ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL AND COAT DRIVE Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. With 30-tons of snow for sledding and playing, family fun will be had by all, with complimentary coffee and smoothies and kid’s crafts. In exchange for the free activities, participants are asked to bring new or gently used winter clothes of all sizes, including coats, sweaters, hoodies, mittens/gloves, winter hats and scarves, to benefit the foster and at-risk youth of Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, a facility that offers a host of programs to foster youth removed from their homes. Three Springs Park, 3000 Three Springs Drive, Westlake Village, www.coatsforcasapacifica.com.
BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Jan. 12-Feb. 23: Art Without Limits, selections from the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit foundation. Opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2-5 p.m. Through Jan. 27: Intersection: Art & Life, works by artists featured in Kevin Wallace’s latest book. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381 or www.beatricewood.com. Photo by Elite Henenson
MODEST HEROES: PONOC SHORT FILMS THEATRE, VOLUME 1 7 p.m. (and Saturday, Jan. 12). Three stories explore ideas of heroism in everyday life, and the infinite potential of the short film format allows the directors and Studio Ponoc to experiment with breathtaking, action-packed visuals and concise human drama. $10. AMC Thousand Oaks 14 and Studio Movie Grill Simi Valley, www.fathomevents.com.
POETRY READING BY JODIE HOLLANDER 7:30 p.m. Hollander will read poetry from her book My Dark Horses during her residency in Santa Barbara. Ventura County Library EP Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura, www.facebook.com/events/2477448702272508/.
SOMIS THURSDAY CLUB MEETING 11:15 a.m. Local women’s club meeting offers a catered lunch and program featuring Lauralee Northcott playing guitar and singing. $15. 5380 Bell St., Somis, 805-388-1275.
MY LADIES TRAVEL CLUB VENTURA MEETING 2 p.m. Meet other solo women travelers who want to visit amazing new destinations at this meeting. Marie Callender’s, 1295 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, 805-304-4540.
AUTHOR PETER H. BROTHERS 10 a.m.-noon. Brothers will be signing copies of his new book, “The Sons of Godzilla.” Conejo Coffee, 2860 Camino Dos Rios, Newbury Park, 805-498-7420.
DAY OF MINDFULNESS 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is a renewal for the New Year with the Venerable Kusala, an American born Monk, ordained in the Zen tradition of Viet Nam. $35. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura, www.FriendshipSangha.org/dom.
DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF THE CONEJO VALLEY FIESTA PARTY 2-5 p.m. Featured will be Jacqi Bowe, Comedy-Variety entertainer, a winner in Funniest Female in California Contest, a live auction and more. $35-45. Cisco’s Mexican Restaurant, 1712 AveniLos Arboles, Thousand Oaks, www.DWCCVSpecialevent.online.
GIRL SCOUTS OF CALIFORNIA 2019 COOKIE UNIVERSITY 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Girls will come together and learn about what’s new for the 2019 cookie sale program. La Reina High School – 106 W. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-232-3994.
LIVE STANDUP COMEDY ON THE HILL 8 p.m. Professional local comedian Jason Love produces this monthly show, this month featuring comedians K-von and Andy Hendrickson. $15. Hillcrest Center for the Arts – Theatre on the Hill, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, www.hillcrestarts.com.
POETRY, MEMORY, AND CHILDHOOD: WRITING WORKSHOP LED BY JODIE HOLLANDER 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Poet Jodie Hollander will conduct this workshop on writing and poetry. $50. Art City Gallery and Studios, 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, www.thesquirefoundation.org/events/poetry-childhood.
“UNDERSTANDING BRAIN INJURIES” 11 a.m. Executive Director of the Ventura County Brain Injury Center Charles T. Watson will address this topic as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, 220 Market St., Port Hueneme, www.facebook.com/PortHuenemeHistoricalSocietyMuseum.
