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Friday, Jan. 18
THIRD FRIDAYS DOWNTOWN — The Ojai Valley Museum and many downtown merchants will be open today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to celebrate Third Friday, featuring live music, refreshments, sales and more. Museum entry is free. Call (805) 640-1390 for more information.
“PETER PAN JR.” — Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 907 El Centro St., Ojai, will present “Peter Pan Jr.,” today through Feb. 10, with performances Fridays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission: $10, general seating. A special Tots Cast performance will be held Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. for donation at the door. Group rates are available.
Call (805) 646-4300 for more information.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE ANNIVERSARY CONCERT — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a concert by Preston Smith, legendary blues singer from Houston, Texas, today at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (805) 340-7893.
“SYNCHRONICITY: A MYSTERIOUS CONNECTING PRINCIPLE OF LIFE AND ITS MEANING” —  Krotona School of Theosophy, 46 Krotona St., Ojai, will present a weekend seminar, Jan. 18 through 20, with Stephan Hoeller, Ph.D., on “Synchronicity: A Mysterious Connecting Principle of Life and Its Meaning.” Synchronicity was first described by C.G. Jung in 1952 and is a psycho-spiritual principal recognized in various fields ranging from the physical sciences to parapsychological phenomena. Hoeller will explore and clarify the nature of this elusive phenomena and its workings in several borderline disciplines. His teachings on Jung’s “Red Book” are known by students of Jung throughout the world. Friday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon. Series $50, single session $15. www.krotonainstitute.org or (805) 646-1139. (J18)
Saturday, Jan. 19
BIRD WALK AT SOULE PARK — The Ventura Audubon Society will host a bird walk in Soule Park, Saturday at 8:30 a.m., led by Linda Easter (818-519-2833). This large park in east Ojai offers grasslands, large deciduous trees and riparian habitat that bring out winter-feeding flocks of sparrows, bluebirds and warblers and year-round habitat for thrashers, woodpeckers, raptors and more.
ECYCLE, RECYCLE AND SHRED IT EVENT — The Ojai Valley Green Coalition and the Ojai Valley Directory will host the annual Ecycle and Recycle Event, combining it with the popular Shred Day, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nordhoff High School parking lot, 1401 Maricopa Highway, rain or shine. This event is free and open to all Ojai Valley residents and businesses. Safely dispose of unwanted documents and recycle your electronics. Documents for shredding accepted until the truck is full. For details on accepted items for recycling, visit ojaivalleygreencoalition.org or call (805) 669-8445.
FREE GARDENING CLASS — The Ventura County Master Gardeners will offer a free class, “Orchard Maintenance and Selecting Bare Root Trees,” Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Arc of Ojai, 210 Cañada St., Ojai. The class will cover introduction to temperate tree fruit and nut crops planted as bare-root trees, planting technique and frameword terms, how and when to plant and types of cuts, fertilizing, irrigation and pest control. To register, email Teri Reid at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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 Jan. 19 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
AMERICAN VEDIC ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIPS — Join others for discussion, sharing, thoughtful introspection and light refreshments, Saturdays at 2 p.m. at 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai. Uplift yourself with the science of self-realization. Always free. Call (805) 640-0405.
CONCERT TO BENEFIT SPARC — Country music star Lacy J. Dalton will perform with Dale Poune in a concert to benefit the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Majestic Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. Doors open at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by Malcolm McDowell and will also feature jackiO and Beckett McDowell with Paul Hipp and Friends. SPARC is the only no-kill shelter in Ventura County. For tickets: (805) 653-0721 or venturatheater.net.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE CONCERT — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host Shane Alexander with The Brambles playing Americana and folk music, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (805) 340-7893.
Sunday, Jan. 20
PIVOT CYCLES DEMO DAY — The Mob Shop, 110 W. Ojai Ave., will host a free demonstration day of the Pivot Shuttle, a class-leading, state-of-the-art modern mountain bike, Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations for the 9 to 10:30 a.m. slot (only 15 spots) can be made by calling (805) 272-8102 during business hours; ask for Tim or Chris. It is first come, first serve after that. Rides are limited to 1.5 hours. You must bring your ID, credit card and a helmet (plus pedals if you prefer your own). Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday, Jan. 21
“HONORING THE LIFE OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING” — The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St., will host an informative talk in the lounge Monday at 1:30 p.m. by David Scarlett, executive director. He will talk about key points in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. Everyone is welcome to this free event and refreshments will be served. For more information, call (805) 646-1446.
