PICTURED: DAY AT THE BEACH ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW | Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Discover works by over 12 artists. Sea glass, apothecary, hats, jewelry and more. Presented by Oxnard Local Artists and hosted by Miscellaneous Treasures, 2301 Roosevelt Blvd., Silver Strand Beach, www.facebook.com/MiscellaneousTreasuresInc.
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ELVIS LIVES! THE EVOLUTION OF AN AMERICAN ICON, 1935-PRESENT | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Part of the Fifty and Better Summer Lecture Series. What does Elvis Presley mean to us in the 21st century? This lecture will consider the complicated historical legacy of an American legend, a figure whose music, image, and “rise and fall” story continues to shape popular culture. Taught by David Parsons. $10, or bundle all June lectures for $54, or bundle the whole summer series for $140. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html.
FAMILY BOARD GAME WITH CHINESE CHECKERS | 2-4 p.m. Test your strategy and skill with new friends as you learn to play Chinese checkers. Children’s Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.
HONOR YOUR PRIORITIES: AN ALTERNATIVE TO (ELUSIVE) WORK-LIFE BALANCE | 4-5:30 p.m. This interactive workshop from Camille McKinney will give participants a chance to define “work-life balance” and how setting and honoring priorities might be a better idea; understand how priorities drive our choices and actions; outline personal priorities and how to honor them every day. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org
ACADEMIC MEDICINE: THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN OUR COMMUNITY | 6 p.m. ONLINE. Join us for an inside look at what it means to be an academic medicine institution, and learn how Community Memorial Health System is helping to shape the best and brightest young minds in medicine. Free; RSVP: www.cmhshealth.org/speaker-series/.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH STEVE BINDER | 6:30-8 p.m. Steve Binder is paramount in the history of music on television, having directed Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special, Diana Ross Live in Central Park, and The Star Wars Holiday Special. He’s worked directly with Elvis, Liza Minnelli, and Patti LaBelle, and will be portrayed in Elvis, directed by Baz Luhrmann. Ivor Davis will interview Steve Binder in this special evening. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers in person; $5 for nonmembers via Zoom. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323, venturamuseum.org.
CAMARILLO COMMUNITY BAND PRE-SEASON CONCERT | 7 p.m. The Camarillo Community Band’s Summer Concert Series kicks off with a selection of marches, popular music, patriotic melodies, Broadway tunes, movie themes and big band arrangements performed by an all-volunteer group of some 60 musicians on woodwinds, brass and percussion. Camarillo Ranch House, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo, www.camarillocommunityband.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 Read Beyond the Beaten Path, to encourage families to read and explore the outdoors. 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 | 4-5 p.m. All skill levels are invited to jump into a campaign of Dungeons and Dragons. The campaign is led by teens for teens. YA Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.
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.
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 fiction, U.S. related books or American history. 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.
SILENT BOOK CLUB | 3-4 p.m. Do you love the idea of a book club but hate being told what book to read? Then this is the book club for you. Bring whatever book you want and enjoy quietly reading with fellow book lovers. Everyone will have the chance to share what they are reading. Conference Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.
MONDAY — HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
WATER QUALITY AND DISTRIBUTION: AN APPLICATION-BASED APPROACH WITH DR. GRADY HANRAHAN | 1-3 p.m. Part of the Fifty and Better Summer Lecture Series. This lecture will provide a distinct blend of theoretical and practical material on the global distribution of water, water quality indicators, surface/groundwater quality and pollution monitoring, and common water treatment processes and technologies. $10, or bundle all July lectures for $54, or bundle the whole summer series for $140. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html.
BOARD GAME HANG | 1-3 p.m. Play a wide array of board games every Wednesday in the Young Adult Center. YA Library at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.
JACKBOX PARTY GAMES FOR TEENS | 1-3 p.m. Bring your own device and play Jackbox Party Games with other teens in the Young Adult Center. YA Library at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.
