PICTURED: MALALA YOUSAFZAI | Tuesday, May 17, 8 p.m. A champion since the age of 10 for the rights of girls to receive an education and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai made headlines when she was shot by the Taliban in 2012 at the age of 15 while traveling home from school on the bus with her friends in Pakistan. Now living with her family in Birmingham, England, she is internationally known for her courage in refusing to be silenced and continues to campaign for the right of every child to go to school. Part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, but due to the overwhelming interest in seeing this inspiring young woman, a limited number of tickets have been opened up for the community. $89. Fred Kavli Theatre at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com. Photo submitted


THE SOMIS THURSDAY CLUB | 11:30 a.m. A local women’s club monthly lunch meeting. This month’s program will be entertainment by Wendy Morgan Hunter, who will sing songs from opera and Broadway. Visitors and prospective members are welcome. RSVP to 805-469-5059, patti.dizazzo@gmail.com. Somis Clubhouse, 5380 Bell Street, Somis. 

CHAIR YOGA | 3-4 p.m. Take a moment to stretch during Mental Health Awareness Month. Instructor Lisa Clements Feeney will teach chair yoga suitable for everyone. No experience necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Camarillo Library. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

PIPPI LONGSTOCKING STORYTIME | 4-5 p.m. Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, who wrote the popular children’s book series featuring Pippi Longstocking, was born in 1907 – the same year that the Oxnard Public Library was founded. The children’s story hour will focus on this beloved classic. Room B of the Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard, 805-385-7532, Oxnard.org/Library

COMPASSION CAMPAIGN 2022 | 5-9 p.m. An unforgettable and deeply moving immersive event highlighting that everyone deserves a home. Networking, dinner, stories and a keynote address by California Department of Housing and Community Development Director Gustavo Velasquez. Maravilla Gardens, 8620 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, www.housingtrustfundvc.org/compassioncampaign2022.html

BIG MAGIC OPEN HOUSE | 5:30-7 p.m. Join us for a magical night to honor our volunteers, our supporters and you! Delicious food, refreshments and prizes will be available. Special guests Karyn and Marcia, Big and Little of the Year for the state of California, will attend. Please RSVP to 805-484-2282 or info@bbsvc.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County Office, 555 Airport Way, Suite D, Camarillo.

VCLA COHORT XXVII GRADUATION | 5:30-7 p.m. The Ventura County Leadership Academy Board of Directors celebrates and honors the hard work and dedication over the past year of 36 participants. Applications for the next cohort are being accepted through May 13. Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo, vcleadership.org

MASTER CLASS WITH TAIKO DRUMMER KENNY ENDO | 6-8:30 p.m. Calling all Central Coast taiko drummers! The legendary Kenny Endo is offering a class on interlocking patterns starting at 7 p.m. Come early for a potluck 6-7 p.m.; bring a dish to share. Space is limited to 30 students. Register to participate or be a part of the audience. Free; donations welcome. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, www.oxnardperformingarts.com/master-class-w-kenny-endo.html

CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY | 6:30-7:30 p.m. Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a teen craft hour devoted to the art of Chinese calligraphy. Learn how to write in a different language and learn about the Chinese culture in a fun and creative way through Chinese calligraphy. Students will learn how to write 24 Chinese characters.South Oxnard Branch Library, 4300 Saviers Road, Oxnard, 805-385-8129, www.oxnard.org/library/south-oxnard-branch-library/

TEEN ORIGAMI | 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and 115 years of community connection with this origami program. Students will learn to “upcycle” recycled paper to make creative and unique paper art.  Origami is a fun and creative way to transform unused and unwanted paper into lovely works of art. Students will learn to make 5-6 different origami. Colonia Library, 1500 Camino Del Sol #26, Oxnard, 805-385-8108, www.oxnard.org/library/colonia-branch-library

