Festivals, Posters and Fairs, Oh My!
Congratulations to Nomi Wagner, winner of the 34th Annual California Strawberry Festival poster contest. The 24-year-old Oxnard artist used a novel combination of watercolor and digital technology to create her winning entry, which features a picnic on the beach with the Channel Islands in the background. In addition to having her art prominently displayed on T-shirts, posters and collectibles, Wagner will also receive a $2,000 grand prize.

Artist Nomi Wagner’s award-winning poster design for the 2017 California Strawberry Festival.

Speaking of posters . . . There’s still time to enter the poster contest for the Ventura County Fair. The theme of the 2017 fair (which runs Aug. 2-13) is “Rooted in Tradition,” and the contest is open to artists in grades 5 through 12 who reside in Ventura County. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Entries will be accepted until Friday, April 7. For more information, call 648-3376 or visit www.venturacountyfair.org.

And speaking of the Ventura County Fair . . . It earned some kudos of its own when it was honored at the Western Fair Association’s Convention and Trade Show with a total of 10 Achievement Awards, including first place for newspaper ad, sponsorship collaboration, interim events, guest services and television advertisement series.

Poetry Notes

Congratulations to Zayan Reza, a senior at El Camino High School, who took first place in the 2017 Ventura County Poetry Out Loud competition and represented the county at the state finals held in Sacramento on March 13-14. Zayan recited “Ode to the Midwest” by Kevin Young and “America, I Sing You Back” by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke. Devin Romines, a senior at Channel Islands High School in Oxnard, took second place.

April (just days away) is National Poetry Month and, in celebration, the Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme will host its first-ever Seabee Poetry Contest for children and adults. The awards ceremony will be on Friday, April 28. For more information, call 982-5165 or visit https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/seabee.html.

Art Tales Still Open

There’s still time to enter the 2017 Art Tales competition! Sponsored by the city of Ventura and the E.P. Foster Library, this writing contest inspired by art is open to writers worldwide and of all ages, with prizes awarded to winners in three age categories. Artwork selected to serve as inspiration for this year’s contest can be viewed on the second floor of the library or on the contest website. Poems and short stories (500 words or less) must be entered by April 4 for consideration. For rules, entry instructions and more information, call 658-4759 or visit http://www.cityofventura.net/arttales.

Auditions, etc.

The new Playhouse 101 in Agoura Hills is looking for actors for its inaugural production, Bleacher Bums by Joe Mantegna. Performances run April 21-May 13. Auditions by appointment only, but walk-ins may be seen as time permits. For more information, email playhouseoneohone@gmail.com.

Curtain Call Youth Theatre is getting plans in order for its spring production of The Odd Couple. All roles are open to teens aged 13 to 19. Performances run June 1-4. For more information, contact Producing Artistic Director Jeff Wallach at curtaincallyt@aol.com.

The Conejo Improv Players will feature two teams — one novice, one advanced — this year, and is holding auditions to fill 12 open rolls on Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. Teams will perform together over four shows taking place June 17 and Nov. 4. Actors at least 16 years old and of any skill level are encouraged to audition. For more information contact Jeremy Zeller at 298-9775 or email jeremy.zeller@gmail.com.

Enrollment is now open for the Team High Street Spring Showcase. This youth program and after-school workshop, open to actors ages 9 to 17, starts April 4, and covers acting, singing and dance, concluding with a performance on May 18. For more information, call 529-8700 or visit http://highstreetartscenter.com.