NEW YEAR’S EVE, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31
 
“CLASSY AFFAIR” NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY: 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Join musician O’Bryan and DJ Steve Perez for a midnight celebration of the coming year, including a champagne toast and party favors. La Fonda del Rey Restaurant, 455 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, call 256-8847.
 
COMEDY HIDEAWAY NEW YEAR’S EVE DOUBLEHEADER 7 p.m. (and 10 p.m.). Two headliners will help ring in the New Year at this annual event, now with a new earlier showing at 7 p.m. $30. Peirano’s Restaurant, 208 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacomedy.com.
CROWNE PLAZA NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH DJ BRUCE BARRIOS 8 p.m. An open bar and 19-time “best event disc jockey” DJ Bruce Barrios will help ring in the new year, with optional dinner. $100-175. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.cpventura.com/dining/new-years-eve-party/.

DINNER SHOW FEATURING POLYNESIAN DANCE AT HONG KONG INN 6:30 p.m. A Polynesian Dance by Tina’s Ports Of Paradise will ring in the New Year, with music by the Beachcomber Jazz Band from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Dinner specials include appetizers, choice of entree, complimentary glass of champagne, dessert and party favors. Hong Kong Inn, 435 E. Thompson Blvd. For more information, call 648-3161.

DISCOVERY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 8 p.m. Tommy Marsh, DJ Tin Man and more will rock in the new year at Discovery, featuring a prime rib and seafood buffet, bottle service, balloon drops and a midnight champagne toast. $35-95. Discovery Ventura, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.discoveryventura.com.

FRESCO II NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION Live Music by Road Brothers with DJ to follow. Four-course menu surf ’n’ turf special. Fresco II, 1651 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For reservations, call 985-4700.

“HOLLYWOOD PERSONALITIES” ABOARD THE FILLMORE & WESTERN 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The historic Fillmore & Western railway will once again host its New Year’s Eve train featuring dinner and character actors. $110. Fillmore & Western Railway, 364 Main St., Fillmore. For more information, visit www.fwry.com.

MOQUECA NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 5 p.m. Enjoy live Brazilian music, Samba shows, Brazilian cocktails and a four-course dinner. Moqueca Brazilian cuisine, 3550 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. Call 204-0970 for reservations.

 
NEW YEARS EVE COCKTAILS AND COMEDY ON THE BIG SCREEN 7 p.m. Live comedians from the East Coast include Vargus Mason, Nick Cobb and host Jason Love. Ticket includes popcorn and a glass of champagne. $25. Muvico Theater, 166 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.carmike.com/Muvico.
NEW YEAR’S EVE DAY CELEBRATION AT THE BUSY BEE RESTAURANT 7a.m.-midnight. Regular menu all day; open New Year’s Day. Busy Bee478 E. Main St., Ventura, 643-4864

NEW YEAR’S EVE MIDNIGHT PEACE MEDITATION 11:30 p.m. A quiet and peaceful way to ring in the new year features a meditation session and making wishes for the year to come. A Place of Peace Sanctuary and Wellness Center, 2021 Sperry Ave. #22, Ventura. For more information, visit www.aplaceofpeace.org.

 
GIGI’S NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY WITH CYNTHIA MANLEY 8 p.m. Celebrate the new year with singer Cynthia Manley and her band, with party favors and a midnight champagne toast. Gigi’s Cocktail Lounge, 2493 Grand Ave., Ventura. For more information, call 642-2411.
NEW YEAR’S EVE SKATING PARTY Noon-4 p.m. kids, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. teens. Kids and teens will skate with hats, horns and noisemakers, and pizza and a drink for the evening skate. A balloon drop at midnight will let the kids go nuts for the New Year. $20-25. Skating Plus, 1720 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.skatingplus.com.
 
NEW YORK-STYLE NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE WINE RACK 5 p.m. Enjoy two glasses of champagne, a charcuterie plate, party favors and a live performance by Mark Heyes in celebration of New Year’s, East Coast-style. $35. The Wine Rack, 14 S. California St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.wineracklounge.com.
PIRATES BAR AND GRILL NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 6 p.m. Enjoy New Year’s Eve with live music and dancing. Dinner packages, featuring prime rib, lamb and more, are available. Pirates Bar and Grill, 450 Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For reservations, call 984-0046.

