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This week

Friday, Dec. 8
PROSE, POETRY AND MUSIC —  The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, will host three award-winning authors, today at 7 p.m. Christina Pages will read from her children’s novel, “Lucy in Her Secret Wood,” and her two poetry collections. David Francis will read from his novels, “The Great Inland Sea” and “Stray Dog Winter.” Lois P. Jones will read from her debut collection, “Night Ladder.” They will be joined by guitarist Francisco Leon, Arnaud Damascena on flute, and Julia Berkeley, kirtan singer and composer. Wine and refreshments will be sertved. Suggested donation: $10. Call 646-2536,
“ANIMAL CRACKERS” — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will present The Marx Brothers’ fun play, “Animal Crackers,” through Dec. 10, with performances today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. This musical production with a large cast is directed by John Medeiros. For more information, visit Ojaiact.org or call 640-8797.
Saturday, Dec. 9
AGORA FOUNDATION SEMINAR — The Agora Foundation will host a seminar Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 417 Bryant Circle, Ojai. The topic will be “The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.” Scholarships are available for teachers and students. Call 231-5974.
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 Cricket Twichell will lead the Dec. 9 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
POTTERY SALE —  at Ojai Pottery & Clay School, 212 Fox St., 20 percent off Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 4 p.m..
“THE SPIRITUAL BASIS OF LIFE” AT LIBRARY — Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Nitika Parmar, Ph.D., Saturday at 1 p.m., talking on “The Spiritual Life: The Link Between Body and Soul.” Parmar comes from CSU-Channel Islands, and is the final speaker in this season’s CI Library Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public. Call 218-9146 for more information.
CALIFORNIA NATURALIST OPEN HOUSE — Ojai Valley Land Conservancy has canceled this event.
BOOK SIGNING WITH JOHN NAVA — Bart’s Books, 302 W. Matilija St., will host a book signing with John Nava, Saturday at 3 p.m. Nava will sign and discuss his book, “Sacred Material: The Art of the Tapestries of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.” Call 646-3755.
Sunday, Dec. 10
SPIRIT LOVING DANCE —  Sunday at 2:30 p.m., Spirit Loving Dance will perform their Christmas liturgical dance program at the Continuing Care Center, 1306 Maricopa Highway (behind the hospital). The public is invited. For more information, call 646-1740.
OJAI VALLEY YOUTH FOUNDATION’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY —  All alumni, volunteers and supporters of OVYF are invited to come and celebrate on Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the front courtyard of Topa Mountain Winery, 821 W. Ojai Ave. Tickets are $20 and include one glass of wine. Rain venue is the Tasting Room. Visit goo.gl/XYu6T7 for more information or find us on Facebook. (D8)
TOYS FOR TOTS MUSICAL BENEFIT —  The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host a concert, Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m., featuring music by Milton Kelley with the Blue Vice Band, Stan Wyatt, Tony Cuccio, Jim Landsman, Doug Schmelz, and special guest Alan Thornhill. Admission price is an unwrapped toy with a value of $10 or more for Toys for Tots. Refreshments will also be available.
OJAI RETREAT’S 24TH ANNIVERSARY —  The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, will host its 24th anniversary celebration, featuring an Indian dinner, dance performance and music, Sunday starting at 6 p.m. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for reservations (recommended); $25 per person.
Tuesday, Dec. 12
A MUSICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION  — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Krotona Hall, next to the library, for a holiday celebration. The Hallelujah Handbell Chorus will perform in a concert celebrating the season. Everyone is welcome. Call 646-2653 for more details.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING — The Ojai City Council will hold a meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai.
Wednesday, Dec. 13
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 to attend these meetings held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Call 649-2251 or visit www.casitaswater.org for more information.
“ALICE IN WONDERLAND” — Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio will present a performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., on the Youth Stage at Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St. Call 646-4300.
Thursday, Dec. 14
TREE OF LIFE EVENT — Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association will host a “Light Up a Life” celebration Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave. By making a donation to remember or honor a loved one, your star will be displayed throughout the holidays on the Memory Tree as well as the online tree. For more information: 642-0239.
“SING SONG STORY” — Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio will present a performance of “Sing Song Story,” Dec. 14 at 6:15 p.m., on the Youth Stage at Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St. Call 646-4300.

