FIRST ROBOTICS REGIONAL COMPETITION 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (and Saturday, March 30). Watch 42 high school teams as they form alliances and do battle in order to secure a place at the National Competition in Texas. Ventura College Gymnasium, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, www.frcventuraregional.com.
PARANORMAL WEEKEND AT THE PIERPONT INN 6:30 p.m. (and Saturday, March 30). Join historian and paranormal researcher Craig Owens as he leads an investigation on the grounds of the historic Pierpont Inn. $50. Wyndham Gardens Ventura Pierpont Inn, 550 Sanjon Road, Ventura, https://business.facebook.com/events/650828262020853/.
SPARK’S CONEJO CARES FUNDRAISING AND NETWORKING EVENT 5:30-9 p.m. Enjoy live music, food from a taco truck, and much more with all proceeds benefitting 805 Help, a nonprofit organization that provides support for survivors of local disasters and tragedies. $25. Sunland Vintage Winery, 1321 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. #108-A, Thousand Oaks, www.sparkconejo.com.
AUTHOR FLORENCIA RAMIREZ 1 p.m. Ramirez, author of “Eat Less Water,” will discuss her journey to meet America’s food producers growing food with less water. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-218-9146.
MONARCH MADNESS 9 a.m.-noon. Join the Ventura Land Trust for a morning of pollinator planting fun plus the chance to learn about Monarch butterflies with local butterfly expert Juliana Danaus. Big Rock Preserve, Ventura. For more information and directions, visit www.venturalandtrust.org.
NOT IF, BUT WHEN…: PREPARING THE CITY, VALLEY, AND REGION FOR THE NEXT WILDLAND FIRE 3-5 p.m. This panel, with representatives from fire safety, forest conservation, academia, and others will discuss climate trends, forest management, lessons from the Thomas Fire, and a community wildfire strategy to help minimize the effects of the next event. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai, www.ojaicivildiscourse.org.
POPPIES ART AND GIFTS GRAND OPENING 1-4 p.m. Enjoy music, tarot card readings, and caricature sketches alongside refreshments at this grand opening. Poppies Arts and Gifts, 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033.
SYSTEMIC CONSTELLATIONS FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dr. Hans Gruenn will lead this workshop. $50. Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai, 805 640 0211.
WHEEL HOUSE PLAZA STREET FAIR 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Food trucks, raffles and live music will be had benefitting local police and REACH programs. Wheel House Plaza, 521 W. Channel Islands Blvd., Port Hueneme, www.wheelhouseplaza.com.
A TASTE OF PASSOVER 1-4 p.m. This event is for people who want to taste Passover food and find out how it’s prepared and what it symbolizes. $25. For more information, visit www.amhayam.com.
CAMARILLO RANCH CAR SHOW AND FOOD TRUCK RALLY 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kick off the 2019 Community Event season with a special Sunday afternoon Food Truck Festival featuring a Car Show on the grounds of the Historic Camarillo Ranch. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo, www.camarilloranchfoundation.org.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR AND FUSED GLASS ARTIST FRANCES ELSON 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Elson will share the story of her family’s journey through the Holocaust to freedom in Canada. Ventura Unitarian Universalist Church, 5654 Ralston St., Ventura, www.uuventura.org.
PASSPORT FAIR 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Extra staff will be available to speed up the process and no appointment will be necessary to apply for a first-time passport. Passport photos can be taken for $15. Oxnard Main Post Office, 1961 N. C St., Oxnard, www.usps.com/passport.
THE KARATE KID 35TH ANNIVERSARY Various times (and Tuesday, April 2). This classic follows the coming-of-age story of a bullied teenager who learns how to fight back with karate. $10.50-12.50. Century River Park 16, Oxnard and AMC Thousand Oaks 14, www.fathomevents.com.
TRAC 2019: THE REPRESENTATIONAL ART CONFERENCE Through Thursday, April 4. The conference is focused on the relationship between imagination and 21st-century representational art, with special guest speakers such as famed comedian Cheech Marin, founder of the Riverside Museum of Chicano Art, and more. $65-200. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, www.trac2019.org.
TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY 2-6 p.m. Celebrate inter-community connections within the transgender and gender non-conforming community with a Transgender Pot Luck. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.bit.ly/TDOV19.
THE MAGIC OF ADAM TRENT 7:30 p.m. Adam Trent brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to this high-tech spectacle straight from Broadway. $39-89. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Fred Kavli Theater, www.BroadwayInThousandOaks.com.
NEVER LOOK AWAY 3 p.m. A sweeping romantic historical drama following thirty years in the life of an artist loosely based on Gerhard Richter. $7.50-10.75. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W.Fifth St., Oxnard, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.
LIVINGSTON MEMORIAL VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION DIABETES CLASS 1-2:30 p.m. The class introduces basic information about Type 2 Diabetes with emphasis on the development of an individual plan of care that includes diet, exercise, and blood sugar monitoring. Livingston Memorial VNA, 1996 Eastman Ave., suite 109, Ventura, 805-797-7699.
WOMEN IN POLITICS: WHEN WILL WE HAVE THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT? 7 p.m. The United Democrats for Progress invites community activists Carol Keavney, Tiffany Lewis, Jeannette Sanchez and Darlynn Childress for this discussion. California Lutheran University, Lundring Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-231-4152.
VENTURA COUNTY GARDEN CLUB MEETING 11 a.m. Master Gardener Kelly Green will lead this walk along the Channel Islands National Park visitors center. Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 805-816-6019.
FREE MOVIE & $5 LUNCH FOR SENIORS Noon. Come for the lunch at noon, stay for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at 1 p.m. $5. Camarillo Community Center, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo, www.pvrpd.org.
RAIDERS GOT TALENT 6 p.m. Witness a live film taping and see how shows like “America’s Got Talent” film their productions. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, www.moorparkcollege.edu/PAC.
DISNEY’S MY SON PINOCCHIO JR. March 29-31. An enchanting children’s musical performed by O’MY Theater about the wooden puppet that becomes a boy, told from the perspective of toymaker Geppetto. Free; reservations required. Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, www.omytheater.org.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME Through April 7. When the neighbor’s dog ends up dead in the middle of the night, 15-year-old Christopher is determined to solve the mystery. What he discovers upends his world. Presented by Fractured Actors. Adult themes and strong language; parental guidance is strongly advised. $10-18. Suite J Theater at Ventura Vineyard, 1956 Palma Drive, Ventura, 805-650-2510 or www.venturavineyard.org.
FUDDY MEERS Through March 31. An amnesiac living with her husband and son is abducted by a strange man — an event that reveals that everything is not what it appears to be. $20-55. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL Through March 31. 5-Star Theatricals presents a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book about an intelligent and magically gifted young heroine who overcomes a difficult family and cruel headmistress to find a place where she belongs. $37-86. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 805-449-2787 or www.civicartsplaza.com.
NEWSIES Through 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 simi-arts.org.
BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY March 28-April 21. Con-text, art incorporating letters, words and phrases, and Outstanding Merit Solo Showcases featuring Michelle Nosco and Bonnie Quan. Reception on Friday, April 5, 6-9 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 or www.buenaventuraartassociation.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM April 1-29: Oxnard Union High School District Art Exhibit, celebrating works from students from Adolfo Camarillo, Channel Islands, Condor, Hueneme, Oxnard, Pacifica, Rio Mesa and Rancho Campana. Award ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 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.
E.P. FOSTER LIBRARY April 3-May 1. Focus on the Masters Learning to See Student Art Showcase, featuring work by Elmhurst and Sheridan Way elementary school students. Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. 651 E. Main St., Ventura, www.focusonthemasters.com.
H GALLERY March 30-May 26: Excelsior! A group exhibition. April 1-July 31: Tres by Dominga Opazo. April 1-June 30: Stories (Dab Art Quarterly). Through May 31: Angeles en México: Roma by Michael Swank. Through March 31: Genesis, online gallery and arts publication that explores immigration in this issue. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or www.dabart.me.