ADVANCED DIRECTIVES SEMINAR — Dr. Lanyard Dial, CEO and medical director of Livingston Memorial VNA and Hospice, will speak on “Advanced Directives,” Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Bristol Road and Ojai Avenue. Learn why it is important and how to tell your wishes to family, friends and health care professionals to avoid confusion later. Admission is free. For more information, call the church office at (805) 646-1885.
Tuesday, Jan. 22
RETIRED MEN’S CLUB MEETING — On Tuesday at the Men’s Club meeting, Bob Poole, president of the California Oil Museum Board of Directors, will discuss the museum and the history of the California oil industry. 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.
“SAVE THE PLANET, WEAR SUSTAINABLE TOUR WITH TOAD & CO.” — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will host a presentation on “Save the Planet, Wear Sustainable” by Toad & Co., Tuesday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Topa Topa Brewery Co., 345 E. Ojai Ave. Hang out with the OVLC and learn about Toad & Co.’s mission to create sustainable apparel. For more information, call (805) 649-6852.
SUNSET SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT — Sunset School (K-8), 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View, will host a Middle School Information Night, Tuesday at 6 p.m. Sunset staff will give an overview of the middle school program, classroom tours will be available, and admission information will be given out.
“COMMUNICATION WITH THE HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS”  — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai. Members will discuss “Communication with the Higher Consciousness.” The public is welcome. Call (805) 646-2653 for more details.
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, Jan. 23
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 invited.
AMERICAN VEDIC ASSOCIATION SCREENINGS — All are welcome for a screening of the ongoing episode of India’s epic film, “Mahabharata,” Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai. Fellowship and refreshments follow. Always free. Call (805) 640-0405.
“MY SUMMER WORKING FOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.” — The Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, Meiners Oaks, will host noted civil rights speaker Lanny Kaufer, Wednesday at 7 p.m., giving a musical multimedia presentation on his work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. This free event is open to the public and donations are welcome. For more information, go to ojaitemple.org.
Thursday, Jan. 24
MERRY WIDOWS WILL MEET — The Ojai Valley Merry Widows will meet for lunch Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Asian Fusion Garden, 842 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. Merry Widows has no membership fees, no age requirements, no altruistic goals, just a chance to meet other widows.

Down the road

LOLA HAAG JAZZ CONCERT — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host a concert by the Lola Haag Jazz Quartet, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (818) 516-6642.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EVENT — The County of Ventura Pollution Prevention Center will host a household hazardous materials collection event Jan. 26 for residents of the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. Call (805) 658-4323 for an appointment or more details. Small businesses should call (800) 714-1195.
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 Jan. 26 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
“A MAN AND A WOMAN” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host local poet Jeff Kustal reading from his poems, including “A Man and a Woman,” Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. He will be accompanied by Lucy Roadarmel. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (805) 218-9146.
“CADILLAC DESERT” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom who will present a screening of the 1997 documentary, “Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature,” Jan. 26 at 3 p.m., followed by discussion. This film explores the means through which the American Southwest was transformed in the 20th century from a harsh desert to a vibrant oasis. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (805) 218-9146.
BIRD WALK AT CANADA LARGA — The Ventura Audubon Society will host a bird walk on Cañada Larga Road, Jan. 27 at 8:30 a.m., led by David Torfeh (805-794-5334). Meet just off Highway 33 to carpool and walk and drive this long county road. Should see barn owls, western bluebirds, lark sparrows, roadrunners, phainopepla and various species of swallows.
FIRE SAFE AND EARTHQUAKE RESILIENT HOME DESIGN EVENT — The Ojai Valley Green Coalition will host a presentation and panel discussion on “Fire Safe and Earthquake Resilient Home Design,” Jan. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai. There is a suggested $5 donation at the door. This overview presentation will touch on: fire and earthquake resilient building methods and strategies; cob, straw bale, rammed earth and other building materials; codes that are in place to help build safer and what codes are holding us back; cost-prohibitive or cost-wise? Panelist information is available at ojaivalleygreencoalition.org. Call (805) 669-8445 for more details.
CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN CONCERT — Chamber on the Mountain will host a concert of classical music featuring renowned clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, accompanied by pianist Christopher Goodpasture, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road in Upper Ojai. The program will include music by Poulenc, Ravel, Stravinsky, Bartok, Brahms, Wagner and Carter. A reception with the artists will immediately follow the concert. Call (805) 685-1939 for more details or go to www.ChamberOntheMountain.com.
