Category Archives: Community Events

Vol. 11, No. 20 – July 4 – July 17, 2018 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club Monday nights 7:30 – 9:45p.m. 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. Call Rick 805-415-8842 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

The Ventura Retired Men’s Group welcomes interested men to their semi-monthly Tuesday lunch ($15) meetings at the Ventura Elks lodge. This regular congenial social event, besides a healthy, satisfying meal, supplies a welcome atmosphere to talk and joke, hear a speaker on a variety of relevant topics. Hear more from Steve at 805-642-1359

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.

The Ventura County Philatelic Society meets 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.

Bill Garner 805- 320-1601 or vcpsforyou@lycos.com

Mended Hearts of Ventura. Come share if you have had heart surgery or stent implant. Group meets the first Tuesday each month at noon at Lemon Wood Mobile Homes, 850 Johnson Dr. Excellent speakers leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, and Dietitians etc. from our area.

Contact Richard Hatcher at 805-644-2733.

First Wednesday, of each month, 6-10 p.m., Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club meets at the Murphy Auto Museum. Now exhibiting Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10-4 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. www.gemre.com or 805-229- 74294 for more information

Join the Cross Town Hikers 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/

July 6: Ormond beach Nature walk and Beach cleanup. 9-11am. The Nature Conservancy is hosting a nature walk and beach cleanup. Come visit Ormond beach with a naturalist and discover the flora and fauna of the wetland and beach habitat. Focus will also be to collect trash from fireworks from July 4th. Clean up supplies will be provided. The walk is 1 1/2 to 2 miles. Wear durable walking shoes. Bring binoculars, if you like. 301 McWane Blvd. Oxnard. Please contact Amy Davis guideamy@gmail.com or 770-853-4715 regarding questions.

July 11: The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is pleased to present their meeting from 1 -3p.m. at the Lexington Assisted Living, 5440 Ralston Street. They are focusing on “making exercise fun” like it used to be when the bell rang for recess. Lisa Oliver, Manager of Title Boxing, will inform and demonstrate Rock Steady Boxing, a non-contact boxing program specifically created for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Amber Stevens, Associate Executive Director at the Ventura Family YMCA will share her thoughts. For more information call Patty at 805-766-6070 and see the Breeze senior section.

July 11: There will be a 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.

July 12: Oceanview Toastmasters announces their new home at Lexington, 5440 Ralston St. Located in the Bijou room 2nd floor. The meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. on 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Guests are most welcome. If you’ve ever considered attending a Toastmasters Meeting, please come and meet the friendly members. You’re welcome to sit and enjoy the speeches, and if you want to improve your speaking skills, here is an opportunity. There is no charge for guests. For more information Ed Blumenstock at 805-746-5732.

July 13: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution July luncheon meeting will feature a special program ” Second Amendment in California: A Brief History and Future Trends “, presented by Mr. Robert Arabian. The luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Garden Room, Marie Callender’s Restaurant, 1295 S. Victoria Ave. All SAR and DAR Compatriots, friends, and visitors are welcome to join us. If you choose to have lunch, cost is $20. For additional information or for assistance in determining your possible Revolutionary War genealogical roots, please call Bill Bays 805- 650-3036 or Robert Taylor 805-216-7992. For information regarding SAR membership and chapter activities, please visit the chapter website at http://pattonpatriots.org.

July 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 regular meeting starts at noon and at 11:00 there will be an informal workshop where a topic on clocks or watches will be demonstrated and discussed. There will be a mart where items will be for sale followed by lunch and an informational meeting and a program at 1:00 pm.

The program this month will be a presentation by David Walter on “Watchmaking”. Anyone interested in watches and clocks, (modern & antique) is invited to visit and join. There is a $3 admission charge. Lunch is available for $5 more. Watches, clocks and tools will be on display and for sale.

Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Ventura College. More information about chapter 190 can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.

July 17: Discover the Santa Clara River watershed. 8-10 am. Meet at the gate at the south end of Hallock Dr. Santa Paula. Start your day off right by exploring land along the Santa Clara River that the Nature Conservancy has restored. Be prepared for an adventure! There is not really an established trail. It is a little rugged so please wear durable hiking shoes. There are no facilities at this location. Please contact Amy Davis guideamy@gmail.com or 770-853-4715 regarding questions.

