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The 11th Annual Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest

Be sure to visit the Ventura Breeze at Earth Day and get a free copy of the Breeze.

This free event is the perfect way to spend a day with the whole family. The festival is the largest Earth Day celebration in Ventura County, attracting thousands of visitors and featuring 100+ exhibitors. This community driven event will take place in Plaza Park off Thompson St. in the heart of Downtown Ventura on April 21 from 10am-4pm.

Each year over 200 volunteers work hard to make the event a success. For 2018 expect to enjoy all-day entertainment on two stages, a children’s zone full of fun activities, free yoga classes throughout the day, scavenger hunt, raffle, silent auction, reading to adoptable dogs, food trucks, Green Car Expo and much more.

This year join the Earth Day Family Bike Ride organized by Channel Island Bicycle Club departing from Channel Islands National Park Headquarters on Spinnaker. Check in at 8:30am, arrive at the Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest at 10:15am. For more information go to:–events.html.

Organized by Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education in cooperation with the City of Ventura. All proceeds from the day‐long event go toward funding enrichment programs for Kindergarten through eighth‐grade students at the tuition‐free public school. Your support builds a conscious community that shapes our future generations.

Entertainment lineup including Jade Hendrix and Sea at Last along with other local talent . To learn more go to

Vol. 11, No. 14 – Apr 11 – Apr 24, 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. 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

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

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

Mended Hearts of Ventura. 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 Richard Hatcher at 644-2733.

Join in on Wednesday nights with the Cross Town Hikers 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. at the fountain across the street from the Mission. Facebook page for more information:

Ongoing, 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.; in April, will have exhibit on Fridays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors and new members are welcome. Member initiation fee $10, monthly dues $20, $10 for Juniors. Murphy Auto Museum, 2230 Statham Blvd. For more information, call 229-7429.

Apr. 13: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution April luncheon meeting will feature a special program ” Revolutionary War Veterans Buried at Arlington National Cemetery “, presented by Compatriot Martin Spann. Starts at 11:30 a.m., Garden Room, Marie Callender’s Restaurant, 1295 S. Victoria Ave. All SAR & DAR Compatriots, friends, and visitors are welcome. If you choose lunch, cost is $20 per person. For additional information please call Bill Bays 650-3036 or Robert Taylor 216-7992. For information regarding SAR membership and chapter activities

Apr.14: Ventura Classic Car Club is launching a brand new Car Cruise Night on the second Saturday of each month through December. It is sponsored by Harley’s Camarillo Bowl and Rock & Roll Pizza. All special interest vehicles are welcome. There will be food, bowling, live music, full bar and lots of parking. These cruise nights will take place at 305 Arneil Road, in Camarillo from 4 – 8 p.m.

Apr.14: Saturday, 7am to 1pm: Yard sale to raise funds for immigrants who lost homes, employment, and wages in the Thomas Fire and its aftermath. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to 805 Undocufund, a collective effort of Ventura and Santa Barbara County grassroots organizations to assist local undocumented immigrants who have been economically impacted by the Thomas Fire and are excluded from Federal Emergency Assistance programs. Affected immigrants include our friends, neighbors, coworkers, many of whom care for our children and parents, clean our homes, cook our meals, maintain our lawns and harvest the fruits and vegetables that are the backbone of our regional economy. They need and deserve our help! Come to this SURJ-VC hosted yard sale, take home something for yourself, and contribute something to your immigrant neighbors. 84 Coronado St, Ventura.

Apr.15: Owl Festival at the 0livas Adobe will celebrate our great horned owls who call the Olivas Adobe their home. Vendor booths with “owl” crafts and items will be available for sale. Raptor Rehab will also be on-site for demonstrations.

A free family event of crafts, demos, music, tours and a live show by the OJAI Raptor Society.

11-3 p.m. 4200 Olivas Park Drive. For more information call 658-4728.

Apr. 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 11 a.m. there is 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 p.m.

The program this month will be a presentation by Ernie Jenson on “Modern Time”. There is a $3 admission charge. Lunch is available for $5 more. More information at

Apr. 17: The current estimate of this year’s Ventura County tax bill for nuclear weapons will be close to $200 million. On Tuesday, join Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions on the corner of Telephone and Victoria from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. to peacefully protest the outrageous waste of resources spent on our deadliest weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapons. Dr. Robert Dodge will report this year’s hall of shame, our tax dollars, bestowed upon the nuclear weapons industry.

