Vol. 12, No. 1 – Oct 10 – Oct 23, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

Dale Villani, was recently installed as a new member of the Board of Directors for Community Action of Ventura County (CAVC). CAVC maintains a tripartite board with equal representation from public, private, and low-income sectors.

Dale Villani joined Gold Coast Health Plan as chief executive officer in 2015. The Plan manages Medi-Cal benefits for nearly 200,000 county residents. As CEO, Dale works to ensure that the Plan’s members, which include 1 in 5 county residents, have access to high-quality medical care and services.

He has more than 36 years of operational experience in companies including Aetna and Magellen. Dale and his wife Amy reside in Ojai and he enjoys spending time with his two daughters and grandson.

The international board of directors and officers of Lions Clubs International (LCI) will be meeting in Ojai from October 11-17th to discuss global vision issues and a new campaign to fight adult diabetes which often leads to vision problems. They will be led by Mrs. Gudrun Ingvadottir from Iceland who is the first female international president in the 101 year history of the organization. The event is jointly hosted by the Ventura Downtown and Ojai Valley lions clubs at the Ojai Valley Inn. Local clubs along with a matching grant from LCI have recently raised $200,000 to establish an adult diabetes center in Oxnard.

The Ojai Storytelling Festival, Oct. 25-28 will be celebrating its 18th year with a stellar lineup of acclaimed storytellers from around the world in the beautiful Libbey Bowl. Tickets for individual performances as well as weekend passes are available. Friday. Alan Thornhill and Marting Young will be there on Friday night, and Cindy Kalmensen and the Lucky Ducks will be there on Saturday.

Festival organizer Brian Bemel says, “Listeners will definitely hear traditional tales, but many of this year’s tellers will offer a very modern take with stories firmly rooted in today’s culture.”

Join Rev. Karen S. Wylie on Sunday, October 21, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The Ojai Retreat, to “Enlarge your playing field!” in a morning devoted to contemplation, inner reflection, quiet walks, wisdom talks, sacred songs, and sharing a vision for peace and love on the planet.

“Who we are is constantly changing,” Rev. Karen explains. “We are evolving beings. We step into the greater version of ourselves at the exact moment of readiness and not a moment sooner. Entering the stillness, we know we are exactly where we are supposed to be for our greatest growth. At the same time, we relax into our readiness for expanded living.”

Randee Vasilakos, RScP, will assist and anchor the morning in a consciousness of prayer and healing. The Ojai Retreat is at 160 Besant Road, Ojai. People of all faiths and traditions, or no tradition, are welcome to attend.

The retreat is by donation; $20 is suggested. For more information, contact Rev. Karen at 310-968-8928, or register online at www.karenswylie.com. Rev. Karen is the author of Into Me See: A Book for Daily Inspiration, available on Amazon and her website.

The Ojai Photography Club will host Ojai based photographer Cindy Pitou Burton presenting “The Journey from Photojournalism to Fine Art” on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Clara Street. She will give an illustrated talk about the dramatic changes in her photographic work that grew out of her move from fast paced photojournalism on the East Coast to innovative fine art photography in Ojai. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information and her images, go to http://pitouburton.com

Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. The general public is always welcome to attend.

The 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. More information is available at: www.ojaiphotoclub.com/

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