Category Archives: Community Events

Vol. 10, No. 21 – July 19 – Aug 1, 2017 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Ballroom, swing, Latin, mixers and line dancing. Members $10, non-members $12. Call Rick at 415-8842 for more information.

DBSA Ventura, the local chapter of the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) hosts two regular, confidential, peer-led, self-help support groups in the County. Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bible Fellowship Church at 6950 Ralston Street in Room 301 of Building 300. Email DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com, visit facebook.com/DBSA.Ventura or call 253-3289 for more information. 1p.m. to 3p.m. at the New Visions Center on the first and third Saturdays of the month. At 1065 E. Main. Email DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com, visit facebook.com/DBSA.Ventura or 746-3106 for more information.

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

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

Find out the answers to tantalizing questions at the Ventura Discussion Group. Located at the Main Street Restaurant 3159 Main St. Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Several people usually stay for a drink and a bite to eat afterward. You are invited to bring an interesting topic to discuss.

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

July 20: The Community Environmental Council’s Solarize Program offers discounted, top quality solar electric systems for homeowners in Ventura County.  The non-profit organization has negotiated limited-time discounts with vetted solar installers until September 8, 2017.  The Solarize workshop will explore the ins and outs of going solar. Learn how going solar can save you money.  For more information, please visit solarizeventura.org or call the Community Environmental Council 963-0583 x101. At the Ventura City Hall, Community Meeting Room at 6 p.m.

July 20: The East Ventura Community Council, Nancy Schramm, Deputy Director of Ventura County Library System, will report on the status of the new Hill Road Library. John McNally, Chairperson of East Ventura Community Council will provide an update on new construction. Ventura Police Department will report on crime and safety issues. Books in good condition are always accepted by San Buenaventura Friends of the Library. 7 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information contact John McNally, 804-7558.

July 26: The College Area Community Council will meet on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. A member of the Surfrider Foundation will make a presentation on the Coastal Protection projects in the Ventura area and a Public Works Department representative will discuss the long-awaited road repairs to the Loma Vista Hospital area. VPD will be there to discuss issues of community concern. The Council meets in the Wright Event Center at 57 Day Rd. on the Ventura College campus. CACC represents citizens between Mills and Victoria bordered by Foothill and Hwy. 126. Call 644-8695 for more information.

July 29: Ventura Family YMCA 18th Annual 5K & One-Mile Survivors Walk for Livestrong. All proceeds benefit the community through the Y’s Open Doors scholarship program. Saturday, 7 a.m. check-in, 5K starts at 8a.m. Registration/Race Start Location: Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Rd. Cost: Regular – $40 individual, $80 family One-Mile Survivors Walk – $15 individual. For more information, contact Sherry Gutsch at 805.642.2131 x 20 or Sherry.Gutsch@ciymca.org

July 29: City of Ventura Residents, get your free Smart Sprinkler Controller at the City’s Public Works maintenance yard, 10a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 336 Sanjon Road. Just bring your most recent water bill and a photo of your existing controller(s). You’ll be required to fill out an application on site and then schedule a time to replace your sprinkler/drip controller. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. For more information or inquiries 866-983-9232.

July 30: The SoCal Chapter of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, AHAF President Sheila Lowe and chapter Vice-President Lena Rivkin will lead the two hour-long discussions. Handwriting of business leaders – what does it say about their leadership style? Introduction to questioned document examination – learn about forgers and forgery. Guests are welcome to bring a handwriting sample to add to the discussion. EP Foster Library, Topping Room from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

August 6: The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum will be open for docent-led tours 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. accompanied by period music in the parlor and upstairs library landing. Admission is free. The museum is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood streets. For information please call 642-3345 or visit the website at www.dudleyhouse.org.

August 8: Blessing of the Marriages at the Ventura County Fair at 11 a.m. located at the Sea breeze Stage. Celebrate long-term marriages on the free Senior Day (65+) at the fair. Renew your vows, share some wedding cake, and honor a life well-lived with your mate. Then enjoy the fair together.

