PICTURED: VENTURA SPRING WINE WALK AND VENDOR FAIR | Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The Ventura Spring Wine Walk and Vendor Fair will once again return to beautiful Ventura this weekend! It kicks off with the free vendor fair from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with artists, crafters, live music and more from the Museum of Ventura County through the 600 block of Main Street. The street fair and entertainment is free and open to the public. The Wine Walk itself takes place 3-6 p.m., and will showcase wineries and breweries in downtown businesses. The VIP Bunny Lounge in Plaza Park will offer a brunch buffet, exclusive wine pours and entertainment. All guests must start at a designated check-in location — Plaza Park or Bombay Bar and Grill. Regular tickets $49; $99 for VIP tickets. To purchase and for more information, visit www.springwinewalk.com

Happenings includes community events, meetings, classes, resources, needs and Arts Listings. To submit an item for inclusion email to: happenings@vcreporter.com


REMEMBERING CESAR CHAVEZ | 12-2 p.m. Join us as we commemorate Cesar Chavez’s accomplishments and contributions to the agricultural sector, farmworkers, Chicanos, and more. Learn more about the traditions, history, and culture surrounding Cesar Chavez/Mexican Americans. There will be speakers, community groups, poetry, music, food, Aztec dance and a special art gallery. Presented by MEChA de Ventura College. Ventura College Outdoor Theater, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, 805-289-6000, www.venturacollege.edu/events/remembering-cesar-chavez-person-event

YOUR UNIQUE BIRTHING EXPERIENCE | 6 p.m. Getting ready for your new baby is an exciting time filled with many preparations. Community Memorial Hospital is here to support expectant parents as they plan for the birth of their baby. Join our maternity team for this special event as we share information about our facility, resources and support, and answer your questions about what to expect from your hospital experience when you welcome your newest addition at CMH. This free event features a virtual tour of our Mother Baby Unit and a live question and answer session with our maternity experts. Registration required; RSVP at www.cmhshealth.org/speaker-series/


PHOTOS WITH THE SPRING BUNNY | Through April 16. Bring the whole family over for some festive spring photos. Capture the moment as the little ones meet everyone’s favorite bunny and pose for a special picture. Pets are welcome too! A variety of photo packages are available for purchase. Photos with the Spring Bunny will take place next to The Annex Food Hall at 546 Collection Blvd. For additional information, please call Guest Services at 805-342-7363. There are no reservations — photos are on a first-come, first-served basis.

TAFT GARDENS SPRING PLANT SALE | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate spring at the Taft Gardens Plant Sale. The gift shop will be a hum of activity with a fully stocked nursery! We will have two time slots available for sign up on both Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. Visit our Events Page to secure your Parking Spot! www.taftgardens.org

VENTURA COUNTY PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK | 5:30-8 p.m. Mix and mingle starting at 5:30 p.m. $40 dinner, no host bar, raffles. Everyone is welcome. La Dolce Vita/1901 Restaurant at Heritage Square, 740 S. B St., Oxnard.  Register at VCPWN.org.

PRINCE AGAIN | 7 p.m. Join Camarillo Fiesta Association as Prince Again captivates us with the iconic rhythm of Prince. Face Masks Required. Proceeds Support Rancho Campana High School. $15-25. Rancho Campana High School, 4235 Mar Vista Drive, Camarillo, www.eventbrite.com/e/prince-again-a-prince-tribute-tickets-229133473387.

CHER, ELTON, STREISAND, BOCELLI | Friday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. Twin brothers Anthony and Eddie Edwards are the country’s premiere celebrity illusionists! Utilizing the latest Hollywood-grade makeup and prosthetics as well as the fashion designers of the stars themselves, the result is a non-stop parade of stars on stage that are all at once amazing, funny and entertaining. As one newspaper review noted “they bring such love and attention to recreating celebrities that in many ways it’s better than watching the real thing!” $44.50-$54.50. Scherr Forum Theater, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, www.bapacthousandoaks.com/shows.


