Around town & online: March events calendar

A large bloom of poppies has hikers snapping photos along a hillside in the back of Corriganville Park March 12, 2019 in Simi Valley. Photo by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

Through March 2
Conejo Valley Art Museum
“Moments in Time” features pieces from the museum’s archives.
Conejo Valley Art Museum at Janss Marketplace, Thousand Oaks

Through March 6
Santa Paula Art Museum
“Art About Agriculture” features more than 50 artists exploring everything from workers and water to fields and the food that goes on our plates.
Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula

March 12-26
Mermaid Month
Dive into the undersea world of mermaids and mermen during Ventura Harbor Village’s seventh annual salute to the mystical aquatic creature. Take seaside selfies in large mermaid shells; go on a scavenger hunt; buy mermaid-themed art, jewelry and apparel; and nosh on sweet mermaid treats. Special events include live steel drum music (March 12, 19 and 26), a Mermaid Meet and Greet (March 13 and 20),  a mermaid chalk art demonstration by artist Lysa Ashley (March 13) and a Pop-Up Mermaid Market (March 20).
Ventura Harbor Village, Ventura

Through March 13
Topanga Canyon Gallery
Two solo shows—Debbi Green’s “Spring Forward” and Marek Buchwald’s “Transluminations”—are on view.
Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga

Through March 13
“Driving Miss Daisy”
Alfred Uhry’s drama about an elderly Jewish woman and her Black chauffeur raises important questions about aging and race relations. For tickets and reservations, email
ARTSpace Black Box Theater, Simi Valley

Through April 1 

“Zoltron: The Art of Rock ‘n’ Roll”
The iconic San Francisco street artist’s eye-catching poster art for such acts as Iggy Pop, Ween and Foo Fighters is on display.
Visual Arts Department at Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

Through April 8
“Common Ground: Artists Reimagining Community”
Through experimental film, music, comics, paintings, photography, graphic novels and more, local artists question the concept of community.
William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

Through April 30
Whale Watching Tours
Pacific gray whales are once again turning our watery backyard into a busy thoroughfare as they migrate from Alaska to their breeding grounds in Baja. Catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures—along with humpback whales, fin whales, dolphins and occasional orcas—during boat tours.
Through April 23: Island Packers in Ventura (
Through April 30: Channel Islands Sportfishing in Oxnard (

Through March 25
Channel Islands Maritime Museum
The museum’s “Coast Guard Art” exhibit showcases work created by those who protect our shores. Included are portraits, search-and-rescue scenes, and depictions of everyday life during the maritime conflict. The pieces “reflect our complex relationship with the wild ocean and its abundant ecosystems and illustrate that, indeed, the Coast Guard is always ready,” the museum said.
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard

Through May 31
Museum of Ventura County
The exhibit “Arte Para la Gente” explores the work of groundbreaking Chicana artist Margaret Garcia, whose work captured culture, family and urban life.
Museum of Ventura County, Ventura

Through July 31
“Landscape Through the Eyes of Abstraction”
Via an array of mediums, Luciana Abait, Kim Abeles, Charles Arnoldi, Laddie John Dill, Cynthia Ona Innis and Claudia Parducci stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape art.
California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, The Oaks mall, Thousand Oaks

March 1-6
“Forbidden Broadway” creator Gerard Alessandrini takes aim at Broadway smash “Hamilton,” poking fun at the show and its massive popularity. But he doesn’t stop there, choosing to pack this parody musical with satirical jabs at the rest of the Broadway universe, from classic shows like “The Music Man” and “West Side Story” to luminaries like Stephen Sondheim.
Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks

March 2-12
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Santa Barbara’s 37th annual cinematic celebration opens at 8 p.m. March 2 with “The Phantom of the Open,” about an unrelenting optimist who competes in the 1976 British Open without ever having played a round of golf in his life; Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins and Rhys Ifans star. Slated to attend the festival and pick up awards are Kristen Stewart (March 4), Caitriona Balfe, Ariana DeBose, Alana Haim, Emilia Jones, Troy Kotsur, Simon Rex and Saniyya Sidney (March 5), Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis (March 6), Penelope Cruz (March 8), Benedict Cumberbatch (March 9) and Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman (March 10).
Various locations, Santa Barbara

March 3
“Reaganism Live”
Karen Tumulty, deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post and the author of “The Triumph of Nancy Reagan,” discusses the first lady’s influence on President Reagan’s political career, personnel and policies. Her conversation with Reagan Institute Director Roger Zakheim is being broadcast on the “Reaganism Live” podcast.
Reagan Library, Simi Valley

