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Ojai Valley News

Calendar of Events/Around Our Valley
To get listed, call or e-mail Linda Griffin 646-1476, Ext. 227 calendar@ojaivalleynews.com

Friday, April 18
  • FLOWER SALE — to benefit The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Meiners Oaks, will be held today from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Great selection: petunias, angelonias, marigolds, snapdragons. Sales prices starting at $10.
  • FREE 3RD FRIDAY EVENT — Today from 6 to 8 p.m., OVA arts, 108 N. Signal St., will host an open house with light refreshments. About Time will play Americana and pop standards on violin, mandolin, guitar, dobro, bass and harmonica. Nordhoff scholarship applicants and featured artist Janet Black will be introduced.
  • MUSIC AT IL GIARDINO — Smitty and Julija perform Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Il Giardino, 401 E. Ojai Ave. No cover charge. Call 640-7381.
  • “URINETOWN” — Besant Hill School, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, will present the hilarous, Tony Award-winning, off-Broadway musical, “Urinetown,” today and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Zalk Theater on the school’s campus. Admission is free. Set in a town plagued by drought, a malevolent corporation controls the “pay-to-pee” public facilities, jailing anyone caught peeing elsewhere, until a hero decides he’s had enough. Go to www.besanthill.org or call 646-4343.
  • “ONE CHURCH” GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE — The Ojai Valley Ministerial Association is sponsoring a one-hour service in Libbey Bowl today at 7 p.m. Various local pastors will share on statements Jesus made from the cross. All are welcome, and the event is free.
  • EARTH DAY BENEFIT CONCERT — A family-friendly evening of folk music and contra dancing to benefit Ojai’s Earth Day event, will be held today from 7 to 10 p.m. at Earthtrine Farm (aka Dautch Family Farm), 1091 Cuyama Road, Ojai, featuring music by The Onlies. Suggested donation: $10 (kids under 12 admitted free).
  • LABYRINTH OPEN — Take a Good Friday contemplative walk through the labyrinth at Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Call 646-4324.
  • “SHREK THE MUSICAL” — born from the DreamWorks' hit movie that is a spoof of fairy tales and a parody of pop culture, runs through April 27 at the Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St. Everything's coming up ogres in this Broadway adaptation that appeals to kids and adults, too, because of its wit and sense of fun. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $20 general, $18 seniors, students and Art Center members, $10 child 12 and under. Reservations at 640-8797 or www.OjaiACT.org.
Saturday, April 19
  • EARTH DAY CLEANUP —¬Paso Pacifico¬and¬Oak Grove School¬are organizing a creek cleanup from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Meet at the gazebo in Libbey Park at 8 a.m. All participants will be required to sign a city volunteer form.¬For more information contact Kate at kate@pasopacifico.org or 643-7044.
  • PEDDLERS’ FAIR — Ojai Peddlers’ Fair will feature antiques, collectibles, crafts and clothing, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit Mira Monte Elementary School PTO.
  • 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 of downtown historical and cultural attractions). Docent Rose Boggs will lead the April 19 tour. Cost is $5 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations, to schedule groups or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
  • EARTH PLAY 2014 — Ojai’s official Earth Day event, “Earth Play 2014 — Wishes for Our Watershed,” will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oak Grove School, 220 W. Lomita Ave. Admission is free. The event will feature environmental exhibits, arts and outdoor activities for all ages, live entertainment, world foods and much more. Sponsored by Food for Thought, Oak Grove School, Ojai Valley Green Coalition, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and Once Upon a Watershed. Ojai Trolley is offering free rides to the event. For more information, call 646-8236, Ext. 103.
  • OAK VIEW EASTER EGG HUNT — The Oak View Civic Council will hold its annual Easter egg hunt this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., for age groups 2 to 4, 5 to 8 and 9 to 12. Other activities will include face painting, cake walk and an Easter bonnet contest for adults. A pizza and drink lunch will be sold for $2.
  • AROMATHERAPY WORKSHOP — with Pat Wing will conclude Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road. This third session is on advanced aromatherapy, where you will learn about the medicinal effect of essential oils. Previous attendance is not required, but some understanding of the use of essential oils is recommended. Fee: $10. For information: 646-0655 or pwing@thacher.org.
  • “EASTER EXPLOSION” — The Church of the Living Christ, 190 E. El Roblar Drive, will host a free event for kids, “Easter Explosion,” Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. (ages 0 through fifth grade), featuring an egg hunt, games and prizes. Call 646-1296.
