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This week

Friday, June 22
LOS LOBOS AT LIBBEY BOWL — Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai, will host a concert by Los Lobos, today at 7 p.m. For tickets: (888) 645-5006, www.wmmts.com or ticketmaster.
“33 VARIATIONS”  — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host performances of the extraordinary play, “33 Variations,” directed by Richard Camp, today through July 15, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Modern-day characters interact with those from the past in this play bridging two centuries. Beethoven is a character (played by Cecil Sutton) and during the presentation a pianist will play excerpts from Beethoven’s “33 Variations.” Call (805) 640-8797 or visit OjaiACT.org.
EIGHTH BLACKBIRD’S CREATIVE LAB CONCERTS — Eighth Blackbird, a Chicago-based Grammy Award-winning music ensemble, recently held its second summer training program, Blackbird Creative Lab, at Besant Hill School, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai. The program will culminate with a pair of concerts open to the public, today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Zalk Theater.  For tickets or more information: www.blackbirdcreativelab.org.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE CONCERT — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host a concert by Kavika G and the Kosmic Geckos, led by Ojai favorite David Gorospe, today at 8 p.m. The live performance will be followed by a reggae DJ set. Donations suggested. For more information, call (805) 340-7893.
Saturday, June 23
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 (805) 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 Megan Pemberton will lead the June 23 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.

“STRANGE AND EXOTIC CREATURES” — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will present a program Saturday at 11 a.m. on “Strange and Exotic Critters,” led by Erin Koski, director of Luzonica, who will bring some unusual animals for you to meet up-close and personal. Donations: adults $3, youth 5 to 18 $2, free for younger than 5. Call (805) 382-9759.
“COMPASSION AND CARE AT THE END OF LIFE” — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Ian James “Succino” giving a presentation on “Compassion and Care at the End of Life,” Saturday at 1 p.m. He will share observations and insights gained while going through caring for his wife when she had cancer, including her hospice time and eventual death. Succino will also talk about what can be done before such an event overtakes a couple. This program is free and open to the public. Call (805) 218-9146 for more information.
DARK STAR ORCHESTRA AT LIBBEY BOWL — Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai, will host a concert by Dark Star Orchestra, Saturday at 7 p.m. For tickets: (888) 645-5006, www.wmmts.com or ticketmaster.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE CONCERT — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host female vocalist and songwriter Brie Capone in concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m., as she tours the nation with the release of her new EP, “If I Let You In.” Donations suggested. For more information, call (805) 340-7893.
Sunday, June 24
SUMMER SOLSTICE NATURE HIKE — on Pine Mountain with Lanny Kaufer will be held Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn identification and uses of native plants and explore the ecosystem of the mixed conifer forest. Cost: $25 adults; $20 seniors 62-up; $15 students 13-18; kids 5-12 free by arrangement (one per adult). Register at HerbWalks.com or (805) 646-6281. (J22)
DEVOTIONAL RETREAT —  The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, will host the Rev. Karen S. Wylie’s monthly devotional retreat Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The theme will be “Awakening!” Open to people of all faiths. Suggested donation: $20. Call (310) 968-8928 or go to www.karenswylie.com.
POTTERY PAINTING AND GLAZING WORKSHOP — Firestock Pottery Studio, 1804 E. Ojai Ave., invites you to a workshop to paint or glaze a piece of bisque-fired pottery of your choice, Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.  Space is limited; call (805) 272-8760 for reservations.
COMMUNITY MURAL RECEPTION — Ojai Studio Artists invites the public to a reception being held Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Coffee Connection, 311 E. El Roblar Drive, to celebrate and install the community thank-you mural to first responders. A film (put together by David Baker) of OSA artists and community members painting the mural will be shown.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE ART HOUSE FILM — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host a screening of the film, “Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead,” Sunday at 7 p.m. Donations suggested. For more information, call (805) 340-7893.
Monday, June 25
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL — Calvary Chapel of the Ojai Valley, 195 Mahoney Ave., Oak View, will host a free Vacation Bible School from June 25 through June 29, 8 a.m. to noon, with the theme, “Lord of the Rings.” Register at www.calvaryojai.org or on the first day of the event. Call 649-1515 for more information.
OJAI DEMOCRATS MEETING — All are welcome to the meeting of Ojai Democrats, Monday at 7 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., behind City Hall. Andy Gilman of Ojai Chatauqua will talk on water developments since the May 21 water panel, and update and discuss county action on short-term erentals, with possible supervisor representation.
Tuesday, June 26
RETIRED MEN’S CLUB MEETING — On Tuesday, Travis Fisher, an inspector for the Ojai Valley Sanitary District, will speak about home sewer maintenance and sealing your system. 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 (805) 646-3746 for information.
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, June 27
CMWD BOARD MEETING — The Board of Directors of Casitas Municipal Water District will meet Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the main office, 1055 Ventura Ave., Oak View. The public is invited.