Apr.19: East Ventura Community Council .A representative of the Ventura Police Department will give an update on crime and safety. Additional speakers are still being confirmed. Books in good condition are always accepted on behalf of Ventura Friends of the Library. The meeting starts Thursday at 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

Apr.21: A Smart Garden is offering a free class entitled, All about Trees. Class time is 10 – 12 p.m. Learn how to select the best tree for your yard, how to plant it and how to care for it just in time for Arbor Day. There will be a raffle, refreshments and discount shopping. Space is limited. RSVP to 667-8585. A Smart Garden is located in Downtown Ventura, 33 South Palm St.

Apr. 21: Join a family friendly and free community bike ride from Ventura Harbor to the Earth day Eco fest at Ventura’s Plaza Park. The ride is approximately 5 miles on flat, city streets with bike lanes and on the coast bike path. The ride is organized by the Channel Island Bike Club. Check in time is 8:30 a.m. at the Channel Islands National Park Headquarters, 1901 Spinnaker Drive. Introductions and the ride starts at 9 a.m.

All bikes should be “ride ready” and riders wearing a helmet. Channel Island Bike Club members can pump tires if you arrive early.

April 21: The Christian Science churches of Ojai and Ventura will host a free, hour-long talk entitled “Love without limit, Life without fear,” on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at the E. P. Foster Library, Topping Room, 651 E. Main St., Ventura. This lecture will focus on bringing healing to anyone in Ventura and Ojai impacted by the Thomas Fire and subsequent floods or facing personal challenges.
Fujiko Signs, an international speaker, practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, will speak about the kind of prayer people around the world are looking for – prayer that brings healing and peace to their lives.
Signs worked as a market research consultant and as a Japanese language and literature instructor at colleges and universities.
All are welcome to attend. Child care will be provided. For more information, call 805-642-4891 or go to

Apr.28: Ventura Friends of the Library will hold a Bag of Books Book Sale. At the Vons at Telegraph and Victoria 10 – 3 p.m. Members of Ventura Friends of the Library can take home a bag of books for $1. For non-members, the price is $3 a bag.

Vol. 11, No. 14 – Apr 11 – Apr 24, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

Guyon Perez, Hannah Cunningham and Emma Randolph (all 18) during rehearsal at Villanova.

Villanova’s immensely creative talent manifests each year in the form of its spring musical. This year, students’ hard work comes to life on stage as they present Beauty and the Beast. The musical will run from Thursday, April 19th to Sunday, April 22nd. Performances are at 7:00 pm each night. Tickets are $10.

Villanova’s annual spring musical would not be possible without the extreme dedication of the students who work both on and off stage. Beauty and the Beast will be held in Villanova’s outside amphitheater. Be sure to bring your own lawn chairs and prepare for the weather. 12096 N. Ventura Ave. 646-1464 x126

The Ojai Community Chorus will feature a delightful musical tour of the United States and around the world, featuring such favorites as “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Cabaret.” The chorus will be joined by a children’ s ensemble and accompanied by a fabulous local band. Sat., May 5 at 7 p.m. and Sun., May 6, at 3 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Rd., 640-0468 for additional information. Tickets are available at They will be available at the door for an additional $5.

Andrew Morris will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, to deliver a presentation titled “A Spirituality of Imperfection at Work.” Morris comes from CSU Channel Islands, and is the third speaker in this season’s CI Library Lecture Series.

CSU Channel Islands hosts dozens of free public lectures at libraries throughout Ventura County as part of this program. The lecturers are experts from numerous departments.

Author Elizabeth Gould will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, to deliver a presentation on her book Your Best Health by Friday. Learn how childhood trauma can kill us as adults, why our left-brain dominant society is facing so much illness, and action steps to develop the right hemisphere to heal.

Gould began writing for one reason: she was too sick to return to her career as an import operations manager for a large women’s clothing manufacturer. When she started she had no idea how to write professionally and had not written at all since college. Six years later she had not only gotten the hang of writing, she was also a lot healthier.

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

The Ojai Photo Club will feature photographer and documentary cinematographer Sarah Bourscheid as its guest presenter for April. The free event, “Quiet Compassion,” will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St.

