Vol. 10, No. 9 – February 1 – February 14, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

Local photographer Stephen Adams will visit the Ojai Library at 10 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 11 to present a seminar titled “Better Family Photos.” This seminar is for family photographers who know the basics of taking photos with a smartphone or pocket camera but are not satisfied with their results.

Adams earned his M.A. from San Diego State University in Television and Film and has taught classes at SDSU and community colleges. You can see more of his work at www.StephenAdamsPhoto.com.

Registration is required email [email protected]. This event is free and open to the public.

On Sat., Feb. 11 Heather Castillo will be at  the Ojai Library at 1 p.m., to deliver a talk titled “TADA! Validating the Magic of Theatre and Dance.” Castillo comes from CSU Channel Islands (CI), and is the first speaker in this season’s CI Library Lecture Series.

On Sep. 26, 2016 Governor Brown signed SB 916, the TADA! Act into law. Written by Senator Ben Allen of Santa Monica, the Theatre and Dance Act will provide all students in California access to dance and theatre as part of their public education experience. Heather will discuss the benefits of inclusive arts education and its new required prominence in K-12 education.

Opera Santa Barbara will present a series of Free Noontime Concerts at the Ojai Library on the second Thursdays of February, March, and May, 2017. Each concert will begin at 12 p.m. in the main room of the library and will last approximately 45 minutes. Their first concert will be on Thursday, February 9.

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.

Performances To Grow On is proud to present Animalia, a performance featuring the puppets of Hobey Ford on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 pm at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery.  Tickets in advance are $15 for adults and $10 for children and tickets are available online at www.ptgo.org by phone at 310-890-1439 or at the Ojai Coffee Roasting Company. Tickets are $5 more at the door.

The quintessential favorite, Hobey Ford’s “Animalia” explores the magical world of animals.

The Ojai Raptor Center (ORC) takes in about 1,000 sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals each year, specializing in birds of prey, with rehabilitation and release back to the wild always being the main goal.  ORC receives the majority of these patient admissions between the months of April-August and is looking to recruit  new volunteers for the upcoming nesting season.  ORC is seeking volunteers, over the age of 17, who can commit to at least one 4 hour volunteer shift per week.  If you are interested the annual New Volunteer Orientation on Feb. 19 at 1pm. Held at 370 Baldwin Rd Building E1. Please bring something to sit on.

Ojai Raptor Center’s Director Kim Stroud and her staff will discuss different volunteer opportunities available, and what to expect when working with wildlife, and birds of prey. For more information on volunteering with ORC, please visit http://www.ojairaptorcenter.org/volunteer-information/

The Ojai Studio Artists organization is awarding over $10,000.00 for art scholarships this year to qualified high school and college students who are residents of Ventura County and plan on pursuing a career in the visual arts.  Applicants are eligible to receive one scholarship award per year with a maximum of four scholarships total.

This is a wonderful opportunity for art students to receive financial aid, to augment their resumes and to connect with OSA’s vibrant community of artists.  Professional artists from OSA will jury the digital entries, awarding scholarships based on merit, varying from $50 to $2000.

Since its inception, the Ojai Studio Artists (OSA), a 501 (c) (3) California non-profit organization, has raised well over $200,000.00 for educational support.

Application forms and submission requirements can be downloaded at: www.ojaistudioartists.org.  Applications must be received by Friday, May 5, 2017.

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