Down the road

“GLEE SHOW”  — The Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 907 El Centro St., Ojai, will culminate its Glee Camp for ages 8 through 14 with a showcase performance, June 29 at 6 p.m. Learn more at www.oyespresents.org or call (805) 646-4300.
LAVENDER FESTIVAL — The 15th annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival will be held June 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Libbey Park, feauring a marketplace of lavender plants and products (116 vendors plus five lavender farms), cooking demonstrations, art, games, food, live music and more. Many sales will benefit Thomas Fire victims. More lavender events will be held on Sunday. Call 646-3424 for more details.
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 Megan Pemberton will lead the June 30 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390. These tours will “go dark” during July and September and begin again in October.
“LAST DAYS OF THE DINOSAURS” — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will present a program June 30 at 11 a.m. on “Last Days of the Dinosaurs,” led by Richard Wade, scientist, artist and educator. This program is appropriate for all ages. Donations: adults $3, youth 5 to 18 $2, free for younger than 5. Call (805) 382-9759.
“JAMMIN’ AT THE A.C.” — The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host Crooked Eye Tommy and his band performing on the back patio, July 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Call (805) 646-0117.
FREE PATRIOTIC CONCERT — A free concert of patriotic music will be offered by the Ojai Band, 805 Brass and others, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Libbey Bowl, starting with a balloon march for the kids. Bring a picnic lunch or get something from the food trucks.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST — The Ojai Valley Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast at Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., July 4 from 7 to 10 a.m.
YOUTH FREEDOM RUN — The Rotary Club of Ojai and Ojai Unified School District will again host the Youth Freedom Run for ages 2 through 12 at Ojai Avenue and Signal Street, July 4 starting with registration at 8:45 a.m. and the run at 9:15 a.m.
INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE — The Ojai Independence Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. on July 4, going down Ojai Avenue from Country Club Drive to Park Road. This year’s theme is “United We Stand” and Trevor Quirk is the grand marshal.
CONCERT AND FIREWORKS SHOW — The stadium at Nordhoff High School will again be the site for the Fourth of July concert and fireworks show, with the gates opening at 5 p.m. to enjoy a live band, food trucks and games for the kids and the fireworks display starting at 9:15 p.m. Tickets available at American Hay, Attitude Adjustment or online at www.4thofjulyinojai.com.
“WONDERFUL WORLD OF BEES” — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will present a program July 7 at 11 a.m. on “Wonderful World of Bees,” led by Anna D. Howell, a UC entomologist. Discover the fascinating world of bees and its impact on the ecosystem. Donations: adults $3, youth 5 to 18 $2, free for younger than 5. Call (805) 382-9759.
“JAMMIN’ AT THE A.C.” — The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host The Milton Kelley Band performing on the back patio, July 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Call (805) 646-0117.
SMART DRIVER COURSE — Help of Ojai will offer an AARP Smart Driver class July 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This two-day class helps individuals tune up their driving skills and update their knowledge of the rules of the road. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Make check to AARP and give to instructor. Call Help of Ojai at (805) 646-5122 to register.
SUMMER MEDICINAL PLANT WORKSHOP — in Ojai with Dr. James Adams and Lanny Kaufer will be held July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn identification and medicinal uses of native plants from a USC pharmacologist and prepare botanical home remedies. Cost: $75. Register at HerbWalks.com or 646-6281. (Jy6)
APPLY FOR WOMEN’S FUND GRANTS — The Ojai Women’s Fund is now accepting applications for the 2018 grants cycle. Deadline to submit is July 23. Funding categories are: Arts, Education, Environment, Health and Social Services. For information: https://www.ojaiwomensfund.org.

