4TH ANNUAL .PAAK HOUSE | Wednesday, Dec. 22, 4 p.m. Oxnard son Anderson .Paak brings back this fun, uplifting community event celebrating life through music, love and community. The event is in person and streaming. An all ages, in person and streaming live event presented by Brandon Anderson Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Tickets starting at $27. Children under 5 are free. Proof of vaccination required or Negative COVID test within 72 hours for all attendees 12 and over. Oxnard College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. www.paakhouse.org
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BLOOD DRIVE | 10 a.m. The community has an urgent need for blood. Each donation of blood will help three patients in need. Make an appointment: 1-800-RED-CROSS or at www.RedCrossBlood.org. American Red Cross, 836 Calle Plano, Camarillo.
WILD LIGHTS AND DISCO NIGHTS | 6 – 8:30 p.m. Visit the zoo at night under disco lights. Bring family and friends for this outdoor, cozy, holiday event at the zoo at Moorpark College. Stroll through a sparkling disco ball forest and visit Ira the Lion under his Den Canopy of Lights. Dance and groove in the Arctic Lights with holiday music, have some treats and enjoy a special evening visit with the animals. $7-$11. Call: 818-493-4966 for more information. America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. www.moorparkcollege.edu/teaching-zoo
CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Find your holiday cheer at the farm – with a visit with Santa, reindeer games, tractor-drawn wagon rides and animal shows. $12 weekend admission. Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/christmas-on-the-farm/
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES | 4:30-7 p.m. In-person and online services. Coastline Bible Church, 426 S. Mills Road, Ventura. www.coastlinebible.org
SATURDAY – Merry Christmas
CARS AND COFFEE | 7-10 a.m. Make sure to polish the chrome. Then come enjoy your morning coffee and all the great cars. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf parking lot, 4360 E. Main Street, Ventura.
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING | Through Jan. 7. Ventura County residents can bring their christmas trees to be brought to Agromin, or left curbside to be cut and composted into mulch. Trees left for curbside pickup must completely fit inside the green-waste recycling barrel. All decorations must be removed from the tree. Those who drop off trees will receive a free bag of potting soil. Drop off is available at two locations: Agromin Composting Facility, 6859 Arnold Road, Oxnard, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; or Agromin Corporate Office, 201 Kinetic Drive, Oxnard, 805-485-9200. www.agromin.com
CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR FARMERS MARKET | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Farmers, fisherman and various vendors selling seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, baked goods, crafts and more. Special seasonal and holiday items are available in December. Marine Emporium Landing, Channel Islands Harbor, 3850 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. www.channelislandsharbor.org/listing/farmers-market/
OXNARD’S CHRISTMAS TREE LANE | Final day. After all the gifts are exchanged, and dishes washed. Or maybe you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the previous weeks and long for a quiet stroll to visit the historical homes lit up for the season. Near Downtown Oxnard, F and G Streets between 5th and Palm Street through the Oxnard National Historic District. To experience it from the safety of your car, follow the route marked out. www.facebook.com/Oxnard-Christmas-Tree-Lane-135213616537645.
OJAI VALLEY UKULELE CLUB | 9 – 10 a.m. Gather to play and sing and enjoy the fun of the ukulele. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai.
