Vol. 9, No. 12 – March 16 – March 29, 2016 – Ojai News & Events

Ojai City Manager Robert Clark announced that he is resigning for personal reasons effective on March 1, 2016. Clark expressed his appreciation for the support of the City Council over the past five years. Clark said: “It has been a privilege to work side by side with a highly dedicated group of City employees who continuously do everything in their power to make Ojai the best place it can possibly be for its residents and guests.“ Mayor Paul Blatz said: “On behalf of the entire City Council, I want express my appreciation for everything Clark has done during his tenure to bring the City back to financial health, and put us in a position to pave our roads and refurbish our recreational facilities.”

Mayor Paul Blatz has announced that the Ojai City Council has appointed Steve McClary as Interim City Manager for a six month term. McClary had been serving as acting city manager since the resignation of Robert Clark on March 1. “The City Council believes Steve is an excellent choice to be our Interim City Manager,” said Mayor Blatz. “Steve has served our city and our citizens extremely well in the past and we look forward to his leadership at City Hall in the future.”

The Ojai Photography Club welcomes Ojai based photographer Logan Hall as its March presenter. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 Santa Ana St. Specializing in real estate, portraiture, events and advertising, Hall was voted Best Photographer in the Ojai Valley News, Best of the Ojai Valley contest, for three consecutive years, 2013 through 2015.

The theme of Hall’s presentation will be “Architectural Versus Real Estate Photography.” His extensive background will allow him to probe into questions that reveal the characteristics of each genre.

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/

Rev. Karen S. Wylie will offer her Mid-Month Devotional Retreat at Meditation Mount on Saturday, March 26, when the theme will be “Opening to Joy.” The retreat is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is by donation; $10 is suggested.

Meditation Mount is located at 10340 Reeves Road. For more information, contact Rev. Karen at 310-968-8928, or register online at www.karenswylie.com.

The Ojai Studio Artists are pleased to announce that no-cost, monthly mini-studio tours will be held the second Saturday of each succeeding month through September.  Each mini-tour will feature five to eight OSA artists whose studios are within a three-mile radius. Studios will be open from 10am – 3pm.

The upcoming mini-studio tours are scheduled for April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10.

Mini-tour artists and maps are on the website at OjaiStudioArtists.org. For information on artists and the full schedule of Second Saturday Mini-Tours, visit the OSA website: ojaistudioartists.org.

Sunday, March 20 Neighbors at the intersection of 111 Rincon St. and Matilija St. invite the community to a free interactive City Repair Intersection Experience noon to 4 p.m. A cob bench will be built in the public right away along with a chalk mandala in the intersection. All with the blessing of the Ojai Public Works department.

For further details visit www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.org or contact Heath Perry at [email protected].

Ojai Valley Green Coalition to host Mark Lakeman and the City Repair team – Sunday, March 20, 6:00- 9:00 p.m. at Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave., Mr. Lakeman will entertain and educate with Placemaking Storytelling. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented place making through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world.

There is a suggested $20 donation, but no one will be turned away. For further details visit www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.org or email Heath Perry at [email protected].

The 13th Annual April Fools Run Car Show sponsored by Boy Scouts of America Troop 503 is happening this April 3rd. Come participate for a day in Ojai, showing cars and relaxing with other car enthusiasts. All proceeds go to the scouts and Troop for annual scouting activities like summer camp, Scout Camporee, and monthly outings.

The Ventura County Master Gardeners Program is offering a free gardening class, ”All About Tomatoes,” from 9:15-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 19 at the ARC, 210 Canada St.

Attendees will learn the different classes and types of tomatoes, how to grow the plant, seeding to transplanting, fertilizing and harvest, and common pests and diseases.

The class is taught by Master Gardener Julian Hoyle.

There is a limit 75 attendees. Please register online at https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=17471

Any questions email Teri Reid at [email protected].


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