Friday, Oct. 4
MUSIC AT IL GIARDINO — Award-winning singers-songwriters-recording artists Smitty and Julija perform Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Il Giardino Restaurant, 401 E. Ojai Ave. No cover charge. Call 640-7381.
“WONDER AND MYSTERY: NATURE MYSTICISM IN POETRY” — with local author, poet and SBCC teacher, Christina Pages, will be held at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Hill, Oct. 4 to 6. The first half of each weekend session is readings and discussions, the second half, writing and sharing. Today, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon. Weekend $35, or $10/session. 646-1139, email@example.com. (Oc4)
“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” — Senga Classic Stage Company will present Oscar Wilde’s comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” at the Ojai Valley Grange, 381 Cruzero St., Ojai, through this weekend. Shows will be held today at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For reservations, go to www.sengaclassicstagecompany.com or call 646-4885.
Saturday, Oct. 5
NATIVE PLANT SALE — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will open the nursery on the Ojai Meadows Preserve for its twice yearly native plant sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The nursery is located on Besant Road on the left at the first curve in the road (no parking on Besant, please walk in from Lomita or the preserve). These are the same plants (harvested from native seeds) that OVLC uses for restoration projects on its preserves. Call 649-6852, Ext. 2, 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 of downtown historical and cultural attractions). Docent Barbara Washburn will lead the Oct. 5 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.
“ART 21” FILMS — The Ojai Arts Commission will conclude the free film series, “Arts Ojai,” featuring the PBS award-winning “Art 21” program. “Identity” will screen Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave . This film features painter-videographer-printmaker-sculptor-performance artist Bruce Nauman, painter and installation artist Kerry James Marshall, sculptor Louis Bourgeois and public art sculptor Maya Lin, and an introduction by photographer William Wegman and comedian-musician Steve Martin.
FASHION SHOW — The Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., will hold its annual Fashion Show on Saturday at noon. The theme is “Downton Abbey” and they will be serving high tea. A $20 donation would be appreciated to go to the Scholarship Fund. Call Bobbie Mickle at 646-7982 for more information.
OKTOBERFEST — Ojai Beverage Company, 655 E. Ojai Ave., will hold its Oktoberfest celebration Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m. under its huge tent. The event will feature beers, bands, pretzels, brats, and a costume contest. Admission at the door is $5, then pay as you go. Call 646-1700.
BOOK SIGNING AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Ojai author Susan Salguero signing and reading from her new book, “Lighten the Load: Tips and Tools to Ease Aging, Dying, Grieving,” Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. Learn how to get your affairs in order and not be a burden to family. Call 646-1639.
FALL FIESTA — Food for Thought Ojai invites the community to a celebration at the Meiners Oaks Elementary School school garden, 400 S. Lomita Ave., Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.Entrance to the event is through the playground at the back of the school.Live music, food samples and garden tours will be available, as well as tractor photos, pumpkins and Mi Gusta Tamales for purchase. All money raised at the event will be matched by singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s All at Once organization, which will benefit all five FFT-supported OUSD gardens.
“A PLACE AT THE TABLE” — Oak View Library’s Book to Action participants will sponsor a free community screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, “A Place at the Table,” Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave. Directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, the film examines the crisis of food security, hunger, obesity and food access. A reception with refreshments begins at 5:30 p.m. and the screening will be followed by discussion. Donations of non-perishable boxed or canned food will be gladly accepted. Please RSVP to 649-1523.
FREE FILM AT TEMPLE — "Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope"will be shown at the Jewish Community of the Oaks, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This documentary tells the story of how a miniature Torah was created at a concentration camp by a rabbi for a secret pre-dawn bar mitzvah. The boy, Ilon Ramon, grew up to become Israel's lead scientist for this Space Shuttle mission. This film was created in conjunction with the 10-year remembrance of the 2003 Space Shuttle disaster. Films are free and open to the public; donations are appreciated. Call 646-1721.
