(see Saturday, March 27)
Wednesday, March 3
Herzog Wine Cellars invites you to test your luck and includes a glass of wine with your Bingo card to sweeten the deal. $5 (per person). 6 p.m. Also March 17. 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. RSVP to (805) 983-1560. herzogwinecellars.com.
Thursday, March 4
Haiti: The Jewish Federation’s Response
Diana Fiedotin, director of strategic relations for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, discusses the Jewish community’s collaborative response during a crisis. 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Ben-Gurion Society of The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance. Private home in Calabasas. RSVP to Patty Bellovin, (818) 464-3219.
“It Ain’t Like When They Were Little”
Is your sage advice suddenly falling on deaf ears now that your little ones are grown up? Experts share approaches to developing a healthy, satisfying relationship with your adult children. Free. 7 p.m. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.
“Returning the Bones”
Actress Gin Hammond’s one-woman show is based on the life of her aunt, Carolyn Montier, who as a young African American medical student faced a tough decision: stay in the South and continue to fight for civil rights or escape to Paris and live the life she always dreamed of. Hammond plays 26 roles to dramatize the most difficult of life’s dilemmas: How do you choose between your country, your people and yourself? 8 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. $20 (general), $15 (members), $10 (students). tickets.skirball.org.
Friday, March 5
“The Wedding Singer”
Adapted from the Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore film, this heartwarming ‘80s musical comedy follows wannabe rocker Robbie Hart, New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer, who falls for already-engaged waitress Julia. The show features a Boy George-style Shehecheyanu and the bar mitzvah-inspired “Today You Are a Man.” Runs through April 4. 8 p.m. $20. Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. (805) 583-7900. simi-arts.org.
Camp Alonim Family Camp 2010
Spend the weekend camping with your family. Parents and grandparents can learn with scholar-in-residence Rabbi Naomi Levy of Nashuva and engage the body, mind and spirit with Marcus Freed of BibliYoga. Activities include horseback riding, a climbing wall, sports and hiking. At night, campfires feature singing and s’mores. $235 (adults), $95 (children, to 12 years). American Jewish University — Brandeis-Bardin Campus, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Simi Valley. (310) 440-1246. alonim.com.
Sunday, March 7
Doggy Day at Camp
Dogs and their owners are invited to a day at camp to raise money for Camp JCA Shalom’s Animal Education Center. Events include off-leash area, doggy arts and crafts, carnival games, hiking, raffles, giveaways and barbecue. $5 (per person). Noon-4 p.m. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. RSVP to (818) 889-5500, ext. 107. campjcashalom.com.
“Genealogy From the Inside Out: The Story of Annie’s Ghosts”
Steve Luxenberg, an associate editor at the Washington Post, will show how he used genealogical techniques to piece together the story of his mother’s secrets, his aunt’s unknown life and the times in which they lived. Light refreshments will be served. Free. 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
Tuesday, March 9
PASSOVER: Miriam’s Cup Seder
Rabbi Malka Drucker, Rabbi Alyson Solomon and Cantor Judy Karin conduct this special seder. Organized by Santa Barbara Jewish Women Meet and co-sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, Hadassah Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Hillel and Congregation B’nai B’rith Sisterhood. $60 (per person), $25 (students with ID and Young Adults Division). 5:30 p.m. (doors open), 6 p.m. (seder begins). Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara. (805) 845-6866. jewishsantabarbara.org.
“The Drowsy Chaperone”
This “musical within a comedy” pays tribute to the Jazz Age and comes complete with an uncertain bride-to-be, the oil tycoon who loves her, an Italian lover, some mobsters, the unflappable English butler, an absent-minded dowager and, of course, a “drowsy” chaperone. Runs through March 14. 8 p.m. $41-$52. Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. toaks.org/cap.
Friday, March 12
Jewish Around the World Synaplex
Two days of activities, eating and learning for all ages with Israeli dancing, International Charoset Swap, film and a post-Havdalah sing-along. Kicks off at 6:15 p.m. with a pre-service Sephardic Israeli Dinner. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org.
