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Upcoming Events

Ojai Valley News

Calendar of events/around our valley

Updated each Thursday

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This week

Friday, Aug. 11
OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE SUMMER NEW WORKS FESTIVAL — The Ojai Playwrights Conference Summer New Works Festival continues daily through Aug. 13. For schedule of events, tickets and more information, call 640-0400 or go to www.ojaiplays.org.
MOVIE NIGHT AT OJAI RECREATION — The Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Road, will sponsor a Parent’s Night Out, today from 6 to 9 p.m., screening “Moana” in the Multipurpose Room at the Boyd Center. Pizza, popcorn and juice will be provided for ages 5 and up for $10 per child. Bring blankets and seating of choice, mats are provided. Call 646-5581, Ext. 390, for more information.
“WINDS AND WINES” FUNDRAISER — Topa Mountain Winery, 821 W. Ojai Ave., will host a fundraising event with exotic music and wine for Flutes Across the World, today from 6 to 8 p.m. Come support the group’s work with children here in America who will give thousands of flutes to the children of the Philippines for the upcoming Mindanao Music Mission 2017. Bring your own appetizers or picnic if you wish or buy from the food truck services. For more information, call John Zeretzke at 798-2480 or visit www.flutesacrosstheworld.org.
“ANYTHING GOES” — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will present Cole Porter’s legendary madcap musical, “Anything Goes,” through Aug. 13, with performances today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $20 general, $18 seniors and Art Center members, $15 students; available at www.ojaiact.org or call 640-8797.
Saturday, Aug. 12
HEARTSONG QIGONG DEMONSTRATIONS— Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road in Ojai, will host free demonstrations on the terrace of Heartsong Qigong by Tawny McLellan, Aug. 12 and 13 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Paid classes will follow in the Chi Room. Call 646-5508 or visit meditationmount.org for more information.
“EARTH ROCKS” — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will present a geology program titled “Earth Rocks,” Saturday at 11 a.m. Discover how volcanoes, mountains, caves and geysers are formed. Scouter Jennifer Flittie will teach how rocks and minerals are used in metal, glass, jewelry and in building homes. Make a Moh’s scale of hardness kit and start a rock and mineral kit. Reservations are required. Call 382-9759. Fee for both youths and adults is $3 to cover cost of materials.
“INTO THE WILD” — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will present a naturalists program titled “Into the Wild,” Saturday at 1 p.m. This program will cover respecting and protecting wildlife in our local forest. Scouter Gordie Hemphill, LPFA Ojai Chapter president, will teach about birds and their flyways, venomous reptiles and poisonous plants and how to identify them. You will also learn about food chains and ecosystems and how humans have changed the balance of nature. Reservations are required. Call 382-9759. Fee for both youths and adults is $3 to cover cost of materials.
OJAI LIBRARY’S CLOUDLIBRARY LAUNCH EVENT — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., invites the public to attend a free event, Saturday at 1 p.m., when a representative working with its new eResource cloudLibrary will show customers how to access this convenient new tool. You can bring in your e-Readers and mobile devices and get help setting up accounts. There will be a rundown of the first-time user experience and how to use the application; library staff will be on hand to answer questions. Call 218-9146 for more information.
CASINO NIGHT — Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., Ojai, will host the Nordhoff Ranger Gridiron Club’s annual fundraiser, Casino Night, Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The event will feature casino games, Mexican food, drinks, music, dancing, raffles, drawings, silent auction and more. Proceeds will benefit the football programs at Nordhoff High School. Tickets available in advance and at the door. Call Mike Dawkins at 340-1057 or email nordhoffrangersfootball.com.
Sunday, Aug. 13
“HOW TO MANAGE SELF-TALK” — Sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Living, the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., will host “How to Manage Self-Talk,” Sunday from 12:15 to 1 p.m. This workshop will be led by local hypnotherapist, Leslie Bouche. Donations are welcome.
PIZZA PARTY WITH CHEF GRAHAM — The Lavender Inn, 210 E. Matilija St., Ojai, will host a pizza party Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. with Randy Graham, local author and private chef. He will show you how to make restaurant-quality pizza at home using pizza stones and traditional ingredients. There will also be a pizza surprise, so come hungry! Recipes are included and signed copies of his cookbooks will be available for purchase. Class size is limited to 10 participants; call 646-6635 for reservations.
