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The List

A highly selective preview of upcoming events

Greetings From Ventura

June 10 through September 4 | Ventura County Museum of History & Art

Ever wonder what Ventura County looked like in the early 1900s? Wonder no longer. Vintage local postcards from the early 1900s through the 1970s will be on display in the Ventura County Museum of History & Art’s exhibit, Greetings From Ventura: Postcards & Souvenirs from the Past. These classic postcards are a window into Ventura County’s past — its burgeoning agriculture, productive oil wells, picturesque beaches, hideaway resorts and unbeatable climate. Enlarged to enhance their appeal, the images create a visual montage of Ventura County during most of the 20th century, while selected messages from the backs of the postcards highlight visitors’ enthusiastic reactions to the city. A number of events will be held during the run of the exhibit, including presentations by local postcard collectors, a lighthearted look at the history of the postcard as a marketing and artistic form, and an illustrated program comparing local attractions as they appeared on vintage postcards with their appearance today. An accompanying, complimentary exhibit, Roadtrips: Classic California Travel Magazine Covers, will feature rare 1900s magazine covers. Both of these nostalgic exhibits look back to a time when the roads weren’t crowded and the views were a bit more scenic. The Ventura County Museum of History & Art is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura. For more information, call 653-0323, or visit www.venturamuseum.org.

A strange time for summer

June 1 through June 24 | Buenaventura Gallery

Don’t even worry about June gloom. The sky may be gray, but the colors of Airom Bleicher’s paintings are anything but. These multilayered exotic colors will transport you to a sunnier place. Drawing on his internal reactions to alternating events in his environment, Australian-educated local artist Airom Bleicher presents his latest works of playful and surrealistic expressionism, an art form he refers to as “nensism.” This form explores the interaction between thought and emotion and has been influenced by his psychology education and naivist, expressionist and neo-surrealistic art movements. Bleicher has had his work displayed and published in Australia and the United States. Critics have compared his art to Hieronymus Bosch, Guston, Paul Klee, Edvard Munsch, Picasso, Modigliani and George Groz. The exhibit is free. Reception: June 3, 4 to 7 p.m. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. Call 648-1235.

27th Annual Greek Festival

June 9 | Camarillo Airport

Opa! Falafel, galaktoboureko, feta, souvlaki, gyros, lamb — whether or not you can pronounce it, you won’t have any trouble finding it and eating it at the 27th Annual Ventura County Greek Festival. This year’s festival promises good eats, good dancing and good shopping, as well as a 5k, 10k and 1-mile fun run. Celebrate all that is Greek, and just try to resist the baklava. Church tours run from 5 until 9 p.m. Fun for all ages. $2 at the Camarillo Airport. For further information, call 482-1273, or visit www.vcgreekfestival.org.

The Hare and the Tortoise

June 9 | Camarillo and Ventura

Fairytales and parks — two things most children can’t get enough of. Treat your little ones to a story that proves, once and for all, that slow and steady always wins the race. In 1995 John and Roxanne Diesel co-founded Gypsies in a Trunk, an all-volunteer troupe of actors performing free fairy tales for the young and young at heart. The troupe’s love of children’s theatre has led them to perform every May through September since 1995 all over Ventura County. The tour has recently grown to include Camarillo, Simi Valley, Ventura, Westlake Village and the Channel Islands Harbor. All Fairy Tales in the Park performances are held outdoors in a variety of venues and are always free of charge. Gypsies in a Trunk perform anywhere there is an audience! Camarillo: Pleasant Valley Community Center, 1605 E Burnley St. (Corner of Carmen & Burnley), 11:30 a.m. Ventura: Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston (Corner of Johnson & Ralston), 4 p.m.

Godspell

June 9 through July 16 | Elite Theatre

Sean Harrington directs a local cast in the Broadway hit Godspell, a musical based on the Gospel of Saint Matthew. Godspell was one of the longest-running off-Broadway musicals before hitting Broadway in 1976. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by John-Michael Teblek, and musical direction by Bill Wagner this production is sure to leave audience members humming “Day by Day” for … days. 730 S. “B” Street, Suite 20, Oxnard. For more information, call 483-5118 or visit www.elitetheatre.org.

