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A selective preview of local happenings

Made in Ojai VII Annual Spring Exhibition

June 4 – July 26 | Ojai Valley Historical Society & Museum

The prestigious Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) is hosting their annual spring exhibition. This year, OSA’s longtime honorary member Otto Heino will be featured in the exhibition, as will the work of recipients of scholarships awarded by the Ojai Studio Artists. Proceeds from the sale of artwork will benefit the museum and support local artists. Always a fun event and open to the public, the reception will be on Saturday, June 6, from 5 - 7 p.m. with the presentation of the Student Scholarship Awards ceremony at 6 p.m. 130 West Ojai Avenue. For more information visit

John White’s Abstracted Landscapes

June 6 – July 5 | Museum of Ventura County

Artifishial Hatches is a series of recent abstracted water landscape paintings by noted painter, sculptor, and performance artist John White. The agitated movement of insect hatches on free-flowing streams inspired the series. Filled with the visual frenzy of activity and humor for which White’s work is known, the Artifishial Hatch series is painted in acrylics on paper handmade in Tibet. A selection of recent drawings from White’s Mind Fields series is also featured. A free opening exhibition reception will be held June 5, from 6 - 8 p.m. White will also talk about his work and career on Saturday, June 27, at 2 p.m. 89 S. California Street, Ventura. To make a reservation or for more information, call 805.653.0323 or visit

Photo by Michael Adams.

Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival

June 7 | CSUCI, Camarillo

From its inception in 1994, the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival has become one of the premier wine and food events in Ventura County. The Festival showcases the culinary creations of the area's finest restaurants and caterers from Santa Barbara to the Conejo Valley, as well as award-winning wineries, vineyards, and microbreweries throughout California. The event is all-inclusive; patrons may sample and sip as many delectable delights and beverages as they desire. The day also features live entertainment and a silent auction. This year there will be a Best in Fest Culinary Competition involving Ventura County's top restaurants and chefs. A panel of celebrity culinary judges will be presiding. 1 - 5 p.m., $75 each, $90 at the Festival, VIP tickets $200. California State University Channel Islands, One University Drive, Camarillo. For more information visit

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County Benefit

June 8 | Café Firenze, Moorpark

Although Chef Fabio Viviani’s talents did not give him the “Top Chef” title, he is something of a local celebrity, well known for TV time and Moorpark restaurant Café Firenze. Chef Viviani will be providing an exclusive dinner for the community, which will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County. He will prepare elegant tastings of risotto, shrimp ceviche, beignets, cannolis, and more. 5 - 9 p.m. $65 per person or $120 per couple through May 25; after May 25, prices are $80 per person or $150 per couple. 563 W. Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark. For more information visit or call 805.485.6065.

Julio Iglesias Live

June 9 | Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza

The most popular Latin singer of the '70s and '80s, Julio Iglesias has sold over 100 million albums around the world. A smooth, romantic crooner, his appeal translated to many different countries in many different languages. Now he’s in Ventura County, ready to serenade and showcase a lifetime of talent. 8 p.m. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets available from Ticketmaster (805.583.8700 or or the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Ojai Music Festival Legacy Lunch

June 13 | The Ranch House Restaurant, Ojai

The lunch will feature guest speaker Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, whose recent book “The Soloist,” published by Berkley Books, was made into a film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.  Mr. Lopez’s appearance is courtesy of Penguin Group (USA), the book vendor at the Ojai Music Festival. Over lunch, Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed will talk about his first encounter with Nathaniel Ayers, a former Juilliard student, who was playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’s Skid Row. 1 p.m., $40. 500 South Lomita Ave., Ojai. For tickets, details about the special Legacy Lunch package, or more information call 805.646.2094 or visit 

Ventura County Green Economy and Green Jobs Summit

June 17 | Oxnard College Gymnasium

Join Ventura County community, business, and labor leaders in this action oriented summit focused on the creation of a green Ventura County regional economy. Those in attendance include CAUSE, City of Oxnard, City of Ventura, Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County, Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics, California State University at Channel Islands, Oxnard College Offices of Economic Development and Innovation and Career and Technical Education, Tri-Counties Building and Construction Trades Council AFL-CIO, Tri-Counties Central Labor Council Ventura County Civic Alliance, and the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., 4000 South Rose Ave., Oxnard. For more information call 805.658.0810 ext. 3.

Tribute to Johnny Cash Music Festival

June 20 | Ventura County Fairgrounds at Seaside Park

The Man in Black will be honored at this event where his music will be performed by the most popular Johnny Cash cover bands in the country. Ventura’s own The Mighty Cash Cats, Petty Cash, and local favorite Big River are scheduled to perform, along with The Cash Prophets. In addition to a the live music, the Derby Darlins will be skating, a “One Piece at a Time” Hot Rod show will be on view, and a Rock-a-Billy Boy & Pin-Up Girl Contest will be held. More than 100 vendors will be selling music, jewelry, crafts, guitars, Johnny Cash memorabilia, and more. $15. Kids under 12 dressed in black get in free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call 805.652.2207 or visit

17th Annual “Fore the Kids” Golf Classic

June 29 | Saticoy Country Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme is looking for sponsors and players to take part in the 17th annual “Fore the Kids” Golf Classic. Participants will have the chance to play on one of Southern California’s premier golf courses and help out the youth of Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Entry fee is $295 per player or $1,180 per team. The registration fee gives each player access to green fees, cart, lunch, contests, and an awards banquet held after the tournament. 4450 North Clubhouse Drive Somis. For more information, visit Positive or call 805.815.4959 ext. 204.


Pageant of the Masters: The Muse

July 28 | Laguna Beach via Ventura

At the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters, visitors can watch as artists magically transform live actors and intricate sets into remarkable recreations of magnificent works of art. The program is accompanied by a full orchestra, original score, and live narration. Focus On The Masters has organized a daytrip to the event, including a chartered coach ride to Laguna as guests watch a “behind the scenes” lecture and slide presentation created by FOTM founder Donna Granata, followed by a private docent visit to the Irvine Bowl for a historical overview of the Pageant. 12 p.m. to late evening. $95 for FOTM members, $115 for non-members. Tour includes Pageant ticket, lectures, and transportation. Bus leaves from the FOTM office, 1147 E. Main St., Ventura. To purchase advance tickets call 805.653.2501. For details about the Pageant of the Masters, log on to


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