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This week

Friday, May 25
“THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR.”  — The Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 907 El Centro St., Ojai, will present “The Pirates of Penzance Jr.,” through June 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. Learn more at www.oyespresents.org/pirates.
“BAKERSFIELD MIST” — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will present “Bakersfield Mist,”  through May 27, with shows today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Directed by Susan Kelejian, this raucous comedy-drama is based on a true story. For tickets and information: www.ojaiact.org or 640-8797.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE CONCERT — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host Complicated Animals in concert today at 7:30 p.m., performing a blend of Brazilian bossa nova with indie pop and acoustic. For more information, call 340-7893.
Saturday, May 26
WILLS CANYON NATURE HIKE — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will sponsor a free Nature Hike with Bettyanne Sessing, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hike up Wills Canyon to the iconic El Nido Meadow on the Ventura River Preserve. For reservations or more information, call 649-6852, Ext. 2.
ANNUAL LIBRARY BOOK SALE — The Ojai Valley Library Friends and Foundation will host its annual Memorial Day Weekend Book Sale on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the patio and parking lot of the Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. A huge amount of high-quality books will be sold at prices ranging from 50 cents to $2 (a great place to find special gifts). All profits will benefit the three Ojai Valley libraries: Meiners Oaks, Oak View and downtown Ojai.
“ART IN THE PARK” — The Ojai Art Center will host its annual “Art in the Park” showcase event, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Libbey Park. There is no admission fee. Call 646-0117 for more information.
DEVOTIONAL RETREAT —  The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, will host the Rev. Karen S. Wylie’s monthly devotional retreat Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The theme will be “Becoming Conscious!” Open to people of all faiths. Suggested donation: $20. Call (310) 968-8928 or go to www.karenswylie.com.
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 May 26 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
“ALL ABOUT OUR LOCAL CRITTERS” — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will present a program Saturday at 11 a.m. on “All About Our Local Critters.” Scouter Gordie Hemphill, president of the Ojai Chapter of Los Padres Forest Association, will lead a discovery program about animals, their sounds, and what they leave behind. You can make and take home a plaster cast of a paw print. Donations: adults $3, youth 5 to 18 $2, free for younger than 5. Call 382-9759.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE PLAY — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host Catherine Ann Jones, Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., performing “Freud’s Oracle,” her award-winning, one-woman play about the relationship between Sigmund Freud and American poet H.D. For more information, call 340-7893.
“BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY” — The Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, Meiners Oaks, will screen “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” Saturday at 7 p.m. This movie is free and open to the general public. Most movie watchers knew Hedy Lamarr as a glamorous actress of the 1930s and ‘40s, but few realized that she was a patented inventor of  a communications technology used in cell phones today. This 2017 documentary tells the story of how she teamed up with a composer friend to thwart Nazi radio jamming on submarines. It also tells the story of how hard it was for women to be taken seriously for their intelligence. For more information, go to www.ojaitemple.org.
Sunday, May 27
WISE WOMEN’S COUNCIL — A Wise Women’s Council will be held Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., led by Sirena Pellarolo, an expert in women’s studies and challenges. Each participant can share their issues and transitions. Suggested donation: $10 (no one turned away). Call (619) 389-8939 for information.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE PLAY — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host Catherine Ann Jones, Sunday at 2 p.m., performing “Freud’s Oracle,” her award-winning, one-woman play about the relationship between Sigmund Freud and American poet H.D. For more information, call 340-7893.
Monday, May 28
MEMORIAL DAY BREAKFAST — The American Legion Hall, 843 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, will host breakfast on Monday, Memorial Day, from 7 to 10 a.m., free for all veterans ($4 for others), served by the American Legion Auxiliary.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE — The Oak View Memorial Day Parade will start at 10 a.m., Monday, going down Old Ventura Avenue in Oak View, sponsored by the Oak View Civic Council. Everyone is welcome.
MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT — A free Memorial Day Concert will be held in Libbey Park, Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning with patriotic music, followed by singers and speakers. Posters honoring veterans will be on display around the tennis courts.
DAVID MASON MEMORIAL PLAQUE DEDICATION — Everyone is invited to the dedication of the David Mason Memorial Plaque, Monday at 2 p.m., at the east end of the Libbey Park Pergola.
Tuesday, May 29
THEOSOPHICAL ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will gather Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai, for its annual business meeting and elections. Members should bring food to share for a potluck dinner. Call 646-2653 for more details.
Thursday, May 31
“OZONE THERAPY” — The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, will host Dr. Barbara Doreo, Thursday at 7 p.m. giving a presentation on “Ozone Therapy.” Doreo, a chiropractor, lecturer and dental hygienist, will discuss her work using ozone therapy in dental work and other illnesses. Suggested donation: $10. Call 646-2536 for more details.

Down the road

“COMEDY OF ERRORS” — Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Highway, will host its drama students performing “Comedy of Errors” on the Cafe Stage, June 1, 2 and 3, with shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Call 640-4343, Ext. 1861, or go to nordhoffdrama.com for more details.
OJAI HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS — Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., Ojai Historical Walking Tours depart from the Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave. Docent Megan Pemberton will lead the June 2 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. Call 640-1390.
“HIKING: BE PREPARED” — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will present a program June 2 at 11 a.m. on “Hiking: Be Prepared.” James Caballero will give you hiking tips backed by more than 20 years of hiking experience. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or new to the trails, you will benefit from the knowledge gained. Donations: adults $3, youth 5 to 18 $2, free for younger than 5. Call 382-9759.
BLUES FESTIVAL— The Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host the third annual Blues Festival, June 2 from 2 to 10 p.m., featuring several groups playing blues and rock on the back patio. Call 646-0117 for more information.
OSA AWARDS TO STUDENTS — The Ojai Studio Artists will award $10,000 in scholarships to 10 Ventura County high school and college art students at Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai, June 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. The public is welcome to this event. The students’ artwork will be on display through June 29.
“JESS WAYNE LIVE” — Jess Wayne and his band will perform June 2 from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at The Vine, 308 E Ojai Ave., Ojai. Call 646-1555 for more information.
MANGALANANDA CHANTING — The Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., will host kirtan and recording artist Mangalananda, visiting from the Bay Area, June 3 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., sharing call-response chants from India. With him will be Patricia Cardinali on guitar, Ramana Erickson on tabla and Katrina MacLachlan on vocals. Don’t be late.
“OJAI WILD!”— Los Padres ForestWatch will host its annual “Ojai Wild!” fundraising event, June 3 from 4 to 7:30 pm. on the upper field at The Thacher School, 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai. To make reservations, visit www.OjaiWild.org or call Cynthia at 617-4610, Ext. 4.
“AN EVENING WITH SALLY KELLERMAN”— Ojai Film Festival will present “An Evening with Sally Kelleman,” June 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St. A screening of the iconic film, “Mash,” will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Kellerman. After that, there will be a reception with a birthday cake for Kellerman whose birthday is June 2. Reserve tickets are available at OjaiFilmFestival.com.
OJAI LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP — The Ojai Library’s Book Discussion Group will meet June 6 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann. 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 646-1639.
OJAI MUSIC FESTIVAL — The 2018 Ojai Music Festival is slated for June 7 through 10 with performances at Libbey Bowl and other venues. Dynamic violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja will be the music director for this 72nd annual Music Festival. For more information, visit ojaifestival.org or call 646-2094.
“THE FOUNDATIONS OF OUR REPUBLIC” SERIES — This free series will continue June 7 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. The reading to be discussed is “Selected Federalist Papers.” Reservations are required and attendees must read the scheduled material in advance. Visit www.theagorafoundation.org to register or call 231-5974 for more information.