August 9: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a meeting on Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion. An instructional workshop on the techniques of image processing such as using Photoshop or the aesthetics of composition. This will be followed by the showing of member images. A professional photographer from the area will critique member’s prints and digital images. Only members may submit images for critique. For more information about the club and examples of member’s work or call 908-5663. WWW.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com

August 12: The Bank of Books will host a book release event with author Diane Mautner and keyboardist, Ray Mautner. Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at. 748 E. Main Street. A fun event filled with books, music, and art. Presenting the adventures of Prisoner #147. Diane Mautner will read her book, featuring exquisite illustrations by Nazar Horokhivski. Adding to the presentation is music by Ray Mautner, keyboardist and educator, who will also be performing in the show, “Music from the Gilded Age to the Broadway Stage” at the Maritime Museum on August 30th. The program is a fundraiser on behalf of The New West Symphony. “Prisoner #147” by Diane Mautner is a picture book that encourages participation. A raccoon has been stealing food from backyards by jumping over walls and fences. Then something goes wrong! The event will wrap up with a raccoon-themed craft time.

August 13: Old-Time Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Association presents special free music concert at the Poinsettia Pavilion from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.oldcountry-grassband.com or call 517-1131.

Vol. 10, No. 21 – July 19 – Aug 1, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Storytelling will open this year’s festival with a special event, “Raw Tales” on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Ojai Art Center.

You no doubt have heard The Moth on NPR. Contemporary, hip and totally engaging, The Moth has garnered praise for its biting stories. The Ojai Storytelling Festival is pleased to present 3 winners of The Moth Grandslam from Los Angeles, along with comedian, Cary Odes in a performance of personal stories for an adult audience Tickets are available at www.ojaistoryfest.org. Take advantage of early bird prices and purchase your tickets now. The event is geared for ages 18+.

Three businesses have been selected to receive the City of Ojai’s first medical cannabis non-retail dispensary and delivery permits, City officials announced today.

City Manager Steve McClary announced the decision following a lengthy application, interview and background check process, which began with the City accepting applications in January. The businesses chosen are: AgMD, Shangri La Care Cooperatacive/Collective, and Sespe Creek Collective. Each business was selected to receive both a non-retail dispensary and delivery permit; permits are issued for one year. All three will be located in the Bryant Circle industrial park in the City. Deliveries will be allowed only within City limits, and advance appointments will be required for patients at dispensaries. None of the businesses are permitted to provide recreational cannabis.

Each business will be subject to a final inspection by the City before they can open their doors, or make deliveries, to patients. “We will be closely monitoring each business to ensure they are following the City’s rules and regulations, as this is an emerging industry with many potential unknowns. At the same time, we know there are patients eager to access medicine without having to leave the city limits.”

Chamber On The Mountain will begin its 2017-18 season on Sunday, September 24, with a concert that presents the artistry of flutist Jill Felber, pianist Dianne Frazer, and COTM’s own Heidi Lehwalder, on harp. Each is world-renowned in her own right. Bringing them together promises a very special concert, “quite different from our other concerts,” Lehwalder says. “What better place than atop a beautiful mountain to bring you this captivating program, a musical fusion of a vast array of colors and styles, varying paces of tempo, quick changes of mood, with some palate-cleansers that serve as little flickers of light humor appearing between the heartfelt melodies.” Great artists, great music and a great setting!

The performance begins at 3:00 p.m., at Logan House, an intimate venue adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. A “meet the artist” reception will follow the performance. Reservations are $25 and can be purchased at Chamber On The Mountain’s website: www.chamberonthemountain.com/reservations.html.

Ventura libraries August events

Avenue Library
Children’s Special Events
Summer Reading 2017 “Reading by Design”
8/7 3:00 pm

Pulse Drumming
@ Avenue Library
8/14 4:00 pm

Kona Ice Party
@ Avenue Library

STEAM Boxes
Wednesdays
8/2 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Build Machines
Create and build! Use your imagination and engineering skills with these fun STEAM activities! children ages 9 and up.

Ongoing Children & Family Events
Bilingual Early Literacy Class
8/7, 14, 21, 28 Mondays 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

E.P. Foster Library
Adult Programs & Special Events
E.P. Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club
8/10 & 24 Thursdays @ 10:30am
Get together with makers from all across the fiber-arts world. Meet, teach, connect, share.

Ongoing Events
Spanish Conversation Group
8/5, 12, 19,& 26 Saturdays @ 10:30am in the Rentfrow Room
Are you learning Spanish but need some practice speaking?

