Category Archives: Community Events

Vol. 10, No. 3 – Nov 8 – Nov 21, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

Aimee French will be at the Ojai Library from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 to facilitate a Collaborative Weaving Collage Workshop. This will be a three-hour, drop-in workshop with a short presentation about artist Christine Morla, whose work is the inspiration for this project.

Participants can create their own weavings and paper daisy shapes and mount them to background paper. The various pieces will overlap and contribute to the greater whole. Supplies will be left out after the workshop for others to come in and add to the collaborative, growing collage!

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at 218-9146.

The 7th Annual Ojai WordFest is coming to the Ojai Library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, November 11 & 12. This literary festival will feature numerous local authors and voices who will share their experiences and work with the community.

WordFest is a celebration of words, ideas, and stories unfolding in one of the most beautiful settings in California: the majestic Ojai Valley. This literary nexus encourages readers and writers of all genres, skill level, and ages to partake in an extravaganza of events in and around the Ojai Valley. This year the Ojai Library will host speakers including Robert Ellwood, Michael Krohnen, Sam Ervin, Marilyn Miller, and many more!

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.

Celebrating their 5th Season, Chamber On The Mountain is most pleased to present the return of the magnificently flawless ensemble, the Arianna String Quartet, accompanied by the brilliant pianist, Michele Levin, on Sunday, December 3, at 3:00 pm. Performance will take place at Logan House in Upper Ojai. Audience members are invited to stay and meet the artists at a reception following the performance. Tickets: $25.00 at www.ChamberOnTheMountain.com.

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Their performances have been praised for “tonal warmth, fastidious balance…expressive vitality”

Rev. Karen Wylie will offer her monthly half-day retreat at Meditation Mount on Saturday, Nov.18, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The topic will be “The Creative Energy of Gratitude.”

“Through awakened consciousness we discover that the more grateful we are for what we have, the more we have to be grateful for,” Rev. Karen says. “Appreciation appreciates.” Join her in this Thanksgiving season and tap into the wellspring of gratitude for the many blessings of our lives in the beautiful setting of Meditation Mount.

Randee Vasilakos, registered Science of Mind Practitioner, will be available to assist with prayers for personal healing. People of all faiths and traditions, or no tradition, are welcome to attend.

The retreat is by donation; $20 is suggested. Meditation Mount is located at 10340 Reeves Road, Ojai. For more information, contact Rev. Karen at 310-968-8928, or register online at www.karenswylie.com. Rev. Karen is the author of Into Me See: A Book for Daily Inspiration, available on Amazon and her website.

Vol. 10, No. 3 – Nov 8 – Nov 21, 2017 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club Monday nights 7:30 – 9:45pm. Poinsettia Pavilion 3451 Foothill. Ballroom, swing, Latin and line dancing. $10 members, $12 non-members. Dance lessons 6:45 – 7:15 $5 for couple $3 for single. Call Rick 415-8842 for more information.

There will be a regular Ventura Discussion Group meeting at Main Street Restaurant 3159 Main St., Wednesday from 4 – 5:45 p.m. Several people usually stay for a drink and a bite to eat afterward. Bring an interesting topic to discuss if you can.

Ventura’s ACBL Duplicate Bridge Club offers games for all levels of play.  Learn the game, play with your peers, and earn master points while you are having fun.  There is a game every day of the week.  Check out their website at www.vcbridge.org   Life is Better with Bridge.

Country Western Line Dancing every Tuesday 7 – 9 p.m. Instruction every night. Located at the Moose lodge, 10269 Telephone Road. More information at countrylovers.com.

Ventura County Philatelic Society meets the first and third Mondays each month. Do you collect stamps? Come spend the evening with us. We are a fun group. 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd. Admission and parking free. Contact Bill Garner 320-1601

Mended Hearts of Ventura meet the first Tuesday each month at the Community Memorial Hospital – 8th floor. We have excellent speakers – leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, Dietitians, etc. from our area. Come share with us if you have had heart surgery or stent implant. Contact: Bill Garner 320-1601

DBSA Ventura County support group for depression and bipolar disorder meets Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. A free weekly peer-led support group meeting at the Encounter Bible Fellowship Church campus, upstairs, Room 426/428, 6950 Ralston St. 633-0736 for recorded information or visit www.DBSAlliance.org.

