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This week

Friday, Sept. 21
“DIALOGUE: COMMUNICATION TOWARDS UNITY” —  Krotona School of Theosophy, 46 Krotona St., Ojai, will present a weekend workshop, Sept. 21 through 23, with Michelle Sender and Pablo Sender, Ph.D., on “Dialogue: Communications Towards Unity.”  How can individuals begin to communicate with each other in a non-divisive manner? How does personal conditioning potentially lead to inner and society fragmentation? This class explores a new method of how dialogue may foster more aware and productive communication. Class times are today, 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. Information: www.krotonainstitute.org or (805) 646-1139. (S21)
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. Museum entry is free. Call (805) 640-1390 for more information.
“UNDER THE OPEN SKY” MOVIE NIGHT — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will host an “Under the Open Sky” movie night, today from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve. A locally sourced farm-to-table dinner by Lorraine Lim Catering will be served. When the sun sets a collection of films will be screened, along with a question-and-answer session with a film director. For more information: www.ovlc.org or (805) 649-6854.
MARLEY'S GHOST TO PLAY BENEFIT CONCERT — The critically acclaimed American folk band, Marley's Ghost, will perform a benefit concert for, and at, the Ojai Valley School Upper Campus, 10820 Reeves Road, today at 6 p.m. The band's founder and OVS alumnus, Ed Littlefield Jr., arranged this performance to raise funds and awareness for OVS in the wake of the loss of its Science and Technology Center and Girls' Dormitory during the Thomas Fire. For more information and tickets: www.ovs.org/benefit or (805) 646-1423.
“MAN OF LA MANCHA” — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host performances of “Man of La Mancha,” through Oct. 7, directed by Marty Babayco and starring Scott White and Laura Dekkers. Shows will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Call (805) 640-8797 or visit ojaiact.org.
OJAI UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE CONCERT — Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 W. Ojai Ave., will host a concert by Tom Freund with Wally Ingram, Ben Peeler and Ethan Phillips, today at 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Mikayla Sullivan will open the show. For more information, call (805) 340-7893.
Saturday, Sept. 22
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY — Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center, 17017 Maricopa Highway, welcomes volunteers for work parties to do cleanup and restoration on National Public Lands Day, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All work will be done in and around the center. Call (805) 964-9060 for more information. Bring your lunch and RSVP as to how many will be in your party to 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..
“MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR” IN OJAI — The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will host “Mountainfilm on Tour,” Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. at the sports field of the lower campus of Ojai Valley School, 723 El Paseo Road, Ojai. Get ready for a night of fun and food and adventure-inspired shorts, Mountainfilm style. For more information: www.ovlc.org or (805) 649-6854.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS MATERIALS COLLECTION EVENT — The County of Ventura Pollution Prevention Center will host a household hazardous materials collection event Saturday for residents of the unincorporated communities of Ventura County. Call (805) 658-4323 for an appointment or more information. Small businesses should call (800) 714-1195.
“WAY OF STORY” WORKSHOP — Join award-winning author Catherine Ann Jones for a workshop on “The Way of Story” in Ojai, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for writers of all levels and all narrative forms. For directions and to register: 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..
“MAPPING YOUR SUCCESSFUL MIDLIFE REINVENTION” — Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Dr. Sirena Pellarolo, Saturday at 1 p.m., giving a presentation on “Mapping Your Successful Midlife Reinvention.” This interactive workshop will show participants how to effectively set a plan of action to jump-start a successful midlife relaunch. This event is free and open to the public. Call (805) 218-9146 for more information.
