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Upcoming Events

Ojai Valley News

Calendar of events/around our valley

Updated each Thursday

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This week

Friday, March 24
MOVIE NIGHT AT OJAI RECREATION — The Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Road, will sponsor a Parent’s Night Out, today from 6 to 9 p.m., screening “Strange Magic” 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.
“WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET” — Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host performances of the clever new play from William Missouri Downs, “Women Playing Hamlet,” today through April 16, directed by Larry Swerdlove. Showtimes for this “comedy about a tragedy” are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be an opening night reception with the cast. Call 640-8797 or go to www.ojaiact.org for reservations or more information.
Saturday, March 25
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 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 March 25 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
BACH VIOLIN RECITAL —  “Heart-Mind Connections: Carmelo de los Santos in a Solo Violin Recital of Bach” will be presented Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Krotona Hall, 2 Krotona St., Ojai. All are welcome to this evening of Bach’s sonatas and partitas performed by one of the most sought-after Brazilian violinists of this generation. Donation: $12; students admitted free. Call 646-1139 or go to www.krotonainstitute.org.
BILL HARLEY SHOW — Grammy-winning storyteller and musician Bill Harley will perform in a benefit concert for the return of the Ojai Storytelling Festival, Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at Gallery 525, across the street. Tickets: $50 for concert and reception; go to www.ptgo.org or call (310) 890-1439. (M24)
Sunday, March 26
BILL HARLEY FAMILY SHOW — Grammy-winning storyteller and musician Bill Harley will perform in a family concert, Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, presented by Performances To Grow On and the Ojai Storytelling Festival. Advance tickets: $10 child, $15 adults ($3 more at the door); special, $40 for two adults and two kids). Available at (310) 890-1439, Ojai Coffee Roasting or www.ptgo.org .
Monday, March 27
DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING — The Ojai Valley Democratic Club will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. The featured speaker will be Craig K. Beam, a member and local attorney experienced in finance, land use and municipal law. He will talk about what we can do locally to defend and protect the Dodd-Frank Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. All are welcome. Bring flashlights; it’s dark in the parking lots.
Tuesday, March 28
RETIRED MEN’S CLUB MEETING — The Ojai Valley Retired Men’s Club will have a luncheon meeting Tuesday. Celeste Matsevac had a 14-year career with the National Search Dog Foundation. She will speak about the origins of the foundation here in Ojai, and its recent move to Wheeler Canyon, near Santa Paula. 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.
“ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABILITY” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona St., Ojai. Tod Cossairt will discuss “Ecological Principles of Sustainability.” Everyone is welcome. 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.

