Category Archives: Community Events

Vol. 13, No. 16 – May 6 – May 19, 2020 – Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Art Center Theater invites community members to get involved in their 2021 season. If you have a favorite play or musical you want them to produce, you may submit it for possible inclusion.

The Play Selection Committee seeks script in the following categories: comedies, dramas, musicals, Shakespearean comedies, classical comedies, and plays or musicals suitable for families. The committee asks that the submissions be published plays available for amateur productions. Please mail scripts to Ojai ACT, c/o Herb Hemming, 411 Tico Rd., Ojai 93023 by May 15, 2020.

Experienced theater directors are encouraged to send a directing resume via email to herb@ojaiact.org before May 15.

The Ojai Art Center is the longest continuously operating multi-disciplinary center serving the arts in the State of California. Opened in 1939, the Ojai Art Center encompasses eight branches for the various art disciplines. The Theater Branch annually presents a variety of dramatic productions, ranging from comedy to drama and musicals. The branch operates with its own directors and monthly meetings to address all theater-related issues. They annually screen proposals for future productions and present a tentative schedule for approval to the Art Center’s Board of Directors.

Ojai Art Center is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Vol. 13, No. 13 – Mar 25 – Apr 7, 2020 – Ojai News & Events

Ojai residents,

As members of the Ojai community, we are all understandably concerned about the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As Mayor of the City of Ojai, I would like to share actions taken by the City of Ojai, but also share actions that residents can and should take to keep each other, and our community, safe.

This situation is unprecedented, we must be calm and reasonable. This is a public health crisis, and the lead agency for our area is the Ventura County Public Health Department. The Ventura County Public Health Department is the best, most authoritative source for information about this issue. The City has been in regular contact with the Ventura County Public Health Department, and many other partners, to help coordinate as needed.

On Friday, March 13, the City Council declared a local emergency, to provide more flexibility and allow the City to react quickly to needs. The City has postponed or cancelled several community events, and in line with the latest guidelines, discourage people from attending public meetings or gatherings of more than 10 people. The City is taking steps to help residents participate in public meetings by allowing email comments to our City Clerk’s Office.

The City has also begun to reach out to our business community, looking for ways to help enable curbside pickup and delivery, and providing additional hand washing stations throughout the City. The City is also keeping public restrooms open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help ensure our vulnerable populations are able to wash their hands as needed. Our goal is to “flatten the curve” by reducing social interactions and reducing the opportunities for community transmission of the virus. The City may continue to implement measures, such as closing City Hall, to reduce the possibility of community transmission of the virus. We will provide electronic or other means to obtain services if we do so.

Most importantly, I’m asking you all to remain calm, support each other, and encourage best practices. Your personal behavior matters, and you can help reduce the spread of this disease by following county, state and federal advice about increased personal hygiene and reduced in-person contact. Work from home if you can. Practice social distancing by avoiding large groups and staying 6 feet away from others. Please share this information with your friends and family to help them stay safe and healthy.

In order to avoid misinformation, please refer to official sites for accurate information:

Lastly, to receive the latest notices from the City of Ojai, please sign up for the City’s email list. Please click on the COVID-19 Information Signup button on the City’s webpage, under quick links.

Mayor John F. Johnston
City of Ojai

Vol. 13, No. 13 – Mar 25 – Apr 7, 2020 – Events

NOTE: You must verify if any of these are being held. Do not just show up, just assume they are all cancelled.

by Ana Baker

Free Adult Grief & Bereavement Support Groups
Every Wednesday, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Free for anyone who has lost a loved one.
Receive emotional and educational support. Held at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., Ste. 109. Call (805) 642-0239 for more information.

Living with Type 2 and Pre-Diabetes Classes
1st Tuesday of the Month (April 7), from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Free informational class that teaches you how to manage your life with diabetes. Held at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., Ste. 109. Call (805) 642-0239 for more information.

The Compassionate Friends of West Ventura County is a support group for those who have experienced the loss of a child. Parents, grandparents, and siblings (over age 14) are all welcome. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7p.m. at the Pointsettia Pavilion, Canada Larga room, 3451 Foothill Road. For more information, contact Laura Lindsay at (805) 836-9100.