Ukulele Jam Session
8/14 & 28 Mondays @ 7-10pm
Locals gather to play the ukulele on the first and third Monday of the month.

Children’s Events
Summer Reading (SR) Shows:
8/ 2 & 16 Wednesdays @ 3-4pm!

8/16 End of the Summer Kona Ice Party!
Wednesday@ 4-5pm

Celebrate Summer Reading on the 2nd Floor
Early Literacy Class
8/ 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, & 31
Tuesdays @ 10:30am
Wednesdays @ 10:30am
Thursdays @ 5:30pm
A great way to introduce your child to early literacy and the library.

STEAM Boxes
8/1, 8, 15, & 22 Tuesdays @ 3:30-5pm
Rube Goldberg (1st), Straw Glider (8th), Bubble Prints(15th), CD Spinning Top (22nd)
Join us for creative STEAM projects!

Teen Happenings
Makerspace Open Workshop
8/ 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23
Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays @ 4-6 pm
Come by the Makerspace to learn, create, and share STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). We have 3D printers, computer coding, stop motion animation and more.

Saticoy Library
Children’s Special Events
Summer Reading 2017 “Reading by Design”
8/10 3:00 pm

Pulse Drumming
@ Saticoy Library
8/15 4:00 pm Kona Ice Party

STEAM Boxes
Tuesdays
8/1 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Build Machines

Early Literacy Class
8/3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Thursdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am
8/3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Thursdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

City of Ventura classes and camps.

City of Ventura classes and camps.
Check out hundreds more on web-site.Call 658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net 

Eureka! The Inventors Camp with Mad Science
6-11 years
7/24-7/28 M-F 9 am-12 pm $179+$35 materials fee #8503
Create catapults, forts, light sticks, light bulbs and circuits with batteries to take home using your own ingenuity and tips from such famous inventors as Edison, da Vinci and Rube Goldberg.

Wizardry and Literacy Camp
7-13 years
7/24-7/28 M-F 9 am-4 pm $195+$10 materials fee #8550
Live the magic of Harry, Ron and Hermione on a journey through reading, writing and acting as we study the J. K. Rowling book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”® (This event is not endorsed, sanctioned or any other way supported, directly or indirectly, by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers, or J.K. Rowling and her representatives.)

Zaney Zootopia Dance Camp
5-11 years
7/24-7/28 M-F 9 am-12 pm $130 5-7 years #8634
7/24-7/28 M-F 1-4 pm $130 8-11 years #8635
Join us in a mammal metropolis as campers research and become their favorite animal to solve a mysterious case. Campers will dance daily and make fun costume pieces and props to go along with their end of the week dance performance for parents. Students will dance barefoot or bring in ballet/jazz shoes. Camp held at Billy Clower Dance Studio, 75 MacMillian Ave.

Sewing by Hand
9-12 years
7/25-8/29 Tu 4:30-6 pm $60 #8985
Learn hand-sewing skills to make dolls, folk pictures, purses and more. Instructor Judee Hauer.

Start Your Own Small Business!
18 years-Adult
7/27 Th 6-7:30 pm $45 #9195
Have you wanted to start your own small business but have been unsure of how to make that happen? Do you have a hobby that you would like to turn into a business? This course will give you an overview of business ownership, what permits and licenses may be required and how you can position your product or service in the market for success! Instructor Clare Briglio, owner of design company Kings & Priests.

Kids and Dogs Seminar
8 years-adult
7/29 Sa 10 am-12 pm $20 #9002
Find out how parents and children can safely interact with dogs by understanding dog body language. Children are encouraged to attend but a parent must accompany those under 14. Please leave your dog at home for this seminar. Classes held at 3521 Arundel Circle #B.

Billy Clower Cheer Camp
5-12 years
7/31-8/4 M-F 9 am-12 pm $130 5-8 years #8636
7/31-8/4 M-F 1-4 pm $130 9-12 years #8637
Learn jumps, motions, stunting, pom routines and tumbling plus hip-hop, jumping rope, hulahoops, making cheer crafts and more. BC Cheer shirt given with County Fair performance. Camp held at Billy Clower Dance Studio, 75 MacMillian.

