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The Golden Bell is ringing loudly for Nordhoff High School’s dance program, under the direction of Kim Hoj — the program won that award from the California School Boards Association in December 2021.

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Meet Becky, a middle-aged woman in a middle-aged marriage with a humdrum job who meets a mixed-up millionaire who makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Or can she? Or should she? Playwright Steven Dietz explores her options in “Becky’s New Car…

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Calling all artists: the Ojai Art Center is planning a new art exhibit for the month of February and looking for artists to participate. The theme of the show is “Anything Goes,” and means just that. Artists are invited to bring 2D and 3D wor…

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Ojai farmers and community members are invited to join and share perspectives on the future of farming in the Ojai Valley on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. at Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road. The event is free and open to the public. The m…

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Sitting on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River with a gentle breeze blowing through the trees, listening to the birds sing, spotting a paddle steamer, and watching tugboats push and pull containers along, it’s easy to see why Richie Smi…

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Best of Ojai 2022

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Progressive “jamgrass” band and Grateful Dead cover artists The Storytellers will perform live at the Ojai Deer Lodge, 2261 Maricopa Highway, on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.Pictured from l…

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After a COVID-induced hiatus of two years, the 2023 Season Preview at the Ojai Art Center Theater on Jan. 8 had fans roaring in their seats and on their feet.“The Season Preview is always a lot of fun,” said Jill Dolan, publicity director for…

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Local artist Otis Bradley — “Ocho Libre”— is featured alongside beadsmith Mara Colecchia and artist Mark Tovar in an art show at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. An artist’s reception will take place Saturday, Jan.14, from 4 to 6 p.…

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American Songbook Today’s “Standards and Showtunes” monthly concert series continues on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave.This show will honor the works of Cole Porter, one of the most prolific, wi…

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On assignment for Montedison circa 1986-87, photojournalist Cindy Pitou Burton of Ojai recalls photographing trailblazing news broadcaster Barbara Walters, who passed away Dec. 30 at age 93.On that occasion, Pitou Burton was mingling with net…

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Historian and writer Vincent Burns and professor of journalism Stephen Bates will visit the Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 14, to speak about their book “Rincon Point” in a presentation titled “A History of Rincon …

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Ojai mixed-media artist Mary Neville’s solo exhibition, “Field Trip: 30 Days at a Higher Elevation,” will open on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 117 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. Neville will also appear at the opening receptio…

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Actress Cynthia Killion will host the Ojai Art Center Theater’s 2023 Season Preview at 113 S. Montgomery St. this Sunday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Always one of the highlights of the OACT, this “annual” taste of the season event is returning for …

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Once a resident of Ojai, violinist and former child prodigy Yue Deng returns to the Ojai Art Center gallery at 113 S. Montgomery St. on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. with a solo violin performance of a repertoire by Bach, Telemann, Reger and Pag…

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Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (OYES) presents “The Wizard of Oz, Jr.” from Jan. 13 to 29 at the OYES Youth Center Stage at 907 El Centro St.

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Ojai beadsmith Mara Colecchia, founder of Maracole Bijoux, will exhibit handmade jewelry at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., from Jan. 6 to Feb. 2. An artist’s reception will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the…

Carolynne Warren, creative director at Ben Franklin Variety and Crafts (1201 Maricopa Highway), poses with the gingerbread village she assembled with the help of store employees, and donated to the Continuing Care Center at the Ojai Valley Co…

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The Commons of Modern Pagans and Spiritual Seekers lead a “Spirit Walk” through the Arcade on Dec. 16. The organization’s Spirit Walk was done in silence to celebrate “the beings of the winter solstice: elves, fairies, ancestors, house spirit…

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The Pastel Society of the Gold Coast (PSGC), in partnership with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), will host “The H20 Show” at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., from Saturday, March 4 to Wednesday,March 29. An artist’s recept…

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Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (OYES) will stage “The Wizard of Oz” from Jan. 13 to 15, 20 to 22, and 27 to 29 at 907 El Centro St. Tickets are $12 and are available now for pre-sale at: tickettailor.com/events/oyes/788151.Performance times f…