Around town & online: August events calendar

Mariela Alatorre, 20, left, Mateo Juarez, 21, and Stephanie Maldonado, 20, ride the “windsurfer” during opening day of the Ventura County Fair on July 31, 2019. The 2022 edition of the fair opens Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 14 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Photo by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

Through Aug. 7
“Lobby Hero”
Truth, honor and duty become elusive, and justice proves costly, in Kenneth Lonergan’s comedic drama.
Elite Theatre Company, Oxnard

Through Aug. 14
Topanga Canyon Gallery
John S. Couch’s large-scale paintings, featuring abstract compositions done on canvas with Japanese polymer, are on display in “Chuushin” “(The Center).” Created during the height of the pandemic, many of the works feature “a square at the center with dynamic calligraphic brushwork and vibrant colors.”
Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga

Through Aug. 21
Paranormal Cirque
The scariest show on Earth takes elements of circus, theater and cabaret and twists them into a haunting big-top experience where freaks and mysterious creatures stalk the stage with equally unsettling acrobats and illusionists. “If you scare easily, you might want to run,” warn organizers. No one younger than 13 admitted; teens under 17 must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian.
Through Aug. 7: 5500 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills
Aug. 18-21: The Oaks mall parking lot, Thousand Oaks

Through Aug. 31
Museum of Ventura County
“All That Glitters Is Not Gold” reflects on Ventura County in the 1920s, a time not only of excess but repression and exclusion, and “Chromatic: The Museum in Six Colors” features objects from the museum’s permanent collection.
Museum of Ventura County, Ventura

Through Sept. 12
Galleria at Hillcrest Center
“Summer Open Show Art Competition,” with an awards reception set for Aug. 6. Call (805) 381-2747 before visiting.
Galleria at Hillcrest Center, Thousand Oaks

Through Oct. 9
“Secrets of WWII”
The Reagan Library explores the “wild, strange and sometimes shocking twists” of World War II, shining a light on controversies, intrigue and the unsung heroes who altered the course of the war. Hundreds of artifacts are on view, including Germany’s Enigma coding-decoding machine, fragments of Japanese bombs left from an attack on Southern California, a grappling hook from Pointe de Hoc, a knife from Omaha Beach, an M1 Garand rifle used at the Battle of the Bulge and a German Storch STOL aircraft.
Reagan Library, Simi Valley

Through Oct. 27
CLU Galleries
William Rolland Gallery, through Oct. 27: Created over 10 years, the works in Cole M. James’ “Call Them In” exhibit are a tribute to their ancestors, an “expression of power, the personal and the prison industrial complex” that form “a non-linear timeline of experience and prayer.” Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and by appointment. Kwan Fong Gallery, through Oct. 23: In “On the Range,” retired faculty member Terry Spehar-Fahey explores the world of Idaho ranching families, using photos by part-time Ventura resident Kirstie Lambert as a template for her watercolor paintings. Artist reception set for 4 p.m. Sept. 10.
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

Through Nov. 6
Santa Paula Art Museum
Through Sept. 11: Kay Zetlmaier’s solo exhibition, “Geomorphic: A Living Earth,” features abstract works that were inspired by the natural world and humanity’s place within it. Through Nov. 6: “Hiroko Yoshimoto: New Works,” featuring 40 abstract paintings that serve as a visual call to action about the growing threat to biological diversity, and “Impending Storms,” a large-scale installation designed by Blue Marble Art Collective, a group that includes Yoshimoto and artists Katherine Chang Liu, W. Scott Miles and Tori Tasch. The “environmentally conscious” show explores the “dangers looming over our biosphere.”
Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula

Through fall 2022
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
Through Aug. 22: “71%: Honoring Vital Waters” features abstract, expressionistic works by Shannon Celia and Mary Neville that explore how maritime factors shape our culture, food, art and recreation.
Through Fall 2022: “Chouinard Art” featuring work by students from the Chouinard Arts Institute.
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard

Aug. 1
The Oxnard Film Society’s Monday Night Foreign Film Series presents this 2021 Swedish/Ukrainian film about a talented gymnast who moves to Switzerland to pursue her Olympic dreams. As she trains, she’s torn between ambition and her homeland as her friends and family back in Ukraine take to the streets in the Maidan Revolution. The events depicted in the film are intricately linked with the subsequent Russian invasion, providing insight into the current situation in Ukraine Not rated. In French, Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles.
Plaza Cinemas 14, Oxnard

Aug. 1
Harry Selvin Big Band
Dance to easy-listening classics when this 17-piece ensemble performs. Nancy Osborne and Bill A. Jones handle the vocals at this show, which takes place the first Monday of each month. Drinks and food available for purchase.
Palm Garden Hotel ballroom, Newbury Park

Aug. 1 and 15
Soaring Spirits
The support group offers widows and widowers a chance to meet socially and connect with a group of understanding friends. Meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month.
Garage Room at the Junkyard Cafe, Simi Valley

Aug. 2
Lil’ Ranchers
Leonis Adobe Museum’s summer program for kids features crafts, music and live demonstrations of rancho life in the Old West. “Fiesta on the Rancho” is the theme.
Leonis Adobe Museum, Calabasas

