Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR 
Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 10. 

The annual Ventura County Fair returns with this year’s theme “A Country Fair With Ocean Air.” Thursday’s “Feed the Need” Food Drive allows a visitor to bring five cans of food for a free return ticket. Carnival rides and games, exhibits and demonstrations make up a large portion of the fair. Topping it all off are performances by The Beach Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Deep Purple and the PRCA Rodeo. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org.
 
 
 

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR 
Tuesday, Aug. 1-10.

Photo by: Paul Cranmer
Young Artists Ensemble presents the iconic Andrew Lloyd Weber rock opera directed by Mark Andrew Reyes. Pictured are Kyra Stevens as Mary Magdelene, Jordan Schneider as Jesus and Meagan Chew as Judas. Thousand Oaks High School Performing Arts Center, 2323 N. Moorpark Road. 381-1246 or www.yaeonline.com.
 
 
 

DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS 
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.
 
Following the events from the Dragon Ball Z television series, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Anime aficionados won’t want to miss the stunning animation and epic villains featured in the first new Dragon Ball Z feature film in 17 years, sponsored by FUNimation and Fathom Events. $8-$10. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.dragonballz.com/tickets.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

KUNG FU PANDA 2 p.m. (and 4 p.m.). A film about a talking panda that learns Kung Fu will be screened for families. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735. 
MEET F. SCOTT FITZGERALD 6 p.m. A loving portrait of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, revealing his human frailties and deep heart, “Meeting F. Scott Fitzgerald” presents the wistful, tragic life of the writer through the sharp eyes and portrayal of playwright/performer Larry Vanderveen. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, 526-1735.

~ FRIDAY ~

JAZZ QUINTET CODA CLASSIC JAZZ 7:30-9:30 p.m. A swinging celebration of American Jazz, performed by the band Coda, and a barbecue dinner will be available from a food truck. $2-$10. Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.     

~ SATURDAY ~

AVON WALK FUNDRAISER EVENT 1 p.m. Ladies involved with the upcoming Avon Walk will host a fundraiser wherein a painting of Two Trees will be completed. Red Brick Gallery, 315 Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.redbrickart.com
BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISER 5:30-9:30 p.m. A costume-themed party will end the 60th anniversary drive for the Art Association with a raffle drawing as well. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.buenaventuragallery.org
CATHERINE CRAVEN BOOK SIGNING 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Author Catherine Craven will sign copies of her book 222 Questions We Should Ask Ourselves at Least Once. Bank of Books, 748 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 643-3154. 
“GUTEN MORGEN OJAI!” FUNDRAISER 11:30 a.m. A donation-based fundraiser will be held in support of the Ojai Youth Opera. The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, email ojaiyouthopera@gmail.com
KIDS FISHING FRENZY EVENT 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hundreds of magnetic fish will be released into the creek for children to try to catch with a magnetic pole for prizes. Kids will also have a chance to participate in fish crafts, games, and explore Captain Carl’s Mobile Tide Pool. $5. Conejo Creek North Park, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-2793. 
OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE SUMMER NEW WORKS FESTIVAL Various times, through Aug. 10. One of the most acclaimed new play developmental programs in the country returns in its 17th season with a program of playwrights, new play workshops and special performance events. For more information, a calendar of events and tickets, visit www.ojaiplays.org
SUNLAND VINTAGE TASTING ROOM ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY 1-6 p.m. (and Sunday, Aug. 3). Flamenco guitarist Tony Ybarra and local musician Mike West will be performing in celebration of the winery’s one-year anniversary. Raffle prizes and tastings will be held. Sunland Vintage Winery, 1321 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., suite A-108, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 379-2250. 
VENTURA COUNTY FAIR PARADE 10 a.m. The annual Ventura County Fair parade will once again see floats and folks parading down Main Street in a celebration of the fair. Main Street, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountyfair.org
VENTURA COUNTY PRIDE GALA AND FUNDRAISER 6-10 p.m. A farm-to-table fundraising gala and award ceremony benefiting Diversity Collective Ventura County. Catering services provided by Plated Events by Chef Jason. $50-$75. Ventura City Hall Atrium, 501 Poli St., Ventura, For more information, visit www.diversitycollective.org/gala.

~ SUNDAY ~

FRIENDSHIP DAY AT THE MUSEUM 10 a.m.-noon. Celebrate friendship by making a friendship bracelet with your friends. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org
GARDENS OF THE WORLD CONCERT SERIES 5-6:30 p.m. Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys will kick off this series of concerts that will go through the following four Sundays. Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.gardensoftheworld.info.   

~ MONDAY ~

IDA 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). An intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
ANIME FILM CLUB FOR TEENS AND ADULTS 6 p.m. A teenage boy must fight in an interplanetary war as the only available pilot to a revolutionary new giant battle robot in Mobile Suit Gundam. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 9-11:30 a.m. (through Aug. 8). This week includes music, interactive Bible activities, science discovery, snacks, crafts and games for children from kindergarten to the fifth grade. $25. Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cam-umc.org
THE VENTURA COUNTY PHILATELIC SOCIETY 7:30-9:30 p.m. (and Monday, Aug. 18). Come for the stamp collecting, stay for the camaraderie. Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, call 320-1601.  

 ~ TUESDAY ~

DIABETES CLASS Various times. General information is provided about Type 2 Diabetes with emphasis on the development of an individualized plan of care. Various locations on Tuesday and Wednesday in Camarillo, Simi Valley and Ventura. For more information, call 791-9251.   
THE CONEJO VENTURA MAC USER GROUP 6:30-8:30 p.m. The world’s first MAC user group will met yet again to discuss the love of all things MAC. Camarillo Health Care District, Dos Caminos Plaza, 3639 E. Los Posas Road, bldg. F, suite 160, Camarillo. For more information, call 504-3610. 
MENDED HEARTS OF VENTURA MEETING 7-9 p.m. A support group for those who have had open heart or stent implant surgery. Community Memorial Hospital, eighth floor, 147 N. Brent St., Ventura. For more information, call 644-2733.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

BUSINESS LESSON TAILORED TO HR 7:30-9 a.m. This forum will cover “HR’s Role in Leading and Sustaining a ‘Return on Employee Investment (ROEI)’ Organization” for the HR professional. Dole Corporation, 1 Dole Drive, Westlake Village. For more information, call 432-7663. 
WIGGLE YOUR TOES DAY 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids are encouraged to wear wacky socks to the museum for a chance to demonstrate their toe wiggling. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.            

ONGOING THEATER

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA Through Aug. 3. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival presents the historical tragedy but set in the fascist world of the 1930s amid the clash of cultures and shifting alliances. Directed by John Slade. Guests should bring low-back chairs or blankets to sit on and dress warmly. $20, free for people younger than 18. 493-3014 or www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.  
CAROUSEL Through Aug. 10. Ojai ACT presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s story of love, heartbreak and hope between a headstrong millworker and a tough and charming carousel barker. It hits all the right notes with award-winning songs such as “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” $20 -$25. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org
THE EXIT INTERVIEW Through Aug. 17. Flying H Group presents this play featuring Ventura actor and stuntman Chad Parker as a laid-off college professor whose exit interview is interrupted by the report of a masked gunman on the university campus. While the show progresses, so does the level of bizarre, venturesome humor and antics featuring businesswomen who double as bra and underwear experts, a priest, human resources personnel, a pretentious newscaster and politically charged cheerleaders. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com
GODSPELL Through Aug. 31. The Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents one of the biggest off-Broadway successes, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Based on the gospel according to Matthew, it features memorable and inspirational music as well as clowning, pantomime, acrobatics and other traditional theater arts. $18-$25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.  
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.           

OPENING ART

SCIART Saturday, Aug. 2, 3 p.m. “Before I Die.” As part of a worldwide community art project, 700 people have shared their hopes and aspirations on a wall at SCIART that will be unveiled during a public celebration. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org
SCIART BLACKBOARD GALLERY Aug. 2-29. Marion Wood’s “Mind the Gap” paintings featuring cropped perspectives of London buses, reflecting light and movement in exuberant color and bold brushstrokes; and “Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic” by modern abstract artist Robin Tripaldi. Receptions for both exhibitions on Saturday, Aug. 2, 4-6 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org.   

