Last Updated on Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:22
Published on Friday, 01 July 2016 10:45
Ojai Valley News
Calendar of events/around our valley
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Friday, April 21
THIRD FRIDAY EVENT — OVA Arts Gallery, 238 E. Ojai Ave., will host its free Third Friday event, today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring light refreshments, mellow music by Jon Paquet and art by Carl Stanley, Sherri Sanchez and Valerie Sage. Call 646-5682 for more details.
Saturday, April 22
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COLLECTION EVENT — The County of Ventura Pollution Prevention Center will host a household hazardous materials collection event Saturday for residents of the unincorporated communities of Ventura County. Call 658-4323 for an appointment or more information. Small businesses should call (800) 714-1195.
OJAI VALLEY RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION EVENT — The County of Ventura, Public Works Agency, city of Ojai and E.J. Harrison will sponsor a free community cleanup day, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Highway. Materials accepted include: appliances, bulky items, residential landscape waste and metal. And Help of Ojai will on hand to accept gently used household goods, clothing and toys. No pets allowed. Call 658-4315 for more details.
SHRED DAY — The Ojai Valley Directory and Ojai Community Bank will sponsor another free Shred Day, Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon in the bank’s parking lot, 402 W. Ojai Ave. Save trees, water and your identity by shredding old tax documents, medical bills and bank statements. Just pull in the driveway and they will unload your boxes for you. Call Judy Gabriel at 633-2075 with any questions.
SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will host a sale of native plants, Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. at the Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery, off Besant Road next to the preserve. Call 649-6852 for more information.
EARTH DAY EVENTS — Ojai’s Earth Day events will start at Libbey Fountain, Saturday at 9 a.m., with the Ojai March for Science, featuring speakers and waving signs, followed at 10 a.m. by marching over to the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., for more events, booths, water-wise garden demos, films, electrical vehicle showcase, bake sale and more throughout the day until 4 p.m.
WHEELER GORGE VISITOR CENTER OPEN HOUSE — The Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 10717 Maricopa Highway, will host a fun open house, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring many displays of live critters with their handlers, kids’ crafts and much more. Meet Smokey Bear and have your photo taken with him, and learn about the California condor and other birds. Lanny Kaufer will lead a Nature Walk through the area from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call 382-9759 for more information.
OJAI HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS — Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., Ojai Historical Walking Tours depart from the Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave. (approximately one-hour tours). Docent Barbara Washburn will lead the April 22 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
“LAST WRITES” READING AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host local author Ian James, Saturday at 2 p.m., to deliver a reading from his book, “Last Writes: Love, Death & Falling.” He will also give a short talk and sign copies of his book. This event is free and open to the public. Call 218-9146 for more details.
THE YEARLINGS PERFORM IN CONCERT — The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host a concert titled “50 Years Ago Today: Songs of 1967” by The Yearlings, Saturday at 8 p.m. 1967 was a banner year in popular music. Ojai musicians who make up The Yearlings are: Charlie Bosson, Jimmy Calire, Tara Jeffery, Rain Perry, Robert Rachelli, J.B. White and Martin Young. This is a one-time-only, intermissionless show. Tickets are $15; available at bpt.me/2916274 or at the door.
Sunday, April 23
EARTH DAY HERB HIKE — Lanny Kaufer will lead an Earth Day Herb Hike to Matilija Campground, Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. See Matilija Creek flowing, learn about local ecology and sample wild black walnuts. Cost: $25 adults, $20 seniors 62-up, $15 students 13-18, kids 5-12 free, one per adult. Register at HerbWalks.com or 646-6281. (A21)
HELP A HORSE DAY — The California Coastal Horse Rescue’s (CCHR) annual ASPCA Help a Horse Day will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their facilities, 600 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai. Live music will be provided by The Noble Creatures and food trucks will be on hand. Admission is free. Activities will include tours of the sanctuary, equine training demonstrations, games and pony cart rides for kids, a silent auction, vendors and more. Call 649-1090 for more information.
BLESSING OF COMMUNITY GARDEN — In honor of Earth Day, the community is invited to the blessing of the Community Garden by guest homilist Rabbi Michael Lotker, Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Bristol Road and Ojai Avenue. Weekly bounty from the garden is donated to the Community Assistance Program.
