Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Film Society will screen “Grease Sing-Along” Sat., October 3 at Libbey Bowl. The gate opens at 5 pm. The movie is expected to start about 7:15 pm. As with the two previous OFS Bowl events, there will be dancing before the screening and free popcorn. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. “‘Grease Sing-Along’ is pure fun,” George Sandoval, Chairman of the special event, says. “The lyrics to all the songs appear on the screen, so people can easily sing along to great hits like, ‘You’re the One That I Want,’ and ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You.'”


To make this event as accessible as possible to the community and to thank patrons for their patience waiting for the Ojai Playhouse to be reopened, admission is only $20 for adults, $14 for those 18 and under. Children 10 & under are free. Tickets in advance are available at the OFS Office at 646-8646, through OFS Board members, at the Matilija Auditorium Sunday afternoon screenings and at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/21887545.


Like a modern-day barn-raising, the Libbey Park Playground Project will rely on everyone and everything to be in the right place at the right time. Starting October 6, the Ojai community will find out if it’s up to the challenge.


Building a new playground with community volunteers requires a lot of advanced coordination and working out of the logistics. The playground is a result of an innovative community design-and-build approach, under the guidance of Play By Design, the city’s consultant hired to guide the process. But it’s the community that is the driving force behind the effort.

The price tag on the project is approaching $300,000, but that budget only covers the design and the materials. Volunteers will provide the labor to make it all come together. The build will take about a week to complete and is set to begin on October 6 and finish Oct. 11. There will be three shifts per day, 8 a.m. to noon, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meals and child care will be provided for volunteers. If interested in volunteering, please register at www.ojaivalleylionsclub.com.

The final design of the Libbey Playground is a collaborative result of numerous community workshops, countless presentations and tireless revisions.

For more information on the project or how to donate, visit www.ojairec.com.  Follow the Libbey Playground Project on Facebook for updates. For more information contact the Ojai Recreation Department at  646-5581 Ext 390.

The Ventura River Water District will be relocating boulders across the Ojai Valley Trail near Nye Road and Highway 33 starting next week. The work will result in intermittent closures of the trail.

Fence removal will begin on October 1. The boulders will be moved starting on October 6 and finishing October 9. The work will be conducted Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00.p.m. Signs and flagmen will be posted in the section of the trail where work is being done. Some delays should be expected. Trail users are asked to be cautious in areas where work is being performed.

Anyone with questions about the repair work is asked to call  654-3968.

The Ojai Valley Trail is one of three County-maintained trails. It is a nine-mile trail that parallels Highway 33 from Foster Park near Ventura, to Fox Street in Ojai. One side of the trail is paved for bicyclists, walkers, joggers and people exercising their pets. A post-and-rail wooden fence separates the paved side from a dirt bridle path for horseback riders.




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