DRUM BEATS AND DECOLONIZATION: AAPI HERITAGE CELEBRATION | Friday, May 13, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Oxnard Performing Arts Center and Pinaysphere present the first Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration. Festivities will include an opening blessing by Virgil Apostol; performances by master taiko drummer Kenny Endo, ALIAS Dance Team, Togen Daiko, Hālau Hula O Pualanina`auali`ioha and others; and an AAPI altar. Vendors, food, storytelling, kids’ corner and more. DJ WenLuv will entertain during the after party. $10; tickets available through Eventbrite. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, www.oxnardperformingarts.com/aapi-heritage-celebration.html. Pictured: Master Taiko Drummer Kenny Endo. Photo by Darian Wong


LEARN TO DRAW SUPERHEROES | 3:30 p.m. Animation professional Even Burse, who has worked on popular animated shows like Scooby-Doo and Batman, will show kids how to draw superheroes. Registration required. Community Room at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org


CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY CLASS OF 2022 COMMENCEMENT | 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. CLU holds its 2022 graduation ceremonies in the William Rolland Stadium for the first time since 2019. The Graduate and Professionals Commencement takes place at 9 a.m. and will honor 79 students in the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals program, 428 earning master’s degrees and 32 receiving doctorates. At 1:30 p.m., 705 students will participate in the Traditional Undergraduate Commencement. 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3512, CalLutheran.edu

BANK OF BOOKS SANTA PAULA BOOK SIGNINGS | 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Patricia Fry, Klepto Cat and Calico Cat Mysteries; R. Scott Bolton, Knife Point and Dead Dick. Bank of Books, 820 E. Main St., Santa Paula, www.bankofbooks.com.

TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MUSIC | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a live performance of traditional Japanese music by Yuki Yasuda, Shih-wei Carrasco-Wu and Terry Nguyen. South Oxnard Branch Library, 4300 Saviers Road, Oxnard, 805-385-8129, www.oxnard.org/library/south-oxnard-branch-library/

FLOWERSONG PRESS AND SANTA PAULA HIGH SCHOOL POETS | 3-5 p.m. FlowerSong poet and educator Fernando Albert Salinas welcomes students from Santa Paula High School to join a reading with himself and five other readers from FlowerSong Press. Salinas will be joined by Matt Sedillo, Briana Muñoz, Iris De Anda, David A. Romero and Natalie Sierra. Bank of Books, 820 E. Main St., Santa Paula, www.bankofbooks.com.

AIDS WALK VENTURA COUNTY | Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. Our eighth annual AIDS Walk Ventura County and Health Fair has returned to Plaza Park in Downtown Ventura! We are ecstatic to be back in person, among our beautiful, supportive community. Walkers, runners, volunteers, and community members can participate safely on our new route. Our free Health Fair will have partner organizations providing valuable, updated information and services offered in our county. The mobile health unit will be on-site to conduct free anonymous/confidential HIV testing. Raise $25 to earn a wristband; $50 for a water bottle; $100 for a t-shirt. Programming starts at 9 a.m., health fair goes until 12 p.m. To register and for more information visit aidswalkventuracounty2022.funraise.org.

SAM HOBEL: PIANO MAN | 12 p.m. Sam Hobel will perform early 1900s ragtime tunes of the Carnegie Library Era, combining music history. Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard, 805-385-7532, Oxnard.org/Library

TOGEN DAIKO PERFORMANCE | 2-3 p.m. Togen Daiko is a Japanese style drumming group. “Taiko” is often used to describe the relatively modern art of Japanese drum performances (kumi-daiko) but actually refers to the taiko drums themselves. Sponsored by the Friends of the Camarillo Library and presented in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Community Room at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

THE 1907 GRAND OPENING OF THE OXNARD CARNEGIE LIBRARY | 2 p.m. Heritage Harmony Players present a historical re-enactment celebrating the 115 year anniversary of the Oxnard Public Library. Connie Korenstein and Diane Mautner portray Annette Laurent and Mrs. Petit who share local scandals about the “new” Carnegie Library while having tea in 1907. Free refreshments. Upstairs at the Main Library Lobby of the Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard, 805-385-7532, Oxnard.org/Library

FRANK BARAJAS BOOK TALK | 3-4 p.m. Author Frank Barajas will discuss his book Mexican Americans with Moxie in Room B of the Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard, 805-385-7532, Oxnard.org/Library

