Splash! Ocean-Inspired Art
Through September 18 | Museum of Ventura County
Take the plunge into summer with Splash!, an exhibition highlighting ocean-inspired art and Ventura’s beach resort past. Artwork by more than 30 regional artists can be seen throughout the museum’s galleries, plaza, and courtyard, including large-scale sculptural installations and artistic surfboards. The historical component of the exhibit contrasts early 20th century beachwear with today’s trends, explores 1960s surf culture, and offers a look back at Ventura’s former Bath House, unique “Tent City,” and Pierpont Bay resort. Free. 100 E. Main St. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.
A Few of Her Favorite Things
Through July 23 | Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura
Leave the raindrops on the roses, and the whiskers on kittens. Sylvia White has gathered together some of her favorite art pieces, long out of the public eye. This summer group exhibition features the best of the best: art world legends including Chuck Close, Claes Oldenberg, Ed Ruscha, Ed Moses, Robert Graham, Charles Garabedian, William Wiley, Jerry Uelsmann, William Wegman, Alexis Smith, Squeak Carnwath, and Michael Todd. Free, Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1783 E. Main St. Ventura. For more information, visit sylviawhite.com or call 805-643-8300.
Totally Local Dining
July 7 – October 6 | Ventura County
A new dinner series celebrating all things Ventura County kicks off in July. Local chefs join local growers who supply everything from food to flowers and fruit for centerpieces. Local wines accompany meals, and a percentage of profits benefit area nonprofits such as FOOD Share. On July 7, chef Rachel Main hosts “Dinner at the City” at Ventura City Hall, with its sweeping views of the coast. August 11, chef Jason Collis of Jonathan’s at Peirano’s cooks “Dinner at the Cross,” high atop Grant Park. And on October 6, “Dinner at the Pumpkin Patch” takes place at McGrath Brothers Great Pacific Pumpkins. Tickets are $90 per person and available online at totallylocalvc.com.
Ventura Film Festival
July 8 – July 18 | Locations in Ventura
There will be more than 245 films and screenplays in the 2011 Ventura Film Festival and 100-plus filmmakers are scheduled to attend the opening and closing nights. More than $120,000 in prize award value will be given away, including the new GHS awards, valued at more than $14,000. There will be 200 film screenings at various theaters across the city of Ventura, including the Majestic Ventura Theater, Century 10 Downtown Theaters, the Regency Theaters, and the Ventura Beach Marriott’s grand ballroom. For more information, visit venturafilmfestival.org.
July 9 – July 24 | Theater 150, Ojai
A powerful drama that explores the revealing relationship of two very different women. Alida, a reclusive writer, copes with her growing realization that she has Alzheimer’s, while Beth, a drifter who becomes her aide, learns how to come to terms with her own realities and potential. Together, they find new ways to find meaning through love and understanding. 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, visit theater150.org or call 805-646-4300.
Boat Show & Green Expo
July 14 – July 17 | Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard
Sustainability, conservation and green boating practices will once again be in the spotlight at the 16th annual Ventura County Boat Show & Green Expo. In addition to the hundreds of boats, personal watercraft, and marine and environmental products on display, visitors can participate in environmental presentations and demonstrations, including educational activities for children. There will be live entertainment each day, along with raffles and food. Located on the west side of the harbor, near Hollywood Beach. For more information, visit ci-boatshow.com.
From Field to Fork
July 16 | UC Hansen Agricultural Center, Santa Paula
A fundraiser to benefit the Ventura County Farm Worker Housing Task Force, “From Field to Fork” will bring together farmers who produce our region’s agricultural bounty with local chefs and restaurateurs who celebrate those ingredients and the farm workers whose labor makes it all possible. Chefs Tim Kilcoyne, Todd Aarons, Olivia Chase, and Kate Dunbar will each pair with a local farmer to prepare five courses. Farm workers and their families will be honored guests. $125 includes food, wine, and entertainment. 4-8 p.m. at the UC Hansen Agricultural Center, 14292 Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula. For tickets and more information, call 805-921-0430.
The Sound of Music
July 22 – July 31 | Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks
When a postulant Maria proves too high-spirited for religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain, Georg von Trapp. When the curtain rises on Cabrillo Music Theatre’s new production, audiences will be treated to the best young talent of the local community. The von Trapp children in Cabrillo’s production were culled from an audition process that saw some 200 people try out. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. An additional performance will be on July 27 at 11 a.m. Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805-583-8700, ticketmaster.com) or the T.O. Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. For more information, call 805-449-2787.
Tropical Daze Summer Music Festival
July 23 – July 24 | Thousand Oaks
Bring your lawn chair to this two-day Caribbean, reggae, surf, and island music festival. In addition to music, the event features tropical food and tropical-themed vendors. There’ll also be a children’s activity area with hands-on science exhibits, games, and arts and crafts. Featured bands include Island Rhythms Production (Trinidad steel drum band), Yoki Daiko, a Beach Boys tribute band, a Hawaiian hula show, and more. Proceeds benefit Conejo Valley Neighborhood for Learning. Free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. 2525 Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit tropicaldaze.org.
Food Truck & Bocce Ball Festival
July 24 & August 21 | Limoneira Ranch, Santa Paula
Mix the atypical ingredients of bocce ball, gourmet food trucks, and live music in the sweet setting of Limoneira Ranch, then toss in a local nonprofit. The result? The Gourmet Food Truck and Bocce Ball Festival, presented by FOOD Share. Taking place July 24 and August 21 from noon to 6 p.m., the event costs $20 for adults, $10 for kids. Free for kids under 5. Details online at boccefestival.com.
NICU Golf Tournament
July 25 | Saticoy Country Club, Somis
Presented by the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation, proceeds benefit Community Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Funds raised are used to offset the cost of the latest in equipment technology with the sole purpose of saving the lives of premature infants. The tournament includes lunch, a light dinner, prizes, awards, and an auction. Shotgun start at 11 a.m. 4450 Clubhouse Dr., Somis. For more information, visit nicugolf.org.
A Taste of Camarillo
July 30 – July 31 | Camarillo Ranch House
On July 30 there will be a Wine Auction Gala & Dinner from 5-9 p.m., with live and silent auctions of fine wines plus a gourmet dinner and music from The Big Little Jazz Band. $70. On July 31, Meadowlark Service League will hold its 24th Annual Wine and Food Festival from 1-4 p.m. on the lawns of the historic Camarillo Ranch House. Enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment while sampling fine wines, beers, and gourmet food from a variety of participating wineries, breweries, caterers, and restaurants. This event includes an opportunity drawing, silent auction, and boutique shopping. $75 in advance, $85 at the door. A weekend pass for both events is $135. For more information, call 805-388-7158 or visit meadowlarkserviceleague.com.
ON THE HORIZON
Polo, Picnic, and Paradise
August 14 | Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
The third annual Polo, Picnic, and Paradise event—a benefit for the Ventura Botanical Gardens—will include an afternoon of polo watching while sipping mint juleps, participating in a hat parade and contest, “stomping of the divots,” and enjoying a gourmet lunch featuring fresh, local produce from the McGrath Family Farms. $100. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3375 Foothill Rd. #1200, Carpinteria. For tickets and more information, visit venturabotanicalgardens.com.