ARTS BRIEFS from Nov. 26

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An earthy Ojai Valley Garden Club wreath, adorned with pinecones and sundry dried fruit.


Garden Club Preps Wreaths for Hearth and Home

Ojai Valley Garden Club is again selling its fresh holiday wreaths decorated by Club members with foraged pinecones, seed pods, and dried fruit. 

Orders must be picked up on Thursday, Dec. 2, at Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave.,  between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  There will be some wreaths available for walk-in customers at that time.

The proceeds of this annual fundraiser will be used to fund community beautification projects throughout the Ojai Valley as well as granting $1,000 and $2,000 college scholarships to graduating Nordhoff seniors planning to study horticulture or environmental sciences.  For more information about the club, go to or visit the club on Facebook.


Celebrate Hanukkah Dec. 3

A Hanukkah celebration will be held Friday, Dec. 3, after the 6 p.m. Shabbat Service. 

There will be Menorah lighting, latkes, dreidels, and more. It is open to everyone at the Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai. 

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Quilts commemorate World AIDS Day

The nonprofit Quilt Project Gold Coast will display 20 AIDS Quilt panels at All Saints Episcopal Church, 144 South C St., on Sunday, Nov. 28, to commemorate World AIDS Day.

Board President Keith Coffman-Grey and Vice President Mark Lager will speak during the morning services at 9:15 (English) and 11:15 (Spanish), followed by a display and information table at receptions following each service. 

On Dec. 1, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., the Quilt Project will display several dozen quilts on the front steps of Ventura City Hall for World AIDS Day, including a literature table and a signature panel for those who have lost loved ones to write their names on the panel. The writing will later be embroidered on the final Quilt.

On Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. following the display, Quilt Project will host a candlelight vigil to honor those lost to the disease, with local clergy led by the Rev. Melissa Langdell and Bishop Manny Edgar-Beltran. Local music duo called I’ve Seen Better Elephants will perform.

A lighting of tall candles will take place, with names spoken aloud for those lost. Proclamations declaring Dec. 1 World AIDS Day from the county and city of Ventura governments will also be on display, with a separate presentation ceremony planned by both governments at different dates.

For more information, Quilt Project Gold Coast can be contacted at 805-569-0561 or email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Quilt Project produces a quarterly newsletter mailed to residents and policymakers called The Stitch’n Times, and has a website:


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