December 2015 Around Town 2

Ice Skating Fun at The Lakes

The Holiday Ice Rink at The Lakes in Thousand Oaks is open through January 19. This idyllic outdoor rink provides the perfect place to ice skate for young and old alike. Take a stroll around The Lakes and its various shops while you’re there. With plenty of places to eat nearby, The Lakes is a perfect place to enjoy a full day with family and friends. Reserve a one-hour session at

Nativity Scenes Represent Worldwide Cultures

Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Nativity Display by No Room at the Inn, hosted this year by Padre Serra Parish, located at 5205 Upland Road in Camarillo. This year’s Grand Opening Gala takes place on Friday, December 4 from 6-9 p.m. and includes entertainment, delicious appetizers, gift baskets and a silent auction, great for starting your holiday shopping. The hundreds of nativity displays range from the simple to elaborate and represent cultures throughout the world. Weekend exhibit hours are Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donations are $5 for adults, $1 for children. The event includes a Silent Auction and a Children’s Corner with crafts and special costumes for dressing up as a Nativity scene character. Parents should note the wonderful photo op offered here. Proceeds benefit charities for youth.

World AIDS Day Vigil

California Lutheran University’s observance of World AIDS Day includes speakers and time for reflection. The Positively Speaking panel will offer firsthand experiences of local residents living with HIV/AIDS and takes place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Swenson Center, Room 101A. The vigil serves as an act of commitment to stand with others in loss, to stand against injustice and to stand connected in hope to reflect on what we have learned, seen and felt together and gather in prayer and solidarity and will be held from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. on the Swenson Center Patio. Events are free and open to the public. The HIV/AIDS Coalition of Ventura County and Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties are community co-sponsors of this Ventura County commemoration of World AIDS Day.

Arts Scene Features 
Area Artists

Studio Channel Islands Artists’ Studios Holiday Art Market on Saturday, December 5 in Old Town Camarillo features 15 resident artists from the Conejo Valley. Fifty resident and invited local artists will be showing distinctive artwork for gift giving, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photographs, jewelry, weavings and more. Twenty percent of artist sales benefit the nonprofit Studio Channel Islands Art Center. In addition to the original artists’ creations, bagpipers, singers, musicians, food truck fare and even roasted chestnuts are all part of the fun at “Harmony & Mirth.” The free event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Old Town Camarillo, 2222 Ventura Boulevard. Free parking is off both Elm Street and Ventura Boulevard. The Studio Channel Islands group has grown to include more than 40 professional artists’ studios, including the Blackboard Gallery, which is now the largest gallery space in Ventura County. The center and its artists hold classes for adults and children and provide events and unique art opportunities for the region’s communities, artists and schools. The art center began in 1998 at the fledgling California State University Channel Islands, after the founding group of artists was asked by the university to create a cultural hub on the campus to encourage development of a future fine arts program. Hours are Tuesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the first Saturday of the month, as many as 40 resident artist studios are open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What a Difference a Day Makes!

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Spaces Filling up for Beginner Perfumery Class

Sign up now for the Beginner Perfumery Class, starting January 9, 2016, at Sarah Horowitz Parfums located in the Watercourt in Westlake Village. This introductory perfumery workshop (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) covers the fundamentals of designing a fragrance. In an intimate studio setting, Sarah Horowitz-Thran educates participants on the history of fragrance and how our sense of smell works before delving into the principles of building a scent. Each student receives a starter perfumery kit containing 15 fragrance oils (base notes, middle notes and top notes). This wonderful offer is exclusive to the beginner class. Students will then use these oils to create a fragrance and take them home for future exploration in the art of perfumery. At the conclusion of the class, students are also offered an opportunity to purchase supplies for their future blending endeavors. These supplies include, but are not limited to, additional fragrance oils, tester vials for blending, empty bottles and perfume-grade alcohol. RSVP at