Rock & Roll High Guitar Building Camp
10-18 years
7/31-8/4 M-F 1-4 pm $100+$99 materials fee #8536
Design and build your own custom electric guitar to keep and rock out with. No experience necessary. We provide everything: the $99 materials fee is due in cash at first class, no exceptions. At Arroyo Verde Park Center, 5005 Foothill Rd.
All held at the Barranca Vista Center, 7050 E Ralston St in Ventura. Unless noted.

 

Vol. 10, No. 20 – July 5 – July 18, 2017 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill. Ballroom, swing, Latin, mixers and line dancing. Members $10, non-members $12. Call Rick at 415-8842 for more information.

DBSA Ventura, the local chapter of the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) hosts two regular, confidential, peer-led, self-help support groups in the County. Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bible Fellowship Church at 6950 Ralston Street in Room 301 of Building 300. Email DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com, visit facebook.com/DBSA.Ventura or call 253-3289 for more information. 1p.m. to 3p.m. at the New Visions Center on the first and third Saturdays of the month. At 1065 E. Main. Email DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com, visit facebook.com/DBSA.Ventura or 746-3106 for more information.

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

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

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 and brighten your week. Hear more from Steve at 642-1359

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

July 5: Historian Connie Kornstein presents a living history of early Oxnard through the eyes of Frances Kaufman Petit. Frances tells exciting stories of Oxnard in the Wild West days and the coming of the Sugar Beet Factory. The Tales of Early Oxnard will be held at the Olivas Adobe Exhibition Hall, 4200 Olivas Park Dr., at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Olivas Adobe Historical Interpreters.

July 10: Justice For All invites you to attend their Summer Social for Justice to connect, share and build community to keep the human and environmental rights movement marching forward towards a better future for all on Monday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Tavern – 211 E Santa Clara St. The gathering will be a relaxing evening with a chance to reconnect and feel inspired again — a way to recapture the energy of the March for Justice. Participants will hear success stories and learn how to become involved in shaping the future of Ventura County. The mixer also marks the six month anniversary of Justice for All’s inaugural event, the March for Justice. RSVP to JusticeForAllVC@gmail.com

July 12: The Ventura County Camera Club will hold a critique meeting on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion. A professional photographer from the area will critique member’s prints and digital images. The topic for July is “Speed”. Chris Zsarney will be the judge for July. 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 about the club and examples of member’s work or call 908-5663. WWW.VenturaCountyCameraClub.com

July 14: The General George S. Patton, Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution July luncheon meeting will include a special program presentation “Samuel Gorton – My Colonial Ancestor and Religious Maverick “, presented by Eric Stassforth. The luncheon event will take place at 11:30 a.m., Friday, in the Garden Room, Marie Callender’s Restaurant. All SAR & DAR Compatriots, friends, and visitors are welcome to join us. If you choose to join for lunch, cost is $20. For additional information or for assistance in determining your possible Revolutionary War genealogical roots, please call Bill Bays 650-3036 or Robert Taylor 216-7992. For information regarding SAR membership and chapter activities, please visit http://pattonpatriots.org.

July 15: Cellist Andrea Landin, guitarist Michelle Rosenblum aka “Melody Bird,” banjo player Donna Lynn Caskey, pianist Shelby Figueroa, and multi-media artist Amber Bassett will combine their diverse talents in a collaborative concert entitled Women In The Round: VOICES. Event will be held at the Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Admission is by voluntary suggested donation of $15 to $20 at the door with a portion of proceeds supporting Bell Arts’ community, education, and youth programs.

July 16: The Ventura and Santa Barbara County chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) will meet Sunday, in the Campus Student Center of Ventura College. The regular meeting starts at noon and at 11 a.m. there will be an informal workshop where a topic on clocks or watches will be demonstrated and discussed. This month’s program will be a presentation by Matt Bonaccorso on his Mayer Brothers Street Clock. There is a $3 admission charge. Lunch is available for $5. Watches & clocks will be on display. More information can be found at www.nawcc-ch190.com.

