PICTURED: CHINESE ARTS FESTIVAL | Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A full day of free, family-friendly workshops focused on traditional Chinese art, music and dance. Concerts by the Thousand Oaks Chinese Folk Music Ensemble and Yang Sheng Choir, dance by Phoenix Family Performing Art Collaborative, demos of calligraphy, origami, fan painting and so much more. More than 40 artists will have their studios open to the public and the Blackboard Gallery will host an opening reception for Echoes of Nature. Family workshops 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; performances 2-5 p.m. Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368, studiochannelislands.org. Photo by the Phoenix Family Performing Art Collaborative. 

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THURSDAY

TOTALLY LOCAL VC’S DINNER AT THE PRESERVE | 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a dinner served al fresco in a communal, family style in an elegant but unusual setting of Ventura Land Trust’s Harmon Canyon Preserve. The location is a virtual treasure trove of beauty, from its meandering trails, scenic views, and wildlife, and to its majestic oak groves and we knew it would make the perfect backdrop to kick off this long- awaited dining experience. Guests will have an opportunity to talk with local farmers from whose land the food derives. As with the wine and beer, the producers will offer insight and context on the consumables, forging a true link in the diners’ consciousness between the fields to and fork. A percentage of the proceeds from the dinner event will go to Ventura Land Trust to help with their conservation efforts. $155. Tickets and more information: totallylocalvc.com

FRIDAY

PACIFIC COAST PARACON | 1-10 p.m. Come join us for a paranormal adventure at the historic Majestic Ventura Theater! Meet celebrity speakers, attend workshops and lectures, and participate in a four-hour ghost hunt. If you are curious about the paranormal or if you’re an experienced investigator, Pacific Coast Paracon is a chance to learn, and share paranormal experiences with others. $30-60; some activities sold separately. Ghost Walk 1-4 p.m.; Meet and Greet 6-10 p.m. Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura, pacificcoastparacon.com

STORY TIME AT THE MUSEUM | 3-4 p.m. The Museum of Ventura County has been partnering with the county library to bring bilingual (in English and Spanish) in-person Story Time every first Friday of the month at 3 p.m. That way kids will have time to come right after school. This month’s theme is SUMMER. Join us for stories, then play and learn in the Chumash Garden and Evelyn and Howard Boroughs Children’s Garden. A fabulous and FREE outing for ALL! The Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, venturamuseum.org/event/story-time-at-the-museum/

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS FOR TEENS | 3:30-5 p.m. All skill levels are invited to jump into a campaign of Dungeons and Dragons. YA Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

SANTA PAULA CRUISE NIGHT | 5-7 p.m. The first Friday of every month, Downtown Santa Paula hosts a community celebration and classic car show. Motorists will drive their pre-1981 autos down Main Street to be appreciated by local shoppers and diners. On Main Street between Seventh and 10th, Santa Paula. 

CONCERT OF LOVE 2022: A RAD CELEBRATION | 6:30 p.m. Behold beauty, artistry and dance at Concert of Love! Dancers of all ages will shine bright at Retters Academy of Dance’s year-end variety showcase. Audiences will enjoy age-appropriate choreography, stunning costumes, and pure entertainment that will touch your heart and lift your spirit. Concert of Love 2022: A RAD Celebration reflects the power of creative optimism and encourages all to CELEBRATE their gifts and forever follow their dreams! Not recommended for children under 2 years of age. $40-43. Fred Kavli Theatre at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com.

THEN AND NOW: A MUSICAL JOURNEY | 8 p.m. Join the Village Voices Chorale as it travels back in time with Mozart and Verdi, moves on to some classics by Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington, and finishes with songs from recent movies and musicals. A Musical Journey is filled with a variety of familiar songs, and something for everyone. $28. Scherr Forum Theatre at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com.

SATURDAY

NEW WEST SYMPHONY: OPERA LITE | Friday, June 3, 7 p.m. Join the New West Symphony, baritone Valdis Jansons and LA Opera soprano Alaysha Fox for an evening of famous arias. Festival seating; bring your own chair and picnic. Free. El Parque de la Paz, 2580 Pleasant Way, Thousand Oaks, bapacthousandoaks.com.

