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A Preview of Local Happenings

ART & STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL
Sept. 10-11 | Ventura Harbor Village
Ventura Harbor Village will once again serve as the seaside backdrop for the eighth annual Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival to benefit FOOD Share, Ventura County’s regional food bank. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the waterfront promenade will be transformed into an art gallery and marketplace, featuring chalk artists creating vivid “living” murals overlooking the docks. Painters, photographers and craft designers will display and sell their works. 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharborvillage.com.

HEARING IS BELIEVING SCREENING
Sept. 12 | Plaza Cinemas 14
Hearing Is Believing, the new feature documentary from award-winning Ventura producer/director Lorenzo DeStefano, introduces the world to the astonishing young musician and composer Rachel Flowers. DeStefano and his team have created a dynamic and engaging portrait of a year and a half in the life of a tight-knit American family from Oxnard with Rachel’s stunning music as the soundtrack. Immediately following each screening, DeStefano and Flowers will host a Q&A. Two showings: 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets $7.50 to $10.75. 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. For more information, visit www.oxnardfilmsociety.org.

FORK IT OVER GIRL SCOUTS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Sept. 15 | Palm Garden Hotel
This cookie culinary competition and fundraiser will feature recipes by noted chefs from local restaurants and food trucks as they create dishes inspired by Girl Scout cookies. Guests will enjoy samples of delicious appetizers and desserts, and taste beer and wine from a variety of local breweries and wineries. All proceeds benefit the modernization of the Camp Arnaz Program Center. $60 per person; event is 21 and older. 495 N. Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.forkitovergsccc.com.

CABRILLO’S SAN SALVADOR
Sept. 15 – 18 | Channel Islands Harbor
Sail across the centuries as the full-scale replica of the first European vessel to explore California’s coastline makes her maiden voyage. Cabrillo’sSan Salvador: The Pacific Heritage Tour stops at Channel Islands Harbor September 15-18, offering onshore exhibits and seagoing adventures for all ages. With tickets purchased at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, visitors can see a special exhibit on the San Salvador, receive a tour of the majestic ship and enjoy other CIMM exhibitions. Tickets: $10 to $15; children 5 and under free. 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard. For more information, visit www.cimmvc.org.

OJAI CHAUTAUQUA PANEL
Sept. 17 | Matilija Junior High School

“How did we get to this point?” ask the panelists of the annual Ojai Chautauqua of the 2016 elections. The Ojai Chautauqua will host moderated panels featuring experts from both sides of the aisle — and beyond — to examine the broader political landscape that has produced such an unusually polarizing election season. A second panel, on Oct. 8, will look past the elections to discuss what challenges the new president will face. $20 to $30. 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaichat.org.

BOWLFUL OF BLUES
Sept. 17 | Libbey Bowl
Ojai’s Bowlful of Blues returns to Libbey Bowl with performers scheduled from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., including headliner blues legend Arthur Adams and featuring Mitch Kashmar, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Calire-Marx Organ Quartet, and rising star Jade Hendrix. Gates open at 2 p.m. Popular locals Richard Kaller and Annieville Blues will play on the lawn stage. For pricing and more information, visit http://bowlfulofblues.org.

OJAI INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
Sept. 21 | Ojai Arts Center, Meditation Mount
Celebrate peace at this annual event featuring a performance by “Inner Peace Troubadour” Cecilia St. King, readings on the subject of peace and other activities scheduled throughout the day. In April 2015, Ojai Mayor Severo Lara announced that the city would become a “City of Peace.” This is the celebration of that declaration. 113. S. Montgomery St., Ojai and 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/OjaiCityofPeace.

FOR THE LOVE OF ART
Sept. 24 | Arnaz Program Center
Focus on the Masters’ annual FUNdraising Gala supports its community art enrichment programs. Attendees will be treated to music by documented artist Phil Salazar accompanied by Mark Heyes, with dinner and libations provided. Featured documented artist Tom Jenkins will share his love and talent for making and whirling tops. The event takes place 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $60. 155 Sulphur Mountain Rd., Ventura. For more information visit www.FocusOnTheMasters.com.

TASTE OF LOCAL FESTIVAL
Sept. 25 | Olivas Adobe
The Second Annual Taste of Local brings together farmers, chefs and the community to celebrate our local harvest. This year will feature a Local Home Brew Challenge, a variety of workshops, live music, Andria Kidd’s Cowboy Poetry and more. Over 60 area chefs, wineries, breweries, farmers and purveyors are expected to showcase their culinary expertise. Proceeds benefit Totally Local VC’s Ag Education and the Steve Toby Culinary Scholarship Fund. Tickets $35 to $45. 4200 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura. For more information, visit www.totallylocalvc.com.

VENTURA HARVEST FESTIVAL ORIGINAL ART & CRAFT SHOW
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 | Ventura County Fairgrounds
The west coast’s largest indoor arts and crafts showcase featuring the works of more than 300 exhibitors including jewelry, woodwork, home décor, clothing and accessories, specialty foods, and more. Craft demonstrations will take place during the day, and artists can personalize items for gifts. The show also features live entertainment, contests, strolling entertainers, and a Kidzone with a pumpkin patch. Tickets range from $4 to $9. 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, visit www.harvestfestival.com.

ON THE HORIZON
THE 33RD ANNUAL OJAI STUDIO ARTISTS TOUR
Oct. 7 – 10 | Ojai Studio Artists
The theme for this year’s reception on Friday, Oct. 7, is the “Pink Moment Gala,” and is free and open to all tour artists and ticketholders. The event features raffle baskets filled with original art and fine local products, such as Ojai honey, olive oil and lavender. On Saturday and Sunday, 50 artist studios throughout the Ojai Valley will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., preceded by a special pre-tour program at 7 p.m. on Friday for locals and early arrivals. Tickets: $15 to $35. 323 E. Matilija St., Suite 110-243, Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaistudioartists.org.

09-01-2016

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