Upcoming events

Upcoming Events

Ojai Valley News

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

Friday, Aug. 1
  • “CAROUSEL” — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s award-winning musical, “Carousel,” through Aug. 10, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. This story of love, heartbreak and hope hits all the right notes with songs such as “If I Loved You” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Tickets: $25 general, $20 for seniors, students and Art Center members; go to ww.ojaiact.org or call 640-8797.
Saturday, Aug. 2
  • SALE TO BENEFIT FIELDWORKERS — Friends of Fieldworkers, a newly formed group in Ventura County, is having a yard sale fundraiser, Saturday at 7 a.m. at 148 Wild Oak St., Ojai. Several fieldworker families in Oxnard lost their homes to a fire last October. Friends of Fieldworkers was formed as a result to help the fire survivors and other families facing the hardships of fire, drought, illness, and loss of fieldwork in Ventura County. Proceeds from the sale will be distributed among the needy families. For information, call Ted Lucas at 910-5201 or Judy Lucas at 312-0579.
  • “CUB SCOUT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION”— Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will host a program on “Wildlife Conservation” for Cub Scouts by Gordie Hemphill, LPFA Ojai Chapter president and scouter, Saturday at 11 a.m. Cast an animal track, learn about the endangered California condor, the nature center and do a small service project. Donations: $3 for all to cover cost of materials. Call 382-9759; reservations are required.
  • “GUTEN MORGEN OJAI!” — The Ojai Youth Opera Company will perform in a concert titled “Guten Morgen Ojai!” Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., in a donation-based fundraiser for the company’s 2014 season. This concert will feature guest artist Nicole Mitchell, a Metropolitan Opera finalist and New York City Opera contralto, plus founder of Ojai Youth Opera, Rebecca Comerford, a lyric mezzo soprano who made her 2010 Carnegie Hall debut and now lives in Ojai, and artistic director soprano Julija Zonic with the students of Ojai Youth Opera Company. Call 646-0117.
  • FREE JAZZ CONCERT — Libbey Bowl will host a group from the Air National Guard Jazz Band in a free concert Saturday at 7 p.m. This 20-member group has a large repertoire of jazz in all its forms, from swing to contemporary pop. Sponsored by the Libbey Bowl Foundation; call 646-3117.
  • OPC’S “ONE MUSICAL NIGHT” — The Ojai Playwrights Conference will host two dynamic duos in “One Musical Night” Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai, in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering and Creative Entertainment. This behind-the-scenes look at making musical theater features Alan Zachary and Michael Weiners and Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigodam and will include composers, lyricists, writers, performers and special guests. Tickets: $25 adults, $10 students; order now at www.ojaiplays.org or call 640-0400. This is the first event of OPC’s Summer New Works Festival which will run for two weekends through Aug. 10 with many events at various venues.
  • OJAI VALLEY IMPROV — Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St., will host Ojai Valley Improv Saturday at 8 p.m., featuring fun and laughs on the fly. Suggested donation is $7. Call 646-4300.
Sunday, Aug. 3
  • “JAMMIN’ AT THE ART CENTER” — The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will continue its summer concert series on the back patio Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring Milton Kelley and Band playing their funky, folksy, country-west intonations. Admission: $10. Food and drinks available for purchase. Call 646-0117.
  • RAIN PERRY’S “SONG GAME” — In the tradition of the famous Austin, Texas version of the “Song Game,” your intrepid local songwriters perform songs you’ve assigned, at 7 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month at Kim Maxwell Studio, 226 W. Ojai Ave., Suite 2. A $10 donation benefits a scholarship fund for Rain’s songwriting classes. (A1)
Monday, Aug. 4
  • No events listed.
Tuesday, Aug. 5
  • “LORD KRISHNA APPEARANCE FESTIVAL” — The American Vedic Association Bhagavad-Gita As It Is Fellowship will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at 687 Villanova Road to celebrate the “Lord Krishna Appearance Festival.” Always free. Call 640-0405.
