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Ojai Valley Events Calendar

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This Week

Friday, Feb. 22
“NIGHT MUST FALL” — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host performances of “Night Must Fall,” through March 10, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., directed by Richard Camp. This Agatha Christie-type whodunit was the first play ever produced at OACT in 1939. It’s being revived to celebrate the theater’s eight decades of drama and musicals. Call (805) 640-8797 for more details or get tickets online at ojaiact.org.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE CONCERT — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host Jonathan McEuen performing folk, Americana and country blues music, today at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (805) 340-7893.
Saturday, Feb. 23
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EVENT — The County of Ventura Pollution Prevention Center will host a household hazardous materials collection event Saturday 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.
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AT ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CHURCH — St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 185 St. Thomas Drive, Ojai, will host a Mass on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon, to celebrate its 100th anniversary. All are welcome. Email office@stacojai or call (805) 646-4338 for more information.
OJAI HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS — Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., Ojai Historical Walking Tours depart from the Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave. (approximately one-hour tours). Docent Elizabeth Jurgensen will lead the Feb. 23 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
SEED AND PLANT SWAP — All current and aspiring gardeners and farmers are invited to the eighth annual Ojai Valley Seed and Plant Swap on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai. This swap is hosted by the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, along with Food for Thought Ojai and the Center for Regenerative Agriculture. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door and you’ll be entered to win a door prize. For more information, contact Noel at (805) 669-8445 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
“MONSTERS: THE DARK SIDE OF HUMAN IMAGINATION” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Kathryn Padgett, from the Santa Barbara Museum of Arts’ Community Speakers Program, Saturday at 1 p.m., to deliver a presentation on “Monsters: The Dark Side of Human Imagination.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (805) 218-9146.
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.
ART AUCTION TO BENEFIT NONPROFITS —  Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, will host a reception Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., featuring silent and live auctions of artwork by Valerie Freeman, which she has donated to benefit local nonprofit groups. Call (805) 646-0117 for more information.
“CADILLAC DESERT, PART II” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom who will present an encore screening of the 1997 documentary, “Cadillac Desert: Water and the Transformation of Nature,” Saturday 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.
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AT MUSEUM — The Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., will host a free centennial celebration, Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. The museum’s building was dedicated as St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Feb. 23, 1919. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a first look at the new mini-exhibit on the church, and to share stories and snacks, enjoy a giveaway and more. Call (805) 640-1390 for more information.
“WOMAN IN GOLD” SCREENING — The Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. EL Roblar Drive, Meiners Oaks, will show the movie, “Woman in Gold,” Saturday at 7 p.m. Based on a true story, it tells how an elderly woman, with the help of an American lawyer, tries to reclaim her family possessions that were stolen by the Nazis, 60 years after the war. Her aunt’s portrait, painted by Gustave Klimpt, is hanging in Austria’s National Gallery and is considered a National Treasure; the museum is unwilling to let this painting be returned to its rightful owner. Movies are free and open to the public.
“MANTRA: SOUNDS TO SILENCE” SCREENING — Sane Living Center, 316 E. Matilija St., Ojai, will screen the film, “Mantra: Sounds to Silence,” Saturday at 7 p.m. Donations requested. For more information, call (805) 646-6000.
“THE TOWNIES PODCAST” — The Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, will be the site for “The Townies Podcast,” their biannual block party, a free community event, Saturday, sponsored by Rabobank: cocktails and games mixer at 7 p.m., The Townies Live with stories and standup comedy at 8 p.m., and The Townies celebrate at 9 p.m. with food trucks and a dance party. More details at The TowniesPodcast.org.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE CONCERT — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host Alice Wallace with The Rose Valley Thorns performing bluegrass and folk music, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (805) 340-7893.
Sunday, Feb. 24
BIRD WALK AT OJAI MEADOWS — The Ventura Audubon Society will host a bird walk in Ojai Meadows Preserve, Sunday at 8:30 a.m., led by Tevin Schmidt (661-904-1563). This preserve next to Nordhoff High School is a birding hot spot and includes a restored wetland and native plantings. Target birds will include: western bluebirds, sora, belted kingfisher, western meadowlark, merlin, cedar waxwing, lark sparrow, Lincoln’s sparrows and white-crowned sparrows.
“NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Kamala Nellen, Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m., leading a practice group for youth and adults on “Nonviolent Communication.” All are welcome. This practice group will continue to meet on the fourth Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. For more information, call (805) 218-9146.
Monday, Feb. 25
PARENTCARE NEWBORN HOME VISIT VOLUNTEER TRAINING — The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center is recruiting volunteers now for March training. The deadline to apply is Feb. 25. Every family deserves the support of its community when a new baby is born. No experience necessary for this hands- and heart-based program. Call (805) 646-7559, Ext. 110 or go to nantolbert.org.
DEMOCRATS MEETING — The Ojai Democrats will hold their monthly meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St., behind City Hall, up the long ramp. Bring a flashlight. For more details, call (805) 746-0199.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
RETIRED MEN’S CLUB MEETING — On Tuesday at the Men’s Club meeting, a recently inducted member of the club, Bill Fox, will discuss rainforests, an area of expertise and exhaustive study for him. Fox is a former professor of biology at Arizona State University, Ventura College and Cal State-Channel Islands. 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.
“THE CYCLE OF THE YEAR AS A SYMBOL OF OUR LIVES” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai. Herman Vermuelen will discuss “The Cycle of the Year as a Symbol of Our Lives.” 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, Feb. 27
CMWD BOARD MEETING — The Board of Directors of Casitas Municipal Water District will meet Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the main office, 1055 Ventura Ave., Oak View. The public is welcome to attend.
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.