July 17, 31 August 7, 21: Toastmasters bi-Monthly meeting of the Poinsettia Club focuses on public speaking, presentation fundamentals and leadership skills. Work with gestures, vocal variation, awareness of um’s and ah’s, visual aids such as power point, delivery of inspirational speeches, and giving meaningful evaluations. The small group permits plenty of speaking opportunities for all. Free to guests. Held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Community Partners Room 801 S. Victoria Suite 201.

July 29:  Join the Ventura Family YMCA at their 18th annual 5k run/walk and one-mile survivors’ walk for LiveSTRONG at the YMCA.  7 a.m. check-in, 5K starts at 8 a.m. Registration/Race Start Location Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Rd. All proceeds benefit the community through the Y’s Open Doors scholarship program. For more information, contact Sherry Gutsch at 642.2131 x20 or Sherry.Gutsch@ciymca.org

Vol. 10, No. 20 – July 5 – July 18, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

World Without Walls painting by Erik Reel will be exhibited at the Porch Gallery in Ojai through August 20. Show opens Saturday July 15 from 5 to 7 pm. LA-based artist Diane Silver will also be featured. Porch Gallery is located at 310 East Matilija Ave. and is open Thursday and Friday noon-5, Saturdays 11-4, Sundays 9:30-1 and by appointment at 620.7589.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15 the Ojai Library will host a screening of the film Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson & Voices from the Peace Movement. After the screening there will be a Q&A session with the film’s Associate Producer, Frank Dorrel.

Vietnam veteran S. Brian Willson paid the price for peace as he was run over and nearly killed by a military train during a non-violent protest on September 1st, 1987. Since then, Brian has not stopped calling attention to the effects of the U.S. military machine and ongoing state of war.

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

The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Ave. Hours 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 hosts Michelle Magdalena Maddox, an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer based in Pacific Grove. The free presentation, “The Creative Process,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St.

A graduate of Brooks Institute in 2006, Maddox will share her journey through photography with an in-depth look into the many series she has created and her evolving process.

Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach.

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

The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC), one of the most acclaimed new play developmental programs in the country, announces its celebratory 20th Anniversary season with an extraordinary program of playwrights, new play workshop presentations and special performance events from August 6 through 13.

The OPC Summer New Works Festival will feature twelve events over five days with up-and-coming playwrights as well as writers that have been working with the conference for many years.

Seating is limited for the OPC Summer New Works Festival, and tickets ($30) may be purchased online at www.ojaiplays.org.

For thirty years the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy has worked to preserve and protect local open space. The newest Ojai Valley Museum exhibition examines at their history and their preserves. The Opening Reception of “Protecting The Ojai: Ojai Valley Land Conservancy” is Saturday, July 8 from 5-7pm at the museum.

The natural landscape of the valley is such an important part of our community that an exhibit highlighting the Land Conservancy’s work makes perfect sense for the museum.” said museum director Wendy Barker. Edward Libbey helped transform Ojai based on his belief in the City Beautiful Movement – that living in a well-designed community inspires civic engagement.

The exhibition will be open from July 8 through September 24th.

A Town Talk on Creating Trails will take place on Sunday, July 23rd from 4:30pm to 6pm. Presenters Rick Bisaccia, OVLC Stewardship Director and Craig R Carey, author of “Hiking and Backpacking Ventura and Santa Barbara” will discuss what makes a good trail and where the best ones in the backcountry. Admission to Town Talks is $5, free for museum members.

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Ave. Free parking is available behind the museum, off Blanche Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday noon to 4 pm. Group or school tours available by appointment.

For information call the museum at 640-1390, ext. 201, email ojaimuseum@gmail.com, or visit the museum website at OjaiValleyMuseum.org.


Library events

E.P. Foster Library

Adult Programs & Special Events
E.P. Needlecraft and Fiber Arts Club
7/13 & 27 Thursdays @ 10:30am
Get together with makers from all across the fiber-arts world.
Meet, teach, connect, share.

Children’s Events
Summer Reading (SR) Shows:
7/5, 12, 19, & 26 Wednesdays @ 3-4pm
Kealoha Dancers (5th), Shawn McMaster (12th)
Nifty Balloons (19th), Ojai Raptors (26th)

Early Literacy Class
7/5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, & 27
Tuesdays @ 10:30am
Wednesdays @ 10:30am
Thursdays @ 5:30pm
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!