ART IN NATURE’S WONDERLAND | 4-8 p.m. Art, music, performance and dancing at the beautiful Ventura River Steelhead Preserve. Dinner, cocktails, art installations and a silent auction, with live music by Amanda McBroom, Alan Thornhill, Martin Young and Fred Beerstein. A fundraiser for Ojai Studio Artists and Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. $150.  9458 Santa Ana Road, www.ojaistudioartists.org/art-in-natures-wonderland/

VIP CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT | 6-11 p.m. Ante up and help support CMATO at our second annual VIP Charity Poker Tournament! Join us for a fun night of cocktails, dinner and live music plus a silent auction at Rusnak BMW in Thousand Oaks. Proceeds support CMATO’s world-class art exhibitions and educational and public programs for everyone in our community. $350-$3,000.  Rusnak BMW, 3645 Auto Mall Dr., Thousand Oaks. For more information or to purchase tickets, call CMATO at 805-405-5240 or visit cmato.org


WALK THIS WAY | 10 a.m. Are you curious about which hiking poles are best for you? Or whether you need them at all? Join REI Outdoor Instructor and avid outdoorswoman Jeannie as she breaks down the mystery of hiking poles. If you have a pair, please bring them. Adults only; limit 25 people. $10. To reserve your spot, visit venturabotanicalgardens.com, call 805-232-3113 X2, or go to the Ventura Botanical Gardens Welcome Center at 567 S. Poli St., Ventura (behind City Hall).

AUTHOR TALK WITH MICHELE ARTIZ SMITH | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Local author Michele Artiz Smith will discuss her book My Husband’s Keeper: A Memoir, in which she relates her experiences living with her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease, from initial diagnosis through the late stages. Free and open to the public. Hill Road Library, 1070 S. Hill Road, Ventura, 805-677-7180, www.vencolibrary.org/branch/hill-road-library

BOOK READING AND SIGNING WITH JACK ADAM WEBER | 1-3 p.m. Poppies Art and Gifts will host a presentation by local author and climate activist Jack Adam Weber, who will read passages from his book Climate Cure: Heal Yourself to Heal the Planet. The audience can ask questions and share insights, and Weber will also sign copies of his book. Refreshments will be served. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai (on the outdoor patio), poppiesartandgifts.com

COSTUME BINGO PARTY | 1:30-3:30 p.m. This family-friendly event includes lots of bingo, lots of prizes and a raffle. Costume is optional, but a prize will be awarded for the best costume. $25 advance, $30 at the door; includes four bingo cards. The Sanctuary at Global Truth Center, 880 Hampshire Road, Suites V and W, Westlake Village, www.globaltruthcenter.org/bingo

BLOOD MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE VIEWING | 7 p.m. Moorpark College will host a free lunar eclipse viewing on Sunday, May 15. Gates open at 7 p.m. Moorpark College Observatory, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, www.moorparkcollege.edu

FULL MOON SUNSET NATURE HIKE AND TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE | 7-9:30 p.m. Join Ojai author and naturalist Lanny Kaufer for a potential once-in-a-lifetime event. The next time a total lunar eclipse will be visible in Ventura County before 1 a.m. or later at night is August 6, 2036. Kaufer’s group will gradually walk about 1.5 miles on a well-used dirt road with gradual elevation gain to a vista point above the Ojai Valley where they can watch the sunset, moonrise, and total eclipse. After witnessing this special astronomical event, the group will walk back by flashlight, returning to the trailhead between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. No dogs or smoking. Light rain will not cancel; heavy rain will. $35/person. Register now at HerbWalks.com or by calling 805-646-6281.

STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE | Saturday, May 14, beginning at 8 a.m. The National Letter Carrier Food Drive is back! This is a major source of food for our hungry friends and neighbors. Please leave a sturdy bag of non-perishable, shelf-stable pantry items on your doorstep by 8 a.m. Your local mail carrier will pick it up and deliver it to Food Share. May 14 is the food drive date for the following zip codes: 91360, 91361 and 91362 (Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village); 93001, 93003, 93004 (Ventura); 93030, 93033, 93035, 93036 (Oxnard); and 93010 and 93012 (Camarillo). More information at foodshare.com/event/stamp-out-hunger-food-drive/.


