Vol. 10, No. 12 – March 15 – March 28, 2017 – Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Concert Series continues its commitment to bringing outstanding musicians to Ojai with an evening of exciting French Canadian “Québécois” folk music on Saturday, March 18th (7pm), by the “rarely on the west coast, but famous on the east”, Yves Lambert Trio playing some delightful Quebec folk music.

In 1976 Yves Lambert formed the now legendary La Bottine Souriante, a Quebec folk band specializing in traditional Québécois music with a modern twist. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 Ojai Ave. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For more info or directions to the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, go to www.ojaiconcertseries.com or call 665-8852.

“Hollywood Nights:  Letting Our Stars Shine”, is the theme for this year’s annual auction at Villanova Preparatory School. Villanova provides a challenging, and rigorous college preparatory curriculum, taught by a world class faculty, in a family environment that promotes the development of the mind and heart of young adults from diverse backgrounds.

Villanova continues to rely on the generosity of businesses, families, alumni, and friends to assist in providing a quality education and programs for the students. This year, the auction fundraising goal is to raise funds to build a new Art Center. Donors and sponsors will have their names and/or businesses proudly showcased in the printed program and on the school website. The event will be held at the parish hall at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ojai, on March 25 with silent auction viewing and appetizers from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Dinner, entertainment and D.J. (Cover2Cover) after 7:00 p.m.

All inquiries welcome! Please call Tessa Hottinger at 646-1464 ext. 126.

The Ojai Photography Club shifts into high gear with a presentation by Juan Carlo Mendoza, Ventura County Star staff photographer, “Photojournalism: Integrating Life and Lens.” His presentation will include numerous recent images. He will speak about his career as a photojournalist, the stories behind his images and his passion for the outdoors, which includes living in a tree house! Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 West Santa Ana St.

The Ojai Photography Club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, 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/.

The Ojai Playwrights Conference announced performers and honorees for its 20th Anniversary Benefit Gala – “Celebrating 20 Years of Visionary Voices” scheduled for Saturday, April 8 the Benefit begins at 4:00pm at Matilija Auditorium with an extraordinary event created especially for this evening. Following the show, the festivities continue at Topa Mountain Winery, with a evening of fine wines, festive cocktails, a “Farm to Table Feast” prepared by some of Southern California’s finest chefs, and a live auction!

Writer and performer Cynthia Waring will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 to present a workshop titled “The Power and Healing of Writing Your Memoir.” Waring, author of the published memoir Bodies Unbound and author and performer of two one-woman shows, will be sharing her process of memoir writing. She will also discuss how writing can integrate memories and heal old wounds.

Participants will get a chance to write a story of their own using the guidance of the instructor during this one and a half hour workshop. For more information www.BodiesUnbound.com. Please bring a journal to write and pen!

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian at 218-9146. The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Ave.

Spring Hebrew School session is starting  March 20 at the Jewish Community of Ojai. The school teaches beginning Hebrew reading and writing, Jewish holidays, and ethics and values to children 3rd grade and up. The 10 week sessions help prepare students for their B’nai Mitzvah training. Come join for an Open House on March 13 at 6:30 PM at out Temple located at 530 West El Roblar Ave., Ojai to meet teacher, and see the school. For further info, visit www.ojaitemple.org, call 646-4464, or contact Pearl at 646-1721.

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