Monday, April 24
Tuesday, April 25
OJAI TENNIS TOURNAMENT — The 117th Ojai Tennis Tournament will run Tuesday through April 30 with matches starting at 8 a.m. each day at Libbey Park and other various venues in the Ojai Valley, Ventura and Oxnard and at various times. For more information, pick up a copy of their pamphlet, go to www.ojaitourney.org or call 646-7241.
RETIRED MEN’S CLUB MEETING — The Ojai Valley Retired Men’s Club will have a luncheon meeting Tuesday. Capt. James Fryhoff, recently selected as Ojai’s police chief, will discuss his return to Ojai and his views on local policing. The Ojai Valley Retired Men’s Club holds luncheon meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 11:45 a.m. in the Banquet Room at Soule Park Golf Course. Retired men are welcome to attend and consider joining. Call 646-3746 for information.
“THEOSOPHY: AN INTRODUCTORY STUDY COURSE” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona St., Ojai. This will be a members’ study meeting with discussion based on readings in John Algeo’s book, “Theosophy: An Introductory Study Course.” Everyone is welcome at any point in the study. Call 646-2653 for more details.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING — The Ojai City Council will hold a meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai.
Wednesday, April 26
FREE LECTURE BY OLIVIA BLOCK — The Thacher School, 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai, will host a free lecture by well-known media artist and composer Olivia Block, Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school’s Milligan Center for the Performing Arts. The public is welcome. Block creates scores for orchestra and chamber groups, studio-based sound art compositions for releases and concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations and sound design for cinema.
Thursday, April 27
“COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS” IN OAK VIEW — The Ventura County Library is hosting a series of “Community Conversations” to help citizens better understand their aspirations for the Ojai Valley. The final event will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View. Light refreshments will be provided. Your input in these facilitated conversations will help make work in the community more effective. Call 218-9146 for more information.
“BUDDHA’S REALIZATION AND KRISHNAMURTI’S INSIGHT” — The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, will host Professor P. Krishna and Michael Mendizza in a dialogue, Thursday at 7 p.m. Mendizza is the author of the book, “Always Awakening: Buddha’s Realization and Krishnamurti’s Insight.” A book signing will follow the event. Cost: $10 per person. Call 646-2563 for more information.
Down the road
YOUNG PARENT MEET-UP — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Room 2, Oak View, will host a Young Parent Meet-Up April 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This free event will feature a guest speaker, dinner and child care. Call 646-7559 to RSVP and for more information.
“ANYTHING GOES” AUDITIONS— Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host auditions for its summer madcap musical, “Anything Goes” by the legendary Cole Porter, April 28 and 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., with callbacks May 1 at 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Actors of all ages from 16 to 90 are needed and all roles are open. Be prepared to sing 16 measures of a standard Broadway song. Bring your own recorded music or sing acapella. Tap dancing skills are a plus. Rehearsals start May 7 or 8. Performances of “Anything Goes” will run from July 14 through Aug. 13. For more information go to ojaiact.org.
MOVIE NIGHT AT OJAI RECREATION — The Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Road, will sponsor a Parent’s Night Out, April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m., screening Disneynature’s “Earth” in the Multipurpose Room at the Boyd Center. Pizza, popcorn and juice will be provided for ages 5 and up for $10 per child. Bring blankets and seating of choice, mats are provided. Call 646-5581, Ext. 390, for more information.
ZERO CARBON CLIMATE MARCH — In solidarity with the Washington, D.C. Climate March, join a local Zero Carbon Climate March, April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View. To be carbon neutral, please come on foot, by bike or public transportation. Marchers will walk up Mahoney to Ventura Avenue (Highway 33), and go south to Ojai Valley Ranch Market, and then loop back. For more information, contact Deborah at 331-4348.