“JAMMIN’ AT THE A.C.”  —  The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will conclude its summer music series, Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring 50 Sticks of Dynamite performing on the back patio; $10 admission at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Call 646-0117.
Tuesday, Aug. 15
OUSD BOARD MEETING — A board meeting of the Ojai Unified School District will be held Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at 414 E. Ojai Ave. The public is welcome. Call 640-4300, Ext. 1011.
OJAI POETRY SERIES — The Ojai Poetry Series will host its Third Tuesday Poetry Reading, Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., in the Community Room. Award-winning poet-teacher Laure-Anne Bosselaar, of Santa Barbara, will be the guest reader, followed by an open reading.This series on the third Tuesday of every month will feature local and area poets. For information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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.
“LORD KRISHNA APPEARANCE DAY CELEBRATION!” — The American Vedic Association Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 687 Villanova Road to celebrate “Lord Krishna Appearance Day.” Lift your spirits by attending this grand annual event celebrated worldwide by a billion of Lord Krishna’s devotees with cultural traditions that have evolved over the last 5,000 years. Always free. Call 640-0405.
Wednesday, Aug. 16
FREE SUMMER BAND CONCERT — Rotary Club of Ojai West is sponsoring free summer band concerts in the bandstand at Libbey Park, Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 16. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic if you want. Balloons, lemonade and popcorn will be on sale to help support the concerts.
Thursday, Aug. 17
MERRY WIDOWS WILL MEET — Any Ojai Valley widows interested in becoming part of something entirely social are invited to meet for lunch Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Soule Park Golf Course Restaurant, 1033 E. Ojai Ave. Merry Widows has no membership fees, no age requirements, no altruistic goals, just a chance to meet other widows.
THURSDAYS IN THE PARK WITH JOHN — Every Thursday in August from 6 to 7 p.m., John Sherman will be at Libbey Park to answer your questions. Join in an informal conversation about becoming free of fear, going through recovery, developing self-reliance, returning to sanity, etc. He will be at a picnic table under a tree near the rest rooms and tennis courts. Donations are welcome. Call 649-1600 for more information.
PETRELLA AT DEER LODGE — Join Petrella, first lady of country-soul, and her band, Mixed Influence, Thursday from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Deer Lodge, 2261 Maricopa Highway, Ojai. Enjoy this fusion of rhythm and blues and country music.

Down the road

OJAI YOUTH OPERA PERFORMANCES — The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host performances by the Ojai Youth Opera (OYO) of  “Cantando Español,” Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. This is a musical show of classical Spanish and Latin-American art songs and zarzuela (a Spanish opera form). Accompanied by guest piano and guitar artists, these performances are the culmination of the OYO summer camp attended by students ages 5 to 21 years old. Tickets: adults $15, children $10; available at the door or 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.. Call 640-8327 for more details.
“STRANGE AND EXOTIC CREATURES” — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will present a program on “Strange and Exotic Creatures,” Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. This hands-on experience lets you meet some unusual animals up close and personal. Erin Koski, director of Luzonica, will teach about the benefits of having pets, some special considerations for living with animals, and let you meet some amazing amabassadors, incuding the softest bunny ever, a hairless guinea pig, a boa constrictor, tarantula and a miniature chicken. Donations: adults $3, youth 5 to 18 $2, free for younger than 5. Call 382-9759.
LOCAL AUTHOR TALKS AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host local author Lisa Braithwaite, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m., sharing her best tips from her book, “Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection.” Her philosophy is that public speaking is a fun, awesome way to express yourelf creatively. Learn how to be a better and more human speaker. Braithwaite supports Ojai Valley Library Friends and Foundation and the first 10 guests to bring a book to this event to donate to Twice-Sold Tales will receive a free gift. This event is free and open to the public. For information call 646-1639 or 218-9146.
“SEEDS OF TIME” SCREENING AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host a screening of the film, “Seeds of Time,” followed by a discussion facilitated by members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food: our seeds. This event is free and open to the public. For information call  218-9146.
“AFTERNOON IN PERSIA” — Sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Living, the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., will host an “Afternoon in Persia,” Aug. 20 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. This will be a sound symphony of giant gongs, bells and chimes with poetry by Rumi recited by Fatah Evans, a follower of the Sufi path. Wraps, desserts and teas will be served. Suggested donation: $15.
