Vol. 10, No. 8 – January 18 – January 31, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

The New York Post has compared him to superstar Lily Tomlin, saying storyteller/actor/writer Doug Motel “is one of those rare comedians who creates and becomes totally original characters.” His work has been seen all around the globe, but on January 28th, Motel returns to the stage in Ojai.

“Amuse-bouche – Morsels from the Mind of Storyteller Doug Motel” is an evening of stories selected from his original plays, books and essays –Performance is at 8pm on Saturday, January 28th at Kim Maxwell Studio, 226 West Ojai Avenue, #102. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets available at: https://amuse-bouche2017.eventbrite.com.

Additionally, Doug will be leading a fun, inspiring workshop entitled “Playing the Game of 2017” on Sunday, January 29th,  at 4pm. This personal growth event will focus on imagining and creating the year of your dreams. Ticket price is only $15 if you book in advance and $20 at the door.

Ojai Library. Local students from the Thacher School will visit the library from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, to provide a special one-day-only Teens Teach Tech event.

Join Rev. Karen at Meditation Mount, on Saturday, January 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for a morning devoted to inner peace—which, of course, is the foundation for outer peace in the world around us.

The morning will be devoted to contemplation, wisdom talks, prayer and quiet walks on the grounds of Meditation Mount. The retreat is by donation; $10 is suggested. Randee Vasilakos, RScP, assists and is available for personal prayer throughout the morning.

Meditation Mount is located at 10340 Reeves Road. For more information, contact Rev. Karen at 310-968-8928, or register online at www.karenswylie.com.

Join Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer and special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy on Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a Winter Medicinal Plant Workshop on how to treat colds, flus and stay healthy in the winter with botanical home remedies.

The morning plant identification session will take place on the trail at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ojai Meadows Preserve where Dr. Adams and Kaufer will identify and discuss the medicinal uses of a wide variety of native plants found in the mixed habitat. The afternoon hands-on preparation session will be held at a community kitchen in Ojai.

The morning outing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be a slow-paced walk of about 1 mile round-trip on a level, well-used trail. After a one-hour lunch break, the afternoon kitchen session from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. will focus on preparing plants that can used for treating and preventing colds and flus.

The price for this full day workshop is $65 until January 28. After that, the cost will be $75. No dogs or smoking, please.

For more information or to register, visit HerbWalks.com, email register@herbwalks.com or call 805-646-6281.

The Ojai Valley Library Friends and Foundation presents the newly renovated Ojai Library Book Store, Twice-Sold Tales and the newly constructed Library Community room. on Sunday, January 22, at 2pm to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the book Store, All profits from the Book Store go to providing the three Ojai Valley Libraries:

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Upper Ojai will host a special Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Workshop and Concert on Saturday January 21. It will begin with Double Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Workshop with guitar masters Jim Kimo West and Ken Emerson, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Center’s 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road location.

The Day of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar continues that evening with an intimate concert staring guitar masters Ken Emerson and Jim Kimo West starting at 6:30 p.m. at Logan House/Happy Valley Cultural Center.

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