The List

A highly selective preview of upcoming events

A Salute to Heroes

July 15 | California Street Promenade, Ventura

Talk about star power: Deana Carter, country music star (yes, the singer who brought us “Strawberry Wine”) and daughter of renowned guitarist Fred Carter Jr., will headline the 2nd Annual Cops 4 Causes Benefit for Special Olympics Ventura County on July 15 in Ventura. This year’s event will also include live performances by the band Thunder Road and Crosby Loggins. Honorary Celebrity Chairs Wendi McLendon-Covey, who plays Dep. Clementine Johnson on Comedy Central's hit show Reno 911, and California State Assembly Member, Pedro Nava will host the Platinum Sponsor Celebrity VIP reception to be held at the "Top of the Harbor" of the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. Proceeds from the benefit concert, silent auction, and dinner hosted and served by the men and women of the Ventura Police Officers Association, will be donated to Special Olympics Ventura County. General Admission $65/45 Student; The Aloha Ticket $150, Sponsor $250. For more information, call 797-8899 or visit Tickets can be purchased on-line at or at the Majestic Ventura Theatre box office located at 26 S. Chestnut St.,Ventura.

On The Horizon … Camarillo Art & Jazz Festival

August 4 - 6 | Camarillo

The Camarillo Art & Jazz Festival will kick off with an Opening Night Gala at Studio Channel Islands Art Center located on the beautiful California State University Channel Islands campus on August 4. Cocktails and appetizers will be served during an artist marketplace and silent auction, and will be followed by an elegant dinner and live auction under the stars. But the real fun begins at 8:30 p.m., when The David Sanborn Group will perform their Grammy-winning brand of contemporary jazz. Proceeds from these events benefit the artist members, galleries and educational programs of Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIART), the Annual Pat Richards Scholarship to a CSUCI student, programs supported by the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, the Camarillo Arts Council and the Pleasant Valley Education Foundation. Tickets for the Opening Night won’t last long! For more information, call the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce at 484-4384 or visit

Putting on Airs

July 1 - 22 | Studio Channel Islands Art Center

Celebrated watercolorist, Christine Leong, has been accepted as Studio Channel Islands Art Center's newest Artist in Residence. Christine, a native of Hong Kong, has a passion for Chinese watercolors. Her painting style demonstrates soft, lyrical brush strokes; her specialty is in Kois and florals. Ms. Leong's art works reflect unique and original Chinese watercolor images that combine Asian and Western painting techniques. Since immigrating to the Camarillo area in 2002, her paintings have been juried in shows and art walks in Ventura County. She has exhibited extensively around the world. Christine Leong's work may be seen in Studio Channel Islands’ upcoming group show, Putting On Airs. Studio Channel Islands, located on the campus of Cal State Channel Islands, Building 18 on Ventura Street, Camarillo. For more information, call 383-1368 or visit

9th Annual Fireworks by the Sea

July 4 | Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard

The 4th of July in the Channel Islands Harbor promises to be a jam-packed day-long event. Catch the 4th of July parade at 11 a.m. (it starts in front of the Harbor Landing Shopping Center) and spend the rest of the day listening to the live music of the Drivematics and Randy Rich & the Ravens, getting your face painted, checking out the arts & crafts and food booths, and then, at 9 p.m., enjoy a phenomenal fireworks display! For more information, call 985-4852

4th of July Family Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

July 4 | Ventura College

The Rotary Club of Ventura presents the 2006 Independence Day Celebration at the Ventura College. Fireworks at the College always promise fun for the entire family. Arrive early to make sure you get a good seat on the grass, and make sure to pack a picnic and blankets — it can get chilly. Live entertainment will include the Ojai Valley Boys with country music and Blue Latitude playing soul, blues and rock ’n’ roll. Gates open at 5 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m. Take care of details early and purchase discounted advance tickets at Ventura area Vons Markets and McDonald's Restaurants. And parking at the College is free! Ventura College, corner of Day Rd. and Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. For more information, call 654-6461.

