Short List

A Preview of Local Happenings

Through July | Santa Paula
The late Santa Paula artist Jessie Arms Botke (1883-1971) remains one of the most treasured decorative painters of the 20th century. This exhibit will provide a new perspective on Botke’s historic artworks as the show explores how her early career as an interior decorator influenced the style and subject matter for which her paintings became most famous. Over 30 never-before-exhibited large-scale oil and watercolor paintings will be on display, featuring Flemish still life painting, Japanese panels and much more. Regular admission: $3-4. Santa Paula Art Museum, Jeanette Cole Art Center, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit

Through April 15 | Oxnard
Lauren Hance’s original play, directed by Sindy McKay, shines a light on the #MeToo movement. Desiree Pender is a smart young woman, who drops out of college to sort out her life. She stumbles upon her former high school English teacher, Alexis Murray. Alexis has come to this secret place in the park to reflect upon her fate as accusations of sexual abuse surface against her. As events unfold and secrets unfurl, the women discover they may be facing different sides of the same coin, forcing them to either deny or accept the offenses that have wreaked havoc in their lives. Performances take place Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets: $17. Fisherman’s Wharf, Channel Islands Harbor, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit

April 6 – May 6 | Camarillo
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career as a public-school English teacher is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag — and she becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-20. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit

April 8 | Ventura
Several speakers will present an inspirational talk followed by a transformational concert in an exploration of meaning. Expect Celtic song, Sanskrit chants, Tibetan bowls and much more in this nurturing, playful and relaxing coming together. Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill will lead the afternoon concert. Service begins at noon, concert at 1:30 p.m, at Emerging Spirits, 4601 Telegraph Road, Suite 113, Ventura. For more information, visit

April 8 | Ojai
Now’s your chance to get up close and personal with birds of prey. The Ojai Raptor Center is a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation facility that takes in an average of 1,000 animals a year, specializing in raptors, or birds of prey, with the goal being release back to the wild. The center invites the community to see “ambassador” raptors on this day and get a rare, up-close view of these amazing creatures. The theme for the spring open house will be “Nesting Season,” so expect to learn about baby raptors alongside activities for kids, stage presentations, Chumash stories and much more. The open house will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at 370 Baldwin Road in Ojai. Tickets: $5. For more information, visit

April 14 – 15 | Westlake Village
Planning a project around the house? If so, you don’t want to miss the 44th annual Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show. Homeowners who are planning spring and summer projects around their houses can talk with professionals for ideas and advice from over 170 vendors with information on everything from kitchen and bath remodeling to interior decorating to landscaping, pools and spas. Gourmet food trucks will be on site. Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $4. Hyatt Regency Westlake, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. For more information, visit 

April 20 – 29 | Thousand Oaks
Victor Hugo’s classic novel will come to life with dramatic spectacle and songs that soar. With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the show is based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film of the same name and features popular songs such as “God Help the Outcasts.” Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s resident professional theater company, 5-Star Theatricals, will produce the play, with managing director Will North assuming the role of Quasimodo. Tickets: $35-83. Various show times, Friday through Sunday. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit

April 29 | Ojai
California Coastal Horse Rescue celebrates its fourth annual Help a Horse Day in Ojai with Community Family Fun Day, bringing attention to the plight of horses in need. The community open house is being held as part of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ nationwide challenge for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about abused and neglected horses and to promote adoption. The event will feature activities for children, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, vendors, games, raffles and, of course, the stars of the day — the CCHR horses. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 600 W. Lomita Ave. in Ojai. For more information, visit


May 19 – 20 | Oxnard
Festivalgoers can taste strawberry treats from dozens of food and drink vendors and take part in strawberry pie eating contests, strawberry relays, strawberry tart tosses and other free contests inspired by the strawberry, as 1.5 million of them will be consumed over the festival weekend. The festival will also feature a vendor marketplace, live music on two outdoor stages, carnival, cooking demonstrations and much more. Tickets: $5-12, $10 parking on site. Strawberry Meadows at College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit



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