Vol. 14, No. 21 – July 14 – July 27, 2021 – Ojai News & Events

The Humane Society of Ventura County in partnership with RedRover Readers will visit the Ojai Library at 2pm on Friday, July 23, and Friday, August 20, to deliver two special reading events for school-aged children.

RedRover Readers is a social and emotional learning program that uses books about animals to help students practice making responsible decisions and become more aware of themselves and their communities. The program helps children develop the steps necessary for empathy: recognize human and animal emotions, share emotions, and regulate emotions. Each book and teaching guide meets Common Core and social and emotional learning competencies.

In addition to the events themselves, additional copies of each book featured—Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix and The Forgotten Rabbit by Nancy Furstinger—will be available at the Ojai and Oak View libraries for families to borrow and read ahead of time to become familiar with the stories.

The Humane Society of Ventura County is a compassionate care shelter and non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and adoption of animals in need throughout Ventura County.

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, CA. Hours of service are 10am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 10am to 5pm Friday and Saturday.

After a year without holding local jazz concerts, Rich Tell Presents! begins again on Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 pm, in the Art Center’s Gallery. This is a move for the concerts from its former time on Sunday evenings. The first group to appear will be Brandon Fields and Friends, composed of two-times Grammy award-winning saxophonist Brandon Fields, four-time Grammy-winning percussionist Munyungo Jackson, and three-time Grammy nominated pianist Otmaro Ruiz.

“We are moving away from strictly jazz musicians,” said Rich Tell, “and lining up a series of LA’s finest musicians coming together under one roof to perform for fans in Ojai. These guys have recorded and toured with the biggest acts over the last forty years. They are seasoned musicians whose music will excite and delight an audience.” For full credits on all of the artists these musicians have recorded and toured with, visit OjaiConcerts.com.

With this new series, Tell has added a wine and beer bar for everyone’s enjoyment each evening. “Saturday night crowds are looking for more fun, and the bar will add to the experience,” said Tell.

Doors open at 7 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm, ending two hours later. Tickets are for sale on Event Brite and through OjaiConcerts.com. The price is $35 online and $40 at the door. There is free parking across the street at Café Emporium’s parking lot. If anyone needs more information, call 805-746-0936.

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