STATE OF THE COUNTY 11:30 a.m. Join Ventura County CEO Mike Powers for lunch and discuss the economic outlook for the county. $50. Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard.

CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT 7 p.m. The band will perform a slew of pop hits and more. Community Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo.


HERITAGE SQUARE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 6-8 p.m. The concerts offer entertainment to suit every musical preference, this week featuring Truth – Rod Stewart & Jeff Beck Tribute. Heritage Square, 715 S. A St., Oxnard.

HEROES TO LEGENDS” 7:30-10 p.m. For their Phase One performance the HTL dance crew has grown from four to 23 members and will be performing sets from recent competitions, exploring street dance styles through dynamic choreography. $10 . Namba, 47 S. Oak St., Ventura,


CHOWDERFEST Sunday, Aug. 4, 2-6 p.m. Are you absolutely mental about chowder?! Then you don’t want to miss the 4th annual Chowderfest! Guests will enjoy chowder tastings as well as side dishes from restaurants, wine tastings, and craft beer with non-stop music and live entertainment. Proceeds from Chowderfest benefit the Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s many programs. $25-30. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard.

“WALK WITH A DOC” 9-10 a.m. Join two doctors, Megan Mescher-Cox, a board-certified specialist in Internal Medicine and a Lifestyle Medicine specialist, and dermatologist Larissa Larsen for a casual stroll to get some exercise and chat about health tips. Starts with a five minute talk and a warm up stretch. FREE Ventura Pier Boardwalk, meet at the pier. For more info call 805-988-2821.

FLY FISHING AND CASTING THE FLY ROD 9-11 a.m. An introductory class led by Sespe Fly Fishers of Ventura. All are welcome, equipment on hand to share. FREE Chumash Park, 750 S. Petit Ave., Ventura. For more info call Bob Smith at 805-647-3522.

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR PRESENTS CONCERTS BY THE SEA 4-6 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a wide array of musical styles, including jazz, rock, folk, pop, country and blues, today featuring Natalie Gelman. Peninsula Park, 3401 Peninsula Road, Oxnard,

ORGANIC GARDENING 9:30-10:45 a.m. Horticulturalist Sara Morton Oshiro demystifies the organic label in a 45-minute presentation followed by a discussion. You will learn what it really means to buy organic and get tips on growing an organic backyard garden. Then walk through the botanic garden with Sara. Ventura Botanical Gardens $5 members – $10 nonmembers, Registration required. Call Jo Ann 805-231-4672 or online

BOOK SALE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Your love of books will benefit Friends of the Blanchard Community Library. Come load up on fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. Tons to choose from! Get a great book for 50 cents. Park in the north parking lot and come in through the roll up door in the back. 119 North 8th St., Santa Paula.

BALLROOM DANCE AND CLASS 6 p.m.-10 p.m. FREE lessons 6:30-7:20 p.m. Dance starts at 7:30. Live music. $10 at the door. Goebel Adult Community Center 1385 East Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks.

OPC SUMMER NEW WORKS FESTIVAL through Sunday, Aug. 11, various times. A week-long immersion into compelling new plays, special performance events, and opportunities to engage with amazing artists of all ages will be held. For more information including schedule, visit

THOUSAND OAKS DANCE CLUB FEAT. WYATT HAUPT 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.


DALLAS COWBOYS BLUE AND WHITE SCRIMMAGE, 3 p.m. The Dallas Cowboys are back in Oxnard for preseason training. Practices are open to the public and free. This scrimmage and practices are held at River Ridge Fields, 2102 W. Vineyard Avenue, Oxnard. More info and practice schedule at

“WAKE UP! IMAGINGING OUR FUTURE,” 6 p.m. A performance of the Ojai Playwrights Conference; Summer New Works Festival. In “a call for society to wake up,” a series of short, original works exploring possible futures. Featuring local and guest playwrights. $10-$30. Zalk Theatre at Besant Hill School, 8585 N. Ojai Road, Upper Ojai.


THE TROUBLE WITH YOU – EN LIBERTE! 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. A French Comedy (PG-13) in which a widow and learns her dead police chief husband isn’t the man everyone thought he was. English subtitles. Oxnard Film Society Screening at Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. 5th St., Oxnard,

WRITE NIGHT VENTURA 6 – 9 p.m. All writers welcome—from already published to beginner, ages 18 to 100. Facilitated by Heather Hewson and Leslie Hall who will provide timed prompts to “free the imagination and get the ink and stories flowing.  Heather and Leslie believe that the world is better with your writing in it. Tatiana’s Coffee and Tea, 2740 E. Main St., Ventura.

YOUNG ARTIST SHOWCASE 7 p.m. Interns with the Ojai Playwrights Conference will read a solo work they have created after a week immersed in the writing process with conference playwrights. FREE, tickets required. Zalk Theatre at Besant Hill School, 8585 N. Ojai Road, Upper Ojai.


PUBLIC HEARING, VENTURA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, 1 p.m. Supervisors will review and vote on the draft General Plan, a document governing all land use in the unincorporated county through 2040. Elements include Water, Transportation, Open Space and Agriculture. Public comment at the beginning of hearing. County Government Center, Board hearing room, Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura.

