PICTURED: The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival continues with the great tragedy of Macbeth, performed at Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University through Aug. 7. ​​Pictured: Caroline Kinsolving and Matt Orduña as Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. Photo by Brian Stethem/CLU

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GEORGE AND IRA GERSHWIN ON BROADWAY | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. From 1924 to 1937, there was no Broadway songwriting team as potent as George and Ira Gershwin. Growing up on the streets of New York at the dawn of the 20th century, the Gershwins were among the first to infuse popular song with an undeniably American flavor. In this lecture, we will trace this remarkable partnership on Broadway, which ended tragically with George Gershwin’s death from a brain tumor in 1937. Led by Cary Ginell. $10, or bundle all August lectures for $60. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html.

FAMILY BOARD GAME WITH CHINESE CHECKERS | 2-4 p.m. Ages 4 and up can have fun and make friends while they learn to play Chinese checkers. Children’s Library at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

BACK TO SCHOOL: CHAIR YOGA | 3-4 p.m. School is starting back up. Learn some basic stretches you can do right from your chair to help ease the strain of sitting. Instructor Lisa Clements Feeney will teach chair yoga suitable for everyone. No experience needed. Community Room at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.


IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS, IMPROBABLY DEEDS: PIZARRO AND THE CONQUEST OF THE INCAS | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The decade after Cortes conquered Mexico, his cousin Pizarro invaded Peru.  He found, exploited and then extended a native civil war which was to go on for decades. Who was Pizarro? How and to what extent was he “successful”? How has his reputation fared over the last 500 years? Explore all this and more with Dr. Herbert Gooch. $10, or bundle all August lectures for $60. ww.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS FOR TEENS | 3-5 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.

27TH VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL | 7:30 p.m. “Onward!” is the theme of this year’s festival, which will include two solid weekends of exciting music from artists from across the globe and spectrum. On Friday, Aug. 5, enjoy a dynamic performance from the Moanin’ Frogs, feature all six saxophones from soprano to bass. $15-50. Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, 805-648-3146, venturamusicfestival.org. CANCELED


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.

KIDS MINI-CARNIVAL | 2-4 p.m. Play carnival games and take silly photos to add to your summer memories. Ages 2-12. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org

TEEN SCARY STORY CONTEST | 4-5 p.m. Earlier this summer we invited teens to share their best scary stories. Today we announce the winners, who will read their stories out loud. YA Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR | Through Aug. 14. The VC Fair rides again! “A County Fair With Ocean Air” returns this summer with all the carnival rides, food booths, live music, exhibits, agricultural shows, the PRCA Rodeo, activities galore and so much more! After a two-year hiatus, it’s time to get back out there and celebrate! Martina McBride, KC and the Sunshine Band and Cheap Trick will be among this year’s headliners. Doors open at either 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. while attractions close between 10 p.m. and midnight. Tickets $10-15 per person; visitors up to age 5 and over age 100 will be admitted free (proper ID required). Special pricing will also be offered on various days, including $40 wristbands for unlimited carnival rides up to 7 p.m. on Aug. 4, 8, 9 and 11. The fair takes place at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For online ticket sales, full schedule and more information, visit venturacountyfair.org.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB | 7 p.m. Pacific Festival Ballet brings this charming classic to life as a story ballet teaching us about unlikely friendships and believing you can change the world! $27. Scherr Forum Theatre at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805-449-2787, bapacthousandoaks.com

OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE OPENING NIGHT PROGRAM | 7 p.m. Veteran OPC playwrights Jon Robin Baitz, Bill Cain, Stephen Adly Guirgis on stage with 2022 writers-in-residence Lyndsey Bourne and Zora Howard  and Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan. These dynamic playwrights will discuss their experiences developing new works in Ojai, and will perform select pieces from their work just for this occasion. An exciting and insightful kick off to OPC’s 25th season. For more on the New Works Festival, see entry under ONGOING/UPCOMING EVENTS. $30-300. Zalk Theater at Besant Hill School, 8585 N. Ojai Road, Ojai, www.ojaiplays.org

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS | 7:30 p.m. Music Under the Stars returns to the Olivas Adobe Historical Park this summer with eight outdoor concerts! Rhythm Krewe (formerly Floyd & the Flyboys) is a nine-piece band whose music reflects the influence of traditional blues, R&B, soul, New Orleans second line, roots rock, gospel, and jazz. The band’s extensive repertoire spans eight decades, and includes a choice mix of classic covers, rare gems, and award-winning original songs. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic dinners. There will be a full beverage service and snacks available for purchase on site. No outside alcohol, additional chairs or tables allowed. If you would like to host a larger group, please contact Recreation Coordinator Gina Reyes at 805-658-4728. $20-30. Olivas Adobe Historical Park, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, www.cityofventura.ca.gov/1738/Music-Under-the-Stars.

