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A Preview of Local Happenings

ALOFT DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS: IS IT ART?
May 4 | Ventura
The troupe will perform a contemporary concert, coinciding with the museum’s “Is it Art?” exhibit. The eclectic contemporary dance works are funded in part by the City of Ventura Cultural Arts Grant and the Pamela Oster Dance Exchange Fund. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., $25 admission. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.nambaarts.com

ARTS UNDER THE STARS
May 5 | Camarillo
At this free outdoor extravaganza, teams of student researchers, artists and performers collaborate on multimedia performances surrounding this year’s theme, “Borders,” featuring varying materials presented in both English and Spanish. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., and food trucks will be on site. $6 parking. California State University, Channel Islands, El Dorado Park, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.2017.artsunderthestars.cikeys.com

CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN SEASON FINALE: VIOLINIST MAYUKO KAMIO
May 7 | Ojai
Known for her silken tone, expressive phrasing and virtuoso techniques, Kamio made her concert debut in Tokyo at the age of 10 and was the youngest artist ever to win the Menuhin International Violin Competition (at 12 in 1998). Later, she took the gold medal at the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition and has performed internationally. Attendees will also have the chance to meet the artist following the performance. $25 general admission. Logan House adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road. For more information, visit www.chamberonthemountain.com

MUSIC FOR CHANGING TIMES
May 8 – 13 | Ventura
The weeklong “Music for Changing Times: Looking Back/Moving Forward” festival brings together three generations of artists of different genres to celebrate the power of music to effect positive social change. Curated by five-time Grammy Award-winner Noel Paul Stookey, the festival includes concerts with legacy artists and emerging artists, evening performances by the Top 10 finalists of a national songwriting competition, a master class for artist activists and the first public presentation of a theatrical concert in development. Ticket dates, times and prices vary, $20-150. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

HOME WINDOW REPAIRS PRESENTATION
May 9 | Oxnard
Think you know all there is to know about window repair? This presentation may have you questioning what you thought you knew! Ed Sanchez will lead this workshop, which will include hands-on window parts to show you how and why to maintain, rather than replace, your windows. There will be a Q & A following the presentation. This talk has been a hit with historic societies and as such is being sponsored by the Ventura County Cultural Heritage Board. The presentation begins at 5 p.m. at the Church at Heritage Square, 715 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.homewindowrepairs.com

61ST ANNUAL CONEJO VALLEY DAYS
May 11 – 14 | Thousand Oaks
This annual event celebrates the area’s western roots and community spirit with entertainment for kids, teens and the whole family, including carnival rides, games, live music, motocross freestyle exhibitions and more. On Friday night, May 12, Ry Bradley and his band headline, along with line dancing with Kristal Lynn Konzen and two performances from Rebel Heart. On Saturday, May 13, ’70s rock bands Player and Ambrosia will perform. $5-10 entry. Conejo Creek Park South, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.conejovalleydays.us

34th ANNUAL CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
May 20 – 21 | Oxnard
This annual event pays homage to the humble berry that put Oxnard on the map. The family-friendly fruit fest boasts ripe strawberries every way imaginable, live concerts on multiple stages, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, the Strawberry Promenade featuring celebrity cooking demonstrations, Strawberryland for kids with rides and attractions, gooey contests and much more. Admission is $8-12. This year, the festival will be held on the newly expanded Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.castrawberryfestival.org

NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY FUN DAY, RESOURCE AND VENDOR FAIR
May 20 | Thousand Oaks
Center4SpecialNeeds, a parent-founded, nonprofit organization, hosts this event featuring educational demonstrations, crafts and games for kids, food trucks, exhibits and a chance to shop with local vendors. Valuable resources for children and young adults with special needs and their families will also be available This event is co-hosted by California Lutheran University, and takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Kingsmen Park, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.Center4Specialneeds.org.

THE COLLECTION AT RIVERPARK’S SECOND ANNUAL FASHION SHOW
May 20 | Oxnard
Fashion retailers from The Collection will feature their new spring lines highlighting the most sought-after trends of the season. Models will showcase ready-to-wear looks, walking the runway alongside adoptable four-legged friends. A beauty bar will be open to guests seeking a new look, with experts from MAC Cosmetics, Ulta Beauty, Rouge A Katherine Lazier Salon, and Polish Nail Bar available to give tips and pointers, alongside small bites. Show begins at 10 a.m. $30. The Collection at Riverpark, 2751 Park View Court, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.thecollectionrp.com

ON THE HORIZON
24TH ANNUAL CASA PACIFICA ANGELS WINE, FOOD AND BREW FESTIVAL
June 4 | Camarillo
Taste gourmet foods and beverages at the 24th iteration of Ventura County’s most popular food-centric event. Patrons may sample and sip as many delightful foods and beverages as they desire from the finest restaurants, caterers, bakeries and specialty shops in attendance from Santa Barbara to the Conejo Valley. Winemakers from a cross section of California’s famous wine regions will pour their award-winning wines, while a wide range of craft beers from local breweries will be available as well. General Admission: $125-150; VIP: $250. CSU, Channel Islands, 1 University Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.cpwineandfoodfestival.com

31st annual OJAI WINE FESTIVAL
June 11 | Lake Casitas
The annual extravaganza put on by the Rotary Club of Ojai-West features an exceptional collection of wineries with an extensive VIP tasting experience, a silent auction, a beer garden with over 30 craft beers, local restaurants selling culinary delights, boat rides on the “Floating Classroom” and more. $55-150. Noon-4 p.m. 11093 Santa Ana Road. For more information, visit www.ojaiwinefestival.com.

 

05-01-2017

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