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets first 2 Monday nights of the month 7:30 p.m. Poinsettia Pavilion 3451 Foothill. Swing, line dance, waltz, Latin and more. First dance lessons are free 6:40 p.m. Call Rick (805) 415-8842 and www.poinsettiadancers.org 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 every night. Located at the Moose lodge, 10269 Telephone Road. More information at countrylovers.com.

Cross Town Hikers join in on Wednesday nights for a moderate-paced hike that includes views of Ventura from the cross, a walk out to the end of the pier, and a stroll along the Promenade back to the Museum. Four miles with an 800-foot elevation gain. Meet at 7 p.m. sharp at the fountain across the street from the Mission. Join Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/800215670039426/

The members of the Ventura Investment Group meet on Mondays for an informal discussion of recent economic events.  Topics cover current events that affect stocks, funds, real estate, and interest-bearing investments.  The meeting is from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Telephone Road and Main Street.  Visitors and potential members are welcomed.  There are no dues or requirements to participate, and all levels of experience are welcomed.

Brain Injury Center of Ventura County. www.BrainInjuryCenter.org
Support Groups for brain injury/ stroke survivors and their family/caregivers
Learn more about brain injury/stroke and available services. Meet others who are facing or have faced similar challenges. Meet new friends and connections, give and receive support.
Encounter Church 6950 Ralston St., Bldg. #300 (805) 482-1312
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 4-5:30 p.m.

Men are you retired and routine-tired? Ventura Retired Men suggest you visit a Social Lunch Meeting on the first or third Tuesday each month at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Stop in, say hello, have a sip at the bar if you like, they will buy you lunch, and you can sample the hospitality as they go through activities and hear the speaker of the day. Bob Likins can tell you more at 805-587-1233.

Are you a stamp collector? The Ventura County Philatelic Society meet on the first and third Mondays each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd.

Admission and parking are free. Come for a great evening.

Contact: Bill Garner (805) 320-1601 or sockonthenose@gmail.com

The Channel Islands Bicycle Club (CIBike) is a non-profit recreational organization. The club’s purpose is to promote bicycling for recreation, health, sport and transportation. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October and November. Museum of Ventura County, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a refreshment social and the presentation begins at 7p.m. The March meeting will feature an informative heart health presentation by a professional from Community Memorial Hospital. For more information, please visit www.cibike.org or contact publicrelationscibike@gmail.com.

Vol. 13, No. 12 – Mar 11 – Mar 24, 2020 – Ojai News & Events

Dr. Arthur Vander will visit the Ojai Library at 1pm on Saturday, March 21, to present a talk titled “Intestinal Microbes and the Brain in Health and Disease.” He will also discuss what determines the composition of the intestinal microbiome, as well as the mechanisms by which it can alter the function of far-removed organs.

Ross Care will visit the Ojai Library at 6pm on Wednesday, March 25, to present a talk titled “Music and Animation: Wilfred Jackson and Disney Films.” Mr. Care will discuss the development and use of original music composed for classic Disney films, from the first sound cartoons (1928) through (approximately) Walt Disney’s death in 1965.

Opera Santa Barbara will return to the Ojai Library to present a Free Noontime Opera Concert on Thursday, March 26. The concert will begin at 12pm in the main room of the library and will last approximately 45 minutes.

These events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146.

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

Join Rev. Karen S. Wylie at The Ojai Retreat on Sunday, March 15, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., for her Mid-Month Devotional Retreat, this month devoted to “Meditation: The Doorway to the Self.”

“Any great student of truth will eventually come to ask the question, ‘Who am I?’”

People of all faiths and traditions, or no tradition, are welcome to attend. Randee Vasilakos, RScP, assists and anchors the gathering in a consciousness of prayer and healing.

 

The Ojai Retreat is at 160 Besant Road, Ojai. The retreat is by donation; $20 is suggested. 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.

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is pleased to present Patricia Keller: The Lost City an exhibition of work created in Beatrice Wood’s studio in conjunction with the artist’s internship at the Center, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Opening Reception will begin at 2 pm, with the lecture presented at 4 pm.

A Ventura resident, Patricia Keller graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from California State University Channel Islands in 2019. She focused on ceramics, sculpture, and screen printing. Upon graduation, she was awarded an internship at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts.