VIVIAN MASON CONCERT AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host nationally recognized singer Vivian Mason, June 8 at 1 p.m., in a musical performance of jazz standards and Broadway show tunes, accompanied by pianist Jimmy Calire. This event is free and open to the public. Call 218-9146 for more information.
HUMANE SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE — The Humane Society of Ventura County, 402 Bryant St., Ojai, will hold an open house and birthday bash, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., celebrating 85 years of service. There will be fun for the whole family. Call 646-6505 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 Elise DePuydt will lead the June 9 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call 640-1390.
“TAKE THE MYSTERY OUT OF BACKPACKING” — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, will present a program June 9 at 11 a.m. when REI specialists will “Take the Mystery Out of Backpacking in California’s Central Coast” as they share their knowledge on how to enjoy this activity with your family. They will cover essentials, such as choosing a pack or child carrier; selecting proper clothing and footwear; and food solutions for different age groups.
Donations: adults $3, youth 5 to 18 $2, free for younger than 5. Call 382-9759.
JAPANESE STENCIL ART AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Kathryn Padgett, June 9 at 1 p.m., giving a talk titled “Carved Paper: The Art of the Japanese Stencil.” Padgett comes to Ojai via the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Community Speakers Program. Japanese paper stencils, or katagami, are the pattern-bearing tools used in a resist-dyeing textile process. This event is free and open to the public. Call 218-9146 for more information.
OJAI WINE FESTIVAL — Rotary Club of Ojai West will host its 32nd annual Ojai Wine Festival June 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at Lake Casitas, featuring award-winning wineries, breweries, food, crafts, silent auction, live music, dance floor and more. Call 648-4881 or visit ojaiwinefestival.com.
“CRAZYWISE” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Ojai’s Erin McKeever, M.A., June 10 at 2 p.m., facilitating a film screening followed by discussion of the documentary, “Crazywise,” by Phil Borges. During a quarter-century documenting indigenous cultures, Borges saw how these cultures often identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of a person’s gifts or shamanic potential. He was intrigued by how differently these experiences are defined and treated in the West. This event is free and open to the public. Call 218-9146 for more information.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING — The Ojai City Council will hold a meeting June 12 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 June 13 at 3 p.m. at the main office, 1055 Ventura Ave., Oak View. The public is invited. Call 649-2251 or visit www.casitaswater.org for more information.
SUMMER GARDEN CONCERT AND TEA DANCE — The Ventura Jazz Trio and Help of Ojai will present the Summer Garden Concert and Tea Dance, featuring vocalist Candace Delbo, June 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Help’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai. Admission is free. Brought to you by the Ventura Music Festival. For more information, call 646-5122.

Ongoing

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 984-9472.
SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS — Join Deirdre Daly on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m., as she facilitates a Caregiver Support Group at The Gables of Ojai, 701 N. Montgomery St. Call (800) 272-3900 for more details.
CANCER AS A TURNING POINT — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, hosts a free, drop-in cancer support group each month, the third Tuesday from 6 to 7:15 p.m.  Look deeply into living more authentically and purposefully, regardless of your prognosis. Caregivers also welcome. Call 646-6433.
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 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 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 646-5122.
AUTISM SUPPORT OJAI — is an online forum where care-givers can offer and receive support, referrals and information pertaining to autism spectrum disorder. Support for this group has been provided by The Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center in Oxnard. See This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
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 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 649-9548 or Nancy at 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 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 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 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 646-2173 or 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 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 646-0068 for more details.
SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING — Small business counseling is available regularly at the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce. Call 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 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 804-7024.
THERAPEUTIC IMAGERY — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, offers free therapeutic imagery sessions, first Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. and third Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. Caregivers also welcome. Call 646-6433.
WALKING MEDITATION — Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road, hosts walking meditations every Saturday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the International Garden of Peace. Donations are welcome. Call 646-5508.
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 646-6019 for more details.
MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC — Health care for the uninsured and homeless is offered by the Mobile Medical Clinic that visits the Community Assistance Program office, 108 Fox St., Ojai, every other Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins only. Services are offered by Las Islas Family Medical Group from Oxnard. Call C.A.P. at 640-3320 for more information.
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 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 646-0117.
LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP —  The Low Vision Support Group of the Braille Institute meets the first Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. Learn skills for independent living, and about the many free services of the Braille Institute, plus special help for those with macular degeneration. It’s all free.
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 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 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 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 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. Each month a professional will impart their techniques and critique submittals. Photo submittals require membership. 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 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. Call or text 252-2448 or visit www.ojaimindfulness.org for more information.
BEGINNING KRIYA MEDITATION CLASS — is held Mondays at 7 p.m. in Ojai. Call 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 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 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 646-3583 or 646-9072.
MEDITATION LECTURES — Free lectures on the Transcendental Meditation Program are held every week in Ojai. Call 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 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 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 218-9146 or 646-1639.
OJAI QUILTERS ANONYMOUS — Ojai Quilters Anonymous meets Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 649-5956 for more information.
SENIORS CHORUS — Smitty and Julija lead Rockin’ It Old School, a free chorus for seniors, every Wednesday at 11  a.m. at Ojai Valley Community Church, 907 El Centro St., Ojai. Call 646-4300.
OJAI SRI SATHYA SAI BABA CENTER —  The Ojai Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center meets Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Call 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 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 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 642-0239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">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 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 640-6936 or 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 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 646-1446.
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.
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 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 646-2442.
BREASTFEEDING CHECK-IN — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, 555 Mahoney Ave., Room 2, Oak View, hosts breastfeeding check-ins with Darcy Wronkiewicz, lactation educator, Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. Baby’s latch and weight will be checked; you can ask questions about breastfeeding, and stay afterwards for the Circle of Parenting class. Suggested donation: $15.
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 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 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 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 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 646-3128 or 207-6177. Donations are welcome; mail to Jane Cusumano Foundation, 1129 Maricopa Highway, PMB 126, Ojai, CA 93023.
GUIDED IMAGERY — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, offers  free, drop-in guided imagery sessions each month, the third Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. and every second Monday from 11 a.m. to noon. Caregivers are also welcome. Call 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 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 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 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 640-0211.
HOME SECURITY PATROL  — The Ojai Valley Security Patrol provides home security for when you are on vacation. Call the Ojai Police at 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 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 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 289-0368.
STRONGER TOGETHER CANCER SUPPORT GROUP — OjaiCares, 960 E. Ojai Ave., Suite 105, hosts a free, drop-in cancer support group each month, first Tuesday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and second Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Share issues, insights and emotions plus ways to live more fully. Caregivers also welcome. Call 646-6433.
BRIDGE CLUBS — The Ojai Bridge Club and the Oak View Bridge Club meet Mondays and 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 512-6746.
UKULELE CLUB AT OJAI LIBRARY — The Ojai Library Ukulele Club meets every Wednesday, rain or shine, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the main gallery, 111 E. Ojai Ave. 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 646-1639 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 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 your Ojai Valley American Red Cross volunteers at a monthly meeting. No RSVP required. Call Michaela at 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 hotline at 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 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 with extra support at home with tasks such as preparing a snack, going for a walk with mom and baby, or playing with an older sibling. To apply for this donation-based program, call Renee Mandala at 667-2115.
MEDITATION MOUNT — Group meditations are held Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Road. The grounds are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to sunset. Office business hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.meditationmount.org or call 646-5508, Ext. 103.
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 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 833-0746 for more details.
SHAMBHALA MEDITATION — The Ojai Valley Shambhala Meditation Group meets Sundays from 9 to 10:30 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 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 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, 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 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, 646-1577.
RAPE CRISIS HOTLINE — The Rape Crisis Hotline at 656-1111 offers counseling and other services.
“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 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 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 new 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 646-3733.
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