THE SHOALS RESTAURANT NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH 5 p.m. A Latin jazz gala and four-course Chef’s Dinner by the Sea will help ring in the New Year, with a Live DJ spinning jazz and Latin ballroom music. Party favors and champagne toast at midnight. The Shoals Restaurant at the Cliff House Inn, 6602 Old Pacific Coast Highway, Ventura. For reservations, call 652-1381.

THE SPORTSMAN’S NEW YEARS EVE PARTY 5 p.m. A fabulous dinner menu will be featured at both Ventura and Camarillo locations, with live entertainment at the Camarillo location, featuring Los Amigos 805 dance music from the ’80s and ’90s. 53 S. California St., Ventura. For more information, call 643- 2851; and 4426 Central Ave., Camarillo. For more information, call 988-7777.

VENTURA HARBOR COMEDY CLUB NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH! East Coast New Year from 5:30 till 9:00 p.m.  West Coast New Year from 9:30 p.m. till 2014. Celebrate both East Coast and West Coast New Year’s Eve with two shows and two headliners. Double headliner show; party favors; noisemakers; champagne toast. $66 or $30 for the show only (excludes champagne toast). Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, suite 205,Ventura. (805) 644-1500. Email us at: VHComedyClub@gmail.com for reservations. For more information, visit www.venturaharborcomedyclub.com.

 
VENTURA IMPROV COMPANY’S NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA AND FUNDRAISER 7-10:30 p.m. The gala will include a comedy improv show, a taco truck, snacks, desserts, sparkling wine, soft drinks and beer, plus a raffle and door prizes. $25-50. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 East Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaimprov.com/newyears.
WATERSIDE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY AND CELEBRATION 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Two sessions are available for this dinner party featuring a four-course meal and live entertainment. $69. The Waterside Restaurant and Bar, 3500 S. Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit  www.thewatersiderestaurantandwinebar.com.
 

 

 

ANIME FILM CLUB PRESENTS MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO
Monday, Jan 5, 6-8 p.m.

From acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, this film follows two girls who move to the country to be near their ailing mother and have adventures with the forest spirits who live nearby. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
 
 
 

VENTURA BOTANICAL GARDENS: SOW IN THE NEW YEAR
Saturday, Jan 3, 9 a.m.- noon.

Join the Ventura Botanical Gardens celebration of the New Year and help brighten the gardens by sowing California native wildflower seeds. Ventura Botanical Gardens, 501 Poli St, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturabotanicalgardens.com. 
 
 

 
~ SATURDAY ~

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB MEETING 7:30-10 p.m. The Ed Lafata Trio will perform their version of the Roaring ’20s hits for dancers, both novice and professional. $7. Goebel Center, 1385 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks.  For more information, call 381-2744.
UFC® 182: JONES VS. CORMIER 7 p.m. Daniel Cormier will get his shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in this event broadcast live from Las Vegas. $13-15. Century RiverPark 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.
VENTURA BOTANICAL GARDENS: SOW IN THE NEW YEAR 9 a.m.-noon. Join the Ventura Botanical Gardens celebration of the New Year and help brighten the gardens by sowing California native wildflower seeds. Ventura Botanical Gardens, 501 Poli St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturabotanicalgardens.com.

~ SUNDAY ~

FREE DAY AT GULL WINGS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Family and friends are invited for the free day at the museum. Gull Wings Children’s Museum, 418 W. Fourth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.gullwings.org.
“THE COST OF NOT FORGIVING: RETHINKING HOW A COMMUNITY IMPLEMENTS JUSTICE” 3 p.m. Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions presents Erin Prewitt on her journey with grace, hope and forgiveness. E.P. Foster Library’s Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.c-p-r.net.
VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY WORK DAY AT HEDRICK RANCH 8 a.m. Bird watching will be the prelude to a work day at the ranch, wear gloves and sun protection and bring water. Hedrick Ranch, 20395 S. Mountain Road, Santa Paula. For more information, call 340-0478.

