Dancing To Make A Difference

As sponsors of the third annual “Dancing Under the Stars” fundraiser, the Arthur Murray Studios of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Thousand Oaks have put its own twist on the popular TV show "Dancing with the Stars". The event will be held on Sunday, August 23rd to benefit local Community Mediation Programs that assist youth in the Tri-Counties. The highlight of the evening is going to be a dance off featuring local celebrities paired with Arthur Murray dance instructors competing for the title of overall champion and various other awards.

“I was amazed at what they were able to do with my very uninformed body and kooky dance moves… but wow, I learned lots and has a great time,” stated Mark Whitehurst, Publisher of CASA Magazine and a dancer in last years competition. “I hardly knew I was learning lots about dancing. Adding this type of movement and music to my life was wonderful.”

A previous “Dancing Under the Stars” Champion, Maureen “Mo” McFadden (owner of McFadden & McFadden Entertainment P.R.), says the event was "The most fun I've had that was legal in a long time. No really, I highly recommend it for fun, self-esteem, and being able to touch your toes!" CONTINUED »


“Dolphins of the Prairie” by Nance Hodge, acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24”
“Dolphins of the Prairie” by Nance Hodge, acrylic on canvas, 18” x 24”
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Nancy Hodge’s “Cowgirl/Horse Art” solo show at the Harbor Village Gallery runs from July 22 to August 24, 2009. Artist Reception is Friday, July 24, 2009 from 5 – 8pm.

Giddy-up all you cowgirls, tie up your horse at the Ventura Harbor and trot to the Harbor Village Gallery for a collection of original paintings and mixed media images of Nancy Hodge. Motivational Southern dames, mouthy broads and inspirational sisterhood offer up their uplifting messages on original cowgirl-inspired art. The horses they ride are not only a means for transportation around the ranch, but a vehicle representing strength and freedom. The powerful words these horses and women share are Hodge’s encouraging offerings to anyone who might not be holding their head as high as they should be.

Since a young girl Nancy was inspired to create. Her images were more anatomical and studious during her studies at Kent State. But, since moving to California and attending antique collectable and western rodeo shows, Hodge began roping cowgirls and horses into her paintings. Hodge’s loose style and whimsical strokes are created with various mediums. Many of which bring a hopeful or upbeat saying that have caught the eyes of breast cancer Survivors, Doctors who hang them in their waiting rooms and even the talented cowgirl and country western singer Tanya Tucker! CONTINUED »


July 31 - August 1

Experience hot air balloons illuminate at sunset, or ascend in the morning air against a spectacular backdrop of citrus orchards and field crops. Relax and enjoy the Wine and Beer Garden, live music, unique children’s activities, art, vendors, and activities for all ages. Details at: www.citrusclassicballoons.com.

Save money and support the educational and preservation efforts of the Rancho Camulos Museum by purchasing advance tickets for the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival at the Rancho Camulos Museum or fruit stand or by ordering from 805-521-1501 or ranchocamulos@earthlink.net. Daily tickets are Adults: $7; Children 5-14: $3; and special parking $7. This is a discount from the gate price of $10/$5.


“I Only Want What I Ain’t Got”, acrylic, collage, charcoal, alcohol inks on canvas, 30” x 48”, but Inés Monguiό.
“I Only Want What I Ain’t Got”, acrylic, collage, charcoal, alcohol inks on canvas, 30” x 48”, but Inés Monguiό.
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“Telling Stories,” a solo exhibit by Inés Monguiό will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from July 21 – August 15, 2009. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 4 – 7 pm.

Each of Monguiό’s images is a celebration of the human experience: relationships, loss, change, struggles and victories are all depicted on canvas and paper. Her medium ranges from acrylic and mixed media to monotype, monoprints with chine collé elements. Monguiό is adept at weaving her well-balanced abstract and figurative imagery into stories that are part of mankind’s universal mythology.

Monguiό was born in Southern Spain. Says Monguiό , “Making marks was an urgent need for me as a child, almost physical. I remember going to my father’s study for the white thick paper he kept there and shouting ‘Papa! I need to paint!’” CONTINUED »



Sunday Gathering
July 26, 2 – 4 pm
Admission Free

The Ojai Valley Museum’s Sunday Gathering on July 26, from 2 – 4 pm, will feature a presentation and book signing with Ojai author Elise DePuydt who has recently launched an Ojai art and history book titled: A Photo Guide to Fountains and Sculpture of Ojai: Art, History & Architecture. The book is a valuable guide to publicly viewable art and historical places of the Ojai Valley. It has over 200 beautiful full-color photos taken by the author and a collection of historical black and white photos.