KIDS, TEEN DROP-IN POTTERY CLASS | 2:30-4 p.m. All levels welcome. Four sessions $100 plus $20 materials. Register in advance 805-272-8760. www.firestickpottery.com
ONE TEAM SCAVENGER HUNT | 6 p.m. to Wednesday, 6 a.m. Get a small group of friends together for this fun scavenger hunt across town. Follow the online clues, and solve puzzles while learning about local history. You can register and take as long as you want or race against the clock to win first place. Details online at www.puzzlingadventures.com
MIDWEEK MEDITATION | 6:30-8 p.m. This weekly mediation session rotates topics. This class, the fifth Wednesday of the month, will focus on the Way of Council. 805-643-1933. Center for Spiritual Living, 101 S. Laurel St., Ventura. www.venturacsl.org
BACK IN THE HIGH LIFE | 7:30 p.m. The famous, dynamic and incredibly fun a cappella group Straight No Chaser is performing for one night only in Thousand Oaks. Expect to be brought to your feet by unfettered voices through R&B, smooth jams, holiday tunes and stadium anthems with style, a bit of swagger and a lot of spirit. $49.50-$79. Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000. 805-449-2787. Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. www.bapacthousandoaks.com
COMMUNITY NEEDS, OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES
ENVIRONMENTAL VOICES ACADEMY | Application deadline Jan. 4, 2022. Climate First! Replacing Oil and Gas is now accepting applications for the Spring session of the Environmental Voices Academy. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors from Ventura County are eligible to apply. The 14-week mentorship program includes virtual and in-person components to support rising activists in gaining real-world environmental advocacy experience by providing an opportunity to network with working activists, scientists and university educators. Application and details are online at: www.cfrog.org/what-we-do/environmental-voices-academy/
SNOW N GLOW HOLIDAY FESTIVAL | Every day through Jan. 2 Grab your snow boots and mittens because the forecast is calling for a blizzard — at the beach! The rare storm event will create a magical wonderland to stroll through and there will be enough snow for sledding! Enjoy the million twinkling lights through snowy pathways leading to winter games, hot cocoa and winter treat stands. For those wanting to liven up a private party, or create a unique romantic setting with some winter flare, private igloos are available for rent. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. www.snownglow.com.
Some classes, exhibits and events are available exclusively online. All events are subject to change and cancellation; always verify with venue and/or organizer.
FINDING CHRISTMAS SPIRIT WITH GRANDMA Dec. 24-25. Every Now and Then Theatre and Conejo Players Theatre jointly present this heartwarming radio drama about a grandmother who shares stories with her grandson to help him regain his holiday spirit. Airs online at the KVTA website on Friday, Dec. 24, at 3 and 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 25, at 8 a.m., 5 and 11 p.m. Click on “listen Live” at www.kvta.com.
AUDITIONS/CALLS TO ARTISTS
DAB ART Ongoing. The contemporary art organization is currently seeking submissions of work in any media for group and solo exhibitions at H Gallery and Studios in Ventura. Submit three to 20 images; $35 entry fee. For submission guidelines, online application and more information, visit www.dabart.me/ventura-2.
EMERGENCE Through Jan. 10, 2022. Studio Channel Islands invites submissions of any visual media from emerging artists — juniors, seniors and recent graduates from local universities — to participate in an exhibit opening Feb. 5, 2022. Participating artists will be considered for the Gerd Koch Award for Excellence. Deadline for submission: Jan. 10, 2022. For submission guidelines and more information, visit studiochannelislands.org/emergence.
UNMASKING Through Dec. 30. The Ventura County Arts Council invites artists to submit proposals for an exhibit to be displayed in storefront windows at Victoria Avenue and Moon Drive in Ventura. Unmasking will examine portraiture today in light of the lengthy period we spent wearing face coverings. Each window should be conceived as a diorama. Deadline for submission is Dec. 30. Exhibition runs Jan. 22-April 9, 2022. For fees, submission guidelines and more information, visit vcartscouncil.org/programs/public-art-displays/victoria-moon-showcase-winter-2022/.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Ongoing. Farm to Market, an interactive exhibit promoting healthy lifestyles through role play. Tomols to Trains: County Transportation through the 1900s. Antique tractors, farming implements, a living beehive and more. Hours: Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100, venturamuseum.org/visit-agriculture-museum/.
ATRIUM GALLERY Through Jan. 4, 2022. 9th Annual Exhibit of the National Arts Program for Ventura County Employees and Family Members. Hall of Administration, Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, vcartscouncil.org.
BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Dec. 26. BeatoWear/BeatoWare, a collection of ceramics and fabrics created by local artists and paying homage to Beatrice Wood. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com.
BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION Through Dec. 24. The Language of Color, paintings by Bonny Butler; and Sunrise to Night Skies, watercolor and ink paintings by Mariah Bentley. Studio 99, Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-648-1235, buenaventuraartassociation.org.
CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through Jan. 9, 2022: GIFTED: Collecting the Art of California at Gardena High School, 1919-1956. For nearly 40 years, seniors at Gardena High School selected, purchased and donated works of art to the school. Today, the collection is regarded as one of the nation’s finest selections of early 20th century California art, from plein air painting to the Arts and Crafts Movement. Ongoing: Some online exhibits continue to be available. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240, cmato.org.
CANVAS AND PAPER Opened Oct. 14. Nudes by Ivon Hitchens. 311 N. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-798-9301, www.canvasandpaper.org.
CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Ongoing. Maritime art covering Asian, European and American seafaring history; the Marple Model Ship Collection; exhibits on whales, sailors and the Port of Hueneme and more. 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, 805-984-6260, cimmvc.org.
DOWNTOWN VENTURA (various locations) Through Jan. 7, 2022. Women’s Qualities, an outdoor art installation by New York-based artist Ghada Amer. Steel-framed planters create letters that spell out Beautiful, Caring, Determined, Loving, Nurturing, Resilient and Strong, which are placed at a variety of locations throughout Downtown Ventura. Originally commissioned for Desert X 2021 and loaned to the city courtesy of the Museum of Ventura County, Downtown Ventura Partners and Ventura Botanical Gardens. For more on information and locations of the installations, visit www.venturamuseum.org.
DUDLEY HOUSE HISTORIC MUSEUM Ongoing. The National Historic Landmark was built in 1892 by Selwyn Shaw for lima bean farmer B.W. Dudley, and is one of the last pioneer farmhouses in Ventura. On display are artifacts and other elements showcasing aspects of life from 1895 to 1925. Open for tours the first Sunday of the month. COVID protocols will be strictly followed. 197 N. Ashwood Ave., Ventura, 805-642-3345, dudleyhouse.org.
FOX FINE JEWELRY Through January 2022. Purely Portraits, featuring paintings by Galina Richardson and Sandy Treadwell. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800, www.foxfinejewelry.com.
H GALLERY AND STUDIOS Through Jan. 9, 2022: Major Tom, a group exhibition of work from experimental artists facing the unknown through unconventional materials, innovative techniques and unusual subjects. Also on display: Just Another Day in Paradise and Biotic Beings. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, www.dabart.me/ventura-2.
HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Through Jan. 11, 2022: New members show. Ongoing: Buenaventura Art Association members showcase and sell their work. Masks and social distancing required. 1559 Spinnaker Drive #106, Ventura Harbor Village, 805-644-2750, www.facebook.com/HarborVillageGalleryGifts.
KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Feb. 3, 2022. Now Is the Happiest Time of Your Life, vivid and violent oil paintings by representational artist Carl Dobsky that focus on crude, cruel and savage human behavior. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, blogs.callutheran.edu/kwanfong.
MULLIN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Ongoing. The famed auto museum pays tribute to French automotive design, with coaches from the 1800s, Bugattis from the 1920s-30s, Concours d’Elegance winners and more. Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; advance tickets required. 1421 Emerson Ave., Oxnard, 805-385-5400, mullinautomotivemuseum.com.
MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM Ongoing. Impressive display of vintage automobiles and Americana, as well as the Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club and the car-centric art in the Fireball Art Gallery. Muscles and Mojo car show in the parking lot every first and third Sunday of the month. The museum is now open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1930 Eastman Ave., Oxnard, 805-487-4333, www.murphyautomuseum.org.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Through Spring 2022: Arte Para la Gente, the collected works of Margaret Garcia. Online: Out and Back: Ventura County Outdoor Adventures, a newly digitized collection of photographs taken from reels of film created by lifelong Ventura County resident and avid outdoorsman Herman Keene (1879-1965). Ongoing: MVC Gallery Marketplace, exhibits devoted to the Chumash, the history of Ventura County, George Stuart Historical Figures® and more. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org.
OJAI ART CENTER Through Jan. 5. Fibervision, works of textile and fiber art from the Santa Barbara art group Fibervision. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org/art.html.