STEAM Boxes
7/11, 18, & 25 Tuesdays @ 3:30-5pm
Lava Lamp (11th), LED Circuit Art (18th), Art Horn (25th)
Join us for creative STEAM projects! Age 9+

Teen Happenings
Library LAB Open Workshop
7/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Mondays @ 4-6pm

Makerspace Open Workshop
7/5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26 Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 4-6 pm
Come by the Makerspace to learn, create, and share STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). We have 3D printers, computer coding, stop motion animation, a laser cutter/engraver, and so much more!

Avenue Library
Children’s Special Events
Summer Reading 2017 “Reading by Design”
7/10 3:00 pm Kealoha & Co. “Expressions of Polynesia”
7/17 3:00 pm Magic with Shawn McMaster
7/24 3:00 pm Reptile Family @ Robert Addison Boys & Girls Club, 1440 N. Olive St.
7/31 3:00 pm Humane Society with Dawn Reilly

STEAM Boxes
Wednesdays
7/19 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Rocket Launcher
7/26 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Rube Goldberg Art
Create and build! Use your imagination and engineering skills with these fun STEAM activities! Aimed at children ages 9 and up.

Bilingual Early Literacy Class
7/3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Mondays 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Saticoy Library
Children’s Special Events
Summer Reading 2017 “Reading by Design”
7/7 3:00 pm Humane Society with Dawn Reilly
7/13 3:00 pm Reptile Family @ E.J Harrison Boys & Girls Club 11321 Violeta St.
7/20 3:00 pm Nifty Balloon Show
7/27 3:00 pm Kealoha & Co. “Expressions of Polynesia”

STEAM Boxes
Tuesdays
7/18 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Rocket Launcher
7/25 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Rube Goldberg Art
Create and build! Use your imagination and engineering skills with these fun STEAM activities! Aimed at children ages 9 and up.

Early Literacy Class
7/6, 13, 20, 27 Thursdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am(Sponsored by Housing Authority City of San Buenaventura)
7/6, 13, 20, 27 Thursdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us every week for stories, poems, music, movement, a simple craft & fun!

Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 – July 4, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Concert Series presents Whiskerman in concert at Dancing Oak Ranch on Saturday June 24th.

Gates open at 5pm with Ventura’s Jeff Steve on classical guitar at 5:30 and Aerial Visions, from 6:00 till 7:00. All shows will feature an optional potluck picnic, so bring a dish to share and have a picnic with

friends and the band.

Adult tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, Kids 7 to 14 are

$10 and can be paid for at the show.

For more details or directions to Dancing

Oak Ranch www.ojaiconcertseries.com. For information not available online, call Shane 665-8852.

Poet and author Emily R. Clark will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, to present Poetic Canvas, an Ekphrastic workshop and poetry contest, along with a reading from her new poetry book, Art Triumphant.

Author Julia Claiborne Johnson will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 to deliver a reading of her book, Be Frank with Me. Johnson will also speak about why she decided to write her novel, how she found an agent, and what her writing process was like.

Local author Fayrene Parrish will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 8 to deliver a presentation on her recent books and other artistic works.

Events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at 218-9146. The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Ave. Hours of service are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) presented art scholarships to 13 promising art students at a standing room only reception at Ojai City Hall on June 3rd. Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend and Carol Shaw Sutton presided over the celebratory event, handing out over $13,000 in awards.

The committee received twice the number of applicants, over forty, and the high quality of the work made jurying highly competitive. OSA is extremely pleased to have raised more funds this year, awarding larger scholarships to more students to help with their art education. An exhibition of the students’ works is currently on view at City Gallery at Ojai City Hall. The show will be up through June 23rd.

The Ojai Photography Club will host Lewis Watts, nationally and internationally known photographer, archivist and educator. His work is in the permanent collections of leading art and history institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The event, “Documenting the Cultural Landscape,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St.

A professor emeritus of art from UC Santa Cruz, Watts has taught photography, visual history and digital arts/new media. “New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition” is Watts’ most recent book, a journey through the cultural landscape of New Orleans both before and after Katrina.

For more information on the work of Lewis Watts, go to http://artsites.ucsc.edu/faculty/watts/pages/main.html.

The Ojai Photography Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Only members may submit images for review. For additional information please visit: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/.

