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A Preview of Local Happenings

OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL
June 8 – 11 | Ojai
For the 71st edition of the Ojai Music Festival, Music Director Vijay Iyer will be joined by 2015 Music Director Steven Schick, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Carnatic vocalist Aruna Sairam, flutist Claire Chase and composer/percussionist Tyshawn Sorey. The festival will include the world premiere of Iyer’s “Violin Concerto,” written for and performed by Jennifer Koh; the American premiere of Iyer’s “Emergence” for trio and ensemble, “RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi” with music by Iyer and film by Prashant Bhargava, and much more! Various times and locations in Ojai. Tickets range from $45 to $150. For more information, visit www.ojaifestival.org.

THE SECRET PAINTINGS
Through Aug. 6 | Ventura
Witness the breathtaking scenes of Michael Pearce’s The Secret Paintings, a series of 26 large canvases recalling Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite masters in their ambitiousness, complexity and scale, and in their theatrical grandeur. Dramatic images include a commanding magician dressed in stripes casting a spell, a skeletal angel of death wading through a sea of skulls and even homages to Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code and more. Admission: $1-5. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturamuseum.org www.venturamuseum.org

NATIONWIDE CFMS-AFMS ANNUAL GEM SHOW AND CONVENTION
June 9 – 11 | Ventura
If you love minerals, this show is a must-attend. Over 100 exhibits of gems, minerals, fossils, lapidary arts and hand-crafted jewelry and displays by UCLA and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will be part of the show that “rocks” the nation. Silent auctions and raffles, over 50 dealers, extensive children’s activities and guest speakers and programs are offered throughout the event. $6-15 single day or weekend entry. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.2017CFMS-AFMSShow.com

CALIFORNIA HONEY HARVEST FESTIVAL
June 10 | Fillmore
Get ready to BEE happy at the annual festival celebrating the much-loved honey bee, an educational and tasty experience held in conjunction with the Fillmore & Western Railway. Take a train tour to Bennett’s Honey Farm, be entertained by live music and entertainment, enjoy arts and crafts, and get a taste of championship barbecue. Feeling adventurous? Get a load of the professional beekeepers and learn their trade. $22 for train tour; entry to festival is free. Central Park, downtown Fillmore. For more information, visit www.bennetthoney.com/BHF-Events.html www.bennetthoney.com/BHF-Events.html

OJAI WINE FESTIVAL
June 11 | Lake Casitas
Now in its 31st year, the festival features over 60 wineries from across the state. An expanded beer garden will showcase 30 craft beers, both local and national, and a VIP lounge will give attendees an opportunity to try hors d’oeuvres from Ojai restaurants. Live bands will provide entertainment, but don’t forget to stop and enjoy the picturesque view of Lake Casitas. Tickets range from $55 to $120. Wadleigh Arm Event Area, 11093 Santa Ana Road, Ventura. For more information, visit www.ojaiwinefestival.com www.ojaiwinefestival.com

A CHORUS LINE
Through July 2 | Moorpark
A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway on July 25, 1975, and instantly became both a box-office success and critical hit. This June, the High Street Arts Center will present this true “Singluar Sensation” for a period of five weeks, with three performances weekly: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with two special Saturday matinees on June 24 and July 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets from $16 to $25. High Street Arts Center, 45 E. High St., Moorpark. For more information, visit www.HighStreetArtsCenter.com

VENTURA COUNTY GREEK FESTIVAL
June 23 – 25 | Camarillo
Opa! Now in its 39th year, the Greek Festival is presented by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and features live Greek music, folk dancing and, of course, all manner of food, including pastries, baklava and gyros. $3 entry. Freedom Park, 515 Eubanks Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.vcgreekfestival.org

VENTURA COUNTY AG DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT
June 26 | Camarillo
The Ag Day Golf Tournament, sponsored by Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture, is a day to show your support for the agriculture community and agricultural education while enjoying a gorgeous and fun-filled day on the green. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. At 4 p.m., a cocktail reception will be held with fun activities, followed by dinner. $250 individual entry. Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.seeag.org

KINGSMEN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
June 30 – Aug. 6 | Thousand Oaks
Fans of the bard, make haste to California Lutheran University: Performances are afoot! At the 21st iteration of the annual celebration of all things Shakespeare, be prepared for renditions of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespeare’s comedy on the antics of the King of Navarre and his four young companions who take an oath to devote themselves to study and fasting and give up the company of women; and Julius Caesar, set in a world of political intrigue and deception that could be ripped from 21st-century headlines. General admission is $20. Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.kingsmenshakespeare.org

ON THE HORIZON
CAMARILLO’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
July 4 | Camarillo
Plan now to spend your Independence Day holiday in Camarillo, where the fireworks are popping. The event features live music, activities for children and plenty of food. As the evening sets in, buckle up for a spectacular fireworks show. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the 30-minute fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. Entry is $2. Adolfo Camarillo High School, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo, 383-5696.

FIREWORKS BY THE SEA
July 4 | Channel Islands Harbor
Oxnard celebrates the Fourth of July with a variety of activities throughout the day. Festivities kick off with a 10K Race and 5K fun run/walk at 8 a.m. and a children’s parade at 10:30 a.m. The Marine Emporium Landing hosts a crafters market, inflatable fun zone, climbing wall and food booths. Check out the Electric Boat Parade at 6 p.m. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. and can be viewed throughout the harbor. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2fireworksbythesea.

 

06-01-2017

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