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Aug. 9. “Through Our Eyes and Hands,” ceramics and photography by Jacqueline Biaggi and Kitty McGinnis. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.  
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 17. “Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club”  features more than 20 contemporary traditional artists sharing their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Aug. 2. Sixtieth anniversary exhibition featuring more than 50 pieces. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village, www.buenaventuragallery.org
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Aug. 12. “In the Rhythm,” contemporary abstract paintings by Seyburn Zorthian of the Santa Ynez Valley. 444-7716. Cal Lutheran University, Soiland Humanities Center at 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks.   
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in Ventura County.” Through Aug. 24, “Diamonds are Forever.” Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.   
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through Aug. 8. “A Year With the Eagles” is the culmination of a documentary project that began for Sally Carless on her birthday in April of 2013 when she went to the lake and discovered two baby eagles. She immediately fell in love and followed the chicks from when they were just over a week old until they left the nest and flew off to new adventures later that summer. Sally immersed herself, spending hundreds of hours observing, photographing, filming and documenting the first bald eagles to nest in the Ojai area in over 90 years. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 402 W. Ojai Ave. For more information, visit www.sallycarless.com.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson.  Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682. 
PORCH GALLERY Through Aug. 1. Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and Porch Gallery in association with the Sam Francis Foundation present “Water Works,” a group exhibition featuring works done in liquid mediums, including watercolor and inks. 310 E. Matilija, Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Sept. 16. “Sun Drenched,” featuring art that explores rhythm, movement and light travel. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or redbrickart.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM. Through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State, by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  Through Oct. 12: “From Wet Plate to Pixel: Three Centuries of Photographic Processes.” This photography exhibition features work by Ventura County fine-art photographers, including Luther Gerlach, Stephen Schafer, Lis Schwitters, Lisa Dodge and Jim Fitzgerald. Explore the variety of processes being practiced locally, from historical to contemporary. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through July 27. “Passion for Pastels,” a group show by members of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.  
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697.    

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Aug. 24: “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. Through Sept. 7: “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” Ongoing: Exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County.  A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through July 31. “The Old Man and the Sea” translates Ernest Hemingway’s words into a beautiful setting by way of an art installation. A 100-year-old, 14-foot Catalina wherry is central to the display as well as a life-size model of a striped marlin. Ongoing: “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.  
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.  
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather. 5164 E Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit” featuring memorabilia that include Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com
SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100  at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064.  

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

THE 21ST ANNUAL OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL 
Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

The annual festival is a celebration of everything salsa — the music, the food and the dance. Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, this award-winning, family-friendly festival features many of Southern California’s top salsa and Latin bands, non-stop salsa dancing, marketplace shopping, a salsa tasting tent and more. Admission is free. On Friday, July 25, the Oxnard Salsa Orchestra led by Raul Rico Jr. will kick off the event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for the Friday night concert seating are $10 per person. Downtown Oxnard Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com
 
 
 

SPENCER THE GARDENER Saturday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.  
Guitars, bongos, congas, trumpets, saxophone, bass, drums and even an accordion make up this California sun kissed, Latin tinged, genre bending, big band surf Mariachi indie pop affair. This is the kind of perfection that is lovingly referred to as swing your pigtails music. As part of the Olivas Adobe Music Under the Stars series, Spencer the Gardener will bring his eclectic jams to Ventura. $20. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/olivasadobe
 
 
 

HOT AIR BALLOONS AND VINTAGE TRAILERS July 25-26.  
The seventh annual Citrus Classic Hot Air Balloon Festival returns to Santa Paula with majestic balloons aloft, al fresco dining and, new this year the Vintage Trailer Village. Guests will have a chance to tour the restored and customized trailers, talk with the owners and learn about the new vintage trailer craze. The Sunset Wine Dinner will allow guests to enjoy a quality catered meal with a perfect view of colorful balloons and trailers. Additionally, there will be favorite food trucks, vendors, car show, live music, beer tasting and, of course, balloon rides. $5-$15. 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. For map and details, please visit www.citrusclassicballoons.com
 
 
 

TITLE AND DEED July 24-27.
Rubicon Theatre Company presents the West Coast premiere of this “lyrical, haunting, funny celebration of life and language,” starring  Conor Lovett as “Man,” a character who has just arrived and wants to describe his homeland, his journey and his encounters. This one-man play searches for the possibility of connection in a world where fewer and fewer people can claim to be “from here” in the perennial search for home.” $20-$49. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

DALLAS COWBOYS TRAINING CAMP 3:45 p.m. (through Friday, Aug. 15). The five-time NFL Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, who may be destined to win the Super Bowl this year, will begin their training sessions. This event is open to the public. $10 parking. River Ridge Playing Fields, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.visitoxnard.com/cowboys
ONE-DAY MASTER CLASS IN ACTING Noon-3 p.m. Rubicon Theatre Company is offering a special three-hour acting master class with guest instructor Conor Lovett of Gare St. Lazare, Ireland. $50. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

AUTHOR SCOTT BLY BOOK SIGNING 2 p.m. Author Scott Bly will discuss his novel Smasher, followed by a book signing immediately after. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
CITRUS CLASSIC BALLOON FESTIVAL 6-11 p.m. (and Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.). Enjoy hot air balloons as they lift off over the festival, which will include live music, a kids fun zone, a vintage trailer village and more. $5-$15. 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.citrusclassicballoons.com
THE BIG LEBOWSKI OUTDOOR SCREENING WITH DINNER 8 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket (or the rug that really ties the room together) and enjoy an evening of adult comedy under the stars. A cover band will play the film’s soundtrack, and White Russians will be available. $10. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/the-big-lebowski-annual-screening-under-the-stars-tickets-12260139407.  
THE LEGO MOVIE FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT 7:45 p.m. The film follows the exploits of several characters in Lego form. This is part of a free family movie night series in Ojai.     

~ SATURDAY ~

FOOD PRESERVATION SERIES: FERMENTATION 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Michelle Dohrn will demonstrate fermenting vegetables and making a “ginger bug” for homemade soda and ale. $35-$40. Ojai Valley Green Coaltion, 206 N. Signal St., suite S, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.com
IN CONVERSATION WITH: AUTHOR ARTHUR J. GONZALEZ 2 p.m. Cuban-American author Arthur J. Gonzalez will speak on his book The Photo Traveler and will be interviewed by author Kate Sexton. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-5222.  
LAUBACH LITERACY OF VENTURA COUNTY SUMMER FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-noon. The festival will honor tutors and learners as well as new U.S. citizens. Refreshments will be served. Café on A, 438 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-9584. 
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF VENTURA COUNTY HOSTS JOHN TAMNY 7 p.m. Forbes opinion editor John Tamny will be guest speaker at the Libertarian Party of Ventura County’s Summer Fundraiser event. To RSVP and for location of the meeting, call 652-0290. 
MISS PLUS 805 PAGEANT 5 p.m. The Miss Plus 805 Pageant organization celebrates the essence of the full-figured woman by providing traditional beauty pageant competition for women ages 18-30 and sizes 14W and up. Four Points by Sheraton, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.missplus805pageant.org
VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S FOUNDATION’S COPPERS & CHOPPERS 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meet the deputies and see the choppers, vehicles and K-9 unit up close. Lunch will be provided and there will be activities for the kids, including prizes and giveaways. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit, 375 Durley Ave., suite A, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vcsheriffsfoundation.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

TASTE OF CAMARILLO FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 1-4 p.m. Guests spend an afternoon sampling fine wines and gourmet foods on the grounds of the historic Camarillo Ranch. This year’s theme is “The British Are Coming.” $85. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vcsheriffsfoundation.org.   

