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Check out OVN's amazing calendar: Tibetan mandala, and Ojai play Sunday, Feb. 23, and LOTS MORE!

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Screenshot from An Lac Buddhist Mission website
Opening ceremony for the construction of a sand mandala, open to the public, will be Sunday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at An Lac Buddhist Mission in Ventura.

 

The public is invited to view the opening ceremony for Tibetan monks constructing a prayer for peace in the form of a “Buddha of Compassion” sand mandala on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at the An Lac Buddhist Mission, 901 S. Saticoy, Ventura. 

A mandala is an ancient form of concentrated prayer in a detail artistic sand painting, For more information, call 805 479-3939. 
Following the opening ceremony, the public may visit anytime between 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Saturday, Feb 29, to observe the ongoing construction process. There will be a separate schedule of hours that Ven. Monks are actively working on sand manadala each day. 
The public is invited to see the completion of the mandala and attend the closing ceremony on Sunday, Mar. 1, at 11 a.m.

‘Love Letters’ performed Sunday, Feb. 2:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 530 W. El Roblar Drive

Husband and wife Howard and Nancy Leader star
in “Love Letters” on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, Meiners Oaks.
In 2016, Howard convinced Nancy to perform “Love Letters” with him.
In the play, the real-life couple — playing a fictional couple — read letters to each other, spanning their lifetimes. This love story is almost a duplicate of their personal lives. In the let- ters, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats through the years. The poignancy of their emotions is both touching and enlightening.
The two actors have been married twice to each other, the first time for 22 years, and the current marriage of eight years and holding.

 

 

