Ojai, California, Events
Friday, Feb. 14
“BOWING DOWN TO THE MYSTERY OF LIFE: SURRENDER IN ISLAM” — with Bridget Blomfield, Ph.D., will be held at Krotona School of Theosophy, 46 Krotona St., Ojai, Feb. 14 through 16. Surrender, a tender sense of inquiry, deep holy listening, stillness of mind, radiant heart and spaciousness of being invite the self-disclosure of God. This awareness of the divine creates a conscious conduct and is a reflection of an inner state expressing a longing for relatedness. Dr. Blomfield, a retired professor of Islamic studies, has published articles about Muslim women and her book, “The Language of Tears: My Journey into the World of Shi'i Muslim Women.” Classes: Today, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon. Series, $50; single session, $15. www.krotonainstitute.org or (805) 646-1139. “SHIRLEY VALENTINE” — The Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., will host performances of “Shirley Valentine,” through Feb. 16, directed by Steve Grumette and starring Anna Kotula. This Tony Award-winning play deals with a real “change of life” in a heartfelt and hilarious manner. Shows will be held today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Get tickets online at ojaiact.org or call (805) 640-8797 for more details. “INTO THE WOODS” — The Thacher Masquers will present their free winter musical, “Into the Woods,” today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the school's Milligan Center for the Performing Arts, 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai. Music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim and this production will be directed by Tracey Williams Sutton. Call (805) 646-4377 for more details.
Saturday, Feb. 15
EVENT AT CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL GARDEN — Ojai Children's Memorial Garden will hold an information and “trim the tree” event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, at the garden, next to Ojai City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St. Bring non-powered garden equipment if you can. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
OJAI HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS — Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., Ojai Historical Walking Tours depart from the Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave. (approximately one-hour tours). Docents Connie Campbell and Jackie Clarke will lead the Feb. 15 tour. Cost is $7 or $15 per family. Drop-ins are welcome. For reservations or tours during the week, call (805) 640-1390. AMERICAN VEDIC ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIP — Join others for discussion, sharing, thoughtful introspection and light refreshments, Saturdays at 2 p.m. at 687 W. Villanova Road, Ojai. Uplift yourself with the science of self-realization. Always free. Call (805) 640-0405. “REDUCE, REUSE, REBEL” EVENT — Extinction Rebellion Ojai will host a clothing swap and screen printing event, Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Greater Goods, 145 W. El Roblar Drive, Meiners Oaks. Bring your used clothes, and a black or white T-shirt for screen printing if you want, plus optional cash donations. Stand up for our planet and shop secondhand! FREE AERIAL SHOWCASE EVENT — Elements of Movement Studio, 1212 Maricopa Highway (in the former Holy Cross Church), will host its first-ever aerial showcase on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m., featuring the studio's students and teachers. Admission is free and the theme is “Love: A Celebration of Movement, Relationships and Community.” The studio of a partnership between Ojai Valley residents Belinda Hill and Kai Ewert. “AN EVENING WITH TASTO SOLO” — featuring Guillermo Pérez, organetto virtuoso, and soprano Anne-Kathryn Olsen in a concert of early music will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Ojai Vineyard Tasting Room, 109 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. $20 admission includes glass of wine. Link to order tickets: https://store.ojaivineyard.com/an-evening-with-tasto-solo-p576.aspx.
Sunday, Feb. 16
DEVOTIONAL RETREAT — The Ojai Retreat, 160 Besant Road, will host the Rev. Karen S. Wylie’s monthly devotional retreat Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme will be “What's Love Got to Do With It?” Open to people of all faiths. Suggested donation: $20. Call (310) 968-8928 or go to www.karenswylie.com. “SPIRITUALITY: WHY DOES IT MATTER?” — St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 409 Topa Topa Drive, Ojai, will host a free forum on “Spirituality: Why Does It Matter?” Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the Christian Education Building. We are all spiritual beings. Spirituality and religion differ; religion is actually meant for learning about spirituality. Teri Helton, RN, MSN and faith community nurse, will teach about spiritual pain and how to treat it. HIGHER LOVE HARP CONCERT, POETRY AND TEA — The Center for Spiritual Living will present a concert by Lori Sunshine, harpist and certified music therapist, Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Ojai Woman's Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave. Classical and contemporary favorites are on the program, plus poetry, tea and treats. Suggested donation, $15, with reservation, (805) 640-0498. “THE 1619 PROJECT” GROUP STUDY — A group study on “The 1619 Project” will continue Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. through March 1, at Greater Goods, 145 W. El Roblar Drive, Ojai, led by Kristi Walsh. “The 1619 Project” is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Please read copy before the meeting. See https://pulitzercenter.org/sites/default/files/fullissue_of_the_1619_project.pdf.com. Donations will be accepted at the door to support Greater Goods. OJAI CHAUTAUQUA PANEL DISCUSSION — Ojai Chautauqua will host a panel discussion at the Agora Foundation, 417 Bryant Circle, Ojai, Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. The group will discuss “Declining Public School Enrollment in the Ojai Valley.” Admission: $10 (scholarships available for teachers and students). Visit www.ojaichat.org to register or call (805) 231-5974.
