The list

A selective preview of happenings throughout the county

Opening Reception: Music Before Columbus

September 6 | Vita Art Center, Ventura

In celebration of the exhibit Music Before Columbus: Musical Artifacts of Mesoamerica showing at the Albinger Archaeological Museum in downtown Ventura, Vita Art Center invites the public to an evening with historian, lecturer, and performer Luis Perez. Luis will share his collection of pre-Columbian musical artifacts along with the history, culture, and art behind these priceless pieces. Luis will also present his collection of jade necklaces, ear loops, and body ornaments including costumes and feather work once used by ceremonial musicians and dancers of Mesoamerica. Free. 6 p.m. 2040 E. Main St., Ventura.

For more information or to RSVP call 805.644.9214.

Shining City

September 12 – October 19 | Santa Paula Theater Center

Set in Dublin psychiatrist’s office, “Shining City” tells the tale of a distraught man who reveals a fantastical happening: the recent sighting of the ghost of his newly deceased wife. In this contemporary ghost story, Conor McPherson explores what it means to lose faith-in God, in relationships, and in one's self. Due to subject matter and language, this production is recommended for mature audiences. $18 for adults, $15 for seniors & students. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. 125 South 7th Street, Santa Paula.

For tickets or more information call 805.525.4645 or visit

Ventura Hillsides Music Festival

September 13 | Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura

The 6th annual Ventura Hillsides Music Festival will feature music from local talent as well as world-renowned performers. The fundraiser will feature the music of Little Feat; two-time GRAMMY® winner Taj Mahal; singer-songwriter Mason Jennings; as well as Ventura local Todd Hannigan & the Heavy 29’s. General admission is $45, Special $150 Gold Circle Seating packages are available online only at, Children under age 6 accompanied by parents are free. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 5000 Foothill Rd.

For tickets and more information visit

Camarillo Art & Jazz Festival

September 13 | Old Town Camarillo

This free daylong event features a farmer’s market, local professional artists, and a range of musical guests as well as a juried art walk on the sidewalks. Music performances will be highlighted on two outdoor stages throughout the day. The day will conclude with the ticketed Evening Under the Stars Concert and Art Display at Pleasant Valley School (2222 E. Ventura Blvd.) in Old Town Camarillo. The evening includes a private VIP reception with food and beverages, artist's exhibits, live music, and a performance by Dave Koz and Friends. The ticketed evening concert is $60 reserved seating, $40 general admission, $20 students with ID. Free parking. 8 a.m. farmers market; 12 p.m. juried art walk and music; 4 p.m. gates open for concert. 222 Ventura Boulevard, Old Town Camarillo.

For more information including the list of performance times visit or call 805.484.42383.

Fall Home & Garden Show

September 19 -21 | Ventura County Fairgrounds

The largest home and garden show in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, this annual event features hundreds of exhibits from local retailers, distributors, and manufactures. Visitors can view items for the home and garden including satellites, linoleum, carpets, closets, garage doors, kitchen cabinets, home alarm systems, baths, tiles, pest control devices, creative landscape displays, and much more. $5 for adults, free for kids under 12. Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Corner of Harbor Blvd. and Figueroa, Ventura.

For more information call 805.641.1126 or visit

Thousand Oaks Arts Festival

September 20 & 21 | Thousand Oaks Civic Art Plaza

Visual artists throughout Ventura County will display their work as part of this 2-day festival designed to celebrate local visual and performing arts. The event includes more than 70 visual art exhibitors, live performances, children's hands-on artistic and interactive art exhibits, food vendors, and more. The Kids and the Arts Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. on September 20 (contact Alliance for the Arts for more information at Admission and parking are free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.

For more information call 818.991.6158 or visit

Cats in the Canyon - Hounds in the Hollow

September 21 | Boccali's Restaurant in Ojai

"Cats in the Canyon - Hounds in the Hollow," the annual afternoon picnic and fundraiser benefiting the Humane Society of Ventura County will feature musical entertainment, a picnic lunch served in a park-like setting, as well as a silent auction. Cats and dogs from the Shelter will be attending for people to meet and consider for adoption. The Iron Mountain Boys Band will be performing. $40 in advance for adults ($50 onsite), and $20 in advance for children under age 12 ($25 onsite). Admission price includes a picnic lunch. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 3277 E Ojai/Santa Paula Rd, Ojai.

To purchase tickets call 805.646.6505 or visit

Taste of Ojai

September 27 | Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

The Rotary Club of Ojai and the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa present the 8th Annual Taste of Ojai. On the greens at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, guests can enjoy appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages from celebrated Ojai restaurants and wineries along with live music from the Nordhoff Jazz Quintet. This fundraising event for adults will benefit the Rotary Club of Ojai Education and Charity Foundation. $65. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 905 Country Club Rd, Ojai.

For tickets call 805.646.1109 or 646.8126 or visit

The Big E Extravaganza

September 27 & 28 | Palms Shopping Center Oxnard

Presented by Money Intelligence/The Ken & Katie Show of AM 1400 KKZZ to benefit in part Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Ventura County, this event will include Sustainable Living Pavilions holding more than 175 booths showcasing various products and strategies for the home. The event includes seminars, lectures, demonstrations, sustainable/housing nonprofit organizations, and a special E-Ticket “ride” in a hydrogen-powered vehicle as well as live entertainment and food. The Big E is part of Ken & Katie’s Operation Green Genie – a yearlong focus on gathering 10,000 individuals who will commit to lowering their carbon footprints. Free. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. 2000 Outlet Center Drive.

For more information visit

Rock the Cure 08

October 4 | Majestic Ventura Theatre

This premier event will bring together local bands Lion I’s and Spencer the Gardener to help raise money for breast cancer research. Since Ventura native Kristen Perry was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer in 2005, she has been battling the disease, seeking alternative treatments, and raising money for research. Through Rock the Cure 08, she is determined to help lessen, if not completely mitigate, the threat of breast cancer by supporting foundations that include Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the City of Hope Breast Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., 26 South Chestnut St., Ventura. $25.

For more information visit


Tour of Kitchens

October 19 | Homes in Ventura County

In honor of National Kitchen and Bath Month, the Central Coast and Valleys chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is hosting their 3rd annual Tour of Kitchens. The tour, designed to showcase different architectural zones in Ventura County, features nine remodeled kitchens in Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, and Agoura Hills created by Ventura County’s top designers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Home/Aid Los Angeles and Ventura, a nonprofit provider of housing for the homeless. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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