Aug. 2
National Night Out
Meet local deputies from the Malibu/Lost Hills Station during this community event designed to enhance the positive relationship between neighbors and local law enforcement. The event features live music, dog adoptions, mini therapy horses and information about disaster communication. Members of the Malibu Search and Rescue Team will be on hand, Waste Management will be giving out toy dump trucks to kids and Kona Ice will be served.
Westlake Village Community Park, Westlake Village

Aug. 2
National Night Out
Residents can join the Simi Valley Police Department and other local agencies to take a stand against crime and drugs during this community partnership event featuring K-9 demos, a DJ, vendor booths, food trucks, a kids’ fun zone, law enforcement vehicles and photo ops.
Simi Valley Civic Center Park, Simi Valley

Aug. 3-7
“Rent: School Edition”
For its 42nd annual teen summer musical, Young Artists Ensemble presents Jonathan Larson’s Tony-winning musical. Based loosely on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” the show follows a group of impoverished young artists and musicians as they struggle to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side amid the growing threat of AIDS.
Newbury Park High School Performing Arts Center, Newbury Park

Aug. 3-14
Ventura County Fair
Breathe in the ocean air while chomping on funnel cakes, braving stomach-churning rides, playing carnival games and checking out the blue-ribbon winners at this long-running fair. Headlining the grandstand are Martina McBride (7:30 p.m. Aug. 3), KC & and the Sunshine Band (7:30 p.m. Aug. 4), the All-American Rejects (7:30 p.m. Aug. 5), Blue Öyster Cult (7:30 p.m. Aug. 6), Día De La Familia concert featuring La Arrolladora Banda Limon, Los Parras and Jesus Ojeda (3 p.m. Aug. 7), the Beach Boys (7:30 p.m. Aug. 8), Clay Walker (7:30 p.m. Aug. 9) and Cheap Trick (7:30 p.m. Aug. 10). The PRCA Rodeo kicks up some dust at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 and 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 13-14.
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura

Aug. 4
How to Downsize
Professional organizer Bree Lundmark gives a talk titled “How to Downsize Your Living Environment” during a no-host dinner meeting of the Conejo Valley chapter of the California Federation of Business and Professional Women.
Brent’s Deli, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 4 and 11
Ojai Summer Band
The ensemble, led by musical director Laura Denne, presents “A Night at the Movies” (Aug. 4) and “Audience Favorites” (Aug. 11). The concerts will feature balloons, snacks, lemonade and a children’s parade; raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to conduct the band.
Libbey Bowl, Ojai

Aug. 5
“Tribute to the Ladies Of Swing”
In her one-woman show, singer Nancy Osborne performs hits from the swing era and the ’50s tunes she used sing as part of the female quartet the Chordettes.
Founders Hall behind the Calabasas Library, Calabasas

Aug. 5
The Stagecoach Inn Museum screens the 1939 Western classic starring John Wayne. Street tacos will be served and the museum’s gift shop will be selling historical books and handcrafted items like candle holders, planters and wine racks made from 100-year-old oak. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Stagecoach Inn Museum, Newbury Park

Aug. 5
Bruce Hornsby
“My art of longevity is . . . to please myself and to grow, evolve, change and expand,” the ever-eclectic musician says. Backed by the Noisemakers, he’ll perform songs off his latest album, “‘Flicted,” plus hits like “The Way It Is” and “Mandolin Rain.”
Libbey Bowl, Ojai

Aug. 5
TGIF Concerts in the Courtyard
The summer concert series wraps up with Latin jazz musician Mark Gutierrez and his trio. Mister Softee, Ohana’s Hibachi and Grilled Cheese N’ Things food trucks will be on-site.
Westlake Village City Center, Westlake Village

Aug. 5
Firefall, Pablo Cruise and Pure Prairie League
Yacht rock fans, your ship has come in: Firefall (“You Are the Woman,” “Just Remember I Love You”), Pablo Cruise (“Love Will Find a Way,” “Whatcha Gonna Do?”) and Pure Prairie League (“Amie,” “Let Me Love You Tonight”) are ready to make some soft-rock waves.
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 5-6
“Descendants: The Musical”
Young performers from Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi’s musical theater camp perform this musical based on the popular Disney Channel movies. In the show, the children of some of Disney’s most notorious villains—Maleficent, Jafar, the Evil Queen and Cruella De Vill—face a touch choice: Should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good?
ARTSpace Black Box Theater, Simi Valley

Aug. 5-7
“The Little Mermaid Jr.”
Young performers with Center Stage Players dive into Disney’s timeless undersea love story.
Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo

Aug. 5-7
Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival
The fest’s 25th season wraps up with “Macbeth”, a psychological thriller about a heroic general’s ascent to the throne and his descent into madness. In this production, festival co-founder and 14-time director Michael Arndt is a cast member for the first time, playing Duncan, the king of Scotland. Bring blankets and low-back chairs; no pets allowed.
Cal Lutheran University’s Kingsmen Park, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 5-7
Ventura Music Festival
The festival moves “Onward!” into its 27th season with an eclectic slate of concerts featuring the Moanin’ Frogs (chamber music blended with ragtime, jazz and pop, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5), Veronica Swift (jazz singer who spices up Great American Standards with rock and funk, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6) and the Crossing (chamber choir, 3 p.m. Aug. 7).
Ventura College Performing Arts Center, Ventura