Aug.10: Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project in Oxnard “Night in Oaxaca.” Night in Oaxaca is their largest annual event, and benefits all MICOP’s 19+ programs. The night will feature a menu of Oaxacan cuisine, traditional dance performances, and a celebration of the extraordinary group of indigenous youth scholarship winners. Friday, at the Olivas Adobe in Ventura, 4200 Olivas Park Dr. from 5-7:30 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found at https://NIO2018.bpt.me.

Vol. 11, No. 20 – July 4 – July 17, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

The newest original exhibition at the Ojai Valley Museum highlights the local work of some of those architects. “StARCHITECTURE: Ojai by Design” included are outstanding buildings. Museum director Wendy Barker encourages the community to visit the museum to “explore the valley’s rich, rarely seen, architectural history.”

Free Opening Reception on Saturday, July 7 from 5-7pm. The exhibition will be open through October 28.The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Ave.

Agora Foundation Four-Day Great Books Summer Intensive

These four days, July 31st to August 3rd, will include readings from Lucretius, Bacon, Emerson, Thoreau, Jonas, and Oliver. Plus lectures, nature walks, astronomy, panels, and more. Tuition is $800 and includes all meals, texts, seminars, lectures, and nature walks. Lodging is not included. Book discounted rooms directly with The Ojai Retreat by calling (805) 646–2536.More information, visit www.greatbooksojai.com/humanity’s-place.html or (805) 231-5974.

On Friday, July 6th, Topa Mountain Winery will host Safety Harbor Kids 11th Annual Concert Fundraiser featuring the world renowned Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, of Little Feat, bassist Kenny Gradney, Grammy winning drummer, Tony Braunagel and the Texicali Horns with Darrell Leonard and Joe Sublet. The event, held to raise funds for parentless youth, will also include music by Shakey Feelin’ and Miles Tackett & The Three Times.

There will be door prizes, special entertainment and silent auction including a Gibson SG signed by songwriter/artist Robby Krieger of the Doors, an SHK supporter. Doors open at 6:00

Safety Harbor Kids is a nonprofit with the mission to enrich the lives of orphans, foster and homeless children through education in the areas of College, Career, Music, the Arts and Personal Growth. Visit www.safetyharborkids.org.

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts will present Ken Emerson & Jim Kimo West in concert on Saturday, July 7th at 7 pm. They are living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar, and this is a rare opportunity to see both master players perform together up-close and personal. As recognized masters of Hawaiian slack and steel guitar, Emerson & West will delight the audience with their masterful performances, blazing improvisation and spontaneity.

Played from the heart and soul through the fingers, and flowing with vivid tropical images, Hawaiian slack key is truly one of the great acoustic guitar traditions in the world. In slack key, some of the strings are slacked from the standard tuning, with the thumb playing the bass while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.

Kumu Rona Koe will be dancing solo Hawaiian hula to accompany their performance.

Tickets are $25.

Emerson and West will present a slack key guitar workshop at the Center at 2 pm, the day of the concert. The cost of the workshop is $40.

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit beatricewood.com, or call 805-646-3381.

Vol. 11, No. 19 – June 20 – July 3, 2018 – Events

by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club Monday nights 7:30 – 9:45p.m. 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. 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. 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

The Ventura Retired Men’s Group welcomes interested men to their semi-monthly Tuesday lunch ($15) meetings at the Ventura Elks lodge. This regular congenial social event, besides a healthy, satisfying meal, supplies a welcome atmosphere to talk and joke, hear a speaker on a variety of relevant topics. Steve at 642-1359

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.

Mended Hearts of Ventura. Come share if you have had heart surgery or stent implant. Group meets the first Tuesday each month at noon at Lemon Wood Mobile Homes, 850 Johnson Dr. Excellent speakers leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, and Dietitians etc. from our area.

Contact Richard Hatcher at 644-2733.

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 320-1601 or vcpsforyou@lycos.com.

