Last Updated on Thursday, 23 February 2017 14:26
Published on Friday, 01 July 2016 10:45
Ojai Valley News
Calendar of events/around our valley
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Friday, Feb. 24
KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE — Sunset School, 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View, will host a kindergarten open house, today at 2 p.m. Come hear what Sunset K-8 has to offer kindergartners enrolling this fall, or call 649-6600 to schedule a tour.
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 “Storks” 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.
Saturday, Feb. 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). Docents Connie Campbell and Jackie Clark will lead the Feb. 25 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
WORLD-RENOWNED OPERA SINGER — The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, will host world-renowned opera singer Dr. Samuel De Palma in a performance, Saturday at 7 p.m., to raise funds for the retreat. De Palma sang for U.S. presidents, the pope, Queen Elizabeth and others. Now he will sing for you, accompanied by pianist Chris Gillmon. Advance tickets (by Feb. 24), $25, $20 if three or more tickets are reserved at once; $50 at the door; $100 VIP. The $50 and $100 tickets include a meet-and-greet with De Palma at 5:30 p.m.Visit ojairetreat.org or call 646-2536.
ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT-RECEPTION — The Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, will host havdalah at 7 p.m. on Saturday, followed at 7:45 p.m. with a concert of transcendent Jewish music composed by Jeff Kasowitz, backed by The Near and Far, showcasing songs from their new album, “Arba’im Shanah/40 Years.” Admission: $5, at ojaitemple.org or at the door.
NEW C.D. RELEASE AND LAUNCH CONCERT — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host a launch concert for Amanda McBroom’s new album, “Voices,” Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets: $35 general admission, $50 VIP seating. Proceeds will benefit the Art Center. A wine reception will follow. For reservations: www.ojaiact.org or call 640-8797,
Sunday, Feb. 26
BIRD WALK — The Ventura Audubon Society will host a bird walk, Sunday at 8:45 a.m. at Krotona Institute on Krotona Street, Ojai, led by Kay Regester (258-1025). Meet at the parking lot by the library. If time permits, the group will also go to Soule Park.
OLD-TIME FIDDLERS — California State Old-Time Fiddlers, District 8, will meet Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View. Join the fiddlers for a fun-filled afternoon of playing, listening and dancing to country, western and bluegrass music. Free admission and parking. Refreshments are available. For more information, visit www.calfiddlers.com or call 797-6563.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
RETIRED MEN’S CLUB MEETING — The Ojai Valley Retired Men’s Club will have a luncheon meeting Tuesday. Lance Wiggins became head football coach at Nordhoff High School in 2016. He will speak about building a football program with a relationship to the community as well as to the school. He trains his athletes to compete at the highest level possible, with the understanding that citizenship and education come first. 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.
OUSD BOARD MEETING — A board meeting of the Ojai Unified School District will be held Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at 414 E. Ojai Ave. This will be a special budget study session. The public is welcome. Call 640-4300, Ext. 1011.
OJAI WOMEN’S FUND (OWF) 2017 KICKOFF EVENT — The OWF will kick off the year, Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave. Esther Wachtell will be the guest speaker. Learn how the OWF benefits the Ojai Valley. Visit ojaiwomensfund.org/upcoming-events to register for this free event.
“ATTENTION — THAT SACRED SUBSTANCE” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona St., Ojai. Richard Sharpe will talk on “Attention — That Sacred Substance.” 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.
Wednesday, March 1
ADULT LITERACY PROGRAM COMING TO OJAI — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host free one-on-one tutoring for English-speaking adults, Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m., starting March 1, sponsored by Ventura County Library’s Read Adult Literacy Program. The program is also looking for adult volunteers to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills; training is free. Call 677-7160.
OJAI LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP — The Ojai Library’s Book Discussion Group will meet Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Our Souls at Night: A Novel” by Kent Haruf. 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.
“A MATTER OF BALANCE” — The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging will host free classes, Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m., March 1 through April 19, on “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls,” at Help of Ojai, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. For more information, call 477-7343.
CENTENNIAL PICNIC DEADLINE FOR BOOTHS — The Ojai Valley Museum will host the free Jubilee Centennial Picnic, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Libbey Park. Local organizations wanting to participate with an activity booth must apply by Wednesday. Contact museum director Wendy Barker at 640-1390.
Thursday, March 2
AUDITIONS FOR “THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE” — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will hold auditions for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” March 2, March 8 or March 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in 30-minute blocks. Call 646-0117 for more details.