CALENDAR

Sunday, Feb. 23

“INSPIRING LOVE” — The Center for Spiritual Living
will host Tony Hallenbeck, behavioral wellness manager for Santa Barbara County, speaking on “Inspiring Love,” Sunday
at 10:30 a.m. at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave.
Love offering basis.
FAMILY FUN DAY — The Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., will host a free Family Fun Day, Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. featuring hands-on fast crafts for all ages. Just drop by. Call (805) 646-1390 for more
information.
“THE 1619 PROJECT” GROUP STUDY — A group study on “The 1619 Project” will continue Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. through March 1, at Greater Goods, 145 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai, led by Kristi Walsh. “The 1619 Project” is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400thanniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Please read copy before the meeting. See https://pulitzercenter. org/sites/default/ les/full issue_of_the_1619_project. pdf. Donations will be accepted at the door to support Greater Goods.
“LOVE LETTERS” — The Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, Meiners Oaks, will host a performance of “Love Letters” by Nancy and Howard Leader, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. “Love Letters” is a drama with two characters, originally nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The play involves the reading of letters by the couple to each other, spanning their lifetimes. For tickets or more information: (805) 646-4464.
Monday, Feb. 24
MONDAY MATINEES AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host a series of free screenings of 2020 award-nominated and winning films, Mondays at 11:30 a.m., continuing Feb. 24 through March 23. The movie titles cannot be named in the press due to the licensing agreement. Call (805) 218-9146 or 646-1639 for more details.
COMMUNITY CHORUS SPRING REGISTRATION AND REHEARSALS — The Ojai Community Chorus is seeking members to participate in its spring concert, which will be held May 16 and 17 and feature a fun-filled circus theme. Registration and rehearsals began Feb. 10 at 6:15 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road; registration continues through Feb. 24. Registration fee is $75. Rehearsals will be held at the church on Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and there are no formal auditions. Male voices are especially needed. For more information, call Katherine at (805) 798-4791.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
RETIRED MEN’S CLUB MEETING — Lisa Casini and Heather Sobo will talk about their product, Beato Chocolates, at the club meeting Tuesday. Their chocolates embody and celebrate the Dada art of Beatrice Wood. The Ojai Valley Retired Men’s Club holds luncheon meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 11:45 a.m. in the Banquet Room at Soule Park Golf Course. Retired men are welcome to attend and consider joining. Call (805) 646-3746 for information.
“TUESDAYS AT TWILIGHT” —
The nonprofit group, American Songbook Today, will present its fifth monthly open mic event, Tuesday from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at The Gables, 701 N. Montgomery St. There is a $5 cover charge at the door and the theme for February is “Songs of the Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.” Youth are more than welcome. Smitty West will accompany the singers, but guests can also accompany themselves on guitar, piano, tuba, triangle, etc. Remember, this is not a contest nor an audition, it’s a party. Further information: michaelsongbook@gmail.com.
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, Feb. 26
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 welcome to attend.
“PROTECTING YOUR WISHES AND LOVED ONES” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host attorney H. Frederick Seigenfeld, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., giving a presentation on “Protecting Your Wishes and Loved Ones.” This event is free and open to the public. Call (805) 218-9146 or 646-1639 for more details.
Thursday, Feb. 27
“SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH SOIL HEALTH” — The University of California Cooperative Extension is offering a free symposium, “Sustainability Through Soil Health,” Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. The public is welcome. Registration is required at http://ucanr.edu.vcsym. For more information and program, see: ceventura.ucanr.edu.“POST-FIRE FOOD SAFETY”
— The University of California Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop, “Post- Fire Food Safety,” Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Learn how wildfire impacts the health and safety of locally grown produce and backyard chicken eggs. The public is welcome. Registration is required at https://ucanr.edu/ survey. For more information and program, go to: ceventura.ucanr.edu.
“THE HIDDEN ROLE OF KRISHNAMURTI” — The Theosophy in Ojai Valley Lodge, 46 Krotona St., Ojai, will host Shuvendu Patnaik, Thursday at 7 p.m., speaking on “The Hidden Role of Krishnamurti — A Theosophical Perspective.” No cost; suggested donation $5. (630) 815-4810.
“HOW TO USE THE TAO DE CHING” — A hands-on workshop from Francis Pring- Mill, author of a new publication from White Cloud Press, will be held Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at the Resonance Center, 215 Church Road, Ojai. Suggested donation is $15 (no one turned away).
Down The Road
“THE HIDDEN SIDE OF LIFE” — will be held at Krotona School of Theosophy, 46 Krotona St., Ojai, Feb. 28 through March 1. Robert Ellwood, Ph.D., Gracia Fay Ellwood, Ph.D., and Richard Ellwood will look at four aspects of that which seem hidden: thought forms, nature spirits, a theosophical view of the afterlife, and the message of near-death experiences. Friday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon. Series, $50; single session, $15. www. krotonainstitute.org or (805) 646-1139. (F28)
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 Barbara Washburn will lead the Feb. 29 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