Assistance League of Ventura County creating “A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Children” holds its monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month at the Chapter House, 913 East Santa Clara St. Doors open at 9:30 A.M., meeting begins at 10:00, with guests and new members welcome.

Find more information assistanceleagueventuracounty.org or Email alvconline@hotmail.com.

Telephone: Monday – Thursday 8 – 2 p.m. 643-2458

Nancy R. Brandt Auxiliary of Ventura County Assistance League® is composed of working adults who give back to the community by volunteering service and fundraising activities to its philanthropic programs. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 at the Chapter House, 913 East Santa Clara St. For more information call Carol Hughes 509 – 2150.

Conversational Spanish in a small group setting. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Foster Library 651 E. Main St. Registration not required. For information Louise Vien 643-7064, louisev99@juno.com

Nov.10: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution November luncheon meeting will feature a special program titled “Prison Ships during the American Revolution” presented by member Martin Spann. The luncheon event will take place at 11:30 a.m., Friday, in the Garden Room, Marie Callender’s Restaurant. If you choose to join us for lunch, cost is $20. For additional information or for assistance in determining your possible Revolutionary War genealogical roots, call Bill Bays 650-3036 or Robert Taylor 216-7992. For information regarding SAR membership and chapter activities http://pattonpatriots.org.

Nov. 11: Celebrate Veterans Day at the government center on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the corner of Victoria and Telephone. Flower wreaths will be laid at all of the flags. Jackie Irwin, Steve Bennett and Julia Brownley will be there as speakers. As well Captain Janke commanding officer of The Naval Base will be the keynote speaker. Parking is free and everyone is invited.

Nov. 11: Hokuloa Outrigger Canoe Club (HOCC) is a non-profit 501-(c) 3 organization that is located in the Ventura Harbor.  The mission of the club is to perpetuate the sport of outrigger canoe paddling through good sportsmanship and the Hawaiian culture through competitive involvement of outrigger canoe racing in Southern California.  Huge garage sale Saturday from 7-1 p.m. at 1819 Poli Street. Furniture, kitchenware, clothes, games, sports equipment and more.

Nov.12: The Cave, the popular wine bar and gourmet restaurant, is pleased to host a Holiday Wine Tasting event on Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. Guests will stroll about with keepsake glasses, sampling over 100 wines from over 20 different wineries, including The Ojai Vineyard, Clos de Amis, and Rombauer Vineyards. They’ll also enjoy live music and passed appetizers prepared by The Cave’s award-winning Executive Chef, Alex Montoya. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 on the day-of, and can be purchased at The Cave or by calling 642-9449. For more information, visit thecaveventura.com.

Nov.16: At the East Ventura Community Council meeting a representative of the Ventura Police Dept. will update the Council on crime and safety in the area. Tara Carruth of the Ventura County Continuum of Care will address concerns about our homeless population. The Council represents those who live east of Victoria Avenue. Books in good condition are always accepted by San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information contact John McNally, Chairperson, EVCC 804-7558

Nov. 19:   Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra performing with KuanFen Liu, Artistic Director, Steven Chang, Violin, Bruce Walker, Oboe and the Rubicon Harmonix youth vocal ensemble presents “Bach and the Rubicon Harmonix” Concert. 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1338 E. Santa Clara St. Donation of $20 appreciated. Youth 18 and under are free.

Nov. 19: The Ventura and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) will meet Sunday, in the Campus Student Center of Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road. The regular meeting starts at noon and at 11 a.m. there will be an informal workshop where a topic on clocks or watches will be demonstrated and discussed. Also a mart where items will be for sale followed by lunch and an informational meeting and a program. This month’s program will be “Clocks of the Winterthur Museum” presented by Dave Weisbart. There is a $3 admission charge. Lunch is available for $5 more. Watches & clocks will be on display. More information about chapter 190 can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.

