PORTUGUESE FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEETING 11:30 a.m. This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent, or, interested in the Portuguese culture.  Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-483-4168.

VENTURA COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY MEETING 6:30 p.m. John Schoustra, owner of Greenwood Daylily Gardens, will tell us about daylilies, irises, cannas, clivias and geraniums and pelargoniums, and how he breeds and grows these plants. Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center, 5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo,


AMBER BROWN IS NOT A CRAYON 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. This musical follows a feisty young woman who refuses to let her problems get the best of her. $3-5. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard,

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB STEAM FAMILY NIGHT OPEN HOUSE 5-7 p.m. Families are invited to learn all about the programs and experiences the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley (BGCCGV) will offer this summer. Los Cerritos Middle School, 1980 E. Avenida de las Flores, Thousand Oaks,

CAL LUTHERAN 48-HOUR FILM JAM 7 p.m. (through Sunday, March 3, 7 p.m.). Teams of directors, writers, actors, editors and cinematographers are assigned a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue and have 48 hours to create a short movie containing those element. For more information, contact


AIDS WALK VENTURA Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ongina, HIV activist and contestant in Ru Paul’s Drag Race, will host the event for over 2,000 participants. The event kicks off with a 5k walk at 10 a.m.  Peruse the health fair featuring information and service from over 20 health-related agencies following the walk. Plaza Park, 651 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura,

FOURTH ANNUAL ‘SPARKLER’ ART SALE AND FUNDRAISER 5-9 p.m. A silent auction and artwork will be on display and for sale at this fundraiser benefitting the program for artists with developmental disabilities. $50. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo,

32ND ANNUAL SPRING ART & CRAFTS FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop for unique handmade items from more than 100 artisans and craft persons from throughout Southern California. Borchard Community Center, 190 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, 805-381-2791.

ASSEMBLYMEMBER JACQUI IRWIN COFFEE SESSION 9:30-11 a.m. Talk with Assemblymember Irwin at this sidewalk session where she’ll discuss goings on in the legislature. Heritage Coffee, 210 W. Seventh St., Oxnard, 805-482-1904.

FREE CLOTHING SWAP 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Drop off lightly used clothes they no longer want and pick up apparel that others have donated as part of this art exhibit tackling fast fashion. Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks,

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BLANCHARD COMMUNITY LIBRARY BOOK SALE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thousands of books will be for sale at a discount price. Blanchard Library, 119 N. Eighth St., Santa Paula,

VENTURA GEM SHOW:  57TH ANNUAL GEM, MINERAL, JEWELRY ARTS & FOSSIL SHOW Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday 4 p.m.). Over 50 exhibits featuring gems, minerals, fossils, meteorites, lapidary and jewelry arts alongside demos of lapidary arts, jewelry making and gold panning will be hosted at this 57-year-old event. Interspersed throughout the day will be silent auctions and a raffle as well as a Country Store flea market and plant sale. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura,

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY POSTER CONTEST 11 a.m.-2 p.m. To give local children a chance to be part of this worldwide experience, Girls Club Strong and the museum will host a poster contest inspired by this year’s theme of gender balance for all. California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks,

KITTYLAND RESORT OPEN HOUSE Noon-3 p.m. Explore this cat hotel at their open house. Kittyland Resort, 2443 Portola Road, Ventura, 805-207-8600.

OPEN HOUSE AT THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE 9:45 a.m. The event is open to prospective students, parents, teachers, youth ministers, pastors, and anyone else who would like to learn more about the College’s unique program of Catholic liberal education. Thomas Aquinas College, 10,000 Ojai Road, Santa Paula,

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY 10 a.m.-noon. Two local authors will be reading their own written works as part of Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration. Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo, 805-482-1996.

SESPE FLYFISHERS OF VENTURA WORKSHOP 9-11 a.m. Experienced or a complete novice, the Sespe Fly fishers will help you learn and enjoy this sport. Chumash Park, Petit and Waco, Ventura,

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

VENTURA FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY 50TH ANNIVERSARY BIRTHDAY PARTY 1-3 p.m. Celebrate the Friends’ unique history at this unique birthday celebration. Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave.,


CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE 3 p.m. Zlatomir Fung, Cellist, with Janice Carissa, Pianist, will perform Selections from 11 Capricci for Solo Cello and more. $25. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai,

FAMILY PHOTO WORKSHOP 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2-3:15 p.m. Participants will use natural elements, explore photographic composition and learn the photographic processes to create works of art in the spirit of one of America’s most influential photographers, Ansel Adams. $10 per family. California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks,


MY WIFE 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. A portrait of a 30-year old marriage starring Glenn Close and Joe Castleman. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard,


COMMUNITY GUIDED MEDITATION & ENERGY HEALING EVENING 7-8:30 p.m. Join this healing circle hosted by Healing in America. $20. Healing in America, 107 W Aliso St., Ojai,


GOLD COAST MODULAR RAILROAD CLUB MEETING 6-9 p.m. Get together and talk about model trains in this club which meets monthly. Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard,

VENTURA COUNTY GARDEN CLUB MEETING 11 a.m. The club will tour Gardens of the World and learn about the eclectic variety of plants. RSVP required. Gardens of the World, 2001 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-816-6019.