FLY ROD CASTING AND FLY FISHING CLINIC | 9-11 a.m. Sespe Fly Fishers of Ventura will be conducting the monthly “First Saturday” introductory Fly Rod Casting and Intro to Fly Fishing clinic.There is no charge and all are welcome. Whether you are an experienced fly fisher or a complete novice we want to help you improve your casting and learn to enjoy this great sport. If you don’t yet have a fly rod, don’t worry, just come and use one of ours. Please join us at Chumash Park, Petit and Waco, in East Ventura, off Telephone Road. For everyone’s safety we ask all those attending to please comply with any current recommendations by the Ventura County Health Department. For more information: Casting Program Coordinator Thomas Hall, 805-377-5249, www.sespeflyfishers.org

PACIFIC COAST PARACON | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Come join us for a paranormal adventure at the historic Majestic Ventura Theater! Meet celebrity speakers, attend workshops and lectures, and participate in a four-hour ghost hunt. If you are curious about the paranormal or if you’re an experienced investigator, Pacific Coast Paracon is a chance to learn, and share paranormal experiences with others. $30-60; some activities sold separately. General admission 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Ghost Hunt of the Majestic, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura, pacificcoastparacon.com

OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENING | 10 a.m. Join Laura Bauer from the Ventura County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation for a talk about how small changes in your home landscape can make a big difference to the local ocean water quality, water conservation and wildlife habitats. All proceeds will support the Surfrider Foundation. $10. Tickets are required and available at venturabotanicalgardens.com. Toppings Room, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St., Ventura.

BACK STACKS BOOKSTORE | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. We have loads of fiction and non-fiction as well as children’s books, with 50% off all travel and cookbooks. Our collection features thousands of used books from 50 cents to $2, as well as collectible books from $4 and up. All book sale proceeds go to support the Blanchard Community Library. Presented by the Friends of the Blanchard Community Library. 119 North Eighth St., Santa Paula; enter via the north parking lot, through the roll-up door in the back.

OXNARD INSECT FESTIVAL | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Community members are invited to see, touch, buy and even taste a variety of creepy crawlers at this free event hosted by the City of Oxnard. All youth attendees are encouraged to pick up an Insect Festival passport upon arrival and get it stamped at each booth. The first 200 youth that visit eight booths will receive a free special insect activity kit to take home! Live music, free activities and more. Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard, www.facebook.com/OxnardInsectFestival

SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The 45th Scandinavian Festival will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Sami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days with music, dancing, food, crafts, demonstrations, vendors and activities for people of all ages at Buth Park and Memorial Field. For the first time, the festival will offer a games area for competitive activities, plus Viking chess, a strategy game from the Middle Ages. People also can play Dala horse croquet and the ancient Viking game of kubb. Nordic Country Crafts Tent, authentic Viking Village and Sami siidastallan, rune readers, traditional foods and more. $15; free for kids 12 and younger. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, scandinavianfest.org.

CASA PACIFICA ANGELS WINE, FOOD AND BREW FESTIVAL | Sunday, June 5, 1-5 p.m. The most delicious fundraiser in the county is back for 2022, with dozens of food, wine and beer vendors serving up gourmet eats in a festival atmosphere. Live entertainment will be offered all day long, while attendees sample meat, seafood, vegetable and dessert items of all kinds, made by the area’s top chefs. Craft brewers and winemakers will be pouring out plenty of libations to wash all that good food down. Bring a hat, your dancing shoes and, most importantly, your appetite! $125. California State University Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, www.cpwinefoodbrewfest.com.

AUTHOR TALK WITH LANNY KAUFER | 11 a.m. Join local author Lanny Kaufer in the open air courtyard for a talk and book signing for his new book, Medicinal Herbs of California. Kaufer will share some of the back stories behind the writing of the book and give a reading. Copies will be available for purchase. Bart’s Books, 302 W. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-646-3755, bartsbooksojai.com.   