Wednesday, Aug. 6
  • “FOUNDATIONS OF INVESTING” — Edward Jones, 305-D E. Matilija St., Ojai, will host a free class on “Foundations of Investing” Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. This presentation will help you learn about the importance of developing a strategy, the impact of asset allocation and the influence of inflation on your long-term goals. RSVP to 640-0426.
  • WATER QUALITY MIXER — Join friends and staff from the Ventura County Resource Conservation District Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., for wine tasting and a mixer to discuss current water quality issues, pending regulations and ways to improve conditions in the Ventura River Watershed and the greater Ojai Valley. RSVP to www.vcrcd.org or call 764-5135.
  • FREE CONCERTS AT GAZEBO — Rotary Club of Ojai West will host free Ojai Band concerts at the gazebo in Libbey Park, Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m., through Aug. 20. Joe Boccali will direct the band and the music will cover a wide range of American classics. Popcorn, lemonade and balloons will be on sale. Bring blankets or chairs.
  • OJAI LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP — The Ojai Library’s Book Discussion Group will meet Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “First Love and Other Stories” by Harold Brodkey. The library is at 111 E. Ojai Ave. Everyone is invited to join the group. The only requirement for participating in the discussion is to have read the book and come willing to share your opinion and listen to others. Call 646-1639.
Thursday, Aug. 7
  • No events listed.

DOWN THE ROAD

  • MUSIC AT CASA BARRANCA — Singer-songwriters Smitty and Julija will perform Aug. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Casa Barranca, 208 E. Ojai Ave. Call 640-1255.
  • “YOU BUG ME”— Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will host a presentation by entomologist Philip Phillip, of U.C. Riverside, on “Insects and Their Relationship with Mankind: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. Donations: $3 for adults, $2 for ages 5 to 18, free for kids 5 and younger. Call 382-9759.
  • FULL MOON COMMUNITY MEDITATION — A community group meditation at the full moon of Leo will be held Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road in Ojai, as an act of celebration and service to invoke, anchor and distribute blessings to the world. Suggested donation: $10. Call 646-5508 or visit meditationmount.org for more information.
  • LISSIE AND FRIENDS BENEFIT CONCERT — Lissie will head up a concert to raise funds for the Changing Tides Orphanage in Haiti, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. in Libbey Bowl. She will be joined by Todd Hannigan and Sleeping Chief, the Emy Reynolds Band and Dasha. Tickets: $30 general, $50 preferred; available at www.BrownPaperTickets.com.
  • “WHEN THE OLYMPICS CAME TO OJAI” — The Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., will host a “Town Talk” Aug. 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on “When the Olympics Came to Ojai” about the canoe, kayak and rowing events held at Lake Casitas during the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. Participants will be Mark Lewis as moderator and panelists Tom Horton, Judy Pugh and Alan Rains. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. No reservations are required. Call 640-1390, Ext. 203.
  • “JAMMIN’ AT THE ART CENTER” — The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will conclude its summer concert series on the back patio Aug. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring Ojai’s Nathan McEuen, whose music is “too rock for country, too country for rock, too funk for folk, too green for bluegrass.” Admission: $10. Food and drinks available for purchase. Call 646-0117.
  • “A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD” AUDITIONS — In conjunction with Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St., Gai Jones will direct the musical, “A Year with Frog and Toad,” based on the stories by Arnold Lobel, with performances scheduled for Oct. 17 through 26. Parts are available for age 8 and older. Auditions will be held Aug. 12 and 14 between 5 and 6:30 p.m. (half-hour intervals). You must schedule your audition at gai.jones@sbcglobal.net by Aug. 10.
  • CITY COUNCIL MEETING — The Ojai City Council will meet Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St.
  • BUY RANGER FOOTBALL SEATS — Nordhoff Parent Association members may buy renewal football seats, Aug. 13, 14 and 15 from 8 a.m. to noon in the administration office. New members can start buying available tickets Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at the NHS cafeteria. Call Roxanne at 640-4343, Ext. 1764, for more information.