OJAI HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS — Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., Ojai Historical Walking Tours depart from the Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave. (approximately one-hour tours). Docent Cricket Twichell will lead the April 29 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
“ROAD SCHOLAR” TALK AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Hildy Hoffman, April 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. delivering a talk on “Road Scholar: Adventures in Lifelong Learning.” Do you love to travel? Road Scholar, the world’s largest, and America’s first, educational travel organization for adults, offers nearly 8,000 affordable programs each year in about 90 countries worldwide. This event is free and open to the public. Call 218-9146 for more details.
THE FENIANS AT DANCING OAK RANCH — Don’t miss this rollicking Celtic-rock fusion band on April 29 at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. for a potluck with local musicians. You must have tickets to enter: $20 adult, $10 7-15 years; www.ojaiconcertseries.com. (A28)
FREE CONCERT BY OLIVIA BLOCK — The Thacher School, 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai, will host a free concert by well-known media artist and composer Olivia Block, April 29 at 8 p.m. in the school’s Milligan Center for the Performing Arts for a performance of her latest work, a “cinematic sound concert” titled “Dissolution.” The public is welcome. From the center of a darkened theater, Block processes and mixes prepared recorded sounds through a computer, diffusion interface and mixing board, producing ephemeral sonic textures that disappear and reemerge in different locations, playing off the acoustics of the theater.
“THE CHAPARRAL ECOSYSTEM” — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will host Richard Halsey, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., giving a talk on “The Chaparral Ecosystem: The Secrets of Ojai’s Remarkable Shrubland Wilderness,” at the OVLC office, 370 W. Baldwin Road, Building A4, then leading a field excursion on the Ventura River Preserve. Call 649-6852 for more information or reservations.
HAIKU POETRY CONTEST DEADLINE — April 30 by 5 p.m. is the deadline to enter the Ventura County Library Haiku Poetry Contest. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Use 17 syllables or less, words arranged in three lines. Submit your poem at any library location or online at tiny.cc/vclhaiku.
OUSD BOARD MEETING — A board meeting of the Ojai Unified School District will be held May 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at 414 E. Ojai Ave. The public is welcome. Call 640-4300, Ext. 1011.
“THE EVERYTHING ANSWER BOOK” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet May 2 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona St., Ojai. Amit Goswami, Ph.D., will discuss “The Everything Answer Book.” Everyone is welcome. Call 646-2653 for more details.
“GOD’S APPEARANCE AS A LION-MAN!” — The American Vedic Association Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship will meet May 2 at 7 p.m. at 687 Villanova Road to discuss “God’s Appearance as a Lion-Man.” Nobody outsmarts God, although there is a story where one powerful demonic king attempted to do so. Learn how he was defeated by the half-man, half-lion incarnation who came to protect his devotee Pralada who was tortured by him. Always free. Call 640-0405.
THE BILLS PLAY AT OVS — The renowned Canadian band, The Bills, will perform May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Ojai Valley School’s Greenberg Activities Center, 723 El Paseo Road, in a concert to benefit the school’s drama and music programs. Tickets: $20, adults; $10, kids at the door; available at OVS office, Cardinali’s Music, Attitude Adjustment Shoppe or call 646-4502. (A28)
OJAI LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP — The Ojai Library’s Book Discussion Group will meet May 3 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki. The Ojai Library is at 111 E. Ojai Ave. Everyone is invited to join the group. The only requirement for participating in the discussion is to have read the book and come willing to share your opinion and listen to others. Call 646-1639.
“BATS YOU NEVER IMAGINED” — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will present a program May 6 at 11 a.m. on “Bats You Never Imagined” by Ranger Kris Mashburn, of California State Parks. You will meet her pet bat and see her magical slide show featuring the amazing world of bats of all sizes, shapes and colors. Donations: adults $3, youth 5 to 18 $2, free for younger than 5. Call 382-9759.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CHURCH FAMILY FESTIVAL — St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 185 St. Thomas Drive, Ojai, will host its “Spring into Fun” Family Festival, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 7 from noon to 5 p.m., featuring live music both days, food booths, kids’ games, beer and wine, silent auction, boutique and a book sale. A valleywide rummage sale in the old-fashioned country store will be held May 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A tri-tip and chicken barbecue dinner will be offered May 6 at 6 p.m. Raffle and barbecue tickets are available at the church office. Call 646-4338.
DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE — Sacred Space Studio, 307 E. Matilija St. (upstairs), will host Dances of Universal Peace, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. These are meditative and joyful dances using chants from various spiritual traditions accompanied by musicians to open the heart, promote world peace and support a sense of community. Information: 701-1327.
COMUNITY CHORUS SPRING CONCERT — The Ojai Community Chorus will commemorate 30 years of entertainment by presenting its spring concert, “Rodgers & Hart & Hammerstein, Too!” May 6 at 7 p.m. and May 7 at 3 p.m. at Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road, featuring great music and fun. A boutique and bake sale will also be held. Suggested donations: $25 general, $20 seniors and students; $5 less if purchased in advance from chorus members or at St. Thomas Aquinas Thrift Store, 334 E. Ojai Ave. Call 640-0468 for more information.
PEACE VIGIL — The Ojai Peace Vigil, which is now in its 12th year, meets every Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Pergola in front of Libbey Park. All are welcome. Placards will be supplied or you may bring your own.
PIYOCHI CLASSES — are held Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Sacred Space Studio, 307 E. Matilija St., Ojai, led by Heath Perry. Learn to move fluidly, balance musculature and invigorate the body through a combination of therapeutic exercises and stretches. Call 321-0617 for more information.
SPEAK WITH POWER TOASTMASTERS — At Speak with Power Toastmasters meetings you can learn public speaking, how to conduct meetings, listen effectively and provide constructive feedback. The club meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at New Hope Christian Center, 590 Old Ventura Ave., Oak View. Visitors are welcome.
LOW-COST SHOT CLINICS — The Humane Society Shelter and Adoption Center, 402 Bryant St., Ojai, holds low-cost shot clinics on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Dr. Lewis at 646-2442.
OJAI JOYFUL SINGERS — meets Fridays at 10 a.m. at Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 Foothill Road, Ojai, singing oldies but goodies as well as new and popular songs. For more information, call Shirley at 646-8025.
BREASTFEEDING CHECK-IN — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Room 2, Oak View, hosts breastfeeding check-ins with Darcy Wronkiewicz, lactation educator, Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. Baby’s latch and weight will be checked; you can ask questions about breastfeeding, and stay afterwards for the Circle of Parenting class. Suggested donation: $15.
SITTING MEDITATION — is held Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. at Being Peace Zendo, a home-based center practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Call 252-2448.
FREE MAMMOGRAMS — The Ojai Valley Community Health Center, 1200 Maricopa Highway, offers a Breast Cancer Early Detection Program which includes free breast exams for women 40 years old or older and free mammograms for women 50 and older who do not have any medical coverage and cannot afford these services. Call 640-8293 to see if you qualify.
OJAI CARS AND COFFEE — Car enthusiasts of all kinds meet the second Sunday of each month from 8 to 10 a.m. for an auto show, now in the parking lot at Westridge Midtown Market, 131 W. Ojai Ave. All makes and models are welcome or just come to look and discuss auto trends and other motoring subjects with like-minded folks.
JANE CUSUMANO FOUNDATION — The Jane Cusumano Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to enhance cancer awareness and wellness, meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Coldwell Banker’s office. Anyone interested in learning more about the organization or in speaking or volunteering is welcome. Call Nora Davis at 646-3128 or 207-6177. Donations are welcome; mail to Jane Cusumano Foundation, 1129 Maricopa Highway, PMB 126, Ojai, CA 93023.
GUIDED IMAGERY — OjaiCARES, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, offers free, drop-in guided imagery sessions each month, the third Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. and every second Monday from 11 a.m. to noon. Caregivers also welcome. Call 646-6433.
ROCKIN’ ROOTS SOCIETY — meets the first Wednesday of each month at an East End location. Got roots? Accomplished singers, fiddlers, pickers and other “high lonesome” sound-makers welcome. Limit six per session. Call Chris at 646-8040.
AMERICAN LEGION DINNERS — The public is welcome to dinners sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the Ojai American Legion Post 482, 843 E. Ojai Ave., held the first and third Fridays of each month. All proceeds benefit veterans, student scholarships and packages for troops overseas.
ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS MEETINGS — Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families hold 12-step meetings every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 409 Topa Topa Drive, Ojai. For more information: www.adultchildren.org.
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING — Free blood pressure screening is offered the first Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Medicine Shoppe, 960 E. Ojai Ave. Call 646-0106.
OPEN DIALOGUES — Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., a discussion group is held at 308 W. Aliso St. for those on a serious spiritual path to non-dualism who haven’t forgotten levity. No charge. Call 640-0755 for information.
WORLD OF ONE — a support group for widows and widowers, meets at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. New members are welcome. Call Help of Ojai, 646-5122.
FREE DAY AT NURSERY SCHOOL — Ojai Valley Community Nursery School, 1290 Grand Ave., invites preschoolers ages 2 to 6 to a free session every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon; tag-along siblings are welcome. Call 646-3801 for details.
MEDITATION AND HEALING WORKSHOPS — Weekly meditation and healing workshops are run by two well-known British healers, now living in Ojai. For details call Roger or Kim at 640-0211.
HOME SECURITY PATROL — The Ojai Valley Security Patrol provides home security for when you are on vacation. Call the Ojai Police at 646-1414 for information. Neighborhood Watch programs are also available.
NOAH COMMUNITY SING — A community sing, open to individuals and families, is held the third Sunday of each month from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Living Aikido Dojo, Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View. Donations accepted. For more information, call Craig at 637-4829.
FREE PRENATAL CLASSES — Clinicas del Camino Real offers free weekly prenatal classes in Spanish and English at all of its nine sites countywide. They are held Monday and Thursday evenings throughout the year. In Ojai, the location is the Ojai Valley Community Health Center, 1200 Maricopa Highway. Call 640-8293.
SCHOOLINKS HOMEWORK CENTERS — SchooLinks Homework Centers are open at the Ojai Library, Meiners Oaks Library and Oak View Library, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. when school is in session. Call 289-0368.
STRONGER TOGETHER CANCER SUPPORT GROUP — OjaiCARES, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, hosts a free, drop-in cancer support group each month, first Tuesday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and second Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Share issues, insights and emotions plus ways to live more fully. Caregivers also welcome. Call 646-6433.
BRIDGE CLUBS — The Ojai Valley Bridge Club and the Oak View Bridge Club meet Mondays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road, across from Nordhoff High School. All bridge players are welcome; singles will be provided with a partner. For more information, call 512-6746.
OJAI VALLEY RETIRED MEN’S CLUB — meets for lunch and a presentation the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Soule Park Golf Club Banquet Room. Retired men, as guests or as prospective members, are always welcome. Call 646-3746 for information.
SUNDAY BREAKFAST AT MOOSE LODGE — The public is invited to purchase breakfast Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1417, 382 Ventura Ave., Oak View, behind the post office.
AMERICAN RED CROSS — meets every second Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Arc Enrichment Center, 210 Cañada St., Ojai. You are invited to join your Ojai Valley American Red Cross volunteers at a monthly meeting. No RSVP required.
STORY TIME AT OAK VIEW LIBRARY — The Oak View Library, 555 Mahoney Ave., hosts story time for youngsters every Tuesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Call 649-1523 for details.
PARENTCARE PROGRAM — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center seeks families to serve in their ParentCare Home Visit Program. ParentCare serves families who have newborns with extra support at home with tasks such as preparing a snack, going for a walk with mom and baby, or playing with an older sibling. To apply for this donation-based program, call Renee Mandala at 667-2115.
PAUSE4KIDS MEETINGS — Pause4kids, a parents’ group committed to helping children with special needs, meets twice each month: every third Tuesday at 9 a.m. and every fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. Visit www.pauseconejo.org or call Kim at 646-6606.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP — Join Deirdre Daly on the first and third Monday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m., as she facilitates an Alzheimer’s Support Group at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St., in the clubhouse. This will be a safe place for caregivers and loved ones of people living with dementia to get support and share information on community resources available to them. Refreshments will be provided. Call 833-0746 for more details.