Nov.20: CA Zeta Chi parliamentarians will meet at 7 p.m. and will feature a lesson by Sandra Sanders entitled “RONR Index Research.”  Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St.  Those wishing to eat should arrive at 6 p.m.  Non-members are welcome.  Membership is $25 per year.  For information, contact Sharon Hillbrant, 479-6738, or zetachi.webstarts.com.

Nov. 24, 25, 26; December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10. Come celebrate the spirit of holidays past at the historic Dudley House. The 24th year of this annual fundraiser for the museum features quality crafts, home décor, antiques and collectibles and a tearoom with refreshments, silent auction and bargain items. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a flea market added on Sundays. The Dudley House is located on the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood admission is free. Call 642-3345 for information.

Vol. 10, No. 3 – Nov 8 – Nov 21, 2017 – Audubon events

Nov. 5: 8:00 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch. Leader: Sandy Hedrick 340-0478.

Arrive at 8:00 for birding which usually yields some interesting birds. Work from 9a.m. – noon. Long pants and boots or closed shoes are required. Bring water, gloves & sun protection.

Nov. 12: 8:30 a.m. Ormond Beach .Leader: David Torfeh 794-5334

Join us at this excellent coastal location, where we will look for a variety of waterfowl, such as Willets, Whimbrels, Black necked Stilts, Black bellied Plovers and other interesting birds. We will also look for Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Peregrine Falcon, and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers. Dress in layers, as the morning may be chilly. Please bring a scope if you have one. Enter on Arnold Road.

Nov. 18: 8:30 a.m. Hill Canyon. Leader: Linda Easter 818-519-2833

Hill Canyon is an area near Santa Rosa County Park. We will bird along the creek and into Hill Canyon.

Directions from Ventura are to exit the 101 freeway at Pleasant Valley/Santa Rosa Roads. Head east on Santa Rosa Road for maybe 2-3 miles to a small road on the right with a sign for Santa Rosa County Park. Head up that road about 1/4 mile to a large gravel parking area on the left. Park and meet there at 8:30. Alternatively, people may park in the County Park parking lot for a fee and walk to the free gravel parking area.

Nov. 20: 8:30 a.m. Canada Larga. Leader Adele Fergusson 415-4304

We will walk and drive the canyon. Always a great walk! Some birds we may see are Western Bluebirds, Road-runners, sparrows, swallows, Red-tailed Hawks and perhaps a barn owl.

Vol. 10, No. 3 – Nov 8 – Nov 21, 2017 – Some Ventura library events

Avenue Library

Bilingual Early Literacy Class
11/ 13, 20, 27 Mondays 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Crafternoon
11/11, 25
Saturdays 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Get your craft on in the afternoon for these special crafternoons.

SuperBrain Yoga
11/18 Saturday 10:00 — 12:00 pm
Attend this hands-on workshop to improve memory, achieve mental clarity, and gain emotional calmness.

Pumarosa English Classes
11/ 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00 am – 10:00 am & 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Learn English in a fun environment that combines conversation, singing, and technology

E.P. Foster

Twisted Stitchers Fiber Arts Club 11/9 Thursday @ 10:30am Get together with makers from all across the fiber-arts world. Meet, teach, connect, share.

Coffee & Conversations 11/20 Monday 9-10am This series covers a wide range of topics by local non-profits and social service agencies.

Early Literacy Class 1
1/ 14, 15, 21, 28, & 29
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am. A great way to introduce your child to early literacy and the library. Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!

Lego Play 11/11, 14, 18, 21, 25, & 28 Tuesdays @ 3pm & Saturdays @ 10:30am

Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs.

Makerspace Open Workshop 11/ 8, 15, & 29 Wednesdays @ 4-6 pm

Come by to learn, create, and share STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). We have 3D printers, computer coding, stop motion animation, and so much more!