I believe that the role of an artist is to be a steward of culture, but through experimentation, I have developed a confidence in storytelling.”

Admission is free. For more information, visit www.beatricewood.com, or call 805-646-3381. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is located at 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road in Upper Ojai.

The Ojai Photography Community welcomes professional photographer Gary Moss to its March event. His presentation will be “Looking Outside Your Visual Box and Enhancing Your Creative Process.” He will discuss the value of photo editing for strength and how to deconstruct the creative process by asking, “Does my photography have the artistic vision I look for?” The free event will begin at 7 p.m. March 17, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Street.

A highly skilled and accomplished professional photographer, Moss is the Photo Editor of 805 Living magazine.

Although most photographers shoot in a single discipline, Moss’s work bridges many disciplines, creating stunning images from a variety of different genres. Visit the Gary Moss website for extended information and images: www.garymossphotography.com/

On Instagram: garymossfotos and garymossfoodfotos

The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach.

Vol. 13, No. 12 – Mar 11 – Mar 24, 2020 – Events

by Ana Baker

Free Adult Grief & Bereavement Support Groups
Every Wednesday, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Free for anyone who has lost a loved one.
Receive emotional and educational support. Held at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., Ste. 109. Call (805) 642-0239 for more information.

Living with Type 2 and Pre-Diabetes Classes
1st Tuesday of the Month (April 7), from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Free informational class that teaches you how to manage your life with diabetes. Held at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., Ste. 109. Call (805) 642-0239 for more information.

The Compassionate Friends of West Ventura County is a support group for those who have experienced the loss of a child. Parents, grandparents, and siblings (over age 14) are all welcome. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7p.m. at the Pointsettia Pavilion, Canada Larga room, 3451 Foothill Road. For more information, contact Laura Lindsay at (805) 836-9100.

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets first 2 Monday nights of the month 7:30 p.m. Poinsettia Pavilion 3451 Foothill. Swing, line dance, waltz, Latin and more. First dance lessons are free 6:40 p.m. Call Rick (805) 415-8842 and www.poinsettiadancers.org 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

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.

Cross Town Hikers join in on Wednesday nights for a moderate-paced hike that includes views of Ventura from the cross, a walk out to the end of the pier, and a stroll along the Promenade back to the Museum. Four miles with an 800-foot elevation gain. Meet at 7 p.m. sharp at the fountain across the street from the Mission. Join Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/800215670039426/

The members of the Ventura Investment Group meet on Mondays for an informal discussion of recent economic events.  Topics cover current events that affect stocks, funds, real estate, and interest-bearing investments.  The meeting is from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Telephone Road and Main Street.  Visitors and potential members are welcomed.  There are no dues or requirements to participate, and all levels of experience are welcomed.

Brain Injury Center of Ventura County. www.BrainInjuryCenter.org
Support Groups for brain injury/ stroke survivors and their family/caregivers
Learn more about brain injury/stroke and available services. Meet others who are facing or have faced similar challenges. Meet new friends and connections, give and receive support.

Encounter Church 6950 Ralston St., Bldg. #300 (805) 482-1312

2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 4-5:30 p.m.

Men are you retired and routine-tired? Ventura Retired Men suggest you visit a Social Lunch Meeting on the first or third Tuesday each month at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Stop in, say hello, have a sip at the bar if you like, they will buy you lunch, and you can sample the hospitality as they go through activities and hear the speaker of the day. Bob Likins can tell you more at 805-587-1233.

Are you a stamp collector? The Ventura County Philatelic Society meet on the first and third Mondays each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd.

Admission and parking are free. Come for a great evening.

Contact: Bill Garner (805) 320-1601 or sockonthenose@gmail.com

The Channel Islands Bicycle Club (CIBike) is a non-profit recreational organization. The club’s purpose is to promote bicycling for recreation, health, sport and transportation. The meetings are held on the second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October and November. Museum of Ventura County, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a refreshment social and the presentation begins at 7p.m. The March meeting will feature an informative heart health presentation by a professional from Community Memorial Hospital. For more information, please visit www.cibike.org or contact publicrelationscibike@gmail.com.