  • "DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” — The Ojai Film Society will have a second screening of "Dallas Buyers Club" (USA 2013) Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave. General admission is $10, $7 for seniors and students, and free for 2014 society subscribers. This film is rated R.
  • WORSHIP IN THE PARK — The Church of the Living Christ will host an evening of praise and worship with the CLC worship team Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Libbey Bowl. Call 646-1296.
Sunday, April 20
  • EASTER AT THE LAKE — Join Ojai Valley Community Church at Lake Casitas Sunday at 6:30 a.m. to celebrate with an Easter Sunrise Service.¬Free parking will be available for the service at a special event parking area, not through the front gate.¬Handicap parking¬passes also available; call 646-4324. Bring a chair and blanket.¬Pancake breakfast by donation to Homes of Hope, and there will be a free egg hunt for the kids.
  • EASTER IN THE PARK — The Church of the Living Christ will celebrate Easter with the CLC worship team and a message from Pastor Ron Triggs Sunday at 10 a.m. at Libbey Bowl. Call 646-1296.
  • EASTER AT SPIRITUAL LIVING — The Center for Spiritual Living will celebrate Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Center, 441 E. Ojai Ave., featuring an egg hunt and the Easter bunny, plus a brunch for kids and adults.
  • MUSIC AT CASA BARRANCA — Jazz singer Kristin Lee and keyboardist Bruce Bigenho will perform Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Casa Barranca, 208 E. Ojai Ave., 640-1255.
Monday, April 21

No events listed

Tuesday, April 22
  • "MUSIC, MYTHOLOGY AND MEDICINE: HARMONIES OF THE SPHERES" — with Celtic harpist Jeanne Martin will be held April 22 to 25 at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Hill, Ojai. This experiential workshop explores how music has been used as a tool for meditation, healing and inspiration. Discover the timeless connections between music and medicine in the ancient mythic imagination and how this information is applicable today. There will be time for silence in nature, along with inner reflection accompanied by the Celtic harp. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon. Series $35 or $10/session. 646-1139, schoolinfo@krotonainstitute.org. (A18)
  • “PILOTLESS COPS” — Those drones we’ve all been reading about are soon to make their appearance in our own backyards.¬Mike Harris of the Ojai Police Department will speak about the use of drones and other security upgrades planned for the Ojai Valley on Tuesday.¬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. Prospective members are always welcome.¬Call 649-2434 or 646-5296 for reservations.
  • “THE WRITING OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Krotona School. Adelle Chabelski will speak on “The Writing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Call 646-2653 for more details.
  • CITY COUNCIL MEETING — The Ojai City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St.
Wednesday, April 23
  • “OPEN MIC NIGHT” — Giorgio’s Pizza & Subs, 914 E. Ojai Ave. will host “Open Mic Night” every Wednesday at 8 p.m. for poets, singers, comedians, etc. All ages are welcome. Call 646-0854.
  • Thursday, April 24
  • SOURDOUGH SLIM — The hilarious, singing, yodeling, accordion-playing, lasso-twirling cowboy returns to the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club on April 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Buy tickets or find local outlets at  www.ojaiconcertseries.com. (A23)
Thursday, April 17
  • No events listed.
DOWN THE ROAD
  • LAVENDER SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE — The deadline to apply for scholarships from the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival is April 25. You must be a resident of the Ojai Valley. Go to www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org.
  • GIRLS WITH GUITARS AT OYES — The Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St., will host a concert April 25 at 7:30 p.m. by Girls with Guitars Way Out West, led by Cindy Kalmenson. Other members of the group are Natalie Gelman, Caren Armstrong, Kate Wallace and Patricia Cardinali. Kicking off the show will be young singers Keaton Kim, Samantha Franks and Melia Franks. Tickets: $15, at the door or online at BrownPaperTickets.com.
  • BIRD WALK — The Ventura Audubon Society will host a beginners’ bird walk on April 26 at 8:30 a.m. at Persimmon Hill in Ojai, led by Allen Bertke (640-9037).
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COLLECTION EVENT — The County of Ventura Pollution Prevention Center will host a household hazardous materials collection event April 26 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.
  • COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION DAY — A free Community Beautification Day for the Ojai Valley will be held April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Help of Ojai West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road. Take advantage of this event to recycle, or dispose of, the following: residential yard waste and wood (brush, tree trimmings, lumber); appliances, cardboard, plastic, metal, paper items (no refrigerators or air conditioners); bulky items such as mattresses, furniture, water heaters, toilets, etc.; non-recyclable materials such as palm fronds, yuccas, succulents and treated wood, which must be kept separate from your residential yard waste. No paint, e-waste, household hazardous waste, tires or propane tanks will be accepted. Pets are not allowed at this event.
  • “ECOPSYCHOLOGY” — The Ojai Valley Green Coalition will host an introductory workshop, “Ecopsychology: Exploring the Complex Relationship between Nature and Human Nature,” April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., conducted by Lori Pye, Ph.D., at the Coalition Resource Center, 206-S N. Signal St. Pye is a fascinating thinker who is donating her time and knowledge to benefit OVGC. For full details, go to www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.org or call 669-8445.
  • 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 of downtown historical and cultural attractions). Docent Barbara Washburn will lead the April 26 tour. Cost is $5 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations, to schedule groups or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
  • “VIBRATION OF SOUNDS AND COLORS” — Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, will host a class titled “The Vibration of Sounds and Colors — Balancing the Subtle Bodies” on April 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Learn guided balancing using sound and color. Suggested donation: $5. Call 646-5508.
  • BOOK SIGNING — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host author John Mulhall, reading and signing his debut novel, “Geddy’s Moon,” April 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. Call 646-1639.
  • FIBER FESTIVAL — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host a free Fiber Festival on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring demonstrations, classes and a fiber market with local artisans. Vendors of fibers and fiber-related objects will be on site. Call 646-1639.
  • OLD-TIME FIDDLERS — California State Old-Time Fiddlers, District 8, will meet April 27 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. Admission and parking are free. Refreshments are available. For more information, visit www.calfiddlers.com or call 797-6563.
  • MUSIC AT CASA BARRANCA — Jazz singer Victoria Leon will perform April 27 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Casa Barranca, 208 E. Ojai Ave., 640-1255.
  • “THE YIN AND YANG OF YOGA” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet April 29 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School. Paul Benedict and Terry Hunt will speak on “The Yin and Yang of Yoga.” Call 646-2653 for more details.
  • DEADLINE FOR PLAY SUGGESTIONS — The Ojai Art Center Theater will accept suggestions for plays for its 2015 season through April 30. Email to Michael Addison at jmsynge@gmail.com, mail to Ojai ACT, P.O. Box 331, Ojai, CA 93024, or drop off a copy of the play script to the Art Center office, 113 S. Montgomery St. Call 218-3370 with questions.
  • OJAI STORYTELLING FESTIVAL — The 15th annual Ojai Storytelling Festival will be held at various venues in Ojai from May 1 through 4, featuring a stellar lineup of international tellers and musicians. A complete schedule is available at www.ojaistoryfest.org or call 646-8907. “Naughty Tales,” an evening for adults (21-plus), will be held May 3 at 9:45 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. Seating for this event is reserved; tickets are $50.
ONGOING
  • 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.
  • BREAST-FEEDING AND NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View, holds meetings in Room 2 Wednesdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. to talk about breast-feeding and parenting. Suggested donation: $5 to $10. Just drop by. The breast-feeding hotline is 646-7559, Ext. 1.
  • TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS — Ojai Valley Toastmasters meets Fridays at 6:30 a.m. in the Library Room at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. Come visit and hear a variety of presentations. For more information, call 207-5094.
  • ROTARY ECO CLUB — The Rotary Eco Club meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 W. Baldwin Road, in Room A-3. All are invited to attend. For more information contact Jane McClenahan at janedg0708@rotarysuccess.com or Lisa Malone at 646-3483.
  • 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 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.
  • ZUMBA — Zumba workouts are held at the Ojai Art Center,¬113 S. Montgomery St., Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 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.
  • MEINERS OAKS KNITTING CLUB — meets at Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave., 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 afghans for Ojai Valley Family Shelter sites and Project Linus, a nonprofit group providing blankets to children in need. Call 646-4804 for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • STORY TIME IN MEINERS OAKS — The Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave., will host stories and crafts for preschoolers on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 646-4804 for more information.
