Vol. 13, No. 1 – Oct 9 – Oct 22, 2019 – Ojai News & Events

Joseph “Joe” Lee Suh will visit the Ojai Library at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, to present a special talk, “Empowering Ventura County Small Businesses.” Joe comes to us from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and is working with the Ventura County Library to explore how the SBA can help your business thrive.

As the nation’s go-to resource and voice for small businesses, the SBA provides counseling, capital, contracting, and disaster recovery expertise and assistance for the nation’s 30 million+ small businesses so they can confidently start, grow, expand, or recover.

Joe is Senior Area Manager with the Los Angeles District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he partners with local leaders to engage and empower small businesses, entrepreneurs, and communities.

Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) Dr. Emily Fairfax will visit the Ojai Library at 1pm on Saturday, October 12, 2019, to deliver a presentation titled “Smokey the Beaver: Can Beavers Prevent Wildfires?” Dr. Fairfax comes to us from CSU Channel Islands (CI) as part of this season’s CI Library Lecture Series.

CSU Channel Islands hosts dozens of free public lectures at libraries throughout Ventura County as part of this program. The lecturers are experts from numerous departments at CI, including Biology, History, English, Computer Science, Political Science, Performing Arts, and Sociology to name a few.

These events are 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. 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.

On Sunday evening, October 13, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Ojai native plant educator Lanny Kaufer will lead a plant identification Full Moon Sunset Herb Walk to a vista point above the Ojai Valley where the group can watch the sun set at 6:27 p.m. and the moon rise at 6:47 p.m.

A portion of proceeds from the walk will go to the Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians (Chumash).

After registering online, those participating will meet at the Park-and-Ride lot in downtown Ojai between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. and carpool to the trailhead to minimize the crowded parking situation there. Then they will walk about 1 mile to the vista point, stopping along the way to meet some valuable native plants including Coastal Sagebrush, Hollyleaf Cherry, Purple Sage and Toyon. After witnessing the rising of the moon and setting of the sun, the group will walk back to the trailhead by remaining daylight, moonlight, and flashlight, returning to the Park-and-Ride by 8:00 p.m.

From there all attendees are invited to join Lanny and his wife Rondia across the street for beverages, appetizers or dinner at the combined Azu Restaurant and Ojai Valley Brewery

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

Join Rev. Karen S. Wylie at The Ojai Retreat on Sunday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for her Mid-Month Devotional Retreat, which this month will explore “What is the blessing of life?”

The retreat will be devoted to meditation, sharing, wisdom talks, quiet walks in nature, and sacred music. Randee Vasilakos, RScP, assists and anchors the morning in a consciousness of prayer and healing.

The Ojai Retreat is at 160 Besant Road, Ojai. The retreat is by donation; $20 is suggested.

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