ARTIST WORKSHOP: ALEXANDER CALDER MOBILE SCULPTURES Saturday, Jan. 9, 2 p.m. FREE A family friendly class working with local artists to encourage children’s creativity and self-expression and fun! Recommended for ages 6-9. All experience levels encouraged to attend. Hosted by California Museum of Art, Thousand Oaks. Details and registration are online HERE. 

Thursday – Jan. 7

INTRODUCTION TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: PATENTS, COPYRIGHTS AND TRADEMARKS PART 1 FREE 10-11:30 a.m. This webinar will cover the basics of intellectual property including how to obtain a patent, copyright or trademark and to use them as well as the fundamentals around protecting and optimizing the value of intellectual property. Offered by SCORE Ventura County Chapter, 805-204-6022 email@scoreventura.org. Details and registration online HERE.

PERSEVERANCE TIME: MARS LANDING CHALLENGE 10 a.m. – noon Part of the Fifty and Better Lecture Series this talk with Luis Velasco, a senior engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will explore the Mars 2020 mission that sent the Perseverance rover to the red planet seeking signs of ancient life. Velasco, originally from Mexico, won JPL’s Bruce Murray Award in 2018. The Fifty and Better program was designed to offer university-level courses without homework or tests and social engagement for older adults. The event is free, but you must register by 5 p.m. Jan. 6, for the Zoom link. For more information, go to CalLutheran.edu/fab or contact Christina Tierney at christinahelm@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3290.

EAT SMART, LIVE STRONG 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. First session in a four week course for those 60 and over wanting to learn more about healthy food choices and ways to exercise more. Classes are stand alone, but participants are encouraged to join the full four-weeks. To register call 805-477-7353 or e-mail Christal.Greenlaw@ventura.org.

GUIDED MEDITATION AND DISTANT HEALING 5:30 p.m. FREE This webinar, on the first Thursday of every month, will join you with others around the world to create a powerful healing vortex, sending group healing to those in need. To add a name to the list of those in need of healing email:  info@healinginamerica.com. Details and registration are online HERE. 

DIVERSITY COLLECTIVE POWER HOUR 6-7 p.m. Support and connection for the LGBTQ community. Information and Zoom link is online HERE. 

Friday – Jan. 8

BUSINESS AT BREAKFAST 8 a.m. FREE John Balain and Roy Schneider will discuss: Estate and Tax Planning Techniques, What to Expect in 2021. Offered through the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce. Details and registration are online HERE. 

PUBLIC MEETING: Ventura County Transportation Commission 9 a.m. Agenda and link for meeting are online HERE.

NEW CARE’S ACT BUSINESS RELIEF FUNDING WEBINAR 12 p.m. FREE The Economic Development Collaborative is hosting an informative webinar to discuss the new funding available for small businesses, new unemployment funds, and EIDL. Space is limited. Details and registration is online HERE. 

Saturday – Jan. 9

ARTIST WORKSHOP: ALEXANDER CALDER MOBILE SCULPTURES 2 p.m. FREE A family friendly class working with local artists to encourage children’s creativity and self-expression and fun! Recommended for ages 6-9. All experience levels encouraged to attend. Hosted by California Museum of Art, Thousand Oaks. Details and registration are online HERE. 

Sunday – Jan. 10

STANDING IN THE EYE OF THE STORM 6 p.m. FREE This View from the Mount global event will help build collective ability to be effective agents of change. Hosted by Meditation Mount in Ojai and facilitated by Michael Lindfield. Details and event registration is online HERE. 

Monday – Jan. 11

FREE THANK YOU MEAL FOR RESTAURANT WORKERS 2-4 p.m. As a way of saying thank you to all restaurant workers, The Raven Tavern in Oxnard, is offering a free meal to restaurant workers. Owners Andy Lowe and Ronan Corbett had to shut down the outdoor dining five months after opening and lay off most of their employees but they knew their employees were not the only ones affected. Bring proof of recent employment at any restaurant in Ventura County to receive a free take-out meal. For more information call 805-686-7683 or email info@theraventavern.org. The Raven Tavern, 1651 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. 

