Vol. 9, No. 23 – August 17 – August 30, 2016 – Ojai News & Events

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, and Saturday, August 27,  the Ojai Library will host a special set of short performances courtesy of the Ojai Art Center. These Ojai Art Center One Acts will take place in the main library space and will serve as a preview of the Ojai Art Center’s next production: One Act Laugh Track.

One Act Laugh Track will consist of short original one acts featuring local talent. At these special library preview events you will have a chance to meet the playwrights, directors, and actors.

These previews are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at  218-9146.

From Sept. 16 through Oct. 2, One Act Laugh Track will run at the Ojai Art Center Theater, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Ojai Art Center , 113 S. Montgomery Avenue, Ojai.

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.

As the 40-year anniversary season of Herb Walks winds down, Ojai nature guide Lanny Kaufer will lead his 4th annual Fall Equinox Nature Hike in the peaceful Mixed Conifer Forest on Pine Mountain (elevation: 7000 feet) at the time of year when the pine nuts usually are dropping. According to Craig Carey, author of Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura, the Reyes Peak Trail along the northern slope of the peak is “quite simply one of the most beautiful stretches in the southern Los Padres.”

The outing will start at 9:00 a.m. with an optional carpool caravan of about 35 miles up Highway 33 from the Maricopa Plaza, to the Reyes Peak trailhead. The final 5.5 miles are on a narrow, winding paved road and the very last half-mile is dirt. Trucks or SUV’s are preferred for the last stretch but most passenger cars with high clearance can also make the drive.

The group will start walking into the Sespe Wilderness from the trailhead at about 10:30 a.m., stopping for lunch in the pines, and returning to the trailhead at 3:00 p.m., arriving back at the Maricopa Plaza by 4:00 p.m. They will hike on a well-used trail, stopping often to identify and discuss native plants, birds and wildlife. There will be some elevation gain and loss skirting the north side of Reyes Peak, sometimes traversing hillsides on a narrow trail. The total hiking distance will be about 3 miles.

This intermediate level hike is suitable for moderately experienced hikers or physically fit beginners. Weather and marine layer permitting, the group will have panoramic views of the Cuyama Valley to the north and the Channel Islands to the south.  There is no prepayment required, just a promise to notify Kaufer in a timely fashion if plans change. Registrants will receive a confirmation email several days before with all necessary info.

The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62 and older, and $20 for full-time students. Lunch is not provided. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. No dogs or smoking, please. [email protected].

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