SURFRIDER, VENTURA CHAPTER MEETING 6:30-8 p.m. Lucas Zucker from CAUSE is our featured speaker. CAUSE works to advance social, economic, and environmental justice for the people of the Central Coast. Pierpont Racquet Club, 500 Sanjon Rd, Ventura.


DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME 10TH ANNIVERSARY 7 p.m. Relive the agony and ecstasy of this absolutely thrilling two-part story on the big screen starring David Tennant in his final appearance as The Doctor. $12.50. Century River Park 16, 2766 Seaglass Way, Oxnard,

WOMEN’S ECONOMIC VENTURES FREE SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING ORIENTATION 6-7 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

YOUNG ARTIST SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE 7 p.m. High school age writers and performers will present their pieces following a week of mentoring with director Kim Maxwell. Can be raw and is uncensored. Not recommended for children 12 and under. $10-$30. Zalk Theatre at Besant Hill School, 8585 N. Ojai Road, Upper Ojai.


RAINBOW COMEDY NIGHT 6:30 p.m. The event will feature a lineup of LGBTQ+ comedians. $10. Ventura Harbor Comedy Club, 1559 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 205A, Ventura,

ROCK THE COLLECTION: DSB 6-8 p.m. The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard is hosting its Annual Rock The Collection Summer Concert Series, tonight featuring the next best thing to Journey. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Ct., Oxnard,

VENTURA COUNTY MEDICAL RESOURCE FOUNDATION NIGHT OF STARS 5:30-9:15 p.m. Enjoy entertainment and a cocktail reception while honoring local medical professionals. The Lloyd-Butler Estate, 2317 Los Angeles Ave., Oxnard, 805-641-9800.

VENTURA COUNTY PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK MEETING 5:30 p.m. Linda Drevenstedt will offer insights on personal effectiveness at this meeting. Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive, Oxnard,

WAKE UP! COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE 7 p.m. An event of the Ojai Playwrights Conference Summer New Works Festival.  “Art, Science and Community intersect in an electrifying performance event!” Playwrights collaborating with expert scientists and all-star cast to call communities to action on climate change. Music created by T Bone Burnett. Environmental group info tables before the show. Discussion after the show. $10 (student w/ID) -$30. Matilija Junior High Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai,


THE FALL OF LADY M Aug. 2-18. Backstage@SPTC presents this woman-centered twist on Shakespeare’s tragic Scottish play, told through the experiences of two chambermaids and focusing on Lady Macbeth. $15. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4645, or


ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. Through Aug. 4. OYES presents this special rendition of the Lewis Carroll story, with circus-inspired elements that add extra enchantment to Alice’s adventures in a world of nonsense. $10. Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 907 El Centro St., Ojai, 805-646-4300, Pictured: From left, Abby Duclos (The Queen of Hearts), Emily Schurmer (Alice), Jack Tarmy (Royal Page), Penny Kranzler (Cheshire Cat). Photo by Joe Orrega

BURUNDANGA Through Aug. 4. A pregnant graduate student, her boyfriend, a pharmacologist, kidnappers and Basque revolutionaries all collide in this comedy centered on the taking of a truth serum. In Spanish with English supertitles. Presented by Teatro de las Américas. $20. Elite Theatre Company, 2713 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 805-983-2876,

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Through Sept. 1. A “musical within a comedy” and a gentle spoof of the Jazz Age musical, with characters from an album coming to life. Presented by Actors Repertory Theatre of Simi. $20-28. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi, 805-583-7900,

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Through Aug. 11. In this madcap, macabre sci-fi musical, a mild-mannered florist takes special interest in an unusual plant, which feeds on human flesh and grows to monstrous proportions. $15-20. Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, 805-378-1485,

RICHARD II Through Aug. 4. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival continues with Michael J. Arndt directing this historical play about the “philosopher king” whose dispute with Henry Bolingbroke led to the War of the Roses. $15-110. Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks,

WEST SIDE STORY Through Aug. 4. The beloved musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet and set in the rough streets of New York’s Upper West Side, where star-crossed lovers from rival gangs fall in love amidst social conflict and unrest. Presented by 5-Star Theatricals. $33-86. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 805-449-2787,


YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Through Aug. 4. Young Artists Ensemble brings the Mel Brooks classic to the stage. When a mad scientist, a hunchback and a lovely assistant bring a corpse back to life, music, mayhem and hilarity ensue. May not be suitable for younger children. $15-23. Newbury Park High School, 456 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, 805-381-1246, Pictured: Adrian Viecco, Charlotte Green, Sam Bevill and Margaret LeFleur. Photo by Paul Cranmer

BLACKBOARD GALLERY Aug. 3-Sept. 21. Light and Space Through Time, the art of L.A.-based contemporary artist Karrie Ross inspired by light, space, location, nature and water. Opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 3, 4-6 p.m. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368 or

H GALLERY Aug. 1-Oct. 31: POPular, pop art by Janet Milhomme, and I Will Never Love Again (Dab Art Quarterly). Through Aug. 10: Latent Ability, a group exhibition of installation and 3D work. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-626-8876 or

OJAI ART CENTER Aug. 3-29. Ojai Summer Open, a variety of two- and three-dimensional works. Reception on Saturday, Aug. 10, 1-3 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117 or


481 NORTH VENTURA AVENUE Through Dec. 2019. Eyes on the Westside, a temporary art installation by De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts students celebrating the Westside’s diversity and community.

