Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 – April 11, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

Book Signing at Little House – “Dynamic Aging: Simple Exercises for Whole-Body Mobility “ by biomechanist Katy Bowman. Her four co-authors, who are local seniors, will be signing books on Wednesday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Little House,  111 W. Santa Ana St.

On Sunday April 9th,  the Ojai Raptor Center, (ORC) a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, will open its doors to the public for their annual Spring Open House; a rare opportunity to meet the non-releasable “ambassador” raptors, and tour the Center that is otherwise closed to the public year-round.

Guests will meet a variety of hawks, falcons, and owls. The Spring’s Open House theme will be “Baby Shower” as the Center will be preparing for the busiest time of year: Nesting Season. A silent auction will be held along with raffles for a chance to release a successfully rehabilitated raptor with ORC staff. The ORC Store will be open and drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

The Ojai Raptor Center Open House will have a five dollar entry fee per person with children under ten admitted for free. This is a dog-free event. Visit www.ojairaptorcenter.org for more information.

Ojai native plant educator Lanny Kaufer will lead his annual Nature Hike to Rose Valley Falls on Sunday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will begin with a plant identification hike along Howard Creek, followed by a lunch break, and a shaded walk to the Falls.

An optional carpool from the Maricopa Plaza parking lot will be available, at 9:00 a.m. and return there by 3 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62-and-older, and $15 for students 13-18. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. No dogs or smoking, please.

To register or for more information, please visit www.HerbWalks.com or call 646-6281.

Lanny Kaufer will also lead an herb walk on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location will remain a mystery. As Kaufer explains, “It is a rare and special place where I have been longing to lead a walk for years.” A docent also will be present to share some of the rare exotic plants found on the property.

The group will meet at Maricopa Plaza for a carpool to reduce the number of cars on the private road. The travel time to the trailhead will be 15-20 minutes. Walkers can plan on returning to Maricopa Plaza by 1 p.m.

The cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 years of age and up, and $10 for students 13-18. An additional $5/person donation is requested by the nonprofit organization that manages the property to cover the costs associated with having visitors. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. No dogs or smoking, please.

To register for the Ojai Herb Walk, visit www.HerbWalks.com, email register@herbwalks.com, or call 646-6281

Ventura County Library will host a series of Community Conversations at the Ojai Library (3/31), the Ojai Valley Museum (4/6), Topa Topa Elementary School (4/13), Meiners Oaks Elementary School (4/20), and the Oak View Park and Resource Center (4/27). Each program will last from 6 to 8 p.m.

Each of these facilitated conversations will include questions designed to help us better understand people’s aspirations for their community, the concerns they have, and what they believe might make a difference in strengthening the community.

The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Ave. Hours of service are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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