Down the road

FREE IMAGINE CONCERT — The Ojai Music Festival’s Bravo! Program will celebrate Music in Schools Month by offering its Imagine concert by the UC-Santa Barbara Middle East Music Ensemble, free to the community, March 1 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Ojai Valley School, 723 El Paseo Road, Ojai. No reservations are required; seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call (805) 646-2094 for more details.
VOLUNTEER TRAIL DAY — The Ojai Ranger District will host a volunteer trail day project on March 2 to do maintenance on the scenic Gridley Trail. Meet at the Ojai Ranger Station, 1190 E. Ojai Ave. by 8 a.m. to carpool; should return by 4 p.m. Rain will cancel the event. For more information, call (805) 646-4348.
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 March 2 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
JIM KIMO WEST IN CONCERT — The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road in Upper Ojai, will present a performance by Jim Kimo West on March 2 at 7 p.m. West is recognized as one of the world’s top slack key guitarists. A prolific composer, he will perform selections from his Grammy-nominated album, “Moku Maluhia: Peaceful Island,” as well as classic works. For more information: (805) 646-3391 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN CONCERT — Chamber on the Mountain will present a concert by highly awarded cellist, Zlatomir Fung, March 3 at 3 p.m. at Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road in Upper Ojai. He will be accompanied by pianist Janice Carissa in a concert of classical music. Audience members are invited to a reception with the artists following the concert. Call (805) 646-9951 or go to www.ChamberOnTheMountain.com.
“BENEATH THE SCARLET SKY” — Michael Lella, the son of the protagonist of “Beneath the Scarlet Sky,” an epic historical novel, will be at the Jewish Community of Ojai, 530 W. El Roblar Drive, March 3 at 3 p.m. to discuss the book, based on the life of his father. It is a tale of incredible courage and resilience during the Nazi occupation of Italy. At age 16, Pino Lella is sent to a monastery in the Italian Alps for his safety. While there, he is taught the treacherous mountain path from Italy to Switzerland. He then escorts over a thousand Jewish refugees to the freedom of Switzerland. He later becomes the driver for Hitler’s left hand in Italy, Gen. Hans Leyers. Lella seizes the opportunity to beome a spy for the Allied Army. The book, a No. 1 Amazon Charts Bestseller, by Mark Sullivan, will soon be made into a movie. Visit www.ojaitemple.org.
LANDMARK STRING QUARTET CONCERT — Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 Foothill Road, will host the Landmark String Quartet, performing a concert titled “A Banquet in C,” March 3 at 4 p.m. The quartet will perform works by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The public is invited and donations are welcome.
OJAI RETREAT’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION — The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, Ojai, will celebrate 25 year of being in business, March 3 from 4 to 7 pm. The “flavor of India” party will feature a classical Indian dance performance by Hamsa Dance Studio and an Indian dinner ($25 per person). Pre-registration required by Feb. 27. Call (805) 646-2536.
MEDITATION AND ENERGY HEALING EVENING — Healing in America, 107 W. Aliso St., Ojai, will host an evening of community guided meditation and energy healing, March 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $20. Call (805) 640-0211 for more details.
“EVOLUTION OF THE HIGHER EGO” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet March 5 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai. Members will discuss “Evolution of the Higher Ego.” The public is welcome. Call (805) 646-2653 for more details.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP — The Ojai Library’s Book Discussion Group will meet March 6 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch” by Dan O’Brien. 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.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANT WORKSHOP — The Ojai Women’s Fund will host its 2019 Technical Assistance Grant Workshop on March 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Help of Ojai, 111 W. Santa Ana. St., Ojai. OWF representatives will assist attendees with the grant application process, answer questions and distribute applications (also available online). OWF awards annual community grants of $5,000 to $20,000 to organizations serving Ojai Valley needs in arts, education, environment, health and social services categories. Light refreshments will be served at this free event. Visit ojaiwomensfund.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
“CRAZY FOR YOU” — Nordhoff High School students will present their spring musical, “Crazy for You,” by George and Ira Gershwin, at the Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, March 7 through March 17, with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. This Tony Award-winning musical has big dance numbers, unforgettable songs and colorful characters. Advance tickets are highly recommended at nhsmusic.com. Can buy tickets at the door one hour before showtimes, if available. For more information: (805) 640-4343, Ext. 1898.
FORAGING AND SURVIVAL FIELD WORKSHOP — with author Christopher Nyerges and Lanny Kaufer will be held Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Identify wild edible greens and other useful plants; make cordage from yucca; see a firemaking demonstration. Registration fee: $75. Register at HerbWalks.com or (805) 646-6281. (F22)
OJAI HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS — Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., Ojai Historical Walking Tours depart from the Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave. (approximately one-hour tours). Docent Carolejo Adams will lead the March 9 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390.
