Short List

ALL EVENTS SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

ISLAND PACKERS EXCURSIONS

Through August
| Ventura and Oxnard

Island Packers is in operation and running trips to Channel Islands National Park and its surrounding Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, with safety protocols in place to ensure the comfort and safety of staff and crew. Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel Island all offer something different, with spectacular views, native plants and animals, hiking trails, beaches, coves and more waiting to be explored. Summer ushers in humpback and blue whale watching season, while the non-landing wildlife viewing trips give passengers an opportunity to check out seals, sea lions, numerous seabirds, dolphins and more. Kayaking, camping, multi-port day trips and island hopper trips are also available for those looking for an adventure away from the mainland. Boats are filling up fast; be sure to make reservations! Island Packers, 1691 Spinnaker Dr. #105B, Ventura. For more information, visit www.islandpackers.com.

THE FIRST DECADE: CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF ACQUISITIONS

Through August
|ONLINE

Since 2010 the Santa Paula Art Museum’s permanent art collection has grown to include over 330 significant works of art, the vast majority of which having been donated. An artwork is accepted into the collection based on its relevance to the Museum’s mission to preserve and share the artistic heritage of the Santa Clara River Valley including both historic and contemporary artists. The Santa Paula Art Museum’s noteworthy collection is on display virtually and includes a small but impressive sampling of the larger collection, reflecting many of the artists, scenes, and stories that the museum has collected over the years. For more information and to start the virtual tour, visit www.virtualexhibit.squarespace.com/thefirstdecade.

CONCERTS IN YOUR CAR

Through September
|Ventura

Drive-in meets live entertainment in this music and movie series that can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Rock band Third Eye Blind, the Italian family circus Zoppe, feature films and tribute bands make up a talent-laden lineup for the summer. Ventura Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit www.concertsinyourcar.com.

A VIRTUAL EVENT WITH KARL ROVE

July 26
|ONLINE

Karl Rove, White House Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004-2007 and senior advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000-2007, will take part in this virtual event hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process. During this virtual conversation, led by Reagan Institute Director Roger Zakheim, Mr. Rove will discuss the possible outcomes and likely implications of the 2020 presidential and congressional elections for the future of the country. The event is free and will be broadcast on YouTube. For more information, visit www.reaganfoundation.org.

RUBICON GOES RETRO: FOREVER PLAID CONCERT

Aug. 3-5
|Ventura

A drive-in musical theater experience to be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your car! Forever Plaid became a worldwide phenomenon after it first came on the scene. Now, for the first time, the five talented original first-year performers – all theatre royalty on the West Coast – come together for the very first time onstage! The concert is based on the hilarious and heartwarming show about four loveable nerds who dreamed of being like The Four Aces or The Four Lads but never got their big break. They are somehow summoned from the afterlife to bring a little heavenly harmony to a discordant world and to make the album they never got to make in life. Concerts performed live on an elevated outdoor stage with video feed on LED screens. Tickets: $15-$250. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.rubicontheatre.org.   

MOVIES IN THE PARK

Aug. 15
|Moorpark

Enjoy an evening under the stars with your blankets and lawn chairs while watching your favorite flicks at your local park, this time featuring Jumanji: The Next Level. The socially-distanced outdoor event will come as a delight to stargazers and film buffs alike. Each month, a new film will be screened in a local park. Food may be available pending current health orders. Mammoth Highlands Park, 7000 Elk Run Loop, Moorpark. For more information, visit www.moorparkca.gov.

VIRTUAL CIMM SPEAKER SERIES: JAPANESE SUBMARINES & THE U.S. COAST

AUG. 19
|ONLINE

Channel Islands Maritime Museum hosts historian and model builder Steve Lund, who discusses Japanese submarine attacks on the West Coast during World War II at this virtual speaker series. At the height of the war, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese submarines patrolled the U.S. West Coast and were responsible for the only attack on the U.S. mainland by an Axis power. In an event known as the Bombardment of Ellwood, a Japanese submarine launched shells toward a fuel storage area from 10 miles north of Santa Barbara. Though the attack did little damage, the panic that was induced directly led to what would happen the following night: The Battle of Los Angeles. Lund will discuss these events and more at his online presentation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/cimmvc

STEAMPUNK DADA ELECTRIC CARNIVAL

AUG. 22
| ONLINE

Cumulus Media presents an online event to support Focus on the Masters’ community art enrichment endeavors, including the Learning to See outreach program that brings quality art instruction into schools and community centers. The Steampunk Dada Electric Carnival offers an evening of fun and friends with a creative Steampunk theme —all of which can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of home via Zoom. The live streamed event takes place on Saturday, Aug. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit focusonthemasters.com.

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