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A Preview of Local Happenings

Nov. 2 – Dec. 15 | Camarillo
Artists W. Scott Miles, Susan Petty and Roxie Ray present their individual representations on the theme Elements in an exhibition of paintings and video installations that explore the intersections of visual abstraction and multimedia. Artist W. Scott Miles will give an artist talk, “Using Technology for Artistic Expression,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 15 at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. For more information, visit

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 6th 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, and then sample the goods at participating restaurants throughout the county. For more information, including a list of participating farms and restaurants, visit

Nov. 6 | Thousand Oaks
The Thousand Oaks Distinguished Speaker Series returns with a lineup of influential leaders, politicians, entertainment legends and more. This year’s series will feature former FBI Director James Comey, presidential historian Jon Meacham, television and film actor Alan Alda, and conservation activist Paul Nicklen. On Nov. 6, the series will kick off with award-winning portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, who will present a living history with her compelling photographs of influential and famous celebrities. No individual tickets are sold to this event. Series: $360-474. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit

Nov. 10-11 | Ojai
This treasured tradition highlights the diverse and beautiful neighborhoods of the Ojai Valley, featuring four distinctive Ojai homes adorned with floral inspirations by inspiring designers. This year’s properties will include the stunning Patina Farm, among others. The Holiday Marketplace, held at Thomas Aquinas Church Hall, 185 St. Thomas Drive, in Ojai, will feature a collection of curated lifestyle and fashion items from more than 40 vendors. Home tour tickets: $40-45. For more information, visit

Nov. 11 | Ventura
You’ll not want to miss this stunning tribute to the great Leonard Bernstein, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. The Ventura Music Festival hosts this celebration of the legend’s catalogue with soprano Patricia Lathrop-McPherson and baritone Steve Perren accompanied by Helen Farson. The event benefits the Ventura Music Festival’s Young Artist Fund, which supports Music in the Schools, Student Jazz, Rising Stars and more. Tickets: $25. Program begins at 4 p.m. Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. For more information, visit

Nov. 16-18 | Ojai
The Symposium will present respected experts, authors and speakers from across the spectrum of modern herbalism, pharmacy, integrative medicine, Oriental medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Chumash healing under the theme of “Natural Resilience.” An herb walk with Lanny Kaufer and a talk by herbalist and author Amanda McQuade Crawford will also be featured. Registration is $225-285. The talks will be held at various Ojai locations. For more information, visit

Through Nov. 18 | Camarillo
Weaving together plots and characters from several classic fairy tales, Into the Woods is one of Stephen Sondheim’s most loved works. The story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. True to form for classic fairy tales, everyone gets their wish — for a price. The Camarillo Skyway Playhouse will put on this production Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through Nov. 18. Tickets: $10-20. Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, 330 Skyway Drive, Camarillo. For more information, visit

Through Nov. 30 | Ventura
Ventura County’s only print-making group will showcase their work at this gallery, now through Nov. 30. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, with a drawing for one of 10 original prints. This exhibition, the Ink Spots’ 11th iteration, will be available by appointment for viewing on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. at 643 Project Space, 643 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. For more information and to RSVP, visit

Through Jan. 2019 | Santa Paula
Twenty-three artists have been selected for an exhibition in which the subject is interpreted in several unique ways: the walls depicted are physical, historical, social, cultural, political, personal and more. In addition to the walls themselves, the artworks call into question our relationships to them — are we builders or destroyers? Are we inside or outside? Confined or liberated? The show will invite you to consider and confront the walls that shape us individually and collectively as we explore the nature of walls and boundaries. Regular admission: $3-4. Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit


Dec. 8 | Oxnard
Play in the snow, meet Santa and partake in children’s activities throughout the day, and stick around for the annual Parade of Lights featuring vessels decorated in holiday bling. Beginning at noon, families can play in real snow falling at the north end of Harbor View Park. Santa will be present and will take pictures with families free of charge. This year’s parade theme is “Fairy Tales Afloat,” so expect your favorite storybooks to come alive on the water beginning at 7 p.m., culminating in a flyover by Santa Claus himself. Channel Islands Harbor, 3600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard. For more information, visit


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