OXNARD UNION HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND AND DRAMA CLUB | 5-7 p.m. Enjoy music from the area’s own marching band, plus refreshments, in the Lobby Area of the Oxnard Public Library, 251 S. A St., Oxnard, 805-385-7532, Oxnard.org/Library.


TEEN CRAFTERNOONS | 3:30-5 p.m. Crafternoons is an awesome series of after school craft activities. For the May 17 session, participants will create a comfort box: a small matchbox decorated with a positive message, affirmation or inspiration. Boxes and decorations will be provided. Young Adult Center at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

TWILIGHT GATHERING | 7 p.m. In person and virtual. Come together for an evening gathering with sound, silence and spoken word led by Rev. Maddie Sifantus and featuring music by Donna Lynn Caskey. Settle your mind and spirit while listening to inspiring music and soothing silence. Contributions encouraged for the musicians. Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Paula, 740 E. Main Street, Santa paula. www.uucsp.org.


TAKE-HOME CRAFT | All day. Summer is almost here! Ignite your child’s creativity with a surprise craft. Children’s Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

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. $25 per person. To register and for more information, visit herbwalks.com.

PETITE MAMAN | Monday, May 16, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Following the death of her beloved grandmother, young Nelly accompanies her parents to her mother’s childhood home. While exploring, she connects with another child building a treehouse. A tender tale of childhood grief, memory and connection. Runtime: 1 hour, 12 minutes. Rated PG. In French with English subtitles. $8 seniors, $11.25 general admission. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 West Fifth St., Oxnard, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.


CHANNEL ISLANDS GULLS FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON | 11 a.m. Join in the fun at our May luncheon and help raise funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Ventura). NAMI is a grassroots family and consumer self-help support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses. 11 a.m. social hour; 12 p.m. meeting and lunch. $40 per person; advance reservations and payment required: cigullsreservations@gmail.com, 805-263-7759. Yolanda’s, 86 E. Daily Dr., Camarillo. 

CHAIR YOGA | 3-4 p.m. Take a moment to stretch during Mental Health Awareness Month. Instructor Lisa Clements Feeney will teach chair yoga suitable for everyone. No experience necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Camarillo Library. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

VENTURA COUNTY PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK 40TH ANNIVERSARY | 5:30 p.m. Celebratory dinner at La Dolce Vita/1901 in Oxnard’s Heritage Square, raffles, silent auction, a look back at our 40-year history plus current and future plans. More information at www.vcpwn.org

REVELATIONS FROM TIME SPENT LOST IN THE LANDSCAPE | 6 p.m. The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks will host a presentation by Luke Matjas, art professor at California State University, Channel Islands, whose work addresses the flora, fauna and flotsam of California’s landscapes. He’ll discuss the concept of “landscape renaissance,” the role of contemporary artists, the “selfie-stick,” how the Impressionists foreshadowed Instagram and more. Free for members; $15 for nonmembers. CMATO, The Oaks Mall, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Second Level, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240, cmato.org


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/

VENTURA COUNTY SEAL REDESIGN | The county of Ventura invites the community to provide input on the County Seal redesign. A survey has been launched for residents to select their preferred design and/or upload their own design at www.ventura.org/seal. The survey will be available until May 17, 2022. The Board will review final considerations at the May 24, 2022, Board of Supervisors meeting.


FAMILY STORYTIME | Mondays, 4 p.m. Every Monday the South Oxnard Library hosts an all-ages storytime with Miss Joanne in the Children’s Area. South Oxnard Branch Library, 4300 Saviers Road, Oxnard, 805-385-8129, www.oxnard.org/library/south-oxnard-branch-library/

LOVE-ZOE TENNIS TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER | Through May 21. Enjoy the sport while building a barn with horses and animals at the ZOE Home for Youth where victims of sex trafficking can receive equine therapy. Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles will take place at Pierpont Racquet Club through May 18. The main event takes place on Saturday, May 21 and includes a tennis exhibition, silent auction, “hit it to win it” court, dinner, speakers and an awards ceremony. Pierpont Racquet Club, 500 Sanjon Road, Ventura, love-zoe.com.  