Saticoy

Lego Play 11/13, 20, 27 Mondays 1:00 pm – 5:00pm

Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs.

Early Literacy Class 11/9, 16, 30 Thursdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am & 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!
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Monthly Maker Day 11/14 Tuesday 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Join this design and 3D printer workshop.

English Classes 11/ 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
Monday & Wednesday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. ESL Conversation Groups hosted by Laubach Literacy of Ventura County

SuperBrain Yoga 11/13 Monday 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm
Improve memory, achieve mental clarity, and gain emotional calmness.

Vol. 10, No. 2 – Oct 25 – Nov 7, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

From over 80 submissions, “My Husband, the Dick” emerged as the winner of the second annual Ojai Film Festival Screenplay Competition. It is about a struggling mystery author who is writing a novel based on her fiancé detective’s big murder case. A live read of the entire script will be presented on Sunday, November 5 at 2 pm in the Ojai Art Center Gallery. Ojai director, Larry Swerdlove, will direct area actors for the table read.

On Sunday October 29th, Topa Mountain Winery will host the 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser for local nonprofit, Safety Harbor Kids (SHK) to support music education programs for orphans, foster and homeless children.

The event will be emceed by actor and radio personality, Hal Sparks and will feature Danny Seraphine of Chicago and Tommy Thayer of KISS, Tony Grant of AZ Yet and SHK Music Director Edward Roth on keys. Also performing will be American Idol top four finalist Jessica Meuse, Italian entertainer, Maria Elena Infantino and a live Facebook broadcast by social media sensation singer Kirsten Collins.

The event will have door prizes, silent auction, food and drinks . SHK’s Personal Enrichment Programs teach essay writing, goal achievement, work ethic, music and art in a one on one format. Visit www.safetyharborkids.org for more information.

Daniel Champagne was described as ‘the finest guitar player of his generation.’ The young Australian born and Nashville based artist spent his early twenties touring the world with the likes of Ani DiFranco. Now with his fourth LP ‘Fault Lines’ set for release Daniel Champagne is on his most extensive tour yet.

Tickets are available at these Ojai locations for $20: Ojai Creates, Serendipity Toys, Ojai Coffee Roasting Company, and Cardinali Brothers Music, or online for $22 (www.ojaiconcertseries.com). Tickets will be $25 at the door, kids 7 to 15 are $10 at the door and youngsters on your lap are free.

Enjoy the last Sunday of Daylight Savings Time on the Horn Canyon Trail in the east end of the Ojai Valley with native plant guide Lanny Kaufer, observing and discussing nature and native plants. This slow-paced walk of about 1 mile round trip will take place on Sunday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The outing is suitable for hikers of all levels of ability who are capable of walking that distance and standing for periods of time.

Some native plants participants can expect to see include California Bay, Black Walnut, Yerba Santa, Black Sage, Coastal Sagebrush, Yucca, and Mugwort.

The cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 years of age and up, and $10 for students 13-18. Payment can be made by cash or check on the morning of the walk. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Toddlers must be in a carrier. No dogs or smoking, please.

To register visit www.HerbWalks.com or call 805-646-6281. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info during the week before the event.

Vol. 10, No. 2 – Oct 25 – Nov 7, 2017 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club Monday nights 7:30-9:45pm. Poinsettia Pavilion. Ballroom, swing, Latin and line dancing. $10 members, $12 non-members. Dance lessons 6:45-7:15. $5 for couple $3 for single. Rick 415-8842 for more information.

Ventura’s ACBL Duplicate Bridge Club offers games for all levels of play.  Learn the game, play with your peers, and earn master points while you are having fun.  There is a game every day of the week.  Check out their website at www.vcbridge.org

Country Western Line Dancing every Tuesday 7 – 9 p.m. Instruction provided. Moose lodge, 10269 Telephone Road. More information at countrylovers.com.

Tuesday semi-monthly meetings of the Ventura Retired Men’s Group meets on the first and fifteenth at the Ventura Elks Lodge. Men in or near retirement are encouraged to gather after 11 a.m. for a social good time, lunch($15) at noon, and a program to follow. Steve Carroll has details at 642-1359.