“AGING BACKWARDS” — Every Monday at 10 a.m., “Aging Backwards,” a free 30-minute stretch class for reducing joint aches and pains, is offered at a west Ojai location. Call 640-0498.
SHAMBHALA MEDITATION — The Ojai Valley Shambhala Meditation Group meets every Sunday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at The Work, 309 E. Aliso St., Ojai, for mindful meditation. For more information and special classes, call Tony at 798-2330.
LEGAL HELP — A volunteer attorney or legal aide is available for legal consultation the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Community Assistance Program office, 108 Fox St., by appointment only. Call 640-3320.
PET THERAPY PROGRAM — The Humane Society of Ventura County seeks volunteers to help in its Pet Assisted Therapy Program. Volunteers visit skilled nursing and residential care facilities Wednesday mornings. For information, call the volunteer coordinator at the Humane Society, 646-6505, Ext. 110.
12-STEP MEETINGS— The Ojai Valley Alano Club at 575 W. El Roblar Drive, holds more than 25 meetings a week for 12-Step Recovery groups, AA, NA, CA, Alanon and Alateen. For meeting schedules and more information, call 272-0898 or go to ojaialano.wordpress.com.
FREE INTRODUCTORY SUFI HEALING SESSION — Allow 45 minutes to one hour. Session will be by phone. This offer is for new people of all walks of life and faiths and for any challenge in body, soul, home, work, or relationship. No subsequent obligation or catch. Maritza Luz Vega, CMT, RCST, Ministry, 646-1577.
RAPE CRISIS HOTLINE — The Rape Crisis Hotline at 656-1111 offers counseling and other services.
DONATIONS TO SECOND HELPINGS — Donations are accepted for Second Helpings Thrift Store at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 649-8750 for more information.
MATILIJA FLY FISHERS — meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. The meetings consist of informal fly-fishing discussions, notice of upcoming events of interest and fly-tying instruction and demonstrations. Visitors are welcome. Call 646-3469.
OJAI VALLEY BEE CLUB MEETING — The Ojai Valley Bee Club meets every second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., now at Minka Woodworks, 308-C S. Fulton St., Ojai. For current information, check www.ojaibeeclub.com or Facebook.
OJAI VALLEY GUN CLUB — The Ojai Valley Gun Club offers a public shoot day at 9 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Rose Valley Range. Visit www.ovgc.net or call 984-9472.
MEDITATION MOUNT — Group meditations are held Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road. The grounds are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to sunset. Office business hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.meditationmount.org or call 646-5508, Ext. 103.
CANCER AS A TURNING POINT — OjaiCARES, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, hosts a free, drop-in cancer support group each month, the third Tuesday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Look deeply into living more authentically and purposefully, regardless of your prognosis. Caregivers also welcome. Call 646-6433.
FREE PHYSICALS AND IMMUNIZATIONS FOR KIDS— The Ojai Valley Community Health Center, 1200 Maricopa Highway, offers free physicals and immunizations for children ages 0 to 18. Call 640-8293 to see if you qualify.
VERTICAL INFINITY CLASSES — are held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Sacred Space Studio, 307 E. Matilija St., Ojai, led by Heath Perry. Features music and movement flowing from an active range of motion warmup to functional strength-circuit training with balance, coordination, power and cardio as key components. Call 321-0617 for more information.
OJAI VALLEY PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP — This group meets the second Tueesday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. There are always knowledgeable people, as well as professionals in the field, presenting good information. Call 646-5122.
CHI GONG (QIGONG) LIFE-FORCE TRAINING — is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. at Stell Hall, World University Plaza at the corner of Matilija and Ventura streets in downtown Ojai, featuring a short set of focused and powerful energy recharging and balancing exercises for all ages. No fee; donations appreciated. Call 646-1444.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP — A cancer support group offering encouragement, resources and prayer for cancer patients, family members and friends is held the last Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 1290 E. Grand Ave., Ojai. For more information, call Sydnee at 649-9548 or Nancy at 646-6170.
STORY TIME AT OJAI LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts story time for youngsters ages 0 to 5 every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Call 646-1639 for details.