Aug. 5-19
Heritage Square Summer Concerts
Oxnard’s annual summer series features Soul Machine (Motown/R&B/dance, Aug. 5), British Beat (’60s to ’80s British rock, Aug. 12) and Caliente 805 (R&B/salsa/funk, Aug. 19). Bring chairs, blankets or buy seats/tables.
Heritage Square, Oxnard

Aug. 5-21
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Joseph’s coat annoys his brothers . . . and sets in motion Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical tale about redemption, reconciliation and the enduring bonds of family.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Simi Valley

Aug. 6
Citizenship Fair
Attorneys and trained volunteers assist people with naturalization, residency renewals and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status.
Holy Cross Church, Moorpark
(805) 395-6870

Aug. 6
Fishing Frenzy
Kids can use magnetic poles to catch magnetic fish and turn them in for prizes at this Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks event. Other activities include fish crafts and games.
Conejo Creek Park North, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 6
Blowout Book Sale
Grab some summer reading material at this Simi Valley Friends of the Library fundraiser. Books will be sold for $3 a bag/$5 a box; oversize books are more expensive. Proceeds will be used to buy library materials and fund programs.
Simi Valley Public Library, Simi Valley

Aug. 6
PBJ B-25 Mitchell
During World War II, Japanese ground forces dubbed this low-flying bomber the “Tree Top Terror.” Learn about the aircraft’s tactics and armament, and tour the inside of a restored PBJ, during this presentation.
Commemorative Air Force World War II Aviation Museum at Camarillo Airport, Camarillo

Aug. 6
Celebrate Oxnard’s gnarly punk scene with bone-rattling sets by Dead Heat, Dr. Know, Stalag 13 and the Missing 23rd. The all-ages show also features False Confession, I Decline, Civil Conflict, Romper and Boilerman plus vendors and food trucks.
Oceanview Pavilion, Port Hueneme

Aug. 6
“Charlotte’s Web”
Pacific Festival Ballet pirouettes into the barnyard for this tale about Wilbur the pig and Charlotte, a smart spider who becomes his loyal friend. The tale celebrates unlikely friendships and drives home an important point: anyone can change the world.
Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 6
Mark Farner
The former Grand Funk Railroad frontman performs hits like “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home),” “We’re an American Band,” “Heartbreaker” and “Bad Time To Be In Love.”
Libbey Bowl, Ojai

Aug. 6-7
“Annie Jr.”
The sun will come out tomorrow as young performers with the Metropolitan Educational Theater Network bring to life this musical tale about a spunky Depression-era orphan.
Performing Arts Education Center, Calabasas

Aug. 6, 7, 13
Fairy Tales in the Park
The troupe, which presents free outdoor shows for the young and young at heart, continues its 27th and final season with “The Adventures of Hansel & Gretel.” In Chris Carnicelli’s fanciful adaptation, the titular siblings battle witches and wolves in a very scary forest. Aug. 6 at 11:30 a.m. (Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Drive, Westlake Village) and 4 p.m. (Rancho Simi Community Park Amphitheatre, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley), Aug. 7 at 2 p.m.(Harbor View Park, 3600 Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands) and Aug. 13 at 11:30 a.m. (Valle Lindo Park, 889 Aileen St., Camarillo) and 4 p.m. (Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston St., Ventura).

Aug. 6 and 20
Concerts in the Courtyard
The summer series at Simi Civic Center Plaza features country singer Justin Honsinger (Aug. 6) and Journey/Foreigner/Styx tribute band Trinity (Aug. 20).
Simi Civic Center Plaza, Simi Valley

Aug. 6 and 27
Summer Concert Series
Camarillo’s annual summer series features Fleetwood Mac tribute band Twisted Gypsy (Aug. 6) and country hits by Country Nation (Aug. 27). Set up chairs beginning at 8 a.m. the day of the show. Food trucks will be on-site.
Constitution Park, Camarillo

Aug. 6 and Sept. 10
Moorpark Summer Concerts in the Park
The city’s free concert series features reggae/soca/Caribbean group Upstream (Aug. 6) and rock tribute band Electric Vinyl (Sept. 10). Bring blankets, lawn chairs, beer or wine. Food trucks will be on-site.
Arroyo Vista Park, Moorpark

Aug. 6-31
Stagecoach Inn Museum
Discover what life was like in the late 1800s and early 1900s at this historic landmark. Kids can win prizes participating in the Conejo and Critter Hunt and families can go on hikes and listen to live music. Each Saturday, there’s a surprise talk, activity and/or demonstration, from looking for fossils to lassoing a wooden horse. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Stagecoach Inn Museum, Newbury Park

Aug. 6 to Sept. 3
Concerts by the Sea
The summer series at Channel Islands Harbor features Teresa Russell (blues and rock, Aug. 6), In Contempt Band (soul, R&B and Motown, Aug. 13), Nautical Thrust (yacht rock, Aug. 20), Ray Jaurique and the Uptown Brothers (blues, Aug. 27) and Ignition Band (classic rock, Sept. 3). Bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs.
Harbor View Park, Oxnard

