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Dancing ghosts and pumpkins will star in a post-Halloween concert, "Haunted Dance Thrills," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ventura College Theatre, 4667 Telegraph Road. Dancers will perform Charlie Brown's Pumpkin Patch and Michael Jackson's "Thriller." $7 general, $6 students, staff and seniors. Tickets: 654-6496.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Afro-Brazilian music and dance ensemble Ballet Folclorico Do Brazil will perform a combination of traditional and contemporary acrobatic dance at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. $10 per person, $35 for family of five. Tickets: 486-2424.
Master Chorale Opener
Los Robles Master Chorale will open its 19th season with Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and Handel's "Utrecht Te Deum" at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Moorpark College Performing Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road. $15 general, $12 seniors and children under 12. Tickets: 482-2866.
Day of the Dead
Sunday, Nov. 3
The public is invited to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) at Ventura Avenue Plaza, 572 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura. There will be a skeleton parade at 4:30 p.m. with a program of music, theater and dance to follow. Information: 643-1182.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Artists from Camarillo to Agoura will participate in an Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Artists will demonstrate and show works in a variety of media including watercolor, photography and neon. $8 advance, $10 at the door. Information: 495-5960.
Cal Lutheran Lectures
Monday, Nov. 4
Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, will be featured in the Harold Stoner Clark Lecture Series at Cal Lutheran University's Samuelson Chapel, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Caplan will discuss "Medical Ethics and Health Care Policies" at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Free. Information: 495-4470.
Santa Claus Mystery
Friday, Nov. 8
The Elite Theatre Company will open its run of the murder mystery "Who Killed Santa Claus?" at 8 p.m. at the Petit Playhouse, 730 S. B St., in Oxnard's Heritage Square. $18, which includes a champagne reception. The show will run at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 14. $10 general, $8 seniors. Reservations: 483-5118.
Sunday, Nov. 10
Blues guitarist Philip Walker and his Big Band will be the headline act in a blues-jazz concert at 3 p.m. at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Forum Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison and Southern California boogie-woogie musician Rob Rio also will perform. $20. Tickets: 583-8700.
Children's Book Week
Sunday, Nov. 10
Children's book authors and entertainers will be on hand for the "Read Out," a family event celebrating Children's Book Week, from noon to 5 p.m. at The Oaks shopping center, 222 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. There will be a children's book character costume contest for ages infant to grade 12. Free. Information: 581-1906.
Veterans Day Honors
Monday, Nov. 11
Three-star Gen. Herbert Temple will be the featured speaker when the Military Order of the World Wars honors men and women who served in the armed forces, at a Veterans Day program from 10 to 11 a.m. at Conejo Creek Park North in the 1300 block of Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Free. Information: 498-4291.
Historic Boat Exhibit
The Ventura County Maritime Museum will host a touring exhibit of a replica of the Nina from Christopher Columbus' fleet, at 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. $3.50 adults, $3 seniors, $2.50 students, free children 4 and younger. Information: 984-6260.
Isadora Duncan Drama
Friday, Nov. 15
Actress-playwright Kres Mersky will re-create the life of modern dance legend Isadora Duncan at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Art Museum, 424 S. C St., Oxnard. The dramatic performance, for adults only, is one of a series of 90th anniversary events at the museum. $7 museum members, $12 nonmembers. Tickets: 385-8157.
Children's Music Time
Saturday, Nov. 16
Sounds of home, from corn popping to grandma singing, will be featured in a musical program at 2 p.m. at the Gull Wings Children's Museum, 418 W. 4th St., Oxnard. Children will participate in song, dance and stories as part of "Home Is Where the Hearth Is" month. $3 adults, $2 age 2-12, free children under 2. Information: 483-3005.
Holiday Gift Fair
Sunday, Nov. 17