Sunday, Oct. 6
“CLEAR YOURSELF II” — Soul Centered, 311 N. Montgomery St., will host“Clear Yourself II:Experimenting with Tools for Clearing,” Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. Explore four different techniques for clearing energetic blocks on an individual and group basis.Build confidence in a guided, supportive environment. Bring a floor mat or towel and a head rest or support for comfort. Tickets, $20, in advance or at the door. (Oc4)
“OJAI’S GOT TALENT!” AUDITIONS — The Nordhoff High School music department will hold auditions for “Ojai’s Got Talent,” Sunday from 1 from 4 p.m. Sign up for your audition slot at www.nhsmusic.com. All acts must be under five minutes in length. Piano and microphone will be provided. You must bring your own accompaniment. Questions: Call 640-4343, Ext. 1861.
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT — The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host a Chamber Music Concert, Sunday at 2 p.m., featuring acclaimed musicians, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Comerford and pianist Natasha Kislenko. They will perform “A Tribute to Women in Music,” an afternoon of art songs by all female composers, including Nadia Boulanger, Alma Schindler Mahler, Maria Grever and Judith Vander. Tickets sold only at the door: $10 general admission, $8 for Art Center members and students. Call 640-8327 for more details.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
“THROUGH DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT” — with Adelle Chabelski, will be held at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Hill, Oct. 8 through 11. In these four mornings we will explore the writings and voices of those who survived the Holocaust, to gain insights into the resilience and power of the human spirit. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon. Series $35, or $10/session. 646-1139, firstname.lastname@example.org. (Oc4)
“HOW GREEN IS MY GARDEN?” — Permaculture is a new approach to gardening designed to create a self-sustaining collection of plants that are healthier and more productive through their mutual contribution to the overall garden. Conner Jones, who recently made a presentation at Flora Gardens, will explain the concept Tueday to members. 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 640-9068 for reservations.
“SENIORS HELPING SENIORS” — The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St., will host Terri Wolfe, director of Help of Ojai, Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., giving a free talk on “Seniors Helping Seniors” that wil touch on volunteering and other topics. Open to everyone. Call 646-1446, Ext. 118, for more details.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING — The Ojai City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St.
“MY STORY” — BookEnds Bookstore, 110 S. Pueblo Ave., Meiners Oaks, will continue its Tuesday night lecture series, “My Story,” Tuesday at 7 p.m. with author and healer Gabriele Blackburn, whose family escaped the Nazis after a premonition saved their lives. From Los Angeles, they followed Krishnamurti to Ojai and her father helped build Oak Grove School. Suggested donation: $5 to $10 or buy a book. Seating is limited; call 640-9441 to reserve a seat.
“THE HEART OF LISTENING” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Krotona School. Adam Rumack will talk about “The Heart of Listening: Council Practice and the Path of Social and Personal Transformation.” Call 646-2653 for more details.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
GARDEN CLUB MEETING — The Ojai Valley Garden Club will meet Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Fisher Hall at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 409 Topa Topa Drive, at the corner of Bristol Road, Ojai. Guest are welcome. Herbalist Nathan Kaehler will discuss the power of herbal flowers and uses of local medicinal herbs.
COLLEGE FAIR — Villanova Preparatory School, 12096 N. Ventura Ave., Ojai, will host a College Fair Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and will feature representatives from 25 colleges and universities from all over the country. Students and parents canmeet with college admission officers, attend information workshops, and ask questions. Call 646-1464, Ext. 115, for more information.
MUSIC AT AZU — Fern Barishman plays piano and sings favorite tunes Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Azu, 457 E. Ojai Ave. Call 640-7987.
FREE MIRABAI DEVI SCREENING — A Mirabai Devi TV interview will be screened Tuesday, 7 to 10 p.m., preceded by meditation and followed by heart sharing. No charge. Call John at 640-3650.
“PSYCHO” — The free classic films for youth program will continue with Alfred Hitchcock’s terrifying “Psycho” being screened this Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Road, in the Multipurpose Room. Call 646-8946.
PEDDLERS’ FAIR — Ojai Peddlers’ Fair will feature antiques, collectibles, crafts and clothing, Oct. 12 and 13 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.
“WILD ABOUT OJAI” — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will host its next “Wild About Ojai” event Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the office, 370 W. Baldwin Road. Brian Stark, conservation director, will discuss “Introduction to Orienteering. Free admission for OVLC members, $10 for non-members; reservations are required, email@example.com or 649-6852, Ext. 2.
