KidSTREAM, the children’s museum that will (hopefully) be opening in Camarillo in 2020 at the site of the old public library on Ponderosa Drive, got a recent influx of cash, to the tune of $50,000, courtesy of the Camarillo Hotel and Tourism Association. The museum is in the early stages of a fundraising campaign to support initial capital expenditures, including design and construction. A proposed plan and other information can be found at

Heritage Valley

Taylor Kasch (formerly of the Flying H Group Theatre Company) will be teaching classes on monologue and theme study at the Santa Paula Theater Center. Acting With Intent runs Mondays, 7-10 p.m., Sept. 17-Nov. 12, and costs $200 for the series. To register or for more information, contact Kasch directly at 805-201-5066 or email

The Rancho Camulos Museum in Piru is holding an open house on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-noon for prospective volunteers. The museum is in need of docents, tour guides, special event assistance, gardeners and other volunteers. For more information, contact the museum at 805-521-1501 or visit


Ojai ACT will hold auditions at the Ojai Art Center for its final production, Cinderella: A Panto, Sept. 13-14, 6-9 p.m., and Sept. 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will have priority and can be scheduled by emailing or Performances will run Nov. 30-Dec. 16. And by the way . . . the center is still raising funds for new chairs. For more information on both the fundraiser and auditions, visit

Ventura County mourns the loss of acclaimed artist Elisse Pogofsky-Harris, who died from Parkinson’s Disease on June 23. A native of Chicago who lived in Italy for several years before coming to the Central Coast, Pogofsky-Harris was known for her printmaking, still-life watercolor compositions and large-scale oil paintings. A resident of Ojai, she was a past president of the Ventura County Arts Council, a founder and board member of Women Beyond Borders and an active member of Ojai Studio Artists.

Thousand Oaks

For young actors, the Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory in Thousand Oaks begins its fall season on Sept. 15 and offers instruction in all aspects of theater arts. Classes take place over 13 weeks on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Four Friends Gallery, and will conclude with the presentation of a one-act comedy on Dec. 15. Tuition is $350, and some partial scholarships are available. For more information, call 805-427-5314 or visit

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is on the move. Currently near the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in a former Taco Bell, the museum will soon relocate to The Oaks mall on Hillcrest Drive. The new location will be on the second floor between Nordstrom’s and Macy’s. “This is a tremendous opportunity for CMATO to be housed in the highest traffic location in the region, with over one million visitors annually,” said Museum Chairman Tony Principe. “We are excited to embark on this new journey with The Oaks to expand the museum’s footprint and create a more engaging experience for current and future patrons.” The grand opening of the museum in its new space will coincide with the exhibition Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities on Thursday, Nov. 8.


The Museum of Ventura County received a recent windfall when the Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve $1.7 million in taxpayer money, in cash and subsidized rent, for the local institution. The money will be used in the operation of the Downtown Ventura museum and the Santa Paula-based Agriculture Museum, as well as in the continuing effort to catalog and organize the museum’s vast collection.

Every October, people across the globe dress like zombies and dance simultaneously to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Thrill the World 2018, “a celebration of dance and community inspired by Michael Jackson,” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, and locally will take place at 3 p.m. at Ventura Harbor. FitZone Ventura will be offering classes to learn the choreography starting on Monday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. Registration fees will support the Make a Wish Foundation. For schedule, registration and more information, visit Thrill the World Ventura on Facebook at


The Ventura County Library is holding an art contest for the design of its new library cards for kids and teens. Children ages 5-12 and teens ages 13-17 are invited to submit an original work to be considered for use on the new cards. Only one entry is allowed per person, and entries must be submitted on a regulated contest form no later than Sept. 29. The winning designs will be announced on Oct. 29. Forms, rules and other information can be found at For more information, contact Susan Mikula at 805-218-3592 or

The Ventura County Arts Council has increased funding for its Mini-Grant Educational Program for 2019. Grants of $500 to $1,000 will be available to bring standards-based arts programs into K-6 classrooms in Ventura County, and local artists, schools and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online at and are due by Oct. 25. Applicants will be notified by Nov. 15; projects must be completed by June 1, 2019. For more information, call 805-658-2213 or email

Congratulations to the Performance Theatre for Young Artists, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019. The nonprofit theater company, whose latest production, Shrek The Musical Jr., is onstage through Sept. 16 at Poinsettia Pavilion, hopes to enter its next decade on more solid financial footing following a less-than-promising 2018. The company is seeking both donations and corporate sponsorships. For more information, email Marta Dewey at or call 805-302-6441.