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Short List

A Preview of Local Happenings

HARVEST FESTIVAL ORIGINAL ART AND CRAFT SHOW
Oct. 5-7 | Ventura
Multitalented artists and crafters will showcase stunning jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, oils, hand-turned wood, ceramics, eclectic art pieces and more at the annual Harvest Festival in Ventura, featuring more than 24,000 original works from hundreds of exhibitors nationwide. Kick off fall in style at this celebration, which also includes an activity area for kids. Open Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $4-9. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.harvestfestival.com.

PIER UNDER THE STARS
Oct. 6 | Ventura
The Ventura Pier has stood as a symbol of the region’s rich history and natural resources; and since 1993, a dedicated group of community leaders created Pier Into the Future, a nonprofit organization, to establish a $1 million endowment fund to preserve and maintain the Ventura Pier for future generations to enjoy. The event is a gathering of restaurants, wineries and breweries, all in support of Ventura’s treasured landmark. Tickets $75-150. Ventura Promenade, Ventura. For more information, visit www.pierintothefuture.org.

ARTWALK VENTURA 2018
Oct. 6-7 | Ventura
Offering a self-guided tour of dozens of galleries, studios, pop-up venues and transformed PODS Containers in Ventura’s historic Downtown and Westside Cultural District. From traditional paintings to experimental installations, ArtWalk has something for everyone. Each year, an Artist of Distinction is chosen, and this year, John M. White is in the spotlight. White’s work is culturally, politically and aesthetically influenced by the late 1960s and exemplifies this period of redefinition and experimentation. Global Artist of Distinction is North Korean Byeok Song. ArtWalk takes place in downtown Ventura, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. Venue maps available at www.artwalkventura.org.

25TH ANNUAL GHOSTWALK
Oct. 12-28 | Santa Paula
Get historically spooked at this annual event highlighting local history of the Santa Clara River Valley while providing an immersive outdoor theatrical experience. This year’s Ghostwalk begins at the historic Santa Paula Train Depot, where ghosts have been known to wait an eternity for a train. Follow a knowledgeable guide who will share nuggets of history about the locations. Along the route, patrons will meet colorful ghosts who share their stories, “real or imagined.” Tours take place Friday-Sunday through Oct. 28. Tickets: $10-15. Starting at Santa Paula Depot, 200 N. 10th St., Santa Paula, www.ghostwalk.com.

WESTERN FOUNDATION OF VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY OPEN HOUSE
Oct. 13 | 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. Witness natural history demonstrations, get hands-on with arts and crafts, see the majesty of real raptors on display at 12:30 p.m., and stick around to browse the art exhibits and take part in the raffle for raptor-themed prizes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets: $5-10. Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, 439 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo. For more information, visit www.wfvz.org.

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET
Oct. 17 – Nov. 4 | Ventura
Just in time for Halloween, Rubicon Theatre welcomes back this fabulously campy sendup of the sci-fi film Forbidden Planet, which was loosely based on The Tempest. Set on a space ship sometime in the future, the show features a galaxy of talented artists singing 1950s and 1960s rock-and-roll classics. Onstage through Nov. 4. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

BEATRICE WOOD IMMERSION EXPERIENCE
Oct. 21 | Ojai
In this day-long Beato immersion experience hosted by Focus on the Masters, participants will explore Beatrice Wood’s passions inside of the artist’s Ojai home. From art books, philosophy and drawing to working in clay, preparing food, and conversation, guests will learn, through Beatrice Wood, how the most mundane aspects of life can be imbued with creativity. Participants will work with clay in her studio, study her art books, draw with her colored pencils, and prepare lunch in her kitchen. Limited to 15 participants. Tickets: $125-150. For more information, visit www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Oct. 25-28 | Ojai
Whether it’s a night of laughter, a journey of imagination, a tale filled with suspense and mystery, a program your children will never forget, a ribald night of tales for adults or a workshop that inspires, the 18th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival has something for everyone. This year, featured storytellers include Diane Ferlatte, who interweaves music, sign language, movement, humor and song into her storytelling; playwright and humorist Kevin Kling, who will delight with his Fargo-esque childhood stories; and Scott Ainslie, who will perform excerpts from his acclaimed show Southern Voices: Black, White and Blues, plus many more. Tickets: $30-145. For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit www.ojaistoryfest.org.

HALLOWEEN IN THE PARK
Oct. 31 | Camarillo
Come dressed in your spookiest (or silliest) costume for the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District’s Halloween in the Park celebration. This family-friendly event features the famous trick-or-treat village, games, costume contest, a wildlife presentation and much more. The event takes place 5-8 p.m. Community Center Park, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. For more information, visit www.pvrpd.org.

ON THE HORIZON

VENTURA COUNTY FARM DAY
Nov. 2-3 | Various Locations
Over 20 farms, ranches and agricultural organizations will open their doors and invite the public to experience a day of agricultural activities and tours during the Sixth Annual Ventura County Farm Day, with a kickoff barbeque happening the night before. Take a self-guided tour through participating county farms and get to know your local grower, then sample the goods at participating restaurants throughout the county. For more information, including a list of participating farms and restaurants, visit www.venturacountyfarmday.com.

10-01-2018

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