Vol. 9, No. 1 – October 14 – October 27, 2015 – Ojai News & Events

On Friday, October 16, from 1 to 2 p.m., Songster Juan D. Mendoza will visit the Ojai Library to deliver a concert titled “A Bitter-Sweet Taste of Saudade: Songs of Pleasant Sorrow from Brazil and Portugal.” Saudade is a Portuguese word—lacking a specific English equivalent—that refers to a feeling of nostalgia, loneliness, melancholia, and sadness that is at the same time joyful and pleasant. Mr. Mendoza has performed his solo concert elsewhere in Ventura County and is excited to bring his art to Ojai. He has performed at festivals and fairs as well as in bistros and cafés in Mexico. Through his music he seeks to create a distinctive atmosphere and mood that encapsulates the concept of saudade. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, City 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 Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.


A Salon Series is taking place at the Ojai Valley Green Coalition Resource Center located at 206 N. Signal St. . The final Salon for 2015 is Friday, October 16, 7 to 9 p.m. In this salon, the role, seen or unseen, that dirt plays will be discussed. So come and share – what’s the dirt on dirt?

A donation and beverage to share are appreciated, though not required. With limited seating, please arrive early. Full details available at ojaivalleygreencoalition.org.

The Ojai Photo Club welcomes Ventura photographer and musician, Chris Jensen, as its guest presenter for the month of October. His talk and slide show of images will take place on October 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana St.

Jensen will be addressing portrait photography. His images range from creative and often quirky compositions to masterful studies that reveal the sitter’s essence. He will discuss the primary and secondary elements of creating compelling portraits and he indicates, “First and foremost is lighting, lighting and lighting!”

Monthly presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. Visitors are welcome to attend.

The Ojai Photography 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 review. For additional information please visit: www.ojaiphotoclub.com.

On Saturday, October 24, from 1 to 2 p.m., local author Nick Marinoff will visit the Ojai Library to talk about his book “Take a Loan off Your Shoulders: 14 Simple Tricks for Graduating Debt Free”, and to offer advice to help all future students and their families avoid the monetary mistakes associated with college enrollment.

The book details the steps Nick took to earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university without owing a dime. With student loan debt having surpassed the trillion-dollar mark, Nick offers tips and advice to readers who wish to save on their educational endeavors and avoid the financial burdens of student loans.

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

The Oak Grove School Annual Open House & All-School Showcase, at 220 West Lomita, will take place on Saturday, November 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Discover the art of living and learning at Oak Grove School. View student work, enjoy student performances, find out more about our progressive college-preparatory high school, boarding program, junior high, elementary and early childhood programs. This event is for prospective families, current families and friends of Oak Grove School. The event is free and open to the community and will feature campus tours and open classrooms, entertainment and award-winning vegetarian fair, and complimentary family photos. For more information, visit www.oakgroveschool.org/openhouse.


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