The Ojai Storytelling Festival, Sept. 7-10, will be celebrating its 17th year with a stellar lineup of acclaimed storytellers from around the world in the beautiful Libbey Bowl. The line-up includes Bill Harley, Motoko, Samite, Kim Weitkamp, Antonio Rocha, Dovie Thomason, and Niall de Burca. Tickets for individual performances as well as weekend passes are available at www.ojaistoryfest.org. Purchase now for the best prices with early bird specials.

The Ojai Storytelling Festival will present the oral tradition in a contemporary way. Festival organizer Brian Bemel says, “Listeners will definitely hear traditional tales, but many of this year’s tellers will offer a very modern take with stories firmly rooted in today’s culture.”

Vol. 10, No. 19 – June 21 – July 4, 2017 – Events

Events by Ana Baker

Ventura Poinsettia Dance Club meets every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill. Ballroom, swing, Latin, mixers and line dancing. Members $10, non-members $12. Call Rick at 415-8842 for more information.

DBSA Ventura, the local chapter of the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) hosts two regular, confidential, peer-led, self-help support groups in the County. Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bible Fellowship Church at 6950 Ralston Street in Room 301 of Building 300. Email DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com, visit facebook.com/DBSA.Ventura or call 253-3289 for more information. 1p.m. to 3p.m. at the New Visions Center on the first and third Saturdays of the month. At 1065 E. Main. Email DBSA_Ventura@yahoo.com, visit facebook.com/DBSA.Ventura or 746-3106 for more information.

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

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

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 and brighten your week. Hear more from Steve at 642-1359

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

 

Do you know what the present administration’s foreign policy is? Are we taxed too much, causing businesses to suffer and move to lower tax regions and individuals to lose incentive to work? Find out the answers to these and other tantalizing questions at the Ventura Discussion Group. Located at the Main Street Restaurant 3159 Main St. Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Several people usually stay for a drink and a bite to eat afterward. You are invited to bring an interesting topic to discuss.

June 27: CAPS Radio Open House Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at the CAPS Media Center at 65 Day Road.

June 28: The College Area Community Council will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Anneliese Anderle will make a presentation on the oil and gas lines that run through our neighborhood. As always, a representative of the VPD will be there to discuss issues related to crime in the area and other issues of community concern will be discussed. The Council, which represents citizens between Mills and Victoria bordered by Foothill and Hwy. 126, meets in the Wright Event Center at 57 Day Rd. on the Ventura College campus. Free parking is available adjacent to the Event Center. Call 644-8695 for more information.

June 30: Servants of the Father of Mercy, Inc. today announced the June launch of “Proof of the Afterlife 2 – The Conversation Continues”. The author, Bro. Gary Joseph speaks at a free public event: Picnic, talk, book signing and concert by the “Servant Singers” performing their best-loved covers of Peter, Paul and Mary. Friday, Picnic 6 p.m., Talk 7 p.m., Book Signing and Concert 7:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location is 1544 Morse Avenue, Suite A. Websites: www.proofoftheafterlife.com www.ServantsoftheFather.org RSVP: (310) 595-4175 Info@ServantsoftheFather.org – Facebook Bro. Gary Joseph

July 1: Join us for the 34th Annual Law Day 5K July 1 at Ventura Community Park, 901 South Kimball Road. The 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m., registration starts at 7 a.m. There will also be a one-mile family fun run at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit VCBA and Ventura Co. Legal Aid, Inc., who provide legal services to the needy. The flat and fast race includes 12 age categories, with a first-place winner in each category. All participants are automatically entered into a drawing with more than $2,000 in raffle prizes to win and a lot of free food to enjoy after the race. For more information or to register, visit www.runsignup.com/Race/CA/Ventura/LawDay5KVentura.

July 2: The 1892 Dudley Historic House Museum will be open for docent-led tours 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Accompanied by period music in the parlor and upstairs library landing. Admission is free. The museum is located at the corner of Loma Vista and Ashwood streets. For information please call 642-3345 or visit the website at www.dudleyhouse.org.