Letters for the Lost, an exhibit marking the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, commemorates the lives lost during one of America’s worst civil engineering disasters of the 20th century. At the historic Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula, itself a St. Francis Dam survivor in one of the heaviest damaged cities within the dam’s flood path. Through July 16. 26 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit venturamuseum.org or 525-3100.

First Wednesday, of each month, 6-10 p.m., Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club meets at the Murphy Auto Museum. Now exhibiting Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10-4 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. www.gemre.com or 229- 74294 for more information

Cross Town Hikers 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/

June 21: The regular monthly meeting of Assistance League of Ventura County on Thursday at the Chapter House, 913 East Santa Clara Street. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Men and women are welcome, and there is no age requirement. Assistance League is creating “A Brighter Tomorrow for Today’s Children” through several philanthropic programs. The Bargain Box Thrift Shop helps fund these programs. Find more information assistanceleagueventuracounty.org, Facebook, or email alvconline@hotmail.com. Telephone: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 805-643-2458

June 21: A specialist in the city of Ventura’s Environmental Sustainability Division will be the featured speaker at the Thursday meeting of the East Ventura Community Council. The Division is seeking input on the city’s Energy Action Plan. The presenter will also talk about sustainability programs underway.

Ashdon Development will discuss acquisition of a 4.7-acre parcel on the southeast corner of Wells Road and Darling for retail development. The agenda includes an update on the Thomas Fire rebuild and a representative of the Ventura Police Department. The council represents those who live east of Victoria

At 7:00 pm at the First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road. For more information, contact John McNally, Chairperson, EVCC: 805-804-7558

June 22: Family Float Night at the Ventura Aquatic Center. Friday, June 22 & 29, 6:45-8:45 p.m.

2 years and under are free, 3 years to adult $5. Family Float Night is a great time to gather the family for an evening enjoying our beautiful Ventura summer nights. Families may bring their pool floats and order pizza or bring a picnic dinner. For more information 805-654-7511.

June 26: Come chow down and support the Brain Injury Center of Ventura County at Winchester’s Grill & Saloon 632 East Main Street. 5 – 10 p.m. 20% of all food purchases will benefit the Brain Injury Center of Ventura County. For more information please call 805-482-1312

June 28: Portuguese Fraternal Society of America – The local chapter of PFSA (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. The meeting will be held at Marie Callendars Restaurant, 1295 S. Victoria. 11:30 a.m. for a 12 p.m. no host luncheon/meeting. For more information and a reservation please call Cora Corella at (805) 483-6285, or, Yvonne Westervelt at (805) 483-4168.

July 1: Dudley Historic House Museum docent-led tours and a plant sale 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. Museum admission is free, but a $5 donation will be asked from riders for Freddie’s expenses. The museumin is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood. For information (805) 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.

July 1: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Assoc. meeting will be Sunday 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Located ate the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa. Free admission, stage music and jamming, free parking in the rear. Open to Public. For more information call, 805-517-1131 or visit Facebook: OTCBGMA

July 11: The Ventura County Camera Club Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Rd. Admission is free. All Welcome. An instructional workshop will be followed by a professional photographer’s verbal critiquing of members submitted images. VenturaCountyCameraClub.com .

Vol. 11, No. 19 – June 20 – July 3, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

Join Rev. Karen S. Wylie on Sunday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Ojai Retreat. The morning will be devoted to “Awakening!” through contemplation, inner reflection, quiet walks, wisdom talks, sharing and sacred songs. 160 Besant Road. People of all faiths and traditions, or no tradition, are welcome to attend.

Randee Vasilakos, RScP, will assist and anchor the morning in a consciousness of prayer and healing.

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.

Sucinno (Ian James) will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, to deliver a talk on Compassion and Care at the End of Life. Sucinno will share observations and insights gained while going through caring for his wife, Chandra, when she had cancer, including her hospice time and eventual death. Additionally, he will talk about what can be done before such an event overtakes a couple.

Sucinno hopes to provide gentle words that will help couples to ease into this strange space, and thus be less overwhelmed at the thought of it and its actual happening.

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 are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

33 Variations opens June 22 at Ojai Art Center Theater for four weekends. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinee at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at www.OjaiACT.org or call 805-640-8797 to reserve seats.

