A “COASTAL VALENTINE’S DAY” DINNER 5 p.m. The menu consists of a salad course followed by the main entrée where guests have a choice of stuffed chicken breasts, beef wellington and more. $75-105. Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, .

CAFÉ DAYS VALENTINE’S DAY LUNCHEON Join the City of Ventura Senior Nutrition Program for a Valentine’s Day luncheon, reservation required. $3-6.50. For more information, call 805-648-3035.

THE SOMIS THURSDAY CLUB 11:15 a.m. This month’s program will be the Polynesian Dance Troupe, headed by Josie Kealoha Ramirez. $15. 5380 Bell St., Somis, 805-388-1275.

VALENTINE’S DAY MOVIE IN THE PARK 6 p.m. 50 First Dates will be shown on a large inflatable screen out in the park. Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, (805) 482-1996.


FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY 5-9 p.m. Every third Friday, the food trucks gather at the Pacific View Mall with live music and more. Pacific View Mall, Trader Joe’s Parking Lot, 3301-1 E. Main St., Ventura,

MY LADIES TRAVEL CLUB 2 p.m. Meet other solo women travelers who want to visit amazing new destinations, meet new friends, and travel with a group of like-minded women. Mimi’s Café, 3375 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-304-4540.


THIRD ANNUAL COUNTRY BAR CRAWL 4-10 p.m. This event will feature drink and food specials, prizes and more with country music bands in between. Check in at Blue Agave, 185 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura,

ART COMES ALIVE Noon-4 p.m. (and Sunday, Feb. 17). Friends of the museum will dress up in costume and activate the spirit of various paintings, ship models, and time periods featured in the pieces on display in the galleries. $7-10. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard,

FREE HOMEBUYER WORKSHOP 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Ventura County Community Development Corporation hosts this HUD-approved Homebuyer Education Workshop to guide attendees through the complex home buying process. Ventura County Community Development Corporation, 2231 Sturgis Road, Oxnard, .

GURDEEP AND SHILPA PRESENT 4-5:30 p.m. This lecture and meditation will be led by Gurdeep Singh and Shilpa Pandey on Subtle System & Self Recognition. Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4647.

LANTERN STREET FESTIVAL 5-10 p.m. Over 7,500 lanterns will light up the streets and provide the backdrop for an evening of inspiration and fun. $29-75. Downtown Ventura via Palm Street. For more information, visit .

“MARITIME HISTORY OF VENTURA COUNTY COAST” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jim Kosinski and Jerry Leckie will take you through four centuries of Ventura County and Pacific Coast maritime history, from its earliest sailors to exploration. Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, 220 Market St., Port Hueneme, .

SIXTH ONE BILLION RISING EVENT 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This global movement to raise awareness about gender-based violence and to rise up against it will bring together and highlight resources and organizations supporting survivors of violence. Las Piedras Park, 13th St. and Saticoy St., Santa Paula, 805-983-6014.

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB FEAT. ERIK EKSTRAND TRIO 7-10 p.m. Live Big Band Music will accompany Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Line Dancing lessons for both beginners and experienced. $10. The Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2744.


A CONVERSATION WITH RAFAEL PEREA DE LA CABADA 3-4:30 p.m. Rafael Perea de la Cabada, a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is steeped in the artist’s rich cultural heritage, will be interviewed. $10-15. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura,

MY FAIR LADY 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (and Wednesday, Feb. 20). Audrey Hepburn is willful, self-aware and ultimately self-reliant Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison is Professor Henry Higgins in this splendid widescreen adaptation of the smash Broadway musical. $7.75-11. Ventura Downtown 10, Century River Park 16, Oxnard, and AMC Thousand Oaks 14,

VENTURA AUDUBON SOCIETY: VENTURA SETTLING PONDS 8:30-10:30 a.m. Enjoy a morning of mostly waterfowl birding with the Society, and spotting scopes are always welcome. For more information, call 805-535-5173.

PRESIDENT’S DAY CELEBRATION Monday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mingle with the Founding Fathers at this celebration involving fun for the whole family, including musical entertainment, storytelling, arts and crafts, and presidential and first lady look-alikes, and yes, hot dogs will be available. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley,



MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM NT 7 p.m. Thought you saw the last of the Psycho-Frame mobile suits? Think again! A new Gundam has entered the Earth’s Sphere and Heero Yuy doesn’t exist in this storyline to save everyone. Witness the US premiere of this animated film from Japan. $10.50-12.50. Century River Park 16, Oxnard, and AMC Thousand Oaks 14,



CHANNEL ISLANDS GULLS MONTHLY LUNCHEON 11 a.m. Join in the fun and meet new friends and help raise funds for Ventura County charities. $30. Las Posas Country Club, 955 Fairway Drive, Camarillo, .

FREE HEARING AID TESTS PLEASANT Have your hearing aids checked, tested and adjusted for free. Valley Senior Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. To make an appointment call 805-482-4881.

RECORDING-ARTIST JEFF GOLD 5:30 p.m. Recording-artist Jeff Gold will be performing live as part of the monthly music program. The Purrfect Cat, 5800 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, 805-419-6116.