SOUND MEDITATION | Through May 29. Morning and sunset sound meditation sessions will take place weekly in person at the Viewpoint at Meditation Mount. Sunday morning sessions 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with Suburbanoid. Friday evening sessions 6-8 p.m. with Trinity of Sound. $25; registration is required. For exact dates and times, visit meditationmount.org/events

SELF-GUIDED MEDITATION EXPERIENCES | Through May 31. Meditation Mount’s Sanctuary will be the setting for a self-guided meditation experience every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May. Morning sessions 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; afternoon sessions 6-8 p.m. or 6:15-8:15 p.m. $10; registration is required. For exact dates and times, visit meditationmount.org/events

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.


FREAKY FRIDAY May 13-22. When a teenager magically switches bodies with her mother, both experience a whirlwind of zany mixups and adventure…and the opportunity to see life through someone else’s perspective. Presented by Young Artists Ensemble. $12-19. Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-381-2747, www.yaeonline.com


ART CITY STUDIOS Opened April 30. Composed in Stone, a 10-year retrospective of the work of G. Ramon Byrne. 197 Dubbers St., Ventura, 805-648-1690, art642.godaddysites.com

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS May 14-July 3. Patrick Crabb: A Search for Ancients. Reception and gallery talk on Saturday, May 21, 4 p.m. . 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com

OXNARD BIKE HUB May 15-31. Healing Cycles, a bicycle art exhibit. 154 E. Sixth St., Oxnard, 805-263-0054, bikeventura.org.

Don’t miss Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 at Rubicon Theatre Company. Pictured: Chris Butler stars in the Rubicon Theatre Company production of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Photo by Loren Haar

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM May 14-Sept. 11: Geomorphic: The Living Earth, 42 abstract paintings inspired by nature by Kay Zetlmaier. Opening reception on Saturday, May 14, 4-6 p.m. Through July 10: Fieldnotes: Lynn Hanson and A Narrative: John Robertson. The museum is now open, Wednesdays-Sundays. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org

WEST HILLS GALLERY May 14-15. New Beginnings, a multi-media art show and sale featuring members of Ventura County Creative Artists (formerly Ventura County Pastel Artists). 1545 Cuyama Road, Ojai, 805-798-2403, www.facebook.com/BertCollinsStudio


ART IN NATURE RESIDENCY PROGRAM Through June 15. Taft Gardens is currently accepting applications for its 2022-23 Art in Nature Residency. The residency has expanded for next season with a rotating four-week residency in addition to the nine-month residency. Open to artists in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. For rules, submission guidelines, more information and to apply online, visit www.taftgardens.org/residency-application

BLITHE SPIRIT AND DISENCHANTED May 16-18. Moorpark College Theatre Arts will hold auditions for two summer productions – one a Noël Coward comedy and the other a musical. Be prepared to read from a script, improvise and sing 30 bars of music (if auditioning for a musical). For more information, visit www.moorparkcollege.edu/news/moorpark-college-holds-auditions-summer-productions-blithe-spirit-and-disenchanted

CALIFORNIA DUCK STAMP ART CONTEST Through June 10. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites artists to submit their original artwork to the 2022-23 California Duck Stamp Art Contest. Artwork must depict the Canada goose. The winning artwork will be reproduced on the 2022-2023 California Duck Stamp. The contest is open to U.S. residents 18 years of age or older as of March 22, 2022. For rules, submission guidelines and more information, call 916-738-9641 or visit wildlife.ca.gov/Duck-Stamp/Contest

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

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

SIGHT + SOUND FILM FESTIVAL Through June 12. The Oxnard Performing Arts Center is currently accepting film submissions for its second annual film festival, to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Filmmakers of all levels may submit works in the following categories: Narrative Features and Shorts, Documentary Features and Shorts, Romantic Comedy, Dramatic, Thriller/Sci-Fi, Films produced in Oxnard/Ventura County and by local filmmakers, Student films, Music Videos, ASMR, and Animations. Regular deadline for submission is May 12; late deadline is June 12. For submission guidelines and more information, visit filmfreeway.com/SightplusSound.