I AM FAMILY CHOIR CONCERT — The Well, 1290 Grand Ave., Ojai, will host a free concert by the I Am Family Choir from Uganda, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided. Call (805) 640-0488 for more details.
“THE HEALING IMPACTS OF COMPASSION, WISDOM AND POWER”  — The Ojai Retreat and Cultural Center, 160 Besant Road, Ojai, will host Lama Glenn Mullin, Jan. 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., giving a talk on “The Healing Impacts of Compassion, Wisdom and Power.” Mullin is an internationally renowned Buddhist scholar, taught by the Dalai Lama, and author or more than 30 books on Tibetan Buddhism. No reservations are required. Call (805) 646-2536 for cost and more details.
“MEANS, MOTIVE AND OPPORTUNITY — THE KEYS TO CHANGE”  — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai. Douglas Keene, M.D., will discuss “Means, Motive and Opportunity — The Keys to Change.” The public is welcome. Call (805) 646-2653 for more details.
“COMMUNICATING WITH ADULT KIDS” — Senior parents, especially moms, often sense wordless, painful barriers. Learn why they exist and how to remove them in a two-session workshop with communication expert Judy Devore. “Communicating with Adult Kids” will be held at The Gables, 701 N. Montgomery St., Ojai, Feb. 2 and 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for women only. For information, call (818) 766-5925.
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 Elise DePuydt will lead the Feb. 2 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
OJAI YOUTH OPERA AUDITIONS — Ojai Youth Opera Company will hold auditions for principal youth cast members (ages 7 to 18) for the electronic chamber opera, “The Nightingale and the Tower,” Feb. 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (six half-hour time slots) in the Greenberg Auditorium at Ojai Valley School, 723 El Paseo Road. The opera will be performed May 18 and 19. To schedule an audition (or for more information), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
COMMUNITY CHORUS SEEKING MEMBERS — The Ojai Community Chorus is seeking members to participate in its spring concerts, to be held May 18 and 19, and led by longtime director Connie Woodson in a fun and upbeat setting. Participants will learn to sing various styles of music and valuable vocal and performance techniques. Registration and rehearsals begin Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road. Singers may register through Feb. 18; registration fee is $65. Rehearsals will be held at the church on Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There are no formal auditions. Male voices are especially needed. For more information, call Marilyn at (805) 640-0468.
“FROM ARJUNA’S BATTLE FIELD TO THOREAU’S BEAN FIELD”  — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai. Joe Rautenstrauch will discuss “From Arjuna’s Battle Field to Thoreau’s Bean Field.” The public is welcome. Call (805) 646-2653 for more details.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP — The Ojai Library’s Book Discussion Group will meet Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “In the Shadows of the American Century” by Alfred McCoy. 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.
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 Feb. 9 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
“FOOD FOR FINES” CAMPAIGN AT LIBRARY — During the week of Feb. 10 through 16, the Ventura County Library, in partnership with Food Share Ventura County, is offering customers the ability to return overdue items (or those with existing overdue charges), to have their fines reduced or eliminated by donating canned goods. One canned item equals $1 in fines. Bring to any county library. Or to just donate even without having any fines, call (805) 648-2716.
“FROM BERDITCHEV TO BROADWAY” — Chabad of Ojai will host the musical, “From Berditchev to Broadway,” featuring the world-renowned cantor, A.L. Hurwitz, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. Hurwitz is a soloist and performer from Brooklyn, N.Y., whose powerful voice has been featured all over the world. He will be accompanied by acclaimed pianist Reb Doniel. Suggested donation: $10 in advance, $18 at the door. RSVP to jewishojai.com or (805) 613-7181. Light refreshments will be served.

Ongoing

NAN TOLBERT CLASSES — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center is registering families for their infant, toddler and sibling and parent classes. Young parenting group, counseling and parent consultations are all available. Secure beginnings for all families are supported regardless of ability to pay. Register for class at www.nantolbert.org or call (805) 646-7559.
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. Suggested donation is $5. 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, which is now in its 12th year, 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.
COMMUNITY BREATHWORK — is held at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at 2240 Maricopa Highway, across from the Deer Lodge. Practice gentle breathing techniques as well as a full transformational breathwork session. A $10 to $20 donation is suggested; no one turned away. Call Rory at (805) 921-6883.