Tuesday – Jan. 12

MOM TO MOM PEER SUPPORT GROUP 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. FREE A group for pregnant and postpartum women to explore the array of emotions that come with motherhood. Offered through Dignity Health, St. John’s Regional Medical Center. For details and registration call: 805-988-2784. 

Wednesday – Jan. 13

UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS COMMUNITY MEETING 6 p.m. A public meeting that is part of an annual process to receive input from the public on bus routes and public needs related to bus transportation in Ventura County. The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC). Information and links to meeting are online HERE

Thursday – Jan. 14

MOMMY AND ME SUPPORT GROUP 0-6 months, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | 6-12 months, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. FREE classes to support new moms with guidance for the various age of their infants. Topics include infant massage, infant care, parenting issues, infant CPR, child safety as well as music and games that moms can enjoy with their babies. Offered by Dignity Health Central Coast, available to all. For details and registration call: 805-988-2784. 

EAT SMART, LIVE STRONG 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. First session in a four week course for those 60 and over wanting to learn more about healthy food choices and ways to exercise more. Classes are stand alone, but participants are encouraged to join the full four-weeks. To register call 805-477-7353 or e-mail Christal.Greenlaw@ventura.org.

STREAMING EVENTS ONLINE

VIRTUAL FITNESS Pleasant Valley Recreation Department offers a wide array of online classes – from salsa dancing to minecraft to 5K runs. They even have a Jedi training camp for kids! Offerings are online HERE.

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE Spring semester begins Jan. 25Registration is open now for class offerings for OLLI at Cal State Channel Islands. These programs are college level for ages 50 and over in a wide range of topics: Magic of Ballet, Morocco and Tunisia, Science Fun and more. All classes are online. Full catalog and registration information are online HERE. 

CURRENT COMMUNITY NEEDS AND RESOURCES

VOLUNTEER MEAL DELIVERY FOR SENIORS At least 10 volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Conejo Valley area (including Oak Park, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park). Delivery takes about one to one and a half hours, meals are picked up in Newbury Park at 11:30 a.m. Mon.-Fri. You pick the day/s you deliver. Volunteer application is online at: www.seniorconcerns.org/volunteer. Email application to: volunteers@seniorconcerns.org. Questions? Email: kfowler@seniorconcerns.org. 

FREE NUTRITION COUNSELING FOR SENIORS Offered by registered dietitians through the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging this telephone resource can help those over 60 with their questions about high blood pressure, eating better, controlling diabetes and more. To speak with a VCAAA Registered Dietitian, call 805-406-8332 or 805-340-3084 or email dietitian.realfood@ventura.org. 

NEW ROUND OF FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES Application period Extended to Jan. 13 The application period for Round 2 funding of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is now open and the deadline to apply is Jan. 13, 2021. Micro-grants of $5,000 to $25,000 for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the pandemic are available. Details and application are online HERE.

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS LINE Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Turning Point Foundation has established a phone line for anyone to speak with trained staff to offer support, coping strategies and other resources. The number is: 805-653-5045

JOHN’S BABY BISTRO BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. FREE Support and information on various issues that may arise during breastfeeding. Topics include engorgement, latch difficulties, sore nipple management, establishing and maintaining an adequate milk supply, preparing to return to work, pumping, milk collection and storage, weaning, and other shared concerns. Immediate breastfeeding questions and one-on-one consultations are also available via zoom. For more information and registration call St. John’s lactation office at 805-988-2796. 

VITA ART CENTER Through Jan. 14, 2021: Viewing Ventura: A Group Exhibit and First Responders by Ray Harris. Opened Nov. 14: Pulp Gallery (drawing and other works on paper). 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com. Pictured: “NY Nurse” by Ray Harris

ARTS LISTINGS

Many venues remain closed in compliance with public health orders. Some classes, exhibits and events are available exclusively online. All events are subject to change and cancellation; always verify with venue and/or organizer.

NEW

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Saturday, Jan. 9, 2 p.m. via Zoom: Artist workshop with Alexander Calder, who will walk students through the creation of a mobile sculpture using found objects and recycled materials from home. Ideal for ages 6-9. Free; pre-registration required. Through April 30 online: Defining Beauty, exploring the ever-changing concept of beauty through the works of contemporary artists Zara Monet Feeney, Francene Levinson and Sungjae Lee; and Car Culture, a study and interpretation of those participating in the driving culture of Los Angeles by Jonathan Michael Castillo. Ongoing: Virtual exhibits of Life Interrupted, exploring life during quarantine, and Empathy: Beneath the Surface, multidisciplinary perspectives on the idea of empathy, personal agency and the universal bonds that connect us. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240, cmato.org.