TAFT GARDENS SPRING PLANT SALE | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrate spring at the Taft Gardens Plant Sale. The gift shop will be a hum of activity with a fully stocked nursery! We will have two time slots available for sign up on both Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. Visit our Events Page to secure your Parking Spot! www.taftgardens.org.

TOMATOMANIA | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; also on April 10. The world’s largest traveling seedling show is coming to the Somis Farm Center of Underwood Family Farms. Tomatomania will bring specialty and obscure tomato plant varieties including cherry, grape and heirloom. Not only will there be an abundance of unique tomato plants available, but normal everyday garden varieties as well. There is no admission or ticket required to attend. 5696 E. Los Angeles Ave., Somis, 805-386-4660, www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/somis/

THE HUNT | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Hunt is back for 2022 with thousands of eggs for your little ones to collect! We’ll have separate age groups going at different times so kids of all ages can join in on the fun! There will be music, the Easter Bunny, the Kid Zone featuring rides and bounce houses, and loads of springtime fun for everyone! Afterward, join us for the free Spring Street Fair featuring hundreds of local crafters and vendors showcasing unique goods and kid-approved food. The event is free but registration is required. Wristband for unlimited rides in the Kid Zone is $19.99. For registration, tickets, schedule and more information, visit www.cbfproductions.com

BANK OF BOOKS SANTA PAULA BOOK SIGNINGS | 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Kelly Conway, My Dad’s Funnier than Your Dad; Raeshell Rozet, Dancing the Salsa and Spirit and the Wolfman; Laura Stellino, Magic Rabbit; and Betsy Blanchard Chess, Daughter of the Land. Bank of Books, 820 E. Main St., Santa Paula, www.bankofbooks.com.

BANK OF BOOKS VENTURA BOOK SIGNINGS | 1-3 p.m. JC Stevens will be at the bookshop to sign copies of Dragon Lad Trilogy, joined by PL Tavormina with Industrial Age Trilogy. 748 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-3154, www.bankofbooks.com.

MARIPOSAS DEL CAMPO | 2 p.m. The Museum of Ventura County screens an award-winning film by Bill Yahraus and Robin Rosenthal and sponsored by the Latino Advisory Committee, Oxnard Film Society and MICOP. The film shares the stories of Indigenous Mixtec, Zapotec, and Purépecha teenagers from Mexico striving to change their families’ destinies in the strawberry fields of Oxnard. The documentary captures their journeys — with help from the characters’ own intimate videos — as they navigate cultural identity, parental expectations, economic challenges and the justice needs of their migrant farmworker community. The screening kicks off with pre-event music by Juan Mendoza at 2 p.m; film begins at 3 p.m. English to Spanish/Mixteco translations. The free bilingual event takes place at 100 E. Main St., Ventura. Registration at www.venturamuseum.org.


TOMATOMANIA | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; also on April 9. The world’s largest traveling seedling show is coming to the Somis Farm Center of Underwood Family Farms. Tomatomania will bring specialty and obscure tomato plant varieties including cherry, grape and heirloom. Not only will there be an abundance of unique tomato plants available, but normal everyday garden varieties as well. There is no admission or ticket required to attend. 5696 E. Los Angeles Ave., Somis, 805-386-4660, www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/somis/

POPPIES SECOND SUNDAY ART MARKET | 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Are you a local artist looking for a venue? Join other artists and show your work at the Poppies Second Sunday Art Market. The event will take place April 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To sign up, email poppiesartandgifts@yahoo.com or call 805-798-0033. Participating Poppies artists will include Arnie Rudman, Lee Ortega, and Bridget McKenna, all of whom transform wood into beautiful objects. Poppies also carries locally made jewelry, pottery, photography of Ojai and other places, paintings, prints, ceramics, seasonal items, home décor and more. Market takes place in front of Poppies Art and Gifts, 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, poppiesartandgifts.indiemade.com.

