Vol. 11, No. 7 – Jan 3 – Jan 16, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

The American Red Cross will be on hand at the Ojai Library on Saturday and Sunday, January 6 & 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help families affected by the Thomas Fire with recovery plans.

Red Cross caseworkers will connect one-on-one with people to create individualized recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and locate help from other agencies. In some situations, the Red Cross may provide direct financial support. The assistance can be used for such needs as an apartment deposit, to buy clothes or food, or to cover immediate transportation expenses. Red Cross clean up kits (sifters, cleaning supplies, shovels, etc.) will also be provided.

Please bring proof of address; photo identification is preferred. For additional information, contact a Red Cross representative at (512) 745-2920 or 987-1514.

The Ojai Art Center Theater and director Michael Addison announce auditions for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the second production of the 2018 theater season.

Auditions will be held in the Sonshine Room of the Ojai Presbyterian Church, 304 N. Foothill Road Friday, January 19 at 6:30pm; Saturday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm with callbacks also at the Church on Monday, January 22 at 6:30pm.

The 4 Star Alliance Awards for 2017 were announced over the weekend and the Ojai Art Center Theater garnered 12 awards, including outstanding lead performances by Sean Mason as “Groucho Marx” in Animal Crackers A Musical and Sara Mitchell as “Molly Aster”, Peter and the Starcatcher.

The Gala to celebrate the 2017 Season awards will be held at the High Street Arts Center In Moorpark on January 14 at 7 PM.

The 2018 season kicks off with On Golden Pond January 26.

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition will host an E-waste Collection & Recycling Event on Saturday, January 20.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine bring accepted items to the Nordhoff High School parking lot, located at 1401 Maricopa Highway. The event is open to all Ojai Valley residents and businesses.

For details on accepted items please visit ojaivalleygreencoalition.org or call 669-8445.

Performances To Grow On is proud to present a new series in Ojai called “Imagination Celebration”. The series begins with Hobey Ford’s newest production, “Sea Song” on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 3 pm at the Ojai Art Center. Sea Song is the story of a boy discovering nature for the first time through a fascination with the life cycle of the sea turtle.

Tickets in advance are available online at www.ptgo.org(click on the Family tab) $10 for children, $15 for adults, at the door tickets are $3 more. In addition to the performance, Hobey Ford will be offering a workshop on making shadow puppets on Sat. Jan. 27 at 11 am at the Ojai Art Center. The 90 minute workshop is suitable for both adults and children and the cost is $15. Tickets for the workshop are also available online.

Patricia Hartmann will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, to read from her new book Lonesome Mountain. Hartmann is a teacher, writer, and artist who lives with her husband in Ojai. When her great-aunt Daffodil dies, Lonesome Mountain protagonist Lizzy unexpectedly inherits “Sweet Apple Farm”—the spot where she spent an idyllic summer as a child. She hires Gabe to repair the farmhouse and bonds with his timid daughter, Chloe.

Hartmann will show a video trailer for Lonesome Mountain, followed by a short reading. A Q&A session and book signing will follow; copies of Hartmann’s other books will also be available.

Free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at 218-9146.

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.

The Winter Wellness Workshop with Jess Starwood and Lanny Kaufer will be held on Saturday, February 3: 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Learn the art and science of preparing home remedies and preventative potions.

The cost of the workshop including all materials is $60. To register, please visit www.HerbWalks.com or call 646-6281. Please email questions to register@herbwalks.com. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info prior to the event.

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