Ongoing

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 (805) 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 are also welcome. Call (805) 646-6433.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY — Church of the Living Christ, 190 E. El Roblar Drive, Ojai, hosts Celebrate Recovery, a Christian AA program every Friday at 7 p.m. Come heal your hurts, hang-ups and habits. Questions? Norm at (805) 320-5499.
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 (805) 646-8040.
AMERICAN LEGION DINNERS — The public is welcome to dinners sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the Ojai American Legion Post 482, 843 E. Ojai Ave., held the first and third Fridays of each month. All proceeds benefit veterans, student scholarships and packages for troops overseas.
ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS MEETINGS — Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families hold 12-step meetings every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 409 Topa Topa Drive, Ojai. For more information: www.adultchildren.org.
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING — Free blood pressure screening is offered the first Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Medicine Shoppe, 960 E. Ojai Ave. Call (805) 646-0106.
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 (805) 640-0211.
HOME SECURITY PATROL  — The Ojai Valley Security Patrol provides home security for when you are on vacation. Call the Ojai Police at (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 646-6433.
BRIDGE CLUBS — The Ojai Bridge Club meets Mondays and the Oak View Bridge Club meets 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 (805) 512-6746.
UKULELE CLUB AT OJAI LIBRARY — The Ojai Library Ukulele Club meets every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the main gallery, 111 E. Ojai Ave., for a jam session and workshop. The club is open to all ages and levels of experience. If you have your own ukulele, bring it along. The club has a couple of extra ukuleles. Call (805) 218-9146 for more details.
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 (805) 646-3746.
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. Call Michaela at (805) 236-9959 for information.
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 (805) 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. during the school year. Call (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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. Refreshments will be provided. Call (805) 833-0746 for more details.
SHAMBHALA MEDITATION — The Ojai Valley Shambhala Meditation Group meets Sundays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at 504 Lion St., Ojai, for mindful meditation. For more information and special classes, call Nina at (805) 798-8811.
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 (805) 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, (805) 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 (805) 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, (805) 646-1577.
RAPE CRISIS HOTLINE — The Rape Crisis Hotline at 656-1111 offers counseling and other services.
“PAWS FOR READING” AT OJAI LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts the free “Paws for Reading” program every second and fourth Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. Children are invited to come read aloud to 4-year-old basset hound, George, a certified therapy dog (accompanied by Lindsey Boubel). Call (805) 646-6019 for more details.
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 (805) 649-8750 for more information.
SHAKESPEARE READING SALON — The Shakespeare Reading Salon meets the first and third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Ojai Library’s new community room. All are welcome, whether you know a lot about Shakespeare, or very little, whether you love to read aloud or just listen. For more information write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Laurie at (805) 646-3733.
OJAI VALLEY BEE CLUB MEETING — The Ojai Valley Bee Club meets every second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., now at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 W. Baldwin Road, 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 (805) 984-9472.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS — Join Deirdre Daly on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m., as she facilitates a Caregiver Support Group at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St. Call (800) 272-3900 for more details.
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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 649-9548 or Nancy at (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 646-2173 or (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 646-0068 for more details.
SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING — Small business counseling is available regularly at the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce. Call (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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.
“PAWS FOR READING” AT MEINERS OAKS LIBRARY — The Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave., hosts the free “Paws for Reading” program every first and third Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. Children are invited to come read aloud to 4-year-old basset hound, George, a certified therapy dog (accompanied by Lindsey Boubel). Call (805) 646-6019 for more details.
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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 646-0117.
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP —  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 help 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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. 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. Call (805) 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. Visit www.ojaimindfulness.org for more information.
BEGINNING KRIYA MEDITATION CLASS — is held Mondays at 7 p.m. in Ojai. Call (805) 646-7575 for directions or details.
OJAI VALLEY DEMOCRATS MEETINGS — The Ojai Valley Democrats meet at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month (except August and December) at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai (behind City Hall and up the ramp). For information, see Facebook or call (805) 746-0199.
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 (805) 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 (805) 646-3583 or (805) 646-9072.
MEDITATION LECTURES — Free lectures on the Transcendental Meditation Program are held every week in Ojai. Call (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 646-1639.
OJAI QUILTERS ANONYMOUS — Ojai Quilters Anonymous meets Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (805) 649-5956 for more information.
OJAI SRI SATHYA SAI BABA CENTER —  The Ojai Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center meets Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Call (805) 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 (805) 798-1871 for reservations or more imformation.
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 (805) 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 (805) 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 Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 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 (805) 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 (805) 640-6936 or (805) 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 (805) 640-4330, Ext. 1960, for information.
“EXPLORING WATERCOLORS” — Patty Van Dyke and Gayel Childress 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 Kristy at (805) 646-1446.
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 (805) 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 The Lighthouse, 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 (805) 646-2442.
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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 640-8293 to see if you qualify.

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