Ventura County Philatelic Society meets the first and third Mondays each month. Do you collect stamps? 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd. Admission and parking free. Contact Bill Garner 320-1601

Mended Hearts of Ventura meet the first Tuesday each month at the Community Memorial Hospital – 8th floor. We have excellent speakers – leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, Dietitians, etc. from our area. Come share with us if you have had heart surgery or stent implant. Contact: Bill Garner 320-1601

DBSA Ventura County support group for depression and bipolar disorder meets Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. A free weekly peer-led support group meeting at the Encounter Bible Fellowship Church campus, upstairs, Room 426/428, 6950 Ralston St. 633-0736 for recorded information or visit www.DBSAlliance.org.

Oct. 25: The College Area Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. Richard Atmore will speak about the Rancho Ventura Conservation Trust, the home of Two Trees. Discussion of the move to city council election by districts. An officer from the VPD will be there. Wright Event Center at 57 Day adjacent to the Event Center. Call 644-8695 for more information.

Oct. 25: Ventura Discussion Group meeting at Main Street Restaurant 3159 Main St., Wednesday from 4 – 5:45 p.m. Several people usually stay for a drink and a bite to eat afterward. Bring an interesting topic to discuss if you can.

Oct.26: Portuguese Fraternal Society of America Council #128, will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday. This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent, or, interested in the Portuguese culture. Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse,. at 11:30 a.m. for a 12 p.m. no host luncheon. For more information and reservation, Cora Corella at 483-6285.

Oct. 27: The Nature Conservancy is hosting a free bird walk at Ormond Beach to look for fall migrants passing through on their way south for the winter. The walk is about 1 1/2 miles and flat. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring binoculars. Friday, from 8-10 a.m. Ormond Beach bird walk, end of Arnold Rd. Amy at guideamy@gmail.com.

Oct. 27: Free 10th Annual All-saints, All-souls, and Halloween Fun for All the Family.

Friday, from 6- 9p.m. Pizza at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Saintly Tricks & Treats, 7 p.m. Pumpkin Carving Contest,

8 p.m. “When the saints go marching in” Musical Chairs Game. Prizes and gifts. Servants of the Father of Mercy 1544 Morse Avenue, Suite A. RSVP with how many little souls and big souls attending Bro. Joseph 595-4175

Oct. 28: Ghosts of Santa Barbara and the Ojai Valley meet the author and book signing. Eerie Tales of the famous and infamous fill the pages of Evie Ybarra’s intriguing new book. Very Ventura Gift Shop & Gallery. Saturday, 12-2 p.m. 540. E. Main Street. Free. Contact Angela at 628-3540 for full details.

Oct. 28, 29, 31: “Houdini’s Secret Life” radio drama with Celeb Host Joe Mantegna. He reveals lesser known aspects of America’s first super hero. News Talk 1590 KVTA Saturday 28th at 5-9 p.m.; Sunday 29th at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Tuesday 31st at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The one hour, commercial free broadcast is presented by Every Now and Then Theatre and Conejo Players Theatre. Show benefits area foster children.

Nov. 4: Rona Barret book signing at the Bank of Books, 1 – 3 p.m., 748 East Main St. Hollywood’s Variety Magazine calls her “the lady who turned entertainment coverage into big biz.” She is the Founder and CEO of The Rona Barrett Foundation, the catalyst behind Santa Ynez Valley’s first affordable senior housing, the Golden Inn & Village.

Nov.5: Poinsettia Pavilion 3451 Foothill Blvd. Sunday from 2-4 p.m. “Old Country Grass Band”.

Nov.5: Open house at the Dudley Historic Museum. In addition to docent-led tours of the 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum from 1- 4 p.m. Freddie the American Mini Horse will be in attendance for photos and buggy rides from 1:30 – 3 p.m. The museum is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood. For information please call 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.