OXNARD LIBRARY April 2-29. Focus on the Masters Learning to See Student Art Showcase, featuring work by Sierra Linda and Kamala elementary school students. Awards cereomony on Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. 251 S. A St., Oxnard, www.focusonthemasters.com.
VITA ART CENTER March 30-April 20. Black is the Day, Black is the Night, the effects of long-term isolation and incarceration as seen through the art of Amy Elkins. Preview reception on Saturday, March 30, 4-7 p.m. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or www.vitaartcenter.com.
643 PROJECT SPACE Through March 29. Print Revolution. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, www.643projectspace.com.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through June 9: Santa Paula’s Treasured Architecture, black and white photography by Michael Moore commissioned by the Santa Paula Historical Society. 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.
AMBROSIA BY CAFFRODITE Through April 1. Learning to See Art Showcase featuring art by Turning Point Foundation clients. 1987 E. Main Street, Ventura, 805-628-9289 or www.focusonthemasters.com.
ART CITY Through April 14. Nature 101, the animals with which we share the Earth, from fleas to giant creatures. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 805-648-1690 or artcitygalleryandstudios.com.
ATRIUM GALLERY Through April 9. Up Close, whereby the subject of the art fills the frame. 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.
BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through April 20: Martha Moran, Michael Rohde and Beth Tate. 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 www.beatricewood.com.
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 www.caoilmuseum.org.
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 carolynglasoebaileyfoundation.org.
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, www.buenaventuraartassociation.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 Opened 2019. 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 May 12. Flower Power, with works by Karen Payton and Adonna Ebrahimi. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or www.foxfinejewelry.com.
HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS GALLERIA Through April 22. Seasons. Reception on Saturday, March 30, 4-6 p.m. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747 or hillcrestarts.com.
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. Educational presentation on Monday, April 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or art.csuci.edu.
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.
MCNISH GALLERY Through April 18. Borderlands, artwork centering on borders, politics, landscape, environment and identity. Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, 805-678-5046 or www.oxnardcollege.edu/departments/academic/art/mcnish-gallery.
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. Car show every first Sunday of the month. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard, 805-487-4333 or www.murphyautomuseum.org.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through April 27: Broken: A Holocaust History in Fused Glass by Frances Elson, with glass art, poetry, Cantorial and Yiddish music and more. Artist talk on Friday, April 12, 6-9 p.m. Through May 19: Design in the Making: Ventura County Architecture, the role of architects and designers in affecting positive change. 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 venturamuseum.org.
NAPA HALL GALLERY Through April 5. The F-Word, exploring power structures, politics consumer culture and feminism through fabric and fiber (Kayla Mattes and Elisa Ortega); Seasons of Migration, Elizabeth Souza’s experience as both an immigrant and a descendant of immigrants (Grad Wall); Adolfo Camarillo High School, growing up in a digital world (Palm-Temporary). CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or art.csuci.edu.
NEW MEDIA GALLERY Through April 18. Empoderamienta: The Art of Latina Artists, art as a form of cultural, artistic and social expression. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 805-289-6040 or www.venturacollege.edu/departments/academic/art/art-galleries.
OJAI ART CENTER Through April 3. FUSION, sculpture and collage by Dyan Berk and Mike Stiler. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or www.ojaiartcenter.org.
OJAI CITY GALLERY Through May 31. Ojai Landscape Through the Eye of the Artist, Gayel Childress’ expressive, somewhat mythical mixed-media art that captures the spirit of Ojai. Ojai City Hall Chambers, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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 April 21. Awareness, new works by Japanese calligraphy artists Souun Takeda and Wataru Hatano. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 805-620-7589 or porchgalleryojai.com.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through July 7: Common Ground, garden and landscape art by Meredith Brooks Abbott, Susan Petty and Gail Pidduck. Through May 12: I Am Me: Artists’ Self-Portraits, featuring Lynn Hanson, Mariana Peirano, Gail Pidduck and many others. Through April 28: Mr. Botkes Barns and Blooms. 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 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/.
USB FINANCIAL SERVICES Through June 30. Earth Day. Reception on Wednesday, April 24, 5-7 p.m. 3011 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village. www.conejoarts.org.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through 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 rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.