Through September 18 | Rubicon Theatre, Ventura
This hilarious and heartwarming story follows a group of friends who gather each week at a salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where Truvy and her new assistant, Annelle, dispense shampoo and advice to Ouiser, the town curmudgeon; Miss Clairee, an eccentric millionaire with a sweet tooth; and M’Lynn, whose daughter Shelby is about to get married. $39 to $59 for regular tickets. 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura. For more information, visit rubicontheatre.org or call 805.667.2900.
California International Theatre Festival
September 8 - 18 | Ventura
The Festival will take place in several locations in Calabasas, Downtown Los Angeles, and Ventura. The Ventura performances include “Scenario: For A Non-Existent, But Possible, Instrumental Actor,” by Evoe Performing Artists from Germany; “Concert Under the Stars,” with Marjana Sadowska from Ukraine, which is a concert with storytelling using indigenous music from East Europe, the Middle East, and the world; and from the U.S., “¡Gaytino!,” written and performed by Dan Guerrero and directed by Diane Rodriguez. Tickets range from $17 to $30. For more information, visit citfestival.org or call 888.712.CITF (2483).
Beatrice Wood Exhibit and “Paint Ventura” After Party
September 10 | Fox Fine Jewelry, Downtown Ventura
Fox Fine Jewelry will exhibit the largest West Coast collection of Beatrice Wood drawings. The exhibit includes 55 drawings and is for one day only, September 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Paint Ventura (paintventura.com) is an outdoor arts festival held from September 9-11 throughout Downtown Ventura. On September 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 100 artists will paint outdoors in the downtown area. There will be live music, performances, art instruction, and workshops. Fox Fine Jewelry will host the after party from 6-9 p.m. with wine and hors d’ oeuvres. 210 E. Main Street, Ventura. For more information about either event, call 805.652.1800.
Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show
September 10 & 11 | Hyatt Westlake Plaza
More than 170 landscapers, interior designers, remodelers, and suppliers will be on hand to answer questions about everything from solar energy installations and exterior landscaping to kitchen and bath remodeling and interior decorating. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $4. 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. See conejovalleyhomeshow.com or call 805.529.0760.
Home & Garden Show
September 16 -18 | Ventura County Fairgrounds
Items will be on display in the following categories: kitchens & baths; windows & doors; heating & air; sunrooms & floors; yard pools & spas; fencing & decking; landscaping & patio furniture; storage sheds & BBQs. There will be hundreds of exhibits focused on new products, home improvements, decorating ideas, show specials, landscape displays, energy saving ideas, and more. 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 805.648.3376 or visit venturacountyfair.org.
Day For Kids
September 17 | Ventura
This annual event sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura features entertainment, live music, Wii Kinect, face painting, Dance Dance Revolution tournaments, martial arts demonstrations, carnival games, Jolly Jumper, food, prizes, and more. Game cards can be purchased for $1. The event occurs each year to celebrate and honor America’s children by spending meaningful time with them. It’s a day focused on celebrating kids, children, grandchildren, or any child in need of mentoring. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bill Lefevre Center, 1929 Johnson Dr., Ventura. See bgclubventura.org.
Brillig Manor Studio & Garden Tour
September 18 | Thousand Oaks
A tour of the mysterious and colorful world of local artist Darlene Graeser (darlenegraeser.com) will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. UCLA landscape architecture alumni will be at the home, working on the garden and helping to encourage at-risk kids to discover gardening. There will be light refreshments and a raffle. $12. Private tours (call 805.419.6658 to arrange) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 1591 El Dorado Dr., Thousand Oaks. Log on to inticketing.com/events/homearttour for tickets.
Ventura Hillsides Music Festival
September 25 | Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura
Grateful grooves and jazzy jams from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Texas R & B from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, sweet southern gospel and soul from the Blind Boys of Alabama, and an eclectic tour of world music with multi-instrumentalist and frequent Jackson Browne cohort David Lindley. Seating for the event will be festival style, using the contours of the grassy hill in Arroyo Verde Park as a natural amphitheatre. Venue opens at 11:30 a.m. to allow access to food, booths, and kids’ play area. Music begins at 1 p.m. Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura. For more information, call 805.643.8044 or visit venturahillsides.org.
Ventura County Agriculture Museum Opening
September 25 | Santa Paula
Look inside a hard working beehive, let your kids climb on a vintage tractor, and learn about how food is grown, when the Museum of Ventura County’s long awaited Agriculture Museum opens. Permanent exhibits using rare historical photographs and interactive elements tell the story of Ventura County’s farming and ranching tradition. Enjoy free admission for the day, docent led tours, and live music by the Lynn Mullins Pickup Band. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org.
ON THE HORIZON
Ventura County Oktoberfest
October 1 | Commemorative Air Force Museum
Proceeds will benefit Ventura County philanthropies supported by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Sunrise. Each adult visitor will receive a souvenir tasting mug with which to sample more than 25 beers from regions throughout Germany as well as 20 German wines and a selection of local microbrews. The festival will also feature German dancers and live entertainment, traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest contests, and beer-making demonstrations. $40 adults, $10 ages 12-20, free for kids 12 and under. 1-5 p.m. Commemorative Air Force Museum, 455 Aviation Dr., Camarillo. For tickets and more information, visit okto-beerfest.com or call 805.701.7248.
Ojai Valley Green Coalition Green Home & Building Tour and Home Show
October 1 | Ojai
The Ojai Valley Green Coalition will hold its third Green Home and Building Tour, with the added bonus of a green home show. Visitors will learn the latest in green building techniques. Tour brochure pick-up and home show will be at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Ojai Avenue property next to Rotary Community Park and across from Ojai Valley School (on the former site of the Ford dealership). The tour is $10 and the show is free. Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 805.669.8445 or log on to ojaivalleygreentour.com.
Ventura County Search & Rescue Fundraiser
October 2 | Boccali’s Restaurant, Ojai
The Ventura County Search and Rescue - Upper Ojai Team is holding a fundraiser at Boccali’s Restaurant in Ojai on October 2 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. The event will include dinner, live music, a raffle, and a silent auction. An all-volunteer organization, the team receives no direct public funds and depends on community support for everything from medical supplies to search and rescue equipment. For detailed information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ojaisar.org. Boccali’s Restaurant, 3277 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd., Ojai; 805.646.6116.