Ojai’s West Hills Gallery hosts the New Beginnings art show and sale May 14-15. Pictured: “Soule Park Scene” by Judy Klement


ALL IN THE TIMING Through May 15. Five farcical sketches with a focus on wordplay, existentialism and the complications of romance, hilariously realized by Anna Kotula, Steve Grumette, Sherry Owen, Daniel Ruark and Larry Swartz. $20. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805- 640-8797, ojaiact.org

‘NIGHT, MOTHER Through May 19. When the daughter of an elderly woman announces that she intends to kill herself, the two debate the issue, revealing old secrets, long-ignored feelings and more. This stirring drama by Marsha Norman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and is brought to the The Elite Theatre Company under the direction of Brian Robert Harris. $17-20. 2731 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, www.theelite.org

SOMETHING ROTTEN Through May 29. The Bottom brothers try to write a  hit play, but that upstart William Shakespeare seems to upstage them again and again. When a local soothsayer predicts that the future of theater lies in singing and dancing, the brothers end up writing the first musical. An uproariously entertaining production very, very VERY loosely based on late 16th century history. $20-28. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 805-583-7900, www.svvac.org

TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 Through May 15. Chris Butler stars in Anna Deveare Smith’s play about the Rodney King Verdict and the Los Angeles Riots. It gets to the heart of issues of race and class with meticulous research and a stirring cry for reform. Previews April 27-28, with opening night on Friday, April 29 — the 30th anniversary of the day the verdict was announced. $30-69.50. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900, www.rubicontheatre.org.

VENTURA COUNTY POETRY PROJECT Thursday, May 12, 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 May 27. Anamnesis is the recollection or remembrance of things from a supposed previous existence. Artist Aaron Dadacay looks to his childhood memories and reconciles them with the present time to create a narrative reconstruction of the past. Opening reception on Friday, May 6, 6 p.m. 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/.

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. 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240, cmato.org.

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM Opened May 10: 71%: Honoring Vital Waters, mixed media works by Shannon Celia and Mary Neville inspired by oceans, lakes, rivers, glaciers and other bodies of water. Through Fall 2022: Chouinard Arts, a nine-piece collection featuring pieces of maritime art from the 1930s, including early works by Arthur Beaumont and Millard Sheets. 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 July 31. New Beginnings, featuring work by Mika Harmony and Chrystel Boissy (Green Touch Moss). 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800,  www.foxfinejewelry.com

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.

Young Artists Ensemble presents Freaky Friday at Hillcrest Center for the Arts. Pictured: Emerson West as Katherine (left) and Megan Zide as Ellie. Photo by Paul Cranmer

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 COUNTYThrough May 29: 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 June 29. Inside Outside: Objects of My Attention, outdoor landscapes and scenes by Caroline Allen. Reception on Saturday, May 14, 4-6 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org/art.html.

OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM Through July 10: Ojai at the Crossroads: Then & Now, a look at the development of some of Ojai’s most beloved institutions, and a meditation on how Ojai can continue to be a town for both locals and tourists. 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.

POPPIES ART AND GIFTS Through May 31. See works by May guest artist Patty Van Dyke. Artist’s reception on Friday, May 20, 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.

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 Ongoing. The art gallery in Whizin Market Square features 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 Through Oct. 9: The Secrets of WWII. 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.

The latest show at Harbor Village Gallery and Gifts continues through May 17. Pictured: “Before the Storm,” encaustic on wood by Jennifer Krosp

SPICETOPIA Through May 26. The spice and tea shop in downtown Ventura now shows works by members of the Buenaventura Art Association. 576 E. Main St., 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 May 26. Small gems by Buenaventura Art Association members, based on a theme selected by shop owner Angela Rosales. 540 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-628-3540, very-ventura.com

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through May 12. Transformations: Senior Art Exhibit 2022. Work by graduating art majors Lina Dion-Inglis, Jake Festich, Juan Garcia, Emma Jo Herren, Gabriel Matar, Alaina Murphy, Brianna Roldan, Shay Stelzner, Jackson Taylor and Hannah VanDomelen. California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, rollandgallery.callutheran.edu