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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 March 4 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
FREE WILDFLOWER WALK — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will host a free wildflower walk with Stuart Niebel, March 4 at noon at Ojai Meadows Preserve, next to Nordhoff High School on Maricopa Highway. Don’t miss the colorful srping show just beginning. Call 649-6852.
“CREATING, PRODUCING, AND PROMOTING YOUR BOOK” — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host local author D.J. Adamson, March 4 at 1 p.m., leading a panel discussion on “Creating, Producing, and Promoting Your Book.”
The public is welcome to this free event. Call 218-9146 for more information.
STRING QUARTET CONCERT— The Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 Foothill Road, will host a classical music concert by Sincopa String Quartet, March 4 at 7 p.m. They will perform music by Haydn, Verdi and Mendelssohn. Students will be admitted free. For information: www.sincopastringquartet.com or 646-7789.
MARDI GRAS BALL— The 27th annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball will be held March 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. Don’t miss the “best Louisiana-flavored dance party west of the Mississippi.” Go to ojaimardigras.com for more information.
FAIS-DO-DO— Bring the whole family to the Cajun dance party, Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. It will be an afternoon of art, music and Mardi Gras fun, featuring dancing to Crowfoot, food, drinks and a face painter. Kids are admitted free, $5 for adults.
CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN CONCERT— Chamber on the Mountain concert series will present award-winning Korean-born cellist Sang-Eun Lee performing March 5 at 3 p.m. at Logan House, next to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road. A “meet the artist” reception follows the concert. For ticket reservations: go to chamberonthemountain.com.
“TOWN TALK” AT MUSEUM— The Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., will host a “Town Talk,” March 5 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with Julie McMaster from the Toledo Museum of Art and Steve Shrake and Tina Moffat from the Libbey House Foundation, talking on “Libbey’s Toledo Treasures.” Learn more about E.D. Libbey’s life in Toledo, Ohio before he came to Ojai. Free for museum members, $5 for non-members. Call 640-1390.
COOKBOOK SIGNING— A new cookbook, “Ojai Valley Gluten-Free Cookbook,” by Ojai chef and author, Randy Graham, is now available for purchase for $16.95 including tax. All of the 87 recipes in this book are gluten-free and vegetarian. Graham will be signing books at the Ojai Coffee Roasting Co., 337 E. Ojai Ave., March 6 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Come by to say hi, get a good cup of Joe, and buy a book (or two).
OUSD BOARD MEETING — A board meeting of the Ojai Unified School District will be held March 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at 414 E. Ojai Ave. The public is welcome. Call 640-4300, Ext. 1011.
COMMUNITY MEDITATION AND HEALING — Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai, will host an evening of guided meditation and healing, March 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Roger Ford at 640-0211.
“MY JOURNEY TO UNDERSTANDING THE PRIMARY HUMAN RIGHT” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet March 7 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona St., Ojai. Mike Farrell will discuss “My Journey to Understanding the Primary Human Right.” Everyone is welcome. Call 646-2653 for more details.
“THE GOLDEN AVATARA” — The American Vedic Association Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship will meet March 7 at 7 p.m. at 687 Villanova Road to discuss “The Golden Avatara.” Most people in the West have some exposure to the teachings of Jesus, Mohammed or Buddha, but how many people know that Lord Chaitanya infused a renaissance of spiritual awareness all over India about 500 years ago? Come learn about this spiritual explosion that reached Ojai more than 30 years ago. Always free. Call 640-0405.
FREE CONCERT AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host the second free noontime concert presented by Opera Santa Barbara, March 9. The concerts will begin at noon in the main room of the library and last about 45 minutes. Members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program will perform popular pieces, all accompanied by piano. Call 218-9146 for more details.
FULL MOON COMMUNITY MEDITATION — A community group meditation at the full moon of Pisces will be held March 11 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.
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT — The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will present a concert, March 12 at 2 p.m., performed by the acclaimed Singer Chamber Players, David Singer, clarinet, Steven Chang, violin, Virginia Kron, cello, and Daniel Newman-Lessler, piano. Their program will feature Olivier Messiaen’s masterpiece, “Quartet for the End of Time.” They will also perform a quartet by Peter Schickele, a trio by Nino Rota, and a solo piano work by Jean Sibelius. Tickets sold only at the door: $10 general admission, $8 for Art Center members and students. Call 640-8327 for more 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.
INTUITIVE TAROT READINGS — are offered at Nutmeg’s Ojai House, 304 N. Montgomery St., Tuesday through Sunday, or by appointment; call 640-1656.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.