Aug. 6 to Sept. 24
Studio Channel Islands
“The Next Big Thing” (bold new work by local artists) and “View Points” (works depicting water, air and light by Pat Richards Dodds, Cecilia Ortiz and Andy Lepe) are on display. Opening receptions for both exhibits take place Aug. 6.
Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo

Aug. 7
Camarillo Marathon
Runners can qualify for the Boston Marathon at this 12th annual race—and then munch on street tacos when they’re finished. Sign up for full, half, 5K or 10K races.
Pleasant Valley Fields Park, Camarillo

Aug. 7
Hero 911 Tribute Rally
A Porsche 911emblazoned with Sgt. Ron Helus’ 4S3 call sign will lead this car rally, which begins at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village and ends at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley. Helus, a member of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, was killed when he responded to the Borderline shooting on Nov. 7, 2018. For $600 per car, residents can ride alongside emergency vehicles in the rally. Proceeds benefit the Ventura County Fire Department’s Widows and Orphans Fund and VCSO’s Search and Rescue East Valley Team.
Oaks Christian School, Westlake Village

Aug. 7
Streets of Vintage Flea Market
More than 20 artisans and vintage resellers are offering vintage clothing, crystals, Latin American goods, jewelry, accessories, candles and other items.
Studio Channel Islands, Old Town Camarillo

Aug. 7
Aviation Museum of Santa Paula
On the first Sunday of every month, tour the museum’s “Chain of Hangars,” each featuring different displays of antique, classic and experimental aircraft; automobiles including race cars; motorcycles; an enormous antique radio, jukebox and phonograph collection; paintings and photographs; model aircraft; and a variety of aviation artifacts. Free plane rides for kids ages 8 to 17 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Aviation Museum of Santa Paula, Santa Paula

Aug. 7
Charity Karaoke
Local personalities sing for a cause as they each try to raise money for a different nonprofit at this karaoke competition hosted by “Days of Our Lives” star Eric Martsolf. Judging the would-be singers are Assemblymember Jaqui Irwin, philanthropist Mary Power and physician/former contestant Ron de la Peña.
The Canyon, Agoura Hills

Aug. 7
Tiny Porch Concerts
The intimate series continues its 2022 season with former Fish & Bird frontman Taylor Ashton, whose solo music combines the “cosmic emotionality of Joni Mitchell, the sage vulnerability of Bill Withers, the humor and heartbreak of Randy Newman and old-time and Celtic folk music.” Opening the show is the Dales, a five-piece group that mixes Americana and vintage rock.
Peter Strauss Ranch, Calabasas

Aug. 7-14
Ojai Playwrights Conference
The conference celebrates its 25th year of developing new plays for the American theater. It opens with a Q&A/performance featuring playwrights Jon Robin Baitz, Bill Cain, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Charlayne Woodard (Aug. 7, 7 p.m.) and continues with a reading of “Dog Day Afternoon” by Pulitzer Prize winner Guirgis (Aug. 11, 7 p.m.) and workshops of Zakiya Young’s “Suburban Black Girl,” a play in which the African American writer-actress confronts searing self-doubt about being a “poster child for racial reconciliation” (Aug. 12, 6 p.m.); Anna Zielger’s “The Janeiad,” about the myths we tell ourselves in order to get through the day (Aug. 13, 1 p.m.); Matthew Paul Olmos’“A Home What Howls (or the House What Was Ravine),” inspired by the communities of Chavez Ravine (Aug. 13, 4 p.m.); Peter Kim George’s “To Red Tendons,” a play that deals with the “seething anger” and “desire for reconciliation” that still lingers following the Los Angeles riots in 1992 (Aug. 14, noon); and Cain’s “God’s Spies,” which imagines how a pandemic shutdown would have impacted Shakespeare’s creativity (6 p.m. Aug. 14).
Various venues, Ojai

Aug. 7 and 21
Summer Concerts in the Park
The City of Agoura Hills celebrates the ’80s with this concert series featuring Journey tribute band DSB (Aug. 7) and Bon Jovi tribute Wanted (Aug. 21).
Chumash Park, Agoura Hills

Aug. 7 and 28
SunSets Summer Concert Series
Calabasas’ summer concert series presents ’80s tunes by the Spazmatics (Aug. 7) and Beach Boys/Jan & Dean hits by the Surf City All Stars (Aug. 28). Bring chairs, blankets, picnics.
Calabasas Lake, Calabasas

Aug. 7-28
Concerts at Warner Park
Valley Cultural Foundation’s annual summer series features the Tribe (one-hit wonders, Aug. 7), Billy Nation (Billy Joel tribute, Aug. 14), Queen Nation (Queen tribute, Aug. 21) and Kalimba (Earth, Wind & Fire tribute, Aug. 28). Food trucks on-site.
Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park, Woodland Hills

Aug. 9
Mike Garcia
The Republican, who represents the 25th Congressional District that includes Simi Valley, is featured in the Reagan Library’s A Time for Choosing speaker series. In his talk, he’ll address critical questions facing the future of the Republican Party.
Reagan Library, Simi Valley

