Vol. 16, No. 08 – Jan 11 – Jan 24, 2023 – Ojai News & Events

Actress Cynthia Killion hosted the Ojai Art Center Theater’s 2023 Season Preview on Sunday, January 8. Always one of the highlights of the Art Center Theater, this “annual” taste of the season event returned for the first time since 2020.

Killion, Managing Director of Flying H Group Theater Company, and a longtime actress and Improv performer, stars as Becky in the OACT season opener, Becky’s New Car.

After an 18-month investigation into more than 100 cases of sexual abuse at the Thacher School Ventura County law enforcement officials announced that none would proceed to court.

Thacher School trustees started the investigation in June, 2021, when they released an independent, 91-page report on the boarding school’s handling of sexual abuse.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies and prosecutors from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office studied the report and other records submitted by the school.

Local Ojai author Cynthia Louise Grier will visit the Ojai Library at 1pm on Saturday, January 28, 2023, to deliver a talk titled “Magic or Medicine? Grimoires and Healing Amulets in The Muse of Freedom: a Cevenoles Sagas Novel.” Grier, who writes under the nom de plume Jules Larimore, will share a bit of history and examples of these healing devices often thought to be magic.

Set in late Renaissance France, 1695-97, The Muse of Freedom: a Cevenoles Sagas Novel tells a story of a young nobleman training as an apothecary as he unravels his Huguenot family’s legacy of secrets and embarks on an odyssey in search of his spiritual identity and the meaning of love. In the Gorges du Tarn, he meets a mystic holy-woman who reveals ancient healing mysteries and inspires his quest for freedom. But persecutions by Louis XIV’s dragoons force him to make a fateful decision—recreant, rebel, or refugee.

Jules lives primarily in Ojai, with time spent around the U.S. and in various countries in Europe gathering more treasures in a continued search for authenticity. For more information, visit www.juleslarimore.com.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Ron Solórzano, Regional Librarian, at (805) 218-9146 or [email protected].

The Ojai Library is located at 111 East Ojai Avenue in Ojai, CA. Hours of service are 10am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 12pm to 5pm Friday through Sunday.

The Ojai Art Center is planning an exciting art exhibit for the month of February and looking for artists to participate. The theme of the show is “Anything Goes” and means just that.

“Anything Goes” is an open show with no central theme. “The gallery committee wanted to offer artists an opportunity to work without the restrictions of a theme, to paint or sculpt whatever they like,” said gallery chair, Bonnie Riege.

Artists should bring two and three-dimensional pieces to the Art Center on Friday, February 2, 10 a.m., to 1 p.m. Work must be framed or have finished gallery edges and be carefully wired for hanging. No wet paint. All work must be available for purchase. There will be a size limit of 48” wide. Three-dimensional work is welcome. There is an entry fee of $15 each or $40 for 3 pieces. A prospectus is available at ojaiartcenter.org (under art branch) or at the Art Center which is located at 113 N. Montgomery Street in downtown Ojai.

For more information, please contact: Teri Mettala

[email protected] 805 646-0117

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