MONO PRINT WORKSHOP WITH MARGARET GARCIA | 11 a.m. This fundamental mono print workshop hosted by the Museum of Ventura County provides the opportunity for students to learn from prolific artists Margaret Garcia and Bonnie Lambert. Create and walk away with your very own monoprint in hand. Supplies will be provided for the workshop, but it is recommended that students arrive with their own paintbrushes. This class is for anyone 16 years of age and over. Free to museum members, non-members $20, students $10 with student ID. Proof of vaccination is required. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. Registration at www.venturamuseum.org.

LARRY DAUGHERTY’S FAMOUS BREW RIDE | 1 p.m. A casually paced bike ride around town, stopping to sample beverages from some of fine local breweries. Always mellow, always fun, always free, (except for the libations). Family-friendly. Bring snacks. And pedal in good company. This event is, of course, subject to the latest COVID-19 health protocols. The ride takes place every second Sunday, leaving at 1 p.m. from Ventura Bike Hub, 490 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, bikeventura.org.

SPRING FESTIVAL AT THE COLLECTION | Saturday, April 9, 12 noon-5 p.m. Stop by Park View Court from noon to 5 p.m. for some family-friendly fun with performances, arts and crafts, and more. There will be lively sing-alongs followed by a meet and greet with Clubhouse Characters from noon to 3 p.m. Music Freqs will have a rockin’ lineup of local musicians playing popular tunes from 2-5 p.m. And all afternoon, the Spring Bunny will be available just around the corner for keepsake photos. In addition, a Hippity Hoppity Makers Market will have local makers, live music, photo opportunities and an activity for kids. This free event is pet-friendly. The Collection at RiverPark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard, thecollectionrp.com.

TASTE OF OJAI | 2-5:30 p.m. A journey of food, wine and art! This year’s 21st Annual Rotary Club of Ojai’s fundraiser showcases food from local restaurants, delicious offerings from local wineries, and tours of art galleries and specialized shops as ticket holders are invited on a self-guided walking journey through the village of Ojai. The event ends at Libbey Park with entertainment, a live and silent auction, a specialty marketplace, and a special dessert and wine tasting while experiencing the Pink Moment from downtown Ojai. $75-85. Libbey Park, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai, www.tasteofojai.org

WONDER WORKING GOD | 6 p.m. The premiere showing of a film of astonishing stories from the lives of two people during the Pablo Escobar/Medellin Drug Cartel years, as well as the 53 year guerilla war of FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Carol Babilonia, now in her late 70s, left Ojai at the age of 19 to go to Colombia. She later married Ramon, a Colombian, who survived 8 assassination attempts on his life from the Medellin drug cartel. Redemption Church, 190 E. El Roblar in Ojai.  Free tickets available at www.eventbrite.com/e/film-premiere-wonder-working-god-stories-of-ramon-and-carol-babilonia-tickets-267325466667


DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AWARENESS MONTH | Through April 14. The Ventura County Community College District will join the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to commemorate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Awareness Month. Throughout April, VCCCD and its colleges will raise awareness of DEI through free virtual and in-person events, including a webinar on April 13 with acclaimed labor and social justice activist Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Moorpark College’s annual Multicultural Day is April 12; this year’s theme is “Critical Conversations.” The theme invites and challenges the college community to participate in complex dialogue with others to advance understanding of the increasingly diverse world we inhabit. The keynote speaker will be novelist Susan Straight, who will be on campus to discuss her new novel, Mecca, set in the Inland Empire and high desert areas. Other activities include a Land Acknowledgement for the Chumash people, lectures, presentations, exhibits, performances, educational booths and food from around the globe. For other activities and more information, visit VCCCD.edu/celebrate-diversity.