Aug. 10
Greater Conejo Valley Job Fair
Job seekers can connect with potential employers at this event presented by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and the cities of Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks.
The Gardens at Los Robles Greens, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 11
Senior Movie and Lunch
Seniors can nosh on chicken cordon blue with scalloped potatoes and then watch Robin Williams deliver a tour de force performance as “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Sponsored by AlmaVia of Camarillo.
Community Center Auditorium, Camarillo

Aug. 12
Summer Float Night
Bring your inflatables and watch “Inside Out” in a heated pool.
Community Pool at Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 12
Simi Movies in the Park
The outdoor cinema series features the animated hit “Monsters University” (Aug. 12). Bring blankets and chairs.
Rancho Madera Community Park, Simi Valley

Aug. 12
Movies in the Park
Camarillo screens “Jungle Book.” Music and lawn games start at 6 p.m.; movies begin at 8:15.
Community Center Park, Camarillo

Aug. 12
Shabbat Under the Stars
Rabbis Ron Li-Paz and Sara Abrams host Valley Outreach Synagogue’s final outdoor Shabbat celebration of the season. Guests can bring their own picnic dinners and there will be activities for kids.
Oak Canyon Community Park Amphitheater, Oak Park

Aug. 12
Summer Camp Out
Pitch a tent and enjoy a night under the stars, complete with games and crafts, a barbecue dinner, s’mores and spooky campfire tales. Then wake up the next morning at 8 a.m. and fuel up with a pancake breakfast before breaking camp.
Arroyo Vista Community Park, Moorpark

Aug. 12
Hawaiian Luau Dance
Learn to dance the rumba at this Hawaiian-themed dance presented by the Simi Valley Council on Aging. There will be dance hosts and hostesses; no partner needed. Free dance lessons offered.
Simi Valley Senior Center, Simi Valley
(805) 583-6363

Aug. 12
Bryan Adams Tribute
Paul Nelson and his band, Cuts Like a Knife, salutes the Canadian rocker with hits like “Summer of ’69,” “Everything I Do,” “Heave” and “Run to You.”
High Street Arts Center, Moorpark

Aug. 12-13
End of Summer Camp Out
Put an exclamation point on summer with an overnight camping adventure featuring crafts, an outdoor movie, s’mores and food trucks.
Community Center Park, Camarillo

Aug. 12-21
“Shrek Jr.”
A gentle green giant goes on a quest to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona and win back the deed to his swamp in this musical. The cast of the Allwayz on Stage production features individuals with diverse abilities, ages 16 and up.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 12 to Sept. 4
“The Boys Next Door”
“Being unique just means being human” is one of the subtle messages of this play about four men with intellectual disabilities who live in a communal residence under the supervision of a “burned out” young social worker. Tom Griffin’s play, which is being staged by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi, mixes comedy and poignancy as it reminds us that all people, no matter what their capabilities are, want only to love, laugh and find meaning in their lives. May not be suitable for those younger than 14.
ARTSpace Black Box Theater, Simi Valley

Aug. 13
The community event brings together churches, community organizations, and public and private health services to promote mental well-being and healthy living. Local worship, jazz and rock bands will perform and there will be food trucks, 40 boutique vendors, a bouncy castle and other kids’ activities, health and wellness screenings, mental health support and raffles. Bring lawn chairs.
Rancho Simi Community Park, Simi Valley

Aug. 13
Ranchero Roundup
The outdoor summer concert and barbecue features a wine reception and studio tours, dinner, games and auctions, classic tractors and pickup trucks, and Western folk music by Karen Pecht.
Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo

Aug. 13
Fight Night
Scraptime Promotions presents an evening of professional boxing honoring coach Bernie “The Champ” Hopalian. Call (805) 206-9403 for tickets.
Simi Valley Town Center, Simi Valley

Aug. 13
Saturday Concerts in the Park
Westlake Village’s summer series features ABBA tribute band ABBA LA (Aug. 13). Food trucks on-site.
Berniece Bennett Park, Westlake Village

Aug. 13
Billy Joel Tribute
The band Billy Nation gets fans of the Piano Man keyed up with hits like “I Go to Extremes,” “Big Shot,” You May Be Right” and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.”
High Street Arts Center, Moorpark

Aug. 13
“Hot Wings!”
Free Range Comedy presents an evening of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style comedy, with members dreaming up hilarious skits on the spot based on audience suggestions.
Camarillo Academy of Performing Arts, Camarillo

Aug. 13
Comedy on the Hill
Social media algorithms bug comedian Mary Gallagher. “Seriously? Why are McDonald’s ads on my feed?” she tweeted, no doubt in a McRib-fueled rage. “Am I still paying for my actions in the ’80s?” She’ll sling more jokes when she joins Angelo Tsarouchas and Fritz Coleman at this 18-and-over outdoor comedy show.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 14
Silents Under the Stars
Marion Davies stars in “Beverly of Graustark,” a 1926 silent movie about an American student who visits Europe and impersonates a prince. Things become “humorously inconvenient” when she falls for her bodyguard. Michael Mortilla provides live musical accompaniment. Bring a picnic and flashlight. Guided walking tours of the ranch begin at 6:30 p.m.
Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills

Aug. 14
Air Supply
Get ready, Air Heads: Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock are teaming up to play hits like “Lost in Love” and “All Out of Love.”
Libbey Bowl, Ojai