~ MONDAY ~

GRANDMOTHER’S WEB GATHERING 6 p.m. The women of Grandmother’s Web will come together each month to honor, celebrate, and share stories and talents and will present focused subjects and questions at each gathering for discussion and sharing. 11097 Rodeo Drive, Oak View. For more information, call 321-0071.  
NEUROLOGIST TO DISCUSS “TREMORS AND SHAKY HANDS” 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dr. Neda Heidari, a local neurologist, will discuss the various causes for tremors, treatment options available to overcome symptoms affecting daily life activities, and prognosis of diseases and available support systems. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, E117, Camarillo. For more information, 388-1952, ext. 100.  

 ~ TUESDAY ~

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM SPEAKER SERIES 6-8 p.m. Dr. David Crownover will discuss osteoperosis and the treatments that can help to prevent and treat symptoms. Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. For more information and to RSVP, call 1-800-838-3006.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (through Aug. 10). The Ventura County Fair returns with cowboys, corn dogs and carnival rides as well as national headliners The Beach Boys, Barenaked Ladies and Deep Purple. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W, Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For full schedule, pricing and tickets, visit www.venturacountyfair.org/.      

OPENING THEATER

THE EXIT INTERVIEW July 25 through Aug. 17. Flying H Group presents this play featuring Ventura actor and stuntman Chad Parker as a laid-off college professor whose exit interview is interrupted by the report of a masked gunman on the university campus. While the show progresses, so does the level of bizarre, venturesome humor and antics featuring businesswomen who double as bra and underwear experts, a priest, human resources personnel, a pretentious newscaster and politically charged cheerleaders. 6368 Bristol Road, Ventura. 901-0005 or www.flyinghgroup.com
GODSPELL July 26 through Aug. 31. The Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents one of the biggest off-Broadway successes, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Based on the gospel according to Matthew, it features memorable and inspirational music as well as clowning, pantomime, acrobatics and other traditional theater arts. $18-$25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org.   

ONGOING THEATER

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA Through Aug. 3. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival presents the historical tragedy but set in the fascist world of the 1930s amid the clash of cultures and shifting alliances. Directed by John Slade. Guests should bring low-back chairs or blankets to sit on and dress warmly. $20, free for people younger than 18. 493-3014 or www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.  
BYE BYE BIRDIE Through July 27. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the award-winning musical about a popular singer who is drafted into the army. Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 800-745-3000. 
CAROUSEL Through Aug. 10. Ojai ACT presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s story of love, heartbreak and hope between a headstrong millworker and a tough and charming carousel barker. It hits all the right notes with award-winning songs such as “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” $20 -$25. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.         

ONGOING ART

BLUE CUBE Through Aug. 1. “Natural Resources,” installation and sculpture by Dawn Ertl and Mary Beierle that investigate the dynamics of nature. By appointment. 86 S. Laurel St., Ventura, www.bluecubegallery.com
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Aug. 9. “Through Our Eyes and Hands,” ceramics and photography by Jacqueline Biaggi and Kitty McGinnis. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.  
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 17. “Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club”  features more than 20 contemporary traditional artists sharing their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Aug. 2. Sixtieth anniversary exhibition featuring more than 50 pieces. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village, www.buenaventuragallery.org.   
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in Ventura County.” Through Aug. 24, “Diamonds are Forever.” Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.   
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through Aug. 8. “A Year With the Eagles” is the culmination of a documentary project that began for Sally Carless on her birthday in April of 2013 when she went to the lake and discovered two baby eagles. She immediately fell in love and followed the chicks from when they were just over a week old until they left the nest and flew off to new adventures later that summer. Sally immersed herself, spending hundreds of hours observing, photographing, filming and documenting the first bald eagles to nest in the Ojai area in over 90 years. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 402 W. Ojai Ave. For more information, visit www.sallycarless.com.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson.  Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682. 
PORCH GALLERY Through Aug. 1. Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and Porch Gallery in association with the Sam Francis Foundation present “Water Works,” a group exhibition featuring works done in liquid mediums, including watercolor and inks. 310 E. Matilija, Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Sept. 16. “Sun Drenched,” featuring art that explores rhythm, movement and light travel. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or redbrickart.com  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State, by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  Through Oct. 12: “From Wet Plate to Pixel: Three Centuries of Photographic Processes.” This photography exhibition features work by Ventura County fine-art photographers, including Luther Gerlach, Stephen Schafer, Lis Schwitters, Lisa Dodge and Jim Fitzgerald. Explore the variety of processes being practiced locally, from historical to contemporary. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SCIART Through July 26. “Then and Now,” portraits by Aragna Ker, Keather Scholl and KJ Cooksey. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through July 27. “Passion for Pastels,” a group show by members of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.  
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697.   

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Aug. 24: “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. Through Sept. 7: “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” Ongoing: Exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County.  A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through July 31. “The Old Man and the Sea” translates Ernest Hemingway’s words into a beautiful setting by way of an art installation. A 100-year-old, 14-foot Catalina wherry is central to the display as well as a life-size model of a striped marlin. Ongoing: “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.  
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.  
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather. 5164 E Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit” featuring memorabilia that include Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com
SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100  at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064.    

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

TEQUILA AND TACO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

The producers of the California Beer Festival will present a signature event when it hosts the second annual Tequila and Taco Music Festival. There will be a variety of top-shelf tequila and mezcal sampling, and gourmet street tacos. Margaritas and craft beer also will be available for purchase. Sunday will feature “Mas Margaritas” with margarita sampling. Musical entertainment will take place all day long, including the sounds of In Stone, Dr. M, and Quattro. $10-$65. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Ct., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com.  
 
 
 

ARTWALK VENTURA 
Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20. 

This two-day, free self-guided visual art event will feature more than 700 regional artists, including Paul Lindhard of Art City. Fifteen PODS mini galleries will be scattered around downtown and westside Ventura with works by Uriel Leon, T. Christian Gapen, Erik Reel, Bill Hendricks, Brooks Institute students (pictured), B William Design  and others. The Aerial Studio will perform its high flying acrobatics on Saturday evening in Mission Park at 8 p.m. Stoneworks Studios will present its Lucky Strike community project, one-of-a-kind pieces made from recycled bowling balls. Bell Arts Factory will host a street fair with live music and a food court. Returning this year will be the bowl hop that allows participants to purchase a unique, personally crafted bowl to take to local restaurants for tastings.  For a schedule and details, visit artwalkventura.org or facebook.com/VenturaArtWalk.
 
 
 

VENTURA HARBOR PIRATE DAYS
Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Grab yer doubloons and set sail to Ventura “Aarghbor” Village for the Ninth Annual Pirate Days Festival! This year’s theme is “Hook, Jack and Tinker” with the introduction of Tinker Bell (look-alike) for kids to meet and greet. Also new this year are a Pirate Wedding on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at the Carousel Stage, lunch with the pirates at The Greek at the Harbor at 11:45 a.m. (both days), the Reece Ryan Kids’ On-Land Pirate Ship. Ventura Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.VenturaHarborVillage.com/PirateDays.  
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

CHANNEL ISLANDS GULLS’ CHARITY BINGO LUNCHEON 11 a.m. Members and guests will enjoy playing bingo for prizes. Proceeds go to local charities. $25. Alexander’s Restaurant, 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 263-6062. 
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF MOORPARK MEETING 6:30 p.m. Moorpark School Board Member Bruce Thomas will be speaking about the Common Core Education Program. Moorpark Country Club Restaurant, 11800 Championship Drive, Moorpark. For more information, call 338-5582. 
FAMILY MOVIE AFTERNOON AT SIMI VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY 4 p.m. The Library will screen We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon, a funny and touching film about a father who moves his family to the country to renovate and reopen a struggling zoo. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
IMPROVISATION NIGHT BY SIMI TEEN IMPROV COMEDY 6:30-7:30 p.m. Local teens performing G-rated comedy skits in the tradition of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.