SPICETOPIA Jan. 3-March 7. Buenaventura Art Association artists display their work on the walls of the gourmet spice and tea shop in Downtown Ventura. 576 E. Main St., Ventura. www.spice-topia.com.

VENTURA COUNTY POETRY PROJECT Thursday, Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Poetry reading by Sophia Falco and open mic, streamed live from E.P. Foster Library in Ventura. www.facebook.com/venturacountypoetry.

ZOOMDUNNIT? Jan. 7-9 via Zoom. The Ventura High School Theater Department presents this online melodrama, written and acted by VHS students. $12. onthestage.com/ventura-high-school.

AUDITIONS AND CALLS TO ARTISTS

THE MOUNTAINTOP Jan. 12-13 via Zoom. Conejo Players Theatre is seeking actors for a two-person drama about the last day of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Auditions and some rehearsals will be online through Zoom; some rehearsals and all performances will be at the theater with cast and crew (health and safety guidelines will be followed). Performances March 12-14. To sign up and for more information, visit www.conejoplayers.org/mountaintop-auditions/ or email sahai_lara@aol.com.

realART SPRING JURIED SHOW Through Feb. 21, 2021. realART is now accepting submissions for its spring show, which will be on exhibit March 3-April 30. Sculpture, painting, photography, furniture, jewelry, functional art and wearable art. For submission guidelines and more information, visit whatisrealart.com/spring-juried-show.

STUDENTS ONE ACTS Jan. 12-14 via Zoom. Moorpark College will hold auditions for its Spring 2021 student one-act production, which will consist of 10 pieces. College and high school students are welcome to audition; it is not required to be a current student or theatre major. Auditions will take place via Zoom. To apply and for more information, visit www.moorparkcollege.edu/departments/academic/theatre-arts/auditions-and-rehearsals.

VENTURA COUNTY ARTIST SHOWCASE Through Feb. 17, 2021. The Ventura County Arts Council is currently accepting proposals for work to be displayed in storefront windows in a new exhibition space on Victoria Ave. at Moon Drive in Ventura. Art can be in any medium, but should use the 3D space dynamically and represent the artists’ personal experience of 2020. On exhibit March 11-June 9. For submission guidelines and more information, visit vcartscouncil.org/programs/public-art-displays/victoria-moon-showcase-winter-2021/.

THEATER/PERFORMANCE

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Opened Dec. 20 online. A podcast featuring an all-new musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, put together by the actors from the High Street Broadcast Audio Theater. Free. www.svvac.org/what-s-happening.

ELF: THE MUSICAL Through Jan. 18 online. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’s beloved 2019 holiday production returns for streaming online. Follow Buddy as he leaves the elf community in the North Pole to seek out his human father in New York City. $15-25. www.svvac.org/what-s-happening

ESTELLA SCROOGE Through Jan. 31, streamed online. A mashup of Charles Dickens classics with a modern musical twist that’s perfect for the whole family. $29.99-$49.99. ojaiact.org.

STAY AT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Through Jan. 10 online. A virtual cabaret from the Simi Valley Virtual Arts Center, featuring some of the center’s “all stars” singing a collection of holiday hits. Streamed online. Free. www.svvac.org/what-s-happening.

STROKE OF LUCK Streaming now. The Simi Valley Virtual Arts Center presents the first in its online cabaret series featuring a musical dramedy about one woman’s stroke and recovery. Starring Farley Cadena. www.svvac.org/virtual-cabaret-series

ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing: Virtual exhibits dedicated to Ventura County’s farming and ranching legacy, with antique tractors, farming implements, a living beehive, outdoor gardens and more. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100, venturamuseum.org/visit-agriculture-museum/.

ATRIUM GALLERY Opened Oct. 26. Origin, a virtual exhibition whereby artists reflect on creative beginnings, family history and more. vcartscouncil.org/atrium-gallery/origin/.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Jan. 16 online: Ventura County Handweavers and Spinners Guild 50th Anniversary Exhibition. 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com.