“CALIFORNIA’S YEAR-ROUND WILDFIRE SEASON – THE NEW ABNORMAL” 7 p.m. Dr. Sean Anderson, Departmental Chair of the Environmental Science and Resource Management Program at California State University Channel Islands, will present this lecture. Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura,

CURATOR’S PERSPECTIVE: IRVING PENN 7-8:30 p.m. With a body of work stretching from portraits of Pablo Picasso, Marlene Dietrich and Alfred Hitchcock to still lifes to glamorous fashion photos for Vogue, curator Colin Westerbeck will discuss the work of photographer Irving Penn. $10. California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks,

FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR EVENT Noon. The event will recognize those individuals who have distinguished themselves throughout the year by their work and commitment to the Department and the community. $35. Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard, 805-385-7720.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT WORKSHOP 5:30-7 p.m. Members of the Ojai Women’s Fund Grants Committee will walk through the new 2019 application, explain the application process, and take questions from the attendees. HELP of Ojai, 111 Santa Ana St., Ojai,


AMBER BROWN IS NOT A CRAYON Friday, March 1, 10 a.m and 4:30 p.m. Artspower presents a funny and forthright musical for kids about a feisty young girl navigating changes in friend and family relationships. $3-5. Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, 805-486-2424 or

ART March 1-10. A large, expensive painting creates rifts between three longtime friends in this acerbic comedy by French playwright Yasmina Reza. $15-19. The Alcazar Theater, 4916 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, 805-684-6380 or

NEWSIES March 2-April 14. In this rollicking, rousing musical by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi, newsboys across New York City go on strike after a publisher cuts their wages. $20-28. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi, 805-583-7900 or

SWEENEY TODD March 1-24. A dark, witty musical thriller set in 19th century London and centered on a vengeful barber, a struggling baker and a macabre arrangement. Rated R. $18-20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-3715 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

BREAKING LEGS Through March 24. Comedy and mayhem ensue when a mob boss finances the production of a play written by a college professor. $17-20. Elite Theatre Company, 2731 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 805-483-5118 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

NIGHT MUST FALL Through 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


WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Feb. 28-April 11. Pathos Along a Contemporary Frontier: Border Paintings by Rigoberto Alonso Gonzalez, large-scale, graphic Neo-Baroque paintings that capture the violence and trauma found along the Rio Grande border. Note: Images feature depictions of violence that may be challenging for some viewers. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697 or Pictured: “Crotalus” (2017), oil on linen, 30 in. x 36 in. Courtesy of The Dr. Esteban Ortega Brown Collection.

ATRIUM GALLERY March 1-April 9. Up Close, whereby the subject of the art fills the frame. Reception on Friday, March 15, 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

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY Feb. 28-March 24. Things With Wings, birds, butterflies, dragons, airplanes and other things that fly. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 or

CAROLYN GLASOE BAILEY FOUNDATION Through April 27. The foundation kicks off its new Ojai Institute with exhibitions by its first artists in residence, Marc Swanson and Joe Mama-Nitzberg. 248 S. Montgomery, unit A, Ojai, 805-633-9188 or

H GALLERY March 1-May 31: Angeles en México: Roma, by Michael Swank. Through May 31: Tres, Dominga OpazoThrough March 31: Genesis, online gallery and arts publication that explores immigration in this issue. Through Feb. 28: Petit a Petit, abstract photos by Lisa Caren. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or

NAPA HALL GALLERY March 4-April 5. The F-Word (Kayla Mattes and Elisa Ortega); Seasons of Migration (Elizabeth Souza; Grad Wall); Adolfo Camarillo High School (Palm-Temporary). CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or

OJAI ART CENTER March 1-31: Solo exhibition by Dyan Berk. Through Feb. 28: Vie d’Art, a solo exhibition by Valerie Freeman.113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM March 2-July 7: Common Ground, garden and landscape art by Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty and Gail Pidduck. Opening reception on Saturday, March 2, 4-6 p.m. Through May 12: I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits, featuring Lynn Hanson, Mariana Peirano, Gail Pidduck and many others. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or

VITA ART CENTER March 1-22. Women on the Rise 2019, works by Hilary Brace, Linda Ekstrom, Peggy Pownall and Astrid Preston — artists who will be documented by Focus on the Masters in 2019. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 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

ART CITY Through April 14. Nature 101, the animals with which we share the Earth, from fleas to giant creatures. Reception on Saturday, March 2, 4 p.m. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 805-648-1690 or

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through March 30. Art Without Limits, selections from the Santa Barbara-based nonprofit foundation. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381 or

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through March 24. In Focus: Ansel Adams, highlights from the Lawrence Janss Collection. Lecture on Irving Penn on Thursday, March 7, 7-8:30 p.m. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240 or

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Through March 31: 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. 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 Opened 2019. 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

JOHN SPOOR BROOME GALLERY Through April 10. Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness, a touring exhibit on Native American healing practices. Reception with dance and presentation on Tuesday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. Educational presentation on Monday, April 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 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

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. Car show every first Sunday of the month. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard, 805-487-4333 or

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through May 19: Design in the Making: Ventura County Architecture, the role of architects and designers in affecting positive change. 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

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 VALLEY MUSEUM Through 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. 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

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

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 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