March 14: Animal Tracks in The Garden. Have you noticed animal tracks while hiking Ventura Botanical Gardens or in your own backyard and wondered what animal made those tracks? Explore the world of animal tracking with Wyatt Harris, President of Ventura Wildlife Trackers. Informational presentation plus opportunity for attendees to spot and identify animal tracks within the Ventura Botanical Gardens. Free to members. Non-member: $10 fee includes $7 non-member admission. Registration is required at www.venturabotanicalgardens.com. Limited enrollment.

March 11 and April 8: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 11th

at 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. The first part of the meeting will be an instructional workshop. This will be followed by the showing of member images. This is not a competition but rather an anonymous discussion of the images. Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome and admission is free. Only members may submit images for critique. See the club’s web site for more information or call 908-5663. WWW.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com

March 15: 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 meeting starts at noon and at 11a.m. There will be an informal workshop where a topic on clocks or watches will be demonstrated and discussed.  A mart will be available with items for sale followed by lunch and an informational meeting and a program at 1p.m. The program this month will be a presentation Ken McWilliams on Seth Thomas Tower Clocks. Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Ventura College location. More information about chapter 190 can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.

March 19: Meeting of East Ventura Community Council will include, Ashdon Development, which is developing the commercial property on Wells and Darling. Stacey Zarazua, Recreation Manager of Ventura’s Parks, Recreation and Community Partnership Department, will speak about the Community Park. A representative of the Ventura Police Department will present neighborhood crime statistics.

Other items may be added to the agenda, so check the website for updates.(www.eastventura.org)

Books in good condition are always accepted on behalf of Friends of the Library. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Connect Church, 346 N. Kimball Rd. For more information, contact Marie Lakin, Chairperson: EastVenturacc@gmail.com

March 28: Spring Migration Bird Walk along the Santa Clara River hosted by the Nature Conservancy 9-11a.m.  Join naturalist Amy Davis to discover a Nature Conservancy property along Santa Clara River corridor and the life that thrives there. Many birds use the river for a reprieve during migrations. We’ll look for raptors, wading birds and the endangered Bell’s Vireo and Least Flycatcher. Since this area is not open to the public, this is a great way to discover one of the largest watersheds in Southern California.  Wear durable hiking shoes, layers and bring water. The walk is roughly 1 1/2- 2 miles. Binoculars suggested.  1368 Mission rock Rd. Santa Paula, CA.  Meet at the end of Mission Rock Road.  For questions, contact Amy at guideamy@gmail.com or 770-853-4715.

E. P. Foster Library events

Tuesday Mar 3

3:30 – 5:30 pmVirtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up.

Thursday Mar 5

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Mic Night – Free and open to the public! Open Mic night hosted by Phil Taggart. Enjoy a featured poet, then share your own work with the group. All are welcome to just sit and listen as well.

Monday Mar 9

7:00 – 10 pm

Ukulele Jam – Join folks of all ages and experience levels to jam out on your ukulele! Beginners welcome, every 2nd and 4th Monday.

Tuesday Mar 10

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Virtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up.

Thursday Mar 12

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Mic Night – Free and open to the public! Open Mic night hosted by Phil Taggart. Enjoy a featured poet, then share your own work with the group. All are welcome to just sit and listen as well.

Tuesday Mar 17

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Virtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up.

Thursday Mar 19

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Mic Night – Free and open to the public! Open Mic night hosted by Phil Taggart. Enjoy a featured poet, then share your own work with the group. All are welcome to just sit and listen as well.

Monday Mar 23

7:00 – 10 pm

Ukulele Jam – Join folks of all ages and experience levels to jam out on your ukulele! Beginners welcome, every 2nd and 4th Monday.

Tuesday Mar24

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Virtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up.

Thursday Mar 26

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Open Mic Night – Free and open to the public! Open Mic night hosted by Phil Taggart. Enjoy a featured poet, then share your own work with the group. All are welcome to just sit and listen as well.

Thursday Mar 27

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Opera Santa Barbara – Come enjoy a free noontime concert presented by members of Opera Santa Barbara’s Chrisman Studio Artist Program. One of our most popular events. See you in the Topping Room!

Tuesday Mar 31

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Virtual Reality – Tuesdays @ 3:30-5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor. Explore the virtual world with these different gaming VR platforms: Gear VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All VR Platforms are for ages 13 and up.