BANK OF BOOKS SANTA PAULA BOOK SIGNINGS | 12:30-2:30 p.m. Kelly Conway, My Dad’s Funnier Than Your Dad; Raeshell Rozet, Dancing the Salsa, Spirit and the Wolfman and Spirit and the Vampire. Bank of Books, 820 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-643-9350, www.bankofbooks.com

SUMMER READING TEEN VOLUNTEER TRAINING | 2-3 p.m. Teens, are you interested in volunteering at the library this summer? Meet fellow library lovers and make a difference in your community! Our training session will discuss service expectations and is required for all teen volunteers. Contact Young Adult Librarian Luz Sandoval (lsandoval@camarillolibrary.org) for more information. Conference Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

RAISE THE FARMHOUSE | 2-7 p.m. A fundraising event to save and restore the two oldest buildings in Oxnard — the 1872 Farmhouse and the 1876 Winery — at the Oxnard Historic Farm Park and Museum. Food, drinks, music, history, tours of the historic buildings and grounds, auction and more! $150 per person, food, drinks, entertainment and tours included. Oxnard Historic Farm Park and Museum, 1251 Gottfried Place, Oxnard.  805-844-9877. More information: www.eventbrite.com/e/raise-the-farmhouse-tickets-333086850737.

THEN AND NOW: A MUSICAL JOURNEY | 2:30 p.m. Join the Village Voices Chorale as it travels back in time with Mozart and Verdi, moves on to some classics by Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington, and finishes with songs from recent movies and musicals. A Musical Journey is filled with a variety of familiar songs, and something for everyone. $28. Scherr Forum Theatre at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com.

POETRY READING AT ART CITY STUDIOS | 4 p.m. Phil Taggart, Jonathan Maule and Sean Colletti will read selections from their work. Art City Studios, 197 Dubber St., Ventura, vcpoetryproject.org

LOCALLY SOURCED SHORT FILM SHOWCASE | 4 p.m. The Channel Islands Maritime Museum will present films about aquaculture, including Dashi Journey, The Super Salmon, and Where There Is Trout. $10 for nonmembers; $7 for members, seniors and active military; $5 for ages 11-17. CIMM, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, cimmvc.charityproud.org/EventRegistration/Index/8638

17TH ANNUAL SPIRIT AWARDS GALA | 6-8:30 p.m. United Way of Ventura County will present awards for volunteerism (Midge Campbell-Thomas), community impact (Armand Begian DDS) and corporate citizenship (Procter & Gamble) to local community chapters. $175-$1,750. Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village, vcunitedway.org

CHORAL SPECTACULAR | 7 p.m. An evening of music and song featuring “Lux Aeterna” by Morten Lauridsen and “Sea Pictures” by Edward Elgar. Presented by Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, Channel Islands Choral Association, CSU Channel Islands University Chorus, Ventura High School Chorale and Santa Paula High School Concert Choir. Conducted by KuanFen Liu and starring mezzo-soprano Louise Lofquist. $20 suggested donation at the door. Rancho Campana High School Auditorium, 4235 Mar Vista Drive, Camarillo.

SUNDAY

SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The 45th Scandinavian Festival will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Sami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days with music, dancing, food, crafts, demonstrations, vendors and activities for people of all ages at Buth Park and Memorial Field. For the first time, the festival will offer a games area for competitive activities, plus Viking chess, a strategy game from the Middle Ages. People also can play Dala horse croquet and the ancient Viking game of kubb. Nordic Country Crafts Tent, authentic Viking Village and Sami siidastallan, rune readers, traditional foods and more. $15; free for kids 12 and younger. California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, scandinavianfest.org.

DRIVING THROUGH LANDFILLS | 2 p.m. Join the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks for a special public presentation by Athens Services that gives the audience tips on how to reduce waste, conserve resources and create a healthier community for everyone. Admission is free; pre-registration is required. CMATO, The Oaks Mall, 350 W. Hillcrest Dr., Second Floor, Thousand Oaks, 805-405-5240, cmato.org

SOLID GOLD DANCE COMPANY SHOWCASE | 2:30 p.m. Solid Gold Dance is proud to present their amazing SGD Company Dancers showcasing all of their 2022 season dance competition performances. $27. Scherr Forum Theatre at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com.