March 3
Movie and Wine Tasting
Sip wine, nosh on cheese and charcuterie, and watch a screening of “The Next Voice You Hear,” a 1950 film starring Nancy Davis Reagan about what happens when the voice of God is heard on the radio around the world. Reagan starred in many films (including “Hellcats of the Navy” with husband Ronald Reagan) but often said she was most proud of this movie. Wines from Los Olivos’ Fess Parker Winery will be presented by the late actor’s daughter, former White House staff member Ashley Parker Snider.
Reagan Library, Simi Valley

March 3
Magic at the Vineyards
Magic Castle veterans Raven & Migz (aka Richard Lake and Miguel Rangel) welcome mentalist/magician Austin Janik to this monthly showcase.
The Vineyards, Simi Valley

March 3 and 5
Stagecoach Inn Museum
Discover what life was like in the late 1800s and early 1900s at this landmark, which features children’s activities like gold-panning.
Stagecoach Inn Museum, Newbury Park

March 3-5
“Jane Eyre”
In Charlotte Bronte’s famed 1847 novel, a woman looks back at her miserable upbringing as an orphan and reflects on her courageous, circuitous path to happiness. Santa Susana High School performing arts students are presenting Robert Johanson’s adaptation.
Santa Susana High School, Performing Arts Center, Simi Valley

March 3-13
“The Belle of Amherst”
Anna Kotula stars as Emily Dickinson in this William Luce play, which is based on Dickinson’s poems, letters and notes.
Elite Theatre Company, Oxnard

March 4 to May 2
Eight local artists with a shared love for nature exhibit their work in “Spring Fever.”
Galleria at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks

March 4
Moorpark Symphony Orchestra
Guest conductor Charles Fernandez leads the orchestra through works by Mozart (Symphony No. 4, “Jupiter”), Beethoven (Egmont Overture, Op. 84) and Saint-Saens (Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring soloist Alec Glass).
Moorpark Presbyterian Church, Moorpark

March 4
Jacks— and Jackson Browne
The trio with the less-than-polite name features guitarist Val McCallum, drummer Pete Thomas and bassist Davey Faragher, who first joined forces backing Vonda Shephard’ on “Ally McBeal.” Now, when individual members aren’t working with the likes of Jackson Browne, John Hiatt or Elvis Costello, they get together as Jacks—. Browne is slated to join them on this show.
The Canyon, Agoura Hills

March 4
Big Jon Atkinson
The blues musician sings, blows harp and plays guitar.
Cantara Cellars, Camarillo

March 4-5
A gentle green giant goes on a quest to rescue the feisty Princess Fiona in this musical presented by Lindero Canyon Middle School.
Performing Arts Education Center, Agoura Hills

March 4-5
“Matilda Jr.”
Performers ages 9 to 17 from High Street Arts Center’s Winter Youth Camp perform this Tony-winning British musical about an extraordinary youngster who uses her mind and imagination to take a stand and change her destiny.
High Street Arts Center, Moorpark

March 5
Dream It, Be It
This all-day conference is designed to empower girls in grades eight to 12 and inspire them to pursue their career goals and reach their full potential. Topics include: career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles, moving forward after setbacks or failures, self-acceptance and navigating stress. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Presented by Soroptimist Simi Valley.
Simi Valley Recreation and Park District, Simi Valley

March 5
Gourd Birdhouses
Learn how to turn a gourd into a birdhouse and get tips on decorating it during this seminar led by Kathleen Johnston.
Camarillo Art Center, Camarillo

March 5
Arts and Crafts Festival
The 35th annual fest features handmade works by over 30 artists and craftspeople plus children’s activities and food and drink booths.
Borchard Community Center, Newbury Park

March 5
3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament
Lighthouse Bible Church hosts this second annual round-robin tournament for two age groups: 9 to 14 and 15 to 21. Lunch will be provided and a Christian basketball coach will speak.
Lighthouse, Simi Valley

March 5
California Writers Club
Horror writer Jonathan Maberry, known for the “Joe Ledger” book series and novels like “Ghost Road Blues” and “Rot & Ruin,” gives a virtual talk titled “The Genre of You,” offering advice to writers who like to write in multiple genres.

March 5
Makers Market
The monthly event features local artisans selling glassware, needle felt creations, illustrations, stationery, jewelry, food, bags, home decor and crafts.
Simi Valley Town Center center court, Simi Way

March 5
Chick Singer Night
Jodi Farrell, Brittney Burchett, Mia Mormino, Lacie Mae and Meghan Monroe headline this show, which celebrates Women’s History Month. Proceeds benefit Food Share.
Sound Palace, Studio B, Oxnard

March 5
Winter Dance
Seventh- and eighth-graders can dress in loud ’80s-era gear at this dance and maybe win a prize. They can also groove to hip-hop and Top 40 tunes spun by DJ SLiK, play games and munch on food.
Thousand Oaks Teen Center, Thousand Oaks