Vol. 13, No. 11 – Feb 26 – Mar 10, 2020 – Ojai News & Events

On Sunday, March 15, at 2pm Moscow born pianist, Natasha Kislenko, returns as soloist to the Ojai Art Center to present an all Russian program. Featured composers are Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Alfred Schnittke. Come hear this Russian born pianist interpret the music of her native land! The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. Tickets sold only at the door: $15 general admission, $12 Art Center members and students. For further information, call (805) 640-1158.

website: www.ojaiartcenter.org

On Saturday, February 29th, the Ojai Mardi Gras returns to the Ojai Woman’s Club in downtown Ojai to celebrate their 30th Annual Masquerade Ball.The theme this year is “Naughty Gras…Leap into your Fantasy”.

Come dance to the sizzling music with R&B, Funk, Cajun & Zydeco rhythms performed by The Ojai Mardi Gras Band. Party goers will witness the Coronation of the King & Queen, Traditional Tossing of the Beads, and a Costume Contest. Take it all in as your eyes delight to the art installations and festive decorations by the Mardi Gras Art Fools directed by Lucy Roadarmel.

30 years ago, Lyle Matthews hosted the first public Mardi Gras party in Ojai. Lyle had moved to Ojai from New Orleans just two years earlier and she brought the joy of Mardi Gras with her. She knew she was sick from breast cancer and said, “I don’t know how long I will be here with you, but please keep the spirit of this party alive”. Sadly a week after that party, Lyle passed away, but every year since her friends have kept the party alive in her honor.
This year The Ojai Mardi Gras will be collecting donations for OjaiCARES to help care for local Cancer Patients in Ojai. Sponsored by the Ojai Concert Series.

For $25 advance tickets go to: ojaiconcertseries.com or pick them up at Studio Sauvageau or Cardinali Bros. Music. The door price will be $30
Ojai Mardi Gras Hotline (805) 646-7843

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is pleased to present Sacred Deities of Ancient Egypt, an exhibition, lecture and booksigning with Jacqueline Thurston, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Opening Reception will begin at 2 pm, with the lecture presented at 4 pm.

Admission is free. For more information, visit www.beatricewood.com, or call 805-646-3381. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is located at 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road in Upper Ojai.

California Lutheran University Community Counseling Services will visit the Ojai Library on Saturday, March 14, at 1pm to present a Mindfulness Workshop.

The California Lutheran University Community Counseling Services clinics provide therapy to children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. They run the largest university-based, low-fee community counseling clinics in California, providing over 12,000 low-fee therapy sessions each year, primarily to Ventura County residents. All therapy sessions are provided by Master’s and Doctoral students who are supervised by licensed psychologists and marriage and family therapists.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146.

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

Vol. 13, No. 11 – Feb 26 – Mar 10, 2020 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Free Adult Grief & Bereavement Support Groups
Every Wednesday, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Free for anyone who has lost a loved one. Receive emotional and educational support.

Free Joint Replacement Classes
2nd Monday of the Month (March 9), held from 4 – 5 p.m. Free informational class that teaches you what to expect pre and post-surgery.

Living with Type 2 and Pre-Diabetes Classes
1st Tuesday of the Month (March 3), from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Free informational class that teaches you how to manage your life with diabetes.

Held at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., Ste. 109. Call (805) 642-0239 for more information.

The Compassionate Friends of West Ventura County is a support group for those who have experienced the loss of a child. Parents, grandparents, and siblings (over age 14) are all welcome. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, Canada Larga room, 3451 Foothill Road. For more information, contact Laura Lindsay at (805) 836-9100.

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets first 2 Monday nights of the month 7:30 p.m. Poinsettia Pavilion 3451 Foothill. Swing, line dance, waltz, Latin and more. First dance lessons are free 6:40 p.m. Call Rick (805) 415-8842 and www.poinsettiadancers.org 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

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.

Cross Town Hikers join in on Wednesday nights for a moderate-paced hike that includes views of Ventura from the cross, a walk out to the end of the pier, and a stroll along the Promenade back to the Museum. Four miles with an 800-foot elevation gain. Meet at 7 p.m. sharp at the fountain across the street from the Mission. Join Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/800215670039426/

The members of the Ventura Investment Group meet on Mondays for an informal discussion of recent economic events.  Topics cover current events that affect stocks, funds, real estate, and interest-bearing investments.  The meeting is from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Telephone Road and Main Street.  Visitors and potential members are welcomed.  There are no dues or requirements to participate, and all levels of experience are welcomed.