For Bourscheid, her photography is a journey of growth, deepening her own empathy. “In this tumultuous and divided world,” she writes, “it’s important to understand that our differences can bring us closer.” For more information about Bourscheid’s work

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. Only members may submit images for critique. More information is available at:

Ventura Libraries April events

Avenue Library
Children & Family Events
Día de los Niños/Dίa de los Libros
4/28 Saturday @ 11:00 am—2:00 pm
Join the Avenue Library as hundreds of libraries throughout the country host special multicultural events in celebration of Día (El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children’s Day/Book Day).

E.P. Foster Library
Adult Programs & Special Events
Educational Nature Series: Shark Bite
4/11 Wednesday @ 7-8pm
Bryan Swig, Ph.D. will present his research on the tooth fragment that he used to extract DNA from one of the fatal attacks that occurred at Surf Beach.

Educational Nature Series: Let’s Monkey Around
4/24 Tuesday @ 7-8pm
Anita Stone, Ph.D. will present her research on the primate life histories, social behavior and mating habits of squirrel monkeys. Lecture series featuring research from California Lutheran University science faculty

California Native Plant Society Lecture
4/17 Tuesday @ 7-9pm
Please join us for an interesting and enlightening lecture series presented by the California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter. See you in the Topping Room!

Adult STEAM Workshop
4/21 Saturday @2-3pm, 3rd Saturday of the month
Do you want to learn about what’s new in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)? Each month a different themed program will be presented. See you in the Makerspace! This month we will explore Fiber arts.

Ongoing Events
Children’s Events
Early Literacy Class
4/3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, & 25
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!

Teen Happenings
Teens and Money
4/21 Saturday @ 10-11am in the Topping Room
Learn about managing money effectively, preparing for common upcoming bills, establishing credit, managing their own budget, and ways to track spending. Presented by Patti Braga with Ventura County Credit Union.
Steam Monthly
4/11 Wednesday @ 4-6pm
Steam Monthly is a structured event in the E.P. Foster Library Makerspace. This month will have a game design focus.

Hill Road Library
Children’s Events
Discover Science
4/3 Tuesday @ 4pm
Join Rachel Chang for this hands on workshop as she demonstrates science principles of chemistry, physics, and biology.
Maker Lab
4/12 Thursday @ 4pm
Join us each month as we learn how to use a 3D printer, build with Legos, connect squishy circuits, or create with VEX robotics. Aimed at 10 and up.

Adult Events
Author Panel
4/28 Saturday @ 11am—1pm
Everything you always wanted to know about novel writing but were afraid to ask: 4 local authors share their individual experiences from Concept to Publishing.
Saticoy Library
Children & Family Events
Lego Play
4/2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Mondays @ 1- 5pm
Build, Learn, and Play! Bring your imagination and experiment with creative designs. Children of all ages welcome!

Adult Classes & Events
English Classes
4/2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18,23, 25, &30
Monday & Wednesday @ 3- 5pm
ESL Conversation Groups hosted by Laubach Literacy of Ventura County

Free Family Spring Fling at the Museum of Ventura County

Hunt for more than 10,000 eggs.

Hop into Spring with a fun community celebration, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 31, as the Museum of Ventura County hosts free family activities on the Museum Plaza in conjunction with the City of Ventura egg hunt and street fair. Stop by the Museum’s plaza to decorate a bag with ribbons and frills for the Mission Park egg hunt, featuring more than 10,000 eggs. Enjoy making a spring bouquet with tissue paper flowers. Get inspired by our amazing Ventura County timeline murals and create your own “mosaic” spring card to share with your special someone. Have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny. All activities and crafts are free, thanks to the generosity of museum supporter Mimi Allin and TOLD Corporation. Admission to the museum is also free; the museum is open until 5 p.m. There is ample free parking available.

Community Events:

  • Community Egg Hunt at Mission Park 11:30 12:30 p.m.
  • Museum of Ventura County Activities on the Plaza 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Street Fair on Main Street 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Champagne on Main 3 to 6 p.m.

The Museum of Ventura County celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region through its collections, exhibitions, events, educational programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community. Located at 100 East Main St., the Museum of Ventura County is open Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Phone 653.0323 for more information or visit

Free community education classes and events

Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association supports the total well-being of our community. As part of their services, they host free monthly education classes throughout the county, which include the following:

Diabetes Class

Ventura: Tuesday, April 3rd from 1-2:30pm at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, 1996 Eastman Ave, Suite 109. These meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month. General information is provided about Type 2 Diabetes including prediabetes, with emphasis on meal planning, medication, exercise, blood sugar monitoring, and new developments in diabetes.

Call 642-0239 for more information.