Nov.8: National Family Caregivers Month. The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group joins with many local and national Caregiver Support organizations in observance of National Family Caregivers Month and recognition of the challenges family caregivers face when their loved ones need Caregiving Around the Clock. See senior section for full details.

Decked to the 9’s – Canines Compete for best costume at Pet Costume Contest

“Could any dog be cuter than me?”

Four-footed “ghosts,” “spirits” and all manner of costumed canines will parade through Ventura Harbor Village, Saturday, October 21 as the 5th Annual Ventura Harbor Village HOWL-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest gets underway starting at Noon. The contest, open to canines only, welcomes both adults and children and is free to the public.

What makes this family-friendly event so unique is that Ventura Harbor Village gives out a “Sea Worthy” ribbon for the dog that dresses in sea theme. Another distinctive feature is the large creativity factor of the costumes for both the dogs and the owners. Prizes are awarded for Spookiest, Sea-Worthy, Creative/Original, Cutest/Prettiest, and Best in Show.  The prizes include gift certificates to Ventura Harbor Village restaurants, boutiques, and attractions. Each winner selects a pumpkin of choice and a blue ribbon.

The first 100 dogs that participate receive a bag of doggie treats from HOWL-O-Ween sponsor Ventura Pet Barn and fifty cents off an ice cream from Coastal Cone.  Approximately 75 dogs attend the event.  

For more information, call 477-0470 or visit Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest to get preregistered or VenturaHarborVillage.com.

Ventura Harbor is a pet-friendly destination with a beautiful and scenic walking Promenade at Ventura Harbor Village extending to Ventura County West Marina in one direction and the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center at the other end. It’s the perfect stroll with your pooch. Owners can enjoy pet-friendly dining patios, boat rentals, and waterfront hotel stays with their pets.

Ventura Harbor welcomes dogs and offers Doggie Bag stations, a Doggie Water Fountain near Beach Break Surf Shop in the Harbor Village, a photo board designed just for dogs to easily stand behind for that fun photo op behind 805 Bar & Grilled Cheese, and a grassy lawn area.

Ventura Harbor Village is a vibrant, working harbor village and fishing marina boasting 35 shops, galleries, restaurants and waterfront activities including a Village Carousel & Arcade, Comedy Club, Harbor Cove Beach and Surfer’s Knoll Beach, dive and fishing boats, harbor tours, boat, kayak and peddle boat rentals, and a beautiful walking Promenade. The Village offers visitors an escape to a sun-kissed, seaside playground with transportation to and from the Harbor via the new Ventura-Downtown Harbor Trolley, annual special events, live weekend entertainment, dog-friendly facilities, soft adventure, and spectacular sunset views of the Pacific coastline. Home to the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center, this coastal playground features its own viewing tower, exhibits and bookstore, it is easy for travelers to visit the five islands right off the Ventura coast.   It is here that visitors can experience world-class island diving, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, sea cave exploration, photography, camping and wildlife viewing.

For visitor information, contact Ventura Harbor Village at 477-0470, online at www.VenturaHarborVillage.com, via fax at 644-1684. Ventura Harbor Village is located at 1583 Spinnaker Dr.  Post, share, and like #VenturaHarbor

Vol. 10, No.1 – Oct 11 – Oct 24, 2017 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club Monday nights 7:30-9:45pm. Poinsettia Pavilion 3451 Foothill. Ballroom, swing, Latin and line dancing. $10 members, $12 non-members. Dance lessons 6:45-7:15 $5 for couple $3 for single. Call Rick 415-8842 for more information.

Ventura’s ACBL Duplicate Bridge Club offers games for all levels of play.  Learn the game, play with your peers, and earn master points while you are having fun.  There is a game every day of the week.  Check out their website at www.vcbridge.org   Life is Better with Bridge.

Country Western Line Dancing every Tuesday 7 – 9 p.m. Instruction every night. Moose lodge, 10269 Telephone Road. More information at countrylovers.com.