In 2003 the City of Ojai established the Public Art Program and since then many fountains, sculptures and other artwork have appeared on the local scene. Combined with older pieces, the City has accumulated an impressive array of public art. DePuydt, who has been living in Ojai since 2000, became so inspired about the lovely work appearing in the valley that she felt compelled to create this photography book. CONTINUED »



On Sunday, August 16th at 3 PM, the Santa Paula Theater Center will present a concert titled "Meet the Composer", featuring the music of John Biggs. The concert will be informal, with Mr. Biggs speaking directly to the audience about his music. With an international reputation, his music has also been performed locally by the New West, Santa Barbara, Conejo, and Ventura Symphony Orchestras; his choral music by the Ventura County Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Choral Society, Gold Coast Concert Chorus, and at the Ojai Festival; his chamber music at the Ventura Chamber Music Festival. His two operas were premiered by the Ventura College Opera Workshop. Eleven performers will come together for this concert of chamber music, including two premieres. Tickets are $15.00, and reservations may be made on line at santapaulatheatercenter.org - or by phone at 805/525-4645.

July 31 – August 1, 2009
Shuttle Route Map
Shuttle Route Map
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SANTA PAULA, CALIF.--Spectators can experience approximately 25 hot air balloons illuminate at sunset, ascend in the morning to compete in a race through the agricultural corridor of Heritage Valley toward the Pacific Ocean during the Second Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival, July 31 through August 1, in Santa Paula. The festival will also feature live music, wine and beer garden, a youth soccer clinic, car show, kids' activities, tethered balloon rides, art and craft vendors and food and souvenir booths. The festival will be held at Santa Paula’s East Area 1 (Teague McKevett Ranch, 18249 East Telegraph Road via Highway 126).

The festival begins on Friday, July 31 at 5:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy dinner items from food vendors. Fantastic wine selections by Southern Wine & Spirits are presented in a rustic wine & beer garden. Guests can browse over 30 booths of arts, crafts and souvenirs to the sounds of live musical entertainment. Children will delight in Time Warner’s Kids Activity Korral, with new “Einstein’s Got Juice” interactive science and technology displays on solar energy, wind power and citrus-powered batteries. WOW Inflatables’ Titanic inflatable slide and other jolly jumps, kiddie trains, face painting, roping demonstrations and frisbees round out the diverse offering for youth.

When winds calm, and the sun starts to set, Ventura County deejay Bruce Barrios kicks off the Evening Balloon Glow. Hot air balloons inflate, then illuminate at dusk.* "It’s a magical sight with a once-in-a-lifetime feeling," says Carla Edwards, event organizer. "Visitors are welcome to stroll the balloon arena to view the tethered, 'glowing' balloons up close, and talk with balloon pilots. A special treat for children are the animal and fruit-shaped balloons. “

Gates open at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 1 to allow time to get coffee and breakfast items from vendors, set up photography equipment, or to place lawn chairs for the best views of the 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Mass Balloon Ascension* One by one, balloons inflate and ascend into the morning skies, framed against the quintessential Southern California backdrop of citrus orchards, palm trees and rolling hills. The balloons compete in the Hare & Hound Balloon Competition and fly towards the Pacific Ocean. Special shape balloons do not participate in the race. They remain inflated and tethered on site so spectators can be view them up-close and talk with the pilots. CONTINUED »


The Santa Paula Theater Center will celebrate the lazy days of summer with the socio-political comedy CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM by Mark St. Germain from June 26 - August 2, 2009. Performances are at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 4 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $18 for Adults, $15 for Seniors 55 and above and Students, and $12 for Children 12 & Under. For ticket information, call the box office at 805-525-4645 or visit www.santapaulatheatercenter.org

It is a known fact that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison took yearly camping trips in the Maryland woods each summer. It is also a known fact that in 1921, President Warren Harding went along on that trip. Inspired by these actual events, CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM is an exploration of friendship, politics, and leadership as it examines what might have actually transpired in those woods. Harding's plan to elude the Secret Service for a brief visit with old friends during the camping trip goes awry when the car they are traveling in collides with a deer. Stranded until the security detail catches on to their plan, niceties are brushed aside for these three living legends and the power struggle begins. Hidden agendas, secret liaisons, and unexpected twists combine for both a comedic and dramatic clash of two great minds and one great heart of the twentieth century.