BOOK LAUNCH — Elemental Apothecary, 201 N. Ventura St., Ojai, will host a book launch for Ixchel Leigh’s “Aromatic Alchemy,” Feb. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., featuring live music and song, treats and libations.
She will read and share stories.
EPIC COMEDY MASH-UP —
The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host an evening of laughs and fun, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m., when Ojai Valley Improv welcomes Ventura Improv Company for their first- ever improvisational comedy mash-up. Tickets are just $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Ojai Art Center Theater Branch. For more information, call (805) 646-0117.
“NAUGHTY GRAS: LEAP INTO YOUR FANTASY” — Ojai’s Mardi Gras will be held Feb. 29 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., celebrating its 30thanniversary with a masquerade ball and live music, costume contest, tossing of the beads and coronation of the king and queen. Collections will benefit OjaiCares and cancer patients. Tickets available at the door or go to ojaiconcertseries.com or Studio Sauvageau or Cardinali Bros. Music, or call (805) 646-7843.
“LEGALLY BLONDE” — The Nordhoff High School music department will present performances of “Legally Blonde” at Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai, March 5 through 15, directed by Marty Babayco. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets atwww.NHSmusic.com or at the door if available.
OWF GRANT WORKSHOP —
The Ojai Women’s Fund (OWF) Technical Assistance Grant Workshop will be held March 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Help of Ojai, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. There is no fee to attend. Members of the OWF Grants Committee will walk local nonprofits through the 2020 grant application process. OWF awarded $110,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit groups in 2019. RSVP appreciated but not required at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..“THEOSOPHY AND
ITS RELATIONSHIP TO HOMEOPATHY AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE” — The Theosophy in Ojai Valley Lodge, 46 Krotona St., Ojai, will host Richard Hiltner, M.D., March 3 at 7 p.m., speaking on “Theosophy and Its Relationship to Homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.” The talk will be preceded by meditation at 6:30 p.m. No cost; donations appreciated. (630) 815-4810.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
— The Ojai Library’s Book Discussion Group will meet March 4 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. The Ojai 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 (805) 646-1639.
VENTURA GEM SHOW — The Ventura Gem & Mineral Society will host its 58th annual show at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but the fairgrounds charges parking fees. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (805) 312-8467 for more details.
“INTRODUCTORY THEOSOPHY: THE TECHNIQUE OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE” — will be held March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Theosophy in Ojai Valley Lodge, 46 Krotona St., Ojai. Chapter VII: “Sins and Virtues” will be covered. Meditation starts at 6:30 p.m. No cost; donations appreciated. (630) 815-4810.
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 March 7 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
POPPIES BOOK CLUB MEETING — Poppies Art and Gifts, 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai, will hold its monthly Book Club meeting, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The group will discuss “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2019. It follows nine people who feel close relationships with trees and confront the destruction of the world’s forests. All adults are welcome to this free event. Read the book before the meeting.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING — The Ojai City Council will hold a meeting March 10 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai.
CMWD BOARD MEETING — The Board of Directors of Casitas Municipal Water District will meet March 11 at 3 p.m. at the main office, 1055 Ventura Ave., Oak View. The public is welcome to attend.
ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY WORK DAY — An Adopt-A-Highway Work Day on Highway 33 will be held March 14. Meet at the Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, at 9:30 a.m. for instructions. Call (805) 640-9060 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
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 Elizabeth Jurgensen will lead the March 14 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT — The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host a concert by Moscow-born pianist Natasha Kislenko, March 15 at 2 p.m. She will present an all-Russian program of works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Alfred Schnittke. Tickets sold only at the door: $15 general, $12 Art Center members and students. For more information, call (805) 640-1158.
“TWISP: THE POWER OF COMMUNITY” — Greater Goods of Ojai, 145 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai, will host a screening of the award-winning film, “Twisp: The Power of Community,” March 15 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is by donation. Following the 40-minute documentary, a panel of Ojai leaders, activists and business owners will share their thoughts on strengthening local community. Audience perspectives are invited and encouraged.
MUSIC FESTIVAL SEEKS INTERNS — The Ojai Music Festival is accepting applications for its arts management internship program through March 15. Applicants must be 18 or older and enrolled in a two- or four-year accredited college. The 74th Ojai Music Festival will run this year from June 11 through 14. For more information regarding internship, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (805) 646-2094.
“VANYA, SONIA, MASHA AND SPIKE” — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host performances of the Tony Award-winning play, “Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike,” March 20 through April 12, directed by Linda Livingston. Shows will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information, call (805) 640-8797.