Submissions will close July 1 for the 19th annual Ojai Film Festival. Ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway the Ojai Film Festival continues to grow in prestige as one of the country’s premier destination festivals.

The 10-day 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. Since 2000, 15 alumni have received Academy Award nominations, two have won an Oscar, and numerous others have gone on to gain distribution and win prestigious awards.

The winning screenwriter receives lodging and passes to the Ojai Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony, where the winning screenwriter is given special recognition, a trophy and a table read staged by the well-established acting community in Ojai.

The Festival’s theme is “Enriching the Human Spirit Through Film.” The event provides audiences a diverse lineup of titles from around the world.

The extended deadline, on July 1st, entry fees for film are $65 for features and $60 for shorts. For screenplays, the fee is $55.

To enter go to www.ojaifilmfestival.com/entries/. Accepted entries will be notified in mid-August.

The Ojai Film Festival takes place from November 1 – 11, at theaters around Ojai. For details about the Festival visit www.OjaiFilmFestival.com.

Ventura Libraries July Events

Avenue Library

Children & Family Events

Summer Reading Events
7/3 Bi-lingual Music with Nathalia

7/10 TBA

7/17 Shawn McMaster Magician!

7/24 Caterpillar Puppets

7/31 Jessica Vang
Tuesdays @ 3pm All ages!

Bilingual Early Literacy Class

7/ 2, 9, 16 , 23, & 30 Mondays @ 6– 6:45pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Summer STEAM Boxes

7/2 LED Circuit Art
7/9 Slime
7/16 Rocket
7/23 Gum Drop Engineer
7/30 Draw Bot
Mondays @ 3pm
Create, design, and discover with our STEAM boxes aimed at kids 8+.

Adult Classes & Events

Adult Literacy Classes
Laubach Literacy English Classes
7/ 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Mondays @11 am – 12 pm

Pumarosa English Classes
7/11, 18, & 25 Wednesdays @ 9–10am & @ 6-7pm

Learn English in a fun environment that combines conversation, singing, and technology.

E.P. Foster Library

Adult Programs

Adult STEAM Workshop

7/21 Saturday @2-3pm

3rd Saturday of the month

Each month a different themed program will be presented in the Makerspace!

Children’s Events

Summer Reading Shows

7/11 Ojai Raptors

7/18 Shawn McMaster

7/25 Caterpillar Puppets

Wednesdays @ 3-4pm on the 2nd floor @ 3pm

Early Literacy Class

7/3, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, & 31 Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am

Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun!

Teen Happenings

STEAM Boxes

7/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Tuesdays @ 2-4pm

Each week will have a new and exciting challenge. (For kids and teens!) 7/3 Slime, 7/10 Draw Bot, 7/17 LED Circuit Art, 7/24 Code It Necklace, 7/31 Ice Excavation

Hill Road

Children’s Events

Summer Reading Events
7/9 Monday @ 3pm Bi-lingual Music with Nathalia

7/14 Saturday @ 11am Empowering Lives through Music

7/16 Monday @ 3pm Shawn McMaster

7/23 Monday @3pm Caterpillar Puppets

7/30 Monday @ 3pm Ojai Raptors
All ages!

Summer STEAM Boxes

7/3 LED Circuit Art
7/10 Slime
7/17 Rocket
7/31 Draw Bot
7/24 Gum Drop Engineer
Tuesdays@ 3pm
Create, design, and discover with our STEAM boxes aimed at kids 8+.

Early Literacy Class

7/11, 18, & 25 Wednesdays @ 10:30am

Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft, and fun! Aimed at ages 0-5.

Saticoy Library

Children & Family Events

Summer Reading Events

7/5 Thursday @ 3pm Bi-lingual Music with Nathalia

7/14 Saturday @ 11am Kealoha & Company

7/19 Thursday @ 3pm Caterpillar Puppets

7/26 Thursday @ 3pm Shawn McMaster
All ages!

Early Literacy Class

7/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Tuesdays @ 10am
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Summer STEAM Boxes

7/11 Slime
7/18 Rocket
7/25 Gum Drop Engineer
Wednesdays@ 3pm
Create, design, and discover with our STEAM boxes aimed at kids 8+.