27TH VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL | 7:30 p.m. “Onward!” is the theme of this year’s festival, which will include two solid weekends of exciting music from artists from across the globe and spectrum. On Saturday, Aug. 6, enjoy genre-defying selections from the wonderfully talented singer Veronica Swift. $15-65. Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, 805-648-3146, venturamusicfestival.org


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


GENDER AND BIBLE TRANSLATION, PART 2 | 1-3 p.m. Every word in Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic has a range of meaning –– and that range often doesn’t match up exactly with the range of meaning of words in English. How has this limiting through translation affected the way that gender is presented in the Bible? These lectures will first examine the basics of Bible translation and will then consider specific passages where the Hebrew and the Greek originals could present a slightly different picture of men and women than many English translations often present. Led by Jason Hensley. $10, or bundle all August lectures for $60. www.callutheran.edu/centers/lifelong-learning/fifty-better/lecture-series.html


CRAFT AND STORYTIME | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Listen to a story and make an adventure-themed craft. Ages 5-12. Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

TEEN SUMMER CRAFTS | 2-3 p.m. Never experienced going away to camp? Now is your chance to create camp-themed crafts! This session will involve decorating a fair planter for an indoor or outdoor plant. YA Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

TWILIGHT GATHERING | 7 p.m. Also known as the monthly Gathering with Sound, Silence and Word, this is a reflective time in our busy weeks to hear some beautiful music, share some silence and hear spoken word on a theme. The August Gathering will be led by Kate English. The music will be provided by Mariana Franco Smith. Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula, 805-525-4670, www.uucsp.org


SECOND ANNUAL GREATER CONEJO VALLEY JOB FAIR | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce will host this job fair featuring employers from throughout the Conejo Valley looking to connect with a wide range of job seekers. More than 30 employers in biotech, healthcare, financial services, education, arts, technology and retail will be in attendance. The Gardens at Los Robles Greens, 299 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, www.conejochamber.org

CHANNEL ISLANDS | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Just off our coast are the five Channel Islands known as the “Galapagos Islands of North America.” Learn more about these islands with a local Channel Islands Community Ranger. Ages 5-12. Children’s Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

BACK TO SCHOOL MONTH: MEET WITH A STUDENT INTERVENTION SPECIALIST | 2-3 p.m. Nervous about the new school year? Meet with Caroline Gonella, the Student Intervention Specialist at Rancho Campana High School, to talk about first-day anxiety, the upcoming academic year and other resources. Parents and guardians welcome. YA Library of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

REAL ESTATE VENDORS EXPO | 6:30 p.m. Our carbon-neutral, bio-degradable, gluten-free, world-famous “Real Estate Vendors Expo” returns on Wednesday, August 10,2022, at the Ventura County Real Estate Investors Association. The Vendor Expo will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The Vendors Expo will continue from 9:30 to 10:30 pm (after the completion of our general meeting). River Ridge Country Club, 2401 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, www.vcrealestateinvestors.com


TEEN MOVIE MATINEE | 1-3 p.m. Teens are invited to watch Venom: Let There Be Carnage(2021), featuring Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson and Michelle Williams.Community Room of the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

27TH VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL | Sunday, Aug. 7, 3 p.m. “Onward!” is the theme of this year’s festival, which will include two solid weekends of exciting music from artists from across the globe and spectrum. On Sunday, Aug. 7, enjoy professional chamber choir The Crossing. $15-65. Ventura College Performing Arts Center, 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, 805-648-3146, venturamusicfestival.org.

FAMILY BOARD GAME WITH UNO | 2-4 p.m. Ages 4 and up can have fun and make friends while they learn to play Uno. Children’s Library at the Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, 805-388-5222, camarillolibrary.org.

CLIMATE ACTION AND RESILIENCE PLAN WORKSHOP | 6 p.m. The Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) is a roadmap for how the community will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change impacts, future natural hazards, and increase resiliency. Community members can participate in the virtual workshop on Thursday, Aug. 11. Live Spanish interpretation is available. Can’t attend the virtual workshop? Complete the online survey open until Aug. 15: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBRHDZW (English) and  es.surveymonkey.com/r/WSNNCB2 (Spanish). Register for the workshop at us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdOypqTMvGNa53hVbjfg2lAbagH25p3tL


NOMINATION PERIOD FOR VENTURA CITY COUNCIL | Through Aug. 12. The nomination period for obtaining and submitting candidacy documents for the City Council seats in Districts 1, 4, 5, and 6 is now open through Aug. 12. There is only one seat per district. Candidacy documents must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office during office hours. View a recording of the Candidate Workshop Information Meeting at  https://bit.ly/3Pmcz5Y. For more information please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 658-4787 or cityclerk@cityofventura.ca.gov


OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE NEW WORKS FESTIVAL | Aug. 7-14. OPC’s mission is to develop unproduced plays of artistic excellence from diverse writers both emerging and established, and to nurture a new generation of playwrights. This week-long festival features new play workshops, Intersection events, young artists shows and special receptions. Dog Day Afternoon by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Suburban Black Girl by Zakiya Young and Avaaz by Michael Shayan are among the many new works featured this year. Performances take place at Zalk Theater or the Matilija Auditorium. $30-300. For full schedule, tickets and more information, visit www.ojaiplays.org/festival-schedule

DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE MEETING | Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. This Ventura-based peer support group for those experiencing depression and bipolar disorder will resume its free weekly meetings at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura. Enter by way of the main door. Please bring your own N95 mask. For more information, contact Wendell Jones at 805-640-6472, wenj16630@sbcglobal.net or DBSAlliance.org. 5654 Ralston St., Ventura.

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/

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.  

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/.

BACK STACKS BOOKSTORE | Saturday, Aug. 6, 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. 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.

SOUND MEDITATION | Through Aug. 28. 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 6:15-8:15 p.m. with Trinity of Sound. $25; registration is required. For exact dates and times, visit meditationmount.org/events.

SUNSET YOGA AND SOUND MEDITATION | Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., through Aug. 25. Connect with your mind, heart and body in a picturesque outdoor garden setting overlooking the beautiful Ojai Valley. Please bring your own yoga mat and props, and a blanket (optional) for closing meditation, which will be accompanied by crystal singing bowls. $20; registration is required. For exact dates and times, visit meditationmount.org/events


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


ANNIE JR. Aug. 5-7. The adventures of beloved orphan Annie set to music and performed by participants in the Unity Theatre Collective’s Youth Summer Camp. $10-15. NAMBA Performing Arts Space, 47 S. Oak St., Ventura, 805-628-9250, www.nambaarts.com

ARTISTIC INTERN WORKSHOP PRESENTATION Monday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m. After a week immersed with and mentored by Ojai Playwrights Conference artists, our 2022 OPC Interns take to the stage to perform solo works they have written just for this event. This year’s cohort of talented theatre-makers are college students from across the country who share a passion for new work. Support these aspiring artists and learn what’s on their minds at this free community event. Zalk Theater at Besant Hill School, 8585 N. Ojai Road, Ojai, www.ojaiplays.org/festival-schedule

DISNEY’S THE ARISTOCATS KIDS Aug. 5-14. A young actors’ adaptation of the 1970 Disney animated feature that pairs high-class felines with an alley cat to escape the clutches of the butler that kidnapped them. Presented by OYES. $10. Ojai Youth Entertainers’ Studio, 907 El Centro St., Ojai, 805-646-4300, www.oyespresents.org

MAMMA MIA! Aug. 5-14. On the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years earlier. Filled with non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers. Presented by students in Rubicon Theatre Company’s Jack Oakie Musical Theatre Workshop. $10-15. Villanova Preparatory School, 12096 N. Ventura Ave., Ojai, www.rubicontheatre.org/education-programs/

OPC INTERNATIONAL YOUTH WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE Wednesday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. What happens when the brave and talented young writers of this year’s OPC International Youth Workshop collide with the brave and talented Alumni from previous years? An evening of breathtaking live performances, film shorts and music from across the globe, worthy of our 25 year commitment to the voices, courage and activism of the next generation. This is a one-night only event you won’t want to miss. Zalk Theater at Besant Hill School, 8585 N. Ojai Road, Ojai, www.ojaiplays.org/festival-schedule

WILLY WONKA JR. Aug. 4-7. Students age 6-16 perform in this Roald Dahl tale about a magical candy factory and its eccentric owner, who takes a group of children and their guardians on a very special tour. Presented by the Art Center Youth Branch of Ojai ACT. $10-15. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-640-8797, ojaiact.org


BUENAVENTURA ART ASSOCIATION Aug. 5-Oct. 1.Life Cycle, tapping into the flow of life with Tamiko Jordan, Michelle Nosco and Bonnie Quan. Reception on Friday, Aug. 5, 6-9 p.m. and also on Sept. 2, 6-9 p.m. Studio 99, Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura, 805-648-1235, buenaventuraartassociation.org.

CAMARILLO ART CENTER Aug. 6-28. A Body of Work, featuring art by local artists from Ventura County. Reception on Sunday, Aug. 7, 1-4 p.m., with awards presentation at 1:30 p.m. 3150 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo, 805-407-0605, www.camarilloartcenter.org.