CONCERTS IN THE PARK | 7 p.m. The Camarillo Community Band will offer free evening concerts every Thursday in July at Constitution Park. Presented by the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District. Corner of Carmen Drive and Paseo Camarillo, For more information, see the band’s website, www.camarillocommunityband.com.
COMMUNITY NEEDS, OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES
PIRATE SHIP AT VENTURA HARBOR | Through Sept. 5. A stunning 1768 pirate ship replica, The Devil’s Gauntlet, has sailed to town and has plans to temporarily call Ventura Harbor Village home for a good portion of the summer! Visitors can see the beautiful ship docked at “D Dock” (located on the water nearest Coastal Cone Ice Cream). The captain hopes to get dockside tours up and running soon, but for now you can admire the boat from the public promenade above the ship. As the ship may come and go for trips to nearby ports, sightings cannot be guaranteed. But for more information, including notification of upcoming tours, visit www.venturaharborvillage.com/event/pirate-ship-visit/2022-06-26/.
TEEN SCARY STORY CONTEST | Through July 30. This summer, teens are invited to be creative and submit their scary stories for a chance to win a prize. Library staff will read and review each submission. Entries should be submitted no later than July 30. Winners will be announced at our Scary Story circle on Saturday, August 6. For more information, visit camarillolibrary.org.
HOPE AND HELP FOR OVEREATERS | Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. Is your eating out of control? Are you feeling fat? Overeaters Anonymous can help. 133 S. Laurel St., Ventura (building next to the church). For more information call Amy at 805-340-5882. Donations only.
KIDS CLUB AT THE COLLECTION | Select Wednesdays, Through Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Throughout the summer, The Collection at Riverpark will be offering a series of Kids Club events. Full of kid-friendly fun, these events will be free and open to all the community’s youngsters and their families. The Kids Clubs will be held July 6, July 13, July 20 and Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. to noon, on the grass at Collection Park. Each club will have a separate theme, and will include story time, singalongs, arts and crafts and more. 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard, www.thecollectionrp.com.
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/.
Some classes, exhibits and events are available exclusively online. All events are subject to change and cancellation; always verify with venue and/or organizer.
AS YOU LIKE IT July 1-17. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival opens its 2022 season (and its 25th anniversary!) with Shakespeare’s delightful romantic comedy about a noblewoman and her cousin who flee persecution to find safety and, eventually, love in the enchanted Forest of Arden. $15-110. Staged outside in Kingsmen Park, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, www.kingsmenshakespeare.org.
SALLY SELLS SEASHELLS (AND YOU CAN, TOO!) July 2, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. A young con artist arrives in town to teach local kids how to sell sea shells for a small fee. The result is a fun and family-friendly musical about friendship, honesty and finding a healthy balance between working hard and having fun. Presented by students of the Stinky Feet Theatre Project. $10-15. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900, www.rubicontheatre.org.
BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Saturday, July 2, 1-4 p.m.: Cubist Kitty Painting with Amy Lynn Stevenson, in which attendees will learn a variety of abstract painting techniques with acrylic paint, bruises and palette knives. $60; materials and canvas included. 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 July 3-31. Hot Fun in the Sun, art made by Ventura County artists that was inspired by summertime. Reception on Sunday, July 3, 1-4 p.m. 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo, 805-407-0605, www.camarilloartcenter.org.
OJAI ART CENTER July 1-Aug. 30. Works by Bert Collins, Jannene Behl, Richard Franklin and Ruth Levy. Reception on Saturday, July 9, 1-3 p.m. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org/art.html.
AUDITIONS/CALLS TO ARTISTS
DAB ART Ongoing. The contemporary art organization is currently seeking submissions of work in any media for group and solo exhibitions at H Gallery and Studios in Ventura. Submit three to 20 images; $35 entry fee. For submission guidelines, online application and more information, visit www.dabart.me/ventura-2.
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. Late deadline is July 12. For submission guidelines and more information, visit filmfreeway.com/SightplusSound.