~ FRIDAY ~

HOST OF NPR’S ‘SNAP JUDGMENT’ GLYNN WASHINGTON 8 p.m. Glynn Washington, host of the hit NPR show Snap Judgment, a program about people who make life-altering decisions in a matter of moments, will bring his brand of raw storytelling to the stage. $40. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com
MUSIC AT THE AG: THE CATTERWAILERS 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Catterwailers band will bring its eclectic mix of bluegrass standards and folk music to the museum. $2-$10. Ventura County Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org
REDBIRD’S CHILDREN OF MANY COLORS NATIVE AMERICAN POWWOW 6-10 p.m. (and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.). Singing, dancing, honoring ceremonies, arts, crafts and food booths, storytellers and traditional craft demonstrations will be held to celebrate Native culture. Moorpark College Athletic Field, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.redbirdsvision.org
SANTA PAULA CITRUS FESTIVAL 5 p.m.-midnight (through Sunday, July 20, noon-midnight). Featuring rides, booths and games, the Santa Paula Citrus Festival is an annual event hosted by the Kiwanis in celebration of all things citrus. $2-$5. Harding Park, 1330 E. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.santapaulafestival.org
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY MEETING 7-9 p.m. Dr. Bernard Luskin, president of Moorpark College and two-time Emmy winner for documentary film, along with attorney Michael Singer, will answer your questions regarding interstellar law. $2 suggested donation. Moorpark College Forum, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org.    

~ SATURDAY ~

BRYAN BROTHERS ALL STAR TENNIS FEST AND WINE TASTING 11 a.m.-3 p.m. World-class tennis with the world’s best-ever doubles team, the Bryan Brothers, paired with foods and delicious beverages. $40-$100. Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. For more information, visit bryanbrothers.festivalsetup.com
CHEF 4:30 p.m. A comedy about a chef who quits his job at a prominent restaurant and launches a food truck with his family. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
COMEDY UNDER THE STARS 8 p.m. Featuring seven comedians from Los Angeles in an hour-and-a-half show offered in an intimate cabaret setting. $7-$10. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.hillcrestarts.com
FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSE 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oxnard Fire Department will be hosting an Open House for the community to meet your local firefighters. Station 3, 150 Hill St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7720. 
NIPUN MEHTA PRESENTS A TALK ON “GIFTIVISM” 7 p.m. Nipun Mehta will be giving a free talk on “Giftivism”, the practice of radical acts of generosity to change the world. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information and to register, visit www.venturacsl.org
THE REV. KAREN’S MID-MONTH DEVOTIONAL 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All faiths are welcome to join her for this morning devoted to the topic “Set yourself free!” $10. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaipost.com/2014/06/rev-karen’s-mid-month-devotional-at-meditation-mount-emerge-and-see/
TOLTEC PATH SEMINAR AND BOOK SIGNING BY DON MIGUEL RUIZ  JR. 1-4 p.m. Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. will be teaching from his books The Five Levels of Attachment and Living a Life of Awareness on the Toltec lessons on love, faith and agreements. $35. Center for Spiritual Living, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org
VENTURA COUNTY ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL ASTRONOMY AND TELESCOPE WORKSHOP 8-10 p.m. The members of VCAS will assist you on how to best enjoy the night sky through your own equipment. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.vcas.org
3RD ANNUAL “BARK OUT LOUD” COMEDY NIGHT 6-10 p.m. Professional comedians performing include Sandy Stotzer, Billy Batz, Roger Rodd, Jamal Coleman, and Chad Ridgely, with dinner provided by Stephen’s Market & Grill, all in support of the Ventura Police Department’s K9 Unit. $45. Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturapdk9.org.
SEVENTH ANNUAL WRITE ON! YOUTH SUMMER WRITING CAMP 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. (and Sunday, July 20, and Saturday, July 26 and Sunday July 27). Ventura author and writing coach Dallas Woodburn will assist teenage playwrights, short-story writers, and future novelists as they learn how to improve central components of their writing. $50-$150. Jensen Design & Survey, 1672 Donlon St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.writeonbooks.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

A SUITCASE FULL OF CHOCOLATE: THE LIFE OF PIANIST SOFIA COSMA 4:30 p.m. This documentary follows acclaimed pianist Sofia Cosma and will be followed by a Q&A and a piano performance by Lincoln Mayorga. $6.75-$10. Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 S. Rose Ave. Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
POOCH PARADE AND DOG WALK 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  A three-mile round-trip walk along the Ventura Beach Promenade in support of animal rehabilitation and adoption. San Buenaventura State Beach, 901 San Pedro St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.poochparade.org
A SECRET PLACE PRESENTS JANET KALIMA & FRIENDS 2-5 p.m. Janet Kalima will present a variety of Hawaiian classics and golden oldies. A Secret Place, 981 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 672-2900. 
THE CHANNEL CITIES JAZZ CLUB PRESENTS THE BUZZ MADDOX OCTET 1-4:30 p.m. Buzz Maddox will bring a talented group of musicians to entertain those who attend the Jazz Club. $7-$10. Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, 2600 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, call 487-3062.   

~ MONDAY ~

AGELESS WISDOM FOR SERENITY 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ojai Spiritual Counselor Brock Travis, Ph.D., teaches a class on yoga-based ways to keep your peace. Ventura Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. For more information, call 320-6079. 
BELLE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W.  Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org
PRODUCE DAY 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (and every third Thursday of the month). Participants can select from a variety of seasonal produce, at no charge.  There are no eligibility requirements and produce is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, bldg, E, suite 117, Camarillo. For more information, call 805-388-1952, ext. 100. 

 ~ TUESDAY ~

VC FUSION VS. GLASGOW RANGERS 7 p.m. Rangers FC from Glasgow, Scotland, will take on the Ventura County Fusion in a friendly exhibition match. $15-$25. Ventura College Sportsplex, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura For more information, visit www.vcfusion.com

~ WEDNESDAY ~

I MELT WITH YOU 7:15 p.m. Jonathan (Rob Lowe), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Richard (Thomas Jane) and Tim (Christian McKay), friends from college, reunite in Big Sur during spring break to celebrate Tim’s 44th birthday. Writer/director Mark Pellington will be present. Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com.       

OPENING THEATER

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA July 18 through Aug. 3. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival presents the historical tragedy set in the fascist world of the 1930s amid the clash of cultures and shifting alliances. Directed by John Slade. Guests should bring low-back chairs or blankets to sit on and dress warmly. $20, free for people younger than 18. 493-3014 or www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.  
BYE BYE BIRDIE July 18-27. Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the award-winning musical about a popular singer who is drafted into the army. Kavli Theatre, Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. 800-745-3000.   

ONGOING THEATER

CAROUSEL Through Aug. 10. Ojai ACT presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s story of love, heartbreak and hope between a headstrong millworker and a tough and charming carousel barker. It hits all the right notes with award-winning songs such as “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” $20 -$25. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Through Aug. 3. Take a trip back in time to the 1958 Springfield High School prom and meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. This musical includes many favorite songs from the era. Rated PG. $18-$20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org
NEXT TO NORMAL Through July 18. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the critically acclaimed contemporary musical in its Ventura County premiere. Winner of multiple awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, the show examines the pain, pressure and dysfunction that can lie beneath the surface of any “perfect, loving family” in a way that is poignant, honest and ultimately uplifting. PG-13 themes. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, Oxnard College Black Box Theater. 
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.  
THE WOOLGATHERER Through July 20. Elite Theater presents William Mastrosimone’s comedic drama about a lonely, daydreaming salesgirl and a lonely, rough-around-the-edges truck driver. $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave. in the Channel Islands Fisherman’s Wharf. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.        

OPENING ART

BLUE CUBE July 18, 7-9 p.m. Opening reception for “Natural Resources” installation and sculpture by Dawn Ertl and Mary Beierle that investigate the dynamics of nature. 86 S. Laurel St., Ventura, www.bluecubegallery.com
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY July 17 through Aug. 9. “Through Our Eyes and Hands,” ceramics and photography by Jacqueline Biaggi and Kitty McGinnis. Reception on July 19, 5-7 p.m.700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura,  www.buenaventuragallery.org.   