OJAI INSTITUTE Through Feb. 26, 2022. Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to present Sounds For Survival, a solo exhibition project by Jovan C. Speller, a Minnesota artist known for interpreting historic narratives through contemporary discourse. 248 S. Montgomery St., Unit A, Ojai, 805-633-9188, theojaiinstitute.org.
OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through March 13: Ojai Warming: Flora and Fauna in the Time of Climate Change, images and photos that show us the rare and endangered species in this area . . . and what we stand to lose due to drought, wildfires, extreme temperatures and habitat destruction. Ongoing: Small exhibitions on a range of topics related to the history of the Ojai Valley, as well as virtual talks and more. Now open Friday-Sunday. 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-640-1390, www.ojaivalleymuseum.org.
OLIVAS ADOBE HISTORIC PARK Ongoing. The Olivas Adobe is now open the second Sunday of each month for visitors, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The historic park invites all plein air artists to come out to the site for creative inspiration, from the rose garden and 160-year-old fuchsia to the rancho and the bell tower. In addition, Laura Jean Jespersen’s The Romance of the Adobe will be on exhibit in the small adobe. There will be raffles, historic interpreters, an al fresco gift shop and more. 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, www.cityofventura.ca.gov/OlivasAdobe.
POPPIES ART AND GIFTS Ongoing. Gifts, jewelry, decor and more made by local artists. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033, www.poppiesartandgifts.com.
PORCH GALLERY Through Jan. 3, 2022: Before the Wilt, botanical paintings by Renee Fox and Mary Warner realized through intense color, hyper-realism and dramatic scale. Fox’s orchids suggest new birth, while the sunflowers and zinnias of Warner are more weathered and mature, together creating a tableaux of the floral life cycle and hinting at the threat of environmental ruin. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-620-7589, porchgalleryojai.com.
RANCHO CAMULOS MUSEUM Ongoing. The 40-acre landmark and museum is one of the best surviving examples of an early California rancho and honors the area’s Spanish and Mexican heritage. “Last Sundays at the Landmark” take place the last Sunday of every month, and include docent-led tours, music and more. Open every Sunday for docent-led tours; group and special-focus tours by appointment. Situated off of Highway 126, two miles east of Piru. 805-521-1501, www.ranchocamulos.org.
realART Opened Oct. 3. The art gallery in Whizin Market Square will host a new show with works by a variety of contemporary artists, including CW Slade, John M. White, Sheila Daube, James Volkert, Elise Marshall, Lynne Deutch and others. Whizin Market Square, 28861 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 310-452-4000, buyrealart.com.
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Opened July 2. FBI: From Al Qaeda to Al Capone, covering the history of the organization from its inception to modern day. Exhibit will include a Thompson machine gun and the original Unabomber Manifesto. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800-410-8354, www.reaganfoundation.org.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through March 6, 2022: The 13th Annual Art About Agriculture, with 66 fresh works from 60 distinct artists that explore the many facets of agriculture. Through Jan. 9, 2022: Work From Home, work created close to home during the pandemic by 50 California artists. The museum is now open, Wednesdays-Sundays. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org.
SPICETOPIA Through Jan. 20, 2022. $100 and Under Holiday Show, items ready for gift giving. 576 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-628-3267, www.spice-topia.com.
STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS 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.
VENTURA POTTERY GALLERY Starting Nov. 20: Second Annual ’Tis the Season for Holiday Giving event: Customers who spent $25 or more will receive a free gift (one gift per customer; while supplies last). Ongoing: Talented ceramic artists from across Ventura County make up the Ventura County Potters Guild, and they display their works — housewares, home decor, figurines and more — at the guild’s gallery and shop in Ventura Harbor. 1567 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105, Ventura, 805- 644-6800, venturapottersguild.org/gallery.
VERY VENTURA GIFT SHOP AND GALLERY Through Jan. 20, 2022. Inspirations from Nature, images of the natural world by Buenaventura Art Association members. 540 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-628-3540, very-ventura.com.
WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Feb. 3, 2022: The Otherworld, visionary paintings by artists that imagine the world as another place. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.