VENTURA VINTAGE VOLKSWAGENS SHOW 'N' SHINE PICNIC — Bring your classic Volkswagen to a picnic in the park, March 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Comfort Park, 11969 Creek Road, Ojai. There is a $5 day use fee and only 107 parking spaces, so be early. Bring any extra newspapers, blankets, towels, and new dry dog and cat food to help the Humane Society of Ojai. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle to benefit the Humane Society and a prize raffle. Leashed pets are welcome. Bring any supplies you'll need for a picnic (no onsite food sales).
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 Carolejo Adams will lead the March 21 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
MEETINGS GALORE
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 (805) 640-8293 to see if you qualify.
OJAI VALLEY PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP — This group meets the second Tuesday 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 (805) 646-5122.
EARLY LITERACY CLASS AT OJAI LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts an Early Literacy class for youngsters ages 0 to 5 every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Call (805) 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 (805) 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. Donation suggested. 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 (805) 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 (805) 646-2173 or (805) 640-8351.
PEACE VIGIL — The Ojai Peace Vigil 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.
SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING — Small business counseling is available regularly at the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce. Call (805) 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 (805) 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.”
FREE CHI LEL QI GONG — To bring in healing energy, try the free classes in chi lel qi gong held Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. at Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. For more information, call Jan Reason at (805) 208-0693.
BREAKFAST REFERRAL GROUP — The Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomes business owners to discuss their offerings every month on the first and third Wednesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. Chamber members and prospective members support one another gaining new business. No charge, just buy your breakfast. Call for location: (805) 646-8126.
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 (805) 804-7024.
THERAPEUTIC IMAGERY — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, offers free therapeutic imagery sessions, fourth Thursdays of the month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Caregivers also welcome. Call (805) 646-6433.]
FREE PICKLEBALL — Free pickleball lessons and play are offered at the Matilija Middle School tennis courts, Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to dusk and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon. All necessary equipment is provided. For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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). Call (805) 633-9056 for more information.
HEARTWARMERS KNITTING CIRCLE — meets in Ojai Library's Community Room, 121 E. Ojai Ave., the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Knitters of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Members knit 7-inch-by-9-inch pieces 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 947-9238.
OJAI PHOTOGRAPHY COMMUNITY — 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. Visit www.ojaiphotographycommunity.com for more information.
IN-HOME SUPPORT AVAILABLE NOW FOR FAMILIES WITH NEWBORNS — ParentCare carefully selects and trains volunteers to provide support to families during the first few months with a newborn. ParentCare supports parents so they can care for their babies. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (805) 646-7559, Ext. 110.
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 (805) 657-8528 for more details.
“FAR-OUT FRIDAYS” — Ojai Pub, 914 E. Ojai Ave., presents “Far-Out Fridays: The East End Block Party,” the first Friday of the month at 7 p.m. Free admission. Come enjoy local goods, cool tunes and food and drink specials. Call (805) 669-7729 for more details.
BEGINNING KRIYA MEDITATION CLASS — is held Mondays at 7 p.m. in Ojai. Call (805) 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. For information, see Facebook at Ojai Valley Democrats or call (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 646-3583 or (805) 646-9072.
FREE MEDITATION TALKS — Transcendental Meditation® free introductory talks by certified teachers from the David Lynch Foundation and the Maharishi Foundation are offered every Thursday or by appointment. For information, call (805) 279-2543.
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 (805) 646-6505.
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 (805) 646-5122.
LIBRARY FIBER ARTS AND KNITTING CLUB — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts meetings of the Ojai Library Fiber Arts and Knitting Club every Sunday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (beginning Sept. 8). Bring your current project. Call (805) 646-1639.
OJAI QUILTERS ANONYMOUS — Ojai Quilters Anonymous meets Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call (805) 649-5956 for more information.
OJAI SRI SATHYA SAI BABA CENTER —  The Ojai Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center meets Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Call (805) 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 (805) 798-1871 for reservations or more imformation.
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 (805) 525-9931.
ADULT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS — Grief Support Groups meet every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. They are free of charge and open to individuals who have experienced a loss within the last two-and-half years. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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. Appointments are necessary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (805) 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 (805) 640-6936 or (805) 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 (805) 640-4330, Ext. 1960, for information.