Aug. 14
Classical Concerts on the Hill
The “Brahms Sonatas” concert spotlights pianist Xiao Chen and violinist Gulia Gurevich performing Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78, and Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108.
Hall of Mirrors at Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 14 and Sept. 5
Summer Concerts in the Park
Conejo Rec and Park District’s annual series features Zachary and Dylan Zmed as The Everly Brothers Experience (Aug. 14) and Van Halen hits by Fan Halen (Sept. 5, presented by the Thousand Oaks Acorn). Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics. Food and dessert trucks on-site.
Conejo Community Park, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 15
“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen—A Journey, A Song”
The Oxnard Film Society’s Monday Night Foreign Film Series presents this 2021 U.S. documentary about the late singer-songwriter. The film explores how his song “Hallelujah” went from record label reject to revered classic.
Plaza Cinemas 14, Oxnard

Aug. 15
Conejo Valley Quilters
Expert quilter Norene Skiles gives a virtual presentation on using to print fabric designs and quilt labels.

Aug. 17
Don Brown and Amy Peacock
The authors discuss and sign their latest book, “Old Breed General: How Marine Corps General William H. Rupertus Broke the Back of the Japanese in World War II from Guadalcanal to Peleliu.”
Reagan Library, Simi Valley

Aug. 17
Taylor Made Tapestry
Stephen Bock and Carla Buffa salute the timeless hits of James Taylor and Carole King, performing classics like “Fire and Rain,” “It’s Too Late,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Carolina on My Mind.”
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Simi Valley

Aug. 18
Canned Heat
The legendary blues-rock band turns up the heat with tunes like “On the Road Again,” “Going Up the Country” and “Let’s Work Together.” The group’s current lineup features Fito de la Parra (drums), Jimmy Vivino (guitar and vocals), Dale Spaulding (vocals, harmonica and guitar) and Rick Reed (bass).
Cantara Cellars, Camarillo

Aug. 18
Mobile Blood Drive
Everyone who donates blood receives a $10 gift card via email. Register at, sponsor code AHSV, or call (800) RED-CROSS.
Bloodmobile at main entrance of Adventist Health Simi Valley, Simi Valley

Aug. 18
Channel Islands Gulls
The group’s August luncheon is a fundraiser for the City Center, which helps families transition from homelessness to independence. 11 a.m. social hour, noon meeting and lunch.
Las Posas Country Club, Camarillo 
Reservations: (805) 263-7759 or

Aug. 18
Classical Indian Music Concert
Renowned musicians are teaming up to perform an evening of Carnatic classical music, a genre that has its roots in Southern India and honors Hindu deities.
SciArts Education and Access 4 All is presenting the concert, which features Vid. Mullaivasal Dr. G. Chandramouli on violin, Rishabh Kaushik on keyboard, Leonice Shinneman on tabla and Vid. Srinivasan Govindarajan on mridangam.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Simi Valley

Aug. 19
Sunset Dinner and Dance
Aug. 15 at 8 a.m. is the deadline to make reservations for this Aug. 19 event, featuring dinner, tours of Air Force One and the “Secrets of WWII” exhibit and dancing to Fleetwood Mac hits performed by tribute band Mirage.
Reagan Library, Simi Valley

Aug. 19
Poker for the Parks
Go all in to help raise money for the Foundation for Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks at this sixth annual event. The event offers three games (Texas Hold ’em, three-card poker and Let It Ride) plus appetizers, a cash bar, music, raffles, auctions and a wine pull. Childcare available.
Community Center Auditorium, Camarillo

Aug. 19
Park in the Dark
View the stars through telescopes, test your knowledge of astronomy and gaze at the night sky during Calabasas’ Summer Pop-Up Events series.
De Anza Park, Agoura Hills

Aug. 19 to Sept. 25
“Uncle Vanya”
Irish playwright Conor McPherson has received acclaim for breathing new life into Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece, which explores the tumultuous frustration, dark humor and hidden passions of life at the turn of the 20th century.
Santa Paula Theater Center, Santa Paula

Aug. 20
Boots & Brews Country Music Festival
Sip cold beer and listen to hot country music at this festival, featuring Raelynn, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry and headliner Cole Swindell.
Surfer’s Point Live at Ventura County Fairgrounds

Aug. 20
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Ventura Land Trust’s 13th annual benefit showcases environmental films (“Trees,” “If You Give a Beach a Bottle,” “Ghost Ponds,” “Vet in the Wild,” “The Voice of the River” and “The Fog of Big Sur”) that celebrate our deep connection to the Earth and our role in keeping the planet healthy. Food trucks will be on-site, beer and wine will be sold and the bands Fish Fry and the Vonettes will perform. Proceeds help the land trust permanently protect the land, water, wildlife and scenic beauty of the Ventura region for current and future generations.
Ventura County Credit Union headquarters, Ventura

Aug. 20
Simi Music in the Park
The outdoor concert series features soft rock classics by Yachtley Crew. Bring blankets, chairs and picnics or buy food from vendors.
Rancho Simi Community Park, Simi Valley

