Gold Dust Gala
April 17 | Ventura County Fairgrounds
The 20th Annual Gold Dust Gala, a Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation event, features Phil Vassar in concert and includes a barbecue dinner as well as a chance to win items in a silent auction. Proceeds will be used for breast cancer detection and treatment, cervical cancer screening and vaccines, and needed diagnostic equipment that benefits women in our community who lack access to life-saving exams. 6 p.m. for cocktails, silent auction, raffle, and tribute tree sales; 6:45 p.m. for a barbeque dinner and dancing; 8:30 p.m. for the Phil Vassar benefit concert. 10 Harbor Boulevard, Ventura.
For reservations, sponsorship, or tickets call 805.667.2881 or visit GoldDustGala.org.
Farm to Table
April 17 | Ojai
The Ojai Farm to Table Tour offers a unique agricultural adventure in the Ojai Valley. It provides access to three working farms, with narrated tours given by growers and a chance to sample products on-site. The event, which benefits the Ojai Music Festival’s BRAVO! Music Education Program, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for the farm tour and lunch are $60 per person (including Soule Park parking). Tickets for lunch (and parking) are $35 per person. Space is limited.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit OjaiFestival.org/ support/farmtour.htm or call 805.646.2094 ext. 100.
Earth Day Ventura
April 17 | Promenade Park
Bring friends and family to celebrate the earth, green living, and the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day at Ventura's Earth Day Eco Fest. Visitors to this free event can enjoy entertainment, children's activities and crafts, food and refreshments, project displays, and exhibitor booths. This year’s event will be the biggest yet, with over 50 eco-friendly exhibitors. A family friendly event, it is sponsored by Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education and The City of Ventura. All profits fund Ventura Charter School’s enrichment programs for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the intersection of Harbor Blvd. and Figueroa St., Ventura.
For more information, go to VenturaEarthDay.com.
April 17 -18 | Downtown Ventura
ArtWalk is a free, self-guided walking tour of 200 established and emerging artists at over 80 galleries, studios, and eclectic gallery-for-a day venues in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District. The event is held steps from the beach and the Ventura Pier. Participating art venues include restaurants, salons, antique shops, unique boutiques, and coffee shops. Enjoy outdoor multicultural performances and a free shuttle bus that connects venues. ArtWalk takes place Saturday from 1-9 p.m., Sunday from 12-5 p.m. Details at VenturaArtWalk.org. Preceding ArtWalk weekend, from 6-10 p.m. on Friday April 16, Malinowski & Todd will host a reception for Ventura artist Elain Thompson, who will discuss her latest collection of locally-inspired work, which will also be on display as part of ArtWalk. The store is located at 1725 E. Main St., Ventura.
For more information, call 805.643.2002.
Meadowlark Tennis Tournament & Luncheon
April 19 | Camarillo
Meadowlark Service League will host a Women’s Doubles Round-Robin Tennis Tournament and Luncheon. Tournament play will begin at 8.30 a.m. on courts provided by Las Posas Country Club, Spanish Hills Country Club, and some private courts in Camarillo. Don’t play tennis? Then come for the luncheon that will be held at Las Posas Country Club and feature a fashion show, boutique shopping, and opportunity drawings. Boutique shopping will open at 10.30 a.m. The cost for tennis and lunch is $70 per person; lunch alone is $50. 955 Fairway Drive, Camarillo.
For more information or registration forms, visit MeadowlarkServiceLeague.com or call 805.630.7257.
Rock the Oaks X
April 23 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
The Thousand Oaks Youth Commission and the Civic Arts Plaza Foundation present the 10th annual installment of "Rock the Oaks," a rock concert of the community's teenagers, by the community's teenagers, and for the community's teenagers. Bands that will be performing include The Bogarts, Left on Bromley, Right of Light, and Softsilence. 7:30 p.m. Scherr Forum Theatre. Tickets are $15. Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or online at TicketMaster.com) or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
For more information call 805.449.2787, visit CivicArtsPlaza.com, or email YouthCommission@TOaks.org.
April 23 | Camarillo Family YMCA
Zumba Fiesta is a fundraising event that includes a high-intensity, low-impact aerobic dance program with international flavor. Those who join can get a great workout while supporting a worthy cause. The event is designed for all levels of experience and will feature multiple instructors, special festive lighting, refreshments, and a raffle. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Y or online for $15 ($20 at the door). 5:30-7:30 p.m. 3111 Village at the Park Drive, Camarillo. All proceeds will fund YMCA programs.
For more information, call 805.484.0423 or visit CIYMCA.org.
Home Remodeling & RV Show
April 24 – 25 | Hyatt Westlake Plaza
Over 170 vendors will be on hand with information about everything from kitchen and bath remodeling to interior decorating, landscaping, pools, and spas. Energy-efficient products, including solatube skylights, solar heating, and tankless water heaters, will be exhibited. The latest model RVs will also be on display. The first 200 people each day will get in free. Two-for-one passes are available online at ConejoValley HomeShow.com. $4 per person at the door. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village.
For more information, call 805.529.0760 or email ShowKase9@gmail.com.
Ojai Storytelling Festival
April 29 - May 2 | Various Locations
The 11th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival in Downtown Ojai will offer captivating and magical performances for all ages. This year's tellers include emcee Ed Stivender, Nancy Donoval, Angela Lloyd, Willy Claflin, David Gonzales, Samite of Uganda, Hobey Ford, Motoko of Japan, and others. Guests can purchase food at the event or bring a picnic. During the festival, tickets for individual events will be available at the Libbey Bowl Ticket Center located in front of the tennis courts. No pets, no smoking. The performances are geared for a mixed audience. Children should be at least six years old.
For locations and more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, visit OjaiStoryFest.org or call 805.646.8907.
ON THE HORIZON
California Strawberry Festival
May 15-16 | Strawberry Meadows of College Park, Oxnard
Ranking among the top festivals in the nation, this much anticipated event boasts strawberries every way imaginable, along with all-day fun for the entire family, including concert performances; the Strawberry Promenade with celebrity cooking demonstrations; more than 250 fine arts & crafts booths; Strawberryland For Kids, with rides and attractions; contests; special appearances; and more. The festival has helped raise over $3 million for various Southland charities while paying tribute to the region’s agricultural heritage and winning recognition for its recycling and “green” policies that began in 2001. Held the weekend of May 15 and 16 at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard.
For more information, call 888.288.9242 or visit Strawberry-fest.org.