March 5
Greg Hahn
A former Marine Corps captain, this stand-up comic delivers a frenetically fast set that whizzes by like a Javelin anti-tank missile.
J.R.’s Comedy Club at the Junkyard Cafe, Simi Valley

March 5
Poncho Sanchez
The percussionist whips up a fiery stew of Latin jazz and gritty soul. His album, “Trane’s Delight,” received a Grammy nomination for best Latin jazz album of 2021.
The Canyon, Agoura Hills

March 5-6
Gem, Mineral, Jewelry Arts and Fossil Show
The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society presents its 59th annual show featuring gem, mineral and fossil exhibits, jewelry and lapidary arts demonstrations, dealers, raffles and auctions, children’s activities, “secondhand treasures store” and plant sale.
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura

March 5, 18
Camarillo Fiesta Winter Concert Series
The Camarillo Fiesta Association presents Fleetwood Mac tribute band Twisted Gypsy (March 5) and Rod Stewart tribute group Rod the Mod (March 18). Proceeds benefit Rancho Campana.
Rancho Campana High School Performing Arts Center, Camarillo

March 5-26
“Collectors Choice”
Studio Channel Islands’ annual juried exhibit spotlights new works by a variety of artists. During a game-show-style lottery on the final day of the show, people who bought “Collectors Choice” tickets will get to take home one of the pieces on display. Opens with a reception March 5.
Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo

March 5 to April 3
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
Monty Navarro has a lot on his plate: a fiancee, a mistress and a scheme to knock off eight heirs so he can become the ninth Earl of Highhurst. Find out if he succeeds when Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi presents this Tony-winning musical.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Simi Valley

March 5-26
Harley’s Bowl
The bowling center presents rock band the Holy Broken (8:30 p.m. March 5), Iron Maiden tribute band Maiden USA (8:30 p.m. March 12), guitar-driven pop-rock band Kerosene Kings and Craig Adams (8:30 p.m. March 19), rock cover band JetLemons (8:30 p.m. March 25) and Aerosmith and Eagles tributes (8:30 p.m. March 26). Reggae groups play at 5 p.m. Sundays.
Harley’s Valley Bowl, Simi Valley

March 6
CROP Hunger Walk
Help end hunger one step at a time at this 44th annual event. Main walk is 4 miles; a 20-minute guided campus tour is also an option. Money raised goes to Church World Service, a cooperative ministry of 37 Christian denominations dedicated to ending food insecurity and providing safer living conditions throughout the world.
Cal Lutheran University Stadium Plaza, Thousand Oaks

March 6-27
Camarillo Art Center
“Visit Ireland” showcases the work of photographer Kelly Ornelaz. Reception is set for March 6.
Camarillo Art Center, Camarillo

March 6
“Triumph of Intereligious Unity & Multiculturalism”
Valley Outreach Synagogue celebrates 30 years of friendship and diplomatic relations between Israel and Azerbaijan in this show featuring Azerbaijani and Israeli musicians.
VOS Center for Jewish Life, Calabasas

March 6
Old-time Country/Bluegrass
Listen to classic country, authentic bluegrass and southern gospel performed live at this event presented by the Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Association.
Poinsettia Pavilion, Ventura

March 6
Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra
Young musicians in the orchestra’s Virtuosi ensemble perform sacred choral and orchestral works.
Padre Serra Parish, Camarillo

March 7
Charity Luncheon and Tournament
Meadowlark Service League’s 24th annual charity event features a Mardi Gras Carnival-style ladies’ luncheon with boutique shopping and a tennis or pickleball tournament. Proceeds benefit county charities.
Las Posas Country Club, Camarillo

March 7
“A Hero”
The society’s Monday Night Foreign Film Series features “A Hero,” Iran’s 2022 Oscar entry for best international feature film. The PG-13 film, in Persian with subtitles, tells the story of a man on a two-day leave from prison who tries to negotiate with his creditor. But things don’t go as planned.
Plaza Cinemas 14, Oxnard

March 7
Tom Cotton
The U.S. senator from Arkansas discusses the future of the Republican party as part of the Reagan Library’s “A Time for Choosing” speaker series. The talk was postponed last month due to a scheduling conflict.
Reagan Library, Simi Valley

March 7
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 light food available for purchase.
Palm Garden Hotel ballroom, Newbury Park

March 8
Camarillo Quilters Association
The association holds its monthly meeting.
Pleasant Valley Community Center, Camarillo

March 9
Quilt Lecture
The Camarillo Quilters Association presents a virtual talk by quilt expert Kathy McNeil, who shares tips on design and construction during a Zoom lecture titled “Razzle Dazzle Your Quilts.”