TOWN TALK: “PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE OJAI VALLEY LAND CONSERVANCY” — Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., will host a Town Talk on “Past, Present and Future of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC),” Aug. 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. How has the OVLC grown over the past 30 years, what impact have they had on the valley, and what’s in store for the future will be discussed by executive director Brian Stark and current OVLC board members. Admission is free for museum members, $5 for others. Call 640-1390, Ext. 201.
SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host a live stream viewing of the rare 2017 solar eclipse in the meeting room, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. A limited amount of eclipse glasses will be available. A partial solar eclipse will be visible from Southern California, while certain areas of the country will be able to witness a total solar eclipse. This event is free and open to the public. For information call  218-9146.
NEW MOON GLOBAL SISTERHOOD CIRCLE — Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road in Ojai, will host a group meditation and sharing of the New Moon Global Sisterhood Circle, Aug. 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $12. Call 646-5508 or visit meditationmount.org for more information.
CMWD BOARD MEETING — The Board of Directors of Casitas Municipal Water District will meet Aug. 23 at 3 p.m. at the main office, 1055 Ventura Ave., Oak View. The public is invited to attend these meetings held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Call 649-2251 or visit www.casitaswater.org for more information.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COLLECTION EVENT — The County of Ventura Pollution Prevention Center will host a household hazardous materials collection event Aug. 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.
PARENTCARE VOLUNTEER TRAINING — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center is recruiting volunteers through Sept. 1 for fall training. No experience is necessary. ParentCare is a volunteer home visit program to support families with newborns. Every family deserves the support of its community when a new baby is born. Call 646-7559, Ext. 110, or go to nantolbert.org/home-visit-program/.

Ongoing

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 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 640-3320.
PET THERAPY PROGRAM — The Humane Society of Ventura County seeks volunteers to help in its Pet Assisted Therapy Program. Volunteers visit skilled nursing and residential care facilities Wednesday mornings. For information, call the volunteer coordinator at the Humane Society, 646-6505, Ext. 110.
12-STEP MEETINGS— The Ojai Valley Alano Club at 575 W. El Roblar Drive, holds more than 25 meetings a week for 12-Step Recovery groups, AA, NA, CA, Alanon and Alateen. For meeting schedules and more information, call 272-0898 or go to ojaialano.wordpress.com.
FREE INTRODUCTORY SUFI HEALING SESSION — Allow 45 minutes to one hour. Session will be by phone. This offer is for new people of all walks of life and faiths and for any challenge in body, soul, home, work, or relationship. No subsequent obligation or catch. Maritza Luz Vega, CMT, RCST, Ministry, 646-1577.
RAPE CRISIS HOTLINE — The Rape Crisis Hotline at 656-1111 offers counseling and other services.
DONATIONS TO SECOND HELPINGS — Donations are accepted for Second Helpings Thrift Store at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 649-8750 for more information.
SHAKESPEARE READING SALON — The Shakespeare Reading Salon, facilitated by Laurie Walters Slade, meets the first and third Monday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. For more information regarding location and the current play being studied, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
MATILIJA FLY FISHERS — meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. The meetings consist of informal fly-fishing discussions, notice of upcoming events of interest and fly-tying instruction and demonstrations. Visitors are welcome. Call 646-3469.
OJAI VALLEY BEE CLUB MEETING — The Ojai Valley Bee Club meets every second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., now at Minka Woodworks, 308-C S. Fulton St., Ojai. For current information, check www.ojaibeeclub.com or Facebook.
OJAI VALLEY GUN CLUB — The Ojai Valley Gun Club offers a public shoot day at 9 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Rose Valley Range. Visit www.ovgc.net or call 984-9472.
MEDITATION MOUNT — Group meditations are held Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road. The grounds are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to sunset. Office business hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.meditationmount.org or call 646-5508, Ext. 103.
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 646-6433.
FREE PHYSICALS AND IMMUNIZATIONS FOR KIDS— The Ojai Valley Community Health Center, 1200 Maricopa Highway, offers free physicals and immunizations for children ages 0 to 18. Call 640-8293 to see if you qualify.
VERTICAL INFINITY CLASSES — are held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Sacred Space Studio, 307 E. Matilija St., Ojai, led by Heath Perry. Features music and movement flowing from an active range of motion warmup to functional strength-circuit training with balance, coordination, power and cardio as key components. Call 321-0617 for more information.