July 4: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1679 and its Auxiliary invite the public to a family-friendly Independence Day celebration on Tuesday. Crosscut Band 805 entertains from noon to 4 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Canteen opens at 9 a.m. Games, drawings and a used goods sale will take place throughout the day. Proceeds benefit the charitable programs of VFW 1679 and the Auxiliary, assisting veterans and their families. Admission is free. For more information call 642-2674. The Post is at 3801 Market St.

July 4: Ventura County Green Party will be collecting personal hygiene items for the homeless.

The Green Party of Ventura County will host a booth at the 4th of July Street Fair in downtown Ventura. The booth will be located on Main Street between Mini and Mission Parks. Donations will be accepted of “sealed” personal hygiene items. These items will be distributed to homeless people in the City of Ventura. Some items to consider are bars of soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, wet wipes and feminine products.

July 22: Working Artists- WAV Sale on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 175 South Ventura Avenue.

Sales in the ground floor community room and courtyard Got unused equipment? Sell at the Sierra Club Gear Grab. Want to try out a new sport without a big investment? Come get sports at the Gear Grab. Need to outfit kids? Great chance to get more for less at the Gear Grab. Here’s how:

9 a.m. Drop off your good quality outdoor equipment tagged with price, name, email and phone info. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sales open. We’ll cashier for the day. Sales open to everyone. Tell your family, neighbors, and friends.

City of Ventura classes and camps

Musical Theatre “Hairspray” Camp 7-14 years
6/26-6/30 M-F 9 am-4 pm $180+$15 materials fee #8548
Put on your dancing shoes, drama faces, and get ready to sing and dance your way through a magical celebration of “Hairspray”! to perform for family and friends at BVP, Friday, 6:30-8:30 pm. $15 cash production fee includes practice CD, song sheets & camp t-shirt.

Exploring Oil Pastels 7-12 years
6/26-6/30 M-F 9 am-12 pm $150 #8554
Learn how to transfer images without tracing, make spatial connections through drawing, and practice many technical applications of oil pastel. All supplies are provided. Please bring a snack and water. Instructor Ashley Konzmann.

Capturing Color Art 8-15 years
$120 per week
6/26-6/28 M-W 9 am-12 pm Wild Animals #8612
Push your creativity and understanding of art into a new direction! Work in a variety of mediums including watercolors, acrylics, pencils, mixed media, print making, mosaics and sculpture. All supplies are included in the cost of class. At Red Brick Art located at 4601 Telephone Road #112 (Telemark Business Center).

Ghost Investigating Camp I 8-14 years
6/26-6/30 M-F 9 am-12 pm $135 #8562
Organize a ghost hunt at this haunted landmark, collect psychic data, conduct interviews and publish your findings with paranormal expert Richard Senate at the Olivas Adobe, 4200 Olivas Park Dr.

Musical Theater “Beauty and the Beast” Camp 6-9 years
6/26-6/30 M-F 1-4 pm $130 #8629
Campers will enjoy dancing, singing and acting along with crafts and other fun activities to the Beauty and the Beast theme. Camp held at Billy Clower Dance Studio, 75 MacMillian Ave. in Ventura.

Beach Yoga 16 years-Adult
6/27-7/25 Tu/Th 9:00-10:10 am $85 #8949
Increase flexibility, tone the lungs and instill peace with classic Hatha-style breathing and postures, for all levels. Park on Martha’s Vineyard Ct. by Pierpont School. Bring large towel, yoga mat, sunglasses and/or hat. Please wear sunscreen. Instructor Nisahna Engel. No class 7/4. To register call (805) 658-4726.

Flamenco Dance 18 years-adult
7/5-7/26 W 7:30-8:30 pm $75 #9068
Learn Spain’s passionate gypsy dance form and its cultural significance as you build up your flexibility, grace, fitness and confidence. Instructor Wendy Castellanos. Classes held at Namba, 47 S Oak St. in Ventura. To register call (805) 658-4726.

Fairytales in the Park for Families
7/8 Saturday 4pm FREE
Fairytales in the Park is celebrating its 23nd season! Join us at Barranca Vista Park for a production of The Shoemaker and the Elves. Performances are the 2nd Saturday of every month through September. Bring a blanket, picnic and low lawn chairs. For more information call 654-7553.

All held Barranca Vista Park, 7050 E Ralston St unless noted. Call 658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net. Check out hundreds more on the web-site.