March 9
Organ Recital Series
Cal Lutheran University organist Adan Fernandez performs music by Buxtehude, Widor and Vierne on the 2,109- pipe Borg Petersen Memorial Organ.
Samuelson Chapel at Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

March 9
Spring Classical Choir and Orchestra Concert
Choirs and orchestras from Agoura High School and A.E. Wright and Lindero Canyon middle schools perform.
Performing Arts Education Center, Agoura Hills

March 10
“Dinosaur World Live”
This puppeteer-powered show—like “Jurassic Park,” but safer—features such prehistoric creatures as the Tyrannosaurus rex, giraffatitan, microraptor, segnosaurus and triceratops prowling across the Kavli Theatre stage. For kids 3 and older.
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

March 10
Spring Classical Wind Concert
Agoura High School’s Wind I, Wind II and Wind Honors ensembles perform with the A.E. Wright Middle School Wind Ensemble and the Lindero Canyon Middle School Concert Band.
Performing Arts Education Center, Agoura Hills

March 10
Cal Lutheran University’s ongoing series on the global history of infectious diseases continues with former CLU President Chris Kimball’s talk, “The First Modern Pandemic: Spanish Influenza.” Kimball, a history scholar, discusses how the fight against the Spanish flu became a heated political issue in the United States as some citizens balked at public healh strategies, like wearing masks.
Lundring Events Center at Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

March 10
St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland
The show, featuring high-stepping Irish dancers and fast-fingered pipers and fiddlers, promises to transport audience members to the “Emerald Isle for an unforgettable night.”
Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks

March 10-12
Oak Park High School’s International Thespian Society performs this Stephen Schwartz musical about a prince who learns the true meaning of glory, love and war. Songs include “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky.”
OPHS Pavilion, Oak Park

March 10-27
“Kinky Boots”
When Charlie inherits his father’s bankrupt shoe company, he teams up with a drag queen named Lola to manufacture a line of dazzling stilettos in this musical, featuring a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Presented by Moorpark College Theater Arts.
Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, Moorpark

March 10 and 12
Buddy Guy
The Grammy-winning Chicago blues legend, who has influenced musicians including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana, performs. Ally Venable is the opener.
March 10: The Canyon, Agoura Hills
March 12: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Agoura Hills

March 11
Creativity Class
Diane Paige leads a three-hour class designed to spark your springtime creativity. The class includes collage making, meditation and exercises from SoulCollage to help you focus on your creative process. Materials provided; bring any images that have special meaning to you.
Poppies Arts and Gifts, Ojai

March 11
Moorpark Has Talent
Amateur performers vie for cash prizes in this 11th annual community talent show. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
High Street Arts Center, Moorpark

March 11
Franzen Organ Recital
Daryl Robinson, director of organ studies at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, will perform German and French classical works from the 16th through 21st centuries, plus music he has commissioned.
Samuelson Chapel at Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

March 11
Damien Mander
The former Australian special forces soldier trained and organized an all-female anti-poaching unit in Zimbabwe that is revolutionizing the way animals are protected. He’ll discuss how these women are saving Africa’s ecosystems in a National Geographic Live! presentation titled “Akashinga: The Braves Ones.”
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

March 12
Run for Paramount Ranch
Explore the scenic trails of this longtime Hollywood filming location during a fundraiser presented by the Santa Monica Mountains Fund. Participants can take part in 10K, 5K or 1K runs; proceeds will help restore the ranch, which was heavily damaged in the 2018 Woolsey fire.
Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills

March 12
Simi Valley Blood Drive
Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley hosts a blood drive in partnership with Vitalant.
Simi Valley Public Library, Simi Valley

March 12
Growing Works Plant Sale
The nursery, which specializes in drought-tolerant plants and succulents, holds its monthly plant sale.
Growing Works, Camarillo

March 12

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Go green or go home at this annual parade, presented by Ventura Elks Lodge No. 1430. “One World, One Air, We All Share” is the environmentally friendly theme.
Main Street, midtown Ventura

March 12

Succulent Sale
Shop for succulents from 10 a.m. to noon March 12.
Camarillo Community Gardens, Ponderosa Drive and Antonio Avenue, Camarillo

March 12

John DiResta
After a dozen years spent patrolling New York City subway stations, John DiResta traded in his badge for a microphone and has been delivering his arresting brand of comedy ever since.
J.R.’s Comedy Club at the Junkyard Cafe, Simi Valley

March 12

“Live From Laurel Canyon”
From 1965 through 1976, some of America’s greatest folk-rock artists lived high above Los Angeles in rustic Laurel Canyon. This show celebrates the era and the music made by the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Carole King, James Taylor, the Mamas and the Papas, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

March 12

Monique Marvez
The comic doesn’t like her men to look “perfect.” “If you spend that much time working out, waxing, oiling and cleaning yourself up then you don’t have time to fix my car,” she says.
Oceanview Pavilion, Port Hueneme

