Vol. 11, No. 9 – Jan 31 – Feb 13, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

CI professor Clare Steele will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 10 to deliver a presentation titled “Ocean Litter and Microplastics: A New Wave of Research.” Dr. Steele comes from CSU Channel Islands (CI), and is the first speaker in this season’s CI Library Lecture Series.

This talk will explore recent advances in the problem of microplastic pollution and discuss how changes in consumer choices, policy, and legislation can reduce the impact of microplastics on the Southern California coast.

California author Obi Kaufmann will visit the Ojai Library at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 10 to present a book signing for his 2017 epic, The California Field Atlas. Kaufmann—a poet, painter, and naturalist—sees California as a magical network of living systems that connect in a grand, quilted array of ecology and beauty.

Shortly before the Thomas Fire changed life so dramatically for local residents, the Ojai Women’s Fund (OWF) held its year-end event to honor and award 11 Ojai nonprofits with $64,000 in community grants. The funds raised during 2017 via OWF membership donations will help support Ojai programs serving five focus areas: arts, education, environment, health, and social services.

The OWF is a collective of hundreds of Ojai women who pool donations to create and gift grants to local nonprofits that serve Ojai through a wide variety of programs: from those that meet critical health and social service needs, to those that further education, provide environmental protection, or simply to enhance the human spirit through arts.

In its first two years as a local grant-funding philanthropy, OWF has raised and gifted $124,000 via generous donations of nearly 400 members. All women who live in the Ojai Valley are welcome to join the Ojai Women’s Fund. Visit www.ojaiwomensfund.org for more information.

Aria Elan and Eden Edwards will visit the Ojai Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, to deliver a concert entitled “An Afternoon of Jazz and Storytelling.” Singer/songwriter Elan has spoken and performed at women’s conferences, colleges and universities, libraries, and more. Edwards, a Grammy scholarship recipient, is a sophomore at Camarillo High School, an artist, and an environmentalist.

These events are 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.

Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer has arranged with author Obi Kaufmann for an intimate event in Ojai on Saturday, February 10th, 10: 00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ventura River Preserve and a downtown indoor location. Obi will join Lanny on a nature walk in the morning and then share the process of creating his 2017 book, The California Field Atlas, in an afternoon slideshow presentation. The indoor session will include an on-the-spot, live painting in the watercolor-and-calligraphy style of the book’s illustrations.

$25 for adults; $20 for seniors 62 and older; $15 for students 13-18

Register at www.HerbWalks.com or call 805-646-6281.

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai is pleased to present an exhibition featuring members of the Ventura County Handweavers Spinners Guild, March 3 – April 15. Every Saturday and Sunday, members will present free demonstrations of fiber processes in conjunction with the Center’s educational programming.

Founded in 1970, the Ventura County Handweavers & Spinners Guild is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the education and promotion of fiber arts, with a focus on weaving and spinning.

The public is invited to attend the Reception on Saturday, March 3rd, from 2 – 5 pm.

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