Joint Replacement Class

Ventura: Monday, April 9th for both English and Spanish speaking. English 4:00-5:00 pm and Spanish 5:30-6:30 pm at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association offices, in the Community Room at 1996 Eastman Avenue, Suite 109 in Ventura. You will learn what to expect before, during and after knee or hip replacement surgery and how to be an active participant in your care.

For information or to RSVP call Dinah Davis at (805) 642-0239 ext. 739.

Social Services/Bereavement Groups

Ojai Caregiver Support Group: Mondays, April 8th and 15th (1st & 3rd Mondays, unless it falls on a holiday) from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at Continuous Care Center, Fireside Room, 1306 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai (behind Ojai Valley Community Hospital). Find encouragement and hope during your time as a caregiver. Share, listen and explore thoughts and feelings about the struggles, losses and successes of caring for your loved one. For more information, call (805) 633-9056.

Ojai Adult Bereavement Support Group: Tuesdays, April 10th and 24th (2nd & 4th Tuesdays) 10:30 am-noon at Help of Ojai, West Campus 370 Baldwin Rd., Ojai. These groups are open to individuals who have experienced loss and are free of charge. Call 642-0239 for more information or email

Ventura Adult Bereavement Support Group: Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 6:30-8:00 pm at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association office, 1996 Eastman Ave., Suite 109. These groups are open to individuals who have experienced loss and are free of charge. Call 642-0239 for more information or email

Newly Bereaved Support Group in Ventura: Thursday, April 12th from 6-7:30 pm at Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association office, 1996 Eastman Ave., Suite 109. This monthly group is designed for adults who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one and is free. Call 642-0239 for more information or email These groups meet every 2nd Thursday of each month.

Vol. 11, No. 13 – Mar 28 – Apr 10, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

On April 23, Ojai’s own Carol Kline, a N.Y. Times best-selling author who co-wrote several books for the “Chicken Soup” series will be the guest speaker at the Salon. Her topic for the evening will be on writing narrative non-fiction such as memoirs, and about self-publishing self-help books. The Salon begins at 7 PM in the Ojai Art Center Gallery.

A freelance writer/editor for more than thirty years, Carol specializes in narrative non-fiction and self-help books and has taught meditation programs to the general public since 1975.

Come at 7:00 p.m. in the Ojai Art Center gallery for her talk, followed by a reception and book signing. The event is free or a suggested donation of $5.00.

Performances To Grow On will present a performance with internationally renowned storyteller Clare Murphy on Saturday, April 21 at 8 pm at the Topa Topa Winery, 821 W. Ojai Ave. The performance is a benefit for the upcoming Ojai Storytelling Festival, Oct. 25-28, 2018. Tickets are $20 and are available at Local musician, Cindy Kalmenson will open the performance at the winery. Food and wine will be available for purchase at the event.

Ojai Valley Lavender Festival, Inc. (OVLF) invites local artists to submit lavender-themed art to the 2018 OVLF Art Contest. Jury-selected works will exhibit at The Oaks in Ojai, June 4-29, and display for sale at the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival in Libbey Park, June 30.

Submission date is June 3, 3pm-5pm at The Oaks in Ojai. Works should be 2-D, sized up to 30”; maximum 2 entries per artist; no entry fee. See for complete details.

Submissions are now open 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.

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

The early deadline is on April 1, for a fee of $25, the late deadline on June 1, for a fee of $35, the regular deadline on May 1, for a fee of $45, and the extended deadline is on July 1 for a fee of $55.

To enter go to

There will be a free Ojai Chautauqua Panel on Water for the Ojai Valley on Sunday, April 15, from 3:00-5:00PM at the Matilija Junior High Auditorium, located at 703 El Paseo Road.

Admission is free thanks to private donations and support from the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce and Oak Grove School. Seating is limited. Reservations are strongly recommended. Visit

In addition to panels promoting civil discourse on topics of national concern, The Ojai Chautauqua is launching a series of events specifically focused on issues facing the Ojai Valley. The moderator will be Richard Hajas, member of the Ojai Valley Water Advisory Group, and the panelists will include Tom Ash, water conservation expert and horticulturalist, Mary Bergen, board member of the Casitas Municipal Water District, Connor Jones, Ojai Permaculture founder, Bruce Kuebler, board member of the Ventura River Water District, Alex Kim, managing director of the Ojai Valley Inn, and Bill Weirick, Ojai City council member.

The purpose of the Ojai Chautauqua is to engage Ventura County in civil discourse about controversial and highly passionate subjects.