OJAI VALLEY PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP — This group meets the second Tueesday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. There are always knowledgeable people, as well as professionals in the field, presenting good information. Call 646-5122.
AUTISM SUPPORT OJAI — is an online forum where care-givers can offer and receive support, referrals and information pertaining to autism spectrum disorder. Support for this group has been provided by The Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center in Oxnard. See This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
CHI GONG (QIGONG) LIFE-FORCE TRAINING — is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. at Stell Hall, World University Plaza at the corner of Matilija and Ventura streets in downtown Ojai, featuring a short set of focused and powerful energy recharging and balancing exercises for all ages. No fee; donations appreciated. Call 646-1444.
CANCER SUPPORT GROUP — A cancer support group offering encouragement, resources and prayer for cancer patients, family members and friends is held the last Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 1290 E. Grand Ave., Ojai. For more information, call Sydnee at 649-9548 or Nancy at 646-6170.
STORY TIME AT OJAI LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts story time for youngsters ages 0 to 5 every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Call 646-1639 for details.
FEED YOUR BODY AND SOUL! — Stop by the Ojai Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 291 E. El Roblar Drive, Meiners Oaks, each Tuesday at 6 p.m. for a free hot meal followed by a short Bible study at 7 p.m. For more information, call 640-0358.
DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S — A dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease is held Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., led by Janine Ames. Suggested donation is $5. Call (206) 909-8918 for more information.
BOY SCOUTS TROOP 504 — Sponsored by the Ojai Rotary Club, Troop 504 of the Boy Scouts of America, has outdoor activities and a weekly program for boys ages 11 to 18. Meetings are held Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road. Call Scoutmaster Jerry Thurston at 419-0504.
GENEALOGY LIBRARY OPEN — Find your roots at the Genealogy Library, 411 San Antonio Drive, Ojai, Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Call 646-2173 or 640-8351.
PEACE VIGIL — The Ojai Peace Vigil, which is now in its 12th year, meets every Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the pergola in front of Libbey Park. All are welcome. Placards will be supplied or you may bring your own.
COMMUNITY BREATHWORK — is held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at 2240 Maricopa Highway, across from the Deer Lodge. Practice gentle breathing techniques as well as a full transformational breathwork session. A $10 to $20 donation is suggested; no one turned away. Call Rory at 921-6883.
FREE QI GONG — classes, wild goose form, are held Tuesdays at 11:10 a.m. at Bryant Street Health and Fitness Center, 406-Q Bryant Circle. Call Julie at 646-0068 for more details.
SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING — Small business counseling is available regularly at the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce. Call 646-8216.
AMERICAN LEGION BINGO — The American Legion Post 482 in Ojai hosts bingo Tuesdays from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 843 E. Ojai Ave. (Early birds from 12:30 to 1 p.m.) Refreshments are provided. All proceeds go to our veterans.
PLAY GROUP — Come have fun with other 5- and 6-year-olds at Libbey Park Wednesdays at noon. Gather for lunch and a good time. Call Dawn at 640-1283 for information, or just show at up the park.
OPTIMIST CLUB MEETINGS — The Optimist Club of Ojai meets for dinner the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 843 E. Ojai Ave. Anyone who is interested is welcome. The club’s motto is: “Friend of Youth.”
TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS — Ojai Valley Toastmasters meets Fridays at 6:30 a.m. in the library at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. Come visit and hear a variety of presentations. For more information, call 804-7024.
THERAPEUTIC IMAGERY — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, offers free therapeutic imagery sessions, first Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. and third Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. Caregivers also welcome. Call 646-6433.
WALKING MEDITATION — Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, hosts walking meditations every Saturday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the International Garden of Peace. Donations are welcome. Call 646-5508.
AGAPE RECOVERY GROUP — Ojai Valley Baptist Church, 11642 N. Ventura Ave., Ojai, hosts the weekly Agape Recovery Group Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Agape is for those in need of a support group with the honesty and willingness to help themselves.
MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC — Health care for the uninsured and homeless is offered by the Mobile Medical Clinic that visits the Community Assistance Program office, 108 Fox St., Ojai, every other Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins only. Services are offered by Las Islas Family Medical Group from Oxnard. Call C.A.P. at 640-3320 for more information.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP — A free Caregiver Support Group meets the first and third Mondays of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room of the Continuing Care Center, 1306 Maricopa Highway (behind the hospital). Share, listen and explore thoughts and feelings about the struggles, losses and successes of caring for your loved one. Call 633-9056 for more information.
