Vol. 12, No. 22 – July 31 – Aug 13, 2019 – Ojai News & Events

Sandi White joins Villanova Preparatory School as Director of Development, bringing over 20 years of non-profit fundraising experience. Sandi is not new to Villanova; her daughter Lexi graduated from Villanova in 2008. Sandi served as Campaign Director at The Thacher School for the past three years.

Nicholas Root will serve as Associate Director of Development for Villanova Preparatory School. Nick previously worked as an advancement associate at Ave Maria University in Florida, where he graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

Mrs. White and Mr. Root will play integral roles in advancing the mission of Villanova by developing donor strategies and increasing fundraising opportunities.

“We are thrilled to have Sandi and Nick join the Villanova community,” said Nancy O’Sullivan, Head of School. “Their expertise and commitment to Villanova’s mission will be invaluable in fostering engagement and involvement with our stakeholders.”

Learn more at www.villanovaprep.org.

The Turtle Conservancy is offering a unique opportunity for volunteers to learn about and work with a collection of rare and endangered turtles and tortoises at our captive breeding center in Ojai.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. They will provide orientation and training.

One volunteer position is for an animal care assistant to work with keeper staff. They require a 4 hour shift minimum on any day(s) of the week, and weekend volunteers are especially welcome.

A second volunteer opportunity is for docents to lead small group tours of the approximately 8-acre facility, to explain the work being done with endangered turtles and tortoises worldwide and to introduce tour participants to the captive breeding facility in Ojai

The Turtle Conservancy is home to many threatened and critically-endangered species of turtle and tortoise from around the world, including from Africa, Asia, Mexico and more.

For more information and to apply as a volunteer, please visit www.turtleconservancy.org, or contact ursula@turtleconservancy.org.

On Wednesday evening, August 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Ojai native plant educator Lanny Kaufer will continue what has become a fun and popular new monthly activity. He’ll lead an Herb Walk up to a vista point above the Ojai Valley where participants can watch the simultaneous sunset and moonrise. Following the walk is an optional visit to Ojai Valley Brewery at Azu Restaurant to sample native plant infused beers.

After registering online, those participating will meet at the Park-and-Ride lot in downtown Ojai between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. and carpool to the trailhead to minimize the crowded parking situation there. Participants will return to the Park-and-Ride by 9:00 p.m.

Register now at HerbWalks.com or by calling 805-646-6281. There is no pre-payment required for this walk, just a promise to let Kaufer know if your plans change. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info a few days prior. No dogs or smoking, please.

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