FEED YOUR BODY AND SOUL! — Stop by the Ojai Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 291 E. El Roblar Drive, Meiners Oaks, each Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a free hot meal followed by a short Bible study at 7 p.m. For more information, call 640-0358.
DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S — A dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease is held Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., led by Janine Ames. Suggested donation is $5. Call (206) 909-8918 for more information.
BOY SCOUTS TROOP 504 — Sponsored by the Ojai Rotary Club, Troop 504 of the Boy Scouts of America, has outdoor activities and a weekly program for boys ages 11 to 18. Meetings are held Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road. Call Scoutmaster Jerry Thurston at 419-0504.
GENEALOGY LIBRARY OPEN — Find your roots at the Genealogy Library, 411 San Antonio Drive, Ojai, Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Call 646-2173 or 640-8351.
PEACE VIGIL — The Ojai Peace Vigil, which is now in its 12th year, meets every Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the pergola in front of Libbey Park. All are welcome. Placards will be supplied or you may bring your own.
COMMUNITY BREATHWORK — is held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at 2240 Maricopa Highway, across from the Deer Lodge. Practice gentle breathing techniques as well as a full transformational breathwork session. A $10 to $20 donation is suggested; no one turned away. Call Rory at 921-6883.
FREE QI GONG — classes, wild goose form, are held Tuesdays at 11:10 a.m. at Bryant Street Health and Fitness Center, 406-Q Bryant Circle. Call Julie at 646-0068 for more details.
SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING — Small business counseling is available regularly at the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce. Call 646-8216.
AMERICAN LEGION BINGO — The American Legion Post 482 in Ojai hosts bingo Tuesdays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 843 E. Ojai Ave. (Early birds from 12:30 to 1 p.m.) Refreshments are provided. All proceeds go to our veterans.
PLAY GROUP — Come have fun with other 5- and 6-year-olds at Libbey Park Wednesdays at noon. Gather for lunch and a good time. Call Dawn at 640-1283 for information, or just show at up the park.
OPTIMIST CLUB MEETINGS — The Optimist Club of Ojai meets for dinner the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 843 E. Ojai Ave. Anyone who is interested is welcome. The club’s motto is: “Friend of Youth.”
TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS — Ojai Valley Toastmasters meets Fridays at 6:30 a.m. in the library at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. Come visit and hear a variety of presentations. For more information, call 804-7024.
THERAPEUTIC IMAGERY — OjaiCARES, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, offers free therapeutic imagery sessions, first Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. and third Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. Caregivers also welcome. Call 646-6433.
WALKING MEDITATION — Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, hosts walking meditations every Saturday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the International Garden of Peace. Donations are welcome. Call 646-5508.
AGAPE RECOVERY GROUP — Ojai Valley Baptist Church, 11642 N. Ventura Ave., Ojai, hosts the weekly Agape Recovery Group Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Agape is for those in need of a support group with the honesty and willingness to help themselves, and with open minds for using tools given them for the change in their life needed to be free from the bondage of addictions and other afflictions.
MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC — Health care for the uninsured and homeless is offered by the Mobile Medical Clinic that visits the Community Assistance Program office, 108 Fox St., Ojai, every other Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins only. Services are offered by Las Islas Family Medical Group from Oxnard. Call C.A.P. at 640-3320 for more information.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP — A free Caregiver Support Group meets the first and third Mondays of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room of the Continuing Care Center, 1306 Maricopa Highway (behind the hospital). Share, listen and explore thoughts and feelings about the struggles, losses and successes of caring for your loved one. Call 633-9056 for more information.
ZUMBA — Zumba workouts are held at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Call 646-0117.
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP — Is your low vision causing problems in your daily living? The Low Vision Support Group of the Braille Institute meets the first Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. Learn skills for independent living, and about the many free services of the Braille Institute, plus special assistance for those with macular degeneration. It’s all free.
FREE DEPRESSION SCREENINGS — Gladstone Counseling Center, 530 W. Ojai Ave., Suite 209, offers free depression screenings with a qualified therapist, Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only. For more information, call 646-9724.
STORY TIME IN MEINERS OAKS — The Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave., will host stories for kids ages 0 through 5 on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Call 646-4804 for more information.
