From the Fire and Chabad of Ojai celebrate life and creativity after the Thomas Fire on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St.

Chabad of Ojai and From the Fire are hosting an evening of film, conversation and auction for the public, to benefit those still struggling from the effects of the Thomas Fire. It will be held Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. A $15 donation is suggested.
“The purpose of this evening is to celebrate the inspiration and creativity that rises out of moments of tragedy and devastation,” organizers said in a press release. From “an artist who lost their life's work, to a family who lost their home, to a parent who lost their job, we all continue to have the inner strength and passion to create something new out of loss.”
“The Light of Fire,” a 30-minute film, will be screened at the event, with the message that “with resolve, courage and faith, great loss can be transformed into a new, more profound beginning,” organizers said. It is the story of Yoram Raanan, an American-Israeli artist, who rebuilds from a fire that destroyed 40 years of work. 
Also, attending will be invited members of the local community who were inspired to create something new during and after the fire.
Speakers include:
— Lisa Casoni of the Porch Gallery, sharing the inspiration behind Beato Chocolates.
— Karal Gregory, sharing the inspiration behind Ojai Spirit.
— Ray Powers, sharing an excerpt from his book “Simple Brilliance.”
— Artists Alice and Richard Matzkin sharing their experience of the fire and the loss of years of their work.
Auction items include:
— An assortment of Beato Chocolate.
— Four Ojai Spirit wine classes.
— Two signed copies of “From the Fire.” These are the last two copies available in this single run of the “From the Fire” book.
All proceeds will benefit the Greater Goods Relief Fund, which has served the Ojai community since its inception immediately after the Thomas Fire. The distribution this December will be the last distribution the Relief Fund will be making. “Our hope is to be able to contribute a substantial amount to help those members of our community still struggling,” organizers said.
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