ZUMBA — Zumba workouts are held at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Call 646-0117.
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP —  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 646-5810.
FREE DEPRESSION SCREENINGS —  Gladstone Counseling Center, 530 W. Ojai Ave., Suite 209, offers free depression screenings with a qualified therapist, Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only. For more information, call 646-9724.
STORY TIME IN MEINERS OAKS — The Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave., will host stories for kids ages 0 through 5 on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Call 646-4804 for more information.
MAH-JONGG GROUP — Mah-jongg enthusiasts are invited to join a group Mondays at 1 p.m. at Help of Ojai, 111 W. Santa Ana St. For more information, call Cynthia Leavitt at 947-9238.
OJAI PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB — meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Kent Hall at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St. Shutter enthusiasts are welcome to share their interest in photography. Each month a professional will impart their techniques and critique submittals. Photo submittals require membership. Visit www.ojaiphotoclub.com for more information.
SENIOR WRITERS GROUP — Writers of all kinds are invited to meet with the Ojai Senior Writers Group Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. Come and share. Call 657-8528 for more details.
BEING PEACE OF OJAI — is a meditation group that meets every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Enjoy walking meditation, sitting meditation, chanting, and a teaching from dharma teacher Kenley Neufeld. No experience necessary. Call or text 252-2448 or visit www.ojaimindfulness.org for more information.
BEGINNING KRIYA MEDITATION CLASS — is held Mondays at 7 p.m. in Ojai. Call 646-7575 for directions or details.
FOOD GLEANERS NEEDED — Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank, has an ongoing need for gleaners, volunteers who pick fruit from backyard trees and untended orchards for distribution to hungry people throughout the county. Food Share provides all the equipment. Volunteers usually meet at the designated pick spot at around 8:30 a.m. and work for two to three hours. For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 983-7100, Ext. 138.
OJAI VALLEY LIONS CLUB — is always looking for new members. If you are interested in being part of an energetic service organization, contact the club secretary at 798-0278. Go to www.ojailions.com for more information. The Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road. Children are welcome to the meetings on the fourth Wednesday.
SENIOR SLO-PITCH BASEBALL — Senior slo-pitch baseball will be held Wednesdays and Fridays. Leagues will be formed for those 60 and over for coeds. Call 646-3583 or 646-9072.
MEDITATION LECTURES — Free lectures on the Transcendental Meditation Program are held every week in Ojai. Call 279-2543 or visit www.TM.org/ventura-county for information.
ANIMAL ADOPTIONS — The Humane Society of Ventura County’s Shelter and Adoption Center in Ojai, 402 Bryant St., is open for animal adoptions Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit humanesocietyvc.org to see photos of animals available. Call 646-6505.
EVENING TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS — Ojai Toastmasters meets every second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m. in the back room at Azu Restaurant, 457 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. Come visit and hear a variety of presentations. For more information, call Karen at 804-7024.
PLAY BRIDGE — The Bridge Group meets Mondays  and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Help of Ojai’s Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St. All bridge players are welcome. For more information call 646-5122.
OJAI LIBRARY KNITTING CLUB — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts meetings of the Ojai Library Knitting Club every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Knitting kits can be provided. Feel free to join this group of knitters of all ages and skill levels. Call 218-9146 or 646-1639.
OJAI QUILTERS ANONYMOUS — Ojai Quilters Anonymous meets Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 649-5956 for more information.
SENIORS CHORUS — Smitty and Julija lead Rockin’ It Old School, a free chorus for seniors, every Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. at Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., Ojai. Call 646-4300.
OJAI SRI SATHYA SAI BABA CENTER —  The Ojai Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center meets Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Call 646-3250.
ROTARY CLUB OF OJAI WEST MEETINGS — The Rotary Club of Ojai West holds breakfast meetings every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the Soule Park Golf Course Banquet Room, 1033 E. Ojai Ave. (no meeting if there is a fifth Tuesday in a month). Guests are welcome to come learn about Rotary and the club’s activities. Call 798-1871 for reservations or more information.
PLAY GROUP — A play group for caregivers and infants 18 months and younger meets Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. at Sarzotti Park, 510 Park Road. Call Brook at 525-9931.