ONGOING ART

BLANCHARD LIBRARY Through July 24. Santa Paula Society for the Arts presents more than 60 art pieces by the Artists Guild of Fillmore. 119 E. Eighth St., Santa Paula.  
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM  Through Aug. 17. “Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club”  features more than 20 contemporary traditional artists sharing their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Aug. 2. 60th anniversary exhibition featuring more than 50 pieces. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village, www.buenaventuragallery.org.  
JIMMY’S SLICE Through July 22. “Pop-tography,” painting and photography hybrid series by Mika Harmony. 586 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mike.harmony.  
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in Ventura County.” Through Aug. 24, “Diamonds are Forever.” Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.   
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through Aug. 8. “A Year With the Eagles” is the culmination of a documentary project that began for Sally Carless on her birthday in April of 2013 when she went to the lake and discovered two baby eagles. She immediately fell in love and followed the chicks from when they were just over a week old until they left the nest and flew off to new adventures later that summer. Sally immersed herself, spending hundreds of hours observing, photographing, filming and documenting the first bald eagles to nest in the Ojai area in over 90 years. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 402 W. Ojai Ave. For more information, visit www.sallycarless.com.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson.  Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682. 
PORCH GALLERY Through Aug. 1. Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and Porch Gallery in association with the Sam Francis Foundation present “Water Works,” a group exhibition featuring works done in liquid mediums, including watercolor and inks. 310 E. Matilija, Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through Sept. 16. “Sun Drenched,” featuring art that explores rhythm, movement and light travel. Reception on July 19, noon-5 p.m.; and July 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or redbrickart.com  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM. Through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State, by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  Through Oct. 12: “From Wet Plate to Pixel: Three Centuries of Photographic Processes.” This photography exhibition features work by Ventura County fine-art photographers, including Luther Gerlach, Stephen Schafer, Lis Schwitters, Lisa Dodge and Jim Fitzgerald. Explore the variety of processes being practiced locally, from historical to contemporary. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SCIART Through July 26. “Then and Now,” portraits by Aragna Ker, Keather Scholl and KJ Cooksey. Reception on July 19, 4-6 p.m. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. 383-1368 or www.studiochannelislands.org
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through July 27. “Passion for Pastels,” a group show by members of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park.  
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800. 
VITA ART CENTER Through July 20. “Draw, Drawing, Drawn,” a national juried exhibition celebrating the continually evolving relationship between observation and invention. A contemporary cross section of current trends in drawing. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30 at Bell Arts Factory, www.vitaartcenter.com.  
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697.  

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM  Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Aug. 24: “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. Through Sept. 7: “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” Ongoing: Exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County.  A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through July 31. “The Old Man and the Sea” translates Ernest Hemingway’s words into a beautiful setting by way of an art installation. A 100-year-old, 14-foot Catalina wherry is central to the display as well as a life-size model of a striped marlin. Ongoing: “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.  
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vinta ge French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.  
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather. 5164 E Telegraph Road, Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.  
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit” featuring memorabilia that include Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com
SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100  at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064.  

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings

SURF RODEO Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13. 
Surf competition begins at 7 a.m.; festival and beer garden opens at 11 a.m. The classic Surf Rodeo returns with headliners Pato Banton on Sunday and a full lineup of both local and national bands both Saturday and Sunday. Professional surfers will compete for the Surf Rodeo title and a bikini cowgirl contest will see who will pose for next year’s poster. Cornholing, a popular bean bag tossing event, will also have its own tournament. Pierpont Beach, Ventura. For more information, visit www.surfrodeo.org.
 
 
 

CAMARILLO FIESTA AND STREET FAIR
Thursday, July 10, through Sunday, July 13. 
  
With over 180 vendors, a huge food selection, over 20 bands on two stages and a beer and wine garden, the Camarillo Fiesta and Street Fair has everything you could possibly want in a festival. This annual event, hosted by the City of Camarillo, takes place over four days of fun and entertainment. Friday night’s cruise night is a popular spot for residents and visitors to peruse classic cars, and a carnival with rides and games goes through the weekend. Downtown Camarillo, between Lewis and Carmen. For more information, visit www.camarillofiesta.org.
 
 
 

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR ARTS FESTIVAL July 12-13.
The 12th annual Channel Islands Harbor Art Festival will feature accomplished artists such as internationally acclaimed artist/sculptor Donjo, presenting their original work in all mediums of two- and three-dimensional fine art, including paintings in acrylics, oils, watercolors, photography and sculpture in glass, metal and wood. Each artist will be present to meet with the public and discuss the work, which will be available for purchase. There will be something for every taste and budget. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Harbor Landing,  2800 Harbor Blvd. at the corner of Channel Islands Boulevard. http://westcoastartists.com/shows/oxr1.html westcoastartists.com.
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

AN EVENING OF SPANISH/LATIN SONGS 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Local high school and college students to perform a variety of music. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
CAMARILLO DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING 7 p.m. The featured speaker will be Angus Simmons, a retired senior Foreign Service officer with the State Department and a Public Diplomat in Residence at the USC Annenberg School. Orchid Building, 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo. For more information, call 484-0173. 
FAMILY MOVIE AFTERNOON AT SIMI VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY 4 p.m. The library will screen We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon, a funny and touching film about a father who moves his family to the country to renovate and reopen a struggling zoo. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org
HYPNOTHERAPIST PAUL GARTH ON THE BENEFITS OF HYPNOTHERAPY 6:30-8 p.m. Certified master hypnotist and member of the American Hypnosis Association Paul Garth leads a question and answer session on the benefits of hypnotherapy. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, call 646-6019. 
VENTURA HEALTH DISTRICT AND FOOD SHARE’S “PRODUCE DAY” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (and every second Thursday). Participants can select from a variety of seasonal produce, at no charge.  Produce is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, bldg. E, suite 117, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-1952.

~ FRIDAY ~

THE CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY’S “DANCE 4 WELLNESS” SERIES 6-7 p.m. (Fridays through August 15). This series of classes will offer dance lessons as a way to accomplish physical, mental and emotional wellness. Dance 4 Wellness, 2360 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. For more information, call 379-4777. 
CHANNEL ISLANDS SPAGHETTI BRIDGE COMPETITION AND CELEBRATION 5-7 p.m. Forty seniors participating in the Engineering Design Career Pathways Summer Academy (EDCP) will learn which team’s bridge built from dry spaghetti holds up longest in a test of strength and engineering. Broome Library Plaza, CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, call 437-3293. 
“FAMILY FLOAT NIGHTS” AT VENTURA AQUATIC CENTER 6:45-8:45 p.m. (and July 25). Parents and their children are invited to swim at the center. $3, children under 3 are free. Ventura Aquatic Center, 901 S Kimball Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net
“ICE VS. FIRE” III — WORLD TITLE FIGHT 6 p.m. David Rodela and Indian Banuelos will contend in the men’s competition, while Maureen Shea will defend her title in the Women’s World Championship title fight. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.topplayerspromotions.com.   