Down the road

TOYS FOR TOTS HOLIDAY DRIVE — Rabobank N.A. is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program to help ensure that children in need receive a gift this holiday season. Through Dec. 15, people can donate new, unwrapped toys at a drop box at all 10 Rabobank branches in Ventura County, including Ojai and Oak View. The toys will be distributed locally by Toys for Tots volunteers.
THIRD FRIDAY DOWNTOWN — The Ojai Valley Museum and several downtown merchants will be open Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to celebrate Third Friday. Museum entry is free. Call 640-1390 or 646-5682 for more information.
MOVIE NIGHT AT OJAI RECREATION — The Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Road, will sponsor a Parent’s Night Out, Dec. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., screening “Kung Fu Panda 3” in the Multipurpose Room at the Boyd Center. Pizza, popcorn and juice will be provided for ages 5 through 13 for $10 per child. Bring blankets and seating of choice, mats are provided. Call 646-5581, Ext. 390, for more information.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA — Local volunters are working hard throughout November to ensure that all 145 veterans laid to rest at Nordhoff Cemetery in Ojai are honored on Dec. 16, National Wreaths Across America Day, which is held across the country at more than 1,200 locations, by placing a live balsam fir wreath at each veteran’s headstone. Each wreath sponsorship costs only $10. Make check payable to Wreaths Across America, P.O. Box 940147, Simi Valley, CA 93094-0174 or call Denis Doucette at 857-8826. Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit group.
“PURRS & PAWS” HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE — The Humane Society of Ventura County will host its sixth annual “Purrs & Paws” holiday boutique and vintage market, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., featuring lots of handmade gifts by local crafts people. Admission is free. Call 646-6595, Ext. 104, 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 Dec. 16 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
NHS HOLIDAY WINTER DANCE BENEFIT — It’s time to mingle and jingle 1960s style! Celebrate the holidays with a night of vocal performances and dance presented by students from The Voice Studio of Los Angeles-Asunta Fleming and the Nordhoff High School Dancers at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. The performances will be preceded by a social hour from 7 to 8 p.m. with small bites and desserts from Lorraine Lim Catering plus a no-host bar. Tickets available at nhsdance.com.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT — The National Audubon Society will host its 118th annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 17. This is the longest-running citizen science effort on record. Audubon is looking for additional birders to improve their count over last year. Email Frank DeMartino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate (before Dec. 11 if possible).
HOPE DANCE FILM FEST — Sacred Space Studio, 307 E. Matilija St., Suite J, Ojai, will host a donation-based festival of films with conversations and breaks between screenings, Dec. 17, scheduled as follows: “Love Thy Nature” from 1 to 2:30 p.m., “Heal” from 3 to 4:30 p.m., “Intelligent Trees” at 5 p.m., and “Walk with Me” at 7 p.m.
“‘THE SECRET DOCTRINE’ AS A STORY”  — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai. Jeff Clark will lead a study of “‘The Secret Doctrine’ as a Story: An Overview of the Stanzas of Dzyan.” Everyone is welcome. Call 646-2653 for more details.
“GOOGLE, GOLF, GARDENING OR GOD?” — The American Vedic Association Bhagavad Gita As It Is Fellowship will meet Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at 687 Villanova Road to discuss “Google, Golf, Gardening or God?” The internet is like a wish-fulfilling tree. If you can’t get relief there you can commune with God’s beautiful nature playing golf or gardening. Consider connecting with the personality of God directly at this AVA meeting. Always free. Call 640-0405.
ALL FAITHS CANDLE LIGHTING — Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai, will host the All Faiths Candle Lighting, Dec. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m., sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Living. It will feature world music by Patricia Avis, Katrina Maclachlan and the Ojai Kirtan Band. Refreshments will be served. Donations and carpooling suggested.
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 Cricket Twichell will lead the Dec. 23 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
DEVOTIONAL RETREAT AT MOUNT — Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, will host the Rev. Karen S. Wylie’s monthly devotional retreat Dec. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The theme will be “The Gifts of the Season.” Open to people of all faiths. Suggested donation: $10. Call (310) 968-8928 or go to www.karenswylie.com.
CAROLING AT BOOKENDS — BookEnds Bookstore, 110 S. Pueblo Ave., Meiners Oaks, will host Smitty West and Julija Zonic with the Rockin’ It Old School Chorus singing Christmas carols outside under the oaks, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. No experience necessary, just come and sing at this event for the entire family. Bring cookies to share. Call 640-0441.

Ongoing

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 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.
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.
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..
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.
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 on autism spectrum disorder. Support 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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. Call Michaela at 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 646-6830.

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