Adult Classes & Events

English Classes

7/ 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, & 30

Mondays & Wednesdays @ 3- 5pm
ESL Conversation Groups hosted by Laubach Literacy of Ventura County

Holidays in July
4th– closed in observance of Independence Day

Vol. 11, No. 18 – Jun 6 – June 19, 2018 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club Monday nights 7:30 – 9:45p.m. 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. Call Rick 805-415-8842 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

The Ventura Retired Men’s Group welcomes interested men to their semi-monthly Tuesday lunch ($15) meetings at the Ventura Elks lodge. This regular congenial social event, besides a healthy, satisfying meal, supplies a welcome atmosphere to talk and joke, hear a speaker on a variety of relevant topics. Hear more from Steve at 805-642-1359

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.

 

Mended Hearts of Ventura. Come share if you have had heart surgery or stent implant. Group meets the first Tuesday each month at noon at Lemon Wood Mobile Homes, 850 Johnson Dr. Excellent speakers leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, and Dietitians etc. from our area.

Contact Richard Hatcher at 805-644-2733.

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. They are a fun group. Contact Bill Garner 805-320-1601 or vcpsforyou@lycos.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/

First Wednesday, of each month, 6-10 pm, Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club meets at the Murphy Auto Museum, Oxnard. Now exhibiting Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. Member initiation fee $10, monthly dues $20, $10 for Juniors. www.gcmrc.com. For more information, 805-229-7429.

June 8: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution June luncheon meeting will feature a special program ” Native Americans during the Revolutionary War “, presented by Mr. William V. Wenger. The luncheon event will take place Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Garden Room, Marie Callender’s Restaurant, 1295 S. Victoria Ave. All SAR & DAR Compatriots, friends, and visitors are welcome to join us. If you choose to join us for lunch, cost is $20 per person, including a slice of Marie Callender’s pie. For additional information or for assistance in determining your possible Revolutionary War genealogical roots, please call Bill Bays 805-650-3036 or Robert Taylor 805-216-7992. For information regarding SAR membership and chapter activities, please visit the chapter website at http://pattonpatriots.org.

June 12: The Ventura County Writers Club is hosting award-winning author, publisher, editor and writing coach Marcia Meier at 1605 Burnley Street in Camarillo at 7:00 PM. Meier, who recently co-edited the book Unmasked: Women Write about Sex and Intimacy After Fifty, has been awarded a bronze IPPY medal as a part of the 22nd Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Westlake resident Carol Fogel will also speak about her book, Rosie Sees the Light, based on the fictional experience of a spunky Mexican immigrant sent to a home for the aged after experiencing health issues. For more information call Ventura Breeze contributing writer Sheli Ellsworth at 805.300.1365.

June 19: Join NAWBO Ventura County on Tuesday, at the Wedgewood Center, 901 Sterling Hills Drive, Camarillo from 5:30 – 8 p.m. for a must-attend presentation about Proposition 64, the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana and how it impacts your business as an employer. The dinner meeting is open to all and seats may be reserved at www.NAWBOVC.org. Guest speaker Rabiah Rahman, Esq. of Strauss & Strauss, APC, will address many questions and concerns employers are raising about their rights and liabilities with regards to marijuana use by employees.

“NAWBO supports business owners as they traverse the challenges and successes of entrepreneurship,” stated Elaine Hollifield, President of NAWBO VC.

Membership is open to women sole proprietors, partners and corporate owners as well as those businesses that support women owned businesses. Learn more www.nawbovc.org.

June 22: Like to play acoustic music? Songmakers.org welcomes all lovers of acoustic music, instrumentalists, singers, and singer/songwriters of all levels, to join in a free song circle. Fourth Friday of each month from 7-10 p.m. at the Bell Arts Factory Community Room, 432 N. Ventura Ave. Listeners welcome. Mike Wittlin 805-750-8281.

Ventura Music Festival announces 2018 lineup

Each year, the Ventura Music Festival fills venues across the city with top-tier music for two weekends of multi-genre music, dance performances and world-class culture. This summer, the festival is returning with a lineup that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Headlined by genre-defying “little orchestra” Pink Martini and supported by world class acts such as celebrated guitarists John Jorgenson and “El Twanguero” Diego Garcia, the festival has something for every musical taste.

