport, 28 Wright Taxi Way, Santa Paula. For more information, call 525-3073 or visit  www.ghostwalk.com.

SOMETHING SPOOKTACULAR FEST Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free arts and crafts, pumpkin pie eating and costume contests followed by downtown trick or treating for kids. California and Main streets, Downtown Ventura. For more information, visit www.downtownventura.org.



Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

THE COLOR RUN 5K Saturday, Oct 19.
The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality. This untimed run gives runners an opportunity to be doused in random colors at every kilometer, ending with a “Finishing Party” during which time more colors are tossed about. $45-$50. Check in at 7 a.m, race begins at 9 and 9:30 a.m. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit thecolorrun.com/ventura.

Using home made contraptions, teams of people will attempt to traverse varying levels of terrain all in the name of glory. These machines are people-powered and this event is fun for the whole family. 8:22 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Harbor, 1603 Anchors Way Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.kineticrace.com.

KISS ME KATE Oct. 18-27.
Cabrillo Music Theatre kicks off its 20th season with this Tony award-winning musical featuring Cole Porter’s most popular score that’s been charming audiences for generations with a clever combination of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and backstage shenanigans during the production of a musical version of the play, KATE. Kavli Theater, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 449-2787 or cabrillomusictheatre.com.


Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

OJAI STUDIO ARTISTS TOUR AND ART DETOUR Oct. 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two events the same weekend put Ojai’s rich art history in the spotlight. The Ojai Studio Artists Tour, celebrating its 30th year, lets art lovers get up close and personal with artists in their natural habitat: the studio. (Pictured is sculptor Ted Gall.) Self-guided and docent-guided tours are available for $20-$100.  Gala dessert reception on Saturday, Oct. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. at Ojai Art Center is included with both tours. The Art Detour is a free self-guided tour featuring additional Ojai artists. Reception on Saturday, Oct. 12, 6-9 p.m. at Bohemia Coffee House. For more information, visit ojaistudioartists.org and www.ojaiartdetour.com.
Celebrities residing in the 805 will congregate in a talent and fashion showcase. Teams and contestants can compete in a judged talent show, followed by a celebrity-judged fashion show. Industry conferences featuring celebrity panelists will also be featured in what is being called “Hollywood Comes to Oxnard.” $12. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.805sgottalent.com.

SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13.
Celebrating all things Scottish, the Seaside Highland Games returns to the Ventura County Fairgrounds with bagpipes and drums, fiddles, over 80 clans of Scotsmen and atletich competitions. This year will also feature a golf tournament to be held on Thursday, Oct. 10. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10, West harbour boulvard, Ventura. For more information, visit www.seaside-games.com.


Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Renowned violinist Sarah Chang opens the 2013/2014 season of the New West Symphony with Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto. After her debut at the age of eight, Sarah Chang has played with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman. $34-$107. 8 p.m. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.toaks.org.

PIER UNDER THE STARS Sautrday, Oct. 5.
The 20th anniversary of this event will see restaurants, cafes, wineries and breweries serving their signature dishes and beverages from tented booths along the seaside Promenade with a performance by The MiniDriver Band. A silent auction will be held to benefit the 140 year old pier. $60-$100. 5-8 p.m. The Ventura Pier, 750 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.pierintothefuture.org.

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Nov. 9.
“GLASS, WOOD, WATER” David Blackburn, Gwenlyn Norton and Erika Craig (“Transcendence,” pictured). Blackburn is slated as a 2013 Focus on the Masters documented artist and will be interviewed on Oct. 8 as part of FOTM’s Tuesday Talk series. Craig has a bachelor’s in art from CSUCI and likes to paint figurative underwater pieces. Norton, a graphic artist, is skilled in glasswork and painting. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 210 E. Main St., Ventura 652-1800.









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