VENTURA COUNTY WRITERS CLUB’S MEETING | 7 p.m. Alicia Doyle (Fighting Chance) will be the speaker. With more than two decades of experience, the award-winning journalist will bring her expertise to the industry and her vast knowledge of storytelling. This meeting also welcomes Judith Ayn as the Fresh Ink Speaker. Free event open to anyone interested in writing. 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo, venturacountywriters.com

JAY LENO | 8 p.m. Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, TV and movie voiceover artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Leno appears at the Fred Kavli Theatre as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Tickets only available to series tickets holders. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, bapacthousandoaks.com


WETLAND WEDNESDAY HERB WALK WITH LANNY KAUFER | 5-7 p.m. Join author and plant educator Lanny Kaufer for a leisurely evening stroll on the historic wetland that is now the Ojai Meadows Preserve. He’ll identify native plants that have been used for centuries by the Chumash and other Indigenous people of California for food, medicine, fiber, housing, ceremony and much more. Gardeners will see how these plants can be used in home yard and garden landscapes. This walk is presented under a Special Use Permit from OVLC. Before the walk, Kaufer will have copies of his book, Medicinal Herbs of California, available for sale and signing, plus Milt McAuley’s classic Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains. Paid registrants will receive a confirmation email with parking directions, what to bring, weather forecast, etc. No dogs or smoking, please. Light rain will not cancel; heavy rain will. $35 per person. To register and for more information, visit herbwalks.com.

CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN | Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. Pavel Šporcl has been triumphantly received by audiences in major music venues throughout the world thanks to his formidable art, rich classical background, and unique and distinctive stage presence. The program is based around Pavel Šporcl’s latest album, Paganiniana, with selections from Bach and Paganini. Audience members are invited to stay and meet the artist at a lovely reception that will take place outside on our patio immediately following the performance. $30. Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai, 805-646-3381, www.ChamberOnTheMountain.com. Photo by Lenka Hatasova

LIFE DRAWING WITH CATHY BARROCA AND BARBARA BROWN | 6:30 p.m. Join the Museum of Ventura County for open model drawing sessions with nude and clothed models every other Wednesday through early November. Arts educator Cathy Barroca holds an M.F.A. in painting and printmaking and has been sharing her talents teaching at Ventura College since 1998. Every experience level is welcome. Chairs and easels will be provided. Artists must bring their own supplies. 10-35 participants per class. $10 per class for museum members and students with student ID; non-members $20 per class. Proof of vaccination is required for attendees over 12 years of age. 100 E. Main St., Ventura. Registration at www.venturamuseum.org.

REAL ESTATE VENDORS EXPO | 6:30-10:30 p.m. We’ll have a collection of the finest vendors with all of the real estate services investors  need to become successful investors. So come early, meet and greet, and expand your “Dream Team” of real estate professionals that are eager to help you succeed. Be sure to bring lots and lots of business cards to pass out. This is a fantastic networking opportunity. Free; reservations recommended. River Ridge Country Club, atrium lobby, 2401 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, www.VCRealEstateInvestors.com.


SOMIS THURSDAY CLUB | 11:30 a.m. Local women’s club meeting and catered lunch. This month’s program will be a visit from The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. Visitors and prospective members are welcome. Please call 805-469-5059 or email patti.dizazzo@gmail.com to RSVP.

 WOMEN IN CONSERVATION | 7-9 p.m. At this event, a panel discussion moderated by Ventura Land Trust Executive Director Melissa Baffa will feature Kris Tompkins, past Patagonia CEO and president and cofounder of Tompkins Conservation; Kate Larramendy, trustee of The Conservation Alliance and past Director of Design and Sustainability for Toad&Co; and Michelle I. Sevilla, an immigrant from the Philippines who works on local environmental issues and policy in the California State Legislature. Part of VLT’s Environmental Speaker Series. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, www.venturalandtrust.org/womeninconservation


CASA PACIFICA ANGELS WINE, FOOD AND BREW FESTIVAL | The festival is currently open to vendors interested in registering for this year’s June 5 celebration. Registration is free, and includes tables, linens, an umbrella, utensils and ice; as well as promotion on the festival website, social media exposure and a listing on the festival map. Must provide 750-1,000 food or beverage samples. To register and for more information, visit www.cpwinefoodbrewfest.com/2022-registration/