Saturday, March 13
Ventura County Jewish Film Festival
Now in its seventh year, the festival kicks off its three-week run with Ludi Boeken’s “Saviors in the Night,” a sobering German tale of rural Nazi Party members who rescue a Jewish family from certain death. Other films include the Israeli sumo comedy “A Matter of Size” and Mexico’s “Nora’s Will,” a dark comedy about family and friends who gather to carry out the Passover seder plans of a divorcée who has committed suicide. Also, March 14, 20-21 and 27-28. Bonus free film on Sunday, March 7, 2 p.m. $10 (per film in advance), $15 (at the door), $54 (six-pack). Sponsored by Ventura County Jewish Family Service through a donation from Ray and Mimi Diller. Temple Beth Torah Meister Hall, 7620 Foothill Blvd., Ventura, and Regency Theatre Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura. For film listing and tickets, call (805) 647-4181. vcjff.org.
Sunday, March 14
Enjoy eco-friendly art projects, a healthy snack contest and sustainability games. Eco-vendors and information booths will also be set up, along with a free raffle of green products for all ages. Free. 10:30 am.-12:30 p.m. Temple Adat Elohim, Social Hall, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.com.
“Hershel & Friends”
An evening of beautiful music and song with Cantors Alberto Mizrahi, Benzion Miller, Herschel Fox, Aaron Bensoussan, Daniel Gildar and Judy Fox. $40 (general), $60 (sponsor). 7 p.m. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 530-4091. vbs.org.
Tuesday, March 16
PASSOVER: Passover Celebration Workshop for Adults
This hands-on interactive workshop will discuss everything from the order of the seder and the rituals of the holiday to choosing a hagaddah and ways to include everyone in the seder. 10 a.m. $15. Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, No. B, Calabasas. Must register in advance. (818) 880-4880. judaicworkshops.com.
PASSOVER: The Fifth Question: When Do We Eat?
Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz will explore the mystical dimensions and secrets of Passover that have inspired Jews for thousands of years. $18. 7:30-9:30 p.m. American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
Wednesday, March 17
PASSOVER: Cooking With Judy
Get tips from cookbook author Judy Zeidler on prepping for your seder and mastering your grocery list, along with recipes for new and traditional seder dishes. $64 (no refunds after March 8). 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call for location. Sponsored by American Jewish University. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
Saturday, March 20
A Jewish family attempts to emigrate from Kiev in 1994 in this dramatic comedy by playwright Stephanie Satie, starring Michael Goldstrom, Susan Merson, Amanda Troop, Bob Neches and Alexander Zale. Q&A with Satie follows. 7:30 p.m. $12-$16. Celebrity Staged Play Readings. The JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3300. jccatmilken.org.
Sunday, March 21
Friendship Walk 2010
Help raise money for Friendship Circle, which pairs local teenagers with special-needs children. Take a 5K walk from Friendship Circle Center on Canwood Street to Willow Elementary School on Laro Drive and then enjoy food, games and entertainment. 11 a.m. (on-site registration), noon (opening ceremony and walk begins). Friendship Circle Center, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. (818) 865-2233. friendshipwalk.org.
Lisa, Billy and their 14-year-old daughter, Emily, make original music the whole family can enjoy. Their live performances are energetic, interactive, dance-filled shows that get kids and parents up and moving. 11 a.m. (doors open), noon (show). $15 and up. The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016. canyonclub.net.
Was the First Leprechaun Jewish?
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, explore the history of Jews in Ireland, ancient Irish myths of Jewish origin and learn about Dublin’s “Little Jerusalem.” $45. 1:30-5:30 p.m. American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
Rita Live in Concert
One of the most celebrated and successful singers in Israel will highlight her new hits, including songs in English. The Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble will open the evening with a premiere performance, joined by Naked Rhythm Drummers. $49-$104. Presented by Keshet Chaim and Teev. 7 p.m. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. toaks.org/cap.
Thursday, March 25
Klezmer en Buenos Aires: Lerner Moguilevsky Dúo
World-class Argentine duo César Lerner and Marcelo Moguilevsky blend elements of Argentine folk with jazz, tango and contemporary sounds. Presented in association with Yiddishkayt. 8 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. $30 (general), $25 (members), $20 (students). tickets.skirball.org.
Saturday, March 27
Train enthusiasts of all ages are invited to celebrate a weekend of riding the rails. Events include frontier gunfighters, vintage train rides, model train displays, crafts, food, a family murder-mystery dinner train and more. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Also March 28. Sponsored by the Fillmore & Western Railway and the Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society. Fillmore. (805) 524-2546. fwry.com.
Tuesday, March 30
PASSOVER: Second Night Community Seder
Catered seder with special activities for children. Led by Rabbi Michele Paskow. 6:30 p.m. Congregation B’nai Emet, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. RSVP to (805) 581-3723. congregationbnaiemet.org.