CALIFORNIA OIL MUSEUM Ongoing. Museum from Home” resources, including Mineral Mondays, Women in STEM Wednesdays and Fossil Fridays. Kids’ educational giveaways every month. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-933-0076 or www.caoilmuseum.org or @caoilmuseum.

FOCUS ON THE MASTERS Ongoing. The Learning to See Student Art Showcase online, featuring work by students from Anacapa, Cabrillo, De Anza Academy of Technology; the Arts and Rio del Valle middle schools; and Montalvo, Pierpont and Sierra Linda elementary schools. focusonthemasters.com

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Through Jan. 11, 2021: Members Choice Seaside, with works by several BAA artists depicting local sights and sentiments. 1559 Spinnaker Drive #106, Ventura Harbor Village, 805-644-2750, www.facebook.com/HarborVillageGalleryGifts.

KWAN FONG GALLERY Ongoing. Virtual exhibits: Common Ground: Artists Reimagining Community; Thinh Nguyen: Reorient; Thingamajig VI: A Printmaking Exploration and Documenting History Through Art: The Work of David Labkovski. California Lutheran University, 120 Memorial Parkway, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong/

MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing. Boasting one of the best collections of French automobiles in the world, as well as vehicles, artwork, sculpture and furniture from renowned designer Bugatti. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard, 805-385-5400, mullinautomotivemuseum.com.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Available online now: The MVC Gallery Marketplace has been created to help regional artists sell their works. Through Dec. 31 online: Amendment 19: Votes for Women, stories of Ventura County suffragists and the suffrage movement, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ongoing: Several virtual exhibits, George Stuart Historical Figures® and more. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org

OJAI POTTERY AND CLAY SCHOOL Through March 14. Join the creative clay community for a series of winter classes for throwers and handbuilders, beginner to advanced, online via Zoom and in the studio. $300-395. 212 Fox Street, Ojai, 805-798-3990, classes@ojaipottery.com, www.ojaipottery.com.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Ongoing. While the museum remains closed, it offers a virtual video featuring talented guests such as Perla Batalla, MAD Magazine cartoonist Sergio Aragones, a talk by Bill Weirick and more. Virtual exhibits are also viewable online at www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.

POPPIES ARTS AND GIFTS  Through Jan. 31. Paintings by guest artist Jim Bruce of Ventura. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033, www.poppiesartandgifts.com.

realART Opened Nov. 8. Annual Winter Juried Show with over 50 artists from across the country will be on exhibit in the gallery’s new space. The original gallery will also host artwork by artists such as Lynne Deutch, Diane Williams and John White. Whizin Market Square, 28873 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 310-452-4000, whatisrealart.com.

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Ongoing virtual exhibits. The First Decade: Celebrating Ten Years of Acquisitions, an exhibition of works from the museum’s permanent collection in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. 117   N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.

SIMI VALLEY VIRTUAL ARTS CENTER Ongoing. 25th Anniversary Photography Collection, photography by Jon Neftali and Worth Living For, a suicide prevention art campaign organized by the Simi Valley Youth Council. The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Centers has created an online presence to showcase work from both local and regional artists, theater and performing arts events and more. www.svvac.org.

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS Through Jan. 16 online: Elemental Dreams, jewelry and sculpture crafted in ceramic, glass, metal and wood. Ongoing: Virtual art exhibits include Gallery Virgins, Richard Barnett Portraits, Magical Realism, The Illusionists and Illuminated, as well as artist video talks, online art  classes and children’s educational resources. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368, studiochannelislands.org.

VITA ART CENTER Through Jan. 14, 2021: Viewing Ventura: A Group Exhibit and First Responders by Ray Harris. Opened Nov. 14: Pulp Gallery (drawing and other works on paper). 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Ongoing. Virtual exhibits: Common Ground: Artists Reimagining Community; Meleko Mokgosi: Acts of Resistance, examining formal and informal forms of resistance through figurative paintings that confront the politics and histories of representation; Documenting History Through Art: The Work of David Labkovski, autobiographical paintings and drawings from the artist’s experiences of World War II, the Holocaust and their aftermath; Passionate Perspectives senior art exhibit; and Thingamajig VI: A Printmaking Exploration. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.