~ SATURDAY ~

ADONIS PUENTES — THE VOICE OF CUBA AND HIS ORCHESTRA 7 p.m. Nominated for a Juno Award and a Grammy Award, Adonis Puentes is described as a great, sensuous singer and an elegant composer and lyricist grounded and nourished by his Cuban roots. $25. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai.  For more information, visit www.libbeybowl.org
ANNUAL COMMUNITY VEGAN DINNER AND FUNDRAISER 7-9:30 p.m. Following a complimentary gourmet vegan dinner, Global Resource Alliance directors will share a slideshow presentation of GRA’s latest activities working in the Lake Victoria region of Tanzania. Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, call 272-5645. 
HONOR & GLORY: CANELO VS. LARA 6 p.m. Mexican boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faces Cuban sensation and WBA Junior Middleweight World Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara. $16-$18. Centura RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com
HOT SUMMER JAZZ AND ART FESTIVAL 6-10 p.m. An evening street party of New Orleans-style jazz and blues featuring local artists, food and drinks. Downtown Santa Paula, 926 E. Main St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/hotsummerjazzart
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS CONCERT SERIES 6:30-9:30 p.m. (and every Saturday through Sept. 6). Listen to top recording artists perform sets of rock, Latin jazz, indie surf dance party, zydeco and boogie-woogie at this annual concert series. Food trucks and coffee will be available prior to the show. The series begins with a performance by the Queen tribute band Queen Nation. $10-$20. Historic Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Adobe Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/mus
START SOMETHING! POETRY WORKSHOP FOR TEENS 1:30 p.m. In collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, Teens will learn how poetry can be a means of channeling struggles into constructive output. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, call 526-1735, ext. 5016. 
SUMMER POP-UP SHOP AND MINI POOL PARTY Noon-5 p.m. Vendors from California will set up shop, and a small pool will be available for visitors to cool their feet. Summer Camp, 1020 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.shopsummercamp.com
THE INVOCATION: MOVIE SCREENING AND Q&A 6:30 p.m. An exploration of the notion of god and a call for world peace with Mark Wahlberg and others, preceded by a drum circle. $15. Center for Spiritual Living Westlake Village, 880 Hampshire Road, suites V and W, Westlake Village. For more information, visit www.cslwestlake.org.

~ SUNDAY ~

CAMARILLO HOSPICE “MEET THE ARTISTS” RECEPTION 1-3:30 p.m. The Pastel Society of the Gold Coast and Camarillo Hospice will host a meet-the-artists reception that will include art demonstrations, food and drinks, gift drawings and fun. Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. For more information, visit www.pastelsocietyofthegoldcoast.org.  
CHEF 4:30 p.m. Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant, then teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. This is the first in the Ojai Film Society’s summer screening series. $7-$10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org
SIMI VALLEY JAZZ/DANCE CLUB MEETING 1-4:30 p.m. The Royal Garden Dixieland Band performs at 3:15 p.m. Jammers welcome. Listen and dance to music from the Great American Songbook. $6-$9. Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. For more information, call 527-5905. 

~ MONDAY ~

“VEGAN COOKING DEMYSTIFIED” CLASS 6:30-8 p.m. (second and fourth Mondays, through Sept. 22). Learn the benefits of plant-based nutrition and how the foods you eat can change your health, your weight and your mood in this six-week cooking class. $65 (additional for those out of Camarillo and Somis). Camarillo Health Care District, 3639 E. Las Posas Road, suite E117, Camarillo. For more information, call 388-1952, ext. 100

 ~ TUESDAY ~

VC FUSION VS. GLASGOW RANGERS 7 p.m. Rangers FC from Glasgow, Scotland, will take on the Ventura County Fusion in a friendly exhibition match. $15-$25. Ventura College Sportsplex, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura For more information, visit www.vcfusion.com.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

MARITIME CAREER EXPLORATION DAY 1-3 p.m. A demonstration of the varied jobs available to those who work in the port, from pilots who guide ships to accountants who track freight. The Port of Hueneme, 105 Hueneme Rd., Port Hueneme. For more information, visit www.portofhueneme.org.       

OPENING THEATER

CAROUSEL July 11 through Aug. 10. Ojai ACT presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s story of love, heartbreak and hope between a headstrong millworker and a tough and charming carousel barker hits all the right notes with award-winning songs such as “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” $20 -$25. 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org
KING LEAR July 11-13. Rubicon Theatre presents a Fearless Shakespeare Youth production of one of the Bard’s masterpiece works as directed by Joseph Fuqua. $15-$25. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.   

ONGOING THEATER

NEXT TO NORMAL Through July 18. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the critically acclaimed contemporary musical in its Ventura County premiere. Winner of multiple awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, the show examines the pain, pressure and dysfunction that can lie beneath the surface of any “perfect, loving family” in a way that is poignant, honest and ultimately uplifting. PG-13 themes. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, Oxnard College Black Box Theater. 
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Through Aug. 3. Take a trip back in time to the 1958 Springfield High School prom and meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. This musical includes many favorite songs from the era. Rated PG. $18-$20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org
PEDRO INFANTE Y LA SUEGRA TRIUNFANTE (PEDRO INFANTE AND THE TRIUMPHANT MOTHER-IN-LAW)  Through July 12. Teatro de las Americas will present this comedy with music in two acts. As always, the play will be staged in Spanish with English supertitles. $10-$15 Oxnard College Black Box Theater, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 983-2876 or www.teatrodelasamericas.org.
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Through July 13. Actors Repertory Theatre of Simi will present its production of the musical with a live orchestra. Adult content. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org
TWELFTH NIGHT Through July 13. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens its 18th season with a vaudeville-style production of the great comedy Twelfth Night. Directed by CLU alumnus Kevin P. Kern, the play depicts a world out of kilter, with disguises and wacky slapstick moments. Scenes are set in a speakeasy with Feste, played by Reduced Shakespeare Company member Michael Faulkner, as a singing vaudeville comedian. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment. $20 for adults, younger than 18 free. Individual tickets are available at the door only. Lawn boxes are $75 to $110. For lawn box reservations, call 493-3014 or visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.org
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.  
THE WOOLGATHERER Through July 20. Elite Theater presents William Mastrosimone’s comedic drama about a lonely, daydreaming salesgirl and a lonely, rough-around-the-edges truck driver. $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave. in the Channel Islands Fisherman’s Wharf. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org.        

OPENING ART

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM July 12 through Oct. 12. “From Wet Plate to Pixel: Three Centuries of Photographic Processes.” This photography exhibition features work by Ventura County fine-art photographers, including Luther Gerlach, Stephen Schafer, Lis Schwitters, Lisa Dodge and Jim Fitzgerald. Explore the variety of processes being practiced locally, from historical to contemporary. Reception on July 12, 4-6 p.m. $10-$15. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  

ONGOING ART

BLANCHARD LIBRARY Through July 24. Santa Paula Society for the Arts presents more than 60 art pieces by the Artists Guild of Fillmore. 119 E. Eighth St., Santa Paula.  
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through July 12. “Counterpoised — One Woman’s Persepective,” a solo exhibition by Gwenlyn Norton. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.  
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Aug. 17. “Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club”  features more than 20 contemporary traditional artists sharing their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  
GALERIE102 Through July 13. “Tacos@Midnight,” works by Britt Ehringer. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. 102 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com
JIMMY’S SLICE Through July 22. “Pop-tography,” painting and photography hybrid series by Mika Harmony. 586 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mike.harmony.  
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in Ventura County.” Through Aug. 24, “Diamonds are Forever.” Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.   
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through Aug. 8. “A Year With the Eagles” is the culmination of a documentary project that began for Sally Carless on her birthday in April of 2013 when she went to the lake and discovered two baby eagles. She immediately fell in love and followed the chicks from when they were just over a week old until they left the nest and flew off to new adventures later that summer. Sally immersed herself, spending hundreds of hours observing, photographing, filming and documenting the first bald eagles to nest in the Ojai area in over 90 years. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 402 W. Ojai Ave. For more information, visit www.sallycarless.com.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m.  353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson.  Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682. 
PORCH GALLERY Through Aug. 1. Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and Porch Gallery in association with the Sam Francis Foundation present “Water Works,” a group exhibition featuring works done in liquid mediums, including watercolor and inks. 310 E. Matilija, Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.  
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State, by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.   
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through July 27. “Passion for Pastels,” a group show by members of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Reception on July 13, 1-3 p.m. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 
VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER ATRIUM GALLERY Through July 15. “Digital Art: Pixels Replace Pigment” and “Anything Goes: A Show Without a Theme.”  Hours: Monday through Friday, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 658-2213 or www.venturacountyartscouncil.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.   
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697. 