  • “BACK TO SCHOOL” PARTY — Church of the Living Christ, 190 E. El Roblar Drive, will host a “Back to School” party Aug. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, featuring free school supplies, hot dog dinner, snow cones and a Bouncy House. You must register by Aug. 10. To register or make a donation, call 431-3267.
  • “RAINWATER CAPTURE AND GRAYWATER” WORKSHOP — Casitas Municipal Water District will sponsor a free workshop on “Rainwater Capture and Graywater” Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave. Learn all about rainwater and graywater systems and how to install your own according to county permit standards. RSVP early at rmerckling@casitaswater.com or 649-2251, Ext. 118.
  • PEDDLERS’ FAIR — Ojai Peddlers’ Fair will feature antiques, collectibles, crafts and clothing, Aug. 16 and 17 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.
  • “BATS YOU NEVER IMAGINED”— Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will host a presentation by Kris Mashburn, California State Parks, on “Bats You Never Imagined, “Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. Meet her pet bat and watch her slide show featuring bats of all sizes, shapes and colors. Donations: $3 for adults, $2 for ages 5 to 18, free for kids 5 and younger. Call 382-9759.
  • OJAI YOUTH OPERA SHOWS — The Ojai Youth Opera Company will mark the end of the 2014 Opera Camp with two student performances, Aug. 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. Open to the general public and suggested donation is $10. Call 646-0117 for more information.
  • “SERVING GOD OR DOG?” — The American Vedic Association Bhagavad-Gita As It Is Fellowship will meet Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at 687 Villanova Road to discuss “Serving God or Dog?” Always free. Call 640-0405.
  • MUSIC AT CASA BARRANCA — Singer-songwriters Smitty and Julija will perform Aug. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Casa Barranca, 208 E. Ojai Ave. Call 640-1255.
ONGOING
  • 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. For more information, call 640-0358.
  • DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S — A dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease is held Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., led by Irina Dukhon. Suggested donation is $5. Call (206) 909-8918 for more information.
  • ART GROUP — Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, hosts a free Art Group every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own art supplies and join in sharing your creativity. Call 646-5122.
  • BOY SCOUTS TROOP 504 — Sponsored by the Ojai Rotary Club, Troop 504 of the Boy Scouts of America, has outdoor activities and a weekly program for boys ages 11 to 18. Meetings are held Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road. Call Scoutmaster Jerry Thurston at 419-0504.
  • LEGAL HELP — A volunteer attorney is available for legal consultation the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Community Assistance Program office, 108 Fox St., by appointment only. Call 640-3320.
  • MAN-TO-MAN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP — meets the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Ojai C.A.R.E.S., 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105 (rear of building). Call 646-6433.
  • 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 locaion and the current play being studied, contact ojaibard@gmail.com.
  • 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 SUPPORT GROUP — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View, holds meetings in Room 2 Wednesdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. to talk about breast-feeding and parenting. Suggested donation: $5 to $10. Just drop by. The breast-feeding hotline is 646-7559, Ext. 1.
  • TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS — Ojai Valley Toastmasters meets Fridays at 6:30 a.m. in the Library Room at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St., Ojai. Come visit and hear a variety of presentations. For more information, call 207-5094.
  • ROTARY ECO CLUB — The Rotary Eco Club meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 W. Baldwin Road, in Room A-3. All are invited to attend. For more information contact Jane McClenahan at janedg0708@rotarysuccess.com or Lisa Malone at 646-3483.
  • AGAPE RECOVERY GROUP — Ojai Valley Baptist Church, 11642 N. Ventura Ave., Ojai, hosts the weekly Agape Recovery Group Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Agape is for those in need of a support group with the honesty and willingness to help themselves, and with open minds for using tools given them for the change in their life needed to be free from the bondage of addictions and other afflictions.
  • MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC — Health care for the uninsured and homeless is offered by the Mobile Medical Clinic that visits the Community Assistance Program office, 108 Fox St., Ojai, every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins only. Services are offered by Las Islas Family Medical Group from Oxnard. Call C.A.P. at 640-3320 for more information.