MONTHLY DEVOTIONAL RETREAT 11 a.m.-noon. Join Reverend Karen Wylie for this meditative morning of holy moments filled with sharing, inspiration, wisdom teachings, quiet walks in nature, and sacred songs. $20. The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai, www.karenswylie.com.
THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN/REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN DOUBLE FEATURE 12:55 p.m. (and Monday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m.). The action-packed event will include two animated features including Superman’s demise and return. $12.50. Century River Park 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard, www.fathomevents.com.
WILD WONDERS 1-3 p.m. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to meet a lemur, pet a hedgehog and cuddle a bunny at this special live wildlife program presented in conjunction with Moorpark College Teaching Zoo. California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, www.cmato.org.
“MAPPING YOUR SUCCESSFUL MIDLIFE CAREER REINVENTION” Noon. This interactive workshop will show participants how to effectively set a plan of action to jump-start a successful midlife re-launch. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, www.vencolibrary.org.
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION Noon-1 p.m. Orientations will cover class details and help you determine your readiness for the next Self-Employment Training (SET) course beginning in August. RSVP for location by visiting http://www.wevonline.org/orientations.
“BEACHES ON THE EDGE” 6:30 p.m. Dr. Kiki Patsch’s current research focuses on coastal geomorphology and processes, shoreline hazard assessment, sediment budgets analysis, sea cliff and beach erosion, and will speak on the subject as part of this speakers series. $5-7. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, www.cimmvc.org.
WONDERS OF THE SEA 3D 7 p.m. Arnold Schwarzenegger narrates this film which takes viewers on a trip under the ocean, capturing incredible footage of rarely seen sea creatures, while warning about the impacts of climate change. $15. Century River Park 16, Oxnard and AMC Thousand Oaks 14, www.fathomevents.com.
HAMLET Jan. 12-27. California Shakespeare Company presents the tragedy of the young Danish prince, haunted by his dead father and paralyzed by indecisiveness. $18-25. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi, 805-583-7900 or simi-arts.org.
ATRIUM GALLERY Jan. 11-Feb. 26. Treasures, works that show what the artists value most. Reception on Friday, Jan. 25, 5:30-7 p.m. Closed weekends; free; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays at the Ventura County Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura. More information at www.VCArtscouncil.org.
HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Jan. 11-Feb. 13. Hang With the Best, works by Grades 6-12 students in the Greater Conejo Valley. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747 or hillcrestarts.com.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Jan. 11-March 31: Chris Hillman: Time Between, rock and roll memorabilia and from the local legend and country rock pioneer. Concert on Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Through Feb. 3: At Table: The Business of Food and Community, exploring history, culture and immigration through food. Ongoing: Fine art, historical artifacts, an interactive Chumash Gallery and the George Stuart Historical Figures Collection®. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through Feb. 3: Wrapped With Care, quilts made by the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild for the Thomas Fire Quilt Relief Project. Ongoing: antique farming equipment and various displays relating to the history of agriculture in Ventura County. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100 or www.venturamuseum.org.
BLACKBOARD GALLERY Through Jan. 26. New Revolutions, artists considering the revolution of Earth around the sun, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.
BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY Through Jan. 27. Color Mad! Brilliantly colorful works to shake the “winter doldrums.” 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 or www.buenaventuraartassociation.org.
CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through Feb. 17. A Collection of Rarities, rare and endangered animals by surrealist painter Kevin Sloan. Curated walk-throughs, poetry readings and other programming offered throughout the exhibit’s run. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240 or cmato.org.
CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through Feb. 17: Insectology, an up-close look at bees, butterflies and bugs. Ongoing: Permanent petroleum exhibits as well as rotating exhibits of science, transportation and history. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org.
CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 17. Catalysts of Change: Luther Gerlach, destruction and regeneration following the Thomas Fire, and Pastoral Crude, landscape paintings by Karen Kitchel. 424 S. C St., Oxnard, 805-385-8158 or www.carnegieam.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through March 18: Monsters of the Deep: Fact or Fiction. Through March 25: Marteen Platje: The Early History of the United States Navy. Ongoing: Port of Hueneme and Dutch Skies: Four Centuries of Seascape Paintings. 3900 Bluefin Circle in the Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, 805-984-6260 or www.cimmvc.org.
COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through Jan. 20. Shades of Autumn, the glorious colors of fall. 147 N. Brent St., Ventura, www.buenaventuragallery.org.
FIRST FRIDAYS VENTURA The first Friday of every month, several local galleries open their doors to celebrate and promote Ventura’s art scene. Locations and more information at www.firstfridaysventura.com.
FIRST SATURDAYS STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS The first Saturday of every month, artists at Studio Channel Islands welcome visitors into their studios to watch them create art. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or studiochannelislands.org.
FOUR FRIENDS GALLERY Recently opened. Femina 7: Curiosities, seven women artists, each with a unique vision. 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-601-7530 or www.fourfriendsgallery.com.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Jan. 11. Black and White with Susan Colla and Siyooj Maroly. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
FRED KAVLI THEATRE GALLERY Through March 3. Rhythm of Life, collage and portrait art depicting iconic personalities by local artist Danny Jones. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 805-449-2700 or civicartsplaza.com/galleries.
H GALLERY Through March 31: Genesis. Through Feb. 16: Eggiwegs, abstract works with an emphasis on color fields. Through Feb. 28: Petit a Petit, abstract photos by Lisa Caren. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
JOHN SPOORE BROOME LIBRARY GALLERY Through Jan. 31. Oxnard Plain, an interactive exhibit by members of the artist collective. Workshops and a closing reception offered throughout the exhibit’s run. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or art.csuci.edu.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Jan. 10. Pyrometric: Earth and Ash in the Anthropocene, investigating fire through art, ecology and the environment. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong.
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, 805-279-1221, www.latitudesfineart.com.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Through Spring 2019: L’époque des Carrossiers: The Art and Times of the French Coachbuilders. Ongoing: The museum pays homage specifically to the art deco and machine-age design eras (1918-1941). All tickets must be purchased in advance, online. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard, 805-385-5400 or www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing. More than 75 vintage cars and trucks from every period, in a 30,000-square-foot facility. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard, 805-487-4333 or www.murphyautomuseum.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through Jan. 27: Trial By Fire, art inspired by the Thomas Fire. Ongoing: A collection of art, artifacts, photographs and paper ephemera relating to Ojai, housed in former St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. 130 W. Ojai Ave., 805-640-1390 or www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.
OVA ARTS Ongoing. Fine art and contemporary crafts by 39 artists, including Merilee Eaton, Gayel Childress and Peggie Williamson. Ceramic arts, sculpture and textiles by local artisans. 238 Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-646-5682 or ojaivalleyartists.com.
PACIFIC VIEW MALL Ongoing. The Ventura County Arts Council Arts Collective is now open on the second level near Sears. Various works by local artists. See artists as they work. Workshops and classes for kids and adults offered periodically. 3301 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-676-1540 or www.shoppacificview.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Feb. 24: 11th Annual Art About Agriculture. Through Jan. 27: The Wall: Boundaries Between and Within Us. Lecture on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SESPE CREEK COLLECTIVE Ongoing. The newly opened Pot Lifer Museum presents letters, stories, photographs and more showcasing a dozen people serving life sentences for non-violent cannabis crimes. Must be 21+ with a valid ID or 18+ with a valid recommendation. 408 Bryant Circle, Suite C, Ojai, 855-722-9333 or sespe.org.
THIRD FRIDAYS IN OJAI The third Friday of every month, local galleries and shops open their doors to celebrate and promote Ojai’s art scene. Locations and more information at www.facebook.com/OjaiVillageExperience/.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Feb. 21. Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History, a behind-the-scenes look at the procedures and techniques art “detectives” use to investigate what secrets artworks hold. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.