  • MAH-JONGG GROUP — Mah-jongg enthusiasts are invited to join a group Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at Help of Ojai , 111 W. Santa Ana St. Beginners are welcome to come and enjoy the ancient game for fun and mental stimulation. 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 pofessional 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 Dharmacharya Chân Niem Hy. No experience necessary. Call¬ 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. All you need to bring is a strong back and a desire to help. Volunteers usually meet at the designated pick spot at around 8:30 a.m. and work for two to three hours. For more information: kjorgensen@foodshare.com 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.
  • OJAI BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT — Livingston Hospice and Help of Ojai hold grief support groups to help those who have experienced a loss on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Help of Ojai, 370 Baldwin Road. Explore and express feelings, understand the grief process and receive emotional support. Free of charge, all are welcome. Call Kathy Leary-Wilde at 218-9798 for more information.
  • 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.
  • MIDRASH — Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., holds a “Midrash” group on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room where the community can struggle with the Scriptures to find deeper meaning in the difficult Bible stories. Call 340-8626 for more information.
  • 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 Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During daylight-saving time the shelter is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Visit humanesocietyvc.org to see photos of animals available. Call 646-6505.
  • BRIDGE GROUP — Meet new friends and have fun at the same time. If you don’t know how to play bridge, we’ll teach you. We meet every Monday from 9 a.m. to noon at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. Call 646-5122.
  • QUILTERS ANONYMOUS — Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, the Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Road, holds a drop-in class for quilters. Call 649-5956 for more information.
  • SHAMBHALA MEDITATION GATHERINGS — The Ojai Shambhala group meets for sitting meditation, readings and tea every Sunday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 211-E N. Carillo Road, in the Creekside Village. Call 272-8636 for more details.
  • FORMER CHRISTIAN SUPPORT — Let’s co-create a free group program to help each other heal from religious indoctrination; embrace self-acceptance and a happy heart. Welcoming all new choices in philosophical outlook. Emphasis on freedom to be you. Email: FormerChristianSupport@aol.com.
  • OJAI SRI SATHYA SAI BABA CENTER —  The Ojai Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center meets Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Call 646-3250.
  • 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.
  • SITTING MEDITATION — is held Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. at Being Peace Zendo, a home-based center practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Call 252-2448.
  • 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.
  • RHYTHM AND DANCE WORKOUT — Eden Flynn leads dance workouts in various styles Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. at Sacred Space Studio, 410-A Bryant Circle. Lift your spirits, exercise and stretch to live drumming. Donations are welcome.
  • SELF-ENRICHMENT AT LITTLE HOUSE — A group of seniors meets Fridays at 10 a.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, to bend, stretch, stimulate, exhilarate and recreate their minds. Featured are speakers, group participation, armchair travel, hot topics, current news, etc. with refreshments being served. All seniors are welcome. Call Dolores at 640-0088.
  • 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.
  • WII BOWLING FOR SENIORS — Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, hosts Wii Bowling for Seniors every Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call 646-5122 for more details.
  • WALK FOR LIFE! — Sacred Space Studio, 410-A Bryant Circle, will host Mary Jo Healy leading “Awareness Thru Movement” classes to explore and improve your natural walk, Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The first class is free. Lessons will vary on floor, sitting or standing, using your walk before and after to compare. Call 886-6078 for more details.
  • ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES — ESL classes are offered through Ojai Unified Adult Education at Meiners Oaks School, Mondays from 3 to 7 p.m. (call 640-4378), and in Room 6 at Ojai Unified District offices, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. (call 640-4330).
  • CASUAL BRIDGE — games are held Thursdays from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai.  More players are welcome. Just drop by or call Donna Hunt at 646-2980.
  • “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.
  • 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.
  • FIBROMYALGIA-CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP — Bella Donna, a holistic health care practitioner, will hold free informative gatherings for those who suffer from fibromyalgia-chronic fatigue syndrome the first Thursday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St. Email BellaInOjai@gmail.com with questions.
  • READING TUTORS NEEDED — Training for volunteers to tutor for the Adult Literacy Program is offered by the Library Services Agency. Call 641-4484.
  • 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.
  • 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: tim@mountaindogmusic.com or 649-8500.
  • TAROT CARD READING — Tarot card reader Donna Ellen reads the cards Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. at Ojai House, 304 N. Montgomery St. Drop in or call 493-7707 for an appointment.
  • 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: hscottsmith@sbcglobal.net or 640-1004 .
  • 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.
