The List

A highly selective preview of upcoming events

Man of La Mancha

October 5 – November 5 | Rubicon Theatre

When you’re talking theatre in Ventura County, there’s no better place to get your fill than the Rubicon. And Man of La Mancha promises to be one of the best shows they’ve done yet! Don't miss the largest, most lavish production ever presented on the Rubicon Theatre stage. With an acting company of 25 including many Broadway veterans, this epic tale is sure to be a sellout! The magical story follows Miguel de Cervantes, who, captured by the Spanish Inquisition, entertains his fellow prisoners with the tale of Don Quixote de la Mancha, a man who tilts at windmills and "fights for the right without question or pause." Book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, music by Mitch Leigh and directed by James O'Neil. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. For more information, call 667-2900 or visit

A Chorus Line

October 5 – November 5 | Rubicon Theatre

If musicals are your thing, then don’t miss A Chorus Line, presented by the Cabrillo Music Theatre just three weeks after the show returns to Broadway. Director Kay Cole and Musical Director Darryl Archibald have put together a talented group of young performers. A Chorus Line is the story behind a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It explores the high hopes of an eclectic group of young Broadway gypsies seeking to land a job in the show. Memorable musical numbers include “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror, “What I Did for Love,” “One (Singular Sensation)” and “I Hope I Get It.” It is a brilliantly designed fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama. Recommended for mature audiences. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call 449-2787 or visit

Town and Country: Urban and Rural Environment

October 1 – 14 | Buenaventura Gallery

Local artist Steve Cook ( brings his new show, Town and Country: Urban and Rural Environment to the Buenaventura Gallery. Steve has worked in many mediums: pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, water color, pastels, acrylics and enamels. However, for the last few years, he has concentrated on oils, working on canvases and panels, both in the studio and plein air. Scenes from New Orleans and the wine country of California are the central focus of his current show. Also, part of this show will be local environments which combine both the urban and rural flavors of Ventura. All of the works are oil on canvas or board, painted in a “painterly photo-realist” style. Buenaventura Gallery, 700 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. For more information, call 648-1235 or visit

Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival

October 1 – 30 | Underwood Family Farms

Fall may not be Ventura County’s strongest season. We don’t have the changing leaves or crisp weather (actually, it can be downright warm); however, we do have Underwood Family Farm’s Fall Harvest Festival, which delivers the best the season has to offer. Pumpkin picking, horse-drawn wagon rides, tractor rides, farm animals, live music every weekend and food … lots and lots of food – hot dogs, homegrown corn on the cob, kettle corn, lemonade and fresh baked goods. So bundle up (lightly) and make a beeline to Moorpark, where you can chew on straw and drink apple cider and pretend winter is on its way. Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. For more information, call 529-3690 or visit

Design House

October 5 – 29 | Camarillo

Design House is a platform for the interior and landscape designers of Ventura County to showcase their work. Each year, the members of Design House take an empty house and turn it over to the local designers for a transformation. Once that is complete, the house is opened up to the public for approximately one month. All proceeds support the New West Symphony. Design House 2006 is an approximately 5,100-square-foot, two-story home in the Pinnacle area of eastern Camarillo. There are 5 bedrooms, 4-1/2 bathrooms, a formal living room, two-story dining room, library, family room, gourmet kitchen, two 2-car garages and a dramatic two-story circular foyer. For more information about Design House 2006, call 676-4148.

Avocado Festival

October 6 – 8 | Linden Avenue, Carpenteria

The Avocado Festival isn’t technically taking place in Ventura County, but it is surely worth a 15-minute drive up the coast. This year’s festival promises three entertainment stages with over 40 acts, 70 arts and crafts vendors and over 30 food booths. We have three words for you: Avocado Ice Cream. Admission is free. Please note: Due to the large crowds at the festival, dogs are not allowed, with the exception of seeing eye dogs. Park & Ride Shuttle Service available at Carpinteria High School on Foothill Road. and Canalino Elementary School on Linden Ave. For more information, call 684-0038 or visit

CSUCI’s President’s Dinner

October 7 | Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

The CSUCI President’s Dinner is the premier fundraising event of the year for the university. But don’t expect a stuffy affair; this is anything but. With an opportunity to tour Air Force One, enjoy dinner and dance to a popular local musical group, Sharkey and the Babes — the event should be a blast. The event also includes a live auction and a bazaar, featuring items such as handcrafted jewelry, apparel, accessories and pottery. But the highlight of the evening might be the raffling off of a brand new, 2007, red Chevrolet Corvette. Individuals who purchase tickets at $50 each do not have to be present at the event to win the Corvette. Raffle tickets are available at or by calling the CSUCI Foundation at 437-8916. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. For more information, call 437-8916 or visit