In the hands of renowned conductor and Ventura Music Festival Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta, the 2018 musical lineup:

7/12: American Gypsy Jazz featuring star guitarist John Jorgenson at the historic Olivas Adobe

7/13: Latin Grammy-winner and “fire breathing guitar hero” vocalist and composer Diego Garcia (“El Twanguero”) alongside his trio at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/14: “Rollicking, multi-lingual, around-the-world musical adventure” and festival headliner Pink Martini at the Oxnard PACC

7/15: Dynamic classic music ensemble Trio Céleste at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/20: Celebrated and imaginative Akropolis Reed Quintet at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/21: Stunning singer-songwriter Perla Batalla will present her “Frida Kahlo song cycle”, inspired by the works of Kahlo and Diego Rivera at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

7/22: Pas de deux series depicting the ups, downs and sideways of relationships – Malashock Dance at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

Additionally, the festival will host a “Tea & Trumpets” at the Ventura Pierpont Inn, where guests will enjoy a four-course English tea with the Festival Brass Quintet’s hallmark wit, humor and fanfare on 7/13, as well as a free public concert with electrifying mariachi-meets-American classics ensemble Jarabe Mexicano at Mission Park in Ventura on 7/18. For times, updates and more details in the coming months, follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The 24th annual Ventura Music Festival will take place on July 12-15 and July 20-22, at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, located at 4700 Loma Vista Road, unless otherwise noted above. Tickets will range in price from $25-$50 (special student rates excepted) and are available for purchase now. For more information please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org or call 648-3146.

Vol. 11, No. 18 – Jun 6 – June 19, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

Nationally recognized singer Vivian Mason will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018, to deliver a special musical performance. Mason will be accompanied by pianist Jimmy Calire.

Mason is a versatile entertainer who has performed at clubs, concerts, festivals, and in film and television. She has toured across the country from San Francisco to New York.

Ojai local Erin McKeever will visit the Ojai Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, to host a screening of the documentary film Crazywise. During a quarter-century documenting indigenous cultures, human-rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges saw how these cultures often identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of a person’s gifts or shamanic potential. Through interviews with renowned mental health professionals including Gabor Mate, MD, Dan Siegel, MD, Robert Whitaker, and Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, the documentary Crazywise explores the growing severity of the mental health crisis in America dominated by biomedical psychiatry.

She can be reached by email at erin@innerpassage.org, or by calling (310) 463-5089.

Kathryn Padgett will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, to deliver a talk “Carved Paper: The Art of the Japanese Stencil.” Ms. Padgett comes to us via the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s Community Speakers Program. Japanese paper stencils, or katagami, are the pattern-bearing tools used in a resist-dyeing textile process.

Ojai Library’s Ukulele Club will resume meeting on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. for a weekly workshop and jam session.

The Ukulele Club is about sharing the fun, simplicity, and musicality that the ukulele offers, and learning and practicing with other players. Feel free to bring a copy of a song or tune that you like; the club collects these in a book of songs used during meetings.

Ojai Library’s Prime Writers’ group will meet on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. for a weekly writing workshop. The Prime Writers’ group is a place for aspiring young authors and poets ages 8-18 to meet other writers, to share their writing with each other, and to provide constructive feedback on one another’s works. The group is not a class but rather a place for young writers to explore the creative writing process.

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 Ojai Photography Club will feature fine-art photographer Felice Willat as the presenter for June. The event, “Lifescapes,” is free and open to the public and will be held June 19 at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana Road. For more information on Willat, go to http://www.felicewillatphotography.com/

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, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. More information is available at www.ojaiphotoclub.com.

Vol. 11, No. 17 – May 23 – June 5, 2018 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club Monday nights 7:30 – 9:45p.m. 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. 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. Bring an interesting topic to discuss if you can. Start discussing the July 5 ballot measures and candidates.

