Vol. 9, No. 7 – January 6 – January 19, 2016 – Ojai News & Events

On Friday, January 8, from 3 to 4 p.m., Park Ranger David Begun of Channel Islands National Park will visit the Ojai Library to deliver a special talk entitled Find Your Park. David will share general information about the islands that make up Channel Islands National Park and discuss the many recreational opportunities that the park has to offer. David has years of experience sailing, kayaking, diving, and hiking the islands.

Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archaeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

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.

The Ojai Art Center Literary Branch is proud to host Composer John Biggs’ who will describe how he sets words to music. John Biggs is an award-winning, honored composer of orchestral music, chamber music, choral, and operatic music, who lives in Ojai. A sampling of reviews: from the San Francisco Examiner:  “… but it (voice of soprano Beverly Hoch) served her well last night through a pair of Handel arias, several of Brahms, and most especially through John Biggs’ compelling ‘Soliloquy from Planet Earth’…” From the Los Angeles Times: “Biggs conveys a flowing, sophisticated musical language that savors witty wordplay, a sly irreverence and an underlying tenderness – the innate hallmarks of Wilde’s piece…” opera Ernest Worthing based on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest.” There will be a wine reception. The event will take place at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery Street, on January 11th, at 7:00 p.m.  For more information, call  816-4099.

The Ojai Film Society’s 4-week mini-series begins Sunday, January 10 with a screening of The End of the Tour, an engaging drama about Rolling Stone magazine reporter David Lipsky’s interview with author David Foster Wallace. Jason Segel, who plays Wallace in the film, will make a guest appearance and will be on hand for a Q&A.

On Sunday, January 17 the documentary Heart of a Dog will be shown. The film is an impressionistic meditation on artist/musician Laurie Anderson’s beloved, but departed, dog Lolabelle. The film is on the short list for this year’s Oscar nominations for feature documentary.

Films are shown at 4:30 pm, at the Matilija Auditorium, located at 703 El Paseo.

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