Vol. 17, No. 18 – May 29 – June 11, 2024 – Community Events

Ventura Events:

Spring 2024 Patchwork Show: Saturday, June 1, 11am- 5pm. Downtown.

The palm tree-lined downtown streets of Ventura features over 50 vendors at California and Main. https://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/ventura/

Mental Wellness Festival Ventura Event: Saturday: June 1, 10:30am – 4:30pm, Ventura Harbor Village Lawn. 2nd Annual Mental Wellness Festival Event. Art Show, Native Plant Exhibit, Live Music, Yoga & Meditation, Vendors & Info Booths. mentalwellnessfest.com

1892 Dudley Museum Open House Tours: Sunday, June 2, 1 – 4pm

We will also have a drop-in, drop-out “Plumerias 101” demonstration under the pergola given by professional plumeria grower Charlie Uvari. Admission is free. The museum is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood Streets (197 N. Ashwood) in Ventura. For information  call (805) 642-3345 or visit dudleyhouse.org.

Olivas Adobe House Tours: Sunday, June 2, 11am – 3pm.

The Olivas Adobe historic site features the original two-story adobe home of Don Raymundo Olivas built in 1847. Celebrating Ventura’s Rancho and Latino heritage. Tours are $5 for Adults and $3 for children and Seniors. Located at 4200 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura. More Information is available www.cityofventura.ca.gov/648/Olivas-Adobe-Historical-Park.

Olivas Adobe Brides & Bell Towers: Sunday, June 9, 11am – 3pm.

View wedding dresses through the ages! From Victorian to mid-century modern to 1970s, many donated by Ventura brides of all ages!  Also an artist exhibit featuring our own Olivas Adobe Bell Tower. Visitors can enjoy historic tours of the Olivas Adobe grounds and browse the site’s unique gift shop. More Information is available www.cityofventura.ca.gov/648/Olivas-Adobe-Historical-Park.

Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Assoc: Sunday June 2, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Poinsettia Pavilion.
Live Music on stage. Jamming in the Canada Room. Free Admission. Free parking
Open to the Public. 3451 Foothill Rd, Ventura, CA 93003. For more information
call 805-517-1131 or visit Facebook: OTCBGMA

Kayaking and Protecting the Channel Islands Talk: Saturday, June 6th, 6:30pm. Pierpont Bay Yacht Club.

Los Padres Ski and Social Club will host a noted author, Chuck Graham, who will give a talk on kayaking the Channel Islands and conservation efforts to protect the island. The general public is invited as the Club’s guests. Pierpont Bay Yacht Club, 1363 Spinnaker Dr. Starts with a free BBQ followed by the presentation at 7:30pm. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share. You can learn more about Chuck Graham at  www.chuckgrahamphoto.com and Instagram @chuckgrahamphoto.

The Los Padres Ski Club is a four-season sport and social club that plans snow ski trips and many year-round activities including happy hours, outings to local attractions, nature walks/hikes and other parties. Learn more about the Club at https://lospadresskiclub.net

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast Annual Food, Wine & Beer Festival: Saturday June 8th, 3:00 – 7:00pm. Camp Arnaz.

An evening of culinary delights, exquisite wines, and craft beers. Nestled in the heart of nature, Camp Arnaz provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of indulgence. Immerse yourself in a world of flavors as you sample gourmet dishes, sip on fine wines, and savor craft beers. With a capacity for 300 people, this event promises an intimate and delightful experience for all. Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast is partnering with Rotary Club of Ventura-East to host the third annual event to aid the Monarch butterfly population. Proceeds of this festival will aid in the establishment of the Monarch Breeding and Research Institute at Camp Arnaz which will promote the replenishment of the monarch population. 155 Sulphur Canyon Rd. www.girlscoutsccc.org/en/discover/activities/special-events.html

“Arbol de la Vida”: Saturday, June 15th, 1, 1:25, 3 and 3:25 pm. Downtown Ventura.

Follow dancers through new pathways and engage with the rich history of Ventura. This traveling performance will take the audience on a short walk through several iconic landmarks of Ventura. Free all-ages event. Donations are strongly encouraged to support the artists. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Mission Park, 211 E Main St. Meet by the tile mural on Main Street in front of the San Buenaventura Mission. Please leave your furry friends at home. RSVP and Donate: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arbol-de-la-vida-dance-performance-tickets-894686460287


Ventura Senior Men’s Group – First and Third Tuesdays each month: 11:30am – 1:30pm – Poinsettia Pavilion.

