Ojai Events and News

The City of Ojai has established a Second Residential Dwelling Unit Compliance process to allow property owners to legalize dwellings constructed without record of permits. Such units are often guest houses where kitchens have been added or garages which have been converted.

The program is operative for a limited time only ending December 21, 2015; units may not be currently recognized in the City’s inventory of housing. At the end of the program, unpermitted second dwelling will become subject to all City codes and regulations currently in effect.

Property owners who believe they may have a second residential dwelling unit which could meet the program criteria are encouraged to obtain a preliminary consultation with the City’s Building Official or the City-credited Ombudsman. The Ombudsman support process allows property owners to seek out the assistance of parties independent of the City to assist in determining if a unit qualifies to be legalized as a second dwelling unit on your property. Information provided to the Ombudsman is confidential and will not be provided to the City or other agencies.

If you have any questions regarding the information above or processing of a project in general, please contact the City’s Building Official at 646-5581 x116 or via e-mail at buildingofficial@ojaicity.org

The management of diabetes, a common disease that causes long-term damage to the body, will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System, held on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Tricia Westhoff-Pankratz, M.D., a clinical endocrinologist who specializes in thyroid disorders, diabetes and pituitary diseases, will lead the discussion during the seminar to be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the banquet room at Soule Park Golf Course, located at 1033 E. Ojai Ave. in Ojai.

Dr. Westhoff-Pankratz will cover new therapies available to treat diabetes and ways patients can limit prescriptions to reach their goals. She also will discuss current blood glucose goals and how they change with age; the new modalities in treating diabetes; and whether patients can “get rid” of diabetes.

Registration is free but reservations are required. Visit cmhshealth.org/rsvp or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800/838-3006.

Future scheduled Speaker Series events include: the Treatment of Low Back Pain on Sept. 1 at Community Memorial Hospital; Ethics in Healthcare event: Disneyland, Measles and Vaccines: Should Parents Call the Shots, on Sept. 10 at the Museum of Ventura County; and the Breast Cancer Symposium on Oct. 3 at the Ventura Beach Marriott.

Course 2 of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition Food Preparation Series is a sourdough bread and cheese making class on Saturday, August 22nd, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Instructor, Katie Zack, will share the basics of sourdough bread making and how to make a soft goat cheese.

There is a suggested donation of $35 for OVGC supporting members and $40 for non-members. Reservations are required and the class is limited to 12 participants. Visit ojaivalleygreencoalition.org for full details or call (805) 669-8445.

galerie102 presents Britt Ehringer’s “Insanely Beautiful” from August 22 – September 20. Opening reception with the artist will be on Saturday, August 22 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Artist Britt Ehringer examines the subjective expression of beauty in our culture and its outer boundaries in a solo show of new works featuring paintings, photography and sculpture. Straddling beauty and insanity, Ehringer questions what is considered beautiful and to what degree beauty exists in counterpoint to society’s, oft-times, rigid judgement of the beauty found on the “fringes” of “proper society.”

A self-taught artist with an irreverent pop-art sensibility and a penchant for tongue in cheek social commentary, Britt Ehringer deftly layers color, image and social message, with his multiple use of mediums, that defy easy definition of his work into a specific art canon.

Ojai Raptor Center, (ORC) a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of birds of prey and other wildlife, and to providing educational programs to teach communities about wildlife and our shared environment.

Sunday October 25th 2015, ORC will open its doors to the public for a rare opportunity to meet our non-releasable “ambassador” raptors, and tour the Center which is home to the largest flight aviary in CA. The Center is closed to the public year-round due to the sensitive nature of wildlife in rehabilitation.

Hawks, falcons, and owls will be on hand to greet guests along with stage presentations the entire afternoon. There will be plenty of fun activities for children, a silent auction, and a chance to release a raptor with ORC staff. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Ojai Raptor Center Open House asks for a suggested donation of five dollars for entry. This is a dog-free event. Handicapped parking will be available. Additional parking will be located 1 mile from the Center with a Pegasus shuttle running every 10 minutes. Please visit www.ojairaptorcenter.org for more info.

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