Brain Injury Center of Ventura County. www.BrainInjuryCenter.org
Support Groups for brain injury/ stroke survivors and their family/caregivers
Learn more about brain injury/stroke and available services. Meet others who are facing or have faced similar challenges. Meet new friends and connections, give and receive support.

Encounter Church 6950 Ralston St., Bldg. #300 (805) 482-1312
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 4-5:30 p.m.

Men are you retired and routine-tired? Ventura Retired Men suggest you visit a Social Lunch Meeting on the first or third Tuesday each month at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Stop in, say hello, have a sip at the bar if you like, they will buy you lunch, and you can sample the hospitality as they go through activities and hear the speaker of the day. Bob Likins can tell you more at 805-587-1233.

Are you a stamp collector? The Ventura County Philatelic Society meet on the first and third Mondays each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd.
Admission and parking are free. Come for a great evening.
Contact: Bill Garner (805) 320-1601 or sockonthenose@gmail.com

The Channel Islands Bicycle Club (CIBike) is a non-profit recreational organization. The club’s purpose is to promote bicycling for recreation, health, sport and transportation. The meetings are free and open to the public and will be held on the second Wednesday of March, April, May, September, October and November. Museum of Ventura County, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a refreshment social and the presentation begins at 7p.m. The March meeting will feature an informative heart health presentation by a professional from Community Memorial Hospital. For more information, please visit www.cibike.org or contact publicrelationscibike@gmail.com.

Feb. 26: The College Area Community Council will meet on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. A representative from the VC Area Agency on Aging will provide information on programs and services available. As always, representatives from Ventura College and the police department will give brief updates. The Council meets in the Wright Event Center at 57 Day Rd. Free parking is available adjacent to the Event Center. CACC represents citizens in Council District 3, neighborhoods between Dunning/Lemon Grove and Hill Road, north of Hwy. 126. collegeareacouncil.com/map Call (805) 644-8695 for more information.”

March 1: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Assoc. Sunday, 2-4 p.m.  First Sunday of every month at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. Music on stage. Jamming room open. Free admission and free parking. Open to Public. For more information call 805-517-1131 or visit Facebook: OTCBGMA

March 1: The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum will be open for docent-led tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood streets (197 N. Ashwood). For information please call (805) 642-3345 or visit the website at www.dudleyhouse.org.

March 4: Beach Cities Neighbors and Newcomers (BCNN) -women’s social organization serving Oxnard, Ventura, Port Hueneme. 9:30-11:15 am. Coffee, socializing, program. Jerry Clifford will discuss Osher Lifelong Learning Program (OLLI,) college level classes for adults over 50. Knights of Columbus, 36 Figueroa St. Parking via Santa Clara. Free for guests first time. See www.bcnnwomensclub.org.

March 7, 8: The 58th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show of the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society (VGMS) takes place March 7 and 8, (10 – 5 p.m., Saturday; 10 – 4 p.m., Sunday) at the Ventura County Fairgrounds 10 W. Harbor Blvd. The show is open to the public and admission is free, although the Fairgrounds charges a parking fee if using the Fairgrounds lot. This is a great kid-friendly, family event.

March 12: Annie Goyal will visit the Saticoy Library at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, to deliver the talk “Autism Through the Eyes of a Parent.” Ms. Goyal has been working actively with kids on the Autism Spectrum and other disabilities since 2008. She holds a master’s degree in social work and a graduate degree specializing in Child Development. She has gained experience working with several school districts such as VUSD, SVUSD LAUSD and Charter schools. She has provided home services with Star of CA in Ventura County and has worked with children in the age range of 3-17.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Mary Birch, Librarian, at (805) 671-5148.