May 23 – Prop 69, Transportation taxes only used for transportation

Prop 71, Date for ballot measures to take effect

Prop 72, Rain capture systems exemption from property tax

May 30 – Prop 68, $4B bond fund for natural resources

Prop 70, Supermajority for cap-and-trade funds

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

The Ventura Retired Men’s Group welcomes interested men to their semi-monthly Tuesday lunch ($15) meetings at the Ventura Elks lodge. This regular congenial social event, besides a healthy, satisfying meal, supplies a welcome atmosphere to talk and joke, hear a speaker on a variety of relevant topics. Hear more from Steve at 642-1359

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.

 

The Ventura County Philatelic Society meets 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 320-1601 or vcpsforyou@lycos.com.

Mended Hearts of Ventura. Come share if you have had heart surgery or stent implant. Group meets the first Tuesday each month at noon at Lemon Wood Mobile Homes, 850 Johnson Dr. Excellent speakers leading Cardiologists, Nutritionists, and Dietitians etc. from our area.

Contact Richard Hatcher at 644-2733.

Letters for the Lost, an exhibit marking the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, commemorates the lives lost during one of America’s worst civil engineering disasters of the 20th century. At the Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. The exhibit runs through July 16. Located at 26 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information venturamuseum.org or call 525-3100.

First Wednesday, of each month, 6-10 p.m., Gold Coast Modular Railroad Club meets at the Murphy Auto Museum. Now exhibiting Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10-4 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. 2230 Statham Blvd., Oxnard. www.gemre.com or 229- 74294 for more information

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. Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/800215670039426/

May 23: The College Area Community Council Wednesday, at 7 p.m. A representative from the Public Works Department and the police department will give brief updates and answer questions. A final vote will be taken on the proposed boundary change for the CACC. Wright Event Center at 57 Day Rd. Free parking is available adjacent to the Event Center. 644-8695 for more information.

May 24: Portuguese Fraternal Society of America – The local chapter of PFSA (Council #128. This meeting is open to any person of Portuguese descent, or, interested in the Portuguese culture. Marie Callendars Restaurant, 1295 S. Victoria. 11:30 a.m. for a 12 p.m. no host luncheon/meeting. For more information and a reservation, please call Cora Corella at 483-6285.

May 24: Patrice Lambourne, from Ventura Modern Quilt and Camarillo Quilt Guild, will speak about quilting at the Friendship Connection 08 ‘s monthly luncheon at Marie Callendar’s Restaurant at 11:30 am. The Friendship Connection is a group of retired ladies. Prospective members are welcome to attend. For more information, call 644-3172.

May 24: The County of Ventura Human Resources Department will host its annual Family Care and Volunteer Resource Fair on Thursday, from 10 – 1 p.m. Main courtyard at the County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave. Visitors to the fair can receive information and resources on family care – including child care, elder care and senior services. The event is hosted by Work Life Program of the County of Ventura. Both the event and parking are free.

May 25: Percussionist Extraordinaire C.G. Ryche brings his massive drum set to the Namba stage on Friday, at 8 p.m. for performance you’ll feel in your bones. C.G. Ryche is the ultimate showman with a long and distinguished career as an entertainer. Within this multimedia presentation is candid conversation on how never giving up on your creative dreams is critical to long term success. Tickets are $20 and available at https://nambaarts.com/upcoming-events/. More about C.G. Ryche at https://www.cgryche.com

May 26: The Ventura Tennis Club, in partnership with the Ventura Recreation and Community

Services, are hosting a bi-annual Ventura Tennis Day on Saturday, from 9 – 3 p.m.

at the Camino Real Tennis Park. Clinics for adults and kids from 9 – 12 p.m. with pro Hoss Salehi and staff. After a break for refreshments, raffle and announcements there will be organized doubles play in the afternoon. The Ventura Tennis Club is a non-profit community based club bringing tennis enthusiasts of all ages and abilities together for social and competitive play.

Information http://www.venturatennisclub.com and Facebook.

May 26: Volunteers needed for Ormond Beach/Wetland clean up, Saturday, 9-11 a.m. The Nature Conservancy is hosting a clean-up of the wetland and beach area of Ormond Beach at the end of McWane Blvd. Clean up supplies will be provided. Please wear durable shoes and note that there are no facilities at this location. A naturalist will be on site to provide information on the natural history of the area. Please contact Amy Davis at guideamy@gmail.com or 770-853-4715.