“EXPLORING WATERCOLORS” — Patty Van Dyke and Gayel Childress will teach an art class, “Exploring Watercolors,” every Friday at 10 a.m. in the clubhouse at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St. Donations suggested. Call Kelley at (805) 646-1446.
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.
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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 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 or in speaking or volunteering is welcome. Call Nora Davis at (805) 646-3128 or 207-6177. Donations are welcome; mail to Jane Cusumano Foundation, 1129 Maricopa Highway, PMB 126, Ojai, CA 93023.
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN 0-5 — Secure Beginnings, 555 Mahoney Ave., Room 2, Oak View, offers parent consultations, newborn home visits, counseling, free diaper bank, breastfeeding-first feeding support and young parent support. Scholarships and payment plans available. No family turned away for lack of funds. (805) 646-7559 or securebeginnings.org.
LAUNDRY LOVE — If you are going through rough times, the community group, Laundry Love, offers help with your laundry on the third Tuesday of every month from 4 to 7:30 p.m. (last load at 6:30 p.m.) at Launderland, 105 Bald St., Ojai (behind Sea Fresh). You bring the laundry, we bring quarters, soap and dryer sheets. Snacks are provided while you wait. For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
GRIEF HAVEN — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, hosts a free, drop-in grief support group for anyone in the comunity every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. Call (805) 646-6433.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY — Redemption, 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 646-0106.
HOME SECURITY PATROL  — The Ojai Valley Security Patrol provides home security for when you are on vacation. Call the Ojai Police at (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 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 (805) 289-0368.
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS MEETINGS — The Veterans of foreign wars of the Ojai Valley Post 11461 meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 843 E. Ojai Ave. in Ojai. For more information, contact Cmdr. Dan Lopez at (805) 795-2424.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, hosts a free, drop-in caregiver support group  on the second Mondays of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Call (805) 646-6433.
BRIDGE CLUBS — The Ojai Bridge Club meets Mondays and the Oak View Bridge Club meets Fridays at 12:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, Meiners Oaks. All bridge players are welcome; singles will be provided with a partner. For more information, call (805) 512-6746.
UKULELE CLUB AT OJAI LIBRARY — The Ojai Library Ukulele Club meets every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the main gallery, 111 E. Ojai Ave., for a jam session and workshop. 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 (805) 218-9146 for more details.
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.
OJAI VALLEY GREEN SCHOOLS COALITION — The Ojai Valley Green Schools Coalition holds open meetings every third Sunday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. The group is open to all area high school students interested in working to create a united front to advocate for action to combat climate change.
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 Ojai Valley American Red Cross volunteers at a monthly meeting. No RSVP required. Call Michaela at (805) 236-9959 for information.
“NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host a practice group for youth and adults on “Nonviolent Communication” on the fourth Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. For more information, call (805) 218-9146.
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 (805) 646-6606.
ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP — Join Deirdre Daly on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m., as she facilitates an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St., for caregivers and loved ones of people living with dementia to get support and share information on community resources. Refreshments will be provided. Call (805) 640-5717 for more details.
SHAMBHALA MEDITATION — The Ojai Valley Shambhala Meditation Group meets Sundays from 10 to 11 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 (805) 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 (805) 640-3320.
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 (805) 649-1523 for details.
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, (805) 646-6505, Ext. 110.
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 (805) 646-3746 for information.
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 (805) 750-2281 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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 (805) 649-8750 for more information.
OPTIMUM WELLNESS — Share your insights on daily meditation, aerobic activity in nature, and a plant-based diet. Meet occasionally to share ideas and activities. John, (805) 640-3650.
SHAKESPEARE READING SALON — The Shakespeare Reading Salon meets the first and third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Ojai Library's Community Room. All are welcome, whether you know a lot about Shakespeare, or very little, whether you love to read aloud or just listen. For more information write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Laurie at (805) 646-3733.
OJAI VALLEY BEE CLUB MEETING — The Ojai Valley Bee Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Ojai Valley School, 723 El Paseo Road, 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 (805) 984-9472.
STRONGER TOGETHER CANCER SUPPORT GROUP — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, hosts two free, drop-in cancer support groups each month, first Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and third Tuesdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m.  Caregivers also welcome. Call (805) 646-6433.
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