March 15: California Lutheran University Community Counseling Services presents a Mindfulness Workshop at the Hill Road Library on Sunday, at 10:30 a.m. Life is a struggle at times. Everyone must manage difficult thoughts, emotions, and stressors. Sometimes we get so caught up in our difficulties that they consume our life. Life can also be magnificent. This workshop teaches participants the practice of mindfulness. The California Lutheran University Community Counseling Services clinics provide therapy to children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. All therapy sessions are provided by master’s and Doctoral students who are supervised by licensed psychologists and marriage and family therapists.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Linda Cherry, Librarian, at (805) 677-7180. The Hill Road Library is located at 1070 South Hill Road. Hours of service are 10 – 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 2 – 6 p.m. Thursday, and 10 – 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

March 18:The Sespe Flyfishers of Ventura will be conducting their Annual Fund Raising Auction Event. Hundreds of new, used, fresh and saltwater items, including rods, reels, wading gear, lines, books, flies, trips, and much, much more of everything needed for fly fishing. This event takes place on Wednesday evening at The Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, starting at 6:00 PM. All are welcome.

Humorous Speech Contest

Toastmasters X-L invites you to their Annual Humorous Speech Contest. It will be held at their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 18, at Ventura City Hall , 12 to 1 pm in the Santa Cruz Room. Take a break from work and join us for laughs and fun at our Humorous Speech Contest. Who will be the winner?

Toastmasters offers many opportunities to practice your public speaking and leadership skills. Many people are scared of public speaking. Build your self-confidence in a supportive and positive environment. Toastmasters X-L is your downtown community Toastmaster Club. Guests are welcome any Tuesday at Ventura City Hall. If you have any questions, contact csnowlin@sbcglobal.net or 805-890-0541.

Vol. 13, No. 10 – Feb 12 – Feb 25, 2020 – Ojai News & Events

Attorney H. Frederick Seigenfeld of Seige Law will visit the Ojai Library at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, to present a talk centered around protecting your loved ones, yourself, and your assets. The presentation will cover subjects such as advanced healthcare directives, wills and trusts, probate, and more.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146.

Hours of service are 10am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 12pm to 5pm Friday through Sunday.

The Ojai Photography Community opens its 2020 season of monthly events with “The Bald Eagles of Lake Casitas,” presented by wildlife photographers Sally Carless and Bob Massey on Tuesday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana Road. The event is free and the general public is invited to attend.

The bald eagle was chosen as the national symbol of the fledgling United States in 1782, representing strength and freedom. Carless was there on her birthday in 2013 to see the very first eagle chicks. They captivated her heart and from that time on she has observed, photographed and filmed the eagle family.

Massey connected with the Lake Casitas eagles through Carless’s exhibit. Since childhood he had longed to observe bald eagles in the wild and in 2014 his dream became reality.

The Ojai Photography Community, which is devoted to inspiration, camaraderie and education, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Monthly free presentations are part of the group’s community service and education outreach. For more information, visit http://www.ojaiphotographycommunity.com/index.html.

Join Rev. Karen S. Wylie at The Ojai Retreat on Sunday, February 16, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., for her Mid-Month Devotional Retreat, this month devoted to an exploration of love.

“Love is the essence of who we are,” Rev. Karen says. “How can we find true love within ourselves? Join her for a beautiful morning to explore the nature of love through meditation, shared insights, revelations, inspiration, sacred stillness, uplifting songs and quiet walks in nature. Randee Vasilakos, RScP, assists and anchors our gathering in a consciousness of prayer and healing.

People of all faiths and traditions, or no tradition, are welcome to attend.

The Ojai Retreat is at 160 Besant Road. The retreat is by donation; $20 is suggested. 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.

Join Ojai herbalist and forager Lanny Kaufer on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, for an Herb Walk and “Stone Soup” Picnic at Euterpe Farms in Ojai. He’ll walk the borders of the farm adjacent to the Ventura River Preserve identifying edible and medicinal plants such as sagebrush, purple sage, white sage, and elderberry. Then he’ll gather the group around an oak wood fire for wild food processing demos and a “stone soup” picnic based on the folk tale of the same name. The soup will be built around a California bay leaf (in place of the stone) and dried creek nettles.

The walk will begin at 9 a.m. At 11:30 a.m. the group will begin preparing for the picnic which will conclude around 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. The cost is $45 including all materials other than vegetables and herbs contributed to the stone soup.

Please visit the event listing at HerbWalks.com to register or call 805-646-6281 for more information.