MAH-JONGG GROUP — Mah-jongg enthusiasts are invited to join a group Mondays at 1 p.m. at Help of Ojai , 111 W. Santa Ana St. For more information, call Cynthia Leavitt at 947-9238.
OJAI PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB — meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Kent Hall at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St. Shutter enthusiasts are welcome to share their interest in photography. Each month a professional will impart their techniques and critique submittals. Photo submittals require membership. Visit www.ojaiphotoclub.com for more information.
SENIOR WRITERS GROUP — Writers of all kinds are invited to meet with the Ojai Senior Writers Group Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. Come and share; we’re friendly. Call 657-8528 for more details.
BEING PEACE OF OJAI — is a meditation group that meets every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Enjoy walking meditation, sitting meditation, chanting, and a teaching from dharma teacher Kenley Neufeld. No experience necessary. Call or text 252-2448 or visit www.ojaimindfulness.org for more information.
BEGINNING KRIYA MEDITATION CLASS — is held Mondays at 7 p.m. in Ojai. Call 646-7575 for directions or details.
OJAI VALLEY LIONS CLUB — is always looking for new members. If you are interested in being part of an energetic service organization, contact the club secretary at 798-0278. Go to www.ojailions.com for more information. The Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road. Children are welcome to the meetings on the fourth Wednesday.
SENIOR SLO-PITCH BASEBALL — Senior slo-pitch baseball will be held Wednesdays and Fridays. Leagues will be formed for those 60 and over for coeds. Call 646-3583 or 646-9072.
MEDITATION LECTURES — Free lectures on the “Transcendental Meditation Program” are held every week in Ojai. Call 279-2543 or visit www.TM.org/ventura-county for information.
ANIMAL ADOPTIONS — The Humane Society of Ventura County’s Shelter and Adoption Center in Ojai, 402 Bryant St., is open for animal adoptions Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit humanesocietyvc.org to see photos of animals available. Call 646-6505.
EVENING TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS — Ojai Toastmasters meets every second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m. in the back room at Azu Restaurant, 457 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. Come visit and hear a variety of presentations. For more information, call Karen at 804-7024.
PLAY BRIDGE — The Bridge Group meets Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Help of Ojai’s Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St. All bridge players are welcome. For more information call 646-5122.
OJAI LIBRARY KNITTING CLUB — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts meetings of the Ojai Library Knitting Club every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Knitting kits can be provided. Feel free to join this group of knitters of all ages and skill levels. Call 218-9146 or 646-1639.
OJAI QUILTERS ANONYMOUS — Ojai Quilters Anonymous meets Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 649-5956 for more information.
SENIORS CHORUS — Smitty and Julija lead Rockin’ It Old School, a free chorus for seniors, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at Ojai Youth Performers Studio, now at Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., Ojai. Call 646-4300.
OJAI SRI SATHYA SAI BABA CENTER — The Ojai Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center meets Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Call 646-3250.
ROTARY CLUB OF OJAI WEST MEETINGS — The Rotary Club of Ojai West holds breakfast meetings every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the Soule Park Golf Course Banquet Room, 1033 E. Ojai Ave. (no meeting if there is a fifth Tuesday in a month). Guests are welcome to come learn about Rotary and the club’s activities. Call 798-1871 for reservations or more information.
PLAY GROUP — A play group for caregivers and infants 18 months and younger meets Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Road. Call Brook at 525-9931.
THRIFT STORE DONATIONS — Donations to New 2 You Thrift Store, 106 Park Road, benefiting the Humane Society of Ventura County, are welcome and accepted daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
HOSPITAL AUXILIARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — The Ojai Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary needs new members. The auxiliary has a variety of duties within the hospital to use skills or interests pertaining to helping others. Call 640-6936 or 640-2224.
ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES — ESL classes are offered through Ojai Unified Adult Education at Ojai Unified District offices, 414 E. Ojai Ave. Call 640-4330, Ext. 1960, for information.
“EXPLORING WATERCOLORS” — Patty Van Dyke will teach an art class, “Exploring Watercolors,” on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 10 a.m. in the clubhouse at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St. Donations suggested. Call David at 646-1446, Ext. 118, with any questions.