Short List

A selective preview of local happenings

Polar View: A Look at Our Changing Arctic

Through June 24 | California Oil Museum, Santa Paula

Experience the sights and sounds of the Arctic in this multi-dimensional exhibit, which includes icebergs, interactive displays, a life-size polar bear model, and historic Inuit artifacts. Visitors can learn about the native peoples and culture, Arctic wildlife, sea ice, and how this most mysterious region on Earth is transforming. Tickets: adults $4, seniors $3, youth (6-17) $1. 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula. For more information, visit

Women of Troy

April 6 - 29 | Ojai Valley Grange

SENGA Classic Stage Company presents “Women of Troy,” adapted and directed by Francisca Beach. All Troy burns. The wooden horse has carried death through its walls and laid waste to a once mighty people. The royal women of Troy, weeping for their dead husbands and children, are made concubines of the Greek victors. The fickle Gods and Goddesses vie with each other, toying with the lives of men and women. Played in the round, this timely and, at times, slyly humorous adaptation of Euripides’ play incorporates text from survivors of Hiroshima and the Holocaust in a study of the universal themes of war and the enduring capacity of women to survive and carry on in its devastating wake. Tickets: general admission $15, seniors and students $12. Ojai Valley Grange, 381 Cruzero St., Ojai. For more information, visit

Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest

April 14 | Ventura Point

Visitors will find free family-friendly entertainment, education, children’s activities, crafts, eco-friendly project displays, green exhibitor booths, and more. New for 2012, the event will be held in conjunction with a five-kilometer green-themed fun run (, scheduled to end near Promenade Park. Profits from the event will help fund enrichment programs for kindergarten through eighth grade students at the Ventura Charter School, a tuition-free public school. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Ventura beachfront Seaside/Promenade Park and Surfer’s Point Boardwalk. For more information, visit

Cinderella Ballet

April 14 | Oxnard Performing Arts Center

Returning to Ventura County is the enchanting tale of Cinderella. The Ventura County Ballet will kick off its fourteenth year by reinventing the classic love story that children of all ages have enjoyed. Professional dancers lead the company in this production, bringing humor, pageantry, and state-of-the-art theatrics. Held at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, this family-fun production features a modern twist on choreography provided by State Street Ballet’s director, Rodney Gustafson. 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. For more information, visit

Conejo Valley Home Remodeling Show

April 21 & 22 | Hyatt Westlake Plaza

Homeowners can talk to professionals and get ideas and advice at this event, with more than 170 vendors offering information on everything from kitchen and bath remodeling to interior decorating, landscaping, pools, and spas. Energy-efficient products such as skylights, solar heating, and tank-less water heaters will be exhibited as well. Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free passes available online at Cost at the door will be $4 per person. 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. For more information, call 805.529.0760.

Ojai Film Society: Chimpanzee

April 22 | Downtown Ojai

The Ojai Film Society and the nonprofit Chimp Haven will cosponsor the screening of Disneynature’s new movie Chimpanzee at the Ojai Playhouse. The 4:00 p.m. screening will be followed by a gala reception at nearby La Fonte Restaurant. The event is a benefit for Chimp Haven, The National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Located on 200 wooded acres in northwest Louisiana, the haven is a sanctuary for chimpanzees no longer wanted as biomedical research subjects, pets, or entertainers. The chimpanzees live as large social groups in spacious habitats—similar to how they would have lived in the wild. Cost for the event is $50 per person. Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 145 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Paint Ventura

April 26 - 29 | Downtown Ventura

Paint Ventura’s third annual artistic adventure will feature more than 100 plein air artists creating, selling, and teaching in Downtown Ventura. Each day is free to the public. The four-day Paint Ventura event will begin with the “Paint Out” on April 26 and 27. Plein air artists will begin with a fresh canvas or paper and have two days to paint Ventura-inspired works. April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. is the Paint Ventura Umbrella Art Fair. More than 100 artists will participate in an umbrella art show where they will create and sell art, as well as conduct workshops. Main Street between Oak and Palm will be closed for the festival. April 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will be the Easel Show and Best of Show judging for works created during the Paint Out. For more information, visit

Ojai Playwrights Conference Gala

April 28 | Ojai

The Ojai Playwrights Conference will launch its fifteenth season with an annual benefit gala. The 2012 event will honor award-winning playwright Bill Cain and OPC boardmember and award-winning actress Dana Delany. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Matilija Auditorium with an original show titled “An OPC Cabaret: Body & Soul.” The show will bring together a star-studded cast assembled for this one night to celebrate OPC and the two honorees. At 7:30 p.m., the festivities will continue at St. Thomas Aquinas Hall where guests can mingle with the stars and enjoy cocktails, dinner, the OPC Awards, and a live auction offering one-of-a-kind experiences. For tickets and more information, visit


56th Annual Conejo Valley Days

May 3 – 6 | Thousand Oaks

This four-day event will feature entertainment for kids, teens, and the whole family including motocross freestyle exhibitions, carnival rides, concerts, live DJs, games, a Western-themed Main Street, and a food court. Motocross exhibitions and live entertainment will be included with general admission. Conejo Creek Park South (23 Freeway/Janss Rd. exit). For festival hours, concert and motocross show times, and ticket information, visit or call 805.498.0624.


May 6 | Camarillo

The 16th Annual Camarillo Hospice Spring Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, May 6 from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. The Garden Tour is a major fundraiser for Camarillo Hospice, a volunteer hospice and grief support center serving the residents of Ventura County. For more information regarding the tour or the programs and services of Camarillo Hospice, call 805.389.6870, email, or visit

Ventura Music Festival

May 3 - 12 | Ventura

The Ventura Music Festival offers a 10-day themed festival in early May, and jazz and “crossover” concerts in the fall and winter months. The concerts are held in a variety of local venues. The festival stands as one of the county’s signature events, attracting more than 6,000 concertgoers every spring. Each year, the festival focuses on a specific theme, amplified by Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta’s choice of artists and repertoire and highlighted during concert talks, lectures, and interviews. For tickets and detailed information about the 2012 Ventura Music Festival, visit

California Strawberry Festival

May 19 & 20 | Oxnard

This long-running festival celebrates Ventura County’s sweetest crop and benefits more than 25 Southland charities. In addition to strawberry-inspired foods and activities, visitors will enjoy countless attractions, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, “Strawberryland For Kids,” gooey contests, arts and crafts, and more. Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information, visit

Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival

June 3 | California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo

Guests will enjoy food from some of the best restaurants, bakeries, and caterers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, along with an excellent selection of award-winning California wines, including local favorites. A culinary competition will showcase the work of Ventura County’s top chefs. Proceeds go to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families, the largest nonprofit provider of children’s mental health services in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival takes place at the CSUCI campus in Camarillo on June 5 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Tickets: $100 in advance, $125 at the door, $200 VIP. Details online at


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