Music Under the Stars: Louie Cruz Beltran

July 8 | Olivas Adobe

A Playboy Jazz Festival favorite and his free-flying jazz orchestra of percussion, bass, horns, piano and vibraphone perform a potent superheated mix of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms that’s sure to make you dance. Beltran’s wide repertoire of salsa, B&B, rock and jazz offers a little something for every kind of music lover. Tickets are reasonably priced ($18/ticket & optional $10/table for 4) and there is simply no better way to enjoy a summer night in Ventura. Courtyard gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. For more information, call 644-6542.

39th Annual Kiwanis Citrus Festival

July 14 - 16 | Harding Park, Santa Paula

Come celebrate the citrus capital of the world during Santa Paula’s 39th Annual Citrus Festival. It will be a full weekend of entertainment with powerhouse rock and blues masters Los Lobos headlining the festival on Saturday night. Los Lobos has toured worldwide for more than 20 years, becoming one of the most successful bands to emerge from the L.A. music scene. Other highlights will include the Citrus Festival Parade, a classic car show and, you guessed it, plenty of citrus. Daily admission to the Citrus Festival is $5 for adults and $1 for children (12 and under). Tickets for the carnival rides are sold separately at the carnival entrance. Harding Park, 1300 E. Harvard Blvd, Santa Paula. For more information, visit

Ventura Then & Now: Vintage Views and Re-photography

July 15 | Ventura County Museum of History & Art

Architectural photographer (and Ventana contributor) Stephen Schafer compares past and present photographs of the city of Ventura on July 15 at 2 p.m. Vintage postcards supply the “then” and Schafer’s own photographs reveal the “now.” Discover what has been lost and what remains in this fun and fact-filled show. Free for Museum members, included with Museum admission for non-members. Be sure to catch Schafer’s exhibit in the Museum’s Hall Gallery, Dialogue with Horace Bristol, while you’re there. The Ventura County Museum of History & Art, 100 East Main St., Ventura. RSVP 653-0323 ext. 10.

Memories of El Monte … A Doo Wop Flashback

July 16 | Oxnard Performing Arts Theatre

Do you miss Doo Wop? Do you? Well, there’s no reason to miss it this July when you can catch a flashback to the heyday of El Monte Legion Stadium, the Los Angeles venue where the great Doo Wop artists used to perform. Memories of El Monte … A Doo Wop Flashback brings Dave Somerville, original lead for the Diamonds, The Olympics, Al Wilson, Marvin & Johnny, Donnie Brooks and the Dartells to the Oxnard Performing Arts Theatre for an afternoon of reminiscing and bopping around the clock. Tickets range in price from $25 to $45 dollars. Oxnard Performing Arts Theatre, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For tickets, call 486-2424 or visit

Oxnard Salsa Festival

July 29 - 30 | Plaza Park, Oxnard

Spice up your weekend! To some people, salsa is just a confusing blend of tomatoes, onions and cilantro. But to anyone who knows anything, salsa is so much more. It’s food, it’s music, it’s dance — really, it’s a lifestyle. Celebrate everything that is salsa during Southern California’s hottest summer festival — the Oxnard Salsa Festival. With live Latin music, salsa dancing contests and lessons, a festival marketplace and a salsa tasting tent, the weekend should be a huge, spicy hit! Plaza Park, 5th & “B” Streets, Downtown Oxnard. For more information, call 247-0197 or visit

Taste of Camarillo

July 30 | Adolfo Camarillo Ranch

Last year’s Taste of Camarillo event raised over $135,000 dollars for Ventura County charities, and showcased wines from over 100 wineries and delicious food from more than 45 local restaurants. This year’s event promises to be just as successful. This outdoor event offers tons of good food and fabulous wine, a live and silent auction, plus an afternoon of live entertainment provided by John & Merry Anne Stanewich with their ’60s and ’70s standards and Paul Nelson's Mojomaster Blues 'n Rock 'n Roll Band. The event is run by the Meadowlark Service League, an organization dedicated to serving the community through fundraising for charity. Adolfo Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


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