Aug. 20
The city’s outdoor movie night features “Sing 2,” about a musically gifted koala (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) who must convince reclusive rock star Clay Calloway (U2’s Bono) to perform in his new show. Before the screening, there will be art activities, giveaways and food trucks. Bring chairs and blankets.
Malibu Bluffs Park, Malibu

Aug. 20-21
Wings Over Camarillo
The air show features wartime air combat re-creations, complete with pyrotechnics and explosions, plus parachute teams, helicopter rides, new and vintage military aircraft, classic cars, food trucks, craft beer and a STEM pavilion.
Camarillo Airport, Camarillo

Aug. 20 and 27
Seaside Movie Nights
Ventura Harbor Village screens two sea-themed movies. Aug. 20: “Luca,” a coming-of-age story about a boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Arrive early for face painting, bird photos and tunes with DJ Morgan Alex. Aug. 27: Take photos with pirates and exotic birds, jam to tunes by DJ Morgan and watch a screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” Bring blankets and low-back chairs.
Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura

Aug. 20 and Sept. 17
Star Party
Join the Ventura County Astronomical Society and gaze into the heavens through dozens of telescopes.
Moorpark College Observatory, Moorpark

Aug. 21
Watch and Clock Collectors
If you’re fascinated by vintage or modern timepieces, set the alarm for the next meeting of the local chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. The meeting includes lunch, a watch/clock marketplace and a presentation about the timepieces produced by French watchmaker LIP.
Campus Student Center at Ventura College, Ventura

Aug. 21
Channel Cities Jazz Club
Dance to the music of Swing Shift.
House of Dance, Ventura

Aug. 21
The Smithereens
Lead singer Pat DiNizio died in 2017, but the remaining members of this powerhouse New Jersey band—Jim Babjak (guitar) Dennis Diken (drums) and Mike Mesaros (bass)—have soldiered on. Joined by guest vocalist Marshall Crenshaw, they’ll perform hits like “Blood and Roses,” “A Girl Like You,” “Only a Memory,” “Blues Before and After”and “Top of the Pops.”
The Canyon, Agoura Hills

Aug. 23
ACE Toastmasters Anniversary
ACE Toastmasters celebrates 15 years of helping people improve their communication skills. RSVP by calling Harvey Youngman at (805) 796-1947.
Pickles Deli, Newbury Park

Aug. 25
Thousand Oaks Brewfest
Sample beer, wine, spirits and food from more than 30 vendors at this 10th annual Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club fundraiser. Admission includes unlimited samples, a silent auction and live music by Ignition. Proceeds help fund over 30 local children’s charities.
Conejo Creek Park North, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 25
Food Truck Festival
Camarillo Ranch Foundation’s Throwback Thursday event features beer, wine, live music, house tours and 16 food trucks. Bring chairs and blankets.
Camarillo Ranch, Camarillo

Aug. 25
Joni Ernst
The Iowa senator is featured in the Reagan Library’s A Time for Choosing speaker series. In her talk, she’ll address critical questions facing the future of the Republican Party.
Reagan Library, Simi Valley

Aug. 26
Village Klezmer Band
Using songs, stories and humor, the six-member group celebrates Easter European Jewish music, from Sephardic and Hebrew melodies to Yiddish
theater and popular crossover songs.
Founders Hall behind the Calabasas Library, Calabasas

Aug. 26
Friday Night Car Cruise
Show off your classic car or just gawk at the vintage vehicles on display during this monthly event.
Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo

Aug. 26
Chicago Tribute Experience
The tribute band plays horn-drenched hits like “Beginnings” and “25 or 6 to 4.”
High Street Arts Center, Moorpark

Aug. 26
Bacon Brothers
Playing “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” is a snap for guitar player Michael Bacon: Kevin, the star of films like “Footloose” and “Apollo 13,” is not only Michael’s brother, but his partner in the Bacon Brothers. The duo is on the road promoting a new EP, “Erato,” which veers from stripped-back soul to pop-friendly modern rock.
The Canyon, Agoura Hills

Aug. 26
Colbie Caillat
The Grammy-winning singer, who grew up in the Conejo Valley, returns for a hometown show celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Coco,” her debut album that featured the Top 5 hit “Bubbly.” She’ll play the entire album, plus other hits like “Brighter Than the Sun” and “I Do.”
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 26-28
Throwdown Cornhole Festival
Over a 1,000 teams will be aiming for “nothing but hole” as they compete for over $300,000 in cash payouts at this fun-in-the-sun tourney presented by taco shop Spencer Mackenzie’s. The three-day weekend also features food, drinks and live music from Sunny Ledfurd, Mandex, A.D.D, Rey Fresco and Morie & the Heavy Hitters.
Surfer’s Point Live! at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura

Aug. 26 and Sept. 23
Moorpark Movies in the Park
The city’s free cinema series features the live-action adventure “Jungle Cruise” starring The Rock (Aug. 26) and quirky cult hit “Napoleon Dynamite” (Sept. 23).
Arroyo Vista Park, Moorpark

Aug. 27
13 Souls of Kabul
Run, bike, walk or skate to honor the sacrifice of 13 U.S. service members killed during the Aug. 26, 2021, suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. This 1K, 5K, 10K and half-marathon is not timed; participants can finish the entire 13.1-mile course or just a portion. Event begins with speeches and prayer at Metrolink parking lot; run travels along the Arroyo Simi to Madera Road and back. Proceeds go to the families of two Marines wounded in the attack. Make online donations at
Metrolink parking lot, Simi Valley