MULCH MADNESS | Join us for our quarterly mulch and compost giveaway at the Cornucopia Community Gardens! Participants must register in advance for an appointment, preorder mulch and/or compost, and be prepared to bag their own mulch and compost products. Please bring a bag or bucket to collect material. Mulch and compost products are sourced from Agromin, and provided to city of Ventura residents free of charge. Space is limited. Learn more and register at https://form.jotform.com/220455349576160

FREE TAX PREP ASSISTANCE | Through April 30, 2022. Trained volunteer tax preparers with the United Way of Ventura County’s (UWVC) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) are available to help working families and individuals file their state and federal tax return and access the tax credits to which they are eligible. Households earning up to $57,000 in 2021 are eligible to use the free services. This assistance is in-person and by appointment only. Call 211 or visit www.MyFreeTaxes.org to make an appointment. 


SUMMER OF ART SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION | Registration is open now for kids ages 6 and up in camps with different topics – animals, figure drawing, drawing with color, urban sketchbook, Jewelry, ceramics and more. Dates and age groups are online. Vita Art Center, 28 W. Main Street, Ventura. www.vitaartcenter.com/new-page-1

CITY OF VENTURA GENERAL PLAN UPDATE SURVEY | Ongoing. The City of Ventura is updating its General Plan – the land use “constitution” for the next 20 years – and is seeking input from the public on various aspects of what will be included: transportation, natural disasters and climate change, initial visioning and a survey on Issues and Opportunities. All surveys are online at: www.planventura.com/online-surveys

20 YEAR REUNION – ST. BONAVENTURE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2000 | Saturday, June 4, 2022. Members of the St. Bonaventure High School Class of 2000 are invited to attend the upcoming 20 year reunion. The celebration will take place at a local private location. Those who’d like to attend can RSVP to Julie Wouk, 619-888-7956.


Some classes, exhibits and events are available exclusively online. All events are subject to change and cancellation; always verify with venue and/or organizer.


BLIPPI THE MUSICAL Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Children everywhere have learned from Blippi’s charismatic personality and innovative teaching lessons. In this live show they will continue to learn while singing and dancing along. $42-62. Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com.   

FRIENDLY VALLEY April 8-24. In this dark family comedy, siblings gather at their parents’ home where emotions are running high as personal drama, a dying mother and a husband trying to provide his wife with a peaceful passing lead to conflict and revelations. $15-20. Backstage at Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4645, www.santapaulatheatercenter.org

IN THE HEIGHTS April 8-May 8. A vibrant, joyful and touching musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, in which residents of the largely Latinx neighborhood of Washington Heights live, work, love, dream and hope for a better tomorrow. $23-25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High Street, Moorpark, 805-529-8700, highstreetartscenter.com


BLANCHARD COMMUNITY LIBRARY Through April 30. De Colores Multicultural Folk Arts’ Women’s Art Show. 119 N. 8th St., Santa Paula, www.facebook.com/groups/779920285904310

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS Through May 17: A new selection of works are presented in a 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.

POPPIES ART AND GIFTS Through April 30:  This month’s guest artist is Diane Hanley, who will share her new collection of watercolors created during the pandemic. Artist’s reception on Friday, April 15, 5-7 p.m. Ongoing. Gifts, jewelry, decor and more made by local artists. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033, www.poppiesartandgifts.com.

SOUTH OXNARD LIBRARY Through April 30. Focus on the Masters’ Learning to See Student Art Showcase presents works by K-8 students in the Ocean View School District. Public reception on Thursday, April 7, 5-7 p.m. 4300 Saviers Road, Oxnard, focusonthemasters.com


BONITA C. MCFARLAND SCHOLARSHIP Through April 25. The Museum of Ventura County is now accepting applications for this visual arts scholarship. Up to $17,500 will be awarded, with individual scholarships of $500 or more. Open to any high school senior or college-level student that is a resident of Ventura County. For rules, online application and more information, visit venturamuseum.org/bonita-c-mcfarland

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

HARVEY Through April 10. Ojai Performing Arts Theater presents this charming, witty and humorous story about the mild-mannered Elwood and his invisible best friend, a six-foot rabbit named Harvey. Things get even wackier when Elwood’s concerned sister tries to have him committed. $30-125. Matilija Auditorium, 703 E. Paseo Road, Ojai, www.ojaitheater.org.


