Vol. 12, No. 18 – June 5 – June 18, 2019 – Ojai News & Events

Local author John Darling will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019, to present a special talk, Inside the Mind of an Author. Darling has been writing since the 1970s, and has published numerous short stories, poems, and magazine articles.

During this talk, Darling will share a bit of his own background and why he writes across multiple genres. He will also share his sources of inspiration. There will also be a chance to play “Stump the Author,” where participants can test his ability to spin a story out of only a few words for a chance to win a small prize!

Darling’s first publication was a short story which appeared in the Journal of Mental Health. His lone play, Stage Directions, has been produced in the United States, Canada, and England. A complete list of his books and more information can be found on his author website, http://johndarlingauthor.com/.

Local author F.D. Cameron will visit the Ojai Library at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2019, to present his newest novel, Kingdom of the Black Narcissus. F. D. Cameron has been a magazine editor and writer in Los Angeles, and a counseling psychologist and lead faculty at Regis University in Denver. He is also the author of The River Told, published in 2016. This event will include a reading of passages from the book.

Kingdom of the Black Narcissus is a gender-bending love story and historical adventure that chronicles the exploits of Morgan Booth, a young globe-trotting American grappling with his sexual identity. When he travels to Cairo, Egypt, a chance rendezvous reunites him with a former college friend from Germany and his African-American girlfriend. Together they embark on an adventure.

Cameron’s latest novel has been called “a compelling immersion in another world.” This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146.

The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, CA. 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.

Join Lanny Kaufer on Saturday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a Nature Hike to Potrero John Camp, deep in the Sespe Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest.

The hike will take place on Potrero John Creek, 20 miles north of Ojai. The group will cover 1.7 miles each way on a gradually ascending but mostly level trail with some elevation gain through chaparral and riparian settings, beginning at 3700 feet.

The cost is $25 for adults,  $20 for seniors 62 and older, and $15 for students 13-17.  Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Toddlers must be in a carrier.

Register at HerbWalks.com or by calling 805-646-6281. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info. No pre-payment is required.

The Ojai Photography Community (OPC) will host Santa Barbara based photographer, Chuck Place, presenting “Drone Photography – It’s All About Altitude,” on June 18 at 7 p.m. in Help of Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Ana St. The OPC invites the public to attend this free event.

In his presentation Place will cover the exciting new field of drone photography. He will share his experiences and the expertise he has achieved in shooting aerial photographs for hospitality, construction and real estate clients. His illustrated talk will feature a selection of the stunning images he has created utilizing a drone. He will discuss the unique advantages of drones as well as their safety issues

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