CSPAR presents The Little Mermaid Jr. at the outdoor theater at Studio Channel Islands through Aug. 7. Pictured: Zada “Wren” Reis as Sebastian. Photo courtesy of Leanne Reis

FOX FINE JEWELRY Aug. 4-Nov. 6.Day of the Dead, featuring work by Tricia Anders and Checkos (Sergio Martinez de Jesús) inspired by Día de los Muertos. Reception on Friday, Aug. 6, 5-7 p.m. 560 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-652-1800, www.foxfinejewelry.com

H GALLERY Aug. 10-Oct. 16. Art in the Time of Corona, Vol. 2 (Year 2), work inspired by or made during the pandemic. 1793 E. Main St., Ventura, www.dabart.me/in-the-service-of-civilization.  


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.


JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Through Aug. 21. The Biblical tale of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob whose brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt, set to a magical and witty musical score by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. A family-friendly production presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi. $20-28. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley, 805-583-7900, www.svvac.org.

THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. Through Aug. 7. Mermaid Ariel makes a deal with an evil sea witch to pursue a handsome prince in the surface world. The beloved family musical that features nonstop adventure, infectious music and plenty of laughs and adventure under and above the sea. Presented by Center Stage Players and Arts Repertory at the outdoor theater at Studio Channel Islands. $10. 2222 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805-702-4196, www.csparepertory.net

LOBBY HERO Through Aug. 7. A dark comedy that explores truth, honor, duty and justice in a tale about a security guard who gets drawn into a murder investigation and a rookie cop with a morally suspect partner. $17-20. Presented by The Elite Theatre Company, 2731 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, www.theelite.org

MACBETH Through Aug. 7. The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival continues its 2022 season (and its 25th anniversary!) with one of Shakespeare’s most memorable tragedies. Trust, loyalty, ambition, intrigue, betrayal and guilt collide in this tale about a Scottish general who schemes to become king. $15-110. Staged outside in Kingsmen Park, California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, www.kingsmenshakespeare.org

RENT  Through Aug. 7. Young Artists Ensemble presents this school edition of the blockbuster musical about a group of impoverished artists and musicians struggling in New York’s Lower East Side. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme. $15-23. Newbury Park High School Performing Arts Center, 456 N. Reino Road, Newbury Park, 805-381-1246, www.yaeonline.com

VENTURA COUNTY POETRY PROJECT Thursday, Aug. 4, 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 Opened June 16: Save the Pollinators: A Youth-Led Environmental Restoration Project. Ongoing: Farm to Market, an interactive exhibit promoting healthy lifestyles through role play; plus antique tractors, farming implements, a living beehive and more. Hours: Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula, 805-525-3100, venturamuseum.org/visit-agriculture-museum/.

BEATRICE WOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Sept. 4. The Cutting Edge: Selections from the Lipton Collection of Contemporary Wood Art (Beato Gallery). 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai, 805-646-3381, www.beatricewood.com

CANVAS AND PAPER Through Sept. 15. Works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet and Jean-Francois Millet. 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.

HARBOR VILLAGE GALLERY AND GIFTS 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

HILLCREST CENTER FOR THE ARTS Through Sept. 12. Arts Council of the Conejo Valley Summer Open Show Art Competition, featuring works in a variety of media. Reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 6, 3-5 p.m. 403 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, www.conejoarts.org.

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.

Don’t miss abstract works by Kay Zetlmaier at the Santa Paula Art Museum through Sept. 11. Pictured: “Earth Teach Me,” 2022, oil and cold wax on cradled panel, 60 x 48 inches.

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY Opened 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 ART CENTER Through Aug. 30.  Works by Bert Collins, Jannene Behl, Richard Franklin and Ruth Levy. 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, 805-646-0117, www.ojaiartcenter.org/art.html.

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 Opened July 29: Perception and Persistence, works by Ojai Studio Artists that explore the push/pull of thinking. 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 Ongoing. Gifts, jewelry, decor and more made by local artists. 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 805-798-0033, www.poppiesartandgifts.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.

SANDRA AND JORDAN LABY GALLERY Opened July 21. An Historical Eye, oil paintings, dye sublimations and gold-leaf prints from renowned artists Michael O’Kelly, to be displayed on the newly created arts space downstairs at the Rubicon Theatre Company. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-667-2900, www.rubicontheatre.org

SANTA PAULA ART MUSEUM Through Nov. 6: Hiroko Yoshimoto: New Works, 40 new works in her “Biodiversity” series. Through Sept. 11: Geomorphic: The Living Earth, 42 abstract paintings inspired by nature by Kay Zetlmaier. The museum is now open, Wednesdays-Sundays. 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, 805-525-5554 or www.santapaulaartmuseum.org

SPICETOPIA Ongoing. 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.

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 Ongoing. 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

WILLIAM ROLLAND GALLERY Through Oct. 27. Cole M. James: Call Them In, images and objects offered to the artist’s ancestors which “are grounded in expression of power, the personal, and the prison industrial complex.” California Lutheran University, 160 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, 805-493-3697, rollandgallery.callutheran.edu