Short List

A selective preview of local happenings.

Cartolandia: Paintings, Sculptures and Installation by Olguin Tapia H.
Through October | Cam Studio Gallery, Oxnard
Cartolandia is inspired by the neighborhood of the same name in Olguin Tapia H.’s hometown in Michoacán, Mexico. He got the exhibit idea during one of his many commutes down PCH while completing his bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts. Realizing houses, whether rich or humble, were a common human denominator, he decided to create a home-based series on his original neighborhood. 329 N. 5th St., Oxnard. For more information, visit

A Catalogue of Unnatural Works
October 1 – November 15 | Porch Gallery, Ojai
Jeff Mann’s exhibition at the Porch Gallery will feature a series of original drawings, along with editions of carbon ink prints (a process that uses carbon based inks on acid-free archival paper to create long-lasting powerfully detailed prints). During his 25-year tenure at George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic, Mann created characters and scenery for many iconic films. Since his retirement five years ago, Mann has simplified his tools. Gone are the computers, the cameras, and the team of model-makers. His newest works are produced in the solitude of his studio with a simple, albeit specific, pencil (Staedlar Mars Lumograph 2B) and eraser. 310 E. Matilija St., Ojai. For more information, visit

October 2–25 | Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio
Set in New York City’s gritty East Village, RENT tells the unforgettable story of a group of young artists learning to survive, falling in love, finding their voices, and living for today. “Measuring their lives in love,” they strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness, and the AIDS epidemic. RENT is Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical, and the seventh longest-running show in Broadway history. OYES has coordinated with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids organization for this event to raise funds and join in an effort to spread awareness. Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. $20. 316 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit

Seaside Highland Games
October 9–11 | Ventura County Fairgrounds
The Games, held under the sponsorships of kings and clan chiefs, uphold a Scottish tradition dating back more than a thousand years. This year’s event will include whisky tasting and a Scottish evening at the Four Points from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. on October 9. On October 10, the games start at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. and will include large men throwing stuff, massed pipebands, a fiddling competition, Scottish entertainers, clan tents, a children’s glen, Highland re- enactments, and more. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit

Men are from Mars Women are from Venus
October 10 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
A one man fusion of theatre and stand-up, this is a light-hearted comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening long as they see themselves on stage. $59. 8 p.m. Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. For more information, visit

Watershed Wise Training Workshop
October 17 | Ventura County Government Center
Come to the Sheet Mulching & Grading for Rainwater Capture Workshop to learn how to remove your lawn without the use of chemicals. Discover how to build rich, healthy soil, the foundation for all ocean friendly gardens, using the sheet mulching method. Free. 9 a.m. to noon. Workshop will be held at the Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura Pacific Conference Room (next to the Hall of Justice cafeteria). For more information, visit

Adolfo Camarillo’s Birthday Celebration
October 25 | Camarillo Ranch
Celebrate Adolfo Camarillo’s 151st birthday at the Camarillo Ranch. Bring your family to meet descendants of Adolfo’s family. See the legendary Camarillo White Horses and listen to the sounds of the Camarillo H.S. Band and other entertainers. Stroll the grounds and play games. Enjoy great food and complimentary birthday cake. Take in the exhibits in the Red Barn, listen to chats by family members and long-time residents of Camarillo. Stop in to the Country Store and the Sweet Shoppe for lots of fun items. Free. Noon to 4 p.m. 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit

Ojai Raptor Center Open House
October 25 | Ojai Raptor Center
Ojai Raptor Center (ORC) is hosting their Fall Open House, “Raptors of the Ojai Valley,” offering the public a rare and close-up view of raptors including hawks, eagle, vultures, falcons, and owls. During the event, the public will have a rare opportunity to tour the largest flight aviary in California and meet ORC education ambassadors like Miki the Mississippi Kite, Red the Red-Shouldered Hawk, and Drifter the Broad-Winged Hawk. The open house will also feature fun activities for kids, Chumash stories, a silent auction, and a chance to win a raptor release with the ORC staff. $5 for adults, children under 10 are free. Noon to 4 p.m. 370 Baldwin Rd., Ojai. For more information, visit

15th Annual Taste of Ojai
October 25 | Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Considered the premier culinary event of the year, the Rotary Club of Ojai will proudly present its 15th Annual Taste of Ojai, a showcase of delicious creations from local restaurants, caterers, wineries, and culinary specialists, all with that signature Ojai touch. Patrons can sample, sip, and savor delicious food, wine, and beverages while enjoying live entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction with special gourmet items, unique local art, and Ojai adventures. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1:30 entry for sponsors). 905 Country Club Rd., Ojai. For more information, visit

#TBT Food Truck Fest: Halloween Spooktacular
October 29 | Camarillo Ranch
Bring the family to Camarillo Ranch’s last food truck fest of the year. At 6 p.m., “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated children’s film, will play in the Red Barn. The Tempo Cats will perform live on the Main Lawn, and beer and wine will be available. Expect some sweet Halloween surprises too. 201 Camarillo Ranch Rd., Camarillo. For more information, visit

19th Holiday Home Look In
November 14 & 15 | Ojai
The Ojai Festival Women’s Committee invites guests on a tour of four distinctive Ojai Valley homes. The Holiday Home Look In is known for highlighting architectural contrasts within the Ojai Valley, with homes featuring exceptional landscapes and art collections. Live entertainment from Ojai-based professional and student musicians will be provided throughout the weekend. There will also be a Holiday Marketplace at Matilija Junior High School Gymnasium (701 El Paseo Rd.), with a curated collection featuring the work of more than 40 artisans. Admission to the marketplace is free. The tour and marketplace benefit the Ojai Music Festival and its BRAVO! education and community programs, which offer free music workshops to the Ojai Valley public schools and the community. For more information, visit


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