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Los Angeles-based Helios Dance group will stop by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1130 State St.) this Thursday, March 24, at 5 p.m. to perform a work inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, The Lotus Eaters, in conjunction with the museum’s current Charles Garabedian exhibit. Visit sbma.net for info.

WORDS WITH FRIENDS

The first-ever Ojai WordFest kicks off this Saturday, March 19, and promises nine days of writing classes, poetry jams, book fairs, movie screenings, and theatrical performances, all featuring local authors. For info and day-to-day details, visit ojaiwordfest.com.

ART HISTORY

This Saturday, March 19, Gaviota’s Vista de Las Cruces School (9467 San Julian Rd.) plays host to an art opening in celebration of its newest exhibit, Celebrating Our Ranch Heritage. The show features coastline- and farmland-inspired works from more than 20 local artists. The reception starts 11 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. For info, visit vistadelmarunion.com.

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