“ORIGAMI TALES” — Performances To Grow On will present “Origami Tales” with storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto on March 9 at 2 p.m. at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. Yamamoto combines charming Japanese folk tales with traditional musical instruments, magical masks and puppets, origami and mime, leaving the audience spellbound. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children; go to ptgo.org and click on Imagination Celebration.
“WOMEN IN THE WILD” — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will host a day to celebrate the things that women are doing in the name of adventure on March 9, with various events including free wildflower walks; see OVLC’s home page for details. Screening of adventure films will start at 7:30 p.m. at Ojai Rancho Inn, 615 W. Ojai Ave.; doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Park on side streets and bring blankets or chairs. For more information: (805) 649-6852., Ext. 7, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
“FIBER FUN WITH KIDS!” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host “Fiber Fun with Kids!,” a free crochet workshop for kids 8 and up, Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m. beginning March 10. Learn basic crochet skills. Supplies are limited. For more information, call (805) 646-1639 or 218-9146.
SAFE DRIVING COURSE — Help of Ojai, 111 W. Santa Ana St., Ojai, will host an AARP Driver Safety Class, March 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can receive a reduction in their car insurance. The class fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Make check payable to AARP and give to instructor. Call (805) 646-5122 to make a reservation.
“ON MEMORY AND PAST LIVES” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet March 12 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai. Members will discuss “On Memory and Past Lives.” The public is welcome. Call (805) 646-2653 for more details.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING — The Ojai City Council will hold a meeting March 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 March 13 at 3 p.m. at the main office, 1055 Ventura Ave., Oak View. The public is welcome to attend.
WORKING ON THE 2020 CENSUS AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host a representative from the U.S. Census Bureau, March 15 from 3 to 5p.m., to deliver a 2020 Census Recruiting and Application Workshop. Learn about the variety of jobs available and the qualifications required. For more information, call (805) 646-1639 or 218-9146.
“INTRODUCTORY WILDLIFE TRACKING” — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s “All About Ojai” program will host a course on “Introductory Wildlife Tracking,” March 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting at the Old Baldwin Road Trailhead of the Ventura River Preserve. Learn the basics and beyond of animal track and sign identification. For more information or to register, call (805) 649-6852.
“ARTISTIC VISIONS OF A GROWING AMERICA” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Gretchen Simpson, March 16 at 1 p.m., delivering a talk titled “Artistic Visions of a Growing America.” Simpson is coming from the Santa Barbara Museum of Arts Community Speakers Program. She will discuss artists who have painted social struggles, scratched the underbelly of ostentation and raised uncomfortable questions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (805) 646-1639 or 218-9146.
DANCE IN THE DARK — Peak Power Yoga, 206 N. Signal St., Ojai, will host its monthly lights-out nonjudgmental dance party, March 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Come dance to pop hits like nobody’s watching, because they’re not. A $10 donation is suggested, 100 percent of which will go to local charities or families in neeed.
BIRD WALK AT LAKE CASITAS — The Ventura Audubon Society will host a bird walk at Lake Casitas, March 19 at 8:30 a.m., led by Adele Fergusson (805-415-4304). Will be looking for hummingbirds, western bluebirds, blackbirds, grosbeaks, gnatcatchers, as well as ducks, geese and waterfowl.
“THE STATE OF MANAS TAIJASA” — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet March 19 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai. Members will discuss “The State of Manas Taijasa.” The public is welcome. Call (805) 646-2653 for more details.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EVENT — The County of Ventura Pollution Prevention Center will host a household hazardous materials collection event March 23 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.

Ongoing

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). 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 in Ojai Library’s Community Room, 121 E. Ojai Ave.,, the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Knitters of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Members knit 7-inch-by-9-inch pieces which are assembled into blankets, lap blankets and baby blankets for the community. For more information, contact Kit Willis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (805) 646-5810.
FREE DEPRESSION SCREENINGS —  Gladstone Counseling Center, 530 W. Ojai Ave., Suite 209, offers free depression screenings with a qualified therapist, Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only. For more information, call (805) 646-9724.
STORY TIME IN MEINERS OAKS — The Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave., will host stories for kids ages 0 through 5 on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Call (805) 646-4804 for more information.
MAH-JONGG GROUP — Mah-jongg enthusiasts are invited to join a group Mondays at 1 p.m. at Help of Ojai, 111 W. Santa Ana St. For more information, call Cynthia Leavitt at (805) 947-9238.
OJAI PHOTOGRAPHY 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 at Ojai Valley Democrats.
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.
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. 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 Kelley 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.
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