Ventura County Philatelic Society meets the first and third Mondays each month. Do you collect stamps? 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd. Admission and parking free. Contact Bill Garner 320-1601.

Mended Hearts of Ventura meet the first Tuesday each month at the Community Memorial Hospital – 8th floor. Excellent speakers – leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, Dietitians, etc. from our area. Come share if you have had heart surgery or stent implant. Contact Bill Garner 320-1601.

DBSA Ventura County support group for depression and bipolar disorder meets Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. A free weekly peer-led support group meeting at the Encounter Bible Fellowship Church campus, upstairs, Room 426/428, 6950 Ralston St. 633-0736 for recorded information or visit www.DBSAlliance.org.

Oct.11: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a meeting on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome and admission is free. Only members may submit images for critique. WWW.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com

Oct.13: Messy Church Coming Friday. Think church is boring? You won’t with Messy Church, a Fun evening for every age. Crafts, Games, Music, Celebration and Dinner. Make new friends, build great community and connect. Fun starts at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Free at Ventura First, 1338 E. Santa Clara. More fumcventura.org or call 643-8621

Oct.13: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution October luncheon meeting will feature “How the American Revolution Really Started” presented by historian Robert Dempster. Friday, at 11:30 a.m. in the Garden Room at Marie Callender’s Restaurant. If you wish lunch $20. For additional information call Bill Bays 650-3036 or Robert Taylor 216-7992. http://pattonpatriots.org.

Oct. 14: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mark your calendar and join in the Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation’s Anniversary BreastFEST. 8:30 am at Mimi’s Cafe in Ventura. Come meet some very special women and learn how they are leaving their mark in the world.

Don’t forget to visit website calendar to see all the events and organizations who continue to support the work that we do.

Oct. 14: The Ventura and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) will meet Sunday, in the Campus Student Center of Ventura College,

The meeting starts at noon and at 11 a.m. there will be an informal workshop followed by lunch and an informational meeting and a program.

This month’s program will be presented by David Spong on Fabricating a Verge for an English Clock.

More information about chapter 190 can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.

Oct.16: CA Zeta Chi parliamentarians will meet at 7 p.m. and will feature a lesson by Registered Parliamentarian Gerry Olsen entitled “Preparing Parliamentary Opinions.” Main Street Restaurant and Steakhouse, 3159 E. Main St. Those wishing to eat should arrive at 6 p.m. Membership is $25 per year. For information, contact Sharon Hillbrant, 479-6738, or check out zetachi.webstarts.com.

Oct. 17: Retired men are invited to drop in at the Ventura Elks lodge for a lunch meeting with The Ventura Retired Men’s Group. Besides a healthy meal, there will be a program on some interesting topic, jokes and raffles and an enjoyable few hours. Steve Carroll can provide details at 642-1359.

Oct. 19: The regular monthly meeting of Assistance League of Ventura County will be conducted at the Chapter House, 913 East Santa Clara St. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. meeting begins at 10 a.m., with guests and new members welcome. Assistance League is creating “A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Children” through several philanthropic programs. The Bargain Box Thrift Shop helps fund these programs.

assistanceleagueventuracounty.org or Email alvconline@hotmail.com. Telephone: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 643-2458

Oct.19: A representative of the Ventura Police Dept. will update the Council on crime and safety in the area. Tara Carruth of the Ventura County Continuum of Care will speak on “Solutions to Homelessness,” and Janis Flippen, of the Kimball Park Farmer’s Market will talk about the Thursday Farmer’s Market. The Council represents those who live east of Victoria Avenue. 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road. For more information contact John McNally, Chairperson, EVCC 804-7558

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Rev. Karen Wiley will offer her monthly half-day retreat at Meditation Mount on Saturday, October 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The topic will be “Discovering the ‘Authentic Self’ within.”

“We have the power within us to create the lives of our dreams,” Rev. Karen says, “but all the preparation takes place within the silence of our own soul.”