Monday, Feb. 17
PRESIDENTS' DAY HERB WALK AND “STONE SOUP” PICNIC — will be held Monday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Ojai. Identify and gather local edible and medicinal plants for a wild foraged picnic. $35 registration fee. Register at HerbWalks.com or 805-646-6281. COMMUNITY CHORUS SPRING REGISTRATION AND REHEARSALS — The Ojai Community Chorus is seeking members to participate in its spring concert, which will be held May 16 and 17 and feature a fun-filled circus theme. Registration and rehearsals began Feb. 10 at 6:15 p.m. at the Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road; registration continues through Feb. 24. Registration fee is $75. Rehearsals will be held at the church on Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and there are no formal auditions. Male voices are especially needed. For more information, call Katherine at (805) 798-4791. OJAI TREES DEADLINE — Want a tree in your yard? It's easy and affordable, just contact email@example.com by Feb. 17 and they can order a native drought-tolerant 15-gallon tree for you. Ojai Trees members and volunteers will help you plant it on Feb. 22.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
MEINERS OAKS WATER PUBLIC BOARD MEETING — The Meiners Oaks Water District, 202 W. El Roblar Drive, Meiners Oaks, will host a board meeting, Tuesday at 6 p.m. to discuss its proposed new Allocation Program (which is posted on its website). The public is welcome to attend and provide comments. Call (805) 646-2114 for more details. OJAI POETRY SERIES AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host the Ojai Poetry Series, Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Award-winning Santa Barbara poet and teacher Paul Lobo Porteges will be featured, followed by an open reading. This series on the third Tuesday of every month features local and area poets. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
“WALT DISNEY'S ULTIMATE INVENTOR: THE GENIUS OF UB IWERKS” AT LIBRARY — The Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., will host Don Iwerks Wednesday at 6 p.m. to present a talk on his latest book, 'Walt Disney's Ultimate Inventor: The Genius of Ub Iwerks.” The book tells the story of Don's father, Ub, a self-taught animator who became the first to animate Mickey and Minnie Mouse and collaborated with Walt Disney for more than a half-century. This event is free and open to the public. Call (805) 218-9146 or 646-1639 for more details.
Thursday, Feb. 20
MERRY WIDOWS WILL MEET — The Ojai Valley Merry Widows will meet for lunch Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Ojai Café Emporium, 108 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. Come join them for fun and friendly conversation. Meet other widows and enjoy a break from your routine.
Sundays: Certified Farmers' Market 300 Matilija St. 9am-1pm 805-698-5555. Sundays Teen Troupe OYES, 316 E Matilija St. 6pm. 805-646-4300
Mondays: Adult Improv Ensemble OYES, 316 E Matilija St. 7.15 pm. 805-646-4300
Wednesdays: Rockin' it Old School
Senior Choir The Gables 11am. 805-646-1446
Thursdays: Dance Medicine Ojai Ojai Arts Center,
113 S. Montgomery St. 7.30-9.30 pm.718-664-8547
Thursdays: Sewing Classes 1188 Woodland Ave. please call 805-798-0001.
Saturdays Ojai Walking Tour 130 W Ojai Ave. 10.30am. 805-640-1390 Every 2nd & 4th
Sunday:Old Time Fiddlers Oak View Cy Ctr. 18 Valley Rd, Oak View. 1.30-4.30 pm. 805-797- 6563 Every 2nd & 4th.
Mondays Weight Loss Support Group 214 E. Matilija St. 6.30 pm. by appt. 805-640-1071.
Monthly-1st Fri. Wild Stallions performs a video dance party - 80s 90s house,trap,funk, motown and classic rock.Deer Lodge, 2261 Maricopa Hwy. 9pm
Monthly-4th Sat. Looking, Listening, and Shared Inquiry with Eric Hassett Krishnamurti Educational Center, 1098 McAndrew Rd. 6-10pm805-646 2390.
2nd thru last Friday of monthToastmasters The Gables Clubhouse, 701 N Montgomery St. 6.30am 1st Thursday of the month Toastmasters The Gables Clubhouse, 701 N Montgomery St.6.30pm