“DARK MONEY” SCREENING — The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will visit the Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., Saturday at 3 p.m. to host a free screening of Kimberly Reed's film, “Dark Money,” followed by a discussion. This film examines the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. Call (805) 218-9146 for more information.
BOWLFUL OF BLUES — The 25th annual Bowlful of Blues will be held Saturday from 4  to 9:30 p.m. at Libbey Bowl in Ojai. This popular community-sponsored nonprofit blues festival will feature international touring performers, including Selwyn Birchwood, Teresa James, Rod Piazza, and others. Get tickets at bowlfulofblues.org or at the gate. For more information or to volunteer, call Michael at (805) 836-4665.
Sunday, Sept. 23
PAT WEINBERGER MEMORIAL DEDICATION — The public is invited to a dedication of a memorial plaque for Pat Weinberger, Sunday at 10 a.m. at the “Y” (intersection of 150/33) near Vons shopping center. The plaque will be placed on the large rock at the northeast side of the intersection.
LIVE DANGEROUSLY! — Read a banned book during Banned Books Week, Sept. 23 through Sept. 29. You can find them at BookEnds Bookstore, 110 S. Pueblo Ave., Meiners Oaks.
PEACE FESTIVAL — The public is invited to a Peace Festival to be held Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. in Libbey Park. The Ojai Peace Team and the Center for Spiritual Living will host a table for people to write “peace” postcards to be sent to the United Nations.
CHAMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN CONCERT — The public is invited to a Chamber on the Mountain concert to be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road. World-renowned pianist Ji will perform. A reception with the artist will follow the concert. For tickets or more information, call (805) 646-9951.
Monday, Sept. 24
JOIN OJAI COMMUNITY CHORUS — Ojai Community Chorus is seeking experienced singers to participate in its winter concert featuring holiday music, “The Spirit of the Season,” to be held Dec. 1 and 2, led by director Connie Woodson. Rehearsals will be held Mondays from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. at Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road, and you may register through Sept. 24. Registration fee is $65. There are no formal auditions. Call Marilyn at (805) 640-0468 for information.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
“DESIRES, EMOTIONS, AND THE SPIRITUAL PATH” —  Krotona School of Theosophy, 46 Krotona St., Ojai, will present a four-morning workshop, Sept. 25 through 28, with Pablo Sender, Ph.D., on “Desires, Emotions, and the Spiritual Path.” Emotions are a fundamental aspect of the human experience, however many spiritual traditions do not address the full spectrum of emotions, be it positive or what is considered negative. This class explores the role that complex emotions and desires play in the spiritual life from a philosophical and practical perspective. Class times are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon. Series $50, single session $15. Information: www.krotonainstitute.org or (805) 646-1139. (S21)
RETIRED MEN'S CLUB MEETING — On Tuesday, Sheila Rowe, forensic handwriting examiner and mystery author, will speak to the Men's Club. 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.
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.
“THE EVOLUTION OF HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS”  — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai, for a members' meeting featuring an introduction to the study of Pablo Sender's book, “The Evolution of Higher Consciousness.” Everyone is welcome. Call (805) 646-2653 for more details.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
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 — The public is welcome to a meeting of the American Vedic Association, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai, where a screening of India's epic cultural film, “Mahabharata, Part 8,” will be shown, followed by discussion and refreshments. AVA fellowships are always free. Call (805) 640-0405.
Thursday, Sept. 27
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.
CANDIDATES FORUM — The public is welcome to a Candidates Forum to be held in the Oak View Park and Resource Center's Multipurpose Room, 555 Mahoney Ave., Oak View, Thursday from 7 to 7:40 p.m. for Casitas Municipal Water District, Division 4, and from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. for Ventura Unified School Board, District 1. For more information, call (805) 469-4900.