Vol. 11, No. 13 – Mar 28 – Apr 10, 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.

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

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 320-1601 or

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.

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. Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. The exhibit runs through July 16. 26 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit or call 525-3100.

Sandbox Coffeehouse is celebrating its 6 year Anniversary. They will be celebrating this weekend with live music, gourmet tacos- and beer and wine, served every day. Sandbox Coffeehouse would like to thank Ventura and its partners for their support and kindness. 204 East Thompson Blvd.

Mar.28: The College Area Community Council will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The program will include a discussion of recent rainstorms and the fire recovery process and a consideration of the proposal to change CACC boundaries to align with the new City Council District 3. Matt LaVere, Council member. Ventura Police Department and Ventura College will be there to discuss neighborhood issues. CACC represents citizens between Mills and Victoria bordered by Foothill and Hwy. 126. Call 644-8695 for more information.”

Mar. 31: Author, Gary Gasaway will be appearing at Bank of Books 748 E. Main St. at 1p.m. After the meet and greet, there will be a signing of The Coach’s Chronicles III. 643-3154

Audubon events:

Apr. 1: 8:30 a.m. Ojai Meadows Raeann Koerner 701-1919. This beautiful preserve is a birding hotspot and includes a restored wetland and native plantings .

Apr. 7: 9 a.m. Work Day Hedrick Ranch Nature Area (HRNA) Spring Clean Up Sandy Hedrick 340-0478.

Arrive at 8 a.m. for self-guided birding which usually yields some interesting birds. This will be our Spring Clean Up.

Apr. 11: 8:30 a.m. Lake Casitas, Adele Fergusson 415-4304

We will be looking for hummingbirds, grosbeaks, gnatcatchers as well as ducks, geese and waterfowl. Hopefully we will see a Bald Eagle.

Apr. 15: 8 a.m. Krotona Institute Jesse Grantham

Krotona Institute is a theosophical study center, with acres of beautiful grounds, including grasslands, pines, oaks, and ornamental plants with a lot of water features.

Apr. 22: 2 p.m. Ventura Settling Ponds, Frank DeMartino 906-8733

The settling ponds at the Ventura Harbor is a reliable place to find ducks, grebes, gulls and terns, as well as songbirds and raptors.

Apr. 28: 8:30 a.m. Emma Woods Linda Easter (818) 519-2833

We will begin at the entrance to Emma Wood State Beach and follow the path that leads through the willow forest. The estuary is always an exciting place to bird, and target birds.

Apr. 5: The Ventura County Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Bard Mansion on the NBVC Port Hueneme. The meeting includes Lunch and a presentation by Mike Pettit, Director, Ventura County IT Department. Tickets cost $15 per person paid at the door. Call Jon at 642-6748 for more information.

Apr.8: On Sunday at 2 p.m. the Ventura Friends of the Library & Museum of Ventura County, presents the Tri-County premiere of the film EX LIBRIS: The New York Public Library.

Located in the Museum Pavilion. Free to the public, the event marks the opening of National Library Week. There will be an intermission with light refreshments provided by the Museum’s Volunteer Docent Council. Mary Olson 223-1187

Apr.8: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Assoc. performance – Sunday, 2:30-4:30 meeting at new location… Knights Of Columbus Hall, 36 Figueroa ,Ventura.

Free admission, free parking in the rear, Open to public. For more information visit Facebook OTCBGMA or call 517-1131.

Apr.10: Ventura Audubon Society presents Allison Alvarado who will be discussing her past and current research with Hermit Thrushes. Allison Alvarado is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Cal State University Channel Islands. She has worked with Hawaiian Honeycreepers on the Big Island, Fairy Wrens in Australia, Neotropical migrants in Alaska, and the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike. Discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion.

Apr. 11: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion. The first part of the meeting will be an instructional workshop. This will be followed by the showing of member images. Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome and admission is free. See the club’s web site for more information about the club and examples of member’s work or call 908-5663.

Apr. 14: The Ventura Personal Computer Users Group will meet Saturday, at the Cypress Place Active Senior Living building, 1220 Cypress Place. A workshop on manipulating picture files will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Q&A session, and presentation at 11 a.m. by Bonnie Wiley on Primrose Excursions. Everyone who would like to know more about their computer or excursions is welcome to attend any or all sessions. For more information 648-1368.