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Aug. 24: “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. Through Sept. 7: “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” Ongoing: Exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County.  A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through July 31. “The Old Man and the Sea” translates Ernest Hemingway’s words into a beautiful setting by way of an art installation. A 100-year-old, 14-foot Catalina wherry is central to the display as well as a life-size model of a striped marlin. Ongoing: “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.  
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti,” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.  
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather.  
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit” featuring memorabilia that include Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com
SEABEE MUSEUM Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100  at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. 

Picks of the Week – Happenings

Picks of the Week – Happenings
FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS
 
THIRD OF JULY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA Thursday, July 3, 4-9 p.m. The city of Moorpark sponsors this annual event at Arroyo Vista Community Park featuring live entertainment, a vintage plane flyover, Revolutionary War charcters and fireworks at 9 p.m. Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.ci.moorpark.ca.us
DOWNTOWN VENTURA FOUTH OF JULY PARADE AND STREET FAIR Friday, July 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This year’s theme, “Honoring our Heroes,” will feature a parade and street fair in downtown Ventura, featuring floats, a push ‘em-pull ‘em walking display and vendors. Downtown Ventura. For more information, visit www.cityofventura.net/streetfairs
OJAI INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND FIREWORKS Friday, July 4, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The annual Independence Day celebration kicks off with a parade down Ojai Avenue, followed by free concerts at Libbey Bowl and food and games in Libbey Park. The celebration concludes at Nordhoff High School with a fireworks display in the evening. Downtown Ojai and Nordhoff High School. For more information, visit www.ci.ojai.ca.us
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION, RONALD REAGAN LIBRARY Friday, July 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This annual old-fashioned celebration returns with music, games, face painting, presidential look-alikes, storytelling and more. The outdoor events are free, regular admission to visit the museum. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.reaganfoundation.org
OXNARD FIREWORKS BY THE SEA Friday, July 4, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. A full day of fun, food, entertainment and children’s activities followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Old-fashioned barbecue, farmers and fish market, petting zoo and lots more. Channel Islands Harbor, Victoria Avenue, Oxnard. For more information, call 985-4852 or visit www.channelislandsharbor.org
THOUSAND OAKS ANNUAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY Friday, July 4, 9 p.m. Launched from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Best viewing is from the Oaks Shopping Center and Janss Marketplace. For more information, call 381-1247. 
FIRECRACKER TRAIN AND FIREWORKS SHOW Friday, July 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Annual outdoor event includes a train ride, car show, food booths, arts and crafts vendors, horseshoe tournaments and live entertainment. A dinner train will depart at 6:30 p.m. For directions, more information and tickets, visit www.fwry.com or call 524-2546. 
VENTURA COLLEGE FIREWORKS Friday, July 4, 5-9 p.m. Have a blast once again as the Rotary Club of Ventura presents “A Salute to America” 2014 Fourth of July Fireworks and Family Picnic, featuring a fireworks show, live music, a Kids’ Fun Zone and more. $4-$6. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafireworks.com
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AT AEGIS LIVING Friday, July 4, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy an evening of merriment featuring the Ventura Jazz Sextet with Donna Greene, a barbecue, ice cream and cake, plus fun and games. Aegis Living of Ventura, 4964 Telegraph Road, Ventura. For more information, call 650-1114.
 
 
 

THE WOOLGATHERER Through July 20.
Elite Theater presents William Mastrosimone’s comedic drama about a lonely, daydreaming salesgirl and a lonely, rough-around-the-edges truck driver. $18-$20. 2731 S. Victoria Ave. in the Channel Islands Fisherman’s Wharf. 483-5118 or www.elitetheatre.org
 

 
~ THURSDAY ~

JOINT REPLACEMENT CLASSES 1-2 p.m. You will learn what to expect before, during and after knee or hip replacement surgery and how to be an active participant in your care. Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, 1996 Eastman Ave., suite 109, Ventura. For more information, call 642-0239, ext. 739. 
KENNY LOGGINS IN CONCERT 8 p.m. Kenny Loggins, acclaimed singer and songwriter, will perform a multitude of hits from several of his solo albums, including “Celebrate Me Home,” “Nightwatch” and “Keep the Fire. $51-$91. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicartsplaza.com.

~ FRIDAY ~

AUTHOR BRUCE GREIF SIGNING “PIER RATS” 1-3 p.m. Bruce Greif, author of Pier Rats, will sign his novel. Ventura Visitors Center, 101 S. California St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.pierrats.net.

~ SATURDAY ~

MOSHAV: AN ISRAELI FUSION BAND 5 p.m. the Ojai Concert Series  continues it’s outdoor summer series with this rock and reggae fusion band from Israel. $20. Dancing Oak Ranch, 4585 Casitas Pass Road, Ventura. For more information, call 665-8852. 

~ SUNDAY ~

CREATE YOUR OWN CITRUS CRATE LABEL 1-3 p.m. Kids are invited to Make Your Own Citrus Crate Label. They will be provided all the supplies needed to make new labels that feature their favorite citrus fruit. Museum of Ventura County Agricultural Museum, 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY GOES HAWAIIAN 1-3 p.m. A dance and ukulele performance by local resident Nani Edgar. She will share her love of traditional Island culture and kids will be encouraged to try some hula moves of their own. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org.    

~MONDAY ~

BICYCLING WITH MOLIERE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). A comedy in which two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one another in every possible way, except their love of Molière’s The Misanthrope. $6.75-$10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.  

~TUESDAY ~

MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT 7:15 p.m. The feature documentary follows the artist as she prepares for a new piece that will be the highlight of a major retrospective of her work in New York. $5-$10. Ventura Film Society’s Screening Room, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturafilmsociety.com
MUSIC MAKING FOR SELF CARE WITH KALANI 6-7:30 p.m. The Cancer Support Community of the Valley, Ventura and Santa Barbara will demonstrate options for music-making as part of your self care will be presented, including drumming, playing instruments, chanting and singing. 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. For more information and to RSVP call 379-4777.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

LAWYERS AT THE LIBRARY DISCUSS REVERSE MORTGAGES 5:30-6:30 p.m. Attorney Steven Trolard will discuss the process of reverse mortgages, which are becoming an increasingly popular way to supplement income. Ventura County Law Library, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org
REAGAN LIBRARY HOSTS AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a Blood Drive. Donors will receive a free pass to the museum. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.vencolawlib.org

OPENING THEATER

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES July 5 through Aug. 3. Take a trip back in time to the 1958 Springfield High School prom and meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. This musical includes many favorite songs from the era. Rated PG. $18-$20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. 495-3715 or www.conejoplayers.org.

ONGOING THEATER

NEXT TO NORMAL Through July 18. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse presents the critically acclaimed contemporary musical in its Ventura County premiere. Winner of multiple awards, including the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, the show examines the pain, pressure and dysfunction that can lie beneath the surface of any “perfect, loving family” in a way that is poignant, honest and ultimately uplifting. PG-13 themes. 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, Oxnard College Black Box Theater,. 
PEDRO INFANTE Y LA SUEGRA TRIUNFANTE (PEDRO INFANTE AND THE TRIUMPHANT MOTHER-IN-LAW)  Through July 12. Teatro de las Americas will present this comedy with music in two acts. As always, the play will be staged in Spanish with English supertitles. $10-$15 Oxnard College Black Box Theater, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. 983-2876 or www.teatrodelasamericas.org.
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET Through July 13. Actors Repertory Theatre of Simi will present its production of the musical with a live orchestra. Adult content. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. 583-7900 or www.simi-arts.org
TWELFTH NIGHT Through July 13. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens its 18th season with a vaudeville-style production of the great comedy Twelfth Night. Directed by CLU alumnus Kevin P. Kern, the play depicts a world out of kilter with disguises and wacky slapstick moments. Scenes are set in a speakeasy with Feste, played by Reduced Shakespeare Company member Michael Faulkner, as a singing vaudeville comedian. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show picnicking and entertainment. $20 for adults, younger than 18 free. Individual tickets are available at the door only. Lawn boxes are $75 to $110. For lawn box reservations, call 493-3014 or visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.org
VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Ventura Improv Company (VIC) presents hilarious improvisational comedy. The VIC’s Fresh Fridays are intended to showcase the talents of improvisers of all experience levels; newer improvisers rock it out with veteran VIC members. All shows will be a competitive comedy improv format where the improvisers are given challenges by the show’s host or director. The audience can judge the action! Saturday shows feature experienced veteran players. 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. 643-5701, www.venturaimprov.com.            