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 Cricket Twichell will lead the Oct. 12 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.
DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE — A participational joyous meditative circle dance using chants from various traditions to open the heart and form a sense of community, will be held Oct. 12 at 6:45 p.m. at Sacred Space Studio, 410-A Bryant Circle. Call 701-1327.
OJAI WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL — Performances To Grow On will present the third annual Ojai World Music Festival Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m.at Libbey Bowl. On tap are Keola Beamer, slack key guitar master; the Native American flutes of Carlos Nakai; jazz piano by Geoffrey Keezer; and the flowing hula of Moanalani Beamer. Advance tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors (65-plus), and $15 for kids younger than 15; tickets are $5 more at the door. Visit www.ojaiworldmusic.org or call 646-8907 for tickets. A VIP tickets is also available for $50 that includes a pre-concert reception with the performers at La Fonte and reserved seating in the first five rows. Workshops will be held at the Kim Maxwell Studio, 226 W. Ojai Ave. at 11 a.m. featuring Monanalani Beamer ($15) and at 1 p.m. with Keola Beamer ($20).
HOLISTIC HEALING FAIR — Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., will hold its monthly Holistic Healing Fair featuring a variety of modalities, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In celebration of its one-year anniversary of these healing fairs, Healing in America will offer free 20-minute chakra balancing and energy healig sessions. Call 640-0211 to reserve space
"EVENING OF EURASIAN CUISINE, BIOINTENSIVE GARDENING, AND CELTIC MUSIC" — a benefit for Biointensive for Russia's sustainable gardening work in Eurasia, will be held Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road. Soprano Doris Williams will sing and accompany herself on her lute. Donation: $25, $5 concert only at 7:30. RSVP: 640-1897. (Oc11)
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.
FEED YOUR BODY AND SOUL — Stop by the Ojai Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 291 E. El Roblar Drive, each Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a hot meal followed by a short Bible study. For more information, call 640-0358.
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.
GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN — meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at 922 Topaz Court in Ojai. The group is open to all relative caregivers, not just grandparents. Call 646-6118.
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.
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.
NICOTINE ANONYMOUS — Meetings for Nicotine Anonymous are held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View, in the staff lounge, for those with a desire to stop smoking.
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.
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 9:45 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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@sbc
global.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.
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 s”Teens Teach Tech” every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon, 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 United Methodist Church, corner of Maricopa Highway and Church Road. All bridge players are welcome. Call 640-8523 or 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 email@example.com 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.
PARENT SUPPORT GROUP — United Parents hosts a free parent support group the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. at Aurora Vista Del Mar Hospital Conference Room. Call 653-6434, Ext. 243.
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 — 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.
DIVORCE CARE — A divorce recovery and support group meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., Ojai. Divorce Care features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. Call 646-4324.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.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. Each month there is an outdoor hike, backpacking or camping trip. Visit www.ojai.net/troop504 or call Bill O’Brien at 646-1542.
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.
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 SUPPORTGROUP — 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
DIVORCE CARE WORKSHOP — Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m., a Divorce Care Workshop is held at Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St. Call 646-4324 or 640-8689.
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 Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., 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 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Knitters of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Members knit squares which are assembled into afghans and scarves for Ojai Valley Family Shelter sites. 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.”
MAH-JONGG GROUP — Mah-jongg enthusiasts are invited to join a group Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Ojai. Beginners are welcome to come and enjoy the ancient game for fun and mental stimulation. For more information, call Jeanne Harvey at 646-8053.
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 Nathaniel Wolper at 646-7077 for more details.
BEGINNING KRIYA MEDITATION CLASS — is held Mondays at 7 p.m. in Ojai. Call 646-7575 for directions or details.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP FOOD SHARE — Food Share, Ventura County's food bank, has an ongoing need of volunteers to join the gleaning team in Ojai. Most Tuesday mornings, a group of volunteers meets in Ojai for the purpose of picking local fruit and vegetables. The volunteers meet at 8 a.m. at a designated meeting place near the pick site. They work for about one to two hours. Call 983-7100, Ext. 105.
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.
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 643-6674.
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 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. at Being Peace Zendo, a home-based center practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, at 308 Drown Ave., Ojai (enter through driveway). Call 669-8432.
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.
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.