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HAPPENINGS | Sept. 2-9, 2021 – VC Reporter | Times Media Group

PORCH GALLERY Through Sept. 20. John Millei: Works on Paper, drawings, collages and paintings that blur the boundaries between representation and abstraction. 310 E. Matilija Ave., Ojai, 805-620-7589,

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FROM SPACE SCIENCE TO THE EMERGING SPACE ECONOMY: A PERSONAL JOURNEY | 8-9 a.m. online FREE. Dr. Leon Alkalai, CEO of Mandala Space Ventures and Continuum Space Systems and GP of Explorer 1 Ventura Fund, will share his personal journey from a career with NASA’s JPL in robotic space exploration and space science to space entrepreneurship. His talk will include the opportunities in the emerging lunar and cis-lunar economy including resource prospecting and utilization, human habitation and long-term utilzation of the moon for research and economic development. A presentation of the Ventura County Chapter of the Aerospace and Defense Forum. Details and registration online at: 

CONVERSATIONS WITH RUTH | Doors open at 4:30 p.m., event starts at 5 p.m. Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives Ruth Luevanos is hosting an event for the public to meet her and talk about issues they are concerns with. FREE. RSVP requested HERE. Space is limited. 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley. 

OJAI POTTERY AND CLAY SCHOOL | Various weekly classes. Fall classes are beginning for throwers and hand builders of all experience levels. Classes start Sept. 27 through Dec. 12. COVID vaccinations are required, and face covering indoor are mandatory. With class enrollment fifteen hours of studio time is available. Classes include Handbuilding, Brush up on the Basics of Throwing, Challenge Your Throwing Skills and more. 10 week sessions are $395. Clay is $30 a bag. Contact: Ojai Pottery and Clay School, 212 Fox Street, Ojai.

ASSESS YOUR CANCER RISK | 6 p.m. FREE. Hosted by Community Memorial Health System, this online seminar will help you assess your own risk for developing cancer through evaluating your genetic makeup and will be led by family medicine physician Dr. Allan Wagner and Ember Layton, a licensed and certified genetic counselor. To attend, RSVP at


THE CONNECTION BREAKFAST | 8-9:45 a.m. Come network safely at this breakfast hosted by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. Each attendee will have 20 seconds to stand and give information about their business. Bring business cards and materials to put out on the networking table. Details online HERE. Four Points by Sheraton, Ventura Harbor, 1050 Schooner Dr., Ventura. 

QUEST FOR BEAUTY | 7:30 p.m. As part of its current exhibition, Perceive Me, Studio Channel Islands Art Center (SCIART) will present an exclusive screening of Anis Film’s, ‘Quest for Beauty,’ in The film’s director Cris Saur will introduce the documentary. Tickets are free to SCIART members; $15 for nonmembers. To become a member, or for more information, visit or call the gallery at 805-383-1368, or go to Gallery, at 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo.


FARMERS MARKET AT THE COLLECTION | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fresh, farm-to-table food each week offering produce from local farms including Sow a Heart Organic Farms, Rainbow Farms and the Ranch Malibu. Located on Collection Boulevard across from The Annex Food Hall. 

FLY FISHING EVENT | 9 – 11 a.m. A FREE event to learn about flyfishing with the Sespe Flyfishers of Ventura. There is no charge and all are welcome. Whether you are an experienced fly fisher or a complete novice we want to help you learn and enjoy this great sport. If you don’t yet have a fly rod, don’t worry, just come and use one of ours. Chumash Park, Petit and Waco, in East Ventura. For more information: Bob Smith (805) 647-3522.

MAKING/GIVING ARTIST TALK | 1-2:30 p.m. Studio Channel Islands Art Center presents artists Daggi Wallace, Nurit Avesar, and Janet Milhomme, this talk will consider the parallels between making art and the giving of gifts. The Artist Talk will be an in-person event in the Blackboard Gallery, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Tickets can be purchased at Admission is free to members; $10 non-members. The “Perceive Me” exhibition will be on display through Sept. 25, 2021. For more information, visit

CRUISE AND SING NIGHT | 5 p.m. to dusk. Following the first Friday cruise night gather for casual community signing at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula, 740 E. Main St., Santa Paula.

FIRST SATURDAY BOOK SALE | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Friends of the Blanchard Library are announcing the Back Stacks Bookstore is now fully reopened during normal weekday hours. This week the book sale offers 50% off all sports books. Back Stacks Bookstore, 119 North 8th Street, Santa Paula. 


16TH ANNUAL SANTA PAULA LABOR DAY PARADE | 10 a.m. This year’s theme is Honor the Labor Force highlighting the work of COVID Essential Workers and is dedicated to the memory of Peter Wright. The parade will take place on Main Street in downtown Santa Paula. 

ROSH HASHANAH AND YOM KIPPUR SERVICES | 7 p.m. Congregation Am HaYam invites all Jews to join with them in observances. Offered in person and online via YouTube. Erev Rosh HaShanah begins Monday, September 6, at 7:00 pm. Services on the first and second days begin at 9:00 am both Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8. Please call 805-469-0268 to receive the link.For those attending services in-person, COVID protocols will be followed. All will be asked to show proof of vaccination, wear a mask, and keep socially distanced. The congregation will be reading from the traditional Machzor (the holy day prayer book) and from a special supplement prepared by Rabbi J.B. Sacks. Many prayers in both have been transliterated for those who do not read Hebrew. Rabbi Sacks, an 18th generation Rabbi, educates, elucidates, inspires, and comforts all who are in his presence. He will be joined on the pulpit this year with our rabbinic intern Maayan Lev and prayer leader Rabbi Stuart Light. CAH is associated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and is located at 4839 Market Street, Unit C (rear), Ventura 93003. Ample free parking is available. Please call 805-644-2899 for ticket or other information or see our website at


BACH AFTERNOON ORGAN RECITAL SERIES: ADAN FERNANDEZ | 12:30 p.m. This is the first of a series of free 30-minute organ concerts throughout the year. Join us for an afternoon of Baroque music from composers such as Bach, Buxtehude, Telemann and Pachelbel, presented by university organist Adan Fernandez. For information, call the Music Department at 805-493-3306 or visit Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Ln, Thousand Oaks

FIFTY AND BETTER CLASSES | The fall session runs from Sept. 8 through Oct. 22, 2021. Courses will explore subjects such as the history of the U.S. through the lens of baseball, an exploration of how the holidays we celebrate today were driven by historical forces, a look at the work of Vincent van Gogh and his influences, rock art in the ancient world, and more! All courses meet for two hours, one day each week. FAB’s in-person course will meet at the main campus in Thousand Oaks. Parking is free. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend courses in person. Virtual classes are $35, and the in-person course is $50. The courses are university level with no tests or homework taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals 50 years of age and older. When COVID-19 erupted and the first-ever offering of in-person courses had to be postponed…

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