OPENING ART

PORCH GALLERY July 5 through Aug. 1. Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and Porch Gallery in association with the Sam Francis Foundation present“Water Works,” a group exhibition featuring works done in liquid mediums including watercolor and inks. 310 E. Matilija, Ojai, www.porchgalleryojai.com.  

ONGOING ART

BLANCHARD LIBRARY Through July 24. Santa Paula Society for the Arts presents more than 60 art pieces by the Artists Guild of Fillmore. 119 E. Eighth St., Santa Paula.  
BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through July 12. “Counterpoised — One Woman’s Persepective,” a solo exhibition by Gwenlyn Norton. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. 648-1235, www.buenaventuragallery.org.  
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM  Through Aug. 17. “Empathy for Beauty in the 21st Century: Signature Artists of the California Art Club”  features more than 20 contemporary traditional artists sharing their personal experiences with a variety of subjects in which they find poetry. Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 424 S. C St., Oxnard. 385-8158, www.CarnegieAM.org
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through Aug. 27. “ExpressionsX3” features more than 40 works in a variety of mediums by Southern California artists Kiar Mesko, Christy Botkin Reeves and Jay Smithline. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.  
GALERIE102 Through July 13. “Tacos@Midnight,” works by Britt Ehringer. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. 102 E. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com
JIMMY’S SLICE Through July 22. “Pop-tography,” painting and photography hybrid series by Mika Harmony. 586 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mike.harmony.  
LATITUDES FINE ART GALLERY Ongoing: The photographic collections of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, including color and black and white images of local landmarks, beautiful scenery and coastal wildlife. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 401 E. Main St., Ventura, 279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.    
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Aug. 31, “Who’s Minding the Store: The Small Grocery Business in Ventura County.” Through Aug. 24, “Diamonds are Forever.” Ongoing: Permanent exhibitions include a collection of artifacts from Chumash Indian life, the George Stuart Historical Figures® and various fine-art pieces by local artists. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; First Fridays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. 653-0323 or www.venturamuseum.org.   
OJAI COMMUNITY BANK Through Aug. 8. “A Year With the Eagles” is the culmination of a documentary project that began for Sally Carless on her birthday in April of 2013 when she went to the lake and discovered two baby eagles. She immediately fell in love and followed the chicks from when they were just over a week old until they left the nest and flew off to new adventures later that summer. Sally immersed herself, spending hundreds of hours observing, photographing, filming and documenting the first bald eagles to nest in the Ojai area in over 90 years. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 402 W. Ojai Ave. For more information, visit www.sallycarless.com.  
OJAI GALLERY 353 Ongoing. Coastal Central California and Ojai Valley plein air, oil, pastel and watercolor paintings by Ventura County artists, including Norman Kirk, Ruben Franco, Lynn Byrne Simon and Emily Goldfield. A large-scale outdoor corten steel sculpture by  Mark Benker. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. 353 Montana Road, Ojai. 798-0010 or OjaiGallery353.com.  
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Gallery features fine art and contemporary craft by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson.  Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans such as Julie Wellings and Patty McFall are also on display. 108 Signal St., Ojai, 646-5682.  
RED BRICK GALLERY Through July 8. “Nature’s Rhythm” explores the many rhythms, textures and movements in nature. With a combination of new artists and new works by some of Red Brick Gallery’s resident artists, this show explores texture and movement in art. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400, www.RedBrickArt.com.   
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 2. “Quintessential California,” more than 60 paintings that highlight the enduring beauty of the Golden State by members of the California Art Club. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.    
SYLVIA WHITE GALLERY Through July 5. “Firsthand YOSEMITE: Winter Series” by Jim Murray includes more than 40 paintings, drawings and photographs responding to his countless experiences and the personal connections established over the last three decades with the Yosemite National Park.  The work shown in the exhibition is Murray’s effort to meld as well as accommodate a sense of place with the realities inherent in the artistic process, both conceptually and in its visual response. This is the final exhibition at Sylvia White Gallery. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. 1783 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-8300, or www.sylviawhite.com
THOUSAND OAKS COMMUNITY GALLERY Through July 27. “Passion for Pastels,” a group show by members of the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast. Reception on July 13, 1-3 p.m. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. 
VENTURA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER ATRIUM GALLERY Through July 15. “Digital Art: Pixels Replace Pigment” and “Anything Goes: A Show Without a Theme.”  Hours: Monday through Friday, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. 658-2213 or www.venturacountyartscouncil.org
VENTURA COUNTY POTTERS GUILD GALLERY Ongoing: various unique ceramic works by local artists on exhibit and for sale. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, suite 105, Ventura Harbor Village. 644-6800.    
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Sept. 11. “The Beautiful: Contemporary Art Featuring America” features works by various artists that exemplify the diversity and beauty of American life. California Lutheran University, William Rolland Stadium, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 493-3697. 

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM  Ongoing: Antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. 525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Aug. 24. “What’s Up With Gasoline Prices?” an exhibit about the costs involved in the manufacture/processing of gasoline from crude oil. Through Sept. 7. “A Tribute to the Musicians of Santa Paula.” Ongoing. Exhibits that detail the history of the oil industry in Ventura County.  A 1900 iron-and-timber, full-size operating drilling rig is one of the major permanent attractions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m-4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. 933-0076, www.oilmuseum.net
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through July 31. “The Old Man and the Sea” translates Ernest Hemingway’s words into a beautiful setting by way of an art installation. A 100-year-old, 14-foot Catalina wherry is central to the display as well as a life-size model of a striped marlin. Opening reception on July 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m., includes film screening, wine, popcorn and exhibit tour. $5-$25. Ongoing: “Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings” can be seen in the museum’s redesigned and lighted galleries. Stand next to the antique cannon guarding “The Gun Deck” and the formidable battle paintings. Enjoy the panoramic harbor view as a backdrop to the “armada” of historic ship models in the North Gallery. Every day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 984-6260.  
DUDLEY HOUSE MUSEUM Ongoing. A fully furnished, restored 1892 Victorian farmhouse once owned by a pioneer family in Ventura. Guided tours, 1-4 p.m. every first Sunday. Corner of Loma Vista Road and Ashwood Avenue. 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.  
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Dec. 31. “The Art of Bugatti” featuring vintage French art deco cars and art by the Bugatti family. Ongoing: Display of French vintage art deco cars, including Bugattis, Delages and Voisins. Open Saturdays by reservation. $12. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard. 385-5400, www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing: Cars from every period on display, including Packards. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$9. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. 487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.  
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. A national historic landmark that preserves the rancho California culture with adobe buildings. Also the location and inspiration for the famed novel Ramona. Tours by appointment. Closed to public tours in December and January and during inclement weather.  
REAGAN LIBRARY Through Sept. 4. “Baseball: The Exhibit” featuring memorabilia that include Babe Ruth’s bat, Joe DiMaggio’s record-setting baseball and rare trading cards. Ongoing: Permanent collection includes exhibits that document President Ronald Reagan’s life, featuring a re-creation of his Western-style oval office, a piece of the Berlin Wall, and Air Force One. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. 800-410-8354, www.reaganlibrary.com
SEABEE MUSEUM  Ongoing. “The Century Before Seabees: The Bureau of Yards and Docks (BuDocks), 1842-1942.” The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is the second-oldest official Navy museum in the nation. The mission of the Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historical material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force. Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ventura Road and Sunkist Avenue, in Building 100  at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. 
WORLD WAR II AVIATION MUSEUM Ongoing. Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force hangars featuring World War II aircraft. Flight demonstrations and cockpit viewings. Camarillo Airport, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, 482-0064. 

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