The morning will include quiet contemplation, wisdom talks, sacred music, and peaceful walks on the beautiful grounds. Randee Vasilakos, registered Science of Mind Practitioner, will be available to assist with prayers for personal healing. People of all faiths and traditions, or no tradition, are welcome to attend. The retreat is by donation; $20 is suggested. 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.

The Ojai Photography Club will feature photographer Joshua Curry as its guest presenter for October. The free event, “Defining Your Style,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17, 2017, in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St.

Curry is a full time professional photographer working in the fields of editorial and commercial photography. Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. The general public is always welcome to attend.

The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Only members may submit images for critique. More information is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

Actor, playwright, and scholar Stephanie Satie will visit the Ojai Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 to perform her solo play Coming to America: Transformations. This performance depicts a gallery of women whose lives have been transformed, first by extraordinary events in their country of birth, and then by their response to America.

The first in her family to be born in America, Satie was always hungry for a sense of her history. Neither her mother’s nor her father’s family ever spoke of “the old country.” This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian 218-9146.

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

The Ojai Valley Library Friends and Foundation and its book store, Twice-Sold Tales, invites you to its Annual Ojai Day Weekend Book Sale. Hundreds of books will be on sale at prices that range from 50c to $2.00! Come and browse the huge assortment of subjects, including fiction, religion, history, gardening, cookbooks and a large assortment of children’s books at these incredibly low prices! Dates for the sale are Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22nd in the Ojai Library Parking lot and patio, 111 East Ojai Ave.

All proceeds from the sale are used by the Friends of the Ojai Library for the special programs offered to the community at the three Ojai Libraries. For further information, visit http://www.ovlff or check out the OVLFF Facebook page.

Owners Jody James and Janine Ames, formerly of Stir Crazy coffee, have created a local gathering place for artists and craftspeople. The gallery will be a place to experience great art, Ojai friendliness and fun events. Grassroots Gallery will occupy the space next to Java and Joes at 323 E. Matilija.

Artists and craftspeople in Ventura or Santa Barbara counties that wish to apply can send 3 pictures of their work to grassrootsgallery1@gmail.com. Please be sure to include contact info.

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Shirley Waxman will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, to deliver a talk entitled “East Meets West: Japanese Inspired from Monet to Van Gogh.” Ms. Waxman comes to us via the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Community Speakers Program.

When Japanese woodblock prints arrived in Europe they had a profound influence on avant-garde artists of the nineteenth century. Impressionists and post-impressionist artists such as Monet, Mary Cassatt, Degas, Pierre Bonnard, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vincent van Gogh created art that in composition, color, and imagery, borrowed directly from the Japanese. This talk will explore the development of Japanese woodblock prints and the artists who were inspired by the craze for all things Japanese.

Opera Santa Barbara will return to the Ojai Library to present a Free Noontime Opera Concert on Thursday, October 5. The concert will begin at 12 p.m. in the main room of the library and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Spend your lunch hour listening to members of the Opera Santa Barbara Studio Artists, who will perform a selection of popular opera arias and duets as well as some musical theatre pieces, all accompanied by piano.

This event is 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 18th Ojai Film Festival has selected the submissions for this year’s event. Each year the submissions grow creating an outstanding variety of features, documentaries and animated films for Festival attendees. The number of entries totaled 420 films from over 43 countries. The screenings and other Festival activities are held between the Ojai Art Center and Chaparral Auditorium. Kickoff night is November 2 with a free film at the Libbey Bowl and film screenings continue through November 12.

The 10-day Ojai Film Festival has a reputation for showcasing the best new films from emerging and established filmmakers, and has helped launch a number of careers over the last decade.

Along with screenings, the Festival hosts workshops and special events. and host regional filmmakers with a special day of screenings. Two lifetime achievement awards are being given out his year, one to famed cinematographer Johnny E Jensen and another to film and TV actor, Ed Asner.

Tickets are on sale now. People can purchase a VIP pass to all films, a ticket 6-pack or 4-pack, or individual tickets on the website. Trailers from the entries under consideration can be viewed on the Festival’s website: www.OjaiFilmFestival.com