March 12

Taj Mahal Sextet
The blues legend loves performing in front of an audience. “Live communication through music, oh yeah, it’s right up there with oxygen!” he says. Rob & Trey open the show.
The Canyon, Agoura Hills

March 12

Comedy on the Hill
Being a weatherman for nearly four decades in a “city with no weather” was a challenge for Fritz Coleman. “It’s been the same weather since the Paleolithic era,” the retired KNBC broadcaster says in his stand-up act. “But every day I had to show up in a nice suit and a pleasant smile and stand in front of my maps and go, ‘As you can see here, morning clouds and fog, hazy afternoons, sunny.’ What a surprise . . . back to you.” He’ll shower audience members with more jokes when he appears with Renee Percy and Nat Baimel in this $18-and-over show.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks

March 13
Conejo Valley Community Concert and Jazz Band
The group performs in concert.
Lindero Canyon Middle School, Agoura Hills

March 13

“Dancing With the Stars Live!”
Mirror Ball champs Iman Shumpert and Kaitlyn Bristowe and fan favorites Amanda Kloots and Jimmie Allen cha-cha and tango across the stage with dancing pros Alan Bersten, Sasha Farber, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Britt Stewart, Sofia Ghavami and Koko Iwasaki.
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

March 13

Al Di Meola
The guitar great received the National Guitar Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award in January. The museum hailed him for his “extraordinary guitar musicianship” over the past four decades as he moved from jazz fusion and rock to world music and pop.
The Canyon, Agoura Hills

March 13

Il Divo
The classical crossover vocal group is forging on with its tour following the death in December of member Carlos Marin, who died of COVID at age 53. Together with guest vocalist Steven Labrie, they’ll pay tribute to Marin and perform songs from their latest album, “For Once in My Life,” which features their own spin on Motown hits like Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and the Temptations’ “My Girl.”
Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, Oxnard

March 15
“Stem Cell Cancer Research and Treatment: The Future of Medical Innovation”
Santa Susana High School’s applied science department presents Dr. Suraiya Rasheed, a USC researcher and lecturer specializing in pathology and viral oncology, as part of its eighth annual Distinguished Speaker Series. Rasheed will discuss breakthroughs in stem cell cancer research and three SSHS students will give presentations on topics such as cancer tumor relapse and immunotherapy. The event is being organized by SSHS senior Sumaiya Akbar.
Santa Susana High School Performing Arts Center, Simi Valley.

March 16
Medal of Honor Forum
Several recipients of the Medal of Honor—the highest military honor awarded in the United States—will share their stories of courage and sacrifice. After the talk, they’ll sign copies of “Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty.”
Reagan Library, Simi Valley

March 16

Jeff Maulhardt
The historian, author of “Oxnard (Past and Present),” explores the city’s history and his role in helping create the Oxnard Historic Farm Park Foundation in a talk titled “Preserving History Through Books and a Museum.”
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard

March 16

“Love, Dolly”
Kim Eberhardt celebrates the life and career of country music legend Dolly Parton, performing hits like “Jolene,” “9 to 5” and “I Will Always Love You.”
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Simi Valley

March 16 to April 3

“The Gin Game”
JoBeth Williams (“The Big Chill,” “Poltergeist”) and Joe Spano (“Hill Street Blues) star in this dramatic comedy, which uses the card game as a metaphor for life.
Rubicon Theatre, Ventura

March 17
Channel Islands Gulls
The group’s March luncheon is a fundraiser for Project Understanding tutoring centers, which provide extra instruction for students in grades K-5. Email for reservations.
Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, Oxnard

March 17
St. Patrick’s Day Lunch
Celebrate Ronald Reagan’s Irish roots at this luncheon, which features performances by Cleary Irish Dance and bagpiper Harry Farrar. After lunch, go on a self-guided tour of the Reagan Library, Air Force One and grab a snack from the Reagan Pub, which features signage, decor and other artifacts imported from the original Reagan Pub in Reagan’s ancestral home of Ballyporeen, Ireland.
Reagan Library, Simi Valley

March 17
Purim in the Palace
Celebrate the Jewish Feast of Lots at this “royal ball” featuring an interactive Megillah reading, entertainment, a Purim feast, beauty pageant, storytelling, crafts and a chance to paint and groom the king’s horse.
Chabad of Moorpark Jewish Center, Moorpark

March 17
Disney Spectacular Concert
Moorpark High School’s Vocal Arts program celebrates more than eight decades of Disney music, from “Mary Poppins” and “The Lion King” to “Aladdin” and more recent hits.
Moorpark High Performing Arts Center, Moorpark

March 17

“Das Experiment”
In this 2001 thriller, a psychological experiment about power and control goes horribly wrong. In German with English subtitles.
Richter Hall 100 at Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