June 1, 2: Gold Coast Concert Chorus concert will feature the best of their last 30 years. They will feature their favorite songs and share them with you, along with their memories and the joy they find in making music with each other and for the audience. They look forward to singing for you for many more years! Friday June 1st at 8 p.m. and Saturday June 2nd at 2 p.m. St. John’s Lutheran Church – 1500 North C St., Oxnard. Tickets: Adults $18, Senior /Student $15, Child under 12 $5.

For more info call 616-7269 or tickets@goldcoastchorus.org

June 2: NAMBA Performing Arts Space step into summer with a sizzling Flamenco music and dance event at 7.p.m. Experience the pure essence of Andalusian song, the strumming of the guitar and the heart palpitating rhythms created by dancers striking the stage with thundering footwork. Spanish Wine will be available for purchase. 47 So. Oak Street

June 3: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Assoc. meeting will be Sunday from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa. Free admission, stage music and jamming, free parking in the rear, Open to Public. For more information 517-1131 or Facebook: OTCBGMA

June 3: Docent-led tours of the Dudley Historic House Museum, and an orchid sale. From 1 to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood . For information 642-3345 or www.dudleyhouse.org.

June 8: Prism of Thought. An artistic exploration of LGBTQ mental health and opinion. Join NAMI Ventura, Diversity Collective VC, and Each Mind Matters for a special free event on Friday, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Feature special speakers will have a conversation focused on the mental health needs of the LGBTQ community. Food provided by Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar and music provided by DJ Vince Franco at Diversity Collective VC’s Community Resource Center 2471 Portola Road Suite 100.

Vol. 11, No. 17 – May 23 – June 5, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

Join Totally Local VC’s Agricultural Education Foundation and California Women for Agriculture to mix, mingle and meet our local farmers, ranchers and Ag leaders.Taste the flavors and libations of Ventura County.

Listen to the amazing sounds of Karen Eden and Cary Park. Bid at a silent auction hosted by the California Women for Agriculture for their scholarship fund. Hosted by Totally Local VC, Topa Mountain Winery and California Women for Agriculture.

Over the past ten years Totally Local VC has worked as an advisor for agriculture and culinary arts programs at both high school and college levels.

Thursday, May 24, from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The event is free to attend. Wine tastings or bottles are available for purchase. Located at Topa Mountain Winery, 821 W. Ojai Avenue.

Ojai plant guide Lanny Kaufer will lead a herb walk and native plant sale at Arroyo Hondo Preserve on Saturday, June 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $25. Kids 5-12 are free, by prior arrangement. No dogs or smoking, please. To register or for more information, visit www.HerbWalks.com or 646-6281.

Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy will return to Ojai on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a Summer Medicinal Plant Workshop. Based on Dr. Adams’ pharmacological studies on local native plants. For information and registration, visit HerbWalks.com or call 646-6281.

The cost of the workshop is $75 including all materials. Registrants will receive an email during the week prior with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc. After the workshop, participants will receive a complete list of all plants that are identified and utilized as well as recipes and other information.

The Ojai Art Center will feature a Literary Branch Salon with author, dancer, and journalist Jennifer Fisher. Her topic will be: From Ballet to Journalism to Academia and Back to Ballet. The event will be on Monday, June 11 at 7 PM. $5 Donation at the door.

For additional information, please contact: Ilona Saari, ilonalonie@gmail.com

In continuing its program of recognizing outstanding actors, the Ojai Film Festival presents An Evening with Sally Kellerman on June 3 from 4 to 8 pm at the Ojai Art Center. The event will include a screening of her iconic film “MASH.” Her 60-year career in film, TV and voice-over reflects her versatility as a performer. The Ojai Film Festival is delighted to present the satirical black comedy that brought her nominations for an Academy Award and Golden Globe.

Sally’s monumental break came via director Robert Altman when he hired her, and she created a dusky-voiced sensation out of the aggressively irritating character Major Margaret. Both she and the film were a spectacular success. She went on to do several more Altman classics “Brewster McCloud” and “Welcome to LA.” Her last film was in 2011.

Everyone is welcome to come to this delightful evening of film and conversation. Advance tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door. Visit www.OjaiFilmFestival.com to purchase.