Vol. 10, No. 4 – November 23 – December 6, 2016 – Ojai News & Events

The Leslie Marcus Solo Fine Art Exhibition will be opening December 1 until December 31st. The exhibition will be held at the Ojai Roasting Company, located at 337 East Ojai Avenue.

The Ojai Community Chorus will present its winter concert, “A Christmas Party in a Pear Tree,” on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road.

The unfortunate partridge, Party, is stuck up in the pear tree. It takes some doing to get him down, but he is finally rescued just in time for Christmas. Along with this whimsical vignette the chorus will present holiday classics such as “Silver Bells,” “Silent Night,” and the exciting “Feliz Navidad”. Also featured will be John Rutter’s stirring “Gloria, Allegro Vivace”. A children’s ensemble will contribute a lively touch to the program.

Director Connie Woodson states, “A trademark of Community Chorus concerts is its presentation of a wide variety of music, providing something to please everybody’s tastes. This concert is no exception.”

Backing up the Chorus will be John Boyd on guitar and Ben Ginsberg on the piano, while James Antunez will provide background on drums and percussion.

A boutique and bake sale will also be held, with lots of Christmas ideas to help with shopping.

Tickets are available from Chorus members or at the St. Thomas Aquinas Thrift Shop, 334 E. Ojai Ave. Suggested donations are $20 for general admission in advance and $25 at the door. Seniors 65 and older and student tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 6 through 11 are admitted for $5. Children younger that 6 are admitted free, however, there are no provisions for child care.

For further information call 640-0468. Check out the Chorus’ website at ojaichorus.wordpress.com.

The Mira Monte Elementary School’s Ojai Food Truck Friday is held every first Friday of the month. It is a fund raising event for Mira Monte School. A portion of all of the sales from the food trucks is given to the school.

This next event is going to be holiday themed. There will be live music, family photos, free live music and lots of great food. It will be held on December 2nd, from 5-8:30pm, at Mira Monte Elementary School, 1216 Loma Drive. Mandrigali will perform a Yuletide set of music and The Grinch will be shown at 7:00pm (outdoor movie- people need to bring blankets or chairs).

Dr. Rainer Buschmann will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 to deliver a talk titled “Liquid Histories: Madeira and Port Wine.” Dr. Buschmann comes from CSU Channel Islands (CI), and is the final speaker in this year’s CI Library Lecture Series. His talk will highlight why Madeira became such prominent place to grow grapes during the early period of Iberian expansion. CSU Channel Islands hosts more than a dozen free public lectures from September through December. 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.

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