Down the road

ROTARY COMMUNITY GRANTS DEADLINE — The deadline to apply for a Community Grant from the Rotary Club of Ojai is March 31. For applications or more information, email Betsy Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
“COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS” AT LIBRARY — The Ventura County Library will be hosting a series of “Community Conversations” to help citizens better understand their aspirations for the Ojai Valley. The first event will be held March 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. 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.
“EMPOWERING THE DIVINE FEMININE” —  will be led by Barbara Hebert and Ananya Sri Ram Rajan, March 31 to April 2 at Krotona School, 46 Krotona St., Ojai. This participatory workshop addresses women who walk a spiritual path of compassion for others but often neglect their own self-care. The weekend runs Friday, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $50 series, $15 single session. 646-1139, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.krotonainstitte.org. (M31)
APRIL FOOLS’ DAY FLEA MARKET — The American Legion Hall, 843 E. Ojai Ave., will host a Flea Market, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., jointly sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 482 and the Oak View Women’s Club. Gently used items will be sold to fund local high school students’ scholarships as well as other philanthropic causes. For more information: Karen Corley, 390-5365, or Connie Biggers, 646-5033.
“CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM” —  with Robert Ellwood, Ph.D., will be presented April 4 to 7 at Krotona School, 46 Krotona St., Ojai. Discussions will revolve around the Gospel of John, “The Cloud of Knowing” and other expressions of mysticism in the Christian tradition. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon. Cost: $50 series, $15 single session. 646-1139, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.krotonainstitte.org. (M31)
“THE AWAKENING: GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet April 4 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona St., Ojai. Dorothy Bell will discuss “The Awakening: Getting to the Heart of the Matter.” Everyone is welcome. Call 646-2653 for more details.
“LORD RAMA — THE IDEAL MONARCH!” — The American Vedic Association Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship will meet April 4 at 7 p.m. at 687 Villanova Road to discuss “Lord Rama — The Ideal Monarch!” Mahatma Gandhi’s last words were: “Ram! Ram!” Who was he calling out to and why? Learn about Lord Ram’s extraordinary leadership at this AVA meeting. Always free. Call 640-0405.
OJAI LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP — The Ojai Library’s Book Discussion Group will meet April 5 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Savage Harvest” by Carl Hoffman. 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.
OJAI CENTENNIAL DRAMA — The celebration of Ojai’s centennial will begin April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Libbey Bowl with a free staged reading of Peter Fox’s historical drama, “The Birth of a Notion: Ojai 1917,” by professional actors. Everyone is welcome.
OJAI CENTENNIAL PICNIC — The celebration of Ojai’s centennial will continue April 8 from 10 am. to 2 p.m. with a picnic in Libbey Park, featuring a free period costume competition and historical re-enactments. Bring your own picnic basket or buy lunch from food trucks. There will be music, a few speeches, tennis matches, vintage cars and free fun things to do. This will be a recreation of the 1917 event where E.D. Libbey gave the deed to the park to the newly formed Civic Association. Life in the valley now will also be highlighted.
“VIRGINIA WOOLF AND JAMES JOYCE”— The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host a free talk April 8 at 1 p.m. on “Virginia Woolf and James Joyce,” delivered by Joan Peters, Ph.D., a professor at CSU Channel Islands. She is the third speaker in this season’s CI Library Lecture Series. In the early years of the 20th century, just as Picasso and others were transforming European art, so too were Woolf and Joyce creating the blueprint for what we now think of as modern fiction. For more details, call 218-9146.
PLAYWRIGHTS GALA — The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC) will host its 20th Anniversary Gala Benefit, “Celebrating 20 Years of Visionary Voices,” April 8, beginning at 4 p.m. in Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, with star-studded performances and awards, followed by dinner and an auction at 6 p.m. at Topa Mountain Winery, 821 W. Ojai Ave. Visit www.ojaiplays.org for tickets and more information.
RAPTOR CENTER OPEN HOUSE — The Ojai Raptor Center, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai, will host an open house, April 9 from noon to 4 p.m., opening its doors to the public. There will be a $5 entry fee for adults, children younger than 10 will be admitted free. No dogs, please. The event will feature stage presentations, a number of activities for kids and adults, silent auction, raffles and more. Visit ojairaptorcenter.org for more information.
FULL MOON COMMUNITY MEDITATION — A community group meditation at the full moon of Aries will be held April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road in Ojai, as an act of celebration and service to invoke, anchor and distribute blessings to the world. Contemplative music begins at 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $10. Call 646-5508 or visit meditationmount.org for more information.
“SCIENCE AND THEOSOPHY” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet April 11 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona St., Ojai. Mary Abdill will discuss “Science and Theosophy.” Everyone is welcome. Call 646-2653 for more details.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING — The Ojai City Council will hold a meeting April 11 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai.
DEADLINE FOR WOMEN’S FUND GRANTS — The Ojai Women’s Fund is seeking applicants for their 2017 grants in the categories of art, education, environment, health and social services. April 12 is the deadline for submitting applications. Grant applications are available at ojaiwomensfund.org.
“STEEL MAGNOLIAS” BENEFIT PERFORMANCES — The Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, will be the site for benefit performances of “Steel Magnolias,” April 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., to raise funds to send the show and members of the drama department at Nordhoff High School to the International Thespian Festival (the Super Bowl of high school drama) being held in June at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ticket prices are $10 for students, $20 for adults, and $50 for VIP tickets that include a talk-back and meet-and-greet with the cast after each performance. Ticket purchases and donations can be made directly at www.nordhoffdrama.com.

Ongoing

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.
HEARTWARMERS KNITTING CIRCLE — meets at Plaza Pantry, 221 E. Matilija St., Ojai, the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Knitters of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Members knit squares which are assembled into blankets, lap blankets and baby blankets for the community.  For more information, contact Kit Willis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 646-5810.
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.
FOOD GLEANERS NEEDED — Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank, has an ongoing need for gleaners, volunteers who pick fruit from backyard trees and untended orchards for distribution to hungry people throughout the county. Food Share provides all the equipment. Volunteers usually meet at the designated pick spot at around 8:30 a.m. and work for two to three hours. For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 983-7100, Ext. 138.
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 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.
ADULT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP — A free Adult Bereavement Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, open to individuals who have experienced loss. For more information, call 642-0239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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.
FREE HEALING SESSIONS FOR VETERANS AND FAMILIES — Healing in America will offer free one-hour energy healing sessions to local veterans and their families: in Ojai, 107 W. Aliso St., the last Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and at the Ventura County Community Foundation office in Camarillo, the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are necessary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 640-0211.
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.
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.
FREE RECORDING STUDIO WORKSHOPS — Singers and songwriters are welcome to free recording studio workshops held on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Tim Frantz’s Mountain Dog Musicworks. To sign up for the next workshop: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 649-8500.
OJAI SONGWRITERS  — A free weekly meeting of open-minded creative musicians and lyricists, who recognize the value of the collaborative sharing of ideas and music. Contact Scott: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 640-1004.
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.
COMPASSIONATE OJAI — Meetings of Compassionate Ojai will be held the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St. Compassionate Ojai is a support group for Ojai families struggling to find solutions for their loved ones with mental health issues and advocating for greater service for those in need. Call 640-0654.
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.
FREE PREGNANCY TESTS AND ULTRASOUND — are offered at Life Choices Pregnancy Clinic, 1320-C Maricopa Highway, Ojai. Office hours are Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Additional days and times available by appointment. Appointments are necessary for ultrasound. Free referrals and resource material on pregnancy, STDs and more are available. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the 24-hour hotline at 646-6830.
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.
SHAKESPEARE READING SALON — The Shakespeare Reading Salon, facilitated by Laurie Walters Slade, meets the first and third Monday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. For more information regarding location and the current play being studied, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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.
AUTISM SUPPORT OJAI — is an online forum where care-givers can offer and receive support, referrals and information pertaining to autism spectrum disorder. Support for this group has been provided by The Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center in Oxnard. See This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
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. 

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