Any man who considers himself in the “senior” category (and many who don’t) might benefit from a visit to the Ventura Senior Men’s Group.  Buffet luncheon with interesting speakers and good friends. Your first lunch is free. We talk about everything except religion and politics. Eligible to all men 50 plus. Call Tom at 805-657-1071 for more information or visit VSMG.net to find out who our speakers will be.

Play Bridge: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – 12:30pm.

ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge games. All levels of play, and we will guarantee to have a partner for you if you need one. Lessons are available. Tuesday, Wed and Thursday games are held at Temple Beth Torah, Foothill & Kimball Rd, Ventura. Every Saturday at the Ventura Townhouse.  For additional info visit our website at www.vcbridge.org. Contact Rose at [email protected].

Ventura County Philatelic Society: First and third Monday’s each month – 7:30pm.

Church of the Foothills, Ventura. For more information, visit https://venturacountyphilatelicsoc.org.

Beach Cleanup: First Saturday of every month – 8:30 -10:30am.

Meet your neighbors and help keep our beach looking fresh. Hosted by Pierpont Beach Community Council in partnership with Surfrider. Meet up at the end of Seward near the beach. (1140 S Seward St). Arrive any time during the timeframe. Fun for the whole family! Supplies provided – BYO water.

Out & About


Forestwatch’s 16th Annual Ojai WILD! Benefit: Sunday, June 2, 4 – 7:30pm. Thacher School’s beautiful Pavilion Lawn.

The benefit event celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Los Padres ForestWatch and raises critical funds for the protection of wild lands and wildlife in the Los Padres National Forest. Ojai WILD! is Ventura County’s longest-running fundraiser for land and wildlife conservation. Open to the public. More than 300 conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, and community leaders will enjoy a fun afternoon with local wines, craft brews, delicious dinner and dessert, and exciting silent and live auctions. Tickets are $200, and tables for eight can be reserved for $1,600. Reservations may be made at OjaiWild.org, or call Camden at 805-617-4610 ext 4.

Ventura County Pottery Guild’s Annual Ojai Pottery Market: Saturday June 8, 10am – 6pm and Sunday, June 9, 10am – 5pm. Libbey Park.

The Ventura County Potters’ Guild invites the public to its annual Ojai Pottery Market at Libbey Park. This marks the 66th year of the event along with the incredible Ojai Music Festival. Over 30 local potters will display handmade functional and decorative work. \ The Pottery Market is family friendly and free to the public. The Guild is a non-profit organization \, and this is a major fundraiser, supporting ceramic education and venues for local artists. Work can also be seen year-round at the gallery store in Ventura Harbor at 1567 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 105, or online at www.venturapotteryonline.com. More information can be found at www.vcpg.org.

37th Annual Ojai Wine Festival: Saturday, June 15th, 12 – 4 pm. Lake Casitas.

Organized by the Rotary Club of Ojai West Foundation, Inc., this event has grown to become a cornerstone fundraiser, attracting over 2,000 attendees from across Southern California each year. Lake Casitas Recreation Area, 11311 Santa Ana Rd, Ventura. https://ojaiwinefestival.com.


Redbird’s 2024 Children of Many Colors Native American Powwow: Friday – Sunday, June 7 – 9, 2024. Oxnard College Gymnasium Field (outdoors, on the grass).

Friday evening 6 PM Open flute circle and vendor preview (All wind instruments and their players welcome, open mic, all experience levels welcome).

Free admission, free parking, everyone welcome. Native American singing, dancing, arts, crafts and food. Saturday 11am – 8pm Native American Powwow. Sunday 11am – 6pm Native American Powwow. (Veteran’s Honoring Sunday 11:30 AM approximate, all Veterans welcome). Visit www.RedbirdsVisions.org.

Santa Barbara:

Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara (ETC): Thursday, May 30 – Sunday, June 16.

Santa Barbara’s only professional theatre company is proud to announce the capstone production of its 45th season, the world premiere musical, ALICE, FORMERLY OF WONDERLAND, written by seven-time Emmy Award winning writer Mark Saltzman (Romeo and Bernadette) and directed by Jim Fall (Trick), with musical arrangements by Jack Lipson.   This enchanting new musical tells the true story of the secret romance between the real-life Alice, and Prince Leopold, son of Queen Victoria and great-granduncle of Prince Harry. As a child, Alice was Lewis Carroll’s inspiration for the girl who fell down the rabbit hole, but now Alice is falling in love, despite the furious objections of the Queen. To honor the a cappella traditions at Oxford, the music of ALICE, FORMERLY OF WONDERLAND is performed without accompaniment. The New Vic Theatre, 33 W. Victoria Street. www.Ensembletheatre.com

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