  • ZUMBA — Zumba workouts are held at the Ojai Art Center,113 S. Montgomery St., Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 646-0117.
  • LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP — Is your low vision causing problems in your daily living? The Low Vision Support Group of the Braille Institute meets the first Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. Learn skills for independent living, and about the many free services of the Braille Institute, plus special assistance for those with macular degeneration. It’s all free.
  • MEINERS OAKS KNITTING CLUB — meets at Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave., the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Knitters of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Members knit squares which are assembled into afghans for Ojai Valley Family Shelter sites and Project Linus, a nonprofit group providing blankets to children in need. Call 646-4804 for more information.
  • FREE DEPRESSION SCREENINGS —  Gladstone Counseling Center, 530 W. Ojai Ave., Suite 209, offers free depression screenings with a qualified therapist, Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only. For more information, call 646-9724.
  • OPTIMIST CLUB MEETINGS — The Optimist Club of Ojai meets for dinner the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 843 E. Ojai Ave. Anyone who is interested is welcome. The club’s motto is: “Friend of Youth.”
  • STORY TIME IN MEINERS OAKS — The Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave., will host stories 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 Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at Help of Ojai , 111 W. Santa Ana St. Beginners are welcome to come and enjoy the ancient game for fun and mental stimulation. For more information, call Cynthia Leavitt at 947-9238.
  • OJAI PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB — meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Kent Hall at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St. Shutter enthusiasts are welcome to share their interest in photography. Each month a pofessional will impart their techniques and critique submittals. Photo submittals require membership. Visit www.ojaiphotoclub.com for more information.
  • SENIOR WRITERS GROUP — Writers of all kinds are invited to meet with the Ojai Senior Writers Group Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. Come and share; we’re friendly. Call 657-8528 for more details.
  • BEING PEACE OF OJAI — is a meditation group that meets every Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Enjoy walking meditation, sitting meditation, chanting, and a teaching from Dharmacharya Chân Niem Hy. No experience necessary. Call 252-2448or visit www.ojaimindfulness.orgfor 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 peoplethroughout the county. Food Share provides all the equipment. All you need to bring is a strong back and a desire to help. Volunteers usually meet at the designated pick spot at around 8:30 a.m. and work for two to three hours. For more information: kjorgensen@foodshare.com or 983-7100, Ext. 138.
  • OJAI VALLEY LIONS CLUB — is always looking for new members. If you are interested in being part of an energetic service organization, contact the club secretary at 798-0278. Go to www.ojailions.com for more information. The Lions Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road. Children are welcome to the meetings on the fourth Wednesday.
  • 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 New Hope Christian Center, 590 Old Ventura Ave., Oak View. Visitors are welcome.
  • OJAI BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT — Livingston Hospice and Help of Ojai hold grief support groups to help those who have experienced a loss on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Help of Ojai, 370 Baldwin Road. Explore and express feelings, understand the grief process and receive emotional support. Free of charge, all are welcome. Call Kathy Leary-Wilde at 218-9798 for more information.
  • SENIOR SLO-PITCH BASEBALL — Senior slo-pitch baseball will be held Wednesdays and Fridays. Leagues will be formed for those 60 and over for coeds. Call 646-3583 or 646-9072.
  • MIDRASH — Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., holds a “Midrash” group on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room where the community can struggle with the Scriptures to find deeper meaning in the difficult Bible stories. Call 340-8626 for more information.
  • MEDITATION LECTURES — Free lectures on the “Transcendental Meditation Program” are held every week in Ojai. Call 279-2543 or visit www.TM.org/ventura-county for information.
  • ANIMAL ADOPTIONS — The Humane Society of Ventura County’s Shelter and Adoption Center in Ojai, 402 Bryant St., is open for animal adoptions Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During daylight-saving time the shelter is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Visit humanesocietyvc.org to see photos of animals available. Call 646-6505.
  • WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP — meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at Ojai C.A.R.E.S., 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105 (rear of building). Call 646-6433.
  • 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.
  • SENIORS CHORUS — Smitty and Julija lead Rocking It Old School, a free chorus for seniors, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at Ojai Youth Performers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St.
  • FORMER CHRISTIAN SUPPORT — Let’s co-create a free group program to help each other heal from religious indoctrination; embrace self-acceptance and a happy heart. Welcoming all new choices in philosophical outlook. Emphasis on freedom to be you. Email: FormerChristianSupport@aol.com.
  • OJAI SRI SATHYA SAI BABA CENTER —  The Ojai Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center meets Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Call 646-3250.
  • ROTARY CLUB OF OJAI WEST MEETINGS — The Rotary Club of Ojai West holds breakfast meeting 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.
  • SITTING MEDITATION — is held Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. at Being Peace Zendo, a home-based center practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Call 252-2448.
  • THRIFT STORE DONATIONS — Donations to New 2 You Thrift Store, 106 Park Road, benefiting the Humane Society of Ventura County, are welcome and accepted daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
  • RHYTHM AND DANCE WORKOUT — Eden Flynn leads dance workouts in various styles Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. at Sacred Space Studio, 410-A Bryant Circle. Lift your spirits, exercise and stretch to live drumming. Donations are welcome.
  • SELF-ENRICHMENT AT LITTLE HOUSE — A group of seniors meets Fridays at 10 a.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, to bend, stretch, stimulate, exhilarate and recreate their minds. Featured are speakers, group participation, armchair travel, hot topics, current news, etc. with refreshments being served. All seniors are welcome. Call Dolores at 640-0088.
  • HOSPITAL AUXILIARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — The Ojai Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary needs new members. The auxiliary has a variety of duties within the hospital to use skills or interests pertaining to helping others. Call 640-6936 or 640-2224.
  • WII BOWLING FOR SENIORS — Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, hosts Wii Bowling for Seniors every Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call 646-5122 for more details.
  • WALK FOR LIFE! — Sacred Space Studio, 410-A Bryant Circle, will host Mary Jo Healy leading “Awareness Thru Movement” classes to explore and improve your natural walk, Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The first class is free. Lessons will vary on floor, sitting or standing, using your walk before and after to compare. Call 886-6078 for more details.
  • ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES — ESL classes are offered through Ojai Unified Adult Education at Meiners Oaks School, Mondays from 3 to 7 p.m. (call 640-4378), and in Room 6 at Ojai Unified District offices, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. (call 640-4330).
  • CASUAL BRIDGE — games are held Thursdays from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. More players are welcome. Just drop by or call Donna Hunt at 646-2980.
  • “EXPLORING WATERCOLORS” — Patty Van Dyke will teach an art class, “Exploring Watercolors,” on the second and fourth Friday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St. Donations suggested. Call David at 646-1446, Ext. 118, with any questions.
  • LOW-COST SHOT CLINICS — The Humane Society Shelter and Adoption Center, 402 Bryant St., Ojai, holds low-cost shot clinics on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Dr. Lewis at 646-2442.
  • FIBROMYALGIA-CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP — Bella Donna, a holistic health care practitioner, will hold free informative gatherings for those who suffer from fibromyalgia-chronic fatigue syndrome the first Thursday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St. Email BellaInOjai@gmail.com with questions.
  • READING TUTORS NEEDED — Training for volunteers to tutor for the Adult Literacy Program is offered by the Library Services Agency. Call 641-4484.
  • OJAI JOYFUL SINGERS — meets Fridays at 10 a.m. at Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 Foothill Road, Ojai, singing oldies but goodies as well as new and popular songs. For more information, call Shirley at 646-8025.
  • FREE RECORDING STUDIO WORKSHOPS — Singers and songwriters are welcome to free recording studio workshops held on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Tim Frantz’s Mountain Dog Musicworks. To sign up for the next workshop: tim@mountaindogmusic.com or 649-8500.
