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A Preview of Local Happenings

WINTER FANTASY MUSIC AND LIGHT SHOW
Through Jan. 1 | Oxnard
The historic downtown Oxnard pagoda transforms into a high-tech interactive experience, allowing visitors to participate in a spectacular computer-orchestrated show featuring over 30,000 flashing colorful lights, holiday music, animated characters and lit trees. Favorite holiday jingles play in sync with the colorful lights and animated characters, running every 15 minutes. This month-long celebration coincides with Oxnard’s Christmas Tree Lane and the 51st Annual Parade of Lights at Channel Islands Harbor on Dec. 10. The Winter Fantasy takes place 5-10 p.m. nightly, Plaza Park, 500 S. C St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.visitoxnard.com.

ELF JR.: THE MUSICAL
Through Dec. 18 | Ojai ACT
Ojai ACT’s musical production tells the story of Buddy, who searches for his father in New York City and brings the spirit of Christmas and his belief in Santa Claus to everyone he meets. This first-ever all-youth cast production features 25 actors between the ages of 8 and 18. Based on the movie Elf. Tickets: $1-15. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaiact.org.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Dec 7 – 24 | Ventura
Last season’s critically acclaimed hit returns to the Rubicon this holiday season. Peter Van Norden and Joe Spano reprise their roles in this innovative retelling of the Charles Dickens classic. Tickets: $40-65. 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

MERRY MAKERS ARTISAN FAIRE
Dec 10 – 11 | The Collection at Riverpark
More than 40 fine artisan vendors transform The Collection’s Park View Court into a festive holiday display showcasing an array of seasonal handcrafted art pieces. Event-goers will be treated to a variety of activities including interactive arts and crafts. The marketplace will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m at The Collection, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.pacificfinearts.com.

DAVID MANN CHOPPERFEST
Dec. 11 | Ventura
Kick it into high gear at this annual festival celebrating all things that were born to be wild. This event features a new- and old-school bike show, live blues and rock, a tribute to legendary biker-culture artist David Mann replete with an art exhibit, and a new and used parts swap meet. This year, One More for the Road, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute, will perform. The weekend will kick off with a chopper street party at The Tavern, 211 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. $10-15 per ticket for Sunday. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.chopperfestival.com.

LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP
Dec. 15 | Santa Paula
“A Winter Gift” will take guests into the strange (t
Southern Californians) world of winter, as performed by Legends of the Celtic Harp. Storyteller and harpist Patrick Ball along with Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter step into a magical world of Irish and English literature woven together with beloved and rare pieces of holiday music. Part of the Santa Paula Concert Series. $20 donation suggested. Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit http://www.uucsp.org/SP-Concert-Series.

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM MODEL MONTH
Through Dec. 31 | Channel Islands Harbor
The Channel Islands Maritime Museum houses the largest collection of model ships on the West Coast, and during the month of December the CIMM Ship Model Guild will display projects they have been working on over the past year. Come between noon and 2 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, and watch a ship-in-a-bottle demonstration by resident ship maker Bob Little. Visitors entranced by the hobby may also leave with one during the annual model ship sale. $3-7 entry. The museum is open Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Channel Islands Harbor, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org.

VENTURA HARBOR PARADE OF LIGHTS
Dec 18 – 19 | Ventura
Decorated boats and holiday décor kick off this year’s “Surf, Sand & Santa — Celebrating 150 Years of Ventura” theme. The two-day celebration includes the Parade of Lights Carnival and Rides on the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn, visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus for last-minute gift requests at the Carousel Stage and many dining options. To cap off the evening, each night a fireworks display will send Santa off in an array of colors. During the day, browse holiday gifts at the Winter Wonderland and Holiday Marketplace, 1-5 p.m. Parade at 6:30 p.m., fireworks 8 p.m. Ventura Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visitwww.venturaharbor.com.

JUNGLELAND AND ARTISTIC VISIONS
Through Jan. 25 | Thousand Oaks
History buffs, community members and Southern California residents are invited to reminisce or learn about the history of Thousand Oaks — particularly its one-of-a-kind former wild animal park and entertainment attraction known as Jungleland that operated from the 1950s through the 1960s. Featuring Jungleland memorabilia, historic photos and more. Fred Kavli Theatre Gallery at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 449-2767.

ON THE HORIZON
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
Dec. 31 | Simi Valley
Celebrate the arrival of 2017 under the wings of Air Force One. Enjoy an elaborate night of celebration, extensive hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations, gourmet dessert and a champagne toast at midnight with all of the party essentials — hats, horns, streamers and more. $140-170 per person. Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. For more information, call 577-4057. 

 

12-01-2016

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