CONEJO VALLEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA SPRING GALA CONCERT | 3 p.m. The culmination of a rich season of music and art. Featuring all five of CVYO’s distinguished orchestras performing works by Haydn, Bizet, Borodin and Tchaikovsky. $17-58. Fred Kavli Theatre at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com.

CHORAL SPECTACULAR | 3 p.m. An afternoon of music and song featuring “Lux Aeterna” by Morten Lauridsen and “Sea Pictures” by Edward Elgar. Presented by Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra, Channel Islands Choral Association, CSU Channel Islands University Chorus, Ventura High School Chorale and Santa Paula High School Concert Choir. Conducted by KuanFen Liu and starring mezzo-soprano Louise Lofquist. $20 suggested donation at the door. Rancho Campana High School Auditorium, 4235 Mar Vista Drive, Camarillo.

TOWN TALK AT THE OJAI VALLEY MUSEUM | 4:30 p.m. A panel discussion will explore personal memories and information relating to the Ojai Valley Inn, the Ojai Tennis Tournament and the Ojai Music Festival. Mark Lewis will moderate a panel featuring Bob Davis Jr., Karl Burger, Rose Chavez Boggs and Helen Peterson. Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, 805-640-1390, OjaiValleyMuseum.org.

MONDAY

ODD BIRDS | Sunday, June 5, 4 p.m. Enjoy the classic MeCo style, blending modern dance, jazz dance and theater into a fun-loving and high-spirited show. MeCo technique emphasizes rhythm and dynamic range to convey human stories that are sweet, touching and appropriately absurd. Featuring original music from the winners of the 2021 Megill & Company Music for Dance Competition, get ready to get groovy with these birds! Short works by acclaimed local dance artists Gianna Burright, Kevin Holland and Nathalie Wutkee. $20. NAMBA Performing Arts Space, 47 S. Oak St., Ventura, 805-628-9250, NambaArts.com.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF VENTURA COUNTY GOLF CLASSIC | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. A day of golfing and other activities, including dinner and a silent auction, to support BBSVC, featuring celebrity host Bob Miller, best known as the sportscaster for the Los Angeles Kings. $450 per golfer, $100 per opportunity ticket, $125 for dinner only. Spanish Hills Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. www.classy.org/event/golf-classic-2022/e394378

IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS, IMPROBABLE DEEDS: COLUMBUS DISCOVERY AND INITIAL ENCOUNTER WITH DR. HERB GOOCH | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Part of the Fifty and Better Summer Lecture Series. Five hundred years ago, two worlds met: utterly alien, unknown, unsuspected to one another. Three men decisively shaped that encounter and its legacy for succeeding generations. In this first of three lectures, Columbus and the initial encounter are explored. $10, or bundle all June lectures for $54, or bundle the whole summer series for $140. Registration deadline for online attendees is Friday, June 3, at 1 p.m. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html

KING OF LAUGHTER | Monday, May 2, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. An Italian drama/comedy about comic actor Eduardo Scarpetta, whose larger-than-life stage productions were matched only by his eccentric personal life. Runtime: 2 hours, 13 minutes. Not rated. In Italian with English subtitles. $8 seniors, $11.25 general admission. Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 West Fifth St., Oxnard, www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

TUESDAY

IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH STORYTIME AND CRAFT FEAT. THE STATUE OF LIBERTY | 3:30-4:30 p.m. Learn about the history of the Statue of Liberty with a special story followed by a craft inspired by the iconic symbol, offered in commemoration of Immigrant Heritage Month. Children’s Library at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

TEEN CRAFTERNOONS | 3:30-5 p.m. Crafternoons is an awesome series of after school craft activities. For the June 7 session, participants will create braided Pride bracelets using thread and beads Materials provided. Young Adult Center at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