~ MONDAY ~

ANIME FILM CLUB PRESENTS MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO 6-8 p.m. From acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, this film follows two girls who move to the country to be near their ailing mother and have adventures with the forest spirits who live nearby. Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For more information, visit www.simivalleylibrary.org.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 10-11:30 a.m. Share, listen and explore thoughts and feelings about the struggles, losses and successes of caring for your loved one. Continuous Care Center, Fireside Room, 1306 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai. For more information, call 633-9056.
FORCE MAJEURE 3:30 p.m. (and 6:30 p.m.). This comedy tells the story of a model Swedish family featuring handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife, Ebba, and their two blond, preteen children — on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. $6.75-10. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
OJAI POTTERY AND CLAY SCHOOL CLASSES 2:30-5:30 p.m. (and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon). Each 10-week class comes with your first bag of clay, 20+ hours of open studio time, and many opportunities to explore the art of ceramics. Ojai Pottery and Clay School, 212 Fox St., Ojai. For more information and pricing schedule, call 798-3990.

~ TUESDAY ~

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION 6-7 p.m. One-hour informational orientation sessions in Ventura County to help you determine your readiness for one of WEV’s business courses. Locations in Ventura (Tuesday), Oxnard (Thursday, Jan. 8) and Camarillo (Wednesday, Jan 15). For location and to RSVP, call 667-8004.

~ WEDNESDAY ~

“ISSUES TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING AN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY” PRESENTATION 1 p.m. The City of Thousand Oaks Council on Aging will host a special presentation on the topic of issues to consider when selecting an assisted living facility, with special guest speakers. Civic Arts Plaza Boardroom, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 381-7362.

ONGOING THEATER

VENTURA IMPROV COMEDY Ongoing Fridays and Saturdays: 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

BLACKBOARD GALLERY  Jan. 3-28. “Image and Essence” three artists display very different approaches to  figurative art. Features work by Tiget Huang, Maggie Kildee and Elle-Jé Freeheart. Reception on Saturday, Jan. 10, 4-6 p.m. SCIART, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo, 383-1368.
VITA ART CENTER AND TOOL ROOM GALLERY Jan. 2-30. “Retablos for Peace,” a group exhibit and gallery fundraiser that features artists’ interpretations of peace for 2015 via 3three-dimensional retablos. Organized in partnership with the Museum of Ventura County. Reception on Jan. 2, 6-9 p.m., 432 Ventura Ave., Studio 30 at the Bell Arts Factory. 644-9214 or www.VitaArtCenter.com.

ONGOING ART

BUENAVENTURA GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small-Image Show. This annual exhibition features small affordable art for holiday shopping. 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 22. “Monumentum: Drawings + Paintings by Ramon Ramirez.” “Sustain: Drawings + Installations by Terry Arena.” $5. Members free. Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard, www.carnegieam.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 11. “I Wish I Could,” paintings that explore people’s greatest wishes. 147 N. Brent St., first floor, Ventura.  For more, see www.buenaventuragallery.org
GALERIE 102 Through Dec. 28. “Holidaze Group Show: Art Take Out.” The gallery celebrates its first anniversary with a show that pokes fun at the crazy-making holiday shopping season and gives art lovers a chance to buy art right off the walls. 102 W. Matilija St., Ojai. 640-0151 or www.galerie102.com.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY Through Jan. 12. Small-Image Show. This annual exhibition features small affordable art for holiday shopping. 1591 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village. For more information, visit 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.   
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: by appointment. 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 Jan. 14. “Stars Align,” the gallery’s most colorful show of the year features unique gifts under $100 by more than 35 artists depicting life by the sea. 315 E. Main St., Ventura. 643-6400 or www.redbrickart.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 22: “De Colores,” a celebration of Latino heritage, history and iconography. $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. 525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.  
SESSIONS AT THE LOFT Through Jan. 6. “Air: Barely There,” a mixed media, sculpture and installation exhibition by Janet Neuwalder and Sigrid Orlet that attempts to honor the many nuanced atmospheres of the extraordinary gallery space. Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2465 Ventura Blvd. in Old Town Camarillo, 383-3333 or visit sessionsattheloft.com/.
TOOL ROOM GALLERY Through Dec. 28. “Rebar,” new works by Erik Reel featuring large-scale acrylic paintings that explore mark-making and its relationship to signification. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. See www.toolroomgallery.com.
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.
VISIONS GALLERY Through Feb. 20. “Cultures of Nature,” an exhibition of photographs by local Brooks’ students who traveled to Paris for one semester to develop skills in fashion photography. Marriott Ventura Beach, 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura.

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 Jan. 11. “Dangerous, Deadly, Sssnakes,” life-size reproductions of some of the largest and most venomous snakes in the world. Learn all about them.  Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 933-0076 or www.oilmuseum.net.  
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM 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 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.org
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.