  • TAROT CARD READING — Tarot card reader Donna Ellen reads the cards Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. at Ojai House, 304 N. Montgomery St. Drop in or call 493-7707 for an appointment.
  • OJAI SONGWRITERS  — A free weekly meeting of open-minded creative musicians and lyricists, who recognize the value of the collaborative sharing of ideas and music. Contact Scott: hscottsmith@sbcglobal.net or 640-1004 .
  • FREE MAMMOGRAMS — The Ojai Valley Community Health Center, 1200 Maricopa Highway, offers a Breast Cancer Early Detection Program which includes free breast exams for women 40 years old or older and free mammograms for women 50 and older who do not have any medical coverage and cannot afford these services. Call 640-8293 to see if you qualify.
  • 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 automobile trends and other motoring subjects with like-minded folks.
  • CAREGIVERS HAVEN — a support group for caregivers, meets the first Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Help of Ojai’s West Campus on Baldwin Road. Call 218-9798 or 646-5122 for directions or questions.
  • JANE CUSUMANO FOUNDATION — The Jane Cusumano Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to enhance cancer awareness and wellness, meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Coldwell Banker’s office. Anyone interested in learning more about the organization or in speaking or volunteering is welcome. Call Nora Davis at 646-3128 or 207-6177. Donations are welcome and an be mailed to The Jane Cusumano Foundation, 1129 Maricopa Highway, PMB 126, Ojai, CA 93023.
  • ROCKIN’ ROOTS SOCIETY — meets the first Wednesday of each month at an East End location. Got roots? Accomplished singers, fiddlers, pickers and other “high lonesome” sound-makers welcome. Limit six per session. Call Chris at 646-8040.
  • AMERICAN LEGION DINNERS — The public is welcome to dinners sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the Ojai American Legion Post 482, 843 E. Ojai Ave., held the first and third Fridays of each month. All proceeds benefit veterans, student scholarships and packages for troops overseas.
  • FREE YOUTH ULTIMATE FRISBEE — Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Road, offers free Youth Ultimate Frisbee for boys and girls in fifth to eighth grades Fridays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Call 646-5581, Ext. 303, for more details.
  • FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING — Free blood pressure screening is offered the first Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Medicine Shoppe, 960 E. Ojai Ave. Call 646-0106.
  • OPEN DIALOGUES — Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., a discussion group is held at 308 W. Aliso St. for those on a serious spiritual path to non-dualism who haven’t forgotten levity. No charge. Call 640-0755 for information.
  • WORLD OF ONE — a support group for widows and widowers, meets at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call Help of Ojai, 646-5122.
  • FREE DAY AT NURSERY SCHOOL — Ojai Valley Community Nursery School, 1290 Grand Ave., invites preschoolers ages 2 to 6 to a free session every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon; tag-along siblings are welcome. Call 646-3801 for details.
  • MEDITATION AND HEALING WORKSHOPS — Weekly meditation and healing workshops are run by two well-known British healers, now living in Ojai. For details call Roger or Kim at 640-0211.
  • QUILTERS ANONYMOUS— meets Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 185 St. Thomas Drive. Beginners are welcome and membership is free. Call 649-5956 for information.
  • HOME SECURITY PATROL  — The Ojai Valley Security Patrol provides home security for when you are on vacation. Call the Ojai Police at 646-1414 for information. Neighborhood Watch programs are also available.
  • NOAH COMMUNITY SING — A community sing, open to individuals and families, is held the third Sunday of each month from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Living Aikido Dojo, Oak View Park and Resource Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View. Donations accepted. For more information, call Craig at 637-4829.
  • “TEENS TEACH TECH” — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts ”Teens Teach Tech” every second and fourth Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., for those who are having trouble figuring out their electronic devices (phones iPads, etc.). Call 646-1639 for details.
  • FREE PRENATAL CLASSES — Clinicas del Camino Real offers free weekly prenatal classes in Spanish and English at all of its nine sites countywide. They are held Monday and Thursday evenings throughout the year. In Ojai, the location is the Ojai Valley Community Health Center, 1200 Maricopa Highway. Call 640-8293.
