Vol. 9, No. 8 – January 20 – February 2, 2016 – Ojai News & Events

The Pastel Society of the Gold Coast, a non-profit organization, is pleased to present their award-winning professional paintings at their show and sale “I Love Pastels.”  The group has a membership of approximately thirty Southern California artists who utilize the dynamic and diverse application of soft pastels to express their creativity. The PSGC’s mission is to provide public exhibitions for it’s members, to educate the community through collaboration with other non-profit organizations, and to promote the arts in general. The paintings will be on exhibition at the Ojai Art Center from February 6 to March 2.

View beautiful art, listen to live piano music, and enjoy refreshments on February 13th at the Ojai Art Center, located at 112 S. Montgomery Street, from 1-3 p.m.

AARP Tax-Aide, in conjunction with the IRS, will provide free income tax preparation assistance and e-filing for seniors and low-to-moderate income adults of any age from February 1, 2016 through April 15, 2016. AARP membership is not required.   The Ojai site is by appointment only, at the Little House of Ojai, 111 West Santa Ana St, Thursdays noon-3:15 p.m. Please call 646-5122.

Since the 1890s postcards have represented a quick, easy and economical way to share a trip with friends and family. The Ojai Valley Museum’s latest exhibition, “Wish You Were Here: Postcards that Enticed Visitors to the Ojai Valley” highlights vintage postcards. The Ojai Valley postcards are enlarged for better viewing of interesting details. Not only are the images often beautiful, what people wrote speaks to earlier eras while also pointing out how some things never change. In an adjacent space, each visitor is invited to write and send a contemporary postcard themselves.

Also on view are historic promotional items including brochures and maps. Beautifully rendered early 20th century pieces are contrasted with exuberant items from mid-century.

The opening reception for “Wish You Were Here” was on Saturday, January 16. Enjoy the exhibition and a no host wine bar for the price of regular museum admission: $5 per adult, children 6-18 $1, current museum members and children under 6 free.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. It will be on view through March 27.

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Ave. Free parking is available behind the museum, off Blanche Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Group or school tours available by appointment.

For more information, call the museum at  640-1390, ext. 201, email ojaimuseum@gmail.com, or visit the museum website at OjaiValleyMuseum.org.

Efforts are underway to update the master plan for Sarzotti Park, and we need your help! Local residents are invited and encouraged to attend a public outreach meeting set for Monday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Ojai City Hall. The meeting will include public input and discussion on the development of future plans and amenities for Sarzotti Park.

The Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting the special meeting to gather additional input on the master plan update. An initial public outreach meeting was held in August, and City officials are looking forward to a large and diverse group to participate in the discussion.

The current draft of the plan can be found online at www.ojairec.com. For more information, contact the Ojai Recreation Department at  646-5581, ext. 390.

The Ventura County Library’s Read Adult Literacy program is coming to the Ojai Library. An information session for new  tutors and students at the library on Monday, January 25, at 5:30 p.m. Stop by to learn about how adults can get free help with reading.

If you are interested in being a volunteer tutor, Read is now recruiting! For more information about Read Adult Literacy, please come to the meeting or call 677-7160.

The Ojai Library Ukulele Club has returned to its normal schedule following the holiday hiatus. The Ukulele Club meets in the north wing of the library every Wednesday evening from 6-7 p.m. Come join other local ukulele enthusiasts at this fun and friendly musical gathering. All levels of skill are welcome.

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