13th Annual Pier Under the Stars

October 7 | Ventura Beach Promenade

There’s something about being outside that makes food and wine taste so much better than it does inside. And there’s something about food and wine on the pier that makes it so much more romantic. Don’t miss your opportunity to cash in on this opportunity to wine and dine on the pier. Indulge in savory fare from Ventura's finest restaurants and cafes and sample wines from California's premier vintners during the 13th Annual Pier Under the Stars benefit. Enjoy live music and dancing, bid on fabulous items in a silent auction and generally have a great time. Ticket price includes food and wine tastings plus a commemorative Pier wine glass and complimentary parking in the beachfront parking garage. Proceeds benefit Pier into the Future, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Ventura Pier. Admission is $40. Ventura Pier. For more information, call 658-4739 or visit

The Seaside Highland Games

October 13 – 16 | Ventura County Fairgrounds

You don’t have to be Sean Connery to appreciate a good whiskey or authentic Scottish country dancing, you just have to be at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on the weekend of Oct. 13. Don’t let the haggis scare you away; this is a weekend the whole family can enjoy. There will be Scottish heavy athletics, pipe band and solo piper competitions, highland, Irish step and Scottish country dancing, gathering of the clans, vendors, children's glen, British car show and arts and crafts! And for adults, on the evening of Oct. 13, there will be a whiskey tasting and "A Scottish Evening" and fashion show at the Four Points Sheraton
Hotel. Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. For more information, call (818) 886-4968 or visit

Craftsman Weekend

October 20 | Ventura & Ojai

Newsflash! Pasadena has discovered Ventura. Sure, you’ve seen these buildings on your drive to work, but here’s an opportunity to go inside and take a peek. Join Pasadena residents during Pasadena Heritage’s Craftsman Weekend tour as they visit Ventura to take a rare, in-depth tour of the Gould House. Designed by Henry Greene, and seldom opened to the public, this meticulously detailed home has been the private residence of the Gould family since it was built in 1924. The tour will also visit the Valentine House, an Oriental-influenced Craftsman built in 1915 and the only one of its kind in Ventura. Then enjoy a sumptuous lunch of French country cuisine at 71 Palm, a cozy restaurant in a converted 1910 Craftsman cottage, and visit the 1911 Hartman House next door. The day will end with a visit to the Pierpont Inn. For more information, call (626) 441-6333 or visit

Ojai Day

October 21 -22 | Main Street, Ojai

Ojai Day is an annual street fair hosted by the Recreation Department of the City of Ojai. Its main focus is to feature the work of local artists. It's an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Ojai. From the "Doo Dah" Parade to the seven stages featuring every type of live music imaginable, to the overwhelming number of art and food booths — there is truly something for everyone. Events include the curiously named “bed races,” a classic car show, a hoola hoop show and free hay rides. Come and join in the celebration. For more information, call 646-1197 or visit

Kinetic Sculpture Race

October 28 | Ventura Harbor

It doesn’t get any cooler, wackier or more entertaining than Ventura’s annual Kinetic Sculpture Race. This unique event features people-powered works of art built to travel over an exciting all-terrain racecourse, beginning with the launching of the vehicles into the water at the boat ramp on Spinnaker Drive, continuing across the sand and around an oval track and ending with a drive through the mud pit at Ventura Seaside Village. These kinetic sculptures can have over 100 gears, ingenious treading, flotation and propulsion, athletic pilots and mechanically advanced pit crews. These uniquely engineered machines are transformed into moving artful sculptures. It is a sight to see! After the mud pit, you can meet the racers and see the vehicles up close, all the while listening to music by Acadiana on the bandstand. For more information, visit

On the horizon …

Inaugural National Kitchen & Bath Association Kitchen Tour

November 5 | Ventura County

Do granite counter tops make you weak in the knees? If you answered yes, make sure to buy your tickets for the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Inaugural Kitchen Tour. Six area homes (three in Ventura, two in Oxnard and one in Camarillo) and their immaculate kitchens will be on display. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity. For more information, call 563-2022 or email


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