MAIL ART EXHIBIT: SPONTANEOUS INSPIRATION Through May 15. The ARTLIFE Foundation is calling for entries for its annual Mail Art Exhibit. This year’s theme is “Spontaneous Inspiration.” Artists of any age and location may submit work of any topic or subject, but it must be 6” x 9” in size and sent via mail, either as a postcard or in a 6” x 9” envelope. Artists may submit up to four pieces; works of students in a class may be submitted in one envelope. Please sign work, and include mailing and email address. Work will be exhibited online and in local venues in Ventura County (dates and locations TBD). No fee, no jury, no returns. Mail to ARTLIFE Foundation, P.O. Box 23020, Ventura, CA, 93002, artlifefoundation.org

MICROBUSINESS COVID RELIEF GRANTS Through April 12. Are you an artist, arts business or arts nonprofit operating in Ventura County who earned $50,000 or less (primary means of income) in 2019 and were significantly impacted by COVID-19? If so, you are encouraged to apply for a $2,500 business assistance grant. Grants will be awarded until the grant funding has been exhausted. The application window will remain open through Tuesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. To determine if you are eligible, call the county’s grant phone line at 888-405-1004. The Ventura County Arts Council can also provide brief assistance over the phone or Zoom to local artists and arts organization. Email info@vcartscouncil.org to schedule a 15-20 minute appointment. Apply online at vcbusinessgrants.org.

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR POSTER CONTEST Through April 15. Friday, April 15 is the deadline for submissions in the contest for the poster for the 2022 Ventura County Fair. The winning design is the official fair poster and will be used on souvenirs and advertisements. The contest is open to Ventura County residents in grades 5 to 12. The theme for the poster contest is “VC Fair Rides Again.” Submissions will be judged on theme, originality, composition and skill. Cash prizes are awarded for first ($500), second ($250) and third ($100) place winners. The Fair is scheduled for Aug. 3-14, 2022. Details and rules are online at  www.venturacountyfair.org.  

WESTLAKE VILLAGE ART GUILD 2022 OPEN JURIED SHOW Through April 22. The Westlake Village Art Guild is currently accepting submissions for its annual Open Juried Art Show, on exhibit June 3-28 at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery in Newbury Park. Open to all adult artists, members and non-members, offering generous cash prizes. Entries must be of original works of art. For entry fees, online application and more information, visit www.westlakevillageartguild.org/open-juried-show


BYE BYE BIRDIE Through May 8. Teen culture in Small Town USA in the 1950s gets a humorous but loving tribute in this rock and roll musical. When teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie gets drafted, he stages a farewell kiss as a publicity stunt — leading to envy, jealousy and wacky hijinks! $18-20. Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-495-3715, conejoplayers.org.  

STEEL MAGNOLIAS Through April 10. A group of women in a small Southern town laugh, cry, celebrate, grieve and come together for support at Truvy’s beauty salon. A sweet, humorous and poignant look at the strength of women and the value of community, presented by Ojai ACT. $18-20. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-640-8797, ojaiact.org.  

VENTURA COUNTY POETRY PROJECT Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. live and via Zoom. Poetry reading and open mic at the EP Foster Library (also streamed live), 651 E. Main St., Ventura. More information at vcpoetryproject.org.  