Down the road

TOWN TALK AT MUSEUM — The Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., will host a Town Talk on “Neutra and Nature: Why and How,” Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Raymond Neutra, son of famous architect Richard Neutra, will discuss why his father put such importance on having natural elements central to the environments he designed and the various technologies he used to fuse indoors and outdoors. The public is welcome. Admission: $5, members free. Call (805) 640-1390 for more information.
MOVIE NIGHT AT OJAI RECREATION — The Ojai Recreation Department, 510 Park Road, will sponsor a Parent's Night Out, Sept. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m., screening “Spongebob 2: Sponge Out of Water” in the Multipurpose Room at the Boyd Center. Pizza, popcorn and juice will be provided for ages 5 through 13 for $10 per child. Bring blankets and seating of choice, mats are provided. Call (805) 646-5581, Ext. 390, for more information.
“EXPLORE THE MAGIC OF CLAY” AT LIBRARY — Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Robin Nahin, owner of Firestick Pottery, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m., leading a hands-on workshop on how to “Explore the Magic of Clay.” Learn the basics of working with clay to create art. This event is free and open to the public. Call (805) 218-9146 for more information.
DAVE MASON AND STEVE CROPPER AT LIBBEY BOWL — Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai, will host a concert by Dave Mason and Steve Cropper, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. For tickets: (888) 645-5006, www.wmmts.com or ticketmaster.
NATURE HIKE ON PINE MOUNTAIN — Lanny Kaufer will lead a Fall Equinox Nature Hike on Pine Mountain, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn identification and uses of native plants and explore the ecosystem of the mixed conifer forest at 7,000 feet during pine nut season. Cost: $25 adults, $20 seniors 62-up and students 13-18, kids 5-12 free (one per adult). Register at HerbWalks.com or 646-6281. (S28)
“FIBER FUNDAY: EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP SERIES” AT LIBRARY — Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will continue its “Fiber Funday” programs for children ages 7 and up on Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m., Sept. 30 through Nov. 4. A new embroidery stitch will be introduced each week. This is free and open to the public. Call (805) 646-6019 for more information.
“POWER OF PRESENCE” AT LIBRARY — Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host international speakers and authors Michael Russer and Jacqueline Lopez, giving a free talk on “The Power of Presence,” Oct. 2 from 6:20 to 7:50 p.m. Seats can be reserved at PresenceTalk.com.
CANDIDATES FORUM — The public is welcome to a Candidates Forum to be held in the Ojai Body Center, 510 Park Road, Ojai, Oct. 2 from 7 to 7:40 p.m. for the mayor, and from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. for city council. For more information, call (805) 469-4900.
“WHO AM I? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN?”  — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai. Maria Parisen will lead an introductory theosophy discussion on “Who Am I? What Does It Mean to Be Human?” Everyone is welcome. Call (805) 646-2653 for more details.
AMERICAN VEDIC ASSOCIATION — The public is welcome to a meeting of the American Vedic Association, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai, where a screening of India's epic cultural film, “Mahabharata, Part 9,” will be shown, followed by discussion and refreshments. AVA fellowships are always free. Call (805) 640-0405.
OJAI LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP — The Ojai Library's Book Discussion Group will meet Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan. 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.
FALL MEDICINAL PLANT WORKSHOP — in Ojai with Dr. James Adams and Lanny Kaufer will be held Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn identification and medicinal uses of native plants from a USC pharmacologist and prepare wild foods and botanical home remedies. Cost: $75. Register at HerbWalks.com or 646-6281. 
“MANAGING (THE WAVES ON) OUR COASTS” AT LIBRARY — Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Dan Reinemen, assistant professor of environmental science and resource management at CSU-Channel Islands, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m., leading a presentation on “Managing (the Waves on) Our Coasts.” This event is free and open to the public. Call (805) 218-9146 for more information.
BREAST CANCER BOOK LAUNCH AND SIGNING — Former Kingston's Candy Co. owner Holly K. Thrasher will host a book launch and signing event, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave. Proceeds will benefit The Lavender Inn's cancer retreat, INNcourage. Tickets are $28 and include a copy of Thrasher's book, “Bitterseet: A Vulnerable Photographic Breast Cancer Journey.” Visit HollyKThrasher.com.
NORDHOFFIANS REUNION — The annual Nordhoffians Reunion will be held Oct. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at Nordhoff High School on Maricopa Highway. All Nordhoff graduates and attendees are welcome. A barbecue lunch will be available for purchase, or bring a picnic lunch. For more information: (805) 497-7038 or (805) 795-2888.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING — The Ojai City Council will hold a meeting Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St., Ojai.
“THE EVOLUTION OF HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS”  — The Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley will meet Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at Krotona School, 46 Krotona Road, Ojai, for a members' meeting featuring an ongoing study of Pablo Sender's book, “The Evolution of Higher Consciousness.” Everyone is welcome. Call (805) 646-2653 for more details.
CMWD BOARD MEETING — The Board of Directors of Casitas Municipal Water District will meet Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. at the main office, 1055 Ventura Ave., Oak View. 
AMERICAN VEDIC ASSOCIATION — The public is welcome to a meeting of the American Vedic Association, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai, where a screening of India's epic cultural film, “Mahabharata, Part 10,” will be shown, followed by discussion and refreshments. AVA fellowships are always free. Call (805) 640-0405.
“OEF CELEBRATES” — The public is welcome to join the Ojai Education Foundation for its fall fundraising breakfast, “OEF Celebrates!” Oct. 11 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Nordhoff High School in the gym, 1401 Maricopa Highway. The event will honor Education Heroes of the Year and feature live demonstrations and performances and videos. To RSVP: (805) 633-0775 or www.OjaiEd.org.

Ongoing

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 (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.
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 (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.
AMERICAN VEDIC FELLOWSHIPS — The public is welcome to wekly literature fellowship meetings of the American Vedic Association, Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. at 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai, featuring open discussions on reincarnation, mantra meditation, plant-based diet and more. AVA fellowships are always free. Call (805) 640-0405.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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 (805) 646-5508.
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, first Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. and third Wednesday from 3 to 4 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..">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.
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 (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.
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 (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.
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 (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 your 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 hotline 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 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 (805) 667-2115.
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.
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 (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.
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