Featured in the cast of notables are three veteran stage actors known for their work on many stages throughout the county. Ronald Rezac tackles the role of business tycoon Henry Ford while SPTC Artistic Director David Ralphe takes on the wit and wile of Thomas Edison. Howard Leader steps into the polished shoes of President Warren Harding. Rounding out the cast will be Richard Yager as Colonel Starling. CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM will be directed by Tom Eubanks with Leslie Nichols producing. Scenic design will be by Will Shupe with lighting design by Gary Richardson. Barbara Pedziwiatr will costume the show.

For more information about CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM or about the Santa Paula Theater Center, call the box office at 805-525-4645 or visit www.santapaulatheatercenter.org

June 26 – August 2, 2009
Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sunday at 4 pm
Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 South 7th Street Santa Paula, CA 93060
Daphne Du Maurier’s classic English mystery. Tickets are $18 Adults, $15 Seniors & Students, and $12 Children 12 & under. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at (805) 525-4645 or through www.santapaulatheatercenter.org


You are invited to the Ventura Film Festival beach party celebration.
Come join everyone in celebrating the end of the 2009 Ventura Film Festival.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

RSVP for location

See you all there!
Bring your own food/drinks, towel, surf board, toys.


If you’re looking for the serenity and beauty of mountains, lakes and meadows, consider joining the Museum of Ventura County’s five-day motor coach tour through the Sierras this summer, August 26 - 30. See Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Mountain and the Mammoth Lakes Basin, Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Meadows, June Lake and the Devils Postpile.

Beginning from a free-parking departure point in Ventura, the trip includes three nights at Mammoth Mountain Inn and one night at Yosemite View Lodge, plus admissions and park fees, two meals and sightseeing with a professional tour director. The tour cost is $655 per person for double occupancy, $855 for single, $550 for triple.

For information and reservations, contact Danielle Martell at the Museum of Ventura County, (805) 641-1876, ext 305; or membership@venturamuseum.com. For a detailed itinerary and trip insurance information, go to http:/www.californiadiscovery.com

Website Announces Complete Musical Line-up

June 24, 2009 (VENTURA COUNTY) The Ventura County Fair has launched it’s new website at www.venturacountyfair.org. Visitors to the site are immediately greeted by a slideshow of the 2009 Grandstand Entertainment series and a twinkling fireworks display.

“We are proud of our new website and think visitors will find it enjoyable and easy to navigate,” said Barbara Quaid, CEO of the Ventura County Fairgrounds, adding “we hope folks will spend time enjoying all of the news and information about how to enter in the different departments, how to save money with the Special Admission Days and of course to find out what performers will be playing in our popular entertainment series!”

Grandstand Entertainment brings thousands of fairgoers together every year to sing, dance and see their favorite performers live in concert. This year the Ventura County Fair lineup is presented by Best Buy and includes a variety of live performances in several different musical genres. CONTINUED »

9am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, July 18 & 19, 2009

The 25th Annual Ojai Peddler's Fair is being held from 9am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, July 18 & 19, 2009. Located in the Chaparral Auditorium at 414 E. Ojai Ave., in downtown Ojai CA. Parking is free in the adjacent Municipal parking lot, and admission is always free.

Held rain or shine, the Peddler's Fair is chock-full of quality antiques, collectibles, handcrafts and international crafts.

This is a benefit for the Mira Monte PTO.

Vendors are sought.

For more information, please contact Pat at 805-964-8915.


Ventura, CA. - The Ventura Film Festival has announced that the Ventura County premiere of the highly anticipated documentary film, Bustin' Down the Door, will take place at this year's festival, on July 5th at 2pm, at the Majestic Ventura Theater. The film features narration by Academy Award Nominee Edward Norton and a period soundtrack that includes The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Queen, Leonard Cohen and others.

In attendace at the even will be Ian Cairns, founder of surfings ASP and OP Pro, and Surfing's first World Champion Peter "PT" Townend. They will be available for QA and signing autographs at the VIP party at the Riviera Bistro.

Also screening at the Ventura Film Festival are films such as The Endless Summer, Riding Giants, Waterman, The Women and the Waves, Mango Tango, 400 Years of the Telescope, MOMz Hot ROCKs, From River To Sea, Blue Green, Playing For Change: Peace Through Music, Fierce Light, Live: A Music And Surfing Experience, and other top features, documentaries, and shorts from all genres. CONTINUED »

playing at the Ventura Film Festival - July 5th

Visually stunning and deeply moving, “From River To Sea” is an emotional, heartfelt story about journeys, decisions and modern life – a story not unlike that of many women we know...