WEDNESDAY

THE HISTORY OF GENOCIDE, PART 1, WITH DR. JASON HENSELY | 1-3 p.m. Part of the Fifty and Better Summer Lecture Series. The term “genocide” was coined in the 1940s, although genocides have occurred repeatedly since the beginning of time. Why? And what exactly is a genocide? What is the difference between physical genocide and cultural genocide? This course will spend time examining the history of the term and considering multiple case studies both from ancient times and more modern centuries––including analyzing whether or not the current war in Ukraine involves genocide. Part 1 will discuss the origin of the word “genocide” and then consider the retroactive application of that term on massacres and violence before the middle of the 20th century. It will discuss possible genocides in the Bible and the application of genocide to the history of the United States and North America. $10, or bundle all June lectures for $54, or bundle the whole summer series for $140. Registration deadline for in-person attendees is Friday, June 3, at 1 p.m. Registration deadline for online attendees is Tuesday, June 7, at 3 p.m. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html

THURSDAY

THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN AMUSEMENT PARKS, PART 1, WITH DR. DAVID PARSONS | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Part of the Fifty and Better Summer Lecture Series. Modern amusement parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios are icons of late 20th century popular culture, but the history of the amusement park stretches back centuries. In this lecture, we’ll explore the evolution of public amusement in North America, from the earliest fairs and carnivals to the development of roller coasters and themed attractions, as we discover how the impulse for fun and escape deeply shapes the nation’s history. (These lectures can be taken independently of each other.) $10, or bundle all June lectures for $54, or bundle the whole summer series for $140. Registration deadline Wednesday, June 8, at 3 p.m. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html

OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL | Through June 12. An exciting lineup is planned for 2022, with nine world premieres, the multidimensional performance piece EASTMAN, performances by AMOC, Ruckus, Paul Appleby, Miranda Cuckson, Anthony Cheung, and much, much more. www.ojaifestival.org.

COMMUNITY NEEDS, OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES

COMMUNITY CULTURE COOKBOOK | Through June 21. Community members are invited to share recipes from their heritage. Starting June 1 through June 21, drop off recipes at the Adult Reference Desk or email them to Adult Services Librarian Allison Williams (awilliams@camarillolibrary.org). Recipes will be compiled into a booklet that can be picked up at the Adult Reference Desk on Friday, July 8. Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

VENTURA BOTANICAL GARDENS | July 13-14. Volunteers are needed to help the garden resurface the pavement between and above the Welcome Center nurseries. In the weeks prior, VBG also needs help moving pots and plants out of the area, weeding, blowing the asphalt clean and moving rocks by hand in the Chilean garden. Garden volunteers meet on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m.; bring water and your own gloves, and be sure to sign the waiver (available online). More information at venturabotanicalgardens.com/volunteer/

ONGOING/UPCOMING EVENTS

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/


ARTS LISTINGS

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

OPENING THEATER

Come to the Museum of Ventura County on Saturday, June 4, 2-5 p.m., to see more than 200 works mailed in for the ARTLIFE Foundation’s 2022 Mail Art Exhibit. Works will be on display in various locations throughout Downtown Ventura following the museum showing.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. June 3-5. Based on the hit Disney animated feature, this musical tells the tale of beautiful and brainy Belle who finds magic, adventure and love in the enchanted castle of the Beast. Presented by MATES Elementary School in the auditorium at 2000 La Granada Dr., Thousuand Oaks, ci.ovationtix.com/32575/production/1124421

THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. June 3-4. Westlake Elementary School presents this production of the Disney favorite adapted for young actors. Mermaid Ariel longs to live on land, and makes a dangerous bargain with an evil sea witch to realize her dream. Will she win the love of the handsome prince or lose her voice forever? $10. Westlake Elementary Auditorium, 1571 E. Potrero Road, Westlake Village, ci.ovationtix.com/32575/production/1123638

THE SOUND OF MUSIC June 3-July 3. The beloved musical about the Von Trapp family and their governess, Maria, living in Austria in the late 1930s, just before its annexation by Nazi Germany. $23-25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark, 805-529-8700, highstreetartscenter.com.

