Short List

A selective preview of local happenings

Van Gundy Jewelers Grand Opening

July 10 | Downtown Ventura

In a special Grand Opening celebration at their new Ventura store, Van Gundy Jewelers will announce the lucky couple that’s won a platinum Hearts on Fire diamond ring for her, and matching wedding band for him, along with a Honeymoon Package to Hawaii. Radio personalities from Q-104.7 FM will host a live remote broadcast and award CDs, concert/event tickets, autographed photos, and other prizes. In-store promotions and the Grand Prize drawing will be held. The contest winner must be present to claim the prize. 12 – 2 p.m. 588 East Main Street, Ventura.

For more information about the contest, visit

Passion for Pastels Meet the Artists Reception

July 11 | Thousand Oaks Community Gallery

The first all-pastel art exhibit by the newly formed Pastel Society of the Gold Coast invites all art lovers to Newbury Park to view a gallery of pastels. Thirty artists have gathered monthly for the past year to share new techniques and new materials, and to discuss solutions to problems that were first faced by Degas, Mary Cassatt, and other French Impressionists in the 1800s. The reception is from noon to 3 p.m. A pastel demonstration will be given by Judy Klement at noon. The exhibit is July 2 – 30. 2331 Borchard Road.

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Kiwanis Citrus Festival

July 16 – 18 | Santa Paula

Known as the “Citrus Capital of the World” for of its expansive lemon and orange orchards, the City of Santa Paula celebrates the fruit of California every year with the popular Kiwanis Citrus Festival. The theme this year, the 43rd, is “The World is a Rainbow of Citrus.” The Festival includes a full weekend of headline entertainment, carnival rides, a downtown parade, citrus and avocado pavilion, specialty foods, arts and crafts vendors, family fun stage, and more. Friday, 5 – 11 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon to 11 p.m. $5 adults, $2 children (10 and under); charge for carnival rides. Harding Park, 1300 E. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula.

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Ventura Book Festival

July 17 | Crowne Plaza Hotel

The 5th Annual Ventura Book Festival, produced by the California Literary Arts Society, is held to serve authors, illustrators, publishers, book lovers, literary organizations, and others in the community and beyond. The festival will include educational seminars, exhibitors, and special presentations. The organizers are currently looking for volunteers to help in a variety of positions. If interested, call 805.382.9223. Admission to Book Expo is free. $10 fee for educational sessions. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 450 East Harbor Blvd., Ventura.

To view the schedule of events or for more information, visit

Whisky Tasting

July 22 | Eric’s Restaurant, Newbury Park

Whisky Business, Ventura County’s largest whisky tasting club, is hosting a whisky tasting including a sampling of eight American whiskies. William Terry, general manager of Wades Wines in Westlake Village, and Daniel Wolowicz, the club’s founder, will talk about the impact American distilleries have had on the whisky industry and how corn and rye whisky differs from the malt and barley varietals made in Ireland and Scotland. $35 per person includes light appetizers. 6:30 p.m. Reservation required. Eric’s Restaurant, 495 North Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park.

For more information, call 805.415.9177.

Oxnard Salsa Festival

July 24 & 25 | Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard

Presented by the Downtown Oxnard Merchants Association, this annual event features spicy food, music, and entertainment and draws an estimated 50,000 people. Event highlights include Latin jazz bands, salsa tasting tent, colorful vendor marketplace, international foods, kids korner, salsa recipe contests, Latin dance lessons, salsa dance exhibitions, and more. Free. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fifth and B Streets.

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Taste of Camarillo

July 24 & 25 | Camarillo Ranch House

On July 24 there will be a Wine Auction Gala & Dinner from 5 – 9 p.m., including a live auction of fine wines, a gourmet dinner, and live music. Wades Wines, the 2010 Official Taste of Camarillo Wine Sponsor, specializing in a limited production of handcrafted wines, will have a selection of wines available. $60 p/p. On July 25, Meadowlark Service League will hold its 23rd Annual Wine and Food Festival from 1 – 4 p.m. on the lawns of the historic Camarillo Ranch House. Guests can sample fine wines and gourmet food from a variety of participating wineries and restaurants. The afternoon will include live entertainment, an opportunity drawing, silent auction, and boutique shopping. $75 in advance, $85 at the door. A weekend pass for both events is $125.

For more information, call 805.388.7158 or visit meadow

Polo, Picnic & Paradise

July 25 | Santa Barbara Polo Club

Ventura Botanical Gardens’ annual fundraiser will feature the Robert Skene trophy match paired with a gourmet lunch and a limitless supply of no-host mint juleps and wine in a private tented area. Andy Smith, the announcer at the polo club, will visit the group prior to the match to review the rules of the game and explain how it is scored. Both ladies’ and men’s hat contests will be held, along with a silent auction. The traditional “stomping the divots” will occur at halftime. $100 per person; tables of 10 may be reserved. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 3375 Foothill Road #1200, Carpinteria.

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“Joie de Vivre” Evening of Hope Gala

August 1 | Santa Rosa Valley

The American Cancer Society is hosting a gala to raise funds for patient services and cancer research. The event includes a visit to a French-themed farmers market, a silent auction, a live auction, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a French dinner. Held at a private estate in the Santa Rosa Valley, with views of the valley and ocean, guests will listen to music by French singers and jazz musicians. Honorary Chair, Honoree, and Event Chair will share the mission of the American Cancer Society, celebrating nearly a century of support for cancer patients and their families.

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Pageant of the Masters

August 3 | Laguna Beach via Ventura

The Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters is an extraordinary artistic event, where artists transform live actors and intricate sets into recreations of works of art. This year’s theme is “Eat Drink and be Merry.” The program is accompanied by a full orchestra, original score, and live narration. Focus On The Masters (FOTM) will be taking guests in a chartered coach to Laguna. The event includes a “behind the scenes” lecture and slide presentation by FOTM Founder Donna Granata. Guests will also have the option to explore Laguna on a docent-led tour of the Festival of Arts, followed by a private docent visit to the Irvine Bowl for a historical overview of the Pageant.

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