As a small glimpse into the realities of what it means to be a mother in our times, we follow Susan Fink, a filmmaker, whose life after a devastating divorce is at a crossroads. She is 36, without a home of her own, and living with her daughter in her mother's one-bedroom apartment. Her spirit is broken and the relationships with her mother and daughter have been harmed by despair and neglect. While on a trip to Eastern Europe, attempting to film the realities of post-war Jewish life, she confronts her own demons and decides to repair the damage with her mother and daughter. She transforms the journey into one of discovery and fulfillment --seeking advice from friends and family including the famous musician Peter Himmelman who also composed part of the film's score.

Shot on location in Slovakia, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, and Los Angeles, the film follows Susan, her mother, and her daughter on their travels. Using their shared Jewish tradition and her heart as a guide, Susan struggles to heal and reconnect the three generations -- searching for a way to heal herself, and bring them all back together once again.

From River to Sea will be playing in the Ventura Film Festival on Sunday July 5th at 4pm at the Majestic Theater. The director is Susan Fink. Below are links to a few pictures and the film's trailer as well as a brief synopsis.

Director Susan Fink on the road in Eastern Europe in From River to Sea

Famous musician Peter Himmelman interviewed in From River to Sea

Southern California’s finest artists to participate in two July and August outdoor festivals

OXNARD, Calif.—Channel Islands Harbor will hold the 8th Annual Fine Arts and Craft Show series 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. July 11 – 12 and Aug. 15 – 16 at the Channel Islands Harbor, on the corner of Channel Islands Blvd. and Harbor Blvd. The outdoor festival is free and open to the public.

The event will feature original works of art consisting of acrylics, etchings, photography, oils, watercolors and sculptures. Visitors will also be able to choose from a number of high-quality crafts, including ceramics, stained glass, woodcrafts, jewelry and gift items.

This event is produced by West Coast Artists, which has presented fine art shows throughout Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada since 1983.

For more information about the 8th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Show series, visit the Channel Islands Harbor’s Web site, www.channelislandsharbor.org.

The Channel Islands Harbor Fine Arts and Crafts Show Series is presented for the benefit of the community by the Channel Islands Harbor Foundation, Inc., a California nonprofit corporation.

Channel Islands Harbor serves as a center of recreation, boating, shopping and water sports activities. The harbor is home to three yacht clubs and nine full-service marinas that provide berths for 2,150 boats. It also hosts the Ventura County Maritime Museum. Located at Fisherman’s Wharf, the museum is a cultural center dedicated to the interpretation of maritime history through interactive exhibits and educational outreach.

“Cityscape Triptych”, fused glass by Frances Elson
“Cityscape Triptych”, fused glass by Frances Elson
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“Fusion: The Art and Craft of Warm Glass,” a solo exhibit by Frances Elson will be at the Buenaventura Gallery from June 23 through July 18, 2009. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, June 27 from 4 – 7 pm.
Elson has always loved any art form involving glass and has been working with glass for five years. Elson has fabricated plenty of tableware, tiles and gift items, but for her first solo exhibit at the Buenaventura Gallery, she is utilizing her skills to create sculptures and two-dimensional scenic work as well. Her Cityscape Triptych has recognizable forms, yet Elson playfully verges on abstract with shapes and color. Elson calls her work “a world of color and design: solid and fluid,” and Cityscape Triptych defines her statement.
Elson has her Masters Degree in Social Work and worked as a clinical therapist. After a move to California, she taught Social Work at UCSB extension while doing clinical work.
She had always had in interest in architecture and design and decided to pursue interior design. In 1975, she opened her own design studio and became a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
A move to Somis led Elson to pursue glass art. As Elson notes, “Twenty-five years in the profession of interior design has afforded me exposure to many fine art disciplines and to countless beautiful examples of the blending of fine art with excellent craftsmanship.”
The Buenaventura Gallery is located at 700 E Santa Clara St. in downtown Ventura. Hours are Tues – Friday from noon – 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, visit their website at www.BuenaventuraGallery.org. Buenaventura Art Association is celebrating 55 years of great art!