Apr.21: Learn all about growing water saving California native plants. Members of the Master Gardeners club of Ventura will be available to offer free instruction to the public on how to plant and care for California native plants. Located at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. Plants for sale will be available in front of the National Park Service visitor center. Saturday 9a.m. until 1 p.m.


Vol. 11, No. 12 – Mar 14 – Mar 27, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

Opera Santa Barbara will return to the Ojai Library to present a Free Noontime Opera Concert on Thursday, March 15. The concert will begin at 12 p.m. in the main room of the library and will last approximately 45 minutes. The Opera Santa Barbara Studio Artists will perform a selection of popular opera arias and duets as well as some musical theatre pieces, accompanied by piano.

Between April 1 and April 30, the Ventura County Library System will be commemorating National Poetry Month by holding its annual county-wide Haiku Poetry Contest. Participants will be able to submit their own original haiku at any of our library locations or online at

A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with 17 syllables in a 5/7/5 count. Haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. Winners will be selected from throughout our library system, with prizes including gift cards from local businesses. The contest is open to all ages and topics.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will visit the Ojai Library to host a screening of the documentary film Bowling for Columbine. After the screening there will be a discussion facilitated by members of WILPF.

In Bowling for Columbine, filmmaker Michael Moore looks at the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in the context of America’s high homicide rate and the proliferation of guns in our country and culture. Moore engages with corporate entities involved in the sale of guns, explores gun violence in other countries, and looks at some specific individuals who are outspoken in their support of the National Rifle Association.

Events are free. 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.

Directed by Michael Addison, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth will be produced by the Ojai Art Center Theater and Ojai Performing Arts Theater. The play will run on weekends, March 16 through April 8, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm. There will be a Sunday matinee at 2 pm. Tickets run from $18 to $20, and students under 25—$10. Purchase tickets online at: or call 640-8797 to reserve seats.

Tour the one-of-a-kind herb garden, harvest medicinal herbs, and prepare home remedies during the Earth Island Medicinal Herb Garden with Carol Wade and Lanny Kaufer. The herb walk will take place on Saturday, March 24th, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $60, including all materials. Register at or call 646-6281

Mark and Holly Jansen of Jansen Photo Expeditions have been leading photographic tours in Iceland for the past 5 years, and have seen evidence of changes in the area due to ice melt, receding glaciers and the impact of man on the environment. In their presentation, which will be on March 20th at 7 p.m., they will show an amazingly beautiful Iceland, but also some of the evidence that they have seen from being frequent travelers there and the changing climate they have witnessed.

Held at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana St. Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. The general public is always welcome. Visit for more information.

Festival of Talent

Ventura Education Partnership will present the 17th Annual Festival of Talent: “Walking on Sunshine” on Saturday March 24, at 7:00 p.m. The performance is open to the public and showcases the amazing talent of Ventura Unified School District students, staff and family members. Brian McDonald, Rubicon Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director, will direct the show.

Since its inception 17 years ago, the Festival of Talent has raised more than $500,000 for the VEPGrant program, which awards grants to VUSD schools. These small grants have enabled over 500 teachers to provide extra enrichment activities, to acquire new technology, or to undertake innovative projects with their students. The VEPGrant program touches every student who graduates from Ventura Unified, supplementing and enhancing their education.

“We are grateful to live in a community that prioritizes youth and education, that community partners work tirelessly to showcase students’ talents and that sponsors care about strengthening student learning by funding innovative classroom grants. It’s a not to be missed experience!” stated Madhu Bajaj, President, Ventura Education Partnership

This year’s production will feature a variety of acts, including choirs, rock bands, vocalists, cheerleaders, dancers, and a comedian! Don Wood, the show’s original and long-standing Master of Ceremonies, returns, as does Musical Director Miriam Arichea.

“Thanks to the talents of director, Brian McDonald, and musician, Miriam Arichea, Festival of Talent, while performed by amateurs associated with the Ventura Unified School District, is as close to a professional show as one can get. It is a “must see” for all Venturans.” said Bart Bleuel, Kiwanis Member and Chair of Festival of Talent.

Festival of Talent will take place at the Ventura High School auditorium with preshow entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at all VUSD school sites and online at For more information, please visit

Ventura Education Partnership continues to welcome new sponsors for the 17th Annual Festival of Talent: Walking on Sunshine. The audience interested in the event and attracted to its advertising will be in excess of 50,000 people. If you are considering becoming a sponsor email Kay Giles at To learn more on how you can help, please visit