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 (805) 646-0068 for more details.
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.
NHS ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW — The visual arts department at Nordhoff High School will host an arts and crafts show in the school’s parking lot at 1401 Maricopa Highway, the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except January). Area artists and craftspeople may reserve a booth space for $50 to sell their goods. Proceeds will benefit the NHS arts program. Booth fees are due one week prior to the show. Contact Gray Duncan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to reserve space.
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.”
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.
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.
“PAWS FOR READING” AT MEINERS OAKS LIBRARY — The Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave., hosts the free “Paws for Reading” program every first and third Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. Children are invited to come read aloud to 4-year-old basset hound, George, a certified therapy dog (accompanied by Lindsey Boubel). Call (805) 646-6019 for more details.
FREE PICKLEBALL — Free pickleball lessons and play are offered at the Matilija Junior High 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). Share, listen and explore thoughts and feelings about the struggles, losses and successes of caring for your loved one. Call (805) 633-9056 for more information.
ZUMBA — Zumba workouts are held at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Call (805) 646-0117.
HEARTWARMERS KNITTING CIRCLE — meets at Plaza Pantry, 221 E. Matilija St., Ojai, 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 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 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. 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. Call (805) 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 dharma teacher Kenley Neufeld. No experience necessary. Visit www.ojaimindfulness.org for more information.
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 (behind City Hall and up the ramp). For information, see Facebook 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 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.
MEDITATION LECTURES — Free lectures on the Transcendental Meditation Program are held every week in Ojai. Call (805) 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 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.
OJAI LIBRARY KNITTING CLUB — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts meetings of the Ojai Library Knitting Club every Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Knitting kits can be provided. Feel free to join this group of knitters of all ages and skill levels. 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 GROUP — A free Adult Bereavement Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, open to individuals who have experienced loss. For more information, call (805) 642-0239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
THRIFT STORE DONATIONS — Donations to New 2 You Thrift Store, 106 Park Road, benefiting the Humane Society of Ventura County, are welcome and accepted Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
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., and at the Ventura County Community Foundation office in Camarillo, the first 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,” 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 Kristy at (805) 646-1446.
PIYOCHI CLASSES — are held Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. at Sacred Space Studio, 307 E. Matilija St., Ojai, led by Heath Perry. Learn to move fluidly, balance musculature and invigorate the body through a combination of therapeutic exercises and stretches. Call (805) 321-0617 for more information.
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.
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 (805) 646-2442.
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.
SITTING MEDITATION — is held Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. at Being Peace Zendo, a home-based center practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Call (805) 252-2448.
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, 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 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 about the organization 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.
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 — Church of the Living Christ, 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.
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 (805) 640-0211.
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.
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 Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road, across from Nordhoff High School. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the 24-hour hot line at (805) 646-6830.
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.
PARENTCARE PROGRAM — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center seeks families to serve in their ParentCare Home Visit Program. ParentCare serves families who have newborns (or those currently pregnant) with extra support at home with simple, everyday tasks. To apply for this program or to volunteer, call Renee Mandala at (805) 646-7559, Ext. 110.
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 SUPPORT GROUP — Join Deirdre Daly on the first and third Monday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m., as she facilitates an Alzheimer’s Support Group at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St., in the clubhouse. This will be a safe place 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) 833-0746 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.
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.
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) 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, (805) 646-1577.
“PAWS FOR READING” AT OJAI LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., hosts the free “Paws for Reading” program every second and fourth Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. Children are invited to come read aloud to 4-year-old basset hound, George, a certified therapy dog (accompanied by Lindsey Boubel). Call (805) 646-6019 for more details.
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.
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 every second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m., now at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 W. Baldwin 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.
CONDOR KIDS AT SUMMIT — Kids are invited to the following free programs at Summit Elementary School, 12525 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Upper Ojai: art on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and computer lab from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Garden Club on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call (805) 216-6493.
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.
VERTICAL INFINITY CLASSES — are held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Sacred Space Studio, 307 E. Matilija St., Ojai, led by Heath Perry. Features music and movement flowing from an active range of motion warmup to functional strength-circuit training with balance, coordination, power and cardio as key components. Call (805) 321-0617 for more information.
OJAI VALLEY PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP — This group meets the second Tueesday 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.
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 (805) 646-1444.
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 (805) 649-9548 or Nancy at (805) 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 (805) 646-1639 for details.
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