ADULT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP — A free Adult Bereavement Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, open to individuals who have experienced loss. For more information, call 642-0239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
THRIFT STORE DONATIONS — Donations to New 2 You Thrift Store, 106 Park Road, benefiting the Humane Society of Ventura County, are welcome and accepted 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 640-0211.
HOSPITAL AUXILIARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — The Ojai Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary needs new members. The auxiliary has a variety of duties within the hospital to use skills or interests pertaining to helping others. Call 640-6936 or 640-2224.
ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES — ESL classes are offered through Ojai Unified Adult Education at Ojai Unified District offices, 414 E. Ojai Ave. Call 640-4330, Ext. 1960, for information.
“EXPLORING WATERCOLORS” — Patty Van Dyke 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 646-1446.
PEACE VIGIL — The Ojai Peace Vigil, which is now in its 12th year, meets every Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Pergola in front of Libbey Park. All are welcome. Placards will be supplied or you may bring your own.
PIYOCHI CLASSES — are held Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Sacred Space Studio, 307 E. Matilija St., Ojai, led by Heath Perry. Learn to move fluidly, balance musculature and invigorate the body through a combination of therapeutic exercises and stretches. Call 321-0617 for more information.
SPEAK WITH POWER TOASTMASTERS — At Speak with Power Toastmasters meetings you can learn public speaking, how to conduct meetings, listen effectively and provide constructive feedback. The club meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 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 646-2442.
OJAI JOYFUL SINGERS — meets Fridays at 10 a.m. at Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 Foothill Road, Ojai, singing oldies but goodies as well as new and popular songs. For more information, call Shirley at 646-8025.
BREASTFEEDING CHECK-IN — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Room 2, Oak View, hosts breastfeeding check-ins with Darcy Wronkiewicz, lactation educator, Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. Baby’s latch and weight will be checked; you can ask questions about breastfeeding, and stay afterwards for the Circle of Parenting class. Suggested donation: $15.
FREE RECORDING STUDIO WORKSHOPS — Singers and songwriters are welcome to free recording studio workshops held on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Tim Frantz’s Mountain Dog Musicworks. To sign up for the next workshop: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 649-8500.
OJAI SONGWRITERS  — A free weekly meeting of open-minded creative musicians and lyricists, who recognize the value of the collaborative sharing of ideas and music. Contact Scott: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 640-1004.
SITTING MEDITATION — is held Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. at Being Peace Zendo, a home-based center practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Call 252-2448.
FREE MAMMOGRAMS — The Ojai Valley Community Health Center, 1200 Maricopa Highway, offers a Breast Cancer Early Detection Program which includes free breast exams for women 40 years old or older and free mammograms for women 50 and older who do not have any medical coverage and cannot afford these services. Call 640-8293 to see if you qualify.
OJAI CARS AND COFFEE — Car enthusiasts of all kinds meet the second Sunday of each month from 8 to 10 a.m. for an auto show, now in the parking lot at Westridge Midtown Market, 131 W. Ojai Ave. All makes and models are welcome or just come to look and discuss auto trends and other motoring subjects with like-minded folks.
JANE CUSUMANO FOUNDATION — The Jane Cusumano Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to enhance cancer awareness and wellness, meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Coldwell Banker’s office. Anyone interested in learning more about the organization or in speaking or volunteering is welcome. Call Nora Davis at 646-3128 or 207-6177. Donations are welcome; mail to Jane Cusumano Foundation, 1129 Maricopa Highway, PMB 126, Ojai, CA 93023.
GUIDED IMAGERY — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, offers  free, drop-in guided imagery sessions each month, the third Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. and every second Monday from 11 a.m. to noon. Caregivers also welcome. Call 646-6433.
ROCKIN’ ROOTS SOCIETY — meets the first Wednesday of each month at an East End location. Got roots? Accomplished singers, fiddlers, pickers and other “high lonesome” sound-makers welcome. Limit six per session. Call Chris at 646-8040.
AMERICAN LEGION DINNERS — The public is welcome to dinners sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the Ojai American Legion Post 482, 843 E. Ojai Ave., held the first and third Fridays of each month. All proceeds benefit veterans, student scholarships and packages for troops overseas.
ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS MEETINGS — Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families hold 12-step meetings every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 409 Topa Topa Drive, Ojai. For more information: www.adultchildren.org.
