Vol. 13, No. 11 – Feb 26 – Mar 10, 2020 – Ojai News & Events

On Sunday, March 15, at 2pm Moscow born pianist, Natasha Kislenko, returns as soloist to the Ojai Art Center to present an all Russian program. Featured composers are Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Alfred Schnittke. Come hear this Russian born pianist interpret the music of her native land! The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. Tickets sold only at the door: $15 general admission, $12 Art Center members and students. For further information, call (805) 640-1158.

website: www.ojaiartcenter.org

On Saturday, February 29th, the Ojai Mardi Gras returns to the Ojai Woman’s Club in downtown Ojai to celebrate their 30th Annual Masquerade Ball.The theme this year is “Naughty Gras…Leap into your Fantasy”.

Come dance to the sizzling music with R&B, Funk, Cajun & Zydeco rhythms performed by The Ojai Mardi Gras Band. Party goers will witness the Coronation of the King & Queen, Traditional Tossing of the Beads, and a Costume Contest. Take it all in as your eyes delight to the art installations and festive decorations by the Mardi Gras Art Fools directed by Lucy Roadarmel.

30 years ago, Lyle Matthews hosted the first public Mardi Gras party in Ojai. Lyle had moved to Ojai from New Orleans just two years earlier and she brought the joy of Mardi Gras with her. She knew she was sick from breast cancer and said, “I don’t know how long I will be here with you, but please keep the spirit of this party alive”. Sadly a week after that party, Lyle passed away, but every year since her friends have kept the party alive in her honor.
This year The Ojai Mardi Gras will be collecting donations for OjaiCARES to help care for local Cancer Patients in Ojai. Sponsored by the Ojai Concert Series.

For $25 advance tickets go to: ojaiconcertseries.com or pick them up at Studio Sauvageau or Cardinali Bros. Music. The door price will be $30
Ojai Mardi Gras Hotline (805) 646-7843

The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is pleased to present Sacred Deities of Ancient Egypt, an exhibition, lecture and booksigning with Jacqueline Thurston, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Opening Reception will begin at 2 pm, with the lecture presented at 4 pm.

Admission is free. For more information, visit www.beatricewood.com, or call 805-646-3381. The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts is located at 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road in Upper Ojai.

California Lutheran University Community Counseling Services will visit the Ojai Library on Saturday, March 14, at 1pm to present a Mindfulness Workshop.

The California Lutheran University Community Counseling Services clinics provide therapy to children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. They run the largest university-based, low-fee community counseling clinics in California, providing over 12,000 low-fee therapy sessions each year, primarily to Ventura County residents. All therapy sessions are provided by Master’s and Doctoral students who are supervised by licensed psychologists and marriage and family therapists.

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 Ave. Hours of service are 10am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 12pm to 5pm Friday through Sunday.

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