Aug. 27
Railroad Swap Meet
Model railroad equipment, scenery, books and photos are on sale during this Santa Susana Railroad Historical Society event. An open house takes place immediately after the swap meet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at nearby Santa Susana Depot.
Santa Susana Park Pavilion, Simi Valley

Aug. 27
We Rock the Spectrum Anniversary
The kids’ gym celebrates its seventh anniversary with sensory-safe fun, including snacks, arts and crafts, face painting and open play.
We Rock the Spectrum, Agoura Hills

Aug. 27
Kids’ Fun Zone
Kids ages 5 to 12 can take part in crafts, entertainment and fitness activities. This month’s theme is “Summer Music Fun.” The Beatbuds will perform and Bob Harrison teaches a music class.
Janss Marketplace, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 27
Chumash Indian Museum Gallery Talk
As a photojournalist, Ken Lubas records “unaltered truths”—and he’s got two Pulitzers to show for it. As a digital artist, he creates what he sees in his mind’s eye through photo illustrations. For that, he’s been honored with something even more special—his own Chumash name, “True Eyes,” bestowed upon him by a Chumash elder for his “ability to look beyond the immediate.” During this talk, Lubas discusses his work chronicling the Chumash community.
Chumash Indian Museum, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 27
End of Summer Carnival
Lydia Gable Realty Group’s family friendly event features carnival games, cotton candy, nitrogen ice cream and the Habit food truck.
Triunfo Park, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 27
Simi’s Endless Summer Beer Fest
Presented by Rotary Club of Simi Sunset, the third annual fest is a sudsy celebration featuring 50 beers, ciders and seltzers from nearly two dozen local craft breweries. Food trucks will be serving up grub, Bad Habit will play classic ’80s hits and the reality series “Big Mike’s Beer Run” will be filming its season finale during the fest.
Rancho Simi Community Park, Simi Valley

Aug. 27
Michael Feinstein
The singer-pianist celebrates the Great American Songbook.
Libbey Bowl, Ojai

Aug. 27
Raymond Michael as Elvis
The Moorpark entertainer salutes the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.
High Street Arts Center, Moorpark

Aug. 27
Outdoor Yoga
Find your center in the outdoors as instructors Greg and Dawn lead a yoga and wellness class under the sycamores. Live acoustic music adds to the ambience. All skill levels welcome.
Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas
Reservations: (805) 370-2302 or

Aug. 27
Intuition workshop
Discover how to use your intuition for a more happy and peaceful life.
Oak View Resource Center, Oak View
RSVP via text: (805) 535-8984

Aug. 27-28
Hueneme Beach Festival
Port Hueneme’s annual seaside celebration features food, carnival rides, a chalk art exhibition, a sand sculpture contest and arts and crafts. Taylor Sackson, Twisted Gypsy and New Orleans Suspects perform Saturday on the main stage; Beebs & Her Money Makers, the Phantom Blues Band and Nth Power perform Sunday.
Hueneme Beach Park, Port Hueneme

Aug. 27 and Sept. 24
McCrea Ranch Movies
The historic ranch house once owned by actor Joel McCrea hosts its annual summer movie series with “The San Francisco Story” (1952 Western with McCrea and Yvonne de Carlo, 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 27) and “Ride the High Country” (60th anniversary screening of the Western starring McCrea and Randolph Scott, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24).
McCrea Ranch, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 28
Station 3 Car Show
Antiques, classics, customs, street rods, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles are on display at this show, which is a benefit for the DRAGG Afterschool Program.
251 S. C Street, downtown Oxnard

Aug. 28
St. Peter Claver Church Jubilee Art Festival
To celebrate its 50th jubilee, St. Peter Claver Catholic Church is holding its inaugural art show. Festival de Arte 2022 showcases art objects created by church members as well as handmade jewelry, pottery and painted media from other artists. St. Peter Claver officially opened Nov. 10, 1972, and held its first Masses at Simi Valley High before building its octagonal-roofed parish across the street from the school.
St. Peter Claver, Simi Valley

Aug. 28
Elvis Costello
Backed by the Imposters, the acerbic British rocker performs tunes off his latest album, “The Boy Named If,” plus other favorites like “Pump It Up,” “Watching the Detectives” and “(I Don’t Want to Go to) Chelsea.”
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

Aug. 28 and Sept. 25
Topanga Vintage Market
This monthly market features 200 vintage vendors, artisans and food trucks.
Pierce College, Woodland Hills

Aug. 30
Simi Valley Job Fair
The Chamber of Commerce is bringing workers and employers together for the city’s “largest-ever job fair.”
Former Macy’s east building at Simi Valley Town Center, Simi Valley

Aug. 31
Classical Guitar Society
Guitar enthusiasts from around the county meet monthly to share the joy of guitar music. This month’s guest artist is Carlos Gonzales, the society’s founder, who has been teaching classical guitar at Ventura and Oxnard Colleges for decades.
Pleasant Valley Senior Center, Camarillo

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