OPENING ART

BANK OF THE SIERRA Through July 31. The Fabulous Female, dramatic and vibrant watercolors by Leslie Marcus that celebrate the beauty and distinctiveness of women. 402 W. Ojai Ave., #102, Ojai.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS June 4-5: “Expressive Hands and Faces,” a ceramics workshop with Natasha Dikareva in which participants will learn hand-building techniques for creating expressive features on the human body. Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $250 for members, $275 for nonmembers; includes all materials and a light lunch. Through July 3: Patrick Crabb: A Search for Ancients. 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com

CAMARILLO ART CENTER June 4-26. Visions Come 2Gether, works by members of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Opening reception on Sunday, June 5, 1-4 p.m. Demo/Workshop with Phil Zubiate on using colored pencils on the Icarus board on Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo, 805-407-0605, www.camarilloartcenter.org

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Saturday, June 4, 2-5 p.m.: The 2022 ARTLIFE Mail Art Exhibit will be on display, featuring over 200 pieces of small works of original, handmade art mailed to the ARTLIFE Inc. Foundation. The work will be shown in several locations in Downtown Ventura for about a month following this event. The 2022 theme was “Spontaneous Inspiration.” June 2-19: Ventura Unified School District Student Art Show, featuring more than 50 works from young artists. Opening reception on Thursday, June 2, 5-8 p.m.  Opened May 12: Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s Look at The George Stuart Historical Figures®. Ongoing: MVC Gallery Marketplace, exhibits devoted to the Chumash, the history of Ventura County, online exhibits and resources and more. 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323 or venturamuseum.org

POPPIES ART AND GIFTS Through June 30. See original clothing made by June guest artist Linda Tsuyako. Ongoing: Gifts, jewelry, decor and more made by local artists. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033, www.poppiesartandgifts.com.

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Sunday, June 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Kids’ Art Fest with art activities, face painting, bubble making, caricature art, food trucks and more. Several outdoor art stations; dress appropriately and prepare to get messy! Admission to the festival is free; food sold separately. Through Sept. 11: Geomorphic: The Living Earth, 42 abstract paintings inspired by nature by Kay Zetlmaier. 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

STUDIO CHANNEL ISLANDS June 4-July 30: Echoes of Nature, works by contemporary Chinese artists curated by Dr. Aihua Z. Pearce. Programming associated with the exhibit includes a Festival of Chinese Arts on Saturday, June 4, artist talks, demonstrations and a concert on June 11. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368, studiochannelislands.org

TAFT GARDENS AND NATURE PRESERVE June 4-July 31. A show featuring the work of Jane Mulfinger and Stephanie Washburn inspired by artists’ seven-month residencies at the gardens. Opening receptions on Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. (tickets required). 805-649-2333, www.taftgardens.org.

Come to the Kids’ Art Fest at the Santa Paula Art Museum on Sunday, June 5, for a free collection of fun outdoor activities where kids can try a variety of art techniques.

AUDITIONS/CALLS TO ARTISTS

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

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

SIGHT + SOUND FILM FESTIVAL Through July 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 has been extended to June 22; late deadline is now July 12. For submission guidelines and more information, visit filmfreeway.com/SightplusSound.

ONGOING THEATER

THE ROOMMATE Through June 26. Jen Silverman’s wickedly funny dark comedy focuses on the relationship between a recently divorced Midwesterner and the Brooklyn native that rents a room in her home. $22-24. Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 S. Seventh St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4645, www.santapaulatheatercenter.org

VENTURA COUNTY POETRY PROJECT Thursday, June 2, 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.  

ONGOING ART

AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Through June 5: What Do Equity, Diversity and  Inclusion Mean to You, with works by K-12 students from Ventura County Office of Education Schools. 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/.

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

BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION Through July 30. Meaningful Images, landscapes, seascapes and portraiture in oil by William D. Winbush. Receptions on Friday, June 3 and Friday, July 1, 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.

CANVAS AND PAPER Through July 17. Works by Ivon Hitchens. 311 N. Montgomery St., Ojai, www.canvasandpaper.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 July 19: New artwork and artisan crafts. 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.

Join Natasha Dikareva for a two-day ceramics workshop focused on creating expressive hands and faces at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts June 4-5.

KWAN FONG GALLERY Through Oct. 13. On the Range: Works by Terry Spehar-Fahey, featuring art inspired by the ranching families of Idaho. 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

OJAI ART CENTER Through June 29. Inside Outside: Objects of My Attention, outdoor landscapes and scenes by Caroline Allen. 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.

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.

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.