Appaloosa, lithograph by Frank Romero. From the Collection of John and Sylvia White. Art photographed by Bill Dewey.
Appaloosa, lithograph by Frank Romero. From the Collection of John and Sylvia White. Art photographed by Bill Dewey.
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Equine Exhibit Features Work by 14 Contemporary American Artists
Person on Horse and Person Falling From Horse(With Audience),2002, print by John Baldessari. From the Collection of John and Sylvia White.  Art photographed by Bill Dewey.
Person on Horse and Person Falling From Horse(With Audience),2002, print by John Baldessari. From the Collection of John and Sylvia White. Art photographed by Bill Dewey.
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Museum of Ventura County - July 18-September 7

Horses are viewed from unexpected perspectives by 14 contemporary American artists in the exhibition They Paint Horses, Don’t They? at the Museum of Ventura County, from July 18 through September 7. An opening reception, free to the public, is on Friday, July 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. RSVP (805) 653-0323 x 10.

The works by John Baldessari, Squeak Carnwath, Steve Galloway, Pamela Joseph, Charles Marburg, Leticia Ortega, Judith Palmer, Joseph Piccillo, Curtis Ripley, Frank Romero, Denny Ryus, Alexis Smith, John M. White, and William Wiley are from the personal collection of John and Sylvia White, and include paintings, lithographs, prints, monoprints, mixed media, drawings and collages.

On Saturday, August 1 at 4:00 p.m., artist advisor, gallery owner and equestrian Sylvia White will do a gallery walk and talk about her collection.

An accompanying exhibition, Amazing Horses A to Z, includes historical photographs and artifacts related to horses, from the museum’s collection. It also runs through September 7.

Museum of Ventura County is at 89 South California Street, Ventura. Open Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday -Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission, except for some events. (805) 653-0323 or go to http://www.venturamuseum.org.

Incredible Classics To Modern Marvels

The California Oil Museum is pleased to announce the exciting new exhibit, “Italian Motorcycles: Incredible Classics to Modern Marvels” opening July 3rd and will run through September 27th. Opening Reception will be Friday, July 3rd from 4-7pm at the California Oil Museum 1001 E. Main St., Santa Paula, California. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $1 for students ages 6-17 and 5 and under are free.

The motorcycle exhibit is a collaboration of two collectors, Guy Webster and Daniel Shoenewald, whose collections are extensive. Picked from these collections are classic beauties such as a 1959 Moto Morini Corsa, a 1956 Mondial, a 1955 Ducati Silverstone Super, a 1954 Bianchi Tonale, and a 1953 MV Augusta, . In the modern selection we will be displaying a ’97 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS, a Ducati 999 Fila, a Donna Karen special ’98 Ducati 748L as well as many others.

These Italian motorcycles will take your breath away and inspire you to get the wind in your hair! CONTINUED »

Libbey Bowl rendering.
Libbey Bowl rendering.
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Sunday Gathering at the Ojai Valley Museum
Architect David Bury.
Architect David Bury.

On Sunday, June 14th the Ojai Valley Museum will offer the first public presentation of final design drawings for the Libbey Bowl reconstruction by Ojai architect David Bury. The event, organized in collaboration with the 63rd Ojai Music Festival, takes place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the museum. Reservations are suggested, as space is limited. Please call (805) 640-1390. The cost for this event is $6 for museum members or $8 for non-members.

Mr. Bury will present renderings of the proposed new design, share historic photos, and offer a question and answer session regarding this important community project. The rebuilding is designed with sensitivity for the Bowl’s natural surroundings, its symbolism of the Ojai creative spirit and the unique qualities of the venue’s events and gatherings. CONTINUED »


Families can enjoy free musical performances in outdoor twilight setting; wide range of genres scheduled, with fine restaurants nearby for a complete evening

SIMI VALLEY – Simi Valley Town Center announces its third-annual outdoor concert series, “Summer Concerts al fresco,” featuring 15 musical performances from June 4 to September 10 ranging from Latin jazz to swing, zydeco and rock.

Added this summer is a beer garden, to raise funds to support local nonprofit organizations in the community.

The shows are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. each Thursday starting June 4, in Center Court at Town Center , 1555 Simi Town Center Way . Each performance is free, and visitors can bring their own blankets and chairs.

“Late-week, nighttime gatherings are a neat way to kick off summer weekends,” said Leticia Wilson, director of marketing for Simi Valley Town Center . “All the scheduled musical acts are family-friendly, and each week we present a totally different genre of music to enjoy.” CONTINUED »