Through Feb. 17.
An Irish butcher and a free-spirited American meet in a London train station in this quirky romantic comedy. $25-55. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900 or
Pictured: Joe Spano and Faline England. Photo by Veronica Slavin

BONO AND THE EDGE WAITING FOR GODOMINO’S Feb. 15-16. A satire on celebrity culture wrapped in a parody of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot centered around rock group U2. $20. Namba Performing Arts Space, 47 S. Oak St., Ventura, 805-628-9250 or

NIGHT MUST FALL Feb. 15-March 10. This Agatha Christie-type whodunit was the first play ever produced by the Ojai ACT in 1939. Pillars of the Ojai community will take on the role of Lord Chief Justice for each of the 12 performances. $10-25. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-640-8797 or


AS YOU LIKE IT Through March 10. This Shakespearean comedy about persecution, love and mistaken identity follows two banished noblewomen who find safety and romance in the Forest of Arden. $10-20. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo, 805-388-5716 or

THE HUMANS Through March 10. Three generations living under one roof confront the trials and tribulations of life. Mature subject matter. $22-24. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4645 or .

THE LITTLE PRINCE Through Feb. 24. Young Artists Ensemble presents this tale about loneliness, friendship, love and loss. $20-26. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747 or .

MARY POPPINS Through Feb. 24. A magical musical about an unusual nanny who comes into the lives of the dysfunctional Banks family. $23-25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, 805-529-8700 or

PETER PAN JR. Through Feb. 17. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio presents this beloved musical about the boy who wouldn’t grow up and his adventures with the Darling children in Neverland. $10. OYES Youth Center Stage, 907 El Centro St., Ojai,


MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Feb. 16-May 19: Design in the Making: Ventura County Architecture, the role of architects and designers in affecting positive change. Opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 16, 3-5 p.m. Through March 2: Buenaventura Art Association’s 33rd Annual Open Competition. Through March 31: Chris Hillman: Time Between, rock and roll memorabilia from the local legend and country rock pioneer. 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

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Feb. 15-April 28: From the Earth, the artistic potential of ceramics, including works by Beatrice Wood, Vivicka and Otto Heino, Frank Noyes and local contemporary artists. Opening reception on Friday, Feb. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 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


AGRICULTURE MUSEUM 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

ATRIUM GALLERY Through Feb. 26. Treasures , works that show what the artists value most. 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

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Feb. 23. Art Without Limits, selections from the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit foundation. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381 or

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY Through Feb. 24. Love Languages, artistic depictions of love. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 or .

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through Feb. 17. 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

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

CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM Through March 3: Color Flow , geometric abstracts by Cam Studio guest artist Andy Lepe. 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

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through March 18: Monsters of the Deep: Fact or Fiction . Through March 25: Maarten 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

COMMUNITY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Through April 21. Farm to Table, art centered on food — where it comes from, where it ends up and everything in between. 147 N. Brent St., Ventura, .

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 .

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

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

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through March 10. Living Textures, with works by Patricia Cadenas and Patricia Fabysack. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or

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 .

H GALLERY Through May 31: Tres , Dominga Opazo. Through March 31: Genesis, online gallery and arts publication that explores immigration in this issue. 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

KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb. 28. Garment Girl , Jennifer Vanderpool’s exploration of the global textile industry through both personal and social activism lenses. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or .

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,

MCNISH GALLERY Through Feb. 28. Losing Gravity in the Orbiting Megatropolis , intricate hand-cut and painted sculptural pieces in acrylic and wood by contemporary abstract artist Mela M. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 805-678-5046 or .

MOORPARK COLLEGE ART GALLERY Through Feb. 25. Pause, works of seduction and illusion by Zara Monet Feeney. Administration Building, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, .

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 .

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

NAPA HALL GALLERY Through Feb. 21. Cuentos en Amatl, student renderings using an art form indigenous to Mexico and Latin America; Amoxtli Taxcayollotl: Nuestro Corazon;Quality Video, The PTSD Project and Slices (Grad Wall); Santa Rosa Island Inspirations (Palm-Temporary). CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or

NEW MEDIA GALLERY Through Feb. 28. Observations and Amplifications , Marjorie Moskowitz’s works that examine color and light in nature. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 805-289-6040 or .

OJAI ART CENTER Through Feb. 28. Vie d’Art , a solo exhibition by Valerie Freeman. Reception and auction on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or

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

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

PALERMO Opened Jan. 2019. Portraits of Ventura, acrylic paintings of Ventura by artist Jamie Wells. 321 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-3070.

PORCH GALLERY Through March 3. David Rathman: Field Day , pop-culture scenes and objects in watercolor. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 805-620-7589 or

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through May 12: I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits, featuring Lynn Hanson, Mariana Peirano, Gail Pidduck and many others. Through Feb. 24: 11th Annual Art About Agriculture. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or .

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

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 .

VITA ART CENTER Through Feb. 16. Tapestry and drawings by British pop artist Derek Boshier. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or

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 .