March 17
St. Patrick’s Day Concert
Irish tenor Paul Byrom, a former member of the singing group Celtic Thunder, performs a solo show. His latest album, “By Contrast,” features songs made famous by singer-songwriters from all over Ireland. Food and drinks available. Meet-and-greet available.
Cantara Cellars, Camarillo

March 18 and April 1
Mindfulness Group
Mindfulness practitioner Jimbo leads afternoon sessions on the first and third Fridays of the month to help people boost their grades, workplace productivity and personal relationships.
Ojai Library, Ojai
(805) 218-9146

March 18-19
Dance students at Santa Susana High School perform.
Santa Susana High, Simi Valley

March 18

Kathleen Madigan
The comic brings her “Do You Have Any Ranch?” tour to town.
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

March 18 to April 3

“A Bench in the Shade”
Annie is engaged to Paul, but that doesn’t stop her from becoming very intrigued when an Italian actor named Roberto moves into the same retirement community. Ron Clark’s comedy explores the romantic fallout.
South Stage at the Elite Theatre Company, Oxnard

March 18 to April 10

“Steel Magnolias”
Hanging out together in the beauty parlor, tightknit friends share gossip and confront life’s unforeseen tragedies.
Ojai Art Center Theater, Ojai

March 19
Donate Eyeglasses
The Camarillo Amber’s Light Lions Club collects used prescription eyeglasses, recycles them and donates them for free to those in need. Information:
Farmers Market, Old Town Camarillo

March 19
Spring Trail Work Day
Help improve trails and repair erosion damage during this annual Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency event. Wear sturdy shoes, bring own water bottle. Volunteers will be treated to lunch.
Wildwood Regional Park, Thousand Oaks

March 19
Monarch Madness
Monarch butterflies and their habitat play an important role in keeping Ventura County’s ecosystem healthy. At this family friendly event, volunteers can plant pollinator plants like native narrowleaf milkweed to establish new habitat for migrating monarchs and other insects, birds, and mammals. Guests will also have the opportunity to take home plants and seeds and kids can take part in art and science activities. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, hat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle.
Hayden Teaching Preserve, Ventura

March 19
Spring Plant Sale
Bromeliads, orchids and succulents are on sale along with a variety of collectibles.
Dudley House Museum, Ventura

March 19

Loaves and Fishes
St. Jude the Apostle Church is collecting nonperishable food and CRV recycling items during this drive-thru collection event, which is held the third Saturday of every month.
St. Jude, Westlake Village

March 19-20, 26-27

Spring Spectacular
Talented critters strut their stuff in variety shows produced by Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management program. You can also watch Ira the Lion pad around his kingdom, take part in animal meet-and-greets and explore different education stations.
America’s Teaching Zoo, Moorpark

March 19

A Faery Hunt
The children’s theater group presents a gentle musical adventure filled with fairies and funny creatures.
Corriganville Park, Simi Valley

March 19

Kidney Awareness Kickoff
Listen to music and learn about the importance of kidney health at this event. It’s being sponsored by Team Vikki, which is working to find potential kidney donors for Victoria Wright, who has been diagnosed with hereditary polycistic kidney disease.
Butch’s Custom Cycles, Simi Valley

March 19

Bark in the Park
The Fido-friendly fun fest features small dog races, performances by the Sky High Flying Canines, pet adoptions, dog exhibits, vendor booths and food trucks.
Conejo Creek Park North, Thousand Oaks

March 19

Holi: Festival of Colors
The India Cultural Society presents this celebration featuring music, lunch, Chai and colors. Holi is an ancient Hindu event honoring Radha Krishna.
Oak Canyon Community Park, Oak Park

March 19
Rudy Ramos
The longtime Hollywood actor, who has had recurring roles on such series as “The High Chaparral,” “Hunter” and now “Yellowstone,” looks back at his nearly six-decade career.
McCrea Ranch, Thousand Oaks

March 19
Beer March
Sample craft brews, wine and spirits as you visit participating eateries and retail locations along Ventura Boulevard in Old Town Camarillo. The seventh annual event also features live music.
Camarillo Gun Store or American Legion Post 741, Camarillo

March 19

Family Art Day
Make landscape dioramas using recycled and found objects during this workshop.
California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, The Oaks mall, Thousand Oaks

March 19

Simi Valley Movie Night
Kick back under the stars and watch Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt careen down the Amazon in the Disney action-adventure flick “Jungle Cruise.” Bring blankets, pillows, popcorn. Food trucks—Takiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream, Makenna Koffee Company and Offroad Club—will be on-site.
Dirt lot/Field 5 at Rancho Santa Susana Park, Simi Valley

March 19

ABBA Tribute
Calling all dancing queens: ABBA L.A. performs some of the Swedish group’s biggest hits, from “S.O.S.” and “Waterloo” to “Fernando” and “Super Trouper.”
Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks

March 19

Tommy Savitt
On his way to becoming a comedian, Tommy Savitt exterminated bugs, quit Marine Corps boot camp and worked as a real estate lawyer in Queens, New York. Now he’s transformed himself into Tommy Lama, a “master healer” who dispenses questionable life advice.
J.R.’s Comedy Club at the Junkyard Cafe, Simi Valley

March 19

Concert in the Gallery
Studio Channel Islands opens its concert series with “Emergence,” a show featuring two emerging musicians: tenor Matthew Miles and soprano Natalie Buickians. They’ll be joined by two established artists: pianist Armen Guzelimian and cellist Yoshika Masuda. VIP tickets include preferred seating, a bottle of wine and a meet-and-greet with the artists.
Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo

March 19 and 26

“Polly Wants a Curtain Call”
A pirate’s life isn’t for Polly, so this Shakespeare-reciting, gluten-intolerant parrot flies off to pursue an acting career in “Pollywood.” When the pirates discover she’s run away, they decide to change their scoundrel ways. Presented by Young Artists Ensemble’s Hillcrest Players.
Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Thousand Oaks

March 20
Bowls of Hope
Many Mansions’ annual event raises awareness about the need for affordable housing and raises funds for programs that serve formerly homeless veterans, seniors and families. Attendees buy a handcrafted bowl and choose from an array of soups donated by local restaurants. Presentations, crafts and games also will be featured.
Kingsmen Park at Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

March 20

Camerata Pacifica
The chamber music ensemble performs Zgraja’s Virtuoso Flamenco Study No. 1 for Flute Solo; Reinecke’s Trio, Op. 188; Fagerlund’s Woodlands for Solo Bassoon; Dutilleux’s Sonarina for Flute & Piano and Harbison’s Quintet for Winds.
Museum of Ventura County, Ventura

March 20

The Mexican rapper, known for hits like “Esta Vida Me Encanta” and “Somos De Barrio,” performs with Young Quicks.
Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Oxnard

March 20

Classical Guitar Duo
Aspen Music Festival veterans Ron Borczon, a music professor at Cal State Northridge, and Bill Arey are back together after more than three decades apart. Their set list will no doubt include tracks from their 1988 album “Transcriptions for Two Guitars,” which featured works by Bach, Debussy, De Falla and Scarlatti.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Simi Valley

March 20
Film History of the Conejo Valley
Learn about the area’s big role in Hollywood moviemaking during this event presented by the Goebel Senior Center Commission. Tickets available at the Goebel Center front desk.
Goebel Adult Community Center, Thousand Oaks
(805) 381-2744

March 21
Conejo Valley Quilters
Aerospace engineer-turned-quilter Yvonne Fuchs gives a virtual talk titled “Aurifilosophy,” discussing the merits of using Aurifil thread. She’ll cover weight and ply, spool positioning, bobbin thread weight considerations, needles and tension settings.

March 24
am ‘n Ash CD Release Party
“Echo Summit,” the new folk CD from accordionist Samantha Harvey and mandolinist Ashley Hoyer, mixes Irish, French, Finnish and Galician rhythms with a bit of jazz. Make reservations at
Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room, Ojai

March 24-27
“South Pacific”
War and prejudice are no match for the power of love in this Tony-winning Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, which features such classic songs as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” and “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.”
Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks

March 24-26
“An American Journey”

This exhibit and panel discussion presented by the Juneteenth Celebration of Ventura County takes a “raw, unblinking” look at the Black experience in America and showcases more than 10,000 artifacts, including shackles, a child’s Ku Klux Klan outfit and vintage signs that read “Colored Only.” These “Forgotten Images” were collected by Oxnard native David McLucas and his wife, Sharon. “Most exhibits are politically correct; our exhibit is in your face,” David McLucas has said.
Exhibit, March 24-26:  John Spoor Broome Library at CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo
Panel/audience discussion, March 26: Grand Salon at CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo

March 25 to April 16
“Bye Bye Birdie”
In this loving send-up of 1950s-era teenagers, small-town America and rock ‘n’ roll, pop idol Conrad Birdie chooses all-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss before he joins the Army. The tuneful Lee Adams/Charles Strouse score includes such songs as “Put on a Happy Face,” “Kids” and “Honestly Sincere.”
Conejo Players Theatre, Thousand Oaks

March 25-27
“Inherit the Wind”
Literature in Action, Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi’s play production program for teens ages 13 to 18, stages Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s landmark play pitting science against religion. The play is loosely based on the John Scopes “monkey trial” in which Scopes, a high school teacher in 1925 Tennessee, is accused of violating a state ordinance prohibiting the teaching of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
ARTSpace Black Box Theater, Simi Valley