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through Aug. 18: In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte, photographs by David Bacon alongside oral narratives (in English and Spanish) from migrant farm workers; and Farming Youth, shedding light on the harsh realities of Latinx farming communities. Through Dec. 2019: Throwing Shade, the coast live oak tree and its woodland community. 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 Sept. 1. DNA, works inspired by the double helix and its many meanings (scientific, conceptual, personal), including evolution, replication, continuum and more. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 805-648-1690,

ATRIUM GALLERY Through Aug. 20. Illogical Illusion, art that confounds. 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 Aug. 17. Three-artist exhibit with Stephen Edwards, Ted Gall and Sandra Torres; and Abstraction, Ojai Studio Artists Salon. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381 or

BELL ARTS FACTORY STUDIO #79 Through Dec. 2019. Prism, a large-scale painting/immersive art installation by Aliza J. Bejarano that captures the inner child. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-836-2787,

BRITTANY DAVIS GALLERY Through Aug. 11. Nature Amplified, landscapes altered and amplified by Robbie Kaye and Carolyn Fox. 214 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 714-369-9869,

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY Through Aug. 25. From the Desert to the City and Back Again, desert and urban photography from Darlene Roker; and Root and Branch, paintings and mixed media works inspired by trees and their components. Reception on Friday, Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m. 432 N. Ventura Ave., Studio 30, Ventura, 805-648-1235 or

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through Sept. 4. RISK: A Retrospective, murals and paintings by influential Los Angeles graffiti artist and fashion entrepreneur Kelly “RISK” Graval. The exhibition will include an interactive section whereby visitors may add to the works. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240,

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Ongoing. Permanent petroleum exhibits as well as rotating exhibits of science, transportation and history. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-0076 or

CAM STUDIO GALLERY Through Sept. 1. Downside Up, Outside In, CAM Studio Artist Christine Morla’s work inspired by weaving and the Philippine banig (mat). 329 N. Fifth St., Oxnard, 805-240-7347,

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through Aug. 26: Ocean Defenders Alliance Exhibit, informative displays and collections of items removed from marine habitats; Marine Megatropolis, photodocumentation of marine life on oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, 1974-81; and Emma Akmakdjian’s Anthropocene Kelp Forest, created using salvaged nylon fishing ropes. 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 Oct. 27. Aqua Adventures, bodies of water and water-themed getaways. 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

FOX FINE JEWELRY Through Sept. 8. Oceans, Elements and Allure, works that celebrate the beach by Jan Harrington and Connie Tunick. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800 or

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Through Sept. 8. Exhibition of the work of Buenaventura Art Association members. 1559 Spinnaker Drive, #106, Ventura, 805-644-2750, or

JOHN SPOOR BROOME GALLERY Through Aug. 24. Country’s Club, a whimsical but pointed look at American golf culture by Christophe Bourély and Larry Lytle. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, 805-437-2772 or

KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Aug. 1. One Artist Five Oceans, Danielle Eubank’s attempt to capture the essence, personality and many changing forms of water. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697,

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,

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM 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 Through Aug. 9: This inaugural exhibit at the new Fireball Gallery will feature work by five artists — three painter/illustrators, a photographer and a pinstriper — that showcase the best in automotive pop culture and design. 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 Aug. 17: Love, What’s It to Ya, bronze sculptures by Lynn Creighton, and Actual Reality, Carlos Grasso and Peter Fox explore the disconnect between actual and virtual reality. Through Aug. 25: Music by the Masters, the history of the Ojai and Ventura Music Festivals through photos, posters, artwork and more. 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 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

PLAZA PARK Through Nov. 2019. Animal sculptures from Santa Barbara County artist Morris Squire, on loan from the Morris B. Squire Foundation. 500 S. C St., Oxnard.

PORCH GALLERY Through Aug. 11. Looking at Architecture, pairing career artists with career architects. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 805-620-7589 or

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Through Sept. 8: The World of da Vinci, rare folios of the 500-year-old Codex Atlanticus along with reconstructions of his machines and digitally restored art. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 805-522-2977,

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 3: On Location in the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore, selections from the plein air painting club known as Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. Talks and demonstrations will be offered throughout the exhibit’s run. Through Sept. 15: Faces of California, diverse works by 33 artists. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or

SESPE CREEK COLLECTIVE Ongoing. The 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

VITA ART CENTER Through Aug. 23. The Drawing Room, a group exhibition featuring 15 contemporary artists who focus on drawing. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214 or

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Aug. 1: The Last Breath, Qiang Zhang’s depictions of animals on the verge of death or transformation as an expression of nonvisible, internal struggles; and Explore the Eternal Kiln Fire Legend, Chinese Jun porcelain from one of the Five Great Kilns on loan from the Song Royal Kiln in China. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697,