A selective preview of local happenings

Through OCTOBER 18 curious


Through October 18 | Visions Gallery, Ventura

In a world of distractions, it is curiosity that drowns out the noise and focuses our attention. Those who are curious dive in, play, and allow their fascination to take over. There are prying minds behind the Curious works of Ashley Frangie, Sarah Sinclair, and Josh Valcarcel. Frangie sifts through vernacular photography to create a fictional narrative; Sinclair creates a typological and abstract homage to analog film; and Valcarcel microscopically studies and records the world functioning around him. 2055 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit

An Afternoon in the Orchard

SEPTEMBER 14 Jill Martini Soiree

September 15 | Limoneira, Santa Paula

Captain Planet Foundation and SEEAG (Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture) will host a fundraiser to benefit the expansion of Ventura County Agricultural Education and the launch of the CPF Learning Gardens Program into Ventura County. A cocktail reception and tour of the historic packing house will precede a four-course meal from local chefs Jason Collis, Gabe Garcia, and Claud Mann. Todd Hannigan and Friends will provide the live soundtrack. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1141 Cummings Rd., Santa Paula. Tickets and detailed info online at

Ink For A Cause

September 13 to 15 | Ventura County Fairgrounds

Ink For A Cause is a three-day tattoo convention advocating generosity through body art. A portion of the profits will benefit this year’s featured charity: Kids Arts, a non-profit organization providing a free, comprehensive arts program for kids and teens. The event will feature over 100 world-renowned tattoo artists, live tattooing and piercing, fine artists, kids arts and crafts corner, sideshow performances, tattoo contests, and more. $12 a day, $30 weekend pass, $5 for kids 12 and under. 10 W. Harbour Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit

Aloha Beach Festival

September 14 & 15 | Promenade Park at Surfer’s Point

The Aloha Beach Festival will feature two full days of arts and crafts vendors, live performances, K9 Frisbee, surf and paddleboard contests, and a beer garden. This year’s proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. For more information, visit

Ventura Hillsides Celebration

September 14 | Olivas Adobe, Ventura

The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy will host a celebration of ten years of open space preservation. The event will feature local food, wine, and beer. Live entertainment will be provided by the Jill Martini Soiree, an ensemble specializing in acoustic-based cocktail swing and gypsy jazz. The event will also feature live and silent auctions to raise funds for the Conservancy’s programs. Tickets $50. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 4200 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit

“All In For Kids” Casino Night

September 14 | Port Hueneme

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is hosting the “All in for Kids” Casino Night fundraiser. Guests will watch the Super Welterweight World Championship Fight: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul Canelo Alvarez live on movie screens. General admission $65, $75 at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m. Gaming from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oceanview Pavilion, 575 Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme. For more information, visit

Dr. John

September 20 | Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara


Dr. John, or Mac Rebennack as he is known to friends and family, is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans. The winner of six Grammy Awards and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. John’s music is a potent dose of blues, pop, and jazz, as well as zydeco, boogie-woogie, and rock & roll. 8 p.m. 1214 State St., Santa Barbara. For more information, visit

V-Grid Tennis fest
September 27 | Spanish Hills Country Club, Camarillo

Tennis Olympic gold medalists and Grand Slam champions Bob and Mike Bryan will host their annual Tennis Fest benefiting the Bryan Brothers Foundation. The event will feature food, drinks, and world-class tennis exhibitions, as well as a musical concert. The Bryan Bros are pro tennis’s all-time winningest doubles team, Olympic gold medalists, and Wimbledon champs. They will be joined this year by former number one singles player and US Open Champion Andy Roddick. The Bryan Brothers Foundation supports local area youth charities. 4:40 p.m. to 9 p.m. 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. For more information and tickets, visit

Ojai Film Society 25th Anniversary

September 28 | Libbey Bowl, Ojai

The Ojai Film Society will celebrate 25 years of screening quality independent, foreign, and documentary films for the Ojai community with a gala event at Libbey Bowl. The event will feature the screening of 20 Feet From Stardom, a triumphant new documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes with some of the greatest backup singers in music today. The event will feature a Q & A with director Morgan Neville, dancing, and surprise guest artists. Dinner and popcorn are included in the $35 ticket price. Beer and wine will be available for sale. 210 South Signal St., Ojai. For information, visit

2nd Annual Sukinanik’oy Festival

September 28 | The Pottery Studio, Ojai

The Sukinanik’oy (to bring back to life) Festival was created to pay taxes that the local Chumash tribe acquired when they were gifted a piece of property in Saticoy. This year’s event will include live music from local musicians, vendors, a silent auction, food booths, and a ceremony (Danza Azteca). The organization will focus on a native garden and conceptual plans for the center. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at The Pottery Studio, 1804 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. See

Harvest Moon Barn Dance

September 28 | Ventura County’s Agricultural Museum

To celebrate the Santa Paula Museum’s second anniversary, the museum will roll back their tractors to make room for dancing. Caller Wayne Simpson, who teaches square dancing and line dancing throughout Southern California, will teach basic dance steps. Anniversary cake and lemonade will be served, and a no-host bar will be available. $5 for museum members, $10 for the general public, and $2 for kids under 18. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Reservations by calling 805.525.3100. 926 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. For more information, visit


B.R.A.I.N Benefit

October 5 | Libbey Bowl, Ojai

Papa Lennon’s Pizzeria and The Lennon Closet will host a fundraiser for B.R.A.I.N. (Brain Rehabilitation and Injury Network), a non-profit organization that advocates for and administers help to brain injured individuals and their families. Performers will include the international award-winning group Venice as well as local virtuosos Tom Lennon and Ted Lennon, who will be joined by other family members including Jeff, Laurie, and Tommy Lennon. Headlining performer/s to be announced. Visit and for updated info.

CASA Blanca

October 12 | Ventura County

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ventura County, a non-profit organization that trains volunteers to serve as advocates for abused, neglected, and abandoned children, will host a white and black “pop-up” dining event at a surprise location. Guests will dress in stylish white and black, bring their own inspired dinners for their party, and creatively decorate their tables. Guests will enjoy a unique dining experience with a group of their friends while supporting CASA. Donation, $35 per person. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit


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