SUMMER OPEN SHOW ART COMPETITION Through July 2. The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley “The Voice of the Arts” is accepting submissions for its summer exhibition to run July 15-Sept. 12. Open to artists 18+ with works in oil/acrylic, mixed media, watercolor, graphics and photography. Artists may submit up to two pieces; prizes awarded in each category. $30-$40 entry fee. For rules, submission guidelines and more information, visit www.conejoarts.org/galleria-1.
THE MUSIC MAN Through July 24. When a con man shows up in a small town with instruments and band costumes for sale, his plan to make a quick buck and skedaddle gets disrupted when he falls for the local librarian. 0-$30. Ojai ACT, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-640-8797, ojaiact.org.
ROMA AL FINAL DE LA VÍA/ROME AT THE END OF THE LINE Through July 10. Follow two childhood friends as they grow, mature and change, along the way discussing their hopes, dreams and desire to escape their small Mexican town. In Spanish with English supertitles. Presented by Teatro de las Américas. $25. 321 W. Sixth St., Oxnard, 805-983-2876, teatrodelasamericas.org.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION | Through July 3. When a Black con man claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier smiles his way into the sympathetic living rooms of a few of New York City’s white wealthy elite, the thirst for understanding leaves them questioning their sense of selves. John Guare’s work takes the audience on a stark ride through the connection and disconnection between humans from all walks of life confronting the question of honest identity. Mature themes; not recommended for audiences under 16. $18-20. ARTSpace Black Box Theater, 2956 School St., Simi Valley, www.actorsrepofsimi.org/about-us/artspace-black-box-theater/.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC Through 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.
VENTURA COUNTY POETRY PROJECT Thursday, June 30, 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.
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM Opening June 16: Save the Pollinators: A Youth-Led Environmental Restoration Project. 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.
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.
BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION Through July 30. Meaningful Images, landscapes, seascapes and portraiture in oil by William D. Winbush. Reception on Friday, July 1, 5-8 p.m. Studio 99, Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-648-1235, buenaventuraartassociation.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.
H GALLERY Through July 31. In the Service of Civilization, a subtly provocative approach to cultural commentary. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, www.dabart.me/in-the-service-of-civilization.
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.
HILL ROAD LIBRARY Through Aug. 15. Works by students of Anacapa, Isbell and Rio del Valle middle schools who participated in the Learning to See Outreach program offered by Focus on the Masters. 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, focusonthemasters.com.
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.
MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Opening June 16: All That Glitters Is Not Gold, the Jazz Age in Ventura County; Chromatic: The Museum in Six Colors; Always Keep Creating: The Resiliency of Carol Rosenak. 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.
OJAI LIBRARY Through Aug. 31. Works by students of Meiners Oaks and Topa Topa Elementary who participated in the Learning to See Outreach program offered by Focus on the Masters. 111 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, focusonthemasters.com.
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 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.
PORCH GALLERY Through Aug. 1. Nocturnes: Refrains from the Backcountry, work by Russell Crotty that challenges the preconceptions of drawing as a primary medium. 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.
SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM 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.
SPICETOPIA Through July 21. 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 July 30: Echoes of Nature, works by contemporary Chinese artists curated by Dr. Aihua Z. Pearce. Programming associated with the exhibit includes artist talks, demonstrations and a concert on June 11. 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-383-1368, studiochannelislands.org.
TAFT GARDENS AND NATURE PRESERVE Through July 31. A show featuring the work of Jane Mulfinger and Stephanie Washburn inspired by artists’ seven-month residencies at the gardens. 805-649-2333, www.taftgardens.org.
UBS WESTLAKE VILLAGE Through Aug. 30. No Boundaries, featuring works by Shari Alec, Maxee, Raj Naik, Bob Privitt, Geri Schonberg and Connie Tunick. 3011 Townsgate Road, Third Floor, Westlake Village, www.conejoarts.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 July 21. 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.
VITA ART CENTER Through Aug. 12. Abstract 2+2, featuring Philip Argent, Robin Mitchell, Philip Vaughan and Jennifer Wolf; and Scott Taylor’s Dart Board Series. 28 W. Main St., Ventura, 805-644-9214, www.vitaartcenter.com.