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Short List

A preview of Local Happenings

HARVEST FESTIVAL ORIGINAL ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW
Oct. 6 – 8 | Ventura
Only handmade original works are permitted in this exclusive showcase that presents more than 24,000 creations. Everything from stunning jewelry and clothing to purses, ceramics, woodwork, blown glass, gourmet sauces and more will be on display, and the event will also feature a kids zone with a pumpkin patch and outdoor live entertainment. Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-9. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.harvestfestival.com.

ARTWALK VENTURA 2017
Oct. 7 – 8 | Ventura
This self-guided tour of dozens of art galleries, studios and more features over 500 artists and live performances in downtown Ventura. Ventura College’s block party will take place between Main and California streets, and dozens of PODS containers will be transformed into art galleries, each with a unique appeal. Maribel Hernandez, a multidisciplinary artist working in design, photography, ceramics and painting, is the 2017 featured artist. Downtown Ventura. For more information and map, visit www.artwalkventura.org.

FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL AT UNDERWOOD FARMS
Through Oct. 31 | Moorpark
Through Halloween, Underwood Family Farms offers family-friendly weekends, all themed to celebrate Fall and Halloween. Oct. 7-8 is Farm Country Weekend, complete with country and bluegrass music; Antique Tractor Weekend is Oct. 14-15; Oct. 21-22 is Western Weekend; and Oct. 28-29 is “All About Pumpkins.” $6-20. Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.

BIRD MUSEUM FALL OPEN HOUSE
Oct. 7 | Camarillo
The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology will host its annual open house featuring an up close and personal look at the museum’s rare collection of birds, eggs and nests. Get a chance to practice your egg-blowing skills, build a nest like a real raptor, and stick around to browse the art exhibits and take part in the raffle for bird-themed prizes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-10. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, 439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.wfvz.org.

CALIFORNIA COASTAL HORSE RESCUE FAMILY OCTOBERFEST
Oct. 14 | Ojai
This family event features live music by Alan Thornhill, a beer garden, the SoCal Comfort food truck, tractor-pull rides, a pumpkin decorating contest, games and activities and, of course, the stars of the day — the California Coastal Horse Rescue horses. 1-4 p.m. $10. CCHR, 600 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.calcoastalhorserescue.com.

OXNARD STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL
Oct. 14 – 15 | Oxnard
Hop into your dirigible and head over to the gathering of all things steam-powered Victorian. The fest includes live music, performers, over 40 arts and crafts vendors, costume contests and unique displays and presentations. This year’s host is Doc Phineas from the History Channel’s Pawn Stars. New this year: a Fantasy Faire component combining the worlds of cos-play, pirates, fairies and a whole lot of steampunk. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $10-15. Heritage Square, 715 S. A St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardsteampunkfest.com.

SEASIDE HIGHLAND GAMES
Oct. 14 – 15 | Ventura
See Scotland in all its color and pageantry when the Great Highland bagpipes of Scotland call to gather on this one special weekend when all are invited to join in the fun! Pipe bands, Scottish entertainers, clan tents, children’s den, the Scottish Fiddling Competition and much more. $5-28. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.seaside-games.com.

ADOLFO CAMARILLO BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Oct. 22 | Camarillo
Festivities will include live performances by Ballet Folklorico Bell Arts and musical entertainment by local mariachi groups, docent-led home tours of the Camarillo Ranch House, a special tree-planting ceremony commemorating the 125th anniversary of Adolfo’s Queen Anne Victorian home, and a special appearance by the legendary Camarillo White Horses. Noon-4 p.m. Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.camarilloranchfoundation.org.

HALLOWEEN HAUNTED TRAIL
Oct. 28 | Thousand Oaks
The annual Haunted Trail is a short Halloween hike appropriate for kids of all ages and packed full of fun. At the end of the trail there will be a hayride that returns hikers to the “haunted trailhead.” Local scout troops and community groups have also created a Trick-or-Treat Street, where Halloween-themed houses will be ready to hand out treats from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Reptile show at 7 p.m. Haunted Trail, $5, 6-9 p.m. Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.crpd.org.

HALLOWEEN IN THE PARK
Oct. 31 | CamarilloDon’t miss the Trick-or-Treat Village, classic pumpkin painting, Halloween inspired spooky games, a costume contest and much more. The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District pulls out all the stops for this Halloween party featuring a local wildlife taxidermy presentation. 5-8 p.m. Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org.

ON THE HORIZON
BRIDGING THE GAPS OF HOPE GALA
Nov. 4 | Camarillo
The Center4Special Needs will host its fourth annual fundraising gala, a masquerade party at the Camarillo Air Force Museum. Guests are asked to dress for the occasion, and can expect an evening of mystical and magical entertainment, cocktails, silent auction and more. Funds raised will support programs that enable parents to provide developmentally challenged children with opportunities to access necessary treatments and interventions. Tickets start at $135. 5-11 p.m. Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit center4specialneeds.org.

VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY
Nov. 4 | Ventura County
Farm Day is a free self-guided tour in which over 20 participating Ventura County farms open their doors, enabling the public to learn about agriculture firsthand. Farms feature a number of family-friendly activities, free produce, tours and food and beverage samplings. Don’t miss the Farm Film Festival at the Ventura County Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula at 6 p.m., a free breakfast on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at Whole Foods at The Collection, and a post-Farm Day barbecue. Farm tours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Barbecue: 5-9 p.m. $45 barbecue tickets. For more information and a list of participating farms, visit www.venturacountyfarmday.com

 

10-01-2017

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