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING — Free blood pressure screening is offered the first Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Medicine Shoppe, 960 E. Ojai Ave. Call 646-0106.
OPEN DIALOGUES — Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., a discussion group is held at 308 W. Aliso St. for those on a serious spiritual path to non-dualism who haven’t forgotten levity. No charge. Call 640-0755 for information.
WORLD OF ONE — a support group for widows and widowers, meets at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. New members are welcome. Call Help of Ojai, 646-5122.
FREE DAY AT NURSERY SCHOOL — Ojai Valley Community Nursery School, 1290 Grand Ave., invites preschoolers ages 2 to 6 to a free session every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon; tag-along siblings are welcome. Call 646-3801 for details.
MEDITATION AND HEALING WORKSHOPS — Weekly meditation and healing workshops are run by two well-known British healers, now living in Ojai. For details call Roger or Kim at 640-0211.
HOME SECURITY PATROL  — The Ojai Valley Security Patrol provides home security for when you are on vacation. Call the Ojai Police at 646-1414 for information. Neighborhood Watch programs are also available.
NOAH COMMUNITY SING — A community sing, open to individuals and families, is held the third Sunday of each month from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Living Aikido Dojo, Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View. Donations accepted. For more information, call Craig at 637-4829.
FREE PRENATAL CLASSES — Clinicas del Camino Real offers free weekly prenatal classes in Spanish and English at all of its nine sites countywide. They are held Monday and Thursday evenings throughout the year. In Ojai, the location is the Ojai Valley Community Health Center, 1200 Maricopa Highway. Call 640-8293.
SCHOOLINKS HOMEWORK CENTERS — SchooLinks Homework Centers are open at the Ojai Library, Meiners Oaks Library and Oak View Library, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. when school is in session. Call 289-0368.
STRONGER TOGETHER CANCER SUPPORT GROUP — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, hosts a free, drop-in cancer support group each month, first Tuesday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and second Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Share issues, insights and emotions plus ways to live more fully. Caregivers also welcome. Call 646-6433.
BRIDGE CLUBS — The Ojai Bridge Club and the Oak View Bridge Club meet Mondays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road, across from Nordhoff High School. All bridge players are welcome; singles will be provided with a partner. For more information, call 512-6746.
UKULELE CLUB AT OJAI LIBRARY — The Ojai Library Ukulele Club meets every Wednesday, rain or shine, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the main gallery, 111 E. Ojai Ave. 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 646-1639 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 646-3746 for information.
SUNDAY BREAKFAST AT MOOSE LODGE — The public is invited to purchase breakfast Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1417, 382 Ventura Ave., Oak View, behind the post office.
AMERICAN RED CROSS — meets every second Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Arc Enrichment Center, 210 Cañada St., Ojai. You are invited to join your Ojai Valley American Red Cross volunteers at a monthly meeting. No RSVP required.
FREE PREGNANCY TESTS AND ULTRASOUND — are offered at Life Choices Pregnancy Clinic, 1320-C Maricopa Highway, Ojai. Office hours are Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Additional days and times available by appointment. Appointments are necessary for ultrasound. Free referrals and resource material on pregnancy, STDs and more are available. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the 24-hour hotline at 646-6830.
STORY TIME AT OAK VIEW LIBRARY — The Oak View Library, 555 Mahoney Ave., hosts story time for youngsters every Tuesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Call 649-1523 for details.
PARENTCARE PROGRAM — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center seeks families to serve in their ParentCare Home Visit Program. ParentCare serves families who have newborns with extra support at home with tasks such as preparing a snack, going for a walk with mom and baby, or playing with an older sibling. To apply for this donation-based program, call Renee Mandala at 667-2115.
PAUSE4KIDS MEETINGS — Pause4kids, a parents’ group committed to helping children with special needs, meets twice each month: every third Tuesday at 9 a.m. and every fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. Visit www.pauseconejo.org or call Kim at 646-6606.
ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP — Join Deirdre Daly on the first and third Monday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m., as she facilitates an Alzheimer’s Support Group at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St., in the clubhouse. This will be a safe place for caregivers and loved ones of people living with dementia to get support and share information on community resources available to them. Refreshments will be provided. Call 833-0746 for more details.
“AGING BACKWARDS” — Every Monday at 10 a.m., “Aging Backwards,” a free 30-minute stretch class for reducing joint aches and pains, is offered at a west Ojai location. Call 640-0498.

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