  • FIBROMYALGIA-CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP — Bella Donna, a holistic health care practitioner, will hold free informative gatherings for those who suffer from fibromyalgia-chronic fatigue syndrome the third Thursday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave. Email BellaInOjai@gmail.com with questions.
  • CAREGIVERS HAVEN — a support group for caregivers, meets the first Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Help of Ojai’s West Campus on Baldwin Road. Call 218-9798 or 646-5122 for directions or questions.
  • 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 and an be mailed to The Jane Cusumano Foundation, 1129 Maricopa Highway, PMB 126, Ojai, CA 93023.
  • 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.
  • FREE YOUTH ULTIMATE FRISBEE — Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Road, offers free Youth Ultimate Frisbee for boys and girls in fifth to eighth grades Fridays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Call 646-5581, Ext. 303, for more details.
  • 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. 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.
  • QUILTERS ANONYMOUS— meets Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 185 St. Thomas Drive. Beginners are welcome and membership is free. Call 649-5956 for information.
  • 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.
  • “TEENS TEACH TECH” — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts ”Teens Teach Tech” every second and fourth Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., for those who are having trouble figuring out their electronic devices (phones iPads, etc.). Call 646-1639 for details.
  • 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, Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. when school is in session. Call 289-0368.
  • BRIDGE CLUB — The Ojai Valley Bridge Club meets Mondays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., at the corner of Loma Drive. All bridge players are welcome. Call 646-1211.
  • 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 Ron Chegwidden at 649-2434.
  • 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.
  • 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 during office hours. Email info@ojailifechoices.org or call the 24-hour hotline at 646-6830.
  • ALIGN YOUR BODY FOR WELLNESS — A free exercise class called Align Your Body for Wellness is held every Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. (with brief breaks between sessions) at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. Call 646-5122 for more details.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. in the annex at The Farmer and The Cook, 339 W. El Roblar Drive in Meiners Oaks. This beekeeping and bee appreciation club for enthusiasts in the Ojai Valley and surrounding area meets to share information and resources with experts and guest speakers.
  • WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FROM DIAGNOSIS TO THRIVERSHIP — Women who have triumphed over cancer, women still undergoing treatment and those considering treatment — all meet to share tips, choices, experiences, strategies and encouragement the third Monday of the month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s Oak Tree House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. Newcomers are welcome. Call Kathy Leary-Wilde at 218-9798 for more information.
  • INTUITIVE TAROT READINGS — are offered at Nutmeg’s Ojai House, 304 N. Montgomery St., Thursday through Sunday, walk in or by appointment (640-1656), with Jill Townsend and the Rev. Kate Hawkins. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • RELAY FOR LIFE — Are you a cancer survivor or currrently receiving treatment? You are invited to get involved in the upcoming locl Relay for Life ev ent. Contact Wendy Christy at 208-5084 or wchristy2@roadrunner.com for more information.
  • 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.
  • OJAI VALLEY PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP — continues to meet the third Wednesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St. There are always knowledgeable people presenting tough questions and often getting clear answers. Call 988-7599.
  • THE BREAKFAST CLUB — brings business people together to network and help each other generate new prospects and share marketing ideas. The club meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Eggs & Potatoes in Ojai. For more information,  email lohscan@aol.com or call Trixi Scantlin at 525-1917.
  • OJAI DANCE MEDICINE — is a journey into healing held Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. Call 646-0117.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • “ZUMBA FITNESS” — Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., offers classes in “Zumba Fitness” on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Youth Center. All are invited. Suggested donation at the door: $5. Call Maria at 340-8626 for more information.
  • 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 health.groups@yahoo.com 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 Tuesday and 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. 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 Irina Dukhon. Suggested donation is $5. Call (206) 909-8918 for more information.
  • ART GROUP — Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, hosts a free Art Group every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own art supplies and join in sharing your creativity. Call 646-5122.
  • 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.
  • LEGAL HELP — A volunteer attorney 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.
  • ALANO 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 646-9187.
  • 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, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 649-8750 for more information.
  • SHAKESPEARE SALON — The Ojai Shakespeare Festival's Second Century Shakespeare Salon meets the first and third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., to read and discuss the works of the bard. The club is free and open to everyone. Call Laurie Walters Slade at 646-3733.
  • GENEALOGY LIBRARY OPEN — Find your roots at the Genealogy Library Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 8:30 p.m. at 411 San Antonio Drive, Ojai. Call 646-2173 or 640-8351.
  • 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.

© Ojai Valley News, 2014


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