THURSDAY, JUNE 2
JUMP START TO FRIDAY
Toast the end of the week with friends (or co-workers). Check out the winery, sample a variety of wines, enjoy a self-guided tour, and learn more about the winemaking process. 5-7 p.m. $6 (bring your business card). Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. (805) 983-1560. herzogwinecellars.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5
“WRONGFUL [JEWISH] WRASKALS OF THE WEST”
Learn about Jewish criminals who made their mark in California from speaker Ron Arons, who found that one of his own ancestors did time at Sing Sing. Arons will discuss how to track down your black-sheep relatives. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County, and Temple Adat Elohim. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
“A FUNNY THING HAPPENED AT AJU”
Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn, co-authors of the humorous memoir “You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story,” discovered that, after 13 years of marriage, “We’re just not that into us!” Instead of giving up, they held their relationship together, proving that all you need is love, a healthy dose of complaining, co-dependence and pinot noir. 4 p.m. $10. Gindi Auditorium, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
In her autobiographical one-woman show, Yafit Josephson examines questions of identity, duty and loyalty through dramatic tales of her life in Israel, serving in the IDF, then moving to Los Angeles to become an actress — only to find herself cast in stereotypical Middle Eastern roles. Josephson explores how far she’ll go to challenge, change or accept how others see her, and what she is willing to risk to fulfill her dreams and destiny. Sundays through June 26. 7 p.m. $30. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (310) 500-0680 or NewEyesPlay.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7
TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT
Celebrate the holiday with a night of learning, discussion, Israeli dancing and, of course, cheesecake. Co-sponsored by Temple Aliyah, Temple Kol Tikvah and Congregation Shir Ami. 7 p.m. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. templealiyah.org.
SHAVUOT: RENEWING OUR VOWS WITH GOD
Shula Bryski leads an evening of wining, dining and learning on the “anniversary” of the special occasion — and discusses how it pertains to today’s Judaism. Sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Circle. 9 p.m. Free. RSVP for location to (805) 493-7776. jewishto.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
“THE LOST 10 TRIBES: WHERE DID THEY GO?”
Learn about the Jewish presence in sub-Saharan Africa, Rabbi Menasseh Ben Israel and the myth of Native Americans as a Lost Tribe of Israel, the lost 10 tribes and the Book of Mormon, India’s Bene Menassah and more theories about the fate of the tribes. 5-9:30 p.m. $49. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
MONDAY, JUNE 13
JEWISH NATIONAL FUND’S 21ST ANNUAL GOLF & TEXAS HOLD ‘EM TOURNAMENT
Spend the day competing on a private 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., followed by a dinner reception and a poker tournament. Whether you win or lose, the money goes to a good cause — JNF’s partner project, the Friends of Israeli Firefighters. Participation will be limited to 100 golfers on a first-come, first-served basis. 8:30-10:30 a.m. (registration), 10:30 a.m. (shotgun start), 5 p.m. (dinner), 6 p.m. (Texas Hold ’Em tournament). $250 (Texas Hold ’Em tournament), $1,000 (golf and Texas Hold ’Em tournaments). Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. (323) 964-1400. jnf.org.
FRIDAY, JUNE 17
SHABBAT ON THE BEACH
Will the dolphins turn up for Shabbat services? You won’t know unless you go. Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue kicks off its summertime Shabbat services at Westward Beach. 7 p.m. Free. Westward Beach, across from Sunset Restaurant, 6800 Westward Beach Road, Malibu. (310) 456-2178. mjcs.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 20
11TH ANNUAL SHOMREI TORAH SYNAGOGUE GOLF TOURNAMENT
The West Hills synagogue hosts a day on the greens at the private Conejo Valley course, North Ranch Country Club. The day begins with a Breakfast of Champions and putting contest before the shotgun start, followed by on-course contests and a barbecue lunch, no-host cocktail reception and an award dinner. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $295. North Ranch Country Club, 4761 Valley Spring Drive, Westlake Village. (818) 346-0811. shomreitorahsynagogue.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 26
JEWISH FEDERATION YARD SALE
Shop till you drop for second-hand bargains today with the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. Donations of clothing, house wares, knickknacks, appliances, tools, linens, books, CDs and toys (but no electronics) accepted in advance of sale, June 20-24. Donations are tax deductible. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bronfman Family JCC, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. (805) 563-1188. jewishsantabarbara.org.
MONDAY, JUNE 27
KOL TIKVAH GOLF TOURNAMENT
The seventh year of the 18-hole scramble tournament includes a chance to win a new car during a hole-in-one contest, a barbecue lunch, plus post-game raffles and awards, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 10 a.m. (event begins). $200 per player (includes lunch, greens fees). Wood Ranch Golf Club, 301 Wood Ranch Parkway, Simi Valley. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30
“TRAGIC MAGIC:A HISTORY OF FATAL CONJURING”
Joshua Jay, author and award-winning headliner at Los Angeles’ famed Magic Castle, dramatically recounts some of the strangest deaths that have befallen magicians, assistants and even audience members throughout magic’s rich history. Both “Houdini: Art and Magic” and “Masters of Illusion” exhibitions will remain free and open to attendees before the program. 8 p.m. $12 (general), $10 (members), $6 (full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
MONDAY, JULY 4
GOLETA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2011
Family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration includes performance by funk/soul band Area 51, free kids’ games, food contests, water-balloon toss and hula-hoop contest. 4-9:30 p.m. $6 (adults), $4 (children, 3-12). Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Road, Goleta. (805) 879-3979. goletafireworks.org.
FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR AT CALABASAS HIGH SCHOOL
Live music from Journey tribute band Don’t Stop Believin’ and free family zone with rides and games. 5 p.m. (gates open), 9 p.m. (fireworks). $10 (general), free (children under 2). No on-site ticket sales. Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. (818) 224-1600. cityofcalabasas.com.
DENNIS P. ZINE FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA
The 110-piece Los Angeles Pierce Symphonic Winds and Taylor Made, a James Taylor tribute band, kick off the Independence Day festivities. Fireworks begin at 9:05 p.m. Concerts in the Park sponsored by Valley Cultural Center. 6 p.m. Free. Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 704-1358. valleycultural.org.
FIREWORKS ON THE BEACH
The City of Santa Barbara and Pyro Spectaculars present the annual Independence Day celebration along the waterfront in downtown Santa Barbara. Enjoy patriotic and family-friendly entertainment during SPARKLE’s 2011 Freedom Celebration at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. West Beach, downtown Santa Barbara. santabarbaraca.gov.
THOUSAND OAKS FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
This fireworks show takes place on the hill behind Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. Tune into KCLU 88.3 FM for traffic updates, preshow salutes and patriotic simulcast. Coordinated by Conejo Recreation and Park District, The City of Thousand Oaks and other local sponsors. 9 p.m. Free. 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks (best views from the Oaks Shopping Center and Janss Marketplace parking lots). (805) 381-1247. crpd.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 8
AN AMERICAN SHABBAT
Valley Outreach Synagogue hosts a picnic and Shabbat services at Oak Canyon Community Park. 5:30 p.m. (picnic), 7 p.m. (services). Free. Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park. (818) 882-4867. vosla.org.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
WOMEN OF REFORM JUDAISM PACIFIC DISTRICT AREA DAY
Women from all over Southern California are invited to a day of sisterhood, celebration and learning. Workshops include membership tips, fundraising and programming ideas, Women in the Bible, Jewish yoga and more. Hosted by Temple Adat Elohim Sisterhood. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $36 (includes continental breakfast and lunch). 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 492-5013. wrjpacific.org.
SANTA BARBARA ART ASSOCIATION OPENING RECEPTION
Art at the JCC hosts a juried art show for the Santa Barbara Art Association. Paintings in a mix of media and genres will be submitted by SBAA members to be judged for excellence. Those chosen will exhibit at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center Gallery until Oct. 6. 2-4 p.m. Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115. jewishsantabarbara.org.
MONDAY, JULY 11
12TH ANNUAL LONGEST DAY OF GOLF
Golfers compete to complete as many holes as possible in a full or half day during this daylong golf marathon at El Caballero Country Club in support of the Jewish Home. 6 a.m.-sunset. El Caballero Country Club, 18300 Tarzana Drive, Tarzana. (818) 774-3344. jha.org.
SUNDAY, JULY 17
GENEALOGY IN THE ROUND
The community is invited to share genealogical success, failure, a brick wall or genealogical artifact. 1:30 p.m. Free. Co-sponsored by Temple Adat Elohim and the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. To participate, contact (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 23
MOVIES IN THE PARK: “BACK TO THE FUTURE”
Grab a blanket, a picnic dinner and your flux capacitor as you watch Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) take a DeLorean back to 1955 only to find he has to save his parents’ relationship (and his future). Also, “How to Train Your Dragon” on Sat., July 30. 7 p.m. Free. Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 704-1358. valleycultural.org.
Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, the Tony Award-winning musical by the composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (“Once on This Island”) and playwright Terrence McNally (“Master Class”), intertwines the lives of three extraordinary families (wealthy whites, working-class African Americans and Jewish immigrants). The fictional characters interact with historical figures like Emma Goldman, Evelyn Nesbit and Booker T. Washington as they recount class struggles, prejudice, love, tragedy and triumph in the New York of the 1910s. Through Aug 28. 8 p.m. $22 (adults), $18 (students and seniors), $16 (children, 12 and under). Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. (805) 583-7900. simi-arts.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 30
OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL
Spice up your weekend with the 18th annual celebration of everything salsa: food, music and dancing. Enjoy six salsa and Latin jazz bands, a large salsa tasting tent, kids’ corner and salsa recipe contest. Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners. Through July 31. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Plaza Park, 445 S. B St., Oxnard. (805) 247-0197. oxnardsalsafestival.com.
MALIBU ARTS FESTIVAL
More than 200 exhibits and artists booths feature original art from all over California. Also, musicians, a children’s workshop and dining terrace featuring “A Taste of Malibu.” Through July 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Outside the Malibu Civic Center, 23555 Civic Center Way, Malibu. (310) 456-9025. malibu.org.