643 PROJECT SPACE Through April 22. Entre Colores, Recuerdos y Sabores, José Galván Martínez’s perspective of over a decade of diaspora through colors, memories and foods, rendered in sculpture, painting, prints, mixed media and a wall installation. 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, www.643projectspace.com

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through June 26: Tomols to Trains: County Transportation through the 1900s. Ongoing: Farm to Market, an interactive exhibit promoting healthy lifestyles through role play; plus 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/.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through May 1. Jon Keenan: Recent Work, porcelain, stoneware and earthenware, presented in the Beato Gallery. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION Through May 21. Tony J. Smith’s A Tribute to Beauty and Inspiration (oils and acrylics), Kathy Bodycombe’s Leaving a Stamp (collage incorporating postage) and Michael Corrigan Mishou’s The Eye of the Beholder (photography). Artists’ reception on Friday, May 6, 5-8 p.m. Studio 99, Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-648-1235, buenaventuraartassociation.org.

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS Through July 31. Landscape Through the Eyes of Abstraction, contemporary representations of landscapes in a wide variety of media by six nationally and internationally renowned artists. Panel discussion on Environmental discussion on Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240, cmato.org.

CANVAS AND PAPER Through May 8. Works by Cornelis Kick, William Scott and Louis Valtat. 311 N. Montgomery St., Ojai, www.canvasandpaper.org

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Through April 30: Annual Oxnard Union High School District Student Art Show. Q & A panel with the student artists on Tuesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. 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.

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 April 17. Nature’s Theurgy featuring oil paintings by Robert Wassell inspired by his hikes and connection to God. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800, www.foxfinejewelry.com

KWAN FONG GALLERY Through April 8. A Horse of a Different Color, selections from the Cal Lutheran Western American Art Collection. These works force us to confront how masculinity is communicated and Native American people are portrayed, and explore the narrative in a genre that is dominated by Euro-American men. The works have not changed color, but their meanings have shifted over time. 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 May 8: 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 April 30. Car Culture, oils and pastels that celebrate the automobiles of yesteryear by Thomas Hardcastle. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org/art.html.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM 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. The museum is once again offering 90-minute walking tours at 10:30 am every Saturday. 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.

PORCH GALLERY Through May 23. Shana Mabari: Oceans. In 2020, Los Angeles-based contemporary Light and Space artist Shana Mabari became the first artist-in-residence on a maritime mission led by the nonprofit Sea Shepherd Global. Work inspired by this journey comprises this exhibition. 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 Jan. 9. The art gallery in Whizin Market Square will host a new show with works by a variety of contemporary artists. Whizin Market Square, 28861 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, 310-452-4000, buyrealart.com.

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Ongoing. Permanent exhibits include Air Force One, an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter, an M-1 Abrams tank and more. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800-410-8354, www.reaganfoundation.org

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through July 10: Fieldnotes: Lynn Hanson and A Narrative: John Robertson.Through May 8: En Plein Air: An Exploration of Malibu and Ventura County, works by 32 artist members of the famed, 113-year-old California Art Club. The museum is now open, Wednesdays-Sundays. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org

SPICETOPIA Through March 31. New Buenaventura Art Association members’ show. Details to come. 576 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-628-3267, www.spice-topia.com.  

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS Through May 28. E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One, Richard Barnett’s large oil paintings of crowds depicting up to 500 people in one work to Daggi Wallace’s small intimate pastel portraits and Kerstin Zilm’s prose and collected voices, the viewer is invited to contemplate their own place among each other and in this world. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368, studiochannelislands.org

VENTURA POTTERY GALLERY 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 March 31. New Buenaventura Art Association members’ show. Details to come. 540 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-628-3540, very-ventura.com

VITA ART CENTER Through May 7. Click: Photo-Based Art, in which artists modify their photographs to create something new and unexpected. Encaustics, abstract works inspired by water by surfer and artist Rick Stich. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through April 8. Common Ground: Artists Reimagining Community, developed from a virtual exhibit that ran in 2020. Includes experimental film, music, comics, paintings, photography, graphic novels and more — all of which explore how we can reimagine what might be by addressing sociopolitical and economic differences. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, rollandgallery.callutheran.edu.