  • 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.
  • SCHOOLINKS HOMEWORK CENTERS — SchooLinks Homework Centers are open at the Ojai Library, Meiners Oaks Library and Oak View Library, Mondays through Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. when school is in session. Call 289-0368.
  • BRIDGE CLUB — The Ojai Valley Bridge Club meets Mondays and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., at the corner of Loma Drive. All bridge players are welcome; singles will be provided with a partner. For more information: bbojai@sbcglobal.net 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 info@ojailifechoices.org or call the 24-hour hotline at 646-6830.
  • ALIGN YOUR BODY FOR WELLNESS — A free exercise class called Align Your Body for Wellness is held every Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. (with brief breaks between sessions) at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. Call 646-5122 for more details.
  • STORY TIME AT OAK VIEW LIBRARY — The Oak View Library, 555 Mahoney Ave., hosts story time for youngsters every Tuesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Call 649-1523 for details.
  • PAUSE4KIDS MEETINGS — Pause4kids, a parents’ group committed to helping children with special needs, meets twice each month: every third Tuesday at 9 a.m. and every fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. Visit www.pauseconejo.org or call Kim at 646-6606.
  • MATILIJA FLY FISHERS — meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. The meetings consist of informal fly-fishing discussions, notice of upcoming events of interest and fly-tying instruction and demonstrations. Visitors are welcome. Call 646-3469.
  • OJAI VALLEY BEE CLUB MEETING — The Ojai Valley Bee Club meets  every second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the annex at The Farmer and The Cook, 339 W. El Roblar Drive in Meiners Oaks. This beekeeping and bee appreciation club for enthusiasts in the Ojai Valley and surrounding area meets to share information and resources with experts and guest speakers.
  • WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FROM DIAGNOSIS TO THRIVERSHIP — Women who have triumphed over cancer, women still undergoing treatment and those considering treatment — all meet to share tips, choices, experiences, strategies and encouragement the third Monday of the month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s Oak Tree House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. Newcomers are welcome. Call Kathy Leary-Wilde at 218-9798 for more information.
  • INTUITIVE TAROT READINGS — are offered at Nutmeg’s Ojai House, 304 N. Montgomery St., Thursday through Sunday, walk in or by appointment (640-1656), with Jill Townsend and the Rev. Kate Hawkins. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 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.
  • THE BREAKFAST CLUB — brings business people together to network 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. Email lohscan@aol.com or call Trixi Scantlin at 525-1917.
  • OJAI DANCE MEDICINE — is a journey into healing held Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. Call 646-0117.
  • MEDITATION MOUNT — Group meditations are held Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road. The grounds are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to sunset. Office business hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.meditationmount.org or call 646-5508, Ext. 103.
  • FREE PHYSICALS AND IMMUNIZATIONS FOR KIDS— The Ojai Valley Community Health Center, 1200 Maricopa Highway, offers free physicals and immunizations for children ages 0 to 18. Call 640-8293 to see if you qualify.
  • “ZUMBA FITNESS” — Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., offers classes in “Zumba Fitness” on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the Youth Center. All are invited. Suggested donation at the door: $5. Call Maria at 340-8626 for more information.
  • OJAI VALLEY PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP — continues to meet the second Wednesday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., and care partners are also welcome. There are always knowledgeable people presenting good information. Call 646-4410.
  • AUTISM SUPPORT OJAI — is an online forum where care-givers can offer and receive support, referrals and information pertaining to autism spectrum disorder. Support for this group has been provided by The Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center in Oxnard. See health.groups@yahoo.com for more details.
  • CHI GONG (QIGONG) LIFE-FORCE TRAINING — is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. at Stell Hall, World University Plaza at the corner of Matilija and Ventura streets in downtown Ojai, featuring a short set of focused and powerful energy recharging and balancing exercises for all ages. No fee; donations appreciated. Call 646-1444.

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