Ojai Valley Wine Tasting

June 11| Lake Casitas

The 2006 Ojai Wine Festival will introduce curious tasters to an extensive variety of California wines. The roster of 38 participating wineries reads like an exhaustive list of the very best vintners from Ventura County to Napa Valley. There will be music by Tom Thumb and the Hitchhikers and free boat excursions on Lake Casitas. The Ojai Wine Festival is also the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Ojai-West (which has donated nearly $85,000 to charities around the world over the past few years).The price of admission will guarantee a good time and will help a good cause. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the festivities last until 5 p.m. For more information, call (800) 648-4881 or visit www.ojaiwinefestival.com

Ojai Lavender Festival

June 17 | Libbey Park, Ojai

Stop and smell the lavender. The California Lavender Association in partnership with the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa presents a festival devoted to one of the most therapeutic and fragrant flowers that exists. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Ojai’s Libbey Park will be filled with fresh and dried flowers and herbs, craft items (including soaps, candles, body care, lavender wands and wreaths), aromatherapy, food and drink and more. Special guest speakers Rosemary Nightingale, of Squaw Valley Herb Gardens, and Michele Williams, of Aroma Rx/The Aroma Shop, will share some of lavender’s unique uses. Musical guests will entertain throughout the day. For more information about the Ojai Lavender Festival, visit www.lavenderfestival.net or call 805-798-1231.

Open Secrets

June 15 through July 9 | The Rubicon Theatre

The Premiere of two one-act plays by Dale Wasserman: The Stallion Howl and Boy on Blacktop Road. Directed by Rubicon Theatre’s Artistic Director, James O'Neil, and starring David Birney, Cliff De Young, Karen Grassle and Eric Lange, these two new one-act plays penned by one of America’s most important and prolific living American playwrights are sure to pleasantly (and shockingly) surprise. In The Stallion Howl, a comic curtain-raiser, an attractive woman receives a surprise inheritance from a mysterious millionaire and refuses to reveal to her husband, an inquisitive newspaper editor, the reason for the gift. In the drama Boy on Blacktop Road, an investigation takes place related to the arrival and disappearance of a young boy. Subject matter may not be appropriate for younger audiences. The Rubicon Theatre, 1006 Main St., Ventura. Call 667-2900 or visit www.rubicontheatre.org.

Father’s Day Lunch on the Train

June 18 | Fillmore & Western Railway Co.

Face it, Dad has more than enough ties … Why not treat him to a relaxing, scenic, two -and-a-half hour train ride through the picturesque Heritage Valley as he enjoys a wonderful Father’s Day lunch? Lunch includes barbeque Tri-tip, chicken, potato salad, barbeque beans, garlic bread, chef’s special dessert and coffee or tea. Fillmore & Western Railway Co. Call 1-800-773-8724 or visit www.fwry.com.

2006 Dolphin Classic Golf Tournament

June 19 | Saticoy Country Club and Spanish Hills Country Club

Play a round of golf, enjoy some barbecue, and at the same time help the California State University Channel Islands build its athletics program. A dueling golf tournament that will raise funds to establish future intercollegiate athletic programs at CSU Channel Islands is scheduled for June 19. There will be two competitions at two different golf courses: A "gross" competition at Saticoy Country Club and a "net" competition at Spanish Hills Country Club. Course winners will then have the opportunity to compete in the BMW Million-Dollar Shootout. Even if you aren’t a golfer, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the event, including a silent auction at the Spanish Hills Country Club. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place at each club. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Shotgun start at 11 a.m. Reception and silent auction to be held at Spanish Hills Country Club at 4 p.m. BMW Million Dollar Shootout followed by dinner and awards at 5 p.m. For more information call Mitchel Sloan at 437-8916, or visit www.csuci.edu and click on the Dolphin Classic Golf Tournament button.

Symphony of Wine

June 25 | Topa Tower Club

The first five Symphony of Wine events were culinary and financial successes, raising more than $800,000 for the Symphony’s children’s educational programs. Ninety-three percent of the event’s proceeds go directly to the Symphony’s children’s programs. This year’s elegant event will take place at the Topa Tower Club in Oxnard, where Dan Duckhorn, president, CEO and founder of Duckhorn Wine Company in Napa Valley, will be honored as this year’s Maestro of Food and Wine. The sixth annual fundraiser will begin with a reception featuring Schramsberg sparkling wines on the heliport of the Tower Club building. A five-course dinner will follow, prepared by Chef David LeFevre of the Water Grill in Los Angeles and Chef Julie Robles of the Wine Cask-Los Olivos, among other premier Southern California chefs. Each course will be matched with a premium wine. The evening will also include both silent and live auctions featuring rare wines, wine dinners and wine-related trips. For more information, call Katy Roth at (310) 748-5289.

06-01-2006

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