March 25

American Hunks
Ripped physiques and chiseled cheekbones are on full display when the members of this all-male revue sing, dance and strip. The 21-and-over show, producers say, is “the perfect girls’ night out.”
Oceanview Production Studios, Port Hueneme

March 25

John Mayall
The British blues guitar icon is starting to wind up his days as a touring musician. Catch him while you can as he promotes his latest album” Nobody Told Me.”
The Canyon, Agoura Hills

March 25

Adrián Uribe and Adal Ramones
The comedians mix stand-up and skits as they bring their ChavoRucos tour to America.
Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Oxnard

March 26
Poker Run
This 70-mile motorcycle ride along the coast, presented by Soroptimist International of Conejo Valley, includes stops at the Rock Store and Sagebrush Cantina. Proceeds benefit human trafficking awareness and assistance efforts in Ventura County.
Ventura Harley-Davidson, Camarillo

March 26

Malibu Creek Walk
Take an easy, 2½-hour walk along Malibu Creek as a docent discusses the area’s animals, plants and movie-making past. Meet at the Main Trailhead parking lot (the second, lower lot) by the restrooms. Rain cancels.
Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas

March 26

Pablo Francisco
The comic is known for his dead-on impressions, from the colorful characters on Spanish-language soap operas to Arnold Schwarzenegger as a tortilla vendor.
J.R.’s Comedy Club at the Junkyard Cafe, Simi Valley

March 26
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 following the swap meet at nearby Santa Susana Depot.
Santa Susana Park Pavilion, Simi Valley

March 26

Del Amitri
The Scottish alt-rock band is mixing hits like “Nothing Ever Happens,” “Always the Last to Know” and “Roll to Me” with tunes from its latest album, 2021’s “Fatal Mistakes.”
The Canyon, Agoura Hills

March 26
Square and Round Dance
Mike Seastrom is the caller at this event presented by Buckles and Bows Square Dance Club.
Goebel Adult Community Center, Thousand Oaks

March 27
Casting Clinic
Learn to expertly cast a fly rod during this Conejo Valley Fly Fishers event. Email
Oakbrook Neighborhood Park, Thousand Oaks

March 27
Topanga Vintage Market
This monthly market features 200 vintage vendors, artisans and food trucks.
Pierce College, Woodland Hills

March 27

John Garofolo
The longtime Ventura County resident, a veteran who provided security and escorted the media into Iraq during the initial phase of the Iraq War, gives a talk as part of Stagecoach Inn Museum’s speaker series. He is the author of the book “Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First Female American War Correspondent Killed in Action.”
Stagecoach Inn Museum, Newbury Park

March 27

Landscape for a Changing Climate
Sustainable landscape expert Dani Brusius offers tips on making landscapes more Earth-friendly, from planning a fire-resistant landscape to identifying soils that help improve irrigation practices.
California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks at The Oaks mall, Thousand Oaks

March 27

Piff the Magic Dragon
Clad in a green dragon onesie, Piff breathes comic fire . . . rattling off acerbic commentary about life that has helped him become the “No. 1 magic performing dragon currently working in Las Vegas with a tiny dog.”
Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks

March 27

Celebration of Whales
Honor the majesty of these undersea creatures at this 23rd annual outdoor event featuring family friendly activities, chalk art, contests, whale facts and educational booths.
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard

March 30
Classical Guitar Society
Guitar enthusiasts from around the county meet monthly to share the joy of guitar music. This month’s guest artist is Hugo Nogueira, winner of the 2011 American Guitar Society competition in Los Angeles.
Pleasant Valley Senior Center, Camarillo

March 30
Successful Aging
The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation’s 18th annual Senior Congress forum offers presentations on “Healthy Aging Through Nutrition,” “Aging in Place vs. Choosing a Care Community,” “The Future of Medicine” and “Fitness for Successful Aging.”
Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, O’Riley Hall, Westlake Village

March 31

“Comedy for a Cause”
Comedians Greg Wilson, Francisco Ramos, Fatima Taliah, Luz Pazos, Sally Mullins and Franklin Yi perform a benefit for Bay Laurel Elementary School. Adam Freeman hosts.
Six Chow House, Calabasas

March 31 to April 2
Rodgers and Hammerstein put their own musical spin on this fairy-tale classic for a 1957 television production that was watched by more than 107 million people. Agoura High School theater students are performing the 2013 Broadway version, which featured more songs and an updated book.
Performing Arts Education Center, Agoura Hills

March 31 to April 3

Marlon Wayans
The actor, who played Aretha Franklin’s first husband, Ted White, in the 2021 biopic “Respect,” flexes his comedy chops during a six-show stand. When he’s on stage, he told the Detroit News recently, it feels like therapy. “I try to make light of all the dark things in my life,” he says.
Levity Live, Oxnard

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